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Bulletin Board Restyle

So I have this bulletin board.  Yep. It is reaaaallly lacking in personality.  I wasn’t even sure what it’s purpose was.  In this picture it’s current function was to hold my magnets and thumbtacks.  It hangs by my refrigerator in our 5th wheel and one day I decided to give it a simple, inexpensive makeover.

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I LOVE the color green so I purchased one piece of scrapbook paper at the store for 50c.  I already had the thumb tacks and I used 2 sheets of copy paper.  Since it is right next to the refrigerator, it was the perfect spot for the menu.  I already had the laminated day of the week menu plan so I put it here.  I am in LOVE with labeling too!  lol  So seeing the word MENU in big white letters makes me smile.

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Here is a close up of the Menu side.

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And the other side. I keep pens and paper here so it’s easy to find. The round tin is magnetic and holds our quarters.  Gotta have those for laundry when you live on the road!

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I love the look of it!  It feels organized and nice to look at.

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What do you think?  Have you restyled a bulletin board? Do big letters make you smile too?

Claire

 

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Clean Green: FREE Webinar hosted by a professional house cleaner

I LOVE the feel of a clean home!  Don’t you?  But have you ever thought maybe after ‘cleaning’ you actually made your house ‘dirtier’?  Say, what?!

Think of it this way.  You wouldn’t let your kids play with toxic chemicals, so why would you let your baby crawl over a floor that’s just been wiped with them?  Hmmmm….ever think of it that way?

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Did you know:

~ Over 90% of poison exposures happen at home?

~ Chlorine bleach is the #1 household chemical involved in poisoning?

~ Organic pollutants, found in many common cleaners and even air fresheners, are found at levels 2 – 5 times higher inside your home than out?

~ Common cleaners give off fumes that can potentially increase the risk of kids developing asthma, the most common chronic childhood disease.

~ 1 in 13 school-aged children has asthma. Rates in children under five has increased more than 160% from 1980 – 1994.

~ Children are highly vulnerable to chemical toxicants.

~ Your skin is your largest organ and the chemicals from you cleaners can be absorbed through your skin?

~ An average home generates over 25 pounds of toxic, hazardous waste each year. Much of this waste can be attributed to household cleaning products

~The EPA says that only a fraction of the more than 81,000 registered chemicals have gone through testing for human health concerns.

~ A person who spends 15 minutes cleaning soap scum off a shower stall could inhale three times the acute exposure limit of some chemicals.

These are alarming facts!  To be honest I never thought about these things until a few years ago.  I owned and operated a cleaning business for over 10 years and these are the products I used regularly.

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Look familiar?  Maybe you have these in your home too.

Since then, I have made little changes that had a BIG impact on my health, my family, business AND my pocketbook.

AND….I am going to share them ALL with YOU!

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In my complimentary webinar I will:

~ Spill my professional cleaning secrets

~ Show you how to clean safe, green and non-toxic

~ Save you money and time

~ Help you reduce your carbon imprint

~ Offer a special bonus to those registered

Thursday, September 27th 8:30 pm (pacific) 

You and your family’s health can be impacted by the cleaners you use.

Register HERE

Feel free to invite and share! 

Claire

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Easy & Healthy Carrot Fries. Yes Carrot!

In my quest for eating more veggies, I have found some ‘new to me’ ways to eat them.  For example, remember the radish chips?  So when I found out I can make fries out of carrots, I had to try it!  These are SUPER easy (a must for me) AND even my hubby (who despises carrots) liked them.

Start out by cutting your carrots into small strips…OR be lazy like me and buy the matchstick bag.  lol

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Put them in a bowl and toss with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.

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Spread on a baking sheet or jelly roll.

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Bake at 400 for 20 minutes***edit (or until desired crispness) flipping halfway through the cooking time. 

These taste yummy with a bit of sea salt!

They are amazing good and so easy to make.

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*edit  bake at 400 for about 20 min.  It works better on a higher temp 😉

 

Do you like carrots?  Do you know of any other great veggie must try recipes?

Happy Eating!

Claire

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TRANSFORM: I’m in! Now what?

Woohooo!!!  I am so excited for the HUGH response to Project Transform and to have all you peeps getting healthier along with me.  Some of you are starting to exercise, some of you are tackling your debt, some of you are making healthy eating changes and some are detoxifying your home.This is going to be so much fun to have a team of supporters, encouragers and doers.  You are all awesome!

I wanted to share MY Why, What & How with you for accountability and encourage you to do the same thing.

WHY

I want to be have a healthier body so that I have energy and endurance and to improve my overall quality of health. Plus, I would like to be faster than my kids! LOL

WHAT

My goal is to lose 2 pant sizes and run a 5K

HOW

1.  Change my eating by eliminating white sugar and flour and keep eating more fruits and veggies.

2.  Drink Leucine Protein shakes (2 meals) to ensure NO muscle loss

3.  Use the Couch 2 5K program

That’s my plan!  The C25K program is awesome because it tells you what to do each day.  I got the app for my iPhone.

Take the Challenge Transform

Now the next step is to make sure you follow me on

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

PINTEREST

because I will be posting A LOT about project TRANSFORM to keep us all going!

This is going to be so great! 

Be sure to take pictures relating to your goals and post them often so we can cheer on your success.

What is your Why, What & How? 

Tell me in the comments below!

Happy Health!

Claire

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Monday Motivation #3

Love, Love, Love Pinterest! Are you on it?  I would love to have you follow me HERE.

Here is your weekly dose of Pinspiration from moi….

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Let’s make it a healthy week!

What’s on your menu this week?

Leave your pinterest page in the comments so I can follow you too.

