Vionic Zen Shoes Walkabout


I recently had the chance to try out a new type of walking shoe called the Vionic Zen Walkers. These shoes are extremely comfortable because they have a First Ray technology that promotes stability and assists in forefoot mobility.

Developed by leading podiatrist Phil Vasyli, Vionic footwear counteracts the daily grind of walking on hard and unnatural surfaces, providing much-needed relief from pain in your feet, knees, legs and lower back. Featuring patent pending built-in Orthaheel orthotic technology, they realign feet to their natural (neutral) position, allowing wearers to step softly and stay stylish!

Vionic with Orthaheel Technology offers the only shoes recommended by both the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and renowned integrative medicine doctor, Andrew Weil, MD. Vionic (and specifically the ZEN) is also worn and endorsed by celebrity fitness trainer Juliet Kaska’s (clientele includes Kerry Washington, Ali Larter, Stacy Keibler, Pink, Kate Walsh and more).

To be honest, these are not the most stylist pair of shoes I have ever owned, but definitely would be good for a vacation or a festival when I know I will be walking or dancing all day!

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I received these shoes because they are the official shoe of the Vionic Walkabout, which is a 28-day campaign, also sponsored by Dr. Andrew Weil and celebrity trainer Juliet Kaska, which encourages the public to walk for 30 minutes a day for their heath.

You can sign up for the Walkabout and pledge to walk every day for 28 days. Once you sign up, you will receive weekly tips from Juliet Kaska and health guru Dr. Weil and have the chance to win prizes including a trip to LA). This post is a little bit late since my blog was down, but I encourage you to all sign up and continue the walking challenge through April.

More about the Zen:

Zen Walking Shoe $119.95: Premium, full-grain, water-resistant leather uppers and action lacing system promotes comfort and confidence with each step. Great for indoor and outdoor activities, the rubber outsole with flex grooved tread provides traction on a variety of surfaces. Available on

All opinions are based solely on my own. I was not paid to write this post.

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The Better Chip

I am always on the lookout for chip options since I always crave a crunchy side when I am eating a sandwich or salad. I was very excited to try “ The Better Chip ” since they are vegan, gluten free and free of preservatives.

The chips comes in five flavors:

  • Jalapenos
  • Spinach and Kale
  • Corn
  • Beets (New!)
  • Chipotles (New!)

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My favorite flavor was the Spinach and Kale (probably because I felt like I was getting my vegetables in eating them) but also because it tasted nice and salty and you could barely taste the greens.  It would go great with spinach dip or hummus.  I would definitely purchase these in the future to bring with me to work or to serve at parties.  I’ve been happily snacking on them for the past two weeks at work.

What is your favorite chip? How do you eat it?

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The Better Chip provided me with product and/or compensation for this post, however the opinions I shared are my own.

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Disco Spin Party!

This morning I held a disco-70’s themed spin party! It went really well and a couple of us definitely dressed the part. Check out my playlist below and some photos from the class!

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Citi Every Step of the Way

The Sochi Olympics are over but voting is still going on for Citi’s Every Step of the Way campaign this year. Continuing its support of the next generation of Team USA, Citi is donating $500,000 donation to the United States Olympic Committee to launch the Every Step of the Way® program for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Launched in 2012, Every Step of the Way benefits U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and athletes of all ages in communities across America.

Each Team City athlete has teamed up with a U.S. Olympic, Paralympic, or Community program in need.

Watch this video to learn more about the program:

Participate with just one click

Participating in the Every Step of the Way program is easy. Just by visiting you can help allocate a portion of Citi’s donation. At the site, you can learn about each of the Team Citi athletes and their respective sport program, choose a Team Citi athlete to support, and with a single click, a portion of Citi’s donation will be awarded. The funds will fulfill specific needs of each sport program, giving them the resources they need to help the next generation of athletes on their journey from ambition to achievement.

Go ahead and vote!

This post was created in partnership with Citi®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Win a $100 Gift Card to Starbucks!

Hi everyone. I am back and giving away a $100 gift card to Starbucks! All you have to do is enter the Punchtab giveaway below (and be sure to vote for Melissa Engel to win a trip to Ultra. I am choosing a winner on March 10. Good luck!


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