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Gifts for Kids and The Grownups Who Love Them

Meet the Growing Up family!

We are so glad that you are following us at Growing Up! We strive to give the best customer service around and we’d like to introduce you to our team members who take care of you every day!


Hi everyone!  My name is Tara and I am the manager at Growing Up.  I have been here at the store for the past three years and I love watching all of your children grow! When I became pregnant with my daughter, my husband and I decided we wanted to do things that made sense to our family.  This included home birth, cloth diapering and breastfeeding.  I am a huge advocate for families being able to choose whatever works best for them.  I love the support and advice that we are able to give (and receive) from our amazing customers, many of which are now friends.  I never thought I would be able to combine my passion of natural parenting with an actual paying job.  I definitely feel lucky to be a member of the Growing Up family.

Hi my name is Ashley, I have worked at Growing Up for almost two years. I have always been interested in reducing the amount of chemicals that I was using, and putting into and onto my body. When I became pregnant with my son in 2013, I knew that it was even more important! If I would not use it on myself, I sure was not going to put it on my newborn. I became very interested in cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and babywearing. When my son was 6 months old, I saw an ad that Growing Up was hiring and I applied. A store that sold products I used and enjoyed and the chance to share my passions with other parents? It was meant to be, and I have been here ever since!

Hi, I’m Sam. I live in St Pete in a little 1920's bungalow with my beautiful 20 month old daughter, Scout, my Golden Retriever mix Nolen, and my wonderfully bearded husband, Travis. I attended Florida State University and I am a serious iced coffee addict. I enjoy anything that allows me to be creative as well as fashion, being outside in the sunshine, learning the art of traveling with a child, natural parenting, thrift stores and showing my baby girl this beautiful planet we live on.   

Hi, I'm Allie, our resident CPST or Child Passenger Safety Technician. I'm a full time USF student and mama to a vivacious 2 year old little girl. I am an animal lover, disney freak and tattoo enthusiast. I'm often cracking jokes and providing customer service with a smile. My favorite Growing Up product is Balm Baby's "spray that bottom" which I've dubbed "magic in a can."  

January 26, 2016 by Allie Terry