Make the Most of the Daylight

Every year, we welcome "Fall Back" when Daylight Savings Time ends. However, there are some of us who might appreciate the extra hour of sleep, but aren't welcoming the daylight we're giving up. How, when our lives seem to go from 1-100 as soon as November hits, do we find the time to accomplish our to-do list? I don't know about some, but when the workday closes and its dark...a nice comfy fire, a movie, and some wine is all we want to cuddle up with. (We could recommend some fantastic wines from your local Brookshire Brothers, but that's another blog, right?) But alas, we have families, friends and commitments to meet and take care of. So, here's our tips for making the most of your day!

  • Start earlier. Yes, we said it. Move that alarm clock back 30 minutes to allow for more productivity. Studies show that you're most productive in the first few hours of waking. So pour some coffee and tackle that list! And, if you're really tired, take that 30 minutes back when you go to bed by lying down earlier.
  • Rearrange your day. There are some tasks that can be done in the evening after the sun goes down - like homework, laundry, and cleaning. If your kids want to soak up the few hours of sun, let them before it goes down! 
  • Watch the naps. Earlier sunsets throws everyone off. But when you take a late nap and wake up when its dark outside, you can really be thrown off. Try to watch when you and your little ones nap and adjust the times accordingly to not create sleepless nights.
  • Take your lunch outside. Here in Texas, it may have been technically "autumn" for a few weeks, but the temperatures still feel like summer. Enjoy what little bit of heat we have left and eat outside at lunch. For most 9-5ers, that little bit of sun may be all you see for the workday.
  • Incorporate soups, stews, and chilis into your menu. Don't spend your day cooking inside! Grab that crockpot and throw all you need in for a few hours while you spend time outdoors. It'll be ready when it's dinner time.
  • Embrace the change! We know, change hurts. But by December, you'll be used to it and even busier with planning for Christmas, that the time change will be a distant memory. 

6 Ways to Avoid Holiday Madness

Summer might have just ended, but the busiest season of the year is right around the corner - the Holiday Season! Fall parties are starting up, which lends its hand to Halloween parties, then Thanksgiving get togethers, Christmas parties, and finally the pinnacle of all, New Year's Eve Celebrations. With this albeit fun, but energy-sucking time of the year, we've got you covered on how to save on time!

  • Shop the sale
    When running your daily or weekly errands, pay attention to the sale prices and clearance aisles. You may not need it now, but you could next week. If you're already out and about, chances are you have the time to spend now rather than later. Don't put yourself in a bind next week when you need a last minute gift for a birthday party or one more ingredient to finish your meal.
  • Make a list
    Sure, you get the basics every time you go to the store, but the one time you don't make a list is the one time you forget the very thing you went to the store for. Next time, plan ahead and take stock of what items you need.
  • Avoid peak shopping hours
    When shopping during the week, lunchtime and rush hour (5-6 PM) are peak shopping times. To avoid long lines, try mid-morning or mid-afternoon to have a relaxing shopping experience.
  • Break out the crockpot
    The best time saving utensil in your kitchen is your crockpot. Throw everything in before you leave for work and return to a nice smelling house with dinner ready to go.
  • Delegate
    Get your husband and kids involved. While you're cleaning one room, have them clean the others. Or while you're shopping for milk and eggs, have your husband step an aisle over to grab cheese.
  • Make a routine
    This may go against the free spirits, but schedules and routines can really help save time. Set a day of the week for cleaning certain rooms, or cooking certain meals. Whatever things you do everyday, make routines for.