Useful tips for your Coffee Machine performance! ?>

Useful tips for your Coffee Machine performance!

cleaning-coffee-espressoKnowing how to treat your coffee machine right will not only help you maintain it thus having it for a longer period of time working fine and in a good shape, but also, it will make it possible for you to have the best coffee drink out of it. Even if you think you may know it all, you may find it helpful to read a few more tips about how to improve your coffee machine’s performance and prolong its life while drinking a tasteful coffee. Here we go:

Cleaning your machine frequently and thoroughly!

If you want to keep your machine clean, do not think that you have fulfilled this task by just wiping the coffee grinds all over it or on the warming plate, that is just 1/10 of the work. You need to also clean the internal part of the machine thoroughly. A very good idea is to do this on a monthly basis (if you make lots of coffees) or at least once in two months (if you use it less). There is a DIY recipe that will work miracles for the matter. You have to put one-third white vinegar and two-thirds water in the water deposit and start the machine. Make sure that no coffee or filters are forgotten in the machine. Run it as usual. Than, rinse the water deposit and fill it up with water only. Run the machine again, twice, so you can take out all the vinegar that went through. It will help clean every single water deposit that might have gotten in the pipes or other parts of the machine.

Find out he right grind for your machine!

Some people think that all coffee has the same level of coarseness, but it is not true. Manufacturers produce three basic levels of ground and medium is the most common used and found in the supermarket shelves. But the thing is that depending on the type of the machine you are using and how you like your coffee (let’s say dripped, espresso, filtered, etc.), the proper grind to use might vary. For example, if you are found of dripped coffee, you should try to use a very coarse grind otherwise, a very fine one might come all inside your coffee and it will taste too strong and bad. Instead, if you are using an espresso machine judge, than the finest, the better. Try to find a local coffee shop that might grind the coffee beans for you and have them as you request.

Brew only how much you’ll have at the spot

Most people have the bad habit of brewing a whole pot of coffee and than have just half a cup of it. The leftover coffee will (at some point) get cold and on the other hand it also looses its taste and effectiveness if it stays brewed for a long time. So, unless you are using an espresso machine, try to brew as much coffee s you are having in that very moment and brew some more when you need more.

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How to Lower Garbage Disposal Noise

GARBAGE-DISPOSALIt’s definitely no secret.

If you are here, than you own a garbage disposal.

Not only that but you own a garbage disposal, and are more than likely sick of the loud noises it makes.

Especially, when one of your perfectly crafted pieces of silverware takes a good ole dive into that drain, without you seeing it.

Metal on metal grinding—screeches into your ear way very unpleasantly.

But even when your grinding up your waste like your supposed to, it can be pretty irritating at times.

But that shouldn’t be the reason why you don’t take a chance on these extremely convenient pieces of equipment.

Lets take a look at why you are hearing the sounds that you are, and what you can do to reduce them the most.

Why the Noise?

There are few factors into why your hearing such loud noise coming from your garbage disposal. For instance…

Wear and Tear

Over the course of usage, all garbage disposals are going to go through “wear and tear”. It is the very nature of their existence, to grind up and dispose anything that you feed to it.

Over a certain length of time, parts are going to get worn out and not operate as efficiently and smoothly as they once did. With parts not working together as one you get met with a very high level of noise.

Quality Of Parts

Purchasing the right brand can be all the difference in the amount of noise it produces. Cheaper brands that you may never have heard of are able to make their products at a low cost with a low price because the parts being used are low quality.

Low quality parts break down faster and do not operate, as they should consistently. Causing noise levels to reach uncomfortable heights.

Jammed or Other Obstructions

This one can be identified almost immediately after you flip your switch on. I can’t tell you how many times one of my daughters mini-kids sized utensils slipped past me and into our disposal. I go to flip the switch not pay a mind to this, and I am met with one of the most unpleasant sounds I have ever heard.

Anytime you get a piece of plastic [or heck even a rock] in your garbage disposal you are going to hear it as clear as day.

Loosely Fastened

When installing your garbage disposal it is very important that you tighten each part down per the instructions, evenly and tightly. Failure to do this will results in your disposal shaking more than it already has to.

For optimal performance your disposal needs to stay still, if its free to bounce around beneath your sink, than your definitely going to hear something about it.

Internal Parts Malfunction

Sometimes everything is working just right. Every part is working together to efficiently eliminate any solids in your waste so that it will smoothly and calmly exit out of your home and in your sewer system.

That is, unless one part isn’t doing his job. In which case, your disposal is going to seize up and make some cries for help while it does everything it can to keep working.


