Wednesday, June 27, 2012

OOFOS Giveaway!

Hello all! In my last post I reviewed OOFOS Footwear, and now one of you will win a pair of OOFOS thongs or slides for yourself!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will end on July 9, 2012. The winner will be picked via and will have 48 hours to respond to the winning e-mail to claim their prize of either the OOriginal Thong or OOahh Slide or another winner will be drawn. Make sure you leave a valid e-mail address in your posts!

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment stating one neat fact about OOFOS and why you would like a pair.

Extra Entries (leave one comment for each): Post a comment to the OOFOS facebook page.

Post a link to this giveaway on your blog and comment with a link to that post.

Tweet about this giveaway: Win a free pair of @OOFOS at Food, Fotos, and Fun! at

And don't forget to check the OOFOS pinterest page.

Best of luck!!

*Giveaway sponsored by OOFOS. Pictures above from OOFOS website.

Friday, June 15, 2012

OOFOS Footwear Review

OOFOS Footwear makes an OOriginal Thong and OOahh Slide. Both sandals are made from their revolutionary OOfoam.  "The patented foot-bed design delivers an unprecedented experience because of its unique energy absorption capabilities." Please visit their website to learn more. I also noticed that the OOFOS family mission is to "Make YOO Feel Better." I can say that I do feel better when my feet are comfortable, so I think OOFOS may be on to something.

I was provided a pair of the OOFOS OOriginal Thong to review on my blog and can say that I'm happy with them. They are definitely comfortable as they cushion my feet. At first glance, they may not appear as stylish as very slim/thin flip flops, but they are actually quite sleek with a more athletic look. The comfort is worth the added thickness of the sole, and because I'm fairly short, the added height is a benefit. I don't normally wear thong sandals, but the OOriginal Thong is very comfortable due to its soft OOfoam material and design. It offers my feet enough support so that I can actually walk around for a day without any pain in my feet, which is something I've never encountered with a thong sandal before.

I'm going to rate these thongs as a 9.5 of 10. I'm very happy with them. If you'd like to get a pair for yourself or would like to try them on, OOFOS retailers are located all around the United States. I am also planning to host an OOFOS giveaway soon, so stay tuned!

I have happy feet now! 

I also have a happy and very cute kitten....

Disclosure: I was sent a free pair of OOFOS OOriginal Thong to review. The review and comments above are my own.  

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Abandoned Kittens and Braided Bread

Hello everyone! I have a great story to share today!

This past Thursday evening, I was walking to the store in the rain when I heard a cry and looked down at my feet to see a wet, small grey kitten. I immediately picked it up and looked around. I saw no one. The kitten shivered as it snuggled against me. As I held the kitten and my umbrella, I tried to determine the best course of action. I could call Animal Control then and there, but I wasn’t sure what would happen to the kitten there. So I zipped the kitten into my jacket and carried it back to my apartment where I checked to see if it had fleas – nope!

I then called Animal Control to see if a kitten had been reported missing and also to see what their procedures were for lost kittens. I wasn’t too keen on the idea of her being taken by them, so I decided to hang on to the kitten for the weekend and try to find the owner myself (if there was one). My first step was to run to the store (which I never reached earlier in the evening) and pick up some cat litter and kitten chow. The kitten stayed in my bathroom most of the evening until it started crying around 5 AM and ended up sleeping on my lap for the rest of the early morning hours… I have a soft heart, what can I say. I was also fearful of neighbors complaining of the noise since I’m not supposed to have a pet here.

On Friday I called a local vet clinic and some apartment complexes near where the kitten was found to see if the owner was searching for it, but I had no luck. At this point I was growing attached and decided to call my landlord and see if I could keep the kitten for the last 2 months of my lease and how much it would cost. In less than a few minutes, I was emailed paperwork to sign and asked to pay a reasonable fee – SUCCESS!

It is now Saturday and the kitten is looking better, though still sneezing because of a cold from the rain I assume. I will be getting medication for the kitten on Monday. :-) I’m sure she was abandoned (she’s too tame to be a stray), and I am planning to take her in as my own. When I spoke with Animal Control, they mentioned that kittens and cats are regularly found where I found this kitten. Luckily this kitten found me. I’d say I’m lucky too. I’m preparing for a big life transition when I move away from my many wonderful Champaign-Urbana friends to take a full-time job. It will nice to have a friend to keep me company at my new place. Also, I can’t help but think this is the final step after receiving my MLIS to become a true librarian. Many librarians have cats (the stereotype is based on some truth).

I have just decided on a name for my kitten: Riada Etta. I found her near a stream, and riada means ‘stream’ in Spanish. Riada is also an Irish name, and I have a love of all things Irish. I included Etta so as to name her after one of my favorite jazz and blues singers, Etta James, who passed away earlier this year.

Now for a picture of little Riada (Ria for short):

In other less exciting news, I baked a braided bread for a co-worker. It was lovely and made my apartment smell heavenly.

P.S. Stay tuned for more reviews and giveaways to come!