Review: KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer [VIDEO]

by Blogger on ‎06-25-2016 02:22 PM - last edited on ‎06-28-2016 11:28 AM by Editor in Chief


I love to bake, and have since my high school Home Economics teacher introduced me to scones many moons ago. However, I absolutely hate blending with a handheld mixer. I find it annoying, messy, and strangely painful. Needless to say, I’ve been coveting a KitchenAid Stand Mixer for as long as I can remember, but have never taken the plunge to add one to my arsenal of kitchen appliances. So, as you can imagine, I was beyond excited to take the newly released KitchenAid Artisan Mini for a test drive …



It's raining raspberries on Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger ‎06-24-2016 12:10 PM - edited ‎06-24-2016 12:14 PM

wild rasperries copy 2.jpgI was pretty excited to find raspberries on my property, and after I picked two full buckets, I was on the hunt for what to do with them. Luckily I have a party planned for my son this weekend, so I dug up some kid-friendly raspberry recipes you should definitely try.



The Best Free Cooking Apps to Turn You into a Pro in the Kitchen

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2016 12:40 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2016 01:35 PM by Blogger



When Pinterest came out, I was fascinated by the beautiful recipes. However, while their dishes are pretty to look at, there is no way I could replicate them without food styling. That’s why I’ve almost abandoned Pinterest and have started using apps again: following one cooking influencer is much simpler than doing a random Google/Pinterest search. Here are two free apps to turn you into a culinary pro.


3.jpgIf you've ever peeked through the peephole on your front door and wondered who was ringing your doorbell and what they wanted, you need to take a look at my video and review of the August Doorbell Camera. It's easy to install, and when someone rings your doorbell, it will alert you and you can communicate with them via your phone from wherever you are.


How to properly store food in a refrigerator’s humidity drawer

by Blogger on ‎06-13-2016 02:31 AM - last edited on ‎06-13-2016 07:33 AM by Blogger

How to use a humidity drawer.jpgWhat's the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the words "humidity drawer"? If you're like me, the answer might be, "Oh, that's what those things are called!" Humidity drawers, or crispers (because they keep your produce nice and crisp!) are the the drawers at the bottom of your fridge. They're a nice place to store miscellaneous produce for most of us, but if used correctly, they can extend the life of your produce and keep everything in tip-top shape for as long as possible.



What Kind of Computer Suits Your Lifestyle?

by Blogger ‎06-10-2016 01:33 AM - edited ‎06-10-2016 01:35 AM


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If you've recently been pondering the possible acquisition of a brand new computer, perhaps you've already considered your needs and determined exactly what type of system best suits your lifestyle. For the rest of us, today's blog attempts to help answer the question. If this sounds like you, join me inside for a detailed look at 3 computing categories & what you need to consider to make a happy decision.



Is your Dad attached to his favourite couch and doesn't seem to want to leave it? I have 10 Father's Day gifts that will make him change his mind, and they're so fun you can enjoy them with him too.


5 Father's Day Gifts to Encourage Dad to Get the Family Together More

by Blogger on ‎06-03-2016 01:09 PM - last edited on ‎06-03-2016 05:03 PM by Editor in Chief


With Father's Day well on its way, today we consider a few great gifts to encourage Dad to get the family together more often. If you'd like to give Dad a few good excuses for having more family gatherings, then click the link and let's get started.


Add some grilled seafood to your weekend BBQ: Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎06-03-2016 11:41 AM - last edited on ‎06-03-2016 05:07 PM by Editor in Chief

GrilledSeafoodSalad18-thumb-596x350-350832.jpgIf you've already run through your favourite backyard BBQ steak, burger, and hot dog recipes, it's time to spice things up a bit. Fresh seafood is amazing on the grill, and I've got 3 great recipes you can try this weekend.


Review: Braun Multiquick 7 lets you squeeze for speed

by Blogger on ‎06-02-2016 05:59 PM - last edited on ‎06-17-2016 12:51 PM by Editor in Chief

9053263109C6405C3FA44FDF9EBAFE51.jpgThe Braun Multiquick 7 is a multi-purpose immersion blender that's so handy, I know I'd use it every single day. Here's my review of this very useful immersion blender.


