>U Mom Knows Best: 2021

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

DIY Broken Dresser Shelves With Semi Exact

 Don't toss the broken furniture to the curb. Instead, transform it into beautiful shelves or wall desks in a couple of hours.

I received samples from Semi Exact to facilitate this post

 I have been busy these past couple of weeks. My husband and I decided to tear out all the carpet upstairs and on the stairs. We will be replacing the carpet with vinyl planks. This project has been in the making for a couple of years as the carpet is over 20 years old. We wanted to replace the carpet after our tile renovation project. Our flooring project was put on hold last year thanks to Covid but now we are renovating the whole upstairs.

 My college kid is in his last year of school so it was a perfect time to move the next child into his bedroom and the other child out of the loft. So with the younger boy not using the loft for a bedroom, that meant we could finally have an exercise room upstairs. So I went into full remodeling mode. My bathroom renovation project in 2017 helped me discover my love for home decorating.

 New floors, meant painting the loft and also my bedroom. My bedroom is being transformed into a tropical beach theme while the loft got a fresh coat of paint. To rip out all the old carpet, we had to move furniture and stuff from all the upstairs rooms. That gave us a perfect opportunity to declutter and giveaway furniture we no longer need. 

My DIY broken dresser project

 As I was moving furniture, I discovered that my son's dresser had a broken drawer. This dresser had been broken for quite some time and was no longer able to be fixed. My son was using the dresser for his Nerf gun collection and it was falling apart. I was ready to put the dresser to the curb as it was made from particleboard wood. My husband already had a collection of particleboard and wood scraps in the garage. So he said, toss the dresser to the curb for trash day.

 As I was taking the dresser apart, I then realized that the drawer fronts would be the perfect size for shelves for my new exercise room. So I took apart the old dresser and measured the drawer front pieces. They were 10 inches wide and would be a perfect size for a shelf. I could place my plants on these shelves. Now all I needed was some paint and shelf brackets.

I was ready to reuse this broken dresser and save it from filling up the landfill. I hate throwing things away when they can be recycled or reuse. My motto is to reduce reuse, recycle. I like eco-friendly projects that help the environment. 

Materials needed for my DIY wall shelves

+ Dresser pieces ~ These shelves can be made from any scrap pieces of wood. While I got my wood from an old dresser, you can use wood from an old bookcase or any other broken furniture. You can also buy the wood pieces from a home improvement store.  Check the store's scrap wood for inexpensive wood.

+ Paint ~ Since I like saving money and saving the environment, I decided to use the leftover paint from the bedroom walls to paint the shelves. So check your paint stash before you buy new paint. The paint that I used was semi-gloss as that is what I had. If you are purchasing paint, buy gloss paint so the shelves can be easily cleaned. You can also stain the wood.

+ Paint Brush ~ I used a foam brush but you can also use a paint roller.

+ Shelf Brackets ~ I used these Semi Exact Hairpin Shelf Brackets as I loved the way they looked. These shelf brackets come in many different colors and sizes. So you can buy the size that fits your wood piece. I love that the brackets have a bright powder coat finish. The Hairpin Shelf Brackets are versatile and can be hung in two different ways. These simple shelf brackets add a clean bright look to any wall.

+ Screws or wall anchors

 You can even make instant wall desks with the Hairpin Shelf Brackets. Get the easy how-to instructions HERE

Less than 2 hours to transform a broken dresser into wall shelves

These shelves were so easy to make. Taking apart the dresser was simple and I made sure to save the other dresser pieces for other projects. The thin cardboard dresser backs were perfect to use as a painting drop cloth. I used the smaller dresser pieces so I could view my sample paint color selections for my bedroom walls. 

 I loved that I did not have to sand or cut the wood pieces as they were prefinished in the size that I needed. The shelves were ready to paint with the leftover paint from my bedroom painting project. I just love this pink color.

While the paint was drying, my husband helped me hang the shelf brackets on the wall. The Hairpin Brackets already had pre-drilled holes in them. If your shelf pieces are longer, make sure to put the brackets over wall studs. If you are not able to use the wall studs, make sure to buy some wall anchors. So your shelves will be secure on the wall. 

 Once the brackets are up on the wall, slide the painted wood pieces through and enjoy. These wall shelves sure do look nice in my new exercise room. I really love the colors that I selected of fuchsia and turquoise. They are perfect for my plants and other items. If you want to know more about these Hairpin Shelf Brackets, head over to semiexact.com to see all the beautiful colors and sizes that are available. This unique company sells other items to transform reclaimed wood into furniture like tables, beds, and more. Semi Exact believes that furniture can be well made and well designed, cost-conscious and planet-conscious, easy to order, and easy to treasure year after year.



Tuesday, July 20, 2021

7 Must Have Back To School Products

 Soon the kids will be heading back to school. For most families, that brings excitement along with busy schedules. Check out some products that are perfect for back-to-school time.

 My boys will be heading back to school in a couple of weeks. They are excited but at the same time dreading the early morning wake up along with having homework. This year will be the first time since the boys started school that they will be attending separate schools. The older of the 2 boys will be in high school while the younger one will be in 8th grade. 

My youngest boys are close in age and do everything together. So attending separate schools will be tough for them. That brings back memories of when the oldest started school. The youngest son was so upset that his brother was gone for the day. My youngest did not want to do anything but watch TV all day.

 My youngest boys are still inseparable and even have the same friends. My boys are like twins as they are 16 months apart. The boys rarely fight with each other and where one goes, the other follows. So it will be strange to see my boys head off to different schools at different times of the morning. One son will catch the bus at 6:30 AM while the other will catch the bus at 8:30. What time do your kids leave for school?

Products that need to be on your back to school shopping list

 Back to school time always means shopping time. The kids need new clothes as they outgrew their clothes this past summer. My high schooler grew two sizes and the younger one is always growing out of his clothes. Their shoes are worn from playing at the park and new clothes always make heading back to school exciting. Then there is the long list of school supplies that the schools require. So I will be busy shopping before school starts.

