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  The best ride-on toys
Posted by: bigantng - 02-08-2021, 05:18 PM - Forum: General Topics - No Replies

Which ride-on toy is best?

    Learning to control a ride-on toy can be an exhilarating adventure for a child. However, the benefits go far beyond mere fun.

    When using a ride-on toy, a child learns the fundamentals of balance and coordination while developing gross motor skills.


    Each year, we scour the market in search of the best products for your particular needs to make shopping easier. If you would like to learn what makes a great ride-on toy and see our top-three choices for 2020, keep reading.


    What you need to know before buying a ride-on toy

    When shopping for a ride-on toy for your child, the first thing to consider is if it is age-appropriate. A ride-on toy that is for older kids may be dangerous for a younger child and lead to injuries. If, on the other hand, your child is too old for a ride-on toy, that means he or she will not be able to easily operate it and it might not support their weight. Again, this could lead to injuries. It is important to always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for age and weight restrictions.


    When it comes to fuel, electric ride-on toy can be powered in a number of ways. Some models may need a parent to push the toy, while others require the child to perform some action, such as walking, peddling, or even wiggling from side to side, to propel the toy forward. There is also the option to purchase a ride-on toy that runs on battery power, so it can be driven like any other motorized vehicle. This last option is usually best for older kids.


    It is important to realize that some ride-on toys are just vehicles while others have a plethora of features such as lights, sounds, storage space, and more. The number of extras you need will vary from child to child as some will be fascinated by beeps and honks while others will just want to ride.


    While we’ve already mentioned size as it applies to the child’s age, parents also need to consider size as it pertains to storage. Some smaller models can easily be stashed away in a closet, but larger models may take up a considerable amount of room in the garage. Be sure you have adequate storage space for the ride-on toy that you are considering.


    The last feature you will want to think about is the cost. While it is possible to find a durable child’s ride-on toy for $50, these models will be for the youngest kids, something that may be better suited for a playroom than the playground. As kids get older, their toys become more expensive. It is possible to spend $300 or more on a motorized vehicle that is suitable for an older child.


    Benefits of Ride-On Toys for Kids


    Parents have the privilege of helping their children develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. One of the ways they do so is through their choice of toys. For example, ride-on toys give parents an opportunity to help their children develop balance and coordination, motor skills, and a love of exercise.


    We invite you to take a look at our selection of ride-on toys for children ages 1 to 6 years. And while you are browsing, keep in mind the following benefits of ride-on toys for kids:


     


    1. Teaching Balance and Coordination


    We all know just how difficult it is for small children to learn to walk. It takes an awful lot of balance and coordination just to sit up straight, let alone learn to stand and put one foot in front of the other. Encouraging your child to play with a ride-on toy helps a great deal here.


    Our Giraffe Balance Bike offers a great example. With your help, your child can sit on this toy quite easily. Place the child in the seat, put his or her hands on the handlebars, and then gently hold him/her until you’re comfortable with letting go. Practice will help your child learn to balance on the seat even as he or she holds him/herself up with the handlebars.


     


    2. Enhancing Motor Skills


    In addition to balance and coordination, parents work with their children to enhance their motor skills. This is yet another one of the benefits of ride-on toys for kids. In addition to the Giraffe Balance Bike, consider a tricycles or a scooter. Both of these toys are designed to help children learn to use their legs to propel themselves forward.


    Learning to steer the toys enhances motor skills in the arms as well. And of course, coordinating legs, arms, and eyesight pulls it all together.


     


    3. Encouraging Exercise


    A third benefit of ride-on toys for kids is encouraging them to exercise. They won’t know that’s what you’re doing but keeping them active with their ride-on toys is a natural and organic way to keep them exercising. And if you can encourage a love for this kind of play when they are young, it will hopefully carry through as they grow.


    Ride-on toys are more than just objects for keeping kids entertained. They are toys that teach balance and coordination, enhance motor skills, and encourage exercise. What more could you ask from a child’s toy?

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  A Runner's Guide to Jogging Strollers
Posted by: bigantng - 02-08-2021, 05:16 PM - Forum: General Topics - No Replies

What makes a jogging stroller a jogging stroller? The standard, 4-wheeled baby jogger has certainly been used for jogging in past years. Those runs had to be carefully planned to cover only flat, smooth surfaces, and great care had to be taken in securing and padding the child while you ran, because the stroller had a tendency to skitter every which way on the path due to its shopping cart wheels.

    Over the past decade, a new breed of baby buggy has evolved with three large fixed wheels, shocks, 5-point safety harnesses and drink holders for the child. Since our last stroller review in 2002, the jogging stroller has continued to develop, and the models available today offer unprecedented ease of use and safety, both for the runner and the rider.

    Of course, one person's improvement is another person's scourge. And anyone who has ever tried to find the "regular" kind of toothpaste on the grocery shelves knows that having lots of options just makes decisions that much more complicated. In this guide, we break down choosing a stroller into the major variables that can make a stroller just what you're looking for or the next-best-thing-that-falls-just-short. Then we'll take a look at a selection of strollers that is available today and give you some tips for getting started running with your new stroller.

