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.

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Shelly's Friday Favourites: 5 Dinner Recipes Using a Muffin Pan

by Blogger on ‎08-21-2015 05:06 PM - last edited on ‎08-22-2015 10:46 AM by Blogger

crunchy taco cupsThe saying goes, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Don’t judge a muffin pan to only make muffins. We’ve posted the most amazing breakfast meals you can make with a muffin pan. Now, it’s time to talk dinner. New ideas can help shake up the menu of the week, plus it’ll make it easier to serve your entire family and any uninvited guests. Here are my five favorite dinner ideas using a muffin pan.

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Osram Lightify review with video: GardenSpot and Flex kits

by Blogger on ‎08-18-2015 02:41 PM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:18 AM by Editor in Chief

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Smart lights are an easy way to add beauty, security and versatility to your home.  Whether it's setting up timers, or adding colour both inside and out, smart lights are quickly moving from fun gadget, to home must-haves.  Find out why.

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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.

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What appliances should I take to my dorm room?

by Blogger on ‎08-16-2015 01:03 PM - last edited on ‎08-18-2015 08:10 AM by Blogger

dorm-life.pngAs crazy as it sounds, a new school year is just around the corner. How did that happen? I haven’t even started my New Years resolutions yet! But there’s no getting around it, September will be here before you know it, so if you’re heading off to university this fall, now is the time to start collecting everything you need to make your dorm as comfortable as possible–including these essential dorm room appliances.

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Best Fitness Devices for Students

by Blogger on ‎08-15-2015 03:25 PM - last edited on ‎08-17-2015 09:43 AM by Community Manager

Main-Image.pngAs a university student, you do a lot of running. You run to class, from class, across campus to get to your next class on time even though you know you’re going to be late no matter how fast you run, to the bus or your car to get to your part-time job, back to the bus or you car so you can get home and study, and repeat. No wonder I didn’t gain any weight in my university years! So to keep track of all those calories burned, and to keep you motivated when all you want to do is curl up in a corner and sleep, here are what I consider to be the best fitness devices for students.

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Top 5 Backpacks for Women

by Blogger on ‎08-08-2015 03:19 PM - last edited on ‎08-25-2015 03:17 PM by Editor in Chief

High-Sierra2.pngIt’s no secret that women have different needs than men; however, I’ve found that when there’s a women’s version of what can otherwise be considered a unisex product, it’s typically just a smaller, pinker, pricier version of its big brother–something I like to call “pinking it and shrinking it.” But sometimes, manufacturers really hit the nail on the head when it comes to addressing the needs of those of us with two X chromosomes. So with that in mind, here’s a list of the top five backpacks for women.

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Turn your kid space into the ultimate home theatre room

by Blogger on ‎08-06-2015 11:27 AM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:21 AM by Editor in Chief

Home-Theatre.jpgAnother new school year is fast approaching, and if you have kids heading out of the city, province, or country to attend university, you may soon be faced with a dilemma—keep the kid’s stuff intact, or use their absence as an excuse to upgrade your “kid space” to an adult-friendly home theatre space. Here’s what you’ll need to take the room from “all-inclusive-kid-friendly-resort” to “five-star-adults-only-getaway.”

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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.

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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!

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What's new at Best Buy for August?

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2015 12:50 PM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:24 AM by Editor in Chief

1.jpgThere are some amazing new products hitting the shelves of Best Buy this month. Here's a quick look at just a few of the cool products you can pick up right now.

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What should a student look for in a backpack?

by Blogger on ‎07-28-2015 10:21 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2015 02:50 PM by Editor in Chief

Backpack 1.jpgHere are some key things to look for when choosing the perfect backpack for back to school!

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Top 5 new backpacks for 2015

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2015 09:13 PM - last edited on ‎08-25-2015 03:17 PM by Editor in Chief

Burton.pngWhile I’ve been out of school for quite some time now, I still have vivid memories of the pleasure I took in prepping for a new year. Yup, I was one of those kids who enthusiastically went shopping for back-to-school supplies while everyone else relished the last few weeks of summer freedom. And believe it or not, we’re only a little over a month away from the start of another school year, so whether you have little ones heading to elementary school for the first time, or are a university student yourself, here are the top 5 backpacks for 2015–ideal for toting all your shiny new school supplies.

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Light up your life … on a patio

by Blogger on ‎07-22-2015 09:01 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2015 12:57 PM by Editor in Chief

Lumen2.jpgLast weekend was a scorcher; and as someone who relishes tropical climates and often wonders why she hasn’t yet moved to one, I ate it up. But on Sunday night, as I was enjoying a glass of wine and a new book on my balcony, something tragic happened–the sun set. You might wonder why that’s tragic, but when you live in an apartment that has a small balcony that isn’t equipped with an electrical outlet, sunset means no light, and no light means no outdoor reading. So for those of you who, like me, have a small outdoor space, here are some patio lighting options that will ensure you can remain outside until you say it’s time to go in; or at least until you finish the chapter you’re reading!

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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.

 

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A bedroom makeover is more than just a game

by Blogger on ‎07-16-2015 03:49 PM - last edited on ‎07-16-2015 03:50 PM by Editor in Chief

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A bedroom is a sanctuary, somewhere you can go in your house, close the door, and just breath a sigh of relief. That’s why bedrooms hit the top of my list for when choosing rooms that need a face lift. Although it's fun to redecorate, you want to make sure you go through all the steps to ensure your bedroom makeover is right for you. 

 

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New styles from the TUMI Alpha Bravo Collection: now available at Best Buy

by Blogger on ‎07-14-2015 04:53 PM - last edited on ‎07-21-2015 04:57 PM by Editor in Chief

tumi.jpgIf you’ve been reading the Best Buy Plug-In Blog for a while now, you’ll probably be familiar with TUMI. They do a lot of stylish, well-made, super functional luggage pieces … but this fall, they’re coming out with a collection that’ll change the way you look at TUMI for good.

