The Differences Between SodaStream Models

Many people want to get a SodaStream but have no idea which model is best for them. It can be difficult to choose, especially when the SodaStream company has no information highlighting the differences between the models. Here is a brief overview explaining which features are unique to the models.

There are currently eight SodaStream models available. They are The Revolution, The Source, The Fizz, The Crystal, The Pure, The Fountain Jet, The Dynamo and The Genesis. First, let’s address the similarities of all eight types. All of the eight models can make soda or sparkling water in the convenience of your home. All come with “stay fizzy” bottle closures that keep the carbonation in longer. All are compatible with the standard 14.5 ounce carbonation cylinder which is capable of carbonating up to sixty liters of soda or sparkling water.

There are four models which are capable of using either the 14.5 ounce carbonation cylinder or the larger 33 ounce cylinder, which is capable of carbonating up to 130 liters of soda or sparkling water. Those four models are The Revolution, The Dynamo, The Fountain Jet and The Fizz.

All eight models use the CO2 tank as a power source to carbonate. The Crystal, The Pure, The Dynamo, The Fountain Jet and The Genesis require no additional power source to operate. The Fizz and The Source do require a battery to operate the display components. That battery is included. The Revolution is the only model which requires electricity to work. Keep this in mind, as it will need to be near an outlet when used.

The Crystal comes with a dishwasher safe glass carafe. The other seven models come with BPA-free plastic bottles that are not dishwasher safe. You can buy dishwasher safe bottles separately that are compatible with those seven models, but you can not use the glass carafe with any model other than the Crystal.

The Dynamo, The Fountain Jet, The Pure, The Fizz and The Genesis all require the user to twist the bottle into place. The Crystal, The Revolution and The Source all lock the bottle into place without twisting, making them a little easier to use.

There is only one fully automated SodaStream available at this time. That is The Revolution. You simply press a button to tell it how carbonated you would like your drink and it does the rest for you. It also measures the CO2 levels to let you know how much is left in your carbonation cylinder. The Fizz is not automated but it does monitor and display the amount of carbonation in your drink as well as the level of CO2 in your cylinder. The Source has three LED lights to let you know how much carbonation is in your drink, but does not monitor the CO2 left in your cylinder.

I hope I have shed some light on what makes each SodaStream model unique. Click HERE for more information on SodaStreams and to see how the different models look. …

How Children Benefit from Pretend Play Kitchen, Stores, and More

Once upon time, you may have worn your mother’s favorite apron while arranging miniature tea sets on a tiny table, serving imaginary tea and scones to your favorite doll. Or you may have been in command of your action figures, leading them to the battlefield in the center of your living room.

The character you were playing when you were young – a chef in a play kitchen or a general in the Stars Wars of your imagination – are still perhaps being played by many children nowadays. Pretend play is such a source of joy that even with the advent of so many modern games, this old-fashioned imaginative play never loses its appeal.

Promoting Pretend Play

Because of the many benefits it can give, children should be encouraged to engage in pretend play. But never impose the idea or it will lose its appeal. Here are some scenarios for starting a pretend play:

– If you see your little girl constantly dressing up her doll, ask her where her dolly is off to and maybe it’s better for little dolly to have something to eat in the play kitchen before taking off.

– When your little boy is playing with his action figures, comment on how the little ones need the guidance of a teacher or the care of a doctor.

– If your child pretends to be a wild animal ready to pounce on you, go along with it. You can act scared at first and then pretend to tame him by giving imaginary food and petting him on the head.

As children warm up to the idea of role playing, whoever’s babysitting would usually be assigned a role. It may seem ridiculous for a grown up like you to assist in a play kitchen or act as the customer in a lemonade stand the size of your arm. But the benefits it can bring to your child won’t make it so ridiculous anymore.

Benefits of Pretend Play

Social and Emotional Development – Children can become whoever they want to be in pretend play. Because of this, they are able to get a very basic view of how it’s like to be a doctor with his toy hospital or how it’s like to be a chef with her play kitchen. As kids act out the part of somebody else, empathy is planted. When children realize they can be any character they want to be, their self-confidence could grow. And with this comes the desire and strength to explore new things.

Mental Development – Even if it’s just child’s play, there are also many problem-solving situations that children encounter during role playing. It may be a concern on what material should best replace a lost play kitchen spoon or who among the action figures to pick as the second in command. The process of looking for solutions to obstacles develops the analytical skills of your child. It also promotes resourcefulness, creativity, abstract thinking and logical reasoning.

