Let’s face it, the climate of today’s society is somewhat hostile towards young women’s self esteem; raising strong girls is a difficult task. Our girls are bombarded every single day with digitally enhanced images of rail thin fashion models and unattainable body images everywhere: from billboards to magazines to television and film. Impossibly thin body images saturate the media and glorify unattainable goals; raising well-balanced girls with high self-esteem can seem to be an insurmountable feat. We tell girls to be lady-like, and we give them Barbie dolls to play with, and glorify this tangible example of “beauty”~yet seem mystified when we hear the statistics of 10 million females with eating disorders in America. We have habitually conveyed mixed messages over generations of raising girls.  I began to wonder, as a Woman who is influential in many girls and young women’s lives;  and as a mother, what I can possibly do to help the girls around me to grow to be confident about their abilities and not just their appearances. I want to help them have high self esteem in this crippling era of poor body image messages.

I challenge ALL of us to ask what can we each do for our granddaughters, daughters, nieces, younger sisters and other girls who are important in our lives, we CAN combat these negative or catch 22 messages we send to our girls by doing three simple things.

1. TELL Let your girl(s) know: (stealing from The Help movie) “You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important” continuously. Tell your girl(s) about what makes them special, tell them what you observe about their personality that you enjoy, are proud of and areas you see improvement in.

2. DO Spend TIME with your girl(s). Actions speak louder than words. As millenial women, we lead very busy lives. We are jam packed with STUFF to do:  between work, parenting, children’s school /activities and our own leisure time/hobbies not to mention all of the household responsibilities we have, taking time to spend QUALITY time with our girls sends them the message they are WORTHY of our time. When we take time out of our schedules for individual, uninterrupted time spent together with our girl(s) we are telling them they are IMPORTANT and precious to us.

3. MODEL  Live out the POSITIVE message(s) you send to your girl(s).  If we are constantly self-criticizing ourselves in the mirror within earshot of our girl(s), they WILL pick up on that. However, if we point out what we feel are positives about our own appearances or abilities, they will pick up on that! Children learn what they live.  While I was growing up, Grandma Judy had this poem framed and it hung in our living room:

Children Learn What They Live

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Copyright © 1972 by Dorothy Law Nolte

Moms have exponential impact upon the way our girl(s) feel about their own bodies. If we model acceptance of our own bodies unconditionally, we let them know they are FINE and accepted the way they ARE, whether we actually verbalize this or not. When we dialog with our girl(s) it’s always a good idea to steer away from directing praise away from appearances, and instead place emphasis on achievements, academics or good things in their relationships with other girls.

Raise her to be critical! Something I suggest is to sit down one night with your girl(s) and watch their favorite television show~making special mental notes at commercials to observe & help her to hone a critical eye as to how the characters are presented as well as HOW the commercials portray women. Assist her in decoding how females are depicted: Are they wearing 3″ stiletto heels while using a swiffer? Are they airbrushed and have a flawless appearance while chasing toddlers around? Help her to see the well-polished illusion which television, movies and the media can often be.

It’s also important to raise your girl(s) to be strong, and not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. Are you raising a daughter with convictions? Does she know what she thinks about issues and WHY? Have you modeled being a people pleaser? or have you modeled that it is OKAY to go against the flow if she believes in what she is doing?

Here is ANOTHER way to reinforce what you’re teaching your girl(s)~~ I recently stumbled across a jewelry collection that can reinforce the positive, motivational messages we want to instill in our girl(s). The creator of the pieces is Gennaro Inc  and they’re available in over 250 Icing stores (by Claire’s Boutique) nationwide.  (click here to go to their store locator) It’s never too early to send encouraging, self-esteem building impressions to girl(s).  These are very affordable pieces for every budget.


This collection of empowering jewelry pieces allow tweens-women to look fabulous and share confidence! It’s an ON-TREND way to be socially conscious while inspiring young girls and women.  10% of every purchase (net profits) is donated to girl mentoring and helping girls to secure the tools she needs to succeed in life. I’m so excited about these pieces! I think they’d make such wonderful gifts! I have a few girls in my life I know who would love them!



