June 27th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
I’ve been working long, hard hours turning a project recording studio into a commercial enterprise. After about 2 years of chipping away at a very large to-do list, it seems that things finally came into place. I work with a couple of clients regularly and more seem to be coming my way. While the space is small, it’s definitely providing musicians and producers with a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. However, being that the rental space is in one of MANY grey doors that look exactly the same from the outside, I have been continuously haunted with something that feels “missing”. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Christmas lights for a more “festive” atmosphere… nope, too hoaky. A fridge full of beer? Negative. Distracting and encourages drinking while working. Not necessarily a bad thing but when you’re dealing with old-time rockers in the program… have to pass on that. I de-arranged, re-arranged, and cleaned the hell out of the space again. Put up some paintings I like, new sound panels with more visually striking cloth covers and still nothing.
Finally it dawned on me… there is not “welcome” mat. I Realized that all the other studios at least have some kind of rubber mats at the entrance to their respective spaces. Something to wipe your feet on and not track as much dirt and debris inside. But all were pretty much black and boring. What I needed was something with a little bit more flair. Not necessarily saying “welcome” or “bless this house”.. I mean, c’mon. But I was in serious need of something more inviting. Something that spoke to me and said “Hey, someone gives a hoot about this joint.” Perusing for various options, I finally settled on nice ivy patterned coir door mats to greet anyone when they first get there. Not the biggest deal in the world but it’s the little details that really tie an idea together.
June 24th, 2014 by Stag
Have you ever had a moment in adult-hood that you just completely revert to the mentality of a child? Not in capacity or your actual facilities, but simply as in wanting to play or play with some item that has somehow sparked a vivid memory of your child-hood? To me there are a few things that will have that effect. In no particular order they are: Teddy Rubskin, My Pet Monster, Mighty Max and Match-Box Cars. Now a little back story on this particular case; my roommate was a child care specialist for many years. He worked with children of all ages, and he is not exactly the tidiest of people, not dirty; just cluttered. So he was empting out a backpack one day and out comes a Match-Box Car. My pupils dilate, my pulse quickens and I almost immediately become fixated on this little piece of metal and plastic.
I started to see how far across the living room I could “drive” this little yellow car. I began creating little obstacle courses out of books and anything else lying around that I could find. For hours my roommate and I would 7 years old again and actually have a great time with that doing that. However one thing was definitely missing. We needed those city mats that they used to have when you were in grade school. If we only had one of these carpet play mats for cars then our little nostalgia filled Match-Box Car would seemingly come to life. Something like the City Life kids play rug would have been fantastic.
With all this my roommate and I decided that we needed to procure one of these play rugs possibly a racetrack mat for these cars. Now we are not going to keep it; we are going to gift this to his nephew in order to share this little – apparently tradition to continue the era.
June 5th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
Are any of you guys on Twitter? You should follow @MATTtheMATguy. He’s a co-worker and this kid is bonkers, he’s so excited to be out in California and tweeting for the first time that literally everything excites the daylights out him. Every time he discovers a new product, he acts like he discovered the Holy Grail; He then proceeds to give us real time updates of his retweets, favorites and follows. It’s cute because he’s young and I like seeing anybody get excited about anything but I don’t need the updates. (sorry Matt)
There was one thing he mentioned that I actually thought was worth sharing because maybe you don’t know. We have a huge variety of trade show flooring. There’s carpeted tiles, wood laminate, rubber topped, and premium soft foam which all come with borders. That’s not the news, you guys know that. The news, which apparently is getting people excited on twitter, is our tiles are in-stock and usually ship same day! I know how often business or tradeshow opportunities pop up that you may not be too prepared for and ultimately have to pass, so this could really help a lot of you. Aside from having a large selection and great quality tiles (far surpasses the quality and selection you might find in a Home or Hardware store), we have competitive pricing AND every shipment is triple checked so your order arrives not only quick but correct.
So if you need versatile interlocking tiles for your next tradeshow, let us know; We’ll be sure to get you the best tiles for your booth quick and for the very best price.
May 30th, 2014 by Stag
I have been a bit of a PC Video Game enthusiast for years now. Of course taking the inevitable breaks here and there and for varying amounts of time but I always find myself coming back to it. I don’t think that I will ever be too old – at least mentally; to play a video game now and again. Now anyone that has played on a PC knows that your set up is very important. Unlike your console games where you can play from your couch with a controller, you need to be sitting in your office chair and using your keyboard and mouse. Now I am not as young and resilient as I once was. So having a good set up is very important. Back problems are no laughing matter.
