Archive for July 2015

Kicking A Sugar Habit

sugary treatsI am guilty of over-indulging in chocolates, pumpkin shakes (when in season), powder-sugar doughnuts and more. I tried many times to “give up” sweets, but my evening ritual just never included fruits, nuts or anything else good for me. I finally found a way to lose my sweet tooth and stop buying this stuff and having it in my home.

Don’t get me wrong, I still like sweets, but now I can channel my evening cravings to other things not laden with sugar. I reward myself with a small piece of chocolate. I eat ice cream when I am out and don’t bring home any size container.

Here is how I finally kicked my sugar habit. If you are looking to lose a little weight, feel more alert, lose the brain fog, then this plan is for you.

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Homemade Cleaning Products

chemical cleaning products

Everyone knows that today’s cleaning products, for the most part, are made with harsh chemicals. I recently found out that a floor product I used before vacuuming was actually a carcinogen to my pets.

All cleaning products still need to be kept out of the reach of pets and children. However, the natural products used to make your own, will leave your house with no carcinogens and cost less.

Here are some easy, inexpensive recipes for cleaning products that are natural and chemical free:

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Bartering for Comfort

With the summer storms, it is easy to imagine losing power at some emergency itemstime. This also has happened to us in winter. Even if power is out for only 3 days, it can mean a lot of spoiled food, uncomfortable living (cold/heat) and few options for cooking.

I can’t stress it more, you need to plan for these things. I am not speaking about a doom and gloom scenario, but an act of nature. If you don’t have a supply of batteries, candles or flashlights, you may need to barter for them from your neighbors.

If you can build something everyone wants, if you have supplies that no one has; you will be queen of the block. So if you need something, be prepared to offer something they might need in return. (When your power is out for longer than 3 days, this situation can happen).

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Essential Oil Basics

Sampling of Essential Oil bottles

assortment of essential oil bottles

Are you a fan of essential oils? Have you heard about them but don’t know why anyone uses them?

I used to think they were just expensive scents that I could get much cheaper in a room spray. They are so much more.

Most of you have heard of aromatherapy. So they light up some candles, dim the lights and this will heal you? Yeah right. Boy was I surprised to learn this is nothing like true aromatherapy and the use of essential oils.

Real essential oils are used to heal the body and the mind. No really. These little bottles of sometimes rare herbs and spices, can make you more alert, curb your appetite, stop the sniffles and more.

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