Second Try

Ahh… I just wrote a really long post and I hit publish…then poof, there was an ‘internal server error.’ I could cry.

I guess I’ll summarize what it was about in list form, because my heart is broken and I know I won’t write it as well the second time. (Am I being dramatic or what?)

1. I’m supposed to blog on Mondays, you know, to keep us MJC girls on schedule. Oops! Here’s a sneak peek to forgive me!

2. I finished the 3rd book of Hunger Games last night. Man, it did not end how I thought it would. Or at least not in the EPIC manner I imagined. I probably need to stop comparing it to Harry Potter. Because nothing is better than that. But really…are you guys Peeta fans or Gale fans? My heart was with Peeta until I saw the first 15 minutes of the movie. Gale is so much cuter in it!!! Don’t you think? Regardless I wasn’t digging the movie the first time around, so I turned it off. Maybe I’ll try to watch it again soon…

3. Yesterday was a great day because Jennifer Roberts, our new Creative Marketing Director joined our team. She comes with boatloads of knowledge and a great personality that will certainly help us with our branding and so much more! I’m excited to see all the fabulous tools and ideas she has for us!

4. In my original post I went on a tangent about how I can’t call you guys customers without including the word friends too. To me, a customer is a person with a face I don’t remember and a name I never knew, but you guys are so much more. I see your daughters and, sometimes yourselves too, on the facebook everyday, and there’s no way you could just be a customer to me. To any of us at Matilda Jane, actually. Ahh, this has me thinking about Art Fair. I can’t wait to get the opportunity to chat with you all again! Even though you all know I’ll be a sweaty nervous mess:)

5. And last but not least, I want to know what you think of the weekly newsletter I’ve been sending out. I want to make sure it’s full of good stuff you want to read each week and not something you put in your Spam folder! So if you guys have any ideas for me, I would love to hear them. This newsletter is FOR YOU after all. It should be content you want to hear about.

Alright, I’m done! It’s definitely not the story I had written out before, but it will have to do the trick today. Enjoy your Tuesdays! Hope none of you lose any of your blog entries today!



Amanda - January 8, 2013 - 10:49 am

Hi how do we get your newsletter? I get the sale emails but that’s it. Would love to read your newsletters :) Thanks!

Judith - January 8, 2013 - 10:49 am

Could you please let us know when art fair is going to be be this year? Pretty please……..

Suni - January 8, 2013 - 10:50 am

Team Peeta hands down! I wanted to give you a heads up about books two and three the last time you mentioned Hunger Games but couldn’t without ruining it for you. Give the movie another go. I actually thought it was ok for an adaption. Didn’t like woody harelson as haymitch at all though.

Mia - January 8, 2013 - 10:50 am

I just wanted to say I felt the same way after reading the third book of the hunger games I mean WHAT!!!!! All that build up then fizzle….. I was routing for gale until I found out he was marring Miley Cyrus- lol!! :) have a great day!

Wendy - January 8, 2013 - 10:54 am

Oh, I hate when I have a post all done and it disappears! I get heartbroken too. Hunger Games – I read the books before I saw the movie and I think the problem is that Peeta in the movie just does not LOOK like I imagined Peeta in the book. I was a Peeta fan starting in book 2, but I wish they had picked someone taller – and he should have had blue eyes, right? Great actor, but he just didn’t look right to me. So I am definitely a Peeta fan from the books but not sure how I feel about Peeta in the movie.

Jess - January 8, 2013 - 10:56 am

Cute blog as always, Sam! Before I get to the bottom, I can tell its your blog :)
As for Hunger Games, they didn’t cast the right person for Peeta because yes Gale is hotter so its easy to like him better…but the way the books depict Peeta, he won my heart!

leslie Click - January 8, 2013 - 11:03 am

You write like I think…..we have so much floating around up there thats bursting to get out that its hard! And- we put our hearts into everything so its hard when we actually spend time and its gone!!! :( Love hearing from you Sam:)

carli karluk - January 8, 2013 - 11:12 am

Peeta. And I hope they do a better job with the second movie.

