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During E3, Nintendo gave Melanie and I the extremely rare privilege of meeting Risa Tabata, the producer of Paper Mario: Color Splash, who flew in all the way from Japan for E3. Apparently we were the only media in Canada to get this opportunity (wow!) and while we thought this was most likely a straight interview, it turned out to be much, much more. 

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Get outdoors earlier: how to warm up the patio

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2016 07:46 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:34 AM by Editor in Chief

patio heaters and outdoor fireplaces.jpgSpring can be chilly in Canada, but you don't have to wait to hit the great outdoors when you have patio heaters and outdoor fireplaces to warm up the patio.

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Glamping: how to nail it this summer!

by Blogger on ‎03-27-2016 09:18 AM - last edited on ‎04-08-2016 01:46 PM by Editor in Chief

My mother used to say, there's no problem with camping that a hotel room won't fix. Camping isn't for everyone, but if you're curious about the outdoors and looking to ease yourself into being more outdoorsy, we've got some suggestions for places to go and gear that can help make the forest feel more like home.

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10 things you desperately need camping with kids Part 2

by Blogger on ‎03-18-2016 07:25 AM - last edited on ‎04-08-2016 01:46 PM by Editor in Chief

For the second part of this two-part series, here are 10 more cool gadgets that are must-haves for bringing along on a camping trip with the kids to make their, and your life, much easier, and much more fun.

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Customize Your BBQ with Accessories & Utensils

by Blogger on ‎03-09-2016 12:39 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:33 AM by Editor in Chief

Are you getting excited about the impending BBQ season? In some parts of the country, it's already here! So, if you're thinking of customizing your BBQ with some new accessories & utensils to make the most of the outdoor cooking season, come along with me for a brief overview of a few useful items. Whether you're new to barbecuing or an experienced veteran, there's always something new to learn. You might even discover an item or two that you didn't even know existed! Click through to find out. 

 

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5 pieces of outdoor decor you’ll need to create the ultimate patio

by Blogger on ‎05-13-2014 01:53 PM - last edited on ‎02-17-2015 11:13 AM by Editor in Chief

That sunshine streaming through your window is a good indication it’s time to get out in the yard and start recreating your outdoor space. Beyond the bags of yard waste and tree clippings, the long weekend is a good time to bring out the patio furniture and BBQ so you can enjoy life on the patio again. Here’s a look at 5 pieces of patio furniture and décor you’ll need to create the ultimate patio this summer:

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Review: Parrot Flower Power for your plants

by ShelaghM on ‎11-15-2013 05:51 PM - last edited on ‎02-04-2014 04:09 PM by Editor in Chief

I'm an avid gardener. This doesn’t mean I have a particularly amazing garden just that I like my home to have plants indoors and outdoors.

 

I’m good when Mother Nature handles all the details but when my plants come indoors they tend to suffer a long lingering death despite my frequent watering and pep talks. Obviously, I don’t meet their individual needs.

 

The gift of a Money Tree was my turning point (bad Karma to let this one die). I needed help to become a better gardener and  Parrot Flower Power was exactly what I needed.

 

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Back to School: Organize your Dorm Room

by Blogger on ‎08-12-2013 10:00 AM - last edited on ‎08-12-2013 01:40 PM by Editor in Chief

 

 

You tend not to realize how much stuff you own until you have to move your life from your parents' home into into one tiny dorm room.

 

Here are some tips on how to use the space you have effectively!

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Time Saving Kitchen Hacks

by Blogger on ‎07-22-2013 09:00 AM

If you haven’t heard of kitchen hacks, you’re missing out. These little gems of wisdom help you take on tasks in a more efficient way because, after all, even if you like cooking you don’t necessarily want to spend more time in the kitchen.

 

Check out these great kitchen hacks and see food preparation in a whole new way.

 

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Plug into green with an electric lawn mower

by ShelaghM ‎07-19-2013 08:02 PM - edited ‎07-19-2013 08:04 PM

Summertime and the grass is growing. You want to have your garden looking good but you don’t want to pollute. Ditch the gas-powered lawn mower and go green with an electric lawn mower. Here's what to look for to go electric on the lawn.

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How to: Create an outdoor dining room

by Blogger on ‎07-18-2013 05:32 PM - last edited on ‎07-19-2013 09:13 AM by Community Manager

With Canada going through a record breaking heat wave, it’s the perfect time to make your outside patio as elegant and comfortable as your inside dining room!

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There are a few things you can count on for a Canadian summer. One, the sun will come out eventually and stay for a while. Two, you’ll be practically eaten alive by bugs (which might make you wish for winter again) and three, you’ll take part in one of the great Canadian past times – camping in the great outdoors.

