Staying Away From Spring Allergies

Ahhhhh! That smell is in the air… The weather is FINALLY starting to change and the sense of summer is just around the corner. I mean, let’s be real, who doesn’t love to be outside when we (Midwesterners) see the thermometer hit 60 degrees for the first time? All the good that comes with spring, also carries the dreaded allergies with it. The sniffles, coughs, and itchy eyes take over our bodies like the black plague. Great news, though! There are some precautionary steps you can take to help prevent from having to go through your annual box(es) of tissues this spring:

First and foremost, try your best to limit your time outside. I know I know this may be challenging because you want nothing more than to soak up the fresh air. BUT, they do say April showers bring May flowers, right? Those flowers and leaf buds that are just starting to sprout carry a crazy amount of pollen and can spring on your allergies (pun intended). If you really can’t find a way to escape long periods in the newly fresh air, make sure to wear sunglasses, to prevent the pollen from finding its way into your eyes. Also, make sure to wash your hair in the shower well in order to prevent you from bringing the pollen into your household.


Another great way is to hop on the allergy medicine EARLY. It’s kind of like riding a bike; you wear your helmet to prevent any head injuries when you fall. In this case, prevent the allergies from even being able to beat your immune system. With all of this said, I am NOT a doctor, therefore make sure you discuss this option with someone who has a PhD to make sure it is safe for you to consume.

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Sickness, and home remedies

We’ve all been there, it’s the middle of the semester, spring is right over the hill, and BAM! You get taken down by a cold or the flu. That is actually the worst, because once the warmer weather starts, everyone wants to be out enjoying it, which is hard when you have a sore throat and stuffy nose.

But, fear not! There are a few at home things you can try to give yourself some relief from the woes of constant tissues and cough drops.

Sore Throat:

To help relieve a scratchy painful throat, gargling with a teaspoon of salt mixed with a glass of warm water can help. Not only does the warm water soothe the throat but it can help to flush out any bacteria and loosen the mucus that sits and makes your throat feel sore. Continue reading

Workouts For Binge Watchers

We all have a favorite TV shows that we just have to watch every week, or we get in the mood to binge watch a whole season of the show we just love. Well now you do not have to feel guilty about taking time out of your day to watch a TV show!

There is a simple solution to make watching TV one of the most productive parts of your day. All you have to do is workout while you watch! I encourage you to write a workout routine that goes along with your show to keep you motivated and focused on working out throughout the whole episode.

It is a great idea to write your own workout because then it is specific to you and the show you watch. You can make your workout more challenging to really get yourself to sweat, or you can simply just make sure you are keeping your body moving and not just sitting for long periods of time. This also gives you the freedom to change up the exercises you use in your workout as often as you would like. The goal is to create a fun workout you can do while still enjoying your favorite TV show.

Here are a few tips on how to set up a workout that flows with your show.

  1. Do an exercise during the opening credits
  2. Assign an action to a common phrase said on the show
  3. Hold a position when characters are at specific location
  4. Do a move every time a charter does a particular action
  5. Complete an exercise whenever a common event or incident happens

If you do not want to make your own workout, then you can always look to see if there is already a workout for your favorite show out there. You can also take a look at what workout routines others have come up with for a specific show to give you ideas.

Here are a few examples:

The Bachelor Workout

The Big Bang Theory   

The Office




~All you can do is work to become a better you

~Sadie Wrobel

Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

The age-old tradition of spring cleaning, is age old for a good reason. It can actually be incredibly helpful not only for your health, but also your peace of mind when starting a new season.

In this blog, we will give you plenty of reasons why spring cleaning (and maintaining that cleanliness) can help you as a person, as well as a couple of tips on how to get the best clean, and how to keep it clean.

First let’s start with the reasons you should take a weekend and get your home ready for the care free fun of spring and summer.

  1. It can help with many health issues—such as allergies. If you are an allergy sufferer like myself, whether that’s seasonal or dust, cleaning regularly can really help alleviate some of your allergy symptoms (like the itchy eyes, stuffy nose and congestion).
  2. De-cluttered homes, means de-cluttered minds—having less clutter around you, and in your environment meant for work or relaxation. The less there is around you to distract your mind, the more productive and at peace you may be able to feel.
  3. Deep clean now, relax later—If you are proactive in the beginning of the season, and take a weekend to deep clean now, it will be easier to maintain once the warmer months come around and you want to have fun!

Now that you’ve decided to take on spring cleaning, lets get down to the how, with some tips and tricks on how to get a great clean (and maintain it!)

You’ll want to start by decluttering the room you’re deep cleaning. If it’s a bedroom, start by getting rid of old or unworn clothes in the closet or drawers. You can donate what you are able, and toss what might be too old or ratty! If you’re in the bathroom, declutter any unused or disliked hair, skincare or makeup products and toss them. Clean out anything that hasn’t been used in the last 6 months from the cabinets of your vanity and medicine cabinet. (Be sure to properly dispose of any medication according to your state, county, or city laws or ordinances). If you’re working on an office, shred any old paperwork taking up room in drawers or on the desk, and get organized with a filing cabinet or desk organizers.

Now down to the cleaning! No matter what room you are in, the first thing you will want to do is open all the windows to let the old stale winter air out, and let the fresh air in. It helps if you pick a warmer day (above 55 degrees).

It is helpful regardless what room of your house you’re in, to dust all surfaces (counters, bookshelves, desks) and any décor that sits on them. Next you’ll want to vacuum any carpet to get old dust mites out and make sure the air you’re breathing is allergen free. If you are in a kitchen or bathroom, you’ll want to sweep and mop all flooring. Also in the bathroom and kitchen, you’ll want to clean all faucets and shower heads.  You’ll also want to wash all linens in every room, so they are fresh and do not contain any of the dust or germs you are trying to get rid of.

A major part of deep cleaning, is cleaning not only the obvious things, but also certain things that get dirty but get over looked in routine cleaning, such as air vents and window sills. To start, you can unscrew air vents, dust them off and then allow them to soak in a hot water and a small amount of dish soap.

To clean your window sills, it can be helpful to use a mixture of water, vinegar and baking soda in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the sill and allow to sit there for a few minutes, and then clean off with a damp sponge.

Although this is a small list of things that can help you to deep clean your home, these small tricks can really help benefit your health and mindfulness as we head into spring!




Nicole Aimone

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