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Kill weeds

Kill Dandelions without Harmful Chemicals

Dandelion season is upon us. I have been looking for a dandelion killer that is safe for pets and children since I don’t want to expose them to any kind of harmful chemicals.

Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than any of the conventional weed killers one might find at a home and garden store.

Dandelion killer

In order to make this non-toxic dandelion killer, you will need:

1/2 gallon of apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of table salt
1/2 teaspoon of Dawn liquid dish soap

To kill dandelions safely, you simply mix the ingredients above right into the vinegar jug then pour into a spray bottle. Once that is done, spray the targeted weeds thoroughly with this mixture. You can also wipe the leaves and stem area with a sponge soaked in the mixture for more targeted results.

Take care when applying to not spray on grass and other plants as this solution can be harmful to them as well. I think this is great for those non-planting areas like rock beds, driveways and along concrete pathways.

The Dawn dish soap will strip dandelions of their protective oils. This allows the apple cider vinegar to work with deadly force. Plus, there aren’t any chemicals in the mixture that would toxic to either pets or small children.

This makes 1/2 gallon of this non-toxic dandelion killer for a lot less than a similar bottle of Round Up. It generally kills on the first application. My dandelions were starting to die within 2 hours, I was amazed at the speed of the results.

Killing Dandelions

Do you have any great outdoor tips to prevent weeds or beautifying your lawn and garden? Let us know we would love to hear from you.

Virtuwell

Virtuwell Online Clinic Service Review

Virtuwell

Virtuwell.com – This has got to be one of my favorite medical services available for WI and MN residents. Virtuwell is an online service that is available 24/7 and staffed by nurse practitioners.

The online clinic treats a large variety of conditions; bladder infections, pink eye, ear infections, bronchitis and even influenza. As well as more uncommon things like Lyme’s disease, skin problems and many other conditions.

The process is simple! Log on and create an account. Run through a series of questions related to your condition. Upon completion a np will look over your symptoms and come up with a treatment plan for you. Your plan can be either emailed or texted to you. If a prescription is needed it will be sent to a pharmacy of your choice.

The fee for this service is $45.00 or less depending on your insurance co-pay. If it is determined that they are unable to treat your symptoms, you don’t pay anything.

I have used this service and was very impressed with the whole process. I felt horrible and knew exactly what was wrong. I had no desire to leave the house, much less go see a doctor. Once I completed my questions online the nurse practitioner called me within 5 minutes.

The staff was very knowledgeable and thorough with their questions. It was determined that I did need a prescription which she sent right to my pharmacy. She also let me know if I had any questions or new symptoms I could just log back into my account and someone would give me a call to discuss them.

A couple of days later the Nurse Practitioner called me to see how I was doing and if I had any more questions or concerns.

Another benefit is that they can send your prescriptions anywhere you are. So, if you are on vacation and someone becomes sick you can simply log on for diagnosis instead of trying to find a local clinic.

Virtuwell guarantees their service. The guarantee is pretty simple, if you are not satisfied for any reason with your experience they will return you money. Can’t beat that!

Start your online visit here with Virtuwell

Do you have a great online service you just love? Comment below we would love to hear about it.

Eye patches

New Spa Lifting Anti Age Collagen Eye Patch Review

We seriously love hearing about different products from our friends! Ali Holman nationally recognized fitness expert, owner of Corecamper.com raved about some eye patches that take away dark circles and bags under your eyes and we had to try it!

Shirley happily volunteered to try this product New  Spa Lifting Anti-Age Collagen Eye Patch with Bio-Gold and Hyaluronic Acid. The results were amazing! We took a before, during and after photo below.

Lifting Anti Age Collagen Eye Patch

We purchased the Lifting Anti Aging Collagen Eye Patch on Amazon. Crystal collagen is an active element of the tissue rejuvenation process and skin’s own collagen stimulant.

After 30 minutes of relaxation, Shirley’s skin looked smooth and refreshed. The box came with 5 patches. As long as you keep them moist you can reuse each patch 2-3 times.

