Comfort Item: The Perfect Winter Slipper

Cinderella may have been in love with her glass slippers, but they definitely do not compare with the perfect slippers. There is something about slippers that tones down one’s mood and influences feelings of comfort and relaxation. No matter what task may be at hand at home, whether it is a home repair, hanging out with friends watching football or just chilling , wearing the perfect slippers evokes feelings of down time and rejuvenation.

Just ask a teen who has absolutely no problem wearing Ugg Slippers outdoors or to run an errand. Today’s slippers for teens are as cool as their shoes, even for the guys. Chances are, if you haven’t seen a teenager in the Ugg Slippers for guys, you soon will, especially with the holidays coming up. These gifts are sure hits. So bypass the gift cards that never get used and don’t try to pick out clothes. Instead move towards the comfort items and pick up the coolest perfect slippers available.

Case in point, the Ugg Slippers for guys are called Sampson and are available in a black, dark brown and western brown with a genuine sheepskin lining. The slip-on style slipper is made of a rich leather upper and a rubber sole, in other words, they last much longer than the average slipper. They are a great gift and definitely an excellent comfort item that retails for approximately $100.

Of course guys can’t outdo the girls. One of the coolest perfect slippers for girls is the Ugg Cluggette, which is a slip on with a closed toe. The Ugg Cluggette is made of genuine sheepskin. Available in lilac, orchid, sand, chocolate, muslin and several camo prints, the Ugg Cluggette retails for approximately $84.

Ugg Slippers have a style for everyone, which is another excellent reason they are the perfect slipper. Ugg Slippers start at infant size, and styles are created for infants through adults for a slipper that is long-lasting and definitely considered the perfect slipper. Goodbye glass slippers.

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Zappos Idol!

Today inside Zappos we discovered that we have a much more musically inclined group than we thought, during our all day Zappos Idol competition (or should I say Karaoke madness!) We had everything from Broadway musicals, to songs that you only listen to your car but somehow worked up the courage to sing them in front of your co-workers, to the oldies-but-goodies.

I would really like to debut all of the videos in order to show off the singing talents of my fellow Zapponians, but unfortunately, we don’t own the rights to every song in the world, thus we are not allowed to post them. But, before you stop reading any further due to disappointment, Brett H. wrote a lovely and very original diddy that we can post for you. Background vocals are by yours truly, Melissa L. and the human microphone stand is the one and only Brooke H. ENJOY!

Chores, Chores, Chores!

Who said it was only a mother’s job to keep a clean home? Or a father’s job to cut the lawn and take out the trash. Times have changed now that both parents are in the workforce. Let’s face it…..9-5 is not just a cute movie from the 80’s…it’s reality for most. It’s time to get some help around the house….and kids….it’s you!

Kids today have so much that they don’t realize how fortunate they are. For most Mom’s and Dad’s, they want their kids to have everything they didn’t have when they were kids. So it is not uncommon to see a 7 year old carrying around an Ipod and cellular phone. Call me crazy….but I recall carrying a couple of dimes to make a pay phone call back in the day. Times are a changing and our children now need to start helping more around the house. All those luxurious things cost money and Mom’s are right there along with Dad’s working long hard hours outside of the home.

Give your children a sense of responsibility. Trash, dishes, sweeping and dusting are not just a chore for Mom and Dad. For your 5 year old, it could be just praising him for picking up his toys when he is done playing with them….or putting his plate on the counter after dinner. Junior high aged children can start to help more by giving Mom a break and loading the dishwasher after meals. Take out the trash for Dad and pick up after the pets. Although you may get a few moans and groans, they will ultimately grow as individuals and know that they are expected to partake in these chores. These simple chores will only prepare your children for life on their own as adults. The more they understand that they have to work to have nice things, the better off they will be when they are on their own. As parents, we must teach our children to appreciate what they have and/or are given and sometimes it takes hard work to get those things. Let’s not teach them to believe they come free. Responsibility with something as simple as a chore will do wonders for your children, and help you out as well.

Now go out and divide up the chores around the house as a family and give them praise for it! Hey, with the extra help, you just might have more time to spend together as a family….and that is more than anything in the world!

By Dee Calderon

Angela K. What's On Your Desk-KY Edition

Angela K., Zappos.com’s KY Warehouse Recruiting Supervisor, shows us what’s on her desk. Angela’s job is to keep the warehouse filled with Zapponians eager to deliver WOW. She attends job fairs, tours, and networks with many HR folks to find the very best employees for Zappos.com.

Angela’s desk is filled with fun trinkets to keep her focused on building a family and team environment in the warehouse. Although she is flooded with resumes, stocked with paperwork, and inundated with phone messages, she finds Mr. Wonderful waiting at her desk for her everyday when she arrives! She also collects hats, so feel free to leave a few more on her desk. (Bert, please don’t leave anymore spiders though, she is terrified.)

LOOKS OF THE WEEK

The divine Ms. Brooke is one of the Couture Team’s favorite ‘stylistas’. Her style is always fresh, relaxed with a splash of trend thrown in. B rocks fabulous jeans – bootcut or skinny – layered T-shirts, cutting-edge organic jewelry, sweet sundresses for her excursions to Costa Rica and the Caymans, not to mention the girl can rock a scarf. Ms. B, our hat’s off to your organic, relaxed style!

