Happy Feet - with Happy Mama Happy Baby (Giveaway)


I have ugly feet. I know you're not supposed to say such things about yourself, we're all God's creatures yadda, yadda, yadda but I have conducted a lifetime long independent study and it's true. Even my husband admits that they're odd. He calls them my trotters; one of the things that he teases me about is that fact that such a lovely lady has such monstrous paws. I love this because I'd rather someone see and love the truth of me even if that's an ugly truth. 

I wish I could transfer my unconditional acceptance of this part of me to other parts of my self image - my slightly crooked smile, my broader than average shoulders and my 'girl you done had a baby in there' belly, perhaps one day I will. 

My mother was obsessed with feet, not in a slightly creepy, facebook spammer way, she just believed that if you took care of your feet they would, in future, look after you. This meant very regular trips to Clarks to stand in their insanely exciting mechanical foot measuring machine. It also meant that I sometimes had to forgo the shoe of the moment (Remember magic steps!) for their more sensible and comfortable counterpart. I have a distinct memory of my mother marching me back to a shoe shop because the pair we had recently bought had given me a blister. Even today she will sometimes surprise me with a new pair of shoes and unfailingly I know she will say she had to buy them because, 'the leather was so soft.' 

This story could end with me walking happily off into the sunset in a killer pair of boots but from everything a lesson can be learned and this lesson was a doozy. I learned from this process that love is an action. I love my feet because all my life I have shown them love. If I'm feeling low the first thing I do  is go for a pedicure and if I want to feel confident I dress my feet first. My mother never told me I had cute feet because, quite frankly, that would be a lie; what she taught me was to love them anyway. She told me and showed me that my tootsies were worthy of care and the care I have shown them through the years has allowed me to look past their 'imperfections' and accept them as the useful, valuable, shoe displaying things that they are. 

So I'm working on loving the rest of my body in the same way - not forcing my thighs into too tight jeans; actually using the tubs of moisturiser that I buy every month. If I'm diligent maybe my fullback shoulders stand a chance of being adored, if there's room in my heart for them too.  

This post is part of Happy Mama Happy Baby's 'Body Positive January' head over and see what else she's up to and be sure to join her Instagram party #realhappymamas




And now for a cheeky little giveaway! Look after your little ones feet with a pair of Dotty Fish, Starry Starry 
Night soft leather shoes (size 12-18 months). To win: 

Comment below telling me about your favourite pair of shoes 

and/or

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  1. My favourite pair of shoes are Supra's they are so comfy

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    1. Had to google them but they look very cool.

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  2. My navy Ugg Boots - I received them for Christmas and they are soooooooooooo cosy wosy woo!

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  3. I don't have a favorite at the moment, all so old and worn. I'm after some palmeira's for spring and summer!

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  4. i have my ugg boots so comfy and warm the best prezzy ive gotten x

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  5. My favourite shoes are probably my Emu boots, I've had my old grey ones for about 5 years now but they've sadly got holes in and are definitely on the way out. I've got some black ones for Christmas but it's totally not the same!

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  6. Charlene, you rock! Not only a fabulous post for my site but a giveaway as well!!!!
    Now to the question. Can I be super hippy dippy and say my favourite shoes are barefoot?!?!

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  7. Love my Sketchers GOwalk shoes, comfy and support my feet whilst pregnant.

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  8. My favourite pair of shoes has to be my converse all stars they are super comfy! I am learning to drive at the moment and I couldn't find a comfier shoe to wear during my lessons

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  9. I bought a pair of Cinderella shoes a couple of weeks ago that are my new favourites. They're all sparkly with a bow - I haven't even worn them yet, just admired them. Lol. #coolmumclub

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  10. My work ones, because they are so comfortable.

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  11. my slippers are my favorite house shoes..........

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  12. My kids love their moccons and me I'm a slipper girl

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  13. I have these gorgeous black boots from River Island, they have gold trim around the edges and a gold zip. Ive worn them that much that they really do need throwing out but i can't part with them

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    1. I had a pair like that and when I bought them I was tempted to buy two pairs but I thought it was too extravagant and now i wish I had!

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  14. My favourite shoes ever were my wedding shoes, I didn't intend to spend a lot but just fell in love with these Irregular Choice shoes

    http://www.sarenza.co.uk/irregular-choice-daisy-dayz-s2914-p0000071975?gclid=Cj0KEQiAq920BRC8-efn57XrotYBEiQAlVlMQ6QJoIJgTX9H_XZ-3Wr0aany9hKK-Z8t3ClCEc0OrGkaApGj8P8HAQ#ectrans=1

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  15. I love those squishy baby shoes...perfect for indoor cruising and no slips on hard floors!
    I have to say my favourite shoes are chelsea boots every time...perfect with every outfit, and never out of style. Thanks for linking with #coolmumclub!

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  16. flat real leather balerinas - I love the fact that I could even run in them (to catch the train :)

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  17. My Ugg boots are my favourite, they slip on easily and are extremely comfortable.

    Kirsty Fox

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  18. I have a lovely pair of vans that are comfy and soft xx

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  19. I got some man's laced ugg boots, they are amazing!

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  20. My favourite shoes are my Simpsons Converse.....not very elegant or ladylike but, I suppose, that's just like me!

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  21. Mine would be my Converse! I have them in Lime Green :D Love them!

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  22. Uggs. They are so comfortable.

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  23. My fav shoes are a pair of black patent heels -they kill my feet & do nothing for my cankles, but I know they have a fab profile, which any passing small animal will appreciate!

