Singing The Praises Of Omega Juicers

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We are nuts about juicing and the sound of our Omega juice extractor churning out our morning juice is truly music to our ears.  It has been 2 years since we began our journey to live healthy and better lives and increasing our fresh fruit and vegetable intake has been a big part of it. We grew tired rather quickly of salads and snacks and soon after we started doing some research on getting a juicing machine.

Once we understood the differences between the various types of juicers it became clear to us which direction we wanted to go. We really love leafy foods, so we decided to get an Omega juicer, and it was one of the best choices that we ever made.  If you are looking to change your eating habits and get a quality masticating juice extractor, we definitely suggest any of the models below.

Omega J8006

j8006-smallThis is currently one of the most popular masticating juicers available. It has been a top performing unit for years and it still continues to get fantastic feed back from owners. The Omega 8006 has a modern black and chrome finish, a powerful motor that runs at only 80RPM and has sturdy construction and durable parts that can provide years of quality juicing. This unit is a favorite for those who need to juice leafy green veggies as well as other produce.

Omega NC800

small-nc800This is the latest generation Omega masticating juicer. The NC800 has all of the same qualities of the J8006 but with some added improvements to make your juicing experience better and even more efficient. The feed chute has been enlarged to allow larger pieces of fruits and vegetables. This saves on prep time as now you do not have to cut up larger produce into small pieces to fit into the machine. There is also an new adjustable end cap that that can be used to customize the unit depending on the hardness of the produce being juiced. This also enables the juicer to obtain a slightly higher juice yield. There are not as many owner ratings for the Omega NC800 since it is a newer model, but the feed back so far has been sky high for this juicer from users.

Omega J8004

j8004This models is exactly the same as the J8006 in all regards except for the color. This model is white for those who are not enamored with shiny small kitchen appliances. It comes with all of the qualities that have made the Omega 8006 a best seller, but with a more neutral color. The Omega 8004 as well as its shiny brother have been best sellers for years and they are a great way to unlock the power and nutrients from raw fruits and vegetables at a slightly lower price point than Omega’s latest generation juicers.

Omega VRT350

vert_vrt350_juicerThis is Omega’s vertical masticating juicer for those that want a top quality juicer that does not take up a lot of counter space. This unit has a smaller footprint and is more convenient for smaller kitchens or for folks that wish to minimize countertop clutter. The Omega VRT350 merges the company’s expertise in producing efficient masticating juicing machines with a vertical design that takes up less space.

So What Makes An Omega Juicer So Great?

A lot of owners think of these as not only the top masticating juicers but the top juice extractors period. You can read more detailed Omega juicer reviews for yourself to decide which of these juicing machines will serve you best in your kitchen. Some of the aspects of these small appliances that have them rated so highly and recommended so often include:

Juice Yield

A masticating juicer works by using a screw like device to grind and squeeze the juice out of fruit and vegetables. Omega models use high strength and extremely durable parts to handle this process as efficiently as possible. This produces a very high juice yield and results in left over pulp that is very dry. When buying produce for your juicer you want to get every last drop of juice out of it and not waste your money and these machines are great for maximizing your efforts.

Leafy Green Vegetables

For those who plan to juice a lot of different leafy vegetables such as kale, wheatgrass and spinach, the low speed masticating action of the juicers listed above produces great results as they generally handle these types of foods better than centrifugal juicers. Any one of the machines above would be perfect to prepare your favorite green juice recipes and deliver the taste and nutrition that these types of veggies can give you.

Noise

Omega’s masticating juicers are relatively quiet as well, especially when compared to centrifugal juicers. The motor of these juicers typically runs at only 80RPM and provides a slow grinding of fruits and vegetables. This is great if you juice at a time of the day when others may be sleeping or you simply cannot stand louder machines.

Easy To Use

These juicers are designed to be simple to operate and clean. The best juicer is one that you will use every day, and Omega juicers are designed with this in mind. The parts that need cleaning are easy to disassemble and wipe clean.

Versatility

Omega not only makes models that can juice, but they are also capable of making nut butters, pasta, baby food, almond milk, grind spices and more. They come with different nozzles to handle a wide range of kitchen chores.

Warranty

Omega has some of the best warranties in the industry and their masticating juicers come with a generous 10 or 15 year warranty. They stand by their products and you can rest assured that your investment in their juicers is safe and protected.

Customer Ratings

We have been quite amazed with just how well Omega’s line of masticating juicers has been received over the years by owners. They have been around for years and they are still some of the most popular, best selling, and highest customer rated juicers on the market. If you are shopping for a new juicer then any one of the models above are definitely worth considering for years of hassle-free juicing.

 

Tips To Keep Your Jogging Stroller Humming Safely On The Road

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Strollers are perfect conveniences to have not only for your baby but for you. They help you carry the baby along during errands and days out using the least effort. Finding such products should never be a daunting task especially since there are many in the market. In recent years, jogging strollers have become quite popular as you can use them to take your baby out on jogs and runs.

