Feb 022012
 

Monogram

Calligraphy – sometimes called the art of fancy lettering – might, given the advent of the digital age, not be as popular as it once was, but it’s making something of a comeback disguised as the art of monogramming.

Styles of calligraphy are usually categorized in terms of factors like the language the work is written in and the country that language originated in, and, as such, styles like Tibetan calligraphy, which used to be practiced by the High Lamas, and Islamic calligraphy, which is written in Arabic, are common. The art of monogramming, on the other hand, involves embroidering the owner’s initials on articles of clothing like bathrobes or towels, and, therefore, doesn’t involve using any one particular language.

While those who indulge in the art of calligraphy use specialized pens to write on paper, parchment or similar surfaces, those who are in the business of creating monogrammed towels, robes and other such items will embroider the owner’s initials directly onto the fabric. Similarly, while most calligraphists will use black ink – although the use of colored ink is not unknown – monograms can be embroidered in a variety of different colors, including such exotic hues as papaya, espresso and cranberry.

One aspect common to both calligraphy and monogramming is the use of different fonts, and, in calligraphy, this would especially apply to documents written in English. A font can best be described as a style of lettering, and common fonts would include Ariel, Calibri and Times New Roman. Those buying new towels or bathrobes can often choose the type of font they would like their initials embroidered in, and these fonts can range from those utilizing simple, utilitarian styles to those that exhibit greater flourish and are, perhaps, more aesthetically pleasing. Another curious fact that’s relevant only to the art of monogramming is that the middle initial is always slightly larger than the other two.

Fine works of calligraphy are always treasured, and, in the same way, monogrammed bathrobes, towels and even bath mats are always thought of as just a little bit classier than items without monograms.

 

Oct 162011
 

Bathtub Addition Towels

The idea of soaking in a warm, relaxing bath is a thought that appeals to many. In addition to the benefit of solitude and quiet in a bathtub, the warm water stimulates the body’s blood flow, an effect that has the well-known result of reducing tensions both physical and mental. While bathers that are truly tired and stressed out find it easy to “check out” and relax, others may find a bath rather boring! The remedy? A selection of fun and interesting bathtub additions that can turn any relaxing soak into one that’s stimulating for all the senses.

Bath Bombs

Sometimes called fizzies, tablets, or bathballs, bath bombs are spheres of baking soda, colors, scented oils, flower petals, and other fun ingredients that fizz when added to the bathwater. The water and baking soda react to one another, providing a science-fair-like stream of bubbles that feel good on sore backs and feet. The oils and other additives float in the tub, coloring the water fun hues like blue or rose, and in some cases even shedding sparkling glitter along the way. Bath bomb addicts recommend sliding large bombs or ones with a lot of “confetti” into a knotted hosiery sock before tossing it in the bath, thereby keeping any stray pieces in an easy-to-toss container.

Bubble Bath

This familiar favorite of kids everywhere is one that moms and dads are calling their own these days. With the development of solid “bubble bars” that can be crumbled under running water, luxurious scents like chocolate, lavender and orange blossom are quickly gaining popularity over youthful “bubble gum” type scents. People of all ages love a big tub of bubbles, after all!

Bath Salts

As much a staple of the high-end bath experience as turkish bathrobes, bathers are enjoying this spa ritual at home on their own time. Made from actual salt crystals blended with essential oils and occasionally herbs, bath salts help open the pores for true relaxation. When using salts, be sure to put the crystals in while the bath is filling up, otherwise you may end up sitting on an uncomfortable patch of gravel.

Whether using one addition or several, these fun and enjoyable products can turn any regular bath into an experience you’ll be anxious to repeat. Happy bathing!

Sep 262011
 

bath4

Most people bathe several times a week, considering it a hygienic necessity and automatic part of their day to day lives. The act of community bathing, which functioned as a social network in the age before computers, has become sadly neglected in the fast pace of the modern world. Where once friendships, business deals, and gossip were exchanged over a relaxing soak from Rome to Russia, today’s bather is more apt to multi-task alone with everything from televisions to radios being installed in shower walls. Next time you’re considering a leisurely bath, why not bring your partner in to relax with you, or pick up the phone to chat with a friend? It’s easy to devote the time and attention needed for good conversation without the distractions of folding laundry, cooking, or other chores. Take a forced time out, brew up a bubble bath, and enjoy the results of a more rewarding connection!

