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Ten family activities to make post-Christmas traditions.

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It’s over for another year. The whirlwind of excitement that is Christmas has passed. But for most of us with children, much of the holiday remains before the return to school in the New Year. So why not create some post Christmas traditions to help you relax after the excitement and exhaustion of the Christmas period and to make the most of the holiday time left with the children? Here are ten different activities you might what to try…..

1. Go on a scavenger hunt
Whether this be in a forest, park or even on the beach. It’s a great way to get everyone outdoors and have fun at the same time. Wrap up warm and head out with a list of items (or pictures for younger children) to search for in your chosen location. The children will be encouraged to walk further with the anticipation of finding items on the list and learn more about the world around them in Winter.

For older children, why not give Geocaching a go. A great way to get everyone working together and exploring the local area.

2. Watch a film
Of course the cinema is a great option, with lots of cinemas offering deals for kids during the holiday period. However, if you’d rather stay at home, then why not turn your living room into your own cinema. Rearrange the furniture, cinema snacks at the ready and if you want to create a realistic cinema experience then Easyblinds on your windows will create that darkened cinema environment.

3. Play board games

Board games can be a great way to spend family time together and help everyone relax after the rush of Christmas. With such a wide range available there is something to suit every family and create some wonderful memories.

4. Visit a local attraction
In winter we often forget to make the most of our local attractions. Obviously some close over winter months but there are still plenty that remain open year round, and with fewer visitors in many of them you don’t have to battle the crowds. Places such as zoos, museums, castles or National Trust or English Heritage sites are often cheaper during winter months, if they are not already free. Best of all, discover somewhere new to visit as a family that you can continue to visit in the new year.

5. Get crafting with the remains of Christmas

There is always so much left over from the Christmas celebrations, so why not put it to good use rather than filling the bins and craft some items you can use next year from the left overs of this. You can spend time with the children creating items that will bring back the memories of Christmas past for years to come.

6. Have a family photo shoot

I’m not suggesting you hire a professional photographer for this one, but that you create your own photoshoot. The options for this are wide and varied, from indoor shoots using a sheet as a backdrop and raiding the kids dress up box for props to finding an outdoor location where you can have fun staging photos as a family.

7. Have a picnic

Yes, I know it’s winter but picnics are great all year round! Find somewhere you’d like to visit or plan a walk or outing with a picnic built in. Pack a flask of soup, sandwiches and a blanket and you’ll soon have a new post Christmas tradition to look forward to each year.

If the weather’s too much to face, or leaving the house is just too much, then a picnic inside can be magical too!

8. Make a Thank You video

Create a video of your family as a thank you to those who gave you gifts this year instead of sending a letter. This can be simply saying thank you to the camera, a montage of your family playing and using their gifts, clips of your holiday adventures or a full production scale video set to music. Whatever your video production skills, this is a lovely way to thank friends and family as well as create a memory of this Christmas’s events whilst spending time as a family.

9. Go to a pantomime or play/ Put on a play

Most pantomimes run well into January so are a great post Christmas tradition to have. If a pantomime isn’t your cup of tea, then plays for children can often be found during December and January too.

Why not create your own play at home and perform for friends or just for your own entertainment. You could even video the production to enjoy for many Christmases to come.

10. Rest

Find a day to take time to rest and do as little as you can. Stay in and just play with those Christmas gifts. Eat leftovers and wear your pyjamas all day. Have an early night, forgetting the housework and making a good night’s rest a priority.  Easyblinds in your bedroom windows will help ensure a great nights sleep and  you may even get a lay in too!

Sometimes the best days as families are those simple days where we are just together with no timetables or agendas.

 

Share with us your post Christmas traditions you have with your family.

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WIN our Award-Winning Easyblackout Blind!

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What We’re Giving You The Chance to Win

This month we’re running our second competition of summer 2016! (Congratulations to Beth Bowdler who won our June competition for an easynight blackout blind!) This time we’re giving entrants the chance to win our most popular blackout blind, the easyblackout kit!

Worth up to £38.95, this blind will be a fantastic addition to any home, particularly the bedroom or your baby’s nursery! Awarded gold in the Gentle Parenting Awards 2016 as the ‘Best Nursery Product’ and silver as the ‘Best Sleep Aid’, both parents and shift workers have trusted this easy-to-use method to help them (and their little ones!) get some well-needed shut-eye.

