Penny Roach's Blog – February 2013 Archive (15)

Don't Touch Me!!

I have never, nor do I anticipate ever being, a touchy-feely kind of person.  You know how some people will greet you with a hug, or a kiss or want to touch you when they talk to you?  That is SO not me.  In fact, those types of people make me really uncomfortable and want to run in the other direction.

It’s not that I’m not affectionate or anything.  I still kiss my son (who is almost 14) on the forehead every night and I’m delighted that he wants to give me an occasional…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 28, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Nifty Niacin - It's Not Just a Word on Your Cereal Box!

If you would have asked me a few years ago what niacin was, I would have likely said it was one of those funny sounding vitamins that I used to read on the side of the cereal box in the morning.  And it is.  But it was only recently that I realized just how important this little gem of a vitamin really…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 27, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Green on the Cheap

When I made the decision, really made the decision, to adopt a greener lifestyle, I had people say to me “I’d love to go green but I can’t afford it.”  Have you ever said that?  Thought that?  If so, I will refrain from telling you what I said in return.

The point is that if you think about it,…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 26, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Winter Wonderland

Every New Year, thousands of people (if not more) make the resolution to get fit.  They sign up for gym memberships, buy workout DVD’s, and order the latest and greatest gadget from a slick infomercial on TV.  And usually about this time of year, several weeks in, a large majority of these same people let the…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 25, 2013 at 12:58pm — No Comments

My Friday Favorites

It’s no secret that my journey to be green is a work in progress.  Every day, I’m learning something new about health, fitness and the environment.  Along the way, I have made many discoveries that have helped me on this journey.  So today I am starting a weekly post that I will call Friday Favorites.  I am not trying to “sell” any of these items – these are just things that help me to be a little healthier, a little more fit, and a little greener every day.  Enjoy!…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 22, 2013 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Oh, How I Hate to Cook!

I have a confession to make.  Cooking is not one of my favorite things to do.  In fact, I really kind of hate it.  OK, maybe hate is a bit strong.  I mean, it’s not as bad as scrubbing the shower floor or putting clean sheets back on the beds (raise your hand if you hate dealing with fitted sheets).  But those…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 21, 2013 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Why Sleep Can Be Your Waistline's Best Friend

One of the top New Year’s Resolutions has to be along the lines of losing weight, getting fit and eating healthier.  We make these resolutions with the very best of intentions but then life gets in the way.  Our bosses need us to stay late at the office.  The kids get sick.  We stress about gathering our tax…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 18, 2013 at 6:51pm — No Comments

The Heart Attack That Almost Was

I started this blog several weeks ago to talk to other moms about my journey to become green.  My hope was to share information and maybe inspire others.  Being healthy, taking care of the planet and giving back are all very important to me and that’s why I typically post on my blog daily.

On a normal day, I am up at 5:45 AM.  By 8:30 AM, I have gotten my son up, made sure he was ready for the day, cooked him breakfast and driven him to school.  The beds are made, sinks and toilets…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 15, 2013 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Eco-Friendly Luxury

When most people think about staying in a nice hotel, eco-friendly doesn’t exactly come to mind.  Think about all the people taking hot showers, running the air conditioning in their rooms, and watching TV, not to mention washing all the towels and bedding.  It’s mind boggling to think about how much energy is being used.  But, believe it or not, there are hotels that not only care about offering comfortable amenities and convenience to their guests, but care about our planet as…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 12, 2013 at 9:49am — No Comments

Love That Lunch Duty

When I was working in our local school district, I had “lunch duty” each day.  Basically that meant helping the other two teachers make sure the kids each:

a.  had a lunch

b.  ate that lunch

c.  kept their “inside voices”

d. kept their hands to themselves; and

e. (my least…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 11, 2013 at 8:19am — No Comments

SEE What These Foods Can Do For You!

When I was growing up, most people I knew must have had pretty good vision.  I say that because contact lenses weren’t the norm like they are today.  If a person couldn’t see well, that person wore glasses.  And most of the people I knew didn’t.

Sure, my grandparents wore glasses, as did the lady at the front desk of our library, and probably a couple of…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 8, 2013 at 11:10am — No Comments

Hayden's Valentine Hugs

One of the things I miss most about working in a first grade classroom is the arts and crafts projects.  There’s nothing quite like a child’s piece of artwork to bring a smile to the face of a teacher or parent.  Whether we were celebrating a holiday like Halloween or Christmas or creating a memorable display for Veteran’s Day or President’s Day, arts and crafts creations were wildly popular with the kids.  We traced, colored, cut and glued our way through the entire school year and had a…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 6, 2013 at 9:40am — No Comments

If Our Hair Is Our "Crowning Glory", Why Do We Punish It?

I would guess that since the dawn of time, women and probably some men too, have gone to great lengths to care for their hair (no pun intended).  Some of them wore wigs, presumably to protect their hair from intense sunlight, and others used a variety of methods to deal with everything from normal dirt, to graying and even hair loss.  Folks back then were pretty careful about their hair and only used natural ingredients because, well, that’s all they had.

Fast forward to the baby…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 5, 2013 at 11:07am — No Comments

Makes You Wanna Jump, Jump!!

When I was a little girl in Pittsburgh, jumping rope was one of my favorite things to do outside, aside from riding my bicycle.  If I wasn’t allowed to leave the yard, I could jump rope.  If nobody was allowed to come outside and play, I could jump rope.  It was easy and it was cheap.

During recess, there were several girls who had perfected the art of “double dutch” jumping.  This involved 2 girls, each holding the end of a jump rope in each hand, and at least 1 (sometimes 2) girls…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 4, 2013 at 9:31am — No Comments

Red is Not Just for Valentine’s. What Every Woman MUST Know!!

Here in the Chicagoland area, people are wearing RED today as part of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign.  Many people still do not realize that Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women over the age of 20, according to the AHA.  The upside to this?  It’s largely…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 1, 2013 at 12:29pm — No Comments

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