Top tips for children sleeping after British Summer Time clock change

March 24th, 2015

We have a guest blogger today sharing her top tips for helping children settle at night after the clocks change. Sunny, bright evenings can mean excitable children and in Amy’s case, it is sometimes only bedtime when it is dark.

Losing an hours sleep when the clocks go forward this weekend is not the most welcome idea to me, but, it does mean that the usual wake up time will be an hour later. (for one day)

The biggest bedtime issue for me and many other parents is the lighter evenings, a couple of my children believe that it isn’t bedtime until it is dark………if that is the case, it will be a very long summer.

I thought I’d share a couple of tips that have worked for me with my five children, each child is different, and my middle daughter is deaf, so helping her understand how to relax, ready for sleep with the sun still up was important.

  1. Routine – Yep, everyone goes on about it, but it is the most useful tool to help children feel confident and relaxed about bedtime. I still read a bedtime story to all mine and my eldest is ten this year, it’s a great time to get together and end the day as a family.
  2. Wind down time – As the children have got older, they have their own “wind down” time whilst in bed. This time is to read, to write, or quietly play. Hopefully this will encourage them to make their own routine to get to sleep after I have said goodnight. I set a time and when that time is up, it is light’s out.
  3. But the sun is up mummy! – Yes the sun is still up, but it is time for bed. Try to remind your children of how much they can enjoy the lighter evenings in the summer holidays, but whilst at school, they still need their sleep to grown and learn. If they are in primary school, spend a bit of time explaining why the sun stays up longer, a quick google search together and
  4. Night time comfort- The previous points were not enough for my middle daughter, she needed more reassurance to settle to sleep, the quiet of the night was scary for her and she would often wake up disorientated and upset. Nightlights are a great way to help with comfort through the night, also a favourite toy to cuddle up with, she still wakes up even at seven years old, but she is more confident to settle to sleep on her own.
  5. Blackout blinds- I use these in my younger children’s bedrooms and they certainly make a difference to the sleeping environment. They are a great investment not only for helping to set the mood for peaceful sleep but also help to reduce the very early wake ups as the sun begins to rise earlier and earlier.
  6. Early waking – One of my children was nicknamed “the rooster” due to being awake at the crack of dawn. I’d love to share a magic trick of how to avoid this scenario, but, apart from using blackout blinds as mentioned above, in my experience, my daughter hasn’t changed much as she has got older. I have managed to explain, as she has got older, that we are quiet before 7am and that does work, and she will read and play in her room. I believe that it can be explained from 4/5 years onwards. Younger children and babies often wake up early for needs such as hunger and full nappies so should not be ignored. Don’t forget some children are just natural early risers like many adults are.

I hope these have been useful and if you have any tips of your own please feel free to share. I wish you all restful nights and relaxed children……we can all dream.

 

 

Blooming marvelous spring blinds

March 19th, 2015

Spring Fresh Florals

Spring is the season to revive the home with a fresh new look and with our gorgeous range of floral blinds a Spring interior revamp has never been easier.

Bright, fresh and beautifully botanical, our stunning range of floral prints are bang-on-trend for 2015.

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Encompassing dense delicate prints, bold mossy blooms and leaf motifs, green is a key colour for 2015 and florals are the perfect way to bring the great outdoors into the home for a fresh natural look.

For more information about Apollo’s made-to-measure blinds and shutters visits www.apollo-blinds.co.uk

 

Win A Beautiful Spring Floral Bouquet

March 10th, 2015

As the clocks spring forward an hour and the evenings become lighter and longer what better way to celebrate than with a beautiful bouquet on your windowsill.

Spring Flower Giveaway

We’re giving Apollo Blinds blog readers the opportunity to win a beautiful bouquet from the Appleyard London seasonal collection. Beautiful spring colour ways, blooms and scents – the perfect way to say hello to British Summertime.

It’s easy to enter, for your chance to win, simply connect with us on our social platforms.

Competition will close at midnight on Sunday 29th March 2015. We’ll contact the lucky winner by email to organise delivery and the winner will be announced here and shared on our social platforms. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

With thanks to the following websites for listing & featuring this competition:

http://www.loquax.co.uk
http://www.competitionhunter.com
http://www.competitionstoday.co.uk
http://www.theprizefinder.com/

March into March with Spring Window Inspiration

March 5th, 2015

Bouquets can help dress any window and bring the outside indoors. Adding colour to your window can be as easy as collecting flowers from the garden and popping them into a vase. But what happens when you don’t have a vase, our spring inspiration Pinterest board should help invigorate that unused bottle or vintage jug in your kitchen cupboards.

