Top Running Strollers For 2015

Jogging is a time tested method for getting back into shape after giving birth.  For those active moms (and dads) who find the time to take care of their bodies as well as their kids, getting a jogging stroller is a great way to kill two birds with one stone.  You also get the added aerobic benefit of pushing your young one around, which can enhance your workout by 20% or more.  The kids love it because they get to go on an outside joy ride.  So it really is a win-win for everyone involved.

Luckily, there are several quality options available in 2015 for those looking for a new stroller.  Big wheels that swivel, comfy and cool materials, and advanced safety features ensure that both runner and rider will enjoy the entire experience.

Below are some of the top models being sold which have the highest owner ratings.

BOB Revolution SE

This is a safe pick as it is one of the best selling and best rated jogging stroller on the market.  This unit has an extremely solid track record with parents over the years and it continues to be a very worth pick for anyone in the market for a new stroller.  Light weight, durable, easy to guide, and plenty of storage usually have this as one of the top 10 jogging strollers that you can buy.  It is great for runners who do not want to worry about the safety or comfort of their children.

Baby Jogger X3 Summit

For parents that like to go off-roading, this is a terrific option.  Great suspension and big wheels make this a serious contender for anyone looking to take their jogging stroller outside of the city and off the beaten path.  Very durable and easy to clean materials as well.

Graco Fast Action Jogger

For those that need something that is easy to fold and get out of the car then this is a great option.  Simple design along with versatility make this a hit with parents.  Very easy to move in and out of the car and store away during the winter months.  This jogging stroller gets high marks from parents of small cars as well.  It provides a safe and comfy ride for kids.

Get Out and Jog

Running has always been a quick way to get a healthy workout.  Involving your kids can also be quite a motivating factor as well.  Finding the right equipment can go a long way to providing a family activity that everyone can benefit from and enjoy.  Strollers can be a significant investment, especially those designed to be used a faster pace, but the positive impact that they can provide can definitely make it worth it.



The Joy of Homemade Ice Cream

ice-cream-machine-reviews-2015One of the great memories that I had when I was a kid was going over to my grandmother’s house and making ice cream…the old fashion way.  Lots of ice and some salt and a lot of churning.  The reward was well worth it, but it sure was quite a bit of work.  Luckily, today it is a lot easier to get the same great tasting results in the comfort of your own home.  It can be as simple as mixing the ingredients and hitting a button.  Sure today’s youth have it a lot easier, but guess what, so do today’s elderly.

I look back at some of the things I used to do as a child and how much work went into it and constantly shake my head.  This is especially true with making ice cream.  Today’s ice cream makers would seem like a gift sent from an alien planet to my grandmother, but I am sure that she would adapt pretty quickly.  So if you are in the market for a capable machine to make your own frozen desserts, then the list below should be of some help.

Top 3 Ice Cream Machines for 2015

We love making our own ice cream so much that we have put together our own list of the top units, including the one that we use ourselves.

Breville BCI600XL Smart Scoop

Yes, I splurged as this is not a cheap or budget friendly ice cream maker, but it sure is pretty awesome.  The LCD display is something that you will not see on other machines, and it is pretty useful and modern looking.  It gives all the setting information and it looks pretty cool.  We own a few Breville appliances, they have all have been excellent machines, including this one.  We have made tons of ice cream, and since this unit has its own compressor, you do not have to stick the bowl in the freezer for hours for it to work properly.

We have used this particular model for about 2 years and it has given us nothing but joy, and terrific tasting ice cream.  It is usally among the top rated machines in various ice cream maker reviews online with extremely high customer feedback.

Cuisinart ICE-100 Ice Cream Machine

Okay, so this is another expensive model, but we have used this one on a couple of occasions and we were very impressed with its capacity and simplicity.  This ice cream maker also has its own compressor which makes it super convenient, especially for those that don’t like to plan ahead and do things on the fly.  It is versatile and can make other types of frozen treats, such as gelato or frozen yogurt for those that like to experiment.

Cuisinart ICE-21

Finally, an inexpensive model that performs rather well.  We have had a batch of ice cream made in this machine and it was very tasty.  Cheap and easy is how the owner of this ice cream maker described it.  Anyone looking to get their first machine without investing a lot up front should consider this model.

