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The night before Release day gots me thinkin’

DISCLAIMER: I’M GOING TO WRITE A BIT ABOUT MYSELF -SAM- SO IF YOU WANNA SKIP TO THE BOTTOM FOR BLOG WINNERS, I UNDERSTAND.

Joining the Good Ones full time (along with a few amazing Mighty Acorn projects here and there) was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. Yea, I know I’m only 26 and my life has boat loads of scary risks and opportunities ahead of me. But for almost 7 years now, I’ve felt pretty darn safe. Risk-free you could say. I was comfy and cozy in my Matilda Jane bubble.

Then why am I here, you ask? Why give up my the little world I loved so much? The little world Denise allowed me to help create.

I’m here because I realized that “comfy” and “cozy” started to mean complacent and lazy to me.

I also realized, the world I liked best was the one where I got to work with my hero, mentor, and best friend each and everyday.

I realized I liked risks. I liked building a company I believed in. I liked growing. And heck, I even liked change.

All of those things are scary. But all so worth it in when it’s for a company you believe in with every bit of your heart.

That’s all it took. I looked back on the excitement around starting The Good Ones back in 2012. I thought about Matt and his uber-talented team at OLG and our roundtable meetings sharing ideas and just plain dreamin’. And I thought about Denise. Man, I missed her. I thought about our story and how I didn’t think it was quite finished yet. I also thought about how I missed doing a bit of everything. I’ve got much more to share with this world than my love of color and design, let me tell ya!

And now I’m here on the eve of April 15th, feeling butterflies, bats, and bugs moving around like crazy in my stomach. It feels good to be nervous like this. It feels good to care so much. And you have no idea how good it feels to know you guys are there, rooting us on. Goodness, we couldn’t ask for a better group of cheerleaders. I mean that.

Before I forget, I loved reading your comments about Spring! It’s my favorite time of year and it sounds like it’s a few of yours too! Will the group of winners email me at Sam@thegoodones.com with your child’s size and address for your goodies?!

Lastly, I want you to know that we’re so excited about the release tomorrow. Excited to share our first few pieces. I do mean A FEW. Tomorrow we’ll have about 8 new items to share. And in May another dozen or so. And even more happening this summer. Gotta remember, we’re just starting to get our legs here at TGO. So we’re small right now, but OH SO MIGHTY. Just ask Mister Gabe DeMarchis. He’s loving the new line.

And just a helpful FYI, Gabe’s stats are: Age 9, Weight 76lbs, Height 4″7. And he’s wearing our size 9/10. Also, just insider information for you “He was not the happiest trying on everything, but he did ask to keep the clothes.” Alright Gabe, I’ll think about it;)

XO,

Sam

April 14, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Laura Cameron - Congrats to the winners!!

April 14, 2015 - 4:49 pm

Katie McKenna - EEEEK I’m SO excited about tomorrow! We’re so lucky to have you and Denise on board, Sam! I know you have some wonderful things in store for us :)
Can’t wait to see everything tomorrow <3
And Congrats to the winners!

April 14, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Shari - So excited for you!!! It’s so nice to “hear” your voice again!

April 14, 2015 - 5:08 pm

Polly Johnson - I’m so excited!! Good luck on your new journey with Denise!! :) Ms. Polly

April 14, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Jennifer - I’m so excited for this new line. I love mjc for my girl and my little boy always says he wants to get clothes in the mail too. He already loves the few pieces of tgo. Happy to start this journey with yall.

April 14, 2015 - 5:20 pm

Trish Buckaloo - That is a beautiful story!!!! So excited about all the new releases. Congrats to the winners. And by the way thanks for the sizing info that helps out a lot ;-)

April 14, 2015 - 5:29 pm

Amanda L - Excited for your new adventures Sam!

April 14, 2015 - 5:34 pm

JenF - Oh how I love dressing up my little man. Can’t wait!

April 14, 2015 - 5:41 pm

NDgirl - So happy for ya, Sam! I know exactly what you mean when you talk about “a company you believe in.” So excited for tomorrow! And look at Gabe … starting to look just like his daddy :) !

April 14, 2015 - 5:50 pm

Kait Galto - Oh man … I’m in love. I can’t wait to order tomorrow. So excited your designing boys clothes!!

April 14, 2015 - 6:17 pm

Sarah - I love when you blog, Sam! So excited for you ladies. Maybe my son will wear “boy Matilda Jane” again lol!

April 14, 2015 - 6:53 pm

Ingrid levy - Love you Sam!!! I have missed your blog posts!!!!

April 14, 2015 - 7:41 pm

Holly - I’ve been a Matilda Jane lover for years now, and I’ve been able to save and enjoy the memories of my first daughter’s clothes with my second daughter. There’s just something about the memories they have made in your adorable designs. And now may I just say how excited I am to 1) have a baby boy (almost 3 months) and to 2) see both of you more involved in TGO? So, so excited!

April 14, 2015 - 8:33 pm

Kayla - Love you and your very brave heart!!!!

April 14, 2015 - 11:23 pm

Laine - I miss you so much, I miss your blogs, I miss your designs and I will miss your face and enthusiasm at conference when the new MJC line is unveiled…but now I have this!! And now my son gets to share in the fun (and not just unisex straightees)! Can’t wait! And sign me up to be a TGO Trunk Keeper, lol!

April 14, 2015 - 11:36 pm

Sharon Blumberg - I loved reading this and am so excited for this new line! If you ever need shoes for TGO models, just let me know! We would love to work with you!

April 15, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Michelle Huesgen - You ladies are amazing! You inspire me as creatives and humans. Congrats of the release! It really is an amazing line!!! I was blown away!!

