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Ice Cream Sandwich

Walmart Ice Cream Sandwich Melt Test

Ice Cream Sandwich Melt

Walmart Ice Cream Sandwich Melt Test: By now you have probably seen the video of the Great Value ice cream sandwich that never melted. One of our followers asked us to try it out.

This all came about several weeks back when a young boy from Cincinnati accidentally left a Walmart Great Value ice cream sandwich outside. His mother found it 12 hours later and was shocked to find that even on an 80-degree day, the ice cream hadn’t melted.

Dan Collins of KIKN 100.5 in Sioux Falls heard about the non-melting Walmart Ice Cream Sandwich and put it to the test. Watch the video below.

With the sun shining bright we thought today would be a great day. We actually bought 2 kinds: Great Value and Kemps.  We gave the test just a little under two hours.

Walmart Ice Cream Sandwich Test

From the other reviews that we have read, it didn’t come as a suprise that the Kemps melted first. According to the FDA, it’s safe to eat ice cream with corn syrup and those “gums.” We personally wouldn’t recommend eating after letting it sit out in the sun for a few hours.

You can read what Sean O’Keefe, a professor and food chemist at Virginia Tech had to say about ice cream here.

Facebook

Get Facebook Messages Without Downloading Messenger

Facebook Messages without Messenger

Get Facebook Messages Without Downloading Messenger: For those of you who are bucking the system and not downloading Facebook’s new Messenger application, we have a way that you can still see your private messages.

Go to Safari or whatever your web browser is and search for Facebook, open and and login. Save your password if you want it to stay open all the time.

Facebook WTI

Next go to the bottom of the screen and add the page to your home screen. There you go, you can now see your messages without adding another app. And for all intents and purposes you can get rid of your actual app, if you want.

No Facebook Messenger

We aren’t wanting to debate about whether or not Facebook is getting into all of your personal stuff with the new messenger app . For us it’s more of the principal of having to download an extra application when the first one works fine. This is just an alternative.

Playdoh

Play Doh Plus Product Review and Giveaway

Play Doh Plus Giveaway Weve Tried It

Play Doh Plus Product Review and Giveaway: Recently the iconic Play-Doh brand took it up a notch and introduced Play-Doh Plus.  The new addition is a soft and fluffy compound that allows for a new level of creative detail in PLAY-DOH play.

All of their research has really paid off on the new product. You can tell as soon as you take the bright colors out of their containers how much softer and fluffier they are. It was much easier to work with than the original product.

Play Doh Cupcake Tower

We tested ours out with the Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Cupcake Tower, which comes with both regular Play-Doh and Play-Doh Plus.  Plus works great for making realistic frosting and molded decorations without the crumbling and breaking that would sometimes occur with the original product.

The softer product seems great for smaller children to be able to make their creations on their own. The Plus is much stickier than the original, so I would recommend using it on a clean hard surface. Our cupcake creation was accidentally dropped and came up covered in dust (I guess it’s time to sweep!). Since it is so much softer and stickier it might get stuck in carpet a lot easier.

Play Doh Plus

Interesting fact: When Play-Doh was first developed, it wasn’t a kids’ toy, it was made to clean wallpaper that had been dirtied by soot from home heating systems.

To enter for your chance to win an 8 pack of Play-Doh Plus you must be following us on two of the following sites: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram: @wevetriedit. In the comment section below list the two social sites that you are following WTI. The contest ends at 11:59pm on August 11, 2014. We will pick one winner and announce on our Facebook page by noon on 8/12/2014. Good luck!

Hacks

Weve Tried It Everyday Life Hacks

Remove Rust with Hot Vinegar Weve Tried It

Cut a Recipe in Half Measurements

Life Hacks WTI

Marker Life Hacks Weve Tried It

Life Hacks Weve Tried It

Weve Tried It Life Hacks

Mascara Life Hack Weve Tried It

Fridge Life Hacks Weve Tried It

Weve Tried It Everyday Life Hacks: We are always on the lookout for new life hacks to try out. If you know of any greats ones please leave us a comment below and we will test them out and see if they really work.

