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Bait And Switch: An Investigation Into When Moral High Ground Becomes A Slippery Slope : Part 2

Continuing our investigative blog series (Intro and Part one were blogged earlier this week). Bait And Switch: An Investigation Into When Moral High Ground Becomes a Slippery Slope: Part 2   #Etsy #handmade #diy #smallbusiness #businessethics #ethics #socialmedia #blogging #guestblogger #goosiegirl #customboutique #venue #marketplace #supplyanddemand #handmadeology #artisan #crafts #arts #craftivism #forums #sewing #sewists #quilting #online […]

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Bait and Switch: When Moral High Ground Becomes A Slippery Slope : Part 3

We continue our series : Bait and Switch: When Moral High Ground Becomes a Slippery Slope, Part 3. Summary of Parts 1 & 2: In the last 2 parts we explored Etsy’s beginnings and excitement as the fledgling company got off the ground in 2005, and grew exponentially in 2006/2007/2008~they marketed and promoted the venue […]

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Bait And Switch: An Investigation Into When Moral High Ground Becomes A Slippery Slope : Part 2

Continuing our investigative blog series (Intro and Part one were blogged earlier this week). Bait And Switch: An Investigation Into When Moral High Ground Becomes a Slippery Slope: Part 2   #Etsy #handmade #diy #smallbusiness #businessethics #ethics #socialmedia #blogging #guestblogger #goosiegirl #customboutique #venue #marketplace #supplyanddemand #handmadeology #artisan #crafts #arts #craftivism #forums #sewing #sewists #quilting #online […]

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Bait and Switch, An Investigation Into When High Moral Ground Becomes a Slippery Slope : Introduction

    Preface: We’re about to create a series of blogs in which we will pull out from our arsenal of sources, historical facts, our own longevity and the fact that we’ve been around the block a few times. We’ve (Goosie Girl) stood the test of time, and have been in the custom boutique and handmade communities […]

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You’re a Sell Out: A Foreshadowing of Things To Come

What does this Reel Big Fish Video and a very popular venue where small independent businesses sell their wares have in common??? Stay tuned on Monday as we explore this IMPORTANT topic affecting thousands of crafters, artisans, and creators in the United States. We’re launching an in-depth blog series about how a venue, who once stood upon […]

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And The Big Things Will Take Care of Themselves

Sitting in for Goose Kayla from Killin’ It With Coupons Don’t overlook small details. Remember that the universe and all that is in it are made from tiny atoms. There is an old expression that says, “If you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.” It’s another way […]

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It’ll all come out in the wash — B and N Laundry — Mom Owned Business Gives Back to National Kidney Foundation

Sitting in for Goose: Admin K B and N Laundry, a mom-owned, independent small business is making big news this week! Every Bag of Laundry Detergent B & N Laundry sells, .50 cents goes back to the National Kidney Foundation. If you’ve been following them on their r social media sites, you know that we’ve launched our partnership with the […]

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The greatest casualty is being forgotten: our nation’s heroes are homeless, suffering, and need our help

    Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is committed to taking a holistic approach to honoring and empowering this generation of injured service members and their families. This spring, we are reinforcing that commitment through our STEP UP initiative, and we want you to step up with us! Goosie Girl has been actively involved with Wounded […]

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Terms of Endearment… or You BETTER not call me “Bae” LOL.

Terms of Endearment… or You BETTER not call me “Bae” LOL. As a natural born writer, I’m always fascinated by language and the emotion it can evoke within either the person using it, or the person it is intended to pertain to. Several years ago, I read a book called The 5 Love Languages: The […]

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You have a story waiting to be told… I know you do! Tour De Force of Creativity awaits

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.   So last week I shared a bit of the Blurb story and how they came to unleash the power of self-publishing. But Blurb is actually way more than a self-publishing platform. They are really […]

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What do Coachella, Miley Cyrus and MY child all have in common?

What do Coachella, Miley Cyrus and MY child all have in common? Morphsuits, of course! What is a morph suit? It’s a stretchy one-piece nylon/spandex costume which hugs the wearer’s silhouette flawlessly.  The original “Morphsuit” is blue…  However, the company began branching out from the traditional morphsuits (solid colors) to morph costumes, I am in […]

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I really don’t give a rat’s ass: One mom’s commitment to NOT having that beach ready body!

