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Wide width TOMS shoes

Okay, maybe this info will help you guys as much as I think it is going to help me.

I don’t know if any of wear a wide width in your shoe sizes, but I have since Junior High. Shout-out to younger me and back to school shopping! (*It doesn’t get any more fun, FYI! HTH!) Anyway…I have always liked TOMS Shoes because I am lazy, love a slip-on and can get behind the mission of “One for One”. Unfortunately, the footbed has always been to narrow for me, so, I’ve always only supported them by buying them for my kid.

Well, thanks to the randomness of the internet, I was able to chat with the Creative Director of TOMS, Mara Evans, about my wistful longing for a wide width shoe and she was kind enough to give me the following tips:

Paula Wade if you haven’t tried TOMS in a while, we have tweaked our Classic design so you may find they are comfortable now. Also if you soak them and put them on wet – seriously – they loosen up a bit. Or you can order two sizes down from a men’s which are wider.

So, you can guess that I will now be throwing all of my dollars at TOMS to take advantage of Mara’s generous wisdom.

Have you guys avoided TOMS because of this? Or are y’all lucky enough not to have my “delicate” foot issue?

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About that whole “Regular” thing

Well, my regular normal for the first half of the year was not what I expected. I think I described myself in real life as a “caretaker, mom, full-time employee, student, & Pokemon master” (because ya gotta catch’em all!). So, my online writing life was the first to get the short end of the stick.

Now, I’m not saying I’m back to writing here on the regular, but I sure do miss it. So, I’m going to dip my toe back in with links to articles from other amazing folks that you may or may not know – not only to share their stuff, but to get back in the habit of posting things here. I also have some beauty things I have done this year that I want to share with you, like my trip to Spa Castle down in Texas, and going floating at Float OKC. There is also another Makeup Show happening in Dallas next month, so, you know I’m going to be going down there, too.

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(Sourced from the Googles, but I can’t find the creator)

Plus, I just like all kinds of random stuff on the internet. Like the tagline says, “the older I get, the more beauty I see”. My definition of “beauty” just continues to get broader with each passing year. Which is just my way of saying that getting back on the proverbial posting horse is really for me, and that I hope you come hang out with me sometimes, too.

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Getting back to the regular normal

Now that the holidays are over, all the short, erratic weeks are behind us. Unfortunately, we have to be all adulty and get back on our regular schedule. This is actually a good thing, save for missing out on my daily midday naps.

Look at me with that whole algebraic 10th power going on!

Look at me with that whole algebraic 10th power going on!

It’s also when some of you have made your resolutions for the year. I don’t really have any that I make for myself anymore, except for my ongoing goal to “Be Better”, and this year I hope that you all can take up that task, too. I also want to know if you can give me any feedback on one of my Christmas presents, too.

Are you guys ready to get back to your new regular normal, too?

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The Feel Good Gift Guide

CHARITY WORDCLOUD It’s that time of year again – giving gifts either out of obligation or love. It’s really hard to tell the difference sometimes, right? Anyway, with so much going on in the world lately, I thought this year would be a good one to list out ways that we could share our humanity, by helping out others in this world. You may want to do this as a way to incorporate people into causes you believe in. You may want to do this to spite the racist family member that you drew in the family gift pool. You may even want to use this a a last-minute gift guide. No matter how you use this guide, just know that you are doing a good thing, and helping your karma along the way.

Planned Parenthood: This one really needs no explanation.

Cure Batten: This donation will help the Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation accelerate the research into finding a cure for Battan disease and to save the lives of all children impacted by Batten disease.

The Jane Goodall Institute: The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global nonprofit focused on inspiring individual action to improve the understanding and welfare of great apes and to safeguard the planet we all share. Their mission is based in Dr. Jane Goodall’s belief that the well-being of our world relies on people taking an active interest in all living things.

