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Kill weeds

Kill Dandelions without Harmful Chemicals

Dandelion season is upon us. I have been looking for a dandelion killer that is safe for pets and children since I don’t want to expose them to any kind of harmful chemicals.

Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than any of the conventional weed killers one might find at a home and garden store.

Dandelion killer

In order to make this non-toxic dandelion killer, you will need:

1/2 gallon of apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of table salt
1/2 teaspoon of Dawn liquid dish soap

To kill dandelions safely, you simply mix the ingredients above right into the vinegar jug then pour into a spray bottle. Once that is done, spray the targeted weeds thoroughly with this mixture. You can also wipe the leaves and stem area with a sponge soaked in the mixture for more targeted results.

Take care when applying to not spray on grass and other plants as this solution can be harmful to them as well. I think this is great for those non-planting areas like rock beds, driveways and along concrete pathways.

The Dawn dish soap will strip dandelions of their protective oils. This allows the apple cider vinegar to work with deadly force. Plus, there aren’t any chemicals in the mixture that would toxic to either pets or small children.

This makes 1/2 gallon of this non-toxic dandelion killer for a lot less than a similar bottle of Round Up. It generally kills on the first application. My dandelions were starting to die within 2 hours, I was amazed at the speed of the results.

Killing Dandelions

Do you have any great outdoor tips to prevent weeds or beautifying your lawn and garden? Let us know we would love to hear from you.

Virtuwell

Virtuwell Online Clinic Service Review

Virtuwell

Virtuwell.com – This has got to be one of my favorite medical services available for WI and MN residents. Virtuwell is an online service that is available 24/7 and staffed by nurse practitioners.

The online clinic treats a large variety of conditions; bladder infections, pink eye, ear infections, bronchitis and even influenza. As well as more uncommon things like Lyme’s disease, skin problems and many other conditions.

The process is simple! Log on and create an account. Run through a series of questions related to your condition. Upon completion a np will look over your symptoms and come up with a treatment plan for you. Your plan can be either emailed or texted to you. If a prescription is needed it will be sent to a pharmacy of your choice.

The fee for this service is $45.00 or less depending on your insurance co-pay. If it is determined that they are unable to treat your symptoms, you don’t pay anything.

I have used this service and was very impressed with the whole process. I felt horrible and knew exactly what was wrong. I had no desire to leave the house, much less go see a doctor. Once I completed my questions online the nurse practitioner called me within 5 minutes.

The staff was very knowledgeable and thorough with their questions. It was determined that I did need a prescription which she sent right to my pharmacy. She also let me know if I had any questions or new symptoms I could just log back into my account and someone would give me a call to discuss them.

A couple of days later the Nurse Practitioner called me to see how I was doing and if I had any more questions or concerns.

Another benefit is that they can send your prescriptions anywhere you are. So, if you are on vacation and someone becomes sick you can simply log on for diagnosis instead of trying to find a local clinic.

Virtuwell guarantees their service. The guarantee is pretty simple, if you are not satisfied for any reason with your experience they will return you money. Can’t beat that!

Start your online visit here with Virtuwell

Do you have a great online service you just love? Comment below we would love to hear about it.

popsicle homemade

Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt Popsicles

Easiest snack ever! We have been trying to watch our intake of junk food, but still want something sweet from time to time. These yogurt popsicles are the way to go.

Yogurt Popsicles

All you need is your favorite kind of yogurt and popsicle sticks. We cut a small opening in the middle of lid and placed the stick in. Popped it in the freezer and within a few hours we were enjoying the perfect healthy snack.

We chose Dannon Light & Fit because it is a great source of riboflavin, calcium, protein, phosphorus, and vitamin D. So it’s delicious and nutritious! Light nonfat yogurt and it’s only 80 calories!

This was very satisfying! Bring your kids along with you to the store and let them pick out their favorite flavors of yogurt, then they feel like they were a part of the process and it will taste that much better.

We will definitely be keeping these on hand this summer! We want to hear what you are making for healthy snacks in your home, leave us a comment below! We are always looking for new recipes to try!

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Zquiet

ZQuiet Snoring Device Review

Does someone in your house have a snoring problem? Snoring is a problem that can affect everyone in the house. There are many health issues that snoring can cause.

