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Mission Belts

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A Guest Review By Rebecca

I received the Kid Storm Mission Kids Belt in L/XL  It fit both my 9 and 11-year old boys perfectly!  The stitching was straight and strong and both the leather belt and the metal buckle are incredibly well made and durable.  They will able to withstand the active lifestyles of my boys! The look of this belt is great! The boys have had it for nearly a month and it still looks new!  Also, because of its particular style it is able to accentuate dressy, casual, and sporty looks.  My only regret is that I only got one; I guess my boys will have to practice sharing!

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The belt is a metallic 35 mm buckle with acrylic finish made with synthetic coated 1.25″ genuine leather.  Mission Belts are made to be customized so if it is too big, you can easily fix it!  The kid’s belts cost $26.99 and can be shipped to any country (shipping and handling may be additional).

Helping Others

For those of you who know me or know the Zoo, you know I’m all about giving back.  While perusing Mission Belt’s Blog I found that the reason they are ‘Mission’ Belts is that they are on a mission to help with ending world hunger and poverty.  They donate $1 from each belt to the cause and have been able to expand their reach to help with over 1.300 micro loans to help people get started on their path to self-sufficiency!

 

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Originally posted 2013-11-11 00:01:13.

Boots: My Spring Favorite Sponsored by @Lugz

By now, surely you’ve realized I have a love for boots.  If not, let me tell ya about these new boots that are keeping my feet comfy while I do my Spring chores!

Lugz Theta Boots: Spring Gift Guide

So, admittedly boots may be piling up in my house.  I’m okay with it, husband….  well…. he loves me.  Haha.   I do frequently hear side remarks about them, but that’s okay.  Having grown up with 6 siblings, I can handle it!  I have a pair in the Mallard style and I did a post about my year’s fashion statement this year with a fabulous silver pair of Empire Hi’s from Lugz!  That brings us to my latest pair, my Theta’s.  They have become my absolute favorite pair of Lugz thus far!  Lugz: you have officially been challenged to beat this pair!

Lugz Theta Wedge Boots

Not only are the Theta’s super comfortable, they are very easy to clean which is a major plus for a girl that couldn’t stay clean anywhere!  I love that the style screams work boots and, when paired with the right outfit, can be worn just about anywhere!  My only complaint is that I can’t seem to find a skirt that they look good with.  Of course, one could argue that there are no skirts that work boots go with.  Calling all you fashionistas, can you find an outfit that they go with?  Please?  LOL.  They are SO comfortable I don’t want to take them off!

Lugz are known for their memory foam insole and being super durable.  This particular pair is also water and slip resistant.  For those of us who are clumsy on our feet, that’s a definite plus!  More than once my feet have been known to trip over themselves.  It’s like they’ve got a mind of their own.

If you are looking for a comfortable pair of boots, you have found them!  I assure you!  These boots made the Spring Gift Guide because I’m crazy about them and they are perfect for working, strolling, and keeping one’s feet dry on rainy Spring days!

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Corset Chick Review

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Being a plus size gal, I was excited to see that Corset Chick Review went up to a size 5/6 XL.  Let me just take a moment to go on my soap box and say, yes I’m a larger woman and I know I need to be smaller, however I’ve been trying for years and have yet to have enough success to make me a size 2 or whatever the ‘in’ size is.  I have made some great strides this year that have helped my health, but they haven’t made me a toothpick yet.  Plus, honestly, I’m 6 feet tall.  If I were a size 2 I’d look like I had an eating disorder!

*jumping off my soapbox*

All that being said, a 5/6 XL wasn’t what anyone I know would think of when they thought of it.  Normally, I wear a 2XL or maybe a 3XL if a brand runs small.  With Corset Chick, the 5/6 XL wouldn’t even fit!  That’s insane!  I was so thankful that I’m currently not having issues with self esteem, as I probably would have had a meltdown!  The 5/6 XL is supposed to fit an 18/20, even though they say they will fit up to a 22.  Well, let me tell ya, they don’t.  22 centimeters, sure, inches….  well, that is another story!   I will say though, that the g string that accompanies the corset is more true to size, I couldn’t wear them as they were actually a 5/6 XL…

It is frustrating to get to a site that boasts about ‘now carrying plus sizes’ only to find that their idea of a plus size is calling a size 14 fat.  Just because you slap on an ‘XL’ doesn’t mean it’s plus size.  Also, as the mom of a not large 17 year old, I can say for a fact that those kinds of things really hurt them when they buy a brand that runs *incredibly* smaller than they are supposed to then label something an XL to have ‘plus sizes’.

