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Free Stuff Friday! Go Back To School in (Safe) Style!


Free Stuff FridayWhat’s better than a Friday in summer? A FREE STUFF FRIDAY in summer! And better than that, today’s FREE STUFF FRIDAY brings TWO great prizes for one lucky winner! Read on!

For today’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with the fantastic folks over at SleekSleeves. Just like the team at Lauren's Hope, SleekSleeves knows that "medical" and "fashionable" are NOT mutually exclusive!  Not familiar with SleekSleeves yet? Here’s what they’re all about: 

Helping individuals facing medical challenges to Look Good * Feel Better has been our mission since SleekSleeves was founded in 2011. SleekSleeves line of medical fashion accessories has become widely sought after to cover and protect a range of medical devices including OmniPods, CGM sites, PICC lines. The SleekSleeves community includes individuals of all ages seeking style, protection and comfort for a variety of medical needs.

There are many different ways SleekSleeves can be worn and our customers have informed us about some of their favorite uses. Many parents use the adult Arm Band on their child’s thigh to cover an OmniPod. With 18 different patterns, there are SleekSleeves for a variety of styles and personalities and they are perfect to coordinate with your favorite outfits. There could not be a better time to join our community than during this year’s back-to-school season.

Cool, right? At Lauren's Hope, we love seeing fun new ways of helping people stay safe in style! 


The Giveaway

The deal today is pretty simple. One lucky winner will receive TWO $50 gift certificates: one from Lauren’s Hope and one from SleekSleeves.

  1. Check out the four Back-To-School outfit sets on this page, each of which pairs a stylish Lauren’s Hope medical ID with a fab SleekSleeves product.
  2. Leave a comment to vote for your favorite, and tell us how you would wear (or share!) your prizes! Entries must be received by midnight, Sunday, August 3, 2014.
  3. Check back here on Monday, August 4th, to find out if you won! The winner's name will be announced at the bottom of this post and on the Lauren's Hope and SleekSleeves Facebook pages. 

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The Boring Stuff...As usual, there are rules. They’re boring, but they’re here for your reading pleasure.

Ready? Set... VOTE!

Our FREE STUFF FRIDAY winner is…Jennifer C! 

winner freeJennifer entered with the following comment: "I love #2 because it looks both dressy and casual at the same time. Although I have to vote for #3 as well because of my love for superheroes!! I don't let diabetes stop me from doing anything, and sleek sleeves would help keep my diabetes gadgets from getting in the way. The ID bracelets from Lauren's hope give me a sense of security in that if anything were to happen to me someone could read my ID and know how to help. Happy Friday!"

Congratulations, Jennifer! You have won a $50 Lauren's Hope Medical ID Bracelets gift certificate AND a $50 SleekSleeves gift certificate! Please email tara@laurenshope.com to claim your prizes!

