Friday, September 16, 2016

How to Fix a Clogged Sink

This post is sponsored by Roto-Rooter.  As always, all enthusiasm is my own.

I don't know about your, but clogged sinks happen more than they probably should here.  One time I caught the kids giving the bunny a bath in the sink...a bunny who had not been wiped clean of straw before entering the house.  Our house is an old farm house, so clogs are a little more common here than in newer homes for various reasons.  I've had to learn how to fix a clogged sink myself because we only have one bathroom and can't just use a different one until the hubby gets home.  Fixing a clog isn't too difficult.  Keep reading for some simple ways to unclog your sink without calling a plumber.

How to Fix a Clogged Sink


I usually try this method first because, with kids, there's usually debris causing the clog.  This method is also very easy and usually works.

Before you use a plunger, be sure to use a wet cloth to block the overflow opening.  This helps direct the force towards the blockage.

 If there isn't water standing in the sink, add a few inches of water.  The water helps force the blockage to move.

Simply cover the drain with the plunger and plunge up and down for 30 seconds.  If the water flows, then you are done.  If the water is still standing, try again.  After the drain opens, run water for a few minutes to clean any blockage that may be stuck on the pipes.

Using a Drain Stick

I use a drain stick if I notice that the sink is draining slowly but isn't blocked.  This usually means there is a hair clog in this house.

Simply insert the drain stick down the drain.  You may need to move it round and twist it to catch the clog.  Then pull it out and, hopefully, the clog will come with it.  Run water for a few minutes to clear the pipe.


If neither of those two methods work, that's when I reach for Roto-Rooter home products.  To use the Gel Clog Remover, which is what I normally get, make sure the cap is on securely and shake the bottle well.

Then pour 16 ounces of gel directly in the drain and let sit for 10 minutes.  Rinse well with hot water.  Some clogs will take more than one treatment.

Before you use a chemical drain cleaner, make sure it's safe for your system.  We have a septic system, and Roto-Rooter Gel Clog Cleaner is safe for septic systems.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Save Money on Home Decor with Groupon

This post is sponsored by Groupon.  As always, all enthusiasm is my own.

We've lived in the farm house for four years now, so I've slowly been working on decorating.  My home decor taste is usually out of my budget, so I have to work slow and look for deals.  I have pretty much the entire house that I want to redecorate, including bedrooms, so I'm thankful for sites like Groupon that helps me save money.

Save Money on Home Decor with Groupon

With Groupon, I can save on most anything for the home, including the bedroom, kitchen, bath, living areas, and even the back patio.  I can even save on a mattress when I redo my bedroom!  Shopping online for Groupon Goods can help save a significant amount of money.  

The deals on Groupon can change frequently, so you'll want to check frequently to see what's available.  The amount of money that you can save varies by the product.  Some products have 20 percent savings, and other products are marked more than 50 percent off!

It's easy to find what you're looking for on Groupon.  You can use the search bar the top if you know exactly what you want to buy.  If you're just browsing, you can go through the categories to narrow it down.  You can also narrow down the results by price, color, or brand so you only see the results that you want.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Imagine a Life Without Leaks

Women will often freely share their pregnancy stories, but not many will talk about what happens after the baby is born.  Our bodies are permanently changed, and it's not always for the better.  Along with sagging body parts, stretch marks, and usually some extra weight, some women also experience light bladder leakage (LBL) after childbirth.  If you're experiencing it too, you are not alone.

According to Poise, up to 50 percent of women who have given birth experience LBL before the age of 40.  Ladies, that means it's very likely that your friends are also experiencing it too.  

LBL continues to be a taboo subject among women, but it shouldn't be.  It's just one of those things that most women have to go through as moms, and it's nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.

If you experience LBL, Poise pads are the best option because they absorb quickly and trap odor.  You might be tempted to use period pads so you don't have to buy another product, but Poise are made for LBL, so they are better for LBL.

With Poise, LBL won't interfere with your life.  Imagine taking your kids to the park or watching their play at the school without worrying about leaks.  Wouldn't that be nice!

