Monthly Archives: March 2012
About a month ago, I reviewed the Lunch Box by Black + Blum, and since then I have had the opportunity to test drive the Lunch Pot by the same company.
Although the shape is completely different, it is nonetheless very obviously of the same family. The Lunch Pot is simplistic, but versatile and very functional. Let’s break down the 6 pieces…
When the Lunch Pot is assembled, the first thing you encounter is the strap that holds the entire unit together. The strap is attached to two rings: one centers the bottom pot into place, the other snaps gently onto the top pot, securing the two. Simply pulling the strap on one side will loosen enough to allow you to pop off the top ring, and start taking it apart.
But wait! There’s the one item you MUST have in order to eat your lunch (unless it’s all finger foods) – a utensil! Black + Blum decided to go with a spork for this container set, and it slides neatly into a sleeve on the strap, making it easy transport.
Once you have the strap removed, you can take the two pots apart. The larger pot has a clear lid, the smaller pot lid matches the color of the pot, and each are easily removed with a simple twist. The lids also have a ring inside to ensure that the pots are leak-proof. After lunch is done, the smaller pot can be put inside the larger one for even easier transportation.
So how does the Lunch Pot do in everyday situations? Here’s the breakdown…
I absolutely love that they went with a spork for the utensil as it fits the theme of the container. The Lunch Pot works great for noodles, soups, stews, oatmeal, fruit salads, rice dishes, and so much more, and the spork works for all of them all. And having such a convenient and simple way to keep it with the pots is great! The only downsides to the spork is that the tines of the fork are on the shorter side, so you won’t get many noodles on it, and the spoon is actually quite deep. I love spoons with depth, but it does sometimes feel strange when it’s so deep that your upper lip can’t naturally help clean the spoon. It was definitely noticeable by my daughter, who obviously has an even smaller mouth than me.
Like the Lunch Box, you should make sure not to microwave for more than 2 minutes to help avoid warping, but the pots are not so large that whatever you pack should require more than that anyway. And the same care you take with the Lunch Box should be applied here. Not having a dishwasher, I can’t say how they would hold up (though I know top-rack is advised for those that do), but I have yet to find a food that causes me trouble with these. They clean effortlessly with the soft side of a sponge.
My daughter still loves it, despite the deep spoon, and uses it just as much as the Lunch Box I previously reviewed. In fact, here’s a picture of her first lunch with it: sushi rice and sauce (her favorite), and a fruit salad (more variety at the bottom, they just got covered).
My ONLY suggestion to improve this would be to include a pair of chopsticks that could be held in a pocket on the strap opposite the spork. That way you have utensils that will help with noodles the spork can’t handle. Overall I definitely give the Lunch Pot a big thumbs up! It’s cute, stylish and can easily transport in a messenger bag or tote, and again, perfect for people who are watching portion sizes.
Massage therapy can be… magical. Some people know this very early on, others learn it by accident, and some are still very unsure about it. I am writing this directly for those who haven’t yet discovered massage.
Massage is a very natural thing. When you bump your elbow, the first instinct is to rub it, and moments later it’s forgotten. But in today’s society, touching another person has become quite taboo. The simple act of reaching out and gently putting a hand on an arm or shoulder is often disconcerting.
But we need touch. We are, for the most part, very tactile creatures. And touching another person helps us connect with them.
Massage therapy is an incredible tool, but for many people it can be downright frightening. So I thought I would talk about some of the myths or misconceptions.
1. “Massage Therapists are really prostitutes.”
There is no mistake as to why I made this point number one – it’s the biggest misconception! If I had a nickle for every time one of my own friends or family members (not even mere acquaintances) made a crack about my then-new profession, I’d be in Turks and Caicos right now. While there ARE people out there who advertise massage but really perform sexual acts for money, true massage therapists do not. We are professionally trained, can watch CSI/House/NCIS/etc and understand the medical terminology, and work very hard to maintain our reputations.
