The latest innovation in women’s panties gives new meaning to wired up

My good friend Jenny Hansen is the queen of all things underwear related. Her multiple volumes of the Undie Chronicles feature gems like Christian panties, garter-string knickers, thunderwear, portmanteau-mania, knitted man styles here and here, and incredible edibles and naughty knickers for men. They are hilarious. She even coined the Twitter hashtag #pantypeeps (long live the #pantypeeps).

In honor and admiration of the Undie Chronicles, today I’d like to feature the latest innovation in underwear. Allow me to introduce you to….the C string Thong.

I know. At first glance you might think “Ummmm…I don’t think so Natalie” but wait. Give them a chance.

We are all looking for the best bang for a buck and I am telling you, these delicate drawers are super multipurpose. They are…3 products in one!

They are underwear!

Say goodbye to nasty panty lines and uncomfortable straps. With C string Thongs (also known as the strapless thong or the world’s smallest thong) you will enjoy a new kind of panty freedom. They are made with a flexible internal frame that is shaped to hug your body and stay in place securely and comfortably.

These bad boys definitely give the g-string a run for its money in the barely-there category.

Although websites tout that the C string Thongs can be worn under all your fav clothes, I think I’d be a wee bit hesitant. I’d hate to walk into that all important meeting only to find my panties fell out of my skirt and bounced on the floor. Or perhaps just slipped out a pant leg? Eeeekkeee…how potentially embarrassing.

They are swimwear!

C string Thongs can double as SWIMWEAR (for those of you who are super brave)! I am not sure I agree with the website’s claim that they are “Comfortably secure so your modesty remains safe” since to me, there’s nothing “modest” about the C string Thong but hey, to each their own.

They are headwear!

Not to mention if something happens and you are having a bad hair day, you can whip that bendable brief out and suddenly it’s a Fascinator. Sweep those nasty bangs back and grin and giggle while you receive compliments from your coworkers. You’ll be thinking to yourself “if only you knew where these have been…” And if nothing else, you can give the royal wedding a run for its money!

You heard it here first. It’s a panty, a swimsuit, and a Fascinator.

That’s 3 unique uses in ONE product. Like….where else can you get that kind of VALUE people?!?!

But Wait. There’s more….

C string Thongs are now available for MEN!

Yes, you read that right. Since I know hubby will be dying to see me pouncing around in these pretty little panties, now I can get him the MATCHING pair so he can enjoy all that coziness and comfort as well! I mean, what couple doesn’t want matching undies, right?!?!?

On another good note, I think the C string Thong would definitely show off my vajazzling!

Think you’ll head out tanning in the C string Thong anytime soon? Is that modest enough for you? How far will you go to attain no panty lines? My question is this, if I am THAT concerned about panty lines or about being comfortable, why not just go commando?

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

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Multipurpose memorial stones

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there!

On Saturday, hubby and I went out shopping to pick up a few Mother’s Day items. We got my Mom a beautiful pot with spring flowers already blooming. While we were searching for a tombstone spray of flowers to put at Mamma’s K’s grave, we happened upon a beautiful man-made rock with a “memorial” phrase engraved.

When we both read it, tears sprung to our eyes. Had anything else said it so perfectly? Nope. It was so good; I got one for my Dad’s grave site as well. Hubby and I were very proud of our sentimental find.

So yesterday morning, we took my Mom for a brunch at one of our long-time favorite Mother’s Day buffets. There was every breakfast item one could imagine and then some. Plus they featured a huge lunch buffet which consisted of every kind of seafood, meat and chowder that was to die for. The dessert table was a dream come true. It was delicious. It was wonderful to spend the morning relaxing, chatting and just hanging out. Poor Mom was sick with a bad cold so we didn’t keep her out for long.

After dropping my Mom off at home, we headed off to honor Mamma K. Hubby planned a fabulous afternoon. We drove to Sussex (about an hour or so away) and hiked up a stunning mountain trail to a gorgeous bluff look-out. The sunsets are spectacular. It just so happened that when we got there, we were alone, which was lovely. We enjoyed the vista and spread some of Mamma K ashes under a bush where she’ll be out of the elements but will have an amazing view of the valley and the sunsets.

