Quest for the Perfect Kid-Chasing Mom Sneakers

06/13/2016

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I’ve got these blue Adidas running shoes that I love. I bought them for jogging but with two little ones, I can’t seem to figure out when to go for an honest-to-goodness jog anymore. Also, I might die if I tried. But, I do a lot of running around just chasing the kids. These kicks are my go-to if we’re planning on a good amount of walking, especially while I’m pregnant…and especially after I broke my toe and I need good support. They’re getting pretty tired-looking and my birthday is coming up so I started searching for a replacement. Naturally, the journey began with inspiration from Pinterest…

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Meet the candidates (AKA my top choices):

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1. adidas NEO Men’s SE Daily Vulc Lifestyle Skateboarding Shoe (Black/Black/White)

2. New Balance Women’s WZ501V1 90’s Classic Sneaker

3. adidas NEO Men’s SE Daily Vulc Lifestyle Skateboarding Shoe (Navy/Clear Onix Grey/White)

4. adidas NEO Men’s Daily Lifestyle Skateboarding Sneaker (Black/Clear Onix Grey/Black)

5. New Balance Women’s WL574 Acrylic Pack Classic Sneaker

6. adidas NEO Men’s Daily Lifestyle Skateboarding Sneaker (Collegiate Navy/Collegiate Navy/Brown)

I’ll let you know what I end up with. I’m currently leaning toward #1.


Ali Mae: Fashionista

04/15/2013

OK, the title is a little bit of an exaggeration. I have, however, started encouraging Ali to help pick out her outfits and I’m beyond excited about it! She doesn’t really care all that much. It’s mostly just fun to pull things out of the drawers and throw them. This is the first outfit she pulled…and truthfully, it was just based on whatever whatever she grabbed first.

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I added the rainbow socks in an attempt to pull together the pink, green and purple. Later that day, we had a hair accessory party. She pulled out what she wanted and I put it on her head. I think she was up to 9 headbands at one point.

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Then I discovered that she’s OK with hair clips now! Finally! I have so many cute ones made by kind friends and she’s always immediately pulled them out before. Maybe it’s because her hair is getting so long now. Or maybe it’s because she likes how they look. Regardless, I’m excited about all the new hair possibilities.

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Here’s Ali’s second self-selected outfit. I’m really proud of this one. She chose the jeans and the black tee shirt. I suggested the pink furry vest since it was a cool day, and she enthusiastically said “Yeah!” When I opened her sock drawer, she went straight for the leg warmers. And they happen to match with pink and black stripes! Good one, Ali. And she chose her hot pink Dora socks and the green and purple hair clip. Oh my heart. When Jason saw this picture, he said, “She’s so cool!”

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This outfit was all my doing. (We were in a hurry that morning so I picked it.) I love that she understands the concept of posing for pictures now. Right after I snap it, she runs over and says “Ali?” so she can see how it turned out.

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Jason has a hoodie that shrank. It was too small for me, even, so we let Ali try it out.

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Cuteness overload!

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Oh, and girl loves some eyewear! She’s always after my glasses, which she calls “See” because I have to keep reminding her that I need them to see. (In other words, give them back!)

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She can rock some sunglasses while we’re shopping, too.

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And one time she even found Daddy’s glasses and gave them a try.

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Oh, little girls are so much fun! I can’t wait until Ali starts dressing herself.

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Ready for Winter!

10/03/2012

Ok, so we’re two full months away from winter coat weather here in Nashville, but I decided to try on Ali’s winter coat from last year. But not the one I wrote about here. At the end of January last year I bought a London Fog 2T gender neutral olive green (so it can be passed on) winter coat for Ali. It was huge on her but it was really intended for this coming winter. When my mom, who loves to keep her babies toasty warm, found out how cheap I got it for, she ordered Ali a 12 month size girls’ version in lime green. Turns out the 12 month size is a perfect fit right now.

I don’t have the link from last year’s coat, but this one is a similar style: London Fog “Glitterstar” Insulated Jacket (Sizes 12M – 24M) – periwinkle, 18 months

Here’s a picture of her wearing it at the end of last winter, at about 7 months old. It made propping her up in a shopping cart easier!

Grandma K (Jason’s mom) made Ali this adorable owl hat for this winter. It MELTS me!

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I’m not sure if it was on purpose or coincidence, but it’s purple and green so it matches either coat. Yay!


Perfect Jeans

08/05/2009

I have to admit, I’m pretty pleased right now. I found exactly what I was looking for—a pair of crisp, dark-wash, work-appropriate  jeans—at Old Navy on clearance for $7.50. (I don’t even look at the regular-priced jeans anymore.) The jeans were almost perfect. They were about 1/2″ too long and the waistband was too loose. Don’t you hate that about ON jeans? The hips fit fine but when I sat down the waistband flung wide open in the back. After reading this so-so tutorial on bringing in the waistline on loose-fitting jeans, I decided to try sewing darts in the back.

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(Sorry, there was a smudge on my lens … in ALL of these pictures.)

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After that went pretty smoothly, I thought I’d also tackle hemming the bottoms to the perfect heel-length.

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The darts don’t lay perfectly flat since the denim is so think. I think a shirt will cover it most of the time, though.

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I wonder if I should have made them a little shorter since I usually end up wearing flats. I guess this is my motivation to wear heels more often.

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No more “window to the crack” in the back.

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Cute Crocs?

07/28/2009

Is that possible? I saw this picture recently on one of the fashion blogs I follow and was surprised to read that these cute, simple flats are indeed Crocs:

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I did a little investigation on Crocs.com and found some other cute options too:

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And the best part? The Malindis are $29.99 and the Primas are only $19.99!

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What’s in the Bag?

07/27/2009

I’m being very transparent with you (and the world wide) because I was inspired by this.

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  • purse – handmade by me
  • french paper moleskine stuffed fulls of sketches & notes on scraps (because I’m white)
  • cash budget envelopes (currently an empty “GROCERY” and $6 in “M’S CLOTHES”)
  • a couple of loose bills (for homeless people or vending machines, whichever I encounter first)
  • checkbook (I think I should make a pretty cover for this, don’t you think?)
  • cell phone
  • floss, pads, moist towelette, lens cleaning cloth
  • wallet from American Apparel
  • business cards & etsy store promos
  • pens, sharpie
  • CG Lipslicks in “hipster”, tweezers, barrette, hair ties
  • “medical” kit (ear plugs, vitamins & advil, contacts), band-aids
  • measuring tape (have I mentioned I like rummage sales?)

Third Life

07/25/2009

First it was a sheet. Then it was a curtain. Now, in it’s third life, it’s a purse:

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I wear a lot of brown but sometimes I wear black so either color purse is out for me. I hate having to switch purses based on my outfit. Lately I’ve been using a white purse but it gets dirty too quickly. The solution: a bold colored purse. Last fall I looked everywhere for a great deal on a jewel blue purse. This year, I decided to make my own by repurposing some materials I had lying around.

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I’m pretty proud of this little bag. I made a liner out of a vintage, flower-pattern sheet with a zipper interior pocket for little hideaways and 3 custom pockets for my cell phone, lipstick and receipts. The flower broach pin/hair clip is from Target.

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