How to safely remove your artificial nails or dip nails!

Many of you know I am a licensed manicurist but I don’t work in the industry any longer.

However I am seeing some horrifying videos of people trying to remove their artificial nails or dip nails incorrectly.

Here is my advice on how to remove them safely and what you can do if you absolutely need to put something in their place.

Safe Removal of artificial nails!

Get some cotton balls or paper towel and soak it in acetone and place it on each nail. Secure it with tin foil and allow it to set for at least 15 minutes (some times it takes longer).

Once you remove the tin foil and the cotton or paper towel take an emery board (if that’s all I assume you have available) a cuticle pusher or a orangewood stick and start at the cuticle and gently scrape off the acrylic or dip.

You may have to repeat the process a few times.

If your nails are in very poor condition after you remove the artificial ones I highly recommend this product that my clients call a “Miracle In A Bottle” – you can purchase it directly from me here! 

Right now I am offering free shipping and a free gift to anyone who purchases in the USA.

If you are in the public eye and absolutely need something on your nails I recommend these press on type nails.  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be used over and over again as your nails begin to grow you can re-position them.

Just make sure when ordering them (if you need them immediately) that you choose something that is in stock as opposed to something that has a longer delivery date.

Press On Nails

Orangewood Sticks

Metal Cuticle Pusher

Acetone – make sure to choose pure acetone not nail polish remover.  Some of these nail polish removers have oils in them to help protect the nail when stripping polish. They don’t work as well as pure acetone but if it’s all you have I say give it a try it may just take more applications and more time to remove whatever is on your nails.

Finally if you decide to leave your natural nails only I highly recommend this product.  It will have your natural nails looking and feeling healthy in as little as two weeks. “Miracle In A Bottle” – you can purchase it directly from me here! 

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Are you paying too much for car insurance?

I’m a firm believer in shopping around for car and/or homeowners insurance every year or every few years. Rates can vary tremendously from company to company just based on your age, education, driving record, gender, etc. There are so many factors that go into your insurance company determining your rates.

I personally check every year to see if I can get a better deal as we have three cars and a home to insure. Many companies offer multi-policy discounts, discounts if you pay in full once a year, anti-theft discounts, safe driver discounts, accident forgiveness…the list goes on and on. If you have been with the same insurance company for many years it might be worth your time to check around for a better rate.

So today I called our insurance carrier and was told if we rewrote the policy I could save an additional $400.00 per year and get some added bonuses that we didn’t have previously. I said, “Sign me up!”

BE SURE TO COMPARE apples to apples. It’s not a good deal if the coverage is less than what you’re getting now.

We drop collision on our cars after they are 6 years old; most times the savings are huge but you need to make sure it’s best for you. Cars depreciate so quickly and if the car is totaled in an accident your insurance company will ONLY give you the Kelly Blue Book value for that car. They will not replace the car or buy you a new one.

We have $500 deductibles on all of our cars, which helps keep the rate down as well. We feel it is best for us but you have to determine what is best for you.

We saved a bundle (over $1,000 per year) for our son’s Ford F150 when we switched. Instead of them using his “age” to determine the rate, they based the rate on what it would cost to repair the truck had it gotten into an accident. We would have never known this had I not taken the time to shop around.

I also found this fabulous article by BOTTOM LINE Publications on how to save big-time on your car insurance. I actually have taken advantage of several of the things mentioned there. I also shop around for carriers every few years and compare rates. It pays off!

You can also check my hero Clark Howard for more tips on how to save on car insurance here 


Beware of buying used items! It can be dangerous to your health!

We all are looking to save money but I caution you to beware of purchasing used items from for sale groups.

There are so many factors you must consider when buying “used” merchandise.  Probably some you never even considered.

Remember there is no warranty and no recourse when you buy used vs. new items.  New items come with a warranty (as short as it may be these days but I have found even if the warranty is over and the items is fairly new most companies will rectify the situation to your satisfaction) used items you are on your own if something happens.  Saving a few dollars could cost you a lot more in the long run when buying used.  I look for a great deal on a new items FIRST always.  Just put in a little time to do the research and you will come out a winner every time.

Yes buying used items can save you money but me be dangerous in the long run.

