Review: Goal Zero's Yeti is a great answer to your power emergencies

by Blogger on ‎06-17-2016 09:56 PM - last edited on ‎06-22-2016 12:02 PM by Editor in Chief

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No Canadian is immune to the dangers of a good power outage and many of us aren't really prepared for everything that you need to protect when it happens. Sure you've probably got candles sitting around but what do you have to keep power to your electronics? Gas generators aren't an option for everybody but the Goal Zero Yeti can be. It's compact, has good battery life and can even recharge itself using solar panels. 

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Review of the new Activeon action camera

by Blogger on ‎06-16-2016 01:41 PM - last edited on ‎06-17-2016 11:43 AM by Editor in Chief

 

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The Activeon CX and the Activeon CX Gold are action cameras with LCD screens, integrated Wi-Fi, and serious power in the video and photo department. Take a look at my review and videos of the Activeon CX and Activeon CX Gold in action.

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5 great buys for summer travel

by Blogger on ‎06-09-2016 10:32 AM

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Whether you're heading outdoors or over the border, make sure you have the perfect luggage or bag for the trip!

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If you're trying to decide what to get the dad in your life for Father's day and he just happens to be into sports then take a look at some of the many great gadgets that can help him step up his game, no matter what he enjoys.

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5 Father's Day gifts to encourage dad to cook outdoors more

by Blogger on ‎05-28-2016 01:07 PM - last edited on ‎05-31-2016 11:42 AM by Editor in Chief

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It's almost Father's Day and it's time to plan what you're going to be grabbing your dad, grandpa or whomever you buy your gift for! Let us help you out with a few gifting ideas. In this first of many Father's Day blogs, we take a look at gift ideas to encourage dad to cook outdoors more. Is it a new set of barbecue tools? Furniture? Maybe a new barbecue itself? Here are a few things to consider when you go gifting for dad this year.

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New Heys Luggage for Summer

by Blogger on ‎05-28-2016 03:16 AM - last edited on ‎05-31-2016 12:44 PM by Editor in Chief

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If you're planning a summer getaway, there's no better place to look for a new luggage set than right here at Best Buy. And, with the new summer additions, the Heys collection is the biggest one available yet, so there really is something in it for everybody.

 

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10 seriously cool dad gifts

by Blogger on ‎05-27-2016 06:17 PM - last edited on ‎05-31-2016 02:05 PM by Editor in Chief

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With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re gonna get pops. Here are 10 great gift ideas for every dad out there!

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How to Create an Epic Vegan BBQ

by Blogger on ‎05-16-2016 11:46 AM - last edited on ‎05-27-2016 03:14 PM by Editor in Chief

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I like to host parties, but I’m realizing that I have to add vegan options to the appetizers I serve. Since summer calls for BBQ, here are some vegan recipes that will earn star status on the grill.

 

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Victoria Day Weekend is seen by most as the first big weekend of the summer. Whether you’re going camping, getting away to a new city or having a relaxing weekend at home, here are 10 last minute things to make sure you have a memorable weekend!

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Best gear for Festival Camping

by Blogger on ‎05-15-2016 10:56 PM - last edited on ‎05-16-2016 09:08 AM by Editor in Chief

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Ever since I was in my 20s, summer meant one thing … music festivals! There is absolutely nothing like spending several days hanging out in the hot summer sun, listening to awesome bands and chilling with friends, then retiring beneath the stars at night to fall asleep listening to the sounds of the communal campsite. Everyone needs to have a music festival experience at least once in their lives, and summer 2016 offers Canadian music lovers more than a few options. So it’s time to grab some shades and sunscreen, see what shows appeal to you this summer, and make sure you have the best gear for festival camping.

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Make the most of May with a new backpack

by Blogger on ‎05-10-2016 12:52 AM - last edited on ‎05-11-2016 04:28 PM by Editor in Chief

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The best part about spring and summer is the fact that no matter what time of day it is or where you are in the world, everyone suddenly becomes very okay with you carrying a backpack 24/7. I mean, they're not necessarily work-friendly, but if you're out for dinner, running errands, or hiking up a mountain for fifteen hours, backpacks totally get the go-ahead.

 

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Camping in Quebec: Top Family Spots

by Blogger ‎05-09-2016 05:10 PM - edited ‎05-09-2016 05:11 PM

photo credit: Steve Deschênes | © Sépaqphoto credit: Steve Deschênes | © SépaqIt's vacation planning time! You're thinking of visiting our great province but don't know how to find the best camping spots in Quebec? That's what I'm here for. I'll share my favorite places along with what you need for a great time and lots of family fun memories.

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Camping in B.C.: Top Family Spots

by Blogger on ‎05-06-2016 05:15 PM - last edited on ‎05-11-2016 04:30 PM by Editor in Chief

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Now that awesome and sunny summer weather has finally arrived in British Columbia, it’s time to drag your camping gear out of the garage, or storage space, and start thinking about where to pitch your family’s tent this season. To get you started with your vacation planning, I’ve compiled a list of the top family camping spots in B.C.

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6 Outdoor Furniture picks to welcome Summer

by Blogger on ‎05-05-2016 04:20 PM - last edited on ‎05-11-2016 01:58 PM by Editor in Chief

Patio-Furniture.jpgI don’t know about you, but as soon as summer hits, I spend as much time outside as possible. In fact, this year I have big plans to turn my balcony into an outdoor oasis so I can do everything from read, eat, and work while basking in glorious sunshine. Given that summer is right around the corner, now’s the perfect time for you to do the same. So to help you create an enviable outdoor space and welcome summer, I’ve put together a list of what I think are six great outdoor furniture options.

