Sparkle Bows Cheer OBSESSED!

Do you have to do cheer to be obsessed with Cheer Bows? Ah, no way! Do you have to be in dance to love crop sets? No way! Gabbi only does gymnastics and let me tell you she LOVES cheer Bows and crop sets!

We have partnered with one of the best shop ever! It’s called Sparkle Bows Cheer (adorable name right) this shop specializes in all the cute and glitzy you could ever want! Gabbi and I are SO EXCITED to share some of the great items they have in the shop!

Rainbow Poop Emoji Cheer Bow:

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We cannot get over the cuteness overload this unicorn rainbow poop emoji bow has! Gabbi about lost it when she saw it and has been wearing it a ton! Everywhere we go people ask about it! Not only is this bow cute but it is probably the most well made cheer bow we’ve ever had! Its super sparkly and has the perfect amount of stiffness (this is a very important feature!) It has not lost any shape despite accidentally being shoved in a drawer!

Tailless Cheer Bow:

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This bow…oh man…look at it! It’s gorgeous, classy and tailless, so no more tucking tails or bow tails falling in your face! Just like the above bow this one is equally well made! There is just something about this bow that makes Gabbi feel so beautiful! She loves wearing it when we’re at home, when we are out and about….anywhere! So many people love this bow. I personally think it’s perfect for all ages not just little girls! Its not too big {wait can a bow be too big?} or too small!

Let’s talk pony!
The ponytail band is different than any other cheer bow we have instead of being a elastic ponytail tie (like a goody) its actually a soft seamless elastic band…meaning will not snap! I LOVE this feature…I have had to take apart so many bows and replace the elastic!

What about the price?
These bows are a STEAL at between $8-$10 (for most) that is a fraction of most cheer bow shops! We cannot wait to get more!

In addition to those two gorgeous bows Gabbi also got two ridiculously adorable Unicorn Crop sets

The first crop set is this ADORABLE Black Unicorn Love with Rainbows Crop Top and Shorts!

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I know right? You can’t get over the cuteness! Gabbi is obsessed with this set! What’s not to love Unicorns + Rainbows!

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She pretty much lives in this, she only takes it off to change to the other set 😂 She’s even been sleeping in it! Its just that comfy I guess!

Next up is the equally as adorable Blue Unicorn Love Crop Top and Shorts!

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This is just the cutest set ever! The blue is such a gorgeous shade! Gabbi loves wearing this one with her favorite denim overall shorts, she also has a high waist white skirt that goes so cute with this!outfit2 In addition to these two adorable set Gabbi also got these super cute stretchy black shorts!black_shorts

These are awesome and go with all her existing crop tops making a bunch of new outfits! It’s amazing how useful a pair of basic black shorts can be! Gabbi has been wearing these everywhere. They are perfect with any shirt and great under dresses and skirts!

All three pairs of are so soft and comfortable and fantastic for the gym! Gabbi loves wearing them over her leotards at Gymnastics practice.

Sizing info for the Crop Tops and Shorts:

  • One Size fits most 4 way stretch
  • Ages (5-10)
  • Fabric: Polyester (92%), Spandex (5%), Nylon (5%)
  • Soft and breathable moisture wicking fabric that moves the way you move.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT UV PROTECTIVE

*Crops and shorts are sold separately.

Clearly we love Sparkle Bows Cheer and we think you will too! Head over and check out all the amazing Bows and other crop tops they have!

Use code: SPARKLE20 for 20% off!!

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Kathy at Sparkle Bows Cheer for the adorable gifts!

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We love FlexiFoot!

{*The original FlexiFoot posts was unfortunately deleted during a software update.}

ff5Gabbi received this beautiful Holo Pink FlexiFoot Advanced, she loves the color so much and it is SO sparkly! My little gymnast sure loves her FlexiFoot! 

Pink not your thing? No worries, the FlexiFoot Arch Stretcher comes in a TON of different colors and patterns…serisould just have a look HERE!

