Kitchen essentials and why do you need a food processor

    Today we’re tackling some of the biggies when it comes to food processors. We’re going to try and answer two questions: do you need a food processor and if yes, why do you need it. We’ll be going over whether a food processor really can justify spending so much cash on it, and how it can make your life easier in the kitchen, if at all.

    We’ll be answering the first question fairly easily, the second one will require a bit of elaboration though. Of course you don’t absolutely NEED a food processor, but it’ll make your life infinitely easier when basic cooking operations are concerned. I know pretty much anybody out there who’s ever even entered the kitchen considers your average chopping operations to be such a drag. Food processor will take that huge load of your back, and do it much better than you possibly could. So, my answer is not really, but it’s so much better with one of these guys hanging in your kitchen.

    What am I talking about here exactly? I know you expected me to be like yeah, these machines are absolutely necessary and you have to get one this very moment! Of course they’re not, nothing is absolutely necessary in life, but we have to ask ourselves one question: how easier (if at all) would my life be if I had one of these guys, and the answer is A LOT. If you’ve never used a food processor in your life but have some version of a smaller, cheaper chopper, you might get the general idea by thinking your chopper away from your kitchen. Just imagine having to do all of your chopping manually again, and you’ll get a pretty good idea. Food processors are like those mini choppers on steroids, so you can just imagine what they can do for your overall cooking experience.

    As far as the second question is concerned, I have multiple answers prepared for you. There are so many things food processors can do in your kitchen; I almost don’t know where to begin. Well, when in doubt I always say it’s best to begin with cheesecake! :)

    If you’re a fan of deserts as much as I am, you’ll love having one of these guys around. They’ll make your favorite treats so fast you won’t even know what happened. We’re talking tarts, raw cheesecake, and all those guilty pleasures we all have from time to time. If you’re a vegan, or have vegan friends, you’ll love the fact that you don’t have to use dairy products for your desert-making procedure.

    The second point in favor of buying a good food processor is the fact that you can start making your very own cheese. When you buy cheese in stores it’ll always containing a large amount of salt, and salt is definitely not a great choice if you’re into living remotely healthy. With food processors you can not only make a perfect cheese, but you can also monitor all the ingredients, and know exactly what you’re eating.

    Food processors are also great for making soups in the privacy of your own kitchen. If I know something that’s there is no such thing as a wrong time for soup. You can have it cold during the summer, and it’ll also cool your system, or you can eat it hot during the winter and keep yourself warm at all times. You can’t go wrong with a good soup, and these machines are masters at making it.

    Homemade dips are something you can enjoy privately, but they’ll also be a complete rage at all of your social gatherings. They add so much layers of flavor to your cooking it’s not even funny.

    The best thing about all these reasons for buying a food processor is that it’ll take it an instant to make them all. Now imagine how much time you’ll save on a daily basis when you have a helper such as this doing all the dirty work and heavy lifting for you.


    So, what can we say at the very end?

    You can definitely live without a food processor, that is a given by now. But the increase in the quality of life you’ll get if you buy one can definitely justify the steep price tags these bad boys usually carry.

    It’s up to you, of course but if you can afford it my advice is to definitely go for it.

    How to interpret hair straightener reviews and find the best one

    The best hair straightener is not likely to be found by simply reading reviews online. You’ll definitely need a guide of sorts in order to interpret what the reviewers had to say if you’re new to this world of products made for hairstyling. You’ll have difficulties understanding some of the terminology, and you’ll end up giving it all up and just buying the most expensive one your budget can afford. Instead of doing that and waste your money on something that might not even suit your hair type, you should definitely check this little guide out and see if it helps. I assure you, it will.

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    The best flat iron isn’t the best because it costs a lot and this is confirmed by expert like Mila of Hair Straightener Judge. It can be, but it usually isn’t. You can read all reviews in the world and still have no clue about what’s best for you. That’s the operating sentence here, what’s best for you?! You should get one that suits your personal needs and preferences, your hair type, and numerous other factors to match. For example, imagine you have a very long hair. You check out a couple of reviews, get bored with it eventually and simply buy a tool with 1-inch plates. It’ll probably do the job, but it won’t be an optimal choice you could’ve made in that situation.

