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On the Organic Farm…

Do you need a new pillow?

I just came across this great blog from our sister company, Lifekind.  I figured I would share it with you:

How do you tell when you need a new pillow?

We all have a favorite pillow on our bed that we love and gravitate toward. Mine has a special pillow cover, so I know exactly which one it is. It started out so nice and tall, and slowly, over time, became as flat as a pancake without my even realizing how much it was changing.It got me thinking: How do we really know whether a pillow is right for us or when it’s time to replace it?Here are some questions that can help you determine when it’s time to replace that beloved pillow. A “Yes” answer to any question is a good indicator it may be time to move on:
Is your pillow misshapen or lumpy?  Place it on a flat surface. Rather than laying flat,  do you notice lumps or a misshapen surface?
Does your pillow fail the “force test”?  For latex pillows, place your hand in the center of the pillow and push down. Is there sufficient resistance, or does your hand go all the way down to the surface underneath?For down pillows, fold them in half and then let them go. Natural-down pillows should slowly regain their shape, while synthetic down should spring back quickly. If they don’t, it may be time to move on.
Do you ache when you wake up in the morning?
Did you buy your pillow more than 24 months ago?
Do you wake frequently to readjust your pillow or change your head’s position?  Having an inadequate or uncomfortable pillow can cause pain and prevent a restful night’s sleep. If your neck or back hurt, it may mean your pillow isn’t properly supporting your neck throughout the night.  If you wake up periodically to readjust your head, it’s also reducing the amount of rest you’re getting. Without good, deep sleep, it can be harder to function throughout the day.Discovery News posted an article explaining why pillows become heavier as they age: “With just two years of use, one-third of a pillow’s weight is comprised of dead skin cells, bugs, and dust mites and their droppings.”  (For more information on what may be inside your pillow, visit Discovery News HERE)

Read the full article on their blog

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After I read this, I went home and checked my pillow, and found that my pillow needed to be replaced too! I chose the Crush 100% Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow for myself, while my husband enjoys a firmer pillow, so I am thinking a great holiday gift would be the Molded 100%-Natural Rubber Latex Pillow! I also saw the importance of a Pillow Barrier Cover for our pillows, to protect them from the things that we don’t want getting into them.

Crush

The Crush 100% Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow

Certified Organic Cotton Bed-Bug and Dust-Mite Pillow Barrier Cover

Wool-Wrapped 100% Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow

100% Certified Organic Cotton Pillow

The Molded and Contour 100% Natural Rubber Latex Pillows

Pillows make such a great economical choice for a gift to help family members sleep safer. With the holidays fast approaching, why not give a small piece of comfort with an OMI pillow. Or if you’ve determined that you need to replace your favorite pillow, click HERE to find your local retailer to try out an OMI pillow today.

A Twist on Traditional Thanksgiving Sides

Thanksgiving comes with all kinds of delicious favorite side dishes. Since we are in the office on Friday after Thanksgiving, we at OMI like to have a potluck at lunch where we bring a side dish with a twist to the classic recipes (as well as evolving them into our own organic creations). Here are a few of our favorites…

       

I myself am a wine lover, so when I found a recipe that included a sangria flavor with the traditional cranberry sauce, I knew that I would love it. Such a tasty rendition if you love the classic but want it a little different this year.

Sangria Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

1. organic lemon

1. organic lime

1. organic orange

3 cups fresh organic cranberries

1. container (16-ounce) frozen organic strawberries

1. cup red wine

1 1/2. cup raw organic turbinado sugar

Directions

1. From lemon, grate 1 teaspoon peel and squeeze 3 tablespoons juice. From lime, grate 1 teaspoon peel and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice. From orange, grate 1/2 teaspoon peel and squeeze 1/4 cup juice.

2. In 3-quart saucepan, combine lemon, lime, and orange peels, cranberries, strawberries, wine, and sugar; heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, 15 minutes until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Stir in lemon, lime, and orange juices.

3. Spoon cranberry sauce into serving bowl; cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 4 hours.

 

Here’s a way to try something new with stuffing. Add a few veggies you have never used before, or like this fun recipe, add wild rice and wild mushroom

 

Herb Wild Mushroom and Wild Rice Stuffing

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) organic butter


2 cups sliced wild mushrooms
( options to try: morel, oyster, trumpet, shiitake, chanterelle or porcini, in any combination)

1 cup chopped organic celery


1 cup chopped organic white onion


1 tablespoon chopped fresh organic thyme

1/4 chopped fresh organic Italian parsley

1 teaspoon sage, rubbed

1/4 teaspoon salt


1/4 teaspoon coarse ground pepper

4 cups cooked organic wild rice


2 cups dry unseasoned bread cubes
(try gluten free bread)

1 ½  cup organic chicken broth

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add mushrooms, celery and onions; cook and stir 5 minutes. Stir in seasonings.

2. Mix rice and bread cubes in large bowl; stir in vegetable mixture. Add broth; toss gently until well mixed. Spoon into 13×9-inch baking dish; cover.

3. Bake 30 minutes.

This new take on sweet potatoes with a streusel topping instead of the usual marshmallows makes for a delicious, sweet side.

Sweet Potato Gratin with Pecan-Ginger Streusel

3 pounds (about 6) medium organic sweet potatoes

1/2 cup apple cider or juice

1/4 cup organic Grade B maple syrup

3 tablespoons organic unsalted butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Streusel Topping

5 tablespoons all-purpose flour (gluten free, coconut flour)

3 tablespoons packed organic light brown sugar

3 tablespoons cold organic unsalted butter, cut in small pieces

1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

2 tablespoons chopped organic crystallized ginger

1. Heat oven to 350° F. Lightly butter a shallow 2-quart baking or casserole dish.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until just barely tender when tested with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to cool. Pull off skin, then slice into 1-2″ thick rounds.

