25 July, 2012

Ooofos Review and Giveaway

     It's Summertime!  That time of year when you can actually enjoy the outside (for the most part) and get out and be active.  I love the heat.  I love the freedom from coats and hats.  I love the birds and the flowers.  I love the water and the fishing.  What's not to love about Summer?
     One of the sure signs of summer are flip flops.  I have owned my share of flip flops.  Every year I buy at least 3 pair.  But every year I am also disappointed in at least 2 of them.  Either the foam gets very thin after a few weeks and the plastic starts poking into my feet or I step on the playground only to be impaled by wood chips.  Sometimes they would break shortly after getting them and were not worth the money to begin with.
But recently I came across OOfos sandals and I must say, I have yet to be disappointed.  They come in slip-on style (OOahh Slide) and thong flop style (OOriginal Thong).  I chose to try the OOriginal Thongs.  The thing that first stuck out to me about them is the material.  They are a very thick rubber/foam type material called OOfoam that do not flatten like the regular flip flops do and they do not allow pokies to come through.  In fact, I noticed a thumb tack in the bottom of my Oofos and didn't even notice it was there til I saw it.

     The material is also VERY comfortable to walk on, almost like you have insoles built in.  It's one of the most comfortable pair I have ever owned.  The only pair I find comparable in comfort was a pair I loved so much that they made it into my maternity shoot!  I love these just as much.
     The cool thing about these is that they are machine washable.  I have never been afraid to shove shoes in the washer and dryer, but they do make a horrible thud.  However, the OOfos are very lightweight and do not cause the racket that sneakers make and do not risk damage to the sandal with all that tumbling and turning.
     I seriously LOVE my OOfos.  And now you have a chance to win a pair of your own by entering my Rafflecopter below.  Good luck!

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Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Anytime Costumes Review

     Halloween is one of my kids' favorite days.  They love the dressing up and the free candy.  It's the only day of the year when they ACTUALLY dress up, not just throw on a costume and go, but take time and get it perfect with all the accessories and hoopla it deserves.  For me, it is super fun, but also it is super stressful.  Each year, I worry about the money that goes into it, I worry about the weather and how we will keep the kids warm without making them look like a pile of laundry instead of a princess.  I also worry about my own costume because I refuse to go out undressed, of course.
     Well this year, the weather isn't too bad, so I can go out a little less layered than normal.  And I LOVE my Halloween costume!  I don't think I have ever loved a costume as much.  I just feel absolutely beautiful in it.  Unfortunately my camera is on the fritz.  I hate not having personal photos to show you how awesome it looked, but trust me on this, it was gorgeous.  And since I'm pregnant, I've got to have just the right type of costume for over my belly once Halloween comes.  I'll be a full four and a half months by then and I will look pretty big if history is a good example.  Fortunately, this costume will make a spectacular maternity costume, the belly area is very forgiving, as you can probably tell.
     Usually, my costume is bulky or stiff or it makes noise when I walk... but this year, my costume is soft and flowing and feels like a comfy night gown... in fact, a silky nightgown if you can imagine.  I got it at Anytime Costumes.  It is a peach and green Greek Goddess costume.  It comes with the dress itself, a slip (how considerate) and a head wreath.  The head wreath is actually very pretty and looks great with my hair partly over it and partly under it.  It honestly looks a little phony on the website photos, but looks better on a person in real life.
     It comes in regular and plus and I admit, I SHOULD have gone with the plus, especially with a little one on the way, but I didn't.  You know, you never want to admit you're bigger than you are.  Regardless, it is comfortable and looks great.  It just gives maybe a little more cleavage than I'd have had if I'd have been true to my size.  It also comes in a white and blue color scheme, which I almost went for.  It was a toss up, but I think I went with the right choice for me.  It all came down to the shoes.  Again, I'm kicking myself for not being able to share pics.  The shoes totally finished the whole look.
     Some things I especially liked about the costume were the sleeves and the rope accent.  The sleeves are open on the shoulder, but connect around the elbow.  I thought this looked so pretty and also helped keep the sleeves from being too awkward.  The rope was perfect for tucking in my tummy, so that I didn't look pregnant before I'm supposed to look pregnant... you know that phase?  Ugh.  Thank goodness for those ropes!
     I really think that this costume will be my favorite ever.  It sure beats being a vampire for the 3rd year in a row!
     Do you dress up for Halloween?

     *  I received this product free in order to create this review.
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