Ashley is a firm believer in beauty. Her aim with this blog is to create something beautiful that is worthy of your time. She is the wife of a wonderful man, Michael, and mommy to a precious little girl and sweet little boy. Her blog is dedicated to encouraging you in the many roles and relationships you have. You’ll find articles and resources added regularly under each topic.
Sleep is crucial, right? Everyone agrees to that. That’s why the mattress industry is as large as it is…and why we have four mattress stores in our town that are within sight distance of each other. The industry is huge! Have you heard of the new craze in mattresses? Online mattress ordering, delivered right to your door with a money-back guarantee. We tried this process recently and we loved it.
Let me back up a little bit, since January we’ve been working on fixing up the downstairs of our house. If you’re a regular follower of my blog you know that we bought this house almost two years ago and it was decorated in the best 70’s decor possible. We’ve since gutted and redone most of the upstairs but the downstairs has been untouched. We’ve tackled the homeschool room and now we’re on to the guest bedroom downstairs. The room is a good space but it lacked a bed, decor, and it boasted of two different colors of paneling. We’ve added window treatments, a rug, and we’re working on the decor. Nectar helped us with the most important aspect of a guest bedroom, the bed. They gave us a mattress to review and we couldn’t be happier with it.
I’ll tell you every step of the unpacking process so you won’t have to wonder at all about it. If you’re still hesitant know that they offer free shipping and free returns. They have a marvelous 365 night home trial! Wondering about their warranty? They have what they call a “forever warranty.” It doesn’t get any better than that!
The mattress arrived quickly after we had ordered it. The mailman delivered it to my door just like this. It is very heavy but being in a bag it was easy to pull it/roll it to where I wanted it till my husband came home. He wanted to open it with me and we opened it as soon as he came home in the evening so please forgive my dark pictures. (Notice, the two kinds of paneling? We’ll paint them soon!)
After we untied the drawstring on the blue bag and slid it out we found a large duffel bag covering the mattress. I think we’ll keep the blue drawstring bag to store my kid’s ball pit balls.
After we unzipped the duffel bag we uncovered the tightly wrapped mattress. Here comes the fun part!
Can you see how thick the plastic is? It’s thick!
After we carefully cut that open unwrapped a Nectar envelope opener. This made opening the last layer of plastic really nice. We wouldn’t have wanted to cut the mattress by accident. I thought this was a great idea and was pleasantly surprised to see it included. How thoughtful!
See how vacuum packed it is?
Here are the pillows beginning to inflate along with the mattress.
We let the mattress air out a full day before laying on it even though they assured us that the fumes the mattress put off were safe. Look how plush it is. It really is the right amount of support. It’s not too hard or too soft.
The pillows are amazing! I was needing a new pillow so I think I’m going to steal one off of our guest bed. My daughter is trying to take claim of the other one although I’m not sure my husband is going to let her. My husband loves the bed and is wanting to stay in the guest room to sleep. I think we might have to replace our bed too! Which, now that I think about it, my daughter would like because that would mean two more pillows.
My kids have loved hanging out on the mattress, even before the sheets were on. It is the comfiest place in the house!
It is a great place for day dreaming.
It’s the perfect height for us and it goes with so many bed frames. Adjustable, platform, floor, box spring, traditional, divan, you name it! Because we didn’t have a mattress in here previously we had to go shopping for a box spring and it was not a fun experience. The prices varied so much and driving somewhere, borrowing a trailer, and hauling it home wasn’t very fun. If I could do it over again I would have ordered a box spring online somewhere. That experience made me so thankful for the ability to order a mattress online. Going from store to store, matching prices, dealing with less than friendly/knowledgeable employees, and laying on mattresses in public that who knows how many peole have laid on before you. Yes, I think ordering mattresses online is the way to go.
If you’re in the market for a new mattress, don’t lose sleep over trying to pick a brand, try out the Nectar brand! With free shipping, free returns, and a 365 night trial, there’s nothing to lose!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DenTek. All opinions are 100% mine.