Deep Thoughts With Goosie: I’m seeing all these “get beach body ready” and funny memes with chubby little babies saying things referring to not being ready for swimsuit season and beach time… I want to make an honest confession, ever since middle school I have had a horrible body image, I never realized I had […]

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Where is the panic button? BIG changes coming Tuesday to Google

It’s time people!! It’s time to take mobile friendliness VERY serious if you have a website or blog!! There are some ginormous changes coming to the blogosphere (and internet in general) on April 21st (YEP, that’s THIS Tuesday…EEEKS!!!) . Will you be ready for it? Never before has there been such a huge change implemented […]

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I didn’t know Blurb could do ALL THAT?!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. You may also see the FTC disclosure page dedicated to this topic on the goosie girl blog if you like. Like many great companies before it, Blurb was actually started by accident. In the early […]

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Tax Day Deals and Freebies Part Deux

And the hits just keep coming! We’ve rounded up quite a few more deals and freebies for you guys today! Most of these deals are in effect TODAY (4/15/15) only~ unless otherwise noted! Save 45% at Cafe Press on Custom Tees, Gifts, Bags, Home Decor (use code Return2me at checkout) Goosie Girl Save 25% on […]

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Announcing Captain Silly Pants

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. You may also see the FTC disclosure page dedicated to this topic on the goosie girl blog if you like. If ever there was an adorable name, it’s this one! Captain Silly Pants… HA! That […]

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Tax Day Deals and Freebies Part One

There are several places offering great FREE food, treats and deals on Tax Day! (Including a coupon code for MY Etsy shop!) Goosie Girl Save 25% on ANY order from our Etsy Shop~use code TAXDAY at checkout Beef O’ Brady’s – Get 15% off your entire bill (participating restaurants) Boston Market – Buy One Meal […]

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Lace all up in your face

  The “it” trend for Spring/Summer of 2015 is… you guessed it… LACE! Lace often times conjures up mental images of doilies and curtains at Grandma’s house, but done RIGHT it can be one of the MOST romantic and appealing fabrics on women. The draping and detail can make or break a lace garment~ I KNOW..I bought […]

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40% off Shoe Labels & Preschool Shoe Labels for Goosie Girl Blog readers

40% off Shoe Labels & Preschool Shoe Labels **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Just a reminder that you only have a few more days to take advantage of Mabel’s Labels birthday deal – 40% off Shoe Labels AND 40% off […]

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Cinnamon Praline French Toast Bake Recipe

Someone’s in the kitchen with Goosie! This has long been a favorite way of mine to spoil my family. The house smells heavenly while it’s baking, and it’s also a great way to use “day old” bread too! Cinnamon Praline French Toast Bake Ingredients: 8-10 Slices of Thick Bread (italian, french, etc) 6 Eggs 1/4 Cup […]

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The Ballad of Bullseye: A Tale from Mommy Land

Real Life with Goosie… The most expensive hamster in the history of time!  The kids were little, and I thought it would be a great idea to get them a small pet to help teach them responsibility, and we were homeschooling and I thought this would tie in nicely to the unit we were teaching […]

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What’s A Girl To Do? 3 Simple Things You Can Do Today to Raise Your Daughter’s Self Esteem

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 […]

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10 Things I know FOR SURE

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 […]

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Announcement: Website Closed to New Orders

Hello! Thanks for visiting the Goosie Girl blog, at the present time, we are CLOSED to new ebook/pattern orders due to unforeseen medical issues.  We will be open in about 3-4 weeks again.  In the meantime, if you’d like to order an ebook, please visit our etsy shop for convenient instant download of our entire […]

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And so it begins…. Goosie Girl’s Waist Training Journey using the NuTrim Corset System

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 […]

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It’s time to air our dirty laundy!

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 […]

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Sew With Me Saturday~ American Girl Strapless Princess Gown Tutorial

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, […]

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

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 […]

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Getting To Know You: Schuyler Brown of SeaPlane Shirts. Designer of the Month, Jan. 2015

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 […]

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Random Acts of… Candy ?

THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT IS HERE!!!! 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 […]

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Artist Feature: Tyler Toliver~Marine or Musician, or Both? You make the call.

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! […]

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Save 97% on headphones! Great gift idea and Savings at Sears

I found a good deal today, but I can’t use it because I don’t have a Sears near me, if you guys have a Sears and can do store pick up, this is an awesome deal… Nakamichi over the ear headphones (reg. $20, save $18.03 and if you’re a Sears “shop your way” member, you […]

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Everything’s a Buck! Plus New Pdf Patterns from Pink Fig!

My dear, sweet friend, Chelsea of Chelsea Andersen Design and Pink Fig is having an awesome after the Holidays Sale on her pattern website! Hold onto your hats my lovlies, everything is just ONE DOLLA!!! Click here to visit the Pink Fig Website and view all the post-holiday sale items!

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Scenes from the Goosie Girl Studio

Just a few shots from inside the studio… where the magic happens. My flat me of my boutique bestie… Nita of That’s So Addie, my favorite princess pez dispensers, my sobriety coins, a POP Jesse Pinkman, and a copy of the new book, The Teen Vogue Handbook along with other random stuff like vintage mermaid […]

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Clean Baking Sheets Effortlessly and for less than $2: like new!

This is from my brilliant daughter’s blog…. I share with her permission. I am so very proud of her. Guest Blogger ~ Kayla from Killin’ It With Coupons  Please stop on by and take a look at her blog, she has some great couponing tips, hauls, recipes, food budgeting ideas and more! This was one […]

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Goosie’s Top Twenty Theme Songs ~ The Soundtrack of my life (box set!)

