Food vlogging for beginners

If you’re a keen cook and you want to share your cooking with the masses, you probably want to start vlogging.

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Creating a video blog (or vlog) can help you promote your business, website, books or products. According to The Guardian, vlogging can now be a route into print publishing or television careers.

But where to start? Here is a very basic guide to food vlogging to get you started.

The right equipment

In today’s highly technological age, you no longer need an expensive video camera in order to create a vlog, although your videos will be better if you use good equipment.

A half decent phone will even do the trick – but you’ll also need to be able to edit your videos once they’re done. There are plenty of easy-to-use programmes available, so search online for the ones that suit you.

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Set your camera up in the right place, practice a few times beforehand, and make sure your camera is fully charged and your memory stick empty before you start.

Pick a style

Your vlog should be a reflection of your character and who you are, but you need to decide its style beforehand and then stick to it. It can be like a cookery demonstration, where you talk as you go along, or animated, and a voiceover added afterwards. It’s up to you.

Which recipe?

You should choose recipes you’re comfortable and familiar with. Start with simple ones with few ingredients, but try to make it unique to you.

If you’re struggling for ideas, there are plenty of online food recipe videos to look at, such as those on http://food-tales.com/online-food-videos/.

You can weigh the ingredients as you go along, or have them ready. Again, this is a style decision.

Presentation

How you present is up to you, but the best vloggers come across naturally. This is hard to achieve when alone, so try having a friend filming you. This will also allow you to add interest to your film, with different angles, and so on.

Edit, and edit again

When you’ve finished your film, you need to edit it until it’s perfect. Remove any mistakes, add effects, graphics or captions, as you desire, and a voiceover if necessary.

Then all that remains is to upload it to YouTube and promote it on social media. Congratulations, you’re a vlogger!

Is my child old enough to have a mobile phone?

Ownership of mobile phones by children seems to be getting younger year on year, but the right age should be considered on a case by case basis. Why does your child want a phone? What will they use it for? When is the right age? Read on to find out.

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Do they want or need a phone?

The situation is different for every child. In some cases, a phone is necessary so a child can communicate with a mother or father who they don’t live with. If your child catches the bus home alone or walks to and from school then a phone can be a useful way to check on them. In the absence of any of these situations, there’s no doubt that your child doesn’t need a phone, they simply want one.

How responsible is your child?

Children grow and develop at different rates and in some instances a 9-year-old girl may show more maturity than a 12-year-old boy. Think about your child in particular and to what extent you trust them to act responsibly with the internet at their fingertips.

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The dangers

Some people consider mobile phone ownership in children a greater risk to their safety than allowing them to walk to school alone. Children can be groomed on certain social games or inadvertently give away personal details such as their address. The dangers are high and parental controls can only protect so much; it cannot protect against the grooming which happens to children as young as five. You would not allow your child to be taught by someone without a proper CRB check from a firm such as http://www.carecheck.co.uk/, so why would you allow them to be ‘friends’ with people you have never met? Whatever age you decide to allow your child to have a phone, make sure you go on this unknown journey with them and stay up to date with news about children’s online safety.

In conclusion, there is no ‘right’ age for children to be allowed a mobile phone, although peer pressure and the fact that phones are so cheap to run will mean that the general age is always going to get younger. Responsible adults need to always consider their child in particular and stay abreast of the ever-changing dangers.

Buying a Pet: How to Avoid Scams and Traps

Buying a Pet

USA is known as a country of pet lovers and of course, breeding, selling and buying many types of pets inside the country is a big business. From small private farms to large commercial stores and websites for the sale of pets, there are various ways to buy any kind of pet!

While most purchases occur without any problems and the majority of breeders, sellers and buyers are genuine, there are several irrelevant people who are looking for a fast monetary remedy at the expense of a naive lover of pets, many times leaving it without money and without pet. » Read more

Making Windows Warm for Winter

During the colder months it is important to keep the house warm, for your own comfort as well as making sure that it doesn’t develop damp problems. There is that fine balance between making sure the house is well ventilated and shutting out the cold. You also don’t want to be spending more than you have to on your heating bills, so it makes sense to improve your windows so heat does not escape from this source.

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Keeping Windows Warm

You can add an extra layer to your windows by putting clear window insulation film or clingfilm on the inside of the windows. You may need to seal it around the edges but this is an effective way to keep the chill out.

If your radiators are right under the windows, you need to make sure the heat goes into the room. You can put aluminium foil with the shiny side towards the radiator on the wall under the window which allows the heat to bounce back into the room.


