Dorm Room TVs: Getting the right TV for back to school

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2014 06:10 PM - last edited on ‎07-26-2014 09:43 AM by Blogger


Photo by: Taylor McBride


Heading back to school to hit the books is an exciting but challenging time. Downtime is going to be an important part of your balancing act but your budget is going to be tight. Entertaining at home means having friends over to your dorm room to either watch the game or play the game. Which TV should you choose for your dorm? It all depends on your favourite kickback and relax activity.


Back to school – Don’t leave home without these everyday essentials

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2014 10:31 AM - last edited on ‎07-29-2014 12:28 PM by Editor in Chief

everyday-essentials-for-dorm.jpgIt’s important to break your ‘must haves’ into ‘absolutely pack’ long before you head out the door. For some people the ‘absolutely pack’ includes everything but the kitchen sink, but because I’ve been there and done that, I can definitely share what you can safely leave behind and what is absolutely essential to bring when you’re heading back to school.


Review of the Monster iSport Freedom Headphones

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2014 01:09 AM - last edited on ‎07-24-2014 08:55 AM by Editor in Chief

freedom1.jpgLast November, I had an opportunity to review three different in-ear headphone models from Monster’s iSport line – Strive™, Intensity™, and Victory™. While each had their pros and cons, it was the iSport Victory™ that got my vote for the best of the bunch. In fact, since my review, the Victory™ earbuds have become just as much a staple to my workouts as my overpriced stretchy pants. But to throw a bit of a kink in things, I was just sent the latest in the iSport arsenal – the over-ear, wireless, and Bluetooth-enabled Freedom™ headphones. Would they take the place of my beloved Victory?


Summer sides from the garden to your table - Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎07-18-2014 06:11 PM - last edited on ‎07-21-2014 02:46 PM by Editor in Chief

summer-sides.jpgThe amazing thing about summer vegetables is that you can make a new side dish for dinner every single night. Some of them are so good you may just opt out of a main course and stick to your sides.


Monster SuperStar review: Big sound from a small speaker

by Blogger on ‎07-18-2014 03:05 PM - last edited on ‎07-18-2014 03:31 PM by Editor in Chief



Monster has became synonymous with high quality and high performance audio/video cables that revolutionized consumer audio products. The company has branched out with its SuperStar speaker offering great wireless sound in a compact design.


We put SuperStar through its paces to see how it worked.


Review: Lorex Wireless Security Camera Systems – DIY your own safety!

by Blogger on ‎07-15-2014 07:40 AM - last edited on ‎07-15-2014 12:34 PM by Editor in Chief

Lorex LH04045GC2W System.pngWith so many two-income families at work each day, home security is important. It can even provide safety for families that are at home. Someone tried to break-in to my home while we were asleep, and fortunately I woke up in time and was able to scare him away. That was before I had a security system! A security system is an excellent deterrent as there are so many unprotected homes burglars generally won’t
 risk a protected one. I particularly like camera systems because they not only deter thieves but also vandals who get some sick joy out of destroying property.


I already have a Q-See Surveillance System installed in my house, but recently got a chance to test out a couple of Lorex Wireless Security Surveillance Systems and see how they compare. In fairness, the 2 Lorex packages that I tested out were smaller configurations, but with the same primary function – cameras that can monitor and record activity. All three systems have some significant differences that are worth knowing about.


Fruit Filled Summer Salads - Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎07-11-2014 01:53 PM - last edited on ‎07-11-2014 02:55 PM by Editor in Chief

summer-salads.JPGThe reason summer salads are called 'summer salads' is because they’re chock full of fresh-from-the-garden vegetables. But if you haven’t tried mixing things up and adding a few chunks of fruit, you’re really missing out on a mind-blowing meal.


Keep your pets safe and sound with the Tracker GPS Pet Tracking Device

by Blogger on ‎07-08-2014 05:28 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2014 10:09 AM by Editor in Chief

Tractive-GPS.jpgWith a cat who loves to sprint out the door and a dog in the learning phases of obedience training, I was definitely up to the task of testing out the Tractive GPS Pet Tracking Device. It’s a small, plastic tag that hangs on your cat or dogs collar and it lets you track them via the Tractive website or using an app on your smartphone.


Summer recipes, Canadian style – Shelly’s Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎07-04-2014 05:49 PM - last edited on ‎07-09-2014 12:41 PM by Editor in Chief

canadian_flag_cake.jpgThis past week our country turned 147 years old, and although it’s a relative youngster in terms of countries, (after all, our neighbor to the south is ripe, old 238 today) I think it’s established itself very well. When you think of Canada you think of polite people, wide, open spaces, 4 very definite seasons of weather, and last but not least, hockey.


But let’s not forget that we’re also a culture based on a wide variety of delicious dishes too, and because of those definite weather cycles, there are some uniquely Canadian recipes that are only really available to be made in the summer.