    THE BREAKDOWN

    Stability: Stability, of course, is a good attribute for a baby travel system that will carry your precious bundle for many miles. But a well balanced stroller is not a runner's friend. Turning a stroller when running depends on uneven distribution of weight among the three wheels so that the runner can easily and smoothly lift the front wheel incrementally to turn the stroller around a corner or bend in the road. We observed that many of the strollers that are made for walking as well as running were much more stable, making them more difficult to maneuver when running. Take into consideration how much of your stroller time will be spent running versus walking.

    Front Wheel: Many jogging strollers available today offer a front wheel that can be either locked into the straight-ahead position that is best for running, or set free to swivel, which makes steering when walking much nicer. This decision is related to the stability issue above. If you will be using your stroller only for running, then you don't need to spend the extra dollars to get one with a swivel option on the front wheel. Running with the wheel in swivel mode is dangerous because running over even a small pebble with a swivel wheel at running speeds could send the stroller quickly veering in an unplanned direction.

    But who uses the stroller only for running? If you live in a city or other area where space is limited, you'll find the swivel wheel of great assistance in maneuvering the stroller around stores, sidewalks and anywhere else you might take your child. However, if you live in an area where there is plenty of room in stores and parking lots and the sidewalks are wide and sparsely populated, you might get along just fine with a wheel that is always facing forward. We found that in rural West Virginia, the swivel wheel was a luxury but certainly not a necessity.

    Handle Height: If you are an average-sized man, this is probably not going to be an issue for you. But if, say, you and your (shorter) wife will both be using this stroller for running, you'll want to look for one with an adjustable handle. Few situations are more frustrating than trying to do a decent run with a stroller handle that doesn't fit. Your arm swing is already restricted by pushing the stroller; if you have to hold your hands unusually high as well, you'll be much more tempted to hire a babysitter next time. Many companies offer a stroller with an adjustable height handle and while some accomplish this better than others, all were acceptable to our testers.

    Wheel Width: The main reasons to consider wheel width are spacial and aesthetic. Some might feel self conscious pushing around a stroller that takes up more than half the sidewalk. Some of us just don't have space to store such a device when it is not in use. But the wider wheeled strollers tend to offer more space for carrying along supplies or errand material, provide a better fit for larger children and feel more stable than the strollers with more narrowly spaced wheels. The more narrow vehicles feel sleek and slim, and fit through doors more easily.


    Hand Brake: When we saw our first strollers, we thought the hand brake was a cute accessory, one of those things they add on so they can have more bullet points in the features box. As soon as we started running with them, though, we realized they are truly a wonderful addition to a jogging stroller, particularly for those of us who live in hilly areas. The hand brake allows the runner to maintain form and pace when running downhill with the stroller, rather than having to sit back and act as the brake to keep from losing control of the stroller. This may not be a big deal on small or shallow hills, but with long steep hills, lacking a hand brake could create a significant break from your normal (and healthy) running form.

    Folding: There are two main bullet points to consider for folding: How Small and How Easy. How Small applies to you if you have a small car or storage space. In that case, you'll probably want a stroller that folds twice as these tend to have the smallest profile when folded. How Easy, though, applies to any parent. If the stroller takes 4 hands to break down or set up, then you can bet it will be staying put together 100% of the time. Most strollers take at least two hands to break down, but some can be easily snapped fully into place with one hand. This is invaluable when your other hand is occupied with carrying or comforting a testy child, or holding on to any number of other things.


    The Strollers
The biggest change since the last time we reviewed jogging strollers (in 2002) is the swivel-option front wheel. In the past, jogging strollers were for just that: jogging (or running, as we Americans tend to call it). So a family generally had to own a "regular" stroller and one used for running. Most major brands of jogging strollers now provide parents an option to get 2-in-1 with a front wheel that can be locked into place for running or turned loose and allowed to swivel, making the stroller much nicer to use for walking. The result is that while your stroller garage now requires only one parking place, the stroller has gotten more complicated as companies try to satisfy the needs of users in more situations. It is conceivable that parents who don't run at all would purchase one of these strollers since the big wheels and comfortable handles tend to make them much easier to push than the ones with the small plastic wheels.


    The other big change since our last review is that the wheels, as a general rule, have gotten much smaller. The largest wheels in 2002 were 24 inches and many measured in around 20". In 2009, however, the largest wheel size, 16" was shared by several of the strollers and many were smaller.

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  How to Buy a Baby Stroller
Posted by: bigantng - 02-08-2021, 05:13 PM - Forum: General Topics - No Replies

Whether you’re headed to the park for a leisurely stroll or to Paris to see all of the sights, a stroller is a must-have for life on the go with baby. The right stroller not only gives baby a safe place to sit or snooze, but it also provides a place for you to stash all of those must-have essentials, from wipes and diapers to a change of clothes and an extra pacifier. 