April 15, 2015 - 3:28 pm

Ashlee - Wow I just love you über lots! And miss you both a ton! Super excited about TGO and thrilled to watch you both create another dynasty together! It’s what’s in the inside that counts! And your heart will always be mine! Xoxo

April 15, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Isbel (Belis) - I loved this, Sam! Taking risks is what livin’ is all about – and what better than to do it with people you call ‘family’! Loved the launch! Kudos to all :)

April 15, 2015 - 3:49 pm

Amber V - YAY! I’m super excited to hear you’ve joined this team Sam! I have three little girls and we have loved MJ forever and I especially loved reading your blogs. Since my last little person is a boy, I’m looking forward to what this line will bring his way. Thanks

April 15, 2015 - 7:10 pm

Lisa Moline - Any company would be lucky to have someone with as much heart as Sam and Denise. Can’t wait to see what is left of your story ;) Love you!

Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year again. It’s the time when Indiana starts to look good and feel good again. It’s the time when, after months and months of waiting, all of our favorite shows are back on tv, AND most important of all, it’s the time when we get to launch the first TGO Collection of the year—Stringing Up the Stars. Oh ya, it’s Spring time baby!

Preparations for the new release are taking place left and right! We’ve been cleaning up the TGO workshop until it shines- it’s been a whole lot of scrubbing, organizing, and rearranging, but when Denise gets bit by the cleaning bug, there’s no getting around it!

 (Even Paulie and Franklin got in on the cleaning action)

Did you know that TGO is packed and shipped out of our pal Matilda Jane’s old Platinum warehouse? Denise and I have always loved this  building that’s cozily placed next to 435, Matilda Jane’s old home. We have such an affection for this little Bricktown of ours and are so happy to carry on working on TGO here!

 In honor of spring cleaning, we’ve decided to clean the inventory shelves off a bit too. We’ve bundled up items that are super low in quantity and we wanna ship them to you! How about you leave us a comment with your favorite sign of spring, and we’ll choose a few of you for some TGO goodies in the size of your choice?!

I feel like this week is the start of, well, everything. Can’t wait to see where this adventure takes us!

Stay tuned.

XO,

Sam

 

 

April 13, 2015 - 1:34 pm

Melissa Peters - Tulips, I live near Holland Michigan and the tulips are beautiful!!!!

April 13, 2015 - 1:34 pm

Krystal Colon - What we love most about Spring is being able to open up all the windows in our house to let the birds chirping sing to us inside. In addition, we can all go back to the beach for some great shelling. :)

April 13, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Kirsten Hamilton - We LOVE tulips, fresh air, and just plain ole’ getting rid of winter cabin fever! Love having my kiddos outside playing and wearing them out! :)

April 13, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Isbel Belis - The energy in the air! And cherry blossoms overflowing on both sides of a street.

April 13, 2015 - 1:36 pm

misty thompson - I love it when the birds come back. Living here in the tundra of Minnesota, it takes awhile. But once they do, and start chirping and flittering around, it puts me in a good mood!

April 13, 2015 - 1:37 pm

Rosa Pagliuca - Budding tulips in the ground are my Favorite first sign of spring!

April 13, 2015 - 1:37 pm

Ashley Kick - Our favorite sign of spring is when it is finally warm enough for walks and trips to the zoo. This year will be extra fun because we’ve added a little boy to the mix. Can’t wait to see what you guys have come up with!

April 13, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Jennifer gregg - My favorite sign of spring is the beautiful singing birds that we wake to in the am. Oh and the chance to pull out our fav TGO tees to wear

April 13, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Florence Taylor - Washington DC cherry blossoms

April 13, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Rosa pagliuca - reposting my email correctly. Thanks – rosa.elena.322@gmail.com

April 13, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Leanne - Ever since I was a little girl, my Grandma would talk about the return of robins in Springtime. To this day, when I see those little bright red bellies in the trees or hopping on the lawns – I think of her and the return of nice sunny Spring days!

April 13, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Sarah Seror - Sounds silly but my favorite sign/thing about Spring is when you are out and about everyone is in a happy mood, everyone is cherry and there is a sense of optimism because the winter is finally over.

When I was picking my son up from school during the winter, all the parents were just quiet, not really “happy,” but that first warm day transitioning from Winter to Spring everyone is happy and talkative and just it is honestly my favorite thing. <3

April 13, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Jessica - love to see you two at it again! My favorite sign of spring is my magnolia tree blooming… It’s still cold here in wisconsin but the buds have formed and I can not wait for them to POP! Xxoo

April 13, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Melissa - Hands down. The squeals of my children when the “diffadoils” (daffodils as named by my now 31 year old baby brother) poke through the snow. It’s the first sign of hope after a long winter her in Chicago, and well… Even though we are big city dwellers, my container garden on my back porch is what I live for May through October.

April 13, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Rosa Pagliuca - Budding tulips in the ground are my favorite first sign of spring!

April 13, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Maryann E. - Opening windows to get some fresh air in the house!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win!! ❤️

April 13, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Ashley - I love when the grass turns green again!

April 13, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Jessica - Cherry blossoms here in Washington DC!

April 13, 2015 - 1:42 pm

Michelle Petroff - Love the first warm day when we can search for t-shirts and ellies to wear so we can take a break from layering clothes!

April 13, 2015 - 1:42 pm

Bronwyn D - Hi Sam & Denise! So happy to see that you two artistic and creative ladies are back together again. It is also nice to see you writing on a blog again Sam. Even though I only have a daughter, I have the most adorable nephews! A 2 year old & a 4 year old who I love to pieces. They are the sweetest little guys ever! I would love for you to give them something from TGO’s because I certainly can’t dress them in Matilda Jane like my daughter!!! Lol!!! Without a doubt,I have to say the best part about Spring is watching all the ice slowly melt on Lake Winnipeg (where we have a cottage)knowing that in a few short months we will be enjoying our weekends at the beach and swimming in the lake!

April 13, 2015 - 1:42 pm

Lori - When the local ice cream shop opens for business!

