Safe and Easy-to-Make Cleaning Recipes

Most people do their best to eat nutritious meals, exercise, and go for regular medical check-ups to ensure they stay healthy. All of this is great, but there is one more thing we should be paying attention to in order to live a healthy lifestyle.

That thing is the products we use to clean our homes.

Although people buy cleaning products with the best intentions—to clean their home and eliminate germs and bacteria—they sometimes don’t realize that the harsh ingredients in the products they purchase can do more harm than good.

To combat this problem, we’ve put together some of our favorite safe and easy-to-make cleaning recipes. These recipes will ensure that your home stays clean while also making sure that you aren’t negatively impacted by harmful commercial cleaning products.

Check out the recipes now…

All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Everyone needs at least one solid all-purpose cleaner in her cleaning arsenal. This recipe can be used on any surface (kitchen, bathroom, floors, etc.) and will leave your home smelling fresh and clean.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. borax
  • 1/2 tsp. washing soda
  • 1 tsp. liquid castille soap
  • Essential oils of choice. I use 4 drops lemon, 4 drops lavender and 10 drops orange
  • Glass spray bottle for storage

Instructions:

#1 Place borax, washing soda and soap in a spray bottle (preferably glass).

#2 Add 2 cups of warm water. Distilled is best, but any water that has been boiled will work. Cover bottle and shake well. Use as needed. I use as bathroom cleaner, floor pre-treater, kitchen cleaner and on toys to disinfect.

Recipe Source: http://wellnessmama.com/756/homemade-all-purpose-cleaner/

Laundry Detergent Recipe

For many people, laundry is a weekly chore. For that reason, having a safe, all-natural laundry detergent recipe that you can whip up from home is important. Keep your family’s clothes safe and fresh with this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer Brand available at most stores)
  • Borax Powder
  • Bar Soap (Dr. Bronner’s, Ivory, or other natural, unscented bar soap)

Note: Washing Soda and Borax should be available at your local grocery store on the laundry aisle. Natural bar soaps are in the health, beauty, or organic sections of the store, or online. You can also add a couple tablespoons of baking soda to help freshen clothes.

Instructions:

#1 Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until finely ground.

#2 In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. (Add a few teaspoons of baking soda if desired).

#3 Store in closed container. I keep mine in quart or half gallon mason jars. If you are using a big enough container, you can just put all ingredients in a storage container or jar and shake.

#4 Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.

Recipe Source: http://wellnessmama.com/462/homemade-laundry-detergent/

Natural Oven Cleaner Recipe

Most people regularly clean their countertops to keep surfaces clean for food prep. There is one place food goes that people don’t think to clean on a regular basis—your oven. Try this easy recipe to keep your oven clean.

Ingredients:

  • Baking Soda
  • Water

Instructions:

#1 Spray water inside of oven with a spray bottle.

#2 Sprinkle a ¼ inch layer of baking soda inside oven.

#3 Let sit for 2-3 hours. Do NOT turn on your oven.

#4 Wipe clean

Recipe Source: http://wellnessmama.com/211/natural-oven-cleaning/

 Do you have an easy-to-make cleanering recipe you love?

Share it in the comments!

10 Ways to Fight Cabin Fever This Winter

The winter months can seem to drag on forever–especially if you live in a climate where you’re stuck inside due to freezing temperatures and snow. Even here in Charleston, SC, January can seem to drag on forever.

After weeks of being cooped, up you may begin to feel the effects of cabin fever.

The good news is that there many things you can do to combat that awful restless feeling when the weather just won’t cooperate.

This year, don’t let the snow, ice, or cooler temperatures keep you from enjoying the things you love. Instead, we suggest you put together a list of indoor activities you can do to avoid cabin fever…for you and your family.

Need some ideas? Not to worry. We’ve put together a few of our favorite things to do during the winter months. Keep reading to check them out.

Visit a Friend 

Between the hustle and bustle of work, taking care of our children, and getting chores around the house done, we don’t often have as much time as we’d like to spend with our friends.

If you find yourself sitting inside your house on a blustery Friday night with nothing to do, call a friend and make plans to hang out.

Not only will visiting a friend get you out of the house, but spending time together will be sure to warm both of your hearts.

Tip: Really beat the winter blues and plan a trip to visit a friend who lives in a warm place, like Florida! Or better yet, plan a trip with your girlfriends to visit a tropical destination together.

