Book Buddy Giveaway Contest!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 2, 2009

Mr. Sandman doesn’t like me lately! :(

I STILL can’t sleep. I believe I had the worst sleep last night known to man!!! Maybe 3 hours?

Since I was lying awake last night, I narrowed down my sleep troubles to a couple things:

1) Increase in caffeine (loose leaf Sencha Green Tea)

2) Not unwinding before bed

Green Tea

I am suspecting that the caffeine issue has a lot to do with it! This week, I made the switch from bagged teas to my Sencha Loose Leaf Green Tea. For a couple reasons: 1) I have lots of loose leaf tea to use up, and 2) The amount of bagged teas I was going through was a bit crazy (and expensive). Loose leaf is not only more economical, but better on the environment. So I have switched it up for a while!

And I do LOVE my Sencha green tea. I have been drinking it for about 5 years now. But I make it strong…very, very strong!

I always steep it for a good 10-15 minutes and then I squeeze out the leaves so every last drop gets into my tea. It is a very strong drink, but it gives me SO much energy!!!

However, I have been drinking it until about 5pm lately, which for someone who is sensitive to caffeine, is NOT good! I think that is why I am stirring so much at night when I go to bed.

So I am going to cut off my green tea at 2pm and see if that makes a difference.

Not unwinding

As I mentioned, I have been doing work straight until I go to bed at night (around midnight). While this is good for the business, it is not good for 1) My sanity, or 2) My sleep. Last night, I went to bed and my mind was RACING with thoughts. I was getting so frustrated because I just couldn’t turn it off.

At 3am, I said to myself, ‘I can’t wait until it is sunny so I can just get up and get my work done!!!’

so as you can see, not a great mindset for sleep! lol. ;)

So my goal for this is to wind down and remove my batteries at least 30 minutes before bed. I’d like to start doing some yoga or reading before bed. I am going to try it tonight and see how it goes!


This morning…

Needless to say I was very groggy when I got up around 6:30am this morning. I had to get up and finish off some orders, package, ship, and do my invoices. I have so much paperwork to get caught up on– that is really my least favourite part of owning a business!


So anyways, I had 4 orders shipped out by 9am so that felt pretty good! :)


Mandy from Reading Comfort has donated a Book Buddy for the Summer Glow Boot Camp!

What is a Book Buddy?

The Book Buddy™ holds both hardcover and softcover books in place with adjustable ribbons for hands-free reading.  The special filling in the pillow makes any book feel practically weightless.
Each Book Buddy™ comes with a sparkling clear acrylic desktop that slips into place and converts your reading pillow into a writing desk.  The durable desktop also serves as a handy platform for your laptop computer, keeping the warm surface off your legs and elevating the computer to a position that most people find perfect for both reading and typing.  Simply slide your laptop under the diagonal ribbons to safely secure it the most comfortable position.

She sent me one to try out for myself and I must say it is really cool!

I ordered the ‘Sweet Charlotte’ design because it was SO me! :)


I used it indoors on the couch…




And I even found a totally new use for it! As a cookbook holder!


Pretty darn cool! :)

The latest research is showing that having laptops directly on our laps is not good for us. The Book Buddy creates a barrier between the body and our laptops! Not to mention that the Book Buddy is super comfortable and cute!

Would you like a chance to win a Book Buddy?

1. Visit Reading Comfort’s blog!

2. Leave a comment on this post telling me a brief story about what brings YOU comfort and why! Is it a trip to your cottage, a pedicure at the salon, a nice bubble bath? Whatever it is that brings you a great deal of comfort tell us below! Mandy is collecting these comfort stories to use on her website, so yours just might be featured!

Contest closes Friday July 3rd at noon EST. One entry per person. Contest open only to US and Canadian residents please.

What brings me comfort?

Often a particular smell can bring me comfort. Sometimes I will smell something and it will remind me of various times in my life. I love the smell of Eric’s cologne and his clothes…sometimes I will wear one of his shirts just so I can feel comforted.

I also feel comfort when I am around my mom and my sisters. I feel so loved by them and so at ease with myself. Many times growing up, I would bury my head in my moms shoulder and cry when I was upset. There really was no greater feeling of comfort than having my mom hold me when I was sad.


1. Don’t forget my delicious Blueberry Banana Walnut Streusel mini loaves are 25% off today only!!! Email [email protected] to place an order.

2. If HAYLEY is reading this, please check your junk mail filter! I keep getting your emails for an order, but I don’t think you are getting my emails! Please check your junk mail as I have emailed you back a few times now. ;)

3. See you later for a Summer Glow Post!!! This week’s topic- REFLECTION: How we think, feel, and perceive our current selves!!! It’s going to be good!

Ok, I am off to bake an order and then I have a BUNCH of paperwork to do! I am also working on my research for shipping to the STATES!!! Don’t worry it is coming soon my lovies! ;)


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Lisa July 2, 2009 at 10:53 am

I feel most comfortable surrounded by my family. On Saturday mornings, we all sleep in a little and then the kids come into our bed and we cuddle, read, make tents out of our covers and catch up. It’s an amazing time to snuggle, plan our day and enjoy each other!


Jen July 2, 2009 at 10:59 am

Hmm, comfort… many things bring me comfort. But my favorite is probably getting in my pjs and curling up in bed with a good book. It is so relaxing for me, it’s become hard for me to go to sleep now without reading at least a little bit before bed.


