Friday, September 14, 2012

A Peek at Tempurpedic + My Favorite Egg Recipe

This week I was invited to check out the new Tempurpedic store at the Natick Mall along with my friend Renee from Eat Live Blog. The timing worked out great - an 8:00 am breakfast event is probably the best time I could think of these days. As a work outside the house-graduate student mom, free time is pretty non-existent. When I'm home, I like to be totally focused on enjoying time with my little guy before he is no longer little. So squeezing in a fun event before work was a great opportunity!

In celebration of opening their first retail store, Tempurpedic organized an event entitled "Breakfast in Bed with Barbara Lynch!" We couldn't technically eat in the beds, but we did get a chance to relax and sink into the beds before we enjoyed a fresh and delicious spread.

I remember mattress shopping when I graduated from college and moved into my first apartment. I had been sleeping on a twin extra-long with an egg crate topper for the past four years, so any mattress was a treat after that! But the shopping experience was stressful - being followed around by a salesperson trying to upsell me.

The feeling in the Tempurpedic was the opposite - soft lighting, inviting bed set-ups, and teddy bears. They explained to us that if you didn't want to interact with a sales person you didn't have to. Each bed set-up included a short video discussing the benefits and features of the product. You could also test out the features of the Ergo Base - think lifting your head to watch TV and a massage feature.

The store is a way for consumers to test the feel of the different Tempurpedic mattresses and pillow styles and to educate consumers about the difference between Tempurpedic and other mattresses. The Touch & Feel wall was a fun way to see the difference between the different Tempurpedic styles.

The store also stocks a number of complementary products like teddy bears, pillows, slippers, and dog beds. In addition they are testing out some home products like scented candles and lotions called Nest. 

At this point a new mattress isn't in the budget for us, but having another option to test out mattresses will be great when the time comes. Tempurpedic plans to open another store outside of Cinncinnati soon, with more on the way. From meeting the head of sales, the digital marketing manager, to the in-store salespeople you could tell that they were passionate about their products. A quick look at the Tempurpedic website will give you a look at their history and mission.

Thanks to Renee for inviting me along, and thank you to Tempurpedic for a delicious "breakfast next to bed" before work!

For those times when you have to make your own breakfast here's one of my favorites - baked eggs! This dish was a staple in our breakfasts growing up. It's easy enough to make anytime and can be dressed up for company. Pair it with bagels and lox, fresh fruit and a steaming cup of coffee and you have the perfect morning treat!

Baked Eggs
Note: This is for a 9x12 baking dish. There is a little bit of 'eyeballing' measurements here

1-1/2 dozen eggs
4-8 oz cream cheese - softened for easier blending
Milk proportionate to eggs
Salt and pepper to taste

Put these ingredients in a blender or mixer and blend on medium until frothy

At this point you could fold in shredded cheese and then gently hand mix

If you want other ingredients in your baked eggs, such as sauteed spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, bacon, salami,lox etc...Optional seasonings can be sauteed with additional ingredients (dill, oregano, basil, chives). Prepare those separately and then put into the greased baking dish.

Pour egg mixture on top.  You can top off with additional cheese

Bake in 350 degree oven for 45-60 minutes or until puffy and golden brown and all liquid in the center is cooked.

I was invited to attend this event and enjoyed a complimentary breakfast while browsing the store. I was not obligated to write a post, but was given a free Tempurpedic pillow for writing a post. As always, my opinions are my own. 

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