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Tattoo Cover Up Makeup Product Review

Tattoo Cover-Up

Tattoo Cover Up Makeup Product Review: We have had quite a few requests for tattoo cover-up products. After doing some research we decided to give Hard Candy Glamoflauge a try.

Tattoo coverup

We started out by tracing the outside of the tattoo with the concealer pencil included, then filling in the area with the heavy duty concealer. We were working on a small area, and it took very little concealer to cover. Be sure to blend it in to the surrounding area with a makeup sponge. Let dry for a few minutes and apply again. We applied a total of 4 coats in order to get maximum coverage.

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In the end the tattoo was concealed very well, and from a distance it was not detectable at all. I would use caution if your clothing is going to rub against the area, the concealer will rub off onto your clothing.

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This would be a great product to use if you have a tattoo you want to cover up for an night out, a formal event or you simply hate your tattoo and don’t want to have tattoo laser removal.

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Have you had success with any other products? Let us know in the comments below.

GoPro Hero 3 Battery Charge Fix

How to Fix GoPro Hero 3 If It Won’t Turn On

GoPro Hero 3 Battery Charge Fix

This morning we had planned on doing a review video with our GoPro Hero 3 until we went to charge it and there was no red light for the charge. We completely switched gears and ended up doing a hack video for our GoPro Hero 3.

No matter what we did we couldn’t get a charge. We turned to our good friend Google to find a quick fix and it worked. Check out our how-to video below.

Do you have something that just up and stopped working? Let us know below and we will try and help you find a quick fix.

Clarisonic Mia 2

Clarisonic Mia 2 Product Review

Clarisonic Mia 2

Clarisonic Mia 2 Product Review: I received the Clarisonic Mia as a Christmas gift and was super excited to give it a try. I am now 3 weeks in and am thrilled with the results.

This is the first motorized facial cleaning product that I have ever used. I am pretty much a soap and water kind of girl. Periodically I try other “miracle” cleaners, but I always seem to go back to soap and water. With the Clarisonic Mia 2 I don’t need to change what I am using, only how I am using it.

The Mia comes in many different colors, the gray model comes with the device, a sensitive brush head, a normal brush head, a protective travel case, sample size cleaner and charger.

Unlike many other exfoliating products this one uses a sonic pulsing action versus a spinning action. They say that the pulsing is what helps in loosening the dirt and oil in your skin amplifying the results.

It is recommended that you remove your eye makeup prior to using the Clarisonic. You then apply your cleanser to either your moistened skin or directly onto the brush head. I chose to apply to the brush head. When you turn it on it defaults to the gentle setting which I used for the first week, then upped to the normal setting.

The Mia 2 has 4 preset timer prompts so you know exactly how long to use on each area. It is set for 20 seconds to be used on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose and chin, the 2 10 second prompts for each cheek. You want to be sure to keep the brush head flush to the skin, but not pushing against your skin. Pressing to hard against your skin will impede the pulsing resulting in reduced effectiveness. I think these presets are fantastic, they make sure you are using the product for the exact amount of time that is recommended without guessing.

My results have been great and really make this product worth the initial investment. I have read that others experienced an increase in breakouts during the first couple of weeks using the Mia 2, I did not. I did try the included cleanser the first time I used it and knew right away this was not correct for my skin and went right back to my regular facial soap. I have not had to charge the Mia since it’s initial charge, so the initial battery life has been great.

The exfoliating results are amazing! Within the first week I noticed that I did not need to use as much moisturizer or foundation. My skin has a much more even tone.

Clarisonic also provides a 2 year warranty covering any manufacturer defect-related problems resulting from everyday use. You will need to charge for 24 hours before the first use.

Overall I would highly recommend this product for improving the appearance of your skin. Don’t expect that it is a miracle wrinkle remover, that is not what this product is intended to do.

Keurig 2.0 Hack Weve Tried It

Keurig 2.0 K Cup Hack Video

Keurig 2.0 Hack Weve Tried It

Keurig 2.0 K Cup Hack Video: For Christmas we received the Keurig 2.0  as a gift and we love it! The only problem is we bought some k cups that aren’t compatible with the Keurig 2.0. No worries, we did a little research and found the solution.

Keurig 2.0 error

If you have gotten this error (above) while trying to make a cup of coffee, watch our video below for the easy fix solution:

Have you seen any interesting hacks that you think we should test out? Leave us a comment below.

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Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill Review

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Grilling inside is a must during the long winter months in Wisconsin if you are anything like us and don’t enjoy shoveling the snow off your deck. Receiving the Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill from Velata consultant Rheda Wilson-Duff we were thrilled at the thought of a grilling alternative!

The Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill comes with a cast aluminum grill top, a granite stone top grill, 8 raclette dishes, 8 spatulas and a convenient carrying bag. The granite stone top can also be placed in the freezer and used to make cold stone ice cream, can’t wait to try that.

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The Raclette Grill package is priced at $140.00 which is quite a bargain for everything you get. Along with the grill, Rheda also sent us 4 of their spices, chocolate sauce & cheese sauce to try out.

