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Cabinet diy

DIY Cabinet Paint Project

DIY cabinet paint project: This hamper/cabinet may not have been old enough or used enough to warrant a makeover, but it was free so we thought we would give it a new look.

DIY Craft Project

The plan was to slap on some new paint and switch out the knobs to give it a fun look for my daughters bedroom. There was only one problem… it’s not wood and painting over a non-wood surface can be a challenge.

Paint project

We used Dutch Boy Paints and paint tape. It took 3 coats for a good cover.

Painting project

We switched out the wood knobs for silver square knobs that we picked up at our local Walmart store.

Painting hamper

If you are painting a non-wood item, I would recommend taking off the tape before it dries or you will pull up the paint.

WTI Project

My daughter loves it and it matches her room perfectly. There is always a feeling of satisfaction in DIY projects.

DIY bedroom

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Chalk wine glasses

Chalkboard Paint Wine Glasses

Chalkboard paint wine glasses are a quick, inexpensive and a easy gift idea that you can personalize.

Super simple! Buy wine glasses, small can of chalkboard paint, wax paper and you are ready.

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Wash and dry your glasses first. Dunk your stem into the paint can. I did it to just right above the base. Turn the cup to get off as much of the excess paint and then place on wax paper. To make sure it doesn’t stick to wax paper lift and move every so often.

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Once the base looked dry, I got a new piece of wax paper and turned the glasses upside down to dry the bottom.

We have seen many different variations online – a fun idea is to tie a piece of chalk with a cute ribbon around the stem of each glass, so your guest can personalize their own glass.

You can use regular chalk to chalk makers.

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Gift ideas: bridal showers, wedding presents, teacher gifts, Christmas or birthday gifts for your friends. Personalized gifts are always loved. You could even add a bottle of wine.

When it comes to DIY projects this is a great one! Give it a try and then send us a picture of you masterpiece!

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Eye patches

New Spa Lifting Anti Age Collagen Eye Patch Review

We seriously love hearing about different products from our friends! Ali Holman nationally recognized fitness expert, owner of Corecamper.com raved about some eye patches that take away dark circles and bags under your eyes and we had to try it!

Shirley happily volunteered to try this product New  Spa Lifting Anti-Age Collagen Eye Patch with Bio-Gold and Hyaluronic Acid. The results were amazing! We took a before, during and after photo below.

Lifting Anti Age Collagen Eye Patch

We purchased the Lifting Anti Aging Collagen Eye Patch on Amazon. Crystal collagen is an active element of the tissue rejuvenation process and skin’s own collagen stimulant.

After 30 minutes of relaxation, Shirley’s skin looked smooth and refreshed. The box came with 5 patches. As long as you keep them moist you can reuse each patch 2-3 times.

The patch hydrates the skin, stimulates cellular metabolism and cell’s regeneration. Multilevel ingredients provide excellent lifting and toning effect.

The unique ability of the collagen mask’s components to penetrate deep into the skin smooths the wrinkles, improves the turgor of the skin, making it  look young and radiant

The effect is visible after the first application – smooth, glowing and hydrated skin. Weve Tried It and loved it!

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Kale Chips

Baked Kale Chip Recipe

Everywhere we look people are posting pictures of Kale Chips. We didn’t even know that Kale was for eating, we thought it was to decorate salad bars at restaurants!

Ingredients:

1 Head of Kale
Olive Oil
Sea Salt

Baked Kale Recipe

Directions – Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Wash and dry kale. Cut off the stems, cut into 1 1/2 pieces then lightly drizzle with olive oil and rub it into the leaves (be sure not to use too much.) Season with Sea Salt and then put in the oven for 15 minutes turning them halfway through (check them at 10.) . Be sure to watch them so that you don’t burn.

We posted this question on our Facebook page “So we bought some Kale and are going to make these Kale Chips everyone is talking about. Any tips?” These were the responses we got:

Angie: My family loves Kale chips. I cook at 375 for 10-15 minutes (turning half way through), we wanted ours crispy. Be sure to watch and make sure you don’t burn them.

Laura: Don’t use too much olive oil or they will be soggy some chili pepper or paprika spices them up a bit!

Jacque: YUM! My favorite. Add olive oil, garlic powder and sea salt…I like them baked at 325 verses 250 they get crisper faster.

Carol: I have tried them and think they taste like dirt! Good Luck!

Christine: If you have a sprayer for the oil that helps to “not get too much”

Kate: I can’t wait to hear about this one!!!

Melissa: Also when you pull them from the oven, leave on the cookie sheet so they cook a little longer but do not get over cooked in the oven.

