A message from the desk of Julie Bartkus...

Hello! Can we wrap you in some love and tell you how much you're appreciated for the work you do every day?

My name is Julie Bartkus and I created this line of apparel to help you get the recognition that you desire and most importantly deserve. The child care industry is an amazing one to be a part of. I've been in it since my teenage years and I have to tell you that if you're in it - consider yourself one of the most loving and caring people I've ever met! You put your heart and soul into the work that you do every day to impact the lives of so many people and I feel truly honored that you're here.

We have 4 designs with varying colors that we're currently making available to you. When you click on the menu, you'll be able to search our designs by logo design as well as by style. Most designs are available in all styles. 

How long does it take for my package to arrive?

Your Always Essential Gear will be shipped out within 2 weeks of placing your order. Right now, with the pandemic going on, things are taking a bit longer. But rest assured - it's our priority to get you your package as soon as we possibly can. Unfortunately at this time, there are no expedited shipping options available. 

What type of guarantee do you offer?

I want you to be thrilled with your apparel! 

If you receive damaged or defective merchandise, please reach out to us at: [email protected]. My team is amazing and will take good care of you. Defective or damaged merchandise will be replaced. You might be asked to send in a photo so we can pass it along to our supplier.

Are bulk discounts available?

YES! There are discounts when you order 11 or more of the same product (style and logo). This is great for ordering merchandise for your entire team! Imagine everyone wearing the message "Always Essential" for your next team photo!! Additional discounts are given at the 21st and 31st item ordered of the same product.

Where do you ship to?

During regular times (non-quarantine) we will ship just about everywhere. But right now - there are several countries we cannot ship to. If your country is one of the places we cannot ship to right now, please email my team and let them know what you would like to order and where you're located and we'll keep you posted as to when we can get merchandise out to you. My team can be reached at [email protected]Click here to view the list of the countries we cannot ship to.

What sizes are available?

In the style description for each item, you'll find a size chart. We want to make sure you're ordering the right sizes! We don't want you to have to gain or lose weight before you can start showing off your Always Essential gear. But seriously - our current sizes range from youth small to 5XL. Do we got you covered? I hope so!! Please click here to view the size chart. Oh - if you look at the size chart and you're left feeling a little confused by words like "body width" measurement and "tolerance" - here's a little clarification. The "Body Width" measurement is the distance in inches from the top of one sleeve opening (so where the sleeve begins) then across the chest to the other sleeve opening. "Tolerance" is what you should allow for 1 inch of give or take in sizing.  

Can you customize any of your products?

Absolutely - YES! Pretty cool right? There is an additional cost and extra time (2-3 weeks) is needed to get the product to you. If you're interested, please email my support team and we'll take care of you. 

Are you working on more designs and products?

YES! We had so much fun rolling out our Always Essential Line that we're already working on additional designs. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back and check out the latest merchandise. And once our economy opens back up we will have mugs, tumblers and more fun products to share with you. We also welcome your ideas and suggestions!!

I love prizes! How can I win something? 

If you love winning prizes - I like you even more because we love to give things away. Things like resort stay vouchers and some of the yummiest brownies on the planet. I highly encourage you to come and be a part of my Child Care Business Success Community where we do regular giveaways.

If you do a live video on Facebook of you opening your package or showing off your apparel or post a picture of your product (even better - you wearing your product) you'll be entered into our monthly raffle for a giveaway. I can't wait to see what you order! Oh and be sure to tag me!

Once again, I'm so excited that you're here and I can't wait to connect and see you in your gear!


Julie Bartkus

PS: Leaders - you're invited! Come and join my free Facebook community and connect with me! I can't wait to meet you and give you some free gifts for joining! Big hugs. Click here

PPS: I hope I've covered everything you need to know to make ordering your Always Essential Gear easy. Right below this message, you'll find my favorites. I know... I know you're not supposed to have favorites when it comes to children or staff... but we do! And well, I have favorites in our Always Essential line too. And here they are! Remember - all of our logos are available in multiple colors, styles and sizes. Happy shopping!


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