Freshly Picked Moccasins Review

I discovered Freshly Picked when I was pregnant with Baby Bird. I thought they were the CUTEST little shoes I had ever seen. I loved the soft soles and that they use real leather (and it’s incredibly soft and malleable). I snagged a pair of size 2 in dusty rose (don’t take my word on that…. I THINK that’s the color, this color is no longer in their shop!)

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I bought them bigger because I knew that we wouldn’t put shoes on our newborn (call me crazy, but we tend to be practical around here, ha!), so I estimated that around the time she would be walking she’d probably need the size 2. I was, of course, right!

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The founder of Freshly Picked is Susan Petersen, I love her story, she was just your ordinary mom who was completely frustrated with the baby shoes in the market when her children were small. So in 2009 she found some scrap leather at a yard sale and started creating different designs until she found one that fit her second baby (Gus)’s feet. She wanted them to look adorable but also stay on his feet! Her moccasins have gone through several changes since that first pair but she has ensured that the moccasins available through Freshly Picked are “durable, well-designed, and most importantly: stay on your child’s foot.”

I recently reached out to Freshly Picked to see if they might be open to participating in a giveaway project I wanted to launch in April (you’ll learn more about that through the next several weeks). I was super excited to get a quick response that they would love to work with Mustard Seed Mommy. Not only that, but they sent sweet Bird a new pair of moccs to try. This time I went with the Weathered Brown in size 3.

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These are a little big for her right now, but as she is pretty close to outgrowing the size 2 I wanted to make sure she could wear these for a while as well. I love the feel of these compared to the older ones. The dusty rose pair are silky and soft to the touch, while this weathered pair is more down to earth and you can really smell that rich leather smell. I’ve been very impressed with the attention to detail in both pairs of these moccasins. They really ensure that you are getting the highest quality when you buy a pair of shoes from them.

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If you plan to invest in some moccasins, I would highly recommend Freshly Picked. While the price is pretty steep, you’re definitely getting a high quality product. If you’re planning on having more children, you can definitely get your moneys worth by buying gender neutral colors (as you can see, that’s what I did).

They are also offering hard soled shoes now as well as a new clothing line for newborns that comes in a bundle with a pair of crib moccs. You seriously can’t go wrong with Freshly Picked.

Take some time and check out their site HERE, you can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Don’t forget to keep checking back for more information on the big giveaway coming in a few weeks, I’ll be giving out more hints and reviewing more products that could be included!

So tell me, what is YOUR favorite Freshly Picked moccasin color?

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6 Valentine’s Day Crafts for Toddlers

One of our favorite holidays for crafting is Valentine’s Day! Here are our favorite crafts to do with the smallest of our kiddos.

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1 – Tissue Paper Valentine’s Wreath from Happy Hooligans

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2 – Shake It Up Hearts from Sunny Day Family

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3 – Heart Stamps from Craftulate

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4 – Heart Suncatcher from Fun At Home With Kids

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5 – Finger Painting Love Canvas from As Time Flies

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6 – Heart Necklace from Red Ted Art

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Family Movie Night with Hotel Transylvania 2

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MakeItAMovieNight #CollectiveBias

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Our family really enjoys having movie nights, we have started making Friday nights our official family movie night. We make fun finger foods or pizza, gather around the living room and watch a great new family movie. This past weekend we watched Hotel Transylvania 2! This is such a cute movie, all of us (young and “old”) had a good laugh watching the antics of Dracula and his friends.

Before our movie night began we ran to Walmart to purchase our movie, we also picked up a 6-pack of Coca-Cola, Orville Redenbacher 6 pack Movie Theater Popcorn, these adorable containers of M&M’S® Chocolate Candies (we made a skillet cookie with these, you’ll find the recipe at the end of this post) and of course, our movie! Walmart has a great display for Hotel Transylvania 2, you can buy it in a few different formats.

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Our snacks and drinks were in various other places throughout the store, the M&M’S® Chocolate Candies were the last item we picked up – conveniently located at the cash register!

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I mixed and baked our M&M’S® Chocolate Candies Skillet Cookie and prepared the popcorn and we were ready to watch our new movie! It doesn’t take much to have a fun family movie night. You just need a few simple snacks, some yummy beverages and a great movie – and the best part? Quality time with your significant other and children!

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Don’t forget to purchase your M&M’S® Chocolate Candies so you can make this super yummy skillet cookie for your movie night!

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Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened (+1-2 Tbsp for greasing skillet)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 (3.5oz) containers of M&M'S® Chocolate Candies, divided
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and grease a 9-inch cast iron skillet with 1-2 Tbsp butter. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine your flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl (I use my stand mixer so I use the bowl attachment for that) combine brown sugar, white sugar, butter and peanut butter. Blend 2-3 minutes. Add vanilla and egg to wet mixture until combined.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients (low speed) until just combined - don't over mix!
  5. Stir in 1 full container (3.5oz) of M&M'S® Chocolate Candies, then ½ of the second container. Set the remaining ½ of the second container aside. Stir in peanut butter chips.
  6. Scrape cookie dough into your greased skillet and top with remaining M&M'S® Chocolate Candies. Bake for 25-30 minutes until it achieves a golden brown color. The edges should be nice and crisp and the center soft and cooked through.
  7. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and serve warm. Enjoy!
Have your own family movie night, we highly recommend Hotel Transylvania 2. You can find some more great ideas for your movie night HERE, and purchase all four participating products you’ve seen in the above photos at Walmart between 12/22/15 and 2/2/16. Submit a photo of your receipt displaying all four products to uploadreceipt.com/movienight to receive a $10 Vudo movie code* by email! *While supplies last. Limit 1 per person.