Man Sculpting: How to Grow and Maintain a Beard

by Blogger on ‎05-31-2016 11:05 PM - last edited on ‎06-01-2016 08:40 AM by Editor in Chief


There are many different types of beards a man may choose to grow, but one thing they all have in common is the need for a certain amount of care and maintenance. Even if you just want to grow a wild mess of facial hair with no particular style, there are certain things you need to do to keep it (and your skin) as healthy as possible. Today we examine a few of these steps. Click through to take a look.


How to clean a fridge (& how often)

by Blogger on ‎05-31-2016 04:46 PM - last edited on ‎06-02-2016 09:46 AM by Editor in Chief


Our refrigerators are where we keep all our perishable food, so it makes sense that they should be kept clean and tidy so food stays fresh and free of bacteria. But do you know how you should clean your fridge and how often? If not, don’t worry, because that’s exactly what I’m here to tell you.


What's new at Best Buy for June?

by Blogger on ‎05-31-2016 11:14 AM - last edited on ‎05-31-2016 04:49 PM by Editor in Chief


Welcome June! It's time to round up what's new at Best Buy this month, and there's a lot of great stuff that's just been added.


What temperature should your fridge and freezer be?

by Blogger on ‎05-30-2016 10:44 PM - last edited on ‎06-07-2016 12:35 PM by Editor in Chief


Refrigerators and freezers are made to serve one purpose, and that is to keep our food cold or frozen. This might sound simple enough, but if you’ve ever unwittingly poured chunky milk into your morning coffee or cereal, or been met with a crisper full of frozen vegetables when you’re about to whip up a delicious dinner, you know that keeping the right temperature in your fridge is the difference between enjoying your food and wasting your food. That’s why I’m here to tell you at exactly what temperature your fridge and freezer should be kept.



10 seriously cool dad gifts

by Blogger on ‎05-27-2016 06:17 PM - last edited on ‎05-31-2016 02:05 PM by Editor in Chief

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With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re gonna get pops. Here are 10 great gift ideas for every dad out there!


Review: clean water is seconds away with the Aquasana Powered Water Filtration System

by Blogger on ‎05-25-2016 06:00 PM - last edited on ‎05-26-2016 01:50 PM by Editor in Chief

aquasana-powered-water-filtration.jpgBefore the Aquasana Powered Water Filtration System, I had tried a few pitcher water filters. They tend to be on the slow side when they work, and because my well water is yellow and smelly, I don't think they'd be powerful enough to clean this water. With Aquasana, I had fresh, clean water in seconds, and it really does taste great.


How to Prepare Your Face Before Shaving

by Blogger on ‎05-25-2016 11:42 AM - last edited on ‎05-31-2016 02:07 PM by Editor in Chief


If you're a long time shaver, you probably already know how to prepare your face before shaving. Even so, there may be a few tips that you aren't yet fully aware of. I've personally been shaving for nearly 25 years, and recently I learned a few things that were completely new to me. I haven't quite decided whether or not I'm going to try all of them, but I do want to share them with you. This way you can choose to incorporate them, or not, into your daily (or otherwise) shaving routine. Read on for all the tips!


Great gear for backpacking light

by Blogger on ‎05-20-2016 10:15 AM - last edited on ‎06-02-2016 01:04 PM by Editor in Chief


The trails are open and it's backpack season again. Can't wait to get out there? Don't worry, you don't have to load up on a lot of big gear to enjoy a weekend of backpacking. Here are a few things you can take along that are lightweight, multi-purpose, and will help you really enjoy a night or two in the great outdoors.


How to Choose Between an Electric Or Manual Razor

by Blogger on ‎05-19-2016 01:05 AM - last edited on ‎05-31-2016 02:08 PM by Editor in Chief


Whether you're new to shaving, or have only ever experienced one method or the other of clearing the facial forest, it may well be the case that you haven't yet landed on either side of the great shaving debate regarding how to choose between an electric or a manual razor. Either way, today we tackle this—the most manly of topics, in an attempt to learn something new. Read on!





It's camping season, and if you find the prospect of buying all of the camping gear you need a bit overwhelming, you're going to love these 5 camping bundles. They've got everything you need to pack and up and hit the great outdoors.