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Invest in New Windows

So why would I want to upgrade my window? Because investing in good windows will save money in the long run as well as being more secure. Triple glazing is the best for long-term energy saving, but double-glazing is also much more effective than single panes. You can also get windows with an inert gas sealed between the panes which helps to stop heat flowing out of the building. Panes can also be given a special coating to deflect heat back into the home or a self-cleaning coating which uses ultraviolet light to decompose the dirt and rain to wash it off. For double glazing in Dublin, you can get quotes on different options to see at http://www.keanewindows.ie.

Laying it on Thick

Use extra thick curtains or put in a thermal layer, which is a cheap option to help retain heat. You can line existing curtains which cheap fleece or use PVC shower curtains as a lining. In winter you could put curtains in front of doors or, as interior designer Claire Potter’s gran did, pin up an old rug over the back of the front door to keep it warm.

So there are several options available to make your windows warm for winter, from low-cost options to long-term solutions.

Shop For Unique Buckles

Belt buckles for men and women are not only functional and the centerpiece of any belt, but choosing them can be a lot of fun. That is especially true when the buckles have their own unusual images or symbols such as car emblems, western, bottle opener, “Got Beer,” cowboys, jumping deer, standing buck, eagle, country music, ace of spades, and the list goes on and on depending on the imagination of the creators.

The idea for yourself or as a gift for someone special in your life is that the buckle will show off that person’s individual personality, style, and taste.

An added pleasing feature is that if purchased in a set of a beautiful leather belt with the buckle added, the belt can be personalized with the person’s name or other eye-catching items, and the leather belt buckle can have the name or initials embossed at no extra cost! Personalization is burned in by a laser engraver, and it comes out dark brown against the lighter brown product.

The variety of belts range from plain brown or black belts made of heavy 9/10 ounce top grain cowhide. Each belt comes with a standard utility buckle, durable snaps, and a convenient leather keeper. There are hand painted belts, embossed belts, western belts, kid’s name belts using a lighter-weight 7/8 ounce leather, and more.

If you’re searching for an unusual buckle that no one else will have, Gavere Leather, a family business founded in 1973, is the right choice for finding it at an affordable price. They offer a wide selection of high-quality American-made leather products that are all finished by hand in their 13,000-square-foot workshop in High Springs, Florida. Their extensive inventory of leather goods will give you many helpful and enjoyable ideas for yourself or as gifts. Every belt undergoes their exclusive 16-step hand finishing process in order to ensure a flawless finish. The company also offers a “HOW TO MEASURE GUIDE” so that you will be sure to get the right size belt to put your new buckle on.

Essential Babyproofing Products That You Need for Your Home

It’s never too early to start taking precautions to make your home completely safe for your new bundle of joy. There are plenty of hazards in just about every room of the house that can pose a threat of injury or worse to your baby and even though your little one won’t be mobile for at least the first four to six months, it’s never too early to review the basics of babyproofing so you can start loading up on the products necessary for keeping your little one safe. Even a cursory search for baby-proofing online will overwhelm you with everything from the best baby gates for extra wide spaces to pinch guards for keeping tiny fingers from getting damaged. But we’re going to break it down to the ultimate essential products you can’t do without once you bring your baby home.

Faucet Cover

When you’re washing your infant in the bathtub it can be very easy for him or her to hit their head on the faucet. Even a blunt end on a tub faucet can cause a laceration so you should track down one of the many different faucet covers that are available. They come in fun shapes and are manufactured out of soft rubber to safeguard your baby during bath time. When you do your comparison shopping, be sure you find one with rubber that is BPA Free, phthalate free and PVC free.

Toilet Safety

Toddlers are inquisitive creatures who love nothing more than exploring places and things they really shouldn’t be. The toilet poses some of the most urgent dangers to your baby’s well-being for the obvious reason that it’s a bowl filled with water that the child can fall into and drown. There are other risks including the possibility of the lid falling shut on to your baby’s head or hands causing injury. That’s why new parents must absolutely get a toilet lid lock mechanism which is designed to keep the toilet lid shut tight and prevent your baby from lifting it up. You can find a good one for less than $10 and you don’t need to tools to install it to your toilet.

Corner Guards

Take a look around the house. You might not realize how many sharp corners exist at a height low enough to cause your baby injury. But coffee tables, entertainment centers, nightstands, end tables, and more typically have sharp points that can hurt your child if he or she were to fall over and hit their head or brush up against a corner on your furniture. That’s why corner guards another essential baby-proofing product you must have in your home. These guards are designed to be placed over any sharp corners and are made from impact absorbing foam to minimize the potential for injury. You’ll want to find corner guards that are non-toxic, free of latex, and fire retardant. Most of them are attached with simple double stick tape to keep them in place and when your child is old enough where corner guards are no longer necessary, simply remove them and discard or hold onto them for the next baby.