Along with all the essential school supplies, I will be purchasing some other items that you will want to add to your school shopping list. These are items that you may have not thought of but they are ones that will make the school year better. So check out some of my favorite back-to-school items.

1. Dabbawalla Bags

Whether you are packing lunch for your child or for yourself to bring to the office, the Dabbawalla lunch bags are ones that you will love. These soft-sided lunch bags come in bold colors with cute designs. I think my favorite lunch sac is one that has a cupcake on it. These roomy lunch bags have so many great features that will make packing a school lunch fun. Your kids will have a hard time selecting their favorite bag for lunch.

 Dabbawalla Lunch Bags are crafted from a unique, synthetic foam textile that is degradable, recyclable, and environmentally friendly. The lunch bags are washable and feature a sturdy handle and two interior mesh pockets that fit a lunch, drink bottle, and snacks. I received the Apple Of My Eye lunch bag to review on Mom Knows Best. The colors are so bright and it will be perfect for my grandbaby as she heads off to preschool.

2. Mabel’s Labels

Kids tend to lose things at school. So it makes perfect sense to label their school items. Gone are the days of using permanent markers to label items like clothes and school supplies. This year make sure to purchase plenty of waterproof labels for back to school. Mabel's Labels makes labeling so easy and fun.

 These customize stick-on labels come in so many designs and sizes. Their Back To School label packs have plenty of labels so you can stick them on everything from pencils, backpacks, clothing, and more. My favorite labels are the shoe labels that help little kids put their shoes on the right feet. I also love these durable labels for traveling. I added my cell phone number to the labels so I can be contacted if it gets lost.

Mabel’s Labels personalized labels are durable, waterproof, and dishwasher, microwave, and laundry safe. These customizable labels give parents peace of mind knowing kids’ gear is properly labeled and easy to identify.

3. Persona Nutrition Immune Gummies

 No matter how hard we try to avoid germs, schools are the perfect breeding place for germs. So start your child's day with an Immune Support Kids gummy vitamin pack. These delicious gummies are a great way to boost your child's immune system. I love the individual packs as they can be grabbed out the door on the way to school.

 Persona’s gummy vitamin packs are developed for kids ages 4 to 12 and feature key nutrients that target specific health needs. The vitamins come in natural fruit flavors including orange, mango, mixed berry, raspberry, and grape. The Immune Support Kids Pack includes three distinct gummy vitamins including ~ Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and a dedicated immune blend that combines Zinc with B Vitamins.

 Persona also produces gummy vitamin packs for teens and adults. I love that their gummy line has zero added sugar. The gummy vitamin line includes vitamins to help teens focus, adults relax, and many others. The best part about gummies beyond the awesome taste is no water is required when you take them.

4. Puro Sound Labs Bluetooth Headphones

 If your child is doing online school or they need headphones for the classroom, then the Puro Sound Labs Bluetooth Headphones, need to be on your back-to-school list. These Bluetooth headphones not only help block outside noises but are designed to protect kid's eardrums with the limited volume range. The headphones come in many colors and are comfortable to wear.

 Puro Sound Labs' volume-limiting, Bluetooth headphones come also come with a built-in microphone that allows kids to actively participate in online learning, distraction-free. The one-touch Bluetooth pairs with iPhone, Android, and other compatible devices make for hassle-free listening, while a 30-foot range allows free movement! The wireless mode eliminates all dangers of entanglement in audio cables. Plus, you get 20 hours of battery life for music playback and 200 hours standby.

5. SpudLove Organic potato chips

 School time means packing lunches and after-school snacks. Pack some love into your child's school lunch with SpudLove organic potato chips. These delicious potato chips come in 5 amazing flavors like barbecue, sea salt, sea salt and vinegar, cracked pepper, and jalapeno. You will love the variety pack of 1 oz bags that are perfect for school lunches.

 Made from organic potatoes grown on the brand’s own farm, SpudLove thick-cut potato chips are made from high quality, organic ingredients and feature a delicious authentic potato taste and maximum crunch. Farmer-owned and farmer-grown, SpudLove puts extra love into caring for the land to grow the highest-quality organic potatoes.

6. Success Rice

 I don't know about your life but once school starts for my boys, life gets busy. That means dinner is not always ready when my husband gets home from work. So Success Boil-in Bag rice makes dinner time a bit easier. This rice is so easy to prepare for a quick and easy meal. Even my teen boys can make the rice. The rice comes in many varieties from white rice to Jasmine rice. I am sure that you will find a family favorite rice. I love using the brown rice variety in my homemade veggie burger recipe.

 Success Boil-in-Bag Rice has a delicious flavor, making it an easy addition to any meal from breakfast to dessert. With no water-to-rice ratio needed, it’s a quick and easy delicious meal that is gluten-free, non-GMO, and free of MSG or preservatives.

7. Neato Robotic Vacuum

Whether your children are heading back to school or participating in an online school, you will want the Neato Robotic Vacuum. This unique D-shaped robot vacuum is a Back-to-School essential for maintaining a clean living/study space. Kids are messy and your schedule is busy. So let the Neato Robotic clean the floors.

The Neato D8 Robot Vacuum cleans up messes on hardwood, carpet, tile, and even throw rugs. The Neato robot app on your phone makes it super simple to program and control the vacuum. You can even control the vacuum through your Alexa or Google smart device. Check out my review of the Neato D8 Robot Vacuum HEREThe best part is you can save $200 off the D8 through July 24, 2021 (no code needed).

Be prepared this school season with the best products 

 So check out all these back-to-school products and learn about how they can help you. From snacks to labels, these items need to be on your shopping list for school supplies. After the crazy year that we parents had with virtual school, it will be a joy to see kids heading back to the class for their first day of school. 




Monday, July 19, 2021

The Neato Robotic Is a Must Have Travel Product

 This Neato Robotic vacuum is a must-have travel product. This unique intelligent robot vacuum is essential for returning to a clean home after vacation.

