When you’re talking about the iRobot lineup, it’s pretty hard not to start off with glowing statements like “I love it” and “I want one”, but that’s exactly what I’d like to do. Because after trying out the iRobot Roomba 660 Vacuum Cleaning Robot and the iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Washing Robot, my entire perspective on cleaning has changed, and yours will too.
Into any Canadian winter a whole lot of cold must fall, and there are always going to be frigid pockets of freezing air in your house, and in my case, you need a small heater because your furnace just won’t go there.
Likewise for summer – some rooms just get hotter than others, so if you want to be in them, you must come prepared with an exceptional fan or you’ll melt.
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Dyson has introduced two new models. Both the DC46 and DC51Animal have the famous ball technology and radial cyclones delivering maximum cleaning power. Once again, Dyson proves why it’s become synonymous for top quality and performance.
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If you love coffee then you really need to consider getting a higher-end espresso machine that makes a great cup of coffee without the art (and hassle) of learning to become a barista. There are many to choose from but this Jura Cappuccino Machine is one of the best for the price.
Chinese New Year is almost upon us, and it’s time to usher in the Year of the Snake. But before you can begin the celebrations, there is a lot of prep work to do to get ready for the New Year.
And by prep work, I mean scrubbing your home down and giving it a complete cleaning. Cleaning is said to sweep away all of the bad luck from the past year and get your home in tip top shape to usher in a new year of prosperity and good luck.
I love my smartphone. Just like everyone else, I like to pull it out and check my email and texts whenever I have a minute.
But it can be kind of rude to the people around me when I’m always looking at my phone, and I’ve often wished there was a better way to ‘stay in touch’ with my social networks and messages without actually ‘staying in touch’ with my phone.
I was shocked this week to find that my first attempt at holiday baking was a success. The dozen or so cookies I brought into the office were wolfed down in no time flat. I was even more astonished when the team asked me what bakery I purchased them at; am I actually baking at a professional level? …probably not, but I’d like to pretend
I’ve decided to make use of my newly purchased bake ware and dive back into the kitchen to once again impress not only my coworkers, but also my family this time. This time, however, I’m tripling my batches to make sure that there is enough for everyone.
The Breville Immersion Blender is proof that great things come in small packages. For all you foodies or aspiring foodies out there, this is a must-have utensil. It is an extremely versatile device that you can use every day for all sorts of things and the beauty is you can store it in a drawer and clean it up in seconds. For all of you that hate hauling out the bulky blender or food processor for various blending or mixing tasks only to have to clean up that bulky machine later, this is a fantastic simple and effective alternative.
Even if you love cooking, it can get a little time consuming creating dish after dish. Have a craving for peach pie? Not only can it take you an hour of prep time, it’s an hour to bake and then you’ll have to hang around until it’s cool enough to eat it. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to speed things up a bit?
That’s why having the right kitchen tools and appliances are so important. But I’m not talking about the usual things like cheese graters or ice cream scoops. I’m talking about the appliances that get you to the finish line faster – Things like pie makers, hot dog stands, fondue makers, and a appliance created just to help you serve up cupcakes.
The laundry might not be able to do itself (although we’ve come a long way since hand wringing), the stove can’t quite cook you dinner yet, but there is one task that’s completely automated if you’re armed with the right tool – The iRobot Roomba Robotic Vacuum completely automates one of the most tedious parts of house cleaning – Vacuuming those floors!
A cylinder disk that glides across the floor, the Roomba picks up all of your dirt, dust bunnies, and even pet dander wherever it lands. It works on carpet and hardwood, and automatically adjusts to each surface so you don’t have to do a thing when it’s rolling around.
It’s the beginning of November. The leaves have begun to fall and the rain has decided to rear its ugly head. As a west coast girl, the shift from sunny skies to endless rainfall can only mean one thing – Christmas is right around the corner. For those of you who feel like (a) we just got through Halloween, or (b) we just got through Christmas, here’s the deal … I feel your pain. These days it seems as though one holiday overlaps another. Soon we’ll be prepping for Easter while we are cooking our Thanksgiving turkey!
That said, as someone who loves Christmas more than any other holiday, it pays to be prepared. No one wants to be waiting in line for gifts on Christmas Eve. Do yourself a favour and shop WELL in advance, bust out the shiny wrapping paper and pretty bows, and be that person who has all their gifts wrapped and under the tree one month in advance. But when money is tight, how can you be that person? I’d like to be able to say I have the answer, but I really don’t, so instead, here is a list of the top 10 gifts you can get for those people on your list when you are sticking to a budget.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to ditch the bag of Halloween mini-chocolate bars and scary ghosts and goblins littering the walls and windows of my house in favour of the more refined things in life. The fact that Christmas and holiday entertaining are just around the corner have me ripping down the pumpkins, hanging up some white lights, and getting my recipe box ready for another season of baking, cooking, and eating.
