Doing a home renovation? Everything you need to know about the planning stages

by Blogger ‎08-26-2015 10:39 AM - edited ‎08-26-2015 10:41 AM

IMG_4039 copy.jpgFor the next few weeks I’ll be talking home renovations, and if you’re about to start renovating an older home or move into a house you plan on changing and you’re wondering how the process works, read on. From the planning stages to tips on turning your home into a smart home, I’ve either been there or am in the process of being there, and what I’ve found is that renovations aren’t as scary when you’ve got someone else’s experiences to compare to.


Best bar fridges for back to school as rated by our customers

by Blogger on ‎08-19-2015 11:17 AM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:19 AM by Editor in Chief

main fridge.jpgWe've been talking about some great small appliances for back to school as rated by you, our Best Buy customers. This week we'll see how having your own bar fridge can make a difference in your dorm room or apartment living.


Morning Rituals from 5 Successful Entrepreneurs

by Blogger ‎08-17-2015 08:25 AM - edited ‎08-19-2015 10:28 AM

Morning rituals for successful peopleMornings can be tough, especially when you want to hit that snooze button. Or when your kids wake you up too early. Or when you aren’t happy at your job and have to survive a long day at work. But sometimes a shift in attitude or routine is all you need. Many successful people have morning rituals to help kickstart their productivity. Before you roll your eyes, take a look at how the following entrepreneurs begin their day.


How will the Internet of Things affect students?

by Blogger on ‎08-14-2015 03:50 PM - last edited on ‎08-14-2015 06:35 PM by Blogger

Internet of things will change education.jpgAn increasing number of devices and gadgets are coming out that can connect to the online world and generate and report content on their own. But how will the so-called Internet of Things (ioT) – the bringing together of our physical and virtual worlds – change how we educate, and benefit students of the future?


Best Microwaves for Back to School as Rated by Best Buy Customers

by Blogger ‎08-09-2015 06:51 PM - edited ‎08-10-2015 12:06 PM

Two weeks ago I posted an article called "Best Slowcookers for Back to School as Rated by Customers." Today, in hopes of helping those on the verge of returning to University & College, I consider the top 5 microwave ovens for back to school as rated by Best Buy customers. Read on to learn all about the very best microwave ovens currently available at Best Buy. These are your very own opinions, so you know the information here is highly valuable. Click on through to give it a look!


Shelly's Friday Favourites shares why you need to take a toaster oven back to school

by Blogger on ‎08-07-2015 07:05 PM - last edited on ‎08-20-2015 02:59 PM by Editor in Chief

toaster-oven.jpgOver the past few weeks we’ve been compiling a list of the best appliances to take along to your dorm room and a few recipes you can whip up with each of them. We’ve looked at rice cookers, slow cookers, and microwaves, and this week we’re going to head into toaster territory and explore why you should bring a toaster oven with you when you go back to school.


The Internet of Things and appliances

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2015 02:19 PM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:23 AM by Editor in Chief

connected-home.jpgDoes your fridge talk to your smartphone and let you know that you’re out of milk or butter? Can your stove turn on wirelessly based on a recipe you’ve created and plugged in? Maybe your washing machine can send you a text if you forgot the fabric softener or your laundry is on the verge of becoming smelly from being left behind? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I'm jealous, but thanks to the Internet of Things, having my very own WiFi enabled appliances isn't that far off.


Best Slowcookers for Back to School as Rated by Customers

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2015 04:57 AM - last edited on ‎07-31-2015 10:35 AM by Editor in Chief

If you're considering getting a slowcooker for back to school and would like to read top recommendations from other customers just like yourself, then today's blog should be right up your alley. Read on to see which slowcookers come most highly recommended by Best Buy customers. These reviews are given in each customer's own words, so you'll know you're getting sound advice. The quoted customers have purchased these slowcookers and used them thoroughly, so step on inside and see what these good folks have to say!


Shelly's Friday Favourites microwaves some meals for back to school

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2015 10:22 PM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:27 AM by Editor in Chief

quiona.jpgLast week on Shelly’s Friday Favourites we talked about how taking a slow cooker along when you go back to school is a seriously good idea. This week we're packing up the microwave to take it to your dorm room, and I've got a few healthy, fresh microwave recipes ready for you to try. 


Review: you’ll want to cook everything on the T-fal Optigrill

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2015 11:39 AM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 01:02 PM by Editor in Chief

grill.jpgAll it took was one set of steaks cooked on the T-fal Optigrill Non-stick grill and it was time for my BBQ to step aside and let a handier appliance take over. Here’s what I found out when I tested out the T-fal Optigrill.




Best coffee makers for back to school as rated by our customers

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2015 08:38 AM - last edited on ‎07-27-2015 10:53 AM by Editor in Chief

latte 1.jpgIf you're a busy parent with school runs or a college/university student with a crazy schedule full of classes, your coffee maker can be the one thing in your day to keep you sane.  It's great to read Best Buy customer reviews to help choose which coffee maker will work best for you. Read on to learn which coffee makers were chosen as favourites.