My husband often reminds my kids that they don’t have to floss all their teeth, only the ones they want to keep. Teaching kids to floss with long strings of floss is difficult but DenTek® flossers make it easy for kids to learn this important habit. I’ve heard that brushing alone is like painting the front of the fence but leaving the backside to rot. Neglecting to floss will still leave the spaces between your teeth subject to cavities. As a part of our 2018 family resolutions, we’ve decided to floss more as a family so we made a trip to Walmart to get floss that they whole family could use. DenTek® flossers make it easy for us to floss daily. To tell you the truth, we started a little before the new year to give ourselves a head start into the habit. It was easier than I thought. The kids LOVE the flossers because they are brightly colored and the kids can floss by themselves (with adult supervision). Plus, they’re sold at Walmart which makes it easy to pick up a bag or two. We took both kids to the dentist today and got two good reports. Check out how cute my son is! He wore his hat like a security blanket and he was so brave. He did a great job. My daughter is an old pro and was excited for the chance to lay back and watch some cartoons. While I was there I found this sign. 1/3! How icky, I had no idea it was that much. If you want to reach that icky plaque and want to do it as easily as possible look no further than DenTek® products. I’ve tried out all of their adult flossers and they’re great. The newest DenTek® Triple Clean Floss Picks even have fluoride coating. Here’s a quick overview of our favorite DenTek® products.
– DenTek® Kids Fun Flossers: makes flossing fun and enjoyable for children while establishing healthy dental-care habits at an early age. DenTek® Kids Fun Flossers feature a smaller head, an easy-to-grip handle, and a wild fruit flavor kids will love.
-scrubbing floss removes food and plaque
-small flosser head fits children’s mouth just right
-easy-to-grip handle is tailored for child-size hands
-tasty wild fruit flavor kids will love
– DenTek® Triple Clean Floss Picks: gives user 3 times the cleaning action in one floss pick:
-flossers scrub between tight teeth, stimulates gums, and removes food and plaque
-textured pick deep cleans between teeth and stimulates gums
-tongue cleaner fights bad breath with minty flavoring
-Plus, strong floss is guaranteed not to break, even when used between the tightest teeth
They even have a fun and free printable you can use to help track your family’s flossing progress. If you’re still looking for a New Year’s resolution you can stick with? Flossing daily with DenTek® flossers is it! My good friend flosses while she watches TV every evening with her husband. Why not? It works for her. Where can you fit flossing into your routine?
Sometimes we find ourselves living in a small home or even a large home that has small bedrooms. Whether you are looking to organize a child’s room or an adult’s room, organizing your small room couldn’t get any easier with these tips. This post contains affiliate links.
Teacups and Saucers
These no longer used teacups or saucers make for great jewelry organization. If you have a nightstand or a dresser that is stocked full of jewelry everywhere, make use of teacups and saucers to creatively store the jewelry in a safe place without looking cluttered. You can pick up these items at a thrift store or from your kitchen cupboard.
Under Bed Drawers
There are many bed frames available on the market these days that have drawers built into them. If you have a regular bed frame, you can easily add those plastic storage bins underneath the bed too. Learn to utilize the underneath of bed area for storage space. This is the perfect place to store clothes, blankets, sheets or toys.
Step Ladder Nightstand
While the average nightstand offers perhaps one shelf and one drawer, using a step ladder nightstand will utilize more shelf space. This is the perfect way to organize your small bedroom so that your alarm, electronic devices, and even a lamp are all in one place that takes up as much space as a nightstand would take up.
Hanging Laundry Bag
There is a great way to store dirty clothes or clean clothes that aren’t yet folded, the hanging laundry bag. If you have a door on your small bedroom, you can easily hang an open laundry bag hamper on the back of your door so that you can put your clothing in an area other than the floor.
