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  • The Ultimate Nursing School Survival Guide

    By Nick on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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    ​Every day of the week, we strive to make a difference. From cleaning local waterways, to creating a positive workplace culture, to supporting doctors, nurses, chefs, teachers and countless other professionals who spend all day on their feet, our mission runs deeper than simply “making shoes.”

    So when we connected with Emily M., a nursing student who relies on Dansko clogs during long clinical hours, we were humbled to hear her story. So humbled, in fact, that we decided to feature her on Word of Foot!

    Below, we share a piece of Emily’s background—and offer five "nursing school survival tips" from the expert herself. We hope her story makes a difference in your life, or the life a hard-working colleague. Remember: we’re rooting for you!

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      Meet Emily, Nursing Student Extraordinaire

      Hometown: Ames, Iowa
      Academic Level: Junior
      Favorite Dansko Style: Black Oiled Professional (they meet my school’s footwear requirements!)

      Favorite Aspect of Nursing School: What's unique about my program is its focus on fostering a sense of community. My colleagues and I have been able to help and support one another in order to achieve our ultimate goal of becoming nurses.

      Future Nursing Specialty: My nursing program equips students to become RN generalists, so we get a taste of many different specialties. I do not have a specialty picked at the moment; however, I am interested in ER nursing and oncology nursing.
       
      Most Looking Forward To: Making a difference in the physical health of my patients. The concept of helping people heal is so endearing to me!
       
      [Photo Credit, All Photos: Emily M.]
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      Emily’s “Ultimate Nursing School Survival Guide”

      1. Count your classmates as your family. In nursing school, you’ve already made the cut. The best way to get through non-stop studying and long clinical hours is to be on the same team as your classmates. Study together. Share the joys and the burdens, and remember: you’re all in the same boat.

      2. Find fresh study spots. To keep studying interesting, we are always on the hunt for new (hip) spots to study. If you can handle a little background noise the possibilities are endless. If not, there is always your local nursing library to fall back on!

      3. Wear Dansko Clogs. Dansko Clogs are definitely essential to being a student nurse. Many nursing programs have specific requirements for shoes, and Dansko meets every one. They are great for your feet, especially during long days of clinicals. We love the shoe so much, my roommates and I named our apartment "The Clog!”

      4. Find access to tacos at midnight. Or really any other incentive to finish studying. Our favorite local taco place is open most nights until 4 a.m. and breakfast tacos are served all day long!

      5. Uncover an outlet for constructive stress relief. When an overwhelming day/week/month happens (and it will), it’s easy to get bogged down and deal with stress in a deconstructive way. Take time to take a couple steps back and remind yourself that grades aren't eternal and there is a bigger purpose amidst the chaos. Running and reflecting are two of my favorite ways to de-stress!
       
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  • Big Game Chili & Cornbread, From King Arthur Flour

    By Nick on Thursday, January 29, 2015

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    We have to admit: we share countless similarities with King Arthur Flour. They make flour, we make shoes…can you see the resemblance?

    …While we may not look similar on the outside, we align with the 225-year-old baking company based on our shared core values. As a 100-percent employee-owned company, a certified B Corporation and a proponent of local volunteerism, King Arthur Flour displays an admirable commitment to their community. So while one company makes flour, and another makes shoes, we work to accomplish the same goal: to become better employers, better community partners and better caretakers of the environment.   

    And, when we’re feeling especially hungry, we have a habit of visiting their blog, Flourish. Just in time for the second-greatest food holiday of the year, we’d like to share two of our “Big Game” favorites. Go ahead—start cooking!

    Oven-Baked Chili and "Just Right" Cornbread
     
    Ahead of the weekend, when couches will seat six and food will freely travel from kitchen to living room, we want to do our part, helping you prepare for the nation’s biggest sports weekend. Head to your local farmer’s market, pick up fresh, local ingredients and fire up the stove—King Arthur Flour’s oven-baked chili and "just right" cornbread will help you celebrate with a delicious home-cooked meal. Let’s get started.
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      OVEN-BAKED CHILI

      Ingredients:

      2 pounds cubed stew beef
      1 1/2 cups (8 ounces) chopped onion
      2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
      2 cups (15 ounces) chopped tomatoes, fresh or canned
      6-ounce can tomato paste
      1 cup (5 ounces) diced fresh green bell pepper
      2 tablespoons dried cilantro (optional, but good)
      2 teaspoons chili powder
      1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin
      2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, to taste
      up to 4 tablespoons sugar, to taste, optional; cuts the acidity of the tomatoes
      1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper, cayenne pepper, or a dash of hot sauce (optional)
      1 tablespoon cornmeal
      1 cup (8 ounces) water
      1 can (15 ounces) dark red kidney beans or black beans, well-drained

      Directions:
       
      In a large skillet, brown the meat in oil, in batches if necessary, and drain it well. Add the chopped onion, and cook until the onion is soft. Add the garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, peppers, spices, and cornmeal, stirring to combine and allowing to simmer for about 1 minute, just 'till everything is hot.
       