Best rice cookers for back to school as rated by customers

by Blogger on ‎07-20-2015 10:42 AM - last edited on ‎07-23-2015 09:25 AM by Editor in Chief

rice.jpgI’m not sure about you, but rice is a staple in my diet. It’s ridiculously versatile, can be dressed up or down to complement or become a meal, and is relatively low calorie as far as starches are concerned. The problem is that cooking rice—real rice, not the “nuke-in-the-bag-pseudo-rice”—can take a bit of time. And let’s be honest, time can be a luxury; especially when you’re a parent with kids in school, or a student yourself. When I think back to my university days, I have vivid memories of being so busy that the very prospect of cooking dinner made me sweat with anxiety.



Review: Uneven cooking is a thing of the past with the Panasonic Genius Prestige Plus

by Blogger on ‎07-10-2015 11:00 AM - last edited on ‎07-21-2015 04:57 PM by Editor in Chief

panasonic-microwave.jpgBecause I’ve already used a Panasonic microwave for a long time, and the microwave I bought for my new house was a different brand, I was excited to try out the latest Panasonic model, the Panasonic 2.2 Genius Prestige Plus with Cyclonic Inverter Technology; it promises even cooking and defrosting you just can't find on another microwave.


All about fans

by Blogger on ‎06-20-2015 02:09 PM - last edited on ‎06-24-2015 08:58 AM by Blogger

fan-blades.jpgIf you’ve ever watched one of those home improvement shows on TV, you are no doubt aware that the vast majority of interior designers think that a “fan” is either someone who follows them on social media, or an intrusive assault to the esthetic senses. Well, no disrespect to the interior designers out there, but here’s the thing: in the summer months, a fan is an absolute necessity. In fact, depending on the size of your home, and in the absence of air conditioning, multiple fans are a necessity. But what makes one fan different from another? That’s what I’m here to tell you!


Everything you need to know about cookware for your induction range

by Blogger on ‎06-18-2015 06:54 PM - last edited on ‎06-19-2015 03:08 PM by Editor in Chief

induction-range.jpgIf you've just upgraded to an amazing new induction range, you might be happy to know you'll also have to upgrade to new cookware. Induction ranges work with only two types of cookware, cast iron and stainless steel, and there's a lot of choice for both. Here's a look at the cookware essentials you'll need when upgrading to an induction range.


Summer means renovating: make the time to redo your basement

by Blogger ‎06-14-2015 03:42 PM - edited ‎06-15-2015 07:31 PM

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My parents are using the hot months of the summer to redo their den. I have fond memories of the cool basement, so I'm happy to help. I'm glad Best Buy has all the upgrades we need!


Review: blend like a boss with the Breville Boss Super Blender

by Blogger on ‎05-20-2015 09:32 PM - last edited on ‎05-22-2015 10:42 AM by Editor in Chief

breville-blender.jpgThere are some small kitchen appliances you just can’t help get really excited about. For some people that appliance might be a crockpot, for others a bread maker. At my house, we always get a real kick out of blenders. That could be because we’ve had some real stinkers over the years, where you can literally see the blades struggling to cut through whatever we’ve put in the bowl and you can smell the blender’s motor as it burns out. Yes, I’ve killed off a few blenders in my time, so I’ve been really impressed with how far blenders have come over the past few years, and even more impressed when I gave the Breville Boss Super Blender a run through for a few days.


Induction cooking: what is it and is it for you?

by Blogger on ‎05-20-2015 08:11 AM - last edited on ‎05-20-2015 09:14 AM by Editor in Chief


Induction cooking is one of the many ways you can cook your meals today. Because I had no idea what induction cooking was all about, I had to do some research to learn about everything induction cooking has to offer. Let me tell you, I found out it has some great benefits, so read on to see if an induction cooker is right for you.


Review: Healthy Cooking with the Breville Health Smart Steamer

by Blogger on ‎05-14-2015 08:47 PM - last edited on ‎05-15-2015 06:06 PM by Blogger

Breville.jpgIf you’re at all into healthy eating, or even if you just happen to have flipped through the pages of a healthy eating magazine at some point in the past few years, you’ve likely heard all about food steamers. Because they eliminate the need to cook with oils or unnecessary additives, they’re said to be the bee’s knees when it comes to healthy cooking. So, given the fact that bathing suit season is right around the corner and I’ve recently launched myself into an epic mission to get in shape and slim down in record time, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to review the Breville Health Smart Steamer.


Review: Great meals made fast or slow with the Breville Fast Slow Cooker

by Blogger on ‎05-13-2015 09:19 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:05 PM by Editor in Chief

breville-cooker.jpgWhen I was asked to try out the Breville Fast Slow Cooker I couldn't wait. There is a sense of accomplishment I feel when I am extremely organized and think to put dinner in the slow cooker in the morning so dinner is ready when we get home at the end of a long day. Any busy family will love this appliance since it can make a whole meal in one pot with easy clean up.



