Independent Artists…

At Bada Bling Boutique we feature a variety of fashion-forward clothing lines and trendy accessories however we wanted you to be aware of the very special vendors we feature that create unique and funky items for you, as well as everyone else in your life. Works from local artists, craftsmen, and authors are displayed throughout the boutique so that you may find eclectic gifts that is the perfect “something” for that special someone.

For instance, we have funky crocheted hats and scarves…

 

Cute embroidered hair clips and bows for your girlie-girl

 

Delicious soup and savory dip mixes, as well as fresh pressed  olive oil and infused balsamic vinegars…

Great gifts like ice cream-inspired baby onesies and hand-crafted one-of-a-kind dolls

 

 

 

Artistic jewelry for young ones and the young-at-heart

Beautiful bow wreaths made in a variety of fun themes

 

And hip buckles for him and her

As well as hilarious cards for all occasions and educational children’s books

 

So come on into Bada Bling Boutique to find that  perfect gift!

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Lemonade stand…

When you were a child you probably had the unique and sure to be profitable idea to start a lemonade stand. And like many other children, you went through the process like a young Mark Zukerberg, planning every detail to make it work.

Gathering your supplies for your new-found entrepreneurial project, your seven year-old self just knew you were going to make a killing off this venture. While you mixed your big pitcher of Country Time Lemonade you started to think of everyone that was going to mosey up to your kid-friendly bar and partake in a sweet and tangy cocktail. Making a mental checklist of all of your closest friends in the neighborhood that would support your new establishment, you hope that they pass along the news of the new watering hole on the block.  And then when you finally have your parent’s card table set up with your full pitcher and needed supplies, you start to tally up your future profits and more importantly how you were going to spend your earnings.  

Well what if that all happened but instead of taking your cash-stuffed Velcro wallet to the store to buy a new Strawberry Shortcake Doll or Star Wars Light Saber, you instead donated it to a worthy cause.

Really, a child would do that?!?!

Well that’s exactly what a little girl I know does every year for a very worthwhile foundation. Sweet little Jessica Kuca holds a lemonade stand at her home in O’Fallon, IL in hopes of raising money for Pediatric Cancer and Breast Cancer. Along with her lemonade stand, Jessica has a raffle so that even more money can be donated. And with the help of her mom, Mary Jo Guinn, Jessica has raised over $5,500 and counting.  

Can I just say…Wow!

So Bada Bling Boutique is asking if you too would please support this great little girl’s project in hope of getting just a little bit closer to that day that our world is cancer-free.

THANK YOU!!!

Until next time chicas…

Bling It On!!!

-J

http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/85700

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jessicas-Lemonade-Stand-to-benefit-Breast-and-Pediatric-Cancers/127487740625847

      

            Jessica                 2012 Honoree Elizabeth A.    Jessica and her Mom, Mary Jo

The Three F’s…

Many people ask Tammy and me how we met. Some people assume we have been friends for years; plotting and planning this idea to open a boutique since we were young. And I would understand that notion since we do almost everything together. Work, play, drink, dance; you name the activity and if Tammy is doing it, I’m there right by her side or not far behind. We laugh like old friends and have enough memories already to fill up a lifetime. But with that being said, we have only known each other for about two years. Two very fun and adventurous years!

So you’re probably thinking …

“What was the thing that brought you two chicas so close, in such a short period of time?”

Well the answer is football. Yep that’s right, Blue and Gold Panther Pride is the whole reason our friendship and eventually Bada Bling came about. You see, when a child becomes a football player it not only is the focus of their life but it succumbs the life of their family as well! Daily practices, college camps, out-of-state tournaments and I haven’t even mentioned the two-hour games! Football is not only a sport but a way of life.

Unfortunately, I knew nothing about all of this madness because unlike most children Jordan only decided to get into football his 8th grade year.

Wow, was I in for a shocker!

Luckily, two kind souls took me under their football mom wings and taught me the ways of this sport’s insanity like Yoda teaching the Jedi secrets to a young Padawan. Game rules, practice etiquette, and sports injuries were all covered in my daily sessions of Football 101 by Professor Melissa and Professor Tammy. And as reassuring as they both were, I walked out of every practice with more questions than my own son had for his coach. However, eventually I become more comfortable with the game, as well as the risk of injury to my boy. Both Melissa and Tammy held my hand and after the end of the first league I embraced my new title as Football Mom!

Ultimately, Saturday mornings lead into after-game-meals, Sunday screenings of the game highlights at Melissa’s house, and eventually true friendships. I was blessed with a genuine extended family- my football family! Along the way, I also met another football mom, Jessica. She was always smiling and when she had a beer in her hand her smile turned into a giggle! Together we had so much fun in the bleachers and off!

Over time, Tammy and I became even closer and eventually she asked me if I wanted to become partners with her in her jewelry business.  It was great but when I got laid off from my full-time job we started to discuss opening up a store-front business. Knowing that we needed help we asked our fellow football moms if they would like to assist us in our venture. Melissa would be a great “elf”, making projects to sell in the boutique and Jess would be an amazing sales associate! All was in the works until Melissa and the Capp Family got orders to D.C. –sad face- Unfortunately our elf was not going to be our workshop. However after a couple of short months, Tammy and I opened Bada Bling with Jess at our side, as well as a cute young thing named Ashley.

Therefore Bada Bling would like to pay homage to the great sports program that brought us together by starting Winning Wednesdays. Through the OTHS Football Season, BBB will donate 10% of all sales each Wednesday. It’s just our way of saying thank you to the great sport’s program that in essence made Bada Bling Boutique!

So here’s to Football, Friends, and Fun…

Until next time chicas…

Bling It On!!!

-J