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Snobbish Thoughts April 2013

Happy Birthday Cuddledown – 40 and counting!

Since it’s Flashback Friday – and we’re celebrating 40 years of Cuddledown comfort and style, we thought we’d share some of our catalog covers from the past four decades!

Cuddledown brochure 1970s

Cuddledown brochure 1970s

Before we even had a catalog, there was the handcrafted brochure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuddledown's pleasant dreams cover '87

Fall_Winter 1987

 

 

Then there’s this adorable illustrated cover from 1987

 

 

 

 

 

Cuddledown 20th anniversary catalog cover  1993

20th anniversary - Spring 1993

 

 

 

Our 20th anniversary catalog cover in 1993 featured shades of lovely lavender

 

 

 

 

 

Catalog cover_Autumn 2001

Autumn 2001

 

 

 

 

And this gem from 2001, featuring a lamb on a comfy bed, couldn’t be much cuter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, to the present day – here are our latest catalogs, hot off the presses, from Summer 2013!  Hope you’ve enjoyed our trip down memory lane – there are many more where these came from.  Feel free to add your feedback about your favorite catalog cover!

Cuddledown catalog cover Summer 2013

Summer 2013

Cuddledown catalog cover Summertime 2013

Summertime 2013

 

 

 

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – Italian Linen Plain-Sewn Bedding.

This weeks review is from a customer in Portland ME on our Italian Linen Plain-Sewn Bedding.

Italian Linen Plain-Sewn Bedding

Italian Linen Plain-Sewn Bedding

There is nothing I like better than slipping into a bed made with fresh crisp linens. Once I experienced the Italian Linen sheets, they became one of my favorite sheets. They are wonderful in the summer months as they wick away moisture and still retain their crispness. Linen does have a tendency to wrinkle but since I like the look of a casual bed I don’t bother to iron my sheets. I remove the linens from the dryer when slightly damp and smooth out the wrinkles when folding. If I have company coming and I want a more finished look for my guest room, I do iron my sheets and find it easiest when they are slightly damp.

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Portland ME

We’re celebrating our 40th birthday with a sitewide sale!

Cuddledown's 40th Anniversary!

Cuddledown's 40th Anniversary!

Today, we’re celebrating the big 4-0! Since 1973, we’ve manufactured our cozy down and synthetic products right here in Maine. Our offices and manufacturing facility have also come full circle, returning to Yarmouth where Cuddledown got its start.

Come celebrate with us and save 20% off sitewide – today only! The sale ends at midnight; don’t miss your chance to save!

Last night I didn’t get to sleep at all – are separate bedrooms the answer?

How to sleep better - with a partner or alone?

How to sleep better - with a partner or alone?

To sleep together or alone?  Back in the day, our grandparents and generations prior, found nothing odd about sleeping in the same room in separate beds, or in completely separate bedrooms. Today, more and more couples are finding that sleeping together can be the cause of a poor night’s sleep and even lead to marital problems. Regardless of the potential disadvantages, many still wish to snuggle up for the night, and studies have found that most couples like to sleep back to back!

Snuggling with your hunny bunny aside, a hot topic of discussion today is whether sleeping alone might be a better idea for a solid night’s sleep. Last Night I Couldn’t Get to Sleep at All… no… noooooooooo!”  is how the popular 196os song by the 5th Dimension goes. Many of us suffer from a restless night’s sleep, and often the cause is a beloved spouse.  From snoring, to leg twitching, to cover stealing, to varying temperature preferences, sleeping with a partner can be a recipe for a wakeful night and a grumpy morning.

For beds, size matters!

For beds, size matters!

There are many remedies out there for snoring and you can find some great solutions for the cover stealers (separate twin comforters, for one thing), and for the heat miser/cold miser wars, a temperature regulating or dual warmth comforter can be a huge help.

However the most basic way to sleep better with a partner is to find the right size bed! Our “How to Sleep Better” infographic illustrates the advantages of a bigger bed for the most sleep comfort.  When it comes to beds, size apparently does matter!

Whether you choose to sleep together, or alone, finding the right bed, bedding and room environment can vastly improve your chances for a solid, restful night of ZZZZZZZZZs!

 

 

Free shipping on eco-friendly products for Earth Day!

The Great Outdoors, by Jose M Vazquez on flickr

The Great Outdoors, by Jose M Vazquez on flickr

Happy Earth Day! Here at Cuddledown, we’re celebrating by doing some spring cleaning and picking up trash near our office. We’d love to hear how you’re giving back to the environment; share with us in the comments section below!

Plus, as a gift to you, we’re offering free shipping on all orders containing organic, eco-friendly, and certified safe products! Simply click the link to access the promotion.

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – Organic 700 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillow

This weeks review is from a customer in Dayton MN on our Organic 700 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillow. Rest your head on 100% organic cotton fabric, certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard to be grown, manufactured, and processed without pesticides and harmful chemicals.

