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Keeping Your Kids Safe Outside Of The Kitchen

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We spend a lot of time in the kitchen because of our passion for food and the joy it brings to make something delicious and healthy for our family. But just as important as looking after their diet is, it is also just as crucial to keep them safe outside of the home. Most of my friends are new parents like me. It is just that stage of my life where we find ourselves more concerned with our kids than with ourselves. One of the most important aspects that new parents stress over is finding their first car sat. I have had this discussion with many folks and it is not uncommon to feel a little overwhelmed. Picking a car seat is tough because you want the most safe option available, but those can also be pricey. Plus there is the fact there are many different types of child safety seats available. Let us help you with the research and share our experiences with the convertible car seat we have been using. Hopefully it will help.

We decided to go with an all in one seat, a convertible car seat that can be used from infants to toddlers. This way we only have to buy one seat instead of 2 or 3. It made the most sense for us. We went with the Graco 4Ever convertible safety seat and we have to say that it has been a blessing for our vehicle. Not only is it extremely safe, but it is also a joy to use everyday and our child really loves riding in the back seat in this thing. So what is so great about it?

Graco 4Ever Features at a Glance

  • Comes with a 5-point Simply Safe Adjust harness feature; a no re-thread harness system that allows you to automatically adjust the height of the harness and headrest simultaneously using one hand.
  • Utilizes the EPS foam energy technology that absorbs any impact force.
  • Has a 4-in1 versatile design; high back booster, forward facing, rear facing and backless booster.
  • Very durable and strong due to the steel reinforced frame.
  • Offers 10 head rest positions and 6 recline positions for FF and RF modes.
  • Offers dual integrated cup holders which are very easy to assemble.
  • Easy-to-read indicator – eliminates guess work during installation.
  • Its seat cover can be removed without altering the harness (can be machine-washed).
  • Has a built-in harness storage compartment that holds unused harness straps while in booster mode.
  • Has meet all US safety standards.

Benefits of Using This Convertible Car Seat

Easy assembly

It arrives as almost completely assembled and ready-to-go for a newborn. The only parts that come separately are the cup holders. You can always find the cup holders assembly instructions in the manual. Once you assemble the cup holders, they will remain attached to the seat.

Easy Installation

The best thing about the 4Ever is that it’s an easy-to-install seat. It fits perfectly when in installed in both forward-facing and rear-facing modes. Its belt paths are color coded and clearly labeled (orange for FF, blue for RF and green for booster).

The LATCH and tether straps are very easy to loosen when necessary but they remain secure. There is also a premium push-on LATCH connector feature. It’s important to note that lower anchors have to be discontinued once the child reaches 42 pounds.

Infant Insert

4Ever’s impressive insert has a bottom harness located 6 inches from the seat-pan and a buckle depth of 4 inches from the seat-back. This makes it firm but not plush. The infant insert has an adjustable elastic attachment for head support hence can be raised as the child grows. The insert should only be used if the infant’s shoulders don’t reach the harness position at lowest headrest position. Don’t use it in FF mode.

User-friendly

The term 4-in-1 car seat might make you think that the 4Ever is very complex. However, it’s very easy to use. For instance:

  • You don’t have to remove the harness to use the seat in booster mode. Tuck it out of the way in a cubby in the shell.
  • The cover comes off nicely in three parts; using some elastic hooks and tabs. Attaching the cover is a bit tricky because you have to remember where the elastic loops hook.
  • Converts into backless mode very easily.

Pros

  • Suitable for small babies/infants.
  • Easy seatbelt and LATCH installation.
  • Compact for RF modes.
  • Can accommodate children weighing below 40 pounds.
  • 10 years lifespan.
  • The LATCH can be used in high back booster mode.
  • Clear and well-written instruction manual.
  • Two crotch buckle positions
  • Push-button lower anchor connectors.

Cons

  • Twisty straps.
  • Can be somehow complicated when tightening the harness for RF mode.
  • No lock-off device for installations with seat belts.

Very Satisfied

If you have been racking your brain trying to pull the trigger on which car seat you should get, let us put in our vote for this Graco model. The 4Ever has performed brilliantly for our family, maybe it will do the same for yours. Now that we got this out of the way we can finally get back into the kitchen.

