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New Mattress, SmartBase & Bedding For My Teen

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Until three weeks ago, one of the oldest furnishings we had in our house was my son’s bed. The twin size bed frame was part of a bunk bed my girls used when they shared a room, 12 years ago.

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When the girls got older, I separated the bunk beds and gave one to my son, which was fine, until he grew 5’9. The mattress and bed frame were simply too short for him. He had a hard time falling and staying asleep, and sleep is important for a 13-year-old boy.  So I turned to Amazon and started looking for a new mattress and base.

lucid mattress

I spent a lot of time reading review after review. I decided to purchase the LUCID 10-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress. It has over 3,200 nearly 5 star reviews on Amazon. The mattress is designed of a 2.5-inch layer of ventilated gel memory foam and a 7.5-inch layer of high density support foam for pressure-relief and support with a medium-firm feel.

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The mattress is shipped vacuum packed, so it’s easy to transport and set up. Simply remove it from the box and protective wrap, and then watch as it expands.

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The mattress is amazing. Not too hard, not too soft… just right. I’m a little jealous! The price is great, too – $219 for a queen.  Yesterday, my son told me how great he sleeps at night and that he always falls asleep right away. I’m very happy to hear that.

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For his bed frame, I chose the Zinus 14 inch SmartBase.  With over 3,000 reviews, this item is also a bestseller on Amazon. There are several things I like about the SmartBase.

  • It stands 14″ off the floor, which means I can store plenty of boxes and other things underneath. Perfect if you need extra storage.
  • A SmartBase replaces a bed frame and box spring.
  • Assembly is super easy – no tools required.
  • The frame is very stable and strong.
  • The price for a queen frame is only $79 plus free shipping.


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I bought a goose down alternative comforter from Chezmoi Collection. Mine came from the Bargain Hunt store. Are you familiar with Bargain Hunt stores? They have quality brand name merchandise 30% to 50% (sometimes 90%) below normal retail pricing. I only paid $20 for the comforter.

The duvet cover ($44) is also from Bargain Hunt but was originally from Target.  The white sheets are from Big Lots ($16). They are so soft and wrinkle resistant.

Next up, the boy wants new wall art. Stay tuned!

3 Fun Hobby Ideas For This Winter

snowpocalypseThe first snow has arrived in Nashville. Schools have been cancelled, traffic is a mess, and forced hibernation becomes part of our lives. When this happens, it’s easy for our productivity to come to a halt as we curl up on the couch with blankets and TV remotes.

If you want to stay productive this winter (aside from work and errands), you may want to consider starting a new hobby. Here are three fun hobbies ( I have in mind) that we can start within the comfort of our own home.

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Make homemade bread.

Something I’ve never made but wish to make is a rustic loaf of bread. You know, the kind with air pockets, crusty on the outside, soft inside? Yeah, I totally want to try it. The best part, it’s a no knead bread that bakes inside a dutch oven. In my opinion, there aren’t many things as magical as transforming flour, water and salt into fragrant loaves, especially in our Digital Era. Creating a loaf of bread with just a few simple ingredients is very soul and body satisfying.

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Pick up knitting.

As a teen I was obsessed with knitting. I probably knitted  30 or more sweaters. My skills were beyond basic knitting because I loved learning new knitting patterns and techniques. Once I moved to Los Angeles, where shorts weather rules most of the year, I became more interested in roller blading on the beach boardwalk.  Knitting is a very calming, yet productive hobby. One of the things I’d love to make is a chunky knit blanket. The kind you knit with your arms or oversized knitting needles. Or you can even use PVC pipes.

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Experiment with abstract painting.

Do you ever look at cool abstract art and say “I could totally make something similar”? There’s no right or wrong when it comes to abstract art. You can take a paint brush to canvas and go to town. Experiment, learn and have fun. I’m interested in the acrylic pouring technique which provides a very smooth and glossy finish.

Do you have a winter hobby?

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Take A Peek At Santa’s House… And Get The Look In Your Home

Whether you’re working today, traveling, shopping, or getting ready for your loved ones, I hope this joyful post about Santa’s house brings some festive cheer to your day. Merry Christmas, everyone!
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Have you ever wondered what Santa’s House looks like? You no longer need to leave it to your imagination! This year, you can rock around the Christmas tree – Santa style – by incorporating his décor into your home. When it comes to decorating for the holidays, the more the merrier, so pile on the layers, extend your trimmings to the bed and bath and spruce up your dining room with a festive tablescape that can inspire good cheer well into the New Year.

In 2013, Santa’s house underwent a remodel. Find out which details went into renovating Santa’s house, hear from the insiders who worked on the remodel, and view some of the Claus’ statement home features, including an oven with 12 different cookie settings, a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and state-of-the-art toy making facility. Kick off the holiday season with a few seasonal pointers from the big guy himself.

This fun info graphic was provided to me by the nice folks at Zillow.