How To Set Up Night Shift in iOS 9.3

Did you know that Apple wants you to get a better night of sleep?

If you have a habit of reading your phone at night before bed (and who doesn’t?), you may not be getting the best sleep you possibly can. Why? Apparently the light emitted from your phone can actually disrupt your sleep patterns. More specifically, the blue spectrum coming from your iPhone or iPad has been shown (see here and here) to knock your circadian rhythmn out of whack and disrupt your sleep patterns by keeping you awake when you should be falling asleep. Over time, these consistently poor sleep patterns can have a negative effect on your health.

There are two ways to solve this problem.  First, you could put the phone down hours before bed and not worry about it, OR, second, you can use the nifty new feature Apple has introduced in iOS release 9.3.  They’re calling this new feature “Night Shift“*.  Using this new option, you can reduce the level of blue light emitted from your phone all the time or during scheduled times of the day.  The resulting “warmer” light is supposed to help keep your circadian rhythm intact and give you a better night of rest.

Night Shift Option in Settings in iOS 9.3

Here’s how to access this feature.

iOS Settings Icon(1) On your iPhone or iPad, open the “Settings” application.  This is the icon with gears on it.

(2) Within “Settings”, look for the “Display & Brightness” option and select it with a tap.

(3)  In that next screen, look for the “Night Shift” option in the list of available selections and choose it.

(4)  From there, you have two choices. You can choose to turn “Night Shift” on or off manually by toggling the switch found to the right of the “Manual” option OR

(5) You can toggle the switch next to the “Scheduled” label and pick the start and end times for the feature to be automatically turned on and off each day. Choose a start time (“From”) that precedes the time you normally go to bed by at least an hour and then choose an end time (“To”) that coincides with the time when you normally wake.

(6) You can also optionally adjust the “Color Temperature” (Cooler = more blue light; Warmer = less blue light) by moving the “Color Temperature” slider to the left or right to suit your preference.

If you want to skip going into the “Settings” application to turn on “Night Shift”, you can also toggle it in the “Control Center” that is accessible when you swipe up from the bottom of any screen.  See images below.  The Night Shift icon is the one that looks like an eye.

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That’s it!  You’re now an experienced “Night Shift” user in iOS 9.3.  May your slumber be peaceful and uninterrupted by that nasty blue light.

* I find this name a little odd.  Are you supposed to sleep if you’re working the night shift?  I would think keeping awake would be the goal.  Anyway, I digress…

Homeschool Headlines – 1/24/2016

Happy belated New Year! We hope your 2016 is off to a great start.  Once again we’re gathering and sharing links found around the web focusing on the topic of education in general and homeschooling in particular.

The first article is a brief overview that discusses why parents choose to homeschool.   The author briefly touches on parental concerns regarding public school safety and the eductional benefits of homeschooling your children.  Check out:  “Why Home Schooling?” by Walter E. Williams at

This next article comes from the Huffington Post.  Author Jennifer Bly, a homeschooling mom and blogger at Deliberate Homeschooling, discusses her “5 Reasons Why We Choose to Homeschool“. This one may not be the rigorous defense of homeschooling, but her reasons are sound and I believe most parents would readily agree with them.

Our third article, How These Parents Work and Homeschool Too, was found at  This one takes an interesting look at husbands and wives who choose to homeschool and work outside the home in order to pay the bills.  This is an intriguing read for parents who are wondering if it is even possible to do both.  The author makes a compelling case that it can be done if you can effectively manage your time. Of course, every family is different and the decision to have both parents work is a something a couples needs to consider with much thought, planning, prayer and wise counsel.

While we can’t go into great detail about it here, on closing it is worth mentioning that Project Veritas President James O’Keefe has been creating quite a stir lately with his multi-part undercover video series called “Common Corruption”, which is aimed at uncovering the not-so-altruistic motivations behind the Common Core curriculum that is being used across the U.S.

Below is the third video in this expose series. Warning:  Some strong language.

