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Neon Trees Rock Harder after Comfier Night’s Sleep

26 Jun

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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

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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.

Resources:

http://www.coyuchi.com/organic-duvet-cover-sateen-pleated.html?utm_source=google_shopping&gclid=CjwKEAjws5CrBRD8ze702_2dyjYSJAAAJK9yflA9bCYgriFYBLAnKpEsVys_-OpqXkqElXtZ4d50gRoCCnjw_wcB

http://www.cariloha.com/bed-bath/bedding/duvets.html

https://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod1679039

http://www.denydesigns.com/products/create-your-own-custom-duvet-cover

9 Tips to Reclaim Bedtime

18 Jun

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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 Cariloha.com 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

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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.

Resources:

http://www.orvis.com/p/the-softest-blanket-and-throw-ever/8t8k

http://www.cariloha.com/bed-bath/bedding/blankets/bamboo-throw-ocean-blue.html

http://www.berkshireblanket.com/product/shearling+ultrasonic+knit+pattern+blanket.do?sortby=ourPicks&from=fn

http://www.woolrich.com/woolrich/details/hudson-s-bay-multi-wool-6-point-queen-blanket/_/R-995060?_=1429666622632

http://www.thewoolcompany.co.uk/geisha-cashmere-blanket.html

10 Tips for Preparing for House Guests in Comfort & Style

11 Jun

Prepare for your house guests in style and comfort with these 10 tips and tricks from our friends over at Having Fun Saving.

School is out or almost out and that means people are planning summer vacations! What fun is summer without a little getaway?! That also means YOU may be getting some family and friends coming to visit for a few days. Since we live in Florida, we get visitors all year round. While we love getting visitors, I know that getting ready for visitors can sometimes add a little stress into your life. That’s why I wanted to share these tips to help you Prepare For House Guests. Having house guests is FUN!

Make Your Entry Way Inviting

Clean up the doorway and consider planting some flowers. Flowers always make people smile and will instantly warm up the front of your home.

Straighten Up

No need for a deep clean that will have you scrubbing for days, but dust, vacuum, and do a quick pick-up of toys etc.

Put on Clean, Luxurious Sheets

Fabulous sheets make for a fabulous night’s sleep! Get out your best sheets when making a bed for your guests. I use the softest sheets on the planet. The bamboo sheets by Cariloha will have your guests never wanting to leave! [which may or may not be a good thing] We always offer our bedroom to visiting adults. Add some flowers to a night stand for a personal touch.

Prepare a Place for Guests to Sleep

Don’t have a spare bedroom (like me!)? Guests not comfortable sleeping in your bed? Invest in an inflatable air mattress. Look for models with thicker padded tops (like the AeroBed Premier Cushioned Comfort, from $150, aerobed.com, target.com, etc.), or make sure your couch is clean and welcoming. My mom actually prefers to sleep on our large couch when she comes to visit, so I make sure there are comfy pillows and a fabulous blanket waiting for her.

Make Sure Toiletries are Available

A new bar of soap, toothpaste, a toothbrush, a razor, body lotion, and shampoo. Consider putting out a special shampoo and conditioner, I like VO5 Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime shampoo & conditioner. Want to go the extra mile? Put out the new VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil and Hot Oil treatment.

Put out Comfortable Towels

I love hotel towels, you know, the ones that are super soft and make you just want to wrap up in them. Well, make your guests feel that special! Put out your best towels and wash clothes. Tie a cute bow around them for a special added touch. I recommend Bamboo Towels from Cariloha. The towel sets are perfect for guests.

Put out a Clean, Soft Bath Mat

Let your guests feet be spoiled when they brush their teeth and exit the shower! I don’t know about you, but I definitely prefer a soft bath mat over a hard-tiled floor.

Read the rest of Having Fun Saving’s list of 10 tips for preparing for house guests right here.

What other tips do you have for helping guests feel comfortable in your home or feeling like they’re at a five-star resort in your home?

Makeover Your Master Bedroom with Cariloha Bamboo Sheets

10 Jun

The cloud-like softness and comfortable composition of Cariloha pillowcases, pillow inserts, bed sheets, duvets, and duvet inserts are one of a kind, as they’re all made entirely of viscose from bamboo, one of the most sustainable, renewable resources on the planet. With these distinctive, eco-friendly qualities in mind, the Cariloha Bamboo Bedding Line is ultimately designed to let you create a lifestyle of natural luxury in your own home.

Natural bamboo fibers are woven into silky-soft fabric that’s twice as soft as cotton and 3 degrees cooler, giving you the most comfortable bedding on the planet. The bamboo sheets are softer than 1,000-thread-count Egyptian cotton. The sheet set features extra deep fitted sheets; fits mattresses up to 18” deep. Plus, each item from the bedding line naturally repels odors and allergens and contains natural moisture-wicking properties that keep you cooler in warmer temperatures.

Who wouldn’t want to surround themselves and their entire bedroom in these incredible bamboo comforts? Not you, of course. Don’t take our word for it, though. Read what this unbiased reviewer has to say about making over her bedroom with Cariloha Bamboo Sheets and decide if it’s worth it for yourself:

REVIEW OF LUXURIOUS CARILOHA RESORT BAMBOO BED SHEETS
By SparkleShinyLove

I feel like I’m always in the middle of redecorating! We moved into a new house four years ago, and all of our decorating projects have been ongoing. One of our latest projects has been the master bedroom. We painted it a great grey, and we recently picked out some new lamps, pillows and bedding set.

One thing we were lacking was a new set of sheets to match it all. Previously, we had a green color pallet, so we had to start fresh.

Our new sheets are from Cariloha – all of their products are made from bamboo! The sheets we now have are called Resort Bamboo Bed Sheets in Shoreline Gray.