Soon we’ll be decking the halls with boughs of holly, family, and the scents of Christmas trees, and if that seems stressful to you, don’t you worry - Here’s a few things you can pick up right now to take the stress out of holiday entertaining. This is the year you’ll really enjoy it, I promise:
Over the past year enjoying a fresh cold smoothie has become a weekly, if not daily part of my routine. The only downside of smoothies is the cost; they can easily become one of those indulgences that push you over budget, which makes them difficult to justify. Recently, I’ve started to concoct some of my own smoothies at home. In order to due this, I had to purchase the perfect blender. If you’re new to choosing a blender you may be shocked to find exactly how many models are on the market.
That sacred space of manliness, filled with all your dude things (if they haven't been relegated to the garage that is). A Man Cave is an important place, and assembling it correctly is no simple task, but, rest easy friends, Best Buy is here to help.
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When it comes to being a domestic goddess I’ve never had much success. At times I’ve found that even reheating a frozen burrito is a challenge. So admittedly, it’s not often that I attempt to release my inner Betty Crocker, which I’m told is somewhere deep within – very deep.
There’s just something about a Dyson. When I find myself standing in the appliance aisle drooling over the various components of a vacuum, you can bet I’m in front of a Dyson.
You probably know the Dyson brand from their sleek, colourful vacuums, but you may not know they also make hand dryers, fans, and now space heaters. With the weather being both cold (as in can’t-walk-on-the-tile frigid at 7 am) and hot (early afternoon), you really don’t want to turn on the furnace and heat the whole house just yet. That’s why it’s the perfect time of year to test out the Dyson Hot.
I’m the perfect candidate to test the new Dyson Digital Slim DC45 vacuum: I have two large hairy dogs, one furry cat and an amazing collection of dust bunnies along with interesting cobweb sculptures.
Since I have a love-hate relationship with most vacuums (love the results, hate the machines), I approached the Dyson promise of a better experience with some scepticism. Well, I’m late with this blog because I’ve been having too much fun vacuuming. Down with the conventional vacuum cleaner! This machine is worth every penny.
When I was in high school, I was a bit of a nerd. It’s true. I was the bookworm, straight A, love to do homework, teacher’s pet kind of girl. But once a week on Wednesday nights, I would set aside my homework in favour of something a little more important – watching the oh-so-true-to-life antics of Kelly, Donna, Dylan, Brandon, David, and all the others on a certain little TV show called Beverly Hills 90210.
Needless to say, when it was my time to go to university, my expectations of “university life” were a little bit skewed. Because of 90210 I had imagined that my post secondary education would involve living in a beautiful beachfront apartment. It would be meticulously decorated and have ample room out front for my convertible BMW. Sufficed to say, that’s not exactly how things went down. Instead, for five of my six years of university (I changed majors, so don’t judge), I lived at home and commuted back and forth every day. I ate my parent’s food, lived in my childhood bedroom, and drove a 1984 Mazda GLC Sport (with a crank sunroof) that I bought for $1,000 and that consistently overheated and leaked oil.
But imagine for a moment that you are a Kelly, Donna, Dylan, Brandon, or David and you have the ability to live in the lap of luxury when you battling your way through university. What then would your dorm room look like?
Times really have changed. 10 years ago, if you wanted to print off a term paper or work document, you’d have to plug into your bubble jet printer and go make dinner while you waited ½ hour for your 20 page document to print. Who’d have thought you’d not only be able to print in seconds, but be able to hit the print button from virtually anywhere in your home?
Laptops make us mobile, and with that mobility comes the need to be wirelessly connected to everything in our home, including printers. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to pick up a wireless printer and install it in minutes, not hours. Plus, with the right printer, you’ll even be able to hit the print button from your tablet and smartphone.
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Ah Canada Day! Our favourite time to celebrate Canada everything we love about our great country. Wherever you are, plan the perfect Canada Day party with some help from Best Buy. Check out these cool products that will help your party rock.
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If you're on a budget but still want to get a gift for Mom on her special day, here are 5 gift ideas under $50. Add some flowers, a nice card and some coupons for helping out around the house and Mom will be sure to feel well treated this Sunday.
A few weeks ago I blogged about Rogers One Number, a terrific service that turns your computer into your mobile phone, it saves us money (possibly loads of money) and is a very convenient service on top of that. So many people have asked me about it, that I made a short demo video of the service.
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How often do you have a Panini sandwich? If you are like most people, you have it occasionally when out to a restaurant or bar. I just got a Panini grill as a gift a few weeks ago, and it has been an awesome addition to our kitchen - so useful and versatile that we replaced our toaster oven with it. It makes the best grilled sandwiches, just like the restaurants. Think of chicken breast, Brie cheese, thin slice of pear, and a little mayo on a focaccia bun grilled hot, and you get the idea. Or...
Everyone knows a last minute shopper when you see one. They are the people with a scrunched up list in their hand, walking from aisle to aisle in complete bewilderment, trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Best Buy takes the stress out of last minute shopping with their guide to Last Minute Gifts. It’s full of great gift ideas for any budget. Here are a few highlights:
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