These days, coffee is about more than taking breaks or boosting energy. Increasingly, it’s considered a complete experience unto itself. There are even gourmet coffee tastings – called “cuppings.”
No surprise, then, that we’ve become determined to brew the best cups possible at home. Partly, that means trying new brewing methods. Which is best? That depends on your needs and tastes.
Our beginner’s guide to at-home coffee brewing:
This year, London Drugs hopes to help our young (and young at heart) readers in their quest to “adult.” We know, the struggle is real. A big part of adulting for many is welcoming their first child into the world–and, more practically, into their home.
But, did you know that your furniture and appliances represent some of the biggest threats to children’s safety in your home? The problems with furniture and appliances arise mainly if they’re tippy or pointy, or if dangerous objects are accessible inside or on top.
In early 2017, a video of a Utah family went viral after the family’s twin toddlers tipped over a large dresser, and were caught on a home security camera. One brother was trapped beneath it while the other worked valiantly (and successfully) to free him. Thank goodness!
Still, we can all agree it would have been much better if the dresser had not fallen to begin with. Hence, prevention. And luckily, child-proofing your furniture doesn’t have to be a monumental task. If done right, you can also design a home that’s both kid-friendly and stylish. Let’s get started.
Reorganization is the first step to baby-proofing your furniture. Consider the needs of your adorable new roommate–from his or her perspective. Start by getting on your hands and knees and actually crawling around to see your living room through new eyes.
One of the first things you may notice is how cold and uncomfortable it is to crawl on hard surfaces. For this, consider getting a large rug or carpet, especially for the living room. [SPOILER ALERT: This suggestion won’t just benefit the baby. You’ll also be doing a lot more crawling around.]
Next, look for any sharp furniture edges you could bump your head on. Whenever you find one, often on a coffee table or side table, ask yourself if you can live without that object. After all, the best way to invalidate a threat is to physically remove it. If you can’t or don’t want to do without it, consider where in the room that object poses the least risk. Perhaps on the far side of a couch or in a low traffic area?
Think, too, of course about how you can make it safer. One clear option is covering sharp corners with protective foam or made-for-kids corner guards. In general, in the future, look for furniture with soft, rounded edges, such as a padded ottoman instead of a traditional coffee table.
The last thing to do from floor level is to test which furniture surfaces little arms might reach. Consider the consequences of grabbing or pulling on what is in reach–think: heavy statues, glass vases–and find a new (preferably higher and harder to reach) home for those objects. It will take some time for your little one to understand that not everything is a toy.
On the subject of toys, do also prepare an easy-to-access shelf, case, or chest where all your child’s toys will belong. This simple timeworn trick will help keep your house tidy, and will give them access to safe entertainment–with luck, minimizing their desire to seek out more dangerous entertainment, like climbing on your furniture.
Now that your furniture is safely positioned and cleared of potentially dangerous items, you can secure it in place.
Any large piece of furniture that could potentially be tipped over should be anchored or tethered to the wall. You can accomplish this using clips designed just for this purpose, or with standard items purchased from any hardware store. Whatever you do, make sure it’s done right.
Of course, tipping isn’t the only hazard. Drawers can often fall out if pulled past their limit and swinging cabinet doors have their own risks, like pinched fingers. To make your furniture baby-proof, consider latching each drawer and door.
This may seem obvious, but a free-standing, flat screen television can be the cause of a home injury to toddlers. In fact, 70% of all TV tipping incidents in Canada involve a child under four years old.
Attention College Students: it’s time to think again about #dormlife. Whether you’re entering your first year or you’re a vet of shower flip-flops and common room chill-outs, this guide is for you. (Yes, you should still check it out if you’re “living large” off campus.)
But then there’s the fun stuff. Those small, supposedly optional, but massively life-saving protectors of your comfort and happiness.
That’s right: student gadgets. Here are some to consider scooping up for 2016. READ MORE
Summer is here and that means we are in the midst of living in 25°C weather and above. With the prediction that we are approaching one of the hottest summers yet, it might be time to start thinking about the best ways to beat the summer heat. For those that love to keep their living spaces cool in the summer, consider an air conditioner or fan to keep the summer heat out and the cool temperatures in.
