As amazing as it is living and working on the road, it can be quite exhausting. I think the logistics behind our national tour could be comparable to cooking in a restaurant kitchen: trying to coordinate orders, working with fellow chefs, combining different ingredients, and ultimately, trying to create the best food and experience for your restaurant-goers.

So here we are, planning 50 project “orders,” reaching out to different Veterans, Veteran organizations, designers, AIGA chapters, creative agencies, photographers, videographers, companies, venue locations, etc., all while facilitating these state projects, attending events, following up on deliverables, creating content for our website, updating our social media, and trying to find a place to dump our poop. Whoa – the last one through you off there, didn’t it?

Let me back up. Living in an Airstream makes you think about things you may have taken for granted previously: location to sleep/where to park the trailer, water consumption, water waste, electricity, waste disposal – aka the stinky stuff. They are realities of living on the road and quickly become routine. However accustomed you become to the lifestyle, they are still daily thoughts and chores you attend to.

It seems like everyone is incredibly busy in this day and age and we’re no different. Yet, we do feel different. This is because Tyler and I were fortunate enough to have a custom CopPure mattress made for us.

When we first toured our Airstream, I remember laying on the bed and thinking, “Oh, boy. This is not going to work.” Fortunately, with my dad and brother-in-law running Grand Rapids Bedding, we had a hook up, including a factory tour as they were making our bed! 

Grand Rapids Bedding’s new CopPure Bedding Collection uses of CuTEC® copper technology to provide you not only an incredibly comfortable mattress, but also a mattress that gives you the variety of health benefits of copper. These were some of my questions when first learning of CopPure Bedding in which my dad and brother-in-law were able to help explain:

What the heck does “CopPure Bedding” mean?

It means that copper is infused in both the top fabric of the mattress as well as the comfort layer within the mattress.

Sounds like magic. How the heck did they put copper into a mattress?

The CopPure Collection infuses copper gel into their Comfort Cu29 Latex comfort layer. Then the top fabric of the mattress is made with CuTEC® copper fibers.

Latex in a mattress sounds scary.

Well, actually, it’s not. Latex comes in natural, synthetic, and blended varieties- think rubber trees- where as memory foam is a man-made with polyurethane. Latex mattresses have a lighter feel, less hug, and doesn’t overwhelm you by making you feel like you are a stick stuck in the mud the way that memory foam does. Not to mention, latex foam has less heat retention and way better cooling capabilities. The latex foam in the CopPure mattress is aerated so it provides additional cooling, good airflow, and pressure relief. Hooray for more snuggling!

What exactly are the benefits of copper?

Antimicrobial & Antibacterial: copper prevents the growth of gross things like bacteria and fungi in your bed. If you’re a smelly one, copper will help keep your mattress smelling fresh.

Restorative Effects: copper improves the condition of your skin. As an antioxidant, it helps your skin and joints produce collagen and elastin to promote skin elasticity. Its properties fight off free radicals in your body and skin.

Cognitive Stimulant: copper is a brain stimulant that opens neural pathways and encourages clarity and creativity.

Anti-Inflammatory: copper is used to provide ache and pain relief from arthritis or inflamed joints.

We want to thank Grand Rapids Bedding, my dad, and Iker for making a custom mattress from their CopPure Bedding Collection for us and also thank them for giving us a behind-the-scenes look of the factory. We got to see our mattress be made and finalized, meet all of the hard workers that touch each bed made in the factory, and they even vacuum-sealed our bed and put it in a box so that we could easily move it into our Airstream.

As you can tell, we’re pretty happy with our bed. When you’re all over the place with your thoughts, plans, and literally geographically, it’s both necessary and comforting to have reliable constants in your life. For us, it is having each other, Noel, and a restful place to sleep every night.

For more information about the CopPure Bedding Collection, visit They even have a CopPure Pillow available for purchase on Amazon (here). Goodnight, sleep tight.