And if you go to Sam's Club, you can save up to $4 on Poise liners and up to $7 on Poise pads.  You can also stock up so you don't run out or have to make another trip to the store, which is why I love to buy in bulk.

Not a Sam's Club member?  Click here to learn about the many benefits of becoming a member.  
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

How to Take Care of Your Septic System

This post is sponsored by Roto-Rooter.  As always, all enthusiasm is my own.

The first two homes that my husband and I lived in were in the city limits, so we were connected to the sewer system. We moved to a farm four years ago, and now we have a septic system.  My husband used to work for a waste water company, so he knew how to take care of it.  I grew up with a septic system, so it wasn't new to me either.  The only thing that I miss about being connected to a sewer system is my garbage disposal.  Those are a no no with a septic system, unfortunately.

It's very important to take care of your septic system.  If you don't, you could get septic buildup, which are plugged lines.  If this happens, your septic system can leech in to your yard and even back in to your home!  Trust me, this is not something you ever want to deal with.  It's messy, and it's very costly to repair.  Learn how to take care of your septic system to preserve it and avoid spending $1000s in repairs.

How to take care of a septic system.

Don't Add Too Much Water 

Be mindful of your water consumption when you have a septic because too much water can knock the biological system out of balance.  If you add too much water, your septic can back up in to your house.  We have a large tank, so this isn't an issue, but if your tank is smaller, this is something to keep in mind.

Enzyme Treatments

Using an enzyme treatment monthly can help prevent your septic from backing up.  We use Roto-Rooter Natural Enzyme Septic Treatment because it has twice as many enzymes.

The enzymes work on paper waste, oils, fats, protein, and grease to eliminate them.  It can help reduce odors and dampness in your leech field, and it helps prevent costly repairs.

What I love about Roto-Rooter, besides how well it works, is that I can buy a four month supply in one bottle.  I don't have to guess how much to add because it has a chamber that you fill to measure out the correct amount.

To use an enzyme treatment, just pour it in your toilet once a month and flush.  Yes, it really is that easy!  

Chemicals and Your Septic

Watch what chemicals you dump down the drain.  Common household cleaners are find when used in moderation.  Drain cleaners, bleach, and household cleaners are all safe.  What isn't safe is cleaning water for latex paint or rinsing out paint cans.

Food Waste & Other Items

As I said, garbage disposals and septic systems don't play nice.  Don't put any cooking fat or coffee grounds down your drain.  You also shouldn't flush paper towels, tissues, or other items that don't decompose.

Not all toilet paper is safe for a septic system.  Some will not decompose quickly, which can clog your system.  To test your tissue, wad up a few pieces and put in a jar half filled with water and shake the jar.  If the tissue breaks up, it is safe for a septic system.

Do you have a septic system?

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

How to Save Money On Almost Anything

This post is brought to you by Groupon.  As always, all enthusiasm is my own.

I'm frugal.  I don't like paying full price for anything.  Before I buy something, I always look for a coupon to use in the store or online.  My husband always stares at me while I search on my iPhone for a coupon to use before we pay!  He teases me, but he definitely doesn't complain when the price drops dramatically after I use my coupons.  When I'm looking for coupons, I like to use sites like Groupon Coupons because they find all of the good deals, and I just have to search for them.

How to Save Money On Almost Anything

I've used Groupon before to save on tickets and other events, and now I use their Coupons section too.  Some of their coupons are for in store use, and some are for online only.  Some stores will even let you combine coupons for even better deals.  Some stores will let me show the coupon on my phone without printing it, but be sure to ask your favorite stores for their policies.

Most people think of using coupons for department stores and food, but you can also save on routine purchases for your home and vehicle.

One thing that I love about using Groupon Coupons is that I don't have to subscribe to several lists to get the deals, and I can find them so easily.  

What's the most you've saved with a coupon?
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Introduction to Roto-Rooter Home Products

This post in sponsored by Roto-Rooter, but all enthusiasm is my own.  

I live in an old farmhouse, and I have kids.  You better believe we deal with some clogs.  One time I found straw, leaves, and grass in my bathtub after the kids washed off something inside instead of at the hose outside.   I also have insanely thick hair, and it constantly clogs the drain.  Compounding the problem, we have a septic system, so I have to use products that are safe for septic systems.  When Roto-Rooter asked me to be a brand ambassador for them this year, I knew it would be a great fit for my lifestyle and my home.  This is a product that we use, so it was natural to share it with my readers.

