Choose the Best Mattress for Couples – Get a Good Night’s Sleep!

How to Choose the Best Mattress for Couples

Let’s face it. While we love being able to spend 6-8 hours per day laying next to our loved one, it has its challenges too! Whether it’s moving around, liking different temperatures etc. sleeping as a couple can be a bit trickier than sleeping by yourself when it comes to the quality of sleep – but there is help when you choose the right mattress!

Couple Sleeping Comfortably

Eight created the world’s first smart mattress designed to track and improve your sleep. Its proprietary technology tracks over 15 aspects of your sleep, including heart rate, breathing rate, deep/light sleep, tosses and turns, bed temperature, and room temperature. It can wake you up during the right moment in your sleep cycle with a smart alarm, keep you warm with dual-zone bed warming, and even brew your morning coffee!

Eight Smart Mattress Collection

The Eight Jupiter+ smart mattress is able to incorporate some of that technology to make it easier for you and your partner to get a good night’s sleep, even if you have different sleeping styles. We don’t want to go back to the Lucy and Ricky Ricardo days of sleeping in twin beds!

How the Eight Jupiter+ Smart Mattress Helps Couples Sleep:

1. Limited Motion Transfer
The Jupiter+ contains four layers of foam (plus one layer of technology). The third layer includes a supportive transition foam that is constructed in a way to minimize motion transfer. In other words, you won’t be disturbed by your partner as he or she switches sleep positions.

2. Dual-zone sleep tracking
Each side of the bed provides a sleep score every night. This is calculated through the sensors which detect heart rate, breathing rate, temperature of the room, temperature of the bed, tosses and turns, and more.

3. Dual-zone temperature control
A study by the University of Maryland School of Medicine found that women’s core temperatures were consistently higher, which means that they are more sensitive to colder temperatures (they are accustomed to being warm). With dual-zone temperature control on the Jupiter+, couples now have one less thing to argue about!

What issues do you and YOUR partner have sleeping next to each other?

 

Sleep now, pay later on smart mattresses

Stock Up on Easter Basket Fillers and Supplies for Just $1 Each at DollarTree.com

I know it’s only February, but Easter is just around the corner! As you prepare for Easter or just spring in general, know that you don’t have to bust your budget shopping for basket fillers, decorations, treats, and/or party supplies.

DollarTree.com has a wide variety of $1 specials to make your Easter absolutely delightful. There are several bonuses to buying online at DollarTree.com vs. shopping in the store:

1) No fighting the crowds!
2) You’re buying in bulk, so you’re guaranteed to get as many as you need – no worrying about the store running out of stock
3) There are lots of ideas online for how to use Dollar Tree’s products to make your Easter festive and fun!

Here are some of their Easter basket fillers and supplies that are catching my eye:

Plastic Solar-Powered Dancing Chicks in Easter Baskets, 4 in. – $1.00 (minimum 4 units)

Hatch some fun this spring with these playful yellow chicks! When the solar strip is exposed to light these adorable little chicks’ bodies and heads will teeter back and forth. A great addition to Easter baskets and a fun accessory for any desk, table, or counter.

All-Star Sports Mini Foam Footballs – $1.00 (minimum 4 units)

Soft foam footballs look like a traditional football, but are smaller, softer, more safe, and promote healthy activities for kids! Practice kicking, throwing, and team cooperation. Make great party favors and additions to tailgating parties, too. Ages 4+.

Voila Iridescent Pearl Plastic Decorative Filler Shreds, 1.25-oz. Bags – $1.00 (minimum 4 units)

Foil shreds are the perfect start to gift baskets and as filler for gift bags and packages! Strips of shiny iridescent pearl-colored tinsel also bring a festive touch to centerpieces, wreaths, and mantle décor during the holidays. The possibilities are almost endless.

DollarTree.com also has some interesting Easter craft project ideas, like this Peeps Wreath or these Easter Egg Topiaries. What Easter basket fillers and supplies do you stock up on at Dollar Tree?

