Gymnastics Leotard DOs and DON’Ts {HIGHLY requested}

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It may seem like the leotard is the easiest part about gymnastics but any gymnastics mom knows that is so NOT the case. In fact sometimes the leo can actually be the most difficult part (especially with littler girls or girls with sensitive skin) Gabbi is very picky about fabrics, she has very dry skin so different fabrics can make her very itchy. Gabbi has ‘very specific’ likes and dislikes as I’m sure all your daughter do! I rarely get Gabbi a leotard without having her input.

Here are few DOs and DON’Ts to help make leo shopping as easy as possible! {These are just my thoughts and what has worked for us 🙂 }

DOs {in no particular order}:

  • DO buy leotards that show off your little gymnasts personality- colors, styles, fabrics etc.
  • DO buy sleeveless leotards, they are by far the favorite and most practical for most climates. Gabbi says they are the most comfortable!
  • DO buy at least one fancy competition style leotard. This will be perfect for personal photos, team pictures, in-house gym meet up or just so your little gymnast feels special!
  • DO buy backless leotards especially if you are in a warmer climate. Foxy’s Leotards is great for this! There are some SUPER cute new summer styles that just dropped!
  • DO buy 2nd hand leotards, you can get a great deal for gently used! eBay and children’s consignment shops are great options. I got Gabbi a practically brand new K-Bee leotard for $5!!
  • DO accept hand me downs. Even if they are a bit big at the time you little gymnast will grow into it.
  • DO buy dark leotards especially if your gymnast is self-conscious about sweat {for older gymnast this is a great option for certain times of the month it may thwart a would be an embarrassing situation}
  • DO buy leotards with a bit of growing room
  • DO wait for sales on your favorite brands sites!
  • DO refer to each brands sizing chart. Rarely to never are sizing charts even close from brand to brand.
  • DO know your daughter measurements {chest, waist, hips and torso} when buying leotards online. As mentioned above, most companies have very different sizing charts, your gymnast may wear a XS in one brand and a MED in another.
  • DO buy 2 piece sets {tank and shorts} for tiny gymnast who may need to potty often. These sets can be found in lots of places but I personally recommend Target.
  • DO buy leotards made locally or from a small business  Flip Flop Leos & Lizatards!
  • DO buy leotards that are one solid piece of fabric if your daughter is sensitive. {Sometimes multiple fabric leos aren’t as comfortable if there is a lot of inside stitching. Also some metallic fabrics can be tighter and less flexible.}
  • DO support your club’s pro shop. This is a great way to help show your support, usually the pro shop helps support fun club activities, the snack bar and scholarships.
  • DO continue to buy from a brand over and over if your gymnast LOVES it!
  • DO buy custom name leos with a bit of growing room. Sylvia P offers some of the most gorgeous “name” leos, they are a bit pricey so you might want to size up. NOTE * SP is a Aussie company so be sure to refer to the sizing charts and have a tape measure 🙂
  • DO buy baby hangers if you hang your daughters leos. I truly feel they hold them the best.

DON’Ts {in no particular order}:

  • If your daughter says she does not like something, this could be anything from the fabric to the sleeve length DON’T buy it anyway because she will no wear it.
  • DON’T buy 2 piece set with growing room. Make sure all mini shorts are snug enough if they are too loose it could end up very embarrassing for your daughter.
  • DON’T buy a leotard that is “almost” too tight because she will without a doubt have a growth spirt.
  • DON’T feel limited on brands you know, branch out to other brands, many brands have a return policy so if you get one that your daughter just can’t stand you can return it.
  • DON’T buy a leotard with decals or multi stitched fabric if your daughter doesn’t like the feel of the stitching or the hard backing glue can have on the inside.
  • DON’T buy a leotard no matter how cute it is if your daughter doesn’t love it, she will NOT wear it.
  • DON’T be afraid to hand too small leos down or sale them on eBay.
  • DON’T listen to critics who say you have too many leotards or says your daughter only needs 1 or 2 Leotards. If you want to get her 1 or 1000 that is completely up to you, no one has the right to shame you if you want to buy her 10,000!

*Although I have partnered with some of these brands in the past this post is 100% my own. None of the above mentioned brands are compensating me or involved with this post in any way. 

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Limeapple Venus Rosette Bikini

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Who’s ready for summer? We are!!! We are so excited to share Gabbi’s new swimsuit with you all!

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Isn’t it ridiculously ADORABLE? Gabbi recently received this little beauty {Venus Rosette Bikini} from Limeapple Apparel {I know how cute is that name!} Let me tell you a bit about the company …

We are Limeapple. And we believe in girls.

