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It’s been a whirlwind of growth in my house for all of us, but especially Eisley. It feels as if almost overnight she suddenly started doing things she was never able to do before. I feel like she comprehends a great deal more than she ever did, and I often find myself giving commands or asking for things and she actually understands me. I knew, obviously, that this is the way life works: we are presented with new information and ideas over and over until they are ingrained into our brains and then we take action. I guess the shocker comes from the fast pace in which children are capable of retaining information. It feels like yesterday that she was a still ball of pink skin that slept and ate. Now I can’t keep her from trying to steal my iPhone or from running wild in the back yard. That is what my portrait is of for the week, Eisley’s aftermath of her daily backyard adventures. I don’t even know what she does back there, but I know that it is the only place she is happy on long afternoons. In this picture I am comforting her after her first battle scar from falling up.. yes up, the stairs.

I’ve had a very hard time finding shoes for Eisley. Her feet are SO fat that even when the shoe is a size too big, her feet STILL won’t fit. I usually buy her shoes from Target and I’ve even tried them on and let her walk before buying them. It’s crazy how short of an amount of time she is able to use those shoes. I’ve bought her sneakers, slip-ons, sandals.. My Mama even bought her some boots and some Native’s (similar to crocs) and I can’t get her foot inside them. If, on the off chance, I am able to get her foot inside the shoe, her ankles are too fat for the strap or her feel look like stuffed sausages and she’s crying from discomfort. I’ve been at my wits end with her chunky feet. Today we went to Nordstrom to find her some shoes. They have such a HUGE selection of brands, types and sizes. We tried on a few different pairs that we really liked for multiple reasons. Here is a short list of shoes to look into of you have trouble finding shoes that fit your little one.
1. TOMS:: I have worn TOMS myself and know that these are quite possibly some of the most comfortable shoes out there while still being on the some-what affordable side. TOMS now offers a large selection of styles and colors so if you aren’t keen on the classic style you have more options. I personally couldn’t get enough of how adorable Eisley looked in them. They now make the soles much more durable and better for traction to avoid slipping. I especially loved the Velcro flap that comes on the kids TOMS because it allows the shoes to be opened up, resulting in easy access for a chubby, baby foot.


2. Timberlands: I’ve got to start out by saying that I think these are by no means cute. But when it comes to practicality, quality and the overall wellness of your little bugs toes, Timberlands are two thumbs up! These shoes are the closest thing I could imagine to an ergonomically sound shoe for a toddler. The fact that it completely opens up (making foot-thickness a non-issue) is a great feature to me and since they have very little cloth material on them, they are easy to clean and use through multiple terrains.


3. Converse: I decided to mention these last because these are the shoes that we actually purchased for Eisley. As if the insane amount of cuteness wasn’t enough, these shoes made us the most happy for all the qualities we were looking for. Since they are laced, we can easily make them wide to fit Eisley’s thick foot inside easily, without hurting her toes or having to damage the shoe. (With her target slip-ons I had to cut a huge slit in the elastic just to put them on.) They run big in size so she will (hopefully) be able to wear them for a little while, depending on how fast she grows. The Converse a wider at the toe so Eisley didn’t feel the need to curl her toes in revolt against putting on shoes. There is even enough room for socks if we wanted to put those on too! The quality of Converse is great; I’ve owned several pairs myself for years. Although I know she definitely won’t be wearing these for years, it was worth the price ($27) to get her something she is comfortable in, can run freely and safely in, and all while being super, stinkin, cute sauce. Here is her mini “new shoes” photoshoot. She looks grumpy in the photos but she was laughing all afternoon. She wouldn’t let us carry her, she walked to entire dog park herself.












Happy Independence Day! I hope everyone had a delightful day full of loved ones, fun and of course FREEDOM 😉 This was Eisley’s second 4th of July celebration, although they yielded a stark contrast to one another. Last year we spent the evening in a boozy, packed party in a chic home on the shores of La Jolla. This year Eisley fell asleep around 9:00 PM and we missed the opportunity to even see fireworks. The day was not spent in vain however. We were able to spend some quality time with our favorite South African girl Derralyn.

