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What Is So Special About A Designer Kitchen Appliance? March 27, 2010

Most top of the range, quality kitchen appliance manufacturers now offer designer ranges of cookers, fridges, extractor fans and more. Designer kitchen appliances tend to be limited editions and slightly more expensive than their standard counterparts. In reality, all kitchen appliances are \”designer\” in that they are all designed by somebody extremely skilled in their area of expertise. And the definition of a designer is \”somebody who designs something.\” However the label of \”designer kitchen appliance\” is generally reserved for the special appliances that are designed and endorsed usually by somebody famous and glamorous.

For example, Britannia now has a Nina Campbell selection of range cookers, which are uniquely coloured and patterned. Nina Campbell has designed the aesthetics of these cookers and turned them into eye catching, individual looking appliances. These cookers are exactly the same specification as the standard Dynasty cookers, but they look snazzy and they make your kitchen feel special and that is what designer kitchen appliances are all about.

The grand idea of designer kitchen appliances has been nurtured and encourage by television shows such as Grand Designs and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. These shows give the message that designer is better, designer is unique and that designer kitchen appliances, as well as other household items, will enrich your domestic experience. And if you frequently entertain, then they often do.

A brightly coloured or beautifully patterned designer kitchen appliance can be an excellent conversation starter at a dinner party. Possibly one of the main reasons that designer kitchen appliances have become increasingly popular over the last couple of decades is the increasing level of consumerism in the western world and the increasing means to enjoy shopping and purchasing not just for practicality but for pleasure as well. Consumers of kitchen appliances want their choice in cooker, fridge and wine cooler to say something about their personality. A culture of customisation has been developing for many years now in the form of ringtones for mobile telephones, wallpapers and screensavers for desktop computers and laptops, personalised pens, rulers, T-shirts and clothes.

Increasingly, people expect the material things in their life to be just how they want them to be and designer kitchen appliances often offer a high enough level of individuality to live up to these expectations. There are many places that you can buy designer kitchen appliances. Increasingly, consumers are turning to the internet for large purchases because it can often be cheaper and less hassle, but the draw of a showroom should not be underestimated and it is often when you first see your designer kitchen appliance for the first time in real life that you know that that particular appliance is the one for you.

One thing to remember is that what you love today, you could possibly hate in a few months time and if your budget allows for that then fine. But if not, make sure you think long and hard about your designer De Dietrich kitchen appliance and choose the right one for you.

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5 Tips to Maintain Healthy Eating Habits Over the Holidays March 13, 2010

Now that Halloween is over and all the candy is eaten, the grocery and department stores are already filling themselves up with the next holiday temptations. Whether it is Thanksgiving or Christmas, a big part of the celebration will probably center on fatty foods and drinks. Even the healthiest eaters are prone to cast aside their good habits for another plate of turkey with gravy and an extra piece of pie.

If you are determined to maintain a healthy diet throughout this party season, there are ways you can stick with your weight loss program without feeling left out. Nothing is worse than passing on your favorite holiday treats. After all, they only come around once a year, right? Instead of missing out, simply change the way you approach the temptations. Here’s how…

Healthy Habit Maintenance Tip #1: Use A Smaller Plate

Sometimes it is not what is on a persons plate that makes them gain weight, but rather the big portion they give themselves. One tradition you can do without is stuffing yourself until your belt buckle bursts. Portion control is key to losing weight no matter what time of year you make healthy eating goals.

Instead of giving up your favorite holiday foods, simply use a smaller plate and eat less. Wait at least two hours before you go back for seconds and sip on a few cups of hot herbal tea in the meantime to keep you feeling satisfied. Losing weight does not have to be the chore that most people make it out to be.

Healthy Habit Maintenance Tip #2: Alter Recipes

If you are the person in your family who is doing all of the cooking, you have the upper hand. Using low fat ingredients like egg substitute, applesauce for oil, reduced-fat cheeses and fat-free sour cream will go virtually unnoticed by you and your guests. The more colorful you can make your plate with fruits and vegetables, the healthier you will eat.

