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The AB-ICE26 Ice Maker Saved My Life

clear-iceMy fridge is in the final throes of death. Its 10+ years of existence puts it at about 105 in human years. Worse than the impending loss of the fridge, the ice maker built into the door has already succumbed. I’m betting the deli drawer will be the next to go, it already crashes to the floor every time someone pulls it out to far. That is how my little terrier ate his weight in hot dogs a couple of weeks ago. The ice maker tried to survive, but the sensor broke and the ice maker went into a fit of ice production that was probably its undoing. It could overflow the dispenser overnight and fill the entire fridge with ice if we weren’t constantly vigilant. So, we decided to use the ice. We made frappuccinos for breakfast, smoothies at lunchtime, and margaritas with dinner. Waste not, want not. We were living in a winter wonderland of ice. Until, of course, it wore itself out and died.

Overnight, we were reduced to a single tray that we found in the bottom of our tupperware drawer. It was a fluke that we even had that because it must have been from the days before we got a refrigerator with an ice dispenser. It is either as old as me, or it can trace its origins to the summer we made our own organic lemonade popsicles. It was a very short lived business venture that never even made it to the lemonade stand-stage of development. Plus, we ate most of the inventory before we even had a chance to market the product.

Our ice dispenser could not have chosen a worse time to quit this world. It was in the middle of California’s strange winter weather. Walmart was still selling mittens and beanies, but the forecast was predicting mid-80s. The people braving the Polar Vortex must have hated us. We had finally given in to the heat and run the air conditioner, in January.  It is also some law of the cosmos that when someone needs ice, there is no ice to be found. This was especially true in my case.

My family is notorious for leaving the ice tray empty in the freezer. Most of the time, we are either complaining that it’s empty, or waiting for it to freeze. There is also the small problem of everyone’s lack of coordination. Most trips from the sink to the refrigerator require changing my shirt afterwards and mopping up the mess I left behind on the floor, even though I didn’t even fill the ice tray to the brim. It is the reverse logic that the more we concern ourselves with not spilling, the more we tend to spill. The more attention I give to walking steady and keeping the water from swaying over the sides, the more I lose the ability to walk altogether and am reduced to a toddler’s skill level, swerving and halting every half a second and sending the water in all directions. Put an ice tray in my hands and I begin to walk like Bambi on ice.

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While still mourning the death of the ice maker and suffering the consequences of every trip to refill the ice tray, tragedy reared its ugly head again. I tripped on the cord of a candle warmer, showering my room in red wax. It looked like someone had murdered Lumiere. The carpet had a large puddle, the wall had splatter marks, and my iPhone and keys were caked in the stuff. My room will probably have the lingering smell of apple cinnamon candle for years. In attempting to clean up the mess on the carpet, the best tutorial said to freeze the wax before chipping it away with a dull knife. The tutorial had a lovely picture of bags upon bags of perfectly shaped ice. Obviously, this person was not waiting 2-3 hours for every 12 cubes. My single ice tray was not going to suffice and my rug, sweatshirt, and favorite pants were on the line.

So, an ice maker was employed to get the job done. The Avalon Bay AB-ICE26 ice maker cranked out enough ice that I didn’t have to decide between using the ice on the carpet and using the ice on my bruises (after tripping on the cord, I had landed hard on the floor, sprawled across the carpet and covered in wax. Funny, yes. Graceful, no.). With a bag of ice for my bruised legs and melodramatic music in the background, I set to work icing the carpet. If you thought watching paint dry was the most boring pastime imaginable, try to watch wax freeze when you’re worrying that you may have just destroyed an entire quadrant of your bedroom. After 10-15 minutes, with the ice beginning to melt a little, I was able to scrape the vast majority of the wax off with my grandmother’s butter knife. Yes, the antique won because apparently butter knives are dying out just like typewriters, cassette tapes, and poor, old refrigerator ice makers. The wax chips can be vacuumed up quickly (don’t let the vaccuum get too hot or you could end up with a waxy mess inside the tubes). Then, I used an iron and paper towels to heat away the remnants of my embarrassing red wax carpet stain. It took several tries and a pile of paper towels, but I was able to soak up all the heated wax eventually. It took quite a bit of perseverance, but the end result is that I saved my thrift shop rug from being forced to endure a third stain since I bought it a month ago (the other two stains are a result of the hot dog incident earlier).

The AB-ICE26R ice maker can produce 26 pounds of ice per day. This means that the three baggies of ice I used to clean the floor didn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what this icemaker can do. To celebrate the victory that reclaimed my carpet and favorite sweatshirt from waxy doom, I made myself a frappuccino.

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Frappuccino Recipe:

10 cups coffee (brewed double strength)

½ cup vanilla creamer

½ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

With 10 cups of coffee, fresh-brewed and hot, mix in all ingredients and stir until dissolved completely. Refrigerate the mixture until at least room temperature. Blend every two cups with about one cup of ice, or according to your preference (I like it more liquidy). Enjoy!

Other uses for ice include watering hard to reach plants, like Christmas trees or potted plants, and removing gum from clothing or carpet. Grinding a couple of ice cubes in the garbage disposal can clear residue and increase efficiency. Ice can also be used to smooth out caulk seams. When trying to get a stubborn child (or adult) to take awful tasting medicine, sucking on an ice cube can numb the taste buds and make the experience less traumatizing.

The Avalon Bay ice maker also makes two different sizes of ice, so the cubes are the perfect size for any drink or household use. The smaller size is perfect for cocktails and blended drinks, while the large ice cubes are perfect for lemonades, sodas, and, yes, removing wax from carpet.

With the AB-ICE26R ice maker, these tasks can be accomplished with fresh ice cubes produced every 6 minutes. Leave it running all day if you’re addicted to chewing ice chips like I am, or just plug it in the morning of your blowout party and have ice ready to go for every margarita, coke, or cold beverage your guests could possibly want. Plus, the ice maker has a convenient indicator when the basket is full, so I’ll no longer have to watch the ice supply like a hawk.

