A good night sleep is essential to a well-grounded productive day. It resets your body processes and restores body and mind. Practicing a short – or extended – yoga routine specifically designed to relax your nervous system and calm your energies is the perfect way to transition out of the rush and exhaustion of the day and into a restorative sleep. …
My carpet needed a serious deep clean. With a 4 year old, a husband, and a cat, it gets its fair share of wear and tear. It is also old and secretly wants to be laid to rest, but hardwood floors aren’t anywhere near the top of the to-do list. I make do…grudgingly.
We used to get the carpet professionally cleaned once a year. Because of the chemicals, cost, and inconvenience, I held off this year until a better solution could be found. I could rent a cleaner from a local grocery store, but there’s still the cost and the chemical cleaners that those machines use. Plus, it’s anyone’s guess what was in the carpets of the other homes it cleaned.
Picky much? I know.
I am lucky enough to have thrifty in-laws who take ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ to heart. Here is their carpet cleaner:
I’m pretty sure it is older than I am. It is also missing one of the brushes and tilts drunkenly to one side. As soon as I find the brush and put it back on, it will look a little better and work a little faster.
The benefits? I know where this shampooer has been. I know that I can use my own cleaning concoctions in it without damage to the machine. I also know it’s FREE. And it worked pretty darn good.
I use a combination of 1:1 white vinegar and warm water. This shampooer has a reservoir to hold the cleaning solution and is squirted directly onto the carpet. Vinegar helps deodorize and clean the carpet without leaving a soap residue. Soap residues left after cleaning will quickly collect dirt and leave your carpet looking dirtier and dingier than it did before you cleaned it. If you do use a soap solution, running over the carpet a second time with vinegar water or plain water will help wash out some of the residue.
Carpet Cleaner Solution
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 cup white vinegar
Check with your manufacturer’s instructions to see if this solution is safe in your machine. Many people use their own regardless, but it is done at your own risk. You can also use a scrub brush and some good old-fashioned elbow grease in place of a machine. I plan to do this on my stairs in the coming weeks. Once the carpet is dry, vacuum the area to lift up any residual dirt and fluff the pile. Don’t forget to spot check it first to be sure that vinegar will not damage your carpet.
Look mom! I’m learning to be frugal. 😀
This post is part of GAPS Friendly Fridays.
Many of you are familiar with it but there are a fair number not steeped in this crunchy REAL FOOD world who just said “Kombucha? Um, bless you.”
Don’t worry. We’ll uncover the mysteries of this miracle drink.
I think it best not to rehash information that most bloggers have either touched on or gone in-depth on previously.
Instead, I’m going to make this a linky link post as a reference point for everyone who could use a little more info about this amazing fermented tea.
What is kombucha and how do you pronounce it? …
I joined a friend in her group challenge last November called the Eat Clean and Get Lean Challenge. She issues the challenge every six months as a sort of reset to get back or keep on track with healthy living. The requirements are to follow a 30 day food elimination diet (to eliminate potential allergens) and do some form of exercise at least three times a week.
The first time, I was already on the GAPS diet, working out 2-4 times a week (regularly for someone with adrenal fatigue), and needed to remove the illegals that had strong-armed their way back in my diet. Here is the first blog entry for that challenge if you’d like to follow the journey. I spun the requirements into creating a deeper detox as my goal.
This time, I’m a lot further with healing. In February, I adjusted my diet based on my allergy test and rarely have cravings. Clean eating is part of my life now instead of a struggle. If I cheat, it’s never worth it and it doesn’t tail spin into a binge. Sounds like smooth sailing right? dun dun dun. Adrenal fatigue is still kicking my bum. It’s a huge issue. I am healing but much slower than I have the patience for. I thought joining the challenge again would be a great opportunity to add yoga back into my life and remove the grains that we introduced recently. Starch is working well in our diets. Grains are not. It’s important to me to get back to an active lifestyle now that I am healthy enough to enjoy one and take another step further on this healing journey. My focus is yoga three times weekly, a plank position ‘test’ once weekly to gauge my fitness progress, and a diet of meats, fats (animal fats, coconut oil, and cold-pressed olive oil), fruits, and vegetables.
I will add weekly updates with my progress, so I can document this leg of my journey. If anyone wants to hop on board, we’d love to have you! The Facebook support group from the one in November was amazing and some of the best cheerleaders I’ve met yet. I still keep in touch with a few of them. 🙂 Check out the challenge page and sign up to join in!
I caved and ate some candy over the last couple of days, Peeps and Cadbury Cream Eggs. Yuck…and a bit yummy. Thankfully, it was nothing close to the flavor in my memory. Time to replace that memory! I’m not feeling my best and am reacting to the egg whites in the Cadbury eggs (should have read ingredients first and not just allergen info; they didn’t include it in the bold print allergen info). Today will be about cleansing and nutrient-dense foods to support my body in rebalancing itself. Our bodies use extra nutrients during stressful times, and even a mild allergic reaction is stressful to the body.
The symptoms from my reaction (I believe this is specifically related to the eggs): flushed face, feeling like it’s hard to catch my breath, lungs hurt and feel tight, endorphin rushes, exhaustion after eating meals, stiff finger joints & swelling (tendinitis symptoms returning), itchy scalp, restlessness, skin irritation & sensitivity, and red bumps will start by this evening on my main skin detox areas.
Since there is often curiosity over what my healing methods are, I thought I would share them on occasion to hopefully answer some questions. My body now responds well to light cleansing. You’ll notice that much of what I do is very gentle but it’s quite effective for me. Everyone has different requirements so healing must be tailor-made for each person and will change as our body’s needs change. I start to dump toxins too quickly when I overdo the detox treatments, and it makes me quite ill. Not fun.
Today’s support and detox methods:
house cleaning (light exercise to get my circulatory and lymph system moving and stress relief of having a clean house)
organic potatoes with Celtic sea salt fried in duck fat and mixed with sauteed spinach
carrot and kale freshly-pressed juice with 10 drops Concentrace trace minerals
time outside in the fresh air and sunshine
salad of organic dandelion leaves (foraged from the yard), sardines, wakame flakes (seaweed), organic cold-pressed olive oil (Bariani from California), and Celtic sea salt
I was very tired and fatigued throughout much of the day, but I was able to keep going far past my usual stop time. I think the extra movement and green foods helped to flush out some of the allergens and allowed my body to alkalize and rebalance quite quickly. I hope that a good night’s sleep will have me almost back to normal tomorrow. The only lingering effects should be dark marks on the inside corners of my eyes (I don’t get full undereye circles anymore), some fatigue, and skin breakouts. I’ll take my adrenal support for the next couple of days to give them a boost and hopefully get back on track. Kind of. I’ve been battling with the die off from kombucha with s. boulardii and am trying to find a balance with drinking it and still functioning normally. It’s kicking my BUTT between the allergic reaction to too much yeast and the toxin die off. That donkey kick of a drink has it’s own post in the works.