The Best Popcorn Poppers

Since the time of the Great Depression, when the peddlers found a way out of the terrible economic situation of the moment, selling popcorn at the door of the cinemas (the cheapest source of entertainment of the time), popcorn and movies turned inseparable.

At present every visit to the movie theater inevitably includes a stop at the popcorn stand located in the lobby.

Thanks to modern technology, today we can enjoy a wide variety of movies and shows in the comfort of our own home. But what about the popcorn?

We have conducted an extensive research and selected the best popcorn poppers to make the experience of watching a movie at home (or a concert, a game or favorite TV show) complete.

Just think about how fast you want to enjoy your popcorn: in about 3 or 4 minutes (same time as those brown bagged supermarket popcorn) the Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper will have a healthier, fluffy portion of popcorn ready to enjoy.

This silicone, collapsible and easy to use popcorn maker is also dishwasher safe and BPA free.

Its space saving design makes the Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper the perfect size for those without a lot of storage: small apartments, college dorms, RVs.

Also, as a safety measure, the Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper has two handles on the sides to conveniently remove it from the microwave (it’s always a good idea to be careful when removing it from the microwave, handles may be warm to the touch).

When you are looking for a faster, healthier, and more economical way to enjoy popcorn, than does not require a microwave, then you need to get the Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper.

This convenient popcorn popper uses hot air instead of oil and takes a little over 2 minutes to get two large bowls full of popcorn ready to enjoy. Plus, you don’t have to transfer your popcorn from the popper to a bowl: the Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper has a chute that directs all the popped popcorn to the bowl!

Leaving almost not unpopped popcorn kernels, there is only one small complaint for the Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper: does not comes with an on/off button. Instead, it starts working as soon as you plug it in, so you may want to have all your supplies ready (bowl, popcorn kernels, butter if you want to add it) before plugging it in.

With six quarter capacity, the West Bend 82505 Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper  is the ideal family sized popcorn popper. Made of durable and BPA free plastic housing, the West Bend 82505 Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper uses a triple-layer heating plate which increases performance. The stirring rods keep the corn moving to pop all of the kernels in about 4 minutes. Its cover doubles as a bowl after all the kernels are popped.

With an On/Off button, you have more control over when you want to start you popcorn popper, when to stop it, while keeping you safe. Turning the unit on will activate the triple-layer heating surface as well as the stirring rod.

Other advantage of the West Bend 82505 Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper? You can add not only butter to your popcorn, but different oils (like coconut, peanut, olive) and get your own gourmet touch to your popcorn!

If you are old school and electric popcorn poppers doesn’t cut it for you, then you must try the Wabash Valley Farms – Stovetop Popcorn Popper .

This heavy-duty popcorn popper has the allure of the classic and allows you to enjoy up to 6 quarts of popcorn in as little as three minutes!

The patented stirring system in this stovetop popcorn popper works by moving every kernel until it pops, prevents burning so you always have perfectly cooked popcorn.

The Wabash Valley Farms – Stovetop Popcorn Popper comes with a stay-cool wooden handle and a nylon stirring system, making cleaning up a breeze: just wipe with a paper towel once you are done popping and store for later use.

This Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper comes with a real theater popping kit including fresh popping corn, the Wabash Valley Farms secret buttery salt and gourmet popping oil.

If you have room at your home and want to make a statement, on top of enjoying fresh popcorn, then you are game for the Great Northern Popcorn Red Matinee Movie Theater Style 8 oz. Ounce Antique Popcorn Machine . This machine is also great for schools, offices, churches and more!

With 3 control switches (spot lightwarmer, stirrer and pot heater) these commercial quality machine can make roughly 2-3 gallons of popcorn per batch and have a reject kernel tray.

This heavy-duty powder coated steel and stainless-steel popcorn popper works on standard 110 volts, and can be easily cleaned up with water.

With the best of today’s technology and an antique style design, the Great Northern Popcorn Red Matinee Movie Theater Style 8 oz. Ounce Antique Popcorn Machine is available in Red or Black, and you can even get the tabletop design or pick the one with cart to have a more authentic feeling of an old-time movie theater!

BEST FOOT MASSAGERS

We all know our feet work hard every day and a short foot massage every now and then can really help us relax, particularly after a long day of standing up and walking around when there is no shortage in time spend in one’s feet, and our feet tend to swell up.

We have listed the top 5 overall foot massagers to soothe your feet every day and improve your health at the same time.

Our top pick

MedMassager MMF06: Angled to be used in the floor while sitting on a chair for most comfort while getting the massage, this massager was first used by doctors since is CSA and FDA certified for therapeutic use.This is a very powerful device created to help with circulation stimulation, fight joint pain, and relax foot and leg muscles by reducing tension.This massager has 11 speeds to accommodate the sensitivity of each person, and it’s highly recommended to start at the lowest levels to became accustomed to the vibration.It has a full size oscillating foot pad to ensure that all pressure points of the feet are massaged and the arch bar stimulates toes, arch and heels. Most reviews on Amazon show why people love this massager and how they notice the enhancements in aches and pains, circulation and overall foot health.

