Does a Dishwasher Need to Be Cleaned?

Does My Dishwasher Need to Be Cleaned at

Y’all, I had no intention of writing this post. I was planning to write a post about how nice it is to be able to run an extra load when I need to. Y’know, as long as I’m rocking the run-the-dishwasher-every-night-and-empty-it-every-morning thing.

I wasn’t planning to review a dishwasher cleaning product. But I am, because it works.

I’ve heard that sometimes dishwashers need to be cleaned. That made no sense to me. It’s a cleaning-thing.

But I suppose that could be the same philosophy that helps me justify procrastinating on tasks like cleaning the bathtub . . .

Anyway, I had noticed that the inside of my dishwasher looked not-so-great. It was still cleaning my dishes awesomely, but some of my white plates were getting discolored in the places where they are chipped. And the inside was looking brownish. And just recently, even though the insides of my glasses were still perfectly clean and sparkly, there were dirt deposits in the indentions on their upturned bottoms.

I decided to try some (affiliate link alert!) Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner that Maytag sent me a while back. I thought it would be good for the dishwasher.

After I Cleaned My Dishwasher at

Oh my word, it worked. I know the lighting is different, but can you tell how the middle bottom section was quite brown but now it’s not? And best of all, the three loads I’ve washed since using the Affresh haven’t left ANY dirt deposits in the indentions on my glasses! I don’t have a before picture because it never occurred to me it would help that problem.

Have you ever used a dishwasher cleaner?


I’m a Maytag Mom, so Maytag sent me the Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner a while back, but not for a product review. I decided to review it because I was truly astonished by what a positive difference the cleaner made. Oh, and I’m also using my Amazon affiliate link to the Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner.




Survival Mode (I Know It Well)

Affiliate links? Check. Bragging? Check. Photo of a book with cover design colors that makes me happy? Check.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Review at


Isn’t that fun cover?

I’m currently reading Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life, but before I even received the book, I had a very favorite page.

Page 145.

Page 145 of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode at

Why? Well . . . maybe because that’s MY page! I’ve met Crystal Paine (the author) before, and she is an amazingly encouraging person. But she and I are rather different. So it meant a lot to me when she asked (last year around this time) if she could interview me for her book. She respects that we have different approaches to things and wanted my perspective.

I really like this book. Crystal is extremely flexible but also encouraging as she gives strategies to move out of survival mode in various areas of life. She’s honest about her own struggles with postpartum depression, overcommitment, and people-pleasing-tendencies.

Sometimes survival mode is necessary, but when it’s a constant, something needs to give.

Ultimately, this book is Crystal’s story of being purposeful about creating a life and a home where she and her family can thrive. I’m all about that!

The only thing I’d change? I would say I’m a reforming pack rat instead of reformed!


Crystal sent me a free copy AND I’m using my Amazon affiliate link to the e-book. I’m an opportunist.


Slob-Proof Nails

Warning: This post contains my affiliate links to a manicure system that is NOT cheap at all.  

Does a Gel Manicure System Really Work at

Random fact about me: As a lover of projects (as opposed to mundane day-to-day things with no dramatic finish), if I paint my nails . . . I paint them a dark or bright or dramatic color.

If I’m going to go through all that hassle, I want it to be noticeable.

While I love a good pedicure, I don’t paint my fingernails often because a manicure rarely lasts more than a day or two for me. IF (and that’s a big if) I can sit still long enough for my nails to actually dry, I generally bang them on something or scratch off something or break one fairly soon, and chipped painted nails look worse than unpainted nails.

But . . . I’ve made a discovery. When I did that segment on ABC World News, my friend painted my nails with her gel manicure set. That picture you see above? Those are my nails . . . two full weeks later! Seriously. TWO WEEKS without a single chip!! That’s crazy talk.

So, while this is by no means a cheap solution, and while I personally haven’t made up my mind about whether I’m personally ready to make this big purchase, I thought I’d share it.

What makes it expensive? Well, it’s not just nail polish. It’s an elaborate system that includes a set for around $40 that doesn’t even have any nail polish in it. It’s just the prep solution and the top coat and the remover and such.

Then, each Gelish nail polish costs around $12-$15. And the most expensive part is the dryer.

But you know the very best part? It’s rock-hard, totally dry and slob-proof immediately after the final time you use that dryer (after applying some kind of top coat, I think). This means that I could immediately get to doing whatever I needed to do right away. No sitting still required!!

Value doesn’t necessarily mean cheap, it means getting a LOT for your money. If you love to paint your nails, a gel nail system might be a good investment.

The links I am using point to the brand of product that my friend used on me.

P.S. It’s not easy taking a picture of your own hand.



There are affiliate links up there, but here’s one more: Don’t forget about Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals for Kindle books! For twelve days, they are offering 3 of 2013′s best selling books per day for only 2.99! This is only for the Kindle versions. I’m stocking up since a Kindle is on my wish list this year, but you can also read the books using a free app for your computer or smart phone. I’ll link to the 12 Days of Deals for Kindle books page each day. ANYthing you purchase on Amazon after you follow one of these links earns me a small commission.


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