Breville Sous Chef Food Processor Review

by Blogger on ‎05-11-2015 04:05 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:18 PM by Editor in Chief


Today I bring you news of the Breville Sous Chef Food Processor, which might just be the best food processor in the history of food processors! OK, that may or may not be the case, but I'm going to tell you right up front that I really like this machine! If you'd like to know why, simply click through and read on and I'll tell you all about the many great features and benefits of this amazing Breville food preparation system. But be warned: If you do venture inside, you're almost guaranteed to come away wanting one of these food processors, so enter at your own risk!


Dyson's 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner: a new intelligent robot capable of cleaning properly

by Blogger on ‎05-05-2015 03:41 PM - last edited on ‎05-05-2015 03:44 PM by Editor in Chief

dyson eye1.jpgRecently James Dyson revealed Dyson’s latest technology to the world via a media event in Tokyo. He launched the machine many have been eagerly anticipating—the Dyson robot vacuum cleaner.  After years of intensive research and development, we are launching an intelligent, cyclonic, robot vacuum that is capable of cleaning properly: the Dyson 360 Eye™ robot vacuum cleaner


A brief history of blenders

by Blogger on ‎05-05-2015 08:19 AM - last edited on ‎05-05-2015 10:28 AM by Blogger

hamilton.jpgSome days I look around my kitchen and think how lucky we are to have all of the kitchen gadgets we have now. Unlike our grandparents, we really don't really have to do anything by hand when it comes to food preparation in the kitchen. Take milkshakes and smoothies for example—with how popular they have become over the past few years, can you imagine trying to make one without a blender? A blender can chop, puree and blend in seconds, and the only way I can imagine making my favourite smoothie without one is using a potato masher. Can you imagine? There’s just something about that picture that doesn't seem something quite right.


Review: You'll never buy pasta again when you have the Phillips Pasta Maker

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2015 12:48 PM - last edited on ‎05-12-2015 05:07 PM by Editor in Chief


There is something about pasta that’s comfort food to me, especially in a cream sauce with mushrooms and asparagus. Pasta is a family favourite at my house, and because it’s my go to for entertaining and so easy to make on a busy night, I make it often. Fresh pasta is better than store bought pasta any day, so when given the opportunity to test the Phillips Pasta Maker, I was all in.


Why upgrading your stove will make you a happier person

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2015 04:13 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2015 03:13 PM by Editor in Chief


It’s pretty unbelievable how much our favourite appliances have changed over the years … Let’s take a look at the heart of the modern kitchen—the stove, and see how it’s progressed in being the powerhouse appliance that we’ve all come to love!



Evolution of the Washer & Dryer: When is it Time for an Upgrade?

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2015 04:05 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2015 03:17 PM by Editor in Chief


Have you ever stopped to think of just how far washers and dryers have come over the last few years? Or the last few decades? Today I take a brief trip back in time to see just how far these appliances have come and to ask the question, when is it time for a washer & dryer upgrade? Join me inside and prepare to be thankful for all the work that these amazing machines do! After all, it wasn't so very long ago that most of these tasks were either done by hand or simply not done at all!


A brief history of mixers

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2015 01:01 AM - last edited on ‎05-22-2015 01:02 PM by Editor in Chief

stand-mixer.jpgWe rely on, and come into contact with, so many modern conveniences on a daily basis that it is easy to lose sight of the fact that not all that long ago many of those conveniences had not yet been imagined, let alone invented. Take the electric mixer for example. Can you fathom making cookie dough or whipping cream entirely by hand? I certainly can’t. Electric mixers are a staple in almost every kitchen, but have only been around for about 100 years, and surprisingly, their history is much more interesting than you would have thought.


How to choose appliances for your home

by Blogger on ‎04-28-2015 11:28 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:08 PM by Editor in Chief


Choosing kitchen appliances can be intimidating.  After all, you want an appliance that has multiple useful functions, one that fits with your existing kitchen or possibly into a reno, and to top it all off it’s a major expenditure so you want something that’s going to be a good value for your money. We’ve got some tips for picking those big ticket items.


Moving tips: Major appliances

by Blogger ‎04-27-2015 08:40 PM - edited ‎04-28-2015 09:40 AM


So, you’ve made the big decision—you’re moving! As anyone who has moved before can attest to, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to physically transporting your belongings, such as how to best pack up your kitchen, or move your TV and home theatre. Perhaps the most significant consideration when moving however, is what do with your large, very expensive major appliances. If you’re moving and have been thinking about this, read on as I have some helpful tips!




Take a walk through the history of Kenwood Appliances

by Blogger on ‎04-24-2015 02:56 PM - last edited on ‎04-24-2015 03:02 PM by Editor in Chief

kenw0od.jpgDid you know there are two Kenwood companies? The Kenwood Corporation that sells audio products, and Kenwood Limited, a company that’s been modernizing the kitchen since 1947. Kenneth Maynard Wood of Britain founded Kenwood Limited, and working from his garage, he set out to revolutionize how people perform tasks in their kitchens.


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