Here’s What Our Hip Team Has Been Up to Off the Clock in July

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Here’s what our Hip2Save team members have been up to when we’re not hard at work.

man and toddler boy sliding down slide

We’re back with more exciting behind-the-scenes at Hip! 🤩

We’re continuing our super fun off-the-clock Hip series and giving you all a sneak peek into our lives behind the scenes every month!

Whether it’s something we’re buying, something we did, or how our lives are ever-changing, we’re bringing you along for the journey with us!

Soleil was lucky enough to see Harmonious Live in person for Disney’s 50th birthday. 

fireworks display from harmonious live on disney+

If you watched Harmonious Live on Disney+ you know just how spectacular this event was. Soleil who lives in Florida was lucky enough to see this unforgettable experience in person, including singing by Idina Menzel and many more celebrities and the most incredible firework show she’s ever seen. 🤩

Melinda met up with Soleil during her family trip to Orlando.

two woman holding cups of ice cream

There’s nothing that brings more of a smile to our faces than seeing two of our Hip sidekicks getting together in person!

This past month Melinda and her family booked an affordable trip to Orlando via Tripadvisor so she was sure to connect with Soleil while they were in her neck of the woods. They ate some delicious authentic Mexican food and then Soleil brought them to a local Italian ice place for some yummy gelatos! How cute are they?! 😍

They weren’t the only Hip sidekicks uniting in Florida this month – Collin and her family drove 16 hours to see Erica!

family standing on pier by ocean

Collin and her family went to Anna Maria Island in Florida and got to visit with our Hip sidekick Erica and her adorable family! If you don’t know, Erica and Collin go way back as she used to be their nanny when Collin’s kiddos were little. How awesome!

two women wearing sunglasses smiling on boat in ocean blue waters

Collin said they all had such a blast! They went on a fishing charter one day and kayaking another so there was no shortage of adventures. It was her first time visiting Anna Maria and said the area was beautiful and they enjoyed the blue waters and white sandy beaches! 😍

woman wearing pink two piece set taking selfie in closet

On a side note, Collin and her family drove a whopping 16 HOURS to get to Erica in their Sprinter Van and she said this affordable two-piece outfit from Walmart is hand down her favorite travel outfit yet!

In fact, she owns it in 3 colors. 😂

Shane traveled to Spain and Portugal with his new girlfriend.

woman and man taking selfie

Check out these beautiful world travelers! 🤩 Shane, his girlfriend, and her family just got back from an amazing trip to Europe!

family sitting at fancy dinner table in restaurant

Since her brother-in-law owns two restaurants in the area they stayed, they got to eat like kings during their entire trip. All I need to know now is when I’m being adopted? 😆

Emily and her husband were lucky enough to raft the Green River in Colorado and Utah.

woman and man smiling at camera rafting

Emily and her husband were stoked to get away and raft the Gates of Lodore on the Green River in Colorado and Utah!

Check out this epic photo she shared! 🤩

colorado green river rafting

She said over 10,000 people put in for one of the 300 permits available for this ride, so they were pretty lucky to score one this summer! What an unforgettable experience!

Bryn motivated us all by crushing her 1,000th Orange Theory class.

screenshot of instagram story with bryn orange theory class

At Hip2Save, Bryn does it ALL behind the scenes so it’s no surprise to our team that she also crushes it outside the office. 👊🏼 In case you missed it over on our Instagram stories, she celebrated her 1,000 Orange Theory class this month and it definitely motivated us all!

Way to go, Bryn! 👏🏻

Hip Tip: Follow Hip2Save on Instagram to see what else our team is up to!

We celebrated my middle son’s golden birthday by the pool.

boy holding a piece of corner birthday cake in bathing suit

In April, my son celebrated his golden birthday and his gift was a cabana pool party and outdoor movie night in July! There was surely lots of anticipation for this special day since we were at the mercy of our pool opening come summer. However, every friend left saying it was the best party they’ve ever been to so it sure was worth the wait and then some! 🥰

Fun Fact: Your “golden birthday” is the birthday on which the numeral of one’s age matches the day of the month they were born. (i.e. My son turned 10 on the 10th!)

