Daylight savings starts this Sunday, March 9. It means jumping ahead one hour to enjoy longer days of summer and signals the end of rising to work in the dark.
Why not celebrate this new time frame with a new clock? Today's clocks have self adjusting features so you don't have to worry about setting the right time.They are also a great way to add a personal touch of style.
The switch to Daylight Savings time is upon us again, and as of 2 am this Sunday, March 9th, we’ll be springing forward by 60 minutes. Not all of Canada participates in the Daylight Savings ritual, with Saskatchewan being the main exception as they observe Central Standard Time all year round.
Some people don't notice the switch all that much, others will flat out tell you 'It sucks.' It doesn't matter which camp you're in, because it's coming whether we like it or not. So how do you survive the transition to Daylight Saving time?
I don’t know about you, but there is only one award show I look forward to every single year. The Academy Awards make me transition from someone who watches TV in snippets while picking up stuff or folding clothes to a person who is completely focused on what’s unfolding on the screen.
I love movies, and that includes everything from old movies based in the 1930’s to new movies tricked out with CGI. I love actors and actresses, from Carole Lombard to Robert Downey Jr., and if there is a movie on my TV at any point, I’ll watch it. I might not sit down while I watch it, but I’m still see it with at least half an eye.
That’s why the Academy Awards appeals so strongly – where else can you get a taste of the glamour, mystery, and magic of the movies while still sitting on your comfortable couch?
When it comes to getting a brand spanking new TV for the home, size is always one of top decision-making factors. Naturally, we all want the biggest, best TV money can buy. But you also need to be cognizant of what size will make the most sense for the room. And sometimes, that might mean scaling down your ambitions a bit; or conversely, looking at a TV bigger than what you intended.
Live from Barcelona, the Samsung #UNPACKED5 press conference was expected to and did reveal the new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. Packed with features, the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 also came with the reveal of a few new creative devices Samsung developed to pair with and expand on the capabilities of the newest smartphone, and all eyes were on the latest fitness tracker to hit the market – the Samsung Gear Fit.
I love to eat in restaurants, and I seem to love to eat in them more in the winter months when the weather is gloomy. There is always tons of cozy, comfort food choices on the menu, and spending a few hours out of the house can really brighten up a chilly day.
But what do you do when you’ve got a craving for something you’ve only had off a menu but don’t have the option of going out? That’s where copykat recipes come in.
A child’s bedroom is much more than just a place to sleep after a long day of school and play. It’s a place where imaginations grow. It’s a place to do homework, slay dragons, and dress teddy bears. It’s where games are played, sleepovers are hosted, and books are read. It’s a child’s own little haven in a grown-up world. So it goes without saying that making this space as awesome as possible for the mini-me in your life is pretty important. But where to start? Here are some tips and ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Like millions of other Canadians, I’m a huge fan of coffee. During the week, I tend to stick to my medium roast blend, brewed at home and then toted to the office in one of my many coffee tumblers, but on the weekends I skip the home brew in favour of a fancier caffeinated beverage prepared by the talented baristas at my local coffee shop.
Recently, however, I sat down and added up how much I spend on these fancy caffeinated concoctions on a monthly basis and realized that it was time to invest in my very own espresso machine. The problem? I knew nothing about espresso machines, so I did some research. Here are some of my findings that may come in handy should you choose to become an at-home barista yourself!
Don’t get me wrong, I like going out for dinner just as much as the next girl. But when it comes to Valentine’s Day, heading out to a busy restaurant isn’t my idea of a good time. Not only are they usually expensive, the atmosphere can be a little stressful with the crowds.
This Valentine’s Day why not do something a little different – stay in, prepare a good meal, and enjoy the peace and quiet. And guys, if you’re doing the cooking, you’ll score major points with your Valentine this year.
When it comes to carbon monoxide leaks, people have a real ‘It can’t happen in my house’ mentality. Whether your house is brand new or 30 years old, there is definitely a reason to worry about the possibility of a carbon monoxide leak. CO2 is colourless, odourless, and even low doses can cause symptoms like headaches, nausea, and dizziness. In higher doses CO2 can very easily kill you with no warning at all.
