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Corn on the Cob Weve Tried It

Microwave Corn on the Cob Video

Corn on the Cob Weve Tried It

Microwave Corn on the Cob Video: I’m sure you have heard about microwaving corn on the cob by now. We have actually done this in the past and it works great!

Gone are the days of sitting outside on the front steps shucking a big bag of corn on the cob. It doesn’t get much easier: cook your corn on the cob in the microwave (4 minutes per ear of corn.) Immediately remove from microwave, cut the stem end off and shake the ear out of the husk. Watch our video and see how easy this is:

We also tried boiling the corn in the husk on the stove top to see if that would work too and it did! If you have a different way of cooking or shucking your corn on the cob comment below and let us know.

Hair Color

Going From Platinum to Dark Brown Hair

Platinum to Brown

Going From Platinum to Dark Brown Hair: For the last year I have been platinum (my natural color is medium to dark brown.) The upkeep of platinum hair is very hard if you are someone who doesn’t like having dark roots show all the time.

I loved my platinum for a long time! Because of the frequent bleaching, my hair became damaged and broken. In fact one of the last times that I flat ironed it, I burnt it so badly it looked like I stood too close to a campfire.

Keratin products

My stylist Nan Grekoff (co-owner of Tangled Salon and Spa in Hudson, WI) brought my hair back to life with a cut and recommending the AG series of Keratin products. I am using Refuel Shampoo, Restore Conditioner, Repair Serum and Keratin Repair. I highly recommended these products to repair hair’s cuticle and reverse the signs of damage.

Haircolor

So now that my hair is on the mend, I decided that it was a perfect time to go back to dark. Nan used Kuene Color fill (red) to start. This step is used so that the color absorbs into the hair better and lasts longer. After applying the red she blew it dry and then applied color from the roots to the ends and processed according to the manufacturer.

Missy Before and After

I absolutely love my hair, it looks shiny and healthy! Thank you Nan and Tangled Salon & Spa.

juicing

Juicing For Beginners Tips and Recipes

Juicing Weve Tried It

We decided to jump on the juicing bandwagon or at least give it a try. We tested out two different Breville Juice Fountains and made a vegetable and a fruit drink recipe.

Disclaimer before you watch the video: The first juicer used was borrowed from a friend of ours who uses it religiously and loves it. The blades were dull and it took longer than we wanted so we sped up the video a little to move the process along.

We checked out Dr. Oz’s website and he had some important things everyone should know about before juicing: Only make as much juice as you intend to consume at one time, juice that isn’t consumed right away can harbor bacteria and cause food poisoning and threaten the nutritional value of the juice.

Be sure to wash your fruits and vegetables before juicing. If your fruits have pits be sure to remove before you juice.

If you are juicing as a way to diet and lose weight, make sure you consume at least 2000 calories or more per day depending on your metabolic needs. Don’t starve yourself! It’s important that your body gets a sufficient amount of calories, vitamins, nutrients, protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Remember that you need fiber, to keep your digestive system working smoothly. You can add dissolvable fiber powder to your juices or supplement with prunes or pears.

The health benefits of drinking freshly juiced fruit and vegetables are that they retain most of of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals. They help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and various inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis.

Fruit Recipe: 1 green apple, 2 grapefruit and 2 peaches. Half the peaches and remove the pits, peel the grapefruit and if the apple is too big, cut in half.

Vegetable Recipe: 3 tomatoes, 3 carrots, 1 bunch of parsley and one large cucumber. All these can be put in whole with the peels.

Let us know in the comments below what your favorite juicing recipe is.

school supplies list

School Tool Box Online Shopping Review

School Tool Box

School Tool Box Online Shopping Review: This year we decided to purchase our school supplies through schooltoolbox.com to make back to school time less stressful. No more having to go to multiple stores because they are out of items that are needed.

My daughter’s school is participating in the School Tool Box program. Each class list is already set up online for us. If you have some items from last year that you don’t need to purchase for this year, no problem just remove the items from the preset box for your class.

If your child’s school is not on the list of participating schools no worries, you can create your own custom box that is delivered right to your home. Just use the individual supplies tab to shop for the items on the list. The product categories menu’s are set up very well so creating your box is just a few clicks away.

We have heard from several teaching professionals who say they love School Tool Box because they know all the children will have exactly what they need for a great year of learning.

Another benefit of School Tool Box is that when your school participates in the program they can receive $5.00 per box as a fundraiser. If you are ordering as an individual, School Tool Box makes a donation to Feed My Starving Children for each box ordered.

School Supply Shopping

We are thrilled to already be done with our school supply shopping! When do you start your shopping?

 

clean makeup brushes

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

How to clean makeup brushes

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes: How often do you clean your makeup brushes? Even though makeup brushes are one of the biggest investments in our makeup bags, they are often the most overlooked.

Makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria. Think of how much bacteria is on your face daily. Bacteria and natural oils transmit onto your brushes every time they come in contact with your skin.

