8.10.2018

COZY MASTER BED WITH ALLSWELL HOME

This post is in partnership with Allswell Home. I received products in exchange for this review, but all opinions are my own. As always, I only work with and share brands that we  own and truly love.

We've been slightly in love with memory foam mattresses ever since we spent a night at the Renaissance Hotel in Pittsburgh last year and slept on one. Like some of the best sleep ever. We had a traditional mattress until recently, and while it wasn't terrible, it also wasn't great, especially on our joints and muscles, hubby and I would wake up in the morning with back pain, shoulder pain and just generally achy... So soon after we found out I was expecting baby #2, and my back was killing me even more than it normally does, I knew something had to change or I wouldn't be able to walk by the time the baby was born.

I actually found out about Allswell from the place I've discovered most of all my favorite brands these past 5 years... Instagram! I was immediately drawn to their mattresses because memory foam, duh. Also, they just looked like high quality beds compared to some of the memory foam mattresses I've seen floating around out there on the internet. 

I loved the 12 inch height of the Allswell mattress (just call me the princess and the pea, the higher the bed, the better I like it), the built in plush top with it's performance memory foam woven in for breath-ability and the ultimate softness, and the cool factor, Allswell mattresses are encased in specialty fabric designed to feel cool to the touch and keep you from getting overheated while you sleep. One of the biggest reasons I loved their mattresses though was because of their ingredients! Allswell doesn't use any chemical deodorizers, and they try to use natural materials as much as they can. Their mattresses are CERTI-PUR certified, meaning that they contain none of the yucky ingredients like formaldehyde, phthalalates, lead, mercury and more!



While Allswell offers two different mattress options, I knew the Luxe Classic Memory Foam Mattress would be perfect for us with it's medium feel, so that's the one we went with. Not too firm, not too plush, just perfect.

When it arrived, I couldn't believe they fit that huge mattress into such a small box, it's pretty amazing how they can do that. A day or so after it arrived, we took it out of the box, used the little cutting tool they sent to cut the plastic open, stood back and watched the magic happen. Within minutes it had rose to normal mattress size and was soft and cozy. We let it rise for an entire 24 hours before sleeping on it and that first night... goodness... can you say heavenly. We woke up without an ache or pain in our entire bodies and had so much more energy than we normally do (talk about the power of good sleep).

We've been sleeping in heavenly peace ever since that first night and every night slipping into bed is pure bliss.



Allswell can even remove your old mattress during delivery of your amazing new Allswell mattress (not many bed in a box places can say they do that), and they offer a 100 night free trial and 10 year warranty! Not to mention they are a one stop shop for everything you need for your bed. I mean, their bedding is gorgeous! So much cozy prettiness. We even have some of their standard bed pillows, and they are worth every single penny. We had to share some of the Allswell goodness with Bella, and she love, love, loves her new pillows! She's slept so good since I switched her old pillows for these and so have we. Like laying your head on a cloud.

So are you ready for the best sleep of your life? Find the Allswell Home website here, to start your journey to blissful slumber!


8.09.2018

JENNY LIND STYLE WITH DAVINCI BABY

I've loved the Jenny Lind style bed frames for as long as I can remember, so when we found out we were expecting Baby #2, I excitedly started researching cribs and when I found this one from DaVinci Baby, I turned into basically a giant heart eye emoji. Love at first sight. It's such a classic and timeless look, and when I found out that DaVinci Baby had also just released a twin bed version a few months ago, well, I'm sure you can imagine my excitement. I started envisioning matching beds for both my babies, Bella and the new baby. Since they will be sharing a room, I just felt it was perfect and would look so pretty, plus the white was so gender neutral.


The Jenny Lind twin bed, was so easy to put together, I'd definitely recommend 2 people put it together since you need more than 2 hands when setting up the slat frame, but it only took my husband and I around 30 minutes to assemble it (though admittedly, he was the one who done 99% of the work while I watched him or held things in place or handed him things on occasion haha). It was a breeze, and it makes the room look so adorable. Bella was so excited over her new big girl bed and just loves it. Me? I almost don't ever want to walk out of her room because I love it so much.


The crib... where do I even begin? I literally cannot wait to see our tiny little babe sleeping away in there. Be prepared for lots of sleepy baby pictures on instagram come the end of November or early December. The crib was even easier to put together than Bella's twin bed! My husband put this crib together in around 15 minutes, not even kidding! If you're looking for a functional piece, that's as pretty as it is easy to put together, look no further than this sweet crib.

All in all, I completely recommend DaVinci Baby's furniture products, they're such high quality and totally worth it (Bella has been sleeping on her new bed for a few weeks and we just adore it), not to mention their price tag is much less than many other brand's currently offering Jenny Lind style products. Another reason we love them, is because all of their Jenny Lind frames are formaldehyde free and don't contain any other nasty chemicals (like we previously had issues with from another brand when purchasing Bella's first big girl bed), they're just real wood and so perfect. If Jenny Lind isn't your style, DaVinci Baby has so many more collections and styles (find them all here) that will be the perfect addition to your baby's nursery and you'll love for years to come!

8.02.2018

IT'S A... BOY!

Last week was quite eventful! We turned 21 weeks into our pregnancy, had a family photo session, our mid-pregnancy sonogram, had a gender reveal and found out we are having a... BOY! We are still so elated and over the moon. So thrilled at the chance to raise a little boy, to have a son and for Bella to have a little brother!


As you can tell by our gender reveal photos, we were more than a little surprised that baby #2 was a boy, Frank even more than me since he was so sure it was a girl (though we all would have been absolutely thrilled with another sweet little girl). The initial "POP" of the balloon quite startled me, and then confetti EVERYWHERE, realizing what color the confetti was and then all the emotions, from all of us (though at that moment I'm pretty sure Bella was more concerned with gathering confetti). I was like "wait, what?" and started crying and smiling from ear to ear, and then when I looked over at Frank to see him crying as well, I cried even more. He said he first thought that the sonogram tech had told our photographer the wrong gender, or that our photographer accidentally put the wrong color confetti into the balloon haha, and then he realized it was true!


Looking back, I am so happy and thankful that our amazing photographer Hannah from LiviPhotos, suggested doing a gender reveal since we were already planning a family/maternity photo session for a few hours after our sonogram (we'll be getting all of those photos back in the next few weeks and goodness I can't wait to share them with all of you when she's finished with them, Hannah absolutely works magic behind the lens). It was the absolute best way to find out that we would be parents to a little baby boy, and even better that we will always have these photos to look back on and cherish. I only wish we had done the same thing with our first pregnancy when we found out we were having a girl, our sweet Bella.


It took me a hot minute to come up with how I wanted to reveal the gender, because let's face it, there are sooooooo many great gender reveal ideas out there on instagram and pinterest that it can almost be a little overwhelming, especially when you don't have a ton of time to decide. Finally, I came across the cutest little party supply shop on etsy, Glamfetti Co., and fell in love with the idea of popping a huge black balloon filled with either pink or blue confetti and knew that was the route I wanted to go. Tiffany (the owner of Glamfetti Co.) was so kind to send the balloon our way for the reveal and even went out of her way to send it directly to our photographer so it could all be a total surprise for us!

We are just so, so happy to welcome this sweet boy into our family and into our hearts and home, he is already so loved by all of us and we can't wait to meet him!