And for those of you who are as uncoordinated as I am, there is no longer any need to balance ice trays. The ice maker can be filled from with any large bottle of water, but if that’s still too much coordination required, it is also portable enough to keep near the sink and an extending faucet eliminates the need for any balancing skills at all.

The ice maker also comes in colors to match your decor. The red finish can add a pop of color to the kitchen, or fit right in with a summer party. Silver and black can match your other kitchen appliances or add an element of style to any bar or man cave.

If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate the wonderful world of ice, here are some recipes to fuel your rejoicing:

Kool-Aid Slushies (for the kids)

1 cup water

½ cup Kool-Aid

1 cup ice cubes

Combine and blend on high speed until smooth. Add two additional cups of ice cubes and blend using pulsing action until smooth. Serving size: ½ cup. Makes 7 servings.

Dreamsicle Slushies (for the adults)

2 ounces whipped cream vodka

4 ounces orange juice

Add ice and blend

Although we still respect the memory of our previous ice dispenser, the benefits of the AB-ICE26R ice maker are definitely soothing our grief.

My Trip to Lake Shasta with the AB-ICE26 Portable Ice Maker

shasta-lakeEver since my father proposed to my mother at the top of Yosemite Falls, they have always been the adventurous type. Growing up my family and I would love to be outdoors trying to find an adrenaline rush that would make us feel untouchable. We love to go hiking, we’ve been on crazy rollercoasters, we’ve gone skydiving, and we go camping every year. We travel to neighboring states to camp at their lakes during the summer season when the weather is perfect. It is just so much fun, and I wish I could relive my childhood days at my favorite lake, Lake Shasta! Maybe some might not agree it’s the best lake, but I have a lot of childhood memories with my family that I will never forget. The only unbearable part was drinking warm refreshments because of how hot it was. It was painful to watch my parents go back and forth to the convenience store to buy enough ice for me and the rest of my family.

Lake Shasta is beautiful with surrounding mountains full of wildlife and greenery. I even saw a deer swimming in the lake one time. I tried to catch it, but my mom held me back as I kicked and screamed. I would consider Lake Shasta as one of my top 5 places to camp of all time. When I have kids of my own, I will definitely take them there.

My entire family usually attends these annual camping trips. My uncles, aunts, and cousins are all there to have a good time and to catch up on what is going on in our lives. My family is huge, filled with a bunch of wild Mexicans that it would sometimes feel too crowded to have them around. I think that’s a common feeling people have with their families though. You know how in the movies there are families who are rude at first and then end up loving you by the end? Yeah, that’s not them. We’re loud, we drink, we blast mariachi music, and we love you the second we meet you. I even invited a few friends on a trip, and my family welcomed them with arms open and hugs and kisses. My grandma will also stuff a ton of food down your throat even if you tell her you’re not hungry. This is probably why Mexico is the most obese country in the world. And because of guacamole.

My family takes up at least five different camping spots with four boats and four jet skis. The jet skis are the first thing we take out in the water. I’ve been riding them since I was nine, and consider myself to be quite the pro. However I still hear my mom screaming at me  not to go too far. They make you feel invincible, like your queen of the sea. There is a very cool spot we love to go to that has a rope which allows you to swing yourself into the lake. We couldn’t take the boat there because it was too big for the area, so we tried to pile ourselves onto the jet skis. At that moment I’m sure we just looked like a bunch of immigrants trying to cross the border. We almost sunk the jet skis.

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My dad loves action sports. His two favorites are wakeboarding and snowboarding, however he consistently falls to the floor every time he tries to get off the ski lift. He’s still “cool” though. He woke up one day and decided to buy a wakeboard boat. What a baller. We took it to Lake Shasta for another family camping trip along with an adult wakeboard. I say an adult board because I was only eleven years old at the time, and I was way too small to use it. We learned how to wakeboard by watching YouTube videos while we were out on the boat for the first time. That sounds funny when I say it out loud and picture it in my head, but I guess it wouldn’t have been useful if we tried to learn at home without any water. Trying the adult wakeboard wasn’t such a good idea for me because it was too heavy for me to do any tricks. But that didn’t stop us from spending hours on the boat boarding. Afterwards we would head out to fish and gather some food for dinner.

On our most recent trip to Lake Shasta, we brought the Avalon Bay AB-ICE26 Portable Ice Maker. It’s design is very high-end, yet was extremely affordable for my family. It was the cheapest ice maker my mom found that was made of high quality, while also being compact and durable enough to bring on our boat. I was even a little hesitant to bring the AB-ICE26 with us on the boat because I didn’t want to ruin it, but a camping trip is what a portable ice maker is built for. We would usually go to the convenience store in the RV Park for ice, which is really costly, so the portable ice maker saved us money. Money that could buy food because we could never catch enough fish. We would use live worms as bait, and I loved it! They were slimy and squirmy as I attached them to the fishing hook myself. Once I attached the bait, we walked out to the edge of the boat and threw our hooks into the water. We then sat and waited.

The fish must have realized my family was back because it was very rare for me to catch one. I only caught small fish that I had to throw back in because those weren’t going to feed my family. My dream was to catch a meaty one at that lake. If we were at the fish farm though, I would have no trouble catching one there. You’re guaranteed to catch a big fish at the farm! I’m also a very impatient person, so without any alcoholic drinks I would have become irritated and frustrated waiting so long for a fish to latch onto my hook. Therefore, my dad made cocktails for everyone. He loves drinking cocktails more than he loves beer, and you would never guess that just by looking at him. He is a buff guy with a million tattoos and a long goatee. He looks like your stereotypical biker gang member. Don’t let it fool you though. He’s such a softie. His favorite drink is a martini. My family calls him “Wedo”, which means white boy in English. We’re light-skin Mexicans by the way.

