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Friday, August 12, 2016

Wide-toed hiking, running and casual shoes by VivoBarefoot

Barefoot running has its charms.  But since those barefoot running shoes are often hard to put on, most people are opting for other things.  Since comfortable shoes that allow decent toe spread are my current obsession, I want to share what I have learned with you - other wise it's not much fun to find things out if I can't share them.

Oh, so that's why they have different shaped shoes...


First of all, there is the matter of foot shape.  Some of you might have a foot with a longer second toe.  That kind of foot has no problems with regular shoes because it gives them room for that longer toe with a rounded or pointed toe box.  I have something between Egyptian and Roman.  And that means trouble for shoes because they end up not fitting.  My foot is wide in the front and narrower in the heel.  I've decided to give up designer and fashion shoes for the sake of comfort.  Mainly, I've started to have bunions, despite wearing only modest shoes for many years since an ankle sprain sidelined me.

One of the problems with this new view is that you often miss out of some element of fashion.  But I feel that VivoBarefoot solves that problem by having some cute flats and some alternate designs beyond just running shoes.  They even have hiking boots, rain boots, and water shoes.  As per usual, I think Amazon is the way to go with being able to try them on and send them back if you don't like them



Please check out my other recommendations:
Best running shoes for wide feet & toes
More best running shoes for wide feet & toes

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Olympic highs and lows for swimming - and what's with the team suits not being worn by all?

Maybe most people only have a passing interest in swimming, but having been on the swim team in high school, I actually get really into it.   It's amazing to see how things have advanced in terms of times and how swimming is different by these champions vs the rest of us.  But wait there's more...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

More best running shoes for wide feet & toes

Watching the Olympics really gets me wanting to jump back in there and try to get in shape again. I'm pretty sure it does that for you, too. One of the problems with has dogged me throughout the years is having to force my feet into shoes that don't fit right. And everyone thinks that if you are wearing flat and/or athletic shoes that you will not have the problems that many women have from wearing heels. Well, think again! If your running shoes are pinching your toes together, you can get bunions. It's not just from heels! So here is yet another recommendation: TOPO ATHLETICS. I've been obsessed lately with making sure I get shoes which allow my feet to expand properly. I have learned that there are different foot structures. Some people do not have a problem with pointy-toes shoes and don't need the room in the toe box that I need. And that's fine for them. I just know that I need room in the toes. But Topo takes it a little bit further than other modern shoe companies. In addition to offering support, their shoes encourage a more natural running stride. They have shoes which are graded from a zero heel drop, 3mm lower in the heel, and 5mm lower in the heel. These could be a game-changer. And, as usual, Amazon makes it easy to try them on with free return shipping if they don't work out. I'm ready to try them for myself!

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Best running shoes for wide feet & toes

Have you ever noticed that most running shoes pinch your toes? Have you thought about trying barefoot running shoes to let your toes be freer? Or did you just give up and stuff your toes into your shoes anyway. I've seen women with horrible feet- huge bunions that made it difficult for them to walk. Just look at any podiatrist website and you'll see what I'm talking about. I was determined to avoid the problem by not wearing heels. But there is more to it than that! Your toes need room to spread - and most shoes get in the way of that natural toe spread. Even clogs! And I'm sure you've heard that Dansko clogs are great for your feet! I have decided to get rid of all of my shoes right away - even the ones I thought were sensible - in hopes of making it so I don't have a problem - even the running shoes. So here is my recommendation for a great running shoe that I had never heard of before - ALTRA. They have them at Amazon.com. I also have additional recommendations for every day wear below:

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Be Frugal, Ebates, TopCashBack cash back programs offer $10 signing bonus

Check it out at BeFrugal - and please use my link.

 Ebates also offers a $10 gift card to sign up.

If you're at all like me, you're doing more and more shopping online.  There are some great ways of walking into additional savings though cashback programs.  My cousin said it sounded like a scam, but I think she may just not shop online like I do.  I have found that I pretty much know my size in things, and if something doesn't fit, I'm not shy about making a return.  All you have to do is click though some of these online sites and they give you coupons for some of your favorites stores and additional cash back which they pay out to you.  That being said, I'm going to explain the way it operates.  This, for me, started with shopping through the Upromise credit card which also has its own cash back program.  It was most worthwhile to use when you combined the credit card with the website's cash back, so when the credit card changed hands too many times, I stopped using the site.  Long story.

