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Make yourself feel better from your feet up with Juil “Earthing” sandals

 

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Are you a “shoe person”? Do you find that you need to have several pairs of shoes in different colors and styles for every season? Do you like to match your shoes to your purse and/or your outfit?

I’m not much of a shoe person. Don’t get me wrong – I DO enjoy shoes. I have some really nice shoes that I wear on a regular basis. What I mean by not being much of a shoe person is that I would rather be barefoot.

I grew up in the country and I rarely wore shoes. I would be barefoot all the time. I would even play in the woods and ride my bike barefoot. Did get plenty of cuts, splinters and bee stings but I didn’t mind. I’d get some quick first aid done and head out the door again – barefoot!

Even now as an adult the first thing I do when I walk in the door is take off my shoes. I can’t wait to get my shoes off. I am much happier barefoot.

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I love the way it feels to feel the grass between your toes and the Earth beneath my feet. I feel more in touch and connected to nature that way.

Have you ever heard of “Earthing”? I recently learned about it and I really like the concept.

In our everyday lives, we’re exposed to toxins and stress. Toxins include anything from breathing polluted air, to carrying our cell phones around. Stress can come from anywhere – work, school, friends, or family. Exposure to these stresses and toxins leads to a buildup of free radicals in our bodies. These free radicals attack healthy cells and cause inflammation, which by the way, is the root of almost all medical ailments. Fortunately, we have the Earth, a giant magnet with an endless supply of electrons. If we stay connected by being outside barefoot, these electrons are absorbed to neutralize and release the harmful free radicals in our bodies.

The short version – Studies have shown that maintaining a direct connection between our bodies and the Earth’s surface is beneficial to our health.

Men's and women's shoes from Juil.com.

Men’s and women’s shoes from Juil.com.

While the easiest way to stay grounded is to walk barefoot, that’s not always possible, fashionable, or appropriate. Most footwear has rubber or plastic outsoles that insulate our bodies from making a connection with the earth.

There are shoes you can wear that help you with Earthing. They are by a company called Juil. Juil shoes contain several small copper dots on the shoes that act as a conduit and allow you to stay truly connected and balanced.

Juil shoes make you feel better. They help to cleanse your body of stress and toxins, letting you live a healthier, more balanced life. They’re not only comfortable, but they recreate that calming feeling that you’ve come to associate with walking barefoot.

Juil has only been around for a couple of years, but the growth and passion for improving the lives of our customers is just beginning. The company is made up of yogis, footwear experts, and fashion-minded designers all of whom are working together to help better your every step.

Juil shoes sound like they were made especially for me – someone who prefers to be barefoot. I don’t know about all the scientific stuff but I do know the feeling of grass beneath my feet does make me feel happy.

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Juil sent me a pair of shoes to review. I received a pair of their Dallie sandals in black. Unfortunately for me they didn’t fit my feet (my feet are too wide). Luckily my daughter wears the same size shoes as me (her foot is regular – not wide). She was able to wear the shoes. In fact she loves them and is planning on wearing them on her first day back to school.

I tried to explain the whole “Earthing” thing to her but she really didn’t “get it”. So I just asked her to wear the shoes and let me know what she thought of them.

According to my daughter…

  • The shoes are comfortable.
  • She loves how they look.
  • They match with just about everything she owns.
  • She loves the little “lace part” (as she calls it). She says it makes the sandals look a bit “dressy”.

I asked her if she felt any different wearing the shoes – for example more energized? She tells me that she doesn’t really notice that but she said she could walk in them all day because they feel great on her feet. I don’t know if that is “Earthing” or just the fact that she loves the shoes and they are super comfy to wear.

I’m rather sad that I can’t fit them. They look really nice.

For the record my daughter was in one of her teenage “moods” and didn’t want to pose for pictures wearing the shoes so I had to use photos from the Juil website. When I can get her to cooperate I’ll swap out the photos on this post for personal photos. Teenagers… gotta love ‘em. LOL!

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I’ve read reviews/comments left by others on the Juil website on the various shoes they sell. All the reviews I read were positive. People really love these shoes.

I really like the idea of “Earthing” and I plan on doing some more research about it. I know that copper does have conductive properties, so it would appear that Juil came up with an ingenious shoe. If you have to wear shoes you might as well wear shoes that “connect” you with the Earth and all it’s wonderful properties.

