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By Laura on 1/27/2014 12:40 PM

If you’re new to the area or want to keep up to date with what’s going on in Vancouver, take a look at the city’s website for some current news as well as a bunch of places in the city you may not have been to yet:


http://vancouver.ca/
By Laura on 1/20/2014 11:35 AM
Resolutions generally aren’t a big hit since most people feel even more depressed if they don’t live up to them. However, I do know many people that have stuck to them and changed their lives forever, so I refuse to believe that they never work. I can tell you that the most common resolutions that succeed are ones that are realistic. “I’m going to change the world” or “I’m going to lose 50 pounds and go into the Olympics” quite frankly are absurd and I don’t know what I was thinking.

If you want to make some changes in your life, then start with a small goal and you can set another goal when you reach the first. For example, I want to have a healthier diet this year but I know if I say “NO MORE FASTFOOD” that I’ll be lucky to last a month before I completely blow that resolution and start eating even worse out of shame… again.

A realistic version of this is to try to plan meals ahead so you can think through what will be in a meal and realize what is healthy in it and what isn’t. If you’re like...
By Laura on 1/13/2014 9:13 AM

It’s another year yet again and there are so many things we could do to try to make changes in our lives in resolutions. I’ve found that most people don’t stick to written resolutions but there are certainly lots of things that we probably should make changes with.

Eating habits are a common problem especially for those of us with busy schedules. I have come across a lot of great healthy delicious recipes but I thought we’d share this great find that has an entire list of great recipes to try this year!

http://www.eatliverun.com/top-35-healthy-recipes-for-the-new-year/

By Laura on 1/6/2014 7:51 AM

Now that the holidays have calmed down and we’re getting back to our everyday schedules, we may still be cleaning up and even figuring out what to do with some of the gifts we got. If you received any gifts that require batteries but didn’t come with them, sorry! Make sure you read the owner’s manual if the battery size is not listed directly on the device. Sometimes in a rush, people will try to cram the wrong size batteries in a device and end up destroying it or potentially starting a fire. That’s not fun, trust me! Even if you have the battery it calls for but it doesn’t fit, do NOT force it in. Something is wrong either with placement or the manufacturing so don’t try to shove it in if it isn’t going in correctly.

By Laura on 12/30/2013 6:11 AM
As we welcome in 2014, we'd like to thank you all for another year of loyal customers.  On behalf of all of us at Totem Appliance, Happy New Year!
By Laura on 12/23/2013 7:02 AM

Technology has come a long way and some companies are already posting commercials of how automated some things have become. For example, some cable companies are offering home security systems that can be controlled and monitored from your phone. Another commercial shows someone going through the house from another location shutting down all the powered devices.

This sort of technology and remote access is just getting started. Even appliance manufacturers are in the process of developing their own apps for devices and incorporating the technology into their latest appliances that are already more or less equipped with the computers needed to harness this capability.

So picture not being certain that you shut your dryer off and being able to turn on your phone and just push a power button from anywhere in the world to make sure it’s off!

By Laura on 12/16/2013 8:44 AM
The food that is commonly thought of around this time is the notorious “fruitcake” which hopefully none of you actually expect but is still a comical icon of the coming holidays. Fortunately there are tons of other delicious traditional foods that don’t require a hacksaw and painkillers to endure if you know where to look. Well, today is your lucky day because we took the time to put together a few recipes for you.

First up, we chose a breakfast casserole because it’s a make-ahead recipe so you don’t have to get up early to make this which means you can concentrate on the more important things… like opening your presents. Here’s a link to the recipe we found at fifteenspatulas.com: http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/make-ahead-breakfast-casserole-for-christmas-morning/

Here are a few mid-day make-ahead recipes. This bread recipe is delicious and relatively easy to make: http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/leek-bread-pudding/....
By Laura on 12/9/2013 10:28 AM
Plastic is widely adopted around the world for so many things. Does it belong in the kitchen though? Regulations vary widely for containers used to hold foods. Studies on the safety of plastics for food containment have been concentrated on certain chemicals in plastics. Dioxin, Phthalates, and Bisphenol have been the most widely researched. Dioxin has been shown to actually be far less present in plastics than originally thought and despite concern, microwaving doesn’t appear to release dioxin into .

Phthalates & Bisphenol A have also been rumored to be a danger when heating plastics in a microwave. As with other studies, tests don’t show any definitive answers that these toxins come out of plastics at a dangerous level either.

The important thing to take into consideration is that plastics vary.  Take a look at this link for more information: http://www.plasticsinfo.org/beveragebottles/apc_faqs.html

Keep in mind that...
By Laura on 12/3/2013 8:13 AM

Xeros claims to have the first "real innovation in laundry in over 60 years" with their new clothes washing method!

Xeros uses polymer beads that have the ability to attract stains and dirt and pull them away from fabrics the way water does but with almost no water and can do so at lower temperatures. The beads are reusable so depending on how dirty your laundry is, they can be used hundreds of times before being replaced.

One other remarkable thing about this process is that the beads also absorb excess colours unlike water so you don't have to worry about separating colours with their machine.

Around 38% of our water consumption in a common household is just from the use of our washing machines so think of how much water would be saved if this machine was widely adopted!

If you don't believe me, take a look for yourself!:http://www.xeroscleaning.com/
By Laura on 11/25/2013 7:11 AM
Storms are inevitable and they can cause a lot of havoc on our electronics if you aren’t careful. Believe it or not they can do some significant damage to your appliances as well. There are some things you can do if you know there is a severe storm coming through that might cause electrical problems.

Unplug appliances that have an electrical cord when they aren’t in use. If there is a significant lightning storm coming through, you should consider unplugging all appliances even if they are a constant use appliance (such as your refrigerator).

If you lose power, gas stovetops can still be used with a match or lighter as long as you’re careful.

Do not open your refrigerator or freezer any more than absolutely necessary since any cold air that escapes cannot be regenerated until the power comes back on.

If the power is out for an extended period of time, Try to save your most perishable items such as milk and meats by filling coolers with ice and placing those items in them.

However,...
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