Shoe Encyclopedia: Let's Get Technical

So you’ve come back for another lesson in shoe talk, eh? You must be getting good at shoe lingo by now. You may even be able to stump the shoe salesman with your shoe encyclopedia knowledge. Aw, c’mon, you know you are eager to try it out at least once — or twice. Shoe parts, shoe-making processes, specialty collections and more have been discussed. In this week’s lesson, you will be following that trend with a medical foot condition, a type of shoe measurement, a synthetic material and a style of shoe with safety in mind.

Safety Shoe
Safety first, right? The safety shoe is one designed specifically with the consumer’s safety in mind. Most safety shoes have steel toes. Safety shoes can also include other safety features, such as waterproofing and oil-resistant fabrics and materials. Designed for the professional, the Timberland Pro collection of work boots and shoes is an example of safety coupled with comfort and style. The Timberland brand is well known among the pros for its safety and durability.

Polyurethane (PU)
Polyurethane, or simply PU, is a chemical-based synthetic material. It is commonly used to create faux leather. Hey now, when I said “PU,” that was not a reference to a foul odor. Although, if you’ve got an odor problem, you may wish try some odor-fighting polyurethane shoes.

Shaft Height
The shaft height is the inside measurement of the boot’s shaft from bottom to top, starting at the arch. If you were at thinking of a mine shaft instead, you may want to pick up a set of climbing shoes before you head off to explore.

Neuroma
Neuroma is a foot condition that a person could be born with due to a defect. It can also be caused by wearing shoes too narrow for the foot, wearing high-heeled shoes or injuries. If you have neuroma, this means that the two metatarsals on your feet have pinched the nerve located between them. The pinching action causes a tissue mass to form on this nerve. That mass is known as a neuroma.

Best Surfing in the World: Maldives, Asia

Surfing the beautiful Indian Ocean may seem like a dream to some, however some of the best surfing in the world is located between India and Sri Lanka, just south of the Lakshadweep Islands of India and southwest of Sri Lanka. Here you’ll find an island nation called Maldives that is comprised of a large group of atolls, which are basically coral formations that form a circular shape with an enclosed lagoon. These unique formations add to the undisturbed beauty of the region in addition to crystal clear waters, and incredible weather, which is ideal for an avid lover of surfing.

Nailing down one’s favorite spot can be difficult. Maldives, Asia is definitely one of the many spots that equates to surfing paradise with an average water temperature of around 82 degrees. Should one choose to venture out to an exotic location such as Maldives for a surfing trip, keep in mind that getting to surfing spots will require a boat.

Popular surf spots in Maldives range the gamut between the South Male Atoll and the North Male Atoll. Some of the most popular spots include Cokes, Honkeys, Five Islands, Jails, Sultans, Tombstone, Gurus, Kates, Foxys, Riptides, and Natives to name a few.

In terms of level of difficulty, Chickens, Cokes, Gurus and Jails are recommended for experienced surfers only. For those pros and kamikaze-style surfers, the best surf spot is Meeru Reef, though other great challenging locations include Pasta Point, Sultans, and Last Stop.

There are a few surf packages available, but surfers might want to bring basic gear including shoes , board shorts , wet dry bags and boards. Surfers interested in resort packages should consider resources such as The Perfect Wave, Awesome Holidays Maldives, Surf Travel or World Surfaris.

As with all international travel, it is highly recommended that surfers planning to travel to Maldives to experience some of the best surfing in the world check with the American Consulate prior to planning a trip abroad.

A Family Vacation Must: Rock City

See Rock City.

There is nobody from the immediate north, south, east or west of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee who has not passed a veritable multitude of barns with the words “See Rock City” painted on them. Rock City is just one of the many fantastic sites to see in the Lookout Mountain area near Chattanooga. And Rock City is definitely a hot vacation spot for travelers with kids.

Kids in particular will go crazy at Rock City. Why? Because, well, it truly is a rock city. Rock City is a long, winding path of rock formations, which the guys in charge have doctored and dolled up to present a kind of story. In fact, if you pay close attention while you meander along these truly extraordinary rock formations, you can kind of create a little plot line for you and the children. Kids really love to turn a vacation into an adventure, and in too many cases that means pretending to be spies while chasing each other through the corridors of the hotel. Instead, the kids can squeeze through the narrow passage of Rock City known as Fat Man’s Squeeze and pretend they are trying to escape from pirates. Or they can pretend they are helping some gnomes escape through the tunnel at Goblin’s Underpass. And do not forget the myriad thrills as they cling to life on the magnificently frightening Swing-A-Long bridge. Of course, if you or the kids have a phobia about heights or swinging rope bridges, you bypass this particular thrill, fold up your umbrella and seek comfort beneath Shelter Rock. The more adventuresome members of your party can create a back story to the crossing of the bridge.

No one who sees Rock City forgets its undeniably magical appeal. If you take your kids to see this natural and even mystical wonder, you can bet that in another twenty years or so they will be eager to re-experience the pleasure through their own children’s eyes.