I grew up in the Augusta area, living in Waynesboro for as long as I can remember. I went to college in Indianapolis, interned at the Chronicle over summer and Christmas breaks, and landed a job as sports clerk the summer after I graduated. Eventually, the sports job turned into writing for the business section and now I report on local business happenings as well as writing for the Shopgirl column/blog.
Posted July 6, 2011 11:29 am

TOMS, paint chips and 4G


TOMS shoes are to 2011 what Birkenstock clogs were to 2007, but there are ways to make your pair truly your own.

TOMS was started in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie, with what he called the "one-for-one" philosophy. For every one pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will donate a new pair of shoes to a needy child. Going without shoes can affect children in several ways, from soil-transmitted diseases to having to skip school if shoes are a required part of the uniform. Mycoskie's philosophy took off, and since 2006 TOMS has been able to give away more than one million pairs of shoes.

With literally a million people wearing TOMS shoes, it can be hard not to feel like a copycat. You can still support the great mission and be original, though - the original TOMS shoes are made out of canvas, a platform that can take just about any medium you want to use.

The TOMS company suggests holding a "style your sole" party with your friends, ordering their original shoe in white canvas and learning more about their giving program by watching the TOMS documentary while you work on your shoes. If you can get 25 or more of your friends to join in, you get a 10 percent discount when you order.


Whenever I am in Lowe's or Home Depot, I can't help but grab some paint chips with the intention of doing something creative with them. What really happens, however, is that I wind up with a growing stack of paint chips on my desk.

If you, too, cannot resist those colorful squares, turn them into an easy, impressive calendar that you won't mind looking at for a whole month.

You will need a large white piece of posterboard and enough paint chips for each day of the month you're working on. The square-shaped chips work the best for this project, or you can cut the long ones into smaller squares.

The rest is pretty simple - use a ruler to align the squares and paste them to the posterboard with a glue stick. It helps to have a calendar to look at for guidance, just so you know what day of the week the month starts on and exactly how many days.

I did my calendar in varying shades of yellow but you could do random multicolor, weekends in purple, shades of white, or whatever you come up with.


Verizon Wireless finally announced their 4G network will be launched in Augusta on July 21. The new network means that Verizon mobile phones with 4G capability will finally have those lightning-fast speeds that have been advertised for so long.

You may already have a 4G-capable phone or tablet, but it has just been working on Augusta's current 3G network. If you have an HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Droid Charge, LG Revolution phone or Motorola Xoom tablet, this 4G network will make your mobile download speed up to 10 times faster than what it is now. According to press releases by Verizon Wireless, the 4G network makes a 10 MB download complete in only 25 seconds.

For more information about the 4G network, go to www.network4g.verizonwireless.com.