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Snobbish Thoughts May 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

Picnic Basket by Paul and Christa, on flickr

Picnic Basket by Paul and Christa, on flickr

We hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! It’s been rainy here in Maine, but we are looking forward to barbeques, picnics and beach weather soon!

If you’re thinking about doing some shopping today, don’t miss the last day of our Clearance Event! Save up to 80% on select merchandise – from slippers to coverlets! Or, if you’re in Maine, come visit us at our retail store in Freeport! Our Memorial sale ends today; don’t miss your chance to save on pillows, apparel, comforters and more.

Great Gifts for Grads!

Graduate by pamhule, on flickr

Graduate by pamhule, on flickr

Finding the perfect gift for your high school or college grad can be tricky – but it doesn’t have to be! With college-bound students moving into dorms, and recent college graduates heading off to grad school or into new apartments, gifts to spruce up the bedroom are always appreciated.

A new comforter or coverlet – like our Down or Synthetic Meribel Comforter – is a great choice, especially for high school graduates needing XL twin bedding. College mattresses are notoriously uncomfy, so a supportive mattress pad is also a worthwhile investment!

College grads are most likely ready for a new set of sheets (or two), so our soft sateen bedding is a treat they’re sure to love. Or, if you’re not sure what color or style they prefer, a gift certificate is another option.

If you’re picking out gifts this weekend, be sure to check out our Memorial Day clearance event, taking place now through Monday! Or, if you’re in Maine, our retail store in Freeport is also having a weekend sale, with savings up to 70% off on comforters, sleepwear and more!

Cuddledown’s Memorial Day Sale Starts Today!

American flag over library square by Davef3183, on flickr

American flag over library square by Davef3183, on flickr

Come celebrate the unofficial start of summer with us! Now through Monday, save up to 80% on select items at cuddledown.com! It’s the perfect time to freshen up your bedroom and wardrobe with comfy bedding, cozy sleepwear and extra soft apparel.

Or, if you’re in Maine this weekend, there are also great deals at our retail store in Freeport! Select sleepwear and comforters are 70% off, and all regularly priced merchandise is 20% off. Click through this link for driving directions to our Freeport store.

5 easy DIY green cleaning products!

Green blast, by JPDaigle on flickr

Green blast, by JPDaigle on flickr

With warmer weather and longer days, it’s the perfect time to open up the windows and do some much-needed spring cleaning! Luckily, a thorough scrub no longer means that you have to fill your home with harsh chemicals. Instead, why not use some of the great green cleaners that are readily available – or make your own! Here are a few eco-friendly cleansers you can easily make with ingredients found in your cupboards.

1. Drain Cleaner: As recommended by Apartment Therapy, you can clear a stubborn drain with baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water. Simply pour 1/2 cup baking soda into the drain, followed by 1 cup vinegar. Let it sit and fizz for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot or boiling water. Repeat as needed, or let the baking soda and vinegar sit in the drain overnight.

2. Fabric Softener: The blog Fabulously Frugal has several great tutorials for DIY green cleaning products, including one for fabric softener. In a large pitcher, combine 6 cups hot water, 3 cups white vinegar, and 2 cups hair conditioner. Stir until mixture is smooth. To use, add approximately 1/4 cup of the mixture to the fabric softener dispenser in your washer.

3. Kitchen Counter Disinfectant: As seen on thedailygreen.com, you can make your own disinfectant by combining 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil. The mixture can be sprayed or rubbed onto countertops.

4. Tile and Grout Paste: The website greenlivingideas.com is full of helpful hints for eco-friendly living, as well as several DIY projects. To make a tile and grout paste, they recommend combining 1 cup water and 3 cups baking soda. Mix the ingredients into a paste, and use a toothbrush to scrub it into grout.

5. Toilet Cleaner/Deodorizer: Better Homes and Gardens has many simple green cleaner recipes, including this one for a toilet scrub/deodorizer. Sprinkle 1/4 cup baking soda into the toilet bowl and gradually add 1/4 cup vinegar. Scour with a toilet brush.

