Celebrating World Book Day

Today is World Book Day in the UK and Republic of Ireland, an event created to celebrate books and reading, and local part of the UNESCO event. The event date varies each year, but always takes place the first Thursday of the month of March.

Most primary schools in London, today is a day of celebration. The form chosen to celebrate the Book Day is to exchange the uniform for a clothing / costume of a character in children’s books. For the larger children, some costumed and others with normal clothes.

When we arrived at school today children from nursery to year 2/3 were all costumed princesses, Peter Pan, Goldilocks, etc., and the teachers enter the celebration was fantasizing too.

This event is super tanned by children, and the preparation takes place weeks before, when choosing the favorite character, buying or creating clothes and counting how many nights are missing. At the end of the day the children receive a book to take to the house.

I think a very cool because it’s a social event, and the kids have fun too, and breaks the routine well.

My daughter chose Tinker Bell (Tinkerbell) from the book Peter Pan, she had this fantasy that she’s a fairy because she bought the book and is reading it every evening since last week.

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Disney on Ice – in London and Brazil

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The show of Disney on Ice will be in London now at Easter and at the end of the year. I had seen advertisements from the show here in recent years, but you will not believe that we were not even watch the show. As the place where they will present is far from home, just the other side of town, I confess that beats laziness.

As I am always researching things to take C to watch, while exploring different parts of the city I think next time we will see. And if we decide not to go on holiday Easter (here the Easter holiday is Friday to Monday), I think we will this week. But as here everything is crowded, I have just decide to not run out of tickets.

But if we are not to show this week, I was thinking we could watch the Disney on Ice in Brazil at the end of the year. Since it is at this time that normally travel to Brazil and I know they do tour there. After searching the dates and concerts and to our delight the new show Disney on Ice will perform in Brazil this year. But to our disappointment the show will now be in April and May in Porto Alegre in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

If you are lucky you live or will be visiting in one of these cities know that the tickets can be purchased online and prices range from R $ 96.44 to R $ 330 in the VIP area (these figures are for the Rio Grande do South). With such prices you can choose the category that best fits your pocket! If in doubt where to buy them, a good option is buying companies and selling tickets online. With the rush of day to day nothing better to do all the comforts of home.

I wanted to go see the show in Porto Alegre, it will be in Gigantinho. Who is not in Porto Alegre, certainly knows this indoor gym super popular there, where many show present. And that is part of the complex Sport Club Internacional, located next to the edge of Rio stadium, which will host matches of the Cup in Porto Alegre. Note: Do not I support Inter, but the fact of being famous Gigantinho not of to deny.

When I read that the show would be in Gigantinho gave me a longing of many shows, concerts and shows that I was there during different stages of my life. I hit a good melancholy. And I was sorry it will not be this time I can take a C to a place that is part of my youth, not that I consider myself old, but that’s part of the story of my life in Brazil. I think super important to have things for the C and take her to places I was in Brazil, for her to have more contact with our culture. For the little life it is multi cultural, but morarmos in London and some travel to the Brazil, she did not know little about our origins

Anyway as it will not roll Alegre port will follow researching what is on display here in London. I’ve seen that will be two more Mickey and Minnie and the other with many princesses. As the C in this phase of the princesses at the time, I think I will opt for this full of dresses, ruffles, sparkles, princes, princesses and lots of magic.

My Search for the Best Cookware

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I remember when I was young, they said non-stick cookware was bad. My mother never had one. It was my neighbour who introduced me to this best cookware. I used to watch her making those pan cakes, without using much of oil, and I told me if and and when I grow up, I will be buying that. The first thing I bought was indeed a non-stick pan. There was no non-stick pot, or skillet, just a pan. I made do with it for a long time, till I could really afford it. But by then I realized that the Teflon coating would go. So I always opted for the best cookware that was not too expensive. I continued to use the traditional steel and aluminium pots and pans, that were given as gifts to me at the time of marriage and sparingly used my first complete set.

New Cookware Set

Recently, I was looking for a new set for my daughter. I was surprised that there are new technologies that allow us to use even metal spoons on the non-stick vessels. Cleaning had become simpler too. I could, therefore, use even steel wool if I wanted to clean though it is never really necessary in non-stick pans and pots. Another one of my concern was using the pots in electric oven. There was no way I could use lid on the food, and therefore, I have been using special microwave pot for cooking some of the dishes after seasoning them in nonstick cookware. I can avoid that I thought!

