Is there a worse feeling than having a child that can’t sleep soundly through the night because they have frequent nightmares? We can do everything we can to protect them, but sometimes no matter how hard we try, we are helpless.
That’s the situation Jami Furniss, the founder of Moxie Blankets, found herself in.
The Monster Protection Academy
Knowing there had to be a way to help her son sleep through the night, she discovered the benefits of weighted blankets, and The Monster Protection Academy was born!
The first night her son slept through the night with his weighted blanket she knew it could help other people having the same experience.
What started with another mom on her son’s baseball team buying two blankets for her boys grew into a real business.
But Jami had a nightmare of her own just a few months into the business when the Covid pandemic hit. Since her blankets are 100% made in the USA, she wasn’t directly affected by manufacturing shutdowns in China.
Facing this challenge head-on she powered through with “a lot of overtime” and having her two kids pitch in with fulfillment, creative marketing, and helping her at cash and carry shows. When things get tough, the stories of the folks she’s been able to help are what keeps her going.
Moxie blankets aren’t just for kids. She has a wide range of weighted blankets in various weights, sizes, and colors that will fit anyone.
What started out as just The Monster Protection Academy Line has now grown to 3, including her third line, The Luxie. The Luxie line is the largest and heaviest blanket they offer weighing in at 10lbs and 55×75 inches. It’s also made of the luxurious “minky” material.
The secret to a Moxie Weighted Blanket is the 5×5” pockets filled with glass microbeads that ensure the weight is always evenly distributed.
The Health Benefits of a Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets work much the same way tight swaddling helps newborns feel snug and secure, helping to calm and settle the nervous system using Deep Pressure Stimulation. DPS relaxes the body and stimulates the production of serotonin. It also reduces cortisol levels (the “stress” hormone”) to lessen feelings of anxiety at night.
Researchers have studied how effective the use of a weighted blanket is for a variety of conditions. Although more thorough research is needed, they have been shown to have benefits for people with a wide range of conditions, including:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Chronic Pain
- Insomnia & Sleep Disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I’ve struggled with insomnia but my biggest challenge is staying asleep. When it’s quiet, my brain thinks it’s time to PARTY.
When most people roll over at night, they flip over and sleep. Nope. Not me. Not my brain. If… scratch that, WHEN I wake up (and it was countless times during the night), I would flip and worry.
That’s right, worry… about anything and everything. The second I opened my eyes, the hamster in my brain started running and wouldn’t stop. It was worse when COVID hit. I’m a creature of habit, and the change (on top of a Global Pandemic) was not a good fit for me.
I was talking with my friend about sleep and that general uneasy feeling and she had mentioned Moxie Blankets. I had thought about a weighted blanket for a long time but never acted on it.
She told me how soft they were and machine washable (key for me), I got really excited about it… pronounced I couldn’t stop talking about it to the hubs. The only thing was, the hubs had been out of work and just started a new job. Weighted blankets are not cheap and I didn’t want to spend that on myself when everything felt so unsure in the world. See.. that’s how my brain works ALL.THE.TIME.
My First Moxie Blanket
Last year the world got turned upside down for all of us. I have always struggled with sleep issues. My sleep chronotype is a Dolphin, all-around light sleeper. I wanted to share my thoughts with you on this product because it has been such a game-changer for me.
A weighted blanket isn’t strictly a keto item, but sleep is so important to your weight loss journey.
The hubs surprised me with one for my birthday. Let me just say, I lost my mind when I saw it. He got me the Luxie, in pink because… me. I was so incredibly touched by how thoughtful he was and so happy with this beauty.
The pink side has a texture, which I love. The black side is very soft but smooth. I have used this blanket every single night since I have gotten it. Hubs even knows, texture side down. That’s how I roll. Creature of habit.
One of the major things that changed for me has been that I can fall back to sleep when I wake up. I have learned what my body needs. I need to feel the pressure from my shoulders down, and the larger Luxie blanket is the perfect size for me to do that. I curl up and it shuts my brain off. The hubs noticed I don’t flip like the Tasmanian Devil anymore.
There is one downside. Apparently, I have married a blanket hog. He has been stealing MY blanket. It’s not uncommon for me to wake up only to find my blanket wrapped around HIM. I am thinking about getting one for him to solve this issue. Ever sleep next to someone with restless legs…. Would not recommend it.
I have also brought it out in the mornings when I have my coffee if I can pry it out of the hubs clutches. Again, the pressure is very soothing to me.
I have used mine every day since I’ve gotten it (over 10 months), I even bought one as a gift. It’s machine washable and if that wasn’t enough, this is a woman-owned small business. This is BIG in my book.
Moxie Blankets is a 100% woman-owned company, completely self-funded, and family-operated. I truly love my blanket and I’m proud to have partnered with Moxie Blankets by being a Brand Ambassador. When I work with a company, it’s because I love the product and the people behind it.
If you’ve been looking for a weighted blanket, I highly recommend Moxie. The company generously has given me a discount code to share. Use the code kari15 to save 15% and shipping is free!
While I still have some issues with sleep, this has been really helpful in giving my brain the clue to SHUT IT so I can sleep.
Sweet dreams friends!