Choosing Bedding

When you are away from home, how often do you find yourself missing your comfortable bed at home? Not only is the mattress different, but your bedding is also. The highlight of some days can be when you climb into bed. Since a good chunk of your life is spent in bed, you definitely want to have the right bedding. There are many factors in deciding what bedding is right for you.

First, you need to think about what kind of fabric you want to have. You want to choose a fabric that is both comfortable and feels great against your skin. You may also want a fabric that is easy to clean also. Bedding can be found in a variety of materials like flannel, satin, cotton, silk, and bamboo. Many people try to get the softest sheets that are out there. Typically, the higher the thread count, the softer the sheets are. However, bamboo sheets do not have a thread count yet is a fabric that is as soft as the highest thread count cotton sheets you will find.

Next, choose what colors you want to have around you. The color red can actually make your heart beat faster, so it's a color you may not want to have in your bedroom. You also need to make sure that your bedding does not clash with the rest of your bedroom. You want a harmonious room – not one that will keep you awake for hours. Keep in mind what patterns you have also chosen for your room also. If you already have a lot of patterns already, a solid color duvet or comforter may be a better choice than adding another pattern to an already busy room.

Size is very important. For example, if you have a pillow top mattress, you will have to buy sheets with defect pockets. Otherwise, you will spend your night fixing the sheets instead of sleeping! This also goes for bedding that is too big for your bed too. Most mattress come in these measurements:

· Twin- 39 "x76"

· Twin Extra long 39 "x80"

· Full Size- 54 "x75"

· Queen-60 "x80"

· King- 78 "x80"

· California King- 72 "x84"

· Standard Depth- 7 "-9"

· Deep Mattress- 10 "-15"

· Extra Deep mattress- 15 "x22"

Each package should provide the exact measurements of the bedding. Make sure that you measure your mattress before you shop, so you know exactly what size you need.

Next, budget is another factor that has to be taken into consideration. Before you start shopping, you need to set your limit of what you want to spend. Since your bedding can determine how well and / or comfortably you sleep, you do not want to buy the cheapest bedding set out there. You also do not want to break the bank by buying a bedding set that you can not afford either.

Lastly, your own personal needs also play a huge role in what kind of bedding …

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Thoughtful Christmas Gifts – 10 Cheap, Quick, Easy Ideas

Do you want to give some unique Christmas gifts this year, but do not want to spend a lot of money? You can find gifts that are both cheap and thoughtful. Here are ten easy ideas for inexpensive holiday gifts that are sure to please.

1. Fun, trendy watch. You can buy watches in all shapes and colors from around $ 8 to $ 20 at discount department stores and flea markets. Include a note in the box that says something like, "I always enjoy our time together". If giving this to a teacher, you could thank them for all the "time" they're spending teaching your child.

2. Mini recipe book of your favorite recipes. Buy a small, inexpensive photo album that holds one 4 x 6 photo per page (usually just a dollar or two at craft stores). Print, type or write your recipes onto 4 x 6 recipe cards and insert in the sleeves mean for photos. After you've made the first set, make multiple photocopies of all the recipe cards. That way you can easily make more personal recipe books for other people this year or anytime.

3. Gourmet chocolate pretzels. These sell in specialty stores for $ 20 for around a dozen large pretzel rods. But you can make your own home version for a fraction of the cost. All you need is the pretzels, chocolate melts (most craft stores have these for under $ 2 a bag), and optional things like chopped nuts, mini chips or sprinkles. Simply melt the chocolate, dip the pretzels rods until about half of the pretzel is covered, then roll in the toppings and let them set upside down in a cup.

4. Handmade framed name print. Research the meaning of the person's name from a baby naming website. Use your computer graphics or word processing program to type his or her name in large letters in a nice font. Put the meaning of their name in smaller letters under the name. Print it on pretty background paper, such as 8 1/2 x 11 scrapbook paper from a craft store. Trim to fit a small frame purchased from a discount department store or dollar store.

5. Night at the movies. You can make this inexpensive by just picking up a $ 5 gift card for a movie rental and a box of microwave popcorn. Or you can make it a larger gift by adding a large bowl for the popcorn, a gift card for multiple rentals, and possibly some DVDs.

6. Flashlight that does not need batteries. This is a very practical gift that almost anyone can use. Depending on the model, you either shake the flashlight or wind it up. They really work and you never have to worry about dead batteries. The price range is between $ 10 and $ 20.

7. Personalized item with a message, name or photo. There are companies on the internet and retail stores like one-hour photo stores that will put a message, …

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