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Casual Shoes For Motorcycle Riding

Protective gear while riding is imperative for a riders safety. From leather jackets, mesh jackets, V2 protection jackets, gloves, helmets and of course shoes/boots. Although some will argue the facts, foot protection matters! All too often while working in the emergency room trauma victims were brought in from a motorcycle accident with little to no foot protection. Flip-Flops are not proper footwear to be on a motorcycle with. The CDC did a study and found that 30% of all non fatal motorcycle injuries were to the legs and feet.

Proper and comfortable shoes should provide comfort, toe protection, heal and ankle support and an anti -slip rubber sole for good gripping. They should keep your feet warm and dry. Thanks to the manufacturers which are bridging the gap brining new and innovative riding apparel technology to the forefront of motorcycle safety.

Choosing the right shoe

You need to know there is a difference between motorcycle riding shoes and riding boots. If you are new to riding then finding the comfort, style and safety is important. If you are already an avid rider then you probably have a high standard for performance, safety and function while shifting gears.

Number Five TCX Street Ace WP Womens Shoe comes in just under $200.00.

Important features include:

  • Waterproof lining

  • High wear-resistant rubber sole

  • CFS Comfort Fit System

  • Comes in sizes 4 to 9.5

  • Only come in gray

Reviews from Cyclegear.com stated; “Very comfortable for riding in and walking in. Love the baked in heel, allows me to flat foot when stopped. Been caught in the rain twice with the, kept me feet nice and dry. Obviously they don’t have much air flow since they are waterproof, but I have no complaints there. Have worn these shoes allay at work with no problems. Would recommend these shoes”.

Number Four Harley Davidson’s Mackey Performance Shoes For The Ladies sells for $150.00.

Important features Include:

  • Waterproof

  • Made by Wolverine for the performance factors one expects from Harley Davidson

  • 3MTM Reflective Material and reflective laces to improve your chances of being seen in low visibility conditions

  • Rubber Outsole

  • Abrasion-Resistant, Slip-Resistant and Oil- Resistant

  • Comes in Black and Gray

  • Sizes 5 – 11

The downside would be from the reviews off of the Harley Davidson’s reviews website. One reviewer stated; “Not good for summer riding. My feet got really hot in 94 degree weather versus using my other leather harley boots which are too heavy but they keep my feet neutral. Not too hot and not too cold”.

Number Three Speed and Strength Black Nine Moto Shoe by the Speed and Strength company. Sells for just under $100.00 and it’s a bargain for sure.

Important Features Include:

  • Features ankle support

  • Comes in wide

  • Rubber sole for griping pavement

  • Leather Upper with an undercover lacing system

  • Comes in Black, Grey and Charcoal

  • Sizes 6 -11.5

★★★★★★★★★★5 out of 5 stars.

GREAT WATERPROOF BOOTS “I purchased these boots from the Harley on-line store through my dealership and had them delivered to my house. I usually buy wide or extra wide boots because of a problem I have with my little toe rubbing. I usually wear a 9 to a 9 ½ but because these only come in a medium length I went with a 10 to see how they fit. As it turned out I had about 1⁄2 inch room at the end but I wore them around the house a couple of days and they are quite comfortable. There is a very small composite safety toe but doesn’t cover the toes. Good if you accidentally kick something hard by accident. I wear them all day and my feet don’t hurt. And they are waterproof. Another plus. I really like these boots and would recommend them”.

Number Two Daily Shoes Womens Lace Up Buckle Combat Boots Ankle High sells anywhere from $15.00 to $80.00. These boots have an unusual stylish feature. With the Susan 01 Wallet Pocket a girl can carry her wallet necessities instead of an over the shoulder carry purse or zipping up in a jacket. (I may have to get me a pair of these just to try them out)

Important Features Include:

  • Patent- Leather

  • Rubber sole

  • Slip resistant durable synthetic soles

  • Come in a variety of colors from black to hot pink

  • Sizes 5 – 12

Downside according to the reviews on Amazon, a few reviewers stated that the soles fell apart after wearing the boots for around three to four months

3.0 out of 5 stars, “After only 2 months of own these boots the right sole has split apart. I got them April 4th and they started falling apart 2 weeks ago June 7th. I am disappointed in the craftsmanship of the boots. They SHOULD last longer for the price“.

