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Lifting me Higher

You know that Jackie Wilson song, “Your love is lifting me higher… than I’ve ever been lifted before.” Well friends, I have been singing the same tune with modified lyrics almost every time I put on my new bras. “Oh this bra… is lifting me higher.. than I’ve ever been lifted before.” I think that […]

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Jen - June 23, 2012 - 8:52 pm

Kara, so glad I am not the only one that had this issue. I was way off on numbers and letters! I highly recommend Title 9/Bounce in Portland or online for sports bras.

Karli - June 24, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Oh I hear ya. Also being well endowed, I suffered unknowingly or far too long. I finally found my saving grace at Nordstroms. And they can be up to $70.00 a pop. So I take really good care of them and don’t get them very often, but man is there an amazing difference. I second the suggestion for Title 9 for sports bras. The 3-Reasons Sports Bra by Moving Comfort. It gets 4 out of 5 dumbells for support. They do offer one called “The Last Resort” sports bra that’s a 5 dumbell rating, which could be truly amazing, but it didn’t work for me because it didn’t have adjustable straps which I need because I am very short shouldered. If you want a friend to go to Title 9 with you, I need another one and would be happy to trek down there with you!

Robyn - June 24, 2012 - 8:14 pm

I was just there this week too – fantastic indeed.

I was fitted awhile ago and found out that the 36C size i’d been wearing for years should actually be a 32D. No wonder the bra never stayed in place every time I took off my shirt. DOH!

My $40 was extremely well spent – 18 months later my bra is still tip top. A good bra can change your life :)

kara - June 25, 2012 - 7:23 am

I didn’t realize that Title 9 had a store in portland. Thanks!
Now that I am done nursing, it would be easier for me to get up and see you without kids. Maybe in August sometime we could do a girl’s afternoon/night complete with sports bra shopping. Hey, did you end up doing the hippie chick?
I thought something looked a little different the last time that I saw you. Haa.. totally kidding, but I am glad that you got it figured out too. Took awhile for us, but bet better late than never :)

Elisabeth - June 25, 2012 - 11:10 am

Oh my gosh, you’re hilarious. About a year into breastfeeding I went to Donna Bella and got a couple nice nursing bras…changed my life, wish I had gotten them sooner! Looking forward to weaning Judah (he’s two next month!) and going back there to find some regular bras…kind of scared what size I might be, but will be happy to have something that actually fits. I’ve been wearing Champion sports bras from Target, I just have to wear two at a time. It totally works, but I’m sure there’s something better out there :)

Sarabeth - June 26, 2012 - 11:24 am

I, too, have always bought mine at walmart or target, but I’ll definitely be going in for a good fitting when I’m done breastfeeding (which will still be awhile). I’ve heard a good bra changes everything about the way you look and feel. On another note….I got your message! And I WILL call you back, I’m just trying to find the right time. You’re right, phone talking with young kids around really is hard. Is the middle of the day ever good for you, or should I try for an evening?

kara - June 28, 2012 - 10:02 pm

There has to be something better than wearing two bras. Been there done that, and I think that we must find one bra that can do the job :).
Enjoy those full nursing breasts :). I can chat during the day sometimes. Miriam usually naps around 12;00, and that is my best chance :). Just know that even if we can’t chat much, I think about you often and love you tons friend!

Jesse - July 2, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Hahaha, I love this post! I come from a very long line of women who have had a hate/ hate relationship with our crappy worn bras. In fact on our way to a baptism in Portland my grandma insisted all the way to the emergency room (and to the ER personnel) the she “was not having a heart attack its just that I am not use to wearing this bra.” I remember my mom sewing back in underwire that popped out. And I have been guilty of this myself. I MUST break this cycle!

Margaret - July 2, 2012 - 8:58 pm

Oh Kara. I can picture you singing that in my mind and it makes me laugh.
I went to Nordstroms after nursing Amelia and had to pick my jaw up off the floor when they sized me. Then I had to pick it up again when I felt what a good fitting bra feels like. It seriously changed my life, well, maybe not, but pretty close. I was wearing completely wrong bra size. I was sad when I got pregnant with charlotte my chest got huge and the wire popped out! Now, I treat myself to a new bra after nursing each child.
Also, I splurged on a nursing bra and it was the best thing. I basically slept and lived in it for a year.
okay, love you

Would you rather……

Last summer when my sister Kris and I were traveling together, we started playing the “would you rather” game, and it amused us for a long amount of time. I thought that it would be fun to play the would your rather game on the blog. I have been listening to the local radio station […]

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Kris - November 29, 2011 - 9:13 pm

Michael Bolton concert for sure…best remedy for cheese is to close your eyes, put a fist in the air, and sing at the top of your lungs.

kara - November 29, 2011 - 9:28 pm

I would totally pick Michael Bolton as well. You could totally go with the cheesiness, but I fear that a Kenny G concert would be just plain awkward.

