Breezy Days

The Dishwasher Detergent War

September 1, 2014
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Being in a rental home, we have a pretty old dishwasher that doesn't always do the job. I'll admit it's way better than not having a dishwasher at all! I usually just grab whatever dishwasher detergent is on the aisle display when doing my grocery shopping at Walmart. This time, I tried out the lemon Finish Powerball dish detergent and put it to war against my current detergent...

I printed off this $1 off coupon (on my sidebar) to get some extra Walmart savings. Walmart is also doing a Rollback sale on Finish products until October which can be combined with the coupon. I'm all about saving money! While I was a little skeptical to try out the powerball pods, I was interested to see how much of a difference it made when washing my clear glasses.


I am a Family Studies graduate, and the major included lotssss of research and statistics. So you could say I'm practically a professional research scientist ;) My control was 2 clean clear glasses filled with the same brand of chocolate milk before wash-time. The first wash I used my current Cascade detergent and the second I used the lemon Finish Powerball. I took the glasses directly out of the wash as soon as it was completed, and didn't do any extra wiping down before taking pictures.

This is the Cascade glass, which left a cloudy residue on the drinking glass. I've been dealing with this residue for a while when it comes to all my dishes. It's obnoxious to have to double clean all my stuff!

This is the Finish glass directly after the wash. Not gonna lie, I GASPED when I saw the clarity! I've not seen a clear glass like this probably in over a year. I attributed the poor washing of my dishes to the dishwasher, when a majority of the problem was my detergent! I'm now a Finish believer! Next time you're just browsing through your local Walmart, make sure to grab Finish because it finishes the job :)


Floating Blackfoot River

August 29, 2014
After relaxing at the hot springs, the next day we made our way towards Missoula which is where Ryan's aunt & uncle live! They were so nice to not only host us in their home, but to take us rafting down Blackfoot River. 


Uncle Terry made enough sandwiches for the whole crew and Cousin Caroline made some pretty amazing chocolate chip zucchini bread, YUM. If you couldn't' tell already, we've eaten pretty dang well this entire trip ;)

Ryan pulled me into the river and it was COLD. Luckily it was still sunny out when he dunked me because part of the time it rained, so I dried off pretty quick! I helped paddle on the raft while Jesse tried out both the kayak and raft. It was about a 4 hour float, and it was SO much fun!! Later that night we went shooting (my first time!), ate some delish  pizza, then got a good nights sleep before our flight the next day. Thanks Terry & Delaine for hosting us! :)

Quinn's Natural Hot Springs

August 28, 2014
Tuesday morning, the day after we went to Glacier, the crew headed to Quinns Hot Springs. A hotel with cool cabins and natural hot springs that boast health and healing benefits. Sweet! Soon after we got there, we all tried the different pools with various temperatures and just hung out. It was a great relax-day after hiking in Glacier, and it was amazing to see all the beauty that surrounded us while soaking in the pool!

This hotel though was literally in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. Luckily they had a restaurant and mini-mart attached to it. Little did we (meaning my parents, brother, and I) know that it was a high-class practically 5-star restaurant. We were all drooling over the prime rib, mushroom and brie soup, and desserts. Yummmm. We ate up, went back to our cabin and got a good nights rest before heading out the next morning to meet Ryan's aunt and uncle for a day of rafting!