Shelly's Friday Favourites - Planning a Christmas Cookie Exchange

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2015 01:27 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2015 03:49 PM by Editor in Chief

melted-snowman-cookies.jpgThis week on Shelly's Friday Favourites: a guest post! I'm Erin, and most of my articles are about home theatre and televisions, but today Shelly asked me to write about an event I participate in each year: a Cookie Exchange. 


Best gifts of 2015: Fitness accessories

by Blogger on ‎11-18-2015 11:01 PM

Presents.pngLast weekend I received invitations to my first three holidays parties, and as I put those parties in my calendar I realized that Christmas is only five weeks away. Five weeks! Five weeks to do all decorating, baking, dieting to fit into that dress I bought two months ago, and of course, shopping. But it’s all doable. Especially with this handy list of fantastic fitness accessories anyone would be happy to receive this year.


yonanas-dessert-maker-review.jpgThe word ‘dessert’ usually isn’t synonymous with the word ‘healthy’, but you get the best of both when you make your dessert with the Yonanas Dessert Maker. It whips up delicious soft serve from frozen fruit with no extra sugar or preservatives.


Breville.jpgIf you’ve ever tried to make homemade risotto, you know that to achieve the right consistency, you need to stir almost constantly for 20 or more minutes–time that could be better spent prepping other parts of your meal, or sipping a glass of wine and flipping through a magazine. That’s where the Breville Risotto Plus comes in. Not only does it make perfectly creamy risotto without the need to stir, but it also functions as a rice cooker, steamer, and slow cooker.


Review: the toast will be with you with a Star Wars Darth Vader Toaster

by Blogger on ‎11-04-2015 11:11 AM - last edited on ‎11-04-2015 12:10 PM by Editor in Chief

star-wars-darth-vader-toaster.jpgThere’s a disruption in the force right now and it’s centered smack in the middle of my kitchen. The Star Wars Darth Vader Toaster has arrived to toast my bread and waffles, but is he up to the task?


Best Gifts of 2015 - hottest baby toys of the year

by Blogger on ‎11-03-2015 02:33 PM - last edited on ‎11-05-2015 01:55 PM by Editor in Chief

toys.jpgBaby toys are great because they help baby explore the world around him and all his senses. Most can be tremendously educational. Here are our picks for some of the hottest baby toys of the year.


Canada-Winter.pngI have no idea where this year has gone. I swear only yesterday I was making my New Year’s resolutions, yet today I found myself thinking about snow, cold, blankets, the holidays, and all things associated with winter. Winter! Even though the weather is still pretty mild here on the west coast, now is the time to start thinking about the inevitability of its approach, and making sure you’re prepared for winter emergencies at home and on the road.


playbulb led candle.jpgA power outage doesn't have to mean an end to all of the high-tech fun. Check out some cool gadget ideas for keeping entertained, and connected, during an unfortunate blackout.



Have Huge Halloween Fun, with Apps, Movies, & Music

by Blogger ‎10-16-2015 10:14 AM - edited ‎10-16-2015 10:36 AM

Halloween.jpgHalloween is my favourite time of year. While some might name Christmas or some other special day as their favourite, I have always most enjoyed the scary season. There are so many fun and intriguing elements to Halloween, like the spooky decorations, and the possibility of real ghosts and gobblins—not to mention all the candy! So put out the cat, pull down the shades, and Join me inside as I dare to reveal a few frightfully fun ways to make the most of this one and only evening of fear and fun.


Prepare for a Great Canadian Winter: Stay Safe While Driving

by Blogger on ‎10-14-2015 02:43 PM - last edited on ‎10-15-2015 12:24 PM by Blogger

Best-Buy-Winter-Driving.jpgWinter is coming. That means snow and ice on the roads, longer commutes and potentially treacherous conditions. But that doesn't mean you can't prepare for a safe journey. Here we look at tips and tricks, plus some gadgets, to ensure you're driving safely this winter. 


Prepare for a great Canadian winter: Prepare your tech for a change in the weather

by Blogger on ‎10-12-2015 08:23 PM - last edited on ‎10-18-2015 09:27 AM by Blogger

Canadian-Winter.pngAs Canadians, we’re no strangers to brutal winter weather. From bone chilling ice storms that knock out entire city power grids, to blinding blizzards and torrential downpours, to winds so fierce that merely crossing the street is a test of your core strength, coast to coast, we see it all. So with winter right around the corner, now is the time to prepare your tech for the inevitable change in weather.


canadian-thanksgiving-side-dishes.jpgThe leaves are orange and brown, a chill is in the air, and it’s officially Thanksgiving weekend. If you’ve been dreaming of a big turkey dinner, you’re probably been dreaming of all the amazing side dishes you can whip up too. It’s hard to choose just a few, but here are some of my favourite side dishes for Thanksgiving.


