November 15, 2013

Freshly Picked Moccasins Review and GIVEAWAY!

 Update: This giveaway has closed and the winner (Instagram user @ttapiatt) has been contacted. Thank you to all who entered! If you didn't win, don't fret! You can get your moccs at a discount with Freshly Picked's Black Friday sale, watch their website for details!

I have been a huge fan of Freshly Picked moccasins since they started popping up on stylish kiddos in my instagram feed a couple of years ago. Susan started this business as a young mom with a small budget and big ideas. Now her shoes are seen on celebrity kids all over the pages of US Weekly, so I have to say when they were not only willing but excited to work with me, I was over the moon!

I chose to review the smoke colored moccasins because I have a thing about grey, plus they go with everything, but there are SO many colors to choose from and fun seasonal releases all the time. I NEED THEM ALL MAKE THEM IN MY SIZE!

Stefanie, who has been my contact through all of this, was so helpful with sizing (see there printable sizing chart) and gave great recommendations so I ended up with a pair that fit my sweet Mila with room to grow!

I know I am biased on how adorable I think my children are, but look at her little feet (nom nom nom). These shoes seriously live up to the hype. They fit great, stay on, are durable and adorable. Apparently they are also comfortable because I keep finding Mila trying to put them back on by herself.

All of this is to say we loooooove them and I wish wish wish I could win my own giveaway, but alas that is unethical or something. However, YOU can win your very own pair of Freshly Picked moccasins in your choice size and color. There are five ways to enter and you can do any and all of them!

1.     INSTAGRAM. Follow @thecurlycues and @freshlypicked on Instagram. Repost the giveaway picture from my feed (you will know it when you see it), tag @thecurlycues and hashtag #freshlycues. You do not need to comment here that you have done this. If you have followed me, tagged me, and used the hashtag, I will see your entry. Enter this way once a day if you like!

2.     FACEBOOK. Follow The Curly Cues on Facebook and leave a comment here on the blog telling me you have done so.

3.     BLOGLOVIN. Follow The Curly Cues on Bloglovin and leave a (separate) comment here on the blog telling me you have done so.

4.     FRESHLY PICKED WEBSITE. Visit Freshly Picked and leave a (separate) comment here on the blog telling me what color you want to get if you win!

5.     TWITTER. Follow @thecurlycues on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway (please include a link to this blog post). You do not need to leave a comment here, if you follow and tag @thecurlycues in your tweet I will see your entry. Enter this way once a day if you like!

Phew, that was a lot! This giveaway will run through Friday, November 22nd at Midnight. Enter away, and good luck!

*Freshly Picked provided these moccasins for my review free of charge. All opinions are 100% my own. Duh.*

November 8, 2013

Finding My Way Back

I’m feeling…good. Like really good. I feel content and motivated, like I can see where I want to be and I am figuring out how to get there. I am starting to realize that I have felt stagnant for the last oh four years or so. Not that I wasn’t growing and changing as a person becoming a mom of one and then two. It is probably the most I have changed in my whole life, but all of that change was sort of not by choice I guess. I had to go through those changes. I had to learn how to be a mom and provide for my family and keep everyone alive and fed and generally happy and thriving (with LOTS of help from my husband and family). But the ME that I had been working on for the 28 years prior to that was, for lack of a better term, on hold. My house was only clean if someone was coming over. I ate what I could find and whenever I had time to find it. I exercised only when the stars aligned to make it so easy I couldn’t help but go. My house, my body, my life was consumed by pregnancy and nursing and fitting in the essential things like sleep and (to a lesser degree) showers. I was treading water, just trying to stay afloat. I don’t mean to paint a picture of desperation. I was hibernating with my little crew. They are only so little and so dependent for so long and luckily I have a very wise mother who reminded me that laundry can wait (while kindly looking the other way from my messy kitchen, or even *gasp* cleaning it!) but tiny sleeping babies only want to be held and snuggled for so long. So I held, I snuggled, and I put everything else on hold.

Fast forward to now. I have a 3 ½ year old and a 15 month old. I am just over a month out of completely weaning Mila and I think that was the final hurdle (not that it was a hurdle at all because, just like Lily, she could have cared less and I was all WAH!) My house is still a complete disaster, but I can see the light. I’m coming out of the baby fog. We have only ever planned to have two kids and even though it makes me sad to give away old clothes and toys and various baby-containing contraptions, it is also so freeing. I could still use a little more time in my day to get everything done, but I can sense it in my reach. I am ready to clean and organize and exercise and feel good and accomplished (outside of crazy cute baby creating, which I’m SUPER accomplished at already.)

I guess sometimes I see other people and they seem to have it all together, but I know that while they have it figured out in areas where I am slacking, I'm just oblivious to the areas they feel are lacking. Ok, that rhymed. What I mean is that maybe they have a clean house, but their snuggle-o-meter is way low. I got one up on that! My girls are so fun right now and I am doing a good job of looking at them and being thankful for where we are. I miss the sweet squishy babies they were, I’m excited for the fun crazy kids they will become, but I’m just enjoying who they are right this second and that is so good. Things are good and they are only getting better.

I can't complain.

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