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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.

Go Team Orange Dragons – and McDreamy!

Patrick Dempsey meets Nina Brown - Dempsey Challenge

Patrick Dempsey meets Nina Brown - Dempsey Challenge

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’d like to help, you can donate to the Team Orange Dragons’ page or make a general donation by visiting the Dempsey Challenge website.

 

 

 

 

Happy Manufacturing Day at Cuddledown!

Cuddledown manufacturing comforters

Cuddledown manufacturing comforters

With 40 years of US manufacturing, Cuddledown is proud to celebrate Manufacturing Day today! We make all of our fine quality bedding – cozy comforters, fluffy pillows, and comfy featherbeds and mattress pads right here in Yarmouth, Maine – a state known for a long history of textile manufacturing.

100 years ago, there wouldn’t have been a need perhaps, but with so many US-based factories moving abroad or industries simply going away (is anyone still manufacturing  8-track tape players, slide projectors, rotary telephones?) it’s good to celebrate industries that are thriving or making a return!

 

 

 

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!!

Napping like the Red Sox – at Cuddledown!

Cuddledown naptime

Did you ever feel like you couldn’t make it through the work day without a gallon of coffee?  Start head bobbing during an excruciatingly long meeting? Well imagine how hard it’d be to stay awake if you worked at Cuddledown, a company known for our luxuriously cozy bedding?

Unlike the Red Sox, who recently let slip the news that their clubhouse now features a nap room, Cuddledown’s employees don’t have a nap room (yet…?). However, these intrepid nap-seekers are not at a loss for finding a comfy spot – from the kitchen to the office furniture, to the down bales, and even on a bed for a photo shoot!

With studies showing that short naps can energize employees to be more productive, it’s no wonder a team like the Red Sox would embrace the philosophy that naps are no longer just for toddlers! Prominent companies such as Nike, Google, Proctor and Gamble and the Huffington Post (recently featured on the Today Show) all provide special nap rooms for their employees. Ariana Huffington said, “Even a 20-minute nap in the middle of the day can make a huge difference. I grew up thinking that if you work around the clock, you are going to be more effective, and I realize that is not true.’’

As more studies continue to evaluate the benefits of daytime naps, researchers are finding that these so called “power naps” can help boost brain power for problem solving, increase reaction times (especially important for airline pilots or ER docs), improve people’s moods and stress levels, as well as have a positive impact on health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure and even weight management.

Cuddledown pillow for Red Sox nap room

Cuddledown pillow for Red Sox nap room

And finally, although Cuddledown has yet to create an official nap room, that doesn’t mean we don’t embrace the idea. We recently sent several heavenly soft pillows and custom-monogrammed, 100% cotton sateen pillowcases to the Red Sox in hopes that they’ll help the team to be well-rested for a World Series victory!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Impossibly cute sea otters’ sleeping habits!

Napping sea otters As if sea otters weren’t overwhelmingly cute enough, turns out, their practical method of napping in the water is beyond adorable!

True to their name, sea otters make their home … well… in the sea! They even sleep there! They’re able to keep warm in freezing cold water because of their incredibly dense fur – up to a million hairs per square inch, which traps a layer of air against the otter’s skin.

When it’s nap time, the sea otters simply float on the water’s surface, often in duos or groups. They sometimes wrap themselves up in seaweed growing from the ocean’s floor, or, as shown in this video, clasp paws to keep from drifting off!  We would agree that snuggling is a great way to nap securely!

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!

“Plum Deluxe” features Cuddledown’s Ultimate Bed, PLUS win free pillows!!

10 tips for the Ultimate BedWe’re excited to be partnering with luxury blog Plum Deluxe to promote our new Ultimate Bed Collections and launching our Ultimate Bed contest on Instagram!

Go to Plum Deluxe to read our article, featuring 10 great tips for creating your ultimate bed, including everything from feng shui positioning of your bed, to “blinging” up your bed with decorative pillows, and more!

PLUS, you can win luxurious Cuddledown pillows in our Ultimate Bed contest – simply by posting an image of your bed on Instagram (or emailing us the photo), using one of three themes – humor, pets, or family. At the end of the contest (ends October 1) we’ll judge the best in each category, and best overall, for four winners!  Each winner will receive a pillow from our Ultimate Bed Collections and their image will be formatted to look like a Cuddledown catalog cover!

 

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!

 

 

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