Back to Dance School Photo Contest 2018

Download This Free Sign!

As parents, there are so many moments that we save as snapshots in our minds—the first time you heard her voice, held her, saw those tiny wrinkly fingers, saw her take her first steps, and watched her dance in her first dance class.

Last year, around this time, Melanie, the founder of The Leotard Boutique, bought a very sweet back to school sign online that she downloaded and used for her daughter's first day of school photo. Melanie and her daughter loved this new tradition so much that we asked our illustrator to create one for the first day of dance school. Here it is. We're offering it to you, free of charge. You can simply click here, download and print a PDF of our "First Day of Dance 2018" sign onto an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.

It's just a little thing we can do to show you how much we appreciate you!

We want you to know that at the Leotard Boutique, when we wrap your items in tissue paper and include a little note, we imagine the moments about to be created and we feel so blessed to be part of them. Of course, we didn't start off in the delivery room with you; however, we've played a role in some pretty spectacular events in your child's young life simply because we make adorable, high, quality, colorful leotards and skirts that so many little girls love to wear on special occasions--birthdays, her first dance outfit, the flower girl dress for your sister's wedding.

Your tiny, sweet and sassy, shy or extroverted daughter—depending on her mood or the hour—will someday be grown up, maybe with a family of her own, but you will have these precious memories for an entire lifetime.

Thanks for letting us be part of it.

Post Your Photo on Instagram for a Chance to Win

We're celebrating our excitement for your daughter's first day of dance school 2018 with a fun photo contest on Instagram and a chance for you to win a free leotard. To enter, click here to download and print a PDF of our "First Day of Dance 2018" sign onto an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. Feel free to trim the edges or even have your daughter color in some of the letters! Then, snap a picture of your daughter in her dance outfit from The Leotard Boutique and share your photo on Instagram. Be sure to include #leotardboutiquememories and tag us with @leotardboutique. Your Instagram account will also need to be public for us to see your entry. Post your photo by September 21, 2018 for a chance to be one of three winners. (If you have your own letter board sign, you could use that too!) We'll have a special Judges' Award for our favorite back to school photo. The two photos with the most likes on Instagram will also be the winners. Contest open to US residents only. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram.


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August 10, 2018 by Heather Atwell

Prepare for Your First Day of Gymnastics with Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS

Not so long ago, Lindsay sat down with her three-year old daughter to watch an episode of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Lindsay had just started working for us at Leotard Boutique. Can you imagine how surprised she was to see that one of the girls on this episode of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood was wearing a lilac short sleeve ruffle leotard from the Leotard Boutique? That wasn't the only thing that was so fantastic about this episode. It was also about a boy named Abbot's first gymnastics class! He was very nervous to try something new, so he decided to bring his favorite stuffy, Duckins, with him to make him feel better. Guess what? It worked!

Click here to view the short video.

Here are some photos from the episode that feature our lilac leotard.

These are the fantastic lyrics to the song:

"When you're upset, you can find a way to feel better.

When you're upset or feeling blue, just think of something that you can do to help yourself feel alright like hugging your favorite stuffy tight!

When you're upset, you can find a way to feel better.

Sometimes it helps to have a friend nearby.

Hugs can make you feel better."

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August 10, 2018 by Heather Atwell

Life with Kristianna Jade, Mom and Military Wife

Kristianna Jade is a mom, military wife, hairstylist, and home & style blogger. For her signature style, she uses neutrals as a base with pops of colors, patterns, and textures like leather to make things look fresh.

As a first-time mother to an infant, when her military husband left for trainings, her new life as a stay-at-home-mom became a difficult adjustment. She needed to find a way to be creative so she could feel human again. For inspiration, she loved flipping through magazines, and scrolling through Pinterest and style bloggers’ pages. She took it one step further and started taking pictures and connecting with other mothers on Instagram. She loved the support and community she found. She was able to relate so much to the other mothers and it really helped her. Even better, her creative outlet developed into a side job and she now takes pictures for small shops. She loves showing her followers things she truly loves and uses.

Tips for When Daddy is Deployed

"Motherhood is hard. When you throw in being a military wife and planning anything around my husband's job, it’s just plain tough!" says Kristianna. "Before my hubby left for his deployment, we recorded him reading a book so my daughter can hear his voice everyday. We do FaceTime as much as possible. I also try to take a break for myself! Keeping my household going and juggling everything while he is away can take a toll so it’s important for me to take care of myself! This Father’s Day he is deployed, but we made sure to paint him some pretty pictures and send him a happy Father’s Day care package with little gifts and goodies!"

Check out her Instagram or read her blog to see her gorgeous neutral style.

