How GE’s App Makes Cooking in Your Wall Oven Easier

A connected life is a happy life. Between family, friends, and romantic partners, the connections in life are part of what make us who we are. They help us and make our lives easier. They define us. And they offer experiences that we’d never quite be able to have just on our own.

So, why then shouldn’t we be more connected in every aspect of our life? Well, with a GE WiFi Connect wall oven and the GE Appliance Kitchen App, you can be connected to the things – not just the people – that matter in your life. The GE Appliance Kitchen App will connect you to your kitchen appliances – like your brand-new wall oven you just picked up from us – giving you whole new connected experiences to make your kitchen life easier.

What are the benefits of being so connected to your wall oven, though? Good thing you asked. Let’s take a look.

Cherishing that Connection

Once you’ve connected your wall oven to your GE Appliances Kitchen app (if you need help on that, head right over here) you’ll have a whole world of new possibilities right at your fingertips.

You’ll be able to preheat the oven no matter where you are, change the temperature of the oven from anywhere, and even set and adjust cooking timers from – you guessed it – anyplace you want to be at all. Your oven will always only be as far away from you as your phone is … which for most people isn’t that far away these days.

The Geneva Conversation

While Alexa and Google Assistant may take the spotlight these days, they aren’t the only smart voices worth talking to. I’m happy to introduce you to Geneva, the voice assistant for GE’s apps. Simply ask your smart device to speak to Geneva, and you’ll be able to control your oven all with the magical and soothing tones of your own voice.

What exactly can you control? How about being able to preheat your oven? Turning it off? And even getting a notification when your timer goes off? Pretty fancy stuff, if I do say so myself. Welcome to 2019, and welcome to true smart home technology of the future.

“What Else Have You Got?”

Not convinced how big of a different the GE Appliance Kitchen App can make in your life? Well, I haven’t thrown everything at you … yet.

Let’s take a look at the other brands that your smart oven will be able to work with. To make it even more impressive, let’s just make it one giant list: Alexa, DiGiorno, Drop, IFTTT, Innit, and Google Assistant. Phew.

Not only do you get the benefits of the GE Appliance Kitchen App, but your smart wall oven will be able to integrate with other products to your heart’s desire! And isn’t that just what connecting is all about?

Making new connections – even if it is just to new appliances – can be daunting. But as your local appliance store, we just so happen to be well connected in the area of expertise, and we’re glad to help you find the best GE wall oven for your kitchen. Stop in today, and we’ll connect you to the next oven of your dreams!

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

5 Healthy Recipes to Bring in the New Year with Bosch

If you’ve set new health goals for 2019, you aren’t alone. Many people will start this year with the goal of eating healthier, but staying on that track can be hard. Part of it is just coming up with healthy foods to eat instead of just relying on old, unhealthy staples. Don’t worry, though, I’ve got you covered on the recipe front!

Even better, with appliances from Bosch, eating healthy has never been easier! Here are just a few amazing recipes that will help you bring in the New Year in style and flair while sticking to your own eating goals. Let’s eat!

Chicken Paprikash (via Food and Wine )

Chicken-based recipes are a great way to keep your meals healthy and tasty, and this Paprika sauce is going to remind you why the seasoning has stayed a cooking staple for as long as it has. The recipe also yields four servings, so you’ll have tasty eats for the whole family in no time! It’s peppery Paprika perfection.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes (via Allrecipes)

There’s nothing better when starting a new health regiment than taking old foods and converting them over to something new, something healthier, but something that still tastes good! This whole wheat blueberry pancake recipe gives you a chance to do all of the above!

Even better, if you combine this recipe with a Bosch cooktop you’ll be able to whip up those pancakes faster than ever! You’ll be flipping flapjacks faster than you can eat them, leaving you a great opportunity to meal prep and save some for later.

Lemony Linguine with Spring Vegetables (via EatingWell)

If you are looking for a sturdy – and seasonal – recipe for dinner, then this lemony linguine is right up your alley. Blending spring vegetables with linguine, you’ll get a balance of carbs and flavors all in one dish. Even better, there isn’t a Snicket in sight.