Bring Back the Memories

If some of your best childhood memories of your family involve making ice cream, then why not pass that tradition along.  Nothing is more rewarding or fun that to sit down with the grandkids and watch their faces light up as they help make dessert for everyone.  Making new memories, and ones that they might some day look back on with the same fondness that you do, can be a rather priceless feeling.  Buying an ice cream maker has been a worthy endeavour for our family, maybe it can be the same for yours.

Want to see the Breville ice cream maker in action?  Check out this video below to see exactly how it works and what it has to offer.

Best Juicers In 2015

top juicers on the market

If you are looking for a simple and easy way to make a huge positive impact on the way you feel, the amount of energy you have, and your overall health, then getting a juicer is something that you should be considering.  Why spend endless amounts of money on vitamin supplements that are not easily absorbed, when you could be powering up on nature’s own vitamin and mineral resources.  If you want to start of 2015 doing something for yourself that can have long lasting benefits, then take the leap and get your kitchen a juicing machine.

To help you down the path to improve your health, we have put together a list of some of the top juicers currently on the market.  Finding the best juicer is just the first step, but it is also the most important one.  Whether you choose a masticating juicer or a centrifugal machine, just getting something to help you juice fruits and vegetables on a daily basis will be better than nothing.  So let’s take a lot at some of the top rated juicing models available.

Breville Juicers

Breville makes some of the best selling and top owner rated juicing machines that you can buy.  Nearly all of their centrifugal juicers are excellent performers and they are a terrific option for anyone who needs a fast machine.  You cannot go wrong buying a Breville juicer, and their reviews bear that out.

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite

This is one of their flagship juicers and it is their top rated model with users.  It features and all stainless steel design, with stainless steel cutting discs, and it has one powerful motor.

  • Fast
  • Loud
  • Powerful Motor
  • Easy to Clean
  • Easy to Use
  • Excellent Customer Ratings
  • Pricey

Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus

Similar to the model above, this juicer is also a great choice for anyone wanting to get into juicing for the first time  as it is about half of the price of the Juice Fountain Elite.

  • Fast
  • Easy to Clean
  • Simple to Use
  • Best Seller
  • More Affordable
  • Loud

Breville BJE200XL Juice Fountain Compact

This is their best bargain juicer and perfect for anyone on a tight budget.  It has a shorter, more compact design.  It also has just one speed which devours anything that you want to juice.

  • Budget Friendly
  • Compact
  • High Speed
  • Fast
  • Loud
  • Not Good With Leafy Vegetables

Omega Juicers

Omega makes some of the highest rated masticating juicers on the market.  They are slower than Breville models, but this helps them be a lot more quiet as well as more efficient.  They are great at juicing leafy vegetables and they get more juice out of a wide range of fruits and veggies with a better quality juice.  You also can’t go wrong with an Omega juicer since they provide some of the most extensive warranties available of any juicer manufacturer.

Omega 8006 Nutrition Center

This is not a new juicer, but it still continues to be one of their most popular models.  Very good choice for someone that has a few extra minutes to juice and wants to get the best quality.

  • Great for Leafy Veggies
  • High Juice Yield
  • Quality Juice
  • Very Quiet
  • Slower

Omega NC800HDS Nutrition Center

This is one of their newer models that has a few things that 8006 does not.  Most notably, it comes with a larger feed chute.  You can throw bigger sized foods into the juicer and not waste time slicing them up into smaller bits.  Very high quality machine.

  • Wide Feed Chute
  • Higher Juice Yield
  • 15 Year Warranty
  • Great For Leafy Vegetables
  • Very Quiet
  • Slower

Omega VSJ843 Series Upright Juicers

Omega also makes some of the best vertical style masticating juicers.  The Omega VSJ843R and VSJ843Q are great space savers and take up very little room in the kitchen.  They do tend to clog at times with harder vegetables, which should be cut up into smaller sized bits.

  • Space Saving Design
  • Extremely Silent
  • Good For Leafy Foods
  • Expensive
  • More Prone To Jamming

Other Juicers

Omega and Breville are two of the top juicing machine makers, but there are other great options out there as well.  Kuvings, Tribest and Hurom are also very capable juicer options.  Getting a juicer that is right for you may take a little time as they all have their advantages and disadvantages.  But once you find one that fits your needs you can then begin to unlock the goodness of fruits and vegetables in your own kitchen.  Start 2015 off on the right foot, get yourself a juicer.