Saturday, December 3, 2016

Comfort doesn't have to be expensive with Addable Mattress

Sleep is very important to your health. It helps your body rest and can even help fight diseases. Many people do not get enough sleep. A common reason for lack of sleep is having an uncomfortable mattress. If your mattress is lumpy or uncomfortable, you will have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. You may also experience aches and pains when you wake up. It’s also important to replace your mattress every eight years because they can wear down and become heavy due to skin and dust mites. Quite a few people know this but don’t follow this advice. People are under the impression that a comfortable and high quality mattress is very expensive. When you live paycheck to paycheck an additional expense is something you tend to put on the back burner. You see ads for mattresses that are expensive and you decide that’s not an expense you can handle at the time. You might even have gone mattress shopping. Noah got new bedroom furniture this summer. He was sleeping on a queen-sized bed that wasn’t very comfortable. He needed a twin bed so I had to go mattress shopping too. I hate mattress shopping. It’s annoying to go to a bunch of different places, not knowing who has the best deal.  You might even settle for something just to get it over with.

 You continue to lose sleep and wake up sore because you aren’t aware that a comfortable and high quality mattress is not always expensive, you just need to know where to shop. Addable sells affordable gel foam mattresses that are comfortable and a lot less than the department store. Great price, but didn't sacrifice on the quality of the mattress. It would cost over a $1,000 at a department store for a mattress. Addable has a Mattress Matchmaker to tell you what kind of bed you should get without going mattress shopping. Addable really cares about your sleep and if you aren’t a good fit, they will tell you. They will not try and talk you in to it. I love that they are so transparent when it comes to who is their ideal user. 

I would buy everything online if I could. I prefer it to shopping in the store with high pressure salesmen who try and up sale you on everything. I like to have time to think about purchases and compare, it’s hard to do that with a salesperson looking at you, wanting a yes or a no right then and there.  Chances are there’s a sale that is going on so coming back later isn’t an option. Then you must set up delivery, because you can’t really strap a mattress to the hood of your car and drive home.  You have to spend all day waiting for them to show up at their leisure. Delivery for Noah’s furniture was a $149 flat fee. When you order on online at Addable.  they offer free delivery. There’s no smelly delivery men to wait for. You know the only day they have available is a day you want to do something else. It’s delivered in a box and when you are ready to set it up, it’s so easy and you can just relax.

 I really like that Addable gives you a 181-night risk free trial. I think that is just the right amount of time.  It helps you know if this is the right mattress for you. Noah’s mattress had a 14 day return policy or something.  Thankfully he’s a kid and could sleep anywhere. Addable mattresses are made in USA too. I love to support USA made products.  Mattress shopping shouldn’t be a huge pain and with Addable it can go smoothly and you won’t lose sleep over it. If Addable isn’t the right fit for you, you can easily return it. It also comes with a 10 year warranty. Although most mattresses are expected to be replaced every 8 years.

For more information and to order please visit Addable. Be sure to use the Mattress Matchmaker to see what mattress is best for you.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Christmas Star from Afar Review

Every December, families start getting excited for Christmas. Social media starts filling up with pictures of elves doing silly things. Some people love them and some people do not. My family has never done the elf thing because it is weird in my opinion. I think it’s kind of creepy and doesn’t really symbolize what Christmas means to my family. I feel like it is an attempt to convince your children to behave. It focuses more on the present aspect of Christmas than on Christ. We have had the same Nativity for forever. I don’t even know how old it is. It could possibly be older than my sister and me.  I remember playing with it when I was very young. I liked to hang the angel. It was always a big deal when we would set up the Nativity. At my Grandparents house, they always started with the manger empty and moving Mary and Joseph in and then Jesus was born and the animals and Three Kings came later. When my Grandma Rose passed away, we have parts of her manger too. So now we have camels and assorted animals and the black sheep. My uncle Steve painted the sheep black when he was a kid. He said it was because he was the black sheep of the family.  I always liked that story.

 While I don’t embrace the Elf, I am always looking for ways to create new traditions with Noah while maintaining those I grew up with. I learned about Star from Afar. It’s similar to the elf where you hide the star each day, and your children find it, and you read scripture and there’s different days where you create the manger and the whole story comes together.

