July 5, 2011

The Castle Bed: want to win one? iComfort Sleep System by Serta Giveaway

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I am not even kidding you that tonight while I sat on the driveway chalk-drawing whatever Ivy commanded asked me to draw for her, she told me to draw a mattress. And I'm like, a what? You mean a bed? And so I drew a bed just like the one in her new dollhouse. Then she wanted a moat. Ah, it must be a bed in a castle I figured as I drew orange waves around the bed.

But no, she meant "mote" like a remote control. Because our new mattress/bed has a remote control and can do all sorts of amazing things. Isn't she a hoot? I drew my best remote, too, btw. See there?

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I have no idea why she made the bed on fire.

It's been several weeks now since we welcomed our new Serta iComfort adjustable bed into the family. I admit that initially I wasn't so sure about it. The first few night's sleeps were probably as can be imagined for a new bed- a bit awkward and unfamiliar- and this one was a special memory foam in the "Genius" style of the iComfort selection (on the more firmer side) at that. Our old bed was not even that old, and was a pillow top. But, it had my husband sleeping on the couch most nights because it was too soft, and me waking with constant backaches.

After the first week or so I found I was actually sleeping much more soundly on the iComfort. And Jeff had finally come back to bed. I fall asleep faster than I have in as long as I can remember. Granted, it could be in combination with the fact that Ivy sleeps in her own bed now, for which still feels really strange. Just the other morning we woke up with no kids in our bed- not even any middle-of-the-night-sleep-ninjas! And we kinda laid there and it was like weird. Jeff reminded me that we are entering a new chapter of our lives. No kids in the bed. It's wild. But also? it's my castle now and I get the bed-remote all to myself. Awesome.

We really noticed a difference when we went out of town for a couple days and lamented that the hotel bed just laid there, flat. Blah. We'd have to maneuver the pillows to watch the news. And we'd toss and turn almost all night. We are so spoiled with our new bed we both agreed.  Among adjusting the bed however you want via remote control, there is also a PC/Lounge mode, positioning your legs and back just so. We are friends.

And of course the Serta iComfort comes in mattresses that just lie there- in four styles to choose from [$1299-$2499]. You don't have to have the adjustable platform but when they let me choose any one I wanted, um, it was a no brainer. (The Serta Motion Perfect adjustable base is an additional cost depending on which bed and size you buy.) And if you're not in the market for a new bed, the iComfort pillows [$79-$99] are hot stuff- no one is allowed to touch my contour-style iComfort pillow. You can visit icomfort.com to find a retailer nearest you.

We chose the Genius iComfort bed because my husband prefers a firmer mattress and I was honestly a little worried about the memory foam being a bit too form fitting. We visited an American Mattress store nearby to test them all out. I've definitely been surprised by how easy it was to "break in" and how you can totally jump on the bed (among other things wink) without making a sound or movement at all. Remember those commercials for a similar product where the wine glass won't spill? Yeah- it's like that!

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Win! It's kind of crazy fun that I get to give away a Serta iComfort of the winner's choice. That means yes it can even be adjustable if you want, any size, any flavor of soft- or firm-ness. Serta gave me a roomy timeframe to host this giveaway and I thought Ivy's chalk promptings was a sign it was time to be a bed giver. Will it be yours?

To enter leave a comment on this post. Any comment. It can be about your bed or about what your kid asks you to draw with chalk. Anything.

Extra entries (leave an additional comment for each one)
Open to U.S. winners only at this time. Please note that this is a big prize and the winner will be responsible for taxes that might come along with it. I'll randomly choose one winner from the comments here after 7/20.

Separate contests worth noting (hey, if I were you, I'd enter them all!): 
: uber important legal disclosure stuff: Serta gave me an iComfort Genius bed and two iComfort pillows to keep, and they paid for my travel, hotel, and hot stone massage ahhhhhhh when I visited their headquarters in Chicago in May, and they are also giving me a stipend for tax purposes (awesome.) The words I've said here are my own- thankfully!- and have not been changed or altered or even requested to be posted.

1,033 comments:

  1. i'm seriously the first commenter?

    i'd love to have this bed. we haven't had a new one in about 10 years, and we're about to move into a new house, and well, new bed, new house...that would be sorta great.

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  2. Steph what a wonderful contest! I have done everything except tweeted about it.

    I checked out the collection and would love the Serta Icomfort#174 Motion Perfect TXL/King Adjustable Base. The adjustability would be so nice!

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  3. We're a co-sleeping family and just found mold (MOLD!!!!) on the underside of our mattress. HOW it got there is beyond me. Ick ick ick ick ick.
    We haven't had a new to us bed in 15 years. We would be so unbelievably grateful for a new awesome Serta......I've had so many sleepless nights these last few years, and if that dang sheep truck pulled up outside my house I think I would be a puddle of happiness!

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  4. I'd love to win this! My kids both have nicer mattresses than DH and I do and I'm ready for a comfier bed!

    lora at mortier dot org

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  5. Your chalk drawings beat mine, seriously. Ivy is adorable, lol. I love her priorities! I'm surprised she hasn't refused to sleep in her own bed if yours is that comfy ;)

    I've never owned a new bed and I'm currently sleeping on a used bed from freecycle that has mysterious stains on it. Yes, I was that desperate :) talk about GROSS not to mention uncomfortable! I've been trying to set aside some dough for a new bed but dang, they are expensive and money always seems to need to go towards other things instead.

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  6. We have what is supposed to be a great bed and I hate it. I would love to win this one please.

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  7. I would love to win a new mattress. My hubby Andi were just discussing the fact that over the past month, our mattress has morphed from a thing of comfort into a torture device. My fingers are crossed!

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  8. Oh I'm so ready for a new bed...I like the idea of having it adjusted to my comfort!

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  9. I *might* choose the Genius, but the Prodigy sounds pretty awesome too. I can imagine DH and I going back and forth and agonizing over the decision! LOL

    lora at mortier dot org

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  10. I like Serta Mattress on Facebook!

    lora at mortier dot org

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  11. I liked this post!

    lora at mortier dot org

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  12. I follow Serta Mattress on Twitter

    lora at mortier dot org

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  13. Retweeted your tweet. Does that count?

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  14. I follow you on Twitter.

    lora at mortier dot org

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  15. In this hot as heck weather (it's still 90 degrees at past 10 pm) that Insight sure intrigues me :)

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  16. Oh.my.goodness! We are currently looking to purchase a new bed... Ours is an old double that my Ed puts a camping pad on his side under the sheets to make it firm enough. What an awesome giveaway!
    Njkoster at gmail dot com

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  17. Tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/#!/love2bmommy/status/88478993464033280

    lora at mortier dot org

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  18. Just tweeted via @health_happier

    http://twitter.com/#!/Health_Happier/status/88478814023335937

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  19. Already following you on twitter :)

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  20. Following Serta on twitter!

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  21. The words "supreme comfort" make me think I'd like to try the Revolution bed.

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  22. I've been following you on Twitter for a long time.

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  23. Tweeted :) http://twitter.com/natasha_anne/statuses/88479805351268353

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  24. I follow babysteph on twitter.

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  25. The genuis sounds like it could be just what we are looking for!

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  26. Like SertaMattresses on FB.

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  27. Following @SertaMattresses on Twitter

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  28. Following you on twitter....and have been for some time!

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  29. Tweeted about this giveaway but not sure how to link to it?!

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  30. We bought a king sized bed when I was pregnant with my first, and he is just now spending some full nights away from us. Both of us wake up in the morning going - there's something different ... oh, there's no tiny person taking up most of the space!

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  31. I'm happy to hear your husband is off the couch.

    That is a tremendous prize!! Here's hoping! =)

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  32. I would love to win a new bed! We just don't fit in a queen and we've discovered our sleep number is pretty much the same anyway....so low that we have dents in each side of the bed....but hey, that does come in handy for having Elsa in bed with me these first few weeks :)

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  33. Awwwesome giveaway! I would LOVE a new bed (not to mention we could totally use one)! :)

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  34. Wow, they all look amazing. The Genius or Insight sound like my favorites, though.

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  35. Serta Mattresses are now liked on fb. :)

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  36. I also now like this post on fb. :)

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  37. Now following Serta Mattresses via Twitter!

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  38. Follow you via Twitter as well!

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  39. That sounds like a dream mattress...especially since its 2am and although I love nursing my little one, I'd really enjoy sleeping right now. :)

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  40. Link to my tweet:

    https://twitter.com/#!/fivehansens

    :) Yay!

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  41. I'd love a new mattress! That's awesome!

    For some reason I am always chalking flowers :)

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  42. What?! So excited about this contest it's currently 2 in the morning and I stubbled upon this. 39 weeks pregnant insomnia;) My husband recently had a 2 level spinal fusion and disc replacement. Our bed is about to do him in. Like you our bed is not that old but it is a pillow top, WAY to soft, and has body "divots" in it. How awesome would it be to win this!!!

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  43. Oh how I'd love to win this. My sister *really* needs a new bed. [And now that I've put that in the comment I'll REALLY have to give it to her if I win.] =)

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  44. Following you on Twitter.
    @JustBetty

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  45. I'm thinking we would make the same choice as you. My husband definitely needs the firmer mattress and it would be great to have the adjustability of the mattress esp. with breastfeeding a newborn.

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  46. Link to my tweet about this post.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/lizasmith1/status/88510312483004419

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  47. We are so in the market for a new mattress! We always joke about how we got "duped" when we bought our last mattress. We were persuaded to buy the new "Olympic Queen." We had a queen bed, but the Olympic Queen mattress allows you to have a slightly larger mattress on the queen frame without having the expense of buying a new king bed. The sales guy said the industry was going the way of the Olympic Queen. Well, it's been more than 7 years and I still can't find Olympic Queen sheets and never did find a mattress cover so our current mattress has lovely stains. We are expecting baby number 3 (Shhhh haven't told anyone yet) and have to replace our roof so buying a new mattress has been put off yet again! Thanks for hosting this contest.

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  48. Oops that last anonymous was me lori at lbpublicrelations dot com.

    We are so in the market for a new mattress! We always joke about how we got "duped" when we bought our last mattress. We were persuaded to buy the new "Olympic Queen." We had a queen bed, but the Olympic Queen mattress allows you to have a slightly larger mattress on the queen frame without having the expense of buying a new king bed. The sales guy said the industry was going the way of the Olympic Queen. Well, it's been more than 7 years and I still can't find Olympic Queen sheets and never did find a mattress cover so our current mattress has lovely stains. We are expecting baby number 3 (Shhhh haven't told anyone yet) and have to replace our roof so buying a new mattress has been put off yet again! Thanks for hosting this contest.

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  49. I'd love to win a king size mattress. Not that it would fit in our small bedroom but I'd figure it out!!

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  50. Lightning McQueen - I'm forced to draw him every time we get out the chalk. My four year old talks of nothing besides Cars right now!

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  51. How wonderful does that mattress sound! When people ask us how in the world we can stand camping with 4 kids, our answer is seriously that the mattress in the camper is more comfortable than the hand me down full mattress we have been sleeping on (with 3-4 kids between us) in our room. iComfort sounds like a dream:)

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  52. I follow @babysteph on Twitter.

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  53. I followed Serta on Twitter

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  54. Hmmm..I think we would want a Genius or the Revolution in a queen size.

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  55. I would love love to win the contest so that my husband and I wouldn't have to roll into the middle of the bed because our mattress is so broken down!

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  56. Linked on twitter! What an awesome giveaway! http://t.co/MJO23AP

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  57. I think I'd choose the Prodigy!

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  58. I would love to win a bed just like yours. Although I do love my new/used bed, I do wake up with my body aching.

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  59. If I won this, I would die of happiness the first time I laid down.

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  60. I would want an adjustable one for sure!

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  61. My kids always ask me to draw Dora or Spongebob with chalk.

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  62. I'd either want the revolution or the genius bed.

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  63. I follow serta on twitter @frostedfingers

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  64. I follow you on twitter @frostedfingers

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  65. I tweeted about the giveaway http://twitter.com/#!/frostedfingers/status/88583177312018433

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  66. Oh gosh, I can't even tell you how much I need a new mattress. Though you probably remember all my Twitter complaining about my current squishy, lumpy, sorry excuse for a mattress. Now that my husband and I are separated one of us is going to be sleeping on the couch, and I don't want it to be me.

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  67. I'd go with the Genius, too. Extra firm is how I like it!

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  68. I like Serta on Facebook (from my Oh Hey page).

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  69. I follow @SertaMattresses from @CorrinRenee.

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  70. The more children we have the smaller our bed gets!It's okay to still co sleep with your 9 yr old right? :) A new bed would be a super blessing for us...hopefully we can even add more children to come take over :) Thanks Steph!!!

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  71. My bed is starting to give me back aches too. I would LOVE a new one. Awesome giveaway.

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  72. Oh my goodness! This would be so wonderful. I have lower back pain off and on and a new mattress would be perfect!

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  73. I think the Revolution sounds perfect for us.

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  74. This icomfort sounds like the perfect bed for older bodies! We'd LOVE to have it!

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  75. We tested an iComfort at the store and fell in love. Thanks for the chance!

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  76. I'm thinking the Genius looks yummy comfortable.

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  77. I clicked the like button on this post

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  78. I follow sertamattresses on twitter

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  79. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/ourkidsmom/status/88588549162676225

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  80. I would love to win this bed, as we are finally in a kid-free bed place as well! thanks, Stephanie!

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  81. I would love to be able to sleep in my bed without waking up with lower back pain. Not to mention having a new bed would be exciting since ours is so old lol

    Janelle

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  82. Considering that my husband and I are still sleeping on my full-size futon from high school...yes. Yes, we would love a new mattress. ;)

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  83. Hi Steph! Thanks for this great opportunity. I'd love to win a bed for my son. He's in an old hand-me-down twin from the neighbors...it's all I could do for him at the time. A new lil bed for my biggest boy would make this mama's heart SWELL!!
    luv, liz

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  84. We're in the market for a new mattress- the current one hurts my husband's back. So glad you're enjoying your new bed!

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  85. I'd choose a firmer choice, since we cosleep, and I'm wary of foam beds. Maybe the Genius model I'd go to a store to check out the options.

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  86. I follow @babysteph on twitter as @keepingfeet

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  87. Ahh a new mattress would be awesome! Our last one was when we moved to NC 11 years ago! Thanks Steph!

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  88. Liked Serta on FB - Jessie Bennetts Lucas - thanks!

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  89. WOULD LOVE A NEW BED!!

    tammyandjeffprice@yahoo.com

    @tammywellsprice

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  90. Ever since i had my three beautiful babies. my back as never been the same and I would love to have a new mattress. i would love to win it.

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  91. i liked Serta mattress on facebook

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  92. I would love to get the prodigy mattress if i won.

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  93. We splurged on a nice king size bed a few years ago.. and now it has mountains from where we sleep. Awful! Now, to win a new one so we don't have to pay for another one.. :)

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  94. I follow you on twitter @DisneyBabiesBlg

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  95. Oh man, you have no idea how much a new mattress would do for us! We got a cheap one years ago with a new baby and we were broke. My hubby is 6'2" and his feet hang off our current bed. We haven't slept well in years, always waking up moaning and back and legs cracking when we stand up. This would be heaven!

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  96. I think I'd like the Revolution.. but I'd have to go find one to jump on before choosing!

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  97. A new mattress would be heavenly! We were given our current one and we both seem to be waking up with back problems.

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  98. I tweeted but can NOT figure out how to get the link location.. but I tweeted @ you, so hopefully you see it! (@disneybabiesblg)

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  99. Oh Steph, what a blessing winning a bed would be. In 9 years of marriage there has never been enough "extra" for a new bed and I won't go into debt to get one, so hubby and I continue to sleep poorly on a hand my down bed that was his sister's when she and her husband were newlyweds. Considering their youngest starts college in the fall, this bed is old old old!

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  100. I follow you on twitter, have for a while! :)

    @MommaPate

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  101. I think I'd instantly fall asleep if I had a new bed. As in, my eyes might not close all the way before my snores began.

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  102. I tweeted about this but am totally clueless as to post what status number this is.

    @MommaPate

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  103. All the beds sound divine, but the prodigy sounds super divine.

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  104. I follow Serta on twitter too!

    @MommaPate

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  105. I think the Prodigy would be perfect. I'd also have to choose the adjustable foundation. I'm a TV watcher in bed and this would be quite handy!

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  106. And finally, I liked Serta on facebook.

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  107. LOVE this post. LOVE your Ivy. :)

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  108. I would seriously, truly, really love a new bed. Ours is 6 years old and it's ready to give up the ghost.

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  109. I also follow you on Twitter (which is where I learned of this awesome giveaway!)

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  110. ...and also now following Serta on twitter!

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  111. ...and a fan of Serta on facebook!

