I have compiled 10 clothing hacks every woman should know! These are all tried and true hacks that work like a charm. Feel free to pin and share with other women who might benefit from knowing these great tips! To find out more about the tips, click on the blue links to be taken to the original tutorial.


Bra Strap Hiding Hack

Strapless bras are often uncomfortable and ill-fitting. Learn a simple trick to hide bra straps using a bra clip, or a butterfly paperclip.


Life hack, pregnancy hack, clothing hack. How to fit into tight jeans when you are between sizes.

If you are between sizes, newly pregnant, postpartum, having cramps, or are simply bloated, this tip is a lifesaver! Learn how to extend your waistband using just a hair tie.


How to prevent camel toe

Thin pants, leggings, and workout attire can ride-up and cause unwanted cleavage often referred to as “camel toe”. To prevent pants from riding up, check out this hack by Grosgrain involving stiffened felt!


 how to repair an underwire bra

We’ve all been there! Your underwire pokes through the fabric and stabs you in the chest. Use this quick tip by Chaotically Creative to repair your underwire bra.


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Deodorant stains ruining your look? Don’t change your shirt just yet! Try this easy deodorant removing hack to eliminate the white with just a few swipes. All you need is fabric for this easy fix!


How to put bracelet on by yourself

This is a fantastic trick to remember for securing your bracelet by yourself. All you need is a large paperclip. Simply bend the paperclip open and secure one end to your bracelet. Grip the paper clip with one hand and secure the clasp with the other. No need to call in reinforcements!


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This is a great tip found over at Agape Love Designs. If your shoes have suddenly become too tight, don’t donate them quite yet. Find the “how to’s” here.


How to zip up your dress by yourself

Zip up a dress by yourself with ease with this easy hack! All you need is a ribbon and/or clothespin. Click here for the full step-by-steps.


How to eliminate button gaps

Blouses that gap between buttons can be tamed with double sided tape! You can use permanent double sided tape or for a better grip you can purchase Hollywood Fashion Tape that is made specifically for this purpose. Removable double sided tape will NOT hold. Simply place the tape in between the buttons wherever you experience a gap (as shown in the picture below). Just be sure to remove the tape before throwing your garment in the washer and dryer! The sticky residue will adhere itself to your clothing in the dryer. Permanent double sided tape may leave a sticky residue on your clothing, so it’s wise to test it first in an inconspicuous area before using.

Use double sided tape to get rid of button gaps


Use a disposable razor to remove pills from clothes how to remove pills from cothes

Any pills on flat clothing can easily be removed with a disposable razor. Lay your garment on a flat surface and using a disposable razor simply shave the the pills right off! I don’t recommend this technique on sweaters but it works great on sweatshirts and other tight knits.

Topsy Turvy Planter

This planter gave my front steps the perfect amount of “oomph” it needed. Not only does it allow me to display a variety of beautiful flowers at the same time, but the pots are so bright and cheerful as well. My neighbors can’t help but smile when they pass by my house now.

Time: 1 Hours Cost: $25 Difficulty: Easy

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– Potting Mix

– One 10″ Pot

– Four 6″ Pots

– E600 Glue

– 36″ Metal Rod (I used a zinc rod found in the plumbing section)

– Spray Paint

– Flowers/Greenery

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Step 1: Paint Your Pots.

I chose this bright blue Rust-Oleum spraypaint for that perfect pop of color!

topsy tervy planter, gardening

Step 2: Fill your pot with soil.

Take your 10″ pot and fill it with potting soil. Insert the metal rod into the center of the pot while you fill it to the top with soil.

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Continue to push down on the soil to “pack” the soil tightly around the metal rod. Keep packing the soil down as you fill the pot to the top with potting mix.

topsy tervy planter, gardening

Step 3: Thread your second pot onto the rod.

Take one of your 6″ pots and thread the metal rod through the bottom base hole.

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Step 4: Fill your second pot.

Wedge your smaller pot into the soil, so it sits on an angle. Fill it with soil.

topsy tervy planter, gardening

Step 5: Glue the edge of your pot.

Using heavy-duty adhesive (like E600) glue the right outer edge of your second pot. This will be where your third pot lies.

topsy tervy planter, gardening

Step 6: Add your second 6″ pot.

