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Toxin-Free Mattress Review: Tuft & Needle

Last fall I was in need of a new mattress. A new non-toxic one. But it also needed to be affordable because well, Lyme costs a lot of money! So I needed an affordable, new, non-toxic mattress. I did a lot of research and there are some great non-toxic and organic mattresses out there… but at a much heftier cost. So, I ended up getting one from Tuft & Needle.

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They’ve designed their own adaptive foam aimed at being breathable and heat wicking. The mattresses are made in the USA and certified by 3rd party CertiPUR-US (you can review the details of that certification online).

I’m going to provide a review of this mattress based on 6 things: cost, customer service, toxicity, comfort, support of mattress, overall rating. I’ll be rating each category out of 5 (1 being the worst, 5 being the best).

Cost: 4/5

Let’s get right down to it. I got a full size mattress and it cost about $500. Yes, you read that right. What a great deal for a mattress in general let alone a non-toxic, American made one! Of course, things could always be cheaper so it’s hard for me to give something a 5 but you get my point ;). You can review all the pricing on their website but the most expensive mattress is the California King for $750 (again, you read that right).

Customer Service: 5/5

Tuft & Needle’s customer service is ON POINT. When you go to their website there is a chat option right there to get answers from A REAL PERSON (no robot!) almost immediately. I used that when I was first reviewing mattresses. The person provided links to their certifications and other pages on their website that would be helpful for answering my questions and they were very friendly.

Once you decide to order and put your order in, someone from their team emails you with details of your order and to find out if you have any questions. They stay in touch for a bit to make sure you like your new mattress and remind you how long you have until your 100-day sleep trial is up (more info below). AND if you have ANY issues you can email them and they reply quickly and thoroughly. They work very hard to make sure you’re happy with your purchase.

The delivery was quick (arrives in 2-5 days). The mattress comes in a box that you open, unroll the mattress, and it expands (it was air sealed). They have a 100 night sleep trial, so if you don’t like it you can get your money back within those first 100 nights (if you order from them directly, it’s only 30 days through Amazon). They also have a 10-year warranty.

I had an issue towards the end of my trial period, they helped me immediately and extended my trial period because of the situation. That is how accommodating they are. So props for customer service T&N!

The only thing to note is that the mattress is ordered online. They have a couple stores where you can test the mattress out but otherwise you are sort of ordering blind. That’s why I’m providing this review and why they have a 100-day trial period.

Toxicity: 4/5

I’m not going to go into major detail on this because you can review all the details online but they are CertiPUR-US certified, which is a 3rd party green certification. They’ve designed and use their own foam that isn’t filled or lined with your typical fire-retardant chemicals and other chemicals in normal mattresses.

I opened the mattress in a separate room and let it air out for a few days for any potential off-gassing. The off-gassing is minimal since the mattress is non-toxic but it is a NEW product so I wanted to be safe since I’m highly sensitive. After off-gassing for a few days, I slept on it fine with no negative effects from off-gassing.

Comfort: 3/5

I’m the type of person who likes a nice fluffy pillow to sleep on. I prefer softer, fluffier mattresses and I’ve always hated memory foam. BUT I decided to give this one a try since all the non-toxic mattresses seemed to be foam (or cost a bazillion dollars). This mattress does feel memory foam-esque TO ME, although not quite as conforming and stiff. Although many reviewers say otherwise, remember this is my personal opinion and review.

I expressed my concern to T&N and they immediately shipped me one of their toppers FREE of charge (hello customer service!!!). Their topper is made of their foam to add an extra layer between you and the base layer of the mattress, which is harder. I found the topper SUPER comfortable but for some reason seemed to react to it on a chemical level. I’m not sure why as I off-gassed it and it’s made of the same material as the mattress, but that’s the case. So, unfortunately, I had to remove the topper.

Although T&N claims their mattress is heat wicking, I find otherwise. The mattress feels quite hot to me and I usually have to sleep with my fan on to keep myself cool.

I have to say, it’s not the most comfortable mattress I’ve ever been on but it’s certainly not the worst. I’m quite picky so that plays into things. I wish it was softer/fluffier and slept cold but I’m happy with the low-toxicity and safety of the mattress.

Support: 3/5

I know lots of people are super concerned about the support a mattress offers as to keep pressure points, bed sores, and pain at bay. I guess since I’m 26, I’m not super concerned with that. So take this part of the review with a grain of salt (and research other reviews if this is an important issue for you). Since the mattress feels harder for me then I would like, I don’t feel like my body sinks into it as much as I want and therefore doesn’t feel as supportive. I know that may seem weird to some, because if you sink you aren’t getting support, but what I’m saying is if you lay on a hard floor, you aren’t getting any support! Not to say this mattress is like a board, far from it, I was just trying to make my point ;). Hopefully I did and that makes sense (feel free to leave a comment if you need me to clarify).

It just doesn’t feel quite as supportive on my hips and back as I would want and I occasionally wake up with a sore lower back (which could be a result of Lyme and not the mattress).

Overall Review: 3-3.5/5

I’m sure there are some better mattresses out there that are organic, non-toxic, and beyond comfortable but they also cost wayyyy more. So overall, for the quality of this mattress and the price, I’d say it’s a pretty darn good deal!

It took me a few months to really get comfortable with the mattress, and T&N will tell you that. You have to wear it in a little (for most it’s only about 30 days) and let it adjust to your body since it is foam. But if you are looking for something non-toxic and affordable, T&N is a good option.

I reviewed other non-toxic mattresses around the same price-point and although those looked good, too, T&N seemed more well known, with more reviews, and I ultimately just had to make a decision.

