Fabulous Fall Finds! SoftWalk Ireland Review & Giveaway


*Disclosure: I was provided with the SoftWalk Ireland to facilitate this this review. All opinions are mine, and as always honest.

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SoftWalk Ireland

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SoftWalk Ireland- Sleek, Savvy, Sophisticated & Sensible!

The detail in this Mary Jane strap style shoe is impeccable and classic!  A true FALL must have for YOUR closet!  This was the first pair (I have tried) with the arch cookie support and it only enhanced the comfort!   Perfect, for those who spend a lot of time on the feet, but still demand a on-trend appearance. The Ireland is a sturdy shoe, made with quality features and enhanced with beautiful detail.

A closer look at the SoftWalk Ireland:

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  • Materials- Leather lining, upper and footbed lining with leather heel and arch inserts. Synthetic rubber sole
  • Height: 2″ Heel height
  • Available in 3 widths (Narrow, Medium and Wide) – stock dependent
  • Available in sizes up to size 12 – stock dependent
  • Elastic goring
  • Dual-density footbed with arch support
  • 4 Colors: Cognac, Navy, Oxblood & Black.


Have you had the opportunity to view the additional SoftWalk shoes online at Softwalkshoes.com, Zappos.com, Nordstroms.com & other fine retailers?

SoftWalk was in attendance last month at  FN Platform/MAGIC show in Las Vegas. This is industry premiere event & expo showcasing over 1,600 men’s, women’s, juniors’ and children’s footwear brands, from more than 20 countries! In attendance are the ELITE footwear brands, buyers, media and designers. 

See the entire SoftWalk line here →2014-Fall-Catalog-SoftWalk_lowres

SoftWalk shoes provide fashion forward styles combined with the “ultimate comfort experience.” Styles can be selected based on your personal needs and tastes.  Enjoy a past fit?  You can select your new style based on the footbed type, bottom height & texture!

Over 60 sizes and widths!
Over 75 styles/patterns!
PLUS multiple Footbed choices!

So YOU can assured of a proper, custom fit!

SoftWalk F.I.T.S. Footbed Innovation That Supports Your Feet!

See all the various possibilities & options here!

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When your feet are properly cared- it improves your posture, outlook and overall well-being! BE GOOD TO YOUR FEET!


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SoftWalk Shoes are available EXCLUSIVELY online at SoftWalk, Zappos.com, Nordstrom & other fine retailers near you!


SoftWalk is giving you the opportunity to win your favorite pair of shoes from the Fall 2014 line!  Enter the rafflecopter form below.  Open to US only.  Ends 9/15/14 at 11:59 PM.

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FTC Disclosure: All views and opinions with regards to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed, by the company prior to posting.  Brand will be providing the gift for the winner of this giveaway. Product was received to facilitate this review, as always opinions are mine, 100 % honest and based on my experience. Your experience may differ.  No monetary compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links.

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Heading #backtoschool in the NEW Mars style shoe by pediped #Giveaway


*I was provided with the pediped Mars Flex™ shoe to facilitate this review. All opinions and experiences are my own.  Affiliate links may be present in this post.
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pediped Mars Flex® shoe

Ever since Henry received his pediped Sahara sandals (which he wears EVERYDAY) I have been eager to check out the athletic shoes. Months later these sandals are still in excellent shape, despite constant wearing and yes regular washing!

So deciding on which pair to review for an active pre-schooler was an easy call! The NEW Mar’s style (available in Grip “n” Go™ and Flex®) is lightweight, breathable, flexible and washable? Seriously? Yes. These are the ones we need.

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Lightweight? check.  The Mars flex features ULT™ or Ultra Light Technology™ and weighs a less than 5 ounces! whoa.

Water safe & machine washable!  HUGE benefit with everyday preschool projects and activities!

A breathable mesh upper, fabric lining and a rugged flex sole- kept my little guy going (and comfortable) even on a long day of errands and shopping with mom!

