It’s almost time for raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things! I hope this list will offer a little inspiration for your own holiday gift-giving or maybe give you a reason for some retail therapy. After all, ‘tis the season… almost!
Percale Cotton Sheets These are my absolute favorite sheets and the only sheets I use on my bed. Pete, my husband, sleeps like an oven, and our percale sheets are the only ones that keep both of us at just the right temperature all night long. I also love their indestructible elegance. They’re what I put on my bed and my children’s beds. The kids can roll around in them, build blanket forts, and then I can smooth them back out, and they look great. The best!
All-Season Hungarian Down Comforter I love a layered bed. I tell everyone, including hot sleepers, that layers are the key to comfort! Layers don’t have to mean heat, though; if you choose wisely, they mean comfort. That’s why I love the all-season Hungarian down comforter. It’s thick and lofty without being heavy and hot.
Down Alternative Comforter I start with the percale sheets, then I add my down comforter, and on top of that, I layer a down alternative comforter. Believe it or not, I don’t stop with sheets, a down comforter, and a blanket! I throw a Bristol coverlet on top of all that! It’s like the ice cream on top of a warm brownie; not necessary, but absolutely indulgent! (Can’t you just picture yourself all snuggled down in those layers, at the perfect temperature, with just the tip of your nose sticking out?)
The trick to sleeping at a comfortable temperature is to pick high-quality, breathable bed linens. Pete is always hot, I’m always a little chilly, and we’re both able to sleep comfortably. Even when the kids sleep with us, we’re all still comfortable.
The Granny Blanket My Granny blanket is the first thing I reach for when I settle in with a good book or for a Netflix binge. I’ve also been known to throw it around my shoulders and roast a s’more or two! It’s warm; it’s soft, it’s generously sized, so your feet or shoulders aren’t freezing, and--the best part--it’s machine washable. With kids and dogs, machine washable is a must in my house! It’s also my go-to gift for birthdays, holidays, and special occasions. I’ve given my mother-in-law, college roommate, and the kids’ babysitter the Granny, and they’ve all raved.
An Extra Set of Pillowcases It may seem blah on the surface, but have you ever tried sleeping with two pillows? Now that I’ve tried it, I can’t sleep without them. I always wake up with a kink in my neck, so I love that an extra set of pillowcases affords me that little indulgence of a second pillow. Plus, extra pillows are perfect for reading in bed. Cozy!
Now you know my secret to happiness; I channel my inner Julie Andrews, and “when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so baaaaaad!”