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FOOTWEAR, SNEAKERS & SANDALS –

Merrell Women’s Bare Access Arc 4 Trail Running Shoe

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Merrell Women's Bare Access Arc 4 Trail Running Shoe

Merrell Women’s Bare Access Arc 4 Walking Shoes

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Merrell Bare Access Arc 4 Women's Walking Shoes

Merrell Women’s Sandspur Rose Leather Sandal

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Merrell Women's Leather Sandal

I’ve been holding a candlelight vigil for the return of the Pink Panther Merrells since I started buying Merrell in 2015, but I don’t think they’re coming back. I ran those things into the ground. The black ones were nice I guess but not as great as the pink ones. I wore them out too but not as much as I could’ve, like the pink ones. I loooove Merrell. They’re like weird AI robot shoes that naturally intuit my feet: super comfortable, pricey but well made. And bc I’ve had the body of a pre-menopausal woman since I was a teenager, perfect for me. I’m too hot and too cold all at the same time + I live in a location w seasons and harsh winters, so I love that I can go for long walks/runs in the cold & have an aerated shoe that allows my foot to breathe. (PS My feet & hands control the temperature of my bod like remote controls) Note – In Jan ’22 I found the Bare Access XTRs on QVC and jumped on it. (I had just come off a 2-hour walk w a cheap pair of knockoffs that had my back and feet almost finishing the walk on my knees) I almost cried to be reunited. The XTRs are thicker-soled than the Arc 4s, but they’re still pretty beautiful and close to that model (in form-fitting to the foot like a Vibram while giving more support in not being as flat or completely flat). (I wear a 7.5 btw and have normal arches) I sized down to a 6 tho w the sandals, which I may not buy again (tho the Granite/Dragonfly look pretty). It may be that I haven’t worn them enough (since buying them in 2021), but the straps are a little tight and the footbed narrow. (I already have pretty narrow feet, but I think I could use a little extra room since my feet can swell)

HEALTH & HOUSEHOLD, ACCESSORIES –

Honeywell Oscillating Table Fan Adjustable Tilt Head

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Honeywell Oscillating Table Fan

DivaCup Ages 19-30 Up to 12 Hours Model 1

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
DivaCup Menstrual Cup

JanSport Superbreak Backpack Lightweight

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
JanSport Superbreak Backpack

I’ve had 3 Diva Cups since starting to buy them in 2015 (I started on Amazon and bought the last one I have now in WF). I’m 40 but unless I give birth, I’m sticking to this model (as w a lot of other reviewers 30+ w/out babies who say that Model 2 is uncomfortable). Note: I’ve never had a heavy flow; I have 2 heavy days and it begins to taper over the next 2-3 days. Note again: I used to wear tampons w no history of anything like diaphragms. I boil my cup to sanitize it, yes, but it’s also the best way I’ve found to remove staining. I’ve had my current one now 3-4 years. Same here w my JanSport backpack—which I’ve had since 2018 and hanging off all manners of doors & doorknobs—fully packed and everything—and it’s still goin’ strong. (JanSport’s been around since the 60s) I’ve had my Honeywell since ’21 and I love it. It’s very sleek, easy to assemble and disassemble, and I love that it has a removable grill to clean (bc my last one, a Holmes Blizzard, did not).

BOOTS –

WHITE MOUNTAIN Meditate Women’s Tall Riding Boot Dark Brown

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
WHITE MOUNTAIN Meditate Women's Tall Riding Boot

Timberland Women’s Fleece Snow Boot Dark Brown Nubuck

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Timberland Women's Teddy Fleece Nubuck Snow Boot

This is one of those times when I used Amazon as a database search and found these Meditate boots then bought them on the WM website. I love these boots! Very sharp, and they fit comfy. My calves are a little above standard ~ 15-16″ but I love the accordion shaft for more give and as a feature of the boot to prevent a worn look. They’re faux, which I don’t have much experience w just as much as real leather, but I think I prefer faux, especially since they’re affordable. I bought these so I could wear skirts in the winter w more coverage (which can also be paired with fleece-lined etc. stockings or leggings). I’d maybe like to buy the black ones, but we’ll see how these wear more since I bought them in Jan ’22. “Tims” on the other hand I’ve been wearing since I was a teen, and I’ve had these fleece-lined ones since 2015; the only reason I’m considering another pair is bc 1 boot—the insole/liner came unglued from the outsole, and it’s like hell getting it off.

Wooden Basic Sewing Kit Box w Accessories

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Vintage Wooden Basic Sewing Kit Box

I’m no sewing expert, but I do like to have a semi-decent kit around, & I appreciate this. Because I do darn my stockings, and skirts when I’ve popped a stitch ha. Cute little wooden box esp. for beginners and girls, and you do get a lot of little goodies for starters. I bought this in Jan ’22.