Tips and tricks on how to clean you coffee machine properly!

cleaning-coffee-machineHave you ever thought how your coffee spills on the counter and all around your coffee maker damage your home environment? People think only about how maybe disgusting it might look and they totally ignore the health issues that come with those spots, which become a warm home for any kind of bacteria.

Different studies have shown that surprisingly enough, the coffee spills host even more germs and bacteria than the bathroom ones. So, how do you feel about leaving your best espresso machine dirty again?

But the thing is that a low maintained coffee maker does not only turn your kitchen into a very risky environment to leave and eat, but also, and more importantly, it really damages the good taste of the coffee drink per se. This happens due to blocked tubes and non-properly-working mechanisms due to dirt and other elements accumulated from the water.
That is why, cleaning your coffee machine in a regular basis and thoroughly is very much important.

We have created a nice list of advices on tricks and tips for best practices on cleaning the coffee maker:

  1. Every time you use your coffee machine, you should also remove and wash all removable parts of it. This will help to totally clean them from elements such as coffee grinds or oil. You can just hand wash them like you do with any other kitchen tool, using soap and water. Than you may leave them to dry out or even better, dry them using a cloth.
  2. If you see coffee spills on the hot plate or any other part of the coffee machine, including the counter, remember to immediately take a wet cloth and wipe it. Be careful of the hot temperature of the machine if in use. This way you will avoid that coffee burns or dries out and becomes a very difficult spot to clean.
  3. Than, once a month, you should decalcify the machine. What does this mean? You know that everywhere the water passes, it leaves behind small quantities of calcium, which over time becomes a hard material to get rid of. Thus, cleaning thoroughly your machine with this purpose is very useful to prolong its life and prevent any bad taste on coffee drinks. They say that the magical element that serves the case is white vinegar.

Pour one-third of white vinegar and two-thirds of water into the water container and start the machine. You need to let it work as usual, making sure no coffee grinds or filters are involved meanwhile. Than run the process again one or two times with just plain water to rinse out the vinegar.
The machine will be as good as new.

Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts

Garbage-Disposal-DO-and-DONTSWe have made some incredible technological advancements over the years. Built to make our lives easier and more convenient. One of the most convenient and helpful device, has been around for awhile now though.

I am talking about Garbage Disposals.

We use them to rid our live of all the unwanted rubbish in our lives.

Well at least the food related rubbish that is.

What is a garbage disposal?

A piece of equipment that is installed underneath your kitchen sinks drain. It is screw up into the drain hole and connected to our outlet drain piping and if we have one, our dishwasher. It is hardwired from the bottom, into our electrical outlet in our kitchen wall.

By using a low horsepower motor to spin the “blades” or “grinders on the top portion of it, it destroys almost anything that enters it from our drains. Except for some select rubbish food items, it works to shred them into a thin liquid to allow our left over rubbish flow easily to the main sewer city in our towns.

Make sure to research specific models and makes before purchasing, they all come with different features and options. Look for a continue batch disposer, so that you can control when it turns on and off, for the most efficient method of disposing your food waste.

Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts

These can be extremely beneficial and helpful tools to have in your kitchen. But you must follow this list of Do’s and don’ts of what to put down your disposer so that you can use them properly and at they are intended for. Failure to follow these rules, will results in you pay a lot more pounds out of your pocket, I have spoken to who installed ours, and he advised me to stay away from the following:


  • Fruit Scraps
  • Fruit Peels give it a fresh scent
  • Vegetable Scraps no peels
  • Leftover soft foods like scrambled eggs
  • Ice Cubes help sharpen blades
  • Meat Scraps no bones of any kind

Basically, any of your soft [except the ice cubes but they are good for it!] food waste rubbish will do. This list consists of some of the most common uses, but it is not limited to.


  • Coffee Grounds and filter cause severe clogs
  • Cigarette Butts become grinded up clothe fiber
  • Metal causes jams and will fry your unit
  • Plastic gets intertwined in your grinders and seize it up
  • Cardboard will only seize yoor and make a mess
  • Stringy Veggies like celery or cornhusks get intertwined
  • Grease/Oil builds up over time and accumulates everything
  • Egg Shells have a thing membrane that will create a stick tied up me

Where should I put those items?

Well since you need to still get rid of items like the ones mentioned above. Then you have a few options for them.

  1. Recycle

This goes for all the metal, plastic, and cardboard you need to dispose of. Sort them out into your homes recycling bins. Bring your metal to any dumpsite that accepts it. There are plenty.

  1. Compost Pile

For you more organic food rubbish, make a compost pile outsider your home. Preferably, in your backyard and away from your house as far as possible. Designate a spot and start dumping all your foods that can be decomposed into the earth out in this pile.

  1. Regular Garbage

If you do not have the space for a compost pile and you don’t want to have to take your trash somewhere every time, then most of the compost type materials can just go into your regular trash. You rubbish collector will come and pick it up weekly and take it to your nearest landfill.

For your other items like meta, plastic, cardboard and glass. Set up for recycling bins from your sanitation company. They will happily bring you three recycling bins for each of your needs

  • Plastic
  • Cardboard/Newspaper
  • Glass

Your metal however, is going to have to still be brought to a metal recycling site. Don’t try to sneak it past your rubbish collectors, the more your trash can weighs, the more they charge you pounds.

My Experience With Snoredoc

snoredocYes, I am one of those husbands that snore, but I am also trying to do something about it so I bought my first mouthpiece, and I was advised that it was the best snoring mouthpiece out there. When I first entered the SnoreDoc website, I initially was extremely impressed by everything this device had to offer. It has an airflow hole, uses a boil and bite molding method, and the design is as simple as a mouth guard. I was so enticed that after seeing the low price of $39.99, I had to order one to give it a shot.

I would learn the hard way that sometimes, things just seem too good to be true. I found this to be one of the most in-effective devices that I have ever purchased.


  • $39.99 Retail—one of the least expensive MADs on the market
  • 30 Day money back guarantee
  • Quick & Easy boil and bite custom fit
  • Front airflow hole for mouth breathing
  • Soft rubber texture for comfort against gums and lips
  • Simple design for easy cleaning
  • FDA Cleared
  • Better Business Bureau accredited


  • No adjustments of lower jaw position
  • Airflow hole is very small—makes mouth breathing very difficult and creates an annoying whistling sound.
  • Bulkier than many other MADs causing soreness and difficulty falling asleep
  • The website claims the device has been clinically proven to be effective, but studies are not available to see.

My Experience

The price of the SnoreDoc is low and I think the price directly reflects the quality. My personal experience was poor with this device, it was not comfortable and I found it difficult to breathe easily. A great choice for the budget shopper but ultimately I don’t recommend the SnoreDoc.

The SnoreDoc is a Mandibular Advancement Device and functions by holding your lower jaw while you sleep. This functions to keep your airways free of any obstructions to stop the mild vibrations that causes snoring.

When they function properly to do this, than you are able to sleep better, your partner sleeps better, and you improved your quality of health. However, after this one I found that they are definitely not all the same.

The mouthpiece looks small when you look at it on the website. But when mine arrived in the mail I found it to be much larger than it was shown. It is an excessively bulkier MAD. I cleaned them, then I did the boil and bite method to fit it into my mouth. This didn’t help with the bulkiness.

I put it on when I went to sleep that night. I woke up with drool all over my chest, and a wide awake wife. I asked her “Was I still snoring?” and she replied with “No, it was worse…” I was confused….”That mouth piece makes a loud whistling noise and it was worse than your snoring!”.

My Advice

There are plenty of other MAD’s out on the market today. They may not be at this low of a price, but when your looking for a anti-snoring mouthpiece, you need to know that—cheap is never better. Or at least in my experience it hasn’t been.

Sure if you on a strict budget this may be the one for you, but if your looking for results that you are going to be comfortable with. This isn’t the one for you.

How to Make Father’s Day Special

From the time we are born to the time we are independent adults, our fathers are always there to provide for our every little need. You can’t understand the feeling of responsibility and dedication towards another human being until you are a father. I remember my father telling me that the moment he held me in his hands for the first time, was the moment he found his purpose in life. Your children, wife, and close friends can’t even remotely come close to the sincerity and selflessness towards your existence more than your parents. Parents have this natural instinct to take care of their offsprings whether they are human or any other species.


21st June is recognized as international father’s day and a lot of children whether old or young dedicate this day to appreciate years of endless love and dedication of their fathers for them. Even though your parents already know how much you love and care about them but dedicating a day for the sole purpose to reconnect with them is priceless and reassuring. I don’t know about others but the little handmade father’s day cards by my kids are always a world to me. If you are a resident of Edinburg and are planning for a perfect father’s day for your old pal then read on.

The best place to hang out with your dad is the Edinburg castle, where you can start off your activities by attending a choir in the Great Hall, where Dr. Elise Inglis’ WW1 committee members also share their experiences and stories throughout the day. You also get to watch two rare Regimental Colors on an exhibition that were acquired by the Royal Scots of 3rd Battalion during the Battle of Waterloo. After the extensive tour of the castle, you can stop by at the Whiskey and Finest Food Shop for Edinburgh Castle’s exclusive beer or sipping some finest Columba and Bruadar. I know the best time to share some good thoughts and old memories, is over a drink of whiskey- no doubts there. You can always stop by at the Red Coast Café or Queen Anne Tearoom for a nice lunch where you can choose from a large variety of mouthwatering foods they have to offer. You also get to have a great view of Edinburg while you are enjoying your meal. One more thing to mention is that you can always quote Father’s day while on your visit which will result in a complimentary coffee and cake offered by both of the above-mentioned restaurants. You can always buy the tickets for the castle on the spot but online ticket purchasing options are also available.