Thread your second 6″ pot onto the metal rod. Place it so it sits on an angle along the glued area of your first 6″ pot. Hold firmly for glue to set and fill it with soil.

topsy tervy planter, gardening

Step 7: Add your third 6″ pot.

Thread your third 6″ pot onto the metal rod. Glue the outer edge of your second pot. Place the third pot so it sits on an angle along the glued area of your second 6″ pot. Hold firmly for glue to set.

Don’t forget to fill your third 6″ pot with soil!

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Step 8: Add your final 6″ pot.

Continue the steps listed above for your final 6″ pot. Thread, glue the outer edge of your third 6″ pot, place it on and angle, hold the pot to set and fill it with soil.

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Step 9: Plant your flowers.

You will most likely have to break up the root of the plant slightly to ensure they fit nicely into each pot.

topsy tervy planter, gardening

My flowers have been planted – but what to do about that extra foot of rod? It is intentional, I promise!

topsy tervy planter, gardening

Step 10: Add a playful element.

I decided to leave the some of the rod sticking out of the planter to allow the opportunity to place a playful element to the planter. This time, I added a simple wooden birdhouse (without the birdseed), but as certain holidays approach, I plan on adding other decorative elements like a “welcome spring sign” or a fun Easter bunny on top. What would you use?

topsy tervy planter, gardening

My front step is immediately transformed! What a fun way to bring some color to my doorstep, and I LOVE that I can continually change the flowers when I want to bring in some new color. Happy planting

Materials I used for this project:

Rust-Oleum Spray Paint   (Home Depot)

36″ Metal Rod (Plumbing Section)   (Home Depot)

10″ Clay Pot   (Home Depot)

6″ Clay Pot (x4)   (Home Depot)

E600 Adhesive   (Home Depot)

Flowers   (Home Depot)

Wood Birdhouse   (Michaels)

Plywood Plank Flooring

Last year we ripped up the carpet in our bedroom and laid plywood planks as a “filler” floor until we could afford hardwoods. They turned out so well, we might actually keep them for the long haul!



plywood plank flooring

I used my compact circular saw to rip each sheet into six 8″ planks. Once I had the first plank cut, I used the straight edge from that one as my guide (clamping it down on the board I was ripping) and it worked really well for the most part. It took me about 3.5 hours to do all 10 sheets of plywood, and though not perfect, the lines were pretty straight.


plywood plank flooring

After the sheets were all ripped and stacked, it was time to begin the arduous task of sanding.  It took me about 10-15 minutes per board to get them as smooth as I wanted.  I don’t want any feet getting splinters, so they needed to be smooth as silk. (Ergo, all the sanding.) It really took all that nasty yellow, rough, plywood-y looking surface off the planks and transformed them into wide pine boards. This step takes time and is a lot of work, but trust me it is so worth it to put in the extra effort here. Make sure you also bevel the edges of your planks with the sander to take down the harsh/splintery cut edges.


plywood plank flooring

I pulled up the carpet with some pliers starting in a corner and just kind of went from there,  rolling it all into a pile in the middle of the room. It came up a lot easier than I had anticipated, but to get it out of there I had to cut it into three smaller strips with my utility knife and roll it up that way. (These two really didn’t want to let go of their beloved carpet!) Next the nasty foam underlay came out, and I also had to pry up all of the tack strips the carpet had been attached to around the perimeter of the room. The final step in this process was to remove all of the staples from the floor. I used pliers, and also my screwdriver when needed.


plywood plank flooring

Make sure you start on a wall that is as square as humanly possible; otherwise your boards will become janky and crooked. After laying the first row, you just kind of go from there, laying another row then another then another. I did not use liquid nails or any type of adhesive in case we ever want to replace these floors.


plywood plank flooring

Nailing every 8 inches or so (lining up the nails on each side) and three in the ends of each plank was sufficient. If I had a stubborn plank that was bowed or did not want to lay flat, I would add a few more.


plywood plank flooring

I did not butt the planks up flush with one another because I was worried about the floor buckling if the wood expanded with the seasons. In some spots I used a quarter to make sure there was a gap, in others I just eyeballed it. Because my cuts were not 100% precise, there is definitely a variation in the gaps between the boards, which is okay. Some are a little wide for my liking, but that really can’t be helped and I guess it adds to the character of the floor.


