What Can You Do With The Trespade Takeje Deluxe Vacuum Pack Machine?

The Trespade Takeje Deluxe Vacuum Pack Machine is a luxurious piece of catering equipment that has a vacuum chamber which is designed to facilitate the insertion of bags and requires the suction of any liquid into the machine. It is eco-friendly in the sense that it reduces plastic bag waste and food waste.

The Trespade Takeje Deluxe Vacuum Pack Machine weighs only three and a half kilograms so it is lightweight and easy to move. On the technical side it has a sealing rod that is 330 millimetres long, pump suction ability of 16 liters per minute and a maximum depression of 800 MBAR. For a small unit, it packs quite a punch. Technical bits next, what can you do with this catering equipment that will make your life easier?

  • You can seal fresh meat such as red meat, chicken or fish, separately of course. Place the meat in a vacuum pack. The vacuum action will remove all the air out of the pack and seal the freshness. These packs of meat can be placed in a supermarket or butchery fridge for display for the day or it can be frozen for use another day.
  • You can keep biltong fresh by drawing out all the air and sealing it. If you buy biltong in bulk and do not want it to get old quickly, you can separate it in usable portions and vacuum pack it for enjoyment on another day.
  • Keep vegetables fresh by vacuum packing it. We have all vegetables that have gone bad in the fridge. That is due to the air around it. Vegetables such as lettuce and tomatoes can be kept fresh for longer by drawing out the air and the moisture. The lack of these elements will give you a longer shelf life on these vegetables.
  • Have you considered storing smoothies in the freezer? Make smoothies, pour one serving in a vacuum pack bag and seal it; then store it in the freezer. Take out one pack of smoothie each day for your enjoyment.
  • Sliced ​​or dried fruit can be kept fresh by vacuum sealing it. If you want to prepare a fruit salad in advance, you can dice the apples, bananas, peaches and other fruits then place them in a vacuum pack bag. This process will remove the air, seal the freshness and prevent the fruit from turning brown. You can place the diced fruit in the fridge for the following day when you want to prepare the fruit salad.

The Trespade Takeje Deluxe Vacuum Pack Machine is a convenient piece of catering equipment that has many applications but extremely you will have less food waste at the end of the day.

The Shovel by Baker Fore and Tom Massey

Lessons on Personal Transformation

Imagine rookie architect Jason Clark reporting for his first day on a new job with the Lincoln Construction Company. He is awed by the prospect as he tours the massive building prior to a planned luncheon meeting with his new boss, AB Lincoln, president and founder of the company. Jason's becomes curious by a single gold shovel displayed prominently on a wall of the complex.

"The Shovel" is a first person narrative. Jason Clark relates the story behind the laws of "The Shovel" as told him by the successful AB Lincoln. During their first lunch Mr. Lincoln initiates Jason to the laws of the shovel by telling his life story. He tells of past hurt and personal grief. He explains to Jason how he turned these obstacles into opportunities.

Here Massey and Baker Fore masterfully crafted a story of mystical meetings with an old prospector into a springboard for presenting universal truths and self actualization principles for personal transformation and satisfing success.

"The Shovel" models the concept of mentoring through. AB Lincoln, as a young man, learned the practical principles of a work ethic, and job knowledge and how these translate into building character. His mentors were men like Jeff Howell, Mr. Stevens, Andy Rodriquez, and others.

This imaginative combination of highly developed story telling technique with the potential of coupling adversity and determination, provides practical action steps for establishing and realizing personal goals. "The Shovel" is destined to become another best selling book for authors Baker Fore and Tom Massey.

Robert D. Reed Publishers, 978-1934759349

As Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

When Just Getting Up Is Hard To Do

She is old, very old. The wrinkles on her skin and thinning white hair announced to anyone who sees her that she is near the finish line of life. Still, she manages a faint smile when she says good morning.

"You know, I did not think I was going to make it out of bed this morning."

"Do not you feel well," I ask.

"No, I'm not sick. Sometimes I lie in bed and just have to talk myself into a reason for getting up. Know what I mean?"

I do know what she means. Our older generation is like a kid at a birthday party who is given a gift she is not sure what to do with. We have been given the gift of many more years of living but we are not quite sure what to do with them.

The very phrase, "the gift of years" can sound hollow to a lonely older person. As my late mother-in-law famously expressed it, "Screw the golden years; you can have them." I suspect that many gray heads would find it easy to relate to her sentiment. Do not you agree?

