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From Amsterdam

5 Hoog 3 Achter, daar woonde ik, in de Jordaan. Two years of freedom and happyness started my interest in everyday people on the streets.

to Beijing

Ni Hao! Hok ha he walawa, and that's just about all I've learned :-) Amazing city though, amazing culture, amazing everything.

to Buenos Aires

Ok, this one was just a month, but I loved being in another culture again. Shot tons of great picutres in Argentina.

to Cape Town (Kaapstad)

I didn't know, but apparently they speak dutch here as well. Great weather, great people, but you have to be careful. I was, and I had a great time

Foods And Containers You Should Not Use With Microwaves

Panasonic Genius 1250 WattWhile using a microwave can seem straightforward enough, knowing which foods and containers are not compatible with your microwave can save you some mess to clean or a broken microwave. Here are a few of those.

Containers:

If you did not know already, let us reiterate that metal containers are a complete no-no when it comes to microwaves. Some say aluminium can be used but it is best if you keep aluminium out of the microwave as well. Plastic and glass containers can be used as long as they are microwave safe. If the food has its own packaging, read the instructions carefully before thrusting it inside the microwave.

Foods:

The list of foods that cannot be used with a microwave is quite long but let us mention a few of the top contenders. Eggs (boiled or raw) should never be placed inside a microwave unless you want a mess. Grapes, hot peppers and marshmallows should be avoided as well. As a general rule of thumb, vegetables like potatoes, hotdogs or anything else that has a skin should be poked for a few holes before turning the microwave on.

There are of course other do’s and don’ts when it comes to using a microwave properly. Just research those before you start heating up your new microwave oven or visit Oven Shopper for more information on this topic.

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Salt Based Or Salt-Free – Which Water Filter Is For You?

Aquasana EQ-1000 Whole House 10-Year 1000000-Gallon Water Filter with Pro Install KitApart from RO (Reverse Osmosis), the filters in the market can be broadly classified into two categories, salt based and salt-free water filters. So which one is for you? Here’s some advise taken form Soft Water Filtration.

Salt Based Water Filters:

You should buy it if…

  • The water in your area is very hard.
  • You are not worried about the price tag.
  • You are ready to carry out maintenance regularly.
  • You want your water to be completely odor and impurities free.

Salt-free Water Filters:

You should buy it if…

  • You get moderate to low levels of hard water.
  • Price is a concern for you.
  • You do not want the burden of changing cartridges and salt regularly.
  • You do not want chemical treatment of water.

It is clear that both systems have their pros and cons. Depending on your needs, you would surely be able to choose the most perfect one for your home.

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Aquasana EQ-1000 Whole House 10-Year 1000000-Gallon Water Filter with Pro Install Kit

Considerations for Choosing the Best Wine Cooler

Who wouldn’t fancy a glass of chilled wine every now and then? Its crisp taste is welcome especially during or after meals.

What do you use to keep your wine cold? Is it squeezed in next to your fruits and vegetables, cold meats and milk?the Best Wine Cooler

You don’t have to own a wine cellar for you to be able to store several bottles of wine. Did you know that wine refrigerators are a better, and cost effective, alternative? They are fast becoming popular in many houses, and if you are interested in purchasing one yourself, know that there are several things you need to consider first. First off, you need to look at the size of the refrigerator you want to purchase. Is there enough space at home for you to place it in? What kind of space is it? Is it circular, triangular or maybe square? Choose a wine cooler that matches the space you have available for it back at home.

Another thing to consider is your drinking habits. Do you prefer finishing a bottle you’ve opened before you open another one? Or are you the kind of person who enjoys matching your drink to whatever is on the menu on that day? Meaning you have several or more bottles open at the same time? This would mean you need to purchase the best wine refrigerator to store all bottles at the same time, but is important for you to know that larger wine refrigerators consume more space as well as electricity.

Some wine refrigerators come with dual zones, meaning they have sections for different kinds of temperatures. This is especially useful if you are the kind of person who enjoys having a collection of different sorts of wines. Store some in the cooler section, and others in the warmer section to ensure you always have a bottle of wine ready to suit the occasion.

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the Best Wine Cooler

The Kohler Pull Down Faucet You Would Want In Your Kitchen

Kohler K-560-VS Bellera Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet Vibrant Stainless SteelWhen it comes to the quality of faucets, there is not much left to say about the quality of Kohler. This manufacturer has proved time and again why they are the industry best by introducing us to unique and innovative faucet designs over the years. The Kohler K-560-VS Bellera is one more state of the art offering from Kohler that looks grand in your kitchen and provides many features that will keep you happy.

The Looks:

Usually the performance of the faucet comes before looks but in this case we are mentioning the looks first due to the grand design of the K-560-VS Bellera. One look at this faucet will make you fall in love with it instantly. Tall, curvy and shiny, this faucet will definitely improve the beauty of your house and your kitchen. Designed ergonomically, it is as easy to use as good its looks are.

The Performance:

Scoring heavily in the looks department, this faucet does not leave much to complain in the performance department either. The handle is designed in such a way that you can use it easily even with soapy hands. The faucet has a high arc design that gives enough space to fill large pots and pitchers easily.

The spray head has a 26” reach which is enough to use it on the countertop. The 360 degree swivel of the faucet provides enough flexibility to use it in any direction you want. The spray head is created from MasterClean material that resists the build up of minerals and prevents lime scaling. It is very easy to clean and you will not lose any water pressure as well.

The features do not end here. It has 3 water flow settings, aerated flow, pause and spray. The pause feature is very effective if you want the tap to dispense a certain amount of water and then stop. The button however needs to be kept depressed for the pause function to work.

