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.



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 ‎01-30-2015 03:08 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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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. 


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.



Review: Get crystal clear cordless technology with Clarity phones

by Blogger on ‎12-26-2014 10:54 AM - last edited on ‎12-29-2014 04:48 PM by Editor in Chief

landline-corded-phone.jpegBecause cell phones aren’t designed to overcome issues like loud households or for people who can’t hear or see as well as they used to, you need a corded or cordless phone designed to be loud, clear, and have zero interference, and that’s where Clarity phones come in.


Here's why I can't wait for Boxing Day this year

by Blogger on ‎12-23-2014 10:55 PM - last edited on ‎12-24-2014 10:08 AM by Editor in Chief

boxing-day-tag.jpgI’m glad Boxing Day sales have changed over the years. I used to miss out on some great deals because I didn’t want to go shopping on Boxing Day itself, but now sales are extended to a full week instead of just one day. I can even shop online from the comfort of my computer and still pick up some amazing Boxing Day or Boxing Week deals. Here is what’s on my Boxing Day wish list this year.




Review: Netatmo Weather Station

by Blogger ‎12-17-2014 08:09 AM - edited ‎12-17-2014 08:10 AM

Netamo_wearther_station.jpgWhether good or bad, the weather is the one thing we all have in common. Probably why we talk about it so often. The Netatmo Weather Station bills itself as the the first personal weather station. It lets you monitor temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, air quality and even noise from your phone, tablet or computer.


Best Hot Beverage appliances, as rated by Best Buy customers

by Blogger on ‎12-08-2014 08:45 PM - last edited on ‎12-10-2014 11:31 AM by Editor in Chief

keurig.jpgI rely on reviews for all small kitchen appliances I buy, and that includes one of my most important small kitchen appliances - the coffee maker! I can’t imagine not having a decent coffee maker in the house, and I rely on mine to kick start my day, every day. I’m also a fan of a good, hot cup of tea and any other hot beverage you put in front of me. Judging from the feedback and ratings on these products from other Best Buy customers, I’m not the only one who loves hot beverages. Here are a few of the top hot beverage makers on right now, as rated by Best Buy customers:


Light up your life (and home!) with Belkin's new WeMo Smart Lighting system

by Blogger on ‎11-28-2014 02:01 PM - last edited on ‎11-28-2014 02:26 PM by Editor in Chief

wemo.JPGFor the past couple of years, Belkin has been slowly but surely growing their line of WeMo products.  The Smart Lighting system is a new addition to the mix, and is a little different than the others.  While most WeMo products communicate directly with the app, the bulbs communicate through a centralized plugged in cube (called the "Link") and works from there.  It's way easier to set up than it sounds, and it's now available at Best Buy.  Come check it out!


Great gifts for kids and teens

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2014 06:02 PM - last edited on ‎11-28-2014 11:36 AM by Editor in Chief

Great-gifts-for-kids-teens.jpgThis year, there are so many cool gifts for kids and teens that even I’m having a hard time choosing. If you need some ideas, look no further because here are just a few of the great gifts online at right now.


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.




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.


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.


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

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


ZWILLING Henckels gives a chef's touch

by Blogger on ‎10-24-2014 03:01 AM - last edited on ‎12-17-2014 10:30 AM 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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