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Melissa: Mama's New Best Friend

Brands We Love Jelly Shoes Melissa Mini Melissa Mom Style Mommy & Me Shoes

If you've been stockpiling Mini Melissa for your girls (and we've seen some AMAZING collections!), you already know about the ultrasoft rubber fabric and craveable bubblegum scent.  You definitely need a pair (or five) for yourself!  Melissas are the most comfortable shoes.  They will be your new best friend.  Clockwise from the top:  silver sparkle zig zags, rose gold fitas, black sparkle papels, rose gold zig zags, black sparkle zig zags, gold sparkle papels, black fitas.  Not pictured: matte gold fitas and grey sapatilhas are on the way! Fitas, papels, sapatilhas and zig zags are all made from the Campana mold, so...

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Run and Buy These Wings Now.

Brands We Love Butterfly Douglas Toys Gro Growing Up Smockingbird Livie & Luca Outside Smockingbird Smockingbirdies Spring Style

When a mama tipped me off to these amazing wings, I picked up a couple of them on Amazon for the Smockingbirdies.  They are such a hit!   I chose butterfly wings for the girls.  Sophie chose a multi-colored butterfly and immediately ran all over the yard flapping her wings.  Mollie picked the Monarch.  She is hilarious and fluttered around yelling "I am the queen."  Mostly I loved that the wings encouraged imaginative play and running around outside.  I'm thinking they will be great for summer. The wings are made from a lightweight nylon that floats nicely.  The vibrant colors are gorgeous (and coordinated surprisingly well with the girls' Smockingbird outfits...

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State of the Shoeniverse

Brands We Love Cats Jelly Shoes Mini Melissa Mommy & Me Pugs Shoes Smockingbird Spring Style

It's been a while!  We've been so busy shipping shoes I haven't had a moment to blog about them.  That's what we call good problems here in Smockingbirdland. So to catch everybody up, Mini Melissa launched its new line earlier this month.  It is a home run!  There are some pretty happy little girls right about now. Some of the highlights include amazing metallics, the cutest ever pugs, ducky rain boots, and Cinderella's glass slippers.  As always the little girl shoes tend to run about a size smaller than true-to-size, the big girl shoes are pretty much true-to-size, and all...

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Snow Day!

Girl Time Livie & Luca Matilda Jane Pedicure Smockingbirdies Snow Day Winter

How to spend a snow day Smockingbird style?  Pretend it's warm and have a big girl date with spring clothes and pedicures! Sophie is 6 now, and it is such a great age.  Sarah Blevins at OurLittleLifeStyle talks about how age 6 tolls the sweet spot in a mother-daughter relationship, and she's so right.   Sophie is so much fun to spend time with, and especially one-on-one.   I love that she wants to "hang out," as she says. We did a quick photo shoot modeling some of Smockingbird's new collection.  The bright colors and fun dresses were a ray of sunshine on a cold day.   We also tried out Matilda Jane's...

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Baby It's Cold Outside! Smockingbird Black Bean Soup

Growing Up Smockingbird Recipes Smockingbird Winter

This winter has been crazy cold!   It's been fun to experiment new soup recipes.  This black bean soup has quickly become a household favorite. It's one where you really can't go wrong by substituting or adding a little more or less of this or that depending on what's in the fridge.  We like to color and cook outside the lines here at Smockingbird.   Chop up some garlic and veggies.  I like to use carrots, celery, red/orange/yellow peppers.   Saute in saucepan with some olive oil until the garlic is aromatic. Add three cans of black beans.  I like the seasoned ones.  Mash them into the...

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