Preparing A Great Canadian Thanksgiving Feast

by Blogger on ‎10-05-2015 10:46 AM - last edited on ‎10-10-2015 07:53 AM by Blogger

Canadian Thanksgiving Feast I don’t know about you, but September seemed to fly by in a week. October has arrived and I’m a little unprepared. To my fellow Canadians, it’s time to get ready for Thanksgiving. Let’s embrace the second week of October with extra TLC, from making the perfect turkey dinner, to bonding around the table, to finding new games that everyone wants to play.


Review: it's worth bringing home Withings smart home devices

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2015 10:17 PM - last edited on ‎10-23-2015 10:05 AM by Community Manager

withings-lineup.jpgWith so many new great products to add onto your list of smart home devices, it's getting harder and harder to choose the best for your home. But there is hope when you're overwhelmed with choice: the Withings smart home lineup includes an amazing HD camera, the smartest scale I've ever seen, and a connected alarm clock I don't want to every have to go to sleep without. Withings smart home products are out-of-the-box amazing, and best of all? They all work through one well designed app.


The simple way to better dental health

by Blogger ‎09-29-2015 02:10 PM - edited ‎09-29-2015 04:53 PM

philps-sonicare.jpgDoes the idea of a dental visit make you cringe? You're not alone: I suffer from dental stress too, but with these toothy tips from my very own dentist, you'll be able to keep your teeth sparkling clean and cavity free.


MiPow PLAYBULB Connected Smart Lighting Review

by Blogger on ‎09-19-2015 11:35 PM - last edited on ‎09-21-2015 10:18 AM by Editor in Chief

playbulb.jpgAdding wireless coloured light to your home is a relatively new concept, with a lot of new players out there. There are the established brands like Philips Hue, which have commanded a premium on the market, partially because they have brand recognition for being first, and partially because they’ve made a great product. MIPOW PLAYBULB is an entrant into the market that offers a lower cost way to put wireless coloured lighting into your space. I have three products that we’re looking at today, read on to see how they fared in my home.


We're crazy for apple recipes on Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎09-18-2015 05:25 PM - last edited on ‎10-29-2015 03:43 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_10302015_APP.jpgI’ve always made apple treats in the fall when the harvest comes in, but this is the first year I was able to pick what I needed from my own apple trees and bake with them. It’s a new and fun experience, and it’s prompted me to make even more apple dishes than I normally would. Everyone who walks in my door is happy when they smell the apples baking, and if you’ve never combined apples and cinnamon or apples and nutmeg in your home, this definitely the year you’ve got to try it. The scent of what you’ve baked lingers long after the pie plate or bowl is empty.



Baby gifts for any budget

by Blogger on ‎09-17-2015 03:26 PM


If you have a new baby on the way in your life, you shouldn’t have to stress about purchasing a baby gift because there are baby gifts to fit any budget. It’s easy to shop on for a baby gift too: you can shop anytime the need strikes, and with new gear on sale every week, you’ll always find something great to fit your budget.



Chill out or warm up with the Dyson Hot+Cool AM09

by Blogger on ‎09-17-2015 11:09 AM - last edited on ‎09-17-2015 11:42 AM by Editor in Chief

Dyson copy.jpgIt’s only September in Canada, but if you live in a house where you’ve got spotty heating, you’re already going to be feeling a little frosty on some mornings. It’s months like these the Dyson Hot+Cool AM09 really shines. It can take a chilly room and turn it cozy for everyone in it, and if the sun decides to beat into your windows, you can flip the switch and enjoy a focused stream of cool air.


Home renovation part 3: living in a tiny house

by Blogger on ‎09-14-2015 05:29 PM - last edited on ‎09-16-2015 10:59 AM by Editor in Chief

home-reno.jpgSix is a crowd in a small house, and now that we're living in a tiny home, I've had to come up with some creative storage solutions to make everything fit. Take a look at some of my tiny home recommendations.


Great games coming out only for Xbox One

by Blogger ‎09-14-2015 01:49 PM - edited ‎09-15-2015 05:17 AM

games2.jpgRecently on the Plug-In Blog we told you about all the incredible Xbox One limited edition consoles coming this fall packing in must-have, exclusive titles. Of course, if you already own an Xbox One, or are picking up a bundle and want to get an extra game or two, Microsoft is offering the best fall line-up in years. Come take a look at the games you'll want to add to your collection!