Sponsored post with Neato Robotic

 In a couple of months, my husband and I will be taking a trip without the kids. The teenage boys will be staying home by themselves. We have plenty of neighbors who will be will checking in on them daily, so I know that they will be safe. My neighbor across the street has a security camera that faces our house, so he can keep an eye on the house.  My oldest daughter lives in town also. I know that the boys will be ok as they will be going to school. They are responsible kids and have been very independent for quite some time.

 As I write this article, I am having some doubts about leaving two teenage boys home alone for several days. My husband says that they will be fine and everything related to the trip is paid for. So I will try to remain calm and use the next three months to prepare my boys about the rules while we are gone.

Keeping the house clean while on vacation

 The one thing that I don't have to worry about while we are on vacation is returning to a messy house. My teen boys help with many of the housekeeping tasks on a daily basis so they know how to clean the house. The daily chores for my boys include emptying the dishwasher and taking out the trash. They also know how to run the washing machine and how to cook. In the past when I went on trips and the college kid was in charge, my older son always had his younger brothers clean the house while I was gone. So I would return to a clean house.

 I discovered a unique intelligent robotic vacuum that will help my teen boys keep the house clean with little effort on their part. This robot vacuum will keep the floors clean so that is one less thing that I have to worry about while my husband and I are on vacation. While my teenagers know how to clean, that does not mean they will clean to my standards. Teen boys like to eat and they can make a lot of crumbs that fall to the floor. So the Neato D8 Robotic vacuum will be an essential item for a clean house.


Save $200 off the Neato D8 through July 24, 2021 (no code needed).

What I love about the Neato Robot Vacuum

 The thing that I love best about this robot vacuum is that it does the work for me. So, I can get my floors vacuumed when I am not home. I can schedule the automatic vacuum to run at set times with the Neato Robotic app that is on my phone. So, I can schedule the vacuum to run every day for messes that my boys make. I also love that I can also open the Neato robot app on my phone and have this intelligent vacuum clean up a mess any time of day with no need to wait for its scheduled run time.

 So, while I am away the Neato Robot vacuum will clean the house and my boys won't have to do a thing. Now if the boys make a mess, they can get on their phones and head to the app to have the Neato Robot clean it up. So, mom will never know about the mess. The boys are always on their devices anyway so operating the Robot vacuum will be super easy for them.

Check out some other amazing features of the Neato D8 Robot Vacuum

+ Easy set up: The Neato D8 Robot is simple to set up straight from the box. If you can use a smartphone, you can operate this smart vacuum. Only 6 easy steps to get the Neato vacuum to start cleaning your floors.

+ Effective on any surface: The Neato D8 Robot Vacuum cleans up messes on hardwood, carpet, tile, and even throw rugs.

+ Bigger dirt bin: The large 0.7-liter dirt bin holds plenty of dirt, dust, and dander, so that means you don't have to empty it that often. I love the notifications to the empty dust bin!

+ Big Spiral Combo Brush: A brush that is up to 70% bigger than those round robots.

+ Long run time & auto-recharge: The Neato D8 has up to 100 minutes of runtime, but if your robot needs more power to finish a long cleaning run, your robot can Auto-recharge & resume to finish the job. This robot vacuum can clean up to 750 sq. feet on a single charge 

+ Allergy-Friendly: The Neato D8 is a good choice for those with allergies as it traps allergens. The high-performance filter is designed to trap the stuff that makes us sneeze and itch, capturing up to 99% of allergens.

+ You are in control of the cleaning: Control your robot remotely through the MyNeato app. Schedule cleaning with Routines and create virtual No-Go Zones to define areas you want your robot to avoid. So the vacuum will stay away from the stairs. You can even control the vacuum through your Alexa or Google smart device.

+ Turbo mode for bigger messes: For those extra tough areas, just shift into Turbo mode for a deep, clean with extra pickup. It increases suction and speeds up the Spiral Combo Brush, getting into every last crack and crevice.

Save $200 off the Neato D8 through July 24, 2021 (no code needed).

The clear choice for clean

The Neato D8 comes with the signature Neato quality and D-shape you've come to expect from our robot vacuums. Using LaserSmart navigation, the Neato D8 cleans with precision, even in the dark like those hard-to-reach places under furniture. The choice is clear—Neato cleans your home when you want, how you want, and reaches where round robots can't.

 





The Neato Robot keeps the house clean while you are away

The Neato Robot vacuum is a must-have travel item that you leave at home. So, while you are away, enjoying your vacation, the Neato Robot will keep the house clean, This cute square-shaped robotic vacuum will clean up all the dust and dirt from your floors. If you have a cat at home, the vacuum will take care of all the pet dander!

 So, when you come home from your vacation, you may have dirty laundry but you will have clean floors to set it on. Having the Neato D8 robot vacuum cleaning all your floors means one less chore for you to do. Now if they would make a robot to do the laundry!

Save $200 off the Neato D8 through July 24, 2021 (no code needed).

8 Summer Must Have Products That You Need To Try

 Check out these summer products that I discovered. They will make your summer quite better.

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 I think that summer is my favorite season. I like summer for many reasons. I love the slowness of summer and yes I don't mind the heat. The heat does not bother me as I can cool off in a pool or sit by a fan. Summer means watching my garden veggies grow and enjoying more time outside. I also enjoy summer foods like watermelon and ice cream. The hot summer days mean I get to wear shorts and cute summer dresses.

 Now there are some things that I don't like about summer. Having to get up early to exercise to beat the heat and the kids being home all day. Having to wear more mineral sunscreen and not being able to bake cookies during the day. While these are minor dislikes, I will still take a hot day in the summer over a cold winter day.

Summer products that I discovered

I recently discovered some summer products that need to be on your summer must-have list. Along with some other products that I enjoy, these products will make your summer more enjoyable. Some of the products on my summer list may even help with the parts of summer that most people don't like. So check out my summer finds and add them to your list. I even include links so you can buy these awesome products.

