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This all-new blog is here to make your life a bit easier with simple tips for making the most out of your day.


Pet Vaccines 101

Pet Vaccines 101As the unofficial guardians of our homes, pets may take care of some serious stuff, from alerting you to intruders at your front door to evicting those mice squatting in your basement. But even the strongest of these domestic warriors can sometimes fall ill. To avoid the diseases that can linger – and be fatal – you might consider having your pet vaccinated.


3 Simple Ways to help Avoid Water Damage This Spring

3 Simple Ways to help Avoid Water Damage This SpringWhether it’s a freak storm accompanied by hurricane winds or consistent downpour throughout the season, water can do serious damage to your property. Leaky roofs and flooded basements are time-consuming and inconvenient, not to mention costly. As spring approaches, be prepared for stormy weather with these three tips.


This Spring, Set the Stage For Home Sale Success

Staged kitchen with cutting board on counterAfter a long winter, there are probably more than a few parts of your home that have seen better days. The good news? It’s the season for fresh beginnings, and these budget-friendly guidelines will spruce up your space and get it ready to put on the market with ease.


Unexpected Ways to Entertain the Kids on March Break

How to Entertain Your Kids on March Break Whether this is your first March Break or your eighth, chances are high that you’re running out of ideas for things to do with the kids. If either time or cash flow makes travel difficult this year, take heart. With a bit of creativity and pre-planning you can come up with a March Break plan that keeps them entertained and doesn’t drive you bonkers. This year consider one of these options:


The Road to a Safe Winter Commute

The Road to a Safe Winter CommuteDriving during Canadian winters can be daunting, but a little preparation goes a long way. To help get you where you’re going safely, here’s how to properly winterize your car and navigate cold-weather hazards.


Quiz: How to Choose the Right Winter Holiday For You

What is Your Ideal Winter Holiday?Faced with months of slushy snow and grey skies, Canadians are united in their love of a winter holiday. Take this quiz to determine your ideal getaway in the coldest part of the year.


Top Romantic Trips in Canada

Top Romantic Trips in CanadaA weak Canadian dollar may be putting the squeeze on your travel budget but that doesn’t have to mean that your Valentine’s Day plans are ruined. Instead, choose to enjoy a city adventure where the dollar remains as strong as ever – a romantic vacation right here at home. These spots offer you the romantic backdrop you desire while still giving you some bang for your buck…er…loonie.


Best Vacation Hot Spots for 2016

Best Vacation Hot Spots for 2016The world isn’t expanding and yet every year there are new spots poised to steal the spotlight. Whether it’s because they fell off your radar, are going through huge changes or have simply been quietly overlooked, these five spots are perfect additions to this year’s bucket list expansion.


5 Savvy Ways to help Create a Green Home

5 Savvy Ways to help Create a Green HomeEven the simplest lifestyle changes can help reduce your impact on the environment. Use this easy guideline to help do your part for the planet.


Winter Fire Safety

Winter Fire SafetyOnce the weather loses its last bit of summer sun, chances are you’ll be supplementing your thermostat with cozy nights around a fire. Whether it’s an outdoor fire pit, your wood burning fireplace or simply an abundance of candles, safety needs to be top of mind. Here a few things to consider:


5 Simple Tips for Winter Health

5 Simple Tips for Winter HealthDuring the winter, dipping temperatures and increased time indoors can leave you vulnerable to fatigue and seasonal colds and flus. Follow these simple tips to maximize winter health and help stay energetic throughout the colder months...


Sunny Destinations to Escape to this Winter

Sunny Destinations to Escape to this WinterThere are Canadians who jump for joy with each new winter snowfall, imagining themselves curled up by the fireplace with a new book after an afternoon of downhill skiing, snowshoeing or tubing...


5 Ways To help Protect Your Presents This Holiday Season

5 Ways To help Protect Your Presents This Holiday SeasonThe festive season is packed with gift buying, shopping centres and more parties than you can count. In all the frenzy, it’s easy to forget an important essential: helping to ensure your gifts are safe and secure...


Dos and Don'ts For Getting a Pet During the Holiday Season

Dos and Don’ts For Getting a Pet During the Holiday SeasonGetting a pet can bring joy and friendship to your life, but they’re also a big responsibility that requires daily care and upkeep. With some pets living upwards of 20 years, this involves a lot of time and expense...


