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Mushroom is one thing you MUST cook with butter! This Mushroom Breakfast is super quick to make – you could make this on a work day. Eat this with an egg or some bread or you could have it on its own for a delicious start to your day!

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If you’re someone who struggles to fall asleep, you aren’t alone.

Thousands of people all over the world are dealing with the same thing every night. With our busy modern lives, excessive hours of screen time, and new-age stressors, it’s no wonder it can be hard to get a bit of carefree shut eye. But sleep remains ever important for our health and wellbeing, so you can hardly avoid it.

That’s why we wanted to share an apparent breakthrough when it comes to falling asleep that might just help you get on top of your fatigue.

1. The 4-7-8 Method

Dr. Andrew Weil is a celebrated author and world-renowned leader in an innovative field of medicine called integrative medicine. He says that one of the things adults struggle with the most is that our overburdened lives make it difficult to calm our minds, making sleep a real challenge. He recommends a relaxing breathing exercise, such as one called the 4-7-8 Method.

According to Dr. Weil the method will teach you how to fall asleep easier, acting as a ‘natural tranquilliser’ for your body. And if you think it’s going to be complicated, think again. There are just seven steps!

How To Do The 4-7-8 Method
  1. Lie on your bed in a posture that allows you to take a full breath i.e. not on your side or stomach.
  2. Put the tip of your tongue on the top of your mouth, behind your front teeth, and make a point to keep it there.
  3. Empty all the air from your lungs with a large exhale.
  4. Inhale through the nose for four seconds.
  5. Hold your breath for seven seconds.
  6. Exhale through your mouth for eight seconds.
  7. Repeat three times.

According to Dr. Weil repeating this a few times (or not at all!) will see you drift off into an easy and effortless sleep!

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Why does it work?

Weil explains that the reason the 4-7-8 Method is so effective is that you’re forced to focus on your breath as you count out the seconds. This, along with the deep breathing itself, allows the body to fully relax for a moment, removing all external stressors, and encouraging drowsiness and sleep.

It’s certainly a helpful method to remember and makes sense when you consider the facts. When we can’t sleep, we tend to experience higher stress and anxiety, which in turn makes it harder to sleep. The more stressed and anxious we get, the shallower our breathing becomes and the more elevated our heart rate gets — both of which stop us from getting to sleep. So in a way, the 4-7-8 Method is a kind of ‘reset’ button on the body that allows you to move away from stress, and into sleep.

But if it doesn’t work, click next for more suggestions to calm your mind for sleep…
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I’ve received quite a few messages of support and sad stories from parents, foster parents and concerned members of the public about the sheer number of children abused, tortured and killed by their carers in Australia.

We covered the terrible story of Brisbane toddler Maddilyn-Rose Stokes who was badly scalded by water, and her parents failed to seek medical help before she died three days later. Her parents whom I’m going to name: Shane David Stokes, 30 and Nicole Betty Moore, 23 advised authorities that Maddilyn-Rose was scalded by bath water.  Whether that is true or not, we don’t yet know. But what we do know is that that poor baby girl with significant burns to her legs, buttocks and back would have been in sheer agony.

And this needs to stop.

Here are my ideas – and please, I encourage you to add more to this. I will then be submitting these ideas to all child-related government agencies in Australia to see if we – the people – can get something done about it.

1. Keep your eye on all children, not just your own.

How are your neighbours, kids, your friends’ kids, your brother’s and sister’s kids. Do they appear well cared for, fed, happy and healthy? Does something just not sit right with you? Do you see them regularly or have they suddenly ‘disappeared’ for a period of time or not attended daycare or school? Do they have constant bruises that aren’t just ‘normal kids falling over and scraping their knees’ types of marks anywhere visible?

You aren’t being nosy, you are looking out for all children…

Keep a diary of dates and times and what you see.

SCARY FACT:  22% of abused children are under the age of 8 years old.

2. Never leave your child with people you don’t know.

As you take your kids to unfamiliar places or even to malls, parks, or schools, always make sure you don’t leave them with strangers. Sexual abusers tend to go to places where they will have easy access to children. Immediately intervene when your child is alone with any adult.

SCARY FACT: The average age of abused children is 9.

3. Ask if you can help a struggling parent.

If you know a struggling parent who is undergoing a tough time, just listen. Let them express their anger and frustration to help relieve their stress. Ask if there’s any way you can help them. If so, try to encourage them to do activities that can help them relax.

SCARY FACT: 34% of victims are abused by family members.

