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I’m All About This Base

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Disclosure: I am a Serta brand ambassador and am compensated for my time and participation in the program. My husband and I adore our iComfort Prodigy mattress and Motion Custom Adjustable Foundation. All opinions are my 100% genuine ones. 

I’m all about this base! Serta pulled out all the stops with their Motion Custom Adjustable Foundation.  It is like a spa experience in your bedroom. For real.

You can elevate your head, feet, get a massage, charge your device, and even play music via Bluetooth through two high quality speakers. Can you imagine? An adjustable foundation can also have health benefits – did you know?

As if you needed another reason to consider this little slice of heaven. This video is a demonstration of the Serta adjustable base features. Please also enjoy me doing a dance with the Serta sheep at the end. You’re welcome.

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How to Make a Cozy Guest Bedroom

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[Disclosure: I am a Serta brand ambassador and am compensated for my participation in the program and have received complimentary products for review. Links in this post to Amazon and Land of Nod are affiliate links that help support my blog. Thank you!]

‘Tis the season for holiday travels and for some that means house guests so today’s post is about how to make a cozy guest bedroom.

Let’s face it, comfortable accommodations can really make a difference in the quality of your trip. A cozy guest bedroom will be greatly appreciated by your guests and score you big points.

So whether you embrace your house guests or count the hours until your home is back to yourself, I hope these tips help make preparing for house guests just a tad more fun.

10 Tips on How to Make a Cozy Guest Bedroom

How to create a cozy guest bedroom

1. A Comfortable Mattress

A comfortable bed is the absolute most important part of a cozy guest bedroom, because who cares if there is a fresh flower on the night stand if your guests toss and turn on a saggy, old mattress all night?

A bad night’s sleep can ruin your whole day, so I suggest investing in a quality mattress for your guest bedroom so your guests can get a good night’s sleep.  You can find good mattresses for surprisingly affordable prices. Serta’s Perfect Sleeper mattresses are a great choice for guest room – the perfect mix of affordable and comfortable.

_sites_1_tagrem_serta_uploads_ProductImages_smart-surface-elite_newfoundbay-spt_500x351_8f9b48c2647d7b74fbd19fc26086fe5c I would recommend putting in the biggest size mattress that makes sense in the space, ideally a queen or larger, for the most comfortable sleeping conditions for couples. A larger size mattress in guest rooms can also come in handy for sleepovers with kids.

2. Cozy Bedding

To go along with a comfortable mattress, you also need comfortable bedding to go with.  I suggest placing two sleeping pillows per side, one soft and one firmer, as many people have a preference on the firmness of their pillow.

Then use really lovely, soft sheets. These sheets are my fave, have used them for years. So soft. Also add an extra Plush Blanket to the foot of the bed or store in the closet in case your guests get chilly.

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3. Put Out Fresh Towels and Washcloths

I think it’s lovely to provide a set of two bath towels, a hand towel and one washcloth per guest. I like to lay the towels out on the bed so that the guest knows those specific towels are meant for them.

4. Welcome Guests With a Note [Free Printable]

People often feel like they are intruding when they come to stay in your home, and no one likes to feel like they are a burden.  Make your house guests feel comfortable by putting a little note on their towels, bed or night stand to let them know you are happy they are there.

You can click here to download and print some cute welcome notes for house guests.

free printable welcome notes for guests

5. A Place for Luggage

It is a pet peeve of mine to have to ruffle through a duffel bag or suitcase on the floor to find things, so give your guests a place for their bags, at a comfortable height.  An empty chair can work, and if you don’t have the space, consider purchasing an affordable folding luggage rack.

I like a Folding Luggage Rack with Shelf <- like this so guests can store two bags, or even shoes down below. A folding one is great so you can fold and keep against a wall or in a closet when not in use.

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6. Dark Shades and Privacy

When I travel, I love how dark it can get in a hotel room, so in our guest room, my husband installed a Blackout Roller Shade in made-to-measure sizes so the room stays super dark. Now, the kids waking up at 7am in the next room is another issue, but at least they won’t be awakened by the morning light.

You also want to make sure your room offers privacy for changing, so blinds of some sort are a must!

