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A Review - with video! - of the Newton Crib Mattress- Non-Toxic, Breathable, Innovative Magic!

A Review - with video! - of the Newton Crib Mattress- Non-Toxic, Breathable, Innovative Magic!

A Review - with video! - of the Newton Baby Crib Mattress- Non-Toxic, Breathable, Innovative Magic! Raman Noodle Design = Ultimate Breathability! Healthy, comfortable, and flame retardant free! A great affordable alternative to organic mattresses.  Green, eco-friendly and recyclable too! via Devastate Boredom

Don't worry, Baby L is just testing the Newton out in that pic!  We put sheets and jammies on before bed, I swear.  But don't you love the tiny toes and newborn shade of pink??  😜

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The Search for a Non-Toxic Crib Mattress!


As I was preparing for the arrival of Baby Boredom Devastator, I tried to choose a lot of the items on my registry extra carefully to avoid exposing baby to toxins.  Our poor, polluted, plastic-stuffed, overworked world is so toxic right now that it isn’t easy, but as a Mama-to-be with a yen for research and a good dose of hormone-fueled OCD I was determined to at least LESSEN the amount of toxins my sweet baby girl would eat / breath / absorb.

There were some ways to improve our indoor air quality that were quick and obvious… such as by choosing low- or no-VOC paint for baby’s nursery to avoid all the off-gassing from traditional paint.  Or, by choosing not to paint at all, which was the boring option we went with… not actually due to health considerations though, but rather to the fact that we’re in a rental so we haven’t decorated a traditional nursery yet.  Another easy switch to reduce the pollution in indoor air is to pick hardwood furniture, since pressed-wood / particle-board furniture off-gases lots of nasty stuff, including the carcinogen formaldehyde.  A lot of solid wood furniture is quite pricy, but there are more reasonable selections out there if you look for it.  Our lovely beechwood crib was a thoughtful gift from my grandmother, chosen from a great Ikea line of solid wood furniture.  I further eliminated another source of indoor pollution when I discovered an all-cotton-flannel water-resistant pad to go under Baby L’s sheets, avoiding the toxic vinyl found in most traditional water-proof products. 

So far so good, right?  Bonus points for this oh-so-careful, environmentally-friendly Mama-to-be. 

But then we get to the crib mattress.  Mattresses are notorious for off-gassing toxins… not only because of the glues, foams, and gels they often contain, but also because of the flame retardants required in the products by law.  I researched all-cotton crib mattresses (that use wool as the naturally flame retardant material to avoid chemical treatments), but they are prohibitively expensive for me at the moment.  Natural latex ones had some strange reviews online about the mattresses molding and “melting,” so I also wasn’t interested in risking that… and there was a third category of mattresses that called themselves “organic” but still contained foam and flame retardants.  It was a huge, confusing, expensive mattress mess!  I basically resigned myself to buying one from Ikea, which at least is reported to use the least-toxic flame retardant option in their mattresses.

Then, magic happened. 


The Magic of the Newton Crib Mattress


Shortly before my baby's due date, I was contacted by Newton, a company so new that I hadn't even encountered them in the course of my research, and asked to review their amazing crib mattress!!  Here’s a photo of sleep-deprived me a few short weeks later, newborn in hand, giddy over receiving our baby’s fabulous new crib mattress… 


A Review - with video! - of the Newton Baby Crib Mattress- Non-Toxic, Breathable, Innovative Magic! Raman Noodle Design = Ultimate Breathability! Healthy, comfortable, and flame retardant free! A great affordable alternative to organic mattresses.  Green, eco-friendly and recyclable too! via Devastate Boredom

Please note that it is a testament to JUST how excited I was that I let my photo be taken in that zombie state, and in my pajamas no less. 😆  I would also like to note, doesn't my baby look like just like a DOLL there??  She hardly even looks real... okay, sorry, back on to the topic at hand... the excitement of our fabulous, amazing new crib mattress.

“Amazing?”  You might be thinking.  “Fabulous?  Those are pretty strong adjectives for a crib mattress… and this woman has pretty stringent requirements for what kind of a mattress might deserve those kind of descriptors… does this Newton thingy really deserve them?”

