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The eclipse will be fun they said…
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» REVIEW: Burrow Couch

The eclipse will be fun they said…

We live in the North Nashville area of Tennessee, just minutes from Gallatin, TN which has been hailed as one of the best places to view the total solar eclipse. In our area we are told to expect over two minutes of totality. Side note… using the word totality is so dramatic, and it makes me laugh.  This has of course caused a lot of excitement and party planning. Schools have closed, t-shirts have been made, people are renting out their houses to visitors coming from places as far away as Japan and apparently we need to get gas in the next 5 minutes because it’s totally going to run out. Oh… and groceries… we have to go get those as well because ALL THE FOOD WILL BE GONE.

At first this total eclipse business really sounded fun. Order glasses on amazon.com, find your party spot for the viewing and take the day off school. And then Facebook exploded. I’ve read countless stories of folks who have gone blind from starring at eclipses. And on top of that the glasses that everyone ordered on amazon are evidently all fakes and not “nasa approved.”

So let me recap this. There is an amazing eclipse coming, we will get to experience totality, it’s once in a lifetime, we get a day off school… but there will be no gas or groceries, traffic will be intense, we don’t have the right glasses and we now have to manage impulsive young kids who might accidentally look at the sun during the eclipse and blind themselves. <insert the wide-eyed emoji here>

The last eclipse excitement I can truly recall was in 1st grade. I lived in Michigan. I don’t think I discussed the eclipse with my parents, but I did go to school. It was fun and a bit exciting but we didn’t have themed snacks. We simply helped our teacher cover the windows with tin foil. I don’t know why and I don’t remember much else about it. But we weren’t afraid, or stressed.

After pondering how social media has intensified the total eclipse frenzy I hopped on the laptop to do a bit of googling to see how others have and/or are planning to view the eclipse safely. Here’s what I found.

Strategy 1: Find a furry friend and wing it with the amazon glasses
that may or may not be NASA approved.

Strategy 2: Require your kids/students to wear boxes
over their heads and take your chances by looking at the sun directly,
with only your reading glasses to protect your eyes.

Strategy 3: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
(thank you Pinterest)


Strategy 4: Light one up and roll with the free glasses from the library.
No worries, no problems.

Our family is going with a mix of strategies and will be gathering with a small group of people to enjoy our two minutes of totality. I hope my kids remain safe, deep breaths, and I’ll take some steps to achieve that but I’m also not going to freak out. Above all, I’m hopeful that we make memories as a family… the day we got a day off school and saw the sun slip behind the moon for 2 glorious minutes.

 

 

 

 

» REVIEW: Burrow Couch

When we first moved into our house, it was nearly a disaster trying to get our King size mattress upstairs. The house, built in the 80s, has a narrow staircase along with a lower ceiling on the first floor that made things difficult. We practically had to fold the mattress like a taco to make it up the stairs. If only we had foam mattresses back then that come nicely rolled up for easy transportation in tricky scenarios. For this same reason, we’ve never been able to have a couch upstairs.

Enter Burrow.

A lot like the foam mattress companies (Tuft & Needle, Casper, Purple, etc.), Burrow couches are delivered to your doorstep in boxes that easily fit through doorways and in our case, up a challenging set of stairs and angles. When Burrow asked us to put their sofa to the test, we knew we were going upstairs with it. Soon after, our UPS man delivered four boxes that make up a three-seat sofa.

With two people, these boxes can be brought up a flight of stairs super fast. It’s still possible for one person but I definitely wouldn’t recommend it. The kids wanted to help so we decided to open the boxes up downstairs and let them take the individual pieces, the kids had no issues whatsoever.

You’ve probably guessed by these pictures that there is some assembly required. It’s true! However, once unpacked, it only takes about ten minutes to assemble without the use of any tools. The cushions that come vacuum packed are made with a high-density foam core so they will hold their shape. Around the foam is a pillow top and bottom, and that is the secret to the Burrow’s comfort.

The finished product is mid-century inspired furniture (a chair up to a four-seat couch) fit for your needs. We’ve now used the couch long enough to say that Burrow has passed the test of four children and two dogs, much credit goes to the stain resistant fabric.

Lastly, I can’t forget to mention the power cube that allows USB and standard plugs to be readily available right under the couch. Your guests will be surprised and delighted about this fun addition.

Conclusion

For anyone that lives in an apartment or needs to get a no-hassle couch upstairs like us, Burrow is a no brainer. Maybe those things aren’t hurdles for you and you just want nice looking mid-century modern furniture (designed by an award winning furniture designer), Burrow is for you, too. We have received so many compliments about the look and sleek style of the couch and everyone is even more in awe when we tell them the full story of Burrow. Moving it is so easy, in fact, we’ve already moved it three times in our home. We love this couch and plan to enjoy it for many years to come, no matter where home is.

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