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Central Park Music Series Starts June 23rd!

I actually live right next to San Mateo’s Central Park and just love the Music series!  They feature different BBQ-ed food and plenty of beer and wine.  You are also allowed to bring your own food and drink!!

Central Park Music Series Whether you are looking to socialize with friends, g et some much needed family time,  or dance the night away,  the 2011 season is sure to be a great time.  Central Park Music Series Starts June 23rd!  Every Thursday through August 11th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Join the fun!!

-The Futon Man

Nightmares are common!

How many of us as a child have had Nightmares (bad dreams) and ran to our parents room to find comfort  in the middle of the night?  Well, I sure have!

What Exactly Is a Nightmare?

Almost everyone gets them once in a while — adults, as well as kids.  A nightmare is a bad dream.  It can may make you feel scared, or upset, but nightmares are not real and can’t harm you!

While you sleep, your brain doesn’t just turn off.  It goes through several sleep stages, including REM, or Rapid Eye Movement, sleep.  Why do they call it that?  Because during this stage of sleep, your eyes move back and forth under your closed eyelids. During REM sleep, you have dreams and sometimes those dreams can be scary or upsetting.

About every 90 minutes your brain switches between non-REM sleep and REM sleep.  The amount of time spent in REM sleep increases with each sleep cycle through the night. The longest periods of REM sleep occur towards morning. If you wake during this REM stage, it is easier for you to remember what you were dreaming about.  That’s why your most vivid dreams — and nightmares — occur in the early morning hours.

Remedies:   Read or watch something inspiring. You can also visualize a tranquil scene or imagine yourself doing something you enjoy. Whatever you’re thinking just prior to sleep can have a huge impact on your dreams.  Thinking negative thoughts while you fall asleep are often causes of bad dreams!

-The Futon Man

Sleeping Tips!

Here are a couple of tips to help you get a good nights rest!

  • Set a regular bedtime. Go to bed at the same time every night.  Find a time when you normally feel tired, so that you don’t toss and turn.  Try not to break this routine on weekends when it may be tempting to stay up late. If you want to change your bedtime, help your body adjust by making the change in small daily increments, such as 15 minutes earlier or later each day.
  • Wake up at the same time every day.  If you’re getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without an alarm.  If you need an alarm clock to wake up on time, you may need to set an earlier bedtime.  As with your bedtime, try to maintain your regular wake–time even on weekends.
  • Nap to make up for lost sleep.  If you need to make up for a few lost hours, opt for a daytime nap rather than sleeping late. This strategy allows you to pay off your sleep debt without disturbing your natural sleep–wake rhythm, which often backfires in insomnia and throws you off for days.
  • Be smart about napping. While taking a nap can be a great way to recharge, especially for older adults, it can make insomnia worse. If insomnia is a problem for you, consider eliminating napping. If you must nap, do it in the early afternoon, and limit it to thirty minutes.
  • Fight after–dinner drowsiness. If you find yourself getting sleepy way before your bedtime, get off the couch and do something mildly stimulating to avoid falling asleep, such as washing the dishes, calling a friend, or getting clothes ready for the next day. If you give in to the drowsiness, you may wake up later in the night and have trouble getting back to sleep.

If the tips don’t help, you might want to take a look at your mattress?  It could be to firm or soft?


Come by The Futon Shop and try out a Organic Mattress today!

-The Futon Man

100% organic latex pillows

The Futon Shop’s Organic Latex pillows give natural support as well as anti-microbial and dust mite free!  The %100 cotton cover is washable and the Latex can be spot cleaned.
I’m a side sleeper with broad shoulders and the high cushion really helps for good night’s sleep!!
I prefer latex over memory foam because of the support yet firm feel.
If you have never tried a %100 Organic Latex Pillow, come by The Futon Shop in San Mateo and give one a shot!  You won’t be disappointed!!

Memorial Park Camping in San Mateo County

When is the last time you went camping?  Well, San Mateo County’s very own Memorial Park is a great place!  Growing up in the Bay Area, Memorial Park was always a fun park for picnics, camping and hiking!  What’s nice is it less than a half an hour drive from downtown San Mateo!

Memorial Park is open year-round for camping, picnicking and youth group activities.

