Aug 18, 2015

How to Choose the Right Mattress

Tossing and turning the entire night and waking up exhausted – everyone can relate to this feeling. The reason might vary from person to person, but one of the top causes of these sleepless nights is the wrong mattress. That’s right; mattresses play a critical role in either giving you a good night’s sleep or an uncomfortable one leaving you even more tired.

So, how exactly can you find the right mattress?

Determine Which Type of Mattress Is Perfect For You

There are several types of mattresses available on the market nowadays, but not all are right for you. When you understand what exactly the function of the each of the different kinds of mattresses is, only then you will be able to determine the right one for you.

Following are the some basic mattresses available:

Memory Foam / Tempur-Pedic

Tempur-Pedic is a brand name, but the majority of the people refer to it as the mattresses with ‘memory foam.’ They also refer it to any other kind of foam that adapts its shape according to your body while you sleep. Remember, this mattress has the tendency to get warm over the course of the night. Because the mattress gets hot, if you want a cooler surface to sleep on or if you live in a warm climate, then this might not be the right mattress for you.

Sleep Number Beds

This type of bed utilises air pressure chambers on the inside of the mattress that can be customised to meet the firmness level you require. You can make it softer or firmer, tilt it in a reclining position, and even opt for a sleep number bed with different chambers on both sides of the bed. You and your partner can also go for a different level of firmness on your respective sides. These mattresses are a bit on the expensive side, though, but more than often worth the higher price.

Plush vs. Firm

Different mattresses come in various levels of firmness and softness. You will find mattresses labelled as firm, extra firm, plush, or extra plush indicating how soft or hard the mattress is. You can opt for whichever one suits you the best. Some mattresses have extra padding on the sides and the top to make it extra soft but are firm enough to offer proper support.
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Tips To Select The Right Mattress

Now that you now the primary types of mattresses available, do take into account the following tips to help you make the right choice.

1. Consult Your Doctor

The best way to determine which mattress type to opt for is to ask your doctor. As per your health condition, your doctor or physical therapist will recommend which one will be best for you.

2. Try It Out Before You Buy It

Always, always, try out the mattress before you buy it. Lie on the ones you have shortlisted for at least 15 minutes. Lying on the bed for this length of time will help you discover whether this is the mattress for you.

3. Check Its Warranty

The good mattresses have at least ten-year warranty.

4. Buy From A Shop That Specializes In Mattresses

A store that specialises in mattresses will have better knowledge and understanding of the intricacies associated with each mattress type and will guide you better.

Remember, the right mattress is the key to a good night’s sleep which will keep you refreshed all day long. Thorough research is critical before making your decision.


Tips offered by Melanie, in-house mattress tester and lifestyle blogger at RealSmart

Aug 10, 2015

Shed Ninja Shedding and Slicker Brush Review: Eliminate Shedding and Enjoy Shiny Hair on Your Doggy

Recently I received the Shed Ninja Shedding Brush and their Slicker Brush, which are two tools you can use on your doggy or feline friend. They are both tools that eliminate shedding and also create a shiny and lustrous coat for your fur baby. Out of both products, I like the slicker brush the most, simply because of the sleek design and how shiny it makes Candy's hair.
Candy's hair (yes, she has hair and not fur) is really fine and silky already, so when I used both products on her I was VERY gentle. With any slicker brush that says "gentle bristles," I cannot stress enough that you still have to be super gentle and careful when you brush your fur baby's hair. Shed Ninja's bristles are gentle, but for a small dog under ten pounds and that has silky and fine hair, I would recommend that you use a tool like this sparingly.
Candy is very sensitive when I brush her hair. I actually bought her a small brush for humans from Target and I use that to comb out her hair because it's super gentle. A slicker brush like the one from Shed Ninja is an excellent product, but I would recommend it for a larger dog that has course hair and that sheds a lot. Their products do specify the size of the dog each tool is recommended for, but I think they could make an even smaller tool for our small fur babies. Candy is about 9 pounds and these tools were plenty big for her.

