The Bedding Snob

Cultivating relaxation need not leave you starving for style …

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.

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 

It’s our president’s birthday – and you get the present!

Don’t tell our boss! While he’s out celebrating his birthday, we’re offering you free shipping sitewide! Click through this link to activate the promotion: Free Shipping

Hurry, free shipping ends Monday, November 11th. Now’s the perfect time to start picking out comfy holiday gifts for your friends and family (and yourself)!

Free shipping this weekend, November 8-11!

Free shipping this weekend, November 8-11!

The easiest way to improve your guest bedroom

It’s that time of year again! We’re starting to think about making our homes a little cozier for the holidays, and what better place to start than with the guest bedroom. If you’re a little strapped for time (who isn’t?) but want to perk up a tired guest bed, why not add …

Cuddledown Extra Thick Waterproof Comfort Pad

Cuddledown Extra Thick Waterproof Comfort Pad

A mattress pad! Although they aren’t the most glamorous element of a top-notch bed, mattress pads are essential in transforming a comfy bed into one that you’ll never want to leave. Not sure which mattress pad to choose? A couple of our favorites are the Ultimate Comfort Mattress Pad (with an average of 4.8/5 stars in 69 reviews) and the Plush Wool Fleece Pad that’s both cushiony and moisture wicking. For more help picking the perfect mattress pad, our article on How to Choose the Perfect Mattress Pad and mattress pad video are handy resources.

We’ll have more tips for getting your guest bedroom in tip-top shape soon – stay tuned!

Fall back (and don’t look at the sun)!

Eclipse viewing at Cuddledown

Eclipse viewing at Cuddledown

During the wee hours of Sunday, November 3, 2013, daylight savings time ends, gaining us an hour of sleep, at least in our minds. Harvard Medical School discusses why you really don’t gain that hour, and tips on how to adjust your sleep schedule.

In addition, there’s also a rare “hybrid” partial solar eclipse that can be viewed beginning at 5:19 a.m. EST (maximum viewing time is 6:13 a.m. with 61% coverage).

Normally you couldn’t get me out of my cozy, Cuddledown-enhanced bed on a Sunday at that early hour unless there was a fire or some other crisis… however, with the added hour of sleep… perhaps?

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Partial Solar Eclipse, Austin, TX, 2012 - credit: mrlaugh’s photostream

The “hybrid” solar eclipse will be visible from the East Coast here, to Europe, all the way to parts of Africa and the Middle East, according to EarthSky.com. The eclipse will begin over North America at sunrise and will move east through sunset on Sunday evening.

Unlike a total eclipse, or an annular eclipse (where the moon covers all but a bright ring around the circumference of the sun), this eclipse is a hybrid. It starts as an annular eclipse before the Moon’s orbit gets close enough to Earth to become a total eclipse. Of course here on the East Coast, we’ll just see a partial eclipse. Of the nearly 12,000 solar eclipses that have occurred since 1999 BC, fewer than five percent are hybrid eclipses, according to a report from Universe Today.

So don’t forget to turn your clock back when you go to bed (by 2:00 a.m. on Sunday). And if you are an early bird, or would love to see the rarely-occurring eclipse, either stay up, or get up early and enjoy (with safe viewing glasses of course – whatever you do, do NOT look directly at the eclipse!)

Beards not Birds! Cuddledown cheers on the Red Sox!

Cuddledown_Red Sox_Put a Beard on It!

Cuddledown_Red Sox_Put a Beard on It!

This year’s 2013 Red Sox team has been growing their facial hair for good luck. At this year’s World Series, many fans are embracing the look!

Much like the comedy sketch “Put a Bird on it” from “Saturday Night Live” and “Portlandia” – we Red Sox fans liked the sentiment, but not so much the birds – so instead we “put a BEARD on it!” and rocked the random facial hair while cheering on the team!!  Guess which beard is real?!

Making pillows at Cuddledown for the Red Sox (while wearing beards)!

Here in New England, you may enjoy cheering on other baseball teams other than the Red Sox, but in general, you’re better off doing it quietly in the privacy of your own home!

Here in Maine, our own Sea Dogs team has hosted 17 0f the current 25 players on the Red Sox World Series 2013 team, so it’s pretty much a given that the staff members at Cuddledown are Sox fans (at least those who are willing to share!)

Our manufacturing team was proud to have made the pillows that ended up in the Red Sox players’ sleep room. We sure hope the players are getting some good sleep to win the Series this year! And of course in unity with the team, we’re sporting beards (well, ok, they’re not all real…!)

Beards or Pillows helping Red Sox win?!

There are those who may attribute the Red Sox’ World Series appearance to the copious facial hair they are sporting, but perhaps the real secret is not what’s on their heads, but what’s under them!

A month ago, Red Sox President Larry Lucchino let the cat out of the bag that the players  had a “sleep room” to be able to rest up between games. Thinking that any good sleep room wouldn’t be complete without some Cuddledown bedding, we sent along several of our luxurious pillows, as well as our customer favorite sateen pillowcases, custom monogrammed with “Go Red Sox!” Local sports reporter Dave Eid (WGME13) filmed the pillows being made.

So, is there a correlation between the comfy Cuddledown pillows and the wins?  It’s a proven fact that better sleep equates good health – so we’d like to think that had something to do with this World Series appearance!

Either way, Maine has definitely had a hand in the Ws – according to the Portland Press Herald, the Sea Dogs’ (Portland’s double A team) general manager Geoff Iacuessa said 17 of the 25 Red Sox players had spent time in Portland, either as minor leaguers or major leaguers coming back from injury on rehab assignments.

Beards or “Sea Dogs”/Maine connection notwithstanding, we still think it was primarily due to the pillows!  :)   And we’re all rooting for that big World Series win!

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