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Sweet Dreams can start in your … laundry room? (giveaway ends 3/14/14) #TuckInTurnOff

 

Good Night Sleep

If you follow my blog on a regular basis you might recall my post about the new fabric care line from P&G (Procter & Gamble) called the Sweet Dreams Collection. If you happened to have missed that post you can read it here – Can Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Start in the Laundry Room?

The Sweet Dreams Collection consists of a few products from popular brands. Combined they make a great regime to help you and your family fall asleep blissfully.

The Sweet Dreams Collection consists of the following products.

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Tide ® plus A touch of Downy™ Sweet Dreams™: Perfect for  sheets, pajamas, and other nighttime fabrics, Tide works to clean fabrics from  things you can see, like dirt—to things you can’t see, like perspiration. This  product includes lavender overtones with gourmand vanilla undertones to create a  calming scent to help soothe you to sleep. 

Downy ® UNSTOPABLES® Dreams™: An in-wash scent booster that  allows consumers to control the amount of lavender scent added to each laundry  load. The relaxing lavender scent will last 12 weeks in storage ensuring your  bedtime fabrics can always be ready for bedtime. 

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Downy Infusions® Sweet Dreams™: A premium liquid fabric  softener with SilkTouch™ to infuse fabrics with a silky softness that makes your  everyday fabrics (and you) feel fabulous. Contains a dual perfume system  with Renewing Scent Pearl Technology that imparts your bedtime fabrics  with a multi-layered lavender scent experience that continues long after your  fabrics have been washed. 

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Bounce ® Sweet Dreams™: Small but mighty— just toss one dryer  sheet in the dryer to soften, freshen, control static, and help repel lint and  hair on bedtime fabrics.

I received most of the products to review (except the Downy Infusions® Sweet Dreams™). Right out of the box I could smell just how amazing the lavender scented products were. The scent was coming from the box of Bounce ® Sweet Dreams™ dryer sheets.

Here is a little tip for you – place a dryer sheet in a garbage can (such as one you would keep by your desk – not in the trash can). The scent will freshen up the area around the garbage can. Mine is next to my desk so I can smell the delightful Sweet Dreams Collection scent while I am working at my desk. I know it’s intended more so for night time use, but I don’t mind. I really love the scent.

The Sweet Dreams Collection works together to infuse a lush, delightful lavender scent into your bedding (sheets, pillow cases, blankets…) as well as your pajamas. The scent surrounds you when you get ready for bed and slip under the covers.

Lavender has been used for many years in aromatherapy because it’s known to relax you. Even doctor’s recommend the use of lavender to patients with sleep issues.

I have a funny little story to share about the Sweet Dreams Collection. My daughter occasionally does the laundry. She had the opportunity to smell the Sweet Dreams Collection after I washed our bedding in it. She liked the scent so much she decided to wash ALL the laundry with it meaning my husband’s work clothes, jeans, tee shirts and even bath towels. She did it because she wanted her clothing to have the lavender scent throughout the day (not just when she went to bed at night).

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Personally I don’t mind (lavender scented towels after a warm shower right before bed time are awesome! You should try it), but it didn’t go over so well with my son.

We were having dinner and my daughter told my husband that she did a few loads of laundry and that she put his clothes on top of his armoire. When she said that it dawned on me that I should have told her not to use the Sweet Dreams Collection products to do the regular laundry. When I asked her which laundry products she used she said “the new stuff” (meaning the Sweet Dreams Collection products). She asked me if that was OK and I told her for future reference we were going to save that for pajamas and bedding.

My son knows about the Sweet Dreams Collection because we had washed all the bedding in it and he was familiar with the scent (he enjoys it). He knows how it relaxes you at night before going to bed.

I can’t remember verbatim what he said but he commented on how he has a hard enough time staying awake in his morning classes and now his clothes are going to smell like his bed and all he’s going to want to do is go to sleep. LOL. 🙂 Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

The products are perfectly OK to use on your regular laundry but I would recommend saving it for it’s intended purpose (bedding and pajamas). Using it to wash bath towels is OK because a lot of people like to take a bath or shower before going to bed and soft, lavender scented towel would be perfect to use right before bedtime.

I cannot rave enough about the scent. You have to experience it for yourself in order to truly appreciate it.

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We have used Tide ®, Downy ® and Bounce ® products for as long as I can remember, so we know how well they work. They work well together and leave your bedding oh-so-soft and clean. There is nothing more inviting then a bed made with soft and snuggly sheets and blankets. It’s hard to resist not hoping into bed right away. I might also add that the softness and the intoxicating scent also make it hard to get out of bed. Ha Ha.

