Trying to find the perfect graduation gift can be an arduous task for lots of folks these days. If you browse on Pinterest for ideas, you'll find some really good 'looking' ones, but actually finding the time to execute these ideas is another story. For those of us that don't have that crafty gene and an extra six hours to spend on it, not to mention the $75 plus dollars that you will likely spend at Hobby Lobby, I have made a list of five fantastic ideas for your graduate. You're welcome in advance...
1. Beats by Dre iBeats earphones
These earphone not only sound awesome, but cancel out external noise and are compatible with your iPhone, iPad and iPod. You can find them on amazon for about eighty bucks.
2. Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
by Diane Muldrow
Ok, so we all remember The Pokey Little Puppy and The Little Red Hen from when we were little, right? These little books taught us many lessons that we need to be reminded of like how to manage money and taking the time to help others out. And it's under $10!
3. No.3 Mouse Pad by Colonel Littleton
Made of Italian Brindle Leather that is edge stitched with a small brass plate for monogramming 3 initials. Who doesn't love a monogram these days! They will have it forever and it'll only look better with age. It retails for $52.50.
4. PhotoJOJO the Wide Angle/Macro Lens
You can use it with the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, and Android. It is magnetized to attach to your device without harm, and provides closeup detail as well as a wider view. It's on Amazon for $20.
5. Esteam travel steamer by Jiffy Steamer
I saved the best for last! It is the most powerful hand-held steamer on the market and heats up in less than 2 minutes! You want your grad to look their best for all those job interviews, right? Now they won't have an excuse! For only $75, they'll be wrinkle free!
Ironing- The act or process of pressing clothes with a heated iron.
Most people like their money right where they can see it, in
the closet. In order to preserve these garments we care for so much, why is it
that we choose to force them under an extremely hot iron? Crushing the fibers
in which they are made of; burning the characteristics of each strand that
enable us to look like a fashionista. Let’s choose a different method for this madness
and choose steaming our garments rather than iron them. It is the safest, most gentle method for removing wrinkles.
To help prove this point we have taken two identical 6" x 6" squares of black
wool were purchased from a local fabric store. We steamed sample "A"
for 1 minute with a Model J-2000 Jiffy ® Steamer. Sample "B" was
ironed for 1 minute, on the proper heat setting, with a top-of-the-line
residential iron. We then bagged, labeled, and submitted both samples to MVA
Scientific Consultants in Norcross, Georgia for detailed magnification. The
Scanned Electron Microscope (SEM) images show any damage that may have
Sample A-Steamed 1000x
The fibers in sample
"A" are in near perfect condition due to the gentle nature of steam.
However, the fibers in sample "B" are clearly distorted. You can
easily recognize the damaged fibers caused by just one application of the iron's
hot sole plate.
Unlike ironing, steam actually
relaxes the fibers rather than crushing them.
Now that you have a closer look
into garment care, use what the professionals use…
a JIFFY ® STEAMER!
It is important to us to engage our community utilizing 21st century tools.
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These social media platforms provide us the opportunity to interact with our customers! We want to know more about how you use steam in your life!
This company’s story starts with the son of a sharecropper
that hitched a ride on a freight train from Tennessee to Chicago as a 14 year
old seeking employment. This type of determination would go a long ways
in the founder’s life as he applied his willpower to care for his family.
In 1940, John Bailey Simrell and his brother-in-law toiled over a way to create
enough steam to commercially shape and block hats quickly and easily. The
birth of the Jiffy Model J-1 resulted from those efforts as well as dozens of
models to follow over the decades. When Mr. John added a hose and steam
head attachment, the product morphed into a fabric steamer that removed
wrinkles from clothing, draperies and other materials.
John Bailey Simrell
More 7 decades
later and many product developments, Jiffy Steamer Company is a worldwide
leader in portable steaming equipment. World-renowned in more than 50 foreign
markets and backed by over 1,000 dealers in the United States alone, the dozens
of Jiffy® Steamer models can be found almost everywhere-from the commercial
garment trade, to residential markets, in the pages of high-end mail order
catalogs, and in various specialty industries. Our product line also
includes the following:
- The SteamBlade is an innovative product designed to simplify the removal of
window film, vinyl wrap and lettering. With the swipe of the SteamBlade, the
warm, moist steam quickly and safely unbinds the glue from the window,
simplifying this once tedious task. The SteamBlade will allow you to remove
window film, vinyl wrap or lettering in a fraction of the time of conventional
methods. Put down the razor and reach for the Steam. www.steamblade.com
- With the fast, effective power of pure steam, the Jiffy® Steamer X-Series
steamer easily kills dust mites and bed bugs on contact without the use of a
single chemical or fumigation product. Best of all, it’s safe for your family
and the environment. www.jiffyxseries.com
- The SteamBreaker is an innovative product that safely breaks in leather and
exotic skin footwear, quickly creating a custom fit for your feet. Say goodbye
to the pain of breaking in a new pair of footwear—and let the power of steam do
the work for you! www.steambreaker.com
- Flexineb™ equine nebulization device represents a huge innovative step in
administrating care to the lower and upper respiratory tract of the horse via
inhalation methods. www.flexineb.us
– HAYGAIN is the revolutionary hay steamer that transforms hay into a dust-free,
palatable forage improving your horse's health, respiratory performance and
overall well-being. www.haygain.us.