Communication – Whether …

55 Years Old – Don’t Buy A House

If you have owned a house and paid off the mortgage over the years you know the first 10 years is almost all interest payments with very little equity.

There is nothing wrong with buying a house as long as you can qualify. That means a good down payment and a steady job. None of that no-down-payment nonsense. The buyer must be serious about making those monthly mortgage payments and have a good job. Banks are checking these days.

The financial community in the recent past has been required to make mortgages for those who did not qualify with no down payments and had no serious intention of paying if it became economically uncomfortable. It is too easy to walk away.

The true cost of home ownership is not just the monthly mortgage payment. In a new house all the appliances, plumbing, roof, pool equipment, window frames, etc., etc., everything has an estimated life expectancy after which they need to be replaced.

Buying an older home means all of the above will occur sooner. Replace or repair can be expensive.

The true cost of keeping the house is the mortgage payment plus upkeep. Oh and let’s not forget taxes. Then there is a little thing called insurance that is required by the mortgage holder.

The industry calls it PITI = principle, interest, taxes and insurance. Depending upon the length of time of the mortgage and whatever your down payment was it normally comes out 10% annually of the selling price divided by 12 or 1% of the selling price each month.

If the house cost $200,000 that figures about or close to $2,000 per month.

If you are 55 years old do you want to take on that obligation? Wouldn’t it be smarter to rent? If the same quality home can be rented for $1,200 per month the renter could save the difference of $800 each month and in 10 years at retirement have $96,000 plus interest. I can guarantee he would not have that in home equity if he bought the house when he was 55.

Furthermore renters pay much less for rental insurance and have the ability to move to a new location any time. Renters do not have to put on a new roof or replace an old hot water heater. No major upkeep out of pocket expense.

How about a 6 month rental in Canada for the Summer and 6 months in Florida, Mexico or Dominican Republic for the Winter? The only extra would be travel expenses.

With so many rentals available the foreclosure prices are not yet a great buy. If a person wishes to buy there are yet about 4,000,000 more distressed properties to hit the market in the next 2 years. Prices will be even lower than today.

Do the numbers before you buy.…

The Importance of Shower Window Curtains

Shower window curtains allow lighting to come into the inside stall or tub area for greater visibility and privacy while taking an enjoyable shower or bath. These curtains are water and mildew resistant, made out of high quality vinyl. Their opaque section comes in a variety of pleasing solid colors as well as the standard white or beige. They are easy to match with other bathroom accessories and decor. These curtains look fabulous with a shower valance or external print curtain as well as one that is lacey. These windowed curtains come in the same sizes as the opaque standard curtain and affix to the shower rod like an ordinary shower curtain, with decorative rings or hooks. They are an excellent replacement for the conventional shower curtain; lending elegance and luxuriousness to any bathroom.

The top window section of this kind of curtain only reveals the top of a person’s shoulder, neck and head. Complete privacy is absolutely assured. The person enjoying their time in the stall can see out of the top window section. No longer does one have to feel completely enclosed and separate from the rest of the bathroom. For a guest bathroom, they give a showering or bathing moment luxury that a guest might not have at his or her home. They are opulent and can make the stall or tub seem more appealing, instead of a small and cramped space. This could facilitate one’s guest feeling very welcome throughout the visit.

These important windowed curtains do not have to be treated any differently than an ordinary shower curtain. They clean and rinse the same. These curtains are durable and long lasting. They are a good value and are easy to replace if one decides to change the bathroom’s colors or decor. These can update an older bathroom’s look into a more contemporary and stylish ensemble. This special window topped type of curtain is uniquely different and eye appealing; a great accessory.

As an excellent bathroom necessity, these keep the water and soap suds from leaving the stall or tub area. A person does not have to worry about water leaking onto the floor or rugs while showering; prevents those undesirable soapy water spots from forming around the bottom of the exterior of the tub or stall. This kind of curtain keeps the outer-side of the tub streak free; keeps soap and water where they belong. Shower window curtains are great to have in any bathroom.…

How To Install Granite Countertops

Granite is a hard, igneous rock that can be cut into different shapes and makes a perfect material for making countertops. It is not only beautiful, but also durable and resistant to heat. Granite countertops are a luxurious addition to any kitchen or bathroom. They are available in a range of beautiful and unique designs to choose from.

In the past, it was advised to hire a professional for the installation of a granite countertop. Now, many companies offer DIY granite countertops kits that you can install yourself. Here are a few steps to install a granite countertop on your own:

– Once your cabinets are installed and securely anchored to the floor and walls, use craft paper to take exact measure for your countertop. It is important to include one to one a half inch overhang for the edges which will be facing the cabinets. Granite countertops are available in a range of styles and colors. You should choose one on the basis of the overall design and style of the kitchen and color of the cabinets and flooring. Buy a countertop either from a local retail store or you can also order one online.

