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5 Things to Consider When Buying a New Sheet Set

16 Jul


Have you ever gone sheet shopping only to come home empty-handed and overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available? Today, consumers have more bedding choices than ever before — not just in color and style, but in fabrics, weaves, and materials. If you’re a sheet shopping novice, or just want to learn more about your options, here are five things to consider before you buy:

Thread Count Isn’t Everything

Simply put, thread count is the number of individual vertical and horizontal threads in a square inch of fabric. Conventional wisdom says the higher the thread count, the more durable and luxurious the fabric. In the past, most cotton sheet sets featured thread counts of 200 or 300; today, however, it’s not uncommon to see thread counts of 600, 800, or even 1,000, especially among luxury brands.

Unfortunately, however, high thread counts are more a marketing gimmick than a true indication of fabric quality. Here’s why: It’s impossible to fit more than about 400 threads into a square inch of fabric. Manufacturers are turning to gimmicks such as using a two-ply or four-ply thread and then multiplying it by actual thread count. So your 800 thread count sheet is actually either a 400-count two-ply thread or a 200-count four-ply thread.

Factor in Fibers

If you are buying cotton sheets, understand the lingo. For example, a sheet labeled 100 percent cotton is likely made of short fiber cotton, which is less durable and soft. Sheets made from short-fiber cotton will always pill faster, fade, and grow coarser over time, no matter how high the thread count.

Look for Egyptian cotton, Pima, or Supima cottons, which are made of extra-long staple (ELS) length; they are breathable, more durable, and softer even after multiple launderings.

Choose the Right Material and Weave

While many people consider cotton percale, the most common weave, to be the only choice in bedding, there are actually many other options that offer a comfortable night’s sleep. Cotton sateen, for example, has a broader weave, giving sheets a satin-like finish and a rich luster. Cotton poplin is a feather-weight weave perfect for hot summer nights. Some prefer the drape and softness of cotton jersey knits, while others prefer a cotton flannel for cold winter nights.

There are other natural fibers that make excellent bedding, as well. Linen sheets, which are woven from flax, are very breathable, and have a refined, luxurious texture, and a crisp, natural appearance

Don’t Forget Chemicals and Dyes

If you are sensitive to chemicals and dyes, or just prefer a more eco-friendly bedding option, look for sheet sets made with organic cotton. Traditional cotton is treated with a lot of pesticides and fungicides throughout its growth cycle; many other chemicals are used in bleaching, dyeing, and finishing cotton fabrics. If you purchase sheets labeled “wrinkle free” or “wrinkle resistant,” they’ve been treated with another dose of chemicals.

Finding the Right Size

Beds today come in more than just single, double, queen, and king; there are California-style mattresses, which are extra long, extra thick pillow top mattresses, and foam mattress toppers, which makes finding well-fitting sheets more complex. Be sure to check the dimensions of your fitted sheet against the length of your mattress, and look for deep pocket sheets if your mattress is more than about 12 inches thick. Wash your sheets in cool water and dry at a low temperature if the fit is tight; cotton laundered at high temperatures will shrink a bit.

Buying new sheets doesn’t have to be complicated, especially if you understand the terminology. Once you know the material, thread count, and weave you like, you’re free to focus on the fun elements such as color, pattern, and style.


Once You Go Bamboo, Can You Ever Go Back?

10 Jul


When you first experience bamboo clothing and bath towels, you immediately notice the difference in softness and quality compared to other non-bamboo towels you’ve used. With one touch, you can actually feel the difference, and you wonder how you ever used anything other than bamboo before. Trust us, you’re not alone in this discovery.

Day in and day out, thousands of Cariloha customers are getting their first feel of bamboo and making the switch immediately. Question is, will they ever go back? Or, better still, why would they want to? With so many unique benefits to bamboo, like its moisture-wicking and thermal-regulating properties, or its odor-resistant and eco-friendly benefits, most people see no point in returning to the bygone days of non-bamboo fabrics.