The patch hydrates the skin, stimulates cellular metabolism and cell’s regeneration. Multilevel ingredients provide excellent lifting and toning effect.

The unique ability of the collagen mask’s components to penetrate deep into the skin smooths the wrinkles, improves the turgor of the skin, making it  look young and radiant

The effect is visible after the first application – smooth, glowing and hydrated skin. Weve Tried It and loved it!

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Oatmeal face mask

DIY Chocolate Oatmeal Face Mask

Weve Tried It Face mask Recipe

DIY Chocolate Oatmeal Face Mask: There are so many DIY facials on Pinterest that we decided that we should start trying some of them out. If we can save a little money and use products that we already have in our cupboard and get benefits, we say bonus!

Today we tried the Chocolate Oatmeal Face Mask that is supposed to help with sun damage.

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Honey
1/3 Cup Cocoa
2 Tbls. Heavy Cream or Sour Cream
3 Tbls. Old Fashioned Oatmeal (powdered in food processor)

Mix all ingredients together until blended completely. With your fingers or a fan brush apply the mask onto your face. If you are using your fingers massage the paste into your skin.

After face is completely covered let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

Why does this work? Cocoa powder is a natural antioxidant that protects the skin from UV damage. Oatmeal is a gentle exfoliate and honey is a great antibacterial ingredient.

Shirley’s skin looked good and was really soft when it was done. We will definitely try this again.

Do you make your own facial? Comment below and tell us what you use.

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popsicle homemade

Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt Popsicles

Easiest snack ever! We have been trying to watch our intake of junk food, but still want something sweet from time to time. These yogurt popsicles are the way to go.

Yogurt Popsicles

All you need is your favorite kind of yogurt and popsicle sticks. We cut a small opening in the middle of lid and placed the stick in. Popped it in the freezer and within a few hours we were enjoying the perfect healthy snack.

We chose Dannon Light & Fit because it is a great source of riboflavin, calcium, protein, phosphorus, and vitamin D. So it’s delicious and nutritious! Light nonfat yogurt and it’s only 80 calories!

This was very satisfying! Bring your kids along with you to the store and let them pick out their favorite flavors of yogurt, then they feel like they were a part of the process and it will taste that much better.

We will definitely be keeping these on hand this summer! We want to hear what you are making for healthy snacks in your home, leave us a comment below! We are always looking for new recipes to try!

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Zquiet

ZQuiet Snoring Device Review

Does someone in your house have a snoring problem? Snoring is a problem that can affect everyone in the house. There are many health issues that snoring can cause.

People who snore wake up frequently during the night and they may not enter into REM for the recommended amount of time.  Low oxygen levels in their blood can be an issue, as well as experiencing daytime sleepiness and fatigue.

Relationships can suffer due to their partner having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep due to the snoring. My husband is one of these people. He suffered from all of the above symptoms and it was effecting his quality of life, struggling to make it through the day without falling asleep and difficulty concentrating.

I decided to take a chance and order him the ZQuiet mouth piece. I figured it was worth the $70.00 to see if it would work for him. I ordered the product online at zquiet.com and received it in a couple of days.

ZQuiet

The product is a thin soft plastic mouth piece, needing nothing more than a quick wash with soap and water before the first use. I was happy that there was no boiling and molding needed. Within a couple of minutes he was ready to try it out.

Since falling asleep comes very quickly to him I was astonished to notice immediately that he was not snoring at all and did not snore at all during the night. The first couple of mornings he had some minor jaw pain, but that is due to the device holding the jaw forward during the night. After a couple of nights he no longer had the pain.

The ZQuiet definitely exceeded my expectations on how well the product worked. My only regret is that I did not order the second ZQuiet at the discounted rate during my initial purchase, because the dog ate it. I will definitely be getting another one ordered real soon.

Do you have a great product that has made a difference in your quality of life, let us know we would love to hear from you.

Toothpaste

Other Great Uses For Toothpaste

Toothpaste

As with most products in your home you can almost always find other uses for them that aren’t listed on the directions. Take for instance toothpaste, we did some research and couldn’t believe all the different tips. We picked a few that we want to try.

