The Benefits of Infused Water

What Are The Benefits of Infused Water?

Besides tasting great and having zero calories, infused water has many additional health benefits, including:

  • Improves your mood.
  • Flushes toxins from your system.
  • Fills you up so you don’t eat as much junk.
  • Naturally helps your body release fat cells.
  • Keeps food moving through your system.
  • Keeps your organs healthy while you’re sweating.
  • Reduces muscle fatigue while working out.
  • Helps you recuperate faster from a workout.
  • Keeps you from feeling groggy in the afternoon.

Top 5 Most Popular Infused Water Recipes

Everyone has their favorite fruit infused water ingredients, but some are more popular than others. Lemon, lime, strawberries, apples, and oranges and the most popular fruit ingredients, while cucumber, mint, basil, cinnamon, and ginger are the most popular vegetable ingredients.

Here is my list of the top 5 fruit infused water recipes:


#1 – Lemon Water with Mint

When it comes to popularity, the Lemon Water with Mint recipe is the undisputed king of them all. Also called Lemon Detox Water or Lemon Water, this recipe has the benefit of being really simple and tasty. Even though this recipe has only two ingredients, lemons and mint, the sweetness and sour from the lemons create a delicious flavor while also providing lots of Vitamin C and the mint adds a refreshing taste. Drinking lemon water for weight loss is a great idea that you can do cheaply and easily.

#2 – Apple Cinnamon Water

This Day Spa Apple Cinnamon Water recipe has been my most popular personal recipe of all time. I originally wrote the Day Spa Apple Cinnamon Water recipe on a blog post back in April 2012, and it got picked up on Pinterest right away. Within 2 weeks I was getting 40,000 views a day on my website for this recipe! Also called Detox Apple Cinnamon Water, this recipe is delicious and has the benefit of being metabolism boosting.

#3 – Mango Ginger Water

Did you know Ginger and Mango both boost your metabolism? This Mango Ginger Water recipe has been at the top of the charts since it was first introduced. Along with boosting your metabolism ginger also is a natural pain reliever, from migraines to menstrual cramps ginger heals a lot of pain. It also helps reduce morning or motion sickness and banishes heart burn! It’s no wonder this recipe is so popular!

More information

Easy Pancakes



  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 300ml milk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little extra for frying
  • lemon wedges, to serve (optional)
  • caster sugar, to serve (optional)


  1. Put the flour, eggs, milk and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter. Set aside for 30 mins to rest if you have time, or start cooking straight away.
  2. Set a medium frying pan or crêpe pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper. When hot, cook your pancakes for 1 min on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go.
  3. Serve with lemon wedges and sugar, or your favourite filling. Once cold, you can layer the pancakes between baking parchment, then wrap in cling film and freeze for up to 2 months.

Recipe by BBC Good Food 

Kneading A New Food Processor

Food processors are a basic necessity in the modern kitchen. What we did before them who can remember. They can chop, mix, stir, blend , slice, knead, and so the list goes on. Before them every task in the kitchen was very time consuming and labourious. There are so many brands on the market that the choice is probably too much but a decision has to be made on such factors as size, price, storage, cleaning, usefulness, speed, power and style.

Top of the range is the Kenwood Chef Titanium. Available from, this is the all singing , all dancing food processor of my dreams. The price alone would stop me from using it. I wouldn’t allow anyone near it which sort of defeats the object of buying it. For this price I would expect the ingredients to climb in the machine themselves and I could not justify paying this much for a kitchen gadget.
Personally, I am a home baker and believe that all these food processor do the same jobs and I would always go for middle of the range as the same results can be achieved no matter what you pay for the piece of equipment.
At present the best seller would be the Villaware FPVLFPSL01 which is a very sturdy, powerful machine that can handle large quantities. This gadget is middle of the range. Available on, it is reasonably priced and looks like it does a lot of things for the money. A chef inspired gadget which can make even the basic home baker feel like a professional.

A the lowest end of the scale is the Magimix Le Micro available from It may be small in nature but it is a very powerful gadget which can handle many jobs in the kitchen. It has been voted Which Best Buy and at the lowest price it would be affordable by most consumers.

Thanks to the Intex air mattress!

We live in a holiday place – the beach is five minutes away, the weather warm all year round, we have a big house and I enjoy cooking – I even write about it for a living. Guess what? Our friends love to come to visit and we are happy to entertain them.

Sometimes this can be too much, especially when you only have one bedroom with limited sleeping places. The other day, we had a family of five drop in – out of the blue. They had sent a message, but I had been so buried in writing my new cookbook that I had overlooked it.