4. Teach your children the correct sexual terminology for body parts.

Tell your children about the proper term for their body parts, not just the words, “bird” and “flower”or “birds and the bees”. Teaching them the correct term makes them aware about sex, but make the topic something that would make your child comfortable discussing it with you. Tell them that it is really inappropriate for adults to act in a sexual way with children.

SCARY FACT: 93% of sexual abuse happens at the hands of an adult whom the child knows well.

5. Be alert on the signs of abuse.

While it may be hard to identify a child being abused, try to learn the signs. While it is not common, physical signs such as redness, rashes and swelling in the genital area, including other infections such as UTI must be investigated. The more common are emotional and behavioural signs. Children who are abused often display unexplained anger, rebellion and depression.

SCARY FACT: 59% of victims are abused by people whom their family judge as ‘trustworthy’.

Next Page: More Ways You Can Stop Child Abuse From Happening
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If it’s tuna, it must be good for your health. Well, surprise! NOT all the time…

We’ve been told how tuna is good for your heart and health — some even make it their super food for weight loss, but guess what? It’s not — well, at least not all.

Australian nutritionist Susie Burrell revealed to the Daily Mail the five foods that we thought were healthy but are not. She explained that the magnitude of sodium and sugar contained in these foods are so massive, it’s unbelievable.

So before you grab that food you thought were healthy, check the label first.

1. Tinned Tuna

Those on diet most likely eat tuna for its high protein and low fat content, which Ms Burrell said is a ‘golden combination’. However, it lacks the high amount of omega-3 fats that are found in salmon or sardines. “The other issue with tinned tuna is that it is a source of mercury, an element that is unable to be excreted from the body,” she explains on her blog.

She adds that although tinned tuna has less mercury than fresh tuna, it is recommended that people eat tinned tuna twice or thrice a week only, or just eat salmon or sardines instead.

2. Rice Crackers

While rice is rich in carbohydrates, which your body needs, rice crackers is just junk food.

Ms Burrell said that rice crackers are packed with MSG and are low in protein and other nutrients.

Around 10 rice crackers have 24 grams of carbohydrates which is the same as eating two small slices of bread. “They simply offer “empty calories” along with a rapid rise in blood glucose levels rather than long lasting energy,” Ms Burrell said.

She adds that if you want to eat desserts, it’s better to eat cakes and crackers that are corn and rye-based, and always make sure that MSG is not in the list of ingredients.

3. Rice Malt Syrup

Another rice product that is considered unhealthy is rice malt syrup, which is commonly a table sugar replacement.

Ms Burrell said that the syrup, which is made with fermented cooked rice, is actually just refined sugar mixed with different complex carbohydrates, glucose, and maltose. “While it may be fructose free, it does not mean concentrated calorie free – especially when used in large quantities in “sugar free” baking,” she added.

4. Soy Sauce

We’ve heard about the benefits of soybeans for our health, but consumers are now warned against one of its products — soy sauce — for its high sodium content.

Ms Burrell explains that a single serving of soy sauce can have as much as 1,000mg of sodium which is over half of our daily limit. Too much sodium can cause fluid retention, thirst and high blood pressure.

She suggests using salt-reduced varities of soy sauce instead.

5. Processed Vegetable Oil Sprays

While vegetable oil in processed sprays are considered a low-fat alternative, since it reduces the amount of oil when cooking, it comes with its disadvantages in terms of the quality of vitamins and antioxidants found in the oil.

“The processing involved in making spray varieties of oil means that any of the potential health benefits associated with using olive oil are negated, as the antioxidants and vitamin quality will be affected,” Ms Burrell said.

She recommends using extra virgin olive oil in its natural state.

Do you know other foods that are surprisingly unhealthy?

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 Are you naughty or nice?

The wedding of your dreams, whether grand or intimate, is bound to be magical. But what could make it even better? Perhaps a fun and hilarious Hen’s Night with your bridesmaids and the closest of friends? Oh yes, whether you’re naughty or nice, we’ll make sure you will have one memorable Hen’s Night!

Here are some nawrrty food ideas that your bridal party can easily recreate. Okay, let’s start tame and work our way up shall we! Watch out for the wilder ones near the end of the list!

1. “Prostitute” cupcakes with martini RECIPE HERE 2. This “unique” assortment of fruits SOURCE 3. Blink once and you might miss it! RECIPE HERE 4. A nutritious snack takes on a different meaning SOURCE 5. Something your hubby-to-be wouldn’t like RECIPE HERE More naughty Hen’s Night food ideas next page!
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This post is brought to you by TAL If someone asked you “what is your most valuable asset?”, what would you answer?

