Pet hair getting you down? These are the vacuums that can help

by Blogger on ‎02-10-2016 08:50 PM - last edited on ‎02-12-2016 02:50 PM by Editor in Chief

pet vacuum cleaners.jpgI like to keep my house clean, but since bringing 3 more pets into the mix this past year, I find myself overwhelmed with cat toys, chew bones, and a pile of good old fashioned pet hair. If this sounds like you and you're wondering what the best vacuum is for pet hair, read on. I've got three great vacuum cleaner recommendations for pet owners.

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upgrade-appliances.jpgTo upgrade your appliances or not to upgrade, that is the question. At least it has been my question quite a few times, and if it's yours right now, here are some scenarios so you'll know when to upgrade your appliances.

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What's new at Best Buy for February?

by Blogger on ‎02-01-2016 07:45 PM - last edited on ‎02-12-2016 02:50 PM by Editor in Chief

welcome-february.jpgIt's February 1st and you know what that means: it's time for another round up of some of the latest gadgets, computers, and appliances hitting the shelves of Best Buy.

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Simple Cooking Tips for a Special Diet -- Low Fat Cooking

by Blogger on ‎01-28-2016 09:21 PM - last edited on ‎01-29-2016 01:25 PM by Editor in Chief

Low Fat CookingLow-fat, no-fat, healthy fat, too much fat, trans fat-free? “What do you mean?” as my fellow Canadian, Justin Bieber, would say. I conclude my four part series on special diet with low fat cooking or ways to limit the fat intake. 

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Learning New TV Tech: All About HDMI inputs

by Blogger on ‎01-26-2016 12:48 PM - last edited on ‎01-27-2016 12:55 PM by Community Manager

HDMI-Best-Buy.jpgHDMI ports may not be the sexiest topic, but these little guys enable you to connect nearly everything—from your videogame console to streaming device—to your TV, allowing your entertainment centre to expand with one simple cord. Here I will take a closer look at HDMI, how many ports your TV needs and more.

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Cooking Tips for People with Diabetes

by Blogger on ‎01-22-2016 08:00 AM

best worst chicken.jpgDiabetics need to manage their diet to reduce the chance that the blood sugar levels will get too high or too low. Their bodies either don't produce insulin, or can't regulate insulin well, so they need to manually take insulin so their body can properly use sugar. They also need to carefully watch their diet. In this article I'll point out some tips that can help keep sugar levels balanced as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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What kind of vacuum should I buy: upright, canister, or robot?

by Blogger on ‎01-21-2016 06:05 PM - last edited on ‎02-09-2016 01:13 PM by Editor in Chief

how-to-choose-vacuum-cleaner.jpgIf your vacuum cleaner has gasped its last and you're in the market for a new model, here are a few points that can help you decide whether you'll get an upright, canister, or robot vacuum cleaner.

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Simple Cooking Tips For A Special Diet: Lactose Intolerance

by Blogger on ‎01-20-2016 08:34 PM - last edited on ‎01-21-2016 03:50 PM by Editor in Chief

Simple cooking tips for a special diet - Lactose Intolerant"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” I could only imagine, people with lactose intolerance aren’t screaming for joy. It can be quite unpleasant: symptoms can include cramps, diarrhea, and nausea. In this article, I’ll discuss eating tips for those with lactose intolerance. 

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TV Mounting Guide Part 4: The Conclusion

by Blogger on ‎01-20-2016 01:48 PM - last edited on ‎01-22-2016 01:42 PM by Editor in Chief

IMG_20160120_083837.jpgThis guide will provide answers and give you an in-depth look at how Geek Squad can help you mount a TV in your own space. And, it doesn’t matter if you have a brand new Smart TV or an older model (like I do!), this guide works for everyone’s situation. In part 4, we take final look at the entire process and if it’s a worthwhile option for your TV.  

