Monthly Archives: April 2014

5 Breakfast in Bed Ideas for Mother’s Day

From breakfast in bed to homemade cards, here are five cute and creative ways to pamper your Mom on Mother’s day!

  1. Breakfast in Bed with a twist!

–          With a plethora of options to choose from and what could possibly be hours spent on Pinterest trying to find the perfect recipe, these Pancake Skewers are not only fun to make but also add a little touch of whimsy that your Mom is sure to appreciate. With a short ingredient list and easy preparation instructions, serve these bite sized treats with warm maple syrup!

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite pancake mix (like Bisquick) or recipe
  • Syrup or vanilla
  • Powdered sugar
  • Assorted berries
  • Skewers cut in half

Preparation:

Whip up some pancake batter and use a measuring spoon or cantaloupe scooper to make your mini pancakes on a griddle. If you are having little ones help serve, you might put a few drops of vanilla in the batter to sweeten up the pancakes. If not, feel free to drizzle syrup galore. Have your kids help you stack a few mini slap jacks on a skewer. Shake some powered sugar over the batch. Then top each stack with yummy seasonal berries.

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  1. Beverages Galore

–          With breakfast taken care of, how is one expected to choose between coffee, tea and juice? Depending on her beverage preference, start the morning with a nice cup of coffee. Instead of presenting it in a regular coffee mug, try presenting it on a decorative tray along with a cute, colorful mug.  Pour the coffee into a French press to give her the option for more. Follow the same guidelines for juice and tea. It might seem like a lot of work, but presentation is everything!

  1. Pretty Little Things

–          The beauty is truly in the details and is especially so on Mother’s Day! Flowers are always a show stopper for any occasion but going beyond the cliché of flowers in a vase, why not get creative? The mason jar picture frame adds the perfect personalized touch! The supplies needed for this are: one clean mason jar, paint (whatever color you prefer), paint brush, vinyl shape or sticker and picture, painter’s tape and clear spray paint. The instructions are fairly easy to follow but for those who are more visual learner’s here is the direct link (www.homestoriesatoz.com/crafts/mason-jar-picture-frame-vase.html) for the website.

Instructions

~Step One: Place vinyl or painters tape over jar and paint to create picture frame window.

~Step Two: Cut a picture to size and attach to inside of jar with painter’s tape.

~ Step Three: “Distress” the lettering of the jar by taking a metal file and scraping off the paint where you want the lettering to show.

 

~ Step Four: Seal the outside of the painted jar with clear spray paint.

 

~ Step Five: Place a paper cup inside the jar to hold the flowers; otherwise your picture will be ruined.

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  1. A Homemade Card

–          There really are no limits to what you can and can’t do when it comes to homemade gift cards. Depending on the age of your kiddos, supervision might be needed. Some common supplies for cards are: scissors, construction/scrapbook paper, glue, tape, markers and pens. With some guidance here and there, let your kids go crazy!

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  1. Piece de Resistance

–          Mother’s day when it comes down to it is all about the pampering! With kids and a ton of things to do throughout the day, slowing down and just relaxing is a luxury not many moms can afford. A bubble bath is the epitome of relaxation and with a kit that has everything from a loofah to a pillow, she will have everything she needs to kick back in the comfort of her own home. Simply put all bath products in a cute basket, throw in a magazine, a bottle of wine and let her be!

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Blog Author – Diana D, Bedding Expert

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Bedding We Love – Performance Bedding

Pillows.com has recently added performance bedding to our line! These are great for those athletes who are looking to get a cool and great night’s sleep to wake up feeling rejuvenated for another hard day’s work out. These products are designed to wick away any moisture and keep your body at a regulated temperature. This prevents getting overly hot and uncomfortable which can lead to tossing and turning throughout the night.

Technogel ®  Pillows

The first product is the Technogel ®  Dough Memory Foam pillows! This comes from the makers of Dr.Scholl’s and the outcome has never provided a more comfortable and cool sleep. These Dough Memory foam pillows are created with a unique patented gel layer molded to the top. These allow the combination of cooling sensation of thermal regulation with unparalleled pressure relief.

