Rennovation 4.jpgWhether it’s your fridge, your dishwasher or a small appliance, there is always something you wish you could change about your kitchen. With spring starting, why not change it now?

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wedding-gift.jpgI’ve been to my fair share of weddings. Heck, I’ve been in my fair share of weddings, so I know all to well that as much fun as they can be, the can also get a little pricey. The good news is that you don’t have to remortgage your home or sell a kidney to get the happy couple a wedding gift that won’t just be appreciated, but will actually be a welcome addition to their home. Here are some great wedding gift ideas that won’t break the bank.

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Shelly's Friday Favourites hits the road for a culinary adventure: second stop, Disneyland

by Blogger on ‎03-20-2015 11:12 AM - last edited on ‎03-20-2015 12:11 PM by Editor in Chief

disneyland.jpgOur road trip continues with a good old-fashioned pit stop at the Happiest Place on Earth. For some people, going to Disneyland means hitting all the shows, parades, and attractions. We like to do that too, but because we have annual passes and go so often, we’ve added to our adventure by becoming hunters for the best dishes and treats in the park. There are a lot of treats to be had, and they’re more delicious than you may think.

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mature-couple.jpgWhat’s your favourite gift to give at a wedding? Most people have a standard gift, something like gift cards or a small appliance, that they like to give the happy couple just starting out. But what if the happy couple is a little older, a little wiser, and is getting married for the second time around? If you’re not sure what to get the happy couple who has been together for a long time but is only now tying the knot, here are a few great wedding gifts for the mature couple getting married.

 

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One wheel fun for everyone on the Sologear Self-Balancing Electric Unicycle

by Blogger ‎03-11-2015 12:33 PM - edited ‎03-11-2015 12:34 PM

sologear.jpgIf you happened to be out in Fort Langley this weekend and you were part of the crowds surrounding my son as he wheeled around on the Sologear Self-Balancing Electric Unicycle, you already know how cool it is. I stopped counting after 10 people asked us what it was and where we picked it up, and everywhere he rolled that day, people were drawn to it.

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Pre-Wedding Juicing

by Blogger on ‎03-05-2015 09:12 PM - last edited on ‎03-10-2015 11:06 AM by Editor in Chief

Green-Smoothie.jpgWeddings are stressful. The litany of decisions that have to be made leading up to the big day is seemingly endless. What font to use on the invites? What colour dress is the bride going to wear: white, almost white, somewhat white, kinda white, not super white but can pass as white, red? What about catering and decorations? Chocolate cake or vanilla cupcakes? What about flowers? The list goes on. And to add even more stress, whether you’re the bride, the groom, or in the bridal party, you’re going to be photographed more in the span of a few hours than ever before, so you know you’re going to want to look your best. That’s where juicing comes in.

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If you’re thinking of enjoying fun family time at home this upcoming Spring break, here are a few activities to consider with kids of all ages.

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Wedding gift checklist for the bride and groom - combining two homes

by Blogger on ‎03-05-2015 12:03 PM - last edited on ‎03-05-2015 03:45 PM by Editor in Chief

wedding-gifts.jpgWhen some people get married, they light a unity candle to symbolize two lives becoming one. But with more and more people moving out and buying their first home long before they find a potential partner, getting married means more than just two lives becoming one—it means two homes becoming one as well.

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Wedding gift checklist for the couple moving out of their parent’s house

by Blogger on ‎02-26-2015 11:21 PM - last edited on ‎03-04-2015 08:58 PM by Blogger

WR5.jpgHere’s what you’re going to need to ask for if you’re moving out on your own with your spouse for the first time!

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What will be the next robot you bring into your home?

by Blogger on ‎02-23-2015 10:07 PM - last edited on ‎02-25-2015 11:55 AM by Editor in Chief

C-3PO.jpgWhen I think of a “robot” two things happen. First, I picture the iconic droid C-3PO from the Star Wars movie franchise. Second, I involuntarily start to sing the 1980’s Styx classic Mr. Roboto … Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto, Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto. But a robot isn’t necessarily a shiny golden humanoid or the subject of an annoyingly catchy song ... Secret, secret, I’ve got a secret. In fact, according to Webster’s dictionary, a “robot” is “a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks” or “a mechanism guided by automatic controls.” So by those definitions, it's clear that we are truly surrounded by robots. Don’t believe me? Here are some fun and some functional items that are robots by definition. You might even have one of these at home already!

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How to create crafts like a pro

by Blogger on ‎02-13-2015 09:29 PM - last edited on ‎02-18-2015 03:56 PM by Editor in Chief

crafts.jpgWhen I was in Grade 3 my mom enrolled me in Ukrainian Cross Stitch lessons. I had always been a creative child, but cross-stitch took my abstract painting and Play-Doh-ing to a whole new level. There’s something inspiring about being able to look at a pile of “stuff” and see something beautiful. It’s almost like being a MacGyver of sorts. Some might see a twig and a glue stick. I see a beautiful centerpiece. The thing is, to craft like a pro you don’t just need the desire to do so, but you need the right tools and an organized space.

