How Long Do Converse Shoes Last?

I bought my first pair of converse October 23, 2015 for $58.96. I hardly ever spend that much on casual shoes, but I've heard great things about Converse. Plus as a mom of three toting around a baby in the winter, I knew my heeled boots just weren't practical.

I was looking forward to a good 5 years or so with these shoes, but the quality just doesn't seem to be what I had hoped it was. I'm assuming it had something to due with the fact that Converse was bought by Nike in June of 2003. Quality materials were likely swapped for cheaper ones that didn't last as long.

Sadly, on June 2, 2017, I threw my very first of converse in the trash. They were officially done. They lasted me 1 year, 7 months, and 10 days.

I had ordered some Palladium Flex Slip-Ons, but didn't like the look and feel of them, so I returned them.

In the meantime, I've just decided to stick with my current set of flip-flops and sandals for the summer, and maybe by the time fall rolls around, I'll wear my good old boots with the heels.

How long do your Converse shoes last? Leave a comment below. As always, I read and respond to each and every one.  



How My Kids Are Earning Electronics Time This Summer

I hope you're enjoying the summer so far! More than anything, I want my kids to have experiences they remember from the summer... not just video games, tv shows, and movies. So, in an effort to get them to do more, I've created a schedule of how they can earn 45 min of electronics time each day.

They pick one activity or activity pair to complete. By allowing them to choose, they're more likely to do it, as they feel they're in control. I've found giving my kids autonomy is always a plus in situations like this. Three activities gives them options, but not too many. Plus, it gives them three weeks of tasks all in one simple chart. My older kids are ages 5 & 8, so these are perfect activities for them.


Once they've finished their activity, they have the chance to earn 45 min more of electronics time by doing 30-45 minutes of traditional style schoolwork. Right now, we're working on week three of this system, and it has been working great!

Thanks for reading. Please leave any comments with your experiences in the comments. As always, I read and respond to each and every one. 




Raising A Gifted Child... and "Gifted" The Movie

In the summer before my son entered 2nd grade, with the encouragement of my sister, a Psychologist who specializes in gifted identification, I had my son tested for giftedness. It turns out that not only was he gifted, he was also showing signs of a learning disability.

After testing, meeting with professionals, advice from friends, I decided to let him go through 2nd grade at the public school, where his teachers could give him slightly more challenging material, but where he could still be with his friends. As a parent, it's a tough call - do you push your child to become what you imagine they could be, or do you let them be a kid? Somehow, it feels like I'm doing him a dis-service either way.

And, to be clear, my son is gifted, but not a prodigy. Right now, his 2nd grade class is learning how to add 3 numbers together. He's currently doing double-digit multiplication and long division in 2nd grade, and it seems to be easy for him.

As a parent, this is my first time being exposed to this whole "gifted" thing, and I've found great comfort in learning about gifted children whenever I can. That's why I'm so excited for "Gifted" to come out.


Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida.  Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.  Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend.  Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.

In Select Theatres April 7.


Mckenna Grace as "Mary" in the film GIFTED. Photo by Wilson Webb. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved.

Mckenna Grace as "Mary" in the film GIFTED. Photo by Wilson Webb. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved.


Thanks for reading. Please leave any comments with your experiences in the comments. As always, I read and respond to each and every one. 



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