I hope this review was helpful for you if you are in the market for a new, non-toxic mattress. Let me know if you have any questions below and I’ll be happy to answer what I can!


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I Need Your Help! 

 I’m working on an awesome compilation video to post on YouTube for Lyme disease awareness month in May and I need your help!
“What has being chronically or severely ill taught you?” I want to keep this positive so answers like it’s taught me to be more patient or it’s taught me to listen to my body etc are great. Answers like it’s taught me how much our medical community sucks ARE NOT what I’m looking for. What has being ill PERSONALLY taught or helped you with/understand? What’s been the silver lining?
You’ll record yourself answering this question in under one minute (so rehearse before and don’t be afraid of needing a few takes) and then email it to me at lemonsnlyme@outlook.com. Include your first name, age, and location in the email (okay to omit if not comfortable sharing) so I can share that in the video during your segment 
If recording on your phone make sure you record with the camera/phone horizontally
I need your submissions by April 19 (earlier the better). And please help me spread the word. Tell your other lyme friends, share on fb groups, and more. I’d love a diverse group of people and answers!
Thanks so much for your help 😄💚


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Valentine’s Day Beet Fudge (AIP/Vegan)

img_8917Here’s a healthy alternative to the usual chocolate and sweets overload that many of us experience on Valentine’s Day. Whether you spending it stag, with friends, or with a significant other, this is an easy and and tummy-friendly recipe!

The recipe calls for a secret ingredient- beets! What, vegetables in my dessert?! Yes! Beets are naturally quite sweet so they play perfectly into many dessert recipes. Beets are loaded with vitamin C, folate, betaine for inflammation. They increase nitric oxide which can help with exercise and brain function (my senior thesis in college was actually all about beet juice and exercise!) and they also contain nutrients to help your heart, immune system, detox systems, and boost iron levels. Talk about a super food!

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Valentine’s Day Beet Fudge 

Ingredients:

1 medium-large beet, cooked* and chopped (about 3/4-1 cup)

1/2 cup fresh cut strawberries or raspberries

1/2 cup melted coconut butter

2 tbs. melted coconut oil

2 tbs. maple syrup (you can add more for increased sweetness)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

chocolate chips (optional)

shredded coconut (optional)

*Cook your beets however you like- boil, steam, bake. My favorite way is to wrap them in tinfoil (skin on), poke a few holes and cook at 450F for 1-1/5 hours, until soft when pierced with a fork. Let cool slightly and the skin should peel right off.

Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor, except the chocolate chips and coconut. If you have fudge molds, you can pour batter into there OR spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet or dish. Since it’s fudge, you can make it as thin or thick as you like, I suggest somewhere between 1/4-1 inch thick.

Sprinkle your toppings on, pressing them slightly into the fudge to make sure they stick.

Freeze for at least 2 hours before cutting or breaking up into desired shapes and sizes. Serve immediately (this melts fast) or keep stored in the freezer.

Alternatively, you can melt chocolate and drizzle it on top of fudge pieces when ready to serve.

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Tips For Organizing All Your Medications and Supplements

I just posted a video on YouTube today with my top tips for organizing all the medications, supplements, tinctures, this, that, and the other that you might be taking if you have a chronic illness like Lyme disease.

I hope you find some of these tips helpful and let me know in the comments your best tips for organizing!

I’ve become a fan of YouTube in recent months and have been posting more Lyme related videos there while focusing on recipes on my blog. How are you all feeling about this? Do you miss posts about Lyme and treatment updates here? What format do you prefer (videos vs. writing)? I’ll continue to use all social media platforms from Instagram to Facebook to YouTube and of course this blog, but it would be nice to know what you all like best :).


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The Women’s March and Lyme Disease

I’ve posted on most of my other social media, but I’m working with Be Kind For Lyme who has teamed up with The Women’s March (next Saturday, January 21st) to help raise awareness regarding Lyme disease (along with all the other amazing things the march will be representing, specifically WOMEN’S RIGHTS!).

If you will be in DC for the march and would like to join a group of other Lymies and Women, please email me at lemonsnlyme@outlook.com.

I’m currently working to figure out HOW everyone is getting to DC and their drop off points so I can coordinate a good spot for all of us to meet. Email me asap and then I will respond with meeting spot. Hope to see you all there!

The Original Info:

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Be Kind for Lyme has partnered with @womensmarch for #equality

Link here:
https://www.womensmarch.com/partners/

The main march is in #washingtondc on January 21st.

More details on main page: https://www.womensmarch.com/

There are sister marches in other locations if you wish to participate. Link: https://www.womensmarch.com/sisters

We are coordinating with other #lymies and right now we have two groups formed.
D.C. contact @lemonsnlyme
NYC contact @3gooddeeds

This is for #equalrights as well as #healthcare #disabled #loveislove #lyme#lymediseaseawareness #lgbqt #allpeople#usafreedoms
#bekindforlyme and coordinating groups will also integrate #lymedisease awareness
This is a cause for everyone.
If you are marching in other cities listed, please contact me.

If going to DC or #NYC please use contact above for more details. 💚


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My Lyme Disease Story 

I just posted my Lyme Disease story on YouTube! I’m sorry it’s so long, I even left parts out and started to rush at the end to get it all in and not make it a movie. BUT I’ve dealt with lyme most of my life so it’s long… in the description box I did mention the times when I talk about certain issues and treatments if you’re looking for something specific. 

I get a lot of questions about my story, what I’m doing for treatment, what I’ve tried, did it work etc and so I wanted to be able to direct everyone to the video instead of typing it out all the time. I truly hope this video is helpful. 

If you want me to make more specific videos on any treatment or protocols that I mentioned in this one, just let me know! 

I so appreciate everyone’s support through this crazy disease 💚