Home Upgrades

Like so many Canadians, my family and I have been spending a lot more time around our home this year. As we welcome spring and we’re all looking to refresh our spaces and bring new life into our routines, it’s out with the old and in with the ‘like new.’ Shopping with trusted companies and feeling confident in my purchases has always been important to me when I’m searching for new products, so I’m excited to be partnering with eBay Canada on their newly launched Certified Refurbished business.

At eBay.ca/certifiedrefurbished you’re able to get premium like-new products at an incredible discount of up to 40% less than buying new. Plus, products come with all assurances of buying new, including a free two-year warranty, hassle-free 30-day returns and eBay’s site-wide Money Back Guarantee! I love that Canadians are now able to shop with confidence and find the best products at the best value.

One of my favourite Certified Refurbished finds from eBay is the De’Longhi Magnifica S Espresso Machine. The espresso machine came in pristine, ‘like-new’ condition, which includes all of the manuals, instructions and accessories. I literally had to peel off stickers from the packaging — just like a brand new product. If you’ve been on the fence about investing in an espresso machine for your kitchen, eBay’s incredible prices and free two-year warranty ensure you’re purchasing quality products. Espresso machines are also the perfect hosting appliance. Having specialized coffee is such an easy and playful way to elevate brunch or sneak an indulgent moment into your day. I love being able to serve my lavender latte to friends and family, and you can find the recipe in my book, Gather at Home.

With wellness on everyone’s mind lately, I’ve tried to integrate exciting ways to approach health in my kitchen. Breville’s The Juice Fountain Cold Juicer from eBay is a smart and cost-saving way to get in your fruits and veggies for the day, and as a bonus looks beautiful on your counter. While Troy prefers a fresh green juice, I like to get my kids involved and create colourful drinks that they get to help make. For something a little more decadent, try making a fresh-pressed strawberry and orange juice to brighten up a mimosa, or grapefruit juice for a delicious gin fizz cocktail.

Music is absolutely a mood-improver around my house (hello Rod Stewart!), and I love having music playing during family gatherings in the backyard or quiet dinners at the table. I find myself reaching for my Certified Refurbished Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker all the time for its powerful sound quality and easy portability. It’s the kind of speaker you can tuck into your purse and take with you if you’re heading outdoors.

One of the most useful kitchen resources I’ve found is a tablet to keep in your kitchen. I like to keep my cookbooks clean and free from stray flour, so using a tablet to pull up recipes and keep them close while I bake has been a game-changer. The HP 2-1 Convertible Laptop is a convenient way for me to track my recipes or quickly pull up a recipe online when I’m feeling inspired to create something on a whim. The Certified Refurbished laptop came to me in excellent condition and I love that it comes manufacturer-approved.

Buying Certified Refurbished from eBay means you’re guaranteed quality products that will last. eBay works closely with leading brands to ensure each product undergoes a rigorous certification standard, so you’re purchasing from a trusted marketplace that absolutely backs their products through their two-year warranty. I love that they’re able to offer some of my favourite brands, including Bose, Dell, Breville, and De’Longhi, and keep checking back ateBay.ca/certifiedrefurbishedas more brands and products are being added throughout the year. I hope this has inspired you to treat yourself, splurge sensibly and update your home with anything from small kitchen appliances to electronics.