Want to take a break from the mall & do a little online shopping instead? At cuddledown.com, our Black Friday sale is still going on – save 25% sitewide! If you need a little help finding just the right gift, our Holiday Gift Guide is full of wonderful ideas to make your gift giving easier.
In 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!
Psst … have you checked out our clearance section lately? Our annual clearance event is going on now, with savings up to 80% off! To find out more about upcoming promotions, sign up for our email list! And, to shop the clearance event, click on the image below. Happy shopping!
Today, we’re honoring all those who have served our country, past or present. We sincerely thank you for your time and dedication.
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
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)!
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 …
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!
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?
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!)
Cuddledown’s manufacturing staff show their team spirit for the Red Sox in World Series 2013! You could say they are the Sox’ biggest fans!
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?!
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…!)
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!
As we continue to celebrate our 40th anniversary, our President and CEO Chris Bradley shares his thoughts on what inspired him to create our online Cuddledown “Factory Seconds” store.Cuddledown President and CEO Chris Bradley:
We recently launched a selection of “factory seconds” on our website, something that I have wanted to do for years. When I was a kid my mom would take us every summer to the Bass factory store in Wilton (west of Farmington, Maine) to buy our shoes for the year – a favorite destination for every New England value shopper. As kids, shopping for shoes in the middle of summer when we could be swimming was always a drag! The store clerk helping us saw 1, 2, 3, 4 sets of long skinny feet, and then one set of short and wide and said “hey, you’re not in this family!” He was right – it was my sister’s friend!
Factory outlets in those days were the real deal – nothing like the “outlet malls” that have spread all over the country, selling goods that are typically “de-engineered” versions of the top line, and not really a bargain. In those days a factory store sold merchandise made on-site at the factory, that didn’t quite measure-up to the brand’s quality standards. Rather than first quality, this class of goods was known as second quality, and it was often a challenge to spot the flaws.
Factory stores attracted a group of shoppers that would be hard-pressed to pay full price. These were the same folks that re-used aluminum foil, and stored bars of soap in their dresser drawers so it would harden in the air and last longer – oh, they had the money to pay full retail, but it just wasn’t in their nature. My mother referred to this frugality as being “Scotch.” My hope is that our selection of factory seconds will attract a group of shoppers that appreciate Cuddledown’s long lasting quality, and do not mind a few flaws if they feel that they are getting a great price!
We’re celebrating Columbus Day with a sale! Today only, save 20% sitewide at cuddledown.com! If you’re starting to think about stocking up on warmer sheets and cozy sleepwear for cooler weather, now’s the perfect time to find just what you’re looking for. But don’t wait – the sale ends tonight at midnight!
Team Orange Dragons Against Cancer has done it again! Final results won’t be in until after this weekends’ Dempsey Challenge – but this team (founded by former long-time Cuddledown employee Nina Brown) not only exceeded their fundraising goal of $10,000, but also were in the top ten largest groups participating! Several Cuddledown employees helped fundraise and/or will be participating in this weekend’s events, walking, running or riding!
The Dempsey Challenge raises money to help fund The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Lewiston, Maine, founded by actor Patrick Dempsey of Grey’s Anatomy fame. Dempsey himself attends the annual event (including riding in the biking portion of the event). At last year’s event, Nina was able to meet “McDreamy” up close and in person, and she said he was extremely kind and empathetic, speaking with survivors and family members of those who have suffered the scourge of cancer.
If you’re in Maine this weekend, we’d love to see you at our retail store! For directions and additional information, simply click on the image.