Anne celebrated her daughter’s 13th birthday with a Harry Potter-themed party.

girl blowing out candles on harry potter birthday cake

Anne’s daughter is a huge Harry Potter fan so they celebrated by having a Harry Potter-themed party poolside! Since her birthday falls on July 3rd, she said their 4th of July celebrations are always extra special. 🥰 Happy birthday, Olivia!

Angela saw New Kids On The Block with her daughter…and scored a selfie. 

woman with jon from new kids on the block

Any New Kids On The Block fan will definitely wish they were in Angela’s shoes this month! She and her daughter went to their concert and above is a selfie she took with Jon from the band. 🤩 She happens to know them personally and says it’s unreal what awesome guys they are!

Kara spent her birthday in Chicago for the Blue Fest.

woman and man standing in front of silver bean cloud gate sculpture in chicago

Kara had a blast celebrating her birthday at the Chicago Blues Fest with her husband and friends. If you’ve never been to Chicago in the summer, she said this is one event you definitely don’t want to miss!

Alli took her guy to his first ever concert for her birthday.

man and woman standing outside at concert venue

Believe it or not, at 25 years old, this was Alli’s husband’s very first concert EVER! 🤯 She happened to be celebrating her birthday so they saw two of her favorite bands – OneRepublic and needtobreathe! She said it was an amazing concert and one neither of them will forget!

Jessica went to Florida to celebrate her grandpa’s 90th birthday!

family gathering around grandpa for birthday party

Jessica’s grandpa turned 90 this month and he was blessed enough to have many of her family members make the trip down to celebrate! So special! 🥰

family standing in front of universal florida sign

Of course, her family vacation to Florida wasn’t complete without a stop at Universal and they even made time for Cocoa Beach and stopped in Chattanooga, TN for a couple of days.

Ani and her family enjoyed Cape Cod for two weeks.

family standing together wearing cape cod sweatshirts by water and sunset

Ani and her family were blessed enough to rent a home in Cape Cod for two whole weeks! While she did work remotely for part of their trip, she said they truly had the best time together ever! They plan to go again next summer and she jokingly stated she needs to start saving up for their 2023 Lobster Roll fund now. 🤣

Hip Tip: Love traveling large? Don’t miss these hot travel deals before they’re gone!

Melinda took her daughter to a new summer camp miles away from home. 

family standing in park outside

Melinda took her daughter to an overnight camp all the way in Pennsylvania (from their home in Connecticut)! She was gone for an entire week and had such a blast, but was so excited to see her momma when she picked her up.

In fact, I just have to share this super sweet photo of them reuniting. 😭

woman and girl in bright pink shirt hugging and crying happy tears

It’s so hard letting our babies grow up, but Melinda said the experiences were worth the week-long wait to see her girl again! She’s already looking forward to going back next summer! So sweet! ❤️

Lina and her family escaped the Arizona summer heat and went to the mountains. 

teens standing in front of prescott artwork brick wall

Although still in Arizona, Prescott is a quaint town nestled in the mountains so Lina and her family were able to escape the unbearable heat from their home in Phoenix for a few days.

airbnb living room and dining room

They stayed at a dreamy Airbnb cabin that made their trip that much better! Plus, she said it was way more affordable than trying to book appropriate hotel rooms for their family elsewhere.

Hip Tip: Traveling soon? Check out our tips to save on your next Airbnb booking before you leave.

Emily rounded out a busy month with a relaxing family trip to Upstate NY.

river and trees in 1000 Islands New York

Every summer, Emily’s entire family heads 4 hours north from where they all live to 1000 Islands. They stay right on the water and spend their days boating, beaching, and perusing the nearby river town. When you work behind a computer from home all day, it’s so refreshing to get out into nature for an extended weekend (though she couldn’t resist sending us the picture above on her day off 😉)!

