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 - the Internet of Things is here!

by Blogger on ‎08-04-2014 11:57 AM - last edited on ‎08-08-2014 10:43 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.


mazin.jpgPeanut butter and jelly. Ken and Barbie. Yin and yang. Bugs and Daffy. Pork and beans. Best Buy and furniture? Perhaps not the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of Best Buy, but it’s true! With a new assortment of living and dining room furniture to add to its existing range of bedroom sets, Best Buy is quickly becoming a one-stop shop for all things related to comfortable living. So, what kind of furniture can you expect to find on Contemporary, comfortable, and affordable sets that are suited to a wide variety of tastes. 


GE Dishwashers Make Easy Work of Dirty Dishes

by Blogger on ‎07-02-2014 10:46 PM - last edited on ‎07-04-2014 03:36 PM by Editor in Chief

ge-dishwasher.jpgThere are a number of ads on TV right now that tout the mighty cleaning power of various dishwasher detergents, and show how by using them you can avoid the crippling embarrassment that comes with serving your dinner guests wine in spotted glasses. Sarcasm aside, these ads do beg the question – why isn’t your dishwasher doing its job as it should? Perhaps the pipes just need to be cleaned, but if not, and your dishwasher is looking a little worse for wear and you’re in the market for a replacement, look no further than GE.


Cool appliances for hot summer days

by Blogger on ‎07-02-2014 09:46 PM

Ice_Cream.jpgIf you’re wondering how you can beat the heat this summer, just take a look around your kitchen. Popsicles, ice cream, or a crushed ice drink - if you’ve got the right small kitchen appliances, you’ll be able to whip up an icy drink or a sweet, cold treat to cool you off in no time.


Cool it now – Here’s your guide to choosing an Air Conditioner

by Blogger on ‎07-02-2014 09:01 AM - last edited on ‎07-02-2014 05:19 PM by Editor in Chief




When the temperatures hit 30 degrees in the house, it’s officially time to start using the air conditioner. I remember being completely confused the first time I went out to buy one, but after brushing up a bit on the ins and outs of air conditioners, I was ready to pick the best one for my house. So how do you know which type of air conditioner is right for you?


Say cheers to these drink recipes – Shelly’s Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎06-27-2014 03:19 PM - last edited on ‎07-02-2014 05:21 PM by Editor in Chief

summer-drink-recipes.jpgSummer time is a great time to sit out on the deck or in the backyard and watch the sun go down. When you have a nice, ice-cold drink in hand, it’s that much better isn’t it? Check out a few of the drink recipes I’ve conjured up in my kitchen over the past few weeks. I guarantee there will be one or two that makes your BBQ or summer party menu this year.


Best Buy has your dining room furniture solution

by Blogger on ‎06-26-2014 08:34 PM - last edited on ‎06-27-2014 09:18 AM by Editor in Chief




Create an urban dining room with style and grace or a country kitchen themed room with the new furniture available at Best Buy.


window-air-conditioners.jpgWe’ve been putting it off because the temperatures haven’t really hit the 30’s yet, but the time has come to think about how you plan on staying cool this summer. If you want to keep a room or two chilly but don’t want to freak out when you see your energy bill, a window air conditioning unit is a great choice.


Make Laundry Less of a Chore with a Washer and Dryer from GE

by Blogger on ‎06-26-2014 07:14 PM - last edited on ‎07-04-2014 04:11 PM by Editor in Chief

GE-washer-dryer.jpgI have a confession to make – laundry is the bane of my existence. And while I’d like to think that my distaste is deep seeded in some traumatic childhood experience like my older brother locking me in a dryer, or that I’d loathe the chore in the very best of conditions, I’m pretty sure my disdain stems from 20 years of doing laundry in communal facilities in the dank basements of the various apartment buildings I’ve called home. Let’s just say that quality machines are not exactly a landlord’s priority. So that’s why, while some covet a white picket fence and a lush yard, for me, a quality washer and dryer, like those from appliance giant GE, are the epitome of happily ever after.


Ok, perhaps that’s a stretch, but to have in-suite laundry facilities that do not make your towels smell like your neighbours’ dirty hockey gear … well, that’s the dream! So, from a “have not,” here are some GE models that are more than worthy of consideration.


New feature alert - Garmin Connect has partnered with MyFitnessPal

by Blogger on ‎06-25-2014 10:38 PM - last edited on ‎06-26-2014 10:20 AM by Editor in Chief

Garmin-Vivofit.jpgTracking your fitness and calories is even easier now, because Garmin announced today they have partnered with MyFitnessPal. Anyone who has a compatible device like the Garmin vivofit can now quickly and easily compare calories burned vs calories consumed using your device and Garmin Connect. 


Which GE Refrigerator is right for your kitchen?

by Blogger on ‎06-24-2014 04:38 PM - last edited on ‎07-04-2014 04:59 PM by Editor in Chief

ge-refrigerator.jpgThe refrigerator is the largest and most used appliance in your kitchen. Fortunately, they’ve come a long way since the day of the boxy design with one butter bin inside.  GE offers energy smart refrigerators combining form and function that add style and storage to your kitchen.


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