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A Clean House with Messy Pets

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We cherish our pets as a part of the family. And like our families, they are messy. If you have little ones crawling around the floor it’s essential to keep the place at least somewhat clean, right?

Here are a few simple suggestions to help keep your home clean around those fuzzy family members:

1. Get rid of the carpet! Tell your spouse it’s all my fault that you need new floor. Fibers in carpet soak up the pet stench. Strong enzymes in your pet’s digestive track can damage the carpet as well. Replace the carpet with tile, linoleum, anything that can be mopped up quickly when an accident occurs.

2. Clean up accidents as soon as you find them with soapy water. Keep lots of paper towels handy to soak up the mess as soon as you see a spot. Follow with a vinegar and water solution. Let the solution dry and then use baking soda liberally to soak up the last of the moisture. Then vacuum up. The quicker you get it up, the less likely stains and odor will become a problem.

3. Don’t forget to mop regularly. Vinegar, water, and lemon essential oil is a fabulous, natural solution to mop up with. This keeps fur and odors at bay.

4. Vacuum three times a week (even if it’s just with the dust buster). Just a light vacuum will help you beat the collection of pet hair and keeps flea dust at bay if your animal goes outside often.

5. Change your pet’s bedding often and make sure your pets get plenty of time outside to avoid accidents in the house.

6. Keep up on your pet’s maintenance.  Have your pets groomed regularly to avoid an overabundance of flying fur and stick to a regular brushing routine. C’mon nothing is cuter (funnier) than a shaved cat. Keep them healthy. Take them to the vets for shots and dental care and don’t forget to feed your animals good food and provide them with proper training.

A few simple techniques can make all the difference for a cleaner home. Oh…and don’t forget to shower them with lots of love and affection.

How do you keep up with your pet’s messes?

 

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5 Quick Stress Busters

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Stress is an everyday occurrence for most of us. Whether we work at home, in an office, or work as a full time parent, stress follows us everywhere and can take a toll physically and mentally.

When I contemplate ways to alleviate my stress, a tropical island getaway immediately bursts into my head like a ray of happy sunshine. A large majority of us stress huggers believe that lying on a beach with a fruity beverage is the only way to oust the routine aches and pains associated with too much to do and not enough time. Not so my friend!

Would you believe me if I told you that five minutes of quiet meditation a day can have a significant impact on controlling your stress and elevating your well being?  Did you know that a couple whiffs of essential oils calms your mind and relieves tension in your neck? A quick cup of green tea a day is a nice respite from an aggravating day and contains antioxidants that are fabulous for extra energy!

Here are five simple ways to reduce stress and lead a more serene lifestyle:

1. Take a walk – It doesn’t have to be a long one. 30 Minutes 3-5 times a week can have a significant impact on your health and well being. Simply put, the endorphins you are releasing make you feel calm, relieve pain, and keep you looking good! Don’t forget to bring your pup. Animals make everything more fun!

2. Start a journal – Writing down your thoughts keeps anxiety at bay, and if you are a worrier like me, helps turn off the part of your brain that constantly performs the worry dance. Clarifying your thoughts and emotions helps with all parts of emotional wellbeing.

3. Reach out and call a friend  – Too often, when we’re depressed and overwhelmed, do we forget to reach out to another person. Grab a quick lunch, a facial, or even a brief chat on the phone with a loved one can assuage the soul. A comforting voice at the other end of the line brightens the mood and lightens depression and anxiety.

4. Commune with nature – Head directly to the closest park or the mountains and just SIT! Even if it’s for five minutes. Feel the sun on your face. Listen to the sounds the wind makes as it blows through the trees. Really hear the birds. Appreciate the lingering smells throughout the park. Taking a nature break is beneficial for our minds and makes us more productive, thereby creating a more relaxed you. This works even when you can’t get away. Just go outside, even if it’s just in the driveway.

