Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What are pros and cons of a memory foam mattress?

Memory foam mattresses have brought about a positive change in our sleeping patterns. These mattresses have gained popularity, and an increasing number of people are considering using them, especially when troubled with the complaints arising out of an improper body posture. But, before you decide to get one for yourself, I would like to ask whether you are fully aware of the pros and cons of memory foam mattresses? If not, read on to know the benefits as well as some disadvantages.

What are the pros of a memory foam mattress?

Back Support

A memory foam mattress allows the body weight to be evenly spread across its surface. This can help to support the natural alignment of your body without distorting the position of the legs, shoulders, and hips, relative to the spine.

Relief of Pressure Points

The best advantage of using a memory foam over the mattresses made of other materials like poly foam, fiber filling, and springs is based on how it responds to pressure. The memory foam is specifically designed for absorbing pressure by molding itself to the shape your body takes during different sleeping positions.

It can distribute the weight across its surface, accommodate curves, and create a sensation of weightlessness. Hence, it is perfect for the people who suffer from pains and aches in different joints. This pressure distributing technology can help to balance the extra body pressure and ease your pains by preventing a wrong posture.

Better Viscoelasticity

Viscoelasticity is one of the great features of memory foam mattresses. The viscoelastic nature allows it to conform to any shape and weight. It can allow you to enjoy your sleep in every possible position without causing any discomfort.

Limits Motion Transfer

Memory foam mattress has the ability to isolate motion. This benefit can be significant for those who share the bed with a partner or a pet. It will prevent your sleep from getting disturbed when the other person rolls over or gets out of bed.

The material in this mattress can absorb pressure without conducting motion, a benefit that is virtually absent in the regular mattress.  So, any moderation such as turning and even heavy tossing around any side of your bed will not have an effect on the other side.


Most memory foam mattresses outlast the regular innerspring beds. They are less likely to sag during the initial years. They do not have to be rotated or flipped as often as the spring beds.

Easy Maintenance

If you are annoyed with the dirt and debris trapped in your mattress that is hard to get rid of; a memory foam mattress could be the alternative you are looking for. A major component of this mattress, Polyurethane, protects it from debris and dirt and keeps your bed clean. What’s more? Polyurethane is also anti-allergenic, which means the patients who suffer from allergies can also feel free to use it without worrying about catching any allergen and spending their nights sneezing hard. More detailed list of advantages as well as comparison list of best mattresses on the market you can find on sleepissimple.comAlso, they have a comparison of popular UK mattress brands by the link.

What could be the cons of using memory foam mattresses?

May get a Little Smelly

A peculiar odor is a short-term drawback associated with any new mattress and memory foam is not an exception to this. However, this complaint is not as common with the memory foam mattresses as it is with the regular ones. The strong chemical odor of a new memory foam usually dissipates in a few days or a couple of weeks.

You May Sleep Hot

The memory foam mattress users often complain of feeling as if they are sleeping hotter. This effect can be attributed to the characteristic of the foam to trap heat with its temperature-sensitive formula to use the body heat to contour, the non-breathable mattress covers, and the closed-cell foams. This may cause some amount of discomfort and interference with your sleep.

Might Feel Cumbersome

Another potential disadvantage of using a memory foam is some people find it a bit cumbersome. Since memory foam is not made of a bouncy material, it may take more efforts to get off from or move around on the bed.


Being aware of the pros and cons of memory foam mattresses will allow you to take an informed decision to enhance the quality of your sleep. The information provided above is also meant to help you find the best mattress that suits your requirement. It will help you overcome the problems with poor body posture and allow you to enjoy a sound and refreshing sleep. 

How Martial Arts Combats Bullying

This is an example of a regional parenting magazine article I wrote and sent out one year.

How Martial Arts Combats Bullying
By Kerrie McLoughlin
736 words

According to, a study found that approximately 49% of kids in 4th through 12th grade said they had been bullied at least one time in the previous month. Bullying can lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, poor performance in school and, in some extreme cases, even suicide.

Where is bullying happening? It’s happening most often at school, including at recess and on the school bus, but school isn’t the only place. It also occurs where kids are gathering in large groups, like at amusement parks, block parties, campgrounds and swimming pools. And of course we can’t forget about cyberbullying, which includes using cell phones and computers as ways to bully with words and spread untrue words and embarrassing photos. There are many kinds of bullying, and some schools are promoting silicone wristbands to create and promote awareness.

So what can we, as parents, do about this widespread problem? Well, it turns out martial arts is a great place to start. Of course, martial arts can’t necessarily tackle the cyberbullying issue, but it can give our kids the self-confidence they need to handle people who are not treating them well in a specific situation.

