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Going away to university and living in a dorm room or in an apartment off-campus is a right of passage for many. It’s a way of gaining independence while meeting new people, learning new things, and embracing everything a post-secondary experience has to offer. It’s also likely the first time most new students have ever lived on their own. So if you are heading off to university this fall, here are six appliances you should bring with you to make your time away from home as comfortable as possible.

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Win the new Dyson V8 vacuum from Best Buy

by Editor in Chief ‎06-16-2016 01:38 PM - edited ‎06-27-2016 10:03 AM

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Dyson vacuums are the best in the world. Great suction. Versatile. Amazing.  Now you can find out for yourself. Enter this contest for your chance to win the newest powerful and cord free vacuum you have ever seen.  

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Review: Dyson V8 Absolute

by Blogger on ‎06-15-2016 12:24 PM - last edited on ‎06-17-2016 02:36 PM by Editor in Chief

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I have to say I was pretty excited when I was asked to test out the Dyson V8 Absolute. I have always dreamed of owning a Dyson. A couple of the reasons being that I've heard they're long lasting, durable and great if you own pets. Read on to see what I found out from using the Dyson V8 Absolute for a week.

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Recipe: this week try some vegan Persian food

by Blogger on ‎06-03-2016 11:13 AM - last edited on ‎06-03-2016 05:10 PM by Editor in Chief

persian rice.jpgAs a child, I was confused when someone of Persian descent claimed to be a vegetarian. It just didn’t make sense to me. Growing up, we survived on BBQed kebobs, from grilled bite-sized steak (barg), to ground meat (kobedeh), to saffron-marinated chicken (joojeh). What else would Persian people eat? So when Best Buy approached me to write a piece on Vegan Persian dishes, I immediately said it was impossible. After all, the cuisine is pretty meat focused. But my Mama Pej knocked some sense into me by asking, “This entire time, you never noticed the vegetarian options at our parties?” I had to admit they existed. But could these dishes be veganized? They sure can. Here are some Persian vegan recipes.

 

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How to clean a fridge (& how often)

by Blogger on ‎05-31-2016 04:46 PM - last edited on ‎06-02-2016 09:46 AM by Editor in Chief

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Our refrigerators are where we keep all our perishable food, so it makes sense that they should be kept clean and tidy so food stays fresh and free of bacteria. But do you know how you should clean your fridge and how often? If not, don’t worry, because that’s exactly what I’m here to tell you.

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What temperature should your fridge and freezer be?

by Blogger on ‎05-30-2016 10:44 PM - last edited on ‎06-07-2016 12:35 PM by Editor in Chief

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Refrigerators and freezers are made to serve one purpose, and that is to keep our food cold or frozen. This might sound simple enough, but if you’ve ever unwittingly poured chunky milk into your morning coffee or cereal, or been met with a crisper full of frozen vegetables when you’re about to whip up a delicious dinner, you know that keeping the right temperature in your fridge is the difference between enjoying your food and wasting your food. That’s why I’m here to tell you at exactly what temperature your fridge and freezer should be kept.

 

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How-to clean a stainless steel fridge

by Blogger on ‎05-27-2016 08:19 AM - last edited on ‎05-27-2016 09:03 AM by Editor in Chief

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I love the look of a stainless steel fridge, and while they do need a good wipe down every day, they are so easy to keep clean overall. Read on for some great tips for keeping your stainless steel fridge looking shiny and new.

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Review: enjoy a clean, fresh breeze with Dyson Pure Cool Link

by Blogger on ‎05-08-2016 08:58 PM - last edited on ‎05-11-2016 04:31 PM by Editor in Chief

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It's hard to believe, but the air pollution in your house can be much, much worse than the air pollution outside of your home. Some air purifiers will remove these particles, but the Dyson Pure Cool Link goes even further. It removes up to 99.97% of the pollutants in your home and does so while directing a cool stream of fresh, clean air wherever you want it.

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Review: which Vitamix blender should you choose?

by Blogger ‎04-27-2016 10:27 AM - edited ‎04-27-2016 11:44 AM

Ivitamix-models copy.jpgf you only use your blender to make smoothies, you're missing out on so many cool recipes you can try. That's what I found out this week when I compared the Vitamix 300 to the Vitamix 500, and I made butternut squash soup and hazelnut spread in no time at all.

