Tree tents – Reviewing Tentsile Connect suspension tent

I’d first seen this futuristic space age style tent on someone’s Instagram post. It was slung in an impossibly strange place hovering over a body of water, strapped inexplicably to some trees. It was a tent, but looked like a type of hovering spacecraft. I had to know more about what this crazy contraption was.

I learned eventually that what I saw was a Tensile tent and ever since I’ve been dying to give one a try. Continue reading “Tree tents – Reviewing Tentsile Connect suspension tent”

Google Home Review – what a digital assistant can do for you

Typing is for chumps.

Savvy techies today are talking to their devices, using their voices to interact with technology, rather than typing commands into a web browser online. You’ll see it in a series of new smart home digital assistants; Amazon’s Echo (not yet available in Canada) Apple’s soon-to-be-revealed Home, and of course Google’s Home device is now available in Canada. Continue reading “Google Home Review – what a digital assistant can do for you”

How to set up smart lights & home control with Google Home

Google Home is a super smart home automation portal that works with just your voice commands. While it can play music and answer trivia questions, and much more (Read Erin’s review of the device here) it can also be used to automate and control smart home gadgets. Here’s how to get smart home devices connected with Google Home. Continue reading “How to set up smart lights & home control with Google Home”

Hunting the elusive Haskap berry

I wrote this article for CityPalate Magazine this summer after trying to find these elusive berries. Have a read. -Erin

“Have you seen any of these?” Like a culinary detective hunting an elusive suspect, I flash a photo at a clerk at the market. “Sorry, no.” I try again next door. “I’m looking for these. Know who’s got any?” “Can’t help you.”

I get similar reactions from people all over the market until I run out of fruit stands. Yes, fruit stands. I’m looking for a berry, and though it’s said to be one of the most prolific in Alberta and western Canada, I’m met with inquisitive looks every time I ask about it. Continue reading “Hunting the elusive Haskap berry”

Review – Living with my new Samsung Galaxy S8+

I’ve been toying with making a switch from Apple to Android for a while now. I’ve long been curious if the grass really is greener on the other side.

With a new Samsung Galaxy S8+ in hand I finally made the leap about five weeks ago. I wanted to spend an extended period of time living in this new world before writing my review. So after much use, some travel with the new phone and plenty of new apps, photo-taking and more, here it is. Continue reading “Review – Living with my new Samsung Galaxy S8+”

Review: Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link fan, heater & air purifyer

We’re having a heatwave where I am.  Typically here no one has air conditioning because it doesn’t usually get hot enough for long enough to justify it for most families. But when conditions do change and it gets up to 34°C or 94°F, something must be done.

Fortunately for me a demo model of the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link arrived for testing and this review a few days before the worst of the heat. Continue reading “Review: Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link fan, heater & air purifyer”

Philips Airfryer review

We all love deep fried food, don’t we? It’s just so unhealthy.  But a new kitchen device promises to give us that deep fried flavour and crispness without all the fat and calories.  Enter the Philips Airfryer. Continue reading “Philips Airfryer review”

The evening bag that charges your phone; MightyPurse review

Being a tech blogger I always need power. I can’t risk running out of juice when I have content to post on deadline! That’s why I was excited to learn about MightyPurse.

MightyPurse is a good sized clutch purse with a wrist strap that has built-in charging. The MightyPurse features a hidden built-in 4000Ah battery that manufacturer H Butler says can recharge your smartphone up to two times per charge. The power bank has an LED charge indicator so you always know how much power is left in your purse. Continue reading “The evening bag that charges your phone; MightyPurse review”

D-Link Omna home security camera review

Home security is more important than ever, but so is general home surveillance. Need to know if the kids got home on time? If the gardener got the lawn cut or not, or if strangers have been creeping round the house?  Continue reading “D-Link Omna home security camera review”