Friday, June 29, 2012

Talking and Scrapping

I'm a multi-tasker. I can't just watch TV. I have to fold the laundry at the same time or flip through a magazine during commercials. In college I couldn't just IM someone on my computer. I had to be IMing and searching the internet and listening to music and watching TV and doing homework all at once. And I can't just scrapbook. I have to have a movie or music playing in the background. I also can't just talk on the phone. I'm either talking and pacing or talking and emptying the dishwasher or talking and scrapbooking. But talking and scrapbooking is kind of hard when you've got the phone wedged between your shoulder and chin and you're trying to cut paper or something. So when I was asked if I'd like to review the new VTech LS6475 model phone, I said YES PLEASE.

This is the main headset base. Pretty snazzy, huh?
The VTech LS6475 is a cordless phone system with a built-in headset. This means that both of your hands are free to work on projects while you're talking with friends or family members on the phone. The headset is mounted on the base station when not in use, but first you have to attach the head clip (like a headband) to the ear piece. I had some trouble doing this. You really have to use a lot of force in order to snap the two together. But once I got it attached and on my head, I didn't have any problems hearing the person on the other line, and they didn't have any problems hearing me. It was a very clear connection.  It was also comfortable to wear. The headset didn't move around on my head or pinch at the temples or anything. I had both hands free and it was great! No more awkwardly cradling the phone between my head and shoulder.

The phones are easy to set up when you follow the instructions in the manual. Set-up is pretty similar to other cordless phones I've set up before. There are two phones that come together: one is the base station that needs to be plugged into a phone jack and electrical outlet, and the other receives a signal from the base station and only needs to be plugged into an electrical outlet. The phones have to charge about 10 hours before the first use.

See? Wearing the headset means I have two hands
free to take my picture and wave!
Aside from the built-in headset, the phones have some other cool features, such as Voice Announce Caller ID. No more running to the phone to read what the screen says. The phone tells you! It's actually kind of creepy, especially when someone is calling from a cell phone not in your area code. The Voice Announce lady just calls out the person's phone number. "Call from wireless 201...."

The phones also have a push-to-talk feature, turning them into walkie talkies so you can communicate with other people in your house. Of course, you'd have to set up a phone in every room in which someone could possibly be, so you'd have to purchase more phones, but an extra phone is only $19.95.

And what is a phone these days without an answering machine? The VTech LS6475 features a digital answering machine, but you can turn it off if you wish to use your phone company's voicemail service.

The VTech LS6475 retails for about $99.95, but I did see it online at Walmart for cheaper.


Disclaimer: I was provided the VTech LS6475 free of charge for my honest review.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Neglected Recipes

I need to have a better system for saving recipe links in my email because apparently, I'm forgetting about the recipes. Here are links to recipes I wanted to make but never got around to it because, well, I don't check my Gmail account for recipes.

1. Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake - This is a Paula Deen recipe, y'all. If you're not from Missouri (particularly St. Louis) you don't understand the awesomeness of Gooey Butter Cake. It's been so long since I've had any, but PUMPKIN Gooey Butter Cake? Now that is extreme - extremely awesome! I also found a way to make it gluten-free, however, my husband doesn't like the taste of pumpkin, so...

2. Gluten-Free Tie-Dye Cupcakes - These colorful cupcakes would be fun for a birthday party. And easy to make, too. The recipe calls for a box of Betty Crocker gluten-free cake mix. And how about topping them off with homemade buttercream frosting?

3. Gluten-Free Baked Donuts - I'm telling you, I tried making apple cider donuts once and it DID NOT WORK OUT. But I was frying them and not baking them. So perhaps this recipe will allow me to make delicious donuts whenever I want?

4. Coconut Chicken Salad with Warm Honey - Do I really need to give you an explanation as to why this appeared on my list?

