For the #fitspo: you can workout and keep up with your chores at the same time

For the #fitspo: you can workout and keep up with your chores at the same time

For the #Fitspos out there, it must be difficult for you to keep your house clean when you’re busy at the gym and all that. This is how you can clock in a workout without leaving behind your chores

Did you know? 30 minutes of making beds can burn the same amount of calories as 12 minutes of jogging on the treadmill.

Here’s a SUPER workout, combining them both, to get even better results.

  1. Sit ups – while doing the laundry

Set up your station such that your basket of clean laundry that needs folding is behind you.

When lying down flat on your back, extend your hands backwards such that you can reach out and just about grab hold of a shirt from the pile.

Take one with both hands, and begin your sit-up.

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While sitting up, fold the piece of clothing with as little movement as possible apart from your hands.

Put the folded article to one side and lie back down again.

Repeat, stretch back and grab for another piece.

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Continue, until you’re done.

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2. Hops – while sweeping the floor

Get some cardio in with hopping while you sweep the floor.

There’s no need to rush with the hopping, or sweeping, but just do it conscientiously without cheating. sweep a bit of an area with every hop, and you’ll be done in no time!

Swap legs in different rooms so you strengthen both sides and not get one giant leg.

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3. Squats – while tidying up the rooms

Tidying up the house may include putting things that are left in the wrong places, back to where they belong.

An efficient way to organise this process, is by collecting all the items that are out of place from that room and putting them into a box.

By placing this box on the floor, you are forced to squat down and retrieve the items, before getting up to put them where they are supposed to be. If you’re up for a challenge, do 5 squats each time before you put the item back in its place!

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 4. Triceps, -not forgetting- doing the dishes in the kitchen

After washing the dirty dishes and pans, dry them, and train your triceps by lifting them up and down behind your head. Dip them back with your elbows bent past your neck, and raise them up again. Repeat this for 20 times, or adjust according to how many dirty plates you’ve just cleaned.

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4 DIY projects to make your own home air fresheners

4 DIY projects to make your own home air fresheners

How your home smells can have an effect on the way you feel. Have a go this weekend and make your very own fragrance for your home. Choose any scent you like and adjust any of these recipes accordingly! Get creative!

  1. Stove-top potpouri

This is supposedly the best way to get the strongest smell. Depending on the size of your home, it can spread its fragrance relatively well – up to 4 rooms on the same floor. Bring up to a boil and lower down to keep the ingredients simmering on a low fire. Make sure you top up with hot water so that you don’t end up with a burnt smell when all the water evaporates. Consider using a slow-cooker or a fondue pot method as an alternative but for the same effect.

Some delicious recipes to get you started:

  1. Oranges, cinnamon & cloves in water
  2. Lemon, rosemary, & vanilla extract in water
  3. Lime, thyme, mint & vanilla extract in water
  4. Orange, ginger (fresh or powdered), & almond extract in water
  5. Pine or cedar twigs, bay leaves, and nutmeg (with the top surface layer grated)  in water

2. Bathroom bouquets

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Wrap the ends of a bouquet of rosemary, lavender, and eucalyptus with twine, then hang the bunch upside down from the shower head in a spot where it won’t get directly sprayed with water. The steam from the shower will carry the aroma through the entire room.

 

3. Fragrance sprays

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Making your own room spray can be a cheaper alternative to Febreeze, and can be sprayed in the room and on fabrics. You only need 5 ingredients:

  1. 2 tablespoons of Vodka
  2. 20 drops of Essential Oils
  3. 1 cup of Water

Decorate your spray bottles by adding dried flowers inside!

4. Reed diffuser

The last DIY project is making your own reed diffuser. This is a much cheaper alternative to buying it in stores. All you need are these 4 ingredients:

  1. 1/4 cup of Mineral oil (available in grocery and drugstores. Preferred over vegetable oil as it is less viscous and better at carrying the fragrance)
  2. 2 tbsp Vodka (unflavoured)
  3. 1/2 tbsp Essential oils (this is really up to you, stop when you get the scent you want!)
  4. Reeds, of course!

The best container/vase to use ideally has a wide base but small opening as this discourages evaporation.

 

3 nice things you can do for your mum on Mothers’ Day

3 nice things you can do for your mum on Mothers’ Day

Mothers’ Day is just around the corner! We really want to appreciate all the mums out there for their hard work, love and sacrifice for their families! If you’re not sure what to do for your supermum to show her how thankful you are for her, try one (or all!) of these simple ideas!!

  1. Make her a cup of tea (or coffee) for when she wakes up! coffee-cup-working-happy.jpg

 

2. Prepare a cheeky breakfast in bed!

Or if your mum is one of those clean freaks, you can always stick to just making her a nice breakfast-at-the-table.

*Pro tip for the highest quality of this gift: do the dishes once you’re done with cooking/ she’s done with eating. Plus points!

3.  Flowers!!

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Not sure what it is about flowers, but it sure does brighten someone’s day! Beware of the crazy hike in prices and the pretty ones running out, as plenty of people are going to be buying flowers too…

 

It’s the little things that will make your mum feel appreciated and loved, and it doesn’t have to cost so much! Considering working on some of the household chores that she might be worried about, or purely making her life that little bit easier! Give her a break from mummying –

Treat her like the Queen that she really is!

We’ve got answers for cleaning up ANY type of stains!

We’ve got answers for cleaning up ANY type of stains!

Never seem to know what to use to get rid of different types of stains? Here’s a compiled list of stains you may encounter and how to get rid of them!

 

Barbeque sauce: Cool water + vinegar + dishwashing soap

Blood: Salt+ Cool water

Charcoal: Cool water + dishwashing soap

Coffee: Vinegar + baking soda + vinegar again + wash

Crayon: Sprinkle with baking soda + rub with dry cloth

Grease: Salt + wash

Ketchup: Vinegar + dishwashing soap + wash

Make up: Makeup remover + dishwashing soap

Nail polish: Nail polish remover

Oil: Baby powder + dishwashing soap

Pen ink: Apply hairspray and let sit for a few minutes + rinse with warm water

Red wine: White wine

Rust: Vinegar or lemon juice

Secrets to Cleaning Stainless Steel

Secrets to Cleaning Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is popular in kitchens and bathrooms because of its non-corrosive property that makes it look shiny with a clean finish. That is, when it is well-maintained. The 3 most popular problems that arise with stainless steel appliances are hard-water stains, scratches and a lacklustre shine. If you’re having trouble treating your stainless steel sink, refrigerator, kettle, dishwasher, oven … etc etc , try out these trusty cleaning tricks!

  1. Hard Water Stains

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Can’t wash off the stubborn hard water stains that leave splotches on your sink and tap faucets? Try this natural remedy that will help keep your bathrooms and kitchens squeaky clean. It’s cheap and contains no toxic chemicals

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Step 1: Cut a lemon into half

Step 2: Give the sink/faucets a good rub down with the lemon

Step 3: Let sit for a few minutes

Step 4: Rinse off with warm water

2. Scratches

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Step 1: Create a paste using baking soda and water

Step 2: Rub gently on scratches and rinse with warm water

3. Shine

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Step 1: Do a wipe down of the stainless steel (fridge, sink, oven, microwave…etc.) with a wet rag. Vinegar can be used to get rid of tough grime.

Step 2: Make sure the surface is clean as baby oil won’t really be doing the cleaning

Step 3: Put some baby oil on a dry, soft cloth. Wipe in the direction of the grain (to avoid more scratches on the stainless steel). Flip the cloth over and with as little pressure as possible, wipe the excess down.

Don’t let any kitchen appliance dull your sparkle!