Why Own a Popcorn Maker? The Benefits

popcornPopcorn makers are a top invention that has come out in recent years, they’re creeping into more and more kitchens around the world and are great for every day use as well as special events such as having friends round or throwing parties. So what are the benefits? Why should you invest in having one of these in your house ready to pop your favorite snack?

Firstly, you can experiment, most micro popcorn or the stuff you can buy bagged in the shop is already flavored meaning you don’t have a choice in the matter, this way you can do what you want with your popcorn and I’ve seen everything from salt and pepper to peanut butter flavors used on home made popcorn.

Next up, its always fresh, we love fresh! It is important to make sure that where you can you make things at home instead of consuming a lot of additives and preservatives, this is made at home and served fresh and warm, no stale cold popcorn for you or your family.

The third thing we’re going to mention is the potential to use it at events, you can even use it at a fundraiser to sell popcorn, but everything from sports to movies have long gone hand in hand with this snack, and if you’re having a night in with pals there’s not much more exciting than to bring out a popcorn popper.

They look cool too, they’re an awesome, fun thing to bring out and kids love to use them at home, and your friends will be intrigued if they walk into a kitchen with a popcorn maker, whether its a massive model with cart (some of which are reviewed here) or whether it is a stovetop maker which has a clever turning mechanism.

Also, and finally on our list, you can easily avoid burning, they have temperature control so that it doesn’t overheat and burn, as we all know that popcorn spoils and tastes disgusting when it is black and burned, this way you don’t have to worry about that!

How to Buy Hair Removal Products

Beards and facial fuzz look extraordinary on the individuals from the foo fighters, however less on the ladies out there. Few issues are more humiliating for a woman than female face hair, however it’s a typical issue. Whether your issue is managing dim, coarse hairs or a cover of pale fluff, new at-home items such as epilators and dermatologist medications are making getting rid of hair not so much agonizing but rather more simple as a process.

Why do a few ladies get facial hair?

The most widely recognized reason is familial hirsutism, which implies that there is a hereditary inclination toward abundant hair development. Get checked by a specialist to screen out the few infection expresses that can bring about facial hair development in ladies. Some of these conditions and ailments can be effectively treated with oral meds like anti conception medication pills or others. A few prescriptions likewise can build hair development: testosterone, seizure meds, some different kinds of steroids. The hormonal changes encompassing being pregnant and going through menopause can likewise precipitate it.

Laser removal and types of electrolysis offer the nearest thing to lasting hair evacuation you can get, yet they surely aren’t a possibility for everybody. “Laser” alludes to an extreme beat of light, which implies it conveys a danger. Electrolysis includes embeddings a fine needle into the hair shaft to absolutely disable the hair creating cells.

Positives: These alternatives are regularly charged as lasting methods, and a lot of individuals have thus been given the capacity to say farewell to undesirable hair for good.

Cons: Both electrolysis and lasering can be difficult – albeit, subjectively, I’d say less so than waxing or sugaring. Expenses can likewise be high and, sadly, these techniques aren’t suitable for all skin sorts. On the off chance that you have darker skin then you may discover these choices are not the most wisely prescribed.

We recommend that Epilating is one of the top methods and I currently use the Emjoi AP-18 which I’ve found to be really efficient and easy to use on the unwanted hair that grows on my body both bikini line and other places such as a bit of fuzz on the old face.


World’s Best Shopping Cities Pt2

kuala-lumpur-170688_640Following on from the popular post about our favourite cities in the world to shop, we conclude it with part 2. Hopefully you all enjoyed part one, and it inspired you when thinking about where to go on your next shopping trip abroad.

Next up we have Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL. KL is a massive massive city scape, that offers one of the most unique shopping trips we have been on. It can claim to have three of the worlds largest malls, showing you straight away that size is a big factor here. The worlds fourth largest mall, 1 Utama, is an incredible mix of 650 shops. With exotic plants spread across a huge rooftop garden, with fresh water ponds and possibly the most visually pleasing shopping experience we have ever had. They have a superb balance of high quality products, great value and fantastic customer service that shows just how highly they value the customers. Retail really is king here, and the lush surroundings you have while deciding how to spend your money is a huge draw for us.

