Memorial Day 2010

Every year, we take the last Monday of May off from work and school, and typically think of it as the “kick-off” to summer.  However, it is important to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day, and where it came from.

What is Memorial Day? : Memorial Day is a patriotic holiday in the United States that is usually celebrated on the last Monday of May.  On this day we celebrate the remembrance of the service men and women who gave their lives for their country.  It honors those who died in the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and Desert Storm.

The First Memorial Day: The first observance of Memorial Day was in Waterloo, New York on May 5,  1866.  General John A. Logan and General John Murray helped bring attention to the holiday nation-wide, which helped it’s popularity grow.  On May 5, 1868 Logan issued a proclamation that “Decoration Day” be observed nationwide.  The date was changed later that year so that it did not coincide with the date of any battles.  The name “Memorial Day” was not used until 1882, and did not become common until after WWII.

Observances: Traditionally, people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials, and a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time.  It is also traditional to fly flags at half-staff from dawn until noon local.  Volunteers also place American flags on gravesites.

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Custom Marine Tees! CG Fan Spotlight: Caroline

Hey there CG blog-readers! I have yet another fantastic/creative/amazing/fantastic/fabulous fan who posted her design on our Facebook page.  Caroline Brooks (Avery) created her “Marine Wife” design for when she goes to visit her hubby at Camp Pendelton for the Memorial Day weekend.  These two are high school sweethearts who got married in January, and are planning a big wedding celebration in the near future.  We hope you have a great time with your Marine this weekend, Caroline! Thanks for sharing your story and your design with us 🙂

If you would like to be featured in our “CG Fan Spotlight” you can post a photo of yourself in your design to our Facebook page.

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Design Awareness Shirts. CG Fan Spotlight: Melissa

Custom Alzheimers Shirts

Hey CG fans! I just wanted to give a special shout-out to Melissa Poland-Knapik.  Melissa posted a picture of her and her family wearing “Alzheimer’s Sucks” t-shirts that she ordered from our site.  Melissa’s husband found the design in our gallery, and she loved them because of her involvement in raising Alzheimer’s awareness.  Sadly, Melissa’s own mother suffered from this disease and passed away May 9th, 2009.  Melissa also shared some interesting facts about the disease.  Did you know:

  • There is yet to be someone who survives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.
  • Every 71 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Only half of those who develop it are properly diagnosed.
  • It is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

Melissa and her family wore these shirts on Mother’s Day 2010 in her mother’s honor, and to raise awareness for this devastating disease.  Melissa is active with the local Alzheimer’s chapter and co-chair the local Memory Walk with the help and support of her siblings.  Thank you so much for sharing your photo with us Melissa, and best of luck to you as you strive to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

Want to dress for a cause? Design your own apparel to spread your message!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Matching Mother Daughter Shirts for Mother's Day

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever”-Author Unknown

The first Mother’s Day was originally founded in West Virginia in 1858 by Anna Jarvis. In the U.S., we celebrate mothers on the second Sunday of May, and it is typically a day to honor your mother in whatever way you choose. In some households (like mine), we let the matriarch of the family choose her favorite dish for dinner, maybe take her shopping, or by buying small gifts to show our appreciation for years of love and support. However you choose to do it, let your mom know you care today!

Mother’s Day Trivia:
• In the majority of the world’s language, the word “mother” begins with the letter M.
• The oldest mother on record is Satyabhama Mahapatra, a 65 year-old Indian school teacher who gave birth to a baby boy on April 9th, 2003.
• The youngest mother on record is Lina Medina who was just 5 years and 7 months old when she delivered a 6 ½ lb. boy in Lima, Peru in 1939.
• August is the most popular month to have a baby, with 360,000 births taking place in that month in 2001.
• Tuesday is the most popular day of the week to have a baby, with an average of 12,000 births taking place on that day in 2001.
• Many of the sweaters worn by Mr. Rogers on his popular television show were actually knitted by his mother.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

“Cinco de Mayo has come to represent a celebration of the contributions that Mexican Americans and all Hispanics have made to America.” ~ Joe Baca

Most people are under the impression that Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day.  Cinco de May actually commemorates the victory of the Mexican Militia over the French Army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.  Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the Puebla region of Mexico, but for some reason the holiday has taken more meaning outside of Mexico than within—kind of like how St. Patty’s Day is more popular in the U.S. than in Ireland.  If you want to join the masses and celebrate this holiday here are some things that NO Cinco de Mayo would be complete without:

  1. Mexican Cuisine: Tomales, tacos, and tequila. You can’t really go wrong with any of them.
  2. Dress/Decorate Mexican Style:  Use the colors of the Mexican flag-red, green, and white, in your decorations, clothing, accessories, or anywhere else that’s appropriate.  Don a Sombrero if you’re so inclined.
  3. Put on Some Mexican Music and Dance: Get some cd’s or look up some Tejano, banda, or Mexican cumbia, and throw a fiesta!
  4. Custom Apparel: And last but definitely not least, your Mexican fiesta wouldn’t be complete without one of a kind Cinco de Mayo t-shits. Visit today, and design festive creations to celebrate!

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Top 10 Cheers We Love to Hear!

Cheer season never ends. There’s always time to test out new cheers, right? But what cheers should they be practicing the most? Here are the top ten cheers that really get the crowd going!

Special thanks to all the cheerleaders who added their own ideas and to all those cheer moms ordering our custom cheer bags, shorts, and more.


10. “Be Aggressive”

Be aggressive

B-E aggressive!


Be aggressive!

9.  “Fight”

We’re gonna spell fight in a way that’s better
So when I say get on up, you just shout the letter,
Get on up, F,
Get on up, I,
Get on up, G,
Get on up, H,
Get on up, T,
What’s that spell?
What do we do?
One more time,

8. “You May Be Good At Football”

You may be good at Football
You may be good at Track
But when it comes to Basketball
You better watch your Back
Cardinals Attack!
(Stomp, Clap, Stomp Stomp, Clap, Stomp Stomp, Clap Clap, Stomp Stomp, Clap)
Repeat Once
Repeat Cheer and Stomp and Clap

7.  “Big G Little O

Big “G” Little “O”



6.  “Red Hot”

Our team is red hot,
Our team is red hot,
Our team is red hot,
Our team is r-e-d h-o-t.
Once we start, we can’t be stopped!
Let’s go, let’s go!

5. “Victory”


That’s the cardinal’s battle cry!

Victory, Victory, Victory!

4. “Super”

The S is for super and
The U is for united
The P is for perfection and you know we are excited
The E is for energetic and
The R is for Rad
so tell the other team
We’re the best and we’re glad!

3.  “Knock ‘em Down”

Knock ’em down
Roll ’em around
Come on defense work, WORK!

2.  “Hot to Go”


Triad Cards (clap)

Are hot to go


Hot to go


1. Any cheers by SNL’s “Spartan Cheerleaders” Spartan Spirit!

R.O.W.D.I.E. That’s the way we spell rowdy, rowdy let’s get rowdy. R.O.W.D.I.E. Spartan spirit! Spartan spirit! Spartan spirit!

So check us out. U.G.L.Y. you ain’t got no alibi. Your ugly, hey hey you’re ugly. K.I.N.G. You can’t take my king from me you’re ugly. Yeah yeah you’re ugly. Not cute. Spartan spirit, Spartan spirit.


We hope you found this useful. You know what else you might find useful? An easy way to customize and order cheer shirts, sweats, bags and more. And that’s exactly what we do at Customized Girl!

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