- An average fielder’s glove requires approximately 1,500 pitches to be
considered broken in and a catcher’s mitt needs around 2,500. For $25 to $35,
the number of hours shaping and forming your glove will be drastically reduced
using our GloveFlex process. Your glove will be returned to you softer, more
flexible and ready to play ball. www.gloveflex.com
Even though Jiffy® Steamer’s products can be found around
the world, the company stands firm in its promise to remain American-made. Each
of the company’s steamers is handcrafted in Union City, Tennessee and assembled
with the finest, American-made components. The company makes no
compromise in the engineering and construction of its products. After the
intricate 52 step process to build the unit, every unit is steam tested before
leaving the factory. Family values ring true with the Jiffy® Steamer brand and
the company is actively managed and operated by family members. These guys know
steam and continue to produce the finest steamers on the planet.
Halloween is coming up next week and it’s so exciting to see
the kids’ faces when the costumes are put on and decorations come out! Once you're too old to trick-or-treat, it
could feel like all the excitement has passed you by. But although you might
spend the day with little ghosts and goblins, there will come a point when the
little ghouls finally lapse into sugar comas. So while the kids sleep, why not
host a Halloween party and let the adults come out to play?
Halloween is definitely not a holiday -- like Easter,
perhaps, or Thanksgiving -- where you have to keep it elegant. Yes, some people
might hold formal masquerade balls or elaborate costume parties, but we say the
cheesier the better!
1. First off, who
wouldn’t come to a party where the invitation was a severed finger?
2. Food is the most important aspect of any
party. If you mess up everywhere else and have good food, people will enjoy
Whether you’re throwing the scariest party on the block or just celebrating the
fun holiday, scare everyone into having a great time with frightening
tombtones, skulls and ghosts displayed around the party room. If you’re hosting a dinner party, set up the
table with plates and napkins in orange and black colors that feature witches,
jack-o’-lanterns and cobwebs. Halloween party supplies are cheap and many of
them can be reused for years and years!
Costumes & Makeup
There are so many great characters to portray on
Halloween! The costumes and make up can
get VERY elaborate. If you want your
costume to stand out, put a little effort into it with special makeup! You can find some phenomenal makeovers from
Once you have your costume, make sure it’s steamed and
doesn’t look like you just pulled it out of the bottom of your closet!
5. Haunted House
Don’t waste money on big blow-up Halloween decorations for your
front yard. Instead use these clever ideas and your crafty skills to make
one-of-kind decorations. You’ll be the envy of the neighborhood, and save a lot
of money. Use simple lights like in the
photo below. It’s very festive! Have a safe & happy Halloween!
What makes you scream at your steamer? Could it be that your
steamer works poorly or cycles ON and OFF while steaming? Or that green
indicator light doesn’t illuminate when turned to the ON position? Well here
are some tid- bits to hopefully keep your day steaming right along.
J-1, J-2, J-200, J-2000. When the steamer spits water from
the steam head be sure to check and make sure it is not cracked or damaged. It
could be that the unit has been overfilled or that the rod set is not fully
J-4000 Model. When the steamer leaks water at the base
of the unit, there may be a hole in the tank. The brass couple between the hose
and unit may be loose. Or it could be that the silicone sealant around the tank
assembly is leaking.
Esteam. When the red indicator light illuminates but the unit
never heats or steams, it is possible that the unit has blown a fusible link
wire or an element.
For more information on troubleshooting your steamer checkout
our link below.
What happened to June & July? August is here and
the kids have already started back to school. I'm sure your mornings are
completely hectic and almost impossible to get out the door.
you fear the alarm clock or not, these time-savers will simplify your mornings
and give your day a smoother start.
pre-packing easier by creating inboxes and outboxes for each person. Have
each person unload their backpack (or your purse or work bag), and keep
important papers and must-haves for next day's use. Also unpack
lunchboxes for fresh food the next morning!
your clothes, steam anything that needs it. When possible, buy
wrinkle-free. O Creative Director Adam Glassman says, "Go for
low-maintenance fabrics: stain-resistant, wrinkle-free pieces that emerge from
the washer and dryer looking polished. And develop a stylish, authoritative
uniform: a well-fitting top and pants or trouser-style jeans." Make
sure the kiddos are wrinkle free too!
Your Alarm Clock Away From Your Bed
of having your phone or other alarm clock right next to your bed, place it
somewhere that requires you to get up in order to shut it off. You still
might hit the snooze button and run back into bed, but once you’re
actually out of bed, there’s a better chance that you’ll stay out. And
once you realize how much more time you have when you get up earlier, you might
find that mornings are actually enjoyable. Plus, I don’t think we should be
sleeping with our cell phones near us anyway – I think it’s best to stay away
from that radiation whenever possible!
Ready...set...shower! If you tend to linger too long when
you check email, eat breakfast or any consistent daily task, It might be best
to set a timer to keep yourself on track.
can flare when children are still half asleep. Prevent sibling spats by making
sure your house rules cover things like sharing clothes, bathroom etiquette and
sharing front-seat privileges on the way to school.
you have any tips to making mornings smoother? Please share!!