My Etsy Shop

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Every now and again I like to share my Etsy shoppe with you guys! Recently I added a bunch of new items and will be adding more next week! *ahem shameless plug ūüôā

A little about how Cute as a Fox¬†Shoppe started. I opened it way back in 2010 at the time I was¬†spiraticly making hair flowers and head bands. After about a year I closed my shop and just used my account to make purchases. Then in 2013 my best friend asked me if I wanted her to teach me how to crochet…I of course said yes. She told me I was a natural and within 3 weeks of learning to crochet Cute as a Fox¬†Shoppe was reopened! It went from a hobby to now a nearly full time job. There are times when I will literally crochet for 8-10 hours straight…and I love it!

The quality of my work:

Every item I create is made to order. I do this to ensure that each hat purchased is the perfect fit. I rarely if ever have items premade {that actually only happens if I make something my kids don’t like ūüėČ } I do not sell seconds {items with errors or sub par} why? Because if something ends up with an error or just not right I pull it and start over! Quality is extremely important to me and in my opinion “Homemade” does not mean subpar…I want every item I make to be beautiful and perfect. The majority of my items are made with acrylic yarn to prevent allergic reactions. I regularly make hats for adults and children going through Chemo and/or radiation. Those hats are made with ultra soft acrylic yarn. I selected this yarn after a mother with a child going through chemo told me about a reaction her child was having to both wool and cotton do to the medications causing extreme sensitivity. The majority of my items are fully customizable {color, size etc.}

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My specialties are:

Frozen inspired Hats

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Lalaloopsy Inspired Hats

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Fully customizable

Seattle Seahawks Hats

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There are multiple styles to choose from!

If you have any questions or special orders please head over to ETSY and send me a convo!

As I mentioned above I have quite a few new hats and new ones coming! I look forward to the opportunity to create something beautiful and fun for you!

Please take a few minutes to my Etsy Shop

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Ready to Eat Clean?

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If you spend any time on social media or the internet you probably have been seeing quite a few¬†“buzz words/subjects” swirling around. “Clean Eating” has been one of the top subjects my readers are emailing me about! Lots of questions are being asked, but the most common are¬†“What is Clean Eating?” and “What do I buy?” So, let’s focus on those!¬†What is Clean Eating?¬†Clean Eating is basically eating as natural and whole as possible. Clean Eating¬†stresses healthy, whole, unprocessed foods. It sound super easy, however it can end up being a little overwhelming and confusing when¬†you are bombarded by¬†processed foods¬†down ever isle at the grocery store. The goal of clean eating is to remove all¬†processed foods, foods with extra additives and chemicals, and refined foods from you diet.¬†Clean eating is¬†not¬†a diet it’s actually a lifestyle!¬†Tips for getting started with a Clean Eating Life Style:

  • Eat¬†whole, natural foods and stay away from processed foods.

This basically means if it’s in a bag, box, can or package you don’t want it {with the exception of bagged fresh veggies} When in doubt don’t go down the inside isles in the grocery store since they are chalked full of processed foods. I personally like to stick to the produce section or better yet shop at a local farmers market or farm.

  • Eat¬†unrefined foods rather than refined foods.

Clean sugars include honey, maple syrup, and dehydrated sugar cane juice.

  • Eat¬†protein, carbohydrates and fat at every meal.

Protein is very important when it comes to muscle-building, and it can also help curb your appetite. When eaten throughout the day, it keeps us feeling full longer.

  • Eat at home NOT out.

This way you know all ingredients you are using , where they are from and the exact amount of calories you are consuming.

  • Remember – Don‚Äôt drink your calories.

High calorie drinks such as soda pop can add an extra staggering 500 calories a day! ¬†Remember to¬†ALWAYS¬†choose water first!¬†Now, I know there are a lot of you out there that are not big water drinkers, have no fear I have an easy and oh so yummy alternative‚ĶInfused water, this is when you add fresh fruits and veggies to your water and let it sit over night in your fridge! Some of my most favorite infused waters are: Fresh Cucumber and Mint {we grow our own spearmint}, Fresh Strawberry, Peach and ¬†Blueberry! There are tons of other options and believe me every single one is delicious! ¬†Other clean drinks include unsweetened tea, I love this option for both iced and hot, skim milk and unsweetened almond milk {my personal favorite}¬†¬†A few Clean Eating “Rules”

