How to Make Your Own Alkaline Water

The first question is why even make alkaline water? First of all, alkaline water has antioxidant properties which counteract free radicals. Alkaline water cleanses the organs, particularly the colon. It also rejuvenates and detoxes the skin, breaks down the fatty elements in food, and lubricates the joints. Plus, it is very easy to do and costs pennies!

You will need a jar with a tight fitting lid and some PH test strips or tape to test your water. Fill your jar with tap water, filtered water or distilled water, leave enough room at the top of the jar for shaking. Add in ½ tsp baking soda, secure lid and shake. Now test your water, you are looking for a 8.5 to 9.0 pH level. If need be, add a bit more baking soda until you reach the correct level. Keep track of how much baking soda you use so you know how much to use when making additional alkaline water.  Always give the jar a good shake each time before drinking.

Alternately you can purchase alkaline drops to use in your water as well.

This is an easy healthy thing to accomplish! Drink to your health!

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Joy and Berry-ment

As the first fruit to ripen in the spring, strawberries are already gracing the grocery store shelves. Strawberries are high in vitamin C  and come in at only 55 calories per cup. While strawberries alone are quite scrumptious, here are some other ways to enjoy this lovely red berry.

Strawberry Salad: Toss field greens with sliced strawberries, sunflower seeds, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.

Strawberry Snack: Toss strawberries with lime juice and fresh mint.

Adults-Only Strawberries: Marinate 3 cups strawberries in ½ cup Grand Marnier in a shallow dish for a few hours in the fridge. Spoon strawberries into 4 bowls, reserving marinade. Pour marinade into a jar with ¼ cup heavy cream. Put on the lid, shake it up, then pour over the strawberries.

Strawberry Blender Soup: In a blender combine 2 cups strawberries, 1 cup orange juice, 1 cup vanilla yogurt, ½ tsp vanilla extract and blend until smooth.

Strawberry Tea or Water: Add some fresh sliced strawberries to your iced tea or water for a refreshing drink.

Strawberry Pizza: Warm up a pre-baked whole wheat pizza crust in the oven. Top with goat cheese. Toss strawberry slices and watercress with a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and scatter over goat cheese. Add some chopped pistachios and freshly grated Parmesan and you have an impressive summer time supper.

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Seven Minute Rule

In my last blog I talked about the One Minute Rule as a way to cope when you feel buried under clutter, responsibility, or both.  Now we are going to talk about seven minutes that can benefit you way beyond this small snippet of time.

In a recent posting by Real Age, it was suggested that only seven minutes of mindful meditation can greatly reduce memory loss, stress and those attention-grabbing aches and pains. Mindful meditation not only helps you to focus, but it also helps to reduce cravings for sugary treats! Wow – in only seven minutes! That’s not too much to ask is it?

Here is what you do. Go somewhere quiet, sit down in a comfy position, close your eyes and breathe normally, and mindfully. When those distracted thoughts arise (did I pay the phone bill, oh shoot I forgot to call Aunt Martha, where did I put my glasses), bid them farewell. Simply take notice of the thoughts and send them away. A good visual might be to send them off on a cloud or put them in a treasure box that you can access later on in the day.

After about seven minutes, allow yourself to slowly re-enter the world. You will feel refreshed and ready, calm and collected. Not a bad deal for only seven minutes!

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One Minute Rule

At times we suddenly find ourselves in a state of overwhelm; we go from calm to chaos in the blink of an eye. The realization of having too much to do, too little time, too many people counting on us, too much clutter on our desk; it is overwhelming. At times like these, call upon the “One Minute Rule.”

This brilliant piece of advice comes to us via Gretchen Rubin, author and creator of The Happiness Project. Rather than look at the “mess” before you and allow chaos to take hold, choose to instead do just one thing for one minute.

Open up a piece of mail, clean one corner of your desk, make that one phone call, answer one email, put the clean dishes in the dishwasher away, throw one load of clothes in the laundry – do just one thing for one minute.  That’s it. Now you have one thing done. Yay! Happy dance!

I am an entrepreneur, which means that I am not only a naturopath, author and mom, but an accountant, administrative assistant and marketer as well. I too find myself in chaotic states. Now, rather than have a meltdown, I just sit for a moment, look around and decide what I am going to spend the next minute doing and then I do it.

It gives me an opportunity to just be with one project at that one moment, and allows me to build up the strength to get to that next minute. Life goes by one minute at a time, do not allow those precious minutes to find you in a state of overwhelm (or you may end up with less of them in the end.) Go from chaos to calm with the One Minute Rule.


