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The clay mint healing mask is such a refreshing product. The first thing you will notice when you remove the lid from the container is the pretty green color of the mask. I have used many different types of clay masks, but I have never had one that was green in color before! My husband likes to tease me about my “She Hulk” green face or make other silly green-related remarks when I use the mask! lol Men can be so silly sometimes! 😀

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When I applied the mask to my face, it smoothed onto my skin very easily. I could feel the cooling effect of the mint contained within the mask. I was surprised by the cooling effect because, even though it IS a mint healing mask, I couldn’t smell any mint. Apparently, the mint IS in there! I allowed the mask to completely dry, which took about 20 minutes. It was very easy to wash off with warm water and a clean wash cloth. My skin felt very refreshed and clean afterwards.

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I really like this clay healing mask and have enjoyed using it. It made my skin feel tighter and firmer without feeling too dry.  It almost felt like getting a spa treatment at home! Ahhhhhh 🙂

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Beauty Facial Extreme Clay Mint Healing Facial Mask

16 Ounce Amber Spray Bottles

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These amber spray bottles are so much nicer than I was expecting! I was pleasantly surprised when the box arrived and I opened it. These amber bottles are very well constructed. They are made with a medium thickness glass, not thin at all! These bottles hold a generous 16 ounces, so they are sure to fit the bill for any use you can possibly think of! Each bottle comes paired with its own screw-on, heavy duty spray top. These sprayers feel very well made and are easy to squeeze. The sprayer has two settings, “Stream” or “Spray”, as well as 2 “Off” settings. Being an amber color, they are perfect for using with essential or cooking oils!

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I already have a couple of bottles in use. One I filled with some extra virgin olive oil and use as my own version of non-stick cooking spray! Why should I spend money for a small aerosol can of non-stick cooking spray when I can put my own oil in a spray bottle for a fraction of the cost! The other bottle I have peppermint essential oil and water and have been using it to spray around my door and windows as an insect deterrent. Plus my house smells delicious!

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These bottles also come with reusable chalk labels, but I currently don’t have any chalk or chalk pens in order to properly write on them. I will have to get some in the near future.

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I am very much pleased with the quality of these bottles. I know that I will be able to use these spray bottles for all kinds of things! I actually had been looking for some spray bottles and good quality ones are actually very hard to find!

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16oz Amber Spray Bottles with Reusable Chalk Labels (6 Pack)

How to Make Perfect Easter Eggs!!

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Easter is quickly approaching and will be here in just a couple of weeks. For anyone who may not have realized it, Easter falls on March 27th this year. If you are one of those who dye Easter eggs with your children or grandchildren or just because you like colored eggs, there are alternatives to purchasing those overpriced dye kits that only come with a few color choices. For just about the same price, you can make your own rainbow of color choices with food coloring! In addition to making just about any color you can think of, you will still have food coloring left over that can be used for other baking or craft projects!

The best eggs for dyeing are, naturally, the white eggs. Farm fresh eggs will be the most difficult to peel the shell from. Eggs that are at least a week old, or older, will be much easier to peel. Many people do not know how to properly boil eggs. This is the method that I personally use:

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  • Gently place your eggs in a single layer in the pot. Stacking the eggs will result in cracked shells and they might not all cook evenly. Boil your eggs in batches if your pot is not larger enough to allow for a single layer of all of the eggs that you want to boil.
  • Completely cover the eggs with cool water, with at least a depth of ½ inch of water over the eggs.
  • Bring the water to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat, cover the pot and allow eggs to sit for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove the eggs from the pot of hot water and cool to room temperature.

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After you hard boil the eggs, let them cool to room temperature before dying.  Pour 1 cup of boiling water + 2 teaspoons white vinegar in each bowl, cup or other similar type containers. For the containers, do NOT use metal. Glass is best and easiest to clean out afterward. Alternatively, for smaller containers, you may use 1/2 cup boiling water + 1 teaspoon white vinegar.

Mix in the drops of food coloring, as indicated in the chart, to achieve the various colors. Slowly place the egg into container and leave submerged for at least 5 minutes – less time for a lighter color and longer for a deeper color. Keep your hands clean by using a whisk or tongs to add and remove eggs from the dye.

