New SUMMER Leotard Alert!!!!

Just in time for summer Flip Flop Leos has released the CUTEST Ice Cream and Cherry Leotard EVER!

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Isn’t it just the cutest?

With a pink background, ice cream cones and cherries all over it, its sure to be a head turner at the gym for your gymnast {or heck it would be adorable with shorts!}

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I’ve mentioned it before but you don’t have to have a gymnast to get your girlie leotards! They are the trendy go-to summer staple! They can be worn as leotards, bodysuits with shorts, skirts or jeans and make the best swimsuits ever.

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This adorable Ice Cream leotard is $30 at Flip Flop Leos… DON’T forget that I have an AMAZING 50% coupon code going on right now! That means this cute leotard is only $15!!!!

Use code: Bloom50 and get 50% off!!

 

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Flip Flop Leos X The Life in Bloom Special!!

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{Pictured is the brand NEW open back Gummy Bear Leotard!}

Happy Monday! Are you ready for something awesome? You all know our obsession with leotards right? Flip Flop Leos is an all time favorite. We’ve got a surprise for you all below but first…

What we LOVE about Flip Flop Leos:

  • They have amazing fit
  • There are tons of styles
  • There are lots of different sizes
  • Two awesome styles – closed or open back
  • Always Great prices
  • Wash amazing and stay like new! I’ve probably wash her pink mermaid one 3 dozen times and I swear you wouldn’t be able to tell the different between it and a brand new one, it’s still super sparkly!These leos don’t fade, flake or unravel.

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We have never been disappointed with any of our FFLs, Gabbi has quite the Flip Flop Leos collection…
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See I told you so 🙂 Gabbi loves these leos for gymnastics of course but they are fantastic swimsuits, any given day in the summer you’ll see Gabbi running through the sprinklers or swimming in the pool in one of these adorable leos! They also make the cutest bodysuits with shorts you ever did see! Leotards are pretty much the only thing Gabbi wears in the summer time and that’s just fine with me because these leos are so darn cute!
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Want to grab your gymnast a Flip Flop Leos or two…or maybe six? Already love em and need more? Then have I got a surprise for you!

I have partnered with Debbie at Flip Flop Leos and we have an AMAZING coupon code for you!

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WHAT?!?!?!!? I know right! 50% off means you can get your gymnast a whole new leotard wardrobe!! YESSSSSS! Oh, and it’s not 50% select item, it’s 50% off the entire website! Thats AMAZING and pretty much unheard of outside Black Friday and Cyber Monday!!

Use code: Bloom50 and get 50% off!!

Don’t have a gymnast? Friends, seriously if you have a daughter you cannot go wrong with leotards…they are definitely the “it” accessory right now!

Ready to go shopping? May we suggest:

NEW Arrivals

{we love these and hope to add these to Gabbi’s collection}

Open Back Leotards

Mermaid Leotards

Bargain Leotards

{please note that with Bargain Leotards not all sizes are available}:

Lots more available on the website!

If you’ve been wanting to give Flip Flop Leos a try now is the time! 50% the entire store isn’t something you’ll want to pass up!

I think we may need to add more FFLs to Gabbi’s collection!

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Debbie at Flip Flop Leos for always being so wonderful!

*Although Flip Flop Leos did send me a thank you package for partnering again. I was not compensated or persuaded to write anything I do not mean-  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & Flip Flop Leos.

NOTE: I do NOT get anything in return if you use the coupon code. 

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Festive Flip Flop Leos and a Thanksgiving sale!

Let your daughters personality shine this holiday season with Flip Flop Leos!

One of Gabbi’s favorite parts of gymnastics is the Leotards! She is able to show off her personality through her leos!

We are thrilled to share Flip Flop Leos new holiday Leotards and let me tell you we are in love with them all!

Choose from six absolutely gorgeous and totally adorable Leotards! Currently we have three of the six Leotards available:

Vintage Christmas:

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This is the most gorgeous leotard! It reminds me of old Christmas cards and my childhood. Gabbi loves it’s because of the fun Santa, Reindeer and Snowman.

Let it Snow:

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Oh this Leotard is STUNNING! It reminds me of the surrounding mountains and Thomas Kinkade so much!

Green Merry Christmas:

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How cute is this? We love this bright and fun eye catching leotard! Gabbi plans to wear it with a skirt and sweater throughout the season!

Psst: Gabbi’s Leotards usually double as body suits with shorts in the summer and jeans and a sweater in the fall/winter! Making Leotards one of the most versatile items in her wardrobe.

Love what you see? Head over to and grab yours now! Be sure to use the coupon code below for 35% off $35. OFFER ENDS this WEDNESDAY the 22nd.

 SHOP NOW!

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OFFER ENDS ON 11/22/2017

35% OFF

CODE:THANKSGIVING17

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BIG News from Flip Flop Leos and a GIVEAWAY!

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Style, fun & comfort in an affordable leotard!

ff1I have some fun and exciting news! My sweet friend Debbie creator of Flip Flop Leos has a BRAND NEW website! {Congratulations Debbie! Gabbi and I are so excited!!}

To celebrate the new site Debbie and I have cooked up a giveaway! Before we get to the giveaway I wanted to talk a little bit about the new website!

Before the new website, Flip Flop Leos were most easily found on eBay in the Flip Flops Leos shop, which is great for us, we love eBay and I shop on it regularly and have for over a decade. However, not everyone is comfortable with eBay. I know quite a few who just aren’t into it. Debbie noticed this as well and decided it was time to have a stand alone website!!! {*This new site is NOT replacing the Flip Flop Leos eBay shop it’s still there. All who are not comfortable with eBay now have the ability to get these amazing leotards!}

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If you are a regular or semi regular reader than you know that we ADORE Flip Flop Leos, but if you are new here I wanted to share a bit about why Debbie’s leos are our favorites. It all started in February, I really wanted to get her some new “fun” leotards. I searched a number sites but I honestly wasn’t thrilled with the prices $30-$50 per leotard just wasn’t what we wanted to spend. Then I thought I’d check to see what was on eBay. I typed in “gymnastics leotards” and if I remember right Flip Flop Leos was the 2nd or 3rd listing and I thought “Oooh those are cute!” and the prices were amazing!  Gabbi’s first Flip Flop Leo was the ADORABLE Hot Air Balloon and it was a shocking $14!!! When the leo arrived it was not only GORGEOUS but the fit was amazing, truly as if it was custom-made for Gabbi {Flip Flop Leos eBay listings all have a sizing guide to ensure the right fit!} and my friends the rest is history.

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Truly I could go on and on…and on! We love them and thats that 🙂

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

GIVEAWAY TIME!! 

Click HERE or the image below to enter!  

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

This giveaway runs from July 21st until July 29th *US residents only please. A winner will be randomly selected on July 30th and contacted shortly after. **Winner has 5 days to respond, if not a new winner 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}

G o o d   L u c k!

I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Debbie at Flip Flop Leos for always being so wonderful!

*Although Flip Flop Leos did send me a thank you package for partnering again. I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & Flip Flop Leos. *Please note although we have received lovely gifts from Debbie we regularly purchase Flip Flop Leos and we pay regular price. I am not a rep or ambassador for Debbie. We TRULY love her brand and will continue to partner with her as long as we can!

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*I’ve had a lot of questions asking why I’m now including “no fake accounts or emails” Unfortunately my last few giveaways had multiple entries from fake emails, meaning one or more persons made up multiple accounts to get more entries, in addition they also didn’t follow the rules making it be completely unfair to those who are following the directions. 

 

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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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!

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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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