Lindsey Watts, mom of a daughter who has been in martial arts for four years, says, “Martial arts gives kids discipline and teaches them respect. They learn self-control, perseverance and integrity. They learn to help build a more peaceful world.”

One mother shared a sad situation that happened to her son, “My son was in 2nd grade when he was being bullied. We had no idea it was going on; we just knew that something wasn’t right ...” Her son ended up bullying another child and was sent to see the principal, where the story came out that a boy at recess, someone her son called a friend, had been bullying him. Later other issues came out, like that he had been pushed, tripped and poked. “We then realized our good-natured son … may be setting himself up for more bullying. Our son was very shy, but just wanted everyone to like him so he befriended everyone.”

Dave Kovar, founder of Martial Arts Against Bullying (MAAB) and life-long martial arts professional, shares on his website, “I believe that no other industry is in a better position to do something about bullying than the martial arts industry … The mere act of training in martial arts and having children develop a higher level of confidence decreases their chances of being bullied in the first place.”

The mom from the previously mentioned bullying situation shared her family’s resolution. “We decided our son needed help with handling himself and building his confidence up. [Tae Kwon Do] gave my son confidence to know that he had the strength within him to stop something first with his words, and — as a last resort — defense. Never to hit first, never to intentionally hurt the person hurting you but to just keep yourself safe. My son is now 10 years old and has his high brown belt in TKD. My son walks tall now. He's not afraid to stand up for himself or others. TKD has taught him that fighting is never the answer. It's only a last resort to protect himself from harm or to protect someone else from harm.”

Robyn Morrow, mom of a Tae Kwon Do student, “I was teased and called four eyes as a child and had a hard time feeling connected to people, but that pales in comparison to the stories I've heard happening nowadays. My oldest child is skinny and tall, but holds his head high and walks tall … I think his confidence is in large part due to his years at Taekwondo … He knows he has the power to break boards, so I would guess that gives him more confidence too. I am so glad we made the choice to enroll him in Taekwondo classes before he reached the awkward teenage age he's entering now.”

Martial arts comes with other benefits as well. Jody Jones, mom of 3, says, “I think martial arts helps form a great foundation for understanding the benefits of structure, discipline and hard work. Attaining a black belt, or any higher belt rank, is a manifestation of what you can gain through the physical and mental discipline of mental arts. It's an experience that's hard to duplicate for your children, and the concept of working extremely hard to attain your goals is one that you carry into your adult life and work.”

Kerrie McLoughlin is the homeschooling mom of 5, author of several ebooks on and blogger at

7 Ways To Clean Your House Like A Pro

Set aside a day to clean and stick to it

Go through your daily planner and select a day that you will always set aside to get your housework done. Create an alarm in your phone. Circle it on your calendar. Block it off in your day book. Professional cleaning services don’t come to your house when they feel like it and neither should you. They come at a regularly schedule day and that’s how you’ll be able to duplicate their success. Your mind thrives on habits. Make one and stick to it.

On your cleaning day have a plan of attack
Professional house cleaners agree that the best way to tackle a house gone awry is to have a methodical approach. Cutting your cleaning time in half means being efficient with your time. Do each chore in the same order every time you clean. Don’t waste time considering where the dirtiest room is or which tasks deserve the most priority. If you’re persistent with your routine, you’ll be cutting out all that time that would’ve been wasted thinking when you could have been cleaning instead.

Make cleaning fun

Have you seen that scene in Mrs. Doubtfire where Robin Williams rocks out while cleaning the house and wish that was you?! Some people go about their house cleaning hustling from each room to the next, steadily burning out and losing precious energy. Others find a way to be in the moment enjoying the essence of what they’re doing. You can have that much fun cleaning if you look at cleaning as not a chore, but as something exciting. You can let go and watch the time go by without worrying about the pace at which you’re cleaning. Professionals recommend listening to music that you enjoy or making a game out of it. Either way you go, you can’t lose and you won’t dread those days where you have to get out your vacuum.

Get the kind of cleaning products the professionals use

If you want to clean like a pro, you’ve got to use the same tools as a pro. You wouldn’t see professional painter using watercolors and you wouldn’t see a housing service using novelty gadgets to clean your home. Stay away from products that you caught on late night infomercials and buy high quality equipment and cleaning clothes that will handle heavy duty cleaning. Wear an apron to avoid mess and even consider wearing a belt that can hold your spray bottles and rags. The more you’re able to hold on the job, the less time you waste going back and forth to your cleaning closet.

