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

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Swag On…

Did you ever have an idea so farfetched that when it came to fruition it was almost surreal? Well as you assume, opening up Bada Bling Boutique was a very similar feeling. And if you read some of my previous blogs you would know how in shock I still am at the whole thing. But even with that being said, seeing someone in a shirt that you created is pretty much on the top of the awesome scale!

It happened just the other day. Jordan and I had to go to get his physical done and when we went into the waiting room J smacked me on the shoulder and said…

“Mom, Mom, look! That guy has our shirt on!!!!”

And what do you know…There it was… In all its glory…. Ohh Town Swag!

You see it all started when we were in the process of choosing the lines of clothing and accessories we were going to carry in the shop. I mean I knew I wanted something that only BBB would carry and although we were going to have a lot of merchandise that was not sold in any major store in the St. Louis Area, I wanted something more. So instead of trying to search for that special “something” I decided to just take on the challenge myself.

I knew I wanted to create a product that had a few different components.

  1. Something that had a local basis
  2. Something most people would use
  3. Appealed to both guys and girls
  4. Could be used at all age levels
  5. Could be developed into other products
  6. And most importantly…COOL! (LOL)

Therefore I went to the coolest guy I knew (my son Jordan -Yes I know I’m a little bias) and after a few different ideas we came up with Ohh Town Swag.

I mean it just made sense…

  1. It was about O’Fallon
  2. Everyone could use a t-shirt…Right?!?!?
  3. We have a line for dudes and dudettes
  4. Everyone could wear something from the line
  5. We could have different items such as silicon wristbands, vinyl decals, etc.
  6. And …well …I think it’s pretty nifty!

So to pay homage to this new line and to make it right in time for the new school year, this Friday Bada Bling Boutique is taking 25% off all Ohh Town Swag merchandise! So come on in and be the first to wear O’Fallon’s exclusive apparel line!

Swag On Player, Swag On!

Until next time chicas…

Bling It On!!!

-J