It’s always a hot day at the lake and with our portable ice maker, we were able to keep a ton of refreshments cold for my family. It was convenient and easy to use while we fished. With all the drinks going out, I thought for sure the ice maker would reach its maximum cycle, but it kept going. I couldn’t believe how much ice it produced. I gave my brother a surprise ice bath with some extra ice we had leftover as he tried tanning on the boat. He was not amused. My grandma was on the other side of the boat getting drunk off tequila shots. I joined her. I think I am her mini-me clone because tequila is definitely my drink of choice too. It gets the job done and at a very fast pace. You may not believe me, but my grandma is a party animal. She will dance all night and make a ton of new friends. Even when I join her on trips to the grocery store, she is sure to bump into someone she knows.

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With the ice maker, we were also able to fill our general ice bucket to store the fish we caught. I, of course, gave my fish their very own ice bucket because they were my prized possessions. No one was allowed to touch them. Once we are done fishing, my uncle skins all the fish so they are edible. When I was younger, I saw him eat a fish’s eyeball once and let me tell you, it is a disgusting visual. One I will never forget. He described the taste as chewy with a hint of sourness. Ew! I thought was going to hurl just imagining that taste in my mouth. I’m even trying not to gag as I relive that moment in my writing. My family and I might be thrill-seekers, but I will never try an eyeball. I really want to think he was joking with me on how it really tasted.

The AB-ICE26 Ice Maker lasted us all day. From morning to night, we never ran out of ice. Our ice chests were always filled and our drinks were never warm, which made our camping trip a huge success. We stayed hydrated! The end of a camping trip is usually the most dreadful part. The cleaning and packing is hard work when you have only been relaxing and enjoying the sun’s rays for a few days. The usual feeling is that we come back with more stuff than what we came with. With all the drinking we do, coming home we look like we just spent a weekend in Vegas.

The Must-Have Portable Ice Maker This Summer

Air & Water have been selling ice makers for over 12 years now and we are proud to say that we deem ourselves as experts in this category. With that we are proud to announce Avalon Bay as the newest addition to our team. Avalon Bay is an up and coming manufacturer dedicated to bringing you the best of home appliances with design and efficiency in mind. Their unbeatable prices have become known all across the United States, and will soon have competitors chasing after their customers. As a leading home appliance expert, we know Avalon Bay’s AB-ICE26 Portable Ice Maker will be the next biggest hit in your kitchen. With just one use, you’ll be eager to get more of their products in your home.

avalonbayicemakersIf you like to entertain guests, you probably already know how much ice is needed to successfully make your event enjoyable and memorable. Purchasing numerous bags of ice can be very expensive and time consuming, and if you’re like half the population of the US, you probably have quite a walk from your trunk to your front door. So carrying numerous bags of ice is never a good idea. Then there is the whole storage concept, if you have to try and squeeze several bags of ice into your freezer, where are you going to put your food? However, becoming an owner of an Avalon Bay’s Portable Ice Maker will eliminate the stress and concern of having plenty of ice on hand. No longer will you need to take additional trips to the store in the middle of your party nor have a guest with a warm drink ever again. Make your next party a real success with fresh ice cubes for drinks as cold as Alaska.

The AB-ICE26 will impress guests with its quality, crystal clear ice cubes and its quick and efficient production. This unit has a compact size and is also lightweight which is great for adventures, such as camping, fishing, sailing, or tailgating. Conveniently have ice on hand for any trip, and enjoy refreshments all day long. Produce the right amount of ice you need for any social event, and show off your amazing ice making appliance to all your friends. It will also offer a stylish aesthetic to your decor, so simply place it where it is meant to be seen, there’s no need to hide it away in a cupboard. Unlike most kitchen appliances, you want this one to be seen and be admired by all.

Save time, energy, money, and the lives of warm drinks with Avalon Bay’s AB-ICE26 Portable Ice Maker. If you’re considering a home ice maker, we highly recommend you get your hands on one of these. However, if you have never considered purchasing an ice maker, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Why Should You Purchase the AB-ICE26 Ice Maker?

When it comes to home appliances, theres always certain things we want. However with Avalon Bay, You’ll get them. We had some of our customers provide us with one word descriptions of what they thought of the Avalon Bay Portable Ice Maker.

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Features

Whether you’re at home relaxing, traveling, or entertaining, the AB-ICE26 is the ideal accessory to have where your fridge cannot be. Its sleek design and compact size will meet your needs, as it is reliable, efficient, and cost effective. This ice maker produces enough ice in a day to keep drinks cold and your guests happy. The simple production creates perfectly shaped ice cubes in minutes, and will continually keep ice at your fingertips. The AB-ICE26 is built to make your life easier and hassle free. If your organizing a trip with your kids, this definitely the number one necessity. We all know how thirsty kids can get, and not forgetting fragile when the can get a cold drink.

Style and Color:

The AB-ICE26 will not be an awful sight for sore eyes because the contemporary design is sleek, yet traditional that remarkably shines. It will glow no matter where you place it, and its elegant finish can blend perfectly into your home decor. It comes complete with an ice scoop and basket, and also has an easy to read LED display and control panel. The AB-ICE26 can bring an upgraded look to your kitchen if you decide to place it on your countertop.

The unit comes in three different colors, including beautiful black, shining silver, and a roaring red. If you’re a simple person, you can never go wrong with black and silver to compliment your modern look, and the red ice maker can bring a pop of color to any neutral setting. If you’re lucky enough to have your own home mini bar then we recommend the black or silver, as its most likely to blend with your wine and beverage coolers. However the red is by far our most popular color, it seems to be a quick and convenient solution to boring kitchens.

