3 Kitchen Tools That Are Actually Worth Your Money

If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I love to cook. I grew up helping my mum in the kitchen, watching and learning as she cooked away. So when I got old enough, cooking came naturally to me. Sure, there were a few people who made me believe that I had to be classically trained to produce wonderful meals but I’ve found that’s not true at all. Anybody can cook; you just have to have the right tools.

I stumbled upon this infographic by Andi-Co not too long ago, and I thought it would make a great intro for this post. Part of being a great home cook, after all, is having not just the right equipment but also the know-how to get the job done.

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Now I’ve seen far too many cooking shows to know that master chefs use pretty much the same stuff we have in our kitchen—from ingredients, down to equipment. The only difference? They know when to spend a little extra for higher quality. And today, I’d like to introduce you to 3 kitchen tools that, I think, are actually worth your money.

  1. Chef’s Knife. Cooking is just so much easier when you have a good chef’s knife. It can get very expensive, sure, but if you know what to look for, you might find that there are plenty of affordable models available out there. Think about how you cook, choose the material you need (carbon steel or stainless), learn how to keep them sharp, and even the cheapest chef’s knife will last you many years.
  2. Cast Iron Pans. An essential in any home kitchen, cast iron pans are wonderful to cook in because they distribute heat evenly and, if well seasoned, are nonstick and last a lifetime. Today’s younger cooks often overlook these pans because they’re old-fashioned and heavy compared to other cookware. While they’re good for steaks and other meat, they’re also quite useful for a wide range of other amazing dishes like pizza and bibimbap.
  3. Upright Cooker. If you’re looking for a cost-effective cooking solution, an upright cooker is your best bet. Besides wrapping up an oven, grill, and hob in a single product, it offers plenty of cooking space, it cooks quickly and evenly, and it’s easy to use and clean. They add charm and uniqueness to any kitchen design, too!

Cooking with the right tools helps in cooking with less stress and more fun. I’m not saying you must have these three items in your kitchen—I’m all for having less stuff—but I’m telling you: 1) they will make your kitchen life easier and 2) cooking with them will expose you to so many recipes. Start with a good knife and go from there!

What other tools or equipment would you recommend to invest in for the kitchen?

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Three Best Ways to Hire the Right Nanny

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Almost all moms today go back to work after a few months they’ve given birth due to financial concerns. Hence, they’re faced with the need to hire a reliable nanny who will take care of their newborns while they’re not at home. Do you find yourself in similar situation? Read the rest of this post to get some ideas on finding the best carer for your child.

Have definite requirements. How do you want your future nanny to be? Do you want a nanny who will treat your child as her own? Do you want a nanny who will instill values in your child? Or, do you want a nanny who will attend to your child’s needs only? Take the time to list all the characteristics and skills you’re looking for in a nanny. Finalize it before putting up an ad.

Advertise. You can contact an agency to put up an ad for your need to hire a nanny. Hiring a nanny through an agency might require you to pay extra. It could be an added expense but you can be sure that all applicants will be screened thoroughly. You can also post your ads in your social media accounts. Tag your family, friends and relatives. They might be able to recommend a trustworthy nanny who they know personally.

Interview applicants. Make a short list of applicants who have passed all your requirements. Take note of their individual attitudes and experience in child care. Compose questions which reflect your concerns and the values you’re looking for in a nanny. Allow the applicants to share their personal and professional experiences while baby sitting or working as a nanny. This will help you peek into the real personalities of your applicants.

A Quick Guideline to Choosing the Best School for Your Child

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Many kids who receive education from reputable schools often acquire lifelong and significant careers after graduation. This proves that good education is essential in honing your child’s future. Hence, you must take the time to choose the right school for your child. Here are some tips that can help you start the selection process on the right direction.

Consider the methods of teaching. Does the school promote innovative teaching? Every child learns different subjects in a different manner. Some kids are visual learners while some are auditory learners. If you get the chance to sit in, check to see how teachers manage the class and handle individual learning needs of the students.

Ask about the extra-curricular activities. Involvement in these activities allows kids to grown into well-rounded adults. They also enhance kids’ learning experiences and family bonding. Study any available school program and see how extracurricular activities are incorporated in them.

Have a chat with the administrator and teachers. A short chat with them will help you get an idea if they are accommodating to all types of people. Finding that your child deal with caring, decent, intelligent and polite educators and school staff daily will give you peace of mind.

