I was given a Big Fig bed set in exchange for my review of the product.  I may receive a portion of the sale through the affiliate program.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are 100% my own.

How I Finally Got My Dream Bed With Big Fig Mattresses

I have never really been much into home d├ęcor.  As long as I've got a kitchen to make grilled cheese in, a big closet for all of my clothes and a sweet bed- I'm good.  For most of my adult years, I've had to accept having only two out of those three things.  Having a nice, sturdy and comfortable bed was something that I have never really enjoyed.  I'd dress up my beds with bright and beautiful spreads or fluffy duvets so it would be very visually appealing but the comfort was never really there, at least not for the long haul.  Most of time it would be comfortable for a little while and then in about a year or probably even less, that comfort was gone. 
I'm a heavy girl that has been that way all of her life.  That mixed with the fact that I sleep alone and I generally sleep in one spot have been the reasons why mattresses do not last for me.  They collect sweat, sag, lose their shape and eventually have to be tossed and replaced for a new one.  Usually the only solution to the problem is to flip the mattress but I can only use that solution once, of course.  No matter how many fragrant candles that I purchased or fresh flowers that I placed in my room- my sleeping situation was never 100% comfortable.

How I Finally Got My Dream Bed With Big Fig Mattresses

Enter Big Fig Mattresses:

When Big Fig contacted me and invited me into their affiliate program, I was OVER THE MOON!  I had met their reps several times over the past couple of years at different conferences and had read countless reviews from fellow influencers.  I was excited to learn about a company that addressed a real issue for larger figure individuals.  After getting my email and signing up for the delivery, I anxiously awaited my new bed!  The shipping was quick- I actually prolonged the process because I wanted it to come after I came back from a trip.  But, in less than 2 weeks, I was sleeping in my new, cozy bed. The company offers White Glove delivery, meaning they take care of EVERYTHING.  They ship it, bring it in, set it up, and haul off your old bed if you'd like.

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Let's talk about the feel...

As I mentioned above, I've read a ton of reviews and everyone is RIGHT!  It truly is a comfortable bed!  It has cooling and breathable technology so no more sweaty nights.  Even with my fan on, my old bed made me sweat.  I also wake up feeling more refreshed than I did with my old mattress.  I spend a LOT of time on my bed.  It's something that I'd rather not admit but it's true.  I currently work from home, so I write in bed, read in bed, binge watch Netflix in bed, etc.  This mattress hasn't not shown any signs of sag.  I waited as long as I could to write this review because I wanted to give it a fair amount of time.  I feels so good to lay on a mattress that is so soft and comfy but still feels strong an durable.  I think my favorite thing about the mattress is that it has supportive edges.  If you sit on the edge of the bed a lot, as a heavy person, eventually it will sag and look weird over time.  You also seep down into the edge on a traditional mattress but not on a Big Fig.  It retains its shape even at the edges. 
Big Fig Review, The Low Country Socialite, beds for plus size people

Big Fig Review, The Low Country Socialite, beds for plus size people

Pros & Cons...

Here are some of the pros: 
Cooling Technology – thermo-gel that offers a cooling sensation to the touch.
Strong Mattress, Strong box spring, and Strong frame- it's a complete system, not just the mattress.
No Sag - high density foam supports up to 1000 pounds!
101 Night Trial - try it in your home and feel the difference for yourself.
20 Year Warranty - lasts a hell of a lot longer than traditional mattresses even when they're used by smaller users.

And the cons...
Only available online:  for not it's only available for purchase online so there isn't really a showroom that you can go into to try it out.  However, Big Fig is a sponsor at TONS of events, so trying it out before you purchase is a fairly easy task.  It’s also pretty cool that they are a strong supporter of the plus size community!
Not cheap:  it's an investment but what quality piece of furniture isn't?  The good thing is that Big Fig has finance options, frequent sales and a 101 Night Trial.
Big Fig Review, The Low Country Socialite, beds for plus size people
Big Fig Review, The Low Country Socialite, beds for plus size people


In all, I really do love this bed.  Now, my biggest problem is keeping Lola (my pup) off of it.  She seriously enjoys it almost as much as I do.  lol   I'm so glad that manufacturers are creating products that are more inclusive for customers.  I want to offer a special blessing to those that realize that we do not live in a "one size fits all" world and makes products to reflect that truth.

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Some things in life can be used both for functional and aesthetic purposes. For example, people don’t
just get braces to help straighten teeth and avoid dental health issues, they get them to improve their
smiles - in fact, from 1994 to 2010, the number of adults getting braces, has increased by 58%.

In a similar trend, botox is being used more and more these days, with more focus on its functional purpose,
instead of what if could do to beauty.

