Summer in Saltwater Sandals

Summer in Saltwater Sandals


As a mommy of southern California girls I am always on the lookout for the best summer shoes… with the hope of avoiding burnt feet. 

This summer we took a family vacation to New York City. I wanted to get my girls a couple of pairs of durable shoes that could withstand getting wet and wouldn’t cause blisters… 

AND
looked nothing like Crocs. Sorry. Not sorry. 😁
I picked up a pair of name-brand tennis shoes, figuring we would do a ton of walking, and a pair of Saltwater Sandals from my favorite children’s boutique: Kissui – Redlands, CA, recommended by a fellow mommy on the go. 

I presented my girls with their new sandals upon arriving to NYC. (I got my 3-yer-old niece a pair too.💕) Thrilled! They immediately put them on and we headed to a park. They ran, jumped, climbed, played hard… didn’t complain once about their feet. We walked a total of 8 miles on our first day there!

Each morning, I would announce that it was, “Time to get our shoes on.” And both girls obliged by strapping on their Saltwater Sandals. By the fourth day I was recommending switching to their name brand tennis shoes, to give the sandals a break, and my six-year-old responded with tears! “But Mommy, I just love these.” — Holding up her sandals. 


I chose not to argue & allowed her to wear what was most comfortable. After two weeks in New York City, wearing the same pair of sandals, I was happy to see that they were still firmly intact, not rusted or discolored after the numerous times playing in water & in the city heat. My girls had NOT complained of one blister or one sore foot for that matter. I am so impressed by these sandals. Honestly, they wore them EVERY DAY of our trip!


I recommend that everyone go out and buy a pair of Saltwater Sandals! The sizes range from the tiniest baby foot all the way up to Adult. Yes, ADULT! Both of my girls have told me that they would love, “These same sandals in other colors…” 

🔹They run big so I would suggest going down a size. 

🔹PRODUCT INFORMATION:

* Water-friendly leather upper since 1940!

* Breathable leather lining and footbed.

* Ankle strap with buckle closure ensures a secure fit.

* Hand stitched construction.

* Brass buckles won’t rust if you get them wet.

* Vulcanized rubber outsole.

* Measurements:

    * Weight: 6 oz

My CarseatDancers are always DANCING in Car Seats … from now on, I would be surprised if they weren’t also dancing in Saltwater Sandals.

 
❤️ Jen
Just so you know, I was not paid for this post. I was not given any sandals for free. Although, I’d LOVE some. I am writing this purely on factual occurrences that I HAD to share. 😍You’re welcome! 😉 I have never been more impressed by a shoe! 

Thrills for the Girls // Alone Time for Mommy

This week has been quiet. Productive… but quiet. Our Carseat Dancers are having a thrilling summer visit with my parents as I prepare to go back to the grind and while my hubby is working, nonstop.

They’ve been out & about to the beach, Legoland and Sea World. Lucky little California girls.
Here, they’re at Sea World riding a carnival-type-spinning ride. {Alone.}

They’ve gone to the park. 20130801-194939.jpg {Photo editing app: #aBeautifulMess.}

& Tinkered with their creative sides20130801-195033.jpg {Photo editing app: #RhonnaDesigns.}

Excited to see the girls tomorrow; I’ve missed them. Although, quiet {alone} time has been… well, enjoyable & quiet.

Cheers to spending a bit of time alone!
xoox, Jen

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Mommy on the Go… Vol. 33 // She’s Fresh!

This mommy has a fresh youthful look that’s fun and on trend. The teal A-line belted shift dress is airy and super cool paired with the silver T-strap sandals. You too can get this playful look. 20130729-185657.jpg
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To purchase these items, simply click below. {Each link will directly take you to each vendor.}
Dress
Sandals
Necklace
Bracelet
Sunglasses
iPhone Case
Cliff Bar – Snack
Starbucks
Not a mom of little ones?
{Just subtract the stroller & diaper bag…then, add a cute purse.}
Diaper bag
Stroller
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Cheers to looking fresh!
xoox, Jen
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Swim Lessons // Hire Someone!

All through high school and into college I was a lifeguard and swim instructor. Teaching comes naturally to me, pair it with swimming {one of my loves} and life is good. Family and friends found it a tad comical that we wanted to hire someone to teach our girls to swim though.

Asking, “Didn’t you used to teach swim lessons?”

Yes, but I just couldn’t make it work; we were swimming everyday, having a blast, but going nowhere fast. My suggestions to help the girls swim were just ignored or quickly batted down. I have always heard that it’s difficult to teach your own children & to hire a professional. Prior to Day 1 of swim lessons, I would describe Addison (4) as our “Amazing Dog-paddler” and Delaney (3) as “THE Sassy Floatie Princess” who vowed to never take her floaters off. They needed swim lessons. Badly! 20130716-191913.jpg
While in the process of researching ALL of the local “Learn-to-Swim” facilities a friend of mine told me that her son was taking private lessons from a fabulous instructor. She gave me his name & number. Amazingly, he turned out to be someone I knew. His family and mine went way back. To like the late 1980s! {Miraculously, his mom, sisters, brother & I are back in contact & are up to date due to Instagram & Facebook. Gotta love social media outlets… Crazy!}

Small World!
Leading up to swim lessons I made sure to mention them to the girls along with how great they were going to be. “Coach Trevor this & Coach Trevor that…” Addison was gung-ho from the start! Delaney, not so much. {Picturing here stubborn wheels turning as she processed the thought of not wearing floaties & being in a pool with a stranger was a sight to see.}

Then came Monday. Addison was thrilled and Delaney was okay considering I bought them new swimsuits.

“Sunsoups” {DEA’s way of saying ‘swimsuits’.} were on, both girls were sunscreened up and we were out the door. Actually got there early! At first, Delaney just hid behind me until she saw Addison heading toward the pool. {She followed.} Both girls were filled with questions: “Where’s the vacuum?” & “Is Coach Trevor wearing a sunsoup?” “What’s the line on the bottom of the pool for?” & “Is he going to make us jump off that super tall diving board?” 20130716-165017.jpg
Then, Addison hopped right in. She was still asking questions, a mile a minute, totally eager to learn. While AKA showed off her dog paddle and kick board technique DEA just tapped at the water a bit. It quickly became Delaney’s turn and her defiance wasn’t as bad as I’d anticipated. After some negotiating she took Coach Trevor’s hand and plopped right into the pool. Nice. A tad uneasy, but willing. {Funny thing is… there are times at family functions where she won’t even look at our relatives. Too stubborn. LOL!} Both girls laughed. They kicked. Blew bubbles. Fantastic!
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At the close of their lesson, Coach Trevor asked if they’d like to dive off the diving board. Delaney said, “No fanks.” Addison happily obliged.

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Trevor, even after one lesson, has done wonders with them. Thank you. Thank you!

What’s that one “thing” that you suggest hiring a pro for?

Cheers to Coach Trevor & Hiring a Pro!
xoox, Jen
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{In the market for a kid’s swimsuit? Be sure to check out my Sweet Summer Swimsuits // Kids blog post.}

Sisters

Capturing a moment like this is rare. Makes my heart sing. ❤
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Normally, we live 90% of our day by the amazingly true words of Shel Silverstein…
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For Sale
One sister for sale!
One sister for sale!
One crying and spying young sister for sale!
I’m really not kidding,
So who’ll start the bidding?
Do I hear the dollar?
A nickel?
A penny?
Oh, isn’t there, isn’t there, isn’t there any
One kid that will buy this old sister for sale,
This crying and spying young sister for sale?

Cheers to ✌Moments✌ of Sisterly Love!
xoox, Jen
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{This is me & my Sis.}