Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Luck Of The Irish Giveaway Hop: Win Dawgs Footwear ($50 Value)

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I was recently given the opportunity to test and review a pair of Dawgs Footwear Spirit Toners.  I am not a big exerciser (chasing a 2 year old counts, right?), but I also know I'm not in the greatest shape.  I've been intrigued by the idea of toning shoes ever since I first heard about them, so when I was asked to select a pair of shoes from their inventory, those leapt right out at me!

When the box arrived at my door, and I lifted it,  my initial reaction was "How can there be shoes in this box??"  It was soooo lightweight!  But indeed, they were in there.

They come in 4 different colors.  The ones I chose were navy and white.  The style was very different than any shoes I've ever worn, and the shape of the bottoms felt strange at first, but it wasn't long before I got used to it.  Plus, I felt like my posture was improved and I was walking taller from the moment I stepped into them.  (They sort of make you roll your steps...I was reminded of my former days on the flag line in the high school marching band! LOL)

I do not normally wear shoes around my house, but I decided that in order to see if these really "toned" I would need to wear them all the time.  And so I did.  I actually almost forgot I had them on most of the time.  They are so light and snug.  They feel like I'm wearing cozy slippers.  They don't weigh my feet down and leave me with that heavy, achy feeling like most shoes.

A few days after I received them, I got to really put them to the test.  It was the 100th day of Kindergarten, and my daughter's class partied all day long!  They had exciting activities planned out from 8am until 3pm!  I showed up at 8am, with toddler.  I did not know how long I would be able to stay on account of said toddler, but she was actually fairly well behaved, and I was able to stay through lunchtime when I had to bring her home for her nap.

I was chasing her around, trading out activities to entertain her, all the while bending over a small table full off 5 year olds reading them stories and helping them color and fingerpaint.  FOR 4 STRAIGHT HOURS!!!   I didn't think much about it at the time, but as I was heading home I thought that for sure my back was going to be killing me (I've got car accident injuries that had been flaring up very badly at the slightest bit of activity).

When I got home and put the little one to bed, I realized that I was extremely tired as well, so I laid down for a little rest on the couch.  When I woke up, I was indeed in quite a lot of pain.  It was not my back hurting, however, it was my thighs!  Then it hit me...I had been TONING my legs for 4 straight hours!  Sheesh!

I know from experience that the best way to relieve sore and overworked muscles is to keep them moving, so I slipped my toners back on.   The pain didn't last long, and I continued wearing them for several weeks.  Then came the true test!  A group of ladies from my church planned a Saturday afternoon go roller skating!  I love, love, LOVE roller skating, so I could not wait.   I think I've been skating 4 times in the past 10-15 years, but that certainly did not stop me from enjoying myself and acting the fool!  I'm pretty sure we were getting dirty looks from 10 year olds.

I was also pretty sure that I would not be able to move following day, but you know what?  I didn't even hurt very badly!  Could it be that the lack of pain is a sign that my legs are now in better shape?  I do very much want to believe that!

Whether or not I truly am more toned now, I can say for certain that these shoes are incredibly comfy, and the back pain that had been plaguing me for weeks (I was preparing myself for another round of doctor visits and perhaps more cortisone injections) has been barely noticeable.  In fact, the only time it really bothered me was when I spent the entire day catching up on folding laundry!  I've also had a ton more energy than usual.  I even got a few compliments on their cuteness. ;)

Here is your chance to win your own pair of DAWGS Spirit Toners.  Enter in the Rafflecopter form below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


tweetyscute March 1, 2012 at 1:56 AM  

I would pick Black/Black.

Theresa J

Deb Hornick Gotham March 1, 2012 at 4:31 AM  

I would pick Navy/White,, thanks so much for this chance!!!!

Michelle Macaluso March 1, 2012 at 4:43 AM  

I would choose Black/Soft Pink

isis March 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM  

Black/soft pink

Michele P. March 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM  

I like the black/black

Megan March 1, 2012 at 4:19 PM  

I would go with the black.

