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.


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


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.  


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.


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


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. 



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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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

bbq1-Optimized.jpgSummer is just around the corner, and with this amazing weather it feels like it's already here. I know that I've already started BBQ'ing, mainly because it makes meal times so easy and there's little clean up involved after. Read on for some great BBQ recipes that you should try out this summer.



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.


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


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.


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.


Upgrade your grilling experience with premium Napoleon BBQs

by Blogger on ‎03-24-2016 08:40 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:30 AM by Editor in Chief

napoleon grill.jpgSpring has sprung and it's time to get your grill on. If this is the year you're planning on upgrading your BBQ to a Napoleon grill, I've covered everything you need to know.


How-to get ready for patio season

by Blogger on ‎03-22-2016 07:42 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:35 AM by Editor in Chief

patio-Optimized.jpgPatio season is almost here and I've been doing some yard clean up to get ready. Next I'll be setting up my patio furniture and deciding if I'll be needing or wanting anything new this season. I love to entertain when the weather is nice, and I'm thinking this is the year to treat myself to a patio swing. Read on to see how you can make your patio beautiful with some great new pieces.


6 essentials for the perfect patio party

by Blogger on ‎03-22-2016 01:39 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:31 AM by Editor in Chief

Party planners will tell you that the legendary perfect party involves everything from the right guest list to the perfect décor. But as an actual, living human being, please let me confirm for you what we're all secretly thinking: the key to an awesome party (as in everything else in life) starts with the food.




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.


4 places to take the BBQ

by Blogger on ‎03-16-2016 11:26 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:32 AM by Editor in Chief

BBQTEK 10,000 BTU Portable Propane BBQSpring is just around the corner and next thing you know, summer will have arrived. When most people think of summer, they picture beaches, patios, and bathing suits, but I love me a good BBQ party. Food just tastes better on a grill. So it’s no surprise that I’m trying to make the experience portable. A portable BBQ will become your new best friend—and help you make lots of others.


10 things you desperately need camping with kids Part 1

by Blogger on ‎03-14-2016 09:29 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:32 AM by Editor in Chief

camping1-sq.jpgCamping is fun. But with kids, you need to be prepared for everything; from being able to comfortably change diapers, to protecting them from the elements, and keeping older kids from getting bored. Here's some great gear worth bringing along with you to the camp site.


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. 



It was somewhere around the 15th hour of flying and waiting, transitioning through time zones, that I realized that my trip could have been just a bit more complete with some accessories. I think there’s a great deal of truth that can be found through exhaustion, and though I’m usually extolling the values of packing light, I decided (on my return) to make a list of the things I wish I had with me, and why I think you might want to check them out too. So if you’re heading out on a trip–either on your own or with family–read this list over, and you might find a bit of truth-in-advance that’ll help you too.


Get ready for BBQ season in 2016

by Blogger on ‎02-29-2016 11:05 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:33 AM by Editor in Chief

BBQ.jpegAlthough some parts of Canada are still under a blanket of snow, it's only a matter of weeks before it's time to throw open the windows and welcome back BBQ season. Here's everything you'll need to know to kick off your best BBQ season yet.


5 reasons you need a telescope this year

by Blogger ‎02-10-2016 11:23 AM - edited ‎02-12-2016 06:51 AM

Stargazers and amateur astronomers have many great opportunities to check out various celestial events in 2016. The Earth makes its annual journey around the Sun, we get the opportunity to view special celestial events like meteor showers, conjunctions, and eclipses. Here are some telescopes worth checking out.


How to pack your luggage like a pro traveler

by Blogger on ‎01-28-2016 04:04 PM - last edited on ‎02-24-2016 11:33 AM by Editor in Chief

With a trip around the world coming up I've started to look into an area I’ve always struggled with: how do you pack like the Frequent Flyers out there, and what do I need to take with me? Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve learned, and how you can pack like a pro when you’re traveling, too!


Travel easier this season with 11 cool buys

by Blogger on ‎11-30-2015 08:46 AM - last edited on ‎02-24-2016 11:29 AM by Editor in Chief

Not 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.


Review: On the pitch with the adidas miCoach soccer ball

by Blogger on ‎09-15-2015 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎09-15-2015 11:49 AM by Editor in Chief

With the recent successes of our women's nationsl team and rise of the MLS, Canada is hopefully on it way to becoming a more successful soccer nation than its been in recent decades. The training aides have improved too. Take, for instance, the adidas miCoach smart soccer ball. Would you believe it tells you exactly where you've struck the ball and how fast your shot was? That's just one of the many features this ball has. Come take a look!


Review: Teeing off with Zepp

by Blogger on ‎09-09-2015 09:59 PM - last edited on ‎10-23-2015 09:46 AM by Community Manager

Zepp is a multi-sport progress tracking tool that aims to help you better your golf, tennis or baseball swing. You begin with a starter kit for one sport and can buy just what you need for the others. Learn things about your swings you never knew and use some helpful tips from the pros to help you get better. Please note that this review will focus on the Zepp's golf capabilities.


Overview: Skateboards and Skateboarding

by Blogger on ‎08-09-2015 04:02 PM - last edited on ‎08-11-2015 03:25 PM by Blogger

Skateboarding is bigger than ever, and for those looking to get a board of their own Best Buy has a few ways to get rolling, both in the real world, and on your big screen at home.



Hop on an eBike this summer and see your city like never before!

by Blogger on ‎08-09-2015 01:01 PM - last edited on ‎02-16-2016 05:31 PM by Editor in Chief

Electronic bikes (or eBikes) have changed quite a bit over the last few years. While they still offer the same comforts as the older models before them, they're cheaper, have longer lasting batteries and have faster motor-assisted top speeds. What can an eBike do for you, what should you look for and what can you find at your local Best Buy? Read on to find out.


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