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Babysitters Have Enough Work

Awhile back, my friend Nick with Home Hazards Prevention asked me to write an article about safe home cleaning products that your babysitter can use while watching your kids! Check it out 🙂

Babysitters Have Enough Work

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Get Clean Starter Kit – Products for your entire home!

Get Clean Starter Kit – Products for your entire home!

As a busy wife and successful Mompreneur I look for convenience for my family. With convenience must come quality. I hit the jackpot when I was watching the Oprah Winfrey show one day many years ago. Her show was an Earth Day show and there were the CEO’s of a company called Shaklee on that day.

Sloan (the mother) was speaking on what toxic chemicals can be in our homes that could be making our children sick. I had never really thought about that before until I heard her speak. I always used what my mom used and for my kid’s laundry soap I bought what a pediatrician recommended that I buy from the store (at least it needed to say Pediatrician recommended on the bottle).

SO WHAT DID I DO? After learning that there were toxins in those products from the store, I immediately picked up the phone, ordered the starter kit from the Oprah show and here I am almost 10 years later using and LOVING the same products that not only work AWESOME, but are so economical that they save me money.

WANT to know the best part – convenience! I order them on line when I need them and they are shipped right to my door step! How is easy is that? To learn more or to order please visit: https://greenqcmom.myshaklee.com/us/en/shop/healthyhome

 

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Top 10 ways to declutter

Top 10 ways to declutter

1. When buying electronics, download the manual and store it in the cloud.

When buying electronics, download the manual and store it in the cloud.

If you’re positive you won’t be returning it, you can safely discard the manual. Uploading an electronic copy to the virtual cloud of your choice keeps you covered in case the manufacturer stops producing the item and takes the manual down from its site.

Read more here about archiving your manuals into iBooks (if you have an iPad).

2. Enlist the rule of five every time you clean.

Enlist the rule of five every time you clean.

Whenever you’re cleaning a room, get rid of at least five items, whether it’s a piece of trash, an old magazine, or just something you haven’t used in ages.

3. Velcro your remotes to the side of the coffee table or your TV.

Velcro your remotes to the side of the coffee table or your TV.

4. Hang your bags with shower curtain hooks.

Hang your bags with shower curtain hooks.

The hooks take up less space than hangers. And it’s a great way to compartmentalize the things in your closet that don’t have a place — scarves, belts, socks.

5. Utilize your under-desk space.

Utilize your under-desk space.

It’s a great place to keep organized baskets.

6. Make the kids a stuffed animal pen with bungee cords.

Make the kids a stuffed animal pen with bungee cords.

They’re easier to find, easier to put away. And your child gets a kick out of having a zoo-like pen for all the stuffed animals. Get the directions here.

7. When cleaning the bedroom, always make the bed first.

When cleaning the bedroom, always make the bed first.

There are a myriad of reasons. 1) It serves as a mission control center for organizing and folding, 2) you’ll be less likely to climb into bed and take a nap in the middle of your cleaning sesh, and 3) your messy stuff will look weird and out of place once the bed is all neat.

8. On a super-hot day, clean out your fridge and freezer.

On a super-hot day, clean out your fridge and freezer.

It’ll feel less like work and more like a treat.

9. Limit your closet to 40 hangers.

Limit your closet to 40 hangers.

Sometimes you need hard-and-fast rules to keep organized. Here is a great resourcefor donation places where your clutter will do good.

10. Or follow this flow chart.

Or follow this flow chart.

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Living near trees may make you healthier

Living near trees may make you healthier

Living near trees may make you healthier

At GreenQCMom.com I’m always on the lookout for green living tips.  We hope you enjoy this one!Green Living by QC Mom.com

In a new paper published Thursday, a team of researchers present a compelling case for why urban neighborhoods filled with trees are better for your physical health. The research appeared in the open access journal Scientific Reports.

The large study builds on a body of prior research showing the cognitive and psychological benefits of nature scenery — but also goes farther in actually beginning to quantify just how much an addition of trees in a neighborhood enhances health outcomes. The researchers, led by psychologist Omid Kardan of the University of Chicago, were able to do so because they were working with a vast dataset of public, urban trees kept by the city of Toronto — some 530,000 of them, categorized by species, location, and tree diameter — supplemented by satellite measurements of non-public green space (for instance, trees in a person’s back yard).

They also had the health records for over 30,000 Toronto residents, reporting not only individual self-perceptions of health but also heart conditions, prevalence of cancer, diabetes, mental health problems and much more.

“Controlling for income, age and education, we found a significant independent effect of trees on the street on health,” said Marc Berman, a co-author of the study and also a psychologist at the University of Chicago. “It seemed like the effect was strongest for the public [trees]. Not to say the other trees don’t have an impact, but we found stronger effects for the trees on the street.”

Indeed, given the large size of the study, the researchers were able to compare the beneficial effect of trees in a neighborhood to other well-known demographic factors that are related to improved health, such as age and wealth. Thus, they found that “having 10 more trees in a city block, on average, improves health perception in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $10,000 higher median income or being 7 years younger.” (Berman notes that self-perception of health is admittedly subjective, but adds that it “correlates pretty strongly with the objective health measures” the study considered).

Indeed, the finding wasn’t limited to self-perceived health. For cardio-metabolic conditions — a category that includes not only heart disease but stroke, diabetes, obesity and more — the study similarly found that an increase of 11 trees per city block was “comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $20,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $20,000 higher median income or being 1.4 years younger.”

[Environmentalists face challenges trying to plant in less-green neighborhoods]

The results are powerful because of the size of the study, however, because they are “correlational,” as scientists put it, they cannot definitively identify the precise mechanism by which trees seem to improve health. However, there are some obvious possibilities, including one explanation that seems likely to at least partly account for the results. This is that trees are known to improve urban air quality by pulling ozone, particulates, and other pollutants into their leaves and out of the air, and thus, partly protecting people from them.

But that’s not the only possible explanation. Others, says Berman, include stress reduction that comes from being around greenery — a mental effect that translates into physical benefits — or the possibility that being around trees somehow increases one’s propensity to exercise. He also suggests that air quality improvement alone may not be able to explain why people subjectively perceive their health to be better when they live around more trees, in addition to the improvements seen in other health measures — implying a possible psychological factor.

“People have sort of neglected the psychological benefits of the environment,” said Berman. “And I think that’s sort of gotten reinvigorated now, with these kinds of studies.” Particularly beneficial to the research has been the availability of satellite techniques to precisely quantify the amount of green space in a given residential area, he said – and the ability to combine that kind of data with large health databases.

It’s important to note that while the research was conducted based on data from the city of Toronto — which being in Canada, its citizens have universal health care — that is not necessarily a problem, as health disparities still exist in Toronto. “Canadians with lower incomes and fewer years of schooling visit specialists at a lower rate than those with moderate or high incomes and higher levels of education despite the existence of universal health care,” the study notes.

One interesting finding — that street trees seemed to have a more beneficial effect than private or backyard trees — may be explained by the fact that they are “more accessible to all residents in a given neighborhood,” the paper notes.

The researchers are not shy about using these results to make policy prescriptions — they think it would be well worth the cost to plant more urban trees. “Ten more trees in every block is about [a] 4% increase in street tree density in a dissemination area in Toronto, which seems to be logistically

feasible,” the study notes.

“I’d feel pretty confident to say to a municipality, increase the number of trees by 10″ per block, said Berman.

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