    You’ll waste a lot of time trying to straighten your hair with those small plates instead of going for a model with larger ones. That’s just one example of making the wrong choice in the given situation, and it’s a harmless one at that. Other, much more dangerous example would be buying a salon-quality flat iron, temperature wise, but without temperature control option. If your hair is very thin, fine, and fragile you’ll be in for a world of pain with that choice. Imagine what will happen when you make your fragile hair go through 400 degrees of heat.

    It’ll get fried in the best case scenario. And without temperature control, you’ll pretty much end up with a useless piece of hardware. Those are exactly the cases we’re trying to avoid here. I’ll give you all the info you’ll need in order to determine the needs of your hair correctly.

    So, what do we need to know in order to get the best hair straightener?

    If you’re familiar with some of the hair straightener reviews you can find posted online, you already know the first thing we need to talk about are the plates. As they are the ones contacting your hair directly, you’ll need to make sure you got the best damn plates your money can buy. I don’t suggest going glass or iron; they’re not that good and are usually featured in cheaper models. When I say cheaper, I mean really cheap models. You want nothing to do with them as they’ll do much more harm to your hair than good, and saving some extra money won’t be worth it in the long run. If you’re buying on a budget, I suggest going for ceramic plates, if you’re still willing to go forward get ceramic ones coated with titanium.

    Solid titanium plates are reserved for those of you with very deep pockets, as they are the most expensive option out there at this very moment. They’re also the best option if you ask me. Ceramic is the way to go if you’re imagining your best flat iron as something that’ll provide very good straightening results but won’t burn a hole through your pockets.

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    Ceramic is known for heating up extremely fast, so you won’t have to wait hours in order for it to get to its operating temperature, but it’ll also distribute all that heat evenly across its surface. This means there will be no hot-spots to threaten your hair with some severe cases of burning damage.

    Temperature control is what you want next. As you can already see, my first concern is your safety. When I read a bunch of hair straightener reviews written about some cheaper models, all I see are complains about burnt hair. We don’t want that to happen to you.

    Best Leatherman multi tools

    leatherman wavePinpointing the one tool that you’d call “the best”, especially among Leatherman’s line up is no small endeavor anyway you look at it.

    Reading what users say about these multi tools can definitely help, but you’ll need to have at least a little bit of knowledge on the topic in order to make any choice that would make sense. So let us take a look at the reviews of some of the top rated multi tools like the Leatherman Wave.

    That’s why I’ll be talking about four different pieces, each better than the next one:

    • Leatherman Wave
    • Leatherman Skeletool,
    • Leatherman Charge TTI
    • Leatherman Charge ALX

    The Wave

    According to the customers and their many positive experiences, Leatherman Wave would be the best multi tool in the company’s arsenal.

    I prefer Skeletool myself, but the numbers speak for themselves. The Wave comes equipped with a wide variety of tools; 17 of them, to be exact.

    Just to name a few, it features both flat and Phillips screwdrivers, a plain and serrated blade, good pair of pliers, scissors, a saw, can and bottle opener, handy wire stripper…

    All of the pieces lock securely in place, making this multi tool very safe to use. The overall size is one more of its assets. It’s large enough as to provide a great comfort of use, but compact enough to provide good portability. One more thing The Wave has going for it is the price. Considering the versatility and functionality it offers, the price it goes for is quite affordable.

    Leatherman Skeletool

    As I’ve already said, this is my personal favorite. The Skeletool is a brilliantly named piece, as it features only a couple of essentials. That’s what makes it lighter, smaller, and handier for all your basic repairs, which is very much appreciated in the reviews I’ve read.

    You can keep it in your pocket or even as an integral part of your keychain. Seven different tools is the grand total here, including two screwdrivers, standard and needlenose pliers, wire cutters, bottle opener/carabiner combo, and a knife.

    We would be missing out if we didn’t mention the Skeletool CX.

