I’m always looking for life hacks that will make my life easier. As a mom, most of the time I’m searching for ways to make cleaning easier (see: ways to get the kids involved in cleaning). I read this article one day while I was searching Pinterest and I my interest was instantly piqued!
For those of you who don’t want to click the link, I’ll give the “TL;dr” version: a woman once had a terrible landlord who actually gave her some great advice on how to clean the bathtub: Dawn dish soap and a broom.
Apparently, the bristles from the broom are great at scraping away any gunk off the tub while the Dawn gets rid of all the nasty grime and soapscum, all while saving your back from any discomfort. I decided to try it for myself!
I went to Dollar Tree and bought a new broom specifically for this and just grabbed the Dawn from the kitchen.
All I did was squeeze the Dawn into the tub:
Scrub, and then rinse:
It certainly looked clean, but my mom always told me that the way to tell if a bathtub is clean is to rub your hand alongside the bathtub walls. If its smooth, then all the gunk is gone and your tub is clean! If its bumpy and rough, you need to keep scrubbing. I sat down on the edge of the tub and rubbed my hands along the tub walls.
I was VERY impressed! This is a great way for someone with chronic pain/back issues/elderly to be able to clean without putting unneeded stress on their back or joints! Even Huff the Tot could do this because the cleaner isn’t made with harsh chemicals! My life is forever changed, y’all.
Have you ever tried this trick? What did you think? Share in the comments below!
As some of y’all know, I’m trying to up my protein intake so I can build more muscle. Not that I’m trying to be the female version of Arnold Schwarzenegger or anything, I just want my protein intake to be substantially more than my carbohydrate intake. (Because lower carb + more protein = more fat loss.)
Anywhoo, its been kind of a struggle to find protein-friendly snacks and treats that aren’t beef jerky or meatballs. The other day I was craving a chocolate shake and I just didn’t have the energy to make a Keto-friendly one, so I went to Walmart to see what I could find. Enter this:
I was a little nervous at first because I was afraid it would taste like a Slim Fast shake (of which I’m not a fan) but I was pleasantly surprised! This shake was sooooo good! The entire bottle was only 160 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 20 grams of protein! I haven’t tried any other flavors, but I seriously think I will because this one was so tasty!
A few days ago, I was lamenting to Huff the Hubs the struggle of hitting my protein goal everyday. “I need more protein but I REALLY don’t want to just eat jerky all day, every day,” I told him. He said, “You just need some meatballs or something to snack on.”
But, I knew I couldn’t make traditional meatballs–they’re made with bread crumbs and bread equals carbs. I perused Pinterest and found an awesome slow cooker, Keto meatball recipe!
Here’s what I used:
~1 package ground turkey
~1/2 cup grated, parmesan cheese
~a sprinkle of garlic salt, italian seasoning, onion powder, and Mrs. Dash Table Blend
First, I combined everything in a large bowl and then rolled the mixture into ping pong-sized balls.
I dropped them in my Crockpot and cooked them on high for about 5 hours.
Then, they were done! I served them alongside some mashed cauliflower and also heated up two or three for a snack whenever I was behind on my protein intake!
Here’s the nutritional info for the meatballs:
Hey ladies. This weekend while doing laundry I had a revelation and now its turning into a revolution. I just need a small army of XX chromosomes to back me up. I know we are usually divided on so many subjects: politics, religion, which Bachelor contestant should get a rose…but today, we must all unite against our common enemy: the built-in camisole bra.
Seriously, who are these “bras” helping?! They’re basically like an Oklahoma congressman toward teachers: completely unsupportive. They either let The Girls hang so low you’ve pretty much got a plumber’s crack on your chest OR they smoosh everything together so that you’ve got the dreaded uni-boob.
These deceptive articles of clothing may say that they come equipped with straps for “easy adjusting” but DO NOT BE FOOLED! They will do nothing but fill you with false hope and just end up letting you down, if you catch my drift. Yes, I know; the thought of wearing a shirt without that pesky bra strap sneaking out sounds tempting, but do not trust the enemy!
And while we’re talking about failures in fashion, what’s with the built-in bra’s cousin “built-in underwear”? I have a few pairs of running shorts with underwear already in them. WHO IS NOT WEARING UNDERWEAR WHILE RUNNING?! Why would the creators of these shorts think I need TWO sets of underwear? After working out in the Oklahoma heat, its difficult enough to peel my shorts off of my sweaty, stuck-together thighs and they want to add another hurdle?! Just stop. Stop with the “built-in” crap. Let me have my spaghetti straps without the extra hindrance and give me shorts that won’t make me feel like I’m putting on Spanx to hit the treadmill.
Unite with me, ladies!
I hope all of you have a safe and happy Independence Day!
If you’re a regular reader, you know I’ve struggled with anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for a while. I’ve tried a lot of different things to help keep it under control and honestly, I feel like I’ve made A LOT of progress over the years. There are some days, however, that I feel very anxious and that feeling will sometimes lead to panic attacks. Many times I can come back down from an attack with a simple breathing routine or self-talk. Other times I need an outside source (e.g., medication) to help calm the physiological symptoms of the attack so I can focus on the psychological part. I’ve been trying to not take medications like Xanax and have been wanting to try more natural avenues. The other day when I was at the health food store, I came across this:
Each little chocolate piece is packed with magnesium (a nutrient that is important to not only physical health, but mental health), L-theanine (an amino acid commonly found in green tea) and chamomile (I actually used to drink a cup of chamomile tea every night to help me sleep!). Intrigued, I bought it to test it out. About a week or so later, I had a very stressful and overwhelming day. I felt myself getting shaky and knew a panic attack was coming. I remember the little box in the cabinet and ate two little chocolate pieces. It actually helped calm me down! I was able to not focus on the overwhelming parts of the day and focus on what I needed to get done!
Now, am I saying that those of us with anxiety diagnoses should throw out the medications we have, not consult our doctors, and just down a bunch of this stuff? No.
Am I saying that I tried and it helped me? Yes.
Everybody is different and every body is different. It very well could have no effect on you. It also very well could. So, consult your doctor before trying it out.
Personally, I felt like it helped me and is a good alternative for me.
Have you ever tried Good Day Chocolate? What did you think? Share in the comments below!
I’ve said it a thousand times before and Imma say it again: motherhood is hard. Not only because we’ve created tiny versions of ourselves that know how to outwit and outlast us with their never-ending supply of energy, but also because of our worst enemy: ourselves. We put an enormous amount of pressure on ourselves as well as other moms.
I’m not too proud to admit that I have done my fair share of mom-shaming. I’ve seen the mom with an unruly toddler at Target and thought, “Sheesh, make that kid quiet down! Be a frickin’ parent!” And I’ve also been the mom with an unruly toddler and felt judgmental eyes on me. Its not fun. Its not cool. And I have been working on doing better. This video making the rounds on Facebook has actually been a kick in the pants to me to 1. Stop putting so much pressure on myself and 2. Stop putting unknown expectations on other moms. Just watch this video and you’ll be able to relate:
Let’s choose kindness, Mommas!