Do you have a favorite green cleaner? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – Ultimate Comfort Bamboo Mattress Pad

This weeks review is from a customer in Tulsa Oklahoma on our Ultimate Comfort Bamboo Mattress Pad

Ultimate Comfort Bamboo Mattress Pad

Ultimate Comfort Bamboo Mattress Pad

 

I feel compelled to review this wonderful mattress pad. I have tried many others, including the memory foam and this far exceeded my expectations! I have lower back issues and sleep on a firm mattress for the support; however, I need a cushion for softness and this fits the bill. I don’t sink into it like I did the memory foam. It is just heaven to lay on and I can turn over easily. When I got up this morning, my back didn’t hurt!! This is huge for me. I highly recommend this product. You won’t be sorry!!

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Tulsa Oklahoma

Cleaning green – back in the day!

Old timey outdoor drying rack

Old timey outdoor drying rack

Today there is increasing concern for the environment and preserving the planet’s precious resources. With energy costs being what they are, people are harkening back to their parents or grandparents’ ways of keeping things clean … and green, something we’ll address in today’s “Flashback Friday” post!

Since it’s now late spring, and the weather’s warmer and sunny – it’s perfect for hanging laundry outside to dry.  Not only will you save money and conserve energy, your linens will have that fresh, sun-kissed smell!

Cuddledown WallFix Drying Rack

Cuddledown WallFix Drying Rack

There are many great new systems you can buy for drying laundry outdoors, and one such, is a convenient wall-mounted drying rack that can expand out when you’re using it, and fold back up to keep your back porch or yard from being unsightly.

In addition to environmentally-friendly drying racks, today you can find all sorts of laundry cleaning products that are less harmful to the environment as well as to your skin.

So follow in your parents or grandparents’ footsteps and dry your laundry outside – your family and the planet, not to mention your wallet, will thank you!

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – Ramblers Way Women’s Superfine Wool Long Sleeve Henley

This weeks review is from a customer in Portland ME on our Ramblers Way Women’s Superfine Wool Long Sleeve Henley

Ramblers Way Women's Superfine Wool Long Sleeve Henley

Ramblers Way Women's Superfine Wool Long Sleeve Henley

This shirt is so soft and comfortable – and despite being wool, it isn’t the slightest bit itchy. I have literally been cycling it through the laundry every other day because I can’t stop wearing it. It’s great for an extra layer of warmth around the house, but nice enough to wear to work. It’s super lightweight, and warm without being too hot as the wool breathes nicely.

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Portland ME

What Oprah recommends for better sleep

Cuddledown comfort for better sleepAt Cuddledown, we love Oprah’s O Magazine for all of its great tips on pretty much everything in life.  So when we saw this article about bedtime rituals for better sleep, we felt we had to share it, given our focus on better, healthy sleep!

In the article, O gives some great sleep tips from a variety of people, including Jillian Michaels of “the Biggest Loser” and the Chairman of the Board of the National Sleep Foundation. Among the tips are the following (which we all think are great advice!)

1. Get as close to 8 hours sleep as you can – it’ll help make you more rested, and even less hungry. If you have trouble falling asleep, try an audio book with the volume turned way down so you can drift off.

2. Block out sleep interference, especially when traveling. Wear ear plugs to block loud or annoying noises, and block light with a mask, or dark curtains, and make sure your clock, phone etc. are not shining light on you as you sleep. The light can cause interference with the melatonin produced by your brain, thus keeping you awake. If you’re worried about getting up in the morning, you can use a vibrating alarm (there are apps for that!)

3. Similar to the above tip, use a fan or white noise machine to create a steady, soothing hum that will block out sleep-interfering noises.

4. Do some stretching exercises or yoga before going to bed to relax your body.

5. Let your furry friends sleep in their own beds. As much as we love our pets, experts recommend not sleeping with them, as they can significantly disrupt your sleep, according to a study by the Mayo Clinic.

