FantasiaMusicEvolved.jpgWhen I was a child, the first two Disney movies my mom bought were The Rescuers Down Under and Fantasia.  Music aside, I hated Fantasia.  Absolutely hated it. As I grew older, I learned to appreciate that it wasn't a prototypical Disney movie, and learned to appreciate what it was.  It gave me a better appreciation of Fantasia 2000, and now the fact that I've been looking forward to Fantasia: Music Evolved ever since it was announced. It's here, and it's quite the workout.  Come check it out!

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Bavarian-Pretzels.JPGWhile going through the old letters researching my ancestry, I also came across old recipes. There’s nothing like food to trigger memories of growing up, and when I look back I remember different German dishes on my Grandma’s kitchen table. Because it's Octoberfest, I've been creating authentic German weiner schnitzel, frying pans full of cabbage, and big, puffy Bavarian pretzels. If that sounds delicious, it is, so today I thought I'd share a 'how to' make Bavarian pretzels on Shelly's Friday Favourites.

 

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Mac OSX Yosemite: worth the upgrade?

by Blogger on ‎10-24-2014 11:54 AM

Yosemite preview.jpgApple continued its fall tradition of releasing a new version of the OSX operating system that powers its Mac computers and once again, it’s a free upgrade. This year’s version is OSX 10.10 Yosemite. Should you make the leap? I’ve spent the past week test-driving OSX Yosemite on a MacBook Air and put together a guide of how to do it, what to expect and what you need to know before making the decision.

 

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ZWILLING Henckels gives a chef's touch

by Blogger ‎10-24-2014 03:01 AM - edited ‎10-24-2014 02:08 PM

ZWilling_henckel-Prime_frypan.jpgAdding a few exceptional knives and pans to your kitchen can make all the difference in your kitchen. Using guidelines from my chef friend,  I checked out the ZWILLING Henckels Professional “S” collection and the new frying pan. I was impressed with their quality and performance.

 

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If you haven’t seen an OLED TV yet, then you don’t know what you are missing. OLED TVs are the next generation of technology that is here today and is a big step up in picture quality. The LG 55” OLED 55EA9700 is a fully loaded set that is beautiful in so many ways.

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How to create your dream games room

by Blogger ‎10-22-2014 01:26 PM - edited ‎10-22-2014 04:44 PM

dream-games-room.jpgOut of all the rooms in a dream home, a games room is one of the most fun to create. You can stock it with all the games you love and add creative touches that make it your own. If you’re interested in creating a dream games room, here’s how. 

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Hexa-Core Processors: Six Cores Are Better Than Four

by Blogger on ‎10-22-2014 08:44 AM - last edited on ‎10-22-2014 02:40 PM by Editor in Chief

Hexacore preview.jpgMulti-core CPUs have been a mainstay in PCs (and mobile devices) for over a decade. The innovation of having multiple cores in a single processor —each able to run software in parallel— has led to significant performance boosts. Quad-Core used to be the high end in consumer PCs, but now Hexa-Core chips are making it into the mainstream through computers like HP’s new Pavilion x360 Convertible. Here’s why you might want a Hexa-Core processor in your next PC.

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panasonic-4.jpgLCD, LED, HDTV, 3D, 4K, IPS. OMG, right? Ok, that was pretty cheesy, but it was meant to illustrate a point – TVs these days are much more complex than they were only 10 years ago. Not only do you have to understand what all those acronyms mean, you have to understand what constitutes good value. Sure, you could spend the equivalent of one month’s salary on a 60” LED Smart TV, but why would you when you could get much more for your money with the Panasonic 60” 1080p 120Hz IPS LED Smart TV (AS630). It’s got all the acronyms you could want and performance you need, at a price point that won’t break the bank.

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BothThermostats.jpgFor over 100 years now, Honeywell has stood as one of the industry gold standards in Thermostat technology. In fact, it's how the company got started. Now, Honeywell's Smart Thermostats are available at Best Buy in two different varieties, featuring an assortment of different helpful features that you wouldn't expect out of something that controls the temperature in your house. Come check them out!

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Telescope 101

by Blogger ‎10-21-2014 08:01 PM - edited ‎10-22-2014 10:35 PM

telescope.jpgAbove our heads every evening is a world of celestial happenings. A telescope can open the night skies for you to enjoy. It’s all waiting for you to discover when you have the right telescope. Here’s what to look for when buying one.

 

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Review - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2014 06:54 PM - last edited on ‎10-21-2014 08:31 PM by Blogger

middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor_wp-one.jpgIt's Lord of the Rings meets Assassin's Creed with a healthy dose of Arkham Asylum, and if that sounds like it might be a winning combination, you'd be right.  A huge step in video game technology, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor brings to the table enemy programming unlike anything we've seen to date.  Oh, and there's like, an unlimited amount of Uruk warriors that need to be taken care of (and it never, ever get's boring)

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Review: Wagan Tech’s IonBoost V8 – Charges up Everything!