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Here is a list of 35 food color combinations for you to try using the standard 4 vial of food colors (Blue, Green, Red and Yellow):

Apricot – 4 drops Green + 1 drop Red

Baby Blue – 4 drops Blue

Blue – 20 drops Blue

Cantaloupe – 24 drops Yellow + 2 Red

Cayenne – 14 drops Red + 1 drop Blue + 1 drop Yellow

Cranberry – 14 drops Red + 6 drops Blue

Deep Purple – 7 drops Blue + 3 drops Red

Dusty Rose – 14 drops Red + 6 drops Blue

Fuchsia – 18 Red drops + 2 Blue drops

Grape – 17 drops Blue + 4 drops Red

Green – 20 drops Green

Green Apple – 20 drops Green + 2 drops Blue

Hemlock – 12 drops Green + 6 drops Yellow + 3 drops Blue

Jade Green – 17 drops Green + 3 drops Blue

Lavender – 2 drops Blue + 1 drop Red + 1 drop Green

Lime – 24 drops Yellow + 4 drops Green

Maize – 24 drops Yellow + 1 drop Red

Mint Green – 14 drops Green + 6 drops Yellow

Spearmint – 12 drops Green + 6 drops Yellow + 2 drops Blue

Spring Green – 10 drops Green + 2 drops Blue

Orange – 20 drops Yellow + 5 drops Red

Orange Sunset – 17 drops Yellow + 3 drops Red

Pink – 10 drops Red + 1 drop Blue

Plum – 10 Red drops + 4 drops Blue

Purple – 15 drops Blue + 5 Red

Raspberry – 14 drops Red + 6 drops Blue

Red – 20 drops Red

Salmon Pink – 20 drops Red + 1 drop Green + 1 drop Blue

Sapphire Blue – 9 drops Blue + 2 drops Green + 1 drop Purple

Tangerine – 24 drops Yellow + 5 drops Red + 1 drop Green

Teal – 15 drops Green + 5 drops Blue

Turquoise – 5 drops Blue + 2 drops Green

Violet – 20 drops Blue + 2 drops Red

Watermelon – 24 Red drops + 2 drops Blue

Yellow – 20 drops Yellow

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Experiment and see what color combinations you can create. You can create even more color combinations by using Neon Food Colors.

For further personalization, add designs to your eggs by wrapping tape or string around the eggs or draw designs or names on the eggs with crayons before dying them.

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Free Dairy Queen Ice Cream!!

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Do you love ice cream? Do you love Dairy Queen ice cream?? How about FREE Dairy Queen ice cream??? Yes! You read that correctly! #FreeConeDay

Mark your calendars, folks, because Dairy Queen is hosting its annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraiser and it is quickly approaching! Your opportunity for a Free Dairy Queen ice cream cone will be on Tuesday, March 15, 2016!

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All day on March 15th, everyone can receive one small vanilla Dairy Queen ice cream cone totally FREE, no purchase necessary! Offer good at all participating non-mall U.S. locations only. Limit one cone per person while supplies last.

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Donations will be accepted during the event with all proceeds going to the charity. Last year approximately $140,000 was raised by Dairy Queen during the one-day event.

For more information and to find your nearest location, visit http://www.dairyqueen.com

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Helpful Household Tip – 30 Uses for Borax

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Borax is a versatile product used as a laundry booster and a common ingredient in homemade, nontoxic cleaning products. It can also be used as a pesticide, preservative and so much more. Borax is generally considered low in toxicity, but you should always take care when using any chemical or product. Give these Borax-based tips a try, and you can eliminate many costly, as well as toxic, chemicals from your home!

Borax is most commonly found sold under the brand name of 20 Mule Team and can be found in the laundry detergent aisle of pretty much any store that sells laundry detergent. I have had no problem finding borax at my local grocery store or my local Walmart.

All Purpose Cleaner
Make your own homemade cleaner by mixing 2 tablespoons borax with 2 cups hot water in a spray bottle. This is a great solution for cleaning the stovetop, cleaning outside of the refrigerator, wiping down cabinets, etc.

Baby Clothes and Cloth Diapers
Add borax to the wash cycle, along with your detergent, when washing baby’s laundry. It will help the laundry detergent clean soiled clothes much more thoroughly. It will keep the whites brighter while disinfecting the clothing. It is GREAT for eliminating urine and feces odors!

Cat Litter Deodorizer
Minimize odor in your cat’s litter box by mixing a few tablespoons of borax in with the litter.

Carpet Cleaning
Use a 1/2 cup of Borax per gallon of water in carpet steam cleaning machines.

Cleaning Cookware
Borax is a mild and gentle cleaner for porcelain and aluminum cookware. Sprinkle on pots and pans and rub with a damp dishcloth. Rinse thoroughly.

Clean Hairbrushes and Combs
Mix a quarter cup borax and a tablespoon of a grease cutting dishwashing liquid (like Dawn) in a basin of warm water. Swish brushes in the sudsy water, let soak, rinse, and let dry.

Flea Killer
Sprinkle borax on pet bedding, carpets, and other areas where you suspect that fleas may be hatching. Borax releases boric acid, which is a poison.
NOTE: VERY high doses would need to be ingested to be harmful to pets or people.

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Freshen Up Linens
Remove mildew and mustiness from linens by soaking them in 2 cups of borax mixed with 2 quarts of water. Let the linens sit for a few hours, then rinse clean.

Fruit Trees
Sprinkle 1 cup of borax around a full-sized apple tree, or just a couple of tablespoons around a young tree, every 3-4 years. By doing this, you will be adding the trace mineral, boron, to the soil. Boron is needed for good cell wall growth of the fruit, as well as promotes seed development.

