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Saturday, February 6, 2016

February is Heart Month, and not just because it brings Valentine's Day. It's also the American Heart Association's Heart Month and at Sweet Spot® Skirts we are all about healthy hearts! Our focus all month is on how we can support and inspire women - and our kids, nieces/nephews and the special young people in our lives - to make the smart choices that lead to a healthier heart and a healthier life!!

There are many ways to keep your own heart in top form: eating well, being active and moving more, spending time with family and friends, laughing together, and feeling good about our bodies all have strong benefits to our heart health. Our Sweet Spot® Skirts family knows that wearing a cute skirt while out for a walk or run, biking, running errands, or touring a new city can add to the joy of life and joy is great for your heart! And feeling flirty for Valentine's Day is good, too!

For extra inspiration during Heart Month, check out this sweet video we found on the American Heart Association website about one mom, Michaela's, conscious choices about what she makes for her three kids. As she says in the video, if moms (and aunties, special friends, neighbors...) spread the word about eating healthy and the benefits from it, and lead by example, we will have a positive impact on the next generation! "Moms standing together can be a strong force." 

In our corner of the world, moms like Sunná (below) lead by example and her daughter Avery learns from her. If you missed our post on Tuesday, February 2nd, you can read about Sunná and Avery HERE. They run together and encourage each other to be healthy. Sunna shares how she inspired Avery to start running and Avery tells what she thinks is special about her mom. They recently participated in the Worst Day of the Year run. They did it together and now they have matching beanies and penguin medals to commemorate another event they've shared! You Go, Girls!!

You can see inspirational videos and find out more about how to keep your heart healthy on the AHA website. #hearthealth 

Happy Heart Month! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Healthy Heart & Fun

Roses are Red
Our outfits are too
We've bonded together
to bring Heart Awareness to you!
Join us on Feb. 5 and wear red in an effort to remind women to keep their heart healthy. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. That is an alarming 1 woman every 80 seconds.
Let's all be the "Lady in Red" this Friday, February 5, 2016.
Our staff and managers had a blast trying to get a "RED" hot picture for our Heart Healthy Post.  Our goal is to motivate women to get out and get going.   Our athletic skirts are great for covering you during your active lifestyle.  We fit all women from size 0 - 24.   Everyday we get stories about women and their live longer journey's.  This is one of our favorite stories showcasing a mom and daughter sharing a running journey .  CLICK HERE

Let's work to spread the word about getting a healthy heart! 
Have fun, laugh and keep moving!
Love and Hugs, 
The Sweet Spot® Skirt Girls

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Live Longer with a Healthy Heart

February is Heart Month. One of the best ways to live longer is to keep your heart healthy. We love supporting women in their dedication to being active and feeling good about how they look with our athletic clothing line. Sometimes a new outfit is the extra boost that gets you to your next run or walk, spin class, mountain hike, bike ride or stroll along the beach.
Our focus this month is on Sunná and Avery, a mom and daughter team who help each other to be heart healthy, and with every step they create memories that will last a lifetime.

Sunná started her journey to running when she walked a marathon and a half. She met up with other girlfriends and they started to run/walk, and then worked up to running. Now she feels her heart rate elevates faster and it feels better to her to run. Sunná says running saved her life in many ways, by giving her clarity and focus, long-lasting friendships, and the ability to get through a lot of pain and hardship in a difficult time. 
Sunná was thrilled when Avery wanted to start running with her. Avery sets goals and Sunná helps her to meet them. When Sweet Spot Skirts asked Avery what was the best thing about running with her mom, she said her mom keeps her going when she wants to stop, and when Avery’s having a hard time her mom finds ways to help her get through it. Avery says it has helped to have her mom to run with because it “makes you go faster if you run with someone”. And when asked how many of Avery’s friends run with their mom, she answered “NONE my mom is pretty special”. Avery also joined the cross country team and enjoys training with her friends while getting better at running. Avery’s next goal is to run a 5k in 25 minutes.

A recent highlight for this mother/daughter pair was during the Resolution Run on January 10th when Avery finished the race first in her age group. She stood on the top of the podium to be recognized, and both mother and daughter felt the pride of a hard-earned accomplishment. The bonus was getting to enjoy the moment together.

Sunná’s advice to other mothers who hope to get their daughters involved in running is to lead by example – if you daughter sees you doing something that makes you happy, she may follow in your footsteps – literally. Also, keep asking if they want to join you on a run, with no pressure just encouragement.  Next up for Sunná and Avery is the Worst Day of the Year Run – if they can run on the Worst Day, they can run anytime - together!

Send us your story of heart healthy activities with your son/daughter... info@sweetspotskirts.com!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

SSS Photo Contest 2015 WINNERS

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries into the Sweet Spot® Skirts 2015 Photo Contest- it was our biggest year yet! Needless to say, the judges had a tough time selecting winners. We had entries from all over the world and all types of activities. 
See the entries on Facebook and Pinterest. 

With that said, these are the entries that stood above the rest to the judges.  
Please email info@sweetspotskirts.com to claim your prize.

Grand Prize:  An entry into our skirt club.  Four Free Skirts delivered each quarter throughout 2016.
Thank you Lydia for this amazing picture.  #underwaterskirt
First Place Winner:  Custom Classic Skirt of her choice!  ** our first ever young person winner.
Thank you Michael for entering your fabulous daughter, Jamie.
Tie For Second Place:   Free skirt of your choice:)
Thank you Katy, your picture is perfect.
Tie For Second Place:   Skirt of your choice:)
Thank you Suzanne for this winter wonderland exquisite photo. 

