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How My Journey Started- The Steam Mop

Let me start by saying that I haven’t always made the “greenest” of choices, and that I am still not an environmental nut. I still make very selfish choices for very selfish reasons, and my journey to a green, chemical free lifestyle was started by a complete accident. It all started with a steam mop.

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A Green Challenge: Cleaning The Kitchen With Lemons

Keeping with the challenge from the past two weeks, I have a NEW green challenge for you! This one involves cleaning the kitchen with lemons! Here you will find every way I can think of to clean the kitchen with lemons!

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Cleaning The Kitchen With Lemons

Some of the things you will see here call for lemon oil, and you can find that easily on Amazon!

Without further ado, here are all the ways that I can think of to clean your kitchen with lemons!

  1. Windows– Wedges of lemons can be rubbed over windows to clean and shine them effectively. Squeeze the wedge of lemon as you rub to release some of the lemon juice and wipe with a dampened cloth immediately. Then buff with a clean, dry cloth to produce a shine.
  2. Glass and China– Remove limescale build up from china and drinking glasses by making a solution of water and lemon juice. Use the two ingredients in equal quantities and let this solution sit in the cup or glass for several hours. Then wash as normal in hot water and detergent of your choice. This also helps remove stains in cups from tea and coffee.
  3. Odor on wooden surfaces– kitchen worktops and cutting boards can harbor harmful germs and soak up odors. Rub half a lemon liberally over the wooden surface, allow the juice to dry fully, and then rinse off with cold water. This will disinfect the surface and remove any unpleasant smells.
  4. Dishwasher cleaner– Cut a lemon in half and impale it onto one of the upright prongs inside of your dishwasher. The acid in the lemon will degrease the appliance and the fresh lemon smell will last for several cycles.
  5. Microwave cleaner– Place one or two lemon slices in a microwave safe cup of water and run the microwave on high for 30 seconds. Then, use a dry cloth to wipe away excess steam.
  6. Stove top spills– Mix baking soda, lemon juice and warm water. Spread the paste over the stove top. The baking soda is a mild abrasive and the lemon juice has great degreasing properties. Rinse well to make sure that the surface does not remain powdery and then buff dry with a clean cloth.
  7. Oven cleaner– Make sure that the oven is completely cool and apply a paste made of two tablespoons of baking soda, one cup of water, and the juice from one whole lemon. Then, clean as usual.
  8. Kitchen cabinet cleaner– To make your cabinets look like new, make a solution of two ounces lemon juice and one cup of hot water. Stir the solution and wipe onto your cabinets with a clean cloth.
  9. Sink cleaner– Use neat lemon juice and a sponge to coat soap scum and stains in the sink. Allow to sit for a few hours, and then rinse with cold water. This will disinfect and break down any limescale build up.
  10. Remove Cheese or Sticky Foods from a Grater– Rub a half a lemon over both sides of your grater when you’ve finished preparing food to get rid of any residue left on it. Rinse when finished to watch any leftover bits float away.
  11. Don’t forget the trash can! Put lemon peels in the bottom of your trash can to get rid of unpleasant smells.

Did you try cleaning the kitchen with lemons?

If you tried cleaning the kitchen with lemons, please comment below and let me know what you think! I would also love to know if you think I left anything out. Give me new ideas to try! 🙂

XO, Alicia

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It’s been a rough week…

So, I can’t lie to you. It’s been a rough week. Getting back into the work/school routine has been less than fun… And I didn’t play the Power Ball, so I have no chance of having won and not going back. 😉 Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but we came back to school to find that two of my favorite students were transferring to different schools… It took everything in me to not cry at school.

On to something positive…

Training Trigger is going good! I can say that he is almost 100% housebroken, walks super great on the leash, and does perfect in his crate. Plus, he’s such a love bug! He tends to be a bit of a lap baby, but I’m okay with that. 🙂 I was able to get in touch with someone who got a puppy from a previous litter from his breeder (same mom and dad) and they said that their pup who is just over a year old now weighs 110 pounds! I may need to get the lap baby thing in check soon, but I really enjoy all the love…

As you can see, Trigger loves when I come home from work! He laid on me and wouldn't let me up when I got home from work!
As you can see, Trigger loves when I come home from work! He laid on me and wouldn’t let me up when I got home from work!

My Favorite Amazon Items This Week…

As you can see in the photo above, I have a brand new phone case. It is AMAZING! I have to have a wallet phone case, because I am constantly forgetting my driver’s license and debit card in either my purse or yesterday’s blue jeans, so this one is kinda perfect. What makes it completely perfect is that it has a removable magnetic case for your phone. It also has three separate slots for cash, receipts, and whatever other loose papers that you may have.

Galaxy Note 4 wallet case

We’ve had so much rain these last few weeks that I’ve been desperately needing rain boots (especially when my front yard turned into a pond!). I searched and searched, and finally found these cute and affordable ones! They are available in several different prints, but I got these black ones with white polka dots with the intentions of adding my monogram in red. I’ll have to update the photos when I finally get a few minutes to add the monogram.

 

Rainboots

Getting Healthier…

So, here’s the topic that I dread talking about… I really need to get healthier. I will be keeping you all updated with my weight, measurements, and workouts throughout the year. Without further ado, here are the numbers—

My Fat Loss Journey

If you would like to join me on my fat loss journey, I have a clean copy of the sheet I created that you can download here

Well, until next time! I hope you’re all joining me tomorrow for week 2 of our 52 week home organization challenge!

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Going Green with Alicia

Are you interested in going green this year? Do you know what it means to go green? This post is simply to discuss what going green is and a few ways to do it.

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What is Going Green?

Going green does not only involve recycling. Going green involves much more. Basically, going green means to live life, as an individual as well as a community, in a way that is friendly to the natural environmental and is sustainable for the earth. It means Continue reading Going Green with Alicia

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More Herbs, Less Salt Day

Did you know that there’s a website called Daysoftheyear.com? It’s one of my favorite things to check out. I really enjoy learning new things, and I’m sure you do too, so every once in a while, I’ll share some of the “holidays” that they have with you. Today is “More Herbs, Less Salt” day.

More Herbs, Less Salt

In anticipation of More Herbs, Less Salt day (and Chicken month!) I made some of the most delicious chicken that I have ever cooked last night. I got the recipe from my Pillsbury Cookbook, but I made some adjustments to my liking, so I will be sharing what I did with you, instead of their recipe.

Garlic-Basil Chicken

garlic basil chicken more herbs less salt

Ingredients:
  • 3 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Step By Step
  1. In shallow dish or pie pan, mix garlic, basil, pepper, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Coat chicken with garlic-basil mixture.
  2. In 10-inch skillet, heat remaining tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add chicken; cook about 5 minutes on each side or until browned.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 10 to 15 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (170°F).

This was honestly the most delicious and moist chicken that I have ever eaten. I expected it to be dry, having been cooked in the skillet, but it was far from it. I hope you all will give it a try.

More ideas of More Herbs, Less Salt…

What are your ideas for using more herbs and less salt? I would love to hear them! Please comment here or email me the recipe at aliciainasmalltown@gmail.com. I can’t wait to hear from you!!!

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