Tuesday, June 30, 2015

All About That Bean - #2: Shoes

So, I am not a shoe person.  I mean, I'm REALLY not a shoe person.  Shopping for shoes is my least favorite thing to shop for.  Like, I completely dread it and put it off until my shoes are literally falling apart and I HAVE to get a new pair.

Here's my problem with shoes - I need my feet to be comfortable.  I can't squeeze my feet into uncomfortable shoes.  I just can't.  Also, I have big feet - I wear a 10, 10 1/2, or an 11 sometimes.  There aren't many cute, comfortable shoes for a size 10.

When I find a pair of shoes I like, I buy them in all colors available and wear them until they fall apart.

In the summer, I have 4 pairs of shoes.  Sneakers, Go Walks, flip flops, and sandals.  I have 1 pair of each and I'm all set for the summer.

For exercise, I like Saucony.  Mine are similar to this pair, although I usually try to choose ones that have blue on them:
I LOVE Skechers Go Walks.  I started wearing them last year and they are the most comfortable shoe ever.  These are my go-to summer shoe because they're the best for chasing around my kids.  I've worn them sightseeing around New York City and all around Disney World and my feet never hurt once.  They are well worth the money.  This is the pair I bought this summer:
I love flip flops.  This year I got these ones at Target and they are super comfortable:
Finally, I get one pair of wedge sandals to wear with skirts or on dressier occasions.  The pair I have is old, so I don't have a picture of them, but they are similar to this pair:
My go-to places for shoes are DSW, Kohls, Nordstrom, Target, and Zappos.  The Go Walks are much cheaper at both Kohls and Nordstrom than they are at Skechers.

Since I'm not a shoe person, my kids don't have a lot of shoes either.  My favorite shoes for them (and their favorite shoes) are Natives:
They are the perfect summer shoe for kids.  They come in cute colors and they have a sneaker bottom, but are waterproof.  They can be washed easily and my kids never complain that they're feet hurt.  I love that they are quick and easy to get on and off.

I wish I was a bit more of a shoe person, but I'm just not.  I dread shoe shopping.  I'm not good at knowing what shoes look good with which outfit.  It's just not my thing.  I like to remind Matt how lucky he is that I don't have 50 pairs of shoes and all sorts of designer brands.  It's just not my style. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Fun List 2015

On Friday, after school ended, I sat down with Maddie and Lily to make our annual Summer Fun List.  I love hearing their ideas about what they want to do.  This year, Maddie wrote this list and decorated it.  
You can read about our past Summer Fun Lists here:

I think making a Summer Fun List is a fun way to kick off our summer.  Some of the things on the list are traditions that we do every summer.  Some of the things are new for this year.  Although I like our days to be semi-unstructured in the summer, it give us some ideas when we have some down time, or when we have a few days with nothing going on.  If we finish it all, great!  If we don't, no big deal.  We'll just put it on our list again next year. 

This year we have 51 things on our list:
  • splash park
  • beach
  • pool
  • grace's visit
  • playdates
  • summer book club
  • summer reading club
  • Little Gym
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Saf-T-Swim lessons
  • swimming lessons
  • Outer Banks
  • Hilton Head
  • mini-golf
  • Minion movie
  • Inside Out in 3D
  • Southampton
  • New York City
  • Greenport
  • Port Jeff
  • bowling
  • bubbles
  • Swirls and Twirls
  • playground
  • ride bikes
  • sidewalk paint
  • lunch with daddy
  • Ducks game
  • visit Aunt Betty
  • Splish Splash
  • Adventureland
  • Hoyt Farm
  • Ecology Center
  • water balloons
  • ice bucket challenge
  • aquarium
  • fly a kite
  • ice pops
  • ice cream man
  • night swimming
  • dinner and a movie
  • outdoor movie
  • outdoor concert
  • mini trains
  • Cinderella play
  • Seussical play
  • Mary Poppins play
  • Middle Country library
  • spend time with family
  • BBQs
  • catch fireflies
 The girls are excited and ready to begin all of the fun!