With this third video, we’ve shown that there is truly an elitist liberal agenda behind the destruction of America’s public education system. I am putting everyone on notice, if you are using taxpayer money to brainwash our children, I’m going to teach you a lesson and make you an unwilling Internet sensation.

You can view parts one and two over at YouTube.  If you’d like to learn more about James O’Keefe other work and this Common Core series, check out his Project Veritas web site.

Hilarious Viral Video: “A Conference Call in Real Life”

Why have I not seen this before?! This video has over 11 million views on YouTube and I just discovered it a few days ago. Maybe I’ve been too busy engaging in conference calls.  This video masterfully pokes fun of the many reasons why conference calls like these can be the bane of any business professional’s day.  Great stuff.

Awesome Advertisement for a Taco Joint

In December of 2015, a Frijoles & Frescas Grilled Tacos restaurant location in Las Vegas was burglarized.  The break-in was all caught on a video surveillance recording. This savvy restaurant marketer turned that footage into one of the most clever, funny and cheap restaurant video ads (“Burglars Just Want Tacos”) I’ve seen in a while.


Homeschool Headlines – 4/11/15

Homeschool HeadlinesHappy Saturday!  We hope you had a great week.

We’ve gathered more news from around the web regarding homeschooling and associated concerns.


First, a little humor. Here’s a satirical look at the state of math edumacashun in America over the last few decades.

Take a Look at the Difference In How Schools Used to Teach Math in 1950, Compared to Today

I’m not sure if this has been your experience, but I find homeschooled children are far more well-adjusted and articulate than their average public school counterpart. Despite this, we’ve have yet another article discussing the “socialization concerns” regarding a family’s choice to homeschool.  Is this really the “#1” question anymore?  How about this question: why the heck would you choose public education?

Homeschool Parents Tackle #1 Question: What About Socialization?

Socialization happens organically when you go out in the community, and people have a perception that homeschool families spend all of their time at home, sitting at their kitchen table, filling out worksheets, and that really is not the experience of the majority of homeschool families.

And, lastly, we have an article that isn’t about homeschooling per se, but it is a topic that homeschoolers should find interesting, as many families that homeschool tend to be larger than the typical American family. The low birth rate trend seen in Europe can also happen here in America, as well as in the Christian church. Food for thought.

No Babies, Please, We’re Europeans

The future belongs to the fertile.

INFOGRAPHIC – Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

This infographic is a concise and whimsical overview of homeschooling in America. It does a good job of providing a brief history of homeschooling as well as a few other fun and interesting facts.

I found the infographic below earlier in the week while signing up one of my children for a couple of elective classes on Florida Virtual School . It is a concise and whimsical overview of the state of the homeschooling movement in America and it provides a few fun and interesting facts that I thought were worth sharing.

Here are a few key take-aways:

  • Homeschooling is the fastest growing form of education in the country.
  • 35.9% of homeschooling parents have 4 to 6 children.
  • 36% of homeschooling parents chose to homeschool for moral or religious reasons.
  • The average homeschooling family spends only about $500 per child per year vs. the average public school student cost, which is $9,963*.
  • 99% of homeschoolers have read at least one book in the last 6 months vs. 69% of the general population.
  • On average, homeschoolers rank in the 87th percentile for national standardized tests.
  • A large majority of “grown up” homeschooled students stated that homeschooling did not limit their educational opportunities or career choices.

Interesting stuff.  Enjoy!

* Yikes.  I guess we know why property taxes are so high!

Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up (infographic)
Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up


Squarespace 7 Tips and Tricks – Line Break Types in Text Blocks

Did you know there is more than one line break type that you can use in a Squarespace text block? Let us teach you how to use them.

Squarespace logo

As mentioned previously, we plan to post occasional articles featuring tips, tricks and little known facts about the Squarespace web site creation platform.

Today we have a simple Squarespace tip for you. Did you know there is more than one line break type that you can use in a Squarespace text block?

