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Life in the Winter.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

This will be more of a thinks to do with your life blog. Most everyone knows I like to run, have kids, and am married. Here are some of the things I do in the middle of all of it.

There have been lots of snow days this school year. Which leads to home projects to take up the time. Here is a top ten list of some things I've done to keep myself and my children busy during those "what do we do now" times. Most everything was geared to be useful and incorporate some together times with the family household.

1. Make your own hand and foot cream. I use a combo of 1 part shea butter, 1 part beeswax, 1 part coconut oil, and 2 parts olive oil. Throw them in a jar, cap it, and melt in hot water. Pour it into smaller jars an let cool. right when it starts to get thick, I drop in vanilla extract, and SHAKE. This adds a little scent and emulsifies the mixture. It works wonderful. Provides a great face cream to stop winter dryness.
2. Second recipe just like the first, but no vanilla. This time add tee tree oil and peppermint oil. Doesn't cream up, but soaks in quicker, and is a awesome overnight foot rub.
3. We made some home cleaning products. First was the dishwasher soap. This combo of one cup borax, one cup washing soda, half cup salt, and 5 lemon Kool-Aid packets works, but leaves a film on glasses. Found out that it works better as a scrub powder, which replaces the powder we made, but didn't work very well.
3. Laundry and windows. Mixed together half cup vinegar, 4 cups water, and teaspoon of Dawn. What an amazing glass cleaner. Works well as an all-purpose cleaner if there isn't too much grease. Catch up all your laundry with this one. Boil 1.7 ounces of grated soap, add half cup washing soda, and half cup borax. Mix in enough water to make 2 gallons. Now use half cup mixture per load. Works wonders. I know it doesn't seem like enough soap per load, but it does work, and it cost me around 3 pennies per wash. The soap I grated was a natural lemon citrus bar soap. Most recipes call for Fels Naptha. Mine came out too Gel Like, but it dissolves just fine.
4. Cooking lessons. Encouraging the kids to cook with daddy. Teaching the how to, and healthy subs to make in a kitchen. Such as reducing milk/cornstarch instead of butter/flour to thicken anything. Leaving out some of the eggs/oil and replacing with apple sauce. Showing how overnight oatmeal tastes mountains better than instant packets.
5. Treadmill. Don't forget to stay moving. Don't sit and Spark. Build a shelf on your treadmill. Set the speed slow and walk while you Spark. Or watch movies while you walk. I like to watch videos and run. Even kids will do some inside walking if they can "Youtube" at the same time.
6. Snow removal. All that white stuff is free activities. There are things like foot stomping, door fist thumping, shovel throwing, handle leg smashing, car pushing, fall and get-ups sit-ups. There are many free exercises that weather can provide, just get creative.
7. Cold running. Any of you that have run 6 miles with negative 24 wind chills know what I'm talking about. 30 minutes getting dressed, 60 minutes running, 30 minutes stretch and shiver, 30 minutes hot shower, 180 minutes in bed triple covers. There goes half a day and well over a thousand calories.
8. Job searching/ Resume building. Even if you're content with your current job. Do a resume anyways. It makes you think about things.
9. Ted Talks. I love these. Friday the kids and I were watching, learning, practicing the Positive Effects of Positive Actions. You might be amazed how much children can take away from and Internet Lesson and not a Parent Lesson.
10. Blog. Blog your life, ups, downs, all arounds, cookies, soap, photos, life in general whatever you would like.

There you have it. Stuff I do at home. I'll leave you with a picture. This is a GF Valentines Chocolate cake my daughter and I made. It is a no oil, half the eggs, gluten free, chocolate (coco not syrup or chips) cake. Topped with a low fat/calories chocolate yogurt base frosting and finished with strawberries. It was originally a heart on top, but it got shifted.

That's all for now. Have a wonderful day everyone.

Lots of Love, Konrad
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Thanks for the fun ideas to do with the kids! I know they'd love the 'science' of mixing up their own stuff!
    1523 days ago
    Great ideas! I make my own laundry soap but now I'll need to try the window cleaner. :)
    1524 days ago
    Very resourceful and creative you are, Konrad! I think I might steal some of your ideas as there are lots of great ones here.
    1525 days ago
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