Don’t take our word for it, though. Read this unbiased media review of Cariloha’s bamboo clothing and bath goods and decide for yourself.

Cariloha Bamboo Clothing, Apparel and Accessories
By Shop With Me Mama

I’m addicted to the softness of bamboo clothing, apparel and accessories! I have many bamboo products and adore them. One of my most favorite blankets is bamboo, and I sleep with it every night on my bed, even in the summer!

Recently, I received some awesome, soft yoga pants from Cariloha. They are the softest pants I have ever put on my body. They fit me perfectly and they are so nice to lounge around the house in and sleep in! Totally enjoying my Bamboo Fitted Yoga Pant! I also received the most softest bath towels, hand towels and washcloths, EVER.

The bath towels are big and even cover my hubby when he gets out of the shower. My kids wrap themselves in these towels, after the bath, for a while, because they are SO soft and cozy! We love these bamboo towels, hand towels and wash cloths! We love our Bamboo Bath Towel Sets!

These bacteria-resistant towels are made from a blend of rayon from renewable bamboo and cotton, Cariloha towels are perfect for home, gym, car, pool or spa.

Read the entire review here.

There you go. Once you’ve tried bamboo clothing, bedding and bath goods, the thought of going back just doesn’t make sense. Of course, that’s just our experience, and you’re free to choose whatever you’d like, but bamboo might just be the game changer you’ve been looking for. So, go on – give it a try – just be forewarned that you may not like anything else after you do.

5 Types of Boxers You Need to Try Today

9 Jul


How’s your underwear etiquette? If you’re like most men, you rarely think about your underwear; it’s just buy it, wear it, wash it, forget it. According to some men’s health experts, however, your relationship with your underwear is more complex than you think. Did you know that many recommend replacing your entire underwear wardrobe every three to six months for health and hygiene reasons?

Most men think of fit and style as the main considerations when buying new underwear, but function and fabric are important, too. If it’s time to change up your underwear wardrobe, here are five types of boxers in luxurious fabrics you need to try today.


COOLMAX is a fabric that was originally designed for marathoners, Iron Man competitors, and other endurance athletes who generate a lot of sweat. Manufactured by Invista Apparel, COOLMAX is a synthetic polyester fabric that absorbs moisture and spreads it out over the surface of the fabric in order to promote rapid evaporation and keep athletes dry and cool.

While you can buy COOLMAX underwear in all many different athletic styles, manufacturers are now making comfortable COOLMAX boxers perfect for casual wear under shorts and slacks. If you’re spending a day in the sun or live in a humid climate, try a pair of COOLMAX boxers to keep you dry and chafe-free.

Bamboo Boxers

If you’ve ever worn bamboo clothing, you’ll know why every man should keep some bamboo boxers on hand. Fabrics made with bamboo fibers are naturally soft and supple; they feel like silk to the touch. They are also extremely absorbent and wick away moisture better than most synthetic fabrics. Bamboo boxers are odor resistant due to bamboo’s inherent antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Boxers made with bamboo viscose are perfect year-round; they are cool in summer and warm in winter. And they are an eco-friendly choice for those who prefer to live a green lifestyle.

MicroModal Boxers

If you like feather-light boxers that are sleek and soft to the touch, add some MicroModal boxers to your underwear collection. MicroModal fabric is a favorite with high-end designers due in part to its body-hugging properties, giving you a smooth and seamless look. Boxers made with MicroModal fabric stand up to washing better than cottons and synthetics and retain their incredible softness over time.

Supima Cotton Boxers

Supima is a trademark name for fabric woven from exclusively American-grown, extra-long staple cotton. Supima cotton accounts for just 3 percent of the cotton production in the U.S.; it’s considered a luxury fabric and known for its softness and durability. Supima also holds dye better than other cotton fabrics. Supima cotton boxers are a great choice for everyday wear because they are breathable, soft, and stay true to color, even with multiple washings.

