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Is your guest room ready for the holidays?

The fast approaching holiday season means spending more time with friends and family. If they’re coming from out of town, you’ll want to make sure your guest room is ready. Impress them by making it luxury hotel worthy with these helpful tips!

The most important part of any bedroom or guest room is, of course, the bed. To get the iconic elegant hotel look, go with an all-white color scheme. Erin Hoover, vice president of design for Westin and Sheraton hotels, explains, “The all-white bed created this halo effect — people thought a room had been renovated, even if it was just the bed that had been changed.” In addition to having an all-white color scheme, add a supportive featherbed, fluffy comforter, extra blanket and several pillows since people have different sleeping preferences. These bedding essentials give it that ultra-comfy hotel feel.

Another element to consider is refreshments. Making your guests feel comfortable doesn’t require a fully stocked minibar. Simply leaving out a water-filled carafe with glasses or an ice bucket with some juice and water bottles on the bedside table makes a big impression. That way, if your guests get thirsty during the night, they aren’t left with the awkward task of fumbling through an unfamiliar kitchen.

Lastly, if extra bath towels, toiletries and other amenities aren’t in plain sight, let your guests know where they are. It’s also a good idea to write down the Wi-Fi password and any codes they might need. This keeps guests from that uncomfortable feeling of having to ask for everything.

We hope you have fun hosting holiday gatherings and enjoying the company of your friends and family. If you have any helpful tips for preparing your guest room, we’d love to hear about them in the comment section below!

P.S. If you need any inspiration for creating a guest room reminiscent of a five-star hotel, visit a hotel or inn that carries our bedding, like the award winning Miraval Resort!

Last Minute Bed Sheet Halloween Costumes

Pearl in her Pumpkin Costume by chickenofeathers via Flickr

Have a Halloween party to go to in an hour and don’t have a costume yet? Don’t worry! You can make a costume in minutes using a simple flat sheet!

  1. The easiest costume to make, of course, is a ghost! Simply cut out two eye holes into an old white sheet and drape it over yourself. Voila! Costume complete.
  2. If you don’t have any old sheets to cut, make a toga! For detailed instructions on how to fold the sheet, click here. To complete the Roman look, wrap a belt or rope around your waist and gather a few leaves to fashion a crown.
  3. Another option is to become a superhero by tying a sheet into a cape. With some creativity, you can be the superhero of just about anything!

Happy Halloween (and better luck on your costume next year)!

Eat your way to a better night’s sleep

Cherries by Luis Cerezo via Flickr

If you have trouble falling and staying asleep, changing the foods you eat and drink could be the solution. Plus, who doesn’t love a yummy snack?

1.  Tree Nuts and Peanuts- The unsaturated fat in nuts can help increase serotonin levels, which regulates (among other things) sleep. The next time you’re in the mood for an evening snack, have a handful of almonds, cashews, walnuts or pistachios to help you nod off at bedtime.

2. Tart Cherry Juice- In a recent study, participants who drank two glasses of tart cherry juice every day for two weeks slept 90 minutes longer on average than those who took a placebo. Cherries are a natural source of melatonin and a safe alternative to sleeping pills. So if you’re having trouble staying asleep, this might be worth trying!

3. Bananas- Bananas are a natural source of tryptophan, which the body uses to produce the important sleep regulators serotonin and melatonin. Enjoy a sliced banana on whole grain bread with natural peanut butter for the ultimate filling and sleep friendly snack!

4.  Honey- The glucose in honey inhibits the production of orexin, which regulates alertness.  For the perfect bedtime beverage, steep a cup of chamomile tea and add a tablespoon of honey. Chamomile is linked to an increase in glycine, which helps you relax and feel sleepy.

5. Hummus- Like bananas, the chickpeas in hummus are another source of tryptophan. If you often wake up in the middle of the night, try having hummus with fruits and veggies as a snack during the day. If you often wake up very hungry in the middle of the night, it may also indicate that you don’t consume enough calories during the day.