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1. I will never be tall, no matter how hard I try.

2. Coffee makes me poop.

3. I love my kids (infinity times a bazillion)

4. I dig tattoos

5. The drunk me, makes the sober me do really stupid shit.

6. There is a brotherhood I know, in which the members (past and present) will do ANYTHING for one another…The United States Marine Corps.

7. Music makes EVERYTHING better.

8. The sun will come out tomorrow (thank you Annie).

9. She who dies with the most shoes and fabric, WINS!

10. I have a birthmark on my calf that looks just like Ireland.

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Let The Waist Training BEGIN!!!!


I’ve been doing this for about 10 days…and as humiliating as it is for this out of shape mama to post these pictures… I’m blogging with honesty about the progress I’m making. ( I had to take a brief hiatus when I got sick because I was coughing horribly)

What I’m doing: I’m going to be blogging my real-life experience with waist/corset training, using the NuTrim Waist Training method courtesy of my girl, Alison Noel

What is it: I will be wearing a corset to “train” my waist into the classic hourglass figure of days gone by. I have long adored the pinup look, and due to some medical conditions at this time (degenerative disc disease and 3 jacked up discs in my neck) I can’t exercise properly without super bad pain during and after a work out; so I opted to try this idea! I’ve seen so many awesome before/after pictures and such breathtaking results that I figured I had nothing to lose. 

I am not going to lie… yes, I felt this was a way to get my girlish figure back without doing much work… the lazy way out, you might say… (I promised to blog honestly about my experience, did I not? lol) … and a personal trainer who is also a marine (BRETT!!) ripped me up one side and down the other for doing this, but I view this as a complete product review, as part of my JOB (blogging) as well as an experiment to see if this really works and what my PERSONAL results may be. After I had my boys, I kissed my waistline goodbye, as sad and pathetic as it sounds, it’s true. And when my oldest was an infant that’s when I found out about my cervical spine issues, and then was injured a few years ago when a dresser fell on me in a resale shop and jacked me up even more~so there are all my stupid excuses for not working out to get myself in shape in a traditional manner, but alas, I regress..

So the whole point of this blog series, is to give you the legit, funny and also the not-so-funny, but albeit true account of what it’s like to embark upon a journey like this in a day and age when we desire so much instant gratification. This is going to take a while, but I’m in it for the long haul. I’m willing to do what it takes. It also requires some basic exercise and a good diet, like all shape reducing programs should. In the short time I have been wearing it, It has gotten easier to fasten (more “broken in?” I guess we could say) and my posture has improved immeasurably. (To be honest, right now, since I’m new at this, It’s kinda like a body cast, I can’t bend if I tried to when I have it on hehe) .

So Here is my official “before” photo

(oh my gawd, I can’t believe I’m posting this on my blog!!!!!! )


My friend Alison is a representative for NuTrim Waist Training and after I got my corset these were my instructions…

The low down…

How Does Waist Training Work? Waist training is a gradual process of waist reduction using a waist-cinching corset. The waist training practice came to prominence in Victorian times but has made something of a comeback in recent years. Wearing a waist cinching corset, exercising and eating a healthy diet can radically reduce your waist size;instantly giving you a beautiful sexy silhouette while permanently getting rid of unwanted inches around your waist. Nutrim’s high quality waist-trainers are specially imported from Columbia and are made of a unique latex material which attack unwanted fat and impurities within your body. The waist-trainer will strengthen your core all the while improving your posture. The thermogenisis created within your body will allow your body to rid itself of harsh toxins and impurities, through perspiration. While wearing the waist trainer, the tight compression will help to reduce food volume intake which will help acheive the healthier practice of smaller meals, more often, rather than three large meals a day. Waist training as a means of permanent waist-reduction and re-shaping is a practice requiring discipline and is best achieved when the following 3 components work in harmony: •Waist Cinching using a traditional flex-boned corset •Healthy Diet •Regular Exercise Results will be slower and harder to obtain if the 3 major components are not practiced as a gradual program of modifying the shape of the body.