    But finding the best stroller isn’t easy. The market is saturated with all different types of models and prices that vary widely from as little as $30 to upwards of thousands of dollars. So when you begin your hunt, first consider your budget. Then, think about how you plan to use your stroller to narrow down your options. Ask yourself some key questions, like: Where are you going to use it? Where are you going to store it? How many babies will be using it? And how much stuff do they have?


    A basic lightweight umbrella stroller makes travel (and storage) easy, while high-function stroller systems boast helpful features like extra storage and snap-on bassinets or car seats. For some, a basic model for occasional use is perfectly suitable. For others, the splurge on a more advanced model is well worth it — even if it feels like a big investment. If you frequently take baby out and about or plan to have multiple kids, your stroller will likely get miles and years of use.


    Before you purchase, don’t be afraid to try out your top choices. A trial run goes a long way in making sure it works for baby’s needs — and for the needs of other family members who will be pushing it, folding it and stowing their things within it along the way.


    What are the different types of strollers?


    There are six basic types of strollers:
          Full-sized stroller
       
     
            Lightweight or umbrella stroller
       
          Jogging stroller
       
          Double stroller
     
            Car seat carrier
       
            Travel system 
 
    It’s worth noting that although many strollers do fit squarely into the above categories, there are plenty that don’t. Some strollers can have characteristics of more than one type (i.e. a double jogging stroller).

    Full-sized stroller

    What it is: If you’re hoping to invest in one stroller that’ll wheel your baby right through the toddler years, look no further than a full-size stroller. Bigger, sturdier and usually more durable, these strollers are the standard option. Plus, many models come with a full range of features that not only make baby’s ride a joy, but also make your life easier.

    Full-size stroller benefits: The go-to option for many families, a full-sized stroller covers all the basics and offers nifty bells and whistles that usually include:
   
            Wide, comfortable, well-padded seat
       
          Deep seat recline
       
          Option to mount the seat forward-facing or rear-facing
     
            Option to attach a car seat
       
     
            Convertible design that grows with baby, from newborn use with car seat (or optional bassinet, in some cases) to toddler use
       
     
            Expandable canopies
       
   
            Sturdy tires with decent suspension to absorb shock
     
            Roomy basket for storage
       
     
            Telescoping handlebars (especially helpful when one parent is tall and the other is petite)
       
          Useful nice-to-haves, like a cup holder or snack tray 
       

    Full-size stroller downsides:

      Can be bulky and heavy (if you take public transportation, climb stairways frequently, or navigate busy streets or small stores with your baby, this can make it tougher to travel with)
       
   
     
            May also be a tight fit for a small-space home with limited storage.
 
    Lightweight or umbrella stroller


    What it is: You might lose a few of the features you can find in a full-sized stroller, but an umbrella stroller scores points for being supremely easy to handle while on the go.


    Lightweight or umbrella stroller benefits:

 
       
            Often weighing under 15 pounds, a lightweight stroller is designed for portability (some even come with a shoulder strap).
     
            These models are easy to fold, which makes stashing one in the trunk or taking it on an airplane, bus or train a snap.
       
     
            Many lightweight strollers still come equipped with beneficial features, such as a partial seat recline, expandable canopy, storage basket and built-in cupholder or snack tray.
       
 
    Lightweight stroller downsides:
   
            If you’re looking for a stroller you can use from the newborn months on, a lightweight stroller won’t do. While a few models can safely carry newborns with car seat adapters or bassinet attachments, most umbrella strollers are designed for babies 6 months or older.
       
     
            Most lightweight Pushchairs do not have a convertible option, which means if you end up having a second (or third) baby within a few years of your first, you'll likely need to purchase a second stroller.

    Jogging stroller


    What it is: On the run — literally? Then a jogging stroller might be a good option. Jogging strollers typically have larger, sturdier wheels and better suspension to take bumps and alternate terrain in stride.


    Jogging stroller benefits:
 
            Superior suspension lets you walk, jog or hike and keep baby in comfort while on and off the trail.
      Many jogging strollers come with a front wheel that can swivel (for flexibility) or be fixed (for stability at higher speeds).
      Depending on the model, other benefits may include compatibility with a car seat (for use from newborn through toddler stages), deep reclining seats, telescoping handlebars and generous storage baskets. A hand brake, five-point harness and wrist strap are key safety features, so don’t go jogging with a stroller that doesn’t include these.

    Jogging stroller downsides:

      A jogging stroller can be a bit heavier and challenging to assemble.
       
      If space is tight, a jogging stroller usually can't fold up as small as an umbrella stroller.

            Jogging strollers are typically wider than even many full-size strollers, which means maneuvering them through tight spaces can be challenging.
       

    Keep in mind that while most three-wheeled strollers are referred to as “joggers,” not all three-wheelers are actually optimized for runners. Some of the most popular three-wheelers are “hybrid” strollers that lack hand brakes and other safety features, and therefore, aren’t intended to be used for jogging with baby. Serious runners will want to do a test drive to make sure their jogging stroller has the appropriate safety features and functionality.

