My sister and nephew came over the other day and I noticed they had some funky cool shoes on! I was intrigued. Not because I am always trying to stay up with the trend, even though my nephew is twelve and knows whats cool and whats not. I was intrigued because I saw an opportunity to reduce time in my very chaotic world. Let me explain….
Mothers, how long does it take you to get out of your house with a husband and children? Forever right?!? And its the same conversations and routine every time. I am constantly calling for my kids to put on shoes and coats and hats and gloves and anything I can get them to wear so they don’t get sick or in other words, at least dressed properly so I don’t get judged. In my house, I somehow manage to get both girls fully dressed with coats, socks, shoes, hats. I even manage to get my own shoes on. Suddenly I look at my husband and he is still trying to get himself ready. I should really give my husband more credit because he is amazing. He does do a lot in our house. But time management and multi-tasking are not two of his specialties.
Basically I am looking for anything to help take some of the time off my hands. Let me introduce you to these amazing shoe laces called Hickies!!!
Who names shoe laces Hickies? Clearly not someone who has received one in their life. Anyway- These are flexible and expandable. And they come in fun colors. They make it easy for you to slip those tennis shoes on so you can get out the door faster!.
I bought mine on Amazon. They are not expensive and a great option for teenagers who cant seem to keep their shoe laces tied. Good luck telling them you bought them some Hickies!
Normally a women could go on and on about their shoe obsession. Well, I am here to tell you, I am no longer a fan of shoes. After having two girls and constantly buying shoes for them, I gave up my love for shoes. I would be better off just throwing my hard earned money in the trash.
How many times can I take my child to the shoe store, get her measured and find out once again she needs new shoes? Then comes the mommy guilt. Where her feet hurting while I had her in the wrong shoe size this whole time?
Or what about those cute little shoes you got from a baby shower? You finally dig them out of their closet and you find they are too small. Or even better, they aren’t too small BUT you really can only use them once or twice because lets be honest, when you have a baby, shoes are not the most thought out accessory when you are in survival mode.
Just when I thought a women’s shoe obsession could die and be buried forever, I found these little nuggets!
These are little moccasins create by a company called Freshly Picked. If you are looking for a baby shower gift, I HIGHLY recommend these precious, perfect and everlasting shoes! I also recommend you buy a size 3 when buying a shower gift. Once a child hits size 3, you start thinking about shoes more. But lets talk about the reason I choose these shoes above all others:
- They are adorable! Lets be honest, you want a shoe that will take notice. These will! They come in so many different prints and colors. AND, they are constantly releasing new prints for the seasons!
- They last a lot longer because they are leather and can stretch. They are easy to clean.
- They are a comfy fit for your child AND they are easy to put on your baby. No shoe laces and no Velcro!
Let the shoe obsession continue!
Toys are taking over my life! And not in the cute Toy Story way. . After we put the girls to bed, it takes us about 30 minutes to clean up the mess that is also known as our house. We usually split the duties. My husband takes on the kitchen and I take on the playroom. My children aren’t quite old enough to “clean up” after themselves. I try to sing the “clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere” song to encourage my girls to clean up, however it only works for about 30 seconds.
When it comes to toy rooms, I am not a fan of the bins that you can see everything was just thrown in. When I look at a clean playroom, I want to barely see any toys visible or if they are, I want to see them in their “place”.
Lets get down to it! Storage is the new 2017! My favorite storage units by FAR are the ones from Costco! They offer a classic look to any playroom and the actual storage bins are HUGE unlike any others I have seen. The best part of these is the price! For one unit, you pay $129.99. They were just recently on sale and we got 2! These are amazing! Plus they have copious amounts of storage!
I know I said I don’t like bins that you can see everything just thrown in, but I am going to make an exception with my next favorite toy organizer. I will say that I have three of these and I use them for things that don’t look too messy when thrown into the bin. I have one each in my girls rooms for their stuffed animals. And I have one in the toy room for all of the balls we have accumulated. Seriously how does one acquire so many balls? These I found on Amazon at a measly $19.99. Plus, there are so many options! How cute are these?!?!
These two options for toy storage have really helped me keep the ciaos at bay AND help me organize in toy rotation.