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How to clean a smelly dishwasher

What do you do when your dishwasher starts to smell funky? This was my dilemma a little while ago. Dishwashers need to be maintained and cleared of their built up residue otherwise they start to smell. While browsing Walmart.ca I came across a product that was made for just this problem.

The product I used is Affresh dishwaher cleaner. It was my first time trying the product and you can watch my video review below to see if I would buy/use it again…or read on.

Pros

Easy to use. It doesn’t get any simpler than this product. All you have to do is pop it into your dishwasher soap case and run the dishwasher on a normal load. It is safe to use on your dishes as well. If you plan to use it with a load of dishes, simply place one tablet at the bottom of the dishwasher.

Inexpensive. Affresh dishwasher cleaner is $9.97  at Walmart for a package of three tablets. This product only needs to be used once a month which works out to be 3.32 for one tablet. In the states is even cheaper at about $6.00 for a package of 6 tablets. Clearly they are getting a much better deal.

Works! After using the Affresh dishwasher cleaner the odor disappeared. It’s been almost a month and there’s no smelly odor in my dishwasher

Con. For me, the downside of this product is that I personally have not seen it in other stores. You can buy it on amazon but besides Walmart (which is far from me) it’s not a product that is readily available.

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Eating in Calgary: Garage Burger

It was big, flavorful and affordable. I’m talking about the bacon cheddar burger from Garage in Eau Clair. If you are ever in Calgary or if you live in the city you should check out this place.

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It was probably one of the best fast food burgers I’ve ever had. Garage is located in the food court of Eau Clair market. I’ve seen it dozens of times but never actually tried their food. Famished and craving a burger I decide that it was finally time to give the place a try.

It took about five minuets for my meal to be prepared but it was worth the wait. The burger and fries were delicious. My only gripe was the mustard. It was good, but it was a little too much.

The burger comes fully loaded, so it’s quite a mouthful. It taste like a gourmet burger but with a fast food price.

The fries were also very tasty, crispy on the outside, soft potato on the inside and seasoned just right.

I highly recommend checking out the place.

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Three Post Genoa Sofa Review

Any of my friends who plan to visit me will be very excited about this post because it means they will no longer have to sit on the floor. I finally committed to a sofa.

For 3 months I’ve been sitting on a dinky little chair but when I saw this couch on wayfair.ca I knew that little chair would be replaced.

I bought this sofa on sale. Originally it’s priced at around $989. Wayfair offers free shipping if you spend over $75, however because most of their couches require at least a little assembly I decided to simply pay for their assembly package. Thus my total for this sofa came to a little over $800.

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Now had I known that all one needs to do with this sofa is put on the back legs I would have saved myself the extra $50 for assembly. Also keep in mind that wayfair charges more for different upholstery. This one is the slate color and costs $100 more than the brown. But even with the extra fees I still ended up saving over $100 on this purchase. How do I feel about the sofa now that it’s here?

I LOVE IT!

Genoa is a classic sofa that is great quality for the price. Majority of the other sofas I considered were over $1000 (usually on sale) and did not have the same glowing reviews as this couch. This is a sold piece of furniture that I’m sure I will have for a while.

One of the things that drew me to the Genoa sofa from Three Post is the wood trim at the bottom. It gives the couch a unique yet homey touch. The shape of the sofa itself is very stylish with its curved arms and back.

A few other things I like about this sofa are as follows:

The back cushions are attached. At first I thought this would be a con but it’s actually a pro since the cushy back cushions don’t need fluffing thus helping this sofa to be low maintenance.

The seat cushions can be removed but are attached with velcro which helps them to stay in place. No slipping and sliding.

It is comfortable. Although the seat cushions are firm, they are comfortable. The back cushions offer great support so one can sit for hours and read or watch tv. It’s also a great couch to take a nap on. I’m 5’7 and can easily stretch out on it. The height is also perfect. Not too low for someone of my height, but not too high either for my some of my shorter friends.

Great for small spaces. If you’re looking for a sofa that will fit a small space but is still feels roomy then consider this one. It doesn’t take much space in my small apartment but it big enough to comfortably sit three people

 

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NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Review

This is one product that I’m always going to have on hand. I first heard about it when I was researching items to buy from the French pharmacies in France. At first I didn’t know the benefits of Nuxe’s dry oil. All I knew was that it made my hair shiny and moisturized my skin without leaving a greasy residue. Dry oil is able to achieve this simply because it has much fewer ingredients. Serums and lotions can actually clog your pores or leave your skin feeling weighted with all the added ingredients.

Dry oil is best used right after the shower when your skin is still damp and retain an ample an amount of moisture.

Nuxe huile prodigieuse dry oil is multipurpose. I put in my hair before styling and use it as a moisturizer. I also use it to help out lose dry patches on the skin. It has a lovely scent so I sometimes use it just for it’s fragrance.

It usually runs for about $30 but a little is all you need to get the effects so it tends to last.I had mine for a year after my trip to France.

If you’re looking for an alternative to heavy lotions check out Nuxe’s multipurpose dry oil.

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Fall Back In Love

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I’m a naughty blogger, forgive me. I haven’t been keeping up with the part of my webspace. It takes me a while sometimes to figure out how I want to approach a blog. What kind of content I want to post, how often, and in what voice. I took some time away from this blog to work on other things I love and to fall back in love with this one. Sometimes, absence makes the heart grow founder. Sometimes it makes it forgetful. In this case, it was the former.

Part of the trouble was how much I was trying to avoid writing. By this I mean the actual act of writing. I have some problems with my hands and arms that makes writing and typing painful…not fun for someone who makes their living off the written word. I just couldn’t cope with the pain and since this site has so few readers I figured it wasn’t worth it to keep it going. But I did miss having a place to put my thoughts and things I love. It’s nice to have a virtual diary. I thank everyone who has stuck with me through my long absence and hope you will continue to look forward to my posts.

Location: Pasu Farm

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One who love you

On a late autumn afternoon, ducks swim out of the Bow River in Calgary to pose for me. They disrupt my read begging for attention. I can’t help but to give them what they want. They waddle around me, or rather strut. They see my camera and model themselves gracefully as possible. ‘Am I not as beautiful as the dancing leaves twirling around you’ is what their eyes, which fixate on me, seem to say. They are.

It is a day of splendor. An autumn romance is blooming. It is between me and nature. We seem to be falling for each other. We can’t keep away from each other. The leaves dash down from the trees the way one runs to their lover after a long absence. The sun kisses my cheeks, my hair, my everywhere. The smell of the earth is perfume, musky and deep, and presses itself into my skin.

The ducks begin to flock to me, quacking and flapping. They are not shy; they are not coy. Their excitement draws the attention of onlookers. They seem to be a third wheel like when you tag along on your best friend’s date.

On this autumn day, everything is beautiful. Sometimes you just need a day to absorb the world around you. You will see that the wind, the trees, the animals they are falling, falling for you.

Song: One Who Love You by Alvvays

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Florals in Fall

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower
-Albert Camus

The quote above always makes me smile for it perfectly describes one of the reasons why I love autumn so much. The wild colors of orange, yellow, and red practically blooming from the trees is just another reminder of natures magnificence. But here in Calgary this beauty does not last long. By November, the leaves lay shriveled and brown under pedestrian feet. I mourn. And in my grief I find myself turning to florals. There is no rule that says florals are strictly for spring. In fact, I find them more appealing in late autumn, or even the dead of winter, when one wants to add a touch of romantic aesthetic to their outfit in order to cheer themselves up. The flowers will bloom again, but while I’m waiting I will be a walking garden. Below are three outfits featuring floral themed tops.

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Floral Sweater

 

floral and leather

Some more lovely options from amazon.com. Click the pic to be taken to the website

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Faces Cross Body Bags

I saw these bags on amazon and couldn’t help but smile. I love how quirky these bags are while still being fashionable. I think it’s great when designers add a touch of fun in their work. What do you think of them?

Betsey Johnson Lady Face Cross Body Bag, Cream, One Size

Nine West Faces Cross Body, Black Multi/Black Multi, One Size

Nine West Faces Zip Around Wallet, Grey/Multi, One Size

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Sushi Showdown

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Edo-Kami platter, Supestore– Salmon rolls, Safeway– Dynamite rolls

It’s late Sunday afternoon and my sister and I are craving sushi. We don’t want to wait around in a restaurant, so we decide to grab an already made bento. Trouble is, we couldn’t decide where. This is what led us to the sushi showdown. We decided to compare the pre-made sushi’s from 3 different locations: Edo, Superstore and Safeway. Who won?…Let’s break it down.

Price: Superstore’s (the one in the middle) was the cheapest at $6.99. Safeway’s was  over 7 dollars and Edo came in at over $10

Presentation: With the sushi falling off the rice, Edo comes in last. Safeway didn’t have my mouth watering with their presentation, which left Superstore’s sushi bento as the winner.

Taste: Even though Edo is considered fast food, their sushi was surprisingly fresh. In fact, the spicy tuna was comparable to ones I’ve had in sushi restaurants. The California roll was also quite good, and I usually dislike them. Coming in second was Superstore. Though not as fresh as Edo, it didn’t hinder the taste. Safeway came in dead last. The rice was dry, the roll just had no life to it. I’ve had sushi from Safeway before, and while I won’t give it praise for being delicious, it’s never been quite so bad.

Despite being a little more in price, the next time I’m craving sushi I’ll opt for Edo.

 

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