Stylish.  Part of my son’s excitement was these shoes looked a lot like his dad’s! We received the charcoal/lime pattern and it could not made Hayden happier! All of the new styles are really fashionable- The Jupiter, Channing and Highlander styles are all back to school ready!  And, Oh My! the girls’ styles are just darling!  I would have a terrible time deciding on a favorite!

A good, quality pair of shoes is a back to school, must-have, for any growing child’s closet! AND NOW your child’s school can benefit, too!  If your school participates in the pediped Schools program 10% of attributed sales will go back to your school!

Make sure to check out all of the NEW arrivals soon- due to demand some patterns ALREADY have LIMITED sizes in stock!

How do I know which pediped style to choose?


  • Featuring flexible, soft-soles.
  • Recommended by pediatricians and podiatrists- design closely mimics barefoot walking.
  • Available in 12 new styles for spring/Summer 2014 Available for children in sizes newborn to 24 months. 

Grip ‘n’ Go™

  • Keeps the benefits of Originals®.
  • With added G2 Technology™ to help a toddler stay balanced while learning to walk more confidently.
  • Memory Foam Technology™ in five new styles. PLUS two athletic styles that are machine washable and water-safe!
  • Available in EU sizes 19-23, US kids 4-7. 


  • The ultimate shoe for a more seasoned walker.
  • Flex® offers more than 50 styles available in a variety of sandals, Mary Janes, ballet flats, athletics, and casual wear- in multiple colors!
  • The water-safe, eco-friendly Adventure Line is now featuring 10 new styles and color combinations.
  • Machine washable athletics, made with Ultra Light Technology™, in six new styles and color combinations.
  • Featuring flex grooves, to support natural foot movement and heel cushion for added comfort. 
  • Available in EU sizes 20-36, US 5 kids- 4.5 youth (available sizes vary between styles).

pediped, the company:

  • Has won numerous awards for quality of product and the company’s outstanding philanthropy efforts.
  • Received American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development.
  • Is the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States.
  • Sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide- and offers more than 140 designs for boys and girls!

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Back to school, already? PLUS SophiasStyle.com #Giveaway #TrueTales

pink&blue button Last week in The True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches series- we heard about Melissa’s strong passion for Elmo backpacks.  This week, I am telling you about my recent experience AND co-hosting a NEW Back to School giveaway with Home on Deranged- courtesy of my affiliate, SophiaStyle.com

Back to school preparation = homework for mom!

This year I offered to buy Hayden a new backpack and he adamantly refused to consider a change. I even tried to entice him with an LED light-up one that I KNEW the teachers would just love.  Nope.  He wants to keep his ninja turtles backpack.  Okay, that was easy. (Side note: this led to an interesting conversation with my husband about whether or not we got new backpacks each year). I honestly think I carried most of my books and transported mostly paper assignments in a very coveted trapper keeper til high school.  Remember covering and designing those brown paper bag book covers? That was the best thing ever! I digress, I think he will survive 4 yr old pre-school with his old backpack.  My niece, however WOULD not hear of this!
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Speaking of at least my two of my nieces, THEY LOVE to TRY clothes on. Yes seriously. Those little fashionistas grab stuff of the rack and race to the dressing rooms. WHAT?  Is this a girl thing? Does anyone have a boy preschooler, who likes to shop or at least is manageable? Tell me your secrets…Obi Mom Kenobi.

Because unless it is a costume- my boys are only willing to get dressed from PJ’S to day clothes/day clothes to PJ’s. I just have to hope what I pick fits.

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Seriously, I want to get my shopping list accomplished and the boys just made me miserable last year.

A gal pal of mine invited me along to go back to school shopping on TAX FREE weekend. Kids free. GULP.  Dad volunteered have a “boys” day, while I braved the crowds.  YES!!!

Always the planner, I began my strategy….

  • Collected my coupons
  • mapped the best routes to the various stores
  • made notes on sizes/various brands and needs
  • packed up former clothes to make room for new ones

Seriously, it took me TWO days to GET READY to GO back to school shopping!

