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Are you getting enough sleep?

One of our priorities as parents is to make sure our children are getting enough sleep. Trying to keep a decent bed time for them each night nights is a MUST. As parents, we see the importance of sleep for our children. Why are we not trying to keep those “rules” for ourselves?

We know that if the kids get enough sleep, they wake up happier and function throughout the day better. We should be adopting this concept for ourselves. Why would we not want those things for us?

Getting enough sleep can be a challenge. Your days can run together, and it can make those hard days even harder. Getting enough sleep at night can not only help you feel better mentally and physically, but it also helps you feel less stressed. Yes, please!

Here are a few tips from “The Sleep Council” to ensure that you have a good night’s rest.

#1 Sticking to a schedule. Waking up and going to bed at the same time can be beneficial. Our bodies work so much better when it’s used to a routine.

# 2 Exercise. Cool side note: when you work out before bed, it can help your body prepare for sleep!

#3 Limit Caffeine and or Alcohol. Caffeine is a no brainer. Cutting it off after lunch and sticking to water can help you stay awake. Alcohol can dehydrate you and prevent you from going into a deep sleep, causing you to feel groggy and restless in the morning.

#4. Put down your tablet or phone. The Sleep Council says “Artificial light later at night can suppress melatonin, the hormone you NEED to feel sleepy.” If you get into reading something or talking with someone on your phone you can only delay trying to get your body to relax.

According to Healthline.com, causes of poor sleep can be obesity, increase risk of a heart attack or stroke, increased inflammation, and depression. These symptoms alone show us how important it to give our bodies rest.

We are busy people! Whether you are a parent, or a student, or child, it should be a priority to all of us. Taking the steps to ensure better sleep can make you feel better in the long run.

Take care of yourself! Go to bed!

Susan Ingram, OWL Blogger

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Sweet Sandy Wiggins, a resident of Oneonta, grew up with a love of organizing and rearranging spaces in her own home. Her friends and family lovingly refer to her as the “girl scout” of the group because of her knack for keeping things organized and beautified. Her passion for decluttered space and eye catching order landed her a spot on the OWL team. She is married to her best friend, Dwight, of 27 years and has three wonderful grandchildren to dote on. Sandy loves meeting new people, creating happy spaces for our clients and caring for those closest to her. We are blessed to have her on the team!

Stacie is a coveted member of our OWL team. She has an eye for organization and design that will make you wonder why she didn’t pursue this passion full time! A project manager by day, her life revolves around order and keeping everyone on track. As a weekend warrior, she assists in Saturday projects and makes our clients wish they could hire her for weeks at a time! She lives in Trussville with her husband, daughter and two dogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family, yard sale hopping and Alabama football (Roll Tide!).

Margaret Hale, the beautiful southern belle from Birmingham, is our newest addition to OWL.

She is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and a professional chef. Margaret has worked for Southern living, owns a catering company and co-owned a restaurant in Huntsville, AL. Since cooking wasn’t her only passion, she decided to join our team and expand on her love of organizing and home décor. Her eye for flare and spirit of excellence makes her the perfect addition to our team.


In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being in ministry, and creating the best new recipes around.

For many years Susan has been the go-to organizer and stager for her friends and family. Having a long-time passion and naturally inclined skill set for making spaces purposeful, she decided to pursue a career in the industry. She has an endearing and meaningful memory of decorating her bedroom as a child. This included transforming bar stools into multi-story Barbie Doll townhouses. In her past lives, Susan was a Restaurateur, Executive Sales Manager, and a Cosmeceutical Sales Rep. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, she’ll gush about her gratitude for the blessing of having raised a good and decent human being. Her son is currently a grad student at the University of Florida’s MBA program.

Susan resides in Birmingham with her husband of twenty-six years and their pack of fur babies. This includes four cats and a “little” 110 lb. dog. Her lifelong platform is animal rescue and advocation.

“No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat others ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything.”

Meet Miranda! The one that keeps our wheels turning and always answers the phone with a smile on her face.

She loves fishing, family, and all things nerd – which is 1000% why we love her so much!

Miranda lives in Odenville with her husband, precious baby boy, and a sassy cat.