Dear Heloise: I am one of the millions who find it hard to go BACK TO SLEEP once I am awakened at night. One easy solution is to change the night-light bulb to green or blue. The colored bulbs provide enough light, but do not seem to glare like the white ones do.
Another solution to the fluorescent-green numerals on my alarm clock that are too bright is to plop a tissue box in front of the clock. It is easy to lift up if I need to see the time, but the bright numerals don’t wake me up when I roll over at night! Cheap and simple solutions to a problem that many of us deal with. -- Sleepless in New Jersey
I’m with you! With only two to three electronic items in a dark bedroom, it can look like the flight deck of a 747! -- Heloise
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BUCKLING UP PREGNANT
Dear Readers: If you are pregnant or know someone who is, what’s the best and safest way to wear a seat belt? When in the car, buckling up is very important. Here are recommendations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on buckling up when pregnant:
* Put the seat as far back as it can go while still being able to reach the pedals.
* Leave at least 10 inches between your chest and the steering wheel.
* Place the lap belt below your belly so that it fits tightly across your hips.
* The shoulder belt should fit across your chest between your breasts.
* Leave air bags turned on.
* Sit in the back seat, when possible, if you are pregnant.
The NHTSA also recommends installing the car seat at least three weeks before your due date. That way, you have a chance to get it inspected and aren’t rushing when the baby comes. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I often have friends come to visit because I live close to a beach. Someone always forgets something: a toothbrush, shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, sunscreen, etc. Trying to be a good hostess, I stocked up on a whole bunch of travel-size items and saved the ones from hotels. I used a cute wicker basket, organized all the goodies neatly and placed it on the sink of the guest bathroom. Now when someone forgets something, he or she just grabs what is needed. When my guest leaves, I just restock it. -- A Reader, via e-mail
What a cute idea for your out-of-town guests! Readers, do you have a great travel hint that you would love to share? Let me know! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: Ever notice how the space between the buttons on your blouse is not closed enough to hide the sights, especially if you are a full-busted woman? I attached a small, clear snap between the first and second and the second and third buttons on my blouse. This prevents a gap that just won’t stay closed, and it is not visible at all. -- Elaine in West Virginia
No “gaposis”! -- Heloise
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