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2017 Holiday Guide: Top 5 Ideas to Shop Local

Supporting local businesses is something we’re passionate about at Sarasota Moms Blog. Therefore, we’ve put together our Top Five Local Buys! 

1. Bear and Bunny Co.

holiday gift guide 2017

What’s not to love about these adorable leggings? Unlike the baby pants you’ll find at big retailers, these on-trend beauties have a “grow-with-me” feature that are made to last your little through multiple ages and milestones.

They come in sizes newborn to 3T and feature a bum patch and wider waistband to accommodate cloth diapers, disposables, pull-ups or regular undies. And for us Florida mamas, they also make “shorties” with the same “grow-with-me” waistband.

Each pair is handmade in the USA by work-from-home mothers and seamstresses in military families in order to provide a flexible source of income.

Bear & Bunny Co. was founded by two best friends and Florida natives, Heather Cardone and Sarah Kruck. Sarah, a 2007 Graphic and Interactive Communication graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, teamed up with former classmate, Jill Labieniec, a 2007 Illustration grad, to create an exclusive line of 2017 holiday prints, like the Limited Edition Winter Bunny leggings pictured above.

Stay tuned to the Sarasota Moms Blog Facebook page where we’ll be giving away a pair of these stylish leggings to one lucky mama! Or click the link below to purchase, and use code FLORIDAMAMA for FREE expedited shipping and guaranteed Christmas arrival. Code valid December 4 – 8, 2017.

2. Hatley

We love pajamas! A classic and fun holiday tradition is gifting the whole family new cheerful pajamas. Hatley on St. Armands Circle has the best selection for the whole family. These must-have PJs have a functional bum flap on adult sizes, matching Union suits for the whole family, contrast cuffs and necklines and button/snap plackets. They’re all tag-free brand label for added comfort, so they’re even enjoyable for the little ones who hate tags! Machine washable and 100% cotton!
318 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, Florida 34236

A locally owned and operated business that moms around the country love is Crunchy Mama Granola Baby. It’s an all-natural baby boutique that specializes in organic clothing, baby clothing, cloth diapers, amber teething necklaces, teething toys and so much more! It truly is a great place to shop for little ones and the crunchy mamas in your life!

The Tula Baby Carrier is the perfect choice for a new mom or mom-to-be. It can hold a baby starting at 7 pounds, and go all the way up to a 45-pound toddler. Multiple adjustments allow this product to last for years to come and no additional inserts are needed to meet the needs of a newborn baby. Make sure to check out this must-have item through Crunchy Mama Granola Baby.

4. Naples Soap Company

Naples Soap Company made our list for several reasons. The company was founded in Florida, so we love supporting a growing business that began just south of Sarasota. We love Naples Soap Company’s wide range of natural scents in products ranging from Sea Salt Soaps and Bath Bombs to face and hair care products. This Pure Paradise Sea Salt Soap has a sweet and uplifting scent with a blend of vanillas. It can be used for both face and body, ideally for eczema, psoriasis, and acne-prone skin. This bar makes a great stocking stuffer for anyone in the family, but make sure you go to the store for many more options!

 8130 Lakewood Main St Suite #101, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
(941) 907-0870

It’s easy to think of brick and mortar stores when shopping local, but don’t count out the numerous mom bosses who support themselves and their families in our area. Often called mompreneurs, these moms are working hard to build their businesses while raising kids. When you go shopping this holiday season, don’t forget to support these moms first! Click the image to the left to view our full mompreneur guide.

Thank you to the sponsors that participated in this post. All the opinions are our own.

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One Response to 2017 Holiday Guide: Top 5 Ideas to Shop Local

  1. Bear & Bunny Co. December 6, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    Love this list and honored to be a part of it!

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