Is it your home, your car, your collection of first edition books or a family heirloom? Is it your engagement ring, your bank account or your share portfolio?

Well, try the question another way. Turn to a loved one and ask, “what is my most valuable asset?”

I can guarantee that their answer will differ significantly from yours.

They might answer something like “your loving nature”, “your willingness to give”, “your incredible compassion” or “your smile that lights up my world”.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Assets are not always about material possessions. In fact, our most valuable assets are the qualities in us that encourage, inspire, teach and connect us with others. When I saw this beautiful and moving video created by Australia’s leading life insurer, TAL, the message in it really made me stop and think. I think it will also inspire you to consider that very first question through a completely different lens.

The Value of You - Parenthood - YouTube

So, let’s answer that first question again. “What is your most valuable asset?”

The most valuable asset I have is me. Do you agree or do you find it hard to believe?

In my twenties, before getting married and having a child I would definitely have agreed. All I had to think about was myself. Furthering my career, studying more, exercising, exploring the world, going out, and meeting new people.

Fast forward five or ten years and I believe that on the day I became a mother for the first time, I lost some of my self-identity. I am sure many women out there will agree.

Suddenly you have this tiny, defenceless little baby who is 100% reliant on you to live. They are always hungry, tired or need a nappy change. One day blurs into the next, especially in the first couple of months. Your whole world is consumed by your baby and little by little, parts of yourself get buried underneath the mountain of washing and nappies.

You do break through the other side eventually. You finally sleep more than 4 hours in a row, or you have a wonderfully kind friend who offers to look after your baby while you get your hair done or even just take a long shower.

Those part of ourselves that we thought we had lost begin to emerge again. I really believe that parenthood is one of the most important times we need to place a great value on ourselves.

But how do we value something that is essentially invaluable?

I think it is taking the time to nurture yourself. Find something that you love to do and prioritise it. Be proud of yourself and your accomplishments, large and small. Share your wins with others.

Just as important as valuing yourself, help others to see the value in themselves, too. Don’t be afraid to tell someone else that they are doing a good job, that they are an amazing parent, that you love them, that you’re proud of them, that you are so grateful for their friendship or that they are a great colleague.

One of my favourite quotes is from John O’Leary’s book On Fire. “Shine your light so that you can illuminate the darkness in others”.

It’s no secret that the most important part of life isn’t the things we own, but the experiences we share with the people we love. That’s why TAL do what they do and protect what matters most, so that you and your family have the life that you planned, no matter what happens!

To learn more about the Value of You or how you can protect what matters most, visit the TAL website.

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Getting pregnant is not easy for everyone.

Some women just have sex, and boom! Baby number 1 is on the way! But there are others who have done everything in the world just to see those two lines in their test and to no avail.

So, if you’re ready to take the plunge of parenthood, but your body isn’t, here are some natural ways to boost your fertility.

1. Get healthy.

Health is everything for a woman who want to conceive. Eat well and drink lots of water. If you’re a smoker, quit now. Also, limit the number of coffee you drink. While there’s no evidence that caffeine in coffee could affect a woman’s fertility but drinking around 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine a day while trying to conceive is considered generally safe.

2. Monitor your cycle.

Start charting your cycle (especially if you are not regular). You can use an ovulation calendar or fertility calculator to help you determine the length of your cycle and the day of a particular month when you’re most fertile. By tracking your cycle, you’ll see the patterns in your cycle to help you assess the best time to conceive.

3. Know your cervical mucus.

The quality of your cervical mucus helps you identify when you’re fertile or not. This will also tell you when your ovulation is done, which happens when your mucus has thickened. You will be least fertile right after your period, and you will be most when your cervical mucus looks like egg whites — stretchy and clear. This is when your chances of getting pregnant goes up.

4. Make sure your partner stays out of the spa.

When you and your partner decide to have a baby, make sure he stays out of the spa and other hot areas. Studies show that there is a ‘significant reduction in sperm count when the testes are repeatedly exposed to heat.’ It could also take four to six months after being exposed to heat for a man’s sperm count to go back to normal.

5. Have sex AT LEAST once every two days.

The ideal sperm count for conception to happen should be at least 20 million parts per milliliter, but chances of conception goes higher if the count goes up to at least 40-50 million/mL.

If your partner does not meet the ideal count, it is best that he is given a day off between ejaculations so his sperm count is high enough for conception to occur. It is said that ejaculating every two to three days keeps the sperm healthy. But if your partner goes to more than three days without ejaculating, while his sperm count may increase, there is ‘a proportion of dead, immotile and morphologically abnormal sperm’ which lessens the chances for conception.

Next Page: More Ways to Naturally Increase Your Fertility
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How much weight should you gain during pregnancy?

Most ladies are weight-conscious and try to maintain a balance, just until they get pregnant. Pregnancy seems to be an excuse for many things — overeating, idling, gaining weight, and much more.

It is a scientifically proven fact that a pregnant woman must gain some weight during the period. This is mainly due to the accumulation of fats in the lower abdomen, the growth of the baby, amniotic fluid and growth of the placenta.

However, there is a limit to a normal weight gain during gestation. If care is not taken, one can add enormous amounts of weight, and when that happens shedding it off becomes a mountain to climb. Some people are left with a permanent belly after their first pregnancy while others retain a flat tummy immediately after delivery.

The situation you find yourself in is determined by what you do during your gestation period.

The Normal Weight To Gain During Pregnancy

The amount of weight that is normal to gain during pregnancy depends on your body weight. Underweight people will tend to gain more while overweight people will gain less.

For an average weight person, the weight gained during pregnancy should be between 25 and 35 pounds. Anything above 35 pounds will be going to the extreme, and shedding it off will be difficult.

This applies to people in the normal weight bracket just before the pregnancy. For individuals in the underweight bracket, the weight gain should be between 28 and 40 pounds. This is less likely to cause any serious weight issue after pregnancy and they are more likely to look healthier after delivery. For those in the overweight bracket, gaining weight should be minimised as much as possible. The weight gain should be between 15 and 25 pounds.

During the first trimester, there should be a minimum weight gain for any pregnant woman. In most cases, women lose weight due to morning sickness and skipping meals. The weight gain during this period should not be over 5 pounds.

Causes of Excessive Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Most of the weight you gain during pregnancy is related to the baby, and so, it should not be a major reason for worry. The weight will include the weight of the baby, the placenta, breast tissue, amniotic fluid and the fat store. The fat store weight is what determines whether you are gaining excess weight or not. The average fat store weight should be between 5 and 9 pounds.

You should not starve yourself to lose weight during pregnancy.

However, if your eating habits are not healthy, you are likely to gain more weight than necessary. Eat according to your normal schedules. Avoid foods that are too fatty or too sugary. Eat more vitamins from fruits and vegetables. You should also keep your body active to avoid excessive body weight. You should be up and about your normal activities during the first trimester. By the time it comes to the third trimester, you should be relaxed, but you can take strolls around to maintain the blood flow.

Dangers Of Gaining Excess Weight During Pregnancy

Gaining too much weight will put both you and your baby in danger. People who gain excess weight during pregnancy are prone to diabetes. In most cases, diabetes comes after the pregnancy.

Complications during delivery are the biggest risk of weight gain. When you gain too much weight, it is likely that your baby is oversize, and the delivery may require a C-section. To avoid such complications, it is advisable to eat healthy foods and remain active during the gestation period. The health of the baby may also be at risk if you put on too much weight. Overweight babies are more likely to suffer from diabetes in their lifetime.

Bottom Line…

Puting on weight during pregnancy is normal, however, it should not be used as an excuse to get off the balance.

You should control your food cravings and get hold of your mood swings if you want to be healthy, and recover your shape after the pregnancy.

During this period, it is your duty to make sure you are not gaining too much weight. The weight gain for women pregnant with twins may be up to 54 pounds. It is, therefore, advisable to visit your doctor and know more about your body weight and pregnancy. Your doctor will also advise on how much weight you should take on during the pregnancy.

How much weight did you put on when you were pregnant?

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We all know strippers are anywhere but in funerals, but in China — it’s especially in funerals!

But not for long, as Chinese authorities are now cracking down on the practice of some rural families hiring strippers as a form of entertainment in funerals.

Last month, the Ministry of Culture in China said they are targeting “striptease” and other “obscene, pornographic and vulgar performances” at funerals and other gatherings across Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu and Hebei provinces.

The state-run Global Times newspaper reported that through a special hotline, witnesses are encouraged to report any of these performances in exchange for a reward.

“The crowd is pushed to climax, roaring with laughter, whistling, applauding and cursing,” the report said. “As the performers saunter into the audience to jiggle their breasts and rub men’s crotches, a reminder of ‘no photographs allowed’ can occasionally be heard.”

Why the practice?

