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5 NIGHTLY HABITS FOR A CLEANER KITCHEN EVERY MORNING

5 NIGHTLY HABITS FOR A CLEANER KITCHEN EVERY MORNING

The kitchen is the centerpiece of the home. And like any good centerpiece, it should be well organized and beautifully displayed. I know for me, waking up to a clean, tidy kitchen sure gets my day off to a great start. Nothing is worse than coming down to cook breakfast and finding last night’s pots, pans and stuck-on food greeting me. So for today’s blog post I am highlighting 5 things to do each night so you can wake up to a clean and organized kitchen each day.     1. RUN THE DISHWASHER NIGHTLY If you have a family of 4 or more, chances are you use just about every plate and cup you own, every single day. And since I’m a fan of many modern conveniences (like a dishwasher), my hand-washing is only utilized for pots and pans. That means serving breakfast and dinner at home leads to using a minimum of 8 plates, 8 glasses, 8 forks, and any array of pots, pans, utensils, serving dishes, etc. So loading up the dishwasher after breakfast and again after dinner leaves me with a full load. I made it a habit to run it every night and love that

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WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER PUT EGGS (OR MILK!) ON YOUR REFRIGERATOR DOOR

WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER PUT EGGS (OR MILK!) ON YOUR REFRIGERATOR DOOR

The temperature of your refrigerator likely never crosses your mind. After shopping for meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables and condiments you throw them all in there and breathe a sigh of relief. Just like folding and putting clothes away can be the most draining part of doing laundry, putting the groceries away after planning, driving to the store, shopping and bringing them home can also be a drag. But when it comes to food safety, there is more to keep in mind.     The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that when it comes to protecting your family from food borne illness, one of your most effective tools is the refrigerator. But throwing the food in haphazardly doesn’t ensure it does the best job.   This is especially true for highly perishable items like eggs and milk. The temperature of your refrigerator varies based on location. And although it appears that the door of the fridge has a compartment especially made for eggs, do not place them here.   The truth is, the door is the warmest area of the refrigerator. It is the most exposed to the warmer air as you open and close it and experiences the greatest temperature fluctuations.

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HEALTHY KITCHEN GUIDE: NEW PRODUCT!!!!

HEALTHY KITCHEN GUIDE: NEW PRODUCT!!!!

So I’ve been a little missing in action on the blog. Since October 21st to be exact. I’m so happy to be back at it and I hope that what I’m sharing today will make up for that, and then some! I launched the Pinch of Health brand with families like yours in mind. If you are a woman with children still at home that you care for, I especially had you at the top of my list! My goal is and always will be, to help families create a healthier home. And if I know my fellow moms like I think I do, you spend a lot of time in one particular room of your house. So for the very first product created for Pinch of Health, I’ve focused on this room.   I’M SO HAPPY / EXCITED / PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE HEALTHY KITCHEN GUIDE IS NOW AVAILABLE!     I’ve conducted survey after survey, and undoubtedly the kitchen is where most of you spend  a great deal of your time at home. From cooking each day’s meals, to cleaning it, to putting groceries away, the amount of time you spend in the kitchen is probably only

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6 EASY WAYS TO DECREASE CLUTTER IN YOUR HOME

6 EASY WAYS TO DECREASE CLUTTER IN YOUR HOME

In the last post we went over 5 ways clutter affects your health (click link to read it if you missed it). In today’s post I want to highlight 6 ways to decrease clutter to help you along your decluttering journey. Everyone has a different threshold for dealing with clutter. I’m sure you can remember being a child and cleaning something to perfection only to have your mom or dad walk in and point out all the things that are not in place. Well, just as you saw things differently from your standpoint as a child, adults too have different viewpoints on clutter. The goal here is to help you cut through what you view as clutter and the ways it affects your life and your health.   1) TACKLE ONE AREA AT A TIME When it comes to decluttering, especially areas that have had a long time to accumulate things, don’t bite off more than you can chew. That immediately leads to overwhelm and frustration and more often than not, you don’t finish the task and end up making an even bigger mess.  Instead of trying to do every junk drawer in your kitchen, choose one drawer and start there. 

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5 WAYS CLUTTER STEALS YOUR HEALTH

5 WAYS CLUTTER STEALS YOUR HEALTH

With the advent of online shopping, the ability to buy anything your heart desires never ends. Can I vent to you for a second? I mean it gets lonely typing on computer all day so you’re my proverbial shoulder to lean on. My husband just discovered online shopping and he’s driving me and my budget up the wall! The amazon deliveries do. not. stop. Literally. It’s a problem. But thanks for listening. 🙂 Ok, I’m back. So since online shopping is available 24 hours a day, more and more people like my husband add to their personal clutter in excess. In the United States alone, the self storage industry generated $27.2 billion in annual revenue in 2014 making the industry the fastest growing segment of commercial real estate industry over the last 40 years. The storage industry has even proven to be resistant to economic recessions.  So with all this extra stuff, shouldn’t we be happier? More fulfilled? Unfortunately the opposite is true. The more things we accumulate in our homes and surroundings, the more stress we cause to our brains and ultimately our body.    1) You’re Exhausted | Inability to Focus I don’t know about you, but a dirty

