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2803, 2017

Which sleeping position is the best for you?

By |March 28th, 2017|0 Comments

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Getting a quality night time sleep depends on many factors, but one of the most important ones that you can easily adjust is without a doubt your sleeping position. In fact, a sleeping position is often overlooked by many, but may result in problems with bones and muscles long-term,in case of adopting the wrong position during sleep.

Of course, each of us has their own preferences when it comes to sleeping positions. Some of us like to sleep on one sides, others with their head facing up, and others with their hands and feet curled almost like a baby. Each position, however, has a different benefit and possibly disadvantage so here is what you should know about the most common sleeping positions

Τhe “freefall” position.

This position, as its name suggests, is totally natural and free as it doesn’t have a particular shape. The person simply lies on the bed with their head turned slightly on the sides, and the rest of the body facing the bed, with feet and hands randomly spread across the bed. This position, according to sleeping experts is good for digestion, although it may exaggerate already existing snoring problems. This is one of the most common sleeping positions, especially for males.

The “embryo” position.

Like its name denotes, this sleeping position mimics the position of embryos and babies with the head and the rest of the body appear curled inwards on one side, left or right, sleeping expert and director of Sleep Assessment and Advisory service. This is among the most top 3 sleeping positions, according to a survey conducted by Professor Idzikowski. However, this sleeping position may put live organs in stress and people who adopt it are suggested to adopt a more straight position long-term to avoid these issues.

The “log” position.

The log position is another common sleeping position where a person lies on one side (left or right) with both their arms placed down on that side. This is a fairly good position for helping keep the spine straight and for those who experience problems with their back as it doesn’t put the back under stress.

he “yearner log” position.

The “yearner log” position.This is another variation of the log position but the difference here is that the person lies on one side with their arms and feet stretching outwards as if they are trying to reach something. This is a good position for helping acid reflux and sleep apnea problems, although if problem continues, it’s better to see a specialist for these issues.

The “soldier” position.

The soldier position is basically a position where someone lies facing the ceiling in an almost structured pose with their feet close to each other and their hands straight, almost like a soldier. This position is not good according to experts for snoring, sleep apnea, and digestion as putting your weight on your back causes stress to the back itself and the rest of the organs.

The “star” position.

The star position is when somebody lies facing the ceiling but instead of placing their feet and hands straight downwards like the soldier position, they spread them outwards in a pose that closely resembles a star/starfish. Like the soldier position, this is not indicated for those who have sleep apnea and snoring problems as it may exaggerate them long-term.

So ultimately, the best and most safe and healthy sleep positions are the “freefall” and the “yearner” position. Besides sleep position, you better invest in a quality bedding set as it really helps keep you in place and comfortable when you sleep at night time.

 

1103, 2017

Comforter vs Duvet: Which one is the best?

By |March 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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If you are reading this, you are probably wondering if a comforter or duvet cover is better for bedding. The truth is, each has its own pros and cons and your choice depends on your own bedding needs, budget,  cleaning, and design preferences.

Here is a brief guide to the pros and cons of each.

Comforter

A comforter is basically a type of quilt or in other words a fluffy blanket that is primary used to add an extra layer for more protection and warmth. It is typically made of synthetic fabric fibers which are stitched or quilted to fasten the synthetic filling inside. It is also primarily designed to lie on top of the bedding linen/sheets as a part of an overall bedding set with sheets and pillows.

Comforter pros

  • Makes layering of bedding easy as it blends with the rest of your linen like sheets and blankets.
  • Comes usually as a part of a set so no need to purchase one on its own, which can save you both money and time or ideas for decorating.
  • Can be easily removed and washed in medium temperature, 2-3 times per month just like the rest of your bedding. No dry cleaning method required.

Comforter cons

  • Doesn’t stand on its own without any linen as it’s usually sold as a part of a set.
  • Usually is available in white or other solid colors and thus it may look boring unless there is a blanket used on top.
  • Does not stay in place on its own.