So, what are the steps to follow for correct waist-training? STARTING OUT: A person’s body must become accustomed to the constriction of waist training. A new garment must be broken in otherwise you can damage the garment. The first few weeks of wearing the corset you must not over train. Begin by wearing the corset 2-4 hours per day. (Author’s note: I’m currently at 2 hours myself) Gradually add an hour or two to your daily waist training regimen until you are able to wear the corset through out the entire day. Wear the corset on the first set of clasps. Once the garment is worn-in you can then begin to use the second set of clasps making the corset tighter. As your waist becomes smaller the corset will become comfortable and will not feel as tight. Now you can progress to the next size down as part of your continued waist-reduction regime. Bear in mind that individual’s body shapes are different.

MAINTENANCE: If you are serious about waist-training then it is very important to look after your corset; over time they take a lot of punishment from regular cinching but if you take some simple precautions you can extend the life of the garment: 1. Cleaning. Hand wash your corset in cold water or wash in gentle cycle in cold water. Do Not put Corset in dryer! Lay corset flat to dry. 2. Air Dry your corset at the end of the day. Corsets must be dried out by turning the lining to the upper side and hanging over the back of a chair. Never hang on or near a heat source as over time this will cause shrinkage and eventual damage to the stitching 3. Alternate Corsets. Rather than buy one corset, purchase 2, strong corsets and alternate them so that each corset gets to ‘rest’ between each wearing Follow these simple tips for maintenance, break the corset in gradually and you will have a corset that lasts a long-time; a little bit of care goes a long way where corsets are concerned. So, whether you just want to reduce your waist in the short term or you intend to embark on a gradual waist-reduction regime.Remember, for longer term permanent waist-reduction your waist trainer should be used in conjunction with healthy diet and moderate, regular exercise.

My final thoughts, I am currently wearing my corset about 2 hours at a time, that’s about all I can stand right now, I am a spaz and until it’s broken in more, and I get used to being this constricted, I can hardly stand being in it that long, but nothing worth doing is easy! I will gradually build up my time in my corset, and I will move from the furthest, to the middle to the closest sets of hook and eye clasps. I WILL DO THIS! I will succeed, because I want it so bad I can practically TASTE IT. Last year, I lost 40 pounds after making drastic diet changes since being diagnosed diabetic, but even with that accomplishment (and I’m still loosing weight), I am still not satisfied, and  I can’t wait to have that classic hourglass figure!!!! and so it begins….

If you’re interested in ordering and getting 20% off EVERYDAY, use code: 2123 at checkout. You can also add Alison as a friend on facebook and she will get you some additional information and keep you aware of other upcoming specials/promotions she has going on!  Her profile:



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We all have dirty laundry…Yes we do. But that’s not the kind I’m referring to….Nope…  not the secretive, gossip-laden type that phrase may conjure up in your mind~ the genuine, figurative, for REALS dirty laundry.

