Category Archives: Lifestyle

Part 2: Simple Steps to Live A Green Lifestyle

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1. Try to make your car less heavy since heavier cars burn more gas.

2. Use ceiling fans when possible.

3. Grow your produce. Grow a one container garden if space is an issue.

4. Pull back the curtain to use sunlight when possible to light the home.

5. Unplug products when not in use. These items are still using energy and your power bill will decrease.

6. Just say no to plastic bags. Buy reusable bags to use at the store.

7. Open the windows when the weather isn’t hot to cool the house.

8. Bring your own containers for leftovers to a restaurant, if you really want to kick it up a notch.

9. Of course, recycle when possible.

 

 

 

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Part 1: Simple Steps to Live A Green Lifestyle

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1. You can clean with inexpensive household products with products such as lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar.

2. If your errands are in the same area. Park the car and walk to burn less fuel. Plus, more steps means a burning more calories, too.

3. Insulate your own home to reduce energy consumption. It will help to lower the electricity bill, too.

4. Take shorter showers and turn the water off when brushing your teeth.

5. Make your own easy natural laundry detergent.

6. LED lights are inexpensive and help to reduce the power bill.

7. Install low-flow showerheads.

8. Be creative. Reuse material when possible (sometimes for other uses).

9. If not in a room keep the light turned off.

 

 

 

 

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent without Borax

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Items Needed

4 ounces shaved glycerin soap or castile soap (cleanser)

1 cup washing soda (cleanser)

1/2 cup of citric acid (helps to remove tough stains)

1/2 cup baking soda (makes laundry brighter, deodorizes, balances pH, and fights stains)

1/4 cup course salt (works as a fabric softner)

 

Instructions

1. Mix the ingredients together and store in a sealed plastic or glass container.

2. Use two tablespoons per load of laundry. Of course, the amount needed may vary with each load.

Natural Insect Repellants

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The list of oils that will work as a natural insect repellant.  A few things to note:

1. Depending upon the oil reapplication is needed every thirty minutes to two hours. You could mix the oils together and reapply every two hours or as necessary.

2. Essential oils should never be directly applied on the skin without diluting in another product such as lotion. Diluting these oils in a carrier oil such as a soybean oil will work just fine. If not, the skin will experience a burning or stinging sensation and maybe other painful and harmful reactions.

3. Soybean oil is a carrier oil. The remaining oils are essential oils and will need to be diluted. Essential oils should be measured in droplets or very small amounts.

4. Lemon eucalyptus oil is recommended not to use on kids less than three years old.

5. Mix and match.

 

Geraniol

Lemon Eucalyptus

Rosemary

Peppermint

Lemongrass

Clove

Citronella

Soybean

Cedar

5 Ways to Stop Procrastination

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Tick tock. Tick tock. You know procrastinating isn’t doing the situation any good. Yet, you continue to do it. Understandable. Who likes doing something that you don’t enjoy? Yet, the deed needs to get done so let’s look at ways to beat procrastination.

 

Change your mentality

Look at the benefits of accomplishing the task. Be honest. Be practical. Once you’re done with the job, it’s over. You can go on with your life.

Break it down to smaller tasks

Completing each step of the process can actually be encouraging since you’re accomplish something making the whole issue seem less insurmountable. You may find that the project takes less time to complete than expected. Planning your steps decreases the time used to make corrections because less mistakes are made with a thought out plan. Also, you spend less time trying to figure out what to do for the next step.

Change your environment

Create a space that lacks distraction but promotes a calm but productive environment. What this environment might be is up to the individual. Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, author of Better Than Perfect, has a helpful tip. She encourages  “So try this: During your scheduled block of time for working on a particular task, close your email and IM, turn off your phone (or at least set it on “Do Not Disturb” and put it out of sight), and don’t let yourself get on the web until you have completed the task, or hold off any necessary internet searches until the end.”

Look at the consequences of not completing the goals in short and long terms

Short term negative: It’s not a good feeling to underperform or failing to complete a goal when you’re quite capable. It can induce thoughts that you’re a failure creating this emotional and mental downward spiral, be it in a big or a small way.

Long term negative: The pattern of unproductive behavior continues along with experiences the consequences of it.

Reward yourself

Treating yourself reinforces positive behavior. Knowing there is something that brings happiness is waiting for you at the end of a finish line encourages you to finish and run faster. For example, working out all week so you can eat your favorite food without guilt. Besides, breaking a habit is hard so treat yourself. You deserve it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give Your Outdoor Summer Party a Pop

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The look of a party sets the guests’ moods. Immediately perk up your guests by having a vibrant look. Below are a few tips to invite fun to a summer party.

