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|This is the Metal Slide On Door Sweep - View from the Outside of the Door|
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After giving it some thought, I picked my favorite personally used and reviewed product over the past year.
While pondering and pedaling, I realized my favorite purchase (actually, it was a gift) out of all the reviews I've written and recommended is ... drumroll ..... "The Cubii."
2. Something for the yard or garden - I still love this one.
3. Something for the bedroom - Yep,this does the job.
If you've seen the commercials for the Cubii and wondered whether it does what it says, I say, wonder-no-more; it's a solid, useful product. After one year, it still gets 5 stars from me.
I recently purchased a weighted blanket. Ours is by Sleepeasy, but now many companies are producing them.
I had read about them for a while and thought they may be helpful to me. Going through perimenopause has been quite stressful with many disrupted nights and I hoped it may help. There have always been other priorities but when I saw this one for a reduced price I could not resist!
They are essentially a heavy blanket filled with beads or similar in strongly stitched pockets or squares weighting between around 5 to 30 pounds and certainly heavier than a normal blanket or most quilts. They purport to produce a deep pressure stimulation that is said to relax the nervous system similar to a great big bear hug, except this comes from having the blanket wrapped around you.
Weighted blankets are said to have several benefits. I have read that researchers are still studying the effects for physical and emotional benefits.
Benefits so far are mainly listed as being helpful to reduce anxiety, relieve stress, aid restful sleep and essentially to give the body a big relaxing hug. Many people say that they have a fantastic sleep while using one.
However, I cannot verify them so do your research and it is best to buy one based on whether you like it and feel you personally receive benefits from it. Any other benefits would be a bonus.
If we choose to use them it should be because we find them comfortable and personally helpful.
I like the colour of ours being a dark grey it goes with everything. I think I would always choose a dark neutral colour for these blankets as it is more versatile. They do come in many colours though so choose whichever suits you and your decor.
I do like the way in mine that the beads are contained in individual pockets so they do not move about very much at all and the stitching is very strong and secure.
I have taken to draping the weighted blanket over me and hubby in the evenings while watching a film and draped over the sofa it looks great in our living room and not like just something for bedtime.
I do enjoy the feeling of a big hug and find it very relaxing. Hubby found it so relaxing the first time we tried the weighted blanket that within 15 minutes he fell asleep and did not see the film!!
It is warm, but surprisingly not too warm. When I use it I sleep really well without waking up several times as usual.
My personal experience is that I like to feel the weight of it over my body and find that feeling very calming and relaxing. I can never rest properly with only a light sheet for covering, so I was always going to be a good candidate for a heavier blanket.
The first night I used it I did not struggle to drop off to sleep which for me usually takes about an hour. Now it is much less than that. I did not wake up all night and usually since starting perimenopause I have woken up two or three times every night.
It is warm, but I bought it in late autumn and since then it has not been too warm. I am not sure if it will be too warm in the summer yet.
I do not feel that it is too heavy when using it as a blanket. Carrying it around I feel it is very heavy, but once on the bed, to me, it just feels comforting.
Weighted blankets are generally safe for healthy adults, older children and teenagers.
However, they are not suitable for everyone. If you are considering using a weighted blanket for an adult that has any underlying health conditions or for a child of any age please consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner first to ensure that it is safe for you to use.
Our weighted blanket is for adults. It should not weigh more than about 10% of your body weight and so would be unsuitable for a child to use.
You can buy children's weighted blankets specifically for them although please check with a doctor first that it is suitable for your child.
Weighted blankets should never be used for a child under age 2 or older children with developmental difficulties or learning difficulties due to the risk of suffocation.
They are not recommended for people with epilepsy in case the person has a seizure under the blanket.
The heaviness of a weighted blanket may cause difficulties for people with certain pre-existing conditions, such as Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Asthma and sleep apnea where any breathing issues may be exacerbated and diabetes where any circulation issues may be further affected by the heaviness of the blanket. In people with Claustrophobia, a weighted blanket can feel too heavy and restrictive. Please always check with a Dr first if you have any health conditions.
As it is heavy I would not recommend it for anyone who likes only a light covering. When I took it out of the box it was so heavy I thought I would not like it. However, in my experience, it does not feel anywhere near as heavy on the body as it does when carrying it or moving it.
The way the beads are stitched into the covering is something to watch out for in any of these blankets. I have read that in some blankets the beads fall into uncomfortable clumps when the individual pockets are too large or too weak.
You do need to look for quality design so the beads are held in their separate individual pockets and remain comfortable. The stitching needs to be secure and strong.
Check if there is a washable cover or if the whole blanket is washable. Or do you need to handwash and is this practical for you? Some are dry clean or spot clean. You need to choose whichever suits you best.
If the whole blanket is washable check if it will fit into your washing machine.
Personally, I would use this blanket over a sheet so that it does not require washing so much, or use a cover. I wash our sheets and covers on at least a weekly basis and I would not want to be washing this blanket every week. However, used as a blanket over a sheet or with a washable cover it will need washing much less.
