Today I am giving a review on a new company: Fledge Feet
We interviewed them last week and you can read that interview here.
They offer fold down high tops for kids. And as with tradition, I am going to give them a rave review. Here is why:
1. Style- These little shoes are totally stylish. With tons of colors, combos, and options, as well as the option to customize your order, you are bound to get something as stylish as your little love–boy or girl. I customized mine with a gray canvas and a black and white triangles (pictured above). I wanted something neutral and fun to go with all my little princess’ outfits. But honestly, I had a hard time choosing between all the amazing options. Mine have real suede bottoms, and came with great instructions for keeping them in great shape. Awesome!
2. They stay on- My daughter loves them because she is a girl with a shoe-fetish, and I love them because once they are on, they stay on. I have always kind of avoided the soft sole shoes because they fall off too easy. But guess what??? These don’t. They stay on really well. It is great because my little one is a runner, and shoes that slip or fall off are not cool. Not cool at all. The elastic is comfortable for my daughter, and keeps the shoe in place.
3. They are well made- Fledge Feet gets two great BIG thumbs up from me for quality of construction. They may be handmade and a small shop, but the professional design, and professional construction, are amazing! No lose threads, no messy stitches.
All-in-all these are awesome shoes! And guess what??? You have a chance to win a pair… any pair you want!
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Giveaway ends 5/20/2014 at midnight MST, so enter now!
And let’s get to the Mother’s May highlight. Today we are highlighting Elizabeth Johanson
She was nominated by Natalie Gaskin via Instagram. And her husband wrote a little bio for us. Be prepared with tissues, you will likely get teary, what an amazing woman.
Elizabeth grew up in Las Vegas with her parents and six siblings. She has always been involved with the care and nurturing of children. Some of her earliest experiences came when she was only 10 years old and babysat a colicky baby. She would take him on long walks around the neighborhood in the middle of the night as he cried. Probably not something most 10-year-olds would do, but Elizabeth had a great love for that baby, and still does to this day.
When she was 15 years old, her father died of a heart attack. With still a younger 14-year-old brother at home, much of the attention was focused on him, and how he would go through his years in high school without a father. Meanwhile, an only slightly-older Elizabeth spent many hours comforting her mother, who had lost her husband. Probably not something most teenagers would do, but Elizabeth cared more for her mother than she did for herself.
Elizabeth graduated from BYU with a bachelors in psychology, with an emphasis in abnormal psychology. She thought a degree in psychology would help her to be a better mother. Little did she know how much she would need the things she learned in college for her family.
She married Adam Johanson in May 2005. In June 2006, their first baby girl, Megan was born.
Megan at a very young age exhibited a high mental aptitude. She began reading her first words a few months before her second birthday, and could read children’s books at the age of two. But as she grew she also started exhibiting speech delay, poor eating habits, and hyper-sensitivity to tastes and sounds. As Megan began school, social problems manifested themselves. Eventually, she was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder known as Aspergers syndrome.
Elizabeth has sacrificed SO MUCH to ensure that her daughter’s needs were met. She has sacrificed everything from Friday-night babysitters to ensure Megan could be consoled during her meltdowns, to having Christmas Eve dinner at McDonald’s to ensure Megan was fed, while the rest of the extended family enjoyed their traditional feast. Probably not something most mothers would do, but the love Elizabeth has for Megan knows no bounds.
Elizabeth always tries to help Megan be able to integrate into society, by taking her to church, having her in the public school system, and signing her up for community activities. The most recent example was with the Provo city soccer league. On the very first day, the team needed a coach, and Elizabeth volunteered, although knowing very little about soccer or coaching. But she knew a lot about people, especially her little Megan. In her short time, she was able to help Megan overcome much anxiety on the soccer field, and lead her to become a confident little soccer player. Probably not all soccer moms would have done this, but Elizabeth wants only for her child to be happy and succeed.
Elizabeth’s second child Jack was born in November of 2008 with many health problems, the least of which was persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). It would eventually claim his life a few weeks later on December 29. In the face of despair, Elizabeth blogged about her experiences, often expressing her faith in God’s plan for her and her family, and her belief that she would be together with Jack again someday. Probably not all heartbroken-mothers would have done this, but Elizabeth wanted her son’s short life to be remembered as an inspiration to all who knew him.
In spite of trials she has faced in her life, Elizabeth continued having children, with Jane coming in December of 2010 and Alec in March of 2013. They are such a joy to her in her life as she continues to love and nurture them. In addition to her children, Elizabeth has 40 nieces and nephews whom she loves so much. Elizabeth is a wonderful example of someone who has exemplified being a mother her whole life, for her own children and others, from the young to the old.
Here’s a short video of Elizabeth’s girls talking about their Mom:
Can we give her some props??? I mean seriously. Leave some comment love for Elizabeth below.