The real threat of CO2 is only one of the reasons the Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm is one of the most innovative devices to hit the market. It simplifies home protection by combining a smoke detector with a carbon monoxide monitor, and it adds a high tech element so you can check in on your home even when you aren’t there.
Once in a while a piece of technology comes along that blows your mind. For me, a gadget which takes the drain out of a task I dread and makes it simple, easy, and gets me through it fast will score 5 stars in my book, and there is no task I dread more than doing my taxes every year.
That’s why the Neat Receipt mobile scanner is my new best friend, and it’s one of the few I’ve immediately texted about to friends and family for two reasons – one, they know the sad story of my mountain of receipts and my yearly struggle to tame them, and two, I had the joy of telling them I’m actually finished with my taxes a month before the deadline and I’m also caught up on sorting my receipts for next year. Thank you so much Neat Receipt mobile scanner.
Baby, it’s cold outside! Whether you’re on the East Coast, West Coast, or somewhere in the middle, the temperatures are dipping into the polar zone and thoughts are turning to warm fires, hot chocolate, and bundling up.
But there’s one thing that can take the edge off the chill outside, and that’s comfort food! What is comfort food exactly? I think it means something different to whoever is eating it. For some a certain dish brings back sentimental feelings or a sense of nostalgia, for others comfort food is a go-to dish they make when they’re feeling under the weather, have had a bad day, or want a pick-me-up in the middle of a busy winter week.
Ok I’ll admit it – I’m a huge fan of vacuums. One thing I’ve discovered as I’ve grown older and wiser? There is no replacement for a good vacuum. They’re absolutely essential when it comes to cleaning up spot messes left by children and pets, and they’re great for giving your home an over-all clean on a day-to-day basis.
Because I’ve been around the block a time or two and had at least a dozen different vacuums, I feel like I’m qualified to be extremely impressed with the latest models out of Dyson – the Dyson DC62 Animal and the Dyson DC61 Animal. Not only are they cordless vacuums, they have 3 times the suction of any other cordless vacuum available.
Since we originally visited the Weiser Kevo last fall, it has made its way to store shelves and online at BestBuy.ca, and it's time to take a little more of an in-depth look at this imaginative device, allowing you to enter your house with just the touch of a finger and the magic of Bluetooth technology. Is it easy to install? Easy to program? How is a home handyman novice like me going to fare with replacing a major lock in the house? Click on to find out.
It’s no surprise people can’t seem to squeeze in their recommended daily fruit & vegetable intakes – busy lives mean dinner on the go, and dinner on the go doesn’t often include one vegetable let alone three. And no, in most circles, french fries are not considered a serving of vegetables.
Is it a megaphone? A new age showerhead? An updated version of the popular 1990’s toy Skip-It? Nope, the JBL Spark is an exceptionally unique wireless speaker designed to be mounted like a hanging lamp – and I recently had the opportunity to take one for a test drive.
After having gone through some 100 pairs of headphones, earbuds and gaming headsets in my life, I'm always interested in the next or the latest and greatest. The Sony MDR-DS6500 Headphones come bundled in the easily largest box I've ever seen for a product of its kind. Fitting, since it promises a big experience within its capabilities. With 20 hours of battery life from a single charge, and the promise of a 3D 7.1 Surround Sound Experience, this promises to be a new welcome part of your audio experience. Come check it out.
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So, you’ve just invested in one of the most popular streaming media players on the market – a Roku. You’ve followed the instructions and your shiny new black box is working like a charm. Great! But how about taking its capabilities up a notch? You’re in luck! Here are five handy tips and tricks to turbocharge your Roku entertainment experience.
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I watched ‘Fat, sick, and Nearly Dead’ the other day. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from it. I really thought it was something similar to the ‘SuperSize Me’ documentary that had everyone running away from McDonalds.
Turns out, I couldn’t have watched a more timely documentary. This month on Shelly’s Friday Favourites I’ve been talking about smoothies and juicing, and I don’t think you could find more information about the health benefits of juicing anywhere else. I’ve been researching the topic and looking at recipes all month, but that documentary really demonstrated how you could turn your life around with juicing.