When taking a quick shower in the morning, don’t be afraid to indulge. Just because you only have a few minutes to spare before work or school doesn’t mean that washing up should be anything less than enjoyable. Supplement your shower with some relaxing music, light a few scented candles, or try out some special shower-specific fizzy tablets. These scented tabs are placed on the floor of the shower, slowly dissolving as water droplets fall, releasing essential oil blends intended to do anything from waking up the user to clearing their lungs if they’re under the weather. Other accessories, such as a mounted foot scrubber or textured loofah, can join your shower routine to slough off dead skin and leave you looking radiant and refreshed almost instantly.

When stepping out of your bath or shower, don’t reach for that same tired old towel with the rough surface. Treat yourself to a soft Egyptian cotton towel or a turkish bathrobe to dry off in supreme comfort. A great investment in your well-being, these luxury bath items keep you warm and dry as you continue with your grooming rituals and feel sensational as well. Pick up a cotton mat for outside the shower and you can take your time to dry off in indulgent softness after every soak or rinse.

With very little effort, you can turn your ordinary bathroom into a special spa just for you! A few unique and affordable additions can turn the simple act of bathing into an experience that will have you smiling all day long.

Aug 132011
 

Bathtub Addition Towels

The idea of soaking in a warm, relaxing bath is a thought that appeals to many. In addition to the benefit of solitude and quiet in a bathtub, the warm water stimulates the body’s blood flow, an effect that has the well-known result of reducing tensions both physical and mental. While bathers that are truly tired and stressed out find it easy to “check out” and relax, others may find a bath rather boring! The remedy? A selection of fun and interesting bathtub additions that can turn any relaxing soak into one that’s stimulating for all the senses.

Bath Bombs

Sometimes called fizzies, tablets, or bathballs, bath bombs are spheres of baking soda, colors, scented oils, flower petals, and other fun ingredients that fizz when added to the bathwater. The water and baking soda react to one another, providing a science-fair-like stream of bubbles that feel good on sore backs and feet. The oils and other additives float in the tub, coloring the water fun hues like blue or rose, and in some cases even shedding sparkling glitter along the way. Bath bomb addicts recommend sliding large bombs or ones with a lot of “confetti” into a knotted hosiery sock before tossing it in the bath, thereby keeping any stray pieces in an easy-to-toss container.

Bubble Bath

This familiar favorite of kids everywhere is one that moms and dads are calling their own these days. With the development of solid “bubble bars” that can be crumbled under running water, luxurious scents like chocolate, lavender and orange blossom are quickly gaining popularity over youthful “bubble gum” type scents. People of all ages love a big tub of bubbles, after all!

Bath Salts

As much a staple of the high-end bath experience as Turkish bathrobes, bathers are enjoying this spa ritual at home on their own time. Made from actual salt crystals blended with essential oils and occasionally herbs, bath salts help open the pores for true relaxation. When using salts, be sure to put the crystals in while the bath is filling up, otherwise you may end up sitting on an uncomfortable patch of gravel.

Whether using one addition or several, these fun and enjoyable products can turn any regular bath into an experience you’ll be anxious to repeat. Happy bathing!

Jul 092011
 

Towels

Gift-giving holidays like Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas teach us that items like monogrammed towels and bathrobes make great gifts, but the world is wide, and there are many exciting and intriguing festival days to be found and enjoyed if only one knows where to look.

Maundy coins may not be in quite the same league as towels or robes, but they are what’s given out in the United Kingdom – and usually by the Queen of England no less! – during Maundy Thursday. This celebration, which commemorates the Last Supper, takes place on the Thursday before Easter and is also known as The Thursday of Mysteries and Covenant Thursday.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is an important holiday and is observed around the world in such diverse countries as India, Mauritius, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Although the exchange of gifts only represents a small part of this fascinating celebration, which, in some cultures, signifies the ascendance of good over evil, the giving of presents among family members is becoming more and more important.

El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla – more commonly known as Cinco de Mayo – is celebrated in both Mexico and the USA, and the practice of giving gifts in celebration of this sometimes rowdy and boisterous holiday has slowly become more popular over the years. Although The Day of the Battle of Puebla is not synonymous with Mexican independence, it does present a good reason to celebrate as it is probably the most well known example of paying homage to the culture and traditions of Mexico.

Although one doesn’t usually see people celebrate Maundy Thursday, Diwali or Cinco de Mayo by giving each other monogrammed bathrobes, towels or bath mats, these types of gifts are extremely popular and are often exchanged during the more traditional Western festivities like Christmas. Children can also join in the fun, and International Children’s Day would be a fine time to give the teenager in your life a personalized terry velour pastel pink kids robe.

Gifts will never go out of fashion, and neither will luxury bathroom accessories.