April 13, 2015 - 1:43 pm

Rebecca Sims - Buttercups! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

April 13, 2015 - 1:43 pm

Shacie Fielder - When I was a little girl, my papa and granny would take us for Sunday afternoon rides in the country. As soon as the buttercups started to bloom, they would take us to this huge field of buttercups and let us pick as many as we wanted. I always know it is almost Spring when the buttercups start to bloom and buttercups are still my favorite flower even today.

April 13, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Betsy - Spring has arrived when I am able to stand barefoot wiggling my toes in the grass!

April 13, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Nicole Pierson - I love the way clothes smell when hung out to dry!

So excited about this! I adore Matilda Jane, but don’t have a daughter…I did actually buy a pair of MJ pants for my boy though and they are adorable on him!

April 13, 2015 - 1:47 pm

pamela - love seeing the apple blossoms appearing on the trees and the first signs of flowers pushing out of the ground! it’s a good day to be alive!!

April 13, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Candace - I love the first warm days of spring when the kids play outside til dark and come in with their dirty little feet…followed by a bubblebath, of course. :)

April 13, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Brandi P - my favorite sign of spring is watching the woods in our neighborhood go from brown to green and all the deer mosie up to the yards to eat

April 13, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Suzanne - my favorite sign of spring is hearing kids play. Not just my own but hearing neighbors and more distant cries of laughter and joy. Makes my heart happy!!

April 13, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Abby - The first Little League baseball games! Sitting on the bleachers and watching my little (ok, not so little any more) guy play ball!

April 13, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Jill Rusiewicz - Spring is by far my favorite season. When the tulips start coming up and the thunderstorms come rolling in, I couldn’t be any happier. My kids and I love sitting by the back door watching for lightning and “counting Mississippi’s” to see how far away the storms are.

April 13, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Carla Lagarde - Rain puddles! Love watching my kids splach and giggle!

April 13, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Jayna Schenk - I love that everything comes to life, the grass gets green, the trees bloom and the birds are back singing their sweet song. Most importantly we can be outside! We spent all weekend playing outside doing all the things we couldn’t do all winter!

April 13, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Bethany - My favorite sign of spring is the pile of mud boots caked with mud by the patio door. Always a great sign that not only is spring here, but all the kids have been outside in the nicer weather having fun!

April 13, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Amy Thompson - I love the dogwoods blooming here in Georgia! Also the bright shades of green after a good April shower!

April 13, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Lauren C - There are so many wonderful things to love about spring! I love opening the windows and letting the breeze in. Also l love being able to go outside and play with the kids. We hate being stuck inside all winter.

April 13, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Jessica Engstrom - we love when the robins come back to sing.

April 13, 2015 - 1:53 pm

jamie - My favorite sign of spring is that nightfall is later and later so we can play outside with the kids in the neighborhood

April 13, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Jennifer Dombroski - My favorite sign of spring is the sunshine. Once I get that needed dose of sunny vitamin D, I feel renewed. :)

April 13, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Tiffany B - Fave sign of spring hmmm…yard sale signs I’m not so far from you all, and here in Ohio when you see yard sale signs…its Spring

April 13, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Amiee S. - My favorite sign of spring is knowing that the Days Of Summer aren’t to find behind.

April 13, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Tiffany Treece - Today my favorite part of spring is putting away the winter wardrobe and pulling out all the fun spring and summer clothes!I always know it’s time when all of my son’s jeans have shredded knees.

April 13, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Sarah - Rhubarb, I love to cook and when rhubarb starts budding up from the ground I know that spring has arrived. When I was little my mom used to give us a stalk of rhubarb and a little bowl of sugar to dip it in. I started doing that with my own kids. Good memories.

April 13, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Stephanie - My favorite sign of spring is blooming magnolia trees. They are my favorite!! Waiting on three in my yard right now. :)

April 13, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Jessica McGehee - Sunshine, Tulips and Rain!

April 13, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Stacey - My favorite part of spring are the open doors and windows, seeing all of our neighbors again and spending every ounce of daytime outside.

April 13, 2015 - 2:01 pm

Holly - In my home state of GA, I love the azaleas. Now that I live in Indiana, I love the daffodils and all of the blooms. And I did find myself really excited by rain a few weeks ago, because….it wasn’t snow. :)

April 13, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Katie Jo McKenna - The feeling of the warm sun on my face and the fragrance of hyacinths in the air

April 13, 2015 - 2:04 pm

Joy Snow - My favorite signs of spring are the hyacinths and daffodils popping up to say ‘hello.’ :-)

April 13, 2015 - 2:04 pm

Rebekah Daday - Tulips, cherry blossoms, sweet smelling honeysuckle and fresh squeezed lemonade.

April 13, 2015 - 2:04 pm

Melissa passage - my favorite sign of spring is the first flowers that come up, even when it’s still cold outside! It gives me hope that winter is almost over and the warm up is coming!

April 13, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Sarah L - My favorite sign of Spring is strawberry picking… I love getting the updates from our local farms when they’re ready to pick! Nothing like farm fresh berries to tell you Spring has arrived!

April 13, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Jen Marmol - Daffodils – my favorite flower and my favorite sign of spring!

April 13, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Kristen Morea - I love seeing kids finally playing outside again! Running around, riding bikes, climbing on jungle gyms! Indiana is wonderful in the springtime!!!

April 13, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Tara McCarty - This may be gross…but I love how my kids (I have a boy & girl) smell after playing outside on a warm day…it’s like they bring the smell of “outside” back in with them. And I love the sweet smell of a sweaty little boy too…it’s like puppy breath…it should be gross but it’s so sweet. But when my sweet 4 year old little boy hits puberty I’ll change my mind about how he smells!

April 13, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Julie Beckstein - We moved to Indiana last fall so spring is a much bigger deal to us! I think just the warm temps after dinner and the kids playing outside until the sky turns midnight blue. :)

April 13, 2015 - 2:07 pm

Nancy S - The smell of fresh cut green grass!

