An economical and toxin free solution for washing smelly yoga mats

For those who have been practicing Bikram yoga, you know that you can’t just leave class and go about your business without taking a shower and changing your clothes.  It is imperative that you take a shower and do laundry regularly because your yoga clothes and  towel or mat/towel combination will be sweaty and very foul smelling due to the detoxification process.  I use a Breathe mat when I attend yoga classes at Bikram Yoga Burr Ridge and I love my mat because it is like a combination between a towel and a mat.  I can just throw it in the wash.

However, the down side is that the mat carries some stinky swamp scents after each class.  Even The Meowmixers run away when I take out my Breathe mat! Here is my reaction:

 

 

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I am fortunate enough to have a washer and dryer in my home.  When I lived in the city, I had to use the communal laundry room downstairs and pay to use each machine.  So, having an in unit washer and dryer has its perks for someone who practices Bikram yoga regularly!

Since I became a customer with Melaleuca, I switched to their MelaPower Mountain Fresh Detergent and to remove the stench, I add in a half of a cap full of Melaleuca Sol-u-Mel (By the way, this nifty solution is non-toxic and has over 100 uses!)

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I love MelaPower because it is super concentrated and a little goes a much longer way – hence the savings!  When I had Tide, I had to use more.

Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you on Monday!

 

 

Stinky Fridge Saga: The PreQuel

My refrigerator has been incredibly smelly due to neglect.  Pure neglect.  To show you how stinky it is, here is a picture of my reaction after opening and closing my fridge:

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I posted this question on two Facebook group sites for my  national and local Melaleuca/Work at Home United Team:

Hi Team – My refrigerator is so stinky. Other than using common sense and throwing away the smelly culprits – what cleaning solutions do you recommend? I have Mela magic, Sol u mel, Sol u guard, Tub n Tile and Tough and Tender. I plan to blog about it and will update you with the link.

I received three responses from three wonderful business partners.  Stinky Fridge Saga: Part One will feature next Thursday!

Here is a picture of the Stinky Fridge.  You are lucky that you can’t smell it.  It doesn’t look too bad, but there is some ancient mysterious food that even my cats would run away from:

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Making my fridge cleaning endeavor public is a good way to force accountability on me.  Have a great rest of the day and peace be with you!

Melaleuca Vitality Omega 3 Creme Delights Help Your Brain Function Well – Nothing Fishy About It :)

I am so grateful for the *warmer* weather! Here is a link to a video about a young man who almost died and thanks to Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil, he is better. I enjoy taking a spoonful of the Melaleuca Vitality Omega 3 Creme Delight Peach Mango Tango because it tastes great! Nothing fishy about the flavor! Here is the link to this CNN video: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/health/2014/01/17/exp-sgmd-omega-3-grant-virgin.cnn.html

What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

Last night, it was freezing outside.  It was several degrees below zero and there was no way I wanted to be outside more than I had to.  My trip to the overcrowded Whole Foods on Sunday night paid off because I had enough food in my fridge to make a delicious and filling tomato and lentil stew.

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Here is the link to the recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tomato-curry-lentil-stew/detail.aspx

I had it with some brown sweet rice and it was quite filling.  I also had a little this morning for breakfast.  My house still smells like curry 🙂

 

Craving a Frappuccino – but didn’t want all of that sugar!

Yesterday, I wanted to treat myself to a Starbuck’s Frappuccino after a hard kettlebell class.  However, I don’t like how I feel whenever I drink a Frappuccino because it gives me a stomachache and the high sugar content makes me feel pretty bad afterwards.  I didn’t want to spend over $4.00 just to feel bad later on!

So, I decided to mix my Melaleuca ProFlex20 Classic Vanilla Protein Shake Mix with some leftover coffee from this morning with some So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk.  It tasted very good and it also provided me with an adequate amount of protein and calories to recover from my work out.  Here is the picture of my slightly sweet post workout treat!

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Whole foods doesn’t have to be “Whole Paycheck!”

A few months ago, I went to Whole Foods to purchase a few vegetables and some cat food.  When I saw that my balance was less than $10, I joked with the cashier about how I should earn a reward for having the smallest balance at their store!