The only positive things I can say is that they have a good selection of styles and that the quality of the corset was nice.  Of course, I could only visually evaluate it was not going to fit around a woman that actually wore an 18/20!!!  It isn’t very often that I can’t find much to love about something, but here is one of those rarities.

Corset Chick

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Originally posted 2013-08-17 08:44:10.

Okabashi Shoes: Earth Friendly Shoes for Summer

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About the Company

Okabashi is a company that manufactures 100% recyclable shoes in Buford, Georgia.  Their shoes offer superior arch support, massaging insoles and anti-slip protection.  Their shoes start at $14.99 and offer a 2 year guarantee.  An interesting little tidbit, their site states their products contains 25% recycled materials, has a zero waste manufacturing process and are vegan friendly.

Honestly, I’m not sure what that last one means really, but given that Monkey has a very dear friend that is vegan I have learned that it probably means there is no use of any type of animal anything in them.  Of course, I could look it up, but if you care then you already know what it means!  LOL.

Something else I think is cool is that the company will actually recycle the shoes for you.  Just mail them to the address on the website and they’ll make sure that your old flip flops aren’t piling up the landfills!

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The Product Review

I allowed Monkey to enjoy the trial of a pair of Okabashi flip flops, as she tends to wear shoes out pretty quick!  The durability was quite an attraction!  The quality of the shoes is great, you can tell by looking at them and checking them out that they are well made.  I was somewhat concerned concerned that they would only work with casual wear but they work with some outfits that are a little less casual as well, such as a fun skirt or summer dress.

The only thing that wasn’t favorable was the fit, as the size that she always wears turned out to be a little too tight.  Granted, she has wide feet but she always wears the same size and coming across this issue is a new one.  In addition, the massaging insole on the edge of the shoe irritated her foot.  The part in the middle, however, was comfortable.

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Originally posted 2013-08-17 00:01:40.

Dinosaur Tee Review

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I don’t know what it is with dinosaurs and teens these days, but whatever it is Monkey was pleased to have this sweet looking dinosaur shirt.  I am certain she was just this happy to help out like any teen girl would be….
★I will wait for you to stop rolling on the floor laughing at my sarcasm. Take your time…..★

Moving on to business….  LOL.

Thoughts on the Product

The shirt was a bit small for the size.  She is pictured wearing a size large.  The material is amazingly soft and would be perfect for any hot day.  I don’t think you can really see it, but they included a button with a mustache on it (it’s stuck on her shorts on her left leg).  I thought that was a cute little addition, plus it matches the shirt.   The shirt seems to be pretty durable and the design feels like it will be on there a while, as it doesn’t really stick out like some printing tends to do.  Overall, I feel like this is a quality tee that will last.  Probably long after the dinosaur and mustache trends have become part of their ‘when I was a teenager’ memories!  The shirt will run you about $22 on their website and they have a pretty good selection of both dinosaur and mustache shirts.

Company Description

60% Cotton/40% Polyester 100% AWESOME! Comes in a crew neck t shirt – Color is Mint, Gold and White print on storm shirt. This shirt is very light weight and soft. It breaths very easily and the ink is screen printed, so it will not deteriorate over time.

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Originally posted 2013-07-02 00:02:33.

TV Store Online House Tee Review

imageimageMy Monkey was obsessed with House…  I only say was because we had to ban it.  (She started constantly thinking something was wrong with her, impressionable little Monkey)  I was able to get this amazing tee for her from TV Store Online and she really loves it!  TV Store Online has a huge selection of merchandise from many TV shows.  You can find a list at the bottom of the product pages that begins with 24 and ends with X-men with who knows how many between!  The selection is amazing and you are sure to find something from whatever show it is you love!

The quality of the shirt is fabulous.  I ordered a size larger than she normally gets and you can see how it fits.  I’m quite grateful that I did!  Of course, if you ask me the size she normally orders is too small.  You have to remember, also, that cotton has a tendency to shrink.  I can’t honestly say if this one did or didn’t.  The price was quite reasonable, at $17.95 (add $2 for XX-Large).

