Five Consumer Favorites

We are living in a material world, and I (apparently), am a material girl, because I really like . . .

1. Consumer Reports magazine:  I’ve been reading this since I was a kid.  Before each of our car purchases as a married couple, I made Pat join me on a research trip to the library, to scour all the Consumer Reports used car guides.  (Short version: go with Honda or Toyota.)  I also scoured CR before purchasing our home (a foreclosure, sans appliances).  CR failed me on its dishwasher and washing machine recommendations.  Still, I can’t resist seeking out their advice before any major purchase! . . . Yet I’m too cheap to ever buy a subscription!  That really makes no sense, because I read this
stuff for fun.

2. Simcha’s post about why skirts and dresses are just not so cool and comfortable for those of us on the voluptuous side. (Simcha says meaty; I say voluptuous.)  I think this issue was a subconscious reason I postponed jumping on the maxi dress trend for so long.  And I preferred skorts to regular skirts.  But just today I found these (only $12 at Target), and things are looking up.  Or at least, looking, uh, less friction-filled.

3. Speaking of lingerie found at Target, I like this Maidenform slimmer. I wouldn’t mind a bit more compression in the tummy area, but it smoothes all over like a dream (“suddenly skinny!” is promising a bit much though).  I haven’t tried another brand, so I can’t compare, but it’s cheaper than even the Target line of Spanx.  It’s not exactly comfortable enough for all-day wear, but for an evening, it’s fine.  And the gusset works.

4. Stitch Fix people: Thank you Debbie R., Jaime M., Nicola W. and Laura T. (are you the Laura T. who is my cousin-in-law?), all of whom have ordered Stitch Fixes through my referral link, leading to a nice sum of credit in my SF account.  I really hope your SF works for you!  I see now why SF is so popular on blogs.  My blog is fairly small potatoes, but after just one post on the subject, I got four people who ordered through my link (and several more who have signed up but not yet ordered).  I’m guessing much more popular bloggers like, say, Anne Bogel or Emily Freeman get enough SF credit that they never have to pay for clothes!

5. Floradix: On a totally unrelated note–Floradix makes your hair grow!  It did mine, anyway.  A year or so ago, I was losing a postpartum-like quantity of hair, even though my baby was two.  I did some Googling and saw that iron might help.  I’ve always been slightly anemic, but I haven’t been vigilant about taking iron except during pregnancy.  Well, I started taking Floradix on the reg (the equivalent of 10-20 mg of iron a day), and the scary hair loss stopped almost instantly.  I now have annoying little hairs sticking up around my hairline, but that’s new hair, and I’ll take it. Probably any iron supplement would work but Floradix is the only one that doesn’t . . . um . . . clog up my innards.

How many embarrassing things have I discussed so far?  I don’t want to count.  Click over to Rachel‘s blog for much nicer Five Favorite posts.

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or you could just take a nap.

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20 thoughts on “Five Consumer Favorites

  1. I love Consumer Reports, too, but I never seem to be able to haul it down to the library when we need it! I read their kids’ magazine (Zillions, not sure if that’s still around?) when I was young, and it was pretty neat.

    And I keep hearing about Floradix! But iron supplements don’t give me the issues that everyone else gets (I also put Benefiber in, like, everything), so it’s a bit pricey for me. I’m glad it’s working for your hairy situation.

    • Zillions! Yes! I forgot all about that one. I forget whether I had a subscription at one time or if I just read it in the doctor’s office. And yes, Floradix is pricey. I’ve just heard good things about their iron pills, which I believe are less expensive. So I’m going to give those a try

  2. I’m a huge fan of Stitch Fix (just got mine yesterday!)
    My mom has the consumer reports website subscription and it is basically my electronics bible when I’m buying something large! I absolutely love it!

  3. Speaking as a curvy gal who rarely wears pants of any kind, I would have to say that a gal’s best friend for friction under the skirts in tights-free weather is Monistat’s Soothing Care Chafing Relief gel. I put it on every morning that I don’t have tights on and I never have issues any more. It isn’t cheap, but a little tube lasted me more than a year, so I think it is a good bargain.

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