Jiubenju Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Board w/ Kayak Seat

She also brought along her new favorite Hip deal — an inflatable paddleboard. Not only did she love using it, but her boyfriend and brother didn’t hesitate to give it a go too! In fact, it was a hit with everyone! She was generous enough to leave it with her parents for the remainder of their stay but can’t wait to get back out on it once it’s back home with her.

Chelsey and her family enjoyed the beach for a few days.

boy and girl facing beach water in bathing suits

Did you even summer if you didn’t stick your toes on a sandy beach?! 🤩 Chelsey was lucky enough to sneak away for a quick vacation to Door County, Wisconsin where she and her family go every year. She said it’s always nice to spend time enjoying good food and playing at the beach. We couldn’t agree more!

Missy found a great groomer.

missy the dog with mohawk standing in bathtub

It wouldn’t be a Hip team post without some pup love so I’m just here to show you this adorable picture of Missy. Jenna shared that they found an amazing local groomer who shared this picture and we’re pretty sure she’s living her best life ever!

Speaking of pups, I welcomed a new pup-niece to my family.

woman holding brown golden doodle puppy

While she’s not mine, I’m basically claiming her because this sweet new puppy niece of mine is sweeter than ever! My brother and his family welcomed sweet Maize by surprise. He’s been a mega Michigan fan his entire life since he was born in Detroit so they now have a boy named Blue and this sweet girl, Maize (Michigan’s team colors). 💙💛

However, living in Pennsylvania I still have to say it… #gopennstate 🤣

Stetson has been busy learning all about toddlers lately.

family standing on back porch of brick house

Between the new arm tats and a beautiful new relationship, we barely feel like we know Stetson anymore! While he’s often in front of the camera, he’s got quite a lot going on behind the scenes with dating and navigating a new relationship with a toddler. We know this little dude is lucky to spend time with Stetson since he’s a big kid at heart too!

And I’m sending a special sentiment of gratitude to Collin on behalf of our team…

Collin in romper

Every month I absolutely love putting these Hip team posts together. It nearly brings me to tears seeing my Hip sidekicks living their best life and enjoying their sweet families. What a blessing it is to be a Hip sidekick and work alongside all of these amazing and authentic people!

If these photos don’t portray just how blessed we are, I don’t know what would!

Thank you Collin for building such an incredible company and work culture! ❤️

Well, Hip2Savers, on that note, we’re going to get back to bringing you all the hippest deals on the internet!

Keep an eye out in August with some fresh Hip news and find out how we’re saying goodbye to summer! 

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 42

  1. Karbear52

    That’s Hipsterz…!! Thanks for sharing…!! You all are awesome…!!👍😜❤️, Thanks for all you do for us…!

  2. lena

    Wow I thought Colin and Stenson were together whoops

    • Daphne

      He is her brother-in-law

  3. MarMar

    I’d like a tour of Collins Sprinter Van 😁 16 hours! Must be a something special about that van. 😁

  4. T

    Angela, I saw NKOTB with my kids too. It was a BLAST! So cool that you got a pic with Jon.

  5. A.B.

    Hi, I would LOVE to know if there are an Hip Tips on shopping for a Sprinter Van? My fam of 6 is getting squishy in our Toyota Sienna, and we’ve been looking at these vans for >2 years! 😱 I’ve also looked at the Dodge and Ford vans. As our kids have gotten bigger, we’re in need of more headroom, and extra space for Grandma & Grandpa! We’d love towing capability for our camper. I get so overwhelmed, looking at all of the options. Any advice from y’all would be AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing all of your adventures, you’re all so lovely and joyous! 💕

  6. Elizabeth

    Okay first of all I hope we get a little behind the scenes (maybe on take over Tuesday) of Stetson and his new family! 😍 Congratulations! I’ve been following that little back story for a while 😉 Second, Erica’s phone case is so cute!! 🍋🍋

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Elizabeth! I passed this along to Erica! She let me know it is a Loopy and she loves it! ❤️🙌

  7. Sue

    I am soooo jealous of Angela for personally knowing the New Kids!! As a teenager I thought I would marry Donnie, but alas, Jenny McCarthy beat me to it!

