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Month: September 2015

Home Entertainment and Insurance

Posted on September 7, 2015  in Video gaming

Take Care with Home Contents Insurance

When buying your home contents insurance you need to take your time. Buying the wrong policy could cost you dear in the long run. There is nothing worse than being burgled only to find that the loss of your Grandfathers antique watch, which was stolen, is not covered due to an exception in your home contents insurance policy.

Cover your jewellery and other expensive items

The key to avoiding this situation is to take your time and to read the policy conditions before signing up with a particular company. If your policy does not cover expensive jewellery you will be able to see this because your policy will state the maximum amount that is covered for jewellery. If that amount is £600 and your Grandfather’s watch is worth £1,000 you will only get paid £600 for it.

You also need to make sure that other expensive items are covered.

Remember to insure your entertainment equipment

Most people do not realise that their home entertainment systems are worth a lot of money. Stop and think for a minute about how much you paid for your TVs, laptops, tablets, games consoles and smartphones and you will fall over backwards. What if someone broke in and stole it all or you lost it in a flood how would you replace it all? Would you be able to find the thousands of pounds or dollars you need to buy it all again? Probably not, this is why your contents insurance needs to provide enough coverage to replace it all.

Protection from gaming accidents

While we are on the subject of home entertainment and gaming, you need to check to see if your gadgets are covered for accidental damage. A surprising number of people end up breaking things when they get carried away playing video games. This kind of accident is happening more and more as people start playing games like the Wii or Xbox Kinect games. People have a tendency to knock things of shelves and punch the telly.

Questions to ask when buying home contents insurance

When buying home contents insurance ask about exceptions and what circumstances could invalidate your insurance. In other words, ask about the limits of the cover. For example, are the items in your shed or garage covered? What happens if you lose personal items like your phone while you are out of the house?

Think about the worst-case scenario like a fire or flood and ask yourself if the cover on offer is adequate to allow you to replace everything you could lose in those circumstances. Listen to what others say about their experience with their insurance company, and look at those companies first.

Take the time to shop around and compare quotes. When doing so make sure that you are comparing like for like quotes. You can use the money you save on your premiums to buy some new games or if you shop around really careful even a new games console.

Optional Extras you can add to a contents insurance policy.

Some policies give you the option of adding legal expenses cover and annual multi trip travel insurance cover

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Month: September 2015

Healthy Allergen Free Snacks for Gamers

Posted on September 1, 2015  in Video gaming, virtual keep fit

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If you are like me once you sit down for a marathon gaming session you do not want to have to stop to prepare food. I love eating while gaming, and if I am not careful can end up eating a couple of thousand calories in one evening. This habit left me very overweight. My weight was one of the reasons I had to rein in my gaming habit.

I have now gotten my weight under control. However, I still like eating and gaming, so still do it, but these days I eat healthy snacks instead and limit the amount I consume. Below are some of my favorites most of them are allergen-free snack recipes I got from www.overcomefoodintolerances.com I am allergic to several foods and intolerant of many others, so these are all low allergen snacks.

Fresh fruit

Cube any fruit you fancy. Then thread it on kebab sticks to make easy to eat while you are gaming. If you prefer just lay it out on a plate and stick a cocktail stick in each piece of fruit.

A few cheese and pineapple cubes on a stick are nice, very old-fashioned, but extremely nice.

Healthy dips and chips

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I love crisps but know they are not that healthy for me, so I limit myself to one or two packets if chips per month and eat them with healthy dips instead of the processed ones you buy in the supermarket.

Freshly made tomato sauce or guacamole sauce are both good for you. Homemade hummus is good too and if you are not allergic to wheat or gluten you can enjoy that with pitta bread, which contains far less fat than chips do.

Veggie Snacks

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Veg cut into sticks also make handy snacks that are easy to handle when gaming. I particularly like carrot and cucumber sticks, but you can do it with any vegetable you like. Raw cauliflower and broccoli are far nicer than they sound and they taste really good if you dip them in the healthy sauces I mentioned earlier.

Juicing a few pounds of vegetables is a great way to provide yourself with something healthy to drink. Putting it in a flask with some ice ensures that it stays cool enough and is refreshing for a couple of hours.

Healthy finger foods

I still love gaming pizza, but these days there is no cheese on my pizza and it is a thin base with plenty of fresh vegetables as the topping instead of a mountain of greasy meat and cheese. The base is homemade and made from gluten-free flour. I make a big batch every few months and freeze a stack, so making the pizza is not much harder than putting a shop bought pizza in the oven.

Meat and fish skewers

Skewers of grilled chicken with red chili, thyme, and lime wedges.

Skewers of grilled chicken with red chili, thyme, and lime wedges.

If you fancy a hot snack pre-cook some light meat or cubed fish and feed it onto skewers with fresh veg. You only need to pop them in the microwave for few minutes to warm them up just remember to use wooden skewers and drizzle with a little barbecue sauce before heating up to stop the meat drying out.

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