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Get ready for college life with Cuddledown

Tired of below-average bedding? Graduate to the next level of comfort with Cuddledown.

This year make sleep a priority, and choose Cuddledown. From mattress pads to comforters and everything in between, you’re sure to find something you and your teen both enjoy, so they can tackle the day head on with a fresh start.

Dorm Room Essentials - Reading PillowSo where do you begin?

Just as breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day, a comfortable mattress pad may be just the thing to ensure your child gets a quality night’s rest. To relieve stress and ease into a comfortable sleep, try our top-rated Ultimate Comfort Bamboo Mattress Pad. Featuring a silky quilted top made from bamboo blend fabric, this mattress pad is filled with plush synthetic to provide top of the line comfort.

 And let’s not forget about pillows.

After a long day of hitting the books, your college student will need to give their head a rest, so why not relax in style with our cozy Synthetic Fill Reading Pillow? Fashionable yet functional, this classically stylish pillow will turn heads as your teen turns pages in their textbook.

Dorm Room - Bedding - Mattress ProtectorWorried about pesky marks on your new bedding? Fear not!

Now that your college student is out of the house and on their own, you can rest assured that your new bedding will last until graduation and beyond with our Student Bed Protection Kit. Featuring a mattress encasement, mattress protector and pillow protector, our waterproof protection kit will not only shield against the occasional hazard of dorm life but also keep your child safe from bed bugs and dust mites as well.

College is hard enough as it is – don’t let bedding be a burden for your child, and choose Cuddledown today.

Learn about the Cuddledown VIP Club

Have you heard about the Cuddledown VIP Club? Since launching our VIP Club, we’ve had much customer interest, and many great questions on what it’s all about.

In this post, we’ll discuss all of the benefits of the Cuddledown VIP Club and share tips on how you can get the most from your VIP Membership.

What is the Cuddledown VIP Club?

The Cuddledown VIP Club is a program that was created to provide you with exclusive savings, to maximize your positive shopping experience with Cuddledown and additional retailers.

It’s a program that offers great savings, through rebates on shipping and shopping, as well as discounted gift cards.

What are the benefits of joining Cuddledown VIP?

Our VIP Members enjoy many cash saving perks, including:

  • 10% Cash Back with Cuddledown and 14 Premier Retailers
  • 5% Cash Back with over 1,000 Marketplace Retailers
  • Free Shipping & Return Shipping Rebates

Plus, Cuddledown VIP members automatically receive a 10% discount on gift cards to popular merchants, restaurants, gas stations, and more.

How does the VIP Club Work?

Shipping Rebates

VIP Members can claim up to $500 in shipping rebates per year at over 1,000 Marketplace Retailers. As an active member of Cuddledown VIP, you will be reimbursed shipping fees charged on purchases you make at Cuddledown and our Premium Retailers.

You can submit your rebate claims online or through the mail within 90 days of your purchase date.

Claims processing takes 1-3 weeks once supporting documentation is received, and then you will be mailed a check in the amount of your rebates.

Members are also eligible for a shipping rebate if you ever need to return an item to us, or to any of our participating Premier and Marketplace retailers. You’re covered for up to $10 in return shipping charges for each purchase. Again, you can submit your rebate claim online or by mail.

Cash Back Rebates

Our VIP Members are also eligible to receive a 10% cash rebate with Cuddledown and our Premium Retailers, and a 5% cash back rebate with over 1,000 Marketplace Retailers.

Like our shipping rebates, simply submit your claims online or by mail.

Gift card discounts happen automatically – 10% off gift cards.

Tips to Maximize your Membership

Save your Receipts!

You’ll need them in order to submit your shipping and cash back claims.

Valid forms of proof-of-purchase include a copy of a sales receipt from an in-store purchase, a screen print of an order confirmation page or order confirmation email from an online purchase, or a packing slip from a mail order purchase.

Act within 90 Days

Claims must be submitted within 90 days of your purchase. Try to submit your claims right away, or set aside one day per week to submit your materials.

Access Cuddledown VIP Online

Many of our program details and tools can be conveniently accessed through our website. Whether it’s submitting a claim, discovering retailers in our Marketplace, or even shopping – our VIP Member website is an excellent resource!

How Do I Join?

It’s easy to join the Cuddledown VIP Club.

You can join after you checkout with us online, or you can call us at 1-800-323-6793 and sign up with one of our Customer Service Representatives. Membership is $14.95 per month, and will continue on a month-to-month basis unless you decide to cancel.

We’re sure you’ll love being part of the Cuddledown VIP Club, however, if you aren’t satisfied for any reason, we’ve made it easy to cancel your membership as well.

To cancel by phone, you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 888-616-3808.

If you would prefer to cancel online, simply log in to your account at CuddledownVIP.com and click on the Customer Service link in the upper right side of your screen. Then click the Cancel My Membership link, and follow the instructions provided.

You can also email your cancellation request at customerservice@CuddledownVIP.com or submit it via “Contact” form.

We hope you find this overview of our Cuddledown VIP Club and membership benefits helpful!

How Surplus Fabric became School Uniforms

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

13391500_1060673650678943_2670604103637763545_oWe recently had the opportunity to donate fabric from our Seersucker bedskirts/bedspreads to a wonderful Maine-based organization doing incredible global work, called Partners for World Health (PWH).

Not only does PWH collect and redistribute surplus medical supplies to hospitals in countries in need, they also organize several Medical Missions trips each year, bringing much needed volunteer health workers to hospitals across Africa and Southeast Asia.

Partners for World Health_ seersucker donationWhen we learned of this incredible program, we were immediately inspired to get involved.