We could not have a list like this without mentioning one of the most iconic tourist destinations for anything in Europe, let alone shopping and particularly food and fashion. Of course we talk about Paris. The legendary sights such as the Eiffel Tower are great, but leave them till the evening and shop till you drop during the day. It is not perhaps the most competitive in terms of value, but they still have a huge range of sales that you have to check out. There are plenty of places as well offering reduced price designer goods, so if you look around you can find some great discounts. Just do not expect it to be consistently cheap everywhere you go. Experience as you shop is fantastic, with so many little cafes eateries and restaurants catering for all need. The iconic feeling delivered when shopping in Paris was a huge draw for us, and you can easily find yourself getting sucked into a whole new lifestyle that is offered when shopping in the capital of France.

The World’s Best Shopping Cities Pt 1

tokyoWe all love a nice holiday, especially if we can do a heap load of shopping! Some look for bargains, some look for high quality good, some look for things that can only be found abroad. No matter what though if you love your shopping, our two part series on the best places to go is a must read.

We start with the most iconic of locations, New York City. Yes it may be crammed full with loads of tourists, looking as much at famous landmarks as they are retail outlets, but that’s all part of it. In terms on an experience it can not be matched, it is iconic and the home of style and chic. A must for any fashion enthusiast. It is relatively easy to get around with its subway, and taxi’s, just try not to get too weighed down by the weight of your bags. We would advise attacking it over a course of days, so you can fully embrace it all. In terms of value I t is very good if you shop around, but not the top of our list. Its the variety that wins the day in New York though. So many different styles and options that literally cater for every need you could ever have. Be it vintage art, the latest fashion trends or high tech cutting edge electronics. New York has it all covered.

Next up we have Tokyo Japan. The king of the department store, and an experience that rivals New York. It can not match it in terms if iconic feel, and atmosphere, but in terms of an experience it comes close. The unique look and feel of this city that is so jam packed with tech and bright lights, it almost feels crowded. Yet not in an uncomfortable way. Getting around is easy enough, but obviously be prepared to be dealing with one of the busiest and most popular cities in the world. Tech is the king here and you will be amazed by what you can see. There is still though plenty of room for traditional Japanese culture and art. The department store gods Isetan have their main store there. It has 8 buildings stretching over 2 city blocks, and have a variety of different language speaking staff. You can book your own personal shopping consultation about anything from fashion to food, and you really do feel like royalty.

For the next part of our article be sure to come back to our site, so you can find out more about the places we love to shop, all over the world.

The Fall of Woolworths

wpp;The fall of Woolworths  Woolworths was first found in America in the late 1800’s as the F.W Woolworth company. Frank Woolworth found he has ancestors in Britain, and decided in 1909 to set up his first store in Liverpool. Over the next 100 years Woolworth became a British institution, having shops in just about every high street and town centre in the country. There mixed offerings of electronics, confectionery, household items and many more drew customers in.

The size of their stores continued to grow massively, and possibly beyond their needs, and means. One 5 story site was eventually bought by department store chain House of Fraiser, showing just how big some stores had become. When in reality it was not needed. The real tough times came though when Woolworths decided to split from their American parent company, and where bought by a forerunner that would eventually become Kingfisher and Woolworths group PLC.

Striking out on their own in the late 80’s Woolworths started to struggle with being able to price competitively. Being outdone on audio and electronics by specific chains dedicated to that market share, and being hit hard by supermarkets rock bottom prices, and huge range of choice. All this without the backing of their larger American parents, meant it was always a losing battle.

Store sizes got smaller, and other ventures to claw back custom seemed to fail. Stores launched “out of town” where eventually closed before they got off the ground, the online catalogue they released to rival Argos enjoyed early success, but was hard to maintain, and their Big W stores, also slowed down. Eventually having the sites bought by supermarket chains ASDS and Tesco.

When the global financial crisis hit in 2008, Woolworths were doomed. The banks they owed called in their debts, and Woolworth simply could not cope. The administrators were called in, and the retail arm of their business was sold of for a nominal fee of £1. A move highly criticised by the companies owners. This left Woolworths to clear out all stock in their stores, and face liquidation. Over the Christmas of 2008, the end was swift, and hard hitting. 207 stores closed on the 27th of December 2008, and by 9th January 2009 the remaining 600 closed their doors for the final time as well. A harsh lesson in just how hard the recession hit businesses, and just how a company that peaked at having 800 stores, could crumble almost over night.