Silk Boxers

Don’t limit yourself to thinking of silk boxers are something you keep on hand to impress your romantic partner. While silk is very luxurious against the skin, it also naturally regulates temperature, dispersing body heat in the summer and insulating you in the winter. Silk boxers are comfortable to wear under anything, and are usually available in very rich, vibrant colors.

Keep in mind, however, that silk is more delicate than other boxer fabrics. Many manufacturers recommend the delicate cycle, or even hand-washing, and air drying to maintain their shape and softness.

It may seem strange to assemble an underwear wardrobe, but for today’s health- and style-conscious men, it’s a necessity. The right underwear for every activity, event, and occasion is not only smart from a fashion perspective, but it’s also key to staying comfortable throughout the day.


Cariloha Expands Bamboo Towel Collection with Washcloth and Hand Towel Sets

3 Jul


Cariloha this week introduced new versions of its bath towels, bath sheets and bath towel sets, along with all-new hand towel and washcloth sets. All towels and washcloths are made from Cariloha’s signature ultra-soft, eco-friendly bamboo viscose. The entire bath collection is available exclusively at Cariloha stores and on

The bamboo towels, hand towels and washcloths feature new yarn weight, new pile length, new low/zero twist fibers, new GSM weight, and new colors — all designed and developed to make the collection softer, stronger, and more stylish for the customer.

“We anticipate that by expanding the bath line our customers will have further opportunity to create a lifestyle of natural luxury and resort-tier opulence in their own bathrooms,” said Scott Brady, Cariloha AVP of Communications.

If customers are from a warm or humid climate, the odor-resistant properties of the towel set come in handy; i.e., they don’t stink like mildew after a few days. If they’re from a cooler climate, then the towels’ thermo-regulating properties will keep them warm after a shower.

“Finding quality bath goods that combine luxury softness and odor resistance into one amazing towel can be hard to come by these days,” said Brady. “Our new bamboo towel, hand and wash cloth sets are just the answer. They’re ultra-soft, naturally odor-resistant, and highly absorbent.”

Bamboo Bath Towel Collection Features & Benefits
• NEW GSM: 650 GSM (grams per square meter) material weight/construction provides an extremely plush, fluffy towel, while keeping its weight and soft texture. This new fabrication is being made to add longevity to the softness of our towels after multiple washes.
• NEW Content: 52% Egyptian Cotton / 48% Bamboo – We’re getting the best combination of both bamboo and Egyptian cotton benefits – with bamboo having four times the absorbency, softness and odor-preventative properties as any other towel material on the market, and the cotton helping to keep it light and fluffy.
• NEW Yarn: 12/1 – These towel sets are optimized for softness, weight and plushness – not too thin and not too thick – just right.
• NEW Pile Length: Shorter – resists fraying – no more snags.
• NEW Twist: Low/Zero Twist – made with long, stable fibers that are faster drying, as they allow more air to get into the fibers.
• NEW Colors: Island Spa and Shoreline Gray
• NEW Updated Colors: Hawaiian Sand, Caribbean Mint and Blue Lagoon coordinate with our color palette.

Hand Towel Set Retail Pricing = $34
Washcloth Set Retail Pricing = $24
Bath Towel Set Retail Pricing = $69
Bath Towel Retail Pricing = $39
Bath Sheet Retail Pricing = $59

Cariloha bamboo bath goods come with a 90-day quality guarantee. If the towels or washcloths don’t live up to the customers’ expectations, Cariloha will replace them free.

Neon Trees Rock Harder after Comfier Night’s Sleep

26 Jun


Cariloha wishes American rock band, Neon Trees, the most comfortable tour to date! We had the opportunity to give all four band members new bamboo bedding and bamboo graphic tees to add comfort to their nationwide tour that kicked off earlier this month in Utah and finishes in Boston, Mass. in late July.

Pictured above left to right: Elaine Bradley (drums, percussion, vocals), Chris Allen (guitar, vocals), Courtney Clayborn (Cariloha Account Manager), Tyler Glenn (lead vocals, keyboards), Branden Campbell (bass guitar, vocals), Shae VanDenBerghe (Cariloha Account Manager).

