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Catherine Trahan
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July e-Newsletter










Greetings Catherine!
Featured This Month:
  • Cleaning Corner
  • Chill out with Ceiling Fans
  • NEW! Mila Recipe
  • Green tip of the month
Cleaning Corner
Don't let kitchen rags and dishwashing gloves clutter the sink area. Instead, hang them from hooks screwed to the inside of a cabinet door, where the items can stay out of sight as they dry. A grommet-setting kit (available at hardware stores) lets you make tear-proof holes in cloth, rubber, and other soft materials. Place a tray just inside the cabinet to corral cleaning supplies and catch water that drips from wet gloves.
Chill out with Ceiling Fans

Air conditioning accounts for more than 15 percent of the energy use of the average home. Using ceiling fans—especially during hot summer months—can conserve energy and save money.

The spin on savings.
Fans work like wind chill: they help your body stay more comfortable in higher temperatures. Using fans to stay cool in the summer allows you to set your home thermostat higher without sacrificing comfort, allowing you to save up to 40% on cooling costs.


Installing and maintaining.
Ceiling fans are relatively inexpensive (some models sell for less than $50). Many homeowners find fan installation an easy DIY project, especially if an electric ceiling box is already present. For maximum energy savings, be sure to keep your fans in good working order by cleaning the blades regularly. You can also eliminate wobbling and squeaking by keeping your fan well oiled and balanced. Then, sit back and enjoy the breeze!
Source: AHS 


Fan smarts.

*Ceiling fans will only cool you, not the room, so don’t leave fans running in empty rooms.
*In the summer, make sure fan blades are turning counterclockwise, which will circulate cool air downward.
*Fans will only save you money if you set your thermostat higher as a result of fan use. *Running ceiling fans and the air conditioner at full blast will only increase your energy bills.




Charlotte’s Homemade Power Bars with Mila!!!


1 tbl of coconut oil

1 1/4  cups oats

1 1/4  cups sunflower seeds or chopped walnuts or almonds

1/2 cup of oat bran

1/2 cup of dried unsweetened coconut

1 1/2 cup of unsweetened crisp brown rice cereal(perky’s at Whole Foods in bulk)

1/4 cup of Mila

1 cup of dried unsweetened tart cherries, cranberries or raisins and/ or 2 cups semi sweet choc chips(Ghiradelli)(I use the 60 % cacao if for adults)

1 cup of brown rice syrup

1 cup of peanut butter

1 tbl of vanilla

1/2 tsp sea salt


grease a 9 x 13 pan with coconut oil


mix oats, seeds, oat bran, cereal, cranberries, chia, sea salt, and coconut in a large bowl and set aside


combine brown rice syrup, peanut butter, vanilla over low heat until it thickens-about 3 minutes..pour over oat mixture and stir until evenly incorporated. 


Spread into greased pan and cool to room temperature before cutting.


Note: My favorite combo is chocolate chips and tart cherries. If adding chocolate chips, add at the end so they will not melt.

Green Tips
During hot months, try to park your vehicle in a shady spot, which decreases the amount of fuel lost to evaporation and requires less air-conditioning when you get back in.

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Catherine Trahan
1701 Novato Blvd., Suite 100
Novato, California 94947

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