I used to use your standard office chair. That proved to be very uncomfortable and so I upgrade to a quite expensive full support high-end chair. Even that did not help with those binge weekends; sitting for hours on end. Though eventually I came across something that did; an exercise ball. Surprisingly it was very comfy to sit on and was great for my back. Gave me full range in motion and I would like to think – made me better at the game.
Wreaking havoc in an online game while sitting on an exercise ball is more satisfying than it should be. And definitely works far better than I ever imagined. I certainly recommend it!
May 22nd, 2014 by Stag
My roommate is a bit of a MacGyver, and with that comes the hazards and sometimes benefits of his madness. Though seeing as though we have a lease and my name is on it; I decided to take some precautionary measures and get some non-flammable fatigue mats for the house. Trust me! This is a definite necessity with my roommate. He is not the most…shall we say, observant person on the planet. I know that he will be doing welding at some point or at the very least working with fire in some fashion to construct one of his (sometimes) useful mad-cap inventions.
To combat this I picked up weldmaster anti-fatigue mats and some rubber flooring to cover the surrounding area of his madman’s work area. This way he thinks that it’s for his benefit; and in a way it is. But at the same time it will serve to keep him from burning down the domicile that we have a lease for. So if you have a maverick roommate or loved-one at home, I heavily recommend a rubber fatigue mat and rubber rolls for your little invention or repair areas. Trust me, they will thank you, and so will your home-owner’s insurance agent.
May 16th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
Happy Earth Day! MatsMatsMats.com likes to go green every day and provide customers with as many of the best eco-friendly and safe products for your everyday use as we can. We offer a variety of rubber yoga mats which provide excellent traction and yoga blocks that are made from bamboo and cork, sustainable natural resources. We also offer a natural cotton yoga mat and yoga bolster which are made with unbleached and untreated cotton. If you prefer a meditation cushion we offer them with organic fillings; buckwheat or kapok (your choice).
I myself try very hard to go green and be healthy. I’m the guy that goes to the store keeping an eye out for natural cleaning products and organic vegetables, but I load those products into my V-8, because a Prius isn’t “cool” enough for me. That’s totally sounds counterproductive, but let’s be honest the reason most consumers use greener products isn’t their concern for the environment. The real deciding factor is whether or not it’s good for your family, or you can save money. Years ago when this “green” craze started becoming popular, it was a lot more expensive. As Companies and people themselves increase their interest in being Eco-Friendly, the quality of products is going up and costs are coming down. We have a huge selection of things many of us use every day that can protect the earth and your wallet.
I like to be as realistic as possible and being 100% eco-friendly isn’t possible for me. But “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, so I do what I can when I can. For example, almost every product in my home gym is eco friendly including my flooring which is 100% recycled and it all came from MatsMatsMats.com Our green yoga products like eco yoga mats, as well as our meditation cushion and exercise products, allow your body and your conscience to feel good. Also, just to help out a little more, every time one of our resistance tubes or fitness balls is purchased, a tree will be planted to help offset the environmental effects of manufacturing and transporting these products. For every million trees there is enough CO2 absorbed to offset the negative impact of more than 16,000 cars in a year and provide $124 Billion worth of air pollution control. Small steps.. making a HUGE difference.
May 16th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
We just started carrying rubber mulch for playgrounds or landscape use which is the coolest product I’ve seen in a while. This granular mulch ground cover is made from 100% recycled rubber and will not fade, rot, compress, or lose its original beauty, even after years of exposure to the elements.
About a year ago I blogged about an issue I was having with my dog laying in the dirty flower beds. I wanted to try and keep her clean while still having proper drainage. I used our Tuff-n-Easy rubber tiles, which was a good fit but I had to cut the tiles down to fit and drill holes for drainage. At the time it was the best solution and not too hard. This Rubber Mulch would have been much easier! Unlike the tiles, I wouldn’t need to cut to fit; I could just pour whatever I needed and water would naturally run through to keep my plants alive and use up to 30% less water due to minimal evaporation. The other cool part is this mulch comes in a few different colors to add some pop to your yard.
Another good thing about having mulch in your flower or plant beds is it will reduce the amount of dust blown around, often ending up inside and will help keep your patio looking cleaner.
Aside from being good for plant beds, this is an awesome alternative to our Bounce Back Playground Tiles. I have more than a few customers that want to protect their children from falling off any playground equipment in their own backyard, but find the tiles not cost effective and too difficult to install for home use. Plus it has one of the highest shock absorption ratings of any playground covering and rubber mulch, as outlined by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. It safely absorbs the impact of falls from heights greater than that of gravel, sand, wood chips and other mulches and unlike wood Does not attract termites, carpenter ants or other harmful insects plus Inhibits growth of molds and fungi, reducing allergy risk.