And with a Bosch range, you’ll be able to heat your water evenly, even if you are cooking with oversized pots and pans.

Cheesy Steak Keto Tacos (via BRIT+CO)

While fad diets may be a dime a dozen, science is starting to really rally behind the low-carb approach of eating Keto. This recipe gives you the best of both worlds – wonderful tacos, while still letting you stay low- or no-carb in the process. There’s nothing better than getting your tacos, err, cake and eating it, too!

Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla (via Two Healthy Kitchens)

Yes, yes, this recipe isn’t a calzone, but it still is sure to hit that pizza craving in a much healthier way than ordering Domino’s and eating it all by yourself while you sit and marathon Netflix for hours.
Instead, try making this quick and easy pizza quesadilla. They are better for you, and you’ll feel much less shame after eating them all in one sitting.

These are just a few healthy recipes to help you get started on your health journey this year. And no matter what you are cooking, make sure you are doing it on the best appliances. Stop in today and we’ll guide you through all of the great appliances Bosch makes. You won’t believe what culinary adventures await you in the year ahead with Bosch at your side!

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

4 Essential Samsung Appliances for Millennials

It’s busy – and hard – growing up these days. Between the political climate and the competitive and slim job market, buying more “grownup” and “settled” life purchases may not always be at the front of your mind when other things like rent and student loans seem all encompassing.

If you are used to washing dishes by hand, have never worried about the difference between top loading and front loading, and have no idea what in the world a tine is, you aren’t alone –for some shoppers, appliances just aren’t second nature. And we get that!

Millennials may have been born with computers in their hands, but we grew up with appliances in our hearts. That’s why we are here not just to sell, but also to educate – to guide you through the turmoil that is trying to figure out what your home needs and why it needs it once you finally leave the nest and are financially secure enough to actually have to worry about said decisions.

If you are a first-time home owner – or just fitting out your new apartment space – but aren’t sure what you need and why you need it and which, we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to truly turn your house into a home.

1. Refrigerator

Sure, you may not need to keep ramen in the refrigerator, but it’s probably well past time you started thinking about meals that can be cooked and then stored for later. Of everything on this list, a refrigerator is probably the appliance your home needs most, and you might be surprised just how functional a new fridge can be these days.

Besides keeping your food from spoiling – which is really important in adult life, trust us! – a new Samsung smart refrigerator comes with a 21.5” touchscreen, which can show you the contents of your fridge and be used to manage calendars and notes. You can even use voice recognition to add your favourite foods to your shopping list – no pausing Netflix required.

2. Washer and Dryer

Forget laundry mats and having to go through of hassle of actually finding physical change, real luxury is walking down the hall and doing laundry whenever you want to, for free. Of course, that requires knowing how to do laundry, and which setting to put things on, and how to not make colours bleed or sweaters shrink … you get the idea.

You may be noticing a running theme here, but these aren’t your grandparents’ washers and dryers, either. Check out a Samsung washer with Wi-Fi connectivity, and you’ll easily be able to use your phone to stay in touch and on top of your laundry.

Of course, we are sure you have other concerns, especially around the energy usage. We’re pro-environment, too! And the good news is so is Samsung, and their washers are Energy Star certified, which means you know you aren’t wasting energy while getting the necessities taken care of.

3. Cooktops and Hoods

Don’t worry if you are already lost – it’s totally OK to not know what a cooktop and a hood is.

But, you are out on your own now, so you are probably going to be doing a lot more cooking at home. That’s what the cooktop is for, and the hood will help the air quality in your cooking space stay clean and fresh.
Samsung’s smart technology extends to these necessary home appliances, as well. With Bluetooth you can connect your range and cooktop, making them work together for lighting and fan purposes. You can also keep an eye on them anywhere you have Wi-Fi! Yup, cooktops and hoods are smart enabled now, too.

4. Range/Wall Oven

While you may be used to take out and microwave dinners, there’s a whole new world of baking and cooking waiting for you with a range or a wall oven. Stop just watching reruns of “The Great British Bake Off” and “Iron Chef” and actually take the utensils into your own hands! You’ll be surprised what culinary creations you are able to whip up with Samsung’s sleek appliances by your side.

