What To Look For When Buying A Juicer

Thursday 27 August 2015 @ 3:09 pm

What To Look For When Buying A Juicer

Recently I replaced my old juicer for a new one. My old faithful juicer has been with me for many years. I use my juicer to make juice for my family on every alternate day. We decided to buy a bigger juicer, a big mouth juicer since we juice so often, however there was one thing we forgot to look out for when buying our juicer and we ended up returning it the next day. It was a good thing the shop accepted returns.

Hamilton Beach 67600 Big Mouth Juice Extractor, White

This is what compelled me to write this lens. I think there are many things to look out for when buying a juicer especially if you are buying a juicer for the first time. Even though I was buying a juicer for the second time, I still missed out some of those things, so I hope that the article I am going to write below about things to look for when buying a juice machine will be useful to you. Thank you for stopping by and for reading.

Juicing For Better Health

Juicing has really improved my family health. We fall sick less often now and recover faster when we do fall sick from a cold or flu, even the children. My children are 8 and 10 and they drink vegetable juice with us too. We drink our juice neat without adding any water so lots of vegetables are required. I also try to make sure that the vegetables are clean so I clean them very carefully and I remove the skin from apples and cucumbers.

Top 5 Things To Look For When Buying A Juicer

5 Things To Look For When Choosing A Juicer – Here Are The Top 5 Things I Look For When Buying A Juicer

This article is linked so you can quickly jump to the parts you want to read. This is a summary of the rest of the article for those who don’t have time to read. Click on the link to go straight to the part that interests you the most for more details and tips or read all if you are buying a juicer for the first time.
  1. Find A Juicer With Few Parts That Are Easy To Dismantle And Clean You Will Be Doing A Lot Of Cleaning So This Is Important
  2. Get A Juicer Extractor With Hardy Parts That Won’t Snap And Can Be Easily Replaced Find Out Why.
  3. Choose A Juicer That Gives You More Juice It Will Save You Money In The Long Term
  4. Think About The Size Of Juicer That Is Right For You You Don’t Have To Get The Biggest One Available
  5. Select The Type Of Juicer Suitable For YOUR Needs A Juice Extractor, A Blender or A Dedicated Citrus Juicer. Which One Do You Need?

1. Choose A Juicer That Is Easy To Clean – You Will Be Washing Your Juicer Often So Look For A Juicer That Has Few Parts You Can

A juicer has many removable parts. It is advisable to wash your juicer as soon as you finish using it to avoid discoloration. Washing your juice extractor immediately after use also makes it much easier to wash as a simple rinse will most often do. Some of the removable parts you will have to wash include the food pusher, the pulp collector, the filter, the juice collector and the juice jug. All of these will have to be removed, dismantled and washed after each use. You also need to wipe the motor housing. Keeping your juicer clean is very important so to me this is the most important thing to look for when buying a juicer. Look for a juicer that is easy to wash! The lesser parts the better. Also look for smooth rounded corners that won’t accumulate pulp and bacteria. Remove the parts yourself if you can to get a better idea. If you are buying online, check out video demos and read reviews.

IMG_25012. Choose A Juicer With Hardy Parts That Won’t Snap Or Break – A Juicer Will Usually Come With A Warranty That Covers The Filter

Since you have to wash your juicer often, you will be dismantling and putting your juicer together fairly often. Another thing to note is the fact that most juicers will have a safety snap or locking arm. Your juicer’s motor will only start running if your juicer is properly assembled and snapped shut. Look for a juicer with parts that won’t break when you snap it shut. These parts are usually not covered by your warranty. However, it is essential because your juicer will stop working if your safety snap breaks. Even if your motor is working perfectly fine, you will not get your juicer to run. So the next most important thing to look for in a juicer are hardy parts that will not snap or break easily especially the locking arm. Locking arms made of hard plastic tend to break more easily. You will also want parts that are easily replaceable so a popular brand from a tried and tested manufacturer may sometimes be better. You don’t want to have to wait a long time for a replacement part depriving you of your nutritious juices.

