Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Other Mama's Birthday Bash- Day 3- Design Chicky Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Random.org says the winner is commenter #46- Candace from The Nelson Clan! {Also one of my suite mates in the sorority house in college and an amazing photographer!} Congrats, Can!

Nineteen ninety wasn't good to most of us fashion-wise. Shoulder pads were still hanging around, jeans were acid washed and tight rolled and the plastic t-shirt clip thing {what were those called?} accentuated your hips. This year was particularly tough on me because I was in 7th grade and had just transferred to a big public middle school from my tiny private school that had a strict uniform policy. I'm pretty sure the policy at the small school included no writing on shirts {so the big BENETTON shirt was out} and pants/ skirts to your knees {thank goodness for JAMS!}.

When I made the switch, I not only had solid colored, plain shirts as the WHOLE of my wardrobe, but also I had NO working knowledge of fashion {if you could call it that in 1990} At All.

Then the big day came. School pictures. Fall of seventh grade. You will be forever memorialized in the yearbook with this decision.

And I think this calls for another edition of:
A Few Pointers to myself in 1990
Dear 1990 self,
Please get out your Trapper Keeper because there are several issues that need to be addressed here.

hill- 7th grade school pic

1. Never, NO NEVER go fishing in your mom's closet to find something "cool" to wear for school pictures. Your plain t-shirts would have suited you fine. Captain Stubing called ship-to-shore from the Love Boat and wanted his gold-buttoned monstrosity back.
2. A good tip is to not style your hair in a manner that leads to a headache.
3. Bangs will never again need to be separated into "half up and half down". There is no need for that. In the future, you will constantly wear sunglasses on your head to give yourself some volume up there, but for now, PUT. DOWN. THE FINAL NET.
4. Fruit should not be worn on the ears.
5. Refuse to take any picture with lasers in the background. I know that Haley's Comet is still all the rage, but one should not try to catch multiple versions of this in a photo. I cannot blame you for this, but please be aware of your surroundings.
6. It's okay to love Saved by the Bell. Zack Morris is still very funny and the show will define your generation. Just don't timeout anyone in public. Ever.
7. Don't lose that Hypercolor shirt next year. Your mom will be SO mad at you because it was a very pricey $29.

Alright, hop down off that director's chair and get back to biology. You will have to dissect a frog this year and I'm sorry that it's smelly.
And good luck with the hair. Remember: work with the natural gravitational pull, not against it.
Hugs,
Your future self

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Sometimes we all just need a makeover, right? A fresh new start! A new perspective!
Well, I'm so excited about my giveaway today if this is you.

At Blissdom, I met one of the nicest and most helpful blog designers who quickly became a friend. When I started talking about a re-haul for my little internet home, she helped me navigate through the murky waters of what to include, what to avoid and how to make it all come together nicely. I can't tell you enough wonderful things about Deanna {who also writes The Apronista and Domestic Chicky}; can't you tell she's one talented chicky?

So, as one of my favorite things to do {blogging} with my favorite blog designer, Deanna has generously offered her services for a giveaway!

Today's giveaway is a Blog Makeover from Design Chicky!

Deanna is generously offering to design one lucky winner a Custom Header and a Blog Button that will work with any platform {Wordpress, Typepad, Blogger}. Isn't this a fun gift for all you bloggers out there? It's a $75 value and you will absolutely love working with her!

Oh. My. Word. There have to be rules.
To enter to win:
* Leave a comment in the comments section and tell me what you would purchase if you won. To do this, click the word "COMMENTS" directly below this post. Then type in the big blank section and click post. Easy peasy.
* You have to leave your e-mail address with your comment. If you know your e-mail is attached to your Blogger account, then that's fine, too. Want to do this and don't know how? Read my quick tutorial on it here.
* One entry per comment.
* But you can gain another entry by becoming a blog follower and then leaving a comment to tell me so. If you already follow this blog, then you can click for another comment to let me know that. Please read my view of becoming a blog follower and what it is if you have any questions.
* Or you can Tweet about this giveaway and reference the post and leave a comment to tell me you did. I'm @theothermama and Deanna is @DomesticChicky just FYI.
* Or you can write about it on your blog and link to this post and leave a comment to tell me you did. {WOW that's FOUR ways to enter!!} {And a max of 4- not 4 per day.}
* One winner will be chosen at random on Saturday at noon and will be notified via e-mail.
* Please let me know if you have any questions at all about entering.
* Each giveaway is separate, so if you entered Monday's great Homemade Gourmet giveaway or Tuesday's awesome Lisa Leonard giveaway, you need to also enter this one separately.
Both giveaways are still open until, so head on over there and sign up, if you haven't already!

This post is linked to the always-fun Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family and Show us your Life- School Pictures Edition at Kelly's Korner.
And if you want more of the "A Few Pointers" series {since I just decided to call it that}, check out:
A Few Pointers to Myself in 1988
A Few Pointers to the Squad in 1993

Thanks again for playing along with my birthday bash! Now go enter! Someone has to win and it will be you... well one of you at least.

