The Development of Polyurethane Foam Cushioning

The invention and development of foam is one of the most influential commercial events in the history of polyurethane plastics. North America produces approximately 1.2 billion pounds of foam products each year. This product has improved life for many at work, home, and while traveling. It even helps when it comes to play time. Foam adds comfort to products such as mattresses, furniture, and automobile interiors. It can also be used as protection for fragile items, and in the field of medicine it is used to provide support to patients.

Before polymers were developed and used in the foam industry along with catalysts and blowing agents it was a difficult process to create foam. All of the raw materials needed to be blended and stirred as it was heated. The mixture was then laid out in pans to rise. Pre-polymer production of foam was in the hands of chemical companies like Mobay, Bayer, and Monsanto.

Processors from the United States had to make numerous trips back and forth to Germany where they visited the Bayer labs. Here they observed the foam making process. They also arranged to have the needed equipment sent home, and they compared the foam process between the two countries. Bayer’s teams of researchers came to the United States freely in order to guide this country’s developing foam process as well as to gather notes.

The president of Mobay was David Eynon. He made himself readily available to these early processors in the foam industry. He welcomed innovators because the creation of polyurethane foam wasn’t the same as other chemistry discoveries that seamed accidental. Creating the couch foam we know today took painstaking growth and the systematic efforts of many people. The new foam products these early developers created would soon replace the already successful commercial latex foam cushioning. Polyurethane foam combined with a cotton batting was a much better product.

The first results were stiff when compared to foams we can purchase today from retailers such as The Foam Factory. Once usable foam was manufactured, it was difficult to sell. Furniture manufacturers did not immediately see its benefits. The determination of those early processors along with product improvements brought about the foam industry we now have. Today polyurethane foam plays a huge role in our everyday life at home, work, and play.

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Easy DIY Party Kits

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Hosting a party can be a daunting experience especially when you are doing it for your family or close friends.  There are many things to consider, lots of coordination with suppliers and service providers, and party supplies to have. You may want to run a themed celebration or simply have a bash that is well-coordinated and organized. No matter what you like to achieve, it is always great to see the results of your hard labor to be greeted with cheers and an astounding success!

Party kits will be the best solution to save you precious time, resources, and breaking of head (not literally!) for thinking of ideas and themes.  Do you want to something personalized? How about themed? Fun? Crazy? Colorful? Toned down? Classy? Then check out DIY Party Kits from Birthday Express! Each D.I.Y. kit comes with everything needed to create a fun backdrop or decoration that the kiddos will love… plus they make great photo opps too!

  1. D.I.Y. Barnyard Room Decor – D.I.Y. Kit Materials – 1 Guests – YeeHaw! Spend a day down on the farm for your son or daughter’s next birthday! Make the celebration one-of-a-kind with this exclusive DIY party kit! The project kit includes barn/hay backdrops, 3 straw hats, 2 bandanas, 1 set decals, and 1 roll of twine. The only things you’ll need to round up are clothes pins, tape, and scissors.

  2. D.I.Y. Superhero Comics Room Decor – D.I.Y. Kit Materials – 1 Guests – Create a BAM, POW, BANG, BOOM party room for your little superhero! This D.I.Y. party kit includes 2 yellow lanterns, 1 blue lantern, 2 red fluffy decorations, 1 blue fluffy decoration, 2 placemats, 2 masks, and 3 rolls of crepe (1 each of red, blue, and yellow). All you’ll need to bring it together are scissors and tape!

  3. D.I.Y. Little Spa Party Room Decor – D.I.Y. Kit Materials – 1 Guests – Transform your home into a relaxing oasis with this delightful D.I.Y. Little Spa Party project. Materials included are: a bathtub standup, 1 roll of pink tulle, 2 packs of blue fluffy decorations, and 4 packs of white balloons. Just have some tape and scissors on hand and you’ll be able to create a special retreat for your little one.

Each kit is super easy to set-up, so let your imagination run wild and create an awesome custom party room to remember! Shop now! Don’t make it stressful! Enjoy!