Gricelda March 1, 2012 at 4:40 PM  

Black & Soft Pink

Sarah MomE25 March 2, 2012 at 12:01 AM  

Black and soft pink

Silent Poet March 2, 2012 at 12:02 AM  

I would choose black! Thanks!
Rachael Henzman

roswell March 2, 2012 at 6:23 AM  

I like the black ones


price21100 March 2, 2012 at 3:24 PM  

I would pick White/Black

agatewood1 March 2, 2012 at 6:02 PM  

Black pink! thanks

Nikki Lynn Hanna March 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM  

I love the white/black ones

Anonymous March 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM  

Love Black on Black,

barbara.montyj March 3, 2012 at 6:23 PM  

I'd pick the Navy/White.
Thank you.
barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

ann March 4, 2012 at 4:13 PM  

The black/black is the color I like
amhengst at verizon dot net

cranepuffin March 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM  

I would choose the black/black.
kim c.

ginette4 March 4, 2012 at 6:39 PM  

I would chose Black/Black

Robyn Wilmot March 4, 2012 at 10:00 PM  

Black/Black looks the best to me!

Nay :) March 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM  

It's a toss up between the black/black or the black/pink.

pbcups @ gmx . com

Marti Parks March 5, 2012 at 11:58 AM  

I would choose white/black.

Heather March 5, 2012 at 4:25 PM  


Alacransita84 March 5, 2012 at 4:38 PM  

I would choose Black/Black

Cristina Wyatt

aguero.crissy at

Cindy Westerhaus March 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM  

I would choose Black/Soft pink

Jaimie Adams March 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM  

I would choose black/soft pink.

Sandra March 8, 2012 at 8:50 PM  

black for sure

Shannon Jaymesmom Gallagher March 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM  

I like the black/soft pink ones!

Becca March 8, 2012 at 11:37 PM  

Rebecca Xavier: I like the black/soft pink shoes.

Anonymous March 9, 2012 at 7:25 AM  

If lucky enough to win, I would choose the Black w/ Soft pink!
kitty32504 at cox dot net

Denise Taylor-Dennis March 9, 2012 at 7:52 AM  

Black on Black

~April~ March 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM  

I would pick black/soft pink...

Anonymous March 10, 2012 at 3:00 AM  

White/black ones.

Teri H March 10, 2012 at 9:08 AM  

strawberrykidssales (at)

Tracy March 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM  

black/soft pink
Tracy A Juliano

beautytolove March 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM  

-Color: Black/Black

Email: starseeds88 (at) yahoo dot com

steffie March 11, 2012 at 9:16 PM  

id love to get the white/black!

Kasee March 11, 2012 at 10:25 PM  

I would choose the White with Black. Cute!

maxfate March 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM  

I would choose the White/Black. Thank you~

desitheblonde March 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM  

navy and white
love them
desithe blonde at msn dot com

Sherry March 13, 2012 at 4:42 AM  

I like the black/black.

ashlee walls March 13, 2012 at 8:22 AM  


Brianne March 13, 2012 at 9:47 AM  

I would choose the black/soft pink!

Little Mama Meow March 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM  

Black/black, thanks for the great giveaway

Littlemamameow at gmail dot com

Juana March 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM  

I like the Black/Black.

Thanks for the FAB giveaway!


Deb Dorrington March 13, 2012 at 6:12 PM  

I like the Black/Black..thanks

jenafer March 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM  

I like the black/black. Thank you :-)

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ March 13, 2012 at 8:50 PM  

I would choose black/black

michedt March 14, 2012 at 6:18 PM  

I'd choose the black/soft pink. Thanks!

Helen March 15, 2012 at 7:22 PM  

the black and soft pink

mbreakfield March 16, 2012 at 7:00 AM  

I'd pick the black/black

Tonya Dean March 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM  

I would pick black/black.


marybaker112 March 16, 2012 at 9:55 PM  

I would pick the Black/Black

Sylvia March 17, 2012 at 1:00 AM  

black/soft pink

JR Pickett (Vicki Vix on r/c form) March 17, 2012 at 4:27 AM  

Nice giveaway. Thanks. I think I'd choose the Black/Black.
fromfurrin at gmail dot com

Nicole Carter March 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM  

I would chose Black/Black

WWillows6 March 17, 2012 at 4:22 PM  

I would choose black/soft pink.

Lisa Garner

Anonymous March 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM  

amy miller-lynn

Black/ Soft Pink

heather smith March 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM  

black and soft pink

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