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Breville bringing the Boss of all blenders to Future Shop

by Blogger on ‎10-16-2014 01:28 PM - last edited on ‎10-16-2014 02:10 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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With the shockingly amount of addictives, chemicals and fillers added to much of the food we eat today, I prefer making not only my own beverages at home, but meals too. I’ve always been a believer in the power of blenders, especially when I observe my local juice shops using those fancy, powerful, commercial-grade blenders. Well, now that powerful experience can be brought home thanks to the new Breville Boss super blender.

 

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Ultimate holiday recipes from Top Chef Canada Season 4 winner René Rodriguez

by Blogger on ‎10-09-2014 03:44 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 03:13 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Life has been a whirlwind after my win on Food Network’s Top Chef Canada  and things are hopping at my restaurant, Navarra.  Nevertheless, I was excited when Future Shop and LG asked me to team up with them for this series on holiday entertaining.  This is the first of five articles I’ll be contributing. I hope you enjoy!

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Savings you can achieve with a new appliance

by Blogger on ‎10-05-2014 01:23 AM - last edited on ‎10-07-2014 03:53 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When it comes to buying a major appliance, most of us only consider the upfront cost and the specific  features of the appliance we are considering purchasing.  However, there’s another cost that’s often overlooked and is just as important—the cost of operating the appliance over its lifetime. We all know that major appliances make up a hefty chunk of our utility bill, but you’ll probably be surprised to learn how much money an energy-efficient appliance can save you in the long run. If you want to start reaping the savings, start by familiarizing yourself with ENERGY STAR qualified products. I’ll explain what ENERGY STAR is, then explain how much you might save by upgrading some of the major appliances in your home.

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Microwaves 101: the Wonderful World of Microwaves and how to Choose Yours!

by Blogger on ‎09-24-2014 02:24 AM - last edited on ‎09-24-2014 11:03 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I was surprised to learn that it's been almost 60 years since the first microwave ovens were produced. Back in the '80s in small town Nova Scotia, it was kind of a big deal to acquire a microwave, and a good many people weren't lucky enough to have one at all. For those that did, however, the device was generally big, heavy, and entirely lacking in special features. Today's microwaves are far more advanced than those clunky machines of the '80s, and a lot more difficult to pick out too. So today I'm posting a microwave oven buyer's guide of sorts with a number of useful tips for buying your next microwave.

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Refrigerators 101: How to Buy Your Next Fridge

by Blogger on ‎09-22-2014 07:46 AM - last edited on ‎10-03-2014 04:00 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The refrigerator is the heart of your kitchen. And while it’s a big initial investment, the good news is that this sturdy appliance lasts for at least ten to twenty years! In addition, there are a nice variety of refrigerators to choose from based on size, budget, capacity, and energy efficiency. Whether you’re looking to replace your fridge or get one for a new home, these tips will help you purchase the best model for your needs.

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Bed and Bath Essentials for Back to School

by Blogger on ‎09-18-2014 11:33 AM - last edited on ‎09-19-2014 11:00 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The start of a new school year is an exciting time, but it's even more exciting when it’s your first time moving away from home and living on your own. Now that you don’t live with your parents, you can’t always count on them to hold your hand and guide you through every new challenge that awaits you. It's already been a couple weeks into the semester. How do you think you’re holding up? For starters, let’s see if you’ve at least got the basics covered when it comes to your back to school bed and bath essentials.

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Review: Philips Hue Lux and Iris smart lights for your home

by Blogger on ‎09-15-2014 09:58 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 09:28 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Retrofitting your home’s lighting is perhaps the least invasive form of renovation available to you, and your Wi-Fi network is one of the biggest reasons why. Philips Hue is a family of LED lights that can turn any of 16 million colours, adding more than just hues and shades, but entirely different settings, moods and ambience to any room. While I’ve looked at the Hue Starter Kit, Bloom and LightStrips already, the Iris and Lux are two more unique members to add to the list.

