Jun 25, 2009

Teddy Bear. Classic Comfort by Jess at Have Faith

Jess at Have Faith is a great blogger and who I deem an "old soul" as she is so wise AND a freshman in high school! In addition to peanut butter, here is something that gives Jess comfort:

Whether it be after a tough day ending in tears or after a night filled with fun, this gift from my boyfriend always brings me comfort. He gave me a soft, white teddy bear for Valentines Day this year. It has a heart attached that reads "I love you" and it makes me smile when I see it. It reminds me of him when he's away and no night is complete without my bear. I love curling up on the couch with her while watching a good movie. (Which is exactly what I plan on doing tonight with the Notebook and a Chai Tea.) This meaningful teddy bear is my ultimate comfort and I feel much more at peace with her in my arms. A little cheesy? Maybe. The truth? Yes.

Thanks, Jess. I, too have a white bear with a heart that my boyfriend (now husband) brought home from a trip to NYC he went on right after we met. So sweet, and we hadn't even kissed yet. That little bear sealed the deal.



A Discount And A Job Opportunity. In That Order. Money Saved And Money Earned. Financial Comfort.

Happy Thursday everyone! We interrupt our usual comforting posts with a couple exciting announcements. Then the comfort stories will commence...


We are extending a special offer that will last through the month of June. 10% off your entire order! Simply enter promo code ELR609 when you checkout. Use the code as many times as you want. Tell your friends. Go crazy.


Readingcomfort.com seeks an experienced and driven sales-savvy, candidate to lead direct sales effort of product to independent bookstores across the U.S. Candidate must have strong sales skills and prior demonstrated sales success with other projects or companies.

1) Candidate will need to interview with owners in Westlake Village, CA
2) Upon hiring, candidate will need to posses a thorough understanding products, in particular, the Book Buddy™
3) All information gathered needs to be complied in our CRM system
4) Some work may be completed offsite but most will be at office location in Westlake Village
5) Project to be completed within 2 weeks from hire

This is a non-employee position; candidate is required to comply with all laws required of an independent contractor. Candidate shall choose hours worked, and manner and means by which to complete all projects. All work project-based. This is not a part or full time position, nor guarantee of future employment.

About ReadingComfort.com and the Book Buddy™
Readingcomfort.com, is a division of Amanda Crawford Designs, is specifically targeted at helping individuals regain reading comfort and independence. The company just launched a newly redesigned website, Readingcomfort.com, enabling buyers to click and buy reading accessories and gifts directly from the website.

Savvy internet research skills
Excellent computer and email skills
Prior demonstrated direct sales success in cold-calling
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Responsive, dependable, honest, and ethical
Works independently and is self-motivated
Team player
Understanding of online marketing (Blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and all things Web 2.0)
Candidates who live local to Westlake Village for periodic meetings preferred
Candidates who have already been using and love our products preferred

To Apply Submit All of the Following to info@readingcomfort.com:
Examples of sales projects you have worked on
At least three work references
Rate requirements

Look forward to hearing from you!

Jun 23, 2009

Books In Bed, A View Of The River, And Sex And The City: Diana's Comfort

Diana of Soap & Chocolate shared that her comfort comes in stolen moments...we hear ya!

At the risk of sounding tres cliche, curling up with a good book is one of the ultimate comforts for me. I love to read, but the majority of the time I have to do so takes place on the subway riding to and from work! That environment is not exactly the most conducive to relaxation. That's why I relish the few moments I can find to bury myself in a bunch of pillows on my bed and sip a cup of tea or coffee while I read. What's more, I live in Brooklyn and I have a great view of the East River from my bedroom window.
That pretty much describes the setting for the best weekend mornings!

I also love to revisit old movie favorites of mine, especially chick flicks. If I've had a rough day, there's nothing quite like popping in a good old standby, like Clueless, or even an episode of Sex and the City! It's the familiarity that brings back my sanity, I think - predictability in an unpredictable world. A little (okay, a lot) of ice cream usually helps, too. :)

I'm feeling comforted and relaxed just having written about that! It must be time for bed.

Thanks, Diana. Be sure to follow her blog, she makes deliciousness for herself everyday!

Jun 19, 2009

Yoga Retreat. Bathed in Beauty. Freedom As Comfort.

Happy Friday! I hope some of you are enjoying the peace of the early morning in your little corner of the world. I just returned from a jog and thought I would do some blogging while I'm all blissed out.

I still have yoga on the brain and was reading Yoga Journal when I came across an article written about the exact retreat I was supposed to attend earlier this month. My husband got laid off and we decided to postpone our trip.

It tickled me to read the authors' fear of connecting with the people at the yoga festival, as well as the "clothing optional" hot springs because I was quite anxious about that aspect as well. If you've ever been, or have ever wanted to go to Esalen, I think you will enjoy reading her experience.

Yoga Journal - Yoga Travel - Bathed in Beauty

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What would a perfect retreat be for you?

Jun 17, 2009

YogaGlo. Yoga At Home. Exercise In Comfort.

I love yoga. I love that it's strength training, stretching and meditation all in one. I try to practice at least twice a week. What I don't always love is trying to squeeze a class into my busy schedule and when I also need to worry about drive time, parking meters and the fact that my only clean sweats have a hole in them, making class is not always easy.