So, what do those of us "of a certain age" do with the years that, ready or not, have been gifted to us? For many of us the stresses of aging are softened somewhat by the presence of family and grandchildren nearby. But for those who find themselves alone in the world, the process of aging with its many losses is more than just challenging.

We can bitch and moan about it. That's pretty normal. Sometimes it's even therapeutical. Old folks should be cut some slack to complain but when we find that the complaint department is closed for the duration and no one is listening to our gripes, then what? Sadly, some of us give up. We die inside long before the brain (and heart) is dead.

There is a better way. It starts with changing our attitude. What we can do is call upon our life experience, our elder wisdom, and to figure out a way to use the time we have been given. A good starting point is to lift our gaze from staring at our own navel and start thinking about how we can contribute to our world. To paraphrase JFK, "Do not ask what other people can do for you; ask what you can do for other people."

What we can do for others, especially if we are limited to home or limited in other ways, may seem inconsequential but each one of us has something unique to give. If even the flapping of a butterfly's wings has an effect on the other side of the world, does not act of kindness, a heartfelt thank you, a word of forgiveness contribute to making the world a more loving place?

The timeless words of St. Francis are mean for all ages but perhaps speak most eloquently for those of us seeking meaning in our last years. "It is in giving that we receive; in loving that we are loved."

Facts to Consider When Choosing Elevators for Homes

Well-functioning, quality elevators ensure safe and comfortable vertical transportation in your home. You can find the right equipment catering to your specific requirements, if a few facts are considered when choosing elevators for your homes.

Choosing Home Elevators – Factors to Consider

Here are some of the important things you need to consider when buying these mobility devices:

Brand and Quality – You can find various models of residential elevators provided by different manufacturers. Not all brands may deliver reliable performance. Therefore, when you choose one, go for the products manufactured by reliable manufacturers. ThyssenKrupp Access, Savaria and Federal Elevator are some of the leading manufacturers having top-selling models of home elevators.

Safety Features – If your equipment has to run safely and flawlessly for a long time, it should be equipped with all necessary safety features. Therefore, when buying an elevator, make sure that it has all recommended safety features including telephone jack, automated controls, drive system, and safety sensors among others.

Size and Loading Capacity – Whatever your transportation needs may be, whether you require it for a family member, for carrying groceries, laundry, furniture, or other materials, your equipment should have heavy loading capacity.

Check Out the Space Limitations – Before buying the device, you should thoroughly analyze the space limitations of your home. Ensure there is sufficient space within your residence to properly install a home elevator. If your home is with limited space, you can opt for the pit less models of elevators that are currently available.

Number of Floors – The number of stops may vary from one model to another. Certain elevators can travel up to 2 levels while others travel 5 levels and more. Therefore, consider buying models that are ideal for your home.

Features Incorporated – Check out the features incorporated. These mobility devices can be found in different finishes and makes. Therefore, you should review whether the model matches your interior décor, and meets your requirements.

Installation – The final process of product selection is getting it installed in your building. For proper installation and to ensure safe floor-to-floor transportation, make sure that the equipment is installed by certified technicians.

Seek Professional Help

More importantly, seek professional help for making the right decisions. There are numerous mobility equipment dealers who can assist you with product selection. With their expertise, they can help you choose the right elevators for your home. It is best to ensure that the dealer offers quality post-sales service; it would be very beneficial to keep your equipment running without any hindrance.

Pyramid Vs Plate

As far as I can tell, the biggest difference between the food pyramid and the food plate is– nothing, just kidding! It seems that on the food plate there are less grains to eat. And, I do have to say that although food plate is a nice icon considering most of us eat our food off of a plate, it is nowhere as romantic as food pyramid. Think about it. Roll them over your tongue a couple of times. Now, which one connotes more romance? Food pyramid hounds down.

So, it looks less grains and more whole grains, at least half your servings of grains should be whole. However, it does not really say how much grains you should eat. For that matter, the new food plate guide doesnt say how much fruit or vegetables you should eat. It simply states that half your plate should be fruits and vegetables. Great! Now I know exactly what and how much I am supposed to eat. But wait, which plate am I using? What size is my plate? How many plates a day? At least with the food pyramid we were given explicit instructions: serving sizes and amounts per day. Now what are we to do? Please help, I am American, I do not like to do things on my own! I need to be guided, to be led if you will. You can check out the government's site and read past the beginning pages, in all fairness, they do give guidelines on portion sizes, etc.