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  112. We need a new bed that doesn't squeak- ha! Preferably in the king size so when all 3 kids want to pile in, then we have enough room : ).

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  113. Ohhh, new bed! This would be amazing!!

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  114. Ooohhh...enter me please. I think my current mattress is about 16 years old. It is time for a new one and this one sounds amazing!

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  115. Sweet! Thanks for hosting this giveaway! We would love a new mattress.
    ~Shalana
    shalanavaron at gmail dot com

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  116. Our bed is old, and a hand-me-down. It's so uncomfortable!

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  117. I follow you on twitter. (I'm @akmorgan18)

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  118. The Revolution mattress sound really awesome!

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  119. What an awesome giveaway! Haven't had a new mattress since my hubby and I first got married. Three kids later, my tired back needs a good rest.

    We draw a lot of chalk Star Wars battles over here. :)

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  120. I tweeted about the giveaway here:
    http://twitter.com/#!/akmorgan18/status/88605671783809024

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  121. Following you on Twitter (@mcgrathfive)

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  122. Jennifer FettermanJuly 06, 2011 6:54 AM

    Pick me! Pick me! =)

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  123. I tweeted about this giveaway
    http://twitter.com/#!/mcgrathfive/status/88606790312411136

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  124. Mattress is on the lumpy side....memory foam topper not much help.

    New mattress would be awesome!!!!!

    Laughingmomma at gmail dot com

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  125. Yep. I'd pick the same one you did....adjustable...king size...pure awesomeness.

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  126. I, too, have been sleeping on the couch every night for over a month, too. I'm six months pregnant and our mattress gives me incredible pelvic pain when I lay on it. I had to sleep on the couch for four months during my last pregnancy, too!

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  127. I'd love a new bed.....we're about to move back to the US and don't have any furniture or beds....so to win a bed would be perfect!

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  128. I'd have to verify with the husband, but the Prodigy bed looks amazing to me!

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  129. Yay for new beds! I'm hoping to upgrade to a king.

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  130. I follow you on Twitter, too.

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  131. I tweeted about the giveaway. Thanks for hosting it! https://twitter.com/saharagreen/status/88610905260167168

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  132. We're planning on sleeping on an air mattress for the next couple months- so I would love to win a new bed!!!

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  133. We have chalk in the backyard but I haven't drawn anything with it yet. My baby is too little to care. Well, she may care about eating the chalk... but that's about it.

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  134. I would love the Genius iComfort too - King size please. I have 3 kids and we really need the room.

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  135. It's hard to pick one but maybe I'd like the Prodigy.

    I forgot to mention in my first comment that this would be wonderful to win for a few reasons... Our bedroom set was my dad's when he was little. For a long time it was the guest room furniture at my grandma's house. When she downsized I was in high school so I got the set but it went into my dad's basement. Then I took it to college with me where it lived in a few apartments. Then my husband and I got married and it moved with us to an apartment in a new state. And now it's in our house. So um... we could use a new one. :)

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  136. I like Serta on Facebook.

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  137. just checked out the iComfort collection and I think we'd go with the firmer Genius option!
    -jil

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  138. I follow Serta on Twitter

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  139. You are a good mom. I rarely draw and just encourage them to draw what you want...although I've been known to show a circle or two. The joys of 2 (almost 3!) and under crowd.

    This would be amazing!
    Heather@pagesbyheather.com

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  140. How the heck to choose...we'd have to do the try it out test too! I'm guessing the genius because I need some softness! Although my hubby does like it firmer...

    This would be a great decision to have to make :)
    Heather@pagesbyheather.com

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  141. following Serta on twitter!
    -jil

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  142. So, did you know if you put a memory foam mattress topper on a crater filled bed, you just get softer craters to sleep in? It's true.
    I need this bed ;)

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  143. I liked your post...never did that before!

    Heather@pagesbyheather.com

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  144. I would SO love an adjustable bed! My body would thank me (and you) (and Serta) for it!

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  145. We actually went and tried out the iSerta beds not too long ago. I like the fancy schmancy one you got - the Prodigy. But, if we were buying it ourselves, it would be the Genius.

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  146. I like Serta on facebook

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  147. I follow Serta on Twitter

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  148. I think I'd go with the Revolution (with the Motion Perfect Adjustable Foundation of course). I love the idea of the Cool Action Gel that all of these have!

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