Get cooking with a GE Range

by Blogger on ‎07-04-2014 02:22 PM - last edited on ‎07-04-2014 03:11 PM by Editor in Chief

ge-range.jpgFind the right stove for your kitchen (and budget) with GE. Whether it’s the classic electric coil or the new glass top electric range, today’s GE Electric Ranges are easy to install and keep clean.


With freestanding designs, classic lines and smart technology, these ranges add to your kitchen décor as well as making cooking fun.


mazin.jpgPeanut butter and jelly. Ken and Barbie. Yin and yang. Bugs and Daffy. Pork and beans. Best Buy and furniture? Perhaps not the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of Best Buy, but it’s true! With a new assortment of living and dining room furniture to add to its existing range of bedroom sets, Best Buy is quickly becoming a one-stop shop for all things related to comfortable living. So, what kind of furniture can you expect to find on Contemporary, comfortable, and affordable sets that are suited to a wide variety of tastes. 


GE Dishwashers Make Easy Work of Dirty Dishes

by Blogger on ‎07-02-2014 10:46 PM - last edited on ‎07-04-2014 03:36 PM by Editor in Chief

ge-dishwasher.jpgThere are a number of ads on TV right now that tout the mighty cleaning power of various dishwasher detergents, and show how by using them you can avoid the crippling embarrassment that comes with serving your dinner guests wine in spotted glasses. Sarcasm aside, these ads do beg the question – why isn’t your dishwasher doing its job as it should? Perhaps the pipes just need to be cleaned, but if not, and your dishwasher is looking a little worse for wear and you’re in the market for a replacement, look no further than GE.


Cool appliances for hot summer days

by Blogger on ‎07-02-2014 09:46 PM

Ice_Cream.jpgIf you’re wondering how you can beat the heat this summer, just take a look around your kitchen. Popsicles, ice cream, or a crushed ice drink - if you’ve got the right small kitchen appliances, you’ll be able to whip up an icy drink or a sweet, cold treat to cool you off in no time.


Cool it now – Here’s your guide to choosing an Air Conditioner

by Blogger on ‎07-02-2014 09:01 AM - last edited on ‎07-02-2014 05:19 PM by Editor in Chief




When the temperatures hit 30 degrees in the house, it’s officially time to start using the air conditioner. I remember being completely confused the first time I went out to buy one, but after brushing up a bit on the ins and outs of air conditioners, I was ready to pick the best one for my house. So how do you know which type of air conditioner is right for you?


Say cheers to these drink recipes – Shelly’s Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎06-27-2014 03:19 PM - last edited on ‎07-02-2014 05:21 PM by Editor in Chief

summer-drink-recipes.jpgSummer time is a great time to sit out on the deck or in the backyard and watch the sun go down. When you have a nice, ice-cold drink in hand, it’s that much better isn’t it? Check out a few of the drink recipes I’ve conjured up in my kitchen over the past few weeks. I guarantee there will be one or two that makes your BBQ or summer party menu this year.


Best Buy has your dining room furniture solution

by Blogger on ‎06-26-2014 08:34 PM - last edited on ‎06-27-2014 09:18 AM by Editor in Chief




Create an urban dining room with style and grace or a country kitchen themed room with the new furniture available at Best Buy.


window-air-conditioners.jpgWe’ve been putting it off because the temperatures haven’t really hit the 30’s yet, but the time has come to think about how you plan on staying cool this summer. If you want to keep a room or two chilly but don’t want to freak out when you see your energy bill, a window air conditioning unit is a great choice.


Make Laundry Less of a Chore with a Washer and Dryer from GE

by Blogger on ‎06-26-2014 07:14 PM - last edited on ‎07-04-2014 04:11 PM by Editor in Chief

GE-washer-dryer.jpgI have a confession to make – laundry is the bane of my existence. And while I’d like to think that my distaste is deep seeded in some traumatic childhood experience like my older brother locking me in a dryer, or that I’d loathe the chore in the very best of conditions, I’m pretty sure my disdain stems from 20 years of doing laundry in communal facilities in the dank basements of the various apartment buildings I’ve called home. Let’s just say that quality machines are not exactly a landlord’s priority. So that’s why, while some covet a white picket fence and a lush yard, for me, a quality washer and dryer, like those from appliance giant GE, are the epitome of happily ever after.


Ok, perhaps that’s a stretch, but to have in-suite laundry facilities that do not make your towels smell like your neighbours’ dirty hockey gear … well, that’s the dream! So, from a “have not,” here are some GE models that are more than worthy of consideration.


New feature alert - Garmin Connect has partnered with MyFitnessPal

by Blogger on ‎06-25-2014 10:38 PM - last edited on ‎06-26-2014 10:20 AM by Editor in Chief

Garmin-Vivofit.jpgTracking your fitness and calories is even easier now, because Garmin announced today they have partnered with MyFitnessPal. Anyone who has a compatible device like the Garmin vivofit can now quickly and easily compare calories burned vs calories consumed using your device and Garmin Connect. 


