a good night’s sleep + giveaway

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This will seem a little out of character for this space but I have to give you some background. See, I have a hot husband.

OK, so in truth, while he does have something Clooney-esque about his looks [he’s going to kill me!], he also runs at a temperature a little warmer than me.

And this invariably means me under the doona in the middle of summer after he’s turned the air-conditioning back on.

Did I mention I was also in my winter PJs?


This is why when Lorraine Lea offered to send me one of their gel pillow pads to try, I hastily accepted. For him, not me.

It was the perfect item for him to try out and arrived with great timing smack bang after a few sleepless nights.

Nothing like putting it to the test.

And even my sometimes cynical friend had to admit it appeared to help after the first refreshing night’s sleep that week.

It’s really quite ingenious and simple. The gel pillow pad just slips inside your pillow slip with your pillow. It also comes in a mattress mat.

Made with anti-bacterial, non-toxic medical silica gel which is 85 per cent water to absorb the body’s heat, the gel pads are designed to give relief to fever, hot flushes or hot sleepers, or “hot husbands”.

So they are really quite useful to have on hand.

And while the Mr is enjoying the relief during the summer nights, I’m thinking it might come in handy for moi when those hot flushes start [I’m not getting any younger you know!]

So this is all about a good night’s sleep. How to ensure a good night’s sleep and why you should make sure you get one.

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Plus a little “get a good night’s sleep” giveaway!

I have a little package which includes a Lorraine Lea gel pillow pad, some chamomile tea, an eye mask and  some relaxing essential oils.

Just comment below with your best tip for a good night’s sleep to be in the running to win. Closes Saturday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day! Open to everyone but not all items can be shipped overseas.

[The giveaway is now closed]. Congratulations to Narelle Rock ~ wishing you a good night’s sleep!

The Gel Mattress Mat [$299] and Pillow Pad [$39] are available from Lorraine Lea and can be purchased by visiting the website or by calling 1800 641 089.

I was gifted this product in accordance with my disclosure policy

taking stock / february


Making … plans.
Cooking … everyday favourites.
Drinking … lots of water, thanks to my Camelbak bottle!
Reading … magazines and trashy novels [hey, I’m on holidays].
Wanting … this not-too-hot weather to never end.
Looking … for my favourite pen … still.
Playing … my Retrojam playlists!
Enjoying … this not-too-hot weather.
Waiting … for the real summer to arrive!
Liking … how my boys are enjoying the new school year.
Wondering … how the eldest will take to high school.
Thinking … I need to find some more motivation.
Loving … my new banana lounge.
Smelling … that new uniform smell.
Admiring … our inspirational Australia Day award-winners.
Buying … bits and pieces for school.
Watching … Utopia re-runs on my computer.
Disliking … how laundry and dishes interrupt my lounging time.
Snacking … on the addictive Mrs Mays almond crunch.
Hearing … the birds, oh so early in the morning.
Wishing … holidays wouldn’t end so soon.

*I’ve modified Pip’s “taking stock” list [you can see hers here] into a shorter version for me.


the holiday list


Excuse my slackness, I’m in a holiday mode of sorts.

The children have made a successful re-entry into the school year, making my coinciding time off a tad superfluous.

Oh well, more time for me!

And naturally I have a list. Not too long [I’ve learnt that lesson] and sprinkled with a variety of must-dos, simple tasks and frogs [don’t know what that means – read this].

And you know how it goes, if I share some items on the list, put it out there in the world, it makes me accountable.

So from the scribbled notes that come under the heading of “the holiday to do list”.

  • Organise a morning yoga routine
  • Do the taxes [big frog]
  • Sort out a blog editorial calendar
  • Maybe restart pay more attention to the newsletter/shop/associated blogs and new ideas [we’ll see]
  • Clean the study [may not get anything else done if I start this …]
  • Relax, read, rest
  • Find my pen [lost my favourite pen – it has to be around here somewhere!]
  • Get better at regular baking
  • Drop off dry cleaning [this is what we call a doable task]
  • Go to optometrist [appointment tomorrow]

So there it is. Check back in with me in a fortnight to see how I went! I might still be cleaning the study … *wonders if I can organise an extra day or two off at the end of my holidays …*


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