    It’s pretty much your basic Skeletool, but with a different blade. Blade of the CX uses a different type of steel and it features a plain blade unlike the partially serrated one found on regular Skeletool.

    As icing on a cake, the handle has a black insert made of carbon fiber. The simplicity and ease of use found in Leatherman Skeletool is what won me over pretty much. I also like the overall appearance and the design of the tool. And let’s face it, most of the time you don’t really need anything else to get the job done than what’s already found in this little gem.

    Leatherman Charge TTI

    Leatherman Charge TTI multi tool reviewThe Charge TTI is what you would call a full-size tool. That means you’ll feel much more comfortable carrying it around in your tool bag than your pocket.

    Having it on your belt is not that bad if you absolutely must have it at hand at all times, but definitely not all that comfortable.

    That kind of bulk has to offer something in return, and it does. The versatility of this piece is amazing. It features a set of 19 different tools, so you know it’ll get the job done no matter what.

    Metal and wood file, standard and needlenose pliers, a file coated with diamond, wire cutters, serrated and plain blade, a bottle/can opener, a cutting hook, a saw, 8 various screwdriver bit, and more. The body of The Charge is made of stainless steel, with quick-release ring and a lanyard ring.

    All of the blades and other tools will automatically lock in position, so one-handed usage is as safe as it can be. Without any false modesty, this is multi tool packs a serious power under the hood. There’s no shortage of people claiming that the TTI is the best Leatherman multi tool they’ve ever owned.

    Leatherman Charge ALX

    The Charge ALX features 18 different tools, and its main innovation is its aggressive cutting hook. The hook is featured on the serrated blades’ back, and it can rip through harder materials in no time.

    Leather, linoleum, a seatbelt even are no match to this new and improved cutting hook. The ergonomics of the grip are unbeatable, and that’s where even my boy Skeletool fails in comparison.

    The blades are accessible from the outside, which makes this multi tool even handier and safer to use. It’s made of top-of-the-shelf premium materials, like 6061-T6 anodized aluminum and 154CM stainless steel. The set of tools is pretty much the same as on the Leatherman Charge TTI.


    So, here we are. Let’s take a look at our list again and see what we’ve learned:

    • The Wave – customers’ sweetheart and the top rated multi tool Leatherman has to offer (according to an overwhelming number of happy users)
    • The Skeletool – Excellent tool for basic jobs and my personal favorite
    • The Charge TTI and ALX – Both excellent pieces worthy of the Leatherman’s name. Both have a “cult” following, but still couldn’t make it to the top due to the incredible popularity of the Wave

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    Taking care of thin straight hair without damaging it

    People usually think only curly hair poses great difficulties when it comes to managing it or saving it from potential damaging effects. Newsflash! Even straight hair can be almost impossible to manage, more so if it’s very thin and fine in addition to being straight. You’ll have to keep your hairstyle under control while trying to keep every single strand from falling off. There’s a whole plethora of reasons to why your hair is getting or already is thin, ranging from hormonal changes to heredity. Some medical conditions can also cause this to happen.

    Since you’ll need all the help you can get managing and maintaining this type of hair, I’ve decided to lend you a helping hand in form of a few essential tips every person with thin straight hair should know and can benefit from.

    Let’s not waste any more time and head straight to the essential part of this article.

    Tangles should be avoided at all cost

    thin straight hairTangly hair is mostly caused by two factors, static and wind. As I’ve already said, tangles are a big no-no when it comes to thin hair, so those factors should be avoided as much as possible.

    You’ll want to get the right types of combs or brushes that’ll suit your hair type and prevent static from building up. Hair sprays should also pretty much be avoided as much as possible since they can cause some serious damage to your hair. Staples featured in your average styling kit also have the possibility to cause your hair to tangle. Conditioners are also guilty as charged here, so you should ease up with using them heavily.