Duvet

Sometimes referred to as a comforter (especially in the United States) is basically a type of soft and flat bag that is usually filled with soft natural materials like feathers, wool, cotton, or synthetic counterparts. Duvet actually come from Europe (which is widely used)  and the original duvet is made of bird feathers. A duvet is also available in the market on its own. The only thing that you could possibly add is a duvet cover which is like a case that slips over the duvet and adds a decorative pattern as duvet is typically sold in white or solid colors.

Duvet pros

  • If you don’t have much time or don’t like to make your sheets and blankets one by one, this is perfect as it stands on its own along with a duvet cover and you only need to make one later instead of 2-3 layers separately.
  • Very soft and fluffy due to natural feathers, wool, and other synthetic yet quality alternatives.
  • Can be slipped onto a duvet cover (case) to add a more decorative pattern. Duvet covers are available in many different colors and patterns and it’s easy to find the one that suits your whole bedroom.
  • Very durable material and falls into place easily.

Duvet cons

  • Can be more expensive, due to the quality natural materials being used like feathers and wool(synthetic alternatives can be cheaper).
  • Duvets alone are not indicated for machine and hand washing except from dry cleaning methods. Duvet covers only can be washed in the machine.
  • Requires in most cases a duvet cover to be complete as it looks plain on its own. Duvet cover must also fit the duvet size exactly otherwise it will be useless.

All in all, if you require something affordable that is part of a bedding set and is easily washed in the machine, a comforter would be a great option. On the other hand, if you require something more durable, that’s made in minutes without having to stretch each layer separately, a duvet with a duvet cover should be your main option.

2702, 2017

4 Amazing Decor ideas for a girl’s bedding

By |February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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A girl’s bedroom should be as girly, colorful, and eye-catching as possible to stand out from the rest of your rooms and match to the character and style of your little princess. Since there are literally thousands of designs and styles for bedding available, here are few bedding decor ideas and tips that will instantly brighten up a girl’s bedroom:

choose pink-colored patterns

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The safest and most popular option is to choose pink-colored patterns. However, if you want to add an extra colorful yet creative note to your girl’s bed, look for patterns that combine one or more of these pastel colors like lavender, teal, baby blue, and mint green. The younger your girl, the softer the colors–on the other hand, if you girl is already more than 5 years old, it’s best to go for more vivid colors and patterns that match the playful and bubbly personality of your girl.

Use stamp her initials or letters

Another, more unique way for  a girl’s bedding decoration is to use stamp her initials or letters in her pillows and duvet cover or sheets. You can either go DIY with this or forward the bedding to a seller who makes personalized prints and designs. The first option of course will cost you less but you need a bit of practice.  A very simple DIY technique to add letters to pillows or your duvet cover is this:

  • Take special iron-on letters that adhere to the fabric with an iron in a color and font of your choosing.
  • Use a pair of scissors to cut the letter.
  • Arrange the letters to the exact position you want to place them, horizontally, vertically, on the sides, or a random spot/corner. If you are going to arrange them horizontally, a ruler would be helpful to make sure they are straight and even.
  • Press a bit with your hand and then take your iron and iron over the letters back and forth for at least 10 seconds. Repeat the process  with the iron on each letter separately to make sure the are adhered well and they don’t stick out. In most cases,  2-3 passes of iron should do the trick.

That’s it, you have now a beautiful personalised letter pattern without having to sew each letter for hours.

Buy a quality duvet cover set in a beautiful girly pattern

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Invest in a quality, duvet cover set in a colorful girly pattern. If you don’t have the time or skills to go DIY, the best thing to do is to buy a quality duvet cover set in a beautiful girly pattern. Check out our collection of beautiful floral patterns and colorful clouds for this purpose. The good thing about duvet covers is that they can effortlessly change the style of your bedding and can simply be unzipped and change if you want to swap styles without having to change your entire bedding.

If your little girl likes to play with her toys all the time and seems fascinated about certain heroes and characters, look for a bedding set with a cartoon design or character of her choice,as long as she has the final word, the transition will be totally successful.

Match the bedding style with the overall decor

It may be obvious to some, but try to match the bedding style with the overall decor of the girl’s room or vice versa. You certainly don’t want to use styles and patterns that clash with each other or the result will look tacky and just too much.

Changing the decor of your girl’s bedding shouldn’t be tough–as long as you think “girly” and use your imagination as well as the wants of your little girl, the result will be great.