If  you live in my home, and walk in my shoes, and stand at the wheelhouse and attempt to steer this crazy train of a household;  you’d totally understand that I’m referring to the  mounds and mounds of unrelenting soiled clothing, outerwear, footwear, bedding and nameless other categories of textiles we dirty on a regular basis. For the life of me, I just can not seem to stay ahead of it all. It’s a never-ending battle, I tell ya!
(Case in Point: Recently, after my boys cleaned their rooms and I asked them to be sure all of their dirty laundry made it to the laundry room… THIS is what I got… piles of dirty clothes, blankets, pillowcases etc .. thrown down the stairs, into a ginormous pile of dirty laundry … in front of the laundry room door! Ummm….Thanks boys… but that has caused a BIGGER and more problematic issue … argh…LOL!)
Lets be real ladies, as moms, we want to give our family the very finest~ In every area of our lives, we strive to do the very best we can. We also believe we *should* be able to afford to give our families what they truly deserve.. superior prouducts & merchandise… all the while, trying to be as natural as possible, with concern for the earth and their health being foremost in our minds; utilizing the least amount of chemicals as possible (no, I won’t lie, my kids mack out on some hot dogs once in a while but I do TRY to lessen harmful ingredients as much as is humanly possible). ~ When it comes to laundry, something that is next to their skin, all the time, I think the more natural we can go, the better! I have one little guy with eczema and I’m particularly sensitive to chemicals and odors from certain chemicals since I had a medical emergency a few years back. Strong perfumes and other chemical odors can kick off a nasty allergic reaction;  and the strange thing is that I can never can tell exactly what product will trigger it~ which is another reason I was particularly excited to discover a new, independently produced, all-natural stain remover as well as laundry detergent products. I found out about B & N Laundry with the help of some of my fellow indie handmade business owner friends.
It’s been nothing short of a pleasure trying out the products created, packaged and marketed by Rachel Bollin. They smell absolutely heavenly (available in 3 scents of lavender, lemon and eucalyptus)  and I’ve been nothing but over-joyed with the results too! (Case in point:  I was recently given a WHITE hoodie (bad idea!) and of course commenced to get spaghetti sauce on it ~ and I sprayed it with a commercial stain remover, and washed it, and the stain remained~I then tried a DIFFERENT “big name” commercial brand stain remover spray, let it soak into the stain, and re-washed on heavy duty cycle~when it came out it was a tad bit faded but it was still there :(   it was a faded orange blob of a stain on the chest.  As soon as I heard about the natural B & N Laundry stain stick I thought the white Team Goose hoodie may be a good experiement to try it on. Once it arrived in the mail, I dampened the stain on my hoodie, rubbed the stain stick onto the stain and then I re-washed the hoodie in the washing machine on regular cycle… and Lo, and Behold! The stain was GONE when it came out of the washing machine… NO LIE!)
I think it’s like a miracle product, and although that may sound cheesy, it’s my honest to God testimonial. Rachel, the founder of the company says it’s her best selling product and the most successful item she has produced to date; and I can completely understand why. The results speak for themselves.  This stain stick is a mother’s dream come true, it is like all the planets lined up, and the universe shone brightly down on Rachel as she created this awesome stain bar. She says she gets countless messages , emails and comments about how well the product works on the most impossible stains, all day …every day! (Now I can see why!!)
So let’s take a few minutes to get to know the creator of these formidable compounds, Rachel Bickel-Bollin. 
  • Where are you from?  I’ve lived in Southern California most of my life but was born in Fort Benning GA


  • What is your name & your business name? My Name is Rachel Bollin and My business is B & N Laundry


  • What is your current location?  Murrieta, California



  • How long have you been in business? 13 months


  • How did you get started? When my sweet husband went into renal failure and on dialysis I wanted to get rid of all the chemicals in our home.  I got rid of our chemical filled dryer sheets and detergents and started making my own. I loved my detergent so much I put it in mason jars and started selling it to my neighbors.  they loved it so I took it to farmers markets from there, things took off.
  • What is your favorite thing about owning your own business?  Watching it grow from an idea to a products in stores nationwide
  • What is your least favorite thing about owning your own business? lots of money goes out before any comes in.
  •  Who is YOUR favorite fellow small business owner?  Oh I have so many that I meet along the way.  My new favorite is Wendy Carter who owns Twins Yikes an adorable line of kid towels.  I met her at the California Gift Show.  She’s a fellow twin momma and I love her products
  • What makes you smile? My 3 year old twins.  They are sweet and funny and make me smile everyday.
  • Tell us a little bit about your family life. It’s pretty crazy!  My girls come with me to the shop most days and my husband works for the local power company.  He travels a lot and I work to juggle my growing company, the twins, the dogs and everything else.  We live in a little house in Corona Ca.  The rooms are way too small but it’s full of love.
  • If you could sit and spend the day with another entrepreneur for one day in their studio, who would it be? Sarah Blakely, the founder of Spanx. I’d love to pick her brain.  She took a concept and turned it into a multi million dollar company.
  •  What is your favorite book? Strength Finder 2.0.  I love it so much I just assume everyone has read it.  When people ask me about myself I tell them my top 5 strengths.  If they’ve never read it, there’s a long silence.

