Falling For These Boots

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This post is sponsored by Børn Shoes


Folks, I’m just going to put it out there. I am a fan of boots. (You probably know this, however. I mean, NOT REALLY A SECRET, SARAH.) I love boots. Knee-high, bootie, over-the-knee, flat, heeled, you name it, I’m probably coveting at least 10 pairs at this very moment.

So, I’m thinking we probably should talk about the newest addition to my boot collection, this gorgeous pair of over-the-knee suede boots by Børn Shoes. (The Kathleen Boot in Marmotta, to be exact. Details, friends.) This boot is gorgeous. Will you look at that rich chocolate suede? That right there is the perfect shade that pairs seamlessly with anything, and the comfort level is fantastic.


The are a few cool things about this boot that I’d like to point out. First off, the soles are hand-stitched all the way from the toe up to the heel, which means the shoe is much more flexible to walk in AND (bonus) lasts a lot longer that shoes that have been glued together. This hand-sewn construction is actually an old world technique that Børn has been using for years. Faaancy.

Also? RUBBER SOLES. (A huge factor in the comfort level, I suppose.) But not just comfort, though. These puppies will be great during the winter, as some of my leather-soled boots tend to bite the dust.



I’m a big fan of over-the-knee boots, especially in the dead of winter when my legs tend to feel more like frozen blocks of ice than actual human limbs. I’m planning on wearing these again and again and again.


The Kathleen Boot by Børn is available at select Nordstrom retailers and nordstrom.com.

This post is sponsored by Børn Shoes


Penny Candy Books


If I had to make a wager…I would put my money on the majority of you all loving books as much as I do.

(I mean, come on now, we go waaayyyyy back, don’t we? We’re friends! I’ve shared a lot. You know, about my crazy.)

((p.s. – You should whisper “my crazy” when reading that aloud. Makes it more mysterious. Yeah, whisper that too.))

(((p.p.s. – I’m no longer afflicted with GOCD, if you were wondering. Something about that second kid and being too busy to give a flying shit if your little one is licking the floor.)))

Wait. Where was I?

Oh! Yes! BOOKS. So, Penny Candy Books is new on the scene, and ohhhh so needed. Their mission is to publish children’s literature that reflects the diverse realities of the world we live in, both at home and abroad. This means seeking out books by and about people and subjects that speak to a broad range of human experience, raising up each other’s voices so that we can rise up together.

If we all can agree on one thing (especially given the current social climate), it’s that we need diverse books in the hands of our children. Am I right? If we can’t celebrate diversity with our children through the beauty of reading, how will they learn?

The first two titles from Penny Candy’s catalog are A Gift From Greensboro and The Not In Here Story.


A Gift From Greensboro (ages 5 and up) is written by Quraysh Ali Lansana with gorgeous illustrations by Skip Hill.



This book is a celebration of the magic of childhood friendship and adventure, and a meditation on growing up in the wake of the sit-ins that ushered in the Civil Rights Movement. It is such a wonderful way to initiate discussion with your children about social justice and the civil rights movement. Also, a reminder that true friendship knows no boundaries. Love this book, as it has sparked some great conversations with my kids.


The second book, to be released Nov. 8th (preorder on Amazon!), is The Not In Here Story (ages 3 and up) written by Tracey Zeeck (her tweets are some of my favorites) with illustrations by David Bizarro. This adorable yet poignant book looks at adoption through the lens of infertility, and following the same trajectory of all Penny Candy Books, opens up the lines of communication with your children about pertinent issues.


All in all, it’s such a lovely book about love and family, and Whoorlita absolutely adores it. It is currently holding the #1 spot in our bedtime story rotation. Warm fuzzies all around with this one.

Many incredible books still to come from this publisher –  you can check out the current catalog here. Cheers to Penny Candy Books for raising awareness and fostering growth and positive dialogue with our youth!


Odds and Ends


1. Lie vs. lay sometimes throws me for a loop. Misused words that make smart people look dumb.

2. Okay. The #muslimsreportstuff Twitter tag is hilarious.

3. MY EYES! MY EYES! Someone will actually buy this house. Maybe.

4. Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature this week, but should he have? Some valid points here.

5. Oh! Shopping enabler alert. Shopbop is doing their big fall promo, but today is the last day! 25% off all orders, and 30% off orders over $500 with the code MAINEVENT16.

6. CoverGirl announced their first male spokesperson. LOVE!

7. October is a really fun month for us. I have a feature in Metro Family Magazine (including a peek at our home), and Dustin’s studio was featured in a shoot for Territory OKC. So honored!

8. It’s getting colder. That means black tights season is back. Do you wear tights?

9. Oh. Ohhhhhhh. Probably not a good idea to go after Beyoncé, Trump. #beyhiveisgonnagetya

10. And if you missed the debate last week, here’s what happened.

11. Have you seen the teaser for the second season of Stranger Things? Can’t wait to watch.

12. 5 doable ways to increase the love in your life. I like this. A lot.

image credit: anna kövecses