    Now for some general tips on detangling your hair:

    • Brush it before you intend to wash it. Wet hair is immeasurably weaker than dry one, so by brushing it before the wash you’ll definitely save a lot more strands
    • Use conditioners and shampoos that suit your hairstyle. Do a bit of research and you’ll find those aimed to give thin hair fuller and thick look
    • Make a braid or tie your hair into a loose ponytail while sleeping
    • Satin pillow is the way to go for minimizing the damage while sleeping

    Good haircut is a great investment

    Every hairstyle fits well with this type. There’s a myth out there that you can’t wear your hair long if your hair is thin, which simply isn’t true. This section is simply about adjusting your hairstyle to your personality, your needs, and daily regime. You hair follows you throughout the entire day, so it’ll do whatever you do, and you’ll want to give it the upper hand when facing your daily challenges.

    Make your styling products count

    You’ll have to do a bit of research on this one. You’ll have to find a set of products which suit your hair perfectly as they’ll be your most trusted allies in countering the natural disadvantages of this type.

    Dry shampoos are a safe bet here as they’ll get rid of that excess oil and keep your hair smelling fresh and looking good.

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    Essential tools for an amateur carpenter

    carpenterWoodworking has become not only a job you have to do around the house sometimes, but also a hobby of sorts for a great many number of people. With this in mind, I’ve decided to make this little guide concerning some basic tools you’ll have to get if you want to give it a shot.

    Every activity requires a very specific set of tools if you want to do it properly, and woodworking is not an exception. So, if you’ve decided to start doing it on an amateur level, here’s what you’ll need to know and get.

    Before we say anything about any specific tools you’ll need, let me address this first. There’s one mistake every woodworker enthusiast makes right off the bat, and that’s spending way too much money on fancy tools he won’t even know how to use. Those tools are often good, don’t get me wrong. My point is, they are often too complex for an amateur woodworker to utilize properly (or at all), and that’s the recipe for wasting your money on things you don’t really need. A couple of basic tools is everything your starter kit should consist of, and they’ll be usable on pretty much any project you could ever imagine on a beginner’s level of expertise. Woodworking world will be your oyster as you start learning and progressing, but let’s keep it simple for now, ok?

    Second mistake I’ll address here is the fact that most people believe woodworking is a rudimentary operation requiring some primal hand-operated tools. Couldn’t be further from the truth! I mean, you CAN use those kinds of tools but why would you? They’ll get the job done for sure, but last time I checked we’ve lived in a technologically pretty advanced era, so why not use everything it has to offer? Long story short, use the power tools. It’s easier, quicker, more precise… Should I go on?

    Ok, here are some basic power tools you’ll definitely want in your arsenal.

    Circular saw

    This power tool breathes with versatility, and it’ll be your go-to appliance for pretty much anything you’ll ever want to do in your woodworking carrier. With proper settings, it’ll be as precise as your average table saw, allowing you to make incredibly precise cuts when occasion demands it.

    It’ll simply fly through wood, especially plywood, which is bread and butter of every woodworking endeavor. They come in different sizes and different horsepower amounts, so you’ll have to pick one according to the jobs you have in mind for it. On beginner’s level, it’s best if you went with as much horsepower your budget can muster up, regardless of the actual size you decided on. If your budget is tight and you can’t quite afford all of the power tools required to make you woodworking life easier, this is definitely the one tool you’ll want right from the start.

    Power drill

    I’ve just recently written an article about corded drills versus cordless, so you might want to check that out as a point of reference.

    The short version of that article is that the corded drills will give you way more power and versatility while their cordless counterparts will provide you with more flexibility.

    The main trick with any kind of drill is to be careful with the amount of pressure you apply during the drilling process. You don’t want to break the bit in the middle of drilling. Trust me I’ve been there and it isn’t pretty.

    Some of the things you’ll want to note here when buying a power drill are primarily the ease of inserting a bit into the chuck, its size, and whether it’s a hammer or straight drill. It’s probably best for a beginner to buy one with reversible action, keyless chuck, and a very comfortable grip.

    If you’re going for corded drill know that you’ll be getting an option for multiple speeds of drilling and also a possibility to get a hammer variety, which is very difficult to find in a cordless iteration.


    Orbital sander

    Preparing your wooden surface for paint and varnish will definitely include some amount of sanding it. Power sander is your best bet here, even though many a novice woodworker will be tempted to go for a cheaper model at first. Trust me, invest some money into a proper sander, it’ll be so worth it in the long run.

