From kids washing slime down the sink to postpartum hair loss creating a monstrocity in the shower pipes, drain clogs happen to the best of us. If you're wondering how to unclog a sink or tub, and how to keep it unclogged, you've come to the right. place!! Before calling an expensive plumber or trying DIY chemicals or a snake that could irreversibly damage your pipes, I have 2 great products to recommend to you!! Watch this video and read on for more, including links to purchase!!
**Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by Plungeroo but all thoughts and opinions are my own :) Also, affiliate links are included below - you don't pay more but we receive a small commission from purchases made after clicking
HOW TO UNCLOG A SINK OR TUB DRAIN:
STEP 1: Buy a Plungeroo Mini Sink Plunger!!
This thing is a true powerhouse, and at just about 6" tall, it stores away compacting under any sink, in a linen closet, you name it - ready to pull out and use any time, day or night! It has a plastic handle that makes it really easy to hold and to plunge, not the typical straight stick you may be used to, this one is super easy to use! The bottom part is a durable rubber, and will fit almost any sink, bathtub, or shower drain creating a strong seal and powerful force to drain the most stubborn of clogs - no chemicals or snakes needed!! What's more? They're non-toxic, rust resistant, and come in 3 great color options!! Click my affiliate link here to buy!
STEP 2: PLUNGE!
But it's not quite that simple. Whether plunging a toilet, a sink, a shower, or any other drain, the key is to fill the plunger with liquid. If you have enough in the clogged area, simply tip the plunger a bit to the side to let it fill up. If you don't have enough liquid, add some water (I know I know, filling up a clogged area MORE is counterintuitive but trust me). When you have the plunger filled with liquid rather than air, it will send a much more powerful force down into the drain. Before learning this tip a year ago, I could never plunge our toilet successfully. I made a huge mess, and ended up in tears having to finally call a plumber. But since learning this trick?? I am the plunging QUEEEEEEN!!!! Literally, nothing I can't plunge on the first try. No splashes. No drama. SO EASY!!!
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STEP 3: PREVENTION
We can't prevent every drain clog or blockage, but we can certainly prevent many with a good drain cover!! Personally, I love TubShroom / SinkShroom / Kitchen SinkShroom, they come in stainless steel or silicone, they do a crazy good job at catching ALL YOUR HAIR out of sight!! It catches it under the top part so you don't have to see it til you pull it out to clean it! They make it in stainless steel or silicone, and different versions for tub, sink, kitchen sink, or combos:
I just got back from the most wonderful week in Puerto Rico, my third visit actually! This time it was "business" but mostly pleasure - after a few days of learning at Wanderful's WITS Travel Creator Summit in San Juan, I was hosted by Discover Puerto Rico on a 3 day culinary tour press trip in the central mountainous regions! I got to experience things I never would have thought about planning myself - we're talking a vegan Puerto Rican cooking class at El Grifo, a coffee farm tour at Hacienda Muñoz, and dining at absolutely phenomenal and unique restaurants including PyP Restaurant in Caguas, Cocina Abierta in San Juan, Ojala Speakeasy in Caguas, and a Lechonera on the Pork Highway in Cayey with Sofrito Tours. I'm drooling just sitting here remembering it all (see some of my highlight videos at the bottom of this post).
Puerto Rico is gorgeous. The food is delicious. The people are friendly. The beaches and rainforest are spectacular. There are endless cultural, historical, and just plan FUN activities to do for families, solo travelers, young, old, you name it.
That said, Puerto Rico isn't for everyone.
Is it for you??
Read on to find out!
Puerto Rico may not be best for your next vacation destination if...
1. You want to add stamps to your passport.
I get it. Having a passport full of exotic stamps is a flex. At one point I had to have pages added to my passport! Can you imagine!? But Puerto Rico is an American territory, meaning, if you're American flying from the USA, you do not need a passport! And even if you bring one, they wont' stamp it. So... if you are American and traveling to far off lands for new passport stamps is a requirement, I'm sorry, Puerto Rico is not for you. But... if you are American and don't have a passport, or enjoy the simplicity of flying to a truly gorgeous tropical island without needing your American passport, then go ahead and book your flight already!!
2. You want an all-inclusive resort.
I love a good all-inclusive resort. Sending the kiddos to the kids club and laying around on the beach sipping endless "free" mojitos all day is always a good time. But you won't find many (or any??) typical all-inclusive resorts in Puerto Rico. That doesn't mean there aren't endless amazing accommodation options, whether you're looking for adult-only or family-friendly resorts, many even have on-site snorkeling, water parks, five star restaurants, and more! From luxury resorts like the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort with an 18-hole golf course and Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve with a spa and kids club, to Villa Margarita where you get an entire house to yourself with a private beach and pool! While you won't find hordes of traditional all-inclusive resorts like you will in Cancun, many hotels in Puerto Rico have all-inclusive package options, so you can go that route as well. And if you want a more local experience, try renting an apartment or house through AirBNB or VRBO.
