Jambu Sandals Add Spunky Style To Everyday Looks: Presenting the Lilly Wedge


Jambu Sandals -- the Lilly Wedge

Jambu Lilly

This review of the Jambu sandals, Lilly wedge, is sponsored by Jambu. The opinions are completely our own based on experience.

Jambu Lilly

Beth wears the easy-breezy Jambu Lilly

Before the term “athleisure” was even a thing, Jambu had it down, creating comfortable, sporty shoes with an extra dash of style. We’ve been longtime fans of Jambu shoes for the way they elevate everyday outfits into something more special, without sacrificing practicality. The Jambu Lilly sandal is the latest example. See how they add a little oomph to my otherwise ordinary ensemble?

In addition to style, Jambu Lilly sandals have soft suede uppers that feel lovely on the foot, generous memory foam cushioning, and moderate arch support. I have moderate bunions, and find the cut of the sandal, combined with the forgiving suede, cover my bunions beautifully and comfortably.

Jambu Lilly

The 2″ heel is offset by a platform at the forefoot, so you gain welcome elevation without feeling like you’re wearing a heel. The flexible sole also makes them more comfortable for walking than many other heeled sandals. Like most Jambu shoes, the Jambu Lilly features Microban antimicrobial treatment to help keep odors at bay and promote a cooler, drier feel. Bye bye, sweaty summer feet!

These sandals have an adjustable hook-and-loop closure at the ankle, in addition to an elasticized inset in one of the cross straps. The overall fit is quite roomy for medium feet and slender ankles, so if you have wider or higher-volume (“thicker”) feet or ankles, you may be pleased with how accommodating this style is.

We love that Jambu doesn’t skimp on fun fashion details, like perforated cross straps and footbed, and a cute leaf-patterned non-slip rubber outsole.

Check out our previous Jambu shoe and sandal reviews here. Find the Jambu Lilly in sizes 6-11 for $139 from Jambu.com. Now through 4/30/19, you’ll get 15% off entire purchase from Jambu.com with code BDS19.

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Info on The Super Trunk Show 2019


This Saturday is the day. The third edition of the London Super Trunk Show, held in the heart of London in 12 Regent Street, gathering more than 10 awesome exhibitors and hosting the World Championships in shoemaking, shoe shining and shoe patina. Here’s some practical info ahead of the event, for those who plan to visit, and on the live-streaming we will do for those who can’t attend.

This year’s event is at a new location called Showcase.co, located just below Piccadilly Circus and Jermyn Street, on 12 Regent Street. The superb exhibitor list is as follows: Altan Bottier, Bolero, Carmina, Gaziano & Girling, J. FitzPatrick Footwear, JSEP, Japan Shoes Export Platform (Miyagi Kogyo, Oriental/Matsumoto and Kiten), Norman Vilalta, Project TWLV, Shoepassion / Heinrich Dinkelacker and Skolyx / TLB Mallorca. Main partner of the event is Saphir, partner is J. Hopenstand, who also exhibit. The World Championships in Shoemaking will have its award ceremony and competition shoes displayed, the World Championships in Shoe Shining and Shoe Patina will have its finals.

Full schedule for the day:

11:00-19:00 Trunk show open for the public, FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION NEEDED.

11.15-17.15 (1 hour break 14.45-15.45) Final of the World Championships in Shoe Patina in collaboration with Saphir, 1st prize TLB Mallorca shoes through Skolyx (read more in the qualification post).

15.00-15.30 Final of the World Championships in Shoe Shining in cooperation with Saphir, 1st prize shoes from Loake (read more in the qualification post).

17:30-18.00 Award ceremony for the World Championships in Shoe Patina. Award ceremony for the World Championships in Shoemaking, in collaboration with Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project and Master Shoemakers (the book who who also will be exhibited at the event). The top ten including the three podium positions are presented. In the prize pool is £6,000 (€6,700 / $7,800), plus being exhibited at Isetan Men’s, Tokyo, and at other places around the world. (More info in the Call for competition)

19.00 Event closes.

Lots of shoes to drool over on Saturday.

