Home-Schooling Subject: NAPTIME

You might have heard, Vermont schools have closed for the rest of the year. The kiddos are staying home for the rest of the school year. You probably also heard the collective screams from all the parents. And more and more states will follow suit.

NOW more than ever, nap times are NEEDED (desperately needed, am I right, parents?). Naps are not only beneficial to our children, but c’mon parents, we know YOU need that down time as well.

Gram and I in ’79 in Mystic, CT

Personal sidenote: my grandmother knew I was a competitive kid. We played numerous card games, checkers, Scrabble, etc. Soooo..it was no different when it came to racing! Doing my best to break my fastest time from point A to point B. My gram, was a genius! She’d ‘race’ me to sleep. Clever, because I never wanted to lose! Very clever, indeed.

Our Blackout shades will create a nap-enticing environment, that your stir-crazy kiddos will not be able to resist.


“More than 85% of mammalian species are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness. It is not clear that this is the natural sleep pattern of humans. Young children and elderly persons nap, for example, and napping is a very important aspect of many cultures.” Sleep Foundation

I remember FIGHTING my mother about nap time, but once they tried to wake me up for dinner, I was nothing short of combative. Now, as an adult, I love a good nap. 20 mins GREAT! 1.5 hours even BETTER.

Now with homeschooling a new reality for many families, parents need down time, just as much as their kiddos.

This mama shared her newly created home-schooling schedule, due to the global pandemic, and yes, every day includes “Quiet Time”

“We then have quiet time in our house.(1-3pm) They can have their Kindles, watch a movie, play with toys, or read books — as long as the volume is low. Usha may take a nap during this time. For me, this is time I work on my business by making products, updating my social media, checking inventory, preparing orders for shipment, breathing and relaxing. They also usually have a snack during this time.” Tamykah Anthony, a scientist, STEAM educator

Creating a space for this “Quiet Time” is so important for your kids to be able to shut out the daily chaos that we are hearing, seeing and actively being a part of, can put SO much stress on you and your children.

Close our cellular blackout shades, curl up with your snuggly-soft blanket, dive into a book, a movie and get lost for a while. And yes, take a little snooze. We are certified Nap Promoters.

Check out all these health bennies from a little shut-eye:

  • Relaxation
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Increased alertness
  • Improved mood
  • Improved brain function; quicker reaction time and better memory

Even on the best of our ‘normal’ days, not to mention our new quarantined life, we are exhausted. If you find your energy GONE mid-day, you might like to know that 34% of the U.S. naps. Napping can boost your immune system, (we ALL need that right now) help you learn new skills, and improve your physical stamina.

So whether you join in with your kiddos on the glorious mid-day rest or not, our blackout shades can encourage this downtime, and like me, as a kiddo…I start looking forward to naps.

Outdated windows? Big surprise for YOU!

Let’s talk money savings. Oh and ENERGY savings. And environmental conservation!

Outdated windows are costing you SERIOUS mon-ahhhhhy! And replacing those bad-money-energy-sucking vacuums is EXPENSIVE!

Replacing windows in an average 3 bedroom home with 10 windows can cost from $3,500 to $7,500.

The cost of window replacement for 10 vinyl windows is an average of $15,955.
The cost of 10 replacement wood windows would be around $19,39.

UGH! I dunno about you, but I need to sit down for a minute…pheeeewww….

THIS is what cellular shades will do for you and your home:

    • Cut utility costs
    • Put $100s every year back in your wallet
    • (That’s not all, but we’ll talk about all the other bennies in another blog)

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Our shades will actually pay you back (unlike your teenager). HOW? You ask? They are SO energy efficient!!

Ok, talking averages here, it costs about $1,300 to heat an American home each year. Personally, my monthly propane bill was $220….add that up! $2640 a YEAR!! Whhhhhhhhhhaaaa? Insanity.

That dough is going out THE window!giphy

Every cellular shade that leaves our facility is laden with insulating cells that insulate the window to reduce energy consumption during Summer, Winter, and every month in between.

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Our shades have a payback period of roughly 5 yrs –they pay YOU BACK! <–read that again, and out loud!

Do you know who is working WAY TOO HARD? Our air conditioners and heating systems.

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Soooo…let’s give them and us a break. Reduce your energy usage, increase your money savings, make your home an insulating powerhouse and become more eco-friendly with cellular window shades

Truth.

You win more money in your pocket. Your house reduces it’s energy usage. The world wins.

Now let’s CONSERVE SOME ENERGY!

How to Spring Clean Your Cellular Shades

Springtime is almost here, and with the daffodils and robins also comes open windows and a spring cleaning frenzy to breathe new life into our closed up homes. Make sure your window shades are looking bright and fresh to match. All of our fabric is naturally anti-static and dust repellent, so you may never actually need to clean them. But if you do, here are our simple steps to clean Symphony brand honeycomb shades:
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Honeycomb Shades for Doors

This time of year, folks notice the drafts seeping in from their sliding doors, French doors, or any other sort of door largely comprised of glass. Most double pane glass has an R-Value of 1.8 – compare to cardboard with an R-value of 3.

The solution? Insulating cellular shades! They look great, and they make an enormous difference in room temperature as well as energy saved. There are just two things to consider: mounting location and any obstructions, like handles or door frames.

Mounting Options For Each Type of Door

French Doors are rather versatile when it comes to choosing where you’d like to hang your shades. For a tidy look, hang a shade on each door, a couple inches above the glass. This way, you can open and close the door even if the shade is lowered. Or use one big shade to cover the whole opening, if that floats your boat!Cellular shades for french doors
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How To Be Your Own Interior Designer, Nice & Easy!

At CellularWindowShades.com, we want to provide our customers with a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. We want your home to glow with your new shades; we want you to be proud of all of your window treatments for years to come.

To help aid you in your search for new window treatments, we proudly provide free samples. Ordering free sample swatches is simple and easy to do on our site. All you need to do is check out our samples page, browse through the different options then click add it to your cart and check out. After you’ve ordered your swatches from us, they should appear in your mail in as little as 6-7 business days.

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Harness Solar Energy this Winter with just Your Shades!

We had our first bought of snowfall this past weekend! Granted, it was mixed with rain and didn’t last all that long, but it was a reminder that the cold months are just a few short weeks ahead. It also leaves some of us scratching our heads and wondering how another year snuck by before we had a chance to escape to Florida…

Just kidding! Winter is beautiful and special just like all the other seasons! Just colder and darker, that’s all!

If this is your first winter season with cellular shades, you’ll get to experience the thrill of feeling the cold air disappear from the inside of your window the moment you close your shade. Woohoo! But even if this is your second, third, or even 15th year with honeycomb shades, you might benefit from this little cheat sheet we’ve prepared so you can use your insulating shades to their full potential.

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It’s National Assisted Living Week!

September 13th to September 19th, it’s assisted living week! We want to raise awareness for those who are living with assistance. It can be difficult when you need support to go about your regular activities, helping out those who are affected can help raise spirits for your loved ones.

A National Assited Living Week!good way to help give back is with motorized cellular window treatments. Your loved ones will be able to operate their window treatments and control light and privacy options from the comfort of their bed or chair. It’s the perfect window treatment for those who have limitations physically. This may seem like a small feature, but it will help maintain confidence. (more…)