December 19th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
In the past few weeks, I’ve been working a sort of county fair at the local junior college. Pumpkin patches, children, and haunted mazes. Fun. As stage and technical director, it was my job to ensure that the stage was clean, the audio rig was hooked up properly, lighting, and when it was all set up, mixing sound for performers, bands, and dancers. Being an outdoor wooden stage at a farm center, there was dust galore. The majority of performers on the weekends were young dancers. Toddlers to teenagers dancing to Rhianna’s “Cake” (I won’t get into what is slightly perturbing about seeing stage moms rooting for their six year olds lip syncing all the words to such hits as “Cake”, “It’s all about me”, and mouthing things like “Don’t you want it?” while suggestively “dancing”. But… I am not a parent and maybe don’t understand what it’s like to say “no” to an aspiring young dancer wanting to get up on stage to do such things.
In any case, I got to see first hand how our Matlay Dance Floor works and does its thing. Every Saturday and Sunday for six weeks, I unrolled 6′x4″ rolls of Matlay, use vinyl dance tape to adhere them together, and let the little ones dance to their little hearts content. After having my ears perforated for 3-6 hours, I’d clean up shop and roll the Matlay Flooring back up and do the same thing all over again the next day.
On the last three Sundays, interestingly enough, we had a local martial arts studio come and give us a demonstration. After doing some impressive choreography and sparring, they rolled out their Deluxe Bi-Layered Martial Arts Mats to do some acrobatics of sorts. Backflips, somersaults, and eventually, my favorite, brick breaking. Brick breaking with their foreheads! Tough sons of mothers, these guys were.
December 16th, 2013 by Kelly Green
HO! HO! HO! ‘Tis the season to be. . . well, maybe not jolly, who can work themselves all the way up to jolly these days? However, a lightening of the mood is certainly in order when considering what to stuff into stockings or put under the tree for your rug rats dujour. Since the advent of electronic gizmos, gadgets and gewgaws is now totally out of hand, may I suggest a lower tech option?
For preschoolers, may I suggest our fun and colorful set of play carpets? Dream houses, roadscapes of every size and location, learning rugs, and game mats.
Imagine this, no electronic bloop bloop, bleep bleep come Christmas morning, just an old fashioned gaggle of giggles as chutes are being laddered, Par is being cheesied and scotch is being hopped. I don’t know about you but my son has a fleet of cars that are ready to hit the carpeted road at any given second. Fortunately, he never has to worry about getting tired of the same toy car commute because MatsMatsMats.com has a gazillion car, boat and airport maps. (My son has staged many “near miss” airplane/car catastrophes, narrowly averted by the quick thinking of the level headed pilot, young Captain Green of the Greenhouse airways flight 101.
It’s harder every year to connect to kids. The continuing migration to online entertainment is putting up an almost insurmountable electronic divide in families. We, as parent have fed this monstrosity by giving the latest gadget to our progeny. It is time to fight back against this virtual reality juggernaut by giving our children real games instead of digital ones. I am excited by the possibility of connecting with my kids over a game of marbles, of a rousing thrash on the Parcheesi mat, beanbag toss tick tac toe. Talk about a “throw back!”
I remember in my own house, all of us kids opened our gifts with undiluted glee and greed as we received our yearly allotment of Santa Swag. However the biggest moment was always Santa’s gift to the family. This present was usually the most momentous and eagerly anticipated by the entire family. One year it was a color TV, another it was a new used car. The ones I remember the most were the family games. Usually a pile of games ranging from checkers to Parcheesi. One year it was a gigantic slot car track. It was always special and among my favorite family memories.
I intend to continue this tradition in my own family with a giant play mat for us all. How about you?
December 16th, 2013 by Kelly Green
If I had a nickel for every time that someone has walked up and asked me, “How’s the mat business?” I’d have about 25 cents. Mostly from my 11 year old. He is inordinately obsessed with what I do. Selling mats is NOT sexy. But it is important. Look around you; see all the different mats helping people’s lives. Whether it’s the mat at the grocery store clerk’s feet, helping his/her tired footsies so she’s/he’s not quite as grumpy or the safety mat warning the machine shop worker that if they take one more step forward they will need to explain to Saint Peter how they got there.
Looking over the customer data base, I see such a wide range of businesses and private uses. Whether a day care needs to provide a colorful, engaging, BounceBack floor for its outside swing-set or it’s a manufacturer making sure that there are anti-fatigue safety runners keeping his workers on their feet at the proper safe distance. We have mats for every need.
It’s not just businesses that can benefit from our products, for private homes there are welcome mats, kitchen mats, pet mats and more. Heated mats, vanity mats custom team mats galore! Try this the next time you are out and about. Do you remember the old games we all used to play in the car on long trips? “I Spy with my Little Eye”, The alphabet game. Etcetera? Try walking in the mall or even down a commercial street or even in your own home and count all the mats. I have, In my house I have two entrance mats, an inner carpet mat, a kitchen heated mat, 3 bath mats and a garage with 4 exercise mats. I almost forgot, we also have 2 kidsplay mats, marbles and Parcheesi!
