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The Healing Powers of Epsom Salt Review

Dr Teals Epsom Salt

The Healing Powers of Epsom Salt Review: We have heard about using this product on ailments but had never tried it until now.

Last week while training for the NYC Marathon, I was having some ankle pain (the kind where you think you may need to see a doctor.) Over the counter medications weren’t easing the pain, so she decided that it would be best to take a week off of training and let it heal up.

Remembering that I had Epsom Salts that I had used for some cleaning projects, I decided to try soaking my ankle. I will be honest, I wasn’t overly confident that it was going to do anything but by now you know that I will try anything once, so I did.

To my amazement by the time I was done with the first soak the majority of the pain was gone. Seriously! I did another soak before bed and was completely pain free after. I had assumed that the pain would return by morning…nothing. I am still going to give my ankle a rest, but the pain is gone.

Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits.

Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body. One of the simplest ways to get the benefits is to soak in a tub full of hot water with a few cups of Epsom Salt. An Epsom salt bath can help ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma and migraine headaches.

Based on how well this worked on my sore ankle, we will definitely be using Epsom Salt more often. Have you had any great results with Epsom Salt? Comment below we would love to share.


Vinegar and Baking Soda Works Wonders

Best Cleaning Products

Vinegar and Baking Soda Works Wonders: We love finding ways to take harsh chemicals out of our daily lives and there are so many different things we have found that baking soda and vinegar work wonders on.

Unclogging Drains: One of our readers sent this idea to us and coincidentally we needed to use this tip just before guests were arriving and water was pouring out from under the kitchen sink.

Directions: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of vinegar. Let the mixture work for around 15 minutes then rinse with hot water. Our sink was running clear and we haven’t had any problems since.

Cleaning Scorched Pans

Cleaning Burned Pan: Recently we accidentally left one of our good pans on a hot burner, which resulted in scorch marks.  We believe this would work well on baked on food as well.

Directions: Fill the bottom of the pan with a small amount of water, add 1 cup of vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn off the heat. Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda into the pan (watch out for the bubbles.) Let the mixture and pan cool down. If the pan is not completely clean, pour out the liquid then use more baking soda to scrub the remaining marks off.

Clean Your Toothbrush

Disinfect Your Toothbrush: It is estimated that most people’s mouths have literally millions of organisms thriving just on the surface of their teeth. Vinegar and baking soda are both effective disinfectants and can be used to disinfect your toothbrush.

Directions: Pour 1/2 cup of water into a glass, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 2 tsp of baking soda and mix well. Place your toothbrush (es) into the glass and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse well.

Do you have any great ways you use vinegar and baking soda in your home? Comment below so we can give them a try!

Travel Tips

Packing Tips for Business Travelers

Business Travel Tips Weve Tried It

Packing Tips for Business Travelers: One of our female readers asked for tips on packing for a business trip, a task that we’ll readily admit can be daunting.

Airlines now charge a fee for baggage and an additional charge for overweight luggage. Most business travelers favor a carry-on bag, thus eliminating the extra work associated with checked bags and the possibility that a lost or misdirected suitcase may not arrive with the traveler.

That said, savvy business travels have adopted the art of packing light by choosing neutral colored pants and skirts that can be paired with a number of light-weight blouses, scarves and jewelry. Don’t forget to include a nice jacket for dressier events and a pair of great looking shoes that will work for all occasions and are comfortable.

Exercise enthusiasts should also pack a set of workout clothes and athletic shoes. If you have the luxury of checking into your hotel before your first meeting, consider wearing jeans and your running shoes to and from the airport. Not only will you be more comfortable, but these bulkier items won’t take up valuable space in your carry-on.

The best way to keep clothing wrinkle-free is to fill up the suitcase space so that shifting is kept to a minimum. We recommend using interior straps, if available. Take care not to compress the folded items when the bag is closed.

Some travels purchase clothing folders, simple devices that are used to fold shirts and blouses like you might receive them from the dry cleaners. Place them in a plastic bag to further ensure your shirts arrive in great condition.

Toiletries, in miniature, should be placed in a zipper bags to ensure there are no spills. Doing so can save a mishap that could stain the suit you were planning to wear to an important negotiation session. It is also easy to pull out these personal care items for inspection during check-in.

Google your destination before packing to determine the weather during your stay. Will you need a raincoat and umbrella?

A lightweight laptop case that is easy to get into is a great investment. Make sure it has enough room for the rest of your devices and chargers. To ensure everything gets put into this all important case – MAKE A LIST and check it before you leave for the airport.

Do you consider yourself an expert at packing? Comment below with any great tips you have to share.

Travel Clothing and Accessories

Remove Gel Nail Polish

How to Remove Gel Nail Polish at Home

DIY Gel Nail Polish Removal Weve Tried It

How to Remove Gel Nail Polish at Home: Gel nail polish looks great when you go in and get it done at the salon. And yes, it does last longer than regular polish. The problem for me is that you have to go back into the salon to get it taken off.