3. Select A Juicer That Will Give You A Better Yield Or More Juice – A Juice Extractor That Extracts More Juice Will Safe You Mon

I juice on alternate days and buy expensive organic vegetables for juicing. This is one thing that I did not think about when buying a new juicer to replace my old one. I bought a bigger juicer one of those big mouth ones. I thought that since I made a lot of juice I could do with a bigger one. The bigger one was quite cheap and was what I thought value for money. However, on first try, I found the pulp to be rather wet compared to my old juicer. The pulp from my old juicer really comes out dry giving me a lot more percentage yield of juice from it. I decided that over the long run, I would have to spend a lot more money on fruits and vegetables if I continued to use this juicer. So I exchanged it the next day for the same juicer that I used to own. The juice extractor was smaller but better in terms of yield. Look for a juicer extractor that gives you more juice when you use it. It will save you money in the long run.

4. A Big Mouth Juicer Or Will A Smaller Juicer Do? – Look For A Juicer That Will Suit Your Needs

How often do you intend to juice? Are you a heavy user? Should you buy the biggest juicer there is? Will it save you time since you can put whole fruits in without cutting? All of these depends on your needs. They are not essential when choosing a juicer but it is still important for you to think about them when buying a juice extractor machine. I am a heavy user however I opted for a smaller juicer. A big mouth juicer may fit a whole apple in without cutting. However, I personally prefer to peel the fruits to make sure there are no pesticides in my juice. I also prefer to cut it up so I can see the insides of the apples. After all, sometimes apples rot from the inside while looking perfectly good on the outside. That is just me, however, if you think that you prefer a big mouth juicer that will safe you time, then go right on ahead to get one. As I mentioned this is not essential for choosing a juicer. It is just personal preference. However, it may be a good idea to look for larger chute if you are a heavy user. Larger chutes may also be easier to wash however if you have young kids at home remember your safety concerns as a whole hand can fit into the chute.
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5. Choose The Best Type Of Juice Extractor For Your Needs – Think About What Juice You Will Be Making Before You Buy. Do You Need

You can’t use a normal juice extractor to extract juice from wheat grass. I tried and it caused my juicer to make a really loud noise. I also had to remove the wheat grass many times and push it through again because it kept on getting stuck in my old faithful juicier. If you like to make smoothies from soft fruits like bananas and strawberries, you may need a blender rather than a juice extractor or you may need a dual juicer. A juice extractor machine works best for harder fruits like apples, celery, broccoli, carrots, pears and more. Perhaps you prefer to make orange or lemon juices only in which case a dedicated citrus juicer may be what you need. You may also like to check out the speed of the motor. Basically higher speeds yields more juice but the output may be of slightly lower quality then a slow speed juicer. Again, this is not essential but depends on your personal preference and needs. Find a juicer that will suit you best depending on what types of juice you prefer.

Kids Room Organizers And Storage Solutions

Friday 21 August 2015 @ 8:14 am

Kids Rooms can easily be organized by using some of the kids room organizers and storage solutions in this hub. Get rid of the clutter in children’s rooms with these cute boxes, shelves and bins.

Kids Room Organizers And Storage Solutions

I am not a very organized person so what helps me get rid of clutter are storage boxes, organizers and bins. This is especially important for my kids’ playroom and bedroom. Having the right storage bins, shelves and boxes helps me keep AND find their growing collection of toys and books. I firmly believe that having a place for everything and keeping everything it its place is the magic trick for getting rid of clutter in kids’ rooms or any other rooms in the house for that matter.

In this lens, I will feature all the right storage solutions and organizers for kids bedroom or playroom. You will find storage bins, storage boxes, storage benches, racks and more. These organizers and storage solutions for kids rooms will keep the rooms looking fresh, neat and clear or clutter and messiness.

Toy Organizer and Open Style Type Of Storage Bins For Kids Room – Honey-Can-Do Kids Toy Organizer and Storage Bins

Honey-Can-Do Kids Toy Organizer and Storage Bins

I like this type of open style storage bins for kids toys. The reason why I like them is due to their ease of use. All you need to do is organize the toys into each separate bin for example dolls for the pink bin, cars for the blue bin, building toys in the green bin, building blocks for the purple bin and more.

This is what I do. I even label the bins according to each child. This bin is for you. That bin belongs to you. Whenever the kids want to play with their toys, all they need to do is glance and pick the bin with the toys they wish to play with at the moment. When they are done, I get them to keep everything back in the bin, then I put it back on the shelving unit. It’s the perfect storage solution and it helps teach my kids to be responsible and pick up their toys after they play.

