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Apartment Therapy recommends Cuddledown mattress pads!

Thickest Comfort Mattress Pad - available at

Thickest Comfort Mattress Pad - available at

We were so excited to see our Thickest Comfort Mattress Pad included in Apartment Therapy’s Bedding Basics: Mattress Pads article! We agree that a good mattress pad can really transform your bed as well as the quality of your sleep. Our customers are also big fans of the Thickest Comfort Mattress Pad, saying “I thought I needed a new mattress, but this feels better than any bed I’ve ever had.”

Tell us, do you use a mattress pad? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

The best alarm clock apps – tested by Cuddledown!

Sunrise through the clouds by Betchaboy, on flickr

Sunrise through the clouds by Betchaboy, on flickr

As much as we’d love to wake up naturally every day (preferably to the sight of this gorgeous sunrise!), we rely pretty heavily on our alarm clocks during the week. So, we were excited to find out about about a few new alarm clock apps for iPhones and Android devices that make waking up a little easier – and maybe even more enjoyable!

This past weekend, I tested out the Rise App. Not only is it beautifully designed, it couldn’t be easier to use. With a flick of your finger, you can set the time you want to wake up and select your alarm of choice. If you choose to try Rise, make sure that you don’t have your phone set to Do Not Disturb – or the alarm won’t disturb you (aka, wake you up in the morning)! Although Rise is a straightforward alarm clock and doesn’t analyze your sleep patterns, it’s both aesthetically pleasing and simple to use. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an elegant alternative to your basic alarm clock app!

Next, I’ll be trying out the Sleep Time app. This app goes beyond the basic alarm clock, monitoring your sleep patterns and waking you up at the optimal time.

Have you tried out a new sleep app? We’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments section below!

Tasty treats for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patty's Cupcake by Frosted with Emotion, on flickr

St. Patty's Cupcake by Frosted with Emotion, on flickr

We’re excited to celebrate St. Patty’s Day tomorrow, and were thrilled to find these delicious recipes on! Not only are these recipes festive, they’re healthy, too (the perfect antidote to all that green beer).

Tell us, how will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? We’d love to hear in the comments section below – and may the luck o’ the Irish be with you!

Spring forward sleep tips!

Spring Flowers by El Frito, on flickr

Spring Flowers by El Frito, on flickr

As we get ready to set our clocks forward on Sunday (a sure sign that spring is near!), we’re thinking about how to get enough sleep despite the time change. Even though we’ll be losing an hour, there are lots of simple things you can do to stay well-rested next week and beyond.

1. Make small adjustments. WebMD recommends going to bed just 15 minutes earlier for several days leading up to the time change. Getting plenty of sleep this week will make the transition easier.

2. Keep exercising during the week. Moderate exercise can help you sleep longer and feel more awake during the day. A half-hour walk three times per week is a great place to start!

3. Get sunlight in the morning. As described by Dr. Alfred Lewy, the Director of Oregon Health and Science University’s Sleep and Mood Disorders Laboratory, sunlight is needed to regulate and reset the body’s circadian rhythm. So, to get your body clock on the right track for daylight saving time, Dr. Lewy recommends absorbing direct, early morning sun on Saturday and Sunday. However, this means getting up at dawn and going outside to soak it in. So, if you’ve been wanting to go for an early morning walk or hike, this is the perfect weekend to do so!

4. Limit afternoon caffeine. In preparation for slightly earlier bedtimes leading up to daylight saving time, Dr. Michael Breus recommends not drinking caffeinated beverages after 1pm. In addition, he suggests eating meals up to an hour earlier a few days before the time change to give your body time to adjust.

5. Try a “sleep gadget.” Sleep tech gadgets are all the rage, and USA Today has rounded up a few of their favorites. In the coming weeks, we’ll be testing a sleep gadget, too – stay tuned!

Tell us, how do you adjust to daylight saving time? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

This Thursday is Public Sleeping Day!

Sleeping Koala, via flickr

Sleeping Koala, via flickr

This Thursday, February 28th, is National Public Sleeping Day! Gothamist has a few suggestions on ways to celebrate the day, including napping on the subway, or getting shuteye at the movies. Or, you could snooze outside like this cuddly koala! We’d love to hear where you’d opt to sleep; share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Thinking spring with new Cuddledown essentials!