For our first test we treated our families to a delicious steak and veggie dinner using the granite stone top that is included in the set. The second test came when we made breakfast using the aluminum grill top for french toast, sausage and hash browns. Both cook tops worked great and our meals were fabulous!

The set up was super easy and we were ready to cook in just a couple of minutes. The granite top heated up pretty quick and our steak bites and veggies were cooked to perfection. I was worried we were going to get smoked out of the house, but there was none.

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For dessert we had strawberries and pretzels dipped in the delicious Belgium chocolate. Wow was that good. We recommend you keep an eye on the chocolate, we burnt our first batch.

The only thing that was not included that I would have liked to see is a recipe or meal idea book. Having some suggestions and cooking guidelines is always helpful. We found recipes here and on YouTube.

The Raclette Table Top Grill is going to make our winter’s a little more bearable knowing we can still have delicious grilled food from the warmth of our kitchen’s. This really seems like a great gift idea for those hard to shop for family members.

Velata’s description: “Create memorable meals or parties with the Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill. Borrowing a centuries-old Swiss tradition, the Velata Raclette is an easy-to-use appliance that allows you to cook delicious meals at the table.

The Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill includes 2 grill tops to give you the perfect surface to cook meats, fish, vegetables, or any grillable food. The 100% natural granite stone top triples as a pizza stone, a cold stone, and an elegant serving tray. And the non-stick cast aluminum grill top features a ridged grill on one side and a smooth griddle surface on the other.

While your meat or veggies cook on the grill, your cheese melts perfectly in the dish for a culinary match made in heaven! Share this fun, interactive experience with your loved ones and enjoy more engaging meals together. Bon appétit!”

You Can Purchase the Velata Here

Thanks again Rheda! We highly recommend the Racletta to everyone, this is for sure something we will use often.

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ICE Standard with Smart911 In Case of Emergency App

ICE standard app

Ice Standard with Smart911 could save your life. This free application places all of your emergency health information on the lock screen of your iPhone, giving emergency personal your medical and contact info even when your cell is in lock mode.

We downloaded this application after speaking with an emergency professional regarding what they look for when they arrive at the scene of an emergency. Many people have an ICE contact in their phone, but because most people have their phone locked the emergency responders have no access to phone contacts.

With this application you can choose which of the following information to show up as wallpaper on your lock screen:
Emergency Contacts #’s
Gender
Birth Date
Blood Type
Health Conditions
Medications
Allergies
Insurance Info
Other information

911 app

ICE Standard has partnered with Smart911 so you can register your cell phone number.  When you call 911 from your cell phone, emergency responders can see your ICE information in Smart911 enabled communities.

When an emergency situation occurs the more information the EMT’s have the better chance they have at saving your life or the life of your loved one. This information also allows them to quickly have the number of your emergency contact.

You can download this application on itunes. If you have an Android phone there are similar apps available at play.google.com for a small fee.

Do you have an app on your phone that you think we should give a try? Leave us a comment below.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Let’s talk boobs. There should be no shame in talking about mammograms and self checks. I went in for my mammogram, did you?

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is important to know that only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer, but they should NEVER be ignored. This disease is not just for women, each year over 2000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Because of a self check I was aware that I had a few lumps in my breasts. I should note that I have had them in the past and they were just cysts and I had nothing to worry about. Losing a grandmother to breast cancer it definitely leaves a fear in the back of my mind: will I too get breast cancer?

At my recent visit I underwent a mammogram which turned up several lumps. I immediately was sent in for an ultrasound which showed many more lumps. Because I have had this before I knew what to look for on the ultra sound machine. I call them black holes. They were everywhere…I was panicked.

The doctor came in and gave me a few options, two of the lumps which she called masses, were larger than the others and suggested that we biopsy just one (the biggest one.) Although she didn’t feel that they were cancerous we still needed to be precautious.

I waited 3 days for the results, for the most part I wasn’t worried. Every now and then my mind would wonder – what if. My doctor called to tell me everything was good and they were just cysts.

For now I will go in every 6 months to be rechecked and have the lumps measured to make sure they don’t change shape or size.

Did you know that if breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%.

We encourage you to make an appointment today to get yourself a mammogram. If you don’t have insurance there are medical facilities across the country that provide free mammograms through the National Mammography Program. You can find a clinic near you here.

Here’s to good health!

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Walmart Savings Catcher Program

Walmart Savings Catcher

Walmart Savings Catcher Program: Walmart has announced a new program called Savings Catcher for all in-store purchases. What a great program for those of us who don’t like to go to a bunch of different stores in order to hit all the sales.

Here’s how it works: If a local competitor in your area offers a lower advertised price on an item that you recently purchased at Walmart, you get back the difference on a Walmart Rewards eGift Card or a Bluebird by American Express Card. Amounts credited to these Cards can be used to make purchases exclusively in-store at Walmart or online at Walmart.com.

Walmart Savings

Savings Catcher has 3 simple ways to enter your receipts.

