Monthly Archives: October 2012
Pressed for time?
If you’re looking for quick tips on simplifying your life and saving time (and who isn’t), you’ll find a lot of great info in Real Simple Magazine. Check out what they had to say about our Magnetic Ironing Blanket. Then head to ImprovementsCatalog.com to find this Magnetic Ironing Blanket and other clever timesaving ideas.
16 Oct '12
Planning your meals for the holiday can be a trying experience. This year, I’m going to be planning healthy meals for my family (and yes, they are going to just love it!) and steaming my vegetables is going to play a big part in getting my family on the right foot. I really like this Electric Food Steamer that allows me to steam different types of food at once in 3 different chambers. (more…)
The floating water hammocks are the most amazing water floats around. My family and I take a lot of trips to the Colorado River in Arizona and let me tell you in the summer, it gets hot, hot, hot (I’m talking 120 degrees hot)!
We’ve tried everything you can imagine to try and cool down, but the “river heat” is like sticking your head in an oven – it’s that hot! We lay on rafts in the water, kiddie pools on the shore, float down stream in our life vests and even sit on the shore in a sun chair. So, I thought, “What the heck”, I’ll try out a floating water hammock.
I’ll admit, getting into the floating water hammock made me a little nervous. I didn’t want to be “that girl” that tips her raft over trying to get in it, but the raft was actually pretty easy to get into – I just pushed it down into the water and hopped on. It’s strange at first because I wasn’t used to laying IN the water, but after about 58 seconds, I was lounging in style, in the cool comfort of the Colorado River.
The floating water hammock has an inflated head rest and foot rest and a very convenient floating beverage holder – what more could you ask for! If you don’t want to lay flat down in the raft, you can easily adjust it to semi-recline, straddle or transform it into an arm chair. There are clips on the side of the floating water hammocks so you can clip them together as you float down river, which is what my sister and I did.
Here is why I think the floating water hammock is better than my old-school methods of cooling off at the river:
- Life-vest floating = No tan
- Regular raft = Have to jump off every 10 minutes and cool off in the water
- Sitting in a chair on the shore = Can’t go anywhere
- Laying in the kiddie pool = Come on, I don’t think I need spell that one out.
My springer spaniel Ollie is now 10 years old and he’s still as rambunctious as ever. When Ollie was a puppy I lived in an apartment and worked long hours at my job (not the ideal situation when getting a puppy, I know). I took Ollie on long walks every morning and every evening to try and wear him out and so he could take care of his business. (more…)
15 Oct '12
Make Your Deck a More Comfortable & Private Space with Deck Privacy Screens
If you have a nice deck, chances are you’ve pretty much converted it into a second living area – a place where you and your family and friends can gather and have a good time. In the warm months, you’ve probably also found a great deck space is a nice place to go if you want to be alone and lounge around. Sometimes you may feel like you’re on display when you’re on your deck so we’ve put together a few deck privacy ideas to help you feel more comfortable and, if necessary, even block your neighbor’s prying eyes. (more…)