You probably think of a plumbing service when you think of Roto-Rooter, but they have new home products.  Not every plumbing situation needs a plumber, and you can save a lot of money by trying to unclog your sinks or bathtubs by yourself.  If Roto-Rooter clog remover, doesn't remove the clog, Roto-Rooter will take 10% off of your service call if you show the repairman your empty bottle.

We rarely get the clogs that completely block the drain.  Oh no.  We get those slow clogs, where the sink fills up while you're using it but empties within a few minutes.  These clogs are the worst in my experiences because most drain cleaners just slide past the clog, which means you are literally dumping your money down the drain.  Roto-Rooter has a gel formula with the most active ingredients versus other brands and the right viscosity to move to the source of the clog and break it up, so it works better on our clogged drains.

Roto-Rooter Clog Removers remove grease, soap scum, and hair, so you can use them in the bathroom and in the kitchen.  They are safe for septic systems too, which is really important to us.  Roto-Rooter also has a septic treatment, so be sure to look for that if you have a septic system.

Since I'm a brand ambassador for Roto-Rooter for 2016, I'll be giving you some tips on some basic plumbing fixes and routine maintenance that you can do yourself, so keep checking back to learn more.

You can find Roto-Rooter at Lowe's, Walmart, Menards, meijer, Dollar General, and Tractor Supply Company.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Non Toxic Sticker Remover

When I'm crafting, I have to remove a lot of stickers, especially when I upcycle something.  I use a hair dryer if I can't get the item wet, but that can leave some residue.  I can't use commercial sticker removers because most of them use orange essential oil, which gives me a migraine.  I also prefer to use nontoxic cleaners in my home.  This also has two ingredients in it that I use all the time, so I always have the ingredients.  I started to make a craft for my son, but I had to take the label off of the bottle first.  I decided to share that with all of my wonderful readers,

Non Toxic Sticker Remover

Before using this non toxic sticker remover, it's important to remove as much of the sticker as you can.  Ideally, you'll be able to remove all of it except the residue, but this will also cut through the actual sticker.  

Use a spoon to get about a teaspoon of coconut oil and spread over the sticker residue.  You can also use vegetable oil or olive oil, but I think coconut oil is easier to work with because it's not as "oily" and because it's solid at room temperature and doesn't run all over your bottle.  Simply spread the oil all over the residue and use your finger or a washcloth to remove the residue.  Sometimes this is all that you need to get the glue off.

If it doesn't get removed with just the oil, then add a pinch of baking soda to the oil and scrub it off with that.  The residue just melts off with the baking soda and coconut oil.

Once the glue is all gone, rinse well.  You can use a drop of dish soap if it's oily.  Rinse well and let dry.

Obviously, this is only for things that can get wet.  You can also mix the coconut oil and baking soda together and store in a mason jar, but I've found that this works just as well and doesn't take up any extra room in my cupboard.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Farmhouse Kitchen Decor

I live in a farmhouse, so it shouldn't be any surprise that I want a farmhouse kitchen.  My kitchen was updated in the 70s, and no one has touched it since then.  While I decide what to do with my cabinets and counters, I'm putting together ideas for my decor.  Here are my 10 favorite farmhouse kitchen decor choices.
Farmhouse Kitchen Decor
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Egg Basket

Whether you use it as a decoration or collect eggs from your backyard chickens, this basket will look great in a farm house kitchen.

These are so cute, you'll want to keep them on your counter for display.

This white distressed stand will match nearly any decor. 

Hanging Burlap Bag

I can think of so many uses for this bag!  You could even change the decor with the seasons.

These would look great over a dinette table or to have two or more over a kitchen bar.

Use to hang towels, other decorations, or just leave it plain.

So many possibilities!  Put a single flower in each canister or use to hold taller items like bottles.

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Replace your boring hand soap or dish soap with this cute dispenser.

Tall Galvanized Canisters

Use to store your kitchen staples.

