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Smalleys

Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque 666 Wings Challenge (Video)

Smalley's Stillwater MN

If you have been following We’ve Tried It then you would know that we have been on a quest to break our friend Jenni with HOT food challenges. I swear she has a mouth of leather.

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

Six of us tried the 666 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…

Who will get the 666 Wings Sauce in their eyes…

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

Update: Smalley’s is closing it’s doors and the last day to get their amazing food is January 13th, 2018. Our hopes are that they will be opening a new restaurant soon. They will be greatly missed by the community. You can get the full story here.

If you missed the other hot challenges with Jenni – check out our YouTube page and while you are there be sure to subscribe to our page.

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

Fresh Flowers

How to Make Fresh Cut Flowers Last Longer

We hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day! If you received flowers from your loved ones we have some DIY tips on how to make them last longer.

Moss River Hudson, WI

Pop: Don’t throw away those last drops of your pop! Pour about 1/4 cup into the water in a vase full of cut flowers. The sugar in the pop will make the blossoms last longer. If you have a clear vase and want the water to remain clear, use a clear soda, like Sprite or 7-Up.

Hair Spray: Just as it preserves your hairstyle, a spritz of hair spray can help your cut flowers look fresh longer. Stand a foot away from the bouquet and give them a quick spray, just on the undersides of the leaves and petals.

Aspirin: It’s a tried-and-true way to keep roses and other cut flowers fresh longer. Put a crushed aspirin in the water before adding your flowers. Also, don’t forget to change the vase water every few days.

Moss River flowers

Bleach: In addition to the food, adding a tiny amount of bleach to the water — 1/4 tsp. per quart of water — will also help keep the water clean and clear and prevent harmful microorganisms from taking over. But please don’t use too much or you’ll damage the flower you’re trying so hard to preserve!

Listerine: Add 2 ounces of the mouthwash to every gallon of water will act as plant food and create a bacteria-fighting environment for the flowers. It’s also acidic like many of the other solutions, which helps water move up cut stems.

Thank you to our favorite flower shop: Moss Rivers Flower Studio in Hudson, WI for providing us with the beautiful photos. Check Moss Rivers out on Facebook and show some love!

Tips from Readers Digest

Mothers Day

Happy Mother’s Day Contest: $50 Target GC Giveaway

Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of all you wonderful mother’s we are giving away a $50 Target Gift Card on Weve Tried It Facebook page today (Facebook only.)

Mothers Day Contest

Rules: Must post a photo of you and your mother or you and your child/children in the comment section on our Facebook page under the contest photo only. Winner will be selected at 10pm (central time) tonight 5/11/2014.  The gift card will be awarded and mailed to whomever has the most likes on their posted photo. In the event that there is a tie, we will put the names in a hat and draw a winner.

To enter you must be following WTI on Facebook. Be sure to tell your friends and family to come over to our page and like your photo. GOOD LUCK and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Lindy Springs

Lindysprings Systems Pure Water for Your Home Review

We were thrilled to sit down with Craig (Jehtro) Lund the owner of Lindysprings Systems out of Hudson, WI to learn about our water and what we can do to make sure it is safe and healthy.

Lindysprings Systems understands the water challenges in this area and took the time to learn about my family’s particular water treatment needs. Craig recommend the most efficient, effective and economical water treatment solution custom fit for my home. So every time we turn on your tap, you know we are getting the best water.

You can feel the concern, care and knowledge as Craig speaks. This locally owned and operated business understands the importance of honesty and integrity in all of their business dealings.

They focus exclusively on everything having to do with water softeners and other water treatment products. They don’t get sidetracked with water heaters and other plumbing related products and services. Because of our dedication to their core expertise you will find that they are head and shoulders above any of their competitors.

Lindysprings Systems offers a full line of water softeners, whole house filters and reverse osmosis drinking water systems, so you can be confident we have a solution that’s right for you and your budget. And you can count on them being here for you now and in the future.

My family went with the LRR Series II Water Softener System and the SQC Series Reverse Osmosis System.

You can find Lindysprings Systems website here and be sure to like their Facebook page.

Update: Our Lindyspring System is installed and we are in love! Here is a note that I sent to Craig about how pleased we are:

Seriously, this has been one of the best investment we have made in a long time! After having Lindyspring Systems come to our home and and test our water, we immediately set up an installation date. With chlorine levels through the roof that alone made the decision easy.

Craig and Adam spent the time to educate us on water and our health. I can’t recommend this company enough.

