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Blogger outreach assignment: Brand new product "Shoeps" elastic laces for footwear needs your help!

I was very excited when I found out I would get the chance to get a set of Shoeps for Ryan to try.  Lately, Ryan has had very little interest in tying his shoes.  In the morning, he ties them up and I even come behind him to reinforce the shoes by tying an EXTRA tight knot to be sure the laces stay in place.  By the time I pick him up after school, this is what I find.  I have even cut the laces and tried to tuck them in… nothing worked! 
We got the bright yellow Shoeps and they couldn’t be easier to put on!  I was so excited and Ryan was pumped too!! I threw the laces away!  (realizing how dirty his shoes are in these pics! agh!) 
So here we go, its literally 6 steps to put these on your shoes and you are done! 
These are so easy to put on and there are no more long mornings of tying shoes or worrying about injuries because of possible tripping! Ryan got his shoes on and off in a flash!  I was pumped.  I just wish I had them in more colors.  Our neighbors are all interested in them and with summer coming, its nice not to have to worry about tying shoes all day long while we’re out enjoying the day!

More details about these awesome Shoeps:

*Enhances the fit of the shoes as it contours to the shape of the foot, not constricting like a lace. 
*Once fitted properly, Shoeps should not come undone and no need to undo to take off the shoe. 
*Neatens the appearance of the shoe, streamline and nothing to come undone or trip on. 
*Mix, match and have fun making your shoes stylish or subtle, customize your own look! 
*Great for kids and even elderly who may have trouble with laces. 
*Can be taken off and used on multiple shoes. 
*Fun, functional and fashionable! These can get wet and are easy to clean! 
*Strong and durable! 1 size fits all!


The Shoeps come in a variety of colors!! Very fun and cool! Pass it on! 

Join me! Let’s replace the lace! 


Taking the kids to New York needn’t cost you a fortune. Families on a limited budget can have a whale of a time visiting the Big Apple if care is taken while choosing places to visit. Here are three suggestions to help you make the perfect itinerary.  

Madison Square Gardens
The world famous sports and concert venue offers activities to suit everyone. Stamp your feet to the world’s top rock bands or close your eyes and drift off while enjoying a Beethoven symphony: the “Garden” has it all. 

As well as music, Madison Square Garden offers a wealth of opportunities to watch professional sporting events, such as catching  a basketball game with the kids. Madison Square Garden has been the home venue of the New York Knicks for years. Other sports you and the family can watch there include ice hockey and tennis. 
American Museum of Natural History 
Close to Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History is a really fun place for kids of any age. Forget your mental picture of a typical dry and boring museum, the AMNH is slick, modern and takes advantage of all of today’s technology to provide exciting and educational displays from the world of animals. 

A top attraction for youngsters is the Dino Tour. The museum has gathered together a superb collection of dinosaur fossils and reconstructions. Be prepared for squeals of awe when your kids see the king of dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus Rex. This monster has a jaw that spans four feet and six inch teeth! It looks frightening even as a skeleton. Although there is a suggested admission fee, you don’t have to pay this but free to make a donation of your choice. 
Central Park 
Amidst the hustle and bustle of New York streets, Central Park provides a peaceful sanctuary where the family, particularly mom and pop, can relax a little. Grab a snack from one of the many food carts littered around and, weather permitting, have a picnic. If it rains, there is a choice of affordable places where you can eat and still enjoy the park surroundings. Don’t forget to visit the Victorian carousel and let the kids take a spin on one of the horses. 
Although prices in New York can be high, if you take the time to plan your visit and are careful in selecting the activities you indulge in, a family outing there need be no more costly than it would be in any other major city.