April 13, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Lisa - i love to leave the doors and windows open! The fresh air lightens up the house and puts everyone in such a good mood.

April 13, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Michelle B - We live in the country so for us it’s seeing all the new baby calves and lambs.

April 13, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Chelsea Buwalda - The warm breeze when I step outside. Being able to take long walks outside with my family. The birds chirping in the morning is always pleasant too :) .

April 13, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Michelle T. - Little Ducklings, birds chirping, azaleas, magnolias, and cherry blossoms. Most of all, my kids get the SPRING FEVER…time to rock n roll outside!

April 13, 2015 - 2:09 pm

Grandma M - Going to the tulip festival with my grandkids!

April 13, 2015 - 2:09 pm

Sandra K. - Our favorite signs of spring – Sunshine and Rainbows!!

April 13, 2015 - 2:09 pm

Jennifer Shultz - My fav is the local Creamy Whips opening, wanna know my least fav…back to shaving my legs daily, ugh :) can’t wait to see the new TGO line!!!

April 13, 2015 - 2:09 pm

Dana Summerville - I love seeing the day lilies leaves start to sprout and. Waking to the sun slightly hitting my face and the sound of bidlrds chirping…Hello Spring!

April 13, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Connie P - I love seeing the tulips during Tulip Time. We live near Holland and every year we look forward to seeing the streets lined with beautiful tulips.

April 13, 2015 - 2:13 pm

Traci - My favorite sign of spring is when my kids start begging to play outside instead of groaning when I say we are going out! :)

April 13, 2015 - 2:14 pm

maryann thrasher - The birds chirping in the mornings; which helps on the walk to the morning bus stop!

April 13, 2015 - 2:16 pm

Angelique - Bluebirds of Happiness of course it’s Spring

April 13, 2015 - 2:17 pm

Nicole - Outdoor photo sessions, and evenings at the baseball & softball fields.

April 13, 2015 - 2:17 pm

Brittney Jones - The Illinois redbuds are my favorite sign of spring!

April 13, 2015 - 2:17 pm

Erin - my favorite part of spring is putting the kids in their new spring outfits! The flowers are really nice too.

April 13, 2015 - 2:18 pm

Malissa - Tree buds and blooms!

April 13, 2015 - 2:20 pm

Prencie - My list is long but waking up to the sound of birds chirping is a big one for me! I love watching the flowing pear trees burst into snowy whiteness and right behind them are the cherry blossoms. One of the other first signs of spring that I love here are the camellias! That’s when I know spring is here.

April 13, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Carrie - Dandelions – love them. Any wild flower really but love watching my kids make wishes every year.

April 13, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Gina - Love when the first little yellow and purple flowers start popping out of the ground!! Also…baseball :)

April 13, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Wendy Fincher - The best part of spring is all the visitors we receive. We live in S FL and all our family is in GA so during their spring breaks they come to visit. It’s a month long celebration at the beach and we love it.

April 13, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Heather Woods - My favorite sign of Spring is that extra pep you see in everyone’s step, the new energy that’s buzzing all around me, & those days when you can FINALLY open those house & car windows & breath in all the new energy!

April 13, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Courtnie Lanusse - Spring releases :) Sunlight, sand & saltwater!

April 13, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Bridgette Lott - My favorite sign of Spring is when my daughter step-grand kids start playing rec softball and baseball! :)

April 13, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Tina P - Everything turns my favorite color— green!!! Cool breeze in the evening. Kids playing in the streets past dinner. Neighbors BBQing together. Picnics in the park.

April 13, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Amber Hill - Opening up the windows and letting the cool breeze blow through the house. The birds signing and flowers blooming.

April 13, 2015 - 2:36 pm

Micca Swiatek - I know the Cardinal is a bird typically associated with winter; but for me, I know spring has arrived when I open the window above my kitchen sink to let the fresh air in, and immediately hear the male Cardinal singing.

Then I’ll look into my back yard and see the Cardinals pairing up and racing about – it’s like their bold streaks of color and loud songs are awakening all of nature after a long and cold Chicago winter. Yes, Cardinals are my favorite sign of spring!

April 13, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Chrissy Prestwood - I love the smell of spring and being outside with my babies playing for hours on end! Picnics, play dates at the park and fishing are a few of our favorite outdoor spring activities (while we wear our favorite TGO outfit of course)!

April 13, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Brittany - My favorite sign of Spring is all the children playing outside in our neighborhood again! Hearing their giggles and joy makes my heart so happy!

April 13, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Timmi Fermanich - My favorite sign of spring is tulips poking their heads through the ground!

April 13, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Ati - Here in south Florida, I love seeing the yellow blooms fill the tabebuia trees!

April 13, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Amanda L - Spring has arrived when things begin to bloom, grow & blossom!

April 13, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Lynn Brady - I love everything about Spring! Easter, the warmer weather, Spring Break at the Beach, flowers blooming, soccer, white pants and shoes, short sleeves and shorts, the smell of jasmine in the air. Love it all!! Thank you for the opportunity to win! My boys love TGO!!!

April 13, 2015 - 2:44 pm

sarah driscoll - What I love most about spring is how much my kids appreciate the change in weather. We live in upstate NY. It was a tough winter, but my boys wanted to be outside yesterday from 6am until 6pm digging up the soft ground. It was our first day in the 60′s. We all were in awe of the beauty and freshness spring brings.
They are sz 4 and sz 8.
Love you girls!!!

April 13, 2015 - 2:45 pm

Stacey Carey - I love the sound of the birds in the morning! ..and the fact that it isn’t pitch black dark when I get up.. To enjoy the sunrise and sit outside with a warm cup of coffee listening to the birds… all of this before the littles are up!

April 13, 2015 - 2:47 pm

Nicole Bowen - What’s there NOT to love about Spring!?!?! But I had my first “favorite” this weekend, with the smell of fresh cut grass! I mean, when Yankee candle makes a scent out of something, you KNOW its good!

