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Posted on Sep 2, 2011 in Giveaway | 146 comments

Got Merch? (Giveaway!)

Ahoy-hoy, friends! Thanks so much for all of your supportive comments in response to yesterday’s post. It’s certainly a struggle to simultaneously stay motived without getting too hard on myself, and getting to see all sides of the situation reflected through your comments really helped put perspective on it. It’s not about beating myself up, and it’s not about making excuses for myself. So, thank you. And to show my gratitude, I’ve got a treat for you today!

Well, to be honest, it’s really more of a treat for me. But even if you’re not as obsessed with this blog as I am (which, in retrospect, might be kinda weird if you were, haha) you might be able to appreciate it anyway. See, I’m a follower really. I followed the entire world-as-I-now-know-it into the healthy living blogosphere, and now I’ve followed my friends Anne and Tina into the world of totes adorbs blog merch.

Welcome to Honey, I Shrunk the T-Shirt Shop!

Otherwise known as an excuse for me to get stuff with my name plastered all over it.

Thanks to Taylor for helping model, and Ben for being the photographer (of course!)

I ordered a few items for myself to test out and I honestly will say, I love them. I was really surprised with the quality of the materials and the sleekness of the printing. The slouchy sweatshirt is my favorite of the things I ordered by far – so comfortable!


The sizing on some of the items (tanks and fitted tees) definitely runs on the small side. The tank may look a little loose on Taylor, but not THAT much considering it’s a size L! As if you couldn’t tell by how amazonian (the nice way of saying, er, big) she makes me look, by the way, she’s teeny. Just giving you fair warning to size up.

The apparel in the shop can be completely customized in terms of color and clothing item. There aren’t a whole lot of men’s items in there right now (I mean, c’mon, I kind of know my audience here, haha) but that can easily be rectified. I had probably a little bit too much fun designing products but hey, everything I’ve learned from the multitude of blog conferences I’ve been to tells me to brand myself. So consider me branded!

Please ignore my back fat. Awk.

And if for some outlandish reason you aren’t in love with the idea of walking around with my name and silhouette slapped on your chest (I can’t imagine why!), there are a few other things in there that still reflect the true Gretchen spirit, hehe.

Also schnauzers.


And because I’m just feeling the love (er, for myself) today, I’m passing the good feelings onto you by giving away an item of YOUR CHOICE from the Honey, I Shrunk the T-Shirt Shop to one VERY (in my opinion) lucky reader! And no, this isn’t a perk’d or sponsored giveaway, just li’l ol’ me spreading the love from the bottom of my heart… and wallet. πŸ˜‰

Day 241 - I'm Shrinking

Enter by doing any or all of the following — be sure to leave separate comments back here for each thing you do!

1. Leave a comment telling me which item you would want from the shop (or if nothing catches your fancy, tell me what would!)
2. Like Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! on Facebook and/or follow me on Twitter!
3. Tweet, post, and/or blog about this giveaway, linking back to me in some capacity (blog, Twitter, Facebook, home address, you know, the works!) as well as this post. Here’s a sample Tweet for you to play with:

Got merch? @shrinkinggretch is giving away swag from her new shop! Enter here: http://su.pr/2httfp #giveaway

Multiple entries are definitely allowed! There are up to SIX different ways to win, so have at it! Entries close Monday 9/5 at midnight (EST), and I’ll be drawing the winner randomly on Tuesday morning.

Have an amazing Labor Day weekend! I’m going to be spending the time trying not to go balls to the wall with my eating, while still having a rockin’ time, of course.

PS: Looking for something to fill up your Friday? I’m a guest posting fiend today! Head on over to Beth’s Journey to read up on my methods for weight loss, and check out Healthy Happy Whole for a frank explanation of my past struggles with binge eating.


  1. I love the sushi shirt, nom nom nom

  2. OH!!!!!!!!! The wide neck sweatshirt is SOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE πŸ™‚ [and i would totally wear your name all over town πŸ˜‰ ]

  3. I LOVE the cupcakes, nom nom nom tshirt. So cute.

  4. I love the Cupcakes one :D!

  5. I like the grey HISTG V-neck!

  6. I already follow you on facebook…

  7. Aaaaand I linked to your personal Facebook, blog Facebook, and Twitter all with links to your blog.

    I’m not posting separate comments for all that because it would be obnoxious.

    but I LOVE YOU

  8. Since this applies to a smaller audience don’t fret that people aren’t asking for it- but i want the Whasian double V Neck shirt. I also like the Cupcakes Nom Nom Nom but maybe in a different color on a different silhouette. The slouchy sweatshirt is SUPER cute btw. Great job with the tshirts and slogans! Now pick me to win. πŸ™‚

  9. and as you know- i follow you on twitter.

  10. and i like your facebook page (i like your face too, bwahahaha)

  11. and i’ll follow lara’s example with just one comment- BUT i tweeted, which updates my facebook so i tagged you twice πŸ™‚

  12. This is so exciting. Congrats! Definitely loving the HISTG slouchy sweatshirt that you are wearing. Adorbs!!

  13. Definitely following you on tiwtter – a little embarrassed that I wasn’t alreday πŸ™‚

    And I tweeted about this incredible giveaway!! Happy Friday!

