9 Ingenious Uses for White Vinegar

Most of us have vinegar around the house. White vinegar is a liquid consisting of about 5–20% acetic acid, water, and other trace chemicals, which may include flavorings. Although we often use it in the kitchen for baking, canning, cooking; vinegar is not just for use in the kitchen. It can also help with a variety of cleaning tasks since the acid acts as a disinfectant and an odor neutralizer. Even if you are familiar with using it, you may still be surprised at some of these nine … [Read more...]

16 Favourite Kitchen Tips & Tricks

Are you like me? You love cooking and baking, but not the amount of time it takes to actually execute that perfect dinner, cake, bread or lunch? Over the years, I have learned lots of shortcuts as well as some tricks for making the entire cooking and baking process much more enjoyable. My 16 Favourite Kitchen Tips & Tricks   UPDATE - Forgot to add this tip that we have used for years and years. When freezing ground meat, put it in a freezer bag, flatten and remove all air … [Read more...]

10 Easy Tips to Save on Your Energy Bill

The cold winter months with tons of snow and bone chilling temperatures have officially arrived. I don’t know about you, but after all the fun, family and food that happens during the holidays, getting back to a “normal” life has been tough. My daughter and I bundled up and heading out for a cold winter walk. January, February and even March here on Canada’s east coast can be brutal. I’m already longing for the warm days when I can sit out on our deck...but with lots of snow and minus 21C … [Read more...]

8 Smart Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Clutter Free

We have all walked into someone’s kitchen to find ourselves marvelling at how neat and tidy it looks. Not a spatula or a spoon anywhere within eyesight. It is at this point that we wonder to ourselves how they do it and what magic keeps their kitchen in organized bliss. The truth is, decluttering your kitchen and keeping it clutter-free doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it’s not magic at all, and anyone can do it. 1.) Keep Things in Cabinets Kitchens look much neater when its … [Read more...]

How to Efficiently Pack for Vacation

It doesn’t matter if you are going away for a week or a weekend, there is no need to bring so much luggage that you need to employ “the Hulk” to carry it. With a few simple storage techniques and a little bit of planning, you should be able to pack your entire trips worth of stuff into a smaller, more manageable suitcase. If you pack too much you are suddenly paying to check your luggage. Keep in mind there are usual ways of doing laundry at your destination, be it a laundromat or a laundry … [Read more...]

4 Things to Consider When Booking a Vacation

If the time has come for you to book a much-needed vacation, you may find yourself feeling a little overwhelmed with the process. Vacations create long-lasting and amazing memories but can also be expensive. Not only can travelling be costly but planning the trip can be very time-consuming. Here are a few things you need to figure out before you go ahead and start booking: 1. Reviews Talk to friends and family about destinations they have chosen for vacation. Not only will you get a … [Read more...]

5 Spring Cleaning Tips to Get it Done Faster

Spring Cleaning Tips to Get it Done Faster ~ There are people out there who truly look forward to spring cleaning every year. They can’t wait to roll up their sleeves and get down to business. There are others though (the group that I fall into...hahahaha) that dread it and want to get it done and over with as quickly as possible. If you have managed to keep your home relatively clean all year, you can probably get your spring cleaning completed with minimal effort. No matter what the … [Read more...]

7 Signs Spring has Almost Arrived

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. We can all identify the subtle signs of spring - birds chirping, longer days and blooming flowers. The warmer weather signifies a fresh start with more time outdoors, bringing your garden back to life, and of course, spring cleaning! While these telltale signs are positive for the most part, its common to feel unprepared when the new season comes so quickly. Here are a few … [Read more...]

5 Tips for a Mishap-Free March Break

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. March Break is rapidly approaching. A time for a welcome change from the wintertime routine and hopefully an escape for some much needed rest and relaxation. Whether your idea of a vacation is relaxing at home, spending some quality time with family in a warm location or a deluxe trip to Vail for some skiing; we all want our vacation to be mishap-free. A well-deserved rest … [Read more...]

Just in Time for National Battery Day, 5 Tips for Safe & Easy Battery Recycling

My family and I are big proponents of following the three “R’s” - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We have dedicated bins in our garage for all our recycling, consciously avoid over-packaged items, use reusable bags, have a big compost bin, used cloth diapers when our kids were babies, have switched to energy efficient light bulbs, and the list goes on. We actually dispose of very little in the way of “garbage” that is destined for landfills...and thankfully, we’re not alone. The majority of us are … [Read more...]

Four Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. With the exception of the super cold weather, (It was minus 24 degrees Celsius here yesterday...not counting the wind chill, Brrrrr.....), I really don't mind January. This is the time of year for cozying up in front of a crackling fire or enjoying the warmth of a wood stove. Plus, a new year is a blank slate where you can write the next chapter of your life. There’s no time … [Read more...]