Candy does not shed (well, she has very minimal shedding) and as I mentioned before, her hair is very fine. Both the shedding brush and slicker brush work well with her hair, but I just had to be super careful with both products. I did not press down hardly at all when I used the slicker brush on her coat. In fact, I barely applied any pressure since I did not want to hurt her sensitive skin underneath her hair. After I used the brush I was very pleased! You can see how shiny her coat is below after I brushed her hair with the Slicker Brush.
The 2-in-1 shedding brush is super convenient if you groom your own dog's hair or simply want to get rid of some of your pup's excess hair. The grip on this tool and the slicker brush is great and the rake does an excellent job smoothing out hair (see below). Once again just be cautious when you use the shedding blade as it will take a decent amount of hair off of your pup and if you just got her groomed or if she has fine hair you'll want to be careful. Please excuse Miss Candy's tired face below -- her daddy had just taken her on a walk after these pics were taken. ;)

If you keep your pup's hair short you should rarely use a shedding tool since my guess is your pup does not experience a lot of shedding. However, if you have a Golden Retriever, Silky Terrier or another breed that has long, course, or thick hair (or all of the above) and that sheds a lot these tools are ideal. I am thinking about getting an Australian Shepherd in the future and I think these tools would be excellent for this type of doggy breed.

Overall I think Shed Ninja offers some great doggy friendly tools that can help you keep your fur baby looking pretty! Not to mention you can get rid of some of that hair that would otherwise be on your outfit or sofa. ;)

I recommend their products and am enjoying using them. In addition to snatching up their products on Amazon, you can connect with them on Facebook. Thanks, Shed Ninja! Now it's time for Candy to get some zzz's! As you can see she looks sleepy below! ;)


**This is an honest review by myself from Tomoson. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Jun 17, 2015

Stunning Nature and Historial Sites in North Dakota

Have you ever been to North Dakota? I have been to North Dakota when I was a little girl, so it has been at least 20 years since I have visited. Now that I know all about the adventures one can have at this state, I'm eager to head back! From hiking to exploring the beautiful nature and historical sites, ND has a lot of scenic destinations I am eager to see. I've always been a fan of history and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park has a reconstructed Indian lodge, among other historical sites. Sounds so cool! Check out some of my must see activities below:

Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Backway

The Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Backway in Kenmare, ND offers some pretty incredible hikes! I would love to hike in this area while viewing the rolling hills and the Des Lacs Valley. Apparently it has a lot of wildlife too -- birds, deer, and moose are just a few! Near this site, there's also a historical Danish Mill that I'd love to see. I love seeing and learning about historical sites!

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

I love the Civil War time period, and this state park offers tours of General George Custer's last home as well as barracks, granary, commissary and a stable. You are able to see how it was in 1875, which is the year the 7th Cavalry rode to the Little Bighorn. There's also a museum and tour of On-A-Slant Indian Village's five reconstructed earthlodges. I would love to tour all of these historical sites at the state park!

Icelandic State Park 

For more nature and hiking, the Icelandic State Park in Cavalier, ND appears to be a wonderful place to check out as well. It is the home to the Pioneer Heritage Center, historical buildings, and the Gunlogson Homestead. You can hike there and there is also a self-guided nature trail near the Pioneer Heritage Center. Camping is also available at the site, so you can take your time and explore the park.

Little Missouri State Park

I saved the best state park for last (at least from what I have read this sounds like an AMAZING place to visit). Located in Killdeer, ND, the Little Missouri State Park is full of the Badlands terrain where you can horseback ride and hike to your heart's content. Wildlife is known to hang out here -- coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and golden eagles are just a few animals you may run into. Well -- hopefully not a bobcat! ;) You can also go horseback riding here, which sounds pretty incredible to me! I love horseback riding while checking out the nature, though I haven't horseback rode for a while so I think I would need a warm up lesson first.

My mom was born in Montana, so I've always loved the rolling hills and open prairie. North Dakota is right near Montana, so naturally my family and I have visited both states. I used to want to live in Montana and marry a cowboy -- anything that involves nature, a beautiful backdrop of mountains and hiking means I am all in! I can't wait to head back to North Dakota in the future to do some hiking and visit these grand historical state parks.

Learn more about North Dakota's amazing sites and activities at North Dakota Legendary. You can also connect with them on Twitter, too!

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.*