Wednesday, May 25, 2016


As a responsible homeowner, and as a homeowner who is constantly looking for ways to cut the cost of energy, you  are likely seeking out approaches to help make your home more eco-friendly.  Whether it is an increased emphasis on recycling or purchasing products that are more sustainable, there are numerous ways to help reduce your impact on the environment and save money also.

If your kitchen is overdue for an overhaul, you can implement the same logic. You can ensure your kitchen will be one of the most eco-friendly rooms in your home, all the while helping it to look contemporary and aesthetically pleasing.  Here are a few tips:

Look to the lights - Cut down on energy costs and be more efficient by considering the kind of lighting.  Consider LED lightbulbs, they use as much as 75% less energy than incandescent lights and last up to 25 times longer.  LED lights are ideal for lighting countertops as well as for recessed downlights.

Be materialistic - When you add cabinets, countertops, tables or flooring, consider the kinds of materials you are utilizing. Specifically bamboo, scrap wood, cork, recycled composite and natural fabrics.  For countertops, butcher-block material made specifically from trees that are harvested sustainably or recycled aluminum tiling finished with a stain-resistant and nontoxic powder coat and sealed with latex.

Energy Star Appliances -  You simply need to look for appliances that have earned Energy Star certification.  The Energy Star program, created by the U.S. EPA identifies those appliances that offer more efficiency on the whole.  ES certified refrigerators, freezers and dishwashers are guaranteed to save you more money and reduce your impact on the environment. Check out the website:

Incentivize recycling -  It is important not only to consider recycled materials in building your kitchen but also to emphasize continued recycling well after it is completed.  When shopping for groceries, always favor products that create less waste that would wind up in landfills.  In your kitchen have accessible and readily-apparent recycling stations. recommends under counter recycling stations or portable recycling cabinets for these purposes.

There are numerous steps you can take to ensure that your kitchen is one of the greenest rooms in your home.  Consider these ideas as well as others that can help you use less energy and save more money.

Don't forget those kitchen cleaners you are using!  Try the Shaklee brand for the Scour off (replaces scouring powder which is caustic) which is derived from ground cherry pits.  Have cleaner pots and pans, sinks to name a few.  No more rough hands, very gentle!  For your dishwasher, Shaklee has Dish Washer Automatic Powder Concentrate, bio-degradable.  More than 1 and 1/2 times as effective on filming than Seventh Generation.  Economical takes less than Cascade Complete Powder which will need 1 and a half 45 oz. boxes to clean 48 loads compared to Shaklee Dish Washer Powder's one box.

We cannot forget Basic H2, organic super cleaning concentrate.  All purpose in the kitchen and home.  No rinse, no residue.  Window cleaner - 2 drops to 16 oz. of water. All purpose - 1/4 tsp. to 16 oz. of water.  Degreaser - 1-1/4 tsp. to 16 oz. of water.  Very economical.  1 - 16 oz. Basic H2 equals 5,824 bottles of 26 oz. Windex.

Happy Kitchen cleaning makes for a Happy Homemaker!   More information, visit our website,  

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Let's celebrate the women in our lives during this month of May by encouraging them to make their health a priority.

Tell your family, friends, neighbors, and everyone you meet that two of the top concerns for women are stress and bone loss.

The product to give you natural stress relief is the Shaklee Stress Relief Complex.  This product is safe to take daily, one caplet. Can be taken at bedtime.  Shaklee has a blend of clinically tested ingredients that are designed to support a calm, more relaxed state without causing drowsiness.

Ashwangandha is a traditional herb used to help the body adapt to heightened stresss.

Stress can elevate your body's levels of cortisol, and continued high levels have been linked to long term health impact.  Stress Relief was designed to help support your body's response to stress.

To feel less tense, more alert and more relaxed, with better concentration, take Shaklee Stress Relief.   The next blog will discuss bone loss.  Contact me at  Fill out contact information and I will contact you immediately to answer any questions you may have.  Relax with  Shaklee Stress Relief!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Did I get your attention?  One of Marie Kondo's books, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up, has some interesting suggestions about getting organized.

Have you and your family mastered the art of tidying up?  Do you enjoy your tidy spaces??
How about your sock drawer?   Mine is always a disaster BUT I am going to take Marie's suggestions on learning how to fold your socks.

Do not tie your pantyhose in a knot!!   No, No. Lay the toes on top of the other and fold the stocking in half lengthwise.  Then fold into thirds, make sure toes are inside not outside, and waistband protrudes slightly at the top.  Roll stocking up toward waistband.  If the waistband is on the outside when you finish, you've done it right.  

Fold knee-high stockings the same way.  With thicker material, such as tights, it is easier to roll if you fold them in half rather than in thirds.  The point is that the stocking should be firm and stable when you've finished, much like a sushi roll.

I did try this with my short socks, not knee highs and guess what?  It works, put them in the drawer like a sushi roll and you can fit alot of socks  into that drawer.

Thank you, Marie Kondo, for some wonderful suggestions on socks! Can't wait to read your book.   Harriet