THE QUALITY LIST :: FRESHLY PICKED

I have an announcement….. getting a baby’s foot into a shoe is impossible. Seriously. You’ll have better luck teaching them how to code the next Facebook at six months than getting their foot into a shoe. To help you with this endeavor, this is what I’ve learned about babies and shoes.

1. It’s like their foot has a magnet in it and so does the shoe. Everytime the two get within inches of each other, they actually deflect the other. Imagine an electromagnetic force field exists between them and it’s impossible to break the barrier.

2. Babies don’t understand how to not arch their feet. I don’t know why they don’t, but they just don’t. Idiots. So try as you may, but their foot will be stuck in an arch position and the shoe is never sliding on.

3. You’ve got about all of 30 seconds to get the shoes on or else your baby loses their cool and then it’s mission failed. Know your best approach. I prefer facing her while putting on the shoes while Eric prefers to have her sitting in his lap. Plan ahead.

4. By all means, don’t get your face too close while attempting to get the shoe on. For some reason, everyone crouches down and gets reeaaallly close, as if because the feet are so tiny they must zoom in to see everything. Do this, and you will be kicked in the face.

5. After all the blood, sweat and tears you actually manage to get the shoes on both feet of your baby. I give them an hour and at least one of them has managed to shimmy off their foot. #fail

So, now that we’ve gone over those. I also have the solution for you. Freshly Picked moccasins. This is starting to follow the rhythm of an infomercial, I don’t know why, but just follow me here. You’ve probably heard of them…. I mean, who hasn’t at this point. They were on Shark Tank after all. Susan is a powerhouse business woman and is likely going to take over the world here pretty soon. I’ve known her for a few years and recently had the pleasure of speaking on panel with her at Alt Summit. Girlfriend is a genius. She’s taken a common problem we face as parents and created a solution. A fashionable, chic, high quality and easy to use product. Oh, you just stretch it out and close it in over the babies feet? And then it stays on all day? They don’t fall off? I know it’s hard to believe, but trust me. These are the only shoes you should buy for your baby. 

As you can see, Parker has worn them throughout the duration of her long life. They are the perfect soft-soled moccasin that are best for their tiny feet, especially when they are learning to walk. Something about gripping and stability, think monkeys… or at least that’s what I thought when the doctor was explaining baby walking dynamics. You’re biggest problem at this point is going to be selecting a favorite.

Moccasin images via freshlypicked.com 

Alt Summit :: Salt Lake City 2013

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It's that time of year again folks! A large sum of the design and lifestyle blogging community have descended upon Salt Lake City equipped with their best outfits and boat loads of business cards. Last year, E surprised me with a last minute ticket as my Christmas present and we combined a little Alt Summit with a little Sundance... like you do. It was pretty magical getting to live in 'real life' blog world for four days meeting more of 'your kind'. Bloggers are a special breed y'all. 

This year, I'm back….. as a speaker! Yea, you read that right…. someone is giving me a microphone. If nothing else, come for that alone! On Friday I'm presenting with some ridiculously accomplished ladies - Helen of Federated Media, Susan of Freshly Picked and Whitney of oh, ya know… Inc's top 12 list of those to follow on Twitter in 2012…. no biggie... she also wrote a book. I'm pretty ridiculously inspired by these women... they are legit! We'll be discussing everything from building an advisory board to managing passive income to the roles of rep's in the blogging world and how to make an efficient editorial calendar. If you're at Alt, come on by our panel! We've got some major surprises up our sleeves that I think you'll enjoy! 

Excited to finally see some snow! 

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