  • Eat your meals
  • Raw
  • Grilled
  • Baked
  • Steamed
  • Fill at least half your plate with veggies
  • Eat fruit(s) for dessert {In the summer time I like to make fruit smoothies for dessert – frozen fruit and greek yogurt blended until creamy! my kiddos LOVE it!}

Lastly, Drink a gallon of water per day! I know this may seem a little daunting but I promise it doesn’t have to be. A very easy way to achieve this goal is by simply filling a gallon pitcher with water and putting it in the fridge the night before then in the morning start filling you glass. You will be surprised at how quickly that gallon disappears.¬†Confused about what to buy?¬†Clean Eating can be a little overwhelming and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Below I have shared our shopping list for you to print and/or save in ibooks, kindle ect.! I have it broken into categories to make your grocery shopping easy peasy! There are three different printables to choose from {Click image to download pdf}

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Please note that this shopping list¬†is based on the items we regularly buy. There are many other foods that fall under the “clean eating” category we just don’t eat them as much, I left space for you to add other foods.

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Forever in our Hearts

As we all know, today marks the 14th anniversary of that fateful day when our entire country watched as the Twin Towers fell. We will never forget the way it felt, like our entire country was frozen in time.

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On September 11, 2001 I woke up like any other day. I was getting ready for work and finishing¬†plans for our upcoming wedding with my mom…then we turned on the TV and time stood still. I so vividly remember feeling like the world was rushing all around but we were frozen in that moment. You know in movies when the character is standing still and the rest of the world is almost like flashes of light rushing all around…thats how I felt. When I got to work we just stood there watching and crying as the towers fell. It was like nothing I had ever seen or felt in my entire young adult life. I remember crying until I literally couldn’t cry any more, praying for the families of the lost or missing, praying for the NYC police and firemen {My brother is LACF}.

Remember this song, {This is particular YouTube video is a compilation of a lot of emotional photos}

It may seem weird but I feel like this and many others songs gave our country some much need morale and hope.

Then on May 2, 2011 our country took a deep breath of relief.

Today join me and take time to reflect on how far country has come since that day and pray for those families who no longer have husbands, wives, daddies, mommies, grandpas, grandmas, sisters, brothers, friends, teachers, or co workers..today is going to be roughest on them and they need to know our country loves and supports them 14 years later. Lost but never forgotten, forever in our hearts.

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Lindi Skin Care Review

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When I was approached to review products by Lindi Skin Care I was excited, but after doing some research about the product and company I was also extremely impressed.
Lindi Skin: Skincare On A Mission
We created Lindi Skin in 2003 as the first complete Skincare line designed specifically for the unique needs of people with the most compromised skin. Whether you are undergoing cancer treatment, dealing with sensitive skin, or just want luxurious skincare, our safe, gentle, clinically-proven line of skincare is unlike anything you’ve ever tried.

 

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Did you know that these skin care products were originally formulated for¬†people who are going through Chemo, Radiation and¬†serious illnesses? Wow that is awesome! I’m sure every single one of you reading this has¬†known someone battling cancer. We all know cancer¬†is a horrific and relentless disease and unfortunately it effects the body both inside and out resulting in extremly¬†sensitive, horribly¬†dry¬†and¬†cracked skin. I have witnessed this first hand with family, friends and children in my life who are battling cancer, so this was defiantly something that I wanted to try out with the hopes of recommending it to family and friends currently battling.¬†Lindi Skin Care sent me a beautiful assortment of products! Here is what I received!

 

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This face wash is extremely gentle and is a fantastic alternative to soap. It helps your skin get optimal pH balance. This face wash removes all traces of dirt and makeup and afterwards your skin doesn’t feel tight and dry it actually feels smooth, totally moisturized. It doesn’t¬†break my skin out or irritates it which is awesome because I have extra extremely sensitive and dry skin and almost everything irritates it, but this¬†has done a great job! When I first use the face wash I was caught off guard¬†because it is a very watery¬†wash. This really isn’t a big deal at all, ¬†I’m just used to the really thick washes and¬†with this it comes out as a liquid rather then a dollop of wash. With that being said I really do like it. It doesn’t really have a smell, which I’m totally ok with, I actually prefer not to have fragrances in my face washes so this is just perfect! I used this with my Clarisonic and it work beautifully leaving my skin silky smooth and hydrated {it of course works great with a wash cloth or your hands}¬†Lindi Face Wash $22

 