Hubby spreading some of Mamma K’s ashes

Mamma K’s View

Then we set off to visit her grave in St. Martin’s to lay the engraved rock.

There we were in the truck heading on our way. I reached in the back to get the rock to take the sales sticker off the bottom. I flipped it over and started to peel the ticket when something caught my eye. Right next to the price, it said “Memorial Stone Pet”.

Hmmmm….

Me: Hubby….ummmm…did you see the price sticker on the bottom?

Hubby: No, why?

Me: Well….it says here it’s a ‘Memorial Stone Pet’

Hubby: Really?

Me: Yip. The little gold paw prints up the side sort of make sense now.

*Both giggling at this point*

Hubby: Well…now that you mention it…that does sort of make better sense. Leave it to you and I to get my mother an engraved memorial stone for pets.

Me: Regardless what it was meant for, the engraved phrase is beautiful and sums up how we feel…so I say we stick with the plan.

Hubby: You know, if nothing else, Mamma K would get a kick out of it!

We chuckled the rest of the drive and we did leave the stone at her gravesite because regardless of what the intent was, the sentiment remained the same.

I am sure Dad will love his too!

How did you spend Mother’s Day? How do you honor your Mom (here or gone before you)? What gravesite memorials have you seen that caught your eye for one reason or another?

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I will Stride for Change ~ won’t you join me?

Thousands of Canadians are joining the fight to end impaired driving by participating in MADD Canada’s annual Strides for Change walk-a-thon. Events are held in communities across Canada from late spring through early summer.

The 5 km walk supports MADD Canada Chapters and Community Leaders in their efforts to educate and create awareness about the dangers of impaired driving as well as help victims in their community.

Hubby and I are super pumped to be taking part in the MADD Saint John event on June 2. I am sure you saw my post last week where I spoke at length about how MADD Canada and the MADD Saint John Chapter has been instrumental in supporting and helping my family heal through our devastating experience with impaired driving. Not to mention the tireless efforts MADD Canada makes towards advocating for tougher and more effective impaired driving policies and laws to ensure that our communities are safer.

It is both our honor and privilege to do whatever we can to bring awareness and to give back to an organization that does so much!

Now, the uberliciously cool thing; there are a bunch of ways YOU can take part as well; no matter where you live.

  1. First, if you live nearby and want to join hubby and I, just visit the website, sign up for the Saint John event, let us know, start gathering pledges, and on June 2, we’ll Stride for Change together!
  2. Second, if you live in Canada, check out the Strides for Change Calendar to find an event near you and sign-up.
  3. Third, if you aren’t in Canada or near a site, never fear. You can be a virtual walker by making a donation and then heading off and doing your own 5 km walk anytime, anyplace. How uber fabulous is that?!?! Be sure to let me know if you do so I can cheer you on!

If you want to support MADD Canada and Strides for Change by offering a pledge towards mine and hubby’s walk, that would rock (please do not feel obligated in any way). Here are the many ways we can make this happen:

  1. If you are located in either Fredericton or Saint John, NB, fire me an email (natalie at nataliehartford dot com) and I’ll make arrangements to pick up your pledge.
  2. You can send us a pledge via an email money transfer (if your bank supports that option) to natalie at nataliehartford dot com.
  3. Email me your intentions and follow-up with a cheque via snail mail (yip, there’s still such a thing): 65 Stirling Drive, Killarney Road, NB, E3A 9E9, Canada.
  4. Make an online donation via MADD Canada’s secure website here and put Hartford in the “I want to make a donation in support of the following Strides for Change participant” box. Be sure to send me an email and let me know you’ve made a donation because MADD Canada won’t be able to tell me donation amounts submitted this way until after the walk.

And if a financial pledge isn’t your thing, that is totally cool. You can join in the fun by visiting my comments section below and leaving us a great “Hoorah” note so we know that you are Striding for Change with us in spirit! We can always use lots of that!

What walk-a-thons have you taken part in? How does participating make you feel? Do you think they are effective at raising funds and awareness?

Two years ago, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web.

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Urban Word Wednesday: Crotchcorn

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Crotchcorn: the popcorn that you inevitably drop onto your crotch during a movie that you will eat anyway.