 

I’m not much of a ‘roughing it’ type of camper, so when I first considered picking up camping gear for the family, I wanted to look for camping supplies that would take the ‘rough’ out of roughing it. Here are 3 camping accessories you to make camping even more comfortable:

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Planning a wedding? Here are some tips on how to create the most effective Wedding Registry.

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3 great wedding gifts you'll be happy to give this wedding season

by Blogger ‎05-16-2013 08:08 PM - edited ‎05-17-2013 01:48 PM

Maybe you’re the bride or groom, and you’ve finally found the time to sit down and really think about your gift registry. Or, you’re looking for a few wedding gift ideas for the many weddings you’ll be attending this summer, and you have no idea where to start.  Whatever your reason or whomever you are, finding the best wedding gifts are a piece of cake when you spend some time checking out the appliance aisle.

 

Today’s appliances aren’t anything like your mother’s handy crockpot either (although those are great to have too). Because so many people move in together before the wedding, newlyweds want to move on to bigger and better home appliance options than the usual starter kit of pots and pans. And with so many choices out there, the perfect wedding gift to start their newlywed life off in the right direction is simple to choose.

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Eco-friendly products for Earth Day

by Blogger on ‎04-08-2013 09:00 AM

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with these eco-friendly products!

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Creating an outdoor paradise on your balcony

by Blogger ‎04-01-2013 06:09 PM - edited ‎04-10-2013 12:38 PM

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we all had outdoor space the size of an English garden? Imagine the flowers, the extra living area, and the outdoor decorating you could do. Unfortunately most of our homes aren’t the size of English manors, and our outdoor living space amounts to a small deck or balcony in the middle of the city.

 

But there’s no reason why you can’t capture all of the beauty of the great outdoors and place it right on your very own deck. Here are a few great patio ideas to create an outdoor paradise on your balcony.

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Furnish your patio on a budget!

by Blogger on ‎03-31-2013 02:09 PM - last edited on ‎04-01-2013 10:27 AM by Community Manager

With spring in full swing in Vancouver, everyone is looking to upgrade their patio and move from the dining room to the deck!

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Easter Baking Essentials

by Blogger on ‎03-21-2013 06:50 PM - last edited on ‎03-26-2013 01:14 PM by Community Manager

For the most part, every major holiday elicits a certain association. Valentine’s Day? Red roses and chocolates. Christmas? Turkey, stockings, eggnog, and the obligatory tacky sweater. Thanksgiving? Pilgrims, cornucopias, and, well, more turkey. When it comes to Easter, the most prevalent associations tend to be bunnies, pastels, and oh-so-glorious sweets! And since Easter is just around the corner, it is imperative that the bakers among us are equipped with the essentials to produce mouth watering (completely calorie free, of course Smiley Tongue) goodies for our friends and family. 

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Get a jump on the holiday with Easter ideas

by Blogger on ‎03-18-2013 08:36 PM - last edited on ‎03-19-2013 10:37 AM by Blogger

Spring has sprung, and Easter is right around the corner. At my house, Easter is almost as big of a deal as Christmas, with the Easter bunny visiting our yard and hiding eggs everywhere. But besides eggs at Easter, it’s also a time for entertaining, with friends and family heading over for a day of treats and a big meal after.

 

If you want to get a jump on your Easter plans, here’s a few ways to prep your kitchen and entertain the family this Easter 2013:

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Bring the spring into your home decorating

by Blogger on ‎03-13-2013 02:45 PM - last edited on ‎03-14-2013 10:37 AM by Blogger

 

Even though you may still be feeling sluggish because of the time change, you can’t argue with the fact that it feels like spring is in the air. And when spring is right around the corner, thoughts of home decorating, bright colours, and birds singing tend to fill my head.

 

So even if the day is rainy, you can start getting ready to bring spring into your home decorating right now. Here’s how:

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A cozy home office keeps the productivity flowing

by Blogger on ‎02-13-2013 09:49 AM - last edited on ‎09-17-2013 02:24 PM by Editor in Chief

Even if your workday officially ends at 6 pm, if you’re like most people, you bring your laptop home to play catch up on whatever you missed during the day. Emails, extra projects, and paperwork can take over if you don’t put in the hours, and having a comfortable home office to kick back and relax with your laptop really can relieve a lot of work related stress.

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Makita makes excellent quality tools for the price, so much so that you will find professional contractors and tradespeople using these same tools because of their durability and versatility. The Makita combo kit of impact driver and hammer drill are likely going to be the power tools that you end up using the most as they will be able to tackle any job around the home. The convernience of cordless is fantastic as you don't have to find an outlet nearby and then fight with the cord while working. The battery power is so good you will not notice any compromise in power and torque, and for the price this combo unit is great value as it will last a long time.

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Create the perfect Valentine's dinner

by ShelaghM ‎01-30-2013 04:24 PM - edited ‎01-30-2013 09:32 PM

Valentine’s day can be a tough one to plan. Restaurants are crowded, loud and over priced.

