Love Your Boobs Love Yourself

Love Your Boobs, Love Yourself Movement from FrySauceandGrits.comMany of you are aware that I learned I was BRCA1+ last year and decided after a lot of prayerful contemplation to go ahead with preventative surgeries. On December 6th I had a double mastectomy and my world was forever changed. No longer would I be a higher risk to get breast cancer like many others in my family...but I my physical appearance would forever be altered. Often people that didn't understand how hard this was to go through would comment, "hey at least you will have perkier boobs." Well I went from DD to barely a C cup and have faced the mental struggle of how different my body looks and feels. I've gained weight in all the wrong places and lucky or not so lucky me, my breast remain the same C cup (smaller then my 17 year old daughters).

So when Courtney asked me to be part of this project, I said of course. Because although I do not "love" my NEW boobs (yet), I am learning to. And I do not let it affect my self esteem and still find joy in the world around me. I hope sharing my story will help one person and that's why I let down all my insecurities and say "look at my boobs" with this project. So scroll down and learn more about "why" this project came to be and see the video that was created that includes me an a few other amazing ladies!!!

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Me along with a group of other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and yes breast sizes have decided to come together and to love ourselves and our breasts! You can join in this movement too by sharing a picture of yourself and type what you love about your breasts and what defines you as a woman! You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #LoveYourBoobsLoveYourself on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. So go ahead and watch the video, it will truly inspire you to stop breast shaming and start loving your breasts and yourself more!

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Most of you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to most women it's a month to bring more awareness to breast cancer, to remind women to get their mammograms regularly, to celebrate those who've survived, and remember those who've lost their lives to breast cancer. But this month isn't just about that. It's about reminding women to embrace ourselves and recognize what makes us beautiful, unique, and what defines us as women. My friend Courtney from the eclectic lifestyle blog Fry Sauce & Grits started a movement called LOVE YOUR BOOBS, LOVE YOURSELF. Courtney is a bra fitter, bra educator, blogger and is passionate about women issues. She created a video where she interviewed a group of women and asked them questions about their relationship with their breasts, how they've experienced breast shame, how they feel the media depicts breasts, and how we as women can come to love and accept and love our breasts.




Courtney from FrySauceandGrits.com Love Your Boobs, Love Yourself

"I find that most women have a hate relationship with their breasts and that makes me really sad. They're either small, large, lopsided, saggy, or too wide, and it made me realize that we need to stop this breast and body shaming because our bodies are beautiful and powerful," Courtney said.  

"I hope to inspire women with this Love Your Boobs, Love Yourself video that to completely love ourselves as women, we need to love and accept our boobs. There's a direct relationship between our self image of and the relationship we have with our breasts. Breasts don't define us but they are definitely a part of us. I want to bring awareness that this dysfunctional relationship we as women have with our breasts and with our bodies are directly stemmed from what the media portrays to be what is perfect and the ideal of beauty. I want to push the message that we aren't defined by our breast size and how we as women are defined by something greater." 

Below are other brave and beautiful women who are sharing their stories of breast shame, breast love, what they've learned from their breasts, what they mean to them, and how we as women we can learn to love our breasts and ourselves more! So don't stop here. Get clicking around, its a blog hop! I hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of women loving themselves, the empowering effect sharing each of our voices will inspire others in some way. 1. Feel Great in 8  2. Life in My Heels 4. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl 5. Utah Mom Connection
6. Lionesses at the Gate 7. Ashlee Marie 8. Tara Made It 9. Dreaming About Someday
10. MOMentity 11. Dana Ohlsen Photography 12. Lucky Blogs 13. A Ruffled Life 14. Laura's Crafty Life 15. Fry Sauce & Grits 16. Allred Design

Are you ready to share your story? Make sure to tag your picture with the hashtag #LoveYourBoobsLoveYourself and @courtney_frysauceandgrits to participate in this powerful movement to inspire women to completely love themselves! 
 

Inspired by Pinterest Hexagon & Honeycombs

Join me today for Inspired by Pinterest on My Craft Channel as I share beautiful Hexagon and Honeycomb pins from Pinterest. From the expected sewing project to the most amazing home decor ideas, you will love what you can do this fun shape. And be sure to join me next week when I feature Hexagon & Honeycombs and PAPER!


