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Two-Year Anniversary Gift Ideas: Cotton For The Couple

Posted on December 11, 2011 by Tim Doyle | 0 Comments

 

Couples have been getting married, in one form or another, since the beginning of time so it’s not surprising that gifts to celebrate wedding anniversaries would eventually follow.  It was in the Middle Ages that the tradition of milestone anniversary gifts began, when neighbors and friends would bestow upon a wife, silver garlands to celebrate 25 years of marriage.  If the couple reached fifty, the husband would present a gold wreath to his bride.  According to Wikipedia, gifts for the 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries were traditional leading up to the early 1900s, and Emily Post, in her 1922 etiquette book, covered those established gift suggestions.  In 1937, the American National Retail Jeweler Association made the list comprehensive to include every year of marriage, giving a corresponding ‘symbol’ to represent the continued strength of the couple’s life together.  So while paper denotes the first year anniversary because of its interlocking fibers, it is also delicate.  By five years, however, couples are encouraged to celebrate their union with the strength of wood.  At eleven years of marriage, a couple’s commitment is made of steel. 

The traditional gift for the couple celebrating two years of marriage is cotton.  Cotton represents durability and stability.  Hopefully, two people together for two years are experiencing both strength and consistency.  And let’s not forget about comfort.  Cotton feels good, just like your marriage.  Celebrate it by giving your husband or wife a cotton anniversary gift that symbolizes the relationship.
Thick, absorbent towels for the bathroom, cotton throws to keep warm while watching television, bathrobes for after the shower, pajamas to sleep and lounge in, even slippers for cold feet – all are good two-year anniversary gift ideas and all come in cozy cotton.  There are also cotton hammocks for a lazy afternoon, cotton roses that won’t wilt and, of course, cotton boxers and bikini bottoms.  The most obvious choice, though, and the most romantic, is bedding.  Think about it.  There are two of you.  It’s your two-year anniversary.  There’s still plenty of intimacy and that brings to mind the bedroom and, more specifically, the bed.  Soft, crisp, high thread count sheets feel perfect getting into at night and staying under all morning.  Cuddle up under an inviting, cotton duvet, put your head on a smooth pillow.  Nothing makes more sense for the second anniversary than a gift for the two of you.

Even more important than the thread count of a duvet or set of sheets is the quality of the cotton.  Egyptian cotton is best because of the length of the fiber used.  It’s stronger than regular cotton, just like your marriage.  After a washing or two, Egyptian cotton is soft yet sturdy.  It’s all a metaphor for the two-year wedding anniversary.

If you’re like most couples, you and your spouse have different body temperatures between the sheets for which the Twovet™ is the perfect two-year anniversary gift.  It’s a duvet for two, heavier on one side than the other so that one of you can stay warm while the other is cool.  The two of you will be cozy under a handmade, 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton duvet that will end any arguments you’ve been having in the first two years of your marriage about blankets on the bed.

The first anniversary gift was paper, a little flimsy.  The third anniversary is leather, a little tough.  Make a statement when you celebrate two years and embrace the comfortable cotton anniversary just as you embrace your spouse.   
What do you want for your next anniversary gift? 

To learn more about buying a two year cotton anniversary gift, check out our product page. 

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Hot Husband, Cold Wife...

Posted on November 27, 2011 by Tim Doyle | 2 Comments

The husband was hot.  Now he’s on the couch.  The wife was cold.  Now she’s in a cocoon.  They fell asleep together as a couple in the same bed but soon after ‘lights out’, differing body temperatures pulled them apart.  Mars and Venus are at work again, but instead of a conflict between getting confidently lost or asking for directions, it’s about bedcovers.  He’s hot, she’s not, and both of them are losing sleep.

According to a National Sleep Foundation study, 27% of couples resolve sleep issues by bunking separately.  A Canadian study has that statistic as high as 34%.  Sleep difficulties add billions of dollars to national health care costs every year but very few of us give the issue the attention it deserves.  A good night’s sleep is the foundation for increased productivity, weight management, improved memory, stress reduction, creativity, and reducing the chances for depression.  Being well rested can literally save your life.  Some sleep problems can be attributed to snoring and apnea, but many more are about comfort.  Usually, he’s sweating and she wants to put on a wool cap.

It’s true that a woman’s core body temperature is slightly higher than a man’s, but she’s keeping her organs warm – particularly during childbearing years – leaving her hands and feet cold.  He’s got more muscle mass – even if he never works out – which requires more energy, and energy is heat.  It’s hunter-gatherer science and it’s real.  So she wears the fetching flannel pajamas to his boxers and piles on the blankets throughout the night, which he continues to push away.  It’s not working.  Is there an answer beyond separate beds?
There is.  It’s a comforter for couples with different body temperatures, and there’s nothing to plug in.  It’s more affordable than the four attractive blankets she wants to put on the bed.  Made with a high quality down alternative, it’s hypoallergenic, and with a high thread count, it’s unbelievably comfortable.  A comforter that is made for couples with different sleeping preferences. The name of the product is the Twovet™ - the duvet for two. One side is heavy, the other light.  It allows couples to say goodnight and good morning to each other in the same bed where they both fell asleep. Problem solved. No more arguing at night about being too hot or too cold. Here’s a quick video that explains the product in more detail. 

