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Giveaway Results: Sorel Hoonah Boots

Hoonah Boots

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Commenter #106 (Kelly) on winning this prize pack. Thanks so much for your entries and happy holidays!

This is one giveaway that I know you will not want to miss! I can think of nothing that should be wrapped under your Christmas tree more than these beautiful Hoonah Boots by Sorel. It is the ultimate indulgence for a busy mom and would keep your feet toasty warm as you are out running all of those holiday errands.

Crafted for the woman who refuses to compromise between fashion and function, the equestrian-inspired Hoonah offers a higher standard of both.

With its tall cut and finely tuned details, the confident style of the Hoonah is equally at home on urban streets and country lanes, inside and outdoors. Complimenting its versatile design is a cold-weather construction that combines waterproof leather, 100g Thinsulate insulation and a soft knit wool lining that keeps you warm from knees to toes. The easy-on/easy-off closures, removable and molded footbed and midsole, and traction outsole all contribute to a finely crafted boot that’s sure to become your go-to winter favorite.

FEATURES:

  • Waterproof full-grain leather uppers
  • Easy on and off medial zip closure
  • 100g Thinsulate™ Insulation
  • Rock Pile fleece lining
  • Removable molded EVA comfort footbed
  • Traction enhancing multi-directional rubber lug outsole
  • Imported

To enter to win, head over to our review and read more about our thoughts on the Hoonah Boots. Then just come back HERE to enter and tell me why you deserve these boots as a special holiday treat. Entries will be taken through Tuesday (11/24) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: Timberland PRO Renova Shoes & Reusable Totes

timberland pro renovaSorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Commenter #65 (Katherine) on winning this prize pack. Thanks so much for your entries and happy holidays!

Over here at MomAdvice, I find it quite gratifying to share everything that we can with our readers, particularly when we get the opportunity to sample something we really and truly love. That is why I am so excited to share with one lucky winner a pair of the Timberland PRO Renova Shoes with a recycled Renova tote bag, made from 100% recycled PET!  Wouldn’t these just be the perfect shoes to accomplish all of those to-do’s on your holiday list this year? As a busy mom, I don’t know if I could give you a better gift than these!

The Timberland PRO Renova Shoes offer the following features to reduce foot fatigue and to help you keep that bounce in your step:

  • Heel-to-toe rocker sole reduces forefoot pressure and controls proper joint motion
  • Timberland PRO® Anti-Fatigue technology offers all-day standing support, foot and leg support and superior shock absorption
  • Anatomically-shaped toebox provides athletic styling with superior comfort
  • SafeGrip™ slip-resistant outsole grips wet and dry surfaces
  • Footbed features Agion® anti-microbial treatment, eliminating odor-causing bacteria
  • Upper treated with a durable synthetic material water protectant to provide contemporary styling and practicality
  • Includes the 30-Day Comfort Guarantee: If during the first thirty (30) days following your purchase you believe our footwear are not more comfortable than other brands you have worn, Timberland will refund the purchase price of the boots to you, no questions asked, provided you still have your dated receipt of purchase. Please contact Timberland customer service at 1-888-802-9947 for more details.

Renova Recycled Tote(2)

To enter to win, head over to our review and read more about the product and check out the style options available on Timberland. Then just come back HERE to enter and tell me which style of shoe you would choose and why your feet need a little extra TLC this year. Entries will be taken through Tuesday (11/24) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Review: Sorel Hoonah Boots

Hoonah BootsI was not acquainted with the Sorel company before, but received an email that they would love to have us review their footwear for their launch of their new online presence at  Sorel.com. Not only do we get the opportunity to share our thoughts on their products, but we will be offering a giveaway of the same pair of boots to one lucky reader on our website this month!

The Sorel website has great functionality for someone who is in the market for a new pair of shoes. Instead of the traditional drop down screens, you can adjust from smallest price to highest, sizing from smallest to largest, and even adjust to the type of temperature control you want in a boot using a gauge function on their site. It also includes three easy pictures to choose from and pick the shoe style that you are in the market for. I plugged in exactly what I was looking for using these site features and found the perfect boot for me- the Hoonah boot. I will admit though, it was a tough decision with so many cute styles to choose from. I knew though for my Indiana winters that these would be the perfect boots for me.

