The 2nd Sealy’s Deeper Sleeper Panel (EviesGran part 4)

3 Aug

IMAG1540This is the 4th Challenge of the 2nd Sealy’s Deeper Sleeper Panel and I couldn’t wait to unpack the large parcel which arrived for it.

I had been asked earlier, which size duvet I would like for a forthcoming challenge so I knew in advance this time what to expect.

Although I have a double bed, I have always preferred to have a king size duvet so the duvet overhangs the sides of the bed, all my duvet covers are king size and a king size Sealy Select duvet arrived.

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It always surprises me how they can squash such a voluminous duvet into such a relatively small space and on unpacking the bag, the duvet appeared to explode into the room. I would never be able to pack it back in there again!

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My current duvet was  13 tog and much too warm to use on the hot nights of Summer. Yes, I know they are few and far between but we do have them occasionally. I have tried sleeping with a sheet over me but it doesn’t feel right. I prefer the weight of a duvet over me.

This Sealy duvet which arrived was 10.5 tog and perfect for me to use in the warmer weather and far more preferable than my Winter weight duvet.  It had arrived at the perfect time! The hot weather had arrived at last.

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I’d forgotten how nice it was to have a new duvet. My old one was quite a few years old and flat. As this Sealy duvet tumbled out of the packaging I realised that I should have bought one earlier!

Through all the warm nights when I might have been tossing and turning trying to get to sleep, I fell alseep instantly.  I usually wake at some point in the night and I still did with this new Sealy duvet but I fell back to sleep again on most nights and I’m sure I slept better than with my old Winter duvet.

The Sealy website said the duvet was:

‘Filled With Luxury DuPont™ Serica® Fibres To Leave You Feeling Balanced For A Deeper Sleep@

This challenge had worked. I had certainly achieved a Deeper Sleep and long may it continue.

Now the weather is less warm, I have continued to nestle down under the newness of my Sealy voluminous duvet.  I love it!

My old duvet is destined for the bin!

 

 

The 2nd Sealy’s Deeper Sleeper Panel (EviesGran part 3)

28 Jun

IMG_20160611_115007These great items, a colouring book for grownups, a box of classic colour pencils and a token to buy a book from Waterstones were sent for the next ‘Sealy Deeper Sleeper Challenge’ with the request to remove all technology (phones, tablets and laptops) from the bedroom in the hope this would help in achieving a Deeper Sleep.

The removal of technology from the bedroom wasn’t difficult in my case as I do not have a tv in the bedroom and do not use a tablet or laptop anywhere else but downstairs.  I was reluctant though to remove my mobile phone as I always use the alarm to wake me up at the required hour each morning. The phone had to stay firmly at the side of the bed for this purpose.

I am sure that crafting in all its forms are beneficial to relaxation and I looked through the colouring book and no doubt on some occasion in the future I will enjoy a relaxing time colouring in some of the outlines on the pages.

My relaxation crafts of choice for the two weeks of this challenge have been knitting, crocheting and decoupage (in my case adding pictures and words to wooden spoons and spatulas and decorating candles too)

As you can see by the amount of items I’ve produced, I am an addicted crafter.

Many of my friends do love to read and drop off to sleep after relaxing with a good book. Whilst I used to read as a child and teenager, I haven’t read many books over the last few years but I am never without a crochet hook and yarn or other similar items to keep me occupied. I will no doubt buy some crochet instruction book or similar with my book token.

I am sure that after colouring in a picture in the book or other crafts which are repetitive, (as in crochet or knitting) you are not given any time to think about worries of the day and so therefore these are beneficial to obtaining a Deeper Sleep as you are already in a relaxed state before bed.

Yes, this challenge worked.  I certainly slept well (and probably deeper) after relaxing with my craft of choice before bed.

The 2nd Sealy’s Deeper Sleeper Panel (EviesGran part 2)

26 May

I was out when the postman tried to deliver a parcel to me and after collecting it from the post office I found the contents to be a set of foldable headphones and whilst I realised they would have been sent for the 2nd Challenge for me as a member of Sealy’s 2nd Deeper Sleeper panel, there was no covering letter enclosed.

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I really didn’t know how these headphones could be part of a sleep challenge but all was made clear when I reported that I had received the parcel and was told I should download an App of ‘White noise’

Aha! I see…

The idea of this sleep challenge is to try out listening to various sounds through the headphones for two weeks at bed time, to see if a deeper sleep could be achieved than from the two weeks previously without the headphones and white noise sounds.

I love the headphones which folded up into a smaller space

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Many sounds were available, heavy rain, rain forest sounds, and of course the white noise…. to name but a few.

I particularly liked the heavy rain noise as it reminded me of the occasions when I have stayed in a caravan and when I’m tucked up inside my bed, all cosy, the sound of the rain hammering on the caravan roof is quite mesmerising.

