Cotton Cloud Photo Contest
We’ve been welcomed into so many homes over the years, and we’d love to see what you’ve made of our beds, couches, pillows, dressers, and so much more!
Enter to win our photo contest! Post a photo of any item you’ve purchased from Cotton Cloud to our Facebook page with #cottoncloud by November 15th and show us some love!! Categories include: Most creative, Funniest, and Best photo including a child or pet (or stuffed animal).
1st Place = $100 gift certificate to Cotton Cloud
2nd Place = $50 gift certificate to Cotton Cloud
3rd Place = $25 gift certificate to Cotton Cloud
One photo entry per family please. We will contact the winners and re-post the winning photos via a Facebook announcement on November 17th, 2014. Good luck!
Huge Holiday Inventory Closeout Sale!
Fall cleaning for us means big savings for you!
We are clearing out our 2014 inventory to get ready for the next year. All futon mattresses in stock, and floor models on the showroom floor, are 10% off! Come in and find a great price on a great piece for your new year.
The Importance of Your Sleep Position
How you sleep is as much a factor as what you sleep on, and we can help you with both!
Crawling into bed should be a calm, soothing routine that relaxes you before you drift off to sleep. Slipping under the covers and into your favorite sleeping position without a thought. However, for many getting into bed means pain, frustration and restlessness. One should awaken refreshed and energized for the new day not sore, stiff and drowsy. Three common culprits are an out of shape mattress, poor pillow or improper use, and sleep position. Changing one or all three of these things can greatly improve your nights rest. The most common cause of pain and stiffness during sleep is improper sleep position. It is important to keep your spine in alignment and support the natural curves of the spine throughout the night.
The first step to releasing pain from sleeping is to decide if it is your mattress or your sleeping position that is the culprit. If your mattress is worn out or sags in any area then it is time to find a replacement. Pay attention to how your body feels on your bed. Is your lower back supported or does it curve into the mattress? Do you feel any pain, discomfort or tingling in any area of your body? It is important to know what your mattress lacks so that you know where to start in getting a new one. Lay down on a few mattresses and pay attention to how your body reacts to laying in your sleeping position. Does your body feel supported? Do you naturally relax after a few minutes of laying quietly? These are qualities to look for when mattress shopping.
Pillows are an easy way to improve the quality of sleep. Most of us hold on to pillows for far too many years. Pillows should be replaced every 2 years. No matter what position you sleep in the pillow you use needs to support the natural curve of your neck. Generally, a flat pillow is best for back sleepers and stomach sleepers, though stomach sleepers may be more comfortable without a pillow. Side sleepers should look for a pillow that has some loft to it and that allows the neck to stay aligned with the spine by supporting the curve between the shoulders and head.
Pillows are also a great way to keep your spine in alignment while sleeping in your favorite position. For back sleepers placing a pillow under the legs or under the curve of the lower spine will support the natural curve of your spine. Back sleeping is a good way to alleviate back pain. Some issues that occur with back sleeping are snoring and sleep apnea.
Another way to use pillows to aid in sleep posture is for side sleepers to place a pillow between the knees. This keeps the top leg and hip in alignment with the spine. It also helps keep the top leg from sliding forward which can cause the spine to twist at the waist. Side sleepers also should choose a mattress that is medium firm. While on your side the mattress should contour to the curve and weight of your shoulder and hip. If your mattress is too firm you may be waking up in pain or with a tingling sensation in your arms or legs. Although, stomach sleeping is not recommended for proper alignment, if you do prefer to sleep like this it is suggested to place a thin pillow under your hips. This keeps your spine from curving down into the mattress. Sleeping on your stomach can cause you to turn your head to the right or left in order to breathe causing neck and shoulder discomfort.
All in all, your position can also be the difference between a good sleep and a bad sleep. Remember to experiment with the positions for a little longer than one night. Sometimes we get used to sleeping one way for so long that it takes a bit of adjusting to make a new one work.
Cotton Cloud Food Drive
“My SNAP was cut by $11 this month, and that might not sound like very much, but to me it’s the difference between eating the last five days of the month or not. It’s a big amount to me.”- Delinda (Tillamook)
Cotton Cloud is holding its second food drive from November 1st – December 21st. We are happy to bring our fun little futon loving family together to give to our whole community. Hunger affects 1 in 5 families and for the third year in a row Oregon Food Bank has distributed more than one million emergency food boxes throughout Oregon and Clark County Washington. The struggle is real and it is growing.
“Unfortunately, requests for emergency food stubbornly continue to climb. Unemployment isn’t the only driver of this unprecedented need. Underemployment and limited benefits have forced people with jobs to seek emergency food. And the high cost of food, gas, utilities and rent makes it even more difficult for families to cover basic expenses.” said Janeen Wadsworth, interim CEO of Oregon Food Bank. Our neighbors, classmates, co-workers, our town, and our country is in need of food security.
In Oregon alone over 270,000 people eat from emergency food boxes per month. 92,000 of those are children. Oregon has the worst rate of child food insecurity in the nation. Our children are worrying about where their next meal is coming from. No one should go hungry especially children. “I don’t worry so much about me not eating. My kids have to come first. We’ll eat a piece of bread with mayonnaise because my kids ate all the dinner. Or the kids just get mayonnaise sandwiches for dinner, because that’s all I have.” Beth (St. Helens) It is an epidemic that will only get worse with our countries continued long term unemployment. Please, help us in giving back to our community and feeding our neighborhoods. Bring in 5 or more food items or a $10 donation and receive a free wool 12 x 20 toddler pillow (a $35 value) between November 1st and December 21st. All donations will go to the Oregon Food Bank to be distributed throughout Oregon and Clark County Washington. Together we can help fight hunger.
Employee Feature: Judy Navaroli
I’m an east coast native from North Carolina. I relocated to Portland 4 years ago with my husband Jay. I enjoy all Portland has to offer but most of all the people. I moved to Portland because I wanted to thrive around like minded people, who are eco-friendly, helpful and eccentric. I like watching movies, cooking and creating wall art out of junk. I’m a junky for junk. I should be, I like to restore and reuse. A teaching from my mother and grand mother.
My second passion is cooking. Due to health issues I turned to a plant based diet and soon found that you are truly what you eat. I also wrote my first cookbook Red Neck Vegan in North Carolina and I’m excited about the release of Red Neck Vegan volume II.
I’ve been in furniture and home décor sales for over 15 years and find helping people gives me great joy. I’m very excited to be a part of Cotton Cloud. I look forward to educating customers on safe and reusable products for themselves and their families. Creating a safe haven for their home while reusing and recycling products instead of filling land fields.
Special codes and discounts
We at Cotton Cloud value our relationships with our customers. Which is why we like to offer discounts to those that value us back. Show your support by liking us on Facebook or following us on twitter and watch for discount codes that are only available on social media.
Also did you know that our sister companies Natural Felt and Sleepy Sheep Organics are on Etsy? Follow us on Etsy and we’ll return the favor. Let’s spread the love for natural and organic bedding!