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This serum is¬†formulated with replete with botanicals, antioxidants and vitamins AND¬†the highest concentration of Lindi Skin‚Äôs proprietary LSA Complex (R)! ¬†This is my absolute favorite skin care product¬†thus far,¬†I absolutely love this serum, it smells amazing, it feels amazing! I love using it at night before I go to bed. I like putting it on in the morning before I put on makeup,¬†my face primers and makeup go on beautifully and smoothly. A¬†little bit goes a long way just one¬†pump¬†covers and¬†moisturizes my entire face, so this bottle may seem small however it is going to last a long time! Don’t let the word “serum” scare you this is not oily or oimtmenty at all,¬†as soon as it absorbs your skin it is so smooth it literally feels like silk. I¬†don’t know what it is with my skin but honestly I rarely see results, however that is not the case with this face serum. The morning after using it for the first time I was stunned when I looked in the¬†mirror and¬†my skin was super soft, my skin tone was pretty even out {I have very red blotchy skin and this counteracted that} my skin beautifully smooth. Oh I don’t want to forget to say this is a lavender face serum and you definitely smell and feel the lavender which I absolutely love! It is like getting a spa treatment at home. PS: there is also a citrus version of this face serum! ¬†Lindi Face Serum is $40 in Lavender and Lindi Face Serum in Citrus.

 

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This little gem was designed to smooth any dryness around the sensitive eye area. It’s a nutrient rich gel also helps reduce the appearance of puffiness and aches improves your skin tone. The Eye Hydrator is very similar to the face Serum¬†it goes on extremely smooth and makes your under eyes feel like silk! I absolutely love and adore this. I have extremely sensitive eyes and the Eye Hydrator¬†has caused zero¬†issues at all! It smooths out the dry area that I get under my eyes on my eyelids and next to my eyes and it really has reduced puffiness!¬†I have seen this firsthand, I used it at night and in the morning when I woke up usually I would have had puffy dark circles and I did not. With this eye¬†hydrator a teeny tiny bit goes a very very long way, when I open the jar of that eye¬†hydrator I didn’t even dip¬†my finger into the pot I used what was on the foil seal and I had more than enough for both eyes so that gives you an idea of how teeny of an amount you need.¬†Lindi Eye Hydrator $30

 

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This is a compact little jar contains some pretty great stuff! It has a fresh minty feel {Not a burning mint feel that so many lip balms have}¬†The Lip Balm is¬†perfect for the upcoming fall and winter months when the weather conditions can¬†be really harsh on your lips {the winter is a killer on my lips} This¬†is perfect just to throw in your purse or in your pocket if you’re going for a hike,¬†walk or run and I absolutely love how tiny and compacted is for that very reason! I put on the lip balm about five hours ago and I have eaten and drink and as I write this my lips are still smooth and soft which I think really tells you how good of a lip balm this is. Pssst, this works great as a cuticle cream as well! I don’t know about you but my cuticle don’t thrive during the colder months, this baby will be a life saver! ¬†Lindi Lip Balm $10

 

More than just skincare:
Lindi Skin Care offers so much more than just these 4 products, there is a large range of skin care products:

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As I mentioned above, the likelihood that we know someone who is battling cancer, going through chemo or radiation is pretty high. Most of us know that feeling when you find out a family member or friend is diagnosed with Cancer…what you say? Every single time I have been faced with that question I NEVER know what to say or do. I love that Lindi offers Chemo Gifts and Radiation Gifts. These would make perfect gifts for that special person in you life who is fighting for their life. This is both heartfelt and something they will truly use. Maybe we don’t know the right words to say but a gift of Lindi skin care can do so much! Also check out the Lindi Chemo Skincare Collection & the Lindi Radiation Skincare Collection.

Here’s a few other things that makes¬†Lindi Skin so great!

  • No acids
  • No peeling agents
  • No exfolients
  • No dyes
  • No heavy perfumes

Battling a debilitating disease or not I highly recommend Lindi Skincare.

Special for my readers!

If you are interested in these product for you or someone you love I have a code for 25% off all products AND free shipping!

Use code¬†BLOG25¬†(for use at lindiskin.com) available through December¬†31st. The company will also make a donation to the American Cancer Society‚Äôs ‚ÄúLook Good, Feel Better‚ÄĚ program for every purchase through this date.

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to the lovely Alexa at *Lipton Publicity and *Lindi Skin for sending me these wonderful skin care products!

*Although Lipton Publicity/LINDI SKIN did send me these products to review I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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I have a question for you…

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Did you know today is R U OK? Day?