Safety should always take precedence over comfort, but practically speaking, it is important to have both. As a parent, it can be a little overwhelming to find something that is both safe and enjoyable for your child to ride in. With a little attention to detail, it is possible to have a worry-free workout while keeping everyone protected while have a fun outdoor expedition.

Key Safety Aspects

Modern running stroller manufacturers know how important safety is for parents and put much effort into integrating features to enhance this aspect of the product. Some of the things to look for when seeking the best jogging stroller for your family include the following;

  • Remodeled three wheels – Your typical four wheel stroller should never be used for jogging and running. It is not designed to suite such needs and will easily topple off balance without much force. They should not be used for this purpose. Instead, use the remodeled 3-wheel stroller that offers more stability and grounding for your baby. The design and balance achieved from three wheels makes it ideal for racing and jogging.
  • Connected handlebar tether– Safe jogging strollers come with a safety wrist strap attached to the stroller’s handlebar. Make sure to use that wristband and always tie it around your hand when on the move, particularly when moving downhill. Strollers will quickly pick up speed moving downhill and may just slip out of your grasp if you were running. Using the safety wristband will ensure that stroller is constantly kept within your grasp thus protecting your baby from accidents.
  • Wheel locks – Most jogging strollers come with a lever that you just need to flip to lock the wheels. These levers must be flipped every time you are not controlling the stroller (before and after running). Strollers are specifically designed to allow smooth effortless glide and will take off at any slight gradient when the surface is not level. If you have no wristband cuffed on you and are not holding the handlebar, then the wheel locking lever should be in action.

There are other minor safety features you may find in jogging strollers although most are just hyped up examples. The above 3 features form your core safety requirements.

Personal Responsibility

While the safety features may help you prevent various accidents, it is your personal responsibility that will keep your baby safe. Choosing safe routes, assessing the weather forecast, avoiding danger by remaining over-vigilant during your outings are very important aspects of keeping your baby safe.

Ensure the stroller is kept at optimum working conditions by performing regular maintenance and inspections. Check the tires before each run and inspect the levers, handle, carrying compartment and wristband. Look for squeaky sounds and remember to lubricate the joints. By maintaining your stroller, you are ensuring you and your baby are safe and protected from a mechanical point of view.

It is also very important to assess your jogging form and habits. If you are keeping one hand on the handlebar while the other is pumping, remember to alternate the hands after every 5 minutes. If you have a wide (double size) stroller, it may be wise to keep both hands on the handle bar. Avoid leaning on the stroller even when you are tired. By trying to use the stroller for support, you are increasing the risk of toppling.

If it sparks your interest, you can sign up for stroller racing classes and competitions. There are several websites that allow parents to sign up for stroller racing classes and competitions. These platforms will equip you with insights and more ways to protect your baby and remain safe on the road.

Happy Running

These are just some of the safety precautions you should keep in mind while out running with your little one. As a parent, nothing is as important as protecting your baby and keeping them safe. Jogging strollers offer a chance to show your baby new things during your exercises and also creates a bond with them yet even this should not cloud your protective instincts. Choose strollers specifically made for jogging and always keep an eye on everything around you. If you park your stroller somewhere, remember to perform checks before starting the race again.

Making Sweet Noise In The Kitchen

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Back when the first food processor was introduced to the American market in the 1970’s there was only one brand. Cuisinart revolutionized the food preparation market for the home and cooking has never been the same. Fast forward to present day, and there are several brand names that are worthy contenders when it comes to shopping for one of these small kitchen appliances. Depending on your budget, cooking needs, and your style preferences, there is something out there that is perfect for your counter top. We will break down some of the best food processors available today to let you know which brands are worth considering adding to your cooking arsenal.

Food Processor Advantages

No one likes to spend more time doing something than they absolutely have to, and this is the main appeal of owning a food processor. You no longer will have to sit there over a cutting board slowly trying to get the perfect dice or slice with a knife. If your knife skills are a little bit shaky as well, then the fear of cutting yourself will also be gone. One of the main reasons that a lot of working people avoid making home cooked meals is the work that is involved. Having the right tools can drastically reduce the time needed to prepare great tasting food, which is why one of these machines should be somewhere in your kitchen.

Top Rated Brands

Getting an appliance with a quality reputation and track record is always the safest play. Here we offer some of the top names with the highest customer ratings to help you find a food processor that you will be satisfied with.

Cuisinart

Like we stated earlier, Cuisinart practically invented the food processor, and their machines are still some of the most popular models on the market today. They have a wide range of models for just about every budget. Whether you need a small capacity, quick chopper, or you need something for large recipes, they have a machine for you. Their powerful motors, stainless steel blades, and reliable performance are what helps set them apart from others in their class. This is the brand that we safely recommend the most as you cannot go wrong getting a Cuisinart.