Here’s the Facebook event page, all help spreading the word these final days is appreciated. You may read all about the event and the exhibitors, contests and partners in this article, below is some practical info ahead of Saturday:

– The venue is located at street level on 12 Regent Street, where you pass by the Showcase.co storefront and access the exhibitor space. You can also enter from the side street Carlton Street. There is no mandatory cloakroom service, however, those who wish to hang their coats will have a wardrobe space for that (please note that it’s not under surveillance, we are not responsible for what you hang in the cloakroom). There’s toilets in the back part of the venue space. We haven’t been able to solve a good solution to serve drinks unfortunately, but there’s plenty of places nearby if you need something to eat or drink.

– At 11.00 we open the doors to the public, and we carry on all day until 19.00 in the evening. Previous years we’ve had 800 visitors during the day, at times it can be a bit crowdy around some exhibitors tables, be prepared for that, have patience, respect each other and it will work out just fine.

– At each exhibitors table there will be a bench, mirrors and in most cases carpets. All exhibitors will have lots of samples on display. Many of the exhibitors with RTW shoes will have shoes to be sold on site, and all will take orders. If you try on Ready to Wear models, please only wear them gently on the carpets, don’t walk away with them in the venue. The partners will also sell their products during the day. Most exhibitors will accept credit cards, some will use mainly PayPal for the transaction. In some cases there’s exclusive offers during the day, keep your eyes open.

Crowd in front of the stage.

– The patina contestants will start painting already 15 minutes after opening, so at 11.15, and will be finished at 17.15. Will likely be very interesting to follow their work during the day, and see how the plain crust leather shoes will be transformed. There will be a break for one hour at the middle of the day, to make room for the shoe shining final.

– At the stage area, there will be two sessions. The final of the World Championships in Shoe Shining between 15.00-15.30, and the award ceremony for the World Championships in Shoe Patina first, and then the Shoemaking championships at 17.30. The stage area is located in one corner of the venue, just when you enter. There will be bar tables for the polishing contestants and jury presenting winners, and for the audience in front we’ll have some benches, and behind that you’ll have to stand. It will be crowdy, but hopefully it will be easier to see also for you in the back because of a better layout.

– All shoes in the World Championships in Shoemaking competition shoes will be on display the whole day. Please, if you lift them up, do handle them very carefully, and put them back in the correct position (each shoe will be numbered, since they aren’t branded, there will be signs with the maker and its number). We trust you to show these shoes the respect they deserve. Next to the shoes, Gary Tok, the author of the Master Shoemakers book will have this exhibited. Do check that out if you haven’t, great stuff.

– We aim at live streaming from the scene happenings at 15.00 (British time) and 17.30, here on Shoegazing.se/English. We’re not sure of how good the quality will be (depends on the wifi stability), but hope it should work well. On Instagram the event partner @saphir_medailledor will livestream during the day as well. There will also be lots of films coming out later made by Saphir and the shoemaking championships partner Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project, and likely from others as well.

– In social media we’ll use the hashtag #supertrunk for the event, please use it when you post pics in social media. And it’s a great way to follow what happens and see lots of nice shoes, for those of you who can’t visit the event.

Hope to meet many of you on Saturday, and we hope that it will be another great event!





The final exhibitor to highlight ahead of Saturday’s London Super Trunk Show is Skolyx/TLB Mallorca, who have shoes ranging from Skolyx affordable Spanish made welted shoes starting at £160, to the new TLB Mallorca Artista range with impressive specs for £365, which has its world premiere at the event.

The Skolyx/TLB label sort of the exhibitor of one of the organizers of the Super Trunk, since Jesper Ingevaldsson who runs Shoegazing works for Skolyx, a Swedish webshop of shoes and shoe care, who is a retailer of TLB. Jesper has also been part of the development of TLB Mallorca’s new top range Artista, which will be shown to the world for the first time at the London Super Trunk Show 2019.

With the Artista range, TLB has aimed to push the bar for Goodyear welted shoes in the mid-range price segment, where they have looked and learned from both some of the absolute high-end RTW shoe brands and had consultancy help from some bespoke shoemakers out of England and Japan. The result is a collection of shoes with made a very tight waist, beveling that continues under the heel for a stronger waist, real leather heel stiffeners, close-cut heels, and only first grade-leather from the well-known tanneries Annonay and Charles F. Stead. A lot of bang-for-the-buck at £365 / €425. Setting the bar for Spanish made shoes!

