How About a Giveaway?

We have a winner!  Congrats to Kimbrah!  Check your email!  Thanks for commenting and visiting. And thanks to The Rocking Pony for the giveaway!

I think I’ve made it pretty clear on this blog o’ mine that I don’t want my kids to grow up.

Too quickly.  And then there are days, I’m looking at boarding schools.  

I’m just saying.
They make me laugh.  They make me cry.  They make my world a sunny place.
As much as I want to slow down time, I must admit that I’m glad we’re out of the teeny tiny baby stage.  I loved my newborns, don’t get me wrong, but I’m thankful they all sleep thru the night and are on solid food.  You know?  It takes me a good year to feel normal again after the birthing.
I mean, honestly, after I had my babies, I was one of those moms who was disheveled, leaking breast milk, and just trying to get thru the moment.  The whole natural process wasn’t exactly natural.
We made one more baby step towards toddlerhood last week.  We went from this giant diaper bag:
To this:
This handy diaper/wipee case holds several diapers, a wipe case and it has a pocket for my wallet and phone!
And we did it with the help of The Rocking Pony, an adorable Etsy store. I discovered Karen’s lovely store, through her blog.  She wrote the most amazing post about the birth of her fourth child who has Down’s Syndrome.  Her honesty touched me.  And I could relate to her.
She is a super talented seamstress and designs incredible one-of-a-kind shirts.  Just look at this one that I’d like to get for my son.  And I love that one for my daughter.
The Rocking Pony has generously offered to create an amazing shirt for a reader.  Go and look around here, come back and leave a comment with what you liked or what you’d like Karen to design for you (she can do ANY size shirt)!
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  1. 1

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    Wow – she is very talented! I’m looking for a shirt for my daughter to wear on her 4th bday, so the “I’m this many” one in 4t is awesome. I’m also inspired by your diaper bag conversion and can’t wait to do the same!

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    Oh those are just so cute! My boys are really into Medieval nights right now. My oldest son is going to be 5 next month and he wants a knight birthday party. I was thinking about getting him either the Vikings or Gauls from the Playmobil sets because we have most of the regular knights. Some kind of knight shirt in 5T or 5/6 would be totally cool! What a talented lady!

    Thank you so much for hosting this lovely contest!

  3. 5

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    CUTE! I know my S would have a hard time choosing between the butterfly and the ice cream shirts. I like the Earth and Flower power ones as well.

  4. 6

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    Even though I don’t have a baby, I really really like the fall floral chanel baby blanket!

    I could always put it up for a grandbaby, that I better not get for at least 5 more years. :)

  5. 7

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    What a cute idea! For a girl, the I Want An Ice Cream Cone shirt is adorably “sweet”. For a little man, the Peek-A-Boo monster shirt is fun, and not a bit scary!

  6. 8

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    I love the I’m With The Band shirt. My son would flip out for this!

    That earth one is adorable to, my eco-concious eight year old who turns lights off in our house all the time to save energy, would love it.

    Although I’m not inclined to encourage her at this point. I got an “earth ticket” for idling the van for too long the other day.

  7. 9

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    I like the mushroom shirt. My son would like that; it’s Mario and Luigi like!
    If I could have one designed just for him, it would be a piano!
    Beautiful creations!

  8. 16

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    I definitely need the one with the drum set for my 3 year old son. He “drums” on everything. I tell him all the time he better grow up and make a lot of money doing that and take care of his momma, if I have to put up with it now.

  9. 17

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    What a great giveaway idea!

    I ADORE Karen’s stuff. My daughter wears the shirt she made her the second she notices its come out of the wash.

  10. 19

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    Great giveaway! I love etsy and just added this to my faves! I love the hunk shirt but my son would really like the guitar one. He’s slightly obsessed with playing “Mochin-tar” which is the combination of remote control and guitar. He’s 3. And his older uncle loves guitar hero. So, we’d have to do the guitar shirt!

    I just posted my own bloggy giveaway from etsy! Check it out!

