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our very favorite baby + kid shoes | FRESHLY PICKED

You all know I love to share with you some of my very favorite items for my boys.... or just kids in general.
I have written lots of posts about amazing small shops to snag the cutest and best made clothes.
(if you want any recommendations, just shoot me an email)
I have not, however, shared my very favorite brand of shoes...
We are pretty obsessed with Freshly Picked over here.
Bennett lives in his moccasins, and are really the only pair of shoes that he actually wants to wear.
He learned how to walk in them in fact.
And every time I tried to put any other type of shoe on him... he acted as if he was stuck in concrete.
Luckily, we have moved past his drama filled - stuck in concrete - ways, but his moccasins are still number 1.
It is practically as if he is barefoot in them.
With the added bonus of adorableness and durability....
I mean, just look at how cute these shoes make his entire outfit!
And let me remind you, we are farmers here.
My boys are no strangers to dirt, mud, rocks, etc.
Their days are pretty much filled with them actually.
We own many pairs of these moccasins, and not once have they been even close to being ruined by these crazy kids antics.
Or mine for the matter.
I washed one on accident once... and it's totally fine... although I wouldn't recommend it for cleaning them, ha.
And can I just mention quickly how easy it is to get my kid out the door. They slip on SO fast... no need for socks, no tying, nothing... just slip on and let them be free and wild.
All of the above to say... I don't like to fight with my kids.
And these shoes make that possible.
Mr. Independant can get out the door quickly, walk on his own, and play anywhere he wants... all while looking totally adorable.
It's a win for everyone.
If you have been on the fence about getting a pair... don't wait anymore.
They are worth every penny.
Mary Janes - check.
Dozens of different colors and patterns - check.
Available for newborns even - check.
Go take a look for yourself.
AND if you have a kid that is a little older, they have brand new adorable t-strap sandals, and also some hard sole (next step) moccs, that we have for Beckam... and are on sale for $49.
All of which are very cute.
Just like him...
And his entire Periwinkle Jazz outfit. :)
Have a great weekend friends!
And don't forget to give those daddy's some extra loving.


BENNETT | 18 months

I'm a few days late here, BUT I thought it was worth noting that Bennett is 18 months old!
My baby is growing up entirely too fast.
In fact, he has very little "baby" left in him at all.
The crib sleeping and diaper wearing we are holding onto for a little bit more.
Bennett is talking a TON.
I understand about 1% of it... but still.
Non stop jabbering.
Some of the things I do understand consists of...
Where is my water?
Pat, Pat, Pat (while giving great big hugs)
Bubba, Mama, Dada, Papa
He would be happy spending ALL day outside.
He loves to slide, collect rocks, play basketball, ride on his tractors, and feed the animals.
And if by chance there is any water to get into, he is bound to find it.
This boy is smitten with his brothers.
He screams when Beckam tries to snuggle him nonstop, but he will never complain if they let him play along with them.
He particularly likes to sit with them on the couch if they get to watch a show.... although he is the least bit interested in TV himself.
Although he loves his brothers, he really loves me.
And it's a good thing, because I clean up a lot of poo from him.
He likes to give me kisses and hugs (sometimes), but he mostly just wants me to pack him around and play blocks or trucks with him.
Most of all though, he is through and through a daddy's boy.
If Ryan comes home, he grabs his boots, and stands at the door.
He also won't even look at me to say goodbye, in fear that I might grab him and make him stay home.
All of this time with his daddy is helping to turn him into our mini-est farmer.
The kid has strong tractor-sound game.
And if I would allow him to sleep with those hard metal tractors... he would.
One thing I do allow him to sleep with is a tiny little stuffed dog.
I had to buy him one that looks like Beckam's, because he was obsessed with it!
The hugs, kisses, and high pitched oo-ing was nonstop.
So, now he has his own.
I think the love for this stuffed dog came from his love for real life animals.
He has always LOVED our dog Gunner.
And they are quite the duo together.
Bennett also loves our cats, however he isn't nearly as nice to them.
He walks around pulling the cat by its tail most of the time.
Our precious cat, doesn't seem to mind.
Another love of his is food.
Boy loves to eat.
And preferably on his own.
Don't you dare try to spoon feed him anything.
He will do it on his own.
And he is really very good at it.
I would list some favorites, but he will pretty much eat everything.
One of his newest food tricks though... putting olives on his fingers to eat them.
It's the only way it's done.
Perhaps all of this food he is eating explains his size.
He is such a big boy!!
I will get official stats on Friday, but he has been tracking 95th percentile in height for quite some time now.
His weight is generally around 75th.
And that noggin'... it is large also.
Bennett is such a goof ball, and he thinks that he is hilarious too.
It has been so fun watching his personality form...
When he was about 8 months old, he burped at the table. The big boys laughed at how loud it was, and Bennett then burst into tears.
NOW, he will burp at the table and then begin to laugh hysterically.
Such gentlemen I am raising.
His cute smile, blue eyes and blonde hair kill me, and it is still amazing to me that I grew him!
What a lucky mommy I am.

We LOVE you Bennett Zane!

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