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Mother’s Day Photo Contest Winners!

Announcing the winners of the Hartstrings Mother’s Day Photo Contest and a $100 Hartstrings Shopping Spree! Congratulations! And thank you to all our wonderful participants!
Our First Place Entry:
Hartstrings Mother's Day Photo Contest Winner
Runners Up:
Hartstrings Mother's Day Photo Contest
Hartstrings Mother's Day Photo Contest
Hartstrings Mother's Day Photo Contest
Hartstrings Mother's Day Photo Contest
Hartstrings Mother's Day Photo Contest
Hartstring's Mother's Day Photo Contest


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Hartstrings Mother’s Day Photo Contest

Hartstrings Mother's Day Photo Contest

*Entries must be emailed to by Wednesday, May 11th 2011 in order to be entered. The winner will be contacted and announced Friday, May 13th 2011. Winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Hartstrings Stores or and be posted on the Hartstrings Blog and Facebook. Contest excludes any Hartstrings employees.

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Share your Family’s 4th of July Pictures with our Hartstrings Family!

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Share your fun, family 4th of July moments with us!

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Hartstrings Cutest Baby Contest Summer 2009!

Our Cutest Baby Contest is Back!

Is your baby the next “Hartstrings Baby?” Submit a photo and find out! We just love getting the opportunity to see beautiful children wearing our clothing – so that’s why we’re running another of our Hartstrings Baby Contests! To enter it’s simple – e-mail photos to Include your name, address, phone number & name and age of the baby. The first place baby will receive a $150 shopping spree at and be announced on (first name and photo only). A 2nd place winner will win a $100 shopping spree.


 Rules: Nominees must be between the age of 0 months and 12 months.Photos must have been taken in the last month and can not be the product of a professional photographer. Any individuals (including but not limited to employees, consultants, independent contractors, and interns) who have, within the past six months, performed services for Hartstrings are not eligible to enter. This includes: “Immediate family members” meaning parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses and/or “Household members” meaning people who share the same residence at least three months a year. Submissions must be the sole property of entrant and entrant must have all rights to reproduce and distribute the photo submitted. Any submission not meeting these requirements will be immediately disqualified. You may enter twins, triplets, etc. as one entry. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm EST on June 30th, 2009.

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 Start snapping pictures of you beautiful baby and maybe you’ll have the next winner of Hartstrings’ Beautiful Baby Contest 2009!

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Hartstrings Summer Camp 101

Get out your sleeping bags, bug spray, swimsuits, and stationary…                       IT’S SUMMER CAMP TIME!

 Are you getting ready to send the kids off to summer camp? Whether they are going away for two months or one day at a time, camp is a very exciting and nerve racking time for the parents and the kids (especially the first day!) For most parents dropping their children off at the bus stop for the first time brings tears to their eyes. But letting them loose at an overnight camp can be a little scary… for just a few moments, then its smooth sailing… for maybe just a few hours. Coincidentally, our children are 100% a part of us, so not a moment goes by that doesn’t trigger a thought or a parental feeling that drives us need to know where our children are, what they’re doing and most importantly are they safe? Camp is a BIG step! But, just like every other step in life, summer camp is a rite of passage for kids as they grow up. Camp brings a child into new surroundings, encourages them to meet new people, and try new activities.

As parents we must let them go. But it is definitely our job to prepare them with everything we possibly can to allow them to get out there, try new things and enjoy the world! Be sure to shop and check out this season’s great collections for all your summer camp needs. Dropping off the best dressed child on the first day of camp isn’t hard when you choose Hartstrings!

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Hartstrings Smooth Summer Sailing

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Hartstrings’ Tips for Smooth Sailing

School is almost out and the summer is right around the corner, it is officially time to plan family trips and vacations!

Let’s get the kid’s excited with some sailing trivia!

  1. What are the names of the front, right, left and back sides of the boat?
  2. What is the name of the board that sticks down the center of the boat into the water and is used for stability?
  3. When the captain says “We are at 46 knots,” Does that mean:

                   a. The crew has tied 46 knots in the rope of the sail

                   b. The crew voted and 46 of the sailors said “no”

                  c. The sailboat is moving at a speed of 46 knots or at 53 miles per hours


Answers are: Bow, Starboard, Port, Stern; Centerboard; C, a knot is one nautical mile

One of Hartstrings’ favorite summer activities is sailing! As you begin to build your family and take trips away from home, it is very important to plan and prepare on how to incorporate the entire family into the activities that you may have mastered before the kids. Smooth Sailing is a very tricky phrase when it comes to the open water and the children, so we have prepared a few key points to think about before you hit the water.

  • Always make your kids wear the life jackets.

Make sure they wear their life jackets on or near the water; and always remember that you can’t watch them every second. Sometimes life jackets don’t fit kids’ skinny little bodies snugly; leg straps (that join the front and back of the jacket between the legs) will keep them from riding up and perhaps being swept off the body.

  • Operate at safe speed. Do not try to show your kids that you are racing someone for competition.

Kids love it, but you need to know your limits, especially with precious cargo aboard.

  • Do not allow your kids to eat too much while sailing.

No one likes a sick sailor.

  • Give your kids small jobs on the sailboat, but keep a watch on them.

Remember, for kids to enjoy the sport, they have to be involved.

  • Lastly, Have Fun!

It’s important to maintain a level of seriousness while sailing and for everyone to listen to the captain, but at the end of the day smiling children make your memories and pictures that much better!

A few final thoughts, make sure that your sailors have all the best gear before you hit the water on your first family sailing adventure! Visit for our nautical styles including embroidered shorts and shirts, along with great swimwear and cover-ups for boys and girls!

Smooth Sailing

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When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Pink Lemonade!

OR…  Lemonade Stand Pie!Pink Lemonade


Check out this great spring recipe for you and your kids!


Lemonade Stand Pie


          1/3 cup Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix (or another favorite flavor)

          ½ cup water

          1 pint vanilla ice cream (2 cups)

          8 ounces whipped cream

          1 prepared graham cracker crumb crust (6 ounce or 9 inch)


1.       Stir drink mix and water until dissolved

2.       Beat lemonade mixture and ice cream in a large bowl with electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping until smooth. Freeze until mixture will mound, if necessary. Spoon into crust.

3.       Freeze 4 hours or overnight until firm. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes or until pie can be cut easily. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired. Store leftover pie in freezer.

Let us know how it all turns out!

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