Seriously, the government is just trying to help. Tongue in cheek. And as educated adults, we know what to eat. We know what is good for us and what is not. If we're trying to lose weight, we need to eat less and move more. If we want to be healthy / ier, we need to eat less processed foods and more natural foods.

Looking at the Choose My Plate, did you know that 100% real fruit juice is considered a serving? As is 100% real vegetable juice. So, do not mix in anything, just get out the ol 'blender and whir away at any fruit or vegetable you do not want to sink your teeth into! It works for me and cage. Choose My Plate also states there are five subgroups for veggies (which for the life of me I can not find on their site), such as legumes versus starchy veggies. Beans and peas are mature forms of legumes, and they are similar to meats, poultry and fish. Good news for our vegan and vegetarian friends because they do count as a substitute for those. Also, good news for meat eaters and veg's alike, they are also good sources of dietary fiber and nutrients. They swing either way, it's a win / win situation. Meat eaters, the recommendation is to eat at least 8 ounces of cooked fish per week. Sorry sushi and sashimi lovers!

Everyone needs dairy, and I do not know why. I am sure that when we were hunter / gatherers we did not sit around milking cows or goats for that matter. But as we evolve, so does our knowledge and dairy is good. Period. However, low or non-fat dairy is highly recommended. All fluid milks count, which is good to know for us cereal eaters. Yet, there are a few favorites, sadly, that have no calcium value: cream cheese, cream and butter. Good news though, ice cream is a good source of calcium, but loaded in solid fats and added sugars. There's always a downside.

Lastly, my friends and fellow conscious healthy food eaters-oils. They are not a food group, but they do provide essential nutrients. Foods that are naturally high in oils: nuts, olives, some fish and avocados. Avocados, this is what the Greeks mean when they coined the term "ambrosia," food of the gods. A hint on olives, my son loved black olives, I say loved because one day he ate three cans and became incredibly ill, I guess it was all that oil. So, enjoy your healthy foods, but remember everything in moderation.

Safety Precautions For Stove Use

Your stove is possibly one of the most useful appliances in your home, but it can also be the most dangerous if you aren’t careful. It´s something that most people don´t think about much, but your stove can be the scene of many accidents. It pays to be cautious whenever you use your stove to avoid injuries and possible problems.

General Safety Precautions

Whether you have a gas, wood or electric stove, there are certain safety tips that should always be followed to keep your family safe.

o When cooking, turn the pots so the handles don´t stick out over the edge of the stove where small children can grab them and pull boiling hot food on top of themselves.

o Always keep a fire extinguisher handy near the stove, even if there is a sink nearby, grease fires will just spread if you throw water on them, so it´s better to use an extinguisher.

o Only let children cook under adult supervision.

o Use oven mitts and potholders to handle hot pans and pots to prevent burns from the high temperature metals.

o Don´t use metal spoons to stir food on the stove and then leave them in the pot. They heat up quickly and can burn your hand the next time you touch them.

o Avoid using loose, flowing clothing or leaving dish towels near hot burners, since these can catch fire.

Gas Stoves

For obvious reasons, gas stoves need extra safety precautions. You want to make sure that there are no gas leaks, so anytime you hear a hissing or smell gas and can´t tell where it is coming from, turn off your gas at the source, open all windows and exit the house. Call the fire department to check it out. Here are some other things to keep in mind with gas stoves.

o If your stove doesn’t have a pilot light, be sure to light it immediately after turning the gas on. You can cause an explosion by waiting more than a second or two. Even minor gas explosions can seriously injure someone who is close to the stove at the time.

o Check regularly for gas leaks and if you notice any stove parts getting rusty or old, be sure to replace them.

o Gas tends to heat very quickly, so watch your pots carefully to make sure you don´t end up with soups boiling over or starting a fire in a pan. If you do end up with a fire, use your fire extinguisher, don´t throw water on the flames.

Electric Stoves

Electric stoves are the staple of most kitchens. They heat evenly with coils and electricity tends to be more stable than gas as far as safety goes. However, there are still some precautions specific to electrical stoves.

o Clean under the burners regularly to prevent fires. Extra bits of food that fall under the burner into the tray can catch fire if the burner is hot enough.

o Since pots are placed directly onto the burner, it´s pretty easy to accidentally touch the hot element. Be careful when reaching across the stove, even if it´s turned off, since the element can store heat for a while afterwards.

o Take care and use protective equipment to put things in the oven. Electric stoves usually have elements at the top of the oven and this can really be a danger when you reach far into the preheated oven.

Stoves are very useful and can be a great appliance to have, but they do need to be treated with care in order to avoid injury. Cook carefully and follow the safety precautions listed above to get the best, safest use out of your stove.