Go to the Movies

A big screen projector, the smell of delicious popcorn in the air, and the excitement of watching a new movie make going out to the movies a really fun activity.

Put together a list of movies you want to see, and then pick a day to go out and see one with your friends or family.

There’s nothing wrong with going to see a movie by yourself either. It’s important to be able to treat yourself and have a “you” day every once in a while. Grab a package of your favorite candy, purchase tickets to that chick flick you’ve been dying to see, and enjoy!

Volunteer

Organizations and charities need volunteer help as often as they can get it, especially during the cold winter months.

Warm the stomach of a person in need by making hot meals at your local soup kitchen, volunteer to help wash clothes at a homeless shelter, lend a hand to someone who’s battling cancer, or show the animals at a pet rescue some love.

No matter what cause you’re passionate about, there’s always something you can do to help.

Bundle Up and Go for a Walk

Sometimes all it takes is a 30-minute walk to break you out of your cabin fever slump.

As long as your roads aren’t icy or dangerous, grab a winter coat, hat, and scarf, bundle up, and head outside for a walk.

Tip: Start a weekly winter walking group with your friends. Pick a time once a week to meet up, encourage each other to get outside, and walk together at your local park or in one of your neighborhoods.

Go to a Sporting Event

If you love basketball, football, or other winter sports, now is the time to pick up a ticket and go see your favorite team live in action.

If you can’t travel or afford to see your favorite professional team play, I recommend that you check out your local college or farm teams. Tickets to college or farm team games are generally cheaper, but come with just as much fun.

To make a night out on the town to watch your favorite sport even more fun, invite family or friends along. Pick up some team jerseys (or make them yourself at home) and enjoy an exciting night out together cheering on your favorite team!

How do you combat cabin fever? Let us know in the comments below.

5 Classic Books You Should Read This Year

As the new year begins, most of us make lists of things we’d like to do differently this year.

For you, it may be going to the gym, eating healthier, or volunteering more often. Or maybe you want to travel more, finally sign up for yoga, or not work weekends. While these are all wonderful goals, we suggest you also add exercising your brain to the list.

Instead of sitting in front of the TV this year, we encourage you to pick up a book. What better way to exercise your brain than to sit down and read a few classics.

To make it easy for you to get started, below are our top 5 recommendations.

Book #1 – Great Expectations

Great Expectations is Charles Dickens’ 1861 classic novel about an orphan named Pip and his journey from poor orphan to power and wealth, the friends he gains and loses, and his eventual humbling.

The stories and lessons you’ll learn in this book will last you a lifetime.

Book #2 – Treasure Island

Treasure Island was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1883.

This book tells the story of Jim Hawkins, a boy living with his parents at their inn, whose life is changed when he encounters a sunburned sailor singing, “Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!” at his family’s establishment.

If you like stories about adventure, pirates, treasure, and sailing the Seven Seas, this book is certainly for you.

Book #3 – Little Women

Little Women is Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 “coming of age” novel set during the American Civil War and follows the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.

If you’re a bold, fierce, and courageous woman, you will get a kick out of everything these girls, and their mother, Marmee, encounter throughout this heartwarming book.

Book #4 –  The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925.

This novel takes place in the midst of the glitz and glam of the Roaring Twenties and is narrated by a character named Nick Carraway—Gatsby’s neighbor. Nick tells the story of the many incidents that take place in the home of the rich and famous Mr. Gatsby.

If you love history, this book will easily transport you back into the early 1920s and give you a firsthand look at all crazy things that went on during parties and other social events that were hosted by the wealthy upper class.

Book #5 – Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind, written by Margaret Mitchell in 1936, is by far one of the more classic pieces of literature around. Chances are you’ve seen the movie. If you haven’t read the book, it’s a must!

This book details the life of Scarlett O’Hara, a wealthy Southern belle, who lives on a large plantation in Georgia. The plot twists when Scarlett’s family loses all of their wealth, and she is forced to make a decision between marrying for love or for wealth.

This book contains a little bit of everything and includes storylines rich in history, romance, and life lessons.

Fun Winter Activity Ideas

When you think of winter, you may think of cold weather, snow, and hibernating until the temperatures get warm again. We don’t blame you—especially if you live in a region where temperatures often fall below freezing and stay there until spring.

If you’re cooped up in your home, you tend to miss out on some of the most fun activities winter has to offer.

This year, we challenge you to brave the cooler temperatures and have some fun—whether it be with your girlfriends or with the entire family.