None of the following tips say it but, we wouldn’t advise using whitening toothpaste unless of course the item you want clean is white.

Burns: Place the affected area under cold water to quickly bring down the skin temperature. After the acute phase is over, smear non-gel toothpaste thickly over the burn until the skin cools permanently and the sting is gone. And then apply a healing agent, such as aloe vera.

Carpet Stains: Squeeze toothpaste directly onto the carpet stain and scrub it with a toothbrush. Then rinse and repeat the process until the stain disappears.

Coffee Table Water Rings: Simply rub some toothpaste into the irritating ring with a soft cloth and wipe dry with a clean, damp cloth.

Clothing Stains: Apply the toothpaste directly to the stained area with a bit of water and rub hard before popping in the washer. This may not work on all fabrics or stains but it’s quite effective on ink and shirt-collar stains.

Crayon on Painted Walls: Gently rub a damp cloth and some toothpaste on your child’s masterpiece, then rinse with a wet cloth and dry (do a small test spot first to make sure your paint can handle it.)

Leather: Put a dab on leather scuffs, rub in with a soft cloth, and rinse with a damp cloth. Works well on shoes, purses, coats or anything else made of leather.

Piano Keys: Rub each key gently with a damp, cotton swab and a touch of paste. Wipe dry and buff with a clean cloth. It takes time, but you’ll be stunned by how nice your keyboard looks at the end of the project.

Clear Up Pimples: Place a small amount of toothpaste on the pimple, and it should be dried up by morning. The toothpaste dehydrates the pimple and absorbs the oil.

Bug Bites: For mosquito and other small bug bites, apply toothpaste to sooth itching and cool the skin. This can be used on bee stings, as well.

Diamonds: Use an extra toothbrush, apply toothpaste and brush your diamond ring to make it sparkle. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Hand Deodorizer: Do your hands smell like onions, fish, garlic? Scrub your hands with toothpaste. Apply lotion after to keep your hand moisturized.

Do you have a different use for toothpaste? Leave us a comment below!

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Salt

The Benefits to Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt have you heard of it? Do you use it? You should!Himalayan Salt is considered to be the most pure form of whole salt on the planet.

HimalaSalt™ was created 250 million years ago, during a time of pristine environmental integrity. Hand-harvested from a protected source deep within the exotic and remote Himalayas, HimalaSalt remains free of impurities, unlike refined table salt or salt from today’s widely polluted oceans.

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Less sodium consumed per serving, it is made of the same components as table salt but since the crystal structure is larger than refined salt, and by volume- this salt therefore has LESS sodium per 1/4 t. serving- because the sea salt crystals or flakes take up less room on a teaspoon than highly refined tiny table salt grains.

Health benefits to Himalayan Pink Sea Salt:

Create an electrolyte balance
Increases hydration
Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
Prevent muscle cramping
Aid in proper metabolism functioning
Strengthen bones
Lower blood pressure
Help the intestines absorb nutrients
Prevent goiters
Improve circulation
Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins

And if those aren’t enough it is even said to support libido, reduce the signs of aging, and detoxify the body from heavy metals.

Weve Tried It and we love it! After trying many different kind of salts, this one is by far my favorite, mild and smooth, no after taste, and it doesn’t make me thirsty.

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plane seats

Airline Bumping: Voluntary vs Involuntary

plane seats

I can’t remember the last time I traveled and didn’t hear: This flight has been overbooked, we are looking for 10 people blah, blah, blah.

According to Delta.com the reason behind overbooked flights is that every major airline accepts more reservations for flights than it has seats available. This practice is known as overbooking. Flights are overbooked because a certain percentage of passengers are expected to be “no-shows.” This means they change their travel plans but do not cancel their reservations.

If airlines only booked reservations according to the number of seats on a plane, then flights would leave with empty seats and people who would have wanted those seats would be left having to find other options. To avoid this situation, the airline industry monitors no-show trends and books reservations to meet the expected passenger load. But even with the best forecasting techniques, sometimes more customers show up than were expected. The result is an oversold flight.