Clothing may be the one exception to the rule when it comes to buying used.  ALWAYS launder clothing when you get it home.  You never know what it can be exposed to.  Even new clothing should be washed before it’s put against your body.  My daughter-in-law worked in retain management for years.  She told me that many of the garments are sprayed with chemical pesticides to prevent things like moths from eating into the fabric in transit.

Baby items – if you have to buy used make ABSOLUTELY sure there is no recall on that particular model you are buying.  Baby items are being recalled daily for safety issues.  You can check for recalled baby items on the at the US Consumer Protection Agency’s website – here!

Shoes – I’m really not a fan of buying used shoes at all.  The pediatrician told me years ago that you can hurt your child’s feet with someone’s else’s shoes.  We all form a pattern from our individual feet and walking in shoes.  You really don’t want your child or yourself (for that matter) walking in shoes that have already been formed into a certain pattern but if you absolutely have no other choice makes sure to wipe down the inside of the shoes with a cloth dampened with alcohol.  Then there is the bacteria factor, you don’t know if that person has any medical concerns that would transfer to you when wearing their used shoes.  There are things like toe nail fungus and athlete’s foot that can be a very bid issue in this situation.  Honestly if you follow me, you won’t have to buy used shoes, I post amazing deals for the entire family at the end of each season (and all throughout the year) where you can save up to 90% off.

Hair Styling Appliances – something like a hair dryer is fine but when you are buying things like used flat irons and used hair clippers you should ABSOLUTELY clean them thoroughly before you put them on your own hair.  Once again, wash what you can in hot hot water and antibacterial soap and air dry. The parts that you cannot washed, take a dampened rag with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide and wipe it all down to clean and sanitize them.  Hair stylists use a product called “barbicide” (that blue solution) which kills germs, lice, etc.  You really have to be very careful buying these products used.

Washers & Dryers – you will see many ads on “for sale” groups for used washers and dryers.  Once again you can run into sanitation issues as washers can hold mold and mildew if they are not cleaned properly while they were used.  I clean my washer at least twice a month (according to the cleaning instructions) and I still get mildew even with vigilant cleaning.  Moisture causes mildew and mold to grow (and that can make your very sick after long exposure.)  The newer washers are notorious for this.  No need to buy fancy washer cleaners – the LG repair tech told me to put a few cups of vinegar in the washer and run the “cleaning” cycle.  That will do the job.

Dryers need to be wiped out occasionally as well.  I found that my dryer can get a horrible mildew smell from time to time.  DO NOT USE ALCOHOL to clean the inside of the dryer it is flammable.  Instead use a solution of 1  cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water mixed on a damp rag and leave the dryer door open for a period of time to allow the inside to dry. You never know what that person who you purchased the used appliance was putting into or washing in these items.  Could have been rags with caustic chemicals, etc.

Air Conditioners – this is one item that I never even thought about until I read a article recently about mold and mildew buildup.  Buying a used air conditioner can save you some money but you have no clue how the air conditioner was used or whether or not is was cared for an stored properly.  Once again the “mold and mildew” issue is a big factor here and can make you very sick.

Here is an excellent step by step article written by Dengarden on how to properly store and clean your air conditioner each season.  I strongly suggest you follow these steps before you use a “used” air conditioning unit.  See article here!

Refrigerators – can hold mold and mildew in places you never expected to find it.  If you buy a used one make sure to clean it thoroughly before using.

Microwaves – can also harbor hold mold and mildew in places you never expected to find it, make sure to clean it thoroughly before using.   If the person no longer has the “use and care” instructions that come with the microwave try typing in the model number in on google to see if you can find it on line.  Many appliance manufacturers now keep older model instructions and use and care instructions on PDF files on line.

To clean and sanitize your refrigerator or microwave use a solution equal parts of vinegar and water.

Here is an article I found on Webmd that talks all mold and mildew, the warning signs, and how it can affect your health.

Mold and mildew can cause some very serious health issues if you are exposed to them for any length of time.




STOP those annoying robo calls!

My hero Clark Howard has an entire page of options on how to stop those annoying robo calls to you cell phone.

Many carriers actually offer a free service that will do this for you or at least cut down on them.  Some charge and others do not but Clark lists some of the free apps you can get that will do just that STOP the annoying robo calls.

Take a look at his suggestions here —->