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I love the ensemble # 2.  
Stylish and sporty at the same time! 
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 8:09 AM by Sarah Sherman
My daughter is such a colorful lil diva that she would definitely love #1 . I also love the way this tightens, it's a bracelet that can grow with her and her spunky attire...
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 8:10 AM by Marisol Gutierrez
I personally love #2 - it's totally my style, but my son would probably love #3 since the Flash is his favourite superhero. I'd probably share my Lauren's Hope GC with either my son, or get something for my dad (though I'd love a new bracelet, too!), but I'm not sure who I'd give the Sleek Sleeve's GC too...
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 8:17 AM by Sara Westhead
In September, my daughter will enter middle school. Dressing stylish, to "fit in" with the crowd is always a challenge. I insist that she wear her Medical ID bracelet, which isn't always "cool" but a necessity, when you have a life threatening food allergy. I think set #2 would be a perfect fit for her, stylish and a cool teenage style medical ID bracelet.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 8:21 AM by Maria
I absolutely love #2. 
Love the teal and grey combination. 
I really like the cuffs from Lauren's Hope because I have a medical id bracelet/watch I don't wear because I can't close the clasp by myself on my own wrist.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 8:27 AM by Erika
Outfit #1every girl needs a stylish id bracket to set off her outfit and add a little fashion. Our daughter would wear the bracelet and sleeve to school and activities to let others know about her allergy.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 8:33 AM by Christy Wageman
Love number two ccmyctwo girls with type 1 diabetes loves it and would wear it. One is goin off to college and said they were cool colors she would wear to school
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 8:35 AM by Lucy Grubbs
All are stylish but I'd go with #4 for my 9 year old son with T1. Classic look.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 8:39 AM by Belinda
My 8 year old type one daughter would LOVE number one. She used an old pair of leggings to make her own arm band last week, which was awesome, but she would probably love a professional one even more!
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 8:47 AM by Rebecca Dravis
I love #2 because it looks both dressy and casual at the same time. Although I have to vote for #3 as well because of my love for superheroes!! I don't let diabetes stop me from doing anything, and sleek sleeves would help keep my diabetes gadgets from getting in the way. The ID bracelets from Lauren's hope give me a sense of security in that if anything were to happen to me someone could read my ID and know how to help. Happy Friday!
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 8:53 AM by Jennifer
#2! Work well with my diabetes supplies. Omnipod insulin pump and Dexcom cgm. My id bracelet broken on vacation! What a great outfit! I would be honored to win this prize of two certificates! Thank you!
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 9:02 AM by Leann Pabich-Schiller
My son would look so handsome entering high school in ensemble #4! What a classy, grown up look!
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 9:13 AM by Sue Lake
I love #2 - especially the medical cuff. Those brackets have come a looong way since I was a kid. I'd be much more likely to wear one as stylish as that.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 9:31 AM by Karen Drake
My daughter would love #1. At 6, anything with pink and purple suit her perfectly.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 9:36 AM by Kim Blankenship
The set #1 has my daughter written all over it :) And the active design of the bracelet allows her to easy use with her sports.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 9:37 AM by Tamrah T
Set #2 is my pick. This would be perfect for my daughter. It is totally her style!
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 9:49 AM by Andrea F
I love #2 and #4. #2 would be great for myself but #4 would be great for a very close family friend who was just diagnosed with a brutal cancer and has just started treatment.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 9:57 AM by Nicole O
Love #3 for my 10yr old son. He could start the 5th grade looking cooler than he already does!
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 10:09 AM by Jolene Woolley
I absolutely LOVE set #2!!! I would totally wear that combo to college this fall! I love the accessories and the color scheme! The only thing I would change is the shoes, as I am not a flip-flop person. I would pair with wedge heels or boots!
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 10:12 AM by Jennifer Garner
We love Set #1. Our eight year old daughter would love a new medical ID and arm band from Sleek Sleeves. She has Type 1 Diabetes and we use armbands to cover her CGM sensor and love your Medical IDs! Thanks for the opportunity!
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 10:18 AM by Jenna Schmitz
Love love #2!!! It is the best of everything. My oldest daughter would love it and her younger sister would try to steal it!!! This would be timely since her bracket just broke.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 11:37 AM by Kelly
Love option #2! Would love a Sleek sleeve to cover sensor when placed in arm or leg. :-) love the ID bracelet as well :)
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 11:38 AM by Sarah
I love outfit with the sleek sleeve #2! I would wear it to school and basically everyday! I just got a picc line a month ago. I hope I win!
