Cleaning Carpets… A Life Hack

Carpet is one of the best and common home accessories so it is necessary to keep them clean. As a matter of fact, many people now are very concerned when it comes to the cleanliness of their carpets. Cleaning carpets is not a difficult task, all you need to do is to learn the basic methods and you don’t need to spend more money in order to hire people to do this job. Actually, there are so many simple ways on how to  clean your carpet, remove stains and odor. Below are several practices that will help you to clean your carpet easily. For more carpet cleaning tips check out


One of the best carpet cleaner methods  is using a vacuum. People who are busy do the vacuuming once or twice a week,  but the recommended vacuuming of your carpet should be done everyday. Doing this will prevent the fibers from setting into the carpet. Going through the carpet in parallel rows several times back and forth, and then side by side is the proper vacuuming. It is also important to choose the exact vacuum that is suitable to the specific type of your floor. Before buying a vacuum, you have to make sure that is has dual motors, exact brush height, better filtration, rotating bar and a top loading bag.

Tough stains cannot be cleaned by vacuum so in this way I highly recommend a carpet shampooer to remove these particular stains. Carpet shampooers use hot water that will allow tough dirt and stains to dissolve easily and able to break the bond between the dirt and the fiber from the carpet. In order to have better results, I also recommend pre-treating the tough stains before using the carpet shampooer. When buying this kind of machine, you need to choose the top carpet shampooer that is out now in the market. Reading carpet shampooer reviews from different users will help you to choose the best carpet shampooer.

Homemade cleansers are also useful and proven effective to remove dirt and stains on the carpet aside from using vacuum and carpet shampooer. There are several procedures and tips that can be found in the internet on how to create an effective cleansers for cleaning carpets. On the other hand baking soda, lemon extract and vinegar are some things that are accessible in your kitchen and can be used as carpet stain cleaners.

I hope that you have learned a lot of new ideas from my discussion. Actually, there are so many ways on how to clean carpets but above are the most common and simple ways. Cleaning your carpet regularly will allow you to sustain its beauty and life. In addition, it will also help in promoting good health to your family especially to your kids that are always active playing on the carpets. So what are you waiting for, start cleaning your carpet now and choose one of the methods that I have shared with you.

Can tyrosine help us?

In this article you will learn a lot about tyrosine, how important it is in our body especially its benefits in the production of testosterone. This discussion will let you know you also the sources of tyrosine.

First, let us talk about testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone that is produced by the male’s testes, and in the female’s ovary, under the signals from the hypothalamus and the pituitary glands in the brain. Male produce more than 10% of a female’s testosterone level.

Did you know that testosterone plays an important functions in both male and female health.

Just as men need the female hormone, female’s testosterone also plays a vital function, estrogen for their health.


Low testosterone will result to premature death, erectile disfunction, easily get irritated, mood swings and memory problems. In addition, low testosterone will result to fatigue, muscle deficiency and loss of bone mass. It will lead also to loss of muscle mass that’s why several men and women look weak. Several research and studies have proven that having the ideal testosterone levels in men will help them maintain their muscle mass even if they get old. It will help also in keeping men’s lower body strength. But the big question here is “What are the ways in raising testosterone?”. Well, there are so many ways in raising testosterone but the most common natural and effective way is by means of tyrosine.


Tyrosine is considered as a nonessential amino acid that is produced inside the body from phenylalanine. It is a nutritional ingredient for the synthesis of dopamine, norepinephrine and neurotransmitters epinephrine. Dopamine is important especially in mental function as it is known to be the feel good hormone of the brain. It helps to have better mood sex drive. In other words, it is useful in treating lack of sex drive and mild depression. Dopamine influences brain processes that dominates movements and emotional responses. It is also the main source of energy and power of the brain.


There are two main sources of tyrosine first is by eating foods that are rich in tyrosine like eggs, almonds, avocados, banana, duck, chicken, oatmeal etc. Eating foods like these will help a lot in raising the dopamine in your brain. The second source of tyrosine is by taking tyrosine supplements. There is no standard dosages for these supplements but typically it range from 500-1000 mg daily. If you are planning to take higher dosage, you have to ask for further assistance with your doctor. Normally, it is taken during the morning on empty stomach but the best taken is late at night before going to sleep together with a high carbohydrate meal. These particular supplements are available nowadays in the market.



A little safety for my family

There is something that changes when you have children, you become different.  The stories of a frantic mother lifting a car off of her child definitely hold weight.  I can easily see something like this happening with myself.  You never quite share a love for something and the desire to protect something from harm quite like you do with your own children.

My husband and I have talked about having a firearm in the home for years and I was always against it.  There are too many horror stories in the news of children finding and gun and the unthinkable happening… If my family were ever to be featured on national news I would want it to be for something positive rather than a horrific life changing accident.  Because of this, I would always dismiss owning a firearm for protection.

To be quite honest I always felt that my husband just wanted another toy, however he doesn’t hunt and we don’t really live near any areas where he could take up the hobby.  After reading the statistics and hearing about the recent shooting in california I have changed my tune.  After hearing about that story I decided that I would be comfortable with the purchase of a firearm for our home.  This was on one condition, that my husband could prove to me that he could keep the firearm secure from our kids.

