This 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.
Last 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.
The 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.
If 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.
I 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.
byLeo_Bond10-16-201510:14 AM - edited 10-16-201510:36 AM
Halloween 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.
Winter 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.
As 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.
The 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.
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.
With 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.
Does 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.
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Adding 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.
I’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.
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 Bestbuy.ca 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.
It’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.
Six 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.
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Recently 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!
Forget 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.
Making 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.
One 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.
byShelly_Wutke09-04-201505:05 PM - edited 09-05-201507:50 AM
I 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.
When 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.
With 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.
For 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.
The 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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