Shelly July 2, 2009 at 11:03 am

Sitting at my kitchen table gives me comfort.
As a child, whenever I would visit either set of my grandparents, life seemed to be conducted around the kitchen table and I loved that.
I would sit with my grandparents while they drank their coffee in the morning and watch particles of dust float in the rays of sunlight coming from the windows. My grandfather would tell me stories about his childhood as we sat there.
Later, I would cram around the table with my cousins, eagerly watching my grandmother make lunch.
When I grew older, my family would sit at the kitchen table and play rounds of Continental Rummy, a particularly complicated and extremely enjoyable card game.
Now that I have my own house, I have dinner at the table every night, and love to sit there for hours on Sunday morning, drinking lots of coffee and reading the newspaper from cover to cover.


Aimee July 2, 2009 at 11:04 am

Comfort = wearing my husbands old sweats and t-shirt and being cuddled next to him on the couch with my puppy asleep on my lap!


Amy July 2, 2009 at 11:04 am

My daughter brings me comfort with her sweet hugs and kisses. The little two year old gives them freely. Makes me feel so loved. Her and a nice cup of coffee!


J.L. July 2, 2009 at 11:06 am

it used to be my blankie, just like linus from peanuts. now i just try to think about cuddling up with it when i was little. i did save a piece of it though for a lively reminder of simpler days.


stacey July 2, 2009 at 11:06 am

It brings me comfort at the end of a long day when I finally go to bed and both of my dogs snuggle up next to me. Especially when I hear them both let out a little sigh, because they love being able to sleep on the bed:) Now, if only I could figure out how to fall asleep as fast as they do!


Shari July 2, 2009 at 11:11 am

I find comfort with a hot cuppa tea and my pj’s.


hoodieruns July 2, 2009 at 11:15 am

I find comfort and often peace with a hard run. You usually see something on your run that gives you an ‘Ah ha!’ moment or gives you a smile. Plus you can hang out in the tub afterwards.


kim July 2, 2009 at 11:15 am

Comfort for me is sitting on my big comfy couch with a good book, cup of tea, and wearing comfy sweats and a tee. Sometimes I mix it up and put on a movie, but still, I LOVE my couch for a comfortable, relaxing spot!


Jocelyn July 2, 2009 at 11:15 am

I find comfort in cuddling on the couch with my husband and my kitty (who can’t help himself when the two of us are together, he has to be involved, too!), with a glass…oh let’s be honest, a BOTTLE… of wine and a good movie!


Anamaria July 2, 2009 at 11:16 am

I am originally from Colombia and moved to the states when I was 17 years old. I came by myself and do not have any family around. So when I go to New York (lots of Colombians living in NY) and as soon as I get off the plane I start hearing the Colombian accent is like heaven to me, it brings me a lot of comfort and makes me feel at home :)


Amy July 2, 2009 at 11:21 am

Cuddling with my fiance brings me so much comfort! He is like a big teddy bear, with big strong arms but a soft shoulder to lay on. He sometimes tells me we “fit,” when we cuddle, and that just makes me so happy! Whenever I’m upset, his presence (and shoulder to cry on…which I’ve done a lot and left some pretty wet puddles on his shirt!) are what I rely on to comfort me. I love him!


Erin July 2, 2009 at 11:22 am

What brings me comfort: I love a good yoga session and breathing and being centered. I also love a good bath with epsom salt and a few drops of lavender sprinked in with some baking soda, it is a simple thing but it really is great! My mom is a huge source of comfort for me, she doesn’t live close now and we are not a touchy feely family but it is always a comfort when she comes to town :)


Tay July 2, 2009 at 11:24 am

It sounds so stupid, but going to Costco brings me comfort. My family would go to Costco at least 2 times per week at home, and it was usually a big family event when my dad was in a good mood. And all Costcos pretty much look the same from the inside. So if I’m homesick, going there makes me feel at home.


Barb July 2, 2009 at 11:24 am

I feel comforted when my husband meets me at the train station … after I’ve been away for a few days my husband and our dog meet me at the train station to drive me home, they both greet me warmly and we get into the car and chat on the drive home. We get caught up, we hold hands, we’re all together again, and all’s well with the world…


Lacey Q July 2, 2009 at 11:28 am

I feel comfort at the end of the day, when I have accomplished all I have set out to do, or at least tried. I can relax in bed and sleep knowing that tomorrow is a fresh start.


Fitzalan July 2, 2009 at 11:28 am

I feel the most comfortable and enjoy myself when I am with old, close friends. Those girlfriends who you don’t see very often but when you do it is like no time ever passed. The one’s who have known you since adolescence and those awkward phases. I have a few girlfriends like this and I never feel self conscious or aware of anything other than completely enjoying my time with them. So comforting.

Happiness Awaits


april July 2, 2009 at 11:33 am

It’s sort of strange but I have a pillow that my mom made me a long time ago and I can’t sleep without it! It brings me so much comfort and reminds me of my loved ones.


Nicole July 2, 2009 at 11:34 am

I feel comfort when I have completed all I have to do for the day and have the chance to sit outside on a lawn chair reading a good magazine or a book. I like to do that with my two dogs outside with me-I love just listening and watching them play together. For some reason, just being outside in the fresh air with no particular task on my mind to do brings me a ton of comfort. I just love completely immersing myself in that magazine or book! (:


Katherine July 2, 2009 at 11:35 am

Hugs from my parents give me so much comfort. I love my husband, but there’s something about a mother or father’s embrace that just can’t be beat!