Because I have been getting the Meowmixers cat food from the store every week and it is in such close proximity to me, it is very hard for me to justify making another trip to another grocery store if I get their food and several essentials from Whole Foods on a weekly basis.  So I thought to myself,”Does Whole Foods HAVE to be Whole Paycheck?”  When I went on the tour that I blogged about in my last post, I decided to take this challenge more seriously.  I also want to be a true example of someone who benefits from the power of eating well sourced natural and organic food.  So, I have decided to add a post about saving money and shopping at Whole Foods!

Strategy session:

Phase I – Making the most out of your coupon book and sales.

It takes about 15 – 30 minutes for me to make my shopping list based on my needs and my coupons.  If you choose to coupon at Whole Foods, the coupon book will become your best friend.  I like to pick up one to put in my car and one to keep at home.

1) Take out your Whole Foods coupon book or open up the link on your computer. Also, take out any manufacturer’s coupons you might want to use.  I prefer the book because I am a very tactile person.

2) Go to the Whole Foods website and look for the website of your local store to see what is on sale.

3) Grab your computer or a pen and paper.  I prefer a pen and paper because I like to write my lists down.

4) Make your list and make sure that you write down which coupon you plan to use with it.

5) Enjoy a snack before you go shopping because shopping and couponing when you are hungry is the pits and might give way to impulse buying. I like to blend my Melaleuca GC Control Creme Brulee with water and drink it while I am planning my shopping list and organizing my coupons.

6) Before you run out to the store, organize your coupons in a neat pile so you can access them when it is time to check out.

Here is my pile of coupons and my shopping list ready to put in my purse for shopping:

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Phase II – Shopping

1) Stick to your list.

2) Make sure you have time to shop and check out so that the items in your cart will correspond correctly with the coupon deals and sales deals.

3) Enjoy yourself. Take time to enjoy trying new samples and sniffing their many essential oils and handmade soaps.

Here is my shopping list and the regular prices:

Suja Juice  –  8.99

1 can of Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes 2.19

1 can of Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chilies 1.99

Whole Paws Grain Free Cat Food .79 per can

Herbal St. John’s Wort 11.99

1 pound of Navel Oranges  .99 cents per lb (SALE!)

1/2 pound sweet brown rice from bulk  (I paid 2.17)

Brown Cow single serving Greek yogurt  1.00

1 Bunch of Red Swiss Chard  $2.00 for a bunch (2 for $4 special!)

1 bottle of Three Wishes wine  $3

Coconut Milk (unsweetened vanilla)  $3.99

2 pints of Coconut Milk Ice Cream 5.99 x 2 = $12.00

1 organic yellow onion     $1.77

1 Wellshire Farms Turkey Kielbasa   $5.99

Organic Valley Munster Cheese $5.99

1 bag of lentil beans – $2.39

Here are the coupons I had:

Organic Valley Cheese  $1.00 Off Whole Foods store coupon

Wellshire Farms Smoked Turkey Kielbasa $.50 off Whole foods store coupon

Muir Glen Canned Tomatoes $1.00 Off Two Cans Whole Foods store coupon

365 Dry Beans $.50 off one can Whole Foods store coupon

1 Voucher for a free single serving Greek yogurt

1 Suja Coupon – $1.00 off a bottle

Here was my subtotal before coupon savings:  $72.48

Here was my final price after coupon savings and the free $5.00 gift card from last week’s tour:  $60.39

Now, I understand that many of you don’t need ice cream, Suja juice or St. John’s Wort, so here is the adjusted cost of everything with coupon discounts included:  $28.61

I would love to hear about what you do to save money while shopping for toxin-free, pesticide-free food and household goods so feel free to comment!  Have a great week!

Whole Foods Tour – How You Can Shop at Whole Foods & Save Money!

This morning, I attended a free event at the local Whole Foods in my area.  When I saw the advertisement for the event on one of their fliers, I was determined to go when I saw that this free event was going to be tour of the store and how to save money while shopping at Whole Foods.  Whole Foods, also known as “Whole Paycheck” for being notoriously expensive hasn’t been more expensive than other grocery stores in my area.

I purchase the Meowmixers’ cat food from Whole Foods because their private label Whole Paws is grain free and fairly inexpensive compared to other brands.  Plus, they offer a 10% discount whenever I purchase an entire case of the 24 cans.  Because I am already at Whole Foods every week buying the Meowmixers’ cat food, I do almost all of my grocery shopping at Whole Foods.