Derralyn and her husband James are like family to us which is great since all of their actual relatives still live on another continent. We’ve had the pleasure of spending most holidays with them over these past two years of friendship. Despite James’ absence for work purposes, our family was lucky enough to snag up the company of Dez (Derralyn’s nickname). We passed the day lounging on the crowded, sunny beach in O.B.

Eisley was mostly happy during our beach trip, especially while playing in the ocean with her daddy for the first time. It was hilarious to see the waves push her about and eventually swallow her whole. She seemed shocked by the experience at first, but soon her guileful smirk appeared and she charged into the water. It is my most sincere hope that she braves the oceans and finds a deep longing to be in it. It has been one of the main goals in my heart to help my child(ren) become fearless. Or at least, unhindered by the fears that have always held me back. At this age, to see her bravely trudge into the shallow waves that cover her head.. I am in awe.

Here is a sweaty selfie. We walked so much today I have a huge sunburn (which I never usually get) and blisters in the bottoms of my feet. Leather flip flops plus long city walks are not a good mix.
To end this post I would like to say that although I may not be the most patriotic of people, I am truly grateful to the men and women who give over their lives to protect us. I love my home. I thank God for the vast beauty this land has to offer. No matter where the journey of life may lead me, America the Beautiful will always be my home.

I have slacked this week in my post due to severe lethargy. (Don’t worry, I don’t have mono, I’m exaggerating per my usual.) There is no better way for me to jump back into the swing of things than by doing the “Weekly Portrait” post. Today was an excessively difficult day to get a sweet picture of Eisley. Her moods have been running rampid. I am unsure of why her constant whining is persisting. I know that at her last doctors appointment I was told she had two teeth coming in. However, these teeth still have yet to make an appearance. All her other’s took their sweet time coming in as well so I can’t say that this is unusual. I can’t complain too much either because whatever is bothering her has also lead to her wanting more cuddles and sleeping much earlier.
I’ve noticed that ever since she turned one, it was like a lightbulb turned on in her head and she is able to understand things much better than before. This is amazing to see but It also leads to her becoming increasingly disobedient. It is irksome at times, but it is also hilarious to see the fiery little soul inside her. She may not look like her mama but she took on all of my “endearing charm.” Suffice to say that Jojo and I are going to have a wild time with this little firecracker. I can just see her now at 15 years old trying to hide her tattooed this or pierced that…. *sigh*…………

While I am all for making your kid look hip and forgoing the typical sailboats and kittens on your kid’s attire, I can’t bring myself to spend money on Eisley’s wardrobe just yet. I see incredibly fashionable pieces for her age but I just know that she will end up wearing it once and grow out of it in a week! She’s already so big for her age as it is. While I won’t be investing our money into her clothes now, I have already scouted out some fun and fresh kid’s clothing sites that I will frequent when she’s a tad older. Here they are!


I am in love with the print tees and leggings that this company makes. They just seem to get that kids need to be wild and free, but they make them ADORABLE in the process. I also love that a lot of their stuff is not gender specific, so there isn’t a ton of hideous pink… things.



If you are into beanies, scarves, moccasins, bandanas.. and all the other accessories that make your kid look like a hipster than this site is for you. I especially love their jean jackets with amazing, tribal patches. (You can build your own too!) This is where I will get to pretend like we live in a beautifully wooded town somewhere deep in Washington or Oregon…



I don’t think I truly understood Etsy when it started to become popular. But then I started to look around on it and I found some really great shops that have unique headbands and accessories! So if you are unsure what shops to look in but you want some options, Etsy is a great site to browse through what shops are out there. One of my favorite shops I found on Etsy is the SALT CITY EMPORIUM. I know it may seem like I am bias to this shop since it is from my beloved town of Salt Lake City, BUT she makes fantastic headbands and leggings! I bought a buffalo head wrap from her. I LOVE IT! She makes items for adults too which is a huge plus!


Got a kid’s clothing store/site you love? Share them in the comments below!