Perhaps you’ve heard of the term the “Internet of things”; it’s technology that was once only conceivable in our minds. The Internet is no longer relegated to iPhones and laptops – advancements in technology have made it possible to breathe technological life into nontraditional devices. Smart refrigerators, most notably those offered by Samsung, have adopted this technology, which allows consumers to order groceries online through an app on the touchscreen panel. In addition, these refrigerators will also be equipped with cameras that can send pictures to your phone, showing you the contents of your fridge while you’re out shopping. There is software in development that will purportedly even tell you what you should eat based on whatever groceries you have leftover at the end of the week!


With an estimated cost of $5,800, it’s hard to justify purchasing a smart refrigerator over a traditional refrigerator. According to a Consumer Reports article, the Samsung Hub Refrigerator (Samsung’s contribution to the smart fridge market), was no better than its traditional brethren: The Samsung T9000 (priced at $3,500). The lab test conducted on the Samsung Hub Refrigerator showed that the advancements that were intended to differentiate it from traditional refrigerators were lackluster, and predicted that the technology that is ostensibly pioneering and innovative will ultimately become obsolete.


So are the seemingly superfluous features of a smart fridge worth the additional cost? That’s up for debate, but it’s hard to argue against the necessity of having a refrigerator in one’s home. Whether you choose a smart fridge or a traditional one, in time something will invariably go wrong. It's murphy’s law: if something can go wrong, it will. As a consumer, it’s highly recommended that you do your due diligence when hiring a technician. A licensed and trained technician – such as those at Toronto Refrigeration – will ensure that problems are properly diagnosed, and repairs are completed in accordance with manufacturer specifications. A smart fridge and a traditional fridge may, at some point, have problems cooling, become unusually noisy, or leak water. Diagnosing a refrigerator requires a discerning ear and a watchful eye; your refrigerator uses a number of parts in order for it to work, and all of these parts must work in concert with one another. If any of those parts begin to malfunction, you may find it necessary to seek out a reputable repair service.


As a consumer, if you choose to purchase a smart fridge, you should acknowledge that most appliance repair companies are not trained to work on problems related to its technology. Appliance repair services are, however, experts at repairing the traditional parts of your refrigerator that can cause problems. The purpose of this article is not to dissuade consumers from purchasing a smart fridge, but to encourage them to make an informed decision. As previously stated, the “Internet of things” is becoming more and more pervasive in modern-day society; at some point, there may be a genuine need to have a smart fridge, but for now, it’s more of a novelty than an absolute necessity.

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Your twenties can feel like a roller coaster ride, from that bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, university freshman to your career-motivated, wiser, and probably just-a-bit-more-cynical 29-year-old self today. It’s your first decade as a real adult, the decade you finish school and enter the working world, and the decade you start working toward your dreams. Most people haven’t made it to where they imagined they would be when their thirtieth birthday arrives, but anyone who has put in the work toward reaching their dreams shouldn’t lose any sleep over their age.

As teenagers, everyone thinks that their lives will be incredible (or over) when they turn 30, that they’ll be married, movie stars, and achieved way more than they really have when their thirtieth birthday actually comes around. The reality is a lot messier, but it can also be a lot more rewarding.

So how do you celebrate this new rite of passage, the one where you really, really turn into an adult, with no going back? No one says you have to turn it down just because you’ve got three decades under your belt, but the odds are, you and your friends want to do something a little bit more exciting than going to the same bars you’ve been to since you moved up from your student watering hole. There are tons of great birthday party ideas for adults, but turning 30 is something special. While some people prefer to celebrate at home with wine and cheese or beer and a barbecue, if you’re out for something new, axe throwing is the latest adventure destination that’s perfect for groups.

Backyard axe throwing has become a hugely popular sport in Canada and there are more places you can learn how to throw an axe than ever before. While a lot of them run leagues, they’re also open for private parties and they’re popular spots for adult birthdays. At one popular venue, the Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL), you can book for groups of 6 or more for your own private pitch, where instructors teach you how to throw axes and then guide you through the competition. Every participant goes head-to-head with each other in a round robin tournament, and then you and your friends battle for top spot in a knock-out round.

Axe throwing has been known to let out your inner-lumberjack; you’ll blow off steam chipping away at the wood targets and hitting bullseyes. Just because you’re turning 30 doesn’t mean you should stop trying new things. Get out of your comfort zone and take your friends with you.

If you live in Ontario, you’re spoiled for options, with several BATL locations in Toronto, as well as branches in Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, and Pickering, while they also have a location out west in Calgary. As you turn 30, axe throwing could also prove to be your next favourite hobby. It keeps you on your toes, always improving your aim, and introduces you to tons of new people who love the game. You can join an axe throwing league or just try it out for a fun birthday.



Most wouldn't turn down a massage if they had the option to have one, especially the busy stay-at-home mom; she works harder than most people, because her job never ends. Mothers, perhaps more than anyone, deserve all the relaxing and restorative benefits of massage – especially if there’s no time for a costly vacation.

It’s irrefutable that moms work hard, to the extent that the labour can be detrimental to their health. There are many restless nights and the risk of sustaining an injury is always looming – be it while trying to put those old toys back in the attic or slipping on a wet, freshly-mopped floor. Indeed, massage can be extremely beneficial for mothers; it has the ability to relieve muscle tension, increase relaxation, and stimulate all the muscle groups of the body. Finding a conveniently-located massage therapist can make it easier for mothers to get the much-needed relaxation that only a bank-breaking vacation was thought to offer.

Mothers, no doubt, have hectic lives, and this stress is likely doubled if they live in a metropolis, like Toronto or New York City – where the flow of stress is inescapable. But unlike rural or suburban areas, cities have an array of options when the time comes to locate, for yourself or the mother in your life, a registered massage therapist – in a place like Toronto, for instance, you can try massage on the Danforth if you’re living in the East End. But before you to take the time to research a practitioner who is right for you, it’s useful to consider the benefits of Registered Massage Therapy (RMT).

No doubt, massage feels incredibly relaxing to the body, but it has a wide-range physical and mental benefits – not only do our bodies enjoy this type of physical manipulation, they require it. Massage soothes anxiety and depression and is incredibly therapeutic for the mind and the body; women with breast cancer who partook of massage therapy three times a week were found to be less prone to depression, for example. Quality of sleep has found to be greatly improved by massage therapy, as well. Even irritating headaches don't stand a chance when. Massage, moreover, has the potential to increase the body's white blood cell count– indeed, massage is not just a luxury, but a type of medicine for the body, mind, and soul, provided by a registered and extensively educated professional.

RMTs must complete five-hundred hours of training and are required to pass a national exam. Upon passing, they must register with the Department of Regulatory Agencies, acquire practitioner insurance, and pass a criminal background check – there are, indeed, many steps taken to ensure the best possible care can be provided to clients of RMTs. Consequently, many major insurance policies recognize massage therapy as a viable medical solution to manifold problems and therefore provide coverage for massage, including cases where patients have suffered from:

  • Whiplash
  • Car Accident Injuries
  • Sprains & Tennis Elbow
  • Work Related Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Strains & Tennis Elbow

Obtaining the services of an RMT can thus be quite helpful in terms of prevention and treatment – it’s time to seriously consider taking advantage of these services, no matter the severity of your situation. Whether you’re a mother struggling with chronic fatigue and repetitive strain issues, or the survivor of a severe car accident, a massage can go a long way. RMT is, indeed, a lot like a vacation for the body that doesn’t require the stressful efforts of travel – it’s soothing, bodily bliss made easy.