Halloween hangover … this candy’s gotta GO!

Between parties at school, carnivals at Little Gym & in our neighborhood, & traditional trick-or-treating, there is enough chocolatey chunks, sugary candy, & miscellaneous junk food in our house to last us a few months (or me during a bad week).
So the Halloween hangover doesn’t continue it’s time to make the haul mysteriously disappear.

One of my favorites is Operation Gratitude.  This organization works with dentists all over the country to do a “buy back” of candy. The dentists then ship it to Operation Gratitude and they get it to our troops.  It’s an perfect win-win.  The troops get candy and our kiddos learn what it is to give away something they really would rather keep.  Use the search box in the upper right corner of the page to find a participating dentist in your area.

In case you’re one of those frugal, crafty, or creative types, Mint.com has a great post on all of the fun creative things to do with all that stash of sugar.  Check out their thoughts on making instant mocha or mystery cookies (or cupcakes) or even freezing it – http://www.mint.com/blog/how-to/creative-ways-to-reuse-your-leftover-halloween-candy-1012/.

Oh yeah … it’s NOVEMBER!!!  

Audrey is a REALTOR and Broker/Owner of Audrey Reed Realty with Step Up Realty in McKinney, TX.  Connect with her on Facebook or checkout her website.  This blog represents HER opinions and are not necessarily the opinions of her broker/brokerage … wait … she is the broker … and it’s her brokerage … never mind!  All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
How’s that for a disclaimer???

 

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An extra hour of sleep!

This weekend we finally get back that hour of sleep that was stolen from us by Daylight Savings Time back in March.  So, don’t forget to set your clocks BACK an hour when you go to bed Saturday night (11/3).

Besides the obvious ones (like your alarm clock!), here are a few clocks you might not think to change:

  • Sprinkler system  – Don’t forget that most cities are still under some kind of daytime watering restrictions.  That hour can cost you a stiff fine!
  • DVR – Most should update automatically, but make sure so you don’t miss those games on Sunday!
  • Cell phone  – Again, most update automatically, but some don’t.
  • Clock in your car – How annoying is it to drive around for months thinking that you’re early to wherever your heading???

Aside from the fact that I vehemently dislike DST and believe that it’s an antiquated ritual that does nothing more than jack with our natural biorhythms unnecessarily twice a year, the time change is the perfect checkpoint to do a few home safety & efficiency checks:

  1. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
  2. While you’re up on that ladder changing batteries in your smoke detectors, replace old conventional light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs to save money.
  3. Check the batteries in those emergency flashlights so they actually work when you need them to!
  4. Check your first aid & emergency kits.
  5. Make or review your family emergency plan. Parents.com recently posted a great article about family emergency preparedness  – http://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/emergency-preparedness/.

Source: organizedhome.com (http://organizedhome.com/daylight-savings-time-safety-checklist)

Read more about Daylight Savings Time at Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_savings_time.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your extra hour!

Audrey is a REALTOR and Broker/Owner of Audrey Reed Realty with Step Up Realty in McKinney, TX.  Connect with her on Facebook or checkout her website.  This blog represents HER opinions and are not necessarily the opinions of her broker/brokerage … wait … she is the broker … and it’s her brokerage … never mind!  All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
How’s that for a disclaimer???