 

Break away from the pack and create the perfect Valentine’s dinner at home – just the two of you with no interruptions.

 

Here are some ideas to help set the stage for romance.

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New Year's Eve Entertaining - are you ready?

by Blogger on ‎12-18-2012 02:57 PM - last edited on ‎12-18-2012 04:13 PM by Blogger

When you really think about it, New Year’s Eve is quite an odd holiday. I mean, who decided that December would be the last month of the year? Why not April or June? And why do we all get dressed up, throw on hideous party hats and scream like crazy people at the stroke of midnight? I’m sure there is some history there that I could easily Google, but when you really boil it down, it is all really a little strange.

 

Strange though it is, it has to be one of the best times of year. Good wine, good food and good friends almost always equate to a memorable night. So this New Year’s Eve, whether you are hosting a party and need to stock up on essentials, or you’re attending a party and need to bring a fabulous hostess gift, we have you covered. 

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Holiday Cooking and Baking

by TechLinz The Captain on ‎12-16-2012 03:44 PM - last edited on ‎12-17-2012 11:34 AM by Blogger

This holiday season I have decided to step away from all things digital (for a brief period) and step into an apron and the world of holiday baking.  I’m not sure exactly how this experiment will go, I have a feeling my shortbread cookies will be decorated with website URL’s and my gingerbread men will be in the shape of smartphones; the gadget geek in me comes through no matter what.

I’ve just outfitted my kitchen transforming it from a reheat only area to a full out baking zone.  If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit and get some coworkers or friends and family on a good ol’ sugar high here’s my must have’s for baking excellence.

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King Koil: Sweet dreams are made of this

by ShelaghM on ‎12-09-2012 11:31 PM - last edited on ‎12-10-2012 10:07 AM by Blogger

It’s not often you get to sleep on the job. So. naturally I said yes to testing three King Koil memory foam pillows.

 

My previous encounter with magical memory foam was at my local mall where a quick try-out on a King Koil mattress turned into a 20 minute nap. Not my fault! Memory foam is sensitive to temperature and molds to your body for that “melting into the mattress feeling.”

 

Also known as visco-elastic, memory foam was developed by NASA. While it never made it into the space program, it has been showing up in our pillows and mattresses for the last decade when pricing breakthroughs made it affordable to consumers.

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Create the perfect guest room

by ShelaghM on ‎11-30-2012 01:36 PM - last edited on ‎05-24-2013 10:46 AM by Epic Genius

Having out of town friends and family visit can be a highlight of any holiday season. Create a comfortable and luxurious guest bedroom by starting with the basics and building from there. Once you have the foundation of your guest room you can tailor it for whoever is coming to stay.

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Cooking is a pleasure with the T-fal Pleasure 9-Piece Cookware Set

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2012 10:16 PM - last edited on ‎11-27-2012 11:20 AM by Blogger

I can’t say I’ve ever been a burn water type of girl. I think it would go against my genetic code if I couldn’t make a decent pasta sauce or the perfect omelet by the time I was 13. I still enjoy baking more than cooking on most days, but I’ve discovered a little secret that really makes cooking a lot more fun and productive.

 

Good cookware is really the starting point for everything. More than good recipe, more than just having the right ingredients – If you don’t have a decent set of cookware, anything you try to fry or boil could end up sticking, burning, or gluing itself to your pans and not your plate. In short, it won’t turn out quite right (or even worse, it could end up in the waste bin).

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Do you really need these kitchen appliances? Yes, you do!

by Blogger on ‎11-19-2012 08:42 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2012 11:24 AM by Blogger

 

Even if you love cooking, it can get a little time consuming creating dish after dish. Have a craving for peach pie? Not only can it take you an hour of prep time, it’s an hour to bake and then you’ll have to hang around until it’s cool enough to eat it.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to speed things up a bit?

 

That’s why having the right kitchen tools and appliances are so important. But I’m not talking about the usual things like cheese graters or ice cream scoops. I’m talking about the appliances that get you to the finish line faster – Things like pie makers, hot dog stands, fondue makers, and a appliance created just to help you serve up cupcakes.

 

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Kick up your feet and do a little vacuuming with the iRobot Roomba

by Blogger on ‎11-14-2012 07:30 PM - last edited on ‎11-15-2012 09:29 AM by Blogger

The laundry might not be able to do itself (although we’ve come a long way since hand wringing), the stove can’t quite cook you dinner yet, but there is one task that’s completely automated if you’re armed with the right tool – The iRobot Roomba Robotic Vacuum completely automates one of the most tedious parts of house cleaning – Vacuuming those floors!

 

A cylinder disk that glides across the floor, the Roomba picks up all of your dirt, dust bunnies, and even pet dander wherever it lands. It works on carpet and hardwood, and automatically adjusts to each surface so you don’t have to do a thing when it’s rolling around.

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