White Noise Helps Us Sleep

Ozeri fan (photo by L Bradshaw)
Ozeri fan (photo by L Bradshaw)

I don’t know about you, but I have a very hard time sleeping if there isn’t a fan running in the room. I’ve never been able to sleep if there was a television on, or music. That keeps me awake! I need that white noise so badly that I often travel with a small fan in my suitcase! The hotel rooms heat and air-conditioning units never ran constantly, and often would have other noises that surge, which makes it hard for me to sleep. If we lose electricity during the night, what wakes me up is the loss of the white noise.

One of the challenges of having a fan in the bedroom, is exactly where we could put it. In the last house we lived in, my devoted husband installed a ceiling fan, trying to help me out with space-saving and white noise. Unfortunately, the motor of that fan surged with a very disturbing rhythm that prevented me from sleeping at all!

Over the years, we have had a variety of fans in our bedroom. Some were the large square fans that you could put in a window, or on the floor (but they were easily tipped over by pets.) More recently, we used pedestal fans, to keep the spinning blades further away from making contact with pets, or small children that may come visiting. A few weeks ago, the good folks at Ozeri asked me if I would be interested in receiving a fan from them, in exchange for trying it out for a couple of weeks and then writing a review on Amazon for them. Looking at the description of the fan, it appeared that it would take up less floor space than the pedestal fan we have been using for the past year, so I agreed.

When the Ozeri fan arrived, I wanted to assemble it myself. I like to assemble things. I ended up asking my husband for help with the base – it was two pieces that snapped together. I found that difficult to put together – the instructions were not clear, and it was resisting being snapped together. The material used for the base was a very thin plastic-type of material that seemed as if it would easily break with very little applied pressure, and I was afraid that I was going to break it. My husband agreed to help, and he ended up having to stomp on the thing to get it to snap together. I heard a very loud crack as it snapped together, and I almost freaked out, thinking that he had broken it. But, it was not broken, and once that was snapped together, the rest of the assembly was easy, even though the assembly directions were really rather vague.

We’ve been using the fan for almost two weeks now, in our bedroom, and so far, we both like it. The fan is quiet, but not completely silent, and it moves a good amount of air. I like the slim style that takes up less floor space. When oscillating, it is very quiet. I read another review that someone else wrote on Amazon that complained that their unit made a clicking sound during the oscillation, but my unit does not do that. I like the remote control, and the fact that the remote control can be stored in a compartment on top of the unit. To me, that is important, as we have a gremlin that steals our remote controls……

I don’t know how long it will last, so I can’t speak to durability. I saw some people mentioning trouble with the buttons on the remote control. So far, I have not had that trouble. If I were to make a suggestion for improvement, I would suggest some LED lights to dimly illuminate the controls on the fan, and on the remote, because when the bedroom is dark, I can’t see the controls (and I like to change the speed of the fan sometimes in the middle of the night.)

Travel Tips for a Summer Getaway in Hawaii

Travel Tips for a Summer Getaway in Hawaii
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Known as one of the most beautiful states in the country, Hawaii is a tropical paradise. Start planning your summer itinerary, beginning with these six travel tips:

1. Vacation Home

When it comes to visiting Hawaii, there are a myriad of places you can stay. Hawaii has some of the most luxurious resorts available that offer amenities like ocean front views, waterfall pools, and shuttles to any local area of interest. If spending a great deal of time in Hawaii, look into renting out vacation homes or timeshares. In the long run, it will probably be less expensive, for instead of spending money on every meal, you can cook within the property’s kitchen. Plus, you can spend evenings relaxing inside of a space that feels like home.

And, if you enjoy your time in Hawaii, look into investing in a timeshare instead of just renting one. The space is available to you whenever you want to getaway and can be rented out for a nice profit. Plus, sites like direct2tv.com/direct-tv/Hawaii/Honolulu offer great deals on exclusive amenities you can add to your timeshare.

2. Pearl Harbor

If you want to see Pearl Harbor, reserve your tickets in advance. As a major attraction, tours often sell out quickly, especially in the peak months of tourist season.

3. Waikiki and Honolulu

Some of the island’s best attractions are located in the tourist zone of Waikiki Beach and Honolulu. Though crowded, the sites are well worth it. Spend a day snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, a protected nature preserve on Oahu’s coast, or go for a drive up the windward coast on Kalanianaole Highway, where you’ll be able to see a dormant volcano and sharp cliffs overlooking a turquoise ocean.

Spend a day at Lanikai Beach, which has been consistently voted Hawaii’s number one beach. It’s a little off the beaten path, making it usually free from tourists. Or, visit Oahu’s North Shore to check out the Polynesian Cultural Center. It is a lot like Disney’s EPCOT, for it represents every culture from Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, Hawaii, to several others islands in order to showcase their culture, food, music, and other traditions.

4. Food Specialties

While in Hawaii, experience the local cuisine like dinner at Duke’s Waikiki or Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck. For a little legendary shaved ice, give Matsumoto Shave Ice in the historic Haleiwa a try. Matsumoto is known for its unique flavors like tangerine, green tea, and creamsicle.

5. Maui

Maui is full of picturesque beach options that range from large and crowded to small and peacefully unknown. Whalers Village is a typical shopping destination while Mt. Haleakala is an impressive volcano site most tourists hitch a ride to see. Lahaina Harbor is known for its whale-watching tours, especially during December-April. Maui hosts plenty of luaus that tourists can attend to experience a traditional Hawaiian night full of hula dancing, Hawaiian food, and music.

6. Before You Leave…

Make sure to toss a flower lei into the ocean before you leave. It’s a traditional symbol that you’ll be back to paradise someday.

 

 

Apple pie for breakfast

Bar Harbor town (free clip art)
Bar Harbor town (free clip art)
One of the things that I really enjoyed when I had the opportunity to stay at a Bed & Breakfast place in Bar Harbor was how sweetly the bedrooms were decorated. Fluffy down comforters beckoned from the king sized beds, and every bedroom had a working fireplace that burned real wood. Some of the bedrooms had their own private bathroom with a spa tub in it. (I’d consider that the honeymoon suite!) Most bedrooms had to share a bathroom with other guests. (I didn’t like that part nearly as much!)

Even better, when the hosts served breakfast in the mornings, we had the chance to eat some great food! The last time I stayed at a Bed & Breakfast we were served french toast with honey and apple pie. I’d never had apple pie for breakfast before! I liked that a LOT!

apple pie (free clip art)
apple pie (free clip art)

My favorite part of staying in a Bed & Breakfast, though, was the opportunity to visit with the other guests, and the hosts. If we had stayed in a regular chain hotel, we would not have even considered striking up a conversation with other guest there. I enjoyed asking the hosts about daily life there in Bar Harbor, and where they would eat supper if they were going to eat out. Finding out where the best “non-tourist” places to eat are; where you could actually get the feeling of the “real” town were a good way to make us feel less like intrusive gawkers, and more like welcome guests. And those local restaurants usually have the best food, at decent prices too. You’re not stuck with the rubber or frozen meals from a national franchise, or the hugely overpriced lobster dinners served down on the pier.