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How to Get Started With Electric Smoking

Smoking meat is a passion of mine that I enjoy in my spare time. I initially got involved with this hobby when I realized how expensive smoked cheeses and meats were when purchased from a supermarket like Whole Foods. I wasn’t willing to pay the exorbitant prices in the stores, so I decided to find out what the best electric smoker options were on the market.

Food that is smoked has extra flavor without adding any calories to your meal. Because of this, smoking meat has become trendy and popular with outdoor cooking lovers. Before you get started on your journey, you need to realize that there are a variety of smokers that have their own benefits and drawbacks.

Smokers are tools that gives your food an environment that is enclosed and filled with smoke. The smoke seeps into your meat giving it mouthwatering flavor. When you use a smoker, you can control the temperature of the surroundings, but it is best to keep it around 225 degrees. The temperature must below and steady or hours until the food can be properly smoked.

The first smokers were not electric and fired up with wood from nearby trees. This is an excellent way to smoke meats but requires a lot more work and cleaning up can be a nightmare. Unfortunately for us hobbyists, there are no electric smokers available that help you get the same job done with a lot less work.

Electric smokers come in three types of models. The way they differ is with the kind of fuel they use. One of the most popular kinds of smokers is powered up with charcoal. This one gives your meat a ton of flavor but can be quite messy. I prefer smokers that are either powered by propane or electricity. They are commercial and perfect for homes when it comes to the important safety factor.

One great tip is that you can also use smokers as warming ovens. I do this all of the time with my electric smoker because I hate the taste food has after you finish microwaving it.When we have guests over, and we are not ready to eat, this is a perfect way not to have to rush our meal. We can take our time and enjoy our conversations and know that our meals our meals are nice and warm

I hope that this introduction to electric smokers has piqued your interest and that you continue doing your research before you buy one. One last tip would be to make sure you read the safety precautions from front to back before you smoke meat for the first time. Smoking meat in your home can be deadly if not done with security in mind while being fully prepared for anything.

Hidden Sugars – Just How “Hidden” Are They?

That your food does not have a sweet taste to it does not mean that it hasn’t got any sugar in it. On the contrary, you’d be amazed at how much sugar can be found in our food; by this, I do not mean the naturally occurring sugars that you’d find in fruits or dairy products. On the contrary, I am referring to simple sugars like sucrose, fructose and the likes that are added to packaged and processed foods to improve the flavor or to increase the shelf life.

Simple sugars are bad for the health: they cause tooth decay, weight gain and even diabetes which can lead to blindness. It’s so painful that you spend time at the gym hoping to burn enough calories to lose the excess weight and after some months, you seem to have reached a plateau. You begin to question your workout routine, not knowing that the culprit might just be that energy bar or drink you snack on right after your workout or perhaps, your favorite salad dressing.

What’s more, simple sugars are incredibly addictive and often times improve the color and flavor of the meal, that’s why a lot of manufacturers rely on them, of course without consideration to our waistlines. This is why you do not see them listed as just “sugar” on the product label; oh no, they’ve got really fancy names for them. You would probably recognize them as fructose, sucrose, lactose, maltose…generally, if it ends with “ose”, it’s certainly sugar.

However, we’ve got an infographic that does a good job of exposing their hiding places.

 

Aerial Drone Photography

A professional service that can create outstanding photography is one that can provide you with images that will be treasured forever or can be used for a major commercial project.

Whether for a professional or advertising purpose or for a powerpoint presentation, or for a personal special event such as wedding, the superb choice would be those unique photographs that are filmed from above! Panoramic photos are one of the most creative and interesting ways to showcase your project or event.

With the video technology advancements that have occurred, aerial video has become more and more popular. The most current high-quality drones (UAVs) are capable of reaching 120 meters and a range of 500 meters and provide the ultimate recording of any event or location. Each of the drones is fitted with advanced stabilizers and an HD camera to ensure amazing footage. Fully qualified, well-experienced, and insured UK operators are properly licensed with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Aerial photography is defined as taking photographs of articles or people on the ground from a direct-down and elevated position. Platforms for aerial photography include unmanned aerial vehicles known as UAVs or drones, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, dirigibles, blimps, balloons, rockets, kites and other apparatus. If the cameras are mounted, they may be triggered automatically or remotely.

