Saturday, January 5, 2013

Giving Back to Tubie Friends!

This month is Aidan's birthday month (turns out, denial can't stop him from turning 2.  I tried.), and I wanted to do something special.  I thought and thought, and finally decided that it should be something that honors who he is and what he's been through.  And what better way to do that than through one of our favorite organizations - Tubie Friends!!!

As you may know (or not - I don't think I've mentioned it here), I am an Independent Consultant for Thirty-One.  It's a company that sells bags, purses, organizational items, and gifts.  Our new catalog launched this week and the focus for the New Year is on organizing the home - something we all desperately need.  I like the products because they're well-made, durable, and functional - and I LOVE the prints because they're fun and stylish and all personalizable.

I started selling Thirty-One last summer to help pay for the absurd things that Aidan needs.  Not the normal absurd things like automatic bubble blowers and fancy talking dump trucks - no, I speak of the absurd things only a Tubie Family can dream of.  Like this little beauty.

That, my friends, is $177 worth of royal blue neoprene, masquerading as a child's protective g-tube belt.  Not that it isn't worth every penny - it is! - but at $177, it was a problem.  I knew I needed a way to pay for this particular type of insanity.  Thirty-One has been the answer to that problem, and the resource we desperately needed to buy this and other "extras" that make our lives so much easier.  $30 in plastic that prevent Aidan from unhooking his feeds overnight.  $50 in fabric that prevents his stoma from becoming chafed and irritated and developing granulation tissue.  $50 in alterations that will allow him to wear footie pajamas for years to come while still receiving overnight feeds.  $60 in special ointment to soothe his skin when stomach acid leaks out.  The list goes on and on, and I have been so grateful to our friends and family for supporting this venture so that these things are possible for us.

So where does the ever-fabulous Tubie Friends come in?  ALL of my commission for this event will be donated directly to Tubie Friends.  It's an amazing organization that provides love, hope, and acceptance (all in one furry package) to frightened children who need to know they're not alone during their feeding tube journey.  It doesn't take much money to make a huge difference - so even if you're not interested in participating in my Thirty-One sale, I urge you to consider donating, even a dollar or two, to Tubie Friends directly.  You can find them at

But please, go check out our party!  Treat yourself to some home organization!  As if this fantastic cause wasn't reason enough to shop, Thirty-One has a great special this month - for every $31 you spend, you can get any item from their new "My Way" collection for 50% off!  If you're loving what you see below, all of those items are eligible for the 50% off promotion!

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Also, please enjoy some gratuitous pictures of Aidan and his Tubie Friend, Toby.  We love Toby, who is currently on vacation in sunny Florida, comforting our Tubie Great Grandma as she adjusts to her new tube - because tubie friends aren't just for kids in our household!


  1. this is a great idea...can you believe are babies are / going to be 2?!?!?!!?

  2. Your son is adorable! I have a tube-fed son as well who is now five. I found your site through Top Mommy blogs. I keep a blog there too about my son Silas. I am compiling a list of special needs blogs and would love if you wanted to include yours. You can go to to include your link. I'd love to have another tube mom join!