Check the size you need. You want it big enough to cover your chest to toe and some drape at the sides but not enough so it is falling off you onto the floor as that will be uncomfortable. Remember the bigger it is the heavier it will be to move around and also to wash. In hindsight, I would probably have gone for a single size as it is mainly me using it.
I would go for the smallest size you are comfortable with using. If you are using it for yourself only I think a single size may be better. Or if there are two of you then either a double or two single sizes to give more versatility.
Check if there is a trial period and returns policy if you do not get on with it as it is such a personal item.
I think the only concern I personally have is that my double bed sized one is so heavy my washing machine will not accommodate it.
However, being dark grey and using it over a sheet or quilt in bed hopefully, it will not need washing so often.
To improve it I feel a detachable cover I the same colour would have been most useful.
I have now found a quilt cover that will fit to sort this issue when using it for sleep purposes. So will treat the blanket as I do our quilts. When using it in the living room we use it without the cover.
You do importantly need to check if you have any health conditions if you are fine to use a weighted blanket.
If healthwise you are ok to use a weighted blanket and you like the feeling of a heavier cover you may find this type of blanket very relaxing. If you enjoy a light covering in bed you may not like this but if you like the feel of a comforting hug and the feeling of a heavier cover on your body you may well take to it.
I cannot recall the last time I slept so well and so soundly since we had this blanket.
Do your research and make sure you can return and refund if you do not get on with it. Give it a week or so to get used to it. I took to it immediately but some people have said it takes them a while.
A good night's sleep is extremely important to me I do not function well on a disturbed sleep so this has made a huge difference to me.
Before buying a weighted blanket do your own research and see if it will be right for you. This is a very personal choice and requires some thought.
Weighted blankets will not suit everyone. However, if they do suit you they can make a big difference to the way you relax and sleep. I am very glad I got mine and as I am getting a much sounder sleep I am feeling much better these days.
Sherpa lining is a soft and fluffy faux fur that keeps you nice and warm!
So often, pants with pockets are not lined. They are simply too thin for our winter weather. Jeans are great for pockets, but they are not always warm enough.
I also wanted warm pants that I could wear outside of my home for walking to my mailbox or even making a trip to the grocery store. I don't mind wearing my fleece pants inside, but they are not really appropriate for outdoor activities.
I was thrilled when I discovered these warm and cozy sherpa lined pants! They are jogger style sweatpants with the ribbed ankles and elastic waistband with a cotton blend exterior material that gives them a "dressier" look than standard jogging pants.
One word of fashion caution, they are not exactly figure flattering since the sherpa lining from waist to ankle gives a bulkier appearance. For me, that doesn't matter. I am grateful to be warm!
I would also recommend ordering a size larger than you normally wear to allow for the thick, warm lining. After all, you want to be warm, not constricted.
PEHMEA Women's Warm Sherpa Lined PantsThese waist to ankle lined pants are exactly what I was seeking! They
keep me warm indoors and outside. Plus, they have pockets, which are
also lined. Your cell phone might not require lined pockets, but your
hands will certainly appreciate the warmth when needed.
The pants are available in several colors. I opted for black simply because I can wear anything with that color. However, I am quite tempted to purchase additional pairs in dark gray and navy.
You choose between the ribbed ankle or straight legged options. Make sure you select the correct style by looking at the pictures
before you order.
I will admit that I am considered "short". With the ribbed ankles, the pants are not too long to wear with my preferred tennis shoes. I read in the comments that some women who are 5' 7" thought the pants were too short for them. However, I did notice that one woman who is 5' 7" purchased the larger XXL size and is now completely thrilled with her pants.
As I said in my opening comments, due to the lining, I do recommend buying a size larger than you normally would wear. Please don't get hung up on label size. Go for the proper fit!
You might think with the sherpa lining that the pants are not
washable. However, they
machine wash well on cold, gentle cycle and tumble dry on low
Whoops! Crunch! Ouch! From the "that does not sound good" to the visual inspection of "No, that is not good." And so goes the tail light or a healthy part of the tail light. Which began the search for a DIY tail light fix until the professionals can attend to the injured party.
After the inevitable google and youtube search for a tail light bandaid I decided upon the 3M lens repair tape to repair the injured party. The red part of the tail light was missing about 25 percent and it is a large tail light!
The tape is very easy to apply. Simply decided upon the length and cut the tape. The tape adheres very quickly and is very sticky. If absolutely necessary (though I would not recommend) the tape can be removed after applying, but for maximum adhesion another piece of tape should be cut.
There is enough tape on the roll for a few applications which does allow room for a redo if necessary.
TIP! If you desire to trim the tape I highly suggest the tape is trimmed prior to attaching the tape to the tail light. The tape is very sticky and difficult to trim once the tape begins to adhere to the tail light. All trimming is easier accomplished after the tape is unrolled to the desired length.
