Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cool Tools Post
Many thanks to Katie Bretsch for her post about my mop on the wonderful website Cool Tools. You can read her review here.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Cut Heating Bills
     The cold weather found me picking up the phone to get an idea of prices for the newer energy saving windows. The furnace was running continuously even set at 67. The temperature dropped to 9 degrees and I was shivering against the cold draft coming through the windows. The cost of new windows is just not affordable right now and besides they can't be installed in the Artic climate that hit our area.  
     Super insulator: Knowing cardboard is a a super insulator and having an abundance of it in my attic for shipping purpose, it took about 30 mintues at no cost to cover the windows. The temperature in the rooms immediately rose 5 degrees ane the funace quieted it's motor for the first time in a month.  
     It looks like I'm living in an igloo in the far northern stretches of Alaska and the cardboard is not my favorite cjhoice for window covering, but it's working. I'm warmer, my wallet will thank me and Mother Earth is smiling with the additional energy savings. If you live in a cold area and need some extra winter warmth, head out to find large sheets of the heavier weight cardboard and tuck those behind your blinds in the windows. Large shipping boxes from stores like U-Haul are ideal. They are heavier and one box, cut in half length-wise covers most of a window or sliding glass door. 
     Do the kids need something to keep their fingers busy since they house bound from this recent snow storm? Grab the crayons and let them have a ball coloring or making up their own board games on the large sheets of cardboard. 
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Friday, December 04, 2009

Beat the flu season this year by using some of the wisdom from our grandmothers. Here are a few ideas to help you avoid and prevent colds and flu. First need I remind you to wash your hands and face as soon as you return home? It's the #1 way to prevent illness. If you are out with people who are ill, wash your hands before you leave the building or carry hand sanitizer in your car.  Do not touch your face and keep your fingers out of your nose. Your nose contains staff germs that are easily spread to other parts of your body.
Here are some handy tips from my acupuncturist:
*Head to the health food store for a container of sea salt. Sea salt contains valuable earth minerals often lacking from our diets. Those minerals promote wellness in your body year round. Warm some water and stir in a fourth teaspoon of sea salt. Gargle three times a week swallowing some of the water. Warm salt water washes virus down to your stomach where the virus cannot live. Gargle 3 to 4 times a day at the beginning of the onset of the flu or cold.    
*Use a Q-Tip dipped in the warm salt water and swab your nostrils. This removes any virus that may be waiting to attack.
*Blow your nose heartily once a day to remove virus and mucus that harbor germs.
*Do not drink cold orange juice to get rid of colds and flu. In fact don't drink cold anything when you feel a cold or flu attacking. Drink warm liquids only to flush the virus out of your throat.
*A question was asked at one of our Chamber of Commerce meetings as to why flu was more prevelant during the winter months and not in the summer. A naturopath said it is because we are not in the sun everyday absorbing Vitamin D. He recommended taking additional Vitamin D every day to continue nature's natural resistence. Do be careful not to overdoes with Vit. D. It can have negative health issues. Check with your doctor of course.
Diet: *This is from Mary: Raise the alkaline level of your body. Sorry but give up the sugar, wheat, non-organic dairy, beef and processed foods. They are all acidic foods and are linked to various cancers and other serious ailments including celaic sprue if you eat wheat bread. Feeling sluggish or you just don't feel good most of the time? Give up wheat products for a month. I have a feeling you will notice a big difference.
Virus, including most cancer viruses, cannot live in an alkaline body. Eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies including a salad every day with dark greens. Stick with apples, prunes, and purple, orange and red fruits and veggies. Fresh fruits and veggies contain enzymes, which help with digestion and the natural elimination of bad bacteria.
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009



     I'm finally back from caring for my folks so please forgive the long absence of blogs. My father took quite ill and I needed to care for my parents. Of course the leaves were falling, the house needed a thorough "Mary Cleaning" and my company business was put aside to care for my parents. I totally treasured the time I spent with them and now it's time to get back to business.

     Yea my new website is finally up and running. Have you been there yet? No? Then go take a look at I have several new additions to my cleaning tips  many of which I'm still writing and yes behind in getting them written as well. There is a community room where you can view my new videos, connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and Plaxo. I have a search page up at the top for an easy way to find your favorite product. My "site" page is up and will direct you immediately to the information you need to find.    

     Holiday Cleaning Tips: Last year I posted several holiday cleaning guides on this blog so I won't repeat an otherwise excellent cleaning reference for the holidays. From the archives selections at the right side, click on 2008 and scroll down to Tuesday November 11. That is an article on preventing house fires. Then keep going upwards for my holiday cleaning tips guides. This is the 10 days of cleaning I did last year. People constantly ask me for a cleaning guide this time of year. Or sometimes they just need a Mary Findley refresher course. 

     Be sure to pick up my book "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Cleaning" from either me or a bookstore for the complete lowdown on Green Cleaning and a complete stain removal guide that will get you through the holidays with ease and speed. These books make wonderful gifts for your kids and grandkids who are just getting out on their own or for those who just want the latest lowdown on efficient green cleaning. 

     Most important don't forget to email me from my website if you have any questions. I'm here to help.   

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