What snacks help you get a good night’s sleep? We’d love to learn about any tips or tricks you have – share with us in the comments section below!

2014 Fall Décor Trends

A change in seasons is the perfect time to update your home décor. Fall weather always welcomes warm color palettes and foliage accents, but if you’re looking for a twist, try one of these popular 2014 decorating trends. And, updating the look of your home doesn’t have to be a huge project. Simple solutions, like switching out your dining room centerpiece, changing decorative pillows or simply incorporating a few seasonal pieces can make a big difference.

1. New Neutrals- Nix the expected orange hues and focus on textures and shapes instead of colors this fall. Furs, knits and burlap are all very fall-centric and keep the neutral tones from falling flat. Our plush faux fur throw keeps you on-trend and also provides extra warmth!

katewalshbedroom by coco+kelley via Flickr

2. Vintage charm- Amplify the cozy feeling that comes with fall by adding pieces of furniture and décor that have a well-loved look (i.e. distressed, washed finishes and antique inspired designs). Our Vintage Inspired Marlowe Stars, Rowling Bookcase (below) and Riviera Mahogany Round Table are great options!

3. Turquoise- Whether you decide to add a few candle holders or paint an entire wall this gorgeous color, turquoise will fit in perfectly with the earthy fall tones you probably already have. It also adds a pop of color while maintaining the calm, cozy feel of fall. Our Trevi Sateen bedding lets you easily incorporate the popular color.

Check out our website for more home décor options. If you’re interested in do-it-yourself fall decorating projects, Southern Living and Pinterest both have lots of ideas. We hope you have fun getting crafty and decorating your home! Please feel free to share any of your decorating ideas or photos of your home with us, we’d love to see them!

Cuddledown Product Review Spotlight – Feather Down Blend, Water Repellent Pet Bed Insert

Here in Maine, fall weather is now in full swing with cool nights and crisp mornings. If it’s chilly where you live, you’ve probably already pulled out your extra blankets and throws, but did you remember your furry family members during the transition? We’ve got you covered with a quality selection of plush, cozy pet beds that’ll keep them off the cold floors. Our customer from Maryland recommends our Feather Down Blend, Water Repellent Pet Bed Insert, which coordinates beautifully with our cotton twill pet bed cover. See her review below!

Check out our pet selection to see all of the pet beds, furniture protectors and other pet accessories we offer! Please feel free to share your images and/or thoughts about our products. You can review them on each individual product’s page on our website, post photos here on our blog, or on our Facebook page.

Fall weather essentials

Fall Decorations by Sharon Mollerus via Flickr

Fall is back and despite earlier sunsets and cooler weather, it is a season loved by many. In preparation for the change in temperature, it’s time to put those shorts and swimsuits into storage and make room for toasty knits and soft fleece. To help you prepare, here’s a list of some of our top picks for fall weather essentials.

1. Cozy sweaters and slippers are definitely musts when it comes to staying warm. We love UGG‘s fleece lined clothing and sheepskin lined slippers, which are perfect for chilly fall weather. Slippers with durable outsoles also mean you don’t have to change shoes when running a quick errand or going out to check the mailbox.

 

 

2. Don’t forget about your furry family members. During the cooler months, it is especially important that your pets have comfortable beds to sleep on. If your bare feet ever get chilly walking on the cold floor, imagine trying to sleep on it! It’s also a great time for outdoor activities with your pets without having to worry as much about dehydration or heat exhaustion.

3. As temperatures begin to drop, it’s also a good idea to start adding extra layers to your bedding. Try slowly transitioning from warm to cold weather by adding cozy throws, thicker sheeting such as flannel or a loftier comforter. We love the look of mixing plaid flannel with adorably embroidered flannel sheeting.

4. Lastly, make sure to enjoy pumpkin flavored treats! We love pumpkin spiced lattes, coffee and pastries. If you happen to be in the Yarmouth/Freeport area (where our store and office are located), make sure to try the delicious pumpkin chocolate chip cookie from Clayton’s Cafe and Bakery! What’s your favorite pumpkin treat? It can be so hard to choose!

