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Monday, August 31, 2015

Too Stressed To Sleep Well? Try Sleeping Under a Weighted Blanket from SensoryGoods.com - Giveaway ends 9/17 US


Being stressed out can really make sleeping tough, and the next day can really be ruined.  My son can get really stressed out, and when he's that way, well, let's just say he won't be a "happy camper" especially when he gets over stimulated  He has been getting more restful sleep recently, and he feels better during the day - so do we.  He has been sleeping under a weighted blanket from SensoryGoods.com.

This son of mine is slightly autistic and is quite normal until he still gets himself way too stressed out or over stimulated about something.  As his mother, I feel for him, and want him to be happy.  When I was asked by SensoryGoods.com to review one of their weighted blankets, I really did some research on them.  What I found was a little astounding, and how it could help my son.


Even though the evidence is a bit sketchy, people who are very stressed out and suffer from anxiety - ordinary people like you and me, or children with autism, sensory processing disorder, developmental disorders, and more, can actually sleep better and longer under a little extra weight on top of them.  Here's where the idea for a weighted blanket came into being.  Sleeping under a weighted blanket helps keep individuals calm and organized in a variety of stressful environments.


I received to review a large weighted blanket from SensoryGoods.com.  It fits a twin size bed perfectly and is just long enough to go from a person's shoulders to over their feet.  I got him one that weighs 20 lbs.  How did I know what weight to get him?  Sensory Goods says to get a blanket that is 10% of your body weight plus 1 pound, and that rounded me out to 20 lbs.  You cannot tell this weighted blanket is different from other blankets until you try to pick it up.

A large weighted blanket measures 43"x 72"

  • Available in 14lbs, 15lbs, 16lbs, 17lbs, 18lbs, 19lbs and 20lbs.
  • Washer/Dryer Safe
  • Weighted with Plastic Beads or Glass Beads (Highly Recommended)
  • Suggested weight is 10% of your body weight plus 1 pound.
  • The weight is distributed evenly in a quilted pattern within the blanket.
  • Over 1200 Pattern and/or Color combinations to choose from (shades & colors may vary).



Sensory Goods' weighted blankets help regulate a normal sleeping pattern as well as calm anxiety and stress. Not only are Sensory Goods' Weighted Blankets effective, but they are made with high quality materials and diligent care. Along with the highest level of craftsmanship - all are made by hand, Sensory Goods unique design keeps the Weighted Blankets modern, acceptable, and yet still therapeutic.


They offer two filling options, Plastic Beads or Glass Beads, and the beads weight is evenly distributed in a quilted material hidden within the blanket material of your choice where no one can see. They are washer and dryer safe. Also, Sensory Goods' Weighted Blankets are made to last, but they offer the most affordable Weighted Blankets, just in case you would ever want two or more.


There are so may color combinations to choose from!  You can get exactly the color you want as you can choose from over 1200 color combinations.  This makes Sensory Goods' Weighted Blankets fully customizable. Not only that, but you get to choose the weight and filling material. Also, if there is a color and/or pattern that you want Sensory Goods to use but you do not see, then just let them know, and they will do their best to fulfill your order exactly the way you want it.


The primary fabric of the blanket is a fleece material, and the complimentary color is a flannel.  You can get a different type of fabric if you wish - just ask.  All of Sensory Goods' Weighted Blankets are made by men and women who are committed to character, children, and community in Surprise, Arizona, USA.  Before you purchase a weighted blanket, please see the Weighted Blanket Warnings first.


My son has been sleeping more soundly at night, and wakes in a much better mood.  We do have to have it cooler in the house for him at night since the blanket is warm, but that is not a bother for the rest of us.  He is less stressed during the day and I find that he doesn't get as over stimulated as he used to (politics can really over stimulate him).  We are very thankful he is much better as all of us are less stressed as well.  It seems that a weighted blanket is really working out well for us!


Sensory Goods is a company made just to meet the needs of people affected by developmental disorders.  They provide an inventory of products designed to meet autism and sensory integration needs.  They carry items like weighted and floor products, sensory swings, oral motors and more.  Check out their selection of Sensory Toys - great for all children!



