Homemade All Purpose Cleanser

Sorry for my extended absence, I’ve been a little distracted the last couple of weeks.  My son had to have his adenoids removed and tubes put back into his ears.   So the last few weeks have seen Dr. Visits, antibiotics, and of course, surgery.  Not to mention the rush to figure out how to pay for said surgery, and I have my family to thank for that.  I’m happy to say that my little man came out of surgery like a champ.  He didn’t shed a single tear when he came out of anesthesia, and he never complained once about any pain, though I still gave him Ibuprofen regularly just in case.

A few months ago I made some all-purpose cleanser, but I wanted to thoroughly test it before boasting about it.  This is not a quick solution for when you need to clean the bathroom but are out of Scrubbing Bubbles, but it is crazy simple to make.  Here’s the list of ingredients:

Citrus peels (I used orange)                                                                                                                                    Vinegar

That’s it.  It doesn’t get any easier than that.  Put the peels in a mason jar and fill it with vinegar.  Seal the jar and let it sit for a month to six weeks.

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The picture on the left is the vinegar and orange peels after six weeks.  I put a coffee filter in a strainer, and put the strainer in a funnel in order to strain it into the spray bottle.  It was so pungent that I actually split it into two spray bottles and filled them the rest of the way up with water.  It is an excellent cleanser.  It cuts through grease in the kitchen, cuts through grime in the bathroom, and even cleans the bathroom mirror without leaving streaks.  Awesome!

I’ve been trying to keep up with my new year’s resolution, but it’s been tough with everything going on…not to mention that jogging in the morning is hard to do when it’s cold outside.  I have kept up with my short morning workout.  On Pinterest it was called a six minute workout, but it doesn’t take me six minutes to do it.  I assume that means that I’m supposed to keep doing it for six minutes, but I’ll tell you, it is seriously intense.

The workout is listed below:

15 squats (be sure to keep your weight on your heels and your abs tight)                                       15 push ups                                                                                                                                                                 30 second plank (support your upper body with your elbows, lower body with toes, and use your ab muscles to keep your body straight)                                                                                         30 bicycle crunches

 

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photo courtesy of www.somastruck.com

 

That’s it, that’s the workout, but I can feel that little workout for the rest of the day.  And it takes so little time that even I have a hard time finding an excuse not to do it!

 

 

 

New Years Resolution

Last week I was reading an article on cracked.com, 5 Reasons Your New Year’s Resolution is Going to Fail.  Like most Cracked articles, it’s pretty cynical, but it makes some good points too.  Well, more like one good point.  New Year’s Resolutions are too general.  For example, a common resolution is to eat healthier.  But does that mean that you’re going to start eating fresh fruits and veggies with every meal?  Or does it mean that you’re going to replace your afternoon snickers bar with a handful of carrots?  For resolutions to work they need to be specific, and you need a plan.  Well, I decided that instead of making a broad resolution this year, I’m going to set myself up for success by making a plan.

Every morning I get up at 6:00 am, at which time I lay around on my rear watching TV until 6:45 before getting myself up and ready for work.  In this new year, I’m going to restrict that early morning laziness to Friday mornings.   So here’s my New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. Two mornings a week I’m going to train for a 5k, I’ve been wanting to run a 5k for like 2 years, and it’s time to get it done.
  2. Two mornings a week I’m going to do this 6 minute workout I found on Pinterest.
  3. Four mornings a week, after my workouts, I’m going to do these stretches that  found on Pinterest.
  4. Monday through Thursday I’m going to spend 30 minutes of every afternoon working with my son on what he’s learning in school.  He starts Kindergarten next year, so this will help him get ready, and prepare us for the homework that he’ll have.  And yes, kindergartners do have homework.
  5. I’m going to do Zumba at least twice a week.
  6. And finally, I’m going to prepare for my day the night before, so that I can accomplish all these goals.

An update on my garden:

We harvested three bags worth of collard greens from our garden and had super awesome collard greens for Christmas dinner.

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It turns out that once the leaves of your collards reach 8 inches, you can harvest them.  You just cut the off the leaves that you want, and the plant keeps growing.  I expect that we’ll be able to harvest another batch of greens before the end of the month!  Hooray Collards!

 

 

 

Book Review: Michael Vick’s dogs and their tale of rescue and redemption

Photo Courtesy www.goodreads.com
Photo Courtesy Goodreads.com

I had been wanting to read this book for a long time, but was scared to because of what I might read. I was sure that the book would be full of information that I could never un-know. While what happened to these dogs was horrible, that is not what this book is about. This is the story about what happened to these dogs once they were rescued.  That does not mean that you, as the reader, will not be told any of the atrocities that they suffered.  However, I found that Jim Gorant, the author, managed to convey their story without the horrific details of their experiences.  All in all, I found that there was only one tell of woe that I will never be able to un-know, no matter how much I may want to.

Prior to the Vick case, dogs involved in fighting rings were considered the weapon, not the victim. This book tells about the people who fought to save these amazing dogs, and the hoops they had to jump through to make it happen. It also goes into considerable detail about the rescue groups that got involved, and the sacrifices that they had to make in order to rehabilitate the dogs.  I found the descriptions of the rescue groups and the individuals involved in those groups to be especially inspiring.  I’ve been wanting to get involved with helping rescue dogs for some time, but have not been able to find a way to do so.  By the time I finished this book I found myself researching ways to become a certified dog trainer, so that I can be one of those amazing people one day.  I don’t know if that is a path I will follow or not, but it has certainly given me something to think about.

I have never been so happy to have read a book in my life. The courage of these dogs and their ability to love, despite their previous experience with humans, was uplifting. This is definitely a book for dog lovers. But if you don’t understand what’s so great about dogs, or don’t understand what’s so bad about dog fighting, then this book is for you too.