How to Maintain your Memory Foam Mattress

Owning a great Memory foam mattress isn’t all about keeping your mattress on your bed and then sleeping on it day and night, you need to take special care of it to ensure that it doesn’t get damaged soon.

A proper maintenance and cleaning procedure could really help in extending your memory foam mattress’ life and could also ensure that you sleep in a clean and healthy environment.

Here are a few ways to keep your Memory foam mattress healthy for a little longer:

Vacuum it regularly

One of the most important things one must do to keep their memory foam mattress clean and healthy is to ensure that it is not covered in dust or dirt. A lot of times, your memory foam mattress will also be covered in your pet’s or your family’s hair and skin cells which can be removed with the help of a vacuum cleaner. Just use a handheld vacuum and clean all the hair, dust and skin cells that are lying around on your mattress.

Flip it occasionally

Make sure that you flip or rotate your memory foam mattress in every few months to avoid it wearing down from one side. You can flip the mattress from the head to the foot and then back to foot again every once in 6 months, this way the entire mattress will wear consistently and you would be able to avoid sagging for a little while longer.

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Remove the stains

One of the most common problems with a memory foam mattress is that it stains too quickly. If you spill some colored drink on your mattress, then a stain will be formed on the mattress which will make your mattress look ugly and will damage the mattress’ foam.

Make sure that you don’t use a harsh chemical to get rid of the stain as this could further damage your mattress, instead, use a diluted mild detergent and a wash cloth and rub the stain in a circular motion to get rid of it.

You can also use a little baking soda on the stain to absorb the water from it and remove the bad odor. Once you have done this, you can use a handheld vacuum to remove the baking soda particles.

Keep it in the sun

Another great way to extend the life of your mattress is by drying your memory foam mattress in the sunlight to dry it naturally and avoid the moisture from getting trapped in the foam. This will also disinfect the mattress and make it safe for use again.

Use a mattress cover

One of the best ways to take care of your memory foam mattress is by using a cover so that you just need to clean the cover and the mattress will be safe from all the stains and dirt.

This way you can just wash your mattress cover once in a week and keep your mattress safe from all the allergens that are available in the air.

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Pottery Barn and West Elm Inspired DIY Rope Chandelier

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Okay so I haven’t done a DIY post in quite some time, so I’m reeeaaaallllyyyy excited to share this with you!

I’ve yet to post about Landon’s nursery because there are a few finishing touches I need to complete! But I thought I would share one of my favorite elements of his room. I decided to go with a nautical theme for the nursery, but not overly cheesy nautical because that’s just not my thing. Nautical like….little touches of it here and there. With my vintage flair. Cause that’s more my style ;)

I found this chandelier a while ago, and I can’t even remember where…probably on Pinterest or another blog. I fell in love with it and thought it would be perfect in his nautical-but-not-really-nautical nursery.

{via West Elm}

Then I came across this one…

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 {via Pottery Barn}

Naturally, they were from West Elm and Pottery Barn with a price tag WAY too big for my DIY-self. Whomp won. But that was probably for the better and it inspired my latest project!

I had an old chandelier lying around that a friend picked up for me at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a whopping $10. It needed a little makeover and was the perfect size to use in baby boy’s room. I have an abundance of twine from my Etsy shop and knew that I could get a pretty close replica of the West Elm and Pottery Barn version with some help from a little hot glue.

I would give you step by step directions on how to do this, but it was actually way easier than I thought….I simply wrapped the twine around the chandelier, hot gluing where I felt it was needed as I went.

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If you want to attempt to do this yourself, all you need is:

a roll of twine (I didn’t even use one full roll!)

hot glue

an old chandelier (mine was $10!)

Again…all I did was wrap the twine around and glue along the way! Seriously, easiest (yet, really time-consuming) DIY project ever. And the total cost of the project? Less than $20.

I had debated putting shades on each light but wasn’t crazy about how it looked when I tried it out. And I used a lower watt bulb, so the light isn’t as stark in the room as I thought it would be without the shades. It’s actually the perfect amount of brightness.

What do you think? Does it give the room a touch of nautical flair? I’m loving it!

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Farmhouse Dining Room Table

I’ve been talking about getting rid of our dining room table for a while now. While it’s a great table, it’s simply too dark for my taste. Plus it shows every spec of dust no matter how much you clean it. I had been eyeing these farmhouse table plans from Ana White for months and finally convinced my husband that we just NEEDED to build it. And that we (he?) did.


We made some minor adjustments to the original plans. For instance, I do not need a dining table that’s 98″ long. So we measured our old table and adjusted the plans accordingly. Our table is 72″ long and roughly 42″ wide. (Hint: Home Depot cuts the wood for you!)

We also didn’t bother to use wood glue…we never do. I actually prefer the look of the wood screws in the wood. I feel it adds a rustic touch, plus it’s less time-consuming.


