09 May 2014

Reebok Skyscape Review

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Reebok. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. #sponsored #skyscrape
Reebok Skyscape review
Hey guys! I had this great opportunity to test out some new shoes you may have heard about (Miranda Kerr commercial, anyone?), the Reebok Skyscape. It was perfect timing, since I had been looking for casual shoes that are comfortable and was going out of town to play spectator at a marathon Alex ran. That meant I would be on my feet for around three hours. I was intrigued by the selling points of the shoe:

Reebok Skyscape is considered to be an everyday shoe perfect for active and casual occasions, featuring 360 degrees of foam comfort packed into a stylish silhouette that can be paired with a variety of outfits.

The Skyscape upper is crafted using the same manufacturing techniques and processes as molded foam bras, but with materials optimized for the stresses and strains placed on the feet. The material is a seamless, 2-way stretch to comfortably envelop the foot, while allowing for natural foot movement and breathability. The sole resembles cloud-like pillows for cushioning, comfort, and flexibility. The Skyscape comes in a broad range of colors.

It definitely sounds like a great shoe! Of course, I'm ever the skeptic, and nothing compares to user experience.

Reebok Skyscape review
I ordered my shoes, size 9, from Kohl's (currently on sale for $60!) and eagerly waited for them to arrive. Upon opening the box, I was a blown away by how pink they were, even though I knew based on pictures that these shoes would be bright. To me, the color isn't obnoxious, though, and it adds a burst of color to my otherwise monotone wardrobe. Another selling point of these shoes is that they can be easily washed in the washing machine, so I'm not too concerned about stains. In fact, because I'm me, I got a stain on them, which I just scrubbed out with soap and a washcloth. At some point, I'll try washing them and see what happens.

Weighing in at just five ounces, these shoes are very lightweight, making them easy to pack or just to walk around in all day. Being so light, I wondered if it would really provide enough support to back up their claims.

Immediately after slipping them on, I was blown away by the cushioning. I was making dinner at the time and didn't want to take them off. Unfortunately, I can no longer wear them as house slippers since I've worn them outside, so perhaps I need to channel my inner Mr. Rogers and buy a pair for indoor use.

Reebok Skyscape review
I haven't really had the opportunity to style them with any fun outfits yet, but the bright pink did give my spectating outfit a little more pop.

Reebok Skyscape review
Pretty basic outfit.

I didn't wear any socks, yet I didn't notice my feet becoming sweaty or stinky at all. There was minimal discomfort with the tongue of the shoe sliding to the side and rubbing the top of my foot, but after adjusting it was fine. As for the shoe itself, it fit really well, and very glove-like. After walking and being on my feet for a couple hours, my feet and legs did not feel nearly as sore the next day compared to when I wore other shoes that were not as cushioned. I'm also pleased to report that these did not scrape the back of my heel.

From a purely vanity point of view, I am happy with how these look for a casual sneaker. Because I absolutely do not wear athletic sneakers with jeans, I tend to stick with flats, loafers, or casual sneakers that don't look clunky. I'm very happy with how these look with jeans.

So, if you're in the market for a similar style of shoe, go and try these on, at the very least.

(I also shared a review on Kohls.com)

31 March 2014

Relieving Pain with Well at Walgreens

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The temperature is warming up and many of us are becoming more active. We're primarily focused on what we want to accomplish, not on injuries and pain. For myself, I often overlook the latter two, forgetting to stock up on supplies for relieving pain until I need them. Thankfully, the Well At Walgreens brand is here to help.

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I hopped on over to the River Road Walgreens to pick up supplies for a running-themed wellness kit. These are items I have found myself using most often through my years of running.

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  1. Bandages in various sizes. I use these for any scrapes I get from tripping, or to cover small areas that chafed
  2. Nail polish, for covering black toenails
  3. Reusable ice pack - in the past, I used a bulky ice pack, but I've since seen the value in a gel pack that conforms to the shape of the body surface. What I like about this one is that it can be used hot as well as cold, an comes with a large strap to secure the pack in place.
  4. Antibiotic ointment for those scrapes
  5. Pain reliever - my go-to is a pain reliever with caffeine but that's not always optimal if I'm running later in the day. Find one that best suits your needs and keep in mind the side effects.
  6. Moleskin - this is great to cover up and provide extra padding for blisters. I used to use medicated blister pads, but it wouldn't stay on very well and would always start to fall off before it did its job. Now, I just drain and cover if it needs it.

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I organize the items by storing them in a plastic box marked "first aid" that I keep in the closet. This way, I won't have to search for what I need.

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When traveling to races, I often forget to pack these items because I'm an airhead who doesn't make lists. Solution: Buy a small bag and keep it filled with a few of each. When packing, just grab the bag from the closet and toss in suitcase. More efficient, better organized, and less likely to forget things I'll need. I can even toss this in my race bag in case I need something after a local race.

What's in your first aid running kit?

As for the quality of Well at Walgreens products, I've always found them to be as good as name brand counterparts (yes, I've used them before this campaign!). I feel better going out of my way to purchase these products because of the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment. Through December 31, 2014, 1¢ from the purchase of every Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness product (up to $3 million annually), will support bringing preventative wellness services to local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment®. A long time ago, at my local Walgreens, they had a health day providing cholesterol screening and other such services, which was nice to have access to. Keep that in mind when stocking up on health and wellness supplies!

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21 March 2014

Mrs. T's Pierogies Chorizo Nachos

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Millennial Central for Mrs. T’s Pierogies. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
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Happy Friday! If you're planning a get-together with friends this weekend, I have a great recipe idea for you using Mrs. T's Pierogies. My first post was all about reviewing them for the first time and included a very simple recipe to serve as a side dish. Today's recipe is more of an appetizer, though it can be eaten as an actual meal, too. It's nachos, who wouldn't want to eat nachos as a meal?

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Anyway, this is perfect for get-together with friends, like for a potluck-style sporting event (March Madness, anyone?) or movie night. It features potato and cheddar pierogies, Mexican blend cheese and queso fresco, chorizo, and pickled peppers.

Gather:

1 box Mrs. T's Pierogies Potato and Cheddar
2 chorizo sausage links
1 cup Mexican-blend shredded cheese (absolutely NOT taco-seasoned cheese)
1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco
pickled pepper slices
2 green onions, sliced thinly on the bias
chopped fresh cilantro, to taste

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Line a small baking sheet with foil, because who wants to bother with a mess during a gathering with friends? Bake the pierogies according to package directions.

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While the pierogies bake, heat a small skillet over medium heat. Remove casings of chorizo and crumble into heated skillet. Cook thoroughly, about 5 minutes. Drain from fat and set aside.

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Gather cheeses, cilantro, and green onion. Not pictures, pickled pepper slices.

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After the pierogies finish baking, sprinkle with 3/4 cup shredded cheese. Add chorizo, then remaining shredded cheese. Top with queso fresco and green onions. Pop back in the oven for 5-7 minutes, just until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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Remove from oven and top with pickled pepper and cilantro.

Serves 4 as an appetizer or 2 as a meal.

The potato and cheddar pierogies worked out great for this recipe. Obviously, these are not chips, so you'll have to use a fork to eat these "nachos". But it tasted great and is an easy recipe to put together. Try it out for your next get-together with friends!

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