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Healthy Cleaning

So far I am not doing well at meeting my goal for blog posts. If I was going to start again, I wanted to write at least 2 posts a week. And it’s not like I don’t have anything to write about. Life has just been a little nuts. We are selling a home, buying a home, work has been super busy. You’ll hear more about all of this eventually! So hopefully March will be a little better.

Speaking of selling a home. We listed our townhouse (technically my husband’s townhouse) on Thursday. But there was a lot of do to get to that point. I sold my condo and moved in last year when we got married. Selling mine was a breeze and there wasn’t even that much prep to get it ready. But I was one person living with one person’s stuff. And I am not a person who holds on to too much stuff. I am definitely no Marie Kondo but I do a pretty good job of cleaning out stuff occasionally. Anyway, getting a townhouse ready that two people have lived in with two people’s combined stuff plus new stuff from a wedding was a little more involved.

We did clear out a LOT of stuff when I moved in. So it could have been a lot worse. But for the past 3-4 weeks, we have been de-cluttering, moving said de-cluttered stuff to my parent’s basement (thanks parents – you’re the best!), and doing some deep, deep cleaning. My husband has had this townhouse for almost 7 years and it is in really good shape. It just needed some extra TLC. We had someone come for a few days to fix and update some things. Then we got to the deep cleaning.

How hard have you ever looked at your floor grout? When’s the last time you really cleaned your floors or floor grout? Lovely to think about, right? When I was selling my condo, I noticed the floor grout in the tiled rooms (kitchen, sun room, bathroom) was probably not the color it originally was. My mom had a cool little gadget that she said would work wonders, so I gave it a try. And it’s my new favorite cleaning tool.

The Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber is great for cleaning lots of things, especially if it needs a little more than just wiping off. But then you add the grout brush head and you will clean for days! Ok maybe not, but you will be impressed!

The next question was what to spray on the floor to really get the dirt up. In my place I used mainly a bleach spray. It definitely worked. But I was down on the floor on my hands and knees inhaling bleach spray. I wouldn’t recommend it.

I’ve been using Young Living essential oils casually for a number of years (yes, this will probably be another post as well) but in the past 6 months went on a restocking and trying new things binge. My sister-in-law sent me a sample of the Thieves Cleaner to try and I love it. I already knew I loved Thieves oil but there are a million uses for Thieves oil. The cleaner has no chemicals. It’s all natural and plant-based. It smells great. And it works! Maybe you clicked the link above and are thinking that’s way too much to spend on a cleaner? It’s super concentrated so you mix it with water in a spray bottle and it last a long time. When I started the grout I had about half a bottle, cleaned a decent size kitchen and 3 bathrooms, and still about 1/4 of a bottle left.

Anyway – product commercial over (but seriously, consider trying it and let me know if you want to) – I decided to use the Thieves Cleaner this time to clean the grout. And of course it worked wonders. I did add a little bit of vinegar as well because grout can be tough and vinegar is also a great cleaner.

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Now it does still take a little elbow grease, especially if it’s the first time you’ve cleaned the grout, and yes you are literally on your hands and knees. but it’s worth it. Just check out the before and afters below! I’ve looked at pictures of all the other townhouses and condos in our complex that have been listed and you can see even in the pictures how dirty the grout is. So think about a little spring deep cleaning – you’ll appreciate it in the long run.

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#8. Yoga

#8 from my 30 before 30 list is done – I’m over halfway done! About 2 years ago I bought a Groupon for 20 classes to Red Hot Yoga. Luckily they accept them whenever – literally no expiration date – so I finally started to use it at the beginning on the year. Mostly thanks to another friend who wanted to go.

Yoga is great, especially if you typically hit the cardio and/or weights hard. Stretching is important – and I don’t do it nearly enough for as much as I run. And as I have discovered lately, training for a half marathon at 29 is definitely different than training at 24. I know it sounds silly but it is – if I don’t stretch now I pay for it. Insert yoga. Especially since I’m training for a half marathon right now, it feels great. And I am not flexible at all, so don’t use that as an excuse. It really does help you become more stretchy the more you do it! And actually the heat (this is hot yoga) helps even more. The heat is actually what scared me the most, but I go early morning and it actually feels awesome. This studio is great because you don’t feel like a fool – there are always other beginners and they are pretty good about making sure you are doing all the poses correctly (otherwise it’s kind of pointless).

I still have about 10 classes left on my groupon and we’ll see what I do when that is up but I’m hoping to keep going at least once a week! Now if I can only get in the habit of stretching on my own….

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Stitch Fix

Apparently February is my month to try new things….or maybe to be lazy since these things are all home-delivery. Either way, there are some pretty cool home-delivery services out there so I might as well try them! While one coworker got me on the Plated train, another convinced me to try Stitch Fix. I had heard of Stitch Fix in passing but hadn’t really looked into it. My coworker, however, tried it and loved her experience so I figured I’d give it a try!

What is it? You make a style profile and a stylist will compile of box of 5 pieces of clothing and/or accessories based on your profile. This profile includes questions about what you would spend ($$) on different items.

How does it work? You pick which day you want your box to arrive and pay a $20 styling fee. You get your box in the mail and try everything on. The items you want to keep, you buy (with that $20 applied to your purchase). The items you don’t like you send back in the pre-paid package that came with your box. If you want to keep everything you get 25% off.

You can opt to receive a box on a regular basis ($20 each time) or you can just schedule one occasionally. It doesn’t even automatically opt you in for the regular shipments so you don’t have to worry about canceling anything or automatic charges!

My box actually came a couple days early – everything was neatly packed and comes with a personal note from your stylist and pictures with ideas on how to wear each item you received.

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personal note and style guide

personal note and style guide

I loved 4 of the 5 items I received – one was a long-sleeve shirt which I don’t need more of and I didn’t love the style. The scarf was super cute but scarves are the last thing I need more of. The dress, jeans, and blazer all fit really well and I kept the blazer! The jeans were actually too long – to which they replied that they are regular inseam – which I find hard to believe that I would have to roll up skinny jeans about 4 inches. I’m not super tall but I’m definitely not short!

Give it try! If you are so kind, use my referral code (https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/4708836)!! Then when you love it you can share it with your friends!