– Cut plywood to fit on the top of the cabinets to support the weight of the granite. It is important to make sure that the plywood is square and level. Then, use pilot holes to screw the plywood in place to prevent it from cracking.

– Granite is a heavy stone and may break if not handled properly. You can get assistance in lifting the counter to set it on the top of the cabinet. Make sure that the countertop fits well in the cabinet.

– After that, remove the granite and create a pilot hole in the mark sink cutout using a drill. Use a jigsaw to create a hole for the sink. Install the sink properly and make sure that it fits properly.

– In the next step, level the seams for the slabs. It is important that the seams are absolutely leveled before gluing. Use screws beneath the plywood to make adjustments to the height of the granite.

– Apply silicone around the edges of the plywood every 6 to 12 inches. Seal the granite by laying a bead of caulk around the outer edge of the sink and the top of the sink. Fix the granite slab into place to make sure that the seams are tightly matched.

– Use blue masking tape to tape over the seam. Fill the seams using a dollop of polyester based resin and add small amount of color. After that, pull off the masking tape so that the mixture doesn’t dry on the tape. Once the color dry, smooth the countertop with a seam stone until it becomes smooth.

To clean the granite countertop, use only mild cleaning products and avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures.…

Tips on Choosing an Outdoor Garden Fountain

SIZE of the garden fountain should be the first thing to consider. A fountain may be great to look at but more importantly it needs to fit into your garden landscape. If you have a relatively small garden, it doesn’t make sense to install a grand fountain that covers most of your garden views. The fountain must not stand out and be the sole focus in your garden. It should either blend in with the rest of your garden or the garden must enhance the fountain. Picking the right size outdoor garden fountain is vital.

SHAPE of the garden fountain is the next important thing to decide. This has less to do with garden space and more to do with you and what you prefer. You need to determine what suits your garden and more importantly, what expresses you and your lifestyle. Garden fountains come in a variety of shapes including animals and wildlife, statuary, tiered, pedestal, rock and wall, just to name a few. Deciding on the shape of your fountain may be your most difficult task.

TYPE of fountain water flow must be considered when you are deciding on a shape.

BUBBLING FOUNTAINS are the most versatile and perhaps best-suited for most home gardens. Typical design involves a single jet of water produced below the water surface in the center of a glazed pot. The water runs over the edges of the pot and runs quietly down the sides into a basin where it’s collected and recycled by a small pump. These fountains are perfect for smaller, intimate spaces since they don’t make much sound, just quiet bubbling.

SPILLING FOUNTAINS have water exiting from a spout and dropping unimpeded into a basin. Be sure you listen to these types of fountains before you make your purchase. They can produce quite a bit of sound. Even a single arc of water splashing into a basin can be too much sound for a small space. Unless it’s just a drip, the sound is energizing and active, not relaxing,

JET FOUNTAINS are perfect for large spaces since the water becomes rather architectural and rather dramatic. In a large space, seen (and heard) from some distance, these fountains can become a main focal point. But there are also simple, small-scale jet fountains for small spaces, too. The water hits the surface as multiple droplets and jet fountains are typically not as loud as spilling fountains.

SEASONAL or YEAR ROUND Another important factor to consider when deciding on a garden fountain is whether you want it functioning year round. A seasonal fountain must be shut down in the winter months if you are in a colder climate. Otherwise the water could freeze and cause damage. You may also need to relocate it inside to protect it from harsh temperatures.Year round outdoor fountains are heated and can be left running in the winter months. The two main types are solar powered or electrical.…

Tips For Painting And Decorating Your Restaurant’s Kitchen

Styling the kitchen of your restaurant is vital because this is where production begins and ends. In fact, restaurant painting and decorating should start where the cooking is: at the kitchen. The design of the kitchen includes a bunch of other decorating stages, including choosing the paint colour, deciding the layout, and selecting the kitchen appliances. Effective kitchen design results in greater efficiency of kitchen staff, which translates to higher productivity and better quality.

Consider an overall design or theme. Kitchen design normally follows a basic pattern, which is then made extraordinary by the bits of detailing and styling. Communicate specific requirements with your painting contractors so that the outcome turns out exactly what you want and need for your restaurant. Work out the details from a basic design – the very foundation of the way you decorate your restaurant kitchen. The basic design likewise commands the other aspects or areas of your establishment, including the dining area, counter section, and restrooms.

