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Choosing the perfect blender

So many more people are getting into making healthy shakes and snacks that over the past couple of years, blender sales have started to soar. There are a number of different types of blenders from simply tabletop jugs to ones that can do a number of different processes.

Whether you are looking for a blender for yourself or as a present for a loved one, you need to think carefully what it is going to be used for. If it is to make smoothies or shakes then you may want to invest in one of the small handheld blenders that have been designed specifically for this purpose. These are often priced at around £15-£20 and are very easy to use and don’t take up much room.

IF you think the blender si also going to be used to blend up food to make soups or to make baby food then you may want to invest a little more in one. You will probably want one with a jug attachment on it and possibly even one that comes with lots of different blades as sometimes you may need one that dices rather than blends for example.

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Christmas shopping in England

With lockdown restrictions hopefully being lifted just a few weeks before Christmas, many of us will be rushing around to get everything we need. This lockdown a few shops have remained open but not clothing and toy shops.

Every year more and more people do their shopping online but this year there has been a huge increase. For many people, they do not want to wait until a few weeks before the big day to start doing their shopping. It may be that you are still shielding and therefore do not want to risk going out to the shops especially when it is going to be really busy.

If you are going to order presents online, you need to do it as early as possible. There is likely to be delays in the post the closer we get to Christmas, so ordering now should avoid disappointment. When ordering online it is even more important to read the descriptions in full and check things such as dimensions as many people have been caught out this way. Also check the delivery times, especially if ordering from somewhere like eBay or Amazon as some deliveries are coming from abroad so can take a few weeks.

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Its time to reach out that slow cooker

With the colder weather now setting in, it’s the perfect time to reach out your slow cooker which you may of packed away during the summer months. Stews, Casseroles and slow cooked meats are the perfect meal to come home to during the cold winter months and make tea time so much easier.

There are a huge number of different recipes that you can try out in your slow cooker and most take very little preparation. You can even buy prepared casserole mixes that include the meat, sauce and vegetables that you can just empty straight in to the slow cooker, although it is often recommended that you flash fry the meat off first if possible. If you add some baby potatoes in to the slow cooker then you have a complete meal without having to worry about cooking anything to accompany it when you get back.

You may just cook a joint of meat in the slow cooker and then prepare the other aspects of the meal when you get home. Many people are unaware that you can cook a complete chicken in the slow cooker easily.

If you are concerned about how long your cooker is going to be on for you could buy one with a timer on it so it will only turn on a few hours before you get home.

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Should you buy a cordless vacuum cleaner?

When it comes to cleaning, a vacuum is essential. Often hoovering the carpets can make a massive difference and is often required at least a few times a week if not every day in busy homes. There are such a massive array of vacuum cleaners on the market and the prices range drastically from £30 upwards of a few hundred pounds. It can be a real minefield knowing which one to choose. You need to think carefully about which vacuum cleaner will best suit your needs. If you struggle to carry around a heavy one and just need to give the floors a quick once over then you may want to invest in a cordless vacuum. Again these can range massively in price so you need to read reviews to see which one has the best battery life and the best suction. These are not ideal if you have a large home as often the battery will only last 30 mins or so and may not be enough to get through the whole house.

Dyson and Shark are two of the leading brands of vacuums at the moment and people are very much divided on which one they prefer. If possibly try and borrow or at least have a go with friends or families vacuums so you can get an idea of what they are like before you commit to purchasing one.

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The cost of running a hot tub in your garden

Over the last few years, hot tubs have become increasingly popular. With an inflatable hot tub costing as little as £250 they suddenly became much more affordable than the hard plastic ones which usually set you back a few thousand pounds. Many people have rushed out to buy one as soon as the weather warms up but have they considered the running costs?

The hot tub needs to be heated to around 37 or 38 degrees to be warm enough to stay in on an evening. Most hot tubs heat up about 2 degrees an hour so you will often need to put it on in the morning to be able to use it that evening. The filter will also need to stay on again using electricity.

If you leave it on all the time you can expect a rather large electricity bill at the end of the month but even heating up once or twice a week can soon add up.

If you have a smart meter you can keep and eye on how much electricity you are using and if you know you have used it a lot one week you may not go in quite so much the next few.

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