5. Reward yourself – This is my favorite one. Give yourself something to look forward to. No one can deal with the daily grind of life day in and day out, and not become a depressed, stressed, mess at least sometimes. Treat yourself to a massage, a hot bath, new running shoes, a stood movie or even just an extra hour of sleep a week. Anything that gets you out of your funk and into a smile. Trust me, you deserve it!

Making a few minor adjustments aimed at relieving your stress and tension can make all the difference in your work and personal relationships. As you make more positive lifestyle changes, you will notice your physical symptoms diminish, which will lead to a more happy and healthy you. Go ahead – I dare you to try one or all of these quick, easy methods to help improve your physical pain and promote emotional wellness. Just don’t forget to tell me all about it!

What is your favorite way to relieve stress? I’d love the hear about it in the comments below.

 

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8 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance

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Balancing work and home life can seem next to impossible especially if you throw kids in the mix. Lost time with friends and loved ones is the first victim of life lost in a rollercoaster of PTA meetings, soccer practice, dental appointments, and the dry cleaners. Throw in a full time job, chores, grocery shopping and you can kiss any down time you have left, goodbye. Life is a balancing act and the best way to get through it, is with a plan of action. Here are a few ideas to help you achieve balance.

Set priorities…

Do you really need to bake 32 muffins for the third grade Valentine’s day party? How about saving some time and purchasing them just this once? Enlist your partner to switch off taking the kids to school or watching the baby. It’s okay to skip scrubbing the tub one week. I promise. The kids will grow up just fine if they buy lunch at school once in awhile. Give yourself a break! These little chores you skip will still be there, but your piece of mind won’t be.

The most important event in your calendar…

When scheduling your appointments, don’t forget to add a bit of downtime in between work and home commitments to enjoy yourself. Make a list right now of the 5 things you need more of in your life. For me it’s things like dancing, time with friends and family, spending time outside, and exercise. I’m a much happier and better me with these things included. Now, go to your calendar and actually schedule your list items. Now, it’s up to you to honor it but you won’t have any trouble once you get the hang of it. Balance feels awesome.

Some fun ideas…

Enjoying a night out with friends can vastly improve an overworked body and mind. While you are out on your adventure, plan the NEXT excursion. Always have something to look forward to. Do something you enjoy every day. Watch a movie, go to the library, work on a hobby, or take a relaxing bath. Keep this time protected from other responsibilities. This is YOUR time. No interruptions!

Work for pleasure…

If you find that the only fun you have is outside the office, maybe it’s time to reconsider your career. I know, easier said than done, but really all it takes is the courage to change your circumstances and taking the first step. How empowering is that!

Time is money…

How much is your time worth per hour? Choose an amount. Then add up all the time you spend on things someone else can do for you. It’s a lot. Most of us are on a budget, but in many cases it is worth paying someone else to do things for you. It’s not extravagance, it’s just smart because what you end up with is time to spend with the people you love and do things that make you happy.

Some “let someone else do it” ideas…

Have the groceries delivered. Look for a local CSA that delivers. Local, organic food delivered…doesn’t get better than that. NM people check out Skarsgard Farms. How about paying the extra fee to have the Christmas gifts wrapped? Have the neighbor kid mow your lawn and help with yard work. How about using the loose-change-jar once in awhile and have your house cleaned? Better yet! Have the kids clean the house while you sit by the pool!

Move it…

Exercise is a very powerful tool especially if it’s done in the morning. It impacts your whole mood and puts a positive touch on your entire day. Schedule at least three, twenty minute workout routines a week, and I promise you you’ll fly through your workweek (and you won’t jiggle). Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, get some extra sleep, and voila! Your energy will get a serious makeover.

Be smart with technology…

Stay off the computer, your smartphone, anything where you can access messages, social media, and emails when you first wake up. I am so guilty of this. Nobody should be reading anything that may contain negative or depressing news first thing in the morning. Not to mention, your morning hours are the most productive. Don’t waste your best on Facebook. Save it for after lunch.

Track your time…

Lastly, track your time. You’d be surprised (or maybe not) how much time we waste during the day on frivolous activities. Cut out unnecessary time on the computer, phone, or errands that can be skipped or combined.

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton

 

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