Did you know that your child can get a sunburn in as little as 15 minutes?

 

 

School is almost out or in some cases ended today; the fact is our children will be spending more time outdoors with spring and summer in the air. This is why it is extremely important that we protect them from the harmful rays of the sun. It can take as little as 15 minutes in the sun for your child to become burned! It can also take up to 12 hours before you see any signs that an actual sunburn has occurred.* It's important to remember, that the clouds DO NOT block these harmful rays. Even during cloudy and shady days; your child can still get a serious burn.

According to Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Wang, "severe sunburns as a child certainly increase an individual's risk for developing skin cancer". To further that, using precautionary sun protection reduces the risk of skin cancer by 72%.**

Here are some easy ways to prevent your child from getting sunburns. In addition, should a sunburn happen; we want you to be prepared to help treat your child with several natural remedies.

How to Prevent Sunburns from Happening****

 1. Seek Shade - UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it's best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it's happened.

2. Cover Up - when possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing certified under international standard come with information on its ultraviolet protection factor. See Le Top, Prodoh, and Southern Point items above.

3. Get a Hat - hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are easy to use and give great protection. Baseball caps are popular among kids, but they don't protect their ears and neck. If your child chooses a cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.

4. Wear Sunglasses - they protect your child's eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life. Look for sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.

5. Apply Sunscreen - if your child is old enough, use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don't forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the top of feet.

Natural Remedies for Treatment of Sunburns***

1. Ice - wrap an ice pack or a bag of frozen veggies in a soft towel and apply to the burn. Never place ice directly on skin as it can cause frostbite and more damage.

2. Cool Water - a cool (but not too cold) bath, shower, or moist compress takes away heat and pain. Don't scrub skin or use products like bath oils, soap, or bubble bath.

3. Aloe Vera - the gel from inside the cactus plant eases discomfort, speeds healing, and moisturizes skin. Either split a plant leaf and apply the sap directly on skin, or buy pure aloe vera gel at your local drugstore.

4. Honey - the sticky stuff's been used as a topical burn salve since Egyptian days. "Studies suggest it may work better than some antibiotic creams at speeding up healing, reducing infection, and minimizing pain, "says Kathi Kemper, M.D., author of The Holistic Pediatrician.

5. Oatmeal - finely ground oatmeal (sold as colloidal oatmeal in drug stores) works as an anti-inflammatory when mixed with bath water. Make your own by pulverizing a cup of instant or slow-cooking oatmeal in a blender or food processor until it has a smooth, fine consistency. Pour into tepid bath water and soak.

6. Witch Hazel - wet a washcloth or cotton gauze with this anti-inflammatory astringent and apply to the skin three or four times a day for 20 minutes to minimize pain and itching.

7. Milk - place a washcloth or cotton gauze soaked in cool milk on the reddened area to create a protein film that eases discomfort and reduces heat.

8. Baking Soda or Cornstarch - soaking in bathwater mixed with baking soda or cornstarch can relieve inflammation and itching.

9. Cider Vinegar - acetic acid vinegar alleviates pain, itching, and inflammation. Pour one cup of white cider vinegar into tepid bath water and soak.

10. Coriander Oil - studies suggest rubbing this essential oil onto sunburned skin may reduce inflammation.

Protect Your Child with Youthful Cotton

At Youthful Cotton, we are committed to helping you with clothing options that help prevent sunburns, but also reduce the risk of cancer in the long run. Our collections include a variety of items that help provide a barrier of these harmful rays

BULLRED CLOTHING - Shop Now

We all know that within 6 months, there is no use of sunscreen on babies. This leaves us with a significant challenge on how to protect our littlest of little ones. BullRed provides stylish fishing onesies that feature long sleeves that can be rolled up for the hotter months. They are vented and allow for your child to be comfortable in even the most humid conditions. They also make for fantastic beach gear! They are available for both boys and girls as well as a variety of colors. Available 3M - 24M.