1. Hairstrong Scrunchie

 My hair is always back in a ponytail in the summer, especially when I go running. So I am always buying hair ties or scrunchies. The problem with most scrunchie is they tend to lose their elasticity and I am always replacing them. Then there is the fit issue. I can never quite get a perfect fit around my hair. Either the scrunchie is too tight or too loose.

 The struggle with keeping your hair up during workouts is a struggle that most women have because of  "one-size-fits-all" hair ties. So I am loving this adjustable scrunchie from Hairstrong, which allows you to customize the perfect fit without any hair damage. These hair tyes are made for high-impact and hot summer days.

 These colorful scrunchies are perfect for the gym or exercising outside. They are also the perfect summer accessory for your summer wardrobe. The Hairstrong scrunchie comes in three adjustable sizes and many awesome colors. So no matter what your hair texture or length, these scrunchies will making pulling your hair back so much easier. Your hair will stay up all day through any movement and they are the last scrunchie that you will need.

Purchase Hairstrong HERE

2. Sunburn Soap

 Summer can mean sunburned skin. You do your best to remember to apply or reapply the sunscreen but life happens and your skin gets burned by the sun. Experiencing a sunburn hurts and then there is the peeling of the skin. If you have ever experienced a sunburn, then you know how much it hurts when you take a shower. 

 Sunburns hurt the worst in the shower, now you can say goodbye to redness, pain, and peeling with this amazing one-of-a-kind soap! The Original Sunburn Soap is handcrafted with aloe extract, honey, coconut milk, marshmallow root, witch hazel, and peppermint oil. This unique soap for sunburns will gently exfoliate dead skin and heal sunburn at the same time.

 The first shower after getting burned is a crucial moment in determining how long and painful your sunburn will be. Ingredients in conventional soaps can make your sunburn feel worse. The Original Sunburn Soap is fortified with certified organic, all-natural ingredients that rehydrate and gently exfoliate the skin, while decreasing redness, irritation, pain, and peeling. The best part is this soap works!

 Wildcraft Organic Skincare also makes some other skincare products that are perfect for summer skin. The After Sun Recovery Spray with Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful rehydrator that’s ready to use with instant, on-the-spot results. Thie spray will cool the skin, replenish moisture, and ease stinging redness. After your shower, the *Naked* After Sun Lotion +Aloe Butter will deeply moisturize your skin and help with your sunburn pain. For those who already have a base tan, but, maybe were out in the sun and their skin got a little too crispy, there is the Original Suntan Soap. This soap eases that dry, sticky, burning redness.  All of these products are made with No Fragrance Oil, No Synthetics, No GMO’s, No Mica, No Unsustainable Ingredients, No Animal Testing, No Sulfates, No Parabens, and No Worries.

Purchase Sunburn Soap HERE

 

3. Heliocare Daily Use Antioxidant Formula 

 I love working out in the summer. While working out has amazing health benefits, overdoing it can cause oxidative stress resulting in (unintentional) harm to the body and the skin through the production of free radicals. So I love that I can add a daily dietary supplement to my morning routine and help my skin protect itself from the harmful effects of free radicals. Heliocare Daily Use Antioxidant Formula can help your skin protect itself and youthful appearance.

With powerful, unique, and clinically proven antioxidant properties in each and every capsule, Heliocare is a one-a-day dietary supplement. 365 days of helping your skin protect itself. Heliocare affects the skin over your entire body and won’t be washed away by swimming, sweating, and other activities.

Purchase Heliocare Daily Use Antioxidant Formula HERE

4. Life’s Gum® Coffee Infused

 I like ingesting some caffeine in the morning before I go running and my stomach can not handle a cup of coffee. So I am glad that I discovered Life's Gum® Coffee-Infused gum. This delicious gum is a revolutionary way to enjoy your "typical" cup o' Joe!  With a liquid center that is infused with REAL coffee, you start off with the familiar taste that all coffee drinkers know and love. Then it magically transitions out to a smooth, minty flavor that lasts for an hour or more. So you can enjoy your coffee and caffeine fix without the bad coffee breath.

 This gum is made with real coffee and caffeine derived from green coffee beans. So you are getting real coffee in a form that is easy to take on the go. Kiss that coffee breath goodbye and get your daily coffee fix.

Purchase Life Gum Coffee-Infused HERE

5. Regular Girl 

 In the summer, our routines tend to change. That can lead to things like constipation and tummy problems. No one likes having troubles in the bathroom department, so Regular Girl is a must-have summer product to keep your gut happy. This fiber supplement is amazing and it helps me go #2 every day around the same time. So I can get in and out of the bathroom. I love this supplement so I can get #2 out of the way before I go running. You can read my full review HERE

 This fiber supplement is great to put into recipes, so you can easily help your kids keep their digestive systems healthy. Check out my recipe for No-Bake Fiber Bars. These fiber bars are so delicious and healthy. They are way better than store-bought fiber bars. Use code MOMKNOBEST10 to save 10%

Purchase Regular Girl HERE

6. Nira Facial Laser Device

 We tend to show more skin in the summer so we want to have our skin look its best. If you are concerned about those fine lines on your face, then you need to purchase this laser facial device. This at-home facial device is my secret to younger-looking skin. The Nira anti-aging facial device is so easy to use. I love that it takes less than 5 minutes to use.

 The Nira device for wrinkles works by stimulating collagen production on your face and that helps fill in those fine lines. So you have amazing-looking skin. You can read my full review HERE. This beauty device uses the same advanced laser technology as dermatologists and will save you money. Treat yourself to the Nira. Use discount code MOMKNOWSBEST15 to save 10%

Purchase Nira At Home Facial device HERE

7. Nuzest Clean Lean Vegan Protein Powder

 I start my day with a protein smoothie as it is my way of getting in amazing nutrition and protein. Since I have a dairy allergy, my protein powder needs to be plant-based. One of my favorite plant-based protein powders to use is Nuzest Clean Lean Vegan protein. This protein powder is allergy-friendly, gluten-free, and tastes awesome. I love using Nuzest in my recipes as it gives the best results and flavor.


