The amazing vinegar

Vinegar is an amazing ingredient.

I love it with my balsamic over my salads, in my Tabasco to spice things up, a dash of it in a family salsa recipe …

Vinegar can also be used as a household helper.

I have used it to kill weeds, when I was in college I worked at Petsmart we would mix water and vinegar in a spray bottle and clean the outside of the fish tanks with the mix because it wouldn’t harm the fish, it works with cleaning my Keurig coffeemaker (and yes, I know there are issues with ownership of this coffeemaker) and even clean my yoga mats.

As I was cleaning all of my yoga mats this week I started thinking about how amazing and versatile vinegar is. (All yoga mats … as in five [I have six. But since I haven’t used that one since the last time I cleaned I let it be.])

If you want to read about all the miraculous things vinegar does you can read here and here and here.

From a video I watched and some stuff I have read it also seems that vinegar (sometimes in combination with other things) can … Continue reading

And the latest Go Fit Girl! winner is …

… Nicole!

Thanks to Nicole and Alicia for their great comments. I loved what you both wrote and am thankful for you both taking the time to comment. Especially Nicole!  I mean, wowza.

I love the idea of setting the timer for 5 minutes and getting the whole family to do a quick pick up. It makes it a little fun and gets everyone to participate, not just mom and/or wife.

This is probably my favorite thing Nicole mentioned: The house doesn’t have to be showroom quality – it just has to be clean and safe and comfortable.

Alicia, I am with you on the planning with the grocery shopping. For some reason I absolutely hate grocery shopping. If I could do what Alicia does: one thing I found that works for me is to grocery shop in the mornings on the way to work … I would do it.

I used to shop on Saturdays after the gym. But it is nuts then. So I go Sunday mornings before yoga. It is calm and quiet and I get it out of the way early.

There is a class at the gym that starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday nights (or … Continue reading

Staying healthy during cold, flu season

Flu and cold season is upon us.

I got my flu shot at the end of September. My company provides a free flu shot clinic every September/October. I know there are people out there who refuse to get a shot or don’t believe in them. OK, that’s fine.

Here are my tips–for those who get flu shots and those who don’t–on staying as healthy as possible this cold and flu season and all year long:

Wash your hands after you use the toilet. (I know that seems obvious …)

Wash your hands before you eat.

When you cough or sneeze try to use a tissue or your inside elbow.

If you sneeze or cough into your hands, wash them.

If you are sick, please stay home. Don’t bring your germs and cooties to work.

If your kids are sick, please don’t bring them to work because they can’t go to daycare or school. I don’t want their germs or cooties either.

Whenever I clean the bathroom or kitchen I use Clorox wipes to clean counters and toilets, etc. I also use the wipes to clean knobs, light switches, handles, door knobs, anything we touch regularly.

I don’t do this as … Continue reading

Getting the stink out of my yoga mat

Recently in yoga as I was lying on my stomach with my forehead to my mat I noticed that it didn’t smell so great. I hate to admit this, but I am pretty sure I have never washed it.

I should at least use some disinfectant wipes on it. Which I, of course, never think of until I am lying face down on it.

I heard someone one time in class talking about how they washed their yoga mat and then they couldn’t use it for a while because it was still drying. At the yoga studio you can rent a mat for $1. And they seem pretty clean. At the gym, they have mats you can use. But they are pretty nasty. At least my yoga mat is my own nastiness.

So, disinfectant wipes are better than nothing, right? I went to that magic page of Google and asked how one cleans their yoga mat.

Here are some ways:

Wai Lana Yoga tells you why (and how) you should clean your yoga mat.

Daily Cup of Yoga talks about the stinky mat. And the introduction pretty much sounds like the experience I have with my mat at … Continue reading