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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Safety 1st Baby and Pet Gate Review


I had nightmares of my little baby getting into the cat room either to play in the kitty litter, eating the unimagineable and/or torment our cats in the process. The Safety 1st Baby and Pet Gate was an absolute lifesaver. It kept baby out and allowed the kitties to do their "doody" in peace. Both of my precious parties were safe, and I had peace of mind. You do need to climb over for in's and out's, but it's not that great a feat. I'm 5'4" and need whatever exercise I can get anyway (note: practice makes less shin dings). My friend Kathleen has a pooch doing the drive-thru and helping himself to their kitty's mcnuggets daily. We are not alone in this, so I'm happy to share our household's solution because it really works and costs less than most gates out there. No assembly is required. It fits all sizes of doorways and hallways. Nothing needs to be drilled or screwed into walls. Perfection! And how could anyone resist that adorable cat-shaped opening -- definitely created solely for us simple humans to appreciate.

The Carlson 0930PW Extra-Wide Walk-Thru Gate with Pet Door was the other gate we bought for the most trafficked room. The baby figured out how to climb through, so we've since closed the pet door and sawed off one of the rungs. So if you're trying to keep small babies and fur babies out, i.e., smaller dogs and inquisitive toddlers, there may be some tools required and alteration involved. If you want out-of-the-box ready and don't have a grossly huge cat (one of ours is pretty rotund), the Safety 1st Baby and Pet Gate is the way to go.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wildfox Queen of Hearts Sweater

Wildfox Queen of Hearts Sweater
The Wildfox Queen of Hearts Sweater is whimsical, fun and girly. The comfy roominess works great with sweatpants, leggings and jeans. A winner in the cool mommy category.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Polka Stripe Review: Poor Customer Service


On May 29, 2011, I purchased what we affectionately call a backup "square" for our little girl. She can't sleep without it, and in between washings, we felt we needed another one. So I went to Polka Stripe, the company that makes her more commonly named "burpie." After ordering it, I waited and waited and waited the reasonable amount of time for such an online purchase, two weeks. Then I called. After approximately four unanswered emails, a phone call and fortunately no charge from them, I am emailing them one last time to cancel the order in writing. At the okay price of $12 for a little square of fabric, they charged another $10 to ship, which I thought was a rip off.

Note to you, Polka Stripe: People/companies work their asses off to merely keep customers happy and their doors open. You showed zero professionalism, and your lack of response to a potential customer was unacceptable and just plain rude. You may appear to be an accomplished company with a website, but this experience has clearly taught me to never ever judge a book by its cover.

I am taking my business elsewhere. I'll update my readers as to what I finally end up getting for my little girl.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

ErgoRest for the Weary


It's because of this ErgoRest Articulating Arm Support that I can sit at my computer for hours on end being productive (or not so productive) with virtually no forearm/wrist strain. Tis' a beautiful thing. Costly because you buy them individually and not by the pair, but my comfort level and transcript productivity paid for it alone in the first week of use. Well worth it. An extra shout out from my back and shoulders as well.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ivanka Trump Fair Isle Sweater




Normally, I think Ivanka Trump dresses very "Madison Avenue," so it's no surprise that the Ivanka Trump Boutique is located there. This particular outfit she wore while traveling from Hawaii to L.A. is way more my speed. I really dug this sweater when it first came out in the season but passed it up. Great to see me, a woman with a beer budget, have something in common with a woman with a champagne budget. She probably paid the full price of $78 (still a great price!). I was pleased as punch to find it on sale. Also, congratulations on your pregnancy, Ivanka!




Update: Some bloggers say Ivanka is wearing the Juliette Jake Fair Isle Skinny Throw above that costs a whopping $285. You'd think that to be the case. Nope. Apart from the expensive one being wool/acrylic and the affordable one being acrylic, if you look closely at the last row of design along the bottom of the Juliette Jake, it does not match Ivanka's. She is indeed wearing the cheaper one. Just another example of how the rich stay rich and the smart-thrifty look like a million bucks.