Be on top of things

If you want to avoid cleaning routines that overwhelm you and take up your whole day, clean things before they become a problem. If you see clothes tossed on the floor one day, avoid creating a pile and hang it up right away. Keep on the go cleaning products like wet wipes throughout your house. When a spill happens, you’ll be ready to wipe it away and you’ll avoid having to do a deep scrub later on in the week.  You should also be preventative. Spray your shower head every time you use it. Wipe down your counter every time you eat. After you eat, put your dishes directly in the dishwasher instead of letting them pile up in the sink. No one wants to deal with a stack of plastic wear and forks that can rival Mount Everest!

Become an award-worthy speed cleaner

No, we don’t mean during your deep cleaning days. We mean on those days when you have a little bit of spare time that you haven’t set aside for rest and relaxation. For the kick of it pull out a time and clean like you’ve never cleaned before. You’d be surprised how many small tasks that you can get done in a short amount of time. A professional’s job is easier when a house is already in decent shape and organized. Your job will become easier on your heavy duty cleaning days if your home is in prime shape. Added plus, you won’t ever have to feel panicked when guests randomly drop in.

When all else fails, hire an actual pro

Cleaning really isn’t for everyone. Some people have a difficult schedule and hectic lifestyles. That’s nothing to feel bad about. If you can’t work a deep clean into your regular cleaning, you can hand that off to people who can. 

Planning Your Kid's First Visit to a Sports Game

Callie and Mom at the Kansas City Royals game April 30, 2017. Sam got two tickets to Scout Day at the K for selling Scout popcorn and we bought 5 more for a super fun day!

Planning Your Kid’s First Visit to a Sports Game
If your children love the sport, then it will be easy to know that they will love seeing the sport in action. Although you might get the best view on the television, there is something about going to the venue and seeing it live that makes it extra special. For their first event, they are going to want to see everything and know what’s going on. Preparing you and them is essential to having a great day and hopefully inspiring them to see more.

Choosing the Right Event
Although you know what types of sports your kids like, it is important to choose an event that you think they will enjoy when seeing it in person. Some sports have long breaks or periods of inaction, so you don’t want them to get bored. You will know what sports get their attention, so pick one that has a faster pace to it so that they can get caught up in the atmosphere. It is also a good idea to choose a venue close to home on the first occasion, just in case they don’t like it and you want to return home.

Getting the Tickets
You may be considering giving the tickets as a birthday present. It is a good idea to save it for a special event, though you should make sure you get the tickets in advance in case it sells out. Buy your tickets from a trusted seller such as so that you know the seat will be there. If you choose to buy them outside the arena, then you could have problems. In their first game, you want to try and get the best view possible so that they can see everything. It will be great for their memories and also their camera so that they can get good shots of the action.

Try and Answer Their Questions
It will be a new and exciting experience for your children, and they will no doubt be curious about what goes on at the game. Even though it might be distracting for you, try to answer all their questions if you can. Although you probably know a lot about the game you are watching, don’t be worried to say you don’t know something. There may be someone nearby who will know the answer, and if not, you can try searching it on the internet and finding out the answer together.

One of the most important parts of visiting any event is safety. Sporting events traditionally pull a big crowd, so you need to be on guard and prevent your children from getting lost. Try to teach them what to do if you should become separated, such as go to the nearest help point or staff member. That will make things easier if you lose each other because you can both head to the meeting point.

Enjoying sports events and outdoor activities are key to developing your children’s tastes and experiences. Don’t be worried if they fall asleep halfway through; they will still have had a great time. 

Swagbucks Swagbuster Deals on Your Favorite Stores, Offers, Gift Cards

Running now through December 3rd, the cashback shopping site Swagbucks is running a series of exclusive "Swagbuster" deals that offer increased cash back (in the form of SB points) at stores, when buying gifts cards, and big SB payouts when you discover offers from different companies. You can take all of the points you earn from these deals and redeem them for gift cards from places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, or PayPal cash, helping you extend your holiday budget further! 

The deals change every few hours, and you can keep track of what's available by clicking here. You need a Swagbucks account to take advantage - fortunately, it's free and takes less than 30 seconds to sign up. PLUS, if you sign up through me you'll get a bonus 300 SB ($3) if you earn 300 SB before December 1st!

I have been with Swagbucks for years and earned almost $1,000! I just got 70 SB yesterday when I ordered Callie some leggings on I also get SB when I order things from Target for Christmas shopping and Eva's birthday! Christmastime is really a great time to join Swagbucks and start earning cash back!
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