PRODOH KIDS - Shop Now

Prodoh fishing shirts are becoming the staple of every little guy or gal's closet. The solid shirts provide for UPF50+ protection while the Gingham shirts and dresses are UPF20+. In addition, these shirts are breathable, quick drying, durable, and feature the "get back here" loop. There is literally a color for every child. They can be paired with Prodoh's angler shorts and belt to offer a complete look that transitions from the beach to the evening dinner. In addition, they serve as a fantastic cover up during the vacations to the beach or trips to the pool. Available 12M - Youth Small.

LE TOP - Shop Now

Le Top provides a variety of options for SPF bathing suits for both boys and girls, focusing on 12M to 5/6. These are the perfect solution to all the summer afternoons spent at the pool. Make sure your little one is protected with adorable options.

SOUTHERN POINT COMPANY - Shop Now

Your little guy has moved on from the babyish bathing suits of past and has his eyes on being a more sophisticated grown young man. There are still ways to protect his skin. Southern Point Company offers a variety of SPF protected wicking shirts that are the perfection solution of every day wear to the pool. These can be paired with the Water Activated Greyton Swim Trunks for a complete look. Available 6T - 12T.

* According to the CDC

** According to the Cleveland Clinic

*** Source: Parents.com, Jeannette Moninger, 10 Natural Remedies for Sunburns

**** CDC: How Can I Protect My Children from the Sun

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Introducing a new Young Men's Collection: Southern Point Company

We are so very excited to announce the addition of Southern Point Co. to our young men's clothing line-up! The collection includes a variety of adorable t-shirts, SPF shirts, and swim suits that when wet, the Greyton logo magically appears.

Sizes Include: S (6T), M (8T), L (10T), XL (12T)
Shop now: Southern Point Company

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Join Youthful Cotton for the Saluda River Club Kids Shopping Event!

 

View the Facebook invite: Saluda River Club Kids Shopping Event

Join the residents of Saluda River Club for this exciting event to shop NEW and GENTLY USED children's clothing, books, toys, and oh so much more! Make sure you mark your calendars now, this is an event you won't want to miss.

NEW SHOPPING VENDORS
Youthful Cotton - Your source for inspiring children's clothing, including brands such as Prodoh, J. Bailey, The Bailey Boys, Le Top, Funtasia Too, The Oaks Apparel, Petit Ami, Jaime King for Sapling, and more!

Usborne Books & More with Amy Leonardi and Kristin McGivern - Get your favorite little person all the books they can dream of by visiting the Usbourne Books crew. From educational to just fun, Usbourne has everything you need.

Lundy's Boutique - There isn't anything wrong with a little shopping for Mom too! Lundy's is an online boutique for women that offers a vast variety of stylish and fashion-forward clothing and accessories at affordable prices. Our boutique showcases an array of unique products which can bring finesse in any wardrobe

Matilda Jane Clothing - "Matilda Jane Clothing is all about keeping a little girl...a little girl. Keeping her youthful. Keeping her spinning and twirling and carefree. And most importantly, bringing her happiness." – Denise DeMarchis, designer and founder.

Thirty One Gifts- Thirty One is a Christian based company featuring products such as tote bags, purses, thermals and coolers, home organization items, accessories and more. Our products come in a variety of colors and prints, and most of them can be personalized to make your item unique! Thirty One products are great for any woman, their family, they home, or as gifts. (www.mythirtyone.com/KathleenA)

Beautycounter - Beautycounter is a company whose mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone. Unfortunately the personal care industry is highly unregulated, so Beautycounter is setting a new health standard by banning over 1500 ingredients, all while ensuring that the products are as high performing as anything else on the market. Beautycounter offers safer options for personal care products for the whole family - adults, as well as children and babies.

Prissy Patches Boutique - Prissy Patches Boutique is a local boutique specializing in many different monogrammed items and gifts. Prissy Patches will feature our wooden monogrammed door and wall hangings this weekend at SRC. So, if you need a large monogram over a bed, a smaller one to personalize a bedroom door, or a unique front door wreath, we have what you need. Prissy Patches also proudly offers Monogramming, come and visit us to learn more. Check out our FB Page to see many of our different designs.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Columbia SC Moms Blog - Your destination for all things kids in the Columbia area. Stay up to date on all the resources and advice you need being a parent and stay up to date on all the happenings around the city.

