Quick Fix For A Sticking Door

pocket plane

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Is Your Child Ready For A Debit Card?

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Greenlight debit card

Last month, my son, Daniel, started high school. I still can’t believe it. How can it be that just four short years from now, he’ll be a college freshman?

Daniel loves high school and is eager to join varies clubs and sports teams. I’m all for it . I want him to have a great high school experience. In middle school, Daniel was a member of the school’s Quiz Bowl team. The kids did great – the team won state (Tennessee), which meant they were able to compete in the nationals in Orlando, Florida.

While I prepaid for his transportation, hotel, and admission tickets,  Daniel brought cash for his meals, drinks, etc. And because the team stayed for an entire week, I had to give him a pretty large amount of cash. Teenagers are always hungry and I certainly didn’t want him to run out of food money. Needless to say, I worried he’d lose the money. I also worried he’d spent his money on unnecessary things instead of nutritious meals.

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Cash can only go so far and it significantly limits your ability as a parent to stay informed about your child’s spending activity. That’s where Greenlight, the smart debit card for kids comes in. The Greenlight debit card is not only exciting for kids, but it provides extra control and convenience for busy parents who don’t want to miss out on teachable moments. Plus, what child doesn’t want a plastic card like their parents?!

A Greenlight debit card may be safer for kids and teens than cash and prepaid debit cards. Why? Cash can be lost, stolen or spent outside of your agreed-upon spending plan. Your kids can’t withdraw cash or get cash back from their Greenlight Card. And if your child loses a prepaid debit card, it’s as good as losing cash. If your child’s Greenlight card is lost or stolen, you can quickly lock it and block purchases.Greenlight debit card

Greenlight costs just $4.99/mo per family, which includes cards for up to 5 children. It also offers zero-fee loading for parents transferring money into their Greenlight account. You can try it for 30 days before deciding if it is right for you and your family.

Next month, Daniel, turns 14 and he wants to get a job. Although his options are limited at this age (grocery bagger, fast food worker), I admire his motivation and drive.

occasionally, I “hire” him as my blog photographer and “computer person”. Not gonna lie, the kid knows more about computers (and technology in general) than I do. Gone are the days where I could  “pay” him with a slice of pizza.  Now I have to pay him real money. I can give him cash (which I almost never have on me) or I can transfer money from my account to his Greenlight card.

I think it’s important to give your child more independence as they reach a new age and stage in life, and having a debit card is a big responsibility.

Greenlight was made for children and built by parents. Unlike most debit cards, Greenlight supports kids ages 8-18. Greenlight believes that each child should learn the basics of money management as soon as possible, and it’s one of the most important things you will ever teach them.Greenlight

SOME GREAT GREENLIGHT FEATURES:
  • Greenlight offers a convenient automated allowance feature to ‘set it and forget it’ so your kids always receive their allowance on time, with no fees for you.
  • Greenlight allows kids independence to spend their own money while you retain control over where their money is spent and how much they have to spend in certain stores or types of retailers.
  • Greenlight enables you to approve specific stores where your kids can spend money. Simply search for a specific store within the app and add money to your child’s card instantly. Don’t want to set restrictions? Add money via the “Spend Anywhere” Greenlight and your child can spend that money where they see fit. You and your child will receive real-time notifications after each purchase.
  • Whether your child makes a purchase, requests money, or sends you a message, you’ll receive an instant notification of all activity so you’re always in the know.
  • Greenlight is the safest way to give your kids money, approve their spending, and prepare them to become financially smart adults.
  • Greenlight is far safer than cash beyond just having a unique PIN. Even if the card is stolen, thieves will be hard pressed to figure out which stores the card will work at without also having access to the app.
  • Lose a Greenlight Card or want to temporarily disable your child’s card? No sweat. Simply turn the card off within the Greenlight App. Parents can turn a card on or off at any time instantly!
  • Greenlight is available for iOS and Android
FREE TRIAL & A $20 BONUS

Sign up for Greenlight before 10/30 and they’ll deposit a $20 bonus into your account after the 30-day free trial ends. *deposit bonus made approximately two weeks after free trial ends.

How are you preparing your children to become financially savvy adults? I’d love to hear from you.