Britain’s Biggest Supermarket Chains

Grocery cart

Grocery cart

Supermarkets have rose massively over the last 20-30 years. They have taken trade away from the high street and traditional local business, as they can not compete with the huge discounts offered by the supermarket chains on groceries. They did not stop with food though, as they continued to stock more and more household, entertainment and clothing products. Creating a one stop shop for everything you could need, all under one roof. Saving time, money and effort. In recent times the market has got even more competitive, and the rise of the retailer has seen the big supermarkets take a hit. As stores like Aldi and Lidl offer bargain prices, while maintaining the quality.

Tesco is the largest supermarket chain in the UK, with market share of 28.4. They are actually struggling slightly compared to their peak share of 31.6. Still they remain the powerhouse despite recent bad press for the horse meat scandal, and financial mismanagement. They can claim to be the UK’s largest all purpose retailer, with their online business , express convenience stores and Tesco extra electronics and online catalogue.

Next we have ASDA, owned by a subsidiary of American giant Wallmart. An extremely popular option in the UK, mainly because of their fantastic pricing, ASDA can account for a market share of 17.1, and this is pretty much their peak. Showing they are on the rise, and that the importance on value is higher now than ever.

Third on the list remains Sainsburys. Sainsburys have tried as little as possible to compromise on their beliefs. Sticking with higher priced, more upmarket goods, and not bowing to the constant calls for price cuts. Although their latest efforts to introduce a loyalty card to rival Tesco’s club card and Morrisons match and more shows they may be feeling the pinch. They have a market share of 16.9, in 2000 this was closer to 18.

Completing the “big four” we have Morrisons. Starting off in the north west of England, they drove focus on fresh food, and having traditional craft skilled staff on site. Being able to visit their market street and get advice form a skilled butcher or baker, with products produced in store, on the day. They have over 450 stores and a market share of 10.9. IN recent years they have struggled massively, undergoing many chances at boardroom level, and diversifying a lot more into clothing, online and convenience sectors.

To highlight the rise of the discounters, Aldi recently overtook quality food specialist waitrose as the UK’s 6th largest supermarket. You probably could not get two chains more different in belief. And this shows how tough the battle is, and how price really is king in the current market place. As the face of how we shop continues to change in these tough economic times, the war on price will continue, and the evolution of some of our most loved supermarket chains will no doubt continue. It provided a world that is an advantage for the consumer, as every store in the country is doing anything they can to outstrip the other, and that will always lead to great opportunities for getting the best value.

History of the Grocer Magazine

Grocery cart

Grocery cart

The grocer is an iconic British grocery magazine, that has been published since 1862. Its opinion carries serious weight, and their own awards and surveys are considered the pinnacle of the grocery game in the UK. If The Grocer thinks you are doing a good job, then you probably are.

They are known for always having the inside scoop on what is going on within the boardrooms, and internal corridors of some of the UK’s biggest grocery retailers, and deliver a honest and impartial opinion. This can frustrate and annoy some grocery giants, but it is something that they have accepted over the year.

It has reached such a stage of importance, and has become such a powerhouse in the grocery sector that the Grocer 33 has become one of the most coveted measuring sticks for UK grocers to core highly on. The grocer will send a mystery shopper into the 5 leading grocery retailers in the UK, and mark them on a range of areas. These areas are Price and availability, on 33 pre selected lines. The results are then published monthly and held in the highest regard by all the supermarkets involved.

As we mentioned earlier as well they have a series of awards, that you have probably seen boldly advertised by many supermarkets if they are fortunate enough to have won them. These include the Grocer Gold Awards, The Grocer own Label Food and Drink Awards, The Grocer Food and drink Awards, and the Convenience Retail Awards.

The wide range of awards covering all different aspects shows how the Grocer has always been ahead of the curve in terms of the ever changing face of grocery retail. As convenience and own brand sectors grew, they adapted to cover this crucial area, and have always made sure they bring you the best, most up to date information possible.