Cape Clogs -- the Floral Variety
Monday, March 2, 2009
A little secret: I've always wanted to own a pair of clogs. Ever since a good friend of mine from high school, Jenny, -- who happens to be one of the smartest people I've ever known in my life -- wore a pair throughout our entire senior year I've longed for a pair for myself. Jenny ended up going to Duke. Hmm. I wonder where she is today. My suspicion is she's probably still rocking the clogs and just being one big brain.
Imagine my excitement when I got a chance to review Cape Clogs, some of the greatest clogs from Sweden. My dream of wearing clogs would finally be realized. I was in heaven and still am. I love them!
I decided to get the Cherry Blossom Cape Clogs since spring is just around the corner (shown above). I have to admit, the leather upper was a little stiff when I first slipped them on, but what great shoe doesn't need to be broken in first? After wearing them for a few days, they are some of the most comfortable shoes my feet has ever been acquainted with. What I like most about these clogs is that they are beautifully designed and you also can clearly see that the wood is hand carved. It's a simple shoe, but very well made. Now I find myself wearing my Cape Clogs leisurely around my home throughout the day. As someone who holds comfort dear none of my other shoes hold this honored distinction. They're snug and comfortable and fit my feet perfectly. Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Brooke Shields, and Meredith Viera agree with me. They're fans of Cape Clogs, too.
On the Net: www.capeclogs.com
Jennifer James, Editor
In the Motherhood - Coming March 26 on ABC
Friday, February 27, 2009
I have to admit, I'm a little excited about In the Motherhood, ABC's upcoming comedy about, you guessed it, motherhood. ABC and the show's producers are putting a different twist on the show by allowing real mothers to share their stories and their experiences may actually wind up woven into an episode. Pretty cool.
I've been watching some of the In the Motherhood clips for months, but now that I've noticed a huge ad push on the major mom blogs I've decided to take a look again. The show looks promising and I can't wait to watch it even though I don't have a TV. Wait. That might be a problem unless, of course, ABC runs the show online as well. One can hope.
Note: This post was written solely due to my interest in In the Motherhood. I wasn't pitched and definitely not paid for this mention. I'm simply interested to see how this show will turn out.
On the Net: http://itm.abc.go.com
Why I'm Excited to Work With EA Sports and EA Sports Active
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
In early April I will be joining five other bloggers, Renee from Cutie Booty Cakes, Julie from Cool Mom Guide, Jessica from Jessica Knows and Monica from Mommy Brains Report and Donald from DadsCenter.org on a spa retreat weekend in Santa Barbara, CA where we'll learn all about EA's new fitness game, EA Sports Active created for the Nintendo Wii. We'll learn how EA Sports Active works and then we'll all embark on a 30-day challenge to reach our individual fitness goals and you won't miss a moment. We'll all be blogging, microblogging, and vlogging our progress. As you can imagine, it's very exciting.
I'm thrilled to be working with EA largely because I'm a gamer (bet you didn't know that. Check out Gamer Moms Club (www.gamermomsclub.com) if you love gaming, too). Plus, I get to test a product before it's even available for purchase (comes out May 19). I also get to meet bloggers in real life (that's always nice!) and finally meet the EA team who I've been twittering and emailing with these past few months. And finally, I get to work on my fitness goals in an innovative way and that's exciting because I thrive on creativity and innovation.
Check out what Bob Greene has to say about EA Sports Active. He collaborated with EA to make this an effective way to help people lose weight.
Oh, and another reason I'm excited to work with EA is because we'll all get to meet Bob Greene, too! Cool.
-Jennifer James, Editor
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Blogher Backtalk: Check it Out
Monday, February 23, 2009
It's funny...I'm really not into vlogs. I thought I would try my hand at it for NewBaby.com, but haven't drummed up enough gumption to do it yet. Blogging is one thing, but vlogging is quite another. The only vlog I watch regularly is Wine Library TV and I think the reason is because Gary Vaynerchuk is just so over the top and entertaining that he sucked me in from the beginning.
But, I have to say I also enjoy Blogher's Backtalk. Blogher Backtalk is a web show that talks about moms and blogging and our sundry outlooks on life and how we blog about them. It's very well produced, the format is engaging, and they allow other vloggers to upload their content to "talk back" about various topics. I really enjoy Blogher Backtalk and appreciate that they let the vast and diverse community of mom bloggers become a part of it with them. Take a look.
-Jennifer James, Editor
My Daughters and I On Our Weekly Girls Day Out
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Every Saturday morning my daughters, who are 10 and 8, and I venture out on our self-patented Girls Day Out. It's nothing fancy, mind you. We visit different coffee shops in our city and make a full morning of it. They get hot chocolate and scones and I settle down with a cup of coffee or chai latte. Today we decided to also do a little bit of boutique shopping as well and I'm glad we did. It's amazing how many little gems you can find in your local area if you just look.
We stopped by two boutiques in what the Winston-Salem, NC locals affectionately call the Arts District. Walking into the first shop, Pantina (see address below) was like physically stepping into etsy.com -- colors and creativity everywhere! There were handmade, whimsical, funky, and lavish products all under one roof from designer purses and jewelry to French soaps and one-of-a-kind greeting cards. And then to top if off we discovered that Pantina has a coffee shop and art gallery in the back. My girls and I were not only walking around the shop in bliss, but we instantly made plans for next Saturday's Girl Day Out.
I couldn't pass up their La Lavande gift soaps that were stacked so beautifully with all of the various fragrant body lotions, candles and soaps. I bought La Lavande's Pear and Cassis and Vanilla Espresso. If you want to buy some La Lavande and try it out, visit www.lalavandegifts.com.
The second boutique we visited was Signature by Carolina (see address below). They're a lifestyle gift shop and wedding registry and carry everything from gifts to tableware and even gourmet foods. It has a lovely atmosphere, cozy feel, and an extremely helpful and pleasant owner. My daughters were immediately drawn to the section where they carried select products from Stonewall Kitchen. We opted to go home with rosemary basil crackers and basil pesto. Yum! Can't wait to try them tonight.
And for me, I bought a small tube of Lollia Handcreme. It is made with peony, white lily, lavender and violet, with rich shea butter, macadamia and Brazil nut oils. The handcreme is so rich with a distinct, delightful fragrance that it makes you only want to use it on special occasions. Visit www.lollialife.com for more information about their entire collection.
Jennifer James, Editor
Pantina: 217 West Sixth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Signature by Carolina: 534 N. Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC Phone: 27101, 336-777-3677