Examples Of Use:

Hubby and I hit the movies with friends last week. We went to see Cabin in the Woods. Ummm…I am not one for scary movies and it was definitely a jumper for me but at the same time it was a comedy. I am honestly not sure how to review it. I liked it but it was….well…weird.

Anyway, there we sat in the back row; hubby, me, my BFF’s hubby (we’ll call him J-Dog), my BFF (the ever-beautiful Laura), and Laura’s sister (Maggie). The theatre was pretty full. We had people in front of us and beside us. I was having myself a good time munching down on a small bag of popcorn.

Normally I would have gotten a regular size but I was trying to be good. But have you SEEN how small a small is now? It’s like a slightly upgraded kid’s pack. And don’t even get me started on how the theatre person tried to short change me about 2 inches of popcorn. OMG! I had to send her back to FILL the bag to the top. I mean, the stuff cost a small fortune; it’s like gold popcorn so I wanted every kernel they could fit in the tiny bag.

ANYWAY, to make a long story short, given that I LOVE theatre popcorn and it was this itty bitty, tiny, little bag (and this was my supper), I wasn’t letting ONE piece go to waste!

J-Dog: good lord – how much crotchcorn do you have down there?

Me: WHAT?!?!?! What is crotchcorn?

J-Dog: you know…all the popcorn that missed your mouth and landed in your crotch that you are now pecking at like a hen. It’s like a never-ending supply down there. To be honest, I can’t believe you are eating that stuff. Most people toss it on the floor.

Me: really? What a waste. I mean, it’s perfectly good popcorn and now it’s like reheated from hanging out down below. It’s like it just came out of the popcorn maker. I like crotchcorn!

J-Dog (to hubby): she’s all yours big guy.

Hubby: don’t I know it, a real treat.

Me: I am so using this on my blog. My readers will love to know about crotchcorn! And I bet they eat it!

So how about it? Do you eat the crotchcorn or toss it on the floor (all wasteful) like hubby and J-Dog? Come on…share the wealth…

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Side-sleeping women celebrate ~ long awaited bust support

Like a lot of women, I sleep on my side nearly every night. And I am sure I am not alone in my sometimes quite painful bust discomfort. The two sort of slam together fighting for space under my PJs. One gets tired of bearing the brunt of the bottom and cries out in painful muscle spasms until I wake up enough to shift to the other side. I swear I can almost hear lefty laughingly screaming out “take it bitch!” as she gets the top advantage point for a couple of hours.

And it’s not like I have a bonanza of boobilicousness going on. I mean, I am just a healthy ol’ C cup. I can’t imagine how women with larger endowments feel or how they cope. Ugh!

Well ladies, you know I am all about providing you with little gadgets and fun to increase your comfort and ease in life. I mean, I guarantee that at some point in your life (even if you never admit to it) the instructions to peeing in the bush and the Go Girl will come in handy. And don’t even get me started on the usefulness of Subtle Butt. I mean…need I say more?!?!?

But I must say I’ve really outdone myself this time. I’ve really found something that’s gonna knock your breasts back and have your ladies singing songs of happiness and joy! Allow me to introduce you to….Kush Support.

This is a “ground-breaking product” for side-sleeping women who have been visited by the breast fairy over and over again. Once thought to be a gift, now a curse! You insert the Kush Support between your breasts and it offers support while sleeping. Squeeee.

Can you say boobilicious?!?! What this also means is a more restful and better quality of sleep now that you are waking up to your ladies duking it out like mud slinging women wrestlers.

I mean…check out their promo video!

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I bet hubby would like me to order her pretty nightie as well. I am usually off to bed in a ratty old t-shirt and that green/pink fairy-like outfit would really knock his socks off. But I digress.

Kush Support looks like it’d definitely provide that much needed support and…separation! I am not sure about the “the $24.99 that can change your life” claim but it looks like it’d certainly reduce the nightly breast battle and if nothing else, I’m sure hubby would get a great kick out of it. Not to mention, it looks like it could double for a little pre-sleep pleasure party (wink wink…if you know what I mean…hain hain…).

You can order your own Kush Support by visiting their website.

Any boob battles going on during your nightly sleep? How do you keep the sisters from knocking each other into next week? What sleep aids have you found that make a difference in your quality of sleep? Come on…share the wealth!

