March 17th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I wish all online companies would include shipping in their costs. It would make life a lot easier and probably help boost sales.Â I talk to probably 2 or 3 people a week that are gymnastic coaches or cheer-leading instructors and I see how much gymnastics equipment is necessary and how expensive it is to ship and how hard they work for funding.
Remember being a kid, really wanting a kids play mat or a toy or something and having to save up for it? I do. I remember when CD players first started becoming big and I wanted one so bad, but my mom said I would need to save the $60 myself.Â After a few months of doing odd chores and hoarding lunch money, I was finally able to afford it. Imagine how devastating it was to learn I didnâ€™t think about tax? The same goes for shipping prices, in my opinion. Most instructors, or students themselves, go online looking for the best price possible and start working as hard as they can to raise the money only to find out theyâ€™re still short a couple hundred dollars for shipping.
We at MatsMatsMats.com include shipping cost in almost all of our gymnastics mats, dance equipment like the ballet barre, and many other products, which make saving money for these super simple! You will know exactly what your cost is, without having to predict shipping costs (especially since there isnâ€™t an exact science to figuring it out). Â Itâ€™s not like tax where you can just add a percentage. So many factors come into play. The lightest item can cost $100 to ship because itâ€™s bulky, and vice versa for smaller items.Â As a super consumer, I really appreciate companies like ours that make purchasing so easy.
March 8th, 2013 by Kelly Green
Generally speaking, I am a big fan of Multi-purpose . . . well . . . anything.Â Swiss Army knife, got one, sawzall, you bet, left handed glockenspiel, well, maybe not but still, you get the picture. If itâ€™s something that I can get multiple purposes out of, SIGN ME UP!Â Enter the Tote N Mat. It is so much more than a kids play mat!
How about a tool that acts as a cushioned surface, a backpack and temporary storage cube? Think it is of limited use? If so, you probably donâ€™t have kids. Going to the beach, transporting all your beach toys, towels, and food across a vast, sandy expanse that seems to rival the Gobi or Sahara. Next, tryingÂ to decide on the order that things get unpacked and set into the sand then the struggle over who gets to sit where. The original Tote-n-Mat is the ideal multi-use mat for a family on the go. It is a water resistant, padded floor mat that converts to a large portable storage box, tote or backpack. It also works great as a baby play mat or kids play mat, beach mat, camping mat, or padded, moisture proof, picnic blanket. Anytime you need a clean and comfortable place to sit, the Tote-n-Mat travel mat is at your service.
If your family is larger, just get more of them, they can connect via a Velcro border. There are so many uses for this tool that I feel like one of those 1970 â€œRONCOâ€ salesmen, â€œBut wait, thereâ€™s more!â€ Thereâ€™s a discount if you buy 12 of them, there are several different ways to fold it to create different uses, itâ€™s easy to clean so it can double as a baby changing surface.Â You get the picture? Great, Iâ€™m off to invent a Hammer/Axe/coffee maker and jello mold!
February 18th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Everyone around me is getting married and having babies! Ok not everyone. But enough of my friends to start making me feel a wee-bit unaccomplished from just being a late twenty-something with a burgeoning recording studio and record label. I’ve even had dreams of children.Â MY children… who aren’t born yet. It’s very very creepy and some would even say ominous. However, it truly is a blessing for those involved. The parents, specifically. They’ll only lose about a year and a half of sleep and after that, it’s like having a dog that talks! At least, that’s what I remember my childhood being like.
All the fun aside, however, there will be inevitable child-proofing to be done when the little children-of-the-corn start walking around… oh boy that’ll be a doozy. I’ll end up with a home full of day care supplies.Â After this initial human germination stage, it’s off to day care (I’ve given this much thought, you see) where they’ll have nap time, learning time, lunch time, and if mom and dad are lucky, they can have some special time.
One could say the day care products we sell are passive facilitators in the love-making department for many working parents. Need to keep the rug-rats busy? Off to daycare! At home, lull them to sleep in their very own playroom complete with a puzzle mat, kids rest mats, cool looking bean bag chairs, and all kinds of other safe toys and trinkets that will give our near-lunacy young adults a little rest time for the best part of parenthood; teenagers!
February 11th, 2013 by Kelly Green
As a father of three very active children, I look across a veritable sea of discarded and outgrown toys, games, and activities every time I trek through the garage to my car. It always occurs to me that I should figure out a way to repurpose some of these leaning towers of misfit toys before I get buried in an avalanche of brightly colored plastic and foam.
One of the items in particular catches my eye every time I squeeze into the drivers compartment. Itâ€™s bright, itâ€™s campy, and itâ€™s still in great condition. Itâ€™s a marble kids game rugs game that was purchased for my son before he had the hand to eye coordination to use marbles for anything other than nose plugs. For most people, playing a game of marbles now-a-days would be akin to playing with a hoop and stick for my generation. I remember growing up and collecting marbles with the exact same fervor that my son collects PokÃ©mon cards.
