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Cleaning With Vinegar!

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Cleaning with vinegar? With the kids being home, there are always a lot of messes to be cleaned, but the challenge is to find a green way to do it. Did you know that you can use vinegar to clean pretty much anything in your home? White distilled vinegar is a popular household cleanser, effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs, due to its level of acidity. Cleaning with white distilled vinegar is a smart way to avoid using harsh chemicals. You’ll also be glad to know that it is environmentally friendly and very economical. In this post, I’m going to share just a few ways that you can use vinegar in your household cleaning! Continue reading Cleaning With Vinegar!

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We’re Going Green… But What About Your Toothpaste?

toms of maine toothpaste environmentally friendly businessesIn the last 7 years (since my oldest son was born) I’ve done a lot of research into environmentally friendly practices and how best to live a “greener” life and leave a smaller footprint… And how to leave this world a better place. It has been important to me to teach my children the same thing. We make sure to keep lights turned off, water does not run when it doesn’t have to, we recycle, and we reuse what we can. Another thing that I have tried to teach them is to support companies that also strive to be environmentally friendly. One of our favorite environmentally friendly businesses is Tom’s of Maine.

Supporting businesses that do good for not only the environment but for the people in it is one of the best things that I think a person can do, and Tom’s is all about that. Tom’s of Maine is just what it says… It is from Maine, meaning that their products are all made in the good ol’ USA. This is important to me and probably most of you because number one, they’re providing jobs here in our country instead of shipping them overseas, and number two, because they have an even smaller environmental impact from less shipping.

With Tom’s, no animals are ever tested and there are no animal ingredients in their products. You will always know exactly what ingredients are in every product, and they share its purpose and source on their website. There are no artificial colors, flavors, fragrance, or preservatives in any of their products. Tom’s uses as much recycled material as possible, and they maximize recyclability of their products. I almost forgot, 10% of their profits go to human and environmental goodness. And, of course, sustainable practices are a priority in every aspect of their business!

The very first thing that I ever used from Tom’s was toothpaste, and I definitely recommend you try it. Even ONE item changed makes an impact. Tom’s was an easy swap for me because it tastes so much better, and it is fluoride free. Also, if you’re like me, and you have a hard time giving up your whitening toothpaste, they have it! There are even options for the kiddos available. Did I mention that there prices are comparable to other brands of toothpaste that you’ll find in the store? As a matter of fact, I believe they’re more reasonable.

Of course, Tom’s offers more than toothpaste! Over the last few years, I’ve tried and fell in love with nearly all of them. There are toothbrushes, mouthwash, floss, deodorant, antiperspirant, and beauty bars. Some of their products are available in stores, but when you order online, you get free ground shipping for any order over $25. Of course, with Amazon Prime, you get FREE 2 day shipping when you order on Amazon for any amount! 😉

I’ll be back with more tips on a green lifestyle… In the meantime though, let me know if you’ve tried Tom’s and if you loved them as much as I do!

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10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Broccoli

 why you should eat broccoli and it should be your favorite food

 

Here are 10 reasons why you should eat broccoli and it should be one of your favorite foods!

  • Nervous System- Broccoli contains a high amount of potassium, which helps maintain a healthy nervous system and optimal brain function, as well as promotes regular muscle growth.
  • Blood Pressure- Along with a high amount of potassium, Broccoli also contains magnesium and calcium that help regulate blood pressure.
  • Vitamin C- One cup of broccoli contains the RDA of vitamin C, an antioxidant necessary for fighting against free radicals. Moreover, vitamin C is an effective antihistamine for easing the discomfort of the common cold.
  • Bone Health- Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.
  • Sun Damage- Broccoli is helpful in repairing skin damage thanks to the glucoraphanin it contains which helps the skin to detoxify and repair itself.
  • Immune System- One cup of broccoli bolsters the immune system with a large dose of beta-carotene. Trace minerals, such as zinc and selenium, further act to strengthen immune defense actions.
  • Cancer Prevention- Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which with the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.
  • Diet Aid- Broccoli is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.
  • Eye Health- Studies have shown that the carotenoid lutein helps prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as possesses anti-cancer effects. Additionally, broccoli is a good source of vitamin A that is needed to form retinal, the light-absorbing molecule that is essential for both low-light and color vision.
  • Heart Health- The carotenoid lutein may also slow down or prevent the thickening of arteries in the human body, thus fighting against heart disease and stoke. The B6 and folate in broccoli also reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.
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Workout Update: Week 3

Hi everybody! I hope you’ve seen by now that you can workout at home and get results! If you’re just now joining me on this workout journey, please take a look at Week 1 and Week 2! Don’t worry; I’ll be right here waiting! 🙂

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This week, just like last week, we’re going to kick it up a notch! I hope you’re ready to feel the burn!!! But first, let’s take a look and see if there have been any changes…

Weight: 141 pounds

Bust: 37”

Waist: 30”

Hips: 40”

Yay!!! I lost a little weight! It wasn’t a lot, but a loss is better than a gain. This week I’m going to step it up… I plan to take the kids to the park every day and PLAY LIKE A KID! If you’ve ever done that, you’ll know it’s a workout!