Organic 700 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillow

Organic 700 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillow

After a multiple-year search for THE perfect pillow for my rheumatoid-arthritic petite neck, my search is finally over. I have tried so many pillows I shudder to think of the money I have wasted! I have a child-sized head so as I write this review, you may want to consider that with my head size, the weight of my head may be less than the average person. I first ordered this in the “medium.” Before this pillow, I woke up every morning with a horribly stiff and extremely painful neck until… I bit the bullet and bought this pillow on sale. Bless the hearts of the customer service folks who graciously put up with my many questions on more than one occasion. The first night was like sleeping on a cloud. My neck fell into the pillow with the sides softly up around the sides of my head but my head did NOT hit the bed which is EXACTLY what I have been looking for… the softness that would be like a cloud but with enough support to prevent my head from hitting the bottom of the pillow. These are truly wonderful pillows. I ordered a second one but this time in the overfill. It is poufy for sure but as it is used over time, it too will fit ideally. If I had to choose between the medium and the overfill I think I would choose the overfill simply because I think it will last a bit longer even though it may take a bit to lose it’s puffiness to fit my small neck. :) But I love it, love it, love it and will never look anywhere else for a pillow. Thank you Cuddledown for producing such a quality pillow that reminds me of the old-fashioned pillows. To find such a great pillow is rare nowadays.

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Dayton MN

Earth Day 1973 – 2013

Scenic Maine, courtesy of the Harraseeket Inn

Scenic Maine, courtesy of the Harraseeket Inn

Hard to believe it’s been 43 years since the very first Earth Day!  Since today is “Flashback Friday” as we celebrate our 40th anniversary, and Monday is Earth Day, we thought we’d take a look back to Earth Day 1973.

Back in the late 1960s people became more aware of industrial pollution causing great harm to not only our environment, but to our health. People drove huge, heavy V-8 engine cars that guzzled leaded gas, factories belched black smoke into the air unmitigated, and rivers ran with toxic sludge. Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” was published in 1962, alerting even more people to the growing problem. In response to this increasing concern, and after seeing the disastrous 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson was inspired to create a national celebration around the budding environmental movement.

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, with 20 million people across the United States participating, to educate people about cleaning up our planet and protecting our precious natural resources. The concern engendered from the event helped result in the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, the Endangered Species Act, and the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. “It was a gamble,” Gaylord recalled, “but it worked.”

Forty plus years after the first Earth Day, as a society we continue to work through the issues surrounding the environment. We continue to work towards developing clean energy resources, and promote clean and healthy products, all for the betterment of our environment and for the health of us all and for future generations.

Here are some great links to sites for information about Earth Day, the environment and practical ways to “go green!”

www.epa.gov/earthday

www.practicallygreen.com

thesunriseguide.com

www.earthday.org

And stay tuned for Monday as we’re doing something special for Earth Day!

 

Soldier, fetus, starfish? Better sleep positions?

Why to sleep on your side

Why to sleep on your side, by Cuddledown

Hmmmm …  odd as they may sound, soldier, fetus and starfish are actually popular sleep positions!  In an article by the Better Sleep Council, they state that some 41% of people prefer the “Fetus” position where they are curled up on their sides with their hands tucked under their chins or their pillows.

According to sleep experts, sleeping on your side (whether the “fetus” or any other side position) is the best position to sleep, as it helps alleviate insomnia and sleep deprivation. And side sleeping is especially recommended for those people who have back or hip pain, or for pregnant women.

Why to sleep on your back, by Cuddledown

Why to sleep on your back, by Cuddledown

If you’re like many of us, you may flip from side to side, or roll onto your back. If you sleep on your back consistently, the experts say it may exacerbate lower back pain, snoring or sleep apnea. Even if none of the above apply, you can sleep more comfortably on your back if you place a soft pillow or rolled up towel under your knees. An added bonus to sleeping on your back is it can minimize facial wrinkles!

And if you like to fling yourself facedown on your bed, the sleep experts say sleeping on your stomach can cause lower back strain and neck pain, and at the least, cause more tossing and turning throughout the night. If you’re going to sleep on your stomach, they recommend using a soft pillow so your neck is at a comfortable angle.

For more great information on sleep positions and more, check out our new “infographic” on how to sleep better!

 

 

Congratulations to the 2013 Boston Marathon Winners!

Boston Marathon - elite women, via Kinchan1 on flickr

Boston Marathon - elite women, via Kinchan1 on flickr

It’s a beautiful day for a marathon! We’re so inspired by all of the athletes who raced today in Boston; what a fantastic accomplishment.

Top finishers:

  • Women’s: Rita Jeptoo of Kenya, 2:26:25
  • Men’s: Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia, 2:10:22
  • Women’s Wheelchair Race: Tatyana McFadden of the USA, 1:45:25
  • Men’s Wheelchair Race: Hiroyuki Yamamoto of Japan, 1:25:32

Maine’s own Joan Benoit Samuelson also raced in this year’s marathon, commemorating the 30th anniversary of her world-record win in 1983. Way to go, Joan!

