How to paint a wall red, if the paint won’t cover properly.

By Tia Cristy

Problem:

I wanted to paint my living room a deep red. I knew it would take a couple coats, but I’m up to about 10 coats and it still looks terrible! I’m at a loss should I cover it with a different color or hire a professional? Tara

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Tip from Tia:

I love red, obviously. Red is by far, the hardest color to work with. It is actually a thinner paint than other colors, that is why it is so hard to get a decent coverage. I assume you didn’t use a primer? Either way, that’s alright. It is best if you choose to paint with a red or orange base color for better coverage, and be sure to use a grey primer before you start.

Now, in this case you are already 10 coats in, you can change the texture of your painting technique to give you a classy suede look. It’s quite simple and will now save you time, frustration and money. The suede technique is with a paint brush the width of your choice, and
you sweep the paint on in a constant “x” formation across the whole wall you’ve already painted. Yes it is the same color, but the red paint, as you have already witnessed, dries darker in thicker areas. Doing this technique will give a balance to the dark spots and a nice highlight to the thinner spots.

Other techniques can be used as well if you’re not a fan of the suede look. There is sponge, which is using a choppy sponge blotted across the wall. There is the rag painting which is messy, but really all painting can be messy. This technique is a twisted rag that you roll across the wall.

There are many techniques that home improvement stores have to offer as well. So check with them before calling in the professional. All of these painting techniques can help blend that problematic red and give a super custom look to your room.

A quick side note to remember, if you want to cover up that red now or in the future. Colors have a science behind them. Pigments are important in covering over another color. The best pigment to paint over red and orange is a neutral taupe color. It will give you the best coverage and overlay so pink tones don’t come cascading thru. And remember to be realistic, if you have a huge room or vaulted ceilings; the professional may just be the right way to go, since they have the right ladders scaffolding and tools for the job. Professional painters come in and get the job done right and quick and leave you with less
of a headache.  

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Cleaning Bathroom Pipes Weekly, How and Why? Tips in Action:

By Tia Cristy

Tips in Action: Cleaning Bathroom Pipes Weekly, How and Why?

From our bodies to hygiene products, the bathroom pipes get full of oil. And, if you didn’t know this, you should never put oil and grease down the drain. But, in this case, it inevitable.

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As a tip, put a grease fighting dish washing soap in the tub and sink drains when you clean your bathroom, or as a once a week regimen. Let it suds up and drain slowly.

This will help reduce that gross, gunky, buildup in those pipes with out having to use harsh chemicals to break down a clog all the time.

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Soften Crow’s Feet and Laugh Lines.

By Tia Cristy

Quickie: Soften Crow’s Feet and Laugh Lines.
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It’s truly, the wrinkles you should be proud of. To have laugh lines and crow’s feet, usually means just that, you’ve done plenty of laughing. As said earlier this week it’s important for your brain to get plenty of laughs. But, your face may want a softening of these lines though.

A quick easy tip to soften fine lines is to apply Vitamin E to these lines at night before you go to bed. Break open a Vitamin E capsule with a toothpick and apply generously to the lines using the whole contents of the capsule.

Doing this every night should soften the appearance and restore the under layers of the skin with hydration. (SIDE NOTE: The younger you start using Vitamin E, the more beneficial to your skin in keeping elasticity.)

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Is Auto Correct is Dumbing Us Down?

By Tia Cristy

Is Auto Correct is Dumbing Us Down?

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Problem: I have been having problems with my assignments in class. It’s like I forget my elementary  basics when it comes to writing. You might laugh but, I blame it on my texting making me dumb.

 

Tip from Tia: The things we didn’t have to worry about, only a short decade ago.  Is Auto Correct is Dumbing Us Down? (see what I did there, ha!)

The truth is, auto correct is dumbing us down. Writing is a skill we learned. And just like any skill, if you don’t use it; you lose it. Sadly, it has become easier and acceptable to have auto correct on our reliable devices. It saves us time and people have gotten good at deciphering what we mean to say.

It’s been an age old question. Who is the better writer women or men?

Whether it be a man or woman writing, write with skill and intent. Both men and women have strong points in writing.

Some interesting findings from the infographic at Grammarly showed

  •        Women are almost twice as likely than men to spend time on character development.
  •        Men are more likely to write short and straightforward sentences.

Just like any skill, you must remember to practice. And, when it comes to class assignments and the workforce, proper grammar and spelling is thought to reflect your intelligence. I found It’s acceptable and helpful to use resources like spell check and sites like Grammarly.

The brain is a muscle. Remember to exercise it!

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Make Full Eyes.

By Tia Cristy

Quickie: Make Full Eyes.
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There’s a ton of mascaras out there with their claims to fame. And, yes, some really can make a difference in your life.

But, no matter which one you use, technique can help with giving you a full, big look. If you are trying to make your eyes look bigger, apply one coat of mascara to each eye. Then, go back to the middle of your lashes, and apply several coats to each eye. This will open the eye up, to a bold look.