Festivals that are worth the trip

Festivals that are worth the tripSometimes you travel to a destination for the weather or the ambience of a particular hotel. And sometimes you just want to be where the action is...


How to Exercise Your Dog in the Winter

How to Exercise Your Dog in the WinterSummers are meant for dog owners. It’s all so much easier then! Warm days make the chore of a dog walk feel more like a reward...


Tips for Hosting a Safe, Fun Holiday Party

Tips for Hosting a Safe, Fun Holiday PartyAs you plan a party at your home, there are lots of details to think about: how to decorate, what food and drinks to serve, what music to play and what outfit you’ll wear...


Is Your Home Winter Ready? Get our Handy Checklist

Is Your Home Winter Ready? Get our Handy ChecklistThe dip in fall temps may have you thinking more about roaring fireplaces and ski hills than your water pipes and furnace, but spending a weekend...


3 Simple Steps to Check the Brakes on Your Car

3 Simple Steps to Check the Brakes on Your CarIs a squeaking noise interrupting your favourite song on the radio when you hit the brakes of your car? Does it seem like a little more force is needed to stop at crosswalks...


4 Benefits of Bringing Your Pet to Work

4 Benefits of Bringing Your Pet to WorkIf you have a dog, leaving home in the morning can be your least favourite time of the day. The whining and whimpering at the door can be enough for many people to consider calling in sick to work. If only you could bring your pooch with you to the office! The idea is gaining popularity in some countries, where many offices organize ‘Take Your Dog to Work’ days...


Healthy Halloween

Healthy HalloweenHalloween is probably a family favourite, but the sweet treats that are part of the tradition can have dentists and teachers across the city bracing for the worst. All that sugar isn’t good for anyone...


Top 5 destinations to visit in shoulder season

Top 5 destinations to visit in shoulder seasonThe kids are back in school but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on a last minute vacation. Whether you’re planning for the Thanksgiving holiday break or you just want a reason to sneak away for a weekend...


Top 5 things to remember when closing up your summer vacation home

Top 5 things to remember when closing up your summer vacation homeIt’s time. Sure the snow hasn’t actually started to fall yet, but there’s no denying it’s coming and the last thing you’ll want to have to do is shovel your way into the summer vacation home to shut it down...


How to stay sane on your morning commute

How to stay sane on your morning commuteOne of the best things about summer? Driving. The morning commute is a lot less stressful when you’ve got wide open roads, lane changes that don’t require begging a passersby to let you merge and no school buses in sight...


How to stay organized: Transition your closet from Summer to Fall

How to stay organized: Transition your closet from Summer to FallThe changing seasons are some of the best things about this country but even they have their pros and cons. Pro: Summer heat waves lead to the golden colours of fall leaves...


Back to School: Lunch Ideas you (and the kids) will love!

Back to School: Lunch Ideas you (and the kids) will love!When you were a kid, chances are your school lunches were a mix of bologna sandwiches and thermoses of orange macaroni and cheese. Then you had kids and tried to do a bit better...


Setting Summer Technology Limits

Setting Summer Technology LimitsThe sun is shining, the birds are chirping and your kids have their heads buried in their mobile device. It’s a fate faced by many parents this summer...


How to keep the kids busy this summer

How to keep the kids busy this summerIt’s August and that can only mean one thing: You’re almost out of summer fun ideas. It happens to the best of us. You start out in June with lists and ideas and plan...


How to be a good Cottage Guest

How to be a good Cottage Guest‘Tis the season. Cottages are open and if you’re lucky enough to get invited out to one, the last thing you want is for it to be a one-time thing...


Kids in the Car

Kids in the CarWhether you’re preparing for an epic road trip or simply expecting to have company on your rides to the grocery store, kids in cars are a situation that you’re bound to be faced with at some point...


Summer Chores Little Kids Can Do

Summer Chores Little Kids Can DoWhile summer may first bring to mind visions of kids playing outside and popsicles that drip down your chin, there’s another side. More time at home means more dirt...


Summer Car Care

Summer Car CareIs your ride suffering from neglect? If you’re looking to get the most out of one of your biggest investments it’s time to start paying attention to more than how shiny the bumpers are...


Summer Season Porch Prep

Summer Season Porch PrepSure your backyard may be the go-to spot for lighting up the grill and hosting twilight soirées but the fact is your front stoop may get even more use as the summer season kicks into gear...


