Who Knew Wooden Shoes Were So Fun?

There are some things in life that a woman needs, not because she cannot live without them, but simply because they make her feel good.  Some women need chocolate.  Some women need jewelry.  Some need shoes.

To tell you the truth, I never really understood this concept.  I mean, how can a pair of shoes make you feel good? To me, I was just hoping I’d find some that were comfy.

I have never been a shoe person.  My sister is; she has nearly a hundred pairs of shoes (she is a size 5 so has always managed to find the most gorgeous shoes on clearance).  But me, we traveled so much that my wardrobe – and my shoe space – was quite limited.  I owned a pair of boots, a pair of sneakers, and two pairs of crocs.  I didn’t even own dress shoes (well, I did at one time, but then my daughter’s foot grew to my size and she stole them.)

But all that has changed.  I have fallen in love with shoes.  Clogs, actually.  Recently, I was given a pair of Sandgrens Rio Grande Medium Heel Clogs to review for you, my readers.   I have spent the weeks since wearing them everywhere, while trying to hide them from my thieving daughter and my cat (why does he only chew up MY shoes???)

Sandgrens is debatably the oldest clog manufacturer in the world.  They started as a leather tannery in Sweden in the 1800s and developed into making wooden clogs.  Today, they are still carrying on the timeless techniques of building high quality leather and wooden clogs that are comfortable, and incredibly cute!

You wouldn’t think that a wooden shoe would be comfortable.  Now, don’t get me wrong; I had to break them in.  It took two full days to do so.  But once my foot and the clogs had worked out their differences, they became perfectly comfortable.

Clogs are unique because they aren’t quite dress shoes, and are nicer than your everyday sandals, so can be worn casually with jeans, or even with a dress for church.  They sort of bridge the gap, and are perfect for spring.

One thing I am big on in my home is quality.  I am a very frugal person, but you will not find me shopping at Payless Shoes or buying Rose Art crayons.  I would rather pay more money for something that will last me for years than little money for something that I need to throw away next month.  To me, shoes fall in that category.

If you’re like me and want something mid-priced that is high quality, gorgeous, comfortable and that will last for years (if your own daughter doesn’t steal it first), check out the Sandgrens site and pick out a pair of clogs for you.  Actually, even better, Mother’s Day is coming up.  These would be the perfect gift! Just make sure that your hubby and the kids know about it.  They’ll make you feel a lot better than a box of chocolate!


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Winter Blues Giveaway

Welcome to the Honeywell & Vicks Winter Blues Giveaway. Hosted by Stay a Stay at Home Mom with co-hosts Mom 2 Bed by 8 and Free Makeup and Beauty Samples.  Sponsored by Honeywell & Vicks.

One lucky winner will be able to chase away the winter blues this season with a Vicks GermFree Cool Mist Humidifier,
Retail Value $69.99, and a Honeywell Energy Smart 360 Surround Heater, Retail Value $64.99, both must-have products for winter.  Read the full review on Stay a Stay at Home Mom here:

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Vicks & Honeywell Review

I love winter! I love getting warm jammies on, sipping hot chocolate, and snuggling up in a big chair to read a book out loud with the kids.  What I don’t particularly enjoy about winter is when I’m not getting all warm and cozy and am just trying to function without freezing.  Like, you know, when you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the restroom and discover an icy floor and remember that the heater doesn’t particularly like to reach the corners of your bedroom.

OK, so maybe I really don’t love winter all that much after all.  Yes, our bedroom is drafty.  Our main heater does a great job of the living room and the kids bedroom (thankfully), but our room, eh, not so much.  So I was super excited to be getting my hands on a Honeywell Energy Smart 360 Surround Heater! The good folks at Honeywell provided me with one for review purposes.


Honeywell Energy Smart 360 Surround Heater

This little guy packs a solid punch.  The heater is a good size; not small enough that the cat can knock it over when he attacks, but not large enough to take up valuable floorspace in your house.  And one of these heaters will easily heat an entire room – if not an entire level – of your home.  In fact, during the day, I’d close up the bedrooms and bring this guy with me in the living room.  It actually heats better than my main heater.

In addition to high – med – low heat settings, it has a switch on the back that can make it go from heating just in front of it (great if you put it in a corner of a room and need just that room heated) or to get that 360 degree coverage when you want a larger room/section of your home to warm up.

All in all, I love this heater and will be buying another for downstairs.

Vicks GermFree Cool Mist Humidifier

I was also lucky enough to review a Vicks GermFree Cool Mist Humidifier.  Now, I’ve never been sold on the whole humidifier concept.  I’ve lived in South Florida and in the desert of Nevada, and I just don’t get why humidity is better.  But, I dutifully plugged in my new humidifier to try it out.  For me personally, I noticed that the heat stayed in the house better with it, and I didn’t need near as much chapstick.

But then the *trouble* started..the Vicks GermFree Cool Mist Humidifier has this really neat little slot where you can put a scented VapoPad that has soothing menthol vapors in it.  While the humidifier is on, it gives off the vapor of VapoRub.  My 13 yr old son just happened to have caught a cold when we plugged in the humidifier, and now, he has permanently claimed it!  I’m thinking I may need to buy a second one just so we have one on hand!

I asked him for his opinion of the Vicks GermFree Cool Mist Humidifier for this review, and he said, “I like it.  Can you buy me some more VapoPads?”  Now I just keep them in the house.

All in all, I am very pleased with both the Honeywell EnergySmart 360 Surround Heater and the Vicks GermFree Cool Mist Humidifier.  They are the perfect products to chase away the winter blues!

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Nature Box – Healthy Snacks for Kids

As a mom, I am always on the look out for healthy snacks for my kids.  I like to tuck  “mom approved” snacks into their backpacks so they won’t be tempted to spend their allowance on the garbage that their school offers for sale (like pop tarts, doritos, and candy bars!)

And, it is nice when I can find healthy snacks that they like and that I like too! So imagine how excited I was to be given the opportunity to sample a Nature Box.  Nature Box is a great program that sends you a box full of all natural, nutritionist approved snacks each month for $19.95 (free shipping).  The snacks, and the company are great.  In fact, if you are unsatisfied with the Nature Box you get, just contact them and they will refund your purchase 100%.

Here’s what I got in my Nature Box:

  • Carrot Chips  – I gotta admit, I was slightly scared to try these.  I mean, how good could a carrot that resembles a potato chip actually taste? Well, the kids and I all sat down together to try one….and we finished the whole bag! They were delicious!
  • Cinnamon Spiced Granola – My son and I ate this with milk for breakfast as a cereal.  It was yummy!
  • Country Ranch Peas – Perfect snack while on the computer!
  • Roasted Garlic Pumpkin Seeds – My favorite from the Nature Box.  These were perfect for tucking into the kids’ backpacks
  • Chipotle Maple Almonds – I actually didn’t get to try these! My husband found them and ate them before I had the chance!

All in all, we loved our Nature Box.  The servings were enough that all four of us could snack on any of the items perfectly.  If you’re looking for an alternative to chips and cookies for your munchkins this month, give Nature Box a try!

What is your child’s favorite snack food?

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