66 comments:

Carrie said...

oooh...it looks like I'm first! I could SO use a blog overhaul, or at least a header. I might actually post more if it inspired me.

Carrie said...

Follower!!!

Superchikk said...

I have been trying to figure out how to do some things on my blog for a while, but that blasted HTML is giving me fits. I want a new header and a menu bar across the top, three columns instead of two...I could go on and on!
superchikk@cox.net

erinstwo said...

Oh MY WORD. Best school photo ever! My grandma called. She wants her shirt back.

HAHAHAHA!

Now off to pray that NO ONE EVER finds my school pictures and posts them!

I need to call you......

Kim said...

I have played with my blog trying to tweak it. I am ok with it for now, but I would love it if someone who KNEW what they were doing could fix it up for me!

Love your post as always!

Kim said...

i'm following...

Kim said...

just tweeted...

The Incredible Shrinking Woman said...

I remember BEGGING my mom for a hypercolor shirt. She finally caved, and I wore it proudly to my first day of high school as a freshman. I thought I was so cool as I strutted the hallways that first August day. It was pretty hot and there was only air conditioning in the classrooms, so the hallway was blazing. But that was ok, cause I looked hot in my hypercolor. And people were noticing me! Success!
When I got to my first class of the day, one of my friends pulled me aside and told me why people were looking. Seems the shirt was only hitting the girls in the front, so I had 2 HUGE tan circles on my chest, and the rest of the shirt was still lavender. I looked like I was wearing my bra on the outside. Needless to say, I never wore the hypercolor shirt to school again. Just thought I'd share. You are the first person in years to remind me of hypercolor!!! lol

jls said...

you crack me up

Christian Frugal Mama said...

Lovely! I've been wanting to do something new. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Christian Frugal Mama said...

I'm now a "follower." Thanks

Matt, Carrie, Lucy and Molly Allen said...

ooh, i would love this one too! need a new custom header for sure. love the pic...i used to get stuff out of my mom's closet too! in my 6th grade year book photo i was wearing my mom's shirt...ha! oh and the t-shirt clips are bringing back some memories! i always wore one b/c i am so short my shirts were always big and had plenty to pull through one of those clips!

busyrunningmama said...

I would LOVE, LOVE, Love a busyrunningmama button, bring it on girl! You know my blog is underconstruction, what perfect timing and then hubby my get some IT relief! He told me today, I'm a lover, not a follower.....he's so cute!

busyrunningmama said...

Already a follower!

Kelli said...

That post made me laugh so hard! I sent it to my husband - which I only do with posts that are hilarious because his attention span is short haha!

My blog looks exactly the same way it does when blogspot set it up for me - I'm not very good with these things! It'd be fun to have something special on my page.

Kelli said...

I'm a follower!

the heller family said...

My blog needs some sprucing up. I would love a new header!
micahanddanielle@gmail.com

the heller family said...

already a follower!
micahanddanielle@gmail.com

Lauren said...

I'd love a new header!

laurenhbeck (at) yahoo.com

Amy Kennedy said...

Oh I really do need this! My blog needs some serious TLC. I'm still stuck with the basic blue background!! And I think you know my email but it's amywkennedy@gmail.com.
Loving your fun give-aways this week!

Elyse said...

I need a blog makeover!

Elyse said...

I love, love, love the comments to yourself. I miss that Trapper Keeper, too!

I'm also a follower.

Jennifer said...

I'm pretty sure my hair was styled exactly the same way for my 7th grade pictures. (I'm still washing the hairspray out.)

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

A. I don't care what your 2009 self says, I love your earrings.

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

B. I am so very jealous of your bangs. Mine were never that cool. Or tall.

(I'm a follower. As you know.)

{ L } said...

Having my blog designed is on my Christmas list, lol. This is one of the greatest giveaways I've seen in a long time, so thank you for doing it! :) I would get buttons to link to different pages, etc. (not sure what the technical name for that is)

Thanks,
Lisa

{ L } said...

I am a new follower too!

{ L } said...

I tweeted about this giveaway too.

http://twitter.com/cnlisa

annieck said...

HILARIOUS! LOVE the pic!!! I cringe at so many of my middle school pics. Don't think I'd have the guts to post one. YEA, you!

As for shoulder pads and acid washed jeans...saw on E news that it's all back in. UGH! ESPECIALLY shoulder pads! Double UGH!!!

Enter me for a blog makeover! Mine still has total disregard for my little girl. :)

annieck said...

I'm a blog follower! Yippee!!!

busyrunningmama said...

I have a link on my page - check it out.......busyrunningmama.blogspot.com!!!
I would tweet about it but I still just haven't figured out the whole tweeting thing! I have an account but I really just read the tweets of those that I follow because I have no idea how to do anything else! I know, I am usually pretty techy but I just can't get the hang of it!!!

Lori said...