How to create the perfect Road trip playlist

How to create the perfect Road trip playlistRoad Trips and summer go together like ice cream and cones. Hopping in the car and hitting the open road is one of those things that we should all be doing at least once every year...


How to Make the Most Out of Any City You Visit

How to Make the Most Out of Any City You VisitTravel is fun; preparing to travel isn’t nearly as much fun. Between the laundry, the packing and the guide book decisions it can sometimes...


Grilling Time

Grilling TimeThere is nothing worse than a sunny day, a fridge full of BBQ fixings and a grill that isn’t ready to go. Don’t have barbecue regret...


How to Raise a Good Sport

How to Raise a Good SportTeam sport season is coming and along with a good coach and nutritious snacks, it’ll be up to you to help your child...


5 Ways to Talk to Your Spouse About Money

5 Ways to Talk to Your Spouse About MoneyCouples, young or old, new or long-term, married or cohabiting, argue. It can be the smallest of things that causes a squabble, but the one that does it often is money...


What to do When You're Sick on Vacation

What to do When You're Sick on VacationIt’s pretty much the worst thing that can happen. After saving your money and banking your time, you’re finally on vacation and then - without warning - illness strikes...


5 Things You Can Do Now to Score a Great Deal on Summer Travel

5 Things You Can Do Now to Score a Great Deal on Summer TravelYou’re already thinking about it – sun, sand, drinks with umbrellas – why not make sure that you can make it happen? Taking these five steps will help you make the most of your upcoming summer travels.


How to Save Money on Your Spring Home Refresh

How to Save Money on Your Spring Home Refresh There is always a temptation to spruce things up around the house once the sun comes out and the weather warms up. When you open the windows to bring in spring breezes and the sunlight, what you see in that bright light may be lacking in appeal...


3 Things to Look For Before You Buy Your New Pet

3 Things to Look For Before You Buy Your New Pet It goes without saying that the sight of a new puppy or cuddly kitten can be enough to turn even the most rational thinker into a pile of emotional mush. Just ask the internet: Puppies doing everything from purring to playing garner thousands of views daily...


How to Re-energize Those New Year Health Resolutions

How to Re-energize Those New Year Health Resolutions It’s March and if you’re like most people, those January 1st resolutions may seem very far away. To your credit, it’s not like you didn’t make an attempt to keep them...


5 Things to Look for in a March Break Getaway

5 Things to Look for in a March Break Getaway If the holiday week has you dreaming of hopping a plane to a place where sun and sand are the norm, you aren’t alone. The brutal winds of this Canadian winter mean you can expect you’ll bump into hundreds of like-minded people at the airport...


5 Things to Entertain the Kids at Home This March Break

5 Things to Entertain the Kids at Home This March Break There are certain school holidays that fill some parents with dread. And if you haven’t made plans to travel with the kids over March Break you may be one of them...


Running with Your Dog

Running with Your Dog We are now a couple months into the New Year, how are you doing with that resolution you made to focus on your health this year? Whether your resolutions...


Four Ways to Make the Most of a Winter Snowfall

Four Ways to Make the Most of a Winter Snowfall A heavy dumping of snow can quickly separate the glass-half-full from the glass-half-empty people. The ones muttering about shovels and slushy walks? Glass-half-empty...


5 Romantic Gestures That Your Valentine Will Love on February 14th (and Beyond)

5 Romantic Gestures That Your Valentine Will Love on February 14th (and Beyond) There’s no escaping it. February is the love month. The goal this month for those of us who aren’t naturally romantically inclined is simple...


Four Ways to Get More Water Into Your Diet

Four Ways to Get More Water Into Your Diet There is no doubt as humans we need water to survive. How much we need may still be up for debate but it’s likely you could do your body good by adding more water into your daily routine...


Responsible Party Planning 101

Responsible Party Planning 101As you plan a party at your home there are lots of details you might think about: food, wine, music, and the guest list are just a few...


5 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

5 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s ResolutionsEvery January you make them. Every February you break them. But the truth is that those promises to yourself that you make while at the height of emotion don’t have to be the bane of your existence a few weeks later...


Holiday Home Prep

Holiday Home PrepOf all the great things that will make it into your home this holiday season, guests have to be the best of all...


What to do when the Rains come through

What to do when the Rains come throughIn the spring we worry about the nesting birds. In the winter it’s all about the snow. So when should you think about the possibility of heavy rains...