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HEALTH TERMS DEFINED: NEW SUPER HELPFUL PAGE

Do the terms phthalates, parabens and volatile organic compounds sound foreign to you? I imagine they aren’t a part of your everyday language, but in terms of health in our home, they come up all the time. I’m always thinking of ways to communicate more clearly because I’m serious about my mission to help families create healthier homes. To help you figure out what the heck I’m talking about when I use certain words, I’ve added a new page to this site that I hope you will find helpful called Health Terms Defined. To get to it, all you have to do is hover over the word “BLOG” in the menu and you will see the link for the definitions page.   In each post where a health term I think you may not fully understand  is used, I will link to the page and provide an easy-to-understand definition. The list will grow as we cover more topics and I will also include current buzz words around the health field even if I have not yet discussed it. I hope you find it super helpful!

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THE SINGLE REASON YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT THE AIR YOU BREATHE

THE SINGLE REASON YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT THE AIR YOU BREATHE

Last week I wrote about indoor air pollution and 4 ways you can reduce the pollution in your home. I have to admit, I wrote those posts under the assumption that you already care about your indoor air quality. After interacting with several blog and social media followers I realized for many of you aren’t sure why you should even care about indoor air pollution, let alone be willing to take 4 or any number of steps to reduce it. I breezed over a few issues in last week’s posts but didn’t include the most important. So, I now present to you the single reason you should care about the air you and your family breathes. (It’s much simpler than you think!)   YOU BREATHE MORE THAN YOU EAT! I told you it was simple didn’t I? Now hear me out. I would not have to work very hard, if at all, to convince you that the food you eat is vitally important to your family’s health. It is likely the chief concern you have as it relates to everyday health, and for good reason. The food you eat and serve to your family has direct health effects and either promotes

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4 WAYS TO REDUCE INDOOR AIR POLLUTION

4 WAYS TO REDUCE INDOOR AIR POLLUTION

  Yesterday we talked about indoor air pollution and how it accumulates in your home based on your every day household practices and products. As promised, today I will show you several ways to reduce the pollutants in your home.       1- REDUCE INDOOR CHEMICAL POLLUTANT EXPOSURE Switch out harsh, scented chemical cleaners and other household products for milder products free of artificial fragrance. When completing various home projects like paint stripping, sanding or refinishing furniture, consider doing them outside. Reduce use of chemically-fragranced candles and air fresheners. A study found that plug-in air fresheners can emit 20 different toxic chemicals.   2- ALLOW THE FRESH AIR IN Provided you don’t live next to a chemical plant or the highway, as often as you can open windows and screen doors to allow fresh air inside. Turn your fan on while allowing the fresh air in for greater circulation. Be mindful of certain allergens in the air outside during the spring and fall like pollen and keep doors and windows closed during peak seasons.   3- KEEP YOUR HOME CLEAN AND DUST FREE Chemicals that float in your air can accumulate in household dust. Regularly vacuuming, mopping and dusting

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IS YOUR INDOOR AIR POLLUTED?

IS YOUR INDOOR AIR POLLUTED?

To this point we have gone over how the ‘just cleaned’ smell of chemical cleaners may be damaging your health; we’ve discussed the surprising way your favorite fragrance affects your family’s sleep (and what you can do about it); and lastly we went over 10 more ways household fragrances affect your family’s health. There is one thing all of these posts have in common and is the topic of discussion for today’s post: indoor air pollution. And since we spend the majority of our time indoors versus being outdoors, being cognizant of the levels of toxins we expose our air to is significant. NO TIME TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS ARTICLE IN A PINCH. HOW OUR HOMES BECOME POLLUTED Without question two of the top contributors to indoor air pollution are the chemicals we use and the air “fresheners” we employ to give our house its characteristic clean and fresh smell. The scent of air fresheners are, by design, made to linger in the air. This is done through the use of phthalates, which are known to disrupt the body’s hormones and have been implicated in relation to breast cancer, birth defects, asthma neurodevelopmental problems in

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10 MORE WAYS FRAGRANCE AFFECTS YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH

10 MORE WAYS FRAGRANCE AFFECTS YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH

We’ve read how household fragrance affects your family’s sleep, and since then I’ve gotten several requests for more on the topic so this post will feature 10 MORE ways fragrance made via chemicals affects you and your family’s health within your home. Before we get into the list, I want to illustrate a few points first. Many people, including myself at one point, dismissed the concept of regular everyday fragrance and how they may be detrimental to our health. I loved Bath and Body Works as much as the next girl. In fact, every holiday, teacher appreciation, or any other special occasion where I bought gifts for a woman likely included something scented. Candles, pretty plug-in fragrances, lotion sets, etc. Even though I’ve always been fairly health conscious, even I fell for the misleading advertising stating that chemical fragrances could have benefits through aromatherapy. Not knowing that the smell of eucalyptus, lemon and lavender were made from toxic chemicals.    Think of chemical fragrance in the same way that you would second-hand smoke. Toxins float around in the air and over time, have negative effects on your health. Not to mention the direct contact of fragrance chemicals deposited in your clothes (through

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