Cuckoo Rice Cookers Review

Founded in South Korea in 1978, Cuckoo Electronics has since been changed to Cuckoo Co. Ltd. in 2002. Cuckoo is a major export brand name of small home appliances, specifically the Korean-style rice cookers. What makes Korean-style cookers more special is its ability to glutinize rice starches which would result in more nutritious and better cooked rice.

Cuckoo is the top-selling brand of rice machines in Korea and one of the largest global distributors of cookers in the USA. Cuckoo also manufactures hot water pots, room air conditioning units, ari filtration devices, room humidifiers, vacuums, electric grills, and dish sanitizers.

What makes Cuckoo cookers special is its ability to give you perfect textured rice. Cuckoo has a variety of models to choose from. They are also available in many colors that would guarantee to make your kitchen more lively.

Take for example the Cuckoo CRP-G1015F. Do not let its pink exterior fool you. This strong and durable rice cooker with induction heating system makes rice stickier and shinier than your ordinary rice cooker. It also has non-stick coated cooking bowl for easy cleaning. It features different settings on how you wanted your rice cooked: white rice or brown or grain mixed rice. It can also cook cake, steamed stew or meat, sushi and kimbap.

Most Cuckoo machines can cook for up to 10 people, so you can guarantee that everyone gets to be served with the hot steaming rice. Its durable and strong construction makes it last longer than your average cooker.

Cuckoo rice makers allow cooking in style. Not only that, you get to save more time in preparation by using Cuckoo. Modern rice makers make lengthy and messy procedures in cooking rice a thing of the past. With Cuckoo machines, a nice cup of steaming and fresh rice will be yours in just a few press of the button.

Add to Your Deck Plans With Wicker Furniture

Are you looking to give your patio or your lawn a fresh new look?

The perfect remodeling idea to achieve that freshness and uniqueness for your lawn or your patio design is to use wicker furniture. Opt for the resin patio furniture, Celtic style, which is either designed from tensile wicker or hard plastic. These are good choices but comparatively cost you more as it will last you for decades.

Wicker is generally made from hard plants. It is further mixed with resins and plastics to make it even harder. To make this furniture from wicker, many manufacturers even mix it with cane, willow, bamboo and reed that result in a high quality wicker patio outdoor furniture. In the market today, you will come across two different types of resin wicker. These are natural fiber wicker which is made out of rattan vines and synthetic wicker which is made out of tensile and pliable wire, further fused with plastic and resin that helps to make it even more rigid.

There is a huge variety of wicker resin patio furniture which is available in different styles and colors. Thus, when you use these furniture sets for your patio or lawn, it adds a sense of style and elegance, which makes it look nice. So if you are planning to go and buy yourself nice wicker patio furniture, and rush and spend a lot of money for it, there is something important that you should do. Ensure that you visit the garden and check the stock that they have with them. Check in the tables, parasols, sun loungers and deck chairs.

Select something of a really high quality so that you will not have to worry about replacing them every year. After selecting the furniture piece, check the rates too as you must only spend what you can afford. There will be other add-ons for the furniture that you will have to spend on. You will have to invest on other extras like your patio cushion, parasol and other accessories.

Be wise, when choosing the furniture as most often they are just mean for style and not comfort. So if you are planning to host barbecue parties at your home, you will need furniture which is comfortable for you and your guests to enjoy and have a good time.

Top 10 Abs Exercises – How to Perform and What Are the Benefits

Tired of doing crunches without any visible effect on your abs? Well, there is no need to feel guilty because a lot of people can relate to that. These people would also give anything just to have a perfectly toned body and great abs just like the models on TV or at the billboards. Well, such wistful thinking is actually attainable, even by those who are not fond of bodybuilding and the gym. Forget the simple crunches and learn the Top 10 Abs Exercises to maximize the development of your Abs.

# 10 Abs Exercise – Ab Roller Crunch

An Ab Roller is an important tool for toning the abs – it is especially useful for beginners, as to prevent injuries and neglected muscles. What is so great about the Ab Roller is that it allows the user to have great abs without having to work too hard. The entire rectus abdominis is put to work here. The roller also provides support to the neck and arms so that the user can feel comfortable while working out.

First, the user sits on the Ab Roller and holds the support bars firmly. Then, by contracting the abs, the user rocks the roller back and forth. By allowing the abs muscles to contract, the user slowly goes back to starting position.