If you like any of the hacks above before sure to share them with your friends.

National Night Out

31st Annual National Night Out

National Night Out

National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, began in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (In Texas, the first Tuesday of October).

The first National Night Out took place on Tuesday, August 7th 1984. That first year, 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states. Now, National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.

You can find out if your community is involved on NATW.org.

Back to school tips

Back to School Tips for Parents

School Supplies

Back to School Tips for Parents: In just a little over a month we will be sending our children back to school. It’s never to soon to start preparing.

Back to school shopping can be a big hit to your finances if you have not planned properly. The average family will spend $669.28 on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics. This is an increase of almost 5% from last year.

If you take the time and do some planning, you might be able to save your family some time and money.

Here are some tips for getting organized:

Make a list: Check your schools website for their supply lists. Have you child try on their clothes and shoes from last year to see what is actually needed.

Shop at home first: You might be surprised what is left over from last year. Look in your drawers, cabinets and closets to find items from last year that can be used this year. Pencil boxes, calculators, rulers and boxes of pencils and pens all can usually be used for a couple of years.

Create a budget: Be clear with the family what you are able to spend, then figure out what is most needed and purchase those items first.

Check Ads: Check both online and print ads for special buys. Some retailers are even posting special ads on their social media pages.

Coupons

Colgate-Palmolive Customer Satisfaction

Colgate Customer Satisfaction

Colgate-Palmolive Customer Satisfaction: Defective products happen to all companies, what sets a company apart is how they deal with customers who let them know they received a less then perfect product.

We recently purchased a product from the Colgate-Palmolive Company that upon using was determined to be defective. Instead of just getting upset and tossing it, we sent the company a quick email telling them the product we had purchased and what was wrong with it.

Colgate-Palmolive Company responded in the way all companies should. Within a couple of hours we received a response from them apologizing for the defective product and let us know they would be sending out a coupon for us purchase another one as well as a postage paid return envelope so they could determine what had gone wrong with the one we purchased.

In less than a week I received a package from Colgate-Palmolive. The postage paid return envelope was included with directions on how to easily return the defective piece. The package also included a coupon for not 1 but 2 of the products we had purchased as well as additional coupons totaling nearly $20.00.

We are very pleased with the great customer service and quick response by Colgate-Palmolive and will continue to use their products in our home.

Have you had a good experience with a companies customer service? Comment below, we would love to hear from you.

Bar Keepers Friend

Bar Keepers Friend Product Review and Giveaway

Bar Keepers Friend Product Review and Giveaway: Let’s start off by saying Weve Tried It believes that this is one of those products that needs to be in every household, we think it’s amazing!

We tested out Bar Keepers Friend on a plate that we have that looks old and beat up, look at the photo below! After scrubbing with Bar Keepers Friend, it looked brand new.

Bar Keepers Friend Weve Tried It

Bar Keepers Friends has been around since 1882, their premium all-purpose specialty cleaning products clean without bleach.

Use on stainless steel, clean cookware, kitchen & bathroom surfaces, remove stains, tarnish, rust and lime.

BKF is giving away this gift basket filled with their awesome products to one of our readers. Details below.

Bar Keepers Friend Giveaway

We asked out Facebook followers if they use BKF and what they love about BKF:

Tammi said: “LOVE Bar Keepers Friend! My mom used when I was a kid (I’m 40). I have used it on my glass flower vases to get that water line off. Have not noticed any scratches…but I usually make a paste and apply it for a bit then wet it and lightly rub it with a dish cloth. I have used it on cement that was stained orange from hard water, my porcelain Princess House cooking pots, my son’s white baseball pants, oh the list…”

Mary said: “We have a lot on iron in the water at our lake place bar keepers friend is great to clean the rust out if the toilet and the shower.”