    • Angela (Hip Sidekick)

      Donnie & Jenny are great together, she’s very sweet and they are a perfect match!

  8. Ap927

    I feel like Colin has lost touch with her loyal followers. I’ve been around for over a decade. Kudos for growing so big she doesn’t have to do the work anymore, but it would be nice if she remember us little people who made this site a success, and pop on more often (and not just an occasional stock photo). Sometimes I miss the old vibe here.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Hey there, I am sorry you feel that way. 😞 I am definitely here and truly do show up every single day, but it’s often more behind the scenes. Hip2Save has been my baby for over a decade and this site is truly such a huge passion of mine. I love the amazing community we’ve built here, and I’m so grateful for our entire team. ❤️

      I also am on Instagram and Facebook stories almost daily sharing life/personal stuff, my favorite deals, and much more!

    • Sue

      I do know what you mean not seeing Collin. I enjoyed seeing her bubbly personality in things like her Target trips. They gave a nice distraction from some of the doom and gloom of things going on. I too have been a long time subscriber. Things change, and she definitely deserves to be able to delegate more. I can truly appreciate the huge amount of work all the deal hunting, extra work answering questions, and typing up posts has to be. So time consuming, I don’t blame her for “adding to the Hip family”! I don’t use social media sites like FB, Twitter, or IG so I too miss out on many of the things that gives us a peek into the fun side. I miss the takeover videos too and wish they’d post them at least from time to time on this site too. Collin isn’t a personal friend of mine, but I do feel like I’ve been a part of her site from the beginning that I do know her from way back when. It’s nice to get a peak to see everyone who works behind the scenes too.

    • Lilith

      I’ve been a follower for 13+ years & feel like Colin is still very much present! Businesses & people evolve & change, it’s the natural order of things.

    • Emily (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there Ap927! I know Collin and other readers have commented in this thread, but I wanted to take the opportunity to follow up on behalf of our team. Also because I think Collin is being too modest. 😄 While Collin may not have her face in all the pictures or her authorship on every post, she is a resounding presence in all things Hip2Save & Hip2Keto.

      While a lot of it is behind the scenes, there isn’t a single facet of the business, from big picture strategy to the fun day-to-day happenings, that she isn’t involved in! When she’s not overseeing that part of the business, I can promise you that she is on her phone scrolling the site, just like all of our awesome readers, and making sure each and every post is worthy to be published on Hip2Save.

      And when she’s not doing that, you can catch her on Instagram or Facebook sharing deals, favorite finds, and a personal look into her life. That said, I understand not all of our readers are on social media, so we’ll start brainstorming as a team other ways to get this content to you all. 🤗

      Lastly, I want to assure you how valuable the Hip Community is to her. Again, the reason I am the one sharing this is because Collin is pretty humble when it comes to her generosity. She loves a good giveaway and is constantly on the hunt for the next best thing to ship out to spread some joy. She makes sure that those who take the time to help her, help our team, or help other readers are given a sweet sentiment of appreciation. Honestly, she sends out gift cards to Hip2Save followers like it’s going out of style. 😂

      And the final piece I want to mention is something I hear Collin ask frequently, if not multiple times PER day, and that’s, “is this valuable for our readers?” Because you better believe if a deal/tip/product review is not, it’s not going on the site.

      So while we can agree that the way her presence may have changed over the years, I promise you her dedication to her Hip2Save followers, whether they have been here since day 1 or day 4,001, has not and will not. Your concerns are heard and we’ll regroup to make sure that we’re doing all we can to honor the foundation Hip2Save was built on. And if you have any other feedback, I sincerely encourage you to share — we’re all ears at all times! ❤️

    • Amanda

      Check out her instagram stories! It’s mostly Colin and her sharing her life and finds. I’ve really enjoyed watching them lately and catching up on all the craziness that is her life!

      • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

        Thanks so much for following us on Instagram, Amanda! It really is a great way to check out what’s happening with Collin on the daily! 💕

  9. Karbear52

    @ap927 you should not be voicing your opinion or being skeptical about Collin , she has devoted her life to this site…!! Also, I would like to comment that her friends and workers as they are to her, have devoted their lives to this site as well ..!! I’m certainly not being negative, however hon you need to have a heart and truly remember and appreciate all that they all do for us…!! I have been following her/them now for about (3) years !! And I can tell you they have brought much Joy to my life as well as my daughter and my friends/and my daughters friends…!! Have a heart darling, or get off the site ..!! Just saying, from one friendly follower/subscriber to another…!! And if she never comments, or text, or emails me back… It’s all good…!! You need to understand that as well …!!!! Stay positive, say and think happy things …!!!

  10. Candy

    I would love to work for Collin remotely in Florida. I love Hip to Save and let everyone I can know about it.

  11. Karbear52

    Hipsterz, never let the negative naysayers interfere in your lives at all…!! There are many in our lifetime, that we will never be able to please… I am 60 years old and believe me I know that to be a fact…!! You all are wonderful, and thanks for all you do And share with all of us ..!!!!!!! 👍😜❤️😎😊

  12. elabella814

    Darn! Must have just missed you, Collin and Erica! My family and I also visited Anna Maria this month! Such a hidden gem and OH-SO-BEAUTIFUL! I love these posts. Thanks for sharing! 🥰

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      YAY! SO happy you are enjoying them! I’ll be sure to pass this along to the team! 🥰

  13. fordgal34

    Go Penn State!

  14. Joanne

    Thanks for sharing! I really enjoyed learning more about who is who. Thanks for what each of you do!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Joanne! 💕

  15. Susan

    Didn’t realize Stetson got married? Or…by saying he’s become a dad? I’m not getting what’s going on with that whole story. I must have somehow missed all that.

    • Stetson

      Hello, sorry for the confusion. I am not married. We have been dating for awhile now and still navigating everything.

  16. Lisa

    I always love seeing what everyone is up to; thank you for taking the time for the update! I did, indeed, let out a total fan girl scream at Angela’s photo! Fourteen year old me was so happy to see that! I always thought I’d be Mrs. Joey-Joe McIntyre, but I guess he didn’t get the memo 😉

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You bet, Lisa! I’ll be sure to pass your sweet comment along to Angela! 💕

    • Angela (Hip Sidekick)

      Ha, Joe should have gotten back to you! He has a beautiful wife and three super cute kiddos now! I think we all thought we were going to marry one of them back in the day! 🤣♥️

      • Lisa

        Darn then and their “right stuff”, giving is all that false hope 😆
        Have a super day and thanks for taking the time to respond 😃

  17. MaryKay

    Stetson is married and has a son??? When did I miss this? Congratulations to him!! Is there any way for us to read Stetson’s back story? Thanks much!

    • Stetson

      Hello, we are not married and that is her son. We have been dating for quite some time and still navigating things.

      • MaryKay

        I’m super happy for you and your relationship 💗

  18. Jo

    Go Blue!! 💙💛

  19. xdib

    I live near Anna Maria Island and have been there the last 3 weekends. Would’ve been fun to randomly bump into you! Our favorite beach 🏖

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww, You’re SO very welcome, Amanda! Thanks for the super sweet comment and for being a longtime follower. 💞🙌 We sure are thankful for YOU! 🤗🥰

    • Michelle

      Amanda, as a fellow long-time subscriber and fan of Collin, the entire Team and all things Hip2Save, your comment brought a tear to my eyes! While I’ve never had the honor of meeting Collin or anyone from the Team in person, I do feel like a part of the family and that they are a part of mine. You spoke what was on the hearts of many of us, I am sure, and thank you for that!

      Collin and Team, continued gratitude for you all and everything you do to make our lives richer, in ALL the ways! 🙂

      And Sara, Go Blue! 🙂

      • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

        Thank you so much for your super sweet comment, Michelle! I’ll be sure to pass it along to the team! We appreciate you being a reader! 🥰

  20. kathleen maddox

    So great to hear on all this , like they really are . Just regular folks !! ,Like all your readers ! -judy try to. Be .. Hip & Save !! &from CT totally get Lobster Roll fund !!

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