Let’s celebrate a milestone with… shoes!

confetti in the air
Photo by Jenene

I really can’t believe this, but this week, this blog passed a milestone. 10,000 subscribers.

You guys are the best, most talkative, most loyal readers in the world. Simple Mom would not be what it is without you all, and I am so thankful for how you’ve helped make this online space what it is. Because of it, I’ve met some amazing people in real life, and I’ve met even more of you virtually. Writing this blog has been such a blessing to me.

So remember how my family is a shoes-off indoors family? I’m not changing the subject. This actually relates to my celebrating Simple Mom’s recent milestone.

I may take off my shoes whenever I enter my home, but I do have a pair of inside shoes, worn soley in the house. They’re Crocs – the Cleo style, and I absolutely love them. The floors in our high-rise are concrete, wood, and tile – very hard on the feet all day. When we first moved here, I was honestly getting serious back pain after working in the house all day. But as soon as I got the Crocs, the back pain immediately vanished. I now hardly take a step without my shoes. Ask my husband.

But Crocs are ugly.

This is what I thought before my mother-in-law bought the Cleos for my birthday.  I didn’t know how many delicious flavors Crocs come in. They’ve got everything from casual, daily wear:

to dressier wedges:

to hiking shoes:

to fantastic flip flops:

I am such a fan of Crocs. Their shoes last forever, they fit beautifully, they’re SO comfortable, and their customer service is excellent. It’s a great company.

And guess what this great company is going to do?

Crocs is giving 10 Simple Mom readers – that’s T-E-N – any pair of Crocs worth up to $50. You can choose any kind you like. Even for your kids. And even better – Crocs is giving you five chances to win. Here’s how.

1. Join Crocs’ Facebook Group and on their Wall, write “Simplemom.net sent me here to tell you that I love Crocs!”

2. Join Crocs’ Flickr group, and then leave any comment on the post thread titled “SimpleMom.net.”

3. Tweet the phraseSimpleMom.net made me love the new spring line of Crocs #simplemomcrocs” (excluding the quotation marks).

4. Join Crocs’ newsletter, and comment on this post that you joined.

5. Write a post on your own blog about this giveaway, and make sure you link to this post so that I can track it.

We will pick two winners from each form of entry, so the more ways you enter, the more chances you have to win!  Thank you, Crocs, for helping Simple Mom celebrate its milestone.

This giveaway ends next Friday, April 10 at midnight EST.

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Hi – first of all, congrats reaching such a big milestone! Second – I had no idea Crocs made anything other than those hideous looking plastic things so I’m really excited to see their other styles. And third – I signed up for the newsletter. Great giveaway!

    Rhea @ Experiencing Motherhood´s last blog post…Seth’s Birth Story

  2. I have only recently come across your blog, after Ali Edwards mentioned it in her blog. I am really enjoying it. Thank you.
    By the way, I have signed up for the Crocs newsletter.

  3. Congrats Tsh. It’s only April and you’ve already met your goal for 2009. Now what?

    I’m offering a giveaway at my blog this weekend for a Chinese batik Bible story cloth-I’d love for your readers to join in the fun. Details on the cloths can be found at: http://www.burningbushes.bigcartel.com/

    Nicole´s last blog post…3 in 1: Story Time, Shopping, and a Giveaway

  4. I signed up for their newsletter! Thanks so much for the great giveaway!!!

  5. Congratulations Tsh! 10,000 readers that’s amazing! This is a great giveaway and like Rhea I had no idea Crocs were available in so many different styles…I LOVE the flip flops!! (I’ve signed up for the crocs newsletter BTW).

    Congratulations again on your milestone!

    Sherri (Serene Journey)´s last blog post…Frugal Friday At On Simplicity

  6. I love Crocs for my girls, but was unaware of the lovely styles! I signed up for the Crocs newsletter 🙂

    Heather´s last blog post…Busy Busy Busy

  7. Valerie says:

    Crocs are the best shoes ever for the boys, but now I can see there are some cute ones for me too! Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations! I signed up for the newsletter!

  8. who knew??? I signed up for the newsletter and who knows, maybe I too will become a crocker! love your blog and congrats!

  9. Oh, and I joined the Crocs Flickr group, but I didn’t see a post titled Simplemom.net to comment on …

    Heather´s last blog post…Busy Busy Busy

    • I know, I didn’t see it either. I’ve got an email to the Crocs people, so hopefully their post will load soon. I’ll let you all know when it does!

  10. Hey! Love your blog and love me some Crocs. I twittered it (itjustlisa), I joined the FB group and commented on the wall, I signed up for the news letters and am about to blog it on my own blog! (wellhownice.blogspot.com). Thanks for the giveaway, crossing my fingers I win – I’m in desperate need of a pair of Crocs!!!

    lisa´s last blog post…WOW – there’s still a chance

  11. Hi – I joined Croc’s newsletter. Love your blog!

  12. Congratulations! I never knew Crocs made anything except the ugly shoes that I’ve seen so many people wearing. It’s so nice to know that they make pretty shoes too. I signed up for their newsletter too.