Rose - November 29, 2011 - 10:06 pm

Kenny G….sounds of saxophone is better than Michael Bolton’s voice :p

christa - November 30, 2011 - 12:01 am

i totally pick michael bolton- did you see his recent digital short on snl? it was the best. if i picked kenny g i’d be tempted to shove his clarinet down his throat…that thing gets annoying after like 5 notes.

candice ashment - November 30, 2011 - 8:50 am

Oh darn… It’s a tough one Kara… My mom killed Kenny G while I was growing up by playing his music tape too many times every day-so Micky for sure.

Although, I thought this was going to be a Dr. Seuss book that asks “would you rather be a bat or a ball..?” and so on. I love reading that book with my kids!

Hope you are doing well!


chris - November 30, 2011 - 4:40 pm

Would you rather live in Winnemucca, Nevada or Fairbanks, Alaska?

kara - November 30, 2011 - 10:53 pm

Haaa. love the comments. Chris, I have been thinking about this all day, and it was tough, but I would rather live in Winemucca. I just couldn’t do -30 degree weather, and that is the breaker for me.

Marianne - December 1, 2011 - 10:53 am

Um seriously, Where’s the love for the man who can hold a note for a world record of 45 minutes? Please people keep the love for the G!

Katrina - December 1, 2011 - 11:42 am

Ha ha! I’ve actually BEEN to Kenny G concert! Even better – it’s the only concert I’ve ever been to unless you count the free ones at the county fair.

Holly B - December 1, 2011 - 4:57 pm

I’m for Kenny G too! Every once in awhile we have a Kenny G day, it’s a rainy day, go figure, pajamas, usually painting or some craft and lots of sax. I hope I’m not killing Kenny G for the girls like Candice’s mom did!:-)

kara - December 1, 2011 - 8:13 pm

I love that you never comment on the blog, and when you do, it is to defend Kenny G. That is love my dear :). I didn’t know he held any such record. That is impressive… not that I would want to sit through him playing that note.
I love you. I truly love that your only concert experience has been Kenny G :). How was it??
Haaa… I fear that anything we do as moms will not be looked at as cool by our daughters, so you can’t be doing any harm :).

adrienne w - December 3, 2011 - 8:39 am

Michael Bolton, only because I could sing along to some of it and that would make it bearable. Denver swears we saw Kenny G at Six Flags in California, coming out of a restaurant, with a very tiny entourage. I didn’t get a good enough look. Our brush with celebrity.

Out of Office

Okay, so I don’t really have an office, but I’m sure that the few of you who have been checking have noticed that I have been MIA the last couple of weeks. August has been an insanely busy month. Seriously… I am tired just thinking about all that has happened. We have literally been out […]

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adrienne w - August 31, 2011 - 10:06 am

Ah, I love it!! That is a stylish outfit, by 90′s standards. I believe had something very similar going on! The crocheted vests were so cool. My most awkward picture was Grade 8. I had braces and very uncool round glasses and long stringy hair. I don’t miss those days one bit!

Camille - August 31, 2011 - 11:16 am

I see a lot of Gabe in this photo…in a good way.

kara - August 31, 2011 - 12:18 pm

I want to see the picture Adrienne :). Thank you for validating my coolness :).
If that is the case… poor Gabe :).

Cream Hair Remover

It is a lot of work being a woman. I am a pretty low maintenance kind of gal, but still, a woman just has work to do just to even look average. Let’s talk a bit about hair removal shall we? I’m definitely no Frida Kahlo when it comes to being hairy, but I definitely […]

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Amanda W. - August 5, 2011 - 2:13 pm

Waxing – it’s a way of life! ;-) Srsly, I go to get waxed regularly for brows, lip, and bikini, but can’t stand the thought of waxing my armpits. I shave the legs and pits. Oh, and since pregnancy, every so often have to pluck the hair on my chinny-chin-chin. I won’t deny it! The feminist in me thinks that this is all a BS double-standard, but I don’t have the guts to go natural. So it goes.

Amy - August 5, 2011 - 3:12 pm

I do facial waxing at a salon, but I want to save up money for laser hair removal. It sounds really appealing from an “I’m too lazy to shave” viewpoint. I’ve never tried the creams or wax at home – just something that I don’t want to do!

kara - August 5, 2011 - 3:12 pm

Amanda, thanks for telling the truth :). I think that a lot of women are embarrassed, but it is just life for lots of us :). I also do upper lip and brow. I’m hairy, but not super hairy, so one wax job holds me over for a long time. If I get my eyebrows waxed, then I can follow the shape with tweezers, but I’ve tried to shape my eyebrows myself, and it was not pretty! Where do you go?? Haa… even if it is a double standard, I’m not quite ready to see all women walking around like hairy men. I’m definitely not someone who has nicely shaved legs all of the time, but as a very non high maintenance woman, it is the least I like to do :).

kara - August 5, 2011 - 3:15 pm

I too like the idea of laser hair removal, but I have to admit, that it seems a little embarrassing to grow hair out long enough to get the treatment done (not as bad as Frida Kahlo… but not pretty). It does sound like a nice option, though! I’d definitely need to save up for it too! We don’t have a hair removal budget :).

