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Park Bling

park try 009At last, Spring is here…at least I think so most days! With Ava off running and daily trips to the dog park it was time for some shoes that would hold up. After hitting all the usual stores I decided on these pink sparkly Converse tennis shoes…after all why not have a little bling at the park! Ava LOVES them and after two weeks of climbing, mud and running they still look like new~


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Side Note: Ava’s other shoes are See Kai Run which I wrote a review on a few months back. When I reviewed this brand of shoes it was purely on aesthetics since I had not yet purchased a pair. I still LOVE the design and colors of these shoes the quality however is lacking. The beautiful soft leather, although beautiful, is not ment for a toddler who is much too hard on shoes. They scuff incredibly easy even to the point of being destroyed. I was lucky (they were not) to have friends toddlers ruin theirs first so Ava’s pretty shoes are reserved more low key activity. I have written a letter to the company stating these concerns. If you too have had problems I urge you to write as well. I am hoping that if enough feedback is received they will increase the quality/appropriateness and we can once again praise and enjoy the designs of See Kai Run!


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Sometimes It Only Takes a Bite

This past weekend Larry was off for “guys’ weekend” at the coast. A weekend alone with Ava and Lola can be daunting and exhausting. At the same time I was looking forward to reading a good book and watching a totally girly movie. It all began a bit rough however, with a very tired and fussy Ava refusing to take her afternoon nap! An hour and a half of tears later I had a sleeping baby followed by a bite…

Picture with my new camera!

Picture with my new camera!

One incredibly delectable, mouth watering, taste buds singing bite! Our friend from New York had brought us two packages of La Maison Du Chocolat: French Macarons. Trust me when I say you have just got to try one for yourself. I know that I will be craving these for months and now I am dying to try their chocolate truffles!  Thanks Jason, what a wonderful treat!  We survived the rest of the weekend just fine and I am proud to say that I was even able to limit myself to just one macaron a day…that is willpower!



My sweet tooth has two other local favorites I must share:
Seattle, WA: Fran’s Chocolates
Portland, OR: Moonstruck Chocolates
*In a taste test Fran’s wins over Moonstruck but a close race nevertheless!

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My last post got me to thinking about music and my munchkin! Both Larry and I love music, although he is the musically talented of the two of us. Ava already LOVES music. She instantly starts to move and dance to the beat when the music hits her ears. It is great! One of the best toys I have bought for Ava is a stuffed bear with a pocket for an i-pod. The behind of the bear is speakers and the pocket safely tucks the i-pod away so that Ava can have music where ever she goes. (Sadly Pottery Barn kids no longer makes this bear).


I am always looking for music that both Ava and I will enjoy listening to! Typically kid music is not for me. Even when I was a teacher I avoided it like the plague. I do however have very few exceptions to the no kid music rule and they are included in my playlist below.  Ava and I listen to everything from my girly music like Sarah McLachlan to the jazz of Miles Davis to the classical composing of Debussy and Stravinsky.

Here are just the top 5 of my i-pod playlist. All of the albums can be found in the i-pod store or Amazon.  I have linked every album but the Beatles (which is not avalible on Amazon for downloading) to the amazon MP3 downloads so that you can take a listen.  Please comment with other suggestions of your favorites!

Greta and Ava’s TOP FIVE:

curious-georgeJack Johnson “Sing-a-Longs & Lullabies from Curious George”
Children’s Music
Love the soothing voice and guitar of  Jack Johnson. I even love the kid lyrics of these songs.  A bonus is the track by Ben Harper “My Own Two Hands”, LOVE IT!  All Jack Johnsons albums are wonderful.  


frances-englandFrances England “Family Tree”
Children’s Music
Frances England is like a female Jack Johnson. I love her voice. She wrote her first album “Fascinating Creatures” as a fundraiser for her child’s preschool. Very cool! Great lyrics and sound plus the album artwork is beautiful! The last track “You and Me” will make you cry.  *May also enjoy Elizabeth Mitchell.


beatles-1Beatles “One”
Who does not love the Beatles and their older songs are so upbeat and fun that kids especially love them. It is hard to pick an album. “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver” both have great tracks for kids or you can make it easy and just go for “One” all the greatest hits.


nick-drakeNick Drake “Pink Moon”
Love the sound of Nick Drake. All albums are great and have the same deep soulful, buttery sound. You will love his voice and guitar. The only accompaniment is an occasional piano. Peaceful and melodic music that Ava and I both love on a rainy day.


the-ocean-blueThe Ocean Blue “Cerulean”
This album is breezy and low key although a little poppy to move to as well. It is a happy album that makes you smile. Although not a children’s album has that kind of sound without being annoying at all!  *May also enjoy the Cocteau Twins albums.

