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Friday, January 20, 2017

Plan An Awesome Baby Shower In 4 Simple Steps


If your best friend is expecting a baby, you will both be very excited! But there is a lot of work that might be overshadowing this excitement. And not just in your friend’s life! Sure, she will be very busy getting ready for the birth of her new baby, but you will also have one very important job to take care of as well. And that is the baby shower! Traditionally, the expecting mom doesn’t lift a finger when it comes to planning a baby shower. Her best friend needs to do it for her! To make sure yours goes without a hitch, here are some simple steps that can help you through the whole process.

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Book A Venue

First of all, you need to think about where you want to host your party. If you don’t have a huge budget, you can simply hold the whole thing in your place. But if you have a bit of money to spend, then you might like to book a venue for the shower. You can always call a restaurant or bar that has a function room to find out their prices. Lots of women are now holding baby showers in restaurants or cafes. For instance, you could book a table in your favorite cafe for afternoon tea one day. This is a very sophisticated way of celebrating the coming birth!

Send Out Invites

Once you know where you will be holding the party, it is time to compile a guest list and then send out invites. When you are thinking of a guest list, you will need to think whether the baby shower should be women-only, or if you will invite people’s boyfriends and husbands as well. Traditionally, a baby shower is women only, but more people are now inviting partners as well.

Buy Gifts

The next thing is to think about the gifts for the new mother. As the baby shower organizer, you can suggest that all the guests chip in so that you have one large sum of money to spend on a large or expensive item. But you can always leave everyone to buy their own gifts, of course! If you are struggling for ideas, you can browse Uncommon Goods' baby shower gift selection.

Prepare Food

Finally, it is time to think about the food you will serve at the baby shower. If you book a venue, you should enquire as to whether food and catering are included in the price. More often than not, it will be. If you are hosting the baby shower in your own home, you will have to prepare this yourself. One great idea is to organize a potluck dinner. Simply ask all the guests to bring a dish that they prepared themselves. This will give you a great spread of food that everyone played a part in!

As you can see, planning a baby shower for your friend isn’t going to be too difficult! You just need to make sure you plan it well in advance!
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Choosing the Right Organic Pillow

How can changing your pillow change the quality of your sleep and improve your ability to get through your day? Recent studies have shown that most Americans aren't getting enough sleep, leading to BILLIONS of dollars lost in productivity and an increased rate of work-related mortality.

How can changing your pillow change the quality of your sleep?

By making your bed as comfortable as possible, providing the proper support and ventilation, you can get deeper, longer lasting sleep. Fewer interruptions to your sleep cycle allow your body to regenerate as you sleep, so you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the day.

Allergy sufferers can also benefit from choosing the right materials in their bedding, as many pillows and mattress materials can collect and trap allergens.

So what is an organic pillow, and why should you make the switch?

Organic pillows are made from 100% natural fibers, with varying degrees of processing. The most common kinds are made of natural rubber latex, organic cotton, buckwheat, bamboo, and wool. Using organic materials prevents you from coming into contact with unwanted chemicals during your sleep. It's also eco-friendly.
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Which organic pillow material should you choose?

Choosing the right pillow always comes down to two issues; support and ventilation. A thin or malleable pillow will leave you feeling frustrated and aching after spending the night trying to fluff or stack pillows to get the right support. A pillow that traps heat and insulates your head might feel wonderful in the winter, but will be a torture in the summer.

Bamboo

Bamboo pillows are both eco-friendly and comfortable. There are a great number of reasons why you should feel good about buying an organic bamboo pillow. Bamboo is a sustainable crop that grows without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. It grows quickly, like many kinds of grasses, and is a durable and versatile material. Bamboo is also a thermo-regulator, keeping an even heat exchange. Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, keeping dust mites away from your skin as you sleep.
While a great number of pillows claim to be hypoallergenic, it's important to note that there is no nationally recognized standard for the label. If you have allergies you should check the materials in your pillows for possible allergens and wash your pillows often. Be sure to dry them thoroughly to avoid unpleasant smells and the growth of fungus.

You have a large number of choices when it comes to choosing organic pillows. Wool and buckwheat pillows have long been the standard for natural, organic bedding. While the bamboo pillows are relatively new to western markets, it is safe to say they are an important addition for those seeking to improve their sleep and live a healthier lifestyle.

Natural rubber latex

If you are used to a contoured memory foam pillow, then this might be the best choice for you. Unlike memory foam, natural latex moves with you as you shift position. Like any rubber or latex item, there isn't much ventilation but dust mites and other allergens don't accumulate either. Natural rubber latex pillows have proven to be twice as durable as their memory foam and synthetic rubber counterparts.

Wool and Buckwheat

If you like the feel of soft down pillows then wool might be an excellent substitute for you. The soft balls of wool act just like down feathers, providing the same light feeling and heat exchange. If you need more support, buckwheat can be added to give the pillow a firm core. The tiny hulls of buckwheat are wrapped in a wool casing for comfort. Wool pillows have also proven to be naturally flame resistant and repel dust mites.

Cotton

Be sure that you are buying an organic cotton pillow. Like apples, cotton is sprayed with more pesticides and chemical fertilizers than almost any other crop. If the objective is a sleep space free of harmful toxins, making sure your cotton pillows and sheets are organic is a must. Cotton pillows feel like cushions, with the firmness of the pillow depending on the stuffing.

PLA

Polylactide is a form of polyester made from plant matter instead of petroleum. It has all of the benefits of a polyester filling, without the troubling issues of petroleum based products. The pillows are often encased in organic cotton, however you will need to make sure you check the label before purchasing.