From Minnesota to Florida, fun seasonal activities can be found everywhere. So, strap on your snow boots or slip on some flip-flops, and try out a few of our favorite winter activity ideas.

Ice Skate

Ice skating is an activity that can be done anywhere with a skating rink. If you live in a warm climate, find an indoor skating rink near you.

Chances are you have a community rink used for hockey or figure skating. If not, keep your eye out. Often, during the winter months, many communities set up skating rinks for everyone to enjoy.

If you live in a colder environment, you might be able to find an outdoor rink to enjoy—either natural or man-made.

Note: If you choose to use a natural ice rink and skate on a frozen pond or lake, be sure to test the ice to ensure it’s solid enough to skate on. Always skate with friends nearby in case of an emergency.

Ski

Skiing is one of the most popular winter activities. The only downside is that you must live in an area that has snow.

This is no problem for the northern half of the country. Places like Vermont, Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, and Colorado are filled with ski hills you can try out.

If you live in a warmer climate without snow and are able to take a vacation this winter, consider visiting a ski resort for a ski trip, and give it a try.

For those that have never skied before, we suggest you take a few lessons before you hit the slopes. All ski resorts have ski instructors that will gladly teach you how to make it down a snowy mountain safely.

Host a Movie and Hot Chocolate Night

There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a warm cup of hot chocolate to watch a movie on a chilly winter night.

Keep an eye on the weather, and the next time a chilly day blows through, invite your friends or family members over for a movie night. And don’t forget to have plenty of warm blankets available for all of your guests.

Tip: Go above and beyond serving plain hot chocolate, and set up a hot cocoa bar. Toppings can include anything from marshmallows and chocolate chips, to caramel sauce and candy canes.

Take a Hike

If you’re lucky enough to live in a colder climate, frosted trees and sparkling snow make the winter season a beautiful time to go outside for a hike. Round up a group of your best girlfriends, bundle up, and hit the trails for a day of fun in the woods.

Take this winter activity to the next level by renting snow shoes. These specially designed shoes allow you to walk across snowy paths with ease.

No snow where you live? No worries. There’s no reason you still can’t hit the trails. The best part about taking a winter hike is that you won’t have to worry about heat exhaustion or dehydration. So, go out now and enjoy the weather while it lasts!

Cook Warm Comfort Foods

When the temperatures drop, it’s the perfect time for cooking warm comfort foods such as soups and stews.

This winter, pull together your favorite warm and delicious comfort foods. Then when an extra chilly day rolls around, do some cooking.

If you’re making a large pot of soup or a recipe that makes a lot of servings, invite your friends or family members over to enjoy a meal together. Better yet, make it a potluck and ask people to bring a side dish to complete your meal.

There is nothing better than sharing a hot meal with the ones you love.

What’s your favorite winter activity?

Share it in the comments below.

Give Yourself the Gift of Health This New Year


With the holidays behind us, it’s time to get excited and look forward to the new year ahead of us. Before we officially close out the season of giving, there is one more gift we want to talk about.

And that gift is the gift of health.

We believe that taking care of your body and being aware of your health are the keys to living a happy and healthy life. There’s no better time than right now to put yourself on the path to health and happiness as we begin a new year.

It doesn’t matter how good or poor your health currently is. There are many small lifestyle changes you can make to help ensure you’re giving your body the things it needs while also getting the medical care you need to stay happy and healthy.

The new year means starting fresh. We hope you’ll take advantage of this time to put in place a plan for the year that promotes your health and happiness.

Not sure where to start? No worries, we have a few suggestions!

Keep reading to discover a few things you can do to give yourself the gift of health this year.

Eat Healthy

Your health begins with what you put in your body.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a tasty treat every once in a while. But it’s also important to ensure that you are getting the nutrients from fresh meats (if you’re not a vegetarian), vegetables, and fruits.

Here are a few of our favorite recipes you can add to your weekly meal plan.

Go for Regular Physicals

Visiting your doctor for a yearly exam is a great way to make sure you’re in tip-top shape.
Most important, your doctor might be able to detect health problems before you notice them. And that’s important because early detection is the key to saving lives, especially for cancer patients.

You can’t go wrong with a yearly exam to make sure you’re in good health.

Get Exercise

Exercise is an important part of staying healthy. It helps you build muscles, burn excess fat, and keep your heart strong.

