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If you are a garlic lover such as I am, not using garlic regardless of the smell it leaves behind on your hands is something that is just not an option.

But if you have had the misfortune of not knowing how to get the smell gone, this can be an offensive smell to walk around with that can even be transferred to other places and objects for lasting effects.


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New Year! New time for goals, dreams or whatever your little heart might desire. Or so that is what we seem to think.

For myself, I have had a few good years, but that has more to do with how I take life now than how lucky I am.

What I mean is, I still have trying days. Such as this week when the strains of a cold does not seem to want to let me be, however, I can take time off without stress, because I have set myself up that way. I can rest and take half days to take care of myself, easing the stress of needing to live paycheck to paycheck, because I simply don’t live paycheck to paycheck anymore.


Thing is, accomplished goals of years past has led me to a much more laid back person. And laid back has offered me a peace of mind that I can now afford myself, because even if I missed work and then got fired for it, I am much better financially now then I have ever been and am fairly certain I could recuperate.

Which leads me to the title and question of this blog. Are Vision Boards Effective? YouTube Goals Video? New Years Resolutions?



I recently started a journey to straighten my teeth at the age of 49.

Yes, yes I know, I am a bit old for braces, but when this offer came across my android phone, I simply could not resist it.

Last time I had checked for how much braces/invisalign would be; I realized that I still could not afford it. Invisalign through my dentist was about 6k while braces…well let’s just forget about them altogether. The price tag of over 10k was way too rich for my blood.

Of course, since I had done some research about it, the “Smile Direct Club” ads started popping up on my screens.

After doing some sleuthing and reviews searches, including videos such as these ones below, I decided that this might be the right fit (pardon the pun) for me!


Although I have seen other videos mentioning that customer service is a very different experience when you contact them directly as opposed to contacting them by email, and you generally get better results if you go to a smile care office rather than do your own impressions which makes sense (one is done by putty and the other by digital image). I found my nearest smile direct office and booked my first appointment.

The appointment as opposed to the impressions cost nothing and you get lots of free goodies, as seen in this video. The 3D images of what my smile would look like when finished pretty much clinched it for me and I was off to the races. After 3 1/2 weeks, I received my aligners and started the process that night (it’s been said that to deal with pain, it’s better to wear them at night when starting or changing out your aligners) since it’s give a good 7 to 8 hours of unconsciousness as to not feel the discomfort.

Here is my first video on the subject.

Putting on my second set of aligners was quite a shock and very different than the first set which was just slip on and go as you can see from the next video….


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Am I a girly girl? Why yes I am, thanks for asking.

I remember as a young girl liking all the pretty things. I was not immune to Cinderella and loved her gowns and hair and pretty shoes.

Now I know it does not make me politically correct nowadays, but being almost 50 years old, I figure that has earned me a pass of having to be always the strong and reasonable one.

Nails have been no different for me. I loved having long nails. The only problem with that was that I have been fighting all my life with the nervous habit of biting them so even when I try to let them grow, the nails are brittle and weak and I have little success.

I have gone through phases of stick-ons and glue-ons and even had started going to the nail salon for acrylic nails.

However in the last little bit I have discovered gel nails. While it’s nice to have someone do them for you. At $50 a pop it can start to add up and it looked simple enough.

So I finally took the plunge and bought some forms and the gel and decided to try my hand at it.

The surprise here was that it was just as easy as they showed it on the ads I had been seeing on Instagram. Put into the forms, apply to clean and prepped nail bed and tada….Nailutopia.

The best part is that I wanted them short and much thinner than what the beauty shop gives you and I was able to do and get them the way I wanted.

I decided to video my first attempt at this and although I forgot some of the time to stay in frame, you can honestly see just how easy it all was to do.

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Everyone thinks that getting rich means making more money or winning the lottery.

It does not necessarily have to be the case.

Getting rich for me in the last few years is getting rid of recurring expenses. And the way I have done this is by getting rid of my cable bill.

That $90 dollar a month bill was really starting to aggravate me, since we only used to watch about 3 or 4 channels of the so called 650 we had to choose from.

The Cable company made it so that you had to pick the different packages at the time even if each package only had 1 real channel you wanted to watch. It became pretty pricey to watch TV. But everyone did it! Right?

It made for an expensive distraction.

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Ever run out of time in a day. I do. All the time.

So how do I optimize my time? With a list and a lot of forgiveness.

With everything I do in a day it stands to reason that I could feel like there is not enough time in a day to get everything done, let alone keep a home clean.

I found that even a little attention to your home can get you in a state that is better than complete messery (and yes that is not a word and I made it up).

How do I do that? Well every day I write down a task or two that I want to do beyond dishes and making my bed that I saw would need some doing.

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New On A Decade to Freedom on YouTube, we review and how to of this really versatile inflatable lounger. Its light portable, doubled so it’s less likely to bust and can handle lots of weight. If you suffer from constant pain such as I do, you know that laying down is sometimes the only way to go, but putting a mattress in the middle of your living room to rest your aching body is not optimal. I bought this to help with that and have not regretted.

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With many people doing a no spend month of November for obvious reasons that Christmas is on the way.

I have tried in my 2 + year journey towards debt freedom to adopt a more permanent way of staying out of debt and staying away from consumerism.

As with so many things in my life, I have found that the simplest of answers is usually the one I favor and the one that works the best for me.

I stole this way of doing it from a good friend of mine who I noticed never had too much in her home.

You know that person, who has a warmly furnished place, but not too many things and all done tastefully and without clutter.

I asked her what was her secret and she replied that she is also tempted to buy many things but refuses to be swayed by it unless she has a permanent home designated for it before she even considers taking it with her.

I found myself de-cluttering my home in the last year and realized just how many things had no home and how many things I was throwing out or giving away.

I made the decision right there and then that if I bought something, I would need to have a home for it.

It has seriously curbed my spending habit. Not to say that I don’t sometimes fall off the wagon and spend without thinking it through. Lifetime habits are never always 100% broken, however, I usually find the mistake in my ways and end up getting back on track (usually giving away the trinket that I bought on impulse).

This little trick is good every month of the year and has saved me thousands I’m sure and I wanted to share it with everyone today. Just one of many things that got us where we are now. Debt Free.