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Let’s Celebrate 40 Years of Fun with Chuck E. Cheese’s, Plus a fun Giveaway!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

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If you ask my kids on any given day what they want to do, the answer is “go to Chuck E. Cheese’s” 100% of the time.
They love eating pizza, playing games, and crawling through the tubes.
I love that I can take them there when I really need to get some work done, but they’re full of energy.  I take advantage of the free Wi-Fi while they play and then we end it with pizza for dinner.  Chuck E. Cheese’s has been my “work at home mom” saving grace, but on May 19th I won’t be working during our visit, I’ll be celebrating!

Chuck E. Cheese’s is celebrating its 40th birthday by hosting a world-record breaking party!

A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM record attempt

Chuck E. and friends have teamed up with GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM to attempt A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM title in stores nationwide on May 19!

Families are invited to visit their local Chuck E. Cheese’s to be a part of the “Most People Blowing Party Blowers Simultaneously for 10 Seconds” world-record breaking event.

Every child that comes in on May 19th will receive a free slice of cake and 40 free tickets, while supplies last, regardless of participation in the record-breaking stunt.

So lets head over and celebrate with Check E. and make his birthday as special as he makes ours!

40 Days of VIP Birthday Giveaways

In honor of its own birthday, Chuck E. Cheese’s is hosting a daily sweepstakes to celebrate 40 years of fun!
In the 40 days leading up to the milestone on May 19, Chuck E. Cheese’s will be giving fans a chance to win a free VIP birthday party experience. 
To enter, upload an image of your receipt showing that you visited a Chuck E. Cheese’s between 4/10 and 5/19 for a chance to win the VIP party for up to 20 kids.

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Birthday Parties is What Chuck E Cheese’s Does Best!

We have had so many birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese’s that I’ve lost count.  Anthony’s first birthday was there 12 years ago tomorrow and ever sense it’s been my go to party spot for an easy and fun kid’s birthday party.

Why I love Chuck E. Cheese’s Birthday Parties:

  • Online reservations, right from the start it’s simple.  I have 3 loud kids, I don’t want to be on the phone with anyone trying to make reservations.  Chuck E. Cheese lets me book my entire party online.
  • I can order the goodie bags through them if I don’t feel like making them myself.  Time saver!  Plus, Chuck E. Cheese’s now has bigger and better goody bags.
  • I can also order my cake at Chuck E. Cheese if I don’t want to order it somewhere else, or (don’t laugh) bake it myself.  
  • The kids get to run around and have a blast without tearing up your house.
  • Their new pizza recipe is delish.
  • Best of all, no clean up!  Literally I get to pack up my kids and the gifts and head back to my still (semi) clean home.

Chuck E. Cheese has come out with some great new party features including VIP parties that include having the entire party area to yourself before the restaurant opens.  Eat more Play more packages geared towards the older kids, which gives them 3 slices of pizza each.  Also they have come out with exciting new party themes to choose from including: Party Like a Rock Star, Dressed in Pink Party, Sports Sports Sports, and Chuck E. Super Fan.

Plus for a limited time only the Birthday Star gets 1,000 tickets!

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The New Eat & Play Express Package

During my usual weeknight visits, I anticipate the spending a few hours between the kids playing, eating, and visiting the prize counter.  Because I am going to make the most of my time with work, this usually doesn’t bother me.  However, there are nights that I would love to bring the kids into Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate small accomplishments or because I really want the pizza but I just don’t have the entire evening to set aside.  
Chuck E. Cheese’s has rolled out a solution, new Eat & Play package.  Visit Monday through Thursday and order the Eat & Play Express package for just $31.99-$32.99, depending on the Chuck E. Cheese’s location. 
(If your pizza does not arrive within 20 minutes, receive a FREE dessert)

Package includes:
1 Large 1-topping Pizza
4 Drinks
2 20-minute Play Pass Cards/45 tockens (for non-play pass stores)
Chuck E. Cheese Appearence
1 Dessert (giant chocolate chip cookie or cinnamon dessert pizza, based on availability)

I will definitely be taking advantage of this package during busy weeks that I want to add a little fun to!

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

Will you be joining the 40th anniversary celebration?   Make sure you snap a quick picture while you’re there!   

