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Naturepedic Organic Mattress Review

This is my Naturepedic Organic Mattress Review, which was generously gifted to us. In this blog post, I share my experience and candid thoughts with the EOS Classic Organic Mattress. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

To say that we were excited to be gifted a king-size mattress from Naturepedic is one gigantic understatement! We were so thrilled to have the chance to try out this mattress. Since initially researching this brand, we have been so impressed by the materials. Now, we are experiencing how good it feels (and it’s only been a few weeks).

About Naturepedic Organic Mattresses:

(exerpt directly from from the Naturepedic website)

When it comes to your health and a good night’s sleep, there’s just no room for compromise. Naturepedic was founded by passionate sleepers who wanted the absolute safest and healthiest mattress without having to sacrifice comfort or support. Naturepedic also recognizes that no two sleepers are exactly alike, and believes strongly in customizable mattress design. Years of research and testing have gone into the development and refinement of our products and we are happy to share our learnings with you.

The Problem

There is growing concern among physicians, health professionals, public safety officials, environmental advocacy groups, and consumers regarding the possible effects of chemicals on our bodies. Many researchers suspect that toxic chemicals are playing a significant role in the dramatic increase in cancers and other illnesses, placing an impossible burden on our immune systems. Your bedroom, and mattress in particular, should be a safe haven for rejuvination, not another source of chemicals.

Adults typicaly spend 6-9 hours a day sleeping and relaxing on their mattress. Since the mattress is in such close proximity to our bodies and the air we breathe for such a prolonged period of time, it can easily become a significant source of chemical exposure. In fact, every breath while sleeping is no more than six inches away from these chemicals. Conventional mattresses are notorious for releasing chemicals like VOCs and aldehydes, making an organic mattress a smart choice.

The Solution

Remove chemicals such as flame retardants, adhesives, vinyl, polyurethane foam, perfluorinated compounds and other questionable chemicals from the products we surround ourselves with and replace them with more natural non-toxic ingredients that don’t carry the same risk.

At Naturepedic, we believe that education is the key to making the right decisions for your health. Naturepedic has become the standard for healthier organic mattresses and offers a much needed solution to the chemical and safety issues, as well as the quality and comfort concerns, of today’s discerning consumers.

 

I was fascinated to learn more about the engineering of this mattress, how many layers it is comprised of, and how Naturepedic chooses the highest quality materials to construct it.

Check out these materials! Sleeping on a mattress made of organic materials helps limit your exposure to toxic chemicals, as many mattresses can contain toxic chemicals that are included in the manufacturing process. We are new to this (this is our first mattress of this kind) but so happy to have this peace of mind now.

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A few additional points about EOS Classic Organic Mattress, from the founder himself, Barry Cik:

  • Certified organic to the GOTS standard (the whole mattress, not just components)
  • Virtually entirely free of petroleum based materials
  • Not highly flammable, and easily meets the government flammability requirements without needing flame retardant chemicals or flame barriers.
  • The “best” part: no matter how organic and non-toxic a mattress is, that’s not enough.  It must be as, or more, comfortable as any other mattress.  And, frequently, I’ll tell people that even if you don’t care about chemicals, etc., this is the best mattress simply because it’s the most comfortable.  Why?  Because we add a zipper, you can flip up the top, you can have soft or medium or firm latex, and you can have plusher or firmer encased coils.
  • So, you can sleep on Jello if that’s what you want, or concrete if that’s what you want, or anything in-between.
  • Then, it gets better – why do you have to put up with your partners preferred firmness, and why does your partner have to put up with your preferred firmness?  The EOS Classic lets each partner design what firmness they want.
  • You can even swap components for free for 90 days and just pay the shipping.  Years later, if you want a different firmness, you can simply buy a new component without having to throw out the entire mattress. Because of this, this model is the most sustainable design.