Before I get to number one I want to take this opportunity to say, “Thank You” to Mr. Tim Kraai owner of Motor Gear Expert.com for asking me to be a guest blogger on his website. Stop by and check out the website. There is a lot of helpful information and great reading.

Number One Harley Davidson the Eagleson sells for $140.00.

Important Features Include:

  • A sneaker that is “street” ready and can handle the road

  • Waterproof full grain leather and breathable hydro-guard waterproof lining

  • Rubber outsole

  • Only come in black

  • Sizes 7 – 13 in a medium or wide width

This particular shoe is a really new product for Harley Davidson. As for a downside only the price seemed to be an issue according to the reviews on the Harley Davidson website most gave it either four or five stars.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Awesome shoes. I usually never spend more than $50 on shoes but these are well worth the price, great product“.

These are just a few casual shoes one could wear while riding. If you are a new rider, let me encourage you to always wear safety gear. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and “look twice, save a life”!

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

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Saving Money On Black Friday Deals For 2019

 

Black Friday, November 29, 2019 offers affordable deals with substantial savings both online and in stores.  The average consumer saves hundreds even thousands of dollars on this one day.

Making A List – What is the objective you are trying to accomplish on Black Friday?  Might I suggest writing your list in a way to help visualize the cost and items you’re wanting to purchase.

My Black Friday Shopping List 2019

  1. Dave – New TV for bedroom, fishing poll, Harley Davidson apparel –  Walmart $129 – 200  43” TV,  $20 – $40 Fishing Poll, HD varies $50 – $200.00
  2. Sally – New Tablet, Room Décor, Makeup, Curling Iron – Walmart $50 – 150, Varies $15 – 50 each, Varies $15 – 30

Browsing The Internet For Deals – While I was browsing the world wide web, I came across this fantastic site called; Slickdeals .  What will you find that is different from other sites?

  •     Store Coupons
  •     Video Game Deals
  •     Deal Alerts which you can setup to your liking
  •     The Top 10 Black Friday Deals -TVs are obviously a hot-ticket item each year, but there are plenty of other price breaks to be had. Laptops, smart home devices, video games and small kitchen appliances are always popular this time of year. Check back here in early November to see which deals are the best ones for 2019.Here are the top 10 discounts from 2018 (as voted on by the Slickdeals community):
    1. 65-inch TCL 4K HDR Roku Smart LED TVSale Price: $398 | Reg. Price: $598
    2. PlayStation Store’s Sony PS Plus 12-month Digital MembershipSale Price: $39.99 | Reg. Price: $59.99
    3. GameStop’s Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle + $50 GameStop Gift CardSale Price: $299.99 | Reg. Price: $359.99
    4. Kohl’s’ Google Home Hub + $15 Kohl’s CashSale Price: $99 | Reg. Price: $149
    5. Target’s Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS)Sale Price: starting at $199.99 | Reg. Price: starting at $279.99
    6. Kohl’s PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Spider-Man Bundle + $60 Kohl’s CashSale Price: $199.99 | Reg. Price: $299.99
    7. Best Buy’s Roku 4K Ultra Streaming Media PlayerSale Price: $49.99 | Reg. Price: $99.99
    8. Best Buy’s Sony 1000XM2 Premium Wireless Noise Cancelling HeadphonesSale Price: $199.99 | Reg. Price: $349.99
    9. Instant Pot LUX80 8-Qt Pressure CookerSale Price: $59 | Reg. Price: $99
    10. Best Buy’s Dell Inspiron 15.6″ Touch-Screen LaptopSale Price: $399.99 | Reg. Price: $599.99

Stop by and browse through their site.  With so much to offer you may not have to even leave your house or office.

Using Rewards Credit or Debit Cards – Using your rewards credit or debit cards adds up more points, which saves on purchases throughout the year.  Cash back credit cards are popular because they offer tangible benefits.

Not all cash back offers are the same.  Money Crashers offers valuable tips about this very topic.

“Some offer the same cash back rate on all purchases. Others offer higher cash back rates on certain spending categories, such as groceries or gas, and lower rates on everything else. Others offer bonus cash back on spending categories that rotate every quarter. A few accrue cash back on purchases and monthly payments. And some cash back cards even hew to hybrid models, with cash back on certain spending categories and different types of rewards (such as airline miles) on others”.

Reward Yourself – When all is said and done, find the time to reward yourself for accomplishing such a huge task.  Go out for cocktails, lunch, take a spa day, take a trip, hell just do whatever you want to.

