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  • Surviving the Sauna of Summer

    It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s summer. The heat waves are rolling through your house and you’re itching to turn down the thermostat. Yet, you know you’re going to regret it as soon as your air conditioning bill arrives.

    So, how do you survive the sauna of summer without making your air conditioning bill sky-rocket? To help you out, here are 5 tips from Cozy Earth on how to stay cool this summer without relying on your air conditioning.

    Turn Off Your Lights

    The first tip to surviving the sauna of summer is to turn off your lights. Every light bulb in your house emits heat in addition to light, which make your home significantly warmer throughout the day. In fact, only 5% of the energy used to power an incandescent light bulb generates visible light. The other 95% of energy is given off as heat. As a result, turning off the lights significantly reduces the amount of heat trapped inside, which goes a long way in keeping your house cool.

    Open Your Windows

    The next tip on our list is to open your windows. You already have the curtains open to let in the beautiful natural light of summer; you might as well take the next step and let in that nice summer breeze.

    In particular, try to open your windows first thing in the morning while the air is still cool outside. By inviting the cool night air in and allowing the heat trapped in your home to escape, you will start the day with a much cooler house, giving you a head start in your race against the sun. If you can create a cross breeze by having multiple windows, then you’re in even better shape.

    If you want to cool your house off even more, place a bowl of cold water in front of your windows. As the summer air weaves its way into your home, it will run across the surface of the water and pick up some of the moisture, making it even cooler.

    Buy Bamboo Sheets

    So far, we’ve discussed how to fight the heat during the day, but what about at night? How do you keep from overheating and waking up drenched in sweat? The answer is to buy bamboo sheets.

    Bamboo sheets are incredible because they work with your body’s natural temperature-regulating processes to keep you at the perfect temperature all night long. Organic sheets made from bamboo wick any excess heat and moisture away from you, allowing your sweat to properly evaporate and cool you down as your body intended. Normal bedding, on the other hand, traps your heat and sweat under the covers with you, reflecting the heat back to you and creating a greenhouse effect until the heat become unbearable.

    To discover more about how bamboo keeps you cool, read The Best Bedding for Summer.

    Use Your Fridge More

    When you were a kid, did you ever open the freezer door and just let the stark chill wash over you, only to have your mom start yelling at you to close the fridge? Well, now that you’re an adult, you can still enjoy that rejuvenating chill. No, I’m not suggesting that you stand in front of your fridge all day. Instead, you can put a squirt bottle full of water or a bottle of lotion in your fridge.

    When you wake up in the morning or when you are just burning up, you can grab your bottle of water and give yourself a quick spritz to cool down. If you have a bottle of lotion in the fridge, imagine how cool and refreshing it will be to rub that chilled moisturizer all over your skin. As an added bonus, your skin will stay hydrated because you’re remembering to take care of it during the dry, blistering summer months.

    Drink Plenty of Water

    The final tip on our list is to drink plenty of water. While this is kind of an obvious suggestion, it’s one that people forget about a lot. In fact, two-thirds of Americans don’t drink enough water. If you don’t drink enough water, you might experience symptoms including fatigue, headaches, and dry skin in addition to being unbearably hot.

    In contrast, you won’t believe how much better you feel when you’re properly hydrated and your body is able to cool itself naturally. You’ll also have more energy, better concentration, and clearer skin. So, carry that water bottle with you everywhere and stay hydrated!

    What are some tricks you’ve learned to survive the summer without your air conditioning? Let us know in the comments below!

  • How to Organize Your Linen Closet

    It’s that time of year again – it’s time to start spring cleaning. As such, it’s probably the one time of year where you actually take the time to organize your linen closet. It has been spirally into a giant ball of fabric for months and you’re probably dreading even opening the door.

    To help you out of this mess, here are 6 tips from Cozy Earth on how to organize your linen closet so it will stay organized all year long.

    Purge, Purge, Purge

    Linen closets tend to be located in small niches wherever the architect could conveniently fit them into the layout of the house. As a result, they’re rarely built to actually accommodate a full linen set. That’s why you really need to purge your linen closet and only keep the items that you need and love.

    So, go ahead and toss your old, holy sheets! You don’t need them anymore! After finally donating or giving away all your junk, you might even be able to reward yourself with a beautiful new set of organic sheets. ;)

    Think Outside the Closet

    Additionally, you don’t need to put all your linens in your specially designated linen closet. Be creative and keep harder to store items in the rooms where they are actually used. For instance, have a spot in each bedroom closet for extra pillows rather than shoving them into your teeny tiny linen closet. Store your guest sheets and bedding in the guest room. Keep your kids extra blankets in a bin under their bed.

    Add Shelf Dividers

    One of the biggest problems with linen closets is that everything tends to tip over. Your sheets end up tangled up together and your beautiful silk comforter is a crumpled heap on the top shelf.

    To avoid this problem, add shelf divers to create little cubby holes for all your linens. This will infinitely increase the stability of your linen closet, which will keep it more organized in the long run.