5. Gluten-Free Butterbeer - I had Butterbeer in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but apparently my husband couldn't have any because the foam (which I SWEAR to you was not on my Butterbeer) is not gluten-free and you can't ask for it without the foam (even though I didn't have any!!!!). This seems like an easy recipe, although I haven't been able to find imitation butter flavor.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Kraft Grilled Turkey Club Quesadillas

While looking through my mom's years-old Kraft cooking magazine, I came upon a delicious-sounding recipe and another way to use tortillas! The recipe for Grilled Turkey Club Quesadillas can be cooked on an outdoor grill, but we used our George Foreman grill. Even though the recipe is a couple years old, I was able to find it online. Thank you, internet. As with most quesadilla/tortilla recipes, this one called for flour tortillas. I used corn tortillas. And I did not use Oscar Meyer turkey breast as the recipe called for. We are fans of Thumann's turkey breast. It has no MSG and it's labeled gluten-free. Plus it's delicious and fresh! This is such an easy weeknight meal. Serve it up with fries, chips, or leftover potato salad like we did!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Feed the Family


Last week I attended Target's Feed the Family event in New York City. The event showcased delicious food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner all made using Target's exclusive food brands: Archer Farms, Market Pantry, Sutton & Dodge Steakhouse Quality Angus Beef, and Wine Cube. I've purchased something from each of those brands, with the exception of Wine Cube, and have never been disappointed. My favorite Archer Farms product? The all-natural peanut butter! SO GOOD! But what I didn't know about Target is that its Archer Farms brand makes TWO types of gluten-free pasta. How exciting is that? Now that I know the pasta exists, I'm going to look for it at my local Target. 


lunch bento boxes with turkey "sushi"
The breakfast section was good, but I'll get to the food samples in a minute. The lunch section didn't have food samples, but it did have super cute lunch items and ways to package them. I hope you can see them in the picture, but Target has these awesome lunch bento boxes with space on the top for a plastic fork and knife and three inner compartments to keep food separated. The bento boxes are available in Target's summer seasonal section, so go find them and buy them for you and your kids! And in one of the bento boxes, Target had turkey sandwich wraps made to look like sushi. So cute! 


But the food, the food! Breakfast was a three-course sampler of a Blueberry Bagel Strata, yogurt topped with Archer Farms cereal, and Corn Pancakes with Praline Bacon and Honeyed Butter. Dinner consisted of a four-course sampler of an Archer Farms Quinoa Burger (not my favorite, but I think quinoa is an acquired taste), Quick Orange Chicken, Archer Farms Margherita di Bufaia Pizza, and Giada De Laurentiis' Gobetti Pasta with Pancetta and Peas. For dessert, I sampled Archer Farms gelato!  


There was also a kids' section with cute little toys and craft activities that can also be purchased at Target. The kids at the event were making hanging paper lanterns that looked really cool. And if you're looking for an outdoor game, Target has a bocce ball set, which the little kids seemed to like. 


While I can't wait to try all of the different recipes showcased at the event, there is one recipe in particular that I'm really excited about. My favorite recipe was the Corn Pancakes with Praline Bacon and Honeyed Butter. Oh man. That praline bacon WAS. SO. GOOD. I need to do some experimenting to make this one gluten-free, but here is the regular recipe that Target was kind enough to share. 
yogurt with cereal, blueberry bagel strata,
and corn pancakes with praline bacon
and honeyed butter


Ingredients: 
½ cup packed brown sugar 
¼ cup finely chopped pecans 
2 tsp. Archer Farms Caribbean Jerk Seasoning 
12 slices Archer Farms Thick Cut Bacon 
¾ cup softened butter 
¼ cup Archer Farms Orange Blossom Honey 
2 cups Archer Farms Golden Corncakes Pancake Mix 
1 1/3 cups milk 
¼ cup oil 
2 eggs 


Directions: 
1. Heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. 
2. Line the bottom of a broiler pan with foil. 
3. Mix sugar, pecans, and seasoning in a wide bowl. 
4. Press the bacon in the mixture to coat. 
5. Arrange bacon on the pan, and sprinkle the remaining pecan mixture on top. 
6. Bake 17 to 20 minutes until browned and crispy. 
7. Remove from pan and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. 
8. Stir butter and honey in small bowl until smooth. 
9. Meanwhile, prepare pancake batter according to package directions with milk, oil, and eggs for 12 pancakes. Serve warm topped with honeyed butter and bacon. 
I got to take home samples, including my favorite:
Archer Farms all-natural peanut butter!


Makes four to six servings. 



Ever since my local Target revamped its grocery section, I've been trying to shop there more often. The fresh fruit is sweet and delicious, and probably better than what I've purchased at the grocery store. I also like that I can find great deals at Target. Most of the stuff I buy at the grocery store is at least $1 cheaper at Target, too. Now that I know to look for the Archer Farms gluten-free pasta, I'm hoping that I can do more food shopping at Target. The gluten-free thing is the only thing that has really held me back from making Target my sole food store. I can find some gluten-free things, but for other items, like our no gluten, no MSG Thumann's deli counter meat, I still have to go to the grocery store. What about you? How much of your grocery shopping do you do at Target?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Shot of Faith to the Head - Book Review

In A Shot of Faith to the Head: Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists, Mitch Stokes attempts to help Christians defend their belief in God and take down atheists' two main arguments against God's existence: 1. Science shows that God doesn't exist and 2. Suffering and evil show that God doesn't exist.


