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Hair Extensions Gone Wrong Video

Hair Extensions Gone Wrong Video: It’s just like it sounds, hair extensions gone wrong. One word of advice, when your beautician tells you that your hair isn’t long enough for extensions she’s probably right.

Those who know me, know that at times I can be impatient and pushy. Growing my hair out has been a long process and quite frankly I want long hair NOW.

I wish I would have taken more photos, but once I saw that I was going to look like Garth Algar from Wayne’s World we immediately took them out.

Moral of the story: Listen to your hair stylist!

Have you had any mishaps with your hair, where you went against what your stylist suggested to you? We want to hear about it. Leave us a comment below.

Chop Magic Review

As Seen On TV Chop Magic Review

As Seen on TV Chop Magic

As Seen On TV Chop Magic Review: Shirley can’t help herself and continues to buy from late night infomercials. This time we are going to try out the Chop Magic. Check out the video to see if we recommend this product to you.

As Seen On TV website says, “You are going to love the way Chop Magic chopper chops, minces, cubes, slices and dices in just seconds! Chopping the old fashioned way is tough and can take forever. It’s also tough work and a lot of tears. Chop Magic™ chopper is lightning fast and easy with just one pass.

With Chop Magic chopper you can chop a whole onion in just one second. The secret is in the 12 ultra-sharp stainless steel precision blades that guarantee uniform results every time. The catch container keeps your kitchen clean, and doubles as a six cup measuring container. Everything also stores neatly inside the container.”

We were very pleased with the product and the results, we will most likely use the Chop Magic all the time. I think you can see from the video that it is extremely easy to use. Think of the time you will save not having to cut up your veggies and fruit by hand.

You can purchase the Chop Magic here.

cracked feet

At Home Remedies to Heal Dry Cracked Feet

Fix Dry and Cracked Feet

At Home Remedies to Heal Dry Cracked Feet: If you suffer from dry, cracked feet we have some DIY ideas for you to try. It is important to remember that this didn’t happen overnight, so be sure to give yourself several days to get this under control.

1. We listed this remedy first because it’s seems like the easiest and it will mostly likely work like a charm. Good old petroleum jelly! Apply generously all over your feet, massaging the thick jelly between your toes, all over your heels and on top of your feet. It moisturizes your feet and seals the moisture inside your skin to promote healing. Put on pair of socks immediately after you apply, so you don’t slip. Do this before you go to bed so you can let the petroleum jelly work overnight, then rinse your feet in the morning.

Vaseline

2. For the cracked, rough areas on the soles of your feet, use a foot file or pumice stone after bathing or soaking your feet. This routine is very effective at keeping calluses from building up on the soles. While showering is quicker, give yourself a little relaxation once a week with a bath and then follow with this tip. Always follow up with a thick moisturizing lotion.

Foot Stone and Pumis

3. Soak your feet in lemon juice for ten minutes. Lemon juice is a mild acid that helps to dissolve dead and dry skin for easy removal. Follow with a loofah or soft foot brush to scrub your feet after you’re done soaking them. If you have any cuts you may want wait to use lemon juice until your feet have healed before trying this.

4. After bathing rub your feet down with vegetable oil, especially in the area of the cracks. After a coat good put on a pair of thick socks. A good time to do this would be before bed and then wear your socks while you sleep. Repeat this a few night in a row and you should see results.

5. A while back we did a story called: Listerine and Vinegar Foot Soak Review. We had some of our readers tell us this didn’t work for them after trying it one time. Our guess is that your feet didn’t become dry and cracked overnight. With all of these DIY remedies this isn’t a one time deal. Our recommendation is to pick a remedy and do it nightly until your feet are looking good. Then continue at least once a week to keep them looking soft and healthy. Up Keep!

Listertine foot soak pan

Realsimple.com lists the following lotions as the best foot creams on the market: Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Foot Creme, Elemis Spa At Home Treat Your Feet Foot Cream, Glytone Ultra Heel and Elbow Cream, Ahava Mineral Foot Cream, H20 Plus Hand and Foot Smoother Retexturizing Seaweed Therapy, Bliss Foot Patrol.

Tell us in the comment section below what at home remedies you do to keep your feet feeling baby soft.

Clean garbage disposal

5 Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

5 Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal: First things first, never put you hand down your garbage disposal. Your disposal should be cleaned bi-weekly and sooner if you detect an odor.

Ways to clean your garbage disposal

1.) Clean the grinder or blades with 2 cups of ice, 1 cup of rock salt or vinegar. Pour two cups of ice into the garbage disposal, followed by one-cup of salt or vinegar. Then, turn on cold water and let the disposal run for five to 10 seconds. The ice will clean off any debris off the blades, and the salt or vinegar will reduce any strong odors.

