October 22, 2014

This New Form Of YOGA Is Sure To Catch On

I love yoga. Or more accurately, the idea of yoga. Not to mention the sinewy limbs that come from actually practicing yoga instead of sitting on your ever widening ass watching You Tube videos about yoga while eating crackers slathered in 115 mls of apple butter.

If this yoga class comes to a studio near me, I'm so signing up.

Who's with me?

October 20, 2014

Whispers Behind Her Back

You can barely hear them.

She can't hear them at all, and I like it that way.

They're soft and intermittent and I can almost always ignore them. Sometimes I can even silence them with a look or an explanation or sometimes with just a tiny shot of snark.

Mostly they're the whispers of strangers and who cares what they think? She doesn't notice them and even if she did, she wouldn't understand them. If she did, she'd probably just smile and reach out her hand because she's gentle and kind and forgiving like that.

Sometimes I also want to reach out my hand. But in a more, "come over here so I can slap your head" kind of way.

Though my daughter has many friends, last year she made a new friend and this relationship was special. This little girl had just moved to Canada with her father while her mother remained overseas. Her new friend came over to our house often to play and attend parties and she called Avery on the phone. How excited my little girl was to have the phone ring—for her. Between Avery's delayed speech and her friend's broken English, it was the Broken Telephone—the IRL version. It was terribly sweet and ridiculously funny.

Now well into Grade three, Avery has gotten over the disappointment of not being in the same class as her bestie. I have tried since the beginning of the school year to arrange a play date, but our invitations have been repeatedly declined. I've come to learn that the mom is here now and Avery's friend told me she will not allow her to come to our house.

I can't claim to know the true reason why, but in my heart I know. Perhaps I'm wrong. I hope I'm wrong. Maybe they're just extremely busy? Or there's possibly something else going on that I don't know about? The thing is, even if they're faint or spoken in another language, I can still hear the whispers and they're not always easy to ignore.

When Friendships Fizzle
Toxic Friendships

October 19, 2014

Want To WIN A $500 Shoe Shopping Spree?

Winter. That word gets stuck in my throat like a warm tongue to a frosty fence. But winter is coming my fellow Canadians and we need to be prepared. Or least have cute winter boots. My mom bought these waterproof insulated Rieker Tex boots. Love 'em and wish we had the same size feet. 

I'm a stunningly indecisive shopper. I have my eye on these black Cougar pillow boots but wonder if I really want to walk around sporting "Cougar" on my person at this stage in my life?

Did you have a pair of the originals? Bet you let the tongue hang out and refused to do them up. I also bet you didn't pay $220 for them. Yup. That's what they cost now. I bought my first pair from K-Mart back in the day and I'm sure I didn't pay more than $20.

So IF I decide to go back and buy them, you can bet I'll protect them! I wrote all about how to do that here. Them's some pricey kicks but so cute. Gotta say, winning a shoe shopping spree would help.

Shoe Shopping Spree You Say? (Check out THAT seamless segue. Heh heh.)

Come (twitter) party with us and *fingers and toes crossed* be eligible to WIN the Grand Prize of a $500 Shoe Shopping Spree, or one of the secondary Tana prizes!

When: Thursday, October 30th from 8-9pm EDT

Where: On Twitter of course! Follow the hashtag #TanaLovesShoes and be sure to follow our host, @MoeTurner, and shoe-loving moderators: @Mom2Michael, @MrsLouLou, @Kidsumers and me, @LisaThornbury.

October 18, 2014

Giving Old Skin The Boot — Tana Loves Shoes

My poor neglected boots...

You thought I was talking about my 40-something skin? That's okay. My skin is starting to resemble a potato, but it has to do with hormones and over-tanning in the 80s.

My leather boots have also seen better days—but due to harsh Canadian winters and dehydration. Like our skin, leather boots (and shoes, purses and belts for that matter) need cleaning and moisturizing.

My husband scoffs when I refer to my boots as an "investment." But they are! Take the classic Frye boots I'm saving for—my family might have to eat baked beans for awhile, but these boots will be an integral part of my wardrobe for many years to come. So I need to protect them or my family will give me the boot. So to speak.

My current foot faves are these browny-grey Fossil boots. I've had them for three years and they're starting to show their age.

Why yes, I AM aware these descriptors also describe the boot wearer. Ha, ha, sob.

A little TLC up front would have helped to preserve them, but thankfully there are ways to bring them back to life.

Following in his father's footsteps (literally), Paul got his start in the shoe biz over thirty years ago. Manager at our local Walking On A Cloud store, he agreed to share some of his tried and true shoe care tips.

Hallelujah, I'm 'heeled!' Clearly Paul is some kind of shoe shaman.

Paul showed me how the simple 4-step system works.

1. Clean Remove loose dirt with cloth or brush. Then apply a small amount of Tana Cleaning Lotion to a soft cloth and work into the leather. Allow to dry. *Use a solution of 1 tblsp white vinegar, 1 cup water, 2 drops dish soap to remove salt stains from your Uggs.

2. Polish Buff with the Tana Polishing Cloth. *Restore the luster (I love that word) to your shoes/boots simply by buffing.

3. Shine & Protect Squeeze a bit of Tana Self Shine Cream/Polish onto the built-in buff and apply evenly in a circular motion to revive the colour. The cream comes in several shades s including neutral, brown, and black. Paul used dark brown for my boot heels and I used neutral on the leather. This product is a three-in-one. It shines, colours and protects.  *Spot test all products on an inconspicuous area before applying all over.
4. Protect Hold about 20 cm away from the clean, dry shoe/boot/purse. Apply regularly throughout the season—just like our skin, leather loses moisture. *Paul says a family should go through about two cans of Tana All Protector in a winter.

Hey, I wonder what would happen if I sprayed my face with the Tana All Protector? Kidding. Do not use these products on your skin. However, Paul told me you can spray the cuffs of your pants in the winter to keep the salty slush from staining them. Told you he's a Shoe Shaman.

Pssst....Tana wants to help protect YOUR footwear "investment!" One lucky Canadian will win a grand prize of $2000.00 in the Weather the Winter with Tana contest. There are also 5 bi-weekly prizes of $1000.00 each. Enter HERE until December 10, 2014 for your chance to win.

I am taking part in the Tana Shoe Care Blog campaign. While I have received compensation as part of my affiliation with this program, the opinions shared are my own.


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