If you would like to learn more about Juil and check out their beautiful shoes (for both women AND men!) visit www.Juil.com. You can also find them on the various social media sites (all the links are found at the bottom of their website).

What do you think about these shoes? Have you heart of “Earthing” before? Do you enjoy being barefoot? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Royal Revolution by Katy Perry

 

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I’m a big fan of scents. I love air freshners, oils, wax tarts, spray and perfumes. I never leave the house without wearing a spritz or two of perfume. I treat perfume like a fashion accessory. Your look is not complete without a lovely perfume.

Sometimes when I’m out and about someone will walk past me wearing a wonderful perfume or cologne. It makes me wonder what the scent is. It sometimes leaves a lasting impression. I hope I can have the same effect on someone with the perfume that I wear.

Funny story… when I was a teen I went to Paris with my family. All over Paris people were wearing a perfume that my mother couldn’t stand but I loved. I didn’t know what it was called. All I knew is that I loved the scent.

About a year later we were on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. There was no way we could afford anything sold there, but it was fun to window shop.

We came across a designers store. When we walked past the store I smelled the perfume that I had smelled in Paris. Sure enough I found the perfume! I had to buy a bottle (I could only afford a small bottle). I wore it every day until I finished the bottle. My mother was not too pleased since she didn’t like the scent.

I think it’s interesting that a lot of celebrities are coming out with their own perfumes. Some celebrity perfumes leave me scratching my head asking why and how this person was able to get their own perfume. For others it just makes sense that they had their own perfume because they have their own unique style. Katy Perry is such a person.

Katy has a new perfume that is beautiful as it is bold and as royal as it is rebellious – a lot like Katy herself.

The scent is called Royal Revolution.

“In some ways wearing fragrance is like putting on an invisible suit of luxurious armor. I want Royal Revolution to inspire women to make their own rules and embrace the idea that beauty and inner confidence can come together to become your secret weapon.” – Katy Perry

I have a hard time picking out the scents used to make perfumes. I couldn’t tell you a top note from a bottom note. LOL!

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Here is a description of what Royal Revolution is made of.

Royal Revolution ($49, 1.7 oz.) is a tempting and irresistible floral fragrance with tantalizing top notes of pink freesia kissed by the nectar of ruby-red pomegranate captivate the senses. Middle notes of sandalwood balanced with sheer orange flower and velvety jasmine petals create a soft, delicate floral heart guarded by the Mystical Blackthorn. Sexy musk and soft vanilla orchid linger on the skin, ensuring an unrivaled and unforgettable dry-down.

Royal Revolution is a light and airy scent. I don’t find it strong at all. It’s a great “everyday” scent – one you can wear to work and on a night on the town.

I can sense the freesia and the jasmine. It has a light floral scent. With a name like Royal Revolution I would think this would have a strong scent, but it doesn’t. That is fine with me. I tend to lean towards light scents.

The bottle is beautiful! It’s very regal and fitting for the perfume. It looks like a jewel with a very royal looking cap. The only downside is that the bottle doesn’t stand up. Due to it’s shape it lies down flat on the counter.

The color of the bottle is beautiful too. I wish the photo did it justice.

Katy Perry’s Royal Revolution is available where most perfumes are sold.

This Killer Queen is destined to lead a Royal Revolution. The Scent of Victory!

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Home decor and more available at Dsenyo

 

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We haven’t even begun back to school shopping yet and already I’m thinking about doing some fall cleaning and some redecorating. I clean (of course) but every couple of months I need to do a deep cleaning – the infamous “fall cleaning” and “spring cleaning” except I do it every other month, give or take. I also want to do a little redecorating by adding some artwork to the wall, moving things around, maybe add a few more decorative pieces here and there.

I like to support good causes. I like to shop from companies that offer Fair Trade products. Fair Trade means that the people who are creating the products are paid fairly for their work. Another words “slave labor” or “sweat shops” where not used to create the products.

I would never want to buy a product knowing it was created by an 8 year old child who worked 20 hours per day for mere pennies. That is just awful! Even if this day and age there are plenty of goods sold every day that were produced by women, children and impoverished people who are forced to work insane hours and get paid hardly anything while the company rakes in the profits.

One such Fair Trade company is Dsenyo. Dsenyo works with groups in Africa and Latin America to create jobs for those less fortunate.