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Shelly's Friday Favourites Whips Up Some Wedding Cake Pops

by Blogger on ‎07-10-2015 06:48 PM - last edited on ‎07-21-2015 04:56 PM by Editor in Chief

having_a_ball.jpgFor the past few weeks Shelly’s Friday Favourites has focused on foodie trends, and we’ve covered gourmet popcorn (with bacon), berry creations, and even artisan homemade ketchup. This week we’re branching out a bit and heading into wedding territory to explore another food trend—cake pops.

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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.

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BioLite NanoGrid Review

by Blogger on ‎07-10-2015 09:30 AM - last edited on ‎07-15-2015 12:01 PM by Editor in Chief

rsz_2_biolite-nanogrid-system.jpgAnyone who's had a weak and shaky flashlight die on them at the worst possible time knows good, reliable lighting is essential to being in the great outdoors. There's a great new product on the market you need to check out which provides excellent lighting options in one compact kit that will allow you to find your way around, or light up a campsite at the touch of a button.

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Get away with this year's best luggage

by Blogger on ‎07-09-2015 01:14 PM

BBY_07102015_EA.jpgWhether you’re heading to the lake this summer for a weekend escape, or are eagerly counting down the days to the winter adventure you’ve meticulously planned over the past year, there’s one travel necessity you should be sure not to overlook—your luggage. I mean, you don’t want to be that person wheeling a squeaky, mothball-ridden relic of a suitcase through the airport, now do you? Peer pressure aside, there really is something to be said for travelling with good luggage; and with so many options available, you can get away with a bag that suits both your style and your trip.  

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Using the iSwimband Bluetooth Drowning Detection Headband

by Blogger on ‎07-09-2015 08:04 AM - last edited on ‎07-23-2015 09:25 AM by Editor in Chief

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While having a watchful eye on the kids while they're swimming is an absolute must, the neat iSwimband can offer another layer of precaution. We took one out for a spin.

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Shelly's Friday Favourites pops some fancy popcorn (and you have to try it)

by Blogger on ‎07-03-2015 02:50 PM - last edited on ‎07-17-2015 10:26 AM by Editor in Chief

popcorn-recipes-foodie.jpgIf you're tired of the same old, same old popcorn, you're in for a treat. Popcorn has exploded (pun intended) onto the food scene this year and changed up the way people are making popcorn. Try a few of these recipes, and you'll never look at your buttered bowl of popcorn the same way again.

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Ring Video Doorbell Review

by Blogger on ‎07-03-2015 08:42 AM - last edited on ‎07-14-2015 11:58 AM by Editor in Chief

rsz_ring_3x5.jpgI recently had a chance to test out a Ring Video Doorbell. A coworker had tipped me off to the product, as he’d just purchased a pair of the doorbells, and was in love. Read about my experience with this smart home device that will be coming to Best Buy Canada later this summer.

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3 new technologies every parent should not be without

by Blogger on ‎07-02-2015 03:10 PM - last edited on ‎07-02-2015 03:29 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_EA.jpgEveryone who has children wants to inundate you with their list of "must-have" gear. "I couldn't live with this" and "you must get that." Here are 3 essential tech items that  are must-haves for any parent, plus a few honourable mentions.

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Summer survival guide part 5: staying safe outdoors

by Blogger on ‎07-01-2015 09:02 AM - last edited on ‎07-09-2015 10:57 AM by Blogger

summer safety-Optimized-Optimized.jpgSummer is in full swing and it's time to enjoy the beautiful weather and all the fun activities summer has to offer. With the nice weather comes extra safety precautions to be had. Read on for my must have summer survival tips for the outdoors.

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Biolite Campstove Review

by Blogger on ‎06-29-2015 01:38 PM - last edited on ‎07-09-2015 04:51 PM by Editor in Chief

rsz_biolite_recrop.jpgThere are two very real and modern problems for campers and the outdoorsy types: how to quickly and effieciently heat and cook food while out in the wilderness, and how to keep gadgets like phones, GPS and cameras charged when we're away from homes and cars.  With the BioLite Campstove, there's a solution to both problems.

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Musical instruments for your summer trips

by Blogger on ‎06-28-2015 01:43 PM - last edited on ‎07-08-2015 03:42 PM by Editor in Chief

girl-grass-guitar-summer-sun-Favim.com-356432.jpgI have a confession to make. The first time I went camping as an adult was two summers ago. Before that, I was seven and my parents shipped me off for the weekend with my Brownie troupe to learn all sorts of life skills and earn all sorts of badges. I cried the whole time. But when one of my closest friends convinced me to join her annual camping trip—which meant no electricity, no WiFi, and no plumbing—I decided to put my tiara away for a few days and suck it up; and as it turns out, it was one of the best times I’ve ever had.

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Summer survival guide part 4: relaxing and entertaining on the patio

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2015 09:29 PM - last edited on ‎07-01-2015 08:18 AM by Blogger

housepatio2.pngSummer is, without a doubt, my favourite time of year. In fact, I’m such a summer girl that I’ve often wondered why I haven’t moved myself to a more temperate climate where the hot days and warm nights stick around for longer than a few months. But perhaps it’s precisely the short shelf life we have on summers here in Canada that makes me itch to spend as much of them outside as possible.

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Bake your way to a great date night with the one you love

by Blogger on ‎06-22-2015 01:00 PM - last edited on ‎06-26-2015 04:05 PM by Editor in Chief

date-night-baking1.jpgSummer is here and if you need some ideas for a fun summer date, I've got a great summer date night idea for you: summer make or bake nights are the perfect way to spend quality time with the one you love.

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