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The ladies over at Freshly Picked sent me a pair of their adorable baby moccasins for Kennedy to wear & for me to review. Also, to celebrate Kennedy turning 6 months tomorrow,  they’re throwing in a pair for one of my readers!

I figured the best way for me to hash out my likes and dislikes of these shoes are with a straight forward pro’s and con’s list.


Okay, here we go–


  • 10/10 on the cuteness factor
  • great presentation when they arrive at your door photo
  • big variety of colors/styles
  • made in the USA by an extremely hardworking MOMpreneur (read the story here).  I’m all about supporting homegrown small businesses!
  • high quality leather:  super soft and durable (so far).  They seem to hold up to Kennedy’s desire to chew on them pretty well. fp1
  • durability — following up on the last point, these should last a very long time & can be passed down to our next kids without looking like beat-up hand-me-downs.
  • versatile: can be dressed up (like we did for Easter) or dressed down



  • comfort — obviously I can’t speak for Kennedy, but these shoes appear so comfortable because of the soft sole.  They flex with her every move & don’t dig-in on her whatsoever.


  • the price — at $60 a pair, that’s a steep price for a little bit of leather to cover my kid’s feet.  I’m not sure if I’d buy these myself with that pricetag unless I knew for a fact I was going to have a couple more kids to pass them down to.  But I feel confident that they’d hold up if that were the case.
  • FP claims that they they’ll stay on your child’s feet. Here’s the deal:  Kennedy was right on the border in sizes so I went with the size up since she’ll grow in to them in a matter of weeks.  As they fit right now they’re slightly big and she’s able to kick them off pretty quickly.  The pictures below were taken in a matter of 5 seconds, and if you look closely at the last picture you can see that her heel is out of her left shoe.

    I’m hesitant to put this as a con because they may not be so easily kicked off if they fit her perfectly.  So take this con with a grain of salt.  We’ll see how they do in a month when they fit her perfectly.


So that’s it.  The pro’s and con’s of it all.  I have to say that I love these shoes.  I’ve been a fan for a while now, just before I saw Susan on Shark Tank (Alex & Iove this show! It’s our Saturday morning routine to eat a good breakfast and watch the show from the night before on Hulu).

They’re not your traditional baby shoe and perhaps a little too eclectic for some people’s taste.  But for me, I’d take one in every single size & color if I could!

So you want a pair, right?  That’s why you’re still reading…or why you’ve scrolled down to the bottom of the page to find out how to win them, yeah?


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*I was given a pair of FP moccs in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

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Man, the things I never knew existed until becoming a parent. For example: babies may have a hard (understatement of the century) time being weaned from the swaddle.

I had such great intentions of starting the guest bathroom soon, but then this little situation abruptly “interrupted” my plans.

When Kennedy was about 5-6 weeks old we were introduced to The Happiest Baby on the Block. babies-composition

It was like voodoo magic on how to hush a crying baby…and we loved it (hushing the crying baby, not the voodoo)! Ever since then, Kennedy has been faithfully swaddled for each nap and nighttime sleep.

A short time ago Kennedy started to roll from her back to her stomach and we knew that it was time to stop the swaddling.  Another reason we needed to stop is because she has a little bit of plagiocephaly from her torticollis.  Basically she has a flat spot on the side of her head from her early days of only turning her head in one direction.


Classic Torticollis: head tilted and turned same direction all the time.

We went cold turkey the first try. Yeah, that was no good for anyone.

I read every article on the first 4 pages of Google when searching for how to wean babies from swaddling.  I tried everything– one arm out, legs only out, cry it out….yadda, yadda, yadda.  Nothing was working and it just left both Kennedy and myself in tears by the end of the day & I’d give up and swaddle her so she could at least get some rest at night.

I read about the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit, but Kennedy was already rolling over so that was not an option for her.  Then I kept seeing people talk about the Zipadee-Zip.  I was desperate. The website was convincing. So we bought one.

It arrived late yesterday.

Today was my first day using it.

Today has been significantly better than the past two days.  Nowhere near perfect, but better.

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So, all that to say it may be another few days before I can start back with the bathroom.

Oh, and how cute is my kid?  It’s ridiculous.  She melts me & fills me with so much pride!

One lesson I continue to learn in home renovations is that it always costs more than I think it will.

With that being said, when we decided to do our master bath renovation we figured we could just get the guest bath done as well since it wouldn’t be as much of an overhaul as the master.

Unfortunately, despite our savings plan, the costs ended up being more than we saved so I decided for the guest bath to only have the contractor do the jobs that we couldn’t eventually do ourselves:  floor leveling and tiling, new tub & plumbing, tile surrounding tub.  That left us with ugly wallpaper & a dated vanity with an ugly countertop.

Here are some true BEFORE pictures:




This isn’t just an “it looks bad; we need to change it” thing.  There was a plumbing problem behind the wall of the shower that caused constant dripping of the bath faucet, which in turn caused rust on the fixtures & constant mold.  The vanity countertop is a manufactured “marble” that’s yellow/gold with rust stains as well.  I think the faucet is actually rusted in place.

 I purchased a new sink, faucet, and vanity light LAST JUNE & they’re just sitting in the attic in their pretty unopened boxes.  The only thing I need to buy is a new countertop for the vanity, then I can install the new vessel sink and faucet. I really want a stone countertop–preferably carrera. That little bit of elegance of using carrera can go a long way in such a small space.  I plan on giving the vanity a facelift with some paint rather than purchasing a new one.  It’s actually already primed I just need to decide on a color.

I really should set a deadline for this so it’s not a year from now when it gets done.  But that’s real life and sometimes things just take time.

Here’s the room as of today:  image_2

I may have mentioned that I was going to paint over the wallpaper in this room.  Obviously I’m not.

The wallpaper was already pealing in some places so I got an itch one day and just started pealing.

Stupid itch.

Just like every other wall in this house, there were 2 layers of wallpaper & unlike other rooms, the former owners primed over the original layer of wallpaper like you’re supposed to….but unfortunately that makes it stupid hard for me to get off.  Or maybe I’m the stupid one for even picking away at it in the first place.

ANYWAYS, once I started there was no going back.  So here I am down to sheetrock in most places with a lot of damage to repair before I can paint.  I know that prepping the walls is the most important step, but it’s so hard to not want to rush things and just paint.  Patience, young one….or should I say almost 30-year old one?!

Now that the nursery is completed, this bathroom will have my full attention.  I’m being very intentional about starting and finishing one room before moving on to another right now–something that’s against my nature.

Here are my inspiration pictures for what I may do in the room: