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  • Melting Snowmen Cookies Recipe

    School is officially over for the holidays so you’ll have plenty of time to spark your child’s creativity with this fun and incredibly simple Christmas cookie recipe. Disney's Frozen is still as popular as ever, so these melting snowmen should amuse and delight your little ones to no end. We also know you’ll have an endless swarm of godchildren, nieces, nephews and more of Santa’s helpers to feed and entertain this year, so just make sure your batch is big enough…

    Melting Snowmen recipe, Christmas Cookies, Louisiana Bedding

    Serves 16 People

    Cooking Time 2-3 Hours

    Difficulty Easy

    Ingredients

    400 grams of Sugar Cookie Mix

    60ml Water (4 tbsp)

    8 Oz. White Cookie Icing

    16 Marshmallows

    1 (.75 ounce) tube black decorating gel

    3 (.75 ounce) tubes of different colour decorating gels

    Chocolate sprinkles

    Sprinkle Mix

    Melted Snowmen Cookies Recipe, Christmas, Louisiana Bedding

    Method

    1. Pour the Sugar Cookie Mix and a few tablespoons of water into a large mixing bowl and stir together well until you have a stiff dough.
    2. With a teaspoon, heap the dough onto an ungreased baking tray in sixteen thin circles (adjust as required!) leaving generous gaps between them.
    3. Place the tray in the centre of the oven and bake for ten minutes, or until the cookies are lovely and golden. If you’d prefer a little extra crunch, leave them in for a few more minutes.
    4. Once the cookies have cooled, draw the outline of a snow puddle on each one using white cookie icing and then go back and fill in the shape. For extra fun cookies, let some icing drip over the edges to look like melting snow!
    5. While the icing is still wet, immediately place a marshmallow towards the back or side of each cookie to vary the look of each snowman.
    6. Once the icing and marshmallows have set, use black decorating gel to pipe twig-like arms onto the icing and then make fingers out of chocolate sprinkles
    7. Use the black decorating gel to make your snowmen’s ‘coal’ eyes and mouth, giving them an assortment of bemused and horrified looks… Use orange sprinkles to give them a ‘carrot’ nose.
    8. Carefully draw scarves around the base of each marshmallow using a variety of different colour decorating gels, and then use three different colour sprinkles or gels for each snowman’s ‘coal’ buttons and any other features your little ones can think of adding. Get creative with it!
    9. Allow cookies to dry for at least one hour before serving. It’ll be tough, we know…

    Melting Snowmen Cookies recipe, Christmas, Louisiana Bedding

    Mmm, delicious and festive! Let us know how you got on with this recipe in the comments below, or tell us about your own recipes for Yuletide treats!  Don’t forget to like us on Facebook to get a first look at all our Christmas theme blog posts and upcoming offers.

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  • The 10 best Novelty Christmas Jumpers in Ireland for Christmas 2018

    Do you want the best Novelty Christmas jumpers Ireland? They seemed like such a rarity when we were growing up and now they’re everywhere. Once considered tacky and gaudish, they’re now highly revered and are essential when choosing your Christmas clobber for the holidays.

    Ireland can also take some of the credit for continuing the trend, with our very own Late Late Toy Show being world famous for the hosts habitual wearing of extravagant Christmas jumpers. Beginning with Gay Byrne in the seventies, the presenter’s Christmas get-up often attracts as much attention as the show itself and has continued to be a source of argument between family members each year…

    No longer considered a fashion faux pas, the Christmas jumper rouses an undeniably warm and fuzzy feeling as it conjures up memories of home and childhood.  They’re also incredibly cosy and practical in chilly winter weather. Figure out which style of Christmas jumper suits you best with our handy guide below first! and after the guide you have your hopefully rank for the best Christmas Jumpers Ireland.

