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Hello August: 52 Healthy Things To Do Before Summer Is Over

Hello August.

As we usher in this last full month of summer ūüėĘ; it’s a great time to start thinking about what exactly it is we want to accomplish before the summer is over. With exactly 52 days before that first leaf falls, here is a list of 52 HEALTHY things to do before summer 17 is but a memory:

1. Drink water everyday ( pack a water filtered water bottle like this one)
2. Try spa water  (water infused with mint, cucumbers, berries etc)
3. Go for a evening run
4. Yoga at sunset on the beach
5. Yoga at dawn on the beach
6. Start the day with a ACV shot
7. No meat for a week( Try JesusAndFood.com for some meatless yummy recipes)
8. Sugar free for a week or more
9. Take a walk everyday
10. Do a natural lip scrub (use Brown sugar and  olive oil)
11. Eat nutrient dense foods like almonds, salmon, etc daily
12. Green tea eye mask
13. Eat melon
14. Co Wash your hair weekly
15. ACV rinse in your hair to remove build up
16. Do a Indian healing clay  mask ( try this one)
17. Dry brush your skin weekly
18. Learn a new word a week
19. Read at least 4 new  books
20. Listen to music of another language
21. Mediate
22. Pray
23. Fast
24. Laugh daily
25. Teach your little one a new skill
26. Declutter your space
27. Create a journal and write in it
28. See your OB-Gyn
29. Eat a salad everyday
30. Deep condition hair weekly or biweekly
31. Save $20 or more from paycheck
32. Do a wheatgrass shot daily for a week
33. Add Chlorella to your green juice
34. Ride a bike
35. Make healthy delicious popsicles
36. Make nicecream
37. Do a bonfire with close friends
38. Eat fresh fruits and veggies from the farmers market
39. Visit and support your local farmers market weekly
40. Start thinking about your plans for 2018
41. Try henna
42. Coconut oil pull everyday
43. Treat lashes and eyebrows with castor oil nightly
44.  Try a few new vegan recipes
45. Do a foot detox
46. Make 10, 000 steps a day
47. Take your Hair Skin and Nails vitamins daily
48. Go for a hike
49. Swap sugary drinks
50. Clean home daily
51. Drink lemon water in morning and at night
52. Help another woman

#TackleItTuesday: 5 Tips For Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung, and after this last leg of old man winter that dumped over 4 feet of snow in my area, ¬†I am welcoming Spring with arms wide open. But now that the sun will be shining extra bright, it will surely reveal all the indiscretions that the grey gloomy sky’s of the winter hid. So, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get busy with the Spring Cleaning duties.

Here are some handy tips to make Spring Cleaning all the more effective:

Cleaning the Refrigerator:

inside-fridge

A new season upon us means, a new eating plan. In the winter we crave comfort food. In the Spring, we ¬†should begin eating lighter and fresher. First empty the fridge, and remove all the contents. Decide if you’re going to dump that bottle of mayo, or keep that container of vegan butter. If your contents are a little dirty on the outside containers, wipe them down. ¬†Remove the drawers, and shelves and wash separately with warm water and soap. Wipe off ¬†the walls and back of fridge with¬†one part water, one part vinegar solution. Dry the drawers and shelves off and return them to the fridge along with the other contents. Clean the outside of the fridge.

Cleaning the Closet:

closet

Cleaning out the closet for Spring Cleaning, can be complex. It requires good judgement, and the removal of emotional attachment. Easier said then done, right? Well here are some pretty basic questions you should be asking yourself when you hit that ‘keep it or chuck it’ dilemma:

Does it fit? (Not will it fit in a few months or after I lose these 15 pounds; does it fit now? )If not, chuck it or donate it.

Will I ever wear this again? If not, chuck or donate.

Lastly, if it is damaged, is it repairable at a reasonable cost to you?

Now that you have removed all the unnecessary clutter from your closet, it time to organize the remaining items. It helps to have all hangers facing the same direction. For clothes and other items that won’t be used daily, utilize storage bins such as this one:

If you have a load of shoes to organize, consider investing in a few clear shoe-boxes like this:

Dusting:

The dust builds in the winter. Even if you have been keeping up with the daily dusting ¬†routine during the winter months, you’ll see that there were spots missed. Use a microfiber cloth to remove the tiniest of dust mites. For hard to reach spots, grab am extended dust stick like this one:

Shining the Windows:

window_cleaning

Remove any build up of dust from around the corners and window sill, with a brush or broom. Now grab a sponge and a little soapy water (the fewer suds the better), and wash the window. Now wipe away the excess water with a squeegee, using a reverse S pattern, from top to bottom. Using old crumpled newspaper, buff the window for optimal shine!

Mattress:

mattress

During the winter months, your mattress endured a lot. It’s where you laid, when you were hit with the flu and more. This is a great time to disinfect it and remove all the dead-skin that has accumulated. Start by removing the linens and toss in the laundry. Let the mattress sit and air for a little while. Toss some baking soda on the mattress, and grab an upholstery vacuum ¬†like the one below, and suck up the baking soda.

For lasting fresh scent, add scented dryer sheets to the mattress before placing the fitted sheets  or mattress cover back on.