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  24. My Clarks winter boots, so comfortable and can be worn with pretty much anything from dresses to jeans.

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  25. my black trainers are my favourite so comfy

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  26. My faux fluffy DC shoes. So cosy and warm and cute too

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  27. My boots. They make me look taller.

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  28. I love my new black leather knee high boots they're really comfy and stylish. My all time best pair though was my army boots as a teenage goth.

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  29. my boots, they have a high heel and I wear them nearly everywhere

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  30. Being a strict vegetarian, I struggle with footwear and have shed more tears over corns, blisters etc than just about anything else. One winter, after tiring of having sore/cold/wet feet, I ordered a pair of Celtic sheepskin boots. By the time they arrived, I felt so guilty about the little lambs they were made of that I stuck them in the back of the wardrobe and left them there. When I eventually pulled them out and tried them on, they were absolute bliss and I've hardly taken them off since.

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  31. my DM boots - comfiest shoes I've ever owned

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  32. What a great giveaway! I take my boys to Clarks on a very regular basis lol. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

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  33. A pair of heels I was bought in Milan - so impractical but so beautiful!

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  34. At the moment my lovely snuggly winter boots

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  35. My favourite shoes - I can't describe them as I have far too many favourites.....it depends on my mood and my outfit!

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  36. I have some Lux Australia boots with Harris Tweed that I love.

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  37. This is such an interesting post for me, as I have never been told to look after my feet by my parents when I was young as I was raise in the UK and they were back in Thailand. I never really understood why all the fuss about women and shoes, though I like shoes - don't get me wrong - I just understand the I love "Jimmy Choo" - kind of thing. Now, I understand. It make so much sense. I have entered the competition. Thank you for sharing with #FabFridayPost

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I do think with so much focus on weight women become invested in shoes because are feet are the only things that stay constant - until you get pregnant but that's another story :)

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  38. My smelly New Balance ones! COMFY.

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  39. I have some lovely flat pumps that are so comfortable

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  40. My grey converse. I love them. Comfy. Keep my feet dry. Prqctically live in trainers.

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  41. At the moment, my non slip welly boots.

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  42. I love my Uggs because they are super cosy xx

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  43. Mine are my Converse trainers - they're navy blue, super comfortable and look great too!

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  44. do slippers count? if not then my flipflops

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  45. My ariat boots I love them that much I have two pairs one for dog walking and another pair for shopping

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  46. It would have to be my Ugg boots. It's like wearing clouds on my feet!

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  47. I have a really comfortable pair of brown leather sketchers which I love!

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  48. I have a pair of black shoes I love wearing on a night out which are so comfortable. I'm dreading them wearing out as I normally really struggle with heels.

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  49. My favourite pair of hoes are my winter boots because they are lovely and warm

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  50. My Favourite pair are a pair of Grey Ugg boots, I adore UGG boots, but these are my absolute favourites!

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  51. i love my Fitflops - they are so comfortable and supportive, and look gorgeous

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  52. My clarks boots, they're so comfy !

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  53. My pre-children high heels are the most gorgeous shoes in the whole world. They are silver with round toes, a cute strap and a ridiculously high stilleto heel. They are perfect, alas these days I am most often in boring flats or wellies...

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  54. My favourite pair of shoes were a pair of addidas trainers I had in my teens, lime green and navy blue!! I cried when they fell apart and they no longer sold them, no other pair of trainers have come close since

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  55. I know what you mean about feet - I'm not a fan of mine either - too much time spent in high heels, and now I'm back at work I can't be without my heels. And how exciting was the very modern foot measuring machine in Clarks, and how disappointing when it was out of order?! Thanks for linking up to #PoCoLo

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  56. I love my TUK cat ones I got them in the usa - im not really big into heels but i love these (here's a link to them on google http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61FdtiMcKEL._UY395_.jpg)

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  57. My favourite shoes were a pair of sketchers pumps, they were black and had very light grey/silver embroidery detailing, I saved up a long time with them when I had my first part time job on weekends while I was at school.

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  58. At the moment with this cold weather my favourite is a pair of boots with a fluffy lining that keeps my feet warm.

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  59. My favourite pair of shoes at the moment are my black Ugg boots. I got them for Christmas and they are so snug and comfy. I'm living in them at the moment x

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  60. My leopard print heels. peep toe wth red bow, they also have red souls so i pretend they are famous brand lol

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  61. My Favourite are Twinkle Twinkle Pink

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  62. My favourite are my new cowgirl boots. Xx

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  63. I love my Superga! so comfy and practical. specially with my twin babies its easier to move around with them.

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  64. I love my walking shoes. just for comfort. Think it drives my hubby mad though as I have got loads of shoes but just keep going for them even if it doesn't match

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  65. My current fave shoes are a black pair of flat knee boots. Currently pregnant with baby number 3 & they are so comfy. I can even get away with wearing them in the office x

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  66. This cute little baby needs a pair of shoes that can make him/her feel happy. It is the most amazing feeling for parents when they watch their children walking.

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  67. I love those squishy baby shoes... perfect for indoor cruising and no slips on hard floors!
    I have to say my favourite shoes are chelsea boots every time... perfect with every outfit, and never out of style. Input article body here.Thanks for this post.

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  68. My sister is having a baby and I'm helping her out in finding all the best stuff. Shoes are the most important thing a person can wear. I have learned the importance of good footwear the hard way. Make sure your kid learns to walk in good footwear right from the start. It will make the joy of watching your baby walk all the sweeter!

    Brian

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