Too Sweet Boutique!!
Part of pumping insulin is finding a place to stash your pump: in your pocket, in your sock, clipped to your belt loop, as part of a disco boob ensemble ... the possibilities are as vast as your wardrobe. But sometimes you don't want just any ol' place to stick your pump. Sometimes you want to sassy-it-up a bit.
This is where the creative genius of Amy Holmes comes into play. Amy is a hero of mine - wife of a person with diabetes and also the mother of one - and she's really helping people emotionally OWN their diabetes with her gorgeous pump and CGM packs that she sells in the Too Sweet Boutique. Amy agreed to chat with me, and I'm thrilled to be sharing her inspiring story and beautiful designs.
Kerri: Hi Amy! Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me today. I’m really excited to help share your fantastic work with the SUM readers. I also know that you have more than one person with diabetes in your family – can you share your story?
Amy Holmes: Thank you so much for the invite Kerri! I am honored to do it! Yes, diabetes has always been part of my life. I lost my father to type 1 when I was five, which obviously had a huge impact on my childhood. However, it wasn’t until my husband was diagnosed several years into our marriage that I really lived with diabetes.
His diagnosis with type 1 at age 26 was a complete shocker to both of us. Watching the love of my life deal with the diagnosis was both painful and inspiring. One day he was invincible, and the next he was at the mercy of insulin and relentless battles with blood sugar. It was hard, but within a year he was pumping and doing amazingly well. Diabetes was little more than background noise, (ever present and often annoying, but certainly not the star of the show), when we made the decision to have a second child a few years later. Diabetes wasn’t going to stop us!
When our beautiful baby girl was 9 months-old I began to notice her unusual thirst, and was quite simply terrified. She stopped wanting to nurse because she knew she could get more milk from a bottle, and another, and another… Her symptoms were still subtle when we took her to the pediatrician, but her blood sugar was 699 and she was dangerously close to DKA.
Managing a baby with diabetes was a challenge unlike anything we’d ever faced. She started pumping just after her first birthday and with that change we finally had hope that life would be OK again. I knew there was no going back to the forced feeding schedule and 6+ injections she’d been getting daily, we just had to figure out how to keep her pump safely attached to her tiny, wiggly body!
She is now a six year-old pumping princess who has no memory of life without diabetes. It’s bitter-sweet, but until there is a cure, it is my goal to make living with diabetes as Sweet as possible for her. Both of my “sweeties” amaze and inspire me every single day!
Kerri: What made you decide to start the fabulous Too Sweet Boutique?
Amy: I was already sewing and designing boutique clothing under the name Too Sweet, (in honor of my little D princess), so I decided to tackle our pump pouch problem myself. I wanted a product that was fun and fashionable, but it had to work for us and fit great too! I decided to take the best features of our favorite pouches and combine them with the boutique style we crave. Once we started using them we were in love and I knew that other kids had to have them too!
Kerri: So are the items from the Too Sweet Boutique just for little girls? Or can boys get in on the action? And are there options for … ahem … grown ups who may want a cool pump or CGM pouch?
Amy: While most of my customers are little girls, I have options for boys and pumpers of all ages! I’ve made custom items for infants, teens, retirees and athletes all around the world. My husband is a huge fan of my Perfectly Clear pouches for sports. If you use a CGM, that clear screen is your best friend. (It’s my all time favorite feature! Once we went clear, there was no going back!) I can also create custom belts for Omnipod PDM’s and a variety of CGM receivers.
Kerri: How can someone order products from you?
Amy: You can find my Sweet little shop at TooSweetBoutique.net. All of my items are custom made to order, but you can find lots of pictures and ordering information there. You can also like TooSweet Boutique on Facebook to keep up with new products and sales.
Kerri: And what’s next for your growing business?
Amy: Kerri, I am super excited to tell you that I have just tackled another one of our style challenged D accessories… our meter bag! I have never found a bag that was just the right size to hold what we really need to carry each day. I have designed an adorable little bag that holds exactly what most people with D need to keep with them, and it’s CUTE! I am just beginning the production process, so it’s not available yet, but it will be soon, and it’s going to be Sweet!!
As Too Sweet Boutique continues to grow I hope to provide more fun, functional, fashionable options for children and adults living with diabetes. You are all amazing and inspiring, and your diabetes accessories should be too! Happy Pumping!
[Editor's Note: Amy's daughter is one of the cutest kids I have ever seen. And she's got great hair. :) ]