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WorkOut-Inspiration workout at home and get resultsAnd now on to our planned workout for this week:

Jan 16- 140 Squats, 70 situps, 95 crunches, 42 leg raises, 60 second plank

Jan 17- Run/Jog/Walk 3.5 miles

Jan 18- 150 Squats, 75 situps, 100 crunches, 42 leg raises, 65 second plank

Jan 19- 155 Squats, 80 situps, 110 crunches, 48 leg raises, 70 second plank

Jan 20- 160 Squats, 85 situps, 120 crunches, 50 leg raises, 75 second plank

Jan 21- Run/Jog/Walk 4 miles

Jan 22- 180 squats, 90 situps, 130 crunches, 52 leg raises, 80 second plank

As you can see, this week will be even harder than last week, but the reward will be great! So let’s keep pushing through and get to a new and better us!

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Beauty Hurts!

beauty shouldn't hurtOne of my closest friends (Katie from A Chance for Natalie) posted a week or two ago on Facebook about wanting to know where to go to get her eyebrows threaded. Reading that brought back flashbacks and pain of the one and only time that I went and had it done, but then I figured, hey, maybe she’s got more balls than me. Little did I know that she was a threading virgin and was going to try it for the first time… Had I known, I would have shared my experience with her (or waited and laughed at her afterward like I actually did… Love you Katie!!!). I didn’t find out that she had never had it done until I logged onto Facebook and read this “Just got my eyebrows threaded for the first time.. Yeah screw that mess will just stick with waxing. — feeling pained.” And that’s when I called her up laughing my behind off!

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While we were on the phone, we came up with the idea for this blog post… The crazy things we do to make ourselves more beautiful, and then we just decided that Beauty Hurts would do. It’s true, you know… Women have to wax or thread their eyebrows often just so that we look human (don’t talk to me if you’re lucky and have naturally pretty eyebrows), we shave our legs, armpits, and some of us even shave our arms (I used to, but quickly decided “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”). We starve ourselves to try to look like AIRBRUSHED supermodels in magazines. We get pedicures (I actually enjoy that, but I recently found out that not all women do!). We wear super high heels that hurt our feet and ruin our knees, but they make us taller and make our legs and asses look great! We have surgery to improve what we can’t improve with diet and exercise (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve considered getting a nose job, or how many women I’ve met that got their boobs done). Oh, I almost forgot acrylic nails… Have you ever gotten your nails done just to pop one of them bad boys off… You haven’t felt pain until that happens to you! We spend gobs of money and we put ourselves through tons and tons and TONS of pain just to try to look our bests.

Men, on the other hand, they have it easy… They can roll out of bed in the mornings and throw anything on and they are good to go, perfectly acceptable to the rest of the world. What I wouldn’t give to have the confidence of a man some days. Being a woman though, society puts that pressure on us to be at our best at all times. And you are not allowed to have a moment of weakness or to look human… God forbid that, because if you go somewhere without your makeup, the first thing you’ll get asked is “Are you feeling okay? You look sick.”

The thing is, why do we put so much pressure on ourselves and each other? Are we really that insecure? I mentioned previously that there are days my hair sticks in all directions and that my makeup certainly does not get done. But, once upon a time I was a pageant girl. If there is ever pressure to be the thinnest and the prettiest, it’s in the pageant industry…

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About 14 years ago, I entered the pageant/modeling world. If you’ve watched tv shows and movies involving them, I can tell you that yes, it’s like that… Some not as bad, yet some much worse. I’ve seen girls who starve themselves, I’ve seen girls who make you think that they can eat anything they want only to go throw up minutes later, and I’ve seen girls do many different drugs to stay thin. And when I say drugs, I mean anything from diet pills to nose candy, and everything in between. I can tell you, I’ve never done drugs… Well, recently I did try some diet pills (not for the dieting affect though, for the caffeine). I was never much for throwing up, I always found it painful. I have, however, been guilty of starving myself. Not all the time, mind you. I would simply decide that I wasn’t thin enough and go without eating. I would go days at a time sometimes and only eat a half serving of fruits or vegetables here and there. By the way, yes I knew about responsible dieting, but when you’re a teenager in this world, responsible dieting is the last thing on your mind. The worst thing I ever did was after deciding that I still wasn’t thin enough to compete after starving like that, was to take laxatives to give myself that “extra push”. I will never, ever, EVER take a laxative again. That is the sickest I have ever been.

These days, thankfully, I am much more into being comfortable with who I am. I’m healthy, and working on being healthier, but I do it the right way now. It took me a long time to love myself, to love my body, and to truly just love who I am. I didn’t have a lot of support in getting to who I am. The world (and most people, knowingly or unknowingly) has a way of trying to tell you that you’re not good enough, because no matter how pretty you are, or how thin you are, there is always someone out there that is prettier and thinner. That’s one reason why I feel it’s important to send a positive message out there for young girls, saying that you are beautiful the way you are. People can be pencil thin and it’s fine. You can be overweight and be absolutely gorgeous. The most important thing I can say is that if YOU don’t like something about yourself, don’t be afraid to change it (I am the queen of change, just look at my millions of hair colors!) but do it the safe way!

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Wow… This blog certainly changed a lot from what Katie and I first talked about… But I do feel like what was said possibly has more gravity than all the jokes in the world could. Please comment and share with friends. And of course, I’ll see you tomorrow!

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