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The Dempsey Challenge takes place next weekend, October 12-13!

Dempsey Challenge 2012 participants

Dempsey Challenge 2012 participants

There is still time to sign up for the Dempsey Challenge, taking place during Columbus Day weekend! Celebrating its fifth year anniversary, the Dempsey Challenge is a run/walk/cycle fundraiser for the The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Lewiston, Maine.

Founder Patrick Dempsey (of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame) created the Cancer Center for Hope & Healing after his mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The center provides counseling, integrative medicine, and support for patients, as well as resources for families and loved ones. This event is their major fundraiser, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Dempsey Center.

Cuddledown employees have participated in the Challenge since it began, and this event is one that we hold close to our heart. If you’d like to support the wonderful work of the The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, please visit their website for more information or to make a donation. And, for anyone participating in the Challenge next weekend, good luck!!

Daily cuteness: 14 baby panda cubs snuggling

Baby pandas at China's Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding

Baby pandas at China's Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding, photo via Huffington Post

Cuteness overload! On Monday, 14 baby pandas were brought out for a viewing at China’s Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding. These sweet cubs were born between July and September of this year and are currently being raised in two delivery rooms at the base. Click through the link for a video of these cuddly cubs in action!

Show us your bed, and you could win a pillow!

Not actually my bed - here's where I stayed in Seoul, Korea!

Not actually my bed - here's where I stayed during my trip to Seoul!

It’s true! Our first-ever Instagram contest is going on now, and you could win a lofty, luxuriously soft Cuddledown pillow. To enter, simply:

1. Follow Cuddledown on Instagram (username: @cuddledown).

2. Pick one of our three contest themes – Humor, Pets, or Family – and take a picture of your bed.

3. Upload your picture to Instagram, and tag it with the hashtag #lovetocuddledown 

4. That’s all there is to it! If you don’t have a smartphone but still want to enter the contest, simply email your picture to socialmedia@cuddledown.com and include your name, email address, and home address (so we’ll know where to send your pillow if you’re selected as a winner)!

For more information on contest details and prizes, visit cuddledown.com. We can’t wait to see your photos!

Labor Day sale at our Freeport store!

Cuddledown's Labor Day sale!

Cuddledown's Labor Day sale!

Today through Monday, September 2nd, save on comforters and pillows at our store in Freeport, Maine! All sleep pillows are up to 30% off, and all regularly priced comforters are 20% off. Plus, all other regularly priced items are 20% off! Enjoy great outlet savings on our selection of sleepwear, comfortable apparel, slippers, gifts and more. We hope to see you in Freeport this weekend, and have a wonderful Labor Day!

Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day!

We’re celebrating our furry friends today! (That’s my four-legged best friend Toby, pictured above!) Started in 2004, National Dog Day brings attention to the number of adoptable shelter pets looking for good homes. If you’re looking to adopt a pet, Petfinder.com and the ASPCA are great resources for finding shelters near you. Or, if you live in Maine, Animal Shelters in Maine has information on rescue groups around the state.

If you already have a canine companion, why not treat him or her to a little something special today? These homemade frozen treats  are a great option if it’s hot where you live. Or, why not give your pet a comfy new place to relax? All of our dog beds provide both support and comfort – and many ship free!

A summertime treat

High bush blueberries at Libby & Son U-Picks

High bush blueberries at Libby & Son U-Picks

We can hardly believe August is already half over, so we’re eagerly indulging in as many summer activities as possible. (Lobster rolls for lunch AND dinner? Yes, please!) If you’re visiting Maine, or if you’re just trying to check things off your summer bucket list, we highly recommend fitting blueberry picking into your schedule. Looking for the perfect place to go? The Bangor Daily News has compiled a wonderful list of farms across the state where you can pick your own berries. Or, if you want to bring home a few more treats, like apples or raspberries, pickyourown.org has a handy chart outlining what fruits and vegetables are in season at any given date.

For more ideas about summer activities in Maine, visit our Maine places page. We’d also love to hear what you’re squeezing in before the summer ends – share with us in the comments section below!

Cuddledown’s Annual Pillow Sale is going on now!

If you’ve been thinking of replacing your pillow, there’s no better time to do so! During our annual pillow sale, save on all plush, comfy Cuddledown pillows, with styles to suit every sleeper (check out our Pillow Picker!). Plus, the more you buy, the more you save, so it’s a great time to stock up on holiday gifts. Click on the image below to find your perfect pillow!

Cuddledown's Annual Pillow Sale!

Cuddledown's Annual Pillow Sale!

 

 

The Maine Lobster Festival takes place this week!

revenginator by newneonunion, on flickr

revenginator by newneonunion, on flickr

Summer in Maine just isn’t complete without lobster, so why not get your fix at the Maine Lobster Festival from July 31 – August 4! This annual event takes place in the beautiful coastal town of Rockland, known for shipbuilding and its artsy downtown district. At the Lobster Festival, which brings in thousands of visitors from around the world, you’ll find a wide range of lobster-related activities (naturally), from a lobster crate race, to a seafood cooking contest, to the coronation of the Maine Sea Goddess! Plus, there’s no shortage of lobster in all forms, including lobster Caesar salad and the traditional lobster dinner.

