Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I Need Your Scar Photos! Pretty Please...

“How’d you get that scar?” you ask with curiosity.
You won’t believe the answer. It’s a crazy story, you see.
 
I’ve been through a lot of things in life – things that left their mark on me.
 
A run in with a raging bull. A tussle with a tiger.
A gust of wind while tight-rope walking – good thing I wasn’t any higher!
 





Have you ever had an idea that you just KNOW would make a difference? An impact? That's how I feel about the poem (now morphing into a children's picture book) I wrote for Deacon after his surgery - "How'd You Get That Scar?"(a fun and quirky tale that answers the question our children get asked every day...). I feel that kids like Deacon who have scars (large or small) after overcoming a childhood condition, illness or surgery NEED a story that they can feel is made just for them. So I'm working towards my goal of brining my story to those kids... But in the meantime, I need your photos! Here's the deets...

I NEED YOUR SCAR PHOTOS... Pretty Please : )

Does your child have a large scar resulting from a childhood illness, condition or surgery? I'm creating a Kickstarter campaign (more info on that soon!) to get my "How'd You Get That Scar?" children's book illustrated and published and I want to make a compelling slideshow that features our children and their scars (first photos of the scars/right after surgery would be best) to drum up interest. If you don't mind sharing, email the photo to me at sweetleighmama@gmail.com - please include your child's first name, the condition/injury/type of surgery they had and date. Just put "SCAR PHOTO" in the subject line so I don't miss it : )

I appreciate your support!! Here's a link to the story (which started out as a poem) that I'm working to get published:

http://sweetleighmama.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-did-you-get-that-scar-poem-for-kids.html
 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Creative Gender Reveal Party Themes with Invitations and Matching Decor

My new obsession over at Sweet Leigh Mama Shop on Etsy is gender reveal invitations. I'm not sure if it's because I totally missed out on the gender reveal concept (the trend started just after I gave birth to Deacon James!) so I'm living vicariously through these moms- and dads-to-be, or if I just like coming up with cute rhymes, but I am literally OBSESSED. So here is a selection of my latest gender reveal party themes.

 

CREATIVE GENDER REVEAL PARTY THEMES

Bumblebee Theme Gender Reveal Party - What Will Baby BEE?

Bumble Bee Gender Reveal Invitation
https://www.etsy.com/listing/206548324/gender-reveal-party-invitation-bumblebee?ref=listing-shop-header-3

Elephant Theme Gender Reveal Party - A New Little Peanut is on the Way... He or She? What Do You Say?


Elephant Gender Reveal Invitation
https://www.etsy.com/listing/206567803/gender-reveal-party-invitation-elephant?ref=listing-shop-header-1

 

Western Theme Gender Reveal Party - What Are Little Foals Made Of? Rough & Tough or Soft & Frilly - Will Baby be a Colt or Filly?


Western Theme Gender Reveal Invitation
https://www.etsy.com/listing/182283750/gender-reveal-printable-invitation-colt?ref=shop_home_active_3

Cupcake or Stud Muffin Theme Gender Reveal Party - There's a Bun in the Oven! Will Baby be a Cupcake or Stud Muffin?

Cupcake or Stud Muffin Gender Reveal Invitation
https://www.etsy.com/listing/197467809/printable-invitation-baby-gender-reveal?ref=shop_home_active_11
 

Tutus or Ties Theme Gender Reveal Party - What Will Baby Wear? Tutus or Ties? Join us for the Big Surprise!

Tutus or Ties Gender Reveal Invitation
https://www.etsy.com/listing/197468218/gender-reveal-ties-or-tutus-pink-or-blue?ref=shop_home_active_9
 

 

Lil' Mister or Lil' Miss Theme Gender Reveal Party - Will Baby be a Lil' Mister or Lil' Miss?

 
Lil' Mister or Lil' Miss Gender Reveal Invitation
https://www.etsy.com/listing/197473268/gender-reveal-lil-mister-or-lil-miss?ref=shop_home_active_10
 
 

Football Theme Gender Reveal Party - A New Lil' (INSERT TEAM MASCOT) is Joining the Team! Will Baby be a Quarterback or Cheerleader?

 
Football Theme Gender Reveal Invitation
https://www.etsy.com/listing/202898033/gender-reveal-football-theme-pink-or?ref=shop_home_active_5

College Football Theme Gender Reveal Invitation
https://www.etsy.com/listing/202883588/gender-reveal-football-theme-red-and?ref=shop_home_active_6

NFL Pro Football Theme Gender Reveal Invitation
https://www.etsy.com/listing/202883588/gender-reveal-football-theme-red-and?ref=shop_home_active_6
 
 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

#TBT: My Body is Not My Own - Reality Setting In

It's Throwback Thursday on Sweet Leigh Mama! I still remember this day - and I still scowl at anyone working at the Target photo counter... ya jerks!

My Body is Not My Own: Reality Setting In
Originally Posted July 17, 2009
At the 12 week mark, it was very clear to me that my body was quickly changing. Bye bye skinny jeans and pencil skirts, hello elastic waistbands. Along with my expanding waistline, my skin had reverted back to the age of 15 with pimples, and my hair seemed to jump to age 50 with the amount of grays that were quickly sprouting. However, I convinced myself that I was the only one who was noticing – that was until one fateful day at the Target Photo Center. As I picked up my wedding thank-you photo cards, I took one out of the box to make sure it looked good before I paid. The clerk took a glance at the photo too, and said sweetly, “The bride is so pretty! Who is she?” to which I responded, “Thanks! It’s me!” The clerk giggled a little as if I were joking and then proceeded to say, “No really… is that your younger sister?” It was like she had slapped me in the face – I was in complete shock! I ran immediately to look for low-ammonia hair dye and the strongest facewash I could get my hands on. This was going to be a long 40 weeks!