May 9th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
While staying with my brother in Mexico, he encouraged me to try some of the finer and more ‘upscale’ eating establishments available in his neighborhood of Juarez. Think of it like Mexico City’s equivalent of Silver Lake. The first Saturday there, him and his girlfriend took me and mine to a pizza eatery built out of the basement of one of MANY historical buildings there. A Spanish colonial residence who’s exterior is meticulously preserved now surrounded by technical schools, OXXO’s, 7-Eleven’s, and streets that would make a New York pedestrian squeamish from complexity. The entrance was lined with fancy entry mats and we made our way to our table. There, we decided to order a home cooked pizza. Marinara, date, and asparagus with a faint touch of wine in the dough. It was delicious. And impressive that the cooks were able to whip this out in such a short time. Craft beers abound, we relinquished in a drunken stupor back to the apartment. I made it a point to try and remember that I got a peek at the mat behind the bar. To my non-shock, it was the very non slip drainage mats so common in bars… and provided by my place of daily employment. It seemed that even across borders, the influence of ‘mats’ followed me everywhere.
The night was kind and without incident. Until the sun came up and it’s first unfriendly beams poured in through the curtain-less guest bedroom and directly into my tired eyes. As I reached for my phone to check the time, a sudden influx of pain and nausea began to manifest within me. A low rumble and gurgle urged me to get out of bed. But my weary spirit declined and with an almost child like internal plea, I forced myself back to sleep. I closed my eyes anew, and before I could reach the sweet bliss of the dream state, the rumble and gurgle turned into a stampede of wild buffalo running from something… something terrifying. Stumbling out of bed and unable to answer my better half’s mumbled inquiry, I was sat upon the freezing cold porcelain in what seemed like a flash. To the horrible shock of my tender end, what followed was a catastrophic display of entropy in it’s rawest form. For the next 30 minutes of my life I bowed before a terrible pain and sorrow I always understood was reserved for the poor, unwitting western foodie tourist on his first, uninformed excursion to a genuine Delhi eatery.
When the carnage was over and my eyes restored focus, there I sat, hunched over and staring the very thing I had all but forgotten to think of from the night before: a non-slip drainage mat.
April 29th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
As a kid we all have dreams of being something amazing. Growing up in California, so close to Hollywood, my dream was always to be an actor. I am so in love with the entertainment industry and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. As I got older I transitioned from acting, to public relations, to management, to event coordinator and now as an adult I’m on my way to running or owning my own restaurant. Although being a restaurant owner isn’t the same as being an actor it’s in the same family. I realized that while I love becoming somebody else and having fun performing, it comes down to being entertaining and making people happy.
While I’m ever so slowly putting myself through school, I have this great job at MatsMatsMats.com where I’m still not very far from the entertainment industry I love so much! Weird..right? Well let me explain…
Along with every kind of mat you can probably think of, we also have a huge selection of Dance products which some of you may be more familiar with then you realize. Some of our Ballet Bars have found a home at Glee’s Mckinley High, our Mylar Mirrors danced all over the Stage with ABDC’s Fanny Pak, our Free-Standing Ballet Barre made it all the way to 30 Rock to show some new workouts on “The Today Show”, even our Rolled Rubber Flooring graced the stage of Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre for Cirque de Soleil’s Iris.
So while I’m a little more detached from the world I really want to be in, I get to peruse my dreams while working at a job that I can be passionate about. In a small little way, I get to be apart of the entertainment industry and help bring joy to people.
April 23rd, 2014 by Stag
I will be moving into a new apartment in the next week or so and now I am trying to figure out all the items and accessories that I’ll be needing to make my new space a functional one. Of courses you have your priorities; things like a refrigerator, utensils and general seating arrangements. No one wants to sit on the floor against the wall to watch their unnecessarily large flat-screen television, now do they? That would just be ridiculous. So it would seem that I have some very cost effective shopping in my very near future.
With that in mind, I will also need a few things that will make my home life, shall we say…more conducive. I will be moving in with my friend; of whom I have known him for 25 plus years. Now in that time I have found out many things about this guy and I do know that doing dishes, is absolutely not something that he is capable of. Not physically mind you, no. Contextually, he just simply does not do them.
So with that inevitable detail being considered it leads me to another purchase that I will inevitably be stocking up on and that is a kitchen mat. Ideally a gel mat or anti-fatigue kitchen mats of some sort. As I foresee long hours spent over my new sink dealing with the unavoidable mountain of dishes and utensils. So wish me luck on the move, and in my dish riddled adventures before me.