    Label Everything

    Once you have a spot for all your linens, label each shelf accordingly. That way no matter who ends up putting the laundry away, they will know exactly where everything goes. Plus, you won’t have to try to remember your organizational system when next year’s spring cleaning rolls around – You’ll already have it laid out!

    Use Space Bags

    Store the items that you rarely use or only use seasonally in space bags in the back or top of your closet. Space bags are phenomenal at maximizing your space and keeping your linens fresh. It’s a fairly well-known tip, but still worth mentioning.

    Keep Kids Linens Down Low

    This last tip is for those of you who have kids. Use gravity to your advantage and keep the items your children are most likely to pull out on the bottom shelf. Then, keep the linens they’ll never think to touch (like their bedroom sheets) on the higher selves that are at adult eye level. That way, when they go to grab their favorite blanket, they won’t take your entire linen closet down with it.

    If you want to discover more household tips from Cozy Earth, check out Caring for Your Bamboo Comforter.

  • Bed Bugs: Real-Life Vampires

    Nocturnal and nearly impossible to kill, these demons emerge from the shadows with one goal in mind: they want to drink your blood.

    No, they’re not vampires – they’re bed bugs. Bed bugs are almost worse than vampires for a few reasons.

    • First off, they’re real.
    • Second, you almost never catch them in the act. Their saliva contains an anesthetic that numbs your skin before they sink they’re metaphorical fangs into you. Consequently, it often takes a long time to realize that you have bed bugs.
    • Third and finally, it’s extremely difficult to kill every single bed bug. They are exceptional at hiding and they can live over a year without feeding. If even one or two escape your extermination efforts, you’ll just have another full-blown infestation again in a couple months.

    Since bed bug infestations are hard to eradicate, the best approach is prevention. So, how do you protect your home from these little devils? Crosses and holy water obviously won’t work. To answer that question, here are 3 quick and easy tips from Cozy Earth on how to prevent bed bugs from infesting your home.

    1. Don’t Bring Them Home

    Most people bring bed bugs home after a trip. To prevent bringing these pests home with you, inspect your hotel room upon arrival. Take a flashlight and carefully scan the bed frame, box spring, and mattress. You’ll most likely find these small, flat, red bugs in etchings on the bed frame or in the cracks of the sideboards.

    If you discover that your hotel room has bed bugs, notify the hotel immediately and request a different room. When you arrive back home, don’t put your suitcase on your bed to unpack. In fact, don’t carry it into the house at all. Keep it in the garage while you grab a garbage bag to put it in. Take out all your clothes and immediately wash them in hot water. Finally, toss some no-pest strips into the garbage bag with your suitcase and seal it up. Let the strips fumigate your suitcase for at least two weeks before bringing it into the house.

    While some of these steps seem extreme, taking fifteen minutes to inspect your hotel room and properly disinfecting your suitcase will save you months of battling a full-blown infestation.

    1. Cut Down on the Clutter

    Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs don’t just infest filthy homes. They can live in homes that are spotless by hiding in the cracks of furniture and even behind baseboards. However, keeping your floors clear and clutter-free will give them far fewer places to hide.

    Also, make your bed and make sure your bed skirt doesn’t touch the floor. By keeping fabrics from trailing onto the floor, you prevent bed bugs from using your bedding as a ladder to climb up into your bed. That only leaves the bed posts as access points, which you can protect by placing bed bug traps around them.

    1. Buy Bamboo Sheets

    The last tip on our list is to buy bamboo sheets. This tip is a little surprising, we know. How will bamboo sheets prevent bed bugs anyway?

    Well, the natural enzymes in bamboo naturally repel bed bugs, discouraging them from climbing into bed with you. Additionally, bamboo doesn’t have sticky microcosms like cotton and polyester (Bed bugs love to reproduce in the microcosms of cotton and polyester sheets). By turning your bed into an inhospitable environment form these tiny terrors, this bedding significantly reduces the chances of a bed bug outbreak.

    So, where can you find the best bamboo sheets? At Cozy Earth, of course! Browse our wide selection of gorgeous bamboo bedding at www.cozyearth.com and protect your home from bed bugs today!

  • Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck When You Redecorate

    No matter what your budget is, you always want to get the biggest bang for your buck. After all, who doesn’t love a designer look at half the cost? Yet, how do you know when to invest and when to buy second-hand?

    Here are 3 places where you should invest and 3 places where you can skimp when you’re redecorating your home.

    Where to Invest

    1. Focal Point

    Every room has a focal point, the area of the room that first draws your attention. For example, the bed is the focal point of any bedroom. If you want to walk into your bedroom and feel like you’ve entered your design dreams, invest in a beautiful bed.

    That doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on new bedroom furniture (see Tip #1 under “Where to Skimp” below). However, it does mean you should invest in a high-quality set of sheets and a luxurious comforter. Cheap bedding makes a bedroom look really cheap while quality bedding can transform an entire room. For instance, a premium set of bamboo sheets and a silk comforter instantly make the whole room look more expensive without breaking the bank.