Now this is one that is going to occur no matter what model you purchase, or what make you decided on. The richest man in the world can have the most expensive garbage disposal known to man, and still he will be met with the sounds of vibrations. The key is to limit these, not eliminate them.

Your disposal unit works from a horse powered electric motor and its function is to grind up anything that comes into its path. With so much mechanical energy going on in there, you are naturally going to get some vibrations.

How to Reduce Noise?

Ok so how do we lower the noise of a garbage disposal? We know the factors that go into why they make noise but what can we do to lower that?

This comes down to being an educated consumer, and that’s exactly what we are making you—right now!

Some brands and models will do it for you, with features that specifically target noise reduction.

Psst…want to know a secret?

The keyword for the best noise reduction with garbage disposals is—rubber

Additional Insulation

Some makes will feature additional insulation that is wrapped around all of its mechanical parts. This added layer helps hold in those decibels[measurement of sound] so they stay inside your garbage disposal.

Sink Mounts

Specific sink mounts used for sound reduction can be very useful. By applying specifically designed and extra secure rubber mounting. These help reduce the amount of vibration you would typically get, and help all your parts move efficiently.

Anti-Vibration Piping

How does something like this work? By wrapping the piping in rubber, of course! These are sometimes called “grommets” and they wrap around your piping so that the vibrations from the operation of your garbage disposal are absorbed into the rubber, and therefore reduce the sound level that they cause.

Sink Size

The materials that make up the sink you are hooking up to, can make all the difference in noise level. For example if you have a deep sink like myself, you are going basically hooking up to an amplifier.

Much like when someone blows through a horn, it amplifies the level of sound that is transmitted. The same goes for your garbage disposer to your sink. If you happen to have a smaller sized sink than you will experience a much lower level of noise here.

Sink Material

There are different types of materials that make up sinks. My sink is a very deep porcelain made. So my sound it fairly loud and echoing throughout my home, but if it were made of a much nicer material like say, stainless steel?

Then I would require ear muffs or plugs every time I went for that switch. Stainless steel sinks are much thinner and therefore they vibrate a lot easier. With more vibration comes a lot more sound. Think about both the depth and the material your sink is made of, to get a good guesstimate on your noise level.

In Conclusion

We hope you found out everything you need to know on how to reduce the level of your garbage disposal. As you can see there are a lot of different factors ranging from the type of mounting you use to the quality of parts to even the material your sink is made out of.

If you have any other questions concerning the noise level of your garbage disposal, please leave us a message and we will gladly answer it in a timely manner.

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Good Morning Snore Solution: Is It Really The Best?

Good Morning Snore SolutionThe Good Morning Snore Solution, typically referred to as the GMSS, is a tongue stabilizing device (TSD). Looking at this device you will notice almost instantly, that this is far different from your traditional MADs and for my husband it was perfect!

That holds true in not just it’s looks, but its functions. If your like me, you may be looking at this device wondering what it even does. Oddly designed with a look that makes you wonder—this device delivers.

I have used both MADs and the GMSS, and have come to a conclusion on whether or not this device is really the best one available. You will find many reviews scattered across the web with a overwhelming applause for its effectiveness. I was determined to give it my own honest opinion.

What I found was as advertised. One of—if not the best devices.

Its cost-effective, comfortable, one-size-fits-all, and best of all—it stops your snoring.

What Makes It Different?

The GMSS functions differently than your typical MAD. While a MAD works by positioning your lower jaw in an advanced position—the GMSS holds your tongue forward and in a stable position. By doing this it allows your airway to stay obstruction-free and eliminates the annoyance of a sore jaw in the morning. With your tongue held in this position, it doesn’t fall back into your throat thus ridding you of those awful vibration noises [snoring] at night.

How To Fit It

Fitting the GMSS is different than your MADs boil and bite technique. I assure you that you will be blown away by the overall comfort it brings, with a super soft feel.

It only requires you to follow four easy steps to fit it too.

1. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and let it rest between your front teeth and lips, leaving the bulb end on the outside of your mouth.

2. Pinch the bulb to remove any air in it.

3. Insert the tip of your tongue in the end of the device and release the bulb. Creating suction between your tongue and the device.

4. Gently relax your tongue so that the tip of your tongue stays in the bulb.


  • Universal Sizing for no custom fit process
  • Superior Comfort
  • Can be worn with dentures, bridgework, crowns, and caps
  • Long life-span since you don’t bite down on it. Averaging about 12 months or longer
  • FDA, Australian DPHA, and Health Canada’s TPD approved for one of the most decorated accreditations
  • Maintains an open airway—with no obstructions
  • Clinically proven effectiveness
  • Made of BPA Free Material
  • 30-Day-Money-Back-Guarantee—Risk Free
  • User-friendly—no adjustments needed
  • International sales options are available


  • Can cause commonly found drooling
  • No air holes so you must breath through your nose. If you have any nasal issues, you can not use this device.
  • Soreness is expected during the first week of use but will decrease over time
  • Suggested to be cleaned with a specialize cleaning solution, however, it is basically the same as denture cleaning solutions, but it would be more ideal if you could clean it with your toothpaste.

