Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale – A Review

I have been given the opportunity to review the Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale which is kind of fortuitous as my ‘old faithfuls’ are beginning to tire somewhat, much to my chagrin.

What They Say

The scale boasts a shatter resistant glass weighing platform which is completely separated from the touch buttons to ensure the highest possible accuracy. An award winning contoured base that is layered with an arced reflective glass sheet for enhanced sturdiness meaning it stays in place during use.

It has two instant response touch buttons for easy operation.

Equipped with high precision sensor technology that weighs up to 8000 grams (17Ib 10oz) in units of 1g (0.05oz)

Precision Tare feature instantly calculates the net weight of ingredients.

Large high contrast LED screen.

Includes 4 x AAA batteries with an easy access battery compartment.

Packaging

Once again, good old Ozeri comes good again. Not excessive and pretty much all recyclable. The scales came in a recyclable plastic bag (check your local recycling guidelines), protected by two cardboard packers to secure the scales in the box. A separate piece of cardboard to encase the scales and then in a cardboard box. One paper instruction manual (one language).

 

Set Up

After much searching, and quietly cussing, I found the provided batteries in the battery compartment. As with the Ozeri CardioTech I found it quite hard to open the battery compartment and again thought I’d broken it on removal (I hadn’t, but it certainly wasn’t ‘easy’). The scale uses 4 x AAA batteries and a ‘Lo’ will be displayed when the batteries need replacing.

Place scale on a flat, hard surface.

Ensure the scale weighing platform is empty.

Press the On/Tare button to turn on. “HELLO” is displayed briefly during start up followed by ‘0’ when it’s ready to use.

Press the ‘g/Ib:oz’ button to select your preferred unit of measurement.

Place item to be weighed on weighing platform.

Voile… The weight will be displayed.

Tare Feature:

Press On/Tare button.

Place empty bowl/plate/dish onto the weighing platform.

Choose unit of measurement.

Press On/Tare button to reset scale to 0

Add items to be weighed.

Net weight of your added items will appear on the display.

If you need to weigh more ingredients then press On/Tare button again and add next ingredient and continue as needed.

Opinion

These scales are a really stylish addition to my kitchen, clean lines and modern with a mirror like finish (unfortunately, watch out for finger prints). Easy to clean and the weighing platform easily unscrews for a more thorough clean.

Really easy to use, no difficult set up, just stick the provided batteries in, choose the unit of measurement you prefer to use and go. I compared them with my trusty old scales for accuracy and they were pretty much bang on.   

 

So what more can I say? They do as they say on the tin.

The display is large and easy to read and I think I may be retiring my old ones in favour for this more stylish addition to the kitchen family.

**This product was gifted to me for the purpose of this review**

Ozeri CardioTech – A Review

I have been given the opportunity to review the Ozeri CardioTech Premium Series digital blood pressure monitor with colour alert technology.

Packaging

Once again, as with all the Ozeri products I’ve reviewed, packaging isn’t excessive at all. The product comes in a compact case which was protected by a single recyclable (check your local recycling centres) plastic bag. A paper instruction manual and all enclosed in a compact cardboard box.

 

First Impressions

The product itself is sleek enough to look at. It looks sturdy and easy to use AND comes with 2 x AAA batteries (don’t faint now).

 

Functionality

This product measures your blood pressure, pulse rate and detects arrhythmia, is pretty easy to use and on first use I didn’t even look at the instruction manual I just popped in the batteries (the battery compartment lid was pretty tough to get off, to the point I actually thought I broke it on removal but didn’t) checked I had it on the correct wrist, pressed the Power button then the Start button. I will note here that I’ve used these hundreds of times before in my line of work.

How to Use

Place the cuff on your bare skin.

Hold your left arm in front of you with your palm facing upwards. Apply the cuff so the monitor is on the inside of your wrist leaving about half an inch between the top edge of the cuff and the palm of your hand.

Wrap the cuff around your wrist comfortably (not too tight) and secure in place.

Keep relaxed. Sit in an upright position and rest your left elbow on a table or cushion keeping your palm facing upwards and insuring the monitor is at heart level.

Press POWER – The screen will then give you the toon to choose a user (1-3). Press the UP or DOWN arrows to select (the default user is always 1). Note this selection can only be altered during the flashing start up period, once the 0 stops flashing a confirmation beep means the device is ready to use.