These boots are amazingly built and are, in fact, the finest pair of footwear that I have ever owned. The stitching on them is beautifully done, the zipper glides up and down without sticking, and they are buttery leather with elegant detailing like buckles and seaming that you just can’t match at a superstore. For keeping my feet toasty warm, they offer a 100 gram Thinsulate shell that gives you the warmth you need without the sweaty foot syndrome that you can get in other furry boot styles. Traction enhancing multi-directional rubber lug outsole make these boots also safe which is a huge bonus for someone who is entirely too klutzy and needs all the help she can get.

Now that you know that they are built beautifully, let’s talk about if they feel good. The answer is… absolutely! I have never had a more comfortable boot in my life. The two things that I love about these are that these boots actually offer a lot of foot support built into the boot. The boots are made with a removable molded EVA comfort foot bed so the support is built right in the boot, if you need it.

The second thing that I love about them is that they are easy to pull on and off and this is a big one for me as a busy mom. I just don’t have time to wrestle with trying to get my shoes on and off. How refreshing to not be blocking doorways at my friends house, sweating to remove a pair of boots just because I want to look good. Now I can look my very best and not have to engage in a tug-of-war battle in  our doorway each day.

The boots also said that they were waterproof, but I wanted to double check since my shoes will be sloshing in a lot of mud and snow this winter. The day I received them, I called the customer service line and was answered by a real person (I know, I know!) who answered on the first ring (I know, I know) and reassured me that my boots were perfectly ready to brave those Indiana winter. They were polite, helpful, and real people- I LOVE THAT!

As for cons, the only thing that I can say that would shy me away from the company would be the price on these boots. They are definitely an investment, but an investment that would last you many, many years. You know that they are intended to last a long time if they offer replacement boot liners for sale which speaks a lot to the quality of product that they are putting out. I know many of our readers would not be able to afford these and that is why I am thrilled that the company is generously offering a pair to our readers!

One thing to be aware of, at least with this particular style of shoe, the sizing runs more generously. If you are on the fence if you should go up a size or go down a size on your boot, I would err on the smaller sizing.

If you are thinking of placing an order, be sure to look at the tab on the left-hand side of the screen that says, “More From Sorel.” Currently, if you sign up for their email newsletter, they are offering free shipping on their boots for a limited time.

Suggested Retail Price: $180 (for the Hoonah Boot)

Website for More Details: Sorel

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers.

Review: Timberland PRO Renova Series Shoes

timberland pro renovaThis week I received a pair of Timberland PRO Renova Series shoes to review from the Timberland company. The best part though is that we will be giving away a pair of these shoes next week to one lucky winner! After all, it is not half as fun to talk about a product as it is to give it to you so be sure to watch for this giveaway coming soon!

I was not familiar with the Timberland brand and had no experience with their shoes before, but many people swear by the quality and endurance of their products. The PRO Renova series is intended for people that are on their feet all day and help to reduce foot fatigue.

There are many occupations that this PRO Renova series would work for including nurses and doctors. I can think of one underappreciated and misunderstood profession though that could benefit from some anti-fatigue and that is definitely my friends in the mom community. We are often on our feet running errands, driving the carpool, and running the laundry up and down the stairs. Shouldn’t there be a product especially designed for us?

Admittedly, ever since learning about FlyLady, I have made it a point to get dressed and throw on some shoes in the morning. The simple act of putting on a pair of shoes makes tasks that I didn’t feel like doing (running out the recyclables, laundry, the annoying cleaning routine) just seem more doable. Unfortunately, I have been doing all of these activities in a poor pair of shoes that I found at Goodwill that didn’t offer the support that I needed. And yes, I am that cheap thankyouverymuch!

These PRO Renova shoes have become my new shoes for accomplishing all of life’s little tasks. The shoes offer ample support, particularly in the heel region, and offer that cushioning that prevents pain in my back from being on my feet all day. Women that are standing on tile or hardwood all day could really benefit from a pair of shoes like these as they add that bounce and cushioning you need to throw a baby on your hip while you stick the dishes in the dishwasher. Hey, I never said we lead the most glamorous life, but our shoes can at least be functional for accomplishing the tasks at hand.

I worried that the shoes would look too much like nurse shoes, but with two women in my family in the medical field, I knew I could pass these on. The sneaker-style shoes look more like a walking shoe and are a great basic tennis shoe that won’t clash with your wardrobe.