A quick google search led me to discover the vast number of gun safes available on the market.  I didn’t even know that these things existed.  I thought long and hard about the number of incidents that could have been prevented should the owners have kept their firearms locked away in one of these things.

I am quite sure that many children have learned to open the safe but my husband and I have decided not to discuss the actual safe or where it will be located.  Our kids will not know that we have a firearm nor the safe that it resides in.

It turns out owning a firearm is quite a process in our state (for a pistol) so we went ahead and purchased a safe first, which turned out to be the Stack-On PDS-500 Drawer Safe.  We went this route for a few reasons

  1. It can bolt down inside one of our drawers (no moving or shifting so kids realize it is there)
  2. Keycode access that times out after 3 incorrect attempts
  3. Price

I had no idea how involved and how many options there are for a gun safe.  Luckily we found a great site that showed us exactly what we needed and what we didn’t need for our situation.  If you are searching for a gun safe then I would highly recommend checking out this site here.  The added benefit is that we can also store valuables in the safe as well (jewelry etc).

Now obtaining a pistol is a WHOLE new topic.  We won’t be able to purchase the pistol until a lengthy process of applying with references which will take quite a bit of time.  To think that we just thought we could walk into a store and get a gun was completely silly.  From what I have heard through friends the process will take a few months but I am extremely glad for this process.  It makes me feel quite comfortable to know that the significant background check can make us all a bit safer.

As a final note, because we are both brand new to fire arms we will be taking this online course in order to learn the basics.  If anyone has any recommendations on pistols for a first timer we would love to hear them.  I will say, this has been an incredibly reassuring process and has made me feel a bit safer… I feel that we are taking the right steps to sleep easier at night.

A new toy and healthy gluten free bread

I wouldn’t consider myself an extremist on the front of the organic/natural food movement but I am extremely conscious of the foods that I provide for my family.  We stay away from high fructose corn syrup, have an extremely limited selection of sugars, DO NOT consume soda, and try to eat mostly organic fruits and vegetables.  I have recently been reading numerous studies on gluten and I might be a little bit late to the party, but we are going to be cutting gluten out of our diet for a bit to see what happens.

Now, if I were to do this myself it wouldn’t be a challenge at all.  I don’t eat that much bread to begin with and I really don’t consume many processed foods.  My kids however, love bread and sandwiches and I really don’t think that they should be deprived of those things.  In the summer I shop at mostly farmers markets because I can trust that many of the items are indeed organic and grass fed (proteins) but I just don’t trust many of these gluten free breads that come frozen in the supermarket.

I asked one of my good friends that has celiacs disease about her favorite breads.  It turns out they WEREN’T EVEN GLUTEN FREE!

My solution was simple…. Get a bread machine and make this stuff myself.  I don’t have the time to make homemade breads from scratch by hand, but I certainly can handle measuring out ingredients and letting the machine do the rest.

I went on amazon to check out bread machines and reviews, I also googled a ton and found this great site.

There were some great tips on purchasing a bread maker.  A few things that I took into consideration were

  1. Gluten Free Cycle (No brainer)
  2. Size of loaf (I have a larger family of hungry children)
  3. Ability to have a pre set timer to have bread ready when I get home

I finally went with the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker 120 Volts because it fit all of my needs.  As I get better with recipes I’ll definitely post some up for all to see!




Car Tips

Auto Repair in SauquoitI woke up to my least favourite scenario of all time.  Get the kids, turn the key and nothing.  Car won’t start.  How frustrating is that? Well, it wasn’t the first time and it definitely won’t be the last time.  However, this instance was different… The car had no power, no click no nothing.  I figured that this must be the battery because I literally had absolutely nothing to work with.  After talking with my friend Jason Jordan that owns JJ automotive Services Repair Shop I realized that perhaps I could solve this myself.  He gave me a quick tip that is usually the first thing to trouble shoot.  Are the terminals clean?  “What the heck are terminals? ” I thought to myself, and began to look around.  Sure enough, after cleaning the terminals of my battery I tried to restart and BOOM! The car fired right up.

Here is what you will need should you attempt this project

  • 20-30 minutes of time
  • Wire brush
  • Wrench
  • Flat head screw driver
  • Wd-40

I started by taking the WD-40 and spraying the terminals because they were INCREDIBLY coroated with gunk.  I disconnected the black then the red in that order.  The WD helps loosen the bolts as well as slide the terminals off.  I used a flat head screw driver to pry them off because they were really stuck on there!  Be prepared to use some elbow grease to get this done.

After you have the battery disconnected take your wirebrush and clean everything so that it is shiny and metallic and looking brand new.  I could see why things weren’t working right because there was so much gunk on that battery.  I guess this is something that will need to be kept an eye on especially after a harsh winter.

I was really glad that I was able to do this myself and save a trip to the mechanic and not have my day interrupted by the inconvenience of not having a working vehicle.  I would highly recommend trying this if you find your car not starting and having no power at all.

Remember, some things that you need to be conscious of…. Disconnect black then red and then re connect in the reverse order!