BLOG TAKEOVER: A DAY IN A MOM’S LIFE

 

In celebration of Mother’s Day next week, we asked the multi-talented Amy Kavelaris to share moments of her life as a mom. The artist, author, illustrator, art school owner and blogger dressed up in her favorite Skechers and shared her personal side with us in a series of beautiful snaps that chronicle a day in her life.

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Although I work from home several days a week, we are also constantly on-the-go. Truth be told, we are crazy about our Skechers and how they have every kind of shoe for every activity under the sun. Their Skechers Memory Foam insoles are dreamy and I am often amazed at all of the different beautiful styles!

Here we are at my art school, Bloom-Prints Studio. In this beautiful, eclectic space, with original hard-wood plank floors dating back to the turn of the century, I am constantly inspired while teaching fine art classes to all ages.

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“Surround yourself with great content” has always been my motto, so as often as we can, our little family loves to find a great museum, or a historical site for inspiration. We adore our Milwaukee Art Museum, and the classes and enrichment they offer (you might have seen it featured in Transformers 3).

Since my husband and I both own businesses, we are constantly working. So, as a family we find it crucial to unplug and find time to play with our sweet girl. We live in the Midwest in an area called the “Lake Country.” So of course whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter… you can usually find us at the lake.

And ANY opportunity we get, we spend time outdoors. Here we are, parkside, reading our book Bloom With Mi which I wrote and illustrated. It’s a sweet story about a girl named “Mi” who learns how to give back and celebrate others, and a portion of every sale goes towards a different give-back organization each month.

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Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and blooming Mother’s Day! And thank you for stopping by!

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Picnic 3Drawn in black and white to connect with every girl, Amy Kavelaris’ best-selling book Bloom with Mi is a sweet tale of a girl named “Mi” who has an opportunity to make life about herself… or about others. Every time she decides to use her gifts for someone else, she leaves her “bloom” behind. Follow the Bloom With Mi journey on Instagram as @AmyKavs, at Amy’s blog or on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

BLOG TAKEOVER: GET HEALTHY WITH SARA HALEY

Hey Moms! One of our biggest struggles is how to take care of ourselves while taking care of our kids, so today we’re talking to fitness and lifestyle mompreneur Sara Haley on how we can stay fit, healthy and happy as parents. She has a lot of wise advice from her experiences in the mommy trenches… read on to learn seven easy ways you can improve your life, every day.

 

1. Get outside! The weather can have a huge effect on your health and happiness. Even when it’s not so nice, I still encourage you to get outside whenever you can. The fresh air wakes you up and when the sun is out, it can’t help but put you in a better mood. Walk wherever you can, with or without the kids, and maybe even turn it into a workout! (P.S. If you’re looking for some workout inspiration, check out my free 10 Day Upper Body Blast workout at UpperBodyBlast.com.)

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2. Keep your Bag of Health stocked! If you don’t have one, you need to keep one with you always, so you don’t give in to bad habits just because you weren’t prepared. I keep mine packed by the front door, or just leave it in my car.

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My Bag of Health is always stocked with:

1) water

2) a lock (in case I make it to the gym)

3) fiber and/or protein bars

4) an extra bag to help keep it green with any last minute shopping

5) My Skechers (Flex Appeal – Obvious Choice is my favorite), leggings, a sports bra and top

Having these things on me at all times helps keep me healthy by keeping me hydrated, avoiding evil cravings, and giving me a chance to get a last-minute workout. Add anything that will save you from your normal excuses!

 

3. Hydrate! I always make sure that both my kids and I stay hydrated. My number one health tip for everyone, but especially moms and moms-to-be, is that when you think you are hungry, you are more than likely just dehydrated, so drink H20 as often as you can! Keep a water bottle on you at all times (like in your Bag of Health).

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4. Start cleaning – housework counts! Did you know that 30 minutes of vacuuming burns 119 calories and 30 minutes of washing your floor burns 187 calories? Seriously, if you can’t fit in a traditional workout, than start cleaning! I just slip on my Skechers Stretch Fit: Glider – Deep Space shoes (no laces required), pull out my favorite vacuum and start burning some calories and clearing my mind. There’s nothing that makes me feel better than sitting down in a tidied up, crumb-free room. (Did I really just say that? LOL #momlife)

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5. Laugh and smile as often as possible. Smiling is contagious. When you’re having a “mom moment” or better yet, when your kids are having a “kid moment,” SMILE or make them laugh! Tickling is a guaranteed path to laughter at my house. The sound of children’s laughter, especially my own boys’, is music to my ears. It makes me feel like I’m doing my job right. Remember, staying healthy isn’t just about the food we eat and the way we move our bodies, but about how we feel too.
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6. Do nothing. What? Yeah, right! Trust me, I know the feeling. When my oldest is at preschool and my youngest is down for a nap, I immediately get cleaning, start writing, make a phone call, check social media, the list goes on and on. But I’m encouraging you, as well as reminding myself, to take five minutes (or even more) and just sit, breathe, and have a moment to tell yourself “Good job, Mama.”