Press START – the cuff will inflate (approximately to 170mmHg)

Result – your systolic amd diastolic pressure will be shown on screen along with your pulse rate. The screen will also display in a colour.

  

Functions

The colour displays on screen are Green, Orange and Red, these are used to indicate systolic and diastolic health according to the World Health Organisation. 

Green – Normal;    Orange – Prehypertension;    Red – Hypertension.

The cuff calculates average blood pressure. It stores 1197 blood pressure readings with date and time recall (399 readings x 3 users)

Detects Arrhythmia.

5 year warranty.

All in all a great portable blood pressure monitor. It does what it says on the tin, it’s easy to use and I like how you don’t have to google the result to find out whether you’ve got a healthy blood pressure, it simply tells you that by colour.

I also like the arrhythmia detection too, as someone who sometimes suffers palpitations from time to time it can give peace of mind.

**This product was gifted to me for the purpose of this review**

 

Snoozeshade – A Review

What amazing weather we’ve had again recently. There’s nothing better than blue skies, bright sunshine and heat, it’s the best … Unless you have a toddler/baby that only naps whilst out walking in the pram.

Last year was particularly hot and I investigated pram shades as I thought that they would be preferable to the awkward and rather annoying parasol I had purchased for our Jané Trider.  I quizzed friends who had them, and whom subsequently hated them, and had a good old look at theirs only to come to the conclusion that I wasn’t going to waste my money on one.

The main reason? They’re black! Black absorbs heat! I would be cooking my already hot bod baby! So I went back to spending the summer battling with the parasol and clipping muslins to the hood of the pram and draping them over the legs of my DS to protect him from the rays of the sun whilst still trying to keep him cool.

I was recently lucky enough to be gifted a Snoozeshade Plus Deluxe cover for our pram. I was sceptical, thinking it was going to be just like the others I’d seen and left it on the side until the weather became such that I could use it. My skepticism was totally unfounded.

The first thing that struck me was that, hallelujah, It wasn’t black on the outside but silver grey thus capable of actually reflecting some of the sun’s heat. It’s also made of breathable fabric, not just a nylon mesh making me rest a little easier knowing I wasn’t going to be putting my child in a potential oven.

It’s easily fitted to the pram with plenty of elasticated, popper fasteners (no noisy Velcro in sight, thank god) making it fully adjustable to, I would imagine, any pram. It’s got a zipped vent in the top which you can use as I spy hole. Unfortunately, due to the nature of my pram’s design, this vent doesn’t work for us but I tend to leave a corner of the main opening unzipped.

  

There are 4 ways to create shade and help your baby sleep. The front of it also opens fully so there’s easy access to your child.

  

A mesh front zips into the opening to achieve a lookout mode which shades your child whilst allowing them to see the world around them.

  

Once asleep you can popper the outer fabric shut to achieve Snooze Mode.

  

When not in use these two layers fold neatly into a hidden pocket at the bottom of the shade so it always looks neat and stylish.

  

When not in use the shade is compactly stored into it’s own mesh drawstring bag each can be kept in the pram basket.

Approved by the Melanoma International Foundation, simply put the Snoozeshade has become my must-have essential item that is never removed from the pram. I highly recommend it to anyone, it’s worth every single penny.

19 Months Old

It’s been a fairly eventful and busy month for all of this. The house purchase is slowly coming on despite having to get a concrete survey done to check for Mundic block (all good) and a few minor problems brought to light by the survey but nothing catastrophic so we continue to plod on. I’m just desperate to get in so you have a garden to play in.

So what have we been up to to month? We’ve had lots of play dates and trips out with Mila at the weekends. On the 26th we headed to the beach for a play with Mila and Grayson which was lovely despite all the food going in the sand, not to worry of course, you guys still consumed it all.

  

I suppose the biggest news of the month came on the 30th where your new car seat arrived. We bought the Maxi Cosi Axiss in the end. your first trip out in it was to the Trelay in May Family Festival which was a little odd but you liked running around the field and playing with the hula hoops so it wasn’t a total damp squib. I’m not sure if we just arrived to late or what but there didn’t appear to be much on and the circus skills for children that I read about did just appear to be the hula hoops on the ground. On paper it sounded immense, oh well we live and learn, Daddy’s face was an absolute picture. You seemed to like your new chair and revelled in being able to see so much more and you grinned and laughed all the way there and back. We went to brooks on our way home and the joy ended as it took us nearly 15 minutes of the worst tantrum to get you back in the seat to bring you home. Luckily this has only been repeated once more since and that was after a very long car journey so I can’t blame you for the latter.