    Holly´s last blog post…The April No Spending Challenge

  13. I’ve signed up for the croc newsletter – congratulations! 🙂

    stephanie´s last blog post…One Hour

  14. I LOVE those new crocs! With knee and joint trouble, comfort is key!
    Congrats on hitting your milestone! Looking forward to many many more!

    I have facebooked the croc group
    I have twittered the croc group philzgirl102189
    I have joined the croc newsletter
    I don’t have a blog yet,so I can’t do that LOL

    Thanks so much for the great contest!


  15. Congrats on the milestone!
    I’ve signed up for the newsletter.
    Thanks! Jenn

    Jenn´s last blog post…birdhouse (via black_3yed_girl)

  16. Tried to sign up for the Crocs Facebook page. There are tons of them. Hope I signed up for the right one!

    Nikki´s last blog post…McIver Rode his Bike!!!

  17. I joined the newsletter… commented on the facebook, tweeted it, and am going to write a blog post about it!

    These new crocs are so cute!

    Kristin´s last blog post…Gardening Obsession

  18. Congrats on such a huge milestone! I love my mary jane crocs and am so glad spring is here and it’s warming up enough for me to wear them again.

    I wrote a blog post about this giveaway. http://amykiane.typepad.com/ordinarily_extraordinary/2009/04/do-you-love-crocs-.html

    Amy N´s last blog post…So happy….

  19. Nice giveaway! I twittered, (lonetree72) and signed up for the newsletter.

  20. Do you know what I find amazing is the broad reach of blogging. I’ve only been tracking for eight days and so far, I’ve had hits from France, Belgium, Germany, Fagoe Islands, Malaysia, Portugal, India, Africa, Croatia, Canada, Mexico, and Australia. Congratulations on reaching your 10,000th reader.

    Miko’s Girl´s last blog post…The Never-Ending Saga of Decluttering the Home

  21. Congratulations! 10,000 is almost unfathomable…we’d fill up some football stadiums! A SimpleMom rally…. 😉 I signed up for the newsletter, Thanks for the chance!

    MamaGoesGreen´s last blog post…Joel Salatin – Ballet of the Pasture

  22. Congrats on 10,000 subscribers! I signed up for the crocs newsletter, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks for this great giveaway. 🙂

  23. I signed up for their newsletter!

    Princess Leia´s last blog post…You Know Lunch is Over When…

  24. Congrats on such great success on your blog! I found it a few months ago already and love all the inspiration and ideas you give to your readers. You truly have a gift!

    Christie´s last blog post…Weeks 9-11: Two under 2

  25. Congratulations on the subscribers – that is truly amazing.


    steadymom.com´s last blog post…steady thought for the day

  26. OK … now I’m done 🙂 …. I’ve tweeted, commented on Flickr, signed up for the newsletter, joined the fb group and posted on my blog 🙂

    Heather´s last blog post…Busy Busy Busy

  27. I signed up for the Crocs newsletter! Thanks for the giveaway!! Happy Friday!

  28. Smmilie says:

    Congrats on your milestone! I’ve signed up for the Crocs newsletter…what a great idea!

  29. Southern Gal says:

    Who knew Crocs had gotten so cute? Not me.
    I subscribed to the newsletter.

  30. I joined their newsletter!

    *fingers crossed*

    I love crocs, my favorite are my mary janes!

    sheila @ momfessions´s last blog post…

  31. i joined the croc newsletter and posted about your giveaway on my blog on xanga.com. i will link back to your post. thanks for sharing the giveaway and for having such a terrific blog!!

  32. I signed up for EVERYTHING! I love the crocs!!!

    Tamara Cosby´s last blog post…Remembering my Age

  33. You know I am a fellow barefeet fan, but I am so happy to hear you have found a foot-friendly alternative. I signed up for the newsletter – would LOVE to have some new Crocs. Great giveaway and CONGRATS on crossing the 10,000 subscriber mark. WOO HOO!

  34. I joined the newsletter!! 🙂

    Congrats on your MILESTONE!

  35. Susie B says:

    I just joined the Crocs newsletter. I’d really love to win a new pair of Crocs! My flip flops are so old that it is embarrassing! I also leave my shoes at the door.

  36. I had no idea Crocs made anything other than ‘ugly’. I’m a huge flip flop wearer, might have to check those out. I signed up for the newsletter. Congrats on hitting 10k subscribers. I would love to hear more about things you did to bring in readers, other than just great writing (or maybe that’s just it?). Thanks!

    MB´s last blog post…Host a Clothing Swap

  37. Amy Andrews says:

    Yeah for Crocs! Love to put my kids in them all summer!! I tweeted and joined the newsletter!