Toy Chest Storage
With a small bedroom for kids, you will have to find a creative way to store those toys. Using a toy chest storage in their bedroom that is either built into a closet, a wall or used on the side of their bedroom for storing toys as well as a top shelf for a play area.
There you have it a few ways you can easily organize your small bedroom without stressing out. Each of these tips should guide you forward in your mission to get that small bedroom organized.
Quite surprisingly, the importance of Respite Care is still being underestimated even after realizing its immense value in lending aid to those families who have a disabled or an ill family member. Regardless of how well you care for your loved one, still the adverse effects of stress on your health and that on your family cannot be disregarded. And that is why your attention and focus need to shift on Respite Care such that a full realm care for your ailing aged loved one can be ensured all at once.
Now, the benefits of Respite Care are so many; it is just impossible to put forward the same in simple words. A majority of individuals who care for their loved one do so without any form of specific training; in fact most of the times, they find the stress and the responsibilities of being a primary caregiver thrust upon them. As per recently published reports, no less than sixteen million adults in the United States spend time caring for a family member with some sort of disability and the irony of the fact remains that more than half, approximately nine million people, experience serious health issues of their own. If you happen to be one of them and experience psychological, physical and emotional stress that results from taking care for your loved one, certainly it is judicious on your part to look around for available options around.
No matter whether Respite Care has to be made available at home or in an assisted home center, the underlying motive of the same remains the same and that is to extend supportive health care services on a short-term basis when the primary caregiver is not available. If you are someone entrusted with the responsibility of caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s, you must have realized as to how stressful the same can really be. This is where you shall find Respite Care facilities to be of real benefit as seeking advantage of the same offers you with the advantage of benefiting from the much desired “me time” and the opportunity of “recharging your battery”
The Caring People website has discussed in detail what is Respite Care and how availing the benefit of the same can be helpful for a primary caregiver. The array of services, which Respite Care provider can make available, include round-the-clock supervision, transportation, group activities, breakfast, lunch and dinner, laundry services and medication management. Apart from the same, you can expect assistance with regard to maintaining personal hygiene including, grooming, bathing, dressing and using the restroom.
Ensuring proper care for your elderly loved one can be hard work and there remains a fair possibility that you would experience fatigue and eventually burn out after a few months or years. Apart from the same, you may suffer in silence from chronic mental problems such as depression, anxiety and many more. Surely, after going through all the pros and cons that Respite Care can extend, it shall not be wrong to claim that Respite Care is like a godsend for tens of millions of Americans.
Regardless how patient of a human being you are, everyone has their breaking point. With parents leading busier lives raising kids, holding down a career, homeschooling and so much more, it’s no wonder parent’s patience often run thin. What happens when the parent who is supposed to lead the example of best practices of patience, loses it? Well, life goes on, but seriously you should use these tips today to start practicing more patience with kids so that you feel better and they learn how to be patient little people too.
The deep breathing practice that many of you have probably already heard about really does work. This method involves you taking a moment to pause when chaos strikes. Kids are going to test your patience every day and every moment, that’s part of their job as you help guide them to grow. Learn to pause when you feel your patience running thing and taking a deep breath, or two.
Now, this technique can be really interesting. If you have a toddler throwing a tantrum or a teen acting out, nothing stops them in their tracks better than singing a song. The next time you feel your patience running low, break out in a tune as you work to be the parent you know you are supposed to be. This will help others giggle and in turn, make you feel more relaxed.
There’s nothing wrong with talking about your patience level running low. Learn to be outspoken about your patience being low, and your feelings and emotions in general. Tell your kids that you need a moment, communicate that you are going to take a break and be back with them in a few moments. It’s okay to communicate needing a break.
