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The Most Amazing Cleaning Life Hack You've NEVER Seen Before! Green, Non-Toxic Way to Deep Clean Rugs of Toxins

I can't believe I've never read this housekeeping tip!  A little grossed out I didn't know about this already... The Most Amazing Lifehack Cleaning Trick You've Never Seen Before! How to Deep Clean Your Rugs / Mats the Easy and Effective Way!  Perfect for homes with kids, pets, asthma or allergies... life hack your way to a cleaner house! via Devastate Boredom
I'm going out on a limb by saying that you've never seen this cleaning hack before, because usually that kind of language is clickbait and usually the actual tip is the same-old-same-old... but in this case, I think it's completely justified!  When I came across this cleaning hack, casually mentioned in a paragraph of housekeeping tips with none of the fanfare or fuss it deserved, it was brand-new to me.  I couldn't believe it was true until I gave it a try, and then, I couldn't believe how well it worked!  

Read on, friend, your house is about to be cleaner!

#FridayFrivolity - Summertime!! Funny Beach Memes to Make You Laugh - and a LINKY PARTY!

Hello Friday, and hello friends!!  

Our theme at #FridayFrivolity this week is "summertime," and if you live in the Northern hemisphere, you're going to be well-aware of why!  If you live in the Southern hemisphere, I guess this will just serve as a fun reminder of warmer days to come.  ;P

You all know I'm a firm believer in sun protection... if you're in need of a stylish UPF travel dress I have the perfect one to recommend!  

I'm happy to see this handsome youngster shares my priorities.

Boho Capsule Wardrobe Style Inspiration - Easy, Dreamy, Breezy, Bohemian Chic - Sample Minimalist Closet

Love the boho look!  So cool to see a capsule in this style... How to Create a Dreamy, Breezy, Bohemian Capsule Wardrobe - Minimalist Fashion Inspirational Ideas - Deciding Your Personal Style and Figuring Out A Capsule Wardrobe! via Devastate Boredom
Time for another installment of my capsule wardrobe fashion inspiration series!  I decided a couple of months ago now to create some sample minimalist wardrobes for inspirational purposes, because I think there is a lot of talk about "capsule wardrobes" without anyone really knowing what that looks like, besides, you know, "small."  If you haven't already, be sure to check out my previous posts in this series:

Comfy Creative Neo-Indie Capsule Wardrobe (aka, my own personal style  :P)

Classically Feminine "Preppy" Capsule Wardrobe

A quick summary for anybody new:

My Two Week "Focus and Deep Work Productivity Challenge", inspired by Cal Newport - Join Me!!

I'm doing it!  I'm going to meet my goals and finish my book!  Take the Two-Week "Deep Focus" Challenge and Embrace a Life of Greater Productivity, Purpose, and Meaning!  How to Get Rid of Procrastination, Distraction, and Social Media Addictions - Get Rid of Facebook (maybe??) and Change Your Life! via DevastateBoredom
A couple of days ago I shared how to find an awesome webinar by Cal Newport (author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World), and included some of the notes I took during the webinar too. They included the "challenge" below, which I've decided I'm going to jump right into...  A deeper life of focus and meaning, yes please!  Here's the challenge, as well as what it will look like for me.

#FridayFrivolity - Father's Day Edition! Funny Dad Memes Galore!

Hello friends, and hello Friday!  We're celebrating Father's Day a little early at #FridayFrivolity, because after our hilarious Mother's Day videos post, we wouldn't want dads to feel left out...!

So first and most importantly... happy Father's Day to my own awesome dad, Gayelord!

He probably won't love this photo, because it's a goofy one and, in all fairness, he is MUCH handsomer than this already-handsome photo does justice to.... but it's one of my favorite photos of us BECAUSE of the goofiness.  My dad is a fun and funny guy with a great sense of humor, and this photo makes me smile.  

Super Important Stuff about Online Brain-Drains, Living Life Deeply, and Purpose

I recently updated my header with the tag line, "Where laughter meets intention," because, while I love memes and funnies and silliness, I also think it is SO important to prioritize living with deliberation, purpose, and thought.  For me, finding and maintaining a sense of purpose is a key component of devastating boredom.

Our modern tech-focused, social media obsessed world can often be at odds with a life of purpose and intention, shoving "newsfeeds" and constant stimulation down our throats whenever we're stuck in a line or sitting through a commercial break or even (to our greater detriment)...

Why I Ended Up Rolling My Socks After All, and Then Abandoned it a Month Later- The Pros and Cons of KonMari Organizational Techniques

As a quick summary for anybody new here -- I've been pursuing minimalism for a while (since "before it was cool," I'm always careful to point out... haha!) but I'm still perpetually interested in new ideas and perspectives to help me put my space and stuff to better use.  I recently reviewed Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and my reading has continued to have some results I might not have expected at that time...  Example number one:

I ended up rolling my socks.

...and then, a month later, I decided it wasn't worth it after all.  I decided that commonsense organization was actually the way to go instead.

Here's why.

#FridayFrivolity -- moving sucks!! The link-up blog party for all things fun, funny, happy and hopeful!

Hello, dear friends!  