Will I continue to use P&G’s Sweet Dreams Collection? Absolutely! Without a doubt.

Look for the Sweet Dreams Collection on a store shelf near you.

Also consider taking the “Tuck in. Turn Off.” pledge at www.TuckInTurnOff.com. It’s easy to do and you get rewarded with free goodies including valuable tips for a good night’s sleep. You can also see what others have to say using the hashtag #TuckInTurnOff.

When you have a chance to try the products I would love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment on this post and share your thoughts. I love hearing from my readers.

If you would like to learn more about the brands you can check them out on the various social networking sites.

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Sweet Dreams Collection

I have a wonderful giveaway for a lucky reader. One reader will win the entire Sweet Dreams Collection from P&G. Thank you P&G!

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on March 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would love to try the Sweet Dreams Collection?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement (I do check) or the additional entries won’t qualify. Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with P&G to bring you this information however all the  opinions expressed unless otherwise noted are mine and not influenced in any  way.

Can getting a good night’s sleep start in the laundry room? #TuckInTurnOff

 

Sweet Dreams Collection

Earlier this week I told you about a fun event I was going to attend in New York City (Grand Central Station Terminal) for the fabulous new Sweet Dreams Collection as well as to learn a bit about how I can get a better night’s sleep, as well as my family. Sadly I was unable to attend. To make a long story short my husband was in agonizing pain (to the point he was in tears) and I had to rush him to Urgent Care. After a long wait and some x-rays they sent us on our not-so-merry-way with only a sling and told us to see an Orthopedist. As much as I wanted to go to New York City for the event I couldn’t leave my husband in pain. He was also unable to drive himself to the doctor so I had to stay home and take care of him. Turns out he has Bursitis in his shoulder and possible some Tendonitis too. It’s been days and he’s still in excruciating pain. He needs to go back for a cortisone shot.

Anyway… that is why I couldn’t attend the event. I’m very disappointed too. It looked like fun and I was looking forward to spending the afternoon in the city with my husband. We rarely have any “couples time”.

Did you know that March 2nd – March 9th is National Sleep Foundation Sleep Awareness Week?

I have to admit that I often have a hard time falling to sleep at night. I can’t seem to “turn off” my brain. I keep re-hashing the events of the day and plotting out my “game plan” for the next day. I also do something you are not supposed to do before retiring for the night – watch TV. Ideally you should turn off electronics (TV, Cellphone, Tablet….) at least 30 minutes before going to bed. This gives your mind time to “disconnect” and it helps you to fall asleep faster.

My husband and I also have to sleep on a sofa bed, which is NOT the most comfortable thing to sleep on. We end up tossing and turning all night. And since our “bedroom” is actually the living room we are also at the mercy of our kids and pets who can be very noisy, especially on their way into the kitchen to make breakfast or get a drink of water.

Many doctor’s agree that your sleep environment plays a huge roll in how well you fall asleep and stay asleep. That is why P&G launched a line of products that are going to help you to create the most blissful bedtime experience you have ever had. The product line is called the Sweet Dream Collection. The product line has become the official products of The National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

The Sweet Dreams Collection

The Sweet Dreams Collection is a suite of products  formulated with ingredients to clean, soften and freshen all your bedtime fabrics, from your bed linens to your pajamas, helping to create an ideal sleep environment so that you can relax in order to fall asleep. The Sweet Dreams Collections includes: 

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Tide ® plus A touch of Downy™ Sweet Dreams™: Perfect for sheets, pajamas, and other nighttime fabrics, Tide works to clean fabrics from things you can see, like dirt—to things you can’t see, like perspiration. This product includes lavender overtones with gourmand vanilla undertones to create a calming scent to help soothe you to sleep. 

Downy ® UNSTOPABLES® Dreams™: An in-wash scent booster that allows consumers to control the amount of lavender scent added to each laundry load. The relaxing lavender scent will last 12 weeks in storage ensuring your bedtime fabrics can always be ready for bedtime. 

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Downy Infusions® Sweet Dreams™: A premium liquid fabric softener with SilkTouch™ to infuse fabrics with a silky softness that makes your everyday fabrics (and you) feel fabulous. Contains a dual perfume system with Renewing Scent Pearl Technology that imparts your bedtime fabrics with a multi-layered lavender scent experience that continues long after your fabrics have been washed. 

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Bounce ® Sweet Dreams™: Small but mighty— just toss one dryer sheet in the dryer to soften, freshen, control static, and help repel lint and hair on bedtime fabrics.

The products were introduced this past week in New York City, in Grand Central Terminal. Attending the event were to people who also suffer from having a hard time falling asleep at night – celebrity physician and wellness expert, Dr. Ian Smith and lifestyle expert Jeannette Kaplun, who also happens to be a busy mom.