7. Extra Toiletries

You know that feeling when you go to a hotel and realize you forgot your floss or toothpaste? I collect little travel size toiletries and other items for display when guests visit so they will not have to go without a moisturized hands or God forbid, brushed teeth!

toiletry products for house guests

8. Reading Material 

Sometimes it’s nice to read a new magazine before you go to bed, so I installed a cute book rack to hold magazines next to our guest bed. It’s actually a children’s book rack – but works great for magazines too!

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The reading material can be switched out depending on who is coming to visit.

guest bedroom book rack

9. Nightstand Goodies

No, not those kind of nightstand goodies, I am talking about a fresh flower and bottle of water people. Hee hee…

I love cutting a fresh flower from the yard and placing a single stem in a vase by the bed.  It is also nice to leave a bottle of water as well as a little container or place for women to put their jewelry.

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 10. Personal Photos 

If you have guests or family that come often to stay in your guest bedroom, I think it’s nice to put framed pictures of those guests in the guest bedroom.

I blew up two prints and made them black and white and framed to put on top of these glass bookcases of two favorite memories we have with my in-laws and sister-in-law, the people who stay in our guest bedroom the most often.

black and white photos And those are my top 10 tips on how to make a cozy guest bedroom.

I would love to hear your ideas on things you do to make your house guests feel comfortable? Please comment and tell us!

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Our Experience Sleeping on an iComfort Mattress

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Whether you are a regular reader of mine who might not be in the market for a new mattress (yet) or if you landed on this post looking for iComfort mattress reviews, I hope you find the firsthand information based off of our personal experience helpful. Because at some point, we all need a new mattress, and it is one of the most important purchases you will make because of the impact it can have on your sleep quality.

iComfort Mattress Reviews

Disclosure: I am a Serta brand ambassador and am compensated for my time and participation in the program and have received complimentary products to facilitate first hand reviews. All opinions are 100% my own. 

You know the saying, “You don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone?” Well, when talking about mattresses, I like to say, “You don’t know how poorly you slept until you sleep well.

Brief background on my experience with Serta mattresses.  I joined Serta in 2011 as a brand ambassador when they first launched the iComfort Sleep System by Serta back in 2011 and had the opportunity to select an iComfort mattress.

My husband and I selected the iComfort Prodigy model and slept on it (beautifully) for 2 1/2 years. You can read some of my past iComfort mattress reviews here. Going from an old mattress to an iComfort was life changing. We never slept better. Consistently.

The New iComfort 

Then this year, Serta launched new and improved models of their iComfort mattresses, and we were asked to select a new mattress to facilitate new reviews.

I was a little worried because of my mattress attachment to our 2011 iComfort, but I thought, if I know Serta by now, they are bound to have come out with something even better.  I didn’t know if that was possible.

But they did.

The new iComfort models feature even more advancements in sleep comfort including their Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam.

Now I won’t get too technical, but what that means, is the new iComfort memory foam technology has been created to make the most comfortable, supportive mattress that reduces heat build up so the memory foam does not sleep hot.

iComfort Prodigy Review 2014

When my husband and I went mattress shopping, we went in with an open mind. You can read about how we shopped with Serta’s Rest Test app here.

We tested a bunch of the iComfort models, and came back home to the Prodigy model.

For us the Prodigy is a perfect mix of not too plush and not too firm, it really is “just right.”

What we have found is what we have known to be true of the iComfort for years now – the quality of sleep you will get on an iComfort is unparalleled.

Namely, we notice the following benefits from our iComfort Prodigy mattress:

1. Less tossing and turning.

One of the biggest benefits of a memory foam mattress is the fact that it absorbs movement, which means, when your partner rolls over, you don’t go with them.  Because of this, I notice a drastic decrease in the frequency of wakings I have during the night and many nights I will go to sleep and sleep the entire night through.  Before sleeping on a memory foam mattress, this was rare for me.

I wake up on my own feeling refreshed. It’s awesome.

2. Just, OH SO COMFY!

Snuggling in our iComfort Prodigy makes me so happy.  Not joking, every night when I assume my “go to sleep position” I relish in how comfy our bed is.  Many times I will even say to myself in my head, “I love my bed!!!” 100% truth. I can’t even count how many times I have said that sentence. I really, really love my bed.

