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Wry Baby Super Sale & Super-er Giveaway

December 5, 2013 | By Brent Almond | THINGS DAD DIGS, THINGS MY KID DIGS

Early on during my dad-dom, one of my favorite places to find cute/cool/clever stuff for the kiddo was Wry Baby. I even got to interview their head creative honcho and fellow designer daddy, David Sapp. The only downside is that JJ has outgrown all of their super fly get-ups — but that doesn’t mean I can’t share the wonderfulness of Wry Baby with the rest of the world!

So just in time for holiday shopping, Designer Daddy is hooking you up with info on a SUPER SALE and an even SUPER-ER GIVEAWAY! Deets on both below…

THE SUPER SNAPSUIT™ SALE!.

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ALL of Wry Baby’s snappy Snapsuits* are half off, so hurry and snap up a sackful!
Great for:
baby showers
stocking stuffers
dressing babies

One Day Only 50% OFF All Snapsuits  |  December 6, 2013  |  wrybaby.com

Begins December 6 at 12:01 am, ends December 6 at 11:59pm. Offer good for in-stock Snapsuits and Super Snapsuits only. Sorry, no rain checks or backorders.

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THE SUPER-ER SWAG GIVEAWAY!
Bypass the over-crowded, non-cool baby superstores this year… Designer Daddy is giving away a pile of FREE AWESOME STUFF! This Wry Baby Swag-A-Palooza prize package includes the following primo items:
A: Born to Be Prom King Snapsuit
B: Born to Be Prom Queen Snapsuit
C: Attack of the 50ft. Baby Stacking Blocks (baby not included)
D: Mysterio Predicts Your Child’s Future T-shirt
E: Bathe Like A Pirate Washcloth Set
Total prize package value in excess of 100 smackeroos!

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Do the little Rafflecopter thingie below for your chance(s) to win ALL THE STUFF and make your kiddo the hippest/happiest on the block — nay, the world! Contest runs December 5-9, 2013.

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*In case you’re wondering, Snapsuits™ are indeed similar to Onesies.® The difference? Onesies® are a registered trademark of Gerber®. So good for Wry Baby — because nobody wants their baby getting sued.

Oh Christmas Tees! Oh Christmas Tees!

November 26, 2013 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF

A couple of years ago I had a momentary lapse of seasonal sense and embarked on producing a daily blog post/doodle for the first 25 days of December. While I was proud of the final result, it was way too much during a time of year already known for a whole lot of way too much.

However, I’ve re-purposed a couple of my favorites of those doodles into tee shirts that are now available in the Designer Daddy Store! Please buy lots and lots (or one) of them. Great for white elephant gifts, stocking stuffers, baby showers and long winter’s naps. The 3XLs also make nice tree skirts.

Click on each image below to be taken directly to that page in the store.

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TWO TURTLE DOVES:
comes in infant onesie, kids’ long-sleeve tees, and short- and long-sleeve adult tees (up to 5XL in some colors); various colors available.

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FA-LA-LA-ABULOUS: comes in short- and long-sleeve adults tees (up to 5XL in some colors); various colors available. Infant onesie and long-sleeve kids’ tee (minus the agenda-pushing “gay apparel” slogan) also available.

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HANUKKAH BONUS! (kind of) I sing with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, and one of the songs we’re performing in our Holiday show this year is the Spanish-flavored Hanukkah song “Ocho Kandelikas” (Eight Little Candles). But from week one of rehearsal, all I could hear when we sang it was…

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OCHO CONDOLEEZZAS
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comes in short- and long-sleeve Hanes adult tees, and 2 different styles of American Apparel tees; various colors available.

As you can see, whether your ideal Holiday is precious, fabulous or slightly off-kilter, Designer Daddy has got you covered. ACT NOW! Operators are (not) standing by!

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Love this blog but not yet a fan of the Designer Daddy Facebook page? Well let’s get that fixed, shall we? You don’t want to miss out on all the extra fun and fabulosity, now would you?

Feeling Crabby? Get the New Halloweenie Tee!

October 4, 2013 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF

Feel that chill in the air? Yeah, me neither. It’s freakin’ HOT around these parts. Yet the Halloween candy has been on the store shelves since the final fireworks fizzled on July 4th, so if you’re not in a spooky mood soon, maybe you need an original Designer Daddy HALLOWEENIE TEE!

