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What are your options when it comes to slushy makers?

Often children and many adults love slushies or ice drinks. You see them all the time at fairgrounds, parks and cinemas or soft play but can you have them at home? Slush Puppy, the brand that created the Slush, do sell their own machines. You can buy the industrial ones but they cost a lot upfront and to run or you can buy a smaller one that allows for just one flavour for around £40 – £50. These can be great for a party but as they need to be ran all the time, they are not very good for having on throughout a normal day.

There are some other machines that work in a similar way and they still make the snow cone maker machine that comes in the form of a snowman or a penguin. These machines look fun but are actually really impractical and hard to turn. The handle often ends up breaking off before you have had much use out of them.

An automatic ice shaver or grater is the perfect option. It is easy to use, you only turn it on when you need to use it and you can add your flavours afterwards. You can also use them to make cocktails so this doesn’t just have to be a kids toy. They come in around the £35 – £60 range so not far off the same price as a slush puppy maker.

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Buying a new gas cooker

Choosing appliances for your kitchen can be a bit of a minefield. You may find that you have to choose them in a rush if one has broken and you need to replace it asap. This can mean that you do not get the chance to compare functions and specs very easily or shop around for the best price. When it comes to replacing a cooker, you need to first decide if you want electric, gas or a combination or both. You can get a fully electric cooker, fully gas cooker or gas hobs and electric oven or vice versa. You may opt for integrated appliances if you are having a fitted kitchen installed or if you already have integrated appliances. When choosing these, you need to be certain that you get the measurements exactly right.

If you decide to choose a gas cooker, then you need to make sure that you already have the gas supply plumbed in. If not, you will need to arrange for a gas engineer to come and install a supply for you. This can be a fair amount of work and cost quite a bit of money, so think carefully before buying a gas cooker if you do not have the supply. Even if you do that the gas supply coming into the home you still need to get a gas engineer out to come and swap the supply over to the new cooker. They must be Corgi registered in order to do this. Although the process is often quite straight forward, never be tempted to have a go at doing it yourself. Not only is this very dangerous but you could also be fined ten thousand pounds if you do. A gas engineer will swap the cookers over for you and then should run a test on the gas meter to ensure that there are no gas leaks. If they find any leaks, they will be able to advise you of what you need to do and disconnect the appliance if needed. It is important that you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home which will sound if carbon monoxide is detected. This is especially important if you have a gas cooker. If buying a gas cooker second hand, ideally try and see it working before it is disconnected as otherwise you may pay to have it plumbed in to then find out that it doesn’t work as it should do.

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Is retail changed forever after the Covid pandemic?

The last 12 months has had a massive effect n the retail and shopping industry. Many shops have had to close their doors for long periods of time throughout the last year and unfortunately some have not made it through these tough times and will not be able to open again.

The government have announced that non-essential retail can start to reopen again from the 12th April 2021. This is a much-needed boost for many retailers who fear they may not be able to survive for much longer, but will shopping be the same as it was before?

It is likely that when shops first do open, many social distancing rules will still be in place so you may still not be able to use the changing rooms and queues may be expected as less tills are open and less people allowed in the shops. We do not yet know how many of these rules may be here to stay. Also, lots of people have had to turn to online shopping throughout the pandemic and it may be that they continue to do so even when the shops reopen. We could see a lot less foot fall to out towns and cities.

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Be careful when using charging cables

So many of our items now have internal batteries built in such as laptops, phones, tablets and power banks. These devices may use a number of different connections for charging such as Micro USB  or lightning connections. You should always try and charge the device using the cable that was supplied with it but you may need to replace it after a while or get another one to keep in another room. When buying charging cables be sure to only buy them from genuine retailers. Unfortunately, all chargers can fail or even become dangerous over time but it is more common with charging cables that have not been made to standard.

When you plug your device in, be sure not to leave it on anything that could potentially be flammable such as a blanket or cushion. Chargers and their devices can become very hot quite quickly which can be a fire hazard.

Although charging cables do get warm, they shouldn’t get so hot you can’t touch them. IF you have a cable that gets this hot it may be worth throwing it away and investing in a new one as it is likely that it is faulty and needs to be replaced.

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Is it time to take out the sandwich toaster again?

With many of us having to work from home again lunchtimes have become something of a task.  Trying to find something that is easy to make that everybody likes and isn’t going to break the bank can sometimes be a challenge. Often many of us have sandwiches at lunch time but it may be that during these colder months you fancy something a little warmer. You may not have the time to be preparing a hot meal but what about a toasted sandwich? Toasted sandwiches can be filled with a number of different types of fillings, so there is always something for everyone. They take little time to prepare abs are usually cooked within five to ten minutes.

The cost of sandwich makers vary from £10-£15 upwards of £30. If you have a family the. You may want to invest in a four person sandwich maker otherwise it can take a long time to cook them all. You should also try and get one that says it is deep filled to allow for the filling. The cheaper sandwich toasters are often only very thin and you find that your filling will start spilling out.

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