Author: Elizabeth

The Right Way to Clean Your Keurig Coffee Maker So It Keeps Brewing

Single-serve coffee makers, like Keurig, have made it super easy and convenient to brew a perfect cup of joe. But it’s just as easy for many folks to overlook that these machines need regular cleaning and descaling to work their best. It takes more than refilling the water reservoir and popping in a new K-cup to keep a Keurig brewing — and to keep it free of the mold and bacteria that can grow when you neglect it. When it comes to routine maintenance and cleaning, think of your Keurig as you do other home appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and traditional coffee makers. Not only will regular cleanings extend the life of your appliance and protect your health, they’ll also keep your coffee tasting great every day.

We asked Carolyn Forté, Executive Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Care & Cleaning Lab, for advice on how to maintain your go-to morning machine. Start by stocking up on the cleaning essentials recommended below, then follow the timeline for how often you should clean every part of your coffee maker.

graphic of keurig with different parts labeled showing when each should be cleaned on blue background

How to clean a Keurig weekly

Ideally, it’s best to wash the removable parts of your machine on a weekly basis, especially if you use it daily.

What you’ll need:

  • Dish soap
  • Sponge or cloth
  • Dish towel for drying

Instructions:

  1. Unplug the machine.
  2. Remove the water reservoir, lid, drip tray and K-cup holder.
  3. Pop out the filter, if any, from inside the reservoir and set it aside.
  4. Wash all parts in warm, soapy water.
  5. Rinse the parts thoroughly and towel dry everything except the interior of the water reservoir. Let the interior air dry to keep from depositing any lint from your towel inside.
  6. Wipe down the machine’s exterior surface with a damp sponge or cloth.

Read More

The Biggest Kitchen Design Trends for 2023, According to the Pros

When designing your dream kitchen, it’s important to balance timeless features with playful colors, patterns and textures that reflect your personality and design aesthetic. You may not want to remodel your kitchen each and every year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t creative ways to keep your space feeling fresh and modern. We spoke with interior designers and kitchen experts who shared their top kitchen trends for 2023, touching on everything from cabinet colors and kitchen lighting ideas to design styles they’re loving.

At this point, 2023 is just around the corner and these design experts are looking ahead at trends and styles that will define the new year. For kitchen countertops, they’re seeing both natural and expressive stones. For paint colors, the pros are loving dusty greens and blues, as well as soft hues like terracotta and natural browns. But, don’t worry: bold patterns are not out. As you scroll, you’ll notice a surge of gold hardware — but matte black and brass are sticking around as well.

Swap out your backsplash tile (dare we suggest something vibrant), add a fresh coat of paint to your kitchen island or layer in handmade artisan details — all of which can be completed in a few hours. As much as we love a hot trend, we’ll leave you with this message from interior designer Kate Lester: “Focus more on what the space needs and less on what is ‘trending.’ Doing what’s best for your space never goes out of style!”

Read More

Adding Outdoor Storage To Our Kitchen Porch

I’ll start this post with a confession: I resented our kitchen porch when we finished it last fall. Resent is a strong and, admittedly, strange word to use for a porch. But I’ll explain it later on in this post. The good news is that I no longer harbor any ill will toward it. In fact, it has become one of the spaces I’m most grateful to have in our smaller home. Especially after some functional additions that we’ve made to it over the last year since you saw it.

I love this space so much, that I’m actually writing this post from it right now. Call it Method Blogging. I’m fully immersed in my character.

A Kitchen Porch Renovation Recap

You can read a full post of this porch’s previous updates, but the quick version is: this used to be a porch off of our bedroom, which had 8 glass doors leading outside (yes, eight whole doors in one room). We closed off two of the doors that led to this porch, which you see in the photo below (which also created a wall for our bed). Then we swapped that black window for a door that connects this porch to our kitchen.


Before photo of kitchen porch area with brown siding



Taking this from “unused bedroom porch to “heavily used kitchen porch” has been a complete game changer. We love that this update created a quick path from our driveway to the kitchen, which makes bringing in groceries a whole lot easier.

You can see below how we park our car just outside the gate beyond this porch. There are still parking spots for guests in the front yard (they get to walk up our pretty front porch and enter into the sitting area, which feels nice for people visiting), but this

Read More

Holiday Gift Ideas For The Whole Family!

Did Christmas come early this year? Nope! But our annual gift guides did (by a smidge, at least). So, without further ado… let’s dive into the 3 categories that we cover every year, which are all here in just one post:

  1. Gift Ideas for Grown-Ups
  2. Gift Ideas for Kids
  3. Gift Ideas Under $12.99

2022 Holiday Gift Guide Main Image Collage



It’s probably helpful to mention that nothing was sponsored/gifted in order to get into this guide. If something’s in here, we just genuinely love it (and in many cases, already own it and can vouch for it). Each list also includes some things that we plan to give a friend or family member this year, and a few things we’d love to receive (wink, wink – please consult this post, John).

Quick note: There aren’t just gifts that are under $12.99 on the last gift guide. For example, there are 4 gifts that are under $12.99 on the kids list as well (prices are based on whatever they were at the time of writing this).

Gift Ideas For Grown Ups

Here’s what we’re loving this year, either because it’s something we have already bought and loved, or something we’re getting this year for friends & family (or hoping to find under the tree ourselves 😉


2022 Holiday Gift Guide For Grown Ups Collage



1. Peas In A Pod Necklace ($33+)

You can customize the color, count, and metal finish of these cute pendants, which would be great for a mom or grandmother!

2. Cloud Mug ($22)

The shape and color of this fun modern mug would be a nice anchor to a coffee, tea, or hot cocoa themed gift. Heck, you can also just fill it with candy or cheese.


Holiday Gift Ideas For Grown Ups Items 1 Through 3



3. Chunky Heel Boots ($43)

I bought these boots in khaki recently & love them! They’re SO

Read More

Is Buying A Robot Vacuums Worth It?

We owned a Roomba robot vacuum almost a decade ago because it sounded so good in theory. Something that does the vacuuming for you while you sit on the couch? Sign me up. But in reality, we had SO MANY ISSUES with it. It was extremely loud, frequently got stuck, and didn’t cover many areas before the battery died. Did I mention it always got stuck? It felt like babysitting someone who was poorly vacuuming to the point that our time was better spent actually doing the vacuuming. We finally ended up selling it on Craigslist.

So imagine our surprise to now be declaring that we actually LOVE having a robot vacuum and the technology has come SO FAR. It feels lightyears ahead of the one we owned before – and it was much less expensive! In fact, we’ve owned our new robot vacuum for 8 glorious months, and it’s probably our favorite purchase of the year.

NOTE: We’re saying this as two people who bought it with our own money and love it. This isn’t a sponsored post & Eufy doesn’t know us from Adam.


Eufy RoboVac 11S Robotic Vacuum On Traditional Runner





So today we’re breaking down a ton of information for you, like:

  • What exact robot vacuum do we own?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How it works & what features we love most
  • Helpful tips for getting the most out of it
  • What other people love about it

What Is Our Favorite Robot Vacuum?

Earlier this year we purchased a Eufy RoboVac 11S after Sherry’s best friend waxed poetic about hers. We said “no we hate robot vacuums.” But she was unrelenting in how much better her experience with her newer robot vacuum has been, and, well, she wore us down. So we decided to click “order” because it was on sale

Read More