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Several Key Considerations When Buying A New Dishwasher

by Blogger on ‎09-10-2014 08:28 AM - last edited on ‎10-15-2014 09:18 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

 

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I've posted articles on Dishwashers before, such as THIS ONE on some very nice Bosch branded washers and THIS more general article on the virtues of portable appliances. Today, however, I examine several key factors to consider when preparing to buy a new dishwasher. As with the purchase of any large household appliance, there are a number of things one ought to consider before buying, but sometimes we get so caught up in the excitement of enhancing our home that we overlook something important and end up later regretting our purchase decision. This blog therefore is dedicated to the hope of not overlooking some key consideration, and thus choosing the best possible appliance the first time around. So read on for a few thoughts on what I consider to be key points to consider when buying a new dishwasher.

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Oven 101: Everything you need to know before buying a new oven

by Blogger on ‎09-02-2014 04:56 PM - last edited on ‎10-03-2014 04:20 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The oven.  It’s the hearth of the home, and the heart of the kitchen.  It bakes cookies and roasts, and cooks probably the vast majority of your food.  If you’re burning, more than baking, these days or setting off the smoke detector every time you try searing, maybe it’s time to upgrade.  There are a million options as far as ovens go; I’ll take you through some of the newest technology and cool add ons, plus outline the wide range of options available.

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What is N223?

by Blogger on ‎08-28-2014 10:47 AM - last edited on ‎09-03-2014 12:06 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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What is Dyson research project N223? Take a look at what Dyson engineers are working on that will be ready to launch on September 4th, 2014.

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Great Lunch and Snack Ideas for Preschoolers

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2014 09:17 PM - last edited on ‎09-05-2014 04:29 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Your baby is growing up and going to preschool! Time to get creative by making lunches and snacks your kid will actually want to eat as he or she goes off to play with new friends. Here are a few tips on providing nutritious food that your child won’t toss in the trash.

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How to Find the Perfect Stovetop for your Home

by Blogger on ‎07-10-2014 06:34 AM - last edited on ‎10-03-2014 04:22 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Are you re-designing your kitchen and thinking about purchasing a new stovetop? Deciding between gas or electric? It’s fair to say that most professional chefs choose a gas stove for their home – but is it right for you? We’ll look into the different types of stovetops and find out the best option for your kitchen.

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He shoots, he scores…oops, I spilled!

by Blogger on ‎07-03-2014 07:46 AM - last edited on ‎07-03-2014 08:43 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

Soccer fever has taken hold of the world, including Canada. 

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For those not at the big game the next best thing is a seat on the couch, glued to the big screen. Thousands of miles away from the stadium, the goal-scoring celebrations aren’t any less extreme. As the ball flies into the back of the net, ecstasy ensues. He shoots, he scores…oops I spilled!

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Dyson Turns 21: three inventions that never made it

by Blogger on ‎06-16-2014 11:23 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2014 09:59 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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James Dyson launched the world’s first cyclonic bagless vacuum cleaner 21 years ago after 5,127 prototypes. Dyson engineers thrive on invention, are driven by frustration and achieve remarkable outcomes through perseverance. That said, not everything works out! Dyson recently turned 21 and uncharacteristically, decided to unlock the vault to reveal three of their inventions that didn't make it. 

 

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Review: ZOKU Duo Quick Pop Maker equals instant fun

by Blogger on ‎06-08-2014 11:03 PM - last edited on ‎06-09-2014 11:02 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The summer is almost here and nothing goes with kids and summer better than popsicles. On a hot day even I won’t say no to a popsicle.  What I love about popsicles is that you and your kids can make them yourselves. When kids learn that they can make a dessert themselves with little or no help from you, their eyes grow so big as if they learned that Santa Clause is coming early this year. It’s a great bonding opportunity. Folks in New Jersey created the Zoku Duo Quick Pop Maker which freezes ice pops in as little as seven minutes right on your countertop without electricity. Do this sound exciting? It surely does to me, so without further ado, let’s see what this magical machine can conjure.

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