Outdoor Hammock Swings

If you are looking for super CUTE, super CHEAP outdoor hammock swings, look no further !

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I could get a large Brazilian outdoor hammock swing for LESS THEN $27.00 !

When I originally started looking, it was for an outdoor patio hammock. I had a old wooden porch swing that had fallen, and I wanted to replace it with two outdoor hammock swings.

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 I not only found outdoor hammock swings, I found them for cheap !

Click here for hammock swings under $27.00 ! 

  

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How to Thin Hair

If you’ve ever struggled with thick hair, I am here to show you how to thin hair. It can seem like a daunting task, but it is really, really simple ! What prompted me into looking more into how to thin hair started with my own struggles because I have very thick, course, curly hair. It get extremely heavy and hot, especially in the summer.

It also becomes very hard to manage. I found the same to be true when it came to my daughters. Each have been    “blessed” with my thick hair. Not all of them have the curls, but all of them have the body and the thickness. Which has led all three of them to ask me, ” How to thin their hair.”

thinning shears to learn how to thin hair

I started looking at ways how to thin hair at home. I did this for a couple reasons. One time when I was getting a cut, I asked to get my hair thinned, lets just say – OUCH ! They did not know how to use hair thinning shears. They yanked and pulled out my hair. Anybody that has thick, curly hair knows you can’t use thinning shears on curly hair in that way. This is NOT the way how to thin hair !

As many of you know, I’m all about doing things as cost effective (or cheap 🙂 as I can. The first step to thin your hair with thinning shears is finding the right hair thinning shears for you.

These are the absolute CHEAPEST Professional Hair Thinning Shears I’ve found at only $7.99.

Now you’re ready to learn how to thin hair with thinning shears. Below is my daughter Rebecca, ready for her first hair thinning.

The first thing you want to do is make sure the hair is combed through good, so there are no tangles.

Next, you want to separate the hair into two parts. Take the top part (as seen below,) and secure it with a clip.

Take a second layer of the hair, and secure it with another clip. Now you’re ready to start using your thinning shears on the hair.

thin your hair thinning shears

Starting on one side, take a small amount of hair. Gently pull the hair enough so it’s taut. Next, your going to cut hair with your thinning shears in two spots. One at the top, and one at the bottom, that’s it. Grab another piece of hair, and just keep repeating this process until you get to the other side.

use thinning shears short hair

As you can see Rebecca has short hair. When you use thinning shears on short hair, it will only take a couple cuts. For someone that has longer hair, you may want to do more depending upon how thin the desired effect is.

Remember, when learning how to thin hair start with less. You can always go back, and take more off if you want to.

Take out the clip closest to the bottom of the hair, and continue thinning out hair with the thinning shears.

thin hair thinning shears

Finally, take out the last clip on the top, and comb out all the hair.

 That’s it, you now know how to thin hair !

Here’s a few other hair thinning shears.

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Where to Buy Cheap Essential Oils

where to buy cheap essential oils

One of the biggest trends right now is essential oils. If you’re a newby like myself, you’re going to want to know where to buy cheap essential oilsIt won’t take you long to realize that these babies can be expensive !

What got me interested in essential oils is hearing my friends talk about how well they work. Some use them for their kids stress and anxiety. While others use it at bedtime or for colds.

I was skeptical, let me say that again – I was VERY skeptical, lol ! After doing some research, and finding some cheap essential oils, FREE SHIPPING too I had to give it a try.

 

I did look in stores, but the prices were astronomical in my opinion. Like, $20 – $30 bucks for one tiny jar, that wasn’t happening. I have a friend that sells essential oils.

where to buy cheap essential oils

So I asked her about the ones she sells, and they were way out of my price range as well.

Next, I looked at cheap essential oils wholesale prices, and didn’t find what I was looking for.

So my final stop in my search of where to buy cheap essential oils lead me right back to where I do most of my purchases, online.

Therapeutic Grade Top 6 Essential Oil Basic Sampler Kit

I got this Therapeutic Grade 6 piece starter essential oils kit for $9.99. Now that’s what I’m talking about, less then ten bucks and free shipping !

This was perfect to be able to try out the different types for fairly cheap.

Let me tell ya, when I opened the box, and saw the six bottles staring back at me. I was feeling pretty duped. Suddenly, my search of where to buy cheap essential oils, seemed to have beat me this time.

It wasn’t until I realized that you only need a very smallamount. That I knew how long these would actually last.

They work great !

  I just use a drop behind each ear. I use it on my kiddos too.

where to buy cheap essential oils

 The lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint oil are all great for calming down aids. While the lemongrass, peppermint, and orange are good for energy or depression.

 In my (humble) opinion, the best and only place where to buy cheap essential oils is online, you get free shipping, wholesale prices, and super cheap essential oil kits.

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Scoop Free Automatic Self Cleaning Litter Box

If you have indoor cats, then you totally understand the struggle we as cat owners have with trying to keep a smell free litter-box. This prompted the search for a scoop free automatic self cleaning litter box.  This very problem started for me recently after we adopted to stray kittens that ended up at our house.  We got the old fashion litter pan and litter. Lets just say, the smell was horrible !

Besides just the odor, my 13 yr. old Joseph was less then thrilled about having to scoop the poop every day. Lets just say, two cats go a lot, lol ! After a family meeting, we decided on checking into (because we have two cats,) a large self cleaning cat litter box.