How To Easily Find And Eliminate Drafts In Your Home + Reader Giveaway

When you rent your home, you typically have a maintenance man who does the handy work on your property. If you own your own home, YOU are the handy man! When the utility bill seems higher than it should be, it can be tricky to pinpoint the cause.

How To Easily Find And Eliminate Drafts In Your Home

If you live in a cold climate like I do, this can be due to keeping your home warm when the temperatures outside dip down. Or is it? When I noticed cold spots in my home, I knew it was one of two reasons. Either I had ghosts in my house or drafts! If you have a ghost, you need to call Ghostbusters! If you have a draft, you have to detect where it is coming from.

 

Most folks would hire a contractor to do an energy efficiency audit. This can cost upwards of $300 to $500. I can think of so many other things to do with that kind of money! Like a vacation or that new bedroom set I have my eye on! Also, a contractor comes when he has a spot in his schedule, which may not fit into yours. A more convenient and cost efficient solution is BlindSpotz™.

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I LOVE this DIY home efficiency testing option for my home. BlindSpotz is simple to use, affordable and the results are easy to see and almost immediate! BlindSpotz™ are removable home sensors that can detect, diagnose and fix cold spots in your home. Some of the areas to use the BlindSpotz that probably come to mind are your windows and doors.

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What about those areas that are not as common? These include electrical outlets, crawl spaces and attics, cabinets and closets. When you apply the BlindSpotz, the temperature is recorded. As more colors appear on the removable sensor, the bigger the cold issue. If you see 50˚ F or 55˚ F, you have a serious cold issue that needs to be fixed ASAP.

Next, you take photos of the sensors that record those low, low temperatures. Then you send the photos to the folks at BlindSpotz. They will supply your with a variety of solutions to fix your energy problems. You will also receive a coupon to use at participating retailers and contractors. See how to use the BlindSpotz here:

Isn’t that easy? Be sure to follow BlindSpotz on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Order your BlindSpotz HERE!

Reader Giveaway: How would you like to use the BlindSpotz system for your home? We are giving away 3 packages of BlindSpotz to 3 different winners. (Please note if you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again.) To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 3/1/18. Good luck!

BlindSpotz Giveaway

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Review Wire Media for BlindSpotz.

How To Easily Find And Eliminate Drafts In Your Home

9 Smart Ways to Use Baking Soda

Baking soda is a bit of a miracle substance. Sure, you can use it to bake, just as its name implies, but there are a lot more things you can do with baking soda! The big advantage is that it is a natural substance with the scientific name sodium bicarbonate –  a chemical compound with the formula NaHCO₃. Baking soda is a salt composed of sodium ions and bicarbonate ions. And while those facts might be helpful in a trivia game, what is really helpful is knowing the many ways you can use baking soda around the house!

9 Smart Ways to Use Baking Soda

Skin Exfoliator: If you strive for clean, smooth, baby-like skin, make a nice exfoliating paste by mixing three parts baking soda with one part water. Gently massage it on your skin, getting as much coverage as you want. Once it’s all massaged on your skin, rinse it all off with some warm water and enjoy the smoothness.

Toilet Cleaner: I know, I know…none of us want to do it. Not a single person in the house wants to deal with THAT one dreaded job. But hey, you have baking soda on your side to make it easier! Dump roughly a single cup into the toilet bowl and let it sit for about an hour (catch up on your Hulu queue while you’re waiting). After that hour has passed, go back and flush the toilet. You’ll now have a clean and odorless toilet.

Homemade Clay: The artist in your family (maybe that’s you?) might find this project fun: Mix some baking soda in with 1 1/4 cups water and 1 cup of cornstarch. The result is something quite similar to store bought modeling clay. After using it, store it in an airtight tin to maximize its shelf life.

Car Surface Cleaner: Your car gets you from point A to Point B and then back to A again at the end of the day. Naturally, you want the best for your car so it can get you back to point B the next day. Keep your car’s paint job nice and shiny by making a baking soda paste and rubbing it all over your car’s dulling paint job. Let the paste sit for five to fifteen minutes and then rinse your car off. Voila! Now your Camaro looks as good as the day you bought it back in ’72.