# 9 Abs Exercise – Exercise Ball Crunch

The Exercise Ball Crunch is another effective tool in exercising the abs. It is much better than doing crunches on the floor because the upper and lower muscles are directly targeted and must do a lot of work.

The user must recline slightly on the exercise ball, carefully positioned under the lower back. While crossing the arms either over the chest or at the back of the head, the user slowly contracts the abs until the torso is lifted from the ball and the chest crunching down to the hips. Then, slowly and carefully, the user curls up while ensuring that the exercise ball does not roll off.

# 8 Abs Exercise – Full Vertical Crunch

Aside from toning the lower abs, upper abs, and obliques, the full vertical crunch also targets the upper and lower body; thus, ensuring an effective abs workout exercise.

The exercise is performed by lying on the back with the legs fully extended upwards. Then, the exerciser must hold the head light and contract the abs so that the shoulder blades are lifted off the floor while pressing the heels together to reach the ceiling. The body is slowly lowered down and the cycle repeated.

# 7 Abs Exercise – Twist and crunch

Adding a twist to the simple crunch makes it more effective. Like the simple crunch, this exercise also targets the upper and lower abs but adds work on the obliques.

This exercise is done on a mat, with both hands behind the ears and the legs perpendicular to the floor. Then, the left oblique muscles are contracted so that the hips begin to twist. While in this position, the abs are contracted so that the right elbow moves across the body towards the outside of the left knee, then back to starting position. These are then repeated for the right side of the body.

# 6 Abs Exercise – Long Arm Crunch

The long arm crunch which is almost identical to the simple floor crunch but performed with the arms fully extended behind the head. This exercise is much harder and challenging than the simple crunch. It targets the upper muscles of the abs.

First, the exerciser must stretch out on the mat with the knees bended and the arms fully extended over the head. Using the abs muscle, the upper body is lifted until the chest reaches the knees, then, back to starting position.

# 5 Abs Exercise – Jackknife

The Jackknife is also related to the simple crunch; however, this time, the body jackknifes into position. In the crunch, the lower body is steady while the upper body moves. With the jackknife, it is the whole body moves into position. This exercise works on all the abdominal muscles as well as leg and arm muscles.

At the starting position, the whole body is stretched out on the floor, with the arms fully extended above the head. Then, the arms and legs are lifetimes simultaniously so that, ideally, the fingertips will reach the toes. The abdominal muscles are contracted to initiate the movement; then, these are relaxed to allow the body to return to the starting position.

# 4 Abs Exercise. Reverse crunch

Just as its name suggests, the reverse crunch is the opposite of the usual crunch. This is especially good on the lower abs. It ranks better than the usual crunches because of the added challenge of lifting one's body against gravity using the abs muscles only.

It is done by, first, lying on the floor with the arms relaxed at the sides, on the floor. Then, with the feet crossed, the knees are brought to the chest until it is bent at 90 degrees. Then, using only the ab muscles, the hips are lifted off the floor while the legs reach for the ceiling. Slowly, the body is lowered down.

# 3 Abs Exercise – Front plank on ball

For this exercise, an exercise ball and a flat bench are necessary. The flat bench act as the main support for the upper body while the exercise ball is the movable support for the bottom part. The exercise targets the abdominal muscles as well as the lower body for great washboard abs.

The elbows are folded on a flat bench while the balls of the feet are resting on top of the ball. The abs are contracted to make the body parallel to the floor. Then, the user goes back to starting position using the abs muscle only, as much as possible.

# 2 Abs Exercise – Captain's Chair Exercise

The Captain's Chair Exercise involves a special equipment called a Captain's Chair which looks like an elevated arm chair with no seat; it has padded parts for comfort. It is important for toning the abs muscles and the obliques. It also keeps the upper body fit.

The exerciser grips the hands to keep the upper part of the body stabilized. Then, while pressing the back against the pad, the abs are contracted the legs are raised. The knees are then lifted towards the chest without swinging them up. Slowly, the user goes back to starting position.

# 1 Abs Exercise – Bicycle Crunch Exercise

The Bicycle Crunch Exercise is considered to be among the best abs workout exercises. It directly targets the abs muscles and the obliques. This exercise keeps the whole body moving so that it also tones the muscles of the upper and lower body.

While lying on the floor with the fingers lacerated together behind the head, the knees are brought to the chest and the shoulder blades lifted off the floor. One leg is straightened out while the upper body is twisted to the opposite side so that the elbow reaches the opposite knee. While performing the exercise, it is important to create a "pedaling" motion just like that used for a real bicycle. The exercise is repeated for the other side.

