How to avoid spending a lot of time in the kitchen


Whether you’re an expert or a newbie, cooking is not always a pleasure, especially when you have to use a lot of pots, cutlery, and kitchen appliances just for one dish. Sometimes it can take up to 24-48 hours to complete a dish, mainly when we talk about complicated cookies or cakes.

Nevertheless, there are certain ways to go around your kitchen duties without having to spend the entire day. Here are some of our tips on how to save time in the kitchen.


Plan ahead

The easiest way to save massive amounts of time in the kitchen is to simply plan your meals ahead. Although the idea of creating a whole-week menu may not sound too good for a spontaneous person, it will certainly give you a clear idea of what to buy from the grocery store.

It is vital to create a detailed meal plan before going for groceries so you know exactly what and how much to buy. Keep in mind that fruits and veggies should be as fresh as possible, so don’t buy lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers or fruits to last you more than 3-4 days. It is the same with bread, so unless you make your own bread, purchase only to last you for a couple of days.

Depending on your food preferences, you may want to stack on pasta, rice, fish cans, olives, cheese, and some chicken or turkey meat you can always defrost.


Prepare your ingredients ahead

Knowing exactly what you’re about to cook next also gives you plenty of time in advance to prepare the ingredients for the upcoming meal. This is another easy tip to avoid spending too much time in the kitchen which you will certainly want to apply, especially if you have kids.

You can prepare the ingredients one night before cooking as it won’t take you more than 10 minutes but will count for a lot, especially if you have a busy day ahead. If you’re cooking with frozen ingredients, especially meat, make sure to take them out of the freezer one night ahead to allow them to rest and reach the optimum room temperature.

Sure, you can also use the defrost option on your microwaves, but this will only diminish the flavor of the meat or vegetables you are about to use.


Make freezer meals

Another way to save time while cooking is to gather a couple of friends and spend a lovely afternoon cooking and chatting at the same time. You can prepare more dishes, with the excess going to the freezer – they’ll taste exactly like new after a few days.

You can make a bunch of delicious recipes in batches so you can enjoy different foods on different days. From veggie burgers to falafel, pasta, guacamole, and even cabbage rolls or kebabs, you’ll see that frozen meals taste as delicious as the freshly cooked ones but will save you a lot of time in the kitchen.


How much money should you pay for a good camcorder?

Shopping for a camcorder, can be confusing if you need to choose among a number of models. I had been to an electronic shop recently to buy a camcorder and was in a dilemma regarding which model to choose.

But luckily, I have a friend who is an expert with using camcorders. I consulted him on how to choose the best camcorder. He was 100% sure of what we should look out for in our camcorder and helped me in buying the right camcorder. When shopping for a camcorder, you need to be clear about your requirements. You should know exactly what you are going to do with your camcorder.

If you are not professional and want a camcorder to record ordinary videos, then it is better not to invest too much in it. You can get low cost or medium budget camcorders that do a good job. But, if your requirement is to capture professional quality videos, then you should go for a high end camcorder.



A low budget camcorder like Samsung HMX-H300BX can be purchased for as low as $350. It is a good camcorder to record your children’s birthday party or a game of soccer. It has a reasonably good video quality and 30x optical zoom. With 16 GB internal memory, you can easily record videos of good length.

Mid range model camcorders are those that cost you something between $500 and $1200. I came across a few interesting models in this range like the Canon VIXIA HF M52 and the Panasonic HC-X900M. Both are capable of recording good quality videos with excellent audio quality. They have 32 GB of internal memory allowing you to record a full 50 over cricket match with ease.

But how about a high end camcorder? A high end camcorder will cost you more than $5000. These are camcorders for professionals who love to shoot their first short movie or a high profile wedding party. Such models offer high features and the best quality images with excellent colors in proper light.

So, once you decide to buy a camcorder, think about what you are going to do with it. If you are like me, who just want a camcorder to shoot some personal moments when travelling with family, then you should not spend more than 1200 dollars. You can get a Panasonic HC-X900M ( here you can find the best review) that allows you to shoot HD quality videos and adjust the focus using the ring. You can also adjust the shutter speed easily in this model, making it an ideal choice for people like me.

A good mattress for people who like to sleep on their stomach

A perfect mattress is an absolute necessity if you want to get a good sleep. There are a whole lot of options available when it comes to mattresses. You must buy a mattress not according to what others say about it but by examining whether it suits your need. We sleep in different positions and considering that position very is important. If you are a stomach or belly sleeper, we are here to guide you on how to choose a good mattress for you.

What to factors to consider?

  • Sleeping in this position puts a whole lot of pressure on your spine. So you are looking for a mattress that helps in releasing that pressure.
  • Most of all, you need the right support. This is to prevent you from waking up with aches in your back. Stomach sleepers are the most common cases of back pains.
  • You do not want too much firmer or too much softness in your mattress.
  • Your body must stay afloat the mattress instead of getting sunk into it.