Surprise!  I just moved from Dallas, Texas, to North Caroline. Seven states in as many days!  I had blog posts scheduled for this past week, but clearly was being a bit dim about how stressful it is to move because I thought I'd take care of this #FridayFrivolity post in all my "down time" while city-hopping.  

"Down time," ha!  

I do have a laugh for you, that went live earlier this week....  "Weird Stuff I've Seen in TX - Crazy Cars Edition."  I'd love for you to hop over there and check out all the fun and oddity!  

Otherwise, head over to Syncopated Mama, Babi a Fi, and Munofore for fun and funnies on the theme of Travel!  And, OH EM GEE, I just realized crazy cars totally fit that theme...  I should have posted that one today!  Ahh, clearly I'm super on top of things right now. ;)

Off to unpack boxes and hyperventilate about only knowing three people in this whole. freaking. state.  


Now on to the link-up! :D 

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Crazy Stuff I've Seen in Dallas Texas - Hilarious Cars Edition! Decepticon rims, bumper stickers, vanity plates & more!

It's been a minute since I've done a Crazy Things I've Seen in TX post, but don't worry, I've been gathering material!  Oh yes!  A definite theme that I noticed recently is crazy cars... funny, weird, and unusual vehicles.  

Let's start with a laugh, shall we?  

ROFL seriously that's brilliant!  Bahahaha vanity license plate - Crazy, funny, weird things I've seen in Dallas Texas -- cars and automobiles edition!  Hilarious licenses plates, bumper stickers, Decepticon style rims and more! TX
I think that's officially my favorite vanity plate EVER.


This car owner, on the other hand, is clearly a very punny person, possibly with an insect phobia and a self-deprecating sense of humor.
Ahahaha too punny! Ew a Bug vanity license plate - Crazy, funny, weird things I've seen in Dallas Texas -- cars and automobiles edition!  Hilarious licenses plates, bumper stickers, Decepticon style rims and more! TX
Whoever thought that up was genius.  So simple!  So entertaining!  IT EVEN HAS SPACES!


I think this car is actually a Transformer... one of the evil ones. Those wheels have "Decepticon" written all over them! 
I think it doubles as a can-opener myself...  Decepticon rims - Crazy, funny, weird things I've seen in Dallas Texas -- cars and automobiles edition!  Hilarious licenses plates, bumper stickers, Decepticon style rims and more! TX
 ...either that or it doubles as a can-opener.


I adore this ice cream company's hilarious slogan. 
Best news I've seen all night, ha.  Ice cream truck slogan "Ice cream makes you pretty"! - Crazy, funny, weird things I've seen in Dallas Texas -- cars and automobiles edition!  Hilarious licenses plates, bumper stickers, Decepticon style rims and more! TX
 If only it were true!  We all better have another bowl, just in case.

Let's get this from another angle too...
I'm feeing prettier already, ha.  Ice cream truck slogan "Ice cream makes you pretty"! - Crazy, funny, weird things I've seen in Dallas Texas -- cars and automobiles edition!  Hilarious licenses plates, bumper stickers, Decepticon style rims and more! TX
I'm feeling prettier already.


Hide your stick children!!  The T-Rex cometh!
OH nooooo!  Death and destruction for that poor car's stick family! Your Stick Family Was Delicious Bumper Sticker-  Crazy, funny, weird things I've seen in Dallas Texas -- cars and automobiles edition!  Hilarious licenses plates, bumper stickers, Decepticon style rims and more! TX
Morbid?  Yes.  Hysterical?  Also yes.

That's all for today, but I have "Crazy Things I've Seen in Texas: Antique Store Edition" all ready to go in the very near future!  Oh yes, be scared... be very scared!  I have some truly hilarious and bizarre finds to share with you!  ;P

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Part 2 - 7 "Steps" for Improving Your Posture and Alignment - Small Changes Towards Better Back and Foot Health! Tips, Tricks, Stretches and Resources - Part 2

Definitely need to try these!  Pain-free back, here we come!  7 Steps Towards Better Posture and Alignment - Tips, Tricks, Stretches, and Resources - Small, easy changes to begin a journey to a healthier back and feet - via Devastate Boredom

Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional!  I am sharing my own experiences only.  All bodies are different, so be sure to consult your doctor if you have questions or concerns.

Last week I shared a kind of crazy story with y'all... the fact that I have had MUCH less foot pain lately, and apparently have gone up a shoe size, all since starting to improve my posture and alignment. Then the other day I shared four of my favorite tips and tricks for improving posture and alignment.  

Today I'm going to wrap up with three more steps (ahaha I'm so punny...) ideas and resources that I have found helpful in improving my foot and back health.  Hurray for being proactive with our health and fitness!

7 Beginners Tips for Better Posture and Foot / Body Alignment - Part 2:

See here for Tips 1-4!

5.  Switch all your shoes to FLATS with a nice roomy toe-box.  

There is an awesome (/awful) diagram in Whole Body Barefoot that shows what happens to your weight-distribution on your joints when you wear heels... suffice to say, wearing heels is truly terrible for your body.  From your feet on up to your neck -- it's all connected by ligaments and muscles, so it is quite possible that high heels (or even the lower-but-still raised heels on your tennis shoes or boots) are causing headaches, backaches, etc.  Read the book if you don't believe me!