Fun and functional, this chalkboard will help keep your family organized.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Bring Out The Best In Your Cat

Living on a farm, it's only natural that we have a lot of animals.  Outside, we have two goats, ten chickens, and a flock of homing pigeons.  Inside, we have two dogs and three cats, all rescues.  Our oldest cat, Luie, will be 16 in July.  He's deaf, mostly blind, and can't eat regular kibble.  We also have Carly who is six this month and Chloe who is three.  Carly and Chloe are fed dried cat food, but Luie gets his own can of cat food each morning.  He cries for another can in the evening, but he never finishes it.  I really hate to waste his food, and he won't eat it cold if I save it for morning in the fridge, so I recently switched to Purina Pro Plan Shredded Blend.  It's a dry food, but it has kibble and tender meaty pieces, so even Luie can eat it.

I wasn’t sure if Luie could chew the food, so I offered it to Chloe first.  It only took her a few seconds of sniffing to decide that she wanted to dig in.  Carly, who is a little camera shy, watched from across the room.  Luie, however, decided that Chloe was getting something that he wasn’t, and he wanted to know what it was. 

Since Luie is the oldest, he quickly pushed Chloe off to the side so he could eat.  To my surprise, he did very well with the food and finished the bowl before he went back to sleep.

Purina Pro Plan Shredded Blend is made with 40 percent protein, and chicken is the first ingredient.  It also has prebiotic fiber for a healthy digestive system and omega fatty acids for healthy skin and fur. 

As you can see, my kitties love it!  Don’t worry; I gave Carly her very own bowl to try, but she asked that there be no paparazzi while she ate.    Don’t just take my word for it.  Read reviews from other pet parents too.
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Cute Valentine's for Kids

This is our first year homeschooling, and I'm really going to miss the Valentine's Day parties at school.  This year, if we don't get together with a group of homeschoolers, we are sending Valentine's to friends and family.  The kids could use some practice addressing letters to send, so we can learn and have fun.  If you're not sure which Valentine's cards to get this year, here are some of my favorites.  Don't forget to check out my cute Valentine's Day books for kids too.

Cute Valentine's for Kids

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Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates Box of 32 Valentines Cards
Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Valentines Candy Card Kit
Pop-Out Zombie Bookmark Valentine Cards
Valentine's Sticker Gift Boxes, 18-ct. Packs
Disney's Frozen Anna & Elsa Valentine's Cards by Hallmark
Kitty Temporary Tattoo Valentine Cards
Paper Magic Frozen Deluxe Valentines with Bonus Stickers (34 Count)
Video Gamer Themed Geeky Valentine's Day Cards with Stickers
Dr Seuss Valentine Exchange Cards (32 Count)
Valentine Owl Cards With Pencils (2 Dozen)

Mustache Valentine's Day Cards With Pencils
Martha Stewart Crafts Mailbox Valentine Card Kit
Shopkins Valentine Cards - 32 Cards With 32 Tattoos
Chillin' Strawberry Scratch & Sniff Super Valentine Card Pack
Scratch-Off Silly Jokes Super Valentine Card Pack
Avengers Assemble Kids Classroom Valentine Exchange Cards
Made By Hands Make Your Own Valentine Cards
Disney Descendants 32 Valentines with 32 Tattoos
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Valentines Card Box of 32
Disney Frozen Olaf Valentines With 35 Tattoos and Bonus Sticker Sheets
Jurassic World 16 Valentines with 16 Pencils
Thomas & Friends 32 Valentines Cards

Peanuts Deluxe Valentine Exchange Cards with Bonus Stickers (34 Count)
Minions Box of 32 Valentines Cards
Disney Mickey Classroom Valentine Hearts with Candy 22 Count
Pokémon Valentine's Day Cards (35) + Stickers
Red Reveal Happy Riddle Super Valentine Card Pack
Fairy Magic Rainbow Valentines Card Pack
Deluxe Moustache Valentines Day Cards 24ct
Play Ball! Super Valentine Card Pack
Press Pop-Out Race Car Super Valentine Card Pack
Flying Paper Airplanes Super Valentine Card Pack
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