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How to get off the couch

Turn off the tv! Now, how simple is that. I'm gettin more excersise. My house is cleaner. I'm reading again. It's a win, win.

- Submitted by FIRECRACKER61 10/1/2013 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Dance while Cleaning

When I clean the house, I turn on my favorite music and get some dancing moves in and also a little singing. Great way to get some exercise in.

- Submitted by REDROSEBUD4 9/23/2013 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Your smaller plate for portion control can look like a banquet !

Maybe you've made the move to using smaller sized plates and bowls to help cut portion size, but you don't like the look of a smaller-sized plate in front of you. Make your place setting appear more glamorous as well as LARGER, by using full size plate as a charger, or a salad plate under your smaller bowls.

- Submitted by XHOOSIERLOSER 9/19/2013 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Go with the Flow, of Water that Is

I was sitting too much. I've tied moving for 2 minutes to each time I have to refill my water glass. I put 8 Ws down a note pad. Each time I finish a glass, I cross off a W and next to it I put the activity I do before I sit down with the next glass. That activity must last at least 2 minutes. If it lasts more than 2 minutes, I record that extra time, also. I enter all of that in my fitness tracker favorites as "Home Circuit" and give it calorie burn = to walking or strength training.

- Submitted by BRAVELUTE 8/13/2013 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Hanaging out laundry.

On these sunny summer days, I take the extra time to hang all of my laundry on the lines outside instead of throwing it all in the dryer. The few extra steps saves some money and adds a little more movement throughout the day, (and the sheets smell fantastic)

- Submitted by GEORGI1832 7/5/2013 in Around The House | 2 Comments

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Making Your Own Laundry Detergent

I make my own laundry detergent. The site says around $28 a year. Honestly, I made mine before Thanksgiving and haven't even used 2 bottles worth, so I think it could last more than a year. Also, if you're a coupon user, you can stock up on your supplies by using your coupons. Here's the link http://www.howdoesshe.com/ch
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Everything you need is there. The bucket can be bought at Wal-Mart for super cheap and you can get a grater for this at Dollar Tree for $1

- Submitted by KNITTY_JESS 6/26/2013 in Around The House | 3 Comments

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Vinegar and Baking Soda Cleans Everything

I used vinegar and baking soda to clean just about everything in my house. I keep the vinegar in a spray bottle to use as needed. It's cheap, healthy, and leaves my house smelling clean.

- Submitted by KNITTY_JESS 6/26/2013 in Around The House | 0 Comments

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HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP:

1 cup of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 2-liter bottle HOW:
1. Cut the plastic bottle in half. 2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area.

- Submitted by JGIRL5799 6/19/2013 in Around The House | 0 Comments

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Laundry workout

Busy working mom finding steps and sweat where I can! I try to make up "games" to challenge myself and to change things up.

I usually use our dining room table as a clothes folding station and all bedrooms are upstairs. So I fold 10 pieces of laundry at a time, whatever my hand touches first (socks don't count). After folding 10 pieces, I put each persons clothes away separately. For every 10 pieces I may do the stairs 5 times! emoticon

- Submitted by GOCHRISTINAGO 6/9/2013 in Around The House | 3 Comments

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Take the stairs down

We live on the 21st floor of a high-rise - the elevator down takes 40 seconds; taking the stairs is only 2 minutes and sneaks in a few more steps - better than standing still :)

- Submitted by DCABANAS33 6/7/2013 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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