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Helpful tips for February 2018
In this issue:
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
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Okay, which color do you think the experts reccommend that you not wear to
Why, it is red and why?
Because they say that the color red stands for aggressiveness.
However worn as a suit, the color red could also stand for power!
Some facts about the color purple!
Purple has been chosen as the color to beat for 2018.
When it comes to clothes, the color purple is easier to work with but when
it comes to decor around the house; that’s a different color so to speak!
Okay, and thanks to mama Melanie Peach, here are some great tips for the
Uses For Alberto V-O5 Conditioning Hairdressing.
1. Prevent silver from tarnishing.
Apply a thin coat of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing with a soft
cloth to clean, polish, dry silver candlesticks, picture frames, silver
sets, and other decorative items. Wipe off excess leaving behind a very
virtually invisible, protective coating. V-O-5’s organic protectants
actually prevent tarnishing.
2. Remove a ring stuck on a finger.
Rub on a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing, then hold your hand
up toward the ceiling to drain the blood from the area, and slide off the
3. Make cleaning up after painting or doing a messy auto grease job easy.
Lightly coating your hands with Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing
before painting or fixing the car, allows you to clean them off afterward
without harsh solvents.
4. Soften your feet.
Before going to bed, coat your feet with Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning
Hairdressing and put on a pair of socks.
5. Prevent spray paint from sticking in your hair.
Before spray painting, slick a dab of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning
Hairdressing the size of a quarter over your hair so you can wash away the
paint more easily.
6. Prevent static electricity in your hair.
Comb a dab of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing through your hair.
7. Protect your scalp during a permanent.
Rub some Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing into the scalp before
giving yourself a perm.
8. Minimize drying out your hair in a chlorinated pool.
Rub a long dab of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing through your hair
before taking a swim.
9. Prevent hair coloring from dying your skin.
Dab a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing on your forehead and
around the hairline and ears to help keep the color from staining your skin.
10. Remove makeup.
A dab of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing on a tissue or cotton ball
gently removes makeup.
11. Glitter your face for a holiday party.
Rub in a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing onto your cheeks,
then dust lightly with glitter.
12. Moisturize your face.
Rub in a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing in the lines around
your eyes to help prevent dry lines.
13. Remove an adhesive bandage painlessly.
Rub in a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing into the bandage
wings, wait a few minutes, then peel off.
14. Soothe chapped lips and skin.
Rub in a small amount of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing.
15. Soothe your legs after shaving.
Rub some Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing into your skin after the
bath or shower to make your legs feel velvety smooth.
16. Make zippers glide easily.
Rub a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing into the teeth of the
17. Condition leather.
If you’re all out of mink oil, substitute Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning
18. Protect leather shoes and boots from winter salt and ice.
Rub in Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing.
19. Shine vinyl and patent leather shoes.
Rub in a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing, then buff.
20. Protect your dog or cat’s paw pads.
Rub in a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing before sending your
21. Prevent shoes from squeaking.
Give squeaky shoes a coat of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing.
22. Detangle and shine a dog’s coat.
Comb in a small amount of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing.
23. Prevent cat hair balls and static electricity on your cat’s coat.
Rub in a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing. (Don’t worry if
your cat licks its fur; Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing is natural
24. Shine a horse’s hooves.
Rub in a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing.
25. Prevent a leather saddle from drying out.
Rub in a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing.
26. Detangle a horse’s mane and tail.
Brush in a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing.
27. Stop windows from sticking in their tracks.
Lubricate the tracks with a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing.
28. Lubricate pipe joints.
A thin layer of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing on pipe connections
will make them fit together more easily.
29. Prevent nuts and bolts from rusting together.
Lubricate the nuts and bolts with a dab of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning
Hairdressing before screwing them together.
30. Prevent tools from rusting.
Give your tools a light coat of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing.
31. Stop a faucet from screeching.
Remove the handle and stem, coat both sets of metal threads with Alberto
V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing, and replace.
32. Stop refrigerator racks from sticking.
Coat the edges of the racks with a thin layer of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning
Hairdressing so the racks glide easily.
33. Prevent squeaky door hinges.
Apply a little bit of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing.
34. Lubricate furniture drawers.
Rub in a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing on the casters of
drawers so they slide open and shut easily.
35. Keep shower curtains gliding easily.
Apply a thin coat of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing to the curtain
36. Prevent sliding doors on a medicine cabinet from sticking.
Rub a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing onto the glides.
