Things I <3 Thursdays {Mon Petit Shoes GIVEAWAY}

It pretty much makes my day when I get a little tip or hint that makes my life easier/happier/awesome-er in some way.  So that got me thinking...  Why not share the little (and big) things that make my life happy.  The things I love.  Enter: Things I <3 Thursdays

I have a shoe problem.  I won't dive into the details, but it's a big problem and this is only making it worse - in such a wonderful way... 

Say hello to Mon Petit Shoes.

100% genuine leather and hand-made by the talented owner, Julie - these are so delicious.  The shoes pictured are the Mary Jane in Lilac, and now I officially need some in every color - and so do you.  That's why we're giving away a free pair (you choose style/size/color) and Julie has been so gracious as to offer a coupon code too (bottom of post)!!!  

Let me show you why:

Honestly I had to rip them out of the bag because I was so excited... then put them back for the pictures.  It's like Christmas morning all over again.

Adorable packaging if I must say so...

And seriously such great quality.  Check out the detail people.

I asked Julie to tell me a little bit about how she got started.  Here's her story:

"I started making shoes for my little girls when my oldest was born, 5 years ago. I have made all sorts of styles from all sorts of patterns, with all different materials. A couple of years ago I finally decided leather was what I wanted to work with since it is so durable and has more structure to it. I then started toying around with making my own patterns. I worked with a couple different people to come up with my Oxford pattern and started selling those first. I had a great response to them and then people started wanting a more feminine style shoe as well. So, again I worked tirelessly to design and create the t-strap Mary Jane. I am very proud of both designs but have to say, the Mary Jane is more unique in that, when I created it I hadn't seen any other shoe like it on the market. 

Both styles are so darling on either boys or girls (I totally think the Mary Jane could be for a boy too, I mean, look at Prince George ;) ) The nice thing about these shoes is they stay on your child's feet. They are comfortable for the children and they are easy for kids to put on themselves when they reach those milestones. I hope people will find a color/style they like and enjoy these shoes!" - Julie, Mon Petit Shoes

And now, the best part - which of course I'm totally biased in my opinion, but seriously though, it is.  Mon Petit Shoes on... EMMA!!!

This girl does NOT sit still for longer than a second.  She's constantly on the go and doesn't like to stop - so I need something that goes on quickly and will STAY on.  She put them to the test and they haven't come off once.  

She obviously loves the shoes...  Look at that CHEESER!!  I could eat her. 

Something else that's super important when it comes to choosing shoes for babies/toddlers - especially ones that are going to be walking soon, who are just learning to walk or who have been walking for a while: Their "...feet are soft and pliable making them prone to damage from abnormal pressure, such as shoes.  It's important that shoes allow the feet to develop without restriction, as the last bone doesn't begin to form until children are about 3 years old.  Genuine leather shoes allow the feet to breathe and grow naturally.  It also promotes the grasping action of the toes which is essential when learning to walk." {source}  Mission accomplished - Mon Petit Shoes do just that.

Sooooo... now that you know how awesome these are - want to win a FREE pair of Mon Petit Shoes?!?!  (your choice of style/color/size!!)  Here's how to enter:  GIVEAWAY ENDS TUESDAY (4.21.15) AT MIDNIGHT.  WINNER WILL BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL.

** Please remember that I verify each winner, so make sure you've either liked the Facebook page or are following the Instagram account!  Best of luck!!  <3

Need a pair now!?  (the answer is yes, duh.)  You can snag a pair for 15% off from now until next Thursday night at 11:59 pm when you use coupon code bdp15 at checkout.  Click {HERE} to head over to Mon Petit.  These would make the best baby shower gift ever by the way.  Just buy a few sizes up and they'll be thanking you for months to come.  Mon Petit also has adorable Oxfords in several colors and the sizes go all the way up to 10 for toddlers too!!  But hurry - coupon code is only good until April 23rd at midnight, so get them while you can!