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June 2016

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    Five Best Toddler Shoes for Summer

    Baby fat. That’s the problem.

    That is what the salesperson said when we went shopping for new shoes for Juliet. Now, anyone that has seen Juliet can tell that she has decided to hold on to some of her baby fat a little longer than most, but who knew that was a problem when buying shoes? Well, it is. That chub on the top of her foot and around her ankles eliminates about half of the available selection in her size. Oh yeah, and I should probably mention her size. Despite the fact that she is 16 months old, Jules is still rocking a size 3, equivalent to about a 9-12 month old’s shoe size. So, with our list of issues, we set out to find the best shoes to take us through the summer. FullSizeRender copy 3

    Baby Jacks

    Why didn’t I find these sooner?! These are the absolute best sandal for summer. They are clearly her most fashionable option, and as a Jack Rogers fan myself, it’s hard to resist a little mommy/mini matching, but there are so many other reasons why we love these shoes. They take approximately thirty seconds to get on my toddler’s foot, and once they’re on, they stay on! That strap in the back has thwarted all attempts Juliet has made at removing her shoes, which has become her new carseat activity of choice, and they are the easiest pair we own to keep clean. We painted in these shoes, basically turning them blue and red in a matter of seconds, and with just a quick rinse in the sink they looked brand new again. They are perfect for the beach and will be our most used sandal this summer.

    Crocs

    As you are aware, Jules loves a good splash pad, and we tend to spend a lot of time finding every splash pad we can in South Florida. I wasn’t totally convinced that the Croc was Juliet’s style, but if it stays on her foot, serves it’s purpose as a water shoe, and keeps her little toes from getting stepped on (because her foot has actually been smashed by an adult at a splash pad) then I didn’t need any more convincing. It’s all about that water safety, people.

    See Kai Run Gladiator Sandal

    By far the best shoe made for play and every day use. This shoe is the perfect walker and manages to close around those chubby baby feet. Juliet rocks these on every play date. We had this pair fitted at Nordstrom and she walked out of the store wearing them. They are the easiest shoe to slide on and velcro shut, and although she plays with the velcro on every drive we take, they never come off her feet. I can tell by how she walks that she is the most comfortable in them and I am loving the new pink leather option for summer.

    Salt Water Sandals

     Okay, so I must confess, this shoe does not actually fit well if your baby has any of those “baby fat problems” as the salesperson so lovingly described. I bought these for Juliet and absolutely love them for every day use. They go with every outfit, are great for our Florida weather, and definitely stay on your toddler’s feet with all of those buckles. I even had Jules wearing them for a few weeks until my mom made me stop. I still stand behind these as one of the top five shoes for toddlers, just not Juliet. They have, however, been packed up and saved for Anniston in hopes that she doesn’t suffer the same baby fat problems as Juliet.

    Elephantito Mary Janes

    For the extremely rare occasion that a sandal just won’t cut it, these Mary Janes are our go-to dress up shoe. This brand is made for a wider foot and how can you possibly resist a pink and white Mary Jane? Another sturdy shoe that Juliet feels comfortable walking in and the perfect compliment to all of her bubbles and dresses.

    There it is. Our top five shoes that will get us through the summer, and I know this because Juliet’s feet seem to have no intention of growing, so they should last us awhile.

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    Around Town

    Doing the Things

    When I first started this blog, I had hoped that it would get me out more with the girls, get me to do more things. Well, I am officially exhausted from doing all the “things”. We have not spent one day at home this week. I have managed to wear out my toddler – which I didn’t even know was possible, and Anniston has been giving me dirty looks because she hasn’t had a good nap in three days. But here we go, the first thing we did this week, we went to the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science.

    This week I have managed to leave my house by 10am every morning, this is huge because Juliet doesn’t even wake up until 9:30. We got to the museum by 10:30 and it seemed as though the crowd was about twenty minutes behind us the entire day. The first floor was basically created for toddlers, so, once we got there, I took Juliet out of her stroller and she never got back in.

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    Five reasons we loved this Museum:

    5. The giant gated play area where toddlers can run around freely and moms can (kind of) sit back and relax.IMG_6058

    4. Pretzels. The only lunch choices are Subway or Auntie Anne’s, but who doesn’t love Auntie Anne’s?

    3. It is directly across the street from the Intercoastal, an added bonus when you have a child that is obsessed with water.IMG_6061

    2. A robot in a trash can. The singing recycling robot put the biggest smile on Juliet’s face and had her doing the Hokey Pokey for about ten minutes, all while learning to recycle. Who am I kidding, Juliet didn’t learn anything about recycling, but she did learn to dance like no one was watching.IMG_6059

    1. Sea Otters. Just, Sea Otters. I could have watched them for hours, and I could have watched Juliet watch them for even longer.IMG_6060

    Now we are off to do more things…

    Style

    Nursery Tour

    There are so many things I love about having my girls only thirteen months apart, the thought that they will grow up as best friends, the love Juliet already has for “her baby”, the fun they will have enjoying the same games and activities together – but secretly, I also loved that I got to decorate a second nursery less than a year after I did the first.