    Double stroller

    What it is: If you’ve got twins in tow — or a toddler who’s not ready to give up their stroller days — then a double stroller is the way to go. Doubles come in two formats: tandem, where one child sits behind the other, or side-by-side seating.

    Double stroller benefits:

        With multiple children, this option enables you to swiftly manage only one stroller.
      Because these models are on the bigger side, there's usually ample storage space.

    Double stroller downsides:

            Strollers for two tend to be bigger and bulkier, weighing in at up to 40 pounds and with a much larger footprint.
       
 
            Though there are some lighter options, these are not without issues, as they don’t tend to take bumps and alternate terrain well. As you shop, consider width (does it fit through your door?), mobility (is it well balanced? how does it turn?) and whether it’s compatible with one or two car seats.
  Car seat carrier

    What it is: These wheeled frames are built to transform your infant car seat into a stroller in just a snap (literally!).

    Car seat carrier benefits:

          Car seat carriers are compact and lightweight.
        For a no-fuss transition into and out of the car, they are convenient and great for travel.
       
      Some car seat carriers can even accommodate multiple babies.
       

    Car seat carrier downsides:


            Car seat carriers tend to be best for short-term use, since baby outgrows the infant car seat quickly. That said, some full-featured baby prams function as a car seat frame, then transform into a toddler-friendly stroller.
       
        Car seat carriers generally do not have any extra features like cup holders or storage.
       

    Travel system

    What it is: An easy-to-connect travel system pairs together an infant car seat and stroller. There are full-size, lightweight and jogging stroller travel systems, so you can choose a system with the type of stroller you like best.


    Travel system benefits:
 
            Having an infant car seat that connects to your stroller with an adapter (usually built in) means you can move your sleeping baby from the car to the stroller without waking her up.
   
            Being able to buy both components as a set may save you money.
       
    Travel system downsides:

        While the stroller will usually last into the older toddler years, your baby will outgrow the infant car seat much sooner than that.
 
            If you’re a multiple-car family, you’ll need to buy a separate car seat or base to use with your second car.

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  Duvet Covers You'll Want to Cozy Up With All Season
Posted by: bigantng - 02-08-2021, 05:09 PM - Forum: General Topics - No Replies

Sweet dreams, not so much? Upgrade your evening routine with a new duvet cover! The versatile bed toppers easily enhance your sleeping space, giving your current bedding scheme and basic white sheets a whole new vibe. Talk about a quick and inexpensive room redux! Simply slide your old comforter inside its new protective shell, easy as that.

Think of a duvet cover as a pillowcase for your comforter, as well as blankets and throws. Often sold in matching sets with coordinating shams, duvet covers prolong you comforter’s lifespan and let you get by longer without washing it—sometimes they require a dry clean. Added bonus: Duvet covers afford opportunity for seasonal bedroom transitions based on comfort. For example, linen in the summer and crinkled velvet for the cold months. Typically a button or zipper closure and interior ties are incorporated to keep your comforter in place and avoid bunching. So, restless sleepers: Feel free to toss and turn as much as you want to!

With a host of materials to choose from, including: linen, cotton, microfiber, hemp, and more—how do you ever choose? Keeping both functionality and style in mind, we cover all the bases, from hypoallergenic and cool-inducing to wrinkle and fade-resistant options. Duvet covers have the ability to make a bedroom feel brand new, and, with these affordable and beautiful options available to "add to cart" now, why put off a better sleep environment any longer?

Duvet or comforter? That is the question. When it comes to choosing your bedding, what is the right choice for you? Do you hate making your bed? Do you prefer ease of washing? These are all things to keep in mind when deciding on what your bedding will be.
What is a comforter?
Typically, a comforter is a thick, quilted, fluffy blanket, or fleece printed blankets and throws that are used to keep you warm. It is usually filled with synthetic fiber filler which is quilted or stitched to secure the filling and keep it evenly distributed. Unlike a duvet, the comforter only forms one piece of all of your bed linens. It is intended to sit on top of your sheets and those who want a layered look might prefer this. Comforters are usually sold in bedding sets that have coordinating separates and makes decorating easy. Caring for your comforter is easy as you can just place it in the wash with your other bedding.

What is a duvet?
Sometimes referred to as a comforter (especially in the United States), a duvet is a type of bedding that is a soft flat bag filled with down, feathers, wool, or a synthetic alternative. It is protected with a removable cover, the duvet cover. The duvet set originated in Europe and was made from down feathers because of its usefulness as a thermal insulator. Adding a duvet to your bed makes the whole chore of making your bed a lot easier. It’s a single covering instead of a combination of sheets, blankets, quilts and other bed coverings.
What is a duvet cover?
Analogy: duvet is to duvet cover as pillow is to pillowcase. A solid duvet covers  is a protective layer that slips over the duvet and has a closure. Because duvets and comforters can be expensive and difficult to clean, duvet covers are useful because they protect your comforter during use and are easily removed and easy to wash. With duvet covers, you can also quickly and easily change the look of your bed and room without having to completely redecorate.
The duvet should fit snugly inside a duvet cover which can be removed and washed when needed. The duvet cover also allows you to change your style or color choice of your bedding with the simple switch of the cover. This allows for easy changes from season to season.