The rainforest sounds also reminded me of a flight I had taken from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon in a light aircraft. On the return journey, to keep our minds off the turbulence, we were encouraged to listen to sounds on our headphones and these were of rainforest sounds and I enjoyed them.

I disliked the white noise sound and could not have found it relaxing at all. When my grandson was newly born, my daughter tried playing white noise to him to try to settle him. He didn’t like it either!

I did find some of the noises relaxing and certainly sleep comes more easily when I’m relaxed and so encouraged deeper sleep,  although I couldn’t fall asleep with the headphones on, they would be uncomfortable to say the least.

Whether I slept more deeply is hard to say but all I can say is that I went off to sleep quickly and I slept well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CCC- Country Baskets, East Ardsley, Leeds- Floral delights-16.04.16

12 May

IMG_20160416_120209After presenting a craft workshop at Country Baskets a large florist/craft supply store in East Ardsley, Leeds, I enquired about holding a cake club meeting there and to my delight was given permission for us all to gather in the store and share our cakes.

Lynn Hill, CCC founder and her husband David joined us for the meeting and these were the lovely cakes we enjoyed

Here are some more photos from the morning

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Jessica from Country Baskets had noticed the spoons I had decorated with decoupage with the CCC logo for the event and had commented that she had liked them so as a thank you I visited the store again and gave them some of their own.

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Clandestine Cake Club-Liversedge Parish Centre-Film & TV-19.03.16

12 May

Long overdue, here is my write up of our event Film & Tv in Liversedge Parish Centre.

I chose this theme as I had some books (leftovers from previous World Book Night) to give away, one being Casino Royale (film) and the other Prime Suspect (tv)

This was the smallest number of bakers since the Spen Valley group was formed. There were 6 bakers and 1 guest. This is just a statement not a complaint as we had a fantastic cosy meeting where we all sat around one table and could all join in the conversation.

At the meeting was Kay the organiser of Huddersfield group and her Mum Jean, Karen, a guest Anne, my joint organiser Helen and me. We also welcomed a new member Janet who said she had had a really good time and thanked us for making her so welcome.

These were the cakes we enjoyed.

The cakes looked lovely and tasted great too.

The 2nd Sealy’s Deeper Sleeper Panel (EviesGran part 1)

28 Apr

April 2016.

I enjoyed receiving items to test last year, as part of the 1st Sealy’s Deeper Sleeper Panel and was extremely interested to see what other goodies would be arriving in the post in this the 2nd Sealy’s Deeper Sleeper Panel challenge.

This is the first sleep challenge to arrive:

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It was a Sealy Select response clusterfill pillow.

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The bag which housed this new pillow stated “Quilted luxury soft microfibe cover that naturally responds to your body temperature. Deep filled with DuPont Serica fibres (the smoothness of silk in a synthetic fibre) to provide comfort and support while you sleep. With a medium comfort rating, this pillow pair is perfect for front and back sleepers.”

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The idea of this test is to sleep without this new ‘aid to sleep’ for 2 weeks and then try out the new item for the next 2 weeks to see if any improvement occurs in the sleep pattern.  I was already sleeping on a Sealy pillow which had been great, and although I had slept well on it, it was quite a firm pillow so it was wonderful to sink my head into this new and luxurious softness.

It’s great having the chance to try out all of these pillows and all have had their benefits but this response pillow was lovely to the touch and exceptionally comfortable to sleep on. I tend to sleep on my right side, sometimes turning onto my back and I love it.

The weather has been very cold during this test period so not only am I looking forward to warm weather but a chance to test its response to my body temperature. As it is I’m loving the cosiness of its softness which helped me settle down quickly on these chilly nights.

After 2 weeks of testing the new pillow,  I shall continue to use it as I believe it brought additional refreshment of body or mind.

Long may it continue.

Spen Valley Clandestine Cake Club visits Ribbon Tree Bakery, Cleckheaton

13 Feb

On Thursday, 11th February, 2016, the Spen Valley group of the Clandestine Cake Club gathered at the Ribbon Tree Bakery in Cleckheaton for our ‘Use your loaf’ themed meeting.

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It was a cold miserable night outside but Lizzi from the Ribbon Tree Bakery made us very welcome and we had a great evening together, eating the lovely cakes and chatting.  Our thanks go to Lizzi for letting us use her cafe for our first meeting of 2016.

There were members and their guests totalling 19 and I tried to take photographs of the cakes as they arrived. I think I missed individual photos of some of the cakes, so if your cake is not among these, I apologise and if your cake is missing and you have a photograph of your own, please let me know and I will add it on.

These are some photos as the members arrrived and took their seats.

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and some more as the evening got underway.

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IMAG1333More cakes arrived after these were taken. We had a very full table of cakes.  Lots to eat and lots of leftovers to take home.

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