At Limeapple, our love for girls drives who we are and what we do – every day. We value one principle above all others – empowering girls. Through education, opportunity and commitment, we are a company of women empowering women. We consistently strive to inspire and empower girls to discover their own ability to create the best life. Our vision is to build a vibrant lifestyle clothing brand that has a significant impact on the lives of girls around the world with brands that complement each other in a unique way to help girls live, play and feel better. The inspiration and design behind Limeapple is led by a team of women who truly understand a girl’s body and what girl’s wear should be – colorful, feminine, sporty and flattering. With our customer demographic being preteens, we always incorporate body conscious elements into our designs that complement all girls.

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I absolutely adore this from their website:

We believe…
– in little girls being little girls for as long as possible
– in afternoons spent jumping, running, playing and laughing
– in not sacrificing comfort for style
– in boundless imagination, limitless potential and endless curiosity
– in healthy girls being happy girls
– in confidence as fuel
– in being strong in mind, body and spirit
– in girls’ natural ability to lead, nurture and achieve
– in happiness being contagious

I think it goes without saying that this a great company! LA5 copy
This is hands down the best quality swimsuit we have ever had for Gabbi! When it arrived little miss and I opened it together and she gasped and said “oh mommy it is gorgeous” (she loves using the word gorgeous..it’s too cute) I agreed it is absolutely darling but mommy was more impressed by the quality of this bathing suit! It feels expensive…like REALLY expensive…you know what I mean…there is just something about it that screams high-end!
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The fit is impeccable! It fits as if it was custom-made for her!
As always when ordering online be sure to reference the size chart! Gabbi will be 8 at the end of summer and this bathing suit is a size 5 (Gabbi is barely 40 lbs after she’s eaten)
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We recently took this bathing suit on vacation and let me tell you it was adored by all who saw it! Everyone LOVED!
The Limeapple Venus Rosette Bikini is perfect for hotel stays because it drys very fast. While on vaca Gabbi and her brother spent a lot of time in the pool and in the evening they all hung their swim wear in the shower Gabbi’s was the only suit that was dried by morning!
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A few great things about this swimsuit other than the fact it is ADORABLE!
  • Fully adjustable tie straps
  • Full bottom coverage
  • High quality appliqués that stay fluffy even after it’s been wet
  • Dries fast (perfect for vacations and hotel stays)

Check out all the great stuff that Limeapple offers!

Gabbi would love a Bubble Hoodie, The Delia Dress, & The Arvia Printed Swimsuit

What would you love to get from Limeapple? We’d love to hear!

I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Limeapple for sending Gabbi this adorable swimsuit!

*Although Limeapple did send me this Swimsuit to feature I was not compensated for this post or require to give a positive review.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. 

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Tumbl Trak Addie Beam GIVEAWAY!

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We have been in love with Tumbl Trak since we got the skill builder set and tumbling mat a few months ago. So it’s no surprise that when the opportunity arose to get a balance beam and not just any balance beam but the Addie beam we jumped at it!

Of course the beam arrived while Gabbi was at school so I waited to open it until she got home. She was so excited to open this huge box!

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IMG_1366She squealed as we set it up and immediately wanted to practice cartwheels on it. One of the biggest reasons we wanted a beam for Gabbi is because like many gymnasts she struggles with beam confidence, it’s not that she’s scared but she just isn’t totally confident in her skills.

The Addie beam has become a absolute ‘must have’! It sits on the floor with purple rounded feet, which we LOVE! Gabbi adores the Addie beam and loves practicing on it multiple times a day, working on skills like turns, leaps, handstands and cartwheels/roundoffs. Since the beam basically sits on the floor, that ‘fear of a new skill’ is virtually non-existent! Gabbi is willing to try almost anything! I can look ahead and see how awesome this beam is going to be when she is working on back handsprings on the beam. Her coach was stunned at how quickly Gabbi improved in such a short time! She is so proud, so confident, and ready to conquer the world!

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I HIGHLY recommend checking out the Addie beam {at any level}, especially if you have a competitive gymnast that needs to practice more at home!
What we love:

  • The Addie beam is competition width, so no learning and relearning skills because of different beam widths.
  • Its the perfect home size at 8ft!
  • Its low to ground so she can safely practice new skills at home!
  • Gabbi loves that the beam is “cushy”! It has the perfect amount of padding and is so soft.
  • The Addie is PERFECT for all skills at all levels!

The Addie Beam features:

  • Its only $179
  • 8 ft long and competition width (10 cm)
  • It has the look and feel of a competition beam
  • Its covered in synthetic suede
  • It has a wood core
  • It has rounded top corners
  • The support legs are plastic with a beveled top edge to help protect little feet

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I feel like home gymnastics equipment and storage go hand in hand. The Addie beam takes up very little space so it can easily be stored up against the wall, behind and couch or under the bed. When Gabbi is not using her Addie {pretty much when she’s in bed!} we like to put it here in front of our fire place. When we have guests we just move the beam to the twins room. Though it is fairly heavy, Gabbi {little miss independence] can move the beam to where she wants it by herself. She moves one end at a time…its adorable.IMG_0764_1
Tumbl Trak is more than just gymnastics, they have tons of great equipment in all price ranges and their customer service is AMAZING!