3. It’s NOT hot!

Now for us in So Cal, we had a VERY hot fall season this year. Unseasonably hot. Our bed continually slept cool throughout a very warm season.

4. No more aches and pains. 

My husband had chronic back aches when he slept on our old innerspring mattress we had prior to getting our iComfort. Every morning he would wake up and have to stretch out his back because he would feel so sore.

His back aches went away when he slept on the iComfort and he is reminded of what a difference his iComfort makes anytime he goes to a hotel and sleeps on a mattress that is not supportive.

Questions? Please Ask! 

I have been working closely with Serta for over 3 years and am happy to answer any questions you might have about selecting a new Serta mattress or any questions specifically about the iComfort.  You can leave a comment on this post or email me at jennifer at tinyoranges.com.

It’s important for me to say that all my opinions are my authentic, genuine ones. I rave to my family and friends about the iComfort too – and I think of my readers as friends.  Thank you for reading! Happy mattress shopping!

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Dealing with Mattress Attachment [and Knowing When It’s Time for a New One]

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Disclosure: I am a Serta brand ambassador and am compensated for my participation in the program and have received complimentary mattresses for review. I LOVE my Serta mattress. Love! 

When to Replace a Mattress

Today’s post is about when to replace a mattress, and how that process can sometimes be delayed due to, what I call “mattress attachment.” Could you be dealing with mattress attachment?

First, let me share our story.

Back in 2011, when Serta Mattresses launched their first generation of memory foam mattresses, the iComfort Sleep System, I was fortunate enough to be chosen to be a brand ambassador and received an iComfort Prodigy mattress to report our experience.

It was a serendipitous opportunity as our previous mattress was close to 12 years old, and I had no idea just how poorly we had been sleeping until we got our new iComfort mattress.

The difference my husband and I experienced sleeping on our iComfort mattress for the first time (an upgrade from a very old mattress) was extraordinary.  I became VERY attached to my bed.

Mattress Attachment 

We LOVED our 2011 iComfort Prodigy, so much so that when Serta contacted me about returning for my 3rd year as a brand ambassador in 2014, with the opportunity to select a new 2014 iComfort mattress to experience the improvements Serta had made, I became a little anxious because I was quite attached to my 2011 iComfort.

I was having mattress attachment issues. Big time.

How many people out there put off shopping for a new mattress, even though it’s TIME for one, because of the attachment they have to their bed?

Think about it.

When traveling or away from home, how many times do you wish to get home to “your own bed?” Or, when you are sick, how all you want to do is curl up “in your own bed?”

Our beds are a source of comfort and security – a symbol of home. Which is why shopping for a new mattress can be somewhat upsetting. If you have put off buying a new mattress because you too, have mattress attachment issues, I get it. I feel you.

But mattresses, even quality ones, have a lifespan, so it’s important to know when it is time to replace your mattress.

And, once I got over my mattress attachment, and we had the opportunity to sleep on the 2014 iComfort Prodigy mattress, well, let me just say, I didn’t know it was possible, but now I am even MORE attached to my mattress because it is a little slice of heaven. Full 2014 iComfort review to come. Stay tuned.

When To Replace a Mattress? 

The National Sleep Foundation states that a mattress has an average lifespan of about 8 years.

How Do You Know if It’s Time to Replace Your Bed? 

If you have any question about whether or not it’s time for a new mattress – take note of your sleep quality.

Do you wake up with any sore muscles? Are you tired or stiff in the morning? Do you toss and turn or wake up a lot during the night? Do you find you actually sleep better in a hotel than you do at home?

If you answered yes to any of the above, and if your mattress has been around awhile, it might be time to go mattress shopping.

And believe me, it will be the BEST thing you ever did.

A Prime Example of Mattress Attachment 

Just the other night, we were out to dinner with a bunch of friends when one of the men complained about being up for two hours the previous night because he hadn’t been sleeping well.

They had NO idea they were sitting next to a Serta brand ambassador. I almost wanted to apologize in advance for the earful he was in for with that innocent comment.

I casually asked how long they had had their mattress?

They looked at each other, and said, “I don’t know, maybe at least 10 or 15 years old.”

