Simplicity At Bed Time For The Kids

At the end of last year you may have read my thoughts on our new Smart Advance double mattress from Vegas Mattresses. We were very impressed and our quality of sleep has greatly improved since making the switch. Our 4 year old was then given the same treatment with her Bounce mattress, also by Vegas. She too was as equally impressed with her new bed. She has been sleeping much better and waking up less grouchy (she has never been a morning person!)

Now it’s Olive’s turn. Out went the old sprung mattress that had been her place of rest for the last year and a half (it was second hand, belonging to her uncle first). Whilst she  hasn’t used it that much it seemed nice to treat her to something new -for once- and let her enjoy her own ‘new mattress experience’. Olive was lucky enough to snuggle up into bed on an all new Smart Simplicity mattress from Vegas. For a 3 year old, this was a very big (and very grown up) deal indeed.

Unboxing…

First of all, the mattress arrives shrink wrapped and needs 48 hours to puff up. This makes delivery really easy and doesn’t take up a ton of room in your hallway whilst you build a new bed, finish decorating or rearrange a bedroom etc. Just make sure you leave enough room somewhere for it to expand for the time needed, where kids will resist the temptation to lay on it as soon as it is out of the box!

Because the mattress is shrink wrapped I was nervous to open it, fearing that I was going to slice the mattress open when cutting it free or that it would instantly spring out across the room in some kind of slapstick comedic manner. Neither happened. The Vegas Smart Bounce comes with a handy opening too, a protected blade which cuts the plastic, but keeps the blade well away from the precious mattress inside.

The clever Vegas mattress opening tool!
The clever Vegas mattress opening tool!

Once open, the mattress didn’t leap out for freedom at all. It just stayed… well, flat. Now I understand why it needs to long to fill up with air before use. It was amazing how full the mattress became, once ready for use. It was hard to believe that it was so thin just 48 hours ago. Pretty impressive.

Super slim and shrink wrapped.
Super slim and shrink wrapped.

A few specifications…

The Smart Simplicity Mattress is available in a single size and measures 90cm x 190cm. The springless mattress is made from state of the art Smartflex material and is hypoallergenic. The mattress is protected by a very clever cover which unzips with ease into 2 halves (more on this further down) and is made from an antistatic material. Once the mattress has puffed up, it becomes 14cm deep and has a firm feel.

The Smart Simplicity mattress by Vegas.
The Smart Simplicity mattress by Vegas.

And when in use….

The mattress fit nicely onto our bedframe (a simple set of bunk beds) and our cotton bedding sat nicely onto the mattress material, with no slipping around. Something that we actually had problems with on her old mattress. The Smart Simplicity is a firm mattress that supports well during sleep. It took her a few nights to get used to it, saying that it felt strange but for a 3 year old she understood well when we explained to her that it often does take a little while to get used to a new mattress.

On the 3rd night she declared proudly that she preferred it to her old mattress because she didn’t feel like she was “getting swallowed by a monster”. I think she was trying to say that her old mattress was sagging and she was sinking further into it each night. Winning!

Cleaning the mattress…

Olive has been very good in big girl pants since she was potty trained a week before her second birthday, and she very rarely has wet accidents at night. But when the dreaded December sick bug hit our household she ended up having one. She was so poorly bless her that it was bound to happen. The very clever designers of Vegas mattresses have created a mattress cover (across the whole mattress range) that simply zips on and off. This means that you can wash one half of the cover in your washing machine, while you sleep on the clean side. It also allows you to wash the cover safely without cramming a lot of material into your machine at once, which can risk damaging the item during the wash. The Vegas covers can be washed at 60*c and is also tumble drier safe.

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The mattress cover is also really thick, which keeps the mattress inside very well protected. When Olive had her accident, it wasn’t a small one. The cover didn’t allow any moisture to seep through and the mattress itself remained completely dry, leaving the cover to be washed and put back on (without a care in the world!).

In conclusion…

She has been using the mattress for a few weeks now and her sleep has improved. We are finding that she seems to be getting into a deeper sleep and sleeping for longer periods at a time. Although actually getting her to fall asleep still remains a military operation (Eugh- why do kids do this?!).

The mattress covers have been removed and washed a couple of times due to a few different reasons and with each wash they still hold their shape and we have had no bobbling or weak spot issues. Wonderful!

The Smart Simplicity mattress is currently £149 as Vegas have a super sale on their whole mattress range. The Simplicity normally retails at £199. Visit the Vegas mattresses website to place your order.

As I mentioned above, we also reviewed some other mattresses from Vegas. Check out our thoughts on the Smart Bounce single and the Smart Advance double.

