Review: it's worth bringing home Withings smart home devices

by Blogger ‎09-30-2015 10:17 PM - edited ‎10-01-2015 07:35 AM

withings-lineup.jpgWith so many new great products to add onto your list of smart home devices, it's getting harder and harder to choose the best for your home. But there is hope when you're overwhelmed with choice: the Withings smart home lineup includes an amazing HD camera, the smartest scale I've ever seen, and a connected alarm clock I don't want to every have to go to sleep without. Withings smart home products are out-of-the-box amazing, and best of all? They all work through one well designed app.


The simple way to better dental health

by Blogger ‎09-29-2015 02:10 PM - edited ‎09-29-2015 04:53 PM

philps-sonicare.jpgDoes the idea of a dental visit make you cringe? You're not alone: I suffer from dental stress too, but with these toothy tips from my very own dentist, you'll be able to keep your teeth sparkling clean and cavity free.


MiPow PLAYBULB Connected Smart Lighting Review

by Blogger on ‎09-19-2015 11:35 PM - last edited on ‎09-21-2015 10:18 AM by Editor in Chief

playbulb.jpgAdding wireless coloured light to your home is a relatively new concept, with a lot of new players out there. There are the established brands like Philips Hue, which have commanded a premium on the market, partially because they have brand recognition for being first, and partially because they’ve made a great product. MIPOW PLAYBULB is an entrant into the market that offers a lower cost way to put wireless coloured lighting into your space. I have three products that we’re looking at today, read on to see how they fared in my home.


We're crazy for apple recipes on Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger ‎09-18-2015 05:25 PM - edited ‎09-18-2015 05:27 PM

apple-recipes.jpgI’ve always made apple treats in the fall when the harvest comes in, but this is the first year I was able to pick what I needed from my own apple trees and bake with them. It’s a new and fun experience, and it’s prompted me to make even more apple dishes than I normally would. Everyone who walks in my door is happy when they smell the apples baking, and if you’ve never combined apples and cinnamon or apples and nutmeg in your home, this definitely the year you’ve got to try it. The scent of what you’ve baked lingers long after the pie plate or bowl is empty.



Baby gifts for any budget

by Blogger on ‎09-17-2015 03:26 PM


If you have a new baby on the way in your life, you shouldn’t have to stress about purchasing a baby gift because there are baby gifts to fit any budget. It’s easy to shop on for a baby gift too: you can shop anytime the need strikes, and with new gear on sale every week, you’ll always find something great to fit your budget.



Chill out or warm up with the Dyson Hot+Cool AM09

by Blogger on ‎09-17-2015 11:09 AM - last edited on ‎09-17-2015 11:42 AM by Editor in Chief

Dyson copy.jpgIt’s only September in Canada, but if you live in a house where you’ve got spotty heating, you’re already going to be feeling a little frosty on some mornings. It’s months like these the Dyson Hot+Cool AM09 really shines. It can take a chilly room and turn it cozy for everyone in it, and if the sun decides to beat into your windows, you can flip the switch and enjoy a focused stream of cool air.


Home renovation part 3: living in a tiny house

by Blogger on ‎09-14-2015 05:29 PM - last edited on ‎09-16-2015 10:59 AM by Editor in Chief

home-reno.jpgSix is a crowd in a small house, and now that we're living in a tiny home, I've had to come up with some creative storage solutions to make everything fit. Take a look at some of my tiny home recommendations.


Great games coming out only for Xbox One

by Blogger ‎09-14-2015 01:49 PM - edited ‎09-15-2015 05:17 AM

games2.jpgRecently on the Plug-In Blog we told you about all the incredible Xbox One limited edition consoles coming this fall packing in must-have, exclusive titles. Of course, if you already own an Xbox One, or are picking up a bundle and want to get an extra game or two, Microsoft is offering the best fall line-up in years. Come take a look at the games you'll want to add to your collection!


Home Theatre Month: the 411 on Streaming Devices

by Blogger on ‎09-14-2015 10:55 AM - last edited on ‎09-21-2015 02:23 PM by Editor in Chief

streamers.gifForget live TV. It's all about streaming television these days. But how do you get the awesome streaming content from a service onto your large screen TV? We highlight a few devices that make this super easy.


Shelly's Friday Favourites whips up a DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

by Blogger on ‎09-11-2015 06:55 PM - last edited on ‎09-14-2015 02:59 PM by Editor in Chief

Pumpkin-spice-latte.jpgMaking your own Pumpkin Spice Latte is not hard to do. I’m not sure what the secret ingredients are in a Pumpkin Spice Latte from your favourite coffee shop, but when you make them yourself you can choose what you put into them and what you don’t.


MIMO: The only baby monitor designed to help parents sleep better

by Blogger on ‎09-04-2015 06:24 PM - last edited on ‎09-22-2015 03:36 PM by Editor in Chief

babyclifford.jpgOne of my biggest worries as a new parent was SIDS. Even now, it seems like almost Freddy Krueger-esque. Every time I put my daughter to sleep for the night, the thought that wasn't sleeping or breathing comfortably or properly would always invade my thinking and I'm sure I even dreamt about waking up and checking on her to see that everything was ok (or maybe it wasn't a dream?) Fortunately for new parents now, there's MIMO. The first wearable baby monitor, MIMO syncs up with your smartphone with readouts on baby's status (and alerts when something's up) to give you that peace of mind and help you catch a good night's sleep alongside your little one.


fall-cooking.jpgI love fall: the leaves falling from the trees, the crisp, fresh air, and the Pumpkin Spice Lattes back in the stores. After this long, hot summer we’ve had with very little rain, I was so happy to turn the page to September. The one thing I’ve really been looking forward to is getting back into my cooking routine. We’ve been eating so casually for so long because of our home reno and the heat, I literally can’t wait to make a huge meal. What I’m not interested in is doing a lot of dishes, and that’s why I’ve been sourcing out some great one-pot meals for everyone to try.


Home Renovation Part 2: creating a smart home

by Blogger on ‎09-03-2015 11:36 AM - last edited on ‎09-16-2015 11:00 AM by Editor in Chief

home-reno2.jpgWhen it comes to basic home renovations, I was always told to hope for the best but expect the worst. That may be true when it comes to renovating a kitchen in a 10-year-old house or even doing a major overhaul on a house that’s 20 or 30 years old, but when you decide to crack open a house that’s 100 years old, all you can do is hope for OK and expect a lot of trouble.


5 reasons why muffins are the perfect food for back to school

by Blogger ‎08-29-2015 06:47 PM - edited ‎09-03-2015 05:21 PM

blueberry-muffin.jpgWith the new school year right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about quick and easy snack ideas for those seemingly endless brown bag lunches. But rather than simply tossing in a granola bar and an apple, why not think out of the box and add a delicious, homemade muffin to your kid’s lunch bag? Here are five reasons why muffins are the perfect food for back to school.


What’s new at Best Buy for September?

by Blogger on ‎08-28-2015 11:10 AM - last edited on ‎08-28-2015 11:26 AM by Editor in Chief

Hello-September copy.jpgSeptember: a time of the year when one chapter closes and a new one begins. That’s why there is no better time to take a look and see what’s on the shelves of Best Buy for September!


How I began my farmhouse home renovation: choosing appliances

by Blogger on ‎08-26-2015 10:39 AM - last edited on ‎09-16-2015 11:00 AM by Editor in Chief

home-reno.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.


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.


Osram Lightify review with video: GardenSpot and Flex kits

by Blogger ‎08-18-2015 02:41 PM - edited ‎08-30-2015 07:03 PM

osram lightify gardenspot.jpg

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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!


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.


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 ‎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.


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.



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