I, too, am sensitive to caffeine. At first, I thought cutting coffee would be enough, but now I’ve switched to green tea (only in the AM!!) or decaf tea in the evening. It’s been a huge help.

Do you think the wheatgrass or superfoods have anything to do with not being able to sleep? I know they’re great b/c they give you so much energy, but maybe they’re keeping you up at night too?


Cate July 2, 2009 at 11:36 am

I am very practical – a hot shower brings me comfort (because a bath uses too much water and you have to clean the tub afterward). The feeling of the hot water hitting my head and body is soothing and relaxing and I watch my tension and problems go down the drain.


cali July 2, 2009 at 11:37 am

This might sound strange but I feel most comforted when I am with my boyfriend of three years. He works hard as a teacher and really knows how to relax when he has a vacation. On the weekends I am constantly thinking of what I should be doing, whether it’s cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, doing work I brought home or exercising. It’s hard to sleep in because as soon as I wake up my mind starts racing about all the things I have to do. Having him there to pull me back and just cuddle and chill out is very comforting!


Kristen July 2, 2009 at 11:37 am

I looove the Book Buddy, what a great idea!

Cooking and baking while sipping on a glass of wine is something that always brings me comfort. There is something special about creating a delicious meal that you can enjoy with friends and family over great conversation and some music :)

Great giveaway, thank you!


emma k. July 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

What brings me comfort is waking up early in the morning, sitting down to a cup of tea, and reading or writing while I listen to the birds outside. There is something so incredibly peaceful about the morning, and I love hearing the wonders of nature just outside my window. The breeze rustling through the trees is the most beautiful soundtrack to a morning, and I love sitting by the window and letting the sun shine in on me. It is heaven.


Kerri July 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

I find comfort in sitting down on the couch in my PJs at the end of a long day knowing that I accomplished everything on my to do list.


Danielle July 2, 2009 at 11:40 am

Being near the water brings me comfort. Ive been lucky enough to live less than 10 minutes from the water (ocean or sound) for my whole life. I love listening to the waves on the shore, and the smeall of saltwater, and the warm sun, slight breeze. Its like immediate relaxation to me!


Janie July 2, 2009 at 11:40 am

Lots of things make me feel comforted, but one of my favorite sources of comfort is my dog. He’s a snuggler and he will come and find me in the apt. when he wants to take a nap. He’ll curl up right next to me and fall fast asleep. It might sound weird, but I love it!


Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write July 2, 2009 at 11:41 am

What brings me comfort… I actually wrote a post exactly on this topic last night. I used to weigh 343 pounds. The only things I’d ever known to bring me comfort involved a knife, fork, spoon, or, in really desperate time, my own grubby fingers. Today, I’m less than half the woman I was, and I’ve learned that sometimes it actually is a reality to find comfort in food. But a bowl of whole oats with raw peanut butter can be so much more comfortable than a bowl of ice cream. Sometimes when I’m missing home, a bowl of milk rice like my mom used to make is like a small slice of home. Today, mostly, I use exercise as comfort. It takes my mind off whatever in life is bothering me, and it reminds me that there are few things more precious than our health, which for the majority of my life I hadn’t even considered.

Nice question. :)


Pam Striker July 2, 2009 at 11:43 am

Hi Angie,

I’m the same way with caffeine. I didn’t sleep well last evening either! Those book buddy’s looks so cool and would really come in handy.

What brings me comfort is a good book and a cup of tea. Just relaxing, especially with my hunny!




Kelly L. July 2, 2009 at 11:46 am

Comfot is the arms of my husband after a long day. :)


Naners July 2, 2009 at 11:47 am

I am most comforted by love and reassurance from my father. Our conversations always bring me peace as he consistently gives honest advice and encouragement. It feels wonderful to still have such a dependable support figure in my life.


Jess July 2, 2009 at 11:49 am

Comfort to me is a hot cup of coffee/espresso sipped slowly while looking for a great book at a bookstore. The time to myself (without my 3 lovlies), enjoying a favorite hot drink, and reflecting on life and self-improvement helps me to refocus and regroup. That is a comforting thought!


Lauren July 2, 2009 at 11:49 am

certain scents also bring me a lot of comfort too! I especially love seasonal ones- the smell of my parent’s house when the AC is on and fresh cut grass in the warmer months. Christmas trees, fireplaces in the winter… they all make me smile! I’m a recent college grad and spend my days applying for jobs so this Book Buddy would be great!


Emily July 2, 2009 at 11:50 am

Ultimate comfort for me is wearing slippers, snuggling up under a blanket on the couch with a mug of hot tea, watching a storm outside with the fireplace going.
I also love bubble baths with a good magazine, snuggling in bed with my two kids , and the feeling of having NOTHING to do.


Kelly July 2, 2009 at 11:50 am

Two things bring me the most comfort — cooking, and reading!
I love both…they just relax me better than anything else!


Carrie July 2, 2009 at 11:50 am

Oh dear, you poor thing. I started losing sleep in March of this year when I started studying for the CPA exam. I would study up until I went to bed and would find my mind racing with the new things I learned. Then, when I didn’t fall asleep I would worry about how I HAVE to fall asleep because I have SO much to do the next day and I need to be full rested. This snowballed to where I was only getting 3-4 hours a night.