Oh it does!  I feel confident that the Newton mattress is an excellent, safe option for even MY oh-so-obsessively pure nursery.  And here’s why!


Non-Toxic, Breathable, Flame-Retardant Free!


The Newton crib mattress consists of…  wait for it.. 90% AIR!  I’ll give you a second to scratch your head and wonder how that works for a minute, and no, it’s not a blow-up air mattress which is probably what you’re picturing.  The mattress is quite solid and supportive, exactly what you want in a crib mattress to reduce the risk of SIDS.  How is it 90% air, then??  Well, take a peek… this is the mattress regularly, as it appears right after you take it out of the box.


A Review - with video! - of the Newton Baby Crib Mattress- Non-Toxic, Breathable, Innovative Magic! Raman Noodle Design = Ultimate Breathability! Healthy, comfortable, and flame retardant free! A great affordable alternative to organic mattresses.  Green, eco-friendly and recyclable too! via Devastate Boredom

But when you take the cover OFF of the mattress, the "core" basically looks like some a ginormous block of Raman noodles.  


A Review - with video! - of the Newton Baby Crib Mattress- Non-Toxic, Breathable, Innovative Magic! Raman Noodle Design = Ultimate Breathability! Healthy, comfortable, and flame retardant free! A great affordable alternative to organic mattresses.  Green, eco-friendly and recyclable too! via Devastate Boredom

How innovative and cool is that?  The mattress “noodles” are made of a food-grade polymer, and make up only 10% of the mattress’s volume… the rest is literally AIR.

Already this mattress would be appealing to me simply because it consists of so few “parts.”  No foams or glues to off-gas whatsoever!  However, because I am a wary, OCD cynic even when I am NOT fueled by pregnancy hormones, I initially wondered if that mysterious “food-grade polymer” was something equally toxic that might off-gas in its own right… but the answer is definitely no, because…. drumroll please!

The Newton mattress is Greenguard Gold Certified, which means that it has been independently tested to verify very low off-gassing of any kind.  (This is my absolute favorite thing about the mattress, so I figured it deserved to be in bold. 😜 ) As the Newton website states, Greenguard Gold standards “are among the most rigorous in the world to test for the lowest measurements of chemical emissions such as VOCs, and certifies that Newton products help to promote a healthier indoor air quality.”  Ah, music to this toxin'-hatin’ Mama’s ears!

I absolutely LOVE IT when companies are confident enough in the purity of their products to do independent 3rd party testing and obtain certifications like this!  Way to go Newton!

But wait… you might be wondering about those flame retardants I dread so much.  How does the Newton stand regarding flame retardants?  

This mattress contains NO toxic chemical flame retardants at all.  The Wovenaire material contains natural phosphates, that meet the legal requirements for flame resistance in a safe way.  Honestly, that statement might seem a little vague and would probably still make me nervous, if it weren’t for that Greenguard Gold certification we just discussed.  Whatever those natural phosphates are exactly, they aren’t off-gassing into my sweet baby’s innocent little lungs.

Other cool stuff about the Newton mattress includes the fact that I can completely submerse it to clean it, if / when I have a need to do so… and let’s face it, babies are messy!  If fluids aren’t coming out of one end, they’re coming out of the other, rofl.  If / when the Tiny Occupant of my crib has a sufficiently Messy Incident, I can simply stick the mattress cover in the wash, and the mattress core in the tub.  A treatment of vinegar to disinfect, a little soap, and a good rinse will eliminate any concerns about mold or bacteria lurking under Baby Boredom Devastator’s sheets.  That’s not something you can say about most crib mattresses! 

Also, as another feather in Newton's cap, the whole 90% air thing also means that the mattress is uniquely breathable, lessening the risk factor for overheating and thus lessoning the risk factors for SIDS as well.  Just how breathable does that translate to in real life, you might be wondering??  Good thing I took a video to demonstrate, with streamers artistically (ha!) affixed to the core of the mattress, and a fan strategically placed behind it.





Cool, huh?  I don't think you can feel a breeze through any other mattress on the entire planet!