Crisis in the pumpkin patch by Rob Holland via Flickr

Behind-the-scenes: cuteness overload

It was an exciting day here at Cuddledown because we got to play with eight-week old bernedoodle puppies during our pet bed photo shoot! On top of lounging on comfy pet beds, they got tons of snuggles and treats. What could be better? Look out for photos of these adorable munchkins showing off their modeling skills in our upcoming catalogs. If you’re not already subscribed, you can request a free catalog here!

Stress relief in minutes

Green Tea by Martin Phox via Flickr

Excessive stress can cause many health issues, such as depression, weight problems and autoimmune diseases. With that in mind, it’s important to take proactive steps to reduce its toll. On days when there isn’t time for a yoga session or long, mind-clearing walk, try one of the following quick and simple methods. You can experience stress relief in a matter of minutes.

  1. Meditation is a great way to relieve stress and regain focus. Contrary to what many people believe, meditation doesn’t require sitting cross-legged on a floor in a silent room for hours. Simply close your eyes and focus on deep, even-paced breathing for five minutes while sitting in an upright position.
  2. Lavender has been known to reduce muscle pain, headaches and stress. The next time you need some calming relief, try using lavender scented lotion or lighting a candle infused with the relaxing scent. We also recommend trying our lavender scented luxury spa pillow for additional comfort.
  3. Green tea is not only high in antioxidants, it also reduces stress and increases focus. Brewing a cup is both quick and easy.
  4. Exercise aids in stress relief by releasing mood improving endorphins. When time is an issue, try short, Tabata type workouts. Research has shown that exercising for as little as ten minutes a day has positive effects on overall health.
  5. Massages are effective at reducing both stress and tension. Getting a good massage doesn’t require making a lengthy appointment at a spa. Chair massages, which range from 10-30 minutes, are often offered in shopping centers, airports and other convenient locations.

If you have any additional tips for stress relief, please share your ideas in the comment section below!

Cuddledown Product Review Spotlight – Moselle Cotton/Wool Blanket

With nights getting cooler as we transition into fall weather, it’s a great time to think about adding an extra layer to your summertime bedding. Our customer from Shingle Springs, California loves the Moselle Cotton/Wool Blanket and “would buy it over any other.”

Now’s also a great time to get the Moselle Cotton/Wool Blanket because it’s currently 30 percent off! Please feel free to share your images and/or thoughts about our products. You can review them on each individual product’s page on our website, post photos here on our blog, or on our Facebook page.

Shake up your routine! Tips for a healthy, happy retirement

Officially Retired Tiara Crown by Steven Repolo via Flickr

If you’re retired and find that you don’t always know what to do with your extra time, then keep on reading!

  1. Join a club- there are clubs for almost every hobby out there, whether it’s sports, arts and crafts, reading or playing card games. If you’re not sure what to join, start by making a list of the activities you enjoy the most or have always wanted to try but never had time to pursue.
  2. Be a foodie- who doesn’t like eating food? Designate a day of the week or month when you try a new restaurant or dish. Researching and planning the trip can be a fun and exciting experience for yourself or for you and your spouse. It’s also a great reason to go somewhere you’ve never been and meet new people.
  3. Find a part-time job or volunteer work- this may sound like the exact opposite of why you retired, but having a low-stress, part-time job is a great way to meet new people and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with it. Try choosing a job or volunteer position related to your hobbies and interests to make it even more fun.
  4. Go exploring- if traveling to a different country or state isn’t an option, then check out places in your own community or neighboring towns that you’ve never been to before. You can visit museums, parks, concerts, community events, libraries or scenic walking trails. If you live in Maine, visit our Maine places page for the inside scoop on hidden gems around the state. Or, if there aren’t many community events offered in your area and you enjoy event planning, volunteer to organize some!
  5. Spend quality time with your family- now that you have more control over your time, make sure to spend some of it with your loved ones. Plan visits with your children, grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Most retirees love post-work life, so reaching out to your retired friends for advice on what to do is another great idea. Whatever you choose to do, we hope you spend your retirement years happy, healthy and active! 

