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DEFINITELY NOT a Memorial Day Sale!

Posted by Jodi Gallaer on

There is no easy way to say this, but I am a complete and utter failure when my son asks me tough questions. Let me give you an example, when my youngest son asked about his non-verbal autistic brother, "Why can't my brother talk?"

I am standing there like a deer caught in headlights. My mind was racing. How do I explain this to my then, 7 year old son? I have these huge eyes and my mouth wide open hoping that my brain will come up with something quick. I am in a panic and my son is looking at me for an answer and then...... My husband over hears and he is able to quickly come up with an eloquent answer about how we are all different. He says that my oldest was born with certain challenges that we are lucky that we don't have. (And it was worded even nicer than that, but I can't remember it exactly.) I am still standing there with my mouth wide open trying to recover from my panic and horror that I was going to have to come up with an answer. This is me. And this was just one example. 

So the other day my son says, "Memorial Day is about shopping and getting a day off from school." Again, I am just standing there with my mouth wide open trying to come up with an eloquent way to explain to an 8 year old that that is definitely not what Memorial Day is about. And then I am thinking what kind of a crappy parent am I that my son has NO IDEA on what this day represents and the sacrifices that these men and women have made for this country. The ultimate sacrifice. So I said, "What? NOOOOOOOO. That is NOT what Memorial Day is about." (I know-- epic fail.) Then my husband came home and did a much better job explaining about our military and our freedoms and how much we owe to these men and women that we are honoring. (I just can't come up with these things without hours of thought.)

I am so grateful for all of the freedoms that I get to enjoy. I can vote. I can express my political beliefs without worrying about being carted off to jail. I can practice my religion in peace or not practice at all. I can drive. I can be what I want to be. And I can shop at Memorial Day sales! My family enjoys a peaceful day to day existence. The list goes on and on. They are all things I take for granted but I owe it to the soldiers that lost their lives defending our freedom. 

So I am happy to say that my son no longer things today is a shopping holiday. We are having a sale. I think it is a win/win.

 

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Happy Mother's Day!

Posted by Jodi Gallaer on

We sell kid's shoes and clothing and accessories, so it is no surprise that a lot of our customers are moms. I have been so fortunate to talk to a lot of our customers over the years. And sometimes they ask, "How do you do it? How do you manage the kids and the business? And I am telling you my secrets. I don't. I really don't. I just do the best I can. BUT, I have another secret weapon- my mom. I call her my co-parent. She makes the lunches, helps with homework, and has the most special relationship with my sons. I owe her everything. And when I don't think I can make it work she is there to make sure that my boys have everything they need. Mommy, I know you are going to hate it if you ever see this blog post. And I know that you think that I don't appreciate you, but from the bottom of my heart I am truly grateful. 

So Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there. And Happy Mother's Day to my mom- the best mom and grandma in the entire world. She helps with homework, walks the dog, and make sure we have what we need. Love you mom!

mom 

 

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We are making our website accessible!

Posted by Jodi Gallaer on

 Look we're famous! (sort-of) Thanks to our friends at google for featuring us in their new video about website accessibility. We're trying to make the web more inclusive. (One website at a time.) 

 

 

 

 

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Made in Spain

Posted by Jodi Gallaer on

Sometimes my phone reminds me of important milestones and anniversaries- my boys' first steps, first day of school, first vacation together as a family, etc. Today it reminded me that five years ago I began my love affair with Spanish shoes. (An odd anniversary for most people, but one of the most important for me.) 

May 8th, 2013 was my first visit to Spain and its wonderful shoe factories. Love, wouldn't begin to describe how I felt about a country and its shoe artisanship. The best way to describe both the culture and shoe-making of Spain is warm. Factories take a lot of pride and ownership over their art. Factories are still family-owned and the craft has been honed over generations. Leathers are unique and so are the shoes.

Spanish factories specialize in small batches of shoes not the large quantities you see at the big department stores. Sometimes we'll make 6 pairs of shoes in a particular style. You may have THE ONLY shoe of that kind (in that size) that was ever made.  I think there is something to be said for uniqueness, creativity and originality. It's why you see so many fun colors and styles on our site. And if you don't see what you like, let me know. Because we are always open to requests. 

I think the new tagline for Spain should be- 

Made in Spain with LOVE. (But that is just my two cents.) 

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What's Happening...

Posted by Jodi Gallaer on

Hi, it's me Jodi again. It has been awhile since we posted on our blog. Now that spring is quickly approaching, I thought I would give you a quick update on what you will see on Just Shoes for Kids. 

Introducing a new brand!!!! Yea!!! 

It is always very exciting when we buy new brands. It is one of my favorite parts of buying shoes. Here are the thoughts that go through my head as I buy--- "Oh WOW our customers are going to LOVE these. I will take one in every color." "OK, maybe not one in EVERY color. Let's just try a few." And then I let you, our favorite customers decide if we buy more next season. 

So drum roll please..........

Atlanta Mocassin

We bought mocs! That is the Atlanta Mocassin iconic style. (I guess it is sort of obvious since it is in their brand name.) These gorgeous shoes are made in Portugal. (A country I would love to visit one day.) I picked a couple of basic colors and a couple of fashion colors. I hope you like them! 

Atlanta Mocassin

 

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