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Shopping for my kids is like a chore.  There are so many set-backs to shopping when you have four kids. It’s not fun to take all 4 at the same time.  In fact, it’s darn near impossible! I’ve attempted to take one baby and one kid, two kids, two babies, no matter the math, I always seem to get the equation wrong.  I can’t help but think of my most recent experience with my daughter and one of the twins where she was trying on clothes in an over-sized dressing room, and he was on the loose, running around screaming, slamming the door, pulling apart the products.  I couldn’t get out of there fast enough! Need less to say, on-line shopping is a necessary part of life for my family.

hartstrings traditional denim

Twins in the denim oxford button down from Hartstrings. Great quality and looked adorable on them!

One may think you just pop on the computer, pick a store and get shopping, but it’s not that easy for me.  I love the kids to have a bit of an eclectic style, butI’m a traditionalist at heart and tend to go for the classic, traditional, preppy look.  And, yes, I am one of those moms who likes her kids to coordinate.  Not matchy-matchy, but definitely blend well and look nicely together.

Before I jump on the Internet, I look through the catalogs I get in the mail.  I have to narrow down the special occasions or reasons behind my shopping: Easter outfits, summer vacation, birthday, camp, etc.  Every now and then I’ll ask the kids their opinion on colors, styles, but most often, I’m shopping by myself, when they are all in bed. Once I’ve identified the styles and colors I’m looking for, then I go on-line and begin my search for the best deals.  I have my go-to stores, but I’m open to trying new things.  Especially if that new store meets my expectations and more.

I was asked to shop the launch of Hartstrings.com new website.  After taking a quick look at the classic, traditional, yet contemporary pieces to add to their wardrobe, I was excited to give them a try!  I am a true sucker for rickrack, gingham, and smocking, which Hartstings happens to carry quite a selection of heirloom pieces.  They also have their own designer lines: KC parker and Kitestrings, and their new site also houses several well-known designers with children’s lines like Nicole Miller, DKNY and Puma.
I ended up getting all three boys matching denim oxford button downs, with brown and white striped shorts.  I figured the boys could wear them in their 18 month portraits, and all three could wear them for Easter.  I picked out a cute cotton, floral print skirt for my daughter to wear with a white top ad denim jacket to go with the other kids for a family portrait, and a Balinese inspired shift dress for our vacation.  The kids were pleased with their outfits, and mom was pleased with the quality, cost and efficiency of shopping the new Hartstrings site.  I will definitely be a repeat customer!
Hartstrings Childrens Fashion Tops and Dresses

My older children in their new Hartstrings pieces. The size chart was pretty accurate, and the styles fit them well.

Check out their new site Hartstrings.com .  You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook. #MyHartstrings
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are my own.  #CBias