To make sure my kids eat enough protein, I use Nuzest protein in my brownies and these amazing Dairy-Free Vegan Chocolate Protein Pancakes. This vegan protein powder comes in several delicious flavors like chocolate and strawberry. Use my savings code MKB15 to save 15% on Nuzest protein products.

Purchase Nuzest Clean Lean Protein HERE

8. Foot Peel Mask

 Summer is the perfect time to take care of your feet, especially if you like to wear sandals. If you have dry feet with cracked heels then this Foot Peel Mask is a summer must-have product. Thie easy-to-use foot peel will remove the dead skin and calluses from your feet, leaving them baby soft. 

 The foot peel is made from natural ingredients and has a nice lemon scent. All you have to do is wear these plastic booties on your feet for an hour. Then in about 1- 2 weeks, the dead skin on your feet will gradually peel off. I have used these foot peels before and I was amazed at how soft my feet looked. The below photo shows the dead skin peeling off my feet. I have chronic dry skin on my feet and all those foot creams never worked. This foot peel really works and I love that they are way cheaper than Baby Feet foot peels.

Purchase Foot Peel Masks HERE 

These are the summer products that I am using. The scrunchies are awesome for when I run and for keeping my hair back all day. They are so easy to use. I also use the coffee gum before I exercise as it is an easy way to get some energy. The coffee flavor is enjoyable. The Sun Soap has been a blessing as I cleaned out my garage yesterday during the afternoon. So I experienced too much sun on my skin. The soap did a great job for my sunburned skin. I love the benefits that Heliocare is giving my body as extra antioxidants are always good.

 The foot peel has been helping my feet become softer. Since my feet are super dry, they need a second treatment to get all the dead skin off. I am glad that the box has 4 foot peel treatments. The Nira is my secret to young-looking skin. Regular Girl and Nuzest have been favorite products for a couple of years. My secret is to add the Regular Girl fiber to my morning protein smoothie with the Nuzest protein. So I get protein and the fiber that I need to get my number 2 done in the morning. I don't know about you but I like being able to do my pooping at home and not in a public restroom or worse yet someone else's home. Thank you for stopping by and discovering my favorite summer products. Make sure to grab my recipe for these delicious Dairy-Free Vegan Chocolate Protein Pancakes. They are perfect for a summer breakfast.

Which summer products will you be trying



Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Step by Step Guide on How to Unblock a Sink

What do you do when your sink blocks? Most homeowners run for a plumber and end up spending their hard-earned money. The good news is that when you know how to unblock a sink, you save your money and time. It is an easy DIY home project.

 It would be best if you used the right tools and procedures to unblock your sink successfully. If you have no clue on how to do it, this guide will enlighten you. For optimal results, use the following step-by-step procedure;

Step 1: Clean the Plughole

 Remove excess water on the sink and remove any debris on the surface. Unscrew the plughole and clean it. If this doesn’t clear the blockage, pour hot water down the drain. This will either clear the drain or create an overflow. Look for a clean old towel or piece of cloth and block any overflow.

Step 2: Use the Plunger

 If you have a plunger, it’s time to use it. If it’s a small blockage, the plunger will unblock it easily. While covering the overflow, pump the plunger up and down until you dislodge the jam.

Step 3: Use Vinegar and Baking Soda

 In case you don’t have a plunger or you’ve used one, but in vain, you can use baking soda and vinegar. You can hardly fail to have some vinegar or baking soda in your kitchen cupboard. After making your favorite recipe, you probably keep the remaining ingredients like vinegar and baking soda.

If you don’t have these ingredients, get them from the nearby store. They are also very cheap. Put some water in a cup and add a few teaspoons of baking powder. If you can’t access baking soda, use Bicarb of soda instead. Mix well and pour it down the sink’s blocked drain. Then pour a cup full of white vinegar.

Step 4: Use Hangover Cure

 If you try to use vinegar and baking soda to no avail, use the Alka-Seltzers. It removes nasty smells and mild blockages excellently. Pop a few of them down the plughole.

Then fill a cup with vinegar and pour it into the sink drain. Give it some time to act. Then turn on your sink’s hot faucet and allow hot water to run down the plughole until the blockage is gone.

Step 5: Use Biological Washing Powder

 If the hangover cure does not work, try using the biological washing powder. Scoop two spoons of it and pour it down the sink drain. Then follow with boiling water to remove any grease or fat that could have built up.

Biological washing powder comes with a great smell. It is ideal to use if there’s a foul smell from your blocked sink. It will leave your sink smelling great. In case you don’t have biological washing powder, use the soda crystals.

Step 6: Insert a Long, Slim, Sturdy Wire

 The biological washing powder may fail to work. If that happens, no need to panic. Use a robust, thin, long wire. The wire should also be flexible to follow the pipe even through the corners. Insert it as you pump up and down to break through anything that’s blocking the drainage.

Step 7: Unscrew the U-bend

 If none of the above methods works, you will have no other option but to remove the U-bend. The process may be messy and might take a little bit of your time. You will need to protect your clothes first by wearing a waterproof gown or change into old clothes.

 The sink’s u-bend part is usually in a restricted area, and reaching it is often a struggle. Wear your gloves and spread some towels on the floor under the u-bend. Also, place a bucket under the u-bend to prevent spillage. Then unscrew the u-bend using a wrench.

 You can take pictures after removing every part to help you remember when installing them back later. Then remove everything that’s clogging the drainage until the pipe is clear. You should wash the parts thoroughly before putting them back. Then reinstall the u-bend.

Conclusion

 As illustrated above, unblocking a sink either with or without a plunger is fast and straightforward. You don’t have to engage the services of a plumber to have your sink unclogged. You can do it yourself.


Friday, July 9, 2021

10 Unique Ideas to Use Beef Jerky in Meals

Wondering about some new ideas to add beef jerky into your pot meals? Get some tips to amp up your meals with these thin strips of meat. 