For the Record… I feel a certain business/sisterly connection with Rachel, It seems we are both on the same page mentally and I really dig her vibe so when she said this was her favorite book… of COURSE, I went directly to Ebay and bought it. I’m all about devouring ANY material which can propel my business, inspire and motivate me in the line of work I do. As I’ve gotten to know her, I’ve come to respect Rachel a great deal and if she suggests a book to read… I’m all about it… Seeeee…..Can’t wait to get my copy!  



  • One piece of advice you wish you’d known when you first started out? That at some point, people will start coming out of the wood work offering services you may be convinced you need.  Don’t be too quick to give anyone your money.
  • What is one technique/skill you’d like to learn to do (or to improve upon)?  Social Media!  I wish I knew so much more so it wouldn’t be so time consuming.
  •  What is your favorite product you’ve created? or What is your best selling item you carry?  My Stain Stick!  It took me months to perfect and it works so well, we get messages everyday from people who got out impossible stains. (Author’s note: ME INCLUDED!!) 
  •  If you could have one super power what would it be, and why? To see the future.  I would be able to see what mistakes I may make in my business before I make them.


  • Tea or coffee? Chai Latte :)
  • Finish this sentence, “If you REALLY knew me, you’d know ______”  I may come off tough as nails but I’m pretty sensitive and a little shy (author’s note: totally me too!) 
  • Your favorite holiday? Christmas by far!  Watching the magic come to life in my children eyes is AWESOME.
  • One goal you’ve set for yourself/your business for 2015?  We will be in 300 stores by the end of 2015 and land at least one major chain store
Thanks for taking the time to get to know a little bit about this powerhouse of a lady with some fairly substantial goals and hyper-focused visions of success! She has the plan, she has the products to back it up and I foresee GREAT things in store for B & N Laundry!
Personal note: 

I must say, as I’ve gotten to know Rachel, I feel such a sisterhood with her. As we talked together during the course of this interview process and we learned about each other, we discovered, both of our Dad’s attended “jump school” at Ft. Benning, Georgia;  and they both were deployed to Vietnam; so I sorta consider her a screamin’ eagle sistah! We’re definitely on the same wave-length. I’ve done plenty of these types of feature stories but rarely have I found someone I connected to so whole-heartedly on a personal and professional level. She’s serious about her growing business. She doesn’t mess around, and she has nothing but success in her sights. I am confident she will reach it, and more. The only real way to guarantee success is to have what Goosie calls the “fire in your belly” and Rachel is one of the few I have met in a very long while whom I can say truly has the fire in the belly.  I wish her nothing but the very best and the MOST success possible in the growth of B & N Laundry, and hope all her dreams come true in pursuing her heart’s passions.

If you’d like to check her out, or try out one of her products, you can find them here: 



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This is an excellent tutorial on how to make a zip up, strapless gown for an 18″ or American Girl doll. Custom American Girl doll clothing & accessories are trending in a big way right now, so I thought this tutorial would be perfect to share with my readers. (I do not own this pattern, nor did I have anything to do with the creation of the video, I’m just sharing as I thought you all would dig it) .

I love to watch Chad Alan’s You Tube Channel, he’s creative and funny and I could totally hang with him. I think he’s pretty cool~ he has a bachelor’s degree in fashion design, so he is planning on making fashions for AG dolls in 2015. Check out his channel by clicking

If you liked this tutorial, please hop on over to You Tube and leave Chad a comment!

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How to Make Easy & Fun Mini Canvas Faux Chalkboard Day of The Week Magnets Tutorial by Goosie Girl




I am in dire need of getting more organized around the house, I am being over run by papers and I can’t stand it anymore. I got this idea while strolling through the craft aisle at Walmart the other day. They’re super easy to make, and relatively inexpensive too (About $1.50 for each magnet).

Have fun and let me know if you make these, how you liked them & how they turned out! (Another variation I thought of…you could also decoupage the canvases with scrapbook paper and add a small painted chipboard M, T, W, Th, F as well!)


