motorola-scout-100.jpgShe’s cute isn’t she? Polly is a dachshund/Chihuahua cross, also known as a Doxie. Polly's safety is the reason why I was pretty excited to test out the Motorola Scout Trainer 100. After using it for a few weeks, I’m pretty sure busy pet owners are going to like it over traditional training classes. Why? In a nutshell, it works.

 

 

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The Fisher Price Story

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2014 07:57 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 02:13 PM by Editor in Chief

dr-doodle.jpgLaunching a new business venture in the shadows of the Great Depression – the longest, deepest, and most widespread global economic downturn of the 20th century – might sound to some like a recipe for disaster. But that’s exactly what three entrepreneurs did when they joined forces to create Fisher-Price Toys in 1930. From its humble beginnings in an A-frame concrete house that was turned into its manufacturing headquarters to a multi-billion dollar organization, Fisher-Price has not only withstood the test of time, but has become the largest, most trusted, and most recognized name in infant and preschool toys.

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What I learned about crafts and my marriage while testing the Cricut Explore

by Blogger on ‎11-21-2014 09:33 AM - last edited on ‎11-21-2014 05:03 PM by Editor in Chief

crafts.jpgLet me set the scene for you. It’s 8 pm and I get home after a long day chasing small people to see the Cricut Explore has just been delivered to my house. I’ve been asked to test it out and write up a review, and I’ve been looking forward to it because I’ve never tried a Cricut before. Little did I know that my husband and I would be fighting over it and in 5 short days I'd be completely hooked. Read on and find out why everyone needs a Cricut Explore.

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Gift ideas for Games Rooms

by Blogger ‎11-19-2014 03:45 PM - edited ‎11-20-2014 07:31 AM

board-games.jpgHaving one or two games in a games room is great, but it’s the extras that convert a spot where you play darts or Ping-Pong into the perfect hang out for the guys or the entire family, and these games room extras make the perfect gifts to put under the tree. With the holidays right around the corner, here are some great gifts for games rooms.

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Gifts for the Fitness Enthusiast

by Blogger on ‎11-11-2014 08:19 PM - last edited on ‎11-13-2014 04:29 PM by Editor in Chief

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Walk into any convenience, grocery, or drug store and you’ll find no shortage of magazines whose covers feature scantily clad models and celebrities showcasing their rock-hard, oiled up abs alongside a headline that reads something like: “To get this body, all I did was drink more water and cut out sugar!” Well I’m calling <insert expletive> on that. Being fit takes work. Hard work. And it’s not necessarily all about obtaining those elusive abs. It’s about being healthy. And that’s why, to me, there is a wide range of “fitness enthusiasts” out there. So, at the risk of offending the people in my life, I’ve created a list of “fitness enthusiast types” and what gift might be a hit for them under the Christmas tree this year.

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Review: The iSmartAlarm is an easy and effective alternative to Home Alarm systems

by Blogger on ‎11-10-2014 12:00 PM - last edited on ‎11-10-2014 01:07 PM by Editor in Chief

iSmartAlarmkit.jpgMany people I know have mentioned their fear of break-ins or theft—especially my friends with rental homes. But there's not much they can do outside of placing a broomstick in the sliding door, or hoping the deadbolts on their doors hold: they're not allowed to have an alarm installed. Nor would they want to permanently install a device in a place in which they will only be residing temporarily. There's a great solution to this problem now! The iSmartAlarm is a portable, yet powerful device that acts as a great theft deterrent using nothing more than a couple portable pieces of hardware, your wireless network and your smartphones.  I just had a chance to test it so click below to check out my review

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Game Room Essentials – How to Play Ping Pong

by Blogger on ‎10-30-2014 09:19 PM - last edited on ‎10-31-2014 02:23 PM by Editor in Chief

ping.jpgPing Pong, or as my dad likes to call it “gnip gnop” (pronounced “geh-nip geh-nop”), wasn’t invented in China, as many believe, but came into being in the late 1880s in England when a group of upper class Victorian gentlemen created a version of tennis they could play indoors as a way to relax after dinner. At that time, the tools used to play the game were everyday objects, such as a line of books as a net, a champagne cork as a ball, and a cigar box lid as a racket.