Home Theatre Month: the 411 on Streaming Devices

by Blogger on ‎09-14-2015 10:55 AM - last edited on ‎09-21-2015 02:23 PM by Editor in Chief

streamers.gifForget live TV. It's all about streaming television these days. But how do you get the awesome streaming content from a service onto your large screen TV? We highlight a few devices that make this super easy.


Shelly's Friday Favourites whips up a DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

by Blogger on ‎09-11-2015 06:55 PM - last edited on ‎09-14-2015 02:59 PM by Editor in Chief

Pumpkin-spice-latte.jpgMaking your own Pumpkin Spice Latte is not hard to do. I’m not sure what the secret ingredients are in a Pumpkin Spice Latte from your favourite coffee shop, but when you make them yourself you can choose what you put into them and what you don’t.


MIMO: The only baby monitor designed to help parents sleep better

by Blogger on ‎09-04-2015 06:24 PM - last edited on ‎09-22-2015 03:36 PM by Editor in Chief

babyclifford.jpgOne of my biggest worries as a new parent was SIDS. Even now, it seems like almost Freddy Krueger-esque. Every time I put my daughter to sleep for the night, the thought that wasn't sleeping or breathing comfortably or properly would always invade my thinking and I'm sure I even dreamt about waking up and checking on her to see that everything was ok (or maybe it wasn't a dream?) Fortunately for new parents now, there's MIMO. The first wearable baby monitor, MIMO syncs up with your smartphone with readouts on baby's status (and alerts when something's up) to give you that peace of mind and help you catch a good night's sleep alongside your little one.


fall-cooking.jpgI love fall: the leaves falling from the trees, the crisp, fresh air, and the Pumpkin Spice Lattes back in the stores. After this long, hot summer we’ve had with very little rain, I was so happy to turn the page to September. The one thing I’ve really been looking forward to is getting back into my cooking routine. We’ve been eating so casually for so long because of our home reno and the heat, I literally can’t wait to make a huge meal. What I’m not interested in is doing a lot of dishes, and that’s why I’ve been sourcing out some great one-pot meals for everyone to try.


Home Renovation Part 2: creating a smart home

by Blogger on ‎09-03-2015 11:36 AM - last edited on ‎09-16-2015 11:00 AM by Editor in Chief

home-reno2.jpgWhen it comes to basic home renovations, I was always told to hope for the best but expect the worst. That may be true when it comes to renovating a kitchen in a 10-year-old house or even doing a major overhaul on a house that’s 20 or 30 years old, but when you decide to crack open a house that’s 100 years old, all you can do is hope for OK and expect a lot of trouble.


5 reasons why muffins are the perfect food for back to school

by Blogger ‎08-29-2015 06:47 PM - edited ‎09-03-2015 05:21 PM

blueberry-muffin.jpgWith the new school year right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about quick and easy snack ideas for those seemingly endless brown bag lunches. But rather than simply tossing in a granola bar and an apple, why not think out of the box and add a delicious, homemade muffin to your kid’s lunch bag? Here are five reasons why muffins are the perfect food for back to school.


What’s new at Best Buy for September?

by Blogger on ‎08-28-2015 11:10 AM - last edited on ‎08-28-2015 11:26 AM by Editor in Chief

Hello-September copy.jpgSeptember: a time of the year when one chapter closes and a new one begins. That’s why there is no better time to take a look and see what’s on the shelves of Best Buy for September!


How I began my farmhouse home renovation: choosing appliances

by Blogger on ‎08-26-2015 10:39 AM - last edited on ‎09-16-2015 11:00 AM by Editor in Chief

home-reno.jpgFor the next few weeks I’ll be talking home renovations, and if you’re about to start renovating an older home or move into a house you plan on changing and you’re wondering how the process works, read on. From the planning stages to tips on turning your home into a smart home, I’ve either been there or am in the process of being there, and what I’ve found is that renovations aren’t as scary when you’ve got someone else’s experiences to compare to.


Shelly's Friday Favourites: 5 Dinner Recipes Using a Muffin Pan

by Blogger on ‎08-21-2015 05:06 PM - last edited on ‎08-22-2015 10:46 AM by Blogger

crunchy taco cupsThe saying goes, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Don’t judge a muffin pan to only make muffins. We’ve posted the most amazing breakfast meals you can make with a muffin pan. Now, it’s time to talk dinner. New ideas can help shake up the menu of the week, plus it’ll make it easier to serve your entire family and any uninvited guests. Here are my five favorite dinner ideas using a muffin pan.


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