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Build Your Own Arcade

In my last blog I talked about quitting certain things that are creating angst in your life. One was to quit procrastinating and to learn to listen to those little nudges, even when they do not make complete sense. Those nudges may seem silly to you, but guess what? You will never know unless you act on them and give them a try; you will never know where those nudges will lead unless you explore the opportunity.

Have you heard of Caine’s Arcade? A little boy in Los Angeles got the nudge to create an arcade. He used what he had available, along with his own ingenuity to create an entire arcade out of cardboard, tape and whatever else he could find lying about. Seems silly, seems like child’s play.

The father of this little boy did not stifle his son’s “silly” idea, he let him run with it. H literally let his son build an entire cardboard arcade in the front of his store.

One day a man came by and was taken by this young man’s creation. So he asked the father if it would be okay to create a video about Caine’s Arcade and use social media to  talk about it. The father thought it was a great idea.

The video went viral, Caine’s Arcade Facebook Page has over 100,000 Fans, and $122,000 has been raised to send Caine to college! All because Caine listened to the nudge and his father did not squash his creative spirit.

Watch the video and be inspired to build your own arcade.

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Just Quit!

There are things you need to quit doing. I am not going to go into the obvious, like quit eating tons of sugar, quit smoking, or quit sleeping in instead of exercising. These are things that you may not even be aware of that are affecting you a negative way. But if you quit them, you will feel quite a bit better.

Quit some or all of the following for two weeks and see how much better you feel:

  1. Quit watching the news. Most of it is negative, depressing, sad and who knows if you are really being told the truth or not. Instead, trust that whatever news you need to know will make its way to you.
  2. Quit Chatter Matter. In my book, How to Beat a Tough Economy, I talk about that voice in our head that tells us what we cannot do, it beats us down and does not allow us shine. Stop listening to this and be gentle with yourself. Chalk up past misgivings to lessons. Learn the lesson, move on.
  3. Quit procrastinating. Wondering why your life is not moving in the direction you want? Perhaps you are not doing what you need to do. What information has been tapping you on your shoulder? Even if that nudge seems “silly” in your estimation, go for it anyway. You never know where it may lead.
  4. Quit  trying to control everything. You simply cannot. You don’t have control of the weather, other people, situations, etc. Be at peace with it.
  5. Quit complaining. How often do you complain? If you complain more so than bask in happiness and satisfaction of what you do have, then what message are you sending? You are basically saying, “I like complaining, so give me more to complain about.” The next time a complaint begins to emerge from your lips, stop and talk about something that makes your heart sing!

Try this out for a few weeks and see what happens. Be a quitter, on these matters anyway. You will feel better! Have you ever quit something that lead to a better you? Talk to me on Facebook and let me know.

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Teen Jobs

Summer is a great time for teens to get a job. Job experience of any kind will serve them well in the years to come; from the interview to the responsibility of timeliness and taking on duties, all will pay off with a lot more than minimum wage.

Here are some ideas for teens to consider:

Lawn Care is great for the entrepreneurial teen. Busy families are happy to pay someone to come out and mow the lawn, trim the bushes, and keep the drives and walks clean from debris.

Restaurants hire teens for bussing tables, dish washing, hosting and perhaps even waiting on tables. This is a great way to learn about customer service.

Local Libraries need help keeping the library organized. Teens may also be able to take part in special events like story hour for the younger set.

Pet Walking and Care is another great way to earn some income. Fido needs his walks and baths. If your teen proves themselves responsible, it could also lead to a pet sitting job for the families that go on vacation.

Coaching and Tutoring is another area to explore. If your teen excels in a particular area, you can bet there is a child out there that needs to better themselves in that same area.  Be it a sport like basketball, football or cheerleading, or a school subject like Math or English, someone out there is looking to improve.

Cleaning and Organization skills can be put to work for many a family whose households are overflowing with too much stuff.

Recycle for Your Neighborhood! Many people wish that recycling was easier, but if your area does not offer it, it means running everything over to a recycling center. Have your teen collect aluminum cans, glass, and paper from the neighbors, organize it and run it. People will pay for this service and if a center pays for some of the materials you can make even more money!

A great site to check out is Snagajob. Here your teen can type in your zip code and see the job postings for your area. Have any other ideas? Share your teen job ideas on my Facebook page. Even better, post if you have a job to offer!



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