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Snobbish Thoughts September 2014

Fall weather essentials

Fall Decorations by Sharon Mollerus via Flickr

Fall is back and despite earlier sunsets and cooler weather, it is a season loved by many. In preparation for the change in temperature, it’s time to put those shorts and swimsuits into storage and make room for toasty knits and soft fleece. To help you prepare, here’s a list of some of our top picks for fall weather essentials.

1. Cozy sweaters and slippers are definitely musts when it comes to staying warm. We love UGG‘s fleece lined clothing and sheepskin lined slippers, which are perfect for chilly fall weather. Slippers with durable outsoles also mean you don’t have to change shoes when running a quick errand or going out to check the mailbox.

 

 

2. Don’t forget about your furry family members. During the cooler months, it is especially important that your pets have comfortable beds to sleep on. If your bare feet ever get chilly walking on the cold floor, imagine trying to sleep on it! It’s also a great time for outdoor activities with your pets without having to worry as much about dehydration or heat exhaustion.

3. As temperatures begin to drop, it’s also a good idea to start adding extra layers to your bedding. Try slowly transitioning from warm to cold weather by adding cozy throws, thicker sheeting such as flannel or a loftier comforter. We love the look of mixing plaid flannel with adorably embroidered flannel sheeting.

4. Lastly, make sure to enjoy pumpkin flavored treats! We love pumpkin spiced lattes, coffee and pastries. If you happen to be in the Yarmouth/Freeport area (where our store and office are located), make sure to try the delicious pumpkin chocolate chip cookie from Clayton’s Cafe and Bakery! What’s your favorite pumpkin treat? It can be so hard to choose!

Crisis in the pumpkin patch by Rob Holland via Flickr

Behind-the-scenes: cuteness overload

It was an exciting day here at Cuddledown because we got to play with eight-week old bernedoodle puppies during our pet bed photo shoot! On top of lounging on comfy pet beds, they got tons of snuggles and treats. What could be better? Look out for photos of these adorable munchkins showing off their modeling skills in our upcoming catalogs. If you’re not already subscribed, you can request a free catalog here!

Stress relief in minutes

Green Tea by Martin Phox via Flickr

Excessive stress can cause many health issues, such as depression, weight problems and autoimmune diseases. With that in mind, it’s important to take proactive steps to reduce its toll. On days when there isn’t time for a yoga session or long, mind-clearing walk, try one of the following quick and simple methods. You can experience stress relief in a matter of minutes.

  1. Meditation is a great way to relieve stress and regain focus. Contrary to what many people believe, meditation doesn’t require sitting cross-legged on a floor in a silent room for hours. Simply close your eyes and focus on deep, even-paced breathing for five minutes while sitting in an upright position.
  2. Lavender has been known to reduce muscle pain, headaches and stress. The next time you need some calming relief, try using lavender scented lotion or lighting a candle infused with the relaxing scent. We also recommend trying our lavender scented luxury spa pillow for additional comfort.
  3. Green tea is not only high in antioxidants, it also reduces stress and increases focus. Brewing a cup is both quick and easy.
  4. Exercise aids in stress relief by releasing mood improving endorphins. When time is an issue, try short, Tabata type workouts. Research has shown that exercising for as little as ten minutes a day has positive effects on overall health.
  5. Massages are effective at reducing both stress and tension. Getting a good massage doesn’t require making a lengthy appointment at a spa. Chair massages, which range from 10-30 minutes, are often offered in shopping centers, airports and other convenient locations.

If you have any additional tips for stress relief, please share your ideas in the comment section below!

Cuddledown Product Review Spotlight – Moselle Cotton/Wool Blanket

With nights getting cooler as we transition into fall weather, it’s a great time to think about adding an extra layer to your summertime bedding. Our customer from Shingle Springs, California loves the Moselle Cotton/Wool Blanket and “would buy it over any other.”

Now’s also a great time to get the Moselle Cotton/Wool Blanket because it’s currently 30 percent off! Please feel free to share your images and/or thoughts about our products. You can review them on each individual product’s page on our website, post photos here on our blog, or on our Facebook page.

Shake up your routine! Tips for a healthy, happy retirement

Officially Retired Tiara Crown by Steven Repolo via Flickr

If you’re retired and find that you don’t always know what to do with your extra time, then keep on reading!

  1. Join a club- there are clubs for almost every hobby out there, whether it’s sports, arts and crafts, reading or playing card games. If you’re not sure what to join, start by making a list of the activities you enjoy the most or have always wanted to try but never had time to pursue.
  2. Be a foodie- who doesn’t like eating food? Designate a day of the week or month when you try a new restaurant or dish. Researching and planning the trip can be a fun and exciting experience for yourself or for you and your spouse. It’s also a great reason to go somewhere you’ve never been and meet new people.
  3. Find a part-time job or volunteer work- this may sound like the exact opposite of why you retired, but having a low-stress, part-time job is a great way to meet new people and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with it. Try choosing a job or volunteer position related to your hobbies and interests to make it even more fun.
  4. Go exploring- if traveling to a different country or state isn’t an option, then check out places in your own community or neighboring towns that you’ve never been to before. You can visit museums, parks, concerts, community events, libraries or scenic walking trails. If you live in Maine, visit our Maine places page for the inside scoop on hidden gems around the state. Or, if there aren’t many community events offered in your area and you enjoy event planning, volunteer to organize some!
  5. Spend quality time with your family- now that you have more control over your time, make sure to spend some of it with your loved ones. Plan visits with your children, grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Most retirees love post-work life, so reaching out to your retired friends for advice on what to do is another great idea. Whatever you choose to do, we hope you spend your retirement years happy, healthy and active! 

Grand parents on the North Pier by Snapshooter46 via Flickr

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