It's weird. For the longest time, my firstborn was my BABY. Then, she was a toddler. But now...now she is a full-fledged kid. She rides bikes and chews gum and picks out her own clothes. She is a beautiful, bright little girl with a heart of gold - so different from the tiny baby that was placed in my arms 3 years ago, yet I know her through-and-through just the same.
I reviewed my fair share of kid-related products this past year and quite a few of them were really wonderful, but I narrowed down my picks to three OUTSTANDING, AMAZING, YOU-WON'T-REGRET-BUYING-THEM products.
Soft. Sturdy. Stylish. Sweet. All of those words perfectly describe the Nora Boot by Eleven Collection. Our 3-year-old has been wearing them all over the place this winter - around our neighborhood, at Disneyland, the park, the grocery store, etc. She always gets compliments on them because they are fabulously fashionable, but they must be ultra-comfy too because she always picks them over her tennis shoes and sandals. Because they provide extra coverage, they're ideal for hiking and splashing through puddles...but they're equally well-suited for city girls.
On sale for $45, the price is a little steep, but it's actually a small price to pay for something your child wears every single day...on their feet. My preschooler uses her feet A LOT for running and jumping and hopping and spinning and bike pedaling...so good shoes are important. That's the way I see it.
Eleven Collection is a Portland-based company that specializes in shoes for 3-8 year olds. They retail for between $30-58.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: If I could dress my girls in only Tea, I would. Tea Collection offers beautiful, global-inspired, modern pieces that are both playful and sophisticated.
My 3-year-old isn't much into frills and lace and zippers and buttons. She likes easy, no-nonsense pieces - preferably with elastic waists and no buttons. I don't blame her a bit.
That said, I DO like her to be cute and put-together too. Tea Collection solves my conundrum because the clothes are gorgeous and outstanding, but they're also soft and super simple. Go check out the pieces for yourself. You're bound to fall in love.
These designer kids clothes are highly durable and undeniably unique. Don't forget to peruse the Sale section for the latest bargains. I'm just a-waiting for the day they have a big 75% off blow-out sale and I'm going to go in and scoop up a new wardrobe for my girls.
I'm kind of a children's book nut...meaning I totally love them as much as my girls do. I get SO EXCITED when an illustrated book arrives in the mail.
Every once in awhile one arrives that stops me in my tracks. "Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch" (published by Simon & Schuster) is like that. The illustrations are lovely and captivating. The story is mesmerizing and emotional. The message is heartwarming - and I often end up a little teary-eyed when I read the triumphant last page.
I certainly don't want to "spoil" the joy for you, but - in a nutshell - the book chronicles the life of a lonely old spinster whose life is completely revolutionized when he receives a special gift in the mail. I sort of get goosebumps just writing this because the story is awesome. Your child's bookshelf wants a copy.
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