Linen bedding is a great choice for a number of reasons. Known for being lightweight, comfortable, and airy, linen is easy to care for and never goes out of style. Brooklinen’s linen is stonewashed, which makes for an ultra soft duvet cover. It’s also made from Belgian and French flax, so you can feel like royalty each night when you climb into bed. Get yourself a duvet in classic white or choose from a variety of playful prints and colors, like one of the limited-edition styles for summer 2019.

While you may not be able to live in a hotel, you can certainly sleep as if you do. Typically, nice hotels have the most luxurious, fluffy bedding, and it’s usually due to a high thread count of the materials. The Hotel Collection exclusively at Macy’s specializes in providing hotel-like quality products at a reasonable price. If you’re looking for a clean, classic look, the 680-thread-count collection is a great choice. The Supima cotton is as soft as cashmere, which makes this a very cozy and high-quality duvet cover. Choose from eight colors and transform your bedroom into a hotel suite—and right now, you can shop the collection for 25-percent off using the promo code STYLE.

Percale is a desirable fabric because it’s a closely woven plain-weave with a thread count of 200 or higher. And Parachute makes a percale duvet cover that is hard to resist. Crafted in Portugal, this duvet cover is made from 100-percent premium, certified long-staple Egyptian cotton. The material is so light and luxurious, reviewers say it feels like sleeping on a cloud. The only problem with this duvet cover is you may never want to get out of bed.

Have you ever washed your bedding only to find that it’s completely wrinkled when it comes out of the machine? Sometimes certain fabrics wrinkle more easily after being in the dryer, but not the Bare Elegant duvet cover. Made from silky microfiber, this duvet cover feels like it’s 1,500 thread count but at a more affordable price. So go ahead and pile the whole family into your bed on a Sunday morning—your bed can handle it!

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  Why you should try a silk pillowcase
Posted by: bigantng - 02-08-2021, 05:06 PM - Forum: General Topics - No Replies

Chances are you don't think about your pillow as part of your beauty routine, but you should. Alongside the lineup of beauty rituals and skin care products you rely on for better skin, switching to silk pillowcases is a simple swap that may pay off for your hair and skin, at least according to some beauty experts.
Silk pillowcases are not exactly cheap (typically over $50) -- so to find out if they're worth forking over the extra cash for, I talked to experts to discuss the potential beauty benefits, including a dermatologist, hair stylists and a beauty expert who founded a skin care brand. Keep reading below to find out if silk pillowcases could help your hair and skin.

What makes it a silk pillowcase?  
Most pillowcases are made from cotton or microfiber, and come included in a set of sheets. You can also buy silk or satin pillowcases, both of which have a smoother texture than cotton and microfiber and are meant to help give you better hair or skin.
Silk pillowcases are made from, well, silk, a natural protein fiber from silk worms that's soft and breathable, meaning it allows air to pass through. Silk is more expensive than cotton and other kinds of fibers, which is why silk pillowcases are likewise more expensive than others.
Satin pillowcases are cheaper than silk because satin can be made from a variety of different fibers woven in a certain way to give the "shiny" satin feel and effect, according to manufacturer Lily Silk. Satin is typically made from polyester and has a similar smooth texture to silk, but is generally less breathable.
Benefits of silk pillowcases for hair
Most of us wake up with crazy hair in the morning, which can be a bummer if you spent a lot of time styling your hair the night before. That's because as you move around in your sleep, your hair rubs against your pillowcase, causing friction that can lead to tangles and even breakage. Silk pillowcases can help preserve your style and keep your hair smoother than traditional cotton pillowshells, according to hairstylists, because they put less friction on your hair. 

"Silk pillowcases reduce friction and are not as absorbent of moisture, therefore they can reduce frizziness and help you maintain moisture [in your hair] throughout the night," says Joseph Maine, celebrity hair stylist and co-founder of Trademark Beauty. 
All different hair types that can benefit from silk pillowcases, but people with fine, curly or blonde hair may find it especially helpful, according to Shelly Aguirre, stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. "Blonde hair tends to be more fragile, so the silk will help prevent more damage. Also, curly hair tends to get frizzy with the friction of cotton, so the silk will help the hair 'glide' instead," Aguirre says.
If you have oily hair, a silk pillowcase may not be the best choice, since a cotton pillowcase will absorb oil better, according to Aguirre. Silk pillowcases will be more beneficial if you have dry hair, or are experiencing breakage.

