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Supporting Our Veterans and You Can Too!
We’ve partnered with EagleWarriors.org, to donate 50% of the profits earned this Veterans Day weekend from 11/9 - 11/12/2018 midnight. Eagle Warriors do a lot for veterans, including supporting VA hospices with toiletries and Christmas cards.
The biggest support Eagle Warriors provides is funding to the Combat Hero Bike Build. (details below)
They also provide medical staff for the annual RFTW.us memorial ride. A motorcycle ride from California to Washington, DC every May with over 1,800 riders! See the picture listed here...impressive, right!
Eagle Warriors support....
Combat Hero Bike Build
Many of our wounded are experienced "bikers" but now have injuries that limit their ability to be free.
Combat Hero Bike Build picks up the cost of rebuilding, or modifying existing bikes, to help get veterans back mentally to where they need and want to be.ny have died defending the freedoms we enjoy every day.
The more we sell this weekend, the more we can donate to the Eagle Warriors and they will make sure the money goes to the right places. No middle-man. No admin fees.
50% of our profits made on sales from NOW through midnight Monday, November 12, 2018.
It's the perfect opportunity to get your holiday shopping done while supporting the amazing men & women of our nation who have fought for the rights we enjoy every day. #neverforget
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to serve our severely wounded combat veterans. It is a program designed by warriors, for warriors, to give our wounded heroes the freedoms they once enjoyed.
Join me and shop now.
xo Angie Ringler
Reduce the waste by making your own. A few years ago, I started taking a solid look at what we use most in the kitchen. Turns out we are addicted to nut milk and nut butter.
Looking at health instead of waste made it easy to ignore the impact my food preferences were having on the environment. Buying the "healthier option" aka non-dairy milk seemed better, after all, I wasn't buying those big plastic jugs. Unfortunately, those cartons that nut milk come in are NOT recyclable, so really; what difference is there?
So, upon reflection of how I could better "balance" the healthy choice with my care of the environment, I knew the best option was to make nut milk at home. I could easily use a glass jar and refill it - forever...never having to throw away another carton.
BUT -- could I really do it?
Make my own milk, every week!
At the time we were going through 2 -3 cartons a week. That seemed like a lot of work I was going to have to do to keep up without nutty addiction.
Instead of over thinking it, I ordered a "nut bag".
Yes, it's called a"nut bag" and each time I told my husband about my conceived efforts, he giggled.
I'm not sure if he was laughing at me or the thought of me using a nut bag regularly. First, I had to explain what a nut bag was and that it would not come between us! LOL
I used that nut bag for years...and many times I hated it!
Honestly, I didn't need MORE to do in my life, I needed my life to be easier BUT also I didn't want my habits to cause more harm to the environment aka waste.
I already had wrist issues and squeezing that nut bag several times a week grew old REALLY QUICK!
Soon, hubby started helping out. I would soak and blend the nuts and he would squeeze.
The end result is we were doing something together, as little as it was, togetherness breeds conversation and laughter which leads to closeness.
I won't say the nut bag brought us closer together, we've always had a great relationship - it did bring out new conversations.
We talked about our food habits and how we could improve them. We talked about making changes we could both live with and feel like it was good for us and the planet.
Hope you enjoyed this true story.
xo Angie Ringler
3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Shower Clean:
The reality is, I only make cleaning products; I’m not an expert cleaner. I am always learning about “how” to clean. One of my favorites resources to learn some solid cleaning advice is Melissa over at CleanMySpace She is practical and often has a variety of green cleaning options and I really like that!
If you are not familiar with her, Melissa Maker is host of the CleanMySpace YouTube channel and founder of Clean My Space, a housekeeping service based in her native Canada. With an ever-expanding community of YouTube subscribers (over 850,000 as of Jan 2018) and over 100,000,000 video views, Melissa dispenses useful, time-saving cleaning tips, tricks, and recommendations. This includes everything from developing a daily cleaning routine to decluttering and organizing around the home, for a global audience spanning 165 countries.
Why I like to learn from her? She wasn’t always a cleaning pro (or fan) and understands that people are looking for practical, time-saving solutions to everyday problems.
I have recently been battling a mildew problem in our master shower. So I have been starting new habits to try to beat the problem. Here are some steps I am taking. It has not resolved the problem completely, but I see improvements. There is one problem spot that I will be working on differently, because now I know it is under the grout :( I share how I learned this towards the end of this article.
1. Make and use your own daily shower spray.
Use a refillable spray bottle, preferably one that has a “mist” setting. For each 8 oz of water, add 10 drops of tea tree, oregano or cinnamon essential oil (or a blend of all three). Mist the everything in the shower area even the curtain (or doors) after each use.
2. Use a squeegee after you shower or towel-dry the tiles and tub.
This is my least favorite thing to do to keep the shower free from excess waster, but it works! The excess waster is exactly where the mold and mildew like to grow.
3. Open a window, keep the door open or use the exhaust fan. Try airing out the bathroom for a minimum of 30 minutes after a shower or bath. Not only does the exhaust fan help remove stink, it also helps remove moisture. A good indicator there is too much moisture in the bathroom is when the mirror gets fogged over.
Staying healthy is not just about what we put inside the body, it’s about what we are exposed to outside the body.
Keeping mold and mildew out of your home and using non-toxic ways of doing that is important.
Many times we see mildew or mold on the grout lines and it never seems to go away.
Here is a quick test I learned from my friends over at Sashco: on how to determine if the mold is on or under the grout.
The key to keeping mildew (or mold) from growing and coming back is to remove moisture and the environment on which it thrives. Try one, or all of these 3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Shower Clean.
I hope you find value in this information. Feel free to share it with someone you care about.