When it comes to general design or theme, you actually have a long list of options. One of the common choice themes is white, which makes the restaurant looking tidy and spacious. If you want to evoke a classic, country appeal, go for browns and greens, or match white with blue. Professional decorators can offer suggestions on how best to decorate your kitchen. If you want a really impressive kitchen, go for the showy shades of red, yellow, orange or pink. For themes, you may want a Tuscan kitchen, a traditional Irish diner, or retro theme.

Painting and decorating the kitchen should be done with consideration for safety. Some paint gets damaged quickly when exposed to fire, heat, oil and water – which are common elements in the cooking area. Not all surfaces are best coated with paint; some are best covered in granite tile or marble tile, which are easier to clean and resist food spill damage. Some sections of the walls need backsplash that keeps walls dry and attractive regardless of the activities in the kitchen. However, synchronise the colour of your tiles, decors, furniture, equipment and paint to come up with a unified look.

Kitchen safety is enhanced with proper lighting and proper layout. Space and lighting are maximised or improved with your choice of paint colour. Dark colours can make your kitchen cramped and narrow while bright colours make it spacious and well-lit. Then too, colour helps create an ambiance for your restaurant that encourages appetite. It’s been found that the red, oranges and yellow makes an area cheerful and pleasant for cooking and dining. Painting and decorating your restaurant kitchen must be well-thought-out to make the area as efficient and attractive as you want it to be.…

Top 5 Places That Tourists Must Visit In India

India is alluring its visitors since time immemorial. It gives an affable affair, which is unforgettable to its visitors. India offers an overwhelming diversity of natural beauty, flora, and fauna. Moreover, a proud history of social legacy is renowned for its hospitality to people who are intrigued by the numerous enchanting stories about India.

In the event that you additionally wish to spend some memorable moments in this country, then you ought to look at this rundown of most renowned places in India, which you can visit.

1. Agra:

Situated in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra is home to numerous notable attractions ranging from the exceptional Taj Mahal to the brilliant Agra Fort, the Swami Bagh and Ram Bagh gardens and endless tombs and different landmarks, each full to the brim of Mughal flavor. Places one must include in the tour itinerary for Agra includes:

• Taj Mahal

• Agra Fort

• Fatehpur Sikri

• Sikandara

2. Kashmir:

Kashmir is the most beautiful region in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, which is popularly known as the “Switzerland of India “. Kashmir tours are best known for beauteous sunsets by pristine Dal Lake, rejuvenating nature walks in the lush jungles, the adrenaline rush of adventure activities, love for folk culture, art, and architecture and so much more. Some famous tourist spots in Kashmir includes:

• Dal Lake

• Shankracharya Hill

• Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

• Mughal Garden

• Hazratbal mosque

• Chasme Shahi Garden and Shalimar Bagh

3. Mumbai:

Located in the southwestern part of India, Mumbai is the Business Capital of India. It is one of the most glamorous and happening cities of India. With innumerable sightseeing destinations and a vivid scope of things to do, Mumbai hurls a large group of incredible experiences to its visitors. Given below are some famous tourist spots in Mumbai:

• Gateway of India

• Haji Ali

• Juhu Beach

• Marine Drive

• Chowpatty Beach

• Ancient Caves

4. Jaipur:

Jaipur is the sparkling city of Indian state of Rajasthan in Northern India. The incredible view of the glorious and garish design of the forts in a blend with the rich convention of workmanship and culture are the fundamental fascination of the visit. It is also known as the ‘Pink City’. While your Jaipur tours you can visit these places for an unforgettable holiday:

• Amber Fort

• Hawa Mahal

• Albert Hall

• City Palace

• Nahargarh Fort

5. Kerala:

Kerala is an enchanting tourist destination situated in the southwestern part of India. It is enriched with grand slope stations, immaculate palm bordered delightful shorelines, exotic wildlife parks and sanctuaries, amazing backwaters, antiquated holy places and royal residences, and so forth. Places one must visit includes:

• Alappuzha Beach

• Cherai Beach

• Backwaters and Houseboats

• Ayurveda and Spa of Kerala

• Beypore Beach

The tourism board advises tourists to contact only fully authorized, reputed and trustworthy tour guides and tour operators to ensure a safe …

Rustic Luxe Interior Design

Rustic Luxe decor is a look that is here, there and everywhere. To describe this look would be where city chic and rustic barn style overlaps in a cool fashion. Rustic woods, earth elements, antiques, faded fabrics and soft cotton throws come together in Rustic Luxury.Together they create interiors that brings together the best of both their worlds. Both feminine and masculine, the ying and the yang, mixed with a palette of warm browns, subtle taupe, white washes and multi layered textures.

