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Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Children's Apparel, Children's Literature, Product Review, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ants In The Pants

Ants In The Pants

Our youngest loves Georgie! {She is wearing a rainbow romper from Lookie Loo Loo & hair bow from Lennon & Co.}

One can never have too many books. As a homeschooling family, we’re always on the lookout for a good book. Thanks to author, musician, and designer Jolie Della Valle, we have found a great book and brand in Ants In The Pants! Not only did Jolie write the book featuring her own creation, Georgie The Ant & friends, she also makes appearances where she hosts Storytime Dance Parties at schools and events. In addition, you will find Ants In The Pants apparel in the shop from bloomers to leggings and tees, all made in the USA by Jolie, herself. Crawl over to the website & print some free coloring pages with Georgie & his friends!

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Most importantly, Jolie gives back in a big way! In addition to volunteering a live performance and donating a copy of her book to every child at the hospital, twenty percent of every book sale through July is donated to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital! This way, parents have the opportunity to purchase a special book for their child that also gives back. Her mission is to encourage the “ants” in the pants of children everywhere, and to also give back to this amazing foundation.Ants in the Pants, 1We are in awe of Jolie’s inspirational journey and think you will be, too! The book is fun and colorful which draws the attention of all ages. All three of our children – ages 6, 5, & 3 – enjoy reading the story and acting out the pages. We love that the book is so interactive & encourages children to participate in it’s imaginative dance while speaking directly to the child with questions. There is a fun surprise at the end of the book, too! We can only imagine how much fun it would be to have Jolie singing and reading her book in person. Jolie is a tiny ball of happy energy which must be so entertaining for little ones!

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As part of our new Q&A Sessions with handmade entrepreneurs, we’ve asked Jolie to answer some questions we find to be important in our lives. Here are her answers:

•What motivated you to become a handmade shop owner and when did you open/launch?

When I got the idea for making Ants in the Pants, it sparked me with so much excitement, that I had to follow through with it! For a few years I was selling my creations at craft shows only, but then I finally I launched my website in November of 2013.

•Where do you source your materials?

I order all of my fabric and trims online through various websites. I love Timeless Treasures Fabric and Spoonflower. In regards to my recently published children’s book, I used a printing company in the United States.

•What’s your favorite part about being a handmade shop owner?

My favorite part is receiving a picture of a child in a outfit that I made or reading my book! It fills me up with so much happiness to know that I created something with loving energy that is now being transferred into that child’s life!

•Who inspires you?

I am inspired by almost everyone and everything. I am always observing! However, my niece Sloane is my ultimate inspiration! She is the reason Ants in the Pants went from a  hobby into a viable business. I choose to let go of my fears and follow my dreams because I want to encourage her to do that. I’m just trying to lead by example and be an amazing role model to her!

•What do you see your business becoming in the next 5/10 years?

Ants in the Pants began as baby and toddler clothing, and then last year I published my first children’s book, Georgie and the Ants in the Pants. At this time I also started writing kids music and playing the ukulele! The past few months I’ve been touring schools, stores, and libraries with my book and entertaining children, and this turned into my #1 passion and priority. I would have never imagined I would be doing this! My business has evolved so much and I know it will continue to evolve more over the next 5/10 years. I try to focus on each day as it comes- to do my best, to stay inspired and productive, to have faith, and to let life unfold!

•Favorite fellow handmade shops?

I love Little Macks @Little.Macks (media inspired shirts). So cute and funny!

•What is your favorite creation?

My favorite creation is Georgie and the Ants in the Pants! It was the most challenging one by far, but the tougher the challenge, the greater the reward!

•What’s your most important piece of wisdom you think has made you &/or your business who/what you are today?

When there is something major you want to accomplish, understand that it will not happen over night. Be patient, and just do your best to continue to move forward everyday. It is a marathon, not a race, and NEVER compare your business or progress to anyone else’s. Have a reason – something that’s bigger then you, and bigger then the products that you create, that pushes you to keep on each day! BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

•What do you wish customers purchased more of?

I will usually get orders of the book alone, or the apparel alone, and I just think it’s so cute for a child to receive both the book and a t-shirt (because the characters in the book are wearing the “I have Ants in my Pants” shirts!).

•Business-wise, why do you do what you do day in & day out?

Every day is so different! Depending upon if I have a school visit or not, or what I feel inspired to do that day! Typically I am writing, brainstorming, sewing, playing the ukulele, making calls, shipping orders, working on marketing initiatives. I also run a completely different business as a personal trainer, fitness instructor. So in between all my Ants in the Pantsing’ I am training clients, or teaching classes. I find that the busier I am, the more I get done! I wake up super early, and it allows to me to get a head start on the day. I prioritize and always get the urgent things done first, knowing that tomorrow will be a bright new beautiful day to continue on this journey!

Wonderful words and advice from Jolie Della Valle! Thank you, Jolie, for sharing your imagination and a little of your world with us! We are ever-inspired by your creativity and lust for life!

 

NOW THROUGH 7/17/15 on @WeAreHandmade, purchase Georgie and the Ants In The Pants at a discounted price of $15 (includes shipping) & receive a FREE Logo Tee (a $23 value)!! 

 

***And don’t forget that Jolie is donating 20% of all purchases to

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital!!

