My bullshit meter is going off again.  Not just going off but screaming and banging and beeping, a great big cacophony of sound.  I found a post over the weekend on my favorite place of all, Pinterest, that said that I can have Toned Arms in 7 days.  Whew, thank goodness.  I was really worried that it might take me months to get rid of the flappy bird that is going on under my arms!  No, this site claims in little as 7 days with just five arm exercises my arms are going to be that of a young goddess (well it does't say that but I'm guessing that a young goddess has very toned arms).  It doesn't say how many reps or sets, so I guess it's up to me. I could do like 47 reps and 200 sets and I'm sure that in 7 days I would have toned arms or they would just simply have vacated my body, leaving me in disgust.  They would have been toned though.

Do people really believe these claims?  I guess they do considering the number of repins that this one has.  <sigh>  To show that this does not work in seven days, I am doing this one for 7 days.  I will be doing increasing reps starting at 8 with 3 sets for each exercise.

Here is the first one.  I will update it in 7 days to show that no, in 7 days your arms will not suddenly look like a young goddess!  Enjoy, I did making it and I laugh at myself all the time.
Just recently I was looking in the mirror and much to my horror, I noticed that I had wrinkles.  What the hell, I'm only 24 right?  Right?  No, well I FEEL 24 doesn't that count for anything.  I went to my favorite place because I just knew that someone would have the answer that I seek.  I mean really, I've been using a certain fairly expensive brand of face cleaners and moisturizers since my late twenties, why would I have wrinkles.  Their ads say that my face should stay young and the appearance of age should just magically disappear. <sigh>  It never does work that way does it.  
Well, with that being said, my friends over at Pinterest swear they have the answer. As you know by now I love Pinterest but I don't love everything about it.  Just like on the world wide web you find as much bullsh*t there as anywhere.  However I did find my fountain of youth,  an Oatmeal facemask that will and I quote "eliminate wrinkles".  I thought what the hell, this is the salvation that I have been looking for. Who needs all those expensive hee haws and do hickeys when all I need to do is read Pinterest because all the answers have been pinned here by experts.  Ok, that was a bit sarcastic.  There is quite a bit of great stuff on Pinterest otherwise I wouldn't spend great chunks of my day pinning stuff.  Lucky for you, I'm here to help you wade through the bullsh*t.  I have decided to use this miracle cure for 20 days and watch all my wrinkles just up and disappear.  I'm sure they will, really, I'm sure.

So here is the miracle remedy:

2 TBSP of oatmeal-the first time I just used the oats and cooked them, big mistake.  You need to grind them, I used my coffee grinder, and make it fine.
1/2 cup whole milk
Cook until you get a good thick paste.  I cooked it in the microwave 30 seconds at a time and stir between
Let cool for 10-15 minutes 
Add 2 TBSP Olive Oil
Mix well
Let cool another 10 minutes and then apply it to your face and neck.  Leave on 20-30 minutes.

Heres a hint-Do not wash off in your bathroom sink as the amount of oatmeal could clog it up.  I started by wiping it off with a wetwipe (disposable), which I then threw in the trash.  I washed my face with my regular cleanser and moisturizer. Oh and don't throw it into your bathroom trash either, the dog will find it and decide that he needs to eat it, wetwipe and all.
This is what I made up for the week. Let's hope it doesn't spoil!
This is day two with the corrected recipe. I ground up the oats so that it created more of a paste. Pretty.
I have started down the road of oatmeal hell for you and already I can tell that I'm looking so much younger (incase you didn't get that, it was sarcasm)! 

I've included below a short video on getting started.  After the 20 days are up, I will update this blog and a video.  I'm sure in 20 days I will have reverted to my teenage self.  

Look out world, here I come.......again!

Thanks and remember, enjoy life.

It's the one you have,

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Pinterest seems to be the place of all things and I mean all things.  You can do a Google search but that just gives you a bench of different websites that you have to methodically click through to find what you want. The great thing about Pinterest, you do a search and you get pictures, lots and lots of pictures with blurbs all on one page that is easy to scroll through.  I love Pinterest, I'm hooked on Pinterest, it's like a drug.  You can even go over and see my site here,  (first shameless plug).

The bad thing about Pinterest, there is a lot of bad information, misinformation or just plain junk.  I don't like the spammers and Pinterest is starting to get quite a few of those.  I understand, everyone wants to make money but it drives me nuts.  Just recently I had seen a post and I thought dang if that works it would save me so much time.  I tried it, tried it again.  Went back and reread the pin and tried it again. Not one time did it work.  I thought what the hell?  How could this be pinned so many times and no one called bullshit.  Then I thought, why didn't I call bullshit?  Why don't I call bullshit?  Here is where you have to walk a fine line.  Just because I couldn't get something to work doesn't mean that it won't work for someone. Sometimes it doesn't work because the person writing it up and posting has forgotten to write a critical step, sometimes it is because it has to have a specific product and that was not posted.  However there are times that it just does not work, period.

This leads to why this post.  I decided to go ahead and try some of these pins to see if they really do work. Most of the food ones I know whether or not it would work as I can cook.  I can read a recipe and say "yep, sounds good, those ingredients work well together" but other times it's like "ewwww, why would you do that"?  Those I will just leave alone as those are really up to taste.  I will be trying out what I am calling "challenges".  Right now I am doing a 21 day arm challenge.  The website had pinned that you could get perfect summer arms in 21 days doing their exercises.  Ok challenge accepted.   This post however is a different one.  

I keep seeing on Pinterest on how to transfer pictures to wood.  You know the one, you print out your picture on wax paper and then rub it on wood and boom, there it is.  Pretty simple.  I thought I would give it a try.  You can also see the video of my mom actually trying it out at the end of this post.  

Here is what we did:


Wax paper, I used a generic brand
printing paper
Wood, Pine  12" x 12"
wood conditioner
Wood stain

Do not just run the wax paper through your printer.  I did the first time and it was a disaster.  The wax paper wrapped around one of the rollers and I am still picking out pieces of it.  It took over an hour to pull most of it out.  Use a glue stick and glue the wax paper to a regular piece of printer paper.  You can just put the glue in the corners.  Lay the printer paper out, then overlay the wax paper over it.  Glue the corners and then cut it down to the size of the printer paper.  
I found a picture that I took with lots of dark and light areas.
Don't print the picture until your wood is ready as it might dry too much.

We prepped our wood in the following manner.  Our 12 x 12 's were Pine and we pre-conditioned  before we stained.  We stained the wood and waited about 30 minutes.  Then I printed out the pictures.

I taped the wax paper with pictures face down on the wood and began rubbing with a stiff card (I took off the regular printer paper prior to taping the wax paper to the wood).  

I used these two pictures but changed them to black and white to print

I'm not going to say this worked because it came out very light, too light.  You can see in the images below how much ink stayed on the wax paper.  I decided to give it another try and printed it out on the wax paper and choose the "print on glossy paper" option which lays down quite a bit of ink. This did not work well either.  I then transferred it to  an unstained piece of wood to see if the stain was repelling the ink.  This worked the same as the others.  What is interesting is that the pictures of the wood transfers are showing up much better photographed then what they really look.  Light bendingly strange.
This is the untreated, unsanded wood.
This is the preconditioned and stained wood
Comparison of the two
You can go ahead and give this a try if you like but I was completely disappointed in how it turned out.  If you have a trick, I would love to hear it.  Otherwise, thumbs down for me.

You can actually see how we did it on the included video.  If you like the video, please go to YouTube and give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel so that you can see other "cool" things that I will be doing. Hows that for  shameless plug number two.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please let me know!!

Thanks and remember, enjoy life.

It's the one you have.