Do I need a Blender or Food Processor?

Use the right tool: Food Processor vs Blender

Some kitchen appliances are self-explanatory. The toaster, for instance, has its main function in the name : to toast! The proper use for other appliances can be a little more unclear if you aren’t familiar with them. Let’s examine the food processor and the blender. They both have rotating blades down at the base that chop up ingredients, right? So how are they different, and do you really need both, especially if you have a small kitchen and storage space is at a minimum? The short answer is that while they do have some overlapping functions (like pureeing foods), they are in fact very different appliances with different uses.

Wet Ingredients

The simple rule is that a blender is better for wet ingredients and a food processor is better for dry ingredients. Blenders are generally taller and tapered, with a tight fitting lid and one blade. Smoothies, for examples, are best done in a blender. Chopping ice is more suited to a blender as well, which generally has thicker blades for that purpose : you could chop ice in a food processor, but it would damage the blades more quickly over time. Other liquids that are suited to a blender include quick salad dressings or soup recipes.

Dry Ingredients

A food processor generally works better with dry ingredients. It can come with one or a variety of bowls, and has a food chute. In addition, it can have several different types of attachments, like a dough hook for bread. It also has a pulse function that makes it easy to cut better into flour. A high grade processor could also contain an attachment to easily and quickly grate cheese. Another fun attachment that comes with some food processors is a french fry disc. Of course, the quick chopping of food like carrots, onions, potatoes or celery is what the food processor is most well-known for, saving the cook lots of preparation time in the kitchen.

Is it Really That Important to Get Insurance?

I went a long time without insurance when I was younger. This was clearly a big mistake. Although I never got in any wrecks, I still put myself in a position where I could have, and I wouldn’t ever have any coverage to pay for damage. I drove a larger SUV when I was younger (I don’t know why, I didn’t have a family at the time). Do not make the same mistake as I did when I was younger. Don’t put yourself in a position where you are unable to pay for damages.

However, this is not the case anymore. I have a large family, and I need a large vehicle to support all of them. Additionally, and more importantly, I need great insurance to support that. God forbid anything happens to my family or we get in a wreck. If that were to happen I would need great insurance to cover the cost of getting a new car to support the family, the cost of the other driver’s damages, and heaven forbid hospital bills.

There are a few different types of coverage that you are going to want to look into. Unfortunately, there are some plans that not all of us can afford. So I have thrown in some cheaper plans and some full coverage plans.

  • Limited liability: this covers you in the event you are in a car accident, and it is your fault. This will cover the cost of the accident for the other drive, but it will not cover your car or hospital bills if there are any.
  • Collision coverage: if you are in a covered accident, collision coverage will pay for the cost of damage to your car. If you are is totaled, collision coverage would pay for the value of your car.
  • Comprehensive coverage: this type of coverage would cover things unrelated to a traffic accident: natural disasters, stolen car, hitting a deer, etc.
  • Personal injury protection: even if comprehensive coverage isn’t something you can purchase, personal injury protection is definitely something you should. With this coverage, your medical bills plus the medical bills of your passengers would be paid, no matter whose fault the accident is.
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist protection: While state laws mandate that all drivers should be insured, this is unfortunately not always the case. Another issue that can arise is that while a driver may have liability insurance, many states have relatively low minimum coverage requirements that may not be enough to cover all of the expenses of an accident. So, if someone is legally responsible for damages related to an accident, you won’t receive any payment if they do not have coverage or you will receive less than you need to cover the cost of damages if your damages exceed their coverage amount. This is the type of situation where Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Protection would help with expenses.

Saving tip: It’s usually relatively inexpensive to add uninsured/underinsured motorist protection to your car insurance policy, especially considering the amount of protection it offers.

How to Control Your Acne (finally!)

If you’ve ever been a teenager, you probably know what it feels like to get a pimple. And if you know what it feels like to get a pimple, you know what it feels like to get a pimple when you absolutely do not want a pimple!

Everyone gets pimples at some point; however, there’s a smaller group that has it a bit worse. You probably know who you are before I even call you out. It’s people who suffer from chronic (or even just regular) acne. As someone who struggled with acne for a few years, let me tell you: it stinks. Acne is just a total bummer, and if you’re an already-emotionally-fragile teenager, it can have drastic effects on your emotional, psychological and social health.

So, it’s really sad that there’s so much misinformation out there. Really, it seems like everyone is telling everyone else something different. So, I wanted to take the time today to tell you a secret. Acne treatment is really pretty simple. And that’s good news! Honestly, it’s not rocket science. While, to some extent, acne is just going to happen if you’re predisposed to it (meaning that some people may not be able to totally get rid of their acne), almost everyone can drastically reduce the size, frequency, duration and intensity of their breakouts.

Here’s what you need to know to keep your skin looking young and healthy:

What you eat absolutely matters. This was the biggest eye-opener for me. For the longest time, conventional wisdom told us that what you eat didn’t matter at all when it came to acne. Dozens of recent studies have shown that to be absolutely false. What you eat matters!

And it only makes sense, right? I mean, of all the organs in your body, your skin is the last organ to receive nutrients. So, if your skin is healthy, it’s a very good indication that the rest of your body is healthy as well. It also makes sense that if your skin is red and inflamed, the rest of your body could also be red and inflamed. It should therefore make sense that if you can increase the rest of your body’s health by eating great food, you can also increase the health of your skin by eating great food.

What should you eat? That should probably be its own article. For now, though, it should be enough to stay away from as many processed foods (especially grains and sugars) as possible. Just look up the paleo diet. You’ll thank me later.

Don’t touch your face! This is kind of a weird one, but a lot of people don’t understand this. Your fingers have loads and loads of bacteria on them, so every time you touch your face, you’re essentially just spreading bacteria over your pores like peanut butter. As much as you can, don’t do this! The same is true with pillow cases.

Use a good moisturizer. Lots of people we talk to only use acne cleaners on their face. The problem with that is that they are super tough on your skin and dry your skin out. When your skin is dry, it produces more sebum (oil), which results in more acne. So, find a nice, gentle, oil-free moisturizer.

Those are my three best tips! What are yours?

Becoming a Crossfit Instructor

Crossfit – A way of life

There are many different ways to exercise, but one of the more popular ways is Crossfit. Crossfit is an intense exercise program that utilizes dynamic exercises and non-traditional weightlifting equipment (kettlebells and sand bags for example).

You are currently an independent personal trainer, but how do you gain the certification or credibility to train Crossfit?

How to Become a Crossfit instructor?

If you want to train Crossfit, you should be familiar with Crossfit and a background as a military officer is good. I used to workout the Navy Seals. If you were learning how to fly a plane, would you rather take flying lessons from an instructor who only read a manual about flying a plane? Of course not!

You want to take instruction from someone with real life hands on experience in the cockpit. The same is true with Crossfit. Join a gym. Learn the basic movements in Crossfit and spend a few months training and learning from the Crossfit coaches there. Once you become an instructor, this experience will be invaluable as you try to help others.

Check the certification schedule for Level 1 (L1) on the website. The course will cost around $1000, so you want to be prepared. Before going you should read up on Greg Glassman, who founded Crossfit in 2000. There are many other books out there as well, so I would ask the instructors at the gym for a recommendation and also refer to anything recommended on the website.


When you go to the certification to workout, be sure to bring something to write with, snacks and weightlifting gloves. Be prepared to sit and listen to lectures for most of the two day course. However, when you aren’t listening to lectures you will be participating in workouts, so dress appropriately.

Once you get your L1 training certification, you are ready to start coaching! If you followed the instructions in this article, you are already a member of a Crossfit gym. Since you have a relationship there, talk to the owners and maybe you can pick up a class or two. Start slow as you learn about the members and develop your own coaching style.

Continue to reinvest in your knowledge of Crossfit, diet and exercise in general. For example, you can learn about the Zone Diet and Paleolithic nutrition. You could also attend kettlebell lectures to learn more about that specific way to exercise. Enrich yourself, and you will be able to enrich others. There is also a Crossfit Athlete Defense Course available and a Crossfit Trainers Course. The Crossfit Athlete is a one day course that helps awareness and personal defense skills. The Trainers Course is a two day course and requires L1 certification.

Water Flosser: Grooming Tips That Go Beyond

You may have an excellently groomed beard, but have you ever thought about how that beard looks wrapped around your mouth, particularly your smile?

If you are well groomed every where else, but you fail to take care of your teeth and the rest of your mouth, you can put a damper on your entire look. Not only that, but forgetting about your teeth now can lead to serious long term side effects. Imagine spending hours and hours at a dentist’s office, spending months or years in excruciating pain, and having to pay thousands of dollars to get your mouth fixed.

Now imagine just spending a few minutes every day going through a good dental hygiene routine. Sounds like a pretty easy decision, right? Well it’s made even easier if you have an oral irrigator. So, what is the best water flosser?

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If you want your pearly whites not to be an embarassment when you get an x-ray, you should get an oral irrigator!

You should really start off looking at the Waterpik models. They are the best selling and most popular oral irrigators on the market, so you probably can’t go wrong purchasing one of their devices.

Do I Have To Spend Tons of Money on a Beard Trimmer?

beard trimmerFor bearded men who wish to take care of their beard by trimming it at least occasionally (but hopefully frequently), getting the best beard trimmer is an absolute necessity for staying clean, trim, and looking as good as possible.

Sometimes it can take a little while to get it through your head that purchasing a beard trimmer is a good investment, because it is a chunk of money that you hadn’t even thought about spending before you decided to grow a beard.

There are a couple ways of looking at it. First, when you amortize the cost over hundreds or thousands of shaves, you’re getting a very good deal and using it for pennies per day in most cases. Second, what is the cost of regular razors that you would be using if you did not have a beard? I’m guessing that for the price of a pack of 4 or 8 cartridges, you could buy a decent beard trimmer.

If that last sentence didn’t give it away, the answer to the question is no, you don’t have to spend tons of money on a trimmer to keep your facial hair in check.

best beard trimmer

Ultimate Beard Trimmer Buying Guide

The reality is that these products are much like any other on the market. There are good models, bad models, fancy models, and basic models. As such, prices vary wildly.

You can get a passable beard trimmer for under $10 from a manufacturer like Wahl. However, you can also pay nearly $100 for a unit with all the bells and whistles.

To learn more about prices on beard trimmers, reviews, and tips, be sure to visit


How To Pick a Beard Trimmer To Shave and Groom Your Facial Hair

Grooming your facial hair with a beard trimmer is an absolute necessity if you want to stay looking sharp, smart, and put together. If you grow a beard and don’t keep it looking tidy, your entire appearance will change and that can drastically alter people’s perception of you.

As part of your shaving routine every morning, make sure you get a good trimmer that both cuts hair to an appropriate length and can be used to trim edges.

You should make sure the unit you decide to buy is has the right length setting for your preferences, that it has a good motor (also whether it’s corded or cordless), it has self-sharpening maintenance-free blades, and that it’s rated well by users of the product.

Having to shave your beard when it gets too long is a real disappointment, because you have to start all over again and you only get to enjoy that facial hair for a day or two before it starts looking unkempt.

It’s best to find a beard trimmer on because you can typically get better prices online than you can get in stores. You also have a great resource when it comes to looking for reviews, comparing products, and researching features.