April 13, 2015 - 2:47 pm

Cheryl Ross - I know it’s spring when my two boys disappear into the woods for hours of fun exploring, digging holes, and squishing in the mud.

April 13, 2015 - 2:48 pm

Amanda (Mandy) Walker - My favorite sign of Spring is not only the budding of flowers and trees but Baseball! My kids LOVE baseball and I LOVE watching them play and have a great time with their team mates!

April 13, 2015 - 2:48 pm

Brittany Huffman - My favorite sign of Spring is the trees starting to bloom around my parents farm. We visit often and make plans for fishing, walks, and lots of outdoor picnics! ❤️

April 13, 2015 - 2:49 pm

Jennifer Robertson - My favorite sign of spring is flowers, baby horses coming into the world (we have 1 new baby), new grass, warm sunshine. But most of all, my wedding anniversary is March 20th, the first day of Spring.

Cannot wait to see this line!

April 13, 2015 - 2:50 pm

ashley - Daffodils!

April 13, 2015 - 2:50 pm

Anne Guerrero - Favorite sign of spring — longer days!!

April 13, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Alicia H. - One of my favorite signs of spring is the smell of fresh cut grass!

April 13, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Tara Henderson - My favorite sign of Spring is when the trees and flowers start blooming! I love driving through old neighborhoods with mature trees and beautiful white and pink blooms framing the streets. :)

April 13, 2015 - 2:52 pm

Heather Holt - The first sign of spring and warmer weather coming is when I pick up my son (Sawyer, 5) from school and he is sweaty and dirty from having fun outside in the afternoon. Sure, little boys can certainly work up a sweat playing around in any weather, but there is something about those first warmer afternoons when I get him and he is pink-cheeked, smiling and ready to tell me all about his day. After a request to stop and get a snack on the way home, of course! ; )

April 13, 2015 - 2:53 pm

Amanda Ijames - Def being able to wear flip flops !!!

April 13, 2015 - 2:55 pm

Courtney Schall - I love to be able to finally open all the windows in my house! One of my (many!) favorite parts of spring. ;)

April 13, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Kelly - The smell of rain and freshly mowed grass along with the flowers popping up!

April 13, 2015 - 3:02 pm

Betsy - One of my fav signs of spring is the opening of Fort Wayne’s own Zesto’s!!! Spring has sprung and we’re so happy to be spending more time outdoors.

April 13, 2015 - 3:03 pm

Laura Cameron - Warm air and bright sunshine!

There is nothing better than waking up to a warm, sunny, crisp day! It just makes me feel happy! Don’t get me wrong, I love cool weather!! BUT, those first warm Spring days are absolutely the BEST!

April 13, 2015 - 3:04 pm

Samantha Burcham - My husband is a yard fanatic, I love pulling in our driveway after the first time he mows and gets all our fresh mulch down!
PS I take zero credit for this! He does an awesome job!

April 13, 2015 - 3:12 pm

heather - love to see the lilacs in bloom my favorite sent for sure!

April 13, 2015 - 3:23 pm

Ingrid levy - First sign of spring in Florida are back to back beach days! Including the start of nice tan!

April 13, 2015 - 3:24 pm

Jessica Wieseman - My favorite thing about Spring is mowing the grass. Being a stay at home mom, this is my “me” time. Headphones in and sun tanning my skin. <3

My little guy is getting ready to turn 6 months old on the 22nd, so we're pretty excited to be able to wear TGO for quite a few years! :)

April 13, 2015 - 3:26 pm

Christy Hruska - Daffodils. They are bright & sunny yellow and the perfect cue to the warm & sunny days ahead.

April 13, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Rebecca Klinge - Beautiful magnolia trees!

April 13, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Brandy Cantrell - The 1st sign of spring is waking up to cool mornings but enjoying warm afternoons. The first sign of the beautiful flower blubs poking there heads out of the dirt and the start of baseball season :) . Its been a long winter here in Boston….cant wait for Spring!

April 13, 2015 - 3:34 pm

amy j. - I love spring because it means that summer is almost here!

April 13, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Mimi Little - You know it is spring when you stay outside with the kids until dark throwing the baseball, drawing on the driveway with chalk and spotting contrails in the sky. The minute you head inside you realize dinner will be scraps from the frig and everyone is happy .

April 13, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Rebecca Hendrickson - Sleeveless dresses for my daughter and no shirts under jon jons for my son. Flip flops and sandals. Planting our garden and lemonade on the back deck after school. Daffodils coming up in the middle of the woods. …. mother nature’s way of keeping us on our toes. The longer days and sleeping with the windows open. The song of crickets and the glow of lightening bugs. Spring is my favorite time of year!

April 13, 2015 - 3:39 pm

Heather - I live in Northern Michigan… so Spring comes late for us. However, you know it’s on the wind when you see the Candian Geese start to fly north. They are such powerful fliers, I love to see them soar.

April 13, 2015 - 3:48 pm

Shauna B. - car windows rolled down!

April 13, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Laura Hansen - While I love everything that comes with the new season, I love busting out a fun spring wardrobe!!! New stuff mixed with some of my old favorites is always exciting! Something about fresh clothes and a new season….they just go hand in hand!

April 13, 2015 - 3:56 pm

Nadia A - The feeling of everything being new and starting fresh. The blossoms on trees, tulips springing up everywhere. My son’s first birthday:)

April 13, 2015 - 3:56 pm

Gretchen R. - My favorite sign of Spring are long Sunday bike rides with the family!! (10 miles yesterday in beautiful Ohio weather…finally!!)

April 13, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Trish Buckaloo - No doubt about it my favorite is the dogwoods blooming and daffodils. Seeing these reminds me of new beginnings and fresh starts. But I can’t forget baseball!!!! Watching the kids play, I love it!!!!