No matter what type of appliances you are looking for – or if you just need more help to figure out which ones are best for your current living space and lifestyle – stop by, give us a call, or browse our website! We’ve been in the game long enough to help anybody find the appliances they truly need.

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

How to Take the Best Nap of Your Life on a Beautyrest

Everyone knows the struggle of the midday slump. You try to get back to work after lunch and suddenly it hits you. You’re sleepy, slow, and it feels like your brain is miles away. For a lot of people, their first response to the afternoon sleepies is to grab another cup of coffee or power through until bedtime. But I’m here to tell you that not only is napping totally acceptable for grownups, it can actually improve your health and overall alertness!

But how to achieve that ideal nap? That Goldilocks rest that’s not too long and not too short, leaving you feeling rested and not too groggy? Well, a Beautyrest mattress is a great place to start, but here are a few more tips on how to take the best nap of your life and tackle the rest of your day with ease!

Time It Right

Don’t just take your nap any old time of day. Too early and you won’t reap the benefits for long, too late and you won’t be able to get to bed at night! Plan your nap for about 3 p.m., when your tasty lunch really starts to hit and you’ve been awake almost as long as you were asleep the night before. Don’t sleep too long either – between 10 and 20 minutes is the sweet spot for naps. That might sound too short, but any longer and you’ll be groggy for hours afterwards.

Get Your Buzz On

It might sound counterintuitive, but try taking a few sips of coffee before dozing off. The caffeine should take about thirty minutes to really hit, and if you time your nap just right, you should wake up just as your body is receiving the caffeine boost. That leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day once your alarm goes off.

Cut Out Light and Sound

Light and noise can completely ruin your sleep, so try to take your nap in a place where you’re unlikely to be disturbed. This might not always be practical, especially for people who work during the day, but if you have an office or even a car where you can lock the doors, break out an eye mask and some ear plugs, and catch a few Z’s on your lunch break, you’ll wake up feeling better than ever.

Prep Your Bed

If you work at home or just can’t get enough of afternoon naps, even on your days off, then you get to enjoy the luxury of a nap in your own bed. Lucky you! This also means you’ll want to prep your bed just right.

First things first, a Beautyrest mattress will give you a solid foundation for a successful nap. Beautyrest’s pocketed coil, hybrid, and memory foam designs are created with the goal of maximizing your comfort and conforming perfectly to your body’s unique needs. So if your current mattress just doesn’t let you get comfy enough, bring home a new Beautyrest to up your nap game.

Once you’ve picked out the perfect Beautyrest for you, cover it in cozy blankets and pillows scented with a calming essential oil like lavender or chamomile. You sleep better when you’re warm, and aromatherapy can help put you in a relaxed state of mind, especially if you have trouble falling asleep. Don’t try to get work done or watch tv in bed before dozing off – keep your bed a calming space associated only with sleep, so you can get to snoozing sooner.

And there you have it! With these tips, you’re well on your way to the most relaxing nap of your life, and you’ll be ready to wake up refreshed and take on the rest of your day. If your bed needs an upgrade before you can achieve your ideal sleep, come down to our store! We have a huge stock of Beautyrest mattresses of every size, shape, and softness level, and our associates are ready and willing to help you down the path toward that perfect nap!

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert

4 Sleep Tips for When You’re Stuck in Your Bed with the Flu

Ah…ah…choo! Flu season is in full swing, and there’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning with a scratch in the back of your throat and that groggy feeling that signals that the plague is only hours away.

Of course, that’s not to say that you are totally defenseless against the evil onslaught that is the flu. Your first line of defence against any illness is always going to bed, and if you are sleeping on a Tempur-Pedic mattress you are already one step ahead of your competition in terms of getting good sleep!

But there are other things you can do to try to get a leg up on the flu, and try to be back on the road to recovery as fast as you can. Here are some tips we pulled together to help you out!

Tank Up with Tea

Hot drinks can help your breathing, and tea can also help you relax, especially if you are stressing out over your flu and already worrying over the possible sleep it might cause you to miss.

Even better, try grabbing a nighttime or sore throat tea and really fight back against the flu with a one-two punch that will send it flying away as fast as possible!

