Nectar Mattress Unboxing and Review

Sleep is crucial, right?  Everyone agrees to that.  That’s why the mattress industry is as large as it is…and why we have four mattress stores in our town that are within sight distance of each other.  The industry is huge!  Have you heard of the new craze in mattresses?  Online mattress ordering, delivered right to your door with a money-back guarantee.  We tried this process recently and we loved it.

Let me back up a little bit, since January we’ve been working on fixing up the downstairs of our house.  If you’re a regular follower of my blog you know that we bought this house almost two years ago and it was decorated in the best 70’s decor possible.  We’ve since gutted and redone most of the upstairs but the downstairs has been untouched.  We’ve tackled the homeschool room and now we’re on to the guest bedroom downstairs.  The room is a good space but it lacked a bed, decor, and it boasted of two different colors of paneling. 🙂  We’ve added window treatments, a rug, and we’re working on the decor.  Nectar helped us with the most important aspect of a guest bedroom, the bed.  They gave us a mattress to review and we couldn’t be happier with it.

I’ll tell you every step of the unpacking process so you won’t have to wonder at all about it.  If you’re still hesitant know that they offer free shipping and free returns.  They have a marvelous 365 night home trial!  Wondering about their warranty?  They have what they call a “forever warranty.”  It doesn’t get any better than that!

The mattress arrived quickly after we had ordered it.  The mailman delivered it to my door just like this.  It is very heavy but being in a bag it was easy to pull it/roll it to where I wanted it till my husband came home.  He wanted to open it with me and we opened it as soon as he came home in the evening so please forgive my dark pictures.  (Notice, the two kinds of paneling?  We’ll paint them soon!)

Nectar mattress delivery

After we untied the drawstring on the blue bag and slid it out we found a large duffel bag covering the mattress.  I think we’ll keep the blue drawstring bag to store my kid’s ball pit balls.

Nectar Mattress Unboxing

After we unzipped the duffel bag we uncovered the tightly wrapped mattress.  Here comes the fun part!

Rolled Nectar Mattress

Can you see how thick the plastic is?  It’s thick!

Packaged Nectar Mattress

After we carefully cut that thick layer open with scissors, we unrolled the mattress and found a Nectar envelope opener.  This made removing the last layer of plastic a breeze.  We wouldn’t have wanted to cut the mattress by accident.  I thought this was a great idea and was pleasantly surprised to see it included.  How thoughtful!

Nectar Mattress Opener

See how vacuum packed it is?

Nectar Mattress Inflating

Here are the pillows beginning to inflate along with the mattress.

Nectar Mattress and Pillow
We let the mattress air out a full day before laying on it even though they assured us that the fumes the mattress put off were safe.  Look how plush it is.  It really is the right amount of support.  It’s not too hard or too soft.

Nectar Mattress

The pillows are amazing!  I was needing a new pillow so I think I’m going to steal one off of our guest bed.  My daughter is trying to take claim of the other one although I’m not sure my husband is going to let her. 🙂  My husband loves the bed and is wanting to stay in the guest room to sleep.  I think we might have to replace our bed too!  Which, now that I think about it, my daughter would like because that would mean two more pillows.

Girl on Nectar Bed
My kids have loved hanging out on the mattress, even before the sheets were on.  It is the comfiest place in the house!

Boy on bed with toy football

It is a great place for day dreaming.

Girl on Nectar Mattress

It’s the perfect height for us and it goes with so many bed frames.  Adjustable, platform, floor, box spring, traditional, divan, you name it!  Because we didn’t have a mattress in here previously we had to go shopping for a box spring and it was not a fun experience.  The prices varied so much and driving somewhere, borrowing a trailer, and hauling it home wasn’t very fun.  If I could do it over again I would have ordered a box spring online somewhere.  That experience made me so thankful for the ability to order a mattress online.  Going from store to store, matching prices, dealing with less than friendly/knowledgeable employees, and laying on mattresses in public that who knows how many peole have laid on before you.  Yes, I think ordering mattresses online is the way to go.

Nectar Mattress Height

If you’re in the market for a new mattress, don’t lose sleep over trying to pick a brand, try out the Nectar brand!  With free shipping, free returns, and a 365 night trial, there’s nothing to lose!

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6 Energy Cutting Tips for Your Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IGS Energy for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Being eco-friendly is not just about recycling and toting around reusable grocery bags though these are great, easy ways to be more green. Helping the environment can actually help your wallet as well. With these green actions and adjustments around the house, you can effectively lower your electricity and water bills as well as save on other general expenses.

1. Turn off the lights when you leave the room. Electricity bills are typically one of the highest bills a household gets each month. Turning off the lights when you leave the room as well as turning off any appliances and electronics that are not in use are easy ways to help you conserve energy. Electricity generation is also a big source of pollution because many energy companies still rely on burning coal to provide energy for homes and businesses. By actively making sure that you are not wasting any electricity, you will simultaneously cut down on the amount of pollution created as well as cut down on your electricity bill.

2. Make the switch to CFL bulbs. It is true that CFL bulbs, also known as compact fluorescent lamp bulbs, are more expensive than regular incandescent light bulbs. However, when you factor in how much money you save in the long run with CFL bulbs, you will see that these more eco-friendly bulbs actually pay for themselves with the savings you will incur. CFL bulbs typically last up to 15 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb, and they also have the capability of putting out the same amount of light as a traditional bulb but while using half the energy. In fact, one CFL bulb can save buyers more than $30 in energy costs in its lifetime. If you replace all of the lights in the house with CFL bulbs and make it a habit to turn off the lights when not in use, you could save hundreds of dollars in electricity costs annually.