My Experience with the Naturepedic EOS Classic Organic Mattress

To start off, I just feel immensely grateful that Luke and I get to sleep on this every night. It’s been our dream for a while now to upgrade to a king-size bed. The fact that our upgrade mattress contains consciously-chosen organic materials and handcrafted to perfection–well, it’s something that we never could have imagined would be a reality.

Our delivery from Naturepedic came with:

-1 king-size bed frame

-2 twin-sized mattresses (that you combine in the layered, zip-up case that creates the kind-size bed)

-2 twin sized box springs (they work similarly to the mattresses as far as placing them next to each other to achieve the king-size proportions)

*This affords you the ability to choose two different firmnesses for each respective side of the bed. This way, you and your partner have a customized bed that best suits you. Also worth mentioning, after construction of the bed layers, you cannot tell (at all) that there are two twin-sized components.

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Assembly of our Naturepedic EOS Classic Organic Mattress

The total time that it took us to assemble our mattress (including unpacking each piece) was about 1.5 hours. It didn’t feel like it took that long, but we did take our time and read through the directions at our own pace. That time also includes setting up the bed frame.

My fiancee, Luke, did the majority of the leg work and I wouldn’t have wanted to do it without his help, as moving heavy objects and using a wrench was way less intimidating with him helping.

The instructions + product information came handy in the package and were easy to understand & implement.

The cozy, fluffy layer lays on top of the coils inside of the outer casing that zips up all the way around. This structure allows you to explains implements if you ever want a different padding firmness, etc.

Like all of the materials in this mattress, the cotton used is organic.

The final, assembled mattress is beautiful. We were so excited to sleep in for the very first night! (and every night after)

Sleeping on the Naturepedic King-Size EOS Classic Organic Mattress

Laying down on this mattress for the first time reminds me of sinking into a meditation or getting bodywork done. I immediately felt the tightness in my body release and all noticeable stiffness throughout my body dissipate.

It feels like laying on a supported cloud. The support is the perfect firmness for my preference. We opted to get a firmness of 6 on both sides of our bed. This firmness was offered up to us as a suggestion, since many high-end hotel beds are around this firmness. It was the right choice; we both love the feel of it.

Size-wise, we have always dreamt of a king-size bed as Luke and I are both 5’9″ and I am a sprawl-out type of sleeper. So, the more room, the better! Not to mention that our black labrador, Kona, loves to join us in bed. We now have space to comfortably lay with all 3 of us having plenty of room.

So, How’s the Sleep?

I can confidently say that Luke and I have both experienced much deeper sleep than usual since sleeping on the Naturepedic EOS Classic Organic Mattress. On multiple mornings, we have both woken up, looked at each other and laughed because we knew how deep of a sleep we just had. There are few better feelings than that!

Thoughts About Organic Materials

In regards to the organic, mindfully-sourced materials that this mattress is made of, my fiancee and I still feel like we are learning in regards to the importance of sleep hygiene and all of the variables that we can control. Of course there are small adjustments you can make, like wearing a sleep mask or putting up black-out blinds.

But, what deserves the most attention is what your body is in contact with your every minute of every hour that you are sleeping. If you think about how many hours of your life you are horizontal on your bed, it adds up quickly. It also makes sense that the materials would matter.

For instance, many mattresses are known to contain toxic chemicals and flame retardants that you are essentially surrounded by when you sleep on those mattresses. It makes sense to us that over time, breathing them in can’t be a good thing. It’s something that we have ignored for many years, but it’s something we are more aware of now and really loving that I can help spread knowledge surrounding that.

A special thank you to Leah at Bookieboo for introducing me to such a stellar organic brand and Barry at Naturepedic for his generosity in gifting us such a beautiful product.