Three questions you should ask before buying auto insurance

Three questions you should ask before buying auto insuranceWhen the time comes to purchase auto insurance, the choices can be overwhelming. Knowing who to ask about what to buy is as important as knowing what to buy...


Three things you can do to help keep your auto insurance costs down

Three things you can do to help keep your auto insurance costs downWhen it comes to insurance, Canadians have an opinion. In a recent survey conducted by Leger for PC insurance, Canadians weighed in on their behaviours behind the wheel...


Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety TipsHalloween can be a scary night and that’s before you start thinking about the ghouls and goblins...


Tips for avoiding Identity theft

Tips for Avoiding Identity TheftIt happens to the best of us, and more often than you might expect...


How to Add more time to your Day

How to Add more time to your DayYou’re getting up earlier and staying up later but your to-do list doesn’t seem to be shrinking. If only there was more time in your day...


Why you need to Make Time to check your Brakes

Why you need to Make Time to check your BrakesEver had a squeaking noise interfering with your favourite song on the radio when you hit the brakes? Has it ever seemed like you need to apply a little more force to halt at the crosswalk...


5 Things Your Child's New Teachers Wish You'd Stop Doing

5 Things Your Child’s New Teachers Wish You’d Stop Doing For most families, September means one thing: Back to school. And with that return to the classroom comes a return to old routines and, if we aren’t careful, old bad habits too...


The Power of Pets

The Power of Pets If you’ve got a pet, chances are leaving them in the morning is one of your least favourite times of the day...


Fun Fall Getaways

Fun Fall GetawaysAutumn can be a great season for getting active as a family...


Tips for Finding the Best Flights

Tips for finding the best flightsWith so many of us buying our flights online, scoring a good deal has become increasingly important...


Water Park 101

Water ParkHot weather has its perks. Sure it may make being outside for long periods of time tougher, but it also means you can pack up the family and head for a water park...


Bicycle Etiquette for Car Drivers

Plan for a safer ride on your bike this summerIt’s one thing to be careful when you’re out for a ride on your bicycle, but even when your travel mode of choice is four-wheeled instead of two you need to be aware of cyclists...


Plan for a safer ride on your bike this summer

Plan for a safer ride on your bike this summerThe weather is warm, the roads are dry and your helmet is waiting. Now’s the time to grab your bike and explore the streets around your neighbourhood...


How to plan for the perfect summertime gathering spot

How to plan for the perfect summertime gathering spotFor you the question isn't "if" you're going to entertain, it's "when." You see spring weather and your first thought isn't of robins or fresh tulips, it's of evening soirees and afternoon barbecues. Who could blame you? We only get a few months of great outdoor entertaining weather in this country and we ought to make the most of it...


Road Trip Safety

Road Trip SafetyWinter and fall may inspire you to hop a flight somewhere, but nothing says "Road Trip!" like the spring and summer months. Whether you’re gathering the family together or heading out solo, looking forward to the destination or the trip itself - a road trip promises opportunities for adventure and reflection...


Home Safe Home

Home Safe HomeSpring weather is a funny thing. On the one hand it has us sprucing up our homes, cleaning out the cobwebs and freshening things up for the seasons ahead. And on the other hand, getting out our suitcases and planning trips that will take us away from that now very clean and well-organized space...


Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving

Tips To Avoid Distracted DrivingThere's no question that distracted driving is an issue that is gaining attention in the community. Law enforcement of drivers who text or talk on hand-held cell phones while driving is being beefed up across the country and the penalties are increasing. The safety risks are now being matched with serious financial ones for those who continue to drive while distracted...


Spring Home staging tips

Spring Home staging tipsGetting ready to sell your home? With the flowers and green grass of spring come the nesting instinct and the chance to take a good hard look at what others who might be interested in purchasing your place are seeing...


How To Pack A Carry On

How To Pack A Carry OnThere are two kinds of packers in this world:
Here are a few ideas that will help you pare down to the essentials on your next trip and keep the luggage to a minimum...


The Dirty Dozen: Tips for spring cleaning your BBQ

The Dirty Dozen: Tips for spring cleaning your BBQIt's time. It took longer than usual to get here, but if you've been standing at the back door yearning for the moment when the weather forecast wasn't all snow and sleet, you're in luck. Spring is sprung! Which makes now the perfect time to start taking steps towards making sure your barbecue is ready for action...