    1. The Vintage VibeStylish vintage Christmas Jumper Ireland

    For those that are looking for a slight hint of Winter style this year but aren’t into the flashy Christmas look, one of these understated vintage-style jumpers will do the trick. They should also keep nagging mates at bay from accusing you of not getting into the Christmas spirit. These simple and fashionable designs saw a minor resurgence in recent years with the rise in popularity of Nordic-noir TV shows like The Killing, in which all the characters seemed to be sporting them... Rather than the ‘I LOVE CHRISTMAS’ vibe of some of our choices below, these jumpers seem to display more of a ‘I LIKE CHRISTMAS’ message and hey, that’s OK too.

    Sarah Lund The Killing Christmas Jumper Ireland

    Inspector Sarah Lund from The Killing. Crime solving never looked so stylish.

    2. Fashionable Fairisle

    If you’re looking to step things up a notch and let a little more festive cheer creep into your ensemble, then a knitted Fairisle jumper emblazoned with a Christmas motif is the option for you. The traditional technique of Fair Isle knitting is named after the tiny island it originates from, part of the Shetland Islands in Scotland, and the style has only grown in popularity in recent years. The technique isn’t a million miles away from the one used to make our very own iconic (and itchy) Aran jumpers. Though the less said about them, the better…

    Aran Christmas Jumper Ireland

    If you’ve decided that this is the seasonal style for you, our Christmas store has a selection of gorgeous and ultra-soft Fair Isle Christmas jumpers Ireland and cardigans that should pique your interest. Sporting a subtle but classic reindeer pattern, our Fairisle jumpers are versatile and equally suited to curling up by the fire with the family, or down the pub on Christmas Eve for catch-up drinks.

    Christmas Jumper Ireland Fairisle Red

    3. The Retro Revival

    Ahh, we remember it like it was yesterday. Waking up at 6am and running downstairs to find the Troll doll and Rubik’s cube left by Santa, before throwing on one of these bad boys and bickering with your siblings about who got to play Tetris… Good times. If you’re looking to relive some of those fond Christmas memories, our store has a wide selection of retro-style jumpers that will bring a smile to the face of any Scrooge. Finished in bright colours and featuring whimsical designs that you’re sure to love, kit yourself out in one of these blasts from the past!

    Retro Christmas Jumper Ireland Red

    Novelty Retro Christmas Jumper Ireland Santa & Jesus Adult Ladies Mens Womens Blue

    4. The Ugly DIY Wonder

    As with any seasonal holiday, there’s always those few people that get a bit too excited. Not content with making their own Christmas decorations or crib, these strange folks are as hard at work as Santa’s elves, crafting their very own Christmas abomination. With the rise and continued popularity of Ugly Christmas Jumper Ireland parties, and even competitions starting to spring up of late, it doesn’t look like the annual tradition of making your own Frankenjumper is going away any time soon unfortunately… For these DIY enthusiasts, the uglier the jumper the better, so we’re sure you won’t fail to spot one or two in the darker corners of the pub. It might get weird out there this year, folks.

    Ugly Christmas Jumpers Ireland

    Strange Christmas Jumper Ireland

    Christmas Jumpers Ireland Ranking:

    1. Fair Isle Christmas JumperCardigan Prancing Reindeer Adult Ladies Mens Womens Red

    Christmas Jumpers Ireland Fairisle Red

    2. Novelty Christmas Jumper Ireland Skating Penguin Adult Ladies Mens Womens Royal Blue

    Christmas Jumper Ireland Skating Penguin Royal Blue

    3. Novelty Christmas Jumper Ireland Tree Adult Ladies Mens Womens Red

    Novelty Christmas Jumper Ireland Christmas Tree Adult Ladies Mens Womens Red

    4. Novelty Retro Christmas Jumper Ireland Santa & Jesus, Adult Ladies Mens Womens Blu

    Novelty Retro Christmas Jumper Ireland Santa & Jesus Adult Ladies Mens Womens Blue

    5. Novelty Christmas Jumper Ireland Skating Penguin Adult Ladies Mens Womens Baby Blue
    Novelty Christmas Jumper Ireland Skating Penguin Adult Ladies Mens womens Baby Blue

    6. Festive Kitty Ladies Novelty Christmas Jumper Ireland Dress Black

    Festive Kitty Ladies Novelty Christmas Jumper Ireland Dress Black

    7. Novelty Retro Christmas Jumper Ireland Smiling Reindeer Adult Ladies Mens Womens Red

    Novelty Retro Christmas Jumper Ireland Smiling Reindeer Adult Ladies Mens Womens Red

    8. Novelty Christmas Jumper Ireland Pudding with Glasses Adult Ladies Mens Womens Red

    Novelty Christmas Jumper Ireland Pudding with Glasses Adult Ladies Mens Womens Red

    9. Novelty Christmas Jumper Ireland Penguin with Headphones Adult Ladies Mens Womens Grey

    Novelty Christmas Jumper Ireland Penguin with Headphones Adult Ladies Mens Womens Grey

    10. Novelty Christmas Jumper Ireland Baby Reindeer Adult Ladies Mens Womens Pink

    Novelty Christmas Jumper Ireland Baby Reindeer Adult Ladies Mens Womens Pink

    Which style are you? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to keep an eye on our blog for more upcoming posts like this and exclusive offers, and don’t forget to like our Facebook page for a first look.

  • How to Put on a Duvet Cover

    3 Painless Ways How to Put on a Duvet Cover

    While we can all agree that there's simply nothing better to give your room and mood a lift than a set of clean, fresh bedding; to many of us, changing our duvet cover is a daunting task! We've all been there, breaking a sweat as we try in vain to spread the duvet evenly within the cover, eventually hanging our heads in shame and calling someone in to give a hand...

    With recent surveys showing that 80% of people find it frustrating to put their duvet cover on and the experts saying we should be changing our duvet cover every two weeks, that's a lot of hard labour racked up every year. To make things easier for you, Slumber Suite has compiled the most quick and painless ways to change your duvet cover to save you time and energy (and maybe your sanity).

    How to Put on a Duvet Cover: The Old School Method

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    1. Spread your duvet flat on top of your mattress.
    2. Turn your fresh duvet cover inside out and find the two top corners. Be patient as this may take a second with your duvet cover inside out!
    3. With your hands now inside the two top corners of the cover, grab hold of the two top corners of the duvet itself.
    4. Now for the moment of truth... Holding each corner tightly, quickly flip the duvet as smoothly as you can.
    5. Give it a good shake until the duvet is as aligned as you can make it inside the duvet cover.
    6. Adjust the corners on the bottom side by hand and zip up. You're done!
    7. While the flip aspect of this method requires some finesse, with a bit of practice you'll soon feel like a duvet flipping ninja.

    How to Put on a Duvet Cover: The Burrito

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    1. Turn your duvet cover inside out and lay it flat on the bed.
    2. Spread out the duvet on top of it with all the corners aligned.
    3. Starting at the closed end of the cover, begin carefully rolling both the cover and the duvet together, ensuring you keep the roll as taut as you can.
    4. Roll up right to the end until you have a nice burrito shape.
    5. Open up the cover and reach in, grabbing the end of the burrito and pulling it all the way through.
    6. Do the exact same at the other end and then pull through the rest of the duvet.
    7. Start unrolling, evening out the kinks as you go. Voilà!
    8. While this method has a few extra steps and so can take a bit more care, once you have the process down it couldn't be simpler.

    How to put on a Duvet Cover: The Mover & Shaker

    1. Spread out your duvet cover flat on top of the bed.
    2. With the opening side facing towards you, fold the duvet cover twice towards the opening. Pro tip: give a quick shake after each fold if you need to even things up!
    3. Fold the duvet twice in the exact same way. Place it alongside your previously folded duvet cover facing the opening side.
    4. Stuff the duvet into the opening of the cover. Don't worry about being too graceful for the moment, just get it in!
    5. Now for the final step, grab the corners of both at the same time and shake, shake, shake.
    6. When both are nicely aligned simply zip up the opening and you're all set.

    So there you have it, our tried and tested methods for putting on a fresh duvet cover! Why not give each one a go and see which method suits you best. Which method did you find a breeze, and which could you simply not get your head around? Maybe your family has their own secret method handed down through the generations! As always, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Be sure to keep an eye on the blog for handy guides like this, and don't forget to like us on Facebook for a first look at posts like this.

