Saturday, September 17, 2016

Common items that can clog your drain by Roto-Rooter

This is my third post as a Roto-Rooter Ambassador. Today, I want to talk to you about clogs. Let me just say clogs are not fun, especially when it's in your toilet. That is when it can get super messy. As someone, who has dealt with a clogged toilet a few times in my life it is such a pain. I have also had clogged drains in the bathroom, the kitchen and the tub. I thought I would share with you some things you should never let go down the drain. If you do, Roto-Rooter Plumbing Line can help you unclog your drain.

Things you should never let go down the drain:

Pasta- even with a garbage disposal it can clog the drain because of all the starch that clumps together. Throw away extra pasta in the trash.

Onions- I am not exactly sure why but onions can clog drains when you are using a lot of them. Using the trash or adding the onion peels to a compost pile would be a great idea.

Wax- It will coat the drain making the pipes smaller or even will clog the drain completely.

Grease- It is similar to wax to where it will coat the pipes. If you have a can or the foam tray from your meat use that. Sometimes I just put a couple layers of paper towels on a plate and pour it on there and let it harden and throw it away.

Hair- I know you can lose hair while you are taking a shower or brushing your hair. Try to plug the drain or remove the hair from the sink. You will be surprised how easily it will clog over time.

Paper- Sometimes little bits of paper from wrappers will end up in the sink and go down the drain.

Pet Food- If your animals like to put their food in their water, be careful not to dump it out in a sink. I always flush it down the toilet.

Cat litter- I know that one sounds weird but you would be surprised what your sweet kitties can get litter on. I am sure adults know not to do this, but our kids might need a reminder.

Toys- Some toys are really small and can fit down the drain. You don't want to let your child's toys end up in your drains. It could get lodged and your child loses their toy.

Jewelry- A lot of people take their rings off when they wash their hands or do dishes. A few of them might end up knocking their rings in the sink and they end up down the drain.  Thankfully, it's not too difficult to remove a piece of pipe to retrieve your item.  It can be really messy so keep a big bowl or a small trash can over the pipe because there will be water in the pipes. You may even want to turn the water off to do this too.

I hope this post helps you keep your drains clear of things that don't belong in them.

Check out the Roto-Rooter plumbing line for your hard clogs and to help protect your septic tank.

As a Roto-Rooter Ambassador, I  received complimentary product. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, September 12, 2016

How to make simple bookmarks with things around the house

I love being crafty. Years ago, I was going to a blogging conference and I didn't have business cards. I know I know, bad Sheilacakes. I decided instead of printing business cards, I wanted to be different. I had started making bookmarks randomly. I had purchased a bookmark making kit on clearance and decided to try it. I made bookmarks in the past for my mom and her friends. It was just something fun to do before I started blogging. I quickly went through the materials in the kit. I wanted to make more. Honestly, all I used was the cardboard base. I purposely kept a bare cardboard base and started making my own out of random pieces of cardboard and cereal boxes. Making bookmarks is easy and fun.

How to make beautiful bookmarks:

Cardboard from a cereal box or any other thin cardboard.

Patterned Paper If you don't have patterned paper you can stamp or draw on them

Solid colored paper

Hole punch

Double sided tape

Different flat embellishments like shaped paper shapes, stamps or stickers

Cut bookmark shaped pieces of cardboard. You can use any bookmark you might have around the house.
Repeat the shape with the patterned paper and solid color paper

Using double sided tape tape the patterned paper and solid colored paper on different sides

Embellish any way you would like

Punch a hole towards the top of the bookmark and tie ribbon on it.

There you have a simple handmade bookmark made with love.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

BirkSun Boost Sport Review

Noah and I love to travel and explore new places. I also have to check email often on my phone. I also like to come up with post ideas and write on my phone. Can I tell you how hard it can be to find an outlet to charge your phone at the airport or when you are camping or even just outside in general. I know most airports are adding extra outlets and USB ports to be able to charge devices. While there are many, it also can be hard to find. When I was on a layover in Vegas, I walked around and around looking for a way to charge my phone. All I found were cords everywhere. Thankfully, I will never have that problem again. I can always charge my phone as long as I have my BirkSun Boost Sport backpack. It also has a laptop pocket. I love this because carrying my laptop while traveling is such a pain. I am a blogger, so I always need my laptop.

Here's some information about BirkSun:

The 2016 Boost Sport is built for those with an active lifestyle that crave adventure. Completely redesigned with premium, water-resistant fabric and 100% water-proof solar panels. The Sport collection comes equipped with a built-in battery that stores enough power to recharge a smartphone up to 1.5 times! The battery inside the Boost Sport will be continually charged anytime the solar panel is exposed to sunlight. Your new best friend at the beach, music festivals, and during international travel. Pack it, wear it, charge it, and make it your own. Dimensions: 18.5"(H) x 13"(W) x 8.5"(D) / 2.4 pounds. The USB will charge your different devices and it can read which device you have plugged in.

It doesn't house a large battery or anything like that. It has a solar panel on it so the sun will charge the battery. So that means you can essentially charge your device for free. You are using the sun so it could lower your electric bill. I can see using it at home too. No one says you have to be on the go. The backpack has lots of room for my items. It's also very stylish and comfortable.

Noah has had his eye on it ever since I told him about it. He tried to convince me to let him take it to school. His school has mandatory iPads so he likes to keep it charged up. While I think he's too young to take the backpack to school, it would be great for someone in high school.  Noah has already asked me if he can have it when he is older. I told him maybe. I am really excited to own this backpack so I don't have to worry about my phone battery anymore.

It's great for picnics and trips to the park. As long as there is sun, you are good to go. You can also charge it from an outlet, so even if there's no sun you are still covered. It will also be good to take to an outdoor mall and you can charge your device and place your purchases in your backpack so you don't have to carry everything separately. I love to shop but hate carrying the bags. The *insert name* is great for everyone. It's a practical and useful product that will maybe even help you spend more time outdoors and with your family.

For more information please visit BirkSun