Archive for August, 2013

Why You Need a Chest Freezer

Why You Need a Chest Freezer

Believe it or not, a chest freezer can be a handy unit to have in the house – particularly if you have a large brood. For starters, if you secretly loathe trips to the supermarket then an extra, large cold storage unit should become your new best friend because it allows you to buy everything you need for a few weeks in one go – just divide your haul into batches and pop these into the freezer. Not to ...

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Never Miss another Moment with the Panasonic DVD Recorder

Never Miss another Moment with the Panasonic DVD Recorder

You know that mixed bags of feelings when you discover a new TV show that you just love straight away only to learn that it airs when the kids have to be put to bed? It just goes to show how hard it is to set aside the same block of time each night – things are always coming up; there are parent teacher nights, gymnastics showcases and grandparent visits to attend to.

It’s times like these you need a good ...

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Tips for Updating a Small Kitchen

Tips for Updating a Small Kitchen

There’s an unfortunate irony with renovations and refurbishments where the smaller the space, the harder it is to do things with it – and this especially applies to kitchens. The thing is though, a small kitchen can really benefit from a spruce up and, by following some simple recommendations, maximising your kitchen space could be a much less daunting task.

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  • If your floor plan permits, create an island that combines storage, eating space, and an under-counter microwave.
  • Alternatively, stash your microwave underneath ...
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Tefal Cook4Me Cooks for You!

Tefal Cook4Me Cooks for You!

There are two kinds of people when it comes to cooking: those with fast-paced, jam-packed lifestyles and no time for or interest in it, and those who are enjoy regular culinary experimentation.

The Tefal Cook4Me (CY7018), $349, is one of those rare gems that answers the needs of both these types. This multi-cooker allows you to prepare fast and delicious healthy meals, and gives you the opportunity to try recipes you may not have had the time or courage to ...

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Bring Home Entertainment to Life with Pioneer

Bring Home Entertainment to Life with Pioneer

In this extremely connected world we live in, funnily enough it’s the products that work wirelessly that we desire most. If you’re looking to declutter and streamline your home entertainment, then take a look at this next model from Pioneer.

Relish the freedom to enjoy music anywhere with Pioneer’s A1 Wireless Speaker (XW-SMA1-K), $199. Requiring no cables, only one touch of a button and the A1 speaker connects and streams music straight from a PC, Mac or smartphone through one ...

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How to: Host a Dinner Party

How to: Host a Dinner Party

Have you been toying with the idea of throwing a dinner party? Don’t be afraid to take the plunge – it’s a real joy entertaining for your family and closest friends in the comfort of your own home.

The key thing you need to remember is that the difference between a good dinner party and a great dinner party is all in the details. If you’re well-organized and plan ahead, you will allow yourself to spend less time in the kitchen ...

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Betta Father’s Day Gift Guide, Part 2

Betta Father’s Day Gift Guide, Part 2

Having trouble picking the perfect gift for Dad? We’ve pulled together a few more of our favourite dad-friendly products here.

Does dad fantasise about being a modern day explorer of sorts? Contour is the ultimate choice in hands-free video cameras for anybody who’s proudest possession is their over-stamped passport. The ContourROAM2 camera (VHR1800K), $255, might be one of the most versatile cameras out there: with it you can customize your perfect shot, whether on the snow, in the sun, or ...

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What’s Cooking: Gas or Induction Cooktops?

What’s Cooking: Gas or Induction Cooktops?

There’s one burning question that plagues many a kitchen renovator: “should we go with an induction cooktop or a gas cooktop?” Not everyone can make such a decision in the heat of the moment, so you might find this post on the advantages and disadvantages of each type of cooktop helpful.

We’ll start with how they work. An induction cooktop works by sending a small current of electricity through the stove’s cooking element into the pot or pan, which then ...

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Make it a Betta Father’s Day

Make it a Betta Father’s Day

Father’s Day might still be a few weeks away but if we’ve learnt anything over the years, it’s to plan ahead. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself taking part in that last minute rush which hardly ever ends well – usually with a pair of itchy socks and a BBQ spatula. We’ve picked out some great Father’s Day gift ideas below to help you get ahead.

Does Dad love his coffee first thing in the morning? Brighten up his day with a coffee ...

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