Claire

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Our First Week of School

As you may know, our family is taking this year to tour the US in our 5th wheel.  The second most asked question we get is…’What about school?’  We are blessed to be in a school district that has an online school and they are willing to work with our unique family situation!  So we get to Live the Adventure and our kids still get teachers and coursework all via the web.  I don’t have to come up with curriculum and the boys can keep up for when they come back next year.  How cool is that? 

Since it is a new experience for us and the school, it took a little longer to get them set up officially for school.  So….we started our own little 2 hour school day to get us through the first 3 days.

Here is what it looked like:

9am: PE …bike riding

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Playing catch and playground

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10am: Reading

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10:30am: Driver’s Ed. for our oldest

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Math Review for the other two

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11am: done for the day.

Not very much, but it eased us into a school routine. They now have access to their online classes and are working on assignments.  Time will tell how many hours a day they need.  To start they worked 3 hours a day for 4 days and they are farther than they would be back at school!  They are loving it so far.

What do you do for school?  How did the first week go?

Have a great day,

Claire

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Are you on Pinterest?  I LOVE it! 

I would love to have you follow my boards HERE

I started the Couch 2 5k last week for my TRANSFORM goal so I thought I would give us all a little fitness inspiration today.  Enjoy!

 
 

 

 

 

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Have a great day,

Claire

Tips for the Newbie Runner

Happy Friday!

There was such an HUGE response to Project TRANSFORM!  I am sooooo excited!  A big group of you are doing the Couch 2 5k as your health goal so I asked Hiker Mom, Rachelle, to pop over and give us all some beginner running tips!  She is a wife and mother of 2 active boys.  She is a certified running coach and is currently in the process of getting certified as a personal trainer. Her style of writing is fresh and witty with a healthy dose of encouragement to get you up and moving. Be sure to pop over to visit her and let her know in the comments. Thanks so much for guest posting, Rachelle! You inspire me!  She blogs over at Livin The Fit Life.

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Hey all you new runners out there!  Welcome to the club.  It is an exclusive club that only runners can belong to.  Only a fellow runner will understand what you are going through, why you would want to lace up your shoes and head out at 5am to get your run in.  Only a runner will understand why you need to get to bed early on Friday night so you can do your long run on Saturday morning.  Only a runner will understand chaffing, pit stops, race fuel, and fartleks.  Oh sorry, did I scare you?  Let’s look at it this way, only a runner will understand how you feel when you run a PR (personal record), the feeling of the elusive “runner’s high”, the accomplishment of running a distance you have never run before.  Running will help you get healthy, lose weight, gain confidence, and reach goals you never thought attainable.  How does that sound?  Do you want to be a part of this club?  I know I do!

Believe me these things will come, maybe not immediately, maybe not next month, but sometime in the near future you will understand.  So for all of those who want to join the club, here are a few tips for when you are just starting out.

1. Just do it.  Don’t wait until tomorrow or next week, or next month.  Do it today.  Run to the mailbox to get your mail, run to the end of the block, run with your dog until he goes to the bathroom and then run home.  Start today and never look back.

2. Don’t start out too fast.  This is a common mistake that new runners make.  You start out too fast, then feel exhausted, out of breath, and defeated.  We don’t want that, so start slow.  No, I mean really slow.  Slower than you think you need to.  If, after a while, you feel like you can pick up the pace, then great, go for it.  But, for now, pace yourself, you are in it for the long haul.

3. Get fitted for some good running shoes.  Find a running store and get fitted.  A good pair of running shoes will cost from $85-$110 but they are so worth it.  Take the time to get the right pair.  It will save you time, blisters, and injuries in the long run.  Here is a great resource for finding the right shoe.  Personally I wear Brooks and find that they are a great option.

4. Try not to get frustrated.  Even the most seasoned runners have a bad run.  If one day you have a terrible run, don’t give up, it happens to the best of us.  The next one will be better, I promise.

5. If you are running on the road, run against traffic, that way you see the cars and can get out of the way if they don’t see you.

6. @marathonmom10 says “Don’t compare yourself to others.”  So what if tiny shorts lady can run a 7 minute pace.  You run at your pace and that’s that.  If you want to do speedwork when you have this running thing down, then by all means do it.  But do not compare yourself to others.  Running is individual.  Run for yourself, not for anyone else.

7. Kathy says “Listen to your body!! Don’t push yourself….stop if you need to stop, slow down if you need to slow down, and eventually it will all come together and you too will feel that "Runner’s High". 😉

8. Christy says “find what motivates you whether it is getting faster or losing weight or going to new distances, set a goal and work towards it in small increments.”

Remember, running is hard, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.  Like I have said before, I used to hate running.  I would always go out too fast and feel terrible (as referenced in #2).  As you age, you tend to learn patience, and when I needed to lose weight after my second child, I came to running and asked for a second chance.  Running agreed, and we are now best friendsJ Running has not only helped me lose 30 pounds and keep it off for over 9 years, it has also given me peace, sanity, and confidence, among many other things.  So, to those who say, “but I hate running”, I say “you can grow to love it”.  As Ed would say “don’t worry it will become fun!” and I agree.  It will be hard in the beginning, but I promise it will change your life.

It is worth it, for your health, sanity, and your booty.  Now, get off that couch, lace up your new shoes, and hit the road.  You won’t be sorry!

I am an RRCA certified running coach and have been running for over 9 years.  Please ask me anything, I will either know the answer or be able to find it. 

Have a great day and happy running!

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Thanks sooooo much Hiker Mom!!!  I am going to check out the running shoes and use these tips for the couch 2 5k.

To keep up with our Project: TRANSFORM and Couch 2 5k

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Claire