Now, about the toe-box -- spread your toes out flat on a piece of paper and trace around your foot.  Compare that tracing against the base of your current shoes.  Is there enough room for your toes to spread out inside your shoes, or are they getting squished into an unnaturally tight space?  You SHOULD be able to stretch your toes out fully inside your shoe, so you're probably going to need shoes with a roomier toe box.

Also, whether you realize it or not, all standard tennis shoes have a built-in lift in the heel.  The next time you need new walking shoes, consider switching to one with an 8mm heel height.  Then, 6 months or a year later, after you've worn those out and your legs have accustomed to that switch, you can move to a 4mm drop... and then from there, a good while later, you can consider transitioning to minimalist shoes if that interests you.  

Minimalist shoes are completely flat, which means your body can be in for a painful shock and/or injury if you go straight from standard shoes to minimalist ones.  That is never recommended!  I'm personally in 4 mm New Balance shoes now after spending a year in 8 mm Saucony.  The drop from 8 to 4 mm didn't give me much discomfort (though I was doing my walking in pancake-flat TX, which probably helped), but the original switch from standard tennis shoes to 8 mm in hilly GA... oh baby!   I frequently ended walks with screaming calves.  So take it slow, and even consider alternating between your standard shoes and 8 mm's for a couple of weeks when first transitioning.  

6.  Have full-length mirrors around your house in strategic places, to remind you to check your alignment.  

When my husband and I moved into our current apartment, we laughed together about all of the mirrors.  There is an AWKWARD number of mirrors in this apartment!  There is a giant mirror attached to the wall as you enter from the front door, large enough to fill almost that whole wall.  The kitchen is "wallpapered" with black glazed tiles that reflect just like mirrors.  One of the two bedrooms has another huge mirror, filling a whole wall, and the bathroom is completely tiled with mirrors as well.  When I stand in front of my bathroom sink, dozens of my reflection stare back at me from all angles.  A little weird, right?  

But it's PERFECT for improving my alignment.  

In almost any room I'm in, I can glance over to a mirror and check my body alignment.  I have become so much more aware of keeping a neutral arch in my back and keeping my weight over my heels, just based on having a visual of myself rather than having to guess based on "feel" alone.

We will be moving again in a month or so, and I plan to buy multiple full-length mirrors to strategically place around our new place.  Places I suggest to "mirrorize" -- in front of the bathroom sink, by the kitchen sink and dishwasher, in front of your yoga mat or wherever you exercise and stretch at home, in front of your washer and dryer, etc.  Anywhere you tend to stand still or bend over a good bit will be helpful, so that you can check that you have a neutral arch in your back and that your weight is centered over your feet rather than slouching, or leaning forward or back.

7.  Read the Fit2B blog, Katy Bowman's blog, or check out one of Katy Bowman's books.

I've already suggested you read Whole Body Barefoot, but if you don't like the emphasis on transitioning to minimal footwear then Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief might be more your speed... or Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief.  Her blog, Katy Says, is also chock-full of great articles... to the point where it can be a little overwhelming at first.  Pick a topic and dive in, or choose one of the books for a more bite-sized entry into the world of alignment.  And did I mention that Katy is very funny?  The reading won't be painful or boring, I promise.  

The fitness subscription service Fit2B that I'm about to talk about also has a blog with lots of helpful resources and information as well. 

7.  Subscribe to alignment focused fitness routines via Fit2B.  

I'm so thankful I stumbled across Fit2B!  This fitness video subscription service has helped me make huge strides in becoming more body-aware, and strengthening my core.  Bethany, the CEO and instructor at Fit2B, approaches all fitness categories (from pilates, to kickboxing, to yoga, to step-aerobics) from an alignment perspective.  She especially emphasizes the effect (good OR bad) that alignment can have on a woman's healing body after childbirth, but the routines are great for non-moms as well.

Fit2B makes working out SO quick and simple with a wide range of workout lengths, from 7 minutes on up, and by texting fitness reminders, encouragement, and alignment tips to subscribers throughout the week.  I can click on a video link in a text and play it on my TV instantly using google chromecast (Amazon Firestick works the same way), which leaves very little room for procrastination or excuses!   

It is a fantastic program, and I think it is only going to get better as Fit2B continues to grow as a company. I recently became an affiliate because I can rave about them in all honesty and sincerity, simply by sharing my experiences as a subscriber myself.

Well there you go!  I have now revealed the exciting weirdness of my shape-shifting feet (haha!), and shared the top tips I think have helped me along in my alignment journey thus far.  

Please let me know if you have any questions!  I am still learning myself, but I will try to point you in the right direction.  And if you're a fellow alignment-nerd, be sure to say hello so we can bond over the joys of a neutral lumbar spine and proper weight-distribution!  ;)
I seriously have never heard any of this in yoga class!  Really good info.  7 Stretches, Tips, and Tricks for Better Posture and Alignment - resources to prevent headaches, backaches, bunions and more!  Small changes towards a pain-free life, via Devastate Boredom

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