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New Mom Friend: More about Kristianna

Me Time: Every Sunday I use the day to go to church and refocus for the week ahead. I call it Shower Shave Sunday because I’ll do my face mask, self tanner, and take a deep cleansing shower! Afterwards I moisturize, do my nails, and style my hair for the week! So the rest of days I’m lucky if I brush my teeth. Haha, Jk! But seriously, looking forward to a pampering Sunday is exciting for me. Yes, it’s only about an hour and a half of me time but it works wonders!

Mommy and Me Time: I enjoy our time before my daughter goes down for bed. We sing and read her daddy’s voice book. It makes me feel like she’s still a little baby when she crawls up and cuddles!

Daily Routine: I wake up and make my bed first thing. Something about that ritual makes me feel better. Then, I’ll clean bottles, make breakfast and clean the house a little while she watches Elmo! Also, I’ll drink some coffee and take a bath if I’m super lucky!

A Few of My Favorite Things: I love a good pair of distressed denim paired with an ankle bootie and graphic or basic t-shirt. If it’s cold, I layer it up and if it’s hot, I wear cut-off shorts. I am also a sucker for some bandanas. I’ve always worn them but since becoming a mom it’s kinda been my staple piece!

Favorite Quote: Everything happens for a reason. Yes, kinda cliche, but I truly think everything does happen for a reason. Sometimes it’s hard to accept it, but a few years from now it will make sense!

Keeping It Real -> Toughest Thing About Motherhood: Honestly, motherhood is just tough, period! It’s by far the hardest thing I’ve gone trough and I’ve gone through some crap for my age! I struggled with postpartum anxiety/depression for about the entire first year and that made it really hard to enjoy motherhood.

Keeping It Real -> Best Thing About Motherhood: The best thing is seeing my daughter smile or laugh or when she runs up to give me a hug or kiss!

 

June 13, 2018 by Heather Atwell

Moms Who Rock: Bailey Valente

Bailey Valente is a professional makeup artist and mom to her one-year old baby, Cruz. She and her daughter live in Kauai, Hawaii, travel a lot, and document some of their life through social media. One of her superpowers is sharing quick and easy beauty tips and tricks with other moms. Check out her YouTube channel for vlogs and beauty tips and tricks!

Takeaway Tip: Look Fresh and Awake in Five Minutes

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Mom-to-Mom Chat with Bailey

Me Time: I love uninterrupted showers and peeing alone. 😂

Mommy and Me Time: I actually spend a lot of my time with Cruz—24/7 😂. I wouldn’t have it any other way. She is my heart outside my body. We have mommy and me time daily, but some of her favorite things to do are: gymnastics, beach, play in the rain, and ANYTHING outdoors!

Daily Routine: One of the things I try to do daily is to wake up a few minutes before Cruz to give myself some time to mentally get ready so I can be my best. Sometimes that means being on my phone, drinking coffee or just listening to the 🐓chickens. Haha! We have a lot of chickens that wake us up every morning.

A Few of My Favorite Things: Some of my favorite things are coffee, lululemon (I rarely really get dressed anymore), and a good manicure.

Keeping It Real -> Toughest Thing About Motherhood: I’ve had the BEST 16 months of my life with Cruz. She is a dream. But the toughest thing to me this far would be exclusively breastfeeding. I nursed her for 15 months. It was demanding, exhausting, and rewarding. I knew I wanted to nurse her until she was ready to wean herself and that’s exactly what I did.

Also, lack of sleep. Haha. That was tough too. She didn’t sleep through the night until 15 months. The first night she slept through the whole night was the night we stopped nursing. That’s how I knew she was ready.

Keeping It Real -> The Best Thing About Motherhood: EVERYTHING! The laughs, though. The laughs are the light of my life.

May 10, 2018 by Heather Atwell

Purple: A Celebration of the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Trending: Fun Facts about This Fantastic Color

Have you noticed purple popping up everywhere this year? We have and we're excited because we love purple. It's such a versatile color. In fact, our new long sleeve ruffle leotard in purple looks so pretty with almost every color combination imaginable—purple and lilac, purple and pink, even purple and orange!

COLOR OF THE YEAR

Pantone, the worldwide standard for color communication and inspiration since 1963, announced that Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, is the Pantone Color of the Year 2018. "This dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future," according to Pantone.

Since 2002, The Pantone Color Institute, the consulting arm within Pantone that forecasts global color trends, advises companies on color in brand identity and product development, and on color assurance programs. Through seasonal trend forecasts, color psychology, and custom color consulting, the Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology, and emotion of color in their design strategy.

ROYALTY

Purple is the color of royalty because purple dye was so expensive and diffucult to make until 1856 when a British chemist, who was trying to develop a treatment for malaria, created a synthetic purple that cost much less.

EASTER

If you celebrate Easter and attend church services, you've seen a lot of purple recently on the altar and elsewhere. Purple is associated with the Easter season, especially the season of Lent that precedes Easter Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


March 26, 2018 by Heather Atwell
Tags: Purple