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Keep your New Years resolution to get fit with wearable fitness trackers

by Blogger on ‎01-19-2016 08:01 PM - last edited on ‎01-20-2016 10:52 AM by Editor in Chief

Fitness.jpgIn 2015, the number one New Years resolution in Canada, as tracked by Twitter, was “get in shape,” and based on the massive increase in patrons at my gym over the past two weeks, I’m pretty confident that it’s at the top of the list again for 2016. If you too have resolved to get in shape this year and want to make sure you stick to that resolution, a wearable fitness tracker might just give you the edge you need.

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5 tips to help you prepare for tax season

by Blogger ‎01-07-2016 11:03 AM - edited ‎01-07-2016 11:07 AM

turbo.jpgEveryone's favourite time of year is fast approaching. That's right, it's almost tax time! YAY, soon we'll be up to our elbows in receipts and tax forms! Ok, who am I kidding, nobody likes tax time (except for the government). But, just as that old saying warns, taxes are as inescapable as that other nasty thing. I suppose all one can ever really do then is take the necessary steps to make the process as painless as possible. Depending on your circumstances, this may well involve a whole lot more than 5 specific steps, but, all the same, today I share a list of 5 key tips (with explanations) that everyone should consider (AND DO) as tax time approaches. So click through and read on to check out the list.

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Keep Your New Year's Resolution to Become More Active

by Blogger on ‎01-06-2016 02:04 PM - last edited on ‎01-07-2016 01:47 PM by Editor in Chief

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When making your New Year's Resolutions (let’s face it people: whether you say the word ‘resolution’ or not, it still is), there are things to keep in mind when making them. Here is a list of tips to help you keep that New Year's Resolution to become more active.

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Keep your New Years Resolution for a greener life around the house

by Blogger ‎01-05-2016 04:19 PM - edited ‎01-05-2016 04:19 PM

Green-House.jpgAnother New Year is upon us, and that means that it’s resolution time again. Like the vast majority of people who make resolutions, mine typically revolve around making positive changes to my diet and fitness regimes, and tend to be broken within a matter of weeks. That’s why this year I decided to change things up a bit and have resolved to live a greener life at home. If you want to do the same, here are some simple solutions that will help reduce your carbon footprint and increase your green-factor.

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TV Mounting Guide Part 3: The Installation

by Blogger on ‎01-05-2016 11:31 AM - last edited on ‎01-22-2016 01:42 PM by Editor in Chief

IMG_20160105_115857.jpgThis guide will provide answers and give you an in-depth look at how Geek Squad can help you mount a TV in your own space. And, it doesn’t matter if you have a brand new Smart TV or an older model (like I do!), this guide works for everyone’s situation. In part 3, the Geek Squad arrives for the install! Read the article to find out how it went.

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New Year's Resolution: Be Prepared for Emergencies

by Blogger ‎12-31-2015 02:49 PM - edited ‎01-21-2016 12:28 AM

Untitled-1.jpgEmergencies can happen at any time. Some emergencies are more serious than others, but all emergencies have one thing in common—they all call for action! Whether it's an earthquake (like this week in Vancouver), a major snowstorm, a physical injury, a broken down vehicle, or an untimely power outage, there's no reason in the world why you can't be prepared for it. So, when you're making your 2016 new year's resolutions, why not resolve to be prepared for anything? 

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What I’ve learned about headphones

by Blogger on ‎12-31-2015 10:50 AM - last edited on ‎12-31-2015 11:25 AM by Editor in Chief

Bose.pngIn my five years as a blogger for Best Buy, I’ve reviewed a wide variety of products. From Blu-ray disc players to low-oil fryers, I’ve had a blast testing products and reporting my findings on the Plug-In Blog. But looking back at the past year, there was one product I tested far more than any other–headphones. So I thought I’d answer a few questions that might be on your mind, summarize for you what I learned about the different types of headphones, and share some insights that might prove to be useful to you.

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TV Mounting Guide Part 2: getting a professional estimate

by Blogger on ‎12-29-2015 07:46 AM - last edited on ‎01-22-2016 01:41 PM by Editor in Chief

geek-tv.jpgThis guide will provide answers and give you an in-depth look at how Geek Squad can help you mount a TV in your own space. And, it doesn’t matter if you have a brand new Smart TV or an older model (like I do!), this guide works for everyone’s situation. In part 2, I requested a free in home estimate from geek squad. Read the article to find out what I learned.