I am hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader who goes in-store on the 19th!  Take a picture at Chuck E. Cheese’s and post the picture in the comments section below.  One lucky winner will be chosen a random.

Winner will receive a swag bag with two guest passes, 1,000 tickets, a Chuck E. Cheese’s shirt and a goody bag.

Head over to 40YearsofFun.com for more details on Chuck E. Cheese’s birthday celebrations and enter for a chance to receive special offers.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

Where Jesus Slept {Book Review and Giveaway}

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The holidays are upon us, and in my home that usually means nightly snuggles, hot chocolate, and Christmas stories.

We were excited to have the chance to add a beautiful new faith based book to our library and the children have truly enjoyed this beautifuly illistrated story.
“Where Jesus Slept” is an easy to read story that helps remind children about them amazing story of Jesus’ birth and the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
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About the Book
“This is the bed where Jesus slept. This is the straw that lined the bed where Jesus slept.” From here, the story builds with each spread, adding a new element and explaining the relationships among the participants and witnesses to the first Christmas. From Jesus sleeping sweetly to the wise men bringing gifts, this charming book reminds readers young and not-so-young of the joyous event we celebrate at Christmastime. Children will love the delightful illustrations and the engaging repetition in this cumulative tale.
Page count: 32
Retail price: $16.99
Reading age: 4-7

About the author
Norma Lewis is the author of ten books. She lives in Grand Haven, MI, with a marmalade cat named Scalawag. They both love spending time with her six grandchildren, ranging in age from three to twenty.
Illustrated by Katy Hudson.

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All three of my kids, ages 7 to 11, thoroughly enjoy this books.  We have read it several times over the last week, and I anticipate it being opened many more times over the next couple weeks.  Untill I wrap it up and put it in our Advent Book Basket.

Then each night during the month of December, the kids will unwrap a book from the basket to read.  Most of the books have been put away with our holiday decor all year long, so it is an exciting moment each night for the kids.
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Want to win a copy of “Where Jesus Slept” for your family?  Here’s your chance!

Giveaway:
“Where Jesus Slept” Story Book
Giveaway ends: November 25, 2016
One winner from the U.S. or Canada will be chosen at Random.

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Disney Magic Holiday Line Giveaway!

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Two of my favorite things are Disney World and Christmas.  Now with a quick trip to Lowe’s, I can enjoy them both when I decorate with Disney Holiday Magic.

The Disney Holiday Magic collection offers a variety of different light projectors and lawn decor options.  My favorite are the light projectors, they are super easy to use and keep my husband off the ladder from trying to hang string lights.  Also they are energy-efficient and feature LED lighting.

The Countdown projector is my children’s favorite because they love checking the days till Christmas each night!

Also how cute is this Olaf Lawn decoration?  I’m obsessed!

Do you want to show off your Disney Spirit this holiday season?  This first ever Disney themed holiday lighting line is available at all Lowe’s locations and online at Lowes.com.  Plus the price points are great, ranging from $29.99-$99.99.

Want to enter to win your own Disney Magic Holiday Light Projector?
Here is your chance!
Giveaway Ends: November 21st 2016
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Disclosure:  A product was sent to us to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

 

War Room DVD Review and Giveaway!

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
I am so excited to share this War Room review and giveaway with you.  From the first time I saw the preview, I couldn’t wait to see this movie and was counting down the days till it was released on DVD.
If you havent seen the preview take a look:
About War Room:
From the award-winning creators of Fireproof and Courageous comes WAR ROOMa compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives.  
Tony and Elizabeth Jordan seemingly have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house.  But appearances can be deceiving.  Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage.  While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth’s bitterness only increases. 
But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth’s newest client, Miss Clara, challenges Elizabeth to a prayer “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family.  As Elizabeth begins to fight for her family, Tony must decide if he will make amends.
As Miss Clara wisely says, “Victories don’t come by accident!” A #1 movie in theaters, WAR ROOM is filled with more of the authentic characters loved by millions in previous Kendrick Brothers’ films and a vivid reminder that prayer is a powerful weapon.  