The best way to practice patience with kids is to make sure you are keeping up with your own self-care. Take time to tend to your needs, don’t always say yes to everything, learn to let go by delegating tasks to other people. Practicing self-care will keep you in tip-top shape for your next chaotic parent moment. (Check out my post What Self-Care Looks Like in This Stage of Life)
Lastly, make sure that you are realistic about what you are able to mentally handle. Raising kids can suck a lot of strength from you, both physically and mentally. There’s nothing wrong with being realistic and setting expectations at a level that works for you so that you can be more patient as a parent.
Hello Double Chocolate Silk Pie, you just became my go-to holiday dessert!
Look, I’m going to be completely honest with you, I love to experiment in the kitchen and come up with delicious and different recipe ideas! Everything that has to do with savory dishes, breakfast, desserts, and drinks inspires me, and while I love quick and easy meals just as the next person, I also love to spend time cooking with my loved ones.
Except when it comes to holidays. When it comes to holiday food, I like to stick with the tried and true recipes we all know and love. I want to make sure that I’m cooking a fail proof recipes that’s going to come out flawless (who has time for a fail when you have a ton of people over and all the expectations?). I also like to make sure I’m cooking a recipe that everyone loves, it’s party food after all so, I want all of my guests to really feel how much I love them.
But most important of all I also want to make something that’s fairly easy and quick because while I love to spend time cooking on an everyday basis, when ti comes to holidays I just want to hold a little bit tighter my family and I want to be really present during the whole celebration. This double chocolate silk pie it’s perfect because of that!
I mean it’s a quick and easy recipe, it’s extremely delicious and every single person that tries it loves it and raves about it, and it’s totally and completely fail proof. This recipe has been tested a million and one times, so it always comes out the same: flawless, delicious and ready to be served and shared.
Cranberry Apple Cider Punch is the perfect drink for the season and all the parties that come with it!
To say that I’m excited for all the holidays that are around the corner is an undertenant I just can’t wait for them to roll out! There’s something about fall and early winter that calls for parties and gatherings and get-togethers with friends and family + we also get some major holidays like Thanksgiving where good food and drinks are a must.
Every time that I host a party at my home during these months, even if it’s just a meeting with a book club, I make sure that there’s enough Cranberry Apple Cider Punch for everyone, this drink is a total crowd favorite and it’s so delicious I just can’t stop making it.
In case you are wondering, yes, this is also alcohol-free which makes it the perfect drink for the whole family.
I also love that this recipe features all the flavors that are famous during this season, think apples and cranberries and a good amount of spices (can we just agree that cinnamon just makes everything taste like a happy holiday?).
I believe that the reason why this is so flavorful and delicious is that we are making it from scratch. That’s right, we are making homemade apple cider! But worry no! This is incredibly easy and there aren’t any complicated steps or difficult to find ingredients at all!
And while it definitely takes a bit more time than using the bottled version, most of it is hands-off time which is great. That and the fact that the flavor is mind blowing good + how your home smells while this is being cooked are the things that for me, make cooking it from scratch totally worth it!
-4 Cups red apples, chopped
-2 Cups sun-dried cranberries
-6 Cups water
-1 Cup brown sugar
-3 Cinnamon sticks
-1 Tbsp cloves
-3 Tsps ground nutmeg
-Thyme sprigs for garnish
-Sliced apples, orange, and pears for garnish
-In a pot over medium-low heat add the water, apples, 1 cup of cranberries, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg.
-Cover and cook for 1 hour.
-Remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves.
-Pour the content of the pot into a blender and blend until smooth.
-Transfer to the pot and let it simmer over medium heat for 1 hour.
-Using a cheesecloth (or a strainer) strain the apple cider into a large pitcher.
-Add the apple slices, orange slices, pear slices, cranberries, and thyme sprigs to the glasses. Pour the apple cider into the glasses.
Sponsored post by Mirum. All opinions are 100% mine.
It’s been said that the best gifts inspire. I love gifts that inspire creativity and spark imaginations. Who do you have on your gift list that you want to inspire? Does someone need to connect with their grandkids, is someone starting or going back to college, or do you have a loved one that wants to further their career? Now you can help make their dreams come true and help your loved ones achieve more with a new Intel®-based device from Walmart! You can help park their imagination and give them the ability to follow their dreams.
Walmart and Intel® they are giving away 6 Intel®-based devices for FREE! Enter their Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of these incredible gifts. To enter, simply watch the video in this link, answer one quick question, and then fill out a short form to submit your name in the drawing! There will be 6 winners chosen randomly. You can also come back daily for even more chances to win! The three Intel®-based devices you can win for FREE are the HP Omen, HP Jaguar, and Dell Inspiron. Any of these devices will inspire your loved ones to do more, to create, to excel, and to unleash their true potential. Check out each of the products below to see which one would make the perfect gift for your loved ones this year.
The PC you can rely on has the latest Intel Core i3-7100U processor and delivers the reliable performance you need to work and play. Stay entertained and keep connected with a long-lasting battery and a rich HD display. With its straightforward design, large trackpad, and gradually sloping keyboard this HP diagonal 15-inch laptop in natural silver is perfectly suited for your everyday.
-This is the PC you can rely on that has the latest Intel® Core i3 processor and delivers the reliable performance you need to work and play.
-Stay entertained, keep connected and work on your projects with a long-lasting battery and a rich HD display.
-With its straightforward design, large trackpad and gradually sloping keyboard, this HP diagonal 15-inch laptop is perfectly suited for your creative needs.
-Intel® Core i3-7100U Processor
-8GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive
-Rich HD display
I have this one and I absolutely love LOVE LOOOVE it! The touchscreen capability is so nice!
We recently had our family pictures made and I loved how easy it was to flip through photos using the touch screen.
Without the touch screen I wouldn’t have been able to zoom in so quickly or as far as I could with it.
This is my go-to laptop now. I love everything about it!
The Dell Inspiron 11 Laptop is designed to go wherever you do. With a 360-degree hinge 2-in-1 design, it can work in laptop mode, tablet mode, and modes in between. Utilizing a touchscreen display and Windows 10, you can make the most of your new laptop experience.
-The Dell Inspiron 11 Laptop is designed to go wherever you do.
-The compact size and long battery life are ideal for mobile media and the lightweight body will never weigh you down.
-An innovative 360-degree hinge supports four different modes that adapt to your busy life.
-Keep tabs on social media in tablet mode, pop it upright for games in stand mode, stream shows or movies in tent mode or dial up productivity in laptop mode. The touch screen display and Windows 10 make switching between modes quick and easy.
-A powerful Intel® processor means you’ll have incredible performance for all your everyday activities.
-And it’s built for convenient storage with available onboard storage up to 500GB and cloud storage options, so you can keep your files without sacrificing speed or performance.
-Intel® Celeron® processor
-Intel® HD Graphics
-360-degree hinge 2-in-1 design (laptop mode, tablet mode, and modes in between)
-Vibrant HD resolution (1366×768) display provides crips, bright image on-screen and is easy to position for clear viewing.
This Omen by HP laptop has the seriously powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics and a Quad-core IntelCore i7-7700HQ processor to equip you for any challenge. Sense every pulse-pounding moment with a Full HD 1080p IPS display and Audio by Bang and Olufsen. Command the battlefield with a performance optimized design and dragon red backlit keyboard.
-This is the first gaming laptop available at Walmart, and a whole new world of gaming and greatness is up for grabs.
-Equipped with powerful hardware and incredible design, the Omen Laptop is ready for the battlefield, anytime, anywhere.
-Command every keystroke on a Dragon Red backlit keyboard with highlighted WASD and 26-key rollover anti-ghosting, which helps ensure every keystroke is detected.
-Level up to the latest hardware and make upgrading a breeze with single panel access to internals.
-An optional Thunderbolt 3-certified USB-C port, 3 USB Type A ports, and a HDMI port lets you easily adapt to all the action.