2. “They’ll make me get undressed.”
There are many different kinds of massage out there, and a lot can be performed while fully clothed (just take a look in any airport – chair massage is VERY popular there). However, you actually miss out on some amazing work by not disrobing. A therapist is best able to work your muscles by being able to actually touch them. You only need to take off as much clothes as you are comfortable with, but keep in mind that your therapist has:
-seen every kind of body type, from anorexic to morbidly obese
-seen every kind of tattoo, including the really offensive ones
-seen hair before, whether it was a man’s back or a woman’s legs
-seen blemishes of all kinds before
3. “What if I get…aroused?”
Sometimes it happens, to both men and women. Again, this is not new to a massage therapist, and the table sheets can easily be loosely bunched up to aid the modesty of a man, and sheets are always laundered after each client so women need not be concerned either.
4. “I’m still nervous, and how will they know if it’s too light/too deep?”
COMMUNICATE! Massage therapists are there to help you, and we are not mind readers. Many therapists will try and gently “check in” with their clients (i.e. “how is this pressure?” or “is this comfortable?”), but you should never feel bashful about telling your therapist what you want. If you’re nervous, let them know so you can both discuss what will happen throughout the session and make adjustments for your comfort. Do you find the room too cool? Ask for an additional towel or blanket to cover you. Is the therapist’s touch too light? Feel free to say “you can do deeper work there.” or if it’s too deep “ooh, I am a little sensitive there, can you ease up a bit?” Alternately, don’t be shy about telling your therapist that something he or she is doing feels fantastic – we LOVE to know we are on the right track.
5. “I don’t think I could be massaged by a (specific gender)”
If you’re not sure you’re comfortable with a male or female specific therapist, you certainly do not have to choose one. If you contact a spa or salon where you are not sure what gender the therapist you will get is, there is absolutely nothing wrong with telling the receptionist you feel more comfortable with one in particular.
Those are some of the biggest concerns new clients face, so if you have any questions I didn’t answer, I’d be happy to help! Aside from that, here are some tips to help make your massage the best part of your day…
- Be on time or even a few minutes early for your appointments (particularly your first, where you are likely to be asked to fill out a short medical form for your client file). By rushing in late, your adrenaline is pumping and your energy is sparking, which means it will take longer for you to settle in and relax. Additionally, your therapist wants to give you a full session, but appointments are often scheduled tightly to accommodate other clients so you may lose some very precious relaxation time.
- Don’t come directly from the gym. Muscles are often still stressed from getting a workout, and I find it’s best to allow at least a couple of hours rest so I can manipulate the muscles more effectively.
- Allow your therapist to move your body. Many clients want to “help” by picking up their arms, or moving their head, but don’t worry, we can do that for you!
- Drink plenty of water after your massage.
Be well, and enjoy!
I’m in Atlantic City today, so I thought I’d post something amusing! Back to my regularly scheduled shenannigans soon!
Got a tip from Frugal Girls that Amazon currently has two e-books for slow cooker recipes up for free right now. I love my slow cookers, so I snapped up my copies! The books look like the same one because the cover photo is the same, but they aren’t!
If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry, Amazon has free e-reader programs for nearly any device too – iphones, androids, PCs, etc… Download for the reader you want for free here and then get your free cookbooks!
I was a HUUUUUUGE fan of Diablo II, and played it so much that I probably unlocked the Secret Cow Level 4 times before I decided I’d slaughtered enough axe-wielding bovine. Thus, I waited. And waited. And waited. But they never came out with Diablo III!
I cried. I wailed. I gnashed my teeth. They didn’t care.
I even tried re-playing Diablo II in an effort to recapture the awesome, but it was long gone.
And then there were rumblings… whispers on the net. And suddenly, it seemed like it was actually happening – they were making a DIABLO III!
And now, after all the waiting, WE HAVE A RELEASE DATE!
I’ll be at the midnight sale, and then unavailable for several days.