Inspect the school grounds. By personally visiting the school, you can check the real condition of the school’s infrastructure. Is the campus spacious enough to hold important extra-curricular activities and physical education classes? Kids need adequate space in order to learn and have positive relationships with their classmates and schoolmates. Check if the classrooms, laboratories, libraries and other facilities are well-equipped as well.

 

 

 

 

Five Creative Ways to Remember Your Wedding Day

Remembering your wedding day is one of the best things you can do to stay positive about your married life, if you’re going through tough times. Reminiscing about your promise of happily ever after and the special moments you shared with family and friends on that day will keep the promise alive of growing old with your partner. Therefore, you should consider creating keepsakes of this important celebration in your life which will help you recollect more memories to hold on to. Here are some tricks which you might want to include in your wedding memories preservation plan.

1. Frame your written vows. This is a great way to remind yourself and your partner of your promise of forever to each other. You can also frame a couple of your love letters, lyrics of your favorite song, your wedding invitation or the poem your maid of honor recited at the reception. You can hang this next to your wedding portrait, in your bedroom or on the wall beside the nook where you have coffee together.

2. Dry your bouquet. Hang your bouquet in the air to let it dry. If the petals and leaves start to fall off, consider arranging them in a creative form. You can also hire a professional to preserve your bouquet and have it stored in a dome or frame.

3. Freeze a piece of your wedding cake. Some couples freeze a slice of their wedding cake which they’ll eat on their first anniversary. If you’re keen to do this, choose a cake that freezes well and stays tasty after being frozen.

4. Keep your wine bottles. Bring home a couple of empty wine bottles from the reception. Ask a few of your guests to write their messages and wishes for you on small pieces of paper and drop them into the wine bottles. You can also preserve the wine you had during the cake cutting ceremony. Make sure to store it in a cool and dry place so you can enjoy its perfect taste at your anniversary.

5. Display candid wedding photos. Candid photos or stolen shots will help you remember the unguarded moments you had and the emotions you felt on your special day. Choose your favorite pictures and print them in different sizes so you can hang them appropriately in various parts of your house.

Are you looking for other ways to preserve your wedding memories? Read this detailed infographic from Affordable Preservation for details.

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Three Things Horses Need to Stay Healthy

Horses are huge, strong animals and are great companions for humans when it comes to work and leisure. While they may look resilient, lack of proper care and attention can easily and quickly cause them to become unwell.

Proper care for horses requires adequate provision for their basic needs. Here are three things you must provide for your horse to ensure his optimal health throughout the year.

Good habitat – Horses need protection from weather and other harmful elements in the environment. You can keep your horse in a barn or in a stall, but you must turn him out to pasture during the day so he can get enough exercise. Make sure that your paddock has sturdy fences and shade trees. Fences keep horses from wandering while shade trees or a canopy keep horses from experiencing heat stress as they frolic under the sun.

Heat stress can lead to poor performance and also to heatstroke which can be fatal. Read this detailed infographic from Horseland to discover the warning signs of heat stress and the things you can do to help your horse avoid it.

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Good food – Horses are grazing animals. They need to be fed with hay in the morning and in the evening. Consider your horse’s size and exercise routines when buying the right amount and kind of hay for him. You can also feed your horse with quality grain instead of hay. Provide a clean supply of water to keep your horse hydrated and salt or mineral licks to give him the necessary nutrients.

Good grooming – Regular grooming is key to keeping your horse’s coat clean and shiny. It also gives you the ideal opportunity to monitor the general health of your horse. Presence of cuts, fungus, ticks and broken hooves can be addressed easily when you bathe and groom your horse frequently.

Above everything else, horses need to feel appreciated and loved. So take the time to bond with your horse. He will perform better and live longer when he’s emotionally and physically healthy. Also, take the time to discover products and gain insights to help you in the proper care for your gentle giant.

Seven Steps to a Successful Fundraising Event

Holding special events, with fun activities, is a popular kind of school fundraising. While their primary focus is to raise money for schools, their success may be limited based on the amount of work you put into them – money wise and time wise.

Careful planning in advance can increase the chances of a successful school fundraising event. With that said, you should create a plan for every event you’re going to hold. Here are some components which must be included:

1. Purpose – Events have many purposes other than fundraising. For example, you can hold an event to simply acquire publicity for your school, or to bolster teamwork and community bonding. You should identify the main purpose of your event first because you’ll then know what needs to be done to achieve your central goal.

2. Monetary goal – How much money do you need to raise? Ensure you know the numbers, the gross target and the net target. The gross target includes the monies raised plus the costs of running the campaign. So ultimately, you’re goaling for the net amount – aka. the money that’s left after all expenses have been deducted. Once you know that figure, then gear all your efforts toward that.

3. Budget – Your budget should include all the things you need to pay for to ensure the event goes off without a hitch. Things like food, entertainment, giveaways, security, space rental, transportation, utilities, and so on. Also dedicate a miscellaneous amount in your budget for unforeseen costs, too.

4. Host committee – The host committee will be seen as the ‘face’ or leaders of the charity drive. They can consist of politicians, independent donors, entrepreneurs or local celebrities who contribute a substantial amount of money to your fundraising event. In addition to their monetary contribution, host committee members help garner publicity and encourage other leaders to support your event.

5. Target audience – Knowing who the specific audience you’re trying to attract to your charity drive is essential. Such as parents of special needs children, families of young cancer survivors or businesses who want to support young entrepreneurs. You need not worry about your target audience if you’re hosting a general fundraiser.

6. Venue and set-up – The location is an integral part of any event plan because it can make or break the success of your event. If you’re seeking the attendance of people in a particular location, then the event venue must be close or easily accessible to them. Dress code, entertainment and food are also part of the venue and setup checklist.

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7. Marketing – Reaching your target audience in order to convince them that your event and school are worthy of their financial support isn’t easy, but it is essential. Mail invitations, send direct emails, promote through your social media accounts or reach out to your fundraising networks. If your budget allows it, or if you can gain the support of the local media, run a print advertisement, radio spot or local TV commercial. And don’t forget to have those on your host committee spread the word, too!

As you can see, having a detailed plan to get people to pledge money for your cause is important. Not only will it help you facilitate all the parts of your fundraising event easily, but give it every chance of success. Ensure you include the other members of your fundraising team to develop an effective event plan; after all, the success of your fundraising event will depend on all your combined efforts.

 

Proper Ways to Dispose Your Garbage

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Proper garbage disposal is very important for the environment and you fail to dispose of your waste products approximately, you are putting the Earth, plants, animals, and humans at risk. Below you will discover the proper ways to dispose of hazardous wastes.

Food Waste – Most people will automatically toss their food leftovers in the trash, but this is not the best way to dispose of waste. Instead, you should invest in a garbage disposal, so you can dispose of your waste properly. Food taken to the garbage dump will release a high quantity of greenhouse emissions, which is very harmful to the environment.

Live Christmas Trees –If you decided to use a live tree for the Christmas season, you will need to dispose of it after the holidays have commenced. While you many consider dragging the tree down to the curb, so the garbage man can take it to the recycling center, you may be surprised to discover that most trash companies will not pick up live trees.

Call your trash service provider, before dragging the tree down to the curb and ask the representative, if they offer recycling services for live Christmas trees. There also many be a non-profit organization in your vicinity that will pick up the tree and dispose of it for you, but you may have to give a small donation for this service.

Batteries – Small batteries that are utilized for electronics, toys, and flashlights will contain a high content of acid, nickel, and mercuric oxide. You should never toss your batteries in the trash. Instead, you should take them to a battery-recycling center for proper disposal. Automobile and motorcycle batteries should be returned to the auto parts store, where they will be recycled properly. You may even receive $5 for each battery taken to the store, just for doing your part in making the Earth more environmental friendly.

Syringes- Used syringes must be placed in a ‘sharps’ container and this will also include needles, diabetic lancets, IV sets, and auto injectors. These hazardous items have been exposed to bodily fluids, which may contain some type of virus or bacteria. If you are a diabetic that is currently taking prescription insulin that must be injected, you will need to dispose of your lancets and syringes in a ‘sharps’ container. You can purchase these from your local pharmacy.

Once the ‘sharps’ container is completely full, you should take it to a physician’s office, hospital, or pharmacy for disposal. Of course, you may have to pay a small fee for disposal, but remember you are protecting the environment and humans from danger, by disposing of these hazardous items appropriately.