TLB’s regular range of shoes is also interesting stuff. Nicely made welted shoes with good attention to detail, a wide range of models and lasts, with a fit that is praised by many. They start at £310 / €365.

Then Skolyx has its own range of shoes in the budget segment, starting at just £160 / €199. They are very affordable with Goodyear welted construction, leather board heel stiffeners and thin yet durable city rubber soles. Everything from classic oxfords, casual derbys, and even a new range of loafers, is part of the Skolyx collection.

Definitely don’t miss this table!

The London Super Trunk Show 2019 will be held at Showcase.co on Saturday, March 23th, 2019

To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2019, please click HERE

-Justin FitzPatrick




We are just days away now from The London Super Trunk Show 2019 and I am quite excited to see how this year’s event turns out, not only because it’s our 3rd year running but mainly because we are showcasing in a new, beautiful venue on South Regent Street.

As always, my brand, J.FitzPatrick Footwear, is one of the brands that showcases at the event. And like always we offer special deals and incentives on the day so if you were thinking to get something of ours, attending the event is your best chance to get a good deal! And unlike past years, we will also reward those that cannot attend with a different special offer to be announced via our newsletter after the event. If you are not signed up to the newsletter, now would ne a good time to do that at www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com, at the bottom of the page.

I look forward to seeing all those that attend!

The London Super Trunk Show 2019 will be held at Showcase.co on Saturday, March 23th, 2019

To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2019, please click HERE

-Justin FitzPatrick

New Balance 880v8 Review


New Balance 880v8 Intro

In it’s 8th iteration, the New Balance 880v8 is an update to a popular neutral cushioning line in the New Balance lineup.

Meant to compete with the likes of the Nike Pegasus and Brooks Ghost lines, the 880v8 is meant to be a daily trainer that will hold up mile after mile and a variety of paces.

In the past few years New Balance has leaned into two types of training shoes with different cushioning materials.

The Fresh Foam line which are typically lighter and responsive shoes, and trainers with the classic New Balance TruFuse cushioning which tend to have more cushioning.

The 880v8 being of the TruFuse family, brings a solid training shoe for a reliable and dependable feeling.

New Balance 880v8 First Impressions

New Balance 880v8 – Lateral Side

Unboxing the 880v8 there were many observations I made indicating that New Balance put a lot of work and thought into the 880v8.

The upper has many reflective elements, seamless overlays, and the shoe has the overall appearance of a highly cushioned trainer.

Putting the 880v8 on for the first time I found it to be a very comfortable feeling with a plush tongue and significant amount of cushioning in the heel.

On the first run in the 880v8 I felt comfortable in the trainer as an option for longer runs given it’s cushioning, but also shorter faster paced efforts with the responsiveness in the shoe.

The 880v8 compared to competitors every day shoe seemed to fall on the clunkier more cushioned side than a Nike Pegasus for example.

But proved to be a useful daily option for runners of all levels looking for a shoe that will last over time and be useful for most of their runs.

New Balance 880v8 Sole Unit

New Balance 880v8 – Sole

The midsole of the 880v8 is made up of New Balance TruFuse foam which is a blend of foam materials to be lightweight and responsive.

The TruFuse in the 880v8 creates a soft feeling under the foot but still provides responsiveness with every stride.

On the medial, or inside foot, area of the midsole is ridges of raised added foam, while the lateral, or outside foot, area has grooves cut in.

This is reminiscent of how New Balance cuts the midsole for targeted compressions. The grooved out areas will compress more leading to a softer feeling, the ridged areas will not compress as much leading to a firmer feeling.

While this is a neutral shoe, these small details help maintain some stability under the foot especially on longer efforts when runner’s form may begin to break down.

On the outsole is a blown rubber called Ndurance. This rubber has many grooves cut into it or varying depth for flexibility.

One annoying negative of the 880v8 is that the outsole picks up a lot of pebbles along the way. It ultimately does not negatively affect the shoe but owners should make sure to clear them out from time to time.