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With many thanks to SensoryGoods.com, one person is going to win a weighted blanket of their choice of size, weight, choice of glass or plastic beads, and from available fabrics choices - Small Blanket (3 to 7 pounds) - Medium Blanket (8 to 13 pounds) - Large Blanket (14 to 20 pounds) - Extra Large Blanket (21 to 25 pounds).  ARV: up to $206!  This giveaway will end on September 17, 2015, and is open to US residents only.



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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Comfortable Sandals With Easy Magnetic Closure From Gold Pigeon Shoes


Just recently, I received some great sandals to review from Gold Pigeon Shoes.  It's hard for me to find shoes for me and for my family that will fit our wide feet, but these shoes adjust to fit almost anyone's feet.  I am so grateful that Gold Pigeon Shoes sent me three pairs to review.


Two of the pairs of shoes that I received has a great way of getting the shoes on and off easily - with magnetic snap closure.  The strong magnets lock the shoes closed and they won't come apart until you unsnap them.


Here are the shoes that I wear daily.  They are super comfortable.  There are adjusting straps for the toes, the main straps, and for the back of the feet.  I can't go wrong with these shoes for my wider feet.
Guaranteeing a steady and comfortable stride, these waterproof sandals feature Breathable Bamboo fiber lining for deodorizing which also makes them anti-bacterial.  There are three adjustable hook and loop straps, a cushioned, shock-absorbing midsole, contour bedding for added comfort and a nonskid outer sole that ensures traction while preserving floors. A textured insole provides a grip, preventing spills, while a convertible slip-on design and magnetic snap closure for easy on/off.  They are available in kid sizes 4 to 7 and woman's sizes 5 to 8.

  • Platform measures approximately 1"
  • Magnetic Snap Lock for easy ON/OFF
  • Fully adjustable and padded straps for the perfect fit and comfort; removable back strap to wear as slip ons
  • Shock absorbing midsole provides maximum cushioning and flexibility
  • Breathable "Bamboo Fiber" lining for moist absorbent, antibacterial and deodorizing
  • Lite contoured bedding for extra comfort
  • For Walking and Sports
  • Wear them in water - they dry quickly!
  • Comes in three different color combinations
As you can plainly see, I really wear these shoes a lot!  Purchase the Gold Pigeon's 3631 at Amazon.


Here's the pair that I got for one of my sons.  It's basically the same type of shoe that I got, but in different colors and a different sole design.  These are popular among my boys as they all wear them when they get the chance.  Why?  Because they are so comfortable and easy to get on and off to head outside quickly.
Guaranteeing a steady and comfortable stride, these waterproof sandals feature breathable bamboo fiber lining for deodorizing that's also anti-bacterial.  There are three adjustable hook and loop straps, a cushioned, shock-absorbing midsole, contour bedding for added comfort and a nonskid outer sole that ensures traction while preserving floors. A textured insole provides a grip, preventing spills, while a convertible slip-on design and magnetic snap closure for easy on/off. Available in Mens Sizes 5.5 to 11 which will also fit Womens Sizes 6.5 to 12.

  • Platform measures approximately 1.00"
  • Magnetic Snap Lock for easy ON/OFF
  • Breathable "Bamboo Fiber" lining for moist absorbent, antibacterial and deodorizing
  • Shock absorbing midsole provides maximum cushioning and flexibility
  • Fully adjustable and padded straps for the perfect fit and comfort; removable back strap to wear as slip ons
  • Lite contoured bedding for extra comfort
  • For Walking and Sport
  • Wear them in water to protect the feet at lakes and at the beach - they dry quickly
  • Comes in three different color combinations
Get Gold Pigeon's 9150 Uni-Sex Sandal at Amazon - it's currently on sale!


Aren't these cute flip-flops?  These are so darling!  They fit my wide feet pretty good, too, being only a hair too small in the width.  I think they look great on!  It has been years since I have worn flip-flops, and I need to get used to the strap between my toes once more.  I can only wear these for a little while at a time, but my toes will toughen up again.
Style in Comfort. These sandals made with special synthetic sole are light weight, cushioning, and slip-resistant. Embroiled with a unique blossomed design. When choose size using shoe length (mm) provided minus 10 mm will be the feet length. Extra wide feet are recommended to order 1/2 US size up.  Available in woman's sizes 4 to 8.
  • Heel height 2.25"
  • Light Weight Ergonomic Sole Provides Cushioning with Stability for All Day Comfort
  • 3D Engraving with Securely Embedded Rhinestones
  • Non-Skid Outsole is Slip-Resistant Wet or Dry. Textured Insole Provides a Grip, Preventing Slip
  • Free Fast 2 Way Shipping for Exchange
  • Comes in two different color combinations



I really love the styles of Gold Pigeon Shoes plus they feel so good on the feet.  There was no breaking in time, they felt comfortable from the moment I put them on.  




