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Back & Front Door Makeover

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exterior door handle

Looking at the before pictures of my deck makes me realize just how far I’ve come in the past three years. At times, I forget this house didn’t always look this way. When I bought the house, the deck looked uninviting and old. With some (very) hard work, I was able to transform it into a cozy and pet friendly patio.

I stained the deck and painted the railing. I also painted the door, along with the rest of the house.

BEFORE:

diy deck makeover

AFTER:

house paint

dog friendly patio

house

One thing that still needed attention was the hardware. It was old and dented… It had seen better days for sure. I was thrilled when Kwikset sent over this beautiful new hardware for me to try and review.

exterior door handle

I love it. The look is clean and sleek;  It fits and works great. Although this was my first time swapping out an exterior deadbolt knob for a handle set, installation was easy.  I won’t bore you with a tutorial (Kwikset provides a great one) … except for one part. Maybe this tip will come in handy someday.

When you fit your two pieces together on the door (front and back), there’s a half circle metal piece that inserts inside the door. You can see it here:

If your hardware has this section facing the opposite way, the fix is easy — you just tug on that half circle metal and then twist. It flips over to the other side.

I wish someone would have told me this little trick. I thought I had the wrong hardware. I figured it out eventually, but not without some minor frustration.

exterior door handle

New handle vs. old door knob.

exterior door handle

exterior door handle

Since I love the new hardware so much, I decided to swap out the old front door knob with this beautiful satin nickel finish handle set.  The adjustable throughbolt has a full range of motion that allows the handle to fit most preexisting doors. Both handle sets feature SmartKey Security. You can Re-key your lock in seconds. Also, the hardware is bump proof, kick in resistant, pick resistant, saw resistant and drill resistant. 

 

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Quick Fix For A Sticking Door

pocket plane

For years, this bedroom door would stick in the warmer, more humid months.

pocket plane

It was so tight that it was hard to close all the way. You can see where all the paint had worn off from the door scraping against it. I don’t know why I waited this long to fix it. Since I did not want to remove a bulky door to shave it down,  I decided it couldn’t hurt to buy this little pocket plane and try it out. It worked like a charm!

pocket plane

The Stanley Surform Pocket Plane is small and inexpensive. I shaved the door in 10 minutes. The pocket plane comes with one blade, which is held in place by latching it on to one end and then inserting it into a plastic holder at the other end and twisting the knob.  It is sharp, sturdy and fits my hand well.

pocket plane

Using this tool I was able to shave it down about 1/8 inch. I taped the outside surfaces with painter’s tape  to prevent the visible area from being shredded and that worked well. For my needs this worked perfectly and well worth the $8 I paid.

I’ve taken doors off the hinges before to spray paint them, and I can tell you that using a pocket plane on a door that is hung, is infinitely easier than trying to man-handle a sticking door onto some saw horses, cutting off a tiny sliver with a circular saw and re-hanging it.

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Detoxifying Bath Recipe

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detox bath recipe

Last week was a very busy week for me, with lots of things going on.  All week long I kept adding increasingly to my already busy schedule.  By Friday, I was completely worn out, tired and sore.

After I dropped my son off at a high school football game, I ran a detoxifying bath. A detox bath is a great way to help your body get rid of toxins and ease some of these “groggy” symptoms. There are several ways to detox – dry brushing your skin, juicing, drinking detox teas, sitting in a sauna, etc. Taking a detox bath is probably my favorite method.

We all know that our skin is our largest organ. Everything we put on our skin and into our mouth is absorbed by our skin. When you sit in a bath your body temperature rises and your pores open up. As your pores open up you want to make sure you have different “ingredients” in the bathtub to optimize the time you’re spending in there.

detox bath

DETOX BATH RECIPE

Ingredients:

2 cups Epsom salt

1 cup baking soda

5 – 10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Since I’m a big fan of Aromatherapy, I like to incorporate it into my wellness routine. Adding essential oils  to my baths feels wonderful because the oils’ scent helps stimulate the relaxation of my body and mind.

I have been using Nature’s Truth® essential oils for years now. Their oils are 100% pure and are derived from all-natural plant sources such as flowers, leaves and roots. The Good Nite™ essential oil is a wonderful blend of lavender, tangerine, bergamot, chamomile, geranium and Frankincense.detox bath

This scent is so soothing after a long day and perfect for a relaxing bath. I also love their Lavender essential oil; it’s my go-to essential oil. Nature’s Truth aromatherapy products are very versatile and I use them in many different ways.

detox bath

The magnesium in Epsom salt helps you relax and ease the tension in your muscles. Baking soda helps eliminate the chlorine in the water.

Instructions:

Run your bath water as hot as you like. Add the “ingredients”. Soak for 20-30 minutes. Afterwards, I always drink a glass of water.  A  green smoothie is also very refreshing after a hot bath.

MAKE THE BATH AN EXPERIENCE

One of the things I like to do when I take a bath is set my mind on something so while I’m in there I can think about it. The scent of an essential  oil is perfect to be used alongside this mindful meditation.

It only makes sense to use the 20 -30 minutes of bathing wisely. This is a good time to remind yourself what you’re grateful for… Or perhaps to think about how you can make a difference in someone’s life. Think about how you can make your life better. Make the bath an experience! When you come out, feel like a “new person”. This bath can be your opportunity to get some clarity.detox bath

Personally, I go to bed right after my bath. I’m always exhausted after a detox bath, but in the morning, I feel refreshed, energized, and with a new outlook on life.

DETOXIFY & GET CLARITY

If you already have all the “ingredients” in your home, make the time and treat yourself to a detox bath tonight. Your body and mind will thank you.

If you’re new to aromatherapy, Walgreens has a wonderful selection on Nature’s Truth Aromatherapy line, which is affordable and pure. You can find them in the Beauty Supplements aisle. And don’t forget to get your $1.00 off coupon HERE.

detox bath

Are you a fan of detoxifying baths? Do you have a favorite essential oil?