Dr. Ian Smith and lifestyle expert Jeannette Kaplun

Dr. Ian Smith and lifestyle expert Jeannette Kaplun

Dr. Ian Smith knows all too well how today’s technology is one of the biggest factors in our ability to get a good night’s sleep.

“It’s hard to unwind and turn off your mind at the end of the day, especially when technology like laptops and smartphones are so readily accessible and easy to use in bed,” said Dr. Smith. “In fact, the use of electronics before bedtime is one of the biggest issues doctors notice in patients who struggle to relax in order to fall asleep. That’s why I recommend patients start with simple solutions I’ve tried myself, like turning off electronics at least 30 minutes before bedtime and creating an ideal sleep environment including washing linens and pajamas in the Sweet Dreams Collection.”

I knew that electronics were a bit factor in people having a hard time falling asleep but never in a million years would I think that my bed linens and pajamas would have a part in it too.

Admittedly we just lump our laundry together. I would never think that the products we use on our bedding and pajamas could also play a role in how well we sleep.

I’m sure most people can relate to how wonderful it feels when you hope into bed with a snuggly blanket. The Sweet Dreams Collection brings that same sense of joy to all your bedding and night clothes. Who knew a good night’s sleep could start in the laundry room.

It was found that 100% of doctor’s polled agree that an appropriate sleeping environment is critical to aid a person’s ability to relax so they can fall asleep. Half of these physicians recommend that their patients use a lavender scented product at bedtime (such as a room or fabric spray) to help them relax so they can fall asleep. I have personally used lavender to help me relax. I have several lavender scented products including hand soap, lotion, essential oil and even a lavender scented heating pad. I have used them all in the past to help me to relax and unwind. The Sweet Dreams Collection takes it one step further – they infuse the comforting and relaxing scent directly into your bedding and pajamas. Not only that it makes everything notably soft and snuggly. They make your bed so “inviting” that you can’t wait to hop into bed at night.

The event in New York City was a way of introducing the product line to the media and the public. I love how they decorated the event with a beautiful bed (oh how I wish I could dive into that at night). I also love the floral and moss-like touches. They made the whole set up very “dreamy”. 🙂

Check out some photos from the event. I really wish I was there!

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 It’s funny that the event was held in Grand Central Terminal which is probably one of the busiest places NYC and the last place I would think about sleep.

It looks like guests got to take home some great goodie bags too.

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Sweet Dreams Collection “Goodie Bag”

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Grand Central Station Terminal, New York City

I received the Sweet Dreams Collection to review. I’m going to share my review and a giveaway in another post. I will say this… the products smell out of this world wonderful! They are infused with lavender. As I mentioned lavender is often recommended by doctors. It’s aroma helps people to relax and unwind which is essential to falling so sleep.

The new product line also leaves your bedding and pajamas wonderfully soft and inviting. You may never want to get out of bed again! LOL!

Daylight Savings Time is fast approaching which means an extra hour of sunlight. That is a good thing and not-so-good thing. Aside from having more daylight to do things, you also have a disruption in your sleeping pattern and that extra hour can reap havoc on you when you need to get to sleep.

Sleep is VERY important to good health. That is why P&G has also created the “Tuck in. Turn Off.” Tour. Together with Dr. Ian Smith and Jeanette Kaplun, the brand will be spreading the word about how a good night’s sleep starts in the laundry and sharing other great tips to help consumers get a better night’s sleep.

The event in New York City was just the first. On March 7, 2014 the tour will travel to Los Angeles, California. That event will take place from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (PST) at The Grove. Experts will be on hand to share tips and discuss how to get a better night’s sleep with the Sweet Dreams Collection.

They are also encouraging consumers to take the “Tuck in. Turn Off.” pledge at www.TuckInTurnOff.com. It’s easy to do and you get rewarded with free goodies including valuable tips for a good night’s sleep. You can also see what others have to say using the hashtag #TuckInTurnOff.

Look for the Sweet Dreams Collection on a store shelf near you.

You can also follow the brands on the various social medial sites.

Downy on Facebook

Downy on Twitter

Tide Facebook

Tide Twitter

Bounce Facebook

Bounce Twitter

Do YOU have a hard time falling asleep at night? Do you know the reasons why? What tricks do you use to help yourself fall asleep at night (counting sheep, warm milk…)?

What do you think about the new Sweet Dreams Collection? Do you think it’s something you are going to try out with your family? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with P&G to bring you this information however all the opinions expressed unless otherwise noted are mine and not influenced in any way.