EmmaJ - August 5, 2011 - 3:26 pm

So I don’t mind being hairy… maybe it is the European in me. I do shave for skirts and shorts and swimming, but in the winter I use my hairiness as an insulation layer. I have used cream hair removal and I want you to know it can be painful. If left on too long it can burn your pores and cause you to bleed from them. That happened to me once in high school when I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing. I shave my legs and pits now and that is it. I’m married, my husband doesn’t notice if I pluck my eyebrows, so I don’t bother unless we are taking family pictures.
Now, the wrinkles that are appearing under my eyes, I take a lot of care (and spend a lot of money) to try and minimize those.

Kara - August 5, 2011 - 6:46 pm

Haa.. yes it very well may be the European in you. I also have to clarify that I am not thinking women should totally be hair free, but a swipe with a razor in the armpits every month just takes a few seconds, right :)? Thanks for your insight on cream gone wrongs, and I can totally see how a woman could have a horrible reaction to the cream. Oh, and wrinkles… I am just starting to think about those…I’d be interested to hear what you use for that!

Afton - August 8, 2011 - 5:58 pm

I have been all natural since I was about fifteen– I decided that itchy red bumps and ingrown hairs were much less sensually attractive than soft fair on by body. I like my armpit hair. This is a little out of the ordinary in our culture, but, since I am a woman who has passed through puberty, I feel like it is part of being an adult woman. I am of childbearing age, and I have body hair. If I want to feel like my legs are beautiful and presentable, I prefer to go for a run and put on some really luxurious lotion. And when it comes down to it, I’ve never had a boyfriend complain- not once. So relax! No one really cares but us.

Kara - August 8, 2011 - 10:06 pm

Afton, I respect you and your ways (even your hairy ways). I can see your side, and you are a babe and wonderful… hairy or not :).

Put a bird on it

Please take a couple of minutes to watch the following video. When I saw it, I died laughing, because I am one of those people who thinks that everything looks better with a bird on it. There are many many examples of things that I can share of things that I own with birds on […]

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adrienne w - June 14, 2011 - 9:15 am

I’ve seen this before and thought it was so funny! I didn’t realize that there were people actually like that!! ;) Your birds are definitely cute!!

Amanda Whitmire - June 14, 2011 - 9:29 am

I just about died the first time I saw that video! It’s so true for me – I love birds! I made a girlfriend of mine a knitted hat, and I appliqued a bird on it, and now we call it the “Put a Bird On It Hat.” I’ve got bird necklaces, shirts, water bottles, prints on the walls…it’s gotten bad over here. Whatever – put a bird on it!

kara - June 14, 2011 - 9:52 am

It is not a joke. We really do put birds on everything. I have bird necklaces, headbands, pictures hanging on my walls etc… I just ordered Sofia a dress with birds all over it :). The reason that it is so funny, is because it is so painfully true :). Amanda, I forgot about my bird water bottle as well :). Haa.. we will have to compare our bird collections sometime!

CMartin - June 14, 2011 - 1:18 pm

You know what is funny? Eric and I just watched almost all of the Portlandia videos last night. Check out the “Is it Local?” You will laugh, I know you will.

kara - June 14, 2011 - 6:42 pm

Yes Cherie, you know me. I loved that clip and showed it to many people. I wonder how long that show can go. I mean, how many things can they find to make fun of :).

Annalise - June 14, 2011 - 7:51 pm

That is just weird. I have never even heard of birds for decor. I don’t see whats so cute, sorry!

Amanda Nemelka - June 14, 2011 - 9:22 pm

It must be an Oregon thing. I don’t see birds anywhere here as decoration….but for you and for Oregonians it’s cute!!

Camille - June 14, 2011 - 10:05 pm

Okay Kara, Amanda, and anyone else who cares. Check out some of these. I can’t even contain myself, they are so cute…

and on and on…Etsy LOVES birds.

I have to admit that I actually own this laptop bag which is nothing more that a bird on a plain bag. I kind of love it.

Camille - June 14, 2011 - 10:29 pm

and for the record, I don’t even like real birds. Seriously, I’m almost as bad as the Portlandia couple. It’s kind of pathetic.

kara - June 14, 2011 - 10:49 pm

Haaa Camille, I’m actually not that into real birds either. Oh, and bye the way, all of those items are adorable :)!