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 11:58 AM by Laura Matthews
I would have to vote 4. My son is going into 7th grade and its the look he's going for this year.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 11:59 AM by Missy Combs
Set #2 is the coolest set for girls definitely. I love the new Cuff style bracelet,I have been thinking about trying one.I'm new to this site,new to the whole bracelet thing,having just been told to wear one for my Kidney Disease.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 12:04 PM by michelle creager
I would like to share either #1 for my granddaughter, or #2 for my daughter!My daughter has the same medical condition I do so this would be perfect for her. And #1 for my granddaughter just because she is a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day and I would love for her to have something so beautiful!Thank you so much for all that you do to brighten everyone's day :)
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 12:19 PM by Joyce Zaleski
Love #1 for my granddaughter. She would love the bright colors!
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 12:19 PM by Diana
Ooooo, love outfit #2, I'd certainly wear it everyday casual and could dress it up w/ heels/wedgies and necklace for going out to dinner or movie. the shirt is even in one of my fave colors, dove grey! With the gift card from SleekSleeves I'd buy two short arm bands, (flowery, bright & cheerful) one for me to cover my OmniPod Insulin pump and one for my sister-in-law to cover her PICC line. The Lauren's hope gift cert, I'd either get a bangle bracelet or necklace with all my med info.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 1:11 PM by Charlotte
Set #1 is so super cute, I love the bright colors! My 6 year old would love a new diabetes bracelet, and those sleeves are so cute!!
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 1:57 PM by Katie
My fave is No. 3. Could use for first day of fourth grade.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 2:09 PM by HC
Set #1 is super cute for my sweet P. She needs a cute stylish medical bracelet. The sleeve would perfect to protect her cgm on her arm.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 2:18 PM by Stephanie W.
My favorite is look #2 for my daughter. So stylish ! A lifesaver !
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 2:28 PM by Nancy
I love #1 for my daughter. She would love the colorful bracelet and arm band to wear over her CGM or pod!
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 4:09 PM by Dawn K.
Love #1, My grand daughter Aurora Lynn Bug as we call her would love this. She has Spina Bifida. She always has a smile on her face and brings a smile and joy to everyone she meets. She is moving to a new state and this would help her transition to the new environment. Thanks!
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 4:19 PM by Paula
Set 2 is great. I'm a graduate student who also works full time, the color is very chic and could be worn casually to work or class and then have bangles added to it for a dinner out.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 4:42 PM by Sierra
Love #2. The top is loose enough at the sleeve that I could wear a sleeksleeve to cover my not so pretty lymphedema compression garment and the cuff is stylish and functional. Love it!
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 6:18 PM by Janine
My vote is for the second outfit (#2). As much as I would love to wear the top with a cute champain tank top underneath, wear the earrings with an updo, roll up the pant legs to show off the shoes, and of course wear the Dorthy Medical ID cuff on my wrist with a few bangles, and the sleeksleeve on my knee (if it fit) to cover my brace or my arm. As much as I would love to do all that, I would anonymously donate either donate the outfit to my local women's shelter but keep the sleeksleeve & ID cuff or donate it all to the cancer center for a patient (patient would get every item, as much as I need an ID bracelet) during one of their make-up/make-over sessions.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 6:43 PM by Aliyah
I would love to win the arm bands for my CGM site to protect them and to look pretty! The alert brackets are nice too :)
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 7:35 PM by Caterina
I love set #2 because I think that Tiffany blue color goes with so much and gives a fresh pop of color
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 8:34 PM by Krysten H
I personally like the #2 outfit. I also have three kids as well as myself that need medical ids, so I would use the gift card to update a new tag for my son and to finally replace my lost med bracelet. and I wear a cgm so I would love to learn more about the sleeves.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 10:06 PM by Jennie Jones
I would have to choose #1 for my daughter, but I love the shirt from #2.
Posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 11:00 PM by Jeni
It seems highly unlikely that I would win #2, seeing how many people prefer it over the other options. As a teacher, I would love the Dorothy Medical Cuff and the accompanying outfit. I just placed an order for an updated Medical ID Tag, but have to wait a while to be able to afford a new bracelet to replace the one that broke. If my doctor insists that I stop working and move into assisted living, as she's been talking about, then I would donate the outfit to a woman's shelter and keep the cuff and sleeve for myself. Thank you for creating this possibility for us. 
Posted @ Saturday, August 02, 2014 12:58 AM by Kaaren
I really like outfit number 2; it goes well with my personality. I like the colors and the style.  
I'm a Type 1 diabetic and currently use Dexom cgm and take Lantus. I have an Animas pump, but it has left me with horrible bruises lasting weeks. I also am not keen of doorknobs, and the amount of times I drop it. For this reason I am switching to Omnipod and am very excited about it.  
