Well... I have not been able to say that.
My D Bag (J says I shouldn't call it that, it sounds bad!) always gave me fits. It was always a mess - no matter how many little organizers I used. It was heavy. I couldn't find what I needed without digging around like an archaeologist looking for dinosaur bones. Used test strips would fall out of it like rain. There was no shoulder strap. Sweetpea wouldn't carry it.
And yet, it went everywhere with me. Annoying me at every turn.
And then.... I discovered Skidaddle Bags!
Maria Lester is not only the Founder and CEO of Skidaddle Bags... she's a D Mama. Her daughter, Maiya, has Type 1.
This is what she writes on her site:
One day my daughter told me, “I only wish I could have a happy bag to hold my supplies.” I was devastated. Not only did my child have this terrible condition, she had an ugly diabetes supply case that made her sad and she was embarrassed to use. So I decided to do something about it.
I’ll never forget my daughter’s face when I showed her a design for what her diabetes supply bag could look like. She was ecstatic! The new design was practical and fashionable and exactly what she wanted. Finally we had some hope on our journey, something we could fix. And we haven’t looked back since.
I launched Skidaddle Bags in 2007 with the hope that I could share this feeling with all of you. I hope Skidaddle’s designer diabetes bags allow you to express your love of fashion and make your life with diabetes a little more colorful.And she has done just that! I have always felt that if I couldn't FIX it... If we HAD to carry around a bag of supplies... then we were at least going to look GOOD doing it!
I fell in love with these bags at first sight. And I know you will, too!
One lucky The Princess and The Pump reader will win an APPLE HIPSTER!
The Apple Hipster is a canvas bag that is washable, practical.... and so adorable! It will be the apple of your eye!
One of my biggest pet peeves with our old diabetes bags was that I could never find what I needed. It was a jumbled mess. And that led to me going out without critical supplies. I couldn't SEE that I was out of juice. I THOUGHT the lancet was in there... but I couldn't see it. I ASSUMED there was an extra bottle of strips.... This led to a few hectic occasions of us being out without the supplies we relied on to keep our Sweetie safe.
The Apple Hipster has compartments and pockets for EVERYTHING. And you can SEE it - so you know what you've got!
Skidaddle Bags was kind enough to let us try one out. Here is what ours looks like on the inside:
Instead of the ball point pen, that space could fit an insulin pen. You could also fit a vial of insulin where I have the glucose tabs and strips.
There's also enough room in there for a blood ketone tester!
And a great place for your cell!
This is where you can put an ID of some kind... or a credit card, driver's license, etc.
SEE?!? Don't you LOVE it? Everything has it's place!
And the quality is great! This is not a bag that is going to fall apart in a month! This bag is made to last!
But do you want to know what the BEST PART might be?!?
Sweetpea loved this bag SO MUCH... and the strap is adjustable so I was able to reduce it to her size...
That SHE wanted to carry "her" bag!
She's never really shown much interest in it before. Which is fine... But if a cute bag can encourage her to start being responsible about her diabetes.... if a cute bag can help make it a little more fun... THAT is worth every single penny!
If you have a BOY.... Skidaddle offers bags with more masculine patterns. But you could always use the Apple Hipster for YOU! Us Mamas often carry the stuff around and YOU deserve a cute bag, too!
If you want to search the Skidaddle site and check out ALL of their amazing products... or if you can't risk not winning one.... just click HERE!
Here's what to do to get one for YOURSELF!
1. You must "LIKE" Skidaddle Bags on Facebook and write a little message letting her know that The Princess and The Pump sent you!
Leave me a comment before midnight Thursday, February 10th 2011. Include your first name (comments left with out a name will be eliminated).
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