Every business and home can make use of one or more of our products. Don’t believe me? Take a quick visit to our website and peruse the wide variety of product. Visit us at http://www.matsmatsmats.com?source=REM-KG
December 11th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
For those not aware, green is the new black. Businesses of all types are looking to cash in on the various state and federal perks of being certified “green” by using (relatively more) sustainable building materials, products, and infrastructure. As of late, we’ve been getting a lot of inquiries regarding LEED. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The program encourages and accelerates the adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.
The LEED rating system is comprised of ratings for different types of projects like new construction, existing buildings, core and shell, etc. However, as there are no products that are “LEED certified”, the use of various products can increase or decrease points needed for particular projects to gain certification. MatsMatsMats.com has been a big player in offering “green” products to our customers for a while now. We removed the heavy metals from our PVC yoga mat, we were one of the first online retailers push hard on our all natural rubber yoga mat as well. However, our biggest and best performing line for LEED certification is our recycled rubber products. Due to the use of regional recycled materials and other helpful parameters, our interlocking zip tiles, rolled rubber goods, and roof walkway pads can rack up anywhere from 4 points as underlayment and up to 8 points as flooring! This is a big help for contractors and architects alike looking to start on the right foot on any new construction projects which require LEED certification. For additional information, contact any of our product specialist or sales reps anytime!
December 11th, 2013 by Stag
I am sure that I am behind the trend in a way; as I usually am. But I recently purchased a turntable or record player for the laymen. This was primarily sparked by my stock-pile of my father’s old vinyl records. Deciding that I wanted to actually listen to these albums and get some more of my favorite albums on vinyl; I went ahead and made the investment. Now growing up in the digital age more or less the specifics of turntables was lost on me. The sure number of exact things that have to be perfect to get the best sound is quite overwhelming at first.
As I learn more I am finding myself becoming a bit more of an audiophile (someone that is very into music and the quality thereof). With this I found that I was getting a bit of a hum from my moderately high-end speakers. I tried and tried to diagnose and remedy the problem. Then I realized that I needed a foam pad of some sort under the speaker so that it did not vibrate directly on my wood table that they rest upon. So Anti-Fatigue mats to the rescue it was. I found that the fatigue mats were the perfect low-cost alternative to the very very expensive sound studio grade foam, and that it worked just as well.
Now with the anti-fatigue foam comfortably resting under my speakers I have crisp and clear sound. Just perfect for some old and some new vinyl listening enjoyment. You can find a purpose for just about any mat, and with that many different purposes for any mat. I found mine, what is yours?
December 11th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
The Holidays are approaching once again, which means it’s time to start thinking about all those Holiday gifts like a children’s play mats for your niece. This is a busy time of year for business’ in general, but for internet companies like ours, it’s even more chaotic. I know online shopping is quick and convenient, but there are still things that can go wrong. As somebody that’s been in sales for a few years and been through my share of Holiday seasons here’s some tips to ensure you get your kids play rugs as quick and correct as possible. I can’t say for sure all companies are the same, but I’m sure it’s pretty similar:
#1- Place your order for your daughters tumbling mats as far in advance as you can. With high volumes of people ordering, stock can go quickly and many products have to be produced; especially custom items. There’s also the added stress on Delivery Services during this time of the year… especially as Holidays get closer. The mass amount of packages being shipped definitely causes delays.
#2 Call and ask questions. One of the biggest problems with online ordering is sometimes a picture doesn’t due the item justice.. or it looks better than it is. Give your sales people a call and pick their brain. You’re paying your hard earned money on something, it should be exactly what you want. I know all of our sales representative would never sell something to you that doesn’t work for you and we’re very educated in our products so we can probably give you a good suggestion.
#3- Make sure to check your Order Confirmation/ Receipt. You may think the person helping you listens correctly but sometimes there is miscommunication and your address could easily be a letter or number off which can delay your package. Also take a look at Quantity and color to make sure it’s correct.
#4- Bug Customer Service – Maybe not everyday, but depending on how long your lead time is, check in once or twice. And I know I said to “bug” them.. but in reality it’s their job. Don’t feel bad, but be patient. Keep in mind there’s probably 2 people for every 200 callers.
That’s literally 4 little things you can do to make sure your gifts get to where they’re supposed to be, in time to brighten somebody’s day.
December 5th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
It’s amazing how time flies. I still remember when my sister announced that she was pregnant with her second bundle of stress, er, joy. It’s almost like it was yesterday. I was better looking, considerably more care-free, and I actually believed I would be the first President of the World Federation. Not to mention the best-selling artist of all time. How else would I win the minds and hearts of the people of earth and convinced the modern nation-states to disband, demilitarize, and unify under one common banner of rock? Well, needless to say, things didn’t quite turn out that way, but at least I get my own blog.