New Balance 880v8 Upper Unit

New Balance 880v8 – Top

The upper of the 880v8 is made up of synthetic mesh with multiple reflective elements on all sides of the shoe.

The tongue and heel cup have a lot of plush cushioning which leads to a comfortable feeling especially at the end of longer runs.

The exterior of the heel does have a plastic element that wraps the foot for stability in the heel area. The upper of the 880v8 soft and allows for breathability for the foot.

The mid foot area of the upper however did not give a locked down feeling regardless of how I laced the 880v8. This could be because the upper is so soft and unstructured in the area.

New Balance 880v8 Conclusion

The New Balance 880v8 is intended to be a workhorse every day trainer. It however lies on the side of being too bulky and cushioned for every run you could think of but instead for easy and longer efforts.

Personally I found the bulkiness of the 880v8 to be the reason why I would be more inclined to reach for other every day options.

If the 880v8 is in your arsenal you will be able to put many miles on it and it can be a good trainer for newer runners who only need or want a single pair at a time.

Overall, I found the 880v8 to be a good solid shoe but not one that blew me away by any stretch of the imagination. Sometimes getting what you expect is a good thing. You get reliability in this trainer.

The fit on the midfoot and toe seemed to be a little loose in this shoe. Part of the reason is that there is a plush tongue held down by laces with soft malleable sides to the 880v8.

Sizing down would cause issues with the length of the toe box.

Truth be told the looseness in the midfoot allowed me to slip the shoes on without re-lacing them which is something that I would never do in other shoes, sometimes out of comfort but also out need.

Runners who want a cushioned runner that will feel comfortable on their foot for mile after mile will be happy.

Runners who are looking for a shoe to do it all, speed and distance, or serve a specific purpose to their running shoe repertoire may be served best elsewhere.

We purchased a pair of New Balance 880v8 from amazon using our own money. This did not influence the outcome of this review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.

Asics Gel Contend 4 Review


Asics Gel Contend 4 Intro

Made for low-mileage runners at a cheaper price than other Asics options the Gel-Contend 4 is a budget-friendly training option that can be used for beginner runners.

Unlike the neutral lineup for Asics, the Gel-Contend 4 comes with very basic features to keep the shoe at a lower price point.

The highlights of the Gel-Contend 4 is a laminate mid cage for extra durability and stability, with rearfoot Gel technology similar to the cushioning seen in other options such as the Cumulus and Nimbus.

Asics Gel Contend 4 First Impressions

Unboxing the Gel-Contend 4 for the first time I was met with a shoe that appeared well constructed but clearly a not top-of-the-line model.

Asics Gel Contend 4 – Pair

The Gel-Contend 4 has long stretches of a laminate material up the mid cage with stitches along every seam on the outer. It appeared to be durable yet inflexible outside of one flexible groove spot under the forefoot.

Putting the Gel-Contend 4 on highlighted that the lamanite outer material made the midfoot more stable, yet a tighter fit.

Running in the Gel-Contend 4 confirmed the initial suspicion about the how the Gel-Contend 4 is rigid with the exception of one point in the forefoot which aligns with a deeper cut groove that cuts horizontal to the foot.

Other than that groove the Gel-Contend 4 is a rigid runner with a firm feeling. It may be useful to newer runners who won’t be running for long periods of time or for too many miles.

Asics Gel Contend 4 Sole Unit

Asics Gel Contend 4 – Sole

The highlight of the Gel-Contend 4 is the Gel cushioning unit in the heel. Unlike other Asics models where the shoe physically shows the Gel cushioning, in the Gel-Contend the Gel is hidden.

This rearfoot cushioning does make for a softer heel than fore and midfoot which is a plus in a firmer shoe for beginners and heel-striking runners.

Besides the additional cushioning in the heel the sole is comprised of EVA material with a thick rubber outsole. Grooves within the rubber outsole are to promote flexibility.

Asics Gel Contend 4 Upper Unit

Asics Gel Contend 4 – Toe

The upper of the Gel-Contend 4 consists of multiple overlays to create a midcage of a laminate material to lock down the foot, a rigid heel-cup and a wide toe box for comfort.

