February can be one of the most bitter sweet months of the year in the Pacific Northwest due to wild weather and marginally improving rates of sunlight. That being said, this is a great time to snuggle up in our Cypress collection and catch up on sleep, or better yet start planning your spring and summer adventures (ideally with a Soaring Heart sleep solution)!
If are you itching to get on the road and take in the great outdoors we’ve got something you'll love. Soaring Heart has partnered with a new company out of Kirkland, WA, Homegrown Trailers. Founders, Corey Weathers and Eric Gertsman, came up with the design for a trailer that provides a healthy dose of creature comforts (toilet, solar power and a kitchen sink!), without sacrificing mobility and practicality (only weighs 2,500 lbs and fits in the garage!). However, in our opinion the best decision from the folks at Homegrown Trailers was calling us about building three custom mattresses for each trailer (sleeps 4). You read that right, you can hit the road with the bulk of your creature comforts and a Soaring Heart Mattress as an upgrade! Since Soaring Heart actually builds the mattresses we sells, we were able to design a mattress for Corey and Eric that achieved their comfort and mobility standards.
For those of you dreaming of the high seas, we have another story! In 2015 an organization that hosts cruises for small groups/families contacted us to see if we could make our most popular collections (Linden, Tamarack, Rowan) in custom sizes and shapes for their travel yacht. When I say custom sizes and shapes, I don’t mean 50x60 instead of 60x80 (standard queen size), I mean trapezoids of the Isosceles, acute and obtuse variety as well as one very precise ellipses. After dusting off our Geometry books we got to work, made everything perfectly and even shipped the order to their boat in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida! We invite you to contact us to get a Soaring Heart Mattress in your boat, or the boat you will be dreaming on.
If your idea of a great trip is propelled almost entirely by your legs, start paying attention. In 2015 a couple came into the showroom and wanted custom bedrolls that they could take with them when they backpacked through Denali National Park in Alaska. Their goal was to have a lighter, hardier and completely organic (Our GOTS and GOLS certifications brought them in) sleep solution. They said the bedroll had to be organic, because “if we get eaten by a bear and it eats our bedroll we don’t want it to kill the bear”! Naturally, both of them wanted different firmness so we blended the latex and wool in different ways to achieve a balance of light and hardy without compromising the certifications or quality of the product. Both the bedrolls and the customers made it back in one piece.
Since we’ve actually built the products we've sold for over 30 years, we’ve gotten pretty good at finding ways to think outside of the conventional mattress-sized box. So when you find yourself staring out the window in the next few weeks dreaming of adventures give us a call, shoot us an e mail or stop on by. We’ve probably got a sleep solution for whatever you’ll be doing. We’ve never made a mattress for a blimp, so if your adventure involves a blimp we’ll give you 10% off!
The holidays are just around the corner. This usually means a full schedule and a full house. We’re looking forward to having friends and family over, baking tasty treats and sharing fantastic meals. And we do everything we can to make sure our guests have a wonderful time while in our care, which brings us to this month’s topic: The dreaded sofa bed.
We’ve all been there. We’re either apologizing to our guests, or being apologized to, as the sofa cushions are removed and the worn-out sofa bed clunks into place. Often a mythical family member is referenced as having said how comfortably they slept here on their last visit (in 1998). Let’s be honest. We usually don’t think about the guest bed until it is too late. But not this year!
Imagine unfolding that sofa bed to reveal a handmade, certified organic Soaring Heart latex bed! “Well, good night guests…sweet dreams…and you’re welcome!” We’re thrilled to announce our first sofa bed mattress, the Willow. The Willow is a 4” latex mattress to upgrade the old, uncomfortable sleeper mattress that came with your sofa bed. It’s flexible enough to fold for storage, just like your current sleeper sofa mattress. And we’ve replaced those flimsy coils with organic rubber, so you and your guests will be comforted and supported by the best bedding material known to man. It’s science!
We’re sure you’ll find more uses for this ingenious mattress. Use it as an extra comfort layer on your mattress. Lay it out on the living floor for movie nights and kid’s sleepovers.
For the first time in history, you and your family may end up fighting over who gets the sofa bed. Who uses it is your decision; we’re just here to make the lucky winner as comfortable as possible. And for a little extra holiday cheer, we’re offering 10% off the Willow for the whole month of November. If you have any questions, give us a call or stop by the showroom. We’re happy to help!