Melissa: Love kale chips too. Don’t over bake them or they will be dust in your mouth. Lol. Gross. I take mine, rinse well with water and put them in a salad spinner to get the water off. Cut them into pieces (chunks) and toss with a little olive oil. Then sprinkle with salt. Never had a problem with them being too oily it whatever. A little goes a long way and it’s good to do it in a bowl.

Jennie: Spend a little time “massaging” the oil into the kale, make sure not to put too much on the cookie sheet, they need to be moderately spaced apart or they won’t get crispy.

Do you make kale chips? Let us know how you do it in the comments below.

Oatmeal face mask

DIY Chocolate Oatmeal Face Mask

Weve Tried It Face mask Recipe

DIY Chocolate Oatmeal Face Mask: There are so many DIY facials on Pinterest that we decided that we should start trying some of them out. If we can save a little money and use products that we already have in our cupboard and get benefits, we say bonus!

Today we tried the Chocolate Oatmeal Face Mask that is supposed to help with sun damage.

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Honey
1/3 Cup Cocoa
2 Tbls. Heavy Cream or Sour Cream
3 Tbls. Old Fashioned Oatmeal (powdered in food processor)

Mix all ingredients together until blended completely. With your fingers or a fan brush apply the mask onto your face. If you are using your fingers massage the paste into your skin.

After face is completely covered let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

Why does this work? Cocoa powder is a natural antioxidant that protects the skin from UV damage. Oatmeal is a gentle exfoliate and honey is a great antibacterial ingredient.

Shirley’s skin looked good and was really soft when it was done. We will definitely try this again.

Do you make your own facial? Comment below and tell us what you use.

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Chex mix treat

Chex Muddy Buddies Recipe Review

Some of you may know this recipe by the name “Puppy Chow” but since we used the recipe on the back of our Rice Chex cereal we will call it by their name “Muddy Buddies.”

My daughter had to make this for a class project so we thought we would share it with you.

Puppy Chow ingredients

Ingredients:

9 cups Rice Chex™
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Into large bowl measure cereal; set aside.
2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on high 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
3. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag and shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Puppy Chow recipe

If we were to offer up any tips, it would be to use two bowls and divide up the cereal and chocolate mixture – It makes it easier to coat. We did the same thing when we put them into gallon Ziploc bags to shake on the powder sugar.

Puppy Chow snack

The whole process was quite simple and we honestly had a great time as a family making Muddy Buddies. Seems like a great party snack!

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Salt

The Benefits to Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt have you heard of it? Do you use it? You should!Himalayan Salt is considered to be the most pure form of whole salt on the planet.

HimalaSalt™ was created 250 million years ago, during a time of pristine environmental integrity. Hand-harvested from a protected source deep within the exotic and remote Himalayas, HimalaSalt remains free of impurities, unlike refined table salt or salt from today’s widely polluted oceans.

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Less sodium consumed per serving, it is made of the same components as table salt but since the crystal structure is larger than refined salt, and by volume- this salt therefore has LESS sodium per 1/4 t. serving- because the sea salt crystals or flakes take up less room on a teaspoon than highly refined tiny table salt grains.

Health benefits to Himalayan Pink Sea Salt:

Create an electrolyte balance
Increases hydration
Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
Prevent muscle cramping
Aid in proper metabolism functioning
Strengthen bones
Lower blood pressure
Help the intestines absorb nutrients
Prevent goiters
Improve circulation
Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins

And if those aren’t enough it is even said to support libido, reduce the signs of aging, and detoxify the body from heavy metals.

Weve Tried It and we love it! After trying many different kind of salts, this one is by far my favorite, mild and smooth, no after taste, and it doesn’t make me thirsty.

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plane seats

Airline Bumping: Voluntary vs Involuntary

plane seats

I can’t remember the last time I traveled and didn’t hear: This flight has been overbooked, we are looking for 10 people blah, blah, blah.

According to Delta.com the reason behind overbooked flights is that every major airline accepts more reservations for flights than it has seats available. This practice is known as overbooking. Flights are overbooked because a certain percentage of passengers are expected to be “no-shows.” This means they change their travel plans but do not cancel their reservations.

If airlines only booked reservations according to the number of seats on a plane, then flights would leave with empty seats and people who would have wanted those seats would be left having to find other options. To avoid this situation, the airline industry monitors no-show trends and books reservations to meet the expected passenger load. But even with the best forecasting techniques, sometimes more customers show up than were expected. The result is an oversold flight.

There is voluntary bumping and involuntary bumping and we are going to give you suggestions for both situations.

If you don’t want to be involuntarily bumped here are a few good tips on your best chance of securing your seat:

Get an advance seat assignment: Even if the airline only has a middle seat left to confirm, be sure you take it. Passengers with seat assignments are typically only bumped if they arrive late and their seat assignment is released.

