5 Tips for Making Better Cuts with Router Bits

If you are new to the whole Wood Router thing, then we have the perfect tips for you to ensure that you make clean and accurate cuts with the help of your Router Bits. By the way, if you still don’t have a good wood router then you should check out this buyer’s guide by HomeGuyd for the best wood routers.

Using a Router can be a little tricky if you haven’t had prior experience.

This is why we have listed down a few tips to make it easier for you to use this router and make the perfect cuts with it.

Tip 1: Install your bit accurately into the router

One of the most important tip to remember when making a cut with your router is that you have to ensure that you install your bit properly.

Keep on inserting it in the router until its bottom sticks out and then back it around 1/6th – 1/8th inches and then tighten your collets. If you don’t back the bits then the collet might tighten at the wrong part and your bit might come lose when you are using it.

Tip 2: Clear the wood chips regularly

Make sure that you clean your router after every few jobs so as to ensure that the chips don’t get accumulated in the wrong areas of the router. Make sure there aren’t any chips between the router plate and the workpiece or between your fence and workpiece. You can use a vacuum or a dust collection tool for this.

Tip 3: Keep a check on your bit speed

One important thing to keep in mind is that you need to keep a check on your bit speed and determine the speed according to the bit size. If the bit size is large, then your router will create more vibration so you need to use it at a lower speed. Always make sure that you use the appropriate bit speed for your router and always consider the feed rate, router horsepower, bit condition, and so on before you pick one for a project.

Tip 4: Route in the correct direction

If you are using a handheld router then you need to know that the bit will spin in a clockwise direction at a great speed.

So if you want to router the outer edges of a wood then you need to be careful and move your router in a counter-clockwise direction. If you are routing the inside edges of a frame, then make sure that you move the router in a clockwise direction.

Tip 5: Keep a check on the feed rate

Another important tip to remember when using a router is that always mind the feed rate. A feed rate is a speed at which the rotating bit will be moved along the edge of the wood. If you feed the wood too fast into the router, you will end up with a rough cut on your wood. If you feed it too slowly then you would end up with burn marks on your wood. So keep on practicing and keep a check on the feed rate.

Bikini Waxing- Before and After Tips to Follow

Are you a first timer in getting your bikini area waxed? It might seem to be a daunting and an uphill task to even think of how painful it can get, while ripping hair off your vaginal area. But do not get too much worked up on the same. It need not be as demystifying as you presume the first time experience to be.

When you book your first appointment with a salon expert for getting your bikini wax done, there are certain basic things which you need to keep in mind

Take a morning appointment

After a tired day’s work at office, those muscles near the tender vaginal area get jammed as well. The hair follicles in the vicinity get tighter and the experience is more dreadful than you imagined it to be. It is better, you get an appointment fixed in the early hours of the morning. Your muscles are less stressed out, when you wake up fresh in the morning. So head to the salon then.

It is a strict no no to go in for a bikini wax three days before you monthly periods, during the exact time when you have chums and four to five days after your chums get over. It is a kind of a teething time for the body to get accustomed to the hyper sensitivity. You can ideally go in for the coveted treatment ten days before or after, you are likely to get your chums.

Exfoliate Your G-Spot

Exfoliate your vaginal area on a periodic basis. This reduces the rate of ingrown hair to a visible extent. While you have already booked your first appointment for a bikini wax, it is ideal you do not shave your hair at home. You need to leave behind at least a quarter portion of your hair covering the G spot area. This enables the wax to catch hold of the hair and leave a clean bikini area once ripped off.

Take the first experience as it comes

Be cool! When you have the bikini area waxed for the very first time, it can be quite painful. The hair follicles are deeply rooted from within. When you get the area waxed, the hair follicles are pulled off directly from the root. It can sometimes cause bleeding as well. But the good news is, once you get away with the first one, your hair follicles get much thinner for the second one to turn out as pleasant as you want it to be.

Take it on a long haul

It is better you don’t get too overwhelmed and excited about the first bikini wax. I know it is fun to venture out to the beach with the swim wear revealing your flawless bikini line. Don’t spoil the complete experience by shaving or trimming your hair just before getting the thing waxed.

After the first experience, you need to regularly go for bikini wax once every four to six weeks. The hair growth is diminished with every sitting. Within 5 years, you have a laser removal effect with hair growth diminished by 75%. All you have is a clean and a clear bikini to show off!

