Icebug – Winter Sneakers at Their Best

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With winter here in full force, and it being a brutal winter so far, getting around can be challenging for many of us.  Icy roads and sidewalks (not to mention steps and trails) and the ever-fun “black ice” make winter walking, running, and in general on-the-going less then ideal.

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The new Enlight RB9X by Icebug is a really cool shoe for this time of year- or really any time of year, since it grips asphalt and wet surfaces like a champ as well. Not to mention it has a great look to it, a fun and funky style that sets it apart from other, more boring shoes and sneakers.  (I don’t like plain shoes, it’s a “thing” over here.)  I really dig the colors and the options available.

I really liked these- you can actually hear them gripping, which is a little weird at first, but then it’s oddly reassuring.  Like- huzzah, I am not going to fall (as often) today! Ha.  These are great for runners, walkers, or anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors.
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Need Winter Boots? Quick, Head to Stride Rite!

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stride riteWe all know that with winter upon us, snow will follow (and for some, it has already started).  You don’t want your little ones to be without snow boots when the time comes, so if you haven’t yet, grab a pair.  We just got these Merrell Snowbank Waterproof Boots from Stride Rite, and my son says they are super warm.

While we have not had the chance to test them in the snow yet (thankfully) we did try them in the rain, and his feet stayed dry.  I also like the way they look- very cute.

stride rite bootsA bit more info on the shoes-

“The kid’s Snowbank mixes function and fashion. The elastic cord and lock lacing system offer a secure fit and cool look. This boot is great for winter weather because it features M-Select DRY and M-Select WARM to keep his feet comfy, cozy and away from moisture.”
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The Perfect Fall and Winter Boot

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I know that no one really wants to talk about it, but the reality is : Winter Is Coming Soon. In a matter of weeks I will battle with icy cold winds taking my breath away. I will curse the snow covered streets. I will whimper in dismay as I attempt to navigate the icy walks around town.
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Knowing that the season of sneezin’ is on the way, I have began to prepare myself with outdoor gear to make my life comfortable, keep my body warm, and to help me get around safely. The first item I knew I wanted to address was my winter footwear. Face it, a great pair of boots can make your life a lot easier and safer too.
Let me tell you about the Thomas Boot 200 from Hi-Tec Inspired by Life. This is the ultimate Lifestyle Winter Boot. With a durable textile upper, i-shield technology to repel water and dirt, and Thinsulate™ insulation for that winter warmth, this is the perfect apres boot for any condition. OrthoLite® sockliner provides cushioning and a durable, celated high abrasion EVA outsole absorbs impact. Stylish features. MSRP $80.00

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Need New Sneakers? Stride Rite for All Seasons

My son, like so many of your children, wears a uniform to school. This means that he needs both playclothes as well as his uniform clothes. We need to have 2 wardrobes, but that doesn’t mean that we want to spend money like we are Donald Trump. You want the best for your child or children, but you don’t need to break the bank to get them what they want and need for school. You can save a lot of money by shopping at Stride Rite and picking up the new shoes you need, the styles you want, at prices you can afford to pay.

8 17 14 056My boy needs brown shoes for school, and these Merrels fit the bill perfectly- they are also slip on (which saves much-needed time in the morning) and easy to clean. They are good in all sorts of weather, and they can easily dress up or down, which is something that I personally love about them. It’s like getting two shoes in one- and with how fast kids grow, it’s just one less thing you need to spend money on. Super durable, these are cute and easy to wear.

Here is a bit more info on the shoes-

8 17 14 057“Casual, comfy and ready for anything, the Jungle Moc will easily become your child’s favorite. And, not just because they slip on easily and feel as comfortable their favorite slippers. Or because they have a great sole that grips when they need to. But because whether they are headed to school, a party or just running errands, these shoes are up to the task and will last until you have to insist on a new pair.”
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Walk Easy (and Travel Light) with Arcopédico Shoes

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Recently, on a trip to Europe, I knew I was going to be doing a lot of walking.  I had to pack light, and wanted to make sure that the shoes I did bring were able to match everything and also wear well- that is, stand up to the sightseeing, touring, luggage dragging- and of course, the weather.  No one has time to be fussy on a full-steam-ahead tour, and I am not one who likes fussy, anyway.  I am definitely form over fashion- but I do try to find pretty things that also work well. That’s why I loved my Arcopedico “Water” sandals so much- pretty, comfortable, and easy to wear all day long with no blisters or worries.


