Weekly Tips for October 25, 2010

Posted on 24. Oct, 2010 by in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:

Where have the tips been?  Sorry all, I took off to Cabo with my husband for some much needed baccaciones (vacation).  But we are back to reality and here are the tips…

GREEN – New Uses for Lemons

Lemon as Laundry Brightener – Skip the bleach—add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle to brighter up those fading whites. 

Lemon as Sore Throat Soother – Relieve a sore throat. Cut a lemon in half. Skewer one half over a medium flame on a gas stove or an electric burner set on high and roast until the peel turns golden brown. Let cool slightly, then mix the juice with 1 teaspoon of honey. Swallow the mixture. 

Lemon as Hair Lightener - For subtle highlights in blond hair, simmer two sliced lemons in water for one hour (add more water if needed). Strain, then pour into a spray bottle.  (Circa 1975) 

Lemon as Browning Preventer – Stop apples and pears from browning by squeezing a little lemon juice over them. 

Lemon as Table Decoration – Decorate on the cheap. Fill a glass bowl with lemons for a sunny centerpiece. Or display a row of them along a windowsill. (Love this one because it is inexpensive and full of color.) 

Lemon as Toothpick Collector – Collect used toothpicks at a party so you don’t end up with them all over your tables, seats, and floors. (Stick one in the lemon ahead of time to give guests the hint.) 

Lemon as Grater Cleaner – After shredding soft cheese or other sticky foods, go over both sides of the grater with the pulp side of a cut lemon to get rid of any residue. 

Microwave as Lemon Juicer – Squeeze juice from lemons with less effort by first warming them for 20 seconds in the microwave.  Another use, boil lemon water in your microwave to get rid of that burnt popcorn smell. 

Lemon as Cutting Board Cleaner – To remove tough food stains from light wood and plastic cutting boards, slice a lemon in half, squeeze onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. The best part? You’ll have a house that smells like a lemon grove rather than chemicals.

HEALTH TIP – Try a Health Conscious Costume this Year.

Studies show that 1 in 4 “healthy” adults consume an average of 10 “fun size” candy bars on Halloween. Translation: Approximately 775 calories and 24.5g fat. So if the whole fit mindset holds true, you know the concept that if you make one fit decision you increase your odds of making another and another… (like deciding to take the stairs instead of the escalator, which leads you to choose the skim over the whole fat latte), then dressing up as a healthy icon this Halloween just might be your ticket to avoiding the binge fest. 

Halloween seems to be the start of fat season. It’s cyclical if you really think about it: 

New Year (slim down begins) 

Spring (amp up the fitness mentality in prep for bikini season) 

Summer (bikini season=leanest point of the year) 

Fall (Holidays start to roll around and the fitness lifestyle gets the shaft) 

Winter (diet? What diet) 

New Year (slim down begins) 

And on and on we roll year after year. 

So this year, avoid the beginning of fat season all together and forget about dressing up as a Sexy Devil, School Girl, or Super Woman. Instead be one of the following fit icons (in normal or sexy form… whatever you’re in the mood for). After all, dressing up as Jennifer Beals from “Flashdance” just might put you in the mood to move your body while trolling the neighborhood for treats, burning off at least some of those calories you’re about to consume. For more, click here

RECIPE – Pumped up for Pumpkin. Try Pumpkin Ring Cake.

There is so much going on right now — football, Halloween, carnivals, Oktoberfests, soccer finals and a number of races, including the KOMEN 3 Day Walk Against Breast Cancer, so check out all the family fun events on Friday.  Be sure to share with others your likes, dislikes, comments and input next week so we can keep compiling our weekly tips.

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