Gabbi’s Tumbl Trak wishlist:

just to name a few things 🙂

Ok now to what you’ve been waiting for the GIVEAWAY! I am beyond excited to have partnered with Tumbl Trak to give one lucky reader a ADDIE BEAM of their own!

To enter simply visit Tumbl Trak and follow the prompts! Good Luck!

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Stacy, James and Tumbl Trak for sending Gabbi this equipment.

*Although Tumbl Trak did send me the Addie Beam to feature I was not compensated for this post or require to give a positive review.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. 

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Flip Flop Leos GIVEAWAY!!

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I’ve done it again! I’ve partnered with Debbie over at Flip Flop Leos for another leotard giveaway!!

A few months ago we discovered Flip Flop Leos and absolutely fell in love…it was truly love at first sight (and feel). Debbie has been making leotards for 30 years (for her daughter throughout her gymnastics career) so she absolutely knows what she is doing!

IMG_0533We love Debbie’s pattern for these leotards! It’s like the were created just for Gabbi (they fit exactly like her custom leotard from another brand!) Gabbi is long and narrow so finding the perfect leotard fit was quite the journey. In most brands if it fits in the torso the it is really baggy in the body (I’m talking REALLY baggy) then contrast that to if it fits her body nice and sleek (you know that look every gymnast wants) then it is WAY too tight in the torso resulting in serious shoulder and thigh pressure marks and a lot of painful tears. IMG_0569

Honestly friends that all changed with our first leo from Flip Flop Leos! We knew we had found Gabbi’s perfect brand! We love the sleek cut, the wider crotch and the lower cut hip prevents any embarrassing panty moments {Gabbi hates when her undies show}
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You might be asking your self ‘are Flip Flop Leos are only for long and lean?’ NO WAY! Flip Flop Leos have a ton of stretch so they will fit any body shape!

Remember to always know your gymnasts torso measurement for the best fit. {Gabbi will be 8 at the end summer and wears a Flip Flop Leo size 6 with growing room.} Check out Debbie’s video on YouTube are getting the right fit!

About Flip Flop Leos:

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  • Flip Flop Leos are sold HERE at Debbie’s eBay store. (Don’t let the fact they are on eBay discourage you, she has 100% positive feedback with nearly 30,000 reviews!)
  • Flip Flop Leos has the largest in stock assortment of sizes and styles I have ever seen.
  • New styles are added all the time!
  • Flip Flop Leos has the fastest shipping I have ever experienced!
  • Flip Flop Leos are proudly handmade in the USA
  • Debbie responds quickly to emails.
  • Flip Flop Leos has the best prices around ranging from $34 to as low as $4.99 (specific styles and sizes) most fall in the $12-$24 range.
  • Flip Flop Leos offers $5 off for every $60 spent.
  • Campaign for a free leo with any purchase of $50!
  • 50% off sales (these sale are awesome and perfect for stocking up or grabbing the next size up!)
  • Instagram updates – free leo deal, 50% off sales and new styles are listed on instagram! Follow Flip Flop Leos on Inastgram!
  • Awesome customer service – I have never had to return due to a wrong size but I can say with utter confidence that Debbie will happily help you get your perfect size.

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If you are interested in reading my first feature please do so here.

Ok ok! Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for…the GIVEAWAY!

Debbie and I are thrilled to join forces again to offer ONE lucky winner a in stock Flip Flop Leo of their choice!!

Entering is super easy click the image below and follow the prompts

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Giveaway will run from May 1st – May 11th. Winner will be randomly selected May 12th and contacted shortly after. US residents only please.

*Giveaway disclaimer: If you have won a giveaway at The Life in Bloom within the last 6 months you are not eligible for this giveaway.

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Debbie at Flip Flop Leos!!

*Although Flip Flop Leos did send me a leotard as a thank you, I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are © The Life in Bloom & Flip Flop Leos.

Flip Flop Leos 50% off sale {TODAY ONLY}

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Got a gymnast? Then drop everything right now and head over to Flip Flop Leos! Why? Because they are have a HUGE 50% off sale TODAY ONLY {4/19}

This is the perfect time to stock up if you are Flip Flop Leos obsessed like us!! Are dying to try these great leos out? Now is the perfect time to get one, two or ten!!

There are tons of styles at amazing prices (my shopping cart didn’t have anything over $13!!) Yes of course I couldn’t resist this deal…you know me!

Are you taking advantage of this deal? Let me know which ones you grabbed!