As you are no doubt well aware, these days the vast majority of us store our music libraries digitally. True, some of us still have dozens of CD’s that do little more than take up room and collect dust on our shelves – I mean, c’mon, when am I ever going to listen to Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping" ever again? But when it comes to cranking the tunes, we turn to our smartphones, tablets, and computers. Streaming music through these devices is commonplace, and as such, has opened the market doors for a plethora of wireless speakers.
Unfortunately, devices that use Sonos or Airplay can be quite expensive; however, those that use Bluetooth, which comes integrated into virtually every modern tablet, phone, and computer, are much more affordable, and even better, aren’t platform-specific. I recently had an opportunity to test the Rocketfish Bluetooth Indoor/Outdoor Speaker, and have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.
When I was a kid, I never sat on the couch. I mean ever. We were too busy running around the neighborhood, exploring the park or playground, and playing with our friends. Sure, we had TV time, but I can’t say my parents ever gave a thought to our activity levels or wondered how much running around we did during the day. When the opportunity presented itself, we ran. It was as simple as that.
It’s safe to say that times have changed, and as far as a kid’s activity level, not in a good way. With tablets, computers, game consoles, and TV providing so many fun distractions, it’s really hard for anyone, least of all a kid, to drag themselves away and go exercise.
The NFL Playoffs are in full swing, which means one thing – it’s time to bust out your favourite team’s colours and start planning an epic Super Bowl shindig. But outside of preparing the traditional batch of chili and stocking the fridge with enough beer to get you through all four quarters, what else can you do to make your party the biggest hit of the season? Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Who doesn’t love a smoothie? You see them everywhere you look these days – at the local food court of the mall, in the drive through as a ‘healthy’ option for lunch or breakfast, and on the menu at your favourite restaurant. But those types of smoothies don’t a really smoothie make if you know what I mean.
Most smoothies on menus have a load of sugar, frozen yogurt or ice cream, and practically no fresh fruit at all. You can add an extra shot of wheatgrass or kale, but that will probably end up being the most nutritious thing in the entire drink.
For the vast majority, the New Year comes with a hangover and a laundry list of resolutions. Year after year, we place unrealistic expectations on ourselves to lose weight, embrace kale, and get fit, only to beat ourselves up two weeks into January when we fall off the proverbial wagon. It goes without saying that keeping resolutions can be tough – especially when a lifestyle change is involved. But this year, rather than accepting defeat, buck the trend and resolve to stick to your resolutions! Here are some tips to keep you motivated to achieve your health and fitness goals.
Parrot Zik Headphones have been deemed some of the most advanced, most functional headphones on the planet. Featuring full touch functionality, easy setup, built in microphones to answer phone calls and a simple yet sleek look, the Parrot Zik is attempting to enter a class of its own in everyday headphone use, albeit at a higher price point for headphones. Is it worth the price though? Click below to read a review of this unique pair of headphones.
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This year’s CES is over today and it has been a great showcase for TV, Smartphone, tablet, computer, and a myriad of other technologies. With all this technology, the irony is that Apple did not launch anything, Google was not exhibiting, and Microsoft can’t be found on the show room floor either. Although these heavy hitters aren’t there, a lot of other major players did use the opportunity to introduce new product lines. CES is also a great opportunity to launch novelty products and prototypes of all sorts. I found some over-the-top innovations and have to wonder if they will ever trickle down to the everyday consumer.
With juice bars popping up on almost as many corners as coffee shops, there aren’t many people who haven’t at least heard of smoothies. In our busy world, where sometimes it can be hard to even get to eat 3 meals a day, getting the required amount of fruit and vegetables on a daily basis is almost as impossible as getting 8 hours of sleep a night.
But to stay healthy, it’s important to at least attempt to meet the food group requirements, and there’s no better way to do that than to grab your blender, add a bunch of fruit and veggies, and drink a portion of your daily requirements in one sitting.
A friend of mine received a BlendTec blender for Christmas this year, and after going over to her place and seeing it on the counter, I had to ask her if she had any idea of all the cool things that this particular blender could do. After all, BlendTek blenders are known as the ‘blenders that takes blending more seriously.’
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