The Only Way To Shop For a Mattress with Kids : ECOSA MATTRESS

ECOSA GENEROUSLY SENT ME ONE OF THEIR MATTRESSES TO TRY… THIS IS MY HONEST REVIEW.

When we moved into our new home in Auckland, our bedrooms were the first rooms that we wanted to work on putting together. Moving into our house happened rather suddenly and with just a week to prepare for our actual move-in date, I frantically realized that we were going to have nowhere to sleep! When we left California, we decided not to bring along our mattresses as we figured they would unnecessarily take up a lot of space in the container and would be something that we would be able to easily replace when we arrived here.

However, shopping for mattresses with kids is not the most ideal shopping experience  (I could just imagine the scenario: Holden jumping on the mattresses with his shoes on and Gray hiding under the beds and laughing hysterically), not to mention the sheer selection of mattresses is actually quite overwhelming! So when Ecosa offered to send us a few of their mattresses to try, we couldn't say no. The mattress arrived in a tiny vacuum-sealed box and within minutes of cutting through the plastic wrapping, it had unfolded and expanded perfectly into place. The boys pitched in to help open them, making the entire mattress shopping experience (from ordering to delivery to unpacking) a seamless, simple, and fun one for all of us!

As a pregnant woman (in my third trimester mind you), I take my sleep (or the little bit that I am getting at this moment) very seriously and I was a little hesitant at how comfortable a vacuum-sealed mattress would be. I've been sleeping on it for about 3 weeks now and I can honestly say it's one of the most comfortable mattresses I have ever owned. The boys seem to love theirs too seeing they are both sleeping through the night on them without so much as a peep.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, but I was generously gifted an Ecosa mattress to try. All opinions are my own.

Creating the Perfect Neutral Interior

Follow along on my Pinterest for more home inspiration and our plans for our new house

Our homes in the past have always been infused with color, bold print and patterns, and lots of artwork (you can see our previous home tours here, here, and here), but this time around I'm finding myself wanting to create a completely different type of space. Maybe it's being right on the ocean or how this house of ours is conducive to indoor-outdoor living, but I'm currently drawn to rooms that have bright white walls, warm and neutral materials, and a mixture of wood and woven textures.

Picking neutral pieces means I won't tire of them quickly, allowing me to invest more in staple pieces and easily change up the look by switching out simple accents such as throw pillows and blankets, art, and decor pieces. We have a large open floor plan where our kitchen, dining, and living room are all combined into one great room and I am currently working to pull this space together, starting with the dining area. I've included my inspiration for the space below (I'm going with a neutral bohemian dining room) and how you can recreate the look yourself!

What do you think of the space?? 

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Image Source: The Grove Byron Bay

1. Dulux Paint in St. Clair Quarter // 2. Pop and Scott Plant Pot ; Fiddle Leaf Fig //3. Citta Design Ambient Pendant Light //4. Early Settler Elena Dining Table // 5. Indie Home Collective Leather & White Dining Chair // 6. Citta Design Gava Round Tray // 7. IndieHomeDesigns Mud Cloth Pillow // 8. MINImalist2015 African Mud Cloth Throw // 9. Freedom Furniture Madeleine Floor Rug 

Our First Kiwi Christmas

Christmas Pajamas and Hats from Hanna Anndersson (very merry in hanna red)

As we head into the end of December, we are prepping for our first expat Christmas here in New Zealand! After searching and finally finding a home (I will be sharing some "before" sneak peeks of our space next week), spending the past two weeks attempting to settle in and furnish this house of ours, and preparing for the arrival of our baby in less than a month, Christmas has honestly been the last thing on my mind. That is until I realized that Christmas was basically a week away and we still had yet to buy a tree, put up lights, or buy a single present! After completely missing Halloween, Holden's favorite holiday, because of traveling at the time, I knew that we couldn't do the same for Christmas (nor would I want to!). I've found a Kiwi Christmas to be quite different from Christmas as we know it from the States and thought I'd share a few differences between an American Christmas and a New Zealand Christmas...

  1. Just the fact that it's the middle of summer here in New Zealand means it just doesn't feel like Christmas. Although we lived in Southern California where it's a steady 75 degrees (24 degree celsius) year-round and we don't experience a cold, snowy Christmas, there is something in the air that makes it feel like the winter season. So it feels quite odd to be heading into summer and the Christmas season at the same time. Christmas in New Zealand means bbq-ing at the beach or spending the day in the backyard with friends and family, not the "typical" American Christmas day.
  2. Christmas is truly everywhere in the States from the end of October (I remember seeing Christmas decor in the shops before Halloween last year) leading right up until Christmas. People have Christmas lights on their homes, Christmas trees in the windows, Christmas music playing on all of the radio stations, and you are inundated with Christmas decor in almost every, single shop that you step into. It is now a week away from Christmas and I have only seen one house in our neighborhood that has lights on it, I have only spotted a house or two with a Christmas tree in the window, I have yet to find a radio station that plays Christmas music, and I could only find one aisle of Christmas decor in our local shop and it was completely sold out. It seems there isn't the same sort of consumerism around Christmas that we as Americans experience during the holiday seasons and it's honestly been quite refreshing.
  3. With our move, we were incredibly late to the game in getting our Christmas tree so imagine our surprise when we went to the Christmas tree lot to cut down our tree and found an entire field of trees that had been pre-sold in October and were still waiting for their owners to come and claim them with only a week and a half left before Christmas. When I questioned the owner of the tree farm, he didn't seem phased in the least and just replied that it wasn't that late.
  4. Driving around to see Christmas lights is harder to do here as it's light until 9 PM at night. The boys are generally in bed before it is dark (remember, summertime!) so taking them to see the lights in the city has proven to be an adventure that we haven't undertaken yet.

I honestly wasn't expecting the holiday season to feel different than what we are used to, but with the laidback, less is more approach that New Zealanders seem to take towards Christmas, I find that I am focusing less on the whole consumer aspect of Christmas and more on what this holiday season is truly about.

***Thank you Hanna Andersson for partnering on this post.