As you can see in the photo above, I am not the best when it comes to nail upkeep. I simply do not have the time or for that matter care about perfect nails. I figured that there has to be an easier way.

Pinterest is my go to for DIY quick fixes and I came across this method to remove gel nail polish and it worked perfect!

1. Soak cotton ball with pure acetone polish remover.

2. Place cotton ball directly over the gel nail polish.

3. Cover with tinfoil and let sit for 20 minutes.

4. Lightly scrap off the polish.

5. Buff, clip and shape your nails. I rubbed my nails down with Vitamin E oil just to get some shine back in them.

It really is that easy! Here is another great post: At Home Remedies to Heal Dry Cracked Feet. If you have any great DIY health and beauty tips, leave us a comment below.


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.


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.

Black Soap

Dr. Woods Black Soap Review

Dr. Woods Black Soap Review

Dr. Woods Soap Review: If you or someone you know has eczema and can’t seem to get it under control, read on…

We encourage our friends and followers to let us know about products they are using and their satisfaction of how it worked. Our good friend Jenifer had nothing but high praise for Dr. Woods Black Soap.

A little background on Dr. Woods Black Soap also known as Anago Soap or Alata Soap, originates from West Africa. It’s methods and secrets have been passed down from generation to generation to keep the soap close to mother nature and avoid exploitation and imitations.

It is used to help relieve acne, oily skin, clear blemishes and various other skin issues. It can also be used for bathing and washing hair, removing make-up, works against premature facial lines. Dr. Woods should be used by anyone who wishes to improve the quality of their skin.

Jenifer’s Review:

“I have a touch of eczema on the back of my neck. My doctor gave me cream for it a couple years ago. One Google search showed an FDA warning about the cream containing a known cancer causing chemical (Thanks Doc! genius.)

She also wrote out a prescription for meds. Before having it filled I decided to give my “magic” Dr. Woods Black Soap a try. I’ve used this stuff for years in the shower and decided to really scrub the area with it twice a day. It cleared it up within days. As long as I use it in shower it keeps the eczema away.

While on the road I haven’t been able to find the pure form of this Black Soap and the rash has gotten out of control. I kept trying other soaps. Nothing worked. Finally I found the soap here in Sacramento. The rash that I’ve had for a couple of months cleared up within 4 days. This soap is great for everything……skin, hair, clothes, whatever.”

You can purchase Dr. Woods Black Soap here. Let us know if it worked for you in the comment section below.

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.

Dish soap diy

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe: We have made the change to many different homemade cleaning products and figured it was high time we try out a homemade dishwasher detergent.

After looking around the internet it seemed almost all recipes were basically the same. We ended up going with a recipe on FromFaye.com.

2 c Borax
2 c Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
2 c Citric Acid or Lemi Shine (we used Lemi Shine)
1 c Kosher Salt

Directions: Mix all ingredient in a medium size bowl and leave out for a couple of days to dry. Be sure to stir often. Keep stored in an airtight container.

Dishwashing Detergent

Use 1 tbsp per load.

We had read several complaints about the detergent getting clumpy and hard, so we left ours out on the kitchen counter and every time I walked through I gave it a good stir. After 2 days of doing this we haven’t had any problems with clumping.

After purchasing all these items we were questioning whether this was actually a money-saving tip. We compared the prices and amounts used, calculated that the price per batch is around $4.50. 80 loads per batch when you use 1 tbsp. which comes out to 6 cents per load. The cost for our regular brand Cascade Complete is $7.25 for 155 ounces which comes out to 13 cents per load when following the guidelines. That really is quite a savings for just a couple of minutes of work.

Do you have a great homemade cleaning product you love? Comment below we would love to hear about it.

If you missed our post on how to make laundry detergent you can find that here.

Foaming hand soap

How to Make Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Soap

How to Make Foaming Hand Soap: Want to save a bunch of money on hand soap? This is so easy and as long as you are making yourself some you might as well make a bottle for a friend too.

If you were to buy foaming hand soap in the store it would run you anywhere from $2.50 – $3.50 per bottle. Never throw away empty foaming bottles, save them and make your own.

Simply pour 2 tbs of regular hand soap into your foaming hand soap container and fill the rest with water. Shake gently and it is ready to use.

Foaming Soap

I tried this about a month ago and was worried that the mixture would separate while sitting, but it didn’t.  My DIY foaming soap has worked great every time.

My Earth Friendly hand soap was $3.49 for 17 oz. I will be able to make 8 bottles of foaming hand soap from this one bottle. That is a savings of between $17.00-$20.00 just using the one bottle of hand soap.

You can also add a few drops of essential oils to your soap to add a pleasant fragrance. Don’t want a plastic bottle sitting next to your beautiful sink? Go for a fancier look and purchase a reusable foaming bottle.

Do you have any great money saving tips? Comment below we would love to hear from you.