Breasts come in all colors, shapes and sizes, and during the month of October, the mothers, sisters, grandmothers and beloved friends behind them are reminded to pay extra attention to their own unique pair in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Cosmotot's Mama Knows Breast Cancer Awareness Guide rounded up the best in boobie-minded buys that not only donate a portion of their sales to research efforts, but can be worn year round to show how much you care about finding a cure.
Playdate N.Y.C. combines super soft cotton American Apparel tees (make sure to order up a size since they run long and narrow) with custom hand-cut, hand-stitched appliques (think ballet slippers, words, names and more) for an end result that's so darn cute and comfy, you'll wish they came in adult versions, too.
Choose anything pink or purple this month, and 20% of sales will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure.
Tote along a little tatas-themed love in the form of a gadget case (think Blackberry Curve or iPod Classic sized) hand-cut and hand sewn by Christa, Candian crafter and founder of Norm and Lou. Each of her unique cases (no two are exactly alike) features quirky felt creations like tightie whities, mustaches, robots and more, and is made to order from a double thickness of felt. Gadgets stay secure with a snap closure, and the felt used is made from recycled plastic bottles, making them good for the environment and a good reminder to be aware.
Chocolate might not be the answer to the world's problems, but having a bite or two certainly doesn't hurt. Seattle Chocolate Company crafts a premium line of all natural, lipstick-sized Chick Chocolates with flavors like Extreme Chick, Nutty Chick, Strong Chick and Survivor Chick, in addition to Extreme Dark Chocolate bars made with 65% cacao dark chocolate.
Even sweeter is that 100% of the profits from Survivor Chick chocolates and Extreme Dark Chocolate bars go to fight against women's cancer.
Join Peace Love Mom in honoring breast cancer awareness this month by purchasing any specially marked pink color tee to get free shipping. Their thermal tops make cozy layering pieces, especially necessary in Chicago now that it looks like the sun has gone into hiding permanently.
PLM will also donate 25% of the profits to Breast Cancer Research and Education. Use the coupon code PINK when checking out.
Don't forget to Feel Your Boobies®, either. The like-named Breast Cancer non-profit organization was founded in 2004 after founder, Leigh Hurst, was diagnosed with breast cancer at 33. She found her lump by simply "feeling her boobies," not through a formal self-breast exam.
Research shows that many young women tune out messages about breast cancer because they don't think they're at risk or the messages are too clinical.
Feel them up to honor the survivor in your life - I certainly do.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
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