Two Sisters Travel - Two Sisters Travel is a boutique travel agency specialized in assisting the busy, overwhelmed, and over-inspired plan amazing vacations. We’ll help you celebrate life’s milestones big, and small, by visiting new places, experiencing new things, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Every family vacation, group getaway, or couples-only escape receives our signature concierge planning services at absolutely NO extra charge. This includes destination/package selection, itinerary planning, arranging spa appointments, dinner reservations, & so much more. We’ll help handle all of the stressful details from start to finish, so all you’ll need to do is pack your bags.

GENTLY USED
You will be able to find everything kids at this event; items include children's clothing, toys, furniture, books, and anything else you could possible want.

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Top Trends in Fashion for Children and Ladies - Spring, Summer, and Fall Edition!

 

The world of fashion is ever changing and Youthful Cotton is here to help you stay up to date on all the new and hottest fashion trends. We have partnered with Lundy's Boutique to help chronicle all of the latest kids fashions along with coverage for the ladies and mommas out there! If you enjoy this blog, please share this on your favorite social media site; after all, sharing is caring!

SPRING AND SUMMER KIDS TRENDS

Boys

    • Color Blocking: This colorful pattern will be seen in both small and large scale. On shorts, there will be large color blocks, including swimsuits. For shirts, there will be smaller scale color blocks that will be heavily used on oxford and polo styles. Coming Soon to Youthful Cotton.
    • Seersucker: Yes, this classic trend is back and roaring to go! Seersucker will again be seen in boys shortalls and jon jons. The Oak Apparel Company has proven to be a great example of the classic seersucker jon jon, while Funtasia Too gives a little fun to the traditional shortfall by adding fun appliqués of whales and submarines. Nothing says spring and summer like ocean gear! Available now at Youthful Cotton.
    • Fishing Gear: If you haven't seen a young man wearing a fishing shirt; you will see it this spring and summer. Prodoh is poised to continue their growth as a market leader in fishing shirts as they release additional colors and options for both their shirts and shorts. For the younger boy; BullRed Clothing offers fishing onesies that are the perfect baby shower gift. Every little guy should have one of these in their closet. Available now at Youthful Cotton.
    • Hottest New Color: The hottest new color for boys clothing this spring and summer is called Serenity, pantone is 15-3919. Coming soon to Youthful Cotton.
    • Hottest Pattern: On of the strongest patterns you will see this summer for boys clothing is sea life. Whether it be ocean scenes, to sea animals, or nautical themes. Anything beachy goes! Available now at Youthful Cotton.

 

                

Girls

  •  Seersucker: It isn't just for boys; seersucker is back in full force in not only dresses, but also in girls bathing suits. The Oak Apparel Company offers a phenomonal linen and cotton seersucker dress available in both yellow and pink. Available now at Youthful Cotton.
  • Petal Dresses: There is nothing prettier than a beautiful blooming flower. Combine that with a girls dress and you have a creation with a petal collar, these dresses are available in a variety of fabrics. These were worn by the most upscale last year, but this year you will see more broad options for all little ladies. Coming soon to Youthful Cotton.
  • Prodoh Gingham Dresses: Prodoh continues to evolve with the release of new colors for their gingham dresses. You might have tried to get one last year, but you probably found they were sold out. With the extension of their dresses, Prodoh still offers a variety of girls gingham and fishing shirts.
  • Hottest New Color: The hottest new color for girls clothing this spring and summer is called Rose Quartz, pantone is 13-1520. Coming soon to Youthful Cotton. 
  • Hottest Pattern: Go to patterns for the spring and summer are objects out of nature. Whether it is a fruit, strawberries are one of the leaders this year, florals, pets, or creatures will be seen in mass.

