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Why Do Toddlers Take Off Their Shoes?

A look into why they do it, and how it plays into child development.

It doesn’t matter where you are with your little peanut – it’s inevitable.

It can happen at a friend’s house, the doctor’s office – or even at Church. It is especially likely to happen at home right before you have to walk out the door. You have your precious toddler dressed up and ready to go. But, before you pack your bag, or five minutes after you have arrived at your destination, your precious angel’s shoes are off … So now you’re off to wrangle your squirming little worm and get the shoes back where they belong.

And all the while you’re wondering why they take their shoes off in the first place – and how they manage to do it so fast!

  • To Play With The Shoes: Little ones will play with anything when they’re bored. Mix a soft top, a velvety smooth sole, and perfect fringes that are just the right size for little fingers to play with and they've got the perfect toy: their shoes. With a toy that’s so convenient to get their hands – who could resist? What’s even better is if they drop one, they have a spare!
  • Part Of Development: As babies grow and develop, their world expands. They begin to understand the difference between themselves and other inanimate objects – and how to interact with those objects. Because shoes are small and manageable in their little hands, those become a perfect object of their quest for gaining control. Shoes follow closely on the heels of bottles and pacifiers for such objects that they begin to recognize as “accessories.” We all know there’s no better accessory than soft, supple moccasins.
  • Sense of independence: We all want our little ones to grow into strong, independent individuals – just not when you’re trying to get them dressed and out the door! The act of removing their shoes allow them to express their wants and needs in a tangible way, teaching them to not only express the want, but start to instill in them a sense of accomplishment. The act of removing their shoes begins to teach the little tykes the simple laws of cause and effect – tug the shoe and it comes off.
  • Free The Piggies: From the earliest age, your child’s toes are the first friends they discovered. These strange wiggling and squirming little appendages that are always ready to play – and never tired out or got too fat out of reach. So naturally, they want to get to their little piggies for some playful interaction. Neither shoes nor socks will stand between your cherub and their little friends!

At Chérubin, our baby moccasins are hand crafted by skilled artisans in the heart of the Midwest. Made with American leather with soft and non-skid microsuede soles that is tested and certified safe for babies, our highest quality moccs keep your toddler upright and on the move.

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Wonderful Winter Photoshoot Ideas For Kids

Capturing your little snow angels

Freshly fallen, pure white snow. It makes for a sparkling, glitter-filled wonderland as far as the eye can see. Pink cheeks and giggles, snowball fights and catching snowflakes with their tongues. The family outside building their first snowman. Nothing compares to the magic of winter – and capturing these memories with your cherubs is a lot easier than you might think!

Colorful kids: Nothing stands out against the winter backdrop – or brings out the pink cheeks – like colorful coats and snowsuits. Or, try adding a pop of color with scarfs and mittens.

Snowy backgrounds: The best backgrounds are the natural ones, so making sure you have plenty of contrast in your photos will bring out the giggles and smiles even more. Rather than going with a straight snow backing, incorporate trees, snowmen, and even the local snow-covered playground for fun and interesting photos.

Dress warm enough: Keep the photoshoot going by making sure everyone – yourself included – is dressed warm enough. If you find that heavy gloves are getting in the way of taking pictures, opt for lightweight knit gloves and a couple of single-use hand warmers in each pocket. Don’t forget toe warmers for in the boots!

Keep the kids moving: The easiest way to keep the kids warm – and grab that epic shot – is to keep the kids moving. Letting them romp around in the snow completely unhindered will lead not only to the best candid and natural shots, but will let the young ones burn off some of that pent up winter energy.

Candid camera: Candid, unplanned shots are always the best ones; they capture the joy and sincerity of the moment that a, “Stop and smile for the camera” never can. Just let them play and follow them around taking pictures of everything – you never know when that perfect shot will pop up.

Composition: You’ve got the kids, the camera, the background, and the snow – now what? Pull everything together with some simple composition. Keep your primary subject to one side of the shot, or take the picture through tree branches. Let the foreground and background take over the picture and your kids will pop out.

