Friday, January 3, 2014

MOM Jamie - Part 1

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  There is a little update for you HERE if you're interested in what I've been up to over the past month.  Let's kick off the year with a fresh, new MOM:
I met Jamie after I interviewed MOM Rachel in October.  Rachel shared her involvement with Blissfully Organic Co-Op (BOCO - a produce and dry goods co-op offering wholesale prices) and that got me very curious and anxious to try it out for myself right away.  The nearest pickup location was about 25 minutes from where we live, and I participated for a couple weeks until I decided we just HAD to get a pickup location in Maple Valley! 
Jamie is the brains behind BOCO!  I was able to spread the word, work with Jamie, and I am now the site coordinator for the pick up location in Maple Valley, just 5 minutes from our house!  I'm so happy to be helping Jamie spread the "produce love" to more people.  So I've had the opportunity to get to know Jamie a little bit over the last  few months, and I'm pleased to feature her as the MOM for December.
Jamie grew up in Lacey, WA, and majored in Fashion Design at The Art Institute of Seattle.  She then transferred to The International Academy of Design and Technology - Seattle, where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree.  Jamie says she was "blessed enough to get an amazing job just two weeks after college graduation at a high end golf apparel company is Seattle, working as a Technical Designer."
When Jamie and her husband, Derek, welcomed their second baby boy, they came to the consensus that it would be best for Jaime to stay home to raise their boys.  Jamie explains:
"I was commuting to work 2 hours EACH way, I would get home just in time for the meltdowns, I didn't get to eat dinner with my family and I was incredibly exhausted.  I truly loved my job, but it was time for me to spend more time with my family and raise our kids."
Jamie met her husband Derek in college, and they married in 2008.  They have two "little dudes", Uriah is four and Isaiah is 20 months.  They also have a host daughter from Korea, Judy, who is with them until June.  They also have a floppy-eared, smooshy-faced Puggle named Moose, which I think is awesome for 2 reasons:
1) We had a Pug named Kobe growing up.
2) Our Maltese is named Goose!  Goose and Moose sound like they could be best buds :) 
Jamie and her family love the outdoors, reading together, and playing board games.  Outside of raising a beautiful family and running BOCO, Jamie has started her own clothing design company, JamieErin Designs.  Visit her Etsy shop, where you can purchase the adorable Seahawks Tutu (also available in adult sizes - perfect Superbowl attire!)
What else does Jamie enjoy? "I *LOVE* running, I love being involved in my church, and I love to travel and see new things/places.  My goal is to run a marathon in 2014, eeek, I feel like by putting that in writing I am going to be held accountable". 
You can do it Jamie!!!
CLICK HERE for Part 2 to find out how a gal with a background in Fashion Design ended up starting an organic produce co-op... 

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