 

                  

FALL

  • Boys: You might think overalls are only for farmers, but this fall they are back as a hot style for boys. You will see a variety of overalls, not just the denim you are used to, to include fabrics such as gingham and seersucker for late summer.
  • Boys: Block, plaid, and gingham print will continue to grow. Look for these fabrics to be offered across lines including shorts, pants, shirts, vests, button downs and much more.
  • Girls: The ruffle trend is starting to slow down; with the fall you will still see ruffles, but more as an accent and not covering an entire piece. It will be common to use one or two layers of ruffles, as opposed to ruffles tapered down the entire skirt or pants as seen in the past.
  • Girls: Vintage and heirloom style dresses will be making a huge comeback. Think Jackie-O in these styles. They will be both classic and clean and also include some of the plaid and block prints that will be popular in the boy lines.
  • Prodoh Expansion: Prodoh has announced very exciting news that they will be growing their product line for the fall. Some of their new products include Little Angler Pants in four colors, an updated and new gingham fabric and colors, fleece vests and jackets, and adorable rain jackets. Prodoh is poised to make a substantial mark this fall!
  • Hottest Fall Colors: The hottest fall colors will be the silver and mustard families. 

LADIES FASHION TRENDS

Youthful Cotton has partnered with Lundy's Boutique to help provide you with everything you need to know to be a stylish mommy. In addition, Lundy's is offering a 15% discount for all Youthful Cotton customers, valid through March. Use Discount Code Youthful Cotton at checkout to receive the generous discount. Head on over to Lundy's Boutique now to learn about what you can expect this spring, summer, and fall for ladies.

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Get a $5 Gift Card for Entering to Win a $25 Gift Card!

Have you had your eye on a special something from Youthful Cotton! Well now that items is closer than ever! Enter to win our giveaway for a $25 Gift Card and get a $5 Gift Card just for entering! To get the maximum amount of entries; make sure you use the Refer Friends link! Hurry and enter now, this promotion ends on 1/29/2016.

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Join us for Charleston Moms Blog's first ever Mom's Night Out February 1st...

We are very pleased to announce that we are a Premium Booth Sponsor at Charleston Moms Blog's first ever Mom's Night Out! Make sure you get your tickets for this event at Sky Zone in Mount Pleasant on February 1st. There will be great activities, food, shopping, and YES! A great discount being offered by Youthful Cotton.

 

 

Have you heard the news?! We're hosting our first Mom's Night Out on February 1 at Sky Zone Charleston! Tickets are on sale now! You won't want to miss this fun event!

Mom's Night Out at Sky Zone {Tickets on Sale Now!} 

 

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Adoption - The Last Hope

If you have been on Facebook recently, then more than likely you have seen the viral video of the family having their adoption placement caught on camera. If you have not, here is the video.

 

Baby Azariah's Adoption Placement

Here is a beautiful video clip of adoptive parents, Bruce and Christina, meeting their new son, Azariah, for the first time. This was taken by one of the guests at the placement ceremony. Please keep Azariah's birth family in your prayers.

Posted by Family Life Services Adoption Agency on Thursday, January 14, 2016

 

According to the CDC, there are 1.5 million women that are infertile in the United States, that is 6% of the US female population. This doesn't even count the non-traditional families or single parents that aren't able to have children. However, when you speak to people; there is a lot of fear and questions about adoption. Since we were blessed enough to be able to experience the adoption experience; we wanted to share with you some of the things that we learned.

 

Adoption is a process, in most cases, a very lengthy one. Below is a basic outline of the process for adoption.

 

1. Family discussion; are you ready for children, the work to adopt, and having your life changed completely.

 

2. Once the decision is made to adopt; research the variety of methods of adoption. The National Adoption Center does a fantastic job of outlining the different methods. Meet with the various agencies, attorneys, or individuals that you find meet your needs. This is a crucial step; you must ensure that the people you work with on the adoption journey are people you feel comfortable with. You are putting a lot of faith in their hands. Make sure to ask them a lot of questions. American Adoptions has put together a list of Adoption Questions that you can use to ask those that you meet with. Utilize your social circle to see if any of your friends have adopted or know somebody who has. Get recommendations on who they worked with and about their experience.

 

3. There are several components that you need to examine when working through this process. Things that you need to consider is the cost for adoption; what can you afford, these things can have an impact on the different methods of adoption you pursue.

 

4. Get a Home Study. The Home Study is the scariest part of the paperwork process for adoption for most people. Everything about you is going to be examined. The person conducting your study is going to review all of your finances, complete background checks on you, inspect your home, ask you many questions, and generally judge you or your spouse / significant other. One thing to keep in mind, you don't need to have your house baby proofed at this point. For additional information on preparing for a home study visit this IAC prep article.

