What We’re Diggin’! (Summer 2016)

Oh, hey, hey, hey!

And welcome to the summer edition of What We’re Diggiiiin’! (I’m not giving you a car.)

I thought I was phasing this series out, but thanks to the tsunami wave of your, “Um, NU UH, home girl,” I kept it! And so glad I did, because I have theee coolest, most awesomest, most bawd aw sponsors that are gonna hewk.yew.up.lickety.SPLIT.

And because the law: the Pons Avarcas sandals, Cluse watches and Burley Bee bike trailer were all given to me for review. Therefore, product and/or monetary compensation exchanged grotesquely unmanicured hands. (<–mine) (I even have a pretty gel polish on them, and they still look horrendous.) (but it was $2.90 at Forever 21, so I guess I get what I pay for.) (Sorry, F21. I still like you.) (I think.)

Let’s go.

1) Little Golden Books! Whether they’re hand-me-downs, thrifted, saved from my own childhood, or freshly purchased at my local grocery store (<–seriously), these classic children’s books are so our jam right now. I have stacks and stacks piled up and lined up in each of their rooms, and it’s honestly their first pick of any books we have. Especially for their age! I’m talking golden.

WHOA. I did not even mean to do that.

They’re the perfect writing style and length for the attention span of almost-three-year-olds, and the illustrations are nostalgic, old fashioned and not stupid.

I love the old-school square look and feel, the shiny golden spine that takes you right back to being a little kid, everything.

And the back covers! Remember how you’d stare and obsess over all the little animal characters on the train in the circle in the early ’80s? That’s right you do. Because I did, too. They’re perfect little books!

HOWEVER, do you remember when they were only 39¢ each? Matter of fact, it was printed on the upper right hand corner of each book – 39¢. And then it went up to 59¢. And NOW, they’re like, $4.99 each. $5.99 in Canada! Not cool, LGB, not cool.

I still mad dig you, though.

Little Golden Books - our faaaavorite books

2) Pons Avarcas! These are hands down, the most asked-about shoes on any social platform (and real life platform) of mine. Constantly. Everywhere I go. And I can tell you, they are the most comfortable and favorite pair of sandals I’ve ever owned. EVER.

I’d tell you all about the history, but I’d botch it, so read this if you want to know how and why the shoes exist. Solid leather, a wide band over the top of your foot, slightly open-toed, a stylish stitching around the edge of the sole (which are made from recycled tires!), and a simple strap on the heel. Perfection.

Pons Avarcas sandals - absolute favorite

Aaaaaand they have little girl versions, so just go ahead and punch your bleeding ovaries in the face.

See Nat’s color? I’m so crazy about it, I HAVE TO GET SOME  TO MATCH. But then I feel like that might be slightly psycho. So.

I will say::: with my first pair I had to break them in for a few hours. But my second, lighter pair arrived softer than drawn butter. Either way, you’ll look elegantly pimp in these and everyone will ask where you got them. And you can say, Pons! Via Bev Cooks! Because she thinks of my shoe style and overall life and well being! (you don’t have say that last part.)

Even better news – they want to give you a 20% discount to use at the checkout through August 14th. Boom diggidy. Just use the code BEVANDPONS and get ready to enter sandal utopia.

Pons Avarcas sandals - absolute favorite

Pons Avarcas – I’ll forever and ever dig.

3) STRIPES. All the stripes. Every single stripe. Stripes in my closet, stripes on my dishtowels, stripes on my aprons, thick stripes, thin stripes, black and white stripes, blue and white stripes, stripes on stripes on stripes.

I’ve said stripes so many times now I don’t know what it is anymore.

And now I’m worried that I’ve been typing strips this whole time. Hold on let me go check.

Nope, stripes. I said stripes.

(Stripes go mighty cutesy with the Pons up there ^^. Just sayin’.)

Obsessed with stripes


4) Cluse watches! I cannot even begin to deal with the fabulousness of these watches. I’ve been rotating the gold mesh and the black marble back and forth and back and forth and back and forth (based on shoes, natch), and I have no idea which one I love more. While the gold mesh has this super elegant, delicate essence to it, the marble is like BOSS, man.

Cluse Watches - my fave!

They go well with everything. Just everything. Especially stripes.

And they have a lot of other styles, too! Leather, of course. All kiiiiiinds of colors. Even the faces come in different colors. They even have striped watches! You’ll basically lose your mind over this company.

It reminds me of that old joke from Mary Poppins when they’re all laughing and floating at the top of a tea room. (<–which is a another whole disturbing matter to discuss)

Bert: It reminds me of me brother. He got a nice cushy job at a watch factory.
Uncle Albert: At a watch factory? What does he do?
Bert: He stands about all day… and makes faces!
Uncle Albert: [laughing hysterically] He makes faces in a watch factory!


Cluse watches (DIVINE)

Just go spend 45 hours on their site and see what happens to you.

5) Burley Bee bike trailer! 

Okay, I’ve always wanted to be that family that rides their bikes after dinner and chats about the different cicada hums and sweet potato species. Well, my dreams are finally coming true. And I have to say, at this moment in time it’s, “What I’ve been digging for about a week.” But will rapidly become, “What I’m going to be digging for the next EIGHTY SEVEN MONTHS.”

