Category Archives: healthy living

DIY Laminate Floor Cleaner

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I finally got my living room completely cleaned and arranged to where I want it. With that, I also did a quick vacuum and mop with some homemade mopping solution. For my house, it’s going to take a few good moppings (why YES, I DID make that word up!) to really get the floor good and clean because of all the dust and dirt that settled on it from the construction. But so far it’s working really well!

Homemade Mopping Solution:

One part vinegar

One part water.

Yup, that’s it. I use a Swiffer-like mop from the Cedar brand. I like this mop a lot because you can wash the pads up to three times (yay for less waste!) and you can make your own solution, instead of having to buy refills all the time. Again, YAY FOR LESS WASTE! lol

Here is what my living room looks like so far using the vinegar/water solution (I know, I missed some spots. I had sweat dripping down into my eyes and couldn’t really see well. lol):

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Let me know if you try it and what you think of it!

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Words Can Not Even Express How Angry This Makes Me!

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http://www.naturalnews.com/036234_edible_landscaping_medicinal_plants_Tulsa.html

This article is about a woman whose garden was taken away from her on false allegations of it being not up to city code. This woman was not only growing the food for sustenance, but also to naturally treat her diabetes and arthritis, along with other various health conditions. She is unemployed, so this garden was also her livelihood. So they took away her life AND her livelihood. It just sickens me that someone can’t even grow a garden without the city coming in. The city code officials violated a court order and came and ripped up her entire garden. Ugh, I could just SPIT NAILS!!!

The url above is to the article, which contains a link to sign a petition on change.org. Please read the article and sign the petition to stand up for your rights as a civilian to grow your own food and medicinal herbs!

Mr. Rogers Garden Of Your Mind

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Have some tissues ready because this will make you tear up! I do not claim to own this video. It’s from PBS Studios. Man I miss Mr. Rogers! I know this has nothing to do with sustainable living or anything else that I normally post, but I thought this needed to be shared. πŸ™‚

Sage Advice From My Sister

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My sister and I are two and a half years apart to the day. I would always borrow her stuff without asking, use her makeup without asking (and do a very poor job at applying it, I might add!), and basically doing what I could to annoy her. Because she’s my big sister, and that’s what little sisters do. We always loved each other, and we both knew that, but it didn’t stop us from getting into fights. Because we are sisters, and that’s what sisters do.

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I remember one time, when I was about 12 or 13, I borrowed my sister’s Bugs Bunny shirt that she had gotten on her 8th grade class trip to Six Flags. I went to a friends house to play, and when we were taking a break from playing, I accidentally sat in a chair full of blueberries. Man was she ticked!

But as we got older, after she had moved out and gone to college when I was 15, we didn’t fight quite as much, if at all. And suddenly she became a well of advice! I mean, who knew?! Even to this day I am still getting advice from her. Especially when it comes to eating healthy. I never really knew how to have a very healthy diet because that’s just how I was brought up. Processed this, processed that. Anything to make cooking a little easier. Not that my mom didn’t try to get healthy things on the dinner table, it just wasn’t readily available to us where we grew up. We lived in a very small town where even the closest grocery store was almost 30 minutes away, let alone having something like a farmer’s market.

However, it’s been another 15 years and I am still eating processed foods. But now that I live in a town where we have TWO farmer’s markets, I am definitely going to be making more trips there. I got an email from my sister today, giving me more awesome advice! I want you guys to read it as well (without the email addresses of course! Privacy is everything!) πŸ™‚ :

“yep. fresh produce is huge! Become a regular at the farmer’s market and ask around to see if there’s a Share program (You pay a flat fee upfront, and local farmers put together boxes of fresh-picked food weekly so you’re eating produce that’s in season is very well-rounded).
“Eat a rainbow” is a good catch phrase to remind you to eat lots of bright, colorful, fruits and veggies. Each one does something so different and necessary for your health, so the more variety, the better. But if you eat the same thing over and over again, you’re likely to see negative side effects too. for example, bananas are super good for you, but if you eat too many you’ll get constipated! πŸ™‚ Just mix it up, and eat lots of rich greens! Another phrase I try to remember: “Eat food [meaning real food; not processed foods], not a lot, mostly vegetables.” (I think that’s how it goes.)
Love you!”