There they stood with smiling faces on our door step. Unfortunately, we only have three guest beds, too few sleeping places.
While we were still pondering how to accommodate them, a courier arrived – with the Intex air mattress we had just ordered. You cannot imagine our relief. I tipped the courier man an extra five, I was so happy. I even decided to join the people who have written glowing Intex air mattress reviews.
air bed for guest
Thanks to the Intex air mattress, our guests had a wonderful time with us. The Intex mattress was set up in no time at all, thanks to the built-in electrical pump. The flocked surface felt almost like a soft cotton sheet. Although our friends love to eat and their bodies show it, they slept very well. The two chambers of the air mattress make it feel like a solid bed. Nothing shakes, everything holds, even under heavy weights. An indent around the air mattress makes it easy to slip fitted sheets over the air mattress.

Now we don’t have to fear surprise guests any more. We have had our Intex air mattress for well over one year and we have used it many times. The quality is excellent and I don’t want to miss it. When our guests leave, we slip the mattress into its duffel bag and store it in our closet. Its handy size fits into the bottom space of our cupboards where it can rest safe and sound until we need it again.

My Priorities When I Check Out Sewing Machine Reviews



Sewing machine reviews can be confusing and misleading sometimes. It is important to have priorities because these were the basis of my choice when I was looking through what I considered to be the best cheap sewing machines reviews 2015.

The number of stitch patterns is an important aspect that I look for in a sewing machine and one that I prioritize especially since I was not going for the more expensive ones. Some patterns are very useful to have because they can be used on different kinds of materials. I prioritized this because I wanted to experiment with different types of fabrics and I don’t want to be tied down with very limited choices.

Automatic needle threader is another priority because I am over forty and my eyesight is not as it used to be. Even with glasses, I have some difficulty getting the thread in. Most of the sewing machine reviews that I read had a lot of units with this feature, even the really cheap ones. I intend to sew for decades more so this is really a useful thing to have.

I also preferred the more modern sewing machines that had the adjustable feed dogs, are well lit and a computerized display. The feed dogs allow the fabric to move easily through the sewing process and can be lowered or adjusted to suit my needs. Again, my age has affected a lot of things in my body and my eyesight is one of them, which is why it is important to have a lamp in my sewing machine so I can see what I am doing. The computerized display makes troubleshooting easier since a lot of the sewing machines have some form of computer which can detect if something is amiss with the unit.

Of course, other features may tug at your heartstrings and lure you in but I had a budget and intended to stick to it.

Interesting article: Dressmaking for beginners

10 tips for better sewing:

Schwinn Elliptical Machines

Nothing matters most to me than my physical fitness. I always understand that my health is my wealth and physical fitness is part of it. When it comes to maintaining my physical fitness, I ensure that I use the best machine in the market. One such machine is the Schwinn elliptical model that I love as it is budget friendly and comes with lots of nice features that make it comfortable to use. The machine that I have to pick must come with a strong console and also a built-in audio port that will make my daily exercises enjoyable and fun. However, getting the best machine on the market today is a challenge. I always ensure I use the best Schwinn elliptical machine reviews so that at the end of the day, I can get what I want.

So, what is it that I look for on the elliptical machine that I pick for my daily exercises? Apart from the machine being affordable in terms of price, I ensure that the elliptical machine that I pick is comfortable to use and compatible with my body. I can’t have a machine that I can’t use just because it’s cheap. I ensure that I pick an elliptical machine that will meet my needs.

Purchasing the best elliptical machine from Schwinn means I have to do some market research so as to end up with the model that I needed. Different models will come with a different price, specifications and features. Before getting into the market, I always ensure I have asked some of my friends, my gym instructor and other online sources that are genuine. Gathering this information enables me to plan the money I can spend in purchasing an elliptical machine that I need.

For any Schwinn elliptical machine that I have to purchase, it must have a warranty of a minimum ten years. During this period, the manufacturer is liable for repair when my elliptical machine breaks down. The warranty also acts as a way of guaranteeing me that I shall have quality services from the elliptical machine. I don’t like just to buy a Schwinn elliptical machine very costly just because I saw it being advertised.

With the growing technology, for any elliptical machine that I purchase, it must be up-to-date in terms of features and performance. I always ensure that I get a new and innovative machine on the market that will help me keep an active and healthy lifestyle. I always end up getting a machine that is compatible with my fitness goal and that which is within my budget.

With over a hundred years in production, Schwinn is the best place where I get guaranteed of getting the best elliptical machines. The model and specification of the elliptical machine I want will get dictated by the fitness goal I intend to achieve after using the machine.