May 22 2013
What does “comfort” mean to you? Although we lead a fairly simple life, it’s also a comfortable life. Read on to find out why!
#1 COMFORT IS… enjoying a few more minutes under the covers. We have a funny little snooze routine going on at 5.20 in the morning: Our three alarm clocks go off in three different places at almost the same time. I’m responsible for shutting them off, turning on the lights, and making sure Alf and Layla are semi-awake. Layla gets 10 minutes to snuggle under her blanket while Alf keeps an eye on the time. Her blanket’s name, by the way, is Fluffy. She’s had it since she was two. Over the years Fluffy has become less tender to the touch, but lately we’ve started using Comfort Ultra Pure, a fabric conditioner, when we run the wash and now good ol’ Fluffy is back on form again. Once Layla’s up, she freshens up and gets dressed while Alf gets her a cup of warm milk. During this time, I’m back in bed stealing some shut-eye until Layla’s seated at the table, then I’m up again to brush her hair and tame it while Alf takes his 10 minutes. When her hair’s done, Layla feeds Sarah our pet hamster and Alf takes her down to wait for the bus. We’ve only missed the bus once this year due to oversleeping. Not too shabby!
#2 COMFORT IS… making a playground out of your bed. Start with pillow forts. Then run horizontally, be the tickle monster, read aloud from every single board book you own, throw a blanket over your head and make like a jellyfish, and dump your entire toy collection on your bed or give your undivided attention to one toy at a time. There’s plenty of kiddy fun to be had without leaving the bedroom, or the bed. It gets better if your sheets feel like silk against your skin; I’m impressed that our softener has made that much of a difference!
#3 COMFORT IS… having a wind-down routine. A long shower or bath does wonders to chase away bad feelings and black thoughts. It’s my one magical solution for any tantrum or argument. It works on my 20 month old and my six-and-a-half year old. It works on me too, and when I step out of the shower these days, I’m greeted by the smell of “clean” and it’s coming from our laundry. I can’t put my finger on the scent but it makes me think of my mother’s home. And my mom–she’s the boss of clean.
#4 COMFORT IS… knowing you can count on someone else. Layla has watched over her brother to keep him safe while I napped, showered, hung up the laundry, washed the dishes, took bathroom breaks, tidied rooms, checked my e-mails… the list goes on and on. Who’s the mom here again? We have our hard days with her, but my life would be so much harder without my little girl.
#5 COMFORT IS… choosing softness, every time. Comfort Ultra Pure is a fabric conditioner that is specially formulated for sensitive skin. It’s also recognised by the British Skin Foundation as a softener gentle enough for a baby’s delicate skin. Keeping your laundry conditioned is an easy way to introduce more comfort into your family’s life. Try it and feel the difference!