Getting Real With +Shadra Bruce, Owner of +MomsGetReal

There are a lot of complications to taking a long road trip. One of the biggest facing us this summer as we’ll be on the road for 33 days is making sure we have enough clean clothes to get us through. Along the way we’ll be staying mostly in hotels, which are costly enough without adding laundry service, but there are spots along the way where we’ll be invading friends and family – and in addition to borrowing sleep space, plan to borrow the washing machine too.

But in between these stops, the cleaner we can keep our clothes, the better. I’m not traveling with toddlers anymore, but at the end of any given meal, it might seem as though I am. Anika doesn’t often make it through a meal without a bite dropping to her lap; Parker has the habit of reaching for his shirt before his napkin; Kyle’s physical challenges, while not yet limiting his ability to feed himself, certainly lead to a number of messes. And who are we kidding?! Nearly every time I eat – especially if I’m out in a restaurant and want to look good – the food takes a detour past my mouth and lands on the shelf created by my chest. Yep, that’s right. You can trace the history of my eating habits through the stains on any number of shirts that have been in my wardrobe if you just look at the most likely landing spot.

But again, we’re going to be on the road for 33 days. Insanity aside, I’d like to be able to arrive at our destination, even after a quick meal on the fly as we keep driving, without looking like I bathed in my lunch.

That’s why Kathy Steck is my hero(ine). I can’t exactly wear a bib; that would draw more attention than the food stain on my shirt might. But, I can wear a lovely, well-designed, washable scarf when I eat. In fact, given my lack of ability to think an outfit through to accessorize, I might even look better than I typically do. This year on our travels, we’ll have a wonderful solution to the typical food-missing-the-mouth issues we face: we’ll have DinerWear™.

DinerWear is a line of clothing protection products with style, featuring the Cravaat, the Cravaat II, and the Napkin at Your Neck. The Cravaat™ is the most stylish alternative to the adult bib. Use this dining scarf for everyday spills. The Cravaat™ II gives stylish coverage extended to your lap. The Napkin at Your Neck™ is a dignified clothing protector for more coverage.

As they say on the DinerWear website, “an ounce of protection is worth a pound of laundry.” When you’re on the road, that can be a really big deal. Space to pack a lot of extra clothing is limited.

That the Cravaats are also stylish and attractive, making them a functional addition to the wardrobe is simply a bonus. What really makes these products fabulous is that if you’re eating and you spill on the Cravaat or Napkin at Your Neck, you remove it and your clothes are still clean. If you can’t get to a laundry facility right away, the Cravaat, Cravaat II and Napkin at Your Neck are easy to rinse out in the sink and dry quickly so that they’re available for use for the next meal.

The Cravaats are stylish and can be worn by either a man or a woman. The Cravaat II is long enough to cover the front of the shirt and the lap, making it ideal for eating in the car.

The Napkin at Your Neck is such a great design that we’re using one for Kyle at home to protect his clothes from staining (he has to have special, easy to pull up pants in order to help him stay independent, and they’re not cheap). The Napkin at Your Neck is long enough to protect his pants as well as his shirt, so he stays clean and his clothes stay protected.

I’ve also discovered that the Napkin at Your Neck is a great protector for my clothing when I’m painting and unleashing my creative side. While I can’t promise I’ll ever get the oil paint stains out, the protection it offers is worth it.

Each purchase comes in a vinyl travel pouch or an organza bag. You can purchase Cravaat, Cravaat II, and Napkin at Your Neck from:
Binson’s Home Health Care Supplies (Michigan & Florida)
Alco Glass (Berkley, Michigan)
The Comfort Store (Austin, Texas)
The Wright Stuff

DinerWear provided MomsGetReal with products for review purposes.

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