Common Mistakes that Parents Make

parentingParenting, whether you agree or not, is a difficult job and I can comfortably say that no one is perfect but we do our best to deal with those little thingies. If you recently happened to have the honor of becoming a parent then you don’t need to worry about how good of a parent you are just because the kid isn’t making your life enough hell, it takes years to master this craft. A few days ago I read this article named “The 20 Most Common Parenting Mistakes, According to a Family Psychologist” on a website called The article gives a pretty useful insight into daily life common mistakes that parents make while struggling with their kids.

I decided to use my dark sense of humor to write funny responses to all of these tips for the sake of fun and quick peek at the useful knowledge in the article.

1- Giving them too many choices: Even though you have to bow down to the will of the masters every now and then but giving them many choices make them stubborn and mean, and we don’t- I don’t have to complete this sentence.

2- Praising them for everything they do: Don’t it a reasonable amount is good and boost their confidence, over-doing it makes them dumb. Don’t make them dumb.

3- Trying to make the child happy: They are more annoying when they’re happy, I’m in complete agreement with this one.

4- Overindulging them: Overindulging=spoiled brat. Enough said.

5- Keeping them too busy: Lower energy, more grumpiness, more attention required, connect the dots.

6- Thinking “smart” will save them: I like the idea that I’m smarter than someone- at home.

7- Teaching them a strict religion will give them perfect values and save them: ahhh No!

8- Withholding common information about important topics- like sex: Agreed, until they’re like 53.

9- Being hyper-critical of the child’s mistake: You don’t want to break his confidence but being responsive is good.

10- Using shame, shunning or threats: Sure, if they respond to them.

11- Making kids do things inappropriate for their age: Hope you don’t have toddlers because this one would keep you awake at nights figuring out what’s inappropriate.

12- Not limiting screen time: This psychologist doesn’t want me to have a moment of peace.

13- Not letting kids get bored: How do you, when do they, why would you- I don’t know what he’s talking about.

14- Protecting kids from their own consequences and loss: I’m usually a “high-five bro” kinda guy in such scenarios so I don’t have any problem here.

15- Not letting kids explore the outdoors: It’s usually a win-win when they’re outside the house so a massive approval for this one.

16- Not debriefing kids at bedtime: It is one the cutest moment of their day if they decide to talk about it or already haven’t told their mommy, So…

17- Not reading to very young children: Kids books are so colorful and beautifully animated, and I love them!

18- Pulling pacifiers too soon: They look cute; I’ll pack some for their college too.

19- Not regulating food: Good eating habits stay for life, I totally agree with this one.

20- Spanking children older than 5: Spanking is not my thing as a parent, I’m more of a wrestle-mania kinda guy.

The Change in Parenting Over Time

parents-online-adviceWith the down of a modern era, as our lifestyles changed so did change our interaction with our kids and parenting techniques. Obviously, a lot have changed since I was a kid but it feels nice to know that there are certain factors that haven’t changed a bit and reminds you of your own cheerful memories. One of the major changes that I have noticed since I was a kid is society’s approval for stay-at-home dads or as I like to call us house bands.

With women taking equal part in every field of life and being able to provide for their families this change can be seen in a lot more families as compared to my childhood. Of course, there still are a lot of people out there who think that women should stay locked at home and men should be the breadwinners of the family but I am very hopeful that they will soon find a way out of the dark sexist corners of their brains. One can only imagine their confusion about same-sex couples that who should be the provider in those families. On this topic, I’m really disappointed how same-sex couples are never focused on in any advertising campaign like usual heterosexual couples are.

One of the major change that I have noticed between me and my kids’ childhood is, in my times, we use to focus more on outdoor activities for the sake of entertainment and we did had a lot of options back then but their focus is usually on indoor activities like video games, T.V and you all know the list. One of the main reasons for this change is the technological advancement in the entertainment industry and unavailability of parks and forests due to extensive movement of people to the urban areas.

I still try best to indulge my kids in outdoor sports and expect them to do the same with their kids. One of the major reasons which keep our kids from playing outside is the exhaustion from the daily-load of school homework they have to do. I can just tell by the weight of their school bags that a lot have changed in the education sector since I was a kid. I know, education is a preparation for the practical life but it seems unreasonable sometimes that instead of being a kid, they are working so they would work more in the future?

In our times, the only concern of our parents used to be our unnatural stamina to continuously watch television but now when we are in their shoes, we have to deal with I pads, smartphones, video games, and not forget television too.

You can’t blame them for getting more than half of their day wired with a computer or a laptop because they have to be I.T literate and live their lives with these current trends. All you can do is to show them what the outdoors have to offer and how they should moderately use technology for the sake of entertainment and networking.