Teen Launches App to End Lunch Time Loneliness in Schools

Meet my hero and champion of kindness: Natalie Hampton. 

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Carolyn Hampton Photography

Natalie Hampton is a smart, beautiful, thoughtful, and kind 16 year old girl living in Los Angeles, California. Sadly, during her middle school years, Natalie was the victim of vicious bullying which left her feeling alone and rejected. Natalie’s lunches were spent at a table with no friends, no one to laugh and talk with, no one to share secrets with, no one.

Motivated by her experience and a personal mission to make sure no other students have to feel as lonely as she once did, Natalie recently created Sit With Us: an app that allows users to find friends within their school to sit with at lunch.  While the concept of socializing during school lunch may sound simple to many adults, try to imagine being in a high school environment with no one to sit with and being afraid of the embarrassment that rejection would bring if you allowed yourself to go ask a stranger to sit at their table.  Believe me, there are times when I could use this app as an adult. Don’t we all just want to feel safe and secure and know we are accepted?

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Sit With Us available on Apple App Store

“Sit With US was born because I am committed to making sure that other kids don’t suffer as I did. I believe that seemingly small, incremental changes in the overall dynamic of a school community can bring about change, so that everyone feels welcome and included,” Hampton wrote on the app’s official website. “I believe that every school has upstanders like me, who are happy and willing to invite anyone to join the lunch table. It is my hope, with people pledging to be ambassadors at their schools, that no one will feel left out.”

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courtesy of Huffington Post

Natalie has gained National attention since founding this App and the word is spreading like wildfire.  The app is free, but users must take a pledge that they will welcome all people to sit at their table and work to make their school more inclusive.  If interested, you can visit Sit With Us to learn more about how your child can become an Ambassador at his/her school and spread the love and kindness that Natalie has initiated.  It takes a village and with the right tools in hand, just imagine what beautiful, compassionate, smart, and loving individuals we can send off into this world!

Kudos to Natalie!!  Thank you for being a Champion of Kindness!

Please share by choosing a link from above to help us continue to get the word out about this awesome initiative and get students around the country involved!

XOXO,

Melanie

**We would love to hear your related experiences or feedback on what you think of this new app. Drop a comment below and we will respond.

Happy Fall Y’all

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Fall is right around the corner and we are all dreaming of pumpkin carving, candied apples, football season, and watching the leaves turn.  There is something about autumn and the cooler weather (especially if you are like us and live in the absolutely gorgeous, but hot and humid city of Charleston, SC) that brings smiles to our entire staff’s faces.

Each year, Megan does such a fantastic job of creating versatile options for our customers.  As I mentioned, we live in warmer temperatures and sometimes we have some warm Fall days.  Therefore, Megan is always conscious to create designs that are easy to layer for chilly days or wear alone when needed.  This season is no exception!  Our pumpkin collection is full of outfits perfect for pictures, trips to the pumpkin patch, family gatherings, and everyday wear.

Our Pumpkin Chest Smocked Bubble is hand smocked on precious white and blue check fabric. This bubble snaps at the crotch and is trimmed in white and orange gingham fabric. Available in size 3m-3T.

Our Pumpkin Collared Shortall is hand smocked on precious white and blue check fabric. This dress is pipped with white and orange gingham fabric and snaps at the crotch. This shortall with a pair of our knee socks, cutest outfit around!  Available in size 6m-3T.

Our Pumpkin Chest Smocked Dress is hand smocked on precious white and blue check fabric. This dress is trimmed in white and orange gingham fabric and buttons down the front. Available in size 6m-8.

Our Pumpkin Pant Set has a hand smocked tractor with pumpkins on a white soft knit t shirt with precious white and blue check fabric pants. Poly-cotton blend pants, 100% cotton t shirt.  Available in size 2T-6.

Our precious Santa/Pumpkin Reversible jumper and longall are unique because they are two outfits in one! One side is light blue and white gingham fabric with an adorable applique pumpkin. The reverse side is navy and white check fabric with a cute Santa applique! Perfect for many occasions-Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! Jumper available in size 12m-6 and longall available in size 6m-3T.

Whatever the occasion and however many children you have in your immediate or extended family, there are so many precious options to coordinate them all from our Pumpkin Collection! And we can hardly wait to see how you do it!

XXOO,

Melanie

 

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SGK Fall 2016 Sneak Peek: Making a List, Checking it Twice

 

You didn’t think we had skipped out on Santas this year, did you???  Nope! I just had to built up the anticipation for this final reveal!  I hope you have been making your list and checking it twice with all of your favorite items from our Fall 2016 line!  If you are like me….there is simply just too much cuteness to pick from!

