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Time For Some Cosy Sleepwear

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Fashion | Posted on 19-09-2013

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Good grief its got cold suddenly hasn’t it? Autumn is firmly here with Winter well on its way and I am freezing. I just put the heating on during the day and the post lady came to the door in shorts. SHORTS! Its got really chilly at night too and my usual attire of a large tshirt isn’t going to cut it anymore I don’t think. Time for some new pyjamas I think. I do own a onesie – much to the despair of my family – and that does a pretty good job but its not really snuggly as its just a plain cotton one. I’m thinking something fleecy and hooded like this gorgeous set I found on the Camille website.

Just looking at it is making me feel warmer already, and what a gorgeous colour too – perfect for Christmas. I suspect if I put this on I’d never take it off. Look at the gorgeous fleecy hood! I’d probably end up going in to hibernation and living in it for the rest of the Winter! There’s also a lovely looking giraffe print one which I think my giraffe obsessed sister-in-law may well receive for Christmas, as well as a plain green one to make you look like an elf, or a blue one to turn you into a smurf. The choice is actually rather impressive!

Bed socks are another great way to keep warm in the winter. I have really bad circulation and more often than not my feet resemble blocks of ice as soon as I take my shoes and socks off. Whilst warming them on my husbands legs – who tends to be like a hot water bottle – is tempting, he’s apparently not a fan. Can’t think why. He did buy me some bed socks last Christmas – clearly a hint – but I have spotted a few funky patterns out there that should keep even my icy toes warm. Time to draw up my Christmas wish list I think…

 

Did I #SleepWellAtIbis ?

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Blogger Event, Product Reviews | Posted on 30-10-2012

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Last Monday I joined a small group of bloggers at an event to learn more about sleep. We were based at the brand new Ibis hotel in Shepherds Bush which had opened just a week earlier. We were joined for the day by Sleep Expert Sammy Margo who gave us allĀ indispensableĀ tips and advice for getting good quality sleep, and I must admit that I’m sleeping better since the event – I put it down to bed socks and a glass of milk before bed!

The reason for basing the event at the new Ibis hotel was to give us all the opportunity to test out the brand new ‘Sweet Bed by Ibis’. I’m sure you’ve all seem the advert on the TV at the moment where there’s a man sleeping in a bed when a team of people tiptoe in, lift him up and swap his bed. The new ‘Sweet Bed by Ibis’ has begun rolling out across the chain already and by the end of October 66,000 beds will have been replaced worldwide. The entire network will have been completed by the end of 2013.

When it came to changing the beds the research and design team focused on the three key components of the bed – the frame, the mattress, and the topper. The new frames feature hygienic multi-slat technology which can sustain 500kg of weight without becoming deformed. The new mattress is made from recycled mattress foam so its a very sustainable product, but also provides support without sagging. The topper is 7cm deep which is very generous, and is present across the whole Ibis chain, not just the high-end upscale hotels.

Here’s the bed in the room I was given for the night, where you can clearly see the three defined layers:

Honestly? Most comfortable bed I have EVER slept in. As soon as you sat on the bed you felt instantly comfortable as the topper makes you relax. Its so cosy and comfy and believe me, getting out the next morning was something of a challenge! I think all the bloggers wanted to take their bed home with them the next day.

I’d never stayed in an Ibis before, it was not a hotel I’d ever really considered, but after this stay I will be looking at them more closely in future when I’m hotel hunting. The rest of the room was great too. There was a large flat screen TV on the wall at the foot of the bed, generous hanging space and shelves to unpack into, tea and coffee making facilities, and a good sized bathroom with a nice large shower. The room also had facilities for you to control the temperature. I particularly liked the system for opening the room door – by tapping your key card on a sensor, in the same way you use an Oyster card. I always seem to battle with the usual scanning machines! Another feature of the rooms I liked was the Free Wifi. A lot of hotels claim to provide Free Wifi, but its often just in reception or the bar. This is throughout the hotel so if you need to work – or Tweet – there is free accessible Wifi in the comfort of your own room.

So the next time you’re looking for a hotel do take a look at the Ibis. This branch only has Double or Twin rooms – they can put cots in some of the bedrooms for small children and have rooms with adjoining doors for larger families – but there are a lot of other branches within London and the surrounding area, as well as throughout the country and across the globe. To find out more about the Ibis chain and to book your next break visit their website now.

And if you or your children are having trouble sleeping I suggest you check out Sammy Margo’s books: “The Good Sleep Guide” and “The Good Sleep Guide For Kids“.