A breathable mesh makes up a majority of the toe box and tongue areas of the Gel-Contend 4. The laces are sufficient in length and there is no additional eyelet for a lace lock lacing pattern.

Asics Gel Contend 4 Conclusion

Asics Gel Contend 4 – Heel

Generally speaking with running shoes you get what you pay for. The Gel-Contend 4 is a budget friendly entry level running shoe.

There a no major bells or whistles that give the runner a wow factor, improve performance or significant feel. However for the price the Gel-Contend 4 can make some low-mileage runners content.

A good idea for how well a shoe works for you and your foot is to listen to it when you run. When you wear a shoe is it disappearing on your foot where you don’t hear it hit the ground and don’t think about it. Is the ride smooth to you?

Unfortunately for the Gel-Contend 4 and myself, it did not pass the disappeared test. I felt and heard my foot slapping the ground in this trainer.

And I believe some of that to be attributed to the rigidity of the shoe with only one specific spot that was flexible within the forefoot.

Over the course of longer distance runs the Gel-Contend 4 began to feel stiffer and unpleasant as would be expected for a self-proclaimed “low-mileage” shoes.

However the Gel-Contend 4 did feel better on a treadmill, where there is inherent cushioning built in to the surface.

Thus, people who run a few miles on a treadmill as part of other workouts could look to the Gel-Contend 4 as a useful trainer that won’t break the bank.

One highlight of the Gel-Contend 4 that cannot be overlooked was the surprising durability. The thicker outsole rubber showed little wear over time.

There are budget-friendly options such as the Gel-Contend 4, and cheap options. The Gel-Contend 4 is not a “cheap” shoe by any means as it is made well and will hold up for buyers over time.

We purchased a pair of Asics Gel Contend 4 from amazon using our own money. This did not influence the outcome of this review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.

Why You Should Run the Marine Corps Marathon


What to Expect at the MCM

This year marks the 44th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). It is one of the largest marathons in the world with runners from 50 states and 60 countries participating in the event. The Marathon is organized by the United States Marine Corps and takes place in Arlington, VA, Washington, DC and National Harbor, MD.

There are many reasons people run the MCM, some of them include a tribute to the men and women serving the USA, in memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, in support of a charitable cause or just to tour the capital of the United States.

The MCM is a scenic marathon offering views of the Jefferson Memorial, WWII Memorial, National Museum of Natural History, Air and Space Museum, Arlington National Cemetery before finishing at the Marine Corps War Memorial. Those who complete the event receive the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor medal, the symbol of the United States Marine Corps. Last year, the medal was recognized as the best in the world.

In addition to national landmarks and cheering Marines, entertainment is present at almost every mile with bands, DJs, and high school pep bands. One thing to be prepared for is the wear blue Mile where loved ones hold up pictures of fallen service members. This mile is to honor the service men and women who have died while protecting the freedom of others, so be prepared to shed some tears.

If you are not sure you want to do a whole marathon but still want to be part of the event, the MCM10K takes place on the same day and finishes at the same place — Marine Corps War Memorial.

How to Train Beforehand

Now that you know a bit about the MCM, it’s time to think about training for the marathon. You will need to start training early because running high mileage too fast and too soon can lead to injury.

Make sure you have a couple pair of running shoes to train in. Rotating the shoes will help them last longer as you work through your training plan. If you want a place to start, check out the Best Brooks Running Shoes. Brooks is a major sponsor of the event and runners can purchase MCM gear and the latest Brooks products at the MCM Health & Fitness Expo on the days prior to the marathon.

Plan on 12 to 20 weeks for training, depending on how much you currently run. If you are just starting out and have never run a marathon before, plan on building up to 50 miles per week over four months up until race day. Training plans should guide you to increase mileage slowly and safely so you can finish the MCM.

Long Runs

Long runs will need to be included in your training plan as well. Try working in one long run a week. The long run should increase by one mile every week, and then scale back every three weeks to give your body a break. An example would look like this:

  • Week 7 — Run 10 miles
  • Week 8 — Run 11 miles
  • Week 9 — Run 12 miles
  • Week 10 — Run 10 miles
  • Week 11 — Run 13 miles

Speed Work

Speed Work is another important aspect of training for a marathon. Tempo runs include running anywhere from four to 10 miles at a challenging pace. Interval training can be done as well, which is short distances run at a faster pace with jogs in between these bursts of speed.

