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Friday
Apr202012

{Featured Friday Review & Giveaway} pediped footwear

I am a shoe snob. Not about my own shoes, mind you. Most of my shoes come from Target or Payless but about my kids' shoes. While dressing little boys is more fun then I had imagined it would be, I still don't get to play with a lot of accessories. There are no bow boards in my house, no adorable little tights or necklaces.

Boys have shoes. 

And if that's all I've got to work with you best believe they are going to be cute. I have pretty exacting standards. No characters or flashing lights (except for the one pair of flashing Spiderman tennis shoes that Griffin OF COURSE won't take off...there's a lesson here somewhere). I prefer leather and I want something that is comfortable, durable, and easy to take on and off.

When pediped sent me a pair of the Flex Flipper in navy for Griffin to try out, I was immediately impressed. First, I'm not going to lie. I just liked the way they look. I love the no sock loafer look on little boys and these had an adorable nautical style. Plus, I find navy to be the most versitile color, especially in the summer.

I was also particularly impressed with the Flex system. Flex shoes come with an additional insole you can slide in for better fit and extended wear. Griffin has recently been in a bit of an in between size so the insoles were perfect. Considering we have had unseasonably warm weather recently, they've also been holding up really well to lots of outside play. 

pediped also sent me a pair of the Originals Jones in green for Amos. I absolutely love these shoes. They remind me of frogs. Once I put them on him, Amos immediately pulled his feet up into his mouth, which I think is as close as you get to his stamp of approval. He's not walking yet but doing some definite cruising and he seemed to be very comfortable in the shoes while doing so.  

*****

Like Sarah Stewart Holland, I also appreciate when form meets function in a shoe for my Little Dude. Here in California, we spend our weekends riding bikes at the beach, skipping along the wooden Santa Monica Pier, and playing in the sand. So I've been searching for a versatile shoe that is suited for all these activities and I found it in the pediped Flex Delmar, which the company sent me to try out.

The Delmar is what I call an amphibious tennis shoe—one that is perfect for land and water—because its flexible but substantial sole provides the foot support and traction my son needs for playing sports, pedaling his trike, climbing jungle gyms, running across hot sand, investigating tide pools, and splashing in the waves of the Pacific. The smooth material is comfortable on his bare feet when it's both wet and dry and doesn't cause any irritation to his skin, perhaps because it's made out of eco-friendly materials or maybe because the velcro closure allows us to better control the fit. I like that my son can manage to independtly put on the shoes, I find the on-trend grey/orange color scheme appealing (you know we're big fans of this combo here at S&N), and I love that I can toss them in the washing machine when it's all said and done.

pediped footwear Giveaway


This giveaway is now closed.

Congrats to Emily (comment #23), who was chosen at random as the winner!

pediped is going to give one Salt & Nectar reader a pair of shoes.

To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you look for most when shopping for kids' shoes.

As always, we will use Random.org to select a winner. The contest will run from today until next Friday, April 27th at 12PM PST.

No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received (duplicate entries will be deleted and only one will be counted). This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older only.  

To learn more about or purchase pediped footwear, visit its Web site, "like" it on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter. Moms, you also can become a pediped insider today by visiting its Web site for news of special promotions, new product introductions, and more!

Neither Sarahs nor Salt & Nectar were paid for this review. It is our own opinion based on our use of the shoes, which were supplied by pediped for the purpose of an experiential review.

~ The Sarahs

Friday
Apr202012

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Friday
Apr202012

Sarah's Favorite Things

 

Image via Homemade Obsessions

There was an old lady who lived in a shoe...then she turned it in to a DOLLHOUSE. WHAT!

I LOVE this idea...mainlyl because I hoard those plastic name badge things and would love to have a use for them!

I nodded so hard reading this post by Tara Mohr I almost hurt my neck. 

You know what you need? More Pinterest boards to look at!

Yes, to the Playborhood. Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes. 

~ Sarah Stewart Holland

Thursday
Apr192012

Baby Products: Fantasy v. Reality

 

I recently found some old imported Google Notebooks. When I was pregnant with Griffin, I used one of these notebooks to organize the baby products I wanted for my baby registry.

Wait, that's a lie.

Let's be honest, I used one of these notebooks to organize my desired baby products before I was pregnant with Griffin. That's right. I had everything picked out for my registry before I was even pregnant. Yes, it is very, very sad. Yes, my obsession with baby products knows no end. Yes, I'm the person you go to if you are setting up your own registry. 

However, did I actually use any of these products? Heck, no!

