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.

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!

 

 

The Yarmouth Clam Festival is this weekend – July 19-21!

Yarmouth Clam Festival - July 19-21!

If you’re looking for a fun activity this coming weekend, you’re in luck! The 48th annual Yarmouth Clam Festival starts this Friday, July 19th and runs through the 21st. Established in 1965, the Yarmouth Clam Festival raises money for local non-profits and includes a parade, firefighter’s muster, and 5-mile race, among several other activities. There is even a canoe/kayak race and – of course! – a clam-shucking contest.

For more information about the Clam Festival, including a schedule of events and directions, visit the Yarmouth Clam Festival website. After the festivities, why not stop by and see us in Freeport during our Annual Tent Sale! You’ll find fabulous deals under the tent, plus savings up to 70% on select merchandise and 20% off all regularly priced merchandise. We hope to see you there!

How to get more A’s in college – get more Z’s

 

1970s dorm room

1970s dorm room

Dorm rooms haven’t changed all that much from the 1970s when Cuddledown was founded until now. Some dorms today may look more like a high-end hotel suite, and of course, students come with a wide array of technology, from iPads to flat screen TVs, and some dorms even allow coed rooms (yes, men and women sharing the same room!). But the essentials are still the same. From the hard and narrow twin-size dorm room beds, to the annoying loud parties next door (of course you never joined in!), to the roomies snoring, watching TV, or inviting friends in late at night, it’s amazing college students can even function by noon, much less get up for an early morning class.

Dorm room 2000s

Dorm room_2000s

There’s a growing awareness on college campuses that sleep plays a huge part in a student’s success at college, but only a few are acknowledging it, or providing education on the topic. In a 2012 article on the impact of sleep on college students by the Washington Times,  a health official at the University of Arizona stated that the average student is functioning with a clinical sleep disorder, averaging about 6.5 hours per night (an amount they say is over-reported, so the actual number is probably lower).  And a University of Delaware psychologist said that students who think they have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder often are just sleep-deprived, and that improving sleep is a far better option than taking medications.

Cuddledown Meribel Comforter_perfect for students

Cuddledown Meribel Comforter_perfect for students

One very simple way for college students to get more sleep is to create a better sleep environment. That can include earplugs to avoid all the noise in a typical dorm. And another is to avoid early morning classes! But the best way to get a good night’s sleep is to make your student’s dorm bed into a heavenly nest with perfectly comfy bedding. And where could one find such a thing?  Why Cuddledown of course! Keep your student happy and well-rested with our collection of comfy college bedding, including sheets, comforters, mattress pads and more in Twin or Twin XL sizes, as well as our student bedding protection kit to protect from dust mites, bedbugs and other nasties!

 

Singing our National Anthem – Boston Strong

Boston Strong - National Anthem at Bruins game

Boston Strong - Bruins fans sing National Anthem, courtesy of the Boston Herald

In honor of Flag Day, we thought we’d talk a little about our National Anthem. When you’re at a sporting event or a ceremony, how often do you really pay attention to the “Star Spangled Banner”? Everyone knows the story of Francis Scott Key observing our flag as it remained raised during the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the war of 1812. And most may or may not know all the lyrics to the song (set to the music of an old drinking song!). Most likely you’ve cringed at a horrible rendition (or lip synching) by some tone-deaf, warbling pop princess or someone’s barely audible little kid.

But at the Bruins hockey game at the TD Garden on April 17, only two days after the horrific attack at the Boston Marathon, our national anthem took on entirely new significance.

Surrounded by the color guard of the Boston Fire Department, the “Garden’s” legendary singer Rene Rancourt began to sing, but after only a few words, he signaled for the audience to join in. The response brought viewers nationwide to tears, as the Garden’s entire audience of 17,000+ lifted their voices to proudly sing along! Rancourt said in an ESPN article that he was so choked up after singing “the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,” he didn’t think he’d be able to continue. But then, “[The fans] piped right in like we had rehearsed it for an hour. It was an amazing, amazing feeling.”

So next time you’re at an event where they play our National Anthem, go ahead, sing along – but as Christina Aguilera learned, you probably want to be sure to learn the words first!

Bar Harbor, Maine – the way life should be… from Cuddledown!

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

Many Mainers have adopted this beautiful state as our own, including yours truly. I moved here having fallen in love with the state, having enjoyed a two-week stay every August since my childhood, at Goose Rocks Beach (near Kennebunkport). And I’m not the only one who’s discovered the state while on vacation. Maine is full of such fantastic spots – from the southern tip to the far north, and from gorgeous wilderness to cultural highlights, there’s something here for everyone.

At Cuddledown, we’ve put together a spot where people (locals or visitors) can peruse the Maine places we all love to visit. And we’ll be sharing some of our favorites here over the next few weeks!

This past Memorial Day weekend, I was lucky enough to go to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. There’s way too much to share here, but there are some great websites full of information. Some highlights of my own trip were as follows:

Cadillac  Mountain, Acadia National Park

Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

1) Of course, Acadia. There’s really not a spot in this national park that isn’t photographable. In fact, you’d have to be the world’s worst photographer not to get at least one poster-worthy image – even on a cloudy day! The best thing about it is that it’s a very manageable park – if you have people with you who aren’t that active, you can drive through and stop for short walks and still have a fantastic experience. Or you can go full nature lover, and hike and camp to the extent of your ability.

Lobster gnocchi, Fathom restaurant, Bar Harbor

Lobster gnocchi, Fathom restaurant, Bar Harbor

2) Rainy day shopping and eating out – the town has lots of great shops, with items ranging from the typical tee-shirts and tchotckes to unique stores selling products such as Native American arts, Maine-mined Tourmaline gemstones, and one particularly interesting shop selling everything from seashells to fossilized scorpions!  As far as dining – the world’s your oyster… or lobster… literally…  From fine dining lobster gnocchi at Fathom, to a luscious lobster omelette at Jeannie’s breakfast, you could eat it 24/7.  But don’t forget about the other food items – there’s Bar Harbor popcorn and of course Mount Desert Island ice cream, where President Obama enjoyed the coconut ice cream. I would concur with his choice – it was delicious!

Bar Harbor_view from biplane

Bar Harbor_view from biplane

3) Other activities. You can take trips via foot, bike, car, kayak, sailboat, or do something a little more exotic, like take a Windjammer Cruise, or see Bar Harbor and Acadia from the air in a biplane! The views are fantastic, the pilot was knowledgeable, and the ride was over way too soon!

There’s so much to do in Bar Harbor, you really need more than a day – I’d definitely recommend at least a long weekend – with time to take a leisurely drive back down the coast for at least one leg of the trip.  If you’ve been, please feel free to share your favorite things to do in Bar Harbor – we’d love to hear from you!

Bar Harbor sunset

Bar Harbor sunset

 

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