If you’re someone who feels as if you can’t exercise, don’t worry. It’s ok to start slow. Something as simple as a walk around the block is a great place to get started.

Check out some of our favorite ways to get into an exercise routine.

Perform At-Home Breast Exams

Ladies, this one is super important!

As we mentioned before, early detection saves lives. Which is why at-home breast exams are so important, even if you don’t have a family history of breast cancer.

BreastCancer.org gives a great overview on how to do an at-home breast exam. Check it out here.

Your doctor can also teach you how to do a self-exam. Ask your doctor to show you at your next appointment.

Take Note of Changes in Your Body

Nobody knows your body better than you do.

If you notice any changes—including lumps, spots, marks, bumps, rashes, or even less visible changes like unusual headaches or pains—be sure to report those changes to your doctor.

Your doctor can diagnose any health concerns and put you on the path to health and happiness.

What do you do to live a healthy life? Share with us below!

5 Simple Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

At The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction, we believe that spreading cheer is something we should be doing year-round, not just during the holiday season.

There is truly no better feeling than knowing you’re making someone happy. When you spread joy, you’re bound to get some in return.

After all, you tend get in return what you give.

For many of us, spreading cheer is something that’s easy to do. Especially if we are surrounded by people who radiate generosity, kindness, and warmth.

Yet, unfortunately, many people do not experience the warmth and happiness we do during this season. In fact, this is a time of year when many people struggle and are sad.

Some families will be celebrating the holidays for the first time without a loved one. Many people will be feeling the effects of isolation and loneliness at much deeper level over the new few weeks. And we can’t forget that this time of year can also be difficult with the grey and gloom of winter that can bring on the winter blues and depression.

For that reason, it’s vital to remember the importance of making each other’s days as merry and bright as we possibly can.

And it’s not hard to do…

Even the smallest act of kindness and love can have a major impact on brightening someone’s day. So, this season, as well as all year round, we encourage you to think about what you can do to lift the spirits of those you love.

We already have a few ideas of things we love to do to spread some cheer! Keep reading to discover 5 of our favorite ways to make someone’s day merry and bright.

Call a Friend or Loved One

For many of us, our lives are so busy that we neglect to check in with the people we love. We certainly don’t mean to, but between work, taking care of families, and everything else we have on our plate, it’s easy to forget to give our friends and family members a call.

And with social media at our finger tips, it’s even easier to keep tabs on people without actually having to talk to them.

This season, and for the rest of the year, make a commitment to staying in touch more frequently with those you love.

The sooner you start, the better!

Pick a time this week to call a friend or family member and catch up. It’s such a nice thing to be able to hear a person’s voice on the phone. A call will certainly spread some joy to whoever is on the receiving end of it.

Send Handmade Cards

Once again, technology has put a damper on a lot of the communication we have with the ones we love.

Sure, it’s wonderful to be able to send someone an email, a Facebook message, an eCard, or a text message, but sometimes those digital messages come across as a little impersonal.

This year, spend some time making handmade cards for your friends and family members.

Not only will these cards bring a smile to your loved one’s face, but the time you took to make the cards will also show them how much you care.

Make Dinner for Someone

Life is busy, and people often feel overwhelmed in the hustle and bustle of working, raising families, getting chores done, and finding time to relax.

For that reason, bringing a friend or family member dinner one night is a great way to spread some cheer, as well as give someone a much-needed break from the cooking chores.

This meal doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant. A simple spaghetti dinner, or even pizza from your local pizza place would make just about anyone happy!

We do have one tip before you do this though.

Talk with the person you’re bringing dinner to beforehand. This way they can tell you what they like to eat, can warn you of any allergies, and will be prepared when you arrive with the meal.

Treat Someone to a Free Coffee

It’s nice to go out and treat yourself to a cup of coffee every once in a while. It’s even nicer when you discover the person in front of you is paying for your drink as a random act of kindness.

This month, if you are financially able, try surprising someone in line with a free coffee. This small act of kindness will surely light up someone’s day.

If you’re not comfortable with buying a stranger a cup of coffee, you can always invite a close friend or family member out for a cup of coffee on you.

Bake a Delicious Treat to Share

Everyone loves a tasty treat every once in a while.

If you enjoying baking, make one of your favorite treats to share with those you love.

For those of you that are stay-at-home parents or work from home, bring the treats you make to your neighbors. Or, if you work outside your home, put together a tray of goodies to take with you.