Three things every parent should keep in mind around car safety

Three things every parent should keep in mind around car safetyAny parent will tell you that the drive home from the hospital with their newborn in the backseat was probably one of the most stressful drives of their life. You’ve just been handed that precious bundle of joy and now it’s your responsibility to get them home safely. It doesn't matter if the drive was only a few metres or miles away, no one comes out of that driver’s seat without a little sweat on their brow...


Spring Break Road Trip Tips

Spring Break Road Trip TipsAfter a brutal winter across Canada, most people are more than ready to make the most of a Spring break holiday. You know the saying "It's as much about the journey as the destination?" You might find it hard to convince a family that has spent more than a few hours together in a car of that one...


What to do before you lose your wallet on vacation

What to do before you lose your wallet on vacationThere are few feelings worse than realizing that the wallet or purse you left the hotel with is missing. Far from home it can be even more disconcerting. It happens to the best of us but the good news is that there are a few things you can do now, before that wallet goes missing, to help minimize the repercussions when/if it does...


Healthy Resolutions

Healthy ResolutionsChances are that by now only the last bits of the gingerbread house remain, the chocolates you got from the neighbours have been eaten and even the eggnog has lost its appeal. After months of big meals between Thanksgiving and the new year, its no wonder that January often feels like the perfect time for a healthy fresh start...


Winter Fire Safety

Winter Fire SafetyOnce the weather loses its last bit of summer sun, chances are you’ll be supplementing your thermostat with cozy nights around a fire. Whether it’s an outdoor fire pit, your wood burning fireplace or simply an abundance of candles, safety needs to be top of mind. Here a few things to consider:


Extreme Winter Weather on the Roads

Extreme Winter Weather on the RoadsWinter can be tough in the best of times. When extreme weather hits – whether it's thunderstorms, tornados or record low temperatures – the results can be hard on your health, lifestyle and possessions. And if they catch you while you're on the road in your vehicle the effects can be doubly hard...


Fall Home Tips

Fall Home TipsWith the last bits of summer in the rearview mirror, and the promise of winter weather up ahead, now is the perfect time to take a good look at your home and work on making it secure. Here are some things to consider...


Five things you can do to help your kids love school

Five things you can do to help your kids love schoolOnce the buzz of back to school is over, a stark new reality can settle in over life at home. Those long, rambling days and carefree evenings of summer are quickly replaced with homework battles and early bedtimes. There are ways to help manage the demands and reinforce good attitudes about school. Here are five ways that can help your kids get over the hump and back to a real love - or at least help foster - a real fondness for school...


Nine things you can do to help your new teen driver

Nine things you can do to help your new teen driverGetting their licence is a pivotal moment in your child’s life. It’s also a decision that can affect the entire family. If your teen has expressed an interest in starting down the road to driving freedom, you can help make the transition a smooth one by giving some forethought to what life will be like with an inexperienced driver under your roof...


Airport Boredom Busters

Airport Boredom BustersThere are places where you can rely on being entertained: movie theatres, parks, amusement centres among them. The airport? Not so much. A delayed flight or an international check-in time that means you have to show up three hours ahead of your flight's departure can wreak havoc on your sanity if you aren’t prepared. Some airports make the wait time easier than others but if you aren't booked through one of those then you may have to take matters into your own hands...


Understanding the Ontario Government’s proposed changes to Auto Insurance Premiums

Understanding the Ontario Government’s proposed changes to Auto Insurance Premiums The Facts: In May 2013, the Ontario government announced in the 2013 Budget that households across the province could expect to see their auto insurance premiums lowered by an average of 15 per cent. The government estimated that the bill, when passed and proclaimed, could mean that Ontario drivers would see average savings of up to $225 per insured vehicle each year...


Tips for choosing a dog walker

Tips for choosing a dog walkerHe’s your poochy pride and joy but due to impeding circumstances - like the job that pays for his dog treats - you need to find someone else to take him for his walks. Make it easier on you and your pup by taking steps ahead of time to make everyone feel better about the new routine. Here’s a few things you’ll want to ask as you set out to choose your new dog walker...


Be a better Sports Parent

Be a better Sports ParentKids sports games can be some of the best memories a family builds together…or some of the worst. If you've ever been to one, you know that in every league there’s at least one parent who puts the idea of having a great time second to turning their child into the next superstar...


Off After High School: What to Pack?

Off After High School: What to Pack?The summer after high school can be an incredibly busy one for young adults who are heading off to college or university in the fall. Living in residence and away from home means new experiences and learning new skills...


