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.

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BIG News from Flip Flop Leos and a GIVEAWAY!

FlipFlop Leotards

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. 

 

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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Thank you to everyone who entered! Please continue to check back for more giveaways!

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!

*Although Beach Girl Bands did send me these items to feature I was not compensated for this post or required/ persuaded to give a positive review.

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Rock Your Hair 20% off sale!

Want great hair that smells great? Then take advantage this Rock Your Hair AMAZING deal! HURRY because this sale ends JULY 5th at 11:59!

ORDER HERE!! 

Ready to tame fly-aways? Rock Your Hair has partnered  Annie LeBlanc and created the brand-new Annie R♥CKS Cheer, Dance & Gymnastics Gel!!! Now get a flake-free hold that will last all day. Great for slick backs, braids and buns. Use on dry or damp hair. We cannot wait to get ours!

Don’t forget to some Rock Swag but hurry sizes and quantities are limited!

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Gym Fox in a Box


Subscription boxes are all the rage right now! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE them, whats not to like? It comes right to your home! Pretty much anything you can think of has a subscription box. Have you heard of Gym Fox in a Box? They are the coolest and are specifically for gymnasts, Gym Fox in a boxes ships a new leotard and other goodies right to you every month! A new leotard delivered directly to your home, who doesn’t love that? After getting our first box, Gym Fox in a Box has become our newest obsession! I’m sure it will become yours as well.

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Last week Gabbi’s first ever Gym Fox in a Box arrived! It comes in a white box and is personalized with your daughter’s name! Gabbi was so excited when she saw the “Gabriella” on the package! I love that they personalize like that, it really made Gabbi feel so special. Not only is the box personalized but the leotard is hand selected for your gymnast! After selecting your subscription plan {more details will be below} you are emailed a survey asking all about your daughters style, color preferences, size and more! It worked like a charm Gabbi LOVES her leotard that the awesome Gym Fox in a Box team selected for her!
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This months box had adorable Gym Fox in a Box branded sunglasses, ABOUTTIME Protein Pancake mix in chocolate chip {Gabbi’s all time favorite!} and Gabbi’s had this GORGEOUS Motionwear open back Leotard in all her favorite colors! Each box is unique so one of Gabbi’s friends received a GK leo in her box while another received a Foxy’s Leo on her box, this makes it so much fun {they love to see who got what!} If you have two {or more} little gymnasts with different preferences Gym Fox in a Box would be perfect, no compromising personality with this box!

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This is Gabbi’s first ever Motionwear leotard and we are totally in love! Motionwear defiantly specializes in open back leotards and its no wonder just look that this back!

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Gabbi says that this leotard is “so soft and so comfy” plus it has the most gorgeous sparkle to it! Honestly I cannot believe we have over looked Motionwear for this long! Thanks to Gym Fox we may have a new favorite brand! 🙂
Abouttime pancakes mixes are SO good! They never disappoint! I love that Gym Fox in a Box included this. With how much time Gabbi and so many other gymnast spend at the gym and conditioning this was a perfect and much appreciated fit!
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The sunglasses are so cute and REALLY good quality!
We just love Gym Fox in a Box! The anticipation each month of whats going to be inside is like Christmas!
You’re intrigued aren’t you? You want to order don’t you? I don’t blame you, Gym Fox in a Box is awesome!GFIB2

Here’s How It Works:

1. Subscribe online for either 3, 6 or 12 boxes (auto-charged once a month and shipped every 4 weeks).

2. You’ll tell us your style, sizing, and preferences on the survey link you see after payment.

3. Receive your very own, specially packaged Gym Fox in a Box in the mail every month!

It’s that simple.

TRES LEOS – 3 Box Subscription

3 customized leo boxes (with extra goodies in each box), delivered right to your door (or your athlete’s door!) every 4 weeks!

$39.99 per box + plus shipping

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6 customized, name-brand leotard boxes (with extra goodies in each box), delivered right to your door (or your athlete’s door!) every 4 weeks!

$36.99 per box + plus shipping

The best deal!

12 customized, name-brand leotard boxes (with extra goodies in each box), delivered right to your door (or your athlete’s door) every 4 weeks!

$32.99 per box + plus shipping

Have questions? Check out their FAQ page

Gym Fox in a Box has awesome partners like:

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Visit Gym Fox in a Box now to get yours today!

*Although Gym Fox in a Box did send me a complimentary box to feature I was not compensated for this post or required to give a positive review.  

All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. 

 Huge Thank you to Kim at Gym Fox in a Box!

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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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Tumbl Trak Addie Beam GIVEAWAY!

Tumbl Trak: Do It Again

We have been in love with Tumbl Trak since we got the skill builder set and tumbling mat a few months ago. So it’s no surprise that when the opportunity arose to get a balance beam and not just any balance beam but the Addie beam we jumped at it!

Of course the beam arrived while Gabbi was at school so I waited to open it until she got home. She was so excited to open this huge box!

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IMG_1366She squealed as we set it up and immediately wanted to practice cartwheels on it. One of the biggest reasons we wanted a beam for Gabbi is because like many gymnasts she struggles with beam confidence, it’s not that she’s scared but she just isn’t totally confident in her skills.

The Addie beam has become a absolute ‘must have’! It sits on the floor with purple rounded feet, which we LOVE! Gabbi adores the Addie beam and loves practicing on it multiple times a day, working on skills like turns, leaps, handstands and cartwheels/roundoffs. Since the beam basically sits on the floor, that ‘fear of a new skill’ is virtually non-existent! Gabbi is willing to try almost anything! I can look ahead and see how awesome this beam is going to be when she is working on back handsprings on the beam. Her coach was stunned at how quickly Gabbi improved in such a short time! She is so proud, so confident, and ready to conquer the world!

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I HIGHLY recommend checking out the Addie beam {at any level}, especially if you have a competitive gymnast that needs to practice more at home!
What we love:

  • The Addie beam is competition width, so no learning and relearning skills because of different beam widths.
  • Its the perfect home size at 8ft!
  • Its low to ground so she can safely practice new skills at home!
  • Gabbi loves that the beam is “cushy”! It has the perfect amount of padding and is so soft.
  • The Addie is PERFECT for all skills at all levels!

The Addie Beam features:

  • Its only $179
  • 8 ft long and competition width (10 cm)
  • It has the look and feel of a competition beam
  • Its covered in synthetic suede
  • It has a wood core
  • It has rounded top corners
  • The support legs are plastic with a beveled top edge to help protect little feet

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I feel like home gymnastics equipment and storage go hand in hand. The Addie beam takes up very little space so it can easily be stored up against the wall, behind and couch or under the bed. When Gabbi is not using her Addie {pretty much when she’s in bed!} we like to put it here in front of our fire place. When we have guests we just move the beam to the twins room. Though it is fairly heavy, Gabbi {little miss independence] can move the beam to where she wants it by herself. She moves one end at a time…its adorable.IMG_0764_1
Tumbl Trak is more than just gymnastics, they have tons of great equipment in all price ranges and their customer service is AMAZING!

Gabbi’s Tumbl Trak wishlist:

just to name a few things 🙂

Ok now to what you’ve been waiting for the GIVEAWAY! I am beyond excited to have partnered with Tumbl Trak to give one lucky reader a ADDIE BEAM of their own!

To enter simply visit Tumbl Trak and follow the prompts! Good Luck!

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Stacy, James and Tumbl Trak for sending Gabbi this equipment.

*Although Tumbl Trak did send me the Addie Beam to feature I was not compensated for this post or require to give a positive review.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. 

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