First stop. Starbucks. Of course.

I must say, this year the crowds were not that bad!  The worst part was the waiting in line for a register.  My bigger problem was, I planned to shop for FALL and most of the really GOOD deals were on SUMMER.  Even with coupons- I only bought 1 pair of pants, 1 sweatshirt and 3 shirts.  Most of the boys’ tops had huge character graphics and logos- which, let’s just say he already has stock in.  I wanted a basic casual shirt suitable for the first day of school or pictures and failed to find one.

Again I was disappointed in the variety/selection of boys clothes compared to girls clothing- however 1/4 of all in-store girls’ apparel features FROZEN- so maybe I am actually lucky.

And I did enjoy my day out shopping- so I shouldn’t complain!

So this is what does work for us?

Hayden will gladly tell me if he likes something he sees on a computer. BONUS! I get his feedback and he is more apt to be excited to wear it!

SophiasStyle.com features discount codes regularly, has a good selection, works with quality vendors, ships fast and always has been true to size for us!

I found a lovely v-neck fine gauge sweater (perfect for first day, photos or holiday pictures!)  I am still deciding on the shirt I want to pair it with!  I look forward to showing what we pick out in a future post!

Online shopping= no waiting for a register!  YES!

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Back to school time- The kids are ready, is mom?

pink&blue button Welcome back to Thursday! It’s time for some True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches series. We’ll pick a topic each week about trying to figure out just what is the difference in raising a house of boys vs. raising girls, if any and share our thoughts with you!.


post written by Melissa, from Home on Deranged

This week, it’s my turn here at Home on Deranged to talk about the fantastically fun times that are back to school. Now, I admit to being a bit of a novice in this department, since our girls are in a preschool/daycare combo, and I don’t have to worry about school supplies and such. But that doesn’t mean I don’t see it all around me! Next week, Jodi will have her take on the annual ritual and her family’s reaction.

Elmo backpacks are the devil: back to school time sucks

When I think about back to school, I can remember the thrill of shopping for new clothes (at Sears, by the way) and school supplies. I was the school junkie: I loved going to class, meeting my teachers, learning new things. Until high school, at which point I was so utterly bored out of my mind that I just did my time. Although I still bought new clothes every year. Duh.

When we enrolled the girls in the preschool/daycare last year, I cried. It was hard to be away from them. But then I recognized the freedom that it afforded me, the work I could actually accomplish, the occasional movie I could begin seeing in a theater again. It started to work.

Lately, we’ve had to ponder: are the girls ready to move to a more traditional preschool? There’s a great Montessori school in town, and one of the churches also has a 3 day/week program. Do they need a more structured setting than they have at their home-based daycare, where they know all 11 other kids? Tough call.

I’m a great advocate of education, even early education. I was in preschool at age 3, and managed to get a masters degree eventually. Clearly, I didn’t get tired of learning. But I did get tired of going to school, and I don’t want our kids to burn out before they even get started.

And, they’re my babies! My babies!!!

About a week ago, Annie came through looking for her Elmo backpack. We had bought the girls backpacks last year after they demanded to have them like some of the other kids. They have since been used to tote stuffed animals from one room of our house to another. But who’s counting?

Anyway, our very clever 3 year old asked for her backpack, which we provided. She filled it up with books, toys and some of her bead collection, put on her Anna dress and shoes, climbed on her Radio Flyer trike, and told me, “I’m going to school. Bye!”

What the freaking what??? Who told her about this???

Needless to say, I cried for about 30 seconds. Then I gathered my thoughts and remembered how every. single. morning. she screams and cries, “I don’t want to go to school! I want to play at home! I want to stay with you!”

Elmo backpacks are the devil. Back to school time sucks.

How are you coping with back to school? Do you get excited or dread it? How about your kids? Or if you homeschool, tell me how it works for you! Share your thoughts in the comments, because I need all the help I can get!

Join us again next Thursday!  We will have a Back to School special surprise for you!