Cool off with icebox cakes: Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger ‎05-13-2016 11:59 AM - edited ‎05-13-2016 12:04 PM

icebox cakes.jpgIt feels like its turned into sunscreen and flipflop weather practically overnight, and with temps predicted to rise over the weekend, I've had to get creative in the baking department. Thankfully I don't have to turn on my oven to create a great dessert. Icebox cakes are a no-bake treat that's been around since World War I, and here are three delicious, classic recipes you can try yourself this weekend.


Top 5 Tips to Maintain Your Electric Razor

by Blogger on ‎05-12-2016 11:00 AM - last edited on ‎05-31-2016 02:09 PM by Editor in Chief


Today we take a look at the top 5 tips to maintain your electric razor. While this may not exactly be official, it's got some very useful maintenance "Dos" that should help to prolong the useful life of your trusty shaving tool. Cick on through to start treating your shaver right!


Light and easy BBQ'ing

by Blogger on ‎05-09-2016 04:22 PM - last edited on ‎05-10-2016 10:41 AM by Blogger


I can hardly believe how much I have been BBQ'ing already this year. I'm mostly excited about it because dinners just seem so much easier when I BBQ. There are some great light and easy meals to make on the grill, and with the right accessories, BBQ'ing will be that much easier. Read on for some great accessories perfect to have on hand for patio entertaining.


Summer-ready recliners, accent chairs & ottomans

by Blogger on ‎05-09-2016 07:52 AM - last edited on ‎05-11-2016 04:31 PM by Editor in Chief

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Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, and I'm sure most of you are well into a good spring cleaning. Along with a good clean, now is a great time to think about adding some accent pieces to your living space in the form of a recliner, ottoman or accent chair. Read on to see some great styles to suit your living area.


Review: enjoy a clean, fresh breeze with Dyson Pure Cool Link

by Blogger on ‎05-08-2016 08:58 PM - last edited on ‎05-11-2016 04:31 PM by Editor in Chief

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It's hard to believe, but the air pollution in your house can be much, much worse than the air pollution outside of your home. Some air purifiers will remove these particles, but the Dyson Pure Cool Link goes even further. It removes up to 99.97% of the pollutants in your home and does so while directing a cool stream of fresh, clean air wherever you want it.


How to Choose Between a Rotary Or Foil Shaver

by Blogger on ‎05-07-2016 11:21 PM - last edited on ‎05-31-2016 02:09 PM by Editor in Chief

Shavers.jpgIf you're thinking of getting a new electronic shaver, whether for yourself or someone else—perhaps Dad (with Father's Day on the horizon), then join me today for a look at how to choose between rotary and foil shavers. Click on through for some helpful info on these 2 vastly different shaving implements. It may just shave your bacon!


Bring in spring with berry pies and tarts: Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎05-06-2016 10:31 AM - last edited on ‎05-06-2016 01:45 PM by Editor in Chief

strawberry season.jpgIt's the time of year when berries are everywhere, and if you plan on having a surplus over the next few months, here are a few berry pie and tart recipes you can use to make the most of berry season.


6 Outdoor Furniture picks to welcome Summer

by Blogger on ‎05-05-2016 04:20 PM - last edited on ‎05-11-2016 01:58 PM by Editor in Chief

Patio-Furniture.jpgI don’t know about you, but as soon as summer hits, I spend as much time outside as possible. In fact, this year I have big plans to turn my balcony into an outdoor oasis so I can do everything from read, eat, and work while basking in glorious sunshine. Given that summer is right around the corner, now’s the perfect time for you to do the same. So to help you create an enviable outdoor space and welcome summer, I’ve put together a list of what I think are six great outdoor furniture options.



Cool new gear for summer camping

by Blogger on ‎05-02-2016 12:44 PM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 02:12 PM by Editor in Chief

cut camping tent copy.jpegGearing up for camping season is one of my favourite times of the year.  I love planning for a host of summer excursions to the great outdoors. Whether you need a new tent, or just some lighting for your site, or even some portable wine glasses for a bit of a 'glamping' touch, we've got some fun new gear for your excursions this summer.


What's new at Best Buy for May?

by Blogger on ‎05-02-2016 12:36 PM - last edited on ‎05-09-2016 03:54 PM by Community Manager

images.jpgApril showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. Besides flowers, May also brings with it a lot of great stuff to the shelves of Best Buy. Here's a sneak peek at what's new for May.


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