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7. Bonus Tip: Let it go! Fellow mamas will understand this one: I was trying to get a pic of me and my boys in our Skechers, but the timing was horrible. Landon (my oldest) had just come home from school and was clearly exhausted and not into it. I thought about it and said to myself, “Sara, just let it go. It’s not that important.” And let’s be honest, in the scheme of things it wasn’t. So for your mental health, and for your kids, pick your battles and choose sometimes to Let It Go!

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Thanks for listening! I hope these tips will help you in your quest to be a fit, healthy, and happy mom.

 

SaraHaleypicSara Haley is an active mom of two and creator of the Expecting MORE workout series for moms and moms-to-be. Check out her workout programs at SaraHaley.com/shop and chat with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or Periscope @sarahaleyfit.









SKECHERS CELEBRATES EARTH DAY

Nearly 25 years ago, Skechers was born in a beautiful place (on a beach house overlooking the ocean) so it’s safe to say that we love the great outdoors. It’s one of the many reasons we take Earth Day to heart. This day always inspires and empowers us to realize the many ways we can help the world.

This year, we wanted to celebrate how even the smallest actions can make a big difference. We took our beloved BOBS Sailboat alpargatas on a journey to find three simple ways to make the world beautiful.

START A GARDEN

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Whether you have a huge yard or a tiny balcony, a garden is always a lovely way to help the world and create beauty in your home. Try planting your own vegetables this season as a new spring project, or a few bright flowers to brighten up your space. Live in a low water region? The drier weather has introduced a number of gorgeous flora to people’s landscapes and are making drought-tolerant flowers, succulents and grasses more popular than ever.

TIDY UP THE BEACH

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Those of us who visit the beach (or the lucky few who live there) know how beautiful it can be, and how much of an eye sore it is when garbage is left on it. But even worse is the impact of this trash, which can choke and entangle sea animals, wreck our oceans, contaminate the seafood we eat and more.

If you’re heading to the sand this season, take 10 minutes out of your beach day to pick up a bag of trash. It’s a quick task that everyone can do to make a huge difference.

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Pull out your trusty old bike, dust it off and ride it to work! It’s a great alternative to your gas guzzler – not just for helping the earth, but also for your physical and emotional well-being. Long commute? Make it a weekend thing with friends. Cruise over to your favorite brunch spot together: it’ll amaze you how much more of the world you’ll see when you’re not behind the wheel.

Last but not least are the BOBS Sailboat alpargatas we took on our journey… we were overjoyed to hear how eco-friendly our pair was (made of hemp, a renewable resource that uses less watering, less land and is better on the environment than cotton). And even better, every purchase of BOBS means that Skechers can help save the lives of dogs and cats as well as support kids in need – a great way to make the world even greater.

How are you helping earth every day? Share your tips in the comments!

BLOG TAKEOVER: FESTIVAL STYLE WITH MERMAID WAVES

The unofficial start of the 2016 music festival season kicks off today at Coachella in Indio, California. With headliners like LCD Soundsystem, Guns ‘n Roses and Calvin Harris, the legendary event has options for every eclectic taste. But as any festival veteran knows, it’s about more than just the music. Finding the ideal outfits for hours under the bright sunshine is part of the fun. We checked in with style blogger Dani McGowan of Mermaid Waves who paired her favorite festival fashion with Skechers.

LOOK ONE:

I had to create a bohemian look for festival season.  Just because its bohemian doesn’t mean it has to be basic.  I took inspiration from my favorite fashion era, the seventies.  Adding some vintage glam to your bohemian look will make it anything but basic this season.  These Skechers Footsteps-Jagged Edge sandals have a cork wedge that complements a bohemian-inspired outfit.  They are the perfect festival shoe with a memory foam sole that you can dance in all day long, and a small wedge for the right amount of height.  I paired my sandals with an embroidered top and cargo shorts.  My favorite part of festival styling is piling on the accessories, for festivals ADD another accessory before you walk out the door.  A vintage scarf is a great way to look glam and also keep your hair in place.  Oversized sunnies are my eyewear of choice for every occasion.