Outlet Protection

Electrical outlets pose a tremendous safety hazard to babies and toddlers who are all too curious about sticking fingers and foreign objects into them. This could result in electrocution of your child. Outlets are among the top priorities when it comes to baby-proofing your home and there are various electrical outlet covers that are available from retailers. The covers look like the existing plates on your outlets and they are meant to be applied over the outlet, equipped with sliding panels that cover the openings where your plugs are inserted. When you want to plug something into the outlet, just slide the panel aside and insert the plug. After you’re done, remove the plug from the outlet and the panel will automatically slide back into position covering the outlet. This is a crucial product for any home with a baby that is affordable for any budget.

Cabinet Locks

These are a necessary deterrent in kitchens and bathrooms in particular to keep the baby from reaching harmful chemicals and cleaning agents that are often stored underneath sinks and prevent from doors closing in on the child’s hand or head. But they can be helpful for protecting the child and your belongings in any room of the house. The locks are affixed to the doors of your cabinets, and prevents them from being pulled open by little hands. You can find all different types, from magnetic locks to sliding locks to spring release locks. The one you choose may be dependent upon how clever your baby is about getting around these deterrents.

 

Choosing a Hydration Backpack: Seven Key Points to Consider

Hydration Backpack

If you go jogging in the summer and you will know the importance of staying well hydrated before, after and especially during your training. If you also like to run on the mountain making long routes in which you do not have handy sources during the trip (as is usually the case in the city) you have probably already thought about getting a hydration pack.

Hydration packs are one of the star complements of the runners, so we tell you seven key points to keep in mind if you decide to get one of them. » Read more

Huawei MateBook E and MateBook D, Two Proposals For Specific Audiences

Huawei MateBook

The Huawei MateBook X was the clear protagonist of the presentation of the Chinese manufacturer in Berlin. Even so, there was time for two new MateBooks that complete the catalog of the brand and arrive with enough reasons to attract the attention of the user.

The MateBook E is the elegant 2 in 1 that wants to conquer the user with the best of both worlds, the notebook and the tablet. While the MateBook D is a portable computer designed to offer versatility to those who do not need the extreme experience of the X model. » Read more

The Ford Mustang GT wants to kick the ass to the Camaro with its 466 hp

Ford Mustang GT

There is little left for the new Ford Mustang to start selling next October, so to take advantage of the summer the Americans bring us some succulent news that reveal details about what will come of restyling the most charismatic and best-selling sports coupe in all the world.

More power, a 10-ratio automatic gearbox and some electronic enhancements will be the cover letters for the new ‘Stang’, a car that recovers longing for the Pony Wars and extends upgrades beyond the V8 5.0 engine, too With the 2.3 EcoBoost. » Read more

How choosing the right refrigeration may protect your business

Food poisoning can make or break a restaurant. In a study last year, three-quarters of people said they would avoid any establishment which had experienced a food safety incident and there are few restaurants that could survive 75% of customers refusing to come in anymore. It’s not only loss of business of course, food poisoning can leave your business subject to fines or even being sued by a customer who became unwell. All in all, it’s an experience that you want to avoid.

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Contamination

There are several aspects to food safety problems. The first is contamination. In order to avoid cross-contamination of foods you will need to ensure that staff are trained in food hygiene which gives the proper advice for how to prepare and store food items. For example, when cooking meat the internal temperature should be measured. If you are not sure what the current advice is, then consult the Food Standards Agency website for information on best practice in avoiding contamination – https://www.food.gov.uk/search?f%5B0%5D=im_field_site_section%3A33&f%5B1%5D=im_field_topic%3A42.

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Refrigeration

Commercial refrigeration has different requirements to your home. Different foods need to be stored at different temperatures, which means that commercial kitchens often have multiple fridges set to different temperatures.

A reliable seller such as https://www.fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/commercial-refrigeration will be able to advise you on which equipment is best suited to your needs.

One important factor in storing food is that the seal on the unit’s door keeps the food at the ideal temperature. Regular inspections and checking that the unit is operating at the correct temperature is important. Commercial fridges and freezers are able to maintain the internal temperature even when the door is opened and closed frequently in a busy kitchen.

Maintaining your reputation as a safe restaurant is vital, and with the new food hygiene rating scheme in operation, certificates are now displayed for customers to see. Having a good rating becomes a selling point, reassuring customers and potential customers that when they eat with you, they are unlikely to suffer any nasty side effects. One incident, one bad review can set your business back badly. Make sure that your food storage is fit for the job. Investing in good cold storage may protect your business from the disaster of a food safety incident and the associated bad publicity that it may bring.

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