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6 Tips To Hack Your Sleep

Posted on November 15, 2011 by Tim Doyle | 0 Comments

Have you said either of these things to yourself in hopes that you would miraculously fall asleep?

“By the time I count to 1,000 I will be asleep. 1, 2, 3, 4…”

“If I read 35 pages, I will fall asleep.”

“If I stop dwelling on the fact that I am not sleeping, I will fall asleep.”

There are a number of sleep related issues that cannot be controlled. However, by following a few simple tips, you can increase your chances of a better night sleep. Below is a quick list of tips that may provide you with a better night sleep.

1. Read 30 Minutes Of Fiction Before Bed:

Reading fiction before bed, will allow your brain time to escape from the nuances of your day. Likewise, the human brain enjoys consistency. By reading each night before bed, your brain will automatically create an association between these two thus creating a better environment for sleep.

2. Exercise:

Exercise provides a number of benefits for your brain and provides a better night sleep. Exercising in the morning or afternoon is optimal as exercising before bed can keep you awake.  Likewise, exercise will naturally make your body tired, thus creating the potential for a better night sleep.

3.  Maintain A Consistent Sleep Schedule:

Your body will thank you for maintaining a consistent sleep-wake schedule. This can be difficult to follow if you enjoy nightlife on the weekend but will pay off in the long run. If you go to bed at 10:30 on weekdays, try to do the same on the weekend.

4. Optimize Food and Beverage Consumption:

Eating the proper amount of food can be difficult. Ideally, you do not want to be too full and likewise you do not want to be hungry when trying to sleep. According to a recent Yahoo article, eating a carbohydrate rich snack when you are unable to sleep may be beneficial.

5. Wake Up At Optimal Time:

Avoid waking up when you are in a deep sleep. Use an alarm like the SleepTracker by Innovative Sleep Solutions LLC. This watch monitors your sleep cycles and wakes you up at an optimal time. You can program the watch to go off within a range of time (i.e. +/- 15 minutes of alarm time), when you are in your least deep sleep.

6. Decrease Usage Of Screens Before Bed (tablets, TV’s, laptops, cell phones):

Charles Czeisler states, “Artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed at night suppresses release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, enhances alertness and shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour—making it more difficult to fall asleep.” According to a recent poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, roughly 61% of respondents admit to using computers within one hour of sleep a few times per week.

Additional resources:

Sleep Tips: Top 10 Sleep Mistakes And Their Solutions - Huffingtonpost.com

Sleep tips: 7 Steps to better sleep - Mayo Clinic 

Top 10 Ways to Sleep Smarter and Better - Lifehacker.com

What additional tips could you suggest? 

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Posted in better sleep, how to sleep better, insomnia, sleep, sleep deprivation, sleep tips

Duvets, Stitching, Thread Count, Oh My...

Posted on October 15, 2011 by Tim Doyle | 0 Comments


Researching new comforters or duvets can be a daunting task because of industry lingo. In order to make an educated buying decision, it is important to have a full understanding of what these words mean. Below are definitions to industry related words that we are most frequently asked about. Enjoy!

Duvet: A Duvet is a french word that literally means down. The word duvet and comforter can be used interchangeably. Often times, when people hear the word duvet, they instantly think of a duvet cover which is incorrect.

Duvet Cover: A Duvet Cover is something that your comforter or duvet is placed inside of. Duvet covers offer protection for your comforter and allow you the ability to change styles. A duvet cover provides the same benefits of a pillow case. 

Sewn-Through Construction: Sewn-Through Construction creates boxes within a comforter that eliminates fill from shifting freely within a comforter or duvet. The top and bottom layers of a comforter are stitched together in a grid-like fashion to create boxes. Many duvets have specific size boxes (15-inch box construction). 

Baffle Box Construction: Baffle Box Constructed comforters have vertical fabric walls that connect the top and bottom layers of the comforter shell. This box, created by vertical fabric, adds extra loft and keeps fill from shifting. 

Thread Count: Thread Count is the number of threads per one square inch (vertical and horizontal). Usually, a higher thread count implies a softer feel and higher quality. 

Hypoallergenic: Due to the increase in allergies amongst us, hypoallergenic comforters are becoming popular. Hypoallergenic means that a comforter or duvet is not likely to cause an allergic reaction. 

What is the most confusing concept to you? Let us know in the Comments box below. 

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Getting Started - Prototype

Posted on August 09, 2011 by Shopify | 2 Comments

Sewing a prototype was one of the first steps in bringing the Twovet™ to life. This process gave us a better understanding of manufacturing difficulties, materials costs, manufacturing time, etc. Rather than creating a full size comforter (90" X 90"), we thought it was appropriate to create a miniature version. This gave us the opportunity to test different fabrics, fill weight, thread, etc. 

During this process, we were able to determine the exact specifications for production. Below is a picture of our first (of many) prototype: 




Have you created a prototype for a product of your own? If so, please share it with us in the Comments section below. 

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