plywood plank flooring

All of the boards were finally down, and I was ready to add the stain. Before I did, I vacuumed the floor really well, using the nozzle to suck up any sawdust or debris that had fallen between the cracks as we were working. I settled on Minwax Pickled Oak as my stain of choice. I love the look of whitewashed flooring, and I also thought that if I had stained them darker, it would result in them looking more like plywood.


plywood plank flooring

To apply the stain, I used a 7.5″ Shur-Line stain applicator and it worked really well! It went on smoothly and evenly, and took no time at all to cover the floor. I did inside the closet first, and then worked my way from one side of the room to the other, going towards the door so I didn’t box myself in.


plywood plank flooring

I let the stain dry for a full 24 hours before adding the first coat of finish. I used Minwax Ultimate Floor Finish, because it claims it will never amber over time, making it ideal over light stains. I used satin because I wanted a matte finish, but it comes in gloss and semi-gloss as well.


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Aside from claiming it dries (and stays) crystal clear, some other perks of this finish are that it’s soap and water clean up, low odour, you can re-coat in two hours, and no sanding between coats is required. Also, the directions state if you’re applying the finish over stain, only two coats are necessary. (I did three just because I wanted the extra protection.) I applied the finish the same way I did the stain, using a fresh Shur-Line applicator, starting in the closet and then going from one side of the room to the other. I did three coats total, sanding between the second and final coat.


plywood plank flooring

After the floors were finished, I painted the walls and trim a nice, fresh white (it’s called Polar Bear, by Behr).


plywood plank flooring

After a week and a half of hard work (plus a month of sanding!) the room was finally finished and I could not have been happier with how it turned out. The floors ended up costing us about $1.27 per square foot, including the stain and finish. You can visit my blog, www.sharktails.ca, for more images and instructions on how to lay down plywood in your own home. I also have an update on how they are holding up after one year: http://sharktails.ca/2017/04/02/plywood-floors-update-faqs-durability-update/ !

Materials I used for this project:

3/8″ Spruce Plywood

Brad nailer and 2″ brad nails

Random orbit sander and 80, 120 grit pads

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To see more: http://sharktails.ca/2016/04/22/newbies-guide-plywood-plank-flooring-part-1-prepping-laying-boards/

Patio Storage Cabinet DIY

Happy End of Summer!


The kids are about to go back to school (here in the PNW, they still start after Labor Day) and summer is winding down. That said, we barely used our back porch this summer, mostly because it was always a mess. That bums me out because I love having the outdoor space and in the past, we’ve eaten quite a few dinners out there when it’s dry. I finally decided to whip it in to shape last week as I struggled to make it look nice before my parents came for a visit. Here’s what I created (and below, I’ll share the journey):

Time: 5 Days Cost: $250 Difficulty: Medium


patio storage cabinet diy

Now let’s back up the truck a bit. It occurred to me to stop and take a picture about halfway through the process of clearing this wall. This is where backyard stuff gets stashed because no matter how much our patio roof leaks (and it does, sigh), this area stays pretty dry. So, bearing in mind this is halfway through tidying up, you can imagine how bad it always looked:


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To make matters worse, that shoe holder there was visible from the dining and living areas so we were constantly looking at the backs of the pile of shoes. Yuck!!

I measured the space and realized that I could custom build 10+ feet of cabinets along that wall. I was going to build 100% from scratch using scrap lumber and 2x3s for support but upon measuring, realized that standard base cabinets would fit great in the space. I wanted a really uniform, custom look across the front and knew I didn’t want to spend the money on a set of custom cabinets so I headed to my local Habit for Humanity building materials reseller and picked out three base cabinets to suit the space. They were all different and not quite what I wanted but I saw their potential.


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The 9 year old and I got right to taking off all the doors that evening.

Next, I cut out a few cross beams, created a new center beam for the middle cabinet (it’s centered based on the entire cabinet unit, not based on the opening which worked out well), paneled the side using tongue and groove cedar planks, and painted that section.


patio storage cabinet diy

Creating the doors was pretty simple. I used pre-primed 1×2 wood (not MDF, actual wood for this outdoor application) and more of these cedar planks. This is the same product I used for the fireplace surround build.


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As you can see, I did a lot of the work in the evenings after the kids went to bed. Lighting isn’t ideal for photos but it’s when I have time to work.