       

 For meat-lovers, one of your most favorite go-to snacks is beef jerky. It is not only delicious but keeps you full because of the protein content. However, too much consumption can cause several health issues in the long run as the meat is processed and contains preservatives. So, instead of hogging down a packet of beef jerky at once, try eating them in portions. It will limit your consumption and keep you satiated too.    

Here are twelve splendid ideas on how you can add beef jerky in small portions to your meals and relish the flavorsome crunch of the meat strips. You will know a variety of ways to eat your beef jerky other than a snack. 


12 Delicious Ways to Eat Beef Jerky 


1. Garnish Over Brunch Cocktail
 Your Sunday brunches will get even more interesting and unique once you add beef jerky instead of bacon to your menu. The jerky will add more crunch and protein and will make your cocktails a little different from other days. Kids will especially enjoy beef jerky in breakfast cocktails as it is easy to chew and swallow. 

 From a health perspective, beef jerky is rich in protein, so adding them to your breakfast will fulfill your protein requirements for the entire day. If you are wondering from where to get some exotic beef jerky, then do check here 



2.  Add in the Soups
 If you are using chicken shreds, beef, or pork bacon into your soups as add-ons, then it is high time to improve it with some beef jerky instead! Beef jerky is versatile and goes well with any kind of soup, whether it is fresh vegetable soup, corn soup, or a stew. You can experiment with different flavors of beef jerky with various types of soups. Moreover, beef jerky adds a mild crunchy texture to your soup.  

3. Mix it with Scrambled Eggs
 In the morning, if you wish to have a protein-loaded breakfast to keep you energized and huger-free for a long time during the day, then add beef jerky to your scrambled egg. We already know, eggs are an excellent source of protein, and adding another protein source will add to the nutrient. This breakfast is mostly for people who are extremely busy throughout the day and barely have time to eat properly. 

 Of course, you can add other ingredients like cheese and veggies along with the beef jerky. Grate or chop the jerky in medium to small pieces before adding. 


4. Top it Over Boiled Eggs
 If you have saved beef jerky strips for your evening snacks, then use it right away on your boiled eggs. Sprinkling some beef jerky on top of a boring boiled egg will heighten its flavor. Give yourself a treat today! Moreover, instead of adding plain beef jerky, you can mix the jerky pieces with mayo and Dijon mustard to add a little creaminess. 

 Boiled eggs topped with beef jerky would serve as a great item in a kid's snacks party, even elders’ too. 

5. Add it to the Snacking Board.
 Although keeping beef jerky on a snacking board is not traditional, but you can make a change. Due to its versatility, a beef jerky easily pairs with other items on the board, adding an awesome flavorful crunch to anything. Your guests will surely love this change.

 Beef jerky pairs excellently with cheese, crackers, nuts, pickles, and sauteed veggies. Keeping its nutritional profiles aside, beef jerky adds a phenomenal texture along with these ingredients.

6. Top Your Savory Snacks
 Did you know beef jerky is an excellent topper for your plates of pasta, oatmeal, poutine, and ramen? I bet you didn’t because no one talks about it. We all are so involved with bacon bits and shredded meats that beef jerky does not come to mind. To make your savory meals more palatable and nutritious, sprinkle some beef jerky on top. Instead of meat, you can use beef jerky to enjoy a nice change to the taste and texture of your savory food. 


7. Add in Texture to Your Salad
 The simplest way to make your plain salad more upgraded in taste and nutrition is by adding beef jerky to it. Just crumble some dried beef jerky and mix it into your salad. Once you do that, you will forget about bacon bits. 

 Unlike bacon bits, beef jerky has additional protein and less fat, which will complement your salad. In addition, the flavors of beef jerky go exceptionally well with salads. Again, you are free to experiment with different flavors of beef jerky.  

8. Use it in homemade Burgers and Sandwiches
 It is uncommon to have beef jerky in burgers and sandwiches, but nothing is too weird not to try at all! You can replace sausages and bacon with beef jerky strips inside the burger. It will add a delicious beefy flavor yet crunchy texture inside your juicy burger. You can grate the strips in sandwiches, mix with mayo, and spread it over the bread. In whatever way you add them, you won’t regret the taste.    

9. Serve It as Side Dish
 Not only as snacks, but you can keep beef jerky as a side dish to add an extra profile of texture. Serve it along with creamy mashed potato, stir-fried vegetables, salmon croquettes, baked beans, or even rib-eye steak. It is a healthy side dish with less oil and fat compared to many others. You can examine your own way of serving beef jerky as a side dish and pick which meal suits you the best. Everyone will have a different choice here. 


10. Add it as Pizza Toppings
 Ditch those old-school pepperonis, sausages, and bacon and produce an innovative pizza topping with beef jerky. You might have never thought of introducing beef jerky-like this, but trust me, your family will ask for more! Since there are many flavors available for beef jerky, you can play with the idea, mix and match to come up with different flavors each time. 

Additionally, when the beef jerky is baked with the pizza, it will become crispier. Therefore, you get an extra layer of texture on your pizza with beef jerky as one of the toppings. 

11. Simmer Your Sauces with Beef Jerky
 While you are making the sauce at home, just add some beef jerky grinds to enhance the richness and depth of flavor. Whether it’s a red or a white sauce, a little addition of beef jerky will take the taste to a new level. Add in small portions at a time to examine the thickness you want and let the sauce come to a boil before finally adding them into your pasta or noodles. 

12. Toast it With Roasted Nuts or Sprouts
 You might have gotten bored having beef jerky plain all the time. Instead of consuming beef jerky all alone in your snack time, add it with something healthier. It will increase the nutritional value and taste even more. Dry roast them with Brussels sprouts or dry fruits of your choice and munch on them. Since it is a dry snack, you can carry them in a container and enjoy it during your trip.

Final Thought
 Who could have thought that beef jerky has so much versatility? Other than munching on it as your evening snack, you can eat them exquisitely in your breakfast, dinner, and lunch too. These were just a few of the ideas and recommendations from me, but you can explore and innovate your own recipes with this amazing strip of meat. However, limit yourself to adding because too much of anything is bad, and beef jerky has salt and preservatives other than protein content.