Here’s how it works:
  • Set up your nativity
  • Hide the Star every night
  • Once your children find the Star move all Three Wise Men to its location
  • Read the optional scripture
  • Repeat
  • On Christmas Eve place your Star on the top of your nativity stable
  • On Christmas morning your Three Wise Men reach the nativity scene and find their king, baby Jesus!
  • You can easily combine the “Star From Afar” with other traditions your family participates in. Consider placing a little surprise or sweet with your Star everyday to make this fun game more like an Advent Calendar.

I really love this idea and Noah loves it too. I like that your kids know that YOU hide it, it’s not magic.   I think The Star From Afar is gorgeous because it’s made from wood and it will last for a long time. I can already see myself doing this tradition with my future grandchildren. I think that sometimes people focus so much on Santa and presents, they don’t really know the story of The First Christmas. I love that there are daily scriptures so Noah and I can share in the Word of God. You also have a choice of different skin tones which is pretty cool too.  I am having fun coming up with unique places to hide the star. Noah is really good at finding things so it’s been challenging to find somewhere that makes him hunt for it. It comes with the story of Christmas that you can read together daily or as often as you like. We like to take turns reading it. It would also make a great gift for many Christmases to come.

For more information and to order please visit The Christmas Star from Afar website.
I was provided with a free sample to facilitate my review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Elastic Precision Rubber Band Gun Review

As a mom of a boy and having no brothers of my own, boy stuff is a new territory that I have had to navigate since Noah was born. I love that I have a son, I am not girly. I have found it interesting. I am proud of everything I have learned and done. I never really saw me being able to bait a hook, and remove a fish. I remember when I was younger I would ask someone else to do it for me. I realized one day that I don’t have that person so I had to do it. My days are filled with stepping on the occasional plastic block and listening to the swishing sounds of them.  Like other boys, Noah likes things that projectile off in to the air. He loves when his toys have missiles or to shoot the occasional item in the air.

He became fascinated with launching rubber bands after we attended a local event where they taught him to use one to help fly his paper airplane. He has taken the opportunity to launch any rubber band he can find. He has been reminded a few times to stop using my hair things to play with. He also likes to make stars out of rubber bands too. I taught him how to do that, I learned it in high school and it never left my memory. I am not sure I can explain how to do an algebraic equation but, if you ever have the need to make a star out of a rubber band, I am your girl.  I love to look for fun toys for Noah to play with. I like to find things he doesn’t know about because honestly, how many more sets can I buy him? I like him to have diverse interests. He has mentioned getting some popular toy guns that shoot foam things but they are so expensive. If you lose the ammo, well you can either buy more which are almost equally expensive or you can’t use it anymore. There’s so many types of ammo so you must make sure you get the exact one.

I learned about a company called Elastic Precision. They sell rubber band guns that are handmade out of Maple. I must tell you the story of how Elastic Precision started. Brent was a college student who wanted to buy Nerf guns for him and his buddies in college but couldn’t afford it, so he decided to make his own rubber band guns out of wood.  He has over 100 acres of hard wood forest. He likes to use fallen or damaged trees to make the rubber band guns. He doesn’t have to outsource the wood or go to the lumber store, he can get it within walking distance of his own wood shop. He doesn’t waste the left-over wood, he totally uses it in other ways. He uses the large limbs as firewood, and the smaller limbs as mulch. The rubber band guns are made from Sugar Maple so they will last for a long-time vs the plastic ones that will wear down and break. We received the Model 1911 Rubber Band Gun to try out.  It’s Modeled after the classic “1911” handgun. It’s made with all wood construction. There’s no plastic pieces. It Semi-Automatically fires 6 rubber bands and comes with ammo, and instructions. The Rubber Band Guns are made in the USA in Kansas. You can even get it engraved if you would like.

 It holds 6 blue rubber bands. I like that they are blue because you can find them easier than if they were brown. I also like the rapid-fire option. You can shoot the rubber bands as fast or as slow as you want.  It’s nice looking too. While it has the shape of a gun, you won’t mistake it as an actual gun, which I find important for safety reasons.  Noah has had some fun with practicing shooting. I have been mom though and said be careful, don’t aim it at anyone’s face or yourself. He says I am too overprotective, maybe I am. He likes to pretend we are in the Wild West but, I don’t have anything to use. He knows to point it at the ceiling.  It would make a great holiday gift or just something fun to do this winter while the weather is bad.

For more information and to order please visit Elastic Precision.

You can use the coupon code FSFSCB1220 for free domestic shipping on any sized order. It expires 12-20-16