I was a little disappointed that the sizes only went up to 2X and that there is an additional charge for it.  I personally feel that if a company is going to charge extra for a larger size, they should charge less for the skimpy shirts so many small girls wear.  However, that of course is my own personal thing.  It’s not exclusive, the extra charge for larger sizes seems to be almost universal.

Overall, I was very pleased with TV Store Online and will be ordering from them in the future.  I especially appreciate that they don’t just have t-shirts.  For example, House is constantly bouncing a ball in the show.  On the page with all the House stuff, they have a ball with the House logo on it.  Doesn’t seem like a big deal, unless of course you love the show!   Many of the shows have little paraphernalia like that.  Another example: they have a selection of M.A.S.H. tees and hats that look like they wear on the show or the Mad Hatter Hat in the Alice in Wonderland collection.  You’ll enjoy checking them out.

TV Store Online doesn’t stop at TV shows, they also have movies, music, comics and games.  The classic Peanuts is among their collection, along with various other things such ketchup, poker and Rubik’s cube!

**Tip: Any printed clothing you have, wash it inside out to help make it last longer and keep the printing from coming off as long as possible, then hang to dry.

Originally posted 2013-06-30 00:01:46.

What Statement are you Making This Year?

Fashion is a big part of life and always has been, tribal attire from times gone is always so beautiful to me!  What fashion statement are you making this year?  Personally, planning on reflecting what I’d like to become on the inside!  These boots scream happy and fun loving, don’t you think?

What Statement are you Making This Year?

Lugz Empire Hi CR Boots

Perfect for winter, these boots definitely get some attention!  Loving the shine and comfort they provide!  Perfect fashion statement to make while keeping your feet warm and comfortable!  As with the Lugz Mallard’s, the memory foam keeps your feet comfortable from the first time you put them on and beyond!  They too are water proof and can easily be wiped off to keep them looking new!  The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was that they don’t have the strip on the back to pull the boots up, so I had to loosen the shoe strings quite a bit to get them on.  Never really thought that was something I should check for when buying boots, but in the future it won’t be forgotten!  In the meantime, I’m still wearing my Lugz Empire Hi CR’s and enjoying the glitzy look they give me!  They go great with a white tops and dark pants!  I also really enjoy the sparkle they put off when the light hits them in the dark!  They’ll be taking me to some concerts in the future!  Until then, my fashion statement for this year is that I’m here, I’m gorgeous, and I’m comfortable in my skin (and my boots too!).  Take that 2018!

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Lugz Mallard Boots

No matter how are to fight it, I will always be a jeans and T-shirt, muddy boots kind of girl Sometimes I fight it, other times I embrace it. At the end any day, I will always be an Okie!  Check out these awesome Lugz boots that are comfortable all the time!  Great for anything!

 

I recently got a pair of the Lugz Mallard boots to review and try out, let me tell you, I had a great time breaking them in!  A good review wouldn’t be complete without being thoroughly tested right? I feel that boots are meant to be put through the wringer, so to speak, and if they can’t stand up to the dirt, mud, and everything that comes with country life then they really have no business in my closet This is also very strong contributor to why I feel that boots are meant to be with jeans (good ones not thin designer jeans and sure as heck not with leggings, dresses, or skirts).

Lugz Mallards Boots Review

~ Girl’s Night Out ~

As the song goes, “These Boots Were Made for Walkin….” The new boots, my bestie and myself were walking all around downtown for their annual Girls Night Out. So I don’t them on girls night out and walked all over downtown Siloam Springs, Arkansas The only thing hurting that night or my legs because I’m not a shape my feet more perfectly happy.

~ The Mud ~

I decided to give them test run whenever it rained and stormed because, frankly, I like walking in the mud and seeing how it goes (it’s the kid in me the, Okie in me, and it makes me happy so no judgment!)  After stepping in some shallow mud, I took it a little deeper where the mud covered the sole of the boot.  I am super pleased to say that:

  1. they were easy to clean
  2. I didn’t slide in the mud

~ The Verdict ~

After all I’ve worn them, tested and experimented, it’s safe to say love my new boots!  They are amazingly warm, comfortable, and stylish! I think me and my new boots are going to have some fun this winter!  If only they would go with those formal outfits that I have to wear in the winter time!  But then, I’m way too country to really think that boots go with any kind of skirt. Ever. But that’s just me other people have their own opinions,

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Smart & Sexy Review

Are the kids in the room???  This one is for Mommy and Daddy…  



They gone yet?????

