What you need to cook the perfect turkey

by Blogger ‎09-18-2014 08:34 AM - edited ‎09-18-2014 08:35 AM

Carving_a_Thanksgiving_Turkey.jpgCooking the perfect turkey isn’t as difficult as it used to be. Instead of cooking all day, the average turkey only needs 3 or 4 hours in a good oven. You don’t to be an expert chef to cook one either – I cook a medium sized turkey for my family of 6 every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, so it’s a meal that anyone can prepare. Just follow these step-by-step instructions on how to cook the perfect turkey


Buying the Perfect Cookware Set

by Blogger on ‎09-15-2014 12:10 AM - last edited on ‎09-15-2014 02:42 PM by Editor in Chief

stainless steel cookware 2.jpgBring out your inner chef by finding the perfect cookware set!


Creating the perfect table setting

by Blogger on ‎09-12-2014 03:10 PM - last edited on ‎09-15-2014 03:26 PM by Editor in Chief

Perfect_Dinner_Plate.jpgThe upcoming holiday season puts a focus on entertainment and creating a beautiful table setting. Learn what you need, how to set it up and the best etiquette at your newly decorated table.


You have to try these fun ways to use appliances

by Blogger on ‎09-10-2014 06:33 PM - last edited on ‎09-11-2014 02:41 PM by Editor in Chief

warming-plates.jpgSurfing online one day, I stumbled across a site that suggested a ton of different ways to use appliances. I thought I had a trick or two up my sleeve until I read through, and I was blown away by the different, fun ways to use both the big and small appliances in my house. Try a few of these just for fun – some of them are so amazing you’ll probably make them part of your weekly routine.


Add some homemade salsa to everything - Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎09-05-2014 01:30 PM - last edited on ‎09-05-2014 02:23 PM by Editor in Chief

salsa.jpgThere’s a bumper crop of tomatoes out there right now, and they’re just begging to be chopped up into salsa. Check out my recipe, make your own homemade salsa, and add it to BBQ chicken or fish, plain rice, and anything that needs to be spiced up. A good rule of thumb is to take a look at what you’re about to eat and ask yourself, “Would salsa be good with this?” The answer is always yes, yes it would.


Gear essentials for back to school

by Blogger on ‎09-04-2014 09:22 AM - last edited on ‎09-04-2014 11:31 AM by Editor in Chief

gear.JPGDon’t know what you child needs this September? Here are some gear essentials that will make sure your child is prepared for back to school! I have even picked out my favourite from each list! Take a look and tell me if you agree with my selections.


Kitchen Gadgets for Healthy Eating

by Blogger on ‎09-03-2014 09:44 PM - last edited on ‎09-08-2014 05:06 PM by Editor in Chief

salad spinner.jpgEating healthy is always easier said than done, but investing in some of these kitchen gadgets will save you time and energy! 


Ovens 101 - Oven shopping made easy

by Blogger on ‎09-03-2014 05:13 PM - last edited on ‎09-05-2014 09:57 AM by Editor in Chief

ovens101.jpgWhen it comes to buying a new appliance like a range, most people fall into one of two camps – you either love weighing the pros and cons of the latest and greatest makes and models and enjoy imagining how they'd fit in your kitchen, or you’re reluctant to even begin shopping because you’re overwhelmed by the choices. But if you take all of the range options and break down the choices into simple sections, shopping becomes fun and easy.


Do you want to have fun with chocolate?

by Blogger on ‎09-02-2014 10:56 PM - last edited on ‎09-10-2014 11:21 AM by Editor in Chief

chocolate.jpgBack to school means packed lunches, bake sales and class parties. With a busy fall schedule, baking is a fun way to spend time with your kids. Bond over chocolate and give your kids some added sweetness to their days.


5 Kitchen Gadgets You Can't Live Without

by Blogger on ‎08-30-2014 03:00 PM - last edited on ‎09-03-2014 04:34 PM by Editor in Chief

mother-and-son-cooking-together.jpgWhat makes up a well-stocked kitchen? I’d have to say it depends the person cooking in it. Although we all have our favourite must-use kitchen gadgets, some people like to use kitchen tools every day that other people may never have heard of. But out of the plethora of cool kitchen gadgets available, there are a few gadgets I think we can all universally agree are absolutely essential to a happy, well-run kitchen.


Back To School LunchBox ideas - Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎08-15-2014 10:11 AM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 11:39 PM by Editor in Chief

back-to-school-lunch-ideas.jpgFor me, one of the most stressful parts of back to school is figuring out what to pack in their lunch kits. This year I'm getting a jump on things by creating a list of lunches that are cute, creative, and will be something they enjoy eating.


