Can Window Coverings Be Poetic? Let’s Find Out for World Poetry Day

Cup of coffee and writing pen on napkin with poetry terms

A poem for you, a poem for me. Let’s all celebrate a day for poetry!

Ha! We’re a poet and didn’t know it. Or did we? Did you know that March 21 is known as World Poetry Day? Founded in 1999 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the holiday, according to un.org, “recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.”

Similarly, window coverings allow one to get quite creative when designing the look of their home. With so many styles, patterns and colors to choose from, the only limit is one’s imagination.

So in the spirit of the holiday — and our business — we’ve come up with some poems that  help tell the story of what we here at Select Blinds are all about.

Let’s start with some Haiku’s. For those who do not know, the Haiku is of Japanese origin and is a poem that contains 17 syllables, organized in a 5-7-5 pattern.

You visit our site
To find window coverings
You see them and smile


Do as the Romans
Lovely fabrics and colors
Roman Shades look great


Select Blinds is here
To help improve your windows
And make you happy


Let’s keep our kids safe
From the dangers of long cords
Choose a cordless look


The light blinds and my
Head hurts. Blackout shades are good
Happy vampiress.


Whatever you need
To make your windows look good
Is at Select Blinds


An old-fashioned look
With great durability
Shutters are for you


Your window’s ugly
But it does not need to be
Select Blinds can help


The sun is shining
But you don’t want UV Rays
You want Solar Shades

Another type of poetry is the limerick. According to Wikipedia, the rhyming scheme is  such where the first, second and fifth lines rhyme, while the third and fourth lines are shorter and share a different rhyme.

You want your windows to look good,
But to pay high prices, you’re  not in the mood,
So head to Select Blinds,
To get out of your bind,
And show off your windows, you would.


An ugly window is no fun,
But you wonder, what can be done,
At Select Blinds we are here,
With window coverings you need not fear,
Because they’ll look good when blocking the sun.


Window coverings need not be boring,
They can actually be pretty fun,
Just go to Select Blinds,
And what you will find,
Is an inability to pick just one.

Are we poetic or what!

Fine, we won’t quit our day jobs. Of course, we’re just having some fun here, taking some poetic license to put a little spin of our own on this creative holiday.

There are plenty of other forms of poetry, and no doubt much better poems than what you just read. But all types of poetry boil down to self-expression and people feeling something upon reading or hearing it.

Same goes for the many types of window coverings. Whatever you choose, you’re expressing your own unique style and creating a look that makes you feel good.  And there’s certainly a lot of poetic justice in that, isn’t there?

Spread Joy on the International Day of Happiness

Happy Woman in a Field From DepositPhotos

Photo from DepositPhotos

Ever since Bobby McFerrin introduced us to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” it has been the tune that is most associated with, well, being happy.

Unless of course you don’t like the song, in which case it may cause the opposite reaction like some of us do when Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” abruptly arrives on the radio or is heard through another medium.

That’s another discussion entirely; for now, let’s focus on the idea of being happy, which is what March 20 is all about. In case you were unaware it is the International Day of Happiness, a holiday created by the United Nations and a non-profit group known as Action for Happiness.

The holiday has not been around long, with it being celebrated for the first time in 2013. According to happinessday.org it spans 193 UN Member states, another two observer states and 11 territories.

Besides being happy, the holiday calls for trying to spread the goodwill all around. On social media, hashtags like #tenbillionhappy, #internationaldayofhappiness, #happinessday and #choosehappiness will be seen.

As long as you are happy, though, you’ll be celebrating properly. But thinking about it, what makes us happy? The answer of course varies, though there are certain things that most of us can probably agree on.

Like puppies. Because really, who doesn’t smile when looking at faces like these?

What else makes people happy? A quick survey among the Select Blinds Marketing team revealed a wide range of happiness bringers, some of which are likely more common than others.

For instance, babies probably make many people happy. That’s totally understandable.

One thing that popped up that may or may not be a popular choice is cheese fries.