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

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Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

This simple phrase that Thomas Jefferson cleverly crafted into our neighbor’s Declaration of Independence has always been woven into the inner fabric of my soul. It’s more than just a phrase of individual rights. It’s a core belief, a set of values and it can be a defining way to live one’s life.

I like to think of myself as a fairly happy person. I live a great life. I’m healthy. I have solid marriage. I have great family and friends, and support from both. I live a comfortable life financially. I’m active in my interests and love to laugh on a daily basis. I also try to not take life too seriously and ask myself often ‘does this really matter?’ But there will always be the pursuit…

This pursuit is not a unique idea, dream, or achievable goal. If you asked almost anyone: “would you like to be happy?” they would answer: “Most definitely!!”. Yet even though most people want to be happy I find there are fewer people who are willing to actually pursue happiness, focus on it, work for it, or even simply demand happiness in their lives. Most (including myself) are all guilty of this at some point in our life.

Now we all know redneck blood flows through my veins like moonshine through a copper still – so I wanted to share with you a redneck’s pursuit of happiness. Recently I’ve stumbled across a new A&E show called Duck Dynasty.

For those that do not know – it’s a show about a Louisiana redneck family that strikes it rich with a unique duck call design. This is a rags to riches story. But being rednecks – they never let the money change their pursuit of happiness in maintaining a light and simple life surrounded by family.

The show is full of redneck characters, life lessons, and family values – it’s more or less Redneck Cosby’s reality TV. So if you haven’t seen the show, below are a few video clips of the family members and their dynamics:

Phil Robertson – the Father:

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Miss Kay – the Mother

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Willie and Jase – sons/brothers

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Uncle Si

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Family Values

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Now I realize this show will not be everyone’s cup of iced-tea and it’s not intellectual TV, BUT you cannot help but to fall in love with these characters. They are simple people with simple values a strong sense of family and a continuous pursuit of happiness. Every episode leaves me with a few laughs, a few redneck inspirational moments/quotes and the desire to have a family dinner. I guess what I’m saying is – Duck Dynasty adds to my pursuit of happiness and I hope in some small way this has added to yours as well…QUACK! QUACK!

How do you pursue your happiness? What adds to it? Have you seen Duck Dynasty yet?

More blog deliciousness here:

  • Loved August McLaughlin’s post on living Cinderella strong (not to mention her incredible music video at the end).
  • FAB healthy snack ideas for road trips from Ginger Calem – great timing with summer around the corner.
  • Would you go door-to-door to make your dreams come true? Loved that Sherry Isaac shared with us the story of Scotty James, a musician who did just that. So inspiring!

MADD Canada annual conference helps people heal

The last weekend in April, hubby’s two sisters traveled to Oakville, Ontario to attend MADD Canada’s 19th annual National Conference for Victims of Impaired Driving. Over 2 days, they gathered with 200 other people who have suffered loss or injury due to impaired driving, a bond no one ever wants to share and yet tens of thousands of Canadian do.

The participants attended sessions on a wide range of topics from living with injuries, parenting after the loss of a child, understanding the criminal justice system etc. There was also a special stream for younger victims, aged 25 and under.

One of the most amazing things was that the Conference centered around a Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Remembrance on the Saturday night. In a powerful ceremony, participants paid tribute to the loved ones they had lost or acknowledged the injuries caused by impaired driving with a photo, short reading and the lighting of a single candle for each victim.

Last year, hubby and the Dude attended the same conference and both said it was one of the most enlightening and supportive events they had ever attended.

Both years, the Saint John chapter of MADD Canada sponsored the Kennie family attending the conference so there was no cost to them to take part.

Sometimes people ask me what MADD Canada does for the victims other than advocate for change and create awareness. I can tell you that this conference has played a huge role in helping my family members heal from this devastating tragedy; it is an incredible place of help and support.

MADD Canada has volunteer-driven groups just like the Saint John chapter in more than 100 communities across the country, and they offer: grief and bereavement support; support through the criminal justice system (a representative of the MADD Canada Saint John chapter attended each and every court session with us); assistance with victim impact statements (they helped us write ours and showed us examples of good ones); help with understanding victims’ rights; a lending library; brochures, community referrals; and trained victim service volunteers.