What’s your favorite meal or snack to make on movie nights with your family? Share them by commenting below! I’d love to hear from you!

 

The Vintage Honey Shop Teething Necklace Review

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I know what you’re thinking. ANOTHER teething necklace review?!? Yes, yes indeed. You’re going to LOVE this necklace though, I promise!

The Vintage Honey Shop was started by two best friends, Jen and Mel thought it would be fun and opened their first etsy shop in 2011. Every necklace is handcrafted and designed to be safe, functional…. and of course, stylish! You will find silicone teething jewelry, fabric teething jewelry (some with wooden nursing rings as seen in my necklace photo above) and daddy teething necklaces.  I’ve included a collage of these different styles below, excluding the wooden nursing ring necklace that I’m wearing.

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I was very excited when this showed up in my mailbox, first impressions are key when you want to keep your fan base growing… The Vintage Honey Shop doesn’t disappoint. When I pulled my necklace out of the mailing envelope I discovered that the necklace was beautifully wrapped in tissue paper and tied with twine. Beneath the twine was a pretty white paper doily and a card with a cute little pin with a yellow bee printed on it. Upon unwrapping, which I didn’t want to do because it was just so pretty, I found their safety cards, business card and my necklace was tied around their business logo tag. Adorable!

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I didn’t get to pick the necklace I would review but they sure nailed it with this one. As you can see, I’m a fan of grey and yellow – that’s my bedspread in the background of the above photos. I received the Sunset Floral Ring Teething Necklace, you can see closer details of this gorgeous necklace below.

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The quality of this necklace is superb. The wooden ring is so smooth, the fabric is beautiful and soft, every detail is perfect. You can really tell that The Vintage Honey Shop takes great pride in their products, it truly shows in their workmanship. Baby Bird is a fan, she especially liked the wooden ring as it’s easy for her to grab and easy for her to chew on when I’m wearing her (even on my back!).

You will find all of The Vintage Honey Shop’s social media sites below, and be sure to check out their website HERE. Order your own beautiful necklace and use the coupon code VHSHARE for 15% off your order!

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My 4 Favorite Bible Study Tools

Realistically, the only thing you need in order to have a great bible study is your bible. God has given us all the tools we need just by providing that alone! I, however, have found that with a few simple and fun tools that I learn more and I spend more time in the Word. It may seem silly, but it helps ME!

My 4 Favorite Bible Study Tools

  1. A Bible – I have two bibles that I would like to purchase for myself soon. The first one is the Home School Mom’s Bible and the Inspire Bible (Coloring Bible)I’ve always enjoyed having multiple styles and kinds of bibles, I even had magazine bibles for teens when I was in high school. It’s not necessary, but it’s something I love! My current bible is this Real Life Devotional Bible for Women (except mine is in a raspberry pink color!) I love the devotions in this Bible, they have been spot on for me every time I use it as my devotion for the day! IMG_2468
  2. A Journal – You can’t go wrong by keeping a journal. You can do this any way you wish, and you can even purchase a bible that space to journal in like THIS one. I have chosen to start journaling for my children, I have a composition notebook for each of them. I choose a verse to copy into the journal, I write them a note about the verse I chose for them and then I doodle, color and decorate it however I’m inspired too. I’ve really enjoyed doing this for my babies, and not only do I think it will help them someday, but it’s really helped me to learn more about what I’m studying!IMG_2471
  3. Pens and Colored Pencils -If you’re going to be doodling and journaling like me, then you need some great pens and colored pencils to help inspire you. I try to pick pens that I can use in my bible and in the journals, I hate for things to bleed through the pages of my journal but you’ll have a hard time finding pens that do a great job of that. THESE pens are my favorite for writing and underlining in my bible. They have a super fine tip and while they do bleed a little, it’s not enough to bother me. The colors are fantastic and I’ve been using these for a year now and haven’t had any issues with the ink drying up. These are great for journaling and doodling as well, but for that I prefer THESE PaperMate pens. They have a slightly thicker tip and the ink flows more quickly, these are definitely not recommended for use in your bible, but I love them for journaling. The colors in these are also vibrant. As for colored pencils, some people like the soft flow of a watercolor pencil, I on the other hand am a devoted fan of Crayola colored pencils!IMG_2465
  4. Devotional Book  – A great way to know exactly what to study is by picking a great devotional book to guide you. I’ve seen so many great bible study books out there, I could recommend so many to you but truly the best way to choose one is by picking something that speaks to you. What I need to study isn’t necessarily going to be what you should be studying. However, if you’re a little stuck, this 365 pocket prayer  book found HERE is a great place to start. This particular one is for mom’s but they have more for dads, women, men, etc. I did a review on this a while back as well, you can find that post HERE.IMG_2466

That’s it! I gather these four things every time I hunker down for a meeting with my Father… He hasn’t failed me yet when it comes to getting on top of the things I NEED to learn about.

Is there a bible study tool you enjoy using that I haven’t listed here? Feel free to post a comment below and let me know!