  

On the 2nd we met Samuel and Mila at Harlequins in Bude. This was our first time there and I was actually rather impressed, though I was dutifully warned that was the quietest it has been, EVER so that could have explained it. The ball pit in the big kids area (where you insisted on going) was so deep I nearly lost you, you found this absolutely hilarious!

On the 6th we went to the brilliant Gnome Reserve and Wild Flower Garden at Bradworthy with Mila. What can I say? We blooming loved it! We all had to wear gnome hats for the duration and you happily donned your blue fluffy number to the delight of Daddy and I. You guys loved wandering around the gnomes, with you desperate to get up close and personal at every given opportunity. After the Gnome trail we had to walk through the wild flower garden and count all the faeries and answer a quiz… We aced it, of course! The food there was fantastic, homemade sandwiches and cake at extremely reasonable prices. So many of these places sting you for less than mediocre food so it was a welcome relief to find somewhere that doesn’t try and rip you off at every given opportunity.

 

On the 9th we went to see Roo on the farm with Samuel and Mila after group. You guys had a fantastic time in the garden on all of Roo’s trucks and swing then looking at all the animals including the chicks. You marched around the entire farm shouting at stuff and laughing at the top of your lungs. You even sat in a real tractor and I don’t think I’ve ever seen you look so awestruck.

  

On the 11th we started swimming again at Splash! It’s the same session we attended last year so have been going every Thursday since. Not sure the time is the best for you as it’s right in, or directly after your nap time so you’re a little clingy and not always ‘in to it’. I’ll carry on for a couple more weeks and if it’s proving difficult well just go in a normal parent toddler session, without the instructor, which are at better times for you. I’m glad you still love the water though and are handling diving a lot better now too, not bad since the last time you were in the water was at Centre Parks in December… baaaaaaad mummy!

On the 13th we went to the Milky Way again. Unfortunately Mila couldn’t join us as she was picking up her new car seat too. We still had fun though and it suitably exhausted you.

On the 14th we decided to pop up to the first annual Seaweed Festival at Clovelly where we net up with the wonderful @SeasideDolly along with a few other Twitter friends, including Wendy and Lee. You were mesmerised by the geisha girls on stilts, whilst we quietly panicked for them as the marched around the peaving cobbled harbour wall. Dolly captured the most beautiful images of us of which she’s kindly let me use for the purpose of this blog.

   

 

On the 19th you handled an epic 6 hour road trip up north, beautifully. Only really losing it with 12 miles to go. Thankfully the services we stopped at had a huge expanse of grass and a play area. Our reason for our trip was so I could see your Grandad who is very poorly at the moment. Unfortunately he was too unwell to see you but hope you’ll see each other when we go up again in a couple of weeks, all being well. We stayed at the Premier Inn in Ashby De La Zouch and I can’t say enough good things about it. We had room 105 which was massive, meaning we all had plenty of room to manoeuvre around each other. The staff were amazing in the hotel and the restaurant where they spoilt you with crayons and paper, balloons and food. We were given a cot cover by the fabulous Snoozeshade company which was simply AMAZING (full review to come). Simply put, the best piece of kit I’ve never bought, meaning we didn’t have sit with the lights and TV off when you went to bed at 1830. We simply zipped you up whilst we were still awake and you slept blissfully unaware of the lights in the room. 

  

On the Saturday, after popping in to see Grandad in the morning, we went on to see Granny and Grandad Holder in Doncaster. The weather was such a contrast to Friday, unfortunately meaning it was raining pretty much all day so we met them at Charlie Chalks Fun Factory at Cheswold Lodge as it’s a Brewer’s Fayre plus a big soft play area. Simply put this was absolute hell. It was packed to the rafters, we waited ages for food (not helped by not being told we had to order at the bar). It was dirty, the high chairs were awful AND filthy and the soft play had seen better days… Probably a decade or so ago. I forgot to tell your Daddy not to put money in those arcade vehicles that you sit in, so he did. Cue a serious meltdown of monumental proportions and a stressed Daddy feeling like people thought he was abducting you as he tried to extricate you from said machine. I seriously wanted to dunk us all in bleach when we came out. Thankfully when we came out it had stopped raining so went for a nice walk then back to your Granny’s house where you had a play with her and Grandad before we had to get you back to the hotel for tea. We stayed at a Premier Inn again, at Lakeside but it was far inferior to the one at Ashby, tea time was hellish as, again, no one told us we had to order at the bar and we waited over half an hour for some beans on toast, on arrival the toast hadn’t even seen a toaster it was just dried out white bread and lukewarm beans on the side, awful. However, the staff were lovely in the morning and on reception.

The 21st was Father’s Day so we surprised Daddy with some personalised marshmallows from Boomf and a card we made a couple of weeks ago. He spent the rest of the day driving us home… A bit of a mission for you, I’m afraid. You didn’t take too kindly to yet another day in the car, poor you.

  

Health

Another small cold. No fever but lots of snot.

Teeth

No more are emerging but all others are pretty much through now, the drool has eased off a little, thankfully.

Firsts

On the 15th you said “Hiya” for the first time. 

On the 16th you had your first proper paddle and play in the sea with Samuel. 

On the 17th you said “Ba Ba” when asked what a sheep does.

Character

You amaze me everyday with your fabulous character. I see so much of myself, your Daddy and my mother in you. You are headstrong and determined (much to our embarrassment when you pull a tantrum to end all tantrums). You love the outdoors and are at your best when free to run around. You never tire of running across the downs, cricket pitch and pitch and putt chasing the birds and picking flowers.

You are so loving and have started to enjoy sitting and snuggling whilst watching the odd programme you like on television and don’t have to be asked twice for a cuddle or a kissle, of which I will never tire.

Muscle Development & Coordination

Mobility: Running, climbing, balancing, nothing stops you from giving us more grey hairs than we’d like.

Communication: On the 13th June you surprised us all by saying (something that sounded like, and in the right context) “Hiya” and on the 17th you finally replied to my incessant “And what does the sheep say?” With a very definite “Ba Ba”. Yes, I cried and no, it wasn’t a one off. You woke up on the 15th happily saying “mama mama mama mama mama” which was just adorable and have also been saying it in your sleep which of course I’m thrilled about 😂. You’ve been babbling away more and more each day too so I think it’s safe to say we needn’t of worried, you just decided to wait a bit longer before attempting speech. 

Entertainment

You’ve taken to feeding the cat now by picking up a packet of her food out of the box and walking over to her bowl and making out you’re tipping it in. You then shout for her to come and eat. 

You still love using anything long as a Hoover and Daddy surprised you one day, on returning from a week away, with a real toddler Dyson DC14 which even works!! Ok, so the latter feature is pretty poor as it won’t even suck up a feather but you love the noise anyway. It did take you a couple of hours to get used to it as you kept reverting back to your cardboard one but you soon took a shine to it.

You’ve taken a real shine to your ride on Cow and it’s dragged out everyday from wherever it’s been stored. (Or hidden by Daddy). Usually you try and stand on it, or on it’s front wheels which has resulted in a few tumbles but you do love it, speedy.

  

Throwing and emptying things has been a firm favourite that I’ve noticed this month. Whilst I was cleaning the bedroom you were there throwing the contents of a stationary bag across the floor. One day you decided to throw every single ball pit ball over the gate into the kitchen and it really tickles you when you throw your Ballapalooza balls down the hall, I’m thinking it’s the noise they make that’s the entertainment.

You have really taken a shine to the train set that you ‘inherited’ by your cousin and it’s out every, single day. This means that I’ve been perfecting my engineering skills and trying to come up with a different track every day, these efforts can be seen on my Instagram account, along with a few you and Daddy have done too. Your attempts have quite frankly been amazing, twists and turns and even joining on occasion.  

Sleep

I’m pleased to say that, apart from the very occasional hiccup, you continue to sleep through the night. You still only seem to want 10 hours though meaning that you’re usually awake between 4 and 4.30 but I’ll take that for the sleep throughs. Your nap is, more often than not, 2 – 2 1/2 hours long and still between 10.30 and 11 so we continue to miss most of our groups at the moment.

Growth

Due to nap clashing I haven’t got you weighed this month. On our scales you are 26.2 Ib

Feeding

You’ve been a bit picky this month. Not sure why but unless it’s covered in cheese or baked beans you won’t try anything. Mildly annoying and I’m trying not to succumb to your demands but it is very demoralising to say the least, I’m hoping it’s a phase you’ll soon be out of.

New Tastes: Quorn Turkey Slices