Suni - January 8, 2013 - 11:16 am

Adaptation I mean. Btw, really like fancy and free! Love when you give outfit ideas a la pick of the day.

Hope Boyce - January 8, 2013 - 11:19 am

Peeta or Gale? I went back and forth before the movie and after the movie. Gale is most def cuter, but they both are keepers. Nothing beats Harry Potter – I have a meeting on the Disney property next week so I am going to visit Harry Potter, for sure! Love the Newsletter – it could be longer, but you guys keep us informed in so many ways. Customers = Friends x MJ clothes x MJC Crew = Family, don’t cha think?

Denise - January 8, 2013 - 11:20 am

Hi Amanda! Here’s a link for you to sign up! Would love for you to read the Newsletter too :) -Sam

Alison - January 8, 2013 - 11:40 am

Aw man I get so upset when I spend the time to type something up and then the computer gives out. Sorry that happened to you. :(
I do love reading the blog it’s fun. I love seeing the pictures that are posted of all the work you all do in Africa. Pretty wonderful.
I am just chopping at the bit in endless anticipation for the MJC Spring Collection. It will be fabulous I am sure! :)
Thanks for the blogs.
Have a wonderful week.
God Bless you

Kyleesmom - January 8, 2013 - 11:43 am

I am so team Peeta and Kylee is too. The movie is NEVER as good as the book so that may be the issue for you with the movie. However the movie is pretty good. I can’t wait to see how it turns out in movie form. I “think” I’m getting the newsletter. LOL. If it’s what I think it is, I love it. I’ll be sad when she outgrows the MJ clothes and look. Just thankful she still loves it as much as I do right now. In fact I’m wearing MJ today. :) LOVE the Finns!

kitty coats - January 8, 2013 - 1:12 pm

I would love to get weekly newsletters as well as sale info! Oh and i read all 3 books after watching movie…movie had me hanging…i like book 2 the best book 3 took rather long to get going. Yes in movie gayle much cuter but peetas love was pretty amazing for kat..i was happy with the end.

Jenn P - January 8, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Team Peeta. In fact, I think we need to see him in some shorties.

Amber Vaughn - January 8, 2013 - 2:59 pm

I loved the Hunger Games. I think I was a little disappointed with book number 3 though. I don’t know. I just read another book that was pretty awesome..Divergent.
Also I love the Newsletter..actually I love to here about anything Matilda Jane:)Thank You!

Karly Nelson - January 8, 2013 - 3:38 pm

lol Totally Peeta. I was sad with how the books ended, but that is more close to real life and the casualties of war. I also have to admit, I have a total crush on the kid they got to play Peeta! Ever since I saw him in Little Manhattan. Anyways……I LOVE the sneak peek and can’t wait for the new line!

Allison - January 8, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Love the blog. Love the newsletter in my email. Keep the sneak peaks coming! So excited for Spring. :)

Krissy - January 9, 2013 - 8:25 am

I love peeta, I actually saw the movie first and loved it so I read the books and yes the books where even better, I have seen the movie about 5 times because my 10 year old loves the books she has read the whole series 3 times already! She made me promise to take her to the midnight showing when the next movie comes out in November :-)

Nicole - January 9, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Please tell me how to apply to be a trunk keeper!!! HELP

Heather - January 9, 2013 - 8:28 pm

Team PEETA all the way! Love him!!

Candid Keepers #383


Jennifer Taylor of Portland, TN

Most Valued Form of Character:


Q:  Please tell us a bit about yourself.  Where are you from and where are you now?

A:  I was born in the small town of Russellville Kentucky, but raised in the Nashville Tennessee area.  I have one daughter and love the outdoors.

Q:  Tell us about your beautiful baby girl.

A:  Emma Lynn just turned 4 this summer and she is the most energetic, fun, loving, sweet, crazy, and funniest girl I know. 

Q:  What did you do in your previous life?  Pre-Matilda Jane?

A:  I went to college for Accounting and while in school I took up Bartending.  Soon I realized that the service industry is where the money is at. lol I actually still bartend a few days a week (when not a shows of course).

