The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Tigers Adjustable Strapback Hat

I don’t wear hats that often, but when I do I want to sport my favorite team colors. That’s why I thought this Tigers adjustable strapback hat would be perfect for me.

Made by Top of the World, this officially licensed 100% polyester product features the following:

  • Embroidered tiger head logo
  • Adjustable back closure
  • One-size-fits-most sizing

This is just your basic cap, I guess. I like the black and gold color scheme, and think the embroidered logo has a high-quality look and feel to it. If I could change something about this hat, I would want a deeper crown so the thing could sit lower on my head. But that’s not a huge issue; I like it anyway! It’s a great little cap for puttering around on weekends or going to the game. Glad I bought it!

Aveeno Active Naturals Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer

My skin gets terribly dry and flaky in the winter months, so I always need a good moisturizer on hand. For years I’ve used a Neutrogena product, and have had pretty decent results with it. But the Neutrogena doesn’t do anything about the redness that can result from too many acne products (like BP). When I heard that Aveeno Active Naturals Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer might be able to help with that, I knew I would buy it sooner or later.

I’m hesitant to try any new facial product because of the possibility of breakouts, so I’ve been acclimating myself to the Aveeno very gradually here. I tend not to use a moisturizer in the summer, but have been applying Aveeno a few times a week just to check for compatibility and whatnot. So far, I haven’t had any massive breakouts due to this lotion — and I hope it stays that way.

The Aveeno seems to be a bit thicker and heavier than my regular Neutrogena moisturizer, which took some getting used to. It is also scented, whereas the Neutrogena is not. The Aveeno scent is feverfew and is sort of pleasant to me. Then again, I have no sensitivities to smells, so I didn’t expect to be affected at all. Be warned, though: the scent is fairly strong so if you don’t like that sort of thing, I’d steer clear of this product.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had much redness to deal with, so I can’t speak to the product’s effectiveness in that regard. But it does keep my skin moisturized and soft without being overly greasy.

I’ll continue using Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer throughout the upcoming winter, and will be sure to post at least one more update to let you know how it does with redness. Thus far, I like it!

Asics Gel Nimbus 13 Update #2

Two months ago I bought a pair of Asics Gel Nimbus 13 running shoes because I was unsatisfied with the Gel 1170 model. But the Nimbus 13’s were so tight that I couldn’t use them for running, and had to try to break them in by walking first. When even that didn’t work, I resorted to YouTube and tried to use ice to expand the shoe. You can read about my past experiences here and here.

I can’t believe it, but that ice trick worked like a charm! It was kind of a messy procedure, but when the alternative is wasting a $120 pair of shoes, then I’ll gladly take the mess every time. The ice expanded the shoes enough so that I could start walking in them comfortably. They were still a bit tight at the outside edges, which led to a couple of pinkie toe blisters. But after that I just made sure to put band-aids on my pinkie toes before going for my walk. Problem solved.

After about a month of walking an hour 3-4 times per week and wearing the shoes to go shopping and run errands, they now fit perfectly. I no longer have to use band-aids and I can run or walk for as long as I need to without any problems at all!

Clearly I’m not happy about having to go through all this extra time and trouble just to get a pair of shoes to fit right, but I’m thankful that I was able to salvage my purchase.

Easton Stealth Stick Bag

My son just started playing hockey, so we’ve slowly been accumulating equipment for him. One of our recent purchases was an Easton Stealth stick bag (not the exact model pictured here, but close).

I don’t know much about hockey equipment, but it seems to me that stick bags are available in two varieties: those that can hold multiple sticks and those designed for individual sticks. We got one for single stick because that’s all my son ever has at one time.

Anyway, the bag is made of PVC coated 600D ripstop nylon for durability, has a zipper closure, and carry handles. It’s available in junior and senior sizes. We opted for the junior, which is perfect for my son’s stick (we did measure before ordering).

I was surprised that the zipper didn’t run the length of the bag — or even a significant portion. It’s only around the blade area, which makes it rather difficult to jam the stick in there. I wish the bag opened at least a little wider to make that task simpler.

I also wish the bag had a shoulder strap instead of just carry handles, but that’s just me. My son doesn’t seem to mind the handles.