37. Clean wooden knick-knacks and other wood objects.
Lightly coat the wood with Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing, then
38. Avoid splattering paint on windows, hinges, doorknobs, and lock latches.
Coat them with Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing to prevent paint from
adhering to the surfaces. After painting, wipe clean with a cloth.
39. Hide scratches on wood furniture.
Put a dab of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing on a clean, soft cloth,
then buff the spot.
40. Prevent wood paneling from drying out.
Just rub on Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing with a clean, soft
cloth, and buff well, giving the paneling a soft glow.
41. Remove candle wax drippings from candlestick holders.
Coat the candlestick holders with Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing
before inserting the candles.
42. Make a stainless steel sink sparkle.
Shine the sink with a dab of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing on a
43. Shine chrome faucets, handles, and car bumpers.
Put a little Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing on a soft, dry cloth
and buff lightly.
44. Clean plant leaves.
Apply a small dab of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing to the leaves
with a soft cloth.
45. Break in a baseball glove.
Rub the center of the glove with Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing,
place a baseball in the glove, fold the mitt around it, and secure with
rubber bands. Tuck the glove under a mattress overnight.
46. Lubricate roller skates, skateboard wheels, and bicycle chains.
Use a dab of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing.
47. Prevent a sailboat’s spinnaker pole fittings from jamming or sticking.
Lubricate with Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing.
48. Make golf clubs shine.
Clean the shafts with a dab of Alberto V-O-5 Conditioning Hairdressing on a
Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team
Contributed by Dan thompson
Cast Iron Skillets Making a Healthy Comeback
Cast Iron Skillets Making a Healthy Comeback
By Mary Hunt
I must have been all of 8-years old the day I decided to surprise my mother
by cleaning her old black cast iron skillet. It embarrassed me that over the
years it had become so gross. Apparently, she’d fried just a few too many
eggs and browned too many Sunday roasts in it without restoring it back to
clean, “shiny-ness” with a copper bottom—like the rest of our pots and pans.
I started with household cleanser and steel wool. I scrubbed on a single
spot for what seemed like hours. I couldn’t break through that burned on
save my soul. Finally, I just gave up.
What I wouldn’t realize until years later was that I was working on a fine
piece of cast iron—a skillet on which I’m sure I managed to un-do years of
coveted “seasoning” that makes a cast iron skillet virtually nonstick.
In the years since then I’ve had quite a relationship with cast iron— from
all-out hate, moving into tolerance and finally to true love. And I’m not
only one. Cast iron skillets are making a big comeback among home cooks.Many
people shy away from cast iron because of the weight. Surprisingly, they
the muscles to handle the load once they realize how well cast iron conducts
heat and goes from stovetop to oven with no problem.
Cast iron skillets never buckle, you don’t have to worry about the finish
being scraped off; cast iron is virtually indestructible, lasting for
even at the hand of an 8-year-old wielding cleanser, steel wool and sharp
And did I mention the health benefits? Food cooked in cast iron is fortified
with iron—up to 20 times more iron than when cooked in a steel or aluminum
vessel. When you cook in cast iron you use less oil. Cast iron is a
chemical-free alternative to nonstick pans.
Whether you are lucky enough to inherit or find a cast iron skillet at a
yard sale, or decide to buy it new, the first thing you need to do is to
season it—make it
(some new cast iron skillets come pre-seasoned).
Seasoning a cast iron pan is easy. Rub it down with a thin coat of flax seed
oil (inside and out if it’s the first seasoning) and bake it in a 350 F oven
This produces the first “non-stick” layer. The skillet is now seasoned.
Seasoning can be done as many times as necessary throughout the skillet’s
which is pretty much eternal. A cast iron skillet can never have too many
layers of seasoning. My skillet must have 1,000 layers of seasoning by now.
will never be enough. After use, never wash a seasoned cast iron skillet
with soap. Simply scrub it with a stiff brush or the Ringer and hot water,
If you’re in the market for a cast iron skillet, but don’t have time for
yard sales or flea markets, you can find them at kitchen stores and discount
department stores. Keep in mind that manufacturers of smooth top electric
cooktops warn that cast iron can damage the surface of the stove. You can
iron safely on these
beautiful cooktops as long as you are careful to never drag the pan against
1. The New Cast Iron Skillet Cook Book: 150 Fresh Ideas for America’s
Favorite Pan, by Ellen Brown. Oh my, how many ways can I thank Ellen Brown
this thorough, beautiful book. It is a cookbook, but it’s more than that. It
is a how-to book for every possible question and instruction for how to own,
maintain and cook in cast iron. It is an art, and a lovely activity, too. My
cast iron skillet is 40 years old.
