At 9 months old, Emery masters the art of pulling himself up, and is now walking around while holding on to furniture. We felt the time was right to have him start practicing with proper shoes on. Especially when we take him to places and the floor isn’t necessarily as clean as it is here at home.
So, we headed to a local shoe store yesterday and tried on several pairs. I quickly realized that shoelaces were not a good idea when you’re dealing with little feet moving all over the place. So, I narrowed down my search to velcro fastening, and eventually settled for this pair by “Shoo Pom“. It’s a French brand, which is always a plus in my book. 💙
This particular pair is called “Bouba New Scratch” and is available here. The exact color is named “Paris navy grey orange”. As long as there’s “Paris” in it, I’m good. 😊 Emery had a blast trying them on. He stood up quite easily, sat down, crawled around, then suddenly got fascinated with the white soles. Hehe. My first impression is that the shoes definitely offer good support and don’t seem to bother him while moving around. I can’t wait for him to try them on again this afternoon!
Shopping mission accomplished! I’m not gonna lie; getting his very first pair of proper walking shoes does feel slightly emotional. And you can bet we will keep these shoes forever, for memory’s sake. 💕
I’ll be honest: I absolutely hate shopping for shoes. It’s always so difficult to find a pair that is:
-1- Not ridiculously expensive
-2- Feels comfortable
-3- Seems solid enough to survive at least one year of normal wear
So I walked into the first shoe store – which I will not name, but it’s a popular one – and basically everything was of poor quality and 90% was uncomfortable as Hell. I don’t do the whole “breaking in” approach with shoes. Because let’s face it: there is no guarantee that an uncomfortable shoe will ever become comfortable. It either fits nicely or it doesn’t.
I had my eyes set on one pair that felt quite alright, which was bang on budget at 70€ (priced down from 90€). But then this random girl snatched them right in front of my face as I was about to take the box to buy them. I will skip the whole drama that unfolded next. So to cut a long story short: I went to the store across the street while mumbling to myself “I didn’t even like them anyway.” And that’s when I found this pair of lovely Scapa booties!
I tried them on and they fit like a glove. They were well around my budget too, with a price of 75€ (priced down from 150€! wow). Definitely a good deal! Even better than the shoes I didn’t get from the other store, which had a smaller discount and were synthetic; while these are real leather.
With the holidays coming up soon, I was about to buy a new batch of tea lights. You know, the kind you get in a bag of 50 for 5€. Then it crossed my mind that the last ones I used smelled really bad. They literally smelled like car exhaust. I was pretty confused as to how that was possible. But then I realized that paraffin wax (which tealights are made of) is actually a petroleum byproduct. A quick search confirmed my worries. It turns out that paraffin candles are really quite toxic. Obviously, they’re not supposed to stink like the last batch I bought. But in a way I’m glad they were poorly made. Because – while they are usually treated to be odourless – they ALL pollute the air at home, and that lousy batch is what brought it to my attention. I just couldn’t believe how such a common and innocent looking household item could be such a health hazard.
Most candles are made of paraffin wax, which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens). In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes.
This was enough to make me throw all my paraffin candles in the trash! Honestly, I don’t think I will ever burn paraffin candles again. And apparently the scented kind is even worse, as it obviously contains additional crap. So, that’s when I found out about a healthy alternative: beeswax candles. I had heard of them before, but really didn’t know jack about them. It turns out that not only do they not pollute the air, they actually even purify it. Crazy, right? I’m not gonna get into a detailed scientific explanation, but here’s a great article that explains it all, if you’re interested (scroll down to “How beeswax candles clean the air”). Apparently, for some people, it can even soothe asthma and allergies.
So I just had to give it a try!
I wasn’t quite sure where I could possibly buy them. I really don’t know any store in my area that sells such candles. And while Etsy is my go-to alternative site, most items on there ship from the US, meaning that shipping cost is absolutely ridiculous. That’s when I randomly remembered a bunch of e-mails I had been receiving from a website that sells all kinds of eco-friendly products. I’m assuming somebody signed up on that website using my email address (Lisa isn’t exactly an original name), and so I’ve been getting all their promo mail ever since. I don’t know why I never bothered to mark it as spam. But to make a long story short: I finally checked out that site, found beeswax candles right away, and on top of that: it turns out they are located in Belgium, so shipping is super fast and cheap! What were the odds? So I placed my order on Friday and received my package on Monday :-)
I figured the point is to basically re-use the glass holder. And as I wasn’t sure how messy beeswax can get, I didn’t want to risk ruining one of my candle holders. So I purchased the pack that includes one.
They are made in Germany by a small company named “Lichtblick“, so I’m happy to say that my money went to support our European economy!
They smell REALLY nice! The wax itself smells a lot like honey. Which isn’t surprising, since it’s wax made by bees … duh. But I still wasn’t expecting it to smell at all. Once the candle is lit though, there’s no honey smell whatsoever. And in fact, after a while, the air in the room literally smells like it’s been purified. I know, because I used to own one of those electric air purifiers when I lived in North Carolina. And that’s exactly what it reminds me of. So I guess it’s true that burning beeswax cleans the air.
The store I ordered these from is sebio.be. I’m kind of glad that someone mistakenly signed up on their site using my e-mail address, because that’s how I discovered them. And I have to say, I’m one happy customer! They even included two free lollipops to thank me for my purchase :-)
A quick search revealed that these 100% natural lollipops come from this company: www.biomoments.com and are made in Spain.
Who else has tried these already? They’ve been out for more than 4 weeks now and probably won’t be around for much longer. First of all: how cute is the packaging? 😍 It is actually bigger than the regular Tic Tac boxes.
This limited edition was released to promote the “Despicable Me” prequel movie; “Minions”, and comes in a sweet banana flavor. 🍌 The packaging exists in three versions I think, but my local store only had Kevin and Stuart. I’m guessing Bob was sold out. And the Kevin I bought was the last one on the shelf. Obviously, nobody likes Stuart.
Now, as usual, the American and Australian version is much funner, because each piece of candy has the face of a minion printed on it; as shown on this blog. While us Europeans get plain yellow sweets. They don’t really smell like banana. More like brown sugar. And the taste varies between banana and chewing gum, depending on how much you stuff in your mouth lol It’s hard not to empty the entire thing at once. Basically, Tic Tac can release any flavor they want, it’s always gonna taste good! I’m guessing they will be supplied for as long as the movie is being played in theaters. Which I’m assuming will be for the rest of August. And then I suppose they will start to disappear from the stores come September or October at the latest. They’re not even advertised on Tic Tac USA’s website anymore. So if you want to give these a try: it’s now or never!
Who’s tried the new Coca Cola Life? This chick right here! It’s been around for several months. I know I’m on the late train, but I finally bought one. It’s meant as a healthier alternative to the original red bottle, without heavily processed sugar. And is instead sweetened with the more natural and zero calorie Stevia extract. 🌱
The taste? It tastes like original Coke! Except maybe slightly more watery. Kind of like some sparkling water was added to a regular Coke.
Would I buy it again? Yes. I have a sweet tooth, so my sugar intake is something I try to keep track of. When I notice I’ve been consuming too much sugar in a day, this could be my go-to alternative if I’m craving a Coke afterwards, but want to keep the sugar and calories to a somewhat decent level.
Is it my favorite Coke? I’m an original red bottle kind of girl, so I’m afraid nothing will ever replace it! The “Life” version is a good alternative though! Thumbs up. 👍