I painted the bottom of the table Simply White by Benjamin Moore, which is my new favorite white. I stained the top my all time favorite Minwax stain, Special Walnut #224. It’s the perfect stain to give a weathered look. I used polyacrylic on top and chose a flat finish because I felt that made the wood look even more natural.


I am SO thrilled with how it turned out! And the best part? It cost a total of $100! Now I just need some gorgeous dried hydrangeas for that galvanized bucket and some really fabulous chairs (which, as you know, I already have two of 🙂 ) More to come!

Maternity Fashion: Looking Cute While Pregnant

Can I just throw something out there really quick?

Why is it so hard to find fashionable maternity clothes? Why does everything look like a giant moo-moo? What happened to still looking cute and fashionable while you’re growing a human inside of you?!?!?!?

I’ve had a LOT of downtimes lately (see here), which has resulted in SOME online shopping. I started browsing for maternity clothes…just to SEE what was out there. Aaaaand that’s when I wished I hadn’t. Because quite frankly, most of the clothing is hideous. Have you seen the things they are selling? Yeah. No thanks.

That’s when I decided I needed to share some KEY points with maternity fashion. So pregnant ladies, listen up! Now I fully understand, all women have different body types…some may feel insecure about the way they look being pregnant while others don’t. But let’s be honest, NO ONE wants to look bigger than they actually are. Am I right? So here are some tips on how to feel amazing about yourself regardless of size while you’re growing that tiny miracle inside of you for 9 months, and the first few postpartum months after. :)

Wear solid colors.

Solid colors really help flaunt your bump! Patterns have way too much going on and tend to draw attention AWAY from your bump, and ultimately make you look larger than you really are (whomp). We want to show that bump off! Solid colored maxi dresses, maxi skirts, or a brightly colored solid pant with a neutral top can be easily accessorized with hats, scarves, belts, and jewelry..your options are limitless!

Invest in pieces of maternity clothing that will grow with you and fit you WELL.

I am loving the ruched maternity tanks from Old Navy. I have one in black, gray, and white. They are amazing and make you LOOK amazing. They hug in the right spots and really flatter your shape. Plus, they are easy to throw under a long cardigan that’s already in your closet or to wear with a maxi skirt. Maxi dresses in a neutral color are also a great investment. Don’t give up on jeans just because they don’t button! Purchase a belly band (less than $20!) that way you can wear your jeans for as long as possible. But when you’re further along, find a pair of maternity jeans that fit you well.

Avoid baggy clothing (that doesn’t look good with a properly positioned belt – see next tip).

No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Baggy shirts, sweaters, etc. are doing nothing for you when you have a giant bump. This is acceptable for the first trimester when you aren’t really showing, or if you’re trying to hide your pregnancy because you haven’t made the announcement yet. But wearing a large baggy sweater when you’re 7 months pregnant? It’s not flattering. You will most likely feel very large, and not good about yourself. And this is a time you should embrace because you’re GORGEOUS and therefore, you should feel amazing!

Accentuate your beautiful bump with belts.

My husband hates when women wear belts on the outside of clothing, aka not on belt loops. Then again, my husband spends maybe $20 a year on clothing and still wears a fleece from 1997. Belts are your friend! We want to show our bumps off because after all, they’re beautiful! So use a belt to accentuate your bump by placing it right at the top of the bump/right under your boobs (which are also probably large at this point) to really show it off. It gives you a “waist” back and really flatters your new/changing body shape. I do this all the time with non-maternity dresses, tanks, blouses, and tees!

 

Don’t hide your curves or that belly!!!

SHOW. OFF. YOUR. BELLY. Got it? There are some women out there dying to be in your shoes (I was one of them!). Stop complaining about it, and show it off. You are pregnant and beautiful. You are growing a blessing inside of you. Show your shape by wearing ruche and wrap styles that really enhance your curves and grow with your bump.

Hope that helps my soon-to-be mamas out there! I am super grateful it will be warm when I’m at my biggest…maxi dresses and skirts all day every day for me! :)

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Travel Tip! How to properly pack necklaces!

I am a fan of huge earrings and big necklaces, which means no vacation is without my beloved accessories.  While I have my earrings down to a science (save those little boxes the stores give you and pack them in there!), my necklaces have always been a real pain in the backside to travel with. I’ve opened up my luggage one too many times to find them all in a big tangled ball of mess. And I know they make necklace holders travel with, but they are always too small. SO…enter a beloved household product you all know and love….

ZIPLOC BAGS. Not just for food! Watch this…and please excuse my corniness, dog, and inability to edit videos which are why you will, therefore, see me turning the camera on and off. And also my frequent use of the word “um.” :)

 

Okay, so I just wanted to do ONE vlog to say I’ve done one, but I won’t torture you again! :) Do you have any great packing tips? Or are you like me and have major trouble meeting that 50lb (or 23.0kg) limit?? I will have you know that my suitcase was at EXACTLY 50lbs this trip…I deserve a medal for that or something.

Hope you’re having a great Monday! I clearly need to work on my video editing skills (lack thereof).