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Keep Busy

I have found that the busier I keep myself the less likely I am to go off of my "lifestyle Change" and the more active I am around the house makes it easier to endure a cardiovascular workout

- Submitted by CHRYSTAL1980 3/26/2010 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Save Water and Clean at the same time

After washing dishes, there's always extra water on the counter, so I use a paper towel to clean it up then wash the rest of the counters with it. This prevents me from turning on the faucet and waiting for it to get hot/cold and wasting the water just so I can wash the counters.

- Submitted by BELLE04 3/26/2010 in Around The House | 2 Comments

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Magic Erasers for Tubs

Using a magic eraser to clean the tub takes a lot of the elbow work out of removing the residue. Magic Erasers are perfect for almost all household scrubbing, but I have found them particularly helpful when trying to get water spot, residue or rust stains removed from the tub/shower.

- Submitted by BROOKEX1 3/26/2010 in Around The House | 5 Comments

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Dorm room cleaning

When my dorm room gets out of control and quite a bit messy, putting on good tunes while I clean makes me more inclined to not only just clean, but more inclined to dance while I clean, which adds some cardio to my day, and makes cleaning fun!

- Submitted by TWUJEW 3/26/2010 in Around The House | 0 Comments

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Motivating Pictures

I love to come home from work, put a cup of tea out, set some music, and grab my pictures. I spend 10-15 minutes looking at pictures, drinking my tea, with music I love in the background. It's a great way to relax when you leave work at work and switch to family life.

- Submitted by CASSIOEPIA 3/26/2010 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Recycle

If you recycle everything you can the garbage bags are a lot lighter and trash is less likely to bust out all over the floor.

- Submitted by AMYRWATSON 3/26/2010 in Around The House | 2 Comments

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Bakiing Soda

Baking soda can be used in copious ways, bought in large amt, not harmful to humans, pets, environment. Whitens teeth, a rise in your wash, a deodorizer, make play clay for kids. The list is endless. Look up recipes on line, buy it in bulk. Be surprised how much money you can save. emoticon

- Submitted by NEWKID54 3/25/2010 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Ant problem?

Ants hate the smell of cinnamon. If ants are invading your house, sprinkling cinnamon where they are coming in does a good job of getting them to go somewhere else and not bother you anymore.

- Submitted by PENNYE42 3/25/2010 in Around The House | 6 Comments

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Orange spray keeps the bugs away

If you have a spider or flying insect problem around your house, orange spray - or orange oil will get rid of them and keep them away. You can find orange oil at your local home improvement store.

- Submitted by TRISHREYES 3/25/2010 in Around The House | 3 Comments

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walking the stairs

I've added as one of my goals to walk upstairs a total of ten times a day. I never went unless I had a reason. Now I consciously count the times I go up. I don't count going down. emoticon

- Submitted by PENTACLE9 3/25/2010 in Around The House | 7 Comments
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