HomeRight SteamMachine Plus Review

homeright steamer

Rather than just pushing first around, the SteamMachine Plus disinfects floors and countertops to make sure that you can go barefoot around your home without worries. "The 205 degree temperature steam at nozzle kills 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria including e-coli, salmonella, and staph." This is a big benefit, especially for those with children and pets. … [Read more...]

The Last Screen Protector for your Devices: Phantom Glass (with Giveaway)

phantom glass

Genius. I don't use the word often, unless I'm being sarcastic. But seriously, I think it applies to the fellow who invented Phantom Glass. I love hearing Arlene Dickenson (of Dragon's Den and many other non-TV things fame) say that the country will be in good hands when she sees a young entrepreneur come on the show to present their product or business. That is exactly how I felt when I met with Richard Waters, the inventor of Phantom Glass. When Richard told me he was only 20 years old, … [Read more...]

The YP App Shows me the Local Essentials: Coffee Shops and Gas Stations

YP App

Let's talk way finding. With the lovely weather and a long list of things to do and experience on my summer-fun-list, my sweet station wagon is going to be getting a lot more use soon. Okay, so picture this: I'm out driving around, enjoying the sunshine and beautiful views. I want to keep going—on a drive that may include stopping by some local malls or shopping areas—but I need a coffee pronto! What's a girl to do? Now, I just pull out my iPhone and use the YP App to super-quickly give me … [Read more...]

A Place Where TV Watching Gets Social

beamly social network

My mom, brother and I used to watch episodes of Seinfeld, 90210, Melrose Place and Road to Avonlea together each week, while I was growing up. TV watching was a fun, social family activity during those times. We're a family that likes to make comments and jokes and ask questions about the shows while we're watching them. It's become 2nd nature to me to watch TV shows that way. And, knowing that someone else would instantly get what I was talking about with a TV show or know why a "puffy shirt" … [Read more...]

WeMo Home Automation (with Giveaway – Canada only!)

wemo insight switch

I remember reading about Smart Homes years ago—prototypes of things that haven't yet (and perhaps never will) come to pass. One of the coolest things I read about was the ability to control your electronics from a handheld device, as well as have motion-sensor activation and notification just as easily. This may sound cheesy, but . . .the future is now! Have you checked out the capabilities of the WeMo Home Automation products? There are so many cool things you can do with the WeMo system, … [Read more...]

Home Office Essential: Sonos Play:1 Compact Wireless Speaker

Sonos play:1

Every home office needs a Sonos Play:1. I really think that having clear, inspiring or motivating music streaming in your work space can really make your day just so much more awesome. Whether or not you're doing the boring (but necessary) work, or actually doing something enjoyable—the right music streaming from the right sound system can seriously improve things. These are my thoughts and results—I feel like there should be a disclaimer, but who amongst you wouldn't love to have a great music … [Read more...]

My Devices Deserve a Smart Wireless Home Network

Linksys-AC1900 Wireless Network Smart Wi-Fi Router

They work hard, they're loyal, and (because I chose them) they're awesome—my devices deserve the Linksys EA6900 Smart Wi-Fi Router. I get the best cases and covers for them—make sure they're dust-free, so this is just the next logical step in making sure my devices know that I care about them. About 10 minutes ago something exciting started—I initialized the set-up of my new Smart Wi-Fi Router. Yes, it only took that long to get everything connected, and test that it was all working (as … [Read more...]

An Innovative Way to Deal with Traffic Congestion

Besides being really expensive, the other thing people think about when I bring up the fact that I live in Vancouver, is the traffic congestion. Being as densely packed as it is, and there being such a short distance between traffic lights means that there are tons of cars on the road and it take a long time to go not-that-far. There are more and more high-rise buildings going up all the time, which doesn't ease traffic at all. Obviously, traffic congestion isn't a Vancouver-only problem; in … [Read more...]

How to Cut Vegetables Uniformly

Microplane

Do you like to prep your ingredients prior to starting to cook your meal? Or do you like to get things together as you go? Either way, I have a tool to show you that will make things go more smoothly. I've already shared why I love Microplane products—because they're designed well, have ultra-sharp blades, and make me feel like I am a professional chef in my own home. The Adjustable Slicer with Julienne Blade just reinforces my love for all things Microplane. This product slices and juliennes … [Read more...]

Here’s a Quick List of iPhone Essentials

iPhone Essentials

Before you load up your iPhone with zillions of apps, you have to take care of the essentials. It may be true that all I could think about when I picked up my new iPhone from the mobile store was all the great cases I could now outfit my phone in. I know that some people like to have "naked" gadgets, but if I'm going to spend several (several) hundred dollars on something that is going to get a ton of ware, you can bet that I'm going to be taking good care of it! A cute case is. . .well, cute … [Read more...]