Christmas

Week One of a New Year, Make it Count!

Ready to become a go-getter in 2019? Here’s your house beautiful to-do list. 3-2-1 and go!

Tree Down and Out

If your Christmas tree is real, you don’t need any more incentive to bid it adieu than the endless deluge of dead pine needles falling everywhere. Of course it’s hard to say goodbye to the tree whether […]

January 2nd, 2019|Christmas, Decorating, Organization Tips, Winter|

Book Review: Plenty – Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi

The holidays can be stressful. What with office parties, hosting family and friends, the extra cleaning, the stress on our wallets, and don’t forget the concern over possible food sensitivities.

There are endless cookbooks dedicated to gluten-free, vegan, keto and zero-sugar diets, but very few celebrate a little of everything as well as Yotam Ottolenghi’s ‘Plenty’ […]

December 21st, 2018|Celebration, Christmas, Health, Party, Winter|

It’s a Stovetop Miracle!

The gas fireplace and twinkly lights are aglow and your jazzy holiday playlist is just right.  All your guests have arrived with their favourite bottled drinks and famous hors d’oeuvres. The festivities are officially in motion! Sooner than later, everyone will be milling around your kitchen. Unavoidably, eyes will fall upon your stovetop. Will it […]

December 14th, 2018|Christmas, Cleaning Tips, Family, Party|

Fa La La La La, Festive Mantle Makeover!

Now that the mantlepiece is sparkling clean, tis the season to deck the halls! Whether gas, electric or wood burning, the hearth is the heart of the home. Here are a few tips to enhance your creative mantle decorating efforts:

Beware of Clutter

Remove everyday items from the mantle to make way for festive ones. Box up knickknacks […]

December 12th, 2018|Christmas, Family, Winter|

Space Saver: 12 Things you can Donate Now!

December can be a very busy time for large families and those of us who like to host High Holiday dinners and gift exchanges. Before the month’s done, the slow creep of day-to-day accumulation has choked closets, front hallways, kitchen cupboards and counters with a number of things. This year, start the season off merry […]

December 5th, 2018|Christmas, Cleaning Tips, Organization Tips, Party|

Five Popular Cleaning Resolutions that Everyone Should Make

Are you planning on making some cleaning resolutions in 2018? If so, here are some popular ideas to help you get inspired.

CLEAN THE BATHROOM AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK

Regular cleaning of this frequently-used room keeps germs and soap-scum from building up. If you are cleaning it once a week, you should be able to get […]

December 29th, 2017|Christmas|

Gifts to Make Christmas More Meaningful

We often forget that Christmas is about more than just giving the coolest gifts of the season. Instead of purchasing a tangible gift for that special someone, try one of these methods instead.

Support the community. There are many ways to help out and spread joy in your community. For example, you can volunteer with […]

December 8th, 2017|Christmas|

Christmas Tree Challenges and How to Solve Them

Pets: Dogs and cats are very curious creatures, and as such, your Christmas tree may be in jeopardy during the holiday season. Here are some clever ways to protect your tree from your curious pets.

If you are planning to put up a large tree, place it in the corner of a room, so it’s […]

December 6th, 2017|Christmas, Organization Tips|

New Ways to Store your Outdoor Christmas Lights

Now that the holidays have come to an end, its time to tackle your outdoor Christmas lights. Instead of cramming them into a storage bin this year, why not try these simple organizational tricks to help keep your lights in pristine condition for next year. Here’s how:

Put them in plastic: Store holiday lights separately by […]

January 4th, 2017|Christmas, Organization Tips|

Four Christmas Morning Challenges

1. Mountain of wrapping paper: Here are three ways to reduce, reuse and recycle ripped up paper. Consider shredding everything into paper confetti for New Year’s – and then recycling it afterwards. Save it and use it for wrapping and storing fragile holiday decorations and glassware. Or, place it directly into the recycling bin (check […]

December 23rd, 2016|Christmas|