Friday, August 17, 2012

Getting Back On Track

I'm dipping my big toe into the water again. I've re-located to another city, but same state.  We did it the hard way, borrowing two different friends' vehicles at two different times and an open trailer to haul away the 12-year accumulation of possessions we had.  I'm not quite qualified to audition for 'Hoarders' yet, but there was certainly a healthy accumulation of items. We had some help to move several things but most of it was accomplished by myself and my husband. We hauled so much stuff to the local thrift shop here and another big trailer full of random stuff to the dump or 'Transfer Station' as it is called.  I'd never done that before and my gosh, it was gross. For a fee, the trash that is dumped there is loaded onto trucks and taken to the land fill somewhere else.  The smell was horrible and my favorite tennis shoes stunk afterwards because we had to off-load the junk ourselves and the ground where we had to step was filthy.  But it was quite interesting and those shoes will be fine after a good washing. I think everyone should have the chance to see what it's like at the dump.  I feel the same way about Greyhound bus trips.  Everyone should do it just once for the experience!
So after 2 weeks, I'm back again.  But why is it so hard to get back into something after you've been away for awhile?  I seem to have that problem here and I figure I will start writing something, just so I can say I'm doing it.  I have had such a great experience blogging about the things I blog about.  However, I don't follow some of the rules that are recommended to be a successful blogger.  To me, it's the consistency that counts.  For instance, I have yet to enter my blog into 'Picket Fence' or 'Top Mommy Blogs.' , therefore you don't see me asking for your vote on those sites.  Mistake?  Maybe.  But I am so happy to not have to look at those sites and monitor yet another influence tracker.  Another thing I've sadly neglected to do is register on Alexa.  Now I know that is a huge no-no, and even the fact that I'm admitting it here may hurt me.  And it took me forever to get myself a page on Facebook.  I knew I probably would do a terrible job at updating it, because my love affair with Facebook waned long ago and it turned out to be true, I'm horrible at updating.  But I do check in on Twitter more regularly, and some other influence sites, just because I know I should.  But it sure eats into my time doing the thing I like and think is the most productive, and that is blogging or writing. 
I know that to be a good brand ambassador one needs to do other things regularly that don't include writing.  You need to put yourself out there as much as possible so companies will see your blog as one that can be counted on to put out an article when you say you'll do it.  And I do apologize to the couple of companies that I flaked out on because of this move.  I will get your reviews up as soon as I possibly can, say by the end of next week? 
I think a lot of bloggers are so much better than I am, but the trap they fall into is that they feel like they have to do all the things that everyone else seems to be doing so that they will be highly rated.  That starts to feel like a lot of pressure!  And who needs pressure? Everyone has times when they can't be at their computer much at all. Remember, you're not chained to it! 
It's liberating to know that you can choose which social networking sites you  particularly like and are interested in and the others can wait until another time.  I think that the thing I need to do and love to do is to write and be consistent with it.  Now why am I saying this now, after a 2-week hiatus?  Because I am actually scared of blogging again.  It's like I have lost my edge and don't feel like I can sharpen it again.  But I know I want to and it's like getting back on the horse.  Once I start up again, it'll come back!   

Friday, August 3, 2012

Nature's Sleep Open Toe Slipper

I received the Nature's Sleep Memory Foam Open Toe Slippers in white.  My first impressions were that a fleece bathrobe would go really well with them because they look so fleecy!  I put them on and they are really warm for being open-toe.  For August weather, they seem almost a little too warm!  They would be great in the winter.  They have a very sturdy sole that would be fine to wear outside to pick up the paper, do some watering, run your kid to school, run the garbage out before the truck gets to your house, etc.  They have great support, more than a pair of flip flops, if you can believe that!  The only thing about them that may be 1 or 2, but certainly not 50, shades of gray is that they look a bit matronly.  But who am I kidding?  My oldest son is 24.  I'm not trying to be an illusionist here (or am I?).
 If you haven't experienced the Nature's Sleep Memory Foam difference yet, try the slippers.  You will be impressed at how they retain their shape and are so comfortable.  Then you can transition to some of  the other great products from Nature's Sleep, like mattresses, mattress toppers, or foundations!
While the exact recipe for memory foam is kept secret, we know that memory Foam, or visco-elastic polyurethane foam (as scientists like to call it), is made primarily from polyurethane with some additional ingredients added to increase its density and viscosity.  This increased density and viscosity in turn creates a foam that's more supportive than other foams and also allows it to mold to our bodies.
 Here are some stats about the slippers from the Nature's Sleep website:

