Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eight Mattress Review

I received a mattress from Eight for the sole purpose of this review

I've seen ads for Eight on Facebook and then they contacted me! I was super excited to say yes, since I've been needing a Twin mattress for my youngest (3, he was still sleeping in a crib due to sleeping arrangements that couldn't be changed). Upon receiving the Foam mattress we decided to give that to my 9yr old and gave the youngest her old mattress.

Eight is known for their SMART sleep tracker system and I'll touch base on that later. But you have to start with the Foam mattress. That is all we received but this mattress is incredible. We (the adults) have a Serta iComfort and I can say that this mattress is VERY comparable (but about HALF the price).

The mattress starts with 4" of High Density Foam (A durable foundation that is highly breathable and adds just the right firmness) on the bottom, followed by 2" of Supportive Transition Foam (Additional comfort and consistent weight distribution to support all body types), then 2" of Contouring Memory Foam (All the benefits of memory foam: contours to your body while providing pressure relief) and lastly 2" of Reactive Foam (A unique foam that bounces like latex but feels like foam. Designed to be comfortable and stay cool) on top.

The mattress arrived in a box, which kind of surprised me

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Born in China opens in Theaters this Friday, April 21st

I am so excited that Disneynature’s BORN IN CHINA opens in theatres everywhere this Friday! My favorite part about this film is that moviegoers who see Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film BORN IN CHINA during its opening week (April 21-27, 2017) will benefit the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Based on opening-week attendance, Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the WWF to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards in China.

There are some ADORABLE Activity sheets as well

Nested Bean Zen Sack Review & Giveaway

I received a sample from Nested Bean for the sole purpose of this review

My co writer Stacy wrote this post!

The Nested Bean is a wonderful company with items tailored to helping baby sleep. They specialize in Zen Sacks and Zen Swaddles which have lightly weighted pouches that mimic your touch.

Abel has been a horrible sleeper since the newborn stage wore off. He had colic until he turned 4 months, and had to be held constantly. The Zen Sack showed up about a month ago.

This sleep sack is great! It mimics a caregiver's hand on the baby's chest with a plush pouch of pellets with a cute chick design. The weight is calculated by the baby's weight range so make sure you get the correct size. At 17lbs last month we chose the 6-12m size and it's a great fit. I put it on him and he took his first 30 minute nap without being held! Small sounds still wake him easily, but I'm not stuck holding him all day, as much as I love the cuddling. (Dishes.. laundry..ugg)

Friday, April 14, 2017

3 Tips for a Great Wedding Experience

As the mother of a young woman, you obviously only want what is best for her as she goes from living under your roof to hopefully meeting the man of her dreams, perhaps starting a family of her own.

With that in mind, moms at times have to walk a tightrope as their daughters go from early 20’s to being in love.

As part of that process, there will more times than not be both an engagement and ultimately a wedding.

Given those natural procession steps, many moms will be called upon for advice from the young lady or ladies in their lives. As such, it can be a bit of a challenge on what to say and what to hold inside.

When you find yourself in such a position, do you tell your daughter what you really think about not only her engagement, but ultimately the biggest day of her life, the wedding day?

Being a Caring and Understanding Mom

In order for your daughter’s wedding experience to have the best chances of coming off without any major hitches, remember these three tips:

1.     Planning

If your daughter met the right guy, he’s doing all he can to help her with planning the big day.

Sure, most women love the challenge of arranging their wedding day, but the reality is that such planning can become a little overwhelming at times. As a result, the tension can creep up a few notches, leaving the bride-to-be with raised blood pressure levels.

When you’re the mom of a bride-to-be, there is absolutely nothing wrong with encouraging her to have the groom-to-be as involved as possible with wedding planning.

Remember, your future son-in-law more than likely did a fine job when it came to looking at the right moissanite engagement rings, ultimately picking one that both your daughter and he liked. As such, he should be more than capable of providing input and assistance to what will be his wedding day too.

As the mom, be sure to be there with any advice and comfort you can offer, but don’t overstep your bounds to the point where you become a nuisance.