Soup for the Soul

Tea isn’t your only warm and comforting friend while you are fighting off flu. You also should probably grab some chicken soup. Sure, the adage may go that’s it’s good for the soul, but it also can help against your flu, as well. If you can’t make it just like the grownups in your life did when you were sick, a can of it will work just fine.

And, don’t worry about it if you are stuck in bed and don’t want to get out to eat – your Tempur-Pedic mattress will provide you support and comfort all day long. It might not be able to make the flu go away, but it will at least provide a good home base for you to relax while your body fights off those nasty germs.

Get Steamy

Hot showers really are magical places – once you step into the water and pass behind the veil of the shower curtain, it pretty much is just like taking a step into Narnia. Not only are they warm and comforting, but they can help you with some of your flu symptoms, as well! You’ll feel better – and breathe better – after you step out of a nice warm shower.

If you want to take things to the next level, you can even try adding some essential oils to the shower: Eucalyptus and lavender oil are two good ones to use when you are fighting to keep the sickness at bay, and you’ll be breathing that much better when you go to sleep on your Tempur-Pedic mattress.

Drink Up

While water on the outside of your body – in the form of the aforementioned shower – is important, you also want to make sure that you are drinking enough fluids. Stay hydrated, even if you have a sore throat and don’t feel like drinking. You’ll be glad you did.

There are loads of other ways to help fight off the flu, as well: cold medicine, cough syrup, nasal sprays, and more. And of course, your Tempur-Pedic mattress will be there for you through it all! If you want to be proactive and not wait until you are sick to get that perfect mattress, there’s no better time to stop by and check out all of our mattresses! We’ll be glad to help you find one perfect for all of your needs, in sickness and in health.

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

3 Expert Tips on Selecting Motion Furniture for Your Home

At the office it is all about leaning in, but at home is where we like to lean back. Sinking into your favourite chair or sofa at the end of the day is really the best cure around. Don’t you agree? Combine a comfortable spot with family or friends for football or family day gatherings with some good food and you’ve got it made in the shade.

When it comes to selecting the perfect chair, sofa, or loveseat it is definitely worth including recliners and motion furniture in your search. Not only are today’s modern motion furniture offerings stylish and sleek, but they are the perfect way to add even more comfort to your home theatre, family room, or man cave.

With that in mind, we’ve pulled together our top three expert tips on what to look for or think about when selecting motion furniture for your home.

1) Look for Canadian-made

When it comes to buying furniture (motion or not!) a big consideration these days is looking for Canadian-made products, including furniture. When shopping for high quality furniture items for your home it is always a good idea to look for Made In Canada companies.

2) Manual vs. Power Options

A key option offering in reclining or motion furniture is the choice between manual or power. A key factor in this decision is the room’s layout and your access to a power source. Sometimes the room makes the decision for you, and other times you have the choice between manual or power options and there are advantages to both.

Manual motion furniture options:

  • Allow you to place the furniture anywhere in any room without being restricted by power outlets or using or power chords;
  • Have fewer moving parts so there is less potential failure or warranty issues
  • Cost significantly less than their power option cousins simply because there are fewer motorized parts;
  • Are generally lighter than motorized options (easier to move);

Power or mechanical motion furniture options:

  • Modern long-lasting battery packs now allow many motion furniture options to have power, but no chord (except during charging) giving you the best of both worlds (power without restriction on placement).
  • Allow you to recline to any desired position, providing very specific comfort to anyone who sits and reclines to their desired position;
  • Are easier to use because there is less effort required on your part to recline;

3) Know All Your Style Options

What room will your new furniture be used in? Home theatres and man caves are the ideal spot for a selection of motion sectionals and chairs, perfect for watching the latest scary movie or big game. When it comes to living rooms and family rooms, other options that work well are reclining chairs, loveseats, and sofas. From leather recliners in the man cave to soft fabrics in the family room, the style options are endless in today’s recliners.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

How to Use the Colour of the Year to Decorate Your Home

Every year Pantone releases its ‘colour of the year’ and it helps guide the trends we will see in our homes. Pantone is pretty much the entire world’s go-to-resource for colour matching, design, and colour trends. Each year they, along with other colour heavy hitters like Benjamin Moore, Para Paints, Sico, Sherwin Williams and other paint or colour companies pick a colour they think represents the year to come, what we’ll see in our homes, in our closets, and even in marketing and advertising.