Vegas simplicity review
Vegas simplicity review

 

*The kind team from Vegas did supply us with mattresses in exchange for honest reviews of their products.*

 

LOOK GREAT, FEEL FAB AND BE WARM- On a budget

Bit of a different post from me today. I never write about clothing or fashion. Since originally writing this post, I have only been wearing nasty leggings because we are painting the house, and ripping up flooring. Only ‘eugh’ clothes allowed for jobs like that! Now I am ready to publish this post, It’s reminded me that I DO have nice clothes in my wardrobe.

My wardrobe is mainly made up of blacks and greys. I live in jeans (black) and jumpers (black). I do like to wear funky coloured socks though. I suppose I like to stick to what I know. And I’m secretly a massive grunger.

I love winter. Everything looks so pretty. The frost displays it’s glittery gorgeousness and when snow finally does arrive I cannot resist pulling on my Wellington boots and going outside to play. My birthday is 5 days after Christmas, and I love baking warming winter puddings. So yeah, It’s a pretty awesome time of year for me. I do feel the cold though and I seem to feel it worse than other’s because of my KTW syndrome. My circulation is dodgy, so I go black and purple when I’m cold. That pretty much sums it up. Winter is awesome, feeling cold is not.

Feel warm and look awesome on a budget

I recently packed away all of our summer clothes. Organised, labelled and stored into nice stacking boxes. T-shirts, vest tops, skirts and my favourite Birkenstocks were all packed away for hibernation. The winter warmers were bought out of their summer slumber and put back into action. Trouble was, I have lost 3 stone since last winter. Nothing fits!! I needed to go shopping…

On Halloween we went out for dinner. It was a crisp, cold day. Everything felt damp and there was a heavy fog in the air that took ages to pass (It was quite spooky actually). I wore my new buys, from JD Williams. An easy and VERY cheap online catalogue store. It was hard to choose what exactly I needed because everything was so lovely and at such a decent price. I was scrolling through boots, knitwear, dressing gowns, and even coats. I decided to stick to what I know and go for black, black and more black. I found a lovely long roll neck, ribbed tunic jumper for just £18 and a stunning super long maxi cardigan for £20. That’s cheap, right?

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The cardigan is thing and lightweight, but provides a perfect second layer when inside. I know for sure that I shall wear it over a bodycon dress at our work Christmas party. It gives a touch of elegance, but it still ‘just a cardie’. Because I am so short at just 5ft, the cardigan reaches my ankles and is only a few inches from the floor. But, obviously it will also suit taller ladies. My sister is 6ft and I think it would suit her too (although I definitely would have wore it better).

 

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The roll neck tunic is amazing! I chose a size 12/14 because when I was 3st heavier I was a tight 14, not I’m a comfortable 12. I figured if I gain a bit of weight again, I will still get wear from the jumper and it wouldn’t be wasted. The jumper fit like a dream, although the neck hole was really small and took a good pull to get over my head- and no, I don’t have a large head. The jumper is really stretchy so despite pulling it over my head, it went on and off easily and held its shape. The roll neck on the jumper itself, hugged my neck and felt really really cosy. The photo on the JD Williams website made the tunic look thigh length but when I wear it, it only sits just below my hips. So, it is quite short compared to what it is described as. But, over all I was really pleased with it. A nice fit, and keeps me toasty. There are plenty of pretty but practical jumpers to explore in the JD Williams Knitwear section.

I teamed up the jumper and cardigan with some black skinny jeans and black velvet chucky heels. I looked smart, ready for dinner but the outfit was practical. It felt a little odd dressing so smartly. I’m normally found dressed for comfort (a must when I have 3 kids and I spend most of my time outside).

Once we were back from dinner, I was ready to get into my PJ’s and snuggle down for the evening. PJ’s on, but I needed another layer. This fluffy, fleecy, snuggly jumper nailed it. AND IT HAS BUNNY EARS! BUNNY EARS!!!!!

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This loose fitting, super soft top is absolutely amazing and I have lived out of it since it arrived. I may have even done the school run wearing it the other day… maybe. When the hood is pulled up, my whole face was enveloped in fluffiness. It was amazing. The ideal jumper to wear on top of your PJ’s snuggled in the sofa with a glass of wine. The top got me in the mood for Christmas too, as it really is the item of clothing you want to rock over the dark festive nights. This Pretty Secrets jumper is just £24 and available in sizes from 12-30.

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The JD Williams website offers some items on next day delivery, and it isn’t just sell ladies clothing. There are also kids and men’s wear to choose from, home and garden items and even electrical. There is going to be a JD Williams Black Friday event too, on Friday 25th November 2016. There are going to be some amazing bargains to be had on the day, so keep your eyes peeled!

 

*The maxi cardigan, roll neck tunic and the fluffy jumper were all sent to me in exchange for an honest review*