How To: Clean Windows Like A Pro So They Sparkle | The Quick + Easy + Chemical Free Way From A Gal Who Lives In The Country!

Okay friends. I have been fighting with my three enormous 6'x4' picture windows in my living room for two years. That's eighteen by twelve feet of dirty glass that drove me crazy on the daily. We live in the country down a dirt road with dirt driveways so everything has a layer of dust/dirt on it. Can you see the haze on the right side of this photo and whatever sad attempt I made to clean it the time before? This is legit. I didn't make it extra dirty by throwing handfuls of dusty sand at my … [Read more...]

ICYMI: Whole Foods Market Coming to Alberta. Edmonton Fall 2016 & Calgary Summer 2017

In case you missed it: Whole Foods Market announced its plans for continued expansion in Western Canada with three new locations: Greater Victoria, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; and Calgary, Alberta. “We will be working with growers, suppliers, ranchers and manufacturers in Alberta and on Vancouver Island to source as many local products and services as we can find.” The company currently has four stores in British Columbia, with locations in development in North Burnaby … [Read more...]

Buying Your First Home? Chat With Experts During The #RBCFirstHome Twitter Chat | Mar 24

Whether you're buying your first home or your fifth it always wracks your nerves a little bit doesn't it?  The combination of excitement and unknowns can really wear you out. We try to be prepared by talking to our friends, our coworkers, our parents, the mail lady... but how can we be FULLY prepared by the time we sign on the line? Truth is there are probably going to be some unanswered questions - questions you never knew you had or should have had until you've purchased your second or third … [Read more...]

Are You Flying This Spring Break? Follow These Family Friendly Security Screening Tips

If you’re like the thousands of Canadians who will take to the air for a vacation this spring break, the Canadian Air Transport Security (CATSA) has advice that will help you go through security in no time. Family friendly tips Good news! When you’re travelling with children under the age of two, you can bring liquids such as milk, breast milk and juice that exceed the 100ml restrictions in carry-on baggage. Just have the containers ready to present to screening officers for a quick … [Read more...]

What To Do With The Kids Over The Weekend In Edmonton? Mike The Knight Is In Edmonton February 22 + More Canada Tour Dates

One of my favorite things to do with my children is take them to live kids shows! It makes my heart so full when I see how happy they are while enjoying their favorite characters on stage. Koba Entertainment always puts on a quality kids show and right now they're touring around Canada with Mike the Knight! Mike The Knight in the Great Scavenger Hunt! Koba Entertainment sets out on their bravest mission to date starring the cheerful yet bountiful Mike the Knight in his first ever North … [Read more...]

When Your Lunch Making Supplies Takes Over…Simplify With Rubbermaid LunchBlox™ Kids #BetterLunchInASnap

With my dishwasher being directly across from my big lunch supplies drawer it's all too easy to just toss in the clean containers. By the end of the week it's always in need of a little re-organizing if I'm not conscious about putting things back where they belong or if my kids help me unload dishes. And by the end of the month if I've ignored it for too long it needs a complete empty-everything-on-the-counter-and-re-organize. See? It looks nothing like it did here! Part of the problem of … [Read more...]

How To: Built-In Bookcases The Easy Way With Ikea Billy Bookshelves

When we bought this house the living room was one of my favorite rooms because I knew it was going to be really pretty and functional when I was finished with it. There was wall in particular that I wanted to get my hands on but didn't because I thought it was going to be a pricey project that would take more time than I had. So I shoved the media dresser and TV against it and called it a day. Except that the sun hits this room and the TV in particular by mid afternoon and in the summer months … [Read more...]


How To: Live With White or Light Furniture With Kids & Pets | How I Clean My Cream Sofa

Whenever I share a photo of my living room I get a lot of "HOW do you have white furniture with kids?!" or "my dog and kids would destroy that!" or "brave woman....brave."  The truth is that white or cream or beige furniture gets dirty and it doesn't always look as nice as it does in the photo above. I suppose it's sort of a good thing that I can see the dirt so I know when my sofa, chairs and stools need a good cleaning. I don't banish my children from the sofa when they're … [Read more...]

How To: Clean & Remove Scratches From A White Farm Sink (Like The Ikea Domsjo)

Many of us who have installed the big white farm sink from Ikea (the Domsjo) end up shedding a tear or two when we notice our first grey scratch on our beautiful shiny white sink.  It's a sad, sad moment but it has to happen in order to break you in so you don't spend the next several months washing overloaded sinks of dishes in absolute fear  ;) Before we had a dishwasher I spent the better part of 6 months hand washing dishes and scuffing my sink here and there.  I do baby it quite a bit … [Read more...]

Goodbye Dirt & Dust. Hello, Dyson DC66: Asthma & Allergy Friendly™ Certified Vacuum | #DysonMagic

Your home may look clean, but microscopic dust remains hidden in floor crevices or ground into carpet, rugs and soft furnishings. Within this dust are allergens, and inhaling even a small amount is enough to trigger an allergic reaction. Did you know that a single gram of house dust can contain around 100,000 mold spores alone?  Some allergens are just 0.5 microns in size. That's 0.000197 inches. Or 200 times smaller than a human hair. This means they can easily enter the body through … [Read more...]