    Choosing the right products for your hair type

    Hair straighteners give you that dream hair style by getting rid of the curls irrespective of the type of your hair.

    Is that completely true?

    Well, yes and no.

    Yes, most of them can do that but at what cost. Choose the wrong one and you’ll burn your hair or spend hour trying to get the results you want.

    No, just because of what I just said. They are not universal and you have to be smart about the choice, research, read hair iron reviews in pursuit of a hair straightener that’s good for you.

    How do they work?

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    hair straightener

    They operate by smoothing the hair’s follicle or make bold waves in the hair. Despite their basic function in straightening hair, all hair straighteners are not created equal.

    Therefore, several factors should be considered when choosing a hair straightener. This hair straightener guide that I put together will touch on some of the key things to consider when searching for a quality, top rated hair straightener.

    These things include your hair size and texture, the iron plate type, and optional features. It’s also critical to take your time to locate the hair iron that suits your hair.

    This will help you to avoid damaging your hair. Such damage may lead to split ends, which can cause your hair to look dry and frizzy.

    And we don’t want that, do we? Plate material The type of material used to make the hair straightener is one of the crucial factors to making the right choice. There are a total of five variety of materials used for making hair straighteners’ plates. These materials include solid ceramic, tourmaline and, ceramic coated, ceramic and Teflon, and titanium. The most popular type of hair straightener plates are the ceramic plates. Ceramic plates don’t necessarily require much heat and this can also avoid damage to the hair from excessive heat.

    Solid ceramic is relatively softer than other plates, and hence more effective in radiating heat to the interior shaft of the hair that can lower the probability of hot spots. Understanding heat Your hair is like a fingerprint, pretty much different from anybody else’s. So, it makes perfect sense to learn enough to know which hair straightener is just right for you.

    Healthy thick hair can tolerate more heat.

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    hair type

    On the contrary, color-treated and damaged hair needs a straightener that will be gentler. Otherwise, you can risk scorching the ends and inflicting more damage. It’s indisputable that heat can ruin hair. For instance, higher temperatures can rapidly alter your hair’s composition and hence create more stress compared to a straightener that takes quite some time to heat up. Therefore, every time you smell burnt hair be aware that you’re burning the ends of your hair. This would cause damaged and dry locks in a brief moment. Cost of a straightener Cheap is expensive. Therefore, the cost of a straightener is linked to its quality. A cheap drugstore kind of straightener would indeed inflict serious damage to your hair that is incomparable to the amount of money you prospected to save.

    Additionally, cheaper flat irons perform poorly and also appear to lose their grip on the heat when straightening. On the contrary, professional straighteners such as Solia ST134 can be a little bit more expensive, but they are made from more durable materials.

    Such top quality hair straighteners can help you get the look you want; they last longer, and can give you healthy, exquisite hair. Therefore, the best option when shopping for the best hair straightener is to weigh the cost against the straightener quality. Other considerations Other hair straightener reviews factors include additional advanced features integrated in the straightener. Though advanced features are not common on currently available hair straighteners, they are still confirmations of the quality of a straightener. Among the most advanced and latest technologies in the market is an ionic hair straightener such as HIS Professional Ceramic Ionic. Such best hair straighteners cost a fortune and are ideal for all types of hair particularly dry hair.

    An ionic straightener catches moisture instead of zapping it out as done by most straightener models. Hair straighteners employing infrared heat appear to go deeper into the shaft of the hair compared to those that exploits ordinary heat. Conclusion In case you have limited time to style your hair, you can choose for dry or wet hair straightener. Wet or dry hair straighteners have openings on one side, which allows the steam to escape and protect your hair while you work on it.

    However, you should be more cautious since straightening your hair while still wet can be done ONLY using these specifically designed tools. Otherwise, you can “boil” the very cuticle which is the kind of damage that’s very hard to repair.

    It’s not likely to happen, because before this kind of damage is done, you’ll feel the heat on your head skin. Still, these are the kind of things to be aware when choosing.