Black Tuesday

shoesyoAs you all know I love baby things. Like shoes. Specifically Freshly Picked Moccasins. And they are running an awesome sale today the BIGGEST sale of the year 25% off the entire site! They only run this sale TWICE a year!! This is an awesome way to snag yourself a pair of shoes at a discounted rate, because who doesn’t love a good sale? I mean I know I do. The sale runs from 10am mst today 11/22 to 10am mst on 11/23! The current stock on their site will be on sale, as will some amazing restocks of old favorites! It has me really questioning whether I should stock up on a few pairs for O in the bigger sizes since my baby just sized up to a 3 (insert cry face).

FP is basically my go to shoe for my babes. E is 3 and a half and still wears them over most other shoes. They are so easy to throw on and can be dressed up or down. She wears them to the park, store, pretty much everywhere we go. I love the shoes bc the little footprints wear in the bottom and remind me of how small she was. I was considering have O re-wear some the shoes she had and once I pulled them out I couldn’t do it. What if he wore over her tiny footprints?! It tugged at my heart and I put them back in her memory box.


They come in every color imaginable boy or girl and gender neutral. As I mentioned before many of the colors are gender neutral and can be worn (if you so choose) by all your babies. The quality is also spot on, as it should be for a ‘pricey’ baby shoe. E has worn the same size moccs for about a year now. She has no holes or ripped threads or broken anything. After purchasing shoes at the local big box stores I can tell you this doesn’t happen with pricey sneakers. I’ve more than gotten my money’s worth out of them! They stand up to the hot pavement and rocks in the park. Plus soft soles are great for developing little feet!

Freshly Picked has even taken it a step further to make their shoes more affordable to everyone! This year the Classics Collection was introduced, they are some of the best selling colors at a lower cost, currently there are 11 colors with plans to expand in the coming months! These will be included in the sale! (making them a super awesome deal!) c5e9755d-90a7-4af0-9ede-2867a778f58a

To make it even better FP has so generously donated a pair of shoes for a giveaway! They can be yours, all tucked away under the tree just in time for Christmas! One lucky lady or gent will win their choice of soft sole moccs in their size and color, just enter the giveaway below and good luck!



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Let’s Be Reasonable

I want to be real, life is not everything that fits in that tiny perfect square on IG. Life is unfiltered stains and snot like 90% of the time. And E and O have some cute ‘fancy’ as some have put it, pieces in their wardrobes. At times they are dressed to the nines and I’m over here in my holey jeans and a tee, but this isn’t about me. I try to live each day remembering they’re only little once and we all only have one life to live. I really like them to have clothes that they can play and have fun in, not break my bank, AND look adorable to boot. Buying small or USA made isn’t always an option, like as much as I’d love to be able to drop $36 on a pair of leggings that shiz ain’t happening.  I have loved Target’s lines previously and was slightly devastated when they said they were discontinuing some of the brands we love so well. And then I saw their new line.


E is at the age where she is too tiny for big girl’s clothes but right on the cusp of being too big for toddler stuff. She wears a 3t in most everything and wandering through the big girl’s clothes in Target has me all the heart eyes. So I threw together a quick list of my top picks from the new lineup!


Leggings I have always been a fan of the Circo leggings from Target. They are reasonably priced and pretty adorable. Like when something cost $5 I don’t cry when she stains them or tears a hole in them or they go missing. I can handle ‘real life’ in clothes these. Don’t get me wrong you can dress them up or down, under a dress, solo and so on. I’m basic and I die for the everyday easy look when we don’t leave the house. They’re like pjs but not, you know?

The military vest is all the rage right now, and I love it’s in tiny kid form! This piece is from the big kid’s section and runs 4-16 making it an awesome piece for this fall and perhaps the next 3 years. I love transitional pieces for my wardrobe and the kid’s clothes too, and I feel like this will be a favorite piece for the life of it! (Yes I’m that crazy lady who buys some clothes ‘bigger’ to make them last) It’s a tough canvas and Olive and gray are my jam for neutral colors year round. I went with one of each but I’m kinda obsessed…

This dress is a-freaking-dorable. I love all the colors in it and it’ll wear really wear through to next spring. Again with the price as reasonable as it is, she can wear it in the yard or get paint on the front and I won’t be worked up about the potential of it being ruined for life. I can see her wearing different colored tights or shoes and making it look fun or different with each wear! Plus I love white bc you can bleach it. Like this one I’d use the little bleach pen and be able to get all the white back to white!

These socks are my life. I am currently and well for the past year and a half in love with animal stuff. O’s nursery is woodland-y and so is his first bday party theme. These are the socks that you see retailing for $12 a piece but they aren’t! They are $5 ladies and they go up to 5t! They are true over the knee socks but not super thick so she could potentially rock them on an 85 degree day and not be too hot.

Those socks will go perfect with my boot picks. Imagine them peeking out above the cute fringe ones or the riding boots. I may have snagged both of these for the price of a pair of boots I was lusting after from another big retailer. They seem comfy enough and true to size and well look AMAZING with tights this winter/fall.

