EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Julia Mauldin is an entrepreneur and a stay-at-home mom. Her cookies have caught on big with individuals and businesses.
"The city of Tyler ordered 150 themed Star Wars cookies for a banquet they did," Mauldin said. "They asked for a storm trooper, Darth Vader and Yoda," she added.
Now it's not that Julia was looking for a job. As a single mom, she had launched "Jujubilee's Professional Face Painters" to bring in extra income.
The face painting business had become so successful, it was featured in the national magazine "Woman's World," and Julia soon had to hire extra artists to keep up with the bookings.
With three sons in school and one at home, Julia did wish to be able to stay at home more, and it turned out that her cookies, which she had made for her family at Christmas, were the way to do just that.
"I posted it on Facebook, and everyone just started going nuts. After that, I started having people ask me 'Can you do me some of those?' I thought, well I'll do this so that's how I got started," recalled Mauldin.
Just like the preparations she had made for her face painting business, Julia was determined to create a unique and delicious product.
"I spent a lot of time coming up with the different flavors of cookies and the right icing," said Mauldin. "I have vanilla, cinnamon, espresso, chocolate, fudge and peanut butter."
When Julia was developing her cookie recipe, her sons were her tasters, but there weren't that many left over to taste when she began filling customers' orders.
Julia's youngest son, Clay, missed them most of all.
"I've heard him tell his friends 'My mom makes cookies, but I can't have them.'" Mauldin said. "I've started making them just for him so he doesn't feel left out."
Julia sometimes makes as many as 25-30 dozen cookies a week, with most orders coming from her Facebook page or word-of-mouth. Customers pick their orders up at Julia's home.
With the success of "Good Juju Cookies," Julia has had to turn the running of her face painting business over to one of her artists.
"The best thing is getting to continue to work from home and to be with my family, to do well while spending time here with my family." said Mauldin.
Julia Mauldin says she's lucky to have created two successful businesses while remaining a stay-at-home mom.
If you'd like to learn more about Good Juju Cookies, you can visit her Facebook page by clicking here.