A bit about FlexiFoot before we get into it!:

FlexiFoot is an arch stretcher designed to improve foot and arch flexibility for dancers, swimmers, divers, gymnasts and synchronized swimmers. FlexiFoot is a ruggedly constructed stretcher with a raised and padded heel holder that provides comfort and increased stretch range. This product is for serious athletes. Pointe range will improve with use but as with all athletic pursuits, listen to your body and work your way up to full stretch. Warm up prior to use, and stop if there is pain. Consult your coach, instructor or physician about use. Never use on an injured foot. Use equipment at your own risk. Improper use can lead to injury

ff1We knew the FlexiFoot was going to be perfect for Gabbi for a number of reasons, the biggest being that she has very stiff muscles and little flexibility in her ankles and feet, making it very difficult for her to keep her toes pointed. She also has a very difficult time keeping her leg in a straight line…hip to knee to ankle to point, she tends to roll her knee and ankle inward.

She has been using the FlexiFoot regularly before and after most practices and we have seen a HUGE improvement! One thing that we noticed right of the bat was the foot/ankle strength she gained, especially on the beam. During practice warm ups in the past I would see her get fatigued fairly quickly. Now, it’s a totally different story! She is able to be up on her toes as long as she needs to be, her Coach was so impressed by the quick change that she even asked what Gabbi had been doing!

Her points have changed beautifully as well. She has so much more arch flexibility.
That straight leg line I mentioned above has improved drastically. Another coach even told her how much change she had noticed! YAY FlexiFoot!

Her over all leg flexibility and form has been improving as well. While using her FlexiFoot her toe stays in a point training her little legs to stay that way, while her foot is both in and not in the FlexiFoot. Having her foot in the FlexiFoot has helped to keep her hips square which is huge for her because that has been a big struggle.

We love the FlexiFoot so much…I even use it from time to time. I have severe arch issues and suffer from extreme tightness in my feet and ankles. I was surprised at how much the FlexiFoot help me and honestly help alleviate some of the pain!!!

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One of the biggest questions I get is “how long does Gabbi use her FlexiFoot?” This will defiantly range from athlete to athlete and ability. As it is right now she uses it most evenings for 3-5 minutes on each foot and before and after practice. She likes to read or watch TV while using it! She ALWAYS warms up before she uses it and stops if there is pain. The key is listening to your or your athletes body. Do not over stretch or you could end up with an injury. I cannot use it for nearly as long as Gabbi, but I’m getting there 🙂

Another question is about the FlexiFoot sizing, specifically if it only come in one size? No, actually the FlexiFoot Arch Stretcher comes in three different sizes

  • Youth: This size is for pre-pointe dancers and young athletes. The Youth heel is slightly lower and the stretch bands are closer to accommodate a small foot.
  • Adult: This size accommodates most athletes. The heel cradle is larger and the bands are further out from the heel section to allow for a larger foot.
  • X Large: This size is generally for men. The heel rest is larger and there is a greater distance between the band and heel rise to accommodate larger feet. The stretch bands are also slightly looser to allow a larger foot to be placed under the bands. For men, the Advanced model is recommended for stronger resistance.

It also comes in tow different styles

  • FlexiFoot: This stretcher has a double layer of extra heavy resistance Theraband to provide comfortable but strong resistance. This is excellent for new athletes with little point flexibility.
  • FlexiFoot Advanced with StretchLock: For advanced athletes that enjoy the Theraband resistance but benefit from the additional resistance of a hook and loop band that will lock in the desired place.

So finding your perfect fit it no problem!

Do you really need a arch stretcher if you don’t dance? Well pointed toes and ankle flexibility are pretty much a necessity in gymnastics. In fact gymnastics especially floor is incredible dance like {just youtube the floor routines for the Final 5 at the Rio Olympics} Pointed toes are need for handstand, splits, leaps and on and on.

Who would have thought she’d enjoy stretching as much as she does!

If you have a gymnast, dancer, swimmer or anything in between who struggles with foot flexibility I would defiantly encourage you to get your hands on a FlexiFoot!

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FlexiFoot is more than just their Arch Stretcher! They also have the Pointe Prefector {Gabbi want one so bad!} After seeing it you’ll know why!

Point Perfecter is a multi-functional resistance system that strengthens your ankles, legs, and for certain athletes such as dancers, gymnasts, and divers, it focuses your attention on improving your toe point. Use this in combination with your FlexiFoot Arch Stretcher for the perfectly sculpted toe point.

