Vionic Shoes are One of My #FavoriteThings

It’s #FavoriteThingsFriday and today I want to share with you my love of Vionic shoes!

When I returned home from Star Wars Celebration in April, I was THRILLED to find two boxes of shoes sent to me from Vionic. Let me tell you, I needed them.

I had made the very conscious decision to wear a nasty, cheap pair of flip flops through Orlando for a week. I knew that I would be paying a hefty price for it too, and I did. See, even though I live in Colorado, I wear flip flops all year long. Yes, sometimes even in the snow. I was thrilled to have a pair of Vionic scandals to try.

rs8455-p87-sr100588-335elation1-pnkomb-lifesty-le-0017-lprVionic shoes are based around Orthotic Technology, made for everyone. I tend to walk on the outside of my feet, and my shoes wear out. With my Vionics, I’m aligned  and balanced correctly, even in sandals.This does more for your body than make your feel feel better. Just think of how often you compensate for aching feet. By keeping you aligned and well balanced, your entire body benefits. The Orthotic Technology is also great for  plantar fasciitis too.

I also received a pair of athletic shoes. I have wider feet, however, I don’t have super wide feet. The problem is that most athletic shoes are made for a narrow foot. Well, let me tell you, after four pregnancies, my feet are no longer narrow. It happens. The athletic shoes give me that fantastic support and comfort. I walk up to twenty miles a week recreationally. I needed something that would take the brunt of that, and not my legs or feet.

If you’re looking for a great pair of shoes, I can’t say enough about the Vionic line. (They aren’t just sandals and athletic shoes either! You can look fantastic and feel great while being right in style too!)

Check them out at ​!

THOB Bernadette Marie January-3

I love Vionic shoes! They are one of my #FavoriteThings |


Listening to Books on Audible is one of Our #FavoriteThings

Thousands of amazing books at your fingertips! That’s what I love about Audible. Even better, I can read when I’m driving or walking or working.

As an author and a publisher, I find that my time to read is usually spent writing or editing other authors. That doesn’t leave me a lot of time for sitting with a good book. And, as a mother, I find myself in the car all the time. It’s a great place to listen to audio books and enjoy some time to myself. They have everything too! I’m a huge Nora Roberts fan, so I’m usually jumping on those new releases when I get an Audible credit, from my membership. See something you like, you can buy individual items too, no membership needed at all!

A couple of my books have been made into audio books, and you can find them there as well.

This week Audible gets my shout out on Friday as one of my #FavoriteThings.

THOB Bernadette Marie January

*My Favorite Things Friday items mentioned are items that I use and love. The opinions are only mine.*

My Roomba Vacuum is One of My #FavoriteThings

Talk about a #FavortieThingsFriday item, this is one of my ALL TIME favorites! The Roomba vacuum! I have had one since they came out with them. I’ve run through a few too in the past 15 years. Right now I have two of them. One for upstairs, one for the main floor. During a recent Black Friday sale, I did invest in a different brand, and I can tell you, it’s not as user friendly. In fact, without it sitting next to me, I can’t even remember its name.
These Roombas are schedule-able. Every morning at 9am and 10am they start their journey through the rooms and clean until the carpet sensors say the rooms are clean, or until the battery wears down 2 hours later. Then, they tuck themselves into their base and charge.

I joke often that I don’t have pets wandering around my feet. I have robots!

But this handy guy makes my house look nice all the time. To keep your carpets nice, they recommend that you vacuum them each day. **sigh** Who wants to do that? But with the Roomba you can!img-7556

Until I got the Roomba for upstairs, the carpet very rarely got a good vacuuming! In the
few short weeks where I’ve had it circling around every morning, it has brought life back to this worn out carpet.

As you can see, the circular patterns are where the Roomba starts its journey. It senses its pattern, and this is how you get maximum cleaning done!

img-7554I’ve joked about putting eyes on them. In fact, my husband has named them Ramon and Ramona. Truly its like a kid who likes to clean. It needs its rest to recharge. You have to dump the bin every few days. And of course, you should pick up before it eats up your cords, but unlike the kid or pet, it lives to clean for you.

I cannot recommend a Roomba vacuum enough! Everyone should have one!

If you’re wondering about purchasing one check out the report done by They took multiple robotic vacuums and tested them against each other. High end and lower end models ran the same course. You can see the results and watch the videos for yourself. I’m pleased to say that Roomba came out on top. They’ve built a superior model, and I’ll attest that it is a time savor for the humans in the house. (Especially if you do have pets!) Check out the review here!

What’s your favorite cleaning tool?

THOB Bernadette Marie January

(These opinions are mine only. I was not gifted items or paid for my opinion.)