Those do look pretty good, right? Sure they’re not exactly good for you but the combination of fried potatoes along with melted cheese is something that many of us can get behind.

Disagree?

We’d be remiss not to bring up how happy our window coverings have made people, too. Whether it’s the hundreds of thousands five-star reviews or one of our many “Happy Customers,” Select Blinds has helped bring happiness to many a home and business.

Other things mentioned were family and sports — both of which while great at bringing joy also have a knack for causing anger and disappointment — along with seafood and music.

Ask other people, and no doubt things like exercise, dancing, going on vacation or sitting at the beach will pop up.

Really, though, no one can tell you what should or should not make you happy. It truly is up to us, and on March 20, let’s all do our best to try and spread that feeling to as many people as we can.

Are You After Some Lucky Charms this St. Patrick’s Day?

On Sunday, March 17, many around the world will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. A festive holiday, it often brings about festivals and parades and typically features attendees wearing green and enjoying some adult beverages.

Among the other themes that accompany the holiday is that of luck. You’ll likely hear someone mention the “Luck of the Irish” at some point. Besides being a basketball-themed movie released in 2001 or a different film of the same name from 1948, it is also something that boils down to someone feeling like you are a very fortunate person.

Of course, there are people out there who don’t believe in luck or maintain the perspective that one creates their own luck. It’s certainly a reasonable perspective to take, though many people in those camps likely still “knock on wood” every now and then or perhaps refuse to walk under a ladder or step on a sidewalk crack.

Even if you are not one to believe in things like luck, there are certainly plenty of others who do. Maybe they point to bad luck as the reason why something didn’t go their way, or perhaps they acknowledge good luck as a reason why things ultimately worked out.

No matter what one’s perspective is on the matter of luck, one thing we all understand is how folks turn to good luck charms as a way to try and boost their chances. There are plenty of things out there, some sentimental, that people will bring with them in hopes that it will lead to positive results.

Whether they have any tangible effect or not is surely up for debate, but at the very least it’s kind of fun to  think it helps. If you already have your lucky charm, congrats because you’re set.

But for those of you who don’t have anything to bring you luck, don’t despair because there are plenty of options. Looking at it, what are the most popular good luck charms?

The website Brandpointcontent.com looked into the matter, and they came to some interesting conclusions.

One you may be thinking of is the four-leaf clover, as that is pretty commonly known to offer good luck.  Well, actually you’ll need some pretty good luck to find one, as the odds of doing so are about one in 10,000. But if you can track one down then maybe it will give you double luck?

Another pretty common good-luck charm is the rabbit’s foot. Fortunately, most of the ones you’ll see are probably not actually from a rabbit. At least, we hope that’s the case?

Regardless, according to omgfacts.com, the concept of the rabbit’s foot being lucky originated from African-American folk spirituality known as “hoodoo.” In it, it is said the feet are lucky due to the rabbit’s reproductive habits.

There is even more backstory to it all, but suffice to say it’s kind of…umm….gross.

Other popular charms include the horseshoe, a penny (assuming it’s found head up) and the number seven.

Another thing that is believed to bring good luck? The color green. Actually, depending on where you come from its luck-bringing properties could go either way.

If you believe the color green offers good luck, though, or even just really like the color, you might want to check out our vast selection of window coverings that are available in the hue.

Celebrate National Pi Day with Your Favorite Slice

These days it seems as though there is a holiday for everything. Really, every day there is some “National Day of _____” that is being celebrated. In a lot of ways, it’s just too much.

But the holiday we celebrate on March 14 is perfect. For those who do not know, March 14 — or 3/14 — is known as “National Pi Day.”

It’s a math joke, of course, as the symbol Pi (π) equals 3.14 and then many more numbers most of us don’t know.

Fear not, as this blog is not about trying to teach you. If you are interested in the number, feel free to check out this Wikipedia  page that explains Pi in all its infinite glory.

As is the case for most people, Pi Day is about celebrating, well, pie. Sure we add an extra ‘e’ to make it work, but that’s beside the point.

