January 18, 2018

Making Bath Bombs at Home

Dry Ingredients
  • 8 oz Baking Soda – Just under 1 cup (I suggest measuring your dry ingredients with a kitchen scale, because you want precise amounts! If that’s not an option for you, I’ve provided volumetric measurements, too – just know that they are approximate.)
  • 4 oz Epsom Salts – A slightly heaping 1/2 cup
  • 4 oz Citric Acid – 1/2 cup
  • 4 oz Corn Starch – 3/4 cup
Wet Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Oil (Almond oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, hemp seed oil, fractionated coconut oil, or olive oil)
  • 20-30 drops of Essential Oils
  • 3-5 drops food coloring (optional)
Directions
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. I suggest using a whisk to break down any clumps and make sure all the ingredients are well mixed.

Combine the wet ingredients in a small container (with a lid) and close the lid. Shake vigorously to mix in the food coloring – you want every drop of liquid to be colored.

SLOWLY pour the colored liquid into the dry ingredients, while mixing. If you add too much at once, you’ll hear the mixture begin to fizz – stir it up quickly to stop the fizzing.

When your mixture can be pinched and retain some shape, you have the perfect amount of liquid! If you need more liquid to get to this point, add a little more oil.

Press the mixture into molds. I used muffin pans and a measuring spoon, after my silicone molds didn’t cut it. You have to pack the mixture very tightly, and the silicone molds bend and distort too easily.

To get the perfect size of your bath bombs, you need to fill a standard-sized muffin 3/4 full, but the smaller ones crumble less and look just as cute! :-) To make them even cuter, you can add dried herbs or rose petals in the bottom of the muffin pans.

Right after you press the mixture into the molds, take them out and let dry outside of the mold. Bonus – they make your house smell so good! I live in a dry area, so they were ready to go in just a few hours, but I would let them dry overnight to be safe.

A few tips on storing 
Don’t seal your bath bombs in an airtight container. They release air and a sealed baggie or container will bulge and eventually pop open! These cute little cellophane gift bags are perfect, and they’re ready to be gifted :-)

Some ideas for colors and scents

Purple
food coloring with lavender and a drop of peppermint essential oil. The lavender is relaxing while the peppermint provides a tingle for sore muscles.

Yellow food coloring with lemon and sweet orange essential oils. This citrus blend is great for an energizing morning bath!

Green food coloring with lemongrass, rosemary and thyme essential oils. An herbal blend that’s great for your hair.

Blue food coloring with eucalyptus and lavender essential oils. This blend is so relaxing and smells like a spa.

Red food coloring with rose essential oil.

August 22, 2017

Easy plug

This handy tip was one I thought of myself.
I am constantly needing to have my Kindle or phone plugged in at some time during the day. So I took heavy duty mounting tape on the back side of my plug strip and attached it right next to my bed. It is really handy to have it right there and not on the floor. I have a Roomba and things would get unplugged when it would bump against my strip.

So this was a great way to get it off the ground and have it so handy next to my bedside!


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July 31, 2017

Scorched Pan?


If you scorch your pan here is a helpful hint on getting it clean again without scrubbing! First add some water to almost full. Add a good squirt of dish washing soap. Then add a dryer sheet (like Bounce). Let the pan sit for about an hour. Pour the gunk out. 

Clean!

June 24, 2017

What to do with the oil drippings from a frying pan




I never seem to have an extra coffee can around, so what I do with the excess oil drippings from a pan is simply put paper towels on the oil and let the oil absorb. 

Then throw away the paper towels. Easy and less messy!

June 1, 2017

Getting rid of burnt popcorn odors


I've burnt popcorn in my microwave many times and found a couple of tricks to getting rid of that burnt smell.

1. Leave a bowl of coffee grounds inside the microwave overnight. The absorbent granules will soak up the smell.

2. Add the juice of a lemon to 1 cup of water, microwave for 3 minutes. The steam and citric acid will evaporate odors.

May 18, 2017

Getting rid of a pimple!

Blot toothpaste on your zit before bedtime. 
You won't believe the results in the morning!

April 28, 2017

After the poo


Yes not the greatest of discussions but after the poo what do you do? Walk away? Spray some stinky spray? Well I have a nice tip that will take the stink away and keep your toilet clean.

