Beyond the Blog: Shop The Ribbon

by Brandi Lytle
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One of my goals here at Not So Mommy… is to raise awareness about infertility, women’s health issues, and being childless not by choice.  One of the ways I do this is by sharing awareness ribbons.  After sharing the yellow ribbon for Endometriosis Awareness, the orange one for Infertility Awareness, and others, Not So Mommy… fabulous ones commented that we should have a ribbon for Childless Not By Choice.  So, in 2018, I created the olive green Childless Not By Choice Awareness Ribbon.  After creating the ribbon, fabulous ones asked if they could purchase a ribbon somewhere at Not So Mommy…  Well, I am super excited to announce that “Shop The Ribbon” is NOW OPEN!!!

The Creation of Shop The Ribbon . . .

Not to sound “unhumble,” but I am quite proud of the brand-new “Shop The Ribbon” page.  And that’s because it has taken me well over a year to make these ribbon products available to you…

Finding a supplier…

First, I had to figure out a supplier who could make quality products for a reasonable price.  I thought I had found one…  But then, I read reviews which stated they didn’t offer good customer service.  So, back to the drawing board…

About five months ago, I realized that (via Facebook), I know an incredible woman who owns a small business that makes custom shirts.  I reached out to the owner of Alabama Vinyl and Blanks Supply Company, and she was extremely excited to help me with the ribbon products!

Figuring out the artwork, color, style…

Photo of Brandi Lytle, creator of the Childless Not By Choice Awareness Ribbon & founder of Not So Mommy..., a childless blog

After quite a few back-and-forth emails, we finally got the artwork just how I wanted…  Then, we had to figure out the color of the shirt.  We landed on a darker grey, which I love because the ribbon shows up beautifully!  We also discussed two different styles of t-shirts.  The one I chose fits a bit looser.  As someone who suffers from endo belly, I really don’t like clingy t-shirts.  I feel super confident in this comfy fit (I ordered a medium), and I think you will, too!

Creating the shop page…

Next, I had to figure out how to create a page where you, fabulous ones, could order a shirt and pay for it.  First try…  Well, it didn’t work out.  After some thought, I decided to use a PayPal button, which is what I use for the donate button at Not So Mommy…, too.  Even after figuring that out, it took me an entire afternoon to get five products loaded…

In the future, I hope to add more products.  But right now, there are five t-shirts available.  All of them have the olive green Childless Not By Choice Ribbon.  But you can choose from five different sayings…

  • Cat Mom Proud
  • Dog Mom Proud
  • Fur Mom Proud
  • Pet Parent Proud
  • I am not ashamed of my story…

A bit more info…

The t-shirts are available in sizes Small to 3X-Large.  The cost is $24.99 to $27.99, depending on the size.  Also, shipping is included within the United States.  For fabulous ones outside the US…  If you’d like to order a shirt, please contact me for international shipping rates.

Profits from t-shirt / ribbon sales will be used to maintain this website and to continue to fulfill the purpose of Not So Mommy… (Learn more about Our Purpose here…)  Since I’m a one-woman show selling custom t-shirts made by a small business, all “Shop The Ribbon” sales are final.  In other words, no exchanges nor refunds.

Check out Shop The Ribbon!

I really hope you’ll check out the brand-new Shop The Ribbon!  Just click here!

After you get your t-shirt, post your fabulous selfie on Facebook and/or Instagram rockin’ the olive green Childless Not By Choice Awareness Ribbon!  And don’t forget to add #NotSoMommy #RedefiningMomhood

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Click to Shop The Ribbon!


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