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We were able to interview our favorite Floridian children’s boutique this week – Toot Sweet! Owner and children’s style authority Courtney Davis gave us the inside look into the inspiration behind her store, must-have spring clothing and sunny day activities for twins in her local area. Read more to find out about the coolest (and quaintest) boutique in Fort Walton Beach!

Toot Sweet
215 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Suite 2
Ft. Walton Beach, FL

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Rabbitmoon "reflection" collection

1.    What was the inspiration behind the name Toot Sweet? It reminds us of an old candy store with delectable treats!
Courtney: The idea actually came from the movie “Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang.” My mom and I had been brainstorming names for the store and one morning she called me said, “I’ve got it! Toot Sweet!” I had no idea what she was talking about, but she had a dream about that part in the movie the night before and knew it had to be the name of our store. Toot Sweet is actually a French expression (toute de suite) used to tell someone to do something quickly, with haste. Of course, that fits perfectly with our motto: …you can’t dress them forever. 
2.    Describe the neighborhood where your store is located. Tell us about Fort Walton Beach, Florida. What made you pick this location and what was your inspiration to start a children’s clothing store?
  Toot Sweet is located in the quaint downtown area of Fort Walton Beach. We are surrounded by trendy bistros, bakeries, retailers, and even a pottery studio. We are right across the street from the Landing, which is a beautiful park on the Santa Rosa Sound. We have a lot of history rooted in downtown Fort Walton Beach as well.

Rabbitmoon "terrapin" collection

The twins were born on January 1, 2009 and it was really frustrating to not be able to find unique, comfortable, high quality kids clothing at reasonable prices. We also had a really hard time finding coordinating clothes for boys and girls. Mom and I began searching everywhere for brands that we loved. We looked for lines that were affordable, but trendy and fun for hip moms – and not to mention sweet enough for Yayas and Nanas to fall in love with too. So…Toot Sweet was born!

3.    Spring Break (February break) vacation is here. What are 3 vacation clothing must-have that are in your store for spring?
Courtney: The weather is warming up and you know what that means: SWIMMING! For girls we love Le Top swimsuits and cover-ups, Ruffle Butts, and embellished flip-flops. For boys: Le Top swim trunks and hats to shade cute little cheeks from the sun!

Le Top girl's beachwear

4.    Where are your favorite family hangouts in the local Fort Walton Beach, Florida area?
I have 2 year old twins, so we are always looking for fun activities for the whole crew. A block or so from the store we have the historical Indian Temple Mound and Museum and The Focus Center (a children’s hands on science museum). And of course, the white, sugary soft beaches are our absolute favorite place to hang out and relax.

5.    Tell us…before you “had kids or grandkids, what is one thing you swore you’d never…?” Please share!
Courtney: Oh my…I swore I would never let my kids holler or fuss in a restaurant. They are both really good kids, so it hasn’t happened very often, but there’s been a time or two when we were “those people.” 

6.    Tell us about a “special” moment that made your day working at your store.
Courtney: We feel like everyday is special at Toot Sweet. It’s so special when you have a first time grandma walk through the door because she just found out her daughter’s having a girl. Or when the dad-to-be pops in to see if we have a polo for their alma mater. Of course, since everyone that works here is a mom – we can really relate to the moms and moms-to-be…I feel like I learn tons of great tips from our customers…everything from potty training to where to get the best birthday cakes! 

7.    If you could pick a fabulous sunny day activity (since your store is located in a great climate) – what would it be for a family with kids?
Courtney: The beaches of Northwest Florida are the most incredibly beautiful beaches there are (we’re not biased at all)! Our favorite day at the beach would have us building sandcastles, burying our feet and swimming in the waves!

Tell us about any special events that you have planned at your store and fun deals we can expect.
Courtney: We are on the brink of launching our webstore! It is very exciting for us, because we will now be able to offer our customers our styles and fashions from across the country. We wanted to build a site that reflected our fun, relaxed style – and we think it’s finally here. We can’t wait for our customers to be able to shop at Toot Sweet anytime.

9.    Tell us your best parenting tip or mom advice that your mom passed on to you that you would like to share with a new parent.
Courtney: My mom always reminds me that all kids (even my twins) are different – and things won’t always work the same way. Oh – and don’t sweat the small stuff. 

10.    What collection or piece from Le Top or Le Top Baby line or Rabbitmoon do you love from the Spring 2011?
Courtney: Of course we love it all-, but I think our favorites from Spring 2011 would have to be: Heart’s Delight Collection and Ship Ahoy! Collection from Le Top and the Reflection and Terrapin collections from Rabbitmoon.  They’re all so fresh and fun, it’s hard to pick just one. And besides…you can’t dress them forever. 

Le Top "Ship Ahoy!" gingham a-line dress, "Heart's Delight" swimsuit and sunhat, and "Ship Ahoy!" hooded jacket and swim trunks.

Toot Sweet
215 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Suite 2
Ft. Walton Beach, FL

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We just learned that fitness guru and Biggest Loser host and star, Jillian Michaels, is about to become the biggest/best mommy! She announced this past December that she would be leaving The Biggest Loser to concentrate on starting a family, 

“I’d like to take a year off of television and really focus on — I’m in the middle of the adoption process — and really focus on that and hopefully becoming a mother in the next year and putting all my energy into that for awhile.”

Michaels is unsure whether she’ll be welcoming a baby boy or girl — but insists at her age there is no preference! She will hopefully be bringing home a future kiddo in the next 6 months. We hope Le Top’s latest arrivals will be on the top of her list to buy for her child’s fitness and stylish wardrobe.

Le Top's Ship Ahoy collection for boys and girls - Click on photo for link

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My husband and Lilah checking out Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

Cousin Kelly all decked out in a safari hat from the Spring 2007 'Ship Ahoy!' collection

Last weekend my family (including parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins) all took a quick road trip to beautiful Gold Beach, Oregon; it is on the coast, just 45 miles beyond the California border. After a full day of driving, we made a pit stop at The Trees of Mystery in Klamath, CA and had a photo op with the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox before driving the final stretch. Though we were in Oregon for only a couple days, our plan was to pack in as much fun as possible.

Our first full day in Gold Beach was tasked with arriving at a jet boat dock by 8am  (yes, 8am on vacation – what were we thinking!) for a 64 mile round trip ride up the Rogue River. It was Lilah’s first boat trip and she was excited. The weather was cooperating (phew), but it was so windy on the way up river that it was a real challenge to keep warm. Lilah, being the smart girl that she is, hid beneath the blanket and slept most of the ride up.

We stopped after 32 miles in the small community of Agness. Those of us that had young children took a breather, warmed up, and had some lunch while the ‘grandparents’ all chose to go as far as the jet boats were able to take them (an additional 20 miles). When they returned, they regaled us with tales of rapids, rock cliffs and warm weather declaring it to be the most stunning part of the trip. Of course, isn’t that the way it always is?

We were told this bridge was only 4 ft. above the water line during the 1964 flood.

The sign on the roof reads “High Water December 22, 1964” that was the high water mark during the flood.

On the way back down the river the weather was beautiful and Lilah stood up next to me almost the whole time. She was excited to see deer and river otters along the banks. There were so many fishermen hoping to catch King Salmon or Steelhead that we made a game of looking for dogs on the small boats on our way down (there were many). Our guide informed us that during the flooding in December 1964 the river almost flooded over many of the bridges (hard to imagine). All-in-all it was a beautiful day and a fabulous boat trip with my amazing family. There is so much more to tell you about, like our ocean voyage to the St. George’s Reef Lighthouse and our tour of the Coast Guard Station but I think I’ll save the rest for another day! Stay tuned.

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