Birkenstocks have been popular among travelers for quite some time, but the classic style was not appealing to me. In recent years, however, Birkenstock has branched out into a number of great looking styles. I decided to try the Gizeh model for my first pair. Yes, I said first pair. As in I can totally see myself getting more Birks in the future..
The sandal offers some great support for my foot with the anatomical footbed. The shoe molds to your feet over time, so you will get a great fit. One thing to note is that you are meant to sit back in these sandals. If the thong style sandal is causing you pain between the big toe and second toe, your foot is likely too far forward in the sandal. Set your heel all the way back, allowing the heel cup to cradle your heel. There is great arch support and a toe ball.
Do you think these could be the perfect travel sandal? I, for one, am curious to find out!
I've been meaning to write this review for such a long time. I have had a Gaiam "Yoga Ball" Chair for probably 5 years now. The idea is that this chair helps to improve back and core strength because you have to be more focused on your body positioning to stay balanced on it. Except, you kind of don't...
The base of the chair keeps you so stable that I personally did not find it to be much work to stay balanced on the chair. What's more, once you are used to it you can still sit in positions that are really bad for your circulation (sitting on on leg, leaning awkwardly etc) Of course, that is user error. But I'm just saying..
After having the chair for a wile, the metal support you can see in the picture above broke off. This means at times, if the ball isn't pushed down into the base enough, if you sit on it too fast it could sort of pop out. lol. The back support piece can bend. Do not lean back on this chair. Sometimes that is a tendency because you can do that on a "normal" chair. Even if you shouldn't... But mine has a permanent dent that I am afraid will snap if one more person leans back on it resulting in a head-striking-the-floor situation which would be no bueno.
Basically, I sit on just the ball now. I still have the base for some reason. But I really just use the ball.
I personally would not purchase this chair again. It was close to $100 when I bought it and even though the price has gone down, I think if you are interested in this type of chair, you would be better off just buying a stability ball without the base. This way you actually have to work a little bit to stay balanced and you can easily roll around on the chair throughout the day to stretch and exercise your legs and core. Yes, the intended purpose of this whole concept can actually be achieved... for a lot cheaper too!
I recently did a post about Wool Dryer Balls. You probably knew about them already. BUT did you know about SOAP NUTS?!
Seriously, they are from nature. They are little nuts. And they SUDS! Crazy and amazing! (But actually I am probably just thousands of years behind haha!)
Anyhow I started using these in my weekly laundry. Every week I do a load of whites with bleach including sheets, plus a load of casuals and miscellaneous kitchen towels. I’m not super particular. (Confession) You put a few of these soap nuts into a little drawstring pouch they come with and toss it in the washer. That’s it! I do recommend the suggestion to let them soak in warm water first, though.
I have been using these for a while now, about 3 months. I have no complaints about my clothes! My clothes are generally not soiled. They are just ‘dirty’ from being worn. For that application, these work great. They come out smelling fresh, but without a scent, if that makes sense?
The only think I have noticed is washing mymakeup removing cloths: They never seem to get 100% clear of the dark eyeliner or mascara marks. They aren’t dirty when they come out that if you rubbed your face with them you would get old make up on you. But the ‘stain’ isn’t fully removed. You may need a stronger detergent for these. Or maybe I just need to add more soapnuts!
I’m still learning how many soapnuts to use at a time, but I liked one suggestion of just adding a new one to the bag each time you do laundry. (Initially you put several in) So you’ll have a fresh sudsy one, a few that are still sudsing but just a bit, and probably a couple that are done sudsing down at the bottom. Just a guess.
DH still does some separate loads of laundry with commercial products.
Would you switch to more natural products? Would you try these soapnuts? Or soapberries. Whatever you call them?!
Right now I’m really liking them and don’t see any reason to switch back!
Customer Service Series Explanation:
The market for almost any product today is very competitive and to me customer service is what really stands out and makes me want to be a loyal customer of any given brand, service, or company that fits my current needs and budget. That being said, periodically when I reach out to companies, I would like to share my experience with their customer service in case it helps protect you from a bad situation or gives you confidence to make a necessary purchase knowing the company really backs their product or service.
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Amazon's Customer Service:
Amazon has really great customer service, in my experience. I have been an Amazon customer since 2010. I do not hesitate to contact them if I have an issue with an order or if my Prime shipped item came later than it was expected. I have found their employees to be efficient in handling these issues. If there is a delivery delay, at times I have been offered a complimentary extension of my Amazon Prime membership for one month and when there has been an issue with a product that can not be returned with their easy return system for whatever reason, I have been issued a refund or a partial credit on my account. If you are offered a refund, you have the option to re-order the item with 1 day shipping and they will reimburse you for the shipping cost. You can see below the email response from the rep:
Unless you live under a rock, you probably have been noticing a ton of catastrophic weather-events going on. Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, Earthquakes, Landslides, Flooding, Monsoons, Typhoons... not to mention man-made disasters and terroristic attacks, civil unrest, and so on.
You can’t always anticipate these things, but are you prepared if you did have to flee your home for a time for one reason or another? Whether you live alone or have a large family in your home, it’s important to make plans ahead of time so if an incident arises (and I really hope it doesn’t!) you’ll be prepared and so will everyone in your home.
Make a plan of where you will go in an emergency. Let your relatives know because they will be looking for you..
It’s also wise to have an emergency kit on hand. As in, a kit you can take with you if you have to leave. If you live in a disaster prone area you may already have a larger kit that you keep at your home for managing without water or electric after a storm. That’s not what I’m talking about. But that is awesome and something you should definitely have as well if appropriate for your area.
