4 Ways to Handle Daylight Savings Time in Stride

Sometimes I wonder how we all dealt with Daylight Savings Time (DST) before technology was so advanced. We used to have to reset every clock in our homes. I know I’d curse the day that Sunday rolled around because I’d have to take clocks off the wall, press tons of buttons on alarm clocks (while holding down that ever-frustrating “time” button), and even more. It was just a day filled with so much hatred – even while I loved having more daylight hours during the day.

Getting used to Daylight Savings Time doesn’t have to be the worst thing in the world. I don’t mind the time change, and lucky for me, most of my clocks consist of the amazing advanced technology that can change over for DST by themselves. Looking for some ways to make the transition to DST as smooth as possible? Sleep Number recommends:

Ease Into It: According to a new national sleep survey from Sleep Number, over half (54%) of the respondents didn’t feel as though they were getting enough sleep to be at their best. To make it easier to start getting better sleep with DST, start going to bed 15 minutes earlier for each night for three or four days beforehand.

Avoid Your Tech: Sleep Number’s survey results also show that people who use devices in bed are more likely to feel as though they aren’t getting enough sleep (51 percent). In particular, people in the West US tend to be the worst about this with 66% of people saying they bring their devices to bed. Try to avoid using your tech devices for about an hour before bedtime to ease into sleep more easily. Why not take a warm bath or shower instead?

Monitor your Sleep: The Sleep Number study shows that 58% of people wish they knew more about how to improve their sleep yet only 16% of those people actually monitor their sleep. Considering that 41% of the respondents tracked exercise and 43% tracked diet, this is a large difference. The study also shows that women are more likely to focus on improving sleep compared to men. For those who want an easier way to track sleep, Sleep Number’s SleepIQ system offers a simple tracking system.

Start Early: If you’re worried about making the transition in DST on Sunday when it may effect your work week on Monday, why not start early? Treat Friday evening and Saturday as if you’re already under DST. Take your coffee earlier, go to bed earlier, and things like that. I find that this one is the most helpful for me to avoid too much of a disruption to my schedule on Monday.

For more suggestions, check out the Sleep Number Daylight Savings Time tips.

As for my household, we tend to be a bit “off” for a couple days, but we’ll quickly adjust. The photographer in me loves having the extra daylight hours, and my partner enjoys being able to leave for work when it’s actually light out instead of leaving and getting home in the dark. Neither of us can wait for the warmer days of summer!

Disclosure: I partnered with Sleep Number for this post. I was provided compensation for sharing these DST tips with you.

Pinteresting: Trying Out DIY Watercolor Mugs

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I’m in the market for a set of all new dinnerware, and I don’t know about you, but matching dinnerware just makes me so happy. I’m kinda ready to move past the “college student” part of my life where all of my dinnerware is mixed and matched from whatever I have. I haven’t quite decided on a color scheme or general design yet, but a general search around Pinterest has led me to a lot of awesome ideas.

Today I tried out the idea of a DIY Watercolor Mug from Poppytalk. You’ll need some nail polish, a dish you potentially wouldn’t mind throwing away (I used a disposable pie tin), and a plain white mug. Surprisingly, most of the dollar stores in town did not have plain white mugs or glasses. Plain plates and bowls, yes, but not mugs. I was on a hunt, but I finally found some at Target (which were a bit more expensive than I would have liked). I recommend keep hunting until you find some. You might even find some good ones at the local thrift store!

Grabbed a couple of my favorite colors. People in the comments said that high-quality polishes work better, so I grabbed some Revlon Color Stay. OPI and Nicole were recommended brands for doing this project.

Pie tin was about the right size. I think I’ll end up doing it with a single color next time – and swirling around the colors longer so there is more variation between the shades.

I did one color first, let it dry entirely, then dumped the water and did the other color. Turns out that the two colors actually ended up blending together to make a third color. It wasn’t intentional, but I honestly do love the way it turned out, so I’m glad I did. It looks a lot more like abstract art this way.

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It has a VERY strong nail polish scent to it. It’s the middle of winter, so ventilation is a bit harder than usual since I can’t crack a door. I’d very much recommend doing this in a ventilated area. Two days later, the mug still has a scent of nail polish. I think I’ll need to cover it with some sort of coating to get rid of the nail polish scent. It’s honestly not too appetizing for drinking out of with the current scent – even though it’s adorable.

I’ll keep you updated if I try it again!

Giveaway: Self-Measuring Purex PowerShot Detergent Takes Out the Guesswork!

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What Is It
Tired of trying to measure out the exact amount of detergent to put into the washing machine? I know I fell in love with the “laundry pack” design of detergent that just lets me toss the pack into the washing machine for perfect loads every time. Some people really prefer the liquid detergent, and of course, it definitely is more cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly than trying to make a bunch of detergent in water-dissolvable pouches.

That’s the reasoning behind the Purex PowerShot Detergent! The first of its kind, PowerShot comes in a bottle that measures out the amount of detergent you need for you. Just flip the bottle, and it will only pour the perfect amount for your laundry. No need to fuss with a cap. No need for spills when a small strand of detergent is still hanging on when you pull away the cap. No need to fuss with any of it! The bottle does it for you.