R U OK?¬†is a non¬†profit suicide prevention organisation founded by Australian ad man Gavin Larkin in 2009 as a result of his participation in¬†Landmark Worldwide‘s Self-Expression and Leadership Program, which requires attendees to create a community project.

R U OK? Day¬†is annually¬†in September (the second Thursday) dedicated to remind people to ask family, friends and co-workers¬†the question, “R U OK?”, in a real, thoughtful and meaningful way because this is¬†one thing everyone can do to make a difference to anyone who might be struggling.

Sadly, I’m sure we all know somebody or have been affected by suicide. Unfortunately in my personal life there¬†have¬†been many people¬†I’ve known who have taken their own lives, but there is one¬†suicide¬†that is a raw and painful wound¬†17 years later. I will never forget the shock of hearing he took his life,¬†we were friends, we were good friends. In¬†high school we would take classes together just so we could laugh!¬†I¬†would’ve never thought that this would be the way his¬†life would end. Before his¬†suicide happiness, loving, smiling, full of joy, and funny would be the ways to described him outwardly, but inside was a totally different story, that even his mother said that the suicide was a shock she had no idea. This just goes to show that no matter how somebody looks on the outside you never know what’s going on inside, that’s why R U OK?¬†Day is so amazing, important and needed. Please go and ask your family members, friends and co workers R U OK?¬†You never know just simply asking could change somebody’s life.¬†As I write this my eyes burn with tears remembering the good and the sad of my lost friend, but it give me hope that the simple question R U OK? could be life changing.

You don’t need to be an expert to ask R U OK? You have to fix or solve someone’s problems, you just need to be there and listen without judgement, encourage then simply follow-up! Show the people around you who might be hurting and struggling that you care! Not sure how to start a conversation? Get tips from R U OK? HERE.

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Need more help? Here are a bunch of different resources from R U OK? as well.

So friends….

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I’m here and I’m a really good listener.

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5 Faves!

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Whoa it’s September!? Can you believe it? Summer sure went quick didn’t it? Well at least it did for us. Today I thought that I would do a Friday favorite! I haven’t done one in a really long time and since it is the first Friday in September it seemed perfect! Yes I am planning on keeping this as a regular Friday favorite series on my blog! Yay!

So today I have some very random favorites for you covering all categories!¬† ¬†So without further ado here are today’s Friday favorites!

 Bible Belles: Hannah at the Belle Prayer:

Bible Belles Review {thelifeinbloom.com}

Last month I shared with you guys about a brand-new book series written for girls age 6 to 10. I showed you¬†the first book in the series called¬†The¬†Adventures of Rooney Cruz: Hannah The Belle of Prayer!¬†Since receiving this book my daughter has been obsessed! She loves this book so much. She always has it with her, she always¬†wants me to read it to her and if I am not reading it then¬†she is looking at it the picture! The picture above was on the day her and her twin brother were getting their “about six-year-old” pictures, ¬†while she was waiting she grabbed her Bible Belles¬†Book to look at it and I snapped this picture! How adorable! I highly recommend if you have a daughter/granddaughter of that age to head over to the ¬†Bible Belles website and grab yourself a hard copy or an e-book!¬†{If you’re interested in reading my review here’s the link}

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Colourpop Cosmetics:

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Have you guys tried Colourpop¬†Cosmetics? I have mentioned them many times in social media posts in the past but I just had to share more about them! They are more just a Friday favorite, they are an always and forever, every single day favorite! Their “Super Shock” eyeshadows are like nothing I¬†have ever felt before! They have a creamy almost wet texture and when¬†applied to your eyelid they ‘dry’ beautifully…but not in a dry cakey way, does that make sense? Then there’s the¬†lippie sticks…awesome as well! They are¬†super creamy! I love the matte lippies so I was thrilled when they came out with their ultra Matte liquid lipsticks. So far I’m only grabbed up two but I think I need them all!¬†I am so once again amazingly impressed with¬†Colourpop,¬†the formulations, color payoff and lasting power are totally on point!¬†On top of¬†everything they just released their new fall line that is a throwback to the 90s and if you were a teenager or young adult in the 90s then you remember that awesome make up! This line was made for me, back in the day¬†my sister and I always rocked the brown mauvey lips¬†‚Ķ and the eyeshadows…swoon!¬†I’m so excited, so of course I had to order pretty much the entire line…arriving on Tuesday! EEEK! Oh guys duh! They are HIGH quality but check out these prices

  • Super Shock Eyeshadows $5
  • Lippies and Lip Pencils $5
  • Blush & Bronzer $8
  • Ultra Matte Liquid Lip $6
  • Collections/Sets $20-$39

AMAZING!!! Head over to Colourpop and grab some goodies! They are actually having a Labor Day sale:

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If you want to see Colourpop in action I highly recommend checking out mesijesibeauty¬†on youtube! She’s my favorite!!!