Photo Source: Dsenyo

Photo Source: Dsenyo

According to Dsenyo…

Dsenyo takes a holistic approach making it not only about paying a fair wage, but also building capacity, committing to work with marginalized people who need these opportunities the most, being good stewards of the environment, respecting cultural traditions, working collaboratively and engaging the producers in the decision-making process and developing long-term relationships among other things. For a full list of these nine principles of Fair Trade please visit www.fairtradefederation.org.

You can read more about Dsenyo’s commitment to the Fair Trade industry and their workers on the company’s “About” page.

Dsenyo has many items available for purchase from jewelry to home decor and from toys to apparel. Their products are proudly made by people in Brasil, Malawi and Zambia. On their site you can shop by the different countries, or under the different categories.

Dsenyo sent me a couple of products to check out for myself to see what the quality of the craftsmanship is. They sent me a gorgeous bangle bracelet and a cute plush rabbit. Dsenyo Bracelet The bracelet is gorgeous. It’s made with fabric remnants remaining from other products, which makes them eco-friendly since they are repurposing the left over fabric pieces and not tossing them into the garbage.

The bracelet is very well made. Its hard to tell where the fabric started and ended. It looks like it could be all one piece of fabric.

The fabric gives the bracelet a nice texture too. It’s so colorful!

The one I received could match with many different outfits. It’s also nice enough to wear on a night on the town and casual enough to wear when running around town doing errands.

Sadly mine doesn’t fit me. It’s too small to fit around my hand. The bracelets are available in narrow or wide widths. Either mine is narrow width or my hand is too big. Since I can’t wear it I am thinking about giving it as a gift to my co-worker. She would love it. Photo Source: Dsenyo Another product I received from Dsenyo is a plush toy. It looks like a rabbit. It’s part of Dsenyo’s “Little Friends” collection. They are made in Malawi.

These handmade dolls are meticulously hand stitched and made out of 100% cotton African fabric with soft jersey knit. They are stuffed with poly fill and can be cleaned in the washer and dried in the dryer.

It’s hard to believe this is hand stitched. The stitching on the one I was sent to review look perfect – as if it was sewn with a machine. I’ve hand stitched things before and you can tell it was hand stitched.

These women do an amazing job and clearly are very talented with what they do.

The plush Little Friends are available in a colorful variety of animals including a zebra, elephant, owl, fox, lion, hippo and more.

Dsenyo has a lot of beautiful products. The site is worth checking out.

Whether you are looking to add some decorative pieces to your home, jewelry, clothing or a gift for someone special stop by Dsenyo and support Fair Trade.

For more information or to see all of their available products please visit www.Dsenyo.com. They are also found on the various social media sites (links are found at the bottom of their website).

Do you support Fair Trade? What do you think about Dsenyo products? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Viva la Juicy Gold Couture #CoutureOverdose

 

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I may not be a true “girly girl”. I was a “Tomboy” when I was younger. I tend to be more of a Tomboy then a girly-girly. Growing up I enjoyed playing with Tonka trucks and my G.I. Joe doll then baby dolls and wearing dresses.

As a grown up I don’t usually get excited over shoes, bags, jewelry and designer labels. But I do have one weakness – perfume. I love perfume. I wear it every day even if I’m just hanging out at home.

My daughter also enjoys perfume. A few years ago, for Christmas, she wanted a bottle of Juicy Couture perfume. We were able to find a cute little bottle to tuck inside her Christmas stocking.

Juicy has a new perfume available called Viva la Juicy Gold Couture. I was sent a bottle to review.

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw the photo I uploaded (pictured above).

The new perfume is made with a mix of lush wild berry notes, sultry golden amber and melted caramel, the scent is as indulgent and luxurious as it sounds.

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Viva la Juicy Gold Couture takes the original and iconic Viva la Juicy fragrance and gives it a #CoutureOverdose to remind Viva girls everywhere that no amount of couture is ever too much.

I love this perfume. I love it so much that I literally wear it daily. Every morning before I leave for work I make sure to spray some on before I head out the door.

My husband LOVES this perfume too. He always makes a sexy comment whenever he smells it on me. :-)

What I love about this perfume is that it can be worn anytime, anywhere. It doesn’t matter if you are decked out in jeans and a tee shirt or wearing your favorite little black dress getting ready for a night on the town. You can wear Viva La Juicy Gold Couture anytime for any occasion.

The bottle is adorable. It comes with the cute ribbon tied around the top.