Check out all the selections of great shoes at Gold Pigeon Shoes.  They have around a 100 different styles to choose from for men, women, and children.   These are some of the most comfortable shoes you will ever find.


Disclosure: I received these shoes to review from Gold Pigeon Shoes.  No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

ThinkTank's Mirroless Mover 5 Shoulder Bag - Protective Bag For Your Small Camera


Do you have a small camera that needs a good protective little bag?  One that has enough room for some extras that you want to keep with it?  I've got just the right camera bag for you.


Recently we got a new small camera that we will be taking with us cross country when we go visit our daughter.  Last year, it was a bit too much dragging our big camera bag around with all the extra lenses.  This year we decided that a small camera would be better to take along, but the trouble is that our new little camera needed better protection than just being dropped into my purse.  With many thanks to ThinkTank Photo, our little camera has the Mirrorless Mover 5 Shoulder Camera Bag to give it superior protection as we travel across our nation.


What a great camera bag the Mirrorless Mover 5 is!  Even though it is meant for a mirrorless camera, it's just what the doctor ordered for our point-and-shoot camera.  It's very compact and easy to carry around.  It's not a big burdensome bag that is going to get in your way.  


It's a durable bag that will last for years.  The outside heavy-duty poly ballistic fabric has a durable water-repellent coating,  plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating to keep your inside equipment dry from any wet elements you may encounter.   The main compartment does zipper up, but to always keep the cover in place, it seals with a magnetic closure.  With just the flap down with the magnetic closure, you have super fast access to your gear inside.


The inside of the bag has a soft polyester lining.  With the adjustable closed cell foam divider, the main compartment can be split into two sections, and you can customize how big or little you want a section.  With the camera in one side, and the battery charger in the other, there is still room for me to tuck my wallet within.


Under the cover is a mesh Velcro pouch for an extra battery or, as I have it, for an extra memory card.  I do have an extra battery for my little camera, but I just store that in the charger.  This little pouch fits the card holder perfectly.



Because the Mirrorless Mover 5 is the smallest camera bag out of this collection from ThinkTank Photo, there is only one more zippered pocket on this model - a front pocket.  In this pocket you will find a seam sealed rain cover to fully protect the bag.  The ribbon that hold it on the inside of the pocket does detach.  The rain cover is the only disappointment with the whole bag as it does not cover the camera bag completely.


The included shoulder strap has metal clasps on each end that attach to the bag on metal D-rings.  There is not plastic here to break, just good strong metal - another trait to know that this bag is going to last.


In the back of the bag, you'll find a convenient pass-through slot so that you can attach the bag to your belt, or just use the bag strap to secure the camera bag around your waist.


As mentioned before, there is a handle on the top of the bag.  This does make the bag easy to grab especially when you don't want the shoulder strap on all the time.  


The last detail that I wish to tell you about the bag is that ThinkTank Photo uses only quality YKK zippers (perhaps the best zipper on earth) on their bags.


The Mirrorless Mover 5 is just one of the numerous camera bags made by ThinkTank Photo.  I am very honored that ThinkTank Photo let me review this camera shoulder bag.  I did a lot of research online to find a bag that was small enough, yet big enough, for a small point-and-shoot camera with its few accessories.  Out of all the research that I did, I found the best selections of camera bags at ThinkTank Photo.


ThinkTank Photo offers a No Rhetoric Warranty on their camera bags with confidence.  They build their products to last, with top quality fasteners and zippers.  They feel the best lifetime warranty is, in fact, creating bags that don’t need fixing.

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Disclosure:  I received the Mirrorless Mover 5 Shoulder Camera Bag from ThinkTankPhoto.com for this review.  No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

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