While both my nieces are turning out to be beautiful and talented young ladies, it’s the younger one of these, now 11, that’s becoming quite the accomplished gymnast. Those genes are definitely something that have stayed on the women’s side of our family since I am neither flexible nor athletic. The last “athletic”thing I engaged in was loading gear from my project studio to a large recording studio. Before that it was running, and before that, it was roller-blading, which I absolutely loved. However, there is something certain people seem to find creepy about a 6’4”bearded man rollerblading around the neighborhood in short-shorts and shaking that booty to his favorite 90’s workout jams. Lots of Madonna, Janet Jackson, and other top 40 favorites. *Ya’ll remember “Rhythm is a Dancer”or “Good Vibrations”? Marky Mark before he was Mark Wahlberg? If you have, you might be old. But anyway…
I was recently sent a video of her doing her thing with ribbons. She runs and leaps and somersaults on the carpeted crosslink floor and just completely looks at home. It’s really quite remarkable how young some of these gymnasts are too. One her team-mates could not be older than 7, and she is just FLYING on the balance beam. Legs twirling like a helicopter, with the most serious look on her face. Through a series of routines on balance beams, gymnastics mats, and other gym equipment, these girls seems well on their way to their accolades be it regional or with enough dedication, even the Olympics.
November 19th, 2013 by Stag
Here we are again ghouls and ghosts! Another Halloween is quickly upon us all. The freights and heights that we dare strive for this nearing holiday are yours alone. However what everyone will be seeing for sure; as we visited last year will be your front door mat. Now are you prepared for the impending adolescent zombie hoards this season? I sure hope so!
Those pesky little candy feeding and insatiable monsters shall be out in great numbers this year. Backed by their larger counterparts and entourages, and those welcome mats that you have now just may not stand the test of time this year. In preparation I certainly recommend upgrading your door mats. It’s what any good prepared person would do. No need for an underground bunker – that may prove difficult for the trick or treaters to find to say the least, but a new first line of defense – a welcomed mat will do nicely.
Perhaps if you current front door mat is on its last legs, then you should keep one waiting in the wings. A relief pitcher for the goblins and vamps out there this coming October 31st. One can never be too prepared with those unruly candy crazed wee-ones about now can they?
This year; this Halloween, play it safe. Double up and prep for new welcome mats. You won’t regret it.
November 19th, 2013 by Stag
I am not what you would call a proponent of Yoga; not in the practical sense at least. However I am a self-proclaimed “Jack of All Trades – Master of None” kind of guy. That being said, I often find materials and things that can serve multiple uses. Many of these items you would not intrinsically think of a specific said project or function.
Let me give you an example. As mentioned above – Yoga, and Yoga items and products. These yoga mats are made of durable and malleable PVC and/or Clean PVC materials. Now if you have ever had a decent tool collection, or any kind of hobbyist activity that would require you to have drawers of your needed items stashed away; you may need them to be protected, yes?
So yoga mats and yoga pads to the rescue. These light-weight and soft yoga accessories are actually perfect for lining these drawers filled with – let’s face it hundreds if not more dollars’ worth of your hobbies necessities. They made an area that is perfect for your goodies and are easily cut to fit the shapes and sizes that you may need depending on your specific storage area. They come in a wide array of colors and last a very long time. After all they are engineered to be laid and stood upon; they can definitely take a little wear and tear sort of speak.
So when you need a quick fix for a problem, or hobby; just look around. The answer may be right in front of you.
November 13th, 2013 by Stag
As the tides ebb and flow across the sand of this world; so do my exercise habits and diets. Needless to say in the last many weeks since my last update on my new found lust for life and health, I have waned back to; lets say not so healthy. So I consciously decided to not give into defeat! Na! I would get back on the horse, per say. Instead my stead; my mighty stallion would be an exercise bike circa 1985 that I found at a local estate sale – for a very good price I might add and much more fun than using my exercise mats. Now armed with the prevailer of thy doom, I would “ride” valiantly into the night, of my living room while watching trash TV and anime. Or at least that is plan for now.
Once I returned with the might stead to the great keep (my house for the laymen) I did notice one bright, brilliant fact. The legs of this newly acquired beast of mine were quite rough and may not be too good for the hard wood floors of my sanctum. So as I shall remedy my health, I shall remedy this issue as well. Intro: Stage Left – Stationary Bike Mat and Treadmill Mat.
Now with these protective bike mats laid upon my throne room, I was free to let my wild and aging horse ride freely. Free, in a stationary position on top of a protective floor covering to be exact. But free non the less. So as I end this, I look forward to my return home. To my work, still left to do.
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