Monday, August 10, 2015

End of Summer Giveaway and a Little More Texas!

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Today I am happy to announce a sponsored giveaway from San Antonio Shoemakers™ (SAS shoes)! I tend to keep giveaways and sponsored posts to a minimum on this blog, so I can spend my time blogging about having a rich retirement on a budget.  That said, I love to share special deals and goodies and opportunities with my readers and this is definitely one of those cases. 

A few weeks ago, in another post, I shared about purchasing my first pair of SAS shoes and how happy I was with that purchase.  The kind folks at San Antonio Shoemakers™ saw that missive (the Internet is a wonderful thing, is it not?).  They generously offered me a free pair of the shoes of my choice, so that I could wear them and share my experience.  They also even more generously offered me a $270 gift certificate to give away on this blog, so read on! I have info on how to win this gift certificate along with more about my Texas trip below. 

This was not my average trip to Texas if you know what I mean. Usually I take time to skip off the highway and sight see a different place, or take a slightly different route. I also divide my time between my daughter, old friends and my church once I get there, as she is working and studying full time these days. This trip was slightly different

On this particular trip, I had massively injured my knee, causing a spiral strain, so that sitting and standing was difficult. This meant that the trip was a straight drive, with me relying on cruise control, and walking the dog minimally. Even my nightly hotel pool visit was put on hold.

While the knee was slightly improved upon arrival, I still was not up to much driving in traffic. I  decided that a forty minute to an hour trip each way to church or the women's group I used to attend was not going to work and just checked in via email, letting them know the next time I would be coming do.

Instead, I was more than happy to elevate my leg on my daughter’s reclining couch, check out the house, help organize (at least in spirit) and offer some suggestions as to rugs and color matching (only when invited, of course). That plus four dogs in one house, kept me busy and happy.
  
Meeting our new cousin!
Oh, and my daughter now lives in the country-at least nominally and temporarily. Prosper, for you Texas folks.  While she now is in a small area with houses just three years old and with cows, chickens and goats down the road, I can see her in five years.  “I remember when……….”  

We'll just ignore the fact that I had on un-matching earrings.  All day!

While the two hour round trip to visit friends was out on this trip, some things cannot be denied while in Texas.  Good restaurant food (while my daughter is still in the business) and quilt shopping desires must be satisfied at all costs and in all medical conditions.  Grabbing a friend, my casual clothes, comfy shoes and a cane I headed for the stores. I managed to hit four quilting stores and a clothing store that has no location in Colorado, as well as have lunch.  The highlight and last stop of the day was my favorite quilt store, Quilt Country, where the owner’s favorite color is lime!  For the quilters among my readers, I have a pile of row by rows that I would be happy to share!

The best quilt store!


Enough for two Christmas quilts, a fall quilt, something for Halloween, and more!
I also took advantage of a couple of really good restaurants, as I talked about in my other post, and I’m concentrating on experimenting with that deconstructed lemon meringue pie recipe. The food was delicious, as was the bar in our pre-reservation wait.  I was happy that my father in law was able to go with us to one restaurant, although bless his heart, he has lost much of his social filter (but is still as smart as a tack and the original punster)!

New skirt to match the new shoes! I may need to stop purchasing blue!
Other than my shopping outing, a few dinners and helping my daughter with her house, my time was spent sleeping in the extreme, reading (three books in a week) hitting the pool, and allowing others to cook a meal here and there. For me, visiting family is always something that’s not exactly travel but almost a vacation, whether it’s someplace new or old. There really is nothing like visiting family, you know?  

An unusual color scheme, but very calm.
 My trip home was also fairly quick, although as the picture below shows, even on a repeat driving trip, it's amazing how the landscape changes with the seasons, and surprising you can learn about or see a new thing, even on a road well traveled!


A new rest stop for me, where I learned this is the largest inactive volcano in New Mexico.
Now I’m back, and relaxing at home for the rest of the summer.  I even tried a new church today, wearing my very bright dress also purchased in Dallas. Hopefully no sunglasses were needed! I'm back in my relaxing "summer break" routine-reading, enjoying the patio, grilling, attending craft fairs and farmers markets and generally enjoying my summer break before my classes and fall engagements begin again!



The shoes that San Antonio Shoemakers™ sent me were the handcrafted Iskia shoes that were on my original post. These come in a variety of colors, with mine being, of course, in turquoise!  




Although I knew SAS™ shoes were extremely comfortable, I was surprised at how well these fashionable shoes fit me. They did not require any breaking in as such. The three Velcro straps are adjustable and the little studs on the straps gave them some oomph, if you will. This shoe is definitely not the workhorse that my other strapped shoes are. I would not use these for long term walking or unfamiliar terrain for example. That said, for every day and evening use, these shoes were soft as could be. I've been driving, walking working around the house, and to school, and work and out to dinner.  These shoes have been extremely comfortable in all occasions, and I can definitely see me getting these in a second color!! 

For the many men who read this blog, just let me add this thought. While this review has been about my beautiful, comfy shoes, SAS is not just for women, I promise you!  In fact they also have a wide variety of shoes for men, as well as accessories. So men, feel free to enter this giveaway as well.

This is the window of my local store, where they measured my feet before showing a single pair of shoes.  Customer service was exceptional in every way.