I bought it at Gemco in Southern California (anyone remember that?). It was
part of a set and a cheap set at that. It is the only piece that survived my
brutality and abuse. Thanks to Ellen, my skillet is totally restored. I’ve
followed her precise instructions and could not be happier. I am pretty sure
now built up 1,000
layers of seasoning. It glistens, it is so beautiful. And oh, the recipes in
this book! It is also a beauty. $12.
2. Flax Seed Oil. Cast iron, in order to be useful and by that I mean your
favorite cooking vessel of all time, must be continuously seasoned. With
not just any oil. According to our expert Ellen, flax seed oil is the oil of
choice and for many reasons. You want to be careful to use only food-grade
seed oil. This certified
organic, cold-pressed and unrefined flax seed oil will last for many years.
That’s how little is required to get the job done. $13.
3. Natural Bristle Brush. The thing that stymies most people when itcomes to
maintaining and using cast iron is having to clean the thing. It’s so easy,
but you need the right tool. And this is one option. Ellen Brown will teach
you exactly how to use it, too. $12.
4. Ringer. Back to cleaning cast iron. A natural bristle brush works well,
does this stainless steel tool called a “Ringer.” Love this thing! I just
wad it up like a piece of chainmail fabric and go to work on anything stuck
cast iron. It doesn’t scratch or remove the seasoning. $16.
5. Utopia Cast Iron Skillet. Why bother learning about the benefits of cast
iron without owning a lovely piece of cast iron cookware? This 12-inch
and a valuable addition to any kitchen. $29
By the way, while I could never come up with only one favorite thing I make
in my cast iron skillet, I will tell you that the Potato Pancakes on pages
certainly be in the running. These beautiful pancakes are wonderful
especially when served with sour cream and applesauce.
And now I am officially hungry.
Contributed by Dan Thompson
Getting smoky microwaves clean of the smell again:
Smoke is a tough problem whether in a microwave, car or other enclosed
space. And thankfully in most cases, smoke is not
You have to consider that once smoke gets involved in a microwave, it gets
circulated through the entire appliance,
potentially touching every nook, cranny and surface. Nok-Out applied full
strength, must do the same by touching every
place that is harboring that odor.
1. Start by unplugging the appliance from power.
2. spray it inside and out, top to
bottom including any carousel, racks, filter and other parts making sure
comes in contact with every part of that appliance. Nok-Out is not at all
toxic or harmful, so you can confidently spray
the fan blades and so forth, provided you can reach them without taking the
oven apart. Do not attempt to do that!
3. Once you’re certain every square millimeter of the oven—its door,
hinges, corners, crevices, seams, top, sides, bottom
and every other surface—has come in contact with Nok-Out, allow it to dry
completely. Leave the door open and don’t use it
for at least 24 hours. That should do it. If you still notice the odor, give
it the full treatment
again. Good luck!
Don’t forget, when ordering Nok-Out use coupon code DPL for 10% off your
You can also call Ted from Nok-Out toll free at 1-866-551-1927 and he can
answer any questions you have.
Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate blog,
Our mailing address is:
12340 Seal Beach Blvd.
Seal Beach, CA 90740
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Dealing with security at the airport
Let’s face it! Dealing with security at the airport could be a real
challenge at the best of times but I have a few tricks up my sleeve for you
to consider. Hopefully they will help you to be less stressed.
As a seasoned traveler I have had to learn through trial and error but I
think that I am getting better at this. So, here they are.
. Do not carry any liquids in your carry on bags. That is, cosmetic
liquids, shampoos, etc.
2. If you are traveling with a laptop or iPad, then you need to show these
to the folks at security. So best for you to remove these items just before
you enter the security area.
3. Be prepared to be asked to remove your footwear and jacket if you are
4. You will probably be asked to empty your pockets so not a bad idea to
empty them before you are asked.
5. Be prepared to place all objects that you are asked to remove in caddies
that will be given to you when you get to security.
6. If you are asked to empty your carry on bags, then it may be best for you
to remove the contents yourself and ask the folks to let you know what they
are doing as they check out your stuff. There is nothing worse than not
knowing where they are placing your possessions.
I believe that these tips will help you to lessen the stress.
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