5, mini (3″ x 3″) art canvases (purchased at Walmart, available at Michaels, JoAnn & Hobby Lobby as well)

Black Acrylic Craft Paint

White Paint Marker

Pack of 5 magnets (I used round, you can use whatever shape you like)

Paint Brush (I used one of those small sponge brushes with a plastic handle, very inexpensive)

Hot Glue & Glue Stick

couple pages newspaper to protect work surface

Paper Plate/Paper towels



Lay out some newspaper and prepare your work area for craftiness!

Pour a little bit of the black paint onto a paper plate and paint the mini canvases with the black paint. I used two coats of paint, allowing the first coat to dry prior to applying the second coat. For a nice finished look, you can let the tops dry and then apply a coat of black paint.  When the paint on the canvases is completely dry, Use your white paint marker (to give it the appearance of white chalk on a blackboard) to write your days of the week. I did a different little pattern (edges, flowers, stars) in the corners to embellish them. I wrote my days of the week free-hand but you could print out days on your printer and then trace onto the canvas, and then write over the tracings with the paint marker.

Once the white paint is dry, flip the canvases over and apply a dot of hot glue on the back of the frame, and apply the magnet. I used 2 magnets per canvas, one at the top & one at the bottom so it would be strong enough to hold a handful of papers at the same time. magnet2magnet3 magnet4


Yep, it’s that easy, folks~ Let the glue dry and put on your fridge and enjoy! If you enjoyed this fun little tutorial, please visit our blog page with other free DIY tutorials on it!  Free Tutorial Guide on the Goosie Girl Blog, Click HERE


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Each month during this brand spanking new year, Goosie will be featuring a designer I feel you absolutely MUST know about.
It is only natural that I kick off 2015 with a super fun & interesting creative powerhouse of a man. He impressed me the moment I ran across him; and I couldn’t wait to learn more about him~ and his passion for design, where he draws inspiration from and his business sense for marketing and growing his brand.
I’ve been a fan of Seaplane Shirts for a little over a year since I was introduced to his boy’s line last spring. The quality was unsurpassed, and the prints were outrageously hip. As I’ve been following Schuyler Brown (self proclaimed “pilot” of the Seaplane brand, hehe, I think that’s a GREAT title, don’t you?)
(Flashback, spring of 2014, my favorite little squishy man sporting one of the totally rad boy’s shirts!

As a spectator, I’ve become intrigued by the design process, the growth of the business as well as being quite impressed as to how QUICKLY it is evolving. As most of my lovely readers know, I speak often of the “fire in your belly” and how this influences your success in business and life. This pilot has got an awesome drive and vision which keeps surprising me at each and every turn. Therefore, I thought he’d be perfect as the first designerto feature in 2015.
Without further adieu, I give you the pilot himself…

Schuyler Brown, Designer/owner/pilot of Seaplane Shirts


  • Where are you from?  Born in philadelphia, College at UNC-CH, then spent the next 20 years in Paris, New York and San Francisco;  Now living and working in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • What is Your name & your business name? Schuyler Brown, Seaplane Shirts.
  • Where can we find you on the internet? and in person: and art shows around the country (currently developing show plan for 2015).
  • How long have you been in business? Founded seaplane in 2011; have been working in apparel since 2001.
  • How did you get started?  In 2003 i left a well-paying corporate job in san francisco to pursue a business in reworked vintage, such was the richness of cool vintage clothes to be had in SF. my partner, chrissy kaufman, and i quickly moved to production designs.
  • What is your favorite thing about fashion design and owning your own business?  the absence of arbitrary, pointless, time-wasting meetings.
(Goosie’s commentary… he’s preachin’ to the choir!)
  • What is your least favorite thing about fashion design and owning your own business?  the absence of paychecks — regardless of value added that week.
  • Who is YOUR favorite designer?  jil sander for fabulously understated, exquisitely made stuff.  especially the leather goods.  watch out — you may experience a nearly uncontrollable urge to shoplift. (Wiki link: )
  • What makes you smile?  Breaking rules — in design, prints, language.
  • Tell us a little bit about your family life.  In 2009 i came back to chapel hill to be close to family and have spent the last five years or so developing these relationships.  having blown out of town for france at the age of 21, i never imagined how empowering this would be.  most everybody imagines s/he had a reasonable childhood, and most of us did, but there are almost always intergenerational issues that keep us from achieving our potential.
  • If you could sit and spend the day with another designer for one day in their studio, who would it be?  I bet paul smith’s team has a lot of fun. (Paul Smith’s website: )
  • What is your favorite book?  “Light in august” by william faulkner
  • One piece of advice you wish you’d known when you first started out?  Pay relentless attention to focus; do one product and do it perfectly; do not listen to non-performing salespeople.
  • What is one technique/skill you’d like to learn to do (or to improve upon)?  Adobe’s creative suite.
  • What is your favorite design you’ve created? or What is your best selling design?  I’ve spent 10 years refining my favorite design: my shirt body.  it exists in more than 300 prints and i couldn’t pick a favorite; my best seller is “jetsons”. (shown below)
  • If you could have one super power what would it be, and why?  I’d love to be able to ‘beam’ myself places (ideally with a ton of kit for shows).  I love to travel and planes are way too slow!
  • What type of music do you like?  ambient house — british label “hed kandi” is consistently awesome.
  • Which blogs do you read regularly?  James Surowiecki’s economics column on