3.  Only do laundry when there is a full load. You may be tempted to throw your favorite shirt into the wash by itself when you accidentally get some unsightly stains on it, but consider spot-cleaning it and waiting until you are ready to toss an entire load of laundry into the machine before washing it. A washing machine and dryer use up tremendous amounts of energy, so it is more eco-friendly to maximize the use of these machines by only turning them on when there is a full load to wash. When you do fewer loads of laundry, you will cut down on your water and electricity bills as well as your carbon footprint.

4. Make the switch to low-flow and aerating faucets. Just like the CFL bulbs, the initial purchase cost of a low-flow and aerating faucet would be offset by the savings you would incur with use. These faucet heads pump air into the water coming out of the faucet so that you would still experience plenty of water pressure, but with less water usage. When you consider that a single five-minute shower can use up approximately 40 gallons of water, it is easy to see why using less water for day-to-day activities is crucial. By using low-flow and aerating faucets and shower heads, you can help conserve water as well as reduce your water bill.

5. Replace paper napkins with cloth ones and disposable dishes and silverware with reusable ones. It can be tempting to use paper plates and plastic disposable forks and spoons if you hate doing the dishes, but all of that garbage getting tossed out at the end of each meal is bad for the environment. Paper napkins are ill-advised as well for the same reason. When you switch to cloth napkins and reusable dinnerware, you dramatically reduce the amount of garbage you will produce. Though initially purchasing a good dinner set and napkins would be more expensive than purchasing disposable items, you will also never need to buy these items again, unlike the constant need to refill and replace disposable ones. Coupled with fewer washing machine loads and a low-flow faucet, cleaning your reusable items will also still be environmentally friendly. IGS Building 6. Shop around for an independent energy supplier.   What is the difference between a utility and a supplier you may ask?  Well, in areas where this energy choice (sometimes referred to as energy competition) is allowed, the utility is responsible for maintaining and repairing the infrastructure of the poles, pipes, and wires that will still deliver electricity and natural gas to consumers.  While a supplier, on the other hand, is a company that sells the energy that the utility delivers. Suppliers compete in an open marketplace by offering a variety of services and incentives, and consumers chose those that most appeal to them and best meet their energy needs. Suppliers have more options to purchase the energy more efficiently and cost-effectively.  (Go here to learn more about energy choice and deregulation)

To put it in a different way, imagine you are going to buy the latest Smartphone from Apple.com or Target.com and the U.S. Postal Service delivers it to your home, in a deregulated market, you can choose an independent supplier (like IGS Energy) to purchase your electricity and natural gas on the open market, deliver it to your utility, and your utility delivers it to your home (or business).

You may also choose to remain with the utility whose rate often fluctuates with market conditions – meaning their rates are variable and move up and down at various times of the year. The benefit of an independent supplier like IGS Energy is that you can lock in rates at today’s low rates for the longer team and have the peace of mind that if rates jump around, yours remains steady. Suppliers are also able to offer other options such as longer-term fixed rates, flat bills, or green energy products.  IGS works with your local utility as part of the utility’s customer choice program – they aren’t in direct competition. IGS Energy Salesman Serving over 1,000,000 customers, IGS Energy is one of the largest independent suppliers of natural gas and electricity in the country.  Not only that but they also offer a wide range of home protection products to help customers protect their budgets against costly repairs of the utility lines that keep their home running smoothly, that most people don’t know are their own responsibility.  It’s not too late to make a change, you can check your options here: natural gas and electric supply products.IGS Energy IGS Energy is also actively involved in their community.  Across all of their offices throughout six states, 630 IGS employees gave back to their communities, and company-wide they provided more than 3,000 combined hours of volunteer service. Over 45 organizations were supported during the All-Employee Day of Service including Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, community food pantries, and animal shelters.  Check out more of ISG Energy community involvement here: IGS Companies community support. 

To see if you could benefit (and possibly save money!) visit IGSenergy.com to be connected with one of their trusted energy advisers.  

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Sterling Prevail Shower Door

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sterling for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Along with summer’s sweat, sunscreen, and dirt comes more baths for the little ones!  Baths can be a headache for some but for us, the key to a smooth bath time has been routine!

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When we announce it’s time for a bath my daughter knows what to expect.  She knows that it’s her job to get her pjs, Dad will run the bath water, and I’ll carry my son and grab his clothes and the towels.  Then my daughter picks which towel she’ll use (her brother is still too young to care) and we begin.  We always clean the hair first because it’s their least favorite, then wash everywhere else, and then they can play.

Establishing our routine has helped cut down on meltdowns because there are no surprises and no negotiations taking place.  We have our routines for morning and bed time too.  For me, it’s critical to have a routine when they are the sleepiest.  That way there’s no debate, it’s just time for so and so.

Does your family benefit from a bath time routine?

Bath time means a lot of lifting kids into the water (thanks, hubby!) and a lot of leaning over to scrub little dirty toes. Sterling shower doors with ComforTrack technology are a great addition to any family’s bathtub (or shower).  It has a flexible track, which is comfortable, easy to clean, and a smart addition to any showering space.  Unlike other tracks you don’t have to worry about accidentally stepping on it or it digging into your elbows when your cleaning the kiddos.  It’s also great for washing dogs and for relaxing in the tub with your feet up – things you can’t do with a hard shower track, but the ComforTrack technology makes it possible.

The track is also extremely durable.  Its heavy-duty material withstands rigorous testing, ensuring that it will outlast day-to-day wear and tear. What’s more, the track features a low profile and sleek shape that is easy to keep clean. This innovation is truly a win-win for today’s homeowner.

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Do you have any tips for making bath time with kids easier?