All your old faves are still lurking in the store…
CANDYCORN SKULL OF DOOM!  TARANTULA POP!  BEEWEAR THE ZOMBEE!

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And introducing a new design to the bunch this Halloween…

CRABBY APPLE!

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All designs are available for both kids and adults up to 3XL. And if you don’t see a style or size you want (long-sleeve, hoodie, onesie, etc.) let me know and I can special order one for you at no extra cost.

Click the big STORE button on the right hand side of the blog, or you can click HERE too. Happy Halloween!

***Send in a photo of you or your kids in a Halloweenie Tee and I’ll post it right here on the blog!***

 

Dad Socks: A Fashion Statement

August 29, 2013 | By Brent Almond | DAD STUFF, DESIGN STUFF

Though many folks are now in total “Back to school” mode, Labor Day weekend brings the final warm breath of summer. So in honor of the season’s passing, I thought I’d share my summer-long Instagram project, #DADSOCKS. Yes, pictures of my socks. Let me explain…

Shortly after JJ was born, a friend complimented me on a new jacket. It was a spiffy argyle design that made me feel particularly dad-like, without being too boring or conservative. It’s still one of my favorite things to wear. I responded to their compliment, “Thanks! It’s part of my ‘Dad Drag.'” To which they replied, “It’s not drag anymore. You’re an actual dad, dude.”

I realized I’d been seeing myself as “playing dressup” to a degree — that I didn’t yet see myself as a full-on father. Or maybe I was still enjoying the newness of parenthood, like a new jacket. It fit me well, improved my appearance, but was still in the process of becoming a part of my regular wardrobe identity.

Fast-forward a couple of years; I’m deep in the trenches of toddlerdom. There’s no question in my mind I’m a dad, and that most people see me that way. Which suits me fine. I’ve fully embraced the role, which includes the wardrobe. Yet dressing like a dad can be an unattractive undertaking. Comfort is key, as is flexibility. And lots of pockets. The ability to carry several bags, push carts and strollers and sometimes carry a kid, all at the same time, is key — so no skintight, hipster, layering nonsense.

Men in general — and dads in particular — have fewer wardrobe choices with which to express themselves. Being not only a gay dad, but a designer dad… the whole black hoodie/gray sweats/white sneakers combo just ain’t gonna cut it. Which is where #DADSOCKS comes in.

When someone says “dad socks” you’re likely picturing a guy wearing dark socks with sneakers. Or perhaps dress shoes & socks with shorts. Maybe white tube socks with sandals. Whatever the scenario, it’s not pretty. So this summer I took that tired and true look and amped it up, pairing my loudest socks with sneakers, but doing it with confidence and style. I got quite a few compliments, and more than a few odd looks, particularly when I was photographing my feet. But it was fun! And on more than one occasion, I found myself getting impatient with JJ for one thing or another and I’d look down, see what I was wearing and think, “I can’t be that grumpy, scowling dad — look at what fun socks I have!”

Maybe you think I’m delusional. Or perhaps color blind. I don’t care. I’m a dad, dammit! I will wear what I want, be comfortable, and look good doing it!

Now please enjoy these photos of my socks.

MY TOP 10 FAVORITES:

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My Two Daddies T-Shirt Photo Contest Winner

June 30, 2013 | By Brent Almond | DAD STUFF, DESIGN STUFF

I owe you all an apology — I plum forgot ’bout the My Two Daddies T-shirt Photo Contest I put up over on the Facebook page, what with all the Fathers’ Days, Pride parades, meeting superheroes, interviews, trips across the country and Supreme Court shenanigans going on.

But Designer Daddy keeps his promises, whether they’re on time or a couple’a weeks late…
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Here’s the winning photo!
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Ain’t this just the darned cutest kid y’ever did see?

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Silly Hat Day: A Story in Pictures

March 1, 2013 | By Brent Almond | MAKING MEMORIES

On a cold, rainy day not too long ago, I had a brain fart of forethought, gathered all the hats from all over the house, and declared it henceforth be known as (cue trumpets)… Silly Hat Day!

