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5 Tips To Survive Daylight Savings Time!

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5 Tips to Survive Daylight Savings Time!

This weekend, we set our clocks back an hour and gain that extra hour of sleep! However, it’s not always easy for some of us.

While this is generally considered the “easier” time change to deal with, it can still be difficult for many. It is nice to wake up in the morning a little later, but it also means we have to go to bed an hour later than we’re used to. For some, that can seriously screw up everyday habits like eating, exercising, and sleep rhythm.

I decided to talk about this today because, well, I have a hard time with both DST changes every year. To help myself get through it, I found a few tips and tricks for that first week or so. If you have children, this can be a very tough disruption for them. Many of these tips work well for them too!

Tip #1: Start adjusting early

Instead of waiting until Sunday to make the switch over, start getting ready TODAY! Making small changes over a few days can make life so much easier. You won’t have to deal with feeling a whole hour “off,” and it won’t take as long to get used to.

For the end of DST, start going to bed 15 minutes later each night to adjust to your new bedtime. If possible, also try to wake up 15 minutes later each morning. It’s also a good idea to start pushing back your dinner time a little later each day, too!

Tip #2: Keep your routines.

You probably already have a solid bedtime routine, right? Keep it up! Now is not the time to change your nighttime patterns – wait until you’re used to the new clock. Consistency is important to getting a good night’s sleep.

If you don’t already have a set routine, consider starting one about a week or two after DST ends. It will not only help you sleep better, but it can help combat some of the “winter blues” as the days get shorter.

Tip #3: Use exercise to your benefit.

If you find yourself struggling to stay awake a little later each night, consider adding light exercise in the evening to give you some extra energy. Instead of grabbing that extra cup of coffee or tea, do a light yoga flow or take a nice evening walk. Staying idle will only remind you of how tired you are, so get up and move around. Don’t do a full-on workout session, though – working out intensely too close to bedtime can make it harder to fall asleep.

Tip #4: Consider a vitamin D supplement.

As the days get shorter and we cover up more from the cooler temperatures, our necessary daily amount of sunlight exposure drops. Since sunlight is one of the best ways for our bodies to produce vitamin D, many of us end up severely deficient this time of year. This can be especially bad in places like Seattle, where our sunlight exposure is crap already.

I found that taking a vitamin D supplement every day helps with the energy dips I get when it’s cloudy for days on end. Taking my vitamin D later in the day also helps give me a little energy boost in the afternoon, instead of using caffeine or sugary snacks.

Tip #5: You’ll get used to it – don’t worry!

We go through these changes every year, and every year we adjust to them eventually. Be kind to yourself and to others, and know that it’s normal to feel off balance. If you have children, keep reminding yourself that this is even harder for them. They may be too young to know what is going on, or they will feel a bit off-kilter this week too.

Even though we gain an hour of sleep on Saturday night, it’s not generally enough to completely change our lives. So stick to your routines, take things slow, and things will get back to normal soon! Let me know if you try some of my tips to survive Daylight Savings Time!

Happy Halloween!

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(Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Whether you’re all dressed up at work, handing out treats at home, or just eating your weight in candy while watching scary movies, I hope you have a Happy Halloween!

Make sure to check out my post on my favorite Halloween movies if you need some suggestions!

I’ll probably be out trick-or-treating with my nephews, as I do every year. Thankfully they’re pretty cool kids, and usually end up sharing some candy with me after the night’s over – and not just the gross stuff, either!

What I look forward to the most every year is actually tomorrow – all that candy goes on clearance! Time to stock up on candy corn, mini candy bars, and my all-time favorite peanut butter cups!

I hope everyone has a spooky (and safe) Halloween!

Friday Favorites: Halloween Movies!

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Happy Friday!

Can you believe October’s almost over?! This past month flew by so fast for me. Between work, getting outside as much as possible, and chugging homemade Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, it was a busy month! I’m looking forward November this year, and brainstorming what I want to make for Thanksgiving this year (and maybe doing some test runs…yum).

Instead of sharing my favorites from the web this week, I thought I’d get into the Halloween spirit and share my favorite spooky movies! I don’t like traditional “horror” movies, but I do enjoy a lot of the funnier ones out there. Here are just a few to get you in the Halloween mood – and get a good laugh in, too!

