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Lift Kits: The Most Important Truck Choice You’ll Ever Make

Whether you want the rush of unpredictable off-roading adventures or a tough street-ready look, you know your truck, right down to the last angle. You’ve navigated a variety of conditions, envisioned the perfect suspension height, grappled with tire size, and tested the limits of your vehicle.  And after carefully considering the details, you’ve decided that you are ready to buy your dream lift kit.

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But making that dream a reality isn’t easy. How do you know which lift kit should you choose? Both body and suspension lift kits improve the performance and look of your truck by raising the suspension or the body to allow for more clearance between the ground and underside of a vehicle. By examining the big differences in these two kits, you can make a quality decision that maximizes your needs.

Suspension kits use springs to suspend the frame, body, engine and power train above the wheels. With this type of kit, you can increase ground clearance from 4 to 18 inches, which is perfect for rough trail conditions, such as mudding or climbing. Additionally, when you choose a suspension kit, you may have a rougher ride, but you gain good control of the truck as it will maintain stability while increasing traction.

On the other hand, if the look of big tires is what you are after, a body kit might be your best choice. The body kit uses blocks to raise the body above the frame while the suspension and wheels remain in original condition, giving you simple handling and a great appearance. Also, with the body kit you get easier installation and street appeal for an affordable price. However, body lifts can leave a gap between the truck’s frame and the cab/bed, giving it an undesirable look. Luckily, this issue can be fixed by simply adding side steps to hide that part of the frame.

When you consider adding either lift kit to your truck, tire size and tread can change the control and the amount of clearance you will need. Lastly, depending upon the make, model and year, your truck will have different lift compatibility.

Choosing a lift kit can be difficult, but no matter which you decide on, this important choice will prepare you for your next big challenge while making your truck will look meaner.

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Bringing Beach-Friendly Flair to the Office

 

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Walking the edge of the sand against the rush of ocean waves inspires relaxed, carefree vibes. And, there’s nothing like sea-inspired accessorizing to invoke warm weather feelings. But how can you stay true to your inner beach-lover without going overboard when it comes to office jewelry etiquette? Here are some tips for adding a burst of beachy bliss to your office-bound deskwear.

Colorful Tones Enhance Understated Looks

Take colorful cues from Mother Nature with vibrant corals, turquoise blues and sunny golden yellows to create an energetic vibe that instantly adds interest to your look. Play-up bold colors by adding them as tasteful accents. Or, make a statement with a necklace, chunky bracelet or cocktail ring to simply offset simple professional looks. This acts as a centerpiece to transform a basic button down or shift dress, and organic shaped stones and beachy colors add oceanic vibes to subdued daywear.

Refined Sea-Worthy Statements

Playful accessorizing with sea rocks, shells and beads can be a perfect way to bring the beach to work, but be aware that replicating these motifs in the workplace needs to be done just right.  Attention-grabbing chandelier earrings should be saved for after hours, but you can infuse a little sea-friendly fun that shows off your personality at the next board meeting with discreet, yet trend-worthy charm. Choosing high-end materials and simplistic designs will add flair in a mature way like this set of three stud earrings for office-ready refinement.

Trending in Delicate Layers

Summer means shorter sleeves and leg-baring dresses. You can definitely accessorize while still looking professional with a minimalist attitude. Layering delicate bracelets or long necklaces can be the breath of fresh air to creating a cool summer office vibe. Bangle braceelts with multi-rows of beading are a versatile piece that can be layered for boho, boardwalk style.

Enjoy the beach no matter where you are with a selection of fun, yet versatile pieces perfect for your professional life.

Does Homemade Dusting Polish Really Work?

Does Homemade Dusting Polish Really Work?

Here in northeastern PA, aka NEPA, spring is getting ready to break through the cold and that means getting a jump on spring cleaning. So after running my ozone to settle the dust and filling an oversized garbage bag with most of my standard chemical cleaners, I was ready to take the plunge into homemade cleaner territory. I decided to start by following a recipe from maureen@homemademothering.com for a three-ingredient, chemical-free dusting spray polish.

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The recipe calls for:

1 cup white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
3 cups water

I own a few standard spray bottles for home projects and gardening, about 22 ounces each, which I bought from my local beauty supply store (you can also get them from a dollar store). I was sure to choose a brand new bottle since I am working with vinegar and do not want any strange chemical reactions. I started by cleaning out the bottle with water and vinegar and then I prepared the recipe.

Because of the bottle’s small size, I cut the recipe in half. I added about 1 1/2 – 2 cups of water, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, and 1/ tsp of olive oil to my bottle and then I replaced the spray lid and gave it a good shake to integrate all the ingredients. (TIP: If you need help cutting down a recipe, check out Taste of Home’s post.)

Lastly, I grabbed an old, lived-in tee shirt and cut it in half to use as a cleaning cloth and then I got to work. I immediately noticed a difference and the finish was perfect and shiny, but not greasy or slippery, like Pledge.

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Left is the polished side and the right side is unpolished.

I was confident this would also work on my hardwood floors, so I went ahead and cleaned the whole room with the spray, floors and all! The spray left my floor clean without dangerous slippery conditions. Furthermore, this polish left my whole room perfectly fresh and clean with a lovely shine without any smell at all. To get rid of any additional dust I may have missed, I followed up with another dose of my ozone.

The verdict?

I had a perfect night’s sleep without any headaches due to lingering dust. My room looks fantastic and smells fresh without a chemical smell. I feel happy that it took less than two minutes to gather up the materials and mix up the spray, and it cost next to nothing! I highly recommend tossing your commercial furniture polish and try this spray polish instead. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!