Seeing that I had enough scrap cedar, I measured and cut all the custom pieces to re-face the cabinets. This made them look like one big unit AND gave them a more polished look. It also gave me a better surface to paint. I used my nail gun to attach them then filled each hole, sanded, and prepped the surface for red paint. You’ll likely notice some don’t go all the way to the top edge, that’s because if I’d cut them to the right length, I wouldn’t have had enough full length pieces so I opted to make them all a little short.


patio storage cabinet diy

I painted the base cabinets red like our front door and shutters and the doors the same grey as our fireplace.


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I let them dry over night then put the doors on the next morning. Woohoo!!


patio storage cabinet diy

I topped the cabinets with some scrap OSB (possibly not the right product for the job but it’s what I had) then to give it extra stability in our damp environment, I screwed down cement board before using tile left over from my bathroom remodel 8 years ago to give the top a durable surface.


patio storage cabinet diy

The thinset needed two days to fully set so I left it alone until it wasn’t squishy anymore then used the last of the grout powder from the bathroom to grout the tiles just in time for us to put everything away to make our patio useful.


patio storage cabinet diy

I moved the stick-and-jar hanging chandelier over from above the table (I never really loved it there after I made it) and love it in the new location. I also turned 4 of the old cabinet doors into chalkboards to hang above the new cabinets. The second cabinet from the end now holds our plug-in cooler for entertaining (and secret beer storage, shhhhh). It really all came together nicely in the end and the porch is so much tidier with places for all the shoes, toys, and grilling accessories we had piled along the wall.

Materials I used for this project:

Cedar   (home depot)

Cabinets   (Habitat for Humanity)


To see more: http://www.buildsewreap.com/2017/08/patio-storage-cabinets.html

DIY Rag Wreath Tutorial Under $10

Wreaths make my heart sing joy! I literally have an addiction for wreaths! My door is never bare nor are the walls or doors inside of my house. They make everything feel so homey and warm … and can be such a classy way to decorate for the different holidays or seasons!

Lately I have been loving the whole shabby chic farm style look. One night while laying in bed and dreaming up dozens of DIY projects I envisioned a rustic barn door with a rag wreath placed in the middle. So, like all DIY addicts do, the next day I got busy! I built the DIY barn door in under $10 and 30 minutes and then crafted the rag wreath!

Time: 1 Hours Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy


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It was sooo easy to make and cost less than $6! Let me show you how to make your own!
1- 20″ wire wreath form  (I bought at Hobby Lobby for $2.99)
1- 16″ wire wreath form  (I bought at Hobby Lobby for ($2.49)
4- twisty ties
2 yards fabric – I used Osnaburg fabric aka Muslin fabric in plain and Ikat from Hobby Lobby


diy rag wreath tutorial under 10


diy rag wreath tutorial under 10

Cut fabric into strips – the length and width is up to you. I chose to to make mine about 6″ long and 1″ wide


diy rag wreath tutorial under 10

Lay your smaller wreath form inside of your large wreath form and use twisty ties to secure together


diy rag wreath tutorial under 10

Start by tying the fabric (one knot, not double knot) to the wreath form. Work in sections and do not fill too tight…mostly because you may run out of fabric. You can always come back and fill in with more ties once the wreath is completed.


diy rag wreath tutorial under 10

Using a piece of fabric that is double in length, make a “hanger” so you can hang the wreath.


diy rag wreath tutorial under 10

Ta da! You did it!


diy rag wreath tutorial under 10

PIN IT! And visit my blog for more great, easy, affordable tutorials!

Materials I used for this project:

Ikat fabric   (hobby lobby)

Muslin fabric   (hobby lobby)

To see more: http://gatheredinthekitchen.com/2016/09/07/diy-rag-wreath-tutorial-under-10/

No one will believe you paid $1 for these Dollar Tree finds

You’ve probably learned that some dollar store deals aren’t worth your money. But that doesn’t mean you should avoid these discount stores altogether. The trick is discovering which items give you the best value for what you’ll spend.

Mike Timmerman at clark.com shared this article about how no one will believe you paid $1 for these Dollar Tree finds. I agree with many things he says because I’ve seen them for myself. Big box stores sell so many products at outrageous prices. You can usually find the same or equivalent items at the Dollar Tree for a much lower cost. He goes over eleven major categories where you can save serious money. Spend three minutes planning a discount shopping spree when you click the link below.