So if you are looking for a faucet that provides great performance while looking amazingly nice in the kitchen, you know which faucet to go for. But just in case, I have found these 14 kitchen faucet reviews that could help you choose something different.

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Kohler K-560-VS Bellera Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet Vibrant Stainless Steel

Clean Your Toilet Thoroughly For A Healthy Household

TOTO SW554-12 Washlet S300 Elongated Front Toilet SeatMost of us have one thing to do first after a good night’s sleep, that’s right, empty your blatter. And for a good start of the day you would want it to be clean of course.

Dirty toilets and toilet bowls not only look nasty but also provide a favourable environment for virus and bacteria infestation. Dirty toilets lose their usefulness pretty quickly as well. It is important to clean your toilet regularly in the right way.

It is best to clean it every week. That way you will not have any heavy duty dirt and grime to deal with. Using disposable gloves, paper napkins or towels, toiler cleaning agents and all purpose cleaners, you can get the job done under just 5 minutes.
O, and speaking of cleaning, have you ever thought of using a waslet or bidet seat? As I read recently these are the next big thing in the US, and although this has nothing to do with cleaning your toilet, they sure help with the toilet hygiene.

Back to the toilets though. Some people forget to clean the base of the toilet, the flush tank and the handle. But it is as important to clean them as the toilet bowl itself. Usually a toilet cleaning brush should do the trick but keep a toothbrush handy for the hard to reach areas or for some heavy rinsing if some dirt tends to get stuck.Do this and your dirty toilet woes will be taken care of permanently.

For more information: besttoilets.net

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TOTO SW554-12 Washlet S300 Elongated Front Toilet Seat

What Features to Look For in Baby Monitors

Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature SensorBaby monitors are considered as a nursery accessory that parents can rely on, in fact, it’s hard to imagine a life without them these days. They can come in handy if your baby’s room is two or three rooms away from your bedroom, but some also have extended reception ranges so they can be used when you’re visiting your neighbours. On top of that, they can be an essential tool if you are staying in a hotel or an unfamiliar environment.

Modern-day baby monitors can do more than just alerting you if your baby is making noise. Some brands and models on the market have features that can check your baby’s temperature, tunes, and night lights, and there you can also find models that allow you to talk to your baby (so called two-way systems) which can be great for soothing them from the comfort of your living room.

Baby monitors with extra features

Some models with extra features come with a hefty price tag. Thus (at least if you’re on a budget), it is important to know whether you really need the extras in order to keep an eye on your baby, because there are thing you can do without. The top-performing models can already offer you the basic things you need, they are easy to use and reasonably priced.

What elements to look for in baby monitors

On the baby’s unit, you will find models that are either operated by attaching it to a power outlet or using a battery. Obviously, battery operation is necessary if you need to use the monitor in areas where power is out, and if you frequently have power outages in your area this should be top of your list as well.

On the parent’s unit you also need mains and battery operation, because in this way you can carry the unit in and around the house. The very least it must have is a volume control, a light display and a belt clip.

Other basic features both units (parent’s and baby’s) must have are battery condition indicator, power-on light, different frequencies, automatic battery back-up and a long cord so it will be easier for you to set the unit up.

Just look for a few baby monitor reviews you can trust, plus of course it is always best to choose a monitor you can afford. This may sound like a ‘duh’ tip, but you’d be surprised to see how much people spend on products just because they have features that sound cool. Really, don’t spend too much and choose a model that can offer you the basics, i.e. to help you monitor your baby while he/she is asleep and you’re in your master’s bedroom or somewhere far away from the nursery room.

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Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor

Sleep Innovations Memory Foam Mattresses – The Best Value For Money

Memory foam mattresses are always one step ahead of regular mattresses in terms of comfort and quality. The mattresses manufactured by Sleep Innovations are even better due to the patented SureTemp technology that they employ in the design of all of their mattresses. They also come in variable thicknesses to cater to a large demographic of consumers.

The SureTemp Technology:

It is a special layer of memory foam that is created with patented open cell foam that keeps the temperature in check by allowing much better airflow through the mattress. This layer also provides much better body weight support than most other mattresses in the market. Regular use of these mattresses will take care of those back and neck pains you often experience after getting up in the morning.

Sleep Innovations 12-Inch SureTemp Memory Foam Mattress 20-Year WarrantyUnlike regular mattresses, the Sleep Innovations mattresses do not need flipping to keep the firmness and quality intact. In fact all of their mattresses come with 20 years of limited warranty. Memory foams are known for their ability to recover quickly after a night of use and Sleep Innovations mattresses are even better in this respect. Being allergen and dust mite resistant, you will need minimal maintenance.

You may want to check professional mattress reviews first, but the most popular variants available in the market are 10”, 12” and 8” mattresses.

12” Mattress: It has a 9.5” layer of high density foam at the bottom and 2.5” SureTemp layer at the top. The cover is made from poly-cotton. It provides soft to medium support to the body.

10” Mattress: This mattress is for people who love medium to medium hard firmness in their mattresses. It comes with 7” high density foam at the bottom and 3” SureTemp foam at the top.

8” Mattress: This one is for the connoisseurs of hard mattress surface. It comes with 6” high density foam at the bottom and 2” SureTemp foam to top it off.

These mattresses come in Twin, Full Queen and King size variants so if you are in need for a high quality mattress that requires low maintenance and provides ample comfort, Sleep Innovations mattresses are the way to go.

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Sleep Innovations 12-Inch SureTemp Memory Foam Mattress 20-Year Warranty