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Click here to find out how a blackout blind could benefit you by helping you get better sleep. 

About the Easyblackout Velcro® Blackout Kit

Hailed as one of our original blackout products, this blind is so simple, effective and long-lasting. Simple cut the material to size, attach your Velcro to the window frame and pop the material on to achieve total darkness! You can forget that pesky sunlight creeping in through the edges of your curtains, interrupting your sleep! Whether you’re a night worker or a parent looking for a solution to managing your child’s bedtime routine, this will be the perfect accompaniment to your home. Don’t take our word for it, just take a look at our reviews! More than 95% of our customers gave this a five-star rating!

What You’ll Win

The winner will receive a size 3 easyblackout blind (our standard size that fits regular-sized windows) in a choice of either white or cream (can choose a different size if needed!).

How to Be in With a Chance of Winning

The competition will run from Monday 8th August until 11.59pm on Monday 22nd August. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is a) follow us on Twitter and b) retweet one of the posts we send out relating to our competition, which you can find on our Twitter page.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 23rd August.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Terms and Conditions

  • The entrant must be aged 18+ to be in with a chance of winning.
  • Entrees from across Europe may be counted.
  • Multiple entrees will not be counted (e.g. multiple retweets and retweeting via more than one account); one follower and one retweet = one entry.
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Sleep Your Way to Success!

Let’s face it, we aren’t getting enough rest. We’re all guilty of it with today’s fast-paced lifestyles getting in the way of what really matters – our health. These days, we think we’re invincible and believe that since we’re ‘managing’ without sleep, it’s not really going to catch up with us. WRONG.

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Sleep is integral to both our physical and mental health. Whilst some can survive on four hours a night, eventually they’ll find themselves prone to illnesses such as heart disease.

The National Sleep Foundation indicates those who rest fewer than six hours are twice as likely to have a stroke than those who get more shut-eye. That’s regardless of their age, weight and recreational habits.

However, Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington says that times are changing. Whilst lack of sleep was previously seen as a ‘badge of honour’, people are turning to prioritising health and well-being. She’s calling it ‘the sleep revolution’, whereby people are encouraged to get more sleep in order to achieve success. Huffington also predicts that we can expect to see as many nap rooms as conference rooms in the future!

Whether or not this ‘sleep revolution’ will come to fruition is questionable. Especially as we’re always on the look-out for ways to conquer tiredness without turning to the pillow – i.e. coffee! What is clear is that as technology continues to dominate, we cannot get away from our basic human need. We haven’t found a food replacement. In fact, we’ve more than doubled our appetites compared to that of 50 years ago. However our attitude to sleep still has our seven to eight hours sitting on the back-burner as a luxury to enjoy every once in a while.

How Successful People Sleep

Turn off devices at least an hour before bedtime…

Whether it’s browsing Twitter or watching a TV programme, they’re all doing the same thing – sending your brain into a ‘hyperactive’ mode. Staring at a bright screen, which we already do enough of during the day, is not conducive to a good night’s sleep.

Studies have also found that the quality of sleep gained is far less than if you switched off a lot earlier. So the next time you find yourself yawning before the day has even started, try switching off. Give your brain a break!

Eat at least two hours before bedtime…

When we eat we do automatically become tired, however it’s best to leave it a while before you hit the sack. Mainly for reasons such as weight gain. Give yourself a chance to digest. Take a walk after dinner instead of sitting down straight away. You’ll not only have great sleep but you’ll find yourself feeling less stodgy in the morning!

Exercise for better quality sleep…

Exercise is great not only for physical well-being and fitness, but also for our mood. The endorphins released during exercise help us feel happier and more alert, whilst also helping us get a restful night. Find what suits you, whether it’s exercising in the morning or evening, and you’ll find you will sleep deeper and sounder.

Set a routine and stick to it…

If you go to bed at 9pm one night and 12pm the next, but wake at the same time each morning then you’re sure to feel tired. Our bodies are quick to adapt and prefer routine. So if you go to sleep and wake at the same time each day you’ll eventually only need your alarm for formality’s sake.

Be strict with yourself and give your body that time to shut down and regenerate. Don’t be disheartened if at first you just find yourself staring at the ceiling or counting sheep. You are still resting even if you haven’t yet fallen asleep. Be patient and eventually you will nod off and just continue to stick to that routine.

Avoid alcohol and – unfortunate but necessary – caffeine…

Clogging your body with toxins and stimulants is not the way to go for overall health. Some may find having the odd glass of wine actually helps get them settled for bed, but you need to nip that in the bud.

Whilst it can make you drowsy, making this a habit will mean that the quality of your sleep will be next to none. You’ll wake up both dehydrated and feeling as if you’ve barely slept a wink. Try cutting down the alcohol and avoiding caffeine from the mid-afternoon for a better night’s sleep. Cut it down gradually so your body can adjust. Eventually you’ll find yourself wondering why you ever relied on it.

Trust a blackout blind!

Whether your a working parent or a shift-worker, blackout blinds are a fantastic sleep accessory for both adults and kids. Click here to find out why blackout blinds are the ultimate sleep solution.

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Blind of the Month: Original Velcro® Blackout Blind

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With sunnier mornings, brighter evenings and summer just around the corner, it’s time to prep your home with some must-have sleeping accessories. Whether it’s for your newborn, toddler, teenager or tossing and turning partner, investing in a blackout blind will work wonders for their sleep routine.

So, for those who are tired of having sunshine in their eyes as 5am or need to be awake for that early start and so need an early night, rely on your trusty blackout blind to make sure you get your recommended amount of shut-eye.

Click here to take a look at all of the blackout blinds we currently offer, or read on to see why the Original Velcro® Blackout Blind Kit is this month’s favourite blackout blind kit. 

1. It’s one of our most effective products, without a hefty price tag. 

Many of the parents and night-shift workers who have bought with us before have said just how much they love this blackout blind kit. Starting from just £17.95, this blind is effortless to put up and take down, and lasts absolutely ages! Unlike other blackout blinds, there’s no need to remove any existing curtains you have up and there’s no gaps around the edges for sunlight to creep in through. We’ve been selling this since 2002 and it remains as popular today as it did when we launched it 14 years ago.

Click here to read some of the customer reviews and to see the simple steps to putting it up in your home.

2. It a lighter, less bulky fabric

Compared to most of our other kits, the Original Velcro® Blackout Blind Kit has a much lighter fabric with a soft feel, and being less bulky it folder up smaller so it’s easy to tuck away when you’re not using it.

3. There is no sewing involved, no drills, screws or frames, and no other fittings are required

At easyblinds, we like to minimise effort and maximise comfort, so all you have to do is cut the material to size, attach the self-adhesive Velcro® around the window frame you want to use, stick the wide loop fastener tape on your blackout blind and press into place! Your kit will have everything you need and easy-as-pie instructions with it, so you can get your blind up and running before you know it!

4. It’s perfect for the nursery and comes in five different colours!

Most blackout blinds are plain and can be quite unsightly, but the Original Velcro® Blackout Blind comes in five different colours (white, cream, walnut brown, seaspray blue and aloe green) in a gingham pattern, so it’s ideal for either your bedroom or baby’s nursery.

Buying your first blackout blind? Click here to find out why a blackout blind is a fantastic sleep solution and an absolute must-have for your home. 

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How Lack of Sleep Can Trigger Food Addiction

Love food? Love sleep? Don’t we all! However, recent research has found that a lack of sleep can result in overeating and weight gain (as well as a number of other health issues!) – meaning that getting those 7-8 hours a night are even more crucial than we thought. 

How does it work? Well, naturally, a lack of sleep makes us feel lethargic – so what do we crave? Sugar! We’ll crave chocolate bars, crisps, practically anything with a high sugar and fat content, just so we can last the day.

A recent study published in the Sleep journal found that young, healthy adults who only had on average 4.5 hours of sleep per night had higher levels of ghrelin in their system (the hormone which tells you that you’re hungry and increases your appetite) compared to the levels of leptin (the hormone which tells you that you’re full and therefore reduces your appetite). Snack consumption was therefore greater in comparison to those getting the recommended 7-8 hours.

So, the next time you find yourself craving endless amounts of sugar, it’s not a lack of willpower that’s doing that – it’s most likely due to a chemical imbalance after a restless night.

Photo Credit: Paul W via Flickr

Photo Credit: Paul W 

What can you do for better sleep?

In a world where technology rules our lives, it’s hard to shut off and say “tonight, I really am going to get that early night,” but you owe it to yourself and your health to do it.

