Weekly Tips for May 9, 2011

Posted on 09. May, 2011 by in Uncategorized

I hope all the RockIt Mamma’s had a splendid Mother’s Day. Did you give that little one a hug and thank them for making you a mom? You deserve so much more than just one day, but take what you can get! Right, ladies?

This week the tips are going to be a little abbreviated, since our launch pad is super busy with end of the school year projects, family needs and training/certifications. Enjoy the insight we have provided to you this week.

NICE:

This may be a repeat, but one of my favorites. If you are making a large meal, like lasagna, chili, meatloaf or the like, make it into two or three and take dinner to a friend.  They don’t have to be sick, a new mom or any reason.  Just show up about 2 hours before dinnertime, drop off the dinner and be on your merry way.  Your friend will be so touched and appreciative.  She will know she has a “true friend” in you. You will be smiling for the rest of the week. And she just may reciprocate to you, when you least expect it!

HEALTH:

When was the last time you washed, cleaned and disinfected your entire gym bag? Or do you have numerous bags and rotate them?  Either way, it must be unloaded, cleaned, disinfected and dried on a regular basis.

If you are throwing in sweaty/wet clothes, shoes, swimsuits, towels and water bottles, you are giving a number of germs a free ride home.  “It’s the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive,” says Kelly A. Reynolds, PhD, a microbiologist and associate professor of public health at the University of Arizona. The results could sideline you with everything from colds and flu to a nasty staph infection.

Gym bag

Why it’s germy: In addition to putting all that icky stuff inside it, you often put the bag down on the gym or bathroom floor, which is home to scores of creepy crawlies.

The cleanup: Regularly empty your entire bag, and air it out. Wash it weekly in the hottest water it will take or wipe it down with a disinfecting wipe. And don’t put it directly on the gym or bathroom floor—hang it up or put it on a towel on the floor.

Water bottle

Why it’s germy: Those with pull-up tops are the worst offenders; if you use your hands to open them, you transfer germs into the little crevices around the spout—and into your mouth.

The cleanup: Avoid touching the spout by pulling up the top with your teeth. And after each use, wash your bottle in the dishwasher on high heat. Or avoid the issue altogether and get a screw-cap bottle. Be careful with the screw top, be sure your hands are clean when opening/closing the bottle.

For more tips go to De-Germ Your Gym Bag.

FOOD:

As the RockIt family was enjoying family movie night, all of sudden everyone was hungry. Yet, they all wanted more than popcorn or snacks.  What to do? Check out the leftovers. Leftover pepperoni, salami, mozzarella cheese, spaghetti sauce and hamburger buns.  What can you build? Pizza Burgers!  Jump over to Food Tab for this fun, easy and quick family winner.

One Response to “Weekly Tips for May 9, 2011”

  1. Tina Griffith 9 May 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    Great tip about washing the gym bag! You know something else I recently heard that I never thought about cleaning/disinfecting? Our reusable grocery bags. I’d never thought about it, but meat carried in them can leave it germy, milk cartons that sweat or may have leaked a little bit, produce that isn’t in a plastic bag may leave residue.

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