Lastly in the "cool stuff" category, the Wovenaire mattress is also fully recyclable.  Eco-friendly moms, rejoice!


A Review - with video! - of the Newton Baby Crib Mattress- Non-Toxic, Breathable, Innovative Magic! Raman Noodle Design = Ultimate Breathability! Healthy, comfortable, and flame retardant free! A great affordable alternative to organic mattresses.  Green, eco-friendly and recyclable too!

To conclude... the Newton mattress rocks!


What’s not to love about this mattress??  If you or someone you love is in the market for baby products, but ESPECIALLY for non-toxic baby products, you're going to want to check it out!  They even offer a 100 Night Trial return policy, literally giving you (or rather your baby) the chance to "sleep on it" before making a final decision.  (apparently puns and motherhood go hand in hand, oops!)

Big thanks to Newton for the opportunity to experience and review this crib mattress!!  I have the peace of mind of knowing my baby sleeps safer because of it. 😍

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READ or DON'T Read -- 2017 Mini Book Reviews, Part 1! Something for every reader!

What to READ and What NOT Read -- 2017 Book Reviews in Miniature, Part 1!  Big Magic, The Giver Quartet, Hallelujah Anyway, Hollow City, and More!

Read or Don't Read, Book Reviews in Miniature -- mini reading recommendations -- something for every reader! Big Magic, Hallelujah Anyway, Hollow City, The Giver, the Practice House, and more!  Memoir, fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, YA, etc. via Devastate Boredom


Hello friends!  Why yes, it is ME in your inbox / on your computer screen!  At long last!  

Hmmmmm three exclamation points in a row... I'm pretty sleep-deprived.  But at least my 4 month old reason for sleep deprivation is awfully stinkin' cute!  She also has a magical ability to sense whenever I leave the room where she is napping.  I leave NOISELESSLY, I swear!  And the white noise machine is BLASTING!  Yet somehow she knows if I leave, and wakes up 15 minutes later like clockwork.  So for at least some of her naps lately, I end up staying in the room with her, reading or writing.  And sometimes sleeping too, but I'm honestly not a great napper (sound familiar?) so more often reading or writing.  So, I have a TON of books to review for you, and I'm not even counting the parenting / baby books I'll save for another post.  As always, I'll do my best to give you a pithy review-in-miniature, with a READ / DON'T Read verdict for each.  You can check out past reviews here as well!

Maternity Wardrobe Style Hack -- Wear Your Regular Jeans Longer While Pregnant!

Maternity Wardrobe Style Hack -- Wear Your Regular Jeans Longer While Pregnant!

Pregnant? Delay buying maternity pants and wear your regular pants longer with this easy life hack!  Preggo style advice and tips, via Devastate Boredom


This will be a pretty brief post because... if you are able to see the photo above, you already know what I'm about to say. 😝

I promised a few days ago in my Ultimate Maternity Capsule Wardrobe post to share about a nifty little hack I used to keep wearing my regular pants for a pretty long while into my pregnancy.  I used this hack for long enough that when I went to the birthing center for check-ups, the midwives would laugh at me for not having bought maternity pants yet.  But they were the only ones who knew!  Nobody else had a clue.  (And the cows said "moo."  All those rhyming board books I'm reading to Baby L are clearly rubbing off on me, LOL)

Here are the pants-expansion hack instructions:  

How My Husband Rocked Our New Van Purchase - A No-Regrets Guide to Buying a Car from Mr. Boredom Devastator

How My Husband Rocked Our New Van Purchase - A Car Buying Guide from Mr. Boredom Devastator

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When Cars.com asked me to write a sponsored post for them, it was perfect timing because my husband and I had just recently purchased a new-to-us van in preparation for becoming parents a few months ago.  I looped my husband in on the task of writing this post, since he is, in all modesty, a bit of a genius in the realm of car research-and-search.  So, say hi to my husband, Andrew (aka, Mr. Boredom Devastator), as he shares with you his fine-tuned system for locating and purchasing the best possible car for you!

*Andrew waves*  Hello Devastate Boredom readers! 