2.) Anytime you eat any kind of citrus fruit (lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit) save the peels,  a good way to freshen up your garbage disposal and leave your kitchen smelling great is to grind up a handful of citrus peels. The citric acid in the peels will not only clean the blades but it will also eliminate any odors.

3.) When putting food in your disposal add baking soda right on top, it is known for its odor absorbency.

4.) Mix 1 tablespoon bleach with 1 gallon of water. Pour in the disposal and let set for 10 minutes. Turn on the disposal and process thoroughly with cold water.

5.) Make lemon ice cubes. Slice up chunks of lemons and place them in an ice cube tray and fill with water, then freeze. Use a couple each time you want to clean your garbage disposal.

5.) Clean off any particles from the garbage disposal’s drainage system. It’s like unclogging a bathtub drain, plug the drain with a stopper, fill the entire sink with hot water and a few drips of dish detergent, and then let all the water drain with the disposal running at the same time. Gravity and the weight of water will rinse through the garbage disposal and clear out any debris in the pipe.

We want to know how you clean your garbage disposal and keep it smelling fresh. Let us know in the comment section below.

Bacon Hack

Bacon Life Hack Debunked

Bacon Life Hack Debunked: We are always intrigued by life hacks and often wonder if they really work.

This particular life hack says: Running bacon under cold water before cooking will reduce shrinking by up to 50%. Also, always cook bacon in the oven for 10 minutes at 365 degrees for maximum flavoring.

We split up a pack of bacon on two separate sheet pans and cooked them one at a time. One we just put the bacon directly on the pan and the other we ran each piece of bacon under cold water before putting on pan.

Run Bacon Under Water

In the photo above the bacon that was ran under water is on the left and without on the right. As you can see the watered down bacon was smaller and more shriveled up.

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The bacon cooked at 365 degrees for 10 minutes is in the photo above – we like crispy bacon, the bacon was still raw and fatty so we continued baking. We ended up taking the bacon out at 17 minutes – it could have stayed in 2 more minutes.

Neither of the recommendations worked. Debunked. Either way we had really tasty BLT’s for lunch, so it was a win.

In the comment section below let us know what Life Hacks you want us to test out.

Laundry Soap DIY

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

Homemade Laundry Soap WTI

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe: We took suggestions on what the best homemade laundry soap was and we were told to try out the recipe from The White Silk Purse.

Ingredients:

2 bars Fels Naptha
2 cups 20 Mule Team Borax
2 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
6 cups of hot water
Quart Canning Jars with Lids

Start with heating up the 6 cups of water in a large kettle. While the water is heating, grate the 2 bars of Fels Naptha. Once grated add the soap to the hot water, and stir frequently. We stirred for about 15 minutes until it was completely melted. Don’t boil or you will have a big soapy mess.

Grating soap

Once Fels Naptha has melted turn off the heat and add 2 cups of Borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda. Continuously stir for three minutes. The powders will dissolve into the liquid.

jar soap

Pour the liquid equally into 4 quart jars. Then add just enough water to bring the contents up to the “shoulders” of the jar. This will leave about 1 ½ inches of head space. Put lids on the jars and let them sit overnight.

The soap in the jars will separate while it is standing. This is OK. There will be semi firm coating of soap on top and kind of gel-like soap on the bottom.

cut soap

Now stick a knife down into the jars and cut through them like a pie, so that they will come out in pieces. Pour the contents of the jar into a mixing bowl or blender. We used an electric mixer. Start mixing on the lowest speed and gradually go up. Mix until it is a pale yellow whipped cream like consistency. We mixed two jars at a time.

Pour the mixed soap back into the jars, fill all the way full. There may be some extra for another jar. Put the lid back on and your soap is ready to use. It will get a little firmer when it sits, but it stays spoon-able. For a large load use a tablespoon of soap and smaller loads use 1 teaspoon.

homemade soap

Add the soap to the washer as it it filling. One quart will last for around 65 loads of laundry. The broken down cost equals out to be just under two cents per load.

This can also be used as a stain remover, rub a small about of the concentrated on the stain and wash as normal.

Do you make your own laundry soap? Let us know what you do different in the comment section below.

Chef Royal

Perfect Ribeye and Salt Block Salmon by Chef Royal

Perfect Ribeye and Salt Block Salmon by Chef Royal – The title says it all, Chef Royal is back and this time he prepares the perfect ribeye steak in a cast iron skillet and fresh Copper River salmon on a Himalayan salt block.