How to Make Your Own Decorative Glass Front Door

Instead of buying a new fiberglass door, we ordered a decorative glass window to transform it. I have to say, the thought of ordering a new door, knocking out the old frame and installing a new door and frame was more work than we wanted to do together. So that is another reason we decided to fix up the old door. Plus the cost of cutting out the door and adding decorative glass was a lot less.

Time: 8 Hours Cost: $300 Difficulty: Advanced


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I am happy with the result. My intention was to add more natural light to the area. Adding the decorative glass window and painting the door white tied the entry together nicely.


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how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to

Here’s a look at our plain 6-panel fiberglass door.


how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to

We picked out a Tuscan style decorative glass window that was a special order: Mastercraft 22″ x 36″ Decorative Glass for Exterior Door TU-106. Cost: $327.25 at Menards. They often have 11% discount days so our cost was $291.25. It is actually a replacement window for doors that already have a window. However, this glass window kit comes with all the directions and list of tools you need to install the window. Since we had never done this before I was a little nervous. If something went wrong, then what? Nevermind that, we hauled off and just did it.


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Measured, marked and taped off the area to be cut. Before cutting the door we scribed a line for a nice clean cut. Fiberglass will splinter, so adding masking tape is a smart precautionary measure.


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Next step we did was drilled holes in opposite corners to start the cut with a jigsaw. It’s very important to use a dust mask when doing jobs like this, especially fiberglass.


how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to

Here is the door all cut and ready for a decorative glass window.


how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to

We recommend installing the door before inserting a glass window. It was at this point that we precisely followed the directions for installation of a window replacement that came with the special order decorative glass window.


how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to

It was actually easier to install than we thought.


how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to

Removed the door hardware and taped off the window area to paint the door white.


how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to

A nice close up of the Tuscan style decorative glass insert. It is hard to take a photo of the door and window because of all the light.


how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to


how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to

New door hardware dressed up our entrance beautifully and is a quick and easy home improvement to do yourself. There are so many choices for door hardware it is hard to decide. I second guessed myself and thought perhaps I should have picked the color black, but the silver color and style look elegant. I could not be happier.


how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to


how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to

Never in my dreams did I think the door would turn out as beautiful as it did. We love how easy it was to transform it into something brand new. It feels good to finish this project. If you liked this, see a few more photos on the blog at Housekaboodle link below. Thank you so much, Sue

To see more: http://www.housekaboodle.com/add-decorative-glass-window-fiberglass-door/

9 Signs Of High Blood Sugar You Should Never Ignore, Even If You Aren’t Diabetic

Everyone likes something a little sweet now and again, but depending on our bodies, we may have to be a little more careful when it comes to indulging than others.

This caution is not just about things like weight gain or even the inflammation of the gut and candida overgrowth that eating too much sugar can cause. In fact, it’s much simpler, but can be much more dangerous to your health: it’s your blood sugar levels.

Now, your body and blood need a certain amount of sugar for energy, but too much can cause serious health complications like diabetes, hyperglycemia.

Too high blood sugar can also cause a host of very unpleasant symptoms, with a diabetic coma being the most severe. (This can also happen when your blood sugar is too low, but that’s another issue!)

Luckily, there are lots of warning signs before a coma happens, so don’t freak out.

Just be sure that you’re paying attention to what your body is telling you, and if you have existing issues with blood sugar, make sure your doctor knows all about any symptoms or changes you may have experienced.

Learn the signs you that could be warning you that your blood sugar is getting too high.

Obviously, if you take your blood sugar levels, then you’ll know what’s too high, but if you’ve never done it, there are also physical symptoms that you should be aware of.

With some vigilance, as well as some changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can bring your levels back to normal.

Just be sure to consult with a doctor before making any changes.

Why Is High Blood Sugar Dangerous?

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If your blood sugar levels are too high, it can really wreak havoc on your body.

Frequent or ongoing high blood sugar can cause nerve damage, as well as damage to the blood vessels and organs.

For people with Type 1 diabetes, it can also lead to a buildup of acids in the blood, throwing off the chemical balance of your whole body.