I remember hearing about the Share program when I was little.

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But, for some reason, I always thought of the singer Cher. And I thought to myself “What does Cher have to do with food?”

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lol I guess I was a little slow. It just goes to show that, no matter how old you are, a good big sister will always be there for you to give you good advice. πŸ™‚ Love you, sissy!

Putting an Idea Into Action

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I finally got a chance to try one of the DIY deodorant recipes that I posted last week. If you’re a new follower I will post the recipe after giving my review on it.

So far it seems to be working pretty well. The only thing I don’t particularly like about it is that it gets kind of messy. If you kind of smell like I did (I haven’t taken a shower yet today), there will be a slight smell afterward, but that will only last a few minutes. Just kind of move your arms around so that the cornstarch and baking soda gets absorbed into the skin a little bit and it won’t take long for the deodorant to take effect. You know what the best part is though? The fact that you’re only putting two chemicals on your body, and absolutely NONE of that icky aluminum that’s in commercial antiperspirants. πŸ™‚ It remains to be seen, but you might have to apply this stuff a couple of times a day, depending on your activity level. This will make a powder deodorant. Anyway, here is the recipe again, in case you didn’t get to see the earlier post:

Ingredients:

baking soda

cornstarch

Directions:

1. In a reusable (and resealable) container, combine one part baking soda with six parts cornstarch

2. Close the container and shake well for about a minute to mix the powders.

3. Apply the powder with something like a powder puff, or even a cotton ball would probably work if you don’t have a powder puff.

If you try this, let me know what you think of it! πŸ™‚

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I Might Be Going Crazy…

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For some reason in the past few days I have developed an obsession with food documentaries. I don’t know why. But I’ve gotten a lot of really good information from them! These are the documentaries I’ve seen since yesterday: Food Matters, What’s On Your Plate? (a super cute documentary done by two 12 yr olds), Food Fight, Ingredients, among a couple of others that I can’t remember the name of at this moment. Another good one that I watched a long time ago is Food, Inc. Basically these documentaries talk about the politics of food, and how growing organically and buying from your local farmer’s markets will not only improve your own health, but help keep money in your own community.

What’s On Your Plate? is really impressive, and not just because it was done by a couple of 12 yr olds. It talks about where a lot of our food in the grocery stores come from. I had no idea that our corn has traveled as far as from the Middle East and Africa! What’s worse is that these countries are considered Third World countries, and they’re shipping their food to us. Not only that but the longer food stays on the truck/ferries/etc. and on the supermarket shelves, the more the food loses its nutrients .A lot of people today (myself included) don’t know what a piece of fresh produce is actually supposed to taste like because of how far the food has traveled and how many nutrients it has lost (which greatly affects the taste), and also because of all the nasty chemicals and genetic engineering.

I think I will definitely be making trips to the local farmer’s markets from now on instead of going to the supermarket to buy my produce.

Aside

Yet another post that doesn’t have as much to do with green living, but more to do with living a healthy lifestyle.

Most of us know that as Americans, adults and children alike, are having a huge problem with obesity… myself included. But don’t fret! There are ways of fixing that. Calorie intake and exercise go very well hand-in-hand with maintaining a healthy body weight. One of the simplest ways of cutting calories is to control portion sizes, but some people need a little more than that. Sometimes it takes just a little more than eating a smaller hamburger. You also need to reduce your intake of added sugars and alcohol. You also need to exercise more, especially if you’ve previously lived a sedentary lifestyle, even if it’s just going for a 30 minute brisk walk, or gardening. Actually, gardening helps a lot because there are a lot of repetitive motions involved.

So, if you find yourself getting bored, go out for a walk and get that body moving!

Get That Body Moving!