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Playing Around With pediped®

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Playing Around with pediped®

*This product was given to me in exchange for my honest opinion.

If your kids are anything like my two, they can go through some shoes. Sometimes it’s because they outgrow them within the month or it’s because they play hard. Playing is serious business so my boys need shoes that can stand up to the challenge.

This is why I’m loving pediped®shoes. pediped® footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily. pediped® has received numerous industry awards and accolades including recognition from Earnshaw’s, the premier media resource serving the children’s market. In 2015 pediped® was recognized by the Footwear Industry Awards as the Children’s Footwear Brand of the Year and earned a 2016 Earnie Award from Earnshaw’s magazine as the Footwear Brand of the Year.

Playing Around with pediped®

Ro’s new shoes are definitely standing up to the toddler test. Whether he’s in soccer class or on the playground, he has the support he needs. Ro is still in that clumsy stage of toddlerhood and, let’s just be honest, he falls a lot. I’ve noticed that he’s much more in control when running around at soccer and the shoes have good traction to keep up with him.

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My favorite feature of these shoes is the FLEX FIT SYSTEM™.  Both Gav and Ro have wide feet. (Gav not so much now that he’s older but both come by big feet naturally between me and my husband.) This has always limited our selection when purchasing shoes for them. I was so pleased that I could pick whichever shoe I liked for Ro because width is not an issue.  The inserts come out to custom fit your child’s foot as it grows.

Playing Around with pediped®

These are some of our favorite shoes and they are definitely helping Ro as his coordination and activity mature.

*pediped® is sold in over 750 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 120 designs for boys and girls between its three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. The award-winning footwear is available in EU sizes 17 to 38 (US newborn to 6 Youth). For more information, visit www.pediped.com.  LIKE on Facebook at /pedipedfootwear and follow on Twitter and Instagram @pedipedfootwear.

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Taking Bathtime to the Next Level

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Now that RC is here, I’m learning how to adjust to life with two kids.  And let me tell you, while very fulfiling and amazing, it ain’t easy!  Our routines have had to change and I’ve most certainly not figured them all out.  From getting out the door for a simple errand, to church on Sundays, to our three preschool days.  Not one of those things has started to pan itself out yet but I do have one area that I have just about mastered, bathtime!

Before RC’s arrival, Mr. G had taken to having showers.  So simple, so easy, and daddy did it!  Then, once little bro was here and had his first bath, that’s all Mr. G wants to do.  Showers with daddy have taken a backseat to bathtime with brother.  That means, especially on nights when daddy works late, I’m back on hygiene duty.  With a newborn in the home again, I’ve been having the urge to go for a more natural cleanser.  RC has also had a rough time with dry skin and peeling so I needed to find something moisterizing and gentle.  That’s when I found out about Little Green products.  They have a complete line of products that are safe, gentle, pure, and as their name suggests, green!  Their formulas are biodigradable and non-caustic and the packaging is recyclable.

I love knowing that what I’m putting on my baby is not only good for his skin, but safe too.  I also love that just a little bit goes along way.  I know RC is a tiny little thing, but I don’t have to constantly resoap the washcloth like I’ve had to with other brands.  Can we also just take a second and talk about how good my baby smells after his bath and lotion?  While this product is not fragrance free, the fragrances used do not contain allergens, as some fragrances do, and are less likely to cause a reaction.  RC has had no reaction and just smells delightful!

One of their unique items that I like is the soothing balm.  It can be used for so many things and with the winter months coming up, both my kids will be coated in this stuff.  Chapped lips, cheeks, and dry skin be gone!

I’m loving these Little Green products and I know you will too!
Want to learn more about Little Green?  You can check them out HERE!
XO, Kelly

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Review // Indie Gift Box

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Recently I was given the opportunity to review the fabulous Indie Gift Box, which should be called “Indie AWESOME Box”  but we’ll get to that.  