For the technical specifics, the Renova series shoes are slip-resistant, easily washable and feature Timberland PRO’s exclusive Anti-Fatigue Technology, which provides superior shock absorption and exceptional leg and back support. Through long days at work or running around town, these shoes offer all day comfort, all day long. While comfort may be the priority for the daily grind, women also -choose footwear based on their individual style preferences. The Renova series offers three silhouettes, ranging from clogs to athletic styling in its three distinct lines — the Caregiver, Provider and Professional.

Of course, all of those fantastic features do come at a price, but the shoes are comparable to most well-made shoes and sneakers as there is much technology that must be paid for. Thus, why I continue to wear those tired Goodwill shoes.

These shoes now sit at the foot of my bed and are slipped on in the morning and stay on my feet until I kick them off at night to cozy up with my hubby. They are my new go-to shoes as a busy mom and I would highly recommend these to any person that has to be on their feet all day.

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers.

Website for More Details: Timberland

Suggested Retail Price: $80-100

eenamaria bags

eenamaria-bagI got the great opportunity to review an eenamarai handbag and absolutely love it. The bag that I received was an “I Mean Bizness” Travel Tote which is a generous-sized bag perfect for a weekend business trip. The bag has handles and an extra closure to keep the bag secure, as well as a shoulder strap so you can wear it on your shoulder. It is a large bag (almost as big as me!) that offers ample room to pack everything you would need for a weekend away from home. Inside is a zippered pouch perfect for tucking in your business cards.

The handbag is well-designed and very fashionable. These bags come in a variety of eye-popping colors and all have been designed by Sarah Morgan.

On MomAdvice Simplified, my weekly podcast for moms, we will be joined by this wonderful handbag designer, Sarah Morgan, and she will be sharing tips for simplifying our accessories. Sarah will join us to explain what to look for in a good handbag, how to care for our handbags, what we should carry, and how to spot those fake purses.

Sarah has not only been nominated twice for the Fashion Group International’s ‘Rising Star Award’, but she will be airing her new line on QVC this February. With her placement on QVC Sarah hopes to share her new collection with women who are modern, confident and strong women on-the-go.

Just as a reminder, you can listen to the show live every Thursday at 2PM EST!

We would like to thank Sarah and her team for sending over a bag so we could share about them personally with our readers. I hope you will be able to join us on our podcast and hear more from the designer herself.

Suggested Retail Price: $70.00

Website for More Details: eenamaria Handbags or the official eenamaria site


Giveaway Results: Online Shape & Fit Consultation

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Thank you to everyone who entered our contest. We would like to congratulate Laurie (Commenter #23) on winning this prize. Thank you again to Kathy for sharing her talent with us!

I have a really amazing giveaway to offer this week that could definitely get your New Year started out right. Local fashionista and my personal friend, Kathy Friend, wanted to do a giveaway with our readers and give one lucky reader an online shape & fit consultation.

The online shape & fit consultation would be an assessment of your shape, and Kathy would offer advice on what your shape is (i.e. rectangle, triangle, ‘X’ etc.), what styles and cuts will look good on you, what styles and cuts you should NEVER wear etc.  She will also offer you tips for tops, skirts, pants, jackets, dresses, shoes and accessories.

The winner would need to complete a questionnaire and send her a current photo.  She then will call  and offer a one-on-one consultation over the phone, and follow that up with an online style sheet that is personalized just for you.

Kathy came over to my house this week and did this assessment with me and it was very eye-opening for me. I was not even wearing the right sizes on things and now I know exactly what colors to wear that will flatter me best, how to up my best attributes, and also how to whittle down the attributes that aren’t my strong point. We were able to sit down and talk about my own personal style (busy mom with business at-home) and find a wardrobe that would suit me best. Her advice was so invaluable and I look forward to thrift shopping armed with this information in hand. Perhaps, the most eye-opening of all was that I wasn’t even wearing the right undergarments to start a good foundation for my wardrobe, despite being fitted numerous times at the mall.  This information will not only make me look better, but it will also help me to feel more confident when I am out and about. I don’t think you can put a price tag on that!

This prize is offered at $50 and will give you everything you need to find the most flattering styles for you.

To enter, please tell me your biggest fashion dilemma or why you could really use Kathy’s advice. You can leave a comment until Tuesday (01/21) at 8PM EST.  Good luck to each of you!