It’s pretty simple to use. Open the lid to your detergent while pointing the bottle away from your face. Flip the Purex detergent bottle upside down which will pour the proper amount of detergent into the washing machine. That’s a single dose! If you have super-soiled clothing, you can repeat the process for a second dose of detergent.

The PowerShot Purex laundry detergent is available in multiple sizes and multiple scents. You can purchase it is a 30 ounce, 45 ounce, or 90 ounce bottle, and it’s available in the Mountain Breeze or the Linen & Lilies scent.

My Opinion
Like expected, the Purex PowerShot laundry detergent does just as great of a job of cleaning my clothing as my other Purex detergents have done. It didn’t seem to require nearly as much detergent, so I love that I feel like this bottle is going to go a longer way than other bottles have gone. (I wonder if I’ve been putting in too much detergent in most of my loads?) All of the clothes came out clean and fresh-smelling, so I’m a happy camper with this detergent.

When it comes to use, the auto-dosing feature work surprisingly well. I’m glad the bottle is sized how it is. If it was much heavier and larger, it might be harder to turn upside down – especially with my one-on-top-of-another washer and dryer set-up. However, the bottle is pretty much perfectly sized. It dispensed the detergent really well, and I didn’t have any issues with spills or drips going anywhere they shouldn’t. It was pretty much an effortless process.

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As I’m sure most people would be concerned about, I was happy to find out that the bottle didn’t leak. With something this different from your standard laundry detergent, I was definitely worried. However, despite leaving it on its side (on top of a plastic bag – just in case) for over a day as well as even leaving the bottle upside down, I’ve had no issues with leakages yet! I always worry since I’ve bought other, lesser-name brand laundry detergents that leaked and made a serious mess in my car’s trunk. Looks like I don’t have to worry about that with Purex.

Feeling Lucky?
Are you feeling lucky? I hope so! If you want to try the Purex PowerShot Laundry Detergent for yourself, make sure to enter at the Purex website. Just for entering, you’ll receive a $1 coupon automatically e-mailed to you once the PowerShot detergent is released in retailers. THREE grand prize winners are going to receive a brand new Whirlpool Washer & Dryer set. If you’re one of the 300 runner-up winners, you’ll receive a free bottle of the Purex PowerShot detergent. Sounds like you have good odds to win something – or at least save on this neat, new detergent.

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Pros
Just like it says it does, the Purex PowerShot detergent provides an exact amount of detergent with every pour. Not only does this help reduce waste (especially if you let the kids “help” by letting them pour the detergent!), but it also is extremely concentrated detergent to require you to use even less of it. The bottle is well-designed, and we’ve had no leaks either.

Cons
Nothing! I have to wonder if there’s any more environmental waste because of the design of the bottle, but the actual delivery system and detergent work perfectly.

Recommended
If you’re tired of hassling with trying to find the perfect amount of detergent or you think you’ll end up using less detergent (and therefore, saving money!) with a pre-measured amount, the Purex PowerShot detergent is going to be great for you. It’s the same amount of affordable goodness that Purex usually provides – except in a new and revolutionary type of delivery system!

Buy It
While you may not be able to find Purex PowerShot laundry detergent in stores quite yet, keep your eyes open! It will be coming to retailers early this year!

WIN IT:

Purex has generously offered to send a coupon for a free bottle of PowerShot Detergent to TWO lucky winners! To enter, simply complete the form below (one entry per person, per method). Info collected will only be used to verify the winning entry and contact the winner. This giveaway will close on March 11th at 11:59pm EST. The contest is open to readers in the US only.

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Giveaway: “LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League” Blu-Ray Combo Pack!

I can’t tell you exactly how large of a fan I am of the LEGO video game and LEGO show franchise. Not only are they super adorable, but the writers normally do a fantastic job of taking my favorite characters and turning their personalities into an over-the-top version for some serious giggles. I’m so excited that The LEGO Movie did so well as it has led to a plethora of new releases.

One of those releases is the new LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League movie. Featuring Batman and Superman, Batman joins the Justice League in order to keep an eye on Superman. All of this is made more complicated by the well-meaning, but clumsy, Bizarro who causes confusion among the world’s greatest heroes.

Ready to watch this one? I know it sounds adorable, and I’m beyond-excited to see it! One person is going to win an awesome set in order to watch the movie. It includes the Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack AND a Batzarro LEGO Minifigure of this new movie!

Just come enter to win!

WIN IT:

LEGO has generously offered to send a LEGO movie prize package as described above to one lucky winner! To enter, simply complete the form below (one entry per person, per method). Info collected will only be used to verify the winning entry and contact the winner. This giveaway will close on March 6th, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. The contest is open to readers in the US only.

One winner will be picked randomly through Giveaway Tools and I will contact them via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with mailing address or another winner will be chosen. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Each household is only eligible to win LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) Blu-ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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