Nosferatu (1922)

Screw Twilight – if you want a truly terrifying vampire movie, turn out all the lights, bundle up under the blankets, and put this one on. It’s old, dark, and super creepy. Bram Stoker’s Dracula was one of my favorite books as a kid, and this is a pretty close remake of it (in fact, Stoker’s family won a lawsuit over it).

Watch Nosferatu on Amazon or YouTube

Beetlejuice (1988)

I grew up watching the cartoon version of Beetlejuice, so it’s not surprise I enjoy the movie too! Michael Keaton is cheesy AF, but in the best way possible. You also get to see Alec Baldwin when he was, as Tina Fey puts it in 30 Rock, “in the bubble.” My nephew watched it when he was 4 and loved it, so I’d say it’s pretty safe to put this one on after trick or treating with the kids!

Watch Beetlejuice on Amazon

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963)

It wouldn’t be a Halloween movie list without at least one Hitchcock movie, right? I once showed it as part of a Halloween-themed teaching unit at a high school, and my students loved it. If you’re looking for something scary, but not gory, I’d go with this one!

Watch The Birds on Amazon

Young Frankenstein (1974)

If you’re looking to laugh, definitely throw this movie on! You can’t go wrong with a Mel Brooks movie if you want a fun take on a classic story! You’ll be quoting this movie long after it’s over!

Watch Young Frankenstein on Netflix

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

My husband recently insisted I watch this movie, and I think it’s a totally underrated scary movie! If you’re anywhere near my age, and enjoyed “self-aware” horror movies like Scream, Scary Movie, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, this is right up your alley. It’s your typical “teens go to a cabin in the woods, and scary shit ensues,” but with a fun twist. I can’t tell you much more about it – just go watch it!

Watch The Cabin in the Woods on Amazon 

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

The guys behind Flight of the Concords made a vampire mock-umentary. I really can’t say much more about it without ruining all the fun. It’s hilarious, weird and kinda heartwarming. A great movie to watch with friends, while chomping on some Halloween candy (or weed candy, if you’re into that sort of thing).

Watch What We Do in the Shadows on Amazon 

Friday Favorites

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(A short attempt to work outside during a smoke-out)

Time for another Friday Favorites!

While this was a short week thanks to Labor Day, it wasn’t a very fun one. First, temperatures were supposed to hit almost 100 this week, which meant hiding in the AC for another week. Next, the entire west coast has been on fire! The smoke and ash has been so bad that it looks like it’s snowing. Yuck! I went to my favorite coffee shop to get some work done on Tuesday, but I only made it 20 minutes before leaving because I was already covered in ash. It didn’t really start to clear up until yesterday, and unless it rains soon, it’s going to be around for a while.

Being cooped up all week wasn’t fun at all, but I did have some extra time to goof around online! Here are just a few of the things I enjoyed online this week!

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    • The Everygirl did their list of favorite beauty products from Trader Joe’s. I’ve never really bought any beauty products there, but I might now!
    • Since it’s been hot as balls lately, I’ve been using a facial mist to “freshen up” as I sweat all damn day. If you’re looking for a good one to try, check out Darling’s wish list!
    • BUST is killing it lately with their articles. This one is about one of their writers recreating 4 lipsticks from history. I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say some are more tempting than others!
    • I just picked up a copy of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, which seems to be the book of the moment. If this weather clears up, you’ll find me reading it at the beach this weekend!
    • In honor of it being almost fall, I decided to grab a pair of pumpkin-spiced flats from Ollio. They arrived yesterday, and I can’t wait to wear them everywhere! It’s going to be hard for me not to order them in every color! Here they are in all their glory:

friday favoritesI’m not sure what the weekend holds for me – it largely depends on the weather! Maybe a trip to the beach, or a seasonal closet switch-over…who knows! What are you doing this weekend?

Welcome to October!

Welcome to October

October is here, and I can’t be happier about it!

Frankly, last month sucked. I was sick for most of it and am still not totally back to normal. Dealing with daily construction on our apartment building isn’t helping, either. It’s so hard to think straight with people hammering on your walls and shouting at each other all day long. I managed to get out more once I felt healthy, but even then it wasn’t enough.

Since I have a lot of work to catch up on, I’m going to take this week off of blogging. I need to focus on kicking this cold/allergy/stress thing once and for all, and work on some blog-related things I didn’t get to while I was ill. Hell, Friday was the first time I vacuumed in almost a month – and it was so needed!