People who snore wake up frequently during the night and they may not enter into REM for the recommended amount of time.  Low oxygen levels in their blood can be an issue, as well as experiencing daytime sleepiness and fatigue.

Relationships can suffer due to their partner having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep due to the snoring. My husband is one of these people. He suffered from all of the above symptoms and it was effecting his quality of life, struggling to make it through the day without falling asleep and difficulty concentrating.

I decided to take a chance and order him the ZQuiet mouth piece. I figured it was worth the $70.00 to see if it would work for him. I ordered the product online at zquiet.com and received it in a couple of days.

ZQuiet

The product is a thin soft plastic mouth piece, needing nothing more than a quick wash with soap and water before the first use. I was happy that there was no boiling and molding needed. Within a couple of minutes he was ready to try it out.

Since falling asleep comes very quickly to him I was astonished to notice immediately that he was not snoring at all and did not snore at all during the night. The first couple of mornings he had some minor jaw pain, but that is due to the device holding the jaw forward during the night. After a couple of nights he no longer had the pain.

The ZQuiet definitely exceeded my expectations on how well the product worked. My only regret is that I did not order the second ZQuiet at the discounted rate during my initial purchase, because the dog ate it. I will definitely be getting another one ordered real soon.

Do you have a great product that has made a difference in your quality of life, let us know we would love to hear from you.

Toothpaste

Other Great Uses For Toothpaste

Toothpaste

As with most products in your home you can almost always find other uses for them that aren’t listed on the directions. Take for instance toothpaste, we did some research and couldn’t believe all the different tips. We picked a few that we want to try.

None of the following tips say it but, we wouldn’t advise using whitening toothpaste unless of course the item you want clean is white.

Burns: Place the affected area under cold water to quickly bring down the skin temperature. After the acute phase is over, smear non-gel toothpaste thickly over the burn until the skin cools permanently and the sting is gone. And then apply a healing agent, such as aloe vera.

Carpet Stains: Squeeze toothpaste directly onto the carpet stain and scrub it with a toothbrush. Then rinse and repeat the process until the stain disappears.

Coffee Table Water Rings: Simply rub some toothpaste into the irritating ring with a soft cloth and wipe dry with a clean, damp cloth.

Clothing Stains: Apply the toothpaste directly to the stained area with a bit of water and rub hard before popping in the washer. This may not work on all fabrics or stains but it’s quite effective on ink and shirt-collar stains.

Crayon on Painted Walls: Gently rub a damp cloth and some toothpaste on your child’s masterpiece, then rinse with a wet cloth and dry (do a small test spot first to make sure your paint can handle it.)

Leather: Put a dab on leather scuffs, rub in with a soft cloth, and rinse with a damp cloth. Works well on shoes, purses, coats or anything else made of leather.

Piano Keys: Rub each key gently with a damp, cotton swab and a touch of paste. Wipe dry and buff with a clean cloth. It takes time, but you’ll be stunned by how nice your keyboard looks at the end of the project.

Clear Up Pimples: Place a small amount of toothpaste on the pimple, and it should be dried up by morning. The toothpaste dehydrates the pimple and absorbs the oil.

Bug Bites: For mosquito and other small bug bites, apply toothpaste to sooth itching and cool the skin. This can be used on bee stings, as well.

Diamonds: Use an extra toothbrush, apply toothpaste and brush your diamond ring to make it sparkle. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Hand Deodorizer: Do your hands smell like onions, fish, garlic? Scrub your hands with toothpaste. Apply lotion after to keep your hand moisturized.

Do you have a different use for toothpaste? Leave us a comment below!

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cinnamon rolls

Two Minute Waffle Iron Cinnamon Rolls

Would you love to have some hot cinnamon rolls for breakfast but you’re in a hurry and only have a couple of minutes? Try this waffle iron recipe.

Simply heat up your waffle iron and place your favorite cinnamon roll dough in the center of the waffle iron. We used Pillsbury Grands Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls.

Waffle Maker Cinnamon Rolls

Close the lid and cook for 2 minutes and they are ready to enjoy! It really is that easy and delicious!

Cinnamon Rolls waffle maker

Not only will these cinnamon rolls make a great weekend breakfast, because they are so quick you could make them for your kiddos for before school.