Tuesday, July 6, 2021

4 Ways To Enjoy Pasta Without The Guilt

 If you’re a pasta lover trying to lose that belly after just giving birth, then you may feel conflicted! It’s very hard to say ‘no’ to your pasta cravings. 

 Well, the truth is that pasta doesn’t always have to make you feel guilty about possibly hurting your fitness goals as a new mom. Pasta is also well-loved amongst busy moms, as it’s just so easy to whip up, especially when you’re taking care of a newborn, and you just want to eat well.

The good news is that pasta doesn’t always necessarily have to feel very heavy. There are many ways for you to enjoy a good pasta meal to satisfy your healthy and sumptuous meal cravings without hurting your fitness goals.

With that said, here are four ways you can enjoy pasta without the guilt of consuming unhealthy carbs:

1. Use Vegetables As Your Pasta Substitute

 Did you know that there are many vegetables you can sneakily use as your pasta substitute? For new moms who may also be nursing, this is a great idea, as you can incorporate so much healthy vegetables in your diet to be passed on to your nursing baby!

 Chances are, you won’t even be able to taste the difference. Some of the best vegetables to use as pasta substitute to incorporate in your pasta dishes are:

+  Cabbage. When you boil the cabbage leaves, you can use these in lieu of lasagna sheets for your lasagna pasta dinner. For a sample gluten-free lasagna recipe, see sources like 28 at Home’s recipe.

+  Zucchini. This is another well-loved substitute for pasta, especially if you’ve got a spiralizer. You can use zucchini as your replacement for spaghetti noodles. 

+ Carrots. These are also a great add-on to any red pasta.

2. Pair With A Salad Side

 Pastas are usually eaten with a side dish. If you still fancy bread, opt for wheat, sourdough, or rye bread. Skip the white bread or garlic toast. 

For that added boost of healthy vegetables, you can choose a hearty salad to pair with your pasta dish. The trick here is to eat the salad before your main, pasta dish. Eating veggies before a pasta meal is a great way to trick your stomach into feeling full.

If you still choose to eat the salad after your meal, that’s still all right. As mentioned, it’s meant to make you feel full, satiating whatever hunger you may feel. This is also a great trick if you’ve just given birth and are nursing a baby as you’ll feel a lot hungrier and even more thirsty than usual.

3. Pasta As Salad

Pasta salad is actually also very delicious. Plus, it’s filling without the nasty carbs of white pasta.

 The trick here is, after boiling your pasta, leave it to cool. Then, once it’s settled, chill it in the fridge. When you cool down the pasta, its chemical structure actually transforms. It now becomes ‘resistant starch’, which has the effect of decreasing your body’s glycemic response. In short, it keeps your body feeling full for a longer time.

 Also, this is a great trick for meal prepping for busy moms who are also trying to lose weight! Pasta salad doesn’t just make for a great meal, but a healthy snack as well. When you’ve got portions of this prepared in your fridge, it cuts down the likelihood of snacking on junk.

4. Add Cheese In Moderation

 Oh, cheese, one of the heavenly ingredients in pasta that just makes the latter so mouth-watering. but also very fattening. If you want to be a bit more health-conscious with your pasta meals, take it easy on the cheese. Or you may want to opt for cheese with lower saturated fat content, like feta, parmesan, and ricotta.

 Along with controlling the cheese portion or switching to a healthier cheese alternative, be mindful also of the cream, if the recipe calls for heavy whipping cream. A good substitute for heavy whipping cream is to go for non-fat, soy, or almond milk options. You can make it as tasty as heavy whipping cream by adding flavor with a puree of cauliflower, olive oil, and your preferred seasonings.

Conclusion

 Pasta is well-loved comfort food, not just for moms, but also for the entire family. When you’ve got no time to spend hours in the kitchen, pasta can also be your best bet because it’s a quick and easy route to having a filling meal. The only downside to it is that pasta has always had some bad rap. For new moms who are desperately trying to lose all that baby weight, this can be a very bad idea. The list above is now your saving grace! You don’t have to say goodbye to your pasta cravings because of the various ways above to take in pasta, minus the nasties.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Factors Contributing to Drug Abuse among the Youth

 If you have kids, this is good info to know. This article explains many factors that could be contributing to drug abuse among the youth. Know the signs may help prevent your child from abusing drugs.

The youth are the country’s wheel that pushes its growth and development ahead. Most of the achievements today have come from the younger generation. However, drug and substance abuse and alcoholism have become a great threat to a significant youth population. Others have succumbed to the effects of drug abuse. Therefore, there is a need to understand what leads such young people to use and abuse drugs.

The Factors

 Different regions have varying rules about drug usage. For instance, in India, you can get imprisoned if found with a kilo of opium, whereas in Jamaica, opium is legalized. However, the factors contributing to young people indulging in alcoholism and drug abuse are almost the same globally. They include:

Peer Pressure

 According to research by NIDA, peer influence is one of the conspicuous influences that lead young people to get into drug abuse. This is a scenario where individuals are tempted to try drugs just because their mates are doing it. In the end, you might find that person is unable to control their drug use, which later leads to addiction. The formation of deviant peer groups is also a significant contribution. These are groups that some youths form and share a particular inclination to use drugs and alcohol to gain social standing.

Emotional Abuse

 During the youth phase, people get to understand their emotions better. However, there comes a time when such individuals are abused emotionally, maybe by the parents or their partners if they have one. Getting into drugs is deemed a form of stress reliever, although that is far from the truth. Experiencing fights, especially domestic violence, can also cause stress and emotional abuse for a young person.

Depression

Life has become tough today for many youths, thanks to the covid-19 pandemic. So many have lost their loved ones and jobs, which has been a significant cause of stress. Depression is a real threat when it comes to substance use by youths. The feelings of sadness, anger, pain, or gloom have been among the top motivators for young people to engage in alcoholism and substance abuse.