I hope everyone has a great week, and I’ll see you back here next week!

Friday Favorites: Fall is Here

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Happy Friday everyone!

This week has been so much better. I’m finally over being sick, the weather cooled off, and the leaves seemed to change overnight. Fall is officially here, and I’m excited to get out and enjoy it!

Since I haven’t done a Friday Favorites in a few weeks, I thought I’d share some things I’ve been loving online since then:

I’m looking forward to spending the weekend hiking, enjoying the cool weather and changing colors. It’s also football season, so I will hopefully get some time to read more too. There is nothing like getting cozy with a book, am I right?

What are your plans this weekend? How have you been ringing in fall where you live?

4 Pretty Nail Colors for Fall

4 Pretty Nail Colors Fall

While I am painfully aware that trends exist, I don’t always follow them. So when it came time to choose some new nail colors for fall, I ignored what I read in magazines and went with colors I knew I’d actually wear. For example, I keep seeing pastel blue everywhere? It’s not a color I associate with fall, and one I probably wouldn’t wear anyway. To me, fall is about adding a little brown or gray to shades I already wear – nothing too far off my normal routine.

Since I am trying out some new colors for fall, I thought I’d go with the Sonia Kashuk line at Target. They’re only $4.79 per bottle, and they come in some on-trend shades for fall. Here are the 4 pretty nail colors for fall, whether you’re a trend-setter, trend-follower, or neither! Click on the names below if you want to buy them for yourself!

Mauving On Up:

I’m not a light pink polish kind of gal, but this one seems perfect for fall. It’s mauve with a grayish tone to it, which I think will look perfect with all the grays I wear in fall and winter.

Rich Girl:

I wear orange polish frequently, but the orange polishes in my collection are bright and cheery. This is a straight-up pumpkin shade that’s perfect for fall. It looks less pink in real life, and will be a great shade to add a bit of pop to my fall wardrobe. I would love to wear this on my toes instead of my usual red or pink.

Forbidden Fruit:

This is a deep magenta that I think will be a color I wear year-round! I looked for something similar for years, but most shades were too purple or red. This is a great in-between that would look great on toes too!

Gray Matter:

I have been wearing OPI’s “Metro Chic” for years, which is the perfect muddy gray-purple shade. It’s since been discontinued, but I do love the look of grey nails in fall. It’s a great alternative to black polish (which I wear a lot in winter), and this one has a slightly bluish tone.

So there you have it! Head on over to Target to check out this collection, and I hope you find a shade or two that are perfect for your fall nails!

First Day of Fall

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(#TBT to some amazing fall hiking from last year!)

It’s finally the first day of fall!

While it has felt like fall around here for a couple weeks now, I’m so glad it’s officially here. Now I won’t feel bad about adding pumpkin spice to my coffee, oatmeal, bread – just about everything!

Summer was great, but around here it was just too hot to enjoy. I love being outdoors, and fall is the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy some amazing weather. Even the rain is something I welcome happily. It’s the perfect excuse to curl up under a blanket and read a book…or take a nap. I can’t wait to spend more time hiking, working, and generally being productive instead of hiding from the heat.

Fall also signifies the start of a new school year for most people. Even though I’m not a student or teacher anymore, I always considered fall the time of new beginnings. So to ring in the fall, I plan to sit down and carefully make plans and goals to round out the rest of the year. There are so many things I wanted to get done this year that I didn’t get around to, and many more I haven’t started yet. Just because the year is coming to a close doesn’t mean we can’t get shit done, right?

So to all of you like me to consider fall to be their favorite season, get out there and enjoy the changing leaves, damp air, and maybe even a latte or two. Hell, if I remember I’ll even show you how I make my own PSL – they’re easy and oh so tasty!

How do you plan to spend your fall this year? Do you have any traditions you take part in, or favorite foods you like to make? Let me know in the comments!

Fall Home Wishlist

fall home wishlistAs the temperatures here finally dip a little, I’m starting to think hard about making our home more cozy for fall and winter. While I don’t usually do much more than break out the candles and throw blankets, it’s good to fantasize once in a while about what you would do if you had an endless budget.

Here are a few things I would totally add to my fall home wishlist!

A Pendleton Blanket

I’ve been coveting these blankets for years, but they are way outside my budget! Pendleton did a line of blankets to celebrate the National Park Services’s centennial, and I really like the “Badlands Olive” pattern. It’s also a park I’ve been to (well, drove through), so that would be a fun story to go along with it. Alas, $100 is a lot to pay for a throw blanket. Maybe next year!