Keep waffle iron cinnamon rolls in mind for those  hot summer mornings when you don’t want to turn the oven on.

Do you have any other great tricks to use a waffle iron for, comment below we would love to hear your ideas.

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sweat block

SweatBlock Product Review

sweat block

We were thrilled to hear about a product from our friend Angie that says it can stop excessive sweating for up to 7 days. We tested SweatBlock out in the harshest of conditions (my glistening)!

SweatBlock is a liquid antiperspirant soaked soft towelette. You use it once a week by dabbing the little towelette onto your underarm area. Let it air dry for 5 minutes, go to sleep and viola! No perspiring for the next seven days!

There are hundreds of options on the market to aid in the issue but most of these products do little for those who sweat profusely. I know many women who live in jackets and blazers, and who never wear any shirt color but black due to their fear of excessive perspiration.

We can attest that this product is amazing and we are 100% satisfied. My underarms were dry no matter what the weather and the day threw at me. SweatBlock even worked through my glistening episodes (HOT flashes) as well as my training sessions. The product is effective but still gentle on my skin – no itching or rashes on my (now extra dry) underarms.

You can order SweatBlock here. We have been told that you can pick this up at your local big box stores as well.

Do you have a great product you would like us to try? Contact us and let us know.

Fabric-Softener-Towel

Homemade Reusable Fabric Softener Towel

Fabric softener sheets can get expensive especially with multiple loads of laundry daily, so I set out to find a DIY reusable alternative.

It turns out making one is a pretty easy process.

Items needed:

Liquid fabric softener (1-2 cups)
1 dish towel
1 bowl

Fabric Softener Towel

Place the dish towel in the bowel and pour fabric softener over towel until saturated. Wring out any excess so that the towel is no longer dripping. Hang the towel to dry for approximately 2 days. Yes it does take that long for it to completely dry.

Just throw the towel in the dryer with each load of laundry. It says the towel will work for approximately a month, I have been using mine for 2 weeks now and my clothes are still coming out static free and soft.

I should be able to make at least 4 towels out of my one bottle of fabric softener, so this will definitely save me money not having to use the expensive dryer sheets.

Do you have a great DIY cleaning trick, message us your ideas to try.

Keeping-Gaucamole-Fresh

Tips to Keep Guacamole Fresh

Good news! There is no need to toss out that left over guacamole and  you can make it ahead of time for when guests are coming over without worrying about that brown discoloring.

We have heard about many ways to keep guacamole fresh and green, so we decided to try a few different methods and see which works best.

Gaucamole fresh

Our first method is one we have heard many times and that is placing the avocado pit into the guacamole.

The second method is to spray the guacamole with cooking spray before placing the lid on the container.

The third method is to cover the guacamole with a thin layer of water before placing the lid on the container.

We made of 4 containers of guacamole and left one untouched and the others as described above. We put them in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.

Keeping Gaucamole Fresh

As you can see the water method by far had the best results. I took the lid off and poured the water out and the guacamole was as bright and green as when I put it in the refrigerator.

The cooking oil worked moderately well, but there was still some discoloration.

Placing the pit into the guacamole did not seem to make much difference at all, it is nearly as brown as the untouched container.

Do you have any great tips for helping keep food items fresh, send us a message  with your ideas.

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Running

Sole F80 Treadmill Review

Let’s talk fitness! I purchased my Sole F80 treadmill over the winter so I could continue my training without having to leave the house to get to a gym.

Sole F80 Treadmill

After doing a lot of research online as well as testing out quite a few treadmill models I felt the Sole F80 was the best choice for me. I loved all the different training modes it had and the running deck has a great cushioning system.

Sole F80 Treadmill Front

The preset workouts are a great change of pace for me when I get bored with my regular workouts.

The only real downfall for me was the built-in fans. They are a little high up for those of us that are vertically challenged, so I just taped my small fan to the base and use that.

I am impressed with how quiet the machine runs.  This is a bonus for me as I tend to run early in the morning and I don’t have to worry about waking my family up.

The Sole F80 easily folds up and comes down with a pneumatic assisted unfold mechanism. The warranty on this is great, the motor, deck, and frame are all covered for life; electronics get 5 years; and labor gets two years.

Let us know what you train on and what makes it so fabulous in the comments below.

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