So my original goal was to write this post on Mother’s Day, after a night out with friends during which I had nothing to do except send well wishes to my mama back in Ohio. But my day went a little differently than I had planned.
My husband decided to go to a thrift store a few blocks away. This isn’t a regular occurrence, but I certainly didn’t find it alarming. So I settled in to catch up on some BravoTV “Southern Charm” time. As I was watching the show, the TV kept freezing (dammit, AT&T!), so I was on my phone trying to reboot the box when my husband started calling.
Since I was trying to reboot, I denied the call once. He called again: denied. He called a third time and now, annoyed, I picked up the phone. “What’s up?” I barked. (Not the most tactful person, especially when in the middle of a task that I’m desperately trying to complete so I can get my reality TV fix). “I found a kitten,” he replied.
Ah, yes. Those amazing and terrifying four words for any animal lover, especially one that already has a house full of cats (see previous entry). But what can you do? Huddled inside the upholstery of a discarded armchair, this little nugget had no mama or siblings in sight, just crying her little heart out.
So of course, I told him to bring her home. We took her to the emergency vet to make sure she was okay (which she is) and brought her home. She is four weeks old. Four weeks. I’ve never cared for anything that young, unless you count the lightning bugs we used to catch and put in jars as kids. And no, as you’re probably thinking, that never ended well.
Spay and Neuter Your Pets, People
So Petunia, as we have christened her, is the reason there was no post written on Mother’s Day. We went back again and searched around for a mama and siblings, but it quickly became clear that there were no relatives around. She loves to be snuggled and we are probably listing her with a local rescue, but kitten season in LA is so bad this year that there are thousands and thousands of kittens in need of homes.
Long story long, we are a five cat household for the time being. Truth be told, I’m not sure I can see giving this little one up. I mean, look at that face!
To the subject of today’s review, the Amope Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry Electronic Foot File.
Truth be told, I’ve been searching for the perfect solution for the calluses on my feet for years. I took tons of ballet and modern dance classes all through college, and was a lifeguard and a long distance runner. Needless to say, my feet are usually pretty beaten up. My feet still suffer, even though it’s been a few years since I’ve taken a dance class, and a good while since I’ve been on a run.
I have tried just about every weird foot-torture device out there. The good, old fashioned foot file: The Ped-Egg (total waste of money. Didn’t work at all). The cheese grater looking thing, that I was later informed by a pedicurist was really, really bad for you and can cause an infection. My favorite, up until this point, had been the razor — you know, the one that is illegal in some states because it can do crazy damage. I still own one of those foot razors. Up until I got the Amope I would still pull it out in moments of desperation.
I received the Amope as a gift at Christmas. Is someone trying to tell me something? Anyways, I didn’t have very high hopes for this, after my experience with the Ped-Egg (seriously, the worst). But I thought, why not give it a shot? The device has two speeds, and there are different file attachments that can be put on depending on the severity of calluses. I am still using the files that came with the gift set.
The first time I tried the Amope Pedi Perfect Foot File, I used it on the dry setting. Well, not setting, per se, but used it dry. It worked beautifully. However, my mother recommended using it in the shower after your feet have softened up a bit. I have to say, her recommendation did not disappoint. My feet were soft and smooth afterwards, and I’m sure would have been even more beautiful had I put lotion on them. I didn’t, as I tend to fall down if I put lotion on my feet because I slip on my floors.
I’ve been using the Amope Pedi Perfect pretty consistently over the last five months. Although my feet still return to their callused, difficult selves, this device prevents the situation from getting totally out of control. Now, against my better judgment, here’s photos of my feet.
As you can see, there is a vast improvement between the before and after photos.
Cost and Where to Buy
You can find the Amope Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry Electronic Foot File at Walmart for $37.14, at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $59.99, and at Target for $59.99. As with a lot of products, there are sellers listing for a lot less on eBay, but you don’t really know what you’re getting. Each package comes with a charging station, a unit, and a couple extra files. Amope also makes a simple callus remover, if you’re not into the whole wet/dry to do.
I’d give the Amope Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry Electronic Foot File an 8.5 out of 10. Yes, it’s not perfect, but it does a great job. I haven’t had to recharge mine yet, though it’s been in my shower for months. I use it at least once a week. If your feet need extra care like mine do and you don’t have time or finances to go get biweekly pedicures, this is a great way to keep your feet in at least passable shape.
Have you tried out the Amope File? Let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me here!