What I Thought:
I watched War Room over the weekend with my husband and we both loved it.  It is such an empowering and moving movie that spoke to us in so many ways.
The power of prayer is incredible and this movie brings that to life and puts it in front of us in an entertaining way.  As the movie ended, I thought to myself “man my prayer like is luke warm too” and this movie gave me a boost to get my passion for the Lord back on fire.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to see this movie yet, I definitely recommend seeing it!
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Now for some fun, a Giveaway!
Enter to win a copy of the DVD War Room
Giveaway ends December 28, 2015
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification

Trrtlz Bracelets Share Your Adventure ~ Review and Giveaway!

This product was submitted for review, all opinions and stories are my own.
Have you seen these cool new animal stretch bracelets yet?  Colorful, meaningful, and fun, Trrtlz has taken the “friendship bracelet” concept to a whole new level!
Trrtlz bracelets are available in 12 different lines, each with different animal beads.
Trrtlz CLASSIC, Trrtlz FLUO, ELEPHANTZ
OWLZ, MONKEYZ, PENQUINZ
PIGZ, FROGZ, GIRAFFEZ
DRAGONZ, WHALEZ, SKULLZ
Each animal line is available in different 10 soft pretty colors.  Each color symbolize a different personality trait.
The concept is that you give them to friends and loved ones while sharing lives adventures.
As you wear them, the color fade and become truly unique to each bracelet.  Then as you find someone you want to give a bracelet to, your sharing your adventures with them.
These are have such a meaningful concept and a fun accessory.
Learn more about Trrtlz here!
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Enter to win a set of Trrtlz Bracelets!
Giveaway ends: December 21st, 2015

“Disney Princess A Magical Pop-Up World” Book! A Peak Inside + Giveaway and Coupon Code!

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If you have a Disney Princess fan in your life, then you have to see this ultimate story book.  Disney Princess: A Magical Pop-Up World is the best pop-up book, I have ever seen!
I have never seen such a beautiful book, each page showcases a different magical world full of surprises and our favorite princesses.

When I first opened the book, I was in awe of the main pop up display on each page, however that was just the beginning.  Each corner has more surprises as you pull down or open up each story.
Both Ariel and Aurora’s scenes transform as you pull on the pages!
Then came Lilly and I’s most favorite part, you can pull on the page and Cinderella is transformed by the Fairy Godmother!
This is an amazing masterpiece that was put together by Matthew Reinhart, award-winning paper engineer.  “Disney Princess A Magical Pop-Up World” retails for $65.00 and features twenty seven amazing pop-ups.  
Visit Insight Editions to learn more about “Disney Princess A Magical Pop-Up World” and save 35% using 
Coupon Code: IEFRIENDS and save 35% using 
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Both Lilly and I fell in love with this book and it has become a nightly story we share.  It includes all the stories we both love, plus it has such incredible illustrations.
This would be a fantastic addition to any Disney fans book collection.  Or take a little princess fan’s breath away this Christmas.
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Giveaway
Enter to win a Copy of your Own!
 “Disney Princess A Magical Pop-Up World”
Giveaway Ends: December 21st, 2015

Getting Ready for Winter with My Favorite PJs + Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post for Richard Leeds International organized by Southern Mom Loves.
Every mommy deserves to have a pair of super soft and comfy pajamas to change into at the end of a full day of cooking, cleaning, kissing boo-boo’s and raising amazing little people.

There is nothing better at the end of the night, after all the kids are tucked into bed, than taking a shower and putting on your most comfy pj’s, grabbing a cup of tea and lounging around.


I recently received a pair of Richard Leeds International pajamas and they are my new go to jammies.
First and foremost they are SOFT, like softer than a babies blanket soft! When I am curled up on the couch this winter, this is the material I want on my skin.
The design is also great, they are long sleeved tops with pants sets. They come in cute prints, and have a hood on them, how cute is that!

I love my Donuts print, however they are also available in Leopard, Camo, Dots, Hearts, Skulls, Bears, & Dinosaurs.

These Richard Leeds International Pajamas are available at Walmart stores in the sleepwear section or online at Walmart.com

Best of all, these are extremely affordable at just $10.00 a pair. These are great holiday gifts, give a great comfy gift without breaking the bank.
Plus, like me, head over to Walmart and stock up for yourself! It’s going to be a long cold winter, and I am prepared for snow days with the kids snuggling on the couch watching movies all day while I wear my Favorite PJs!

