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Today, I’m teaming up with Zappos and Crocs sharing how we welcome summer break at one of our favorite hangout spots!

Spring marks the start of my new year for a few reasons. The weather gets a whole lot nicer, thunderstorms start rolling in, the grass almost glows a vibrant green, and flowers come into bloom. Spring starts the countdown to 100 days of recess, lazy days, and pure unadulterated fun. Spring makes me incredibly happy with summer to follow.

Around this time last year we had a visit to the zoo and a camping trip under our belts. I’ve been feeling the pressure to get a move on, but I’m taking each day as it comes. I’m moving at a different pace, working on home projects while energized and making sure home is a place we don’t mind returning to. You ever go on an amazing trip, return home and want to do an about-face? Working on changing that.

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We’ve started our outdoor adventures by hitting the local parks. Ogden Gardens is a favorite spot of ours because of its lush trees and Japanese inspired garden. It could either spark wanderlust or hold you off until your next international adventure. At any rate, being there feels good. It’s a hot spot for photographers and weddings for obvious reasons. We’ve taken some of our best family photographs there.

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The boys feel like they’re on an exploration trekking down the trails. When I told them that we were going to a park, Jayden asked if there’d be a playground with people there. We may look into putting him in an activity so he can spend more time with kids his age. While a playground wasn’t on today’s course, nor were people, both of the boys had a blast running through the trails, jumping off of rocks and pretending to be in an action short. I stopped for a few photos as the boys played. I’m happy to be in more photos after being behind the camera for so long. Having a new look doesn’t hurt either. Daddy G has officially been promoted to Instagram Husband and will put up with my shameless shenanigans. Because.

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Having a fun little “caption this” challenge over here.

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I will never tire of spending time outdoors… during perfect weather conditions. I’d more than love to live somewhere warm and sunny year-round. A girl can dream. Until then, we’ll take advantage of the season while it’s here, getting out as much as possible. Over the last few years of trying to get out more, I’ve developed a strong appreciation for simple shoes. Everyone’s moods are much better when the boys are able to quickly get into their shoes without help. Crocs have been such a convenience for us. Last year, the boys wore their Crocs with everything, including socks. Fashion rules, who needs them?

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I have to thank my friends at Zappos for making sure the boys were set with Crocs this summer. Each of the boys got the Swiftwaters in Black and Mushroom. Crocs are Juicy’s jam because they encourage his little toddler independence. Jayden’s pretty happy that he gets a break from tying shoes for a while.

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Crocs has been on a roll and I’m impressed by their introduction of fashion forward styles in addition to the classic clogs they’re known for. I had to have the Isabella Flats for nostalgia’s sake. The design combines two memorable components from my childhood; the jelly sandal and the floral cutouts reminiscent of sandals my grandmother used to wear. Loooove them.

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Know what else I love? Zappos customer service. Their social media channels are proof. I’ve been following them for years and they are a personable team, always eager to help customers. Free shipping and returns are the icing on the cake. I actually had to return a pair of shoes because I felt the color was too close to my skin tone. I hesitated to send them back because returns are such a headache. I sent them back anyway and had a new pair in just a few days. It was so worth it.

I’m rambling.

I’m looking forward to all of what Summer holds for us all from trekking the trails to visiting playgrounds with people. All we have to do is step out and find the fun.

What I’m Wearing

Pixie Denim Jacket
Sunshine Tee
Distressed Jeans (similar)
Isabella Flats
Earrings
Anklet (similar)
Toe Nail Color
Happiness (not for sale)

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16 Comments

  • Reply Keisha Reed

    What a beautiful family! I used to love crocs back in the day. maybe it is time to check them out again.

    View Comment June 15, 2016 at 12:40 PM
  • Reply Kim

    I was on Zappos today! I was looking for some stacked heel sandals. Your daughter’s dress is so cute! I love the jellies.

    View Comment June 13, 2016 at 9:19 PM
  • Reply Anitra | The Mom on the Move

    I love Zappos and we live near the outlet in Kentucky. I don’t care for normal Crocs, but your sandals are super cute. I used to live in north central Indiana, so I’m guessing you’re from somewhere around Merrillville or Valpo. The NW = no one will ever know what in talking about, have it away.

    View Comment June 13, 2016 at 1:05 PM
    • Reply Sheena Tatum

      Valpo is right! I usually tell people I’m near Chicago since no one ever knows what the heck I’m talking about, lol!

      View Comment June 13, 2016 at 7:56 PM
  • Reply Eva

    Those shoes are too cute! They remind me of the jelly shoes that I begged my mom for back in the 80’s. I’m heading over to the site right now to check them out :)

    View Comment June 13, 2016 at 12:05 PM
  • Reply Tia

    I love how crocs have changed it up. I’m not a fan of the traditional ones but those look cute and comfy.

    View Comment June 13, 2016 at 6:39 AM
  • Reply Tia

    I have never been a fan of the traditional clog style Crocs but the ones you wore were cute. I would have never guessed those were Crocs.

    View Comment June 13, 2016 at 2:03 AM
  • Reply Christine @Moms 'N Charge®

    I am loving those Isabella flats. Now I have to run over to crocs to see what else they have, cause clearly I’ve been sleeping! You have a beautiful family and yay for the Instagram Husband LOL

    View Comment June 13, 2016 at 12:39 AM
  • Reply Joyce Brewer

    I just ordered two pairs for Crocs for me and my son this summer. Can’t wait to slip them on!

    View Comment June 12, 2016 at 4:14 PM
  • Reply Mimi Green

    I’m a big Zappos fan and have been for years. I have a pair of thong sandals by Crocs that are the comfiest ever.

    View Comment June 12, 2016 at 10:23 AM
  • Reply Bijee

    I love crocs! Hey have come a long way. One of my favorite pairs of shoes is my croc flip flops. They feel like they massage my feet as I walk.

    View Comment June 11, 2016 at 2:40 PM
  • Reply Ty

    Cute shoes. Love the Cross. The ones you had on were super cute. I’m going to order myself a pair.

    View Comment June 10, 2016 at 9:30 AM
  • Reply traceykinohio

    Okay, first off (the way I start a rant); YOUR HAIR IS FRICKIN’ GORGE-GORGE!!! What a surprise when I clicked on the link! I SO want to go natural and short, but my the upkeep for me just won’t let me be great. Your look is right on time for hot summer days. Secondly, again – I love your post w/your family. It truly makes me smile. Thirdly – Akilah is totally yumz!! :-)

    View Comment May 27, 2016 at 2:53 PM
    • Reply Sheena Tatum

      Thanks so much! I’m loving the ZERO hair maintenance! I can’t wait to roll in the sand, run through splash pads, and jump in a pool and lake with no worries. I will try to get more posts up of us all together and of course more of Akilah in her cute outfits. :-D

      View Comment June 13, 2016 at 8:01 PM

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