·  High quality Genuine Nature’s Sleep Next Generation Memory Foam
·  Provides pressure relieving comfort all day long
·  Naturally conforms to your foot in cool comfort
·  Distributes weight to reduce pressure points and improve circulation
·  Ideal for indoor use on multiple surfaces
·  Attractive style and loo
.  Solid Durable Outer Sole
·  Attractive Fabric choices
·  Available in assorted of colors
·  Material can be spot cleaned or Washed
·  Sized from X-Small to X- Larger
.  90 Day Limited Warranty
.  Ships within 1-2 business days
.  Manufacturer by Nature's Sleep
.  Designed in the USA
.  Made in China
.  All product sizes shown are approximate
.  Product coverings may vary from product photographs 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Shoplet #Review for 2 Palm Suppport Products

Shoplet is an online Office Supplies outlet!  I love it because they have great weekly giveaways.  This week they are giving away 12 backpacks full of Avery Products.  Awhile back, I received the Fellowes Memory Foam Keyboard Palm Support to review. When I saw what this was for, I was quite giddy.  I have been suffering some discomfort in my left wrist.  I knew it was from the hours spent on the computer.  I already have a wrist support for my mouse hand, which has helped to ward off the pain in my right wrist.  But the left wrist was starting to be problematic.  I saw the warnings of carpal tunnel syndrome looming ominously in the near future.  But this keyboard pad is doing the trick.  My wrists no longer dip down lower than my keyboard as I am typing.  They stay level with the rest of my hand so the strain is alleviated!. 
I loved how it didn't connect to my computer so I could adjust it the way I wanted to.  I feel like one runs into trouble when the palm support dictates how you should position your wrist because it is attached to your computer or mouse.  The material is velvety soft, but very firm and gives a lot of support.  The Keyboard Pad  has the Microban antimicrobial protection to keep it clean and free from germs.It also has V shaping for your wrists in "home row" position. The Vs have just the right amount of angle to be very comfortable with a full sized keyboard. It doesn't raise them much, just enough to keep them in a better position for typing and to provide some support. The fabric is an anti-microbial shiny black. The foam filling is a nice memory foam with just the right amount of give. The base of it is a nice, grippy silicone that doesn't move when it's on a smooth surface.

I also received the Fellowes Memory Foam Gliding Palm Support With Mouse Pad
This item was a bit problematic for me.  It started as I tried to get it out of the container.  I had to take to the scissors to get it out and then in the process I accidentally cut the mouse pad it came with.  I can still use it, but it isn't perfectly symmetrical anymore, it has a corner missing!  Moral of story:  Just because it's frustrating to get  out  of  package, don't start hacking away! 
 I've got some experience with this kind of device, since I already own a palm support for my mouse.  The one I own does not attach to the mouse.  I am responsible for positioning the piece according to how I feel comfortable.  I find that it works well for me.  The Fellowes model actually attaches to the mouse and is designed to "glide" along with your mouse.   To be bluntly honest, I don't like it.  I feel that my freedom of mouse movement is inhibited.  Plus, I don't feel that my hand and wrist is in the best position for the most optimum support.  I thought that my dislike of the product was because I was already used to the wrist support I have been using.  So I gave it to my husband.  He thanked me and attached it to his mouse according to the instructions.  An hour later, I found it down by his chair, unattached to the mouse.  Obviously, not a big hit at our house.  But I think that a wrist rest of some kind is essential if you spend more than a couple hours per day on the computer.  Perhaps you will have better luck with this apparatus than I did. 
We've got the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pretty much figured out with these two wrist supports.  Now I'm just waiting to review a Chair Support, for my aching butt due to hours of sitting at my computer.  Inventors would make a killing if something like that came out and actually worked!