  38. Melissa says:

    Signed up for the Crocs newsletter. Would love a new pair for spring!

  39. I joined the crocs newsletter! and the facebook group! Here’s to a summer of Crocs

  40. Lucy Wagenaar says:

    I subscribed to the crocs newsletter…hoping to win some crocs for my little girls!!!

  41. Beth Benvenuti says:

    Congratulations on your successful blog. I have really enjoyed it. I have also signed up for the newsletter. I never realized that Crocs could be cute!

  42. Courtney says:

    What a great giveaway … I just signed up for the newsletter : )

  43. I love SimpleMom and I love Crocs… thanks for the giveaway… I signed up for their newsletter!

  44. Hi! I joined the Facebook group and wrote on the wall (Chelsey Karns); I joined the Flickr group and commented on the discussion (chelseylkc); I wrote a tweet (chelseylkc); and I signed up for the newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Chelsey´s last blog post…Overflowing

  45. I just joined the crocs newsletter!

  46. I love your shoes!
    I also live in a high rise apt, in Russia, with concrete floors and it KILLS my legs! Crocs just might to the trick!
    I have a mailing address in the States – and I’ll be visiting this Summer, so I could pick up a pair then! : )

    I signed up for the newsletter and
    joined the facebook group!

    Thank you

  47. I just signed up for the crocs newsletter!

    Lynette´s last blog post…More Funny Sayings from C-Boy

  48. I joined the newletter too and joined the facebook and flickr groups. My son peed on my slippers recently and they died when I washed them, so I would loooove to win a pair of crocs to be my indoor shoes!

  49. Congrats on a great milestone. I signed up for the Crocs newsletter and we would love to get our family of four suited up for summer!

  50. Congratulations! Milestones should be celebrated. Thanks for sharing!

    I signed up for the Crocs Newsletter just a few minutes ago.

  51. I’m looking for your shoes on their website – can’t find them. Do they still make them? They’re so cute!

  52. Congratulations! 10,000!
    I joined the facebook group – I hope I win!

    Krista´s last blog post…New Look

  53. Congratulations!

    I signed up for the Crocs Newsletter.

  54. What a fun milestone! Congrats!

    I signed up for the crocs newsletter.

    Liz´s last blog post…Diapers Reprise

  55. Ok – found yours – but they are called “Santa Cruz” on their website!
    LOVE ’em!

    • I’ve actually got the Santa Cruz shoes on the way… I currently have two pair of Cleos, the Capri, and some dressier shoes I can’t seem to find on their site anymore. All wonderful.

  56. I signed up for the Crocs newsletter! Thanks for the contest!

  57. Canuck_grad says:

    Wrote about your blog and your contest on my blog!!


  58. Congratulations! That’s quite an achievement. Here’s to 10,000 more…

  59. I love reading your blog. I have never left a comment but figure that I would give it a try and just maybe I will get a new pair of shoes out of it. I was happy to see such cute shoes that were crocs. I signed up for the crocs newsletter.

  60. Congrats! I’m so excited for you. You have done such a great job with this site.

    By the way, I tweeted and signed up for the Crocs newsletter.

    Amanda @ Mommy’s Idea Book´s last blog post…10 Steps to Make Shopping with Kids Easier

  61. Jennifer says:

    I joined the Crocs newsletter!

  62. I joined the Crocs newsletter. Love me some Crocs!

    Jill´s last blog post…

  63. I joinged the crocs newsletter. I love the new collection!

  64. Lindsay says:

    I didn’t know they made anything but what my son has. He LOVES his crocs and wears them from the moment it is warm enough until his feet are freezing again in the Fall. They have been wonderful – previously his sandals got stinky and gross a month into the summer. These last us all season (and into the next year!). I would love to have some for myself that are cute and comfy to wear around the house like you mentioned in your blog. I signed up for the newsletter and their blog. Thanks!

  65. I joined the croc’s newsletter. Thanks for the update on the cool new stuff they are doing. I hated the originals, but the new ones are sweet!

    Jen´s last blog post…Coupon Craziness 10

  66. Rebecca Ligtenberg says:

    Fabulous giveaway!!! I love my Crocs, all 5 pairs of them!!

  67. I had no idea crocs mad non-ugly shoes. Yes, I’m afraid I consider the signature clogs quite hideous, but practical (which, many shoes are). But I’d be very interested in trying some of the more stylish designs.

    Oh, and I signed up for the newsletter!

    Yolanda´s last blog post…Den Mate

  68. Those ARE cute! I signed up for the newsletter!

    Minnesotamom´s last blog post…Popsicle and a Haircut

  69. Rebecca Ligtenberg says:

    Oops, I forgot to say that I signed up for the Crocs newsletter! 🙂

  70. Carolyn says:

    I just signed up for the Crocs newsletter because I love Crocs and would love to win another pair.