At the time, we had a surplus of fabric from our line of luxury Seersucker bedskirts/bedspreads.

We weren’t sure how this fabric could be used: sewing materials, as a means for women to earn money? Bedding for hospital beds or incubators?  Though the exact usage was to be determined, the possibilities were many. And we were so happy to give in any way we could.

PWH Image 2We were overjoyed to hear of how this fabric was ultimately used.

PWH passed the fabric along to another incredible group called Dress a Girl around the World (the Southern Maine chapter), who then used it to create school uniforms for children in rural Uganda.

With our donation, 150 girls in Uganda will have the uniforms necessary for attending school. Our fabric was also used to create 100 pairs of shorts for boys, as part of their school uniforms as well.

We’re thrilled to see our donated fabric being put to such an amazing use, and we look forward to working with Partners for World Health whenever we can.

We encourage you to check out both organizations to learn more about the great work they’re doing and how you can get involved:

http://www.partnersforworldhealth.org/
https://www.facebook.com/dressagirlsouthernmaine/

How to sleep better in the summer

Sunny days, outdoor adventures, and beach/poolside relaxing are just a few of the many joys of summer.

Yet, there is one aspect of summer that falls on the “not so pleasant” side of the joy spectrum: hot, humid, sticky summer nights.

700 Fill Power Temperature Regulating Down ComforterWith heightened temperatures and downright oppressive humidity, falling asleep and staying asleep during the summer months can be challenging.

Read on to discover how to beat the heat of hot summer nights and get a great night’s sleep.

Exercise

You can add better sleep to the ever growing list of benefits of exercising.

According to CNN Health, getting exercise during your day can help you sleep better at night. Just make sure to avoid exercising too close to bedtime, as doing so can sabotage your good night’s sleep.

Aim for fitting at least 30 minutes of exercise into your day, with three hours before bedtime being a “no exercise” zone.

Turn your bedroom into a cool, cozy haven

600 Fill Power White Duck Down ComforterOutfit your bed in crisp percale sheets and 100% cotton pillowcases – known for both softness and breathability. You’ll be on your way to a sleep that’s both cool and luxurious.

Top off your bed with a light, summer weight down comforter or airy blanket, and stick to cool, breathable fabric such as cotton and linen.

Batiste and Voile are also great fabric choices for summer, as they both are lightweight and extremely comfortable for warm summer nights.

No central A/C in your home? Help keep your bedroom cool with a fan or air conditioning unit.

Experiment with fan cooling techniques such as cross breeze creation, where you place fans in a manner that creates a “cross breeze” that flows through your bedroom.

Set a new curfew…for screen time and caffeine

To set yourself up for a great night’s sleep, skip coffee or other caffeinated drinks six hours before bedtime, and shut down your Smartphone, tablet, or television at least half an hour before you hit the sack.

Studies indicate that drinking coffee and other caffeinated drinks within 6 hours of bedtime can have a negative impact on how well you sleep.

When it comes to electronics, the blue light spectrum emitted by smartphones, tablets, and television can interrupt your sleep throughout the night – and also make it more difficult to fall asleep in the first place.

For summer sleep success, avoid caffeine and electronics as your bedtime nears.

Wear the right pajamas

Lightweight, breathable pima cotton nightgownPajamas can make or break a comfy night’s sleep in any weather. The general rule of thumb to remember: When it comes to summer pjs, it’s all about loose fit and breathable materials.

Look for loose fitting, lightweight cotton or linen pajamas for your summer slumber attire. Pima cotton nightgowns are an excellent choice for summer sleeping, because pima cotton is extra-soft and extremely lightweight.

For those who prefer pajamas to nightgowns: Sleeveless, sheer cotton capri pjs are a great choice for staying cool and cozy on warm summer nights.

To boost the comfy factor, consider adding a spa mask, that is able to be frozen, to your pajama wear. This can help you cool down on extra hot summer nights.

Invest in smart bedding

Cooling Pillows, pillows for neck pain, pillows for back pain and moreOne definite perk of the 21st century is the availability of clever technology to solve life’s problems. Like many past inconveniences, getting a great night’s sleep during hot summer nights is a problem technology can now solve!

Consider investing in smart bedding solutions such as Temperature Regulating Comforters and Pillows that actually adjust to your ideal sleeping temperature throughout the night.

Our Temperature Regulating Comforters use hi-tech mesh fabric to transport excess warmth away from your body, which prevents perspiration and brings your sleeping temperature back to a comfortable range.

Similarly, our Temperature Regulating Pillows use hi-tech ventilated fabric to transport excess warmth away from you as you sleep. As you change positions during the night, the ventilation feature is enhanced, which creates an increased airflow that keeps you at a comfortable temperature.

Round out your smart summer bedding with our Outlast Temperature Regulating sheets and you’ll be on your way to a blissful summertime sleep.

Block unwanted light out

Keep your blinds and curtains closed during the day to block out hot rays from the sun. Use thick curtains or blinds to maximize the light blocking properties. Blinds and curtains can be opened during the morning hours to help wake up your day.

As previously mentioned, shut off electronics like smartphones and TV at least half an hour before bed, so the lights from these devices won’t throw off your sleep quality.

If your room still let’s a lot of light in during sleeping hours, consider purchasing a sleep mask or eye mask to further block out the light.

Getting great sleep on hot summer nights can be a challenge. Try the tips discussed above to beat the heat, and make this the summer of your best sleep yet.

Do you have additional tips for sleeping well during summer? We invite you to share your best summer sleep tips in the comments!

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