There’s a humbling feeling when you’re in the presence of redwoods. A gentle peace envelopes you like a fog that drifts in. This peace is found every day at Memorial Park. Its 499 acres provides an opportunity to view outstanding old-growth redwoods and has picnic facilities, a visitor center, a camp store, a creek swimming area, and campfire programs. The park is known for its family camping areas and the Tan Oak and Mt. Ellen Nature Trails.

All programs and facilities may not be available, and are subject to change. Please call the park at (650) 879-0238.


Timber surrounding this area was logged in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, both for redwood lumber and the bark of the tan oak tree. In fact, four small sawmill sites are either on or adjacent to the present park boundaries. Fortunately, many of the areas in the park were saved from the logger’s saws and were eventually acquired by the County in 1924. The park was memorialized for for the men of San Mateo County who died in the First World War.

The Depression brought many to the area when Memorial Park was established as a project camp for the Work Projects Administration created by President Roosevelt. Many of the existing restrooms, roadways and picnic sites are the result of their efforts.

Have a wonderful summer!

-The Futon Man

Organic Baby Crib Mattresses

The first thing you need to know is that The Futon Shop organic baby crib mattresses with washable organic mattress covers are made with organic cotton and because of that don’t have all the toxins that other mattresses have.  Children who sleep on these types of mattresses grow up healthier and are less likely to visit the doctor without all the chemicals inside. 

Here are a couple benefits to consider !

No chemicals –  The first benefit is your child won’t be sleeping on a chemical filled mattress.  The Futon Shop’s crib mattresses have nothing but organic cotton and other material making up this crib mattress.

Longer lasting – The reason they last longer is because they don’t have any chemicals that are eating away at the material and because of this your mattress won’t rip, tear, or break apart as easy.

Back to Basics!

Are you shopping for a futon and really don’t want to spend much?  Going away to school and living in the dorms for a year or two? Or you just might have those occasional guests that need a place to crash?

Just stick to the basic and check out the Mondo Student set with Free Shipping! from The Futon Shop!  It’s a full size futon bed that sleeps two comfortably and converts  into a nice relaxed sofa!

-The Futon Man

Foster City Arts & Wine Festival 2011

The 40th annual Foster City Arts & Wine Festival in Leo Ryan Park is free (June 4-5, 2011) and features live entertainment, a talent show, arts and crafts, fun festival food, wine and beer, and walks along the lagoon. 

I grew up in Foster City and rarely miss this event! It’s a great opportunity to run into old friends.  In the evenings the event continues with carnival rides.  Last year the Foster City Chamber of Commerce sold discount carnival ride tickets in advance of the event!

The weekend starts on Friday June 3rd with an old fashioned Carnival with thrilling rides, a real midway and of course cotton candy.  The Carnival will run all weekend so you can come back for more after you’ve walked and shopped the arts and crafts vendors.

Mark your calendars for the 1st weekend in June!!

-The Futon Man

Dorm Life!

Going off to college is exciting in many ways, but few match the excitement of living the Dorm Life! Being away from home for the first time, living among friends and fellow students, all working hard toward a bright future… it’s important to feel at home and comfortable in that new little abode. And that’s why having the right dorm furniture is crucial to spending a happy time on campus.

Probably the most important thing to consider before buying any furniture is the size of the dorm room. We all know these tend to be on the small end of the spectrum (it’s just part of the charm of going to college!), so taking measurements is really the ideal first step. Once you’ve measured the dorm you might want to try to visualize it with certain key furniture items you already know you want. (A really great idea is to take a photo of the dorm room and do a collage on your computer at home with pictures of dorm furniture you’ve downloaded from the web.)  Then check out The Futon Shop for your furnishing needs!

-The Futon Man

Attention College Students!

Throwing a dorm room party? Are you looking to maximize your space?  Have you ever thought of trading in your full size bed??

Try a space saving convertible hardwood futon sleeper sofa or a solid wood loft bed which are perfect for the student room from The Futon Shop!

College is stressful enough! Enjoy a good night’s sleep on a Soft Organic Futon from The Futon Shop! And enjoy that party you were thinking of hosting!

The Futon Shop in San Mateo

-The Futon Man

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