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I don’t even think I need to say too much about this group….the photos speak for themselves!  Varying shades of blues and reds are just so fabulous together and these do not disappoint.  And let’s talk about the SANTAS!!! All kids love to wear Santas over the holidays and these smocked fellas are just perfect.  Love the red trim on the navy blue…really makes the colors POP!

And then this Red Scallop group and the boys coordinating pieces….OH MY!  Absolutely adorable and SO classic! Perfect for church and family gatherings as well.  I LOVE!

You can purchase these entire looks….shoes and all…on July 12th.

Hope you are all capping off June in an extraordinary way!  Hard to believe tomorrow marks a new month!

XxOo Melanie

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DRAFT SGK Fall 2016 Sneak Peek: Mad for Plaid

It is Tuesday and I am MAD FOR PLAID!!

Check out these adorable collections from our Fall 2016 line!  Get ready to fall in love with red checks, plaids, and a sweet white Christmas dress……all in tonight’s preview!

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The red check Poppy Dress is absolutely adorable!  Pair this little number with knee socks and navy Mary Janes (and a navy cardi for cool weather) for a classic look.  And check out the precious boy options as well…red checks, monograms, and a long sleeve polo for the older boys.  Too cute for words…this set will carry your little ones straight thru fall and will be perfect for Valentine’s Day celebrations!

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There is nothing sweeter than a classic, traditional look for Christmas.  Whether you choose the plaid route or this sweet white Christmas dress…you really cannot go wrong.  All of these looks are timeless and will be perfect in all of your family’s holiday photos!

Have a great night!  See you tomorrow as we continue to preview the Fall 2016 line….we have a few more to go!

XxOo Melanie

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SGK Fall 2016 Sneak Peek : Pigs Do Fly for these ADORABLE designs!

Don’t get the Monday Blues unless you are dreaming of all of these ADORABLE designs in our Fall 2016 line! I just love little boys and girls dressed in blue!!  Don’t you??

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Pigs sure did fly when they saw these adorable designs for Fall 2016!  The smocked flying piggies will be a huge hit for your little girls and I am just obsessed with the light blue paired with pink!  And how about your little cowboy?  Lasso him one of these designs and you will surely put a huge grin on his face!

Our Christmas line is always one of my favorites.  Full of classic designs, monograms, smocking, and just pure sweetness.  This Nativity Bishop and Longall is a perfect option for the holidays and Sunday church services. So so sweet!!

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Don’t you all just love a monogram on your little ones?  I always have and this collection is just perfect to fulfill your monogramming itch!  Pick any of these designs and let us do the monogramming to complete the look for you!  Too cute!

That’s it for today!  Hope you enjoyed and don’t worry….I’ve got a few more to share with you….including SANTAS!!!

XxOo
Melanie

 

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SGK Fall 2016 Sneak Peek: Call Me (Maybe?)

Hello sweet customers!  We are one day closer to the weekend….yay!  I hope you have all had an awesome week with your little ones, enjoying summer for all that it brings.

I’ve got an exciting sneak peek from our Fall 2016 Serendipity line for all of you tonight.  Full of color and whimsy, our Serendipity line is always a huge hit with pieces selling out quickly.  This season will be no different with adorable pieces like these!

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How much are you loving this throw back fabric?  Rotary phones and all!  Call Me is a part of our Serendipity line and is sure to be a customer favorite this season.  The ruffles and other pieces in this line are perfect for layering and mix and match.  And don’t forget to order your matching doll dresses….they sell out every time!

Alright, I have to go for now.  TTYL!  CALL ME, MAYBE?  (Sorry….I couldn’t resist!!!)

XxOo Melanie

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SGK Fall 2016 Sneak Peek: More Classics Mixed with Puppies and Turkeys

Happy Hump Day!  We are celebrating with Fall sneak peeks galore!

We are back up and running! Sorry for the little delay in blog shares while we were fixing internal issues.   Hopefully you are following us on Instagram and have also had a chance to read thru the other blog posts with previews….everything is just too cute!!  Today I am excited to share some adorable pieces from our Classics Collection as well as some irresistible cuteness in the form of puppies and turkeys!

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I am a sucker for navy blue and peter pan collars!  Not only do they double as “dress code appropriate” for my girls….they are classic and such a nice and neat look for any occasion!  When adding these goodies to your list, don’t forget we monogram as well!

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Who doesn’t love a turkey design on their little turkey for Thanksgiving?!?! This little turkey jumper and longall, topped off with a precious monogram is just over the top!  I hope you are as thankful for this as I am!

Alright….that is all for now!  I will be back with more preciousness tomorrow!  Sleep tight friends.