Although it has a reputation for being a miracle worker on facial wrinkles, the power of Botox
is not merely limited to cosmetic enhancing procedures. In addition to its magical properties
in making a person look more youthful, this powerful injectable can do so much more than
just relax wrinkles. Here are four ways that Botox can be used for more than beauty…


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Reduce Excessive Sweating
Similar to how Botox can be used to help manage migraines, the injectable can also be
used to relax the muscles that contribute to excessive sweating. By preventing the message
that signals the body to sweat,
Botox can reduce both perspiration and excessive wetness
in a number of susceptible areas on the body. The most common place to use Botox for this
purpose is in the armpits.

Treatment of Migraines

Through research and trial and error, Botox has been found to help manage migraines. Many
health professionals believe that
Botox works in the treatment of debilitating migraines by
blocking the pain signals sent to the brain while inhibiting sensory pathways. The muscles
in the head are then subsequently more relaxed and not as likely to feel the immense pain
that comes along with migraines. In addition to helping migraine sufferers, some doctors
believe that Botox can also be an effective way to treat painful cluster headaches.

Manage Acne

Because Botox treatments can lead to the suppression of oil production, breakouts can be
reduced through its consistent usage. The most effective location on the face to use
Botox
as a means of managing acne is on the forehead. By injecting too much at one time, you will
run the risk of frozen muscles.

Eliminate Eye Twitching

One of the first uses of Botox was for the treatment of uncomfortable eye twitches. By
injecting the toxin into the hyperactive muscles around the eye, twitching can be reduced
or even eliminated in some cases. The effects of
Botox as a treatment for eye twitching
usually lasts approximately three to six months. So while this is not a permanent solution,
it can still provide immense relief to those suffering from this condition when used regularly.


Although it is likely that Botox's primary use will always be to help with the appearance of fine
lines and wrinkles, its numerous additional uses are becoming more widely used, assisting
sufferers to control a variety of ailments.




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The world is full of amazing places to see. Each continent has something unique and exciting to offer. Some travelers are always on the search for the next-best-thing and something inexplicably special.
To help satiate these cravings, here are five mind-blowing travel destinations that excite the curiosity...

5 Mind-Blowing Travel Destinations That Awaken Your Natural Curiosity

Petra, Jordan

There is nothing quite as stunning as the ancient city of Petra that is built into the side of massive cliffs.
Visitors are ushered through narrow caverns with walls reaching towards the sky, before coming to an
opening with the main site of Petra and countless other delicately created and long-standing
constructions.
Imaginative Traveller notes that there are numerous tombs, temples, public buildings,
and an impressive rock-hewn amphitheater as well as the Monastery, a vast structure rivaling even
the Treasury. This ancient city dates back to 300 B.C. and has been featured in several books and
films including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The Salar de Uyuni salt flats are one of the most stunning places in South America. This desert of
salt plays with human perception allowing for some defying illusions. During the dry season, it is
difficult to maintain depth perception as those far away only seem like microscopic people standing
nearby. The illusions don't stop during the wet season as the sky is perfectly reflected in a natural
mirror that extends all the way to the horizon. These salt flats are a must see.

Baltimore, USA

Many people don't consider the United States a historical place as many other countries have a
significantly longer history. However, there are still remnants of the US's past that make for a mind-
blowing travel destination.
Avis suggests that visitors enjoy the beautiful architecture of the city at
historic sites such as the Baltimore Basilica, the first basilica in America, and the Lloyd Street
Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the country. Drive down the brick-paved streets to reach famous
breweries, the Walters Art Museum, or the dozens of historic war sites, such as Fort McHenry, within
an hour’s drive of the city.


5 Mind-Blowing Travel Destinations That Awaken Your Natural Curiosity


The Pyramids, Egypt

No list of mind-blowing travel destinations is complete without including the stunning pyramids of
Egypt. These colossal structures date back centuries and archaeologists are still not sure how they
were constructed by humans. In fact, they are an impressive feat by even today's standards.
Interesting Engineering says that the Pyramid of Giza was built 4500 years ago in Egypt, yet it
remained as the tallest man-made building until the 19th century. That means it stood its place as the
tallest building for 3800 years!

Dubai, U.A.E.

Imagine a walking through a barren desert with sand as far as the eye can see, and then stumbling
upon a metropolitan oasis the size of New York. This accurately describes the stunning city of Dubai
in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai was built in the middle of the desert and acts as an oasis of air-
conditioning, massive skyscrapers and other feats of engineering. In fact, the tallest building in the
world and some of the most popular man-made islands are located here.