I told them, “Time for a new mattress!”

His wife then said, “You know, I DO wake up with a sore neck every morning!”

“Time for a new mattress!”

“But I love my bed!” the husband exclaimed.

Prime example of mattress attachment.

Again, I GET it, but I the level of love and attachment you will have to your NEW mattress once you are sleeping full nights’ of quality sleep will pale in comparison and you will wonder why you didn’t do it earlier.

His wife got on board, “We probably DO need a new mattress!”

The husband had no idea it would turn out to be a very expensive dinner now that he was going home with a wife on a mattress shopping mission. Sorry. But, actually I’m not because I KNOW just how happy they will be when sleeping well, really well on a new mattress.

So, I ask you, how long have you had your mattress?  Is it time to replace your bed?

Here are some resources to help you:

1. Mattresses 101

2. Mattress Shopping Tips

3. Mattress Shopping? There’s an App for That!

4. iComfort Mattress Review

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Mattresses 101

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Disclosure: I am a Serta Brand Ambassador and am compensated for my time and participation in the program and have received complimentary products to help communicate our first-hand experiences.

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A good night’s sleep is one of the most important gifts you can give yourself and your mattress quality plays a huge role in how well you are sleeping. If you have been tossing or turning, or waking up with sore muscles or a stiff back, it might be time to shop for a new mattress.

One of the most important things you will have to determine when selecting a new mattress is what kind of mattress is right for you? Innerspring vs memory foam? Or even memory foam hybrid?

It’s easy to put off mattress shopping because the whole process can be a bit overwhelming, however, Serta actually makes the process quite simple. Let me start by explaining the differences in Serta’s different types of mattresses.

Innerspring Mattresses 

innerspring Innerspring mattresses are a traditional type of mattress, made with a steel coil innerspring support system and interior metal coils that give the mattress a little bounce.

On the top of an innerspring mattress, various foams and fibers are used to provide comfort on the sleeping surface.

Serta has a variety of innerspring constructions providing different levels of comfort and support.

Memory Foam Mattresses [iComfort] 

A memory foam mattress features an all-foam support core that provides superior memoryfoam support and pressure-relieving comfort.

The iComfort Memory Foam mattresses feature Serta’s Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam which is designed to disperse heat build up so that the sleeping surface is kept cool and comfortable.

One of the best benefits of a memory foam mattress is motion isolation, meaning if your partner moves, the mattress doesn’t doesn’t bounce with them. This can drastically reduce the amount of tossing, turning, and waking throughout the night.

Memory Foam Hybrid [iSeries]

Can’t decide on innerspring vs memory foam? Well, Serta took the best of both mattress constructions and made a series of mattresses combining the support of a traditional steel coil innerspring bed with the comfort of memory foam.

hybrid-1 The Serta iSeries mattress line is their memory foam hybrid collection.

Every new iSeries hybrid mattress features the same Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam along with the support of a traditional innerspring bed.

Innerspring vs Memory Foam:

How to Choose the Right Mattress For You 

Now that you understand the different types of mattress options, how do you know how to pick the right mattress for you?

First, you can go online and take the Serta Mattress Selector Quiz to see what recommendations Serta would make based on your answers to a few simple questions.

You can also download the Serta Test Rest app for free and take the quiz through the app. Once finished you can use the app in-store to record your thoughts on the different models.

I made this video awhile back on how to shop for a mattress so you can find more tips on making the most out of your in-store shopping experience.

2014 Serta Mattress Improvements 

The Serta iComfort mattresses were first introduced in 2011, with the iSeries following in 2012.  Now, just this year, Serta introduced all-new iComfort and iSeries models with brand new Cool Action Dual Effects gel memory foam.  This new material combines two different types of gel, giving consumers up to 25% more gel than the original formula.

Meaning just that much more comfort and cooling effects for your best night’s sleep. Ever.

My husband and I have been sleeping on a new 2014 iComfort mattress for a few months now and it is hard to believe Serta could have made improvements to an already amazing product, but they did.

Stay tuned for my full 2014 iComfort mattress review. I hope this post has helped explain the different mattress types. Now, if you are not sleeping well, time to put getting a new mattress on the radar!

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