After the poo, have some cleaning solution (my favorite is Lysol All-Purpose Cleaner) Spray some in the toilet and take your toilet brush and clean it out. It takes just a few minutes. But is a great way to keep your bathroom stink free and the toilet clean!

Fun tip huh?

September 1, 2016

How to get rid of silverfish


One of the most common household pests that any homeowner should attend to is the silverfish. Silverfish are small insects, usually about half an inch long which choose cool and damp places to breed in. They feed on items that are organic, mostly the starchy kind like cereals and grains, food crumbs, even paper, books and cardboard boxes. When looking for solutions on how to get rid of silverfish, consider safer methods such as home remedies, rather than using chemical based insecticides.
Silverfish usually avoid well lit areas and frequently thrive on moist surfaces. If you are trying to get rid of silverfish in your household, remember to check even the smallest cracks on walls, floors, closets and behind your furniture. Be especially vigilant in areas of your home where there are water pipes, especially in the basement.
Here are six simple home remedies you could use to get rid of silverfish in your home:
a) Spices
Aromatic spices like sage, bay leaves and cloves are easy repellants for silverfish, because of their strong smells. You can put these spices inside porous sachets and use hooks to attach them inside your closets or behind your washing machine. You may also fill some decorative baskets with these sachets and lay these baskets near your baseboards.
b) Mothballs
Another home remedy for how to get red of silverfish is mothballs. Silverfish cannot stand the smell of mothballs, so place these on areas where you find these insects are seen frequently.
c) Cucumbers
The smell of cucumbers acts as a good repellent for silverfish. Cut thick strips of a cucumber and put these strips inside your cabinet, cupboard or other slots where you think silverfish may be hiding. Replace the strips with new once every time they dry up.
d) Dehumidify
Since silverfish love damp and wet places, make sure that there are no broken water pipes or stagnant water where these insects can breed. It is also important to minimize the moisture in the air by using a dehumidifier or simply making sure that all areas in your house are properly ventilated.
e) Boric Acid
You can also try pouring a small amount of boric acid power in the areas where you think silverfish flock. It has been proven that large populations of silverfish have been killed using boric acid as a home remedy to get rid of silverfish.
f) Wet Newspapers
Silverfish can also be trapped using wet newspapers left out overnight. Make sure to collect the wet papers before the insects scatter around and dump these papers into a sealed trash can.

July 10, 2016

NO-Hassle trick to fasten a bracelet



As I struggle to put my bracelet on I realized I could use a paper clip to make the process a bit easier. It works great: I simply unfold a large paper clip into an S shape and slide one end through a link on the non-clasp side of the bracelet. Then I hold the other end of the paper clip, loop the bracelet around my wrist and fasten the clasp. SO easy! Try it out and comment on how it worked for you!

July 9, 2016

Leftover pizza?

This is a great way to heat up your leftover pizza without making it soggy, chewy and keeping the crust nice and crisp!

Step 1: Cook pizza in microwave for 30 seconds upside down. 
This is key–it keeps all of the grease from soaking the dough on the bottom of the pizza. 


Step 2: Flip pizza over and cook an additional 30 seconds in the microwave.

Step 3: Place pizza in a pan on the stove over medium heat until desired crispness (3-4 minutes). 
This allows the crust to get crisp and alleviate the dreaded soggy, chewy leftover pizza taste.

June 10, 2016

Replace old beauty products


Cosmetics
Because cosmetic products are used on some very germ-laden areas of our bodies, like around the eyes, nose and mouth, they can breed bacteria. Therefore, they don't have an indefinite shelf-life. The usable life of some common cosmetics are:
- Mascara and liquid eyeliner: three months.
- Cream eye shadows: three to four months.
- Powder shadows: six months if you don't reuse the applicator; three to four when reusing applicators.
- Liquid, cream or powder foundation: one year if regularly applied with a new sponge or puff; six months if applied with fingertips.
- Cream and gel blush: six months.
- Powder blushes: about a year.

Skin-care products
These items can also be susceptible to bacteria growth over time, so if you don't finish a product within a few months, keep an eye on how long you've had it. Discard products like moisturizers, concealers and toners that contain skin nutrients like vitamin C or alpha hydroxy acids after they've been open for about 12 months. Those active ingredients can lose their effectiveness after a year.
Exposure to moisture, air, direct sunlight and extreme temperatures can all affect the ingredients in skin care products, so store them in a cool, dry spot out of direct sunlight. And if a product separates or smells differently than it did when you first opened it, discard it right away.