It’s amazing that something as simple as a homemade cookie can brighten a person’s day.

What have you done to make someone’s day merry and bright? Share below!

Spread Joy to Cancer Patients with Cheerful Holiday Cards

There is so much to be cheerful about during the holiday season. It’s a time where many people travel to visit loved ones, indulge in delicious food, and revel in the joy of the holiday season.

How lucky are we to be able to enjoy this time of year!

Unfortunately, there are also many people that will struggle this season due to illness or disease, like breast cancer. Many of these people will have no choice but to celebrate the holidays from the hospital.

That definitely puts a damper on all of the holiday joy and festivities.

We truly wish there was a way to bring everyone home to spend time with their loved ones during this time of year.

Sadly, there is no way we can make that possible, but we can do the next best thing…

Bring some of the holiday spirit to those who are the hospital.

Every year, thousands of people create holiday cards to share with adults and children who can’t go home for the holidays.

It may seem like a small gesture, but there is no doubt these cards bring a lot of happiness to those who receive them.

The best part is that it only takes a little bit of your time to brighten someone’s day.

So, this year, if you feel the desire to spread some cheer, we encourage you to make a few holiday cards to give to people who are in the hospital.

How to Get Involved with Sending Holiday Cards

Many hospitals conduct holiday drives during December to collect cards for their patients.

We suggest you give your local hospital a call to see if they are collecting cards. If they aren’t, they may know of other medical care facilities that are, and can get you hooked up.

Another great resource to contact would be your local community groups, like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or local charities.

These groups may already be involved with creating cards and can help you get connected.

American Cancer Society Greeting Cards

If you’re not very crafty but still want to give back, we suggest checking out the American Cancer Society greeting cards fundraiser.

Every year, the American Cancer Society sells holiday cards and the proceeds benefit cancer research.

You can purchase a variety of different cards to hand out to your family and friends this year. Or better yet, order some to hand out at your local hospital!

To check out the American Cancer Society cards and find more information, please visit their website.

American Cancer Society Greeting Cards Website

Have you ever handed out hospital holiday cards? Let us know where below!

 

3 Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes to Keep You Cozy and Warm

There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a warm cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day!

Just think about it…warm blankets, cozy slippers, your favorite movie playing in the background, and a cup of decadent hot chocolate in your hands.

Pretty great, right? We think so!

There is one thing, however, that makes the experience even better. And that’s making your hot chocolate from scratch.

Keep reading to discover a few of our favorite hot chocolate recipes that are delicious, easy to make, and will keep you cozy and warm this winter.

Traditional Creamy Hot Chocolate Recipe

If you enjoy a tasty mug of old-fashioned hot chocolate, this recipe is for you!

This particular recipe is made using cocoa powder for a rich chocolate taste, milk, and cream to give it a thick and creamy texture.

Give it a try!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream

Directions:

#1 Combine the cocoa, sugar, and pinch of salt in a saucepan.

#2 Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir.

#3 Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch.

#4 Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil!

#5 Remove from heat and add vanilla.

#6 Divide among 4 mugs.

#7 Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.

Recipe Source: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20211/creamy-hot-cocoa/

White Chocolate Hot Chocolate Recipe

For those of you that don’t care for traditional dark or milk chocolate, this recipe might be right up your alley.

This recipe uses milk, white chocolate chips, and vanilla that all come together to make this delectable drink.

Here’s how it’s made…

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of milk of your choice (or you can substitute heavy cream or half and half, or do a mixture)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. white chocolate, chopped into small pieces (or white chocolate chips)
  • whipped cream or marshmallows for topping

Directions:

#1 Stir together milk, vanilla, and chopped white chocolate in a medium saucepan.

#2 Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the white hot chocolate comes to a simmer.  (Do not let it come to a boil.)

#3 Remove from heat and serve immediately, topped with whipped cream or    marshmallows if desired.

Recipe Source: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/homemade-white-hot-chocolate/

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

Last, but certainly not least, is a classic peppermint hot chocolate recipe for the holiday season.

This recipe uses heavy cream, chocolate chunks, and peppermint oil to give it a special kick of holiday flavor.

Try this recipe out!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 drops peppermint oil
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for garnish
  • Chocolate shavings, for garnish

Directions:

#1 In a saucepan, combine the cream, milk, sugar, and salt and heat over medium-low heat.

#2 When the cream mixture just begins to steam, add the chopped chocolate, and stir, until melted.