Jun 282011
 

Charles Barkley

When Charles Barkley was an NBA player, he gained a reputation for being one of the most aggressive players in history – both on and off the court. On the court, at 6’4” he was the shortest player in NBA history to lead the league in rebounds. Off the court, he was arrested more than one time for his post-game shenanigans, including the time he threw a man through a plate-glass window.

Given his reputation, it’s a little surprising that Miami Heat fans had the audacity to throw their towels at his head during a live recording of TNT’s Inside the NBA. The crowd was packed full of towel-twirling fans doing their best to drown-out Barkley’s praise for the Chicago Bulls. Ironically, he was in the middle of complimenting the Heat’s two star players, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, when a towel hit him in the back of the head. It was the second time a flying towel had hit him or come close to hitting him, and this time Barkley had had enough.

Like a mother scolding naughty children, he whirled around in his seat and told the crowd, “Hey! Hey! Don’t make me come over there. Don’t make me come over there, now. ‘Cause if I come over there, it’s gonna be hell to pay!”

Another TNT commentator, Kenny “the Jet” Smith, quickly added, “And I’ll come with you, Chuck.” The Jet is another retired NBA player who’s normally known as Barkley’s “straight man.”

The towel-throwing incident wasn’t the first run-in Barley had with Heat fans. The day before, as Barkley headed inside the arena, the crowd started to chant at him, “No rings!”, presumably pointing out that for all Barkley’s fame, he never won a championship game for any of his teams. Barkley told the press he found the “no rings” comment amusing.

“I always laugh at that statement, ‘You didn’t get a ring,’” said Barkley. “I’m like, dude, you work at McDonald’s. My life’s a lot better than yours. You relax.”

(Source: MediaBistro.com http://www.mediabistro.com/sportsnewser/update-tnt-pregame-show-will-be-moved-inside-following-fans-run-in-with-barkley_b9536 )

It all goes to show that you never know what kind of situation an innocent towel can find itself in.

 

May 092011
 

towels

I remember being on a family vacation at about the age of ten, and as we were packing up to leave the hotel room, my father started to pack the hotel towels into our suitcases. My mother looked at him with a puzzled expression and asked him what he was doing. He replied, without fanfare, that we were taking the towels home.

“No!” she immediately exclaimed. “That’s tacky.”

They argued about it for a minute or two, but my father finally acquiesced and returned the towels to his rack. His argument had been that the hotel simply expects patrons to take the towels with them, not unlike the mini-soap and the mini-shampoo. My mother had a very different view on the situation, and couldn’t imagine (a) that the hotel wanted us to take their towels or (b) what need we had of the scratchy, white, and oft-used hotel towels at home anyway.

Technology Bests Criminals Again

If that family vacation had been taken today, however, my father might not have been so quick to start packing the towels. These days, many of the fanciest hotels are incorporating radio frequency identification, or RFID-chips, into their towels and robes.

There’s nothing new about RFID-chips. They have long been used to prevent the theft of books, to track the movement of animals, and to prevent illegal logging, but up until now they were not part of a hotel’s security system.

As of April 2011, three upscale hotels have invested in the RFID technology. They’ve put tags on their towels, their bathrobes, and other linens. A hotel in Hawaii says that before they tagged their towels, they would lose an astonishing 4,000 per month to people like my Dad. Now that everything’s tagged, that number has fallen to 750. While there are still 750 towel thefts per month, it’s a heck of a lot better than 4,000. The hotels are said to save almost $16,000 per month. Remember this the next time you’re tempted to take a towel or a bathrobe home with you as a vacation memento!

 

May 022011
 

bamboo2

What does it mean to be eco friendly? It means choosing natural products to use during your life. It is not only good for the environment, living an eco friendly life is also good for your health.

When is the best time to start living this way? Now! If you start slowly, eventually you will have a lifestyle change that you will enjoy and feel good about.

Decide to reduce the amount of products you’re using that are harmful to the environment. Look at what you can reuse instead of throw away. Start recycling if you aren’t already. Join “green” organizations that put the environment as their focus. Finally, choose eco friendly products. One area to focus on is the bathroom.

Bamboo

Bamboo is a good product to choose for an eco friendly life, because it is cultivated with no pesticides or chemicals. It requires only natural rainfall, which means that water does not have to be piped in. Bamboo is highly renewable. When a cane is cut, it grows up to 12 inches a day. In addition, material made from Bamboo is good for people with skin conditions, because it has a natural antibacterial component. Bamboo rayon is used in bathrobes and towels. The result is a soft, high quality towel or bathrobe.

Organic towels

Look for organic towels made from 100 percent organic cotton. Cotton that is not grown organically is grown with pesticides that are damaging to the soil, air and water.

