Freshly Picked Moccs: The Real Deal

I’m sure if you search pinterest or even google for Freshly Picked Moccasins you will come across tons of raving reviews from other bloggers.  Most of the reviews you find will showcase pictures of their sparkling new moccs.  It’s hard not to get roped in when they are perfectly photographed and said blogger goes on and on about how soft they are and how well they stay on their babe’s feet.  I wrote one of those reviews myself back in April when I first got my hands on Freshly Picked moccs.  I absolutely LOVED them but (at the time) I wasn’t really able to tell how they held up over time. I really only had them for just about a month.

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SO. Here I am 9 months later happy to share with you a post that shares the real deal. One that shows how these moccs have held up over time.

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Freshly Picked Moccs: The REAL DEAL.

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My babes both got a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins in March of last year. I chose very neutral colors.  These moccs were expensive in my opinion so I wanted colors that could go with a lot of outfits. I was determined to get my monies worth out of these bad boys!  So as soon as I got them I let my babes were their moccs whenever and wherever.  Susan made these moccs to be able to stand up to playtime and I wanted to really test that. My babes wore these in the mud, to daycare, in the sprinkler, and all over town.  The results?  These moccs really do hold up!!!!  Look at these pictures of these moccs that were worn for 9 months! The only reason why we are replacing our current moccasins is because they have been outgrown not outworn.

 As far as comfort goes these are second to none.  My very opinionated 3 year old chooses these above all else.  He prefers not to wear socks and when given the choice ALWAYS chooses his moccasins.  In fact all the teachers at his school always rant and rave about how cute they are and how surprised at just how durable they are! He wears them on the playground and in the wood chips and never has an issue!

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Are you convinced yet!? Go buy a pair for Christmas!

UPDATE:: Giveaway is closed.

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Shop Spotlight: Birdy Boutique!

Nothing makes me happier than sharing a local shop that my very own babe got to model for!!

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What do you do when you love something?

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You share it!

Birdy Boutique was started by two Polish sisters who LOVE birds! The freedom, peacefulness and beauty that they enjoy from birding has allowed them great appreciation for peace and nature.  Their four children have shown them how precious and joyful life can be. These moms are committed to spreading their love for nature because they believe that children need this exposure to appreciate it as they are our future.

Who are these sisters? Barbra, mom to two extremely lively children, is wife to an Army officer. She herself is a retired army officer and currently resides in Alaska. Joanna is a proud married mama of two little ones under the age of two and a loving Staffordshire Bull Terrier. She lives in a little walking community in Michigan where she loves birding, photography, exploring, teaching and scoring good deals. Her true passion is teaching and she loves traveling with her family.

These girls are a perfect match! Barbara is extremely talented in the craft room and sews all of their baby items and Joanna used her talents to expose them to the online world.

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Their online boutique features many fun and adorable items with birds on them.  What’s even cooler is that each one of our products has a “birdy” fact!!

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Things found there include adorable earrings, comfortable baby attire, and colorful hair accessories. Mom can shop for baby and for herself too!

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So now they open their boutique doors to you, where mama can shop for herself and baby too!

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I mean how cute do these two look in their Birdy Baby bowties? Want to get your hands on some?  They have generously offered to giveaway a SET OF EIGHT bowties!

Head over to Facebook to enter!

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Cheesy Sausage Tortellini

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I’m about to make a pretty big promise here but……this recipe will change your life. Seriously.

Tis the season for comfort foods and crazy schedules.  I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do during the holiday craziness is worry about preparing lengthy meals. Not to mention the clean up after them. I have made this recipe in the past without the sausage and it was just “ok”. But I made it this past week and my husband (the one who comes from a large Italian family and is super critical of my cooking) told me this was probably one of the best meals he’s ever had. One of the best parts? There are 5 ingredients. That’s it!

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Can you tell I shop at Kroger? Gotta get them fuel points. 😉

Ingredients:

1 block of cream cheese

2 cans of diced tomatoes

32 oz of chicken broth

1 bag of frozen tortellini

1 lb of ground sausage

(I was lucky enough to find it out of the casings but you can use regular sausage too, just take them out of the casing before cooking)

To Make:
1. Brown your sausage.  While its cooking cut your cream cheese into small cubes.

