What I’m Lovin’ Wednesday // Plastic Bread Tabs

Before you go back and re-read that title, let me help you out. Yes, you read that right. The things I love enough to dedicate a whole blog post to them this week are those little plastic tabs that keep bread bags closed.

Plastic bread ties are my savior

You’ve seen them, they look like this.


Why on earth would I love those? Because they have made my days run so much smoother.

Let me explain.

My darling daughter loves her Little Mermaid flip flops and insists on wearing them everywhere all the time. Since she wears them so much, they have started splitting right where the plastic strap goes through the shoe (Why can’t they make them sturdier?).  And the little strap just pops right out!

The broken strap

Now, I have to put it back together approximately a million times a day, and I have to kiss about two hundred boo-boos after she trips on the shoe when the strap pops out while she’s walking.

I started prepping my daughter to get rid of her beloved sandals because had no idea how to fix them. As you can imagine, that did not go over well at all. Then, I got a tip from the nurse at my kids’ pediatrician’s office: use plastic bread tabs.

Plastic bread tabs? Really?


It sounded crazy to me at first, but I thought I’d try it. I mean, why not? I had nothing to lose. I am so glad I did!

All I had to do was put the little tab on the underside of her shoe and viola!

Put the bread tab on the strap like you do on a bread bag.

I can’t believe how easy this fix was!

flip flops with the tabs on them

The shoes stay on like they are brand new. She even tugged in the oh so gentle way only a 2 year old can (ha!) when she was trying to put them on, and the straps still did not pull through!

For any of you parents out there who have struggled with the flip flop problem, this is the answer to your prayers!

My sweet girl is happy because she gets to keep exploring the world in her seashell sandals. I am happy because we don’t have to stop every 3 steps to fix the shoes. Win-win 🙂

Baby girl's sandals

Sunshine and sandals…all is well with the world again 🙂


Have you done this before? What are some of YOUR favorite unconventional parenting hacks?