They are also lightweight- which is good for your feet as well as for packing.  No one needs heavy shoes when they are going to be A- paying for any excess baggage weight fees or B-  lugging bags around with them daily.  No thanks- lighter is better, and they feel better on, as well. These shoes were great, and I have worn them regularly since coming back as well.  They come in 4 colors- beige, blue, red, and the above black.  Arcopédico makes a wide variety of shoes that are made for both function and wear-ability, easy to wear in all sorts of weather and easy to clean as well. Check out the site and find your next pair of travel shoes.


Consider Comfort, Weight, Material and More for Light Feet from Airport to Exotic Destination
There’s nothing worse than a blister or aching arches to sabotage an ambitious travel itinerary. Arcopédico, maker of high-quality, Portuguese-made women’s comfort shoes, believes that finding the ideal travel shoe is at the crux of any successful adventure, whether walking the Great Wall of China or island-hopping in Fiji. After over 30 years in the business of crafting reliable, comfortable, durable and lightweight footwear for world-wandering women, Arcopédico offers its own “Top Ten” travel shoe tips to avoid the common pitfalls:
1.      Travel Light. Look for shoes that won’t weigh you (or your luggage) down. At a mere 10.9 ounces, the Arcopédico L2 is an excellent option, and the flexible, metal-free shanks also make a strategic choice for airport security lines.

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Comfortable Shoes by Therafit

When you spend a lot of time on your feet, sight seeing and dashing from location to location like I do, you understand the importance of comfortable yet stylish shoes. A pair of shoes can make or break an outfit or an entire day of travel. When I saw that there are few things that are less frustrating than a pair of shoes that pinch or leave blisters while you are on the road, you will just have to trust me.

Therafit sent me a pair of Roma Women’s Sport Casual Shoe in Taupe to try out. Before I tell you what I thought of the shoe, let me tell you a little more about the style.

9 14 07 thereafit 007Roma follows a chic trend in footwear ; fashion athletic shoes. While the style is trendy, the shoes are made with your feet in mind. With arch support and deep heel cups, this shoe is made to provide relief from foot pain. In my case Therafit prevented the on my achy feet all day long woes.
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Pediped Kids Shoes – Review and Giveaway

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With a new school year upon us, you know that I was looking for the easiest, most comfortable shoes for my little dude to go back to school with. He’s not big on laces, so we are loving the Flex Charleston sneakers.

8 17 14 042About Pediped:

Pediped’s motto is: Pediped, next best thing to bare feet.

These shoes are made with exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort, and distinctive styling. These shoes are award winning, and they are the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States.


  • American Pdiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for promotion of heathy foot development
  • Orthopedic Medical Professionals deem pediped shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily.
  • Earnshaw’s Earnie Award for Company of the Year and Best Footwear
  • In 2012, Earnie Award for Company for good

Pediped is sold in over 3,000 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 130 designs for boys and girls in their three lines.

Head To Kohl’s To Update Your Summer Wardrobe

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I don’t like to spend a lot of time going from store to store to get what I need.  As a busy working wife and mother, I have a lot of hats I wear on a daily basis, and any way I can trim time I spend doing those “must do” activities is a bonus for me. That’s one of the many reasons I love shopping at Kohl’s- whether you shop in stores or online, it’s a one stop shopping experience that you don’t need to spend tons of time and energy on.  Bonus?  The prices are great- you can catch amazing deals, get rewarded just for shopping and buying what you need to (with Kohl’s Cash, good for anything in the store) AND they constantly mail out money saving coupons in the weekly mailers, snail mail, and the best ones come via email when you sign up to receive promotions.  Really, you should- there is not a reason in the world not to.  They only send you deals and updates, Kohl’s is not one of those places that bombard you with useless emails 300 times a week.


While I usually enjoy shopping for me, shopping for my husband and son can be a less then fun experience, and one I prefer to either do alone or online.  My son is OK if he’s with me, but if daddy is also with us, he turns into a whine machine.  I don’t know why that is, but the quickness and ease of shopping at Kohl’s and getting what I need to for everyone in the family with no fuss is VERY appreciated by this mommy, let me tell you.  Maybe it’s a guy thing- but they just don’t make shopping fun, and it’s great to go in with a list, sizes, and be done with it.  Shopping online at 2 am is another great standby.  No one annoys me then, and since they are both dudes?  They don’t care what I buy them as long as it fits, and for the kiddo maybe has an Angry Bird or two involved, haha.
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