Freshly Picked-Can’t Get Enough!

Ahhh I am so excited to be sharing these moccs with all of you yet again!

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I’ve blogged about Freshly Picked in the past and frankly I just cannot get enough.

Read about how well they have held up here!

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These moccasins are so durable and comfy that my babes and I just keep coming back for more.  When Freshly Picked released the new Fall line I just knew Giada needed the Leopard is a Neutral pair. They screamed her name and I knew they would go with so much of her Fall wardrode…especially her fur vest!

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Giada is starting to get extremely opinionated about her apparel and given the choice she always seems to gravitate towards her moccs. I think it’s because she can easily put them on herself!

Not only did Freshly Picked send us these amazing Leopard moccs, but they are also giving away a FREE PAIR to one of my followers! Head over to my facebook page to enter!

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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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

Ants in the Pants {Product Review}

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I was provided free product for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.  I promise to only promote products and companies that I LOVE!

Are there outfits for children made strictly for play? For rolling, and crawling, and bouncing all day?

Why, yes! There are! It’s Ants in the Pants!!

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I mean how cute does this outfit look on my little babe?!  My babes get “dressed” every day and these are the perfect play outfits for little ones.  What I love most about Ants in the Pants is that they are comfy and cozy like jammies, yet so cute on!

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 The lady behind the business, Jolie, is such a sweetheart and not only has she created the entire Ants in the Pants line, she is also in the process of publishing a book too!  How cool!

I simply LOVE small businesses that take the time to make their products unique and share the love that went into making it.  When our Ants in the Pants package arrived there was a note addressed to Giada.  I just love that Jolie took the time to add that personal touch.

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Ants in the Pants has generously offered to giveaway an ENTIRE Ants in the Pants outfit to one lucky follower.  Head over to our Facebook page for details!!

Styling for all Seasons! {Girls!}

I know so many moms that are “afraid” to buy baby clothes ahead of time since they aren’t certain on the size their babes will be for that particular season. That definitely holds true when it comes to items like boots or a winter coat. But when it comes to dresses, skirts, & tee shirts; those can be worn year round by layering! I’ve found that shopping ahead for a little girl is MUCH easier. My little girl has been wearing dresses ALL winter long and I can’t wait to transition them into Spring and Summer as well!

A few tips for you to start thinking out of the box when it comes to making clothes work for ALL seasons!

-For a dress to work in the winter you can always add tights, leggings, or even skinny jeans to cover her legs.

-As far as the sleeve length goes, you can add a cardigan or a jean jacket on top, or a long sleeve shirt underneath to keep her warm!

-Also (as you can see below) just by simply changing shoes can make an outfit go from winter to summer in a flash!!

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This is PART 1. of Styling for all seasons. Stay tuned for a Boy post too!