    Our Top 10 Ranking for Duvet Covers:

    1. Louisiana Bedding Check Polka Reversible Duvet Cover Set 100% Cotton 200 Thread Count Navy White

    How to put on a Duvet Cover, Louisiana Bedding Check Polka Reversible Duvet Cover Set 100% Cotton 200 Thread Count Navy White

    2. Louisiana Bedding Modern Reversible Duvet Cover Set 100% Cotton 200 Thread Count Multi

    How to put on a Duvet Cover, Louisiana Bedding Modern Reversible Duvet Cover Set 100% Cotton 200 Thread Count Multi

     

    3. Louisiana Bedding Good Morning Reversible Duvet Cover Set 100% Cotton 200 Thread Count Blue White

    How to put on a Duvet Cover, Louisiana Bedding Good Morning Reversible Duvet Cover Set 100% Cotton 200 Thread Count Blue White

     

    4. Louisiana Bedding Floral Stripe Reversible Duvet Cover Set 100% Cotton 200 Thread Count Multi

    How to put on a Duvet Cover, Louisiana Bedding Floral Stripe Reversible Duvet Cover Set 100% Cotton 200 Thread Count Multi

     

    5. Louisiana Bedding Geometric Stripe Reversible Duvet Cover Set 100% Cotton 200 Thread Count Multi

    How to put on a Duvet Cover, Louisiana Bedding Geometric Stripe Reversible Duvet Cover Set 100% Cotton 200 Thread Count Multi

     

    6. Louisiana Vertical Stripe Duvet Cover Set, 100% Cotton, 200 Thread Count, Blue/White

    How to put on a Duvet Cover, Louisiana Vertical Stripe Duvet Cover Set, 100% Cotton, 200 Thread Count, Blue/White

     

    7. Louisiana Stripe Duvet Cover Set, 100% Cotton, 200 Thread Count, Pink/White

    How to put on a Duvet Cover, Louisiana Stripe Duvet Cover Set, 100% Cotton, 200 Thread Count, Pink/White

     

    8. Louisiana Check Duvet Cover Set, 100% Cotton, 200 Thread Count, Navy White

    How to put on a Duvet Cover, Louisiana Check Duvet Cover Set, 100% Cotton, 200 Thread Count, Navy White

    9. Louisiana Horizontal Stripe Duvet Cover Set, 100% Cotton, 200 Thread Count, Navy/White

    How to put on a Duvet Cover, Louisiana Horizontal Stripe Duvet Cover Set, 100% Cotton, 200 Thread Count, Navy/White

     

    10. Dorchester Oceania Duvet Cover Set, 100% Cotton, 300 Thread Count, White/Teal

    How to put on a Duvet Cover, Dorchester Oceania Duvet Cover Set, 100% Cotton, 300 Thread Count, White/Teal

  • 6 ways to create your perfect Summer Bedding sleep space

    If you're looking for Summer Bedding ideas , you've come to the right place!

    We're going to show you the best summer bedding sets and advise you what to look for and avoid when the temperature heats up!

    Bed in the water with clothing - Summer Bedding

    As we update our Summer bedding wardrobe with a couple of pastel colours, or even trust the Irish sun enough to throw on a pair of shorts, we should also ensure our bedroom isn't neglected for the warmer months. In the summer, crisp linens and breathable fabrics are essential for staying cool and getting a good nights rest; but there's also a number of extra steps you can take to keep your sleep space matching that sunny disposition!

    Summer Bedding: Fresh Fabrics

    First things first, it's time to pack away any of your bedding that's comprised of Down, or any other winter-grade materials; there's no harm being optimistic (even if you are in Ireland). As the temperature begins to pick up, seek out light, breathable fabrics that will prevent overheating. 100% cotton is always a safe bet for staying cool, and from there it's just a case of your preferred weave. Percale bedding has that impossibly crisp feel that won't suffocate, while sateen has a relaxed texture and is just as breathable.

