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.

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

 

Happy Memorial Day!

Picnic Basket by Paul and Christa, on flickr

Picnic Basket by Paul and Christa, on flickr

We hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! It’s been rainy here in Maine, but we are looking forward to barbeques, picnics and beach weather soon!

If you’re thinking about doing some shopping today, don’t miss the last day of our Clearance Event! Save up to 80% on select merchandise – from slippers to coverlets! Or, if you’re in Maine, come visit us at our retail store in Freeport! Our Memorial sale ends today; don’t miss your chance to save on pillows, apparel, comforters and more.

Great Gifts for Grads!

Graduate by pamhule, on flickr

Graduate by pamhule, on flickr

Finding the perfect gift for your high school or college grad can be tricky – but it doesn’t have to be! With college-bound students moving into dorms, and recent college graduates heading off to grad school or into new apartments, gifts to spruce up the bedroom are always appreciated.

A new comforter or coverlet – like our Down or Synthetic Meribel Comforter – is a great choice, especially for high school graduates needing XL twin bedding. College mattresses are notoriously uncomfy, so a supportive mattress pad is also a worthwhile investment!

College grads are most likely ready for a new set of sheets (or two), so our soft sateen bedding is a treat they’re sure to love. Or, if you’re not sure what color or style they prefer, a gift certificate is another option.

If you’re picking out gifts this weekend, be sure to check out our Memorial Day clearance event, taking place now through Monday! Or, if you’re in Maine, our retail store in Freeport is also having a weekend sale, with savings up to 70% off on comforters, sleepwear and more!

Cuddledown’s Memorial Day Sale Starts Today!

American flag over library square by Davef3183, on flickr

American flag over library square by Davef3183, on flickr

Come celebrate the unofficial start of summer with us! Now through Monday, save up to 80% on select items at cuddledown.com! It’s the perfect time to freshen up your bedroom and wardrobe with comfy bedding, cozy sleepwear and extra soft apparel.

Or, if you’re in Maine this weekend, there are also great deals at our retail store in Freeport! Select sleepwear and comforters are 70% off, and all regularly priced merchandise is 20% off. Click through this link for driving directions to our Freeport store.

Cleaning green – back in the day!

Old timey outdoor drying rack

Old timey outdoor drying rack

Today there is increasing concern for the environment and preserving the planet’s precious resources. With energy costs being what they are, people are harkening back to their parents or grandparents’ ways of keeping things clean … and green, something we’ll address in today’s “Flashback Friday” post!

Since it’s now late spring, and the weather’s warmer and sunny – it’s perfect for hanging laundry outside to dry.  Not only will you save money and conserve energy, your linens will have that fresh, sun-kissed smell!

Cuddledown WallFix Drying Rack

Cuddledown WallFix Drying Rack

There are many great new systems you can buy for drying laundry outdoors, and one such, is a convenient wall-mounted drying rack that can expand out when you’re using it, and fold back up to keep your back porch or yard from being unsightly.

In addition to environmentally-friendly drying racks, today you can find all sorts of laundry cleaning products that are less harmful to the environment as well as to your skin.

So follow in your parents or grandparents’ footsteps and dry your laundry outside – your family and the planet, not to mention your wallet, will thank you!

What Oprah recommends for better sleep

Cuddledown comfort for better sleepAt Cuddledown, we love Oprah’s O Magazine for all of its great tips on pretty much everything in life.  So when we saw this article about bedtime rituals for better sleep, we felt we had to share it, given our focus on better, healthy sleep!

In the article, O gives some great sleep tips from a variety of people, including Jillian Michaels of “the Biggest Loser” and the Chairman of the Board of the National Sleep Foundation. Among the tips are the following (which we all think are great advice!)

1. Get as close to 8 hours sleep as you can – it’ll help make you more rested, and even less hungry. If you have trouble falling asleep, try an audio book with the volume turned way down so you can drift off.

2. Block out sleep interference, especially when traveling. Wear ear plugs to block loud or annoying noises, and block light with a mask, or dark curtains, and make sure your clock, phone etc. are not shining light on you as you sleep. The light can cause interference with the melatonin produced by your brain, thus keeping you awake. If you’re worried about getting up in the morning, you can use a vibrating alarm (there are apps for that!)

3. Similar to the above tip, use a fan or white noise machine to create a steady, soothing hum that will block out sleep-interfering noises.

4. Do some stretching exercises or yoga before going to bed to relax your body.

5. Let your furry friends sleep in their own beds. As much as we love our pets, experts recommend not sleeping with them, as they can significantly disrupt your sleep, according to a study by the Mayo Clinic.

 

 

 

Mother’s Day savings at our Freeport store!

If you haven't started looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift, don't fret! We've got you covered. For those who live in Maine, our Freeport store has a wide selection of comfy sleepwear and cozy slippers, as well as fresh apparel (like the dress shown here) to start summer in style. Plus, we carry unique gift items not available in our catalog or online, including an expanded selection of eco-friendly Caldrea products (the hand cream is fabulous!), and cute accessories like scarves, tote bags and jewelry.

If you're too far away to visit us in Maine, why not peruse our online Mother's Day gift guide for ideas on presents that are sure to please.

Moms, what are you hoping to receive for Mother's Day? We'd love to hear - share with us in the comments section below!

Kentucky Derby 1973 vs 2013 – Secretariat vs ?

Triple Crown winner Secretariat-1973

Triple Crown winner Secretariat-1973

Back when I was a little girl, I was absolutely horse-crazy. To this day, like so many others, I enjoy watching the Triple Crown races, particularly the Kentucky Derby!

Since it’s Flashback Friday, I thought I’d share memories of the most famous thoroughbred, perhaps the most famous horse of all time, Secretariat!
Known as “Big Red” for his size, power and speed, although he wasn’t the odds-on favorite, people had pegged him as a top contender for the Kentucky Derby. Secretariat’s come-from-behind style only became more thrilling with each leg of the Triple Crown, but this footage of the 1973 Kentucky Derby illustrates the excitement of watching “Big Red” race!

Rosie Napravnik

Rosie Napravnik

This year’s Kentucky Derby may or may not prove to have such an equine star, but among the many male jockeys, this year’s race features a real contender for the first female jockey to ever win the Derby!  In a sport that almost actively thwarts women from becoming jockeys, 25-year-old Rosie Napravnik began racing under a pseudonym, “A.R.” so no one would know she was a woman. Over the past several years, Rosie has not only had big successes as a female jockey, this year she was the fifth highest prize earner of all jockeys, male or female.

In 2011, Rosie raced in the Kentucky Derby on a horse humorously named, “Pants on Fire”, coming in ninth place, the highest any female jockey has ever placed in the Derby. Although her mount for the Kentucky Derby, Mylute is not favored to win (currently 15-1 odds) there are those who won’t count her out.

So break out the funny hats, stir up some mint juleps and kick back and watch this year’s Kentucky Derby – you just might be watching history in the making!

 

 

 

 

April showers bring May flowers …

May flowers

But what do May flowers bring?

It’s May 1, and here in Maine, we’re thrilled to see all the trees and flowers bloom and green grass return! May is also a great month for celebrating – the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day (not to mention my birthday)! :)

Speaking of Mother’s Day – we’ve created a great Mother’s Day gift guide with some terrific ideas for gifts we know she’ll love!

Happy Birthday Cuddledown – 40 and counting!

Since it’s Flashback Friday – and we’re celebrating 40 years of Cuddledown comfort and style, we thought we’d share some of our catalog covers from the past four decades!

Cuddledown brochure 1970s

Cuddledown brochure 1970s

Before we even had a catalog, there was the handcrafted brochure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuddledown's pleasant dreams cover '87

Fall_Winter 1987

 

 

Then there’s this adorable illustrated cover from 1987

 

 

 

 

 

Cuddledown 20th anniversary catalog cover  1993

20th anniversary - Spring 1993

 

 

 

Our 20th anniversary catalog cover in 1993 featured shades of lovely lavender

 

 

 

 

 

Catalog cover_Autumn 2001

Autumn 2001

 

 

 

 

And this gem from 2001, featuring a lamb on a comfy bed, couldn’t be much cuter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, to the present day – here are our latest catalogs, hot off the presses, from Summer 2013!  Hope you’ve enjoyed our trip down memory lane – there are many more where these came from.  Feel free to add your feedback about your favorite catalog cover!

Cuddledown catalog cover Summer 2013

Summer 2013

Cuddledown catalog cover Summertime 2013

Summertime 2013

 

 

 

We’re celebrating our 40th birthday with a sitewide sale!

Cuddledown's 40th Anniversary!

Cuddledown's 40th Anniversary!

Today, we’re celebrating the big 4-0! Since 1973, we’ve manufactured our cozy down and synthetic products right here in Maine. Our offices and manufacturing facility have also come full circle, returning to Yarmouth where Cuddledown got its start.

Come celebrate with us and save 20% off sitewide – today only! The sale ends at midnight; don’t miss your chance to save!

Last night I didn’t get to sleep at all – are separate bedrooms the answer?

How to sleep better - with a partner or alone?

How to sleep better - with a partner or alone?

To sleep together or alone?  Back in the day, our grandparents and generations prior, found nothing odd about sleeping in the same room in separate beds, or in completely separate bedrooms. Today, more and more couples are finding that sleeping together can be the cause of a poor night’s sleep and even lead to marital problems. Regardless of the potential disadvantages, many still wish to snuggle up for the night, and studies have found that most couples like to sleep back to back!

Snuggling with your hunny bunny aside, a hot topic of discussion today is whether sleeping alone might be a better idea for a solid night’s sleep. Last Night I Couldn’t Get to Sleep at All… no… noooooooooo!”  is how the popular 196os song by the 5th Dimension goes. Many of us suffer from a restless night’s sleep, and often the cause is a beloved spouse.  From snoring, to leg twitching, to cover stealing, to varying temperature preferences, sleeping with a partner can be a recipe for a wakeful night and a grumpy morning.

For beds, size matters!

For beds, size matters!

There are many remedies out there for snoring and you can find some great solutions for the cover stealers (separate twin comforters, for one thing), and for the heat miser/cold miser wars, a temperature regulating or dual warmth comforter can be a huge help.

However the most basic way to sleep better with a partner is to find the right size bed! Our “How to Sleep Better” infographic illustrates the advantages of a bigger bed for the most sleep comfort.  When it comes to beds, size apparently does matter!

Whether you choose to sleep together, or alone, finding the right bed, bedding and room environment can vastly improve your chances for a solid, restful night of ZZZZZZZZZs!

 

 

Free shipping on eco-friendly products for Earth Day!

The Great Outdoors, by Jose M Vazquez on flickr

The Great Outdoors, by Jose M Vazquez on flickr

Happy Earth Day! Here at Cuddledown, we’re celebrating by doing some spring cleaning and picking up trash near our office. We’d love to hear how you’re giving back to the environment; share with us in the comments section below!

Plus, as a gift to you, we’re offering free shipping on all orders containing organic, eco-friendly, and certified safe products! Simply click the link to access the promotion.