Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Taking Time For Yourself

This evening I ran across a couple different blog posts about ways moms can take better care of themselves. Despite the fact that we all "know" we should be doing it, I wonder how many of us really do take time out for ourselves? I don't mean going away for the weekend with your girlfriends. That would be nice if you can swing it, but in reality, that's a rare treat.

I'm talking about taking time for yourself each day or throughout the week, and doing something that rejuvenates you. A hot bath with some luxurious bath bomb; an uninterrupted cappuccino with a cheesy fashion magazine; a lunch date with a friend that doesn't involve high chairs and booster seats; or your favorite craft/hobby. Those kinds of things.

Taking time for yourself as a mother isn't about being selfish. It's about refueling and making sure you have the energy and enthusiasm to take care of your family without cutting corners. We all have lofty goals for our selves, our children, and our marriages. But reaching those goals takes personal power. If you spend every waking moment of every day giving, you will become depleted and everyone will suffer--not just you.

Personally, I like to take an hour and go to the book store. Maybe grab a cup of coffee or tea and browse. I might buy something, I might not. If I'm feeling particularly decadent I'll buy a piece of cheesecake from the cafe and indulge.

So, my question for you today is: What do YOU do as a mom (or dad) to recharge your batteries and make sure you're in top form for your family?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Kiddie Style From Head to Toe

Its pretty obvious that I love kids' shoes. After all, that's my business. But nothing makes a pair of children's shoes look cuter than some stylish duds to go along with them. Adorable kids' clothing doesn't have to be pricey. In fact, thanks to websites like, independent designers of clothing for infants, toddlers, and older children have a forum to sell their beautiful handmade garments. Here are some of my favorites:

Vintage Lucy's

Her clothing incorporates the darling retro prints with modern designs, perfect for today's little hipster. There's even some pieces for adults! Super cool.


Got a little hippie baby? Check out the tie dyed creations from Twirly Toes. Kids love the bright, funky colors which will inspire them to be creative. Its affordable and you don't have to worry about them getting paint on their clothes--it'll just blend in!

Suzie Qt's

These are classic kiddie clothing designs with simple, traditional lines. She'll even monogram them for you for heirloom quality!

For the Love of Smocking

If your daughter is a little doll then these smocked dresses are a perfect fit for her. Floral prints, lace collars, and traditional smocking made by a real live grandma. Kids clothes don't get any more precious than this.

Lily & Ebony

Boutique style clothing, hand crafted with amazing detail and brilliant fabrics at prices that are far less than you would pay in a boutique. Dress your darling up in these whimsical, girlish fashions.

Of course, there are hundreds of talented designers in this online community, so if you have a favorite that isn't mentioned on this list, leave me a comment and let me know who you think makes the cutest handmade kids' clothes on And, as always, if you are looking for adorable kids' shoes for your little ones, visit my shop at