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Importance of a Garbage Disposal at Home

One of the daily struggles of mothers is making sure that your home is squeaky clean. We don’t want to see our husbands or children sick so we exert extra effort to ensure the cleanliness of our homes.

A major source of bacteria is garbage. And believe me, I hate throwing out the trash. I feel like I can never get rid of the germs in my hand. I also don’t like the feeling that there is garbage left inside the house. It’s a terrible obsessive compulsive mommy problem!

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This is why when we decided to renovate our kitchen; I decided to buy a garbage disposal unit. A garbage disposal unit is a device that is electrically powered that is installed between the drain and the trap of your sink so that it shreds food waste into small pieces so it can pass through your plumbing seamlessly.

Importance of a Garbage Disposal to Moms

  • Sanitary Home Condition – as I mentioned a while back, mothers have the need to install a garbage disposal unit so that you incur less garbage in your home. Thus, there is also less chance of attracting pesky pests and insects that could give your children unwanted illnesses.
  • Way of Saving Money – you don’t need to spend as much for garbage transportation because everything goes through your plumbing. In addition to this, you won’t need to shell out cash for garbage plastic bags every now and then. I find it very difficult to dispose of garbage using cheap plastic bags that’s why I end up buying expensive ones. But ever since I had a garbage disposal installed, I didn’t need to buy so many garbage bags anymore.
  • Educating Children of Proper Waste Management – my children was intrigued of the “thing” installed in the kitchen sink. When I explained it to them, they were also able to learn proper waste management. As a mother and an environmentalist, I deem this very important because the world is not getting any better. All that we can do is to control the situation by teaching our kids how to segregate trash properly.

See a video to install a garbage disposal at home:

Mommy Shopping Tips for a Garbage Disposal

  • Material – Look for a garbage disposal that has stainless steel blades. It’s very easy for your rust to come up your sink again most especially if there is a clog. Rust is very dangerous to health. It’s toxic and can harm your children seriously.
  • Motor Size – The motor size you look for will depend on how big your family is. The bigger the family, the more garbage you are going to need to shred, thus you’re going to need a bigger motor.
  • Dishwasher Attachment – Some garbage disposal units have dishwasher attachments. The one I bought had one as well because I have a dishwasher. The attachment allows a tube to flush the waste from the dirty dishes into the garbage disposal. Don’t worry, the hook up is very easy to do.
  • Noise Reduction – For obvious reasons, you will need a garbage disposal that doesn’t emit so much noise because as mothers, we often do house chores when kids are asleep. You can ask anyone looking after appliance stores to assist you with hearing the noise of garbage disposals.

Before buying a garbage disposal, make sure that you have a plumber check out your place so that you don’t encounter any problems after installation. Garbage disposals last for years as long as you don’t accidentally throw something into your drainage that could cause damage to the blades. With careful use, you can really utilize this great appliance for your disposal!

How to Keep my Foodies for my Kids!

A Vacuum Sealer is one small kitchen appliance that is so nifty that most mothers want it in their kitchen. We’ve all learned what a vacuum space is way back in primary school and we’ve done lots of experiments about it in Science class. This makes it super exciting to use the technique in real life.

What is a Vacuum Sealer for?

Vacuum sealer is for vacuum packing and is a method of packaging that removes air from the packing. This may seem like extra effort for a lot of people but it actually extends the shelf life of many kinds of food whenever you pack it this way. It reduces the atmospheric oxygen inside the package. Thus, this type of packing limits the growth of aerobic bacteria or fungi in your food. It’s a great way to store food most especially for moms like me that are very cautious when it comes to the food that we feed our children.

But the initial reason why I opted to buy my own is because I needed a space saver both in my fridge and in my food pantry. I simply cannot afford to go back and the forth the grocery now that I am juggling work and household chores. Ever since I had my Vacuum Sealer, I was able to create the so much space in my kitchen storage that I can store up to more than 2 weeks’ worth of food.vacuum sealers

Types of Vacuum Sealers

Nozzle Sealer – This vacuum sealer is also known as the Snorkel Sealer. This kind of sealer will allow you to seal faster and it also lets you have more control over the bag you are sealing. This is great if you are not used to the process of vacuum sealing. Usually, this type of sealer also has a foot pedal so you can use both hands to hold the package you are sealing.

