a few of my favorite things.

October 30, 2018

This post is sponsored by Leesa.

Our kids aren’t allowed to jump on our bed. It’s just that sometimes it’s tempting to run down the straightaway from the kitchen to front window and veer left onto the fluffy cloud of a duvet. Who doesn’t want the thrill of a little air and a soft spot to land?

Cookies in between the bedsheets? Definitely not officially sanctioned. But it’s just so close to the kitchen and when your dad’s chocolate chip cookies are fresh out the oven, and it’s story time, who can worry if you’re already in pajamas and your teeth have already been brushed? One little cookie in bed never hurt anyone.) 

Bed-turned-desk? Admittedly, not on most days, but sometimes the temptation is too real and so there’s a computer on my belly and a fight against napping in the name of productivity. 

Late-night movie viewing? Between the choice of bed and upholstered bench not big enough for one adult to stretch out on, let alone, two, the bed wins every single time.

People ask me a lot how we manage to live in a small one-bedroom apartment when the bedroom is relegated to the children in the family and the parents are left to sleep in apartment limbo, somewhere between the dining area and the linen closet.

I don’t want to sugarcoat things. There are challenges, to be sure. Days when the parents’ bed situated smack in the middle of the apartment means mornings that are too early for everyone, or sick days without privacy, or sandy feet that land fresh from the sandbox directly onto your pillow. (Why me?)

But a lot of the time? It’s honestly kind of lovely. A certain four-year-old in our house has been watching the first 1/3 of The Sound of Music on repeat (yes, from the comfort of her parents’ bed). Maybe you know the scene I’m about to reference: When all of the von Trapp kids rush to Fraulein Maria’s room in their pajamas and snuggle under her silky duvet to ride out the thunderstorm? Everyone cozied together in the safety of a big bed? Sure, we’ve got a bed that cozies up to our kitchen table and they had a mansion with rooms a plenty to go back to, but I guess what the scene shows us is that sometimes—oftentimes—there’s something to be said for that kind of closeness. 

I’ve worked with Leesa for a few years now. We swapped our ten-year-old double mattress for a queen-sized Leesa when we said goodbye to our bedroom and embraced making our bed, quite literally, the center of the home. The original Leesa mattress—the one we sleep on every night—has the distinction of having the most authentic 5-star reviews of any mattress. But three years after launching, Leesa has found a way to make their great mattress even better. 

We’re still comfy as can be on our original mattress, so we decided not to take the offered upgrade ourselves, but here are a few details about the all-new Leesa mattress, should anyone be in the market for a new place to sleep (or eat cookies, or watch a movie, or…do whatever it is that you do in bed.)

While other mattresses tend to respond slowly in some areas, leaving certain parts your body lacking support, the new mattress uses a new layer called LSA200 Foam Technology. It’s highly responsive, which means that it can recover and adapt to pressure like no other foam mattress on that market. The original mattress uses a perforated layer to allow for increased airflow, but the new LSA200 Foam Technology allows for airflow while at the same time giving better pressure relief improvement for side sleepers. Thinking about longterm durability, Leesa simulated ten-year testing with the new mattress and found a 0% height loss. Overall, the new mattress gets you improved pressure relief, enhanced cooling, and premium support. 

As always, Leesa continues its charitable mission. As a certified B-Corporation, Leesa is required to meet high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability and they’re charged with pursuing work that solves social and environmental problems. Toward that end, for every mattress that Leesa sells, they donate one tree to the Arbor Foundation and for every ten mattresses that Leesa sells, they donate one mattress to charity. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Leesa at the Bowery Mission, where they’ve replaced all of the guests’ mattresses with brand-new Leesa mattresses. If you’d like to learn more, this video explains more about their charitable impact.

If you’re interested in trying a Leesa mattress of your own, you can use the code TEALEAVES to get $160 off!

This post was sponsored by Leesa. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Reading My Tea Leaves.

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  • Reply kimmag October 30, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Erin, I really respect your efforts to make even the most sponsored posts thoughful and heart warming. The kids are adorable and I just might have to introduce my 3-year old to the von Trapps 😉 She has a real thing for family cuddles these days.

  • Reply Sarah Hornsby October 31, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I almost forgot this was a sponsored post – well done. I loved reading it and seeing the imagines of your kiddos playing. These are the stages of being a parent that disappear so quickly. I love that you are embracing the shared space. Your kids will benefit deeply from this.

    One question…I’m in the market for several new mattresses. I worry about the toxins in new mattress production, sleeping on it so much, etc. We’ve been looking at a mattress like avocado because it is organic. I know these things are important to you as well. How did you settle on Leesa?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 31, 2018 at 10:42 am

      yes, totally! i actually wrote a bunch about this in my first post with Leesa. (more here if you want to read). Most simply: I was really concerned about the potential for toxins, too, and also really concerned about finding an affordable option. Avocado wasn’t on my radar (or maybe even in production) when I made my decision, but a few other organic brands were and when I did a bit of digging, I found lots of greenwashing and very expensive choices. that said, my research also found that a lot of the end products of these mattress companies were really similar. lots of them have great reviews, they produce in the US, they’re fire-retardant free, they’re affordable, etc. leesa stands out in large part because of their charitable mission. it has really resonated with me and it’s been a company that i’ve been glad to support (and be supported by in return)! hope that helps some!

      • Reply sarah November 1, 2018 at 11:31 am

        Oh, it does! Thanks so much for your thoughts!!

  • Reply Haley October 31, 2018 at 11:37 am

    You wouldn’t even think this was a sponsored post. It’s amazing like always.

  • Reply nicole Gutman November 1, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Can you share why you moved your bed into the living space? (or point me to the post that shares the answer) I missed the reason somewhere along the way.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE November 1, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      There are a few different posts that reference it, but mostly it’s because the bedroom in our apartment is tiny and doesn’t fit a Queen bed. We needed to make room and sleep better at night and now we have two kids that share that tiny bedroom instead!


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