When I think of a “robot” two things happen. First, I picture the iconic droid C-3PO from the Star Wars movie franchise. Second, I involuntarily start to sing the 1980’s Styx classic Mr. Roboto … Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto, Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto. But a robot isn’t necessarily a shiny golden humanoid or the subject of an annoyingly catchy song ... Secret, secret, I’ve got a secret. In fact, according to Webster’s dictionary, a “robot” is “a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks” or “a mechanism guided by automatic controls.” So by those definitions, it's clear that we are truly surrounded by robots. Don’t believe me? Here are some fun and some functional items that are robots by definition. You might even have one of these at home already!
When I was in Grade 3 my mom enrolled me in Ukrainian Cross Stitch lessons. I had always been a creative child, but cross-stitch took my abstract painting and Play-Doh-ing to a whole new level. There’s something inspiring about being able to look at a pile of “stuff” and see something beautiful. It’s almost like being a MacGyver of sorts. Some might see a twig and a glue stick. I see a beautiful centerpiece. The thing is, to craft like a pro you don’t just need the desire to do so, but you need the right tools and an organized space.
We've said goodbye to all things kale and hello to cauliflower, given up on the cronut and opened our ovens to the southern buttermilk biscuit. Thanks to the latest food trends, menus this year are going to be seriously delicious. Here are a few recipes you can try at home to tap into what's hot in food for 2015.
Even if your dining room table is currently covered in electronics and newspapers or your closet is chaos, there are still simple steps you can take to organize your house. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming either – just take it one baby step at a time. Here are a few proven organizational strategies I’ve used to get control of my clutter and organize my home like a pro.
I was just sent the Motorola Focus66 Wi-Fi HD Video Camera to test out and review, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take a peek in on my dogs and see what they were up to when I wasn’t home. I had no idea how fun it would be to watch them from afar with the Motorola Focus66 Wi-Fi HD Video Camera.
Money – you can’t live with it, you can’t live without it, and it’s all too easy to let it slip through your fingers on a day-to-day basis without even knowing where it’s gone off too. I think it’s a real skill balancing a household budget, and it’s all too easy to slip back into free and easy spending. But if you put a few of these tips into place, you’ll start seeing positive results right away.
A lot of people do a pizza night at least once a week, and for many of us that night is usually Friday. Having pizza for dinner is a nice, casual start to the weekend and there are so many different varieties you just can’t get bored of eating it. If it's pizza night at your house and you're staring at the same old ham and pineapple, here are a few of my favourite pizza recipes to add some inspiration to your pizza night.
If what we saw coming out of the Consumer Electronic Show is any indication, 2015 is going to be the year of the smart home. I wasn’t prepared for how much I would love smart devices like the mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug and the mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug+, or how handy the mydlink Wi-Fi motion sensor would be when it comes to keeping me informed on what’s going on around my house.Here’s what I found out when I set up my very own mydlink Connected Home.
Why stay couped up inside when there's so much adventure waiting in the great outdoors for you? Here, I'll give some tips for your next outdoor adventure with the family, including some essential tech gear to bring along with you.
I’m one of the few people I know who enjoys grocery shopping. For me, it’s a challenge finding new and interesting products, getting the best price on those things I buy all the time, and saving money at the checkout. And because groceries make up a sizable chunk of my monthly spending budget, I like to save money on them as often as I can. Read on and I’ll share some tips that will have you saving on your grocery bill like a pro.
The Misfit Flash is now poised to be even more than your fitness companion – an announcement from Misfit HQ today has taken the Misfit Flash out of the realm of simple and effective fitness tracker and placed it squarely into the category of smarthome accessory, because now you’ll now be able to use the Smart button face on the Misfit Flash to interact with some of your favourite apps and smart hardware.
This Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will be taking on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX in what I’m hoping will be an epic battle. Will Wilson step up to the task and avoid throwing four interceptions to reclaim Super Bowl glory for the second year in a row? Will Brady look ridiculously handsome as always? Whether you’re a football fan or not, the Super Bowl is always a good time. And whether you’re planning on hosting a small gathering for four, or are attending the party of the year, no Super Bowl is complete without an adequate amount of food. So here are some easy and delicious appies and dips that will be a hit, no matter what the outcome of the game.
I’m by no financial expert, but I have two things going for me that have made me somewhat of a pro in the “know where your money is going” category. First, I work for a large financial institution and part of my gig is to understand what we all “should” be doing with our finances. Second, my financial history is very similar to the Titanic—an epic fail—so I have had to make changes in my life to avoid future "icebergs." So with that said, here are some tools, tips, and tricks to help you know where your money is going and be a financial rock star in 2015 and beyond.
This past year I decided to get into baking, but I quickly realized that there is a lot more to baking than eggs and flour. I found the key to decorating cakes like a pro is using the right equipment. Here are some tools and tips to help you successfully decorate cakes like a pro!