People with Type 2 diabetes have to worry about hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome (HHNS), which means your body can’t process sugar. HHNS is potentially deadly.

But you don’t have to have diabetes to feel the effects of high blood sugar.

What Makes Blood Sugar Levels Go Up?

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Blood sugar levels may rise after eating a very large or very carb-heavy meal.

People with diabetes will experience blood sugar spikes more frequently than those without it, but it can happen to anyone. Stress, illness and infection, and inactivity can also cause blood sugar levels to rise.

If you have diabetes 1 or 2, strenuous physical activity while insulin levels are low and blood sugar is already high can also cause a dangerous rise, as can forgetting to take diabetes medication.

So, what are the symptoms you should look out for?

Symptom #1: Increased Thirst

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If you find you’re suddenly very thirsty all the time, even if you’ve been drinking enough fluids, high blood sugar may be the culprit.

You may find you feel increasingly thirsty after a large meal, especially one that features a lot of carbs like bread or pasta.

If you feel less thirsty after a little while, your levels have likely evened out, but if the feeling of thirst persists, you may have a more serious issue.


Symptom #2: Dry Mouth

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Along with thirst, high blood sugar will give you that gross, dry, cotton-mouth feeling, like there isn’t enough saliva to keep your lips and tongue comfortable.

Dehydration is a very real risk, especially for those with Type 2 diabetes, and is a major symptom of HHNS.

If you think you may be approaching dangerous levels of dehydration, get medical attention immediately.

Symptom #3: Frequent Urination

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This is another facet of the overall dehydration. People with high blood sugar will feel the need to go more often than usual, which will also exacerbate the feelings of thirst and dry mouth.

And the dehydration gets worse, the urination will decrease in frequency, and the urine will get darker in color.

This means that the person is severely dehydrated, and may have HHNS.

If this happens, get medical attention immediately.

Symptom #4: Stomach Pain

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High blood sugar often causes upset stomach.

If you don’t have diabetes, this can just be your body trying to digest a large meal, or even some mild inflammation of the organs, which happens often after eating a lot of refined carbohydrates and processed sugars.

If you have diabetes, this stomach pain can recur. The condition is called gastroparesis, and it happens when blood sugar levels slow the contractions that move food along your digestive system, causing discomfort.


Symptom #5: Nausea And Vomiting

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Along with pain in the stomach, it’s common to feel nauseous when blood sugar levels are too high. This nausea can be do to gastroparesis, as well.

High blood sugar can also damage nerves in the stomach and digestive tract, which makes gastroparesis even worse, which can lead to vomiting.

Symptom #6: Shortness Of Breath

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Shortness of breath is a sign that your blood sugar levels are far too high and have been that way for too long.

It is often a sign of ketoacidosis, which is what happens when your body ceases to be able to break down sugar, and so starts breaking down fat for energy, leading to a buildup of waste material called ketones.

When these back up in your blood, they cause ketoacidosis, which can lead to a diabetic coma.

If you find yourself short of breath, seek medical help immediately.

Symptom #7: Sweet Or Fruity-Smelling Breath

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Breath that smells sweet or fruity (in an unpleasant way) is another sign of high blood sugar and ketoacidosis.

This smell comes from a buildup of ketones in your body. Acetone is a ketone, so breath can also have a smell like nail polish remover.

Having some ketone material in your body is alright, but if it’s affecting your breath, and especially if you have diabetes, this can be a sign that you need some medical attention.

Symptom #8: Blurred Vision

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Blurry vision is often an early sign that your blood sugar levels aren’t quite right.

Diabetes affects the nerves of the body, and can also increase the risk of glaucoma, as well as diseases of the retina.

If you notice increased blurriness, even with glasses or contacts, eye pain, loss of peripheral vision, or double vision, you may be experiencing a side effect of high blood sugar. Talk to an eye doctor about what you can do.

Symptom #9: Fatigue And Trouble Concentrating

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If you don’t have diabetes, this foggy, sluggish feeling could just be a sign that you ate too much and just have to digest a bit.

For those with diabetes, though, fatigue can be more frequent, and can even impact daily life.

Fatigue happens when glucose levels make the blood thicker, which means oxygen isn’t getting to your cells as quickly as it normally would, making you feel sluggish and drowsy.

Sugar also causes inflammation of the blood vessels, which sends your immune system into overdrive, also causing tiredness.