I recently completed my associates degree in social work. Although I am no longer ashamed of my diabetes like I was in the past, there are certain events that Dexcom or Omnipod are better kept a secret.  
I recently went to an interview and was presented with a Dexcom fashion issue. I changed my outfit to keep it a secret. I didn't think it was appropriate for the interview and didn't want anyone to think I couldn't do the job.  
I choose to put on a top with longer sleeves, but a sleek sleeve would have Ben wonderful!! 
I would use the sleek sleeve to uphold a professional appearance for clients. First impressions are always the hardest and I wouldn't want to give anyone the wrong impression.  
Using a sleek sleeve would also be ideal when you've had to add extra tape to your Dex or pod. Sometimes those Batman Band-Aids are just not going to look nice with your dress.  
I'm a previous customer of Lauren's Hope and love their products!! It's nice to have beautiful designs for a live saving device. I was dxed almost 20 years ago and one of the things I hated about my medical alert was that it was ugly. It saved my life a few times, and at 6 understood why it was necessary. It's life saving abilities didn't stop me from hating it's appearance. If Lauren's Hope was around back in 95' I would have been the happiest diabetic you'd ever seen. I would have proudly shown it off, and wouldn't have been so ashamed of my diabetes.  
As an adult I am still sometimes unsure about when to inform people. Its not something you bring up with until you trust a person, at least with me. Having a medical alert, and a pretty one at that is an eye catcher. It opens doors for others to askwhere your lovely bracelet came from or what you have an alert for.  
It also let's you be unique, esspessially in a world where you're sometimes a number, or an illness.  
If I had the sleek sleeve and LH"s medical alert it would help me be more confident. It would help me feel better about my diabetes.  
Thank you, GL to anyone who enters. <3
Posted @ Saturday, August 02, 2014 4:37 AM by Cat
I love outfit #2! I'd share the outfit with my sister and keep the sleek sleeve for myself since I just got a piccline. And my sister or I would take the bracelet since we both medical issues
Posted @ Saturday, August 02, 2014 10:48 AM by Laura
I like the muted but stylish look of #2. As for the prizes, I would like to buy myself a sturdy bracelet to use for everyday wear with my ID tag, likely a leather or paracord one. I do have a friend with an appliance that I would likely share the Sleeksleeves giftcard with. Thank you for running this contest!
Posted @ Saturday, August 02, 2014 12:33 PM by Julie Pruitt
#3. My 4 1/2 year old son is entering elementary school in a few weeks and would love the cool shirt and backpack. We don't gave an id for him yet so this would be perfect.
Posted @ Saturday, August 02, 2014 3:47 PM by Ali Weals
I love #4... It looks exactly like something my son would wear... I would give the prizes to him. :)
Posted @ Saturday, August 02, 2014 4:22 PM by stacy short
I love #2 for myself. I have been looking for a medical id bracelet that can be stylish, I really like the cuff design. I personally wouldnt need the sleek sleeve, but it is very nice and I would be more than happy to pay it forward!
Posted @ Saturday, August 02, 2014 5:44 PM by Jennifer B.
Outfit two is totes adorbs!! I have outgrown my medical alert bracelet and have been trying to decide which one of Lauren's Hope pieces to get. I'm going to be in high school this year and want to get some more mature medical bracelets. I would use the money for that and to help my mom pay for my glucometer strips because I know they are expensive. #lovelaurenshope
Posted @ Saturday, August 02, 2014 8:08 PM by Ashlee Tallis
I love the set #2! It is very stylish and would work great for anyone who wants something cute and casual. I would wear this all the time as I normally dress more casual on a regular basis. Lauren's Hope bracelets are simply beautiful. There are so many cute & stylish bracelets to choose from that anyone can wear one and not feel self - conscious. Keep up the good work.
Posted @ Saturday, August 02, 2014 10:28 PM by Colleen
I think #1 is absolutely darling. I have a young niece who would look darling in this little outfit. There are so many children with diabetes and there needs to be diabetes classroom awareness in elementary schools. Many young people are dealing with this illness. God bless them. Let's give them a shout out for their incredible courage.
Posted @ Sunday, August 03, 2014 2:49 AM by Nita Marzorati
I vote for #4! I work with kids with autism. They can be very active ( and sometimes a little messy) so I need to wear comfortable clothes that still look appropriate for a school setting. The cuff bracelet is perfect to wear around these students because it won't get broken when they take a liking to it and try to get it off my arm!
Posted @ Sunday, August 03, 2014 8:39 PM by Jared Pinkerton
I love number two! It's stylish yet comfortable which is a must for me in dealing with my scars from my heart surgeries for my heart defect. I love the stylish bracelets from Lauren's Hope and they help me comply with my cardio's wishes of wearing a medical bracelet!
Posted @ Sunday, August 03, 2014 8:43 PM by Heather Lecce
I'm ALL for Number One/#1 !!! Of course that 'could' be simply because we have two (2) daughters who grew up 23 months apart and were 2 grades apart all throughout elementary and high school (parochial). I think that if they were in non-parochial school though, they would have liked to wear Set number #1 ~ and I would have had to agree with them :)
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