My Toddler’s NEW Shoes Were Made to Be Played In!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stride Rite. All opinions are 100% mine.


I’ve never been much of a shoe person.  Growing up, my feet were always different sizes and one shoe never fit quite right.  So, when it came to my kids, I carried on that tradition of not being much of a shoe person.  In fact, my babies typically go barefoot (or sock footed, depending on the season) until they can walk.  Since I don’t like to pick shoes out, I’ve been procrastinating on making our first shoe purchase for my baby.


Recently, my skinny little baby, transitioned into a toddler!  She’s now walking EVERYWHERE!  And the poor girl had no shoes that fit any more.  We actually did have several pair of baby shoes that someone had given me, but she rarely wore them and they never seemed to fit quite right.


Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out a pair of Stride Rite shoes, so naturally, I jumped at the chance.  It was perfect timing for us, as my newly turned toddler needed her first real pair of shoes and it would make me stop procrastinating.


I have heard so many amazing things about Stride Rite through the years, so I just knew that I’d be happy with their shoes.  Sure enough, they’re amazing!  We are trying the Made 2 Play Collection, because I was reading that they are machine washable!  I know my toddler will need that nice little feature…as you never know when she’ll choose to run straight through a mud puddle (which ironically just happened a few days ago)!


Here are some other features that we love about the Made 2 Play Collection:

  • They have a grip & go strap that makes shoes easy for kids to put on & take off by themselves
  • The toe of the shoe is reinforced for durability
  • Each shoe has a memory foam insole for added comfort
  • They have an anti-stink lining that helps keep shoes odor-free  (Yes, please!)
  • They are designed with dirt-shedding soles
  • High user ratings – consistently 4.5 – 5 star reviews

We went into the Stride Rite store in Tulsa to pick out our shoes.  They had several different pairs to pick from, but my favorite Stride Rite Made 2 Play for girls shoe was the Mary Janes.  Aren’t they adorable?  (they also have Stride Rite Made 2 Play for boys)



The staff at the store quickly sat her down and measured her foot to make sure she’s in the right size.  They checked the width of her feet to make sure they get her into a shoe that fits well.  The stores carry all of the varying widths of shoes that your children may need, too, so no more searching for wide shoes in your size!   The staff is amazing and make the shoe purchase go smoothly and quickly!



Quinnly wasn’t sure she could actually walk with shoes on, but she was determined to try out her new shoes right away.  She was so proud of herself walking through the mall, with them on her feet. There was no stroller riding for that little princess any more.  At least not for a while!


Since we bought them, she’s always very eager to get her new shoes on again and is already trying to get them on all by herself. She’s still a little young for that, but once she gets her fine motor skills under control, I’m sure she’ll be well on her way!



If you’re interested in learning more about Stride Rite, be sure to visit them in the mall or online.  Any Sidetracked Sarah readers can get a 20% off discount on their online order by entering code STRIDETRACKED at checkout. (Valid through June 30th).  If you order online, they have a neat little sizing tool that you can print out and use, so you’re sure to have the correct size for your child.  If you’d rather visit them in the store, you can use the Store Locator tool on their site, to see where the closest store to you is.


Be sure to check out Stride Rite on Facebook and Instagram.


Have you tried the Made 2 Play Collection at Stride Rite?  What do you think of them?  What’s your favorite style?


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***HOT*** Get Paid $3.08 to Buy Diapers – Limited Time – HURRY!!

I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled crockpot recipes this week, to share a couple of deals.  Remember the company where we got the Big Hero 6 DVD for free?  I know it seemed like it may have been a scam, but I’m here to tell you, that I actually did this deal and got paid for it and it is legitimate!  It was no scam.  I got my money back that I paid for that DVD.  All $16 of it!

Huggies Diapers

Tonight, I just learned of a great deal from the same company, Top Cash Back, to where you can buy a pack of Huggies diapers for $18.97, at Walmart, selecting free site to store shipping and get $21 cash back credited to your account.  If you follow my instructions, you will get paid!  This deal is good for new customers only, but they do not limit the amount of accounts each household has.  If your husband, daughter, son, mother, etc., hasn’t signed up, you can still do this deal.  Here’s a quote from their site:


This offer is available to new TopCashback members only.  However as TopCashback doesn’t limit accounts to one per household, if you’re an existing member now’s the perfect time to tell your husband or wife, mom or dad, roommate, neighbor or anyone else about TopCashback and perhaps they’ll share their freebie with you.



If you’re ready to do the deal, here’s your instructions:


  • Go sign up for a new account at TopCashback
  • Go directly to the offer page here.
  • Click the “Get Offer” button and it will take you to
  • Order a package of Huggies Snug and Dry diapers ($18.97 value) (be sure to select free in-store pickup to save on shipping).
  • DO NOT order anything but a single package of diapers on this order(or it will not credit you correctly)
  • You will receive a $21 credit in your Top Cash Back account within 7-14 days of picking your diapers up.
  • Once your cash back is deposited into your TopCashBack account, you can choose to have a a transfer to your checking account or Paypal, or you can earn an additional 2.5% cash back by having it put on an Amazon gift card.


This offer is only valid until April 21st, but they usually sell out WAY before that.  Hurry and get your order in!  Even if you don’t need diapers, you probably know someone who does or will be attending a baby shower at some point.  This is well worth it!  If you don’t want to do that, feel free to send your diapers to me!  With 2 in diapers, we go through a lot of money in diapers.  (OK, just kidding about that last part….feel free to give ’em away to those closest to you!)  


I’ll be sharing another great deal with you tomorrow!

My Happy Baby’s First Christmas Made Easier

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Happy Family Products for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.


December is a really busy month for us!  Not only are we getting ready for Christmas, but we also have a birthday celebration right before Christmas in our family.  My oldest daughter turns 15 this week.  Her birthday request was to take an overnight shopping trip with a couple of friends.  That worked great for me, because I still needed to finish Christmas shopping.  The only problem is, that even though my teen and I had a lot of shopping we could do, I still needed to take my 9 month old baby along with us.  She’s still nursing, so she doesn’t get away from mom much, but she can be a challenge when we’re out and about for very long.



I recently received a box of goodies from Happy Family Brands full of healthy organic food options for my baby.  Before we left on our trip, I packed anything that would make my life easier while I was out Christmas shopping and driving in the van.  I was so thankful for the Organic Puffs.  When she gets fussy, the only thing that will divert her attention is putting food in her mouth!  We were able to keep the Puffs available and any time she would fuss, we’d give them to her, prolonging her periods of happineess.  A huge score for me!  (In the picture at the top, she was enjoying them at the hotel…while she waited for our next adventure.)  All through the month of December, while I’ve been running here and there, trying to get caught up on Christmas shopping and decorating, we’ve been using these delicious snacks and foods to keep little Quinnly going.  She’s LOVES them and will squawk really loud until she gets the next bite.


Benefits of Happy Family Baby Foods


  • Organic ingredients = safe ingredients with no chemicals
  • Packed with added DHA
  • Sweetened with 100% Fruit Juice
  • Made with organic whole grains
  • Choline is added for eye and brain health
  • Moms don’t have to worry, knowing their babies are eating food that is good for them!

I hope you’ll take the chance to get to know the Happy Family products as well.  I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed!  Visit the Happy Family website to learn about organic baby and toddler food.


Giveaway & Coupon

Join Happy Family on Facebook and enter to win during December’s #TistheSqueezin giveaways!

Also, you can Enjoy a $1 off coupon for Happy Family baby food pouches.

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