Are you ready for the time change Sunday? Here are our tips

Fall Back to end Daylight Saving Time happens on Sunday at 2 a.m. We hope you’re well asleep at that point.

What does that mean to you and me? That means that we’re setting our clocks back an hour. That also means that it’s going to be lighter when we wake up but darker earlier.

Benjamin Villalpando just wants to sleep and on Sunday, he’ll get an extra hour to do so.
Photo by Nicole Villalpando

Instead of taking walks at 7 p.m. in the glow of sunset, it’s going to be walks in the dark. Get ready.

The good thing for any parent trying to get kids up in the morning is the sun is more likely to be up with your kids. Hooray! (and not still asleep when they need to wake up).

The good thing for any parent trying to get kids to bed at night, hooray the sun will be going to sleep way before your kids, making it easier for them to fall asleep.

We, creatures of habits, might still struggle with the change.

Dr. Nina Desai, a family doctor at Baylor Scott & White Clinic Austin-North Burnet, says in a press release, that often babies, young children and seniors feel the effects of time changes the most.

She offers these tips to make the transition:

  • About three days before the time change, try moving your bedtime 15-20 minutes later. This gradual change, along with delaying your wake time 15-20 minutes, can help decrease the symptoms of fatigue and irritability.
  • Try dimming the lights for about an hour after you wake up in the morning.
  • Avoid electronics and screen time on computers, tablets and phones. This can keep your body’s clock in check so you feel ready to wake up in the morning and ready for bed at night.
  • Get plenty of sleep leading up to the time change to avoid health and safety risks.

While it’s normal to feel tired for as much as a week after the time change hits, if you continue to feel tired or you already feel tired all the time, Desai wants you to go see your doctor to rule out a sleep disorder, metabolic disorder, depression or anxiety.


What are you going to do with that extra hour?

We can think of a few things:

  • Sleep
  • Read a good book
  • Get farther along in this season of  “Stranger Things”
  • Christmas/Hanukkah shopping
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Make soup in the hopes that the weather will get cool again
  • Tackle that extra load of laundry
  • Get better caught up in work
  • Did we mention sleep?


20 not to miss things to do with the kids this weekend in Austin, Nov. 3-5

When it comes to gorgeous, this weekend can’t get much better. And when it comes to things to do with the family, it’s a weekend full of possibilities.

Here are 20 events you don’t want to miss. You’ll have to pick and choose because all of it can’t be done.

Head to the children’s tent of the Texas Book Festival.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday.

  1. Texas Book Festival. Head to the kids’ area and get your books signed, find new books and listen to authors read their stories. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Capitol grounds.
  2. We Are Girls. Girls Empowerment Network’s conference for girls in third through eighth grade and the people who love them. It’s the 10th year of this conference. Expect a birthday party extravaganza. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa Drive. $30.
  3. The last weekend of Sweet Berry Farms and Barton Hill Farms fall festivals.Barton Hill Farms. Corn maze, farm animals and more than 30 activities, plus pumpkin picking. 10 a.m.-8 pm. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $14, extra for pumpkins and face painting. 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. bartonhillfarms.comSweet Berry Farm. Hay rides, corn mazes, pick your own pumpkins and more. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, through Nov. 8. Pay per activity. 1801 FM 1980, ​Marble Falls.
  4. Fall Festival and Star Party. It’s science and looking at the stars. 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Free. Austin Nature and Science Center, 2389 Stratford Drive.

    Kensington Jordan dances to a DJ with other girls at the Girls Empowerment Network’s “We Are Girls” conference in 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
  5. Thinkery. Parents’ Night Out. Kids ages 4 and up play at the Thinkery while you see a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday. $40 for first child, $20 each additional child. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.
    This weekend the Thinkery also has Baby Bloomers, from birth to age 3, learning about shapes. 9 a.m. Saturday. $5. Ages 4 and up can try Owl Pellet Dissection. See what an owl ate by looking at its poop. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday $8.
  6. Bullock MuseumH-E-B Free First Sunday. Free family fun around the museum. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday.  Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.
  7. Wildflower Center. Texas Arbor Day. Climb the trees in the arbor with harnesses. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
  8. Neill-Cochran House Museum. History Lab: Printing techniques. Learn how to create a message using old-fashioned techniques. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 2310 San Gabriel St.
  9. First Saturdays at the Carver Museum. Enjoy family events. Free. Noon Saturday. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.
  10. “Bot Party 3.0.” It’s a robot game show. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $14-$20. Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive.
  11. Hideout Theatre Presents: “Block Heads,” improv based on Minecraft. 2 p.m. Sunday. $5. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave.
  12. “Pinkalicious: The Musical.” The book comes to the stage. 2 p.m. Nov. 5. $18 and up. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.
  13. Big Don Kid Show. It’s a hip-hop storytelling show. 10 a.m. Sunday. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38th 1/2 St.