April 13, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Allison Conley - My favorite thing about spring is seeing the Apple blossoms start to bloom. The light, lingering aroma in the air especially when the blooms are warming in the sunshine after a light rain is pretty hard to beat. And the sound of the bees buzzing in the branches of the Apple trees isn’t bad either:). I love spring!

April 13, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Julia Jones - Daffodils, pansies, azaleas and dogwoods in bloom (minus the pollen)

April 13, 2015 - 4:06 pm

Sarah - Our favorite sign of Spring is seeing the return of “Mommy Robin” as my girls affectionately refer to her ( them?). Hearing their chirping sounds and seeing them flutter about the yard. We even lay out old newspaper clippings, shoelaces, cellophane, or anything else she might use to build her new home:-) So glad to see you ladies back together and can’t wait to see what is to come from the Dynamic Darling Duo!

April 13, 2015 - 4:08 pm

Kristin Crawford - I can always tell spring has sprung when we get good thunderstorm and grass turns the perfect shade of green!

April 13, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Bonnie Miller - When it’s still light out in the evening and we can play outside

April 13, 2015 - 4:18 pm

JenF - My favorite sign of spring is seeds! I love this time if year when I get to plant seeds with my kids and we get to water them and watch them grow into summer. The kids take great pride in helping and watching things grow and finally harvesting! Lots of tomatoes come out of our yard!

April 13, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Sommer Macko - OMG I would love to start a collection of The Good Ones for my 5 year old boys. They are part of a triplet pack and of course their triplet sis and older sis wear MJ. I just love the smell of SPRING…the fresh cut grass and new flowers.

April 13, 2015 - 4:26 pm

Ellen Jeffers - In Georgia the first and most notable signs of spring are the daffodils peeping thru the ground and the Bradford pear trees blooming! Although the smell of the Bradford pears is less than desirable, it’s a pleasant trade off for this girl who gets spring fever like no other! ☺

April 13, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Lori thompson - my first happy sign of spring is seeing my husband on our roof scrubbing the yuk off of our skylight windows.:)

April 13, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Erin - My favorite spring thing is the first day when it is warm enough not to wear a winter coat:). The sun comes out, and suddenly the street is full of neighbors again! Happy spring everyone

April 13, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Julia - What my family and I love about spring is being able to open the windows so we can air out the house! We live in Seattle, Washington and spring time means festivals everywhere going on! Spring time also means the kiddos get to go out to the park almost every weekend! Bring on the family outings!!!!! :-)

April 13, 2015 - 5:09 pm

danielle renshaw - I love when spring is in the air and going on family bike rides, laying on quilts and imagining different animals in the clouds!

April 13, 2015 - 5:21 pm

Greta Holzwarth - Peonies!!!!! Need I say more!! Then of course the aroma of the cherry blossom trees and their petals floating through the air! Ah….

April 13, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Laura S - We live near a waterfall, and the nice result of spring rains is a lot of water in the falls!

April 13, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Lauren Murchison - It’s my first Spring in Louisiana – and I have to say it’s the Azalea’s!!!!! I about freaked out the first morning they bloomed. The shades of pink, red, and purple were simply breathtaking and inspiring!!!! I’m planning to get some put in our new backyard.

April 13, 2015 - 5:34 pm

Katherine - The ants and spiders that start invading my home! {Trying to think on the bright side of things!}

April 13, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Amanda conn - The smell of fresh cut grass. Mm. Cut the lawn today and it smells amazing. Also the exercise you get while out mowing !!

April 13, 2015 - 5:58 pm

Tifani Hesser - You know spring has arrived in Texas when our fields and pastures are covered in Bluebonnets. Simply gorgeous! The perfect backdrop for spring pictures for your kiddos!

April 13, 2015 - 6:13 pm

Kim - we’re in Vegas & spring is short/combined w/ an early summer. Our 1st sign of warm weather is when the water features are turned on at the playgrounds & it’s actually gorgeous enough to spend all day outside playing, running, singing, & dancing & twirling in the grass.

April 13, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Jessica - Watching our neighborhood and park come back to life with families, joggers, dogs and cyclists.

April 13, 2015 - 6:44 pm

Erin - My favorite part of spring is playing in the park with my littles!! :)

April 13, 2015 - 6:49 pm

Carrie fields - mud puddles, kids need an opportunity to get dirty and explore!

April 13, 2015 - 7:37 pm

Katherine - All the ants and spiders that start invading our house! {Hey, I’m trying to think on the bright side of things! }

April 13, 2015 - 7:50 pm

Michelle Lamothe - For Minnesota it means playing outside and seeing how big all our neighbor kids have grown.

April 13, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Lisa B - My kids and watch a d listen for the geese fighting over nesting ground on our little lake, that and I love seeing Robins hunting for worms, a sure sign of spring!

April 13, 2015 - 8:05 pm

Shannon Hunt - My favorite sign of spring is the scent in the air-a mix of rain, lilacs, and all things green. Smells bring back memories like nothing else and I’m a little girl in my grandpa’s garden when I smell the lilacs!

April 13, 2015 - 8:36 pm

Allie D. - Sour Starburst Jellybeans are my favorite sign of spring!! Oh, and the peepers in the pond by our house :)

April 13, 2015 - 9:10 pm

Kendall - we love being outside and hearing and watching for birds that come visit our backyard. :) so excited to get our little guy in some of your clothing….he started out at just 2 pounds in the NICU and has grown so strong!! he is now almost 2 and ready to strut his stuff!! Hugs to yall!!

April 13, 2015 - 9:19 pm

Steffanie Garcia - My favorite sign of spring is the joyful tweeting of birds waking us up outside our windows and the sign peeking through the puffy white clouds against the cerulean sky…and the gorgeous wildflowers blooming on the hill outside our kitchen window. It is all so happy!