“When you’re rocking hard and sweating your guts out night after night on the stage, it’s nice to be able to collapse into a soft, comfortable bed at the end of the day surrounded by ultra-soft bamboo sheets,” said Scott Brady, Cariloha AVP of Communications. “If we can’t relieve your vocal cords, hopefully we can help rest your bodies.”

The band was really excited and grateful for the bamboo goods. They said it was going to be their first tour with comfy, luxury sheets.

Neon Trees is an American rock band from Provo, Utah. Known for their energetic live performances, the band received nationwide exposure in late 2008 when they opened several North American tour dates for the band, The Killers. Not long after, the band was signed by Mercury Records and released their first album, Habits, in 2010. Their first single “Animal” climbed to No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Alternative Rock chart. Neon Trees’ songs are represented by Downtown Music Publishing.

5 Duvet Covers Worth Investing In

25 Jun


A down comforter can be a big investment; you can easily spend $500 or more on one filled with premium white goose down. If you love the look and comfort of a rich down comforter, a duvet cover is a great way to protect it. It serves two main functions: Extending the life of your comforter by cutting down on direct wear and tear and decreasing cleaning costs by protecting your comforter from spills and stains. After all, it’s expensive to professionally clean down, but most duvets are machine washable, so you can launder them at home.

Of course, duvet covers serve another function, as well: letting you quickly and easily change the decor in your room. If you’re wondering whether a duvet is right for you, take a look at these five duvet covers you might want to invest in.

The Luxurious Solid Color Cotton Sateen Duvet

Cotton sateen is a particular diagonal weave that results in a distinctive, lustrous, satin-like finish with the strength and durability of cotton. Sateen weaves typically have a higher thread count, resulting in extra softness and durability. Sateen duvets are easy to care for — a simple spin in the washer and dryer is all that’s required.

Solid color sateen duvets also blend well with almost any decor; you can change up the look with different accent pillows and throws.

The Environmentally Friendly Bamboo Duvet Cover

Textiles woven from bamboo fibers are incredibly soft and silky to the touch in addition to their notable durability. A bamboo duvet cover also contains natural odor-resistant and anti-allergy properties that make it particularly attractive. And, since bamboo requires no pesticides or fertilizer, textiles made from bamboo contain none of the irritating chemicals contained in most other fabrics.

Bamboo is one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly materials on the planet. A bamboo duvet is a socially conscious option for people who enjoy a comfortable, green lifestyle.

The Breathable, Natural Linen Duvet

Linen is woven from flax and has a unique, elegant texture popular among high-end bedding designers. Linen is inherently breathable and drapes beautifully, giving your bedding a refined look. Most linen duvet covers come in gorgeous neutral shades with polished details such as monograms and embroidered piping.

Linen is a great fabric choice for duvets, since it is stronger than cotton and it retains its shape better. It has the added advantage of improving in texture wash after wash, so you’ll love it more the longer you own it.

The Sturdy, Reversible Brushed Twill Duvet

Cotton twill is an excellent choice in duvet fabric because it is sturdy and holds up well to repeated washings and wear and tear. You can even buy stain-resistant twill duvets, making them a natural choice for children’s rooms. Twill duvets tend to be less expensive compared to other fabrics and blends, so you can change them more frequently without breaking the budget. A reversible twill duvet stretches your decorating dollar even further.

The DIY Custom Duvet

For something truly unique, create your own custom duvet using a favorite drawing, photograph, or graphic design. You can design a duvet that perfectly matches your bedroom decor or highlight a favorite theme or design. These duvets are made of a resilient poly-cotton blend fabric specially treated for fade resistance, so your design holds up over multiple launderings. The DIY custom duvet is a fun way to liven up a small bedroom or dorm.

If you love your fluffy down comforter, why not spend the extra money and protect it with a duvet cover? No matter your budget, taste, and decor, it’s easy to find a duvet worth your dollars.