Plan a Picnic

Surprise your guest with a picnic outdoors! Rent or borrow some inexpensive foldable table and chairs, if needed.

Add Color

Adding color to a summer party is a simple task. Add a table cloth that is bright in color or that even has a pattern. Too add extra pop to the table include a few fun and simple table decorations. Use plates of color in addition to the standard white plates.

Include Outdoor Lights

Who wants to go inside when everyone is having fun?. So, add outdoor lightening to the backyard. Hanging strand lights will give the yard an inviting cozy atmosphere as the night settles around the party.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Plant a One Container Garden

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Do you want fresh organic vegetables at a low cost whenever you desire?

Well, just grow your own garden. Growing a garden saves money and it allows you to eat a variety of produce that you can’t find easily at the store, such as a particular type of kale. A one container garden is for those who want a no fuss garden and those who lack space. The container can sit right outside your door or on your balcony.

The container that is used needs to be light in weight as possible. It will get heavier due to the soil and water. This is such a simple garden to start and maintain! So, what should you grow? Whatever, you want to eat. A variety of herbs, peppers, cucumbers, mini carrots, etc.

Below is a very basic and easy way to grow your own one container garden.

 

Items Needed:

One large container (that will allow water to drain)

Purchased plants that are already growing (herbs, peas, carrots, etc) and will be transferred to the container or vegetable seeds

Trowel

Fertilized soil for vegetables

Drain tray

 

Instructions:

1. Pick a very large container and place that has lots of sunshine. Place the drain tray underneath the container. Place soil into the container. Keep the soil two to three inches below the top of the container.

2. Place purchased plants that have already start to grow or seeds in the soil. Leave about three to four inches in between each plant.

3. Sprinkle the fertilizer among the plants all around the container.

4. Just add water when the soil feels dry.

 

Things to think about:

  • Don’t over water. Yeah, too much water can be a thing for a variety of reasons for a garden.
  • Vegetables such as corn, radishes, beans, winter and summer squash, spinach, peas, beets, onions, and lettuce should be started as seeds rather than a purchased transferred crop. Plant more seeds than needed because not all will grow.
  • Organic soil is best. It’s healthier for the produce and some people claim the vegetables taste better when organic soil is used than non organic soil.
  • Learn which vegetables need less space. Some vegetables need a lot of space making them unsuitable for a container garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Arts and Crafts for the Kids: Reindeer Puppet

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Items Needed:

Construction paper (for the antlers)

Glue

Markers or crayons

Paper bags

Scissors

 

Instructions:

1. Leave the paper bag flat with the bottom flat as if it has never been used before.

2. Fold the bottom corners of the bottom section (which should still be flat) of the bag underneath a little bit to form the reindeer head.

3. Trace the hands on the construction paper. Next cut out the drawn handprints.

4. Glue on the hands on the upper back side of the bag. One on each corner.

5. Draw on the eyes, cut out a round circle from the construction for the nose, draw on the mouth. You can always glue on the eyes, too.

 

 

 

 

 

Egg Substitutes for Egg Allergies

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If you’re allergic to eggs you still can enjoy many of the same meals like everyone. Below is a list of foods that can be used instead of eggs along with how the ingredients can be used to replace eggs.

 

Agar Powder: can be made to use devil eggs as a stand alone option

Apple Cider Vinegar: mixed with baking soda can be used an as leavening agent

Apple Sauce: provides moisture

Arrowroot: thickens and binds

Avacados: binding

Baking Soda: leavening

Banana: adds moisture

Bob’s Red Mill: “ingredients: potato starch, tapioca flour, baking soda, and psyllium husk fiber – no grains, soy, gluten, or beans”

Chia Seeds: acts as binding and leavening ingredient

Chickpea Flour: recreates texture of omelet

Cornstarch: thickens and binds

Ener-G-Egg-Replacer: egg substitute made with potato and tapioca starch

Flaxseeds: provides binding and leavening

Neat Egg: made from chia seeds and garbanzo beans

Nut Butter: binder for cookies, pancakes, and brownies

Pumpkin Puree: moisture

Pureed Fruit: moisture

Silken Tofu: moisture

Vegan Egg: bake or make scrambled eggs

Vegg Egg Yolk: egg yolk replacement

Xantham Gum: binder and adds texture