Intervals and speed work helps to train your body into running when you are tired — something that is important in a marathon.

Don’t Forget to Get Your Rest

Rest is a crucial part of your training because the muscles need to recover and your body needs to heal properly. If you want to keep training on rest days, try cross-training. This can include anything from yoga, weight lifting, swimming, or cycling, but make sure it is less stress on your body than long runs.

Tips About the Course

The MCM has you covered when it comes to food during the marathon. Of course, you can always bring your own energy gels if you prefer, or need more than what is handed out. The following is what you can expect food-wise during the race:

  • Mile 7 — Oranges

Between Miles 12 and 13 — Honey Stinger energy gels

  • Mile 19 — Sports Beans jelly beans
  • Mile 23 – Honey Stinger energy gels

Water will be handed out at points along the way as well. There are 12 water points on the course, one pre-MCM water station, and one post-MCM station with water and Gatorade.

The finish line is at the end of a hill. If there’s a chance you can train on this hill beforehand, do it.

Here is an overview of the course itself:

  • Mile 1 — Flat
  • Mile 1 to 2.5 — uphill
  • Mile 2.5 to 4 — downhill
  • Mile 4 to 6.5 — flat
  • Mile 6.5 to 8 — uphill
  • Mile 8 to 10 — downhill
  • Mile 10 to 21 — flat
  • Mile 21 to 26.2 — flat to uphill

What to Do During the MCM Weekend

Do you have a kid who wants to run as well? The MCM Kids Run is held during the MCM weekend in the Pentagon North Parking lot. Kids can run one mile and experience entertainment, games, activities, and mascots.

The Health & Fitness Expo is held the same weekend as the MCM as well. Here, you can experience new exercise products, try out new technology, and sample food along the way. There are also giveaways, health screenings, and vendors offering their latest products. MCM apparel is available for purchase as well.

Along with the expo, the MCM Runners Conference presents speakers on both Friday and Saturday. This is a good place to get inspired and meet new people.

If you head to DC ahead of time, there is plenty to see. Check out National Harbor’s entertainment and restaurant district near the Expo site or head into DC to see the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, The U.S. Capital, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. These are the top five rated things to do in DC.

Don’t Forget About the Historic Half

Also organized by the Marine Corps Marathon but held during May, the Historic Half brings together more than 8,000 runners for a half-marathon, five miler and a double, combining both event distances. Located in Fredericksburg, VA, just a short drive outside of the Washington, DC, the start line is adjacent to the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center in the Central Park shopping district.

While you run the 13.1-mile course, you will experience historical attractions from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars with people dressed in century style clothing. On the course, you will see the University of Mary Washington, Sunken Road, Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery, Kenmore Plantation and Mary Washington Grave and Monument. It’s another course hosted by the Marines that offers a unique running experience through historic landmarks.

Training for the Historic Half

If you are a current runner, you can train for a half-marathon in about eight weeks. For newer runners, plan on three to four months to safely train. Training is similar to the marathon training, such as working in one long run a week, do speed or interval training, and take rest days.

When starting out, try running for 30 minutes. On the weekend, go for a three-mile run. Gradually increase the distance over the weeks until you can run 10 or 11 miles comfortably during your long runs. Even if you don’t make it to 13.1, you will be okay if you can run 10 miles comfortably. Check out more info on our half-marathon training plans.

Tips About the Course

Water is handed out at seven points along the race course to keep you hydrated. Gatorade is handed out as well, although at six points.

Sport Beans jelly beans are handed out at mile 7.5 to keep you going the final stretch of the race.

At almost every mile there is entertainment. For example, there is the University of Mary Washington Pipe Band, the Baffa Academy of Irish Dance, and Marantha Touring Choir, just to name a few.

Enjoy the Town of Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park is a good place to go if you want to visit Civil War battlefields. Chatham Manor is another interesting spot in Fredericksburg. It was a plantation that had been visited by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. During the Civil War, it served as Union headquarters and later as a Union Hospital.

