The Bedding Snob

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Cuddledown Life

Read about what intrigues us at Cuddledown, whether it’s the Muppets singing about Grandma’s Feather Bed, World Pillow Fight Day or our employees participating in the Dempsey Challenge to help cancer patients and their families.

A toast to the Greeks’ way of life and longevity – OPA!

Santorini, GreeceAccording to a recent news article in the Huffington Post, the people of Greece (in particular, those on the island of Ikaria), live much longer lives on average, than all of Europe. They are three times more likely to live to 90 years old than Americans, and their lives are far more active and healthy.

The research being done on longevity have turned up so-called “Blue Zones” – particular spots around the globe where people live longer, healthier lives past the age of 100. Some of these places include Sardinia in Italy, Okinawa in Japan, Loma Linda in California and Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, and of course Ikaria Island, Greece, where the people have been found to have one of the highest life expectancies in the world.

Greek saladPerhaps it’s due to the sunny, temperate climate, which produces delicious fresh vegetables year-round, and the resulting “Mediterranean Diet”?  Or perhaps it’s because the Greeks are far more active on a daily basis than we Americans. But we’d like to think it’s because of the number one reason in this article’s list of 5 things the Greeks know about longevity … the nap!

Apparently the Greeks, particularly those in more rural locations such as Ikaria Island, still hold to the ancient custom of a larger midday meal and a restorative nap. Some shops and businesses even close for a period after noon so workers won’t miss their chance at a few ZZZs!

Napping Greek villagerIn an interview on NPR, Harvard researcher Dimitrios Trichopoulos is quoted as saying, “while naps may seem to break the flow of your day, they actually double it, giving you the energy and second-wind to be productive the second half of your day. It’s something we could especially benefit from in the hectic pace of life stateside.” In his research, Trichopoulos found that Greek men who napped just half an hour a day were much less likely to have heart attacks, most likely because of the stress-busting effect of an afternoon siesta.

At Huffington Post, President and Editor-in-Chief (and Greek-American) Arianna Huffington, created a nap room for her employees, given the round-the-clock nature of the news business, saying “Sleep is a performance enhancement tool.” Here at Cuddledown, we’re all about sleep, and although we have yet to create an official nap room, we’d like to raise a glass of wine to the Greeks -  the champions of democracy, and of naps – OPA!

 

Our spring clearance sale is going on now!

It’s the first official day of spring, and to celebrate, we’re having a HUGE clearance sale! This weekend, save up to 80% off clearance items online. Plus, if you’re in Maine, you’ll also find great savings – up to 70% off – at our Freeport, Maine outlet store! Additionally, all regularly priced merchandise at our outlet store is 20% off. So, whether you’re stocking up on cozy winter essentials or refreshing your bedroom for spring, you’ll find a great selection of sheets, blankets, sleepwear, slippers, and more.

Cuddledown's spring clearance sale - going on now!

Cuddledown's spring clearance sale - don't miss out on great savings!

 

Sleepin’ and the Savin’ o’ the Green at Cuddledown!

Ireland rolling green hillsOn St. Patrick’s Day every schoolkid in America knows it’s time to wear green or get pinched!  There are many such traditions around this day celebrating all things Irish, most of which don’t have anything to do with Ireland, or the real St. Patrick, but are still fun to celebrate.

The color green is, in fact, a powerful symbol. In ancient Ireland, the shamrock or “seamrog,” (pronounced “seamroy” in Gaelic), symbolized the rebirth of spring. During the 1800s, it was a symbol of rebellion against the British and to wear it on a military uniform was a crime punishable by death. Thus the “the wearing of the green” became a powerful point of national pride. And of course, the color is Ireland itself, with its rolling hills of verdant green!

Cuddledown Liuan Sateen Bedding

Liuan Sateen

Green is a soothing, serene color for the bedroom, and at Cuddledown, our buyers have found bedding, sleepwear and home décor to satisfy those who love the color of the Irish! And you can save the green on our smooth sateen!  Of course, if green isn’t your thing – we also have all the colors of the rainbow – just no pot of gold!

Sláinte mhaith (“good health”) and enjoy the holiday, whether you’re wearing green or not!

Cuddledown’s Clearance Sale is going on now!

Even though winter is still in full-swing here in Maine, we’re getting ready for spring with our big winter clearance sale! Save up to 80% on bedding, sleepwear, comforters and more – click on the image below to start shopping. Quantities are limited, so don’t miss your chance to scoop up some of the best deals of the season!

Cuddledown's Winter Clearance Event

Cuddledown's Winter Clearance Event

Last chance to save – winter white sale ends soon!

