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Heat Holders Slipper Socks

A little while ago I reviewed Heat Holders Socks here on Splodz Blogz.

I loved how cosy and comfy they were and said that I enjoyed wearing them around the house as well as out and about, but later commented on twitter that they were a bit slippery on my wooden floors. So Heat Holders sent me a couple of pairs of their slipper socks to try out (I think they were trying to prevent me from hurting myself!).

Heat Holders Slipper Socks

They have the same 2.3 tog brushed fluffy inside which is seriously comfy and cosy for your feet. The only difference between these and the ones I’ve already reviewed is the rubbery bits which give these a non-slip bottom. Whereas I could easily slide from one side of my kitchen to the other (on purpose and by accident), the bits on these mean I can walk normally. Phew!

Heat Holders Slipper Socks

Heat Holders Slipper Socks

Once again Heat Holders get the thumbs up from Splodz Blogz – they are a joy to wear and now I won’t fall over in my kitchen!

Whooga Ugg Boots Competition Winner

Did you enter my Whooga Ugg Boots competition?

Then you’ll want to know who won.

Whooga Ugg Boots - Labelling picked a really low number – number 3… and the third person to comment was:


My feet are most comfy when they are in my UGGs slippers, they’re so soft and warm, it’s like each foot is getting it’s own hug.

Massive well done Kim, I’ll be in touch very shortly. You get to pick which pair you’d like so get looking at the Whooga website!

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Oh, and a word of advice… when you enter competitions make sure you read the rules/how to enter properly to make sure you are actually entered. You can’t win if you don’t do it right :)

Whooga Ugg Boots Competition

This competition is now closed. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Splodz Blogz soon. Good luck to everyone who has entered!

The nice people at Whooga have given me a pair of boots to give away in a competition here on Splodz Blogz. Check out my review to find out more about Whooga ugg boots.

Whooga Ugg Boots - As Worn

The winner will be able to choose their preferred style/colour from the Whooga website, so this really is a great prize that you can keep yourself or give to a friend.

To enter please comment on this blog post telling me what makes your feet most comfy.

It might be a particular pair of shoes or socks, a specific chair, a bed in your favourite hotel or in your favourite holiday destination. Whatever it is, tell me about it to be in with a chance of winning.

You must also like Whooga on facebook or follow them on twitter – please state which you have done in your comment below (please only comment once).

Whooga Ugg Boots - Labelling

Make sure you enter by 8pm on Friday 2nd March for your entry to count, and take a note of the rules below.

The Rules

  • This competition is open to UK residents only.
  • You must be aged 18 years old or over at the time of entry.
  • The competition closes at 8pm on Friday 2nd March 2012.
  • Entry is by making a relevant comment on this post and by liking Whooga on facebook or following them on twitter.
  • Entrants must include a valid email address in the box provided (will not be published).
  • You can only enter once. If you post more than one comment only your first will count as entry into the competition.
  • Members of my immediate family cannot enter (sorry!).
  • The winner will be picked at random from all eligible entries and be announced on Splodz Blogz soon after the closing date.
  • The prize is one pair of Whooga ugg boots as chosen by the winner.
  • The winner must respond to their email from Splodz Blogz within two days or I reserve the right to re-draw.
  • The winner’s details will be given to Whooga and they will arrange the prize directly. Details will not be used for any other purpose.
  • You don’t get any extra entries for tweeting or posting about this competition anywhere, but I don’t mind if you do (go on… you know you want to – use one of the share buttons below!).
  • Oh… and my decision is final (I like saying that!).

Heat Holders

I’m sat here catching up on Masterchef with these blue socks on my feet. They are cosy and fluffy and definitely warm.

Heat Holders Socks

Heat Holders sent me a pair of their 2.3 tog socks to try out. I’m not sure I’ve ever worn socks with a tog rating before, but I like the idea of a sock that is rated in the same way as a duvet!