Perfect If You

  • Wear dentures and can’t bite down on a MAD
  • Have loose or weak teeth making wearing it painful
  • Have had bridge work, caps, crowns, that can be damaged by a MAD
  • Don’t like having a sore jaw from the MADs
  • Did not get any help with your snoring using a MAD

How Much Does It Cost?

With the high reputation and stellar reviews, you may think that the GMSS is going to break the bank. Originally priced at about $129.94, you can now get one for only $99.94. With shipping price averaging about $10.

You can purchase a family or dual pack option that get you two mouthpieces for $129.94—or about $64.97 per unit.

Like other of the most highly reviewed snoring mouthpiece, the GMSS does offer a money-back guarantee for your first 30 days. If you are unsatisfied within 30 days of your purchase you can return your device for a full refund.

Prescription Confusion

No prescription is necessary with this device, and you may notice that the GMSS site does state that you need a valid prescription from your dentist, but when you purchase one—it isn’t required to order.

Should You Buy It?

If you fall under any of the categories mention above under “Perfect Fit If You..” than of course this is the device for you. It has a renowned reputation for reason, with its biggest attraction being that it is the perfect alternative to the MAD.

If you are having trouble with comfort, are sick of the soreness, or you just have had zero luck with stopping your snoring—the GMSS is a must-buy!

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, in my mind is a very important day for me spiritually. In fact I might consider it the most spiritual for me of all the traditional observed American holidays. Why? Well besides getting roses, breakfast in bed and getting to put my feet up most of the day, its about celebrating the beauty and wonder of the goddess through myself and all other mothers. It is a deep connection to the all through caring and our bodies bringing life into this world that ties us.


It is also very important for non-mothers to honor their own mothers in their lives. So I wanted to share with you my experience for this past Mothers Day, not only what my family did for me, but how I honored the mother in myself.

– I slept in. I know I work hard taking care of myself, home business and my son and I owe it to myself and family to get extra rest when able.

– I enjoyed family time. My family is very important to me and I value every second we can spend together where work does not factor in. We even went to see all the cousins which was a special treat.

– I read a book. Not only because my husband got me a Kindle and I was excited to use it, but also because I value time where I can enrich my mind and grow on a spiritual level. This is also one thing I always want to do but rarely get time for.. and to be able to read for even 10 minutes is a blessing!

– I got a few things done that I had been putting off. One of the best perks of mothers day is that my husband helps out and tries to cover things I normally do in a day and gives me a full and complete day off. And now that thing that was in the back of my mind bothering me to get done is done. Not having to worry about one less thing being done is always a gift that keeps on giving.

– I ordered myself a new mother goddess pendant. I am so excited to get it and it will be worth the wait, but I needed to treat myself and find a new trinket to honor my motherhood.

– I meditated. Because alone time with nothing on my mind is always SWEET.

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Since giving up coffee, I not only have lost 15 pounds (um big woohoo!), but I have also started a new romance with Chai. I drink at least a cup a day of it and have been trying different brands. Here is a review of these:

Good Earth Chai- I would love it way more if it didn’t have licorice (anise) in it.. it kinda cancels out all the wonder of the other spices and its all I can taste… I like the price though.

Stash Black Tea and Chai- love it.. but why do I have a hard time finding it in the store.. boo hiss!

Stash Green Chai- Oh Em Gee…. this is a heavenly blend! I love that when you steep it in 1/2 milk 1/2 water it comes out such a pretty light shade of spring green.. it tastes wonderful with sugar in the raw too.

Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice Chai- it is potent with the spices.. but I would like some caffeine please.. I’m a mother not a barbie doll.

Oregon Trail- the prices is blech.. the tea in the jugs was decent but such a waste of money… ya I know I should try the bags of you if you want a fair shake.

Local Indian Restaurant House Chai- the best chai ever when they brewed it… deep warm spices that were actually a touch on the real side of spicy.. I bought a box of it.. but it is a fine powder that when ever I add it to water it goes right through my tea strainer and leaves a nasty funky sludge on the bottom of my cup.. big Eeewww…. I guess I will have to go eat Indian food more because because the chai there was so good it was like the hottest actor or actress you can think of begging to give you oral…ya I know that is graphic.. but it was literally that good.

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Dear Coffee….