    “Pinkalicious” by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann
  14. Zach Theatre presents “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” Head to Narnia in the C.S. Lewis tale. 11 a.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday $18-$24. Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road.
  15. Celtic Fest. Music, dance, animals and Highland games. Noon-7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $15 adults, kids 12 and younger free. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.
  16. Toybrary Austin. Fairy Party. Make fairy crafts and more. 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. $10 a child. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane.
  17. Barnes & Noble 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: “Bruce’s Big Move.”
  18. “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” For ages 5 and up. 2 p.m. Saturday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.
  19. Día de los Muertos. 10:30 a.m. Friday, Central Library. 3:30 p.m. Friday, Hampton Branch.
  20. Saturday Family Movie: “Boss Baby.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Windsor Park Branch.

15 things to do with that leftover Halloween candy

Oh, the candy is everywhere in my house. The rain on Halloween meant that we didn’t have as many trick-or-treaters come to the door. And yet, my teenagers managed to find the one pocket of Austin where the rain was just a drizzle. They came home with candy by the pillowcase full.

What to do with all that loot?

If your pumpkin is overflowing, we have ideas of what to do with that candy. Thinkstock

Here are 15 ideas:

  1. The Candy Witch needs to come. What’s the Candy Witch? She’s like the Tooth Fairy or Santa Clause only slightly meaner. Ask your kids to pick out  their favorite 10 pieces of candy. Then the  Candy Witch comes to your house at the allotted time. It could be overnight, it could be a couple days from Halloween. Sometimes she leaves money or a toy. Other times she just takes the candy and runs. The Candy Witch (aka you) then disposes of the candy in any way she might choose.
  2. Dole it out a little at a time. One piece a night per kid can last you a long time. Plus it can be the reward for good behavior at school or chores done. The trick is to not eat all the candy yourself.
  3. Find the dentist or orthodontist who will pay your kids for their candy. Visit to find the participant near you.
  4. Send your candy to a soldier. Visit for the drop off locations.
  5. Bring it to the office. Some of your officemates might not thank you because they will be bringing their candy, too. But for those who are single, living in an apartment, with no kids around, they might be very happy you did.
  6. Donate it to your school. If they have a carnival coming up, they might be able to use it. Sometimes teachers can use things like M&Ms and Skittles for math activities or for the winter holiday party.
  7. Donate it to your house of worship. They might be able to use it for religious school classes or an event.
  8. Make art with it. Make a collage using candy. Why not? You also can make holiday ornaments using it as well.
  9. Save it for holiday cookie decorations. Who doesn’t love a peanut butter cookie with Reeses’ Pieces in them, or a sugar cookie with frosting and bits of candy bars on top?
  10. Decorate a gingerbread house with it. You need candy decorations anyway. Now you have some.
  11. Gamble with it. The stakes of the next game of  Go Fish got higher with candy. Use it for the dreidel game at Hanukkah.
  12. Save it for the next kid’s birthday party. Fill the piñata with it. Use it in treat bags.
  13. Fill the stockings with it. It make excellent filler in between the trinkets.
  14. Hand it out in treat bags to the homeless. That guy with the sign you see every day on your way to work, doesn’t he need candy? Do something even better and add a bottle of water, dry socks, a snack with protein, some toiletries to that treat bag.
  15. Throw it out. Yes, we live in a land of excess. Yes, there are hungry people everywhere. But, candy doesn’t have a lot of nutritional value. If your family doesn’t need it in their diet and if you know you can’t dole it out over time without wanting to eat it all at once, give yourself permission to not have to have it in your house. If you really aren’t sure you can handle even knowing it’s in the trash can outside, put the kitty litter or some other gross garbage on top of it or spray it with cleaning fluid so you won’t be tempted to dig it out of the trash.