Gym Digs Glow Tank Leotard GIVEAWAY {ENDED}!

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I’m really excited today because I get to introduce you to Gym Digs!

Gym Digs specializes in gymnastics wear for both boys and girls, not just workout leotards but warmups, shorts and some of the most beautiful competition leotards at fantastic prices!

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“Bright, cheerful and it glows in the dark.  Perfect for the gym or for a party!”

Gabbi received the Glow Tank Leo from Gym Digs while she was at school, and was ecstatic when she arrived home and saw it waiting for her! She could not wait to put it on, get her mat out and start working out in it! Of course she had to give it a test run outside…while it was snowing and freezing cold!

The quality of the Glow Tank leotard is fantastic it is a stretchy and comfortable… and it glows in the dark how cool is that!

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Since it arrived Gabbi has been pretty much glued to it…or in it!

Every time she wears it, she gets tons of compliments and comments! The day it arrived we ran to the store, she was wearing leggings over it and we were stopped by a mom asking where she could get the leo for her daughter, when she found out that it was a Glow in the Dark leo she ordered right then and there from her phone! Awesome huh?

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Not only did Gabbi get this adorable leotard but she also got the coolest ice pack! Anyone who has a kiddo in gymnastics knows aches and pains comes with the territory!

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Gym Digs is so much more than just a “Leotard Shop” they have set themselves apart from so many other online gymnastics retailers by offering a whole range of boy’s wear! While I do not have a son in gymnastics, I have quite a few friends who have sons in gymnastics, they’ve said that it can be difficult finding the right clothes for their gymnast sons. I think it’s fantastic that Gym Digs sees the need and has boy’s wear readily available.

But Gym Digs doesn’t stop there they also offer:

gd10Another fun item that Gym Digs offers is doll leos!! Gabbi really wants the Confetti Crush Leo with two matching doll leos for her American Girls! Adding a doll leo is just $6!!!

Be sure to head over and visit the Gym Digs website and check out all their products and services!

 

Gym Digs has quickly become one of our most favorite gymnastics shops! We love their leotards so much and cannot wait to get more! These are Gabbi’s top three 🙂

Confetti Crush Leo:

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 Be Mine Valentines Leo:

(hopefully they don’t sell out before I can order)

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Golden Goddess:

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Gym Digs prices are awesome and they have a wide range of sizes but if your gymnast falls between sizes, no problem Gym Digs will make a custom size leotard to fit you or your gymnast like a glove for an additional $6!! Gabbi’s Glow Tank Leo is a custom size to fit her small yet long frame and it of course fits AMAZING!

Ok, my raving about Gym Digs wouldn’t be complete without to telling you about their beautiful competition leotards!

These are hands-down some of the most gorgeous competition leotards I have seen, and the best part? They cost $34 to $115!!! How awesome is that? Competition leotards can easily be upwards of $150+ which can be out of many families price range. Whether you’re spending $34 or $115 Gym Digs has a gorgeous competition leotard for your gymnast!

Here are our top competition leotard picks!

Zoeie – Candy Coral

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Kendall – Rainbow

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Aubrey Fabulous Competition Leotard

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Gabbi will need a competition leotard later this year for a in house meet, which one should we get her? Which one is your favorite?
This giveaway has ended. The winner is:
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This giveaway runs from February 10th through February 18th. A winner will be randomly selected  on February 19th and contacted shortly after. U.S Residents  **Winner has 5 days to respond, if not a new winner will be selected. 

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Flip Flop Leos Giveaway! {Closed}

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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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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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A Gymnastics Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! My little gymnast loves anything and everything red, pink and heart related, so Valentine’s day is pretty much her fave! My husband and I always try to do something special for our littles every Valentine’s day, I realize this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea so instead of this being a “gift idea” post, my daughter and I decided to share all our favorite gymnastic valentine’s day items…basically if it has hearts or is pink or red it will more than likely be below! 🙂

 

Red Heart Leotard from Snowflake Designs

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White and Pink Heart Leotards from Gym Digs

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Hugs and Kisses Deep Pink Leotard from K-Bee Leotards

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Pink Gymnastics Bracelet from Healthy and Fit Kids on ETSY

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Pink Crystal Gymnastics Heart Necklace from Get Leotards

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Heart Printed Leggings from Justice

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Pink Pixie Grips from Ten.0

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Pink Pixie Grip Bag from Ten.0

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Pink and White Chevron Gymnastics Mat from AK Athletic Equipment

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Gymnastics 20 Questions!