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How to Throw the Best New Year's Eve Party

by Blogger on ‎12-24-2015 08:52 AM - last edited on ‎12-24-2015 09:22 AM by Editor in Chief

HNY.JPGHosting a New Year's Eve party and have no idea where to start? Get your plans rolling with these helpful tips and find out what it takes to throw the best New Year's Eve party.

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Teaser.jpegThe New Year is fast approaching, and resolutions are being made left, right, and centre. If you break your resolutions more often than you make them, then maybe it's time for a motivational push this year. Whether you want to eat healthier, trim down, or spend more time with the kids, you can achieve your goals with a plan and some extra effort.

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12 days of Christmas gifts: day 5 is HoMedics

by Blogger on ‎12-16-2015 09:02 PM - last edited on ‎12-17-2015 11:12 AM by Editor in Chief

10229994.jpgOn our 5th day of Christmas gifts, forget about golden rings and instead look no further than the HoMedics product line to find the perfect gifts for all those special people on your list. From foot massagers to portable sound machines, HoMedics is all about health and wellness, which is a gift that really keeps on giving.

 

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Review: De'Longhi MultiFry Low-Oil Fryer & Multicooker

by Blogger on ‎12-08-2015 10:58 PM - last edited on ‎12-09-2015 06:59 AM by Blogger

DeLonghi.jpgWhen I think of the brand name De’Longhi, images of multi-function espresso makers and perfectly frothed cappuccinos immediately come to mind. In fact, until very recently I wasn’t aware of the fact that De’Longhi was such a big player in the small household appliance segment. Of course, that all changed when I was asked to bust out my culinary chops and test the De’Longhi MultiFry Low-Oil Fryer and Multicooker.

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Gifts to create the perfect travel experience

by Blogger on ‎11-30-2015 08:46 AM - last edited on ‎11-30-2015 08:59 AM by Editor in Chief

christmas-at-the-beach (1).jpgNot sure what to give the world traveller on your list this Christmas? Handpicked to inspire you, I’ve created a list of hot gift ideas that help create the perfect travel experience. So whether you’re shopping for a young backpacker or business jetsetter, you’ll be sure to find something for every type of traveller.

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Review: Netatmo Welcome Camera

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2015 04:38 PM

Netatmo camera square.JPGKeeping your home safe and secure has never been easier or more convienient than it is today. It used to be you needed to purchase an expensive system, hire a pricey installation team, and they'd take all day to wire your house. No more. Cameras are now small, sleek, and blend in to any home's decor; like the Netatmo Welcome Camera with facial recognition.

Netatmo makes a popular and well-liked Weather Station, but does the camera measure up to the company's reputation? Find out.

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Best Gifts of 2015: Best Kitchen Gifts for the Foodie

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2015 06:53 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2015 09:19 AM by Editor in Chief

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Tis the season for holiday shopping, not only for yourself but for your friends and family. What do get the person who has everything? Something for the kitchen, perhaps?  Everyone loves to eat—whether they love to cook or not, the kitchen is a place to get their meals.  Not to worry, we have gift ideas for that person who only orders in. 

 

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Review: Netatmo Weather Station

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2015 05:10 PM

rsz_netatmo_weather_square.jpgWeather is one thing that affects each and every one of us every single day, so it makes sense to pay close attention to it.  While you can turn on the TV or the radio or go online, wouldn't it be nice to havea personalized weather data, telling your what's happening outside your very own front door? That's where the Netatmo Weather Station comes in.

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Shelly's Friday Favourites - Planning a Christmas Cookie Exchange

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2015 01:27 PM - last edited on ‎12-01-2015 03:14 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. 

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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.

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Review: Healthy soft serve? It's possible with Yonanas Dessert Makers

by Blogger on ‎11-11-2015 05:16 PM - last edited on ‎02-11-2016 03:13 PM by Editor in Chief

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.

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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.

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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?

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