3. You don't like warm tropical climates.
Puerto Rico is a small island but it does have several distinctive regions, including beach, mountains, and rain forest! That said, none of these areas ever get below freezing, and most are warm or downright hot year round. For those wanting a hot and sunny escape during winter or spring break, it's perfect! But if you don't like warm tropical climates, Puerto Rico may not be for you. That said, you shouldn't take it completely off the table. San Juan, for example, rarely gets below 70 or above 90, but May through November are the most humid, so keep that in mind. Personally, I spent a week there in mid May and found it to be absolutely perfect weather! Visiting Old San Juan in the early morning (7am-10am) and then hitting the pool or beach for the afternoon was perfect! In the central mountain region, it was warm enough not to need a jacket day and night, but not at all hot, and zero bugs.
4. You don't like colorful, beautiful places rich in culture and history.
If this one applies to you, we can be friends, but I'm sorry, we can't be travel buddies! There's a time and place for just laying around on the beach, but part of traveling for me is really experiencing the culture and history of a place, feeling truly transplanted, and being surrounded by its beauty!! In Puerto Rico, you feel this ALL. THE. TIME! I especially felt it in Old San Juan. The colorful apartment buildings, the old forts, the cobblestone streets, it's just so gorgeous! You can wander around or book a tour to learn more. The Spoon Experience provides authentic cultural, food, and drink experiences in Old San Juan and is just SO much fun! Definitely look into these local tour guides and travel agencies recommended by Discover Puerto Rico to make the most of your trip!
5. You prefer driving or long haul flights.
If you refuse to fly, then Puerto Rico is probably not for you, though you can find San Juan as a port of call on some cruises originating in the US). And if you really want to do a long haul flight, Puerto Rico (from the east cost US anyway) is not for you... I've heard great things about the Qatar's QSuite which you can enjoy for 14 hours straight on a flight from JFK to Doha! But great news for the rest of us who like quick, easy, and cheap: San Juan is SO EASY to get to!! There are endless opportunities to fly non-stop to San Juan in 4 hours from all 3 of the NYC airports with JetBlue, Spirit, Delta, and United. Prices vary by season, of course, but I've seen direct roundtrip flights for under $200!!
So what do you think? Is Puerto Rico now on your radar for an amazing momcation, family vacation, or health & wellness retreat?? I hope so!! I can't wait to go back soon bringing my kids, husband, and parents along for a lovely multigenerational family vacation!!! See more of my vacation reviews and family travel tips here!
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I was sent a bottle of ElectriFresh to review as part of a sponsored campaign. I didn't know what to expect. I mean, it's just "electrolyzed oxygenated water" (i.e. water, salt, and electricity). HOW COULD THAT POSSIBLY WORK!?? Can it get rid of fish smell? Can it remove smell from towels? Get rid of cigarette smell and cat urine!??!
I told them, straight up, if it doesn't work, I can't do the review. Do you think it worked?? Well... you're here on the reivew so... HA! YES! IT IS AMAZING!!!!! Watch my fun video below and keep reading:
I don't understand the science behind it. I prefer to just call it magic. But check out the bottle label below - this electrolyzed deodorizer is safe for people, pets, and the planet. That's a win win win for me!!
Our guinea pig fleece liners that used to carry a very specific odor even after washing (if you have dogs or cats or caged animals and deal with pet urine you know what I'm talking about). But magically after a spray, these liners are fresh as they were new. WHAT THE WHAT!?? This spray will neutralize odors (not cover it up with perfumes!) - we're talking shoes, sports and gym equipment, litter boxes, pet odors and stains, fabrics, bedding, you name it!!
But you don't have to take my word for it. Buy a bottle of ElectriFresh** and try it out yourself (don't forget to come back and leave a comment letting us all know your thoughts!!)
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Ever feel like you need a vacation after returning from a family vacation? Have you thought traveling with kids is just parenting in another location? Join the club!!! The struggle is real, but there are some alternatives to just powering through. Today I've got 4 amazing tips for scoring FREE childcare on your next family vacation so you can feel like you actually ENJOYED the vacation with your family - both your kids, your partner, and maybe even some alone time!! Watch my video below for all the details including multigenerational travel, all-inclusive resorts with kids club, traveling and co-parenting with another family, and bringing along a babysitter on your vacation!
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