Train Trendy with Catchies and a Giveaway!

catchies4We love gymnastics and I love to share about all the pretty leotards we find and the best gym equipment out there for your how gym! One thing I never talk about is something very real and plagues every single gymnast at one time or another…rips and blisters, specifically those on wrists due to grips. These are very painful and can be caused by the constant rubbing of the grips so, wristbands are a must! Wristbands create a barrier between the grip its self and the gymnasts wrist, but heres the thing not all wristbands are created equal and in fact some really shouldn’t be worn under grips {I’ve had the bloody wrist to back that up} For the most part if you look most girls are wearing the basic terry cotton sweat wristbands under their grips, but they are just not very comfortable, they are bulky and can get really itchy. Gabbi is SUPER picky about texture and I’m here to tell you those are not her cup of tea! She HATES them and if she does wear them its not fun! What the heck is a mom to do? Protecting her wrists there MUST, so, friends I would like to formally introduce you to Catchies!

About Catchies:

Created by a gymnastics coach/mom looking to shake things up and make bands FOR GYMNASTS!

Tired of the wrist and hand rips, the slippery bulky wristbands, rough fabrics, and PLAIN options….. We decided things needed to change! That is how we came up with our patented wristbands! The unique length and premium fabric and fit are softer, super-safe, and protective!

We TRAIN TRENDY, KEEP IT HAPPY, and GIVE BACK!

Through high quality and fun accessories, we make sure all gymnasts can show their style and train trendy!

We know gymnasts are the hardest working athletes in the world.  Catchies wants to help put the “happy” in gymnastics.

At Catchies we also LOVE our wildlife!!

We believe it is our responsibility (and we all know how responsible gymnasts are!) to take care of the at-risk animals we share our planet with! Catchies gives 10% or more to proven and trusted wildlife conservation organizations, and efforts.

Catchies is a green company with 100% RECYCLED, RECYCLABLE and/or COMPOSTABLE packaging!

We keep our BIODEGRADABLE PROMISE!

catchies5After reading about Catchies I was hooked! Not only is Heather {the mom behind Catchies} the best and loves to give back but she has also created wristbands that are not only cute but they are soft and not bulky at all yet still give AWESOME protection! I love their #TRAINTRENDY! How cute is that!

catchies3From the moment Gabbi’s Catchies arrived she LOVED them! She immediately commented on how “soooooooooft” they are! They are not bulky at all, in fact they are very slim fitting! Catchies are double layered so they have give all the protection your gymnasts needs while not having the extra bulky that those above mentioned terry ones have. They did not exacerbate existing healing blisters which was a huge win!

Gabbi loves wearing them during bar and vault training. Catchies actually fit perfectly under her wrist stabilizers, she wears Tiger Paws. These can also rub and become uncomfortable without a barrier, prior to Catchies she couldn’t wear any bands under them because they were just too bulky, Catchies for the win AGAIN!

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So lets be real here, one wristband pet peeve I have {since my gymnastics days} is that they snag like crazy, especially if the grips used have velcro wrist closures. Our Catchies have not snagged once at all, they look beautiful even after hours of wear!

Gabbi doesn’t wear grips full time yet and I really wanted to make sure they were used to their full capacity so her friend used Catchies during her level 7 team practice! The verdict? “AMAZING!” her mom ordered her two pair before they even left the gym, now if that isn’t a glowing review I don’t know what is! My hope is that all the teams at our gym will start transitioning to Catchies wristbands!!

Catchies currently offer nine different prints/colors with an additional customizable option! These nine styles with without a doubt have your gymnast swooning! Check em out:

You love them don’t you?! We are basically dying to get out hands on ALL the adorable prints, especially the Llama and Halloween Catchies! I love the black and white options too! Get this…these bands are $14.99 {$19.99 for the competition styles} AMAZING right! So this means your gymnasts can have protected wrists and awesome style without breaking the bank!! YAY!
I want to extend a HUGE thank you to Heather at Catchies for partnering with me! You are awesome!

