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How often do you leave your mobile phone at home when you go out? My guess is never. Though you might become preoccupied with all the things you need to do and accidentally forget it, chances are you’d return to pick it up. Since your cell phone is such an extension of yourself, why not give it an outfit? Let’s look at some fashionable cases for the iPhone and Android.

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What is the best time of day for a cup of coffee?

by Blogger ‎08-22-2016 08:14 PM - edited ‎08-24-2016 12:44 PM

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Most people I know enjoy–and perhaps even need–a cup of coffee in the morning to get their day started on the right foot. I’m one of those people. In fact, after I’ve showered and dressed and otherwise prepped myself for the day, the next item on my agenda is to secure some caffeine. But is first thing in the morning the best time for a cup of coffee? Research says: “not so much.”

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5 ways to brighten up your dorm room

by Blogger ‎08-18-2016 11:08 PM - edited ‎08-19-2016 12:03 AM

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Moving away to University can be nerve racking, and having to move into a new, bare space that you’re not used to can make it even worse.  Make this space feel as comfortable as possible by filling it with stylish, inviting pieces that will make you feel at home.

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389822-blackangel.jpgNo matter the time of day, a delicious hot latte or cold coffee can be the perfect pick-me-up to turn your day around. In a kitchen with limited counter space, however, sometimes you have to pick between a good 'ol space-efficient drip coffee maker and an espresso maker.

 

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Whether you’re moving to campus for the first time, or are returning in the fall after a few months of summer fun, there are a number of essentials you will need to bring with you. Obviously clothing and electronics top the list, but another item that should be on your list is a decent vacuum.

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10 freezer tips for the summer harvest

by Blogger on ‎08-08-2016 01:25 PM - last edited on ‎08-09-2016 08:57 AM by Blogger

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Summer harvest is in full swing and we have been loving it at my house. Fresh fruits and veggies right from the garden and Farmer's Markets are one of the best things about summer. Read on for my top 10 tips on freezing your harvest to get you through the year.

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Back to school: Toasters are great for breakfast and dinner meals

by Blogger on ‎08-05-2016 03:04 AM - last edited on ‎08-05-2016 10:14 AM by Blogger

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When you’re a student living away from home for the first time, it can be difficult to eat regular, nutritious meals. That’s why a slow cooker is an absolute must-have for any student living on or off campus. Here are five ways this handy appliance can make student life better.

 

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How an instant pot can make student life better

by Blogger on ‎07-28-2016 08:31 AM - last edited on ‎07-29-2016 09:16 AM by Blogger

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I know it feels like summer just started, but it's already time to start planning what you'll be needing for a new school year come September. One way to make student life better is to be prepared for how you will be feeding yourself throughout your school year. An instant pot is an amazing appliance that will make cooking easy and convenient, and it will ensure you're getting a healthy well balanced meal too.

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3 road trip appliances to take along on your road trip this year

by Blogger on ‎07-20-2016 09:44 AM - last edited on ‎07-20-2016 05:20 PM by Editor in Chief

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It's officially road trip season, and I've got three must-take road trip appliances you're going to want to make room for on your next road trip.

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Health(ier) Popsicle Recipes You Can Make A Home

by Blogger on ‎07-20-2016 08:41 AM - last edited on ‎07-22-2016 11:14 AM by Editor in Chief

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Feelin’ hot, hot, hot? It’s summer, so embrace the heat. If you live in the East, you know you have to because winter isn't fun. But you guys on the West Coast, with your scaled-down version of “winter,” should also appreciate the warmer weather.

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5 furniture ideas that will brighten up any room

by Blogger on ‎07-13-2016 10:43 PM - last edited on ‎07-19-2016 09:58 AM by Editor in Chief

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Have you been watching the summer sunshine stream in your window and realized that your home décor is looking a little dull? Brighten up your living space with these five simple furniture ideas!

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Add some fun style to your home by updating every room

by Blogger on ‎07-13-2016 12:49 PM - last edited on ‎07-13-2016 01:48 PM by Editor in Chief

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Adding style to the rooms in your home is easy, and you can add a touch of colour or a come up with a new look in as little as a few hours. Here are some tips for adding style to every room in your home.

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10 Lemonade Recipes That Will Make You Chill This Summer

by Blogger on ‎07-11-2016 09:09 AM - last edited on ‎07-15-2016 10:52 AM by Editor in Chief

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When life gives you lemons, make Beyoncé … I mean lemonade! But thanks to her recent album cover, when you think of this drink, the pop star comes to mind. She's actually made it sexy again, which is why I am listing the ten best lemonade recipes for you to enjoy this summer.

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What's new at Best Buy for July?

by Blogger on ‎07-04-2016 09:58 AM

 

 

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Welcome July! In this month of beach time, trail rides, and camping in the great outdoors, take a minute to look through what's new at Best Buy.

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3 recipes that are Instagram-worthy: Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger ‎07-01-2016 12:26 PM - edited ‎07-01-2016 12:27 PM

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Review: KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer [VIDEO]

by Blogger on ‎06-25-2016 02:22 PM - last edited on ‎06-28-2016 11:28 AM by Editor in Chief

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I love to bake, and have since my high school Home Economics teacher introduced me to scones many moons ago. However, I absolutely hate blending with a handheld mixer. I find it annoying, messy, and strangely painful. Needless to say, I’ve been coveting a KitchenAid Stand Mixer for as long as I can remember, but have never taken the plunge to add one to my arsenal of kitchen appliances. So, as you can imagine, I was beyond excited to take the newly released KitchenAid Artisan Mini for a test drive …

 

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It's raining raspberries on Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger ‎06-24-2016 12:10 PM - edited ‎06-24-2016 12:14 PM

wild rasperries copy 2.jpgI was pretty excited to find raspberries on my property, and after I picked two full buckets, I was on the hunt for what to do with them. Luckily I have a party planned for my son this weekend, so I dug up some kid-friendly raspberry recipes you should definitely try.

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The Best Free Cooking Apps to Turn You into a Pro in the Kitchen

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2016 12:40 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2016 01:35 PM by Blogger

 

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When Pinterest came out, I was fascinated by the beautiful recipes. However, while their dishes are pretty to look at, there is no way I could replicate them without food styling. That’s why I’ve almost abandoned Pinterest and have started using apps again: following one cooking influencer is much simpler than doing a random Google/Pinterest search. Here are two free apps to turn you into a culinary pro.

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Review: Who's there? Always know with the August Doorbell Cam

by Blogger on ‎06-15-2016 01:26 PM - last edited on ‎07-20-2016 05:24 PM by Editor in Chief

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How to properly store food in a refrigerator’s humidity drawer

by Blogger on ‎06-13-2016 02:31 AM - last edited on ‎06-13-2016 07:33 AM by Blogger

How to use a humidity drawer.jpgWhat's the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the words "humidity drawer"? If you're like me, the answer might be, "Oh, that's what those things are called!" Humidity drawers, or crispers (because they keep your produce nice and crisp!) are the the drawers at the bottom of your fridge. They're a nice place to store miscellaneous produce for most of us, but if used correctly, they can extend the life of your produce and keep everything in tip-top shape for as long as possible.

 

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What Kind of Computer Suits Your Lifestyle?

by Blogger ‎06-10-2016 01:33 AM - edited ‎06-10-2016 01:35 AM

 

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If you've recently been pondering the possible acquisition of a brand new computer, perhaps you've already considered your needs and determined exactly what type of system best suits your lifestyle. For the rest of us, today's blog attempts to help answer the question. If this sounds like you, join me inside for a detailed look at 3 computing categories & what you need to consider to make a happy decision.

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Is your Dad attached to his favourite couch and doesn't seem to want to leave it? I have 10 Father's Day gifts that will make him change his mind, and they're so fun you can enjoy them with him too.

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5 Father's Day Gifts to Encourage Dad to Get the Family Together More

by Blogger on ‎06-03-2016 01:09 PM - last edited on ‎06-03-2016 05:03 PM by Editor in Chief

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With Father's Day well on its way, today we consider a few great gifts to encourage Dad to get the family together more often. If you'd like to give Dad a few good excuses for having more family gatherings, then click the link and let's get started.

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Add some grilled seafood to your weekend BBQ: Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎06-03-2016 11:41 AM - last edited on ‎06-03-2016 05:07 PM by Editor in Chief

GrilledSeafoodSalad18-thumb-596x350-350832.jpgIf you've already run through your favourite backyard BBQ steak, burger, and hot dog recipes, it's time to spice things up a bit. Fresh seafood is amazing on the grill, and I've got 3 great recipes you can try this weekend.

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Review: Braun Multiquick 7 lets you squeeze for speed

by Blogger on ‎06-02-2016 05:59 PM - last edited on ‎06-17-2016 12:51 PM by Editor in Chief

9053263109C6405C3FA44FDF9EBAFE51.jpgThe Braun Multiquick 7 is a multi-purpose immersion blender that's so handy, I know I'd use it every single day. Here's my review of this very useful immersion blender.

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Man Sculpting: How to Grow and Maintain a Beard

by Blogger on ‎05-31-2016 11:05 PM - last edited on ‎06-01-2016 08:40 AM by Editor in Chief

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There are many different types of beards a man may choose to grow, but one thing they all have in common is the need for a certain amount of care and maintenance. Even if you just want to grow a wild mess of facial hair with no particular style, there are certain things you need to do to keep it (and your skin) as healthy as possible. Today we examine a few of these steps. Click through to take a look.

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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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