Thanks to Payless Decor for sponsoring this Mr. Rogers-style field trip and post! Also brought to you by the letter R and the number 6.
Once when Andy and I were newly dating, we somehow agreed to watch the babies and preschoolers in the church nursery together during vacation Bible school. We knew LESS than nothing about childcare. I don’t know what those parents were thinking, leaving them in our care. Every day for a whole week.
I specifically remember one little preschool boy needing to go pee, and Andy and I had no idea how much help a three-year-old needs for things like this. Do we say “adios!” and let him hop off to the restroom alone? Do we place him on the toilet and help him aim? Is he old enough to operate heavy machinery or drink alcohol? Can he eat solid foods? We were clueless.
Andy went with him to the restroom and stood awkwardly in the stall, then watched with horror while the little guy peed ALL. OVER. the walls and floor. Probably the ceiling too. Oops. Ahhh, fun times. Good experience for parenthood, where it turns out, you STILL don’t have any idea what you’re doing.
We did put on a lot of videos for the kids that week. We watched one episode of Mr. Rogers where they talked about “How People Make Candles.” I was fascinated. I probably sat in front of the TV while Andy chased the kids around and pulled them off the chandeliers. I LOVE to see how things are made.
So when the fine people at Payless Decor invited me out to their warehouse to see how they make their blinds, I got kinda geeky about it. I needed some blinds for Weston’s room, so I was pretty stoked about watching OUR blinds get made. Because, by the way, THIS has been happening in Weston’s room:
THAT is a giant holey sheet hanging over the window. *Hanging head in home-blogger shame.* Here’s the deal: the lighter it is in Weston’s room, the earlier he wakes up. The earlier he wakes up, the earlier I wake up. And when I have to wake up too early, my world becomes cruel and unforgiving and overdramatic. We needed blackout shades.
One day recently, I drove over to the Payless Decor warehouse, which is right here in Atlanta, not far from me. I sat down and had a nice little chat with Seth, the president, Julie, who does their marketing, and Jennifer, who handles customer service.
They’re a small company, so they’re super responsive and so easy to work with. You might remember that I ordered my FAB bamboo blinds from Payless Decor a while back:
Seth showed me a few options for blackout shades, like their beautiful bamboo blinds. (Sorry I’m so blown out in this pic, but check out those beautiful blinds!)
I love the way the bamboo blinds look, but for Weston’s room, I wanted something cordless, and I thought these Premium Cellular shades would function beautifully:
They’re black on the inside, which keeps out the dreaded kid-wakening sunshine at 6 a.m., but they’re white on the front and back so they’ll look neutral from the exterior of the house. WIN.
Oh yeah, one more SWEET bonus. They’re cellular shades, so they have these little holes on the inside. Those holes make these cellular shades more insulating than an insulated window! Crazy, right? And a heckuva lot cheaper too.
Once we’d picked out the blinds, we headed out to the warehouse. It’s like the holy grail of window coverings. All those boxes on the right are the blinds, which are then custom-cut to order.
Once we’d grabbed my Premium Cellular shades off the ginormous shelves, one of the women in the warehouse cut mine to fit the width of our windows perfectly.
Then she hung it and cut it to the perfect length too. I thought it was so cool to see How People Cut Blinds. Seriously, it was like Mr. Rogers at VBS all over again!
She packed ’em up with all the hardware I’d need and I took my new prizes home! Inside those precious boxes was MORE SLEEP. Big deal, guys. Big deal.
We got right to work! First, we took the old blinds off Weston’s windows. We had a cheapo blackout window liner UNDER some faux wood blinds and it STILL wasn’t blacking out the sun. It was ridiculous.
Installation of the new blinds was so easy. You just screw these two brackets into the window.
Then pop the shade right in there. It just snaps onto the brackets.
Those are not my hairy arms. It needed to be said.
Once they’re in, you’re done! There are no cords – you just pull the blinds up and down with one hand. It’s magical. It’s SO easy to pull them up and down, and they stay where you put them. We LOVE how easy they are to use!
Let’s be real: cellular shades are not as pretty as bamboo. They’re just not, but they’re so easy to pull down and up, and they close so compactly, that it was worth it to us to go with something super-duper insulating and super-duper DARK.
And speaking of dark? These photos were taken at the same time of day. See how you can barely see the sliver of light around the edge of the window in the second photo? It was still bright out! MUUUUCH better.
Oh by the way! Payless Decor has a sale that ends tomorrow night: 40% off ALL ORDERS. HOLY SWEET DEAL, BATMAN!! Just use the code H7XMAS713. Update: Oops! I said it wrong. The code takes an extra 7% off their prices, which are already 40% off, for orders over $100. Sorry for the confusion!
Okay, am I the only one who occasionally geeks out over educational programming? I was that kid on field trips. The one who never learned how to play it cool. #StillAm.
This post was sponsored by Payless Decor.