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To Change the World, Start Off By Making Your Bed

April 15th, 2015

Admiral McRaven, a Navy Seal, gave a new meaning to making your bed every morning. He states that, “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.” Watch the video below to hear more on his philosophy: if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

How it Began

April 10th, 2015

Owning a business is not an easy task, and it is not for everyone. Dave, the owner of FloBeds, has been in business for over 35 years. It all began one summer while he was attending Stanford in Palo Alto. In 1971 he entered the specialty sleep business in Palo Alto, California as a means to pay for college. After 4 years of political science and waterbeds, Dave opened a second retail store. Since then his business has changed and adapted multiple times. Watch the video below to hear how FloBeds evolved into the successful natural latex mattress shop it is today:

 

Certified Pure

April 8th, 2015

Have you ever taken a second to stop and think about what you are sleeping on? If you have a FloBed you have nothing to worry about, however, not all mattresses are made with the same materials that we use. You spend a third of your life in bed… consider what you’re sleeping on. We were the first to use wool to pass the federal fire standards for mattresses, making our covers chemical free. Organic Cotton is obvious… but we even wash it before quilting it to our organic wool.

We even use solid Ponderosa Pine for our slat foundations. The Pine slat foundations are FCS certified of course.

Okeo-Tex

FloBeds is Okeo-Tex certified. Okeo-Tex is the world leader in testing for human safety in textiles.

People spend about a third of their lives in bed. We want to make sure that third of your life is not only comfortable but chemical free.

Happy Easter

April 3rd, 2015

Happy Easter! I hope the Easter Bunny brings your little ones something good. If you are looking for some fun ways to celebrate the holiday take a look at this Pinterest board:

Easter

I have collected and pinned fun treats and ways to celebrate Easter. We are celebrating with family and we hope you are too. Enjoy the weekend!

3 Tips on How to Spring Clean to Sleep Better

April 1st, 2015

Our neighbor, Coyuchi, shows some fine organic linens on the waters edge

Spring has arrived! Although we have all heard of spring cleaning closets, have you ever heard of spring cleaning your sleep routine? Here are 3 ways you can spring clean to sleep better:

1. Remove all technology from your bed.  The blue light from your phone can keep you from getting quality sleep, so find another place for it to spend the night.

2. Wash your comforter. Most people wash their sheets on a regular basis, but not their comforters. According to Sleep.org the, “National Sleep Foundation’s own Bedroom Poll found that nearly three out of four people say they get a more comfortable night’s sleep when their bedding has a fresh scent.”

3. Rid your room of the clutter. Having a clean room puts your mind at ease and will help you sleep better.

So leave your phone in the other room, toss your comforter in the wash, pick up those socks that missed the dirty clothes hamper, and get ready to sleep better this spring.

Hit the Gym to Hit the Hay

March 27th, 2015

According to sleep.org, “It doesn’t matter when you hit the gym, just that you get in your daily burn. People who work out regularly sleep better—and longer—than those who don’t.”  For some, working out can sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Try grabbing a friend and taking a nice long walk along your favorite scenic route. Biking is another fun way to workout and its low impact. If you are someone who likes to work out but does not have time to do it regularly, make time. Even thirty minutes a day of a weight training circuit will be enough.

FloBeds Latex Mattress

My favorite place to get a long walk in before bed.

 

Working out at least 150 minutes a week has been found to increase quality of sleep by 65%. Not only will it help you sleep better at night but it will help you feel less sleepy during the day. The National Sleep Foundation found that,”Increasingly, the scientific evidence is encouraging as regular physical activity may serve as a non-pharmaceutical alternative to improve sleep.” So put down the sleeping pills, pick up you phone, call your friend, and go get your sleep inducing workout in!

Friday Feature: Andiron Seaside Inn and Cabins

March 13th, 2015

Photo Credit: The Andiron Facebook

This Friday we are featuring the Andiron Seaside Inn and Cabins.  The Andiron is nestled in the woods off of Highway 1 in Little River, California. It is only minutes away from the coastal town of Mendocino where you can find fun shops, fine dining, and amazing coastal views.

Book the room Curious to sleep on a FloBed. Photo credit The Andiron

The Andiron is exciting and different because as the website states, “…rooms are each entirely unique and reflect our love of everything vintage, salvaged, rehabbed, and recycled.” The Inn offers fun activities including board games, croquet, badminton, and a hot tub.

One Andiron customer Nicole Said, “Beautiful, comfortable, fun place to vacation. Amazing host and hostess, Scott and Madeline treat you like family. If you LOVE vintage, wilderness & kindness you have to go!! Thank you for a wonderful stay. Wish we lived closer so we could visit more often.”

So head over to the Andiron website and book your stay on a Flobed today!

Friday Feature: Alegria Inn

March 6th, 2015

The Alegria Inn, a popular ocean front inn with cottages, is located in the beautiful town of Mendocino, California. The Alegria Inn has not 1, not 2, but 3 FloBeds for guests to enjoy! Our mattresses can be found in the Pacific Suite, Cove Cottage, and the Tree House rooms.

Pacific Suite
Photo Credit Alegria Inn Website

Whether you are exploring the garden or unwinding in the hot tube with an ocean view, you are sure to experience a relaxing vacation. On the Alegria Inn Facebook customer Edu Montenegro Susperreguy gave the inn 5 stars. He said, “We had such a great time there 2 weekends ago. We stayed in the best room, the cove cottage. It felt as if we were all alone in paradise, but with a wonderful breakfast waiting for us every morning, cookies every afternoon, hot tub in the evening, and a ready made fire at night. We can’t wait to go back.”

So what are you waiting for? Come up to the Mendocino coast and stay at the Alegria Inn for a relaxing vacation on a FloBed.

Saving Daylight

March 4th, 2015

This Sunday daylight saving time (DST) begins. We will be changing our clocks to “spring” forward one hour. The purpose of DST is to make better use of natural sunlight. It’s actually a myth that the purpose of the time change was to benefit farmers. DST was enacted as a wartime conservation effort.

The camps are pretty divided when it comes to debating the effectiveness of DST. One side says it great because it encourages people to spend more time outside in the daylight, which saves energy. However, those against it argue that negative side effects of DST outweigh the energy saving. This camp argues that changing the clocks causes a loss of sleep, lost productivity, and accidents due to drowsy driving.

So do what it takes to be prepared for losing one hour of sleep this Sunday.

Tips to Get You Back on Track Quickly

~Make sure you are caught up on your sleep before the clocks change.
~Make sure the lights in your room are dim at night to signal to your body that it’s time for bed.
~Avoid evening activates such as drinking caffeine or alcohol too close to bedtime

FloBeds Organ Latex Mattress Care Tips

February 15th, 2015

Below are some basic tips for FloBeds’ customers. Our natural and blended latex mattresses have easy but specific care instructions.

Natural and Blended Latex Mattress Care Instructions

Our covers unzip, so you can easily hang your mattress top in the sun. We suggest sunning your mattress-top a couple of times a year. Sunning will kill dust mites. Latex and visco-elastic are both dust mite resistant. If you suffer from severe allergies, with the top off, you can vacuum the inside top of your mattress components to remove allergens. That, combined with your sunned mattress top will provide you with cleanest and most comfortable mattress possible. Your mattress cover may be spot washed with cold water and mild soap. It should be line dried. DO NOT MACHINE WASH AND DO NOT PUT IN DRYER.