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Looking For An Alternative To The Always Pan?

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If you’ve been on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube or any of the other social media sites that propel products to viral stardom, you know all about the Always Pan. Like the Instant Pot of holidays past, the Always Pan is designed to roll the functions of several pieces of cookware into one. This singular kitchen item can perform the tasks of a fry pan, a sauté pan, a steamer, a skillet, a saucier, a saucepan, a non-stick pan, a spatula, and a spoon rest.

The good news is that since it is Black Friday, the normally $145 Always Pan is on sale for just $95 with the code SUPERSALE. The bad news is that even though the deal is still available, the Always Pan has been so popular that they won’t be able to ship you one until February.

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Always Pan on sale for $95 with the code SUPERSALE

In other words, the Black Friday deal isn’t particularly useful if you are trying to do your Christmas shopping. If you want a pan that will arrive in time for the holidays, and also don’t mind spending your cash on a product without that Insta cred, then you might consider this “all-in-one” pan from Ozeri. It may not be able to do quite everything of the Always Pan, but it is non-stick and comes with a tempered glass lid with a steam release vent. The best part? Usually $90, the Ozeri pan is on sale for just $40.

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Ozeri Stone Earth All-in-One Sauce Pan 100% APEO, GenX, PFBS, PFOS, PFOA, NMP and NEP-Free German-Made Coating, 5 L (5.3 Quart), Lava Black on sale for $39.39

Ozeri is a brand to be trusted, boasting a 100% German-made nonstick coating. Their 10-inch stainless steel pan was Wirecutter’s picks for best nonstick pan to use for induction cooking.

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How Can You Get The Nugget Couch?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created many issues for the consumer goods industry, but one of the most prevailing ones is that everyone needs the same items. People are doing all the same things these days, which means a spike in sales for hot items like the Always Pan, exercise equipment, and children’s at-home learning desks. The virus’s disruption of supply chains adds further complication to retail, as it is difficult to match the supply to demand with any celerity. Oftentimes, if you do not want to wait six months for your desired product, your best bet is to find something similar that IS still available, such as the Ozeri Pan as a substitute for the Always Pan.

A similar situation has arisen with regard to the Nugget couch. In the past year, the Nugget couch has become one of the most desired pieces of furniture. The reasons is obvious. The Nugget couch was designed to occupy children and foster their creativity. It is composed of separate foam pieces that can be reconfigured into various different furniture shapes. Because it was created to withstand the Tasmanian Devil-like behavior of children, it is nearly indestructible. It is even machine-washable.

After spending nearly a year in lockdown, it is no surprise that people are tiring with their home furniture. But who wants to invest in overly nice and expensive pieces with little tykes constantly running around, expending the energy that was meant to be used at recess? The Nugget couch solves this very problem. It helps that it is rather sleek and modern to boot. For once, a piece of furniture created with children in mind does not need to be consigned to the playroom, out of sight of anyone with taste.

Having discussed the benefits of the Nugget couch, it is time to address the elephant in the room—the Nugget couch is sold out. For orders placed today, they won’t even start shipping again until the end of April. Nobody should have to wait that long.

Thankfully, there are alternatives. Amazon features several competing products with near-five-star ratings. These include several modular items from Jaxx, each available in many color options:

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Jaxx Zipline Sofa & Large Ottoman 3 in 1 Fold Out Sofa, Big Kids Edition, Charcoal — $279

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Jaxx Zipline Kids Modular Loveseat & Ottomans/Fold Out Lounger, Blueberry — $165.99

As of this writing, Amazon does have both the Jaxx Zipline sofa and Jaxx Zipline modular loveseat in stock, ready to be shipped immediately upon order. However, as people continue to look for alternatives to the Nugget, that very well may not last.

Another option is from Foamnasium. Take a look at just two of the ways this piece can be assembled:

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Foamnasium Blocksy Mini, Mint — $151.20

With this type of furniture, the possibilities are endless. Hopefully more companies, seeing the success of the Nugget couch, will start to manufacture their own versions as well.

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A Gravity Blanket (Or Cheaper Alternative) Can Dispel Anxiety

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In looking over the products we have covered at We Know Products in the past year, it came as a surprise when we realized we had not yet written about Gravity Blankets. Given the year we all just had in 2020, everyone could have used a Gravity Blanket. Luckily, it is never too late to get yourself one of these anxiolytic comforters—it is not as if 2021 is not going to be stress-inducing too.

Gravity is actually a brand name of a particular weighted blanket that became a minor internet hit about half a decade ago. Nowadays, there are many weighted blankets to choose from, with varying weights, sizes and prices. Still, there is a reason why the term Gravity Blanket is well on its way to becoming genericized: the level of comfort offered is all-encompassing.

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Gravity Blanket: The Weighted Blanket for Sleep — $189

The Gravity Blanket now comes in four weights: 15, 20, 25, and 35 lbs. The company says it recommends getting one closest to 10% of your body weight, though I am not sure if that is still the case now that there is a 35 lb. offering. But if this is your first experience with weighted blankets, that is a good heuristic to start with. It is very possible to get one that is too big for you; instead of feeling relaxed you just end up feeling squished.

You also don’t want to be squished by the price. Now that there are competing weighted blankets on the market, there may be value in products that don’t cost nearly $200. That is the idea behind the Luna, who sells a 12 lb. weighted blanket for just $60. (They also have a 5 lb. one for kids that is just $40).

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Luna Adult Weighted Blanket -12 Lbs – 48×72 – Twin / Full Size Bed — $59.99

Luna Kids Weighted Blanket – 5 Lbs – 36×48 – Child Size Bed – 100% Oeko-Tex Cooling Cotton & Glass Beads — $39.99

Gravity Blankets were originally marketed especially toward people with autism, but anyone stands to benefit from their ingenious design, including normal kids. Who among us couldn’t benefit from a little anxiety relief?

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Can Vitamin D Prevent COVID?

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Since the start of the pandemic, people have been trying to figure out why COVID-19 can be deadly to some while manifesting as nothing worse than a common cold in others. One variable that has been isolated is Vitamin D.

Vitamin D has long been known to be an important factor in immune health, so it makes sense that it could help combat a virus that preys on weak immune systems. Several studies have shown that those hospitalized with severe COVID symptoms are much likelier to have Vitamin D deficiencies than their asymptomatic counterparts. Unfortunately, about 40% of Americans do not get enough Vitamin D on a daily basis. To make matters worse, it is harder to get the necessary amount of Vitamin D while being locked up indoors and removed from natural sunlight.

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Vitamin D3 by Nature’s Bounty for Immune Support. Vitamin D Provides Immune Support and Promotes Healthy Bones. 125 mcg (5000iu), 240 Softgels — $17.42

Right now, your best option is probably to take Vitamin D supplements. As former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona recently put it:

“Identifying and eradicating vitamin D deficiency with early and aggressive supplementation in COVID-19 has the potential to save thousands of lives and should be one of our highest public health priorities.”

After a year of research, the body of evidence supporting the claim the supplementation of Vitamin D can ward off COVID continues to grow. Luckily, with a prophylactic measure like this, you do not need to wait for a doctor’s prescription. You can go out right now and get your own Vitamin D supplements to take each morning. At the very least, you know it will improve your immune health.

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