 

I have a very exciting announcement!!! I have partnered with Catchies for a amazing two winner giveaway!!! That’s right not one but two readers will win a pair of Catchies of their choice!! 

 

To enter click HERE or the image below and follow all the prompts to be entered!
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Catchies Giveaway will run from October 7, 2019 – October 24, 2019. Please note all entries will be checked and those who have not followed all prompts will be removed.

 

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Lizatard Leotard Love {Our Favorite Leotards}


For years Lizatards has been one of our favorite leotard brands, Gabbi loves the fit and the styles! Lizatards always has so many adorable leotards to choose from, as well as sweatshirts, activewear and accessories. Oh and they have the best medal hangers ever! Today Gabbi and I would love to share her 2019-2020 season Lizatards Wishlist!

ENJOY…its a big list!

Leotards:

Assorted Fun Designs! {Butterfly Wings!}

Girls Gymnastics Leotards Assorted Fun Designs!

Fairy and Castle Sparkle Tank

Girls Gymnastics Leotard Fairy and Castle Sparkle Tank

Giraffe

Lizatards Gymnastics Dance Giraffe Pattern  Leotard in Two Colors

Tahitian Floral

hawaiian print leotard

Purple Star Pop

Lizatards Tank Leotard in Purple Star Pop

Activewear:

GYMNAST Sequin Stretch Zipper Front Jacket

Lizatards GYMNAST Sequin Stretch Zipper Front Jacket in One Size Fits Most

Tye Dye Capri Legging

Tye Dye Capri Legging Girls Youth One Size Fits Most

Tye Dye Stretch Shorts

pink shorts

Zebra Stretch Shorts

Lizatards Zebra Stretch Shorts

Zebra Sequin Stretch Bra Top

Lizatards Zebra Sequin Stretch Bra Top

Sequined Stretch Capri

Lizatards GYMNAST Sequined Stretch Capri- NOW in TWO Colors

Medal Hangers and Accessories:

Double Row Slinky Style Rhinestone Bangle Bracelet

silver rhinestone bracelet

GYMNASTICS Medal Holder Cut Out Display

Lizatards GYMNASTICS Medal Holder Cut Out Display Male (Boys) Or Female (Girls)

Medal Holder Display Rack Xcel Bronze

Lizatards Gymnastics Medal Holder Display Rack Xcel Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond

Hair Tie Bangle Bracelet Set

Lizatards Hair Tie Bangle Bracelet Set Kids or Tween SizesI told you it was a big list 🙂 Now its your turn, head over to Lizatards and start your own Wishlist! Let us know your favorites!

Here are all the Lizatards categories with quick links so you can find exactly what you want!

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Mmmmmmm Donuts!


Guys my friends at Lizatards have done it again! They have released another stinking cute leotard! WARNING the leotard I’m about to show you will make you want some donuts!!

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I’ve seen quite a few donut leotards out there but this Polka Dot Donut Leotard is my favorite print for sure, its so cute! Ok I’m going to date my self here but it totally reminds me of the beginning song of Saved by the Bell…you see it don’t you! Gabbi loves wearing this to open gym with hot pink bar shorts! Its also too cute with jeans and shorts!

YUMMMMM head over to Lizatards now and grab your Polka Dot Donut Leotard now!

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Summer Must Haves from DNA Performance Wear

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Today we are so excited to share some of our favorites from the new DNA Performance Wear summer line! It just might be our favorite summer release! The colors are gorgeous and the prints are totally Gabbi! I LOVE that DNA Performance Wear offers not only full leo prints but they also offer Flip Flop style leotards, Gabbi loves the Flip Flop leotards and wants them all! Ok on to the summer beauties!  

First up is our FAVORITE! Cactus Makes Perfect

Cactus Makes Perfect

Cactus Makes Perfect
Flip Flop- Cactus Makes Perfect
Flip Flop- Cactus Makes Perfect

Look at those colors!! Gabbi loves the full print but that Flip Flop is so stunning with the pink front, landing it in her #1 spot! Regardless of which one your daughter picks these leotards will be a show stoppers with those beautiful colors! Either one would be PERFECT for Summer Gymnastics camp!