Shopping is what one makes of it.  Have fun, smile and be happy.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

 

My Top 10 Favorite Christmas Songs

Music is good for the soul. Bringing joy, sadness, laughter, healing and more.

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love everything about it. In my article titled My Top 5 Christmas Gifts is even more evidence how gifts bring joy to someone’s life.

There are so many songs to choose from. However these are my all time favorites.

10. White Christmas by Bing Crosby

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas just like the ones I used to know”.

Not everyone has a white Christmas. If you live in an even tempered climate sunshine may be all one experiences. How do you get along without a snowy holiday? There is nothing better than a Colorado confiti holiday.

The movie White Christmas starring Bing Crosby also is a classic.

9. Silent Night by Elvis Presley

The king of rock and roll and his sexy soulful voice makes any women’s heart joyful during the season.

8. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

This video, click the link above ☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️ is too cute.
Did you know: Hippos live in loose groups of ten to thirty individuals, that may swell to hundreds depending on the season? Look it up on Animal Facts Encyclopedia along with other animal facts.

7. Little Drummer Boy

This particular version is done by David Bowie and Bing Crosby. The twist is they mention peace on earth which is the biggest wish most people have for the holidays.

6. Hark The Herald Angles Sing

One of the most important praise and worship songs for the holy season.

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild;
God and sinners reconciled.”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem

Christ born in the promised city of Bethlehem.

5. Rocking Around The Christmas Tree

One of my most fondest memories growing up was decorating the Christmas tree with my parents and siging this song while we were going around the tree.

4. Hey Moon

Written by one of my favorite Christian music artists Sidewalk Prophets puts a new twist with its version of the star telling it’s story to the moon about birth of Jesus Christ.

3. Baby It’s Cold Outside

I just had to put this as number three. Whenever I hear it I want to light a fire, mix a cocktail and snuggle with my husband.

2. Please Come Home For Christmas

This one has a very special meaning for me. As a mother of a retired United States Army Veteran the words really brought on a new meaning when was in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Please come home for Christmas
Please come home for Christmas
If not for Christmas, by New Year’s night
Friends and relations send salutations
Sure as the stars shine above
But this is Christmas, yes, Christmas my dear
The time of year to be with the ones you love

Words cannot express what it feels like having someone you love fighting in a war so far from home. We are blessed that our son came home without any bodily injuries. On the downside PTSD is real and I watch him son struggle with the symptoms each and every day.

To those parents, siblings, wives, husband’s, children and family and friends of loved ones who were not so fortunate to return home, I send my love and support to you especially this time of year.

Okay, okay enough of the mushy stuff. Now back to my countdown.

My number one favorite song is……………………

Mary Did You Know

Written in 1984 by Mark Lowry. The song asks the questions to the Mary the birth mother of Jesus Christ,

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect lamb?
That sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am
Mary did you know? Mary did you know? Mary did you know?

As women and a mothers we sense what are children may become when they are grown. We dream of the success we want them to become.

In my eyes Mary knew that her son was special. The promised messiah to the Jewish people who would become the Savior to the world.

Christmas such a special time of year. For most it can bring stress, heartache, depression and for others it brings joy, happiness, love and peace.

From our house to yours Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

My Top 5 Unique Gifts To Give For Christmas

I love Christmas and all the season represents. From the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ to the family time spent together.

With that said most others dread gift giving. What do you get someone who seems to have everything? I’ve put together my top 10 favorite unique gift ideas for this Christmas season.

1. Fruit Infused Ice Balls This comes in a set of 4 for just $10.00. Not only is it a fun gift for adults but kids will love them too.

2. Black Board Coasters

Comes in a set of 4. It’s a great for entertaining. Just $8.99. Write your guests name on their coaster so much fun.

3. Odd Measuring Cups And Measuring Spoons

The baker in you’re life will love these, they’re just $9.76. Who wants to count and measure when they need an odd amount of ingredients? Heck I need some for myself.

4. Salsa Grow Kit

For those you know that love salsa why not help them grow their own ingredients for just $12.00.

5. Personal Family Belonging Mugs

I love these mugs for Grandparents. Have them personalized with all the grandkids names. Just $16.99 each.

I know, I know it’s only mid October. However if you start shopping now you just might find yourself done before Christmas Eve.

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas this year.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera