Buying a mattress for the first time? Here are some tips

Relaxed sleep is the basic need of a human body. A peaceful and sound sleep is considered a perfect and natural cure for many common medical conditions. As good health depends on good food, good night’s sleep depends on the kind of room you sleep in and kind of mattress you lie on.

If you have never got a chance to buy a mattress and now you are looking for an ideal mattress, then it is going be a pretty tough job. To get a good mattress you need to consider many features. It’s your lucky day that you have landed at the right place. Read along to get all the tips and bring home a good mattress promising the rest your body demands after a long day.


Coil System


The coil system is the backbone of a mattress that supports the posture of your back. Coil system provides this support through the springs and the coils. It can lend the flexibility or firmness you need. Discuss this in detail with the salesperson to know what suits you best- a soft mattress or a firm one.



I consider it an essential feature since I am on the taller side of the height. I don’t usually get a mattress matching my tall body. You should check this important aspect. Otherwise you have to squeeze yourself on an uncomfortable mattress.




Stitching of the mattress says a lot about its quality. Check whether the stitching is even and done with a strong fibre. If the quilting is done with a good quality thread, then it is a promise kept by the mattress to go a long way with you.


Top cover

Always get a mattress with a good quality top cover. Preferably this cloth must be cotton or any other soft to touch and strong fabric. If it is rough it may feel uncomfortable even under the bed sheet or bedspread.




Weight bearing capability

The mattress must be purchased according to the weight it is going to bear.  You must ask for the right mattress according to your body weight. If you feel shy to ask, you may have to spend on a new mattress within a year or two. An inappropriate mattress will squash under a slightly overweight person.


Easy to turn over

Mattresses need regular turnovers to tap their guaranteed durability and maintain their shape. It is essential that without compromising on its firmness, robustness, and comfort a mattress should be easy to carry. You should be able to flip it over without waiting for any help.


The advantages of bagless vacuum cleaners


There are many differences between bagless and bagged vacuum cleaners.The vacuum cleaners with bag do the basic work of suction and collect all the dirt and debris in a replaceable bag. Once the bag fills completely you can replace it with a new empty bag available in grocery stores. In the case of bagless vacuum, the sucked dirt gets collected in a dust cup, that needs to be emptied when it fills up to the brim.

The bagless vacuum cleaners have a number of advantages over the vacuum cleaner with a bag. Let us discuss them one by one.


Cutting down on the expenses

With a bagless vacuum cleaner to help you in everyday cleaning, you don’t need to keep a stock  of bags at home. So you save a good amount of money since no replaceable bags are needed in bagless models.



Powerful cleaning always

As the bag in a vacuum cleaner fills up with the  dust, carpet and upholstery fibres and other debris, the vacuum cleaning efficiency declines since suction becomes tougher due to decreasing space for dirt. This limitation is not in a bagless vacuum cleaner. It always works with the same efficiency.



Easier cleaning

With a bagless vacuum cleaner, you just have to take out the dust cup, empty it and if you wish clean it thoroughly before replacing it in the appliance. No hassles at all. In the case of bagged vacuum cleaner, you must have the bag which fit your vacuum cleaner model. If you can’t get them, you may not be able to use the vacuum cleaner at all.



Low maintenance

A lightweight vacuum cleaner is always ready to work, requiring no replacements. It does not need separate replaceable bag so its maintenance is very easy. The only thing that you need to care about is to keep an eye on transparent dust cup before it filled completely. Just empty it and you are ready for the next round of tidiness. The vacuum cleaners with bag require precise attachment of the bag with the suction system to keep it working.

Among the array of home appliances, a vacuum cleaner is the most helpful appliance to keep your home clean and hygienic. It must be purchased after carefully considering your cleaning needs and frequency.  For those of you who do frequent vacuuming don’t need large bags for dust collection. They can keep their homes at their sparkling best with a bagless vacuum cleaner.

For more info on this topic, you should take a look at this article or this one.

How to choose a nice crib for your baby

It is always a better option to buy a crib for your baby before her birth. But with so many styles in baby cribs, it is difficult to make the right buying decision. Since it is the question of baby care, you have to be careful and must do an exhaustive market (online and physical) research before picking the right crib for your little one. In addition to the vital safety features, there are several other parameters you have to consider.


As a parent I consider these important features to look for while buying a safe and stable crib for your baby.



The size is one of the crucial factors that you have to decide before finalizing the crib. You have to take into account the space available in a room dedicated to the new member of your family. If you have a lot of space, you can go for a bigger and fancier crib. If you live in an apartment with a limited space, then you have the option to pick a space saving compact crib. Another option is to get a foldable crib. Narrowing down the size of crib will also help you get a rough idea about the price of a crib.


It is utmost pertinent to check the structure that underscores the quality of the crib. A crib needs a thorough examination. Do not hesitate to shake it, if necessary to check whether there are any loose joints or rattling in the crib. The material used should be toxin-free (check the specifications). It must not be sharp on edges and any pointing nails or screws.



Apart from checking the firmness of the frame, another parameter to check is the upper rails of the crib. The bars must close enough to keep the baby safe. At the time of teething, your baby may chew on everything she can lay her mouth on to ease her irritating gums. Many manufacturers offer cribs that are designed the cribs with teething rails.  If you get one of such cribs, you will enjoy her teething age. But make sure that such crib rails are easy to clean and sanitize.



You should not go for ultra-soft or extremely stiff bedding. It should be comfortable for the baby to lie on. Get the mattress with a washable cover, so that you can keep it clean after a routine washing of this removable cover.


These are the essential features to evaluate different cribs. Happy parenting!!

Why I prefer to use a camcorder instead of my phone

Today I am going to discuss a topic that is highly debatable. There are millions of people out there who prefer using the phone over a camcorder. On the contrary, there are many others who still use camcorders instead of a phone. Let me tell you why I prefer to use a camcorder instead of my phone.




There is no issue in agreeing to the fact that in the last few years, the demand for camcorders and digital cameras has taken a beating due to the popularity of Smartphones flooding the market. One of the main reasons for this is the advanced camera qualities offered by the various Smartphones like iPhone, and Samsung Galaxy to name a few. But, for people like me, who care more about the quality of the picture than the convenience of carrying it around, a camcorder is still the preferred choice.


I have a Panasonic HC VX870 camcorder. The ability to shoot 4K video makes it stand out from the rest of the competition. The quality of the video is really sharp and crisp compared to the video shoot in an iPhone or any other Smartphone.




The image stabilization feature of the iPhone is good, but it is not as sharp as the one you get with a camcorder. When filming videos, camcorders provide various options compared to a Smartphone. One of the main problems I face with the phone is that we may need to take videos in the vertical position. It is good to see videos shot vertically when you are viewing it on a mobile, but if you wish to share these videos on YouTube, will they look good? I really doubt it. My camcorder records videos horizontally by default and I am able to share my videos online too without any problem.


Another reason I identified is that when the object moves or if you are on a move while shooting, it becomes really difficult to get a clear, good quality video using the phone. But, when I used my camcorder, it was able to record quality videos with ease in spite of being in motion.  




Proper light is an important factor when you are shooting videos using your phone. Even though Smartphones offer flash and various light adjustments, you still be satisfied with the quality of videos when the light is not sufficient. But, with my Panasonic camcorder, I was able to record good quality videos that too with a nice sound quality even in presence of background noise.

Can you imagine a movie being captured using a phone right? Similarly, I strongly believe it is hard to replace a camcorder with a phone, especially for those who are concerned about the quality of the recorded picture.

3 gadgets you will need if you travel a lot

Packing up your bags for your regular weekend trip? I am sure you have included everything that you have written down on your travel list. Just to give a last minute reminder, the following things must be the part of your baggage due to the importance they carry. Let’s look at them quickly




did1A flashlight may seem to be a very common gadget you use at home but believe me it is very handy for any kind of trip or excursion. You never know when you face a sudden car breakdown or the gas gets exhausted while driving on some unknown road. If this happens at night then it can be really frightening and dangerous. If you are travelling with your family, this can be worse. So, to be prepared for such moments, keep a flashlight handy. You can use it to fix your vehicle or signal to the passing vehicles about the emergency you are facing. For some tips on selecting the perfect flashlight, you should read this guide.


GPS system


did2If you are an explorer by nature, then a GPS navigational system is a must have. The advantages of installing a GPS system are manifold. It gives you the directions for your destination, informs you about the traffic conditions ahead, lets you plan your trip in advance and also guides you about the availability of gas station, eateries or hotels on the way. Most GPS systems are speech-enabled to recite the directions so that you don’t have to look on the GPS screen and you can concentrate on your driving. There is a variety of GPS systems available depending on the vehicle type, vehicle size, screen size, installation and other factors for you to make a right choice. My suggestion is never to plan a trip without GPS system in your vehicle.  To find a good GPS at a reasonable price, I recommend this article on the top alternatives for 2017.


Digital Camera


did3Many travelers may have different views on packing a digital camera along. But I insist of this gadget since I always love to rewind the memories I gathered on a trip. I am not a very accomplished photographer so, I rely on the accuracy and expertise of my digital camera. Whenever I find a picturesque view or a breathtaking natural scenery I stop and capture those in my digital camera.  You must grab a good digital camera while you explore unseen locations so that you can also revisit the fun filled reminiscences.


These are the three essential gadgets that according to me, must be in your vehicle, to make your trips easy and unforgettable.

Ionic hair dryer benefits

The hair professionals consider the ionic blow dryers far better than the traditional dryers due to the advanced technique of hair drying by emitting negatively charged ions. This innovation ensures that your hair cuticles remain closed to preserve the natural texture and softness of your hair. This unique drying capability locks the moisture and maintains the natural look and feel as well. Along with all these benefits, your hair remain healthy.




The technology behind this hair dryer is quite innovative. The hair dryer discharges negatively charged ions as it is heated.  When you use this heated dryer on your wet hair, the negative ions works on the water molecules break them into tinier particles so that you damp hair dry very quickly. In the whole procedure, the natural moisture of the hair remains intact.


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Now that you have understood the science behind the ionic hair dryers, let me share the benefits you will have with this hair appliance.



Best for all hair types

The Ionic hair dryer is very efficient. It works on all hair types. Whether you have frizzy hair, thick hair, limp hair or dull hair, an ionic hair dryer handles all of them with care. It lets you manage frizzy fly-away and dull hair, adding shine and gloss to hair while preserving the natural moisture. You can hardly expect such versatility from your traditional dryer.  If you have limp hair, you will be able to add more volume.  



Helps styling products

The characteristic of discharging ions on heating makes the ionic hair dryer the best companion of different styling products, conditioners or moisturizers you use for your healthy hair. When the hair dryers produce ions they help the styling product do its work in a far better way and helps you style your hair according to your need.



Strengthen hair

The traditional hair dryers are known for drying the hair and hurting the cuticles. In the long run, you will observe that your hair is getting damaged. The ionic hair dryers due to preservation of moisture give a deep rooted care to your hair and also strengthen them. You will have a visibly glossy look to your hair that comes only when hair is healthy.




No doubt you have to pay a bit more for an ionic hair dryer than a traditional one. If you compare the features and advantages, you will hardly feel the cost. You would rather feel proud of your choice and surely recommend this amazing hair appliance to others.

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Convertible seats are the smartest choice

Whenever I have to travel with my seven months old daughter I used to get very worried for her safety while driving. I have to travel a lot due to the nature of my professional assignments and I prefer to have her along. But this is the big problem for me to travel with her. I read a lot about young children being injured in car accidents. So I have to get a provision that could keep my baby safe wherever I travel with her.



I learned about car seats that help to keep the babies and infants safe while traveling. So, I went out to get the best convertible car seat for my daughter. In this endeavor, I learned a number of things about getting the most secure and comfortable convertible car seat.

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I got a convertible seat for small cars that can be changed from a rear facing position to forward facing stance. A convertible car seat is meant to keep your newborn baby and infant secure while you focus on the road. I could use the convertible seats in rear facing position till my little girl was 18 months old. When she could manage on her own, I changed the seat to front facing so that while being safe in her seat she can enjoy the changing view on the front windshield. She actually enjoys the passing vehicle and trees.



I am really happy that I am able to use the same seat right now when my angel is three years old and still loves to sit in her comfortable seat. This is the biggest advantage of a convertible seat is that you can use it for many years while your baby grows from a baby to a kid. I have full control over the shoulder and crotch straps as I can adjust it to fit my bigger and  taller baby. The longer shells and shape of convertible seats provide additional space between the head and seatback preventing the direct contact with the seat.



One of the biggest advantages of choosing a convertible car seat is that it can be very economical considering the time it spends with your baby and adjusted according to your needs. Moreover, it superiorly designed structure protects my baby from any sudden collisions of brakes.

I am so happy with my choice that I consider myself very smart in purchasing the convertible car seat.


My review of HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron

I am born with natural curly black hair. Though I do get compliments for my beautiful curly mane which is actually unmanageable. Ever since I have learned a few basics of style and fashion, I wish I must have shiny and straight hair. Straight glossy hair is the perfect hair since it can be styled in any possible way the help of the right hair appliances and product.


Just a few days back I stumbled  on an online shopping site and read about HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron.  The reviews and feedback given by its users showed me a ray of hope and I immediately ordered this flat iron to fulfill my long cherished dream of straight hair. When I tried it I was really pleased with my decision. It is a versatile flat iron that instantly changed my dull and frizzy mane into the straight and shimmering hair that you see only in the magazine pages.



This awesome flat iron is my best friend forever. I want all the girls like me to have a best friend like HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron. So, here is my experience with this amazing product to let you appreciate that looking gorgeous and showing off salon-groomed hair was never this easy.


Ceramic ionic system

This is the most striking feature of this flat iron. You will hardly have a bad hair day since you will always be ready with moisturized and glossy hair. The enhancement of this flat iron is due to its infrared technology that gives deep protection to your hair and a boost to your attitude.

If you’d like to know more about the difference in materials, you can read this article or this guide.


Ceramic tourmaline plates

If you are purchasing a flat iron you cannot ignore this feature at all. It is responsible for the controlled and ideal heating for making you glow with your crowning glory.  The ceramic tourmaline plates are durable and prevent any damage to the hair while adding a stylish look to your hair and of course to you as well. The edges of the plates are suitably rounded to straighten the whole length of your hair or curling the ends.


Temperature control

The temperature settings range from 240 F up to 450 F is a good offer to set the temperature according to the hair you are blessed with and hairstyle you want to try for those special evenings.


Ergonomic design

This is one of the most comfortable flat irons I have come across. It has perfectly handy 360 swivel cord with a comfortable ergonomic design. Straightening your hair will not be a chore but a relaxing activity that you will love to do anytime.


How to take great pictures with a point and shoot camera

In the world of Smartphone, a point-and-shoot camera is still holding its place firmly. It is lovingly called a compact camera and has the advantage of simple working but brilliant output if handled carefully. It has a simple construction with the autofocus system, automatic use of the required exposure settings and the flash units to provide extra light for a perfect image. Here are a few tips to take great pictures with a point and shoot camera.

With a Point and shoot camera, the limited dynamic range will ruin an image when you are capturing a long distance scenery with various depths of objects like a mountain. To handle such shooting challenges you need a p&s camera with a good zoom and shoot the picture towards an opposite direction of the sun. With this you will you will get images with the right exposure.


The point and shoot cameras do have the option to control the focus but it is rather slow. If you are trying to shoot a picture of a moving car, running kid or the flying birds, you may not be satisfied with your output. So keep your skills limited to the still people or fixed objects. However, with a little practice, you will be able to take satisfactory images of certain slow moving objects. You have to make sure that you keep a significant gap between focusing camera and pressing the click button. Another alternative is half pressing the shutter for such needs.


The compact cameras are manufactured to provide ease of photography even by the naive. So, most manual controls are either missing or are very little in capability.  For example choosing the right aperture is a prerequisite to a high-quality picture. But you cannot have this capability in a point and shoot camera. This problem can be overcome by slowing down the shutter speed so that images are as clear as the actual scene.

Chose the lightning flash option in case you are shooting images in dark. Night pictures are the poorest ones with a point and shoot camera. If you are capturing in a place where some source of light is present then you should select the right flash options so that the additional light make the picture a better capture.


Select the resolution that suits the best to a picture of your imagination. Try this out and you will actually see a difference in picture quality. This is also true for the way you hold the camera while shooting. You have to hold in portrait when shooting people and if you are capturing a scenery keep it in landscape position.

I believe radar detectors should be illegal in the US

Radar detectors are used so widely and openly that it has become an imperative topic of deliberation and different people voice different view about making it illegal. In the USA some states strictly prohibit the use of radar detectors in commercial vehicles, but allow its use by private vehicle drivers.




In my opinion, making the strict and punishable law to inhibit the use of radar detectors in the USA is the safest way to save countless lives from death or lifelong handicap.




If you ponder on the use of radar detector, even if it is allowed in a region, is just like permitting the  rash drivers to violate the most common traffic rules. Some websites speak about motorists use radar detectors to sense the presence of traffic radar guns from a safe distance and slow to the allowed speed limit before they are ticketed for over speeding.




I would be a bit rude if I say that it is a direct consent given to the drivers that are habitual of exceeding the speed limit. They are allowed to break those very rules that are meant to protect them from accidents. Such incidents harm not only those who drive rashly but these drivers are a potential threat to those people who follow the traffic and speed rules.


Everyone who owns the radar detector does not have the intention to violate the speed limits. Most of them, whom I know, use this device just to save themselves from the speeding tickets and the subsequent botheration of appearing in the court. They do this with a belief that a little misconduct will not harm anyone and they will save their hard-earned money. Young drivers have this notion and they are the ones who are worst affected by the consequences of such offence.


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To save these naive people, I believe it is mandatory that laws should be made to tackle traffic rule violation and use to radar detector for any reason and be strictly enforced. The government should also take steps to spread awareness about the penalty and harm of such violations. If a strict law exists with a heavy penalty such as imprisonment, then I am sure most of the rash drivers will refrain from using radar detectors.

However, while they are still legal, I’m sure people won’t stop using them. I also use mine from time to time, as I have received it a as gift from my children. If you’d like to find out more about radar detectors, you should read these links.