I’d love to have 10 sets of sheets in varying colours and thread counts, but space wise, it’s not realistic. That’s why when it comes to bedding, most people really only need 3 sets of sheets per bed in your house. Need some recommendations for your three bedding sets? Here are my picks.
Teching out the kitchen has always been a dream of mine, and it’s all starting to happen now thanks to the latest appliances. Today at CES 2015, Samsung introduced a few new innovations in kitchen and home appliances, and did a teaser for the Chef Collection app that’s got a lot of foodies seriously excited. Here’s a quick run down of what Samsung has in store this year.
The one thing that will round out that awesome big screen TV and sound system is the proper home theatre seating arrangement. Do you only have one recliner that everyone fights for? Are most of your seats not directly in front of the TV? Are you really comfortable when you spend a few hours watching TV? Is theatre seating only available at the movie theatre? The good news is you can now get excellent theatre seating for your home, and it has better features than they have at the movie theatre!
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Replacing sheets, pillows, and duvet covers isn’t just a nice way to change the style of your bedroom - it’s a great way to get more sleep. Everyone should have a cozy, comfortable bed, because that spot will be your sanctuary when you’re tired, sick, or just need a warm place to cocoon. Kick off your new year by making your bed your favourite spot in the entire house.
One morning last week, I woke up with such a terrible pain in my neck and shoulder that I thought I had been stabbed in my sleep. As soon as I realized that I watch far too many crime dramas on TV, I managed to wrench myself out of bed and get ready for the day ahead. Considering the fact that I had done nothing even remotely strenuous the day before, I figured there could only be one culprit responsible for my agony—my pillow. My pancake flat, ancient, misshapen pillow that I love ever so much. But as it turns out, buying a new pillow isn’t as easy as you’d think! There are a tone of options out there. Armed with my newfound knowledge, I thought I’d share with you the 411 on pillows.
With four kids in my house, we’ve done New Year’s at home more times than I can count, and just like our Christmas traditions, we have New Year’s traditions we like to do every year to make the night memorable. Here are a few ways you can celebrate New Year’s Eve at home.
Hot dips, cold veggies, wings, and delicious bites wrapped up in bacon or puff pastry – there are so many different types of appetizer recipes, you could make something new and different for every occasion during the year.
Because cell phones aren’t designed to overcome issues like loud households or for people who can’t hear or see as well as they used to, you need a corded or cordless phone designed to be loud, clear, and have zero interference, and that’s where Clarity phones come in.
I’m glad Boxing Day sales have changed over the years. I used to miss out on some great deals because I didn’t want to go shopping on Boxing Day itself, but now sales are extended to a full week instead of just one day. I can even shop online from the comfort of my computer and still pick up some amazing Boxing Day or Boxing Week deals. Here is what’s on my Boxing Day wish list this year.
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Whether good or bad, the weather is the one thing we all have in common. Probably why we talk about it so often. The Netatmo Weather Station bills itself as the the first personal weather station. It lets you monitor temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, air quality and even noise from your phone, tablet or computer.
I rely on reviews for all small kitchen appliances I buy, and that includes one of my most important small kitchen appliances - the coffee maker! I can’t imagine not having a decent coffee maker in the house, and I rely on mine to kick start my day, every day. I’m also a fan of a good, hot cup of tea and any other hot beverage you put in front of me. Judging from the feedback and ratings on these products from other Best Buy customers, I’m not the only one who loves hot beverages. Here are a few of the top hot beverage makers on Bestbuy.ca right now, as rated by Best Buy customers:
For the past couple of years, Belkin has been slowly but surely growing their line of WeMo products. The Smart Lighting system is a new addition to the mix, and is a little different than the others. While most WeMo products communicate directly with the app, the bulbs communicate through a centralized plugged in cube (called the "Link") and works from there. It's way easier to set up than it sounds, and it's now available at Best Buy. Come check it out!
This year, there are so many cool gifts for kids and teens that even I’m having a hard time choosing. If you need some ideas, look no further because here are just a few of the great gifts online at Bestbuy.ca right now.
She’s cute isn’t she? Polly is a dachshund/Chihuahua cross, also known as a Doxie. Polly's safety is the reason why I was pretty excited to test out the Motorola Scout Trainer 100. After using it for a few weeks, I’m pretty sure busy pet owners are going to like it over traditional training classes. Why? In a nutshell, it works.
Let me set the scene for you. It’s 8 pm and I get home after a long day chasing small people to see the Cricut Explore has just been delivered to my house. I’ve been asked to test it out and write up a review, and I’ve been looking forward to it because I’ve never tried a Cricut before. Little did I know that my husband and I would be fighting over it and in 5 short days I'd be completely hooked. Read on and find out why everyone needs a Cricut Explore.
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