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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IMG_0632Since that first Flip Flop Leos we have accumulated an entire rack {like we could open a store 🙂 } Gabbi adores all the cute styles. I love the fit, they are not cut high on the hip and have a wider crotch, meaning full coverage at all times! These are the only leotards that do not give Gabbi red pressure marks after wearing for a while!

ff7Our Gym now expects Gabbi to wear a different leo to each practice and her coach has defiantly learned they are all Flip Flop Leos! Her coach LOVES Gabbi’s donut leo {sorry its no longer available} We are continuously stopped at practice with a “OMG where is her leotard from?”

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!

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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New from Flip Flop Leos

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Happy March! Seriously can you believe it’s March?  This is my favorite month because it’s not only my birthday month but it’s also my husband’s birthday month, so it’s extra special.

Is there a store or brand that you absolutely love and just can’t help checking to see what’s new…daily? I sure do and if you’ve visited TLIB in the past, then you know it’s no secret that we LOVE Flip Flop Leos. Gabbi has a list of leos from Flip Flops that she would love to have and honestly we try to buy one or two every month or so…yes OBSESSED would be the right word to insert here! Her Daddy even knows what a gem these leos and Debbie are! We even have a few tucked away for Easter and birthday! Like I said obsessed!

Debbie (the wonderful Flip Flop Leos creator) is ALWAYS adding new leos to her eBay shop! I thought since today is March 1st it would be the perfect time to share some of Flip Flop Leos newest leos and of course some of our favorites! Be sure to follow Flip Flop Leos on Instagram to see all the newest leos!

New in stock leotards:

PRETTY AS A PEACOCK
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ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

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PUFFY HEARTS

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SHINY PURPLE SNAKE PRINT

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DISCO FLOWERS

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FLOURISH GLOW

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PINK ZEBRA ON BLACK

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DUAL LACE OVER TEAL

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DUAL LACE OVER LIME

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BRIGHT TIE DYE

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VINTAGE PAISLEY PRINT

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GREEN DOT PAISLEY

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Gabbi and I both love all the new styles especially Ice Cream Sandwiches, Peacock and Purple Snake. Which one(s) are your favorites?

Our favorite in stock leotards:

{on our must get list}

NEON SUGAR SKULLS

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 CATS & BOWTIES

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Sugar Skulls and Cats & Bowties are tied for Gabbi’s favorite! She LOVES cats more than anyone I know expect maybe her grandma and equally loves Sugar Skulls {the Book of Life is one of her favorite movies}

NEW EMOJI!!

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CUPCAKES

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PINK ZEBRA

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SEAFOAM CRYSTAL MERMAID

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There are a TON more styles available HERE

Here are some things you need to know about Flip Flop Leos

  • They are VERY affordable
  • They are super soft
  • They fit amazing
  • There are a tons of sizes to pick from (Debbie has more sizes available than any other leotard retailer I have ever seen)
  • There are more styles available at any given time than any other retailer!
  • Debbie has been making gymnastics leotards for 30 years!
  • Flip Flop Leos has 100% positive feed back with more than 29,000 comments!

If you want to know more about my thoughts on Flip Flop Leos read my full feature HERE

Head over to Flip Flop Leos and tell me your favorites! 

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Check out Debbie’s video on YouTube sharing how to get the right fit!

*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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Flip Flop Leos Showcase

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ff1When I hear the word “Gymnastics” I think of the usual suspects…beam, bars, vault, floor…and of course LEOTARDS! I think most gymnasts would agree that leotards are one of the best parts of being a gymnast. Leotards have the fantastic and unique ability to show a gymnasts personality! Today we {my daughter G and I} are thrilled to be sharing Flip Flop Leos!
If you haven’t heard of Flip Flop Leos you are truly missing out on something amazing!