10 REASONS TO OWN A SILK PILLOWCASE
Keep your face healthy. Your face has more contact with your duvet covers than any other fabric. So, if you want to keep your face looking refreshed, your choice in pillowcase is very important. You can learn more about how silk pillowcases help keep your face looking refreshed, healthy and glowing below. 
Help your skin retain moisture. Silk helps keep moisture close to your skin and will help your skin stay more hydrated than many fabrics on the market. Sleeping on silk is great option for helping your skin maintain its natural moisture. Save money on expensive moisturizing creams by retaining more moisture in your face to begin with, by sleeping on silk pillowcases.  
educe your chemical exposure. We constantly come into contact with chemicals, but you can reduce that chemical exposure during your night’s sleep. Silk is produced from domesticated silk worms that are bred and raised in captivity. They have no predators to defend against and are pampered throughout their life, helping to produce a fine silk fiber with little chemical exposure. In contrast, many fabrics on the marketplace, are produced from chemically intensive crops that require pesticides, herbicides and other chemical treatments before making it to your bed sheets. So when it comes to luxury bedding, this is one of those cases where less really is more.
It's naturally hypoallergenic. Some of silk’s hypoallergenic properties include a natural resistance to dust mites, fungus and mold, in addition to many other allergens.
Silk can be beneficial for your skin and hair. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can help your skin stay healthy and smooth and can help reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. If you’re only going to invest in one piece of silk bedding to start with, the silk pillowcase provides a lot of benefit for the cost.
It's a true luxury experience. Sometimes we treat ourselves to a massage, a relaxing day at the beach or a quiet evening in the bathtub. Whatever your escape, laying your head to rest at night on a silk pillowcase is the perfect way to end your day. There is no better feeling then the soft, smooth and luxurious feel of silk against your skin when you go to bed at night. It is truly like having a massage every night.
Reduce bed head and split ends. Are you tired of waking up in the morning and having hair that looks like you just stuck your finger in a socket? Sleeping on luxury silk pillowcases will help keep that bed head under control. The natural properties of silk, including its smooth surface, can help reduce friction on your hair which often causes damage, like spilt ends. For your hair, it truly does pay to sleep on a silk pillowcase.

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  9 truths about bedding
Posted by: bigantng - 02-08-2021, 05:04 PM - Forum: General Topics - No Replies

The thing coming between you and a good night’s sleep might be the thin layer of bedding between you and your mattress.When it comes to improving your sleep, activity leading up to bedtime and the quality of a mattress are more frequently discussed factors, but as it turns out, bed sheets and pillow cases, such as dobby sheets could be the reason you’re not refreshed when you wake up each morning. 
When it comes to improving your sleep, activity leading up to bedtime and the quality of a mattress are more frequently discussed factors, but as it turns out, bed sheets and pillow cases could be the reason you’re not refreshed when you wake up each morning. And, contrary to popular belief, a higher thread count, unto itself, might not be the solution.


1. Higher thread count doesn't always mean higher quality.
Think sheets and pillow cases with 1,000- or 1,500-thread count are more luxurious than those with smaller numbers? Think again. Michael J. Breus, an Arizona-based sleep expert known as "The Sleep Doctor," says thread counts exceeding 500 are redefining the word "thread" because, at that point, "what you're looking at is probably two textiles that are woven together."
Ariel Kaye, the founder and CEO of Parachute, a California-based bedding company, doesn't even mention thread count on her website. "Anything that’s over 400 is a manipulation of fabric or thread," she says. "The problem with higher thread counts is that they use these synthetic finishes; when they dissipate, the sheets are going to be unrecognizable." Both experts recommend thread counts that top out at about 400.

2. Some materials are cooler than others.
Synthetics have a tendency to trap heat, making for a more uncomfortable sleep experience; quality cotton gets better reviews. According to the Parachute website, Kaye’s company uses “Egyptian cotton, combed with precision to remove all impurities.” Breus' preferences are also along those lines. “The bottom line is that pima cotton or an Egyptian cotton are the best materials to use in a sheet," he said. "I, personally, like the sateen type of finish, just because it’s softer." For menopausal women who are prone to hot flashes and night-sweats, Breus often recommends moisture-wicking sheets, which offer next-level coolness.


3. Wash new sheets before you use them.
And, if possible, do that more than once. “Make sure that you wash your embroidery sheets set at least two times before putting them on your bed," Breus said, "because, a lot of times, when they’re in packaging, there are [irritants] that can get on them.”

4. For sleepers with sensitive skin, detergent may be more of an issue than bedding material.
“The bigger deal with sensitive skin has to do with what you wash it in, in terms of detergent, than the actual textile itself, in most cases," Breus said. "So, what you really are looking for is those [detergents] free from things like perfumes, dyes and things like that." That said, Kaye's company is certified by OEKO-TEX, which checks to make sure no toxic chemicals were used in a manufacturing process. “Fiber might have been grown organically," Kaye said, "but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t processed without toxic chemicals."


5. Toss bedding in the laundry basket every seven to 10 days.
There's nothing that feels quite like climbing into a clean set of sheets, so it might be worth doing a little extra laundry if you want to get the best rest. But switch out the bedding more often if you're more active than most. "Let’s say you work outside, and you’re not showering before bed, then, clearly, you’re going to have another issue; you’re going to have to change your sheets more regularly," Breus said. "But, generally speaking, I think a good guide would be once a week.”