Ultimate Maternity Capsule Wardrobe "How to" Guide, with Preggo Style Tips and Sample Mix-and-Match Wardrobes!

The Ultimate Maternity Capsule Wardrobe "How to" Guide, with Preggo Style Tips and Sample Mix-and-Match Wardrobes!

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Hello friends!  I'm typing frantically to get as much done as possible while the baby is napping... forgive any typos or unusually sloppy writing!!  Also, quick note, this post might not seem very relevant to you right now... if it seems like it might be helpful in the future, be sure to pin it so you don't forget about it! It would also be super nice if you shared this info with any friends who might find it more useful at the moment! 😊  Please and thank you... you're the best!

Knowing me and my passion for Capsule Wardrobes, you probably already guessed that I created a maternity Capsule during my pregnancy.  I'll be honest, it wasn't perfect, but I learned a lot about preggo style in the process!  This post will encompass a few different things -- the details of what my "hacked" Capsule looked like and how I went about putting it together, tips on general pregnancy fashion and how to make a fully mix-and-mach wardrobe, and a sample "ideal" maternity Capsule Wardrobe to get your creative juices flowing.  

Things on My Mind Lately - Baby! Baby! Baby!

Things on My Mind Lately - Baby! Baby! Baby!


Things on my Mind Lately - Baby, Baby, BABY!  Welcoming Baby Boredom-Devastator, birth announcement mommy-zombie style!


Holy moly, the past couple of months have just FLOWN by!  I gotta admit, there has been ONE THING on my mind for most of that time... Baby Boredom-Devastator!!  Our "little" baby L is now 7 weeks old and seems HUGE compared to how very tiny she was for a while there.  I know, I know, this is the littlest she will ever be from now on... But still... so much growing!  

Being a parent is crazy and wonderful.  My husband and I basically spend all day saying 'isn't she beautiful?' back and forth at intervals.  We feel so blessed to have her and blessed too that my husband works for a company progressive enough to offer generous paternity leave to its employees!  It makes such a huge difference to our overall stress and tiredness levels that both of us can be fully present during this amazing time of change and growth in our lives.  My husband also happens to be a champion diaper-changer and baby-soother.  So much to be thankful for! 

I'm currently writing this while wearing a sleeping baby in a sling, so I'm hoping for more nap-time-composed posts coming in the near future.  I've missed all my bloggy pals!  And I have so much to tell y'all about life with baby, maternity and nursing-friendly fashion, the books I've been reading lately (SO much reading), and more!  So stay tuned!  *HUGS*  (edit: Check out my recent Ultimate Maternity Capsule Wardrobe post here!)

PS  I'm just slightly a zombie in the picture above... baby girl was about four days old.  Look at those TINY FEET!! 😜

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Things on My Mind Lately - Baby! Baby! Baby!

Things on My Mind Lately - Baby! Baby! Baby!


Things on my Mind Lately - Baby, Baby, BABY!  Welcoming Baby Boredom-Devastator, birth announcement mommy-zombie style!


Holy moly, the past couple of months have just FLOWN by!  I gotta admit, there has been ONE THING on my mind for most of that time... Baby Boredom-Devastator!!  Our "little" baby L is now 7 weeks old and seems HUGE compared to how very tiny she was for a while there.  I know, I know, this is the littlest she will ever be from now on... But still... so much growing!  

Being a parent is crazy and wonderful.  My husband and I basically spend all day saying 'isn't she beautiful?' back and forth at intervals.  We feel so blessed to have her and blessed too that my husband works for a company progressive enough to offer generous paternity leave to its employees!  It makes such a huge difference to our overall stress and tiredness levels that both of us can be fully present during this amazing time of change and growth in our lives.  My husband also happens to be a champion diaper-changer and baby-soother.  So much to be thankful for! 

I'm currently writing this while wearing a sleeping baby in a sling, so I'm hoping for more nap-time-composed posts coming in the near future.  I've missed all my bloggy pals!  And I have so much to tell y'all about life with baby, maternity and nursing-friendly fashion, the books I've been reading lately (SO much reading), and more!  So stay tuned!  *HUGS*  (edit:  Check out my recent Ultimate Maternity Capsule Wardrobe post here!!)