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For more card display ideas, visit my
Hexagon & Honeycombs Board

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Disclaimer: Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration but not all pins lead to blogs. I tried to only pick those ideas that I could find the original creator and give credit to. Please take a moment and check out these great blogs because without them I wouldn't have content to talk about on the new My Craft Channel show Inspired by Pinterest.  

If you've never been to Pinterest and would like to check it out, you need an invite to the site to gain access (I don't know why). Just leave me a comment with your email and I'll send you an invite. However, I cannot be responsible for the time you will be spending on Pinterest!! 

Inspired by Pinterest: Free The Girls & Donate Your Used Bras

Join me for Inspired by Pinterest on My Craft Channel as I talk about a topic that is near and dear to heart, breast awareness. I'll be sharing about my story and in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness I even searched Pinterest high and low for ways to repurpose, recycle or craft with your "old bras" but found very little. So I am sharing a GREAT idea on what you can do with them and how you can help by sending your gently used bras to My Craft Channel for our BRA DRIVE in October.


SHIP TO: My Craft Channel
Attn: Lori Allred
1460 North Main, Suite 1A
Spanish Fork, UT 84660

Please send your gently used bras to us anytime in the month of October. We will coordinating forwarding these onto Free The Girls organization. 


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BRCA1 Previvor & Breast Cancer Awareness Board

  Join me next Thursday for another great IBP episode!

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Disclaimer: Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration but not all pins lead to blogs. I tried to only pick those ideas that I could find the original creator and give credit to. Please take a moment and check out these great blogs because without them I wouldn't have content to talk about on the new My Craft Channel show Inspired by Pinterest.  

If you've never been to Pinterest and would like to check it out, you need an invite to the site to gain access (I don't know why). Just leave me a comment with your email and I'll send you an invite. However, I cannot be responsible for the time you will be spending on Pinterest!! 



Inspired by Pinterest: Instagram Ideas & Resources

Join me today on Inspired by Pinterest on My Craft Channel as I share some of my favorite Instagram finds. Instagram is a great way to share those fun square photos, but many people ask how to print them and what to do with them. You'll love the pins featured in today's episode.


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The Program to Download Your
Instagram Feed to your Computer
 
Stogram For Mac or PC
Click Here to Learn More 
 (Great way to backup your IG photos. This program is the one I use and love it)
 >>Note you can google other programs.<<
 

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Printing Resource - Origrami.com

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For more card display ideas, visit my
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  Join me next Thursday for another great IBP episode!


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Disclaimer: Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration but not all pins lead to blogs. I tried to only pick those ideas that I could find the original creator and give credit to. Please take a moment and check out these great blogs because without them I wouldn't have content to talk about on the new My Craft Channel show Inspired by Pinterest.  

If you've never been to Pinterest and would like to check it out, you need an invite to the site to gain access (I don't know why). Just leave me a comment with your email and I'll send you an invite. However, I cannot be responsible for the time you will be spending on Pinterest!! 

Inspired by Pinterest: Easy Drop Cloth Pillows

Join me today for Inspired by Pinterest on My Craft Channel as I show you how simple it is to make darling pillows using drop cloth, heat set iron-ons and fabric ruffles. Created using my beloved Silhouette machine and beautiful designs I created and purchased from Lori Whitlock. You will love how easy it is to make these pillows for you or gifts for others!

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 Pillow Forms from Ikea
Polyester Form $3.99
Down Form $5.99
Where to Purchase Heat Transfer Material
Online Purchase - Vinyl Outlet
Salt Lake Area - Regional Supply

How to Apply Heat Transfer Material (iron-on) Tip
Remember to press down, highest heat
seating, no steam and move it around.

Note: Ombre Dot Fabric Courtesty of Riley Blake Designs
Cutting Heat Transfer 
Use "flocked" setting on Silhouette
Remember to reverse your lettering
Place dull side up on Mat

For more card display ideas, visit my
Drop Cloth Projects Board


  Join me next Thursday for another great IBP episode!


Disclaimer: Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration but not all pins lead to blogs. I tried to only pick those ideas that I could find the original creator and give credit to. Please take a moment and check out these great blogs because without them I wouldn't have content to talk about on the new My Craft Channel show Inspired by Pinterest.  

If you've never been to Pinterest and would like to check it out, you need an invite to the site to gain access (I don't know why). Just leave me a comment with your email and I'll send you an invite. However, I cannot be responsible for the time you will be spending on Pinterest!!