Photography and cinematography are both used to create and capture the perfect and convenient aerial footage that will become a lasting legacy with video footage and aerial stills with spectacular views. Aerial photographs provide an impressive view, and the flight can be tailored to suit your requirements. High altitude photographs show more of the surrounding area, and low altitude photos provide close-in shots.

Bloomsbury Films is an excellent example of an international award-winning professional aerial filming and photography service that is one of the United Kingdom’s most respected film companies. Based in London, they have a clientele that includes royalty and celebrities and have received impressive press coverage from prestigious institutions such as the BBC. They are an independent business and create all their work in-house in order to provide a personalized and high-quality service.

5 Fun Family Reunion Activities You Should Try Next Time

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A family reunion needs to be an enjoyable experience with lots of fun-filled activities and exciting games. This is so that everyone in the event is entertained and the event not only becomes lively but also captivating. There are several fun activities that you can engage in to make the gathering memorable and equally decorative. Here are some of the top 5 fun family activities that you can undertake when on a family reunion:

The family tree 

Playing the family tree game not only makes the reunion lively but also makes it possible for relatives to know each other well and understand their roots. And I’m sure your children will enjoy this game very much! This is particularly if you are having a large. Arrange the family in the order with which the family’s genealogical cart flows. Once the tree has been formed and everyone is in their place, you can take a family photo from both ends of the tree (from the youngest to the oldest, and the opposite of this order).

When arranging the family tree, you can employ some creativity by grouping people born during the same month together in one group. If there are several family members who share the same birthday, you can take a photo of them together to include in the family album. You should check for facts such as the birthday month with the most family members. 

Play with an acquainted card 

An acquainted card contains characteristics, personalities and traits of different people. You can fill out these cards by identifying members of the family who have similar characteristics to those spelt out in the cards. Each name should only appear once and the winner is determined by the group that finishes filling out its card first. A sample of the characteristics in these cards are such as pierced ears, cousins, alcoholic, loves music, is a teenager, is slim/obese, and is a driver among other characteristics. 

The best way to play with an acquainted card is by sub-dividing the family members into several groups with a considerable number of members. This makes the game more exciting as each member is able to participate in the game and make contributions. 

Family hunt 

Ideally, a family reunion is all about getting people to know each other better and understand relations in the family. The family hunt game is an all inclusive activity that requires family members to hunt and collect different items and compete to identify the group that finishes its hunt first. The best thing about this activity is that you can also hunt people. For instance, you can task a specific group to hunt family members whose name starts with a particular alphabetical letter such as A or B. 

There are also tasks that family members can participate in family hunt activities when on a family reunion. For example, a particular group can identify the oldest couple in the family, a person weighing over 120 pounds, find family members wearing glasses or hunt for the tallest person in the family. Arrange members of every group in a line and have a particular code word that each group will shout after identifying their target. For instance, you can have the first group shout FAMILY after hunting their target. 

Talent show 

A talent show during a family reunion is yet another fun activity you can engage in when on a reunion. The best thing about talent show is that it not only adds fun and excitement in the event but also can be an avenue of family members identifying their talents and gifts. Essentially, in every family the number of talents is almost equal to the number of members in the family. As such, each family member will most likely have a different talent from the other members. For example, you can have members who are good at singing sing a few songs and judge how best they have mastered their talents. 

Some of the key talents you can be on the lookout for in a family reunion activity are such as singing, dancing, reciting poem, acrobats, unique athletic skills, and acting among other talents. You can also judge the prowess and ability of playing instruments for those family members who believe are good in instruments. It is advisable to carry a radio or any other music playing gadget to use when testing talents such as singing and dancing. In addition to this, it is also a great idea to have a camera for recording the activities in the reunion for future purposes. 

Sports and contests 

If the reunion has a sizeable number of family members, you can consider having different sports, contests, and competitions. For example, family members can play sports like football, baseball and basket ball among other activities. What is more unique about these gatherings is that the participants can engage in other competitions such as cooking and painting contests. The best thing about sports and contests is that they can lead to very strong bonds and relations in the family. This is due to the team work that participants engage in when having these contests. 