Garbage Can Deodorizer
Deodorize your garbage can by filling it with borax and water. Let it soak then rinse it out. Sprinkle some borax in the bottom once it’s clean. This will keep the bugs away and absorb any odor causing moisture.

Garbage Disposal Cleaner
Clean and sanitize your garbage disposal by putting 3 tablespoons of borax down the drain. Let it sit for an hour and flush it with warm water.

Humidifiers
Help keep humidifiers free of odor by dissolve one tablespoon of borax per gallon of water and add it to the unit while not in use. Be sure to rinse out this solution before refilling your humidifier with pure water prior to use.

Improve Homemade Candle Wicks
When making your own candles, treat the wicks by soaking them in a solution of salt and borax to help reduce ash and eliminate smoke problems.

Laundry Booster
Borax is great for adding to the wash cycle because it can whiten your whites, soften hard water, remove soap residue from your clothing, neutralize any laundry odors, disinfect clothing, as well as increase the stain-removal ability of your detergent.

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Mice Deterrent
Sprinkle borax on the floor along the walls where mice like to run. The mice don’t like getting the borax on their feet, so they are less likely to return to that area of the house.

Mold Inhibitor
Make a thick borax and water paste. Smear the paste on the moldy area. Let it set until dry, overnight or longer. Sweep up the powder, and rinse off the rest.

Outdoor Furniture Cleaner
Mix 1 teaspoon dish detergent, 1 teaspoon borax and 1 quart warm water in a spray bottle and use to clean outdoor furniture.

Pest Deterrent
Keep roaches, water bugs, and ants away by sprinkling a combination of equal parts all-natural borax and sugar along baseboards, in drawers and cabinets. Also, put some under the refrigerator, the stove, and the sink. Replace with a fresh batch every 6 to 8 weeks, or if the mix gets wet. Since this is not a harsh chemical, it most likely will take at least a couple of weeks of use before you will notice a drop in insect activity.

Preserving Flowers
Fresh-cut flowers of many varieties may be permanently preserved. Borax removes moisture from blossoms and leaves, thereby preventing the wilting which would normally result. Two different mixtures (by weight) are recommended: two parts 20 Borax and one part dry white sand, or one part Borax and two parts corn meal.

Refrigerator Cleaning
Spilled food can be washed away with a sponge or soft cloth using a solution of 1 quart warm water and 1 tablespoon of borax. Rinse with cold water. This will help to deodorize the refrigerator, as well!

Remove Odors from a Mattresses
Remove urine odor from a mattress. Lightly wet the mattress and rub in borax with a damp cloth. Let dry, then vacuum up the remaining residue.

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Remove Rust
Make a paste by mixing 1 cup of Borax with 2 cups of warm water plus 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Use the paste on old pots and pans that are rusted. Let them sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse and then just scrub the rust away. You can use it to remove rust from anything metal such as appliances and patio furniture. If you find that the rust is a bit stubborn, apply a second coating and allow it to sit for another 15 to 20 minutes before cleaning off with clear water and a scrubbing sponge.

Remove Sticky Residue
Mix together borax and water in a 2-to-1 ratio. Rub on to get rid of sticky, gooey, gummy adhesive residue.

Shine China
Make your dull china sparkle like new again by soaking it in a sink full of warm water with a ½ cup of dissolved borax. Rinse well and wash a second time as usual.

Shower, Tub & Tile Cleaner
Sprinkle on a damp sponge or soft cloth and use as you would a powdered cleanser. This can even be used on fiberglass surfaces without scratching. Rinse thoroughly.

Sink Cleaner
Remove rust stains from stainless steel or porcelain sinks with a paste or 1 cup borax and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Using a sponge or cloth, rub the stain with the paste. Rinse with warm water.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Pour 1 cup of borax into the toilet bowl at night before you go to bed. The next morning, clean out the toilet bowl with a brush. The borax will loosen all the grime buildup.
NOTE: If you have pets that might drink the water from the toilet bowl, be sure to put the lid down after you put in the borax!

Unclog Drains
Pour ½ cup of borax into the drain followed by 2 cups of boiling water. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with clear water for a few minutes to flush it out. No more need for chemical laden drain openers!

Violin String Saver
If you play the violin, or any instrument that uses a bow, when the hairs get gummed with rosin, instead of having it rehaired, dampen a toothbrush, dip it in borax, and scrub the bow hair in small sections. Try not to get the soap on the wood. Wipe clean and then re-rosin.

Weed Killer
Dissolve 10 ounces of borax in 4 ounces of warm water. Once the borax is well dissolved, add 2 1/2 gallons of water and mix thoroughly. This amount should treat a 1000 square feet. Adjust the recipe as needed. Do NOT use in the garden or near plants that you do not want to kill. Use mixture immediately! Do NOT store any unused portion! Please, safely discard any unused portion.

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