Harbor Solid Cardigan -

Harbor Solid Cardigan -

Here in Maine, we’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring, which has us thinking about longer days, beachy getaways, and of course, fresh, new apparel! Even if winter is still lingering where you live, now’s the perfect time to brighten up your look and refresh your wardrobe.

In addition to comfy, stylish apparel, like our Harbor Cardigan shown here, we’re excited to introduce our new, exclusive Pima Cotton Essentials Collection. Made from extra soft, superfine Peruvian pima cotton, our briefs, camisoles, tank tops and tee-shirts are breathable for all-day comfort. Plus, the tops are just the right length for tucking in and layering.

We’re also excited to offer new accessories – from bags to watches to sunglasses – to add extra pizzazz to your outfits.

Tell us, how do you plan to refresh your wardrobe for spring? We’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below!

Five-minute fixes for your home

Cuddledown throw pillows

Cuddledown decorative throw pillows

Slowly but surely, the days are getting longer as we get closer to spring – which has us thinking about ways we can use those extra few minutes of sunlight. Even if you only have five minutes, there are lots of little things you can do to make your home just a bit cozier.

1. Light a candle. Create instant ambiance simply by lighting a candle. We’re particularly fond of these soothing scents by Caldrea (for other Caldrea products, visit

2. Add throw pillows. Placing a throw pillow or two onto your bed or sofa is an easy way to make your home cozier. If you’re feeling creative, why not repurpose an old sweater and make a pillowcase? You can also find a large selection of throw pillows on our website – and they’re on sale, too!

3. Put up pictures. Hang a few framed photos in your hallway to make your place seem a bit more homey. For easy tips on creating a mini-gallery in your home, check out the ideas on Pinterest!

4. Make a batch of cookies. Although this takes a little longer than five minutes, what could be better than the aroma of homemade baked goods? If you’re in the mood for something chocolatey, Real Simple has a fabulous collection of recipes.

5. Purchase a house plant. Not only do houseplants add a lush accent, they also purify the air, which is especially important during the winter months. Southern Living has great tips on selecting the houseplant that’s right for you.

Tell us, what’s your favorite way to make your home cozier? We’d love to hear in the comments section below!

How to care for your down comforters and pillows

If you’ve been getting a lot of use out of your down comforters and pillows this winter (we sure have!), you might be wondering how to freshen them up. Luckily, caring for down comforters and pillows is literally a breeze – see how easy it is in the video below!

Or, if you’re looking to purchase a new comforter, don’t miss your chance to save during our annual comforter sale, ending next week!

5 DIY blogs we love!

Art Supplies by vintagecat, on flickr

Art Supplies by vintagecat, on flickr

To wrap up our series on DIY projects, we wanted to share a handful of our favorite crafty blogs. Even if your DIY endeavors usually end up like these cupcakes, these fabulous bloggers will provide you with inspiration as well as fun, easy projects.

1. Centsational Girl  One of the top rated home and garden blogs on the web, Centsational Girl is a great resource for home improvement and decorating tips, furniture makeovers, outdoor gardening projects, and more.

2. A Beautiful Mess This fun blog offers daily tips and inspiration on a wide range of subjects, ranging from fashion and hairstyles to recipes and photography.

3. IHeart Organizing As the name indicates, this blog covers all aspects of clutter-busting and even includes free printable checklists, labels and more.

4. House*Tweaking Filled with beautiful images, this blog provides home renovation tips and shows the author’s renovation of her own new home.

5. Pretty Handy Girl Hooked on home DIY projects? You’ll love this blog, chock full of handy repair and maintenance hints, like how to clean your dryer ducts and a tutorial for making your own fire pit

For more craft projects and tips, visit our Pinterest page and follow our DIY board!

Make your own painted pillow covers

DIY Polka Dot Pillow Cases, courtesy of Say Yes to Hoboken

DIY Polka Dot Pillow Cases, courtesy of Say Yes to Hoboken

If you want to brighten up a plain pillowcase but you don’t have a sewing machine, we have the perfect DIY craft for you, courtesy of the great DIY and craft blog Say Yes to Hoboken. To start, you’ll need a white pillowcase, fabric paint, a pencil, and old cardboard or newspaper.

First, spread out your pillowcase (we’re using a Cuddledown Cotton Twill Pillow Cover) and put folded newspaper inside to stop the paint from seeping through.