9 Tips to Reclaim Bedtime

18 Jun


Is bedtime at your house a bit chaotic? Here are 9 ways to reclaim bedtime for good.

Bedtime should be the most relaxing part of your day, but if you have kids, it might be what Jim Gaffigan describes as a hostage situation in reverse: Suddenly, you’ll do anything to get those kids into bed and make them stay there.

It’s not rocket science or even voodoo. It just takes a little planning and a willingness to take charge of bedtime, firmly but lovingly. Follow these 10 steps to reclaiming bedtime, and those nightly hostage negotiations will be a thing of the past.

1. Stick to a schedule

You don’t have to live your life by the clock, but it is important for all children to go to sleep at roughly the same time each day. The same goes for naps and wake-up times. Kids like knowing what the plan is, and a schedule trains their little bodies to know when to sleep.

2. Take care of your child’s physical needs before bed

Another key part of the schedule is taking care of their physical needs before you tuck them in bed. We’ve all had a kid suddenly need to use the bathroom, get a drink, etc. Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack, co-authors of The Sleep Easy Solution suggest stopping the game before it begins by taking care of everything your child could possibly need before bedtime. “This way,” they note, “you’ll be able to avoid negotiating with your child after lights out — and you’ll have the peace of mind to know that all her needs have been addressed.”

3. Take care of your child’s emotional needs before bed

All too often a child’s attempts to stall bedtime are an effort to get more of your attention. If he or she has been trying to get quality time with you all evening and bedtime is the first chance he or she gets you alone, suddenly all his or her neediness will come to the surface. Giving your child plenty of loving attention will help him or her feel secure before it’s time to say goodnight.

4. Make your child’s room a cozy, inviting place

“Your child’s environment plays a very important role in his or her ability to sleep well,” say Waldburger and Spivack, and we all want a soothing place to drift off to sleep. Tidy up the room before bed and remove anything that might be too distracting. Darken the room and use a soft nightlight, sound machine and soft bedding that provide the comfort they need to sleep sound and secure.

5. Have a bedtime routine

Kids love a healthy routine and knowing what will come next. A bedtime routine not only helps your child transition from the busy-ness of the day, it will help your child “develop sleep cues so that over time just doing the routine makes your child sleepy,” Waldburger and Spivack say.

6. Give your child some choices

At certain points throughout the routine, let your kids make a few choices, like which pajamas they’ll wear, which book(s) you’ll read or which song you’ll sing. Giving your children some measure of control over the bedtime process will weaken their resistance, making them more likely to cooperate and stop making so many contrary demands.

To keep things moving (and to help younger children), it may be best to let them choose between a few options you’ve preselected rather than giving them free rein. Which brings use to the next point:

7. Set clear rules about bedtime

To keep your nights from spiraling into chaos, you must set boundaries and consequences. Decide as a family what bedtime entails. Clearly lay out what your children may and may not do. Some of those boundaries will be included in the bedtime routine.

For example, if one book and two songs are part of the routine, your kids can’t keep asking for more (well, technically they can, but they’ll always get the same answer and soon learn that begging is fruitless). Your children also need to know what will happen if they choose to break the rules.

Having a set of rules and a plan in place will not only ensure that your children know what’s expected of them, it will help you be firm and calm when rules are inevitably broken.

8. Stick to your guns

Young children figure out the world and their place in it by testing limits. If those limits change each time they push, they’ll keep on pushing to see what will happen next. So don’t give in to requests for “more.”

Hold your children accountable for their actions and follow through with consequences — and don’t lose your cool when your kids are testing the boundaries or just plain freaking out. This new nighttime routine will be a change for them and they may be upset at first.

“Once you’ve explained the rules around bedtime and given your child a nice bedtime routine, she’ll feel some frustration as she learns that mommy and daddy will hold to the rules,” Waldburger and Spivack say. But, your children will also learn that they can “cope with those limits … and learn how to become great sleepers.”