  • Tea or coffee?  Coffee, definitely.  or rather, espresso with steamed almond milk.  two shots please.


  • Finish this sentence, “If you REALLY knew me, you’d know ______”  It’s taken me more than 40 years to find a channel to express my creativity.
  • What is your favorite holiday?   Halloween, definitely.  even straight boys get to wear the heels they’d really like to. (commentary from Goosie… bwahaha… I love this guy!)
  • One goal you’ve set for yourself/your business for 2015?  Now that i’ve built the infrastructure to handle a substantial surge in business ( with inventory fulfillment by amazon), I’m ready for some mainstream press.
I’d like to thank Schuyler for his time & interest in participating in this “getting to know you” feature story & interview. He’s a busy guy, and it’s an honor to be able to pick his brain a bit. I really look up to him for the FOCUS (as he calls it) he has. Perfecting ONE product continuously is a huge inspiration to this little designer wannabe. I’m really excited about his new ladie’s line of shirts.  I’m head over heels in lurve with this fantastic shirt in the ladie’s line (called Rednib), I also must add that I really like how the cut on these women’s shirts look sooo figure flattering! I totally cracked up at the ladies’ shirt named “Caffeine’, that’s the best!
Ohh ohhh…. did I mention he has also created a fabulous bow tie line too?! I’m so high fiving him on the adorable choice for the yummy model he used for that collection! hehe.  These totally stylish bowties are made from shirt production scraps… now that’s using your ol’ noodle buddy! So smart, and Gren! (not to mention we all know bowties are trending so rapidly this year already~and I speak from experience, as my no-sewing required boy’s bowtie pattern in my Etsy shop is flying off the shelves so fast I can barely keep them stocked).
Awwww…. There’s nothing more lovely than a man and his dog! Except maybe a man & his dog wearing a Seaplane bowtie!
I’d like to wish the very best of luck to Schuyler this coming year, may it be the most outrageously successful, espresso-filled rule-breaking year yet. You’ll be hearing more about this brand from Goosie Girl in 2015, I’m addicted, there’s no going back now.

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It’s Random Acts of Candy Time at Mamie’s Toffess & Treats in suburban Oswego, Illinois! This year it is going to be bigger and better than ever! This year, Mamie’s Toffee is looking for a Consummate Volunteer. We all know that one person who is always giving of their time and talents; all while expecting nothing in return for themselves.

Mamie’s want to know who they are and what they do as well as how they have positively impacted your life or the life of someone you know.

Note from Mamie’s: We are getting down to the wire folks. If you have been holding off for some unknown reason now is your chance to give someone a great big pat on the back and the best part is,  its F.R.E.E. No strings attached! All we need from you is your nominations. Reach out to us via email or facebook and tell us who you want to nominate and why they would make a great candidate. Our only requirement is that they live in the greater Chicagoland Area so we can personally deliver to them on Monday. From all the nominations we usually chooses about 5. You can nominate a group or individuals and nominations need to be in by this Friday January 16th!