Overall, this bag is serviceable. I’ll probably look into a different brand or model next time though.

Tigers Travel Pillow

As part of my spending spree to celebrate the new football season, I purchased this u-shaped travel pillow with the Tigers logo on it. I’d actually never used one of these neck pillows before, but always thought they looked comfortable — especially since I have trouble getting comfortable on planes or in the car.

This particular pillow comes with a soft fleece shell and is filled with “green” polyester fiber. It’s an officially licensed NCAA product with an embroidered Tiger head logo on one end.

I recently had the chance to put the pillow to the test on a long road trip. I have to say that it really does make a huge difference! Instead of leaning my head against the door or window (where it would inevitably get jostled over bumps), I was able to rest it comfortably against this soft fleece. Not only was I able to sleep well, but I also awoke without any neck pain whatsoever, which is usually not the case when trying to sleep in the car without a pillow.

The only problem I foresee is that this pillow is a bit on the large side and would take up valuable space in my carry-on bag if I wanted to use it on an airplane. I know I could have gone with an inflatable model instead, but in my experience air pillows are nowhere near as comfortable as “real” ones.

Anyway, I’m sure my Tigers travel pillow will get plenty of use in the coming years. I’m glad I bought it!

Resistance Tube with Padded Handle

I’m happy to say that my current fitness craze has lasted for two years and has resulted in weight loss, improved health, and more energy. But while I’ve mostly worked on cardio up til now, I want to do more to tone my muscles. Since I don’t have the space or money to buy a home gym, I decided to try some resistance tubes instead.

Resistance tubes or bands have become very popular in recent years for several reasons. They’re cheap, they’re portable, and they’re fun and easy to use. They’re also available in different strengths that offer a different amount of resistance. I went with an intermediate band since I’m not a beginner to working out but am not exactly buff either. I then went on YouTube to find some exercises to do with my new resistance tube. I selected 10 (including bicep curls, tricep curls, double rows, and lateral lifts) and added them to my routine about a month ago. I use the tube three times a week for about 10 minutes per day.

So far I haven’t noticed much change in my physique (it probably hasn’t been long enough), but I definitely love my resistance tube! I can “feel the burn” with each and every exercise, so I know good things will happen down the road. The tube is as fun and easy to use as all the videos and ads make it out to be, and I’m sure I could find enough new exercises to boost my workout to 30 minutes or more. Maybe I’ll take that route in the future, but for now I’m content with 10 minutes.

I haven’t had to travel with my resistance tube, but I would definitely take it with me if the need arose. I hate getting out of my workout rhythm, even for vacation, so this would allow me to stick to at least part of my program no matter what.

This resistance tube cost less than $10 and is well worth the money. I’ll post again in a few months to let you know if the tube helps sculpt my body.

Tigers Vintage Logo Tee

I don’t usually go in for “vintage” clothing (why pay MORE for something that looks worn out and old?), but after seeing this Tigers logo tee from My U on Amazon, I couldn’t resist. It looked so comfy and perfect that I didn’t think much about the fact that I was paying nearly $25 for a t-shirt.

There’s not much to the shirt. It’s made from 100% cotton and features a distressed Tiger head logo on the front. The sizing runs small (as most “vintage” styles do, so I took that into account when placing my order and I’m being extra careful about washing and drying the item.

Anyway, after one month of wearing this logo tee, I can say that it has held up extremely well. It’s a little thinner than I expected, which made me worry that it would fall apart quickly. Luckily that hasn’t happened. The shirt is every bit as soft and comfortable as it looked in the picture, and is now one of my favorites.

Fox Bomber Gloves

I use a gas-saving motor scooter to get around town and I wanted a pair of gloves to use to protect my hands while riding. After checking out several different models, I decided to go with these Bomber gloves from Fox Racing.

This glove is made for motocross and is therefore very tough and strong. It features full knuckle protection, as well as breathable leather, a vented logo, a Clarino reinforced thumb, and double layer Clarino palm. The result is a durable yet comfortable glove that guards against blisters, stray pebbles, and other minor dings when I’m out on the road.

Although a bit on the expensive side, I give these Fox Bomber gloves a thumbs up!