Here’s some tips to get you reaching for the pillow and not the chocolate:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Turn off all technology (TV!) at least an hour before bed
  • Don’t go to bed on a full stomach, make sure you eat around two hours before bed
  • Use a blackout blind to create a dark environment that tells your brain you’re ready for bed
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Why a Blackout Blind is the Ultimate Sleep Solution

Sleep is an essential for healthy functioning in everyday life, but unfortunately most of us don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours per night. But instead of finding a solution, we continue to toss and turn at night only to feel groggy and miserable the next day.

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But that’s where we come in. Our specially designed blackout blinds help to counteract this, providing you with the sleep sanctuary you deserve. For those who are affected by outside light or artificial light, such as street lamps, our blinds offer you the solution you’ve been looking for! With no room for gaps where light can stream in, our blinds block out the light to give you and the whole family a peaceful night’s rest, and they’re so easy to put up – just follow three simple steps and you’re set! Great for parents, night workers, children and babies!

So, why invest in a blackout blind?

1. Our blackout blinds can be put up and taken down whenever you like!

We also have a range of portable blinds, so you can have your #easysleep wherever you go! Why not try our new and improved award-winning blind, easynight? It’s the lightest blind on offer so it’s easier to carry and can fold up really small – perfect if you plan on doing some travelling!

2. Help your kids stick to a reasonable sleep routine

Our blackout blinds don’t only block out the light to stop unnecessary waking during the night, but they encourage sleep, too! When it’s dark, our body produces a hormone called melatonin to help induce sleep so you’ll fall asleep faster. Read our customer reviews to find out how our blackout blinds have helped to regulate their little ones’ sleep routine. Why not try Jo Tantum’s Go Anywhere portable blackout blind? Expertly designed to help your baby achieve restful sleep in the nursery or on the move!

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3. Blackout blinds are especially good for night-workers, parents and anyone who wants to sleep during the day

Without having the disturbance of outside light. Perfect if you’re a shift worker that needs to make the most of all the sleep they get, or even for mums and dads that need an extra hour or two during the day to make up for the sleep lost at night!

4. Blackout blinds keep rooms warmer in winter and cooler in summer!

Our blackout material is silvered on one side for better light and heat reflection, making your room cooler during summer and warmer in the winter. A perfect solution for all seasons of the year!

5. Safety first! No pull cords

Our blackout blinds have no pull cords, so you can be guaranteed that your child will be safe with our blinds in your house.

6. Fancy a trip to the cinema?

Why not stay in the comfort of your own home and use a projector to project a screen onto your blackout blind?! Our material is up to 2.7m wide, which is often hard to find, so you can enjoy the big screen at home – perfect for entertaining the kids during the holidays!

7. Privacy!

You won’t need to worry about the neighbours peering in! Perfect for places like the bedroom!

8. Don’t let street lights bother you…

You won’t need to worry about street-lights making it harder to get to sleep when it’s blocked out with a blackout blind! Remember, the more light there is in your room, the less likely you are to get a decent quality of sleep. Deep, uninterrupted sleep means you will feel more refreshed and healthy.

9. You can easily cut our material to size so it can fit your window, or keep it large to fit multiple windows – the choice is yours!

Any window, anywhere, can be blacked out with an easyblind.

10. Doesn’t just block out light, it can also keep out noise! 

Outside noise can sometimes be a problem, but blackout blinds can help. All noise will not be blocked out, but it will muffle the sound to give you a peaceful, light-free environment for a good kip! If that’s not enough, why not try these earplugs which come with a free eye mask!

11. We are affordable!

Our blackout blinds are cost-effective and the quality of sleep you get will be worth it! Our award-winning portable blackout blind, easynight, is just £20.95 and we’ve got a range of other blackout blinds starting at just £10.95! Our blackout blinds can last for years so for a long-term solution, these are definitely worth the buy!

12. We are award-winning!

Easyblinds has won gold in the Gentle Parenting Awards for the second year in a row! Having won ‘Best Sleep Aid’ in 2015 for our newest portable blind, easynight, we are pleased to announce that we have won ‘Best Nursery Product’ for our original easyblackout blind and ‘Best Travel Accessory for Under Ones’ for easynight once again!

For affordability, effectiveness and great service, trust easyblinds!

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Win a Blackout Blind in our Spring Competition!

Spring is just around the corner, which must mean it’s time for our seasonal competition!

