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The Snug Life: A Mattress to Fall in Love WithWhen I made a Huge Life Choice four years ago and uprooted my life from Jackson, Wyo., and moved to Louisville, Ky., I had to get all new things for my first adventure living completely by myself (and I wasn’t entirely sad to leave all my old shit with my ex). One of the things I was really, really excited about was buying a whole new bed setup. I had my heart set on getting a grown-up bed frame and a fancy (ish) foam mattress and living like a damned adult. I logged hours on Ikea’s website researching frames and mattresses that would best suit my aesthetic and newly-independent self. I fell in love with a faux wrought-iron frame that was just a hint of old-school and totally romantic. They also had a foam mattress that was a few hundred bucks — so firmly within my price range — and totally comfs (as I discovered once I got to the actual store). Sold, yo!

Fast forward four years to my current newlywed, knocked-up state and that same foam mattress is still kickin’ it in my casa. It’s made the move from Louisville to Denton, Texas, to Jacksonville, Fla., and back to Denton. It’s been my comfy little sanctuary in three apartments, a house and a duplex — and for a short time, the floor of a friend’s spare room. Our three cats have all been caught in various states of cute upon it. But, the wear and tear is starting to get real, and as any pregnant ladies know: Sleeping is a bitch when you’re knocked up. Hip pain, insomnia, boob discomfort … you name it, it’s a thing.

The Snug Life: A Mattress to Fall in Love WithSee, I know sleep is important. I know that I’m a total asshole if I don’t log enough Zzzs, and that when I’m feeling any kind of anxious or depressed, it’s my bed that makes me feel the best. It’s where I relax, where I binge watch “Nashville” (RIP) and “Scandal,” where I contemplate and where I get frisky. I know it’s been said that we spend one-third of our lives sleeping, but that’s just sleeping. What about all the other superfuntimez we have in bed? And while a pretty bed frame and generally wonderful aesthetic help make the room that much better, the cornerstone of a bedroom sanctuary is the mattress.

But mattress shopping itself is a total pain in the ass. Sure, you can go down to the Goodwill and pick up a “pillowtop” (lies!) for cheap, but I can pretty much guarantee you’re gonna have a hard time finding any legit comfort there. You can mosey on down to the nearest legit mattress shop, where you’ll be faced with a huge showroom of options and try to mimic “sleeping” under the glare of flourescent lights and the salesperson who knows you’re just here to price out options.

Tuft & NeedleOr you can say fuck it all and make the right choice the first time and go with Tuft & Needle. A few weeks ago, Tuft & Needle reached out to me to see if I’d be willing to test drive one of their mattresses, which — duh. Of course I would. I’m pregnant. I’ll try anything to get more sleep. And OhMyFuckingGod I’m so glad I did. After four years on my li’l old Ikea mattress, this thing is like a dream.

As I waited for it to arrive (because it comes right to your door, which means no having to find a homie with a truck to bribe into helping you pick it up), I researched how these bad boys are made, and realized it’s a total match made in Broke-Ass slumber heaven. A mattress could typically run you in the thousands for a boatload of “features” (mainly foam and latex and marketing magic), but Tuft & Needle throws that out the window and delivers its own technology for literally a fraction of the price — as in my queen-size mattress runs a pretty breezy $600, and the prices top out at $750 for a California King.

Speaking of breezy, as someone who typically runs at least 10 degrees hotter than the normal human (double that with baby incubating), staying cool when I’m sleeping is akin to battling in The Hunger Games. Fans, AC, cooling pillow inserts, the thinnest sheets imaginable and I’m still just barely reaching stasis … except with my schmancy new mattress that magically — er, strategically — draws heat away from my body and manages to make me find my chill.

The Snug Life: A Mattress to Fall in Love WithOther cool things? It comes in a small-ish box (this is relative — as a 5’2″ human, it was just about my size), is super easy to “assemble” and you don’t have to wait for it to expand for many hours because it’s pretty much instantaneous. A 10-year warranty ensures you’re stoked and a 100 day return policy makes it easy to change your mind (you won’t). Tuft & Needle’s mattresses are made in the U.S. and their production cuts out the middle man, which means they cut out the costs associated with said middle man.

In your first year of marriage, you’ll log about 3,000 hours of sleep (and other, ahem, funtimez), so you should probz make sure you’re the comfiest you can be. Treat yo-self without killing your wallet and check out Tuft & Needle.

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    Five for Friday Kitchen Essentials for Your RegistryWhether you’re a foodie or not, there are some definite kitchen staples you need. And if you’re swingin’ solo until your I Dos and don’t entertain much as is, you might be uber surprised by how much you’re gonna want to entertain once you’re all hitched and shacked up together (plus, as broke-asses, it’s cheaper to holler at some peeps to come over than have a lavish night out. Also: Cards Against Humanity is way better after a bottle or so of wine). Even if gatherings aren’t a thing, there’s something about newlywed life that makes you really want to just hang with each other … plus, you might want to start saving some scratch again after spending it on the wedding and honeymoon. So, go ahead and pull up that registry and get to addin’ because these are things you’re definitely gonna want:

    A Great Set of Pots and Pans

    360 Cookware Four-Piece Boxed Set from Amazon

    360 Cookware Premium Waterless Stainless Steel Essential 4pc Box Set from Amazon

    I was recently sent one of these pans to take for a little test run, and I’m fully in love. They are a little spendy, but if used right they’re the kind that will last for eons. Using “vapor cooking” technology, 360 Cookware’s heavy clad pans don’t require water or fats (read: butter, oil) to cook, which helps create a healthier meal. They run a little on the spendy side, but they’re totally worth it.

