My newly purchased vacuum cleaner: Hoover Windtunnel T-series

Alright so I bought the Hoover Windtunnel T-series Pet Rewind on Amazon yesterday. Let me tell you, I’m super happy with it so far. Give it a try and my floor is now totally clean of pet hair. Well, that’s $130 well spent. Thanks to Gosureviews for the suggestion. For those who don’t know anything about this vacuum yet, check out this video:

The Hoover actually has separate attachments to tackle pet hair. And it works like charm. I’ve tried so many different vacuums (two of mine and few other borrowed from friends and neighbors). Good suction power, bagless set up, and very easy to clean are some of the points that I like about this baby. But the best feature must be the automatic cord rewinder, which is totally awesome. Seriously, why this is not available on all vacuums? It’s also a lot quieter than my old vacuum.

For those who look to save, it’s really a steal compared to many other models like Dyson. The pet version retails at $130 while the normal version only costs you $90. I was only reluctant to try something this cheap for a vacuum before, but now I’m totally sold on this. The cheaper retail price also means that it will cost you less for replacement and spare parts. I suggest you read over 2000 reviews available on Amazon

4 Best Upright Exercise Bike

Beside eating healthy, you should exercise as often as you can. However, not everyone has the time to join a gym or go to a fitness class. Therefore, getting your own home fitness equipment is the way to go. Stationary exercise bike is the kind of equipment that I use and it’s really easy for everyone, both beginners and seasoned exercisers.

Choosing from the different brands and models of stationary upright exercise bikes is a bit difficult because of the wide selections available in the market. To make it a bit easier to make a decision, let’s look at the 4 best upright exercise bikes this year. Each of these brands equally offer good cardiovascular exercise and, leg and abdominal strengthening work out. Investing in any of these models would be worth your money. You just need to choose which one would work best for you based on your budget and your body needs.

Schwinn-150-Upright-Exerciser-Bike-Transport1. Schwinn 150

This model is of high quality, durable, and offers a lot of features at a very affordable price. Its price ranges from $250 – $300. One good feature of this model is its large console with an integrated Heart Rate Control (HRC) programs. This functions by increasing or decreasing the intensity of work out or resistance level based on the defined heart rate zone. It also offers comfort with its oversized seat and pedals.  It has 16 resistance level, 26 programs and with a 300 pound capacity. The Schwinn 150 upright exercise bike offers a 5-yr. warranty on the frame, 1 year for mechanical and electrical problems, and 90 days on wear parts and labor.

2. Nordic Track GX2.7 Upright

This Upright exercise bike offers a mix of comfort and great motivating features. It is the most comfortable upright bike because of its heavily padded seat and ergonomically designed frame. It also has adjustable handle bars that can be adjusted closer or further from the user. It is compact in size and not bulky making it less space consuming. There are 20 programs and resistance levels to choose from and the price range is between $300 and $350.

3. Sole Fitness B94 Upright

This brand and model of the upright exercise bike offers quality and comfort plus a good warranty. Its great features include 2 HRC (Heart Rate Control) programs, comfortable gel seats that can be adjusted horizontally or vertically. It is also has compatible iPod/MP3 USB ports and speakers for a relaxing workout. The user can select from 6 built-in workout programs and 20 resistance levels. Maximum weight capacity is at 300 pounds. The price is on the high side, around $750 – $800, but it’s surely one of the best upright exercise bikes. It offers very competitive warranty coverage:

Lifetime – frame

3 years – Parts/Electronics

12 Months – Labor

All services are In-Home

4. Lifecore 1050 UBs

This can be a bit expensive compared to the other models. It is a hybrid between a light commercial stationary bike and a high-end upright bike. It has a compact size, well-padded seat for comfort, 16 levels of silent magnetic resistance, and 12 work out programs, and maximum weight capacity of 300 lbs. Its main feature is it has a self-powered generator which is not usually available in upright bikes. It also offers really good warranty coverage of 7 years on parts, 1 year on labor and lifetime on frame. The price is around $900 to $1000.