You may have seen affiliate programs for you as a blogger.  Think of this as one big affiliate program.  The website is offered an affiliate bonus for advertising on their website.  People who click through their website to make purchases earn them a bonus which they pass on to you for clicking though.  What I do is compare between multiple programs to see who is giving the best cash back.

So here's a list of other programs I use for comparison purposes.  All of them are free for you to join, and I recommend joining all of them because you never know what will come up in terms of great discounts.



CouponCabin runs featured specials on a limited basis which makes them worth joining and worth checking out.The sometimes off a signup bonus.

TopCashBack often lives up to its name.  Not sure if they are giving a signing bonus.


Swagbucks offers additional ways you can earn cash back like time-wasting videos, games, surveys, and even searching the internet.  I watch the movie previews regularly.  You also get credit at the store for printing out coupons from their website.  I've made a few hundred dollars which I mostly exchange for Amazon gift cards.  I've given some money to charities they offer on their marketplace.  They offer a discounted rate on your first gift card you order each month.  This means a better earning rate.  But really, I think of them more like Swag Cents.  1 Swag Buck is worth about 1 penny.  But they are one of the few sights which pays you for your internet searches, so it is worth having in your back pocket. 

And it wouldn't be complete without Shop At Home which offers the bonus of matching the cash back of most of these websites even though they don't give a signup bonus.  Check it out.


And they all have apps!  Please let me know how you're saving!



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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Speck case replacement warranty review & how to

Speck makes it both easier and harder than Zagg to make a warranty claim.  On the pne hand, you don't have to pay shipping, like with Zagg.  But they don't have an online form.  You just email customer service!

On the one hand, I'm happy with how relatively easy it can be.  On the other hand, it's frustrating how much time and how many emails it took since they aren't clear about how to file the claim on their website. And on the other hand, I'm irritated with how the phone case materials lend themselves to ripping or tearing.

So you don't deal with the annoyance of multiple emails, I'm going to give you the skinny on how to get things in order for them.  List all of the following:

Name,current address, date of purchase of your phone &where purchased.
Attachments:
1.  Photos of the damage to the case
2.  A copy of your purchase receipt.

If you purchased your phone online, obviously getting a copy of the receipt will be very easy.

 Email your claim to customerservice@speckproducts.com.  Once your claim is complete, they say they will send it out right away.  I'm waiting.  I will update when I get it.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

How InvisibleSheild fools you, how they're great, and how to beat the system

I just put InvisibleSheild on my phone and I'm amused by how so many people think it's magic that you use their wipe and then put on the screen.  You see magic, I see an alcohol wipe.  Yes, that's right!  You're paying extra to "prime the adhesive."  And there is a replacement warranty!  No, people, you've been fooled.

What they did is brilliant, though.

They give you the alcohol wipe, a cleaning cloth, a "squeegee" and have given the shield additional plastic around it so that you can position it on your screen.  They call it "Application Gel."  Seriously.

That "application gel" (alcohol) allows you some small leeway to get those obnoxious bubbles out from between the screen and the protector.  But really, it's the evaporation of the alcohol which gets rid of ubiquitous and troublesome microbubbles.  There is no special bonding property which makes it actually a better product.

After years of never having problems, I dropped my phone and it the edge of a metal leg.  Darnit!  Putting a screen protector on AFTER was an exercise in frustration, but I had to do it because I was waiting for the right phone for me before I finally went for it.  I wanted the best bang for my buck and didn't want to get splinters in my fingers while waiting.  So I know full well that often that screen protector is the only thing keeping a screen together.

What they do that is brilliant is all about marketing.  They put it all together in one package which you pay extra money to buy.  That's brilliant.  I wish I had thought of that.  Application gel!  Hilarious.

And then there's the "warranty."  Sure, you can get a replacement, but you have to pay for shipping!  $3.99 for first class mail.  And I'm sure you have to pay the return shipping of your messed up shield - because guess what - if you don't mail it back, they charge you for the replacement!  BONUS to them.

