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Green your coffee routine

Save 23 lbs of waste this year and start using a reusable coffee cup to keep you caffeinated.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Product Review: Earth Friendly Products Wave Automatic Dishwashing Gel

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This post is sponsored by Earth Friendly Products. Earth Friendly Products supplied me with some of their product to try in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.

I hate loading and unloading the dishwasher just as much as cleaning toilets yet it's something I do about five times a week. I'm really picky about the how the dishwasher is loaded (my husband can thank my mother for this ... she sent me to "MaryLu's School of How to Load the Dishwasher School) so passing this task off is nearly impossible. My mom taught me how to maximize the space to get the most dishes in there ... oh, where was I? 

When I first started this journey, I searched for DIY dishwasher detergent recipes and this task quickly became one of those "Ain't Nobody Got Time for That" tasks.  Off to the grocery store I went for something that was biodegradable and non-polluting so it doesn't contaminate the water.

Not a lot of eco-friendly options at Fred Meyer

Several brands later and not a lot of choices at my local grocery store, I was ready to switch back to dishwashing tabs as nothing was really doing the trick at getting my dishes sparkly clean. 

Enter in Earth Friendly Products Wave Automatic Dishwashing Gel

Here are the stats: 
  • pH 4-5, gentler on skin than other automatic dish detergents.
  • Non-polluting/100% biodegradable/non-toxic/natural.
  • Made of replenishable/sustainable ingredients
  • unscented, no harsh fumes or vapors.
  • Lavender version, scented with essential oils of lavender.
  • Plant-based surfactants we use do not harm the item being cleaned, your body or the environment
  • Free of phosphates, chlorine, DEA and petroleum ingredients
  • contains NO bleach or bleaching agent
  • Low sudsing
  • cuts through grease and dried on food
  • removes tough stains
  • Does not etch metal, silver.
  • can be used together with rinse additives for automatic dish washing machines.
  • Septic tank and gray-water system safe: biocompatible with a wide variety of wastewater and gray water treatment systems; doesn’t eliminate bacteria that make septic systems work efficiently
  • Easy to recycle: #2 HDPE plastic containers
  • check out the ingredients here which are plant based
Another thing I learned, use gel/liquid products because the tabs and powders could contain salt which contaminate water. YIKES!

This product was awesome at first and then I didn't realize my little 16 month old button pusher changed the settings on my dishwasher and nothing was coming out clean. I remember making some comment to my husband about the product stopped working. Then I noticed she had programmed it to "RINSE ONLY" and when I switched it back, everything worked smoothly!

After it was all gone, I found that my local Fred Meyer sold this product and purchased some more -- that's how much I loved it.

What eco-friendly dish washing product do you use? 

This post is sponsored by Earth Friendly Products. Earth Friendly Products supplied me with some of their product to try in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Meatless Monday: Grilled Caprese Pita Pizza

It's hot outside and you don't want to be slaving over a hot stove or oven, correct?

I'll venture to say, 90% of the homes in Bend, Oregon don't have air conditioning and this summer has been brutal. We do have a window unit but I still don't want to be slaving over a hot stove so I sought out summer recipes that don't involve making your kitchen hot!

My inspiration for this dish came from a pin (shocker!) from Pinterest that involved naan. I like naan but prefer pita bread! This yummy dish is easy to make and is a crowd pleaser for the kids (minus the tomatoes for the 5 year old).

What's your favorite refreshing summer dish?

Grilled Caprese Pita Pizza
inspired by Oh My Veggies!



Ingredients
pita bread
olive oil mister or cooking spray
cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
fresh mozzarella balls (ciliegine, if you can find it)
1/2 c. fresh basil ribbons
salt + pepper to taste
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar

Instructions
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Spray both sides of one pita bread with olive oil and place it in the pan, pressing down on the top of it with a spatula to sear. Cook on each side until just beginning to char, about 2-3 minutes. Repeat with the rest of the pita.

Top each pita with tomatoes, cheese, and basil. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Cut into wedges and serve.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Month 5 Shaklee update

Is it time already for my 5th month update as Shaklee Corporation blogger? Yeap, it really is. Make sure you watch my video for my exciting weight loss news! This month I talk about my first 5k in over three years and the great support I've had on this journey.

Look how awesome I'm doing!






This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are my own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Shaklee Month 5 update: Vacationing while on Shaklee180

Don't forget, you can enter to win a Shaklee180 Turnaround kit. Or you can purchase a kit through my Shaklee180 website.

I expected my blog to be a little quiet this summer. If you haven't noticed, it's been re-designed thanks to Creative Kristi Designs!

This past week my brother and his family drove from Nebraska to experience a Central Oregon vacation. I take for granted this wonderful place I live in too often and finally got to take part in some of the wonderful tourist attractions we have to offer. We rafted, kayaked, hiked, swam, shopped and sampled beer from our many breweries.
But how did my waistline do?

Since starting the Shaklee 180™ Program and keeping track of my calories with MyFitness Pal, I've become fully well aware of how many calories I've been eating and portion sizes. Armed with this knowledge, I made great choices in my eating throughout the week and kept a good stash of  Shaklee 180™ meal bars in my purse. Even though I missed out on running and crossfit most of the week, I still remained active with a hike one day and kayaking another day. My weight? I ended up losing a pound throughout the whole week.

Thanks Shaklee 180™ for giving me the tools to enjoy a heathier liftstyle. More to come regarding my vacation and how my dining habits have changed.

This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are my own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Get healthy: running away

If you would have told me in January that I would have embraced and actually enjoyed running and crossfit, I would have laughed at you.

Well, there is no laughing as I placed 3rd in my age group for the Deschutes Dash 5k. Granted, there were only 5 people and my chances of placing were good but gosh, it felt great. I'm also down 29 pounds since January 1 with the help of running, crossfit and Shaklee 180.

This morning, my husband looked at me like I was nuts at 5:30 am and said "Are you sure you're not doing too much?"

Nope, morning workouts are like my coffee, it helps me start my day. I could probably give up the coffee and just go off that morning workout feeling.

While I'm working running and hitting crossfit three days a week and continuing to improve my eating habits, I am super excited to share with you the opportunity to try out the Shaklee 180™ program for yourself - for free! Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below to win your very ownTurnaround Kit worth $396.95 srp. The kit includes EVERYTHING I've been using to lose weight as a Shaklee Blogger (minus the exercise, of course!).

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This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are my own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

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