  14. So cute. I saw the shirts last night, and wondered if they were new, or I was oblivious?!? Glad it’s not the latter. (In this case, anyway).

    I love the “Shrink This” underwear, and the “Exercise Sucks” tank the best, I think. Ooh, and the grey HISTG v-neck. Ha,ha. Just one, you say? πŸ˜‰


  15. Love it all! How fun!

    I also am a big fan of the slouchy sweatshirt anddd the sushi t-shirt is too cute!

  16. I love the slouchy sweatshirt, so adorable. But I think it would be most appropriate for me to rock the “Running sucks. Do it anyway.” shirt.

  17. I LOVE the running tank! I was running for quite some time, and even though I hated it, I loved it, if that makes any sense! Unfortunately, I’ve been struggling with depression since late last spring, and have barely moved at all, much less run. Your blog has been an inspiration to me, and I’m finally at a point where I have the energy to start working out again!

    • That’s so great to hear, Amanda. I mean, not the depression part, of course, but the getting inspired part. Oh gosh I hate it all – the sweating, the out-of-breathiness, the sweating, the red-faced-ness, the sweating (haha) but at least I’m trying anyway! πŸ™‚

      • I know, I hate feeling like a hippo on the treadmill! The worst part is I gained back about 35 of the 42 I’d lost. I think your blog is particularly inspiring because I am the same height and was the same exact weight as you. Got down to 204, back up to 235. Sigh.

  18. I love the undies! So spunky:)

  19. I also follow you on twitter.

  20. Hey Gretchen! Just tweeted your blog/giveaway! Too funny, I just discovered your merch yesterday. Lots of great stuff!

  21. I love the “Running sucks! Do it anyway!” *and* “Exercise sucks! Do it anyway!” shirts! LOVE! It is funny because now that I’m nearing the end of my weightless journey (it feels like the tail end…I have 20 lbs left!), I’ve had a ton of people come up to me and explain why they can’t exercise. It has been an interesting phenomenon!

    • Interesting! Like, they explain why they can’t exercise as an excuse for not losing weight? Do you tell them that you know it sucks, they should do it anyway? Hahaha

      • They tell me why they can’t exercise in general. “I don’t have time.” “It is too hot.” “My knees are bad.” “I don’t enjoy it.” You name it I’ve heard it…I believe they know they SHOULD be exercising, and telling me why they can’t just makes them feel better. The convo usually starts out by asking me what I’ve been doing to loose the weight…and I get similar comments from overweight and non-overweight folks.

        It is just bizarre.

        And yes…I just smile and usually take their excuse away. (No – I can’t just let them slide!) “If I can find time, you can. It is about priorities.” “Exercise inside if it is too hot outside.” “Find some exercise that is not hard on your knees – walking and swimming are both great examples!” “There is always something else to try if you haven’t found anything you like…trying something new!”

        If I wore a shirt like that though, I bet it would save me some time. πŸ˜‰

  22. I really like the Womens Wideneck Sweatshirt! And I love your blog too!

  23. I like the I’m shrinking shirts.

  24. I can’t decide – “I love Exercise Sucks. Do It Anyway.” and “I’m Shrinking!” (and that picture that goes along with it!) You know you’re too cool for school when you can start branding yourself πŸ˜‰

    • Hahahaha, “too cool for school” is such a nice way of reflecting upon my douchebaggery πŸ˜‰

  25. Liked you on facebook

  26. I would love a green v-neck with your name on it, no shame! It’s hot!

  27. Just found your blog through your guest post on Beth’s Journey and I have enjoyed reading about your journey and appreciate how open and honest you are about your former eating habits/lifestyle – big congrats to you! I love all of the apparel, but I have to say that either one of the sweatshirts or the tank that says, “Running sucks. Do it anyway.”

  28. Liked you on facebook!

  29. I like you on FB! πŸ™‚

  30. I lalalaLOVE the I’m shrinking t-shirt! And love the cute cute pic of you on your blog in it!

  31. I follow you on twitter.

  32. I love the wideneck sweatshirt, the sushi and cupcake shirts and the exercise sucks tank…very cute.

  33. I like you on FB.

  34. I blogged about it too. I called it Honey, I Love the Gretchen! It’s true. πŸ™‚ I also used a pic of my fave tee from your store. I linked to the source. Let me know if that’s not okay and I will make edits.

  35. I like the “Exercise Sucks” tank!

  36. Followed you on twitter.

  37. Tweeted (SweetMuuShuu)

  38. And last, but not least, liked on Facebook.

  39. Oh my gosh, those pictures are adorable! You look amazing. I LOVE the Exercise Sucks one…very creative, girl. πŸ™‚

  40. I follow you on Twitter, via @eatslovehappy

  41. I love reading your blog each morning! I am a fan of the wideneck sweatshirt πŸ™‚

  42. I am also a fan on Facebook!

  43. this is soooo cool!!
    I love the clothes! Especially the “Nom nom nom” shirt, so cute. Also the undies are great “Shrink This”- yes, please πŸ˜€
    And Ben really is an awesome photographer (it kinda is in the family, no? ;))

  44. LOVE the sweatshirts! Adorable!

    Tweeting this too – woot!