Tagged as “the ultimate thermal sock”, it is the extra heavy bulky yarn, long pile cushioning and intense brushing process which all add comfort and warmth. Tog ratings are used to measure the potential warmth of a product; the higher the rating, the warmer the product should be. A high tog rating is achieved by holding as much warm air in the fabric as possible, which is by Heat Holders are brushed on the inside – not just for a fluffy comfy cosy sock but also for a very warm sock.

Heat Holders Socks

To put it in context, the 2.3 tog rating compares to the apparent 0.4 tog of an average cotton sock. Much warmer and much more suited to the winter months.

So how do they feel? Well I’ve already alluded to the fact that they are cost and fluffy and warm. Not a “pretty” sock in that they are thick and add bulk to the foot and ankle, but that’s not what these are about. They are definitely comfortable and that is obvious from the second you pull them on, and that brushed pile on the inside is so lovely on my soles.

Heat Holders Socks

I have worn these socks a lot since they arrived.  Apart from just slobbing in them in front of the telly, I’ve had them on with shoes and boots to go for walks. With all footwear I found I needed to loosen the laces (quite considerably on trainers) because of the thickness of the socks, and I’d be wary of wearing these with certain pairs of shoes as I wouldn’t want to stretch them.  But with walking shoes and walking boots, both of which I wear with thick socks (or two pairs) anyway, there was no problem. When I took them off I was expecting a mass of blue fluff all over my feet, but while I did have a bit of fluff between my toes it was nowhere near as much as I was expecting, and a lot less the second wear. I guess you get toe fluff with every new pair of socks, and I don’t think there was any more than I normally find. Fluff aside, these socks absolutely kept my feet warm. Happy feet!

They are thick socks – definitely casual wear to pair with boots or shoes for a walk, although I was more than happy wandering around my house in these – I reckon they are warmer than my slippers.

Heat Holders are available from The Sock Shop priced at £6 a pair. They are available in a variety of colours. There is also a long version of the sock, and a wellington boot version, both of which I think I need.

Spires and Steeples 2011 – Done!

Last night I said that we had finished the Spires and Steeples Challenge – and the Spires and Steeples Challenge had finished us…  This morning I’m feeling achy but not too bad at all.

Do you remember this blog post about our Spires and Steeples Challenge experience last year?  I did the marathon trail walk in 9.5 hours after signing up for it just a month before the event.  I remember it well.  The pain mainly, and the sight of the blister my husband got, but also the lovely route through the Lincolnshire countryside.  For some reason it didn’t put me off – I signed up for it again this year just as soon as the application forms were available – I was walker number 3 (maybe too keen?)!

I walked with my friend Mark this year – our respective other halves decided to give it a miss.  Our aim?  To not come last… (Mark was actually last in 2010, oops!).

The trail starts at Lincoln Castle and meanders through village upon village on all sorts of terrain from tarmac, dirt tracks, grass paths, fields, meadows, and lots more beside, before finishing in the middle of Sleaford.  We crossed two railways (or was it the same one twice?), a couple of major roads, rivers and dykes, and many farms, and had the opportunity to see Lincolnshire at it’s flattest and definitely not-so-flattest.  It was a gorgeous autumn day with blue skies and bright sunshine – no sign of rain, perfect.  It was a happy day in the country with lots of chatter and laughter – well until the last three miles which were pretty silent as the aches had really set in by then!

I didn’t take any photographs until the end, which isn’t like me, but it was all about the walking.  And boy did we walk.  We managed to do the marathon in 8 hours (including stops) – beating our 2010 time by a massive 1.5 hours!  Now that is a good feeling!  We weren’t competing with the trail runnes (wow they’re a different breed aren’t they?!), but as far as the walkers went we were very respectable in our finishing time.

No tshirts this year which was a shame, but I am pleased with my medal and certificate – proof I did it!

Spires and Steeples Challenge Medal

The challenge was very well organised once again, with plenty of support from St John’s, a well marked route, and plenty of checkpoints with happy friendly people manning them… we even had a welcome when we arrived at Sleaford which was nice.