Deicing Salts Substitute: Those of us who experience winter weather have had that moment: you walk in from the cold winter air, dust your jacket off, and start the boring, monotonous task of getting all the salt off your shoes. Would you believe that baking soda can also help you here? Substitute a fine dusting for all those salts you’re tossing onto your driveway and patio. Baking soda provides you with good traction and melts the ice just as well as salt. Plus, it won’t cause damage to your shoes or your floors.

Deodorant: Stick or spray? You don’t have to pick either with baking soda! Its magnificent quality of being able to make anything smell nice makes it a viable option when choosing deodorant in the morning. There are no fancy steps to applying it; just firmly pat the baking soda under your armpits and go about your day.

Tougher Laundry Detergent: You might have heard about using vinegar to brighten colors in your laundry before, but what can baking soda do? Half a cup mixed in with your detergent makes your detergent work much more effectively. Your clothes will be cleaner and your colors brighter. I would say you probably don’t want to mix the vinegar trick with the baking soda trick, though…your clothes probably wouldn’t live through it.

Deodorize Your Home: This is probably the most familiar use for baking soda (beyond baking, of course): It can deodorize just about anything. Put an open box in the back of your fridge to keep odors bearable, sprinkle some across the bottom of your trash can before you put a new bag in to keep the smells at bay, and leave a snowstorm of the stuff on your living room carpet before you go to work (just don’t forget to vacuum it all up when you get home!).

Personal Foot Bath: Chances are a personal sauna for your entire family to relax in is beyond your budget. Still, you can experience the soothing spa experience with baking soda in a nice foot bath. Simply fill a tub with warm water, then add and stir in at least tablespoons of baking soda.

I hope these tips have given you some new ideas on how to use our cheap but super effective friend to all, baking soda. What other ideas do you have?

Stick to Your Christmas Budget at DollarTree.com – Decorations and Supplies for $1

Christmas is coming soon, and I just can’t wait! (I know it’s not an original opinion, but Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday!) As you get ready for Christmas, know that you don’t have to bust your budget shopping for decorations, ornaments, treats, and/or party supplies.

DollarTree.com has a wide variety of $1 specials to make your Christmas absolutely delightful. There are several bonuses to buying online at DollarTree.com vs. shopping in the store:

1) No fighting the crowds – I hate crowds, especially around the holidays!
2) You’re buying in bulk, so you’re guaranteed to get as many as you need – no worrying about the store running out of stock
3) There are lots of ideas online for how to use Dollar Tree’s products to make your Christmas magical!

Here are some of their Christmas supplies that are catching my eye:

Crafter’s Square Paintable Clear Plastic Christmas Balls, 4 in.: $1 each (great for crafting!)

Have a ball decorating your own ornaments! Clear plastic Christmas balls are ready to be filled or painted for a personal touch. Perfect for a family activity, or for the kids to do on their own. These treasured keepsakes can be kept for yourself or given away to friends and family! You can use them to make these fun and easy Hard Candy Ornaments!

Christmas House Solar-Powered LED Window Candles, 6.25 in.: $1 each

Enjoy the tranquility of window candles without creating a fire hazard and without running up the power bill! Solar-powered candles are the perfect accent for window sills during the holiday season… plus, there are no cords to trip over. Also ideal for weddings, and as craft projects to decorate wreaths or centerpieces.

Christmas House Battery-Operated Large 6-Bulb Christmas Light Necklaces: $1 each (aren’t these fun?!)

Trees and wreaths are not the only place to hang Christmas lights! These fun necklaces have 6 HUGE colorful plastic Christmas bulbs, while the back of the necklace contains a module that holds the small included batteries and an on/off switch. Turn the necklaces on, and the LED lights turn you in to a well lit Christmas decoration. They make great Christmas party favors or stocking stuffers.

DollarTree.com also has some interesting Christmas craft project ideas, like this Christmas Candy Cane Wreath or these Poinsettia and Apple Bouquets. What Christmas decorations and supplies do you stock up on at Dollar Tree?

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