Water.org: For more than twenty years, Water.org has pioneered safe water and sanitation solutions that give women hope, children health and communities a future. Their vision: Safe water and the dignity of a toilet for all. They do really strong work in areas that are devastated by natural disasters.

No Kid Hungry: No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. The No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. A well-fed child does better in school, which starts a domino effect to a better life.

Habitat for Humanity: There are nearly 2 billion people around the world who live in slum housing and more than 100 million are homeless. Habitat helps by building or renovating simple, decent houses in partnership with those in need. They also have helped many people rebuild their lives after natural disasters, like they did for so many folks after our many devastating tornados here in Oklahoma.

Brady Campaign: Gun control. Enough said.

Common Threads: Through their cooking and nutrition programs and curriculum, they help prevent childhood obesity and reverse the trend of generations of non-cookers, while celebrating our cultural differences and the things people all over the world have in common.

Chrohn’s & Colitis Foundation: The mission of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

Diabetes Research Institute: Flat out dedicated to cure Diabetes.

Epilepsy Foundation: The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies.

Refuge UK: Refuge is a safe-house in the UK for women and children escaping domestic violence. I became aware of them when helping with Give and Makeup, a great initative for beauty bloggers, and others, started by Caroline Hirons. (*As it is a national organization, it covers more places. Here in the US, please think of giving to your local shelters.)

Crisis Text Line: Many, MANY folks (*especially teens!) do not feel comfortable talking live to someone when they are in distress. This avenue provides a way to help people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. The average text chat lasts *3.5* hours. THAT is dedication.

World Literacy Foundation: Seriously, reading is FUNdamental. Their mission is to lift children and youth out of poverty by delivering effective and sustainable programs aimed at eradicating illiteracy. Education is a basic human right. Knowing how to read and write not only enables others to overcome the barriers of poverty, it unlocks the door to a lifetime of learning.

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation: Music in schools! Music in schools! Music in schools! MHO helps keep that going by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, giving youngsters the many benefits of music education, helping them to be better students and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music.

Karma Dogs: This organization helps provide former shelter dogs, now trained specially trained therapy dogs, to programs to provide comfort to folks to improve reading skills, life skills, autism needs and teach about proper animal care.

Girls Who Code: STEM! Their vision is to reach gender parity in computing fields. They believe this is paramount to ensure the economic prosperity of women, families, and communities across the globe, and to equip citizens with the 21st century tools for innovation and social change. They believe that more girls exposed to computer science at a young age will lead to more women working in the technology and engineering fields. And that can only be a damn good thing.

RAINN – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

Now, if you want some ideas for beauty gifts, don’t worry – I received plenty of information about lots of those, I just thought I would provide a charitable guide, instead of a pretties guide this year. Just hit me up on SM or email for suggestions on those.

And, yes, I know that this list is just a drop in the bucket of worthy organizations, and I tried to keep them as national/global as possible, but please do not forget the charities that support your own community. (Don’t harass me over the listed ones, as each one was picked their causes due to touching the lives of people that I know. Just POLITELY let me know if a particular organization has an issue that makes it questionable, please.) That said, if you have some charities that you would like to support/give attention to, just leave me a note in the comments for others to see, too.

Happy Holidays, no matter how you celebrate!

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Meredith and I and the Asian Haul

This year I was lucky enough to have my good friend, (*and brain sharer), Meredith from Retrodiva’s Beauty move down to Dallas, which is only 3hrs away from me. This means I get to see her more often, and we get to discover all kinds of things in Big D.

This time we went Asian goodie shopping, including a trip to Daiso, which is like an Asian dollar store, on the rec of G, from Nouveau Cheap, whose rec’s I can take to the bank without hesitation. Then we also went over to TonyMoly, which you may recognize from seeing it at Urban Outfitters, and picked up some skincare stuff, too.

And we spend a lot of time telling you about what we got, because we talk a lot. Which we do when we are together, so, go get you a cup of something good and settle in for a sit, while we show you what we picked up, and talk about whatever comes up.

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