Freshly Picked Moccasins REVIEW & GIVEAWAY, and why I love Shark Tank

 

 

 

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**THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED**

Do you watch Shark Tank? You should, seriously. It’s the best show! its smart and interesting, and actually quality reality TV! Plus in my opinion, it’s family friendly. We watched a ton of Shark Tank when Vada was super tiny and just wanted to nurse all evening long. Shark Tank was my savior. I’m Team Lori or maybe Team Mark, I like em both. There are lots of cool products on Shark Tank, and the people are so awesome, its like the American Dream! While watching we always look up the products to see how much they cost, and how the business is doing. One of my favorites was actually a product I had already seen on Instagram. I LOVE INSTAGRAM! Seriously folks, Instagram is so freaking awesome. I don’t even have a love/hate relationship with it like Facebook, Its pure love with me and IG. One of the best things on IG is all the cool kids stuff/fashion, there are so many great kids fashion accounts that I like to peruse. Which brings me to FRESHLY PICKED! Their IG account is filled with adorable kids in cute clothes and their super cute Moccasins! You can watch their founder Susan Petersen on Shark Tank here! Long story short, Freshly Picked so kindly sent me a pair of their Moccasins to review, and even BETTER a pair to give to one of you!

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Aren’t they so cute! I got the blush color, because they were out of coral. But OMG guys the watermelon ones are so freaking cute!

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Here are my thoughts on the moccasins:

PROS:

Colors/styles/branding: I love everything the Freshly Picked company puts out. The colors are amazing and so on trend. They aren’t boring or tacky colors like a lot of kids footwear. I actually had to consult a few of my stylish friends to help me pick a color, I love them all! I also think they get an A+ in marketing. Their logo is adorable, packaging (the cute bag and button!) and their photos and styled shoots are simple, modern and perfect. This goes a long way with me. I love a stylish brand. I’m a sucker for anything by Boon, Oxo, Skip Hop, because they are on top of their game for staying modern, simple and making beautiful functional baby items. Add Freshly Picked to these top brands, because style-wise they are doing it right!

Fit: These booties stay on, they really do. You can also buy up a size and they STILL stay on. My friend Lori bought her son a size 3 when he was just tiny, and he was wearing them every time I saw him, and they never fell off. She finally got him a  bigger size about a month ago and passed the little ones onto Vada. The size 3 fit prefect on Vada, and she has to tug REALLY hard to get them off. I went ahead and got a size 4 for her (shown above) and although they are big, they too stay on perfect. They will be great this fall for when she learns to walk!

Crawling & Walking: These shoes are made from durable leather, so they are soft and just slightly “sticky” for babies to crawl on hardwoods or carpet (I’ve heard that the suede version can be a bit too slick on hardwoods). They also are great for wearing indoors to keep feet clean and safe when real shoes aren’t great, almost like stylish socks. We have an indoor play place in Bellingham called Perch And Play, and they have a sock rule, but these would work great there too! Size wise they go all the way up to a 10! I also love that they can be worn with pants, or shorts without socks. We really have avoided socks with Vada, but will probably have to start buying some this winter.

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CONS:

Alright, here’s the big one, PRICE. At $60 a pair, these shoes are totally out of the budget for most people (not the Kardashians though). I will say though, that we bought multiple pairs of another brands booties when Vada was a baby, and she wore them a ton, and I would have happily spent $60 on them. When you find a good, long-lasting product that your kid wears every day, and most importantly that you can buy a little big, and that will still stay on, its worth it. I have also seen lots of people selling gently used Freshly Picked Moccasins on IG, which can also be a great way to try these out. Would I say these are a MUST HAVE, not really, but if you have a grandma who wants to splurge on something special for her new grand baby, send her to Freshly Picked!

WEAR OUT: Another thing I have noticed is that the leather also wears down. The ones Lori gave us are bright blue, but the toes are all scuffed up. This is totally normal wear for leather, and Freshly Picked addresses this on their site here. But if that would big you, you may want to think twice about which color you get. A bigger turn off for me with the rich colors, is that the dye can literally dye your babies feet. Each time Vada has worn the bright blue ones, her feet turn blue. I don’t know exactly why this is, or if its common with other colors, but it made me pick a light color when I got ours. Lastly, you can’t put these in the wash, only wipe them down.

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On to the fun stuff! Freshly Picked is giving one of my readers their own pair!

To enter please leave ONE comment below (if you leave more than one comment I will be forced to delete both) stating which moccasin color you like best!

To win you can not have won any other giveaway including a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins within the last 60 days. You MUST be a US resident. The giveaway is open until August 10th! Good luck!

“Giveaway ends August 31st at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that For The Love Of Skinny Blog is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.”

 

Listening to Books On CD

I work in an office 40 hours a week. I sit at a desk in front of a computer (mac in case you were wondering) and I work in Photoshop and Word and Indesign, doing some pretty redundant tasks. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my job, but it is in fact pretty boring. However that boredom allows me to listen to anything I like while working.