2. Add ALL ingredients to your crock pot. I usually drain one of the cans of tomatoes and use the juice from the other. Give everything a good stir.

3. Cook on low for 4 hours.  Remove the cover for the last hour to thicken the sauce if you would like.

4.  Serve with parmesean cheese on top and enjoy!

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I’m all about saving time so I keep enough supplies on hand to make a few of these.  When I am browning the sausage I like to make 2 or 3 pounds at a time and freeze them in one pound servings. That way I can easily thaw one out and throw this in my crock!!

Also, the 4 hour cook time is pretty short for those that work outside the home. I either make this on the weekend OR cook it as soon as I get home.  6-10pm and it makes a great lunch  and dinner for the next day!

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Little Acorn Leggings { Shop Review }

I am SO excited to share this shop with all of you!!!!!!  I just love dressing my babes in patterned leggings and I found the perfect shop for them!! Not only did I find some sweet leggings, but I was also lucky enough to meet the sweetest shop owner ever!  Kristi isn’t a mom, but got started by making leggings for her nieces and nephews.

After having success she decided to start Little Acorn Leggings.

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I was drawn to her shop because I loved the unique patterns she had to offer!  After getting to know her a little bit I wanted to share her story with all of you.  I always assume that most “kid shops” are started by moms, so it was pretty cool to meet Kristi and learn more about her! Here is just a glimpse of the lady behind Little Acorn!

What inspired you to create Little Acorn? While I don’t have children of my own, I have 2 nieces and a nephew. My sister dresses my youngest niece and my nephew in so many cute little leggings, moccs, tees, etc…from independent little instagram and etsy shops. Over my spring break from teaching preschool, she asked if I could make her a pair of leggings for them both from a fabric she loved. I hadn’t sewn in years, apart from simple things like curtains, but I definitely knew how! So we gave it a shot on inexpensive fabric, and ta-da! Success! So next up we made the cute print pairs and I instantly wanted to do more. It’s so fun to create and design. So I thought this was a great little business to start here in our small town, since I knew a few mamas and family members who love trendy little clothes for their little ones too!

Tell me a little about yourself. As I already mentioned, I don’t have children of my own yet, but I have 2 nieces, 12 and 3, and a nephew who is 1. I am lucky enough to have a super close relationship with them, that means so much to me. I also have a 2 year old boxer/lab cross Rhemy who is pretty spoiled, so I guess I have a fur baby. I live in Morden, MB which is a very pretty, but small community. I grew up here, but I did spend a few years living elsewhere, including 1 year I spent living in South Africa volunteering at a children’s home there for orphaned or abandoned children. That was a life changing experience and leaving behind the children I had grown to love as my own was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. But I wouldn’t trade that year for anything. I came back to my hometown and started working in the childcare. I worked at the daycare here in town for 8 years, and obtained my Early Childhood Education diploma during that time. Three years ago I was offered a position as Director/teacher of the Preschool. The past 3 years there has been challenging, learning how to take on a leadership role, but impacting children’s lives is always rewarding.

What has been most rewarding/challenging part of starting your own small business? The most rewarding part of starting my own business has definitely been seeing items I have made on children in the community and even beyond! Also having these customers come back for more has been equally as rewarding. While I am still nowhere near as big as some shops out there, I am so happy with the success of Little Acorn. The most challenging thing for me is honestly trying to pick prints to offer! I am so indecisive, and there are sooo many cute options out there, I want to offer them all! So narrowing it down is tricky. But if picking fabrics is my biggest problem, I would say I don’t have much to complain about.

What makes your products unique? I found this one hard to answer. There are so many shops out there selling similar little leggings. All are so cute.  I think what makes us all unique is just trying to find prints that nobody else has to offer and try to have our own “style”.

 I just LOVE hearing stories about the PEOPLE behind the shops. Knowing who your product came from is so cool to me!

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Now hurry and get your babes some leggings! This week only use code BESTDRESSED to save an additional 15% off!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleAcornLeggings