My Email Exchange With State Farm About Jake. Jake From State Farm.


With Halloween around the corner(ish) there’s been an ample amount of conversation about costumes with my kids. My 4 year old has adamantly decided that she wants to be Jake, Jake from State Farm this year—not a princess, ballerina or Frozen character. She wants to be Jake wearing khakis and a red State Farm polo (this gives all of you a little insight into my daily life). And to get into character she now has us calling her Jake throughout the day. It’s going to be a loooong 6 weeks until Halloween.

Of course, I love how independent and clever my baby girl is and will do anything to support her dream of becoming Jake. So yesterday I did what any mom would do and I went straight to the source. The following email exchange occurred between State Farm and myself. You can’t make this stuff up.

From: Julie
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:04 PM
To: Orders
Subject: State Farm shirt


My hilarious 4-year-old daughter wants to be “Jake from State Farm” for Halloween. I can’t find any red State Farm Polos for kids on your website. Is this something I can order? Thanks!

From: Orders <>
To: Julie
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:53 PM
Subject: RE: State Farm shirt


I’m sorry that we do not carry children’s polos on the site.  We could get it through a special order but there are minimum quantity requirements for special orders.  If this is something you are interested in, please let me know and I can forward your e-mail on.



The Corporate Shop


From: Julie
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 3:08 PM
To: Orders
Subject: Re: State Farm shirt

Thanks for responding. We only need one though. Do you sell iron-on logos by any chance?

No, we don’t.  I’m sorry.



Do any of you out there have any ideas?

Throw Back Thursday: So This Is Awkward

Yep, it’s already Thursday (yay for short weeks). The eve of Friday. One of the most awesome times of the week. This week I’m bringing you waaaayyy back to 2011 when I was trying to figure out how to entertain my kids after school. Obviously this was before they had homework and  activities because now I feel like I’m cramming a million things in before bed time.

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Now that I’m home with my kids after school, I’m sort of at a loss with what to do with them all. day. every. day. I’ve definitely perfected the watching TV activity, the eating a picnic blanket at 5:30 activity and the stalking my neighbors with kids (not in a creepy way) activity. But is there something else I should be doing? Like playing with them?


In order to get comfy cozy while watching all of that TV, I’m thinking I must, must, must get a rag quilt from Chez Martine. Note: this could also double as a picnic blanket so I’m pretty much saving money just by purchasing it.

Like how I rationalized that in my mind? But for realz people, feel free to comment on low-key afternoon activity ideas. And don’t send a TV guide – we already know it by heart.


I went tubing and now my butt is bruised.

I hope everyone had a fabulous Labor Day weekend—we did (although I’m not sure my tushie would agree with that). We spent the weekend in the mountains doing everything from hiking to apple picking to tubing down a river with the only instruction being, “If you bring it, you’ll lose it,” by a guy talking with a lit cigarette in his mouth. Classy.The New Flex: Wireless Activity Tracker

That statement held true. My sunglasses broke, my friend lost her Fitbit, her daughter lost the golf club she was paddling with, and I think we all lost our dignity. But hey, we laughed the entire way so it was way worth it. And then we rewarded ourselves with beer, wine and Bloody Marys.

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Build Your Bloody Mary Coasters

One thing I wasn’t expecting was to wake up with a bruised butt the next morning. Apparently I wasn’t supposed to sit with my butt all the way down in the tube so every single rock wouldn’t hit it.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember getting that instruction before departure. Rude.

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Boo Boo Birdie Comfort Packs

I’m sick. I’ve self diagnosed myself with Ebola.

I’ve been stuck in bed for three days straight. People at work have taken to calling me Pukey Julie. In related news, I’m thinking of trying on the bikini I’ve had hidden in the back of my closet ever since having child #2.

Since the only thing I’ve had the energy to do is surf the world wide web, I’ve decided to share with you my most recent finds. Please note: I may currently be hallucinating due to the Ebola so I’m not sure if this post actually exists.

Watercolor Art, Feather Print, Colorful Nature Decor, Archival Print, Snoogs and Wilde, etsy blog,

Watercolor Art

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Personalized Mug

Trademark Fine Art Urban Watercolor World Map,, etsy blog,, world map, Michael Tompsett, Canvas Wall Art

Urban Watercolor World Map

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Kate Spade “Gramercy” Rose Gold-Tone Watch

Want to do something amazing for someone wonderful today? Here’s how.

Donate to Olivia’s Amazon Wish List  |  Learn more on Carol and Demian’s Facebook page

I have this amazing friend, Carol, who I’ve known since my early 20’s. You know the time when no one has any real responsibilities? There was a group of us girls that would hang out all of the time after work and on the weekends— with very little cares in the world (although with boy drama it didn’t seem so at the time).

Eventually Carol moved back home to South Florida and married her amazing college sweetheart, Demian. As they tried to start a family, they had more grief than many of us know. It was heartbreaking. But then Carol got pregnant and everyone was SO happy for them, a little baby girl to welcome into their family.

Olivia was born August 16, 2007 with Cerebral Palsy. Oh how Carol and Demian loved Olivia. And even though I can’t imagine what they went through on a daily basis, I never, ever heard them complain.

Olivia went to heaven on October 1, 2012 . She was only 5 years old.

To show you the type of friends Carol and Demian are, I’d like to share a story about them. When my in-laws were still alive, they lived in South Florida about 30 minutes from Carol and Demian. At the time my son turned two, my mother-in-law was already very sick so we decided to fly down and throw a birthday party for him in my in-law’s condo. It was us, my in-laws, my brothers-in-law, and a face painter who brought rabbits (yes, random). Because we wanted to make it special and more like a party, I invited Carol, Demian and Olivia to join us for the celebration. I thought it would be wonderful for Darren to have a little friend there.

At this point, it was extremely hard to take Olivia out of the house. She had feeding tubes, special seats and so many more needs that I can’t even begin to comprehend. But wouldn’t you know it that they got everything together and made the 30-minute drive to my son’s second birthday party. It’s a memory I’ll always cherish. That’s the type of people Carol and Demian are.

After Olivia’s tragic passing, Carol and Demian chose to celebrate her birthday by gathering their friends and family and blowing bubbles up into heaven. Last year, everyone who came brought gifts that were distributed to many special needs children. It was such a beautiful event, that they decided to make it a yearly occurrence. This year, Olivia would have turned seven and they’re expanding their ask to anyone that is interested in celebrating her heavenly birthday.

Once again bubbles will be blown into heaven on August 16th ; in addition, they’re hosting a gift drive that will benefit local special needs children. In partnership with Pediatric Therapy Associates of South Florida, they’re hoping to provide an extra special holiday gift for differently-abled children like Olivia. To make it easy for you to donate, they set up an Amazon Wish List to better guide your gift buying. You can get more details on their Facebook page as well.

Their address is linked to the lists, so they will go directly to them. Please make sure the gift is unwrapped so they can match toys to their recipients based on their need/ability. Thank you, everyone!!!

Throw Back Thursday: I saw a teenager waiting for the school bus today and it scared me.

Yep, it’s already Thursday. The eve of Friday. One of the most awesome times of the week. This week I’m bringing you waaaayyy back to 2012. I find this post pretty ironic as I just finished back-to-school shopping with my kids. This year my daughter discovered that store Justice, which means she’s five going on 15 years old. Just walking into that store gave me a headache (similar to the headache I get when walking into Bath & Body Works). But at least her clothes match, which is probably what the mom of the teenage son featured in the post below said. Oy vey.

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I saw a teenager waiting for the school bus today and it scared me.

No really, I didn’t want to make eye contact with him because I was a tad freaked out by his appearance. Darren even asked me if the guy was a statue (no joke). Ummm no, apparently that’s going to be you in 10 years. Is this what I have to look forward to with my kids? Don’t they just stay cute, dress in clothes that I’ve approved and go to over-priced kid hair salons? After seeing this kid, I’m assuming not.

Since I now realize that the control I have over my kids is limited, I’m going to force them to wear cute cloths from Gymboree, Tea Collection and Sewn Natural until they fight back. And then I’ll just ground them.




And then I’ll really, really ground them if I find out they’re sneaking out from the first grounding. Ugh, even I can’t take my parenting skills seriously.




Two weeks as a stay-at-home-mom = a one-way ticket to the Looney bin.

First I have to say ‘hats off’ to all of you stay at home moms out there. I literally don’t know how you do it. Why am I bringing this up? Because I had this grandiose idea that taking the last two weeks of summer off would be an amazing way to usher in the school year with the kids.