BUT, I found a workaround!  And I'm passing it on to you.  Check out www.FreeShipping.com.  I don't blame you for not wanting to trust any company that offers you something that sound too good to be true, so I'll ive you the details on it..  They offer a free trial period, and it's about 11.95 monthly.  In exchange, they give you 10% cash back and pay for up to $10 on purchase shipping and return shipping.  It's ideal for someone who orders alot of things from online.  So, I'm going to make my order through Zagg and claim that shipping reimbursement.  Please click on my link. :)

In the end, my review is MEH.  You can get a cheaper screen protector, an alcohol wipe from a first aid kit, and a microfiber cloth anywhere.  You can even use something other than the "squeegee" they put in their packaging.  In fact, doing so will save you some bucks.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tom's shoes gives back and so do I! $20 off for you!

I just made a second order of Tom's shoes. From the original idea that every pair of Tom's buys a pair for a needy child, there has been an expansion into new things.  For every pair of sunglasses, they support restored vision.  The marketplace supports other like-minded businesses.  Bags support maternity care and safe births.  And backpacks support anti-bullying campaigns.

There are super-cool new styles like cork platform wedges, espadrilles, Swedish Hasbeens type wood clog sandals (with padding in the foot bed), and the original basic shoes which all the cool people wear.  And T-shirts.  Sunglasses come in all kinds of cool styles - and most important to me, they have POLARIZED lens options.

The link I'm providing here is $20 for you and $20 for me.   Slip into Tom's today and support those less fortunate. It's cool.  And I think Jesus would approve.  There might be even better ways to raise money for services to needy children in 3rd world countries, but most of us just don't do them regularly.  So this way, at least you've done something to help.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Dieting AGAIN in the new year

You know exactly how it is.  We've all be here so many times ot the point where I'm thinking about starting a separate blog for the new year - one that is focused on dieting issues, since alot of people of I've seen around church seem to be among the beautiful people already and don't have any struggles with that.  I could be wrong.  But that's how it seems to me. 

I'm pretty angry about alot of this stuff and it seems like a separate blog would be a better way to deal with that.  I'm sort of sick of people at church assuming that I'm fat because I eat total shit all the time.  I actually had some guy insisting that God had called him to keep me accountable for my diet.  Grrrr.  That was the end of our friendship.

Seriously, do you ever wonder why God would allow people to have disease and discomfort?  I just don't understand why my metabolism doesn't work like everyone else's.  I wonder if I shouldn't post what I eat just so everyone knows.  I'm pretty tired of doctors assuming the same.  Every time I go for an appointment, I feel judged.  It's just not fair in a way that I just can't figure out.  Sometimes wanting something really badly and creating space for it in your life still doesn't make it happen.  The Secret can suck it.

So this year, I'm just biting the bullet and getting away from it all for a few days to see if I can get a grip on my health issues and some perspective on my life and current spiritual issues.  In college and high school, it seems like retreats are par for the course so that they can influence you to a certain outcome.  So, sometimes you have to just make one up for yourself.  I just don't know what I want to influence myself to do.

So, now it's a whole new year.  Will it be renewed and refreshed me?

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lancome Grandiose mascara reiview - aiming to disappoint

I'm a long-time Lancome customer.  I was very happy when Definicils came out with colored mascaras a few years ago and have been expectantly waiting for Lancome to make colored mascara again - especially in Definicils.  I bought several colors last time around and used them until they were practically dry.  I never would have purchased this particular mascara if it wasn't for the colors, but I love having extra space for some color since I don't enjoy powdered mascaras because the powder irritates me when I wear contact lenses.  The Grandiose swan-neck wand is awkward.  I'm used to working with a long, straight wand with Definicils and I'm fine with it, plus it gives a more economical use of the mascara itself.  And then, wouldn't you know it, the formula flakes off. 

Luckily I have alot of samples of the Cils Booster (also Lancome) and tried using that as a base. This actually helped and means I only use 1 coat of the mascara so it will last longer.  However, I am seriously disappointed in Lancome and felt that, in order to simplify my beauty regimen to a tolerable lever, that I had to find colored mascaras which don't need this extra step.  What can I say?  My health has not been that great for the past few years, so I will take anything that makes me feel better emotionally.  Colored mascara gives an extra pop for my eyes.  The Sapphire blue is so dark it's almost black, had I known, I would have purchased the lighter blue.  The "purple" color was more like a red brown and I was looking for an aubergine.  I like the violet the best out of these for my eyes.

