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quick and easy 1 ingredient laundry recipes

Since living in Panama we are doing the laundry waaaay more often than before in the Northwest of the US. What makes the difference? well.. in the US it was high desert, that means dry climate, humidity at it's lowest at 12% and 4 seasons per year. 

Here now in tropical Panama we have dry season about 3-4 months and rain season 8-9 months - humidity always high - in comparison to where we lived before.

The Sunday Spin - LIVE - from Panama Episode #9

LIVE on the show with Austin Hess. When I saw him on Facebook, I had no idea who he was or what he does. I only send him a message because he is in Panama and carries my maiden name :) of course I am curious then.

Turned out, that he is an awesome guy who cares a lot about Panama and started his LIVE show "The Sunday spin".

Water Is Life [I checked]

Water Is Life [I checked]
Ryan MikolashI used to live in a mining town and the water tasted...different.  It was the key distinction from surrounding towns.  “How do you drink that?”, I would frequently hear.  You get used to it over time.  The association between the water and the mine was always there but the annual municipal water report said that it was safe.

I met this super smart lady and then married her.  Concerning water, she said “nope, we need a good filter”.  It took a little convincing.  

Don't we get important minerals from water?  It turns out that this is somewhat true but there are two important factors.  First, we can easily get the vitamins and minerals that we need from eating fresh food [certainly not processed food].  Second, pharmaceutical chemicals are becoming more and more prevalent in water and we have no idea how that affects us.  We all have expired pills in the medicine cabinet and the majority are thrown away.  These chemicals eventually end up in our water.  Think of the tens of thousands of prescription pharmaceuticals available in our pharmacies.  

There are many other unhealthy items in our drinking water.  Don't invite a serial killer to your family reunion.  The most effective way to protect your loved ones from the unknown affects of these is to filter your drinking water.

To be clear, pitcher water filters or those that attach to the end of the faucet are not nearly effective enough.  Also, if the physical filters are replaced as often as they are supposed to be, filtration gets expensive.  I highly recommend a five-stage reverse osmosis system.  They are not very expensive and not that difficult to install.  Your family is worth it.

Drinking properly filtered water is the first and most important step towards a healthy lifestyle.  I promise you you will feel a difference after a few weeks.

Bonus Feature:  If for some reason your tap water stops flowing, your filters reserve tank holds typically 3-5 gallons of filtered water that can be used in an emergency. Nice.

That's what we are using now for about 5 years and we brought it to Panama as well.
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Sunday Night Dread

Sunday Night Dread
Ryan MikolashFather would climb up on our roof a few times a year to adjust the television antennae.  That big thing looked like a plumber tried to express himself through art. Adjusting it was how we received the twenty or so broadcast channels because we couldn't afford cable.

Every Sunday night at seven o'clock, father would watch “60 Minutes”.  The investigative news hour with its signature “tic-tic-tic”, stopwatch theme sound.  I could be playing in my room or whatever the heck I was doing and I would hear that “tic-tic-tic” and immediately feel a sense of dread pour over my soul.  Like a deep puddle thrown by a passing car.  That “tic-tic-tic” meant it was Sunday night and Sunday night meant that tomorrow was Monday and the beginning of another week.  It meant that homework, that I certainly didn't do, would be expected in class tomorrow.  I meant that a whole new set of unforeseeable challenges were ahead.  It meant that this mini-vacation known as the weekend was closing fast.

Many years would pass and that Sunday night sense of dread would continue.  I didn't need to hear the “tic-tic-tic” to feel it.  Here comes another week of work.  No matter what kind of work I did to pay the bills, from cashier to career, something felt wrong.  I climbed up in a career to find myself continuing to struggle.

Then, like all the great stories, I met a girl.  A wellness educator and independent distributor with a company I had never heard of.  At first, it all seemed to be a bunch of hippy products.  It didn't take long before I was hooked like a salmon at spawn, to these 'hippy products'.  

The girl I met worked very hard. A few years go by and...oh!  I'm able to quit my job!  No more Sunday night “tic-tic-tic” dread!  Whew. You can do that to, we show you how. Check it out HERE

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