Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Pediped Lightweight Sneakers for Children [review + GIVEAWAY]

Pediped shoes have always been a favorite of our family, from the beginning! Pediped shoes have held up really well and the styles are always adorable. More importantly than that, the shoes provide the right support for growing feet. As my 3 year old is now a confident walker with a solid stride, the Pediped Flex line offers lightweight sneakers and as close to barefoot shoes for toddlers as you can get.


Scroll through to the end for a chance to WIN a pair of Pediped shoes!


Pediped Flex Force                
Pediped Flex Gehrig              
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

Disclosure: I received the product to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and are honest.

The Good
The Not So Good
High quality materials
Sizes run a little big
Adorable style

Flexible sole

Machine washable


Pediped Flex - Force athletic style sneakers in grey and lime are a great summer sneaker. While open toed sandals are usually our go to shoe in the summer, having a lightweight sneaker that is water-safe and machine washable is a must have. One of my favorite features of this shoe is the super flexible sole. The sole is made from rubber and phylon. It is more flexible than usual outsoles, which is great for providing comfort and structure. The sole reminds me a lot of barefoot shoes, which are very important for children's feet as they allow for proper foot development.

The Force's main feature is the Ultra Light Technology - breathable mesh upper, heel cushion, water-safe, machine-washable, and ultra light weight of 5 oz.

The Flex Fit System provides additional insoles that can be insert for a snugger fit as the feet grow. I've used this system before when the shoes were a little large for my son's foot and was able to get more than one season of wearing the shoes.




Fit: Pediped Flex shoes seem to fit big (half to 1 size bigger) on my son. My son has slimmer fit. Force's were about 1/2 bigger on my son. I used the Flex Fit System for a snugger fit. He was running around the house in the shoes, so they weren't too big on him. Though I will either pair them with thicker socks or wait several months before he wears them on a daily basis. The design of the shoes fit his slim foot very well.



 Results: My 3 year old son did not want to take these athletic-style sneakers off. He wore them around the house all afternoon. I like the style of the shoe because it is athletic, but more on the neutral color side with a little pop of color. The shoes open up wide enough for him to be able to get them on himself. The super flexible sole will be great for playing outdoors. These shoes are also water friendly.

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Pediped Flex - Gehrig is another sneaker style closed toed shoe in night blue with orange accents. This style reminds me more of European soccer type sneakers. These shoes are a little less atheltic looking than the Force style. Gehrig shoes are made from a synthetic upper, breathable mesh lining, flexible rubber sole, and velcro closure (2 part).

The sole is on the thinner side, which is similar to barefoot shoes and is great for developing feet.

The Flex Fit System provides additional insoles that can be insert for a snugger fit as the feet grow. I've used this system before when the shoes were a little large for my son's foot and was able to get more than one season of wearing the shoes.

Fit: The width of the shoe is pretty standard. This style fits 1/2 size large.  My son has slimmer fit. As with the Force's, using the Flex Fit System will help provide a better fit. The toe cap is a little on the smaller side.

Results: The Gehrig shoe is a great all around shoe to have in my son's closet. The style is casual enough to get dirty playing in the park, but also dressy enough to pair with khakis for church.



To Clean: Both shoes are machine washable. Allow to air dry or use a shoe drying insert in the dryer on low to medium heat. I have also found that just using a damp rag to wipe dirt off has worked well.

I would highly recommend Pediped shoes for 3 reasons:
  1. High quality design focus on shoe technology and developing feet
  2. Water-safe, washable and dryable
  3. Flexible and comfortable (rubber outsole)
I have purchased and always recommend Pediped shoes to anyone with children. The focus on shoe technology to support growing and developing feet results in comfortable shoes with adorable designs. The styles with thinner soles makes great child barefoot shoes that provide support and flexibility for growing feet.

GIVEAWAY

Enter below to win a pair of shoes from Pediped!



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Giveaway
Pediped Shoes
Winner selects boy/girl and size (Pediped will select available style)

Disclosure: All Natural Katie is not responsible for companies/sponsors who fail to ship the prize. Pediped will be shipping the prize to the giveaway winner.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

FREE Blogger Opp: Capresso Ultima Pro

Coffee is one of my favorite beverages! We have many appliances and implements to make coffee in our house. An espresso and cappuccino machine would be a great addition. Below is a FREE and paid blogger opportunity for a giveaway of an espresso and cappuccino machine. 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

3 Strategies to Become A Green Friendly Person? [ad]

Since I started this blog several years ago, I have seen more green friendly blogs and companies popping up. It is great to see this change is going strong. We are changing the future for ourselves and our children. Here are 3 strategies to lead a lifestyle that is focused on environmental health. 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I post products/services that fit within the genre of this blog.