To make sports and contests lively and more competitive, you can consider having prizes and gifts for top performers. These prizes act as a form of motivation that makes it easy for participants to put in their best effort. However, it is important to be very cautious when holding individual contests such as cooking competitions so that no family member feels demoralized or humiliated when they do not appear among the top performers. The competitions should aim at adding fun to the gathering as opposed to making them personal with emotions hindering fun and excitement in the competitions. 

There are a lot other activities that you can engage in while on a family reunion. For instance, you can have physical exercises such as jogging, swimming, and running. In addition to this, you can also consider going for hikes, nature walks, and tree climbing among other activities. Generally, when determining the fun activities to have in your family reunion, it is important to consider activities that everyone will participate in. Avoid having a particular group of the family taking control of the reunion by doing most of the things while the others just sit and watch. This cannot strengthen the bonds in the family. 

This post is written by Danny from MyParentingJournal.com, a blog dedicated to parenting best practices, advice, tips, and resources.

The Top 3 Electric Nail Files For The Money

The world of nail care is transforming, and women want to have more control of how they care for their nails. Because of this, brands are creating a slew of electric nail files that give women the power they need and save them money at the same time. The problem is that with so many models released every few months on the market, it becomes difficult to choose one that is best for you. Luckily for you, that is why I am here to assist you.

I have spent hours testing the electric nail files that come highly recommended on the market. The ones I recommend below will make this process stress free and help you be on your way to more beautiful nails that your friends will come to envy. They are available in a range of prices, so I considered every budget during my search.

The Top 3 Electric Nail Files For The Money

Medicool’s MED2191 Turbo File 2 Professional Electric Nail Filing System

This electric nail file is made by one of the top companies in the industry, Medicool. It is loaded with power and will get the job done if you are willing to pay a little extra for quality. What I love about this electric nail file is that you can barely hair the engine purring with its 20,000 RPM motor. I think this a huge plus because some of the lower quality models can get quite noisy and ruin your experience. If you want to file your nails quickly and quietly, this is the for you with its ability to reach those difficult areas.

Home Pedicure Nova 3 By Medicool

This yet another electric nail file made by the legendary Medicool. It is slightly more expensive but well worth it because you can do both pedicures and manicures. You will love the travel case that this electric nail file includes. I think this makes it much easier to carry around if you want to treat a friend to a spa-like experience. Also, the case will protect your investment. Some of these nail files are delicate and can be damaged with the slightest drop.

Belle 30,000 Electric Nail Art Drill

This nail drill comes packed with power and at a very affordable price to boot. Aesthetically, it is gorgeously designed with its retro design that will receive compliments from everybody that sees it. The results you receive with this nail drill are salon quality and will save you a lot of money on time. Lastly, it comes with a foot pedal which users tend to find very useful making this one of the best on the market.

Vogue Professional My Manicurist Electric Nail Drill Kit

I was pretty shocked the first time I used this electric nail file made by Vogue Professional. It is small but is very useful and has enough power to get the job done. You can change the drill speed from 35,000 RPM to 20,000 RPM depending on what task you need to accomplish. If you are just starting out, this is the best choice for you. It is excellent for beginners because it such an easy nail drill to use.

Pregnancy| An Expectant Mom’s Guide to Having a Safe Birth

The desire of every expectant mom is to birth a healthy child in the safest way possible because, in spite of the advancements in medical science, the expectant mom may face a number of risks or complications. This is why doctors always stress the importance of taking care of the body both emotionally and physically. Pregnant women are always advised to reduce the number of stressors in their lives; these stressors could be job-related or family induced.

When a woman conceives, she begins to experience a lot of changes in her body; with one of the first indications being a missed period accompanied with nausea. She begins to take more trips to the bathroom, battles constipation and bloating while some women experience itchy skin and bleeding gums.

As the pregnancy progresses, it can get overwhelming especially for first time moms as there is so much to do and so much to keep track of, so here is some useful information to help you get prepared for the safe arrival of your pitter-patter of tiny feet.

