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Tips for Choosing the Best Air Purifier

There are all sorts of little particulates that are in the air we breathe everyday. For folks with asthma and allergies, having an air purifier inside their home or office space is one way to help make their everyday life a bit better. However, with so many purifiers on the market, choosing the right one can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to choosing the right air purifier for your space. 


HEPA- You may be familiar with seeing this acronym on lots of air purifiers and it is an important one. These filters catch 99.97% of particulates  that are as small as 0.3 microns. For comparison, the smallest object that a human will be able to see is about 70 microns. There are a lot of false advertisements when it comes to filers so be wary if it says a “HEPA Type” filter. 


Noise Level- Depending on where you are putting your filter, the noise level may be of some concern. While they have certainly gotten more quiet over the years, many air purifiers make a gentle humming sound that almost sounds like a white noise machine. Be aware of the level of noise, especially if you are looking at putting it in a shared office. 


Understand the CADR- The CADR or Clean Air Delivery Rate, will help you to understand the effectiveness of an air purifier in different size spaces. For example a CADR of 200 for dust means that the air purifier can lower the dust concentration at the equivalent of adding 200 cubic feet of fresh air per minute. 


Energy Cost- For an air purifier to stay effective, it needs to run 24/7 to be constantly drawing pollutants out of the air. This may have an impact on your electricity bill so be mindful of the additional cost. Some filters also have an eco conscience mode that automatically changes to standby mode if it does not detect any pollen, dust, or other contaminate in the air. 

We carry a variety of air purifiers including the Holmes desktop air purifier as well as a tabletop water cooler for your office.

Homemade Tortillas? Yes Please!

Everyone loves homemade food and tortillas are no different. Soft, hard, rolled, fried, the list goes on and on. The perfect vessel for a variety of fillings and toppings, homemade tortillas are a way to elevate your Taco Tuesday game and will quickly become a staple in your home. 


Traditional tortillas are made using dried corn that has been soaked overnight that is then processed by hand, making the rounds that are then cooked on a hot, flat surface. Now by  visiting your local Latinx marketplace you can stock up on all the materials you will need to make tortillas for your family. Masa Harina is the first ingredient you could look for when in the store. 


Translated to simply ‘corn flour’ this bag will make plenty of tortillas and is the only ingredient you are unlikely to have at home. Corn tortillas are naturally gluten free and are more flavorful than their flour counterparts. This makes them perfect for the whole family. After mixing the flour with the appropriate ratio of hot water and a pinch of salt, roll the balls into flats and flatten them into even rounds. Then put them into your tortilla maker to cook them to the ideal stage for your recipe. Fresh tortillas make for an easy quesadilla at lunchtime or tacos at dinner. Leftover tortillas? No problem! 


Using your air fryer countertop oven you can cut your tortilla into triangle shapes and air fry them to crispy perfection. Top them with any leftover taco toppings or nacho cheese to have another fantastic meal. Cooking homemade food is the ideal way to feed your family. Fresh ingredients can be made into meals that are not only healthy but that your family will love. If you are low on time, consider a digital toaster oven. Just set the timer and finish whatever you have to get done with the confidence that your meal will be done to perfection. 


5 Ways to Choose the Perfect Gift for Anyone

The holiday season is a very special time of the year. However, it is also a notoriously difficult time of year as well. At this time people begin the hunt for the perfect gift to give to loved ones. What do they want? What do they need? Do they have this already? These questions and more go into choosing the perfect gift. So how do you do it? If you are stuck on ideas, we’ve gathered up five tips for choosing the perfect gift for that special someone on your list.

  • Make a list of all the things the person is interested in: What is the person you are buying for interested in? What are their hobbies? Now, right down a list of these interests and try to think of some cool items that person will want. For example, if he or she is interested in music, then he/she may be interested in an MP3 player or CDs, etc. Giftees will usually appreciate how personal presents chosen like this tend to be.
  • Ask yourself what that person needs: Try to determine what the person is lacking that he may need. Think on a more general level. This will help you get outside your regular everyday view of that person.
  • Do some careful watching: When you are with the person pay attention to what catches her eye. Also, if you have access to their online wish list from a retailer, make note of the items that are listed on it. If you are discrete and determined, you will truly find a goldmine of ideas this way.
  • Make it taste good: We all have to eat and drink. Therefore, you can’t go wrong with giving someone a food or a food related product. For example, for coffee lovers you could buy them a programmable coffee maker so that it is also easy for them to make their favorite drink.
  • Ask the person what they want: Sometimes the direct approach is best. Simply ask the person what they want or listen to them when they drop “hints” about what they may need.

So, the next time you struggle with what to get the special person in your life, these five tips can certainly get the creative juices flowing. We are sure that you can find a present they will appreciate and cherish at our online shopping mall. However, here you don’t have to worry about parking or crowds.