      Spoon the chili into an ovenproof 2 to 2 1/2-quart crock or casserole dish; add sufficient water to cover the meat. Cover the dish, with a lid or foil, and bake the chili in a preheated 275°F oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the meat is tender. Stir the chili after 1 hour, adding a bit of beef stock or water if most of the liquid has evaporated, and it seems dry.
       
      Half an hour before serving, stir in the beans, and cook until heated through. Garnish the chili with fresh cilantro and sour cream (with a bit of lime zest added to it), if desired.
       
      Yield: 8 to 10 servings.
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      "JUST RIGHT" CORNBREAD

      Ingredients:

      1 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
      1 cup cornmeal
      2 teaspoons baking powder
      1 1/4 cups milk
      1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
      1 largre egg

      Directions:

      Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 9" square or round pan (a cast iron skillet will work fine, too), shallow 1 1/2 quart casserole dish, or 12 muffin cups.

      In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

      Stir in any desired herbs, cheese, corn kernels, or other flavorings.

      In another bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the milk, melted butter, vegetable oil (if you're using it), and egg.

      Pour the liquid all at once into the flour mixture, stirring quickly and gently until just combined.

      Spread the batter into the prepared pan, or scoop into the muffin tin.

      Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges just begin to pull away from the pan and a cake tester or paring knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

      Remove from the oven and cool on a rack for 5 minutes before cutting; serve warm.

      Yield: 9-11 biscuits

      For more delicious recipes inspired by our friends at King Arthur Flour, visit kingarthurflour.com/blog

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      [Photo Credit, All Photos: King Arthur Flour]

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  • Five Uncommon Resolutions for 2015

    By Nick on Wednesday, January 07, 2015

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    ​At Dansko, we strive to leave a lasting impact. Whether cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay or designing all-day comfort shoes, we aim to positively influence our neighbors (and our neighbor’s neighbors). This pursuit got us thinking: what uncommon New Year’s resolutions could we practice in 2015? We developed a list of five difference-making ideas below. Take a look—and commit to one, two or all five!

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      1. Double Up On Dinner. On nights when you plan your favorite meal—the dish that wows guests and excites family members—double your recipe and donate the second half to a local charity. Start by committing to a monthly donation, and then gradually ramp up your schedule to include two-to-three donations per month. From soup kitchens to food rescues, you’ll never be short on grateful recipients of your delicious dinner staple.
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      2. ​Invest In A Local Nonprofit. In many cases, time separates enthusiastic volunteers from enthusiastically volunteering. The solution? Grab your calendar and start small. Nonprofits appreciate consistency, making a two-hour monthly commitment a valuable use of your time (and theirs!). Give tours at a museum or arboretum, read books to children at your local library or help tend to a nearby community garden. Regardless of the organization or cause you chose, stick to it--volunteering requires resiliency! 

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      3. ​Save For The Less Fortunate. Every time you receive an unexpected gift, or stumble across unexpected savings, use your good fortune to serve others. Start by designating an envelope or box for your “philanthropy fund”; gradually stuff bills, checks and change inside. Set a goal, stick to it and then research a worthy organization or cause. Once you reach your goal, donate your “spare change” to an organization of choice, making a significant difference in the life of a less-fortunate family.

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      4. Clean Out Your Closet. The phrase, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” often holds true—especially when it comes to our closets. Sort through your clothes, electronics and other household goods and think about the last time you wore or used an item. If you can’t remember, you can probably afford to make a donation! Start a pile and take some risks—you may not miss that sweater, or that scarf, as much as you think.

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      ​5. Organize A Nature Walk. On a pleasant winter morning, grab a handful of your closest friends and go on a nature walk in your local park. In addition to soaking up the beautiful scenery, soak up the not-so-beautiful scenery—wrappers, soda cans, milk cartons. Hand each person a large trash bag and collect any unsightly items as you go. The park will appreciate your service, even if they never knew you came!

      To learn more about our mission and values, and about the many ways to strive to make a positive difference in our community, visit Dansko.com.

       

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  • Recipe Time: Fall Favorites with Mugshots Coffeehouse

    By Nick on Thursday, October 16, 2014

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    ​Roam the streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and you’ll encounter coffee shops catering to every niche, need and desire. But if you ever find yourself touring the city’s bustling Art Museum District, you just may discover a café with a mission rooted in social and environmental responsibility.