9. Give yourself a good night’s sleep

You’ve finally ended the hostage situation and taught your kids to be excellent sleepers. Don’t you deserve a great night’s sleep, too? Make sure your needs are met and your to-do’s are taken care of before bed, and adopt your own soothing, tech-free bedtime routine. And don’t forget about those comfy sheets. Slipping into a soft, luxurious bed at the end of a long day is the perfect way to let go of your cares and peacefully slip into sweet, sweet slumber.

Visit to find the perfect bedding to help you sleep well at night and make you feel like you are literally sleeping on clouds.

5 Impossibly Soft Blankets to Curl Up In

12 Jun


Nothing beats curling up with a cuddly soft blanket and your favorite book on a rainy afternoon. And, who doesn’t love snuggling beneath a cozy throw on the sofa while watching your favorite movies on Netflix? If you’re looking for the best of the best when it comes to impossibly soft blankets, check out these favorites. From eco-friendly bamboo to lavish cashmere, you’ll find the blanket of your dreams.

Orvis Softest Blanket

With prices ranging from $49 for a throw to $98 for a king, this budget-priced Orvis Softest blanket feels like your favorite plush toy when you were a child. It’s so thick, you can dig your fingers deep into the lush polyester pile. There’s no sewn-on edging to fray or interfere with the cozy experience, and it’s available in three rich neutrals (chocolate, camel, and cream) and a cheery vivid ruby red. It’s easy care and inexpensive price tag make it your go-to blanket for an afternoon picnic or to drape on your chaise longue on the porch.

Cariloha Bamboo Throw

Bamboo blankets have the most luxurious hand feel, somewhere between cashmere and the deepest plush pile. The Cariloha bamboo throw is uniquely constructed: A lightweight polyester batting core is sandwiched between two thick and sensuously soft layers of plush bamboo fabric, giving it a super cuddly heft that feels great covering your body. If you’ve never experienced the uncommon softness and singular properties of bamboo, you’ll be shocked at how lush this blanket feels. At a price of just $119 for a 50-by-70-inch throw, you get the essence of cashmere at an affordable price. The Cariloha bamboo throw comes in three earthy colors: sand, harbor gray, and ocean blue.

Berkshire Blanket Shearling Ultrasonic Cable Pattern Blanket

Wonder what it feels like to curl up with a mink blanket? Or maybe with a soft, cuddly shearling throw? You can experience both with this mind-blowing blanket. Berkshire uses a revolutionary ultrasonic process to create a gorgeous, cable patterned blanket fabric that will never lose its texture or shape. The cable pattern on one side has the thick, nubby feel of authentic shearling; the reverse is a polymink fabric of unimaginable softness. The blanket comes in twin, full, queen, and king sizes and is available in a lovely natural creamy color. Its breathable fabric makes it suitable for year-round snuggling. It’s also easy on the budget, priced between $59 and $108.

Hudson’s Bay Multi Wool 6 Point Blanket

Don’t make the mistake of thinking scratchy when you hear the word wool. This thick, colorful Hudson’s Bay wool blanket is made in England using wool sourced from England, Wales, and New Zealand and employing the centuries-old techniques that made the Hudson’s Bay blanket a legend. The colorful fibers are carefully died and dried in the sun for lasting brightness, and the wool is hand selected for softness and warmth. These cozy blankets are water-resistant, perfect for huddling in round the campfire on your next camping trip. The blanket comes in queen size only and carries a hefty $495 price tag.

The Wool Company Geisha Cashmere Blanket

For the ultimate in indulgence, curl up under the Wool Company’s Geisha cashmere blanket. The cashmere fibers are hand selected for softness and whiteness; these blankets are made of untouched, undyed cashmere for unparalleled softness. This naturally creamy-white blanket wraps you in unbelievable luxury. Of course, opulence has its price: The Geisha blanket sells for about $1,000. This lovely Italian blanket is available in the equivalent of single and king sizes.

Don’t deprive yourself of the comfort of an impossibly soft blanket. Grab an ultra-luxe bamboo throw or a cuddly polymink blanket and curl up for an afternoon of pampering.