Best Firefighter Costumes 2008, Week 1

Here in the Fire Family, we know a thing or two about firefighter costumes. We’ve had play fire helmets since before BigBrother was born. We have one full costume, five different helmets and a special “air pack slash water hose” that would squirt water if I was silly enough to alert BigBrother to this fact or fill it myself. We know what firefighters are supposed to look like and, as such, we feel pretty confident to pick what we think are the Best Firefighter Costumes of 2008.

First up (and these won’t ever be in best-to-worst order or anything) this week is the Deluxe Fireman costume at Princess Time Toys (which doesn’t have just girl costumes). Complete with helmet, jacket and pants, it’s just a great number for your firefighter wannabe. We like the Maltese Cross on the breast and the general design. (Of note: you need your own boots/shoes.) Also great: the price! It is currently on sale for $24.29. Even better? My guess is that your future firefighter won’t wear this one just once. This is a costume that can be brought out for imaginative play, over and over again. Until it is grown out of, of course! (And I’ve worked with the owner of the store in the past. You are guaranteed great customer service!)

And, as I mentioned that you need your own shoes or boots for that costume, I thought I’d feature my favorite costume fire boots this first week. The Western Chief Toddler or Little Kid “FDUSA” rainboot is sure to be a crowd pleaser. And fun for your little one to jump into puddles. Some great things about this particular pair of boots: 1) Well, they’re cute! 2) A skid-resistant outsole for all of that puddle jumping. 3) Easy to maneuver handles for pulling on. 4) “Moisture absorbing cotton lining” can only mean good things after a whole day of puddle jumping and/or fighting (imaginary) fires. 5) Did I mention that these are cute? Also, they come in a wide range of sizes. My “toddler/preschooler” has big feet for his age. He’s already sporting between a 9 and a 10… and these come in sizes from 8 Toddler through size 4 Big Kid. So, you’ve got a wide range of sizes to pick from as your child grows. Keep the next size in the closet so you never have any “MY FIREBOOTS DON’T FIT” drama. I know you know what I’m talking about. The price isn’t the best ($26.99-$29.95) until you remember that they are an actual rainboot and, as such, if you live in an uber-rainy area, you can get your money’s worth out of this buy.

And, for the wee-bitty set who want to be firefighters, these are a must buy. (Or make if you’re crafty. I am not. So I rely on etsy.) That’s right. Hand knit firefighter booties. Complete with the pull up handles. I cannot get over the cute of these particular boots. I have a severe love of homemade things. Possibly because I can’t make homemade things. My creativity ends with words. As such, I love to buy creative things that others make so that I look like I am, by association, creative. All the same, if you know a firefighter family expecting a baby around Halloween (or, really, at all), those would be the most adorable little gift. Or, if you’re a man reading this blog, they would make a very manly, macho and tough gift that any firefighter would be proud to give. Either way.

I think those three things make for a great start to the series. Series? Oh yeah!

On Mondays through October 27, 2008, I will be highlighting the best of the best when it comes to firefighter costumes and accessories for your children (and maybe even for you). I will also have one post that includes the Worst of the Worst when it comes to firefighter costumes. If you are a company with a costume you’d like me to review, please hit me up via the contact form. Otherwise, I’m just picking what I like (and don’t) online.

 

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I Found (and Bought) Shoes That Support My Arch!

It started a few weeks ago. My shoes were killing my feet after my workouts. Killing. In fact, last week, I thought I broke my toe but it was just strained after being in an improperly fitting shoe. And so, I forced myself to head to the store, without TheBrothers, and find a shoe. That fit.

And I did!

I ended up with the Nike Dart V Extra in pink and white. It’s not in stock on Nike’s sit anymore considering they’ve released things like the Dart VI. As such, the Dart V was on sale in my store. Here’s how I ended up choosing my new sneakers.

1. I walked up and down the aisle, looking for something in green. I tried on something in Nike with a light green swoosh. It did not fit well. I then tried on an Asics with green. It fit even worse. These were my only green options.

2. I walked up and down the aisle, ruling out anything in blue. And black sneakers. Because my legs are too pale for black tennis shoes.

3. I ended up pulling off the pair that I bought, another pair of Nike’s in a silver and pink and a pair of Adidas with pink as well. (Of note: I would prefer green. Sigh.)

4. I tried on the two Nike pair, one on each foot. The pair that I bought had the best arch support though the silver pair came very close. I walked up and down the aisle with these two different shoes on, trying to figure out if they would have enough arch support.

5. Then I put on the Adidas pair, prepared to fall in love immediately and pay a greater price. It had absolutely zero arch support. That made it easier for me.

6. I chose the Dart V because it had better arch support and, while not as cute, was cheaper. I’m a stickler for a sale.

7. I walked to the counter to ask the girl to retrieve the other shoe. The manager came back and offered me another ten bucks off the sale price if I took the pair in which the display shoe was slightly yellowed. I’m not vain. I bought the cheaper, barely noticeably different pair.

8. I walked out a very happy customer.

That’s right. The shoe was originally $49.99. It was marked down a few times to $29.98. And the manager gave it to me for $19.98 (plus tax). I say that’s a pretty darn good deal! My Dad would be proud. These shoes are already laced and in my gym bag for today’s workout. I’m hopeful that they will be supportive enough for my insanely high arch. Of course, I worry that my OCD tendencies will freak out about the color difference betwen the two shoes. So, I took a few different pictures in different white balance settings and am posting them here to make myself feel better.

Yes, the one on the right is the more yellowed one. But, I can’t get over my deal. And I don’t care. I DON’T CARE! I’ll toss my OCD tendencies to the wind for shoes that fit and didn’t cost me an arm and a leg.

And, as for this week, my goal is to hit the gym three days, do some home workouts for two days and take the weekend completely off, without guilt, for my sister-in-law’s wedding. I’m hoping that the dress I bought last week will still fit. I’m not particularly worried about my mid-section. It’s more of a nursing-mommy-issue. Such is life!