Relief from Allergies?

Relief from Allergies?

I like the idea of keeping myself and my family as free from chemicals and additives as possible and we’re working toward that goal one step at a time. Unfortunately when Spring rolls around we are all (at varying levels) pretty much a mess! I don’t care for the reaction that I have to over the counter allergy medicines so I was excited to come across this article entitled Allergy Season: Natural Ways to Treat Allergies.

It comes as an ever lessening surprise that the recommendations include the trifecta (Eat Right, Exercise*, and Get Enough Sleep), nor did it surprise me that many of the other recommendations involve careful cleaning of yourself and your home (take THAT pollen). I was, however surprised that peppermint tea and probiotics make the list.  Check out the short article to see the rest of the list.

I plan to try a few of these today – right after I vacuum for the 47th time this week!


*Okay, so the article doesn’t specifically say ‘exercise’ but it DOES recommend reducing stress and one of the best ways to do that is exercise. Plus I like the word ‘trifecta’. 🙂

Make Your Minutes Matter!

Are you holding back?

Are you holding back?

Do you always give your all or do you tend to hold a little something in reserve?

So many of us fail to use everything we have at our disposal and if you aren’t reaching the success you long for it’s quite possible that you aren’t using all of your resources.

There are so many reasons that we hold back but after some reflection I think that FEAR may very likely be the number one thing (maybe followed by a little bit of laziness).

In the course of my research on the subject, I found this great interview about having an awesome (instead of average) life and think you might enjoy it – it’s a little long but well worth the read.

Go do something scary today, push yourself a little harder, and Make Your Minutes Matter!

Oh – for the record. I think I use about four of the speeds on my (12 speed) bicycle. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Yard Work Rescue

Okay I don’t normally do this kind of thing but since the number one philosophy of Minute Movement is ‘Make Your Minutes Matter’ I just have to share this tip that has made me a happy and more productive girl.

Our city offers free leaf and brush pick up twice a year and tomorrow is our day, so I have been frantically working on my spring yard clean-up this week.

We have three lovely sweet gum trees on or near our property lot which means that in addition to raking leaves all fall and winter (and spring), I have two opportunities to gather these awful spiny balls from the yard, sidewalk, and street (saving my neighbors and family from potential broken ankles).


Every time I do yard work I struggle with keeping the bag upright and open long enough for me to shovel the debris inside – and that’s just on the calm days, windy days are almost impossible! I have purchased several tools meant to help keep the bags up and open but none of them have satisfied me.


Last fall I ran across this ‘Yard Waste Bag Funnel’ by Leaf Mate and I am in LOVE! The funnel is collapsible for easy storage (I’m big on easy storage / space saving) but it opens in seconds by unfastening two clips.


When it’s open you just flip it over and slide your paper bag on (upside down).

funnel and bag

Then flip it over and it funnels everything right into the bag – easy as pie! It’s made the extensive yard work I have around here so much more enjoyable (and quicker), I might even grab another one for Coach Wright 🙂 – then we can get the work done twice as fast and get on to other ways to Make OUR Minutes Matter!

Are you strong enough?

Are you strong enough?

It’s easy to look at the people whom we deem ‘successful’ and assume that they are better than us in some way.

They had a better upbringing, their school was superior, they were blessed with perfect genes – or good hair. Maybe those people really do have some natural advantage. I know that I could never be a brain surgeon, I don’t have the aptitude for a variety of reasons (I’m squeamish). But it’s really what these people have done with their natural gifts that gets our attention.

Today’s quote is from Arnold Schwarzenegger; an immigrant born to a working class family in Austria. He chose to follow his heart and pursue a career in bodybuilding despite lack of support from his parents. Despite these odds, Mr. Schwarzenegger made quite a career for himself- he has won several bodybuilding awards,  written books and articles about bodybuilding, owned gyms, become a Hollywood film icon, and two time Governor of California. Those things didn’t just happen for him. Maybe Mr. Schwarzenegger would have been an amazing person without working his butt off every single day but I highly doubt it. He developed his strength (literally and probably figuratively as well) through hard work and perseverance.

Don’t be afraid of the difficulties Don’t be afraid of the work. And NEVER assume that you aren’t strong enough. You just might be amazed at what you accomplish if you don’t give up!

Make Your Minutes Matter!


The amazing Noah

Sergeant Noah Galloway is an inspiration. “Just three months in to his second tour of duty, he experienced a life changing injury. On December 19, 2005, Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device attack. He was transported to Germany to receive medical treatment, remaining unconscious for five days,” Now he is on Dancing with the Stars.