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Green Cleaning

Here are some ideas to try and to see what works for you, your family, and your home. Start today to live greener at home!

PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to consider your surfaces before using these ideas. For example, vinegar is NOT a good choice for granite and marble!

Cleaning:

Two great products to try are white vinegar and baking soda. You can buy huge jugs of white vinegar and large bags of baking soda at warehouse club stores. It makes it easy to always have them on hand and they are so inexpensive compared to all the products you buy now.

Dilute vinegar and water (1 to 5) in a spray bottle to clean everything in the kitchen. Countertops, quick floor cleanup, refrigerator, etc. And any odor from the vinegar goes away very quickly.

You can also use this in the bathroom for sinks and countertops. You can also use the spray to clean glass and mirrors – including windows.

To remove odors (even many doggie smells!) from carpets, lightly sprinkle dry baking soda before sweeping. It works by absorbing odors instead of covering them up and does it without using chemicals and fragrance.

In the Laundry:

Add baking soda to the washing machine with detergent (fragrance-free) because it makes the soap work better and you can use less.

Try permanent dryer sheets made out of fabric to eliminate buying throw-away dryer sheets and fabric softeners.

Outdoors:

When you live in the woods with no grass where you raise a hardy crop of poison ivy, dandelions, and weeds, use vinegar full strength to kill these as they start to come up. My experience is that vinegar will kill anything. So use care around grass, flowers, and anything you want to keep.

For Cooking/Food Prep/Storage:

  • Unbleached paper towels if using with food prep (like draining or drying)
  • Use unbleached natural waxed paper if covering will touch the food
  • Unbleached parchment paper under everything that goes in the oven – this really cuts down on cleanup!
  • Replace plastic containers with glass jars for food storage. Try inexpensive canning jars in different sizes with plastic lids for refrigerator/pantry storage and regular metal lids for the freezer

Recycling:

Many of us have been recycling for years. As you eat less processed foods, you’ll find you have less to recycle.

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5 COVID Friendly Virtual Social Meet Ideas

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Social Distancing

It’s been more than one full year since most of the world has entered lockdown. Ever since, we’ve been living in the state of slow-reopen, quick lockdown again on repeat. Honestly, it feels almost impossible to get meetings with friends.

If you are like us, you are missing out on social life. But also, you might be worried about getting the virus. Vaccine rollout is great, but it’s still some months until we can finally be free. Here are 5 tips on how to meet your friends in these crazy times.

Zoom Drinking Party

The simplest one. Pick a time, maybe do an event on Facebook so everyone remembers. All of you need to go out beforehand and get some drinks ready. You got your drinks, got zoom, and the event is about to start.

Once you enter the meeting room, you will have all your friends in one place. You guys can start sipping your drinks, talking to each other, and having fun. We have to admit it’s weird at first. There is some getting used to this form of communication. Usually, it’s only possible to speak one-by-one.

Today, we are through quite a lot of these virtual social gatherings. Yes, it’s not like meeting in real life, but it’s better than nothing. We’ve got used to the format, and we are pros at drinking together, yet apart.

Zoom Party

Play some Among Us!

Videogame, Among Us!, has gathered quite a following these days. It’s safe to say, that the whole COVID craze only added to the already big following. Today it’s super popular and even politicians play it.

It’s the perfect game to play together. Accusations, lies, co-operation. Literally has everything that real-life does compress into a short burst. Laughter and happiness are guaranteed.

Cooking Show

Arrange a cooking show! Everyone has their own favorite recipe, that they can make well. Let’s be honest, we all love to show off our amazing cooking skills. This is the opportunity.

Each gathering, take turns on who will lead. The person leading, will show and cook the recipe, while the others will cook it by following. It’s fun! Everyone will have their turn to teach some great meals to friends, and you will have a great end product to enjoy.

Zoom Cooking

Quiz Party

Similar to the ‘Cooking Show’ you will have to take turns on this one. At each meeting, someone will provide the quiz. You can have themed quizzes like ‘action movies’ or general trivia as well. To make it even more interesting, implement a scoring system to keep track between rounds, and have an end winner.