My search led me to Sephora's very reasonably priced store brand makeup.  I'm going to be paying less than half from now on. Or at least until colors come back to Definicils.  I am also not getting any money off of this review, but am considering starting a beauty blog or something fun and shallow like that.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Before you try Fabletics, be warned

My rationale went something like this...  Kate Hudson is cute and I like her, and there is a really good deal on Swagbucks for a discount...I'm going to try it.  I think the idea of Fabletics works really well if you hate shopping or are in an area without much decent shopping.  A desire to live in workout-ready streetwear is another must.  The bad new is that if you don't have an instantly fabulous Hollywood body, you might not be very happy with the offerings.  And they will just about bury you in a pile of emails to your inbox - blech.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Wacky & creepy happenings with Google

I don't know how many blogger friends experienced the same issue, but for some reason Google was blocking the ability to log in, and now that thing is just gone.  It could be that I registered a different email without meaning to, but now I am able to log in no problem.  I thought there was something wrong and I would not be able to post anything anymore unless I gave up too much information to feel comfortable.  Our times have changed. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Why be a woman, when you can be a man?

In the musical "My Fair Lady," Henry Higgens sings to his friend Colonel Pickering, "Why can't a woman be more like a man?"  because men are so friendly, virtuous, etc.  But what I really want to know is, why be a woman when you can be a man?

I read an article that disturbed me a bit about the "Red Pill" which is one of the new terms for the so-called men's rights movement via the website "A Voice For Men."  The article, titled "From woman to man to red pill" discusses the perspective of a woman who hated her female body and transitioned to becoming a man.  I was thinking, OF COURSE someone who hated being a woman could turn into a red pill man.

Monday, June 15, 2015

ABC's "The Goldbergs" is my version of "The Wonder Years"

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Even though I've already seen some these episodes, I'm always inclined to watch them again, and enjoy them just as much - if not more.  This is how I know that I think its good.

In this episode, Adam lied about how he broke his arm - typical kid stuff.  He says he broke it riding a hoverboard, that skateboard thing from from 1985's Back to the Future.  But really, he broke it making a video of himself dancing to "Faith" by George Michael.  WHAM and NKOTB are some of Adam Goldberg's guilty pleasures - which means he's just like every other 80s kid.  He could have said he broke it making one of his videos without revealing his secret guilty pleasure.  (Adam F. Goldberg got really famous, the end, so shut up.)  ...but then, that would be the end of the story, and a whole lot more boring, right? 

Meanwhile, Beverly (mom) struggles with being jealous of Dave Kim's mom, whose family just opened a Chinese restaurant.  Oldest sister, Erica, teaches Adam how to lie better, but he can't take the pressure.  He finally tells the truth to save his friendship with his best friend, Emmy.  She is still mad, but he then tells her this gem that reminds me of my own crazy family: 

"I get it.  You said it yourself.  We're more than just friends.  We're family.  And, in my family we fight, scream, and we make horrible mistakes that go way too far.  But an hour later, we're fine.  That's what it means to be a Goldberg.  And, like it or not, you're one of us."  Not only that, the family makes up with Mom and they go out for Chinese.  And Emmy comes over to pledge her friendship, because, after showing the class his Wham dance video, he's going to need all of the friends he can get.

Now, pass me a box of tissues because that was sweet.  And that Sean Giambrone kid playing young Adam Goldberg is absolutely adorable in the way that I wish I had a kid like that.  I hope he's that adorable in real life and doesn't turn into a putz with a big head.  I never got "The Wonder Years" when I was the age of the children on it.  It was boring and I couldn't really relate.  Maybe with the Goldbergs being Jewish and my cousins also being Jewish, I feel like I have more in common with them.  Though, if Adam Goldberg's family got over things in an hour, they are lucky.  It usually took mine a few days of stewing.

This is my version of my own wonder years - even though I'm getting it as an adult looking back on an imperfect, sometimes painful childhood.  And this is why I don't mind watching the episodes again in ways that I probably wouldn't bother with other sitcoms - except for Square Pegs with a young and adorable Sarah Jessica Parker as a loveable loser.  Now if someone can just let me know where I might watch reruns of Square Pegs, I would be happy about that, too.