Next up we have a GORGEOUS floral print called Don’t Worry be Poppy!

Don't Worry be Poppy
Flip Flop- Don't Worry be Poppy
Flip Flop- Don't Worry be Poppy

Ok please don’t make us pick which style is our favorite! Gabbi and I both love Poppies so we are absolutely swooning over this one! I love the blue neck and arm detailing on the full print, it really makes it pop! I can virtually guarantee that this leotard will turn heads a practice or summer camp! This one is my favorite!

On to another show stopper called Be-Leaf in Yourself!

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Flip Flop- Be-Leaf in Yourself
Flip Flop- Be-Leaf in Yourself

Oh this one screams summer time doesn’t it!? It reminds me of relaxing at the pool under the shade of gorgeous palm trees! Although the flip flop is stunning with the deep pink front the full print takes the cake for us!

Prepare to swoon over the gorgeous Petal to the Medal Leotard!

 

Petal to the Medal

Flip Flop- Petal to the Medal
Flip Flop- Petal to the Medal

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this leo it has such a elegant look to it! Although both styles are gorgeous the full print is our favorite! It is a show stopper for both gymnasts and dancers!

Moving on to Gabbi’s FAVORITE DNA Performance Wear style ever the Breezy Mesh!

Breezy Mesh- Silver Softie
Breezy Mesh- Silver Softie

If there was only one leotard that Gabbi could have in every color it would be the Breezy Mesh from DNA Performance Wear! She has it in Peach Perfection and LOVES it! She wears it to practice all the time and she also wears it just to wear it, she has the matching leggings so that is a common everyday look for her! She loves both the Pink and the Silver and has requested both as well as the matching shorts and capris!

Active Wear

Shorts- Pink Power
Shorts- Silver Softie
True North Capri- Pink Power

True North Capri- Silver Softie

True North Capri- Silver Softie

I LOVE the Maple Leaf accent on the capris and the tank tops so much! My kids are Canadian {on their dads side} and we love showing that off and supporting Canadian companies like DNA Performance Wear!

Be sure to stop by the DNA Performance Wear accessories page as well and pick up matching scrunchies and girp bags as well as wrist guards!

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Baby Shark Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo!


If you have spent any time any where than chance are pretty good that you know Baby Shark, if not here you go…

You’re welcome, that will now be stuck in your head for the remainder of the week!

Baby Shark is like the Macarena of 2019…seriously its everywhere! One of the funniest places I’ve seen Baby Shark is during gymnastics conditioning {if you are a gymnast or dancer look it up, you love it!}

Does your daughter love and want to show off her inner baby shark at the gym? Well my friends Lizatards has made that possible with their ADORABLE new Baby Sharks Leotard! Seriously look at how cute this is!

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This precious leotard comes in the purple pictured and the sweetest pink ever! It has quickly become Gabbi’s favorite leo as well as her gyms staff favorite! She had more questions about this leotard than any other one! Baby Shark has taken the entire world by storm and this leotard really makes Gabbi look the part!

Head over to Lizatards now and grab yours…Gabbi defiantly wants the pink one too! The leotard is perfect for summer gymnastics camp!

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Butterfly Gorgeousness from DNA Performance Wear!

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Just a quick post to show you something absolutely GORGEOUS! Look at this new beauty from DNA Performance Wear!

Pixie – Iris

Pixie- Iris

Pixie- Iris

I know right? We are totally swooning over it, Gabbi loves it!

Keep an eye out over the next couple weeks when I feature some of our favorites from the DNA Performance Wear new summer line!

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DNA Performance Wear…newest obsession!

DNA Logo Helix Rainbow gradient (002)THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!