Dimensions: 16 x 12 x 9.5 inches

Weight: 11 pounds

Why we like this product: Easy to use, this device stimulates blood circulation with deep vibration and quite a few intensity levels to choose. Also, the foot pad is set at an angle for most comfort while massaging.

What’s no so great about it: this massager can be very loud when in use. It’s also one of the most expensive home massagers on the market.

Best Runner-Ups

Homedics Shiatsu Elite FMS-200H: With an easy to use toe touch control, this massager combines deep kneading action with four counter-rotating massager heads, soothing heat and full-foot coverage.

If you change the pressure of your feet on the massager, you’ll change the feeling of the massage. If you feel the massage to be too strong, just lighten the pressure of the foot on the unit.

If you like to activate the heating function, it’ll take just a moment for the unit to warm up.

This massager gives the user the option to select a plain massage or a massage and heat combined.

Easy to clean, it also has a 15-minute auto-shut off as a security feature.

With  4 stars reviews on Amazon, this little massager is a good option to take care of tired and aching feet.

Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.4 x 4.2 inches

Weight: 4.4 pounds

Why we like this product: This massager can massage tired feet with or without heat, which makes it a great choice for couples or families that want to share it.

What’s no so great about it: The covering’s fabric may wear out to soon, and the motor may start making a loud noise after long usage.

uComfyShiatsu Foot Massager 2.0 with Heat: this small massager fits under your bed, is ergonomic and portable.This massager works on the pressure points of your feet, massaging top and bottom of the feet to relax and get a feeling of well-being in tired feet.It has 5 levels of intensity and heat option to warm muscles and relief tension, and provides two different types of massages: kneading shiatsu-style massage and a vibration-style massage.Very easy to maintain by wiping it with a damp cloth and the foot covers are removable and machine washable. Amazon reviews rate this massager with a 4 star average.

Dimensions: 17.7 x 15 x 18.1 inches

Weight: 12 pounds

Why we like this product: this foot massager gives a deep kneading massage that mimics a reflexologist’s hand motion and with five levels of intensity every user can choose the right pressure applied to their feet.

What’s no so great about it: It only fits small sized foot (up to a man’s size 12). Anything larger will missed the massage on the heels.

Brookstone heated aqua-jet foot spa: this water foot massager has two rotating hydro-jets with two adjustable speeds to create a personalized massage.

This unit heats water up to 115F and maintain it hot, so there is no need to add hot water. It also has two rolling nodes to massage the arches and a removable pumice stone to exfoliate the dry skin.

The tub is oversized (it fits up to a Man’s size 14) which helps prevent the water spilling out while you enjoy the massage.

This unit it’s very easy to assemble.

Overall reviews on Amazon give this massager a solid 4 stars.

Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 12.6 x 18.4 inches

Weight: 13 pounds

Why we like this product: you can move your feet over the rollers for a massage and for a foot muscle exercise at the same time, plus the removable pumice stone included take care of dead skin at heels and footpads.

What’s no so great about it: the drain plug is plastic and it’s easy to break it by accident.

SPT AB-762R Reflexology Foot Massager: This massager offers a vibrating plate that targets the sole of the foot (with high and low percussion settings), three kneading modes on the sides and infrared light (with two settings) all around. 

This device also has an auto shut-off feature and its detachable fabric covering makes it easy to clean.

This is a three-in-one action massager: kneading, vibration and heat.

Although the heat provided by this massager is not on the high side, Amazon reviews give it a 4 stars.

Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 17 x 9.5 inches

Weight: 21 pounds

What we like about it: It massages the entire foot with a kneading action coupled with heat that produces a relaxing and energizing massage. It also squeezes the feet to a certain pressure so that regardless of foot size, the same pressure is applied to the feet.

What’s no so great about it: This product is a bit heavy, which make it hard to move around. It’s not suited for highly sensitive foot, since the massage can be a little intense compared with another massager.

 

 

 

The 5 Most Original Gifts for New Parents

When you are expecting your first child, you mostly rely on the experience of family members and friends to help you navigate the shopping necessities for your baby.
But, everyone is different and there is no standardized parenthood manual. After your baby is born and you get a few weeks of first hand experience with him, you realize that there were items you wish you had purchase beforehand, and others you have and are completely useless.
Based on the team experience, here are the 5 items that must be on everyone’s baby shower’s gift registry.

Lalabu Soothe Shirt

There are a lot of baby carriers on the market, but a shirt? Yes, and what make it interesting is the fact that Lalabu comes on different sizes and models (for moms and dads).