Reclaimed distressed wood furniture is a style that speaks to several styles of interior decor but is must have to the rustic luxe look. These beautiful barn doors are made from wood salvaged from old Indian Havelis or buildings. An old door table immediately becomes the statement piece when added to a room. For the finesse of the reclaimed wood try a buffet with wrought iron railings and original tiles.

Metallics create the modern dimension of this look taking luxe into high fashion. Mirrors encased in old jharokha windows or through accessories like metallic hued fabrics and shiny candle holders. A traditionally inspired silver finished armchair, the Queen Of Hearts adds a touch of luxe classic to the room. This classic stands apart from the more worn pieces and the feminine metallic accessories.The kitchen uses rustic antique manjoosh, an Indian chest on wheels with elephants and peacock carvings as an island combined with crystal wine glasses creates luxury decor, practical yet eclectic.

The luxe cabinet styles with raised edges glazed doors in distressed white finish with a ceiling harnessed with warm cedar beams and planks creates a huge statement. Earth hue granite counter tops and back splash with and rustic bar stools pick up the story started by a professional range and a built-in refrigerator with custom doors made from old distressed woods.

The kitchen pantry is wrapped in rustic panels and a sliding barn door does the trick, working well with the mirrored tiles, and cabinet hardware which is porcelain hand painted knobs.Straight clean lines and the warmth of old woods close the space between traditional and rustic.

Creating a kaleidoscope of ideas, mixing unusual tribal earthy colors, getting away from the norm, yet keeping it classy and sophisticated, rustic luxe is the tribe norm. Warm turquoise patina buffets, smooth textured wood tones contrasting with sleek clean lines, tapestry fabrics with fabulous multi hued texture placed against smooth calf leather, mirrors and glass sprinkled in for decorative elegance.

Rustic Luxe is a lifestyle trend allowing the freedom to put favorite items together so that a person’s individual style shines. Create Rustic Luxe interiors with old antique doors carved by hand, telling the stories of the past, consoles and dining tables in distressed finish and armoires with tribal painting, a design trend that is timeless and as beautiful as you!…

5 Genius Tricks That Help You Clean the Bathroom

It’s time to clean your bathroom again and the fear of hellacious dirt steps into the spotlight. Sounds familiar, right? Hair-clogged drains, mysterious grease on the floor, stains all over the place – worry no more. Here are 5 genius cleaning tips for your bathroom that will make the task a little less fearsome:

Toilet cleaning fizzy bombs – start with what is probably the very worst part of cleaning your bathroom – the toilet. It is an activity that nobody fancies. Gladly there is a solution – using those easy-to-make fizzy bombs can make things way easier. It’s really simple – you need baking soda, citric acid and water. You slowly add the water, so that the ingredients can mix together without fizzing up. Then add a few drops of essential oils (lavender, lemon, etc.) to give a nice fresh aroma. Once the mixture is ready, pour it into ice cube trays, stick that in the freezer until it solidifies into cubes and then put one or two in the toilet. Once it’s done fizzing up – flush the toilet… and that’s it!

Homemade surface spray – the following mixture can be used to disinfect and clean your sink as well as most of the smooth surfaces you have in your bathroom. Simply mix equal parts of water and vinegar with a few drops of essential oils of your choice to give it a nice scent and subdue the unpleasant smell of vinegar. The container can be a small spray bottle. Keep in mind that some surfaces don’t react well to vinegar, so be careful if you are to use it outside the bathroom. Spray, rinse, repeat.

Cleaning your hardware – as you already know from more than a few life hacks, lemon works surprisingly well and could be used in a variety of ways when it comes to domestic cleaning. One thing you can apply it on is the metal hardware of your shower or tub, or even sink – basically you just rub the lemon on it, after which you wipe it off with a slightly damp cloth. Be careful if you are to use it with salt, because that can leave scratches on your otherwise shiny, spotless hardware.

Polishing your showerhead – lemon isn’t the only ingredient out there which you can rely on when it comes to shiny surfaces. Sometimes your showerhead can get grimy and a little repulsive – what you can do is soak an old shirt or a towel in vinegar and wrap it around the showerhead. You can then use one of the other tricks and apply essential oil just to get the vinegar smell out of it. This helps the water flow and gets all the filth away.

Glass shower door – for your shower screen you can mix up equal quantity of vinegar and water again, but this time without essential oil. Using the oil sometimes causes streaking on the doors, so careful not to find that out the …