Sunday, September 26, 2010

Internet Finds: Vibram FiveFingers

Bikila - Magenta/Orange/Grey

If you've ever been around me then you know I absolutely hate wearing shoes. Well.......from my massive shoes collection you may not realize that off hand but if you've known me for years and years then you'd know that I don't like them. I'm a run-barefoot-through-plush-carpet-tile-and-anything-else-except-grass (darn allergies) type girl. I love being in bare feet. It may be all my former dance training and spending hours upon hours working on pirouettes in the dance room barefoot that brought this about. I'm not exactly sure but for as long as I can remember I've disliked shoes.

Actually I think it's because of my foot abnormality. I was born with broken feet. I had to wear special shoes as a toddler to correct this issues. These shoes had a hard sole and included a metal bar that attached to both shoes to keep the shoes in the "correct" position that the child wears while they sleep. Horrible shoes. Horrible.

But imagine my delight and utter jubilation when I came across these shoes on youtube. Every now and then I will just browse youtube for great workout video as inspiration and motivation to get back into a regular workout routine. One of the reasons I don't like working out (besides sweating.....a story for another day) is the fact that not only do you have to wear shoes you have to wear socks too. <-----Did I mention I hate socks too? Anywhoo, I came across this video of Mark deGrasse from MBodyStrength wearing the awesome looking shoes.

Thank goodness for comments. Just as I was about to message MBodyStrength I read in the comments a mention of Vibrams. What the heck is a vibram? I was already familiar with kettlebells so I knew they could not be talking about the weights, so a quick google search later I came across this.

Classic - Stormy Seas/Agate upper, Silver bottom

Remember going barefoot as a child? It’s the way you first discovered and conquered your world—without the constraint of shoes. Or the sense of duty you acquired later on.

Now you can experience that same physical and visceral sensation in Vibram FiveFingers—the only footwear to offer the exhilarating joy of going barefoot with the protection and sure-footed grip of a Vibram® sole.

FiveFingers footwear connects you to the earth and your surroundings in a way that is simply not possible in conventional shoes. It puts you in touch with the earth beneath your feet and liberates you to move in a more natural, healthy way. FiveFingers stimulate the muscles in your feet and lower legs to build strength and improve range of motion. Our customers report an increased sense of balance, greater agility, and visibly improved posture.

Choose from a variety of designs to cover the wide range of activities you would rather do barefoot—everything from fitness training and yoga, to running and trekking, to kayaking and sailing. Discover a level of performance and a connection to your environment that is positively without peer.

So you mean there is a "shoe" (and I'm using the term loosely solely for my peace of mind) that feels like your barefoot??? Am I in wanna-be-country-girl-in-a-city-girls-body heaven or what.

Now of course I spent the better part of an hour researching these shoes, the pros and cons, types, and prices. Here's what I found.

  • There are 9 types of these shoes in the USA with more rumored to be released soon.

  • Prices range from $75 to $125 brand new from the Site.

  • You can wear them to do most anything from casual leisure activities to rigorous workouts depending on the type.

  • They are supposed to feel like you are barefoot.

  • They have even been worn while running marathons and scuba diving.

  • They are not sized like normal shoes. Here is a quick video about how to measure your foot for Vibrams.

I even found a beginner's guide to these awesome shoes. They are on youtube, and facebook so you can find them everywhere.

As you can see they are sort of my new "thing", and I'm loving them. I found a couple stores here in Houston, TX that offer them so I will be trying them out and purchasing soon.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Silhouette is now MAC ready - Confirmed.

As you know I recently purchased a Silhouette and it arrived today along with this news direct from regarding the new MAC compatible software. I was super excited to hear all this seeing as I'm a MAC user and I don't even have a working PC in my home anymore.

Well much to my dismay, I was unable to get the MAC software to install on my BRAND NEW iMac today and I'm not too happy about it. I called Silhouette America customer service and...........I could not get the issue resolved. Apparently I was one of the first people to have issues so I had to send a lengthy email with screen shots of the problem so their TECH guys could investigate. So for right now I have a non working Silhouette sitting pretty on my craft table.

I'm going to get my old laptop back up and running soon so that will temporarily solve the problem. Ugh.


Updated to add: My silhouette is working perfectly. I received it from on the day that the NEW Mac software was debuted. Talk about coincidence. But that first day I totally couldn't get the program to install. I called Silhouette America (the company that owns silhouette, of course) and they didn't have an immediate solution. I sent them screen shots of the errors I was getting and they called back within 10 minutes to take a statement from me and to tell me that the software developers would look into the problem. I finally went to bed frustrated that I had this brand new gadget and I couldn't use it because I don't have a PC at home anymore. The next day I had the bright idea to uninstall the previous download and try again, and BINGO....Success at last. I've used it everyday since then and it's been awesome. It's the best machine. My only con is the cutting area. I would like a machine that could cut full 12 X 12 sheets of cardstock. That's one of the reasons that I'm still thinking of getting a Cricut Expression. They still have the pink on at the Michael's near me. But then again buying cartridges is not exactly my idea of a bargain so I guess I need to budget in the SCAL software. Decisions Decisions.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Updates & SugarHillCo Blog Train!

It's been so long since I've had the time to sit and just blog. There has been so much going on in my life, from rekindling old friendships, to school starting again and getting a whole new set of students, to me really beginning to ground myself as a teacher, to reorganizing my life, starting with my craft room. My BFF's preggo with her first (so excited about that!), and I'm looking for finally strike out on my own and buy a home. Still warming up to that idea. There's been so much that has gotten me out of my level of comfort and onto the path of bigger and better.

Speaking of bigger and better......I just went on a Blog Train. Yep, a Blog Train courtesy of Sugar Hill Co.

Look at this!

If you can resist all this fabulousness then you are much stronger than me, besides it's all FREE!!!!! and you get to blog hop and see all the fabulous design team, including my Facebook friend Leah Farquharson .

Isn't that just the bees knees. Oh, I love it. I'm not a huge digi-scrapper but I do hoard digi-design elements because one day I will sit down and figure it all out. Looks like that day may be today. :-D

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Angee Lee's Deal of the Day: QK Silhouette $199

Hi all,

Sorry I've been away for so long. My life has been a rollercoaster lately, between studying for the GRE in hopes of going back to grad school, my second school year of teaching starting, and some other MALE related DRAMA that is finally over, I've been super busy.

But today I bring you a great deal from

The Silhouette SD from Silhouette America formerly of QuicKutz.


Silhouette SD Machine - U.S. only

The Silhouette machine ships with the following important items:

  • Silhouette machine

  • Software for Windows XP/Vista

  • Power cable, USB cable

  • 2 Cutting mats (one for thick media, one for thin media)

  • Cutting blade

  • $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store

And you get all this for $199. That's $100 off the retail price of $299 and it's for today only.

I've been looking at this machine for a long long time trying to justify the purchase. I've even been collection great die cuts to use with the machine knowing one day I'd succumb and get one. Well today was my day. My total purchase price was $227.36 ($199 for the machine, $16.42 in tax, and $11.94 in shipping). That is cheaper than any other website out there right now including the shipping and tax so if you were like me and waiting for a great deal, TODAY IS YOUR DAY. {Our day =)} These machines will ship in 7 days from Crafty Steals.

Oh and one more thing before I am late for work:

If you have a MAC like me, don't worry. According to the Silhouette Blog and the Crafty Steals website, the new Silhouette Design Studio software will be available for download on 9/14 and it is MAC compatible. Yippee. Just 6 days away.