NYC living is small – even with a lot of money. There just isn’t enough space to sprawl.
You end up dreading gifts from people who live with a garage. They may give you items for your Home. They don’t realize you are constantly looking for ways to reduce the size of your item use footprint.
Back in the day (when she had a garage) dievca owned an Old Thompson Spice Caddy :
Olde Thomspon Spice Caddy 20 spices. After 25 years – still available on Amazon! (click photo)
dievca came to NYC with this spice rack channeling the laboratory look:
It still took up space on a countertop.
When Fab.com was going gangbusters with unique items, dievca found this spice rack with magnets to attach to her refrigerator. It offers more spices and takes up the least amount of space in her small NYC kitchen. Plus it’s cool to look at and the magnets are amazingly strong.
Gneiss Spice System:
The smaller jar set and larger jar set are both available at Amazon ($130 and $220 respectively) dievca has the smaller sized set – remember, she is NOT a chef… click HERE to purchasethe smaller sized set.
If you were wondering what happened to Fab.com (an eCommerce explosion which had a blowout) — The site is now a Health and Lifestyle hub selling items to assist you in your wellness quest. There is a link above.
dievca is a degenerate…in the Physical sense.
she knows that she has damage in her body from being a former elite athlete,
but it is her everyday actions that trigger episodes of pain.
Taking care of her Mom/Dad at Thanksgiving blew her over the edge this time.
(Turns out her Dad had a UTI and needed a hospital stay with antibiotics to heal)
Her work with a Physical Trainer has been cumulative and she can now apply her own fixes.
The Foam Roller is an important tool in her recovery.
There are a number of foam rollers available at the gyms or available to buy – its confusing. Here’s a guide to help with what type of foam roller does what.
Foam Roller Guide
Foam rollers come in various densities and shapes. Below is a list of the different kinds of rollers you might come across and how each one helps take your physical health/recovery to the next level.
A soft foam roller is perfect for beginners and can be used by almost anyone since it’s the most gentle of them all. This option is great for those who are just getting used to foam rolling or those who are looking for a more rejuvenating (and less excruciating) recovery session. If you’re a total first-timer, this one from Spri is a solid option. It’s soft and has the most give. ($22; amazon.com)
This one’s for the athlete who has super-tight muscles that need a little extra love or for anyone who’s experiencing delayed onset muscle soreness (what happens when it’s been two or three days since your last workout and you’re still sore.) It’s denser than a soft roller, which is more effective at relieving tight muscles and trigger points. A firm roller aligns muscle tissue and breaks up the beginnings of adhesions or muscle strains. It can also help with lymphatic drainage—which carries waste away from the tissues—and decreases inflammation.”($38; amazon.com)
Only use this style if you’re experienced with foam rolling and are ready for plenty of hurt-so-good pain. It provides little-to-no give, and the textured surface targets knots and kinks. Look for a roller like this one from TriggerPoint with a literal grid pattern design. ($35; tptherapy.com)
An even more advanced level than a grid roller. This roller should only be used on a healthy athlete, as it is extra firm, and the bumps built into the roller provide more focused trigger point relief and reportedly stimulate deeper layers of muscle. The roller works to increase the flexibility in your soft tissue and provide long-lasting pain relief. In other words, the temporary pain is worth it. Try the RumbleRoller.($45; amazon.com)
The ultimate player in the foam-rolling game. A vibrating foam roller takes the effectiveness of a deep-tissue foam roller and ups the ante with vibration technology. The goal is to minimize how much pain you actually feel (kind of like how those vibrating massage chairs feel good, not painful) while relaxing tight muscles, so you can spend less time and effort on those tender-to-the-touch areas and net better results. This version is much pricier than your standard roller, but worth it if you’re serious about relief.($200; amazon.com)
As dievca is pulling items out for a Christmas Dinner with friends, she realized that this Crate & Barrel serving platter has been in her life for about 30 years. It’s a piece that has a lot of mileage on it and still looks lovely. The bonus is that the removable dip container can be refilled without moving the whole server and it cleans up easily.
Do you use or need something similar?
dievca was curious if Crate & Barrel still offered this item — No.
she saw it on resale sites (apparently others did not find it as useful or broke the dip holder…)
The closest items she found on the Crate & Barrel website and in stores are:
Crate & Barrel Classic White Chip and Dip Server (click on photo to purchase)
Dip piece is attached….no ease of refilling. Dishwasher safe, though.
Crate & Barrel Tondo wood chip and dip server (click photo to purchase)
Close, but that dip bowl will move around as people use it.
Crate & Barrel Two-piece glass chip and dip server (click photo to purchase)
Lovely – but glass? dievca would break something within the next 30 years.
So, it looks like dievca will stay with her old favorite! 😉