Dear Coffee,

Coffee LoverWe have been in a toxic relationship for a while. We have been together for almost 20 years now. I remember sneaking you in my house when I was 10, going to school with you in high school, and surviving college with just you, and waking up thinking of you ever since. We have had many good times, but it has become very clear what you have done to me, slowly destroying me. You have not been supportive of me having a healthy lifestyle, tempting me with sweetened creams and fancy sugars, slowly adding to my waist line.

I was obsessed, I needed you 5 times a day, drinking in your essences with a starving hunger. We recently took a break from each other and I discovered a few things. Without you, I feel healthier, I have tried new things like Chai and Earl Grey (they are soooo hot btw), I have been feeling uplifted, and I have had a better connection to my spirituality. You even have left a bad taste in my mouth. It is for these reasons that I am changing our relationship.

We will now have to be just casual acquaintances, only having you on special occasions. I know that what we had was very long term, but I just can’t see having you around in my daily life anymore. You will always have a special place in my heart.


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Spring Cleaning: The Spirit.

Taking care of our spirit is something that we as moms tend to put off..I know I do. During spring I like to take some extra me time and focus on my spiritual connection to the all. Reconnecting is always a deep experience.

-Take time to ponder how you are a goddess… that you are a mother and a creator of life…a vessel of love and a care taker. Feel the goddess pumping through your veins and treat yourself as such.

-Take a ritual bath. Cleanse your spirit by bathing in sea salt and focusing on all the bad stuff going down the drain. Anoint yourself with essential oils after, using your favorite flower oil.

-Sprinkle and smudge yourself and home. Concentrate on getting out all the negative energy in your home and the sea salt and water washing it away and the smoke working to clean it.

-Spiritually Sweep/besom your home. Focus on getting all the bad stuff just cleaned out of your house. Start at a door and work around your home room to room in one direction until you finally sweep out all the old energy out the door you started.

-Make time each day to Meditate. Take time to contemplate the wonders of spring.

-Set up a spring altar. Include eggs and flowers and and even pictures of your children and or small animals.

– Dye and Paint eggs with your kids with sygils or important spiritual symbols of your family.

-Plan a spring feast…Plan to celebrate Ostara, Easter, Spring Equinox…Maybe even Beltaine…But plan to do a feast to honor spring with your whole family. For me growing up I always associated spring with my grandma making the pizzagaina, so that might be what our meal is built around in our family.

-Have a Spring fling… Take extra time to flirt with that certain someone special and be reminded of the fertility of spring.

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Orange Peels

This the season that oranges and tangerines are in season, if you are like us you eat allot of them, they are like winters candy. Before you throw away your orange peels try these tried and true kitchen witch uses for orange peels:

1.) Throw them in a pot with water, cinnamon, a dash of cloves and ginger, a bit of vanilla extract and simmer on makes your house smell like “Yule”

2.) Save them for after you do your dishes and grind them down the disposal, it will make your sink smell great instead of like old food or soap.

3.) Hand grate them and use the zest for cooking.

4.) bend them back and release the oils into the air for air freshener.

5.) dry them and use for potpourri or incense.

6.) squeeze out the oil and add to your favorite home made cleaner for an extra cleaning boost and fresh scent.

7.) let them sit in some olive oil and use over a salad.. yum!

8.) use the straight oil to remove sticky gunk…same as the actual cleaner.. just bend the peel to release the oil and you have it for free.

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Tomato Soup Recipe

I have been asked for this new recipe of mine recently and I figured here would be as good a place to share as any. Now this is originally derived from a recipe by Mimi Riser in, The Kitchen Witch Glossary to Cooking Herbs and Spices. I, as usual, tweeked her recipe for Fast Tomato Tarragon soup to my liking. This is a wonderful soup, which once you taste it, a can will never do again.

Creamy Tomato Soup

One thing everyone should know about how I do recipes is that with spices, I never measure by standard means. I use my hand and make a small cup and fill it by how much I think it needs. I stick with large handful, medium and small. I do this because I crush the herbs and spices with my thumb and release the oils in them.


1 small onion, diced.
2 28oz cans of whole tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, smashed and diced finely.
1 cup of organic chicken stock.
1 large handful of dried tarragon leaves
1 medium handful of basil
1 small handful of mint
1 large handful of sugar in the raw
sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.
enough EVOO to coat your pan.

First Start off by sauteing the garlic and onions in the EVOO, slowly adding in the herbs. Once the onions are soft add in the tomatoes, chicken stock and sugar. Heat to boiling and then lower and simmer covered for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once done transfer to blender (or use a handheld like me) and puree soup till it is of a smooth texture. I then let this simmer 5 extra minutes and then serve. Enjoy!