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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.

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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 rejuvenation, not another source of chemicals.

Adults typically 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, per fluorinated 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.

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

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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.

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

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

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.

Nganic CBD Hemp Oil Review

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About Nganic:

 THC-FREE
 NON-PSYCHOACTIVE
 ALL NATURAL
 FULL SPECTRUM
 ORGANICALLY GROWN COLORADO HEMP
 CO2 EXTRACTION
 NATURALLY OCCURRING TERPENES
 LAB TESTED

SIZE: 1 fl oz
CBD: 250, 1,000, or 3,000mg
FLAVORS: original (no flavor) or peppermint

Ingredients

Grape Seed Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, CBD Hemp Oil Extract, (Optional: Peppermint Oil)
3000mg Original: Hemp Seed Oil, CBD Hemp Extract

CBD Oil Formulation

When shopping for Cannabidiol Oil online it can be hard to tell what brand to go with, so how can you tell the difference between a great product from a bad one?  Take a look at the label to see what is used in it and the concentration of CBD.  Our CBD Oil starts off with only the purest, highest quality CBD Hemp Oil Extract, then we add a splash of a couple of other natural oils you can pronounce to make up our full formula.

How about CBD concentrations?  This is where things get confusing if you have been looking at other oils you have probably noticed the concentrations of CBD range from 20 mg per 30 ml to around 2,000 mg per 30 ml.  You want to make sure you are buying a product that has enough CBD to provide the benefit you need.  If you are unsure please reach out to us, or consult with your physician first.

How to Take it

Unfortunately, due to FDA restrictions we can’t advise individuals on how much CBD Oil to take for specific conditions.  Most people end up taking 2-4 servings per day, during different times of the day.  Serving sizes are listed on the individual bottles and vary from 5mg (250mg bottle) to 15mg (1,000mg bottle). The CBD Oil bottles come with a dropper, so it is easy to adjust your serving size accordingly.

Some individuals require more or less than described above, as everybody is different. The key is to listen to your body and adjust accordingly.

Lab Testing

It does not matter what type of CBD product you are looking at, you need to ensure the products are lab tested in a certified lab that frequently tests for Cannabinoids (including CBD) in various products.  This is to make sure you are getting what you paid for and the results are reliable, as there are nuances to reliably testing CBD Oils.

We transparently post all of our lab results on our lab results and product pages.

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My Nganic CBD Experience

Though it seems to be a controversial topic (mainly due to misinformation about CBD), I truly feel fortunate to have access to the many medicinal aspects of the hemp plant. From taking this CBD oil under my tongue a few times a day, I get no “high” feeling, no psychedelic effects. Instead, it’s calming and relaxing while also helping me mentally dial in at the same time.

I’ve heard from many former coworkers and colleagues that CBD has helped them heaps with their anxiety, stress and inability to fall asleep. I would not categorize myself as someone who deals with regular anxiety, but I am always searching to have a calmer disposition; one that allows me to handle whatever life throws at me (without completely losing my marbles).

After using this CBD oil for only a few days, I could notice a positive difference in how I felt. I actually like taking CBD as a part of my morning routine to start my day right. I feel like it puts me in a more even keel headspace. It also happens to pair well with morning meditations if that’s your cup of tea. The peppermint flavor of the oil I have is super easy to throw back (I do half a drop under my tongue + let some absorb for about 10 seconds before I swallow).

For the first time today, I added CBD to my coffee and the word perfection comes to mind. The peppermint was delicious with the java flavors and I enjoyed making it a part of my cup of coffee even more than just taking it by itself.

I appreciate Nganic’s practices and their noticeable commitment + passion for high quality CBD oil. Crossing paths with this brand makes me excited and reminds me that there are people out there creating beautiful products that truly help people live a more balanced life that feels good.

Check out the oil I’ve been using here!

This post is sponsored by Nganic. All of my opinions are my own.

Purity Organic Coffee Review + Coupon Code

This post is a Purity Organic Coffee Review. Code FEELMOREGOODER will get you 20% off + free shipping!

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Purity Organic Coffee Review + Coupon Code

About:

Purity Coffee is completely focused on health from bean to bag.  We roast for the highest levels of antioxidants and the lowest levels of acrylamide.  Our coffee is lab-tested to be free of molds, mycotoxins and pesticides. One of the easiest changes anyone can make to their diet is to switch to healthier coffee!

Over 19,000 studies have shown that coffee is beneficial for general health and longevity and specifically for heart disease, liver disease, Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes.  Coffee is the richest source of antioxidants in the western diet and contains over 850 compounds (that aren’t present in tea or those sugar-filled caffeine energy drinks).

