Best Slowcookers for Back to School as Rated by Customers

by Blogger ‎07-31-2015 04:57 AM - edited ‎07-31-2015 05:10 AM


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!


What's new at Best Buy for August?

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2015 12:50 PM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 12:56 PM 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.


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!


Top 5 new backpacks for 2015

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2015 09:13 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2015 02:57 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.


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!


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.



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


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. 



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.  


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


Summer means renovating: Upgrading your kids rooms

by Blogger on ‎06-21-2015 09:18 PM - last edited on ‎06-22-2015 08:50 AM by Editor in Chief

toddler-bedroom-sets.jpgI wanted to use the summer months to make my baby's room less baby and more child. I'm so glad Best Buy has furniture options that can help me!


All about fans

by Blogger on ‎06-20-2015 02:09 PM - last edited on ‎06-24-2015 08:58 AM by Blogger

fan-blades.jpgIf you’ve ever watched one of those home improvement shows on TV, you are no doubt aware that the vast majority of interior designers think that a “fan” is either someone who follows them on social media, or an intrusive assault to the esthetic senses. Well, no disrespect to the interior designers out there, but here’s the thing: in the summer months, a fan is an absolute necessity. In fact, depending on the size of your home, and in the absence of air conditioning, multiple fans are a necessity. But what makes one fan different from another? That’s what I’m here to tell you!


Shelly's Friday Favourites creates artisan ketchup

by Blogger ‎06-20-2015 07:36 AM - edited ‎06-24-2015 09:16 AM

homemade-ketchup1.jpgIf you want to add a bit of kick to your weekend BBQ, look beyond eye level on a grocery store shelf and you’ll see little gems like sriracha mayo, gourmet mustard, and organic flavoured ketchups. These condiments taste pretty great when you get them from the store, so can you imagine what they’d taste like if you started with fresh ingredients and made them yourself?




Workout Tips to Improve Your Cardio

by Blogger on ‎06-19-2015 05:04 PM - last edited on ‎07-02-2015 10:46 AM by Editor in Chief


Cardio, the act of running around? Nope! Our cardiovascular system (heart) is responsible for pumping blood (and oxygen) throughout our entire body. So? If we can improve our cardiovascular fitness we will be fitter, have more energy as well have a constant fresh supply of blood and oxygen, and we’ll burn fat at a faster pace! What’s not to love!  Follow these 5 tips on how to improve your cardio fitness.


Everything you need to know about cookware for your induction range

by Blogger on ‎06-18-2015 06:54 PM - last edited on ‎06-19-2015 03:08 PM by Editor in Chief

induction-range.jpgIf you've just upgraded to an amazing new induction range, you might be happy to know you'll also have to upgrade to new cookware. Induction ranges work with only two types of cookware, cast iron and stainless steel, and there's a lot of choice for both. Here's a look at the cookware essentials you'll need when upgrading to an induction range.


Air conditioning 101

by Blogger on ‎06-16-2015 08:18 AM - last edited on ‎06-16-2015 11:16 AM by Editor in Chief

airconditioning.jpgSummer is just around the corner, and if you live on the West Coast, it already feels like it has arrived. If you keep it cool inside you have a great escape when you need a break from the heat outside, so a great air conditioner is a must. But with the varieties of air conditioners on the market today and all those BTU's to choose from, buying one can be tricky. Read on to help you learn which one will work best for your home.


Summer means renovating: make the time to redo your basement

by Blogger ‎06-14-2015 03:42 PM - edited ‎06-15-2015 07:31 PM

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My parents are using the hot months of the summer to redo their den. I have fond memories of the cool basement, so I'm happy to help. I'm glad Best Buy has all the upgrades we need!


Summer survival guide part 1: sleeping tips for hot summer nights

by Blogger on ‎06-11-2015 05:07 PM - last edited on ‎06-24-2015 08:39 AM by Editor in Chief

Main-484496.jpgWhen the heat is on outside, the inside of ours houses start cooking, and that means sleep is almost impossible. If you want to sleep better during the hot summer months, take a look at these sleeping tips for hot summer nights.


Tips For Families To Prepare Meals They’ll Love

by Blogger on ‎06-11-2015 10:03 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 11:59 AM by Editor in Chief

Cooking with the familyFamilies today are extremely busy. Both parents usually work, and then have to fit their kids’ many extracurricular activities, such as swimming, art, tennis, soccer, hockey, and playdates, into what’s left of the day. In this hectic environment, eating dinner as a family is enough of a challenge, let alone preparing the meal with your kids. But getting them involved in making their favourite dishes is worth the effort. This might be hard at first if your kids are doing homework (or just pretending they are), playing on their phones, or sitting in front of the TV. Convincing them that cooking is cool is a good first step. Once they start, they’ll love it, and the key is to make it fun.


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