A little bit about IGB:
Indie Gift Box is box of curated, handmade goods.  You may be familiar with subscription boxes such as beauty boxes, Citrus Lane, etc.  This is, essentially, the same thing.  It’s not prepaid like the other boxes but every month you can purchase your box a box full of goodies from all around that are from small, handmade businesses.
From IGB – “Indie Gift Box curates unique, high-quality items from independent artists and small businesses every month and organizes them into themed boxes available for purchase and delivery to your door.  We envision a world in which artisanal craftsmanship is valued and accessible.  Our mission in support of that vision is to help you discover new artistic talent and handmade products, and to help the artists and companies find the success they deserve.” 

“Unlike most box services, Indie Gift Box exposes you to the truly creative and unique, while treating you with the same warm care and careful attention as the small businesses we support.”

“Indie Gift Box was founded in June 2012 by independent art lover and web
designer Erin Flynn and immediately found success and favor in the indie style
circles. When the “project” became too massive for her to manage as a hobby a
year later, Erin handed off the baton to lovable social entrepreneur Lisa Wallace
who has since nurtured its growth into a strong, viable small business.” 

For more about IGB click HERE for some FAQs.
Each month, the box has a theme.  My box’s theme? 
“Sweet Homebody”  
Are you ready to see what was inside?

Someone loved the packaging.

Smells SOOOOOY good! 
(see what I did there?)

My coffee just got a heck of a lot cuter!

Chevron pillow case!

Adorable paper goods and magnet.

Steals and Deals!

The retail value of this box is incredible.  You definitely get what you pay for and then some!  Speaking of payment, how much is it? 
$20!  Their standard box is only $20 and you get the opportunity to discover artists from all over!  Want even more?  The deluxe box is only $5 more dollars!  
Just give up your Starbucks for the week and get you a deluxe box!
 There must be a catch you say?  Yeah, there is, kinda.  
You have to be quick!  These suckers go fast.
 I know from experience!  When the first box came out, I was ready and waiting to purchase one and it sold out within hours.  That should tell you how fab they are.

Bonus Points:

Eco-friendly packaging!

Are you ready for your Indie Gift Box?
*HINT: The answer is YES!*
**This is a compensated review.  The views expressed are 100% my own.**
want me to review YOUR product?  Fell free to contact me!

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Head Hunters Naturals: A Product Review

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About a month ago I was contacted by a friend of a friend to do a product review for a new line of hair care products.  When she told me the name of the company, at first I didn’t get it.  Head Hunters?  But when the product came in it all came together!  I think it’s a very apt name for the product.

Head Hunters Naturals produces lice repellant shampoos and conditioners.  I’ve personally never had lice *knock on wood* but have known people who have at some point in their life.  I also used to work in daycares/preschools teaching dance so there was always the danger on contracting the vermin.  I wish I had had this kind of insurance back then! Luckily I came away uninfected but not all teachers/parents get off so easy.

I think this is the perfect product to introduce to schools, teachers, and parents.  There are lice killing products out there but they are so harsh and filled with chemicals.  Head Hunters “Lemon Heads” products provide a more natural approach to lice prevention.
I’ve been using the products for a few weeks so far and I have to say that my favorite aspect is the wonderful smell!  The lemon scent fills the shower and it’s delicious. There’s also an added bonus feature to the conditioning spray.  You can use it all over your body to repel mosquitos!  SCORE!  I swear, I’m a mosquito magnet for some reason so I’m definitely sold on that.

My only complaint would be that since I have such thick and long hair, it takes a lot of the product to fully wash and condition my hair.  But with that said, I haven’t run out yet so you get a good amount of product in one bottle.

For realz! Got hair?
All in all, I really like this product and would recommend it to any teachers or parents of young children.  Especially if there is an outbreak of lice in the school, this is something you’ll want to have around.

*This is a sponsored post.  I was compensated in exchange for my personal opinion*

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