What's Up Wednesdays: Pedal to the Metal

Struggling to make it over those hump day blahs? Let this mid-week speedlink get you back on track. Starting things off, Tara Jensen offers her review of Pedalheads. It used to be the case that parents were solely responsible for teaching their kids how to ride a bike and it could be an infuriating experience for everyone involved. Leave it to the professionals. In fact, Tara’s daughter was able to get those training wheels off by the end of day one! That’s awesome.

Armed with those new bike-riding skills, it might be a good idea to pack up the kids and trust some of the suggestions from Olivia Lasting for beautiful places to visit in Canada. We’ve got a positively gorgeous country from the beaches and whale watching of Tofino through to the breathtaking mountain passes of Banff and the iconic lighthouse of Cape Breton. From coast to coast, there’s somewhere gorgeous for you to visit.

Does this mean you should pack up your extra expensive camera and your ultra premium smartphone? Maybe not. John Biehler has taken the time to review some cheap Android phones and tablets from Amazon that provide a surprisingly good value for money. Both the $49 Amazon Fire tablet and the $109 BLU R1 HD smartphone punch way above their respective weight classes, delivering a budget-oriented solution for your mobile entertainment and communication needs.

You know what could be a good use for one of those inexpensive tablets? How about watching some great videos wherever you can latch onto the Internet? Tamara Goyette had the chance to attend a special screening of Beat Bugs, a new animated series heading to Netflix. It looks like it bears some similarity to feature length films like A Bug’s Life or Antz, offering a bug’s eye view of the world.

And finally, if you’re thinking of taking the family somewhere, you might want to consult with Jim Coulson first. He’s got some handy tips on how to save money when going on a family holiday. Planning ahead so you don’t pay for overpriced supplies is a good start. Going to less popular destinations is good too. And you can lie about your the age of your children too, though the ethics may be questionable.