The packaging was great – I felt like I was opening up a present with the big box the sheets came in!

Usually by the end of the night I am kicking off our duvet because it’s just too hot. I remember waking up in the morning the first time we used these new sheets thinking, wow – I still have the covers on!

Read SparkleShinyLove’s entire review here.

Regarding Cariloha’s new bamboo pillows and duvet inserts (coming soon to Cariloha stores and online: The bamboo pillow offers a medium firmness, and the bamboo duvet is an all-season, all-weather duvet. The nature of the bamboo fibers makes it possible for the inserts’ filling to stay put, not lumping up like down can, which means less fluffing and more comfort for a better night’s sleep.

6 Ways to Sneak in ‘Me’ Time without Feeling Guilty

4 Jun

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Finally! Good reasons not to feel guilty for hiding out in your bedroom with your secret chocolate stash.

With all the responsibilities moms juggle, it’s important that you decompress now and then, do something for yourself and remember who you are.

Whether it’s becoming a taxi service for the children to and from music and sports lessons, cooking up a (healthy-but-also-tasty) dinner or helping children with a last-minute science project, being a mom is a 24/7 commitment. After all, there’s no time clock to punch at the end of a “mom” day, and there’s no overtime pay for staying up all night with a sick child.

Those “mom” responsibilities really add up. According to Salary.com, the average stay-at-home mom in 2014 juggled 96.5 hours of work per week and took on about $118,905 worth of duties, including childcare, cooking and cleaning throughout the year.

With all the responsibilities moms face, feeling overwhelmed comes with a territory. According to a 2012 Gallup poll, stay-at-home moms are more likely to feel depressed, worried, sad, stressed or angry than employed moms and employed women without children.

It’s more important than ever before to sit down, exhale and take a break. Here are a few simple ways you can get the R&R you deserve.

1. Shut the door

Sometimes, getting out of the house is impossible. On occasions like that, it’s time to shut the bedroom door and take a few minutes to enjoy the (hopefully quiet) alone time. Don’t feel guilty. Enjoy it!

2. Send the kids next door

Find a friend who has kids of her own—or who wouldn’t mind taking your kids for a few hours one day. A quick nap or a long phone call with a sister or best friend might be just the relief you need. Just don’t forget to return the favor to your friend.

3. Exercise

Not only does a trip to the gym give you some time to clear your head, it can also relieve those feelings of stress and depression. In fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, studies show regular exercise works as well as medication for some people with symptoms of anxiety and depression. Lacing up those sneakers may be better for you than you realized.

4. Do something for yourself

Sure, being a mom makes it impossible to avoid stress altogether, but it’s perfectly plausible to escape it now and then. In fact, every mother should take a break to do something for herself. Put the other priorities aside for a bit and give you the you-time you need.

5. Get outside

Whether it’s with or without the children (hopefully without), getting outside can go a long way in preserving mom’s sanity. According to Prevention, spending just five minutes walking outdoors can boost mood and self-esteem.

6. Treat yourself

Whether it’s taking an hour out of the week for a much-needed manicure or splurging on those soft, luxurious bed sheets (and praying the children allow for a full night’s sleep), you should feel perfectly justified pampering yourself now and then.

As joyful as child rearing can be, motherhood can also be daunting. A little break or treat now and then might be just what the doctor ordered.

For deserved indulgence, a set of Cariloha bamboo sheets (available at www.Cariloha.com) will give you that much-needed nap in natural luxury.

6 Tricks to Guarantee the Best Sleep of Your Entire Life

19 May

Night time never seems long enough. Try these 7 tips to help you have the best sleep of your life.

Far too many of us have known the desperation of lying awake at night, knowing morning will come far too soon, starting a day of exhaustion. But there are steps to take to minimize the likelihood of tossing and turning and even allow you to wake refreshed and energized. Here are seven tips for getting the best sleep of your life.

Ban Blue Light

It may be tempting to catch up on your favorite show, a funny video or Facebook as you wind down, but the blue light from your phone may be causing more harm than you think. According to Web MD, those “short waves of blue light may interfere with sleep.” Turn off the TV, computer, or anything else that emits blue light an hour before going to sleep or you may compromise your sleep altogether.

Stick to a Sleep Schedule

Do you look forward to a nice weekend sleep-in? The Mayo Clinic doesn’t think that’s such a good idea. “Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night.”

Exercise

Getting regular exercise during the day makes for a better night. Just don’t try working out right before you go to bed, or you might be too energized to go to sleep.

Watch What You Eat and Drink

If you drink anything containing caffeine, limit it to earlier in the day. Even eating chocolate in the evening can disrupt sleep. While a little warm milk may help you doze off, hot chocolate has a counter effect. According to WebMD, a light evening snack of complex carbs and dairy help induce sleep.

Take Some Time to Wind Down Properly

A bedtime routine isn’t just a good idea for kids, the National Sleep Foundation recommends a bedtime ritual for adults, as well. A nice ritual such as reading, taking a warm bath, listening to soft music or meditating helps separate sleep time from the activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety and brings closure to your day.

Evaluate Your Room

You may be a big fan of design and colors in your bedroom, but it’s best to design your room around what your body needs to sleep comfortably. Sleep.org recommends setting the thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees and removing outside noises that may disrupt your sleep. A pillow for your knees may help reduce lower back pain, and finding the right pillow and sheets that are soft and comfortable, even hypoallergenic can make all the difference.

Cariloha believes everyone deserves a little luxury and comfort — even when you’re asleep. Visit Cariloha.com to discover other ways Cariloha can help you sleep at night and make you feel like you are literally sleeping on clouds.