A great experience at the spa

If you feel reluctant to get it done at home, you can head to a sophisticated spa which makes the experience a much better one. You can view the menu to visually feel the type of bikini wax, which you can aim for. The varieties include triangle, landing strip, V shape or Brazilian style. Opt straight for the Brazilian style which is more of a seamless experience, all together.

Get Rid of Dark Underarms -Causes and Solutions

Sometimes women shy away from raising their arms way up in the air if they are wearing cut off sleeves. The main reason or culprit behind this phenomenon is dark underarms.

While this is not a serious issue but can cause embarrassment for many women. The main causes for dark underarms are as follows:

  • Dark underarms can be caused by accumulation of dead cells.
  • This condition can also occur if you are in a habit of excessively using different types of antiperspirants and deodorants.
  • Wearing tight clothes can also cause dark underarms as the material keeps on rubbing against your skin making it darker.
  • If you use the razor on a regular basis then it can leave thinly grown stubble, which gives an illusion of dark underarms.
  • People with a diabetic problem can also get dark underarms owing to excessive pigmentation.
  • There are also some hereditary factors that can cause dark underarms.Now that you know the causes of dark underarms lets figure out the ways of curing it.

    Some of tips that will help are as follows:

    • Potatoes: Owing to their mild acids, potatoes are a natural bleaching agent. However they do not irritate the skin at all when the juices hit the skin. The method is as follows:
      • Take a slice of potato and rub the slice on your underarms for about 5-10 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. You will need to repeat this step twice a day to get best results.
      • You can also grate a potato and apply the juice on the underarms with help of your fingers or you can also use cotton. This should also be left for 10 minutes and then washed off with lukewarm water.
    • Sandalwood and rose water: You can also get rid of your dark underarms by making a pack of sandalwood and rose water. Apply this pack for several minutes and then wash it off. Being a natural lightening agent, sandalwood would take away the dark patches and rose water helps in cooling and softening the skin.
    • Saffron: This particular ingredient is known for its anti-germ properties hence, it can be used for making the underarms lighter. Create a paste of saffron with milk or cream and apply it on your underarms. Leave it overnight and then wash it off in the morning. This pack not helps in getting rid of the dark patches but also helps in killing the bacteria and germs that cause underarm odor.
    • Baking soda: This is something that is commonly found in every household. You can make an exfoliating scrub to get rid of darker underarms. The procedure is as follows:
      • Mix baking soda with water to make a thick paste
      • Scrub your underarms with the paste for few minutes
      • Wash off the area and dry it with the help of soft towel

    You should be repeating these steps several times in a week to get the best results. Baking soda also helps in clogging the skin pores, which ensures that the underarm area is ventilated at all times.

    Dark underarms can cause distress to many women as they will not be able to wear something that is without a sleeve. Following the above methods can help in eliminating this problem.

A tribute to Lola/i heart faces

I had been wanting to a do a tribute to Lola but I’ve just been to sad to do it. Then I seen the the I Heart Faces challenge this week is Pets and I knew that I had to.

Lola passed away about a week ago. Unfortunately I had to be the one to find her since it was always my morning ritual to let her out and feed her in the mornings. I knew right away. It was heartbreaking. And I just don’t think she knew how much I really loved her. I got so caught up with the kids, the house, work and being pregnant. I just didn’t have time for her. And the kids loved her but she loved to knock them over so they’d climb up in their playhouse to escape.

This is her soon after we had gotten her. My husband took her and had her toenails painted pink. I know that she just loved the pampering.

She was fat, smelly, followed me everywhere. Stared at me constantly. Didn’t bark but constantly snorted like a pig. She ALWAYS thought that she was hungry. She loved to steal little Luke’s string cheese out of his hand. Her long strings of slobber drove me nuts because she’d always shake them off in the kitchen, landing on the fridge, stove or right where I’d walk. But as crazy as all of that made me I still loved her and of course since she’s gone I realize that I loved her more than even I knew.

The day before she passed I noticed that she didn’t seem herself. She wasn’t starving, not trying to knock down the kids and wasn’t even staring me down at the back door while I ate.  I warmed up some grilled chicken and sat outside in the grass with her.  She seemed to really love it.  I don’t know if it was me or the chicken that she enjoyed more.  But I’m grateful that I took that time for her because I had no idea that it would be the last time I’d get to be with her.  I miss her.