After researching my options the 3M Lens Repair tape was highly rated with over a 4.5/5 online rating. One of the main factors is the design of the tail light. Is it rounded? The tape allows easy application for tail light fixtures that are rounded and this is key for a waterproof repair. I had looked at a repair tape that in a sheet and many reviewers mentioned - for obvious reasons- how difficult it was to make a sheet bend to fit a rounded corner.
The tape and what is left of the tail light is holding up well until its' repair appointment. I recommend the tape as an easy fix to keep the tail light working and sealed from the elements until a permanent fix can be installed. And yes as I found out ... the entire tail light fixture is one unit so no repairing just the red part - of course that would be too easy.
Have you ever just finished polishing your nails and then got an itch somewhere? What happens? You scratch and ruin all the hard work you just did trying to get your nails looking pretty! There is a certain amount of "drying time" needed to keep that polish you just applied, looking as good as it should.
Then to add to your misery, you have to remove all that polish that you just mucked up without messing the other hand that you didn't scratch with! Unless you have three arms, you know that this is just about impossible to do!
No wonder so many women have given up on having nice looking nails, or they pay the price to go to a nail salon and have someone do their nails for them.
Now personally I have done that too! Paying someone to do your nails for you is pricey! You have to be careful that the nail salon you go to is clean, sanitized and not spreading diseases (fungus especially). I have had more than one friend end up with an infection in their fingernails because of less than perfect sanitary conditions in a salon they used. That is truly adding insult to injury!
Color Street Nail Strips are relatively new on the market. They are NOT artificial nails that you paste on your own fingers, but rather they are fully cured nail polish strips that you place right on your own fingernails. What makes these nail polish strips so nice is that they are dry immediately after application. No time is needed to dry the polish before you can scratch your nose or ears or any other parts that could itch. So no way to muck up the freshly applied color.
I have put these nail strips on my own fingers and after a few minutes, washed and dried dishes and then gone for a swim! Amazingly these nail strips stayed put, and lasted on my fingers for over two weeks without peeling, cracking or chipping. They are incredibly strong and beautiful!
Margaret also does some amazing manicures using Color Street Nail Strips either in one set or sometimes mixing different sets to make something truly unique and lovely. Just take a look at this manicure she did:
I have just purchased a beautiful handmade pottery piece by Jackie of Worthington Pottery. I am over the moon about my mug and very excited to introduce you to Jackie and her artwork.
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I have planned on buying a few handmade mugs for some time. They've been on my long list of things to have for the new house. One of my splurges. Little pieces of functional art for my new kitchen. I only had a vague idea of what I was looking for in mugs; that they must be handmade by a small shop owner and they must reflect or celebrate the natural world. Beyond that, I hadn't a clue where I would shop.
I had been watching Etsy for awhile, following the recommendations of others. There are so many artists creating so many beautiful mugs that I was more than a bit overwhelmed by all of the choices. Add to that the current supply chain problems and my home construction moving at a snail's pace (or slower) that had led to me feeling as though there is no rush to make a purchase. Also, I didn't feel that I had to have any of those mugs right now.
Yes, there are many, many handmade pottery mugs available that are gorgeous. Created by many talented potters. But artwork is a very personal thing and none of those mugs called my name.
Then one day on Instagram, I saw pottery on the_crazy_potter_lady account and fell in love. I saw this snowflake mug, on a cold and snowy day, and knew I had to have it.
The snowflake transfers are clean and cool, like newly fallen snow up at The Shack. The glaze at the top of the mug looks like an abstract painting of my view of the woods down the ridge from my future bedroom window.
|The view from my future home with colors ever-changing|
|The colors of that glaze!|
My mug was mailed the day after my order/payment was complete and arrived safely in a priority mail box, marked fragile, wrapped in paper, and cushioned by packing peanuts. This card was also included:
Not only do I like Jackie's nature-themed pottery, I also like her presence. I look forward to her posts on Instagram. She is genuinely warm and welcoming toward her followers and attempts to celebrate each day.
Jackie also does short live videos while she is creating her pottery. I have always been intrigue by pottery wheels and it is extra cool to see the artist creating the mugs that are being sold. It is a cool process - one I had always wanted to learn but my hand-eye coordination is the pits. I think it is beyond cool that Jackie invites us to watch as she works.
Jackie currently sells her items via pre-sales. Contact her via Instagram, Facebook, or her webiste to discuss what you would like to pre-order. I was fortunate, and the mug I purchased was waiting for me on her website thecrazypotterlady.com. She is currently working on pre-orders and does not have a restock/release date for her store.
Jackie is a veteran (as is her husband - thank you both for your service) and it is quick to see that she is concerned with issues of mental health and PTSD. She uses the hashtag #throwingforptsd to bring awareness to Veteran suicide.
She has this message for Vets:
"Never give up on yourself. It gets rough at times but always remember to take care of yourself first". - Jackie
I am so happy to have found Worthington Pottery. I prefer to support artists, small businesses, and Veteran owned businesses when I am able. How wonderful that my beautiful mug came from such a business.
Although time gets away from me and I don't write as frequently as I would like, you can read more about my adventures on my land at Treasures, Travel, and Tales and see a brief tour of my home under construction here.
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