“Living the Dream” T-shirt Contest

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Our days aren’t glamorous – actually, more often than not, they are roll-up-your-sleeves dirty! But we moms are “living the dream!”

After leaving the corporate world, Nina Frye and Cindi Schmitzer discovered first hand that motherhood, with all its joys and thrills, also brings a lot of work and chaos too. But not willing to surrender to the hard moments, Nina and Cindi look at motherhood and smile, realizing that even on the bad days they are truly living the dream!

I love the story behind Nina and Cindi’s company LTDchix, so I asked them a few questions about it all…

Janice: You give a great background story on your site about how LTDchix was born – but could you tell us briefly here how you got the idea to start your company and why you decided to add “mom-entrepreneurs” to your already busy lives?

LTDchix: We were at the shore together, and as we were trying to wrangle all of our kids to go home, they were screaming and fighting, we couldn’t find things, it was just chaos.review-ltd-nina-cindi.jpg Cindi and I looked at each other and asked, “Did you ever dream life would be like this? When we were younger and dreaming how motherhood would be, all this screaming and mass hysteria wasn’t exactly part of it, was it?” We laughed because that’s all you really can do in those situations, but then later, we were talking and said, hey, other mothers must feel the same way we do at times, but you never really hear a lot of talk about the not-so-glamorous aspects of motherhood. So why don’t we take these emotions and try to market them? And that’s how our slightly sarcastic tagline was created — “Living the Dream” — and LTDchix was born.

Janice: What is the most challenging part of being working-moms? How do you balance running your company with being moms?

LTDWeb_Banner.gif LTDchix: The most challenging part of being working-moms is trying to balance work and the kids’ schedules. The kids come first, and LTDchix gets worked in where it can. Cindi has 3 kids in school full time and one in preschool, half day — so her schedule is tight. She still manages to do a great job with all the accounting and inventory aspects of LTDchix. With all three of my kids in school full time, I’m able to handle our sales and marketing during the day. We try to work during school hours because as soon as the kids get home, we’re off and running to all their activities. It’s definitely a challenge for us, but we believe in our company and believe it’s worth the effort. And when we hear our kids talking about our business with so much pride — who could ask for more?

Janice: Can you tell us a bit about your “Living the Dream” t-shirts. The designs are so fabulous and fun – who designed them? Where can moms buy them?

review-ltd-shoppingcart.jpgLTDchix: From the very beginning, Cindi and I knew exactly what we wanted our signature “Living the Dream” Mom to look like — completely frazzled but with a huge smile on her face. To create the t-shirt designs, we brainstorm about scenarios we and all moms find ourselves in every day — grocery shopping, carpooling, doing laundry, refereeing the siblings. We work with an illustrator, Steven Anderson, who is a stay-at-home dad, ironically. Our goal is to make sure the “Living the Dream” Mom is able to find humor amidst the chaos of everyday life. Like Cindi always says, you either have to laugh at life or bang your head into the wall, and laughing is much less painful. We try to introduce at least two new designs twice a year — each spring and fall. You can check out all our t-shirt designs at www.ltdchix.com and shop online or at the stores listed on our site.

Janice: Thanks so much for chatting with us today – and for being a part of our July 4th Giveaway!

LTDchix: Thanks so much for the opportunity! LTDchix is here to make moms giggle a little and realize that while we love being moms, sometimes our days can be crazy. Laughter is the only option! And we love to hear from other moms — so we invite everyone to share your thoughts with us throughout the ltdchix.com website. Thanks again!

review-ltd-t-shirts.jpgTwo of you moms are going to get a “Living the Dream” t-shirt of your choice – so make sure you leave your comment here at this post to enter…

We will be drawing the winner on July 4th. All the instructions are in our July 4th Giveaway sticky post (including the code to put our July 4th Giveaway button on your site.)

Here is the quick version:

  • Leave a comment on this post to be entered.
  • Post a link to this contest and/or link and post a button to our July 4th Giveaway post. (If you post the button and link to the July 4th Giveaway, you are qualified to enter in all the upcoming July 4th Giveaway contests. And we have many more contests to come!) Non-bloggers are welcome too – we understand you can’t link – but feel free to pass the word on to your friends.

Canadians are welcome to enter too!!! :)

Good luck! (And remember we still have more contests coming…)


Comments

  1. says

    I’m living the dream! Would love this shirt! And we get to choose the color! Wonderful! I’d wear the grocery cart one to the store everytime!

    God Bless,

    Valerie

  2. Jenn in AZ says

    Bwaahhh ha ha ha ha!!! I LOVE these shirts and designs!!! Please, enter me into this drawing. I could get these for so many of my friends.

    Thanks!

  3. says

    They are very cute – and real. Amidst the certain ups and downs of mommyhood, at the end of the day I cannot help but smile.

  4. says

    I’m totally living the dream, even though I haven’t showered in two days, I had to clean up puke at midnight last night (it was red from her eating red velvet cake–but I didn’t remember that until after I freaked out thinking she was throwing up blood), and the one year old woke up two hours early this morning. Right now I can’t decide if I should shower or go back to bed. So I’m blogging. Sometimes my dream isn’t too glamorous, but it can be fun. :-)

  5. says

    How cute! I already linked to your contest and included the button as well. Please enter me in this contest, the vacuuming shirt is hysterical. Growing up we always said my Mom would have the following on her tombstone: “She lived, she breathed, she vacuumed.” She’d get such a kick out of this shirt.

  6. says

    Yep, livin’ the dream here too. I love the story behind this company. Thanks for sharing that. Please enter me in this drawing and I’ll go check out their website. :)

    I’ve posted about your July 4th giveaway right here.

  7. Cole's Mama says

    These are great! I think for most of us moms this is our dream, even if it’s messy and exhausting and we don’t get out of our pajamas all day. Sign me up!

  8. says

    I love the shirts- especially the laundry and vacuum designs! Except the vacuum one needs a toddler hanging off of it to make it a true representation of my life.

  9. says

    It is living a dream to be able to stay home with my kids. What a great t-shirt line… funny AND true…
    Blessings…

  10. says

    Oops.. forgot to type the last of my URL… well, that would make a good t-shirt… a blogging mom banging her head on the computer desk, and laughing!

  11. Candace Escobar says

    The shopping one is so me! I have an infant, toddler and a pre-schooler :). That’s about what I look like when I take them all out.

  12. says

    Motherhood is definitely my dream come true. What Cindi says about laughing is so true. In fact the tagline I have after all my e-mails is this quote (one of my favorites): “When you go through life you either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.” ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

  13. Ashley Nichole Navarre says

    T-shirt junkie here! Maybe wearing one of these would help me remember to smile like the mom on front during those moments when my “dream” becomes a little blurry.

  14. says

    Those are really cute. I am one more of the “Hold it where am I going in this minivan!?! … and who are all those screaming midgets in the back?!?” moms. :)

  15. Jenn in AZ says

    Hi, my email isn’t showing on my previous entry, so consider this “the one”. hometeachinatcox.net (replace “at” with @)

    Thanks! Jenn

  16. Kim J says

    The T-shirt logos look great and my children will help them blend in with the rest of my wardrobe as they rub their tiny little fingers that are smeared with the latest food or grub they have decided to explore onto them. :) Sign me up please.

  17. Crafty says

    These T-Shirts are great. Who can’t use a new T-shirt and get a bonus one to share with a close friend.
    Great contest.

  18. chasity mckenzie says

    i did not dream motherhood would be so chaotic either especially having 4 kids in the home but i would not trade a minute of it !!! your shirts are so creative please sign me up thanks

  19. says

    Cute! Except I would need one that shows a bunch of kids hanging off of all limbs and shirt tails of the mom. Then I will really be living my dream when I have all those kids. I was the one kid in Kindergarten that when asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I said, “A mommy, a stay at home mommy!” Now I’ve started that dream with my one child. Time for many, many more!

  20. Laura Emerson says

    These shirts say it all! I feel like I am living my dream with having a wonderful husband, two daughters I adore, a military career and my own business!

  21. Jeanine Joyner says

    I LOVE these shirts! What a perfect answer to those who see me with my 4 kids and scowl…”You sure have your hands full.”

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