HURRY! I’m sure quite a few styles will sell out!

Don’t forget to follow Debbie on Instagram  to see all the newest styles first and special deals and sales!

*Although I have partnered with Debbie and Flip Flop Leos in the past, this post is 100% my own, Debbie & Flip Flop Leos are not compensating me or involved with this post in any way.  I truly love how much my daughter loves Flip Flop Leos and I love to share that every chance I get!! We regularly buy Flip Flop Leos.  *Flip Flops Leo DISCLAIMER: No I am not a Flip Flops Leo rep or ambassador. We just truly LOVE these leos and I love to share them whenever possible!

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Free Friday {Gymnastics}

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Who doesn’t love free stuff? Even better who doesn’t love free leotards?

Right now at Flip Flip Leos you can get this gorgeous Cotton Candy Tie Dyed leo for free with any Flip Flop Leos $50 purchase!! The cool thing about this is that the Cotton Candy leo isn’t even available yet!!

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Just look at those springy colors! This leo would make a perfect Easter  gift {its going in Gabbi’s Easter Basket!}
Interested in this awesome deal? Act fast because it ends 4/7 at 5pm (Eastern) {details below}

  • GET IT FREE BEFORE YOU CAN BUY IT!! This cute “COTTON CANDY TIE
    DYE” can be yours free with purchase of $50 or more on one invoice for
    24 hours ONLY! I will list this leotard tomorrow evening for $26 but
    you can get it free with purchase from 5 p.m. (eastern) April 6 until 5 
    p.m. April 7. Spend $50 or more on one invoice at http://www.flipflopleos.com
    and send me the coupon code: “I love cotton candy!” for your free
    leotard. There is no place in Ebay check out to include this code, but
    you can put it in the notes section of your Paypal payment or send me a
    separate message with the code. Offer valid only during the hours
    disclosed above and is not retroactive to previous purchases. If your
    purchase includes multiple sizes please let me know what size you want
    in your free leotard. **Check out Debbie’s video on YouTube about how to get the right fit!

As you know we love Flip Flop Leos and highly recommended!

Don’t forget to follow Debbie on Instagram  to see all the newest styles first!

*Although I have partnered with Debbie and Flip Flop Leos in the past, this post is 100% my own, Debbie & Flip Flop Leos are not compensating me or involved with this post in any way.  I truly love how much my daughter loves Flip Flop Leos and I love to share that every chance I get!! We regularly buy Flip Flop Leos. 

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35 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

Earlier this month I turned 35 and a bunch of my sweet bloggy friends suggested I do a “random facts” post. I don’t recall ever doing one before, I also thought it would be fun to do 35 facts since…well I’m 35! I’ve also decided to do a fun spin, I’m limiting my self to 10 minutes to come up with these random facts, so these are REALLY random!

35 Ramdom Facts about me…Britni:

  1. I’m the youngest of 9 kids! My oldest sibling {sister} is 20 years older than me. 6 girls -3 boys
  2. I was born in Dallas Texas
  3. I have lived in Texas, Colorado, Kansas and Washington
  4. I have been married for 16 years this year
  5. I got married when I was 19
  6. I have three kids
  7. I have twins
  8. I’m a DIE HARD Seahawks fan!!
  9. Although I live in WA I LOVE the Kansas City Royals, I grew up going to games all the time in KS.
  10. I hate wearing shoes
  11. I love wearing makeup {for me}
  12. I LOVE Starbucks {no not just because I live in WA}
  13. I run a Clothing Closet out of our Church that gives out clothes for free every month…I LOVE it!
  14. I’ve had arthritis since I was twelve
  15. I have a crochet shop on etsy {cute as a fox shoppe : its currently on hiatus for the warmer weather months}
  16. I only learned to crochet a few years ago
  17. I’ve never had braces
  18. Water and Ice Tea {unsweetened} are my two favorite drinks
  19. I discovered as an adult that I am lactose intolerant
  20. I prefer salty to sweet
  21. I’m a jeans and tee shirt kinda gal
  22. I also love dresses
  23. Old Navy thong sandals are my favorites
  24. I love doing Beth Moore bible studies
  25. My husband and I love to workout together and pretty much spend every moment together
  26. My husband and I have only spend one night apart {he was at a men’s retreat}
  27. I talk to my mom 3-5 times a day
  28. I VERY often forget my phone at home…I guess I’m not a slave to it YAY me!
  29. I home school my kids
  30. If I could be anywhere in the world it would be where ever my husband and kids are.
  31. I LOVE Seattle
  32. I have been to Russia and I love matryoshka dolls
  33. I love camping with my family
  34. I love reading my bible and learning new things I’ve never noticed before
  35. I AM SECOND

Well there you go…ok fine it took me 12 minutes…that was harder than I thought!

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