Trischa said: “I’d be interested in seeing a showdown between Bar Keepers Friend and Bon Ami… My husband and I are at odds on this one.”

Jenni said: ” I was hoping and thinking this was an obscure product that only I would buy! It’s cheap and cleans everything including my stainless fridge! Love this stuff. It kinda stinks..but I can’t have it all?!?!”

Melissa said: “Cleans our stainless sink.”

To win this BKF gift basket (includes bag and apron) leave a comment in the comment section under this post and let us know why you should win.  Comment must be submitted by 11:59pm on July 7, 2014. Bar Keepers Friend will pick a winner that will announced by July 9th. Be sure to follow BKF and WTI on Facebook.

Car repair

Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Vehicle Maintenance Tips: Properly maintaining your vehicle is key to keeping it running longer and reducing the chances of costly repairs in the future.

By doing regular maintenance, your mechanic should be able to spot minor problems easily. Here are the basics:

Oil Changes: Oil changes are recommended every 5,000 miles if you use conventional oil, or every 10,000 miles if you use synthetic oil. During your oil changes be sure to have your air filter and windshield wipers inspected as well. Wipers should be changed at least once a year.

Replacing Tires: Use the penny trick to check for wear on tires. Put the penny in upside down in the tire tread, if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head on the penny, then the tire is worn out. If you can see all of Lincoln’s hair, then the tire is completely worn out. Also look at the side walls of your tires for cracking. If you see cracks in the side walls, then it’s time to replace the tires.

Tire Rotation: To keep tires rotated properly it is recommended that you rotate your tires every six months or 6,000 miles. Rotating tires will give you longer wear on your tires saving you money.

Brake Inspections: Have your brakes inspected every time you get your tires rotated. Disc brakes usually include a part called a wear indicator. When the wear indicator grinds against the rotor, it makes a squealing noise as you apply the brakes. This noise is a signal which tells you it’s time to have your brakes replaced.

Tire Pressure: Check the air pressure in your tires once a month. Tire pressure can change due to various conditions. The pressure can change due to weather conditions, heavy driving or lack of driving. Be sure to have your tire inflated to the correct pressure for the weather. There are different PSI recommendations for cold weather and warm weather.

If you are in the St. Croix Valley and in need of a tires, wheels or car repairs, we recommend the family owned business RMF Auto Service.

We found this car maintenance check list on the Napa website:

Car Maintenance Check List

Do you have any maintenance tips you use? Comment below we would love to hear them.

Lawn mower

Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips

Lawn Mower Tips

Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips: Few pieces of lawn equipment take a beating like a lawn mower.  Yet, this important piece of equipment is often neglected until it won’t start or something breaks.

A lack of preventive maintenance almost guarantees an early death for your lawn mower, but you don’t have to be a mechanic to keep it buzzing all summer long.

Check the oil: Monitor the oil level in your mower and look for floating debris or oil that is dark black in color. Old or contaminated oil should be drained and replaced. To change the oil, remove the drain plug underneath the mower and allow it to drain completely. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for the correct type of oil to use.

Clean out the undercarriage: Grass can get caked in the undercarriage potentially clogging the mower’s discharge chute. Use a wire brush to scrape grass clippings and dirt from the undercarriage and spray the remaining debris away with a hose.

Inspect the air filter:  A clogged or dirty air filter puts added stress on the mower and burns gas less efficiently. Most lawn mowers have a paper or foam air filter that can be easily accessed.

Change the spark plug: Like the air filter, the spark plug is extremely important to a functioning lawn mower, yet inexpensive and easy to replace. Change the spark plug every year to ensure an easy start.

Have the mower blades sharpened: Mower blades endure a great deal of stress thanks to rocks, large branches and other hidden objects. A dull blade rips and tears grass instead of providing a clean cut.

Do you have any great outdoor tips to share? Comment below we would love to hear them.