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2014 05:45 PM - last edited on ‎10-22-2014 09:54 AM by Editor in Chief

 

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If you have ever been stranded in a car that won’t start, it is at that moment that you regret never having invested in jumper cables. Well, forget the jumper cables and get a Wagan Tech IonBoost V8 instead. I was just sent this to review and believe me it is an amazing unit. Not only will it start your car in those stranded situations it has the versatility to keep your cell phone, tablet, and laptop charged up, not to mention a myriad of other devices. Read my review to learn all about it.

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Netgear Wireless Adapter – Wirelessly Connect Anything to Your Home Network

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2014 03:18 PM - last edited on ‎10-23-2014 01:08 PM by Editor in Chief

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Most Internet enabled devices come with WiFi these days, but not all do. If you have an older gaming device, media player, or any other device that might not support WiFi connectivity, then Netgear’s Wireless Adapter is the perfect solution. It easily turns any wired Ethernet-only device into a wireless one.

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Tablets: the best choice for whatever you want to do

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2014 10:04 AM - last edited on ‎10-21-2014 04:37 PM by Editor in Chief

tablet preview.jpgTablets are great devices for doing many things. They truly are the embodiment of multi-purpose technology. You can use a tablet to watch videos, play games, read books, surf the web, take photos, listen to music, participate in a video conference or write a report. But there is a huge range of options to choose from and despite the fact that they’re all “multi-purpose” devices, some tablets are better suited from some purposes than others. In this post, I single out tablets that have a reputation for being ideal for different activities.

 

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Frigidaire Laundry – We’ve Come a Long Way Baby

by Blogger on ‎10-18-2014 04:51 PM - last edited on ‎10-20-2014 08:26 AM by Editor in Chief

first-washer.jpgLet’s face it, laundry isn’t a whole lot of fun. It’s certainly not how I like to spend my evenings, I can tell you that much. I mean, there are just so many steps! You’ve got to sort your clothes, lug them to the machine, put them in, press a button, wait … take them out, put them in another machine, press another button, and then wait some more before you take them out and fold them. It’s excruciating. It’s also pretty sad that I’m not alone in my disdain for laundry, especially when you consider the fact that electric washers and dryers as we know them today, like those from consumer appliance giant Frigidaire, have only been around for about 100 years.

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Review: PlayStation TV - Great out of the box with room to grow

by Blogger on ‎10-18-2014 11:56 AM - last edited on ‎10-20-2014 08:09 AM by Editor in Chief

PlayStation TV logo.pngThe PlayStation TV has finally arrived in North America, and brings with a solid lineup of features, including video streaming, an extender option from the PlayStation 4, and the arrival of the new PlayStation Now service, offering full versions of games via digital stream rental. It's small, lightweight and packs a lot of power, and it's just getting started.

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JackolanternsHubpages.jpgWhen it comes to Halloween, the only thing I struggle with each year is making enough candy apples, cupcakes, and treats for everyone. But every year I get a little wiser, and this year I’m going to put the kids to work making kid-friendly goodies. Creating these treats can be part of the Halloween fun, and you’d be amazed at how many hours kids will work on them with you supervising and helping them along.

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Gear up and hit the hill with the Sony ActionCam

by Blogger on ‎10-17-2014 03:58 PM - last edited on ‎10-20-2014 08:07 AM by Editor in Chief

sony-action-cam1.jpgI was pretty excited to test out the Sony ActionCam With LiveView Remote, and if you watch point of view action sports videos on Youtube the way most of my family does, you’ll instantly know exactly what this camera is for. Designed specifically to capture live action video in all the crazy places you’d go to for action sports and recreation, the Sony ActionCam has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a camera of this type. It was created for the ski hill, it shines on the side of a mountain, and you can take it with you while you hang ten on a wave near a tropic beach.

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Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition - A Critically Acclaimed Open-Word Hong Kong

by Blogger ‎10-17-2014 03:26 PM - edited ‎10-17-2014 08:48 PM

Sleeping-Dogs-Definitive-EditionFrontjpg.jpgLoved by critics, Sleeping Dogs was very much Grand Theft Auto, but in the streets of Hong Kong. An Open-world action title, it pits the player against some pretty mean streets, putting them in the shoes of an undercover cop who has got to go deep into the belly of the beast.  Now with a visual upres and all previous DLC packs, this modern Hong Kong detective story makes the jump to the big boy hardware with Sleep Dogs: Definitive Edition.