1. Try Meatless Mondays.

One of the best ways to help the environment is to decrease the amount of animal products you consume. In fact, limiting or eliminating consumption of animal products contributes to the clearing of forests, conserves energy and water, reduces pollution, and makes more grain available to people across the globe. Nevertheless, many people who have eaten animal products throughout their life find the idea of giving this food up difficult. You can get started by singling out one day of the week in which you eat no meat. This current practice is called "Meatless Mondays." On this day, prepare a wide range of delicious vegetarian or vegan meals, including but not limited to lasagna, pasta, pizza, and rice and beans. 

2. Use Green Pesticide Products.

At some point in life, many homeowners will have to grapple with a pest invasion. When it happens, it's important to make use of green friendly products that are easy on the environment and your health. Companies like EcoRaider USA are pleased to provide residential property owners with non-toxic, naturally occurring botanical compounds that offer maximum effectiveness with low risk to you and the environment. 

3. Utilize Natural Lighting.

Another wonderful strategy you can implement to be a more green friendly person is the use of natural lighting. Artificial lighting can be replaced with LED bulbs, and this strategy helps preserve the environment at the same time that it lowers your energy bills. Also note that you can use the sun's rays as a form of natural lighting to cut down on the use of synthetic lighting methods. 

Don't Delay: Go Green Today! 

You don't have to wait to start living a green friendly lifestyle. Strategies like the above, and others, can be implemented immediately. Start with a little and increase your commitment over time to avoid getting overwhelmed. 


Monday, April 11, 2016

See Kai Run Spring Shoes for Toddlers [review]

Selecting quality shoes for toddlers is important! Providing the right support structure for developing feet as well as shoes that will hold up for more than a couple of months is critical for me. Babies feet grow very fast in the first 2 years and then slow down to about 1/2 size increase every 6 months. While you feel like you might be purchasing so many shoes in the first few years of your child's life, the investment is well worth it. See Kai Run offers high quality shoes that are comfortable and long lasting.



See Kai Run Mackinac       
See Kai Run Strive              
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
High quality materials
Some styles run a little large/loose
Adorable style

Great traction outsole




See Kai Run - Mackinac sandals in Blue with navy and orange trim are my favorite outdoor summer toddler shoe! Last year, my 2 year old son wore the Bryant sandals and he loved them! The great features of these sandals is that they are washable. Though I prefer leather shoes, washable shoes are a must have for a little boy who loves to be outside. The Mackinac sandals are made from a synthetic washable upper, padded textured footbed, and a flexible rubber outsole. See Kai Run has come out with a new rubber outsole that is more grippy, especially on wet/slick surfaces. The sandals feature a 3 point hook and loop (Velcro) closure that ensure a great fit for a skinny or a fuller foot. It also makes taking the shoes off very easy. For children's shoes, I prefer for the shoes to open up so that I can get my toddler's foot inside of them.




Fit: The length of size 8.5 fits a little bit small and the sandals are on the slimmer side. I probably should have ordered 1/2 bigger (and this was previously recommended by my See Kai Run contact). The straps cinch down very well, so I can get a good fit of the sandals around his skinny foot. These are great sandals for skinny/slim feet!



Results: We have only had a few warm days, so we have been testing the sandals inside. These sandals are very similar to the Bryant ones he wore last year, so I am confident they will work out just as well! Mackinac sandals will be great for playing in the yard or for pool/water table parties. Clean up will be easy with a few sprays of the hose or washing in the sink under cold water. The shoes dry quickly.


See Kai Run - Strive closed toed leather shoes in Blue are a great classic sneaker that is appropriate for most occasions from casual to dressy. Strive trainers are made from leather and canvas with a rubberized leather heel and toe. The insoles and lining are also made from leather, which makes the shoes breathable. The adjustable hook and loop strap and faux laces make getting the shoes on and off really easy. The outsoles are made from rubber and are scruff-resistant. This shoe also features the new outsoles from See Kai Run that are great for almost any weather conditions. No slipping on wet surfaces!