Installation:

NO PERMANENT INSTALLATION REQUIRED! This is music to everyone’s ears. The most demeaning chore of purchasing any appliance is installing and setting it up; however with this unit simply add water. This also enables you to carry the ice maker anywhere you need cold refreshments. Anyone can easily and quickly set it up and use it, practically anywhere. Forget about the stress of how many ice bags you need, and enjoy the party along with your friends. Have no worries and peace of mind.

Ice Cube Sizes:

Choose from two different sizes of ice cubes, which are small and large. Small ice cubes are great for the ladies cocktails, while the larger cubes are favored by the gentlemen, especially for their fishing trips. Once again this is something an ordinary refrigerator cannot offer.

Efficiency:

The key feature of Avalon Bay’s AB Ice Maker is the speed and efficiency in which it creates ice. Produce an impressive amount of 26 pounds of ice per day in as little as 6 minutes. Each batch contains 9 cubes and the light indicators will remind you to add water or empty the ice tray. The cycle is great for pre-preparing for a party or simply having it readily available.

Size:

The compact size is perfect for a table, countertop, and poolside or even in your outside kitchen. It can be easily placed anywhere you would prefer it as long as you’re able to plug the unit in. Plus when not in use, discreetly store it in a cabinet or pushed back against the back wall of a counter.

Portability:

What makes this ice maker the best option for your kitchen or yacht? It’s portability. At only 20 pounds, the AB-ICE26 is lightweight in order for it to be eligible to travel with you. Easily carry this ice maker around for all of your thirst quenching needs. Produce ice throughout the day anywhere you see fit with an outlet to plug it in.

Best Places for the AB-ICE26

It’s all about location, location, location! Easily move the AB-ICE26 from room to room, and place it where you think it will be most useful. The AB-ICE26 can fit perfectly in many different areas and spaces to produce ice when needed:

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Cleaning Your AB-ICE26 Portable Ice Maker

Cleaning your ice maker periodically will ensure that you are getting the best tasting ice at all times. It will enable the ice maker to have a longer life cycle and give a superior operation. If you don’t keep your machine clean, then it will damage the components and cause service downtime. So it is in your best profitable interest to keep your ice machine in a clean condition.

To drain the AB-ICE26, position the drainage port on the bottom of the unit over a sink, or place a small container or receptacle under the drainage port. Remove the plug and allow water to drain out completely. It’s important that you change the water in the water reservoir every 24 hours to ensure clean ice.

To clean, place a small container under the drainage port and wipe down the interior with a small cloth that has some soap and warm water. Pour the soap water into the internal water reservoir and in the space below the top cover. Drain out the water by un-plugging the drain cap. Dry the interior with a cloth, and wipe the exterior with the cloth, warm water, and soap and then dry it with a soft cloth.

To remove the build-up of impurities, add a little vinegar or lemon juice to the water in the reservoir and turn on the ice-making cycles two to three times. Drain and refill the reservoir with clean, warm water. Run two more cycles to rinse the vinegar or lemon-juice.

What to Consider When Purchasing an Ice Maker:

So you need an ice maker, and you’re wondering why buy an Avalon Bay Ice maker, when theres so many other options on the market. As appliance experts for over 12 years, we have seen all kinds of ice makers come through our doors, so let us break it down for you.

1. How much ice do I need?

Unless you have your own bar, most people, generally only use between 10-20pounds of ice daily, with the Avalon Bay portable ice makers, you can produce up to 26 pounds of homemade ice within a 24 hour period. This means you’ll never run out.

2. Is it going to be difficult to set up?

No! These ice makers require no permanent installation, simply remove them from their packaging, add some water, choose the ice cube size and press a button. Its really that simple.

3. How often will I have to carry out maintenance?

Never! Cleaning your ice maker is the only piece of regular maintenance you need to do to ensure it continues running efficiently for as long as possible. It is very easy. Most ice makers can be self-cleaned or they can require to easily run soap water through the reservoir.

4. Does the price meet the quality?

Yes. Most ice makers are inexpensive, so Click Here to view our collection, as you will see they all do the same thing, but they can’t beat the Avalon Bay prices.

7. Can I choose the ice cube size?

Yes, another great benefit of these units is that you can choose from two different cube sizes, small and large.

With these consideration, you will be better able to make an informed decision regarding your ice maker purchasing decision. Again, some of these may not affect your final decision for various reasons, but it’s better to hear an experts opinion.

Customers are rushing to purchase an AB-ICE26 Portable ice Maker, especially with the summer months fast approaching. Before you know it Avalon Bay will be your new favorite home appliance brand. Remember with Avalon Bay its, No Hassle! No Stress. Just Refreshing Relaxation.

Call Me the Husband Whisperer

Others are always saying that women don’t notice what they don’t do for men. As a woman, I say screw them! We should keep being self-centered. We bear children, we suffer through menstrual cycles, we care for the children, we cook, we clean, and we practically do everything.  And men have the audacity to not clean up after themselves. Not up in here! I work 8 hour days, five days out of the week, and I am exhausted when I come home. I expect to come home to a clean space, but that’s just asking too much of my husband. What is it with men? Do they not see a mess like we do? Is it something in their genes? I don’t get it. There needs to be a scientific study on this.  couple-fireplace

It’s comforting to know that this is a common problem for married women and that most of our husbands our slobs. I don’t mind cleaning, and sometimes I actually enjoy it, but a little help would be appreciated. I once read a blog (I won’t mention which one because it was nonsense) that stated, “What if your husband won’t pick up after himself? You can make it a battle or a blessing. You can choose to ignore it or you can pick it up for him and see it as an act of love and service. The choice is yours. The battle is yours. Some things just aren’t worth fighting over and bringing tension to a marriage.” Is this blog on crack?! We don’t live in the 1950’s anymore. I will gladly give my husband a quality vacuum to clean his cookie crumbles off the floor.

Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, recently committed suicide due to “financial problems”. Lies. Her boyfriend could have been her sugar daddy. It’s probably because Mick Jagger threw his dirty socks on the floor right next to the hamper (RIP L’Wren)!  But I once was a bitter woman like you. Don’t lose hope though. It’s there! I used to spend hours picking up my husband’s dirty laundry from the floor, disinfecting the bathroom, and scrubbing rotten food off the floor. Now my husband cleans on command, sometimes without even me asking. Just call me the Husband Whisperer.

Frustrated, I once nagged my husband to clean up after the dog, and his response was, “Sure. I’ll show you I care by cleaning up after YOUR dog.” Oh! All of a sudden it’s only MY dog now. This set me off the edge, but then I remembered a few techniques to calmly get my husband to willingly do chores:

1. Play the Empathy Card

“Baby, I can’t lift the trash bag all by myself. It’s too heavy. Can you take it out?” is exactly the type of thing you should say to your husband if you want something done. If you explain to him why he needs to help out, he will feel more inclined to clean. If you make him feel bad for you, he will do it. Trust me. This one works every time.

2. Ask Nicely with a Touch

When asking your husband or boyfriend to do something, touch him and say, “Please.” Also touch him as you say, “Thank you.” You have to approach him like you would a child or a cute puppy.

3. Barter

Did he just leave his dirty dish in the living room?! Barter with him. “If you clean your dish, we can watch whatever you want to watch tonight.” Just be careful what you say because you could end up watching Sports Center for a few hours.

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Clean while naked. That should be your motto when trying to motivate your husband to help. He’ll work a lot faster too. Hopefully, you’re kids aren’t around either.

5. Don’t Be Controlling

Your husband will clean the way he wants to. Do not; I repeat, DO NOT correct his mistakes. It will make him feel emasculated. If he wants to pick up his clothes from the floor with his toes, let him. At least he’s cleaning. If you nag him about it, he just won’t bother doing it again.

6. Don’t Give In

I stopped washing all of the dirty cereal bowls my husband uses that were not in the sink. It was great because it was a lot less work that I had to do. Finally, he went to grab a bowl for cereal and found none were clean. He then picked up every dirty dish and washed it. It has thankfully become a regular thing with him now. The important thing here is to remember how much filth you’re willing to live in and stick to it. No matter how much that carpet stain bothers you or how much you want to wash the dishes in the sink, don’t give in! He will eventually see the mess he leaves and start cleaning after himself.

7. Reward Him

So why does your husband get a cookie for being a good clean Samaritan? We don’t get a diamond necklace every time we scrub the toilet. It’s a good bargaining technique for men. Try food, tools, appliances, or just sex. Make him want to clean again.

18. Hire a Maid

If all else fails, hire a maid. Relax when you get home, go to dinner with your family, and enjoy not being irritated with your husband’s mess. Someone else is picking up after him and, not to mention, you.

Now my hunny bunny cleans the kitchen, unloads the dishwasher, vacuums, and actually throws his laundry in the basket without being asked. Also when he sees me cleaning, it’s an automatic trigger for him to get his butt off the couch and help me. Never again will I have a lazy husband. Maybe I’ll start being the one that’s lazy and stops cleaning.

Hydrate Even if You’re Not Exercising

My friend, Chase, opened up his first gym not too long ago and offered a free morning workout class for me and a few friends. We decided to go around eight in the morning; however, the midweek blues got the better of me and I overslept. I jumped out of bed, hurried to get ready, and left my house with no time for breakfast. I forgot to bring a bottle of water, a towel, and my wallet. When I arrived, our first task was to go for a light job. It wasn’t too bad to start the day, and I also read somewhere that fasting before cardio burns more calories. Maybe that’s true, but I know I will never try it again after what happened that day.

Soccer feetAs Chase had my friends and I do multiple cardio workouts, I started to feel nauseous. I held it together though. I am prone to push myself and work hard as an athlete, so I kept going. fter an hour or so, we took a small break and then continued with wall squats. This is where my body took over. I suddenly felt extremely hot, so I excused myself to the restroom and finally expressed my nausea. I waited for anything to come up from my throat, but nothing happened. I was sweating profusely, and I needed fresh air. I wanted to go outside, but I knew if I left the bathroom, I would just go right back into the stall. I started to pace back and forth, so I could get some sort of air or breeze on my face. My head started to pound and I could feel myself getting light headed and dizzy. My eyes started to go in and out of blackness, and that’s when I knew I needed to immediately leave the restroom.

I walked outside as quickly as I could and hoped no one noticed me. As soon as I got to the parking lot, I bent over and vomited. One of the gym managers just happened to be out there, and unfortunately, he saw me. I’m assuming the manager knew what was wrong with me because he went inside and came back out with water and a protein bar. I laid down on the curb right outside the gym, and he then proceeded to ask me what I ate for breakfast. My blackness was still coming and going at the time, but I could still comprehend what was going on around me. I saw the protein bar being handed to me and the gym manager reminding me that the bar was going to be two dollars. Wow. Really? If I was on my death bed in front of your gym, you would still charge me two dollars?! Some people have no compassion. Or maybe he just knew that I was going to be okay and in my mind I was being dramatic. Either way, I grabbed the bar from him and started to shove it down my throat. I had to think of where I can get two dollars from, since I forgot my wallet.

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Our bodies lose about eight cups of water each day, and we need to replenish our fluids frequently. It is vital to both our organ functions and digestion because water carries nutrients and oxygen. Without water, our blood becomes thicker making our hearts work harder. Our skin becomes dry and wrinkled, urine is darker, and we experience chills. Other symptoms of dehydration include headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, muscle cramping, and nausea. Water is such an essential to everyday life, and we need to make sure to stay hydrated with the spring and summer seasons approaching. Even when you’re not working out, hydration is key to living a healthier life.

