STEAM Kids book Available NOW!!!

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STEAM Kids– The Book

“STEAM Kids is a goldmine of inspiration for parents and educators who are hard-pressed for ideas that straddle the worlds of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This well organized, beautifully photographed book will delight and inspire you and your kids to create, invent, and tinker.”

— Rachelle Doorley, founder of TinkerLab

STEAM Kids ebook is available today! I’m super excited to be an affiliate for this book. I know you’re going to love it just as much as we do! Inside this fantastic book there are more than 50 hands-on ideas to grow creative thinking kids! These activities will increase your childs love for science, technology, engineering, art and math {My kids favorites already!} The BEST part? These awesome hands-on learning activities are perfect for ages 4 to 10 {I personally think this would be great for any age} If you are multi grade homeschooler like I am than this will be perfect for your family!

Inside the book you will find these awesome and fun sections:

  • Build
  • Colour
  • Play
  • Sense
  • Grow

The day we got our ebook copy the kids were in love! They each picked their favorite activities…we had to make a STEAM Kids activity schedule! I love how easy the activities are to follow, my oldest son {11.5} can easily lead they STEAM activities {he loves teaching the twins!}

With this amazing book will get to try out so many awesome activities including rainbow reactions, make crystal landscapes, building an insect hotel, make color changing play dough…and TONS more!STEAM Kids

You’ll also get all kinds of fun hands on activities like this AWESOME PVC pipe slingshot…yes my kids LOVE it…especially the boys!PVC Pipe slingshot from STEAM Kids

Oh but theres more!!!

STEAM Kids Launch Special

Purchase a STEAM Kids ebook this week (9/14/16) and along with the special launch price, you get an extra 50+ page STEAM Kids Halloween activity e-book. All for 50% off. Launch price is $9.99. (That’s a $19.98 value!) My kids LOVE LOVE LOVE the Halloween book they have done almost all the activities in it!

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*This post contains affiliate links, however All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & STEAM Kids

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Birthday Party Dress Feat. Sugar & Snails Couture

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My daughter Gabriella and I couldn’t be more excited to share all about the beautiful Gold & Sequin party dress Sugar & Snails sent her for her birthday!

Gabriella is about to celebrate her birthday {her and her twin brother turn 7 next week!} and she LOVES anything sparkly with tulle and twirly, this dress fits the bill perfectly!

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This Gold Sequin and Tulle Party Dress is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! The day it arrived we opened the package together and when she saw it she gasped and said “Oh mommy this is so beautiful!” and she is totally right it is! Honestly the photos don’t do it justice it is SO sparkly! The tulle skirt is made with multi layers of soft tulle not the scratchy kind that can leave a little girl itchy {like mine} it is hemmed so there is no worry or unraveling or shredding like tulle sometimes can. The Sequin top is lined on the inside so no worrying about scratchy sequins either. It has a long zipper that makes it very easy to put on! My daughter loves wearing this dress for tea parties, pretend play or just playing…she headed outside to jump on the trampoline with it on…but quickly thought better of it and changed!

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This dress photographs so beautifully and would be perfect for any type of photographs especially for outdoor birthday photos. It will make the most perfectly stunning Christmas or Holiday dress. It would also be a stunning flowergirl dress or perfect for little sisters at  Quinceañeras and Bat Mitzvahs or any special occasion…for Gabriella this is an everyday dress…going to the store or simply going to get the mail she is dressed in full glam!

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Sugar & Snails Couture has so much more than Gabriella’s dress, in fact they specializes in Boutique Dreses, Headbands & Bandana Bibs and trust me you will want everything!

We are in love with this Black Lace Maxie Dress! I think this would be a perfect addition to any little girls back to school wardrobe!

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as well as these Lace Vintage Dresses, oh with a sweater, knee high socks and boots they  would be PERFECT for fall!

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Lace Vintage Dress

My daughter LOVES this headband and so do I! Its really versatile and would go great with fancy outfits, shorts in the summer or jeans and sweatshirt in the fall/winter!

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Let’s be real here…my daughter wants all the dresses and all the headbands!

We have not washed this dress yet because it hasn’t needed it, however I will hand wash it and lay it flat to dry so I don’t run the risk of melting the tulle or losing the sequins.

Guess what? We have a fun surprise especially for you! ss3

Sugar & Snails has given me an awesome 20% off coupon code to share with you guys!

Head over to Sugar & Snails and use code:

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and save 20%!!

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Sugar & Snails Couture for sending the beautiful Leotard!!

*Although Sugar & Snails Couture did send me this dress to feature I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & Sugar & Snails Couture

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What’s in the Bible? Labor Day Sale! Don’t miss it!

Save 40% on orders over $40 

through Monday, 9/5 with coupon code 

LABORDAY

SHOP NOW! 

With the discount the WHOLE Bible is just $70!

The Complete Bible

And get free US shipping on all orders over $25! Don’t miss out on this awesome deal! shop now!

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WellieWishers Books are HERE!!!!