I would be even happier if Adam had an episode where he explains being Jewish to his Christian cousin (like I remember doing with my cousins) because I really wanted a bat mitzvah when my cousin had hers.  I thought it was so cool.  I'm not sure if Adam has had his bar mitzvah on the show, but that might be a fun episode.  Though, the real Beverly Goldberg has tweeted that the show is not about being Jewish, so I might have to insert my own memories about what that was like for me.  I married a Jewish guy, after all.  My cousins love that and have made me their honorary sister by calling me their last name.

OMG, seriously, her tweets are just like she is on the show!
And don't forget your umbrella/sweater/gloves... she's just like my mom.

The only thing I don't like is the reference to trophies for showing up, but I will explain that in another post.

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Goodbye to Welmer & the disappeared Spearhead

The whole manosphere thing was interesting.  First there was a guy named Welmer - or at least that was his blog handle.  Then he started writing under his real name, WJ Price.   And then, somewhere in there he started whining about the legal system.  And then it turned out that Price was proud of his "deadbeat dad" status and stopped paying child support and/or alimony.  And somewhere in there I lost respect.

Look, I know that the legal system doesn't like people to represent themselves.  Most people do not know what paperwork to file, don't do it right, don't dress properly, and generally do not know how to behave in court.  It's like church from 100 years ago, not the rock 'n' roll blue jeans church of today.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The great summer bikini-ready body coverup (modesty, fat, or skin cancer)

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That's not Gidget's mother!
You don't have to be a religious modesty nut to want to stay covered up at the beach.  What if you're more of a sun hater than a sun bather?  Nowadays there are more options for sun haters than ever. If you ever caught episodes of Gidget starring a youthful Sally Field, she came with a sidekick called LaRue who used coverups, blankets, hats and stayed under a protective umbrella. I used to be more of a Gidget.  What went wrong???

My quest to find modest beach wear is mostly about feeling totally embarrassed about my body holding extra poundage that I can't get rid of in my current state of health.  Injuries and pain forced me to give up my gym membership and my habit of walking a few miles a day, and hours of dance classes & going out dancing with friends.  Add hypothyroid and it's basically GAME OVER.  Well, fearing overexposure from my early years of swimming all day without sunscreen, and I'm your typical Christian hypochondriac. 



Saturday, May 9, 2015

How to stop credit card offers in the mail

If you're like me, you're tired of getting endless credit card offers in the mail.  While I'm a fan of the Unites States Postal Services and certainly want them to stay in business, I'm tired of dealing with credit card offers I don't want and never go for.  I'm the type who shops for stuff online when I want it.  I finally decided to read the fine print on a Discover card offer and it directed me to an online opt out site called www.OptOutOnline.com.  It's legit, so I'm directing you all there.

If you want to opt out of catalogs and other direct mail offers, check out www.DMAChoice.org.  Read up on both at their respective websites.  In some cases, you will have to write to companies directly if you have ever ordered from them in the past.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Do we like Skye more now that she's Quake on Marvel's Agents of Shield?

Taking Skye from hot female hacker trope woman to Quake has its positive points.  Many discussed, including my husband and I, that she is the "Mary Sue" of Marvel's Agents of Shield both literally and figuratively.  She talked about having been at St. Agnes (the same convent where Daredevil was raised).  It was there that the nuns renamed her Mary Sue Poots.  I sometimes wish I made this stuff up!  I admit that I was not actually the first to notice this about her.  We see just about everything through her eyes.  She's got this annoying level of wide-eyed innocence and everyone tries to protect her.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Can plastic surgery go too far?

I just watched Ana Kasparian and some guests discuss that its basically fine to have plastic surgery.  In some ways I agree.  But I disagree that it's not hurting anyone.  It may help someone feel better about themselves for awhile, but it's not a guarantee of future happiness.  I'm sure you're wondering why I would say such a thing.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Diet Savvy - The Mayo Clinic Diet Sucks

If you're like me, you have reason to be concerned about your weight.  I decided to read up on as many diets as possible to see where these diets fail and where they work.  I can' help but notice that there is an inherent prejudice toward dieters.  We are fat because of specific reasons, according to the Mayo Clinic diet.  And if you don't fit those reasons, I'm wondering if you can actually be helped by this diet.  I got totally stuck at the opening quiz because I could not answer that ANY of these were my problem: