Time for a New Mattress?

As always, this post is NOT sponsored by Amerisleep.

 ***UPDATE: Since buying our mattress in 2012, Amerisleep has started a new referral program. If you order your mattress through my link, you'll save an additional $50 on top of other discounts and specials!***

I've received a lot of emails from readers who are considering ordering an Amerisleep memory foam mattress. It's funny because I don't actually work for the company (never have) yet I've become sort of a brand ambassador because of the review I posted on my blog. Rather than keep responding to the same questions individually, it seemed like a smart idea to post the questions and answers here. If you think of a question that isn't here, please feel free to post it in the comments or send me an email.


And, speaking as the self-proclaimed, unofficial Amerisleep ambassador, they are now tipping me off to their sales ahead of time and providing additional discounts only for LambAround readers (WOO HOO HOO! right?) Just order through my special link for an extra $50 discount, in addition to their other specials, including their "Deal of the Day". And if the code gives you any trouble, just let me know and I'll ruffle some Amerisleep feathers. Muah ha ha! (evil laugh)

(Okay, there's a slight possibility this "unofficial brand ambassador" thing might be going to my head...)

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 Tempur-Pedic would have you believe only their mattress can pass the wine glass test, but Amerisleep has them matched!

Amerisleep FAQs

1. Do you still like your Amerisleep mattress?

   Yes, Sexy Nerd and I both love our mattress. We purchased a king-size Liberty bed from Amerisleep in February, 2012 and although it has been more than 4 years, our mattress still seems exactly like new. There is no sagging anywhere, which is great for me because when Sexy Nerd gets out of bed (around 5am - crazy!) usually I enjoy stretching out in the center and taking up the entire mattress. I'm a weird sleeper like that. With our old mattress, (a Simmons Beautyrest that was HORRIBLE) I was unable to sleep in the center because soon after purchasing it new, there were 2 deep, firm divots in the mattress from where each of us typically slept.

2. Does your Amerisleep mattress get too hot during the summer?

   After reading memory foam mattress reviews online before making our purchase, I expected that the mattress would become more firm or more soft based on the temperature of our bedroom and that it would be uncomfortably hot during the summer. However, that hasn't been the case at all, which was a nice surprise. We keep our house super-cold in the winter. (Think I'm exaggerating? Here's a photo of our dogs wearing earmuffs.) We keep our house super-warm during the summer. The mattress always feels like it's the same temperature as everything else - no warmer or cooler than the surrounding blanket. A big part of this might be the sheets though - I haven't slept on the mattress without sheets, so I'm not sure if having that buffer makes a difference.

3. How long did it take for the chemical smell to disappear from your Amerisleep memory foam mattress?

   This was actually another pleasant surprise. I'm sensitive to chemical smells and worried about how long the "off-gassing" period would be. I expected that the mattress would give me a pounding headache if used right away, similar to the reaction I have when someone wears too much perfume (which, to me, is any perfume). My plan was to sleep in a separate room for at least the first few nights after unwrapping/expanding our new Liberty bed. I'd even read online about other memory foam mattresses being kept in the garage for weeks after being opened because the smell was so bad. However, our mattress seemed just fine when we first received it and, sure enough, I woke up without any head discomfort after the very first night.
4. What's the best thing about your Amerisleep mattress?
  
   Sexy Nerd says it's that he no longer wakes up with back pain, which was a huge problem with our old mattress. Whenever we travel or he goes on a business trip, he always looks forward to coming home to sleep our mattress, no matter how luxurious the hotel accommodations have been. For me, the best part has to do with the photo above - no transfer of motion! As a lifelong sufferer of idiopathic insomnia, I'm an extremely light sleeper. When Sexy Nerd moves or gets out of bed, our mattress stays put.

5. Would you recommend an Amerisleep mattress to a friend?

   Obviously! LOL.

6. Is an Amerisleep mattress worth the extra cost?
   
   Although I do believe our mattress is worth the so-called "extra cost", I think it's important to note that it really isn't much more expensive than other mattresses, especially if you purchase it on sale. It's certainly less pricey than Temper-Pedic, which I think is essentially the same mattress sold under a fancy label.
 
   Our Amerisleep Liberty mattress ended up costing less than our Simmons Beautyrest and was a much better value because it lasts so much longer. We paid almost $1,500 for our last mattress and were ready to list it on Craigslist within a year (not that we had much luck with the deep grooves running through it.) More than four years later, our Amerisleep mattress is still like new. I have photos to prove it.

7. Is there anything else I should consider before ordering an Amerisleep mattress?

   Never underestimate the importance of customer service. I have probably emailed Amerisleep dozens of times over the past several years, first with questions before ordering my mattress, and later with questions from my blog readers. Everyone I've interacted with at Amerisleep has been helpful and professional. Even the CEO has taken the time to write to me! I highly recommend them. With our last mattress, a king-size Simmons Beautyrest we purchased new for an obscene amount of money, we thought we were investing in a quality product from a reputable company. However, when our expensive mattress turned out to be defective, it was almost impossible to reach customer service. When we finally did, Simmons would not honor our warranty. Although they acknowledged our mattress was clearly defective, they said the warranty was voided when one corner of the mattress got scuffed moving into our new house. You can imagine our frustration! Now, I hate Simmons. They are my nemesis.

Now you know why we love our Amerisleep mattress so much. If you've enjoyed my blog and you know someone in the market for a new mattress, I'd love for you to share this with your friends, family, and coworkers. Come to think of it, especially share it with your family - you don't want to visit and get stuck on their Simmons Beautyrest in the guest bedroom!

Ready for a Blog Hop?

(Yes, of course you are!)


I'm 100% ready for the weekend, with nothing planned except reading magazines, relaxing, and resting my beaten-up body. Oh, didn't I tell you? I got my butt kicked last night.

By myself.

You'd think by age 30 I'd have gotten the whole "walking up steps" thing figured out, but I apparently haven't. I'd you've ever tripped while running upstairs at full speed, resulting in both bare legs smacking into the wooden step edge, and both arms twisting wrong in a failed attempt to stop the fall, you surely feel my pain.

But hey, at least I didn't break both legs, right?

Have a better weekend than me, bloggy friends.

The Best Apps For Your London Vacation

On our recent trip to London, Sexy Nerd's work obligations meant venturing out on my own if I wanted to explore the city. And I'd flown so far (and spent sooo much money) - of course I wanted to explore! I'd never traveled on my own though and I have zero sense of direction. Luckily, there are plenty of free apps available. I downloaded them all (seriously, my Nexus 7 tablet had to be reset to its factory settings. I'd overloaded it with so many travel apps it could barely turn on. Whoops!)

Truth be told, the majority of the free apps I'd downloaded were useless during my visit to London. But there were also a few amazing ones that really enhanced my trip. They're all available for Android through the Google Play Store, but I think each has an Apple version as well.

Best of all, all of these tourist apps work OFFLINE! Be sure to bookmark this list for your next trip (and if you don't have a trip to London planned, start planning one. It's the best place I've ever visited!) Here are my favorites, in order starting with the one I used most:

Top 5 Free Travel Apps for London

1. London Tube Assistant

I downloaded every tube map, tube tracking, and tube route planning app I could find and this was my favorite, hands down. Before venturing out on my own, Sexy Nerd tried to teach me how to navigate "the tube". You just look at the map, find your station, find the station you want to get to, try to find a tiny colored line that connects the two (and includes a stop, as opposed to just passing through,) check the key to see which line that is...blah, blah, blah... This app made it so much easier! You just tell it where you want to go and it gives you different options for getting there. This app turned me into such a London tube pro that I by the end of day 1, I was already giving lost tourists directions and was running down the left side of the stairs to catch my next train with the locals (and cursing out the tourists who stood in my way. Stand to the right, folks!)

2. London City Guide from TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor's handy app saves all kinds of information, from restaurant reviews to details on popular attractions, for you to use offline. There's a map that uses GPS to show your location in relation to where you're trying to go and it syncs with your TripAdvisor account. There are suggested itineraries. It can even tell you what's nearby so you don't miss anything!

3. London Travel Guide by Triposo

This is a little-known app that enriched my travel experience. It includes a currency converter (though it's a depressing feature to use if you're converting US dollars to British pounds!) and, like my beloved TripAdvisor app, it has suggestions on where to go. However, what I enjoyed most about Triposo's app were all the educational tidbits about the places I was visiting, taken from sites like Wikipedia. My meandering took me to Somerset House one day. I didn't know anything about it, but the app filled me in on all its interesting tidbits, including its impressive film history (per my Triposo guide, Somerset house has appeared in Tomorrow Never Dies, GoldenEye, Sherlock Holmes, and Sleepy Hollow, among others.)

