The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Day One journaling software

I want to get into journaling and am thinking of buying the Day One app for Mac. But before I take that $10 step, I want to know if it’s really even necessary to buy software for journaling. Can’t I just keep an ongoing file in Pages? I’d be able to upload photos and all that just as well, right? Plus, let’s not forget the elephant in the room here. I can barely be bothered to post on my blogs once a week these days, so am I really going to be disciplined enough to write in a journal???

Magnetic jewelry for pain relief?

I’ve been dealing with some pain in my hips for quite a few years now. The pain used to come and go, but in recent months it’s been a near-constant thing and is really starting to interfere with my daily life.

My doctor hasn’t been able to do much, so I’m thinking about trying an alternative approach such as magnetic jewelry (click here to see what I mean). I’m not sure if this kind of thing actually works, but so many people have reported positive results that I figure it’s worth a try.

I plan to place an order very soon, and will write a longer review after I give the jewelry enough time to work (or not).

Under Armour Compression Shorts

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 7.08.57 PM I’ve been having problems with tight hamstrings while running, and decided to give compression shorts a try. I know the “experts” are all over the place when it comes to figuring out whether compression gear actually does anything, but I find that the tightness, if nothing else, at least provides some extra support and keeps the area nice and warm.

As with all my compression gear, I went with Under Armour because I’m a big believer in the brand. After a bit of shopping, I chose these “Middy” shorts, which are about 7″ long — the length I needed to cover my problem area and that I found most comfortable anyway.

After a couple weeks running with the tights, I can say that they helped a little. I still feel some pain when I run, but not to the same degree as when not wearing the shorts. Whether this is a result of mere time healing the strain or the efficacy of the shorts, I can’t say for sure. But since they’re comfortable–and since I spent $40+ on them–I’m going to continue to wear them!

How to polish shoes

hero_saphircreme-3 When I was a kid, I used to help my dad polish his shoes from time to time. He didn’t do anything fancy (just a can of Kiwi polish and a brush), but for some reason I loved it and thought it was so much fun.

Now that I’m an adult, I don’t find the task as much fun as I used to — but perhaps that’s because I’m using the wrong tools. I spent some time reading the How to polish shoes, shoe care guide at The Hanger Project today and saw that I’m doing the absolute bare minimum for my husband’s shoes. I need to get on the ball and take all the recommended steps (including prepping the shoes and brushing/buffing to finish up) instead of just applying polish as I had been doing. Also, I should probably invest in a quality horsehair brush and some decent Saphir shoe polish instead of sticking with the cheap stuff. After all, the shoes themselves aren’t exactly cheap, so they deserve much better treatment.

Anyway, back to the Hanger Project to read through some more care guides and maybe place an order!