Just because your grandmother used to drown everything in fatty butter and gravy does not mean it is a tradition you need to carry on with. Just remember not to snack all day long while you are cooking and then eat a huge meal. Many times it is the cooks who gain more weight than the customers because they do not realize their fingers are constantly grabbing for samples.

Healthy Habit Maintenance Tip #3: Eat Before You Go

Do not arrive at parties on an empty stomach unless you want to end up overeating. Many times when you attend a party, the food is different from what you normally eat and you will be tempted to sample everything new that you see. Going to a holiday party empty stomach is like letting a child loose in a candy store.

Drink a healthy protein shake before you go, or a nice big glass of ice water. There is no harm at trying new things, but making sure your tank is half full before you go will allow you to make decisions based on your stomach and not on your eyes. You will probably still want to sample that 5 cheese and salsa dip, but you won’t want to eat half the bowl.

Healthy Habit Maintenance Tip #4: Keep Yourself Active

One of the key components to good health is exercise. We all know it and it is more important over the holidays than any other time of year. Most people promise to join a gym after the holidays, but the problem with that is how they live during the holidays. They eat more than usual and when judgement day comes, they have their work cut out for them.

You can find ways of moving around more without going to the gym before New Years Resolution time comes around. Offer to do the dishes after Thanksgiving instead of plopping yourself down on a recliner in front of the TV. Grab a long lost relative during a party and walk around the block. The more you move around, the more calories you will burn.

Healthy Habit Maintenance Tip #5: Forgive yourself

If you do surrender to temptation, forgive yourself and get back on track the next day. One overindulgent evening will not destroy all the previous days that you maintained your healthy habits. Holidays are usually more about one day though, so make sure that you do not make a habit of spending every evening at a different party filling up on junk food.

The key to losing weight and maintaining an ideal weight is leading a healthy lifestyle. This means you are making healthy choices about what you eat and you are keeping yourself active with daily exercise. It also means that you should not give up the things you love just because you are afraid to gain a pound. Tomorrow is always a new day, but the choices you make the night before can dictate how your new day will go for you.

 

Why Rugs are a Great Home Accessory March 1, 2010

Did you know that you could easily add warmth and a bit of style into a cold, modern room just by adding a rug? Rugs, area rugs and rug runners are great additions for any home and include a few benefits such as protecting your floors from getting scuffed up and keeping your rooms a bit warmer during the winter months. Design wise, they’re an excellent way to cohesively bring the look of your home together.

Especially beneficial for those who have hardwood floors, rugs will definitely protect your floors from getting scuffed up. But rugs aren’t just limited to hardwood floors; even if you have carpet, it’s a great way to prevent food and drink spills from staining your floors. Additionally, if you are adding a rug to an already carpeted floor, it’s always a fun and easy idea to add a splash of color and design to your floor.

You wouldn’t think it, but rugs can act as energy savers, even if it’s only pennies a day (and hey, pennies do add up). Instead of turning up the thermostat, having rugs throughout your home will actually help keep the warmth in your house. Like sweaters, rugs are usually made from wool, nature’s little insulators. Essentially, you could go nuts with rugs, even if it’s just for the cold winter months!

As home accessories, rugs are an excellent way to bring the look of a particular room or home together. If for instance, you have a pretty traditional theme going on in your living room (complete with rosette knobs on your doors and drawers, and mahogany furniture), then having a botanical inspired or Oriental rug will complete your motif. If you’re taking a minimalist approach in your home décor, then perhaps a large area rug with pop art inspired patterns or geometric shapes will be the way to go for you.

Having a rug (or two, or three, or four) in your home is always a good idea. Whether or not you have carpet or hardwood floors, rugs generally evoke a warm mood. What better way to create and complete that inviting environment than with a rug?