The thought of this activity would not leave me. I located a place that sold large scale ball bearing for my â€œsteeliesâ€ purchased a â€œbag oâ€™ marblesâ€ from Toys R Us and set about dust busting that old kids play carpet. My son, who is now 11, was skeptical when I asked him to come play marbles, as if I had asked him to make a rubber band banjo (hmm. . . that may be a future project now). Soon, we were haggling over who got what â€œshooterâ€, â€œIâ€™ll give you the big steelie, if I can have the aggie and the marble with the flag in itâ€, â€œIf you get the first pick, I get the next two picks.â€ After a while the ruckus we were causing drew in my 13 and 15 year old daughters. My wife even got into the act bringing up snack and lemonade that we ate right on that carpet with no fear because THAT IS WHAT IT WAS MADE FOR!
My intention was to try and re-use, rather than throw away a garage relic. I gained an activity that my whole family enjoys AND I found that MatsMatsMats sells this online as well as several other kids activity mats. I will be buying the Parcheesi marble game mat for our new family game night that does not require a computer, game console or even electricity.
February 11th, 2013 by Stag
A few weeks ago I found myself hanging around with my little almost nephew.Â I say almost, since I am technically not blood related.Â He is the son of one of my friends sisters, however being like family that we are; I am his uncle.Â Now that we have that cleared up; there I was sitting around with the little man and wondering what to do.Â This guy loves his video games, and donâ€™t we all? Boys and their toys, right? I thought however that I needed to get this guy up and moving, give him a little visceral interaction, he is a little dude and he should be running a bit wild at this point.Â So I called my friend who works at a local kids gym.Â Seeing as though he was working that day, I decided to take the little tike over to the gym and let him play and move and jump and what have you with the other wee ones this day.
Now if you have never seen a kidâ€™s gym, youâ€™re definitely in for a surprise.Â Itâ€™s like the veritable playground that you would have dreamt of as a child; or at least I know that I did.Â Â A whole wall of climbing rope all the way to the ceiling.Â Gigantic exercise ball with kids rolling, and bouncing all over the place.Â Even incline mats for rolling, and a whole floor of tumbling mats and crash pads for the little folks to jump and throw themselves around onâ€¦and for safety of course.
But it is not just all play, the kids do learn quite a bit while they are there.Â My friend that works there is a coach. He groups the kids together and supervises them in exercises and even games, teaching them as they play. It great for many reasons, Â it gets the little guys moving and learning about their health and bodies as well as giving you a little time to breath and take some time for yourself. Needless to say my nephew had a great time and he has certainly asked to go back again. So if you have a little gymnast or just want to have your little ones play and exercise is a good environment, definitely check out your local kidâ€™s gyms…They’re loaded with many different types of kids exercise equipment.
December 31st, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
Phthalates. The deadly, evil, plasticizers. These chemicals are industrial compounds used to soften plastics and were shown to be commonly found in a wide array of childrenâ€™s toys and products.
As of February 10th of the year 2009, the Consumer Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) required that all products a child could potentially put in their mouth must be phthalate free and contain lower levels of lead and other heavy metals. This would apply to just about all toys or kids products that are generally used in daycares and pre-schools such as nap mats for kids, cots, and certain toys.
Since the CPSIA was enacted, MatsMatsMats.com has made a concerted effort to phase out all kids products that contained lead or phthalates and replace them with equivalent products that meet or exceed this new requirement. Everything from cots, nap and rest mats, tumbling mats, and bean bag chairs can be found in our kids daycare supplies section. If you are a parent or daycare provider, be sure to educate yourself and protect your children from products that may contain excessive amounts of these harmful chemicals. You can also view additional information regarding the CPSIA at http://www.matsmatsmats.com/kids/daycare_article_cpsia_2008.asp.
December 26th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
There were few things that excited me as much, when I was a child, as cars and trains. Perhaps it was the details of train sets and matchbox cars, or the novelty of large machinery that I had no idea how it worked. Â Moreover, how it could be scaled down for me to interact with rearrange and play with how I saw fit.Â Kids area rugs would have made all the difference and I would have been learning too!
My main peeve was always that there was no universal play set carpeted floor mats of sorts, that would really engulf and put me in a zone. I was lucky enough to have a fairly large train set, however, I do remember the train set not being conducive to the epic car chases in my head (since it was all very scaled and as my dad described not a toy).
Heroic cops vs robbers or just a plain busy day of construction was pretty much always on tile or plain carpet. I know that if I had kids play mats to play on it would have been so much cooler.Â That’s why one of the products I know I wouldâ€™ve loved as a kid (especially as a Christmas gift) is our transportation and construction themed play carpet. The details are awesome! It is perfect when playing with toy cars, planes, trains, and even boats. Let your kids imagination run wild with a simple yet effective alternative to a full blown expensive play set.