Warm holiday wishes,
Soaring Heart Sales Manager
For 35 years Soaring Heart has been committed to bringing you the best selection of all natural and organic beds and sleep products. Not only do we believe sleeping organic makes a difference in the quality of your comfort - we go the extra mile to make sure we can prove every one of our suppliers cares as much as we do!
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This month we're announcing a new partnership with OMI - Organicpedics. Based in northern California, we believe OMI's "Purity Guarantee" offers you a certified range of assurances that only a large scale manufacturing factory can provide. Their owner, Walt Bader, wrote the book on toxins in the bedroom and we're happy to be the only retailer in the northwest bringing you OMI certified products.
Consumer beware – every day we see claims from suppliers and retailers about their natural and organic products. Given the levels of greenwashing in the market place, and the lack of truly enforceable global standards, consumers have little choice but to do extensive homework. Our hope is companies like ours, who go the extra mile and truly want to earn and keep your trust, stand apart in your shopping experience. We believe certifications (like GOTS and GOLS) make a big difference - and competitors who can’t get certified will say all sorts of things to confuse their shoppers.
Bottom line: at Soaring Heart we care how you sleep. We know comfort is the number one concern of mattress shoppers. And we’re working hard to educate our customers on the importance and benefits of comfortable, certified organic bedding. While we may not be the biggest mattress store in town, we are committed to offering you the best selection, the best value and the best service. With 35 years of customer testimonials, we're confident you won't be disappointed curling up in one of our beds! Stop by or call us today.
Quality sleep is important for kids. But the benefits are never more apparent than during those first few weeks of the new school year.
Whether they’re walking into a classroom for the first time, making the intimidating transition from middle school to high school or preparing to graduate, back to school can be a stressful time for children. And good, quality sleep can have a huge impact; affecting overall mood, behavior, perceived self-image, school performance and mental development. In fact, the University of Houston recently conducted a study in which, after just two nights of poor sleep, children derived less pleasure from positive things, were less reactive to them and less likely to recall details about these positive experiences later. Candice Alfano, a clinical psychologist and associate psychology professor at the University of Houston says healthy sleep is critical for children's psychological well-being. “Parents, therefore, need to think about sleep as an essential component of overall health in the same way they do nutrition, dental hygiene and physical activity. If your child has problems waking up in the morning or is sleepy during the day, then their nighttime sleep is probably inadequate. This can result for several reasons, such as a bedtime that is too late, non-restful sleep during the night or an inconsistent sleep schedule."
So what can you do to encourage healthy, restful sleep for your children? And how can Soaring Heart help? It boils down to two key points. First, give them enough time for sleep. We can’t really do much to help you on that one. Second, create a healthful, restful environment for sleep. Now that’s our sweet spot.
Everything we do is designed to provide you with great sleep. Each mattress, mattress topper, comforter, pillow and pad we make is handcrafted with care from the finest organic and all natural ingredients we can find. Our experts can walk you through the options and help you choose the perfect bed and bedding combination to promote the best possible night’s sleep for your little ones. Visit our website for more information on our materials and the related health benefits. Better yet, bring your kids to the showroom. Make them part of the process, trying different mattresses, toppers and pillows for themselves. Let them help create their perfect sleep space.
We’re in Fremont and Bellevue and we’re here to help!
It’s that time again. Back to School! You may have little ones needing a more natural, healthful sleep as they head off for their first day. Maybe you’re sending your young adult off to college and need a superior option to the unfortunate dorm mattress. Let’s not forget it needs to be easily transportable. And parents need a little extra love, and rest, as the school year kicks off too. Well, Soaring Heart has you covered with our Deluxe Organic Wool Topper and savings of $100 to $220 through August.
The perfect comfort addition to any mattress, our Deluxe Organic Wool Topper is made with multiple layers of premium organic wool batting and a blend of eight breeds of sheep’s wool, hand-tufted inside a silky-soft organic cotton sateen case. Wool is naturally insulating to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, mildew and dust mite resistant and has a propensity to calmly lower heart rate. And our toppers are rolled and wrapped for easy shipping or moving. No need to strap a mattress to the top of the car.