In conclusion, there are plenty of exercises and workout routines that people can try with some being more effective than the others. Abs Workout Equipment have come up with their top 10 Abs Exercises. Some of these exercises also target other parts of the body for a better toned body to match the beautiful washboard abs. Despite difficult at first, a lot of people can master these exercises in no time at all to ensure great abs muscles within weeks of exercise. Moreover, to prevent injuries, it is important to follow the steps correctly and to breathe slowly and evenly.

What is Hospitality Interior Design and Who Uses It?

In the hospitality industry, interior design performs a similar function. The layout of a lobby or guest room in addition to the color scheme, lighting, and furniture choices, greatly affects how a guest feels and how they view their surroundings.

Hospitality interior design covers a variety of different venues. It is used in restaurants, hotels, even retail stores. Every design aspect from the floor plan to the color of the walls and the style of furniture makes a difference in affecting a certain tone or atmosphere. Depending on the tone a business wishes to set, an interior designer might choose a bright, vibrant color pattern paired with modern furniture and innovative decorative accents or he might select a subtle, more muted color palette paired with plush furniture and simple wall decorations to inspire feelings of calm and comfort.

Lighting and color palette go hand in hand when it comes to hospitality interior design. Most interior designers have been educated to know what types of lighting to pair with bright color schemes versus those which are more subtle. The lighting of a venue may also be affected by furniture choices and the actual architecture of a building. Rooms with vaulted ceilings might require wall fixtures which direct the light upwards while smaller rooms might utilize overhead lighting or corner lamps. Not only does the type and placement of lighting affect the atmosphere of a room or building, but the degree of illumination is also important. A soft glow is more relaxing while bright or colored lighting inspires feelings of excitement and energy.

In addition to lighting and color palette, several more factors come into play within the realm of hospitality interior design. The type of furniture selected dictates whether a room is meant to be more decorative or functional and the arrangement of said furniture plays a role in establishing atmosphere as well. An open floor plan into which the furniture is sparsely placed induces an airy, free atmosphere while small groupings of furniture might incite feelings of intimacy. When considering different styles of hospitality interior design there are myriad factors to think about but the most important decision to make is what kind of atmosphere should be affected. A good interior designer will be able to make all aspects of hospitality interior design work together in order to create a cohesive feel the subscribes to a certain tone or atmosphere.

How to Care, Clean and Maintain Your Stainless Steel Balustrade

A balustrade can simply be defined as a decorative railing that is supported by individual baluster posts, even spaced and connected to each other. There are several materials that make balusters, ranging from wood, metal, glass, and stainless steel. While each has its advantages and disadvantages, many home owners and designers today prefer this to other materials. For one, this type of steel comes fully protected from corrosion thanks to a thin chromium oxide layer. Atmospheric oxygen combines the stainless steel with chromium to form an unreceptive chromium oxide layer than protects the material from further corrosion.

The other reason why most people today prefer stainless steel balustrade is because it is very easy to clean and maintain. Actually, stainless steel flourishes on frequent care and cleaning, and compared to other materials commonly used today, it is not possible to 'wear out' any product made from this material by 'over-cleaning'. Needless to mention therefore, cleanliness is vital for utmost resistance of stainless steel railroads to corrosion. Its ability to be a clean surface that resists rust and corrosion is a great advantage; but, grime, dust, and dirt are the main things that would put your beautiful railroads into risk for rust, contamination, and corrosion.

Here is some cleaning and maintenance tips to ensure your balustrade remain as sparkling as new.

  1. Regular routine cleaning can be achieved by using warm clean water and a piece of cloth. In fact, this is the least dangerous way of cleaning balusters. After cleaning, you should dry with a clean piece of cloth or towel to prevent water spots, while wiping along the Polish lines.
  2. If your stainless steel balusters show marks of contamination or corrosion, you can use a mild dish washing detergent mixed in warm water and a piece of cloth. This can do a wonderful cleaning job without affecting the surface. You should however ensure you rinse the surface well and dry off with a clean towel or piece of cloth to prevent spotting and staining.
  3. A major complaint of all stainless steel parts, railings, and especially handrails is fingerprints – these can be cleaned perfectly using a glass cleaner. As usual, you should rinse carefully and then towel dry.
  4. In case your stainless steel balustrade have scratches and stains, or require some bit of polishing, your best bet could lie on a stainless steel cleaner. Some of these cleaners are available in the market can help remove stubborn stains and mask scratches. Further, they are known to polish balustrade very well. You should read the directions of use and test the cleaner on a tiny spot before cleaning the entire surface. Ensure you rinse meticulously and towel dry.

