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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.



Pick Up Little Girls Tunics and Sandals For Your Family’s Celebrations This Summer


Each year, our family looks forward to summer because of all of the great family get-togethers we always enjoy with each other. Even though it seems like school is barely out of session for the summer, before you know it, it will be the Fourth of July! Whether you’re planning on spending it enjoying a quiet picnic at home, or you’re going out of town to a big family party with fireworks to cap off the night, the Fourth of July is a very special holiday. At Hartstrings, we have everything you could possible need to be sure your kids are dressed to impress this Fourth of July–from little girls tunics to sandals, and everything in between.

Comfort is the Key

When you’re planning your kids’ wardrobes for this summer, I know you want them to look their best. However, be sure that you also plan for them to be comfortable. Remember, summertime is a very active time for your kids, and it’s important that the clothes they wear fit them well, and are made of a breathable material that will keep them cool. We have a really cute collection of boys’ polo shirts and little girls’ tunics that are easily mixed and matched with lots of different styles of capri pants and shorts. We make it really easy for moms to plan outfits well.

Remember “Washability”

Along with comfort, you’ll also want to remember that your kids are bound to get a little bit dirty while they’re attending that Fourth of July barbeque your boss invited you to. Even if you spend a quiet afternoon at home on the Fourth of July, you’ll want to encourage your kids to take advantage of the nice weather and play outside as much as possible. So, regardless of who you want to impress with your kids’ wardrobe, be sure you’re practical in your choices. Choose materials that will wash well. While that might mean avoiding the khaki shorts and eyelet blouses for your family’s picnic, you’ll find plenty more styles to choose from at Hartstrings. I promise you, they’ll be just as cute, and you won’t be fretting about scrubbing out grass stains the following day.

Once you’ve picked up the perfect summer and Fourth of July clothes for your kids, be sure you check out our ‘Show Your Summer Style Contest’. You can enter your child’s picture into a contest for a chance to win a $100 shopping spree at Hartstrings! What a great gift for you and for your child!

When it comes to celebrations, whether it’s for the Fourth of July, or another holiday, Hartstrings has everything you need to make your kids look their best. We’re the absolute best online store for busy parents, offering everything from little girls’ tunics to little boys’ belts. Don’t forget to check back to our site often so you can keep tabs on all of the great deals we’re always offering our customers.


Are You Ready For Fun In The Sun This Summer?


My family is getting really excited because summer is just around the corner. They keep asking me about going swimming, even though it hasn’t been quite warm enough yet, and even though none of our neighbors even have their swimming pools open. Even so, we all know it’s just a matter of time until the sounds of happy splashing will be sounding all through our neighborhood.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to be sure you’re fully prepared with everything your kids will need in children’s swim wear, even before the pools in your community start opening up. That way, you won’t have to worry about your kids missing out on any of the fun. Hartstrings has some incredible styles of children’s swim wear this year, so no matter what your little ones need, you’ll find it in our store.


Hartstrings stocks more than just bathing suits for your little girl. Every accessory she’ll need is available for you too, so you won’t have to search all over town. You’ll absolutely love our styles. My favorite thing about Hartstrings’ swim wear for girls is the fact that many of them come in bikinis and in one-piece bathing suits. That means if your daughter falls in love with a suit like our Ruffled Bathing Suit, but you prefer for her to wear a one-piece, you can choose our Green Check Bathing Suit instead. Bathing suits aren’t all we have for your little girl. She’ll need some cute flip flops like our Striped Flip Flops and it’s a good idea for her to have a cover-up like our Hooded Terry Cover-Up Dress. You’ll be happy to know that many of our girls’ bathing suits also come in infant sizes. I’ve always liked to dress my girls in matching suits, and Hartstrings makes that easy.



Every year I pull out my son’s swim trunks, hoping to get one more year out of them. It’s amazing how fast they grow in a year, isn’t it? Well, this summer I know they all need new ones, and I was really excited to see the new styles Hartstrings has for 2013. If your family is going on a vacation, you might want to pick something a little tropical, such as our Floral Print Swim Trunks. I absolutely love the Star Printed Swim Trunks because they remind me of the 4th of July. Just like our girls’ bathing suits, you’ll find both boys and infant sizes in any style you like. Last but not least, don’t forget to make sure you have t-shirts for your boys to use as cover-ups when they’re taking a break from the pool.


What about you? Is your family ready for some fun in the sun? You’ll want to be sure you have everything you need to make this summer truly memorable.

Check out our online store for the absolute best in children’s swim wear, and let’s enjoy these hot months while we can!