The Perfect Toaster Oven Option For 2016

Cuisinart TOB-135 toaster oven

Generally, a great toaster oven is easy to use and clean, energy conserving, spacious and that which offers even distribution of heat. A quality countertop oven can make cooking enjoyable and incredibly easy. The TOB-135 from Cuisinart is one such appliance that fits the bill on all of these.  If you love to cook and spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing your family’s favorite recipes, getting one of these ovens is a great way to save time and energy without sacrificing performance.  We have one of these little wonder machines in our home and we can’t imagine cooking without it.  It is amazing how something so small could be so versatile and we understand why it is ranked as one of the top toaster ovens of 2016.  So what does the TOB-135 have to offer?

Key Features

  • 9 Presettings – You have a versatile kitchen equipment if you add the TOB-135 in your kitchen. The warm, defrost and reheat functions top the list. This makes your cooking job worryingly easy. Additionally, the digital controls on the oven advance the versatility. The toaster has a large blue backlit display, the LED buttons and an electronic dial that enable you to choose easily between the available cooking functions such as; reheat, defrost, warm, broil, bagel, toast or bake.
  • Effective Convection Fan– this enables you to cooks evenly and faster than you can do with other brands available in the market. If you are sick and tired of having burnt or plain white toasts, this is your time to solve the problem. This means that the even technology helps you to toast your slices perfectly and with the correct shade distribution as selected by you. So, no more whites or burnt slices.
  • Automatic Shutoff– The TOB-135 has an awesome 2-hour timer. There is even a preheat ready signal heightens the caution against overheating that may lead to burning of your food. You do not need to worry about putting it off either since it is automatically put off when cooking time is over hence safer toasting and broiling.
  • Spacious Capacity-The toaster oven is of a standard size and there is not much to worry about the capacity. This space can fit six slices of bread or that 12-inch pizza you like baking. More space gives enough reason for you to enjoy your baking, broiling or toasting.
  • Easy To Clean Interior-The interior of the oven is not hardest part to clean as you only have to make simple adjustments and your work is incredibly simple. You slide out the crumb tray that includes the baking tray and clean it easily. The fact that the contents do not stick on the brushed stainless steel interior provides more relief.

Pros of the TOB-135

· The toaster is easy to clean due to the stainless steel and nonstick interior design. This gives you an incredibly easy time to prepare food safely.

· It has an awesome control panel in the sense that for every cooking mode, there are LED buttons lit in the background. Therefore, you can easily note the current cooking mode from a distance.

· It allows for even cooking. This goes down to the Always Even and Exact Heat technologies that promote even distribution of heat for both cooking and toasting bread.

· The convention fan is so quiet making the toaster free from excessive noise.

Cons

· Some users noted that it may be difficult to read clearly from the blue back lit display if they are away from the toaster.

· The door handle is so close to the glass and it requires extreme levels of care to avoid burns in case the oven is still on.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen if my Cuisinart TOB-135 toaster is not working as expected or it gets damaged shortly after purchase?

You can take your toaster back to the seller for repair or replacement. This is because there is a 3-year warranty that guarantees that you don’t get faulty toaster ovens.

I fear that I may waste a lot of energy in preheating, can that happen with the Cuisinart TOB-135?

There is absolutely no reason to worry about preheating. The toaster takes just 2 to 3 minutes to heat up to temperatures as high as 450 degrees. This makes it eco-friendly and preferable to other similar ovens.

Final Verdict

This Cuisinart small oven ticks all the boxes and has very high scores from owners who have used it on a regular basis. A detailed review of the TOB-135 hits on many aspects of this oven that users really love as well as what could be improved.  It is a great addition to your kitchen that can help you toast, broil and bake with supreme ease. It is also a pretty budget friendly option for those looking to save a little money.