HOW TO’S:

How to use the FlexiFoot Arch Stretcher  

Hoe to use the Point Perfecter

RETAIL LOCATIONS:

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Dancer’s Closet Westlake  (512)327-0200

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404 West 30th St

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339 N. West Ave.

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TNT Force Cheer by Dana Burkey

Looking for an amazing book series for your daughter or yourself? Look no further than TNT Force Cheer by Dana Burkey!

So, there are two types Cheerleading, one is Friday night football, pom poms & pleated skirts. The other is full of human pyramids, flips and flyers, known as competitive cheer.

Competitive Cheer is the setting for TNT Force Cheer and follows Max Turner a 12-year-old tom boy. I don’t want to give too much away so I’ll stop there 🙂

The series is geared towards tweenagers around the same age as Max {however the books are fully enjoyed by an older and younger audience} Dana Burkey writes with age-appropriate language which I absolutely love and appreciated as a mother!

I feel like this would be a perfect series for readers in grades 4-8 but it is not limited to that age group, my 2nd grader and I love the first book and cannot wait to read the rest!

Not involved in competitive cheer? No worries you are sure to enjoy this series, but be prepared because you just might fall in love with the sport and want to join!

Peeked you interest? Well let me entice you a little more! Right now Book 1-4 of the TNT Force Cheer series are FREE on Kindle!! Yes Free! HURRY it ends today 8/3/17

Book One:

Get yours HERE! Be sure to check out Dana’s other books too!

About the author…my sweet friend Dana Burkey

is a self-published author living in Washington State. Although she is from Ohio, she has been enjoying life in the Pacific Northwest for the last 7 years. Before moving to Washington, Burkey attended college in Ohio where she majored in theater with a minor in creative writing. Burkey works full with in camping, spending her days with K-5th graders. She began self-publishing her YA romance novels in August of 2014, hoping to write stories that can be enjoyed by YA readers of any age. Her books feature a lack of swearing, drinking, and sex, in an effort to allow younger readers to connect with her stories without bad influences. Burkey is currently working on a few projects, which she is looking forward to sharing with readers soon!

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Display 4 Bows {Giveaway}

Are you a Gymnastics, Dance, Cheer mom, or just a mom whose daughter loves hair bows? If so then chances are you have more bows then you know what to do with!

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I have been putting big bows on Gabbi since she was a wee little thing. I just love cheer bows so much…it must be my Texas pride showing!

d4b6Over the years Gabbi has collected a ton of bows {all sizes} and to be honest we kept them in a shoe box on her bathroom counter. About three or four months ago she discovered what we all lovingly refer to as Cheer Bows, if you are not familiar with a cheer bow then let me tell you the basics, they are big, stiff and gorgeous! We have collected quite a few so far and more just keep coming…its become an obsession! Well, if you know anything about Cheer bows then you know they cannot and should not be tucked away in a box, they are too pretty and NEED to be displayed…and there lies the problem! How on earth do we display these lovelies without them getting damaged? Ooh I know how! Display 4 Bows!!!

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Gabbi was clearly thrilled when her Display 4 Bows arrived!

Display 4 Bows is the coolest hanging bow display I have seen! It’s a long holder that can hold up to 7 bows! It can hand on the wall to display all your lovely bows! Putting a bow in the Display for Bows is easy, you just push the rubber band through the rubbery star, pull and voila! {the photo makes it clearer…I’m horrible at explaining it 🙂 }

 

So, how did you Display 4 Bows get started?

Two fathers developed Display 4 Bows after seeing the many cheer bows their daughters had accumulated over the years in competitive cheer.

In celebration of their hard work and memorable achievements the girls would display the bows around their room using tacks on the wall.

Their daughters’ love for this sport provided their father’s with the idea to manufacture display racks.

It was not long before the fathers realized that they had created something much more than a cheerleading bow display Rack. We quickly learned that other sports like gymnastics, dance, soccer, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse and field hockey also used hair bows as part of their team’s uniforms. This opened the Display 4 Bows to many markets and exciting growth took place

In addition to the hard-earned bows these athletes Display like trophies on our bow holder, they are finding that their bows are holding their glitter and team names longer because they are not being thrown in drawers or be shuffled around the room. Instead, they are displayed on the wall like trophies reminding them of their hard work and dedication to their sport.