The report added that in China, the more mourners attending a funeral means a sign of respect for the dead. Thus, families are exerting extra effort to make sure many people attend the funeral of their loved ones.

One practice among rural families is paying a large sum of money to hire actors, singers, comedians — and just recently, strippers to not only draw a huge crowd but to also comfort the bereaved family and entertain the mourners.

Even weddings and temple fairs hire strippers.

via Abc.net.au

An expert told the newspaper that this practice may be attributed to “fertility worship” to “convey the deceased’s wishes of being blessed with many children”.

“Therefore the erotic performance at the funeral is just a cultural atavism,” another expert said.

Oh wait! this is not the first time?

The Ministry of Culture have tried stopping the practice for over a decade, one of which happened three years ago after viral photos of funeral strippers inviting “grieving” men to join them on stage to undress them in two villages in the provinces of Hebei and Jiangsu have emerged.

Authorities have described the practice as “uncivilised” in a statement released at the time, Xinhua news agency reported.

In 2006, five striptease troupe leaders were detained in Jiangsu province.

Source: Abc.net.au

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Are you like me, someone who loves to cook, eat and entertain?

I think that there’s nothing more rewarding than creating a delicious meal for family and friends and taking the time to enjoy it all together. I really like to experiment with new recipes but with two young children, I don’t have a lot of time to spend slaving over a hot stove or hours waiting for a roast dinner to cook. It made me start to consider the efficiency of the appliances I had in my kitchen and that possibly it was time to upgrade.

I started researching what’s available and I was absolutely astounded at the quality, functionality and efficiency of the appliances available theses days. It’s definitely something I should have started looking into much earlier. Having top-quality appliances with the latest innovations in technology is sure to make cooking a much simpler and faster process for me.

My dream kitchen is certainly filled with many of the latest appliances. How about yours? Share it with us for your chance to win.

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I had a browse through the Harvey Norman website and I was astounded to see what appliances are able to do. The cooking technology is absolutely incredible these days. Each appliance has clearly been designed with the home cook in mind, no matter what level of expertise or experience.

So, with my dream kitchen in mind, I put a little plan together and envisioned everything in place….I’m ready to share it with my husband over our home-cooked dinner tonight! One I might add I could do in half the time if he agrees with my new kitchen plans.

Now is the time to upgrade. I thought that getting new appliances meant we would have to remodel the kitchen entirely. I was wrong. It is actually a really simple process, and there is no more expense outside the appliances themselves and a qualified electrician to safely install your new items. That’s because appliances usually follow the same dimensions, which means you can just pull out the old one and put the new one in its place, just like that!

Best of all, you don’t need to do everything at once. You can actually upgrade one appliance at a time! Therefore it’s something you can budget for and complete over time.

4 Technology Innovations in Appliances that Revolutionise Cooking

Kids in the Westinghouse Kitchen - YouTube

Check out these four appliances that are so innovative they are going to change the way you cook at home completely! They will help take the guesswork out of cooking and help you cook smarter, not harder!

1. Cooktops

These days there are so many options available in terms of cooktops. Choose from electric or gas, induction, ceramic or stainless steel. Choose from standalone cooktops or an upright cooktop and oven combinations, the choices are endless.

The cooktop is probably the most used appliance in my kitchen. Almost every meal involves something prepared on the stove, so I need one that is super easy to use (and easy to keep clean)!

Living in Australia in our house, we tend to do a lot of entertaining. That being said, although I really love to cook, I also want to spend time with my guests. Having a cooktop that allows for adjustable temperatures, different sized hobs and enough room to use most or all of them simultaneously saves me time when cooking different dishes. Something that doesn’t require a PhD to work out either is great giving my children the option of helping or even cooking themselves.

Having a versatile cooktop in my kitchen is a must and after looking through the available options found that many of them are designed for home cooks just like me. I love trying recipes that are a little more fancy than our usual go to meals. With my old cooktop there were so many dishes I would have tried but found it’s inability to hold and adjust temperatures meant I wasn’t even game to attempt it.

As soon as I have upgraded my cooktop those recipes will be at the top of my list. Having a cooktop that is versatile, simple to use and functionally effective I am really keen to try out those recipes and really wow my guests.

2. Combi Steam Ovens

There is nothing better than a beautiful meal prepared in the oven. Veggies like potato or pumpkin taste so much better when roasted and are a definite hit with the kids. Plus a Sunday roast is always a great way of cooking a hearty meal in just one pan.

However, ovens do much more than bake and roast. I have recently discovered the benefits of combi steam ovens and am blown away by how versatile they are. Not only can you use them the same way as a normal oven, you can also use the steam function for cooking, defrosting and reheating.

