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Knit Cardigans Are Perfect For All Occasions


Ready or not, the holidays are approaching us quickly! If you're like me, you wait until after Halloween is over before you even start to think about your holiday shopping. However, before you know it, you'll be getting all kinds of invitations to parties and get-togethers with family and friends. When those invitations start coming, make sure you have everything your kids will need to make a good impression…not to mention, to stay warm!

Dressy or Casual?

When those invitations start rolling in, you probably have visions of donning your best little black dress and high heels. Even if it's a family party, it's rare that we get to dress up for a night out, so we tend to take advantage of it at every opportunity. However, you might not want to dress your kids up in their best clothes because, well, things can happen at these parties, can't they? Especially if there are going to be other kids there. A knit cardigan is a great choice for a girl or a boy because it's a little dressier than most of their other clothes, and yet it's casual enough for them to be able to relax and have a good time. Our boys' Colorblock Cardigan sweater is a great choice for when you want your son to look a little more dapper, and for girls, we have a great selection to choose from. Our Embroidered Cardigan is great for impressing the grandparents, and if you're looking for something with a holiday theme, our Fur Collar Cardigan is perfect.

Versatility is the Key

I understand how important versatility is. As a parent, you're always looking for pieces that can be used for more than one purpose, especially if you're on a budget. A knit cardigan is great for those days when you all just want to sit around the house eating warm soup and watching movies. They can also be worn when you're raking leaves, or when you venture out to attend a local fall or winter craft festival. In versatility, you want to have pieces in your kids' closets that will keep them warm, give them the ability to layer in case they get too hot, and provide them with enough freedom to move around, play, and just be kids! A knit cardigan is perfect for all of those things.

Here at Hartstrings, we're excited that the holidays are just around the corner. I'm sure your kids are thrilled to think about Thanksgiving coming up, and having some time off from school to just relax and have fun. While you're making your holiday plans, be sure to stock up on all of the great fall and winter items and accessories your family will need to make this holiday season one to remember. To see our great selection, and our discounted prices, visit our online store today!


Make Sure Your Boys Dress Warmly For Fun October Activities


I’m not sure if it’s because they get to be spooky and scare the girls in their class with their Halloween costumes, or if it’s because they truly just love fall outdoor activities, but the month of October has always been a favorite for my boys. We love this time of year, not just because Halloween is just around the corner, but also because there are so many great, fun things to do together as a family. No matter what your family enjoys doing during this time of year, it’s important to make sure your kids have the right clothes to keep them nice and warm while they’re outside. Whether you need cardigan sweaters for boys, or v-neck sweater vests, Hartstrings has exactly what you’re looking for.

Autumn Leaf Collage

The leaves are changing on the trees, but it’s not enough just to watch this miracle happen from a distance. Our boys enjoy jumping in piles of leaves, but I decided long ago to put their energy to good use! Now, we create autumn leaf collages each fall. These collages are beautiful as fall artwork, and the kids really enjoy making them.

Spider Web Obstacle Course

Whether you make it as a decorative piece, or you come up with some games to play with it together as a family, a spider web obstacle course is a lot of fun to make, and it looks really cool when it’s finished. It takes a great deal of time to put it together the right way, but that makes it a great activity for your sons to do together. Especially if you have boys who enjoy making and building things, this is a fun weekend project.

Apple Picking And Cider

No matter how creative you get with coming up with fun things for your kids to do during the fall, there’s nothing better than picking apples and making your own cider. Many orchards have cider mills on the premises, so it’s easy for your family to enjoy a day of apple picking, and then turn some of those apples into delicious cider to bring home.

What other fun activities does your family enjoy doing during this time of year? There are so many, sometimes it’s hard to choose, isn’t it? Our boys are so active, and these fall excursions give them ways to put their creativity to good use while they get to burn off that excess energy.

In all of your fall fun, make sure your boys are dressed for the changing weather. Our v-neck sweater vests, pullovers and cardigan sweaters for boys are all great options that will keep your kids looking good and toasty warm. Be sure to check out our online store for everything your kids need this fall.

It’s More Than Just One Day – Celebrate The Season Of Halloween!


It’s so hard to believe that the warmer weather is pretty much behind us in most parts of the country, isn’t it? It seems like only yesterday when I was getting the kids off the bus for the last time before summer vacation started. Now, they’re back in school once again.

In our family, once the kids settle into their new school routines, their thoughts always seem to shift toward Halloween. Halloween is such a fun time of year for families, and if your family is like mine, you enjoy celebrating the season of Halloween, not just the day. Whether your baby is in need of some adorable baby girl leggings with a fall-inspired theme, or your son has been begging you for a few scary t-shirts, you’ll find that Hartstrings has all of the clothes your kids need to celebrate this fun time of year.

Don’t Forget The Little Ones

I know that for me, I always get so busy helping my older kids plan their Halloween costumes, that getting the little ones ready for Halloween can easily slip my mind. If you have little ones at home, don’t let them miss out on all of the spooky fun this year. Hartstrings has some really cute baby girl leggings in a fun, Halloween polka dot design. They go great with tops like our Infant Halloween Pumpkin Tunic. Of course, you don’t want to leave your baby boy behind, either. Our Infant Halloween Graphic T-shirt or our Infant Halloween Jack-O-Lantern T-shirt are both perfect for your little guy.

Halloween Attire for Your Older Kids

One thing is for sure – all of the kids at school are going to be wearing their scary t-shirts and Halloween-themed clothes during the month of October. As the day grows near, you’ll probably even catch a glimpse of your kids’ teachers wearing their Halloween attire too. Hartstrings has a great selection of Halloween clothing for your kids, but because it comes from us, they won’t have to worry about wearing what all of the other kids are wearing. In addition to our baby girl leggings, we have similar ones for older girls, and what boy wouldn’t love to entertain his friends with one of our Halloween Funny Skeleton Long Sleeve Tops?

One of the things I love about Hartstrings is the fact that our clothes wear so well. Unlike clothing I have purchased for my kids in the past, these items really stand up to my kids’ rough-and-tumble play on the playground, as well as many rounds of kickball after school. You just can’t beat the quality, and I’m so thankful for that!

Have you started helping your kids plan their Halloween costumes yet? The planning is always half the fun! Even so, make this Halloween one to remember by picking up some of the essentials your kids will need to celebrate it properly. Be sure to check out Hartstrings for the latest in Halloween clothing and accessories!