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A Toms Rant...

Ok... Friends... I love TOMS. A lot. I just need you to know that before you read my rant.

When I graduated from college (when Toms was a baby company) I applied to grad. schools, interviewed for jobs, and a TOMS internship. I love love loved that place. Anyways, I got the internship but ended up turning it down for graduate school. Needless to say it didn't stop my adoration at all... I still have multiple pairs and even got my first pair of wedges this past Christmas! Just last night, some of our friends were mocking TOMS and I got a little defensive on their behalf!

All that to say... I've been a HUGE fan and supporter for a while now.

TOMS has built an empire of faithful followers based on its stylish footwear and their 1 for 1 deal (you buy a pair, they'll give a pair to a child in need). Here's the thing though - I think they're getting a little too big for their britches.

Hear me out...

I have been counting down the days for TOMS Ballet Flats to make their arrival into the world (& thus into my closet), but when I went to check 'em out this morning and saw these beauties...

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...My mouth dropped at their price: $74-84. WHAT?!!!? For flats? That aren't orthopedic? That can't make you fly? That are made of burlap/linen? Come on. You have got to be kidding me.

I thought the same thing with their sun glasses last year - but excused my shock at the cost because I NEVER buy expensive sun glasses because I know they'll just end up getting squished by my bum in my car (happens EVERY time).

But still - I'm noticing a pattern. New TOMS items are being released at a higher price. What??? & Why??

A few questions for Blake Bycoskie, TOMS CEO:

Why in the world are you charging $80 for a shoe when you can still make them and do the 1 for 1 deal at $48? 

How much of the profit actually goes to those in need? (don't get me wrong, I'm ok with you making a buck or two - but for real... don't get greedy and still play the 'We're humanitarians' card.) 

Are you trying to pretend to be elitist and forsake the people who made you popular?

The Mister called me this morning on his way to work and I immediately told him the cost of the shoes and he said, "Maybe its time to be done with Toms?" and as sad as that made me... I'm beginning to wonder if he's right! He, too, is a lover of Toms - but we've got to draw the line somewhere.

I'm all about companies making a profit and still giving back to the global society - but if I want an $80 pair of shoes, they're going to be shoes that I can wear in the rain, made of legitimate material, give me arch support, and will last me 3 years (Clarks anyone?).

And I'm just not ok with TOMS leaving their support base and trying to make their products "elite" - ESPECIALLY considering our economy and how the middle class is shrinking. I bet if they surveyed their initial fan base that got them to where they are today they wouldn't find a bunch of rich hipster brats. Nope, it'd be the every day college/grad student, the normal hip mom/dad, the family who loves the 1 for 1 approach.

Ok rant over... but Blake Mycoskie, give us back what TOMS used to be & you'll have my loyalty again. But for now, you have a customer that looks upon her favorite shoe producer with suspicion and doubt.


Posted on February 1, 2012 and filed under Culture, Things I love---, Humanitarian.

Dec. 1 - A day of Prayer and Remembering

Today I walked into the middle school I work at, wrote my name on the "sign-in" sheet, and said, "Oh my, is it Dec. 1 already???" And then it hit me... there's a lot of baggage with this day for a lot of people. For some it's the loneliness of the holiday season approaching, for others it's the amount of junk that needs to be done between now and the 25th.  But for many in my circle of family and friends, there are two prominent themes that make Dec. 1 a day to stop, spend some time in prayer, and then remember that we have hope.

First off, it's World Aids DayWorWds Day.

For more statistics and info. on what you can do to support those with this disease you can read last year's World Aids Day blog here. But just as quick reminder:

33.4 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS and 67% of those infected are living is Sub-Saharan Africa (via UNAIDS). 33.4 million people is not just a statistic. The population of New York City is 8,391,881. If we emptied out NYC’s population entirely, we could only fit approximately 1/4 of the world’s HIV/AIDS victims in the largest city in the United States.  NYC wouldn’t even hold half  the victims in Sub-Saharan Africa.  That is a LOT of people suffering from this pandemic.

33.4 million people is a lot of people who need prayer & hope. Today is a day we remember those lost from this virus, and pray for those who are fighting it. Take a moment to educate yourself on the issue (click here) and spend some time in prayer for our brothers and sisters. I, for one, believe in the power of prayer and am saddened by the amount of time I spend in prayer for those fighting this. This should be a daily thing - not a yearly reminder - so please know that I'm reminding myself about these things... not just reminding you! :)

Remembering Heath

Today is the anniversary of the Heath High School shooting in Paducah, KY. For some, you probably don't remember this day - but for those of us from Western Ky, this day is forever etched in our hearts and minds. I don't know of a person in our community who wasn't somehow connected to this tragedy, some more than others. So today we remember Kayce, Jessica, & Nicole. I pray peace and hope for their families and friends left behind.

Romans 5: 1-5

1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we  also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 15: 13

 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Much love & remembrance,

Posted on December 1, 2011 and filed under Spiritual Journey, Humanitarian.

I'm sorry... & other things.

Guys, I've been a bad blogger these past 6 months.

I could blame it on grad school, my schedule, etc. but the truth is by the time I get to my computer every day... my mind is exhausted and I don't feel like being creative. Instead I feel like eating ice cream, facebooking, and watching Up-All-Night with my handsome husband. Truth. I love that show... and so does the Mister. :)

Anyways, all that to say... I've been bad... and I'm sorry...

So in order to catch you up, I will share a few things with you that have happened this past week:

I made these cuties for one of the Mister's CFA co-worker's future baby. I just LOVE the birdie trend in baby decor. Love it.

Also... I joined a new gym and get to work out with fun Chick Fil A friends.

Lifestyle Family Fitness has rocked my world. I took my first cycling class and ab workout... and I'm well aware of muscles that I've never worked before (let alone knew existed). Unfortunately, I now understand why people wear those padded butt shorts when going to a cycling class. Seriously. Ouch.

What else has happened since I last blogged???

well... I've been a substitute teacher 3 times... and have experienced numerous firsts (lock down included) that I probably shouldn't blog about on the world wide web. So 'nuff said there. All you need to know is that you should probably hug a teacher today. And if you know a sub... give them 2 hugs.

Also since the last time I blogged... Samaritan's Purse's Refugee camp in South Sudan was bombed by the Sudanese government. Please be praying for the SP workers and refugees in this camp! Thus far, all SP workers have been accounted for. For the latest on the camp, keep up with their website or follow Samaritan's Purse on twitter.

I want to leave you with this for encouragement.

 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2: 9-10

Much love,

Posted on November 16, 2011 and filed under Ordinary Life, Crafty, Humanitarian.