Monday, July 25, 2016

Casual Family Style

This post is brought to you in partnership with Shoe Carnival.
All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

One of the best parts about summertime is getting the chance to spend more time together as a family.  Because my husband & I both work from home, we have a regular schedule for the kids most days (so we can still get our work done), but we set aside one day a week for what we call “Adventure Day”.  We take off the day from work, drive somewhere & spend the afternoon doing a family activity or exploring a new area.  It’s become one of our favorite traditions and it’s so nice to have that special time together to look forward to every single week.
Earlier this month, for our adventure day, we drove up to Niagara Falls.  We’ve been several times before to the Canada side, but this time our goal was two-fold: to view the falls from the New York side & to pick up some new shoes at the Shoe Carnival store in Niagara (our closest location).  Because I have two kids who are very active, they tend to be pretty hard on their shoes.  I’ve learned my lesson that it’s better to buy them good quality footwear so they hold up well through all the inevitable wear & tear.  So I was happy to find that Shoe Carnival carries a wide selection of brand name shoes for less + they have very regular sales on top of their already low prices.  Read on below to see the styles we picked & our full reviews!

My daughter definitely has a sporty tomboy style – she loves dresses and jewelry, but when it comes to shoes, she’s all about comfort (girl after my own heart!).  She had a pair of Converse hi-tops from the winter that she wore until they fell apart, so it was only fitting that she get a fun colorful pair for summer that she can wear with sundresses & shorts.  We found that these ran about a half size big, so if you’re ordering online, you might want to size down or order two sizes just to be safe.

On her:
Old Navy Vest (similar), Old Navy Dress (similar), c/o Converse Sneakers

My son loves his athletic gear and would probably wear gym shorts & tees 24/7 if I let him.  We are pretty loyal to the NIKE brand since my husband worked at their headquarters for 7 years when we lived in Oregon.  So, when he spotted these bright blue sneakers, there was no talking him out of them.  I love that they are supportive and well made, but they still make a stylish statement.  If you’re not familiar with NIKE shoes, they run a bit narrow, so you may need to size up to get the perfect fit (especially if your son has a wider foot).

On him:
Despite all my best bleaching efforts, the white canvas sneakers I’ve owned for years weren’t looking so white anymore.  So I decided it was finally time to retire them & find a new pair.  This classic style is so comfortable & the leather laces give them up a grown-up feel.  I like that I can just slip them on without having to fuss with tying them + the plush cushioning makes them super comfortable for all our weekend adventures.

What I'm wearing:
Old Navy Sweater (similar here or here), Gap Denim Shorts (similar), c/o Sperry Sneakers, Zara Bag (similar)


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