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How Smart Thieves Hack Your Smart Home

For the tech lovers among us, the rapid advancements in smart home technology are exciting developments. It won’t be long until most homes have touchscreen hubs on their refrigerators, smart lighting, and various other voice controlled devices to make their lives easier. These are positive developments for sure, but there...

/ May 25, 2017
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Why Older Homes Need A Designated Substance Survey Before Renovating

Anyone who has lived through a renovation can attest to the amount of fine dust created during demolition.  In older homes, especially those built before 1980, there is a chance that dust may contain hazardous substances like asbestos, which can threaten the health of your family and the contractors who are working...

/ May 22, 2017
Easy Vegetable Garden

The 10 Easiest Vegetables To Grow In Your Garden

Thinking of starting your own vegetable garden? While not everyone has a green thumb, even the most basic beginners can have a lush garden full of the easiest vegetables to grow. Pick your favourites and you’ll be eating homegrown and healthy vegetables in no time. Easy Vegetable Garden Plants 1....

/ May 19, 2017
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How To Remove, Clean & Store A Swimming Pool Cover

There’s nothing that signals the beginning of summer quite like opening up your pool. Before you can take your first dip, however, there’s an important first step: removing your swimming pool cover. With high-quality pool covers pricing ranging anywhere from $800 to $1,400, you’re going to want to make sure...

/ May 19, 2017
Bruce Peninsula

The Best Weekend Getaway Spots in Canada by Province

 Are you in dire need of a summer vacation? Why venture outside of Canada when there are so many beautiful spots within driving distance perfect for a weekend getaway. Whether you are looking for a quiet romantic escape with your significant other, a fun time with some friends, or a...

/ May 19, 2017

Considerations When Building An Off-Grid Cottage or Cabin

If you’re thinking of purchasing a second home, whether it be a cottage, cabin, lake house, camp or other, you may be considering going totally off-grid. It’s an exciting idea for homeowners who want to actively reduce their carbon footprint, and get closer to nature. When considering buying an off-grid property, there...

/ May 15, 2017
cottage terminology in canada differences

What Word Do You Use For A Country Weekend Summer House?

A long weekend is the perfect time to get away to the cottage — if that’s what you call a “house in the country where people go on summer weekends.” When Charles Boberg from McGill University conducted a nationwide study from 1999-2005 asking 1,800 Canadians to list the term they...

/ May 15, 2017

Your 2017 Cottage Opening Checklist

The May long weekend is quickly approaching, meaning that cottage season is finally here! Before you can relax and enjoy all of the summer fun, the cottage must be opened, which can be an overwhelming task. In order to ensure that you cover all of the basics, while still making time for...

/ May 15, 2017

Flash Prize Friday – May 12

It’s time for a special Mother’s Day edition of #FlashPrizeFriday! Today only, every review you write will be entered into a draw to win this Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer! The first of its kind, this dryer features Dyson’s signature engineering and blade-less technology. Whether you’re looking for a present for your...

/ May 11, 2017

Flood Watch: What To Do When A Storm Hits

It’s been a very wet spring in Eastern Canada, especially over the past few days in early May. This has led to swollen lakes and rivers and with it, a heightened risk of flooded basements. In a special weather statement on May 2nd, Environment Canada stated, “With the ground already...

/ May 6, 2017