 

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Review: Dyson V6 Mattress Vacuum Cleaner

by Blogger on ‎04-25-2016 11:54 PM - last edited on ‎05-06-2016 11:50 AM by Editor in Chief

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Today I present the findings of my rescent round of experimentation with the new Dyson V6 Mattress Vacuum Cleaner. Ok, it's really not as formal as all that, but I did test the dickens out of this thing, so click on through to see how it went!

 

 

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Mother's Day gifts for entertaining

by Blogger on ‎04-19-2016 01:40 PM - last edited on ‎04-19-2016 03:35 PM by Editor in Chief

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Mother's Day is almost upon us, and it's time to start thinking about what you're going to get for the special moms in your life. Today I'm sharing some great gift ideas for the women in your life who love to entertain.

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Dishwashers explained: how to load your dishwasher

by Blogger on ‎04-15-2016 04:45 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 08:46 AM by Editor in Chief

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Dishwashers explained: how to measure your kitchen for a new dishwasher

by Blogger on ‎04-11-2016 04:26 PM - last edited on ‎04-12-2016 05:20 PM by Editor in Chief

Meauring for your new dishwasher couldn't be easier. Here are step by step instructions if you're wondering how to measure the width, height, and depth for your new dishwasher.

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Getting ready for your new appliances

by Blogger on ‎04-07-2016 06:47 PM - last edited on ‎04-08-2016 10:32 AM by Editor in Chief

Picking out new appliances for your home is alot of fun, and it's incredibly exciting when delivery day finally comes. Here's everything you need to know to get ready for your new appliances.

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Review: The Breville Fast Slow Pro Multicooker

by Blogger ‎04-06-2016 08:21 AM - edited ‎06-15-2016 12:11 PM

breville.jpgWhen I was asked to test out the Breville Fast Slow Pro Multicooker I was pretty excited. I love a kitchen appliance that has plenty of options and is easy to use. I'm also always looking for new ways to cook a healthy and quick meal for my boys, and I was hoping this appliance would be the able do it. Read on for my thoughts on the Breville Fast Slow Pro Multicooker.

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Hit the Ground Running

by Blogger ‎03-31-2016 08:54 PM - edited ‎03-31-2016 08:55 PM

Everyone can use a helping hand when trying to stick to health goals. It might be easy for the first week, but we all know it quickly becomes a daily uphill battle to stay motivated and on track. So make completing your daily fitness and dietary goals as easy as possible with some of these products.

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Review: T-Fal 25-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

by Blogger ‎03-30-2016 02:20 PM - edited ‎03-30-2016 06:00 PM

Pressure cookers used to do one thing and one thing only–cook food under pressure. These days, however, most pressure cookers are multi-function kitchen appliances that allow you to do everything from sauté to stew to steam and, of course, pressure cook. I had never used a pressure cooker before so was excited to exercise my culinary chops by testing the T-Fal 25-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker. Here’s how it fared in my book.

 

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How to Vitamix: Homemade pancake syrup

by Blogger on ‎03-29-2016 10:00 AM - last edited on ‎03-29-2016 02:38 PM by Editor in Chief

This past weekend was Easter, and I don’t know about you, but I certainly indulged in my fair share of delicious food. In fact, over three days I partook in two brunches and one breakfast, and they reminded me of how much I love syrup. Regardless of what it touches, syrup makes everything better, and as it turns out you can make it at home with a Vitamix blender.

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How to make tomato soup in a Vitamix blender

by Blogger on ‎03-17-2016 07:24 AM - last edited on ‎03-17-2016 10:31 AM by Editor in Chief

With all this stormy B.C. weather we've been getting it has definitely been soup weather, and when it comes to homemade soups, Vitamix has you covered. You can puree your soup and heat it all in one go. Read on to find out all Vitamix can do, and test out a great tomato soup recipe.