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Food trends for 2015 on Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎02-13-2015 05:38 PM - last edited on ‎02-18-2015 04:03 PM by Editor in Chief

cauliflower.jpgWe've said goodbye to all things kale and hello to cauliflower, given up on the cronut and opened our ovens to the southern buttermilk biscuit. Thanks to the latest food trends, menus this year are going to be seriously delicious. Here are a few recipes you can try at home to tap into what's hot in food for 2015.

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How to organize your home like a pro

by Blogger ‎02-11-2015 08:54 PM - edited ‎02-11-2015 08:56 PM

Keep-your-home-organized-like-a-pro.jpgEven if your dining room table is currently covered in electronics and newspapers or your closet is chaos, there are still simple steps you can take to organize your house. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming either – just take it one baby step at a time. Here are a few proven organizational strategies I’ve used to get control of my clutter and organize my home like a pro.

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Sneak a peek at your pets with the Motorola Focus66 Wi-Fi HD Video Camera

by Blogger ‎02-04-2015 09:40 PM - edited ‎02-04-2015 09:49 PM

Focus66.jpgI was just sent the Motorola Focus66 Wi-Fi HD Video Camera to test out and review, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take a peek in on my dogs and see what they were up to when I wasn’t home. I had no idea how fun it would be to watch them from afar with the Motorola Focus66 Wi-Fi HD Video Camera.

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How to manage your household expenses like a pro

by Blogger ‎02-03-2015 01:05 PM - edited ‎02-03-2015 01:07 PM

index.jpgMoney – you can’t live with it, you can’t live without it, and it’s all too easy to let it slip through your fingers on a day-to-day basis without even knowing where it’s gone off too. I think it’s a real skill balancing a household budget, and it’s all too easy to slip back into free and easy spending. But if you put a few of these tips into place, you’ll start seeing positive results right away.

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It's Pizza Night on Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger ‎01-30-2015 05:11 PM - edited ‎01-30-2015 05:17 PM

pizza-recipes.jpgA lot of people do a pizza night at least once a week, and for many of us that night is usually Friday. Having pizza for dinner is a nice, casual start to the weekend and there are so many different varieties you just can’t get bored of eating it. If it's pizza night at your house and you're staring at the same old ham and pineapple, here are a few of my favourite pizza recipes to add some inspiration to your pizza night.

 

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Want a smart home? Here's how to create a D-Link Connected Home

by Blogger on ‎01-30-2015 01:44 PM - last edited on ‎02-10-2015 12:07 PM by Editor in Chief

dlink-connected-home.jpgIf what we saw coming out of the Consumer Electronic Show is any indication, 2015 is going to be the year of the smart home. I wasn’t prepared for how much I would love smart devices like the mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug and the mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug+, or how handy the mydlink Wi-Fi motion sensor would be when it comes to keeping me informed on what’s going on around my house.Here’s what I found out when I set up my very own mydlink Connected Home.

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Tips for your next outdoor adventure with the family

by Blogger on ‎01-29-2015 05:01 PM - last edited on ‎01-29-2015 05:16 PM by Editor in Chief

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Why stay couped up inside when there's so much adventure waiting in the great outdoors for you? Here, I'll give some tips for your next outdoor adventure with the family, including some essential tech gear to bring along with you.

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How to save money on your grocery bill like a pro

by Blogger ‎01-28-2015 10:06 PM - edited ‎01-28-2015 10:07 PM

grocery-bill-like-a-pro.jpgI’m one of the few people I know who enjoys grocery shopping. For me, it’s a challenge finding new and interesting products, getting the best price on those things I buy all the time, and saving money at the checkout. And because groceries make up a sizable chunk of my monthly spending budget, I like to save money on them as often as I can. Read on and I’ll share some tips that will have you saving on your grocery bill like a pro.

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Control your home with your Misfit Flash

by Blogger ‎01-27-2015 02:22 PM - edited ‎01-27-2015 02:23 PM

misfit-flash.jpgThe Misfit Flash is now poised to be even more than your fitness companion – an announcement from Misfit HQ today has taken the Misfit Flash out of the realm of simple and effective fitness tracker and placed it squarely into the category of smarthome accessory, because now you’ll now be able to use the Smart button face on the Misfit Flash to interact with some of your favourite apps and smart hardware.