 

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Cool new gear for summer camping

by Blogger on ‎05-02-2016 12:44 PM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 02:12 PM by Editor in Chief

cut camping tent copy.jpegGearing up for camping season is one of my favourite times of the year.  I love planning for a host of summer excursions to the great outdoors. Whether you need a new tent, or just some lighting for your site, or even some portable wine glasses for a bit of a 'glamping' touch, we've got some fun new gear for your excursions this summer.

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Cool gear to stay emergency prepared

by Blogger on ‎04-28-2016 09:40 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 11:07 AM by Editor in Chief

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Did you know that ever year in Canada, the first full week of May is Emergency Preparedness Week? I certainly didn’t, but this event couldn’t have come to my attention at a better time. To be honest, I am completely ill prepared for even the most minor of emergency situations, which is why I am going to fully embrace this year’s theme of Plan. Prepare. Be Aware. If you too think it’s time to get­–or beef up–an emergency kit, here is some very cool gear to include that will help you stay prepared.  

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Best beach BBQ's

by Blogger on ‎04-25-2016 05:33 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:27 AM by Editor in Chief

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We are well on our way to beach weather and it's time to start thinking about if you're BBQ ready for days at the beach or lake. Read on to see how you can make great meals with a portable BBQ during your summer outings this season.

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Outdoor fireplaces are a great way to warm up your patio

by Blogger on ‎04-24-2016 11:40 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 11:24 AM by Editor in Chief

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There is nothing better than sitting next to a fireplace on a chilly summer night. (Except maybe sitting next to a fireplace on a chilly summer night with a slice of cake, but po-tay-toh, po-tah-to.) Outdoor fireplaces are a great way to add atmosphere and warmth to any outdoor gathering, and they couldn't be easier to install than they are today. 

 

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Best BBQs for Apartment Living

by Blogger on ‎04-19-2016 03:56 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:27 AM by Editor in Chief

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Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you have to forego the pleasures of outdoor grilling. That said, when you’re working with limited space, have neighbours living in close proximity, and have a list of rental or strata rules to adhere to, your options are somewhat limited. But never fear, because that is exactly why I’ve but together this list of barbeque options for my fellow apartment dwellers.

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This summer, take your BBQ everywhere

by Blogger on ‎04-19-2016 06:22 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:27 AM by Editor in Chief

bbqmain.jpgWhen you're out and about this summer you can step up your picnic game by packing along a portable BBQ. Say goodbye to the same old sandwich lunches and hello to a grilled meal. Read on for some great portable BBQ options that will fit your family's needs this summer.

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Top Drones of 2016!

by Blogger on ‎04-18-2016 04:14 AM - last edited on ‎05-11-2016 04:29 PM by Editor in Chief

drones.jpgThere are so many amazing drones currently a on the market—a fact that's inspired today's in-depth look at a number of the top drones of 2016. With so much out there available to choose from, there's surely a drone to meet every taste, need, & budget. If you're a drone person, there's so much to cover and so little time, so click on through to take an informative look at a few of these very cool machines!

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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

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How to Create an Epic Patio

by Blogger on ‎04-14-2016 10:52 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:28 AM by Editor in Chief

Epic Patio For us Canadians living in the East, the idea of summer seems doubtful. I say this only because it snowed in mid-April (ahem). However, I have faith that summer will arrive eventually and for that reason, let’s get the patio pimping to perfection. If you start planning now, once the heat shows up, you’ll be lounging outside with your favourite cocktail while your friends are scrambling for patio furniture.

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Which type of BBQ is better: Charcoal or gas?

by Blogger on ‎04-13-2016 05:23 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:28 AM by Editor in Chief

10367992_4.pngThe debate between charcoal and gas, and which is the “better” grilling method, has been raging ever since the first gas BBQ was introduced to the public in the 1960s and shows no signs of slowing down. So how do you choose? Here are some pros and cons of each that will hopefully make your decision a little easier.

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Patio heaters designed for every style of patio

by Blogger on ‎04-12-2016 02:52 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:35 AM by Editor in Chief

patio-heaters.jpgThe thing about Canadian summers is that, for most us, the heat doesn’t really hold. Our summers last from June through August, and at the end of each day, Canada takes a minute to remind us that we’re really just a chilly iceberg pretending to be cozy and warm for the day! That's why patio heaters are so important, and here are a few different kinds you can use to cozy up this spring and summer.

 

 

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3 Easy-as BBQ Recipes to kick off Spring

by Blogger on ‎04-12-2016 09:46 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:28 AM by Editor in Chief

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DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Drone Review

by Blogger on ‎04-12-2016 12:17 AM - last edited on ‎05-11-2016 04:29 PM by Editor in Chief

dji.jpgIf you've been eagerly awaiting the launch of the brand new DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Drone, then wait no more, it's finally here! And lucky me—over the last couple of days I've been fortunate enough to have a sample for testing. I know that for some of you, reviews are extremely important, so here is my full report. Let me just give you one little hint: this drone does not disappoint. Read on for all the info and to see how the Phantom 4 performed during testing. 

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The Top 3 BBQ recipes you have to try

by Blogger on ‎04-06-2016 06:42 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:29 AM by Editor in Chief

summer_bbq.jpgNow that the sun is shining, the weather is warmer and the days are getting longer, I can’t wait to dust off my BBQ and whip up some delicious meals for family and friends. Read on for three of my go-to BBQ recipes that are sure to please, and that you absolutely have to try.

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Best BBQ side dishes: this week on Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎04-01-2016 01:43 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:30 AM by Editor in Chief

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I'm so excited that it's finally BBQ season, and I've got some amazing BBQ sides that are going to make you want to whip out your grill and invite over a few friends.

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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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