It finally went away after my first test, but I do find that I have to wind down by watching TV before bed. I get EVERYTHING done (wash face, pack lunch of the next day, turn down bed, etc.) so that I can start drifting off on the couch while watching TV and then I can just get up and walk straight to bed to go to sleep. I find that watching TV really helps “shut my mind off” more than reading because watching TV distracts me more. I hope you get your sleep back soon!!!

The thing that comforts me is a nice, sweaty workout session. I feel the best right after that.


Corinne July 2, 2009 at 11:51 am

A few things bring me comfort, but this one tops the list – I have a HUGE mug (people joke it’s bigger than my head) given to me by a woman who gave me comfort one summer when I was field-tripping across the US east coast. I drink tea out of it, and somehow holding the warm mug between my hands (especially on a cold wintery day) makes me think of her, the beauty of the rocky shoreline, the sweat smell of salty water, and warmth of the breeze. That is pure ‘natural’ comfort!


cathy July 2, 2009 at 11:58 am

My pj’s are my comfort. I love getting all snuggly when I get out of my work clothes. Insta-relaxation! Book buddies are a great idea and look super cute too!


Jennifer July 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Getting together with both of my sisters is very comforting. It doesn’t happen often since we all have busy lives, but I always know that once we get together, it’s only a matter of time before we are laughing so hard at something the other has said. Immediate stress relief.


Annalisa July 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm

A few things make me feel really comfortable…spending a much needed hour on the couch watching TV, drinking wine on the back porch with friends, and running – but only when you hit that zone when it feels like you can go forever!


Quisha July 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Sitting in my back yard reading a book in the sun with a glass of red wine is what comforts me. It’s a place where I can clear my head, lounge in a chair and I get lost in the book. It’s one of the only places that I can read and actually ENJOY it!


Kath July 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm


When I can’t sleep it’s usually because the room is too bright. I actually woke up wide awake last night and tossed and turned until I realized that’s what it was. I put on my black-out sleep mask and felt RIGHT to sleep again. Do you already wear one?



Kayla July 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm

My husband brings me comfort. Just him coming through the door at the end of the day makes me forget whatever was stressing me out or had me worried.


Christen July 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I feel most comfortable hanging out with my girlfriends. They will all come over and we will hang out in the bedroom or the living room with some wine and maybe pizza or sweets. We will spend the night casual and relaxed talking, singing, laughing, watching old videos from when we were kids/teenagers on youtube and having really quality girl time.


[email protected] July 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I feel most comfortable on our trips to Ireland. I have “my” things that I always do- eat kichiri from a vendor at the farmer’s market, get a massage at my fave spa, read food magazines and have wine and cheese at a cozy wine bar. I have these trips down to a science of things that just make me feel warm and relaxed.


Christie July 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm

What brings me comfort?? Curling up on the couch with a cuddly blanket and a cup of tea or glass of wine, with a good book or great show on TV. Getting up early in the morning and getting a good hike or run in – seems to make my troubles melt away and give me time to think and clear my head. And this time of year?? the ultimate is heading to the beach with a good book, some healthy snacks, and a giant tube of SPF 45!! Mmmm sunshine.


Jess July 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm

I love a good cup of tea. I’ve found that it’s a great comfort to me when I’m stressed out at work. I often will drink two or three cups a night. I used to turn to soda, but now it’s tea. :) I love knowing that I’m doing something healthy for my body.


Meg July 2, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Nothing brings me comfort like being curled up on the couch with a book. I crave the way I feel when I know I am filling my body with the written word. I love knowing that I am learning more about the world I live in, expanding my voacbulary and well; reading is just fun for me. I’m very grateful to my parents for introducing me to the joy of reading at a young age!


Katy July 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Drinking apple cider while walking along a tree-lined street in Ontario fall, wearing a turtle neck. Ahhhhh I miss seasons!


Jessica July 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Yay for US ordering maybe!

What comforts me is when one of my pets comes up to me with all the trust in the world and i know they love me more than anything else. I have 2 cats and a great dane, and while the dane visibly loves you like a dog would (or anyone really lol), and while my cat Zelda will openly give kisses and snuggle (she craves attention… again really from anyone), my cat Slinky takes the cake. The way she runs after me into the bathroom to hang out (weird but cute!), runs into the bedroom when I come towards her and looking back to make sure I’m following her, meowing lovingly when I talk to her, and accepting my kisses on her forehead. She only does this with me, and occasionally my boyfriend. She trusts us. And knowing you have the trust of this special little creature you took in, and that she loves you and trusts you the most out of everyone (she runs and hides from company normally), makes me feel so much better.
(sorry that was long winded but i love my slinky!)


gliding calm July 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm

comfort to me means sweatpants and family. low keyyyy. that book buddy is fabulous!


Danielle C. July 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm

My most comforting day would be a drizzly grey day (we have those a lot here in Seattle – fortunately not TODAY!), a fire in our fake fireplace, a cup of tea, a fuzzy blanket, and finally a good book! See a book buddy would be PERFECT for me. ;)


Michelle July 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm

What brings me great comfort is being with my boyfriend at the end of a busy day, cooking/eating a delicious dinner, enjoying a glass of wine and having great conversation together. It’s the best way to unwind, reconnect and spend time together!


Amie July 2, 2009 at 12:41 pm

I find comfort in making my family happy. When I look at my husband and daughter and they are perfectly content, I love it! Also, when I actually take time to reflect on what I have in my life (the good things, which def outnumber the negative) I realize that I have a very good, satisfying life, and I am comforted.