In my mind: The kids would swim away the days and fall into bed at night happy and exhausted.

In reality: It’s the end of the summer. The kids are sick of the pool. And they hate sleeping.


Birthday Printable Party, Frog Prince Paperie, etsy blog,

In my mind: We’d set up a fun and profitable lemonade stand where we would learn the meaning of earning a dollar.

In reality: I set up the stand and then I had to persuade the kids to sell the lemonade. At one point I resorted to showing some leg to get people to stop. Probably not the best lesson to teach my kids.


Harry Potter Paperback Box Set, etsy blog,,, summer reading

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set

In my mind: We’d finish summer reading off strong by reading the first Harry Potter book together. First I would read a page and then my son, etc.

In reality: My son hid the book after the second day and now we can’t find it.



In my mind: The two weeks would fly by.

In reality: I’m thinking of dropping my kids off at school 5 days early.

So as the summer winds down, I realize that all of you moms that stay at home with your kids all summer are not only special but deserve to throw a kegger when you put your kids on the bus in the upcoming weeks. Please, please, please invite me.

My May Stitch Fix Review (a few months late)…

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Yes it’s been a few months since I’ve written a Stitch Fix review and yes, I’m still receiving my monthly fixes. (I wish I knew how to quit you.)  In fact I still really love it. And because I’ve taken the last couple weeks of summer off to spend with the kids before they head back to school, I’m thinking I’ll have the time to complete some reviews for you (but don’t hold me to that promise).

If you aren’t familiar, Stitch Fix it’s a personal styling service for us ladies. When you sign up, you can personalize your fixes to your style, size, clothing budget, and lifestyle (Do you work in an office? Do you work with baby spit all over you?) Then you’ll receive a package of 5 awesome pieces to try on at home (i.e. no awkward fitting room lighting).  What will this pieces consist of? Well, that’s up to you (and a real-live stylist). Let’s say you’re in desperate need of some fall dresses – just go to your profile and send a request for dresses that month. Or let’s say your ears are feeling naked, just ask for some jewelry to go along with those dresses.

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Each box comes with a style card that gives you tips on how each item can be worn. This is really helpful to me because sometimes I just stare at clothes not knowing what to wear them with (true story). Don’t like some of the items you got? Just keep what you want and send back the ones you don’t in the included prepaid postage bag.

There is a $20 styling fee that is applied to your order if you decide to keep any of the pieces. If you don’t keep anything, you don’t receive a refund of the fee. And if you keep all of the pieces, you get a 25% discount on everything!

Stitch Fix


Wondering what I received in my May box? You know you are…

Aiden Embroidered Hem Woven Top | $38

It’s hard to see in this photo (they send you a card on how to style each item) but this shirt had some great detail. It’s the perfect work shirt for me so I put it in the keeper pile.

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Emily Lightweight Chevron Infinity Scarf | $38

I’ve been wanting a new scarf but I’m pretty over chevron so unfortunately I sent this one back. Boo hoo.

Emily Lightweight Chevron Infinity Scarf, stitch fix, etsy stalkers,


Siena Colored Cropped Capri Pant | $58

Again, I wanted to love these pants but the fit was off (or I ate wayyyy too much in May) so these went back.

Siena Colored Cropped Capri Pant, stitch fix,, etsy stalkers


Azza Abstract Chevron Print Hi-Lo Tank | $54

I loved this shirt and wanted to keep it, but I have a few similar tops and at $54 I just couldn’t justify it.

Azza Abstract Chevron Print Hi-Lo Tank, stitch fix,, etsy stalkers


 Clemency Abstract Print Tab-Sleeve Tunic  |  $68

I honestly can’t remember why I didn’t keep this shirt, and now that I’m looking back I sort of want it. Oh well.

Clemency Abstract Print Tab-Sleeve Tunic, stitch fix,, etsy stalkers


If I had kept everything in my box, it would have cost me $250 – 25% = $187 which is actually quite reasonable for three cute tops, a pair of pants and a scarf. But this was one of those off months for me where things didn’t fit quite right, etc.  so I only kept the Aiden Embroidered Hem Woven Top for $38. I have a two more months to catch everyone up on so stay tuned because I love me some Stitch Fix!