Red White & Black

Have you noticed how drab the house looks when all the Christmas decorations come down? It’s sad to me to see all the pretty red and green things long gone. While my decor has some color to it and isn’t drab, I think it’s those pops of color that really keep the winter season from becoming drab.

For this very reason, I’ve expanded my Valentine’s Day decor to add some beautiful red and white…and even a little black…to my home. I created a Valentine’s Day initial flag a few years ago and am always so excited to pull it out. They are available in my etsy shop here  if this is something you might like to add to your holiday decorations.

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Then, I made a wreath for the carport door using white mesh, different ribbons, pipe cleaners and a heart wire wreath form.

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These things make me so happy and I think the touch of black is unexpected yet it adds some unexpected boldness to the pieces. What do you think? Let me know if you try it out! 🙂

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Jetted to Soaker Tub Conversion

One of the big struggles I used to have with my house was the non-working jetted tub in my bathroom that I inherited when I purchased my new house. In the first photo, the “before” photo was the picture I took the day I looked at the house. You’ll notice I replaced all the hardware to brushed nickel in the after photos, but I promise it’s the same tub.

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For many reasons, I wanted to work with the tub as it is if at all possible. I love the large tub but I didn’t like the jets and the uncleanliness of them. I had stopped using the tub when I noticed unpleasant odors a few hours after each use. Originally, I thought it was the drain but upon researching I learned how water goes into those jets and stays stagnant. Each time I used the tub, old water was coming back in there. Ewwww, I just shudder at the thoughts! Not to mention I’d occasionally find a small piece of black trash in the tub which I’d chalked down to that it must have come from the old water pipes.

Figuring out which way to go with this was not an easy decision, and in my typical over-analyzing fashion, I researched every option. The option that was ideal (jet covers) just is not available. After countless hours and numerous days of researching, I found this question by a patron of the houzz.com website. Going through the 78 comments, I found a couple of solutions but the easier one seemed to be the door shield project.

I purchased 5 Door Knob and Wall Shields (3 1/4 inches) from Home Depot. Then I purchased 1 Marine Goop Sealant tube from Walmart and I was ready to do this.

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It seemed crazy to put the door shields inside a tub but when I purchased them and took them out of the package, the hard plastic was convincing. “What do I have to lose??”

My tub has 4 jets and then the intake.  I removed all foam backing tape from all 5 shields so that they were  flat and clean surfaces. I made sure the tub and all jets were super clean and super dry. I took the Goop and applied it liberally to four of the shields.  (Please be sure to ventilate as much as possible and/or wear a mask as the Goop is quite strong.) Then I adhered each shield to a jet. I used masking tape in an “X” formation over each jet to be sure it didn’t slide or move around while drying.

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(Please note, the “before” picture was one I took the day I purchased my house. The cabinetry and the faucet and hardware were converted from the old brass/gold to brushed nickel so it may appear slightly different in some of the older vs. newer photos.)

For the intake, this was a bit tricky. The size was too large so I used a Dremel to cut the excess off and then sand the edges. It does not have to be perfectly cut, just as long as it fits under the intake cap and is large enough to cover the opening.

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Then I cut the notches out for the screw holes on the intake, using the Dremel. I took a little off at a time until it fit in the opening snugly.

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Then, it fit perfectly over the opening. (Please note, this is clean, but that’s some sort of adhesive on it. It was bleached multiple times.)

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Next, I purchased some Kwik Seal Ultra Premium Siliconized Sealant for Kitchen Bath and Plumbing applications at Walmart.

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Since the recommendation was to allow the Marine Goop to dry for 72 hours, I went on to the next project, the intake cover.

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Since the cover is full of holes, I decided to cover the holes with silicone sealant. First, I took the cover and squeezed sealant into each hole. Then I used my finger to make sure each one was full of the silicone and smooth. I made sure not to get any sealant in the holes where the screws go. I let this dry 24 hours and then I turned it over and did the outside the same way.

After 72 hours had passed, I caulked around each door shield, as well as around the notches I cut for the screw holes of the intake cap. I waited 24 hours for that to completely dry and then I screwed on the intake cap and caulked around that.

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I’ve been using this tub for over a month with not one single issue noted. Not one whiff of an odor or one spec of any trash anywhere in the tub. SUCCESS!!!

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Door shields were $1.69 each, Goop was $9.52 and the silicone was $6.32. Total cost for converting my non-working jetted whirlpool tub to a soaker tub  was $24.29 (not including tax).

Sometimes you have to be bold and make a decision to try something you are unsure of trying. This one worked, so I had to share it in more detail. I’m so grateful to jasond7123 on the Houzz website for pointing me in the right direction. Hopefully,this blog post does you proud!

Kodak Verite 55 Printer – Color Copies

A few YouTube viewers asked about the color copy quality for the Kodak Verite 55 Printer I did an unboxing and review video on recently. Since I hadn’t tried that function out as of yet, I thought I’d do a quick print and then a photo of the copy and the original side by side.

Here’s how it turned out:

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This was just a promotion I received from Old Navy which had beautiful colors that I thought would be a good test. I should state that my ink cartridges are showing that they are getting low and the copy still turned out this great.

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Raven Heart

As I was posting all the paintings I had up for sale, it appears as though I missed one. Typically when paintings sell, I’ll go through and update posts to make sure I’ve marked them as sold. This painting sold, but I couldn’t find it on here. Since I’m trying to keep a good record of them all, I wanted to be sure to post it.