If you are typing text into a text block and hit the RETURN/ENTER key alone, the line break created by this action will behave like double-spaced line type, creating a space between the lines that is likely larger than what you wanted or expected.

However, if you hold down the SHIFT key and then also hit the RETURN/ENTER key, the line will break normally (single spaced).  See the images below for examples.

Squarespace text block line break created when hitting RETURN/ENTER only.
Example of a Squarespace text block line break created when hitting RETURN/ENTER only.
Squarespace text block line break created when hitting SHIFT and RETURN/ENTER.
Example of a Squarespace text block line break created when hitting SHIFT and RETURN/ENTER.

Isn’t this easy?  This isn’t really a hidden feature, but I’m not sure how many people knew about this. Once I discovered it, I was kicking myself for not having tried it sooner.  I guess I’m slow.  Anyway, I hope today’s tip saved you a little trouble!

The author of this blog was not compensated by Squarespace in any way for this post.

Squarespace 7 Tips and Tricks – Splitting a Text Block

Squarespace logoI’ve been using the Squarespace web site building platform for a few years and have come to value it over other site building platforms* for its ease of use and flexibility.  With each new major release (as of this writing, version 7 is the latest), their platform seems to get better and better. If you’re not using it, I recommend that you consider it.

There are occasions, however, when using the Squarespace interface for some tasks can be less than intuitive.  Knowing that other platform users may have encountered some of these same challenges, I’ve decide to start compiling a list of the more common issues I’ve experienced and document how I was able to work around them.  I hope you find this and future posts helpful.

Today’s Squarespace Tip:  Splitting a Squarespace Text Block

Splitting a Squarespace Text Block with a Line Block
Splitting a Squarespace Text Block with a Line Block (click to view animation)

Have you ever had two separate text blocks  fuse together into one while you were working on your page layout?  It can be a bit of a pain.  At present, there is no “split” option for when you want to keep those text blocks independent from each other while you tweak your page design.  Or is there?  I’ve found that simply adding a line block or spacer block between the two text blocks will split them apart and permit you to move one or both text blocks around independently until you get them where you want them. Once you’re done, just delete the unneeded line or spacer block and move on to the next thing.

The animated graphic include in this post will  help to illustrate this technique using a line block.  Click on graphic thumbnail to see the animation. If you can’t view the animation, you can also try this video.

Do you have another solution to this issue?  If so, please share it in the comments section below.

While I do have affiliate links and Adsense banners on my site (feel free to click them ☺ ), I have not been paid by Squarespace for this post.

* If you’re interested in other web site building tools, you may want to evaluate Webflow, Weebly, Wix or WordPress (lots of “W” names!).

Homeschool Headlines – 3/22/2015

Headline-NewsHere’s a collection of the some of the latest news from around the internet regarding homeschooling.

House Panel Approves Asylum Bill for Homeschoolers

It’s sad that people from other nations have to deal with persecution for their choice to educate their children at home (see here).  We must be thankful to God for what we are permitted to do here in the U.S. and be ever vigilant to insure that our freedoms to do so are not taken away (see here).

See also H.R. 1153 Offers Asylum for Homeschoolers

annoyed330318867 Annoying Questions Homeschoolers Hear

We’ve heard these questions far too many times ourselves.  You?

Number of Black Families Homeschooling More Than Doubled in Four Years

While the color of a person’s skin shouldn’t matter at all in this discussion, we like and share this because it is encouraging to see the increase in homeschooling throughout our land.

World magazine cover seen on recent episode of The Walking Dead
World magazine cover found in scene from recent episode of The Walking Dead

Homeschooling produces stronger faith when adults

Interesting article, but not surprising.  This simply reinforces the Biblical promise found in Proverbs 22:6, which states, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

For further insight into this topic, be sure to read “What Makes Millennials Stay In Church” from World magazine.

Why We Homeschool

This is a nice piece that succinctly and honestly shows the parental desires, motivations, benefits and hardships that go into making the decision to homeschool and the life changes that ensue.


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