Fall is Shoe Shopping time at Great Mall of the Bay Area



Fall is always shoe shopping season in our household. The kids' feet always seem to sprout over the summer, and all of a sudden their running shoes and soccer shoes and ballet shoes and sandals feel tight. It has become a tradition to go shoe shopping at the start of the school year, and I have to say that going back to school always seems easier when you're armed with a nice new pair of shoes!

Along with fall shoe shopping, it has become a family tradition to shop for our shoes at the Great Mall of the Bay Area. They have so many great bargains on shoes that I can't remember a time that we haven't found the perfect pair of shoes at Great Mall. Sometimes my kids say they want to keep looking at other stores, but they never seem to find the variety, the sizes, and the prices, so we've always ended up going back to Great Mall and getting their shoes there!


Great Mall has bargains on shoes (and everything else) every day of the year, but Fall seems to be a particularly great time to go shoe shopping there. The fall styles have arrived in the Great Mall stores, so there are all kinds of cute chunky heeled booties, velvet flats, and all the latest trends -- all at great prices, up to 70% off retail! As if the variety of styles and great prices isn't enough, Great Mall is offering a couple of fun promos during this Fall Shoe Shopping Season. They are giving away a pair daily from September 12 – September 30 and offering shoppers a chance to win a Simon® gift card to put toward new shoes!

Vans® Shoe Giveaway

Great Mall Facebook fans will have the chance to win a pair of Vans shoes every day. Each winner will receive a Vans voucher to redeem for one pair of shoes inside the Vans store at Great Mall. Shoppers can enter to win by commenting on the Sweepstakes Facebook post on Great Mall‘s Facebook Page. The winner will be announced daily on Facebook at 10 a.m. The official rules and regulations are available at Guest Services located inside the mall

Mystery Shoe Box Giveaway

The first 20 customers to stop by Great Mall’s Guests Services between 10:00AM – 9:00PM on 9/15, 9/16, 9/22, 9/23, 9/29, 9/30 and from 11:00AM– 8:00PM on 9/17, 9/24 dates will receive a Mystery Shoe Box as supplies last. Each box will contain a retailer gift card ranging anywhere from $20 - $100 for shoppers to use toward their new fall shoe wardrobe. The official rules and regulations are available at Great Mall’s Guest Services booth.


Last Friday I took advantage of a lull at work and headed to Great Mall to shop for shoes -- not for my kids, for myself! Walking around Great Mall is one of my favorite ways to spend some quality "me" time. I get lots of exercise (the place is HUGE!), I can treat myself to some of my favorite foods, and I have fun finding some great bargains.



At Dick's Sporting Goods, I found a pair of Nike Zoom Vomero running shoes for $120. Zoom Vomeros are the only running shoes I have worn for 10 years and the only kind I will ever wear. I usually pay $130-$150 for them, and I was all ready to buy them, but I decided to keep walking around. After all, they were on regular sale, not clearance, and my feet are big, so I was reasonably sure they wouldn't sell out.


Then I went into Cole Haan, and I found a classic pair of black leather wedges, the you always want at least one of in your closet. The kind Jackie O was probably wearing as First Lady, the kind I'll probably be wearing when I'm 90 and want to look nice but can't be bothered to wear stilettos. They are so stylish and they actually make my gigantic feet look slim :)

When I looked at the price tag, I literally did a double take: $20. For Cole Haan! The original price (I even went online and checked because I always think that MSRP's are overinflated) for these shoes is $180, so I got them at almost 90% off. Yes, of course I got them! How could I not? I even had enough left over in my budget to get the running shoes!

If you live in the Bay Area, you need to run, don't walk, to Great Mall before their Fall Shoe Shopping event ends!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Hyundai Hope on Wheels: Hyundai funds the fight against pediatric cancer



On Thursday morning, August 31st, I attended the funeral of a cousin who had lost her fight with cancer. She was the happiest, most generous soul I knew, and she had started chemotherapy just over six months ago. There have been so many advancements in cancer treatments that cancer no longer seems like a certain death sentence. That may be true, but the odds are 100% if you happen to be one of the unlucky ones like my cousin who can't beat it. And even though the odds of survival have improved, cancer is still a serious disease that has a lifelong impact on patients and their loved ones.

Cancer is even more devastating when it happens to a child. Children are so full of life, so full of promise and unrealized potential, that it seems particularly unfair when a child is diagnosed with cancer. The good news is that today nearly 80% of pediatric cancers can be cured. The bad news is that 20% still can't be cured -- and that the kids who are cured may have to live with side effects of their illness for a long, long time. A child is diagnosed with cancer every 36 minutes in the US, and yet less than 4% of federal research funding for cancer is designated for pediatric cancer.

Auto company Hyundai believes that young childhood cancer fighters deserve a  chance. Hyundai Hope on Wheels is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding pediatric cancer research. Since its inception in 1998, Hyundai Hope on Wheels has awarded over 840 grants totaling more than $130 million.  Funding comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 830 dealers.

On September 1, the the first day of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, the day after my cousin's funeral, I had the privilege of attending a Hyundai Hope on Wheels gala honoring kids who fight cancer and the doctors who help them. I got to meet Zafar Brooks, the Executive Director of Hyundai Hope on Wheels, who told me that in 2017 alone, they will be awarding over $15 million in grants. Some of those grants were awarded at the gala, to organizations such as UCSF and Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

Everything about the event was moving. Child cancer survivor Nick Norcia took the stage and shared his experience of being diagnosed with leukemia at age 13. Nick is 16 now and a junior in high school, and he is doing fine. He is the same age and stage as my daughter, and the thought of what he had to go through just overwhelms me. He was full of praise and thanks for his oncologist who was one of the grant recipients that night.

Other highlights included a panel of doctors talking about the latest developments in pediatric cancer research, videos showcasing kids who have beaten cancer, and a musical performance by Luke Wade from "The Voice".

The night closed out with a medal and hand print ceremony. All the kids in the audience who had beat cancer received a medal, then the kids came together with Jennifer Freeman and Luke Wade to create a special hand print canvas commemorating the event. The Hyundai Hope on Wheels logo features three child's hand prints, symbolizing the many hands that help in the fight against pediatric cancer.

How you can help

Join the Run for Hope 5k & 10k event and Benefit Concert
Don your superhero cape and join Hyundai at the 7th Annual Superheroes Run For Hope event on September 31 and October 1 in Fountain Valley, CA. Head to HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org/run-for-hopehttps://hyundaihopeonwheels.org/run-for-hope/ for details and registration.

Buy a Hyundai car
With every purchase of a Hyundai vehicle, a donation is made to Hope on Wheels. Gala attendees were treated to a sneak peek of Hyundai Hope on Wheels' new ad, entitled, "Hope Comes Standard", which it coming out soon. I don't know if many Hyundai owners know about this, much less the general public, so I hope more people see this ad when it begins to air.

Donate
You can donate to Hyundai Hope on Wheels online. Your donation is tax-deductible, and over 90 cents out of every dollar goes directly to pediatric cancer research.






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