The focus here should be on the glorious dessert that is pie.

Along  those  lines, we all  have our favorites. Some prefer fruit pies while others will gravitate towards the cream. There really is no bad  pie, but some are more popular than others.

According to a poll by ThisIsinisider.com back in December 2018, the most popular pie in every state was either Apple, Pecan or Pumpkin.

That probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as there are few people who would really turn down a slice of any of those styles.

And  a little more than a year ago another study looked at the pies most searched for via Google by state, and while Apple, Pecan and Pumpkin were well represented, Peanut Butter, Hula,, Chicken Pot, Chess, Sweet Potato and Shepherd’s all made an appearance.

But what else do people  like? Let’s take a look at some other favorites. With help from EatThis.com, who looked at the most popular pies and then ranked them in terms of their health value (because who eats pie to be healthy?), we know that Coconut Cream, Strawberry and Blueberry are very popular.

Not to be outdone, Cherry, Peach, Banana Cream and Mixed Berry are also among the most desired.

Then again, who could forget about Chocolate Cream, Lemon Meringue, Key Lime or Rhubarb?

Oh, and speaking of Chocolate Cream Pie, our Chocolate Pie Select Double Cell Light Filtering Shades or Select Single Cell Light Filtering Shades would be a delicious addition to your home’s décor.

But don’t eat them, as window coverings are not food. And no, it doesn’t matter how good they look.

There are of course plenty of edible pies not named, but that does not mean they are any less worthy of being eaten.

Really, that’s one of the best parts about pie; there are so many different kinds, be them fruit, cream, pizza or meat-filled, while the crust they rest on also varies. Some are savory while others are sweet.

All have their place in our world.

So on this day where we celebrate all things pie (and Pi), it just makes sense to grab a slice or two and enjoy. Because even though you don’t need an excuse to eat pie, the last thing you want to do is get caught not taking advantage of this most wonderful of holidays.

The Time Is Now to Prepare for Daylight Saving 2019

Analog clock showing 2:00 on daylight savings time 2019

Full disclosure: Being that we are based out of Arizona, the concept of Daylight Saving Time is kind of lost with us.

Yet, while most of us (the Navajo Nation not included) in this state will not be doing anything with our clocks Sunday, we understand that pretty much the rest of the country will be adjusting to their new reality on Sunday.

For at 2:00 a.m. on  March 10, 2019, clocks will need to turn ahead to 3:00 a.m. Fare thee well, hour.

While we cannot necessarily understand your plight, we can at least empathize with the difficulty that comes with the time changing.  It doesn’t take too much thought to figure out some ways it could be problematic.

The first one most of us think about, most likely, is running late for something because you forgot to change the clock.

That’s no doubt an issue for many, but that’s not the only thing that comes from the switch.

Besides messing with punctuality, Daylight Saving Time could  also be bad for your health.

Back in March 2018, CNN posted a story about how the time switch can cause all sorts of problems. Who  knew?

According to the article, a 2016 study discovered the rate for having a stroke increased by 8% in the two  days following the time change. Of that percentage, cancer patients were 25% more likely to suffer a stroke and people older than 65 about 20% more likely.

Interestingly, those are not the only issues that arise from needing to rise an hour earlier.

A 2012 study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham discovered the Monday and Tuesday following the “spring forward” switch were associated with a 10% increase in the risk of having a heart attack. Conversely, the risk decreases by the same amount when it is time to “fall back.”

Taking the time to think about it, those conclusions actually make a lot of sense.

Suddenly losing an hour of sleep is not a good thing. Numerous studies have shown how lack of sleep leads to weight gain, which then increases the chances for something like a heart attack, other heart ailments and diabetes.

There is also the issue of messing with one’s circadian rhythm. Not to be confused with the cicada bug, which is kind of freaky but doesn’t do much for your health one way or another, the circadian rhythm (or clock) is pretty important.

At a base level, it is simply the concept of how your body understands and adjusts to time at a biological level. Being ready to do certain things, like wake up or go to sleep, doesn’t just happen because we want it to.