If you do not have an advance seat assignment, or you want to change your seat assignment, check-in online. Most airlines allow you to check-in online within 24 hours of departure. Seat assignments that were not available at the time of ticketing may be available, including unblocked frequent flyer seats and seat assignments of flyers upgraded to first class. Many airlines automatically upgrade premium flyers within 24-72 hours of departure; at which point their coach seat assignments may be released for pre-assignment.

Get to the airport early: Some airlines reserve a portion of their seat assignment inventory for airport check-in. Also, make sure your name is placed on the “standby” seat assignment list. While your ticket may say “confirmed”, if you do not have a seat assignment, you will be treated by the airline as a “standby” customer. Seats that are held by no-show passengers or passengers that upgrade at check-in to first class are usually distributed to standby passengers in check-in order.

The DOT regulates compensation for involuntary bumping. You have rights when you are being involuntarily bumped:

The airline should arrange substitute transportation that is scheduled to get you to your final destination (including later connections) within one hour of your original scheduled arrival time, there is no compensation.

If the airline arranges substitute transportation that is scheduled to arrive at your destination between one and two hours after your original arrival time (between one and four hours on international flights), the airline must pay you an amount equal to 200% of your one-way fare to your final destination that day, with a $650 maximum.

If the substitute transportation is scheduled to get you to your destination more than two hours later (four hours internationally), or if the airline does not make any substitute travel arrangements for you, the compensation doubles (400% of your one-way fare, $1300 maximum).

If your ticket does not show a fare (for example, a frequent-flyer award ticket or a ticket issued by a consolidator), your denied boarding compensation is based on the lowest cash, check or credit card payment charged for a ticket in the same class of service (e.g., coach, first class) on that flight.

Voluntary bumping occurs when a passenger with a confirmed seat assignment agrees to give up his seat for negotiated compensation. This compensation is not regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT): The airlines give employees guidelines for bargaining with passengers, and they may select those volunteers willing to sell back their reservations for the lowest price.

Know what questions to ask before you volunteer to give up your seat:

*Can you confirm me on a later flight with a seat assignment and what is the schedule?
*Does the voucher or other compensation have an expiration date by when it must be used or redeemed?
*Are there any ‘blackout dates’, such as holidays, when I can not use the voucher/ticket?
*Can the voucher or other compensation be used for international travel?
*Can I make a reservation using the voucher and how far in advance can I make it?

This year I have several trips planned and I am going to voluntarily give up my seat and I will let you know how it works out.

Leave us a comment below and tell us about your flight bumping experiences and suggestions.

Our information comes from Delta, smartertravel.com and travelsense.org.

Smalleys

Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque 666 Wings Challenge (Video)

If you have been following WTI you would know that we have been on a quest to break our friend Jenni with HOT food challenges.

First we tried St. Croix Farms Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Salsa, then we tried St. Croix Farms 10X Ghost Pepper Salsa and now on to Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque 666 Wings.

Six of us tried the wings: Jenni, Nicole, Lisa, Mary, Shirley and Missy. It didn’t workout so well for many of us. Watch the video to see what happened…

The service and food were amazing at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque and we highly recommend stopping in if you are in Stillwater, MN.

A special thanks to Nan co-owner of Tangled Salon & Spa for getting Missy and Shirley ready!

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Hair detangler

Using Fabric Softener to Tame Hard to Manage Hair

Before and after

Our friend Jenni sent the above photo to our Facebook page on how to detangle doll hair and asked if we could try this on her. We thought it was funny that she would compare her hair to a doll until I went over the following morning and saw her frizzy hair.

Frizzy hair

The above photo is the before fabric softener spray was applied. First I brushed it out and it was frizzy and dry looking. I sprayed her dry hair with the solution until it was wet all over. I then blew dry her hair and it looked like she had it professionally straightened.

Fabric Softener Hair

We didn’t really go by any directions because we were going off of the top doll photo. I looked into this process online and found that many people use fabric softener to tame their tresses.

Fabric softener can detangle your hard-to-manage hair, while leaving your hair conditioned and silky.

Instructions: Pour 3 cups of warm water into a clean spray bottle, Add 3 tbsp. liquid fabric softener. Replace the spray bottle’s cap and shake the bottle to combine the water and the fabric softener.

Get ready as you normally would, wash and condition your hair and then towel dry. Spray hair with the fabric softener spray solution, around 10 squirts for medium length hair. Comb hair with a wide-tooth comb and dry as usual.

We want to know if you have ever tried fabric softener on your hair and what the results were. Leave us a comment below.

Top photo credit: Pinterest