    Serving locally-grown foods, fair-trade organic coffee and award-winning desserts, Mugshots Coffeehouse has delighted inner-city diners since 2004. And along the way, they’ve stayed true to their mission of making a positive contribution to their community. How, you may ask? Well, the coffeehouse donates five cents of every water bottle sale to local charities, supports local agriculture to stimulate the local economy, and serves as a certified BCorp, a growing community of more than 1,000 companies who work together to redefine success in business. 

    At Dansko, we strive to fulfill this very same mission—and serve as a certified B Corp ourselves! In everything we do, whether designing a new shoe or taking part in a local tree plant, we strive to make a positive difference in our community.

    Because we can’t share the delicious tastes of Mugshots food and coffee over the internet, we decided to help you experience the next best thing: Mugshots at home! Just in time for fall, the coffeehouse passed along two of their favorite autumn recipes.

    Enjoy—and don’t forget to visit Mugshots at MugshotsCoffeeHouse.com.

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      PUMPKIN PIE IN A CUP

      Ingredients:
      • Desired amount of whole or reduced fat milk
      • Pumpkin syrup
      • Whipped cream
      • Nutmeg
       
      Directions:
      Steam or heat desired milk type to 140-160 degrees. Add 2 shots of pumpkin syrup and stir. Then top with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.
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      MOROCCAN SPICED CHICKPEA STEW
       
      Ingredients:
      • 2 TB olive oil (to sautee onions)
      • 1 med-lg onion, diced
      • 6-8 garlic cloves, minced
      • 1 tsp cinnamon
      • 1tsp ground cumin
      • 1/4 tsp paprika
      • 2 cups chopped tomatoes (or one can)
      • 3 cups chickpeas
      • 2 cups lentils, rinsed
      • 4 cups vegetable broth
      • Salt and pepper to taste
      • 2 cups baby spinach
       
      Directions:
      Saute onion and garlic, add spices, then tomatoes, chickpeas, lentils and broth. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Stir well. Add more liquid if necessary to cover chickpeas and lentils. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 35-45 min, until lentils are tender. 
       
      Remove soup from heat, mash or blend some of the chickpeas and lentils to desired consistency. Stir in the spinach and heat until wilted, about 2 min. Season to taste and serve.
       
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  • The “Art” of Mneme Therapy: How Kim Ingwaldson Makes A Difference Every Day

    By Nick on Friday, August 08, 2014

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    ​As a talented artist and committed caregiver, Kim Ingwaldson benefits from a seemingly unrelated set of gifts. But last June, Kim stumbled across the opportunity to combine her passion for art and her love for people, kickstarting a new career.

    At the time, Kim, a watercolor artist by trade, discovered an ad for an organization called “Art Without Boundaries” (AWB). The pitch sought qualified artists to become trained therapists, with an end goal of using art to help people with brain illness and injury. Kim followed through. And when she met with AWB founder Noelle Hammer, she knew she made the right decision.

    “We chatted for hours,” Kim told Karma Wilson, author of No Boundaries! The Art of Mneme Therapy, an article published in 406 Woman Magazine. “She said my combination of skills was perfect for their program, and thought my art was phenomenal.”

    After a year of intensive schooling, Kim became Montana’s first certified “Mneme Therapist.” The title, pronounced “Memma Therapist,” describes a professional who uses a “unique, multi-modality process incorporating movement, storytelling, directed painting and praise to achieve sustained focus, which taps into the ability of the brain to heal itself.” On a daily basis, Kim encourages those suffering from dementia, autism, Alzheimer’s, stroke or other brain-related injuries. Along the way, she proudly sports her signature pair of Dansko clogs.

    “I spotted Dansko’s Paint Splatter Professional clogs and, as a watercolor artist, I had to buy them. They were just so me,” Kim said. “Most of my clients are wheelchair-bound, and see my shoes first. It makes quite an impression!”

    After meeting Kim and her creative Professional clogs, clients begin painting their own works of art. And by works of art, we mean professional-quality landscapes, wildlife scenes, floral arrangements and more. The pieces then travel home with their artist, or feature on calendars, greeting cards and mouse pads for client fundraisers.

    Because her clients’ conditions often help them forget about their inhibitions and fears, Kim chooses to see their situation as an opportunity for creativity; they just need someone to open the door for them. Thanks to her beautifully-unique set of gifts, Kim opens doors every day, using her empathetic heart—and her passion for art—to develop optimistic, grateful, and free-spirited artists.    

    To view our colorful collection of Professional clogs, visit Dansko.com. Or, to learn more about AWB and Kim’s influential career, visit ArtWithoutBoundaries.net.

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      Leaf on Water, by Kim Ingwaldson

      [Photo Credit: Kim Ingwaldson]

       

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