Third Place Winner:  25$ Gift Certificate!
Thank you Kristine, what a clever snow pic. 

Honorable Mention:  Each person in the pictures will receive a $15 Gift Certificate.

Catherine, your skirt matches the water beautifully.
Rose in her Rose Pedal skirt!  That background looks painted to perfection.  
Thank you Sherri, what a beautiful lake you have to highlight your skirt:) 

Mary, Zoe, Helen & Carol, you each win a gift certificate:)  
Kelly, you have been our grand prize winner in the past.  This one is spectacular! 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Being a Sweet Spot® Skirt Seamer

The women in my family have been sewing since approximately the beginning of time! There is a good possibility that the majority of them were born with either a pair of scissors or a needle and thread in their hands. It’s in my blood and I honestly don’t think there was much chance of me avoiding the urge to cut, stitch and create wonderful things!

My great-grandma made hand sewn quilts, using old warn out clothes to complete her designs; she made my grandma’s wedding dress, and she could mend and darn clothing beautifully. My grandmother made clothes for her four kids. My mom sewed her own wedding dress and the dresses for her bridesmaids, and I grew up watching her make clothes for my brothers and me, outfits for our dolls and stuffed animals, and gifts for family and friends. I got my first (pretend) sewing machine when I was ­­­­­­­­­­­about five or six years old; a yellow plastic, battery powered My Little Pony number that I spent hours playing with. When I was twelve, I finally got to use my mom’s “real” sewing machine! I made an apron for my grandmother’s birthday; it had purple pansies on it with gold details. I was so proud of myself! But sitting there that day, working so hard to make that gift for my grandma, I never imagined that someday I would be sewing for a living!

Fast forwarding a few more years than I’d really like to admit, and I found myself the stay at home mom of a toddler and in need of a job! Not a “real” job, but something that would allow me to earn a few extra bucks to help support our family, but still let me stay home with my precious little girl. That’s when I met Stephanie Lynn and Sweet Spot® Skirt, and my whole life changed! My spare bedroom became my “workshop”, my spare time became my “work hours” and I felt good about being able to contribute to our financial situation. And it was only a matter of time before working for a company that makes and sells running skirt would ignite a fire in me that would turn me into a runner!

I love being Sweet Spot® Skirts Seamer! I take immense pride in working for a local company, knowing that all of our products are made in the USA, by women like me. It’s been awesome watching this company grow from a handful of at-home seamers like myself, sewing the classic athletic skirt, to a full-blown production company, with a whole line of woman’s athletic wear, a flagship store and our products featured in a leading outdoors retailor!  I love that I can go to work in my jammies if I want to and I can work when it’s convenient for me (9pm to midnight are very productive hours in my workshop!)  I feel fortunate that I get to earn a paycheck by doing something I actually enjoy doing, and doing it for a company I actually believe in. But most of all, I love that I haven’t had to trade in being a stay at home mom for being a working woman. I’ve never had to make the choice between going to work or staying at home with a sick child. I’ve never been late to pick her up from school because a work meeting ran long. I’ve never had to miss a dance class, girl scouts meeting or church activity because of work. And for that I am forever grateful!! My job is a blessing that I don’t take for granted. 

Thank you Stephanie Lynn for giving me a job that means so much more to me than just a paycheck (though getting paid is nice, too!) And thank you loyal customers for loving our product, for valuing what we do and what we stand for and for and keeping me employed! I’m pretty sure I work for one of the best companies in the world!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Beyond M&M's and Marshmallows

One cold, drizzly Thursday afternoon, the Girl Scouts troop I co-lead took a short walking field trip from the library where we usually meet to a park a couple of blocks away that lies on the banks of the Willamette River. As a treat for the girls, we let them make trail mix that they could munch on along the way. Each girl was asked to bring one ingredient to add to the mix. One girl brought a bag of M&M's, one brought a bag of chocolate chips, one brought a bag of peanut M&M's, one brought a bag of marshmallows and one brought a bag of mini pretzels. Yum! The girls were excited about their custom made trail mix, and it turned out to be the highlight of the field trip. It was a yummy treat for our troop, but definitely not a source of sustainable energy! 
From road trips to backpacking trips, trail mix can be a fun, convenient snack to have on the go, and it’s so easy to customize according to your own personal tastes! But to make this snack a healthy one, we need to get beyond the M&M’s and marshmallows! Here are some basic guidelines to making a healthier snack mix: 

1. Nuts Use any kind of nuts you like, but try to stay away from ones that have been coated and roasted in hydrogenated or soybean oils and salt. Raw nuts are ideal.

2. SeedsSeeds are actually packed with protein, iron, magnesium and an array of vitamins and minerals. Like with the nuts, go for raw, unsalted seeds.

3. Dried Fruit Dried fruits have a high sugar content, which makes them a great snack for boosting low blood sugar after physical activity. Be careful when picking dried fruit! Lots of dried fruits are coated in sugar, so be on the lookout for sun dried fruits that are unsulfured. They tend to be more expensive, but are a much healthier option.

4. Fun Stuff!Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean you can’t throw in a little fun! Feel free to add in a handful of your favorite treat. Dark chocolate and popcorn are good options, but don’t limit yourself to that; try some pretzels, peanut butter chips or other sweet treat! (Don’t let your sweet treat outweigh the healthy stuff!)

Here is a list of 7 customizable trail mix recipes, provided by Super Healthy Kids. Try one out or use my guidelines to create something totally unique! Next time you hit the trails or head to the park with the kids, slip a bag of your delicious and healthy mix into the pocket of your Sweet Spot Tights, and snack happy!!