We’ve always had steamed vegetables with our roast meals and generally with a large majority of the meals I cook during the week. Being able to put everything in the oven to roast and steam means I’m free to attend to other things, like helping with my children’s homework. Mid-week can be seriously crazy in our house and purchasing an oven that can do everything for me certainly sounds like meal time simplicity at its best.

Cleaning! As a mother an appliance can be bought and sold simply addressing it’s ability to be kept clean easily. These combination ovens are no different and in fact pretty much do it for you. Nothing sticks to a steam oven, so all surfaces can be wiped down with a damp cloth. There is no more need to use caustic oven cleaners that can actually transfer residue to cooking food and lets not forget the horrid smell they emit during and after the cleaning takes place. That’s real peace of mind, especially when cooking for your family.

By replacing my oven it will no longer be off limits for my children. Some of the ovens I’ve been looking at enable cooking with the simple touch of a button? Have you ever been too scared to attempt making croissants from scratch for example? These new ovens make it easy enough even my kids could do it! Use the touch the menu, tell the oven exactly what you have in it and the advanced technology used will have the dish cooked to perfection in no time. It is seriously that simple.

3. Pyrolytic Ovens

Who doesn’t want a self cleaning oven. I mean if only this type of technology was built into houses I would honestly be one happy lady. The trick is with these beauties is that once you’ve finished cooking you can turn the oven to ‘cleaning’ mode. The oven uses super high temperatures (500°C), to turn any food residue and grime into ash. It sounds too good to be true, don’t you think. Well I am serious and if this isn’t the best in advanced technology I honestly don’t know what is.

I also think these self-cleaning ovens are a winner with those of us that love to entertain. There’s usually enough mess sprawled throughout the house as it is. Dishes, wine glasses and the general mess of traffic. If cleaning the oven is one less task I have to manually attack after entertaining the better. All I will need to do is simply wait for the oven to cool following it’s self cleaning process and wipe out the ash with a wet sponge, drying the surfaces as I go. No nasty chemicals, investing in only a lint-free cloth to ensure I’m not leaving behind any cloth fibres. Sounds like absolute bliss to me and with no heavy residues left from harsh oven cleaners it means I’m also keeping my family safe

4. Rangehoods

Rangehoods are one of those appliances everyone has but never uses. That is until it’s too late. The house is filled with smoke and the fire alarm has woken your deaf neighbours before you realise you’ve forgotten to turn it on. Why is that? I know mine has always been incredibly loud and seemed more like an inconvenient noise than a sister appliance. Most of them only offered minor assistance in the reduction of smoke or cooking odours and so loud I couldn’t actually talk to anyone while they were in the kitchen. Aside from that, given they sit directly over my cooktop they tended only to attract thick oil spatters straight into the filter and took hours of soaking to clean.

Not these days though. It seems the kitchen gods were listening and the Rangehoods available now are super quiet. Instead of leaving it to the cook to remember to turn them on, they also connect electronically with your stove. Now your Rangehood will start automatically when you turn on your cooktop. Anything a mother doesn’t have to remember is a good thing and I think this kind of technology is absolute genius. But what about the cleaning? Well Rangehoods these days have been perfected using charcoal filters in many of them. What’s so special about these you may ask? Well you can remove them from your Rangehood and directly place them in your dishwasher. Next time you see those manky filters they will be beautifully clean and ready to place back over your cooktop no manual labour required. Ahhhh Bliss.

Spend More Time Entertaining and Less Time in the Kitchen

I love entertaining, I really do. I also love cooking for my family. I’d really love to wow my guests by popping out something that little bit extra special for dinner. And as for my children, providing a beautifully home cooked meal is a gesture I know they really appreciate. It’s just that I don’t love the time it takes to prepare, cook and clean up afterward. I would much prefer enjoying the company of my guests or spending some quality time with my kids. Wouldn’t you?

After looking through the Harvey Norman Range it seems that upgrading my appliances not only adds to the overall functionality of my kitchen, it gives me more time and that’s something we can’t put a price on. I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen all the time and if I can upgrade my appliances to make sure I’m not; it really is an investment. With all these technological advances I’m making it my mission to utilise what’s available and take my cooking level up a notch while simultaneously taking back my time.

Thanks Harvey Norman for showing me that cooking these days isn’t slaving over a hot stove for hours on end. It’s simply set and forget. No matter what level cook you are, new appliances will help you get a better result both in and out of the kitchen.

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