Soap, shampoo and conditioner

Take a look at the soap, shampoo and conditioner you’re using. Are they eco friendly? Many of these cleaning agents contain harmful chemicals that can be irritating to the skin and harmful to the environment. Instead, choose soaps, shampoos and conditioners made from plants or vegetable oils. Look for homemade products.

Apr 202011
 

ice cream

Gather-up your clean bath towels, hand towels and bath mats. With summertime almost here, it is time to treat all of the youngsters in your life to some cheap ice cream in a bag.

What you will need to make cheap ice cream in a bag:

Cheap Ice Cream In A Bag

~ Towels, Towels, Towels

~ 1 gallon size Ziploc style of plastic freezer bag

~ 1 pint size Ziploc style of plastic freezer bag

~ ½ cup milk, buttermilk or cream

~ 5 or 6 drops of flavor extract (Example: vanilla, cherry, orange or strawberry)

~ 1 tablespoon of sweetener (Example: white sugar, brown sugar or honey)

~ 1 heaping 1/3 cup of rock salt, about 6 tablespoons

~ Ice Cubes

  1. Line your work surface with a clean bath mat, terry robe or other item that will provide padding.
  2. Dump the milk, extract and sweetener into the small Ziploc-style bag and zip the top closed.
  3. Fill the large Ziploc-style of bag about half full of ice and add the rock salt.
  4. Place the small bag of ingredients inside of the larger bag and zip the top closed.
  5. Lay a towel flat on top of your workspace padding.
  6. Wrap the ice cream bag in the terry or cotton towel so that it becomes a bundle.
  7. Tell your child to roll the bundle back-and-forth on your padded work surface for 5 to 10 minutes.
  8. Un-bundle the hand towel or bath towel wrapper, release the small bag of ice cream and enjoy.

Optional: Older children often enjoy playing catch with their bundled ice cream bags until the ice cream is ready. The terry towel wrappers should be taped or tied to keep them around the ice cream bags during these games.

This activity is fun for children of all ages. The soft towel that is wrapped around the ice cream bags helps to hold the children’s interest because their hands do not get cold. Adults can do away with all of the formalities and make this style of homemade ice cream while they are sitting around in their bathrobes. Simply shake the ice cream bags for about 5 minutes whenever you are in the mood for some cheap fun-filled ice cream.

Apr 152011
 

towels

According to Douglas Adams, author of the incredibly successful “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series of sci-fi/fantasy books, a towel is the most important item that a galactic traveler could ever carry around with him.

In his books, Adams lists the many and varied uses to which towels can be put, and, although most of us don’t have to battle Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts of Traal on a daily basis, we can surely think of at least ten practical situations that could instantly be improved should towels be introduced into the equation. Although towels – along with fine bathrobes and bath mats – are usually found in bathrooms, there’s no rule saying that they have to stay there, and the congenial towel is also known for its appearance in the kitchen (the oven towel), next to the pool (the awesomely absorbent chamois sports towel) and on the beach (the common-or-garden beach towel).

Towels are popping up in all sorts of strange places these days, and, while Japan gives us the exotic oshibori wet towel – used to wet one’s hands before eating – England offers the traditional tea towel, which dries cooking implements in the kitchen. Specific types of towels have also been developed for specific parts of the body, and foot towels and hand towels are common examples of these types of towels.

Monogrammed towels – where the towel-owner has made his or her ownership of a particular rectangular piece of absorbent fabric obvious by embroidering his or her initials on it – are no longer the domain of only the rich and famous, and, these days, anyone who buys a towel can choose to have it so personalized. Bath robes can also be monogrammed, but, as towels generally run a larger risk of getting lost among general bathroom laundry, monogramming seems to work better for towels than bathrobes.

Those who worship towels should mark every May 25th on their calendars: this is when Adams’ Towel Day is celebrated and also when every wannabe galactic hitchhiker carries their favorite – and oh so useful! – towel around with them.

Apr 052011
 

water

Warning: Your bath towels are at risk. As graduation time comes around again, parents everywhere must understand that their favorite Egyptian cotton towels, soft hand towels and luxurious bath mats are leaving home for good. Your graduating high school seniors are not going to be thinking about sharing as they happily start boxing-up your complete collection of bath linens to take with them to college or into their own first apartments.

As parents, grandparents and friends are searching for the perfect graduation gifts for their favorite scholar, remember this upcoming bath linen dilemma. Graduating high school seniors need a collection of cotton towels and a bath tubmat at graduation time. Parents can be left with terry kids robes to chop into washcloths or they can prepare now to ensure that all members of the family have the bathrobes/towels that they need.