  45. love these! esp the green Honey I shrunk the Gretchen!

  46. I like the Nom Nom Nom dog shirt. My dog would love that!

  47. I LOVE the black underwear “Shrink This”- I’m cracking up, fabulous idea!

  48. I “liked” you on FB πŸ˜€

  49. I would give the slouchy sweatshirt a try! It looks comfy and I don’t mind wearing your name around at all. πŸ™‚

  50. And I just tweeted about your giveaway! Yay! Hopefully I get the big WIN…and good luck with your new shop! I’d be interested to hear how it goes. πŸ™‚

  51. I love the sushi shirt. When you see me eat sushi at Cafe Half of Gretchen… you’re going to be amazed. Or disgusted. I’m not sure which.

  52. I would definitely rock the I’m shrinking shirt, because lik

    • * like you I’ve lost a lot of weight (83 pounds and counting!) so it would be fun to rock that shirt!

  53. BTW, I like you on FB

  54. I dig the “running sucks, do it anyway” tank.

  55. I already stalk you on FB and twitter… πŸ˜‰ I love the Exercise sucks tank, and the I’m shrinking t! Such cute saying that fit your blog!
    …and I will tweet πŸ™‚

  56. Well, I would have to get the “whasian” shirt…. solidarity and all. πŸ™‚

  57. LOve love LOVE the slouchy purple sweatshirt, but the cupcake tee is tooo cute too!

  58. I “Like” Honey I shrunk the Gretchen on facebook too!

  59. I like the sweatshirt, i think!

  60. i follow you on twitter already!

  61. i like you on facebook (duh)

  62. I love the “cupcake nom nom nom” shirt!!

  63. And I “like” you on FB!

  64. OMG, I LOVE the running sucks shirt!! I am starting a couch to 5k program next week, even though I HATE running. After losing almost 70 lbs. I need something to push me through the last 36lbs. I loved your last post, we must be soul sisters, as I have been slowing down on the weight loss lately, only to finally realize it’s my fault (sigh…). Thanks for your honesty – we can both finish this thing (and maintain it)!

  65. I totally want the Cupcakes or Sushi nom nom nom NOMZ shirts. So cute. So appropriate.

  66. I “liked” you on Facebook (@ Jennifer B.) and I now follow you on Twitter (@jlobug). Do I get double puntos? πŸ™‚

  67. OMG these are awesome. I NEED the sushi shirt!!!

  68. I follow you on twitter @tiffanynico

  69. The slouchy sweatshirt is adorable!

  70. Oh my goodness your schnauzer shirts are so wonderful, especially because I secretly want your schnauzers and mine to be friends. Best friends. I would wear that all the time.

  71. I follow you on Twitter and like you on Facebook! I like the v-neck T-shirts and the kinda wide shoulder sweatshirt!!! =] Cute clothes! You’re gonna be famous!

  72. I love that slouchy sweatshirt

  73. I follow you on twitter!

  74. I like you on facebook

  75. I tweeted about your giveaway!

  76. I just found your blog through the guest post you did for Beth. I’m loving your story! Anyway, I love the shirt that’s says “I’m shrinking”! Sooooo cute!!

  77. I woukd love to win either the “Exercise Sucks…” or the “I’m Shrinking” tees.

  78. Love, love, LOVE the zippered hoodie (a girl cannot have enough hoodies!).

  79. I’ve been a Facebook follower since your first day πŸ™‚
    Enjoy reading you every day Gretchen!

  80. I love the Womens Wideneck Sweatshirt!!!!

  81. maybe if I buy and wear the I’m shrinking t-shirt I’ll shrink, is that how it works?

  82. Exercise sucks. Do it anyway πŸ™‚

  83. I just found your Blog through Beth’s blog as well. I love your story and am really inspired by it. I love the shirts.. esp the wideneck sweatshirt. Keep up the great work!

  84. I LOVE the Sushi shirt..so cool.

  85. Liked you on Facebook πŸ˜›

  86. Following on twitter

  87. also tweeted the link you suggested..lol…why mess with something that was right..

  88. So cute! I love the sushi shirt πŸ™‚

  89. Well of course I follow you on facebook

  90. …and twitter

  91. Tweeted about the giveaway πŸ™‚

  92. I totally love the life isn’t complete without a schnauzer! I have an adorable on that looks a lot like your Harry.

  93. And I now like you on Facebook!

  94. I think the black double v-neck is super cute.

  95. Ok, so I just found your blog, and missed the giveaway, but that’s okay because I HAD to tell you how ridiculously cute I think the “Shrink this” undies are. Adorable. Completely.

    • Looks like you’ll just have to stick around so you can win ’em next time! πŸ˜‰

  96. Hey there, I just found your blog via “A Girl and Her Mutt”. Love it! The whole taking pictures thing is interesting. I can understand them not wanting certain pictures taken (like of unsuspecting customers or employees) but pictures of hot sauce?!?!

    • Thanks, Christine! I know, right? Ruh roh… I might get ideas for what hot sauces brands to buy! πŸ˜‰


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