Narrow down your search for the best upright exercise bike by checking the details of these 4 best upright exercise bikes. Any of these will definitely help you maintain your good health and fitness.

zac’s mac ’n’ cheese twist

zac_mac_cheeseA more sophisticated version of a childhood favorite, this recipe features more complex flavors for your child’s developing culinary palate. You can play with this dish and add veggies and other favorites as you become more comfortable with the ingredients. Enjoy!

Makes 10 servings

1⁄2 cup + 2 tablespoons butter
8 slices whole grain bread (crusts removed),
cut into 1⁄2-inch squares
51⁄2 cups whole milk or rice milk
1⁄2 cup unbleached or all-purpose flour
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons wheat germ
1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1⁄8 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 cups grated Cheddar cheese
11⁄2 cups grated Romano cheese
pound elbow macaroni
1⁄2 cup soft tofu, drained and cubed very small
Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Butter a 9 °— 11-inch glass baking dish.
Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter and toss with the bread. Set aside.
Warm the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently.
Melt the remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium heat. When the butter starts to bubble, add the flour and whisk the mixture for about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the hot milk. Continue cooking the mixture, stirring continuously, until the liquid
bread cubes on top.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cheese mixture bubbles and the bread cubes brown.
Mama Mantra
“Putting a twist on classics expands my son’s palate and can be an opportunity to make traditional foods fresh and healthy.”

sunshine’s chocolate tofu pops

This recipe is made with organic raw dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants and cancer-fighting flavonoids. Processed chocolate contains refined sugars, but raw chocolate does not. If you want to stay away from chocolate altogether, this may not be the recipe for you. I believe that chocolate is fine in moderation, especially if you are using high-quality, organic, raw varieties.

Makes 10
4 ounces silken tofu, drained
1⁄3 cup agave nectar
3 teaspoon ground almonds
1⁄3 cup organic raw dark unsweetened cocoa
powder
1⁄2 cup coconut milk
Mix the tofu, agave, almonds, cocoa, and milk in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until all ingredients melt together.
Pour the mixture into a blender or food processor and puree.
Pour into ice-pop molds. Freeze and enjoy.

Pure Carrot Puree

Carrots are a wonderful source of antioxidants and thus are super healthy. They are fun to eat and generally available year-round. Eating carrots can help protect against heart disease and certain cancers and promote good vision. The vegetable’s beta-carotene is a rich source of vitamin A.

1 pound carrots
Wash and peel the carrots. Cut off the ends.
Chop the carrots into thin rounds (1⁄2 inch thick or smaller).
Steam the carrot pieces for 15 to 20 minutes, or until soft (the flat side of a metal spatula will easily mash the carrots). Reserve the liquid from the steamer.
Transfer the steamed carrot pieces to a food processor. Add 1⁄2 cup of the reserved liquid. Puree until smooth. Continue to add the reserved liquid in scant 1⁄8-cup increments until the puree reaches the desired consistency and smoothness.
“As I make these carrots, I will put all my love
into it and know that I am nurturing my baby’s
body, mind, and soul.”

baby charlie’s apple and mango yogurt

Makes 4 servings

1 medium mango
2 Fuji apples
1⁄2 cup plain yogurt
Wash, peel, core, and cut the mango into 1-inch pieces.
Steam the mango and apples together for 10 to 12 minutes, or until soft. Reserve the liquid from the steamer.
Puree the apple and mango in a food processor with 1⁄2 cup of the reserved liquid. Add more liquid as needed to obtain the desired consistency.
Transfer the apple/mango mixture to a mixing bowl, add the yogurt, and whisk until fully combined.
variation: baby bonnie’s banana-berry yogurt (spring)

• 1 cup fresh raspberries or blackberries
• 3 ripe bananas
• 1⁄4 cup plain yogurt or Greek yogurt