I was truly impressed with these developments, especially because nonstick cookware nowadays can be washed in dishwashers. But I always like to confirm things verbally as well. I listed two different sets; 1 for me for regular usage and 1 for my daughter.

T-Fal’s 10 piece set (E938SA) impressed me because it is available for less than $100. Metal spoons will not scratch the teflon layer. It can be washed in dishwasher. It is also safe in oven, up to 350 degrees F, which is not bad for specifications. I also liked the fact that it can be used with induction stoves. It also has an interesting technology called “thermo spot” which ensures that I will pour the batter only when the pan is ready.

For my daughter I liked hard anodized Calphalon cookware. It will cost me four times what the T-fal set is going to cost me, if I am satisfied on physical verification of course. But I think it will serve as a good wedding gift. There are 11 pieces in this set, and this set comes with lifetime warranty, which means my daughter will not have to waste any more money on non-stick cookware.

I was also impressed by the Woll Diamond Plus nonstick cookware with Diamond crystals technology. But that will cost us $500. And I also like the design of Rachael Ray cookware, it’s so orange and I think it will look fantastic in my kitchen too.

I need to see the handles. Most of the time the handles have given way. The riveting system should be good, and no food should stick to it. My only concern about Calphalon contemporary nonstick cookware is that handle can get hot. If my husband agrees to spend $500 I might opt for Woll Diamond Plus instead, provided of course the handle is good.

Good review site to check out:

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Why I Chose This Small Rice Cooker

Choosing a small rice cooker that best suits your needs can be a very daunting task. From students who need a cheaper food option to small families who want an option to be able to cook enough rice for all of them, the small rice cooker is a great benefit. Modern cookers are made with many features and this can intimidate many people who aren’t familiar with using them.

Being an Afro-Asian, my day would be incomplete without eating rice. Rice cooking is a tedious task, and I have found that using a small rice cooker eases up this task. For many years, I have used several brands but this one has caught my attention. It’s Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom Rice Cooker.

Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom Rice Cooker is a 3-cup small rice cooker which is fuzzy logic and computerized. The fuzzy logic technology helps make the rice cooking all the easier, so you don’t have to worry about some parts of your rice being under cooked or burnt. (Read the fuzzy logic best rice cooker reviews here.)

What I love about this small rice cooker

Since the bowl is non stick, cleaning it is as easy as giving it a rinse after use. The lid can be detached for washing so I don’t have to worry about sticky stuff getting inside nooks and crannies. I purchased this small rice cooker because I wanted to cook easy meals for myself. I like that this rice cooker can also double as a slow cooker and soup pot.

So far, I am impressed that the rice I am cooking don’t stick into the pan. I also like that the rice will take only about 30 minutes to cook. The quality of the inner vessel is superb and what I like about the bowl is that it has a thick bottom to prevent burning or roasting of the rice when set to warm for hours.

My Verdict

So far, I am satisfied with my purchase. The small rice cooker makes delicious rice and never fails to deliver. If you are looking for a small rice cooker, this is the one to buy.

How A Deflating Air Mattress Can Become A Real Menace For You

When I woke up at about 2 at night bobbing on my mattress just like a cork in high seas and observed that my feet had been raised above my head level I realized that something was completely wrong. As I attempted to get out of bed, my hubby woke and asked the reason why the mattress was so unstable. Being weightier than I (thank heavens) he was in a more serious state – his upper body virtually on the floor.

“We have sprung a leak,” I stated as I gathered up the pillow and walked in the direction for the small guest room along with the twin bed.

I understand it sounds absurd but for the last nine months we’ve been sleeping on an air mattress. Provided it is a robust double-high one, nonetheless, it’s an air mattress.

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As a matter of fact, we have got an old residence and the staircase to the upper rooms is simply too narrow to get anything larger than a twin bed up and round the corner. So, considering that we gave my father-in-law our own bed as well as bath downstairs, we are typically in a semi-nomadic condition as far as slumbering. For some time we slept on our brand new pull-out sofa in the office, however, let’s face it, regardless of how nice the couch, it certainly is not a bed.