If you have a daughter in gymnastics (or dance) then you know the leotard comfort saga! Gabbi is VERY picky about her leotards, she hates when she can feel the seams, when the fabric isn’t soft, and despises when leos ride up or pull in the armpit. Now, some of that can be thwarted with a simple size change but oh man when the fabric is scratchy or rough all hell can break loose! I know you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Recently we were given the AMAZING honor to try out some of the DNA Performance Wear Spring line. Although we had heard great things about DNA this was Gabbi’s first time wearing their leotards…spoiler alert…NEW favorites!

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Gabbi received two gorgeous leotards and a pair of adorable leggings, when she opened her package she almost immediately told me “these are my favorite leotards, feel how soft they are mommy!” Yeah, she wasn’t kidding these leos are incredibly soft…they like buttery soft leggings but different at the same time (in a very good way) She couldn’t wait to put them on, once she did her initial reaction proved right she was in love! DNA is now her favorite…she has gone to their website and picked more she wants! She has been practically living in the two leos and pants she has from DNA Performance Wear!

This Crystal Cove leotard is absolutely gorgeous, look at these colors!

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Gabbi is in love with it, not only is the rough cut crystal design gorgeous but the fit is awesome! The inside is the softest she has ever had, its like tiny baby fleece soft, but doesn’t over heat her when she is at a long practice…how do they do this? I don’t know but its amazing! The Crystal Cove leo came with a matching scrunchy in the same lovely fabric! This leotard is a show stopper, every time she wears it to the gym or out and about we are stopped by someone who wants to ask where its from. I love sharing our love for DNA Performance Wear!

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This Breezy Mesh leotard and matching leggings {sold separately} in Peach Perfection have been her go to outfit for practice, hanging around the house or going out!

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The mesh back of the leotard is AMAZING, she has some other mesh back leotards, but the mesh on those are rough and scratchy, the mesh on the DNA leotard is so incredibly soft! The open back is absolute perfection for Gabbi, she loves open back leos but she hate the way the elastic feels on other brands and it usually leaves a very uncomfortable pressure mark. DNA open backs don’t have that effect because the open back isn’t a cut out, rather it is an overlap of the soft fabrics so no need for uncomfortable elastic! Both this leo and the Crystal Cover have soft arm openings and only have elastic around the thigh {I pretty sure all these features make these Gabbi’s favorites!}

C7DA0773-ED4A-473E-B3FA-3B280AC0F6ED.JPGThe legging are Gabbi’s go to in life! She wears these all the time, with the matching leo , sweatshirt, with a sports bra, she wears them all the time! The cut is perfection on her with a fold over waistband! My favorite part about these legging is the DNA helix detailing around the waistband…its so stinking cool and a really fun touch they did!

Both these items also come in a GORGEOUS Blue called Blue Bliss {yes Gabbi has been begging us for that set too!}

 

Breezy Mesh- Blue Bliss

Leggings- Blue Bliss

Breezy Mesh- Blue Bliss & Leggings- Blue Bliss

There are also these awesome long sleeve shirts that she wants as well to complete her head to toe DNA look 🙂

Long Sleeve Tee- Blue Bliss

Blue Bliss

 

Long Sleeve Tee- Peach Perfection

Long Sleeve Tee- Peach Perfection

Be sure to check out DNAs Activewear, its my favorite on Gabbi and I can’t to get her more!

I think its safe to say we truly love DNA Performance Wear leotards and activewear and HIGHLY recommend them!

Let us know what you get!

Gabbi suggested we end this feature showing you some of her wishlist items! So here goes…

 

Celestial- Soleil

 

Breezy Mesh - Magenta
Leggings- Magenta
Leggings- Titanium
Di Burst Long sleeve Tee- Magenta
Di Burst Long Sleeve Tee- Titanium
Of course this list includes the above mention Blue Bliss leo, legging and long sleeve shirt! She obviously has a style…long sleeve shirt and leggings!!!
I hope you all head over to DNA Performance Wear and pick up some of their awesome leos and activewear!! 
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I want to extend a HUGE thank you to all the AMAZING people at DNA Performance Wear for this collab! We love you guys! *please note that although these items were sent to Gabbi, we were not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own. We truly love this brand!

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