Flip Flops can be found on eBay {visit the store HERE!} and super sweet Debbie {the owner} has 30 years experience making Leotards! Here’s a bit of her story 🙂

When my daughter, Dana, was six years old she began gymnastics in a small recreational program, and that began a mother/daughter journey that continues to this day.  As she progressed to a gymnastics team and began working out over 20 hours a week I wanted to encourage her without being a “pushy” parent.  I decided that one of the ways I could do this was to provide a variety of gymnastics workout leotards so that she would feel pretty and special every day.  The cost of leotards available in catalogs (No internet then! Can you imagine??)  and pro shops drove me to get out my sewing machine and start sewing!  Dana competed all-around at the highest levels all the way through high school, eventually earning a full gymnastics scholarship to University of Denver.

By that time I had sewn hundreds of leotards for Dana, her friends, and the pro shop at her gym.  I learned that the leotards needed to be fashionable and FUN!  Ebay was just an online yard sale almost 13 years ago when I started selling on Ebay.  Now, hundreds of thousands of leotards later I’m still selling.  I have over 29,623 unique feedbacks with 100% positive rating.  I usually have over 200 styles listed at any one time.  I make matching warm-up leotards for teams, outfit many gym-acro teams, and even provide leotards for some pro shops.  I ship free domestically within 24 hours of any purchase.

Debbie is more than just a leotard maker she is a gymnastics mom which I love! And, let me tell you she is the sweetest business owner I have had the privilege to work with {seriously!}

ff4When you look at Flip Flop Leos the first thing that stands out is the ridiculous cuteness of them! Debbie has so many {SO MANY} different patterns that you are sure to find the perfect one for your gymnasts personality! After receiving our Flip Flop Leos there are a some things that I would love to tell you about Flip Flop Leos.

The first one I think any mama to a little girl will appreciate, the crotch is wider than all the other leos that G has. To be honest there are a few leo that G has that she is only allowed to wear at home because the crotch it is just too narrow…like inappropriately narrow…why? That is not the case at all with Flip Flop Leos! Debbie definitely knows what she’s doing, her leotards have the perfect size, not too wide and not too narrow. You may be thinking but if it’s wider won’t it hurt or leave pressure marks? G had gymnastics practice the day her Donut Leo arrived and she wore it for about 4 hours and there were no pressure marks, she told me it was her most comfortable leotard! That’s big because usually by the time practice is over she ready to change.

ff6The next thing that I love is the leotard cut! The straps are not too thin, the arm holes are not too tight or too loose (either can be a very uncomfortable issue) the leg is not cut high (I LOVE this) I love that her undies are 100% covered in her Flip Flop Leos!!!

My most favorite part about Flip Flop leos? Oh my goodness guys they fit G PERFECTLY. She has a longer torso but is very string bean skinny, this makes finding a leotard that fits fitted somewhat tricky. Some leotards fit awesome throughout her torso but are so baggy everywhere else, some fit great throughout her body but pull on her shoulder because the torso is too short. Ugh! I don’t know how Debbie does it but Flip Flop Leo are perfection.
In fact as I write this G is wearing her leo playing video games with her brothers…it’s just that comfortable!

ff2The cuteness of the Flip Flop Leos can not be denied! G’s donut leo arrived literally 1 hour before we needed to leave for gymnastics practice. Nearly every staff member and coach commented on how “adorable” her leo was! We got a lot of “where did you get her leotard?”

Flip Flop Leos has a special everyday save $5 when you spend $60!

Flip Flop Leos are all under $30 starting a $6.99 (specific sizes and styles) making Flip Flop Leos some of the most affordable leos out there with the LARGEST selection on the market! Flip Flop Leos also has INSANLY fast shipping!

We love the donut and hot air ballon leos so much that we already have a list of more we plan to get for little G! These are our top 5 favorite as of today 🙂

Kittens

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Cupcakes

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Cake Pops

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Sunflowers

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Sugar Skulls

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Click HERE or the image below to enter Giveaway is now closed.

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This giveaway runs from February 1st until February 9th . A winner will be randomly selected on February 10th and contacted shortly after. **Winner has 5 days to respond, if not a new winner will be selected. Good Luck!

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Check out Debbie’s video on YouTube sharing how to get the right fit!
I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Debbie at Flip Flop Leos  for sending the beautiful Leotard!!

*Although Flip Flop Leos did send me *one leotard to review I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & Flip Flop Leos. *We received the Donut leotard and purchased the hot air balloon leotard at full price.

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