These little patches are totes cute and just a sampling of the other adorable accessories they have available for your tiny tot! The patches will look adorable on the vest btw.

Finally this hat. I’m dead. I tried to force E to wear it but she refused. She would be such a cute little fashionista in it, wondering through the fields in fall boots and all, or in the cart perusing the aisles of Target…but she hated it. So someone buy it and think of me when your girl wears it!

Also they have adorable stuff for little babies. My little baby is too big for it but you should def check it out if you have a tiny nugget!

My hands down favorite thing is Target is guaranteeing their line for 1 year. Yup one year from purchase if you aren’t happy with your purchase or it somehow falls apart, with your receipt they’ll return it! And if you haven’t signed up for a Red Card they are legit worth it, faster shipping and an extra 5% off everyday!. You can do a debit card, it’s linked to your bank account and comes out as you shop or the credit card, which is a credit card…

Now for the winner of the Freshly Picked giveaway: John G! Congrats to you! Shoot me an email at to choose your moccs! And thanks to you guys for playing along!

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Oh Baby Shoes, I love you


freshlypickedboysWe all know I have an intense love of all things baby. Like my children dress at least 75% better than me on most days. And when it comes to buying their clothes I spare no expense! My HANDS DOWN favorite brand of shoes since E started wearing shoes is FP mind you it’s been almost 4 years (insert teary face).



Freshly Picked (for those of you living under a rock) is a brand that makes leather baby moccasins. These things are like butta y’all. But really I love them because they are great for first walkers, the flexible sole lets little ones walk practically bare foot while those tiny tootsies are still protective from the yuck that is the world. Not to mention they look damn adorable on fat baby feet.

Susan’s business started small. Like in her own home small. She spent an entire summer in 2009 banging glass out of aluminum framed windows. She took said aluminum and sold it for a $200 to purchase a bag of leather scraps and that is how the FP empire was born

Now that O is starting to try and walk I found myself looking to FP again for his first shoes! The great thing about this brand is a lot of the colors are great for boys OR girls. I looked back through E’s early years and pulled a couple pair out to share with baby brother! There are some I refuse to let him wear though, because her precious footprints are on the bottom of them (and my husband nixed purple or pink on him). Another thing I love is that they are hard for babies to get off! Like O tried for about 30 minutes to pull and tug and contort them off his feet no dice buddy.

FP can be dressed up or down which I think is important when making such a large investment in baby shoes. DUH I know his feet will grow and then he won’t be able to wear them anymore BUT you guys there is actually a large following of moms that buy used baby shoes/clothes. Mind blown right? Maybe it’ll help you convince the ole ball and chain that a pair is on the horizon….


IF NOT then you too can be the owner of a new pair of fresh buttery goodness! I’ve teamed up with Freshly Picked to give one of you a pair of your choice of FP MOCCS!!!


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A note: The winner of Freshly Picked moccasins CANNOT have won a pair within the past 60 days and MUST BE in the United States.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Christmas is fast approaching and I am behind. Like we haven’t even had a Santa picture made yet people. With our big move to the Dallas area I just feel out of sorts. I don’t really know my way around too well yet and have frequented the malls during the holidays to know the lowdown on Santa. On that whole Santa train of thought, did you let your kids believe in Santa? In your house is Santa a real dude that creeps down your chimney or in your front door and leaves gifts for good boys and girls? Or are you the parent who lays it all out for your kids: look Santa is a fairytale, just like the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny I put the gifts under the tree and if a creepy old bearded man comes down our chimney he will get a rump of buckshot?! Back to Santa photos maybe I’m the only weird one, but I expect Santa to be all gussied up from head to toe in his red suit. I don’t care if it’s 95 or 32. For some reason here, the big guy doesn’t rock the coat, at least not a Santa I have seen. It bothers me, like he is wearing an odd shirt covered in snowflakes or bears at 2 malls I’ve visited and I ain’t about that life y’all. In Hawaii last Christmas, Santa was wearing floral shorts and shirt. I was offended, therefore there are no photos of said Santa. Also I am obsessed with the kids coordinating if not on some sort of matching level, like an overbearing mother who will make them wear matching Christmas pajamas until they are 30.

When I planning their outfits I had to take a number of things into consideration. First and foremost this weather is killing me. I hate it. This isn’t Christmas weather; it’s not even fall weather. I am looking for 50 or less, crisp air to feel really in the spirit of Christmas and ole Mother Nature just isn’t cooperating with me. So *hopefully* this week when we head out to see Jolly Old Saint Nick, the weather will be cool enough for one or the other of my 2 choices! I often get asked how I plan outfits for pictures of all sorts and honestly I find one piece for one person (usually E) and then I plan for the rest of us around her! For Santa pics thankfully I am only dressing 2 people, which makes it easier. The thing I like about both of these outfits is that I can add or subtract layers: sweaters, tights, or a long tee.


1,2&3)Zara 4)Freshly Picked 5)Hello Hadley 6)Alice + Ames 7)Hanna Andersson 8)Gap


1) Hello Hadley 2)Rylee + Cru 3)Oh Cozy Knits for Rylee + Cru 4)Zuzii Footwear 5)Gap 6)Rylee + Cru 7)Freshly Picked

And now what you have all been waiting for the winner of the Freshly Picked Giveaway!