Stainless steel balustrade is uprights, made of iron and which main work is to support railings eg rails found on banisters. As mentioned, balusters can be made of different materials such as concrete or wood, but steel is often a guaranteed way of adding that decorative touch while being able to retain the strength and give the support necessary to hold the railing.

Designing a Narrow Sloping Garden

It is quite an interesting thing to design a narrow sloping garden for your house. These gardens are usually collectively leased. As back of the house usually enjoys a good amount of sunlight, but in sloping garden the ground slopes are steeply in the garden, so the terrace is usually put at lower level of the garden. This leaves only a narrow area for the paving against the house. The retaining wall in this case should have made a little higher than usual to obscure the patio below when viewed from behind the door. A good number of steps are needed to reach the lower level.

To give these steps a graceful descending look, it is better to turn the steps transversely the face of the retaining wall. These steps usually take as long as to reach the lower level. It has been seen that the retaining wall without any planting can be dangerous as it discourages the people from falling down. So, it is necessary to bring the retaining wall up above the upper paving where there is no place for planting. Stone balustrade can also be used in few cases. For privacy purposes with neighbors, there are few designs in which the top terrace is raised to a certain level.

Bold planting should be planned on each side on the two large areas to improve the privacy. The main terrace usually has a shed or a summer house to have a good time under them in summer. Make sure that the roof of the shed or summer house is so designed that it will not hinder the view from patio doors, although the bold plant helps to cover up the roof. You will have to keep the patio flushed with the lawn so as to give an impression of more extra space.

As far as planting is concerned, the arrangement should be like any other formal garden and there is no compulsion to have a same sort of plant species on either sides. The only thing which makes the difference is the introduction of a bank. Retaining walls are needed on each side to keep the neighboring land safe. At one edge of this bank, a circular bed is positioned. Remember, the visible walls should be of brick or stone, whereas the walls screened with shrubberies or of summer house can be of a cheaper material.

Different things have their contribution to strengthen the formality of the garden. Circular bed, seat, plantation and the use of plants purely give your garden an eye-catching looks. Trellis is usually the main part of any garden covered with clematis and climbing roses behind the seat. Some evergreen can be added for winter screening at the end fence as well. Those parts of the garden which are considered as the shadiest and has garden shed are used to store garden tools and mower. By slight modifications in the layout of your garden, you can make a space behind the trellis for fruits and vegetables. Planting flowers of different colors, especially of red and orange color flowers, will give a visual shortening effect.

Retractable Baby Gate – Pros and Cons

When we were searching for an easy to use safety gate for our child, one of types we looked at was the retractable baby gate. Before we started out search we had the preconceived notice that this style of gate was no longer in use anymore. Boy, were we wrong. The retractable baby gates are actually quite popular for many reasons. That said, here's a look at some of the pros and cons to help you decide if it is the right choice for you.


Can Be Used Anywhere

One of the larger advantages to this style of gate is that it can be used virtually anywhere in your home. You can set it up in a doorway, hallway, stairway and other places. You're not limited to one specific area like you can be with other pressure mounted baby gates.

May Be Used At Top Of Stairs

A gate like the Retract-A-Gate can be used at the top of your stairway to provide solid protection for your baby or toddler. This model is a mesh style gate that has hardware support to make it very strong and durable. In fact, this gate is made to withstand up to 200 pounds of force, which is powerful. They also have an optional banister adapter kit for mounting the gate around your banisters or spindles.


The biggest complaint many people have in regards to children's safety gates is that they get in the way when you do not need them. You are constantly having to look at the gate or you're having to open it when it's not in use, etc. With a retractable baby gate you do not have this issue. It coils up and fits nicely against the wall. Most people will not even notice you have a gate.

Can Fit Larger and Non-Standard Openings

A gate like the Retract-A-Gate is designed to fit openings up to 6 feet wide. Most standard gates will require you to purchase optional extension kits to get the gate out that wide, and even then it can lose some of its support strength. And because it is retractable, you can set it to fit all types of irregular openings without a problem.



A big issue for some gates that retract is one of safety. By that I mean getting fingers injured during retraction. This is mainly an issue with some of the older models that were not built to today's specs.

In fairness, the Retract-A-Gate is designed to make it impossible for your child to get their fingers lined up in the gate. But it is something to be aware of if you are thinking of purchasing a used retractable gate in a garage sale or having one handed down to you. One other important point in regards to safety is that if your child were to fall into this type of gate they would not be injured like they could if it were a steel gate.


