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Top tips for children sleeping after British Summer Time clock change

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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.

Apollo Blinds Duette - Yellow

Apollo Blinds Duette - Yellow 4 ApolloBlinds Duette® in yellow

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.

 

Love is blind……….

Thursday, 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

Marketing a franchise business

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

We saw this and wondered if we should do the same?

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Nah, we don’t think so either. But you might enjoy our franchise website instead.

Meet the Apollo Team

Friday, February 4th, 2011

It was best bib and tucker for the Apollo Blinds management team this week as we all faced the cameras for new publicity pictures.

The pictures were for a new page of our franchise recruitment website – which should go live next week – where people can meet the team. We’re a glam bunch aren’t we?

Apollo Blinds team picture

And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, it was also a case of lights, camera, action as we were all filmed as well. Here’s a sneak preview of our Product Manager James.

Will you be celebrating like Phil in 30 years time?

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

In September 1980 Phil Cowing opened the doors to his new Apollo Blinds showroom in Barrow in Furness. And 30 years on, he is still going strong with a business which has become a family affair.

This month Phil, his wife and children – who all work in the business – will be celebrating the 30th birthday of their Apollo Blinds business. They have a birthday promotion planned and are hoping lots of customers new and old will be calling in to their Rawlinson Street showroom to join in the celebrations.

In a press release to promote their landmark Phil says that it is a real achievement for any company to be celebrating 30 years in business and puts Apollo’s success down to the people of Barrow.

“We have built a business based on the quality of our products and service and we have attracted a loyal base of customers as a result’, he said. “A lot of our trade is based on repeat business and we have now served two and three generations of the same family.”

Everyone at Apollo says well done to Phil, Jacqui, Martin, Alex and Janet. Here’s to another 30 years.

Apollo launches new recruitment website

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

We’ve launched a brand new website specifically for people who want to know more about owning their own Apollo Blinds franchise.

www.apolloblindsfranchise.co.uk is crammed full of information about what’s involved in running a franchise with Apollo Blinds. There are pages about the company, the brand, the marketplace and the different mobile and retail franchise business models.

We answer questions such as why franchise with Apollo, how much it costs and how much you can earn.

You can also find out how Apollo will help you run your business with details of the product & fitting training, sales training, marketing training and vital information of your induction and how we will launch your business.

But probably the best part of the new website for anyone thinking of becoming part of the Apollo Blinds network are a series of videos from exiting franchise owners who talk candidly about their experiences.

Have a look at it and tell us what you think.