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We’ve all asked “How was practice tonight?” on the car ride home from the gym. The problem with “how was practice” day in and day out is that it eventually loses it excitement and leaves us with the all-too-familiar “fine”,”ok” or “fun”. Regardless if you drop off or stay and watch you still want to know more than “it was fine”

Here is a fun 20 question game you can play with your gymnast on the way home from practice!

Gymnastics 20 Questions Game:

  1. Are you happy you are a gymnast?
  2. Did you have fun?
  3. How hard did you work?
  4. What was your favorite thing about Beam?
  5. What was your favorite thing about Bars?
  6. What was your favorite thing about Vault?
  7. What was your favorite thing about Floor?
  8. Did something funny happen at practice?
  9. What was the coolest thing you saw at practice?
  10. Were you proud of yourself at practice? Why?
  11. What was something your coach told you?
  12. Did you get any compliments at practice?
  13. Did you tell someone they did a good job?
  14. What skill are you most proud of?
  15. What skill do you need to work on the most?
  16. How did you feel after practice?
  17. What will you do differently at your next practice?
  18. What’s one word to describe practice?
  19. Does Gymnastics bring you joy and make you happy?
  20. Are you going to dream about gymnastics tonight?

I don’t know about you but I love conversation with my littles and this is 20 questions is a perfect way to stay connected and engaged with them! This can be adapted to any sport or activity your kids do!

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Garland Activewear {gymnastics leotards}

Custom made Gymnastic Leotards in St Augustine, Florida

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Who doesn’t love leotards {especially gymnastic leotards} I love that they 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!

GAW2The Scrunchie…I can’t forget that! It is made from the exact some material as the main part of her Under the Sea leo and has the perfect amount of stretch so it can be worn over a large bun or wrapped multiple time around a ponytail!

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!

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*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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Courage to Soar {Book Review}

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We all watched as Simone Biles dazzled us in Rio this summer. With her adorable spunky personality how could you not love her! Actually because of her and my daughter {age six} fell in love with gymnastics and started in September after the Rio Olympics. Seeing Simone’s determination helped my daughter work hard and always try new things, and in less than two months she was advanced to pre-competitive team!! I know that my daughter is not the only one 🙂

Back to this summer, as you watched Simone did you ever wonder how she got there? Did you ever wonder when you would hear the little news blurbs talk about how she was adopted or how it’s been a hard road? I know I did so when I was given the opportunity to get my hands on her book Courage to Soar I absolutely jumped at the opportunity (my daughter was just as excited as I was.)
In the book the Courage to Soar Simone shares about her very early life, early memories and the trials that this little tiny girl and her siblings went through…have a few tissues on hand. It’s not just about her early life but her life from then up until, well now! My daughter LOVED the section of the book that was full of pictures of Simone from little girl to now!

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Courage to Soar is all about encouragement and that is exactly what it does! I love that it shows how Simone went from a very difficult beginning to being the star that we all saw at the 2016 Rio Olympic games.

It’s such a wonderful book. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those of you like us who adore Simone. If you have gymnast this is a book that she will absolutely love.

If you do have a gymnast who loves Simone I recommend check out her signature leotards at GK Elite!

*Although BookLook Bloggers did send me this book I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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What We are Loving | Tumbl Trak | Part III | Q&A

Tumbl Trak: Do It Again

Thank you so much for all the great questions! I’m so excited to get to answer them! Here we go in no particular order!

Q: What Size is Gabbi’s mat? {Hazel}

A: Gabbi has a 4×10 Tumbling Mat in Bright Pastel

Q: We live in a smaller apartment, would this really be a good option?  {Carrie}

A: The Tumbl Trak Tumbling mat comes in multiple lengths including: 6ft, 8ft and 10ft. Folded up the mat is 4ft x 2ft {thickness depends on the length of the mat} I would highly recommend {and did to Carrie} the 6ft length mat it fits perfectly in most living spaces including bedrooms.