Often times I get to work and I listen to NPRs Morning Edition. It’s a radio news program that fills me in on random bits of global news in a fast passed entertaining manner. I feel like it gets my brain juices flowing, and makes feel slightly more informed about whats going on in the world. After that I spend the rest of the day either listening to:

NPR’s This American Life which are hour-long radio programs with a different theme each week. They share stories and interviews, its kind of amazing. My BFF Mallory introduced me to them and I’ve already listened back to 1999! Also I’m in L-O-V-E with Ira Glass….swooon…

See! Now you are in love too. Let’s just say I’m adding him to my “LIST”

The 2nd thing I listen to is Books on Tape CD. Mr. Gaunt is a CRAZY LIBRARY man. He has an account and he goes online and reserves all kinds of BOC (books on CD) then picks them up, brings them to me, and returns them when I’m done. Its awesome. He even goes online to find out what the current best sellers are and reserves those for me too!

An interesting fact is that a Best Seller BOC is not always the same as a Best Seller Book. Often times based on the people narrating the BOC and if there are multiple characters or sound effects a BOC can be really good, or not so good. Mr. Gaunt checked me out a few Nicholas Sparks BOC and I HATED them. Mostly because they were all read by men, who were then doing the voices of Southern Girls…AWFUL! It was a combo of the accent and cheesy girly voice that made them so silly to listen to that I just couldn’t. So I veto all Nicholas Sparks BOC. Sometimes BOC are read by multiple voices (even celebrities!) and they are the best ones to listen to. The Help was done by like 5 different voices and it was AMAZING! Sometimes BOC are read by the Author, especially if it’s a Biography, these are nice too.

So without Further Ado these are my reviews so far:

1. BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey (read by Tina Fey)

This book was adorable, smart, funny and inspiring! I loved the whole thing, and love hearing it in Tina’s voice. I had heard some debates about some of her motherhood talk (breastfeeding) getting some negative feedback, and I was waiting for it, but in the end it was just so honest and awesome, I couldn’t complain. This would make a really great gift for pretty much any woman I know.

2. THE HELP. By Kathryn Stockett (Read by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, Cassandra Campbell)

I sat at work and cried listening to this book. Absolutely heart breakingly wonderful. I have put off reviewing this book for a while because I just couldn’t find the words to describe how much I loved it. It is perfection. I would like to note though, that I never could have heard those accents as beautifully in my own head and I am thankful that I got to listen to them out loud. I had also heard some mixed reviews from people saying things like “I’m not reading a book about black women written by a white women” and to them I say YOUR LOSS! If they knew anything about this book they would not feel that way, they would feel like jerks for even thinking that. Even now when I see the quote “You is Kind, You is smart, You is important” it makes me want to burst into tears and love on every baby whose mother didn’t support them enough…GAH! Amazing! Another perfect read for EVERY woman I know.

3. THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY by Suzanne Collins (read by Carolyn McCormick)

Mr. Gaunt actually read all three of these books before recommending them to me. He was nervous that I wouldn’t like them as I am not a huge sci-fi fan, and these are a bit futuristic.  In the end though I loved them! They made me want to go out and learn some survival skills! The reader had a great voice and there was fun sound bites included. After I listened to them I told my brother to read them, and he loved them too. I think these would be good for almost anyone over the age of 12 who likes a bit of adventure and heroism.

4. ONE DAY by David Nicholls

Mr. Gaunt got this for me because it’s a bestseller being made into a movie. I actually just finished it yesterday, and it was…ok. Funny thing is I have a hard time reading british “chick-lit” and that part didn’t bother me as much as the plot. In general the book was slow-moving, VERY long (spans 20 years) and had in my opinion a very stereotypical ending that did nothing for me. I just couldn’t get into it, but it wasnt bad, some people might really like it. People LOVED the Friday Night Knitting Club books and I HATED them, so what do I know.

I have listened to probably 10 other books, many that were so boring I can’t even remember them. These are the ones that stood out the most for me. I also wanted to note that all but “Bossypants” are being made into movies right now. I plan on seeing The Help this weekend, although I have heard they made it into a light-hearted comedy, and I wouldn’t say the book was funny at all. So that’s weird. One Day I also might see (not in theaters) because I do like Anne Hatheway, and it’s probably very pretty. And of course I will see all of The Hunger Games movies. I hope they are better than the Twilight movies, closer to HP standards.

::::UPDATE:::::

My friend Hilary reminded of another book I LOVED! I can’t believe I spaced this one:

ROOM by Emma Donoghue (read by Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, Suzanne Toren )

This is an amazing story, and so uniquely written. I also suggest listening to this book as the child’s voice comes through by the reader (who I assume is a child). Definitely HIGHLY recommend, and although it’s a very sad and awful subject, its done without the vulgarness that is sometimes used to make these stories seem more interesting. This one takes human language to a whole new level, it’s very good.

OTHER BOC I HAVE LISTENED TO:

-The Short Life of Bre Tanner

-The Pilots Wife

-Fly Away Home

-The Senators Wife

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-Size 12 is Not Fat

Would anyone else suggest any books they have read recently?