We’ve been enjoying some lovely, spring-like weather here in Maine lately, but we know we haven’t seen the last of winter! We’re still getting plenty of use out of our cozy comforters and warm pajamas – and you can, too. Our winter white sale ends next Wednesday; don’t miss your chance to save on bedding, blankets, sleepwear and more. Click on the graphic below to shop our sale!

Save during Cuddledown's Winter White Sale!

Save during Cuddledown's Winter White Sale!

Golden Globes inspires fashion use for comforters!

Jennifer Lawrence Golden Globes "comforter" dress

Jennifer Lawrence Golden Globes "comforter" dress

For anyone watching the 2014 Golden Globe awards show, actress Jennifer Lawrence’s dress caused quite a stir!  Not because it was inappropriate or singularly unattractive, but because for some reason, her dress just took off in the webosphere becoming an internet meme, with people emulating it on a cat, on a man, on a Barbie doll, using a napkin, a sail and then this image utilizing a product we’re very familiar with!

Tweeter @LanaDelRny posted this comfy version of JLaw’s Christian Dior gown. We felt that it hit the right note of comfort and fashion, and who knows, perhaps it could be a new product line for Cuddledown?

Time’s ticking, but it’s not too late!

Tokyo Bay Barbarella Watch - on sale at cuddledown.com!

Tokyo Bay Barbarella Watch - on sale at cuddledown.com!

Still picking out gifts for a few people on your list? No worries! There’s still time to get it to them in time for Christmas. To help take out some of the guesswork, we’ve added a handy holiday shipping map to our site, showing the cutoff dates for standard shipping. Want send a comforter to Washington state and have it arrive by the 25th? Never fear – you can expedite it until December 20th (the cutoff date for overnight delivery is 1:00 PM EST, December 20th). Happy shopping!

When the Snow Miser appears – it’s time to get cozy!

Here in Maine, today we all woke up to ungodly cold temperatures – all in the negative range (from -5 or so in Yarmouth where our offices are, to -18 inland!)  So, needless to say, avoiding the chill is going to be a challenge! However, here at Cuddledown, we know everything there is to know about staying warm and cozy!

From our lofty, insulating down comforters (up to an amazing 1000 fill power!) to luxuriously snuggly faux fur throws, to warm and comfy UGG® slippers, boots, gloves and earmuffs, to soft cotton flannel PJs and bedding – we’ve got your back when it comes to keeping warm! And we are even offering some of our toasty, snuggly goodness on sale now!

Snow MiserAnd PS: when you’ve got warm and cozy Cuddledown in your life, this guy can’t win!!

How Cuddledown celebrates Thanksgiving – by giving a comforter away!

Cuddledown Ruby Anniversary giveawayIn honor of our 40th anniversary (also known as the “Ruby Anniversary”) we thought we’d celebrate by giving away one of our luxurious comforters! Our Ruby Jacquard Scroll comforter is as cozy as it is gorgeous (and the color is perfect for the holidays)!  It’s simple – all you have to do to enter the contest is sign up for Cuddledown’s emails. And with Black Friday deals coming up – you’ll be among the first to know, so it’s a win either way !

Since it’s our 40th anniversary, we’ve been researching the 70s, and found that in 1976, in the year of our country’s bicentennial, President Gerald Ford and Congress designated the week of Thanksgiving “National Family Week.” In an article posted at the Retro Housewife, the author outlines the history of Thanksgiving, including the following:

Thanksgiving and family are two words that have become inseparably linked ever since this – rich tradition began with the pilgrims 355 years ago in December 1621. ”Thanksgiving is the oldest and most truly American of our national holidays,” contended Ralph Linton,” renowned American anthropologist. “It has changed less in its intention and in the manner of its celebration than any other of our holidays, national or international. The founders of America had never heard of most of the things we now do at Christmas or Easter, but Thanksgiving is still very much what the Pilgrims made it – A giving of thanks for divine bounty coupled with a practical demonstration of that bounty.”

“Thanksgiving, even more than Christmas, is the holiday which brings scattered kindred together,” he continued, “Old family jokes and stones are shared and for a little while all hands bask in a sense of belonging to an intimate, affectionate group. They may go back to their separate homes later, but for a while they have been part of something larger than themselves.”

Following in this tradition, at Cuddledown, we’re closed on Thanksgiving (unlike many of the big box stores), so our employees (and customers) can spend the day relaxing and celebrating with their familes and friends. We’ll be enjoying the holiday with our loved ones, and wish you the same!

Happy Veterans Day from Cuddledown

Today, we’re honoring all those who have served our country, past or present. We sincerely thank you for your time and dedication.

Veterans Day by brianjmatis, on flickr

Veterans Day by brianjmatis, on flickr

On a different note, today is also the final day of our president’s birthday celebration – which means that it’s the final day of free shipping at cuddledown.com! Click through the link to start shopping: Free Shipping 

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