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4 places to take the BBQ

by Blogger on ‎03-16-2016 11:26 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:32 AM by Editor in Chief

BBQTEK 10,000 BTU Portable Propane BBQSpring is just around the corner and next thing you know, summer will have arrived. When most people think of summer, they picture beaches, patios, and bathing suits, but I love me a good BBQ party. Food just tastes better on a grill. So it’s no surprise that I’m trying to make the experience portable. A portable BBQ will become your new best friend—and help you make lots of others.

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How-to clean out your washer and dryer

by Blogger on ‎03-14-2016 08:25 AM - last edited on ‎03-15-2016 12:48 PM by Editor in Chief

Cleaning your washer and dryer regularly will ensure your appliances are running at their full potential, and will probably save you money on your electric bill too. There will be less having to re-wash laundry and shorter drying time. Read on to see how you can keep both your washer and dryer clean.

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Top blenders for 2016

by Blogger on ‎03-03-2016 06:47 AM - last edited on ‎03-03-2016 09:53 AM by Editor in Chief

I think blenders are going to be getting a lot more use and recognition in 2016. They aren't just for mixing and pureeing anymore. You can essentially make a meal in a blender now, which makes owning one a must. Read on to see the top blenders for 2016.

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How-to fix a stove burner that won't turn on

by Blogger on ‎02-25-2016 09:30 AM - last edited on ‎02-25-2016 12:04 PM by Editor in Chief

It can be really frustrating when one of your home appliances gives out on you, but don't be quick to assume you need to go out and buy a new one. Today I'm giving some great tips on what you can do to troubleshoot  when one of your burners stops working.

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How to fix a dishwasher that won’t rinse dishes well

by Blogger on ‎02-20-2016 01:21 PM - last edited on ‎02-22-2016 07:33 AM by Blogger

Whether you live on your own or are a family of ten, a dishwasher is a great addition to any kitchen. I mean, who likes doing dishes? However, if your dishwasher stops working the way it’s supposed to and starts leaving spots and grime behind, it can be really frustrating. The good news is that you don’t need to call a repairman, because fixing a dishwasher that won’t rinse dishes well is really easy! All you need is a few tools and these tips.

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How-to troubleshoot a rocking washing machine

by Blogger on ‎02-11-2016 05:57 PM - last edited on ‎02-12-2016 10:10 AM by Editor in Chief

I know I use most of my home appliances on a daily basis, and there's nothing more frustrating than when one of them is not working. Recently I had to troubleshoot my rocking washing machine. Read on to see how you can troubleshoot yours if it's banging around like mine was.

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Pet hair getting you down? These are the vacuums that can help

by Blogger on ‎02-10-2016 08:50 PM - last edited on ‎02-12-2016 02:50 PM by Editor in Chief

I like to keep my house clean, but since bringing 3 more pets into the mix this past year, I find myself overwhelmed with cat toys, chew bones, and a pile of good old fashioned pet hair. If this sounds like you and you're wondering what the best vacuum is for pet hair, read on. I've got three great vacuum cleaner recommendations for pet owners.

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To upgrade your appliances or not to upgrade, that is the question. At least it has been my question quite a few times, and if it's yours right now, here are some scenarios so you'll know when to upgrade your appliances.

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Why you need a cordless vacuum

by Blogger on ‎02-02-2016 04:22 PM - last edited on ‎02-02-2016 05:30 PM by Blogger

Cordless vacuums have sure changed over the years. I can definitely see why having one would be beneficial. They're super convenient and make vacuuming everywhere a little easier. No more dragging that cord around with you from plug to plug.

 

Read on to see why you need a cordless vacuum.

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Simple Cooking Tips for a Special Diet -- Low Fat Cooking

by Blogger on ‎01-28-2016 09:21 PM - last edited on ‎01-29-2016 01:25 PM by Editor in Chief

Low-fat, no-fat, healthy fat, too much fat, trans fat-free? “What do you mean?” as my fellow Canadian, Justin Bieber, would say. I conclude my four part series on special diet with low fat cooking or ways to limit the fat intake. 

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Shelly’s Friday Favourites celebrates National Peanut Butter Day

by Blogger on ‎01-22-2016 04:28 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2016 02:26 PM by Editor in Chief

You don't have to wait for National Peanut Butter Day to whip up a few peanut butter recipes you may not have tried yet.

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