Assign floor cleaning duties to the iRobot Roomba and iRobot Scooba

by Blogger on ‎08-13-2014 10:14 PM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 11:44 PM by Editor in Chief

irobot-scooba.jpgWhat’s round, black, and the star of Youtube videos involving cats? If you guess the iRobot Roomba, you are absolutely right and have probably watched your fair share of cute kitties strapped down and spinning around on the floor. But just using the iRobot to entertain your friends would really be missing the point of what this vacuum can accomplish.



Office Desks to Increase Productivity

by Blogger on ‎08-12-2014 08:39 PM - last edited on ‎08-18-2014 12:00 AM by Editor in Chief

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 8.34.57 PM.pngLast week, I wrote about how ergonomically designed office chairs are essential to rear-end comfort and back health. However, even the most fabulous, most space-aged, most comfortable chair in the world means nothing if you’re sitting in front of a desk that is made from a sheet of plywood and two milk crates. So, with that in mind, I thought I’d write a follow up post that highlights some great desk options available at Best Buy.  But first, let’s quickly define what makes a “great desk” and why having one in your work or home office can actually increase productivity. 


Best back to school picks for your kid's backpack

by Blogger on ‎08-11-2014 10:09 PM - last edited on ‎08-12-2014 08:28 AM by Editor in Chief

back-to-school.jpgThe only thing you can guarantee about summer is that it will fly by and back to school will be upon us all before we know it. This is the year to get a jump on your shopping by scoring some of the best picks for your kid's backpack. 


Ergonomic Office Chairs to Keep Your Back Healthy

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2014 08:31 PM - last edited on ‎08-11-2014 01:08 PM by Editor in Chief

Office-Chair2.jpgDid you know that the average Canadian adult spends three-quarters of their waking hours sitting or reclining? While that stat includes time spent commuting and chilling on the couch, it’s no surprise that it also includes a whole lot of time sitting in front of a computer. With so much time spent sitting, it makes sense that a quality ergonomic chair is essential when it comes to keeping your rear end comfortable and spine in good health.


Let’s face is though; not all office chairs are created equal. So, what constitutes an “ergonomic” chair, you ask? Really, it comes down to five key factors: 


What's your favorite furniture style?

by Blogger on ‎08-08-2014 12:29 PM - last edited on ‎08-08-2014 05:22 PM by Editor in Chief

Monarch-Dining-Table-and-Chairs-P14606652.jpgFind a furniture style that is suits your taste and personality and finally get the space you want! 


Bed and Bath Essentials for Back to School

by Blogger on ‎08-05-2014 12:25 PM - last edited on ‎08-05-2014 02:38 PM by Editor in Chief

bed-and-bath.jpgIf you’re just starting out in your new place and are tempted to hit your parent’s house for a little ‘shopping’ for your linen closet, you’re in luck, because I’m here to save you from that experience.  With everything available for bed and bath right now, there’s no reason to suffer through hand-me-downs.





Let me just start by saying that I can’t sing. At. All.


My family has asked me to stop on numerous occasions when I’ve been belting out the soundtrack from Frozen, but sometimes you just can’t help it. You have to sing along with Elsa.


Now that I have the KOHLER Moxie Showerhead and Wireless Speaker hooked up in my bathroom, I have a place to belt out the showtunes or turn up the morning music. Although anyone who has hearing and is within 20 feet of my house during shower time may not be so happy I’ve installed it, I think this just might be one of the coolest home tech devices I’ve ever tried.


Review: Philips HUE - control your lights with your smartphone

by Blogger on ‎08-04-2014 11:57 AM - last edited on ‎09-17-2014 11:11 AM by Editor in Chief

Philips HUE options.jpg 

The Internet of Things will ultimately change all of our lives for the better, and the Philips HUE lighting system is a great place to start. Imagine being able to control every aspect of your home with your Smartphone or tablet, and even have aspects of your home control itself based on a set of rules that you can customize. Philips Hue can take you there and do much more. It makes your lighting fun and convenient, while adding a lot of utility that can make your house more secure.


Top 10 Essential School Supplies

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2014 06:11 PM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 09:18 PM by Editor in Chief

school.jpgI’ve always loved school. In fact, throughout my entire pre-university academic career, I was what you would call a teacher’s pet. So much so, that at the end of every summer, while most kids were bemoaning the start of another school year, I was sitting on my bedroom floor, surrounded by new school supplies, getting organized for the first day of class. Yup, I was that girl. But not everyone is as school-supply obsessed as I was. So with September around the corner, here’s a breakdown of the essential supplies your kids will need to make the most out of a new school year. 


Dorm Room TVs: Getting the right TV for back to school

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2014 06:10 PM - last edited on ‎07-26-2014 09:43 AM by Blogger


Photo by: Taylor McBride


Heading back to school to hit the books is an exciting but challenging time. Downtime is going to be an important part of your balancing act but your budget is going to be tight. Entertaining at home means having friends over to your dorm room to either watch the game or play the game. Which TV should you choose for your dorm? It all depends on your favourite kickback and relax activity.


