Gymnastics Leotard DOs and DON’Ts {HIGHLY requested}

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It may seem like the leotard is the easiest part about gymnastics but any gymnastics mom knows that is so NOT the case. In fact sometimes the leo can actually be the most difficult part (especially with littler girls or girls with sensitive skin) Gabbi is very picky about fabrics, she has very dry skin so different fabrics can make her very itchy. Gabbi has ‘very specific’ likes and dislikes as I’m sure all your daughter do! I rarely get Gabbi a leotard without having her input.

Here are few DOs and DON’Ts to help make leo shopping as easy as possible! {These are just my thoughts and what has worked for us 🙂 }

DOs {in no particular order}:

  • DO buy leotards that show off your little gymnasts personality- colors, styles, fabrics etc.
  • DO buy sleeveless leotards, they are by far the favorite and most practical for most climates. Gabbi says they are the most comfortable!
  • DO buy at least one fancy competition style leotard. This will be perfect for personal photos, team pictures, in-house gym meet up or just so your little gymnast feels special!
  • DO buy backless leotards especially if you are in a warmer climate. Foxy’s Leotards is great for this! There are some SUPER cute new summer styles that just dropped!
  • DO buy 2nd hand leotards, you can get a great deal for gently used! eBay and children’s consignment shops are great options. I got Gabbi a practically brand new K-Bee leotard for $5!!
  • DO accept hand me downs. Even if they are a bit big at the time you little gymnast will grow into it.
  • DO buy dark leotards especially if your gymnast is self-conscious about sweat {for older gymnast this is a great option for certain times of the month it may thwart a would be an embarrassing situation}
  • DO buy leotards with a bit of growing room
  • DO wait for sales on your favorite brands sites!
  • DO refer to each brands sizing chart. Rarely to never are sizing charts even close from brand to brand.
  • DO know your daughter measurements {chest, waist, hips and torso} when buying leotards online. As mentioned above, most companies have very different sizing charts, your gymnast may wear a XS in one brand and a MED in another.
  • DO buy 2 piece sets {tank and shorts} for tiny gymnast who may need to potty often. These sets can be found in lots of places but I personally recommend Target.
  • DO buy leotards made locally or from a small business  Flip Flop Leos & Lizatards!
  • DO buy leotards that are one solid piece of fabric if your daughter is sensitive. {Sometimes multiple fabric leos aren’t as comfortable if there is a lot of inside stitching. Also some metallic fabrics can be tighter and less flexible.}
  • DO support your club’s pro shop. This is a great way to help show your support, usually the pro shop helps support fun club activities, the snack bar and scholarships.
  • DO continue to buy from a brand over and over if your gymnast LOVES it!
  • DO buy custom name leos with a bit of growing room. Sylvia P offers some of the most gorgeous “name” leos, they are a bit pricey so you might want to size up. NOTE * SP is a Aussie company so be sure to refer to the sizing charts and have a tape measure 🙂
  • DO buy baby hangers if you hang your daughters leos. I truly feel they hold them the best.

DON’Ts {in no particular order}:

  • If your daughter says she does not like something, this could be anything from the fabric to the sleeve length DON’T buy it anyway because she will no wear it.
  • DON’T buy 2 piece set with growing room. Make sure all mini shorts are snug enough if they are too loose it could end up very embarrassing for your daughter.
  • DON’T buy a leotard that is “almost” too tight because she will without a doubt have a growth spirt.
  • DON’T feel limited on brands you know, branch out to other brands, many brands have a return policy so if you get one that your daughter just can’t stand you can return it.
  • DON’T buy a leotard with decals or multi stitched fabric if your daughter doesn’t like the feel of the stitching or the hard backing glue can have on the inside.
  • DON’T buy a leotard no matter how cute it is if your daughter doesn’t love it, she will NOT wear it.
  • DON’T be afraid to hand too small leos down or sale them on eBay.
  • DON’T listen to critics who say you have too many leotards or says your daughter only needs 1 or 2 Leotards. If you want to get her 1 or 1000 that is completely up to you, no one has the right to shame you if you want to buy her 10,000!

*Although I have partnered with some of these brands in the past this post is 100% my own. None of the above mentioned brands are compensating me or involved with this post in any way. 

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Flip Flop Leos GIVEAWAY!!

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I’ve done it again! I’ve partnered with Debbie over at Flip Flop Leos for another leotard giveaway!!