In all honesty, I needed a break from playing superheroes (or coloring them, or watching them on TV). And it actually turned out to be more of a Silly Two-and-a-half Hours, but it was nonetheless a fun diversion during an otherwise dreary day.

Let the silliness commence!

I wonder if we've got enough silly to fill all these hats?

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Silly Hat Day starts out a little on the grumpy side.

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Happy Halloweenie!

October 31, 2012 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF

This photo was sent to me by awesome moms Holly and Carrie of their boys Zeke and David, sporting their Halloweenie tee shirts in front of a pumpkin patch. Way to get into the spirit, and thanks for being such great fans!

And oh yeah, you can get these shirts (plus a bushel more styles) at the Designer Daddy Store. Have a Happy, Happenin’ Halloween everyone!

What’s the Buzz? A New Halloweenie Tee!

October 24, 2012 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF

I had originally intended* to do a whole new line of Halloweenie’s tee shirts for the DD Store, but once again reality bit a big, bloody chunk out of my grand scheme. However, I did manage to squeeze out one little doozie of a doodle just in time for the horrific holiday…**

Beware the ZomBee!

The Undead Insect! The Eater of Brainzzz! BEElzebub!

Below are a couple of different shirt styles, some come with “ZomBee” and some without, each in several colors. There are short and long sleeve tees for kids and adults, and even onesies! Please buy many, many of these — tell your friends, create some buzz — all proceeds go to the JJ College Fund!

And of course, all your old favorites are still available, too! So flit on over to the store and stock your hive with unBeelievably awesome… Sorry, I got out of hand with the bee puns. Just please buy my shirts. Thank you.

*It’s amazing how many of my posts these days start, “I had originally intended to…” or a variation on the theme.

**Also excellent attire while viewing The Walking Dead, currently on AMC.

May the Fourth Be With You

May 4, 2012 | By Brent Almond | MAKING MEMORIES, THINGS DAD DIGS

Even the Lord of the Sith wants clean teeth (say that 5 times fast)

Okay, I was just gonna post this photo and be done with it, but then I started poking around to see if I could post a link of where to buy JJ’s awesome Darth Vader tee (which, by the way, I unknowingly dressed him in this morning — on the unofficial Star Wars holiday). Couldn’t find it anywhere, so I searched the Googles and came upon this…

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…and this.

I spooked the dog with my multiple “OH MY GOD”s at how adorable these are. Painfully cute stuff. Visit Mi Cielo’s Etsy shop and check out the full line of tees and infant bodysuits (some of which come with matching rattles).

In addition to several more Star Wars designs, there’s a gaggle of other pop culture icons to make you giggle: Optimus Prime, Thor, Mr. T, Ron Burgundy(!), and Totoro to name a few (yes she also has bunnies and pirates and Elmo for you less-adventurous types). Of course I’m begging her for an Aquaman. Each is custom made in Hawaii, so they ain’t cheap. But seriously, can you put a price on something this delightful?

(PS: Several come in adult sizes, too!)

DooDad of the Day: Pedoodles!

April 29, 2012 | By Brent Almond | MAKING MEMORIES

We’ve been buying Pedoodles since before JJ could walk, so I figured it was time to give them their props. I won’t go into too much detail about how they’re made or why they’re awesome for lil’ ones’ feetsies (that’s what links are for, folks). But to sum up they’re sturdy but soft (no Frankenstein shoes, like some of us learned to walk in), eco-friendly, and cute as the dickens!

I learned about them through a deal on Zulilly, but you can always buy direct from Pedoodle. Their sizes run from 0-4 years, and while they do change lines from time-to-time, you can often find older styles on Amazon or Buy.com. Here are a few of my favorite styles — for the boys and the girls…

L to R: Brown Trainers, Blue Bumper Cars, Island Hoppers

L to R: Flower Power, Wise Gals, Garnet Girl

Oh yeah, and here’s a mini fashion show of JJ and his Pedoodles in action…

Rockin' a devil/pirate ensemble in Red Bowlers

Easter Sunday dandiness in Brown Trainers

Bumpin' on a log in Reef sandals

And finally, all orders come in these nifty canvas bags (with plastic windows) great for storing the shoes or recycling into a purse or tote to hold those precious action figures, mismatched doll clothes, or grubby handfuls of rocks.

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