Bye, Bye Daylight Savings, Hello Standard Time!

Red Stamp, November 2013


Ah, Daylight Saving Time. Most of the US will celebrate the end of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday. Some say, it’s a weekend to “fall back” and gain an hour of sleep. Not a bad idea. Recent studies by the National Institute of Health show that sleep can improve memory and even lead to a more toxin-free brain which leaves your mind clearer for the day ahead! {We like the sound of that.}

Or maybe adventure is more your speed? In her book “168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think,” Laura Vanderkam outlines how, with a bit of awareness and organization, we truly do have time for not only the tasks required of us, but that we don’t have to sacrifice passions for obligations. Also, this video makes a pretty stunning display of the time that we have.

At Red Stamp HQ, here is what our extra hour of daylight looks like this year…

  • Time to reconnect with a dear friend who we don’t see regularly in the midst of busy schedules. A long brunch, or even just a phone date, is a perfect way to start the day off right.

  • Extra fresh air before the days grow colder and shorter. A stroll or bike ride through the park with the fam sounds lovely, possibly accompanied by a late autumn picnic. Maybe we’ll even follow it up with some leaf-jumping with the littles!

  • When we’re good and hungry, we’ll head to the kitchen, taking the time to make our favorite special-occasion baked goods — apple pies, pumpkin cookies, ginger snaps — all topped with a generous dose of whipped cream.

  • A late-night “me party” sounds like a perfect way to finish out the day. A chick flick, Pinterest crafts, at-home manicure, and cocktails!

Just don’t forget to turn back the clocks! Saving that until right before you go to bed will make you feel like you’re getting that extra sleep your brain needs while still feeling absolutely accomplished with how many lovely things you packed into your day.

What does an extra hour of daylight look like for you?