It takes some programming, so suddenly switching things up can be a real jolt to the system. Now,  the good news is that our bodies will eventually adjust to the new reality, but the time before it does may lead to a ride on the struggle bus.

None of this is to say it is impossible to survive the time change. We’re going to assume you’ve been through this before, which means you have found ways to persevere.

We’re proud of you.

But if you are new to it all or are hoping to find some tips to make it less awful, the study by UAB also provided some ideas to help your body adjust more quickly.

Some of them are less pleasant, such as waking up a half-hour earlier than you need to on Saturday and Sunday in preparation for that Monday start time, while others — like eating a decent-sized breakfast — are more palatable.

It is also recommended that you go outside in the sunlight early in the morning and/or do some a.m. exercising over the weekend.

Do all of that, it is noted in the study, and your body will be better prepared for the sudden shift. And the more prepared you are, the less likely you are to experience any health-related issues due to the change.

Of course, if none of that works for you, there’s always the option to move to Arizona, though we don’t necessarily advise that now since summer is just around the corner.

Select Blinds Sponsors NASCAR’s David Ragan

Photo of No. 38 SelectBlinds.com Ford Mustang at Daytona

Photo from @Team_FRM

Hey, did you see the No. 38 car David Ragan was driving at the Daytona 500? It was hard to miss, especially when it was part of that monster wreck with just 10 laps remaining.

It was a good looking car until it got a little roughed up. Actually, in our opinion it still looked good even after the mess.

After all, how could something that says “SelectBlinds.com” all over it look bad?

Daytona was the first of four races this season that will see Ragan’s car sporting our colors, and if you feel like the partnership between a NASCAR driver and an e-tailer seems a bit odd, well, we’ll tell you how it all went down.

It all started with a bid.

In mid-January at the annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, Select Blinds founder and CMO Rick Steele was the highest bidder on Ragan’s 38 Shriners Hospitals car. The car featured a paint scheme seen in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway last summer, a race in which Ragan finished 27th.

It also came with a 750-horsepower Roush Yates engine and many of the other accessories needed to…umm…go really, really fast.

The $300,000 from the auction benefited Shriners Hospitals for Children, which help kids battle orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal injuries and cleft lip. Ever one for charitable causes that help children, Steele’s interest was certainly amplified because his mother was treated by healthcare professionals when she was a child.

So it made plenty of sense that he would be interested in bidding on the car.

Now, providing that kind of money to such a worthy cause on its own would have given this fun story a happy ending.

Except that was not the end. In fact, it was only the beginning.

Ragan and Steele got to chatting and in true “Step Brothers” style, quickly became best friends. Though unlike how most best friends who go to a ballgame, meet up for drinks or do things like that, these two instead decided on something unique.

Steele and his company would be one of the primary sponsors for Ragan’s No. 38 car in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

How. Cool. Is. That.

Beginning with the Daytona 500 and continuing through the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte and the South Point 400 in Las Vegas, the car will be zipping around the track while introducing the masses and NASCAR faithful to SelectBlinds.com.

For those who don’t know, the story of SelectBlinds.com is a good one.

In short, our company was founded in 2003 by Steele, and has grown to be successful by combining child-safe, high-quality, custom-made blinds with affordable DIY pricing. Hundreds of thousands of customers have provided glowing reviews, while millions of windows have been covered with our help.

And now our logo is all over the Ford Mustang of one of Front Row Motorsports’ NASCAR drivers.

How many Phoenix-based companies do you think can say that?

Where the SelectBlinds.com-adorned car will finish over its next three races is anyone’s guess. NFL great Deion Sanders once said something to the effect that if you look good you’ll feel good, and if you feel good you’ll play good.

We may be biased, but we believe Ragan has the best looking car on the track.

Of course it would be helpful if other, less-stylish cars didn’t cause wrecks around it, but we all know that’s a possibility at any time before the checkered flag comes out.

Yet no matter where Ragan and his No. 38 car finish, the story of how he got to that point is one that, to be honest, is as fun as it was unexpected.