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This past week a friend and I took our girls out for a little shoe shopping. This used to mean a very cute pair of heels or trendy flats to add to my collection but like most things the meaning of shoe shopping changed with motherhood. I now live in my very comfortable Uggs (at least until warmer days) and let’s face it there is something about those tiny little shoes that make them so much more fun!

Kristen and I were both very interested in the new shoe brand I recently found and mentioned in my previous shoe review blog: See Kai Run. We researched to stores near each other in Seattle and were off….

I already knew that I loved the colors, soft leather and simple styles but was very curious about the differences between the Smaller and See Kai Run versions. Happily I was able to answer all my questions.

I loved the styles available they are made from beautiful leather and hand sewn. The soles of these shoes are soft suede with patches of rubber to increase the non-slip factor. They reminded me of a more structured version of Robeez. I would choose these as my first pair of shoes for a baby. They would keep socks on and be extremely easy to move around in. They would work through the crawling and cruising phases.  Once in the cruising phase however I would again choose the pediped’s for there more sturdy soles.

jeanneSee Kai Run
Again I loved the quality of the leather and the rubber soles are the most flexible of any shoe brand I have found. That flexibility makes them comfortable and Ava was able to walk easily. I wished that they made some of the same styles from the smaller line with the flex soles! Nevertheless I was able to find a pair I LOVED for summer! (above picture)

Interesting Fact: I did not realize that See Kai Run was a Seattle based company created by a mom. Pretty cool!!! For other interesting products created by moms visit http://www.iknowamom.com

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Well when you have a little girl there will be no end to the shoes that will inhabit your house. It is hard to believe that it starts so young. I bought Ava’s first pair of shoes when she was 5 ½ months, after she had started crawling and decided that she loved to pull her socks off, no matter where we were and how cold it was. The shoes gratefully blocked the sock removal! I recently purchased Ava’s third pair of shoes because her feet grow that fast!!! Many of you are experienced parents and aware of this phenomenon and the endless money pit growing feet create. I have purchased one pair of shoes for each size Ava’s feet have been (0-6 months, 6-12 months and now 12-18 months) She has big feet!! We were also lent an adorable pair of shoes (Abigail blue flower Pediped’s) so at one stage she had choices like a true girly girl!  Thanks Auntie Mariah!!!

Below are the shoes I have tried and my review along with shoes I am excited to try next.  **All brands make; boys, girls, soft sole and flex soles shoes for walkers.

robeez-gold-shoes1Robeez $28 (www.robeez.com)

These were the first pair of shoes I purchased for Ava. Robeez have good fit, non-slip suede soles, kept the socks on and were easy for her to move around in. They worked well for a young baby. Most of the styles have multiple colors and busy designs, a draw back for me, very few plain options. After 3 months they looked worn and the suede soles were stained and hard to clean.


abigail-chocolate-brown-mPediped $32 (http://www.pediped.com also sold at Nordstrom’s)

Love these shoes! They are made from beautiful, durable leather, hand stitched, good fit, kept socks on and were easy to move around in. They are not as flexible as the Robeez leather but that did not seem to bother Ava. They have several styles and are much plainer than Robeez options. The soles are non-slip but made from durable leather. After 3 months they look brand new!


green-hollySee Kai Run $32 (www.seekairun.com)

These are a new brand I found but have not yet tried. I love the simple styles, colors and the leather is gorgeous. (these green and the butter yellow Lindsay’s are my favorite for spring) They are all hand stitched similar in design to the Pediped. My only concern is the soles are suede like the Robeez which I have already experienced does not hold up quite as well. However, with Ava walking we may be ready to move to the flex rubber soles. Review still to come!!!

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