Most people find it difficult to drink plenty of water throughout the day because purified water isn’t readily available for them. Neither a near faucet nor drinking fountain anywhere in sight. A water cooler and dispenser in your home or office can be the perfect solution. It’s convenient, and you’ll be able to drink the recommended ounces for your body. Water coolers dispense water at the perfect temperature whether chilled or hot with the touch of a button, and you’ll save money by not having to buy packages of bottled water.

Ways to stay hydrated:

  • Carry a water bottle - Drinking water throughout the day can prevent dehydration. Use a large, reusable water bottle. (Save the earth!)
  • Suggest a water cooler at work - Have a water cooler at your desk or in the communal break room so everyone can enjoy optimal health.
  • Drink a glass of water before each meal
  • After a trip to the restroom, drink a glass of water
  • Eat water-rich fruits and vegetables - Lettuce, celery, watermelon, oranges, apples. cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, cantaloupe, strawberries, carrots, cauliflower, green peppers, and grapefruit.
  • Wear light clothing - Light-weight, loose clothing allows for better air circulation and helps sweat evaporate more quickly all year round.
  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water

Drinks that produce dehydration:

  • Energy drinks (Red Bull, Monster, etc.)
  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Colas

How to Beat Your Roommate’s Annoying Smoke Odor

My roommate Adam is an addicted smoker and I know for certain he smokes at least 6 times a night. The constant odor and harmful environment that he creates from smoking make it very stressful for me to live in the same area as him. Needless to say that I assume he smokes just as much while I am at work. Adam usually stays in his room for most of the day, and the only time he ever comes out is to eat or smoke. Granted, he is an art student; his daily tasks include working from his computer. He is also a gamer, and he makes sure to stay up-to-date with the latest video games. His recent favorite is the Battlefield series. However, his cigarette and cigar odor is very overwhelming, so the rest of my roommates and I have designated a “smoking area” for him – the balcony. Every time Adam goes out for a smoke, I can hear him crack open his bedroom door and stomp through the kitchen to the balcony. I also know he is about to smoke because he always says “Hi” to my other roommate’s dog.

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My room is right next to the balcony, and I can hear Adam slide the balcony door open every time. I always patiently wait to hear the door shut, so I know that the smoke is not coming inside. If I don’t hear it close, I start to fidget and eventually come out of my room to check. I know when my other roommates and I aren’t at home, he leaves the door open because I come home to a smoke scented apartment. Although I already mentioned to him that I don’t like the balcony door open, he continues to do so anyway. It seems as if smokers don’t care about how their addiction affects others, and the odor really bothers me that much because I am terrified of getting secondhand smoke. I read once that even if you can’t smell the smoke, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. It sinks into everything. Clothes, hair and especially furniture. That’s even more alarming!

The rest of my roommates and I love to play beer pong, and we use the infamous Solo Red Cups. You can find them stacked together on top of our refrigerator for easy setup. We have ping pong balls in places that can’t be reached, even in our neighbor’s porch. Adam used one of the red cups as an ashtray. He is a great guy, but he is a little on the lazy side and when I say a little, I mean a lot. He would never throw away this cup even when it started to deteriorate because of the heat. He would over-fill it with cigarette buds to the point where they were at least piled 2-3 inches higher than the rim of the cup. They would fall to the ground and be blown into our neighbor’s yard below us. As a side note, our kitchen trash can is literally three steps from the balcony door. For Christmas, my roommates and I chipped in to buy him a spinning ashtray for more organization and so far it’s working quite well. Now will he dump it out himself when it gets full? Probably not.

However even when Adam comes back into the apartment after smoking a cigarette, I can still smell the smoke odor. I hold my breath until I assume the smell is gone, but sometimes it takes more than three minutes. Three minutes may not seem like a long time, but it is when you’re holding your breath. Every now and then I would exhale, but then only take in a small amount of air because I didn’t want to inhale the odor. His room also smelled like smoke, and I wanted to get rid it.

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When I first started to notice the stench as he came inside, I used an air freshener. I specifically used a Glade air freshener that was lavender and vanilla scented. It smelled very good at first, but didn’t get rid of the smell though. It just made it worse. It made the air smell like a burnt vanilla cupcake. It was a very strong scent as if someone sprayed too much perfume or cologne, like Axe Body Spray. All girls know how that feels.

So I did some research and learned that if you use a damp cloth with some vinegar and wipe all of your furniture and walls, it can really make a difference to the odor in the air. I also read that Febreze works really well. So I thought I would double-up on this and do both to assure myself that the smoke odor would be gone. I’m not sure if it’s working, but I’d really like to think that is. Like I said before even if you can’t smell the smoke, it’s still there.

I’m very paranoid when it comes to this situation, so I scrubbed the walls and tiled floor with the vinegar towel and Swiffer. I washed our living room blankets and curtains in the washing machine TWICE. I shampooed the carpets with ridiculously expensive carpet cleaner that could probably be easily bought by the couple in Northern California who recently found $10 million in gold coins in their backyard. I placed bowls of vinegar strategically around the apartment. I sautéed some onions, peppers and garlic, and scattered them all around the apartment. I purchased an air purifier. I opened up all the windows and turned on all the fans to dry the place and let the air circulate through the apartment. I must say that the air felt fresh in my apartment thus far. Might I add this was an all-day event for me! Someone recommended that I light a candle, but it seems as though only the gigantic candles give a strong essence. Anyone know of a good brand or scent?

But maybe I should skip all this messy stuff in between and just get rid of my roommate.

Feeling Like a Hockey Olympian

Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 8 - United States v RussiaIf you’ve been watching the Sochi Olympics then you saw the most exciting game of hockey between USA and Russia! After a 60 minute game, plus some overtime, the two teams went into a shootout where, T.J. Oshie finally scored to give USA a victory. The adrenaline and excitement of winning such a suspenseful game, is the exact feeling I get when I play Beer Hockey.