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Knives 101 - Different Knives for Different Uses

by Blogger on ‎10-29-2014 03:31 PM - last edited on ‎11-19-2014 08:33 AM by Editor in Chief

knives.jpgA few days ago I went grocery shopping, and as I was paying, the cashier asked me if I was collecting stamps. “Stamps for what?” I asked. “Stamps for new knives” she enthusiastically replied. To be honest, I’d never really given much thought to knives before. I mean, I have a set that I got when I first moved out many moons ago, but I took my stamp and went on my merry way. Later, I was flipping through the knife brochure that came with my stamp and after about page 6, I started thinking – why are there so many different types? What knife is for what? Do you really need 18 or will two do? As it turns out, you do! Here’s a breakdown of what makes one knife different from another.

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Game Room Essentials - How To Play Darts

by Blogger on ‎10-29-2014 10:08 AM - last edited on ‎11-06-2014 05:46 PM by Editor in Chief

how-to-play-darts.jpgDid the game of darts start from sheer boredom? One of the most popular beliefs surrounding the game darts is that it was created by a warrior who, bored and trying to kill time between battles, decided he’d throw short spears at a slice of tree. The natural rings in the tree served as the markings on the first ever dartboard, and since then millions of people worldwide have played. If you've never played or you want to learn a new game or two, read on to learn how to play darts.

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ZWILLING Henckels gives a chef's touch

by Blogger on ‎10-24-2014 03:01 AM - last edited on ‎11-24-2014 12:50 PM by Editor in Chief

ZWilling_henckel-Prime_frypan.jpgAdding a few exceptional knives and pans to your kitchen can make all the difference in your kitchen. Using guidelines from my chef friend,  I checked out the ZWILLING Henckels Professional “S” collection and the new frying pan. I was impressed with their quality and performance.

 

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Review: Wagan Tech’s IonBoost V8 – Charges up Everything!

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2014 05:45 PM - last edited on ‎10-22-2014 09:54 AM by Editor in Chief

 

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If you have ever been stranded in a car that won’t start, it is at that moment that you regret never having invested in jumper cables. Well, forget the jumper cables and get a Wagan Tech IonBoost V8 instead. I was just sent this to review and believe me it is an amazing unit. Not only will it start your car in those stranded situations it has the versatility to keep your cell phone, tablet, and laptop charged up, not to mention a myriad of other devices. Read my review to learn all about it.

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Frigidaire Laundry – We’ve Come a Long Way Baby

by Blogger on ‎10-18-2014 04:51 PM - last edited on ‎10-20-2014 08:26 AM by Editor in Chief

first-washer.jpgLet’s face it, laundry isn’t a whole lot of fun. It’s certainly not how I like to spend my evenings, I can tell you that much. I mean, there are just so many steps! You’ve got to sort your clothes, lug them to the machine, put them in, press a button, wait … take them out, put them in another machine, press another button, and then wait some more before you take them out and fold them. It’s excruciating. It’s also pretty sad that I’m not alone in my disdain for laundry, especially when you consider the fact that electric washers and dryers as we know them today, like those from consumer appliance giant Frigidaire, have only been around for about 100 years.

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Make your room new again

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2014 08:47 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 02:37 PM by Editor in Chief

Monarch Rectangular Cheval Mirror.jpgRevitalizing a tired room can be as simple as adding some colour, creating an accent area or simply re-arranging your furniture. By following some suggestions from the pros, I recently did a mini makeover of tired rooms that didn't blow the budget or stress me out.

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New to Best Buy - Vizio M-Series HDTV's

by Blogger ‎09-29-2014 07:47 PM - edited ‎09-30-2014 09:13 AM

VIZIO-1.jpgWhen it comes to TVs, there are a few brands that stand out from the pack – Sony, Samsung, LG, and Panasonic, to name a few. But have you heard of VIZIO? If you have, great! If not, you’re not alone. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on your radar – especially now that their all-new M-Series Smart TVs are available at Best Buy.

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CookoowatchappMain.PNGWe all hold Kickstarter and crowdfunding in such dear light, and one of the early successes of the model was the Cookoo Smartwatch.  Unfortunately, the first watch left a few things to be desired.  A few months later, the second generation is out, adding a lot of the missing pieces from the first and more (like better water resistance) while keeping it all at an afforable price.  Come check out how this watch stacks up!

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Love tiny houses? Here's how to stock your tiny kitchen

by Blogger on ‎09-20-2014 03:17 PM - last edited on ‎09-22-2014 12:58 PM by Editor in Chief

tiny-house-appliances.jpgThe Tiny Home movement has been building up for a few years now. When I first heard of tiny homes I immediately downloaded the catalog and was in love with the simple, small designs. It might not be do-able if you have 4 kids (and all of their stuff) under your roof, but these cute, quirky homes are perfect for a single person, small family, or seniors who want to live independently.