All San Antonio Shoemakers™ (SAS) shoes are handcrafted. Scroll down and enter the giveaway for a $270 San Antonio Shoemaker ™ gift certificate.  You can find a specific shoe store location by clicking HERE, and the SAS shoe factory and general store is located at:

101 New Laredo Hwy. in San Antonio, Texas.
Store Hours are:
Monday-Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday closed.

This is a sponsored giveaway and review with San Antonio Shoemakers™(SAS). San Antonio Shoemakers did provide me with a free pair of shoes and compensation, however, this review was completely my own.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Good Luck with The End of Summer Giveaway! 

I welcome comments!  While I try and respond as soon as I am able, meetings, school and quilting may delay my response a bit.  Do feel free to comment on my Facebook page as well, as I answer those comments on my phone, generally in real time (or close).  Comments that are unkind, uncivil or spam will be removed.  Thanks, Barbara!




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47 comments:

  1. I so relate to your experiences. Thank you for sharing; I look forward to each post.

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  2. I've been following your blog for a while now and appreciate the opportunity to obtain some really great shoes. If I win, my feet will thank you.
    RedRobin

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  3. Not my (ahem) style ... but nice shoes!

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  4. Tom, all kinds of men's shoes as well.

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  5. I had never even heard of this brand before and after looking at their page, I love it! They look stylish and comfy. I love how colorful a lot of their shoes are. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. They really are very comfortable. I only heard of them a few months ago. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I love those shoes. Look so comfortable besides being cute. Thanks for the sweeps SAS and Barbara.

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  7. Very nice sandals! I love SAS shoes and discovered them only a couple of years ago. They are kind of expensive but very nice and comfortable. Please enter me and I'm glad I found your blog!

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  8. Like you, I find that SAS sandals really help relieve the pain of Morton's toe neuroma! Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway opportunity!

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  9. Your sandals are my favorite color. It is so bright and pretty!
    I am really impressed that SAS, in 2015, partnered with A Leg Forever Charitable Foundation out of Boston, an organization that was established as a result of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Very impressive. And I love their shoes. Very high quality.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  11. Those shoes are so cute and look great! It was so nice of the company to offer you a pair.

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  12. I a big fan of SAS shoes. SAS makes great quality shoes. I like this new style sandal. They look very comfortable. I really like the Teal color also.

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  13. I like the adjustable straps and the color and that they look comfortable.

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  14. I like the look. They look comfortable and I am all about comfort.

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  15. I have had SAS shoes and they last forever!!!
    So well worth it.
    Thanks!

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  16. Sas has always been one of my favorite brands because of their comfort. I like the color of your sandals.

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  17. I love the color and they look so comfortable

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  18. Love your choice. Would be thrilled to win a gift certificate. Thanks for the chance.

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  19. I love your new shoes!1 They match your new skirt perfectly!! I really the Coco Shoes and the clogs!! Sas make great shoes and a wonderful selection!!

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  20. your sandles look very cute. I love the color. I have been wanting to buy my dad some shoes from there since he's diabetic but they can be very expensive. So here's to hooping I win so I can finally get him a pair =)

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  21. I have been reading your blog for two years and always enjoy your enthusiastic outlook on life and look forward to your posts. I love the colors of the SAS shoes and the styles are unique. As it turns out, I am moving to Texas next month!

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  22. I'm a sucker for Tiffany blue! So pretty and comfortable looking. These would look nice dressed up or down.

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  23. I love your new shoes! They are so cute! SAS is such a great brand. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin

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  24. Love the selection of colors you now have available. Functional and fashionable = perfect!

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  25. I have never heard of this brand before. I am always looking for something comfortable, and stylish, and these look like they would do just that! (Tammy Horn)

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  26. These shoes are very nice I have never heard of them I would like to have some

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  27. These are cute!! http://www.sasshoes.com/ecom/productpage/eb5d8eb6-bf3f-4037-aaa2-7ea0cbbd8f07?category=c1340751-4d86-4e4a-8f8b-52679021ca8e

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  28. MY RAFFLECOPTER NAME IS JENNIFERANNE
    SAS makes high quality shoes -- I know, I have a few pair. I love that color blue and it matches your outfits so well!

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  29. SAS are the "go to" shoes for comfort as well as for the nurses I know!

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  30. Hi Barbara. I'm the person in 'the best quilt store' who recognized you and said I read your blog. It was nice to meet you. I love your blue SAS sandles.

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  31. sbjdncmls, my mother's a nurse and she also loves these shoes. Barbara, I love the pair you got, what a great texture. I too, am a sucker for blue clothes. ha!

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  32. Love the colors they offer and the fact there are still places that will custom fit a shoe!

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  33. I like that they look super comfortable.

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  34. I love the bright color. And they go so nicely with that skirt. I get hooked a color too. Lol

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  35. I love the blue color of your new shoes! I would love to get a pair of their thong sandals in the same color.

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  36. Love the color they look very comfortable and stylish. I think all the shoes are really nice.

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  37. I like how cute and comfy they look! Great shoes!
    Nicole Carter

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  38. I think that it's great the they are extremely comfortable.

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  39. They have a good selection of colors and styles.

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  40. Love the color and they look so comfy!

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  41. Love the color and they look so comfy!

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  42. I love the color and how comfy they look! I love SAS shoes!!! They have an amazing selection and they are all so comfortable
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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