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Super Easy Super Bowl Appies & Dips

by Blogger on ‎01-27-2015 09:58 AM - last edited on ‎01-27-2015 01:42 PM by Blogger

Superbowl.jpgThis Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will be taking on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX in what I’m hoping will be an epic battle. Will Wilson step up to the task and avoid throwing four interceptions to reclaim Super Bowl glory for the second year in a row? Will Brady look ridiculously handsome as always? Whether you’re a football fan or not, the Super Bowl is always a good time. And whether you’re planning on hosting a small gathering for four, or are attending the party of the year, no Super Bowl is complete without an adequate amount of food. So here are some easy and delicious appies and dips that will be a hit, no matter what the outcome of the game.

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How to know exactly where you are spending your money

by Blogger on ‎01-16-2015 08:10 PM - last edited on ‎01-19-2015 09:08 AM by Editor in Chief

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I’m by no financial expert, but I have two things going for me that have made me somewhat of a pro in the “know where your money is going” category. First, I work for a large financial institution and part of my gig is to understand what we all “should” be doing with our finances. Second, my financial history is very similar to the Titanic—an epic fail—so I have had to make changes in my life to avoid future "icebergs." So with that said, here are some tools, tips, and tricks to help you know where your money is going and be a financial rock star in 2015 and beyond.

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How to decorate cakes like a pro

by Blogger on ‎01-14-2015 10:30 PM - last edited on ‎01-16-2015 09:44 AM by Blogger

cake 1.jpgThis past year I decided to get into baking, but I quickly realized that there is a lot more to baking than eggs and flour. I found the key to decorating cakes like a pro is using the right equipment. Here are some tools and tips to help you successfully decorate cakes like a pro!

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How many bedding sets do you need?

by Blogger ‎01-14-2015 09:10 PM - edited ‎01-14-2015 09:15 PM

linen-closet-bedding-sets.jpgI’d love to have 10 sets of sheets in varying colours and thread counts, but space wise, it’s not realistic. That’s why when it comes to bedding, most people really only need 3 sets of sheets per bed in your house. Need some recommendations for your three bedding sets? Here are my picks. 

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CES 2015: Samsung creates a virtual kitchen with the Chef Collection app

by Blogger ‎01-06-2015 10:18 PM - edited ‎01-06-2015 10:22 PM

samsung smart appliances.JPGTeching out the kitchen has always been a dream of mine, and it’s all starting to happen now thanks to the latest appliances. Today at CES 2015, Samsung introduced a few new innovations in kitchen and home appliances, and did a teaser for the Chef Collection app that’s got a lot of foodies seriously excited. Here’s a quick run down of what Samsung has in store this year.

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The one thing that will round out that awesome big screen TV and sound system is the proper home theatre seating arrangement. Do you only have one recliner that everyone fights for? Are most of your seats not directly in front of the TV? Are you really comfortable when you spend a few hours watching TV? Is theatre seating only available at the movie theatre? The good news is you can now get excellent theatre seating for your home, and it has better features than they have at the movie theatre!

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cozy-new-bedding.jpgReplacing sheets, pillows, and duvet covers isn’t just a nice way to change the style of your bedroom - it’s a great way to get more sleep. Everyone should have a cozy, comfortable bed, because that spot will be your sanctuary when you’re tired, sick, or just need a warm place to cocoon. Kick off your new year by making your bed your favourite spot in the entire house.

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Everything you need to know about pillows

by Blogger on ‎12-30-2014 08:37 PM - last edited on ‎12-31-2014 08:59 AM by Editor in Chief

pillows.jpgOne morning last week, I woke up with such a terrible pain in my neck and shoulder that I thought I had been stabbed in my sleep. As soon as I realized that I watch far too many crime dramas on TV, I managed to wrench myself out of bed and get ready for the day ahead. Considering the fact that I had done nothing even remotely strenuous the day before, I figured there could only be one culprit responsible for my agony—my pillow. My pancake flat, ancient, misshapen pillow that I love ever so much. But as it turns out, buying a new pillow isn’t as easy as you’d think! There are a tone of options out there. Armed with my newfound knowledge, I thought I’d share with you the 411 on pillows.

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How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at home

by Blogger on ‎12-30-2014 01:11 PM - last edited on ‎12-30-2014 04:23 PM by Editor in Chief

family.jpgWith four kids in my house, we’ve done New Year’s at home more times than I can count, and just like our Christmas traditions, we have New Year’s traditions we like to do every year to make the night memorable. Here are a few ways you can celebrate New Year’s Eve at home.

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It's time for appetizers on Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎12-26-2014 06:01 PM - last edited on ‎12-29-2014 02:42 PM by Editor in Chief

appetizers.jpgHot dips, cold veggies, wings, and delicious bites wrapped up in bacon or puff pastry – there are so many different types of appetizer recipes, you could make something new and different for every occasion during the year.

 

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