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Now onto the fun part, the Giveaway!
It’s time for you to enter to win some fun pajamas of your own.


GIVEAWAY PRIZE INFO:
1-(One) 1st prize: 4 pair of Pajamas
2-(Two) 2nd prizes: 3 pair of Pajamas
3-(Three) 3rd prizes: 2 pair of Pajamas
13-(Thirteen) “Bonus” prizes: 1 pair of Pajamas
19 winners total
Designs are randomly chosen (from the styles above) and sent to the winners in the size they state in the giveaway widget.

Giveaway begins on 12/7/15 at 7:00 am CST and ends on 12/21/15 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to residents of the US only. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add southernmomloves@gmail.com to your whitelist. Richard Leeds International will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform. The participating bloggers were compensated for this post.

ESV Journaling Bible Giveaway! #JournalingBible #FlyBy

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
The ESV Journaling Bible is a great bible option for those who like to reflect, highlight, and take notes while reading their bible.
I know some people like to read and study internally or in a separate notebook, I personally like to take notes directly into my bible.  This makes the ESV Journaling Bible perfect for me.

Prior to using this bible, I was trying to squeeze my notes into the tiny margins of my previous bible I was using to study.
This bible gives you so much room, I have been able to keep my notes, praises, and prayers directly next to the passage I am reflecting on.
The ESV Journaling Bible is also perfectly constructed with a beautiful cover, quality paper, and a one-year bible reading plan.
The retail price of this beautiful bible is $37.99, and is available for purchase on Crossway’s website
Giveaway:
Win a ESV Journaling Bible of your own!
Ends: November 20th, 2015
Disclosure: Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

We Can’t Wait to See the Shaun the Sheep Movie! Plus a Prize Pack Giveaway! #ShaunTheSheep

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 Have you been seeing the previews for the Shaun the Sheep Movie release?  My kids have and they can not wait to see it!
Honestly, while the movie is geared towards children aged 4-10, I’m pretty excited to watch it too.  It looks like such a cute and funny movie that is perfect for our next family outing.

The movie will be released on August 5th nationwide.  Luckily we are still on summer break up here in New England, so I have a fun movie date planned to beat some of the kid’s mid summer boredom.


The story is about a sheep named Shaun who wants to take the day off from the farm and have a little fun.  However when he ends up in the Big City, he gets more action than he bargained for.  Watch as Shaun tries to return everyone to the green grass of home safely.
I love how the movie incorporates team work and problem solving into a comical movie full of fun adventures.  These are great educational aspects that are shown through out the Shaun the Sheep Move.  However judging by the giggles coming from my kids while viewing the trailer, kids likely will be to busy laughing to realize their taking in some great lessons.
Giveaway
Enter to win a Shaun the Sheep Movie prize pack
(Containing a Shaun the Sheep Movie adult t-shirt, child t-shirt, headband, storybook, poster, and a serta sheep plush)
As you can see Aidan loves his prize pack. 
 He has been wearing the sheep headband for a week now!  I probably wont be able to tear it away from him until after he gets to go see Shaun and all his farm friends on the big screen.
Make sure you head out to your local cinema and see the Shaun the Sheep Movie!

5 Tips to Help You Get a Great Night Sleep and a Luxurious Memory Foam Mattress by Nodical Giveaway! #NodicalBed #SleepisComing

*This is a sponsored post with Nodical Bed and New Thought Marketing. All opinions are my own*
I remember back before I became a mom being able to fall asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.  I could stay asleep all night and woke up refreshed and ready for the day.  Now that I’m in my thirties, a mom of 3, and what feels like the weight of the world on my shoulders, I long for those fully restful nights.
 
Now a days, I crash into bed after getting my little ones their fifth cup of water, trying to clean up for the morning, and making sure all the doors are locked and the dogs set for the night.  As my head hits the pillow I think about how exhausted I am and assume that surely I will be snoring in minutes.  However without fail, I start thinking of the next days errands, what I didn’t get done on todays to-do list, and every remotely possible thing I should be worried about concerning my kids.
Then once I fall asleep, I toss and turn, or am woken up by tiny bladders that need to pee or little belly aches.  This is the life of a mommy I guess, because I see all my fellow dark under eye circled mommy friends yawning at the playground. 
 
