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The Princess Shoes


At first I fought the wearing of The Princess Shoes. She wanted to wear them all the time, everywhere we went. She would cry when I forced them off of her made her wear her flip flops or crocs. She wanted her Princess Shoes, or sandals, as she sometimes calls them. It was a struggle every day when I got her dressed. She was very demanding and it got to be too difficult to fight, so eventually I gave up and let her wear them to day care – as long as I could slip a pair of regular shoes in her backpack for outside play. What harm was there really? She got to feel pretty and it got us through the morning routine without a fight.

One morning, as I sat on the edge of her bed to gently wake her up and get my morning hugs, she looked down at my feet. “Mommy, you wearing your sandals!” she exclaimed. “I wear my sandals!” she said, as she scampered off to find another pair of mismatched Princess Shoes (because when you have 5 different colored pairs you just have to mix them up).

It finally dawned on me that she was equating her Princess Shoes to my own strappy wedge sandals that I love to wear. I may not be a girly-girl, but when I wear those sandals, it does change the way I feel. I carry myself differently, hold my head a little higher. And when I pair them with a skirt, I may even feel a little bit pretty. Yes, shoes can be magical, can’t they?

The Princess Shoes are pretty much a staple of her wardrobe these days. She almost always insists on pairing them with a skirt, because you just can’t wear pants or shorts with Princess Shoes. I’ve gotten used to the clip-clop-clip-clop sound that they make on the hard floor. She walks amazingly well in the little heeled shoes that are nearly double the length of her feet.

Someday those little feet will outgrow the Princess Shoes and move on to strappy sandals and prom dresses, or maybe some Chucks and blue jeans, and I’ll only have faint memories of the clip-clop-clip-clop running through my house. As much as I love watching her grow up, I wish I could just bottle it all and save it for a rainy day. This age is just so fun and unpredictable.

One thing I know for sure though, every girl needs a pair of Princess Shoes.

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Stride Rite First Steps Giveaway

There’s nothing like seeing your baby’s first few wobbly steps.  They work so hard to get across such a short distance, only to end up falling to the floor.

With my son, I remember spending hours trying to get him to walk between his daddy and me.  To him, it was just a fun game, but to me, it was watching my baby turn into a toddler.

My daughter preferred to do it on her own.  She took her first steps at day care holding onto a rolling toy.  By the time we got home that night, she was practically running across the room holding onto her toy.

When my kids were learning to walk, everything I read said not to put them in shoes, and if you must then to make sure they were soft soled shoes. Regardless of what the “experts” said, I felt like my kids needed to be in shoes. I only wish they could have had a pair of Stride Rite’s new Sensory Response Technology™ (SRT) shoes! Not only do the SRT shoes allow babies to feel and grip the surface beneath them, they also help to distribute their weight properly to keep their balance.

The best part of the Stride Rite SRT collection is all of the adorable styles! The fall collection has four great styles for boys and seven for girls in sizes 3-8, with various widths for the perfect fit. Additional styles will be released in the Spring, but I’m already having trouble choosing which ones I like the best! You can take a look at all of the available styles on Stride Rite’s Facebook page.

So, why am I telling you all of this? Because you have a chance to win one of five pairs of SRT shoes courtesy of Stride Rite and the Momfluence network!

5 winners will be chosen to receive one pair of SRT shoes, available in sizes 3 to 8 infant/toddler (including medium and wide). Each pair is a retail value of $50. In order to enter, readers must fill out the following form:

This contest is open to legal U.S. residents 18 years or older. The giveaway begins at 12:00 a.m. ET September 14th and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET September 28th. Five winners will be chosen to receive a pair of SRT shoes – toddler size only ($50 RV per pair).

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As If Disney Wasn't Getting Enough of My Money Already

Yesterday afternoon I realized we were short on diapers, plus Evie was running a fever and had just taken the last dose of Motrin so I decided we needed to make a quick trip to the store.  Since it was near lunch time, I decided we might as well all go grab some lunch and then stop at Target on the way home (yeah, I took my sick baby out to eat and to Target).  It really all started out quite innocently.

So while we’re roaming the aisles of Target to get the essentials that we need, we happened across some kid-sized fleece blankets that were on clearance.  I’ve been meaning to get Evie a new blanket because her only larger sized blanket is a double thickness fleece blanket and it is really a bit too warm for summer.  I couldn’t find any prices marked on the clearanced blankets, so I decided to look down the next aisle to see if there were any others marked down.  I spotted a couple that I liked – a generic flowery one and a cute pink and brown Hello Kitty blanket.  I held them up for Evie to pick the one she liked and she swatted them away with her hand.  She then proceeded to point at the Disney Princesses blanket on the shelf and make her sounds that say “I want that one!”  At least it was blue instead of pink.

Score: Mommy-0, Disney-1

So we travel on down the aisle and end up near the toys where Daddy and Zach get very distracted with some Transformers.  Evie and I keep walking until we reach the shoe section.  Her last round of shoes are all starting to get a bit tight, so I thought I would see if I could find a cheap pair or two and start moving her to the next size up.  As I searched for a good bargain, Evie was busy picking out her own pair of shoes.  The first pair she pointed and grunted at were cute, but too small for her.  We kept searching.  I found a cute, sensible pair of tennis shoes that would work, but she would have nothing to do with them…because she discovered the Disney Princess tennis shoes next to them.  She started screaming for the Princess shoes.  They weren’t so bad and they were tennis shoes so I gave in.

Score: Mommy-0, Disney-2

While she hugged her Princess tennis shoes I continued to dig through the racks searching for some cheap sandals.  That’s when she spotted these:

The look of sheer joy on that girl’s face was indescribable.  The look disappeared real quick and turned into a murderous scream when I tried them on her and then attempted to take them back off.  I tried to convince her that hte silver Circo brand ones (that were exactly the same other than the color) were better but she wasn’t having it.  She insisted on the pink ones.  She wore them all the way through the store, allowing me to take them off only long enough for the guy at the check-out counter to scan the tag.  Oh, and guess what they have inside the shoe???  Disney Princesses.  They have barely left her feet since we bought them, even though the straps are starting to rub blisters on the top of her feet.

Score: Mommy-0, Disney-3

Apparently I’m just not going to win at this game.  Up until yesterday, there were no princesses in my house, unless you count Tinkerbell, but technically she’s a fairy.  She really hasn’t been exposed to princesses at all, yet she suddenly loves them.  I have no idea how my daughter turned out to be such a girly girl.  I guess she’ll just have to play in the mud in her sparkly princess shoes.

Yes, I’m a bit of a sucker, but if her brother is going to be dressed head to toe in Lightning McQueen I guess I better just get used to princesses too.  What can I say?  I like seeing my kids happy.

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