2002, 2017

4 tips to keep your washing machine nice and clean

By |February 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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Washing machines, despite their washing/cleansing function can also get dirty and smelly as well, due to the accumulation of mold and unpleasant smells from clothes and moisture in the load and sides. By cleaning up your washing machine, you will prevent any mold and unpleasant odors from forming and your machine will most likely function better and clean your clothes more efficiently. It is something that many ignore, but it really helps both the machine itself and your clothes.

Here are some tips on cleaning up your washing machine:

Read the manufacturer’s instructions

Read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean your machine. Make sure that any cleansing methods you use are consistent with the manufacturer’s instructions because using any cleansing products that are not recommended e.g scale-off detergents or bleach, may make you lose the machine’s warranty.

If you have a front-load washing machine (U.K and European model), read the instructions on how to remove your detergent drawer safely–some manuals may even have pictures to do this more accurately.  After you remove it, you can then check for any signs of mold and detergent residue and clean it up with hot water and an antibacterial liquid detergent.

Use the baking soda and white vinegar

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Another ecological method to clean up your machine without using any chemical detergent is to use a baking soda and white vinegar solution. To make your solution, simply mix ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of water in a measuring cup. In a separate container, use 2 cups of vinegar. Use the baking soda and water mixture to clean up the detergent drawer and pour the white vinegar into the drum of your machine.

Set your washing machine to a normal setting with hot water to begin a new washing cycle, and let the baking soda and vinegar do its magic till the cycle ends. Both baking soda and vinegar are able to clean up mold deposits and get rid of any harbored smells without using extra detergent. Do this washing method preferably once a month for a clean and fresh smelling washing machine.

Use a clean sponge

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For any stubborn mold or dirt stuck in the opening sides of the washing machine, use a clean sponge lightly soaked in white vinegar and begin scrubbing in medium-intensity circular motion until there is no visible mold or dirt. Finish with a wipe of hot water.

Repeat the process

In case you still notice some mold or smell a bad odor emanating from the machine, repeat the process in 2-3 days without washing your clothes in-between. You can also dampen a microfiber cloth in water and baking soda or vinegar and wipe off the insides of your machine yourself. You can also use a toothbrush for the entrance and sides of your washing machine, as long as it’s clean and free of any residue.

Let it dry out

Try not to use more detergent than necessary as this not only costs you more, it may inhibit the good function of your washing machine over time as well. Additionally, try to keep the machine’s door open after the cycle ends and you remove the washed clothes. By letting it dry out in normal room temperature, you prevent mold and unpleasant smells from forming–which obviously, need a damp and moisture-rich environment to develop.

Ideally, you want to clean your washing machine once or twice a month as too much cleaning or too infrequent cleaning will most likely encourage more mold and unpleasant odors. The same methods and tips highlighted above can also be used to clean up your drying machine.

1602, 2017

A breakdown of Microfiber Bedding Vs Cotton Bedding for new buyers

By |February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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Are you wondering if you should buy a Microfiber bedding or a cotton one? The truth is, there is no right or wrong answer as each has their pros and cons and it largely depends on your needs and maintenance requirements.

Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons for each:

Microfiber bedding.

Microfiber in general is a quite durable synthetic fabric that can offer a nice polished look and a good level of comfort at the same time.

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Microfiber bedding pros:

  • It is highly durable and can last many years. The fabric is also less likely to be faded or ruined from multiple washes than other fabrics.
  • It usually retains its original shape both over your bed and after washing. Its fabric integrity makes it also less prone to form unsightly wrinkles and creases.
  • Microfiber bedding in general tends to be an inexpensive, value for money option that can fit any budget. Plain-colored microfiber bedding sets are usually quite inexpensive, even though the price will go up depending on the pattern of your set.

Microfiber bedding cons:

  • Due to its temperature absorbing abilities, microfiber bedding may feel overwhelming warm and uncomfortable during the hot summer season.
  • Some synthetic materials are more likely to pill after many washes, especially if the quality is cheap.
  • Microfiber also tends to absorb oils, dirt, and liquids more easily compared to other fabrics and you’ll most likely have to wash it at least once in a week to get rid of dirt and unsightly stains.
  • Microfiber bedding also tends to attract static electricity which may be  a bit uncomfortable for some.
  • Those who have very sensitive and delicate skin may find microfiber bedding slightly irritating and uncomfortable to the touch. In extreme cases, getting in touch with a microfiber fabric can cause allergic reactions, although this is typically rare.

