I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Stride Rite. I received products to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation. All opinions are my own.
For Halloween this year my family will be dressing up as Disney mummies. My four year old daughter is very excited to go trick or treating with her best neighbor friend. Of course the mommies will be tagging along but at just four years old she is completely sure they can handle the night with out us. I will easily be able to spot my daughter in a crowd of children in costume because she will be wearing Stride Rite shoes.
My daughter has had wide feet from the time she was a baby. I was frustrated as a new mom with a cute baby I couldn’t dress up in frilly shoes. That’s until I discovered Stride Rite. Most of their shoes came in wide sizes and my daughter’s chubby little feet fit into them perfectly. Her first steps were taken in Stride Rite shoes and she’s been wearing them ever since.
My husband and I have taken our daughter out every year to trick or treat. Last year was the first year she didn’t get pushed in a stroller. We pulled her and our little neighbor around the neighborhood in a wagon. This year my daughter and our neighbor will be walking. Comfortable shoes are definitely necessary to keep up with a big night of trick or treating. My daughter is very excited to wear her new Racer Lights™ by Stride Rite Starpower shoes with her Disney mummy costume. I am happy knowing I will easily be able to see my daughter if she is running ahead with a group of children. The new speed light sensor technology actually tracks footsteps and uses a step counter to change the sequence of lights on the sides of the shoes. The lights work in a chase sequence until fast feet start running and the lights change to a strobe. The shoes are great for everyday wear and I’m sure after Halloween my daughter will be racing all her friends in preschool to activate the strobe lights.
When I made my daughter’s Disney mummy costume, I left extra fabric on the bottom of the pants to wrap around her shoes. The velcro strap on the top of the shoes perfectly held the fabric in place.
The shoes give her costume a great pop of color and the lights will make her easily seen when we are out after dark trick or treating.
The great selection of Stride Rite shoes makes it easy to complete your Halloween costume. The character shoes are perfect for themed costumes and the lights give your child extra visibility for night time Halloween fun.
Safety is a top priority on Halloween. In addition to making sure my daughter can be seen at night, we never let her go to a door alone. She is still young and we are with her every step of trick or treating but she prefers for us to wait on the sidewalk while she knocks on the doors to ask for candy. I’m happy to stay behind if I can clearly see her but if the door is not directly in front of the sidewalk, I go with her to knock. My daughter also gets very excited to see pets in costume on Halloween and I get nervous each time she runs over to pet a dog. With so many dogs in our neighborhood, a quick reminder that we always ask owners before petting is important before we go out on Halloween.
Do you do anything special to make sure you have a safe and comfortable Halloween?
Getting my daughter to sleep in her own bed has been a struggle over the past several years. I truly feel each parenting situation is unique and sometimes co-sleeping with your child is planned. Our parenting plan did not include our daughter sleeping in our bed and I have tried so many different ways to get her comfortable in her own room. She quickly learned how to get anything she wanted with the promise of trying to sleep in her room. Did you catch that? “Trying” to sleep in her room. We can’t be upset when the expectation is simply attempting to do her best.
A couple of years ago she told me she would definitely sleep in her own room if she had a “stuffy monster.” She explained it was a nice monster that kept all the other monsters out of her room at night. When I asked where she learned about it she told me she had seen it at Target. I suggested we go and buy it immediately and in her sweet little three year old voice she responded, “maybe tomorrow.” Fully knowing there was no stuffy monster at Target I asked her to draw a picture of it so I could create the nice monster that would have her sleeping in her own room.
My daughter drew a picture of the monster and I got to work at my sewing machine. I consulted her every step of the way to make sure we were getting the monster just right.
She selected a green striped fabric and blue thread for the face of the monster.
Then we added an orange eye, white ears, and a smile.
Yarn for hair, blue legs, and rainbow stars on the back were all selections made by my daughter. I sewed the pieces together and she helped stuff the monster before her new friend was complete.
She loved her new “stuffy monster” but he quickly found a new home in her toy box. Although the new friend didn’t convince her to sleep in her own bed, I love that I have a keepsake of her creativity.
Years later my daughter is still sleeping in my bed but we are continuing to work on getting her comfortable in her own room.
From the time my daughter was a baby she has been a very picky eater. She is usually willing to try new things but rarely ever requests anything other than peanut butter sandwiches or tuna for lunch. I recently shared quick tips for a beach day and showed you some of our favorite food items to bring along, including Bumble Bee Tuna Salad with Crackers. In addition to the prepackaged meals when we are on the go, we eat a lot of other Bumble Bee food products in our home. They recently sent me a few of their products to sample and I had some fun using them to make a creative lunch for my daughter. She loved her garden snail lunch!
I usually use Bumble Bee canned tuna in casserole dishes and the tuna pouches to pack in lunches when we are away from home. I was excited to receive a package of both cans and pouches.
Bumble Bee tuna products are heart healthy and dolphin safe!
To make the easy garden snail lunch you need:
- (1) flour tortilla
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
- tuna (can or pouch)
- grapes (not pictured)
Begin by spreading a layer of tuna and cheese on top of the tortilla. Microwave for 30 seconds if you prefer melted cheese.
Roll up tortilla and roll into snail shape.
Add slices of carrots for the snail’s antennas and smile. Use the raisin(s) for eyes. Use half of a piece of celery and grapes to make a tree. Slice the other half of the celery piece to make grass.
Don’t feel silly if you make a garden snail lunch plate for yourself too! My daughter and I both enjoyed our fun lunches together.
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Disclosure: I received complimentary products but all opinions are my own.