It seems like Jordan has created a craze that is traveling across the country. Unicorns are the BEST! And apparently, if you were a unicorn, you would taste like the combination of mango and sour blue raspberry. That’s what Starbucks did with its Unicorn Frappuccino. It’s a fun and brightly colored drink that is only for sale for a week.

But we couldn’t let that pass without having fun!

We would like to unofficially officially claim the Unicorn Frappuccino as the official drink of Project Unicorn. All that 3D designing, 3D printing, and glitter shooting can make you really thirsty for an intensely sugary drink. It also gives you triple the energy to run around and spray your friends and/or enemies!

To make things even more fun, Jordan tried her first drink wearing her unicorn onesie and went live on Facebook to share her thoughts.

Fun, right? If you can’t have fun with sparkles and unicorns, when can you have fun?

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We haven’t posted a lot lately but that doesn’t mean life has gotten boring around here!

In the last week, three very big deal things came together.

First: Born Just Right is officially a non-profit! The IRS has registered us as a 501(c)3 and that means we can start fundraising toward our goal of giving design experience to more kids! We are so excited. One of Jordan’s first realizations in the last year is knowing more kids who live in the disability world have a chance to learn how to take that perspective and turn it into all kinds of things that are fun and helpful. We are getting close to relaunching our website. You can keep and eye on the updates and sign up for a new Born Just Right newsletter by going to bornjustright.org. (Org! See? That’s new. I’m so excited.)

Second: Jordan and I have signed with literary agents to pitch books! All kinds of books! But first, Jordan and I are working on an autobiography about her life that kids can enjoy. I’m also working on a parenting memoir. But Jordan’s hope is that is just the beginning. She has all kinds of ideas for fun fictional books as well.

Third: Jordan wrapped up her first TEDx talk last night! She and I have worked on it for the last month and I am so proud of her. Standing up in a room full of people in a huge auditorium is not easy for anyone of any age. I honestly feel like she pulled off something magical for an eleven-year-old. You can get a little peek into her talk in our local newspaper’s front page article. She talked about how she sees the world differently from you and me. I will certainly share the video once it’s online.

There’s so much to do and say… I promise to keep everyone up to date as soon as I can.

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So Many Wonderful Project Unicorn Videos

March 6, 2017

As Jordan and I try to settle down into a new normal of talking about sparkle-shooting prosthetics every day, we are overwhelmed by the number of awesome videos that came out this past week on social media. I figured I would share them here so we can remember them for years to come. (This site is […]

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See How the Latest Project Unicorn Works

March 1, 2017

In all the craziness of the last couple of weeks, I realized we haven’t actually shown you how the latest version of Project Unicorn works! Jordan had a chance to do an interview with a kids news app called News-O-Matic. We had so much fun talking to the reporter, Ryan, that we decided we would […]

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Shifting the Focus on Inclusive Design

February 27, 2017

A big reason Jordan encouraged me to work on transitioning Born Just Right from a community to a non-profit community came from a huge realization. As Jordan learned more about design this past year, the more we saw how a lot of the inclusive design world is supported by typically able engineers and designers. There […]

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Feeling the Real Impact of our Work

February 24, 2017

Last night, a very cool thing happened. Jordan was publicly announced as a speaker at TEDxCoMo – a local TEDx planned in Columbia, MO in April. Jordan has a chance to contribute to a conversation about being a “citizen.” That’s a general word that has a lot of opportunity for interpretation. Jordan plans to share […]

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So Many Questions to Answer

February 22, 2017

Answering questions over the phone or Skype with journalists is now a daily experience for Jordan. That’s a bit surreal, right? But that got me thinking. What if you have questions and want to know something about prosthetics or parenting or glitter. (I know more about glitter than I ever thought I needed to know. […]

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The Best Brother in the Shadows

February 21, 2017

Jordan has so much support. I have found articles in South Africa, France, England, India and even Serbia sharing her Project Unicorn story and how Born Just Right is launching a nonprofit so more kids have a chance to learn inclusive design. What you may not know is one of Jordan’s biggest supporters is her […]

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Cookies, Basketball and Trying to Keep Things “Normal”

February 20, 2017

We’re trying to get life back to normal after a month that feels a bit surreal. The combination of Jordan’s trip to New York City to take part in Kid Inventor Day and a separate trip to visit The Rachael Ray Show has led to a lot of exciting developments for Born Just Right and Jordan. […]

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The Thrill of a Tweet

February 16, 2017

Last yesterday afternoon, I was just wrapping up a work phone call when I noticed a post a friend left on my personal Facebook page. She mentioned Chelsea Clinton had tweeted about Jordan and the CNN article about her. It was jaw-dropping because of the kindness she showed in the tweet and her follow-up tweets […]

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Using littleBits on a Valentine’s Day Box

February 15, 2017

I’m not sure when the Valentine’s Day box became a high-pressure, competitive experience. But my kids skipped the drive to win the award for the best box until Jordan’s final year of elementary school. Weeks ago, she started plotting a way to use her littleBits to power her box. She looked at all the functions she […]

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What’s Next for Project Unicorn

February 13, 2017

We had a really big week last week. Jordan powered through nerves and faced the Shark Tank and got to go on national television for the first time. She got to show off a brand new version of Project Unicorn and show off an extra sparkly version of her project logo shirt. (Not to mention, […]

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Jordan and Project Unicorn Pitch to The Rachael Ray Show and Shark Tank

February 10, 2017

Talk about a power combination! Jordan and I had a chance to spend 22 hours in New York City earlier this week. It was so fast, we only had enough time to take a walk through Times Square, eat, sleep and record a segment on The Rachael Ray Show WITH members of the Shark Tank. […]

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Small Gifts of Tinkercad for Valentine’s Day

February 7, 2017

This is the final year for Jordan to participate in class Valentine’s Day cards. I’m a bit nostalgic about it all. I’ve had a kid in elementary school for the last ten years. Getting those cards done each year is a combination of fun and a bit tedious. This year, I wanted to make sure […]

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Exploring Disney Through Three-Year-Old Eyes

February 3, 2017

It’s been a long time since we had a pre-schooler in Walt Disney World Resort. With Jordan just celebrating her 11th birthday, we haven’t traveled with a “little” in the parks for at least six years. So when Born Just Right mom, Rachel, set up a day to play with us in Disney’s Animal Kingdom […]

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