Back to school – Don’t leave home without these everyday essentials

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2014 10:31 AM - last edited on ‎07-29-2014 12:28 PM by Editor in Chief

everyday-essentials-for-dorm.jpgIt’s important to break your ‘must haves’ into ‘absolutely pack’ long before you head out the door. For some people the ‘absolutely pack’ includes everything but the kitchen sink, but because I’ve been there and done that, I can definitely share what you can safely leave behind and what is absolutely essential to bring when you’re heading back to school.


Review of the Monster iSport Freedom Headphones

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2014 01:09 AM - last edited on ‎07-24-2014 08:55 AM by Editor in Chief

freedom1.jpgLast November, I had an opportunity to review three different in-ear headphone models from Monster’s iSport line – Strive™, Intensity™, and Victory™. While each had their pros and cons, it was the iSport Victory™ that got my vote for the best of the bunch. In fact, since my review, the Victory™ earbuds have become just as much a staple to my workouts as my overpriced stretchy pants. But to throw a bit of a kink in things, I was just sent the latest in the iSport arsenal – the over-ear, wireless, and Bluetooth-enabled Freedom™ headphones. Would they take the place of my beloved Victory?


Summer sides from the garden to your table - Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎07-18-2014 06:11 PM - last edited on ‎07-21-2014 02:46 PM by Editor in Chief

summer-sides.jpgThe amazing thing about summer vegetables is that you can make a new side dish for dinner every single night. Some of them are so good you may just opt out of a main course and stick to your sides.


Monster SuperStar review: Big sound from a small speaker

by Blogger on ‎07-18-2014 03:05 PM - last edited on ‎08-13-2014 05:09 PM by Editor in Chief



Monster has became synonymous with high quality and high performance audio/video cables that revolutionized consumer audio products. The company has branched out with its SuperStar speaker offering great wireless sound in a compact design.  I put SuperStar through its paces to see how it worked.


Review: Lorex Wireless Security Camera Systems – DIY your own safety!

by Blogger on ‎07-15-2014 07:40 AM - last edited on ‎07-15-2014 12:34 PM by Editor in Chief

Lorex LH04045GC2W System.pngWith so many two-income families at work each day, home security is important. It can even provide safety for families that are at home. Someone tried to break-in to my home while we were asleep, and fortunately I woke up in time and was able to scare him away. That was before I had a security system! A security system is an excellent deterrent as there are so many unprotected homes burglars generally won’t
 risk a protected one. I particularly like camera systems because they not only deter thieves but also vandals who get some sick joy out of destroying property.


I already have a Q-See Surveillance System installed in my house, but recently got a chance to test out a couple of Lorex Wireless Security Surveillance Systems and see how they compare. In fairness, the 2 Lorex packages that I tested out were smaller configurations, but with the same primary function – cameras that can monitor and record activity. All three systems have some significant differences that are worth knowing about.


Fruit Filled Summer Salads - Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎07-11-2014 01:53 PM - last edited on ‎07-11-2014 02:55 PM by Editor in Chief

summer-salads.JPGThe reason summer salads are called 'summer salads' is because they’re chock full of fresh-from-the-garden vegetables. But if you haven’t tried mixing things up and adding a few chunks of fruit, you’re really missing out on a mind-blowing meal.


Keep your pets safe and sound with the Tracker GPS Pet Tracking Device

by Blogger on ‎07-08-2014 05:28 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2014 10:09 AM by Editor in Chief

Tractive-GPS.jpgWith a cat who loves to sprint out the door and a dog in the learning phases of obedience training, I was definitely up to the task of testing out the Tractive GPS Pet Tracking Device. It’s a small, plastic tag that hangs on your cat or dogs collar and it lets you track them via the Tractive website or using an app on your smartphone.


Summer recipes, Canadian style – Shelly’s Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎07-04-2014 05:49 PM - last edited on ‎07-09-2014 12:41 PM by Editor in Chief

canadian_flag_cake.jpgThis past week our country turned 147 years old, and although it’s a relative youngster in terms of countries, (after all, our neighbor to the south is ripe, old 238 today) I think it’s established itself very well. When you think of Canada you think of polite people, wide, open spaces, 4 very definite seasons of weather, and last but not least, hockey.


But let’s not forget that we’re also a culture based on a wide variety of delicious dishes too, and because of those definite weather cycles, there are some uniquely Canadian recipes that are only really available to be made in the summer.


Get cooking with a GE Range

by Blogger on ‎07-04-2014 02:22 PM - last edited on ‎07-04-2014 03:11 PM by Editor in Chief

ge-range.jpgFind the right stove for your kitchen (and budget) with GE. Whether it’s the classic electric coil or the new glass top electric range, today’s GE Electric Ranges are easy to install and keep clean.


With freestanding designs, classic lines and smart technology, these ranges add to your kitchen décor as well as making cooking fun.


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