-Intel® Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor
-15.6” screen with full HD display
-12GB system memory gives you the power to handle most power-hungry applications and tons of multimedia work
-1TB hard drive + 128GB solid state drive allows you to store up to 666,000 photos, 285,000 songs or 526 hours of HD video and more
-4-cell battery with up to 10 hours, 30 minutes of battery life
Many would argue that Legos are the best childhood toy for kids. It seems over the years, Legos have not lost their shine and have only increased in value. Over the years kids will accumulate more and more Legos leaving a parent uncertain how to maintain the storage units for these little bricks. If you are a parent who is sick of stepping on Legos all over your home, then these 5 tips for storing Legos will be your saving grace. This post contains affiliate links.
I’m a mom who is just starting out on her Lego journey this Christmas and I asked a friend of mine, a more experienced Lego mom if you will, to share her storage ideas with me. She shared the tips and I found my favorite products to go along with each tip. Thank you, Brandy! While I’m not sure what I’ll go with yet, I’m leaning towards the storage drawers. Do you Lego moms have any tips to share? Do you keep Lego Friends sets separately from the loose Legos? I have so much to learn! Share all your tips in the comments please!
I bought two of the Large Lego Box pictured above. Do you think that will be enough to get them started? It’s going to be the big joint gift we give our kids this year.
(Check out my post on How to Save Money on Legos. Even though I just now made my first Lego purchase I’ve been scoping them out since this time last year.)
Containers with Dividers
While this may be a tedious process, consider using containers like tackle boxes that have dividers. These containers will serve as a great way to divide bricks up based on size. Lego playtime will never be the same again when you organize each brick based on size into containers with dividers. Your kids will love being able to find the right brick for the right Lego project every time. The one pictured above is only $29.95 on Amazon now.
Party Favor Buckets
You know those party favor buckets you can purchase for your child’s birthday party? Those buckets will work perfectly to gather up Legos in a neat fashion within your kid’s playroom or bedroom. Hang multiple party favor bins from the wall and have your kids sort through the Legos. The Legos can be organized by size, color or similar theme within each party favor bucket. You will be happy because this is the perfect décor addition to any bedroom too. The party favor buckets above are less than $14 shipped right now on Amazon.
Storage Bean Bags
There are many storage style bean bags on the market these days. Consider investing in some of the storage style bean bags where kids can dump all of their Legos inside of this bag, close it up and toss it to the side of their bedroom or in the closet for future playtime. These storage bean bag ideas work perfectly for the parent of kids who don’t want any organization, they simply need a way to get the Legos up off the floor. The Cinch Playmat and Backpack above is only $17.95 with free shipping on Amazon.
Storage Drawer Units
You probably have seen those inexpensive plastic storage containers that have drawers at your local Walmart or similar store. These storage units that have drawers are the perfect solution to any home filled with Lego lovers. Consider investing in a few of these plastic drawer type storage bins to ensure your kids always have a home for their Legos when done playing with them. The price is just right and these often go on sale during the holiday season. The cart above is my favorite choice for Legos because it has wheels so it can move around easily, has see through bins, and the bins completely and easily life out to carry to your work space. It doesn’t hurt that it’s attractive to look at too! Right now, this is on sale for $45 shipped (down from $99) on Amazon.
Build a Lego Room
My last tip for storing Legos is to designate one room in the house that’s reserved solely for Legos. If you have a large enough home, then this option will work wonders. Have the kids work together to bring all of their Legos into this room where they have shelves and bins to organize their Legos in a clever way without ever worrying about their parents screaming as they step on a Lego in the middle of the night.
There you have it 5 tips for storing Legos so that you are no longer the parent who has to tip-toe around their home for fear of stepping on those sharp brick pieces. Legos are a great childhood toy that inspires creativity, now you can use these tips to teach organization and the importance of cleaning up after playtime.