    The same principle applies in any room of your house. If you’re redecorating your living room, recover your couch in high-quality fabric to take the whole room to the next level. If you’re redecorating your kitchen, spend a little extra for a professional finish on your cabinets.

    1. Window Treatments

    The second place you should invest in is your window treatments. Thin, flimsy curtains always look second-rate. However, rich, thick curtains exude luxury.

    If you’re really crafty and you bought high quality curtains the last time you decorated, use your old curtains as the base for your new window treatments. All you need to do is replace the top layer with high quality fabric that matches your new design. The old curtains will give your window treatments the necessary weight to look lavish while still saving you a pretty penny.

    1. Oversized Art or a Large Mirror

    Finally, investing in a piece of oversized art of a large mirror is a quick and easy way to make any room look more expensive than it really is. While large art and mirrors are a little pricier, they really bring a design together and add just a touch of polish to make a room shine.

    Where to Skimp

    1. Furniture

    Good quality furniture can last for decades. However, you don’t have to go to a high-end store to find it. Often the best furniture is an older piece that you find in a thrift store or second-hand shop. A good rule of thumb is the heavier the furniture, the longer it will last.

    While it’s true that you won’t have as big a selection if you shop second-hand, you actually don’t need a wide range of options. You can turn almost any piece of furniture into your dream design simply by refinishing it and adding some new hardware.

    Here are some great DIY instructions on how to refinish wood furniture.

    1. Paint

    High-end decorators like to use high quality paint. They argue that it lasts longer and provides more even coverage in fewer coats, which is all true.

    However, even a high quality paint job won’t last more than 7-10 years. Furthermore, paint colors are quick to go in and out of style. Many people repaint every five years to keep their home looking fresh and up-to-date.

    Additionally, you just need to add an extra coat of paint or two to have the coverage you want if you’re using low-priced paint – it’s as simple as that so you really don’t need to use expensive paint.

    The final reason you can skimp on your paint is because your walls should be a neutral color that provides an elegant backdrop for your more colorful accent pieces. People hardly ever look closely at the background, so it’s safe to go with a cheaper option.

    1. Accessories

    Lamps, throw pillows, and tchotchkes are the first thing to be swapped out when you’re doing small updates to a room. They’re also the first things to wear out or become damaged, especially if you have kids or pets. Therefore, they’re not the items you want to spend money on. Just buy something colorful and inexpensive that you love and don’t worry about quality.

    For more decorating ideas, check out our blog Environmentally Friendly Interior Design Ideas.

    Which decorating tips have saved you the most money while stilling giving you the room of your dreams? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Catherine Bell’s Search for Soft Sheets

    We all know and love Catherine Bell. She has provided us with endless hours of entertainment in her roles as Mac in Jag, Denise Sherwood in Army Wives, and most recently, Cassie in The Good Witch.

    Lately, she wrote about her search for the softest sheets and we are humbled and honored that she picked Cozy Earth as her favorite. All we can say is thank you for your kind words and we hope that you continue to sleep soundly under our bamboo sheets.

    So, how did Cozy Earth bamboo sheets become Catherine Bell’s favorite bedding? Quite simply, because Cozy Earth really is the softest bedding you can buy.

    The Softest Sheets on the Market Today

    To begin with, Cozy Earth bamboo sheets are the softest sheets on the market today. No other sheets can beat the silky smooth texture and soft, plush fibers of bamboo. When you slip under a set of these sumptuous sheets, you will be shocked at how soft they are.

    Moreover, while traditional cotton sheets become rough and scratchy over time, Cozy Earth sheets become even softer. How is that even possible? To answer that, we need to look at how Cozy Earth sheets are different from conventional bed sets.

    Conventional bed sets, such as cheap cotton sheets, are made from short-strand fibers. When the sheet is woven, these short-strand fibers are overlapped to give the illusion of one long thread stretching across the length of the sheet. However, this process leaves thousands of loose thread ends scattered throughout the body of the fabric. Over time, these rough thread ends work themselves out of the sheet, grating against your skin until you can’t bear it anymore.

    In contrast, Cozy Earth sheets are only made from premium, long-strand bamboo. That means each silky bamboo thread stretches across the entire length of the fabric and every thread end is securely anchored along the edge of the sheet.

    As a result, the wear and tear that would destroy traditional sheets actually makes bamboo bedding softer. Since the thread ends are securely fastened, the bamboo fibers are allowed to open up without unraveling whenever they undergo strain. Consequently, Cozy Earth sheets become softer over time, even after going through the washing machine numerous times.

    In fact, bamboo sheets never pill or tear because of this unique weaving process. To discover more about the incredible durability of Cozy Earth’s premium bamboo bedding, read How Long Do Bamboo Sheets Last?

    In summary, Cozy Earth sheets are the softest sheets you can find because they’re made from the incredibly soft fibers of long-strand bamboo. However, you don’t have to take our word for it – just ask Catherine Bell!

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