Mind-blowing places are present around the entire world and located in every continent. These five
travel destinations are a great place to start when wanting to excite that curiosity.


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Over the years I have lost or better yet- given away so much because of insecurities, fear, acceptance issues and negative thoughts.   I lost things like my time, my self-love, my power and most importantly- my peace.  There were times that I took on extra tasks that I knew I didn’t want to do.  I also did things like falling in love with the wrong men out of fear of being alone.  I hated my body because I felt like it could never be accepted or worthy of genuine love.  It affected the way that I thought and spoke so much that it almost completely destroyed my confidence.  My brain was constantly flooded with negative thoughts like “what will everyone think of me if I don’t agree to this?” or “what will they think if I have a little more to eat?” or “what will they think of me if I cannot afford to pay for this?”   I let insecurities seep in and the result was that I ended up giving my power more times than I care to admit.  

Kirsten, The Low Country Socialite is standing on the steps in front of The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah Georgia.  She is wearing a black floral sleeveless dress and looking straight ahead.  Behind her is the massive door to the cathedral.

At this point in my life, I am working hard on reclaiming my inner peace.    So, what does it mean to “reclaim” something?  As a verb, it means to recover something that has previously been lost/given away.   It also, in its noun form, means the very action or the process of taking back what is lost.  Here are some of my action steps for reclaiming peace in my home and in my life:

1.  Focus on what you can control.
I can't control what someone thinks about me or what someone says about me.  I’m not responsible for the negative thoughts and actions of someone else.  The only thing that I can control is the way that I react to things and the way that I feel about myself.  At the end of the day, those things are the important.  Those are the things that will stay with me to either comfort or torment me.

2.  Always show gratitude.
Always find a way to say “thank you”- even for the little things.  We usually remember to say “thank you” for the big things but whether you realize it or not, there are tons of people or forces in your life that are doing little things for you that sometimes go unnoticed.  Show gratitude to the people around you, your spiritual guide and even to yourself.  Even the simple act saying thank you to your body for its abilities is powerful.

Kirsten, The Low Country Socialite is standing on the steps in front of The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah Georgia.  She is wearing a black floral sleeveless dress and looking to her left.  Her dress is floor length and from eShakti.

3.  Stay in the present as much as you can.
Living in the past causes stress for no reason. Everyone has regrets but constantly looking back and wanting to change the past will only stop you from moving forward.  I had to learn to stop beating myself up for my past mistakes and focus on learning the lesson that they held for me.  I believe that all things happen for a reason.  I may not understand it at the moment, but in time I will know what it is trying to teach me.

4.  Keep your word.
If you tell someone that you’re going to do something, do it.  If you someone asks you to do something and you can't do it or don't really want to do it, don't promise it.  This might sound like it only helps those around you but you’d be surprised at the burden this lifts off your shoulders.   It’s the simple art of saying “no”.  I didn’t realize that I had a problem with this until I was loaded with several tasks at my old job and was unsuccessfully struggling to stay afloat.  Deciding between what I wanted to do and what I felt obligated to do was something that I had to learn to do.


Kirsten, The Low Country Socialite and Shelly Carpenter of ShellyCLately and ShellyCStudio are standing on the steps in front of The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah Georgia.  Kirsten is wearing a black floral sleeveless dress and looking to her right and is smiling while holding a fan made from African print fabric.  Shelly is standing on the left at the top step and her legs are crossed.  She is smiling and wearing a black knee-length skirt and a plaid shirt.


5.  Be kind- to yourself and everyone else.
First, give yourself a break.  You’re only human!  You’re built to make mistakes and so are the people around you.  Forgive as you would want to be forgiven.  Operate in kindness with your words, your actions and your thoughts.  

6.  Worry less. 
This one is probably the hardest to do and requires several action steps within itself but if you can manage it, you will save yourself to much unnecessary stress.  The best way to do this is to determine what is most important in life.  Don’t get wrapped up chasing material things like wealth.  Instead, chase the things that make you the most content and happy.


I’d love to give a special blessing to anyone who is in the process of reclaiming their peace or anything else that they’ve lost.  It’s not easy but it’s necessary for your survival.  I see you, I acknowledge you and I also pray that you get back all of those things that you lost or gave away in your life journey.


“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” — Buddha

Kirsten, The Low Country Socialite is standing in front of The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah Georgia.  She is wearing a black floral sleeveless dress and looking over her right shoulder with her lips parted.

Dress – eShakti
African Fan – Doors to Africa
Photography – ShellyCStudio
Location – Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah GA
 



What have you lost and what are your action steps for reclaiming it?  Let me know in the comments below.


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