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KT Tape:

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I’m absolutely in love with¬†KT¬†Tape! As I’ve mentioned in past posts and social media posts I currently suffer from a¬†slipped bulging disc that is pinching a nerve in my back. KT tape ¬†has been an amazing lifesaver and keeps me pain-free! Without the KT tape my left arm goes fully numb¬†because of the pinched nerve the KT tape¬†does a great job of¬†reliving that pressure on the nerve and gives me feeling back in my arm. KT makes me be happy camper! My husband has been loving the KT tape as well. He has severe tendinitis in his elbow/forarm which has resulted in some pretty excruciating pain, we’ve been taping his elbow and its doing just as awesome on his arm! Seriously if you have an ailment or are interested in learning more about¬†KT¬†tape I suggest you head over to their website and check it out! They even have videos on how to properly tape! Find¬†KT tape¬†in a store near you HERE!

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Kirkland Signature ¬ľ Zip Pullover in Teal:

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So other day we were walking around Costco, getting some¬†groceries and¬†we walked past a table with some of the new fall clothing and I immediately fell in love with this pullover. I got the teal color {pictured} and I cannot stop wearing it…seriously I have been wearing it EVERY SINGLE day since I got it! It’s fleece {ish} lined so it’s perfect on our evening walks since its been getting pretty chilly at night! I know that I’m gonna love it come fall when we’re out at the pumpkin patch or on hikes! If you have a Costco membership head over there they got a bunch of other colors! I’m going back to get the purple, the gray and maybe the red to add to my closet!

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Kushyfoot Flats to Go:

Flats to Go Review {thelifeinbloom.com}

A few days ago¬†I shared¬†Kushyfoot¬†¬†Flats to Go. I am absolutely in love with these Flats to¬†Go,¬†they are rad you can¬†literally fold them and¬†throw in your purse but they aren’t just convenient they are so cute & stylish and really are comfortable, I mean you wouldn’t want to be walking on gravel in them because they are thin and light,¬†however they get the job done beautifully and I have wore¬†them all out and about and I get compliments on them all the time! ¬†I highly recommend them of course check out because you put website and grab yourself a pair as well! I want them all…Now if they only had Pink and Purple! ūüėČ

 

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ShoeKicker wants YOU!

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I super excited to share¬†ShoeKicker¬†Beta with you! I know, I know you’re thinking “What the heck is¬†ShoeKicker?” Basically think¬†kayak.com¬†but for running shoes!

ShoeKicker¬†was started by Imran Khoja just recently…I’m talking recently, as in this summer!¬†His¬†goal was to¬†provide¬†a way for runners to save money on their running shoes and time searching…ummm YES! I love that!

What makes¬†ShoeKicker¬†stand out?¬†When you buy on ShoeKicker you can save¬†up to $27, that may not sound like a big deal but actually it really is more than you think. My friend over at ShoeKicker put it this way “If you buy shoes 4 times a year and plan to run for 20 years–that’s 2 round trip tickets to Paris right there, just by going to ShoeKicker” What the heck I don’t want to miss out on a trip to Paris do you?

So how does it work? When you head over to ShoeKicker you will see this screen:

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Simply fill in the prompts {as you can see I was searching for¬†Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit} then click “Show me the best price

You will see this:

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Like what you found? Click “Get Em” and you will be taken to the website with the best price and you can complete your order!

I absolutely love this and let me tell you it couldn’t have come at a better time¬†because I’m in serious need of some new running shoes and so is my hubby!¬†ShoeKicker¬†to the rescue!

A few things you need to know about ShoeKicker:

  • They are still VERY new
  • They are¬†planning to add more¬†vendors and more brands {so if you don’t find exactly what you are looking for no worries its coming!}

This is where you come in! I want to invite me readers to head over to¬†ShoeKicker¬†have a look around and see what you think then come back and let me know your thoughts.¬†ShoeKicker¬†would love to hear¬†any and all feedback and since so many of my reader are in fact runners I thought you guys would be a perfect “focus group”. Since ShoeKicker is brand spankin new this help would really mean a lot to them!SK

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