When it comes to the Pantone colour of the year, it is as much political statement and thought-provoking as it is fluffy throw pillows. The colour Pantone has picked for 2019 is called Living Coral and this bright cheerful colour will be everywhere, if it isn’t already.

Described by Pantone as a happy and optimistic colour, Living Coral is a great way to infuse a little sunshine into your home furnishings.

Does this lively and slightly nostalgic colour speak to you? Want to use it in your home? We’ve rounded up some great examples of just how to use the colour of the year in your home:

This area rug combined with a simple throw and pillow is the perfect POP of colour for this navy and grey bedroom.

Source: Houzz

This wing chair pair is really living a lively coral life.

Source: Houzz

This coral ottoman is a great way to add colour and function to this wonderful living room space.

Source: Houzz
How beautiful is this coral crib?
Source: Houzz

Curtains and a pop of coral on the dining room chairs make for a great combo in this dining room.

Source: Houzz

This cozy breakfast nook looks like a very happy place to enjoy food and company.

Source: Houzz
The simple addition of this coral wallpaper really makes this transitional powder room extra special.
Source: Houzz

We hope you are inspired to use the 2019 colour of the year in your home.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

3 Things to Do BEFORE You Remodel Your Kitchen

Do you think you are ready for a big kitchen renovation? Have you spent hours on Pinterest creating the perfect dream kitchen and are ready to get the show on the road? I love your energy and enthusiasm, but there are few key things you should do before you even begin the process of launching into a kitchen redesign.

1. Consider Your Budget

Money can’t buy happiness, but it does buy new kitchens. When it comes to kitchen renovation or remodel, the budget can get high very quickly. You’ll want to know a very realistic number and also set aside a little for emergencies.

If you can’t squeeze an extra cent out of your budget and no hammer has swung yet, you need to reconsider. In any household project there will be unforeseen costs and issues, especially in a kitchen requiring power and water. Know your budget and stick to it.

2. Consider Your Space

What kind of space do you have to work with? Are you able to rethink closets, powder rooms or other spaces around your kitchen as part of this project? (see budget above though!) How much room do you have for all the things your kitchen needs to do? Be sure to measure out appliances and how much room you need to walk, open doors, and use the space effectively.

3. Needs Vs. Wants

You might want a giant six-burner stove, but the small space you have will only accommodate a four burner. You might want a pot filler over the stove, but installing water adds extra to the budget.

When it comes to a kitchen remodel or update, you have needs and wants, and so does your space. The perfect kitchen is one that balances out the needs of the space, the wants and needs of the user, and fits it all into the budget. It is definitely easier said than done, but my suggestion is to start with a list and go from there.

At BrandSource we’ve seen many kitchen remodels and projects and are happy to help you weigh the pros and cons of all the types of appliances so you can get the kitchen that is best for you.

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert

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5 Top Activities That Help You Forget About the Cold

It’s the weekend, it’s cold and you are wishing for summer to come back! Navigating around the cold, wind, snow all week has taken its toll and nothing will pull us out of our homes! All we want to do is hug a cup of hot cocoa and stay in our pyjamas all weekend long.

For those of us who truly find cold weather and all of its outdoor activities intolerable, there is hope! Whether you are on your own or have a family to entertain, we have found five great indoor activities that will keep you indoors, warm and busy!

1. Read and Explore

During those summer garage sales, you picked up a pile of books you promised you would read. Start a book club where everyone can meet online or for those of you who enjoy writing, get a blog started to review them and see where it leads!

2. Bake and Cook

Baking and batch cooking are always favourite indoor activities. While the weather gets cooler, soups, and stews are easy to batch cook and freeze for weeknight meals. The scent of banana bread baking in the oven conjures up warm and fuzzy feelings during the cold winter days! Crank up the tunes and get moving in the kitchen! Alone or assigning tasks to family members this will make for some great entertaining and eating!