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Discount Code + Ambassadorship for Palm Beach Athletic Wear

i tend to live like i won’t be around tomorrow. i overdo things. i exhaust myself. but it’s me.

and while thinking about the end of the road, i think about the beginning. my beginning was in a town called Jupiter, Florida. Years after living there and being in the thick of creating content + blogging, i learned about Kristen of Palm Beach Athletic Wear & Yoga and all of her awesomeness. she’s a toooootal babe + badass woman.

this outfit if from her shop! they’re 3 pieces from JIVA Active : Aspen Flex Capri, Jiva Scoop Tank, and the Power Fit Bra.

the Capri has a HIGH rise (if it’s high on my torso, then it’s high, bc i am all legs—i wear a 36” jean inseam), the Power Fit Bra is low/medium support on my frame (best for yoga, walking, mobility practice) and the tank will definitely be a staple during the summer.

use the code FMG10 to save 10% on your order at yogapbaw.com store!🌴🌞

Planetbox Eco-Friendly Food Containers Review

This is a review + summary of my experience with Planetbox eco-friendly, sustainable lunch boxes and portable food containers.

I’ve always been on the look out for reusable, sturdy food storage options that don’t require me to use disposable plastic bags and give me the freedom to tote food/drinks around with me effortlessly. Planetbox totally fits this bill and then some.

About Planetbox:

  • Easy: PlanetBox will serve as your guide for what and how much to pack. We’ve done the thinking for you. And now your morning routine just got a whole lot easier.
  • Safe: We take “non-toxic, non-leaching, safe from BPA, phthalates, and lead” very seriously – in fact, it’s why we designed PlanetBox! We don’t think you will find safer products on the market than ours.
  • Cost Effective: Why should you pay this much for a lunchbox? Because it’s cheaper to buy food in bulk and pack your own meal. Because your health is worth it. And because it’s an investment your family will use every single day for many years to come – over its lifetime, it will pay off in spades.
  • Great Design: When something actually works well, it makes all the difference. We spent years studying and living how people use lunchboxes. We thoroughly thought through all the details, so you and your kids get the joy and ease of using a superbly designed product.
  • Enjoyable: Think packing lunch is a dreaded chore? Our innovative lunchboxes actually make packing lunch fun and enjoyable – for your kids and yourself!
  • Eco: PlanetBox lunches create a whole lot less trash, which should help you sleep better knowing you’re doing your part to help the planet for future generations.
  • Built to Last: This isn’t your childhood flimsy tin lunchbox. Our high quality stainless steel is warrantied for 5 years, and has been known to survive getting thrown off the school bus (not that we recommend that).
  • Healthy: Forget to pack some veggies? The empty compartment will remind you. Concerned about overeating? That won’t happen – PlanetBox is designed to hold sensible portions. So eat a rainbow of foods, and enjoy.
  • Stress-Free Cleanup: Dishwasher safe? Heck yeah. Peanut butter left for a week? No problem – our stainless steel doesn’t retain yucky food odors or stains like those unfortunate plastic containers do.
  • Customizable: Whether you’re a rock star, a paleontologist, or a flower child, we’ve got a magnet set for you. And when you decide to become an astronaut or fairy lover next year, just change your magnets and you’ve got a fresh new lunchbox to suit your style.

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Here are the products I’m using:

Tall Dipper (dip/sauce container)

Tank (snack container)

Launch (Lunch box) with the Rocket Color Bag and Lotus Magnets

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I am just so pleased with how easy my Planetbox is to pack, how it has pockets on the outside of the carrying bag (perfect for a La Croix or even the Tank snack container), how cool it looks, how many compliments I get on it, how easy it is to clean, how it fits a hefty sized meal and how it makes me feel like I’m doing something small + good for the planet.

The only thing I’ve run into is that I had trouble with leakage when I put a tomato sauce on top of some lentil noodle inside my Launch box. It seeped out the side. To prevent it the next time, I just put the sauce in the Tall Dipper instead. Worked well that way!

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If you’ve been looking for reusable options that are not plastic, check them out at Planetbox.com.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21 Review

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fitfluential about the Mizuno Wave Rider 21.