Summer Sport Snacking

Summer Sport SnackingIt’s the dreaded spot in the day of just about every parent of a sport-loving kid. That moment when the alarm on your computer goes off and reminds you that this is your week to bring the snacks to the team practice. But before you start to rummage...


What to think about before you buy your next car

What to think about before you buy your next carWhether you’re looking for something functional or funky, choosing a new car can feel like a daunting task. Before you set foot in a dealership or a used car lot, it’s important to put some real thought into what you are looking for in a vehicle...


Tricks for a Better Birthday Party

Tricks for a Better Birthday PartyThere are "birthday parties" and then there are "events forever treasured because of their incredible awesomeness." The difference between the two? Some imagination and an investment of time and energy. You don’t have to break the bank to make birthday parties fabulous. These tips and tricks will help to get you inspired to throw your child the party of the year...


Bike Theft Precautions

Bike Theft PrecautionsWith warmer weather across the country garage doors are flying open and more and more people are opting to swap four wheels for two. Whether you’re an avid cyclist in search of the next big hill or a recreational one who enjoys a spin around the block with the kids, keeping your bike out of the hands of would-be thieves is key...


Five Canadian Wonders worth seeing

Five Canadian Wonders worth seeingFrom sea to shining sea, Canada offers opportunities for some of the world’s best travel adventures. Whether your ideal vacation includes mountain highs or valley lows, you can find what you’re looking for without ever crossing an international border...


Cottage Opening Checklist Starter

Cottage Opening Checklist StarterIt's that time of year again... time to open up your "home away from home," so you can start enjoying cottage life.

While this list won't cover every single thing you need to do for your specific cottage - and you should always check with a professional for new-to-you and more demanding or specialized activities...


What to look for in a BBQ

What to look for in a BBQCanadians know that there is no such thing as one "barbecue season." Canadians are known to grab a toque and head out to back patios to barbecue in rain, snow, hail and sleet. A sunny day is just icing on the steak. Still, there’s no denying that a great summer day can up the enjoyment factor tenfold...


5 things to do with your family on a rainy day

5 things to do with your family on a rainy dayAfter a long wait for summer to begin, the first sign of clouds in the sky can be enough to bring out the frowns. But before you shake your fists at the heavens, consider this: Rain doesn’t have to mean the end of your family’s plans for good times. These five ideas will kick start the creativity and keep the whole family happy and engaged even (and especially when) the skies turn gray...


Tips to Prepare Your Garden

tips-to-prepare-your-gardenSpring is here! Finally! And while meteorologists may still offer the odd threat of below normal temperatures, by late May many garden enthusiasts can likely put aside fears that the little green sprouts you see are about to get a dumping of snow. Chances are both the weeds in your garden and the patio furniture at the mall are calling your name by now. Answer them both...


Is your child ready for Overnight Camp?

Is your child ready for Overnight Camp?With the summer season comes a challenge: How will you keep your kids entertained for all those school-free hours? Camp is often a great choice. Day camps offer the chance to introduce kids to the camp experience, but overnight camp can bring new challenges and rewards. How do you know if your child is ready for the switch to overnight camp...


Increase your Pool IQ: What to know before you buy

Increase your Pool IQ: What to know before you buyThough it may not feel like it, warmer days are just around the corner. Wouldn't it be wonderful to jump into a cool, refreshing pool in your own backyard this summer? Tempting, right? And it should be. Pools offer homeowners a great opportunity to increase their at-home entertainment options...


Small Changes, Big Value

Small Changes, Big ValueWhile a good spring cleaning may be top of mind once the snow clears, the warmer weather and longer days mean it is also a great time to start thinking about how you can spruce things up on a larger scale...


Things to Consider about a Living Will

Things to Consider about a Living WillDo you have a will? That document will help you to decide what happens to your most prized possessions when you die but it won't necessarily be of use if you are suddenly afflicted with a disease or injury that leaves you very much alive but unable to communicate your wishes...


Spring Home Prep

Spring Home PrepIf a bundle of tulips is usually as far as you go in preparing your home for the Spring season, it's time to rethink your strategy. Winter can be hard on the home...


Food Travel - 5 countries you should visit for the Food

Food Travel - 5 countries you should visit for the FoodIt doesn't matter how well your favourite pizzeria makes its pie, there’s nothing that compares to tasting one in Italy. It's because the flavor of your favourite foods are as influenced by the ambience as they are by the technique and style of the maker...