Filters: One of the most under-utilized methods for amazing shots is setting up your camera’s filters. Not the cutesy dog ones for taking selfies – but the ones that subtly color shift to one end of the spectrum, or can change an entire compositing by switching to sophisticated black and white images.

Amazing photoshoots aren’t just for for summer – and neither are you Chérubin moccasins! Made of genuine American Leather to keep tiny toes warm, and the soft suede sole keeps your tots from teetering on the tile or hardwood floor. From our hot rod flame moccasins for your little speed demon to the subtle and sassy snowflake pattern of our Snow More Winter Blues moccasins, your Chérubin moccs are year-round comfortable footwear for your little cherub.

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Holiday Gift Guide

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Long days filled with play in the warm sunshine are slowly giving way to the spectacular colors of autumn and cool evenings by the fireplace. Before you know it, brilliant multicolored lights are popping up, fresh baked pies are appearing on the counters, and the gentle smell of pine is wafting through the air. The sounds of families and friends laughing, and the fresh baked cookies laid out for Santa mark most wonderful time of year that brings out the child-like wonder and excitement in all of us – Christmas!

As we count down the weeks, the thrill of the hunt for the perfect gift is on – and we’re here to help you with the hottest gifts of 2017.

  • Hands down, technology is on the top of every wish list, every year. The newest, the sleekest, the fastest. From tablets and laptops to cell phones and smart watches, gadgets are a part of our daily life, and reign on the top of every letter to Santa. This year, give your loved one the gift of stylish sleeves and cases for their valuable tech that will rock the world of your Christmas elf.
  • Every year, we look for the trendiest fashion statement for our little cherubs. Bringing together the finest American-made leather with the freshest patterns and designs, leather moccasins are the perfect gift. Chérubin handmade leather moccasins will bring out the colorful sparkle in your little lady, and the rugged play in your little man.
  • We all have that avid golfer in our life who dreams of sloping fairways and tall flags. We love them and they love golf, so we need to find the perfect gift. One they can use out on the grass, or inside on rainy days. The kind of toy they will never tire of using. Golf chipping net fit that bill perfectly. Designed to improve their short game, chipping nets can be tucked anywhere for a little on-the-go golfing fun.
  • We all want moms to be able to unwind and relax – especially around the holidays. Spa days are meant to be just that – fun, relaxing, healthy, and rejuvenating. An afternoon trip or a weekend excursion, spas provide a socialized binding time between loved ones and besties alike.
  • Puzzles. They're fun, challenging, educational and bring your child’s imagination to life. From simple and easy-to-handle, to intricate 3-dimensional designs, you can find puzzles illustrating every child's niche and learning speed to encourage their imagination and wonder.
  • Endangered wildlife is always on our hearts as we see images of majestic beasts with their wide-eyed babies. This year, give an amazing gift to your love one that will last a lifetime – adoption gifts and certificates that support their favorite wild animal!

As much as we love to receive gifts, the true joy is in the giving, when we see the gleam in their eyes as they reach for the colorfully wrapped boxes with their cheerful bows under the tree. Make this year stand out in spectacular fashion with the hottest gifts and the coolest styles.

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Secretly Healthy Snacks to Pack for School

No matter how old you are, nothing turns a frown upside-down and makes the day better like a fun snack. From lunch bag goodies packed with love to after school snacks to refuel for the rest of the day, these sweet delights are the highlight of your little gumdrop’s day.

As a parent, you want your little one to eat healthier – and sneaking a few extra nutrients and pulling out a few calories from snacks is actually a lot easier than you might think.

Let them eat cake:

We all love a moist, gooey cupcake – and there are several ways you can easily convert them from the unhealthy delicacies into a more wholesome version without losing their appeal. Add a dash of nature’s goodness by swapping out the oil in favor of sugar-free, chunky applesauce. Trim the calories even more by forgoing the heavy frosting and adding a sprinkle of organic powdered sugar mixed with cocoa powder.