Shaving products
Old shaving products, like razors and creams, not only become a breeding ground for bacteria, they can also leave your legs looking like you've been through a battle.
Depending on how often you shave, a razor should last a couple of weeks or a little longer. A good rule of thumb is to discard disposable razors when the moisture strip on top wears off. If a blade is visibly rusty, toss it immediately.
Gather up old razors and any leftover shaving products older than a year and trash them.

Getting rid of ANTS


This is a miracle recipe for getting rid of those pesty ants that come every spring and summer. Mix up the solution, pack cotton balls in a jar cover, and put the solution on and they will be gone."

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons boric acid
3 cups warm water

Directions

1. Mix the sugar and Boric Acic well.
2. Add the warm water slowly, mixing all the while so it won't be too lumpy.
3. Store in a jar.
4. When ready to use, put cotton into the top of a jar lid to fill it, and then saturate the cotton to the top.
5. Place where you want it; make several if you need it.
6. Will keep for a long while.

NOTE: I usually drip a drop or two over the edge of the lid to rest on the counter so they will find it sooner.

May 30, 2016

5 Helpful hints with using WD40

Unstick gum
A squirt makes it easier to pull gum out of carpet and even hair. It's better than cutting out the gum and leaving patchy carpet or a bad haircut.



Get off that stuck ring
When pulling and tugging can’t get that ring off your finger, reach for the WD-40. A short burst of WD-40 will get the ring to slide right off. Remember to wash your hands after spraying them with WD-40.


Clean toilet bowls
You don’t need a bald genie or a specialized product to clean ugly gunk and lime stains from your toilet bowl. Use WD-40 instead: Spray it into the bowl for a couple of seconds and swish with a nylon toilet brush. The solvents in the WD-40 will help dissolve the gunk and lime.

Keep wasps from building a nest
Don’t let yellow jackets and other wasps ruin your spring and summer fun. Their favorite place to build nests is under eaves. So next spring mist some WD-40 under all the eaves of your house. It will block the wasps from building their nests there.


Remove doggie-doo
Uh-oh, now you've stepped in it! Few things in life are more unpleasant than cleaning doggie-doo from the bottom of a sneaker, but the task will be a lot easier if you have a can of WD-40 handy. Spray some on the affected sole and use an old toothbrush to clean the crevices. Rinse with cold water and the sneakers will be ready to hit the pavement again. Now, don’t forget to watch where you step!

May 25, 2016

Mosquito problem?



At your next outdoor gathering try this SAFE and EFFECTIVE method of keeping mosquitoes at bay! 
Simply slice a lime in half and press in a good amount of cloves for an ALL NATURAL mosquito repellent...

May 20, 2016

Organize your shoes



If the shoe fits
If you are keeping your shoe boxes, label what is inside. Use Post-it Durable Tabs because they offer a writable surface and are quick and easy to apply. Alternatively, invest in clear shoe boxes with drawer-front pulls; they allow you to see what's inside so you can easily access your shoes. Or you can take a picture of your shoes and put the picture on the box.

Super soft legs


Shaving your legs with hair conditioner instead of soap makes them soft and smooth. 

Just apply, shave, and rinse.

Removal of Adhesive Stickers :-\


 For stickers on glass use vegetable oil. Soak the item in oil for a couple minutes to remove the sticker easily.


For plastic use WD-40 and let it soak on the item for a couple minutes to remove easily.

For metal use nail polish remover on a cotton ball and let soak in for a couple minutes to remove sticker easily.

For wood use vegetable oil and let it soak in for thirty minutes. Scrape off sticker with a Teflon scraper.

May 18, 2016

A natural fix for tangled fur


Here is a natural way to untangle your pups fur. Rub a pinch of olive oil on each knot, then let it sit for a few minutes before gently brushing it out. Olive oil coats and moisturizes the cuticles to make hair smoother, more manageable and shiny. 

Plus, the oil isn't harmful if your pet licks his or her fur and ingests a bit of the oil. In fact, it can help improve digestion!

Under-eye bags?


The best way to reduce under-eye bags is to apply cool, damp tea bags to the affected area as you relax for several minutes. Tea is an anti-inflammatory and will help reduce fluid buildup. 

Never enough USB ports for your computer/laptop?

What to do with an appliance plug

Wrap cord around unused appliances and velcro... 

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