The Omega J8006 Is A Classic Juicer For Modern Kitchens

omega-j8006-contentIf you love juicing fresh fruits and vegetables, and you’re in the market for a new juicer that can help you get the job done efficiently, then you should consider masticating juicers. They are equipped with an auger which helps them to break down different foods more thoroughly than centrifugal juicers. They take a bit longer to crash foods, but that slow process is very effective in preserving maximum amount of essential nutrients and enzymes from leafy greens and other foods.

One of the top masticating juicers you can buy is the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer. It has been around for a few years, but it is still a best seller that continues to rank high with users and get impressive scores. If you have been reading current vegetable juicer reviews you would have seen that the J8006 is still regarded as one of the best juice extractors for the money.

This quiet juicer outperforms other more expensive masticating juicers in delivering high-quality juice from fruits and vegetables without destroying their flavor or nutrients. It’s powerful enough to handle a wide variety of veggies from spinach, carrots to wheatgrass and kale. It’s also very versatile, and can be used to grind coffee, make pasta, nut butters, as well as mince herbs and spices. And that’s not all: it comes with a 15-year warranty -the longest warranty I have seen to date. Find out more about this Omega juicer in this comprehensive review.

Features of the J8006

Even though it may not be the latest generation juicer, it still has a lot of features that keep it relevant for a quality juicing experience. Some of what this workhorse offers includes:

Low 80 RPM speed

While most juicers have speeds of between 1650 and 15,000 rpm, Omega J8006 Juicer extracts juice at a speed of just 80 rpm. This allows it to squeeze fresh produce instead of grinding them, which helps to preserve healthy nutrients and enzymes, and maintain the natural taste and pure color of the juice. The slow speed also reduces heat build-up, clogging, foaming and oxidation, allowing your juice to stay for up to 72 hours without degrading.

8x More Auger Strength

The juicer comes with a GE Ultem Auger that’s 8x stronger than most plastics, as well as a powerful 2HP motor which enables you to extract juice from various fruits and vegetables effortlessly.

Dual-Stage Processing System

This innovative system enables the juicer to extract maximum amount of juice from your fresh produce. The juice is first extracted by crushing the fruits and vegetables. After that, the pulp is squeezed before being ejected during the second stage. As a result, you get more juice and a very dry pulp. Note that this juicer has an automatic pulp ejection, which allows for continuous juicing.

Versatile Masticating Juicer

The juicer allows you to do more than just juicing. You can use it to mince herbs and spices, grind coffee, make baby food, make nut butter from nuts, extrude pasta, whip up soy milk and so much more.

Sturdy Construction

It’s made using stainless steel; hence it’s strong and durable. In addition, it has a rubber tipped feet that’s also very sturdy and stable. The stainless steel gives the juicer a modern and attractive look, so you can be sure that it will look good in your kitchen.

Very Long Warranty

Omega 8006 Juicer comes with a 15-year warranty on the motor, which shows you just how durable this machine is. In fact some users have reported that they have had this juicer for 10+ years, and it’s still working well.

Pros

Omega 8006 juicing featuresExtremely Efficient – The powerful motor of this unit allows it to extract juice from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables with ease. You’ll can juice with it for several hours at a time, and it will not slow down or heat up.

Produces More, Quality Juice – The dual-stage processing system enables the juicer to extract high juicer yields, while its slow speed preserves essential nutrients and natural taste and color of the juice.

Easy To Use, Clean and Assemble – This is another reason why people love this juicer. It is extremely easy to use and assemble. You can also clean up all its components (feed chute, blade, auger and collection bin) easily either manually, or by placing them on the top rack of your dishwasher. Do the cleaning immediately after juicing, and use hot water for best results.

Quiet Operation – It operates more quietly compared to other masticating juicers. But, expect to hear some noise, which you can mitigate by putting the juicer on a towel.

Versatile – Besides extracting juice, you can use it to make nut butter, baby food, pasta and so much more.

Cons

The feeding tube is a bit small, so you have to cut your produce into smaller pieces before juicing them. This increases the preparation time, but it’s a small price to pay for enjoying fresh, nutritious and healthy juice whenever you want.

If you’re looking for an efficient, user-friendly and durable juicer that can handle a wide variety of fruits and vegetables effortlessly, then you should give Omega J8006 Juicer a try.