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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!!

 

 

FIND MORE ANTS IN THE PANTS:

Ants In The Pants on Facebook – InstagramBlog – Shop

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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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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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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 Mar 26, 2014 in EIEIO Photography, EIEIO Photography, Giveaways, Photography, Product Review, Reviews, Stay At Home Mom | 0 comments

EIEIO Photography

EIEIO Photography

Meet Chelse Thompson of EIEIO Photography.

She’s a wife and a mother to two lovely children. She’s eclectic and fun & it shows in her unique work! It’s difficult to choose what I like most about Chelse as she has so many amazing qualities about her photography and her persona. She gets the job done efficiently but makes you feel at home during a shoot. Her creative ideas will surprise you. She is a passionate photographer who will not disappoint. Session after session, whether I know her subjects or not, emotions are touched by the beautiful essence she displays in her photos.

EIEIO Photography often surrounds the subject in nature so the raw beauty is able to shine brightly. Chelse has an eye for surroundings, for lighting and creativity. From brides to babies, she works angles that will transform your moments into outstanding photographs. If you can’t imagine it, Chelse can. Her work is inventive and it’s simply lovely to watch unfold. Chelse’s studio adapts to the needs of the session as well – she’s not afraid to utilize an adorable prop and has the ultimate collection of backdrops to choose from!

Another special attribute about EIEIO Photography is their blog. Chelse and her team like to feature local businesses to give them the spotlight for a bit. It’s nice to have a photographer become an integral part of her community. I was fortunate enough to have Chelse photograph some of sweet whimsy designs’ playable art. Chelse featured a wonderful blog about myself and my growing business. I continue to receive compliments on my business cards and shop listing photos due to EIEIO’s stunning work. She made my peg dolls look like celebrities!

 

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I have fallen in love with her latest venture, A Year In The Life series. Chelse will capture your family in your element, in your home or favorite place, just being you. Life moves so fast sometimes that we fail to realize the every day beauty that takes place. EIEIO will come to you & make that day special by simply photographing your moments, your time together as a family. Have a peek at the love and imagine yourself and your family embracing the day-to-day:

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Chelse is graciously offering The Whimsical Sweet readers special pricing as well as a FREE 8×10 print with your session!

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EIEIO Photography is a fabulous choice for family photography. Enjoy your session with Chelse and take pleasure in the every day.

Follow EIEIO Photography on Facebook to view the latest photography.

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Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Baby, Birthdays, Children, Christmas, Creative, Family, Holidays, infant, Jessica LK Photography, Lifestyle, Memories, newborn, Photography, Pregnancy, Product Review, Reviews, Stay At Home Mom | 0 comments

Jessica LK Photography

Jessica LK Photography

Our Christmas card this year still has me in awe. (Forgive the poor quality of this first photo; it is a snapshot of our card taken by myself. The quality of the actual card was lovely.)

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One brisk day in November, we rounded up the Sweet kids and met with Jessica Kemp, the master behind the lens of Jessica LK Photography.

Jessica had the stellar idea to join us at the Strong National Museum of Play, our local children’s museum, which would have never crossed my mind. It is a perfect location for a photo shoot, especially with children! The carousel, the brick wall, the old fashioned diner…all fun and whimsical backdrops for our holiday photos (or any photos, for that matter).

Thank you to By Cee Cee for outfitting our girls with beautiful dresses.

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All images copyright Jessica LK Photography 2013. Girls dresses: By Cee Cee.

We aren’t very good about taking family photos. We have done it formally only once before, and that was when we only had two children. Jessica made us feel right at home, in the vast museum, which must not be easy to do. However, it came naturally to her. She is clearly meant to be with camera in hand. She whisked the kids in a few settings, added us here and there, and we had a lot of fun in the process. We could see the moments taking place, yet we had no idea her eye would turn them into something magical.

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Just look at these captures.

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Image: copyright Jessica LK Photography 2013. Bowtie: Tiny Chaos

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The fact that the children didn’t know Jessica upon shooting made for some very intruiging photos. We were melted by the expressions she captured in our childrens’ faces. There aren’t even words to describe these looks, these expressions.

I love the attention Jessica Kemp pays to detail. At one point she moved some poinsettias into the shot, which added a little festive flair. From the actual shoot to the editing afterward, Jessica LK Photography is a true professional. Browse her website and you will see, she clearly loves what she does, and it shines through in every photograph she makes. The photos you will see can draw you in. It’s as if you want to get to know these people pictured, but you’ve never met them in your life.

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From newborn sessions to weddings, she can and does do it all. She even has boudoir sessions available – mighty tempting for the upcoming Hallmark holiday. Her sessions are very affordable and her work, simply gorgeous. One photo is more stunning than the next. It will be difficult for you to choose a favorite, as it was for us. Plan on ooh-ing and aah-ing over your photos when your session is complete. We know we sure did!

We are grateful for Jessica’s time with us and hope to have her create beautiful work for us in the future.

Jessica LK Photography is graciously offering The Whimsical Sweet’s readers a custom timeline cover for those sessions booked in January, February, or March. Perfect timing for Valentine’s Day and Easter photo sessions! Thank you, Jessica!

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Full disclosure: Jessica LK Photography provided us with a mini photo session and images. Girls dresses provided by By Cee Cee. All opinions are my own. All images are copyright Jessica LK Photography 2013.

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Baby, Birthday Parties, Birthdays, bowtie, Carnival Party, Children, Christmas, Creative, Etsy, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Handmade, Handmade Holiday, headband, Holiday Gift Ideas, holiday shopping, Holidays, Party, Photography, Product Review, Reviews, Save money, Shopping, Stay At Home Mom, Support Handmade, Tiny Chaos, Toddlers, Working Mom | 1 comment

Tiny Chaos – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Tiny Chaos – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

I’ve fallen in love. I simply adore bow ties, especially on little boys. Our own little man also simply adores wearing bow ties. He thinks they’re handsome, and so do we.
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Bowtie by Tiny Chaos, Photo copyright Jessica LK Photography 2013

The best place, the only place to find super adorable toddler bow ties is Tiny Chaos.
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Natalie Carter is the creative mind behind some really handsome handmade bow ties and hair bows at Tiny Chaos. I found her on Instagram, though she also has a Facebook page and shop on Etsy. Tiny Chaos is so good about posting photos of her latest bow creations, and even better – she has flash sales often!
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I love that Tiny Chaos puts together color combinations, textures, and patterns that are unexpected, yet they are always beautiful and unique. Her holiday collection is spot on with both classic styles & modern looks. Every little guy needs a Tiny Chaos bow tie in his stocking this year…but why wait?! Take advantage of her Black Friday weekend sale – many of the shop’s listings are marked down plus free shipping on all domestic orders over $10.00 until 12/25 with the code ’10FREESHIP’!! How much do you love these bows?!
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Natalie is so easy and fun to work with. Shipping is very fast & those darling little bow ties and headbands come packaged very nicely. It makes a good gift or a perfect accessory for your holiday photo shoot! (And keep in mind she can make matching Father/Son bow ties, even sister headbands to match!) Tiny Chaos was gracious enough to supply our mini man with a special celebratory bow tie for The Big Carnival Bash!
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Bowtie by Tiny Chaos
Photo copyright Pamela Rayburn Photography 2013

We have decided to be sure to have a Tiny Chaos bow tie for every occasion now through college graduation! How can you resist?!
Tiny Chaos is giving away a handsome bow tie to one lucky winner!
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ENTER TO WIN A GINGHAM BOW TIE!!

You could and you should win this handsome fall gingham bow tie! Simply just click the link above & be on your merry way.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One will receive one (1) Fall Gingham Bow tie by Tiny Chaos (a $14 value). Contest begins November 30, 2013 at 12:00am and ends December 7, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Saturday, December 7, 2013 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook page. Prize will be shipped to any of the 48 contingent U.S. States within one to two weeks of winner announcement. Entries will be verified.
Thank you to Pamela Rayburn Photography & Jessica LK Photography for providing their beautiful photographs. Rochester, NY & Finger Lakes-area friends, keep them in mind when looking for superb photography!
Full disclosure: Tiny Chaos provided me with a bow tie to review to be able to write this post. I have not been compensated in any other way to feature Tiny Chaos in this post. It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :).
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