#3 Stir in the peppermint oil.

#4 Divide the hot chocolate among mugs and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Recipe Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/peppermint-hot-chocolate-recipe.html

Do you have a favorite hot chocolate recipe?

Share with us below!

Indoor Exercise for the Winter Months

We are very thankful to live in Charleston where the winter months are relatively mild. Despite a shorter winter season and lack of snow, there are still days we get cooped up inside due to wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

If you live in a cold weather environment, you know how unpleasant it is to be stuck indoors. Especially when you enjoy being active and on the go.

The good news is that it is possible to stay active, even when you’re stuck indoors. Keep reading to discover 5 indoor exercises to keep you moving this winter.

Indoor Exercise #1 – Climb Your Stairs

Who needs a StairMaster when you live in a two-story home that comes with a built-in staircase?

When you get tired of sitting around on the couch, make a few trips up and down the stairs.

Three to four reps of going up and down your staircase is enough to give you a small cardio workout. And going up and down the stairs is also great for your leg and glute muscles.

Safety tip: Always walk when you are going up and down the stairs. No running. And if possible, hold onto your stair railing to ensure you don’t trip and fall.

Indoor Exercise #2 – Play Wii

Playing Wii, or any other video game that involves being on your feet and moving, is a great way to get some exercise while having fun.

Invite some friends or family over and have a Wii bowling, tennis, or golf tournament. Or while you’re at it, all three!

Each of these activities exercises a different part of your upper body.

The best part…you’ll be having such a good time you’ll forget you’re even working out!

Tip: You can rent Wii exercise games at movie rental stores for cheap!

Indoor Exercise #3 – Use an Exercise Video

If Richard Simmons in a sparkly spandex workout suit isn’t enough to get you motivated, I don’t know what else is.

If you’re stuck indoors, pull out your old workout videos and give them a try.

What’s that you say? All of your videos are on old VHS tapes, and you can’t use them?

Not a problem.

Jump on your computer, visit YouTube, and do a search for your favorite workout routine or video. Online you can find thousands of different cardio, yoga, Pilates, or Zumba videos to try out for FREE.

Find what you enjoy and add it to your indoor exercise routine.

Tip: If you have an HDMI cable, you can plug your computer into your TV to view the workout video instead of having to use a VHS tape or DVD.

Indoor Exercise #4 – Clean Your House

Kill two birds with one stone by getting your workout in while cleaning your home.

Mopping/sweeping floors is good for your arms, bending down to pick up toys, laundry, and other assorted items is great for your leg muscles, and going up and down the stairs to fetch different cleaning products makes a great cardio workout.

Cleaning may not be the most fun workout activity, but you’ve got to do it eventually. What a great way to make the most out of doing your chores.

Tip: Make chores more fun by playing your favorite upbeat music in the background.

Indoor Exercise # 5 – Pantry Item Weightlifting

Sometimes you need to get creative while working out indoors during the winter.

If you enjoy weightlifting, head to your pantry. Bags of flour, sugar, or rice make great weights for weightlifting.

Pick your pantry item of choice and replicate your weightlifting routine in your living room.

Safety tip: Avoid using items like sauce in glass jars for this activity. You could easily injure yourself if you drop an item like that on your foot.

Do you have a favorite indoor exercise? Share it with us below!

The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction Gives Thanks

In a few short days, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving—a time of year in which many of us stop and reflect on everything we have to be grateful for.

This year we made sure to stop and think about the many things we are grateful for at The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction.

We’d love to share with you a few of the things we are thankful for. Check it out!

We are thankful for…

  • The opportunity to work with so many strong and courageous women who have battled breast cancer. You are an inspiration.
  • Our team of highly skilled staff and medical professionals that provide such amazing care to all of our patients.
  • The incredible breast cancer fundraising events, like the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure, that raise money for new cancer research and treatment options.
  • The friends and family that stand by our side no matter what challenges we are facing.
  • All of the technology and medical advances that help keep women healthy and thriving.
  • Our pets, for those of us that have them, that are always available for a stress-relieving and calming cuddle on the couch.
  • The fall weather and the beauty that comes with this season.
  • All of the amazing success stories that we get to hear from our patients. It is a joy to celebrate you and your health!

We could go on for days about the many things we are grateful for all year round!

The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction wishes you a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. And we hope you’ll take some time this week to think about everything you are thankful for.

We’d love to hear what you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving!

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