For more information including directions and a schedule of events, visit the Maine Lobster Festival Website. 

Design inspiration: the world’s most beautiful college dorms

Utrecht University, the Netherlands (photo courtesy of Flavorwire, Scagliola and Brakkee, and designboom)

Utrecht University, the Netherlands (photo courtesy of Flavorwire, Scagliola and Brakkee, and designboom)

With back-to-school time coming up next month, we thought it would be the perfect time to take a peek at some of the world’s most beautiful dorms.  From a building with the country’s largest exterior climbing wall in the Netherlands to a dorm with a 125-seat theater at MIT, these residence halls get high marks for both aesthetics and amenities.

The Campagneplein Dormitory at University Twente, the Netherlands (photo courtesy of Flavorpill/Eikongraphia)

The Campagneplein Dormitory at University Twente, the Netherlands (photo courtesy of Flavorwire/Eikongraphia)

Tell us, how did your dorm compare to these palatial spaces? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

The Yarmouth Clam Festival is this weekend – July 19-21!

Yarmouth Clam Festival - July 19-21!

If you’re looking for a fun activity this coming weekend, you’re in luck! The 48th annual Yarmouth Clam Festival starts this Friday, July 19th and runs through the 21st. Established in 1965, the Yarmouth Clam Festival raises money for local non-profits and includes a parade, firefighter’s muster, and 5-mile race, among several other activities. There is even a canoe/kayak race and – of course! – a clam-shucking contest.

For more information about the Clam Festival, including a schedule of events and directions, visit the Yarmouth Clam Festival website. After the festivities, why not stop by and see us in Freeport during our Annual Tent Sale! You’ll find fabulous deals under the tent, plus savings up to 70% on select merchandise and 20% off all regularly priced merchandise. We hope to see you there!

Easy dorm decorating tips!

Inside a dorm room by MTSOfan, on flickr

Inside a dorm room by MTSOfan, on flickr

Even though it’s not quite back-to-school time yet, it isn’t too early to start thinking about ways to decorate the dorm. Granted, dorm rooms aren’t always the coziest places (think linoleum floors and worn-out mattresses), but with a little TLC, they can be made much more comfortable – and stylish, too! Here are a few simple ways your college-bound student can perk up his or her space.

1. Add a DIY Headboard. If your child is lucky enough to have a relatively spacious dorm room, she might consider making a cute headboard to add personality to the space. A handy headboard tutorial can be found at HGTV.com.

2. Decorate walls with removable wallpaper. If allowed by the school, dress up a plain wall with patterned peel-off paper! To find out how to make your own, our post on DIY wallpaper has everything you’ll need to know.

3. Top the bed with a colorful comforter. A bright, fun comforter will not only keep your child cozy, but also will make a drab dorm room more cheerful. Our Meribel comforters are available in both down and synthetic fills, and come in several bold colors. Even better – they’re now on sale!

4. Bring in a hardy plant. Not only do plants purify the air, they also add beauty to desks and night tables. When selecting a plant, choose one that’s relatively low-maintenance, like cactus or aloe vera.

5. Look to Pinterest. For more decorating tips, follow us on Pinterest, where you’ll find ideas for simple DIY projects, upcycled decor, room inspiration and more.

Tell us, what are your tips for decorating tiny spaces? We’d love to hear!

Maine restaurant wins “America’s Best Lobster Roll” competition!

Lobster roll from the Clam Shack of Kennebunkport, ME (photo courtesy of the Clam Shack)

Lobster roll from The Clam Shack of Kennebunkport, ME (photo courtesy of the Clam Shack)

For the second consecutive year, The Clam Shack of Kennebunkport, ME has been crowned the winner of the Lobster Roll Rumble! Taking place in New York City, the Lobster Roll Rumble brings together 20 contestants to compete for the coveted title of “America’s Best Lobster Roll.” Three other Maine restaurants were also in the running – Bite Into Maine, Eventide Oyster Co., and The Galley Restaurant & Pub – with Eventide’s brown butter lobster roll taking home the title of “Editor’s Choice.”

If all this lobster talk has you hungry, why not plan a trip to Maine and sample some! In addition to the delicious restaurants mentioned here, our Employee Favorites page highlights some of the best eateries around, plus events, outdoor venues, and shops!

World Wide Knit and Crochet in Public Celebration!

Knitting through the back loop by mollydot, on flickr

Knitting through the back loop by mollydot, on flickr

If you love to knit or crochet, now’s your chance to join fellow enthusiasts in celebration of World Wide Knit and Crochet in Public Day! Getting its start in 2005, the event began as a way to bring knitters together, and has now expanded to over 700 events around the world. It’s also more than just a one-day event – public knitting parties began on June 8th and will continue through the 16th.

To find an event near you, or start one of your own, the World Wide Knit in Public Day website has everything you’ll need to know.

Tell us, do you knit or crochet? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

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