PS  I'm just slightly a zombie in the picture above... baby girl was about four days old.  Look at those TINY FEET!! 😜

Hello Spring Cleaning and Awesome Fashion Finds $25 or LESS!

Hello Spring Cleaning and Awesome Fashion Finds $25 or LESS!


Wow, it's been a long time since I posted!  Sorry for the long silence.... I've missed y'all!  As it turns out, growing a human is distracting.  I was going to say "exhausting" but really I've been more distracted than exhausted, at least until the last week or so when I finally went into hard-core nesting mode / spring cleaning.  Nesting / spring cleaning while nine and a half months pregnant is definitely exhausting!  But I'm pretty much done now, and that's a good feeling too... and from what I hear, this is probably the cleanest my house will be for the next 18 years! 😜

I was trying to catch up on bloggy stuff, start a couple of future posts, update my ads (pennies and dimes add up! *coughBabiesAreExpensivecough*), etc, and ended up totally distracted by "ooooh what good deals can I find for less than $25" instead.  After spending what shall remain an undisclosed amount of time on THAT rabbit trail, I thought I might as well share some of my finds with y'all, along with this telegram-style "I've missed you!  More posts coming soon!"  For one thing, I've gotta fill you in on my preggo capsule wardrobe!  It was my smallest capsule yet, and still totally cute and effortlessly mix-and-matchable, so that's up next on my posts-to-be-written list. 😉 

In the meantime, enjoy a little bargain shopping... and say hi in the comments!  I'd love to hear what everybody's been up to... have you done your spring cleaning?  DO you spring clean?  Any good time-saving cleaning tips for the next 18 years for me??  I want to hear!!


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Braxton Hicks Contractions, Minimalist Parenthood, and the Siren Call of the (Dumb) Baby Registry List -- Stuff on My Mind Lately!

Stuff on my Mind Lately -- Braxton Hicks Contractions, Minimalist Parenthood, and the Siren Call of the Baby Registry!

YES! Those Baby Registry Lists are DUMB! - Minimalist Parenthood and the Siren Call of the Baby Registry -- Stuff on My Mind Lately! How to be minimalist with a baby on the way... minimalism and parenting, via Devastate Boredom


A quick note -- if you tried to email me in the last couple of weeks, dear friends, I tragically did not receive your messages.  Why?  Because technology hates me, and a perfectly functional email / server configuration suddenly decided it wasn't properly set up after all... and it took me a minute to realize that my lack of email correspondence was a tech problem and that I wasn't actually getting the Silent Treatment from the universe as I feared.  SO relieved that the universe and I are still on speaking terms after all!!  Moral of the story... if you had tried to get in touch with me, please email again.  It should reach me now!

Stuff on My Mind Lately -- Braxton Hicks contractions!  


My pregnancy app informed me a few days ago that "some women will begin experiencing Braxton Hicks around now" but sheesh, I've been having those bad boys for a couple of months at least.  Not that they're really bad, and there's honestly no reason to think they're male either -- but I was having one as I started typing about it, so they definitely qualify as "on my mind".  😜  

The app also said that the more Braxton Hicks contractions you have ahead of time, the fewer you will have to have during actual labor, presumably because your uterus is so freakin' Jillian-Michaels-style RIPPED after all that practicing / exercising.  Sounds totally scientific, right?  *nods hard to convince both of us*


Stuff on My Mind Lately -- Minimalist Parenthood and the Siren Call of the Baby Registry


The Three Stages of Mardi Gras, Told with Funny Cat Memes

The Three Stages of Mardi Gras, as Told by Funny Cats


Hello Friday, and hello friend! 

Today's #FridayFrivolity theme is "Mardi Gras Madness."  Since basically everything is funnier when told by LOLcatz, here is my interpretation of the three stages of Mardi Gras told by funny kittehs. 😼

Stage One:  

Click through for more! The three stages of Mardi Gras, as told by funny cat memes -- hilarious and cute lolcatz! via Devastate Boredom


Stage Two:  

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