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Keep Food From Sticking the the Crockpot

I spray a little bit of Pam into my crockpot before I add the food. Clean-up afterwards is simple and quick, nothing sticks.

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Helpful Around The House

About a year ago we noticed that our son (nearly 4) really wanted to help us clean. So instead of saying no you're too little, we encourage him to help with chores that are safe for him to help with. He helps with the garbage, the laundry (changing from washer to dryer and dryer to folding), put the...

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Save Soda Bottles

If you buy a soda (the small 20 oz bottle) while out and about, save your bottle after you're finished. Take it home, wash it, and fill it with water. If you prefer your water cold put it in the fridge. Then grab it when you need to exercise or go out and about again. It's all ready and you have 2 s...

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Just 15 Minutes

Before I head off to bed for the night, I take a few minutes (about 15) to pick up around the house. There will be less for me to do in the morning, and at times, nothing. I can start my day with a clean house.

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Bread Crusts

I recently discovered my son doesn't like bread crust. I was just throwing the crust away. But now what I do it save the crusts in a plastic bag, and when it's full, I take my son to the park to feed the ducks.

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Read Blogs

I've found that browsing and reading blogs that focus on maintaining and having a healthy lifestyle keep me focused on my goals.

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Quick Tip For Bathroom Faucet

Using the bathroom is a dirty job, so when I'm washing my hands after using 'the facilities', I use the soap on my hands on the faucet handles, that way when I turn it off, no germs.

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Just A Few Minutes

Take just a few minutes, 5 or 10, and pick up around the house or in one room before bed. It helps keep the clutter down and is a few less things you have to pick up tomorrow.

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Don't Wait

In the past, if I slipped up, I would say 'screw it' and just keep eating bad for the rest of the day. It would turn into the next day, then the next week. Now, I don't wait until the next day, I start with the next snack or meal. I feel good about, and the little slip up is a lesson learned.

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Quick Way To Cut Green Onions

Use your kitchen shears to cut green onions. Super quick and easy!

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