Thursday, January 30, 2014

Stellibell Life: Be Swedish and Remove Your Shoes

Stellibell Life: Be Swedish and Remove Your Shoes

'In Sweden (and in my house) we all remove our shoes before entering the house. In the quest of creating a natural and healthy home this is an important step. By removing your shoes you are preventing outdoors contaminants such as pesticides from coming indoors, not to mention saving you time from constantly cleaning. Don’t be afraid to ask your visitors to remove their shoes. They will appreciate you shared a new customs that they can start using as well.'

Monday, January 27, 2014

Albania or Bust: No Shoes Allowed

Albania or Bust: No Shoes Allowed

When we arrived in Albania, where everything is covered in a fine layer of dust, and found ourselves in a house with tile floors, our habit of going shoeless inside continued. (Because of the house is always cold we are apt to wear slippers instead of going barefoot). Both our nanny and our housekeeper showed up on their first day of work toting plastic "slippers" which they put on the minute they enter the house. I quickly noticed that these hard plastic sandals are all the rage amongst Albanian women who wear them with socks year around while inside. Fashionable they aren't but practical they are. In reality, Albania is a country where most people seem to not wear shoes indoors. We've never asked our guests to remove their shoes while visiting and certainly don't expect them to, but many do any way. We have however, been asked to remove our shoes when we have been guests in other people's homes. This request has always been followed with being provided with our own pair of ill-fitting slippers. The first time this happened I was slightly aghast at the prospect of wearing someone else's shoes; now I make sure to carry a clean pair of socks in my purse for just such occasions.


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Lifestyles Of The Stay-at-home Mom: 'Please Remove Shoes' - Vintage Sign & Tutorial

Lifestyle Of The Stay-at-home Mom: 'Please Remove Shoes' - Vintage Sign & Tutorial


'As some of you may already know, I run a daycare but I also run a clean home. For either reason, it's kidlet centered and if my kidlets are living on the floor, it should be a clean down there. For that reason, I hang a sign right at my front door letting all that enter know, your shoes need to be removed if you would like to venture past the front mat.'

A tutorial on how to make a cool shoes-off sign.