  11. 22

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    I just popped over there … cute stuff. I would love to have a cupcake on mine :)

    I’ve got to graduate from the large diaper bag as well … I might have to get one of these ..

    :)

  12. 24

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    I would love the “I’m this many shirt” for my son with a dinosaur or cars theme incorporated into it. Thank you for the giveaway!

  13. 25

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    very cute stuff–to have such talent!!! I would like a really cute shirt for my daughter’s first birthday, which is coming up in August!!

  14. 26

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    Wow! What talent! I’m a wee bit envious of her creative juices :o) Anyway, I am loving the “tired little robot” shirt. If I won I’d send it to a guy and his daughter in CA. He’s got an amazing story…his blog, mattlogelin.com, is captivating. Anyway, he loves robots. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. 27

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    Wow those are too cute. I would go with…I think either the guitar or dinosaur or maybe I would just let little one choose. Congrats on the transfer to small bag!

  16. 28

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    What a talented lady. I mean, I don’t think I could iron anything to the front of a shirt!

    I really like the dog shirts. We are a HUGE dog loving family here and have a 12 1/2 year old lab. It would be neat to see her design a black lab shirt for my kids!

    BTW, I am glad we are past the diaper stage and both kids are in elementary school. But I now want them to stay this age. :-)

  17. 29

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    I love her blog, too.

    My boys are older (10, 8,6) and LOVE Star Wars.

    My daughter is 13 and loves our Beagles.

    Any of my kids would really enjoy one of Karen’s shirts.

  18. 31

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    That is one talented lady! I love those essentials bags. The Sumo baby shirt is so cute and so it the crab shirt. For myself i really like the Princess and the flower power shirts.

    Betsey

  19. 34

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    Oh man. My husband is a musician and my almost three year old loves to play all of his instruments. If she had the Rock On, Girl shirt she would feel (and look) so cool. Also, I don’t know if Karen does this, but we also love the tutu look, so if she would sew some tulle or something down at the bottom of the tee to make it a tee/tutu it would be even more of a favorite for my girl. Thanks for the opportunity to dream and win!

  20. 35

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    I would totally love one of those essentials bags. And I love the boston terrior shirt. Any of them…she does some very cute stuff. Precious. Adorable.

  21. 36

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    I like the name badge shirt. My daughter Natalie (middle child of 5 kids total) gets so many hand-me-downs, I would love to have it for her! :)

  22. 38

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    I like the ice cream cone shirt, but I think a pretty pink blanket for a gift for a new baby girl would be pretty awesome too.

  23. 39

    Stacia says

    Love the uniqueness of her designs! What a great giveaway to host! I like too many to list just one!
    langston6atjuno.com

  24. 40

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    Cute stuff! My niece would like the princess crown shirt (size 6). I’d really like to get one for Snow White, but she now prefers Anne Taylor Loft. Go figure!!

  25. 41

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    I like the I’m this many t-shirt but I’d really love a custom name shirt for Shaye or Mackenna- they’d love having something personalized but their names aren’t common enough to find in stores.

  26. 42

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    I like the peek-a-boo monsters best.

    I’ve been trying to figure out what that is in the first picture in your header. It looks like a naked person jumping in a puddle, but you don’t strike me as someone that would put a naked person in her header.

  27. 43

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    love all of them!!!I really like the Im 2 one for Ethan and the crab one for our summer vacation at the beach house. and Madeleine loves the ice cream cone one! those are all too adorable. ooooo and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the minky blankets

  28. 44

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    Wow–I can’t choose just one. Perhaps a guitar shirt, for one of my girls or one of my boys. Or the drum shirt. Or the Beautiful Butterfly. I just don’t know.

  29. 47

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    ADORABLE! Those are great! I can do simple sewing but still haven’t quite figured out how to do that without frayed edges and such…

    I’d like one with a fleur de’ lis on it. I grew up outside of New Orleans and miss it a lot. It’s the symbol of New Orleans and now the symbol of regrowth and hope. One made out of some neat fabric would be fun!

    :0)
    ~robin

  30. 49

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    Very nice Etsy store. LOVE Etsy!! I’m looking for a shirt for my 3rd little boy’s 1st birthday. Maybe a number 1, maybe a theme shirt? Oh the possibilities!!

  31. 52

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    My daughter turns 3 tomorrow, so I’d probably get an ‘I’m this many – 3′ shirt. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

    planetmisty at gmail dot com

  32. 53

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    How talented is she?!? I loved the hot cocoa in a mug shirt. Missy Hoohaw is always asking for a cup of cocoa in the morning. She would be digging that shirt.

    Thanks for the heads up. Definitely be heading her way.

  33. 54

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    New reader here. Love your blog, and the artist you are featuring. I have a 3-year old little boy who loves Monsters, Inc. and would love the Niles the alien shirt.

  34. 57

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    Wow–It’s so nice to meet you! I came over here through Pay It Forward Friday, and first off, I LOVE the design of your blog! Second, love your honesty and Christian inspiration! Third, love that you’re giving stuff away! Bonus! I LOVE the rocking pony–so glad you introduced us! I would have a heck of a time choosing, but would probably go with the I’m this many (4) shirt for my youngest who will be 4 in August (*sigh*) or the Boston Terrier t-shirt in memory of our little Larry, who we had to put down last fall.

    Can’t wait to read more from you!

  35. 58

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    I was trying to narrow down what designs I liked…and I made it to 2: the Classic Acoustic Guitar and the Prop Plane. I LOVE her designs!!!!!

  36. 59

    Penny says

    Thank you for this great give away! She is talented. I have only been reading your blog for a month or so but enjoy it! Thank you.

  37. 62

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    Ohhh! I lovelovelove the “Ninja Man” shirt! Seriously, this is so cute. size 12-18mo would be awesome. <3

    wiredalive at hotmail dot com

  38. 63

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    Everything on her site is fantastic! I really love the flower power shirt, that and the ice cream cone are so cute!

  39. 64

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    Cute shirts! How ’bout a pink 2T shirt with a flower or flowers. I think that would look really cute on my little girl!

  40. 65

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    I like the flower power or the ice cream shirts. I’d probably have her do an ice cream one for my daughter because she loves ice cream! Who doesn’t?! Thanks for the giveaway! I also love the diaper/wipee case. I want to get one!
    Julie

  41. 69

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    Wow! I love the diaper case and the tee-shirts. Especially the helicopter…my son loves helicopters (they are one of the few things in life that make him smile). Great contest. Thanks for the opportunity!

  42. 70

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    What Talent!! I would love to win one for my nephew’s first birthday, perhaps a shirt with a dog on it, he loves dogs and has a Rottweiler. A friendly one obviously. Or maybe a shirt that has a 1 on it.

  43. 71

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    This is hard because there are too many cute ones to choose from. But I leaning toward the guitar or something like a puppy. Thank you so much!!!

  44. 73

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    Oh, definitely the hunk shirt for my 22 month old! With his long curls and gorgeous long-lashed eyes, that would be perfect for him.

  45. 78

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    She does such beautiful work! I like just the essentials with a back pocket in the madras plaid. We no longer have toddlers, so I would use it as a carry case for phone, ipod, etc. I also like the rock on shirts for my guitar hero wannabe girls! Thanks for sharing!

  46. 79

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    Greetings, What a talented lady! I really like the “Prop Plane” shirt.
    Please enter me in your contest drawing. Thanks very much…..Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  47. 85

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    With so many awesome designs to choose from, how you can you love just one? I really love those back pockets since my daughter is at an age when she doesn’t need a whole diaper bag. But that guitar tee is right up my alley too. I could go on and on!

  48. 86

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    We converted to a small bag too and now we just got back to a big one with baby #2.

    The Rocking Pony store is awesome, thanks for this great giveaway.

  49. 89

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    I can’t believe I won! Thank you so so so much! In case anyone is wondering, Karlos picked the tired robot shirt for his birthday. I can’t wait to see it, it’s going to be so cute! Thanks to everyone for hosting this great contest! I never win anything! Yay! :)

    Kimbrah

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