 

 

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Children's Apparel, Nursery Decor, Product Review, Women's Apparel | 0 comments

Molly’s Chic Boutique

Molly’s Chic Boutique

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Mover and shaker and all-things-fun maker Allie Sims can tell you all about evolving a hobby into a career. Allie owns Molly’s Chic Boutiquea hip and happening shop where you can find as-you-grow stickers, invitations, and prints for your little ones. Allie also runs a second shop MCBApparelher excellent apparel line for women, men, babies, & children!

There are so many uniquely fun designs, it would be a challenge to choose a favorite. Molly’s Chic Boutique has something for everyone – from pregnancy & newborn to both men & women, something for yourself, something to give as a gift – it’s all here in Allie’s shop. Starting with newborns, the New To The Tribe layette is perfect in every way. Cute doesn’t cut it with this gown – it would even make a great gift to someone having a second or third child. If it’s anything like the tees in the shop, it’s so cuddly you’ll want one for yourself!

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Photo copyright Molly’s Chic Boutique

We received a Run Wild & Free tee from MCB Apparel for our youngest & it suits her personality to a “T” (pun intended)! She loves the softness & comfort & we love the adorable print. Who can resist this amount of cute?!

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Allie also included some Monthly Stickers in our package. These adorable stickers make me want to get pregnant with a fourth child! They’re such an exciting way to document your baby’s development – just peel & stick onto a simple onesie or tee & snap a photo each month as your baby grows. We can’t wait to share ours with our new nephew – stay tuned for photos to come!

 

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Photo copyright Molly’s Chic Boutique

Allie is so gracious & sweet and so easy to work with. She’s busy preparing and printing if she’s not caring for her lovely daughter. It’s always amazing to meet someone in the social media world managing to do it all!

Just in time for the holidays, Molly’s Chic Boutique is super kind by offering our readers 15% off in her shop today (12/4) only with the code WHIMSY at checkout. Head over to Molly’s Chic Boutique on Instagram or on Facebook to say thank you by following the shop there to keep up-to-date on the latest arrivals & sales! Shopping small is a great way to support handmade while finding the most unique treasures.

 

 

 

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Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Accessories, Product Review, Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Shared Joy

Shared Joy

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Jennifer Broadway is the owner and creative mind behind Shared Joyan adorable boutique where you can find quality girls’ headbands handmade with lots of love! Jenn is the sweetest, hard-working shop owner who draws inspiration from her two most precious creations – her beautiful daughters! Shared Joy has an eclectic mix of styles and designs in the shop as precious as can be. From jersey knits and reversible headbands to bows and lace , there is an accessory for every girl, every outfit, and every occasion!

Thanks to Shared Joy, we have a few headbands for the girls. Pictured below, T is wearing the Red/Gold Jersey Knit Dot Headband, which I think is perfect for the holidays!

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The Jersey Knits are so soft & comfortable, the girls don’t even realize they’re wearing it! What I love most is that they’re adjustable so it fits our two year-old as well as our six year-old. You may or may not catch me sporting it around the house 😉 – hey! It’s comfy!

Another Jersey Knit that I love for the versatility is the Wrap Headband. The print we have is so lovely, metallic silver and ivory wrapped into a perfect bow (pictured).

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I love browsing the different prints available at Shared Joy. One of our faves is the Chevron Reversible Headband:

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Every little girl deserves high style, don’t you think?! Feast your eyes on some florals:

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Just in time for that perfect holiday photo shoot and the upcoming holiday season, Shared Joy is extending a very special offer to very special Whimsical Sweet readers! Use code ‘SWEETWHIMSY’ at checkout to receive 20% OFF your next purchase!! Thank you, Jenn, for sharing your talents with us & spreading your holiday cheer!!

 

You can find Shared Joy in the latest issue of CupcakeMag featuring Jersey Knit headbands on page 33. For the newest arrivals, sales, and shop updates, be sure to follow Shared Joy on Instagram and Facebook.

 

 

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Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Children's Apparel, Reviews, Shopping, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Little Miss Shop

The Little Miss Shop

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The time has come again to shop, shop, shop our hearts out in preparation for the upcoming holidays. We have two daughters and a son who are pretty easy to shop for. So, I get to have some fun in the process! Thank goodness for social media, or I would have never been introduced to The Little Miss Shop. Owner Leeana is the sweetest Floridian with a shop full of handmade accessories for the little miss in your life.

We were lucky enough to receive some accessories from the Oh, Deer collection. Our daughters each have a turban, our son an infinity scarf, & an infinity scarf for myself. Soft and stylin’ accessories can make any outfit and The Little Miss Shop knows it! Our kids are smitten over their new creations. They feel hip & cool when they throw on their headbands and scarf. Little fashionistas!

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Of course, I have my eye on many, many other items in the shop. You must see the new line of Infinity Scarves – especially the B&W Stripe Infinity Scarf or, if you’re looking for a little more color, the Multicolor Feathered Infinity Scarf. I love that you can match Mommy/Daughter with customizable options for both the scarves and headbands.

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You’re sure to find something for every gal on your list this year. Here’s something that will help:  An exclusive for our readers, The Little Miss Shop is offering 20% OFF anything in the shop with code ‘LITTLEMISSS’ at checkout in her Etsy shop!

Thank you, Leeana, for spreading your fun & trendy style to all the little misses of the world!

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The Little Miss Shop was featured in the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide on The Whimsical Sweet, showcasing her Fair Isle line of scarves & headbands. Be sure to stop by The Little Miss Shop on Instagram to stay up-to-date on new items, sales, & giveaways!

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