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SHEEX ®  Bedding

SHEEX ®  was inspired by the performance fabrics worn by athletes and consumers alike to help wick away moisture and keep athletes feeling cool. The idea of bringing this type of fabric into the bedrooms was developed by SHEEX ® for better sleep. SHEEX ®  bedding is sumptuously soft and unrivaled in terms of comfort and breathability. SHEEX ®  bedding is as durable as they are soft and won’t fade, wrinkle, or shrink.

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MLily ®  Memory Foam Mattresses

MLily ®  is dedicated to bringing the highest quality memory foam mattresses to your bedroom at a reasonable price. The memory foam comes infused with bamboo to keep you cool throughout the night! Also, the memory foam is infused with aloe vera to create a luxuriously soft cover.  The support on these memory foam mattresses will help relieve pressure in areas most associated with athletes or people alike. They relieve back, neck, hip and shoulder pain.  The benefit of these mattresses is the CentriPur ®  certification, which means all are non-toxic.

 

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Blog Author: Jesse Sanchez, Lead Bedding Expert

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Pillows.com Top Rated Hotel Pillows

As your head sinks softly into the hotel pillow of your dreams, after a relaxing day of vacation you wonder “how I can recapture this glorious sleep at home?” Anybody can bring that luxury slumber into the comfort of their own home since a handful of retailers sell hospitality pillows and bedding featured at the most popular hotels around the world.

At Pillows.com we carry the largest selection of pillows found anywhere, including hotel pillows. In fact, we sell pillows featured at over 50 different hotels and resorts. Our top sellers are hotel pillows due to their quality, durability, and affordability. If you are having trouble deciding which hotel pillow is right for you, look no further! This guide will cover our top 10 best selling hotel pillows. Read on to discover the benefits of each pillow, what kind of support each pillow provides, and what pillow is best for what sleeping position. Now it’s that much easier to transform your bedroom into a luxury hotel suite!

1. Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillow – Featured in Many Marriott Properties

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Marriott often features the Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillow in their properties across the United States. This is Pillows.com’s #1 selling pillow because it offers a terrific combination of softness and support that leaves our customers comparing it to “sleeping on a cloud.”

Pillow Filling: Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillows are filled with hyper cleaned duck feather and down. Pacific Coast puts their feather and down fill through a patented cleaning process to eliminate dust mites and allergens from their feather or down. Because of this washing process, Pacific Coast guarantees that their down and feather pillows will not cause an allergic reaction.
Construction: The pillow-in-a-pillow two chamber design of the Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillow allows for both softness and support. The Inner chamber of the pillow is filled with 95% duck feather and 5% down. The outer chamber of the pillow is filled with a minimum of 75% down. The inner chamber takes up 87% of the entire pillow while the outer chamber takes up 13% of the pillow.
Firmness Level: The Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillow offers medium support.
Sleeping position: Many people consider the Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillow ideal for all sleep positions, but we recommend it for back sleepers.
Price: $49.99-$69.99
Why It’s A Top Seller: The pillow in pillow design allows for your head to softly sink in before hitting the supportive inner chamber. This allows for your head to cradle in comfortable down while still being supported by the inner duck feathers.

2. Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow – Featured in Many Four Seasons Resorts

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For years Four Seasons has partnered with Phoenix Down to feature the Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow in many of their locations. This pillow is a very supportive feather/down pillow since it is filled with a generous amount of feather. The 75% feather fill in the pillow causes the pillow have more loft and a more substantive feel.

Pillow Filling: The Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow is filled with 75% White Goose Feather and 25% White Goose Down.
Construction: The Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow is built with a single chamber design allowing for the feathers and down to fully mix. The blend of feathers and down make this pillow a supportive, yet durable and comfortable pillow. The covering is 100% down-proof cotton which allows for a truly luxurious sleep experience.
Firmness Level: The Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow provides medium plus support.
Sleeping Position: The Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow is ideal for side sleepers and back sleepers.
Price: $59.99-$79.99
Why it’s a top seller: Four Season Hotels offer their guest more than a luxurious looking room, they offer them a luxurious and comfortable sleep experience with the Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow. The perfect blend of feather to down present in this pillow allows for more substantive support while not sacrificing the comfortable softness the down brings. The Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow actually contains significantly more down than most of the popular dual and triple chamber hotel pillows.

3. Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow – Featured in Many Hampton Inn Properties and Hilton Hotels

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Hampton Inn and Hilton properties both usually carry the Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow in their rooms. This pillow has a unique construction that allows it to be more lofty they your typical down/feather pillow. When sleeping on the Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow your head will feel cradled in the softness of down while getting a good amount of support to get you the rest you need.

Pillow Filling: Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillows are filled with duck feather and down cleaned with Pacific Coast’s patented hyper cleaning process which eliminates dust mites and other allergens. For this reason Pacific Coast guarantees that all of their down and feather pillows will not cause an allergic reaction.
Construction: The pillow-in-a-pillow design of the Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow is what creates that soft yet supportive feel delivered by all of the dual chamber Pacific Coast hotel pillows. The Inner chamber to be filled with 95% duck feather 5% down while the outer chamber is filled with a minimum of 75% down. The inner chamber takes up 89% of the entire pillow while the outer chamber takes up 11% of the pillow.
Firmness Level: The Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow offers medium plus support.
Sleeping Position: The Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow is great for side and back sleepers.
Price: $49.99-$69.99
Why it’s a top seller: The pillow in pillow design of the Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow allows for your head to sink in softness before hitting the supportive inner chamber. This allows your head to cradle in comfortable down while still being supported by the inner duck feathers.

4. Pillowtex Triple Core White Duck Down/Feather Pillow – Featured in Many Boutique Hotels

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Smaller boutique hotels take the time to find the finest down/feather pillows to be featured in their rooms. The Pillowtex Triple Core Pillow has a unique three compartment construction that allows this generously filled pillow to loft and provide the proper support that weary travelers need. The Pillowtex Triple Core Pillow delivers great value for a hotel pillow at a starting price of $29.95.

 

Pillow Filling: The Pillowtex Triple Core Pillow is filled with three inner chambers of luxurious white duck down and feathers. The inner chamber is comprised of 95% feather/5% duck down while the two outer chambers contain 75% feather/25% down.

Construction: The Triple Core Pillow consists of three chambers. The inner chamber consists of a higher proportion of feathers, which allows the pillow to be supportive. The two outer chambers are filled with more down feather than the inner so that the sleeper’s head is delicately cradled in softness. This three chamber construction also ensures that the fill remains consistently placed within the pillow allowing for even support all night long.

Firmness Level: The Pillowtex Triple Core Down/Feather Pillow is rated medium plus to firm. This is one of the firmest multiple chamber hotel pillows and offers a fantastic sleep experience. However, the sleeper looking for the firmest of pillows should really look to a pillow filled with memory foam or synthetic fill.

Sleeping Position: The Triple Core Pillow is ideal for back or side sleepers.

Price: $29.95-$39.95

Why it’s a top seller: The Pillowtex Triple Core is a top seller since it offers everything you would ever want from a down/feather pillow – support and softness. The inner chamber gives your head support, while the outer chambers allow your head to rest comfortably. And, it is our best value down/feather chambered hotel pillow.

5. Pacific Coast Tria Pillow – Featured in Many Ritz-Carlton Resorts

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Ritz-Carlton is known to provide their guests the Pacific Coast Tria Pillow. This pillow is filled with a greater amount of luxurious down then other Pacific Coast chambered hotel pillows. As such the Pacific Coast Tria Pillow delivers a softer feel when compared to the Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillow featured in many Marriott Hotels. Yet, the three chambers in this pillow means that there is still solid support emanating from the core of the pillow. The Pacific Coast Tria Feather and Down Pillow featured in Ritz-Carlton properties offers an amazing sleep experience that is truly luxurious.

