Backstage with an L & L Solemate: Melanie Gonzalez

Welcome to the blog, Melanie!

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

I am a stay at home mom of two awesome children, Aidan and Ella.  I’m currently the coordinator of my church’s Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group and am in the process of starting my own Etsy shop to sell girl’s boutique clothing. In my spare time (when I have any), I love to read and sew.




Tell us a little about your family?

My husband Albert and I have been married for 8 years, and we have two children- Aidan, 5, and Ella, 2. We also have a little chihuahua named Piper. With two little ones in our family, our house is always very loud and active. Aidan just started preschool last year, and Ella started gymnastics. We are also very involved in our church which keeps this momma busy. Although life can be very hectic, I thank God for my family every day.

Where did you grow up and where do you live now?

I grew up in Texas and currently still live here. For a while after college, I lived in a couple of other states, but decided to move back when we wanted to start a family.

What are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about raising my children to love themselves, others, and God. There are so many negative influences in this world, and it can be very scary raising kids knowing the challenges that they will face. It’s definitely a struggle and we continuously make mistakes; but I know that with God’s help, my husband and I will be able to provide my kids the love and encouragement that they need to be successful and happy as they follow God’s will for their lives.




Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

My mom has been the biggest influence in my life. She is a great mom and I still look to her when I need advice. She is a good listener and I hope I can be as good of a mom as she is to me and my sister.

What is your favorite family tradition?

Since our kids are still really young, we are still in the process of forming family traditions, but we do have a few.  We love to go to a local farm in the spring to pick strawberries. For my kids to be so small, they can eat a surprising amount of fresh strawberries. Another tradition that we started a couple of years ago is going to an indoor/outdoor waterpark in the summer. Other than that, we love going to the zoo, children’s museum, and just hanging out with the family.




If you could travel to any place and time what would it be?

I would love to travel to Paris. I have never been to Europe and it just seems so beautiful there.

Where did you first see a pair of Livie  & Lucas and what do you like about them?

I first saw a pair of Livie & Lucas on a Google search for “shoes made for kids with wide feet.” My daughter Ella has an extra wide foot and I was having a hard time finding shoes that would fit her. I ordered her first pair online and have been hooked ever since. My son doesn’t necessarily have wide feet, but he still loves his L&L’s because they are so comfortable. Livie & Luca is my favorite brand of shoes because they are so comfortable for my kids as well as being so stylish and cute. My daughter continuously gets compliments on how cute her shoes are. L&L shoes are also very well made, so even after my kids have outgrown them, they can still be passed on to another child for more years of use.

What are your favorite Livie & Lucas?

It’s hard to decide because I love them all so much! If I had to choose, my favorite Livie & Lucas would be the pink and red Elephant shoes and the yellow Toi Toi.




Is there anything you’d like to see from Livie & Luca in the future?

I love all of the shoes and am just excited to see what you will be releasing for spring. Can’t wait!

Thank you!

Thank YOU, Melanie! Your strawberry eaters are darling! Good luck with the etsy shop!




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