You can always take a walk downtown Fredericksburg to travel through history as well. The downtown area has more than 350 buildings that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Many notable people have come from Fredericksburg such as George Washington and his family, James Monroe, James L. Farmer Jr. (civil rights leader), and Danny McBride (actor).

Final Thoughts

Registration is open now for the Historic Half. The MCM registration is conducted through a lottery that is open from March 20-26. The MCM10K registration begins on April 24. Whether you want to run the MCM to honor a service member or run the Historic Half for the atmosphere, there is a good chance you will want to come back for more and receive the incredible support of the United States Marines. There are many events, sites, and activities for the whole family to experience and enjoy.

Mom Channels Hysterical 'Florida Man' Meme for Her Maternity Shoot and It's Perfect


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Florida is known for a lot of things — and some of them aren’t so flattering. The concept behind the “Florida Man” meme rests solely on that unflattering culture, and it is one a lot of native Floridians embrace with a sense of humor.

At least that’s what mom-to-me Lindsey Tuttle has done. The born and bred Tampa girl has a long, personal history with the sunny state, and the phenomenon of the “Florida Man” meme inspired her to do something a little out of the ordinary for her maternity shoot. 

“I’ve always gone against the grain,”  she gleefully asserted to Fox13 News.

And this hilarious photo is totally proof: 

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Mom Bans 'Heavy' Smoking MIL from Touching Baby -- Unless She Showers and Changes First Each Time


“I know you don’t want your mother-in-law to feel ostracized, and I know that’s a likely outcome of stating what your needs are here, but I would take this opportunity to remind you that you are perfectly within your rights to ask for what you want; her response to that is her business, not yours,” he added.

When her MIL comes to visit, Wallace advised that she be strict about her request. “When you are visiting them, I think you have to, for necessity’s sake, be less so. It’s not possible for them to clear all residual smoke and nicotine off of everything in their home,” he wrote. “You may want to stay in a hotel for that reason.”

But that doesn’t mean that the mom shouldn’t make it a point of setting her intention with love. “It’s important for her to know that you welcome her and love her as part of your family, so be sure to say in clear and explicit language that you welcome her and love her,” he added. “Her hurt feelings may interfere with her ability to hear it, but that’s fine. She can just deal with it.”

And, he continued, maybe, just maybe, knowing that her habit is affecting her relationship with her grandchild, it might just help her kick the habit. 

La sonrisa de un niño


Solo hay un tipo de personas a las que debamos rendirles cuentas por lo que hacemos en este mundo. Solo los más pequeños, nuestros hijos e hijas, sobrinos y nietos, los más jóvenes, y las generaciones futuras, todos aquellos que heredarán la tierra tienen el derecho de guiar nuestros pasos. Y a solo ellos deberemos pedirles perdón por no hacer las cosas lo suficientemente bien.

Es una obligación ética y moral cuidar de la infancia, ofrecerles una vida ordenada, sana y feliz hasta que sepan valerse por sí mismos. Como ciudadanos del llamado primer mundo, tenemos cierta facilidad para hacerles pasar una infancia cómoda, con momentos inolvidables y el recuerdo permanente de un hogar acogedor.

Como habitantes de esta sociedad industrial avanzada, tenemos la oportunidad de tener con ellos los detalles necesarios a lo largo de su vida junto a nosotros para hacerles sentir lo especiales que son y la alegría que nos da la posibilidad de compartir nuestro tiempo con ellos.

Ahora, podremos celebrar fiestas y cumpleaños infantiles por toda España solo con hacer clic en este enlace, tras el cual nos espera la web de la empresa Mimos y monas, tienda online y organizadora de eventos todo en una, lo que la convierte en el lugar ideal al que recurrir para dar una sorpresa inolvidable a nuestros pequeños cuando menos se lo esperen o en un día especial señalado en el calendario.

Hacerles felices mientras aprenden

Tal y como enuncia este subtítulo, que un niño se entretenga, juegue y sea feliz, y además aprenda, es la fórmula perfecta para un correcto desarrollo posterior. El juego es la herramienta que ofrece la propia naturaleza para que los niños comiencen a interactuar con el espacio que les rodea, acumulen experiencias y vayan recibiendo datos de la realidad.

