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.

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.

Earth Day 1973 – 2013

Scenic Maine, courtesy of the Harraseeket Inn

Scenic Maine, courtesy of the Harraseeket Inn

Hard to believe it’s been 43 years since the very first Earth Day!  Since today is “Flashback Friday” as we celebrate our 40th anniversary, and Monday is Earth Day, we thought we’d take a look back to Earth Day 1973.

Back in the late 1960s people became more aware of industrial pollution causing great harm to not only our environment, but to our health. People drove huge, heavy V-8 engine cars that guzzled leaded gas, factories belched black smoke into the air unmitigated, and rivers ran with toxic sludge. Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” was published in 1962, alerting even more people to the growing problem. In response to this increasing concern, and after seeing the disastrous 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson was inspired to create a national celebration around the budding environmental movement.

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, with 20 million people across the United States participating, to educate people about cleaning up our planet and protecting our precious natural resources. The concern engendered from the event helped result in the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, the Endangered Species Act, and the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. “It was a gamble,” Gaylord recalled, “but it worked.”

Forty plus years after the first Earth Day, as a society we continue to work through the issues surrounding the environment. We continue to work towards developing clean energy resources, and promote clean and healthy products, all for the betterment of our environment and for the health of us all and for future generations.

Here are some great links to sites for information about Earth Day, the environment and practical ways to “go green!”

www.epa.gov/earthday

www.practicallygreen.com

thesunriseguide.com

www.earthday.org

And stay tuned for Monday as we’re doing something special for Earth Day!

 

Soldier, fetus, starfish? Better sleep positions?

Why to sleep on your side

Why to sleep on your side, by Cuddledown

Hmmmm …  odd as they may sound, soldier, fetus and starfish are actually popular sleep positions!  In an article by the Better Sleep Council, they state that some 41% of people prefer the “Fetus” position where they are curled up on their sides with their hands tucked under their chins or their pillows.

According to sleep experts, sleeping on your side (whether the “fetus” or any other side position) is the best position to sleep, as it helps alleviate insomnia and sleep deprivation. And side sleeping is especially recommended for those people who have back or hip pain, or for pregnant women.

Why to sleep on your back, by Cuddledown

Why to sleep on your back, by Cuddledown

If you’re like many of us, you may flip from side to side, or roll onto your back. If you sleep on your back consistently, the experts say it may exacerbate lower back pain, snoring or sleep apnea. Even if none of the above apply, you can sleep more comfortably on your back if you place a soft pillow or rolled up towel under your knees. An added bonus to sleeping on your back is it can minimize facial wrinkles!

And if you like to fling yourself facedown on your bed, the sleep experts say sleeping on your stomach can cause lower back strain and neck pain, and at the least, cause more tossing and turning throughout the night. If you’re going to sleep on your stomach, they recommend using a soft pillow so your neck is at a comfortable angle.

For more great information on sleep positions and more, check out our new “infographic” on how to sleep better!

 

 

April Showers

Rain by tchandok, on flickr

Rain by tchandok, on flickr

We’re in for some wintry weather tomorrow here in Maine – we’d much prefer April showers over sleet and snow! So, we think it sounds like the perfect day to curl up under a cozy comforter with a good book and a mug of cocoa (as well as a new pillow – check out the post below to find out why!).

Has spring weather arrived where you live? Share with us in the comments section below!

Pillow fight aftermath, and last chance to save on new pillows!

Cuddledown Pillow Fight team - 2013

Cuddledown Pillow Fight team - 2013

As part of International Pillow Fight Day, this past Saturday, our Cuddledown team of fighting “Pillow Ninjas” and peaceful “Pillow Protesters” (employees, families and friends) joined a crowd of several hundred people of all ages for Portland, Maine’s first-ever pillow fight!

Portland Pillow FIght 2013

Portland Pillow Fight 2013

We were featured in the media by several local newspapers and our major CBS affiliate on their nightly news program. You can enjoy some clips from the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News here.

Whether you joined millions across the world in the epic International Pillow Fight or not, you may have pillows that need replacing! Save