Prepare Yourselves for DST

The dreaded Daylight Savings Time where we lose an hour of sleep instead of gaining one. This can really affect you and members of your home. Fortunately, this year the change comes on a weekend instead of a workday. For those that work the weekend, I sympathize. It is important to prepare in advance so that we can minimize feelings of jet lag, irritability, and sleep deprivation. Follow this advice if you have experienced urges in past DST’s to chug a Trenta iced coffee then immediately purchase another, set your husband’s Xbox on fire, or “accidentally nap for 6 hours” out of the day.

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Start sleeping earlier. A few days before the big change start going to bed 30 minutes earlier. This will help your body adjust to the change and help you fall asleep faster.

 

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Set your home clocks mid Saturday. This will trick your brain into already thinking it’s later. Then you can eat dinner earlier and prepare for bed at an earlier time.

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Work out. Early in the day, do a high intensity work out. Releasing energy will tire you for later and relieve stress levels to make sleep easier. Don’t work out late in the evening because that will make it harder to sleep from all the adrenaline coursing through you.

 

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Turn out the lights. We are perceptive to even the smallest amount of light. Melatonin is our natural sleep hormone that is produced when it is dark to aid in the sleep cycle. 30 Minutes before bed turn out all light and electronics. This will especially help kids adjust easier to the new schedule.

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Follow routine. Sticking to a routine is imperative to your evening. Good evening routine whether children or adults will pay off. Doing the same thing every nigh before bed will signal your brain that rest is near. These can be simple things such as reading, shower or baths, brushing your teeth and putting on pajamas.

 

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Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. This may seem obvious but many still don’t follow this sound advice. Stop any energizing beverages after 4pm. There is a common misconception that alcohol helps you sleep. While it may get you to sleep faster, it keeps you from entering REM stage for extended periods of time. This means you are getting much less good and deep sleep and much more light sleep.

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DST doesn’t have to be a struggle every year. The older I get the more I need my beauty sleep as opposed to my college days when I could sleep for a few hours before an exam and still pass. Don’t feel like that college student this year. You are a mature adult individual who can handle DST now. I believe in you.

 

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https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/national-international/Daylight-Saving-Time-DST-Spring-Forward-Time-Change-Gain-an-Hour-248607511.html

https://www.parents.com/kids/sleep/tips/daylight-saving-time/

https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/spring-forward-with-10-sleep-tips#1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maintenance of the Month

This winter has been brutal. One can only imagine what their house is feeling during the winter months. There are some monthly maintenance items that you can check off the list in order to lessen your poor home’s burden. A few little up keeps can help your home work and look its best despite the dreary weather.

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One thing you can do to help your air circulation is remove your vents to vacuum the dust from them. Just like you remove lint from the dryer, you remove dust from the vents to promote clean air and keep your systems from working harder than they should have to.

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Grouting the floors, showers, and back splashes. I’m sure it has been a cool minute since those cracks have been updated. After years, grout can slowly wear away and collect stains so a new grout job will refresh its look. If your grout is newer then it may be a good idea to give it a scrub down.


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Clean out the gutters. If the seasonal sludge has blocked up your gutters, it may be a good time to clean them. Investing in gutter guards may save you some time and effort in the future.

 

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For safety purposes, check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for dead batteries and if they are properly working. “This Is Us” fans will know the importance of this crucial step. Nobody wants another faulty slow cooker situation.

 

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Keep your HVAC cleaned up. Replace the filters on it as well as schedule a routine maintenance appointment for it. It could save you money in the future to do small things to keep it running smoothly now.

 

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Check for rotting wood. The frame of your house is an important structure that needs attention just like any part of the house. Check for rotting wooden beams in the attic, porch, and indoor frame. Have them replaced as soon as you can if they are eaten by termites or moisture.

These are just a few things you can start with now before full blown Spring cleaning commences. A few things each month will keep your home on the right track to a clean, safe and efficient home.

 

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Life Hacks for Energy Conservation

Energy conservation in the home is often overlooked when it comes to budgeting. When done the right way it can be an effective tool to help you unexpectedly save in everyday finances. Here are a few of our recommendations to get you started in cutting those energy costs.


 

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To start small you can invest in energy efficient appliances. This can mean replacing your old washer, dryer, or dishwasher with new energy efficient lean and green machines. Instead of replacing the dryer, you can at least remove the lint from the lint trap every time you dry a load of clothes. A full trap can use up to 30% more energy than an empty one. Two or more loads in a row can also take advantage of an already heated dryer.


 

pexels-photo-256307.jpegIf that’s a little out of your price range at the moment, another significant step is to replace your light bulbs. Most labels at the office or home supply store can tell you which are the bulbs that will last you for several years and the most energy friendly. They usually consist of LED or CFL bulbs. Don’t forget the outdoor lights as well. It may be a small step but you’ll notice a great change on your bill.


 

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Saving on water can be as simple as changing your shower head. On average it takes a shower 20 seconds to release a gallon of water. Choose a new shower head that flows about 2.5 gallons per minute. If you reduce the temperature of your water by 10 degrees then you can save an additional 3-5% in energy costs.


 

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A little caulk never hurt anyone. Windows and frame caulk can crack over the years leaving your house drafty. A fresh round of caulk is a great way to seal out the draft. This will prevent heat and air conditioning loss thus saving you dollars in the long run.


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Replacing the air filters consistently and cleaning the heater filters is another way to lower your out of pocket expenses over time. As well as replacing the thermostat with a programmable one so that when you’re away you can set the temperature to 7 degrees lower or higher since you don’t need your home to be warm or cold if you are not in it.

We hope that some of these really drive home some ideas to more energy consciousness and financial savings. “Why would I want to save money?” Said no one ever.

 

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Galentine’s Day Dates

It is the month of love. Love is shown in various forms and come in a variety of relationships whether it be significant other, familial, or friendships. It’s the perfect time to show your love to an often underrated relationship, your best gal pal. Don’t forget your lady friend this month of caring and sharing. Some much needed girl time can be found in these fun Galentine’s dates.


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Belly dancing can be a cool way to spend your afternoon together. This is possibly one of the few times it is socially acceptable to loosen up and shake the belly your mama gave you. Aalim Bellydance Academy has an intro class on February 13th at 8pm and 14th 6:30pm for all novices and beginners. It’s only $10 or free if it’s your first time. Aalim has hip scarves for you to borrow so you can shimmy while bonding through dance.


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If you’re in more of a sit and chill mood after a hard days work then this mini sign workshop may be more your style. For $35 Board and Brush will supply the tools for you and your bestie to each complete a mini sign that you’ll want to hang on your wall at home. Held on Tuesday February 13th at 7pm. Book quickly, seats fill up fast. Reserve your spot here by February 10th.


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Who needs to buy when you can make your own floral arrangement for your lady love. Bumble BFF is hosting a floral arrangement class at New Leaf Florist so you can create a valentine of your very own. Take your friend to a fresh evening of flowers, wine and light snacks that will cost you both nothing at all. Class will be Thursday Feb. 8th from 6-8pm.


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There is no Galentine’s without brunch. It is a cold hard fact. The YWCA is supporting ladies by providing a beautiful brunch spread that will include mimosas and a photo booth to capture the day. Its February 10th from 10am-11:30am. Tickets are $35, 2 for $65, or 3 for $95 so you can bring multiple friends along for the ride. No other fundraising than purchasing the tickets, just pure fun and relaxation with amazing women.

 

The month of love isn’t only about your life partner;
it’s also about your partners in crime.

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