Visit the Soaring Heart website for even more information on the benefits of natural beds and bedding. Better yet, stop by our Fremont or Bellevue showrooms and see for yourself. This extra thick mattress topper ensures a better quality, more restful, healthy sleep for kids and adults of any age. Because we all know, good days, at school and work, start with great nights.
Good days start with great nights, whether you’re camping out on the living room floor or under the stars! Versatility is the hallmark of our Organic Bedroll, providing a comfortable, natural sleeping surface for that summer camping trip, the kid’s sleepover, house guests, travel and more. And this month, enjoy $20-$30 off both our cotton/wool and cotton/latex/wool bedrolls! Just one of the many items we meticulously handcraft right here in Seattle, using certified organic materials.
It doesn’t stop with bedrolls. Add a pillow made from organic wool, latex, kapok or buckwheat hull and an organic cotton blanket and your travel bed could be as relaxing and healthy as your bed at home.
If you’re headed out of town this weekend, stop by our Fremont or Bellevue showrooms, grab a little comfort for the road and enjoy the holiday weekend!
Michael Pollan (author of The Omnivores Dilemma) came up with 7 food related rules to follow to facilitate a healthier lifestyle. We, at Soaring Heart, believe two of those rules also apply to healthier sleep;
1st, don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. “When you pick up that box of portable yogurt tubes, or eat something with 15 ingredients you can’t pronounce, ask yourself, “What are those things doing there?”
2nd, don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
This is great advice when shopping for groceries, as well as mattresses. Most folks don’t know that every mattress on display in a mattress shop is supposed to have two labels attached. For those of you who remember the old Serta commercial with the sheep getting sent to prison for ripping the tags off of the mattress, that’s what we’re talking about! One tag details the contents of the mattress, similar to the nutritional labels on the side of the cereal box in your pantry. The second specifies that the mattress has actually been tested in accordance with the 1633 federal flame regulations. Below are a few examples of tags we’ve collected as part of our mattress recycling program that detail the “ingredients” of other beds out there.
The tag on the left comes from a very expensive, luxury, European mattress that we hauled away for a nice family that replaced it with a Linden. This specific mattress retails for what used to cover a down payment on a house in Seattle and the tag notes all of its non-organic ingredients. The tag on the right is a Soaring Heart Organic Latex mattress and details the organic materials found in all of our collections.
This brings us to our modification of Michael Pollan’s first rule.
If your grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as something you could sleep on, you probably shouldn’t sleep on it.
We took a poll of Soaring Heart grandmas to see if any of them knew what polyester and urethane were. Most knew polyester for clothing but not bedding. And none knew urethane.
Next we have a tag from a 2 year old mattress we hauled away for a family that bought an Aspen, on the left. They were put off when they realized they were sleeping on something called an “Enduralator Pad” and called us to find a healthier innerspring mattress option. While this mattress came in at a desirable price point, it’s an example of a mattress that breaks our modification of Pollan’s second rule; don’t sleep on anything made of 5 or more ingredients. Having 5 or more ingredients in a mattress can prove problematic. As the mattresses ages, different materials have different break down rates.
As the saying goes;
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Which is why our organic innerspring mattress, above on the right, only has three ingredients; organic cotton, organic wool and the innerspring.
These examples are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things you can learn about a mattress by investigating its law tag. Another important detail; where the mattress was actually made. A customer came in after doing a lot of research on crib mattresses for her 3 month old. We made her son a bassinet to sleep in for the first 3 months. She decided to go with another company on the crib mattress, only to realize their claim of “made in America” wasn’t represented on the law tag, shown on the left.
Additionally, because the 100% organic cotton case isn’t listed on the tag, she couldn’t even verify its materials. According to the law tag, it’s just a shell made in China and filled in Canada with a Polyester fiber pad. After more trouble than it was worth for a new mom, she was able to get a refund and purchased a crib mattress from Soaring Heart. That tag is shown on the right.
The intention of this post is to empower folks to ask questions about the “ingredients” in their mattress the same way they ask what's in their Wheaties. If a claim seems too good to be true, check the tag and remember the rules;
If your grandmother wouldn't recognize the ingredients or it has 5 or more ingredients, don't sleep on it!
Feel free to stop by our Fremont or Bellevue showrooms anytime for more tips on navigating your way to healthy, natural sleep. We've been educating folks on the ins and outs of mattress buying since 1982. And here’s the best part. You get to try out the merchandise. Take a test rest! We encourage it!