Please submit all your nominations by either commenting on their post on their Facebook page or messaging them there as well.

As an added bonus we have been contacted by several business to add small tokens to our usual assortment of treats.

Goosie Girl will be adding a $15 gift card to the assortment of treats, so if you’re local, nominate someone deserving of this AWESOME award!

If your business would like to join in the fun and give something away to a very deserving person/group, please reach out to them via email:


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A word about my most favorite treat from Mamie’s…


Tiger Butter is Peanut Butter and 2 kinds of chocolate swirled together and poured into a peanut butter cup.

Many fans say it tastes like a Reese’s but Goosie thinks it tastes WAYYYYY better!

Mamie’s has awesome treats for the fast approaching Valentine’s Day Gift season!!

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We here at the Goosie Girl blog support all types of artists, whether in the area of fashion, comedy, design, or music. We love introducing our readers to new or up and coming artists and we believe Tyler Toliver is one to watch! and HELLOOOO… he’s not too hard on the eyes either ladies! haaa! :) You can find his music on iTunes, and check out a few samples on his website as well. If you’re a marine wife, girlfriend, or a grunt yourself~ I guarantee you’ll dig his message.



Tyler Toliver was born in Southern Wisconsin and always wanted to be a performer growing up. He would imitate Garth Brooks while standing in front of the jukebox at the local bar where his mother worked.

He got his first real guitar when he was eight years old and began teaching himself to play. Tyler wrote his first song by age fourteen. Many things have changed since those days but he has not forgotten his roots. The song “Crazy” Tyler wrote when he was fourteen was recently recorded in Nashville and has been very well received by industry professionals and his fans.

Tyler enlisted in the US Marines just after graduating high school in 2007. As a Marine recruit Tyler was named ‘Company Honor Man’ as well as “Series Honor Man” only one marine out of 4 platoons gets this honor. Tyler rose to the rank of Corporal in less than a year after enlisting. Soon after boot camp Tyler was stationed at Camp David and acted as a presidential guard and later at 8th and I in Washington DC working under the command of the commandant of the Marine Corp.

Music started to take a turn for Tyler when he met Greg Schick in October of 2009 while stationed in Washington DC. Together the two formed a partnership that has kept Tyler motivated and moving forward. Together they have made great strides in a very short time with the support of Tyler’s friends, family and incredible Fan Base. In fact Tyler recently finished 63 out of 6100 entrants in a 3 month long contest sponsored by Keith Urban and Guitar Center.

In May 2012 Clear Channels WMZQ hosted a “battle of the bands contest” to open the WMZQ Feast at Jiffy Lube Live a 25000 seat amphitheater. Tyler won the support of the judges and fans on all three portions of the contest and took the win.

Tyler has made four trips to Nashville to record his Debut CD “Unstoppable” a 14 song lp that was released in 2012. In only a few months more than 4000 CD’s have been sold and over 10000 mp3 have been downloaded.

In 2012 Tyler entered into the Nashville Challenge a singing contest with other undiscovered talent around Nashville, The competition was amazing and had some really great acts. The finals were held in Woodlake CA at Twilight Park a 20000 plus seat outdoor venue. Tyler took the win and has been asked to return in 2013 to open one of the shows for a national act.
Tyler has opened for or shared the stage with Sheryl Crow, Lo Cash Cowboys, Edens Edge, Joe Diffie, Colt Ford, Tracy Lawrence, James Otto, Kip Moore and multiple shows for (our friend). Darryl Worley.

The fans have been so incredible and supportive along his journey with over 3.5 million page views on You Tube, and over 28,000 fans on social networking sites. The Fans continue to motivate Tyler to pursue music as a singe songwriter.

“I wrote this song for a fallen friend and fellow Marine. I would like to raise awareness for the great loses the family’s of our fallen heros suffer with the loss of a father, husband,wife or family member. There is a song written in a similar format by another artist. This song was written from a soldiers point of view. If you like it you can get a free download at or visit me on my website to hear more”

Tyler Toliver’s Website

Semper Fi, Tyler <3 <3 Goosie

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