Mediflow Floating Comfort Pillow - Giveaway & Review!!

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Ok.. I'm fessing up here, we've been using (dirt) cheap pillows from a big box store that shall remain unnamed. However, they're not actually that great, at all. My husband had been getting horrible "kinks" in his neck continually and nothing was helping. He tried using one pillow, he tried using two pillows, so on and so forth with no improvment.
Remember waterbeds? Well this is like that, only in a pillow form and it's truly awesome!! My husband used this pillow and his kink was literally gone the next morning! He has found a real difference in the quality of his sleep and his comfort level. His job is a very physically demanding job and this pillow has honestly helped with his pain levels! You can read more about a study done with John Hopkins!
My kids now want one too! Honestly, they're fabulous and I feel they're worth every penny for the sleep quality and comfort they provide. It makes for a long day when you're tossing & turning all night from a horrible nights sleep!
Here's how it works: You choose your "comfort'' based on the softness or firmness that you prefer, fill the reservoir with the suggested amount of water, screw the lid on tightly, slip on pillowcase & sleep! And for the record no, it does NOT leak at all! My husband has been using his for a couple of weeks now and there's no going back to regular pillows for him!
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For my Canadian readers, you can purchase on Amazon.ca along with Bed, Bath & Beyond as well. American readers, you can purchase straight from the Mediflow website!

But first, let's have a fun giveaway!! Would you like to win a Mediflow Floating Comfort Pillow? Yes? I thought so!

Here's how to win, simply leave a comment telling me why you think this would improve your sleep quality!

*Contest open to Canadian & American residents. Winner will be posted on Friday, December the 8th! Good luck!! Please be sure to leave your email so I can contact you!

 


Icebreaker...

As per my Raynauds post this morning I wanted to invest in a couple baselayer pieces and decided to go with merino wool, Icebreaker brand rather than synthetic materials from Marks. Icebreaker clothes are based on European sizing, so they fit tall & slim with long arms & legs which is perfefect for me! Whereas clothing made here in North America is generally too short and boxy for me and I have to size up to get the length I need.

I decided on this Icebreaker 200 Oasis crew shirt, which rings in at a hefty $109.99. I went with the Icebreaker brand after talking to my sister who knows a lot about high quality clothes after working with these companies for years. She has Icebreaker clothes that she's been wearing for 10 years and they're just now showing signs of wear... that's not a bad track record!

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I also went with these "Icebreaker Everyday Leggings" after reading rave reviews about them online. These rang in at $84.99.
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In total I paid $201 and change for these 2 pieces. I really want 2-3 sets of baselayers to rotate through during the fall & winter months, but don't want to drop all that money in one chunk, and especially not before we move again. I had money sitting in my Paypal account so used that instead of digging into our almost non-existent slush fund. I'll build it back up again with pattern sales and invest in a 2nd set of baselayer clothing when there's enough once again. I'll also watch for sales, then hopefully after Christmas I'll be able to snag some deals, but for now, one set should do. Since they're made of Merino wool they don't need to be washed as often as "regular clothes", so I'll just be sure to wash in the evening and they'll be dry by morning to wear again.

Next up, I need a GOOD pair of mitts. I'm thinking something with sheep skin/shearling or the like... does anyone have any suggestions on high quality and extremely warm mittens? (No gloves please)

Thank-you!!

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Do you wear baselayers in the winter months?

What is your favourite brand?


Stranger things...

No, not that fabulous Netflix series, which by the way we've already plowed through season 2 and anxiously await season 3!
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Last night the kids & I walked down to see the Santa Claus Parade here in town (which we *really* enjoyed, you can tell they put their heart & soul into it for the kids!!) and while it was a bit chilly, it was overall pretty mild at 4c, with a light mist while we were walking for a few minutes. I wore my high quality Spyder down winter jacket, jeans, crazy thick T-Max socks, boots, a Roots hoodie, a long sleeved shirt, a camisole & jeans, hat, scarf and heavy duty mitts, which are really fleece gloves built into a outer mitten.
You may be wondering why I'm describing in detail what I wore, but it's just to show that I was dressed quite warm and appropriately for someone who is forever cold. We were outside for about 40 minutes overall, including the short walk to & from. I wasn't really cold, just my legs because I should have wore track pants and not jeans. I rarely wear jeans in the winter because they offer no warmth.
While we were out I commented that my fingers felt "weird", I chalked it up to the cold and carried on. However, when we got home and I took off my mitts 2 of my fingers were WHITE. And I don't mean pale, I mean ALBINO WHITE. Compared to the rest of my hand which was pink from the cold. Well my eyes must have popped out of my head because I said out loud, "What is happening to me!?!?!". Child #2 grabbed me and took me to the kitchen sink to run my hands under warm water... I could still move those 2 fingers, but I couldn't feel anything except pain and numbness. I could have stabbed a fork through them at that point I think and not felt it. It was the strangest sensation I've ever had. My fingers looked like those of a corpse. Not a pretty site and kind of surreal to see.
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After about 5 minutes or so my "pink" colour returned to them and eventually they felt mostly "normal" again. They're still a little numb today, but at least they match the rest of my hand colouring.
I googled what happened and "Raynauds Disease" quickly came up and it suits my symptoms to a "T". Naturally there are no Dr's here and next to no medical care, so when we get back to London I'm making an appointment with my Dr to get some tests done, rule out anything more serious and to get a firm diagnosis.
"Raynaud’s (ray-NODES) is a disorder of the small blood vessels of the extremities, reducing blood flow. When exposed to cold, the blood vessels go into spasms, which may cause pain, numbness, throbbing and tingling. Emotional distress may also trigger such a response."
With "Type 2/Secondary" (this is based on age, and apparently I'm old as dirt) there is usually an "underlying" disease/cause/factors, with one of them being Lupus. I'm praying for me it's because of my over-usage of my hands. Stress & emotional factors can bring on episodes too, and let's face it, I've been a hot mess for over 4 months now. None of this is surprising to me. You can get Raynauds from Carpal Tunnel and over-usage of your hands - me to a "T". I've been sewing far too much and my stress level has been at an all time high unfortunately.

I've found that there are a few ways to treat Raynauds, #2 is super sucktastic and will be my breaking point I'm sure. I've googled that there isn't firm evidence that giving up coffee is a must, so I'll keep on researching and see what my Dr suggests. *sigh*

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With this comes the main point that I've been sewing far too much, but I worry about finances and since my income is so very important. My husband wants me to stop sewing so much and in reality I absolutely should not be sewing nearly as much as I am. I guess this leaves me with setting hours for my sewing, giving a slightly longer turnaround time for orders and sticking to them. Having faith that we'll be ok financially and praying that everything will work out in the end.

As for keeping warm, I'm forever and always cold. Today I'm going to order some base layers to wear under all the layers that I already wear along with perhaps a pair of special indoor gloves to wear made for Raynauds sufferers. I'll check out Marks.com as I really like their items and the quality is fabulous as well. As for fingerless gloves, I've found some online but they're from the U.S, so I'm going to see if I can find something in Canada as I'm working on a tight timeline until we move.

So this seems to be my life in a nutshell right now... overworked, overstressed, and verging on the edge of of stranger things.

Today I'll be writing out my sewing list that's left with real and actual "work hours", as per Doris Day, "Que Sera Sera", meaning, whatever will be, will be.