See Kai Run Review & Giveaway

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I have a new obsession in life and they are baby boy shoes.

Ah! They are so cute!

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Brooks has *just* got to the place where shoes are starting to make sense. He loves pulling up and is cruising the furniture. He even has a few walking toys that he can walk across the room -> he’s only done this a few times but I know he’s going to get the walking bug soon and it’s all he’s going to want to do!

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I know how important those first shoes are for when my little man starts to really get moving – so when I was given the opportunity to partner up with the fabulous folks at See Kai Run I was more than thrilled to get my little guy in their kicks!

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See Kai Run was founded by a Seattle mom who wanted to create fun, sophisticated shoe styles that promote healthy little feet -> and that’s just what she did. See Kai Run is 10 years old and the brand offers crib shoes, toddler to pre-school sizing, sneakers, grade school and even washable shoe varieties.

And just in case you were wondering, the brand is named after her son, Kai. baby boy shoes

I just love how these shoes are constructed. You can tell when you see & feel them that they are so well made out of the good stuff! The See Kai Run sneakers we got to try out – the Vinton  – are flexible & lightweight, letting little feet move & grow freely.

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I also am a big fan of the look of laces with the velcro strap – it’s easy to get on and off my little guy and the shoes stay on all day, even when he’s crawling all over the place! The closure system gives these sneakers a secure & adjustable fit which lets the rest of the foot move freely.

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All See Kai Run shoes are fully lined in leather & feature breathable textiles along with premium craftmanship so feet stay cool & comfortable all day long.

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While pediatricians now agree that barefoot is best for proper foot and muscular development, it is not always practical. Flexible soles are recommended because they are protective for indoor and outdoor wear, yet not restrictive. The soles of Smaller crib shoes are made from soft suede, with non-slip rubber pads for traction. See Kai Run shoes incorporate a very flexible, yet durable rubber for the soles of our first walkers. Both allow plenty of freedom for developing little feet.

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The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the premier organization of physicians and surgeons who specialize in foot and ankle health. Their Seal of Acceptance certifies that See Kai Run and Smaller footwear meet their rigorous standards for healthy foot development, functionality and safety.

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If you aren’t convinced yet you should totally head on over to the See Kai Run website because they just announced a crazy clearance sale where ALL THEIR SHOES are 50% off!

I seriously want to buy them all in ALL THE SIZES for Brooks! So stinkin’ cute and now at a crazy good deal.

{I didn’t even know this sale was happening this week & I am not being compensated in any way for this post -> it’s just good timing if you are in the market for shoes for your little!} Adorable & functional shoes in all shapes & sizes for your little boy or girl {the girl shoes are all sorts of awesome as well!}

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Want to win a pair of See Kai Run shoes for the little one in your life? You totally know you do! Up for grabs is a shoe of your choice from See Kai Run!

You must leave a comment & use the rafflecopter contest below to enter:

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I was NOT compensated for this post.

Brooks was sent a pair of sneakers,

shown – for review.

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December Stitch Fix #17 Review

For this Stitch Fix, my usual stylist Layla was unavailable so I got to try someone new. I have had Layla as my stylist for SO MANY of my past Fixes. It’s awesome when you have the same person styling you because they get to know what you like & what you are into, but then it’s also lots of fun when someone new gets to pick out clothes for you because you get to try someone and something new!

This Fix was styled by Michelle! mail day

For this Fix I asked for some fun pants, something to wear to a holiday party and just general pieces that can be versatile for day to night looks. I think Stitch Fix always does a great job for me with giving me pieces I can easily transition from wearing during the day to going out in at night -> Love that!

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So without further ado, here’s what I received in my latest Fix {with a new stylist!} Check out my pieces and please let me know what you think!

And don’t forget -> If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral link to sign up!

Side Note: Apologies in advance for the inside the house photos with the crazy hair & no make-up. Time {and the weather!} was not on my side when taking these pictures!