This moms all on one shirt, is a cozy carrying pouch for your baby (use is only recommended for babies 7 to 15 pounds), allowing a wonderful baby/mommy (or daddy ) bond. It has a head support that flips out and holds your baby’s head while he is sleeping and can be easily tuck back in the pouch when is not in use.
The Soothe Shirt features an easy-to-use nursing bra, making breastfeeding convenient and allowing you the comfort and coverage you need when your little one decides is lunch time. The shirt covers your stomach while nursing and you don’t need to wear a separate bra underneath.
The shirt is not mean to carry your baby hands free, but it is a great option instead of traditional baby carriers, and also allows your baby to look around and see things from a different perspective while feeling safe and comforted by your closeness.
The dad shirt is designed for dads to expend quality time with their little one without too much complications: nothing to tie, wrap or fasten.
This short sleeves shirt with a sporty v-neck and slim fit, will help daddy bond with the baby keeping both calm and stylish.

The only downside we find to this fabulous product, is the fact that the baby will outgrow it in a few months, but, in true, can you name a product babies don’t outgrow pretty fast?

Blooming Bath

The joy of giving a baby the first bath, became a “no so easy to get it done” after that first time, when reality hits and you have no one to help you bath your baby. You have to deal with a most of the times too big for your kitchen sink baby tub, and a slippery baby who may or may not like bath time for starters.
The main reason we really like the Blooming Baby Bath is that it fits most of kitchen sinks, and can also be used on bathroom or laundry sinks! You don’t have to break your back kneeling on your bathroom floor to hold your baby on the tub inside your bathroom tub! The diameter of the Blooming Bath is 32” and you can easily move the petals to give your baby a much needed support.
Because of the flower shape and the flexibility of the petals, it can adapt to your baby necessities and to the size and shape of the sink you use.
Made of soft materials, you only need to squeeze the excess of water when your baby finish the bath and get it on the dryer or hang it to get it dry.

Some users say that the water gets cold after 10 or 15 minutes, but water gets cold after a while on a plastic tub also, so you must check the water temperature every few minutes to ensure the comfort of your baby.

This Blooming Baby Bath comes in hot pinkblue, canary yellow, yellow, gray, pink,grey/light yellow and grey/light blue.

The only issue we have with it: is hard to get it dry and it can get mold if not properly dry.

Pockit Lightweight Stroller

This compact stroller folds down to fit inside a carry-on suitcase and give you spare space!

Weighting less than 10 pounds, the Pockit Lightweight Stroller  can hold a child up to 55 pounds and have a super easy two-step folding system, fitting on all overhead compartments (train or plain, it’ll fit).
The wheels rotate on a 360 angle, providing excellent maneuverability and can also be locked if needed to travel trough rough surfaces. It’s great to navigate trough large crowds (like Disney World parks crowds) or on a very narrow path. Also, it’s easy to push and steer with one-hand.
It has an adjustable, comfortable 5 points safety harness that keep your kid securely strapped down.
It has a storage basket that can hold up to 11 pounds, but it’s small and will hold only a few basics.
Perfect for traveling (one day trips or oversees), it’s also a great choice if you live in a small apartment and have no storage space.

You can get the Pockit Lightweight Stroller in a few different colors: Black, Blue, Red, Khaki and Dark Blue.

We found a downside of the Pockit Lightweight Stroller: the arms are kind of short, so if you are a little bit taller than your average person, you’ll have to hunch down to push it.

The Beebo – Free Hand Baby Bottle Holder

When you can’t breastfeed your baby and need to multitask, The Beebo is the way to go.
It works with any bottle on the market, and is easy to use, comfortable to wear and very durable.
The Beebo makes it easy for an adult to feed a baby a bottle while keeping a hand free. It holds the bottle on your chest at the perfect angle for feeding. It’s the perfect tool for a dad, a grandparent or a babysitter to feed a hungry baby while mom is away.
Made of Polyurethane Foam, this Bottle Holder is PVC Free, Phthalates Free, BPA Free and Lead Free.

You can choose to get The Beebo on pink, blue or grey.

Most users complaints are because of The Beebo is way to bulky and that it prevents the bottle to keep the right angle to feed the baby. Also, they said it works better on a flat chest, like a dad.

Baby Banana Toothbrush and Teether

Specially designed for babies 3 to 12 months old, the Baby Banana Toothbrush and Teether is the help any new parent needs to help develop the oral hygiene of their babies.
This 100% Food Grade silicone teething toothbrush is designed with “a-peel-ing” handles that make it super easy for babies to hold and put it on their own mouth.
The Baby Banana Toothbrush and Teether  is an excellent aid to relief teething pains, while cleaning the baby’s teeth (removing food and milk particles) thanks to its soft massaging bristles.
Made of 100% food grade silicone, The Baby Banana is dishwasher and freezer friendly, and BPA, Phthalate, Latex, and Toxin Free.
Because of its small size, the Baby Banana works better than other tooth brushes and teethers on the market for young babies.

You can get this product in Blue, Pink, Yellow, and Green.

The downside of this product? Hmmm, personally, I love it. Most bad reviewers claim that the bristles come off after a while of use, making it unsafe. But, because babies will bite them (as toddlers do with their toothbrush until they learn to properly brush their tooths) as a parent you must check periodically the state of the bristles and decide when its time for a new Baby Banana.