5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Pregnancy Pillow

With the progression of your pregnancy, your body size entirely changes which becomes challenging. You will face difficulties while doing basic chores of the day. In particular, you will face difficulty in getting a comfortable good night sleep. Getting a pregnancy pillow for the relief of a pregnant woman is the most thoughtful thing one can do.

A pregnancy pillow is a rightful investment for the comfort and liberation of a pregnant woman. There are many pregnancy pillows available which are super comfortable. Since hundreds and thousands of pregnancy pillows are available, you need to go through pregnancy pillow reviews and do an extensive research before selecting yourself one. These reviews enlighten people to choose according to their requirements, comfort and according to their even body size.

Here is a list of few things you need to consider while buying a pregnancy pillow so that you can choose accordingly.

1. Size of the Pillow

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Pregnancy pillows come in many different shapes and sizes. They are available in U shape, C shape, rectangular and round shape. The first and foremost thing you should consider is the size of the pillow. Most full body size pillows are very comfortable because they provide support to your entire body. Usually pillows come in standard sizes which are good to go for most of the ladies, but if you are taller than most average women then you need to specifically look at the size of the pillow. A pillow which is not good for your height will only add up in your discomfort.

2. Type of Filling

The type of filling is the main thing on which the comfort level of a pillow depends. Consider the type of filling a pillow is offering while going through pregnancy pillow reviews. The types of filling good pregnancy pillows include are:

  • Styrofoam ball filling
  • Polyester fiber filling
  • Micro-bead filling
  • Memory foam filling
  • Natural and organic filling

Styrofoam filling is like small white balls of foam. They are light in weight but make a little noise when you move around. Whereas, the pillows with polyester fiber are soft and provide a firmness to your pregnancy pillow. Micro-bead filling also consists of balls but are remarkably supportive and lightweight in comparison of Styrofoam ball filling. Memory foam filling enables a pillow to take the body shape of the user, once the user pushes her weight on to the pillow but pillow made of this filling is quite firm and comfortable. Natural filling includes natural material like wool or kapok.

3. Material of the Pillow

Choose a pillow which has a comfortable material and does not irritate your skin. Cotton is recommended because a pillow made of cotton is a lot cooler, does not make you sweat unnecessarily and is extremely comfortable.

Here is a good maternity pillow you can use:

4. Case of the Pillow

As your pregnancy progresses, you will start sweating more. Therefore, you need to have a pillow which comes with removable cover and is easy to wash.

5. Quality of the Pillow

It is best to choose a pregnancy pillow which is firm rather than choosing a soft pillow because firm pillows provide support to your neck more efficiently.

Now that you know some do’s and don’ts of buying a pregnancy pillow, invest in the best quality pillow to make your pregnancy a smooth and comfortable experience!

6 PRO Tips to give your Mattress a Prolonged Life

On an average, every person spends around $500 to $5000 or maybe even more for buying a good mattress. People make this investment for better sleep.  Once people have invested so much in a mattress, they will definitely expect it to provide comfortable sleep on it for several years.

The mattress typically lasts anywhere between 5 to 10 years or even more, but that totally depends on the care you take. If you are not taking proper care of the mattress, its lifespan will reduce.

Mattress just like any other product in your house needs proper cleaning and maintenance because, with time, it gets covered with dust, dead skin cells, bacteria, oils and much more. So cleaning your mattress properly not only saves you from bacteria but increases the lifespan of your mattress.

So, if you want to keep your mattress in a good shape for years to come, follow some of these rules:

1. Use a Mattress Topper

Using the waterproof mattress protector is one of the important things you should do after buying a mattress. You can also use mattress cushion toppers to keep your mattress safe. Though you are an adult who will definitely not wet the beds, but there are chances of spills or surprising accidents which can ruin your mattress.  Also, you sweat and oil is extracted from your body which attracts the dust mites or bed bugs, so having a cover on your mattress will keep your mattress healthy.

2. Don’t Forget to Rotate and Flip your Mattress

It doesn’t matter even if you have spent thousands of dollars on a mattress, it is always better to rotate and flip your mattress regularly every 2- 3 months to prevent it from damages and to keep your mattress balanced from all the four sides.

3. Vacuum it Regularly

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You might not be taking the idea of vacuuming your mattress seriously, but to prolong the life of your mattress, you should clean it regularly. Mattresses are used on daily basis and this is what makes them dirty.

So, once in a month, you should vacuum the seams and surfaces to remove the dead skin cells, dust, debris and much more things that won’t be visible to you. You can also use some baking soda on the surface of the mattress before you use vacuum as this absorbs the moisture and odors.

4. Stop your Kids from Jumping on the Bed

Jumping on the bed is a fun thing for kids and sometimes even adults love it. No matter how much your kids or you love jumping on the bed, it is the thing you should never do because that damages the coils and fibers of your mattress.

5. Avoid Eating on Mattress

We all love eating snacks or breakfast in bed, but to do so is really a bad idea because the crumbs fallen on your bed will find their way into the mattress layers, attracting bed bugs and mites and hence reducing the lifespan of the mattress.