You can go old fashioned and say the questions out loud, while others write their answers on a piece of paper. Another way is to use something like Kahoot! where everyone joins on their smartphones. Honestly, while Kahoot! is great, it’s also fast-paced. It can take out the humor and reactions from a well-thought-out quiz, as people simply won’t have time to react and discuss questions.

Watch Sporting Events Together

One of the fun things we like to do is starting a group call when sporting events start. We grab our usual snacks and drinks and make sure that we have everyone on the phone.

During the game, we talk and discuss whatever is happening on the screen. At times people like to join, even if they are not watching. It’s great banter and good for your social life. One funny thing that always happens is unsynchronized TV. Some people will already cheer on what’s happening on their screen, while your display lags behind some seconds.

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Pippy Pants: Pants that have socks sewed onto them

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Pippy Pants

I admit some people come up with the weirdest stuff. This is such a product. Pants for kids, that have the socks attached. It is supposedly good because the socks are not lost this way.

The woman behind this idea is Katy Prushiek. She is an entrepreneur and mother at once. Her experience as a mother inspired her to create this product. Her young son has always struggled with the socks. They just wanted to fall off. Fear no more. Meet Pippy Pants.

This all in one pair of pants. It’s pants. But it’s also socks. The design makes it impossible to lose the socks. It’s also a closed design, so no cold will get through at the bottom of the pants. When Katy created this product, she has spent a good time making it fashionable. Pippy Pants are trendy and they look great. Durability was also a great concern. When making Pippy Pants, only the best materials are used. This ensures great durability and longevity of the product.

If I’m honest, I doubt that the product will catch on. We will have to see how this plays out, but for me, the whole socks situation seems like a non-issue.

Cover image courtesy of https://pippypants.com/

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4 Useful Tips to Easy Stress and Anxiety

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Stressed out

Every person is feeling increased levels of stress and anxiety as the amount of strain in their lives rises. The estrogen and hormones coursing through our bodies will have a huge effect on our anxiety and stress rates.

This may induce nausea, palpitations, and a number of other uncomfortable symptoms that leave you feeling nervous. Allowing your mind and body to connect is the only way to alleviate this, as there is no reason to be trapped by these obstacles.

Reduce Your Caffeine Intake

Caffeine, which can be present in both tea and coffee, has been shown to raise tensions. Different individuals have different tolerance levels for different amounts of quantity. Make sure the caffeine level should not exceed the recommended amount.

It can also be harmful to your health if you consume more than you should. Anything in balance is good, and controlling your caffeine intake will help you see a change in your stress levels. If you’re a coffee addict who still suffers from depression and anxiety, it’s time to take a break from the caffeine.

Sleep Well

Sleeping patterns have a big influence on the quantity of stress and anxiety that an individual may feel. Your body can become absolutely drained as a result, making you feel slow and lazy. Regulating sleeping habits is the most effective way to combat it.

Make absolutely sure you get enough sleep every night as part of your daily routine. Once you wake up from a good night’s sleep, the brain is in better shape to function. Most of the time, it leaves you safe and stress-free. It gives you energy boosters so you can take care of your fear one move at a time.

Exercise is good

Try Exercise

This is something we’ve known for a long time. Exercising causes the body to release feel-good hormones that increase your mindset and relieve tension in your mind. To do this, you don’t need to waste hours at the gym.

To hold anxiety at bay, begin by spending twenty to thirty minutes a day on some kind of physical exercise. Exercise raises levels of the neurotransmitter glutamate, which helps people feel less anxious and depressed. Do you have a lot of anxiety? Simply put on your shoes and go for a walk to feel better!

Quality Alone Time

That is what we seldom do, and we seldom give it proper consideration. This will assist you in gathering your ideas and ensuring that they are directed in a certain direction.

Grab a sheet of paper and write down whatever is on your mind every now and then. It may be beneficial or harmful; just write it down. Then take some time to think about it and work out what caused those feelings. This is a brilliant way to examine the method and figure out ways to avoid negative stress-inducing feelings.

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