Sunday, March 20, 2016

Product Review: Chalkboard Paper

   I received some self adhesive chalk board paper to review. It comes in two tubes. Each one is 18 inches by 6 feet. The back side has some graph paper you peel off to uncover the sticky side of the paper. This also makes it easier for cutting straight lines if needed.

   It was pretty easy to install. I did it by myself along the bottom part of a wall. I did have some air bubbles, but for the most part it worked well. It stuck on pretty well. After a week or so it started falling off. I just stuck it back on with more pressure this time and it is still sticking.

   Chalk works wonderful on this paper. I had read some reviews saying that you had to prep the paper to get it to work correctly with the chalk. I found this isn't true.

   As you can tell from this picture, it doesn't erase completely. If you want to clean it completely, you can use a damp cloth. I haven't run into any sort of problem cleaning it this way.

   This is great for use with young kids. Mine love drawing on it for hours on end. You do need to be a little careful, I tried using some new chalk markers on it and it did leave scratch marks on it. It's also not very easy to puncture, but once you have a hole, it is easy to tear/cut it.

   This paper is so much fun! There is plenty of it for all kinds of uses. You can stick it on the wall, cover a dresser, cut it into shapes stick it to a cupboard door. So many different fun ideas and uses. This is a really great product!

I received the above product for free in return for my honest opinion.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Product Review: Copper Active Socks

I received some active copper compression socks to review.

   These socks did the job they are made for. They did definitely feel like compression socks. They stayed nice and tight and in place throughout the whole day, even when I did my afternoon walk to the school. They did help some with my circulation problems when I wore them at night, I didn't have the sore feet I usually have in the morning.
   The only thing I wasn't too fond of was the feeling of the copper part of the socks. It made them feel a little stiff which I'm sure is normal, it just takes a little getting used to.
   If you are trying to find a good pair of compression socks, these could be perfect pair for you.
I received the above product for free in return for my honest opinion.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Product Review: Klikko Vehicles

   Klikko Vehicles are little plastic shapes that you can click together to make different types of vehicles.

   Inside, there is an instructions manual and a resalable bag with the pieces in it.
   Inside the manual, there are a few different things you can build. There are also some ideas for teaching different math concepts such as multiplication, fractions, volume and tangram puzzles.

   There are step by step directions for how to build your object.

   You now have a rocket ship, ready for take off!

   I think this is a great concept! My littlest one loves math and enjoys figuring out how to use these as math tools. He just turned 5 in September, so he is still working on adding and subtracting, but he loves anything you can put a math spin on. The tangram puzzles are another thing he enjoys trying to figure out. My older two are working on multiplication, division and finding the area of objects. These are also great for using as a visual for those.

   That being said, I found the directions a bit confusing. They are hard to see exactly what some of the steps are and some are left out. For example, in the directions below, where does the square go? It doesn't show in the directions, but once I got to the last step, I was able to figure it out. Also, it took me 40 minutes to build this rocket. The pieces are somewhat difficult to get together and come apart a little too easily when you're trying to get your fingers into small spaces to click them together.

   Overall, this is a pretty good product. They are pretty hard for a 5 year old to put together but they are still great for the math visuals and learning how shapes come together to make a bigger shape. There are enough of the different types of pieces, it's fun to try and build your own ideas. Once you get the item built, they do stay together pretty well making them fun to play with.

I received the above item for free in return for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Weighted Blankets and Lap Pads

    About a month or so ago, my friend asked me if she could make me a weighted lap pad to do a little review for her. She had talked to me about them before so I was beyond excited to try one out. I didn't have high hopes for it helping as much as I needed it to. I have major anxiety attacks that decide to hit me randomly throughout the day. I also have trouble sleeping some nights. I will pop awake for no reason and my brain will be going a mile a minute. I will lay there for hours, waiting and hoping that I will get more sleep before my alarm goes off. Having 3 boys, I need all of the rest I can get, just to keep up with them.

   The first thing I did once she handed me my weighted lap pad (besides almost dropping it) was to lay it on my lap. I felt my body instantly relax. It felt like the stress of the day was melting away. I couldn't believe how nice it felt!

   My oldest sat down next to me so I took it and set it on his lap. He let out the biggest sigh and just sat there with it. I was a bit worried he wouldn't want to give it back. My youngest then took it and curled up under it. He just sat there, didn't move at all for a good 20 minutes. Most 5 year old boys won't sit still for any amount of time. He enjoyed using it so much, when I can't seem to find where it walked off to, he usually has it.

   I LOVE my weighted lap pad! I use it every afternoon when I have a little down time. I also sleep with it draped over my side. I take it with me almost wherever I go. It helps so much with the stresses and anxiety that I have every single day. Now I just need a weighted blanket. Maybe for my birthday? *hint hint*

   Here is a little Q&A about the blankets and lap pads. If you think they will benefit you or someone you know, here is a link to her Amazon page where you can get pricing and place an order. I highly recommend giving them a try. You won't be disappointed and may just get the best nights sleep you've had in a long time!
• Why did you decided to make weighted blankets and lap pads?
Hi! My name is Jodie Leavitt. I'm a stay at home mom with a sewing addiction :) I chose to start making weighted blankets and lap pads when I was approached my a nurse at our pediatrician who knows that I make quilts. She asked me if I could make a weighted blanket for a child in her home. I told her I would research it and get back to her. I was AMAZED with the process and the benefits of these items! I made her child one and then started to get more interest from others wanting blankets. So I decided to make and sell them.
• Who benefits from these items?
There are so many people who can benefit from these blankets and lap pads. I personally have made them for people with Anxiety, Autism and PTSD. I did a lot of research before I made my first blanket and found that people with these conditions have found relief with weighted blankets and lap pads:
ADHD/ADD, Alzheimer's, Anxiety Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism or ASD, Bi-Polar Disorder, Brain Trauma Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Dementia, Down's Syndrome, Epilepsy, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Insomnia, Parkinson's Disease, Pervasive Development Disorder, Restless Leg Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Sensory Integration, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Tourette's Syndrome.
Blankets are not meant for children under the age of 2 due to the risk of restricting a child and not allowing them to move under the weight.
• How are they weighted?
Each item is weighted with poly pellets. Weight is distributed evenly through the whole blanket.
• How are they made?
I make a blanket form and then secure pellets in individual pockets. Each blanket has anywhere from 100-200 pockets.
• Why choose a specific weight?
The ratio used to figure out a weight of a blanket is 1/10 your body weight plus 1-2 pounds. With children I stick to the one pound addition. 2 pounds could be too much. So a person who weighs 150 lbs would need a 16-17 pound blanket (150/10=15+1=16)
Lap pads are 2-5% of your body weight depending on how heavy you need it. So a person weighing 150 pounds would need a max weight of 7.5 pounds. You could round up and do 8 pounds at the very most.
• How do they work?
Weighted blankets are amazing! They cause your body to release melatonin and serotonin and help you relax.
There is something about the weight and how it is distributed that make your body give up on fighting you and allow rest. 
There have been people who use these items when they have severe anxiety attacks and it eases them within minutes or less, kids with sensory issues find these blankets calming and soothing. They get the sensory they are seeking.
I love making these blankets and lap pads for people! It isn't an easy task but knowing that I could help someone sleep who has had nightmares since coming home from war or help a child relax when they don't know how to communicate like others do makes my heart happy!