This spring strange circumstances have allowed my husband to be home instead of traveling as usual. We -mostly he- have taken advantage of the time to build several raised bed garden boxes and are in the process of getting them all planted. One morning a…
Everybody needs one for a good night’s sleep…and a neck that isn’t stiff and sore in the morning.
It was time to get a new pillow for my husband. We considered a My Pillow (you know, you’ve seen those ads on TV) and I was just about to order one on Amazon…but while I was looking another pillow came up as an alternative and it has 15,284 reviews with an average of 4.3 stars. That’s rather impressive.
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The pillow in question is the Coop Home Goods – PREMIUM Adjustable Loft – Shredded Hypoallergenic Certipur Memory Foam Pillow with washable removable cover – 20 x 30 – Queen size. It’s $59.99 and has a 100-day money back guarantee. So we thought why not give it a whirl? I ordered it and it arrived at my door two days later. Thank you Amazon Prime!
This pillow is made in the USA with brand new memory foam. The pillowcase is breathable to help keep you cool. In addition to the 100 day trial period, it has a five-year warranty.
Some of the reviews did mention a chemical smell from the memory foam when the pillow is brand new, and yes, there is a smell. Don’t go sleeping on it without running it through the dryer with a dryer sheet a couple of times to help the smell dissipate (as mentioned in the instructions that come with the pillow).
You can also adjust the fullness of the pillow by adding foam (they include a bag to add if you want) or removing foam if you want it softer/flatter. The pillow cover is very nice. It is a thick, quilted cover with a zipper. And it’s luxuriously soft, made of bamboo-derived rayon. This outer cover is washable, and there is an inner stretch liner to hold the shredded foam. There is a nice little video on Amazon that shows you how to customize your pillow to your specific needs. How cool is that?
So how does my husband like his new pillow? After running it through the dryer on two 20-minute cycles on low heat with dryer sheets he tried the pillow out. And slept like a LOG. Except for when our Ring doorbell’s motion alert went off at 2:00 am that night…bugs set it off.
Every night since then he has gone to sleep quickly and slept all night long. Last night some bugs set off the Ring again and I woke up, but he never budged. So that’s how I know this is an amazing pillow and I am so glad we got it for him.
Our son at college has been having trouble sleeping as well and we got him a pillow to try. I will update this to let you know what his experience is. I am considering one for myself too. Nifty pillows for everyone!!! And oh my, I just noticed they have a knee pillow too…this might be my new favorite company.
Here are some pictures of what you will see when you get a Coop Pillow delivered to you.
It comes in a box that certainly doesn’t look like a pillow would fit inside…
When you open it you see a bag of shredded foam.
Then you find the actual pillow tightly compressed in a plastic bag.
Carefully open the plastic…
And the pillow starts to inflate.
The directions tell you to put it in the dryer for 10 minutes with 2 dryer sheets to help it inflate and dissipate the smell. I did twenty minutes on low heat.
Then you can stuff it into your favorite pillowcase—this may be a challenge because it puffs up a LOT.
Adjust as needed over the next few days to make it your perfect pillow.
Disclaimer: this post reflects our personal experience with this product and does not guarantee you will be as happy as we are… however, the company that sells these pillows offers a 100-day return.
It’s fall, and the monarch migration has been ongoing for several weeks. The butterflies that cruise through my area of Oklahoma are headed to Mexico. These butterflies are probably the fourth generation removed from butterflies that went north last spring, yet they know exactly where to…
One morning I was cruising through our strange little “breakfast nook” area and saw something out of the corner of my eye…I thought there was a good-sized bat hanging outside our window! On closer inspection, it proved to be a really big moth. Really big, like seven inches across, and it was sideways so it really did look like a bat at first glance. Well of course first thing I do is start snapping pictures of it, thinking I could identify it.
There are 6,935 species of moths and butterflies documented in North America. Uh huh. There are 5726 verified species of moths in the United States. Hmmm. Well…
As it happens, moth and butterfly identification can be quite difficult sometimes, so after a fruitless search of several websites, I happened across Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA). Lucky me, they have a huge database. Best part, you can submit your sighting and if you send them a picture they have a regional expert who will identify your mystery Lepidoptera and email you back! So I registered for free, sent in my picture with the location and time, and within 30 minutes I had an ID for our moth. It is an Ascalapha odorata… the common name is Black Witch! Of course, if you read about it on the species page they make sure to tell you that it is “easily identified by its large size and pointed forewing”…ok so in future I will be able to identify one!
The screenshot above is the bottom of the species page, and my photo is on the far left.
I am truly a major nerd, but this just tickles me to death. Anyone with a decent picture of a moth, butterfly, caterpillar, egg, or pupa can submit it and get it identified, plus it helps BAMONA track species all over the continent.
Citizen science is a method of data collection using crowdsourcing- regular people make observations and report to scientists who compile and analyze it. This method is a great way to get a lot more data than trained scientists could ever get working alone.
This would be a great nature lesson for any student and is an excellent resource for insect study; well, moths and butterflies at least.
Other citizen science projects that are very easy and fun to participate in are the Great Backyard Bird Count, Project Feederwatch, and WeatherUnderground (you can connect your personal weather station to their network to monitor the weather). There are a bunch of ongoing projects listed on this Wikipedia page.
I hope this is helpful and encourages you to send in your butterfly and moth pictures to BAMONA!
Cape Girardeau is a town on the Mississipi River in southeast Missouri. It has a colorful history and has preserved it in a unique way, by painting huge detailed murals depicting scenes from the area’s past on the floodwall built to keep the town from…