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Fun2Fun Kassidy Open Lattice Detail Tank {$28}Fun2Fun Kassidy Open Lattice Detail Tank

This tank is sort of crazy but also sort of awesome. I would NEVER {NEVER!!} reach for a tank with an opening in the mid section. This gal is 30 years old! But I figured it would be fun to try on and you know what, I sort of dig it. I don’t think its inappropriate at all – I think it’s subtle, a little sexy and fun. Totally easy to throw on for a holiday party or date night and it’s really forgiving because it doesn’t cling to any of your problem areas -it’s flow, lovely has an interesting back and check out that price point. I’m digging it- what do you think?

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Margaret M Emmer High Waisted Cropped Trouser {$98}Margaret M Emmer High Waisted Trousers

These are the same pants my mom received in her 4th Fix – but she got a way more fun pattern/color – I love a good black pant and the fact that these are pull on with lots of stretch is all sorts of awesome. In my mind, you can never have enough good black pants. I also enjoy the cut & length, but they are a little pricey – what do you think?

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Skies are Blue Terese Quilted Faux Leather Jacket {$88}Skies are Blue Terese Quilted Jacket

This is a fun piece because I love a good leather jacket. The quilting on this faux leather jacket is nice, it’s a good weight but more for spring/fall than winter for sure. It’s very similar to something I already own in real leather so I will probably pass on this one but it’s a nice jacket for sure. If you are in the market for something like this totally add it to your next Fix wish list!

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DL1961 Moscow Skinny Jean {$168}

DL1961 Moscow Skinny Jeans

I asked for a new pair of jeans in this Fix & they were sent my way. I love the color, cut and overall fit of these bad boys, but they are WAY more than I would want to spend. I actually picked up a pair of similar looking jeans on Black Friday for much less. I like these, but I don’t love them for the price. What do you think?

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Street Level Parvin Reversible Hand Tag Detail Tote {$58}Street Level Reversible Parvin Tote

This bag is fun – I love the cognac color and the fact that it’s reversible to this gorgeous green. It’s even more pretty in person. Just not sure I love the two toned straps – I wish they were green on the green side! But it does come with this cool insert which is sort of like an extra bag! The leather is soft and buttery and it holds a good amount of stuff – would easily make a nice diaper bag and it’s not too pricey. What do you think?

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Now it’s the hard part -> Making a decision!

What do YOU think I should keep?

What Should I Keep?

 
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If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral link to sign up!

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Don’t forget to catch up on my past Fixes by checking out my Stitch Fix page!

And just incase you aren’t Stitch Fix obsessed {like I am, duh!} – here’s some information on how you can try Stitch Fix out for yourself – Feel free to let you know if you have any questions!

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A Longwood Christmas

********WARNING: Super Long Post alert with WAY Too Many Pictures Ahead / You’ve Been Warned & Please Enjoy ********

This past week Brooks & I met up with my parents at Longwood Gardens to enjoy A Longwood Christmas. I haven’t been to Longwood Gardens in YEARS – I went years ago in college with my parents for a Parent’s Weekend and Charles & I hit up the Christmas display once before, but it’s really been what felt like forever, so I was excited when my parents said they wanted to come up for the day to see the sights -> obviously, Brooks and I were pumped to join them!

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Apparently each year there is a different theme with the decorations – and I didn’t see this sign until we were on our way out, or notice the similarities within all the beautiful displays, but this year the holiday decorations were bird-inspired. It was a really beautiful theme & Longwood did an amazing job, check it out:

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We first enjoyed a walk inside the Conservatory. This place was huge & heated {to keep all the plants alive!}  – it was a nice break from the cold weather outside for sure! Brooks and I were at Longwood for over 5 hours with my parents walking around inside and out and we didn’t even get to see all of the inside of the Conservatory. The place is huge! Here are a few of my favorite sights inside it:

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Apparently Longwood changes out the plants and themes monthly – as everything is donated from local nurseries. So cool that they change everything so frequently! We will actually be back here next month for Brooks’ One Year photo session, so I can’t wait to see how different it looks!

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Brooks really enjoyed the water fountain display – he sat and watched it for a while and we sat and enjoyed the rest!