Jessica July 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm

PS I’m sore from those squats and lunges yesterday!


Jessica July 2, 2009 at 12:46 pm

One of the most comforting things in the world to me is a clean house, nothing to do, and sharing a cocktail with my Husband.


Zaidan July 2, 2009 at 12:47 pm

What brings me comfort? I love being at home curled up on the couch with a good book, a nice cup of tea and a yummy albeit healthy snack. My partner always marvels at the way I will sink into the couch and just let out a sigh and break out in a big smile! During the last several years I have become a minimalist, only surrounding myself with what is meaningful to me and whether it is a beautiful cushion, pictures of family or some inspiring art, it brings me comfort.


Kimberly Lee July 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm

At the end of a really long day, my greatest source of comfort in snuggling into my husband’s arms. Just a few moments and I feel refreshed.


Jess July 2, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Nothing brings me more comfort than curling up in bed at night beneath my big comforter and amidst all my pillows! It’s so relaxing!


Mariel July 2, 2009 at 12:53 pm

What brings me comfort is going home and being with my family.


MarathonVal July 2, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Angela, my mind always keeps me up at night too with planning for the next day, etc – maybe try having a journal next to your bed so when you think of something you can write it down and forget about it, whether it’s an idea, worry, or whathaveyou.

Also don’t forget about the power of a good book! Although when the book is TOO captivating then you never want to go to bed! :)


elliebelle July 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Cuddling up with a cozy blanket and a knitting project always brings me comfort. Also, visiting my family in Northern Wisconsin and feeling completely at home is definitely comforting.
I hope your insomnia goes away soon! :)


Courtney July 2, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Did you get my last comment?


Courtney July 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Darn it, no you didn’t!

I just was hoping to say good luck on better nights of sleep and decreasing your tea. :)

And what brings me comfort? The sound of my father’s voice. I could be so distraught, with the scariest things happening to me or the biggest choice ahead of me, and he will calm me and guide me, just his simple words and calm demeanour, whether he’s 2,000 miles away and we only have the chance to talk on the phone, or he’s sitting right there next to me, making a cup of coffee for the both of us, he’s my comfort.


Anne P July 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

One of my favorite things to do for comfort is taking a bubble bath and then curling up in bed with a good book. I especially love doing this when at my parents house. Just knowing everyone else is home and safe makes me feel safe and cozy, too. :)


Jenn July 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

My comfort is a time-less day. A day where I don’t structure my hours according to productive tasks or to-do lists, a day where I don’t think about what I can fit in or accomplish or what order everything must follow. A timeless day is full of spontaneous decisions which could be a simple walk or a sudden day trip in the car. This allows my inner self to relax and be…the real me. Not the focused me, not the stressed or tense me. Just me doing what feels timeless and perfect!



Beth @ CrossBorderCravings July 2, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Hi Angela! Something that helps me sleep when I have a lot on my mind is to write a little before bed – what happened that day, what I need to do tomorrow, how I’m feeling about it all, etc. When all my thoughts are organized, I can stop thinking so much about everything and usually get to sleep. Works for me, so I thought maybe it could work for others too!


Rachel July 2, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Curling up on a rainy Sunday afternoon is the most comfortable thing in the world. Add a cup of tea and I’m in heaven :)


Anne P July 2, 2009 at 1:23 pm

One other thing I really love is waking up early and going out for a run as the sun is just coming up. I love seeing places in the early morning, when everything is fresh and the day is ripe with opportunity :)


Katie July 2, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I love take a nice bubble bath with a book. I also love snuggling in my bed when it is raining outside. I feel so relaxed and calm.


SarahF July 2, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I have a few different things that bring me comfort.

1) My mom. Either on the phone or in person. We just sit and chat. When I see her, we sit with a pot of tea and just talk about everything.

2) My dad’s cabin. He’s had it since I was a little girl and I love nothing more than to be out on the deck with a good book and a cup of coffee. I only get out there about once every two years so I really try and soak it up to the fullest.

3) My boyfriend spooning me as we talk about out future together and drift off to sleep


Jessie July 2, 2009 at 1:27 pm

What gives me comfort? A big ol’ bear hug from my dad, nothing beats that!


Kristen July 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I love going to a coffee shop and sitting down with a good book and a yummy latte.


Sam July 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Visiting my parents house, eating a nice home cooked meal, and snuggling up on the couch to watch a movie with my mom brings me comfort. Now that I live away from home permanently, I don’t get to see my parents as much as I’d like, but I’m definitely making a greater effort to get home more often.


brandi July 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I honestly don’t know what I did before, but my husband and I cuddle on the couch every single night. It is sometimes the best part of my day. While we do see each other during the day (we ride to work together and eat lunch together), it’s just a quiet time we get to spend together, catching up on the day still or watching a show or movie or napping :)


Lindsey July 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Reading a great book while lying outside at the beach or pool.


Rose July 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm

There is a certain bench in our apartment complex that brings me joy. I’ve had a lot of good conversations there.


Joane July 2, 2009 at 1:40 pm

My comfort is cuddling on the couch with my boyfriend and our pup.:)


Jenn July 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Actually, my idea of relaxing is being able to go to the gym without any time constraints…workout, run, shower, sauna…just taking my time. But, now that I’m hooked on reading a couple of my fav food blogs, I love that, too! Thanks for all the tips, Angela!

