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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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

Apartment Therapy recommends Cuddledown mattress pads!

Thickest Comfort Mattress Pad - available at cuddledown.com

Thickest Comfort Mattress Pad - available at cuddledown.com

We were so excited to see our Thickest Comfort Mattress Pad included in Apartment Therapy’s Bedding Basics: Mattress Pads article! We agree that a good mattress pad can really transform your bed as well as the quality of your sleep. Our customers are also big fans of the Thickest Comfort Mattress Pad, saying “I thought I needed a new mattress, but this feels better than any bed I’ve ever had.”

Tell us, do you use a mattress pad? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

The best alarm clock apps – tested by Cuddledown!

Sunrise through the clouds by Betchaboy, on flickr

Sunrise through the clouds by Betchaboy, on flickr

As much as we’d love to wake up naturally every day (preferably to the sight of this gorgeous sunrise!), we rely pretty heavily on our alarm clocks during the week. So, we were excited to find out about about a few new alarm clock apps for iPhones and Android devices that make waking up a little easier – and maybe even more enjoyable!

This past weekend, I tested out the Rise App. Not only is it beautifully designed, it couldn’t be easier to use. With a flick of your finger, you can set the time you want to wake up and select your alarm of choice. If you choose to try Rise, make sure that you don’t have your phone set to Do Not Disturb – or the alarm won’t disturb you (aka, wake you up in the morning)! Although Rise is a straightforward alarm clock and doesn’t analyze your sleep patterns, it’s both aesthetically pleasing and simple to use. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an elegant alternative to your basic alarm clock app!

Next, I’ll be trying out the Sleep Time app. This app goes beyond the basic alarm clock, monitoring your sleep patterns and waking you up at the optimal time.

Have you tried out a new sleep app? We’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments section below!

Tasty treats for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patty's Cupcake by Frosted with Emotion, on flickr

St. Patty's Cupcake by Frosted with Emotion, on flickr

We’re excited to celebrate St. Patty’s Day tomorrow, and were thrilled to find these delicious recipes on greatist.com! Not only are these recipes festive, they’re healthy, too (the perfect antidote to all that green beer).

Tell us, how will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? We’d love to hear in the comments section below – and may the luck o’ the Irish be with you!

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