Update: Carrie did order a 6ft mat and couldn’t be more thrilled! “I wasn’t sure how it would fit but after Britni’s encouraging I got the 6ft for my daughters. It is perfect, it fits in our apartment living room. We don’t have a lot of closet space so I just lean it up in the girls room at night because I know they will get it back out first thing in the morning! We are so happy with this mat and the 6ft length is perfect!  I now recommend the Tumbl Trak all my friends.” 

Q:  I just got my son a 8ft Tumbl Trak mat…Where do you store your mat? {Shannon}

A: Tumbl Trak mats are easily storable we store ours {folded} in the coat closet, at the foot of a bed or simply leaned on a wall. My kids love folding up the mat a pushing it up again the wall and using it at a couch. Folded up the mat is 4ft x 2ft {thickness depends on the size of the mat} We rarely “put it away” because it is almost never not being used.

Q: Your daughter is very small will the Skill Builder set work for my 13 and 15 year olds? {S.Miller}

A: Absolutely! They are perfect for any age/size/level!

Q: How do you clean your mat if it gets dirty? {Ruby}

A: I simply use hot water and a rag or a clorox wipe.

Q: I want the set for Christmas, but I’m a little scared of the Open Shoulder thingy. Has you daughter gotten hurt or poked by one of the ends if she doesn’t do her skill correctly? {Ellie}

A: Gabbi has never gotten hurt or poked. She was a little nervous at first but quickly realized it was totally fine! Don’t worry, I think you will love it!

Q:  Your mat is big, do you feel like it is awkward to move around? {Sharon}

A: Not at all! It is big but Gabbi moves it around by herself daily.

Q: What sizes do the Tumbling Mats come in? {Jenna Anne}

A: The Tumbling mats are all 4ft wide and come in either 1-3/8″ or 2″ thickness, and come in three lengths 6ft, 8ft and 10ft

Example: 4ft x 6ft x 1-3/8in

Q: I noticed that you used the mat outside, did the bottom layer of vinyl get damaged? {Michelle}

A: No damage at all! It got a little dirty but it wiped off easily!

Q: Are the mats heavy? My sister and I just ordered 2!! We cannot wait 🙂 {K & K}

A: I don’t think they are heavy at all! YAY! You will love them!

Q: How often is your mat used…really? {Bentley}

A: ALL.THE.TIME! Seriously, Gabbi uses this mat continuously throughout the day. Our sons like to use it for Tae Kwon Do…if their sister allows it. It has more than payed for it self.

Q: The sliders look really slick, how do you slow them down to prevent injury? {Judith}

A: Having a chair or mat in front has been a great help for me personally, the first time I tried them I went down fast, but the chair does the trick!

Q: Does the Open Shoulder come in sizes or is it one size fits all or most? {anonymous}

A: There is only the one size in the set, but it comfortably fits Gabbi, both her brothers and her dad and me!

Q: Do you feel like this mat is enough or do you feel like you still need more? I’m a single mom and don’t want to save and buy only to discover “well you need this too” I’ve been down that road and completely cannot afford it. {Lauren}

A: I honestly feel you could get the 6ft,8ft or 10ft and totally feel complete! I haven’t felt like Gabbi needed more mats at all! I hope that answers your question!

Q: My 3yo daughter just started gymnastics and I’m not sure if she is going to stick with it. Do you have another recommendation for more a starter mat? {Deb}

A: I love the Cartwheel/Beam mat, I think that would be a perfect option for you!

Q: Are affiliated with Tumbl Trak as a sells rep? {Anonymous}

A: No I’m not. I am simply a mom who loves their products and was given the amazing opportunity to partner with them.

Q: Not a question but I wanted you to know that I have been searching for a mat for my twin daughters who recently started gymnastics. I was so happy to find your blog not only because you have twins too but because of how in depth your reviews are! I just ordered a 4×8 tumbling mat and the handstand homework for my girls for their birthday! Thank you so much for your reviews! {Danielle}

A: Thank you so much Danielle! I know they will love it!

*All questions are based on my opinions and personal thoughts.

Did you miss Part I & II?

Read Tumbl Trak Part I (Tumbling Mat) here!

Read Tumbl Trak Part II (Skill Builder Package) here!

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