Jenn from IN


Susan July 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Aww, I’m sorry to hear you’re not sleeping well :( Those are two very good reasons though. For what it’s worth, the caffeine in tea affects me more than coffee. While coffee will immediately perk me up, tea has more of a lasting effect on me and has a tendency to keep me up at night if I drink it too late in the day. Unwinding is a really good idea too. I always spend 30 minutes reading in bed, then I’m ready to sleep as soon a I turn out the light!

I get comfort from a big ole’ bowl of oatbran with a slather of almond butter on top! :D


Marian July 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Comfort for me is a combination of nostalgic smells, tastes and surroundings that remind me of home, where I feel most safe, secure and comfortable.

I can’t pinpoint what the smell of my parent’s house is but it’s a combination of the laundry detergent, baking and shoes (odd, I know). But this scent combined with a good ‘ole peanut butter sandwich and a mug of steaming hot chocolate is when I feel my most comfortable.


Kristen July 2, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Comfort for me is stopping in at the cool, quiet church next to campus =]


Baylee July 2, 2009 at 1:55 pm

i have lots of things that bring me comfort–

1)spending a quiet day out on the boat with my dad. he gives the best advice, and we have an awesome time together!

2)my dad is in the airforce, so ever since i was little, my brother and I would sleep with my mom when he was TDY. I’m 19 now, and my mom, brother, our 3 dogs and I all crawl in her bed and watch a movie. Its wonderful!

3)sitting in a coffeehouse on a cold winter evening, with soft music playing and the wonderful smell of espresso

4) the smell of my grandpa’s old spice cologne.


Runjen July 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I feel the most comfortable when I am with my family. My daughter and hubby both love me so unconditionally and I feel it 24/7.
Physically, I love the feeling I get after a hard, sweaty workout, a pedicure, massage, or snuggled up on the couch with a blanket and a good show.


Tracey July 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Lots of things bring me comfort, but one of the best is hanging with my parents and my husband. We don’t need to be doing anything special, just relaxing at my parent’s (wonderful) house on a Saturday afternoon. So comforting!


Courtney July 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm

If I’m having a bad day or am sad, the thing that brings me the most comfort are my two boys. They know just what to say to cheer me up and I always feel better after a hug and kiss from them!


Marina July 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I have a lot of “things” that comfort me. a hot bowl of oats and a frothy cappuccino, the smell of my boyfriend’s cologne, good book or funny tw show. There is really a lot of things. But most important one is of course, my boyfriend. Nothing can comfort me like his strong arms wrapped around me.


Low July 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm

I also have a terrible time turning it off at night. It always takes me 30 minutes to an hour to fall asleep, no matter how sleepy I am!

When I was little, my mom used to tuck me in every night. Actually it continued my whole life until I moved out – she always came up and said goodnight in person. But, when I was young, she had this saying, it started out as “Good night, sleep tight and everything will be alright.” It eventually grew into a long ramble that she had to say just perfectly or I would make her repeat it. But now that I’m grown, I always think back to how much comfort it brought me to have her there to hug and kiss me goodnight and tell me that everything would be alright. Sometimes that’s really all it takes.


Kori (All Things B.) July 2, 2009 at 2:19 pm

It’s an epidemic! I’ve been having trouble sleeping for the past few nights too and sadly have resorted to a half dose of tylenol PM the last couple nights because I am useless without sleep.

What brings me comfort… My husband travels for work about 2wks out of every month, so when he is away I swap our pillows and sleep on his. Usually I wash the cases a couple days before he leaves so that they have enough time to smell like him. It gives me a sense of having him around when he’s gone.


Katerina July 2, 2009 at 2:19 pm

A bubble bath with a glass of wine and a good book brings me comfort. Curling up in bed with my honey and watching sitcoms and cuddling brings me comfort. Making a big pot of risotto and stirring I also find very comforting.

I also stop drinking all caffeine at 2pm. It can be hard sometimes but it is worth it. As I understand it different people are more susceptible then others. Women are more sensitive then men and if you are on the pill your sensitivity goes up a lot too.


Jess July 2, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I actually wrote my comfort story and she posted it on her blog already–but, I’ll say it again here ;) What brings me comfort is a teddy bear that my boyfriend gave to me for Valentines Day!

<3 jess

P.S Thanks so much for the giveaway!


Ashley July 2, 2009 at 2:24 pm

The one thing that truly brings me comfort I can no longer have. Horses. My entire life (up until 9 months ago) had revolved around those glorious creatures. There wasn’t a day that went by I at one point wasn’t covered in dirt or horse hair. A day I didn’t smell worn leather or sweet feed. A day my muscles didn’t ache from whatever strenuous task I had at hand. Sure sometimes I wanted to tear out my hair, but at the end of the day I wouldn’t give it up for anything. Horses were the only outlet in my life that could comfort me in my darkest moments.

Then reality hit. Life caught up with me. I had to sell off my horses, get a full time NON horse related job, and give up the only thing I ever truly loved.

I’ll likely never be able to afford a horse again, but looking through old photos, smelling my saddle, or feeling a silky grand champion ribbon comfort me to no end. I hold each and everyone of those memories close to my heart.


Bec July 2, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Ooo that is so cool I want one! I have a few things that bring me comfort, my morning oats actualy are my ultimate comfort and always make me smile and sunshine all the time even in winter just feeling it on my face brings me comfort.