It is a bike trailer. For little children. A darling-as-heck bike trailer for little kids and little children. In other words, it’s basically a carnival happy space pod for your spawn. And it’s super easy to hook to your bike, you won’t even believe. AND you can use it as a stroller. AND it’s so lightweight and stores easily. AND it has a ton of room in the back for picnic supplies and wine. (<–duh)

My kids are NUTS over this trailer. Like, they psychotically sob when the ride is over and it’s time to get out. The neighbors probably think we’re yanking out teeth or something.

I would use words like adjustable suspension, padded reinforcement and full internal aluminum roll cage, but you would laugh at me. So, read this handy info on this particular D’Lite model we have! It is bad to the BONE, you guys.

And I’ve got the best news- they want to give you a 20% discount code to use until November 15th. Ha-BAM. Hi, early Christmas gift? Just knock it out now and save yourself the hassle later. The code is BEVCOOKS20, and I’m dying to know what you’ll pick.

You don’t have to be super outdoorsy to rock this thing. Seriously, look at me. LOOK AT ME.

Burley Bee D'Lite Trailer

Also, be on the lookout for a Burley Bee giveaway I’m hosting this coming Monday on my Instagram page. This thing is worth nearly $700 bones, so y’alls better best git awn it. In short, it’s just a complete blast for kids and I knoooow you’d dig it. Because I dig it. And we’re friends. CLOSE friends. (don’t argue with me)

There we have it! Our top five favorites in this summer season. If I missed any detail, holla back and I’ll . . . holla back.

Gigantor muahs to my sponsors for making this edition extra, extra, extra fun for me.

Now tell me, WHAT ARE YOU DIGGIN’ right now? You know I need these details to thrive in this life.









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19 Responses to What We’re Diggin’! (Summer 2016)

  1. Karin B August 11, 2016 at 10:27 am #
    Is it weird that I don't have children and still want that bike trailer? Not sure why exactly.
    • nicole b. August 11, 2016 at 10:33 am #
      Haha. Is it weird that I want to have children, just so I can cart them around in a bike trailer?
  2. Karin B August 11, 2016 at 10:28 am #
    Aaaand did I mention I don't even have a bike? No? Well, I don't and still want it! :)
  3. Jenna August 11, 2016 at 10:58 am #
    I just bit the bullet on those Avarcas... I've been thinking about them for about a year now and you just pushed me over the edge!
  4. Sarah August 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm #
    oooh these Pons!!! I have 2 pairs too, my favorite summer sandal!
  5. Liz August 11, 2016 at 5:41 pm #
    I bought the textile black stripe at the end of June after you posted about the shoes. The cute factor is very high, comfort - for me - is a bit iffy. I read on the site about some "break-in" needed and that was true for me, but the other iffy is the arch support (none) and the tire sole does not provide much cushioning on hard surfaces. Still, I do not regret the purchase and love the striped fabric. I typically wear black shorts or crops with denim top and carry a black leather tote so even though in no universe will I ever win a fashion prize, I do feel kind of spiffy on the rare occasion when I go out and about.
    • Liz August 11, 2016 at 5:46 pm #
      P.S. I LOVE your bike - details if you care to share. P.P.S. I am much longer in the tooth than your average reader and ... I like chardonnay, but I am diggin' a Malbec Rose from Argentina this summer. I don't think you'll be my friend because sometimes I mix a bit of chardonnay in with the rose...
      • Bev Weidner August 12, 2016 at 7:23 am #
        My bike is a Trek Cruiseliner, very similar to this! http://www.bootic.com/trek/sporting-goods/outdoor-recreation/cycling/bicycles/cruisers/trek-cruiseliner I looooove Malbec Rosés, omg.
  6. pamela August 11, 2016 at 9:40 pm #
    love, love your bike too especially if you'll share what it is! Those bike trailers are wonderful, our girls loved our previous. When we sold it- a lady came and bought it so she could trail her dog along on her rides. Thank you for the shoe details!
    • Bev Weidner August 12, 2016 at 7:22 am #
      My bike is a Trek Cruiseliner! Very similar to this one: http://www.bootic.com/trek/sporting-goods/outdoor-recreation/cycling/bicycles/cruisers/trek-cruiseliner Hope you enjoy the shoes!
  7. pamela August 11, 2016 at 9:42 pm #
    ps what color and style shoe did you select for your little?
    • Bev Weidner August 12, 2016 at 7:24 am #
      Nat's shoe is this one! (In TAUPE) (sorry to yell that part) http://avarcasusa.com/bin/details.php?Tag=Frailera%20Style&Color=Fuchsia&Model=554N&Collection=kids
  8. Emily @ Life on Food August 14, 2016 at 5:51 am #
    I have a 17 month old and have been dying to get a bike trailer. My husband isn't so sure. I think they are marvelous.
  9. April August 29, 2016 at 10:02 am #
    Please wear a bike helmet and put them on the sweet babes when you are out and about. -Love your friendly Trauma Nurse
  10. Janet O. April 8, 2017 at 10:42 am #
    Omg! I love these sandals! What are the colors of yours in the pics? Brown and sand? As a first timer I'm so overwhelmed as to what color to pick as my first color. What is a good first color that goes with a lot of things?
    • Bev Weidner April 11, 2017 at 6:03 am #
      I have the brown, sand, tan and taupe! Current fave is SAND. It's soft, but goes with everything. Have fun picking! :)
      • theresa May 26, 2017 at 8:33 pm #
        Are these true to size?


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