Available now online at BestBuy.ca, Vancouver based GIO brings their H2 Volt e-Bicycle for you to take a spin. Featuring an easily collapsible body, and three different functionalities, this electric battery powered bicycle will look to help you stretch your bike rides out a little longer, or perhaps make that morning commute easier. Maybe every week can be Bike to Work Week now? Check out the GIO H2 Volt e-Bicycle by clicking below.
Are you tired of sugar cookies yet? Does the idea of one more piece of shortbread make your stomach lurch? Do you get a headache at the thought of consuming yet another snickerdoodle? If so, you might just be suffering from Christmas cookie overload.
But don’t worry, help is here – when you’re tired of the same old, same old treats on the table, you need to try something different. And by different I mean from an entirely different country.
Other than Christmas day, how often do you plan a big sit down meal during the Holidays? Because Holiday eating usually involves big buffet tables, dozens of appies, or snacks to tide you over during another weekend of parties, what do you do when you want to have a bunch of people over but you don’t want to put on a huge spread?
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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor lack of time or lack of presents purchased will keep me from decorating goodies during the Holidays. Ask any ‘foodie’ or baking enthusiast what keeps them sane during this crazy season? They’ll probably tell you that baking and decorating can actually bring a bit of calm into a busy day. That’s because when you’re decorating, it’s not work – it’s fun.
Like every artist who has a tool kit of paintbrushes, pots of colour, and different cool tools to bring whatever you’re creating to life, bakers/decorators have tool kits too. And when it comes to tool kits, you just can’t find a better set up to help create beautiful cupcakes, cookies, and candy than Wilton.
More often than not, multifunctional kitchen appliances do an average job executing their full arsenal of tasks, but rarely do they do any one task exceptionally well. But if you’re anything like me, that just won’t do. You want it all and are willing to invest in something that can slice, dice, and cut tin cans in half. Well, you’re in luck. While BlendTec Blenders can’t cut through tin cans (or can they??), they take chopping, churning, pureeing, and everything else that comes with blending very seriously.
For some, discovering a cozy cashmere sweater under the tree on Christmas morning simply won’t have the same appeal as say, unwrapping a shiny new survival knife or pristinely packaged portable solar panel. These people are the adventurous among us. The ones who take life by the horns and forge, and maybe even forage, their own way. The ones whose idea of roughing it isn’t staying at a resort that isn’t oceanfront. The ones who face danger and make easy work out of tasks that others, like myself, find terrifying and perhaps even a little disturbing. Yes, for the adventurous, cozy cashmere won’t do. So, what to get for these thrill seekers? Gear. Lots and lots of gear.
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With less than two weeks before Christmas, it is not too late to be the favourite Christmas elf and out-gift all the other elves. Being the Christmas hero means giving a gift that everyone secretly wants (and might not know it) but doesn’t expect to get, so it probably hasn’t even made their list. The element of surprise is the best way to make it special. I have put together a number of possibilities that might fit that ‘hero’ category.
Have you ever wondered how the Holidays are celebrated in a different country? Although we always spend our Christmas close to home, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to hop on a plane and immerse myself in another culture in December. After all, that would be the best time to really see, smell, and taste all of the different goodies that are truly authentic to the places they come from.
Man caves were a big trend in 2013, but if you really think about it, they’ve been around for a long, long time. I’ve seen pictures of a room my Dad had in the early 1970’s that had dark wood paneling, orange shag carpet, and a bar in the corner. He might have called it a den or maybe even ‘the bar,’ but the humble origins of the man cave most likely came from these retro rooms.
Die-hard sports fans are truly a breed of their own. Trust me, I know. There is someone on my list who lives and breathes a particular football team. If it were up to him, and considered acceptable behavior, he would commute to and from work in a custom decaled Seahawks SUV, wear a different Seahawks jersey and cap every day, and have his entire home decorated in Seahawks memorabilia. Thankfully there is someone in his life to put the breaks on his Seahawks obsession – thank you mom. But what do you get the sports fan for Christmas without blowing the bank, your sense of style, or décor? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Canada is a country that can’t be defined by any one way of life. We’re a country based on multiculturalism, and you can easily see that whether you’re on the East Coast in Prince Edward Island and Quebec, steadfastly in the middle of central Canada, or on the West Coast and way up North.
I’m not sure about you, but when it comes to household cleaning, my least favourite chore is sweeping and mopping the floors, so they tend to get done last. And because I do them last, they often get skipped over in favour of a glass of wine and a comfy couch. Well, clearly I am not alone in my hatred of this necessary chore, as there is an entire product line dedicated to taking the human element out of cleaning – iRobot. I recently had an opportunity to try out the iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot, so this past Sunday I let it loose on the linoleum and hardwood surfaces of my apartment to see what it could do and whether or not it’s worth the hefty price tag.
A few months ago, I took my car in for servicing overnight and realized that I had left my garage door opener remote behind and I had chain locked and deadbolted my front door shut, so I couldn't get in that way. That was the day that I wished that there was a device out there that would allow me to open it with my Smartphone. Fast forward a few months later, and my garage is now outfit with the Chamberlain MyQ Universal Smartphone Garage Door Controller. My Garage Door Opener is almost 20 years old, and it still hooked up in a snap. Is it a good fit for your home? Click below to read my review of my new addition.
Teens are notoriously hard to shop for. While I don’t have any of my own, I do have nieces and nephews, and well, I was a teen myself at one point in time. Trends change on a daily basis, and while you think you have your teen pegged, you might be completely off the mark. So this year, why not give a gift that is sure to please – the gift of music. Whether your teen shares your love of Michael Bublé and Katy Perry, or prefers tunes that sound to you like a mixture of nails on a chalkboard and the screeching sounds of an alley cat in heat, the choice of gifts for music-loving teens is endless.
If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the men on your list this year, I have some simple words of wisdom – young or old, boys like their toys. A gender stereotype? Perhaps, but it’s a pretty safe bet that if it moves, plugs in, makes loud noises, or comes with a manual, it will put a smile on their face. So skip the sweater and shaving kit and opt for something a little less “practical” and a lot more fun!
It’s that time of the year again! The Holidays are upon us and the Christmas shopping frenzy has begun. No matter what type of shopper you are, from PJs in front of the computer to heading out to the mall and fighting the crowds, chances are you’ll need to find a great gift or three for your favourite female.
If you do a search for Montreal online, you’re almost always going to pull up the term ‘food’ on the first page. That’s because as far as Canadian cuisine is concerned, Montreal really is in a league of its own.
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Cameras and monitoring systems used to require a van with two fellows in matching uniforms, big ole tool belts, and a days labor. I suppose they still can, depending on your scope and scale, but consider instead the subject of today's review, Lorex, making home or business surveillance fast, affordable, and surprisingly easy to set up.
When it comes right down to it, all fitness trackers have one thing in common – they look like fitness trackers. They sit on your wrist and they work well to track your movements, so it’s not necessarily a bad thing that they don’t have a lot of curb appeal.
But there are fitness trackers out there that will do the job of tracking your daily activities and get you up off the couch while still looking pretty darn amazing when you wear them. Case in point? The Misfit Shine Activity Tracker Charm.
Is it art, or is it entertainment? With the Samsung 4K (or Ultra High Definition – UHD) S9 TV, it’s hard to tell. With an 85” screen and crystal clear resolution, it would certainly look stellar on any wall large enough to house it. Making the art versus entertainment distinction even harder is the fact that the Samsung UHD S9 is a floor-standing TV mounted on what looks like an artist’s easel. Art meets entertainment in an 85” high definition package – sounds amazing right? Well, at a staggering $39,999 it should! So, the question is: What makes the Samsung UHD S9 worth a cool forty grand? Let me tell you …
There comes a point in every parent’s life where they realize you can actually leave your kids at home on their own. Although the set age where you can leave your kids on their own is 10 years old, its not until they turn 12 that most people are ready to hand over the keys to the Kingdom and head out the door with a small amount of trust that things will be OK without you.
Unfortunately for me, I’m not one of those people, and the transition to letting my kids stay home for even 15 minutes while I run to the grocery store was a pretty difficult one for me to make. They were fine - It was me that was stressed every time I walked out the door.
Our grocery stores may be filled with rows of baby food claiming to be the best for baby but that's mostly a myth. Most nutritionists and paediatricians agree that homemade baby food is still the healthiest choice you can make.
Many commercial brands either water down their products or use cheap thickening agents such a cornstarch or refined white flour – not good for your baby’s delicate digestion.
Invest in the right equipment for the perfect baby food maker and making your own will be a snap. You’ll be giving baby a healthy start to life plus saving tons of money.
When it comes to holiday gift giving, it’s often the case that what you want to purchase for those on your list doesn’t quite match up with what you can afford to purchase for those on your list. This is especially true for home theatre electronics. Thankfully though, this discrepancy between want and can doesn’t have to turn you into a Grinch. There are a tonne of fabulously affordable home theatre products that will make you look like a rock star come Christmas morning. Here are a few ideas to get you in the right mindset.
Does winter settle on you like a grey blanket leaving you lethargic and mildly depressed? You may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It's estimated that up to 20% of Canadians experience this.
I'm one of those who suffer from SAD. Winter turns me into a hibernating slug, so I was curious to test the Philips goLITE BLU Energy Light. Designed to give more energy, the light is supposed to help reduce seasonal blues.
I even kept a diary to track how I was feeling using the lamp.
Even though we’re all from the same Country, those of us on the West Coast aren’t always up on East Coast traditions. I’ve had quick visits to Toronto on many occasions, including one particularly rushed visit as a contestant on CBC’s Dragons Den in 2006, so I can’t say I’ve ever been able to stop and drink in the sights, sounds, and smells of the East Coast the way I would have liked to.
I’ve been looking for the perfect replacement for my old, worn-out luggage. I’ve looked at bags from Samsonite, Swiss, and Heys, but only recently did I discover Tumi, which is surprising given its 30 year history and its reputation for being the world’s leading brand of luxury travel, business, and lifestyle accessories.
In much the same way there are foodies who appreciate a good gourmet meal, there are coffee lovers who love a freshly roasted brew. Those of us who have lurked around the coffee shop long enough to know the difference between a bean that’s just been roasted and one that has sat, sad and lonely in a non-vacuum sealed bag, really do appreciate the time and effort baristas go through to make a great latte. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t want to recreate that same coffee magic at home.
Remember those clunky old timers your parents or grandparents used to have to automatically turn lamps on and off in the house to make it look like somebody was home when they were actually out? Belkin's line of WeMo products is making things like that, and much more, easy to do right from your smartphone! WeMo allows us all to quickly automate our homes. Click below to read a review of some of these products.
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