Kristy July 2, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Comforting to me is when my three kids are tucked safely and warmly in bed (and sleeping) and I can relax with my husband.
Ahhh…wish it was nighttime already!!


Jenny July 2, 2009 at 2:43 pm

awesome giveaway! I am dying for one of these to help me when i’m blogging from bed (which is very often :)!!)

my yoga practice brings me comfort — no matter how stressful my day is or how low i’m feeling .. i can just let it go during yoga and live in the present moment.

thanks again for offering such a great prize! Have a great day, Angela :) xo


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 2, 2009 at 2:52 pm

What a neat way to hold a laptop… considering I just got a new one this week, this would be perfect! :)

Wow, I think what brings me the most comfort is just being around my oldest brother. We’ve always been close, and it was one of the hardest times in my life when he moved off to college. I would cry every time he called and missed him so much! I made him come home every weekend he possibly could and made my parents take me to visit him in college (4 hours away) MANY weekends. Although that was 5 years ago, it’s still hard not having him at home. He’s my best friend, role model, and hero. I remember how we used to play tennis every single day in the summer about 3 or 4 years ago and how much that time we spent together meant to me. When I had my ED, he was THE only person I knew who never treated me any different and was never ashamed to show me off to his friends as “his favorite little sister” and never had a problem ignoring anyone else’s stares. He’s such a blessing and comfort to me, and I just can’t imagine life without him! :)

Thanks Angela!



junghwa July 2, 2009 at 3:04 pm

loving this giveaway!


june July 2, 2009 at 3:04 pm

i could definitely use that for my laptop. thank you!


jayme July 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm

thank you for the wonderful giveaway. The product is so PRETTY!


jk July 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Wow, where do you find all these wonderful things? I’d love to have that as my laptop supporter. It looks very comfy and cute.


hyang July 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I’m definitely loving the design.


Kelsey July 2, 2009 at 3:07 pm

the book buddy is so glam looking. i currently have my laptop on my lap….eeek!
being home from college has definitely been a comforting experience. i enjoy baking bread + pita with my mom since i have always found the smell of fresh yeast bread extremely comforting. ever since i could stand by myself, my parents had me in the kitchen helping them cook + bake. there are a lot of good memories in the kitchen :D


rhodeygirl July 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm

To me there is nothing more comforting than laying on the beach on a windy day with my toes in the sand cuddled under a blanket and reading a fun book.


Getting a nice, slow and long massage…. ahhhhhhhh!


Milca July 2, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I feel most comfortable at night right before I’m going to sleep. In my white clean sheets and most wonderful comforter ever. Just knowing that I’m going to not do anything for the next couple of hours is amazing.


Shannon July 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Things that bring me comfort: a good book, really soft pajamas, my dog, my husband, the ocean.

Wow! I would love to win that book buddy – I was just this past week trying to think up some contraption that would work like it does and was so excited to see it already in existence when I read your blog!


nicole- chasing blue July 2, 2009 at 4:04 pm

For me, comfort comes in hugs and kisses from the kids. If I had to put it in a bowl- it would be my mom’s mac and cheese or some rice pudding. yum!


Rebeca July 2, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Wow… hope the unwinding helps… yoga always gets me back on track after a bought of insomnia, even if it takes a few days to do so… it’s worth it!

Comfort for me comes with my daily routine, after getting myself ready and out the door to work, I get on the bus, say Good Morning to the driver, find my regular seat, and hold down the “2” button on my phone. When I hear my mother’s cute accent on the other end, I’m immediately at peace, ready to face my day and my often not so pleasant co-workers, or mischievous students. Sometimes we only have time for a quick hello and “I love you” other times we gab until I get to the door of my school an hour later. It’s the highlight of my day!


Sana July 2, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Coming home from a long day of classes and studying nothing brings me more comfort than my mom’s homemade cooking. The processed and fried food on campus does not even come close to the joy of a homemade meal :)!


Melinda July 2, 2009 at 5:09 pm

I find comfort in a rainy day… sounds weird but anymore my life is so busy and they only time I can actually relax and make some downtown is when it rains! I like to just be lazy and read a good book with my screen porch door open.

Ahh… makes me smile. :)


Sara July 2, 2009 at 5:13 pm

My favourite comfort moment is coming home from work and working in my garden… i feel like i am getting exercise and relaxation in at once! And obviously since I only do this in good weather, I can feel the cool evening breeze on my back… ahh it’s great! Thanks!



Christina July 2, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Besides being around my family, just curling up in bed in my PJs while watching Friends DVDs is pretty comforting for me.


janette July 2, 2009 at 5:34 pm

What gives me comfort is cuddling up with my kids in front of the fireplace watching a movie or just catching up on life and how there day was. Makes all the stress of the day just go away.


Trisha July 2, 2009 at 6:34 pm

My furry little kitty (who is actually a massive 15 lb cat) brings me so much comfort! I get an instant feeling of calm and happiness when he nuzzles his furry head against my bare legs in the summer. And the night is not complete until he settles in on my chest in bed and proceeds to knead my neck and face with his paws all while sweetly purring! Mmmmm and walking around on a perfectly still, beautiful freshly fallen snow evening is also quite the comforter!


Red Head, Yellow Dog July 2, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I am so comforted by reading a wonderful can’t-put-it-down book outside preferrably by some water with my golden retriever, Toby, sleeping at my feet.