Play carpet or carpeted floor mats are excellent for day care centers, schools or home use. The quality of the kids play rugs as well as the large selection of colors, sizes and themes to choose from make it easy to find the perfect interactive educational rugs that will no doubt make learning fun! So, look at any of our many kids play carpets and Iâ€™m sure you and your child will find a carpet that will enhance their enjoyment!
December 6th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
Yes! The holidays! So much joy and holiday cheer and fireside chats and sing-alongs. But donâ€™t forget the most important thing of allâ€¦PRESENTS! For without presents, our children might actually start asking why weâ€™re not around as much!
Seriously, though, folks.. I strongly implore you to browse and peruse through our many in-stock gymnastic mats and other items this holiday season.Â Lest we forget our aspiring little gymnasts mini high bar, or perhaps a Â balance beam, orÂ any of our many other types ofÂ gymnastic equipment. The next McKayla Maroneys of the country are hard at work on their spring boards in order to one day fulfill the dreams of a nation!
Â So this holiday season, be sure to get in on our Christmas delivery guaranteed items and if you didnâ€™t quite make it, thereâ€™s always our Santa Letter you can show to the wee ones. Make sure to cover your bases, parents!
November 26th, 2012 by Stag
Well campers, the legendary holiday of the Giving of Thanks (Thanksgiving to the laymen) is now upon us! That means good food, good friends, and the family, with all the fixinâ€™s.Â Spending the day in good company and gorging yourself on all you can eat turkey and stuffing.Â As we all know, Thanksgiving is the universal day of excess, and with that comes the inevitable â€œitisâ€.Â Whether you know it by name or not, you all know the feeling.Â â€œItisâ€ is caused by the chemical tryptophan, which makes you feel oh so sleepy.Â Tryptophan is found in high concentrations inâ€¦you guessed it! Turkey.Â So no matter what youâ€™re up to this Thanksgiving, there will certainly be some much needed napping in your future.Â Well, as always weâ€™ve got floor mats for that!
Anyone of our Rest Mats would do the trick nicely.Â Now you say, â€˜hey arenâ€™t these for kids and day cares?â€™ Yes they certainly are. I donâ€™t know about you, but I have been missing â€˜nap timeâ€™ since it went the way of the buffalo after kindergarten.Â So call me sentimental, but after more than 2 decades of pining for nap time, I think I have found the perfect way to work that back into my life in some small wayâ€¦Thanksgiving.
Trust me, you will all thank me for this.Â So let the food settle and the â€œitisâ€ begin.Â No need to worry about having enough room for family and friends to lay their heads, just lay down anyone of our Rest Mats and let the much needed snoozing begin!Â Our Rest Mats for kids come in all colors and thicknesses to suit any grown child; like myself, and perhaps you.Â From our Standard Folding Rest Mat, Supreme Folding Rest Mat, or even our Supreme Pillow Top Rest Mat (my favorite!), we certainly have a mat to suit your holiday nap time needs.
So from all of us here at MatsMatsMats, Happy Thanksgiving and Enjoy!
November 6th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
I was going through all the wonderful comments you guys make on our website and I was pleased to see how many of you decided to go with our company because a product was Made in America. I knew our Gymnastics Equipment as well as our Dance Equipment and many of our other products, are made in America.Â Whenever I hear â€œBuy Americanâ€ I usually see it as a marketing ploy. I canâ€™t stand salesmen or ploys to trick me into buying something (which will make me the most honest salesman ever). I went online to look up actual reasons to buy USA made products and Iâ€™m going share with you my favorite:
-Foreign labor standards allow unsafe worker conditions in many countries. When you buy American you support not only American manufacturers but also American workers, safe working conditions, and child labor laws.
-US manufacturing processes are much cleaner for the environment than many other countries; many brands sold here are produced in countries using dangerous, heavily polluting processes. When you purchase American-made product, you know that you’re helping to keep the world a little cleaner for your children.
-The growing lack of USA ability to manufacture many products is strategically unsound. When you seek out American-made goods, you foster American independence.
- Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA. When you buy toys and other goods made in the USA, you can be confident that American consumer protection laws and safety standards are in place to protect your family.
- As the US manufacturing ability fades, future generations of US citizens will be unable to find relevant jobs. Buy American and help keep your friends and neighbors-and even yourself-earning a living wage
-Shipping anything from overseas can take a long time and be pricey when you consider duties and fees that have to be paid. Even if you donâ€™t order directly from another country, if the company you do order from gets their products from overseas- they most likely pass those extra fees onto you
I was going to list all our products that are made in the good olâ€™ U S of A, but then I discovered itâ€™s too many. Â From Gymnastics to Dance, you can be sure itâ€™s made here- even most ofÂ our Anti Fatigue Mats.Â In fact, the things you wonâ€™t find are made here are the Soft Floor Tiles (trade show flooring) and our Yoga Mat.Â But I guess you canâ€™t win them all.