Monogram bathrobes and bath linens make very nice high school graduation gifts. The gift of household necessities adds to the thrill of leaving childhood behind after the high school graduation day ceremonies are completed. A luxury waffle bathrobe, eco-friendly pile of cotton towels or an organic Turkish spa mat will be appreciated daily after your graduate leaves home for college. Monogramming on graduation robes or towels ensures that these adult items will stay with your graduate under all types of conditions.

Mar 302011
 

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Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry on April 29, and everyone is catching the Royal Wedding fever. Although few people are royal members of the world, it’s nice to treat yourself like a king or queen. One way to do that is with products used in your bathroom. Here’s how:

Bathrobes

When you wrap yourself in a bathrobe, after a shower or bath, you just feel better. Bathrobes are cozy, and they keep you warm while covering you up. They’re so comfortable, you may keep yours on all day. To get the most out of a comfy robe, choose Egyptian, Supima or Turkish cotton bathrobes. You treat yourself like royalty when you wear a quality bathrobe.

Towels

No royal bathroom experience is complete without quality towels. Those towels that you find at the chain stores aren’t all of quality. They may lose their color, softness and even mildew over time. A royal bathroom experience includes quality towels of pure luxurious cotton. Egyptian, Supima and Turkish cotton are excellent choices. Quality towels are also made with bamboo and other organic materials. You get what you pay for when it comes to quality towels, so spend the money and treat yourself well. Find a large variety of quality towels at an online retailer.

Bath Mats

Don’t forget a quality bath mat for your royal bathroom experience. As with bathrobes and towels, the best mats are made of bamboo, Supima, Egyptian and more. When you step out of the bath or shower, you want to step onto clean, absorbent and soft bath mats. Match the color of your bath mat with your towels.

The Extras

Once you’ve taken care of the basics, don’t forget the extras. Invest in quality, natural bath products to cleanse your body and hair.

Give yourself a total royal bathroom experience. You deserve it!

Mar 172011
 

towels

Hand towels and kitchen towels are coming back in style, thanks to advocates for a greener planet. As one towel design company reported recently, 3,000 tons of paper towels are used each day in the United States alone.

What kind of environmental impact do those 3,000 tons of paper towels have?

Consider that for every ton of paper towels, 17 trees are required and 20,000 gallons of water are used. Try to sop up that water spill, quicker picker upper! Meanwhile, those used towels quickly wind up in the garbage, then into a dump or into a landfill. As paper towels decompose, they release methane gas. Although methane is less well-known than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, some scientists say that too much methane is actually more worrisome than too much carbon dioxide when it comes to the problem of global warming.

How many paper towels do you use?

If you’re like most Americans, you’re using about 3,000 paper towels (that’s towels this time, not tons) just at work alone. That doesn’t count the number of towels you’re using at home.

“But I use recycled towels.”

Good for you! That’s an excellent start, but even towels made out of recycled paper are still responsible for the release of chemicals into the environment, gas into the atmosphere, an extra use of energy, plus more water.

Maybe you should switch to hand towels?

Reusable towels, such as hand towels for your bathroom, kitchen towels, and worn out towels for cleaning purposes, stop the problem of paper towel waste before it starts. Plus, using real towels instead of paper towels will put money back in your pocket as you stop using roll after roll of paper towel.

As you switch over to real towels at home, maybe you can convince the people you work with to switch to real towels at work. A pack of hand towels can be found at a cheap price at most stores. Replace the paper towel dispenser with a basket of hand towels, then add a laundry basket to the office bathroom. It will look better than paper towels, be less noisy than hand dryers, and best of all, you’ll be doing something good for the environment.

Mar 062011
 

bamboo robe

The bamboo plant is one of the most interesting plants on our planet. Here are some facts you should know.

1. Bamboo replenishes itself faster than most plants. After a bamboo cane is cut, full growth is achieved in six months as it grows up to 12 inches a day. It needs only sun and rain to grow and will fully mature in 3 to 5 years.

2. There are over 1,000 species of bamboo. Bamboo can found be found in a variety of locations across the globe.

3. Bamboo trees release 35 percent more oxygen than other types of trees.

4. Bamboo products dry quickly and have a natural antibacterial element that resists odor and mildew. It’s a perfect choice for people who suffer with skin conditions.

5. Bamboo rayon is the type of fiber used in some towels and bathrobes. To achieve the result, the bamboo is manufactured chemically. The mixture of bamboo rayon and Egyptian cotton is popular for soft, high quality towels and bathrobes. Bamboo rayon is actually softer and more durable than rayon and cotton.