Laura E July 2, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Any day I don’t have plans or a lot to do(which isn’t often) is comforting to me. I enjoy just lounging around and catching up on the “me” time that we all need.

Thanks so much for the opportunity.


Courtney July 2, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Wow, I’m so happy you have had such an awesome turn over, this will be great for Andrea! I was at the site, because they’re sooo cool, and I love the one next to yours, the Chantilly Lace!

:D I hope Randomizer has my name in the cards!


Sara B. July 2, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Comfort= my mom! When I’m upset she is always the first person I call and her hugs make everything better.


Allison July 2, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Snuggling with my puppy brings me comfort! :)


Steph July 2, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Comfort is laying in bed until noon on the weekend in my love’s arms! Nothing better than a good snuggle.


Kristin July 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm

A mug of tea, my warm furry slippers, a blankie, a good book and a rain storm going on outside. Or any combination of the above. :)


Danielle July 2, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I find that scents bring me comfort. Sometimes, it’s a perfume or shampoo that someone I know and love wears/uses, and when I smell it on a stranger I feel instantly happy and comfortable. Sometimes, it’s just a random perfume someone will have on and I’ll be walking behind them with a huge smile on my face :)


R2R July 2, 2009 at 10:23 pm

What gives me comfort is having some ‘me’ time where I am by myself and just lounge around.


pheebs July 2, 2009 at 11:37 pm

singing. esp. in the shower


Ali July 2, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Nothing beats cuddling up under a blanket with a good book, and a dog on your lap!


Molly July 3, 2009 at 5:18 am

I find comfort in getting away from it all by hiking or running on a beautiful trail or up a mountain!


JJ July 3, 2009 at 8:23 am

Sitting in the sun listening to music on my ipod and just thinking about whatever…watching people walk by, looking at the pretty trees/flowers around me. Just tuning out.


Debbie July 3, 2009 at 8:50 am

What comfort means to me is a peaceful feeling. A feeling that comes over me and no matter what my troubles and worries are I know at that moment that life is going to work itself out and everything will be ok. I find the most comfort when I am in nature. A simple trip to the beach, toes in the sand, sun on my shoulders and looking out into the vast blue Gulf (of Mexico)will bring me comfort. Or being able to visit Utah and looking at those strong tall mountains that change with the seasons but have been a constant in my life. The mountains provide a stability that I have constantly searched for in my life and that brings me comfort. Thenn there is the red rock of Moab or St. George that provides an energy that is fun and contangeous yet peaceful. I am truly blessed to have all the beautiful places in the world to visit and I have so much more to discover.


Judy July 3, 2009 at 10:00 am

Being with my daughter is the thing that brings me the most comfort. She is my only child and she is everything I wanted to be when I was her age. I love her so much.


Kristen July 3, 2009 at 11:04 am

I feel most comfortable when I am under my covers, with my kitties sleeping by me and my laptop on my lap. :)


Mallory July 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm

how cool is that little pillow!?!?

for me, comfort = being all cozy and warm in my sweats, watching a movie (preferably during a rainstorm…), and having a cup of tea or REALLY amazing hot cocoa. yum.

… i’m smiling right now just thinking of that by the way…


Kelly July 3, 2009 at 9:52 pm

I’m suppose I’m most comfortable when I’m completely lost in a book, especially when I’m reading outside and it’s a beautiful, warm summer day.


stephanie p July 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Spooning with my man when i’ve had a rough day! Maybe I especially feel that way because he’s in London for six weeks and I cant see him. That’s why the book buddy would get a lot of use – Im on my computer talking to him as much as I can!


K July 3, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Being at home with my family and pets brings me so much comfort and I am heading home tomorrow night! Hooray!


Sara July 3, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Peppermint tea brings me comfort. When I am sick or have anxiety, even just the smell of peppermint tea INSTANTLY makes me feel better!

Another thing that brings me comfort is the smell of Eucalyptus … reminds me of the spa!


kArLy July 3, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Snuggling up on the couch with my boy and falling asleep on his lap while watching a movie brings me lots of comfort!


Kelly July 4, 2009 at 2:32 am

I find comfort in me time…be it a book, a massage, hanging at home watching tv/movie, or cooking, anytime that i spend on myself.


Karen September 28, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Hi Angela:
Just purchased your new book. I really like the containers used in the photos to store products. Where did you find these?


Angela Liddon October 7, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Hi Karen, If you mean the containers on pages 291–297 (-ish), those jars are actually Ashley’s (from the blog Edible Perspective), as she shot the photos. My guess is that they are from Crate and Barrel as they look like ones that I have, too. :) Hope this helps, and thanks so much for your support!


Rhonda Garber July 22, 2018 at 5:42 pm

Hi Angela
I have a confession to make. I have had your cookbook, “Oh She Glows Everyday” since it came out but haven’t tried very many of the recipes until lately. Honestly, I was thinking that there is no way that your second cookbook could be as good as the first. But I was wrong! Tonight I made the “Best Marinated Lentils” and they are S U P E R delicious! My favorite vegan recipe of all-time is your “Broccoli and Cashew Cheese Quinoa Burrito” recipe, but I think this lentil recipe just topped it! THANK YOU for making healthy plant-based food so delicious and easy to make. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 24, 2018 at 8:22 am

haha awww you’re sweet Rhonda. I’m so glad you loved the lentils!! There are a lot of hidden gems in that book. I can’t wait for you to explore it!


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