3. Game Night

Cold fall and winter nights are the perfect opportunity to gather everyone around and play some old-fashioned board games. Invite your neighbours and make it a pot luck evening filled with eating and winning!

4. Declutter

Clearing closets and clutter for a donation bin opens up extra space in your homes as well as helping out your community. You can start in the basement or storage room where you keep a lot of “just in case stuff” piled up and then work your way to the other rooms, closets and drawers. The general rule is that if you haven’t used or worn it in over a year, it’s time to go.

Keeping boxes assigned for various things will keep things in order when you’re ready to drop them off at goodwill. Not only are you clearing out some old stagnant energy in our homes, but you are also helping others in need!

5. Get Crafty

I am sure you are like me when I say, I wish I could draw, paint, crochet or knit! During those cold winter nights, you could be learning a new skill that can perhaps not only beautify your homes but turn into a business at local craft fairs. Unless you try something new, you will never know what you are capable of.

Many of us would easily turn to binge-watching movies and shows during those cold winter nights, and that’s not a bad thing, occasionally. But if you dedicate a few nights a week or the weekends to being productive, creative, and inspiring you would not only feel accomplished but also motivate those in your lives to do the same. It’s time to discover what lies inside of you and what better time than on a cold windy night!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

10 Kitchen Trends to Love

The kitchen is the heart of our home and is definitely the room that takes up the most of my precious Pinterest time. Sure, I pin great recipes like everyone else, but I also have a never ending supply of great kitchen inspiration. Amazing kitchens with storage and colours, and technologies and all the awesome stuff I would do if I won the lottery. Let’s dream together, shall we? I’ve rounded up my top 10 kitchen trends I am totally loving right now.

1. Coloured Cabinets

A trend I’ve been seeing lots of in magazines, but only in one girlfriend’s house so far. It’s coming to a subdivision split level near you soon, it just takes one person on the block to be bold. Coloured cabinets are a great way to add personality.

2. All Kinds of Cabinets

It used to be one type of cabinet was ‘in style’, but now it seems the style is anything goes. Open shelving, glass door cabinets, closed cabinets, a combination of all of them! I love how this really allows your kitchen and the objects within it to shine.

3. Eclectic Tiles

I’m seeing lots of amazing tiles going down on kitchen floors or as bright and bold backsplashes. No longer white subway tiles, the backsplash and the floor are jumping back into the game with some serious patterns.

4. Innovative Storage

We do a lot in our kitchens and need them to help us out, so when it comes to innovative storage solutions I am all over them. I love the modern pantry we’re seeing more of, holding both food items and the necessary equipment.

5. Mixed Metals

Move over brass, and skip to the side stainless steel, you’ve had your time to shine! Now it’s time for all the metals to shine together. The trend I am seeing is one big harmonious mixing bowl of metals. Make whatever metals you like work. Much like the cabinets, there isn’t one real trendy colour – but rather what’s trendy is making it your own way by mixing and matching.

6. Industrial (like) Appliances

Big industrial like appliances are joining in with coloured cabinets in the trend category I love. For an avid entertainer or someone with a big family, six burners can make a good day great.

7. Destination Stations

A bar nook or coffee station, whatever makes your kitchen work better for your life is what I am seeing more of. These ‘destination stations’ help organize a kitchen space really well.

8. Green

From innovative appliances doing more with less, to plants and coloured cabinets we’re still seeing green as a trend that won’t stop (and for good reason!). Plants help keep air fresh and add a feeling of earthy décor.

9. More Interest, Less Clutter

Rather than cluttered countertops and overstuffed cupboards, we’re seeing much more focus on areas of interest and less clutter. Using lighting, open shelving, or closed shelving with glass, the kitchen is both functional and also a space of beauty.

10. Run-way Runners

The boring area mat saying something about ‘time for wine’ at the kitchen sink has seen its time. The kitchen trend I am seeing everywhere is the return of the runner. It’s a runaway hit and is a great way to a pop of colour to the run-way of your kitchen.

Hoping these few trends have inspired you to step out of your box and be more daring when comes the time for your upcoming kitchen remodel.

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert