A very big thanks to all the ladies who sent in their submission for the HomeGoods ‘Mom Cave’ contest, via email or by linking to the party. Let me tell you, it was excruciating, and I mean painful, trying to narrow it down to five winners, and then choose a top prize.
It was such a delight reading each and every one of your entries. The judges (Layla, Rhoda, and I) spent the weekend reviewing them. I don’t think I’ll be volunteering to be a judge for anything anytime in the near future . . . it really was that difficult! But after the votes were cast by three judges, and all criteria considered, it’s my pleasure to announce the following winners:
The top prize, the $250 HomeGoods gift card is awarded to, drumroll please . .
Blair of ‘Blair’s Blessings‘ !
I can’t resist, I must share with you her little ditty (to the tune of ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’)
"Come and listen to a story ’bout a mom named Blair,
Raising four kids, so time for herself was rare,
But then one day while folding laundry,
She had an idea that would set her mind free.
A "mom cave," that is. No more junk room, but something pretty.
With curtains, pictures, lamps, and some nice décor,
She could turn this room into something much more,
So that on those days when she really needs a break,
She can go into her "cave" and some projects she can make!
To sew and craft, that is. Read or pray. Enjoy her mom cave every day.
After a long day of homeschool, she could jump into the car,
Down the street to HomeGoods, it’s hardly very far,
Instead of garage sales and thrift stores, she could buy new stuff and rave,
That with her new gift card she could make a Mom Cave!"
Fantastic submission Blair, congratulations !!!
Also announcing the following four runners up:
Diane at In My Own Style (mother of two daughters who created her own Mom Cave, and who’s favorite quote is "To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk” -Thomas Edison. I subscribe to that!
Kimberly at Yep, They’re All Mine (teacher and busy mom of three, who says "I cannot afford therapy, therefore I blog") I love that!
Natalie of Endless Crafting (another busy mom of four, dreaming of some sprucing)
Mary Gene (or ‘Tutu’, a grandmother and a special education educator who took in her daughter who is a single mom five years ago, and cares for her grandson every day. (Email submission)
All four win a $50 gift card to HomeGoods!!
Ladies, I need your address!
Again, I repeat, it was nearly impossible narrowing it down to just these five. After reading more than 125+ submissions, I realized one thing. We gals spent a lot of time talking about our ‘Mom Caves’ and rightfully so! Moms are nurturers, providers, creators, teachers, and whether single or together with our mates, we are raising the next generation. Truly, it is the best job in the world because it leaves the greatest legacy, and every Mom deserves a space, no matter how small, to call her own!
But we can’t forget the men in our lives right? Many thanks to Amanda for linking to this video, I got such a kick out of it, I think you will too.
If you’re amused, here’s another link to ‘The Man’s Bathroom’, hosted by Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor. After all these years, it’s so funny how the idea of a ‘typical Man Cave’ stays the same: chrome, a cold brew, recliners, and the big game on TV. Gotta luv our dudes !!
Want to create the ultimate Mom Cave? I propose we combine Megan’s clothes closet with Natasha’s sitting room with Amanda’s bathtub and Melissa’s sewing corner with Lynn’s craft room or perhaps Terry’s craft room. Don’t forget Cindi’s living room/office nook plus Lori’s craft closet and then of course if I go missing, you’ll find me in Modern Country Style’s bed, just snoozing away. I remember the days where I wanted Calgon to take me away, and SJ’s toilet escape reminds me of those feelings. :-) Charlie summed up her feelings on what a Mom Cave should be in her poetic wishing, I loved that one too.
See what I mean about way too difficult to decide? Seriously!!!
Thanks to every Mom for your submission, you made it so incredibly hard to narrow it down, but still, so delightful to get to see inside your worlds. And a very big ‘Thank You’ to HomeGoods for sponsoring this worthy contest!
Cheers to the moms and congratulations to the winners!