Con el paso del tiempo, las personas han conseguido perfeccionar esta parte del desarrollo humano y han mejorado los juguetes educativos, enfocándolos a ciertas materias para que el niño las perfeccione. En Cerebrito Pérez, la juguetería online referente en este tipo de objetos, tienen la más amplia selección de juguetes para que nuestros hijos crezcan felices y desarrollando al mismo tiempo sus habilidades naturales sin esfuerzo.

Las funciones de los juegos infantiles educativos son fundamentalmente el de producir una estimulación de las diferentes áreas del cerebro, activar funciones y habilidades del cuerpo, y desarrollar los cinco sentidos. Potenciando la creatividad, la sociabilidad, el lenguaje y la capacidad del razonamiento se consiguen beneficios directos, como es el de estimular su desarrollo cognitivo, ayudar a su autoestima, desarrollar la memoria, potenciar las capacidades afectivas innatas en ellos, apoyar y mejorar su educación… y todo ello con una sonrisa en sus labios.

Los juguetes educativos, como los que encontramos en Cerebrito Pérez, deben ser entendidos como el complemento ideal en la educación de los niños, elegir el que más favorezca su desarrollo es una cuestión que los padres, con el asesoramiento de los educadores, deberán dirimir.

El cuidado desde el primer minuto

Pero el estar atentos a ellos y ofrecerles lo mejor comienza mucho antes, ya en el vientre de la madre podemos actuar sobre ellos. Ya sea cuidando y proveyendo de mimos y atenciones a la madre, como cuidando de su alimentación, realizando ejercicios adecuados a su estado, acariciando el cuerpo de la madre, hablándoles al bebé y poniéndole música clásica relajada, pues está comprobado que, desde sus primeros minutos de vida, ya pueden recibir estímulos del exterior.

El siguiente paso será cuando abandonemos el hospital y lleguemos de nuevo al hogar, que será y estará más completo aún. Será entonces el nuevo miembro familiar el centro de todas las miradas y atenciones y, desde el principio, nos volveremos locos por escuchar su risa y atraer su atención.

Es nuestra obligación como padres, tíos o abuelos de la criatura acertar con los regalos para el nacimiento del bebé, pensando siempre en la comodidad del pequeño y en las necesidades de los padres. En este sentido, visitar la tienda online especializada en cosas de bebés El Peque de la Casa será, sin lugar a dudas, todo un acierto. Aquí encontraremos desde la más amplia variedad de canastillas de bebé hasta todo lo necesario para su aseo, para vestirlo e incluso regalos para la afortunada mamá.

Entra ahora y aprovecha las rebajas y sus cheques regalo, pues la alegría de ser madre no tiene por qué ensombrecerse con el exceso de gastos que conlleva un nuevo componente familiar.

No solo los hijos

Pero no son los hijos los únicos proveedores de alegrías. A lo largo de nuestra vida, muchos serán los niños y niñas que nos colmen de amor, los hijos de los amigos con quienes podremos guardar una relación de amistad como las que ellos mismos pueden mantener con nuestros propios hijos, también la futura llegada de nietos o los hijos e hijas de nuestros hermanos, que en ocasiones se llegan a querer y a apreciar igual que si fueran nuestros.

Para ellos existen las frases para sobrinos que podemos localizar tras este enlace que acabamos de referenciar. Con estas frases para sobrinos, encontraremos las palabras exactas que definan mejor que ningunas otras el cariño y el afecto que sentimos por la descendencia de nuestros hermanos y hermanas.

En definitiva, cualquier niño o niña del mundo merece nuestro respeto y nuestros cuidados, y como la gran tribu que es la humanidad debería entender que el niño es de la comunidad y es función de todos sus componentes formar parte activa en su educación, en su protección y en mejorar su calidad de vida.

Y esto, mejorar su calidad de vida, implica mucho más que a ellos mismos, implica cuidar nuestro planeta, su hogar, tiene que ver con mejorar las condiciones de vida de todos y cada uno de los componentes de este maravilloso lugar que es La Tierra y enseñarles, a su vez, que en el futuro tienen que ser ellos los que provean de comodidades, seguridad y un mejor mundo donde vivir a los niños que están por llegar.

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