There is voluntary bumping and involuntary bumping and we are going to give you suggestions for both situations.

If you don’t want to be involuntarily bumped here are a few good tips on your best chance of securing your seat:

Get an advance seat assignment: Even if the airline only has a middle seat left to confirm, be sure you take it. Passengers with seat assignments are typically only bumped if they arrive late and their seat assignment is released.

If you do not have an advance seat assignment, or you want to change your seat assignment, check-in online. Most airlines allow you to check-in online within 24 hours of departure. Seat assignments that were not available at the time of ticketing may be available, including unblocked frequent flyer seats and seat assignments of flyers upgraded to first class. Many airlines automatically upgrade premium flyers within 24-72 hours of departure; at which point their coach seat assignments may be released for pre-assignment.

Get to the airport early: Some airlines reserve a portion of their seat assignment inventory for airport check-in. Also, make sure your name is placed on the “standby” seat assignment list. While your ticket may say “confirmed”, if you do not have a seat assignment, you will be treated by the airline as a “standby” customer. Seats that are held by no-show passengers or passengers that upgrade at check-in to first class are usually distributed to standby passengers in check-in order.

The DOT regulates compensation for involuntary bumping. You have rights when you are being involuntarily bumped:

The airline should arrange substitute transportation that is scheduled to get you to your final destination (including later connections) within one hour of your original scheduled arrival time, there is no compensation.

If the airline arranges substitute transportation that is scheduled to arrive at your destination between one and two hours after your original arrival time (between one and four hours on international flights), the airline must pay you an amount equal to 200% of your one-way fare to your final destination that day, with a $650 maximum.

If the substitute transportation is scheduled to get you to your destination more than two hours later (four hours internationally), or if the airline does not make any substitute travel arrangements for you, the compensation doubles (400% of your one-way fare, $1300 maximum).

If your ticket does not show a fare (for example, a frequent-flyer award ticket or a ticket issued by a consolidator), your denied boarding compensation is based on the lowest cash, check or credit card payment charged for a ticket in the same class of service (e.g., coach, first class) on that flight.

Voluntary bumping occurs when a passenger with a confirmed seat assignment agrees to give up his seat for negotiated compensation. This compensation is not regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT): The airlines give employees guidelines for bargaining with passengers, and they may select those volunteers willing to sell back their reservations for the lowest price.

Know what questions to ask before you volunteer to give up your seat:

*Can you confirm me on a later flight with a seat assignment and what is the schedule?
*Does the voucher or other compensation have an expiration date by when it must be used or redeemed?
*Are there any ‘blackout dates’, such as holidays, when I can not use the voucher/ticket?
*Can the voucher or other compensation be used for international travel?
*Can I make a reservation using the voucher and how far in advance can I make it?

This year I have several trips planned and I am going to voluntarily give up my seat and I will let you know how it works out.

Leave us a comment below and tell us about your flight bumping experiences and suggestions.

Our information comes from Delta, smartertravel.com and travelsense.org.

Fabric-Softener-Towel

Homemade Reusable Fabric Softener Towel

Fabric softener sheets can get expensive especially with multiple loads of laundry daily, so I set out to find a DIY reusable alternative.

It turns out making one is a pretty easy process.

Items needed:

Liquid fabric softener (1-2 cups)
1 dish towel
1 bowl

Fabric Softener Towel

Place the dish towel in the bowel and pour fabric softener over towel until saturated. Wring out any excess so that the towel is no longer dripping. Hang the towel to dry for approximately 2 days. Yes it does take that long for it to completely dry.

Just throw the towel in the dryer with each load of laundry. It says the towel will work for approximately a month, I have been using mine for 2 weeks now and my clothes are still coming out static free and soft.

I should be able to make at least 4 towels out of my one bottle of fabric softener, so this will definitely save me money not having to use the expensive dryer sheets.

Do you have a great DIY cleaning trick, message us your ideas to try.