6. Seasonal bedding might make a difference.
“My wife and I, we change our sheets seasonally," Breus said. "We have more of a jersey, T-shirt-y material in the wintertime and a much lighter one, seasonally, for the summertime.”


7. Buy new bedding every 18 to 24 months.
Like most clothing (other than, say, jeans and sneakers), newer bedding just looks and feels better. "Like any fabric, hot water and repeated washing will shorten the life span," Kaye added.


8. Can't wait that long and want a less expensive solution? Just buy some new pillowcases.
“It will completely change the way your bedding feels," Kaye said. "It’s just a really easy way to get that freshness, and make you feel like you have a whole new set of bedding."


9. Oh, and about that myth that silk pillowcases can reduce or prevent wrinkles?
Breus is skeptical, and contends wrinkles are more of a matter involving skin dehydration. “Whether or not you have wrinkles," he said, "has nothing to do with the surface on which you sleep."

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  Bedding linen is one of the most important aspects of a great night's sleep
Posted by: bigantng - 02-08-2021, 05:02 PM - Forum: General Topics - No Replies

One of the first aspects of bedding that should not be overlooked is the bedding linen. Good-quality bed sheets will give you the comfortable sleep that you deserve. Most of the time people will plan their bedding by starting with a comforter or duvet which is not totally wrong as they are elements that are very important also but the fabric of the bedding linen that will touch your skin is what will give you the comfortable sleep. Bed sheets should give you the feel of elegance. With the evolution of today's mattress styles bedding sets are made to fit pillow top and feather top mattresses. With new modern bedroom designs today's bed sheets have developed into high quality linens that will satisfy the needs of just about anyone, especially with the selection that manufactures offer. If you have a 17 or 18-inch mattress the modern bedding sets will have you covered and you won't have to worry about finding bedding linen that will fit it. At one time you could only buy bed sheets with elastic ends so you could probably fit the mattress. With modern bed sheets you can find bedding linen in several sizes that is designed to fit today's mattress styles and sizes perfectly.

What to look for in quality bed sheets

Bedsheets not only benefit from the thread count of the bedding linen but also the type of fiber in the quality of what the material it is made of. This will play a very significant role in the making of your bedding set. The first thing in choosing the right bedding linen for you is to decide on the type and quality level that you would like for your bedding linen.

Comforters, duvets and all your bed sheets will usually come in silk, pima cotton or the best one is Egyptian cotton. If you are purchasing bedding linen, or embossed sheets, your best decision would be to choose linen that is 100% cotton. Using a single ply fiber with the longest fiber you can find, try and get 2 inch fiber that witch would be your best choice. Silk is one of the best material fibers for smoothness, drape and softness. The downside is the pure silk is very fragile and hard on cleaning.

The alternative would be to blend with another material like Egyptian cotton that will give the material more strength. If you are looking for a material that is high quality reasonably priced and at all around best fiber to have it would be cotton-bedding linens which usually include a bed skirt, comforters, pillowcases and duvet covers and will range in price depending on what you are looking for. The least expensive bedding linens are usually a polyester/cotton blend right up to the more expensive high-quality Egyptian cotton. With a larger selection of styles and colors in different material patterns you will be able to find just about any design that will suit your bedrooms the decor.



Begin With the Sheets
Sheets are the undergarments of the bed: You won't see much of them when the bed is fully dressed, but they have a noticeable effect on comfort because they're in direct contact with your skin, and printed sheets present extra feelings to the room..
High-quality sheets are most frequently offered in different cotton weaves, usually percale or sateen, or in linen, and no choice is better than the others. It all depends on personal preference.
Cotton percale is a plain weave with a relatively matte look and feel. “It's a very breathable fabric, and kind of crisp and cool to the touch,” said Anki Spets, the founder of the bedding company Area. “You can even put your hand on it in the store, and the percale will feel cooler than the sateen.” Percale is popular with people who often feel too hot under the covers.

Linen sheets are another popular option, but they aren’t for everyone. “They have a more organic, earthy look,” Ms. Spets said, with a more noticeable texture. They also have a tendency to show wrinkles, a quality that some people view as problematic but others prize as a sign of relaxed, informal living. High-quality linen sheets tend to breathe well and absorb moisture, so they feel cool like percale, Ms. Spets said, while lower-quality options may be thicker and warmer, or even feel rough against the skin.

Choose sheets by feel and appearance rather than thread count. An extremely high thread count, once seen as a sign of quality, doesn’t count for much anymore because it's possible to inflate the number while using lower-quality fibers.
“Thread count is more of a marketing tool that was brought out in the early 2000s,” said Jenifer Foley, the lead stylist at frette, adding that higher thread counts can sometimes result in thicker, less breathable sheets.
What’s underneath the fitted sheet matters too. If your mattress isn’t as comfortable as you’d like, consider adding a mattress pad.