  • Enter the receipt number online at www.savingcatcher.walmart.com
  • Scan the code at the bottom of your store receipt using the scanner in the Savings Catcher section of the Walmart app.
  • Register your phone number on the Walmart app or card reading at check out, then each time you check out enter your phone number and your receipt will be submitted.

You can submit up to 7 receipts per week and Walmart will search your area for advertised prices that are lower and give you back the difference in reward dollars. You can let your reward dollars accumulate until you are ready to redeem them for a Walmart Rewards eGift Card or your Bluebird by American Express Card. I think this is the best part of the program, that you can wait until you decide to redeem, instead of getting a bunch of in-store rebate coupons.

We entered our first receipt and the whole process took about 2 minutes the first time to set up the account and enter. We received a credit for $2.15 on just that one receipt. The only negative about this program is it does not include on-line purchases, which we tend to do quite a bit during the holiday season.

Do you know of a great savings promotion being offered this year? Comment below, we would love to check it out.

This offer is valid until 2/28/2015

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Natural Ways To Fall Asleep

Ways to fall asleep

Natural Ways to Fall Asleep: Every morning while surfing through social media we read about many people who are having trouble sleeping. Let’s figure out a good alternative to getting some shut-eye without having to take prescription sleep aids.

This is key. Get your body on a set schedule and stick with it. Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. This includes weekends. This may be the most important tip out of this post. The routine of a set schedule will keep your biological clock steady which will result in better rest.

Take a bath right before you go to bed. Soaking in a tub will relax your body and mind and will raise your body temperature. When you get out of the tub your body temp will drop and mimic the natural body temperature drop that triggers your brain to fall asleep. Personally I have always slept better if I take a bath or shower right before going bed.

Melatonin is a natural hormone that I use from time to time and it works great. Melatonin has been said to help people fall asleep faster and stay asleep without experiencing restlessness. It can also help with ending daytime fatigue. You only need a very small dose. Start out with 0.25 mg or 0.5 mg and adjust it up from there. Taking higher doses, such as 3 mg, can make you feel more awake, adjust your dose accordingly. You can always cut the pill in half.

Oils for sleep

Use Essential Oils: Certain scents, such as lavender, chamomile, and ylang-ylang, activate the alpha wave activity in the back of your brain, which in-turn leads to relaxation and can help you sleep more soundly. Mix a few drops of essential oil and water in a spray bottle and give your pillowcase a spritz. Or you can always get an aroma steaming pot. I have one and love it. That story here.

Cut out your caffeine intake after lunch. Caffeine has lasting power, five hours after your last cup of coffee or pop, half of its caffeine is still in your system. Of course that number could be higher depending on how strong you make your coffee.

Turn off all the lights. Light sends a signal to your brain to stay awake. The glow from your television, laptop, iPad, phone, or any other electronics devices  may pass through your closed eyelids and retinas and into the part of your brain that controls sleep. The darker your room is, the more soundly you will sleep. I put my phone on silent and turn it face down so that I can’t see it light up.

Make a list. Staying up worrying about everything you have to do the next day will undoubtedly make you stress. Make a list before you go to bed so that you can forget it until next day. You will be calmer knowing you won’t forget anything and most likely get better sleep.

Turn on a fan to keep cool. Keep it at the low setting. Your body loses some ability to regulate its temperature during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Over-chilling your environment down to 60°F, could backfire.

Wear light pajamas that won’t tangle up in your sleep. There is nothing worse than waking up because you are uncomfortable in what you are wearing.

If you have a different way of falling and staying asleep, please leave us a comment below.

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Homemade Dryer Sheets Recipe and Review

DIY Dryer Sheets Weve Tried It

Homemade Dryer Sheets Recipe and Review – We have been searching for a chemical free dryer sheet recipe and finally found one that looked easy enough to make, so we gave it a try. When we search out recipes we like to keep it simple and this is simple.

Homemade Dryer Sheets Recipe and Review

Ingredients:

1 cup of distilled water
1 cup baking soda
2 cups of white vinegar
25 drops of your favorite essential oil (Optional)
Coffee filters

Directions:

In a large bowl whisk water, baking soda and essential oil. Then SLOWLY pour in your vinegar. You will start to see the fizzle from the vinegar and baking soda. Once mixed thoroughly set aside.

Separate a package of coffee filters. Put them in a container and pour the mixture over them until completely saturated. Allow filters to soak for 15 minutes. When time is up, wring them out as best as you can (you can pour what is left back into a jar to use as fabric softener in the washer if you want). Separate them as best you can and lay them out on a cookie sheet to dry. It may take over night. Once dry, put them loosely in a large covered container or Ziploc bag and they are ready to use.

Results:

We were a little concerned that when the sheets were dry they might leave some baking powder residue on the clothes. We tested them out first on a dark load of laundry. The clothes came out great, they were soft, static free and no powder on them. In our book this was a success!

Another great idea for chemical free dryer sheets are Alpaca Wool Dryer Balls. You can read that review here.

Do you have any chemical free cleaning tips for us? We encourage you to comment below! New ideas and DIY projects are always appreciated from our followers.