In just a weeks time I have already noticed that our water no longer smells like chlorine, with the reverse osmosis system the water tastes amazing, we use 1/4 of the shampoo we were once using, soft skin and ice cubes are clear! One of the biggest benefits is that I no longer have a stomachache from drinking water.

If you have been thinking about getting a Lindyspring Systems in your home – Do It Today, you won’t be sorry!

Lindyspring Systems

Give Lindysprings a call today! 715-531-1067

Cleaning cell phones

How To Rid Your Smartphone of Bacteria

Germs and bacteria are everywhere, but you can imagine how many are on your cellphone! We set out to find the best way to rid your cell phone of any and all germs.

First we took a look at UV Sanitizers for your smartphone:

Violight UV Cellphone Sanitizer

Violight UV Cellphone Sanitizer, 14-Ounce: Uses proven germicidal UV light to safely destroy 99.9% of surface bacteria on your phone.
Dual UV Bulbs Eliminates up to 99.9% of Germs Strep, E.Coli, Salmonella, Listeria, and Pseudomonas. This product is about the size of a hand soap dispenser, the device sets up unobtrusively on a nightstand or desk.

Here’s the thing, this sounds great but unless you are able to test for bacteria afterwards – how would one ever know if it works. There are many different brands, models and prices and they can be fairly inexpensive. The one above is $65.22 on Amazon, we did find them as low as $20.

Can you use cleaning solutions:

Do you dare use cleaning spray on your device? Sanitizing your iPhone can kill the spread of germs but Apple warns that using cleaning fluids on the iPhone can cause permanent damage to the screen’s coating, which could void your phone’s warranty.

Apple suggests the following steps:

Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, and similar items may cause damage to the item.
Disconnect your Apple product from any external power sources.
Disconnect any external devices and other cabling from the product.
Keep liquids away from the product.
Don’t get moisture into any openings, and don’t use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives.
Do not spray cleaners directly onto the item.

We have read several sites that say if you are using a bacterial spray on your phone or iPad that you should spray it on a soft cloths, just enough to make it damp and then to wipe down your phone.

Finding the perfect case to protect your devices:

Otterbox Defender Series

Our home uses Otterbox Defender Series. One would have to imagine with the enclosed case that most of the germs would stay on the case. Meaning that you can take the case off your phone and disinfect it without having to worry about wrecking your phone.

Tell us how you clean your cellphone and tablet in the comment section below.

Batteries

How To Make AAA Batteries Work As AA

This is the best tip we have seen in a long time! If you run out of AA batteries but have some AAAs laying around and some tinfoil you’re in luck.

Wrap up a ball of foil and stuff it into the case of your device where the battery’s positive terminal connects (we read you can do it both ways, but we only tried positive.) As long as you have enough foil to fill in the gap and make it tight, it should work.

This of course isn’t a permanent fix but should get you through until you can get to the store.

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Exotic-Meats

Specialty Meats & Gourmet: Exotic Food Taste Testing Review

Today’s review is on Specialty Meats & Gourmet, a family owned company located in Hudson, WI, an eastern suburb of the Twin Cities Metro area of St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN.

The best source around for specialty meats and gourmet items: Artisan Cheeses, Charcuterie, Chocolate/Sweets, Cook Books, Domestic Meats, Exotic Meats, Game Meats, Jams/Jellies/Honey, Salsas, Rubs/Sauces, Smoke House Meats, Smoking Woods and Syrups/Mixes. These items are served in some of the finest restaurants throughout the nation and you can have them delivered right to your home.

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I spoke with Linda Janse “Meat & Cheese Communications Liaison” and she was kind enough to give me a tour and fill me in on all the hot items to try.

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Specialty Meats & Gourmet only deal with the smaller, specialty suppliers and producers in the business. Their suppliers include individual farmers and smaller distributors. The items that you will find in the store and on the website are not usually found in grocery outlets or your average restaurant.

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Selling everything from Alligator to Yak. Today we decided to try Kangaroo, Python, Duck Sausage with Bacon and Jalapeno, Goat Salami and Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Salsa. Check out our video to see what we thought of our picks.

Exotic Meats

Each employee at the store has a great job title: Steve Loppnow is “The Meat Detective”, David Hara is “Taste-Bud Technician and Maria Heineman is “Shipping Specialist & Kangaroo Wrangler.” You can follow Specialty Meats & Gourmet on Facebook to see new items that they carry.