For more on today’s race, check out Boston Marathon 2013 Results at Boston.com.

Updated: Our hearts and thoughts are with those affected by the tragic events at today’s race.

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – Multi-Zone Memory Foam Egg Crate Mattress Topper

This weeks review is from a customer in Olean NY on our Multi-Zone Memory Foam Egg Crate Mattress Topper

Multi-Zone Memory Foam Egg Crate Mattress Topper

Multi-Zone Memory Foam Egg Crate Mattress Topper

I decided to try a mattress topper for my bed because I’d recently been waking up at night very achy and couldn’t get comfortable. I am so glad I did! What a difference it makes. I’ve been sleeping so much better and waking up pain free! I highly recommend it! It fits under my fitted sheet just fine even though it does not have extra deep pockets. Received my mattress topper very promptly and am very happy with Cuddledown service.

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Olean NY

April Showers

Rain by tchandok, on flickr

Rain by tchandok, on flickr

We’re in for some wintry weather tomorrow here in Maine – we’d much prefer April showers over sleet and snow! So, we think it sounds like the perfect day to curl up under a cozy comforter with a good book and a mug of cocoa (as well as a new pillow – check out the post below to find out why!).

Has spring weather arrived where you live? Share with us in the comments section below!

Pillow fight aftermath, and last chance to save on new pillows!

Cuddledown Pillow Fight team - 2013

Cuddledown Pillow Fight team - 2013

As part of International Pillow Fight Day, this past Saturday, our Cuddledown team of fighting “Pillow Ninjas” and peaceful “Pillow Protesters” (employees, families and friends) joined a crowd of several hundred people of all ages for Portland, Maine’s first-ever pillow fight!

Portland Pillow FIght 2013

Portland Pillow Fight 2013

We were featured in the media by several local newspapers and our major CBS affiliate on their nightly news program. You can enjoy some clips from the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News here.

Whether you joined millions across the world in the epic International Pillow Fight or not, you may have pillows that need replacing! Save 30% off pillows until midnight tonight!

We’ve all recuperated, and are eagerly planning next year’s battle!

 

Pillow Ninjas are back, and featured in the Portland Press Herald!

Cuddledown Pillow Ninjas 2013

Cuddledown Pillow Ninjas 2013, courtesy of the Portland Press Herald

Flashback Friday  – just two years ago, our intrepid web team came up with a great promotional idea around International Pillow Fight Day…  the debut of the Pillow Ninjas!

Now, two years later, Cuddledown’s Pillow Ninja team has grown, and will be a part of tomorrow’s big pillow fight in Portland, Maine – they’re so popular, they’re even getting press coverage!

For those who would say it’s juvenile seeing grown people act like children, we say, what a great way to let off steam, and what better way to fight fluffy than with a super soft Cuddledown pillow!  Check back tomorrow, or view our Facebook page and you just might be encouraged to go out and get a Cuddledown pillow of your own!

First Friday 40% off sale – Organic Cotton Percale Bedding

Since it’s the First Friday of the month, our organic percale sheets are 40% off for 40 hours, don’t miss your chance to save! The deal will expire at midnight on Saturday, April 6th. Click here! (Discount will be applied once added to cart)

We’re also happy to share a rave review from one of our customers in Washington DC on our 300 Thread Count Organic Cotton Percale Bedding.

Organic Cotton 300 Thread Count Percale Sheets

Organic Cotton 300 Thread Count Percale Sheets

These are very high quality sheets. I’ve ordered organic sheets from almost every place I could and these are my favorite. These have that crispy percale feel I love. As I’ve spent some time researching organic cotton products, I’ve learned that it’s not only using organic cotton that is important for you and the environment, but also the finishing of the product.

These sheets are also Oeko-Tex® certified – which is actually a big deal. That means they were also finished in a manner that keeps a whole list of harmful chemicals off the sheets and out of the environment. If you are buying organic sheets that are not certified with Oek-Tex or GOTS, then you should switch. Organic cotton sheets can still have harmful chemicals and bleach could still be used in the finishing. Companies can take the organic cotton and do whatever they want with it, but say they used organic cotton, make sense? This is why you can sometimes find really inexpensive organic sheets. Products must be certified, like these from Cuddledown, to ensure they don’t have for example, formaldehyde, in them.

Anyway, although these are a little pricier than some, worth it and thanks to Cuddledown for carrying them!

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Washington DC

Celebrate International Pillow Fight Day with Cuddledown!

Pillow Fight by Indabelle, on flickr

Pillow Fight by Indabelle, on flickr

It’s no joke – International Pillow Fight Day is this Saturday, April 6th! Taking place in cities around the globe, International Pillow Fight Day is just that – a huge outdoor pillow fight! If you’re in Maine, come join the fun at Monument Square in Portland from 3-4 pm. Don’t forget to bring an old pillow (the softer the better!) that isn’t filled with feathers. You can find more information on Dispatch Magazine’s website. We hope to see you there!

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