    I had no clue what I was doing when I decorated the first one (I’m so sorry, Juliet), but with the second, I knew exactly what I wanted, and it all started with the wallpaper.

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    I found this wallpaper on the Anthropologie website, as I was most likely shopping for myself, and I knew that I needed it for Anniston’s room. In fact, if I had the choice, I would probably cover my whole house in that paper.

    After choosing that, the rest of the room just kind of came together. I used the pale pinks from the wallpaper throughout the room in the bedding, window treatments, basket liners, and pillow, and kept everything else pretty neutral.

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    Another piece that I purchased in the beginning was this sign from House of Belonging. We already have a piece from them in our dining room and I absolutely love their work. When I saw this one I was about four months pregnant, and it seemed to capture all of my feelings that I already had for the little baby inside of me.

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    Anniston’s nursery has become my favorite room in the house. The soft colors make it feel so peaceful and quiet, even when my toddler is taking every book off of the bookshelf and throwing them, one by one, clear across the room.

    Details:

    Wallpaper – Anthropologie

    Sign – House of Belonging

    Crib – Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

    Dresser/Changing Table – Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

    Book Shelf – Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

    Drapery – Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

    Bedding – Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

    Baskets – Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

    Frames – Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

    Book End – Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

    Hat Stand and Bonnet – The Beaufort Bonnet Company

    Stuffed Animals – Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

    Bunny Bank – Tiffany’s

    Pouf – old, from Juliet’s room, from West Elm

    Rocking Chair – old, from Juliet’s room, from Land of Nod

    Rug – a steal from Home Goods!

    Motherhood

    Five on Friday

    Five things that got me through this week:

    ONE

    Hearing “Mommy” – All. Day. Long.

    My 16 month old has been able to say “mama” for quite some time now, but it was mostly just used when she was crying to be picked up or fed. This week, “mama” has turned into “mommy,” and I hear it nonstop throughout the day. As she points to pictures throughout the house, when she looks up from her toys and sees me, when she comes running down the hall towards me, it is “mommy, mommy, mommy” all day long. I am sure there will be a day that I will want her to stop saying it every thirty seconds, but right now, I am absolutely loving it.

    TWO

    Play Dates

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    In the last week we have had two play dates, and as much as I love that Juliet gets to run around and socialize with children her age, I really need them for my own sanity. I have been lucky enough to meet some really great moms, that have now become friends, and although we spend most of the time chasing after our toddlers, when we do have time to talk, it is so encouraging. Sure, we do the comparisons and questions, asking for any tips or tricks the other may have in dealing with a wild toddler, but the moments in between are truly spent in admiration of what the other is able to accomplish each day.

    She has a toddler? And a baby? And she took a shower? Wow.

    The respect we have for each other has helped build my confidence and kept me going this week.

    THREE

    Give me all the gingham

    Have you all seen J Crew this summer?! I could literally purchase every piece of gingham in the collection! We have three vacations planned this summer and the first is at the end of this month. I will obviously need new clothes for this vacation, so this top and dress are two pieces on my list.

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    FOUR

    Two nights of uninterrupted sleep

    My first child was sleeping through the night by two months. I know, we were lucky. But now that I know that something like this is possible, I am trying everything I can think of to get my second to do the same. She is almost three months old and all I want for me and my husband her is to be able to sleep through the night. Well, this week we had two nights in a row of her sleeping from 9pm to 7am! Last night would have been the third night, but she decided she missed seeing me at 4am, so for now, we will just have to celebrate the two nights.

    FIVE

    These toys that entertain Juliet for hours and hours and hours and…

    If you have a toddler girl (sorry, I have absolutely zero experience with boys), you need to buy these toys for her.

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    Juliet spends hours at a time entertaining herself (which is super important when you are trying to feed a 2 month old), playing with all of the figures. She makes them talk to each other, kiss, hug each other, then she hides them, finds them, puts them on shelves, brings them to different rooms, it is truly hours of fun for her. We actually have almost every set available, from Peppa the Pig, to Sofia the First, and she knows each of their names! These figures are used daily and have been the only toys that haven’t been tossed aside for newer or better.

    Thanks to these five things, we have made it to Friday! Have a great weekend!

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