  71. Of course I have a few Croc flip flops! They work great for rainy days too! Crocs are the best!!!

    ~Flip Girl

    Flip Girl´s last blog post…Flip Flops on the Table?

  72. I signed up for the newsletter. It looks great!

    ~Flip Girl

    Flip Girl´s last blog post…Flip Flops on the Table?

  73. Jessica says:

    Congrats! I do love this blog.
    (PS–I signed up for the Crocs newsletter.)

  74. I signed up for the Crocs newsletter (and joined the Facebook group). Crocs are all I can wear on account of my stupid [chemo-induced] neuropathy. Thanks!

    brigita´s last blog post…WINO ALERT!

  75. joined the newsletter. love my crocs and would love to win some!! grandmaryb@yahoo.com

  76. I love crocs and am so glad that more styles are now available. I wore white ones for my wedding, but no one knew unless I had told them before hand. My dress was so long that it covered it up–but I must say, I was probably the most comfortable person at the wedding that day! My mom helped me decorate them with ribbon. Lots of fun and memories…

    Anyway, I just subscribed to the Crocs newsletter, so count me in on this giveaway. I would love to own a new style of these wonderful shoes.

  77. I joined the newsletter! Thanks!

  78. Hi and congrats on 10,000! I’m a fairly new subscriber but have loved your blog. Your meal planning info has been a HUGE help to me and now I’m totally into delicious, too! 🙂

    Anyway, I’d love to have a pair of Crocs. I got a pair of flip flops last year and they are amazing but I didn’t realize how many different styles they have! I just signed up for their newsletter too. Thanks!

  79. Congrats on the milestone! I signed up for the Crocs newsletter. I believe the company started near my old stomping ground in Colorado. I, like you, now live overseas though. I hear ya on the wood floors–here’s hoping I win! 🙂

    Cori´s last blog post…Moving Day

  80. I joined became a fan of Crocs on FB & posted on their wall. My name there is Angie Marion. (I can’t figure out how to get the link to my profile)


    Angie´s last blog post…Vicarious Traveler

  81. Signed up for the crocs newsletter! I love them too!

  82. I joined their newsletter under mike and jillw at yahoo, thanks!

    Jill W´s last blog post…Baby Star Hooded Towel Giveaway! ends 4/8

  83. LOVE crocs… and registered for the newsletter! Thanks….

    Lisa´s last blog post…There is nothing better….

  84. I don’t know there are that mnay styles!! I want to try them all. I only have the flip flops but love them. Ok, joined the facebook and also sub to their newsletter. Hoep I win!

    Debbie´s last blog post…Today’s Love Dare Challenge

  85. What a fun giveaway! I love my Crocs! I became a fan on Facebook and I signed up for the newsletter!

    I love my Crocs and I’m so pleased to see all the new styles!

    Julie Marshall´s last blog post…Meet our newest member of the family . . . Dizzy!

  86. i’ve joined crocs e-letter. thanks for this great giveaway and cograts!!!!!

  87. rebecca says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I signed up for the newsletter.

  88. I’ve loved Crocs for forever… I signed up for their newsletter!!!!

    Leigh´s last blog post…My New Thing: Letting Go of Guilt

  89. Melissa M says:

    I signed up for the crocs newsletter. I did not know they made some cute shoes. Congrats on reaching 10k, that is awesome. Have a great weekend!!!

  90. Hi, congrats on your success! I just signed up for the crocs newsletter.

    Lindsay P´s last blog post…Health Goal

  91. Joined the newsletter!

    Ashleigh (Heart and Home)´s last blog post…It’s exactly the same thing as scaling a wall, except it’s different

  92. I signed up for the newsletter! Thanks for the opportunity to win. And such a clever way to organize the giveaway, too!

    tara g´s last blog post…Friday Favorites: gearing up!

  93. How timely! We were on holidays last week and I found a crocs outlet store. I’ve barely taken off my new mary janes since taking them out of the suitcase. I had no idea there were so many cute ones! I’m coveting the Venice in green.
    I so joined the mailing list! Thanks for the idea!

  94. Congrats Simple Mom! And what a fun give-away. I had no idea there were so many other styles of crocs either. My son has been a crocs fan (the only shoe he wore last summer), but now I might just become a better fan as well. I just signed up for the Crocs newsletter. Thanks!

  95. Congratulations on your milestone. I can only hope to someday get that many subscribers (I am a rather new blogger!) I joined the crocks newsletter as well as joined up with everything you mentioned! I had no idea crocks came in so many styles! I have never understood the draw to them, but maybe I will just have to give them a try!


    Jen´s last blog post…Tax Time Blues

  96. I joined the newsletter!

  97. Congrats on your bloggy milestone!!! I went to facebook and signed up for their newsletter.