XxOO Melanie

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SGK Fall 2016 Sneak Peek: The Classics

Okay so first things first….Happy Friday!  Thanks for continuing to follow our posts as we, with much excitement, reveal the SGK 2016 Fall catalog to you.

This sneak peek will be short and sweet with one ADORABLE collection to share with you.  Can you even get enough of this kelly green and navy combo?  I think I will petition to add kelly green to our school uniform policy just so mine can wear this PRECIOUS Margaux jumper every day.  I just love it!

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The classic pieces are trully full of timeless designs perfect for family photo shoots, school, or play. When SGK owner and designer, Megan Hewitt, and I chatted about the line, she said to me:

“Our classic line is just that: Classic.  Think of saddle shoes and collared dresses.  Think of a more simple time, a slower time.  I am drawn to the vintage aesthetic and I love it when children look like children.”

Hope you have enjoyed this little sneak peek!  If you are anything like me….the list of “must haves” just keeps growing!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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XxOO Melanie

 

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SGK Fall Sneak Peek : Fly the Coup with your BFF

It is Thursday afternoon and I am about ready to Fly the Coup with my BFF because I am up to my ears in summer schedules!  Don’t get me wrong, I am so happy to have them home, but boy, our days sure are busy!  So, I have to tell you that having the daily duty of sharing these cheerful pictures of our Fall SGK and Serendipity lines truly brings me joy. You all have been so kind with your comments….we are all enjoying your feedback on the upcoming lines and the entire design team thanks you for your loyalty.

Without further ado….I bring you our next previews!  If you are new to the blog, don’t forget to check out previous posts for more sneak peeks and hit the share button to spread the love.

 

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During our chat about the upcoming line, SGK owner and designer, Megan Hewitt, told me that if she has it her way, her backyard just may become the swankiest petting zoo in town.  The Fly the Coup line is inspired by Megan’s not-so-secret obsession with animals and longing desire to own her very own chicken coup….in the backyard.  Right now she has settled with the most adorable bunnies, but Megan says, “If I have it my way, we WILL have a farm in the backyard!!”

 

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Oh me, Oh my!  What do I spy?  MORE fun and whimsical designs from our Serendipity line!  I shared yesterday that Megan truly has a passion for this fun spirited knit line: Serendipity.  It really shows thru in the designs….perfect for school or play with your BFF.

Thanks for stopping by today!  All of these precious pieces will be available for purchase July 12th.

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XxOO Melanie

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SGK Fall 2016 Sneak Peek: Picture Perfect and full of Whimsy

Hello customers!  We hope you loved yesterday’s preview and are pumped for this next release.  As promised, over the next couple of weeks, we are sharing pages from the actual catalog for you to preview our Fall 2016 Shrimp and Grits Kids and Serendipity lines.  Today, we bring you looks that are full of classic childhood designs with details such as peter pan collars, corduroy, and knee socks, along with the care-free and fun looks from Serendipity.  Enjoy!

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Jordan Jumper ~ If you have emailed, been in the store, or follow our Facebook or Instagram pages…chances are you have interacted with longtime employee, Jordan Kircher.  A jack of all trades, Jordan is the manager and back bone of the company!  She helped design this precious jumper, affectionately named after her, and it is already a staff favorite this season!

Captain Pitts ~ This collection is named for Megan’s husband and SGK owner, Pitts Hewitt, and his love for his boat and all things nautical!  I just love the color combination and I want to say “AHOY MATE!!” every time I see these precious boys in these pieces.

Sky Madeline Dress ~ Inspired by a childhood favorite story book, this classic design is sure to be a favorite for both moms and girls! Once again, the color combination is perfection and coupled with knee socks and saddle shoes, your little one is set for school picture day or anything her heart desires.

 

Check out these next looks from our Serendipity line!  During our chat, Megan shared with me that Serendipity is her true love, her heart and soul.  She loves to design whimsical fabrics and create designs that are just FUN! Megan feels like childhood should be soft and fun and whimsical.  I could not agree more and the fun colors and soft knits from this line are such a hit with the kids!

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When designing the floral groups for Serendipity, Megan finds inspiration in nature.  A true lover of the outdoors, Megan finds so much in her surroundings that contribute to various aspects of the floral pieces.  Just look at the Eliza group, full of our favorite colors and versatile pieces to mix and match.  My girls already have their eyes on the Snow Tunic, Cora Ruffle Leggings and Sadie Dress and their mama already has her eye on just about everything Serendipity!

I hope you are loving Fall 2016 as much as we all do!  Stay tuned for more great sneak peeks and inside scoop as we continue to release pages straight from our fabulous Fall catalog!

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XxOO Melanie