A few months ago we discovered Flip Flop Leos and absolutely fell in love…it was truly love at first sight (and feel). Debbie has been making leotards for 30 years (for her daughter throughout her gymnastics career) so she absolutely knows what she is doing!

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Honestly friends that all changed with our first leo from Flip Flop Leos! We knew we had found Gabbi’s perfect brand! We love the sleek cut, the wider crotch and the lower cut hip prevents any embarrassing panty moments {Gabbi hates when her undies show}
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You might be asking your self ‘are Flip Flop Leos are only for long and lean?’ NO WAY! Flip Flop Leos have a ton of stretch so they will fit any body shape!

Remember to always know your gymnasts torso measurement for the best fit. {Gabbi will be 8 at the end summer and wears a Flip Flop Leo size 6 with growing room.} Check out Debbie’s video on YouTube are getting the right fit!

About Flip Flop Leos:

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  • Flip Flop Leos are sold HERE at Debbie’s eBay store. (Don’t let the fact they are on eBay discourage you, she has 100% positive feedback with nearly 30,000 reviews!)
  • Flip Flop Leos has the largest in stock assortment of sizes and styles I have ever seen.
  • New styles are added all the time!
  • Flip Flop Leos has the fastest shipping I have ever experienced!
  • Flip Flop Leos are proudly handmade in the USA
  • Debbie responds quickly to emails.
  • Flip Flop Leos has the best prices around ranging from $34 to as low as $4.99 (specific styles and sizes) most fall in the $12-$24 range.
  • Flip Flop Leos offers $5 off for every $60 spent.
  • Campaign for a free leo with any purchase of $50!
  • 50% off sales (these sale are awesome and perfect for stocking up or grabbing the next size up!)
  • Instagram updates – free leo deal, 50% off sales and new styles are listed on instagram! Follow Flip Flop Leos on Inastgram!
  • Awesome customer service – I have never had to return due to a wrong size but I can say with utter confidence that Debbie will happily help you get your perfect size.

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If you are interested in reading my first feature please do so here.

Ok ok! Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for…the GIVEAWAY!

Debbie and I are thrilled to join forces again to offer ONE lucky winner a in stock Flip Flop Leo of their choice!!

Entering is super easy click the image below and follow the prompts

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Giveaway will run from May 1st – May 11th. Winner will be randomly selected May 12th and contacted shortly after. US residents only please.

*Giveaway disclaimer: If you have won a giveaway at The Life in Bloom within the last 6 months you are not eligible for this giveaway.

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Debbie at Flip Flop Leos!!

*Although Flip Flop Leos did send me a leotard as a thank you, I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are © The Life in Bloom & Flip Flop Leos.

Flip Flop Leos 50% off sale {TODAY ONLY}

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Got a gymnast? Then drop everything right now and head over to Flip Flop Leos! Why? Because they are have a HUGE 50% off sale TODAY ONLY {4/19}

This is the perfect time to stock up if you are Flip Flop Leos obsessed like us!! Are dying to try these great leos out? Now is the perfect time to get one, two or ten!!

There are tons of styles at amazing prices (my shopping cart didn’t have anything over $13!!) Yes of course I couldn’t resist this deal…you know me!

Are you taking advantage of this deal? Let me know which ones you grabbed!

HURRY! I’m sure quite a few styles will sell out!

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

*Although I have partnered with Debbie and Flip Flop Leos in the past, this post is 100% my own, Debbie & Flip Flop Leos are not compensating me or involved with this post in any way.  I truly love how much my daughter loves Flip Flop Leos and I love to share that every chance I get!! We regularly buy Flip Flop Leos.  *Flip Flops Leo DISCLAIMER: No I am not a Flip Flops Leo rep or ambassador. We just truly LOVE these leos and I love to share them whenever possible!

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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!

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Eurotard Dancewear

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Do you have a gymnast or dancer? If so, then you need to become acquainted with Eurotard Dancewear. Oh please let me introduce you!!

Eurotard Dancewear is an online retailer that specializes in the most beautiful gymnastics and dance wear that you can imagine! Seriously head over to their website and have a look!

