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Introducing Little Man Shoes™

Little Man Shoes

You may have wondered from time to time why I’ve been a bit absent lately. Well, I’ve been working on launching something awesome, something amazing, something huge!! I’ve been starting up Little Man Shoes™. Little Man Shoes™ are a line of soft sole crib shoes that I’ve created for my son, Little Man. They are all handmade in the USA from up-cycled materials. At the moment, they are made from Levi’s denim with Indian burlap soles for durability and texture. Over time I will be introducing other up-cycled materials. For now they come in sizes 9-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months. The sizes are a guide not a guarantee of fit since all children are different. Little Man Shoes™ has it’s own website, they are sold on Etsy, and updates are sent to Twitter. I’m so excited about this and I hope that you are to. So please check out Little Man Shoes™ and let me know what you think. I’d love some feedback and I love being able to share this with all of you!

Thank you!

Little Man Shoes for Sale

A Wonderful Visit

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting over the last two weeks much. Well, my parents were in town visiting for little man’s first birthday. We were pretty busy. I finally finished and mailed off the last of the thank you cards and things are slowly returning to normal. So, over the last week and a half, we had a party with little man’s friends, visited Colonial Williamsburg, saw a very wet Virginia Beach (it poured down rain), strolled through naval history at the Mariner’s Museum (my dad’s favorite), learned about military history at the Casemate Museum, and petted lots of animals at the Blue Bird Gap Farm. I loved having my parents in town and so did little man. While they were here we ate tons of great food. We went out to two awesome restaurants and I cooked some new delicious dishes like Moroccan Lamb, Beef & Broccoli, and a White Bean Chicken Chili. The recipes will come soon I promise! In the mean time, here are a few stock photos of the places we visited. I’ll upload some of my own pictures soon too. Enjoy! And now I’m off to resume my mom duties and to clean the banana off my pants that little man just smeared. 🙂

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach

Mariner's Museum (The Monitor)

Mariner’s Museum (The Monitor)

Casemate Museum

Casemate Museum

Blue Bird Gap Farm

Blue Bird Gap Farm

*Please note that I do not take any credit for these pictures. They are thanks to a Google images search for the purpose of showing you a representation of the places I visited. I hope to replace these with some of my own pictures in the future.

1K B4 K: Week 14 & 15 Update

It’s been a crazy few weeks but we’ve been at the program for fifteen weeks now! We read 36 books in Week 1, 24 books in Week 2, 40 books in Week 3 which brought us to completing our first 100 books. Then we read 43 books in Week 4 and an astounding 68 books in Week 5 where we read our 200th book! After that, in Week 6 we read 49 books, in Week 7 we read 31 books, and in Week 8 we read 27 books, including our 300th book! Then we read 32 books in Week 9, 17 books in Week 10, and 40 books in Week 11 when we read our 400th! We read 10 more books in Week 12, and 22 books in Week 13.

Books We’ve Read This Past Week:

  1. I’ll Always Love You
  2. Peter Rabbit’s Easter
  3. Pony Brushes His Teeth
  4. Big Red Barn
  5. Baby Touch and Feel Farm
  6. Noisy Barn
  7. The Story of Easter
  8. The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  9. The Very Hungry Caterpiller
  10. 5 Busy Ducklings
  11. The Very Hungry Caterpiller
  12. The Airplane Trip
  13. All Fall Down
  14. Say Goodnight
  15. Growing Vegetable Soup
  16. The Little Blue Truck
  17. The Very Hungry Caterpiller
  18. Scuffy the Tugboat
  19. The Alphabet Book
  20. The Alphabet Book

With 36 books from Week 1, 24 books from Week 2, 40 books from Week 3, 43 books from Week 4, 68 books from Week 5, 49 books from Week 6, 31 books from Week 7, 27 books from Week 8, 32 books from Week 9, 17 books from Week 10, 40 books from Week 11, 10 books from Week 12, 22 books from Week 13, and 20 books from Week 14 & 15, we have read 459 books and we are quickly reading our way to 1,000 books before Kindergarten. It’s never to late to start reading so grab a book and read along with us. What book are you reading now?

1K B4 K: Week 13 Update

We’ve been at the program for thirteen weeks now! We read 36 books in Week 1, 24 books in Week 2, 40 books in Week 3 which brought us to completing our first 100 books. Then we read 43 books in Week 4 and an astounding 68 books in Week 5 where we read our 200th book! After that, in Week 6 we read 49 books, in Week 7 we read 31 books, and in Week 8 we read 27 books, including our 300th book! Then we read 32 books in Week 9, 17 books in Week 10, and 40 books in Week 11 when we read our 400th! We read 10 more books in Week 12.

Books We’ve Read This Past Week:

  1. Happy Baby Animals
  2. Kipper’s Book of Weather
  3. In the Garden with Van Gogh
  4. Doug’s Treasure Hunt
  5. Barnyard Dance
  6. Pig Takes a Bath
  7. Animal Crackers Nursery Rhymes
  8. Hey Diddle Diddle!
  9. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  10. Bendon Bear and the Wild Animals
  11. Booky
  12. Jamberry
  13. Murry’s First Book of Words
  14. 5 Busy Ducklings
  15. Usborn Nursery Rhymes
  16. Capturing the Cheese
  17. A Surprise for Mother
  18. Noises in the Night
  19. To Catch a Fish
  20. The Very Hungry Caterpiller
  21. 5 Busy Ducklings
  22. Biscuit

With 36 books from Week 1, 24 books from Week 2, 40 books from Week 3, 43 books from Week 4, 68 books from Week 5, 49 books from Week 6, 31 books from Week 7, 27 books from Week 8, 32 books from Week 9, 17 books from Week 10, 40 books from Week 11, 10 books from Week 12, and 22 books from Week 13, we have read 439 books and we are quickly reading our way to 1,000 books before Kindergarten. It’s never to late to start reading so grab a book and read along with us. What book are you reading now?