When picking the proper air conditioner for your living space, there are a few things to keep in mind. If the room is heavily shaded, it may be best to choose a unit with less capacity than recommended on the chart. However, if the room has a vast majority of sunlight, a unit with more capacity is best. For rooms that have two of more that regularly occupy it, more capacity is required. In addition, air conditioners that will be installed near the corner of a room will need a unit that can send airflow in the right direction.
Stylish small appliances are a new trend in home decor, and make great gifts for the chef with style in your life. London Drugs has a superior selection of stylish small appliances that are both functional and decorative in the kitchen.
“We are finding that more and more, our clients are getting into cooking at home and want to invest in the best appliances for their kitchen renovations, this also goes for table top appliances,” said Alykhan Velji, Principal and Senior Designer of Alykhan Velji Designs. “Everything from mixers to juicers are now coming in great colours and designs and we are finding that these are becoming showcase pieces in kitchens just as much as the built-in appliances.”
FIVE GREAT GIFTS FOR THE CHEF WITH STYLE
Cuisinart 2-Slice Countdown Stainless Toaster
The toaster has been a staple item on kitchen counters for generations. Style can also be affordable with this stainless steel 2-Slice Countdown Metal Toaster by Cuisinart. Separate controls defrost waffles before toasting, reheat toast without more browning, and reduce heat on uncut side of bagels to make the perfect holiday breakfast.
KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Stand Mixer
With 20 colours to choose from, you can customize the stylish and functional KitchenAid® Artisan® Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer to perfectly match your kitchen design or personality. The stand mixer is a designer’s dream and often used as a stunning showpiece sure to turn heads even when not in use.
Keurig 2.0 Brewing System
One of the most displayed items on a kitchen counter is a coffee brew system, and this year Keurig is offering several stylish new brew systems that look good and make a good cup o’ joe! New for the Keurig 2.0 is the ability to make a single cup or a carafe. The K500 brewer allows you to brew a 4-cup carafe with the same ease and convenience of brewing a single-serve cup — all at the touch of a button.
The Keurig 2.0 K500 Brewing System includes a Keurig™ Carafe, a 2.0 Water Filter Starter Kit with one filter, and K-Cup® and K-Carafe™ packs to get you started.
SodaStream Source Save the environment and cut down on sugar all while featuring the sleek and stylish SodaStream Source the award-winning soda maker that makes water exciting. A great gift idea for the person who is looking for an at-home soda solution. At only pennies a glass, the SodaStream also makes a great addition to any home for holiday entertaining.
Breville Juice Fountain – Compact
Juicing continues as one of the biggest health trends as people continue to look for quick and easy access to the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables. Breville’s Nutri Disc and patented juicing system extracts more nutrients than other juicers and transfers less than 1.8°F of heat to protect enzymes and maximize nutrient absorption. This Breville Juice Fountain has all the power of its larger counterparts contained in an attractive, compact design. You’ll be proud to keep this on your kitchen counter between your juicing sessions.
No kitchen is complete without a high performance microwave oven. Powerful and versatile, Panasonic’s Genius Inverter Microwave Ovens feature Inverter technology, which delivers a continuous wave of energy at the appropriate power level to retain foods’ natural juices, flavour and nutritional content. Featuring a 1.6 cu. ft. oven capacity and a beautiful stainless steel finish, this microwave integrates seamlessly into any kitchen.
The Panasonic NNT795S Microwave Oven is available at London Drugs.
Big Boss Swirlio Frozen Fruit Dessert Maker Review
My youngest is banana obsessed. He loves them frozen, fresh, in desserts, you name it. While I like bananas, I prefer them in smoothies or recipes instead of alone. There is something with the texture of fresh bananas that has never been appealing to me. However, they are great in desserts and I love them in my morning smoothies. Since there is such a love of frozen bananas in my household I was excited when I was approached to give my review of the new Big Boss Swirlio Frozen Fruit and Dessert Maker. READ MORE