Cozy Fall Artwork

The artwork in our house is a complete mish-mash of random stuff both my husband and I like. Unfortunately, we also like very different things, so it makes our home look inconsistent. I’d love to replace some of our artwork with things that are reflective of the season, and this print from Society6, titled “Through The Trees” by Tordis Kayma would be perfect.

I might also go through my nature photos and print some out from Snapfish. This might also motivate me to take my camera out hiking this fall to add to my collection!

Candles…of course

While I already own a lot of candles, most of them are floral or unscented. I’m insanely picky about scents – no food smells, mainly. This sucks because most fall/winter candles have cinnamon, vanilla, pumpkin, or apple scents to them.

Candles are also a great way to explore local brands without breaking the bank. I’d love to add some pine/woodsy scents around the home, and this candle from Seattle-based company Whiskey Wicks sounds perfect. The description really does sound like a walk in the park (hence the name…haha), which is one of my favorite things to do in the fall. It might be the Pacific Northwest spirit talking, but I also like the idea of supporting local businesses!

New Pillows

This isn’t really a budget issue with my fall home wishlist. It’s an issue of having a husband who destroys pillows. I can’t buy decorative pillows for our living room. Within a month, they’ll be slept on, crushed, and smothered in Old Spice. However, I do have a small, white couch in my office space now that he doesn’t use, and I’d love to add some decorative pillows to add some color.

I really like these pillows from Urban Outfitters. These seem sturdy enough for my light lounging, and pretty enough to keep out year-round. I love the pattern, and that they’re woven to look like a kilim rug, which seems to be all the rage now.

Well there you have it – a budget-breaking game plan to make my home cozy for fall! Of course, I’m still on the hunt for things around the house, but at a more reasonable price for my tiny, tiny budget! I’ll have to share with you what I find!

Winter Throws

Winter Throws

As the weather cools off, I start finding myself tucked under a blanket in the evenings. Unfortunately, we really only have one “throw” blanket in the house, and as it gets colder I have a feeling we’ll be fighting over the one fleece Cleveland Browns blanket.

Since we’re quickly getting to that point, I’ve been shopping around online to find some great ideas for my own throw blanket. I also want to look for a larger one for our bedroom, so some of these would easily do well on our couch or bed!

While I would easily take the entire stack above, I went window-shopping with the intention of finding something I could use year-round, not just during the holidays. Though at these prices, I might pick up a few red and green plaid ones too!

Click on the images below, and it’ll take you right to their site for easy shopping!

Winter Throws

The Basic Choice: Fringed Herringbone Blanket from Zara Home, $35.90 (51″x67″)

As I mentioned last week, I tend to gravitate to the basic when it comes to, well, anything. I like this one because it’s inexpensive, huge, and would look great thrown over the couch year-round. Zara always seems to have great throws for great prices, and they’re not so precious that a hot cocoa spill won’t leave you hyperventilating or rushing to the dry cleaners.

Winter Throws

The (Anti) Holiday Choice: Hermine Throw from Ikea, $19.99 (47″x71″)

I really liked this throw when I saw it on my last Ikea trip. It’s plaid, which is a very “holiday” pattern for me, but it’s not Christmas colors, so I could get away with throwing on my bed during other times of the year. It’s also only $20, which is a great price for a blanket that can take the wear and tear.

Winter Throws

The Bold Choice: Eivor Throw from Ikea, $24.99 (49″x67″)

While this one feels a bit like a cheap sweater, it makes a very bold statement for a small price. I think this would be a great way to bring some boldness into a mainly metallic (silver, gold, copper, etc.) holiday decor, or some drama to a guest bedroom.

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The High-end Bold Choice: Skywalkers Blanket from Pendleton, $339 (Queen-sized)

Now, I know – this is a lot of money for a blanket. I just jumped to something 10x more expensive than my last one – but hey, blankets are usually either super cheap or super not! If you’re looking for an investment, and one that you can easily throw over your bed (and they do come in twin, queen, and king sizes), this would be a great option. I love the print on this, and the fact that it’s reversible!

So there you go – a few great options to add to your throw blanket collection! Now, I’m off to grab some hot tea and snuggle under that hideous Browns blanket….