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My Experience:

Coffee is such a massive part of our culture. I’m a big fan. I’m also super passionate about letting you guys know about brands that are growing coffee with massive regards to quality + purity. If you read thru their mission above, it’s easy to tell that they are doing coffee with the utmost regard for the health implications. I have a lot of appreciation for this. It may come as no surprise at this point, but it’s key to realize that (like food), not all coffee is grown equally. Most of it is grown with profit as the main goal, versus health and vitality. Thus, most coffee consumed is rife with pesticides and mold, due to the less than optimal growing conditions and processing practices.

The reason it’s important to me to have organic coffee is because it’s something I consume 6-7 days out of the week. Because I consume it so often, the quality is important to me. In general, that’s my rule of thumb with buying things organic. I don’t fret if 100% of what I consume is organic, but if it’s something I consume daily, then it moves high up on my priority list to seek an organic option.

Brewing Options

We have a great Burr grinder at home so we opted for their bags of Whole Bean coffee, but they also have a K-Cup option for Keurig users. This coffee has a rich, smooth taste from the darker roasted beans and is delicious black or with your favorite healthy additives (we love superfoods and plant based milks).

I’m generally just very stoked to know about this brand. We don’t buy a lot of bagged coffees because we do a lot of our own roasting of green coffee beans at home (and most bagged coffees are cruddy and/or it’s hard to tell what’s in them and how they’ve been grown). However, Purity Coffee is changing how we view coffee. It will now be my go-to for our house and a great option for gifting to friends and family.

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Use code FEELMOREGOODER for 20% off + FREE SHIPPING on your first order at PurityCoffee.com. Thank you for stopping by my Purity Organic Coffee Review + Coupon Code!

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Purity Coffee.

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.

Now Foods Immersion Event Recap

This post is sponsored by Fitfluential on behalf of NOW Foods.

NOW Foods Immersion Event​

NOW Foods was generous enough to fly out + accommodate a handful of bloggers and writers this year in order to allow us to get a deeper look into how their products are sourced + manufactured + tested + brought to shelves of health food stores all over.

I am at a loss for words on how to best summarize this trip, but I thought it would be the realest + clearest to share notes that I took as the trip transpired. They are essentially bullet point style quotes and factoids. This is how my brain works, so,  this is how I write!

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What stood out the most to me about my experience at NOW Foods was the quality of the people and the mindfulness + attention to detail with production. The neatest thing that blogging has brought me is a priceless set of experiences. I’ve met some incredible people on this trip, and that experience has enriched my life. There’s something about being thrown together with a bunch of people you’ve never met that awakens the human spirit. We gravitate to conversations where we find our commonplace. We feel profoundly connected thru this experience.

The coolest part of that is the staff at NOW Foods was a part of that. It wasn’t just the bloggers that I connected to. It was the people that make up the NOW Foods Team as well.

I think you’ll be able to tell how good of a time we had by these photos….

 

In regards to the quality of NOW Products as a whole (which I’m sure a bunch of you consumers are wondering about!), I felt assured and confident after seeing the rigorous testing that is done on the batches of supplements + food + beauty products that are produced. It’s impressive how much work is put into maintaining clean + pure products when they have such a large number of SKUs.

Perhaps the most profound thought I had in regards to product quality that I wanted to make sure I mentioned in this post was that: having an organic certification stamped on your label is not everything. It’s about: where are these ingredients sourced from + how are they grown + how are they processed? That ultimately dictates what the product ends up being. Not a label. It’s about the care that’s put into the whole sourcing to manufacturing process, from start to finish.

I say this because I know many people may overlook NOW initially because they don’t see the USDA Organic label on the packaging. Well, I’m here to tell you that I have witnessed many brands that throw the word “organic” around, but what they are doing is using that word, but then not practicing it. Whereas there are plenty of products that are not labeled as organic but are tested for pesticide content. Every brand is different, but it’s something to consider.

I am SO excited for the generous boatload of goodies that NOW provided to me (they even shipped it from the event to my home). It’s about $350 in value and loaded with supplements ranging from a Women’s probiotic to a Plant Protein powder to a Blender. The even-better news? They want to give one away to you!

To Enter:

-Just leave me a comment! (That. Is. It!)

Feel free to be funny and creative. You can leave a comment on here or Instagram or Facebook. All are awesomely acceptable!

I will notify the winner on 5/16 (one week from today!)