Before we get into the leotards I wanted to share a little about Eurotard Dancewear:

Eurotard Dancewear is an internationally recognized brand dedicated to bringing happiness, confidence and individual style to dancers around the globe. We believe that how a dancer feels is just as important as what a dancer wears. This concept is what inspires us to consistently design leotards, non-run tights, separates and accessories that are comfortable, durable and uniquely fashionable; so dancers can feel as strong and beautiful as they look.
The quality of our products is unparalleled; our collections of dance, praise and gym wear are constructed using only the softest fabrics, richest colors and strongest materials. Careful attention to detail goes into each and every one of our garments, from the double surged seams and quick dry linings to the distinctive fashion designs.
Whether you are just now discovering Eurotard Dancewear or have been a loyal customer for years, we thank you for your interest and continued support.
Sincerely,
The Eurotard Dancewear Team

They also offer more than just leotards:

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Of course having a little gymnast I was drawn to every single gymnastics leotard, but if you have a dancer, then you need to check out this gorgeous lace back leo!

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Ok now on to the leos…

We were so excited to receive two of Eurotard Dancewear stunning gymnastics leotards in Little Peacock {in pink} and Disco Leopard.

This Little Peacock leo is SO shiny and sparkly.g7

Gabbi and I both said “oh my goodness” when we opened the package. This leo is so gorgeous catches the light like you wouldn’t believe. Gabbi loves this leo SO MUCH more than all her other “glam” leos.

Recently she wore this leo to practice she was swarmed! While on the floor other coaches kept going over to look at it and ask where it was from. Her coach told me later that she finally had to tell the other coaches they had to wait until after practice to ask questions about the leotard because she kept getting interrupted!! I mean look at it, can you blame them?!

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This leo is different from all the other embellished and multi piece leos that Gabbi has. Usually she does not want to wear leos with any kind of embellishments especially multi fabric piece leos because the stitching is scratchy due to the edge of the two fabrics being sewn together or the glue ends up leaving a rough spot on the inside of the leo. I totally get that, it would feel weird especially when it’s on the chest and a seen together design. Now when it comes to this Little Peacock leo there is a BIG difference, Eurotard  has a unique way of sewing the fabric together so that it lays flush with the rest of the leotard! Yay no rough edges!

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Now on to the Disco Leopard leo!

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Gabbi LOVES this leopard leo so much! I’m honestly not sure what she likes better, that is leopard print? Maybe it’s the bright colors? OR maybe it’s because it is SO sparkly!! There is so much adorableness to this leo it’s too hard to pick one reason to love it!


Gabbi wore this leo to practice the other night and as soon as we walked in the door coaches and parents where admiring it! One of the main comment was “I love opened back!” Seriously it is adorable.

This leo glitters in the light and shines bright in the sun! Gabbi couldn’t be more thrilled with it!

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Not only is it very striking but it’s tagless, if you have a daughter who loves leos than you get why this is such a huge deal! Gabbi really dislikes tags so this was a HUGE hit with her!

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Both of these leotards are beautifully made, the quality is impeccable and they have a very stunning sleek fit! We will for sure be long time customers of Eurotard Dancewear and their stunning leos!

These leotards are worth every penny and I would suggest to anyone who is a gymnast or has a gymnast to check out Eurotard!

I had promised some gymnastic practice photos but unfortunately the photos from practices didn’t come out as good as I had planned due to weather and lighting at the academy…blah! I really wanted some cool in “action” photos but with the insane daily snow and over cast sky it wasn’t happening!

NOW for the AWESOMENESS you have been waiting for! 

I have partnered with the lovely staff at Mia at Eurotard Dancewear to do a giveaway!!! Oh but there is more! Heres the really the FANTASTIC part…we are giving away not ONE, not TWO but THREE  Holographic Waves Leotards!!! Yep that’s right 3 winners! My favorite part? The winner gets to pick the color cherry or teal and size {child-adult}! Gabbi doesn’t have this leo but let me tell you she would LOVE to have it. It’s metallic and so stunning! You guys are so lucky!!

To enter click the image below! Good Luck! *I do check each entry so please no fake or duplicated accounts.

This giveaway will run from March 7th until March 22th!! Three winners will be randomly selected  on March 23rd and contacted shortly after. U.S Residents  **Winners have 5 days to respond, if not a new winner will be selected. 

Good Luck!

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Mia and Eurotard for sending these awesome Leotards, and her sweet mom to mom support when my little miss was bullied at school! Thank you ❤ 
*Although Eurtard Dancewear did send us these leos, I was not compensated or persuaded to give a positive review.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & Eurotard.

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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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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:

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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:

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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. 

Good Luck!

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Tanya and Gym Digs for sending the awesome Leotard!!

*Although Gym Digs did send us this leotard, I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & Gym Digs.

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