It’s a nice size bottle too. You should get a lot of use out of it. I’ve been using it daily for weeks and there is still a lot left in the bottle.

I have to say that this is one of my most favorite perfumes.

I’m not the only one who loves Viva La Juicy Gold Couture perfume. Check out the hashtag #CoutureOverdose to see what others have to say about this fragrance.

Viva La Juicy Gold Couture is sold at a lot of retail locations across the county. Look for it where ever fine perfumes are sold.

For more information about Juicy perfumes visit www.JuicyCouture.com. You can also find the perfume at www.Macys.com.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Stylish foot fashions from AEROSOLES

 

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I recently started back to work after a 17 year hiatus being a work at home/stay at home mom. I only work part time so I am able to blog in the afternoon.

I’ve been working for several weeks already. I’m still trying to get used to it. I certainly haven’t missed getting stuck in traffic, driving in inclement weather and having to answer to someone else. I would much rather be my own boss, do my own thing and work from the comfort and safety of my own home in my sweats or pajamas. :-)

I am still in the process of picking up work clothing and accessories. Working from home I didn’t need to get dress up. I would wear sweatpants and tee shirts for the most part. I also didn’t have a need for shoes. I don’t wear shoes in our home and when I had to go out I’d just slip on my sneakers.

Now that I work outside of the home I need work clothes and work shoes.

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I work in childcare. It’s not a traditional childcare situation. The children we care for are involved in family court cases (neglect, divorce, custody, order of protection…). We care for newborns up to age 16 (the oldest I’ve seen thus far has been 14).

I do A LOT of getting up and down from the floor, crawling under the table and desk to pick up toys and cleaning up. I need comfortable, yet nice looking, clothes and shoes.

I’m still working on adding to my wardrobe but I do have really comfy and very nice looking shoes that I wear a lot to work. They are from AEROSOLES.

AEROSOLES has fun names for all of their shoes. These shoes are called “You Betcha”. They are SO CUTE!

Smoking slipper with breezy eyelet upper makes every day feel cheery and bright. Padded insole nestled inside a sueded sock, plus a diamond patterned flex bottom, give you waves of comfort both inside and out. technology turns up the volume on your comfort.

You Betcha comes in several different colors – Black Nubuck, Blue Nubuck, Coral Nubuck, Silver Leather, Soft Gold Metallic Leather and Yellow Nubuck.

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It’s hard to tell from the photo but the bottom middle shoe is silver and the bottom one on the right is gold.

I chose the Black Nubuck because black goes with everything I own. I also mostly only wear black capris pants at work (while the weather is warm) and I’ll wear black slacks when the weather gets colder.

Aside from being really cute shoes the AEROSOLES You Betcha shoe is SO COMFORTABLE! I am on my feet a lot during the day when I’m at work. I don’t have time for aching feet. I also love that I can crawl around the floor and play with children with the shoes on and feel comfortable doing it. For me they are a lot like wearing sneakers – except they are more fashionable.

These shoes are great for casual wear and for a night on the town. You can dress them up or dress them down. They are great shoes to wear every day.

AEROSOLES You Betcha shoes are available in sizes 5.5 – 12 including half sizes. They are also available in medium and wide width.

I have chubby feet and they fit in these shoes perfectly. I was a wee bit worried that the top part (the part that goes over the top of your foot) might be too snug but it wasn’t. Plus these shoes are flexible and have some “give” to them which helps them to be comfortable to wear right out of the box. I didn’t have a “breaking in period” like I do with other shoes.

AEROSOLES has so many wonderful shoes to choose from!

AEROSOLES has so many wonderful shoes to choose from!

The reason why these shoes are so comfortable to wear is because they have a Diamond Flex Sole which has been engineered for maximum comfort flexibility by absorbing impact and dispersing friction with every step.

These shoes also feature Stitch ‘N’ Turn which helps to create the MOST flexible and comfortable shoes possible which is why you don’t need a break in period with these shoes. You can literally put them on your feet the moment you bring them home from the store and wear them out and about.

AEROSOLES has A LOT of great shoes to choose from in many different styles and colors. Currently they are having a huge sale where you can save up to 70% on select styles.

For more information about AEROSOLES visit www.AEROSOLES.com. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites (the links are found at the bottom of the brand’s home page).

What do you think about these shoes?