However there are a few things us mom’s can do to help us get a more restful nights sleep.
 
1.  Try to stick to a scheduled bedtime.  Bedtimes are not just for the kids, maintaining a routine with the same sleep and wake times will help train your body to fall asleep and stay asleep.  I began setting an alarm on my phone an hour before I need to go to sleep to help remind me that its time to wind down.  Otherwise I could easily get sucked into Pinterest world or a project and suddenly realize I wanted to be asleep hours ago.

 
2.  Watch what you eat and drink at night.  Stay away from caffeine and large meals that will increase your energy level and cause havoc on your sleep schedule.
 
3.  Get some exercise and fresh air during the day.  I’ve started walking outside for about an hour a day.  It was a war in my mind for weeks because I felt I should be doing so many other things besides walking around the neighborhood.  However now that I’ve been doing it for a few weeks, I can see how much it has not only decreased my stress, and helped the number on the scale slowly creep down, but also my sleep has greatly improved.
 
4.  Turn off your electronics and dim the lights an hour before bed.  This was the hardest routine change for me.  I’m used to laying in bed with the TV on and phone in hand.  However I have changed my routine, now when my alarm goes off for bedtime, I set my notifications on silent and turn the TV off.  Then I take a shower, get into comfy jammies, read or write, and try to veg out electronic free for a little while.  It really does help slow me down.
 
5.  Make your bedroom a sanctuary with a comfortable mattress.  Make sure your decorations and bedding are calming to you, and your bedroom is a place you want to be.  Try not to work where you sleep, make your bedroom a place of relaxation.
Most importantly make sure you have a mattress that you love!  You can follow every sleep rule there is, but if your mattress isn’t comfortable, you’ll never get a great night sleep.
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Say “bye bye” to your old mattress and “hello” to the best sleep of your life with the new luxurious memory foam mattresses available from Nodical!
 
Nordical has a new Luxurious Memory Foam Mattress that is made entirely in the USA!  The Foam comes from Georgia and the high quality knit cover comes from South Carolina.
 
Nordical also understands that a one size fits all approach doesn’t work with different sleeping patterns, so they developed 3 different mattress types.
Now you can choose the mattress that fits your lifestyle!
Nordical’s memory foam is latex free and made from plant based oils and minerals.  Plus the mattress covers unzip and remove easily for washing if needed.
To top it off, Nordical offers a 100% satisfaction Garentee!  Sleep on your new mattress for 100 nights, and if you don’t like it, they’ll come pick it up and give you a full refund.
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Are you excited about the new Nordical Memory Foam Matresses? 
Enter to win one of their 3 matresses!
 
Contest Details:
Visit the Nodical Bed website to access the entry form here.
 Submit your email address and name.
Follow Nodical Bed’s social media accounts to earn extra entries.
Share on social media to earn extra entries (can be done daily).
 
Prizes – 1 of 3 Nodical foam mattresses (winner chooses style and size)
Winners will be selected at random.
Contest dates – 5/11/2015 through 6/8/2015
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Nordical’s Technical Details:
Nodical mattresses are designed with next generation Memory Foam – EnergexTM — a high performance, durable and breathable hybrid foam made of plant-based oils and without latex. Energex Memory Foam is infused with an assortment of minerals and materials, which when blended together help to naturally pull heat away from the body. Energex supports deeper, uninterrupted sleep because it allows you to turn and move more freely, provides relief from pressure points, and absorbs the “bounce” caused by movement. This quick recovery and resiliency works to eliminate that “stuck in the bed” feeling common with other memory foam beds. Nodical’s creamier foam features a much smaller cell structure providing quicker recovery times, better airflow between the cells and reduced heat retention – all of which adds up to a more restful night’s sleep. For added temperature control, they incorporate ThermaGelTM beads which are body-heat activated to support rapid cooling and to maintain an ideal cool bedding temperature, especially helpful for those who experience heat spikes throughout the night. Nodical mattresses naturally breathe and pull excessive heat away to create a cooler, calming environment so you fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer.
 
 
 


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