2.     Costs

Given the bride’s family oftentimes pays for a sizable portion of the wedding day, though that is not written in stone, it is important for money not to come up as a tension point.

As an example, look around at some weddings both you and your daughter have attended in recent years. Did any of those couples scale things back in order to not break the bank come wedding day?

If your daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law are looking to trim some fat off of the wedding plans, here are some options:

·    Scaling down the guest list
·    Opting for a buffet meal instead of it being personally served
·    Having a family member or friend who sings or is a DJ provide the entertainment
·    Using your backyard or even a local park or beach as the wedding setting, avoiding the costs of renting a church.
·    Having family cars and SUVs as part of the wedding procession instead of renting limos.

As for the honeymoon plans, it is typically best for you to leave that up to the bride and groom.

Sure, if they ask your opinion, don’t be afraid to give it. That said the honeymoon is an experience that the special couple should decide what best fits their wishes and of course their budget.

3.     Celebration

Finally, even though some tears are going to flow the day your daughter ties the knot, remember to look at it as a major celebration in her life and in yours.

After raising her all of these years, the time has come for her to start a new chapter in her life.

Before you know it, you might one day be chasing after a grandchild, so enjoy the time now and what is likely to come.

As a mom, what advice would you have for your daughter as she prepares for this life-changing time?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Get the Right Legal Help when Battling a Personal Injury

When you or an immediate family member is battling a serious personal injury caused by someone’s negligence from a vehicle accident, where can you go for legal help?

Although the obvious solution is to hire a personal injury attorney, how do you know which one is best suited to assist you?

Given the physical and emotional trauma that comes with a serious personal injury, it can be difficult for many individuals to make the right call in finding the best available legal pro. As a result, the best decision is not always made in selecting legal assistance.

With that in mind, do all you can to find a car crash lawyer who will do his or her best to win your case for you.

State Your Case for Damages

Having been seriously injured in a vehicle accident, it is important to get your case in front of a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Remember, you’re already coping with both physical and emotional trauma, so the last thing you need is to deal with mounting medical bills, bills that someone else should be responsible for.

In meeting with your legal pro, be sure to share the following information:

1.     Accident details

First and foremost, provide as much detail as you can in regards to the accident itself.

Among the areas to cover:

·    When and where the accident took place
·    Were there any eyewitnesses and/or cell phone video to back up your version of the events?
·    Did the negligent party or parties ever admit guilt?
·    Were you rendered medical assistance as soon as possible?

Given the confusion and anxiety that can set in immediately after a vehicle accident, it is important that you try and correctly remember as much as possible.

2.     Injury details

Once the initial shock of a vehicle accident has worn off, attention immediately turns to the serious injuries you’ve suffered.

After receiving medical assistance at the scene and recovering in a hospital, you need to assess where things are headed from there.

For instance, are you looking at missing a significant amount of work due to your injuries? If so, will you be able to get by financially? In many cases, even having health insurance will not be enough to cover all of your medical expenses (see more below).

In meeting with your legal pro, be sure you provide them with a breakdown of your injuries, the expected time to recover from them, and how this will impact both your professional and personal lives moving forward.

3.     Financial details

Lastly, the financial fallout from a serious auto accident can leave you feeling mentally worn down, so this is yet another reason you need legal assistance pronto.

As an example, if your vehicle has been severely damaged or even totaled, what will you do for transportation moving forward? Unless you are able to successfully sue for damages, you could end up getting little or no financial assistance from an insurer.

Secondly, there is the issue of those mounting medical bills, bills that can add up rather quickly.

In the event you’ve had to spend even a few days in the hospital, those expenses alone can run into the thousands of dollars. If you add in rehab services for a period of weeks or even months, more financial heartache can come your way.

Whether it is you who’ve been injured or one of your children (perhaps the entire family), don’t drag your feet attempting to get legal assistance.

By getting legal help following a serious auto accident, you’ll be a step closer to getting back on your feet in more ways than one.