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Snap, Crack — it’s a nightlight!

I’m sure moments of brilliance only happen once in a lifetime, and if that’s true then it’s all downhill for me from here on.

When my little kids sleep over, they like to have a nightlight but I’ve never found one that truly works. One makes the room too light for a good sleep and others brighten the room near the nightlight but leave scary-looking shadows lurking in the corners.

Personal nightlights.

Finally, necessity usually being the mother of invention, I had a brief flash of creativity and now my cupboard holds a supply of glo-stick bracelets.

When it’s bedtime I fasten a bracelet around the upper arms of the visiting child. The light cast by the bracelets fills their bed with a soft glow and the rest of the dark room fades away. So far I’ve tried this three times with three different scairdy-cats and I haven’t heard a peep out of any of them after leaving the room.

I think this would work well for a family on vacation, especially if sharing a hotel room. Each kid gets their own light but the room stays fairly dark for those who don’t enjoy sleeping with the light on.

There you have it folks, the lone brilliant idea of my life — short, sweet, and “easy peasy lemon squeezy” as the little chap in the picture would say.


Phyllis writes words: words for stories, and words for books. Phyllis writes words for blogs too.

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