At Christmas, we gave away our award-winning portable blackout blind, easynight, and had a huge response from all of you loyal fans and customers! Now, one lucky winner will have the chance to win our favourite new nursery product, the Original Velcro® blackout blind kit in a gorgeous gingham pattern – perfect for the nursery.

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This newest addition to our sleep accessories range comes in eight sizes from mini to size 7, as well as five different colours: cream, white, seaspray blue, aloe green and walnut brown. Whatever your window’s size and whatever your taste, there’s something to suit you. Worth up to £45.95, this competition comes just in time for daylight saving time when more sunshine makes for happier faces during the day, but not when it comes to getting settled at bedtime and early starts!

Whether you’re a parent, shift worker or just someone who’s easily disturbed by outside light, our blackout blinds have worked wonders in providing an easy and effective way to settle down to sleep.

How could your home benefit from a blackout blind? Take a look at the benefits here

Having recently entered the Gentle Parenting Awards for a second year running, and won gold, silver and bronze awards for our blackout blinds, we are absolutely grateful for the support and have great plans for the future to expand our range and our name on the global stage as a parenting go-to product.

Click here to have a look at our full range of blackout blinds and to have a read of our reviews. 

How to enter our competition:

  1. It’s simple! We’re running this exclusively on Twitter, so all you have to do is to retweet our posts concerning the competition (which you’ll find on our profile page) and, of course, make sure you’re following us @easyblinds!
  2. You must be 18+ to enter.
  3. This competition is our first Europe-wide competition, so wherever in the continent you’re entering from, you have a chance of winning!
  4. Multiple entrants (i.e. accounts running under the same person and serial retweeting) will not be accepted – one follow and retweet = one entry.
  5. The competition will run until 11.59pm on Monday 21st March and the winner will be announced the next day.

Good luck everyone and thanks for entering!

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Easyblinds Wins ‘Best Nursery Product’ in Gentle Parenting Awards

This year, we entered the Gentle Parenting Awards for a second time, entering two of our best easyblinds products in four nominations, and we are delighted to announce that we have won gold, silver AND bronze awards in each of the following categories:

  • Best Sleep Aid (Silver Winner: Easyblackout; Bronze Winner; Easynight)
  • Best Nursery Product (Gold Winner: Easyblackout)
  • Best Travel Accessory for Under Ones (Gold Winner: Easynight)
  • Best Travel Accessory for Over Ones (Silver Winner: Easynight)

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us, and especially those who have trialled our products and contributed to our loyal fan base – we couldn’t have done it without you! Having started out as a word-of-mouth operation, helping other parents find an affordable, safe and effective way of helping their kids (and themselves!) get some valuable shut eye, we’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings in 2002.

After winning the gold award last year for our newest portable blackout blind, easynight, we have been overwhelmed with the comments we’ve received from customers about the effectiveness of our blackout blinds. As always, we strive to improve and advance our products on a constant basis; now available is the new and improved easynight, which also comes in size XXL.

To find out more about easynight, please click here, or to take a look at our best nursery product, easyblackout, you can view the fantastic customer reviews and product information here.

And don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all things sleep, baby, parenting and more!

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Vote Easy in the Gentle Parenting Awards 2016!

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Easyblinds are up for the Gentle Parenting Awards for a second year in a row! Having won the Gold Award last year for our newest portable blackout blind, easynight, we are now entered in four categories for our top two selling blinds:

  • Best Nursery Product – easyblackout
  • Best Sleep Aid – easyblackout and easynight
  • Best Travel Accessory for Under Ones – easynight
  • Best Travel Accessory for Over Ones – easynight

So, if you’ve been impressed by our products and how they’ve revolutionised your sleeping pattern for you and your family, we’d love to gain your support! Gentle Parenting are also giving away a batch of baby goodies, so get involved and have your say in one of the biggest parenting and baby product accolades of the year!

Since 2002 we’ve worked to bring you the best quality blackout blinds to give you and your children #easysleep. Our blinds are easy to use, effective and affordable.

Easyblinds has been made by Mums for Mums for more than 14 years, and it’s thanks to our loyal customers that we’ve made it this far!

Voting closes at 5pm on Sunday 14th February.

Please click here to access the Gentle Parenting survey site.

Thanks for voting! And don’t forget to share your thoughts with us on Twitter and Facebook!

The easyblinds team

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