During my search for the best scoop free automatic self cleaning litter box I could find, I found several  pretty good automated cat litter boxes.

I wanted something that I didn’t have to think or worry about. So I ended up  buying this bad boy !

scoop free automatic self cleaning litter box

PetSafe Scoop Free Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Taupe

There was much excitement to the unveiling of our new litter box that didn’t need to be scooped !

 scoop free automatic self cleaning litter box

Here’s What Comes With Your Self Cleaning Litter Box.

*White bottom piece

* Scoop free litter

*Taupe Cover ( no cover option )

*Small brown piece of plastic, made out of the same material as the lid.

*Instructions

After everything was out of the box, this happened !

scoop free automatic self cleaning litter box

OK, back to business ! (No pun intended. lol)

Our kitty Puff was very interested in what was going on. My hubs Frank got the privilege of carrying the box to it’s new home. After much debate on the placement of our new “toy.”

Once again, you can see Puff checking things out. He was in it as soon as it was set up ! That’s Puff, he’s nosy. He walked around smelling a few times, then he started scratching.

Puff hates any poo on his paws. He has gotten where he wouldn’t cover after he went because he used to get it on his paws. Then he would rub it all over, getting litter everywhere as well. I’d say he’s the main reason we had to get this  fancy automatic litter box.

scoop free automatic self cleaning litter box
Putting Together a Scoop free Automatic Self Cleaning Litter Box

 This also has a counter so you can make sure your cat has healthy bowl movements. You can reset the counter any time, and you can run the cleaner anytime you want by simply pushing the button. There are three time settings 5, 10, or 20 minutes for the medal “rake” to scoop the poop. Everything get pushed right into the compartment to keep odors at bay.

Another thing I LOVED was that the disposable scoopfree self cleaning litterbox tray refill that came with it lasted for 7 days before needing to be changed. Remember, that’s for two grown male cats.

What I did was read some self cleaning litter box reviews, and I found out a HUGE SECRET ! You can buy a forever litter tray. What this is, is a reusable hard plastic tray that all you do is refill the tray with fresh litter. Thus, saving a lot of money !

You also don’t have to use crystal litter ! That’s right folks, you can use any  brand from the store. Just make sure that it’s clump  free litter only. You want to only add about a half an inch when refilling.

cat in scoopfree automatic self cleaning litter box

You may notice that the litter in the bottom of the tray may get sparse, just add a little extra fresh litter to it.

I absolutely am in LOVE with this self cleaning litter box ! Two words, NO SMELL ! Yes, I mean it no smell at all ! I absolutely couldn’t believe it. We went from horrible smelling cat litter to practically smell free. This is with two grown cats !

The kids get a kick out of checking to see how many visits have been made to the potty.

I give this product an A+ !

 Puff checking out his new ScoopFree automatic self cleaning litter box.

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How to Save Time Talking to Utility Companies

If there’s one thing I absolutely hate, it’s wasting time waiting on hold and talking to utility (bill) companies ! Being a homeschooling mother of five, one with special needs, I don’t have time to sit on hold forever. Then get transferred from person to person trying to find someone who knows what they’re doing.

So here are some tips on how to save time talking to utility companies.

* Use chat instead of calling – Almost every company out there has a website, go to the website and click on help, contact us, or customer support. It will show what options are available to get in touch with the company, click on chat.

You can resolve your question or issue pretty quick by chatting online instead of calling on the phone.

* Email – If your issue or question isn’t urgent, you can usually email the company and get a response within 24 hours.

* Keep track of dates and names of who you talk to – If you have to call more then once about an issue, keep a log of the dates, times, and names of who you talk to. This helps save a ton of time having to repeat your question or issue over and over every time you contact the company.

Implementing these few things will save you a ton of time !

I hope you got some tips on saving time talking to utility companies !

How to Prevent Identity Theft and Scammers

Unfortunately, in today’s day and age we have to be extra careful at keeping our personal information safe and secure. I’m going to give to tips on how to prevent identity theft and scammers.

* Burn anything with any sort of account numbers, social security numbers, and birthdays. The reasoning for this is this is the information that is needed to access most accounts. Do not throw them in the trash.

I wouldn’t rely on basic shredders because paper can be put back together. The only shredder I would recommend is one that cuts it cross ways, not just straight strips.

All you need is an old metal coffee can to use as your burning barrel. Just go outside, and put your mail or papers into the can and light it on fire, that’s it.

* Never give ANY information to someone who calls you. One of the easiest ways for someone to steal your identity or information is by calling you, and pretending to be your bank or credit card company.

Usually they will say your account has been hacked, or has suspicious activity. If this happens, immediately hang up and call the company directly. Tell them about the call you received, and they’ll check your account.

* Only use your credit/bank cards at reputable stores. I buy all sorts of stuff online. In general, most online stores are reputable. My absolute favorite is Amazon. They offer what’s called an A-Z guarantee.

If you are unhappy in any way with something you purchase, you can submit a claim, and it will be resolved within a couple days. Amazon’s customer service is great ! You can call, chat, or email them anytime.

If you have a virus program on your computer, it will usually tell you if a website is suspicion or dangerous. I use McAfee and it will also tell me which sites are safe when I do a search.

* Get a bank that has an excellent policy against fraud/unauthorized purchases. I bank at Republic Bank, and their an absolute dream when it comes to this sort of thing. Every time I have EVER had an issue they will refund me for the full amount in question.

There you go, now you are on your to way to preventing scammers and identity theft !