Beer Hockey is a drinking game of intensity, suspense, and competitiveness. To give you an idea of how intense this game can get, the quarter used has bruised my fingernail and it seems like it will be forever purple. If you have never heard of this game before, be prepared to drink. My friends and I play this game weekly, and I make sure that I always have the three essentials in my garage before they come over – a coffee table, portable air conditioner, and recycling bins. My garage is my sanctuary to get away from my everyday life and just have some time to myself. Beer hockey with my friends is a great escape to have a great time and chug beer. Here’s how to play:

Be sure to have a coffee table or dining table big enough to fit three or more players. Everyone should have a full beer in front of them, and one person with a quarter.

All players will take turn spinning the quarter. Whoever spins the quarter calls out a player’s name and that player will have to flick the quarter trying to hit an opponent’s beer can.

If your name was not called, you can block the shot with one hand using your pointer and pinky finger only. You are not allowed to move the beer can. ONLY your hand.

If the quarter hits the beer can, the person who spun the quarter will spin it again. During this spin, the player whose beer was hit must chug their beer until the quarter falls. Any player can attempt to keep the quarter spinning at this time.

If the player finishes his or her beer before the quarter falls, they can slam their beer on the spinning quarter, trapping it under. If this was to happen, the last person to touch the quarter must drink in the same quarter spinning fashion.

As I mentioned before, you will also need a portable air conditioner for this game. The reason I say this is because the more you drink, the hotter your body will become. I’m sure you’ve seen those people who turn really red after getting a few drinks in them. So trust me when I say nothing is worse than sweating in a closed room without any air flow. Also with spring and summer coming up fast, I’m sure you’re going to need one in the house anyway. It’s convenient, efficient, and the easiest to set up. Your friends will appreciate it too once they realize that Beer Hockey includes a lot of drinking.

However, the morning after isn’t going to be easy either. Speaking from experience, I’m more than positive you and your friends will not be able to function. The recycling bins I requested for you to have will make cleaning up effortless. It’s also a great way to become economical by minimizing pollution and saving energy costs. Keep your cans and bottles organized, and turn them into your local recycling center. Spend the money you receive on your next 36-pack for Beer Hockey.

Dream Cubicle Without Winning the Lottery

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When I picture my dream cubicle, I see myself in a modern style dome with a window overlooking the ocean. My interior would consist of the essentials – a desk, hammock, mini fridge, and television. However, this will never happen in my real life unless I win a large sum of money.

I hope to win the lottery in the near future. If not the lotto, then maybe at the race track. My gambling odds are better at the races though. I’ve been betting on horses since I can remember, and it’s a family tradition for me. Every weekend my dad’s side of the family takes a trip to the Santa Anita Race Track with my grandfather. My grandfather was so in love with the races that we essentially only went because he loved it so much. He even took my dad and his siblings to the races when they were kids, and now it has sort of become a family business. My dad and uncles currently own a few racehorses, and we go down to the stables every so often to watch them train and help manage.

There were many kids activities to do the day of the races, but I always wanted to pick the winning horses for my dad. Back then I had no idea how to strategize picking a horse, so I chose them by how much I liked their names. As I grew older, I learned that there are many different aspects choosing a winning horse. Now when I bet on a horse, I thoroughly look at the program, read the horse’s odds, who’s their trainer? How successful have they’ve done in past races? How they start and finish a race? It’s a lot of numbers, but I’m actually pretty good at it.

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I receive emails from the race track with the jackpot amount each week. The biggest pot I’ve seen is $500K for a Pick-6 winning ticket, and those are the days I really concentrate on my strategy. The hardest part about a Pick-6 is only choosing one horse to win. You can pick more than one horse, but it gets quite expensive when counting the different winning combinations on a ticket. One time I almost came close, choosing 4 out of 6 winning horses, but until I actually win, I try creating my dream cubicle with items I find laying around the office.

Most people think an office job is the worst type of occupation to have because you’re stuck inside all day, and you’re bored staring at a computer screen. Sometimes that’s true, but little do they know our lives are more interesting than meets the eye. While outdoor workers are sweating in the hot sun, I’m in an office staying cool, clean, and rested. With these life hacks, I’ve created myself a low-budget, dream cubicle that I look forward to coming to everyday:

First I have to keep my space clean. I use post-it notes to get rid of dust on my keyboard and desk.

On those extremely hot summer days, I place damp towels on my electric fan to make the air cooler, but I’m thinking of investing in a portable air conditioner.

When I’m parched and need a nice, cold drink, I wrap my can in a damp paper towel and place it in the fridge for about 15 minutes, OR I bring my ice maker.

I like to bring my pillow to work, so I can take a quick cat nap under my desk. Hopefully no one finds me.

As an incentive to work, I use snacks. I set myself a small goal, like posting on Facebook, and give myself some hot Cheetos dipped in sour cream.

I tend to staple myself sometimes, so having a first aid kit keeps my blood in line.

Have the flu? Throw your tongue to the roof of your mouth to keep from sneezing and plug in a humidifier.

If you’re cold, bring a blanket to work or a space heater.

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In case of important business meetings, I have a straightener on hand to iron my shirt.

Keep different colored sharpies to color in scratched shoes for a more professional look.

Let others know the last time coffee was made by writing the time on a piece of masking tape and placing it on the coffee maker.

If you love baked goods as much as I do, bake small treats in the communal microwave!

Speaking of the microwave, don’t ever wait for someone else’s food to heat up before yours. Double up and place your plate on top of a mug for a two tier heating system.

There’s usually no time for breakfast either, so cooking scrambled eggs in the microwave is great too.