I could never thank MADD Canada enough for all that they continue to do to support victims as well as create awareness and advocate for change.

How have non-profit organizations supported you in your time of need?

Two years ago, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web.

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Urban Word Wednesday: Vagancy

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Vagancy (pronounced vaj-ancy): A portmanteau of the words “Vagina” and “Vacancy” meaning a vacant vagina.

Examples Of Use:

While down in the Dominican Republic on vacation, hubby and love to people watch and we like to have a little fun while at it! We were lying on our beach chairs with some friends (and strangers alike) around when hubby spotted a woman….ummm…really working on her tan.

Hubby: wowzers – will you look at that?

Me: what?

*hubby gives a nudge to look towards the water*

Me: well now…that’s confidence! At least she won’t have those smiley-face tan lines when she bends over.

Hubby: posed like that, it looks like she’s advertising a vagancy.

Me: well, she’s definitely putting it all out there.

Friends: ok, what in God’s name in a vagancy?

Hubby: you know, availability in the vagina.

Friends: OMG – seriously? You two are whacked.

Hubby and I: we know!

I know you’ve all got stories about women overtly displaying their vagancy…come on…share the wealth…

More blog deliciousness here:

  • Near died reading The Oatmeal’s horrible cards. RIOT! Sadly, I could use some of these.
  • Elena Aitken’s guest post on Leanne Shirtliffe’s blog with the top 10 signs Mom needs a vacation had me keeling over in giggles.
  • Ever gone toe to toe with raccoons? OMG loved K.B. Owen’s post on the little furry bandits and all the stories everyone had to share.

Trailer hitch hammock (aka the bumper thumper)

Over the last year, I’ve featured a couple trailer hitch inventions that totally rock. The trailer hitch stripper pole (a personal fav), tv stand, and who could forget last week’s bumper dumper – all creature comforts of home we like to take with us on the road.

Well I have found the mother of all trailer hitch inventions. How about Hammaka Trailer Hitch Stand?

I mean, can you say ultimate tailgating party equipment to enhance your leisure and comfort?

And this hammock system is built to last. It’s made from durable steel and will hold 250 pounds on each arm. It attaches to any 2-inch standard hitch receiver and its 3-piece installation assembles in only minutes. Add a couple Ultimate Hanging Air Chairs (as featured in the picture) and BAM, you are set to swing on the back of your truck for hours.

OMG can you say MUST HAVE! I can picture hubby and I using it at all kinds of tailgating events this year. We are planning on hitting a few outdoor concerts. What better place to max and relax in our dual trailer hitch hammock system than in the parking lot awaiting entrance to the concert.

Or what about backing the truck up to the bank of a lake and casting a pole while swinging gently in the wind. Oh yes – my kind of fishing!

Or if a camp party gets a little stuffy, I’ll be able to just sneak outside and lounge around in my hammock chair. Get some air. Relax. Best yet, let’s say I get a little too drunk. I’d be able to take a nap and hubby could just hop in, drive us home and toss a blanket over me. Tada. Comfort AND convenience.

Or how about using this at work during those gorgeous summer days!!! Happens all the time where I am at work, all stressed out and even more PISSED because there I sit at my computer for hours watching the gorgeous summer day pass me by. Well no more. Now I can park the truck, whip up my trailer hitch hammock and give new meaning to the words break time and lunch! I can totally picture myself catching some rays. Shoot, maybe the wireless would reach and I could actually work from my hammock chair?!?!? You know, a happy employee means a productive employee.

Heck, I bet I could even RENT out the chairs at work while I am not using them and recoup the initial purchase cost and then some. Genius. I’ll make a fortune. I’ll be a hit, a superstar, everyone’s BFF! This little venture will put hubby’s Fry and Ride venture idea to shame!

And…the BEST part…with a little privacy the entire thing could be converted to one HELL of a bumper thumper. Oh yeah – put your minds directly IN the gutter with me friends! What FUN! Naked. Outdoors. Swinging. Squeee! I am in like flin! And I am sure with a few hints about all the “adult” swing fun and frolicking we could have; hubby will whip out his credit card for this one. We’ll be “just a swinging” in no time.

Where would you use the trailer hitch hammock system? Come on…share the wealth…

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

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