There is so much great information was in this video, it is worth taking 14 minutes of your day to watch. We couldn’t believe how much we have been doing wrong in the kitchen.

Joining us once again is food connoisseur DJ Phat. You can find him on Instagram @PhatPhood – we should warn you, you will get hungry if you follow him.

Follow Chef Royal on Facebook to keep up-to-date on the classes that he teaches at Kitchen Window. You can also check out his website ChefRoyal.com. If you have ever thought of having an in-home cooking class you really should give Royal a call!

In our next Chef Royal segment we will be learning what oils to use for cooking. If you missed our first cooking segment: Exotic Meats – you can view it below.

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Bang Bang Shrimp

Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe

Bang Bang

Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe: We were hungry for shrimp so we asked our Facebook followers to send us shrimp recipes to make for dinner and we decided this one looked amazing…and it was!

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
1/4 Cup Sweet Chili Sauce
3-5 Drops Sriracha Sauce
Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
1 Tsp. Kosher Salt
1 Tsp. Ground Pepper
1 Pound Shelled and Devained Shrimp

In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce and Sriracha. Set aside while you prepare the shrimp. In a large skillet, add 1/2 inch vegetable oil and place over medium-high heat. In a shallow dish, mix together cornstarch, salt and pepper. Toss the shrimp to lightly coat.

When the oil is hot add in shrimp. Cook for a few minutes, flip and cook on the other side. The shrimp will cook quickly and turn pink when fully cooked. Don’t crowd the pan and cook the shrimp in batches. Add more oil if necessary. Once all the shrimp has been cooked, toss it in the mayonnaise mixture and eat immediately.

The shrimp is generally severed on top on a bed of lettuce, but we used white rice.

Bonefish Bang Bang Shrimp

Taste your sauce to see if there is enough heat and add more Sriracha for your desired heat.

Very easy to make and the whole family enjoyed it!

Brownie maker

Bella Ultimate Brownie Maker Review

Bella Ultimate Brownie Maker Review: Today we tested out this product that we purchased at our local Target store.

This table top appliance is about the size of a waffle maker. It come with a brownie cutter that you use to make 8 brownies at a time. The instruction manual also includes many brownie recipes that look absolutely delicious.

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For our test we used Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix using the cake like brownie variation on the box. Just follow the directions on your favorite mix as normal for the Brownie Maker.

The directions to use the Bella Ultimate Brownie Maker are to heat up the unit and oil the top and bottom cooking plates as well as the brownie cutter. I used my pastry brush to do this and it worked great.

Once the unit is heated and prepared you spoon 1 tablespoon of brownie mix into each square and close the top. The direction say to cook for 8 minutes with the top closed then open the top and cook for an additional minute. I found that with my mix cooking for 6 minutes with the top closed cooked them to perfection.

Brownie Mix

After the brownies are done cooking just lift out the brownie cutter and remove the brownies from the cooking plate. I was happy with how easily the brownie cutter came out and I was left with perfectly shaped brownies. I decided to rinse off the brownie cutter between batches to ensure I was starting with a clean cutter. I repeated the oiling process for each batch and they all came out perfectly.

Bella Brownies

We think this is a great product to use when you just want to make a little treat for yourself or your family but don’t want to have a whole pan of brownies in the house. You can just mix up the whole batch and put the rest in Ziploc bags and store in the freezer for next time you are looking for a little treat.

Bella Housewares also makes quite a few other table top appliances and based on these great results we would definitely recommend their products.

Bella Ultimate Brownie Maker Review

Do you have a product that you would like us to review? Comment below.

Raspberry Pie

Raspberry Lemonade Pie Recipe

Raspberry Lemonade Pie Recipe: This is as good as it sounds! It’s one of those quick and easy recipes that you will make over and over.

Lemonade Pie

Ingredients:

6oz Keebler Graham Ready Pie Crust
8 oz Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese (1/3 less fat)
1 Packet Crystal Light Raspberry Lemonade Singles
1/4 Cup Milk
8 oz Cool Whip (thawed)
1 TBLS. Sugar

Mix Cool Whip, cream cheese, Crystal Light (start with half the raspberry lemonade and taste for desired flavor), milk and sugar in bowl with mixer until completely mixed.

Lemonade Pie Filling

Using a spatula scoop the mixture unto you pie crust. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before serving.

Raspberry Lemonade Pie

You can garnish with fresh raspberries and a little scoop of Cool Whip on each piece.

This would be a great dessert to make for a grill out or picnic. There are a few other Crystal Light flavors that you could try: Pomegranate Cherry, Lemonade, Pink Lemonade and Fruit Punch.

Let us know if you make this recipe and what you thought in the comments below.