However, do note that for open style storage bins like that, you will need to wipe them from time to time to keep them free from dust. So, if you don’t have the time to do maintenance, you can go for storage boxes with lids instead or bins that more like pull out drawers so that the toys are not so exposed. This will make the toys harder for children to reach though. So, do think about the pros and cons and what works out best for you.

Kids Toy Chest Or Toy Storage Boxes – Toy Boxes With Lids Keep The Toys Out Of Sight When Not Used To Keep The Room Looking Neat And Tidy

Guide Craft Transportation Collection Toy Box

If you are the type which like everything neatly in its place, then perhaps a toy box or chest would be better as a kids room organizing solution. Toy boxes with lids keep the toys out of sight which gives the room a more tidy look. You can get pretty looking ones with kids favorite cartoon characters or plain wooden ones to match the interior of your room.

One thing to note, remember to get those with safety hinges so that little fingers don’t get hurt while taking the toys out.

Kids Book Display Units Make Good Book Organizers – You Can Choose A Book Rack That Comes Together With A Toy Rack Or A Separate Book Rack

Tot Tutors Book Rack

Young kids may enjoy a book display unit. Keep things colorful and add lovely picture books to encourage children to read.

However, book display units usually hold only a small number of books. So if you are the type who loves books and you think you will be buying a lot more books for your young child, then a proper book rack or shelf would be better as you will find that the books quickly grow in number and you will soon run out of space!

A small portable book display is however excellent for a young child’s room.

Bongo Buddies And Other Fun Pop-Up Storage Hampers For Kids

Bongo Buddies And Pop-Up Storage Are Lightweight And Portable


Storing Kids Toys can be made fun by having bongo buddies or portable pop-up organizers.

They are usually lightweight and portable and can be carried around from room to room. Be mindful that it is best to keep lightweight toys like soft alphabet blocks, plushies and other soft toys to keep them from tearing.

Bongo Buddies are fun and can be folded away when no longer needed or can be brought from playroom to wherever mum is busy working at the house. It is portable, collapsible and can be temporary or permanent storage for kids toys.

Colorful Storage Bins In Various Sizes Can Be Used For Kids Storing And Organizing Solutions – Plastic Storage Boxes And Large Storage Bins With Or Without Cover

Tot Tutors Primary Colors Large Storage Bins, Set of 4

Sometimes children grow up so fast that in not time at all, their racks and shelves are too childish for them. However, plastic storage boxes and canvas storage bins can be reused when the children have outgrown their toys and their furniture. They can be recycled for storing other household stuff.

Storage Bins without lids can be stacked up when not in use whereas plastic storage boxes with lids are useful in keeping dust out.


Top 20 ways To Use An iPad

Friday 21 August 2015 @ 6:09 am


  1. Educational Tool - I refer to it a lot to teach my kids. I use Google image search a lot to show my kids something they do not understand. A picture speaks volumes and they instantly get it.
  2. Dictionary -I refer to it as a multi-language dictionary and translator.
  3. Reminder - It is perfect as a reminder, an organizer and a notebook. I take pictures and make notes of everything.
  4. Calculator - I use it as a calculator and worksheet to make list and excel like files.
  5. Mobile Gaming - I play games on it with my kids and sometimes on my own. With the iPad, you don’t need another handheld console for your kids.
  6. Drawing Tablet - I draw and make motivational posters with my iPad. I love using the iPad for drawing.

    I Use My iPad To Draw And Create Graphics For My Online Writing

    Even an amateur can create sometime beautiful from free drawing apps. It is so easy.

  7. Portable TV - I watch my favorite movies via streaming video on it.
  8. eReader - I read my favorite magazines and books on my iPad. With the iPad, I don’t need another reading tablet.
  9. Recipe Book - I keep my favorite recipes in it and constantly find new ones I can easily refer to when cooking.
  10. Communication - I keep in touch with my friends on Facebook and other social media using my iPad.
  11. Camera - I take beautiful pictures and videos and share them easily. I like to add quotes and fun stuff to my pictures. It is easy to do that with an iPad and the free photo apps available. I also like to make my own Facebook covers using my iPad.
  12. Fingertip Surfing - I surf the internet regularly to find anything and everything with my iPad and I can surf on my couch or bed.
  13. Organizer - My iPad is my calendar, clock and alarm.
  14. Information - I catch up with the latest news on my iPad.
  15. Sharing - I use it to share and receive files online. This is great for work as well as for fun.
  16. Music - I can listen to music from my iPad when I work.
  17. Tracking - I use it to track my exercise and fitness routine. Although I surf the internet on the couch, I am at no risk of turning into a couch potato because I can use fitness apps on the iPad to keep me on my feet.
  18. Keeping In Touch - It is a perfect tool for video conferencing and keeping in touch with loved ones.
  19. GPS - It is my map and GPS when I need to find my way in an unfamiliar place. I particularly like the free waze app.
  20. Family Entertainment – It is my companion and my family entertainment center.

