Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Personalize Your Childs Bedroom!

What child doesn't love to see their name. Easily add a personal touch to your child's bedroom by displaying these adorable hand-painted wooden wall letters. These custom letters are made to match with the JoJo designs bedding sets.
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Create a Beyond Bedding Account!

Set up your personal account on Beyond-Bedding.com to become an official member. The 'My Account' feature will make your shopping experience easy and stress free!

Member Benefits:

Gift Registry - Easily create, manage and update your gift registry to share with friends and family.

Wish List - See something you like, but aren't quite ready to purchase? Add all your favorite items to your personal wish list. Simply go back to make edits, sort through and add to cart when you're ready.

Order History - No more guessing as to when that package is going to arrive! Just sign into your account to view and track orders online.

Easy Checkout - Store your information with the secure checkout feature. No more searching for your credit card or typing in tedious information. This feature makes ordering online fast, simple and secure!

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Monday, July 13, 2009

The Dictionary of Bedding Terms

Bed Skirt - A decorative bedding accessory that usually matches the comforter or duvet. Also called a dust ruffle it goes in between your box spring and bed frame and hangs around the bottom of a bed.

Blend – Refers to a fabric made of a combination of fibers, such as cotton/polyester, or cotton/linen. Blends give the fabric features of each of the fibers used.

Combing – A finishing process, combing removes short fibers and debris from the yarns. The finest fabrics are combed.

Cotton – Universally used for home “soft goods” such as bedding, cotton comes in different degrees of quality. The best cotton is Egyptian, followed by Pima and Supima.

Damask – A glossy, patterned fabric with intricate patterns, damask is similar to brocade but is flatter and reversible.

Down – An excellent insulator, the fluffy tufts come from ducks and geese. Used in bedding and outerwear.

Down Alternative - This type of bedding is filled with synthetic materials as opposed to goose or duck feathers and is just as soft and breathable as a real down comforter.

Down Proof - Any fabric with at least a 230-thread count is considered down-proof, and will not leak or bleed feathers and down from the inside.

Dupioni Silk - Produced when two or more silkworms spin their cocoons closely together.

Duvet – Any bed comforter; can be slipped into a duvet cover.

Egyptian Cotton – The best-quality cotton, because it has the longest cotton fibers, is grown in Egypt. Egyptian cotton is used to make high-quality bedding. The next best cottons are Supima and Pima.

Fill Power - The ability of down to regain its shape when pressure is released. The higher the fill power, the greater will be the insulating value of the down.

Flannel – A brushed fabric, created by a process that raises the nap, making the fabric warm and soft.

Hotel Bedding – Hotel-style refers to the luxury bedding and linens used in upscale hotels. The sheets are usually of high-thread-count, designed to exceed the look and feel of everyday household sheets.

Jacquard – A decorative weaving technique that weaves designs such as flowers directly into the fabric; can be gorgeously detailed.

Percale – Percale refers to the weave of a fabric; it must have a minimum thread count of 180. Many people wrongly use the term to mean a polyester/cotton blend, but percale does not imply any particular content.

Pillow Sham – A decorative pillow cover

Pima, Supima – An excellent variety of cotton grown in the Southwest US. SuPima is a certification mark used when the product such as bedding is made entirely from Pima cotton grown by Supima Association members.

Ply, Plied – Yarns that are twisted together after spinning to create a new yarn. Plied yarns don't increase the durability or strength of the fabric, so they should be counted as only one yarn.

Sateen – A process that gives the fabric a shiny finish. Not related to quality.

Thread Count – The number of threads (both length and width) in one square inch of fabric. A count of 200 for bedding is considered good, and anything over 250 is high. Although a high thread count is desirable, the quality of the cotton and the finishing process can often be more important than thread count.

Welt – Another name for cording could be on a comforter or pillow sham, term “self-welt" means that the cording is made from the same fabric as the main body of the item.

Wool – Refers to the fibers from the fleece of lambs, sheep, goats, and other animals. Sheep’s wool is most common. Lamb's wool comes from sheep less than 8 months old. Merino wool is from a specific breed and is the softest and finest.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

KIDS FIRST!

This day and age parents have to be more careful than ever in monitoring what their children are watching on television. Television, video games, and movies have become more violent than ever. This has been a main concern causing much debate over how the images in the media will affect your child during the present and future. With the internet as the most popular media outlet, it makes it even more difficult to monitor what your child is being exposed to on a daily basis.

Luckily, there is a website dedicated to kid friendly media,
www.KidsFirst.org. This ingenious site brings together everything you and your child need to develop a strong understanding of what quality media really is. You will find an unlimited amount of resources including, Top 100 Kid’s Film List, Clubs, film festival selections and press coverage, news & info, a YouTube group, movie reviews, and an online store!

KIDS FIRST! is the coalition program that evaluates, rates, and endorses quality children’s feature films, DVDs, videos, CDs, TV shows and interactive media. The rating system uses volunteer, community-based juries comprised of child development professionals, teachers as well as parents and children from diverse geographic, socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. A KIDS FIRST! endorsement is given to titles that meet the KIDS FIRST! baseline criteria and are approved by both adult and child jurors.’

Goals
A. To teach children to become critical media users;
B. To help adults recognize the importance of teaching critical viewing skills to children;
C. To help children identify and be aware of outstanding media programming;
D. To develop programs for children with special needs such as low-income, hospitalized or at-risk children.

To become a KIDS FIRST! juror, you need to take a training course. The course insures the quality of a KIDS FIRST! evaluation and endorsement. The training consists of two consecutive webinar sessions for a fee of $30 which is entirely refundable once you complete the course and evaluate six titles for the organization. Click, Become a Kids First! Juror for more information!

KIDSFIRST!

 
 
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