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Hunger Games Mockingjay

 

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Mockingjay - Part 1 will be in theatres on November 21st and you have a chance to win 2 tickets to the Hollywood premiere and 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets, courtesy of Samsung and Best Buy. Read on for more details.

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Movie Review: Fury brings more than firearm

by Best Buy Best Buy on ‎10-16-2014 04:33 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 08:21 AM by Editor in Chief

FURY-PK-03_(DF-01597).jpgSet in World War II, as the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.  Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

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Movie Review: The Equalizer is another Denzel great

by Best Buy Best Buy on ‎10-16-2014 03:08 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 08:23 AM by Editor in Chief

DF-09385.jpgRobert McCall (Denzel Washington) believes he has put his mysterious past behind him. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.

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Borderlands the Pre-Sequel - First Person Shooting, Now on the Moon

by Blogger on ‎10-16-2014 12:43 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 08:28 AM by Editor in Chief

borderlands-the-pre-sequel.jpgYou know what Borderlands is all about, if you haven't played it... well, I'm not sure what's wrong with you. But you've at least  seen it, or heard about just how awesome it is (because it is) and why. Now picture that, but in low gravity on the surface of the moon, and Bob's your Uncle. Sound Fun? Of course it does. It's Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

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Drive the lanes in a big way in NBA 2K15!

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2014 10:15 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 10:29 AM by Editor in Chief

NBA2K15.jpegI'm not going to lie - I have a love/hate relationship with the NBA, and have for the last 15 years. However, if there's one thing consistently that falls into the "love" category, it's the NBA 2K series. With the exception of a glitch that made me rage quit NBA 2K13, I've been a loyal series fan for years now, moreso since NBA 2K11 rocked our worlds and turned the series into the juggernaut it is now.  This year's edition promises to be no different. Come take a look.

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Make your room new again

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2014 08:47 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 02:37 PM by Editor in Chief

Monarch Rectangular Cheval Mirror.jpgRevitalizing a tired room can be as simple as adding some colour, creating an accent area or simply re-arranging your furniture. By following some suggestions from the pros, I recently did a mini makeover of tired rooms that didn't blow the budget or stress me out.

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Introducing the Nexus 9 Tablet

by Blogger ‎10-15-2014 10:05 AM - edited ‎10-21-2014 02:41 PM

nexus-9.jpgGoogle and HTC just took the wraps off what is likely to be one of the hottest tablets of 2014: the Nexus 9. Described as “powered by Android, for work and play” the new tablet features a powerful 64-bit CPU, the new Android Lollipop operating system, an 8.9-inch HD display and HTC BoomSound.

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Arts, Crafts, Fun & Games With Melissa & Doug

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2014 08:02 AM - last edited on ‎10-15-2014 10:33 AM by Editor in Chief

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Arts & crafts are fun for kids of all ages. I tried out this super-creative art easel and companion accessory kit from popular brand Melissa & Doug, along with a cute basic skills puzzle board, and the challenging Suspend family game. Check out my take on these fun toys and crafts for kids aged 3 and up.

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Use enemy superpowers against themselves in Skylanders: Trap Team!

by Blogger ‎10-14-2014 09:26 PM - edited ‎10-15-2014 10:05 PM

TrapTeamBanner.jpgThe Skylanders return for a huge adventure this year in Skylanders: Trap Team now available for all major consoles. This year's game sees a new portal, new variations of old Skylanders, and a new dynamic to the battlefield featuring Crystal technology. This one promises to be the most unique Skylanders game for you and your family yet! Come check it all out.

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Alien: Isolation - Survival Horror in the Blackness of Space

by Blogger on ‎10-14-2014 09:17 AM - last edited on ‎10-14-2014 09:04 PM by Blogger

alien_isolation_cover.jpgIf you ask most sci-fi buffs, or movie lovers 'what's the most horrifying creature / threat found in the vastness of space' most people would say 'Xenomorph'.  With that eyeless face, and prehensile tongue/mouth thing... not to mention the whole, 'creepy hand spider putting a chest burster in your tummy' thing. Feel like running scared, hiding from place to place relentlessly pursued by a horrifying monster from outer space? Survival horror meets the Xenomorph in Alien: Isolation.

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Tablets: what display size should I choose?

by Blogger on ‎10-13-2014 08:17 AM - last edited on ‎10-14-2014 12:44 PM by Editor in Chief

tablet sizes preview.jpgIt was only a few years ago —2010 to be exact— when choosing which size of tablet display was an exercise in simplicity. You really only had one choice. Apple’s original iPad was released that year, it immediately dominated the category and its display was 9.7-inches. Today, the tablet landscape is much more diverse and display sizes are all over the map. Which size best suits your needs? In this post, I’ll break down five of the most popular display sizes and what they’re best suited for.

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