  1. Do get prenatal care because this keeps you and the baby healthy. The prenatal visit comprises of a physical exam, ultrasound examinations, the provision of urine sample, blood and weight checks. The prenatal visit affords the doctors the opportunity to gain more insights on the mother’s health so as to better manage complications that may arise in the future.
  1. Pregnant women should enroll in childbirth education classes – These classes are designed to provide the expectant mother with as much information as possible about her body and her baby. They are important because they help to reduce anxiety as expectant parents are given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their fears.
  1. Caffeine, alcohol and smoking are a no-no while pregnant. If you have problems with kicking these habits, you should talk to a doctor as soon as possible.
  1. Pregnant women are advised to stay away from toxic substances such as chemical based sunscreens, formaldehyde, phthalates (commonly found in personal care products and detergents), pesticides and aluminum – just to name a few.
  1. Keep your distance from x-rays especially those that would involve the abdomen, pelvic area, lower back, and kidneys – as there is the possibility that an x-ray of these areas can expose the fetus to direct x-ray beams.

According to the Mayo clinic, a baby’s growing cells can be negatively altered by high doses of radiation.

  1. Skip the hot tubs and saunas but if you must, try not to spend so much time in there as extreme heat intensifies the feelings of dizziness and dehydration in women. According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women exercising in water should ensure the temperature of the water does not exceed 32C (89.6F).
  2. While we are on the subject of exercise, you should also cut out all forms of rigorous workouts such as situps or crunches as they cut the flow of blood to the fetus. Martial arts and all forms of contact sports should be excluded as well to prevent a direct hit to the abdomen.
  1. Ensure you are eating right – The infographic below from MidAtlantic OBGYN is quite detailed on the subject. It explains why certain nutrients are important and what the additional daily requirement should be.

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7 Chef knives to check out in 2017

Whether you are a stay at home mom who loves to prepare food for her family, a foodie who loves to not just eat but experiment with cooking, or a professional chef who strives to improve his skills, you know that the knife is a very important tool in being a better cook. This 2017, if you are keen on becoming a better chef, here are the best chef knives to buy this year.

First, you need to know that there are many types of knives that are used in the kitchen, depending on the function. To ensure that you are producing the best meal, you need to have the right tool. There’s the clever, the boning knife, the bread knife, and so much more, but the most versatile one is the chef knife. This is the one that is used and daily and can be utilized for slicing, dicing, mincing and chopping.

When choosing the best chef knife to buy, one considers the balance between the blade and the handle. Remember that you will be holding the knife, so you must feel comfortable. It’s much life when a warrior chooses his weapon, so make sure that you get a knife that you would feel most comfortable in.

  • Zyliss Chef’s Knife

Designed to handle everything from vegetables to meat, this knife measures 7.5 inches and share blade that can easily cut through anything. What’s good about this knife is that the user will not have to worry about corrosion or rusting. Its precision in cutting is perfect due to its well-balanced weight, and with a textured handle, it won’t slip easily from your hand.

  • Wusthof Classis 8-inch Cook’s Knife

This knife is perfect for cutting through thicker cuts, such as thick vegetables. It can be considered one of the most versatile chef’s knife in the market today. For beginners who are yet confident in their knife skills, a finger guard is included with the knife to ensure safety for the user. If you invest in this knife, you are getting not just a quality blade, but you can be assured that this will stay with you for a long time, one user even stated that she has been using this very knife more than 20 years now.

  • Victorinox 8-inch Chef’s Knife

This knife was manufactured with high carbon stainless steel, making sure that it is sharp enough to do a variety of tasks, such as mincing, chopping, dicing, etc. It has been ice tempered which means that the sharpness of the blade will last longer than other knives.

  • J.A. HENCKELS Chef’s Knife

This 8-inch knife was manufactured in Germany and is known to be durable, and resistant to stains. One of the best things about this knife is that it comes with a lifetime warranty.

  • DALSTRONG Chef Knife Shogun Series

This knife set combines craftsmanship and technology resulting in a quality knife. It was made with 66 layers of premium high carbon German steel, which has been tempered precisely. It is resistant to stains and its handle lets the user have better hand control which ensures that you create the best meal every time you cook.

  • Equinox Professional Chef’s Knife

Another knife made from German steel, this knife is very light, which can mean greater balance, and hand control. Despite its lightness, you can be assured that this knife will still be durable.