 

5. Make your final decision on the adoption path you are going to pursue. Discuss what you want or will accept in an adoptive child. Are you ok with medical issues, drug or alcohol effects, a certain sex. The most you limit the scope of what you are looking for, the longer your wait might be. Work closely with your agency or firm to fully understand the magnitude of these decisions.

 

6. If you are working with an agency or full service adoption law firm; you will need to produce an adoption book. You can do some research and view sample adoption books all over the internet and adoption letters. Take these for a grain of salt. Make your book and your letter true and genuine to yourself. When we viewed many of these books, we noticed that almost all of them were the exact same. Make sure your book reflects who you are and your qualities. Remember, somebody is making a huge decision based off of this book. What might seem like the smallest thing to you, might be what makes the decision for the birth parent.

 

7. Wait. WAIT. WAIT! Once you are actively working with an agency or firm; you will be in the waiting game. This can be the most frustrating period. There are stories of people that have waited years for a placement. Luckily for us, we only waited a mere months.

 

8. THE CALL! Hopefully quickly you will get the call. I can remember our call very vividly. It was the most exciting call we have ever had. Be prepared; you don't know how quickly you will get your child. We brought our child home the next day. You might get selected and by a mother that is pregnant with months to go. Make sure to find out what level of participation they are comfortable with. What are you comfortable with?

 

9. The Decision. Is this the child you want to adopt? You should be provided with a family medical and social history. This will provide you with the background you need to make an educated decision on whether this is a child that you can raise for a lifetime. Don't rush into the decision. Make sure to take a night to sleep on it. This is a huge decision for you to make.

 

10. Once you have made the decision; if it is a yes, you will get to bring your new child home! You will need to complete a post placement home study. This is routine to make sure your home is prepared for the child and that the child will be safe and have what they need. 

 

11. Paperwork. Paperwork. Paperwork. The next step is a lot of paperwork. More than likely you will file for temporary custody of the child. The next step will be filing for permanent custody. There will be additional reviews in your house to ensure you have a fostering environment and eventually you will be scheduled for the finalization of the adoption. This is an extremely exciting day! The day the child is legally yours. Enjoy the day. Take lots of pictures. This is called the "gotcha day". Remember it fondly and celebrate it with your friends and family.

 

12. Tax Implications. Don't forget the tax consequences of adoption a child. You can learn more about the adoption tax credit from the IRS.

 

Adoption was an amazing journey for us. We hope that if you are considering it; that it will be one for you as well. There are so many children that are in a bad situation; providing them a better life is an amazing and rewarding experience.
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Youthful Cotton is being featured on Charleston SC Moms Blog...

Youthful Cotton is very pleased to be featured in the Charleston SC Moms Blog!

South Carolina’s BEST New Online Children’s Boutique – Youthful Cotton {Giveaway Included!}

by Charleston Moms Blog on January 7, 2016 in Businesses, Shop Local, Shopping, South Carolina, Sponsored Post
{Note: This post is sponsored by Youthful Cotton but the below comments and statements are our own. We would not promote something that we did not believe to be true.} Introducing a new children’s clothing boutique! Shop South Carolina’s own Youthful Cotton, save big, and win a $50 gift certificate! Charleston SC Moms Blog is proud to […]

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12 Adorable Ways to Reinvent Your Child's Holiday Outfits into a Keepsake!

You found the perfect outfit. You got the perfect picture. Now that the holidays are rolling by, what are you going to do with that beautiful outfit that won't fit your child next year? You could easily give it away or sell it, but what better way to cherish the holidays by turning it into a perfect keepsake that will bring your child much more excitement! Youthful Cotton brings you 12 adorable ideas to transform your child's clothing into a keepsake or toy. Many of them are even DIY activities that you can share with your child.

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Keepsakes You Can Purchase

1. Kids Quilts

 

Jelly Bean Quilts offers you a variety of great options to up cycle your adorable children's clothes into quilts, pillows, pictures, and name appliqués. Converting your clothes into a quilt is a fantastic way for your child to continue to love that favorite dress or shirt, and is a keepsake for Mommy or Daddy to hold on to and pass down to future generations. Pillows start at $75 and quilts at $550.

2. Memory Bears

All kids love their teddy bears, what a great way to have a super special teddy that is created from the love of the holiday memories.  You can find a variety of different vendors and styles for Memory Bears on Etsy. Prices start at about $30 for these adorable bears.

DIY Keepsakes

1. Hair Bows

 

A beautiful bow is the perfect accent to a little girl's dress. What better way to carry that gorgeous holiday dress on by using it as a bow that can embellish dresses all year long! Not So Idle Hands brings you this step by step guide to turning that outfit into a beautiful hair bow posie. You can also use this guide to make your own bows for any special outfit with fabric that matches.

2. Creature Collection

 

Alisa Burke's blog Redefine Creativity brings us this creative creature stuffed toy with step by step directions. This is a great activity for you to work on with your child and let their creativity flow. Creating something from the mind of your child will no doubt bring them more enjoyment as they carry their creature around everywhere they go.

3. Pillows

 

Many of our favorite holiday outfits are clad in beautiful prints. I have thought to myself many times; this would make an amazing pillow. With this step by step tutorial from Fiskars, learn how to make the cutest pillow for your cute little one!

4. Make a Baby Hat

As I write this in Lexington, SC, it is 76 degrees; so not cold enough for a baby hat, but we do know in the next month or two it will be. Take the time to make that adorable outfit into an adorable baby hat for your little one or share with your friends and family. This is a very simple DIY project that you can do quickly and easily. Spoonflower provides you with an easy guide to making these adorable hats.

5. Make a New Dress

 

This is a bit of a different spin. Take your favorite dress and that lovely holiday pajama or onesie you had for your child and spin out a new dress for your daughter or a friend. This is a really great idea and allows you to create very unique adorable dresses. This is a Youthful Cotton favorite! Visit Rehab Diaries to see the tutorial on how to make this custom gem!

6. Decorative Wall Art



There is nothing better than unique wall decor and we are a sucker for adorable prints to help accent any child's room. At Home With The Barkers provides a super easy project that you can easily do with your child to make the perfect picture for the wall our collage.

 7. Custom Baby Doll Clothes



Obsessively Stitching brings us this fantastic idea for creating your own custom baby doll clothes. Many young girls love having dolls that resemble themselves; now give your daughter the ability to have a doll that not only looks like her, but also wears the same clothes. No more worrying about buying an outfit for your daughter and her doll; simply buy it for your daughter and then make it for the doll when the outfit no longer fits. 

8. Custom Ribbon Toy

 

This is one that we are very excited to try over the next couple of days! Our children love the taggies toys and this is an inexpensive way to create a similar toy. Born Imaginative gives you the steps to make this fantastic toy a reality for your little one!

 9. Holiday Stockings

 

grist shows you how to take that gorgeous holiday outfit and make it your child's stocking for next year. This is a great way to start a new tradition where you can have new custom stockings each year. What a great way to gather a great collection of memories and keepsakes from holiday's past!

10. Clothing Activity Book



Forty Two Roads brings us one of our favorite and most unique ideas. What a way to turn that holiday outfit into hours of enjoyment for your child. Spend quality time with your child as you layout and create the pages for your custom activity book. Spend time when completed talking about the holidays, its meanings, and why it was such an amazing day.

 

 

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Youthful Cotton announces the winner of the Columbia SC Moms Blog Giveway!

Youthful Cotton is proud to announce that Tanya from South Carolina is the winner of the $100 Gift Card Giveway via our promotion with Columbia SC Moms Blog.

Youthful Cotton is dedicated in helping to support local mothers and helping them find the resources they need to ensure a positive growth environment for their children.

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Youthful Cotton is featured on Columbia SC Moms Blog!

Youthful Cotton is very pleased to announce that Columbia SC Mom's Blog has featured our online boutique. 

 

The Midlands BEST New Online Children’s Boutique – Youthful Cotton 
by Columbia SC Moms Blog on December 17, 2015 
Introducing a new children’s clothing boutique! Shop local, save big, and win a $100 gift certificate! Columbia SC Moms Blog is proud to announce to you a new alternative in shopping for boutique kids clothing. Youthful Cotton, a Lexington based online kids clothing boutique, focuses on offering a wide spectrum of children’s clothing styles that […]

About Columbia SC Moms Blog

Columbia SC Moms Blog is a community – online and off – of women raising kids in the Columbia area. We are a collaborative blog written by and for local moms with daily posts on things to do around town, ways to get involved in the community, parenting solutions, personal essays from local moms, local business spotlights, giveaways, and more!

Columbia has grown to over 130,000 residents, making it easy to get lost in the crowd. We hope you learn more about our community and get out there to experience it firsthand (and tell us about it too!).

We know it’s difficult to get out and meet other moms when naps and eating and potty-training are calling your attention – especially if you’re new to town, new to motherhood, or both. This is our attempt to make the world feel smaller and encourage you that you’re not alone.

Our Founder and Contributors are excited to highlight the enjoyable and difficult parts of parenting, help you remember to focus on YOU and who you are outside of your children, bring you helpful tips and feature many of the activities happening in the Columbia area.

Thanks for reading and joining us on this journey. We’re glad you’re here!

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Youthful Cotton proudly announces the addition of the le top brand!

With our promise to offer clothing that is reflective your child's personality; it is imperative that Youthful Cotton offers a wide range of clothing to delivery upon that mission. To fulfill those promises, Youthful Cotton continues expand the brands that we offer. We are proud to announce that le top is joining our brand collection. 

About le top

For over 35 years, Le Top has been creating quality playwear that reflects the joy and innocence of childhood. As a family-owned company based out of sunny Concord, California—just across the bay from San Francisco—Le Top proudly designs clothing and accessories for children ages 0-7.


After so many years of selling our irresistible and whimsical children’s clothing in specialty boutiques and upscale department stores all across the U.S., it’s hard to believe that Le Top was originally founded almost by accident. Back in 1978, Paul Lun, whose family had already been in the apparel business in Hong Kong and Malaysia for over 50 years, was happily earning his master’s degree in finance in California. As a natural entrepreneur, he jumped at his brother’s suggestion that he jumpstart his finance career by selling some of the family’s novelty T-shirts in the U.S.

In those days, people were tiring of the polyester-infused ’70s, and Paul's thick, quality combed cotton interlock shirts were a welcomed change. To this day Le Top is still known for the soft, natural fiber fabrics that we design and manufacture ourselves.


Paul wasn’t just an ambitious entrepreneur; he was also the creative spark behind the Le Top brand. As the company’s original designer, “My First Jeans” was his initial experimental design. It was a big hit, and the prototype still hangs, proudly framed, in Paul’s living room.

Almost from the start, Chris Lun joined her husband at Le Top, and voila! A family business was born. Le Top expanded to offer clothing for preemies, newborns, infants, toddlers, and children (up to size 7). Today, we offer two collections encompassing the entire spectrum of a young child’s wardrobe needs— Le Top and Le Top Baby—as well as select accessories and plush toys.
Every product decision Le Top has made has come from listening to our customers, hearing what they love, and envisioning what they would like to see next. We recently introduced our online boutique offering select Le Top items for sale directly through our website.


Our formal business identity, C.K. Enterprises, is a family owned corporation with a loyal staff that includes Paul and Chris Lun and several longtime friends and family members. Some of our personnel have been with us for over 25 years (hard to find in this industry)! The Le Top team includes approximately 50 employees at our corporate headquarters in Concord, California; a sales office in New York City; supplemental sales staff in major cities across the U.S.; and support staff in Hong Kong, where we are proud to base our production in the legacy of Paul Lun’s long lineage in the Asian apparel business. Our support staff in Asia are hands-on in ensuring that the quality and manufacturing of our clothing is done with integrity, care, and the fine craftsmanship that we are known for! (Please visit our Code of Conduct page if you are interested in hearing more.)


All of us at Le Top hope you enjoy our whimsical and timeless childrenswear. Happy shopping at our new online boutique!

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