Somerset House

London can be an expensive city to visit. My United airfare to and from Albuquerque alone was almost $1,200! But once I was there, I spent practically nothing on seeing the sights, as most of London's museums are 100% free. This handy app lists gardens, museums, markets, and other popular, as well as little known, sights that fit my meager budget.

5. The London Pass

Although I didn't purchase a London Pass during this trip (I've bought these passes in San Francisco and Seattle, but didn't think it was worth the money for London due to all the activities available for free,) I still enjoyed their app. Like the TripAdvisor and Triposo apps, it was another convenient reference for London's attractions. I loved that it included photos, prices, and operating times.

Weekend Blog Hop


Sexy Nerd and I are spending this weekend designing our dream home. The plan is to break ground within the next couple of months!

How about you?

Father's Day Party

We played host at an impromptu Father's Day party yesterday for my parents, brother, and sister-in-law.

You might remember seeing my dad and brother mentioned on LambAround before. They're a little bit awkward!

Our kitchen, almost ready to party.
(Final step? A post-photo shoving frenzy of knick knacks anywhere and everywhere out of sight.)

Sexy Nerd gathered some flowers from our backyard, eventually. Every time company is coming over, without fail, he lounges around lazily while I frantically cook/clean/decorate/panic. I get mad at him, he's bewildered with no idea what's wrong, then he finally (FINALLY!) helps get things ready.

It's our own little party tradition.

The half wall dividing our living and dining rooms served as a convenient beverage station.

But something was missing...

Oh, I know!

An obscene amount of strawberry mango juice.

We also had cold-brewed iced coffee, sweetened with condensed milk, which was a big hit. Every last drop was gone before I could even try it!

 
A lit candle - the official "Party Time!" symbol.

 
I picked out 6 of the most summery plates from my Noritake Floral Accent Plate collection (which has been added to since that original blog post because, obviously, I didn't have enough.)

Grab a plate and help yourself to:

Zucchini, Cucumber, and Basil Salad with Havarti


Southwestern Baked Macaroni Salad

 Pica must have been able to sense that my sister-in-law, Joanna, isn't crazy about dogs. There were 5 people at the party who would have been fine with Pica sitting at their feet, but she wouldn't budge from Joanna's side. It's a jerk russell thing.

For our main course, Sexy Nerd cooked up a giant, homemade pizza. There was also a bag of Buffalo Wing Pretzel Crisps, provided by my brother and his wife, which were delicious!

For dessert, Sexy Nerd whipped up a batch of yellow cake batter ice cream to go along with some strawberry jam I'd made on Saturday. 

Lest we risk anyone leaving hungry, there were homemade ginger cookies as well.

Happy Father's Day, everyone!

A Park to Add to Your Bucket List

What's the best park in London?

Of all the parks I visited during our May trip to London, (and since I was paying a ridiculous $45 or so per day to travel to and from Reading, you can bet I crammed in as many parks as possible!) my favorite was Golders Hill Park in Hampstead Heath. For me, it beat my visit to Central Park in New York, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and all of the parks I've been to in Australia, Seychelles, Paris, Canada, and Mexico. Basically, Golders Hill Park is the best park IN THE WORLD!

There's a free zoo, homemade ice cream, bridges to run across, a pond where you can feed the ducks, grassy hills,  stumpery (yes, a stumpery!) statues, trails for hiking, deer, and all sorts of other outdoor awesomeness.

What might you see at Golders Hill Park? Take a look:

(And, of course, if you like any of my photos, I'd love for you to share them on Facebook and Pinterest!)

 





 

 Rum Raisin - my favorite!




An albino deer?



So cute...

...or so you thought!































While I was photographing all the flowers, a little old man came up to me. He seemed very excited and said, in a cute little old man voice, "Isn't nature beautiful? I've got one here in my hand." Truth be told, I was a bit apprehensive about what he was about to show me. That's a weird thing to say to a stranger, right? It was getting late and it was only the two of us, all alone in the park. Was it going to be a smothered duckling? For all I knew, the cute little old man could actually be a perverted, dirty old man.

He opened his hand to reveal...

...a flower. (Whew!)
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