How to Improve Your Posture

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As I sit here writing this post, I am curled up on the couch with what I can only imagine is my spin in a funky shape. The human body is amazing! We can move, twist, roll, bend, stretch, dance, and run. It’s important to treat it right.

Your spine protects your nerves and keeps your body in balance. Throwing it off by slouching could lead to discomfort, imbalance, and injury. Not to mention that we all look better when we stand up straight and tall! Give it a try!

  1. Workouts – Yoga and Pilates focus on a strong core, these muscles will hold your body up and in. Check out a DVD on Netflix or here are a few workouts online: Women’s Health, Fit Day Stretches, Web MD.
  2. Adjust Your Desk Chair – “The top of your computer screen should be at or slightly below eye level, and the desk height should allow your forearms to rest comfortably at a 90-degree angle. Work with your feet flat on the floor and your back against the chair.” Source. What a difference it made for me when I lowered my desk chair a few inches.
  3. Stand Up Straight – Stand with your chin slightly up, shoulders back, pull your belly button up and in, slightly tilt your hips forward. Check out a visual here.
  4. Sleep With Your Spine Aligned – Wake up feeling refreshed! If you sleep on your back, support your neck with a pillow or if you sleep on your side, have a firm pillow that will keep your head and spine aligned.

So I am going to set out a challenge, tomorrow focus on your posture. Stand up straight, sit at your desk correctly, and see if you notice a difference.

Sources

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/health/25consumer.html

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/better-posture-exercises

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/healthy_living/back_health/hic_posture_for_a_healthy_back.aspx

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How To Get Off Track

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Normally my How To posts are positive but today I’m mixing things up and instead of a recipe for success… this is a recipe for failure.

How to Get Off Track:

  1. Don’t Plan The Week – Failure to make plans for the week gets you off to a bad start.
  2. Skip Food Shopping on the Weekend – Starting the week off with an empty fridge is a big risk for failure. Cookies and sweets are always around.
  3. Don’t workout on Monday – You will make exercise excuses on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  4. Watch Lots of TV – Why spend time doing something productive when you can procrastinate?
  5. Stay Up Late – You don’t need sleep!
  6. Spend Money Buying Lunch – Spending extra money on on extra calories.
  7. Skip Your Chores – Let the work pile up, do it another day.

Do you have anything add to this list? Having a successful week you’ve got to do a lot of things right. For me, messing up one or two things can set out a snowball effect for the week! I hope you have a productive day!

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How to Save a Few Minutes Everyday

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Time is something we never seem to have enough of. I know I don’t! Just writing this post I’m behind my schedule. In an effort to improve the time we have to do things we love and enjoy. Like blogging. 🙂 I’ve written this post that will hopefully help you to save a few minutes everyday. Here are a few ideas that can be simply added into your routine.

  1. Throw in a Load of Laundry as soon as you wake up. By the time you complete your work out you can pop it into the dryer. By the time you finish showering and getting ready it will be dry! Fold or hang up if you have time or fluff when you get home and put away when you have a free moment at night. If you do this every morning you weekends will be free of laundry!
  2. Have a designated chopping day. I elaborated more in a post here. The general idea is, you put together a menu for the week and then prep the food on a prep day like Saturday or Sunday.
  3. Do a little each day. If my chores accumulate for a big day of cleaning on Saturday or Sunday I get overwhelmed. Maintain with daily chores instead of weekly and you will keep a tight ship. Of course, heavy cleaning will be needed but not as often and won’t need as much elbow grease.
  4. My favorite tip! When ever you leave a room take something with you that belongs at your destination. I wrote about this in a tip here. It’s a marvelous plan. It makes you more productive and conscious of your environment.
  5. Pick workout outfits the night before. Set out your clothes, shoes and socks the night before. No excuses in the morning when you need to work out!
  6. Deal with it now. Procrastination is the worst and adds more time to a task than needed. Often I feel better when I get through it and have it done.
  7. Make Lists. As I’ve written about before, I’m a list making fool. Make a list of what you need at a store, where you need to go, what you need to do. Plan the fastest trip and path to get everything done. You will save time and money on gas.
  8. Set a timer for facebook, twitter, and pinterest.
  9. Turn off the TV. My husband and I have been experimenting with this and we’re actually more productive! Of course we like to catch up with our TV shows but its amazing how little you miss.
  10. Schedule me time. Spend time on yourself. If you feel good, relaxed, recharged, you’ll be much more equipped to deal with the day.
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How to Make Icing Cupcakes a Breeze

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This is an easy way to icing your cupcakes and you will keep your hands clean! Follow the step by step instructions below for perfectly iced cupcakes.

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 Use plastic wrap an place a generous dollop in the center.

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Overlap the plastic to create a plastic tube.

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Tighten the icing by whipping the icing in a circle.

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This is the result.

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Cut a hole in the corner of a ziplock bag and string one side of the icing plastic wrap through.

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Trim the edge of the bag and the plastic tubing.

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You’re good to go! Start with your icing on the outer rim of the icing.

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And work your way around.

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The Final Product and the Happy Mommy to be. 🙂

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Thanks to Lacie for icing the cupcakes!

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How to Remove Oil Based Stains

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I was so upset when I spilled salad dressing on one of my favorite shirts. If you’ve had any experience with oil and clothes you know it’s difficult to remove and how ugly of a stain it can leave. Here’s how I removed the spill.

What you need:

  • Napkin or Cloth
  • Bowl
  • Cold Water
  • Dawn dish soap (this is the only kind I’ve used)

Instructions:

  1. Remove as much of the substance as possible. Dab with a napkin or cloth. Try not to smear it.
  2. Add a touch of dish soap to the stain and add a few drops of water.
  3. Use your fingers to leather the soap. I do this until white lather covers the stained area.
  4. Place garment in a bowl full of cold water.
  5. Soak overnight.
  6. Wash with like colors in cold water.
  7. Hang to dry.
  8. Examine your stain when it has dried. If it is still there, give it another try.

The sooner you do this the better! Get dish soap on the stain as soon as it happens. Your dish soap is built to dissolve the grease and oil from dishes and will do the same for your clothes.

Note: Please be mindful of what material you are working with. I have only done this process with washable clothes. If you have something that is delicate or dry clean only you may want to try a different process.

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