I had fun at the 4 Mile Run Market and had to share.
I don’t know when I will actually hit the publish button on this, but I am starting this on March 25th. Currently, today has been one of the worst days of the year. The day started with a bruised hip, knee, and bleeding hand thanks to the unexpected snowfall in Alexandria that lead to my crashing into pavement while walking. But. The ever daunting and powerful but. It may be my last full winter and spring in Alexandria – not in the DC area though. We are looking to expand move beyond our condo. Plus, you all have seen the cramped soap closet debacle. With interest rates being low, the husband and I decided to venture into the land of homeownership.
The problem is, have you looked at prices in Alexandria, VA?
To get the goal: his and her kitchens; we would have to move outside the beltway. (cue deathly music) THE SUBURBS. (dun dun dun)
First of all, when you tell people your requirement is his & her kitchens, they are a little shocked. Then they tell you that is actually against code. Good thing I don’t need a full kitchen – we are installing a permit-friendly wet bar so everything remains legal. It turns out, you get a lot more for your money in the ‘burbs. I know traffic drives people to drink, but wine bars are standard in owner’s suites! Had I known that, I would have been movin’ on Westward a long time ago!
And this bath tub. Wouldn’t it be a perfect spot to test our bath bombs in?
Fast forward a bit, it is May now and all the paperwork is done. The mortgage documents have been submitted. The offer has been accepted and the permit process has started!
Wait, the PERMIT process you ask?
Yup – we are building a house/soap factory! And THIS is the new location of Old Town Suds, LLC
Isn’t she a beauty? Ok, imagine walls, shelving, a real floor, a sink, dishwasher, and well, I could keep going on and on and on. This Fall, we will be holding our first Cold Process soap making classes in our new space! We will have a combination of demonstration & hands-on style classes – JUST in time for you to make all of your holiday gifts! Make sure you are signed up for our newsletter to be the first to know about our classes. We will also have a few other surprises – beyond making soap – up our sleeve. You want to be on this list, trust me.
Toxins are unfortunately all around us. Many natural health experts believe that it’s the build up of these toxins in our bodies that lead to ill health and conditions such as acne. Therefore, by removing these toxins we can create both a healthy body and skin.
Here are a few ideas to help you remove toxins from your body:
#1 Drink water. Drinking plenty of fresh, natural water will help your body rid itself of built up toxins. Try to avoid drinking sodas and sugary juices which can make the problem worse and instead stick to water as your drink of choice. And remember coffee and tea can dehydrate the body and undo all the good work, so drink an additional glass of water for each caffeinated drink you consume.
#2 Exercise. Exercise is one of the best ways to remove toxins from the body. We all need to move and vigorous exercise will not only help you feel good but you’ll also build a healthy body and mind. In the process you’ll clean toxins out of your system through sweat.
#3 Use the sauna. Many believe that saunas have a similar effect in clearing toxins as exercise. It’s not for everyone but may be worth a shot. Don’t use the sauna for prolonged periods and ensure that it’s okay with your medical practitioner.
#4 Eat fiber. Eating plenty of whole natural grains and vegetables ensures that our bodies get enough fiber. The toxins in your system will bind to these toxins and be swept out of your body on a regular basis. Eating plenty of fiber is one of the best ways to rid yourself of toxins and create better all around health. This means healthier skin too.
#5 Eat fruits and vegetables. Both are high in fiber which is great for the body but also contain a high antioxidant count. Antioxidants help the body relieve itself of toxins. Eating a lot of fruit and veg will mean and healthier all around you.
#6 Avoid junk. Junk can be found in fast food, pre-packaged foods and microwavable meals. These types of foods contain added preservatives and chemicals which are harmful to our bodies and can make skin conditions worse. Avoid these junky foods and instead opt for whole, natural foods as much as possible.
Getting rid of toxins from the body is possible. The key is to get plenty of exercise, hydrate yourself often by making water your drink of choice and to eat as whole and natural foods as possible.
Every year, most of us spend a huge chunk of our paycheck on energy for our home. Whether it’s heating, cooling, or powering electrical devices, it makes a big dent. But by taking a little extra time and some small steps, you can decrease your energy use, reduce your bills and, of course, benefit the environment.
A simple way to cut your gas bill is by using less heat. While one degree may not seem like a lot, it can save you thousands of dollars through the year. Try using electric heaters or your fireplace instead of turning up the thermostat. You can also get a programmable thermostat or just remember to turn down the heat when you’re not in the house during the day.
Cutting your water bill is easy. While it might not seem that high, think of all the energy you’re using to heat the water you use. By cutting water, you’re slashing two bills at once.
Here are some quick tips for saving lots of water.
* Don’t water your lawn. If the plants and grasses you’re using in your yard are appropriate for the area you live, you should never have to water your lawn. Research native grasses and plants and slowly transition your yard as you can.
* Turn off faucets. Many of us know to turn off the faucet when we’re brushing our teeth, but you can also do this as you shower. It takes a little extra thought, but saves a lot of water.
* Collect running water. When you let your water run so it will get warm or cold, collect it. You can use this later to water your plants, do your dishes, or brush your teeth.
Saving money on your electric bill is probably the simplest step of all: turn things off!*
It’s simple and easy and most of us forget to do it several times a day. If something is not in use, turn it on.
What's even better than turning thing off? Unplugging them.
Most appliances use up power even if they’re not on. You can unplug them, or put them on a power strip and turn it off when youíre not using everything.
You can’t live without lights and appliances all the time, but you can switch to types that are more energy efficient. Energy star appliances may be an investment in the first place, but you’ll save in the long run. Even if you can’t afford the upgrade now, you can still make a dent in the electric bill by buying compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use less energy and last longer too.
A fantastic way to cut your energy is to cut how much you use by using alternative energy sources. It can take some investment of time and money to install solar panels or a device to harness wind, but when you see how much they save you, you’ll be happy you made the change.
*Please let me know if you find a way to teach this to husbands.