What Should You Do If Your Blood Sugar Is High?

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It’s a simple answer: talk to your doctor!

Tell them your symptoms as well as your day-to-day habits, and together, you’ll be able to form a plan of action to get your sugar levels balanced.

This may include medication as well as lifestyle and diet changes, depending on your needs.

Obviously, if you or someone you know really feels terrible, get emergency care.

What to buy in Aldi (and what not to buy)

Aldi supermarkets are located all around the world. If you haven’t visited one yet, chances are you will someday. Like every store, they have their own store brands and they carry some big brand names, too. If you’re thinking about trying out what they offer, check out this comprehensive list first.

The price-savvy blogger at AThriftyMrs.com created this mega-post of what to buy and what to avoid at Aldi. She goes over just about anything you’ll ever see in the supermarket, from refrigerated foods to fresh vegetables, household goods, and personal care items. For example, she loves the dried pasta but runs away from their store brand plastic cling wrap. It’s helpful to have someone else do the testing, and then tell you why things are pass or fail. Discover the best and worst products for sale at Aldi when you click the link below.

How to Make DIY Drawer Organizers With Always Discreet

Six months ago I did something I never thought I’d be able to pull off:

I built a DIY bathroom vanity from scratch.

(Surprisingly, it hasn’t fallen apart! YAY!)


And I know this is “mean,” but since I built the vanity, it’s mine. All that drawer space?


Yep, that’s mine, too. Sorry, hubby!


It’s exciting that I finally have personal drawer space to fill with makeup, face cleaners, and personal women’s products–all the stuff my husband doesn’t care about and honestly, doesn’t need to see.


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The drawers are pretty deep and actually pull all the way out, so I can store a lot of stuff here.

But drawer organizers are so expensive and hard to buy them in customizable sizes.


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So I thought I would take a moment in today’s post and share with you a quick and easy little tutorial on how to make a drawer organizer out of scrapbook paper where you can easily organize your feminine care products in drawers so they’re not sitting out in plain view for your family to see.
(Plus, these organizers are awesome for holding your lipsticks, blush, and more!)


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You’ve got a pretty little boxes!


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Once I was done, I filled the boxes with Always Discreet pads.

The DIY paper drawer organizer juuuusssst fit! I probably could have made it a little more narrow, but it still works well.

To know the complete list of materials I used and how I measured the paper so the boxes will fit, you can click here to see the whole post.

To see more: http://thriftdiving.com/how-to-make-diy-drawer-organizers/?utm_campaign=Social-Media&utm_medium=Before-Picture&utm_source=Hometalk


Rarely do I start a post with a before picture, but then again, it’s not every day I have such a transformative renovation. I’ve wanted a butler’s pantry for the longest time and when we decided to move this past spring, it was high on my list of extras I’d love to find. While I didn’t find a home that included an existing one, our home provided a golden opportunity – a space next to the dining room that I immediately envisioned renovating from storage closet to a dream butler’s pantry.


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This is the closet as it looked before we moved into our home. Given that we already have a pantry closet in our kitchen and plenty of other storage space, I didn’t think it was necessary to have a closet in such a prime spot to house lightbulbs and paper towels. It’s proximity to the dining room also made it the perfect place to gather my many sets of dishes and other tabletop accessories. With my vision clear, I set about making it happen.


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Here’s a glimpse at the final product before it was styled and decorated. I might have saved this for the end of the post but I wanted to show the before and after right next to each other, so you could get a real feel for how much it was transformed. I’ve decided to do this reveal in two parts to avoid a very long post, so today I will cover the renovation and my next post will show what the room looks like now that it’s completely done with the ‘pretty’ added in.


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We started with this basic closet when we moved into the house. I saw it’s potential right away and frankly never even looked at it as a closet that ever existed. To me it always was what it would ultimately become. I saw past the cheap shelving, the off center utilitarian light fixture and the builder’s grade door. Communicating that vision to others, however, was where I needed to concentrate. I couldn’t understand why people kept asking me why I wanted to put cabinets in the closet.


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To give you a sense of context, here’s a view towards the closet, as seen from the original dining room. (You can also see the dining room update here: A Rosy Dining Room ). The closet is the closed door that’s right outside the dining room. It’s very convenient in its location adjacent to the room where we entertain so often. It also can be seen when one enters the front door (not shown) and looks to the left down the long hallway. I loved the idea of looking down that hall and seeing a pretty serving space.