    Summer Bedding: Summer Schemes

    It may seem obvious, but brightly coloured summer bedding can be a rooms centrepiece and create the overall theme. Bright, breezy colours can give your bedroom a lighter feel during the summer months, and soft pastels can bring a relaxed, nautical vibe to your space (even if you're nowhere near the water). All-white bedding is another safe bet as it can't be beaten for the fresh look that never goes out of fashion. However, if you opt for all-white you may need to accessorise...

    Louisiana Bedding duvet cover set blue and white - Summer bedding

    Summer Bedding: Accent with a Throw or Cushion Cover

    It's always nice to have a relaxed, minimalist setup in our private space, but when that warm weather hits and we're surrounded by blooming flowers and bright clothing, we want our rooms to reflect that! Some colourful accessories will really pop out and add character to a room. A flashy throw or Cushion Covers Ireland is perfect for this; much lighter than a bedspread, but still giving our bedroom that lift it craves.

    Summer Bedding: Spring Cleanin

    Obvious tip alert! The handiest (and cheapest) thing we can do to give our bedroom a new lease of life is some good old fashioned scrubbing and dusting. An hour or two of cleaning and decluttering is the simplest way to freshen our room and air out our space. Honestly, is there anything better than a clean room? For a start, it will look more spacious and you may even get some inspiration on what to do with all this new found space. You could even add fresh flowers and scented candles if you're feeling really ambitious...

    Summer Bedding: Sun-sational Storage

    One bright idea we've seen more and more people having of late is packing away clutter into pretty, colourful boxes under their bed. This way you can add a little sunshine and some eye-catching accessories without taking up any of that precious new space. Why not reuse an old suitcase and repurpose it as a nifty storage box? Quirky and functional!storage box - Summer Bedding

    Summer Bedding: If these walls could talk...

    During the summer your walls can talk; in fact they're screaming out for a dash of colour! Why not make a collage of summery photos from a recent family trip or holiday? Simple and inexpensive. Maybe you'd also like to get your hands on some wall art (outdoor images featuring the beach or nature work great), or even paint your own mural as a summer project.Kids bedroom wall mural - Summer Bedding

    What's your inspiration for updating your sleep space for the Summer? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to keep an eye on the blog for handy guides like this. Don't forget to like us on Facebook for a first look and exclusive offers on the way!

  • Pillowtalk: Choosing the Best Pillow

    Do you want the best pillow ever? You've come to the right place!

    Spring has arrived, so it might be time to chuck out some of those bad sleeping habits with the rest of your Spring cleaning and decide on the best pillow for you! Getting a better night's sleep enables us to live a more productive, balanced and healthy lifestyle – it will even allow you to make the most of those few hours of sunshine after work, instead of just crashing on the couch...

    It's also a good time to inspect our bed linen for the new season and see what needs tossing. New season, new you and all that! Despite using one every night, most people don't give much thought to the best Pillows Ireland. This can lead to all sorts of neck and back issues down the road, as well as night after night of disturbed sleep. With this handy guide you'll soon have the knowledge needed to help sort your sleep habits.

    The graph below highlights the main two things to look for in a new pillow: Sleep Position & Firmness.

     

    anatomy of pillow - best pillow

     

    1. Choosing the Best Pillow: Sleep Positions

    Just like in every aspect of our lives, everyone is different when it comes to sleeping position. So whether you're a side sleeper, a stomach snoozer or a back sprawler, it's essential to consider your own individual needs when picking a pillow.

     

    Side Sleepers

    The most common sleep position, as well as the one that feels most natural, sleeping on your side also has the added health benefit of promoting the natural alignment of the spine. As side sleepers need to give adequate support to head, neck and shoulders equally, they should seek a moderately firm pillow like the Silentnight Pocket Sprung Pillow that will keep the areas elevated and prevent muscle cramping!