LOOK TWO:

This look is a tribute to the ultimate girl gang–the Spice Girls.  What better way to celebrate music than taking inspiration from some of your favorite ladies?! I paired a simple striped dress with my Skechers Breeze Low – Moon and Stars sandals.  I am so attached to these sandals, I wear them to the ballet studio, to school, to the spa, and now to a festival!  Having a jacket or some kind of extra layer is key to staying comfortable when at a festival all day.  You never know when some kind of crazy weather will kick in.  I keep mine tied around my waist, doubling as a cute accessory.  I just had to incorporate another vintage scarf into this look, this time I tied it around my neck.  I never travel without some kind of bag, its best to keep everything you need to survive the day (sunscreen, lip balm, money) in one place.  Who doesn’t love a sparkly pizza purse?! It doubles as the perfect photo prop!

LOOK THREE:

Festivals are a major workout so make sure your outfit is up for the job.  I am rocking my Skechers D’lites with some flirty ruffled socks.  These sneakers are great for running around from the stages to the food tents.  I love a simple piece I can throw on and wear all day, so I chose this vintage tennis dress to add the sporty vibe.  These floral sunnies are so much fun and the ideal way to spice up a sporty look.  This backpack is one that I DIYed myself, I added patches and pompons to create a bag perfect for me!  I have been taking this bag with me on all my vacation and festival adventures and it reminds me of many fun memories each time I carry it.

Dani McGowan is the fashion guru behind the Mermaid Waves blog.  Follow her on Instagram to see her latest looks for the spring season.

 

MUST-DO MONDAY: THE SUNSHINE BECKONS

1Longer days.  Warmer weather. And most importantly…springtime sunshine!  This is the season to be outside and get your necessary dosage of vitamin D.  The darkness of winter has ended, so enough with the excuses!  Each and every one of us is busy, so it’s not about finding the time.  It’s about making the time.  And it’s easier than you think.  Go for a walk when you just need to take a break from the job. Not only is a great way to clear your head, but that time outside will energize you for the rest of your day.  Eat your lunch outside.  Too many of us eat a meal at our desk or the cafeteria but it’s important to get away if only for a short time. The change of environment helps relieve stress and sun will help with your mood. Join or coach a sports team.  Transition some of your leisure activities to be outdoor-focused…it’s better than sitting at home spending even more time in front of a computer. Or if you have little ones, volunteer to coach or help out rather than dropping off the kid and running an errand.  It’s the perfect two birds with one stone scenario.  Just get outside, have fun, and feel better each day.  It really is that important.  Check out Dr. Oz for four benefits of vitamin D and don’t forget the sunscreen if you’ll be out more than 20 minutes!

BEHIND THE SCENES ON MEGHAN TRAINOR’S NEW TV SPOT

It started with her print ad and then the #MTrainSkechers campaign took over your television! In her new commercial that launched last month, Meghan Trainor finds herself in a nightclub that’s just as cool and fun as the totally retro Skechers Originals collection shoes that she’s wearing. The shoot was a family affair for all involved with Meghan’s parents and brother on-set for the elaborate production. Skechers president Michael Greenberg even stopped by with his daughter to say hello to the Grammy-winning pop star.

It’s all about fresh and new for Meghan right now.  From her striking red hair to her sophomore album Thank You releasing on May 13 to the sweet Skechers Originals kicks you’ll see in the spot. As she told us, “The new album is very, very different. Our latest songs coming in are very urban and hard and hit you in your face with a little bit of funk and I love that! I love how different it is but you can feel my influence in my throwback love. I think it takes confidence to take risks and be original. Skechers has truly embraced this message in the new campaign and I can’t wait for my fans to see it!”  Take a look at the video below for a sneak peek with even more insight from Meghan on her album, her hair change and shooting the new spot!

The commercial features Meghan’s hot new single “NO” that hit #1 on iTunes. Now that you’ve gone behind the scenes, in case you haven’t seen her complete Skechers Originals spot, it’s right here to check out!

Have you picked up a pair of Skechers Originals yet? Find your perfect pair and don’t forget to share your look on Instagram with #MTrainSkechers for us all to see!

Pre-order Meghan’s new album and hear “NO” today at www.meghan-trainor.com.

Meghan Trainor on set

 

 

 

THE NEW TWINKLE TOES DVD: OUT NOW!

Calling all Twinkle Toes fans… Twinkle Toes is back in her latest adventure! Head over to a Skechers store today or shop online at skechers.com to get her brand new movie on DVD, Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York.

For those who want a sneak preview, here’s the latest: Twinkle Toes has been dreaming of taking the ultimate summer vacation, but has to head over to New York City instead on a work trip with her dad, who’s been hired to direct a musical. When his show starts failing and opening night’s around the corner, it’s up to Twinkle Toes to turn it into a smash hit!

Complete with five bonus Twinkle Toes mini-adventures, Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York is a great DVD for all of us who love to get our Twinkle on, and lots of fun for families to enjoy. We all know that Twinkle Toes was born to shine – and this DVD’s sure to bring even more lights, camera and sparkle into your twinkling world (and make it even more fun to dance around in your favorite Twinkle Toes shoes).

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