I decided to go on the tour because I wanted to blog about it, even if I already knew about many of the saving tips our lovely tour guide shared with us.  So, here is what I learned and would like to pass onto you:

1. If something is priced by the pound, ounce or whatever, you can ask a staff member in that department if they can cut it if you want to buy less.  For example, if you see that a watermelon is 4.99, but you only want half, you might be able to get a staff member to cut it in half.

2. Many times, the bulk section is a great place to save money and to buy staples such as grains, flour and nuts.  There is also a little booklet you can get for free that provides helpful hints.

3. You can “stack” the Whole Food store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon.  Stacking is using two or more different kinds of coupons to purchase one or one kind of an item.   The trick to stacking successfully is to organize your coupons and plan ahead when you go shopping.

4. There are “one day” or what I call “flash” sales where the price of a particular item is slashed significantly.  I’m lucky because I live very close to a Whole Foods and go there frequently to buy cat food, so I have been able to benefit from their flash sales.

5. Only buy seasonally and purchase items that are on sale.  Sometimes that can be a little bit difficult when I am tempted to buy something extra, like bottles of Kombucha.  But, delaying gratification has helped me save money a long the way and enjoy the benefits from shopping at Whole Foods.

6. The more labor and packaging involved in preparing the food, the more expensive it is.  It is nice to have pre cut vegetables and fruit at your disposal as well as pre seasoned meat, but it is nicer on your wallet if you commit to taking the time out to do the grunt work of washing and chopping your produce.  If you eat meat, there are many tutorials online on how to handle whole chickens and how to marinate and season steak.

7. I have learned how to delay menu planning until after I finish my grocery shopping for the week.  That way, I buy items at their cheapest prices and then when I come home and put away my groceries, I sit down with my cookbooks or at the computer and find recipes for the week.

Combined with my Melaleuca shopping for hygiene, supplements and cleaning supplies, I think that living a lifestyle with safe, non-toxic products and fresh natural and organic food is feasible on a tight budget.  I definitely owe part of saving money on cleaning products to Melaleuca.  Because their cleaning products are concentrated and used for many different purposes, I can get a lot more mileage out of them.  I eat out infrequently and I avoid the Goodwill to curb impulse recreational shopping in order to make sure that I can still afford to shop at Melaleuca and Whole Foods.

Have a great weekend!

 

Saving $2.00 – a cup of coffee at a time

I am listening to a webinar given by a fantastic business mentor based in North Carolina.  Her name is Clare Luffman and she has really helped me and encouraged me to work consistently towards my goals.  While I am listening to her wonderful advice, I am craving a cup of coffee from Starbucks.  I could easily jump into my car to grab a cup, but why should I spend that extra $2.00 and go out into the cold if I have delicious coffee beans and a wonderful French press at home?

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For those who are wondering “What is that pink drink she has in the background?”, that is Melaleuca Sustain Sport Ruby Red Grapefruit!  This stuff tastes great and helps me stay hydrated.  If you like carbonation, it would probably taste great with your favorite sparkling water! It has two times as many electrolytes as Gatorade and is healthier to drink than Gatorade and other mainstream sports drinks.

 

 

The Tale of The Double Exercise Class Day

One day, there was a very ambitious woman who decided to workout.  She couldn’t decide between Bikram yoga and Kettlebell training class, so she decided to go to both!  However, she knew that she had to eat after each class.  After her kettlebell class, she couldn’t stomach the thought of eating another meal, but she had to have something to recover.  So she reached out for her Melaleuca GC Control Creme Brulee and Melaleuca ProFlex Vanilla Protein Powder.  She put a scoop of each into a cup and mixed with with some cold skim milk in a Magic Bullet blender.  It was so good, she finished the whole thing and got her protein in.

The Shake Ingredients

1 scoop of Melaleuca GC Control Creme Brulee and 1 scoop of  Melaleuca ProFlex Vanilla Protein Powder with 1 cup cold skim milk.  GC Control is a shake mix you can drink to help regulate your blood glucose level so you won’t be ravenous by the time you have your next meal.  ProFlex protein powder is good for building muscle and for recovery after strength training   The shake tastes as good as a vanilla shake from McDonald’s.

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