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Smarten Up Your Home With the Newest Techie Home Gadgets #BestBuySmartHome

Make Your Home Smarter, Lighter and Safer, with Best Buy

If you call yourself a techie, you may have the latest smart phone, smart watch, pimped out car and camera, but what about the latest in home technology? While your television may unlock the full potential of HDR, and you’ve even got a home 3D printer, have you updated to the latest in home security? Are your your lighting and thermostat controls amped up? And can you monitor the temperature, air quality and even noise pollution inside and outside your home? If not, you may not be worthy of that nerd shirt you so proudly sport, and it’s time to act before your friends stop coming over to play.


Over at the Good Life Vancouver headquarters in Vancouver (the not so secret code name for our smallish Kitsilano apartment from where GLV based) we are in the process of updating a few design aspects in our home and doing some minor renos. You may have seen us wandering the isles of home hardware stores, as well as Best Buy, to satisfy our geeky side. We’ve discovered more than a few things we just can’t live without and suggest you add these very useful gadgets to add to your shopping list.

netatmo urban weather station

Ever wanted your own weather station? Well we have , and now, with the Netamo Smart Weather Station, we can gather not only temperature and humidity levels inside and outside our home, but also air quality, CO2 level, barometric pressure and even noise pollution, all accessed from our smartphones. We now know when to wear our rain boots and also when to turn our stereo down.

nest smart thermostat

It’s not that cold out here on the “wet coast”, but we are still concerned about keeping our hydro bills down and do so with the Nest WiFi Smart Thermostat, a learning thermostat that remembers the temperatures we like and then programs itself to save energy. The LCD display lights up when approached, so no need to squint to read. We can also control if from both our mobile phones and use it with numerous home products. We still have yet to agree on what that perfect temperature is though.

belkin wemo insight switch 2

Another energy cost reducer, is the Belkin WeMo Smart Plug , that controls fans and lights, shuts off the TV when we’ve forgotten, and also notifies us when our laundry is done, again, all via our phones. Unfortunately it doesn’t fold up the clothes and put them away, and our dryer still eats socks.

We’re childless and petless so the Nest Cam Indoor Camera isn’t necessary as a nanny or pet cam, but we used it when we were traveling last so we could spy on some of the home repair work that was going on while we were gone.  Did I warn them? Maybe, maybe not.

aurora over couch

We then took an inventory of our lighting, and along with some new track lighting with smarter LED bulbs, we went a little tech crazy and are currently installing light panels from Nanoleaf and will be adding more soon. The starter pack has nine panels that we applied to our wall and now we can customize lighting and choose from millions of colours to pretty up our living room. When I’m a little tired I switch it to bright white light and can almost blast the blues away. All lights are controlled by our Androids (IOS devices too) as well as being voice-enabled if we choose.


Another fun conversation starter (cause you know it’s so quiet here) for that next dinner party is the Mipow Playbulb Sphere Lamp, which can be placed in or out of doors and provides accent lighting via a phone app that allows you to choose from five different lighting effects.

If you are looking to earn, or maintain your Geek title, and smarten up your home, this is definitely the weekend to do so, as the Home+Design Show is in town October 27 – 30, 2016, and Best Buy will be showcasing some of their top Smart products at the BC Hydro Smart Home Booth, right on site. Take note as some of these tech gadgets are eligible for a BC Hydro discount on at Best Buy. Can’t make the home show this time? Head right in to your nearest Best Buy and ask for a demo. Use #BestBuySmartHome if you are sharing and let us know how you’re geeking out at home.

Best Buy’s Trade-In Program

This holiday season, Best Buy Canada is making it easy for you to get rid of those old electronics and opt for brand new devices! Best Buy’s Trade-In program is an easy and affordable way to treat yourself or give anyone on your holiday list what they really want – a new smartphone!

It’s simple! All you have to do is find a store near you, bring in your gently used device and trade it in for a Best Buy Canada gift card.

Estimate value: Choose from the Trade-In categories listed online to estimate your product value. The age, condition and the original accessories included will affect the Trade-In value of your item. Best Buy Canada uses proprietary technology to evaluate your device and provide a competitive offer.

