Sunday, April 29

Back to Routine

Today was Day 1 of my new healthy eating plan- CINCH! by Cynthia Sass. I did this plan several months ago, and loved it, but life got in the way so I stopped. I'm determined to stick with it for 21 days (amount of time to set a new habit). CINCH requires that you eat within an hour of getting up, and then every four hours after that. It requires you to eat 5 items at each meal:
1.) Lean Protein (scrambled eggs shown above)
2.) Whole Grain (whole wheat toast)
3.) Healthy Fat (walnuts)
4.) Produce (dried cranberries- but I plan on eating carrots later to add to this)
5.) SASS spices (cinnamon on my toast)

I like this plan because I always have plenty to eat, sometimes too much. It does take planning to make sure you have each item at each meal, but it's worth it to me. I love knowing that I'm giving my body all the nutrients it needs! 

Next project: Back to exercising regularly!

Monday, April 23

A typical Monday for an OCD Housewife Princess

      Last week I quit my job. I am tired of working for people who care more about the bottom line than about what achieving the bottom line does to others. I am ready to "Make a Difference," as my pastor, Stephen Peeples of Roopville Road Baptist Church, said yesterday. There's a lot more to this decision than I'd care to share right now, but all that matters is that I am happy with it.
      Today is the start of something beautiful..... or NOT! I prioritized all the things I hope to accomplish around the house, and unfortunately, the tub drain won the prize. Jeremy and I have lived in this house since mid-November, and the tub drain doesn't have a hair catcher, and that's all I'm going to say about that, oh and EWWWWW!
      The fact that I have never been a fan of drain cleaners could have something to do with the horror stories my parents told me in hopes that I would be cautious in using them. Well, I'm cautious- I don't use them. I do not care to lose my eye brows, lovely complexion, or my entire bathroom. 
      So, thanks to a wonderful website called PINTEREST, and the 'pin' that I discovered which linked to a blog named Ask AnnaI discovered a 'green' way to clean household drains. This is what she says:

1. Put a pot of water on your oven and turn the oven on high to start boiling the water.
2. Meanwhile pour baking soda down the drain.  Baking soda has the ability to neutralize fatty acids so it will work and eating away the grime while you are waiting for the water to boil.
3. Once the water has reached a rolling boil remove it from the stove and pour it down the drain.
4. Let the water and baking soda work at decomposing and sterilizing the grime for 10 minutes.
5. After 10 minutes has expired pour 1 cup of bleach down the drain to completely kill any remaining mildew or bacteria.  

Because we use our sinks multiple times on a daily basis I recommend repeating this process every few months.  Repeating this process on a regular basis will keep the "creepy black stuff" from accumulating and clogging your sink.  It will also keep the nasty mildew smell at bay.

Good luck and have fun conquering the "creep black stuff"!

It took my less than an hour, using household cleaners I already had, and now we can take a shower without standing in three inches of water (yes, I know, I let it get too far). You're welcome, honey. 

And this is all in a days work for an OCD Housewife Princess.