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In June American Girl launched the ADORABLE WellieWishers Doll line but the doll did not have corresponding books like the other dolls…until now! 3 books have been released and they retail for only $5.99!!!!

The three books are:

Ashlyn’s Unsurprise Party

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When Camille loses two teeth in one day, Ashlyn decides to cheer up her friend by throwing a party. The party is meant to be a secret so the other WellieWishers will be surprised too, but a rainstorm and other woes are on the horizon! Will Ashlyn accept help from her friends in order to get everything done?

The Riddle of the Robin

A robin has moved into the garden, and the WellieWishers couldn’t be more excited! As they care for the robin, they learn new things about what birds like to do and eat. But one day, the robin disappears! Will the girls be able to find the robin and his secret? Animal-lover Willa is on the case!

The Muddily-Puddily Show

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The WellieWishers are putting on a show, and Emerson is in charge! There are lots of good ideas – but some need work. Ashlyn can’t see inside her pumpkin costume, Willa has a touch of stage-fright, and Kendall has no idea how to make weather effects onstage! Will Emerson learn to take direction so the show can go on?

I think it stands to reason that American will be releasing more Wellie Wishers books in the feature but don’t quote me on that🙂

These early chapter books are so bright, colorful and friendship oriented, which we love. They are easy-to-read chapter books that follow the 5 WellieWishers friends and their  adventures! The books take place in an enchanted neighborhood garden. The books have great messages including empathy, kindness, and compassion, which are all important traits we want to instill in our daughter! 

One thing that I just love about these books is that the entire book is jam packed full of beautifully colored illustrations, I feel like this will really engage a early reader and hold their attention! Just as the WellieWishers dolls are smaller than the original American Girl dolls, the books are easier to read than the other American Girl chapter books.
These are perfect for a early reader {6,7,8+ year olds} and would make a fantastic gift! My daughter is getting all three books and Ashlyn for her birthday in just a few days..so look for another post soon!🙂WellieWishers Easy Chapter Books & Dolls from American Girl

Now available everywhere including the American Girl site!

I received these today through the preorder program on amazon.

*I am NOT affiliated with American Girl and I was not compensated  for this post we are simply a family who loves American Girl!  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & American Girl

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Garland Activewear Gymnastics Leotard Feature {& GIVEAWAY!}

Custom made Gymnastic Leotards in St Augustine, Florida

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School is starting and fall is quickly approaching, which means fall sports and activities are about to start {or already have} You know what else that means in our home? YAY, a new season of gymnastics. Just as my three kiddos anxiously await the first day of school, my daughter is on pins and needles waiting for to start the new fall gymnastics schedule. She has been planning her “back to gymnastics” leotard for weeks! Before Ballet and then Gymnastics, leotards where just black or pink with long sleeves or short sleeve…but they are so much more than that! Leotards {especially gymnastic leotards} have the ability to radiate a personality 100%! Such is the case with my Gabbi and her Under the Sea Mesh Back Leotard from Garland Activewear!

This stunning leo is the embodiment of my little girl, sparkly and bold with a whole lot of Mermaid sprinkled in!

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I am THRILLED to be collaborating with Garland Activewear. I cannot wait to tell you all about the Leotards and people who make Garland Activewear!

It seems like everywhere we go we check the leotard rack {because you can’t have too many right} so Gabbi has a pretty good size collection from pretty expensive to very inexpensive and I’ve learned that not all leos are created equal so I honestly had no idea what to expect from Garland Activewear {since this was our first leotard from them} When Gabbi’s Under the Sea leotard arrived it was packaged so nicely and secure, the leo and matching scrunchie were neatly folded and placed in a clear plastic protective with a card to both Gabbi and me {the card was NOT a printed form card…it was hand written to us! AMAZING right!} When I took the Leotard out of the bag and felt the impeccable quality, I turned and told my husband “from now on the is our go to brand!” I’m not just saying that I was and still am serious!

Take a look at this beautiful leotard!

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My husband was equally impressed with the quality but as a Business Quality Analyst for the past 15 years the personalize card stood out more than anything to him and made us feel like Garland Activewear is a company we WANT to buy from!

And Gabbi…oh Gabbi! She gasped when she saw it and squealed the entire time she was getting it on! She looked at her self in the mirror and about lost it when she saw the mesh back because she loved it so much. She immediately asked if she could wear it…to the store, to play basketball with her brothers, skateboarding, in the sprinklers, to grandmas and to bed {yes that was all in the same breath and I’m sure I missed a few things!} Needless to say she was in love!