I've written before about disappointing products, but as I read through the list I didn't just see products that I never used. I saw a woman with some serious fantasies about babydom and what it takes to survive it.

First of all, this document is 58 pages long. FIFTY-EIGHT PAGES LONG. Now, in my defense, there is a lot of space and a lot of photos but still. Do I have an equally long document filled with advice on how to raise this child? Nope. I guess I was just going to wing it.

I have seven different books and Web sites on recommended baby products. When, I ask, was I going to read said books? I sure I didn't have any time after writing (and revising and revising) my baby products manifesto. That's for sure. The best part? THIS is actually on the list! Oh, the irony!

Next up, I have four baby journals and several other keepsake ornaments/portraits/etc. Turns out, I just use Facebook. I'm assuming Zuckerberg sends you an edited full-color photo book when your kid turns 18. Right?

However, the section with the biggest disparity between what I expected and what actually happened is absolutely diaper bags. I have NINE different diaper bags picked out, which means I probably looked at nintey. They are all cute and highly functional and I even ended up with one of them...that I never, ever carry.

Because the best part of me being obsessed with baby products? I rarely, if ever, have a baby product on me. I would say 9 times out of 10 I take my kids somewhere I walk in with my kids, myself, and my purse. No diaper bag, much less diapers or some fancy shopping cart cover. Let me show you what replaced my diaper bag.

Noticed how I showed you a nice manufacturer picture and not my actual car. That's because my car is one giant (very dirty) diaper bag filled with toys and books and sippy cups. (Maybe a diaper, too, if we didn't steal the car diapers when we ran out inside...you know you've done it!) I guess I just figure if we really need something that bad we'll just go out to the car and get it. Not to mention, a majority of the time I'm hanging out with my MUCH better prepared mommy friends who will always lend me a wet wipe. 

Mainly, when I scroll through the pages and pages of baby products, I just see a scared version of myself. I thought that having a mastery of baby products meant I had a mastery of motherhood and nothing could be further from the truth. Seeing long lists of products promising to make life with a baby easier made me feel more at ease. Sure, it was a fantasy but nothing really would have prepared me for the reality...and my diaper bag IS really cute. 

P.S. Here's the link if you want to peruse my manifesto for your own personal enjoyment. There actually is some great stuff on there. ;)

~ Sarah Stewart Holland 

Wednesday
Apr182012

Modern Family: Design + Kids Do Mix

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never subscribed to the belief that baby proofing means your house has to look like Romper Room. Rather, I know modern parents and muddy kids can co-exist in a designer, kid-friendly space. But because children—especially active toddlers like my son—can be hard on furniture and are known now and then to have sticky hands, one doesn’t always want to invest a ton of money in furniture that inevitably will suffer wear and tear and ultimately will be outgrown. 

Perhaps this isn’t a concern if you’re lucky enough to have a money tree in your backyard or if you’re a garage sale (or Craigslist) goddess who always finds the deal of the century. If that’s the case, then I definitely recommend seeking out pint size pieces by Jennifer DeLonge, Ouef, ducduc, and Serena & Lily that will look fab in any room. 

But if you’re like me and want stylish and budget-friendly furniture, I highly recommend turning your attention to big box stores like Target and Ikea (their online selections are hot spots for steals); accessible brands like West Elm, CB2, and Land of Nod; and original artisans on Etsy. When you set out on your search at these stores in person or online, approach it like a look-for-less mission and be open to items that aren’t labeled for children but safely can be adapted for their use. For example, the inexpensive but universally chic Ikea Lack Side Table ($12.99) is perfectly proportioned for toddlers and happens to look exactly like Jennifer DeLonge’s Grace Square Set ($249, with two stools), but at a fraction of the cost!

Check out these other great finds that are also reminiscent of the more expensive lust-worthy designs.

{1} Bazaar Crib Bedding ($24-$129)

{2} Sundvik Crib ($119)

{3} Grey Zig Zag Rug ($199-$299)

{4} Maize Woven Storage Basket (available in Target stores)

{5} Moroccan Silver Pouf ($125)

{6} Juliette Tufted Bed ($399.99)

{7} Stuva Storage ($222)

{8} Gallery Stripe Duvet Cover + Shams ($9.99-$49.99)

{9} Green Magic Carpet ($99-$299)

{10} Kid’s Stacking Chair Collection ($29.98)

Now, that’s living the cheap chic life!

~ The Other Sarah

This post is an updated version of one which I originally published on Mommyhood to Hollywood.