Category: BlogHer

Let’s Talk Feet. Heels. Toes. Arches. And Hoofs.

So as stories go, this one is your average “oh I accidentally put my foot underneath my horse’s hoof, which I was holding HIGHish above the ground, and it landed on my toes” story.

It hurt. A lot. I am sure Calypso thought I had lost my mind as I pounded my hoof pick into the side of the shed, while moaning sounds were very similar to cuss words. But I couldn’t cuss because the grandkids were there.

Having painful feet is not new to me. I have plantar fasciitis and at times it is so bad, I can barely walk. Really painful. (not quite as painful as a 1,000-pound horse’s hoof, but still painful). Now I don’t often (never) where flip flops to work, but I did today. Mostly because I couldn’t fit those purple toes into my dress shoes. Luckily for me my work was understanding (although they don’t know I put my feet up on my desk and snapped this picture…that I did on the sly)

The point of the picture (besides showing off those sexy purple sausages) was to show how great looking these shoes are! But more importantly, they make my feet feel wonderful. Not just good, but really wonderful. I have zero plantar pain since I have been wearing them (everyday since BlogHer) and I am just amazed. I have used orthotics and had some relief, but not like this. And inserts don’t work in flip flops, which is what I wear everyday here in Sunny Diego.

The story of how my arches came to love me again began during BlogHer’11, when I was invited to the “Healthy Feet Fit Suite!” hosted by Orthaheel, where I was given the flip flops to try. Even more exciting than the free sandals was the link to their website. I had NO IDEA you could get good-for-your-feet shoes that are also super cute too! The only orthotic shoes I have seen before looked like old lady shoes or nurse’s shoes (no offense to other old ladies besides me or nurses).

I simply must get these (SQUEEE!!!!! SUPER CUTE) Melissa slip-ons for work.

I.just. must.>>>>>>

I invite you to check them out, not because they gave me free flip flops, but if there is a chance your painful, hurting (non-horse-smashed) feet could feel as good as mine do in these shoes it would be a crime for me not to share! Visit and to see more style and comfort.


Disclosure: I was invited to the Healthy Feet Suite at BlogHer’11 and was given those awesome green flip flops. I was not asked to blog or review this product, but chose to do so because I liked them ALOT. All views, opinions, and horse injuries are mine.

My Breathe Happy Experiment

While attending BlogHer, the tricky folks at P&G got me! I had no idea this was going to happen. I hadn’t even seen the commercials before. My surprise and reaction make me laugh! Just another fun moment from a great weekend

That Inevitable Post (about BlogHer ’11)

There is nothing better for the soul than hanging out with 3,000 fellow bloggers who love you unconditionally for who you really are. And then there is BlogHer.

(Sarcasm, people. It’s sarcasm!)

I am sure those of you who did not attend really don’t care to hear about my BlogHer experience. And those who did attend probably took away something different than I did. In the end, I am going to write this recap because I want to. (see how empowered BlogHer left me?) This is something I want to remember forever! (it seems your memory is the first thing to go….)

BlogHer 2011 – My Thoughts in Bullets….(it was a suggested way to post in one of the sessions I attended-I am applying what I learn).

Special thanks to the lovely, kind, sweet and FUN Mo for taking me under her wing and showing me the ropes!!!

  • Day 1: People watching. What do I expect when I say “I just wanted to say Hi” to a complete stranger? (maybe more than an uncomfortable glance and a tepid dismissal) Also inches (!) from Ree, The Pioneer Woman (but didn’t say Hi, because well…see previous sentence)
  • Day 1: Expo – wow free stuff and food. Really nice people, gives you a sense of power to know people value our opinions
  • Day 1: People’s Party – Food was yummy, puppies are cute, party seemed listless and I couldn’t get The Blogess’ attention (I tried waving and multiple texts, but she was being hogged by another famous blogger); however, on my way out I hugged Loralee (J’adore her, best thing ever!!!)
  • Day 1: Clever Girl’s Party – real life faces/hugs to go with twitter handles (I love you @AmazingGreis) , fun sponsers, champagne, dance off, great time and my first run-in with the GORGEOUS Dre.
  • Day 1: Summary: Don’t carry bags, get a room
  • Day 2: Working at registration you get to meet all kinds of people! (whether they want to meet you or not-it’s kind of like they are hostages) Including theBHJ!
  • Day 2: Session on cyberbullying. Okay, truth, I went to meet Queen of Spain. I did not raise my hand when asked if I was bullied, because I haven’t been. Still it was interesting and at lunch I met a new person who missed the session and was able to share info that may help her.
  • Day 2: Lunch: Operation Glory. Cross “being in a flashmob” off my list of things to do! See video HERE, I can’t see me but my husband did so I must have not dreamed it
  • Day 2: Session: essential blog content development. Didn’t get to stay for the double session, but got some great ideas.
  • Day 2: Session: Old-school bloggers – MY #1 OBJECTIVE while attending BlogHer was to meet Busymom in person! Goal accomplished with bonus of meeting my #2 idol Mommy Needs Coffee! Also LIZ! Oh. and the session was GREAT.
  • Day 2: Voices of the Year. Amazing. Many tears and laughs. Please go read ALL the posts. They are amazing.
  • Day 2: Summary: Exhausted went home early and missed all the parties, sad little old lady that I am.
  • Day 3: Morning volunteering again
  • Day 3: Session: The Unexpected Viral Explosion- loved this session too. And later at the parties I ran into Nerdy Apple Bottom many times and she is THE awesome.
  • Day 3: Lunch, more expo, upstairs sponsors- Hallmark had a wonderful place to recharge and write cards (which they mailed!) to loved ones.
  • Day 3: Session: Unplug, Unfriend, Unfollow, Unwind with Gwen Bell – relaxing
  • Apparently I had some kind of our of body experience at this point because there were TWO sessions I really wanted to attend at this time and I don’t recall going to either one!!!! Where was I? Did anyone see me? Was I wandering the hall? Napping in the hall? I don’t remember!!!
  • Day 3: Too much time to kill until parties, a wee bit jealous of all the events everyone else was at….when I was saved by a tweet from @CountessMo and promptly volunteered to help Miss Britt setup at Aiming Low party setup and met some wonderful people (Anissa and Robinwho obviously knows her shit because SHE wrote that sticker up there about ME and I am effing ahhsome)
  • Day 3: Decided to eat dinner alone, when in walks the Ashleigh Burrows and her daughter. I invite them to join me. Turned into the most fascinating, stimulating and touching two hours of the entire conference my entire life. (remember people, just be brave. Some of the best things in life come from when you look at a stranger and say…”You can sit here and join me, if you’d like”
  • Day 3: Aiming Low Party – RAD!!!! I met all kinds of people I ‘knew’ but hadn’t ‘seen’. All wonderful people! Most exciting for me? I hugged Redneck Mommy. (I also stuck a sticker on her chest! She is just as f*cking fantastic in real life as she is online)
  • Day 3: The CheesburgHer Party was raucous and loud and hoppin’. Fun times. Also cheeseburgers. And fries. And hats.

 Now, TEN days later, I am still exhausted and barely able to function. I can’t wait to go again.

I know I left out some of the amazing things that happened. And PEOPLE that I met that are so freaking wonderful that I am going to slap myself for leaving them out of this post. BUT, I will put down more and post it here. And it all lives in my heart forever….

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