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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.

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!

Factory seconds – outlet stores then and now!

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.

Bass Shoe Factory_Wilton, ME

Bass Shoe Factory_Wilton, ME

 
 
 
 
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!

 

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!

 

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