The painting below entitled “Raven Heart” sold to a private collector in Pennsylvania, thank you Kym S.!

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“Raven Heart” ACEO in Acrylics

xoxo,

Rhonda

How to Cook a Perfect Medium Well Steak

Quick Note to My Vegan Subscribers and Readers: You may want to skip this post. I’m sensitive to your lifestyle and choices so please avoid this post if you would prefer.

Thinking back, the last steak I remember having was two years ago. It’s not something I want often or know how to cook. I’ve attempted to grill them, cook them on the stove top, cook them in the oven, etc. They just never turn out to be good. I’ve gotten cooking tips from many of my Facebook friends, as well as the internet, but still have had no luck.

Being anemic, steak and beef in general is something that makes me feel stronger when I eat it. Using an iron skillet also helps with my anemia. I can tell a difference when these are in my cooking/meals so I very much benefited when  using both for the same meal!

I’m happy to say that I finally found a method that worked for me and it’s so super simple. Maybe I’ll up my steak enjoyment to twice a year or something now that I know what I’m doing.

Here’s what I did:

I set my steak out an hour before I was ready to start cooking it. I preheated the oven to 425 degrees. I put an iron skillet on the stove top and turned it on medium heat. In went a Tablespoon of oil in the skillet. Once the oil was good and hot, in went the steak for three minutes. I sprinkled salt, pepper and garlic on that side.  After three minutes, I turned it over and seared the other side for three minutes. I also sprinkled on salt, pepper and garlic on that side as well. After three minutes passed, I turned it back over and put the entire skillet in the oven for 13 minutes. Since I like my steak medium well, this was the time that my inch thick, 3/4 pound steak needed to cook. Once 13 minutes had passed, I pulled the skillet out of the oven and let the steak rest for 5 minutes.

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I did film a video and shortened it down to a little over two minutes if you’d like to see the process by clicking here.

It was perfect and delicious. If you try it please let me know if this method works for you, too.

xoxo

Rhonda

Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Wipes Review

First things first…HAPPY FRIDAY!!! It’s so good to welcome the weekend! There’s lots of fun to be had and this weekend seems the perfect time to do just that! 🙂

I tried a new product that I wanted to share with all of you. It’s the Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Wipes. It claims to be an all-in-one product that doesn’t even require rinsing.

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Okay, so I’m going to be honest and open here. I wouldn’t say I’m lazy when it comes to taking care of myself but I can’t seem to enjoy taking a lot of time with it. It’s not very “self caring” if it’s taking so long to do it that I’m frustrated by it. So, while I would never go to bed without removing makeup and washing my face, I do like to use products that are fast and effective.

This Clean & Clear product called to me with the very name “night relaxing”. I immediately thought of using it and feeling comforted and soothed, ready to fall into sweet slumber…a facial cleanser lullaby in a wipe, if you will. While this product didn’t sing me to sleep, it definitely was relaxing. It was pleasing to use. All makeup was removed that I had on. My skin was soft to the touch and felt clean and smooth. I didn’t feel the need to rinse it and that’s really saying a lot for me. I’ve never found a cleansing wipe before that I didn’t feel needed to be rinsed off.  Until now.

I did a video review on it here:

Please let me know if you try it. I’d love to know if you feel the same as I do about this product.

This is not a sponsored or solicited review. I noticed a “new” item on the shelf at Walmart while looking to purchase some new cleansing wipes after running out. I had a coupon for these as well as a few others. The reason I wanted to try these was because of the name. All opinions are my own.

xoxo,

Rhonda

Aveeno Body Wash Review – Pomegranate & Rice

Yesterday I was in Walmart buying a new things for the day-after-Valentine’s-Day sale. Like I do often, I wandered back to the health and beauty aids section of the store. There on the top shelf was something I’d not seen before. It was the Aveeno positively nourishing smoothing body wash priced at $5.97.

I admit, I like to smell things before I buy them if I can. The items with the scratch and sniff stickers are much appreciated by me. If a smell is off putting, I can’t use it, eat it or tolerate it very well. In my heart of hearts, for example, I want to be able to use vinegar to clean with, use in foods and skin care concoctions but I can’t get past the smell. With Aveeno products being made of many natural ingredients, I had wondered how the smell would be.

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Upon smelling it in the store, I almost put it back down. It wasn’t an alluring scent. However, it was a very refined and natural scent in the bottle but smells even better in use. When I used it yesterday, I went back into my bathroom an hour or so later and the light scent was still noticeable and pleasant. The scent is light enough that I believe a man or woman could use it.

Aveeno’s positively nourishing smoothing body wash does what it promises. It has a beautiful lather and contains walnut shell and rice exfoliants. These exfoliants aren’t harsh and are very gentle on your skin.You can view my video demonstration here if you’d like to see what it looks like in the bottle and in use.

Today, not even 24 hours later, my middle aged skin is softer than it’s been in a long time and I couldn’t be happier! I’d LOVE to know if it works for you the way it’s worked for me. If you try it, would you let me know? I’m so excited about this product and I’d love to hear your experience, too!

This is not a sponsored review. The reason for my purchase of this product was completely an impulse purchase while in the store. After using it, I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share it as soon as I possibly could!

xoxo

Rhonda