Kaleidoscope bars:

No matter your age, colors grab our attention – and for your kids, fun equals yummy. Add a splash of color to an otherwise boring snack to instantly bring it to life. A handful of fruity pebbles to a healthy granola bar recipe will add a trace amount of sugar per bar, but the exchange will have them reaching for seconds. Try adding some home-made dried fruit to everyday recipes for a dash of extra vitamins and mouthwatering eye appeal.

Sprinkles, please:

In a kid's eyes, sprinkles could make even the lowly spinach dish as tasty as an ice cream sundae. Fat-free sprinkles can be added to just about any treat to make it a favorite that’s sure to please every time. Kick air-popped corn into overdrive with a handful of brightly colored confetti sprinkles mixed in. Don’t underestimate the draw of the delightfully tiny colored balls. Pretty much any health-food snack from kale chips to rugged fiber-rich granola can be instantly transformed by colorful sprinkles.

Cookie monsters:

Scrumptious, kid-sized handfuls of yumminess is the way to any cherub’s heart. Forego the typical oatmeal raisin cookies for simple banana-oatmeal bars, which use the sweetness of the ripe banana in place of added sugar or oil. For extra pizazz toss in a handful of bright red cranberries and purple raisins for a multicolored delight. If it’s chocolate chip cookies they’re craving, use organic, sugar-free cacao chips in place of processed chocolate, and exchange the fats for coconut oil for a soft cookie that will move up the healthy scale as well as the most requested list.

Fostering healthy habits from a young age can lead to a lifetime of good choices – but it’s never too late to start making small changes for the better. From swapping an ingredient or two, to changing the consistency of a dry crunchy health bar, to an enjoyable moist and chewy slice of heaven – pretty soon the health snacks will be on the most wanted list – and the health benefits will be your little secret.

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​A Look Inside of Chérubin Shoes

Meet our designers!

Chérubin handmade leather moccasins have been popping up all over Pinterst, Facebook, and Instagram – and for good reason! The finest American made leather and the exceptionally detailed and skilled craftsmanship of local artisans are only part of the story; our ascent to the pinnacle of toddler fashion is due in large part to the amazing talent of our designers.

The brilliant Christine Hoog is the heartbeat behind Chérubin moccasins. As the creative director, Christine is involved in every step of creating these stylish moccasins, from concept of the shoe style to the last detail of the final stitching. As a devoted wife and mother of two exceptionally artistically talented girls, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! Christine is also the dynamic force behind the innovative printing processes, which reproduce patterns and designs in brilliant color and detail directly onto the highest quality American leather. This complex and state-of-the-art method ensures that each and every pair of Chérubin moccasins is perfect – just like your little one.

The award-winning Trenna Travis is the creator behind the inaugural collection of Chérubin moccasins. With her passion for design apparent from early childhood, Trenna blazed onto the fashion scene with a BFA in Fashion Illustration and Advertising. She quickly climbed the ranks as creative director and product and graphic designer before launching her own design services and interior design business – which include many of her own product lines. In addition to her collaboration with Chérubin, she partnered with Michael Miller Fabric for an exclusive textile line. Trenna was former contributing editor and stylist to Mary Engelbreit Home Companion and contributor to St. Louis At Home magazines.

Our newest collaboration is with the charming and sophisticated Cheree Berry Paper. From their inception in 2007, Cheree Berry Paper has grown from a premier stationary designer and printer to a highly sought after, multi-faceted graphic design firm. Their refined and energetic designs are clever and unexpected, and they have driven the entire paper printing industry to all new levels. Cheree is a graduate of Washington University with a BA in Fine Arts, and her natural talent was sought after by the premier graphic firm Pentagram. Soon afterwards, Cheree accepted the position of associate art director at Kate Spade in New York City. This naturally talented mother of three has her roots close to Sainte Geneviève, so the connection with Chérubin moccasins was an easy one, and the playful and polished prints matched the legacy printing and styles of Chérubin handmade leather moccasins, which are an exclusive collection of the century.

From the classic sophistication of our Black Diamond T-strap moccs to the whimsical patterns of our newest collection, Tell Me A Story, brilliant designers are the creative force that bring these exciting patterns to life.

We are proud to bring you our works of art, for your little work of art.

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