How to Plan a Party?

BalloonsI’ve never thrown a party by myself before. But I’ve sent out the invitations now and in a week, I’ll have people over for little man’s first birthday party! I’m so nervous. I’m sure everything will go just fine. Later today I plan on heading to the dollar store for some crepe paper rolls for decoration and the must have “1” birthday candle. I’ll also get some balloons for inside and out at the mailbox.

I’m still at a loss for what to do about party favors. I wasn’t all that thrilled about doing them but it seems so expected. My parents will be getting into to town the night before the party so I really am on my own for this one. Well, my husband is a big help and has supported all the things I’ve figured out so far. I know I want a nearly sugar free “cupcake” for little man. It will be more like muffins really. I hate the idea of giving a one year old a complete sugar shock for the sake of celebration.

We are still narrowing down what we will give our son for his birthday present but thanks to Amazon Prime and their 2 day shipping, we can procrastinate a little longer. And thanks to a grocery store that’s walking distance, I have a little more time to figure out what appetizers / snacks to serve at the party.

What have you done for your kid’s birthday party? Did you give out party favors? How did you decorate? Any advice on planning a party would be very appreciated!

1K B4 K: Week 12 Update

A late update this time around and not too many books. We’ve been at the program for twelve whole weeks now! We read 36 books in Week 1, 24 books in Week 2, 40 books in Week 3 which brought us to completing our first 100 books. Then we read 43 books in Week 4 and an astounding 68 books in Week 5 where we read our 200th book! After that, in Week 6 we read 49 books, in Week 7 we read 31 books, and in Week 8 we read 27 books, including our 300th book! Then we read 32 books in Week 9, 17 books in Week 10, and 40 books in Week 11 when we read our 400th!

Books We’ve Read This Past Week:

  1. Baby Touch and Feel Farm
  2. Little Butterfly
  3. Cuddles’ Bathtime
  4. Little Butterfly
  5. Barnyard Dance
  6. The More We Are Together
  7. Water, Water, Everywhere
  8. Hector Protector
  9. Choo Choo
  10. Barnyard Dance

With 36 books from Week 1, 24 books from Week 2, 40 books from Week 3, 43 books from Week 4, 68 books from Week 5, 49 books from Week 6, 31 books from Week 7, 27 books from Week 8, 32 books from Week 9, 17 books from Week 10, 40 books from Week 11, and 10 books from Week 12, we have read 417 books and we are quickly reading our way to 1,000 books before Kindergarten. It’s never to late to start reading so grab a book and read along with us. What book are you reading now?

1K B4 K: Week 11 Update

We’ve been at the program for eleven whole weeks now! Little man and I have read so many books. We read 36 books in Week 1, 24 books in Week 2, 40 books in Week 3 which brought us to completing our first 100 books. Then we read 43 books in Week 4 and an astounding 68 books in Week 5 where we read our 200th book! After that, in Week 6 we read 49 books, in Week 7 we read 31 books, and in Week 8 we read 27 books, including our 300th book! Then we read 32 books in Week 9 and 17 books in Week 10.

Books We’ve Read This Past Week:

  1. Busy Bugs Lazy Bugs
  2. Get to Work Trucks
  3. Manners Time
  4. Fireman Small to the Rescue
  5. Crunch Munch
  6. Snuggle Wuggle
  7. My Car
  8. Dear Zoo
  9. Bedtime
  10. Perfect Pets
  11. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  12. Peek-a-Boo!
  13. Where is Maisy’s Panda?
  14. Corduroy’s Party
  15. Baby Animals
  16. Time for Bed
  17. Lilly’s Chocolate Heart
  18. Corduroy’s Busy Street
  19. The Itsy Bitsy Spider
  20. Noisy Barn
  21. Barnyard Dance
  22. Snuggle Puppy
  23. Where’s My Teddy?
  24. Bunnykins Family Fun Day
  25. See and Slide in the Wild
  26. Touch and Feel ABC
  27. The Greedy Python
  28. My First Treasury Mother Goose
  29. HIPPOppOsites
  30. Noisy Barn
  31. Sparkly Ballerina
  32. One Duck Stuck
  33. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star *Our 400th Book!
  34. Water, Water, Everywhere
  35. The Rainbow Fish
  36. Hector Protector
  37. Choo Choo
  38. Barnyard Dance
  39. Little Butterfly
  40. Water, Water, Everywhere

With 36 books from Week 1, 24 books from Week 2, 40 books from Week 3, 43 books from Week 4, 68 books from Week 5, 49 books from Week 6, 31 books from Week 7, 27 books from Week 8, 32 books from Week 9, 17 books from Week 10, and 40 books from Week 11 we have read 407 books and we are quickly reading our way to 1,000 books before Kindergarten. It’s never to late to start reading so grab a book and read along with us. What book are you reading now?