Which GE Refrigerator is right for your kitchen?

by Blogger on ‎06-24-2014 04:38 PM - last edited on ‎07-04-2014 04:59 PM by Editor in Chief

ge-refrigerator.jpgThe refrigerator is the largest and most used appliance in your kitchen. Fortunately, they’ve come a long way since the day of the boxy design with one butter bin inside.  GE offers energy smart refrigerators combining form and function that add style and storage to your kitchen.


Dream a little dream on Vivon Mattresses

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2014 06:11 PM - last edited on ‎06-27-2014 09:20 AM by Editor in Chief


The name Vivon is a combination of French and Spanish, and translates to “Life” in English, which is fitting because a good sleep really does give life to each and every day.  Although Vivon started out making mattresses that change positions for a customized sleep experience, they also make ultra-comfortable Gel, Spring, and Memory Foam mattresses.


Summer desserts you can make with your kids - Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎06-20-2014 10:22 PM - last edited on ‎06-25-2014 11:09 AM by Editor in Chief

ice-cold-summer-desserts.jpgI love heat and sunshine, but I still think summer desserts are one of the best parts of summer. Because we’re celebrating my daughter’s elementary school graduation this weekend, I’ve been in the kitchen with kids and up to my elbows in summer desserts. Here's what’s been chilling out in my kitchen this week. 


Looking for the perfect bedroom furniture set? Check out Mazin

by Blogger on ‎06-19-2014 02:00 PM - last edited on ‎06-27-2014 09:21 AM by Editor in Chief

Mayville-mazin-bedroom-furniture.jpgSo many of us spent our years at University sleeping on an uncomfortable futon, with a milk crate or two holding our books and a single task lamp. As we got a little older and moved out of a dorm into our own place, we put our mattress on the floor and spent a lot of time plotting out what type of bedroom furniture we’d choose when the time came.


Chill out this summer with a portable air conditioner

by Blogger on ‎06-19-2014 08:37 AM - last edited on ‎07-18-2014 01:48 PM by Editor in Chief

how-to-use-portable-airconditioner.jpgPortable air conditioners are an amazing home appliance for a number of reasons. They can be moved from one room to the other, so you don’t have to hover in one cool room and ignore the rest of your house when it gets hot outside. Portable air conditioners are also self-contained, so you won’t have to permanently install them in your house.


Get Those Dishes Sparking Clean with a Dishwasher from Frigidaire

by Blogger on ‎06-17-2014 09:50 PM - last edited on ‎06-19-2014 03:01 PM by Editor in Chief

stainless.jpgAccording to the history books – or what are now more commonly referred to as Wikipedia pages – the first mechanical dishwashing device was patented in 1850. It wasn’t until one hundred years later that they started appearing in the homes of the wealthy. Since then, the dishwasher has evolved from a luxury and a status symbol to an absolute necessity in any modern kitchen. And as a brand that has been in the household appliance business since the early 1900’s, it makes sense that Frigidaire has a strong foothold in the consumer dishwasher market. 


Before you hit the road, check out this road trip food planner - Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎06-13-2014 03:59 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2014 09:56 AM by Editor in Chief

roadtrip.jpgI’ve learnt a lot about how to travel with kids over the years, but the number one thing on my road trip checklist is always road trip snacks. Packing your own snacks saves you time and money while you drive, and because you aren’t always stopping for fast food, you can eat healthier too.


Keep your food fresher longer with Frigidaire fridges!

by Blogger on ‎06-11-2014 11:50 PM - last edited on ‎06-16-2014 12:38 PM by Editor in Chief

Frigidaire fridge 3.jpgBest Buy is continuing to expand their appliances! Take a look at the some of the great Frigidaire fridges that will soon be available at Best Buy!


Preparing for a major appliance delivery

by Blogger on ‎06-11-2014 04:39 PM - last edited on ‎06-16-2014 12:36 PM by Editor in Chief

major-appliances.jpgShopping for appliances is one of my favourite things, and there’s always so much to consider when you’re first taking a peek at what’s out there.


So if you're wondering how to go from from admiring a new fridge online to having it appear in your kitchen, read on, because this quick guide to preparing for a major appliance delivery is for you.


Bring out your inner chef with Frigidaire Stoves!

by Blogger on ‎06-10-2014 12:42 AM - last edited on ‎07-07-2014 04:08 PM by Editor in Chief

Frigidaire 3.jpgBest Buy is expanding their kitchen appliances! Here is a selection of some of the high-quality, reliable stoves from Frigidaire coming to Best Buy!


Grill up some BBQ Chicken - Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎06-06-2014 02:09 PM - last edited on ‎07-07-2014 05:27 PM by Editor in Chief

BBQ-Chicken copy.jpgBBQ chicken is one of those dishes that’s perfect for every occasion. From backyard BBQs to company picnics, served hot or cold, BBQ chicken makes a great addition to any menu. It’s also the best main course you can make ahead, because it stores for an entire week of sandwiches, wraps, and salads too.



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