How fun! I love what Deanna did to your blog, and I'd love a little freshening up as well. I'd especially love a menu bar... Thanks, Hillary!

Lori said...

Follower!

Rebecca Setzer Schroeder said...

Ahh, I totally see a blog entitled "If I could right a letter to me..." This is great. I will get my lazer background photo out and scan it. It is MUCH worse than this!! Ugg! So yeah...here I am commenting, already a loyal foller....now to blog and tweet you and Deanna

-Julie said...

That school picture cracked me up! I never had a hypercolor shirt, and I'm still upset about it! LOL

Love the giveaway! I could use a great header!

-Julie said...

Follower!

Jenny said...

Thanks for the walk down memory lane with your story! I believe I might just have a photo of me in front of that same background of lasers. Sad, but true! As for the blog re-design, well, that could use a pick me up as well! Enter me!!!

Jenny said...

...and I'm an "old" follower. :)

Susannah said...

I totally need this! I would love a cartoon of our fam. Happy early Birthday! How was the celebration at Target?

The HoneaBees said...

SO me!!
sisterbug@bellsouth.net

The HoneaBees said...

Following!
sisterbug@bellsouth.net

Dawn said...

oh this is hysterical! really! i can't wait to read your other "letters to self!"

the scary thing is... finding yourself shopping with your daughter and seeing all of the disasterous mall fashions from the 80s... but right now! i never thought my daughter would have to suffer like this.

as for the giveaway... i would live one of those bloggy buttons :) and a header? that would be super fun :)

Matt, Carrie, Lucy and Molly Allen said...

i am a follower and back for my second entry!

schwartz said...

I need a 'theme' or 'vision' for my blog and having a complete overhaul would be the best thing for me now. I am starting to get into so many amazing things in the blogger world that a *new* blog face would be just the face lift I need to tackle everything I want to do.

And that was a fabulous picture...fruit earrings? Priceless.

Candace said...

fun stuff!!! one more day hill....
i just checked out design chicky website... it's good stuff

Candace said...

follower :)

Candace said...

i'm now following you on twitter and referencing it in my post. i'm new to twitter so bear with me :)

LeAnne said...

WOW!! my blog SO needs a makeover. it has been so neglected all summer...maybe a fresh look would inspire me to be a better blogger. enter me for this makeover...YAY!!!

LeAnne said...

FOLLOWER!!

Kim said...

I've been wanting to start a blog...this would be just the inspiration I needed.

Kim (willifam@charter.net)

Ashleigh said...

Loved this post! pick me, of course my blog desperately needs overhaul :)

The Bowerman Blog said...

My blog is in serious need of a new header! love your post.
paigebowerman@comcast.net

Tina said...

I am working on trying to redo my blog right now!! Oh how I would love to win!!
I LOVE the 90's flashback, I graduated hs in 93, this all sounds very familiar!!

stephanie garcia said...

What a great gift. And Happy Birthday! :)

Ivy said...

I need a header sooo bad:) Thanks for all these fun give-a-ways!!!

CL said...

I could definately use a new design! Maybe it will encourage me to post more often. I think I'm going to do a week of giveaways the week before the wedding. What you think?

CL said...

Follower!

CL said...

And I blogged about this for sure!

Lauren said...

I forgot to say that I'm a follower too!

laurenhbeck (at) yahoo.com

Beth said...

Love this blog! I think we all had the same fashionless-sense that you did in middle school. And we all have the photos with the laser background to prove it! Here's something really funny-- my mother moved all my school pictures that were in frames into an upstairs guest bedroom that is NEVER used. When I asked her why she told me that they are ridiculous photos and doesn't think they need to be on display in the house. How nice!?!? I really felt the love from her that day!

Lee said...

This is a great idea. I could definately use the help. What a great giveaway!

Lee said...

I became a subscriber.

Kate said...

Brilliant!! I laughed so hard I started crying and couldn't read at one point (about instruction number 3 to 1990 self) classic!

anointedwithgrace said...

Love the picture - and I have one eerily similar to this from 1990:) I definitely need a bloggy makeover - new header, for sure. (and possibly some technical help with wordpress since my icons in the sidebar now have weird boxes around them - sigh).

Happy, happy birthday again!

Allison.anointedwithgrace [at] gmail [dot] com

Priscilla said...

Oh my I stumbled across your blog and I laughed my butt off! I loved your picture and the comments below it, I about died! Thanks for the good laugh!!!!!!! I guess it kidna hit home since I went through most of those things :)

Rachel Olsen said...

My favorite is the fruit earrings. Now I have to confess, I still have silver earrings (that I still sometimes wear!) that are dragonflies. They're not large ... but I probably need someone to stop me.

I also need Design Chicky to give me a total blog makeover. That's what I'd purchase.

Oh and I'd follow you but I prefer to come here and read because your blog is just so cute! It's a happy place. Much happier than Google reader.

PS. I now understand the 1993 cheer uniform. I'll award extra points for trying to be unique with custom suits.

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