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There was also a really beautiful music room that was decorated incredibly. It had a party setting and I loved all the colors, with the hints of feathers & subtle bird references!

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And here are some more pictures from inside the Conservatory ->

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After walking around the Conservatory for a while we headed out to grab lunch, followed by a walk around the outside areas of Longwood. This was timed perfectly with Brooks’ nap – so he snoozed away all bundled up and cozy while we explored the grounds.

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We also got to check out the new Meadows walkway area – it was nice but I’m sure the views are so much better in the Spring! Would love to come back and check it out then for sure! meadowsmeadowornaments copytreehouse tree

Before Brooks and I left for the day we ended up sitting in on a nice sing-a-long that takes place a few times a day during the holiday season. We got to hear a really cool organ play and listen to some of our favorite holiday tunes. Brooks loves music so this was a nice chance to sit and relax for a bit!

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We weren’t able to stay for the main event – the lights at night – because I didn’t want to mess with Brooks’ bedtime routine or traffic, so we headed out around 3 and it worked out perfectly. Brooks took a mini snooze session in the car and we were home with plenty of time for dinner and to relax a bit before little man went to sleep.

It was such a fun day & Longwood does a beautiful job keeping their grounds gorgeous. I can’t wait to go back again next year & show Brooks all the lights at night! Here are a few more photos from our day at Longwood Gardens ->

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Zoo Noel at the Philadelphia Zoo

Today we took advantage of our Zoo Membership & headed to the Philadelphia Zoo for Zoo Noel. In October we had a blast at Boo at the Zoo so I was excited when I learned there would be a winter themed weekend as well.

We live in Fairmount so we can easily walk to the zoo, which is why we got a yearly membership – Brooks loves being outside in the stroller and it was pretty mild outside today. So it was the perfect time to take advantage of some fun at the zoo.

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We waited until after Brooks’ first nap to head out – so when we got there we headed straight for Santa, before it got too crowded. We waited in line about 15-20 minutes {which was no Fast Pass like we had in NYC} but it was bearable. Santa and a little Elf village was hanging out in the Treehouse area of the Zoo, which was nice.

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I was crossing my fingers for some smiling & happy pictures with Santa – unlike the classic crying photo we got in NYC - but no such luck. Brooks really isn’t into dudes with beards.

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Brooks did give a few smiles to some lady helpers who were there trying to make the kids laugh, so we got a few pictures of Brooks not completely freaking out, but he wasn’t into it.

Oh well.

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After Santa we did a little arts & crafts project where Brooks “made” an ornament out of recycled fabrics.

Ok, I made it, but I still think it’s cute.

I also think it was a fun little project for kids and a fun thing to take home with them – it was free too!

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Family Zoo Noel Selfie:

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After the Santa area we headed out to walk around the zoo.

Unlike Boo at the Zoo {which was completely crowded & nuts} today the zoo was pretty empty. There were no crowds or lines anywhere and all the animals seemed to love the cooler temps -> everyone was out to play!

Check out this great {iPhone} shot I got of the snow leopard:

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I also got a “selfie” of sorts with another leopard, which was really active exploring the perimeter back and forth.

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Brooks got in on the action too:

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The cats at Big Cat Falls were really active too -> I had never seen them so many times crossing the catwalk!

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We also got to see the new tiger cubs – all 4 of them – which was pretty fun. They were rolling around and playing – it was so fun to watch them!

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I had also never seen the bears out like this before either! It was so much fun to see all the animals out and about and so active.

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And check out this peacock – umm..gorgeous!peacock

Brooks loved being in his stroller and watching the world go by – and especially when he is warm and cozy all bundled up. So he enjoyed people watching and animal watching too. Zoo Noel was a fun excuse to get out of the house today and enjoy the fresh air. It was mid 40’s today, so it wasn’t too cold out – the perfect day to walk around and get our legs moving.

Zoo Noel is happening next weekend too – so if the weather is looking good, you should totally check it out!

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All in all, it was a fun-filled day at the zoo! I loved walking the grounds with a chill in the air, but I have to say, I am already excited for the spring weather too!

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What was the best part of your weekend?

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