Review of the Samsung Slide In Smart Range

 

Lou and I started the process of updating our kitchen about 3 years ago when we first bought our apartment. We painted the cabinets, added molding and a backsplash and got a new Samsung Smart Fridge that we had built in. It completely changed the entire look and feel of our apartment! So much brighter, which makes things seem more spacious. 

We just recently replaced our free standing range that was about 10 years old with Samsung’s new slide in Smart Range and we LOVE it! It’s so easy to install (not that I did anything haha, but I watched them install it in like 5 minutes), and it’s much sleeker looking than our old range.

The range also has wifi connectivity. Connect the range to the Smart Things app on your phone, and you can set the oven temperature and baking time, adjust them at any time or cancel without having to actually touch your oven! There are plenty of moments when I am occupied in the other room, hear the “one minute left warning” and would love to add on five more minutes without having to leave what I’m doing. If I have my phone with me, I can add on the time from the app! 

And ever forget if you forgot to turn the burner off? Just pull up the range in the app and it will let you know if any of the burners are on. And speaking of burners, the Samsung range has the most powerful dual valve brass burner in the industry!

All in all, not only is the Samsung slide in range beautiful looking, but the smart technology piece is really something that I find useful (over just being “cool”). I am someone who loves a good shortcut as long as the result is the same quality. Really anything to make my life easier! If you are considering this as a new appliance, I am happy to say in honesty that I really love it! You can take a look at all of their new slide in range options here.

 

Review of the Samsung Slide In Smart RangeReview of the Samsung Slide In Smart Range

 

This post is in partnership with Samsung home appliances. I am fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with brands I love!

 

 

 

 

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Three Ways the Samsung Smart Slide In Range Has Made My Life Easier

Three Ways the Samsung Smart Slide In Range Has Made My Life Easier

So I literally live in a smart apartment now 🙂 My Samsung smart fridge with the family hub, washer/dry and slide in range all connect to the Smart Things app on my phone. From there I can control the appliances without needing to get up, or in some cases even be home! But one of the main questions I get is, “Do you actually use the technology?” 

The answer to that is yes! But to be honest, I was initially surprised myself with how much I log into the app. As a mom of two (with my little one only being a few weeks old) I am often stuck on the couch breastfeeding or in the other room with my toddler. I can’t always run out for a timer, but I do almost always have my phone next to me. Here are three examples of how the Samsung slide in range has made my life easier.

  1. From my phone I can set or adjust the baking temperature and time for my Samsung Slide In Range from my phone. So if I am breastfeeding Kaia or in the middle of something with Luca, I can cancel the timer or add a few more minutes onto the time until I am free. 
  2. Ever leave the house and forget if you turned the burner off? Because I do that all the time (mom brain). You can actually log into the app and it will show you if any of the burners have been left on.
  3. So this isn’t a technology piece, but the Samsung slide in range is fingerprint resistant and any mom with toddlers know that is a blessing in itself!

Not only are these appliances BEAUTIFUL, but they really do come in handy to help make life a little bit easier. Take a look at some of the other Samsung reviews for more details on the Samsung Smart Fridge.

This post is in partnership with Samsung US

 

 

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A Staycation at the Worthington Courtyard Marriott

Like many families, we’re looking for ways to spruce up our kids’ Christmas break with safe activities both around the house and out of it. Options are limited these days, but thanks to the kind folks at the Courtyard by Marriott Worthington up at Crosswoods, we treated our boys to a little overnight staycation that focused on a lot of local activities.

We stayed early in the week before Christmas, so the hotel wasn’t busy. That gave us almost free run of the place.



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The Almond Sisters Bakery | Hamilton, OH

The Almond Sisters Bakery | Facebook | IG @almondsistersbakery
224 High St. (map it!)
Hamilton, OH 45011
(513) 596-3471

Visited: Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 9 a.m.

The best part about traveling are those unexpected discoveries along the way. A couple weekends back, Visit Butler County had us out to do a little safe, local shopping and dining in downtown Hamilton; you can read about the full experience in my blog post on Ohio.org.

The following morning we strolled around to see some of the public art and grab breakfast at Almond Sisters Bakery downtown. And, man, were we in for a treat.

The bakery’s small storefront can be found on High Street, catty corner from the Butler County courthouse. They offer a full-service coffee bar plus a wonderful selection of scratch-made pastries, cookies, bar, rolls.



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Holiday Fun in Hamilton – Breakfast With Nick

We’ve enjoyed our trips to Butler County over the past few years, checking out local restaurants and breweries, working our way through the ever-expanding Butler County Donut Trail, hiking through different parks and exploring museums. I’ve compiled all of our past adventures on the Butler County travel page.

The folks from BC invited us back in November to Hamilton, the Butler County seat, to see how they’re doing safe and socially distanced holiday shopping through a program called Holly Jolly Hamilton. I wrote about the highlights for Ohio.org’s blog, but wanted to share more details here!

Like many small downtowns, Hamilton has worked hard to adapt to life in a pandemic while still supporting its local businesses. In addition to Christmas lights draped over trees, they’ve set up picnic tables for more social distancing room along High Street.

If you’re not familiar with the city, yes, Hamilton IS named after our country’s first treasury secretary. It was established first as Fort Hamilton in 1791, and today features a statue of him WEARING AN AMERICAN FLAG AS A CAPE in the center of High Street. The sidewalks around it are embedded with famous quotes from him.



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Friday Food Bites: December 18, 2020

(Photo courtesy Rodos European Grill Facebook page)

There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world; here’s the latest for this week:

  • Rodos European Grill has opened at 3369 Indianola Ave. in Clintonville
  • The food truck Redwood Wagon has set up a delivery and pickup location in Worthington at 6969 Worthington Galena Rd.
  • Business First broke the news this week that two new eateries are on the way for the Worthington area: an Albanian restaurant at 2151 E. Dublin Granville Rd. and a Mexican concept for 530 High St.
  • Two new vendors join North Market Bridge Park this week: Pasta Ditoni’s has opened and Lan Viet will open this Saturday, Dec. 19
  • Multiple sources reported this week that Macelleria East Side Butchery is coming soon to 2474 E. Main St. in Bexley
  • The cloud kitchen, delivery-only food business ClusterTruck has expanded its delivery area by beginning to operate out of the Dublin Kroger
  • A new location of Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea opens Sunday, Dec. 20 at 5780 N. Hamilton Rd. in Hamilton Quarter, with a full grand opening scheduled Jan. 3
  • Noodles & Company, which has 10 locations around central Ohio, announced it is adding new ravioli and tortellini dishes to its menus
  • The owners of Clintonville Pizza Primo announced this week that they have closed the business, although the owner of Papa Giorgio’s on the Northwest side announced that he would take over the location.

P.S. Friday Food Bites will take a break next week. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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Dining in Downtown Delaware – Breakfast With Nick

Like, many places we love to visit, Delaware presents us with a familiar dilemma: do we try new places this time or return to our old favorites?

Well, we had the opportunity to do both last weekend when Destination Delaware invited us up for a little holiday dining and local shopping on a warm Friday night.

We’ve always loved Delaware’s downtown, with its collection of well-preserved historic buildings and shops, bars, restaurants, a movie theatre, and more. And of course these small downtowns look all the more warm and welcoming with holiday lights.

We collected a couple small meals for carryout, either to take home or eat on a patio. Delaware features a nice mix of long-running restaurants like Bun’s Restaurant or the Hamburger Inn Diner, as well as newer ones like Greek dishes (and a huge whiskey selection!) at Opa Grill & Tavern, pub fare at Restoration Brew Worx, pizza at Amato’s.



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Friday Food Bites: December 11, 2020

Al pastor tacos at Los Guachos

There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world; here’s the latest for this week:

  • Los Guachos Taqueria has opened its newest location – its fourth overall – at 1121 S. Hamilton Rd.
  • A new pop-up eatery called Ash & Em opened at 541 S. High St., serving burgers, wings, and pizza
  • Tasty Dawg opened this week in the Arena District, co-located with Zoup! Eatery at 155 W. Nationwide Blvd.
  • Son of Thurman, a small extension of the Thurman Cafe in Delaware, announced they will be opening a second location next February in Galena
  • Dragon Donuts opens its third location today, this one at 4100 Worth Ave. at Easton. This joins shops in Grandview and Grove City.
  • SuperChef’s announced that they have closed their downtown location, pending the demolition of their building. Their Gahanna location remains open.
  • Two pop-up holiday-themed cocktail bars are in the works these days, the annual Miracle pop-up at The Citizens Trust downtown, and now a tiki-themed companion Sippin’ Santa at Huli Huli Tiki Lounge in Powell. Both are running through Dec. 31.
  • Columbus Underground reports that Corso Ventures is planning three concepts in Luxe 23 building at 1079 N. High St.: Urban Chophouse, Whiskey Lounge, and Terrace Bar.
  • Taft’s Brewing announced that Columbus artist Erin Lee has been selected to design the cans for their new Paint the Town Hoppy double IPA. Lee was chosen from 14 other applicants; cans can be found at local bottle shops and beer aisles.
  • The fried chicken pop-up Fried Chicka Bang announced it will be opening a second location in January, located inside Sunny Street Cafe in the Arena District
  • The family-run Filipino eatery Kuya Ian’s Bistro opened a new retail venture next door called Ina Marie’s Shop, featuring Filipino snacks and crafts
  • Somali fast casual restaurant Afra Grill announced that they will start serving breakfast beginning Dec. 15 at 8 a.m.
  • Tupelo Doughnuts has started a new Acts of Kindness Points Program, where you earn $1 towards donut purchases by logging acts of kindness you’ve performed on their website, TupeloDoughnuts.com.

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Biking, Beer, & Brunch in Bellefontaine

Hello, Bellefontaine!

We love getting to explore the many cities and towns of Ohio, and we’re never ones to do just one activity at a time, so when the folks from The Syndicate in Bellefontaine invited us out for brunch one Saturday, we turned it into a day trip.



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The Syndicate | Bellefontaine, OH

The Syndicate | Facebook | T: @syndicateohio | IG: @syndicateohio
213 S. Main St. (map it!)
Bellefontaine, OH 43311
(937) 210-5165

Open Wed-Thurs, 4-9p; Fri, 4p-1a; Sat, 10a-1a; Sun, 10a-9p (brunch served Sat & Sun, 10a-2p)
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/N/Y
Kid-friendly? Y

Visited: Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Earlier in 2020, the owners of Brewfontaine, a beer bar and restaurant in Bellefontaine’s revitalized downtown, opened an event space called The Syndicate next door. While the year’s events have curtailed plans for a full schedule of hosted events, they’ve converted some of the operations into a full-time restaurant and bar, including weekend brunch service.

In order to help spread the word, they kindly invited us to try their brunch, and we turned it into a full day of shopping, biking, coffee, and historic sites around Bellefontaine.

We started, of course, with a pair of drinks for the adults.



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