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We Have the Cutest Baby Swimsuits for Fun Water Play This Summer


Here we are, deep in the heart of summer. I hope you're enjoying the warmth of the sun (and fun in the water!) as much as my family is. One of the best things about summer is being able to relax and cool off in the pool or at the beach. My kids always look forward to those weekends when we tell them it's time to head off to the lake. Hopefully you're able to schedule in some quick summer getaways like that before the temperatures start dropping again. If you've been putting off buying baby swimsuits for your little ones, you're in luck! Hartstrings is having some great sales right now on everything your baby needs to look cute and stay cool while playing in the water.


Mini-Vacations for the Whole Family

Even if you're not planning a big vacation, with a little bit of research, you'll find that there's plenty to do close to home. There are state parks that have a beach-like environment. So, while you might be far away from the ocean, it's still possible to pretend a little bit. Your kids will enjoy being able to play in the sand, creating sand castles, and the water will be cool and refreshing. In all of your “beach” time, however, make sure you have everything you need to protect the kids from the sun. Don't forget to pack your sunscreen, and it's a good idea to pick up some cover-ups like our Hooded Terry Cover-Up Dress to help keep your baby protected while she's playing in the sand. With a little planning, you can make any mini-vacation special for your entire family.


Family Fun at Home

If you're not able to slip away to a lake or a beach, there's plenty you can do right at home to enjoy some time together. Just about any store carries various sizes of kiddie pools. You can opt for the plastic kind that only require that you add water, or you can put your lungs to the test and blow up a larger pool for the kids. In fact, you might even be tempted to take a dip yourself! I always make sure my kids have flip flops for the summer, so they avoid tracking grass in the house after their dips in our kiddie pool. I'm a big fan of Hartstrings’ Navy or Pink Dot Flip Flops.


Also, be sure to check out the great deals we have on baby swimsuits for boys. Our floral print swim trunks will make your little boy look like he's on vacation in Hawaii, even when he's just splashing in the back yard.


There's nothing like some time in the sun and playing in the water to help you and your kids enjoy summer even more. Be sure to check out our online store for baby swimsuits and all of the other accessories your kids will need to enjoy the rest of their summer!

Don't miss out on our great Spring looks from our brands, like DKNY!

A Girls Denim Jacket is the Key to a Fashionable Summer


There are certain pieces of clothing that have a timeless quality. For instance, look at a girls denim jacket. I had one at a young age along with most of the girls in my grade school class.

Something about it just says summer to me. It went with everything, so I wore it all summer long. To be honest, I practically lived in it. That’s why I had to smile when my daughter came downstairs wearing her girl’s denim jacket for the third day in a row. Proof that:

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

Most clothing shouldn’t be worn until it’s threadbare; a girls denim jacket, any denim really, is the exception that makes the rule. For some reason, the more beat up denim gets, the better it looks. A fact my daughter will no doubt be putting to the test.

She’s very proud of the jacket (if that wasn’t obvious already). She saved her allowance up to buy it. I’ve heard about this jacket a lot. You see, it’s one of the first bigger items she’s bought with her own money. We saw it online when we were shopping for a friend’s birthday gift.


I suppose I should have prefaced this story with the fact that Hartstrings is one of my daughter’s favorite clothing stores. She and her friends make “wardrobe wish lists” and like to mix and match their favorite pieces. I like the fact that their clothes are:

  • High-quality
  • Affordable
  • Modest
  • Clothes my kids want to wear

I may not agree with everything my daughter likes (regrettably, she and her friends came down with a pretty severe case of Bieber Fever), but we can agree on Hartstrings.

A great alternative to a classic denim jacket is our printed white denim DKNY jacket.

A great alternative to a classic denim jacket is our printed white denim DKNY jacket.

Well-Earned Bragging Rights

That said, she decided a girls denim jacket is the thing to have this summer, so she set a monetary goal as well as a deadline. She wanted to order it in time to wear it on the last day of school. This meant that after doing chores, helping me with errands, getting good grades, and finding ways to help others, she had finally saved up enough money to buy the jacket. Best of all, she beat her own deadline. Now, she can wear it as often as she likes during the last month of school.


It’s enough to make both of us smile. I know that the jacket she bought is a good investment. It will last well beyond the last month of school. Most importantly, Hartstrings helped teach my daughter the value and reward of setting and meeting goals. That’s a difficult lesson well-taught with the right motivating tool, which is something I can count on Hartstrings to provide.

Thanks to this wonderful clothing company this proud mom can say, lesson learned and goal not only met, but exceeded.

There’s a right fit for every budget. They always have sales, deals, and steals available. Check out their product line for yourself and make it a fashion-forward summer!



Find Your “Golden Window” to get Hartstrings Dresses for Summer


There’s something about this time of year that’s just perfect. It’s that golden window somewhere between spring and summer. The weather warms up just enough to allow for playtime well into early evening, children’s laughter gets carried in the breeze, and you find yourself smiling simply because all is right with the world.


Living in the Golden Window

Not to ruin this lovely moment of satisfaction and reflection, but as a mom, I’ve realized something else about this time of year too: It’s the perfect time to stock up on Hartstrings dresses for my girls. Before you start suffering whip lash from the sudden subject change, let me explain myself a bit more clearly.

As parents, we know that these moments are fleeting – moments where the kids are safely and happily occupied, moments where we get to slow down and take a breath, moments where we can finally get to a couple of items on our summer preparation to-do list.

When it comes to my kids and summer vacation, I have to have a to-do list. We usually have the annual trip to grandmas to plan for. Plus, there are all kinds of get-togethers, parties, and events; not to mention my back-up plan for activities to avoid the inevitable, “I’m bored, me too” whines that hit by early August. The summer is a busy season in my house. If I want to buy my Hartstrings dresses before it arrives, I have to strike while the iron’s hot and the weather’s pleasant.


The Art of Elimination

To successfully keep life’s many plates spinning, you have to have a routine. Luckily, Hartstrings fits almost seamlessly into mine.

The kids get home from school at about 3:30 in the afternoon. I sit with them for about a half hour, enjoy an after school snack, and hear about their day. They’ll spend the next 30 to 45 minutes outside. This is normally my down time. I keep an eye on them through the window while I do a little something for myself.

This time of year, I spend my break doing something else. It’s the perfect opportunity to buy the Hartstrings dresses my daughters have had their eye on. I go online and spend about a half hour ordering dresses and summer clothes for one of my girls. When I finish with one summer wardrobe, I move onto the next. By 5:15, they’re ready to work on homework while I finish making dinner. Dinner is served and done by about 7:00. My husband and I join the kids outside for another half hour before it’s time to get everybody ready for bed by 8:30.

I wanted to share this snapshot of our lives with you to show you how easy it is to get cute summer fashions on a busy schedule. It takes me about three weeks (one week per child) to get my summer shopping done, but the time flies by. Hartstrings helps me avoid hitting my summer wardrobe panic mode.