The book is divided into three parts with the first part using philosophy to argue that a belief in God can be rational. The next two parts each deal with the atheists' arguments, stated above.


Stokes is a senior fellow of philosophy at New Saint Andrews College, while I absolutely hated reading philosophers' discourse in my Intro to Rhetoric class my sophomore year of college. Parts of this book went a little over my head, and I was glad that at the end of each chapter Stokes included a section called "For Your Arsenal" where he gives succinct bulletpoints to sum up each chapter. Trust me, you'll need these sections. Take, for instance, this passage on page 41:


            That means that Hume has a reason to withhold judgment about the truth of each and every belief: all were produced by faculties that came from who-knows-where. But of course his belief that he should withhold judgment on everything is itself a belief. Hume should then withhold judgment about whether he should withhold judgment. And so he shouldn't believe that he should withhold judgment (nor should he believe that he should withhold judgment). He's going to feel that in the morning.


Uhm, exactly. To put it more simply in the "For Your Arsenal" section, 


          Agnostics like Hume (who didn't have the theory of evolution) don't know what to believe about our cognitive faculties' origins. They therefore have to suspend judgment about whether these faculties are reliable. But since the agnostics' belief that they must suspend judgment is also a belief, they must suspend judgment about agnosticism itself (as well as all their other beliefs). Agnosticism becomes self-defeating.


Perhaps it will make even more sense if you read the book.


Many of the philosophical arguments are sound but tiring, and I can't see myself engaging in an in-depth conversation like this with someone. The last two parts about science and suffering/evil are easier to follow, and the arguments might be easier for an average person to make. I found much of the information in the science section interesting, especially how many early scientists, such as Galileo, were Christians. And, of course, there's the wonderful argument that the universe appears to have been designed, so what's to say that it wasn't designed?


The argument for how God exists among suffering and evil is nothing new: God created us with free will and some people choose to do bad things. And even if we can't think of a good reason for evil and suffering to occur, that doesn't mean God doesn't have good ones. I could go more in-depth on this subject based on other things I've read, but this is just a book review, so I will refrain. 


As the back of the book says, "If you've ever doubted that your beliefs can stand up to scrutiny—if you've ever doubted your beliefs—this book dissolves the questions. For atheists, it is a wake-up call." However, you do need patience to get through some of the tedious passages, so if you're looking for a book on the same subject that is slightly easier to read, I'm sure there are other books out there. Lee Strobel's The Case for Faith comes to mind, although I think I liked The Case for Christ better. But perhaps because Stokes is a Christian philosopher (with a degree!) and not just a Christian, this book will hold more credence with non-believers.




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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Special K Roasted Corn and Chicken Tostada

Look how brown and crispy those tortillas got!

You don't have to go on the Special K diet in order to enjoy this Mexican-inspired meal. (Although, that is how I found out about this recipe. And no, I didn't lose 6 pounds in 2 weeks, but I did injure my leg while working out, so that kind of slowed my progress.) This recipe involves chicken, black beans, frozen corn, salsa, cumin (smells so good), chili powder, cheese, and sour cream.

The only thing I changed to make this recipe gluten-friendly was to use corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas. Also, wherever it called for nonstick cooking spray, I just used vegetable oil. Some of the cooking sprays I've seen have appeared to NOT be gluten-free, so I just stay away from them. If you know of good gluten-free cooking sprays, please let me know!

This was GREAT with chicken, but I bet you could substitute steak or even pork. (Hmm, I have pork sirloin in the freezer.) I have no idea how to eat a tostada. We picked them up with our hands. Hopefully that was correct.

The recipe on the Special K website only makes 1 serving (one tostada), so if you're making for multiple people just keep in mind that you need more of the ingredients. I made five tortillas (two for me and three for my husband) and I didn't exactly measure the ingredients properly. For example, it calls for 1/4 cup of salsa. Now technically, I would have had to quintuple that. Well, that would involve doing math. So I just threw in 1/2 cup of salsa. Whatever.

This is definitely going into our regular rotation!



Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sour Cream Potato Salad

I was looking for a recipe that used up some extra sour cream I had in the fridge. And this recipe for Sour Cream Potato Salad seemed like the perfect way to use up sour cream and have a delicious side with hamburgers. Now, my favorite potato salad recipe is one from Rachael Ray because it is so easy and doesn't use a lot of ingredients. But this recipe was pretty easy, too. It's also a very filling recipe. The sour cream and mayo mixture on the potatoes is very creamy and thick, so don't let your eyes get bigger than your stomach.

I didn't peel the red potatoes. Who has time for that? And I like potato skins in my potato salads. Now if I was making classic mashed potatoes, I would leave off the skins. We want creamy mashed potatoes! (Right, mom?) But in a potato salad, especially when I'm using red potatoes, SKINS ON PLEASE!

This was also the first time I've worked with green onions. I usually just leave those out of recipes, but this time I went for it! I had no problem finding them in the grocery store and they were pretty cheap, too! And, oh boy, did they have a strong scent.

I think next time I will cut up the potatoes before cooking them. I adhered to the recipe and cooked them whole, but the potatoes seem to cook better when chopped up first. I'm not sure if it was from chilling the potato salad in the fridge or if the potatoes just didn't cook through all the way, but they were a little crunchy. I like mine to be soft. So, we'll just try it again and see what happens next time!






Friday, June 15, 2012

Essential Everyday food brand

Chef Antonia Lofaso
On Wednesday, I was lucky enough to attend an event in NYC for SUPERVALU's new Essential Everyday private label food brand. The event featured food demonstrations for every season from chef Antonia Lofaso, who you might recognize from Top Chef. We also got to taste a lot of really delicious food, most of it made with Essential Everyday products. 

I wasn't familiar with SUPERVALU before this, so you might not be either. Here's some background on the company. SUPERVALU is a grocery company serving U.S. customers through a network of more than 4,300 stores. It has a variety of private label brands, including the new Everyday Essentials brand, designed to offer great quality food at a great value. The brand launched last year with 1200 items in 40 categories and will expand into an additional 1500 items through 2013. Essential Everyday products include the most important home goods and grocery categories that families rely on every day, such as cereal, dairy, bread, canned goods, frozen foods, pasta, sauces, condiments, salad dressings, and snacks.

clockwise from top: sweet potato-wrapped turkey cutlet,
salad, crispy cauliflower with parmesan, pumpkin cheesecake

The event was really well-done with a great set-up and delicious food. Chef Lofaso was funny and a great demonstrator, but I guess that's why she's the professional chef! And did I mention that the food was fabulous? My favorites were the Watermelon Mint Spritzer, Crispy Cauliflower with Parmesan, Pumpkin Cheesecake on the Lighter Side, The Best Blueberry Muffins, Maple Apple Sausage Patties, Italian Green Bean Pasta Salad, and the Caramel Almond Popcorn.

Some of these recipes are in Lofaso's upcoming cookbook, The Busy Mom's Cookbook, of which I received a free (signed!) advanced copy. The cookbook doesn't come out until August, so you'll have to wait until then to get your own copy. Looking through the cookbook, everything looks really good and easy. Lofaso said that none of the recipes are meant to take longer than 30 minutes. Even though I'm not a mom, both my husband and I have full-time jobs and not a lot of time to cook during the week. So anything that takes 30 minutes or less to make is alright by me. And I don't think that it will be that hard to turn most of the recipes gluten-free. For the Crispy Cauliflower, I can just substitute gluten-free all-purpose flour for the regular all-purpose flour.

At the end of the event, we were all given a reusable shopping bag and allowed to "shop" the Essential Everyday products. As I was going through all the products, I took the time to glance at the back of the packaging. For the Dijon mustard and the grated Parmesan cheese, the labels actually say "gluten-free"!! I also received a sample of liquid water flavor and the label for that says "gluten-free", too! I had to stop one of the SUPERVALU executives to let her know that I appreciate the company taking the time to label its products because it really does make it so much easier for those of us looking for gluten-free food. I understand that not every product in the Essential Everyday line is going to be gluten-free, but for something that could be free of gluten, like the mustard, it's nice to know that I don't have to just guess whether or not it's okay for my husband to consume.

Unfortunately, none of SUPERVALU's grocery stores are in my area, so I can't purchase these items on a regular basis. What about the rest of you? Do you shop at Acme, Albertsons, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh Supermarkets, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s/Star Market, Shop ‘n Save, or ShoppersFood & Pharmacy? Have you seen the Essential Everyday products and tried them? What do you think?



