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Warm Weather Work Outs

Ok ladies the warm weather is upon us and I want to know what are some of your best workouts for warm weather.  Is it walking, running, swimming, hiking, riding a bike or something totally different? I love to get out and hit the local parks for a walk or hike. There is just something about being outside in the fresh air that is so motivating to me. Not sure if it’s the sound of nature like birds or a moving body of water but I get a better work out when I’m outdoors.  So drop what your favorite outdoor workout is in the comments. I can’t wait to see all the different ideas. Have a great day ladies and remember to stay strong, balanced and independent! Do it for YOU!  

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Good Morningย 

Good morning all. Sorry it’s been a few days since our last post we had some computer problems. But everything should be cleared up now.  Look forward to new exciting meal ideas, Easter Brunch ideas and let’s not forget our Spring Cleaning. And if there is anything you want me to hit on specially let me know. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท

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Spring Workout Challenge…. #1ย 

With warm weather here that means shorts and sundresses very soon. So why not get a jump start on your ” summer beach body” now. Here are some fantastic exercises to help you get in shape and stay healthy all year long. 

Our first Spring challenge is squats!!! 

Just follow the chart below. 

This chart is from Fitwirr

Check back each day for a new challenge 

And good luck for a happy healthy independent balanced woman!! 

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Time to get Spring Cleaning…. with Non-toxic products.ย 

The warm weather is finally upon us and it’s time to think about Spring Cleaning and all of those “household chores” we all hate to do.  To make it easier here are some “all natural homemade cleaners” that actually work!!!!

Grout Cleaner

1/2 c  Baking soda

1/3 c  Lemon juice

1/4 c  White vinegar

7 c   Water

Mix in a spray bottle. Spray area and let soak for 10-20 minutes a little longer if extra dirty. Scrub with a stiff brush and rinse with warm water.

All-Purpose Cleaner

1/2 c  White vinegar

1 1/2 c   Water

10 drops Tea Tree Oil 

Mix in a spray bottle. Tea Tree Oil improves the antimicrobial properties. Kills bacteria and mold. 
DO NOT use on Marble or Travertine. 

Scouring Cleanser

1/4 c  Baking Soda

1 Tbs. Dawn Dish Soap 

Enough White vinegar to form a paste.

Great for cleaning pots and pans, oven, refrigerator, sinks and tubs.  

Please like us and check back often for more helpful household tips.  Happy Spring Cleaning everyone. 

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Sneak Peak Recipe

Easy Smoked Sausage Skillet                                                                                                                                                                                                      By Hillshire Farm                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Ingredients: 

1 pkg. Hillshire Farm smoked sausage,                                                                                                                                                                       diagonally sliced thin                                                                                                                                                                                                     2 cloves garlic, crushed                                                                                                                                                                                                     1/4 cup olive oil                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 large red bell pepper, sliced thin                                                                                                                                                                              1 small yellow onion, sliced thin                                                                                                                    1 pkg. frozen broccoli, thawed                                                                                                                    1/2 cup chicken broth (or water)                                                                                                                 1/2 cup tomato sauce                                                                                                                                       2 cups instant rice                                                                                                                                          1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
Instructions: 

Heat olive oil and garlic in skillet, stir in smoked sausage slices and cook until browned. Add pepper, onion, broccoli, broth and tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender and liquid is absorbed. In the meantime, prepare rice according to package instructions. Stir rice into the skillet, sprinkle with cheese and serve. 

Serving size: 4 – 6    Total Time:  20 minutes 
This is a great easy week night “fast” family meal.  Try it you’ll love it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

See you tomorrow for the launch of The Independent Balanced Woman