When this did not work we looked for the best air mattress on the market and finally purchased an excellent air mattress and shifted upstairs to the room which was recently vacated by our daughter. Now, Pa is almost 92 and I think he’s got Duracell batteries in his pacemaker simply because he is getting stronger, compelling us to reconsider our sleeping plans.

I was holding out to buy a bed since the next bed I desire is a king, (that I cannot get upstairs), but ending up on the deflated end of the air mattress at 2 at night forced us to make a decision.

The good thing is that no one will buy beds just before Christmas, therefore, the clerk was ready to negotiate with us. Thus, we purchased another twin, and at last, after 9 months slept in genuine beds which worked like a king. (I nearly bought champagne.)

Some things are simply worth it, even though they are not in the plan.

I am really thanking God we have a real bed!

Buying a chef knife set for a son who will soon be a chef

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We know we need to give our son some gift when he passes those Master Chef examinations. He may not be a Cordon Bleu chef, but he will still be somebody whom everybody around here would be proud to be acquainted with. We were thinking of a couple of chef knife sets. Knowing my son, he may well be starting a small eatery of his own so those will come handy. I’d begun my search for the best chef knife almost six months ago. I came across some of the best knife sets reviews, which I hope my son will approve of.

I feel he would need J.A. Henckels International’s 8 piece steak cutting knives. I prefer the straight edge ones over serrated edge though most people think serrated edged knives last longer. I feel my son would need clean cuts many times, and so he would be better off with these small knives which are made from high carbon steel. I liked the fact that they are not heavy. Personally, heavy knives make me avoid some chores, but I don’t know what my son has to say about his set. In any event, this set costs only $40 or so. Therefore, he could afford to use it in his eatery and let his employees use them. I opted for them because of lifetime warranty, and the fact that they are one piece construction. The blades of many knives that I bought over the years divorced their handles, so that may be another reason I am opting for this set. It will be good for his small joint no doubt.

I am also looking at the Wusthof Classic cutlery set. This is the best knife set on the market and is expensive. $380 dollars will pinch us, but then, our son does deserve it. It includes Chef’s knife, serrated bread knife, utility knife, paring knife, and sandwich knife apart from shears and the honing tool. I loved its looks. It comes in neat storage block. The blades are a bit smaller. I might buy him some other knives if he wants special ones like bread knife with 10 inches blade, and santoku knife. This set too comes with lifetime warranty so I hope my son will approve of it. I am, of course, open to any other suggestion that my son would have. After all it is his requirement.

Related guide: How to buy the right chef’s knife

Best Espresso Machines 2016 – For Espresso Lover Like Me

I love drinking coffee! As you know, I travel a lot and I always go to visit and buy different kind of coffee bean and cafe through out my travel. But having an espresso machine at home always comes with many advantages, and not to mention it’s my dream too.

Besides producing high quality brews, espresso machines also help add aesthetic value to one’s kitchen. It is therefore important that one goes for the most highly rated espresso when purchasing one.

Top 3 Best Espresso Machines

Here are top 3 best espresso machines 2016 based on bisuzscoffee espresso machine reviews blog. First we have the Breville Bes870xl barista Express espresso machine.

Breville Best870xl

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With its burr grinder, this espresso machine is very easy to use and produces fresh coffee in seconds. It also gives the consumer the option of choosing the texture of coffee they want. Another positive thing about this machine is that after brewing, the grounds in it dry up. This is important as it makes emptying and cleaning easy. The Breville Bes870XL espresso maker also comes witha proportional internal derivative. This is a temperature control that enables the user to make consistent grounds.

Rancillo HSD Silvia

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Another espresso machine worthy your dime is the Rancillo HSD- SILVIA espresso machine. This machine is made of iron and stainless steel. This fact makes it a high quality machine. It is relatively cheap. With its steam knob and steam wand, it gives way to full range of motion hence its excellent steaming power. The Rancilio HSD-SILVIA is one of the easiest to use because of its three buttions that are used for brewing, hot water and steam.