Another benefit of keeping your makeup brushes clean is softness. Makeup buildup on your brushes can make them feel scratchy and stiff. Cleaning your brushes on a regular basis will help keep them soft. This is especially important for people with sensitive skin.

We chose to clean our brushes with baking soda since it is such a gentle yet effective cleaning product. Simply fill a glass with tepid water and add 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda. Swish the brush around in the water then simply rinse until the water runs clear.

Once your brushes are clean, wrap them loosely with a paper towel to help them keep their shape and let them dry.

Makeup brush cleaner

Since it takes a couple of hours for them to dry completely its best to do this right after you have applied your makeup, or at night before bed.

Our brushes were clean and soft and ready to use in the morning. Do you have a great beauty trick you use? Comment below, we would love to hear from you.

soap scum

How to Remove Soap Scum and Hard Water Stains

Homemade Hard Water Remover

How to Remove Soap Scum and Hard Water Stains: Hard water stains and soap scum on shower doors, tubs and tiles can be very frustrating, even after you have cleaned them, the glass still looks foggy and dull.

We were searching for a way to clean the hard water stains without the using harsh chemicals in today’s commercial products. We are very pleased with the recipe we found on savvysugar.com. Easy to make and worked like a charm.

What you need:
Small mixing bowl
1 cup Epsom Salts (Naturally softens the water breaking up the stains)
1/2 cup baking soda (Gently scrubs)
1/4 cup liquid dish soap (Gently cleans)
Cleaning cloth
Paper towels

Lucky for us, we had all these ingredients already so we mixed up a bowl and tried it right away.

Directions:
This works best on a dry shower door, so wipe down any wet areas before cleaning. Scoop a bit of the mixture on a damp cloth and rub in a circular motion over the tiles or glass doors. We found it worked best to put a couple of paper towels under the glass door to catch any of the drips for easy clean up of the floor.

Let the mixture sit on for a couple of minutes, then give it a one more quick rub. Then just wash away with warm water. We were worried about it making a lot of soap suds from the dish soap, but this wasn’t an issue.

The results were immediately noticeable! It was hard to get a photo without a glare, but we hope you can see in the pics above how clean and clear the shower door turned out.

We will definitely be using this recipe again to get all our bathrooms sparkling clean. Do you have a great homemade recipe you would like us to try out? Comment below and let us know.

Sunburn relief

At Home Sunburn Relief Remedies

Sunburn remedies Weve Tried It

At Home Sunburn Relief Remedies: Did you spend a little to much time out in the sun yesterday and now have a nasty sunburn? Here are some great home remedies for easing the pain with items you probably already have.

After doing a good amount of research, we found that these are the most common natural remedies.

Vinegar: Vinegar is a great way to treat sunburn,it is most effective after a cool or tepid shower.

You will need:
-1 cup apple cider vinegar
-a spray bottle (optional)
-Cotton balls

Directions
Take a water only shower if possible. Fill a spray bottle with pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar, and spray it onto your burn, or soak cotton balls and apply. Let it dry.

Milk: A cool milk compress is one of the quickest, simplest and low-cost ways to treat sunburn. The cool temperature of the milk with help ease the heat, while the milk creates a layer of protein to help your skin heal.

You will need:
-Soft Cloth
-Chilled milk

Directions
Pour a bowl of milk high enough so that you can thoroughly soak your soft cloth in it. When the cloth is saturated, let the excess liquid drain off. Drape across your burn, pressing gently so that it stays in place, and leave it on for as long as needed. If the milk in the bowl becomes room temperature chill it before re-dunking your compress.

Cucumber: Cucumbers can provide instant relief to sunburned skin. Not only is a cool cucumber soothing to the burn simply because its cool, but its antioxidant and analgesic properties promote healing and further relief from discomfort. You can either apply cucumber slices directly to the skin or make a cucumber paste and apply to the skin.

Baking Soda: Adding a few heaping tablespoons of baking soda to cool bath water makes a sunburn-soothing remedy. Just keep your soaking time down to 15 to 20 minutes.

Oatmeal: Oatmeal added to cool bathwater offers another wonderful relief for sunburned skin. Fill up the bathtub with cool water-scoop 1/2 to 1 cup oatmeal — an ideal skin soother — and mix it in

Potato: A potato makes a great pain reliever. Take two washed potatoes, cut them into small chunks, and place them in a blender or food processor. Blend or process until the potatoes are in liquid form. Add water if they look dry. Pat the burned areas with the pulverized potatoes. Wait until the potatoes dry, then take a cool shower.

Water: The sun not only burned your skin, but dehydrated it. Be sure to replenish liquids by drinking plenty of water while recovering from a sunburn.

Pain relievers: Nonprescription pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen can relieve pain and cut the inflammation of a sunburn.

Do you have another great homemade sunburn remedy? Please leave us a comment below. Feel free to share these great tips with your friends on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

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.

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.