April 13, 2015 - 9:25 pm

Cheryl - Longer days are definitely my favorite “sign” of spring! I love being able to get out in the yard after school and play catch (or tennis or basketball….) with the kids!

April 13, 2015 - 9:26 pm

Sarah P - The smell of fresh cut grass! Nothing says spring like that first sniff!

April 13, 2015 - 9:29 pm

Jennifer Smith - Hi! For us it probably sounds silly, but it’s those open toe shoes or bare feet in the grass! We’re in sunny Florida, so the minute my boys can throw on their flip flops or just run in backyard barefoot the warm weather has arrived! :)

April 13, 2015 - 9:49 pm

Naomi - Daffodils and scabby knees reemerge!

April 13, 2015 - 9:53 pm

Allison H. - The scent of the pine trees after a spring rain! So wonderful after a long winter!!! :)

April 13, 2015 - 10:00 pm

Brea - My favorite sign of Spring is when the boys start begging to get their bikes out and ride….I know it’s finally Spring! My kids are outside kids. They can’t stand being cooped up inside during the winter months so they anxiously await it even being close enough to something even resembling warm so they can get outside and ride bikes, shoot hoops, and play at the park next door. I am so excited it’s Spring and I can’t wait for this release!

April 13, 2015 - 11:05 pm

Erica Poindexter - I love the extra daylight, the beautiful green hills, and the fresh cut and manicured lawns.

April 13, 2015 - 11:08 pm

JONELLE GAROFOLI - I have 2 favorite signs of spring!
1. Is seeing all the birds around my fathers bird houses again! They’re so comforting to me, as a sure sign that warmer weather is back!

2. Seeing my children in tee shirts or 3/4 sleeves!! Which means it’s time to refresh their closets!

Happy spring to you!!

I can be reached at jonellegarofoli@gmail.com or 508-340-0749

April 14, 2015 - 12:32 am

Lindsey Hendricks - Definitely the first time I get to pull out the sandals. That’s when I know Spring has come! Or when the kids and I load up to take Daddy dinner because he’s still in the tractor trying to get the crops planted.

April 14, 2015 - 1:40 am

Jen bekin - Spring daffodils and tulips! But my son thinks is great when all the worms come out after an April shower…….

April 14, 2015 - 1:46 am

Stephen Eric Bryden - When the weather is nice enough to go on adventures around our neighborhood and parks.

April 14, 2015 - 7:21 am

Erin F - My favorite sign of spring is when it stay light past 5:00 and it is warm enough to play outside again. Yay for outside recess!

April 14, 2015 - 10:12 am

Christin Bullerdick - My favorite thing about spring is starting up the spring sports…soccer and baseball in our house. My girls dance all through the year but my little man gets his shine on during spring sports!

April 14, 2015 - 11:45 am

Heather - Azalea flowers! They come out for just a couple of weeks in Houston. I love seeing my kids get excited every time we pass a house that is lined with azalea’s. They know it’s spring b/c the flowers are all blooming.

April 14, 2015 - 12:20 pm

Breanne - Tulips, kids playing outside, blooming Bradford pear trees :-)

April 14, 2015 - 1:55 pm

Keri g - Babies everywhere! That’s what I love.

April 14, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Stephanie Gibson - When it’s warm enough for shorts and sundresses and sandals! It’s more than just the warm tingling feeling from the sun, it’s the feeling of infinite possibilities for summer is almost here!

April 14, 2015 - 3:08 pm

Michelle - My favorite sign of spring for sure is the first night we walk outside to hear thousands of frogs behind our house. It’s like they all wake up from winter on the same night. It’s so cool.

April 14, 2015 - 3:09 pm

Michelle - oh yea size 6 top 4 bottom. Forgot to put that with above comment.

April 16, 2015 - 12:09 pm

becky mathis - My little town has a couple of hot-air balloons. I know it is spring when I see those big beautiful balloons floating high up in the sky. I could watch those things forever!

April 23, 2015 - 11:59 am

Pam L. - My favorite sign of spring is to see the daffodils blooming.

A Puppy Monday

Out of all the members of TGO, I think you’ll find these fluffy boys the cutest. Ya I know that Denise and I are cute too, but I don’t think we can beat puppy-cute. Oh ya, this week we are highlighting the drooling’, jumpin’, and cuddlin’ buddies we know as Franklin and Templeton.

Those of you who do not know these handsome guys, they’re the sweetest dogs around. Maybe it’s because they are sheepadoodles or maybe it’s because they’ve got zippers (there’s gotta be a full fledge person inside them with feelings and everything). All we know is that an afternoon at the office wouldn’t be the same without these fur balls and I’m lucky to call them coworkers

I know we are silly. Life is boring when we aren’t. Plus it’s fun to imagine what these pups would do or say!

LOVE,

SAM

 

 

March 16, 2015 - 1:21 pm

Monika M. - Cutest everest! Slobbery kisses from my two dorks :) !

What a Good One

Yes. It’s been a good month. Not good to be away from the blog, but good in that we’ve been busy with GOOD TGO stuff. We’ve been stewing over ideas, planning some Summer goodies, and beginning to see a very cool Winter collection come to life. Oh! And our first Trade Show of the year! AKA a weekend in New York spending each day talking about what we love—The Good Ones Clothing and The Final Hurrahs. What could be better than that?

I bet you guys think naming a winner from the contest from a month ago could be better than that. 

Well wait no more! Stacey C, can you email Sam@thegoodones.com for your nifty gifty?

Tomorrow we will feature our Super Stars of the week. You won’t want to miss what these cute fluffy guys have to say;)

XOXO,

TEAM TGO

March 12, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Stacey C - Yay!!! Thank you. I can’t wait to show my good one!

March 12, 2015 - 7:26 pm

Amanda L - The Trade Show setup looks sooo COOL- great job!
And we’re so excited for the next collection…the boy wants to rock some new TGO duds!