3. Arrange slices in prepared dish in concentric circles, overlapping slices slightly. In a liquid measuring cup, combine cider, syrup, butter and salt pour over potatoes. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make streusel topping:

1. In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or combine mixture with your fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs. Fold in pecans and ginger.

2. Remove potatoes from oven. Uncover and sprinkle with Streusel Topping. Bake, uncovered, until lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes.

3.  Refrigerate for up to 1 day. Reheat, covered, in a 375º F oven until heated through, 25 to 30 minutes.

 

Whatever choices you make for your meal, we hope you have a happy holiday and give thanks.

Fall Changes Bring GREEN Decorations

There’s no need to spend money on elaborate centerpieces when you can find beautiful décor in your own backyard. Pinecones and fall leaves, or even evergreen branches can be used to add holiday color and fragrance. Here are my top 4 favorite tips:

1. Gather things to make a wreath that can be placed around a candle or vase, then reuse it by hanging it on your door for the holiday season. If you have never created a wreath HERE is an easy tutorial.


2. While shopping for holiday meals at a local farmer’s market, keep an eye out for edible items such as colorful squash and gourds, apples, pears, berries and much more. These can be used as centerpieces, or if you cut out the center and place a candle inside, can be used as candleholders.


3. A clear vase is great for centerpieces! Since you can change its contents to fit any holiday, you can find many items around your home to add to it. This Thanksgiving, try adding fall leaves or some citrus. Simply cut up and set in water with a floating candle. Add cranberries for a bit of that holiday red!

4. Round discs cut from large tree logs can make unique pie or cake plates, candleholders, or even chargers. When cutting firewood, my husband slices ½-1” thick discs off the end of a log for me. And if they get spilled on at dinner, I just toss them back in with the firewood.

Make your holiday as eco-centered as possible this year by using what nature provides. Have a colorful and conscious holiday!

How does your mattress stack up?

When you’re visiting one of our retailers, you may notice all of the OMI accessory options available.  But how do you know what you will need?

Use this handy graphic (and an OMI salesperson) to help you determine how your mattress layers should be stacked up:

  • The foundation supports the mattress, provides ventilation, adds height, and enhances the comfort of the mattress (not always necessary with a platform bed).
  • The wool underbed pad protects the mattress from airborne allergens and from rubbing against the wood slats of a platform bed (used without a foundation).
  • The mattress barrier cover is a washable cover that protects the mattress from bed bugs, dust mites, and airborne allergens (recommended for non-latex mattresses or for any mattress to prevent staining).
  • Pillow tops can provide a unique comfort layer without changing the support of the mattress (great for people who prefer an extra-cuddly bed).
  • A wool moisture pad helps prevent soiling from moisture-related concerns such as heavy night sweats or incontinence (recommended for children).
  • Use a flannel mattress pad for general protection of your mattress from staining and perspiration.
  • The All-Season Wool Comforter is a great option because it can be used year round.
  • The right pillow will help align your neck and spine. Choose based on comfort and sleeping position.

Snuggle up and try an OMI mattress or check out our accessories at a local retailer today to experience pure, organic comfort.  Click HERE to find a store near you.

FTC Revises Green Guides

Since we opened our doors, we have always been committed to being as organic and pure as we can be. We know that it sometimes costs more money to make sure that the raw materials we use are sourced from organic and American sources. We spend extra on our raw materials to make sure that they have the certifications to prove their purity, and we even spend money to test our finished products to make sure that we maintain the level of purity that our customers expect of us. Because we go to these lengths to show that we are doing what we say, it has always miffed us a little bit to see new companies popping up with these great claims of organic purity, being “all-natural” or environmentally friendly, without any way to back up these claims.

We were happy to read today that the revised Green Guides have been released.

“In terms of furniture and bedding, I think there are still a lot of general claims being made by the industry and the updated green guides are very loud and clear (that) there should not be unsubstantiated claims made.”

We feel especially proud since Walt, our president/CEO advised on the new green guides. The revisions are written to make sure that marketers are not making any deceptive or misleading claims about the purity of their products. To learn more, you can visit the FTC’s website where you can read about the changes and download the full guide.

What Your Sleep Position Says About You

When you go to bed every night you flop around until you find that perfect position in bed.  A comfortable position is not just your key to a comfy night’s sleep, it can offer insights into your personality traits.

A study of 1,000 sleepers analyzed by body language expert Robert Phipps found that there were 4 main types of sleeping positions and each position pointed to specific personality traits.  How do you sleep?

The Fetal Position

If you curl up into a ball when you sleep you are not alone.  About half of the study group slept in a fetal position.  According to the survey, sleepers who are sleeping in the fetal position are looking for comfort and are often constant worriers.  While they are very conscientious during waking hours, these are people who tend to over think their tasks and daily lives.  Also tend to be shy and sensitive, though they present a tough exterior to the world.

The Log Position

The log sleep position is when you sleep straight in a vertical line, with your arms at your sides.  Nearly a third of the people studied slept like a “log” and this can indicate that they are a bit rigid with their personalities.

The Yearner

The yearner is when you lay on your side with your arms outstretched.  The study showed about a quarter of sleepers sleep in the yearner position. Yearners are people who get up in the morning with an excitement to get out there and chase their dreams.

The Freefall Position

 The freefall position is when you sleep on your stomach with your arms and legs all over the bed.  Only a fifth of the people studied were considered freefallers.  The freefall position can indicate that the sleeper is seeking control of time and space in a way that they do not feel they have when they are awake.

Regardless of what position you sleep in, you should be doing it on an OrganicPedic Mattress.  Discover your perfect position by visiting an OMI retailer near you.  Find them on our Store Locator HERE.

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