 

 

 

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – Ugg Delizah Slip-On

This weeks review is from a customer in Portland ME on our Ugg Delizah Slip-On.

Ugg Delizah Slip-On

Ugg Delizah Slip-On

I’m so glad I decided to get these shoes! Unlike some other slip-ons, they’ve been super comfy right out of the box (no breaking-in period) and I can wear them comfortably without socks. They’re also lightweight and breathable without being flimsy. Plus, I’ve gotten lots of compliments on how cute they are! I’d definitely recommend this shoe as an alternative to a boat shoe or casual sneaker.

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Portland ME

Mother’s Day savings at our Freeport store!

If you haven't started looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift, don't fret! We've got you covered. For those who live in Maine, our Freeport store has a wide selection of comfy sleepwear and cozy slippers, as well as fresh apparel (like the dress shown here) to start summer in style. Plus, we carry unique gift items not available in our catalog or online, including an expanded selection of eco-friendly Caldrea products (the hand cream is fabulous!), and cute accessories like scarves, tote bags and jewelry.

If you're too far away to visit us in Maine, why not peruse our online Mother's Day gift guide for ideas on presents that are sure to please.

Moms, what are you hoping to receive for Mother's Day? We'd love to hear - share with us in the comments section below!

Kentucky Derby 1973 vs 2013 – Secretariat vs ?

Triple Crown winner Secretariat-1973

Triple Crown winner Secretariat-1973

Back when I was a little girl, I was absolutely horse-crazy. To this day, like so many others, I enjoy watching the Triple Crown races, particularly the Kentucky Derby!

Since it’s Flashback Friday, I thought I’d share memories of the most famous thoroughbred, perhaps the most famous horse of all time, Secretariat!
Known as “Big Red” for his size, power and speed, although he wasn’t the odds-on favorite, people had pegged him as a top contender for the Kentucky Derby. Secretariat’s come-from-behind style only became more thrilling with each leg of the Triple Crown, but this footage of the 1973 Kentucky Derby illustrates the excitement of watching “Big Red” race!

Rosie Napravnik

Rosie Napravnik

This year’s Kentucky Derby may or may not prove to have such an equine star, but among the many male jockeys, this year’s race features a real contender for the first female jockey to ever win the Derby!  In a sport that almost actively thwarts women from becoming jockeys, 25-year-old Rosie Napravnik began racing under a pseudonym, “A.R.” so no one would know she was a woman. Over the past several years, Rosie has not only had big successes as a female jockey, this year she was the fifth highest prize earner of all jockeys, male or female.

In 2011, Rosie raced in the Kentucky Derby on a horse humorously named, “Pants on Fire”, coming in ninth place, the highest any female jockey has ever placed in the Derby. Although her mount for the Kentucky Derby, Mylute is not favored to win (currently 15-1 odds) there are those who won’t count her out.

So break out the funny hats, stir up some mint juleps and kick back and watch this year’s Kentucky Derby – you just might be watching history in the making!

 

 

 

 

First Friday 40% off sale – Cuddledown Seersucker Sleepwear!

40% off Cuddledown Seersucker PJsIt’s that time again! The first Friday of the month where we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary with our “First Friday 40″ special sale!

You love our seersucker bedding for its lovely look and soft, lightweight feel. Now you can enjoy our Seersucker fabric in sleepwear – plus it’s now 40% off – but only for 40 hours!

Take advantage of the sale, and get the Mom in your life some sweet PJs or a cute nightgown or robe!

 

 

April showers bring May flowers …

May flowers

But what do May flowers bring?

It’s May 1, and here in Maine, we’re thrilled to see all the trees and flowers bloom and green grass return! May is also a great month for celebrating – the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day (not to mention my birthday)! :)

Speaking of Mother’s Day – we’ve created a great Mother’s Day gift guide with some terrific ideas for gifts we know she’ll love!

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