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Crumbs are your sworn enemy! Get a handheld vacuum.

I hate doing the dishes at work, so a portable dishwasher is a life saver!

I never have time to hit the gym after work, so I bring an exercise ball for leg day.

Our office doesn’t have a speaker, so I grab a plastic cup from the break room and place my smart phone inside for a surround sound.

Springs can keep your papers organized.Keep your desk drawers organized with cut up cardboard boxes you find in the break room.

Keep a mirror or reflective sunglasses at your desk so you can see behind you.

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Prevent your lunch from getting stolen by placing fake mold on your sandwich bag.

I saw these pen cap utensils that would seem very helpful for eating at my desk.

Want to enjoy a beer at work but not want other to know? Skin the top and bottom of a soda can and place it around a beer can.

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Procrastinators

Planning the perfect date for Valentine’s Day is just as tough as choosing the right gift. You want to do something the both of you like to do, yet give something the other will love, yet make it special, and yet make it romantic. By the time you figure something out, it’s too late and the date is closer than you realize. So follow our gift ideas, to give HIM or HER a Valentine’s Day to remember. But also make them think, you put a lot of thought and effort into it. Hurry and decide because you only have eight more days:

HIS:

Tickets to George Zimmerman & DMX Fight

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Take him to a boxing match with celebrities dueling it out. The biggest excitement about this is Floyd Mayweather Sr. refereeing, and not to mention rapper DMX’s fury! George Zimmerman’s biggest hobby is boxing and who voluntarily became a participant of Celebrity Boxing. Following his announcement, Damon Feldman, owner of Celebrity Boxing, received over 15,000 emails of other celebrity applicants willing to take him on. Although no contract has been signed, DMX was chosen to be his opponent out of all people.

If you don’t know who George Zimmerman is, he was found not guilty for second-degree murder and manslaughter for shooting teenager Trayvon Martin. This trial sparked a lot of controversy about race and self-defense laws, and most believe it to be an injustice. This matchup is not meant to raise money for charity, but I think it should be. It will make a huge profit for an organization because more than half of America will be happy to see Zimmerman on the floor. This man’s claim to fame is murdering a teenager. I think he deserves a beat down.

The match is set to be around March 15, but Celebrity Boxing is expected to confirm next week just in time for a late Valentine’s Day gift! DMX has already promised a beat down and to urinate on his face. That would be hilarious to watch.

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BBQ Grill

Spring and summer are coming in, and the perfect gift to get it rolling is a BBQ grill for your man. He can use it to cook when guests are over or, of course, cook for you. Here’s one of our favorite Grilled Pizza recipes by Annie’s Eats for your romantic dinner this Valentine’s Day:

INGREDIENTS

Thinly sliced zucchini and yellow squash
Thinly sliced cherry tomatoes
Kosher salt
½ batch homemade pizza dough, at room temperature*
Olive oil
Thinly sliced red onion
Fresh basil, minced
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Crumbled feta cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

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DIRECTIONS
Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Place the slices of zucchini, yellow squash and tomatoes in a colander set over the sink or in a large bowl. Toss with ¾ teaspoon of kosher salt. Let sit 20-30 minutes to drain excess liquid.
Meanwhile, transfer the pizza dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough into four equal portions. Let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, shape each piece of dough into a flattened round shape, about 6-7 inches in diameter. When the coals are heated, generously oil the grates (I usually use a wad of paper towels dipped in olive oil, and hold it with tongs). Carefully place the shaped round dough’s onto the grill and cover. Let them cook until nicely browned on the bottom surface, and allow for large bubbles to appear on the top surface, usually about 3-4 minutes. Carefully remove the partly cooked dough rounds from the grill for topping.
Transfer the dough rounds to a work surface so that the cooked side is facing up (this is the side that will hold your toppings). Top evenly with sliced zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, and red onion. Sprinkle with minced basil, freshly grated Parmesan and crumbled feta. Season with pepper, to taste. Carefully return the topped pizzas to the grill, cover, and let cook until the bottom surface is nicely browned and the cheeses are melted, about 4-6 minutes. Remove from the grill and serve warm.

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Bacon Cooker

I don’t know any man who doesn’t love bacon, unless he’s a vegetarian, which is highly unlikely. Have you ever seen the Purina Beggin’ Strips Commercial with the golden retriever? That’s exactly what a man is like every time they see or smell bacon. They lift their chin up and start sniffing like they don’t know where the smell is coming from. The Presto 05100 Power Crisp Microwave Bacon Cooker will put a smile on your man’s face when it’s time for breakfast. It eliminates the fat and grease within minutes. Cook crispy, delicious bacon that’s leaner and healthier!

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HERS:

Margarita Blender

When your significant other decides to have a girls night, she can whip out her new Margarator Margarita Blender you bought her for Valentine’s Day. She can try different drink recipes to make margaritas, cocktails, juice, or soda. This machine makes perfect, slushy drink that are so refreshing. Her place will be the new hang out spot for you, her friends, and your friends.

Chocolate Fountain

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Words cannot express how much women love chocolate. If it’s in front of them, expect it to be gone in milliseconds and all over their mouths. I really don’t know what it is. Maybe comfort food? But it’s just so good that women get so easily excited. Remember the dog with the Beggin’ Strips above? Well that’s women with chocolate. Their faces light up and they could probably enjoy eating it all day, every day. So buy your special woman a chocolate fountain to dip her fruit or nuts into. She will go bananas when you bring this home to her!

Juicer

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There are a lot of health freaks out there, and the last thing I want to talk about is about your protein shakes or gym regime. I’m all for a healthy lifestyle, but I’m no body builder. Women love consuming organic ingredients in their everyday diet. Giving her a juicer on Valentine’s Day is a genius way to provide that. She can freshly squeeze her fruits and veggies for an all-natural and healthy drink.