Grand parents on the North Pier by Snapshooter46 via Flickr

Labor Day weekend sale at our Freeport store!

Labor Day Sale - Freeport store

Save at our Freeport store this weekend! Click the image for store hours and directions

Save on your favorite Cuddledown products this weekend during our Labor Day Sale! If you’re in or around Maine, stop by our Freeport outlet store and save 20% on all regularly priced merchandise. You’ll find great deals on bedding, sleepwear, towels, and more, as well as items not found in our catalog or online!

Our annual pillow sale is also still going on at our Freeport outlet store, online and in our catalog. We hope you enjoy these great deals and have a nice long weekend!

Apps and devices made to help you sleep- good or bad?

Photo: "Sleeptime" by Kengo via Flickr

Have you ever monitored the light, sounds and movements that occur while you sleep? It sounds like something you’d see in a lab with scientists conducting research, but with today’s technology, we can now do all of that at home with easily obtainable apps and other devices. These range from apps you can download for free to masks that sell for a few hundred dollars.

Although these technologies aim to help you get a better night’s sleep, can some of them actually cause more harm than good? The newly developed sleep tracker from Sense, for example, monitors light, sounds and movement while you sleep and then provides a sleep score while also charting previous ones. Focusing on these grade-like scores, however, might just add another item to your list of things to stress about. Other devices go as far as monitoring your muscle tension, eye movements and brain activity. The NeuroOn does this while encouraging a 20 minute nap every four hours instead of the 7-8 hours that most sleep experts recommend.

Outside of supervised labs conducting research, do we really need all of these sleep devices? Recently, a smartphone caught fire when it slipped under the sleeper’s pillow and overheated. Since sleep apps require placing the smartphone near your pillow, it’s something to keep in mind. Getting a good night’s sleep shouldn’t be stressful or dangerous!

We would love you hear your thoughts about sleep apps and devices. Let us know by leaving a comment below!

 

Cuddledown Product Review Spotlight- 700 Fill Power European White Goose Down

Our lovely customer from Des Moines, Iowa uses our 700 Fill Power European White Goose Down products to create a cloud-like haven in her home. All of our down products also happen to be made right here in the USA! Here’s what she had to say about our 700 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillow and 700 Fill Power Sateen Down Comforter:

 

If you’d like to get the popular 700 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillow, now’s a great time to do so because our Annual Pillow Sale is going on!

Please feel free to share your images and/or thoughts about our products. You can review them on each individual product’s page on our website, post photos here on our blog, or on our Facebook page.

Back-to-school: Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

Sleeping by Timothy Krause via Flickr

If your child is heading back to school in a couple weeks, then it’s important to understand the significance of getting a good night’s sleep and transition into more consistent bed time habits now that summer is sadly almost over. This is because studies have shown that sleep is not only critical for memory- leading to better grades- but that it has a big impact on one’s overall health. A good night’s sleep can help with grades, sports performance and alertness, which is crucial if they are driving to school or have to walk across busy streets. Going over the following tips with your child will help lead to a better night’s sleep.

1. Sunlight is a natural alarm clock, so if your child doesn’t need to get up at sunrise, try using blackout curtains or shades to keep the rays out. An extra tip for waking up less abruptly than a traditional alarm clock is to use a wake up light that gradually increases its brightness, simulating sunrise.

2. Although a nice long nap after a tiring school day sounds relaxing, it will disturb the body’s natural sleep cycle and make it harder to fall asleep later on. A short 15 minute nap will give a boost of energy without keeping your child awake at night.

3. Lastly, going to sleep at the same time every day helps set the circadian rhythm. With that in mind, it’s important to have a consistent bed time. Winding down about 30 minutes before bed also helps relax the mind and prepare it for sleep. Avoid high energy activities or using electronics that stimulate the mind.

On average, school-age children between the ages of five and twelve need about ten hours of sleep, while teenagers need nine. The infographic below shows just how important sleep is!

Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post

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