Goosie’s Top Twenty Theme Songs… If there was a movie to be made about my life, these songs would most likely comprise the soundtrack. I’m not trying to be dramatic~ but let’s face it, I’ve led a pretty effin’ full life thus far. Probably have encountered more adventures, heart ache, and funnnnnnn than most people. […]

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Ornament Exchange! Goosie’s Top Picks for Really Cute and Unique Adornments for this year’s exchange

One of the most fun things about decorating your tree are the memories that your Christmas ornaments bring back.  It could be the year someone was born, from your wedding or even when you adopted your family’s best friend. I(I sure hope my pups aren’t reading this! hehe) Here are some fun holiday ornaments that can […]

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Christmas Cards That Don’t Suck: and save 40% today only

Still need Christmas cards that don’t suck? Then you need to check out Tiny Prints, who are having their best sale of the entire year…but it ends today! These aren’t cards you can buy at the store. These are aren’t generic or boring. You can completely personalize the cards, upload your own photos, change the […]

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The Hostess with the Mostest: Holiday Party Supplies & Decor: Goosie’s Top 6 picks

Whether it’s a private dinner for your close family or a huge blow out for your friends, the music and décor set the mood of the party. Luckily you don’t have to break your bank to celebrate this fun holiday. Here are some fun and festive decorations that will get everyone ready to celebrate. Be […]

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It’s Time to Get Excited! Who’s Ready For The Sis Boom Annual Holiday Sale!

  It’s here! It’s here! The event we work all year to bring you is finally here!! It’s the SIS BOOM HOLIDAY SALE! December 4th, 5th, and 6th from 9:00am – 5:00pm! Additional details listed below! Will you be there? FABRIC, ORNAMENTS & GIFTS GALORE COME ONE COME ALL AND BRING YOUR BUDDIES!  

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Make it a Handmade Holiday: Indie and Handmade Cyber Monday Gift Guide by Goosie Girl

Goosie Girl is so pleased to present the 2nd annual cyber Monday Handmade Holiday Gift and Shopping Guide! I’ve assembled some AWESOME gift ideas for those special people on your gift list this year~ from children, to teachers, to your Mom, to your best friend~ and the BEST part? they’re all HANDMADE by REAL PEOPLE. […]

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White Elephant and Grab Bag Gifts: Top Picks from Goosie

White Elephant Gifts and Grab Bags are a big part of almost every holiday celebration. In my family, this is a fun time where we all swap and try and steal the most coveted item unwrapped! Here are some great options for fun gifts that are affordable and universally loved, would make IDEAL host/hostess gifts […]

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Save 10% on a custom tee, hoodie or polo shirt YOU design on ShirtMagic (Valid today only!)

Soooo… If you’re thinking about making a custom tee, hoodie, polo shirt etc for someone for Christmas, you can save 10% from ShirtMagic today only (11/30)  if you use this link (and if 8 people place orders, I can earn a $150 bonus) Woohoo~ that will go a lonnnng way in my family’s Christmas shopping! […]

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Shop Small Movement

The handmade movement is closely associated with the “shop small” movement, which is described as follows from American Express, founders of the “shop small Saturday” event (which annually happens on “black Saturday”); this year, falling on November 29, 2014– simply, it is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for […]

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A deal from Goosie Girl for the runners & athletes in your life: Up to 40% off Adidas: ONE DAY ONLY

*This blog post contains affiliate links, and if you purchase an item, I may receive compensation in the form of a small commission for your purchase EEKS! I managed to get my readers a 40% off deal on Adidas Supernova Glide Shoes, but HURRY the deal is ONLY good TODAY~ (11/25). Don’t miss out on […]

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Goosie found you guys some deals for Holiday Cards, Invites and Photo Gift Books!

  I used Vistaprint last year.. what a mistake… my order got lost… then the cards did not arrive until after Christmas~and I ordered WELL BEFORE their cutoff date. What a waste! I was so annoyed, so I will not refer anyone to Vistaprint, LOL… So here’s the 2 other companies I’ve used this year […]

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The Handmade Movement (a brief history) and a Holiday Pledge

What IS the “handmade movement”? According to Wikipedia, handmade or “handicraft” items are described as follows:   Handicraft, sometimes more precisely expressed as artisanal handicraft or handmade, is any of a wide variety of types of work where useful and decorative objects are made completely by hand or by using only simple tools. It is […]

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Office or Holiday Party Coming? Goosie’s picks for GREAT Party Favors & Small Gifts

Nothing says “Christmas party” more than the fun favors your guests get when they leave~ or you could even give these as sweet little gifts to co-workers or even your little’s teachers or coaches. Here are my 5 fun and festive picks that your holiday guests will love. Nutcracker Mini Party Crackers: If you’ve got […]

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Are you a Maven? A special offer just for Goosie Girl readers

  I love surprises and getting way cool stuff in the mail is like the highlight of my day ~                           Photo Courtesy of Alisha Barrow & Ava Kitson Modeling I do nothing in moderation, most of my friends know this about me […]

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