Since a retractable gate features a mesh panel, it can often get dirty from a spill or sometimes from the family pet. Cleaning some of these gates can be tricky. Generally speaking, soap and water may do the job, but serious stains may not come out.


Finally, durability can sometimes be an issue with cheap retractable baby gates. They can use inferior quality of material for the mesh panel or low cost plastic parts to connect the gate to the wall, etc. Be sure to look for a gate that is built with high quality standards.

These are a few of the main pros and cons of a retractable baby gate. All told, they make for an excellent option and today's styles are some of the best on the market. Be sure to browse through some of our reviews on the site to find out more specifics on individual models.

Advice on Taking Natural Remedies

People have been using natural remedies for thousands of years to treat a huge variety of ailments. In fact many of the well known conventional medicines in use today have originated or are extracted from common garden herbs and other natural products.

For example digoxin which is an effective treatment for disorders of heart rhythm comes from the digitalis plant which was used to treat a weak heart for hundreds of years before the discovery of digoxin. Penicillin which is arguably the most remarkable discovery by modern medicine originates from penicillium, a naturally occurring fungus.

There are many examples of commonly used natural remedies which later prove to contain useful active ingredients. So the question we ask is: Why should I take a natural remedy if modern medicine can provide the concentrated active ingredients? Well, there are two main reasons to choose a natural remedy over a modern 'drug'.

Firstly, although modern medicines do contain the concentrated known active ingredient, some hold the theory that a natural remedy provides a more complete and balanced cure. That is that within the plant nature has provided other less known ingredients which act to balance the effects of the medicine. The second is that natural remedies are often gentler in effect than modern medicines and tend to produce less side effects.

Some caution is still required with herbal and other natural remedies. Although generally well tolerated many herbal products may still have serious side effects if taken inappropriately or carelessly. I recall an incident where several patients taking a 'cure-all' Fijian herbal remedy which contained 18 different plant types needed hospital treatment for gastric problems.

My advice in choosing a good natural remedy is to seek the advice of a qualified naturopath or other practitioner first. This way a specific remedy can be chosen for your illness.

While modern medicine certainly has its place in the treatment of acute and life threatening illness, in the treatment of chronic diseases natural remedies often provide gentle and effective treatment with significantly less less effects.

Text Messaging Mobile Apps – The New Way to Communicate

In the beginning, there were simple mobile phones. The primary aim of mobile phones was to enable people to call and talk to each other. The phones had very limited additional functionalities. People just used to talk to each other and that was it. In just a few years, how things have changed! Mobile phones have so much functionalities these days that were totally unimaginable 10 years back. Now, with smartphones, the game has changed further.

As smartphones became popular, came the advent of mobile apps which have taken the world by storm. There are mobile apps in various categories now ranging from text messaging apps, navigation, weather forecast apps, social media apps etc. You think of anything and you are likely to find an app for it already present.

Text messaging apps have recently become very popular because it allows people to send unlimited number of messages to each other completely free. Your friend may be in another country; they may be using any service provider and may have different kinds of mobile phones. You can still text them any time of the day or night with just a couple of clicks on your smartphone.

Many of these apps are either completely free or they are inexpensive. Some of the popular text messaging apps are Nimbuzz, WhatsApp, Skype Mobile etc. Nimbuz works on all platforms. You can use it whether you have an iPhone, Blackberry or any other smartphone which is able to run windows applications.

WhatsApp has recently become very popular and has taken over Nimbuzz in popularity. It is a smartphone messenger that allows you to communicate with your friends and contacts via your WiFi or 3G connection. WhatsApp works on Android, Symbian, iPhone and Blackberry phones. Now there is a new entry in the market. It is called Telegram, which is cloud based application and it syncs in easily across multiple devices. Telegram allows you to share and send many types of files like PDF, PPT, Doc Zip files etc.

With so many text messaging apps, nobody is using SMS’es to communicate with each other. Text messaging is the new way to stay in touch with each other. Smart business marketers can utilize this trend to their advantage. They now have one more medium to reach potential customers and increase their business. 9 out of 10 people own a mobile phone these days. A major percentage of these mobile phone owners possess smart phone. Business owners can now advertise to these smart phone owners using a reliable text-based service which will give them much higher ROI (Return on Investment) than other forms of advertising. It will cost much less money when compared to email marketing, SMS marketing or telemarketing campaigns.