6. Don’t Allow Pets on Bed

It’s really tempting to cuddle your pet on your bed, but they should be kept as far as possible as they sweat, shed hair and dander and they also go outdoors which increases the chances of them bringing bugs and mites indoor as well, and this all things can ruin your amazing mattress.

So, by following these rules, you can extend the life of your mattress. While, there is no mattress that will last a lifetime, but taking a good care can increase the lifespan of your mattress.

5 Actionable Tips to Control Your Weight in winters

It may be time for us to pick away out vacation wardrobe and ditch our swimming costumes for scarfs but that doesn’t mean we should pack away our gym gear for another year. Staying fit and keeping away from comfort food during the winter months is difficult.

Need a helping hand to stay motivated during the colder months? Here are my tops tips for keeping trim during the winters:

1. Stay Hydrated

Lose weight easily by topping up your water bottle regularly. Water is one of the easiest ways to shed pounds and it can also improve the appearance of your skin and hair.

Health experts have found that drinking water can boost metabolism by 24-30% over a period of 1-1.5 hours. This means that the more water you drink the more calories you are likely to burn.

It is also recommended that you drink water before you eat as drinking a half litre (17 oz.) of water about a half an hour before a meal means that diets will stay fuller longer.

2. Stay Warm with Green Tea

We love to finish off our day with a hot drink during the winter months. If you are looking to cut out all over the sugar from unhealthy drinks like hot chocolate, then make sure you are subsidising it with something like green tea.

green tea

Green tea is much like coffee as it has so many benefits, one of them being weight loss! Although these is a small amounts of caffeine in green tea it loaded with powerful antioxidants called catechins. Catechin are an excellent source for weight loss as they are believed to work in sync with the caffeine to enhance fat burning.

3. Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil has been a wonder food for ages. Not only is Coconut oil very healthy but many people use it to improve the condition of their hair.

Coconut oil is very effective as it is high in special fats called medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently than other fats.

By cooking with coconut oil you could be boosting your metabolism by 120 calories per day! Coconut oil can also be very filling and it will reduce your appetite.

If you are aiming for weight loss and considering adding coconut oil to your diet, remember, coconut is a replacement for your current cooking oils – stay clear of bad fats!

4. Mix up Your Exercise Routine

Make sure that you are having a variation of exercise and diet. If you are losing weight, then you are probably losing muscle! Muscle loss is often linked to metabolic slowdown.

The best way to mix up your cardio sessions is to lift weights. By including resistance exercise, like lifting weights, into your training will keep your metabolism high, and prevent you from losing precious muscle mass.

5. Cut Down On Carbs

This is an important factor of any weight loss regime especially in winter time! It is seriously important that you reduce carb intake when trying to keep your figure over the winter months.

Figures have displayed that refined carbs can spike blood sugar rapidly, which means that the consumer is more likely to be hungry and crave fatty foods. If you are going to eat foods which are carbohydrate based, make sure that they are made with natural fibre.

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Lavatory Envy

Brass, Car­rara mar­ble, sub­way tiles (the old-looking ones), warm woods, indus­trial light­ing… Jeff and Jason’s home-away-from-Brooklyn was fea­tured on Design­Sponge yes­ter­day, and I must say – these dudes did their bath­room right. I am quite envi­ous. Reminds me of one of my favorite places, not just for the liba­tions but for their authen­ti­cally indus­trial design: Schiller’s Liquor Bar. For comparison’s sake, here is Jeff & Jason’s bath­room, more pho­tos plus Schiller’s after the jump.

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And Schiller’s (pho­to from our last trip to the city):

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Sorry for the iPhone images at first. Above is the com­mu­nal wash area, a gate­way to the men’s and women’s toilets.

Hexa­gon tiles, brass and iron, porce­lain; FML… indus­trial makes my heart pound.

Ugh. F’ing gor­geous doors. And hand-painted lettering.

The plumb­ing and pipe work makes me feel like an early 20th cen­tury fac­tory employee. I’d bet­ter get my digital-camera-phone-from-the-future out of the bath­room and get back to my sewing machine before I lose my lunch.

Kris Jenner Style Inspiration

Weak­ness: Keep­ing Up With The Kar­dashi­ans. Strength: Style tips from the Kardashian/Jenner girls.

I do have a slightly glam side, and some­times I feel indul­gent and want sparkley dia­mond ear­rings – like the Loren Jew­elry 14k gold/16k pave dia­mond ones Kris Jen­ner wears on KUWTK which are OOMPR (out of my price range) at over $12k.

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Above is Kris in her fab­u­lous jew­els, and below is a gor­geous pair at Ross-Simons which are also 14k gold and black rhodium ster­ling sil­ver with 7.25k dia­monds for $2500 (on sale today! $1871! hurry!). Thank you purse­fo­rum for the guid­ance in help­ing me find a knock­off ear­ring. Tell me, do you think these are a good option-for-a-girl-on-a-budget?

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