Ready to Celebrate National Day of Unplugging?

Beautiful Arizona Scenery by @the_hiker

Instagram photo by the_hiker

If you’re reading this, you obviously aren’t taking part in the National Day of Unplugging. Actually, if you’re using a phone or tablet to read this and you don’t end up plugging it in to recharge, you might have found a loophole.

At any rate, beginning sundown March 1 there is a 24-hour period in which it is hoped people will put their devices down and…umm…go outside? Talk to each other with their voices and not through text messages?

Ugh, whose terrible idea was this???

We kid, of course, as going outside isn’t really all that bad (unless you live here in Arizona in the summer when it’s 118° out). The whole point today is for us to take a break from the electronic devices that seem to control our lives.

Just think about how you’d make it through a day without having a screen to look at. Can you even imagine?

If not, that’s why this holiday exists.

The Mother Nature Network jotted down a few signs that we depend too much on technology, and they include things like how nobody seems to know a phone number anymore, failure to live in the moment and a feeling of being naked when you don’t have your phone on you.

Want some more disturbing facts? A post by King University Online revealed that apparently we touch our phones, on average, more than 2,600 times per day, while iPhone owners unlock their devices around 80 times per day.

And before you start feeling proud of yourselves, Android people, the same page says you unlock your gadgets around 110 times a day.

Wow!

Once unlocked, we all spend about five hours each day browsing with our mobile devices, including 12 percent of adults who do so in the shower. (These people really need to use today to make a clean break from their phones.)

A whopping 75 percent of people admitted to texting while driving at least one time, and an alarming 26 percent of car accidents were attributed to someone using their phone. (Wake up, folks. Seriously. No message is that important. DON’T text and drive!)

This, too, from the Daily Infographic paints a somewhat disturbing, albeit colorful, picture.

So yeah, most of us could stand to unplug a bit.

Of course we all know that’s a difficult thing to do. Many of us rely on our phones to get our jobs done, and others require them in order to keep track of family members and other life events.

That’s why maybe the National Day of Unplugging should be less about totally shunning our devices than understanding how much we have come to rely on them. After all, even if we can’t really get through our day without them — for legitimate reasons — it doesn’t hurt to see the numbers.

Will they help to inspire change? For some, maybe.

Instead of spending an hour perusing social media sites, why not go for a nice hike? Or  rather than check emails on the weekend,  go out and fly a kite, play a board game, or check something off the to-do list. Or maybe actually just talk to the friend, loved one, or co-worker sitting right next to you instead of using IM.

Then again, maybe this knowledge will not lead to any changes at all. For some, being connected is too important to give up, and that’s fine. We understand. (After all, if you’re not connected, you couldn’t buy blinds from us, could you? ;-))

But no matter if you ignore your phone for a day or continue to cling to it, information about how much our phones mean to us is not a bad thing. Thomas Jefferson once said “knowledge is power,” so enjoy this power, even if you use it to keep your phone charged.

 

Trend Alert: Shop By Color @ Select Blinds

4 Pantone colors for fall 2019 in blues orange and green

Four of the Fall 2019 fashion colors predicted by the Pantone Color Institute. (Photo swatches  from Pantone)

It’s only February and already the denizens of design are gearing up for the coolest color trends we can expect to see this coming fall and winter. (Get a sneak peek from last week’s New York Fashion Week in the Pantone® Fashion Color Trend Report.) Being the trendsetters that we are, here at Select Blinds we’ve put our own colorful twist on how to buy the latest window fashions in the hottest hues: Introducing our new Shop By Color page!

Pick a Color, Any Color

Just pick and click on any color group on the Shop By Color page to see all the different ‘shades’ (and blinds) to choose from, and which products your favorite color comes in.

Screen shot of Selectblinds.com Shop by Color pageShop by color screen shot showing available products

If you’re looking for colors similar to these designer faves for Fall ’19:

Pantone fall colors rocky road fruit dove sugar almond dark cheddar blinds swatches

try these on for size here on selectblinds.com:

 

Get some free samples of these and more colors here. A little tip: While colors may be named the same, actual colors can vary from product to product. Sample colors from each product to ensure you get just the right color you’re looking for in the style you want.