What Is Thread Count?
Thread count is a measurement of the fineness or coarseness of bedsheets. Thread count includes the total weft threads (horizontal threads) and warp threads (vertical threads) within a square inch of fabric. If the fabric is multi-ply (two or more layers of fabric stitched together), the threads in each extra later also count.
For example, a single-ply sheet set with 150 weft threads and 150 warp threads per square inch would have a thread count of 300. If that same sheet set was made from two-ply yarn, the thread count would be doubled to 600. A high thread count is not always an indicator of quality, and it only matters up to a point. A set of high-quality Egyptian cotton sheets might only have a 300 or 400 thread count and still feel like the best sheets you've ever used.

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  Bedding tips and care instructions
Posted by: bigantng - 02-08-2021, 04:59 PM - Forum: General Topics - No Replies

We like to think we have addressed virtually every question that one might have relative to bedding. We have also attempted to make most of these articles more informative rather than sales oriented.
As you may notice, some of our videos are older and shot pre 4K monitors. We are in the process of re-shooting them in higher resolution. However, the information these articles and videos contain are still relevant.
These articles include frequently asked questions such as: 

How to remove wrinkles from your bedsheets without an iron.
To view our article and video that demonstrates how to remove wrinkles in bedding without an iron, click here or read below.
Water is a wrinkle release, which is why there is a steam setting on irons.
To remove wrinkles from bed sheets or duvet covers, all that is needed is a spray bottle of water and a little bit of tension applied to the fabric.
A fitted sheet, when placed over the mattress is already under some degree of tension. Simply spray, spritz, or mist the fitted sheets with your water bottle.
With a flat sheet, place it on the bed, tuck the foot. Then grab a corner of the flat sheet at the top of the bed and gently pull on the fabric until it is a little taunt. Then mist the sheet with the spray bottle of water.
With the pillowcases, stuff them with your pillows. Then suspend the pillowcase by the cuff with one hand and lightly spray both sides. Now hold the pillowcase at the cuff with both hands, lightly shake the pillowcase up and down. This will create tension on the pillowcase.
With a duvet cover, go to one corner, grab the cover at the corner and lightly pull on the fabric to apply tension to it, then spritz the top side, repeat on the other three corners.
Following these steps will make your entire bed look as if it has just been ironed. The best part is this process should take less than a minute to accomplish and can be done mid-week when your bed may begin to look a little frumpy. 

How to make a luxurious bed like one you see in a hotel.
To view our full article on the different elements used by hotels to give their beds and rooms a light cozy and inviting look, read our article/video found here.
Decades ago, the Weston Hotel discovered that bedding was an important attribute to a guest's comfort while staying at their property. After all, why do most people stay in a hotel? To sleep of course.
Hotels also discovered that many enjoy a simple, uncomplicated bed. So they began creating beds that were uncluttered and clean looking.
Most hotels that have embraced this concept dress the bed as follows:
White sheets, some may use bedsheets with a little decoration such as embroidery on the duvet cover, flat and solid sheets, pillowcases, and shams.
Hotels also discovered that traditional bedspreads were heavy and difficult to clean and were not cleaned frequently. 
As a result, they embraced the use of down comforters, as a down comforter is enjoyable.

What is thread count?
Thread count is a simple measurement. It is the number of weft threads plus the number of warp threads found in one square inch of fabric.
To view our detailed article/video on thread count and additional information on different grades of cotton used in bed sheets click here or read our overview below.
Many assume that thread count is an indicator of quality; it is not. This is why you may find 600 thread count sheets selling for $60 and some selling for as high as $1,000. 
A primary factor that determines the quality of a sheet is the grade of cotton that is used. Substandard grades of cotton are inexpensive by comparison to high-quality grades such as Long-Staple cotton or Extra-Long-Staple cotton.
Although Egyptian cotton is considered to be some of the finest cotton grown, there are also poor grades of Egyptian cotton. 
Because a garment or bedsheet is labeled, Egyptian cotton doesn't mean it is. There is a lot of deception in the market place, likely 90% of the sheets and towels sold that are labeled Egyptian cotton are not.

Are flat sheet necessary?
To learn more about the benefits of using a flat sheet or not using one, view our article on this topic found here or read below.
One advantage of using one is, a flat sheet provides an extra layer of protection for your duvet cover, coverlet, blanket, or other top of the bed items.
Cleaning a flat sheet is far easier than the aforementioned items.
Some find that they get tangled up in a flat sheet and will forgo using one. The downfall of not using one is you will need to clean your duvet cover or whatever you have on the top of your bed more frequently.

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  Chauvet DJ Hurricane 1600
Posted by: hzatschler - 21-07-2021, 07:36 PM - Forum: Fixture Library Requests - No Replies

Manual - https://www.chauvetdj.com/wp-content/upl...ev2_WO.pdf
URL - https://www.chauvetdj.com/products/hurricane-1600/

Datasheet and DMX map are in the manual



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  Chauvet DJ Shocker Panel 180 USB
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Manual - https://www.chauvetdj.com/wp-content/upl...1_WO-1.pdf
URL - https://www.chauvetdj.com/products/shock...l-180-usb/

Datasheet and DMX map are in the manual



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