I’ll wait….

Okay, is it safe???

K.  Here goes…


I recently reviewed a few pieces from Smart & Sexy.  They were great!  I will admit that ordering these things online in the past have made me nervous, you never know what quality you’ll get since you can’t check it out in person, but I was very excited to find that the products I reviewed were of great quality!  The material was soft, well sewn, and super comfortable!  The people over at Smart & Sexy were really great too, they answered all of my questions (and for those of you who don’t personally know me, yes I asked a lot!) and gave me awesome customer service!  

Materials:  soft, comfy night wear, and durable material was all put together well.  I couldn’t find a single thread out of place!  😀
Customer service: A+++, answered questions and were very helpful
Shipping:  fast!  I’m quite pleased with that!!!

I reviewed a very comfortable chemise and am very pleased to add it to my sleep wear!  I love adding sleepwear my husband and I can both enjoy!  I also reviewed a bustier that was quite astonishing!  Very well made, of course, and also enhanced features well!  It is very comfortable!  

I can’t say enough just how well made their products were!!!  I am impressed!  Many times things aren’t quite so…..  worth the money I guess, but these are a great value!  

Anyway, go check em out!  Order a couple with express shipping for you Valentine’s celebration and then enter below to win an extra!  

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Originally posted 2012-02-02 00:21:00.

Feeling Lucky? @LugzNYC & an Herbal Foot Soak!

Shoes are absolutely awesome and most days I really like wearing them and then there are other days. Unfortunately, nobody lets me go barefoot and frankly I’ve seen the bottom of my feet after running through a parking lot and I really do not love that.  However, since society and filth dictate the necessity for me to wear shoes,  at least I feel like I’m barefoot sometimes. Let’s face it, our feet are made to walk.  *Queue the Boots are Made for Walking song to now be stuck in your head.  Your welcome. LOL*

My new Lugz Seabrooks are a great break from the dress shoes that I have to wear to work sometimes. They make me feel like I’m not wearing shoes at all sometimes except my feet are protected and stay clean. LOL Isn’t that nice? With the canvas on the outside, they are easy to wipe clean which makes them perfect for any kind of chores!  I love that I can work in the garden in them, hose them down and dry them in the dryer then wear them again with nearly anything!  Lugz Seabrook’s can go from the playground and casual dress to (in the right color) business in just a dusting of a hand towel and a change of clothes!  

Ahh, promotional items!  I did get these for free in exchange for this review.  However, my opinion is my own.  To that note, here are the things I don’t like…  Typically, I wear running shoes.  I always have.  This is the very first pair of shoes I have ever owned in this type.  It takes some time for your feet to adjust if you don’t normally wear shoes without support.  That’s it.  That’s my only complaint.  That being said, I will definitely be getting more shoes in this style in the future.  While they won’t be the shoes I wear for walks and runs, they will definitely be on my feet quitte frequently!

After a long day at work or play, we should all find a way to treat ourselves.  So, below is a fabulous way to make a simple foot bath to soak your feet in and relieve emotional stress at the same time!  What could be better after a long day when time is of the essence?

Hate your big feet?  Here’s a little tidbit I came across that I thought I would share.  The Karo Batik people of Indonesia find larger feet far more sexy, but then perhaps they aren’t bombarded with media telling them what to think!  So, ladies and gentlemen, perhaps if media didn’t control our opinions as if we were sheep we would all be loving big feet!  Until then, that’s a thought to keep in our arsenal!  I have big feet, I say it’s because I’m so tall I need the help with my balance.

Need an amazing foot soak? Check the Herbal Foot Bath below!  Catch Lugz on their SiteFacebook, Instagram & Twitter for awesome updates & more!

Not enough time for a full soak? My suggestion is to make the mixtures in something you can seal, then wipe down your feet and prop them up for a while!

Herbal Foot Bath

Soften feet & Relieve Stress

All In One

¼ Cup Carrier Oil: this can be olive, coconut, almond etc. Whatever you like!

15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Below are some concoctions you may find helpful:

lavender and/or chamomile – For Calming

bergamot and/or sweet orange – To Uplift You

* clary sage and/or sandalwood – To help you Find The Moment

* eucalyptus and/or peppermint – To invigorate you

*ginger – For Warming

*jasmine – For Sensuality

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