  • Royal Chef’s Knife

It measures around 12 inches, which makes it the longest knife to make it in this list of chef knives to check out for in 2017, but the length will not be a hindrance to making a good meal. This knife is versatile and is made of Japanese steel, while the handle is created using pakka wood, known for its durability. If you are not satisfied with this knife, it would be good to know that it has a 60-day money back guarantee.

 

Cheering On Your Favorite Team May Be Good for Your Health

Who knew that cheering for your favorite NFL team may actually be good for your health? Experts say that cheering on a sports team, any sports team, may have positive mental health attributes. They say that this is true for people of all ages, which means it’s never too early to get your children into liking sports, so consider getting baby NFL gear.

Mental Health Benefits

The study shows that people who are personally invested in their favorite teams reap mental health rewards as a result of being socially connected with others. Scientists say that they saw a special bond that forms between people who pull for the same team. This bond helps strengthen relationships in family and friends. When your favorite team scores points, your self-esteem scores points also.

Indiana University

A study that came out of Indiana University showed that sports lovers were more confident in themselves after their favorite teams won games. Since other studies show that people are more attracted to people who are confident, the researchers concluded that watching sports can actually improve a person’s love life with a confidence boost.

Psychological Explanation

A professor of psychology at Frostburg State University, Paul Bernhardt, said that there’s a psychological explanation to this study. Men receive a boost in testosterone when their teams win. On the same note, that testosterone level falls when their team loses. Some studies showed that testosterone levels rise nearly 20 percent in people who cheer for winning teams. Other research shows that couples who lived in cities with winning sports team are nearly 30 percent less likely to get a divorce. The same was true for couples who watch sports together.

True Fans

Why don’t people just always cheer for the winning team? Psychologists say that this can only be explained by what they call a “time-tested” fan. People who consider themselves true fans are loyal and wear losses and wins like a badge of honor. Jumping ship and cheering for new teams when their teams do poorly often makes them feel worse than seeing their favorite teams lose.

Consider giving NFL-themed gifts to both adults, kids and babies alike. It may help you and the person you give it to form a stronger bond. Don’t be afraid to show your support for your team, and cheer when they do good. It may positively impact your mental health.

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Why Buying Sunscreen in Bulk is Good

Sunscreen In Different Quantities

Sunscreen in bulk is available for economical reasons, even with a custom private label, especially for a business that is looking for a unique item to give away to its customers that will keep the company’s name and phone number in view and in mind when ready to order the products or services. This does business promotion in a “quiet” way as customers will remember you every time they use it. A bulk quantity is also the perfect answer for those running a childcare center or a day camp.

You can directly apply the sunscreen purchased in gallon or quart containers by using an included pump dispenser. Alternatively, you can refill smaller bottles such as the one-ounce size that you want to use to reward good customers or give to each student. With the latter situation, you can continue to refill the one-ounce containers as they are emptied.

Combat the Sun’s Dangers

All those who work or play outdoors or do yard work and gardening must be aware of how to combat the sun‘s dangers. A quality, broad spectrum sunscreen with different SPF’s (sun protection factors) is the answer for great UVA/UVB protection. Some superior products also have a two-year shelf life, are hypoallergenic, moisturizing, will not clog pores, are greaseless, dermatologist tested, and have other healthy features.

Additional Ways to Protect From the Sun

* Wear clothing that protects skin. When you can see light through a fabric, UV rays can get through, also. UV rays reach the ground even on cloudy days, can pass through water so you are not safe if you’re in the water and feeling cool, and can even pass through windows.

* Apply sunscreen generously, allow 20 to 30 minutes for set-up time, and reapply at least every two hours or even more often when swimming or sweating. “Water resistant” products may provide protection for at least 40 minutes even when you are swimming or sweating.

* Limit direct sun exposure between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. when the UV rays are the most intense. If you must be outside, protecting your skin is very important. Also wear a hat and sunglasses that block UV rays.

* Check the UV Index for your area in the local newspaper or on TV and radio news broadcasts.

Find Out More

You are welcome to call Rocky Mountain Sunscreen at 1-888-356-8899 for more detailed information and to have any of your questions answered.