Next, place paint in a small bowl (optional) and dip the end of your pencil into the paint. Stamp the pencil onto the pillowcase until it is fully covered.

Let the pillowcase dry overnight. Once the paint is dry, remove the newspaper and “set” the paint per the instructions on the bottle. When the paint has set, wash and dry your pillowcase. It’s then ready to use!

For another easy DIY pillowcase craft, why not try making this button pillow, as featured in Country Living!

5 quick DIY projects to make your life easier

Covent Garden Alarm Clock, available at

Covent Garden Alarm Clock, available at

With a new year comes a time of making resolutions, starting fresh and trying new things. So, with this in mind, we looked to one of our favorite Pinterest boards for the best DIY tips to save money and time – and to make your life easier!

1. Make your own eco-friendly fabric softener. This all-natural fabric softener is healthy for you and your family, and it couldn’t be easier to make. In a large bucket, mix 8 cups white vinegar with 1 1/4 cups warm water. Gradually add 1 cup baking soda while stirring the mixture continuously. Pour the mixture into a clean, 1 gallon plastic milk jug, and add 1/3 of a teaspoon of your favorite essential oil. Seal the jug and shake well. To use, shake well and add 1/2 to 1 cup to your wash at the start of the rinse cycle.

2. Use orange peels to clean coffee cups. Stubborn coffee stains can be difficult to remove from coffee cups, but lightly salted citrus peels make the job much easier. Simply sprinkle a little salt on the peel and rub on the stained surface.

3. Unshrink your clothing with baby shampoo. We tested this easy tip for unshrinking clothing using baby shampoo and a large towel – and were thrilled with the results!

4. Repurpose old sweaters as pillow covers. Have an old sweater that no longer fits? This easy tutorial shows you how to turn it into a cute pillow cover.

5. Add sparkle to your smartphone. We love this simple DIY craft project from Design*Sponge – it’s the perfect way to add pizzazz to your iPhone cover, and it also makes a great (and inexpensive!) gift.

For more easy DIY tips, visit our Pinterest page!

Tips for staying well this winter

Staying healthy during the winter can certainly be challenging at times. However, with a few simple fixes, you can boost your immune system so you’ll stay well – and have more energy, too!

Winter Landscape by David Blackwell, on flickr

Winter Landscape by David Blackwell, on flickr

1. Get more sleep.  Sleep plays a big role in preventing the common cold. As described in Real Simple, sleep helps regulate the release of cortisol, which is linked to both stress and immune function. Studies have also shown that people who don’t get enough shut-eye are three times more likely to catch a cold. So, aim for getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night to keep your immune system strong. To sleep more soundly and have a quality night’s rest, ensure that you have a supportive pillow and a comforter that’s the right warmth level for your needs.

2. Exercise regularly. Not only does exercise make you feel good, it’s also a great way to bolster your immune system. Moderate exercise (30-90 minutes) most days of the week will increase your immune function. Even if you have a cold, consider going for a short walk, as studies have shown that light exercise can help you feel better faster.

3. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is crucial for flushing out toxins and staving off dehydration. Although the optimal amount is debated, some doctors recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces each day.

Tell us, how do you stay healthy in the winter? We’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below!

Cuddledown’s winter white sale is on!

With temperatures in the teens here in Maine, we’ve been staying warm under cozy comforters – and if you don’t have one, now’s a great time to try one out!

Cuddledown's Annual Comforter Sale is going on now!

Cuddledown's Annual Comforter Sale is going on now!

During our Annual Comforter Sale, save on our lightweight, lofty down and synthetic comforters, in styles and weights to perfectly meet your sleeping needs.

Tell us, do you have a Cuddledown comforter? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section below!

Happy New Year from Cuddledown!

New_Years_Ball by J_Arrr! on flickr

New_Years_Ball by J_Arrr! on flickr

We hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year’s Eve! In celebration of the day, we wanted to share a few fun finds from around the web.

New Year's Eve in Sydney by Jason Ilagan, on flickr

New Year's Eve in Sydney by Jason Ilagan, on flickr

New Year’s celebrations have already kicked off around the world, including dazzling fireworks in Sydney, Australia.

The Huffington Post offers a few great ways to enjoy a healthier New Year’s Eve.

And finally, a look at why we drink champagne on New Year’s Eve (the tradition dates back to the late 5th century)!

How are you celebrating the the New Year? We’d love to hear – share with us in the comments section!

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