An emergency kit, go bag, bug out bag, survival kit.. there are a lot of different names.
I recently got this from Amazon to cover the basics.
Here are some other things you may want/need to add in no particular order:
Remember to check your kit every so often as the food that comes in the kits does ‘go bad’ after 5+ years, also your prescriptions will need updated and your clothes may even need changed if your size changed a lot.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s just to give you some idea to get started. I hope you never need to use it, but if you do, you’ll be glad you have it!
Keep this in a convenient to access part of your home or vehicle.
Shipping & Delivery
I received an email on September 9th that my bag shipped and had an estimated delivery date of September 15th. My bag arrived one day later on September 16th.
Thoughts on September 2017 Ipsy
The black ‘studded’ bag was cute and one I could see myself actually using. I have been usingthe shading brush and it has worked nicely. I think I like it better than the Blending Brush from last month’s bag. I was excited to get a mascara ( I actually requested this. Did you know you can request one sample item a month by emailing Ipsy? I found the choices here. UPDATE: October 2017 was the last month you could request a sample. They have done away with this service for the time being.) I find that if I curl my lashes well (I usually am lazy and skip this but then regret it) andapply this mascara it gives really nice, natural, but enhanced lashes. I really like that. But you can also add several coats if you like thicker, chunkier lashes. The Pixi blush is light and shimmery and I have been using it as a blush topper/highlight as well as the inner corners of my eyes. The Pop! Shadow is a gorgeous color for brown eyes. It’s a taupey-brown with shimmer and I love it! Finallythe rose cleansing water I have been using after removing my makeup at night. It always feels like a spa experience with a light rose scent. The bottle is adorable in size and would be perfect for traveling people!!! You could also refill this tiny bottle when empty to take a product like this traveling with you when a reusable bottle is just way too big. Great bag again! I’m still really happy with this monthly purchase and it’s motivating me to cycle out some really old make up to make room for this new good stuff to come in!
If you wanna try Ipsy, this is my referral link. I think we both get points if you sign up for this link? You can use points to buy products from the ipsy website!
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If you need a custom stamp for business purposes like cashing all those checks coming in (LOL yeah right!) or for return address purposes etc. your local office supply store may not be the greatest option. I recently tried to order one from Staples online. The website was not cooperating whatsoever and then I decided to check Amazon because... duh.
I found thisCustom 5-Line Return Address Stamp by ExcelMark on Amazon for just $9.95 with free shipping. You enter your customization information and can preview it before purchasing.
The stamp shipped 2 days after I ordered it, which I thought was fast. Remember, this is a customized product. It arrived a total of 6 days after I ordered it. I think that is great timing for a custom product and the stamp works excellent! You can choose from about 6 different colors and you can also order ink refills if you want.
There are also some more fancy, scripty, fun options on Amazon as well from other brands (and for a higher price). Here are a few I like:
A while back I tried 3 scrubs and I am proud to say I have completed them all!
1. Tea Tree Oil Scrub. I found this scrub pleasant to work with. The tea tree was not at all over powering and when I rinsed off, my skin was left feeling smooth and moisturized, but not overly oily. Used on face and body.
2. Green and White Tea Exfoliating Scrub. This is a face scrub. It has a cool, gelatinous texture which makes it refreshing in the hot, summer months. It has little exfoliating beads that don’t seem to disintegrate. I don’t remember what they are made of, but I don’t love that. I like the refreshing feeling of this scrub, but after using all of it I don’t really feel that it did anything exceptional for me.
3. Sweetsation rose scrub. I love the texture of this scrub. It’s whippy and naturally pink! It has great natural ingredients and leaves your skin super soft. It also has some kind of glitter in it. Do not use this on your face! I kind of like the glimmer it gives, but at the same time I definitely got questions from DH like “Why are you so glittery?” LOL. I thought this was my favorite of the above 3 scrubs, but there’s one thing you need to know: It leaves a weird pink FILM in your tub! I don’t love that. You also need to be careful because when you rinse, the oils make the bottom of the shower slippery.
That being said,the tea tree scrub is suprisingly my favorite of these 3. I love scrubs! Especially ones with great natural ingredients.
Do you like scrubs? What’s your favorite scrub?!
2 months ago, I ordered some natural laundry stuff off of Amazon. I ordered some Inco Little Helpers Wool Dryer Balls & some NaturOli Soap Nuts ( Soap Berries?).
I wanted to give them some time of testing before I wrote a little post. I do 2-3 loads of laundry per week, over about 8 weeks... I thought that was a pretty decent length of time.
So the Dryer Balls are a natural way to soften fabric without any chemical fabric softeners or disposable sheets. They come in a nice drawstring bag. I definitely feel my laundry has come out nice and fluffy and not static-y which is great! The listing says they don't make any noise during drying, but I kind of disagree. While the dryer cycles I can hear them hitting against the inside of the dryer. It isn't alarming or inconveniently loud, but it's definitely something I can hear. Just like if you have a big buckle or zipper that you hear clang against the door while it's drying... same kind of thing. My dryer is in an enclosed laundry nook anyways, so it's really not obtrusive.
One great idea to freshen the scent of clothes is toadd a few drops of essential oils to these balls before tossing them in. I loved this suggestion, but found that no matter how many drops of oils I added to the dryer balls, I still couldn't smell them by the end of the cycle! I'm not sure if theorange oil I used was not good quality, or if I need to add them in the last few minutes of the dry cycle only. Do you have any tips?
Overall I am very pleased with this eco-friendly laundry purchase and will absolutely continue to use these wool dryer balls.
Stop by tomorrow for a post on the soap nuts! :o)
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