    Stomach Sleepers (aka Front Sleepers)

    For those Stomach Sleepers that need to keep a much lower profile, something a bit flatter that still offers good support should be considered. If a pillow is too high while you're sprawled on your stomach, it could cause your neck and spine to strain to adjust to the larger curvature and leave you with a crick in the morning... Not good! The flatter the pillow, the more aligned in a natural curve the top of your body will be. A good choice for Stomach Sleepers is our Silentnight Duck Feather Pillow Pair ; however if you prefer something with a little bit more support but still moderately flat, try the Silent Night Goose Feather Pillow

    Back Sleepers

    If you prefer to catch your z's on your back, then you'll need to find something that promotes the correct alignment when in the prone position. Look no further than our Sealy Response Clusterfill Pillow; with a medium comfort rating, it's perfect for back sleepers.

    Sealy Response Clusterfill Pillow - best pillow

    2. Choosing the Best Pillow: Firmness

    From there, it's simply a case of considering whether you prefer ultra soft cushioning, so you can practically sink into the bed; or a pillow with a little more firmness to it, to allow you to find a comfortable position and hold onto it for the night.

     

    Soft

    For those of us that need a little extra comfort at bedtime, we strongly recommend the Silentnight Soft As Silk Pillow Pair. With a smooth and silky feel, it boasts an extra soft filling for a blissful night's sleep.

    Firm

    Sleepers looking for a firm feel will find what they are looking for in our Sealy Zonal Support Extra Firm Support Pillow; it's a compact dense pillow that retains it's shape and support all night every night. A tubular foam insert at the base of the pillow also provides gentle neck support when you need it most. We can't recommend it highly enough!

    These were our advise for you to get the best pillow, be sure to let us know what kind of sleeper you are in the comments below. We won't judge, we promise! Don’t forget to like our Facebook page for more handy blog posts and a first look at exclusive offers.

  • Thread Count Unraveled: Picking the Perfect Bedding

    We spend roughly a third of our lives in bed, so it’s worth splashing out on top quality bedding. But when it comes to shopping for duvet covers and sheets, most people don’t know where to begin... A common cause of confusion is the meaning of the term ‘thread count’. So, does thread count really make a difference to the quality of bedding, or is it merely a phrase invented by advertisers? We explain all below!

     

    What is thread count?

    Thread count is the quantity of ‘threads’ woven together within one square inch of fabric on the sheet or duvet cover. Essentially it’s the amount of threads that run across the width and length of the sheet.

     

    thread count louisiana bedding

     

    The total count is based on the threads woven horizontally ("weft") and vertically ("warp") eg. 100 vertical threads + 150 horizontal threads = total thread count of 250.

    Additional threads can also be woven into the weft threads to up the thread count. These extra threads are called "picks" and are included in the overall count, which is which is why some bedding ends up having a count in the thousands!

    Thread count is a good indication of what you are getting in bedding, but there’s a few other things to look out for to ensure you’re buying the best. Generally a decent thread count mixed with a high quality cotton like Egyptian is a good rule of thumb.

     

    dorchester duvet cover 1000 thread count louisiana bedding - Thread count

    Sew on and Sew forth…

    So, now we know that a higher thread count doesn’t fully indicate the quality of the sheet, and that by using creative weaving and counting methods, thread count can be increased without improving the quality of the bedding. It’s also possible to have a lower thread count, but thicker threads, increasing the quality of the bed linen while keeping a lower thread count. This is why it’s vital to also check the material of the bedding before buying!

     

    Perfect Percale

    From there, it’s just a case of your own personal preference. 100% cotton is incredibly cool and breathable, so is always a safe choice for warm summer nights. If you're looking for something durable, we’d recommend any percale with a thread count between 200 to 800. Percale is any cotton weave with a 200 thread count or above and will be more durable than a cotton satin of the same thread count. If you’re in the market for something silkier, aim for a 300 to 600 cotton satin, or if you want that softer-than-soft feel go for an 800 percale or above!

     

    Catherine Lansfield Kashmir Duvet Set, Multi - Thread count

     

    If you’re still unsure about what it all means, maybe this handy video will shed some light.

     

     

    Keep an eye on the Bedding online blog for more handy guides to the world of bedding and beyond, and don’t forget to like our Facebook page for more tips and a first look at exclusive offers!

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