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The leotard fits her sleek which is exactly how she likes it. She can jump, roll and flip all around and it stays perfectly in place. You may think “duh of course it stays in place” but that isn’t always the case. Gabbi is very slim {she will be 7 in just a few weeks and wears 3t comfortably…she’s too tall for 3t but the waist fits perfect} Often she gets the “gymnastics wedgie” and a 6 she is not subtle about it🙂 With her Garland Activewear leo it doesn’t happen because of the perfect cut. She can also wear regular panties with it, which if you are familiar with leotards then you know this is not always the case. She is comfortable wearing this leotard without shorts over it and both her daddy and I are too. Garland leos have wider crotches, and as a mother this is something that is very important to me, I want to make sure my daughter is covered and protected. She has a leo that has an extremely narrow crotch and she does not wear it outside the home and she prefers to wear shorts over it even in our own home. Although the crotch is wide it does not make red pressure marks in her thighs at all…I think Garland Activewear just has the magic sizing!

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The mesh back is comfortable and not scratchy. This was something I was a little worried about as Gabbi is EXTREMELY picky about fabrics, but she said it is very soft and “cozy”! As I mentioned above the quality is impeccable, there is the perfect amount of stretch and the stitching is beautiful. All the seams are sewn perfectly, this stood out to me because recently we purchased a fairly expensive leo for her and I was really disappointed in the bunchy stitching, it almost seemed like a 2nd quality, this is NOT the case with Garland Activewear!

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The best part! The beautiful Under the Sea Leotard with matching Scrunchie is $35.50

{Garland leos range from $27.50-$37.50 – they also do custom orders!}

Sizing: When purchasing from Garland Activewear I would recommend ordering your child’s clothing size for a sleek fit or one size bigger for a “room to grow” fit. This is my personal thoughts, if you have questions about sizing I would suggest getting in touch with Garland Customer service, I know they can help!

I have yet to wash it, I do hand wash and lay flat to dry all her leos {many have sparkles} but I see no reason for it to not wash and dry beautifully!

WHY WE LOVE GARLAND:

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Customer Service: The people at Garland are so friendly with great communication! Big shout out to Abbie and all her hard work. She is so sweet and extremely prompt in her responses!

The Pricing: As I mentioned above Garland has great quality couple that with great pricing and you have a match made in heaven! The quality is that of leotards that range from $70+!

The Website: Garland Activewear has a very easy to use website {this is not always the case} it’s easy to navigate and it’s always very easy to make quick order.

I think it goes without saying that we TRULY love this company and couldn’t be more happy with our Garland leos! They have new Ombre Leotards that we LOVE!

Now to what you have all be waiting for…the GIVEAWAY details!

Garland Activewear is giving a Under the Sea Mesh back leotard to one lucky reader {you pick your size!} It’s super duper easy to enter…

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to win a Garland Activewear Under the Sea Mesh back Leotard!

Giveaway will run from August 26th – September 3rd. A winner will be randomly selected and contacted within 48hrs after the giveaway ends. The winners name will also be posted on the entry form once selected. 

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Custom made Gymnastic Leotards in St Augustine, Florida

I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Abbie and Garland Activewear for sending the beautiful Leotard!!

*Although Garland Activewear did send me these products to review I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & Garland Activewear

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New from American Girl!

Introducing Melody Ellison. Her voice echoes the hope of a nation in the 1960s.

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Today, I will lift my voice and sing out

Fairness and equality for all people sound like music to my ears. More than ever, I need to lend my support at home, at church, and around my neighborhood. It’ll take courage, but adding my voice to others can really make a difference.
 How adorable it this new beauty Melody from American Girl? She has a TON of accessories! She is defiantly on our AG list of must haves! Shop for Melody and all her extras HERE! Don’t forget to use your AG Rewards! 

*I am NOT affiliated with American Girl and I was not compensated  for this post we are simply a family who loves American Girl!  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & American Girl

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AG WellieWishers Book Series {they’re almost here!!!}

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In June AG released a brand new doll line called Wellie Wishers {read about them here!}

When they came out my daughter fell in love with them and their adorable smaller size {Welliewishers are 14.5 inches whereas the regular AG dolls are 18 inches} One difference is the AG Dolls come with a book and the WellieWishers do not come with a book, but have no fear in just a matter of days three brand new WellieWishers books are being released and we cannot wait to get our hands on them!

Ashlyn’s Unsurprise Party

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When Camille loses two teeth in one day, Ashlyn decides to cheer up her friend by throwing a party. The party is meant to be a secret so the other WellieWishers will be surprised too, but a rainstorm and other woes are on the horizon! Will Ashlyn accept help from her friends in order to get everything done?

The Riddle of the Robin

A robin has moved into the garden, and the WellieWishers couldn’t be more excited! As they care for the robin, they learn new things about what birds like to do and eat. But one day, the robin disappears! Will the girls be able to find the robin and his secret? Animal-lover Willa is on the case!

The Muddily-Puddily Show

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The WellieWishers are putting on a show, and Emerson is in charge! There are lots of good ideas – but some need work. Ashlyn can’t see inside her pumpkin costume, Willa has a touch of stage-fright, and Kendall has no idea how to make weather effects onstage! Will Emerson learn to take direction so the show can go on?

REMEMBER these will hit shelves September 1st!

*I am NOT affiliated with American Girl and I was not compensated  for this post we are simply a family who loves American Girl!  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & American Girl

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