Gaggio 14101 Classic

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The number three best espresso machine 2016 is the Gaggio 14101 Classic espresso machine. This one is made of heavy duty stainless steel which makes it a durable and strong machine. Its classic design adds aesthetic value to your home. Its ease of using both coffee grounds and coffee pods is also highly commendable.The Gaggio 14101 Classic espresso machine comes with a hot water dispenser, frothing wand and a cup warmer.It is very important that as you plan to acquire an espresso machine you consider one of the three because they have a whole lot of commendable features.

My Magical Discovery of Coleman Mattress

In my experience with mattresses, I learnt the hard way.For three years I had been buying mattresses for camping and all I got was one frustration after another. The last mattress I bought was the worst of all and it almost made me give up on mattresses. For the first one week, I believed I had bought a perfect mattress as everything worked perfectly well until leaks began to happen simultaneously. Yes, three leaks in a span of one month. I bought this mattress on a 20% discount after reading so many good reviews about its functionality, well I guess it worked for those who intended to use it for three or four days of camping.

As if that was not enough, the mattress continued to show its true colors as the leaks got even worse. A month later, the bed assumed a weird shape like that one of an inflated balloon, lost its aesthetic appeal and also became so uncomfortable that I felt disinclined to sleep on it. To make the matter worse, it induced back pain and a feeling of fatigue after sleeping that made me feel like I could just throw it away. I just wished I could hide it as it was definitely not the kind that you would wish a friend to sleep on.

I knew I was fed up with these kinds of mattresses that could leave guests on the floor, and that’s when I turned to my little friend “Google” for advice on the best air mattress. I was really prepared to give it a shot irrespective of the price tag and that’s when I came across some very positive reviews about Coleman air mattress. So I purchased this mattress and as usual, it was perfect in the 1st, week, 2nd week, 1 month …until I got tired of waiting for those annoying leaks.

This one was like a dream to me and for the first time I felt like letting the world know the quality and value attached to this mattress. The valve mechanism works great, you pump it and it stays inflated. This is the first inflatable mattress I’ve bought that held air. The mattress is so comfy, design and style so elegant and brings luxury to your entire camping experience. The back pains that were induced by other “dummy” mattresses disappeared and the king size sheets fits well and won’t come out of place.

So, for all those who have been looking for comfy, leak free mattress that is durable and elegant, look no further than Coleman air mattress and very soon, you will be singing a different song.

London – C’s Version of The Olympics

Last week we took C to watch two Olympic games London 2012, after all we live in London and this is an opportunity none of the family could lose. I went to several games last week and this, but only took C to two events on the same day.

We were not the only ones to take children, that I can tell you, for both events spread across London, as in the Olympic park and stadium, children were present. And I noticed the children above 6 years old are the most active and participating, and had that glow of happiness in their eyes.

In the various Olympic venues where watched the games, it’s all thought out and prepared to receive families, and come with parking stands, bathrooms with heaters and in some cases special entrance for families.

Some games have different ticket prices for young and old, which are much cheaper than the adult price. Of course, that these events the number of children is much higher.

To enter the Olympic complex, security is like the airport, do not take liquids, but there are bars, cafes and coffee shops selling drinks and food. I took several snacks for C, not knowing how she could stand, as well as comic books and some toys.

In volley ball game we were in the morning, after she saw a bigger girl sleeping in the chairs, she asked to lie down and took a nap with all that noise.

The last game of the day was the women’s game, where we watched the Brazil play. During the weekend we teach C to cheer for Brazil, and she went to the stadium screaming Blasil, Blasil. We were almost the last to leave the stage because we were part of the crowd of over 70,500 spectators, which face it takes to move the mass. But as a child has fun with all the mounted police it was successful with their beautiful and shiny horses.

The day before I went to the supermarket with C and picked up some snacks to take, ranging from healthy to crap (apple, banana, crackers and chocolate). When I saw the chocolate gold medals could not resist and bought it. Like the trip to the supermarket, which is close to home and we were walking, she behaved very well, needless to say we came home all displayed with a hanging medal. The other medal I kept for the next day, and she behaved so well and had so much fun, he returned again to the house medalist.

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In all the games I went, I saw children of various age groups, young people, and people of all ages, colors and nationalities taking advantage of that one moment. It was beautiful to those people crowd acting in a civilized manner, on an Olympics that is being marked by perfect and efficient organization. I am delighted and loving every moment of London2012.