Pillow Filling: Pacific Coast Tria Pillows are filled with duck feather and down that has undergone Pacific Coast’s patented hyper cleaning process. This process ensures that the Pacific Coast Tria Pillow will not cause an allergic reaction.
Construction: The Tria Pillow is built with a pillow-in-a-pillow design. The inner chamber is filled with 95% duck feather and 5% down. The outer chamber is filled with a minimum of 75% down. The inner chamber takes up 83% of the entire pillow while the outer chamber takes up 17% of the pillow.
Firmness Level: Pacific Coast Tria Pillows offer a medium level of support. This is the softest of Pacific Coast’s feather and down chambered hotel pillows.
Sleeping Position: The Pacific Coast Tria Pillow is Ideal for back sleepers. Some stomach sleepers may also enjoy this pillow. This is probably the best pillow for stomach sleepers looking for a chambered hotel pillow.
Price: $59.99-$94.99
Why it’s a top seller: Ritz-Carlton is known for luxurious and elegant rooms that offer more than a luxurious look. They offer a restful night of sleep to all of their guests by placing the Pacific Coast Tria Pillow on their beds. The Tria offers a luxurious down feel while maintaining a support level that won’t leave you with neck pain.

6. Pillowtex Hotel Feather and Down Pillows – Featured in Many Independent Properties

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Independent hotels sometimes do not have the luxury to invest in pillows like other big hotel chains. However, Pillowtex Hotel Feather and Down Pillows are affordable pillows that do not skimp on quality. As such, Pillowtex Hotel Feather and Down Pillows have become very popular in many independent hotels. Moreover, the Pillowtex Hotel Feather and Down Pillow is a top selling hotel pillow on Amazon.com. Lastly, the Pillowtex Hotel Feather and Down Pillow delivers great value to the consumer as you can get two pillows for the price of a typical hotel pillow.

Pillow Filling:  The Pillowtex Hotel Feather and Down Pillows contains 98% white duck feathers and 2% white duck down.

Construction:  This pillow has a single chamber with a 100% down-proof cotton cover with a 230 thread count.

Firmness Level:  This pillow is classified as firm for a down and feather pillow.

Price:  $39.99-$49.99 per set

Sleeping Position:  The Pillowtex Hotel Down and Feather is ideal for back and side sleepers.

Why it’s a top seller:  The Pillowtex Hotel Down and Feather Pillow is a top seller due to its affordability and comfort.

7. Hyatt Hotels are known to feature the Pacific Coast Double Down Surround Pillows

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Hyatt Hotels are known to feature Pacific Coast Double Down Surround Pillows. This pillow has more room in its outer chamber for more luxurious down. This allows the Pacific Coast Double Down Surround Pillow to deliver a softer feel while maintaining an ideal support level.

Pillow Filling:  Pacific Coast Double Down Surround Pillows are filled with Hyperclean duck feather and down. Pacific Coast puts their feather and down through extensive washing to ensure dust mites and other allergens are eliminated from the feather or down fill.

Construction:  The pillow-in-a-pillow design of the Pacific Coast Double Down Surround Pillow allows for this pillow to deliver softness and support. The inner chamber of the pillow is filled with 95% duck feather and 5% duck down. The outer chamber is filled with a minimum of 75% down. The inner chamber takes up 75% of the entire pillow while the outer chamber takes up 25% of the pillow. This leaves more room in the outer chamber for down which allows the pillow to deliver more softness than Pacific Coast’s other hotel pillows.

Firmness Level:  This pillow is considered to deliver a soft to medium support level.

Sleeping Position:  Ideal for stomach and back sleepers

Price:  $59.99-$94.99

Why it’s a top seller:  The Pacific Coast Double Down Surround Pillow offers the pillow-in-a-pillow design commonly found in Pacific Coast hotel pillows, but the outer chamber is larger allowing for more down fill to be present and a softer feel.