I spent a large portion of my life on the volleyball court in Mizuno volleyball shoes and have always had an affinity for this brand. When my running mileage picked up, I coincidentally started my first collaboration with Mizuno, helping promote their blank shoe. You can check out that post here.

These shoes are just downright comfy. Mizunos never disappoint in terms of feel and style. At this point, I can just trust that it’s going to be a solid shoe when I open a box from Mizuno.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 strikes a good balance between having a real feel (not too bulky on the bottom) and also providing enough support and bounce to feel like they are adding some extra umph to my stride.

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The appearance and color combination of this shoe are completely different than what I would normally choose for myself, but I am happy about the change of style. The past two colors were more bold (a greenish blue and an electric blue color). I love seeing what Mizuno comes up with. Each new model looks unique enough to get excited about it. What’s consistent is the performance and fit. You couldn’t ask for a whole lot more in a shoe.

I am only running a max of 10ish miles a week right now, as my main mode of exercise is CrossFit, but they are substantial enough to deal with many miles; I just don’t need them for that at the moment.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Prana Sustainable Apparel Tank + Tight Review

This is a review of Prana Sustainable, Fair Trade, Ethically sourced apparel.

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Use code FFJCF17 for 15% off Prana apparel + gear to outfit your adventures 🌲

b i g g e r p i c t u r e s t u f f:

OUR PURPOSE – The Why Pursue sustainable, traceable, and responsible action to protect our environment and inspire the adventurous spirit.

OUR MISSION – The How Inspire, educate, and outfit our audience as we strive to fundamentally change the way clothing is made.

OUR MANIFESTO – The Promise We’re not in the business of making clothes, we’re in the business of setting the adventurous spirit free. We design with a purpose to inspire our audience to do as they will. We distill trends, fit, style, and performance to satisfy our audience’s basic needs, then get the hell out of the way so they can enjoy their own brand of experiences.

OUR VISION – The Way Transcend the Trends We’re more than makers; we’re doers. Our designs are inspired by our own experiences and built for our shared journey. We strive to make clothes that help us all thrive in any environment and embody our collective adventurous spirit so we can focus on what really matters. Whether you’re commuting to work or wandering the globe, rest assured we’ve been there and used those moments to design a better product

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My Experience:

No exaggeration; working with prAna is a dream scenario as a blogger. Ever since working in women’s apparel a few years back, I’ve been crazy about this brand. Not only is the fit exactly what I’m looking for, but I appreciate their commitment to sustainable fabrics. Don’t know what I mean, you can read a bit more on that here.

They are truly so unique in what they’re doing. They’re not sacrificing anything on their mission to create beautiful clothing while being mindful of where it comes from and how it’s made.

Even before being asked to participate in this campaign, I am the owner of 3 pairs of prAna jeans, one of my all-time favorite tank tops and close to 10 prAna dresses.

The Caraway Tight and Filament Tank were both two new items for me to try. I was immediately drawn to the Caraway Tight mainly because of the high-rise feature of the pant; I also thought the pattern had a subtle uniqueness to it that is rad.

Wearing a tank that has such beautiful detailing and is somewhat fitted was a new concept for me. I wouldn’t normally pick this tank out because I typically go for a loose fitting top and a skin-tight bottom (after typing that out, I realize how weird that sounds).

That said, I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised with how this one performs and feels. Though it lets your figure show, it’s not so tight that it feels uncomfortable, restrictive, or like it’s cutting in. You can tell there must be quite a bit of design work going into creating these pieces.

As a taller gal with long legs (almost disproportionate to my torso), I really have to rely on a high rise pant to have the top of the pant sit where I’d like it to so that I’m not tugging on them the whole time I’m working out. I love that prAna came out with a pant that has a higher rise. They provide a good amount of compression that’s flattering on the body and also pulls everything in tighter for workouts.

Learn more about the empowering message + information that prAna is spreading in these inspiring videos: The Not Impossible Mission of the Conscious Consumer and Why Hemp Matters.