Breville

They only make one food processor, but they do it extremely well. Breville has a reputation for modern and high performing kitchen appliances and their BFP800XL Sous Chef is one of the best that we have used. It is easy to use, very powerful, and it has exceptional cutting discs. This comes with a much higher price point, but it is worth every penny as this is a true joy to operate and it really stands out on the counter. If you are one of those people, like me, who must have the latest and greatest modern equipment, then anything made by Breville is a must have for the kitchen.

KitchenAid

This is another dependable brand that makes some really simple but reliable food processors. They are not too expensive and should appeal to a greater mass audience of amateur chefs. Simple controls make this a great choice for anyone who just wants to get the job done without a lot of hassle. They also have bright color options for those who like their appliances to have a little eye candy appeal. We love using anything made by KitchenAid, including their food processing machines.

Hamilton Beach

They make some of the top rated budget food processors and we are amazed at how well they perform for their low price. If you want to try out using a food processor in the kitchen for the first time and you do not want to spend a lot of money, this is the brand for you. Exceptional value for the money.

Reputation For Quality

Some of the brands above have food processor that we have used, and some just have an excellent reputation and very high customer scores that give us confidence in recommending them. No matter if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, or you just cook occasionally, having one of these around is going to save you a lot of work. Anyone of the food processors made by the companies above should really make things easier for you and perhaps change your outlook on cooking home made meals in general. Treat yourself to something who’s job is to make your life simpler and cook better food. You deserve it.

Nothing Sounds Better While Driving Than A Sleeping Baby

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I used to love jamming out to my favorite tunes on the radio while cruising down the street. Now that I am older I can tell you that nothing competes with the sound that our child makes while it is snoozing in the back seat. Getting the right child seat really does make a world of difference so if you are in the market and shopping around for something that is both safe and comfortable then this might be useful.

The wife and I had plenty of sleepless nights before our little one was born researching just what kind of seat we should buy. There are not only various types, but there also so many different models to choose from. It was a little overwhelming, but we plowed through it all and found something that we are all happy with. With all of our worries, we thought we would help other soon-to-be parents who may find themselves in a similar situation.

Various Types of Car Seats

This is what really threw us for a loop at first. With infant, booster, and convertible car seats out there, we first had to figure out which type of child car seat would be best for our family.

Infant Seats

These are just what they sound like. They are for newborns and small babies. They offer the needed head and neck support that young children need. They are also lighter weight and easier to get in and out of the car. Another big advantage of these is that a lot of infant seats are stroller compatible, meaning the seat can just snap into a baby stroller without having to remove the child. The drawback of these types of seats is that they are only designed for the first couple of years of your child’s life, at most. Once they get too big, or too tall, you must switch to a convertible car seat for proper protection. Since we did really want to end up getting two different seats we decided to forego this option despite the added convenience it offered.

Convertible Car Seats

We quickly found out that these are the most popular child safety seats for parents. They are designed to handle small babies from 5 lbs and they can be used for toddlers generally up to 65 lbs. They are called “convertible” seats because you start off using the seat in the rear-facing direction for smaller children and once they are big enough you switch the seat around to forward-facing. The ability to have to buy only one seat for the first several years of our child’s life made the most economical sense for us and this is the route we took.

Once got a grip on which type of seat that we needed everything came more into focus. We could then decide on the budget, features, and style of the seat that we wanted for our child. This part was actually a lot of fun, but it also took a little extra time. We searched online to find the best options and read through all of the current convertible child seat reviews to find one that appealed to both parents and fit within our price range.

Booster Seats

This is something that we do not need right now, but it is something that we will have to eventually buy. This type of car seat is the last transition between having them ride in a convertible car seat and using the vehicles own seat belt. It all depends on the size of your child. But this is something that we can save for a later day.

Brand Name Convertible Car Seats

After we knew that this is the type of seat that we were going to get it was time to narrow down our choices. Britax, Graco, Peg Perego, Evenflo, and Chicco are some of the most popular brands. Getting a well known name was important to us since we wanted a car seat with a solid reputation and we wanted to buy it from a reputable outlet. In case you were curious we decided to go with a Graco convertible car seat. It fit our budgetary needs but it did not skimp on safety and comfort. If money were not an object we probably would have gone with a Peg Perego as those child safety seats seem really nice and comfortable.

In the end we found something that we were extremely happy with, but we still had to wait to see how little girl would respond to riding in it. This is why the sound of a sleeping baby is so precious to us. It let us know that we actually made the right choice and we could not be happier with the seat that we got. The good news is there are a lot of solid, high quality car seats available no matter what your budget. With a little time and effort you can hopefully find something that you are extremely satisfied with like we did.