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Real Simple Scrambled Egg Tacos

This recipe came to me via email. (I subscribe to Real Simple e-mail newsletters.) I like scrambled eggs and I like tacos. So why not combine the two for a Mexican take on breakfast (or breakfast for dinner)? I like that it calls for corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas, which are not gluten-free. This is a super easy recipe for gluten-free eaters. This was the first time I'd ever cooked with cilantro. Man does that stuff have a great scent! (Mom, if you're reading this, remember that you don't like cilantro. You're welcome.) There are all sorts of flavors in these soft tacos: scrambled eggs, salsa, cheese, cilantro, and avocado. You can wrap the tortillas or use a knife and fork like I did because the tortillas were just too small for all that mixture! I love finding new ways to use corn tortillas! For other tortilla recipes, check out this link and this link!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Back to Scrapping

I took a break from removing wallpaper from the office to get some scrapping done. 
I made this card using scraps from the My Sweet Scrapbook kit that I used for my Washington D.C. mini album.




 This is a simple layout about my husband's 29th birthday. I saw another scrapbook layout that had a similar design and knew that I wanted to use the same design for these pictures. I also got to use some scraps. That "Celebrate" tag was on something from my brother-in-law's wedding two years ago!



This layout was fun to put together. It didn't turn out exactly how I wanted. But I just couldn't leave out any of the pictures, so this is how I chose to fit them all in. Thanks to my mom for the basketball stickers. The title comes from the 76ers theme song. Yes, the team has one. "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6ers. 10, 9 , 8, 76ers." Pretty clever, huh? 


Thanks for looking! Did you guys get any scrappy work done this weekend?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Summer Clothes

I have a lot of clothing inspiration in my lookbook, and it's been awhile since I purchased any new clothing based on what I've got in the lookbook. The other day I had some extra time on my hands, so I went into Kmart because I had cut out from a magazine a whole outfit centered on a pair of Route 66 orange chinos.

I wanted to see if I had missed my chance at purchasing the pants, and the other clothing items to go with it. Lo and behold, there were the pants! AND they were on clearance for $8.99. Well, of course, I knew it was meant to be. So I purchased the pants and then went to H&M to see if I could find a lacy cream-colored top like the one from the magazine. And I did! For only $24.95. The pants are a little too long on me (unless I have a tailor bring up the hemline) so I can't wear flats. But I do already own some cute Merona nude heels that I purchased from Target YEARS ago. So I think it worked out alright.

While I was at Kmart, I spotted this cute button-down shirt dress with belt. (I liked it best in the wild aster color.) I didn't feel like paying $25 for it, so I put it back on the rack. But apparently, it's 30% off online now until June 9 - that's today! I think $17.49 is a good deal for a Kmart dress. I saw a similar Old Navy dress, minus the belt, in a magazine, but I have yet to see the dress in an Old Navy store. Plus, that dress was $30. So the Kmart dress appears to be a much better deal! And it would look pretty cute with these Mossimo gladiator sandals at Target. Just saying.

I didn't look for these shoes when I was at Kmart, but I saw them in a magazine and liked them enough to put them in my lookbook. I just like the multi-color look to the shoes. I need more color in my shoes! I don't know how stable/comfortable these shoes are, but for $16.99 (which is apparently a sale price through today), you can't go wrong.

What are you guys wearing this summer?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Inspiration

Here are a few links to some projects I want to work on:

1. The latest (and last) All About Me challenge is to scrap about our pet peeves. Oh boy, do I have a good one for this challenge!

2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this layout from Angela over at The Paper Cupboard. It is just too cute.

3. I'm digging this recipe for Green Smoothies posted at Hoot-n-Annie. Even better? It's gluten-free!

4. There's a sketch challenge over at Noel Mignon. You have until June 11 to enter.

5. And how about another delicious recipe that, once again, can be made gluten-free. This one is for Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookies that was posted at A Few Shortcuts.