Cotton Bedding

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Cotton bedding in general is a popular and comfortable bedding option, even though it also has its cons apart from pros. Here they are:

Cotton bedding pros:

  • Cotton is more moisture and heat resistant than other fabrics, as it wicks away moisture and heat so that it doesn’t penetrate the fabric. This may be especially useful during warm summer months.
  • Cotton bedding is generally more soft and comfortable compared to synthetic fabrics, and tends to get even softer over time and several washes, even without a fabric softener.
  • Stains and dirt are easier to remove in cotton bedding– a simple machine wash or even a hand wash with just a little amount of detergent is enough to remove most or all stains.
  • Cotton bedding layers also tend to pill less over time compared to synthetic fabrics, especially if the cotton variety is cheap and low-quality.

Cotton bedding cons:

  • Cotton bedding tends to fade and tear after several washes and the fabric tends to thin out. It may need extra care with detergents that are specially suited to delicate cotton fabrics to increase its durability.
  • Due to its tendency to thin and shrink, cotton is most likely to develop wrinkles. Many cotton sets require frequent ironing so that they look nice and polished.
  • Cotton and especially some deluxe cotton varieties like Egyptian cotton tend to be more expensive than synthetic fabrics.

In a nutshell, if you are looking for something durable that will last you for the years to come without creasing and wrinkling and without having to pay much, you should invest in a microfiber bedding. On the other hand, if you are looking for something soft, comfortable, and heat/moisture resistant, it’s best to go for a cotton bedding.

2701, 2017

A “bed” dilemma: Should you get a Twin bed or a Full bed for your toddler?

By |January 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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Bed transition can be a bit confusing and overwhelming for parents of toddlers, especially if it’s their first kid and they have no prior experience with the subject. Opinions of parents can vary, but it all boils down to the needs of your toddler and you as a parent. Here are a few factors to consider to make choose the most appropriate bed size for your toddler:

1. Can you afford to pay for a twin bed prior paying for a full bed?

For some parents getting a toddler or twin size bed is the natural thing to do for this age group, following a crib bed. However, there are many parents that claim that buying a toddler or twin sized bed is unnecessary and simply a waste of money, as their kid will inevitably grow in two years time and will need a bigger sized bed. Obviously your child will definitely grow but it won’t grow enormously within 3 years to need a full-sized bed from the beginning. The decision to buy a twin or a full-sized bed depends on your budget and your kid’s growth.

2.Will you be sleeping with your toddler some nights?

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Another factor to consider when deciding the size of your toddler’s bed (twin vs full) is whether you’ll be sleeping with your child some nights or not.  There are actually quite a few reasons for making this decision. Perhaps your kid has developed fears and wet themselves  during sleeping time or you don’t feel comfortable leaving them alone in a separate room and may occasionally sleep with them some nights. 

Obviously in this case, you will need a  more spacious full bed to accommodate both you and your toddler. However, if you don’t see a need to sleep with them, a twin bed is more than enough to fit their needs at this stage.

3.Has your toddler expressed their need to have their toys and stuff around? 

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The child at this stage may have already started to express its wants and needs in a few words. If they can’t get rid of their stuff and toys and always want them around for comfort and playing, it’s wiser to go for a bigger sized, full bed.Full-sized beds are also safer in general as they offer more space to play, sleep, hop and turn around and there is a decreased risk of accidents happening. However, some parents may still prefer twin size beds because they look more age-appropriate and it’s easier to take care of them.

In any case whether you are buying a twin or a full-sized bed for your toddler , is to make sure it’s on a low level  (less than 6-inch height space) so that even if your child falls accidentally, there are no injuries or harm. Your child’s safety should come first and foremost

Whatever  size of bed you choose, you can make the bed look cute and toddler-friendly by changing the bedding style e.g by placing a duvet cover set specially created with toddlers in mind.

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