Friday, June 4, 2010

Sleep Deprived Parents



In April I invited bloggers to write a blog post using my Sleep Deprived Parent design and offered a Sleep Deprived Parent Button for a modest prize.  I also promised to share about some of the more creative entries on my blog.  There were several very creative posts, but as May is a VERY FULL month for me (with Mother's Day, my birthday, our anniversary, end of school activities for my son, and graduation at the University my husband works for), I wasn't able to do that...UNTIL NOW!  If you haven't read these already I think you'll enjoy hearing these Sleep Deprived tales!

Becky at Blossoms and Blessings was the first to blog.  She's a mom of four, and the stories she wrote about had me chuckling.  Here's my favorite story she shared:

"One time I went to nurse one of the kids in the night and thought, "But I need to put this baby down first", so I laid the 'baby' on the floor and when I got back to bed, my pillow was gone and I found it on the floor outside the nursery!"

You can read more of her sleep deprived tales here.

The winner of the button was Sara at Lady Bug Garden.  After the night she described I don't know how she had the presence of mind to blog.  All three of her children seemed to conspire to keep her from a full night's sleep.  You can read about her harrowing night here.

Mama May's post on Christ, coffee and knitting needles, was short but full of wit.  She wrote:

"Yes, I am sleep deprived... this is why I am presently living on coffee... as in 4 pots a day.  I know, they say sleep when the baby sleeps but really, I have 2 other kids too, what do I do with them?! Throw them to the wolves?"

As a mom of three,  I can say AMEN to that!  (Though luckily the baby is now two so I'm getting sleep again.  Yeah!).

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Blessed With Boys

  When I tell people I have three boys they often say "Wow, three boys!  You have your hands full."  And I apreciate getting those comments, because I DO have my hands full!  That's why I made that Sleep Deprived Parent shirt came from...and the ALL BOY design - those came straight out of my own experience.   And that was when I only had too.

But my boys are also a huge blessing and joy to me...and I wanted to make a design that conveyed that also.  I'm thinking of "Blessed With Boys."  I'm sure I'm not the only one who's ever done that but it's short common language so I think I'll be alright there.

My one hold-back is that...well, I don't want to convey the wrong meaning with that either.  Just had a long conversation with a friend who spent a year in another country where boys are considered a blessing, and girls a burden, so much so that female infanticide is common.  I know there's a lot of places around the world like that.

But of course I don't mean that boys are a blessing and girls aren't.   ALL children are blessings.  But my boys do overhear the "hand-full" comments sometimes, and they are getting to where they can read now (the older one can, second is learning, thrid one...well, he knows the letter O and U)...and I want them to see me wearing that and feel good about being who they are.  

Maybe I should do a girls design too.  Maybe "Grateful for my girls" or something like that.  Any thoughts?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June Giveaways at CafePress and Zazzle

CafePress has lots of blog giveaways going on this June, and Zazzle has one too.  Enter one of these and if you win you can get something with my designs (or designed by any of the other wonderful artists and CafePress or Zazzle).  To find my items in the CafePress.com marketplace just search for galesgiggles or scribbleprints.  To find my items at Zazzle just visit my shop!

Giveaways below organized by end date:

Ongoing
Every Friday Wedding Bee is giving away a Zazzle Avery Binder to one person who submits a bridal vendor review.

June 5
Live Laugh Love and Blogging - CafePress T-Shirt and Tote

June 6
Cakeblast - Two CafePress T-Shirts

June 8
Trying to Stay Calm - $50 CafePress Gift Card
A Mama Stork Knows - CafePress T-Shirt
The Giveaway Gal - CafePress SIGG Bottle

June 9
Gobs of Giveaways - One CafePress Adult and Child's T-shirt

June 15
Emmy Boo's and RAWR's - CafePress Keepsake Box
Kristi Maristi - CafePress T-Shirt
Lady V D'Sign - CafePress T-Shirt and Apron

June 16
Thrify and Frugal Living - CafePress Polo Shirt and Hat


June 17
Frosted Fingers - CafePress Tote Bag

June 18
One Scrappy Mom - CafePress Sigg Bottle


June 19 
Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife - CafePress T-Shrit and Mug
TicTacDough - CafePress T-Shirt
Empowering Mommy - Sigg Bottle

June 20
In Through the Out Door - CafePress Coffee Mug and Sigg Bottle

June 22
Nine Months to Life - CafePress T-Shirt and Onesie
Wishing Penny - CafePress T-Shirt and Tote

June 26
Life is a Sand Castle - CafePress Clock

June 28
Outnumbered 3 to 1 - CafePress Shirt and Hat

June 29
Pieces of Me - CafePress Shirt and Tote
Second Time Around - CafePress Shirt and Hat

June 30
Running Away? I'll Help You Pack - CafePress Tee