Fit: The width of the shoe is pretty standard and the shoes fit true to size. My son has been wearing with thinner socks and the shoes fit great! The shoe on the right shoes how big the opening can go. The shoe on the left shoes how tight the velco tightens. These shoes fit my toddler's slim foot very well.


Results: The Strive shoe is a great all around shoe to have in my son's closet. I wanted a shoe that was casual enough for the playground, but dressy enough for church. These shoes will even look great with shorts!


To Clean: Use a little mild detergent on a damp rag. Allow to air dry. I have also found that just using a damp rag to wipe dirt off has worked well.

How do See Kai run shoes fit?

I have ordered shoes online for my toddler a few times now. Though I feel more confident than I did the first time, it still seems to be a bit of a guessing game. The best strategy is to use the sizing guide and/or to talk to customer service about their recommendation based on the shoe style. Since my son has been wearing See Kai Run sandals and closed toed shoes, I knew what size he was in now and could account for 1/2-1 size growth.
  • Leather closed toed shoes fit relatively true to size
  • Sneakers fit relatively true to size
  • Sandals tend to run large, order 1/2 size down
  • Skimmers run small, order 1/2 size up

I would highly recommend See Kai Run shoes for 3 reasons:
  1. High quality materials (leather top/insoles and rubber outsoles)
  2. Designs are made for growing feet
  3. Comfortable
I would purchase See Kai Run shoes in the future and have been recommending them to my mom friends. I really like the selection of shoes for every season, the high quality leather materials, and the comfortable, ergonomic design that is perfect for growing feet.

Disclosure: I received the product to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and are honest.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Affordable Eucalyptus Oil [review]

My essential oil collection has grown over the years, but I still keep a few basic essential oils on hand. Eucalyptus oil is a basic essential oil that should be part of every natural medicine kit. Eucalyptus oil has so many uses, including decongestant and antibacterial uses. The Essentials Co. pure eucalyptus oil is an affordable pure essential oil.


The Essentials Co. Eucalyptus Oil       

Rating: total green check marks out of 5.
Disclosure: I received the product to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and are honest. 

The Good
The Not So Good
Generous size
Weak eucalyptus smell
Pure essential oil

Dark amber glass bottle




Eucalyptus Essential Oil (eucalyptus globulus) has an herb-like smell to it. It is very distinctive! Eucalyptus globulus is the most common essential oils recommended for its decongestant properties. The country of origin is not specified. The oil is bottled in the US. The bottle is 4 oz and is made from dark amber glass. Storing essential oils in dark glass bottles is the best way to keep the high quality and protect them from going rancid.

The benefits of eucalyptus essential oil include decongestant and antibacterial. Eucalyptus oil has been used by centuries of healers and homemakers to treat skin problems and infections, help clear congestion from colds, flus, and chronic sinus problems, and banish stains and stinking bacteria from their homes.

Our Uses: In our home, we mainly use eucalyptus essential oil as a decongestant. My favorite way to use the oil is to make a homemade chest rub by diluting eucalyptus essential oil with a carrier oil like olive oil or jojoba oil. I apply this mixture directly on the chest and sometimes on the bottom of the feet. I also like to diffuse eucalyptus essential oil and add a few drops to a warm bath or shower. In general, I find that eucalyptus essential oil helped to loosen up any mucus in the airways and allows for easier breathing.

Caution: Essential oils are very concentrated and it is recommended that it be diluted for any topical uses. If applied directly to the skin, essential oils must be diluted in an appropriate oil (Jojoba Oil and Grapeseed Oil make the best carrier oils, but can also use Sweet Almond Oil or Olive Oil). Some literature also recommends against using eucalyptus essential oil with babies and small children. Please contact your doctor or medical professional about this. While we have used eucalyptus globulus on our 3 year old son since he was about 2 years old, this is generally not recommended. We have not had any adverse reactions like coughing/asthma (even though he has outdoor related asthma), so I feel comfortable using the chest rub with him. Generally, diffusing the eucalyptus essential oil is better for babies and small children.

My Thoughts: I have been reviewing more affordable brands of essentials oils lately. While the quality is pure and the essential oils are undiluted, I have found that the more affordable brands have a weaker scent of the essential oil (when compared to more expensive brands that I own). I have done a lot of research on the quality of essential oils over the past year. My conclusion is that the more affordable essential oils might not be the first or second distillations. Some herbs/plants are put through the "process" several times, so the 4th and 5th distillations are still pure, but not as potent.



If you are looking for an affordable eucalyptus essential oil, The Essential Co. is a great choice!


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