Awwww a fathers love right!

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I love that Display 4 Bows is clear and sparkly because it doesn’t take away from the bow’s beauty! These displays can be personalized with your daughter’s name, team name, year or anything thing you would like!

What’s your favorite bow? This is Gabbi’s all time favorite Cheer bow! This baby not only lets her show her Seahawks love but it is SO sparkly!

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I want to thank the entire Display 4 Bows team for partnering with us for this awesome giveaway! We love you guys and it means so much ❤

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GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

I’m giving away 6, YES SIX Display 4 Bows display racks to SIX lucky readers! 

Click HERE or the image below to enter!  

PLEASE follow all prompt {rules} to be properly entered in the giveaway. 

This giveaway runs from July 25th until August 1st *US residents only please. Winners will be randomly selected contacted shortly after. **Winners have 5 days to respond, if not new winners will be selected | Follow giveaway prompts {we check} or entry will be deleted | Entry void if you have won a Life in Bloom giveaway in the last 4 months | *please no fake accounts or emails {its just not fair to other entrants}
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 6 WINNERS

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Jan

Kara

Danielle

Susan

Carly 

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Beach Girl Bands

BEACHGIRL Bands

Do you have untamable baby hairs or fly aways you just can’t seem to get out of your face? Ugh, both Gabbi and I do and it drives us CRAZY!

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Gabbi has a whole row of baby hairs right at her forehead and those darn hairs are totally untamable, especially during gymnastics practice! It doesn’t matter how tight I make a braid or how much gel/ hairspray I use, those little stinkers seem to always end up in her eyes! What’s a mama to do?

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Become a BeachGirl! I know, you’re probably thinking “um what? How’s that going to help?” Ha! It will, I promise! Beach Girl Bands are a line of the cutest adjustable and non slip headbands!

To get the full effect of how awesome these headband are and help Gabbi untamable baby hairs, here is a before and after photo

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Awesome right?

Beach Girl Bands have saved the day from crazy baby hairs and prevented irritated eyes & mama frustration! They have become Gabbi’s favorite accessory, and I know we will be getting more…and more…and more!

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GBBThese headbands are AMAZING! Gabbi wore her polka dot headband to a 2 hour practice the other night. I did her hair about 2 -3 hours before we left the house, she NEVER once adjusted it. She took it off right before bed and not one single baby hair had snuck out in to her forehead! Seriously I couldn’t believe it! We are 100% in love with these head bands! We will be stocking up on these babies! Her headband went on at about 2pm and came off at about 10:30pm!!! Now that’s some serious staying power!

One things that really sets Beach Girl Bands apart from the rest is that they are size adjustable {fitting between 19-22!} Making these perfect for children and adults {all my runners out there, Beach Girl Bands will be perfect for you!} The adjustable sizing also means no more too tight headbands…we’ve all been there and we’ve all suffered that horrible headache that comes with it! GBB2Beach Girl Bands are non slip as well so no more adjusting your headband a million times a day, making Beach Girl Bands perfect for ANYTHING Shopping, Relaxing at beach or pool, Gymnastics (of course), Running, Hiking, and pretty much any sport or activity you can think of! Oh, and they are machine washable!! Yay no more stinky sweaty headbands!

Beach Girl Bands come in a ton of different patterns and styles so you are sure to find he perfect headbands for your personality!

Here are some of our favorites:

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From left to right

Mermaid Life Hello Summer | The Sprinkle on my Doughnut | I love Pizza

Lemonade | Glitterati Purple | Emoji | Dog Days

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

I’m thrilled to have partnered with Beach Girl Band to giveaway this gorgeous Black Glitterati Headband and sticker pack!! Click image below to enter!

Congratulations Jewel!

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This Giveaway will run from July 14th – July 21st. Winner will be randomly selected July 22nd and contacted shortly after. US residents only please. *Giveaway disclaimer: No fake accounts or emails please. Entry void if you have won a Life in Bloom giveaway in the last 4 months.

I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Beach Girl Bands for sending us these adorable headbands!

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