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6 Creative Ways to Decorate Your Home

Decorating your home can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a little daunting as to where to get started. Don’t be deterred—some of the most unique ideas are the ones you can do yourself. Below are 6 examples of creative home decorating tips anyone can take on.

1. Jars & Bottles

Jars and bottles, once stripped of their labels, provide a versatile decorating solution. For example, old wine or beer bottles as vases, desk storage or display pieces will add real interest to your home. If you don’t have any, a number of speciality stores such as Biome stock items such as Mason jars in a variety of colours and sizes. Decorating with items like these will also add a rustic, country feel and a touch of history to your home.

2. Homemade Art

Your choice for this type of decorating is limited only by your imagination. If you’re a bit of a travel nut, source old maps or travel brochures, have them framed and hung on your walls. The same could go for old newspapers and wrapping paper. Or, if you’re a regular participant of social media, print out your Instagram images and hang them individually, or grouped together.

3. Books


Books are great for creative home decorating ideas, as most people have plenty. For your larger ‘coffee table’ books, you can stack them to become a low surface display or side-table next to your lounge. Old books can also be mounted on the wall and used as a one-of-a-kind shelving solution.

4. Displays

If you’re into music, old band t-shirts work great as displays on the wall of a spare room or office. If magazines are more your forte, source a number of issues of your favourite and display them from coat hangers. A way to really personalise this type of decorating though is to display something you love such as your favourite shoes.

5. Plants


Plants literally breathe life into a space and will provide a distinctive element of class and freshness to your home. If you want your plant to stand out, go retro and hang it above your kitchen bench from a croquet 1970s plant hanger. To get really creative, have herbs on display that can survive being indoors. Something like basil or rosemary will provide an inviting aroma for your guests too.

6. Lighting

If you have a relatively low-key living area in regards to colour scheme, choose a lighting cover in a bold tone, highly detailed display or made from an unusual texture. The same goes for lamps. You could be even more distinctive with this lighting source by incorporating an oversized floor lamp. However, lighting does have a huge effect on the mood and atmosphere of a space, so it’s important to keep this in mind when developing your design, and even use this to your advantage.

When it comes to incorporating creative ideas into your home decorating, the trick is to keep it simple—you can quickly find your design getting too complicated if you try doing anything too fancy or too involved.

What items do you have at home that could be used as a creative display idea? Leave your answers below.

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The Dean Zoltan AR6 Flame Top Electric Guitar For The Serious Rocker

It must be a rocker’s dream to own a Dean Zoltan ar6 flame top electric guitar. It looks very serious and perfect for the rocker people out there.

The Dean Zoltan ar6 flame top guitar has a beautiful maple top and neck. It also has a C-shape neck that allows the rocker to do an easy shred action.  With the features below, this electric guitar is a top in its rock field!

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Made of solid wood or maple flamed (top wood) and mahogany for the body. The finish is gloss urethane. The neck’s scale length is 25.5″ and has a C Zoltan shape. It also has 24 frets and has a standard jumbo fret size. Inlays are black and small square.

As for the configuration and number of strings, below are some details:

Configuration: HH
Neck: DMT Select time capsule
Bridge: DMT Select nostalgia
Brand: Dean
Active or passive: Passive
Series or parallel: Parallel
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None

Control layout: Master volume
Pickup switch: 3-way

Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
Bridge design: Floyd Rose with locking nut
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Grover
Color: Black

Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Body finish

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#MinionsCelebrate Giveaway – Win $500 from Birthday Express!

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Minions fans, have we got a giveaway for you! Birthday Express is hosting a #MinionsCelebrate Giveaway where you have the chance to win up to $500 in party product! All you need to do is post a photo of your family celebrating Minion-style to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram with the hashtag #MinionsCelebrate and you’ll be entered!

Get your entry in now because this giveaway closes on 7/31/15. Each week through the end of the giveaway, a winner will be selected. Thinking about having a party to celebrate the new Minions Movie? Check out some of our favoriteMinions Party Supplies below.

Minions Despicable Me – Value Party Pack

Minions Despicable Me – Filled Favor Bucket


And, a birthday party is not complete without the pinata!

Minions Despicable Me – Pinata Kit

Join now and don’t  miss out on this fantastic giveaway!

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