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Once we moved in and painted the walls that same view changed to a lighter and cheerier look.


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The first thing to go in was the cabinetry and the layout was as simple as could be. We ripped out the shelving and had cabinets made that would fit simply across the width of the former closet. The space is 51 wide, so I opted for three doors with glass panes above the counter and raised panel doors beneath it. We left the center open on the bottom to accommodate a small wine captain. For the finish on the maple cabinets I selected Benjamin Moore White Dove.


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We needed to wire the space for the wine cooler and the cabinet lighting, as well as centering the curiously off center existing overhead. I knew exactly what fixture would go in here and it definitely needed to be centered.


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Next up was the counter and I knew precisely what I had in mind. I headed to a local marble yard where I found a ‘remnant’ of polished calacatta. I did think twice about the durability of white marble but I’ve been certain about this combination for so long that I decided not to sell out. The space is tiny and worth the risk to go for the material I had my heart set on. I do hope to re-do my kitchen soon in a very similar color palette, but perhaps in there I’ll be more practical. For my tiny pantry however, I unabashedly followed my heart.


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For cabinet pulls I went with a French design in a soft satin gold. The pulls are from the House of Antique Hardware, a company that was a pleasure to work with.


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Delightfully, it was time to approach the backsplash, which again I knew unequivocally what I wanted (this was my favorite part). I chose an exaggerated subway tile pattern in calcatta gold marble. I love how the gold from the pulls brings out the warm undertones in the marble.



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We put lighting inside the glass cabinets, as well as under cabinet lighting for the countertops. The cabinets have glass shelves and lead strips on the glass door panes.



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Lastly, in went the wine refrigerator and it was almost time to toast our new butler’s pantry!



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The final touch was the moulding that was added around the door frame, to set the room apart from the surrounding doorways, add cohesion to the varying heights and emphasize that this new ‘room’ was no longer a closet. If you’d like to see the pretty things I used to style this little space and help it merge visually with the rest of my home, you can read that post here (or click the link below): 10 Gorgeous Elements for a French Styled Butler’s Pantry. And someday this floor will be white marble, but that’s for another day…

To see more: http://designthusiasm.com/french-styled-butlers-pantry/

Rustic Industrial Pendant Light

I’ve had this idea in my head for SO long now! I’m finally replacing out outdated and off-centered kitchen light with a new DIY Rustic and Industrial fixture!


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Here’s what we started with! We’ve had this light in our kitchen since we moved in. Sure, it’s pretty… but in my opinion it’s outdated. It’s not my style. AND it’s not centered! That’s three strikes. Time for a change.


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Once I knew we wanted to make a light fixture, I chose this metallic decorative chain from Home Depot to hang the fixture from the ceiling.


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Start by downloading your FREE PLANS at http://www.lovecreatecelebrate.com (link at the bottom of the post).
A list of lumber and supplies required for the project is included in the design plans.


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Start by cutting all of your wood according to the “cut list” in the design plans. Sand all pieces prior to assembly.
Now, glue two pieces of your 2x4s together to create part I. We started with two larger pieces and cut them down, as per the designs. Once the glue is dried on part I, use a hole saw to drill a hole into the part. We used a chisel to break out the plug. Use a forstner bit to drill out the bottom and allow access for the wiring (see diagram).Cut edges of part I according to design plans.


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Assemble the sides, top and bottom together. Glue and screw everything into place. Cut plugs to fill the screw holes. Use wood filler to fill any holes. Once the glue and filler is dry, give the piece a final sand. When all the parts are ready. Stain and varnish to desired finish. Glue copper pieces (part J) in place after the stain and varnish are dry.


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Wire and hang up your beautiful new fixture! I LOVE how ours looks. Such a HUGE transformation! I love the rustic, vintage vibe it gives off, and I LOVE LOVE the new feel of my kitchen 🙂


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rustic industrial pendant light, diy, lighting, rustic furniture, woodworking projects

For free design plans, a full materials list, and more photos, please stop by Love Create Celebrate. I’d love to see you there!


To see more: http://www.lovecreatecelebrate.com/industrial-pendant-light/