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All Lube is the Same. Stupid Tip of the Day: (MA)

By Tia Cristy

Stupid Tip of the Day: All Lube is the Same. (MA)
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You may think all lubricants and oils to enhance a sexual experience, are built the same, but that is not the case. You’ve seen the commercials for her pleasure and for his, and a chemical reaction happens when they combine. Lubricants can be very effective in giving a hypersensitive experience, in the bedroom. In some cases, a lube is even necessary to achieve a pleasurable experience.

There is no shame in needing or wanting a lubricant with your partner. Just be sure to discuss with each other the options. It’s important to have good communication with sex and important to have sexual health. Lubricants can break down latex, if you are having protected sex using condoms. Another form of protection must be discussed, before adding in a lube.

When deciding which lubricant to purchase, I recommend doing just what you would do if you were buying a new food; Check the label. The more natural the product is, the better reaction you will probably have with it. Some lubes actually contain silicone or other strange chemicals that may not treat your insides well. People try to come up with many alternatives and end up causing much harm to your body and your partners body.

When in doubt, go to the kitchen and get olive oil. It’s the most natural lubricant.

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How to get stuck chewing gum out of hair.

Problem:

Hi Tia, my mom says I can’t chew gum anymore, because I keep getting it in my hair, and she has to cut it out, and I cry. She says there is something to get gum out of my hair, but she doesn’t remember. What is it? Kelly, 6 and Mom

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Tip from Tia:

I understand entirely. It takes a creative individual to get their own gum stuck in their own hair. I was a champ at doing that myself when I was your age. Tell your mom it’s alright; Tia can help. And, the best part is your mom can make you do this by yourself.

The best way to get gum out of hair is by using peanut butter. First, get the gum covered section by itself. Than, you want to put a good amount of peanut butter on the gum to cover it completely. You will rub it into the covered strands and the gum will start to crumble.

The oil from the peanut butter will make the gum break down and lose it’s stick. The gum itself will start to ball up and fall out or be easily able to be pulled out. If the gum is still tacky apply more peanut butter to that area until all the gum is completely out. It may take a little while, so have patience.

Once the gum is out, wash your hair. The oil from the peanut butter will also leave your hair in a beautiful condition.

This process can work on clothes too, except it can leave an oil stain on the material. I recommend if you are going to use peanut butter on
fabrics wash out with a grease fighting soap or a dish washing foam. This should help with removing the oil from the fabric.

You can now chew gum, without the fear of the scissors or a buzz cut. After you do this yourself once or twice, lesson is usually learned; the
gum will stay in the mouth or make it to the trash when you’re done with it.   

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Can’t Seem to Go #2? Tips on Triggers: Constipation

By Tia Cristy

Tips on Triggers: Constipation; Can’t Seem to Go #2?
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Feeling bloated and unable to have a bowel movement, can be a bit uncomfortable. There is no reason to feel embarrassed by digestion issues. There can be several reasons that can cause the body to get stopped up, for example, a bad diet, a change in diet, a crazy schedule, medications or a number of others.

Softeners can help the system get back on track, but some people fear what can actually happen, if they’ve never taken the medication before. I recommend calling your doctor when thinking of taking any medication, to see if it is best for you, as an individual.

If your not comfortable with medications or they are not for you; the body does have a trigger point for helping with constipation.

Feel about 3 inches down from your knee cap. Use that point of reference and move to the outer side of the leg. There is where the trigger point is. Press and hold that spot for 5 seconds and release for double the time, then repeat the hold again. Repeat this process about 10 times.

Using this trigger point daily can be a useful aid to many stomach issues and help you keep the peace with going #2.

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Prevent Rusty Tools. Quickie:

By Tia Cristy

Quickie: Prevent Rusty Tools.

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Tools can develop rust over time, which leaves them a mess or difficult to work with.

Prevent rust very easily by putting chalk in your tool box and tool drawers.

The chalk will absorb the moisture that causes rust. Replace chalk every year or so.

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Remove Paint Fumes in Minutes. Tips in Action:

By Tia Cristy

Remove Paint Fumes in Minutes. Tips in Action:

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Paint fumes can be bothersome. Paint smells can linger for a long time causing nausea, sinus issues and just make the air downright appalling.

Here’s a quick tip that may sound unbelievable, but it works!

Grab a medium sized onion. Cut it open and divide into 4 or 6 sections. Place in a bowl or a tray. Put in the area where paint fumes are the worst. The paint fumes will start to disappear within 10 minutes. It is suggested, to leave the onion out until it dries and curls to remove all fumes. This generally takes about two days.

Oddly, the room will not smell overwhelming like onion. Plus, there are bonuses; the onion smell fades quickly once removed, and the onion will also grab bacteria and viruses out of the air as well. This tip will leave you with a health air in the room.

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