Cleaning Green

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Does your kitchen cleaner have added lemon? Avoid the chemicals – the lemon is all you need! Save the ends of lemons and rub over ceramic surfaces and rinse with clean water.

The natural bleaching agent in lemons magically lifts many stains clean away.

– Cut down on washing up detergents. If the dishes have had no contact with grease, they probably only need a rinse in hot water. And they won’t need drying if there’s no washing up residue. Just leave them to drain.

– Invest in a decent polishing cloth. You can make the furniture shine without piling on commercial polish every time you dust. Find a soft, non-abrasive cloth that doesn’t fluff up when you use it.

– Instead of buying tumble dryer products to get that ‘just hung out’ aroma, try hanging out the washing for real – time, space and weather permitting of course! The laundry will smell fresher and you’ll also save on the electricity the tumble dryer isn’t using.

– Look for user friendly products. Liquid detergents are often better for your washing machine than powders – they don’t clog up the works so quickly – less need to call a plumber.

– Skin care products can be reduced dramatically if you choose to use a simple solution. A big tub of (food grade) coconut oil can replace moisturizers, hair conditioners and even lip balm.

Cut down on the cleaning products and your health, your environment and your pocket will be a lot better off.

Linda x

P.S. Amazon have plenty of organic products and brands to choose from – and they deliver!! Check out Ecover or Earth Friendly for example:

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Earth Friendly Products Ecos Lavender Laundry Detergent 50 Washes 1.5 Litres

Working From Home

Working from HomeWorking from home was often limited to taking your work home with you or putting plastic pegs in plastic holes and earning a few pennies for every 1,000 you put together.

But NOW, with most of us having online access from our own homes things are changing…

Many large companies are appreciating the benefits of fewer staff in their offices and some are designing jobs specifically for work-at-home mums – haven’t seen much evidence of facilities for work-at-home dads yet, but hopefully it’s on the cards.

With so many of us becoming self-employed and deciding to work from home – the working world is changing dramatically. Definitely a good thing.

The 9-5, 40-hour standard working week isn’t family-friendly and is often a cause of stress and other more serious medical conditions. And the juggling we have to do with a family is astonishing. How do we do it?

Although working from home requires developing self-discipline skills – more about that in a minute – the ability to be able to pop outside and enjoy a rare dose of sunshine during damp grey days of winter will do wonders for your health – mentally, physically and spiritually.

Is working from home an option in your world?

Take a little time to decide whether this is going to work for you. Don’t throw all your eggs out of the basket in one go. They will surely not come together as an omelette.

The number one skill you’ll need to make working from home a success, whether you have babies, school-age kids, teenagers or elderly relatives living with you, is SELF-DISCIPLINE.

I have to write this in caps to remind myself of the importance. I’m pretty sure I don’t have any natural self-discipline, although I’m learning!

The great thing about self-discipline is that it’s learn-able and the results can be fantastic. The discipline I need to write books demonstrates this well for me. When I have a finished book in my hands, the satisfaction and feel-good emotions are second to none, as well as a boost of self-confidence.

When you start writing your first book for example, or building your own website store, you may have a feeling of unease – excitement yes, but a certain unease. This is perfectly normal.

We have a natural defense system that gallops to the rescue when we attempt anything that’s outside our familiar environment or comfort zone,

If we choose to be rescued and dissolve back into old ways, that is a choice. But having the self-discipline to run with that scary feeling and boldly go where you’ve not been before has bonuses beyond measure:

– your self -confidence and self-esteem will grow daily
– your ability to deal with challenges will exceed your wildest dreams
– and most of all you will stay on the path of self-improvement making your world and the whole planet a better place to live.

Well, if they aren’t good enough reasons to ride those fears nothing is!

Linda x
P.S. If you’re thinking about getting the word out for your new business or work at home project, this handy download will guide you through the process.

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The ABC of Digital Publishing.

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Chicken and Chocolate

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When I watched the film ‘Chocolat’ for the first time, I didn’t realize that the sauce they were pouring over their main meal was in fact chocolate! To me, chocolate is something to make me feel good while I’m wasting time – a ‘quick sugar fix’

Now I’ve studied the chocolate subject a little more, I’ve realized that chocolate isn’t just a sugar fix but an elegant and delicious ingredient that can be enjoyed with main meals as well as desserts and cookies – and no guilt attached 🙂

Check this out:

Cook chicken pieces – either coat with flour and fry slowly in olive oil or roast in the oven until cooked right through.

Make the sauce:

Ingredients:

2 oz. (50g.) dried cherries
1 oz. (25g.) unsweetened chocolate, chopped – use a dark chocolate and check there’s no added sugar
8 fl.oz (about 240mls) of chicken stock – try and use stock from the chicken you’re cooking rather than stock cubes
2 fl.oz (about 50mls) balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon of brandy or orange juice

Method:

1. Pour chicken stock into pan and bring to the boil. Cook until reduced and thickened. If you’re using stock cubes, you may have to add a little cornflour to help with the thickening process.

2. Add the cherries and vinegar to the pan

3. Lower the heat a little, but keep simmering until the sauce separates when you run a spoon across the bottom of the pan. Don’t burn it!

4. Stir in the chocolate and brandy or orange juice until chocolate has melted.

5. Serve hot with chicken.

Enjoy!

Linda x