Friday, October 20, 2017

Floating Comfort Pillow by MediFlow {review}

Back in high school, there was a dear friend of mine whose brother had a waterbed. It was the '80s, what can I say. Our crew tended to spend a fair bit of time at her house, likely because her parents were often out. Nothing terribly crazy or naughty was going on, but I do remember jumping and rolling and giggling on that water bed. I suspect it wasn't filled properly, since it was very "wavy," but that made it rather entertaining. I could never understand how he was able to sleep on it.

I can't remember the last time I saw a waterbed, so when I was approached with a request to review a "water pillow," I was a little dubious, but also intrigued. This pillow includes a "waterbase," which provides continuous support as you move around throughout the night, and can't go flat like a normal pillow. And since this waterbase is filled by the consumer at home, the pillow can be customised to your preferred level of firmness. On top of that, the pillow has been clinically proven to improve sleep quality in a peer-reviewed study out of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. With my recent sleep issues, I had to give it a chance.

The Floating Comfort Pillow was invented in Canada and is ranked the #1 selling pillow in six countries (USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France and China), with over 5 million sold. It also reached #1 Bestseller in Amazon's Home & Kitchen category during July 2017, among 24,163,959 items. Those are excellent recommendations, but you want to know what I thought, right? Well, I'm impressed with the quality of the product, and with the quality of sleep I've been experiencing while using it over a couple of weeks.

First, here's how it's made.

As you can see in the image, there are two layers inside the pillow. The lower is their proprietary waterbase. The pillow portion is comprised of soft CombedLoft™ Dacron® polyester fibre. And it's all contained within a 300 thread count cover. Basically, the cushy polyester fibre provides comfort, and the waterbase provides the support. Depending on how much water you add, you can get varying degrees of firmness to suit your preference and sleep style. The pillow comes with instructions for filling, a screw-in funnel, and suggestions for how much water to add. I like a firm pillow (and mattress, for that matter) so I added somewhere between the medium and firm suggestions to start. After a couple of nights I decided it wasn't quite there, so I added more water and got the pillow of my dreams.

I was a little worried about this being awkward to fill, but it was straightforward. I also worried about leaks, but there have been none. The water can be left in the pillow for up to one year, so I don't have to worry about emptying and re-filling any time soon.

Here's a video from Mediflow, explaining how this all works.

As a woman "of a certain age," I have been struggling with sleep issues. Falling asleep is rarely a problem, but staying asleep is. This is partly due to a very mild sleep apnea (recently diagnosed), and mostly due to peri-menopause, night sweats, needing to pee, and general discomfort. I usually spend a fair bit of the night waking, turning over, fixing and fluffing my pillow trying to get comfortable. With this Floating Comfort Pillow, I am sleeping better, and really only waking to go pee. It's super comfortable, and the water gives it a really nice weight, so it doesn't move around in the bed. The water inside shifts when I shift position, keeping my head and neck supported and comfortable, and keeping me from waking.

I like it!

This pillow would be great for anyone, but especially for anyone who is experiencing sleep issues due to tension or pain in the neck/head/shoulders, peri-menopause/menopause, or as a help for those who simply don't find enough time to get the sleep they need and so have to make the most of the time they have - like new moms.

The Floating Comfort Pillow is available for purchase online at One pillow is $52.99, or two for $92.99 (prices in Canadian dollars).

Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. No financial compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own or those of my family.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

WW - Punta Cana Underwater w/linky

Shot with my FujiFilm FinePix XP120, in underwater mode, while snorkeling in Punta Cana last week. The water was pretty murky, and we were about 20 feet up on the surface, but I wanted to share. Nurse sharks, stingrays, and a couple different varieties of tropical fish. Fun experience!

Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok in Theatres November 3 {giveaway}

Marvel is back on the big screen once again! The latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is "Thor: Ragnarok," and it's coming to theatres on November 3. With a rating of PG13, this film is sure to deliver on action, adventure, big fight scenes, and tons of humour. I've been stoked to see it since I saw the first preview months back and caught Thor's "We know each other! He's a friend from work!" in reference to meeting Hulk in a gladiatorial arena. Ha! Loki, Odin, and Heimdall are also back, along with a few new good guys and bad guys as well. 

Michael and I will be heading to a pre-screening in Toronto on Wednesday, November 1, and we can't wait! We want to share the fun with our readers as well, so don't worry - we have a giveaway for you too!  But first, here's some info on the film, to get you excited.


In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok - the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization - at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!


A Giveaway

One lucky reader will receive a double pass to see an early screening of "Thor: Ragnarok" in Toronto on November 1, at 7:00pm. Screening will take place at the Scotiabank Theatre on Richmond St. and will be in AVX 3D. Tickets are good only for the specific screening noted. No substitutions or changes possible. Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59 pm, Oct. 29. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!


Disclosure: I have received complimentary media access to this screening, along with a guest, to facilitate a review. No financial compensation has been or will be received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own or those of my family.


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