Enter YogaGlo! They provide access to unlimited yoga classes via Internet (you can also attend unlimited classes at their Santa Monica studio) for $18 a month. The format is lovely; there is a camera in the back of the class so you feel like you're in group energy without actually having to be in the studio. It's way better than a yoga DVD, which is just the same thing over and over. They upload new classes every week and have hundreds of options to choose from. Jo is my favorite instructor...check it out and let me know what you think!



Jun 13, 2009

Two Movies, One Day, Ultimate Comfort

I am not the best weekender. I am also not the best vacationer. I am addicted to being productive, and often make Saturday and Sunday about laundry and banking and cleaning and grocery shopping...not today! Today I decided to comfort myself with not one, but two movies at two different movie theatres. Delicious.

I walked to the Laemmle Santa Monica for the first movie: Pressure Cooker . It's a lovely, touching documentary about a group of high school students in Philadelphia who go through a rigorous culinary arts program in hopes of getting scholarships to further their education. It was inspiring to see the drive and determination such young people possess. It reminded me to chase my dreams.

The second movie was at The Landmark: Away We Go . I saw this one with my husband, who ended up liking the movie a lot better than I did (which is VERY odd considering it's an independent film about relationships and babies-NOT his strike zone). I enjoyed it, just didn't love it like I thought I would.

Other comforts of the day included an hour of yoga, the delicious 5 mile walk on an overcast day (my favorite) and not one, but two huge vegan cookies for breakfast and lunch. Guess who's eating green beans for dinner?

I hope you all had a wonderful and cozy Saturday!



Jun 11, 2009

The Warmest Room In The House-Can't Wait to Read This!

When I run I usually listen to podcasts. My favorite podcast is The Splendid Table and I heard a wonderful interview this morning with Steven Gdula, author of The Warmest Room In The House.

Click here to enjoy the interview.

I cannot wait to read this book. A good foodie read is one of my ULTIMATE comforts. I found a great review on Talk Of Tomatoes, in case you're curious. Maybe we can read this together!

"History is overwhelming to me, linear yet layered and staggeringly complex. So many industries and policies and philosophies and religions to track. So many trends and movements, inventions and circumstance. This book may seem simple to some, but for me it provided an easy-to-digest overview of America, one decade at a time. And it wasn’t your basic history book. You won’t find this in U.S. History class—not even close.

It is history presented through the refrigerator, via the novelty of pop-tarts and saran wrap, with political influence and an evolution of diets. It is where Tupperware meets the road; where the avocado fridge of the 60’s morphed into the chrome lined counters of the 80’s, and why processed food—and bioengineering—became king. [In many ways this book is all over the place, pulling in seemingly random bits of information, mixing fact with opinion and offering strands of history that seem to halt rather than continue. It is no an easy task to summarize America into decades via the kitchen; The NY Times review of this book offers a more critical review. For me, I actually liked the pile of facts. It helped me sort some of the history swimming around in my own brain]."

Do you dig books about food?

Jun 10, 2009

June Gloom As Comfort

I live in the wrong state. My favorite weather is 65 degrees and cloudy and I live in Southern California. If you could see my extremely fair complexion, you would agree that I am much better suited to Seattle, or Portland, or Ann Arbor (my hometown).

I moved to Los Angeles to act in films which was supposed to be completely temporary. The plan was to sow some wild oats, have an unsuccessful acting career, move back to the Midwest and have babies. I managed to succeed at failing in the entertainment biz, but I failed at making my trip out west temporary. I married a California boy who works in said biz so we are here for the foreseeable future.

My comfort is June gloom. I am treasuring all these days of clouds all morning that reappear in the late afternoon. All the trees are green and the flowers are blossoming, but it is cool and grey. I can jog at 10am without wearing sunglasses. Yes, I am not a fan of sunny days and I live in the sunshine state.

Grey days inspire me to clean, to take a yoga class, to cook a new dish.

How does a grey day affect you?

Jun 7, 2009

Early Morning Comfort

I woke up at 5am with pointless anxiety (I've learned almost all anxiety is indeed pointless). Worrying about work and laundry and getting a workout in and money and...whatever. Rather than toss and turn I decided to get up, make myself a cup of Tazo Passion herbal tea and catch up on my blog reading and writing.

I had forgotten how delicious and comforting the silence of an early Sunday morning was. Even the birds were sleeping. I enjoyed my tea and my little Macbook that rests perfectly on my lap thanks to my Book Buddy (which I use all day, everyday) and felt completely peaceful. I should do all my work before dawn!

I'm off for a run before the world wakes up. What comprises a comfy early morning for you?



Jun 3, 2009

Welcome To Comfort News

So glad you stopped by. We strive to be the bearers of all things comfy, cozy, warm, soft and fuzzy.

Here at Comfort News we will share mundane pleasures that we find and experience, and we invite YOU to let us know what puts you at ease: could be an extremely buttery grilled cheese (that's mine), or a walk on the beach on a cloudy day, or a hug from your sniffley kid, or Wuthering Heights, or wearing Ugg boots to church...possibilities are endless, yes?

Send us your story and we will let the world know what brings you comfort.

Until then, we wish you Sunday morning ease,

Reading Comfort

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