Best Options

A good mattress for people who like to sleep on their stomach must be medium to a little firm. If the mattress is too soft, your lower body will get sunk into it and the spine will get strained. If the mattress is too hard, it will deter your spine to get into its natural curve. Here are three best options for stomach sleepers-

  1. Memory Foam Mattress- These mattresses are specially designed for all the stomach sleepers. They are made up of visco-elastic foam and polyurethane foam combined. They are a little firm than other mattresses recommended for side sleepers or back sleepers. You have the option of choosing the firmness according to your own comfort.
  2. Latex Mattress These mattresses are made up of highly concentrated cotton, fiber or springs. The material is arranged in such a pattern that the complete weight of your body is distributed equally. Such mattresses have great air-flow technology, which never gets them to heat up.

Tips for cleaning your hardwood floors efficiently

Although not many would resort to cleaning as a therapeutic activity, I enjoy my time spent in the comfort of my own home, cleaning my house and relaxing at the same time. I live a pretty stressful life with plenty of responsibilities and struggles at my office, so I most of the times find myself in stressful, tensioned situations. I tried yoga, meditation, and other plenty of relaxing activities that didn’t come with the hoped outcomes.

In fact, I only wasted time and money on activities that didn’t bring me joy and didn’t help me relief from stress. Now, I’m no cleaning fanatic, but I do enjoy my hardwood floors tidy and ready to receive guests, so I only thought it was natural to pick up cleaning as a great method to get rid of negative thoughts, anxiety, anger, stress, and others.

However, cleaning hardwood floors is not as easy as you may consider because this delicate surface is prone to scratches and deterioration if you use harsh chemicals or steamers. Thus, a broom for wooden floors seems like a better option.

If you want to learn more about cleaning hardwood floors efficiently, here are the dos and and don’ts.  


Use proper products and tech tools to clean your hardwood floors. You should definitely invest in a good vacuum cleaner that will help you get rid of dirt, dust, microparticles, as well as the most common allergens that can cause health issues.

Do use a proper hardwood floor polish every couple of years, depending on the traffic in your home. If you have small children or pets wandering around all day long, I suggest polishing your floors after 2-3 years. A proper sanding and refinish should also be completed after 3-5 years, again depending on the number of people in your household.

Another good tip to look after your hardwood floors is to use carpets or specific covers for hardwood floors. Some carpets come with a rubber inside finish that can damage your floors in time.



Avoid using alcohol, soap or vinegar when cleaning your hardwood floors. I know there are plenty of DIY home cleaning products but the acidity of the vinegar will end up destroying your floors, especially if you don’t dilute it with water enough.

As a general rule, you should also avoid soap-based cleaning products because they can stain and permanently damage the floors. Baking soda or lemon juice is also not advised for the same obvious reasons.

If you do care about the environment and want to make a change, I strongly advise you to look for products with natural and active ingredients that will provide you a thorough cleaning without damaging your hardwood floors.

Corded vacuum cleaners vs cordless models

Vacuum cleaners are no doubt a revolutionary gadget to help the house keepers in keeping their homes clean and sparkling. Their numerous benefits like speed of operation, dust collection, deep cleaning, efficiency on different surfaces like hard floors or carpets makes them superior in comparison to brooms and brushes.

Two main categories of vacuum cleaners are available in the current age-corded and cordless. I prefer the corded vacuum cleaners over cordless ones due to the following reasons

  • The corded vacuum cleaners are dependable since they don’t need any charging. I can do as much cleaning as I wish without worrying about charging it after every hour of cleaning.
  • The cordless vacuums are meant to be lightweight and handy due to their structure and demand. If you see other aspect of this advantage is that the cordless vacuum cleaners will be not very powerful since the limit on its motor will be defined by the batteries it is getting power from. Batteries can provide only a limited power supply. My home is big with four kids and two burly pets. I cannot clean all the mess created by this mischievous pack with a small and limited cordless vacuum cleaner.
  • I have seen the cordless vacuum cleaners in numerous homes. I must admit that I am not very impressed by its suction ability. I am really happy with the strong suction of my corded vacuum cleaner.
  • My friends who own vacuum cleaners without cord start looking for a better model after every two or three years. I have been using my corded vacuum cleaner for last five years with no complaints at all. I am pretty sure that it will go like this for another three years. I feel very happy for this decision and a wise investment.
  • The cordless vacuum needs battery replacement when the batteries are worn out. So, it is an extra cost that the owners have to bear.
  • I never have to worry that whether my vacuum cleaner is charged or not before using it. All I need to do is plug and clean. But in case of cordless vacuum cleaners, if you forget to charge it, next time you may have to wait for many hours before you get it charged and complete your cleaning task.

I personally find using corded vacuum cleaners easy and efficient. Others may differ on my views. To sum up a corded vacuum cleaner is a clear winner in efficiency and dependability.