Right now my body is complaining somewhat. A couple of teeny blisters but nothing major, but my ankles are swollen (nice!) and my legs/back are stiff/achy today.  I’ve been walking around the house and stretching a lot to help ease the aches, but I admit that right now it hurts more than when I got up this morning.  Ah well, hey ho and all that – it wouldn’t be a challenge if it was easy and I did have a really great day.

Will I be back for more next year?  I expect so!  Can I beat 8 hours?  Perhaps with some training.  It’s the Walk the Walk MoonWalk London next though, which will be much smoother terrain (all roads/pavements) and so hopefully easier on the feet and ankles… and that one is for charity too (so I will be mentioning it a few more times between now and May!).

Keep an eye on the Spires and Steeples website and follow @spiressteeples on twitter for more information for the 2012 Challenge in the new year, and how you can walk the marked route any day of the year.

Year in Photos (26 Aug 11) – Wet Shoes

What a grotty day. Rain rain rain. And the roadworks outside my building at work make the path muddy too. Yuk. I was very thankful for the cheap black pumps I keep under my desk – perfect to put on my feet to go out at lunch time to save my normal shoes getting wet.

Friday 26th August 2011

26/08/11: Wet shoes – dry feet

Rocket Dog Spring Collection

Yes yes yes another shoe post… I just can’t get enough – especially because shoe designers like Rocket Dog are all launching their Spring collections at the moment – lots of new shoes to oggle over!

When looking on the selection of new heels and pumps on the Rocket Dog website at the moment I am once again in love with how cute they all are.

Of everything on the site at the moment, the Caprico sandals are the ones that catch my attention the most.  They just seem to sing summer holidays to me… I could just imagine myself strutting my stuff on a gorgeous sunshine soaked beach side town in these.  Yes please!  I can’t even decide which colour/material I prefer.  Maybe the denim.  Maybe the tan.  One of those two I think.

CAPRICIO burnished PU wet clay

CAPRICIO denim light blue

CAPRICIO luggage PU tan

Rocket Dog do little pumps brilliantly.  I have a couple of pairs of lace ups and am very tempted to add these Jazzin pumps to my collection… they are cute and summery and will go with anything from jeans (seeing as the sun doesn’t always shine – shame) to board shorts and even a cute little flowy skirt.

JAZZIN washed canvas black

They have also thought about those who prefer to be a bit more feminine but still super comfy – people who want a work day pump perhaps.  These Bond pumps have a really cute feminine ruffle across the toe and have a similar sole to the lace up pumps I can wear all day.

BOND sheer heather knit grey

One of the best things about Rocket Dog is that they offer great value.  The Caprico sandals are £49.99, the Jazzin pumps are £29.99 and the Bond pumps are £24.99 – you could sort out your Spring shoe wardrobe in one go.

Oh and as the weather gets warmer still and we head towards the summer, or if you’re going to a sunnier climate for a break this side of Easter, have a look at the beach wear and flats Rocket Dog, there are far too many nice designs to mention in one blog post!

PS You can follow Rocket Dog on Twitter too – a great way to find out about new stuff as it’s launched :)

mypure Review – Alva Foot Lotion

This month I’ve been testing three products from mypure, all Alva… this review is for the Alva Foot Lotion.

Alva Foot Lotion

£10.25 for 100ml

When I chose this foot lotion to review this month, I was thinking it would be a creamy thick lotion that would sort out my dry and cracked feet.  Well it’s not that, but what it is I like very much.

Alva Foot Lotion is a light, thin cream that rubs into your feet easily – you don’t need much as it goes a long way.  It has a slightly medicated (as in pepperminty, or antiseptic) smell to it, although I know there is nothing but natural ingredients in it, and makes the feet tingle as you rub it in.  It’s the manuka oil and other all-natural essential oils doing their work on my tired feet, looking after my skin and helping to sort any problem areas.

Alva Foot Lotion

I especially liked using this lotion after running.  Apart from the action of rubbing my feet stimulating the blood flow (I think the circulation in my feet must be a bit rubbish coz they’re always cold and after exercise I often get pins and needles), the cream felt like it was doing some sort of healing – making my feet feel fresh and ready to walk me around for the rest of the day.


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