    A Slow Cooker

    CrockPot Cook 'n' Carry Digital Slow Cooker from Target

    CrockPot Cook ‘n’ Carry Digital Slow Cooker from Target

    A slow cooker is one of those kitchen things I didn’t know I needed until I had one … and then my whole life was changed forever. I have a cast iron dutch oven that I use, too, but my digital crock pot is my everything. If this is one of those gifts that arrives before the wedding, get stoked: That super busy final month or so can get crazy, and this will at least save your diner. Set it and forget it, yo! Though, totally truthfully, my favorite thing to make in my slow cooker is beans — get dried beans, fill the crock pot up with some stock (veggie or chicken) and let ’em cook overnight and they’re way better than anything you’d get in a can.

    A Solid Knife Set

    Cuisinart Knife Set from Amazon

    Cuisinart 12 Piece Color Knife Set with Blade Guards from Amazon

    If there’s one thing any kitchen needs, it’s a good chef’s knife. But a whole set of knives is even better. They don’t have to be the boring ol’ silver and black ones by any means, but make sure they’re good quality and they’re taken care of (invest in a whet stone or steel and sharpen the blade after every couple of uses, don’t put them in the dishwasher, etc.). When choosing a knife or knife set, check to ensure the steel runs all the way through the handle — otherwise the blade could break off and that could be super dangerous and sucky.

    A Durable Wood Cutting Board

    etsy mrcwoodproducts butcher block cutting board

    Laser Engraved Butcher Block Cutting Board available from Etsy seller MRCWoodProducts

    Sure, cutting boards are a dime a dozen, but getting a solid, heavy butcher block-style board is never regrettable. Wood boards do less damage to your good knives, and they often stay in place better than any flimsy glass or plastic number you’ll find. Plus, they’ll last a lifetime which makes getting one with your married monogram on it a totally worthwhile (and beautiful to look at) solution.

    A Food Processor

    Sur la Table Cuisinart 8 cup food processor

    Cuisinart 8 Cup Food Processor available at Sur la Table

    I debated whether to include the ubiquitous mixer in this post, and while I do believe that a mixer is a great appliance, it just doesn’t warrant a spot on the list of essentials. A food processor, however, does. Especially in this age of Food Network-Pinterest-foodieness, where seemingly every other recipe calls for this small countertop appliance to be used. I happen to have two small (3 cup) food processors and long for the day when I can get my mitts on a bigger one. Whether you’re whirring up a killer pesto, crumbling crumbs for breading or just going the lazy route to get a small dice out of some veggies, a food processor is a great appliance for novice cooks and culinary ninjas alike.

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    Who doesn't love gifts? Esp. if they come in adorbz paper like this. Available from Etsy seller JDesignPaper Registering for your wedding is hard when you're trying to be budget-conscious in other areas. You have to get yourself out of the broke-ass mindset, and allow yourself the idea of some luxuries and splurges. We already own  a home and have lived together for a few years,…

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    Whether you're shopping for those friends who are poised to walk down the aisle or the ones who are enjoying their first holiday season as marrieds (or you just need some inspo for your own wedding registry), there are plenty of great gift ideas out there. From small knick-knacks to big-ticket items (split it with a few pals!), here are 15 great presents for the…

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    Is it Saturday yet? How about now? You guys, my wedding is THIS WEEK. Like, when someone asks “So, any fun plans this weekend?” I can say “Yeah, I’m GETTING MARRIED on Saturday.” As one does. Oddly enough, I’ve had countless people tell me how miserable this week is going to be: “Oh wow, congratulations! Get ready for the worst week of your life!” Ummm,…

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    Yes, it's totally OK to register for your honeymoon. Dear Heather, I'm helping my daughter with her wedding details. She and her fiance are 31 and 40 years old and have been living together for several years, so they don't need the normal registry items like a toaster, a blender, towels, etc. They are hoping to buy a home together and maybe some larger pieces…

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    Wedding registries are hard. Everyone’s telling you “don’t forget anything!” “register for more than you need!” “don’t forget China!” “you can always return it!” Why can’t I just register for the things I want? Neither Michael nor I drink coffee so we really don’t need a coffee maker. My parents have used their wedding China maybe one time, so I probably don’t need wedding China,…

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    Photo by Teddy James Dear Heather, Hi! Love your website. I just got engaged this past Christmas and have been enjoying wedding planning our upcoming December wedding. Have you done a post on "bridal fee showers" or "greenback showers," as they are referred to in different areas? I would love to see a post on this! I have heard this sentiment shared by other brides…

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    Before we mailed out our Save the Dates (and thus, our website info), we decided to register so that we could include that information on the website as well. We took one Sunday and registered at two different places: Sur La Table and Macy's, the former because we enjoy cooking, and the latter because there's a location just about everywhere our extended families live.  (Granted,…

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