March 14, 2015 - 8:53 am

Patricia - CONGRATS !!! Stacey!!!!

March 14, 2015 - 8:56 am

Patricia - By the way can’t wait for the new line!!!!!!

Our pal Jonathan

Team TGO is made up of more than a few cool cats. Okay, you could say it’s made up ENTIRELY of cool cats. And a few dogs, can’t forget the band! Today I want to highlight one of our pals from down under, Jonathan. JB moved to good ol’ Indiana from Australia 2 years ago to join the TGO team. How cool is THAT? Let’s get to know our Super Star of the week (and take a look at his cute kiddos below)!

What about you? What makes you a Good One? Post a comment with a sentence or two and we will choose a few of you guys for a grand prize!

XO,

TEAM TGO

February 6, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Abby - My son is a GoodOne because he loves playing outside, throwing a football with his friends and just plain being a boy

February 6, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Little Libby Lulu - What makes me a good one? I work full time, love my family full time and enjoy life full time!

February 6, 2015 - 5:50 pm

Kaitlin Petersens - My son is a good one because he is naturally cautious, and concerned about others’ well being. It warms my heart when he questions the safety of something, and whether his little sister might get hurt doing something new. His heart is big, and full of love.

February 7, 2015 - 2:56 am

CStar - I’m a Good One because when my 3 year old little dude gets up in the wee hours of the morning and yells, “the sun is up so it’s time to play!” (even though the sun has a while yet to go), I oblige and follow him to his bucket of hasbro super-hero figurines to get our play on. I think that makes him the Good One. Keep up the good work TGO team!

February 8, 2015 - 8:58 am

Priscilla Bockelman - Great to meet you Jonathan!! My brother in law lives in Australia and my sister has had the opportunity to live there the last couple of years. They are planning several months of travel before they decide to settle there or The States. I think the quality that makes me and my family Good Ones is that we balance home, work and school life each week trying to go with the flow and roll with the ups and downs all the while trying to have fun in a crazy hectic schedule.

February 8, 2015 - 9:01 am

Pam Lee - My son is a Good One because he loves video games and playing “army” inside, but also can’t wait till he gets old enough to go out bowfishing on the airboat and hunting with his dad. He puts 100% energy in everything he does. And I am a Good One because I’m blessed that God picked me as his mom!!

February 10, 2015 - 9:08 am

Patricia - My grandson is a good one because he truly has a heart of gold. He loves music and dance. He wants to sing and learn how to play the guitar. But what makes him a true good one is his amazing ability to see in everything and everyone. He is always positive. He brings so much joy to everyone he meets.

February 10, 2015 - 9:28 am

Jennifer - My guy is a good one and I can’t get enough of him. His zest for life and learning is endless, he questions and challeges what he is curious about. He has a way of saying things that just shows , he gets life. It’s a an adventure to just watch him go.

February 10, 2015 - 10:40 am

Coree York - My kiddos are good ones because they enjoy serving others and chipping in and giving a helping hand . They also enjoy just being kids and love the outside playing tag and in the dirt!

February 10, 2015 - 3:19 pm

Joy Williams - My son Heinz is a Good One! He is 8 and he loves typical 8 year old stuff like soccer, basketball, video games, nerf gun wars, etc. He also still has that sweet and cuddly side. He can turn my crazy, stressed day into a Good One with a simple smile and hug!

February 10, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Stacey C - My LO is a good one because of his absolute love of routine… he can’t go to bed without a hug, high five, fist bump, and kiss… first from daddy, then sissy, then biggest scoop up from mommy… routine… it’s the small things… I absolutely eat it up.

February 10, 2015 - 6:25 pm

Micca - I’m lucky to have 4 Good Ones. My oldest daughter is an artist and just sold some of her artwork in a national art show that was held in Chicago this past weekend. She loves teaching her younger siblings about art and history and music. My 3.5 yr old b/g twins like to rock out on the drums and guitar with The Final Hurrahs. They are best friends and are always looking out for each other and their friends, too. Theit current gig is teaching their little 1yr old brother all about “Scrap Metal” (what they call TGO), what it means to be kind and how to tickle the ivories. Our family motto is to live a life filled with love, laughter, and music – and that makes us one of The Good Ones!
We welcome Jonathan and his family to TGO! We can’t wait to see what he has in store for The Final Hurrahs!!

February 11, 2015 - 3:13 am

JenF - What makes me a good one?? My husband does, every single day. He puts up with my shenanigans and bologna which allows me to function in this title of “Mama”. Love him to bits….

February 13, 2015 - 8:31 am

Jen - My son is also 6, and he is a good one for sure! He’s wild, and crazy, and sweet, and thoughtful, and hyper – all rolled up into one amazing kid. He loves to do good deeds for people and is very tender hearted although u wouldn’t know that about him immediately…being he’s usually running around at the speed of light and harassing his little sister. He loves to help people in need, and if I tell him that’s it’s time to go through his toys and clothes to give to kids who need it – I have to make him put a few things back in his closet because he wants to give *litererally everything* away to kids who have nothing. It makes me so proud all the little thoughtful things he does for me and others. He is a good one….so that makes me feel like a good one by being able to just be his mom.

February 13, 2015 - 5:05 pm

Mama Hope - I am so glad some wayward good ones found their way back home. G’day, Mate (welcome, Jonathan!). I am Grammie to 11 good ones. Before that, I was Mom to their 5 parents – all good ones! Jack and Alex are our only two grandsons and they love TGO! The girls like the tee’s, too. So soft and fun graphics! I am a good one because I am the best Grammie ever!!

March 4, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Stacey C - My LO is a good one because of his absolute love of routine… he can’t go to bed without a hug, high five, fist bump, and kiss… first from daddy, then sissy, then biggest scoop up from mommy… routine… it’s the small things… I absolutely eat it up…. (my comment from Feb 10 that still says is awaiting moderation)