Marian C! Congrats lady you have 24 hours to contact me with the info on the size and color moccs you want!

On a side note, I want to make known that I, as well as any other person running a giveaway, can see if you actually follow through with the entries you claim! Be certain if you want to be considered you are actually completing the steps if you want to win!



Hey There, Want to Win Some Freshly Picked Moccasins?

I’m glad to be back and thought what better way to kick off a welcome back than to give away a pair of moccasins (soft soled) to one of you guys that have stuck around with me this whole time!


Just a sampling of our ever growing mocc stash!

Boy to girl I think Freshly Picked moccasins are perfect. Of course colors can sway the shoe to more ‘girlie’ or more ‘boyish’. I think they were one of the best investments I made in my daughter’s wardrobe, because they are a quality shoe and they can cross that girl/boy barrier. I was certain that I would have another girl, and I could pass her wardrobe to baby 2. WRONG! But the moccs are something that my boy can rock, that his big sister wore previously.

Little Miss had the tiniest feet, she wore size 1 moccs at 7 months! Meanwhile her brother is barely squeezing his tubby little toes into those size 1s at 3 months! The staggering of the shoes will eventually lead them to both be walkers in  the same size shoes, but I’m slowly building up his mocc stash so he can have some of his own things his big sister hasn’t worn.

The Pros


The shoes fit fat baby feet. Or skinny baby feet. E had the skinnest little tiny girl feet, her brother is the exact opposite with his square chubby feet but the shoes still fit! I think it’s the shape and the elastic band that holds the shoes on that make them versatile for all baby feet sizes and shapes. That same elastic also keeps them on the toes!

They are super easy to pull on, and slightly difficult for kids to get off! E couldn’t remove them for the longest time, I knew when I put her in the backseat she’d have her shoes on when we arrived at our destination. And little babies cannot just kick them off by rubbing their feet together in that adorable little baby way.


FP provides generous sizing. Most shoes give you maybe a quarter inch or less ‘wiggle room’ between sizes. Dependent upon the size you can get as much as ¾ of an inch! This handy little feature allows your kiddo to rock their mocc for longer. When you are paying the big bucks for a shoe this is an important feature!

I bought E a pair of hard soled sneakers around her second bday. She ran so funny in them. They didn’t bend quite right for her to run in, she didn’t seem to run as fast or be near as comfortable when playing as she did in FP moccs. I attribute that to the soft sole on the moccs. The soft sole makes it easier for a toddler to run and learn to walk. We wear them to the park/playground/travel/dressup you name it she’s worn them. Literally.

They are a versatile shoe. As I said before they can be worn for any occasion. E has worn them to the White House and the playground. With a fluffy fancy dress or a pair of denim shorts! They have that casual yet sophisticated look about them, and I love that about a toddler/baby shoe!

The Cons


Price, of course everyone talks about the price. It’s a quality shoe y’all (see I’ve been back in Texas). They are made to last, E wore the h e double hockey sticks out of her gold size 5s. She has been wearing them for about 6 months and one day she wore a hole right through the shoe, but  gold was our go to color and I expect she would have grown out of most any other shoe in that time frame. But I am willing to contradict myself here, I have paid equal price for a toddler shoe that began cracking and the sole separated after 2 wears!

The colors are a positive and a negative imo. The fun vibrant colors have a tendency to stain little toes, however a quick scrub in the bath will take the stain away. The color do make it fun to match specific outfits or for fun occasions. Or you can grab a neutral for your little and they can rock it with anything and everything!

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Don’t get them wet, as with any leather you should steer clear of rain puddles and swimming pools. This makes them less than ideal in climates where snow is frequent BUT now we are back in Texas they will be perfect year round! We have tried them out in the snow and rain and washing the car or hopping in the pool (last 2 cough cough DAD) and they get a little well, crunchy. The leather also has a tendency to shrink a bit once it’s gotten wet.

Soooo here’s what y’all have all been waiting for: YOU (that’s right you) could win a pair of SOFT SOLED Freshly Picked moccasins, in your color choice! It’s an awesome chance to build up your #moccstash and get a pair of moccs under the tree in time for Christmas!


I was given a pair of moccs for this review, and a pair can be yours too! Just enter in the widget below and stay tuned for the winner!

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Gender Reveal Baby 2.0

freshlypickedmoccasinGuys, if you don’t follow me on Instagram I shared a photo this morning of what my life has been like. I have been buried under boxes for 2 days, with no internet and a very angry 2 year old, all the while being 6.5 months pregnant. #nightmare Sooo long story short I haven’t revealed baby twos gender or chosen a winner for the Freshly Picked giveaway until now….



ALEAH M you win a pair of FP moccs of your choosing!


And I’m having a boy! Which I’m super stoked about because now I will have one of each, and since the plan is no more kids…it’s awesome. I literally thought my hubs was going to pee his pants in the ultrasound room! I’m looking forward to advice and info on raising a boy and dressing him cutely, and sharing my finds along the way! (Awesome garland from Studio Mucci)