Get Over A Stressful Life

Stop Negative Thoughts

Life is boring without a pinch of hot spices. But if it’s too hot to swallow, reach out for some cool alternatives.

So many ways to cool down and freshen up from too much stress. If you have enough savings, you can just go for a shopping, dine in or tour outside your borders. But if your budget is limited you can just go out for a walk and breathe. Outside air can help you clear your mind and you’ll come to think for the next move or solution to your problem in an instant. Well, not always, but it’s always good to take a break so that you could have a different perspective of your life and problems.

It is not necessary to go outside to release stress. Sometimes interesting ideas are just hiding inside the corner of our house. They may bump you or slap your face but still you just neglected their importance.

Keep Yourself (and Your Mouth) Busy

Keeping myself busy besides stressful days inspire me to focus on patching up any problems. Some few things that is tolerable to do while feeling so stressed up are normally quite simple. Baked breads or cakes, make some crafts from recycled goods, play my hair with a curling iron, or just discover new recipes, are just a few. Sometimes I read books, listen to good music or watch a movie with some delicious desserts and smoothies. Or if you are into games, nothing like doing a couple of rounds of street fighter or super smash brawl to get rid of all your pent up anger and frustration.


Finally, I opt for some relaxation and meditation on situations where I need to think of some solutions to my unmanageable stress. I condition my body first by taking some foods or drinks with vitamin C. Breathe deeply and just clear my mind to allow space for new ideas. Light up aromatherapy candles and relax. If massage is within your budget, nothing beat a nice spa and massage day. It’s always put a smile of my face.

Always have a healthy balance diet and good exercise habit is the best way to prevent stress. A good juice detox will also give you tons of energy to go through anything. Always be yourself, wear a smile no matter what deals you encounter and always think of something positive. Nothing life throws at you that you can’t handle!

Must Have in Your Kitchen!

I often wonder whether other people consider microwave oven to be the must have home appliance. How important it is in our daily life? How well it saves you efforts conveniently?

Home appliances are important in every family with or without kids. There are many appliances we need to list down to fully satisfy our cooking needs. But some appliances can be neglected at the very first time you start completing your kitchen needs.

For me, microwave ovens are one of the most important thing I should have in the kitchen next to refrigerator. Here’s  why:

Microwave oven can save electricity as it cooks more evenly and faster than conventional oven. If you must use a normal oven, you can consider getting a combo one (microwave+normal oven). If you do, get the one with the convection feature (with fan to even out the heat). Faster cooking means that you can use your time for something else! If you are looking to buy one, check out this complete comparison of which microwave oven to buy.

Foods are healthier and tastier. Foods that are cooked in the oven uses less oils that reduces fats and cholesterol consumption. If you steam the vegetables in the oven, possible use of water is less. Unlike steaming the vegetables in a skillet, you consume more water that will run into the vegetables. Chances are the taste has changed and it’s watery.

For fast reheating of left over foods and frozen foods a microwave oven is a big help.

Occasionally, we love to bake cakes, cookies or even roast a whole chicken for gifts and parties. Having a microwave oven helps you to show your talent and creativity in cooking. I almost always serve a homemade cakes and cookies on parties. And even baked one for gifts. Some, like this one, is very easy to make and only takes 5 minutes!

If I were to choose which one should be bought first between microwave oven and laundry machine, I would rather have a microwave oven instead. Dirty clothes can be done in the laundromat. Cooking cannot be done easily with only having a gas stove.

Therefore, to me a microwave oven is important to effectively accomplish any cooking. It is convenient in any ways.

Tips Choosing a Bread Machine

Planning to buy a quality high-end bread maker?

Too many promising high performance bread makers are now out in the market. Because of its demand and popularity competitions are tight. Leaving you feeling confused and lost, don’t know which one is the best bread maker to have in your kitchen.

Perhaps, first you need to know that a bread maker can:

Produce a bread without yeast.

It can also make a Fluffy, Moist and…even Crunchy.

The next thing to do is analyze each bread maker before you hurry to the appliance center. It is always a best practice to run a research for the good quality bread maker.

Based on my experience, here I will share with you some tips before buying a bread maker. These tips are helpful to avoid any disappointments.

Compare bread makers to at least two or three types of your choice and check this out:

Different kinds of bread maker differs in size. The physical size and the pan shape matters in your cooking preferences. Determine the amount of breads you need to cook for the family. Also consider the space where you want to place the bread maker. I also prefer bread makers with a viewing window, to eliminate frequent opening of the lids that affects the quality of the breads.

I am much particular with the baking time. Because I don’t have much time for cooking, I need a rapid baking time options. The dough cycle, like me if you want to shape the breads by hands. Crust control, if you want the bread to be a little more crunchier or less browns on the outside.

Price also matters much, especially if you’re in a budget. For me, I give much attention to the price. Not all expensive gives the best performance, and not all cheap are considered poor quality. Give a closer look on the price whether it’s a little pricey as long as it answers all your preference then you are likely good to go.

You should read consumer reviews, like those available in BreadKitchenStory. They are the best source of knowledge about the best bread machines from their own experience.

Photo credit: Aaron Farmer

Let’s Go Outside

I know you love your home, you like spending all day at home in your comfort. But did you know that exploring the outside world broaden up your standpoint? Have you ever been amazed by the beauty of nature? If you don’t try to reach out and feel the wonders around outside your home, you’ll regret those wonderful moments.

I was so lucky to live in a country having four seasons a year. I have the chance to see frogs hopping on spring season. Enjoy the waves and beaches on summer. Serenity of the mountains covered with colorful autumn leaves. And play with the snowman on winter days.

Probably in any event there is always a pleasure. I have set goals each season for my health, my family and my friends. Goals that will give amusements and comfort for all. Because I want to share with them how great is our nature.

Mostly my family spent nights at the peak of the mountain just to watch out the stars shining brightly only on summer days. Autumn is also loved, because the weather is not too cold and not too hot to watch autumn leaves fall. Foods on winter days are also tasty. This is the season I easily gain weight, the result is an everyday exercise. And the best season that I really enjoy is the spring season. This is where I can see all flowers in blooms. I see the sun and can go outside in a very comfortable feeling.

No matter what season you have, best to see, feel and touch the nature around you. It can only be seen once, grab the chance because nature change fast.

There are tons of place to enjoy and relax. If you have the time (and budget), you could also travel out of state or to other countries. Your choice is so limitless. It’s my goal this year to explore all the places with the best autumn colors.