Sick Boys

It’s not the best time of the year to get sick… and all of my three boys, that includes hubby, are sick.:(

First it was the little one two weeks ago before the first big storm this season, so after that, he wasn’t able to enjoy the snow and make snowman in the school grounds. He was sniffling and had a little coughing but thankfully his cough did not last long and was not very severe. Earlier this week, hubby was down again, not with fever, but with high blood pressure. His BP went up and he had to go to the hospital to be checked. The tests done on him all came back negative and so all my worries were erased (for the meantime). Then mid-week, the school boy started coughing and by the time he got home from after-school, he was coughing badly.

Now the school boy just looks so tired and barks (cough) like every minute! My poor baby! I am just thankful that it’s already their winter break and classes won’t start till January 6 next year, the school boy has enough time to rest and so does hubby. Hubby though is just a little worried because his company will have a two-week shut down for the holidays, so that means no pay for him except for the holidays.

I just hope that my boys will be fine before Christmas and New Year so that we can have fun this Christmas and the holidays. Get well soon my boys!

Ozeri Precision Digital Bathroom Scale Review

I am very thrilled to receive the Ozeri Precision Digital Bathroom scale for review. I have read very good reviews about this bathroom scale and it just came in time for my husband and mine’s health challenge.

The Ozeri Precision Digital Bathroom scale arrived in good condition, the packaging was neat and it was made sure to protect the bathroom scale made of tempered glass which is also impact-resistant. It is quite heavy which is good for me because my little boy can’t carry it and play with it. I love the Ozeri scale’s design, so contemporary and thin, the platform’s size is 11.8″ x 11.8″.

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Modern, contemporary design that I love.

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Tempered glass and thin but powerful enough.

The Ozeri Precision Digital Bathroom scale has a maximum capacity of 400 lbs and has weight units in pounds (lbs), kilograms (kg) and British stones (st).The unit is set to calculate weight in pounds and to change the weight unit, the Ozeri scale has a Unit button switch underneath the scale.

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The Ozeri bathroom scale also comes with a CR2032 Lithium battery. I like that I am able to use it immediately upon opening the package. I also love that the scale has an Auto On/Off feature which means it powers on when I step on it and powers off after 10 seconds of inactivity. This helps to conserve the battery. I also love that it has a big LCD screen and the numbers are accurate as the Ozeri scale rounds to the nearest 100 grams.

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Numbers are easy to read with the widescreen LCD.

So far, hubby and I have been using the scale everyday to check on our weight challenge. I am a bit frustrated as my weight has remained slightly the same after one week, that was after our first “weigh in” using the Ozeri scale, while his weight has decreased, he has lost a few pounds already.

Overall, I love the Ozeri Precision Digital Bathroom Scale, the weight is accurate and precise, unlike the conventional or traditional bathroom scale, the contemporary design suits my taste, and I highly recommend this scale. To know more about Ozeri products and the digital bathroom scale, you can hop on to Amazon.ca and even order one for yourself or as a Christmas gift to someone.

*Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the product mentioned above for review purposes only. The opinions are my own, based on personal experience with the product.

Healthy Steps (Jokari US, Inc) Unique Kitchen Helpers Review

Staying healthy and eating right is what hubby and I always try to achieve, but with the temptations of bags of chips, fast food and ready-to-cook meals, sometimes achieving that goal is a little bit of a challenge. So lately, we took that challenge, ditching the bag of chips and soda most especially in our grocery list. We don’t usually go out to dine at restaurants as I always prepare and cook dishes for us all, so that in a way is already a good sign. Aside from that, hubby and I are also in a challenge to start losing weight and to eat right portions. Thankfully, we have Healthy Steps kitchen gadgets to help us eat right, stay healthy and achieve our goals.

I received not just one, but four amazing and unique kitchen gadgets fromHealthy Steps, a division of Jokari US, Inc. Jokari has been creating and unique and inventive housewares to meet our needs. One of these unique and amazingly helpful housewares is Healthy Steps. Jokari sent me these four inventive kitchen gadgets and from day 1, I have never been happier and prepping things have become easier and healthier!

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My Healthy Steps kitchen helpers! From left to right: Salad Dressing Lid, Portion Control Serving Set, Water Infuser and Total Tea Infuser.

For this review, I will be doing the first two products, the Portion Control Serving Set and the Dressing Lid. Since hubby and I are on a health challenge, the Portion Control Serving Set just came in time! What I love about this serving set is that, obviously, it controls the amount of food in our plate. To help us lose weight, eating in right portions and not going for the seconds was quite a tough challenge but we are slowly doing it.

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This is one serving of starch. We are rice eaters and we use the white rice. I’ve read that brown or red are perfect for dieters, but for a start of our challenge, we made use of what we have in our pantry.

The starch serving is just right actually for me, but for hubby it was really a challenge for him since he’s quite over his weight limit and that he eats voraciously (sorry hubby!). I love that this server is just the perfect size.

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This is one serving of protein. We had baked fish for this and the size of the fish was just perfect for the server.

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Half serving of vegetables. We had sauteed vegetable for this and for me, one half serving of vegetable was enough for me.

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A plateful of healthy servings!

What I love about the Healthy Steps Portion Control Serving set is that it is a complete system and it helps promote healthy eating habits. I know I always go for the seconds but with this serving set, I am able to control, that makes me watch over my calorie count, my food intake, thus helping me (and hubby) lose weight. I also love that it’s very use to use and clean. The packaging also included healthy hints and some recipes. Here are some of the healthy tips:

• Once you have your portion, do not go back for seconds
• Eating a variety of vegetables can help reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and help protect against cancers
• Use smaller dishes when eating meals at home
• Sensible portions help maintain a healthy weight

I really love this serving set, hubby and I are really up for a challenge with portioning our meals! It was hard for the first few meals, but we are hoping to get there.

Now on to the Healthy Steps Dressing Lid.

What I usually notice when I make and eat salad at home is the pool of uneaten dressing and for me, it is just a waste. The tendency too is to add more dressing to the salad. But with the Healthy Steps Dressing Lid, I can measure and dispense one serving of dressing! This dressing lid is for plastic bottles only because you have to squeeze the plastic bottle of dressing to fill one serving size chamber.

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The salad dressing bottle plus the dressing lid just sits perfectly on a shelf in our fridge.

One gentle squeeze at the bottom of the salad bottle will fill the chamber, just open the lid and pour the dressing, and that’s it! I have a healthy portion and serving of salad, no more pools of uneaten dressing, no more waste, and 1 serving is equivalent to 2 tbsp of salad dressing.

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There’s my salad. I love to have hard boiled eggs in my salad, hubby and I shared this salad though.

I love the Dressing Lid because it is also very easy to use and to clean I just detach the straw. The packaging also includes healthy hints and salad mix-ins like adding healthy toppers for nutritional kick such as sunflower seeds, dried cranberries or mandarin oranges.

I still have two other kitchen helpers fro Healthy Steps (Jokari US, Inc.) to review. I wanted to do a two-part so that it won’t be a lengthy review, so please do watch out for that.

Thank you very much Jokari US Inc for this wonderful opportunity! You really helped us in our health’s challenge! If you want to know more about these amazing products, visit Jokari US, Inc, follow them on Facebook and onTwitter. These can be perfect Christmas gifts as well!

*Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the product mentioned above for review purposes only. The opinions are my own, based on personal experience with the product.