Winter Beauty Tips for This Season

Winter is the time of year, which is a grueling period for most of us to maintain a fabulous and a glowing skin. You must be wondering what happens that the skin takes a heavy beating at this time of the year. The cold dry winds cause skin to dry up sooner and your skin becomes flaky and you have a tendency to keep scratching yourself all the time. You thus need to take extra care to maintain your skin during the peak winters.

Let me take you through easy steps which can help you maintain a fabulous skin and a glowing face during the winter season

Keep your make-up kit organized

  • If you forget to apply a small dab of moisturizer for your skin every day once in the morning and then in the evening, here is a simple trick. You can drop the contents of your favorite moisturizing cream in an empty sample jar or in a transparent lip gloss tube. Now the cream is handy. You can keep it in your purse, or in a travel bag and keep using the moisturizer, even while you are out on the move.
  • To prolong the shelf life of your foundation cream, this is what you can ideally do. You can add your moisturizing cream and mix it with foundation. The benefits you get on doing so, is enhanced levels of SPF for your face, helping the glow come from within.
  • Always moisturize your skin with a top quality product to leave your skin healthy glowing and vibrant. In winters, skin tends to become flaky and give you itching which later develop into break-outs or rashes. Moisturizing your skin twice every day, once in the morning and then in the evening, keeps your skin soft and silky.For your face
    • You need to exfoliate at least 2 times per week. In case your skin around your facial region is dry or highly sensitive, you can exfoliate thrice a week. This makes sure you reveal healthy cells from the bottom layers of the skin, bringing out a healthy glow. You can ensure your face looks healthier and there is absolutely no build up of dirt or oil to clog the pores of your skin.
    • Whatever be your skin type, make sure you wash your face every day. Use a mild cleanser or a face wash rather than using soap. If you have applied make-up, make sure you dip cotton balls with almond oil and gently remove the makeup across your cheeks, lips and eye region. After the make-up is cleaned up, dip a clean piece of linen in warm water and keep the cloth on your face. Extra make-up that remains even after the clean-up is done is absorbed in the water. And all you can rave about is clean and clear skin.
    • To get rid of pimples or acne, you have got an exciting and an interesting tip. Apply a small dab of toothpaste across the area where you have pimples. You can leave the toothpaste on, for 10 minutes or so. This helps the pimples get dried up and they would disappear.
      Nail care tips

      • Apply Vaseline to your cuticle beds on a weekly basis. Healthy looking cuticles promote nail growth, better. And you can flaunt your healthy looking nails among your friends and colleagues.
      • Apply a top nail coat to your nails, after two coats of nail polish have been applied. This prevents your nails from chipping off.

      Amazing skin care tips for those wintery mornings

      Do you want to maintain a healthy looking skin even during winters? This is what you can ideally do, to achieve magical results. You can brush your skin, using a soft brush. This will help stimulate your oil glands and can help you in keeping your skin moist. You can brush gently in circles, starting from your feet and going all the way upwards. Finish it up by taking a shower and use a mild soap.

      Winter care tips to maintain glowy cheeks

      You can probably go in for a highlighter or a moisturizer with warm gold or pink undertones, in order to add more sheen and life to your dull cheeks. A cosmetic sponge can preferably be used to apply the tint. Your cheeks can thus look plump and well defined with this great tip.

      Do you have ripped fingers?

      You can use a tea bag to protect the finger nail that begins to rip off. You need to empty the contents of the tea bag. You have to cover a portion of the emptied bag, covering the complete portion of the ripped area. You can dispose the remaining contents of the tea bag. And once the nail starts healing, you can apply nail paint all over.

      Drink lots and lots of water to keep your body cleansed and free from toxins. You can have glowing skin.


Sweeten Creek Antiques Puppy Love

Since our slobbery, fat Lola passed away a few weeks ago there has definitely been an emptiness in our home.  At first the boys didn’t talk about her being gone much but lately they she is all they talk about.  We decided that we really miss have a dog in our lives and started looking for a puppy.  Meet Fiona, she is tiny, spunky and hates to be alone.

She is such a cuddler and she sure hates bedtime.  I think she would be happy if she was permanently attached to one of us for the whole day.  I have a feeling that I’m going to have one jealous dog once the baby gets here!

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