8.  Down Lite 50% White Goose Down/50% White Goose Feather Pillow – Featured at Many Westin Hotels

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Westin features the Down Lite 50% White Goose Down/50% White Goose Feather Pillows in many of their hotel rooms. This down/feather pillow is part of the Westin Heavenly Collection, which is loved by many Westin guests. This pillow is great for those looking for a soft yet lofty pillow to recreate your bedroom into an oasis.

Pillow Filling:  The Down Lite 50% Down/50% Feather Pillow is made with premium white goose down and feather.

Construction:  This pillow is a single chamber pillow with 230 thread count covering. The equal combination of down and feathers  allows for a luxurious and comfortable sleep.

Firmness Level:  The Down Lite 50% Down/50% Feather Pillow delivers medium support and a significant amount of loft.

Sleeping Position:  This pillow is ideal for side and back sleepers. Stomach sleepers who want a little more elevation or like to scrunch up their pillow will likely also love this pillow.

Price:  $99.99-$139.99

Why it’s a top seller:  This pillow is a top seller due to it’s ample filling of premium white goose down and feather that allows the head to sink comfortably into this well made pillow. This pillow is simply heavenly.

9. Encompass Group 50% Down/50% Feather Pillow – Featured in Many Sheraton Hotels

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Sheraton is known to feature Encompass Group 50% Down/50% Feather Pillows in many of their hotel rooms. This equal combination of down and feather will satisfy any traveler who craves comfort and support from a hotel pillow. This 50/50 down and feather pillow is also featured at a variety of Starwood Properties. Starwood is the larger ownership group that owns Sheraton Hotels.

Pillow Filling: The Encompass Group 50% Down/50% Feather Pillow is filled with an equal proportion of luxurious down and feather.

Construction: This is a single chamber design pillow has a durable 100% cotton cover that has a double needle sewn edge.

Firmness Level:  The Encompass Group 50% Down/50% Feather Pillow offers soft to medium support.

Sleeping position:  This pillow is ideal for stomach and side sleepers as it offers less support than the other hotel pillows featured here. The pillow has a great deal of loft and is truly luxurious with the amount of down present in the blend of fill.

Price:  $79.99-$99.99

Why it’s a top seller:  The Encompass Group 50% Down/50% Feather Pillow is a top seller due to its luxurious equal proportion of  down and feather. Guests worldwide have enjoyed this pillow for years in many Sheraton Hotels. This is a tried and tested traditional pillow.

 10. Restful Nights Polyester Fiber Pillows – Featured in Many Holiday Inn Express Hotels

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Holiday Inn Properties including those carrying the Holiday Inn Express brand are known to feature Restful Night Synthetic Fill Pillows. These pillows come in two different support levels so the weary traveler can choose the pillow that best meets their needs. The medium support version is great for back sleepers because it provides enough support for your head while maintaining a comfortable and lofty feel. The firm support is great for side sleepers looking to keep in their neck aligned with their spine to keep from getting pesky neck aches.

Pillow Filling:  The Restful Nights Medium and Firm Holiday Inn Pillows are filled with 100% polyester fiber. These particular pillows come in either medium or firm support that allow for them to accommodate a variety of different sleep positions.

Construction:  The Restful Nights Synthetic Fill Pillows are made with a single chamber design filled with 100% polyester fiber to ensure maximum comfort and support. These pillows are branded with the Holiday Inn Logo and also include a free pillow protector with every pillow.

Firmness Level:  These pillows come in a medium and firm version.

Sleeping position:  The medium support version of the Restful Nights Synthetic Fill Pillow is ideal for side sleepers while the firm support version of the pillow is ideal for back sleepers.

Price:  $39.95

Why it’s a top seller:  Holiday Inn Properties like to give a variety of choices to their guests and they take this philosophy to their beds by offering two choices of pillows. This gives Holiday Inn guests options for either a medium pillow for those who love to sleep on their back or a firm pillow for those who are side sleepers. The 100% polyester fill pillows do not lose their shape and loft as quickly as others and maintain a comfortable feel.

 Blog Authors:

Jesse Sanchez, Lead Bedding Expert

Chelsea Duckham, Director of Marketing

Craig Clark- Owner

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