Category Archives: Product Picks
17 Mar '13
I like my sofa but I don’t think my sofa likes me. In the past few months I’ve noticed that my sofa was not as welcoming as it used to be. The problem? Sagging couch cushions. I’d plop down to watch TV or read a book and feel myself sinking downward. No amount of shifting or squirming around seemed to help. The sofa still looked pretty good so I didn’t want to replace it – especially since new sofas cost a small fortune.
So I looked on the Internet for some ways to fix a sagging couch, but most required a lot more work than I was willing to do. Then I remembered a quick repair suggestion that was easy and inexpensive (2 of my favorite things). Just remove the cushions from the sofa, cut a piece of strong plywood to fit the area, then put your cushions back on the sofa. Yep, that’s it. The plywood acts as a platform to support the cushions and prevent that annoying sagging. It’s sort of like instant plastic surgery for your furniture.
And if you don’t want to deal with the plywood, there’s an even easier solution: ready-made support boards such as Furniture Fix Seat Support Savers. All you have to do is place them under the cushions…no tools required. They work for chairs and loveseats, too. No more sagging cushions. And I don’t get that sinking feeling anymore.
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…)