Neglect

 This is a situation where a parent does not meet their child’s basic needs, such as education, clothing, and food. During the youth stage, an individual is not yet fully independent. Neglecting them during such a period can have long-term detrimental effects. Therefore, parents should always be concerned about providing for their families, especially young people, to prevent them from substance use.

Sexual and Physical Abuse

 Cases of sexual and physical abuse in youths have skyrocketed over the last few years. However, research has not been detailed on which of the two forms of abuse is the strongest contributor to alcoholism and drug abuse among the young. Youths who have been sexually assaulted, especially females, have shown higher chances of indulging in substance use. Physical abuse is most prevalent among males, which can lead to alcoholism and drug abuse.

Familial Risk Factors

 These factors are well-known globally. They include child maltreatment, substance use by the parents, the parent's education level, and the individual's perception that the parents approve of their drug use. Child maltreatment is a common familial risk factor, but it is essential to understand that it is not perpetrated by family members only – outsiders, too, can do it.

 Drug abuse, substance use, and alcoholism have become a terrible nightmare among the youth of today. If the government and society, in general, do not do anything about it, the future of these young adults will not be pleasant. The above are the main factors that lead young people into drug abuse, but the good news is that there is a way of helping even those who have already started abusing drugs.   

Helpful Resources

The Palm Beach Institute

Florida Health

Philly Tribune News

Futures Recovery

North Palm Beach Treatment

Soften Your Skin With MISSHA Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence

Discover a natural essence that helps hydrate dry skin

 Living in the desert of New Mexico has its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to my beauty routine. The dry heat is good for my hair but not for my skin. Since the air here is dry, my skin needs plenty of moisture. I am that person who applies lotion several times a day and thick cream on my face at night. While the skin on my face tends to be dry, my feet get so dry that my heels have dry cracked skin.

 I am always looking for skincare products that will give softer skin. I want beauty products that moisturize my skin. Skincare products that are hydrating are a must for my dry skin. If a skincare product mentions that it offers moisturizing, hydrating, brightening, soothing, and balancing to my skin, then I need to try it. If this beauty product is recommended for sensitive skin, then I really want to try it.

Introducing MISSHA Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence

 I was sent a sample of a beauty skincare product from a company called MISSHA. MISSHA is one of Soth Korea's leading creators of high-quality and affordable beauty products. I love trying products that are affordable, so that way when I fall in love with them, I can continue to purchase them. I am sure, you as my reader way beauty products that are affordable as well as effective. 

 The product that I was sent from MISSHA was their Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence. This is a lightweight essence featuring double-fermented artemisia extract, also known as mugwort extract. So what is mugwort extract?

 Mugwort Extract

 I had never heard of mugwort extract, so I had to do some research. Mugwort is a weed. In Korea, mugwort is regarded as a healing herb for its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and skin-protective properties. Mugwort is also used in Korean cuisine (like rice cakes), traditional Korean medicine, and Korean homeopathic remedies. Women, in particular, use mugwort in tea form to help regulate their menstrual cycles and ease period cramps. At traditional bathhouses, you can also soak in mugwort-infused baths.

The MISSHA Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence is a natural skincare product that has soothing properties to the skin and is recommended for sensitive/irritated/acne-prone skin types. This essence is good for moisturizing, hydrating, brightening, soothing, and balancing the skin.


What I liked about Artemisia Treatment Essence 
+ Lightly scented
+ Comes in a glass bottle
+ It easy to apply
+ Did not aggravate my sensitive skin
+ Did not bother my asthma
+ Was soothing to my skin
+ Moisturized my skin


How to use  Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence 

+ After washing your face, dampen a cotton pad or cotton ball with the essence. Lightly wipe on your face. You can also pour a generous amount onto your palms and gently pat into the skin.

+ When your skin is feeling extra sensitive or dry, dampen a couple of cotton pads with the treatment essence and place them all over your face for 5-10 minutes as a soothing pack.

Beautiful skin from a beautiful bottle


 I applied the MISSHA Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence to my face before I went to bed. I loved that this liquid was in a glass bottle as I am trying to buy fewer products that are packaged in plastic. Glass is better for the environment and can be more easily recycled. I think that beauty products in glass bottles just look so pretty on my bathroom vanity. 

The beauty essence had a nice light scent and since it was made from a natural plant, it did not aggravate my asthma. The Artemisia Treatment Essence was easy to apply to my skin and absorbed quickly. Since it was a natural product, I did not experience any skin problems. It felt soothing on my face. The true test if a product is good for sensitive skin, is to try it on my youngest son's skin.

 My youngest son has very sensitive skin, that even products made for babies, irritate his skin. When my son had his hard cast removed from his broken foot for X-rays, the foot doctor did not recast the foot as my son's skin had a bad rash. The doctor put a removable cast on my son's foot, so my son could apply a cream on his skin to treat the skin rash. The rash on my son's skin was red and painful. The natural calendula cream was making the rash worse. My son was using an ice pack on his skin to help with the pain. So I applied a small amount of the Artemisia Treatment Essence to my son's skin rash.

 My son said that the Artemisia Treatment Essence felt good on his skin and it did not sting. So I applied the essence all over the rash and the next day my son's skin looked better.


My skin felt soft

 I used the MISSHA Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence as part of my bedtime skin routine. After I washed my face, I applied the essence all over my face. While I brushed my teeth, I allowed the product to fully absorb into my skin. Then I applied my face oil to my skin and went to bed. In the morning my skin felt hydrated and soft. 

Will the Artemisia Treatment Essence help my feet?

 Since the Artemisia Treatment Essence moisturized my skin, I will be trying it on my dry feet. The essence helps your skin stay hydrated, so maybe it will help the dry cracked skin on my feet. I know that this beauty product is intended for the face but I will use the essence on my feet at bedtime before I apply my foot cream. My feet are super dry so it might take several weeks to see results. I will update this post later with my results.

To discover MISSHA Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence, head on over to the MISSHA website  


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