Chamber Sealer – Consider the chamber sealer as a more powerful one because it can vacuum more oxygen but it does it more slowly. Well, you know what they say, slowly but surely. They are not foot pedal operated unlike nozzle sealers but they are automatic. These sealers have sensors that activate right away once the lid of your machine is closed. Pretty nifty stuff!

Gas Flush Sealer – If you are looking into purchasing a vacuum sealer so you can preserve food, then this is the best sealer to buy. Aside from saving lots of space, the gas flush sealer submits an inert gas into the package so you can minimize the amount of oxygen inside and prolong preservation of food.

Compact Chamber – this may be considered a downgrade from chamber sealers because chamber sealers are more of for commercial use. So if you don’t do so much sealing, then this could be great for you.

Top 5 Benefits of Using Vacuum Sealers

I thought that the only benefit you would get is saving space and preserving, but there’s actually more!

Top 1: Flavor and Nutrients – not only do you preserve your food, you also need not worry that they would taste different. If you vacuum seal your food, they would still taste good every time you re-open them. This is what I have proven in vacuum sealing my dried mangoes!

Top 2: Meal Planning – for mothers like me, meal planning is something that I take very seriously. But it becomes a challenge to plan meals when you don’t have so many raw materials in your kitchen. The best way to plan your meals is to have lots of resources. I can buy lots of meat, vegies, fruits and other ingredients and I don’t even need to worry about using them right away.

Top 3: Grocery Shopping Becomes Cheaper – this is mainly because buying by bulk is a lot less expensive. I was able to use a lot of my coupons that were about to expire when I purchased a vacuum sealer.

Top 4: Organized Space – we’ve all arrived home just to see the fridge so messy and unorganized. I mean, who wants to work in a kitchen like that anyway? I know I don’t! Fixing my fridge and pantry has become a lot more fun ever since I used vacuum packing.

Top 5: No More Freezer Burn – I find this very helpful because I hate it when food in my meat gets freezer burn. Now I don’t need to worry about it anymore.

Conclusion

So, should you buy a vacuum sealer or not? In my opinion, it’s going to make your lives a lot easier. Just be very careful of what type you buy. You don’t need a bulky one or a heavy duty one. Just buy one that fits your needs and your family’s.

Mom’s Rice Should be Perfect!

A Rice Cooker is an electric kitchen appliance used to steam rice the traditional way, only easier. Not so many people, especially in America, know about rice cookers because they don’t really add rice in their daily consumption of meals. But ever since my family developed a love for Asia Food like Makis and Kimbobs, I was compelled to buy our very own rice cooker. Before preparing the mentioned dishes, I am going to need perfectly steamed rice. And without a rice cooker, I won’t be able to achieve this.

Honestly, I had no idea what to ask for when I was looking for something that could cook rice. I was convinced that I should look for a traditional steamer to get the traditional Asian taste. Of course, I didn’t find any except in traditional oriental shops. When I walked around some more, I found a small rice cooker that definitely wanted to come home with me.

How Do Rice Cookers Work?

The rice cooker has a removable bowl. That’s where you will measure uncooked rice and wash it. If you put 2 cups of rice, you will need to put 2 cups of water as well. This proportion may vary depending on how soft you want your rice to be. After measuring your rice, you will simply need to put the removable bowl in the cooker which has a heater and a thermostat. You are going to have to push down on the “Cook” setting so that the spring under the thermostat so that it has good thermal contact with the bowl. Eventually, you will notice that the water is being absorbed by the rice as it slowly gets the cook. The best thing about rice cookers is that it does not burn your food because once it detects that your rice is perfectly steamed, it automatically changes the “cook” setting to “warm”.

 

Benefits of Using a Rice Cooker

When I bought my rice cooker, a lot of people asked me why I bought such. Do I really need it? Are rice cookers extremely important in the kitchen for mothers like me? And what benefits do they really bring? I have asked myself the same before even buying one so I have consolidated a list of benefits.

  • Never Burns Rice – you literally do not have to check on it from time to time. Once the rice is cooked, like what was mentioned above, the “cook” setting automatically turns into “warm”. Even if you leave it on overnight, nothing bad is going to happen unlike with other kitchen appliances. It’s just going to keep your rice warm enough so that people can eat it when they’re ready.

 

  • Easy Measurements – when you buy a rice cooker, you will notice that there are lines inside the rice bowl. That’s where you are going to see how much water you are going to use. It’s very easy to understand. I’m lucky because the rice cooker I bought includes a free standard measuring cup which makes it even easier to measure rice and water without any waste.
  • Uniform Cooking – during my research, I discovered that rice is very difficult to harvest. Every grain of rice counts. That’s why it’s extremely important that you don’t waste even just a single grain of it. If you use a regular cooking pan, you will most likely burn the rice at the bottom even if you cook it in slow heat. But if you use a rice cooker, it assures you that you cook the rice evenly.

Different Types of Rice Cookers

Basically, there are 3 different kinds of rice cookers.

  1. On/Off Cookers – this kind of rice cooker shuts off automatically. This is ideal for those who will do something else with their rice except to eat it as it is. If you are into eating fried rice for breakfast, then you should use an on/off rice cooker so you can just cook the rice before going to sleep. When you wake up in the morning, your rice will be cold and ready for frying.
  2. Cook and Keep Warm Cookers – this kind of rice cooker is great when you want to eat your rice right away with a viand or a different dish. This is they kind of rice cooker that I bought because it is more versatile than the first one.
  3. Rice Cooker with Steamer – some rice cookers features a steamer where you can steam different kinds of food like fish, dumplings or even buttered vegetables. It makes cooking a lot easier!

If you really want to experiment with new dishes, then I strongly suggest you get a rice cooker. I definitely do not regret getting mine.

Best Hair Styling Tools for Moms

To us girls’, having gorgeous locks is a big YES in our book. It should be pinned, straightened, curled or waved. And fortunately for us there are many products out there that can help us do those styles and more. Now, the only problem left is that which one is the right one for you.  I have listed down all the hot new styling tools and their uses, hopefully this can help you find the best one for you.

 

Ceramic Flat Iron

Straight hair will never be hard again. Using this tool is amazingly fast and effortless plus it can be done at home. Ceramic flat irons are commonly viewed as the best tool that gives the least amount of damage to your hair. While you straighten your hair it produces infrared heat and negative ions to seal in moisture. If used properly and your hair is properly prepped for hair straightening you can enjoy straight hair all day without much damage from heat. To properly prep your hair before you use your flat iron, make sure that your hair is clean and you use both shampoo and conditioners that are for specifically for straightening hair or for moisturizing. Then when hair is slightly damp apply heat serum products to your hair to protect it from damage. Then blow dry it because you need your hair to be totally dry when using the most appropriate flat iron for your hair, There are some informative websites who review such products based on your hair type. Now once it is totally dry, now is the time to use the flat iron. There are numbered heat settings in the flat iron so use the one of your desired heating range. Always remember though that the thinner your hair the lowest heat should be applied so that you won’t have hair breakage or damage much.

After that you need to separate or create sections to your hair but using some clamps. Get a section of your hair and place the flat iron about an inch away from the roots. Using a fluid sweeping motion, run the flat iron all the way to the tips of your hair. Continue doing this until your hair is straight. Continue this process to all your hair sections. Then lastly apply leave-on conditioner to help it last longer

 

Curling Iron

mom hair stylingAnother popular hot styling tool is the curling iron. Just like the flat iron, curling iron can be done at home and is fast and convenient to use.

To start it with first you need to heat up the iron. Better start with the lowest temperature if you aren’t sure of what your hair type is but usually if you have fine hair the temperature should be 320 degrees and 430 degrees if you have a thicker hair. Using the lowest temperature will ensure though that the damage done to your hair is minimal.

 

Brush your hair and make sure that it is tangle free. Apply heat protectant to your hair and make sections too.

Using the wand, wrap a section of your hair around the barrel. Make sure that you do not overlap your hair because it will minimize the heat distributed to your hair causing some parts to be limp. Also when curling per sections, make sure that you alter from counter-clockwise, and clockwise direction for a more natural stunning effect. Lastly apply some spray on anti-frizz hair serum or leave on conditioner.

 

Hot Air Brushes

This is the easiest way to have natural big curls for your hair. Simply plug it in, let it heat a bit, then wrap your hair around it and slowly work your way down. Stop periodically while your hair is in the brush then continue your way down to your tips. Do the same process to your other locks until you achieved your desired look. The curls will remain until you washed your hair.

With the above tools mentioned, always make sure that heating tool is not too hot for your hair, and to unplug it when not in use. Also be mindful to not always use heating tools everyday since this will create damage to your hair causing it to be dry, frizzy and break. It is advisable to use this only once or twice a week so that the hair can relax.