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My Laundry Soap and Softener Recipe

My all natural, money saving, laundry detergent recipe: 1/4 Castille soap, 1/4 cup Washing soda, 1/4 Borax. In a very dirty load, I also put 1/4 cup OxyClean.
Fabric Softener: 1/2 cup of White vinegar with a few drops of lavendar essential oil added.

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Dollars for miles

Recently I started a savings jar. For every mile I run, I put in a dollar. I have been told it is important to buy running sneakers every 5 months. Mine cost approx. $100. When it comes time to buy my new sneakers, I will be able to purchase them in cash!

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Dancing before a run

I warm-up for my runs by dancing around the house to my favorite songs. I try to shake my whole body to get everything nice and loose. But, I go easy at first! This is the best way to get pumped up and loose!

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Family Schedule & Communication Journal

I have 3 teenage children, so we have a busy house! To keep our schedules straight, I bought a composition book. In the beginning of each week, I paste a family schedule into the book. If things changed, we had to write it in the journal. Anything else we needed to communicate could also go in the...

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Carpool!

As a mother of 3 teenagers, I have been passionate about carpooling. Not only is it good for your pocketbook, but also for the environment.

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Marching while watching TV

My secret is that when I watch TV, I march in place or side to side. Sometimes knees up, legs up and even kickbacks. During every commercial, I either do a set of push ups or crunches.

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