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Holiday performance must haves: tips and gadgets

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 07:10 AM - last edited on ‎11-20-2014 03:38 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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As a music teacher, I always encourage my students to perform as often as they can, regardless of age, level or discipline. Whether they’ve been learning for five months or five years, recitals and gigs are a great way to showcase students’ hard work and push them to excel at their instrument.For a lucky few, nerves aren’t a problem; some use their anxiety as a way to adrenalize themselves and get excited. For others, especially younger or beginner musicians, their nerves can get the best of them  How can this be avoided? The best advice I can give is to be 110% prepared. Take a look at the tips and gadgets below to sound polished and professional in time for your next recital, concert or gig.

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Top Children's Tablets for Holiday Gift Giving

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 03:38 AM - last edited on ‎11-20-2014 12:56 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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In today's blog I examine a number of great children's tablets for gift giving and consider what's what in the world of youth technology! From LeapFrog tablets to, well, everything else, come along and learn for yourself what's available for today's tech savvy tots!

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Put Some Sparkle in the Season with Baby Jewelry

by Blogger on ‎11-19-2014 01:55 PM - last edited on ‎11-19-2014 03:27 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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On a hunt to make my baby look more 'girly' I discovered baby jewelry with Cubic Zirconia.  They're great stocking stuffers with the holidays approaching!

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Review of the Sony Action Cam including a video of a ride around Vancouver

by Blogger on ‎11-12-2014 11:20 PM - last edited on ‎11-13-2014 09:40 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It took me a while to wrap my head around how far we’ve come with action cameras. They’re smaller, tougher, and more usable than they’ve ever been… and prices incredibly low for what you get in the box. There are a number of Sony Action Cams on the market, but Sony’s HDR-S100VR POV HD Action Cam with Live View Remote is a perfect example: an amazingly capable device with a powerful accessory, coming in for less than half of what I paid for my first digital camera. The best part: it offers some of the best performance in an action cam on the market. Read on to find out more.

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Review: Nexus 9 tablet a solid mix of hardware, software

by Blogger on ‎11-12-2014 06:39 PM - last edited on ‎11-19-2014 10:09 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Nexus devices are, by and large, collaborations of Google’s latest version of Android, and the hardware design of a leading manufacturer, which is HTC in the case of the Nexus 9. The debut of Android 5.0 Lollipop on a device that is good enough to compete with the elite of the tablet category makes for one of the most intriguing Android devices to launch this year. Its performance and user experience only serve to justify the attention its received so far.

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Top 5 Smart Toys of 2014!

by Blogger on ‎11-12-2014 02:17 AM - last edited on ‎11-17-2014 11:17 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Ok, this list may not be a scientifically accurate Top 5, but the toys I discuss in today's blog are among the smartest and most advanced ever made. From robotic pets to amazing flying machines, the items on this list are as smart (or smarter) than about 1/3 of the people I know! Well, maybe not, but they surely are smart and they're definitely fun! So why not click through and check out the full list with me inside?

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Top 5 Refrigerators as Rated by Future Shop Customers!

by Blogger on ‎11-07-2014 11:58 AM - last edited on ‎11-10-2014 08:34 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Consulting customer ratings and reviews is a great way to learn more about a product that you may be considering buying. This truth is further strengthened by the fact that most people writing such reviews are honestly and objectively doing so based on their own individual experience with the product. This is good enough reason, then, to examine some of the top rated products available at Future Shop as reviewed directly by customers. In this installment, the product is refrigerators. Read on for the products, ratings, and select customer comments.

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Since winning Top Chef, I've had a lot of people ask me to share my kitchen knowledge. I've noticed a few topics that seem to come up over and over again: reducing food waste, meal timing and keeping the kitchen clean. So, I've compiled some of my top tips for tackling these three kitchen predicaments.

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Tablet gift solutions for the right person

by Blogger on ‎10-31-2014 11:41 PM - last edited on ‎11-03-2014 12:04 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You want to buy a tablet for someone you love and respect, but might be unsure which model fits best with whom you’re buying for. In some cases, it can be easy to decide, whereas it might not be in others, particularly if the person you have in mind has never owned one before. Options abound, and it’s not just about the products themselves, but what experience or solution they can provide.

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Amazing Jewelry! From diamonds, to pearls, sapphires and rubies

by Blogger on ‎10-31-2014 06:05 PM - last edited on ‎11-06-2014 04:26 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Mae West once said, "I have always felt a gift diamond shines so much better than one you buy for yourself."  She may not be far off.  According to a survey I found,  24% of women said they would love to receive jewelry, compared to a trip (18%), flowers (14%), a meal (13%) or tickets to an event (7%), and I have to say I'm one of the ones in the jewelry camp.  Come check out some of the beautiful and affordable jewelry options that can be delivered right to your door.

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Luggage Rules on Canadian Flights & How to Fly Hassle Free

by Blogger on ‎10-31-2014 03:02 AM - last edited on ‎11-03-2014 11:43 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

 

 

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If you've ever had to frantically repack/rearrange the stuff in your bags at the airport (or even throw a few things out) to get everything under the weight limit, then you know just how stressful it can be to fly without knowing all of the little rules and regulations that the airlines have. It is absolutely crucial not only to know details like your airline's luggage weight limits or the allowable baggage dimensions for a carry-on bag, but to proactively prepare to handle these situations in advance--before you ever arrive at the airport! I personally have had to rearrange bags after placing them on the scale when trying to drop them off (my checked luggage), and, if it hasn't happened to you, believe me, it's NO fun at all! And that's why I'm posting this blog--to help you avoid this situation! Read on to learn about the baggage rules on our two national airlines and a few product suggestions that will help you to fly hassle free.

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Ultimate Designer Holiday Gift Guide

by Blogger ‎10-30-2014 03:48 PM - edited ‎10-30-2014 03:54 PM

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I have had a lot of fun over the past few weeks talking about kitchen design, appliances and entertaining. Today I thought I'd put together twenty of my favourite products for the ultimate designer holiday gift guide.

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Top tools for the kitchen from a Top Chef

by Blogger ‎10-30-2014 03:20 PM - edited ‎10-30-2014 03:55 PM

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You’ve heard it said so often before, that it’s the little things that can make such a difference. That is true in life, and in cooking.  One of the simplest ways to improve your cooking is to make sure you are cooking with the right tools. I’ve compiled a list of some of the essential tools that can give you a leg up in the kitchen.

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Win a new washer and dryer in the “Clean up with LG” contest

by Blog Editor in Chief ‎10-24-2014 07:55 AM - edited ‎11-14-2014 08:14 AM

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Do you appreciate your appliances? Really appreciate them?  I load and unload the washer and dryer, usually without complaints, but still rarely thinking about what I’d do without them. But with the holidays approaching we should think about that.  Your appliances will be working overtime helping you clean up for entertaining, and having guest in your home.  New appliances, like those offered by LG, can provide a little extra joy this holiday season, especially when it is time to clean up! Here is a great way to get a new LG washer and dryer—enter to win them! Read on for more details.

 

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Over my years working as a chef at home and in the industry, I've experimented in the kitchen and figured out many time-saving techniques that make cooking a breeze with any appliance. These kitchen hacks not only save time and make cooking easier, but they also reduce food waste and provide healthier options for common snacks.

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