Road Squad, Radio & Rookie of the Year

Hey everyone! The Select Blinds Road Squad has been going strong since January. We had a great time at the Maricopa Home & Garden Show earlier this month on our home turf in Arizona!

Jamie Y. of Select Blinds talks on couch in booth Atlanta home and garden show

Last week we hit the open road en route to Georgia for the North Atlanta Home Show.

We knew it would take over 30 hours of driving to get from Arizona to Georgia, so we decided to break up our 2,000 mile journey into a 4-day excursion with three stops along the way before getting to Atlanta.

Road map from California to Florida

Our first stop was Albuquerque, New Mexico. When driving long distances, it’s important to have a variety of listening material. We started out every morning with some new oldies from one of our favorite groups, Weezer. The Teal Album is a collection of cover songs from the 1970s-1990s, and it quickly became our anthem during those first few hours on the road.

Weezers teal album cover songs

But music alone can become monotonous. So we decided to expand our listening horizons with some podcasts. We’ve been fans of Conan O’Brien for years, from his time as a writer on “The Simpsons,” and “Saturday Night Live,” to his talk shows on NBC and TBS. His podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend is great, because he’s able to have more in-depth conversations with celebrities and guests he’s had on his show in the past. The format is fun, and he even turns his sponsorship/ads into an entire segment called “Conan pays off the mortgage on his beach house”.  Super funny. 

Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend Team Coco Podcast

From Albuquerque we ventured onward to our second stop, Oklahoma City. Taking the I-40 across the flatlands of Texas and Oklahoma, we needed something to keep us entertained. Sticking to the same comedic trajectory we were on, the next podcast we enlisted to keep us awake was Small Doses with Amanda Seales. Her podcast, just like her stand-up special, drops truth bombs in a clever, funny way that makes you think outside of your own perspective.

Interstate 40 Road Sign in Desert with Blue Sky

Amanda Seales podcast Small Doses cover image

Our next stop was in Memphis, Tennessee. This town has such a rich musical history that we couldn’t help but stop by the stomping grounds of The King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion. It was surreal to see where this rock god once roamed.

Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion Front

We finally arrived in Atlanta on February 7 to set up for the show, only to find that there wasn’t a proper loading dock for us to unload our trailer. Luckily we got there early, and the show managers were gracious enough to let us load in from the front entrance. Rolling those heavy racks that hold our booth over carpet proved to be no easy task. But we managed to get them where they needed to be and set up the booth in just under two hours.

Select Blinds Home and Garden Show Booth Before Setup Atlanta Georgia 2019

I’d argue that the North Atlanta Home Show was our best show yet! We were even awarded Rookie of the year 2019, for having one of the best booths at the show!

SelectBlinds wins Rookie of the Year award for booth and ATL Home and Garden Show

We hit the road again next week for the West Palm Beach Spring Home Show February 22-24 at the South Florida Expo Center at The South Florida Fairgrounds.

Stay tuned for updates as we journey onward! Follow us on Instagram @selectblinds_roadsquad to ride along and share all of our adventures!

Andrea B. Is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer

“We recently ordered three Premium Flat Roller Shades for our family room windows.  We absolutely love these shades!  Just last night my husband said, ‘They look like something that would have cost a lot more than $350 [what we paid].’  Some would describe my husband as cheap, so for him to be so pleased with this expense is a huge compliment!

I love the look of them, and they’re easy to open and close. I like that they still let in some light (we ordered white shades), but yet give privacy and cut out the glare on the TV.  We have two more windows in our living room that we also plan to purchase the same shades for in the near future.”

These are our favorite rollers, too, Andrea! Just love the unique zebra-like lines you get on the windows when they’re opened. Both beautiful and functional; great choice! Thanks for the kind words and awesome pics (it isn’t easy to capture their full effect).