These are the 20 ways I use my iPad for. What about you?


Why I Love My iPad

Thursday 20 August 2015 @ 10:22 am

I Wanted An iPad Badly

I wanted to have an iPad and told my husband so. Indirectly and then directly when he asked what I wanted for my birthday for Christmas etc. However, he didn’t get it for me. “What do you need an iPad for? You’re always at home and we have two desktop computers at home. That should be more than enough for your computing needs.” I hinted indirectly and directly and pouted and finally last year I got it as a Christmas present after waiting 3 whole years for it!

I’m madly in love with my iPad. Like my husband said “Why get an tablet computer when you already have a desktop computer?” I’m going to tell you why. I love the iPad for its mobility and flexibility. I use it daily, many times a day. I love how my emails are organized so neatly on the iPad. Checking, reading and replying my emails from my different email accounts is so convenient and easy.

However, checking emails is not what I got the iPad for. In my next post, I will tell you what I use the iPad for. I will group it into the Top 20 Ways I Use My iPad.

I love how my iPad is so portable. Finally after watching how useful the iPad is for me, my husband agreed that he should have bought it for me earlier. An iPad is not a replacement for a desktop computer. It is a totally different tool all together. I also love how there are many free apps for almost anything and everything. The iPad is a multi functional tool which is so versatile.

Tips To Get The Most From You iPad

When buying an iPad cover, do shop for one that allows it to stand up. This makes it so much easier when using it as a recipe book or for watching streaming videos.

A removable keyboard is very useful if you are always on the go and need to do some work using your iPad. Though the iPad keyboard is perfectly functional, a physical keyboard is very useful if you do a lot of typing.

You May Need A Protection Plan For Your Tablet

Just like any computer, it is always a good idea to plan ahead and have a protection plan for your iPad.

Aprons Matter When You Run A Restaurant

Tuesday 11 August 2015 @ 7:34 am

First Impressions Matter

When you own a restaurant, you know that attention to detail is a must. You need to ensure that you have excellence when it comes to food preparation, you want to create an inviting atmosphere, and you have to hire a dedicated staff. As everything comes together, don’t forget to give due consideration to your uniforms and restaurant aprons. You want your wait staff to look its best. With help from Averill’s Sharper Uniforms, find the right combination for uniforms and aprons to create a positive impression every time a patron walks through your door.

Add a Little Polish

People can eat at home any time. When they step out to a restaurant, customers want to be pampered. That means providing them with a level of service beyond compare and uniforms are key. You want your servers to look presentable. Thanks to the attractive selection from Averill’s Sharper Uniforms, your wait staff will look its best. It’s said that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but your customers are going to form opinions about your restaurant based on what they see first and what they eat later. Make sure they have a good experience from start to finish, beginning by rolling out the welcome mat with your well-dressed staff.

Choose the Aprons that Work Best for Your Staff

Shop at Averill’s Sharper Uniforms to discover you have choices in aprons. Find the aprons that will be most effective for your restaurant. You can also offer your staff alternatives. Whether you prefer a waist apron, a bistro apron, a bib apron, or a cobbler apron, you’ll find that your options are wide open. Go with or without pockets and select the color that complements your uniforms. Protect your wait staff’s clothing and make everyone look professional.

Complete the Package

What may begin as a journey for aprons at Averill’s Sharper Uniforms can soon turn to the purchase of uniforms for your staff. Create unity and a more attractive presentation when all of your wait staff is wearing the same uniform on the floor. You’ll find that customers appreciate your efforts. Pull everything together in your restaurant to provide your patrons with an unforgettable experience. When they are greeted by a well-dressed staff in a pleasant environment with excellent food, your customers are sure to be back for more. Even better, they’ll spread the word and bring more business your way.

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