Do you own a pair of AEROSOLES shoes? If so, which one do you own?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Affordable and Trendy Designer Handbags from Jamison Parker

 

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Does your heart skip a beat when you lay your eyes on a beautiful handbag? I know many women, my teenager daughter included, who go crazy for the latest designer handbags. Their handbags are as important to them as rare sports memorabilia is to a man – maybe more so. LOL!

I’m not not a collector of designer handbags, however I have come across several that I felt like I “must” have. Sometimes it’s the style. Other times it’s the color or pattern. Many times it has to do with the size and functionality of the bag.

Let’s face it, most designer handbags are not within reach for most women. I’ve seen some bags sell for thousands of dollars. Unless you are a popular celebrity or married to one of the richest men in the world, most women cannot afford bags like that. But that does’t mean we don’t appreciate bags that look like they cost thousands even when they don’t.

I was recently introduced to a line of designer handbags that fit into most people’s budgets. They are from designer Jamison Parker. They have handbags at prices everyone can afford.

Jamison Parker has something for everyone including clutches, satchels, shoulder bags, totes and wristlets. They are available in different styles, including retro glam, vintage inspired, trendy or timeless, our handbags are 100% vegan because they are made from faux leather.

Not only are they affordable, but the are versatile too.

Jamison Parker handbags are designed for women on the go. Most can fit laptops or tablet devices. There is also plenty of room for other essentials like your lipstick and car keys.

I received to review a couple of bags from Jamison Parker to review.

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  • Made of high quality, fine textured, faux leather
  • Fully lined interior includes inside zippered pocket & cell phone pouch
  • Bonus compartment with zippered top and lock accent (lock does not require key)
  • Zipper closure - Gold tone logo and hardware accents
  • Dual carry handles with 5″ drop length
  • Approx. Dimension: 13.5″W x 11″H x 5″D

Cute! Cute! Cute! I love this bag. It’s roomy too. You can fit A LOT in this bag including an iPad or tablet, a small umbrella, change of clothes, a spare diaper and wipes if you have a baby and so much more.

There are interior pockets which are great for your cellphone and your keys.

My daughter commented on the bag saying that it was a fancy looking mini-duffle bag. LOL!

I have the Lexi bag in red. It’s also available in brown and black.

This beautiful bag (sure to be your favorite) is $60.00.

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  • Dual handle
  • Zipper top opening
  • Back zippered pocket
  • Gold tone metal feet
  • Detachable shoulder strap 48”
  • Fully lined interior with cell phone pocket, and side zippered pocket
  • Approx. Dimensions: 20″ L x 13″ H x 6.5″ W

If you like totes this is the bag for you. You can stuff a lot in this bag including a laptop or use it as an overnight bag (change of clothes, personal products, nightgown…). My daughter plans on using this bag for school. She’s in high school and it’s not “cool” for girls to use backpacks. They carry their books around in fashionable tote bags.

I love that this bag has both handles and a very long, adjustable strap. Normally I use straps but handles are great when you are carrying something heavy.

This bag can be easily washed off if it gets soiled. The same applies to the Lexi bag.

The Susan bag sells for $62.00 and is available in brown, black and red.

Wendy and Stacy

In addition to these beautiful bags, Jamison Parker also sent me their Stacy wallet and Wendy wristlet.

The Stacy wallet has room for everything you need including 10 credit/debit card slots, 2 compartments for paper money and another section for coins. There is room for a spare key and even a lip balm.

Stacy is available in a variety of colors and patterns and sells for $35.00.

The Wendy wristlet is perfect for a night on the town where all you need to bring with you is a driver’s license, a couple of cards and a bit of cash. The comfortable wrist strap allows you to hang it from your wrist so you don’t have to hold it in your hand or worry about putting it down somewhere and misplacing it.

I’ve been using this bag a lot for work. All I need is my driver’s license and keys. This is the perfect size for that.

This adorable wristlet sells for $28.00 on the Jamison Parker website.

Whether you are looking for a big, sturdy tote to carry around all your essentials (it’s great for traveling too!) or a small clutch for a night on the town, Jamison Parker has the styles and colors you are looking for at prices that are sure to make you smile.

To learn more about Jamison Parker visit www.JamisonParkerDesigns.com. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites (Facebook, Twitter…). Those links are found on their website.

What do you think about these beautiful handbags? Did you see one that catches your eye?

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Kimberly

*I received free sample copies in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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