Q:  What is your favorite part of working for Matilda Jane?

A:  Oh man.. I think it has to be the great friendships I have made along the way.  My fellow up line trunk keeper is one of the best women I know (I secretly want to be like her minus the 5 kids lol) and the customers!!! I don’t think of them as customers they are more like new friends in the making.

Q:  If you could wear one item every day, what would that be?

A:  Finn pants of course.  I will admit that on occasion I have slept in them and that new waist band is amazing, no wonder they are selling like hotcakes!!


Q:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A:  Hopefully still with MJC!! I also would love to meet Mr. Right and complete my little family.

Q:  What are your favorite blogs or websites you visit EVERY day?

A:  Will people throw rocks at me if I say I am not a blogger??  Of course I do love MJ’s blog and love love pinterest .

Q:  Besides your children, what has your greatest accomplishment been thus far?

A:  I think staying true to myself and not settling for second best. I have had many heart breaks, but know that God has a better plan for me and if I continue to do my best good things will come my way.

Q:  Share with us just ONE very important thing you do to try to leave this world a better place.

A:  Treating everyone with kindness and respect.  My momma always told me to treat people the way you would like to be treated. I feel if you follow this the world would be a better place.

Q:  What is your favorite holiday and why?

A:  Thanksgiving.. I love getting together with family and the food is amazing.. I mean who doesn’t love to cheat during the holidays..

Q:  How have you learned to balance life with the many, many hats you wear?

A:  It’s very hard as a single mom, but I have a great family that supports and helps out. I mean some days I ask myself why I am doing all of this, but then look at my daughter and know that all my hard work is for her.

Q:  What is the most valuable lesson you hope to instill in your children?

A:  Hopefully I teach her many, but if she only takes in one I want her to live life to the fullest with no regrets and to be proud of herself.

Q:  Salty or sweet?

A:  Is it bad that I am not a sweet person?? I am more of a salty cashew and a sour candy kind of girl.

Q:  What do you love most about having kids?

A:  The free entertainment of course.. It’s never a dull moment I just can’t wait to hear what is going to come out of that sassy girl next.

Q:  If you could have lunch with any celebrity, who would you choose and why?

A:  Hmmm… Maybe Channing Tatum or David Beckham to see if the will have a shorties photo shoot for all of you MJC Look book fans..Lol

Q:  If you could have Sam design any item for Matilda Jane, what would it be and why?

A:  BEDDING… I would love to see what time of designs and patterns she can come up with, HOBO bags to match the regular line, and maybe swimsuits.. I’m not asking for a lot right??

Q:  Lastly, in the spirit of Heart~Soul~Pride, what in your opinion is the most important form of character?

A:  Honesty…



Erica Scott - January 6, 2013 - 1:08 am

It’s great to see another trunk keeper in Tennessee. The pictures with your daughter are just gorgeous! The truck is wonderful too!

Leslie - January 9, 2013 - 1:20 am

Beautiful pictures Jennifer and what a little cutie you have! The Paperdolls love you!

Name The Dress Thursday Winner: #13

We had some really great suggestions, and after a long day of deciding….

Congratulations to our 13th Name the Dress Thursday Winner:

Rachel M

and her suggestion of Calliope — which is the antique musical instrument that gives a carousel its signature sound!

Rachel – email me at with your address and the size of your choice (available sizes listed in the original post), and I will get your dress right out to you! Thanks to everyone for participating this week! Don’t forget to join us again next Thursday!

- Melissa

CeCe - January 4, 2013 - 3:03 pm

What a perfect name for the dress! I thought that as soon as I read that entry yesterday!

Kelly - January 4, 2013 - 3:07 pm

That really is the PERFECT name! As I was looking through all the suggestions last night, I told my husband I wish I had thought of Calliope because it is such a fun word and I bet it would win! Congratulations Rachel! :-)

Kelli - January 5, 2013 - 11:10 am

That us the perfect name for that darling dress! Congratulations Rachel!

Kate - January 8, 2013 - 10:52 am

Calliope is also the muse of epic poetry.

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