Find a store: Find a Best Buy Mobile or big box store near you that can accept your item

Get gift cards: Bring your items to the store to claim your gift card

samsung note5

Samsung Note 5 – I have this one and highly recommend!


samsung charger

Samsung Fast Charger – I want this one! Anyone want to share their gift card?

*Brought to you by Best Buy – best buy’s trade-in program

Holiday Shopping at Best Buy

We’ve given you gift suggestions for food lovers on Global TV and in BC Living, and now we are cruising throught the aisles at Best Buy for some more great ideas for those wishing to live the good life in 2016.


Our vacuum cleaner sucks, or actually doesn’t suck enough, so we’re thinking the Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum is not only a space saver, but the perfect way to clean up holiday parties.  Equipped with two floor cleaning heads and a soft-roller
cleaner head, the Dyson V6 picks up fine and large debris from hard


We’ve mentioned this before, but really want you to know how much we love the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with the speedy Intel Processor. This 2-in-1 laptop tablets is light, although it has 12.3-inch PixelSense screen and it converts from tablet to laptop easily with the multi-position Kickstand.


We love our Canon T6, but for a compact version you can take with you on the go, check out the Sony Cyber-shot HX60V camera.  Get closer to your subject with 60x digital zoom or snap the whole dynamic landscape. Send your captures to email, friends or social networks easily using integrated WiFi.


Shush up people! When we are traveling we really need something like these so we can sleep in peace on planes, trains and in automobiles. Bose QuietComfort 25 Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones have
extra soft earcups while Active EQ and TriPort technologies ensure crisp, clear, powerful sound.

waterproof video camera

For our future tropical vacations we are going to need something like this 360fly Panoramic Waterproof HD Video Camera, a Best Buy exclusive. The 360fly Panoramic 360-degree HD video camera has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth so you can control, edit, playback, and share the footage through the app and your compatible mobile device.

*Holiday Shopping at Best Buy is a sponsored post.


CONTEST CLOSED Back To School $100 #Giveaway from Best Buy

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Best Buy has everything to set your kids up for success this back to school season. They are making it easier than ever for their customers to shop for what they want, where they want and how they want all at the lowest possible price. Customers can select from a large assortment of products, they have the ability to reserve items online without payment, and pick up in store. Not only do they carry all of the latest technology, they also carry a wide assortment of backpacks, lunch bags, school supplies, musical instruments, educational toys, and more.  All products are available online at BestBuy.ca

To celebrate kids heading (fingers crossed) back to school we are giving away the following.

mr sketch

Mr. Sketch Markers – $9.99

Unleash your creativity with this pack of 18 Sanford Mr. Sketch Scented Watercolor Markers. Each marker features a unique scent and a smooth-flowing bevel tip for easy sketching. The tips maintain their shape after months of sketching for long-lasting use. Markers are certified AP non-toxic.

Green with Envy

Home presence on the go Food Container  – $16.99

The Home Presence Fuel Salad on the Go container can keep your salad fresh until you’re ready to dig in. A dressing container and ice pack container are attached to the lid.


Disney Cars Mini Back Pack – $9.99

Celebrate your favourite Disney movie with the Cars backpack. It features durable 600D polyester fabric, padded adjustable straps, and a front panel reverse printed on clear PVC. 


LeapFrog touch magic school bus – $24.99

The LeapFrog Touch Magic Bus lets your child make a movement or touch a sensor to activate the bus and start down the road to entertaining education. The LeapFrog Touch Magic Bus lets your little one hop on board for fun with the alphabet, early vocabulary, motor skills and learning songs. By allowing them to switch among three educational modes: learning, letter exploration, and music, the Touch Magic Learning Bus is a fun sing-along education tool.


Sony Children’s headphones – $21.99

The Sony headphones were created to be easy on young ears, with moderate volume levels and a lightweight and comfortable design. Children eight years old and up will safely enjoy hours of their own personal soundtrack while you relax in silence.


Paper Mate 8-pack assorted retractable Gel Pen $9.99

From start to finish, the bold, vibrant colours never lose their exceptional brightness. Continuous ink coverage keeps the pen gliding across your paper with no scratchy feel. The contoured, dimpled grip offers comfort and control. This set of 8 pens includes 1 each of black, blue, green, red, purple, pink, orange and turquoise.

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