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Snobbish Thoughts October 2014

Last Minute Bed Sheet Halloween Costumes

Pearl in her Pumpkin Costume by chickenofeathers via Flickr

Have a Halloween party to go to in an hour and don’t have a costume yet? Don’t worry! You can make a costume in minutes using a simple flat sheet!

  1. The easiest costume to make, of course, is a ghost! Simply cut out two eye holes into an old white sheet and drape it over yourself. Voila! Costume complete.
  2. If you don’t have any old sheets to cut, make a toga! For detailed instructions on how to fold the sheet, click here. To complete the Roman look, wrap a belt or rope around your waist and gather a few leaves to fashion a crown.
  3. Another option is to become a superhero by tying a sheet into a cape. With some creativity, you can be the superhero of just about anything!

Happy Halloween (and better luck on your costume next year)!

Eat your way to a better night’s sleep

Cherries by Luis Cerezo via Flickr

If you have trouble falling and staying asleep, changing the foods you eat and drink could be the solution. Plus, who doesn’t love a yummy snack?

1.  Tree Nuts and Peanuts- The unsaturated fat in nuts can help increase serotonin levels, which regulates (among other things) sleep. The next time you’re in the mood for an evening snack, have a handful of almonds, cashews, walnuts or pistachios to help you nod off at bedtime.

2. Tart Cherry Juice- In a recent study, participants who drank two glasses of tart cherry juice every day for two weeks slept 90 minutes longer on average than those who took a placebo. Cherries are a natural source of melatonin and a safe alternative to sleeping pills. So if you’re having trouble staying asleep, this might be worth trying!

3. Bananas- Bananas are a natural source of tryptophan, which the body uses to produce the important sleep regulators serotonin and melatonin. Enjoy a sliced banana on whole grain bread with natural peanut butter for the ultimate filling and sleep friendly snack!

4.  Honey- The glucose in honey inhibits the production of orexin, which regulates alertness.  For the perfect bedtime beverage, steep a cup of chamomile tea and add a tablespoon of honey. Chamomile is linked to an increase in glycine, which helps you relax and feel sleepy.

5. Hummus- Like bananas, the chickpeas in hummus are another source of tryptophan. If you often wake up in the middle of the night, try having hummus with fruits and veggies as a snack during the day. If you often wake up very hungry in the middle of the night, it may also indicate that you don’t consume enough calories during the day.

What snacks help you get a good night’s sleep? We’d love to learn about any tips or tricks you have – share with us in the comments section below!

2014 Fall Décor Trends

A change in seasons is the perfect time to update your home décor. Fall weather always welcomes warm color palettes and foliage accents, but if you’re looking for a twist, try one of these popular 2014 decorating trends. And, updating the look of your home doesn’t have to be a huge project. Simple solutions, like switching out your dining room centerpiece, changing decorative pillows or simply incorporating a few seasonal pieces can make a big difference.

1. New Neutrals- Nix the expected orange hues and focus on textures and shapes instead of colors this fall. Furs, knits and burlap are all very fall-centric and keep the neutral tones from falling flat. Our plush faux fur throw keeps you on-trend and also provides extra warmth!

katewalshbedroom by coco+kelley via Flickr

2. Vintage charm- Amplify the cozy feeling that comes with fall by adding pieces of furniture and décor that have a well-loved look (i.e. distressed, washed finishes and antique inspired designs). Our Vintage Inspired Marlowe Stars, Rowling Bookcase (below) and Riviera Mahogany Round Table are great options!

3. Turquoise- Whether you decide to add a few candle holders or paint an entire wall this gorgeous color, turquoise will fit in perfectly with the earthy fall tones you probably already have. It also adds a pop of color while maintaining the calm, cozy feel of fall. Our Trevi Sateen bedding lets you easily incorporate the popular color.

Check out our website for more home décor options. If you’re interested in do-it-yourself fall decorating projects, Southern Living and Pinterest both have lots of ideas. We hope you have fun getting crafty and decorating your home! Please feel free to share any of your decorating ideas or photos of your home with us, we’d love to see them!

Cuddledown Product Review Spotlight – Feather Down Blend, Water Repellent Pet Bed Insert

Here in Maine, fall weather is now in full swing with cool nights and crisp mornings. If it’s chilly where you live, you’ve probably already pulled out your extra blankets and throws, but did you remember your furry family members during the transition? We’ve got you covered with a quality selection of plush, cozy pet beds that’ll keep them off the cold floors. Our customer from Maryland recommends our Feather Down Blend, Water Repellent Pet Bed Insert, which coordinates beautifully with our cotton twill pet bed cover. See her review below!

Check out our pet selection to see all of the pet beds, furniture protectors and other pet accessories we offer! 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.

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