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Glass bulbs from “8 Genuis Home Decor Hacks”

Glass Bottles from blog.giallozafferano.it

Vintage jugs from Sanna & Sania

Visit our Pinterest page for more Spring inspiration

Hello Yellow

February 26th, 2015

Daffodils are one of the first signs of spring and can add a little bit of cheer to an empty windowsill. The first of March this weekend celebrates St David’s day and in homage, Apollo Blinds say hello to yellow.

Custard Yellow is featured in the Pantone fashion report Spring 2015, described as sweet and sunny and will work well with a classic blue colour scheme, keeping nature the inspiration for the home.

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Apollo Blinds Roller Blue and Yellow Stripe Roller with Elegance headrail

Apollo Blinds roller in yellow and blue

Visit www.apollo-blinds.co.uk to find your nearest store and make an appointment.

 

Keeping the wet weather out and letting the sunshine in

February 18th, 2015

With a break from the frosty weather, the inevitable showers have begun to fall, but you don’t have to dream of summer to let the sunlight in.

Our vertical blinds can fill your home with natural light but still maintain your cozy haven away from the less desirable drizzle.

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With machine washable fabrics available, half term rainy day activities will be covered from a few crafting or baking accidents.

A back to school freshen up will also extend the life of your blinds and keep their appearance looking great.

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Let us help natural light fill your home, whatever the weather.

Find your nearest store to book an appointment here

 

Love is blind……….

February 12th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is upon us, so in the spirit of romance we are sharing our newest images of our blinds for you to fall in love with, from passionate pinks to ravishing reds.

Love is blind, but with your windows looking this good, it will be hard not to keep your eyes off them.

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Eclipse in Bright Red

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Apollo roller blinds – Shocking Pink

Pale Pink bathroom Duette

 Pale pink Bathroom Duette

Have we told you about a little job for a corner shop?

October 18th, 2011

The team at our manufacturing plant in Yorkshire have been busy making blinds for the most famous store in London.

The store, which the Daily Express recently described as the world’s best–loved corner shop, will be installing blackout blinds in some of its shop windows.

Apparently, staff at the store will draw the blinds while they change over the window displays.

The blackout blinds, which are most commonly used in bedrooms as they don’t let in any light, were carefully selected by the store to prevent passersby getting a sneaky peak of the top secret new window displays before they are officially revealed.

As requested, the store had its emblem and a short message printed on the blinds.

Take a look at the video of the blinds being tested ahead of them being sent to Clive from Apollo Blinds Loughton who will then organise their installation.

[We did have some funky music on the video but YouTube didn’t like it, so we had to take it off]

You’re not going to believe your eyes

May 28th, 2011

Apollo Blinds is exhibiting at Ideal Home Show Scotland this weekend and we’re all so proud of what a stunning stand we have.

Come and see us at stand L14.

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Free blinds for Liking Facebook George

April 21st, 2011

George Stewart is quickly becoming the most popular man in Hamilton – and beyond – following the success of a promotion where he gives away free window blinds to people who like the Facebook page of his Apollo Blinds business.

He saw a 20% increase in the number of people who clicked the Like button on his www.facebook.com/apollohamilton social media website last month as a result of offering £100 of free blinds.

Apollo Hamilton FacebookAll the people who liked his site that month were entered into a prize draw and George announced the winner – who very kindly donated her prize to Cancer Support Scotland.

The reason that George is putting up the monthly prize is that social media sites such as Facebook have become an influential online shop window to market his business.

“Our Facebook page is a great way for other Facebookers to get to know us and also see all the beautiful blinds we fit in homes all across Hamilton,” he said.

“I’ve built up a huge library of photo examples of my work on Facebook which has resulted in an increasing number of customers going on the site and asking for the same products.

“The beauty of Facebook is that customers become part of my Apollo Blinds experience and join in with the antics on the site.”

As well as being Hamilton’s most popular seller of window blinds, awnings and shutters, George’s antics on Facebook include the banter with Radio Clyde presenter Robin Galloway and the mysterious Waheed McManus who keeps popping up on the show.

George believes his business is booming at a time when other are struggling because of his use of Facebook and other social media sites like Twitter to promote his company.

“I’m a firm believer that people buy from people and those who follow me get a new level of access and assurance of whom they are buying from – which is so important for customers who want peace of mind that they are buying quality products from reputable companies,” he said.

“I also really appreciate that people choose to follow me and my business online which is why I want to reward that with offers such as free blinds.”

To stand a chance of winning £100 of free blinds this month all you have to do is visit www.facebook.com/apollohamilton and click the Like button.

This is the press release that Apollo Blinds Hamilton has issued to local media.