Road Tripping

Road TrippingDepending on the temperament of your travel companions, going on a road trip can either be one of the best plans you ever made or a long and patience testing experience...


2013 Resolution Check-In

2013 Resolution Check InA few months ago you were committed to a healthier 2013. A few weeks ago you were determined to see it through. Last night? The call of the French fries was too much to resist. What’s a wannabe health resolution keeper to do? If your willpower is waning in recent weeks you’re not alone...


Emergency Checklist for your Car

Emergency Checklist for your CarAccidents happen. Whether it's a breakdown on the side of the road or bad weather that sidelines you, having a basic emergency kit in your car can make a world of difference. And if you’re traveling with children at the time, it can also turn what might’ve been a frightening experience into a manageable one...


Relationship tips to make your first home purchase easier

Relationship tips to make your first home purchase easierIf home ownership is in your future, chances are that from the moment you spotted a sales office or glimpsed the red bricks of a resale, you were smitten. But just like person-to-person relationships, jumping in to your "I'm going to buy a house" relationship before you’re ready can lead to heartache down the road...


Be Ready for March Break

Be Ready for March BreakIt's less than a month away and when it lands you'll likely have at least five whole days (nine including the weekends!) to entertain your children. What's that you say? Not sure you're up to the task of 24/7 family time? Fear not! There are plenty of things you can do now to make sure your days together are filled with good times...


Valentine's Day-Family Style

Valentine's Day-Family StyleIf you're in the early days of a relationship, chances are Valentine's Day still holds the romantic ideals that the commercials and greeting cards promise. You'll stroll the mall in the days ahead wondering which box of chocolate, bouquet of roses or sentimental card will make it into your home on February 14th...


New Year Organizational Tips

New Year Organizational TipsWith the holidays behind us, chances are there was a morning recently when you woke up to a disheveled space. Somehow the last quarter of every year manages to wreak havoc on the home. All that nesting and hanging out together inevitably leads to ransacked cupboards and paper strewn family rooms. And don’t even ask where to find the TV remote. What you need is some organization! If you are looking to organize, you can start with these high priority areas....


New Puppy Prep

New Puppy PrepHow much is that puppy in the window? That depends on what steps you take in the weeks and months that follow that initial purchase. The costs associated with caring for a puppy can range from a $2 chew toy to an astronomical vet bill. While there’s no doubt that your new pet is bound to provide you and your family with years of picture perfect moments and become a key member of your family, taking the right steps early can make things easier on your home, your heart and your wallet...


Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last Minute Gift IdeasThis is it. The holidays are here! The time for long, thought out ideas was last week. This week you’ve just got to get it done. But with long lineups at every register and those hard to buy for people still on your list, what's a down-to-the-wire shopper to do? Have no fear - even if you’re wallet isn't as big as your heart, there are plenty of options to keep you off the gift-giving naughty list...


5 things you can do this winter with your Family

5 things you can do this winter with your FamilyTis the season! Family togetherness is at an all time high in the winter when school holidays and office downtime mean everyone can be together. Make the most of it with one of these five family-focused opportunities...


Need to Get Away this Winter? Tips for making a quick budget friendly escape

Need to Get Away this Winter? Tips for making a quick budget friendly escapeWhether you’re fleeing the snow and sleet for sun and sand, or simply hoping to find the right hill to ski down, a mid-winter getaway is often the perfect excuse to pack your bags. And while you may be already dreaming of March Break trips or Summer holidays (and the longer trips that they can bring with them), nothing puts a pep in your step like an impromptu weekend away. Here’s how to make sure you get yours...


Is your car ready for Winter?

Is your car ready for Winter?Canada is a four-season country. And that means that while you might enjoy cruising the summer streets in your top-down convertible, when the cold winds blow you’ll need a car that does more than look good out there. Winter demands a special kind of attention to your on-road activities. Whether you’re driving a sedan or a hotrod, a minivan or a convertible, these five tips will keep you safe on the road...


Home Ready: Your winter checklist

Home Ready: Your winter checklistHats and Mittens purchased? Check. Ski jacket ready? Check. Hot chocolate in full supply? Check. Your family is ready to make the most out of winter, now it's time to make sure your house is ready for it too. The dip in fall temps may have you thinking more about roaring fireplaces and ski hills than your water pipes, but there's no question that those require your attention too. Spend a weekend checking these must-do's off your list and you'll be back to winter day-dreaming before you know it...


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