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All you need to cook the perfect turkey

by Blogger on ‎09-18-2014 08:34 AM - last edited on ‎11-13-2014 10:56 AM by Editor in Chief

Carving_a_Thanksgiving_Turkey.jpgCooking the perfect turkey isn’t as difficult as it used to be. Instead of cooking all day, the average turkey only needs 3 or 4 hours in a good oven. You don’t need to be an expert chef to cook one either: I cook a medium sized turkey for my family of 6 every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, so it’s a meal that anyone can prepare, even for a Sunday dinner. Just follow these step-by-step instructions on how to cook the perfect turkey:

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Buying the Perfect Cookware Set

by Blogger on ‎09-15-2014 12:10 AM - last edited on ‎09-15-2014 02:42 PM by Editor in Chief

stainless steel cookware 2.jpgBring out your inner chef by finding the perfect cookware set!

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Creating the perfect table setting

by Blogger on ‎09-12-2014 03:10 PM - last edited on ‎09-15-2014 03:26 PM by Editor in Chief

Perfect_Dinner_Plate.jpgThe upcoming holiday season puts a focus on entertainment and creating a beautiful table setting. Learn what you need, how to set it up and the best etiquette at your newly decorated table.

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You have to try these fun ways to use appliances

by Blogger on ‎09-10-2014 06:33 PM - last edited on ‎09-11-2014 02:41 PM by Editor in Chief

warming-plates.jpgSurfing online one day, I stumbled across a site that suggested a ton of different ways to use appliances. I thought I had a trick or two up my sleeve until I read through, and I was blown away by the different, fun ways to use both the big and small appliances in my house. Try a few of these just for fun – some of them are so amazing you’ll probably make them part of your weekly routine.

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Add some homemade salsa to everything - Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎09-05-2014 01:30 PM - last edited on ‎09-05-2014 02:23 PM by Editor in Chief

salsa.jpgThere’s a bumper crop of tomatoes out there right now, and they’re just begging to be chopped up into salsa. Check out my recipe, make your own homemade salsa, and add it to BBQ chicken or fish, plain rice, and anything that needs to be spiced up. A good rule of thumb is to take a look at what you’re about to eat and ask yourself, “Would salsa be good with this?” The answer is always yes, yes it would.

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Gear essentials for back to school

by Blogger on ‎09-04-2014 09:22 AM - last edited on ‎09-04-2014 11:31 AM by Editor in Chief

gear.JPGDon’t know what you child needs this September? Here are some gear essentials that will make sure your child is prepared for back to school! I have even picked out my favourite from each list! Take a look and tell me if you agree with my selections.

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Kitchen Gadgets for Healthy Eating

by Blogger on ‎09-03-2014 09:44 PM - last edited on ‎09-08-2014 05:06 PM by Editor in Chief

salad spinner.jpgEating healthy is always easier said than done, but investing in some of these kitchen gadgets will save you time and energy! 

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Ovens 101 - Oven shopping made easy

by Blogger on ‎09-03-2014 05:13 PM - last edited on ‎09-05-2014 09:57 AM by Editor in Chief

ovens101.jpgWhen it comes to buying a new appliance like a range, most people fall into one of two camps – you either love weighing the pros and cons of the latest and greatest makes and models and enjoy imagining how they'd fit in your kitchen, or you’re reluctant to even begin shopping because you’re overwhelmed by the choices. But if you take all of the range options and break down the choices into simple sections, shopping becomes fun and easy.

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Do you want to have fun with chocolate?

by Blogger on ‎09-02-2014 10:56 PM - last edited on ‎09-10-2014 11:21 AM by Editor in Chief

chocolate.jpgBack to school means packed lunches, bake sales and class parties. With a busy fall schedule, baking is a fun way to spend time with your kids. Bond over chocolate and give your kids some added sweetness to their days.

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5 Kitchen Gadgets You Can't Live Without

by Blogger on ‎08-30-2014 03:00 PM - last edited on ‎09-03-2014 04:34 PM by Editor in Chief

mother-and-son-cooking-together.jpgWhat makes up a well-stocked kitchen? I’d have to say it depends the person cooking in it. Although we all have our favourite must-use kitchen gadgets, some people like to use kitchen tools every day that other people may never have heard of. But out of the plethora of cool kitchen gadgets available, there are a few gadgets I think we can all universally agree are absolutely essential to a happy, well-run kitchen.

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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.

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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.

 

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Office Desks to Increase Productivity

by Blogger on ‎08-12-2014 08:39 PM - last edited on ‎11-06-2014 09:51 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. 

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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. 

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