Well, my computer is acting up, so I think that's all for now. What are some projects/recipes that you guys are hoping to try soon?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My "Sweet" Washington D.C. Scrapbook

I decided to do a mini album for our Washington D.C. trip pictures. But the only mini album I had was the Dylan's Candy Bar My Sweet Scrapbook. Okay, yes, I did get this item from work. Yes, I could have passed it on to a 6-year-old girl who it was clearly designed for. But how could I pass up free scrap stuff? Even if it is all candy-themed and kind of inappropriate for pictures of the Martin Luther King Jr. and World War II memorials. It was fun using some glitter and sequins on my layouts. I didn't stick with only the candy-inspired stuff in this album. I brought in other travel scrap supplies from my stash and raided my own letter collection. It was a fun and easy (and inexpensive) way to quickly get some pictures scrapped. And yes, I have some pretty awesome job perks.









Sunday, June 3, 2012

Ch-ch-changes!

In case you haven't noticed (because you only read my blog via Google Reader and don't actually visit the blog itself), I've added some new Pages to the top. I'm making category pages so that it's easy for you to find all my blog posts that cover specific topics. Current topics include: Book Reviews, Product Reviews, and Gluten-Free Food. I might add more topics in the future. If there are any other topics you want me to add to make it easier for you to navigate the blog, let me know in the comments section. I just thought if you were coming to Cook Scrap Craft looking for certain things, the page categories might make it easier. Perhaps I can even add a search bar at some point. Suggestions are always welcome! And as always, thanks for stopping by!

(And if you have a blog with Blogger and want to know how I created these pages, I followed this helpful tutorial.)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Dr. Scholl's For Her

One of the latest BzzAgent campaigns I participated in was for the Dr. Scholl's For Her line of foot care products designed specifically with women's needs in mind. The line includes insoles for high heels, anti-rubbing/blister products, and more that enable us girls to get where we need to go without sacrificing comfort and style. No matter what shoes you're wearing, Dr. Scholl's For Her products can help make those shoes even more comfortable. There is a product consultation tool at drscholls.com to help you determine what product you need.

You can see the insoles in this picture.
Aren't they super inconspicuous?
I remember the Dr. Scholl's For Her commercials with Stacy London from What Not to Wear that were out not too long ago. But I never went out and tried those insoles she was putting into her shoes. Luckily, I was sent a pair of the Dr. Scholl's For Her High Heel Insoles to try and review. The insoles stick right onto your favorite pair of high heels or wedges (two inches and higher). The insoles are see-through, so you can't even tell that you've got anything in your shoes, which I love! Plus, they are very slim so they don't make your shoes feel tight. The insoles are clinically proven to help prevent heel pain, according to Dr. Scholl's. The ultra-soft FabuSTEP Gel Arch shifts pressure off the ball of your foot. The High Heel Insoles fit women's shoe sizes 6–10, including all open-style shoes.

I had two opportunities to try out these insoles: a bachelorette party and a wedding. (FYI, I used the same pair of High Heel Insoles in two pairs of shoes. They easily peel out of the shoes without doing any damage, but I don't think you're supposed to remove and re-stick too much because the sticky part might lose some of its stick. I think it's best if each shoe pair gets its own pair of insoles.)

First up: The cute heels you see above. People definitely thought I was crazy to wear these shoes, but I pointed out that I had my Dr. Scholl's For Her High Heel Insoles on. And the insoles really did make a difference. I didn't do too much walking around, but just standing around in these shoes was comfortable. Very cushiony.

The insoles are in the shoes but they are so see-through
you can barely see them!!
Next up: The fun nude wedges you see on the right that I wore to the wedding. People, I did the running man in these shoes. THE RUNNING MAN. Probably not a good idea for my calf muscles, but my feet sure didn't hurt! I also did the Cupid Shuffle and some weird "Thriller" line dance.  I danced in these shoes without any problems. The insoles didn't even budge! I had a back-up pair of flip flops in the car just in case, but I didn't need to go get them. I was doing just fine with my cushiony insoles.

I can't wait to try the High Heel Insoles in some of my other shoes, as well as go out and try more of the Dr. Scholl's For Her line of products. I generally don't wear heels on a regular basis. I work in the city and do a lot of walking, so flats are my best friend. But if I have the High Heel Insoles, I'm thinking that walking around in my favorite two-inch Avon snakeskin wedges would be SO much more comfortable. Oh yeah!

Would you like to try the High Heel Insoles for yourself? You can find Dr. Scholl's For Her products in the foot care aisle of drugstores, grocery stores, and mass discount retailers. BUT I've got several coupons to give away! The first three people to comment on this post will win two $4 off coupons for Dr. Scholl's For Her High Heel Insoles. So what are you waiting for? I can hear your heels calling to you from inside your closet! "Wear me! Wear me!"