Summer

Pack Away Swimming Essentials the Right Way

There’s nothing worse than getting invited to a pool opening party and not being able to find your favourite bathing suit, swim trunks or flip-flops. Or worse, finding them crumpled in heaps emanating a foul stench that can never be washed away. Now that summer break’s over, and the kids are back at school, it’s […]

September 26th, 2018|Cleaning Tips, Laundry, Outdoors, Summer, Vacation|

Take Me out to the Ballpark and Wash Me when I Get Gross!

Your favourite baseball cap is so much more than a simple fashion statement in the summer. While it may cheer on the home team, it also shades your face from the blinding sun, protecting your eyes and skin from harmful UV rays. The only downside to this fashion powerhouse is that dirt and sweat are […]

August 31st, 2018|Cleaning Tips, Maintenance, Outdoors, Summer|

No Bake, Low Mess Birthday Cake

Sometimes birthdays happen while you’re camping, sailing or when it’s too hot to bake. Although it may seem impossible you can still make a fabulous birthday cake even with limited electricity, scarce water and without heating up the house. All you need are some basic ingredients, an 8-by-8-inch pan and a day’s notice. Here’s a […]

August 8th, 2018|Cleaning Tips, Party, Summer|

Give Your Garden a Wild Makeover!

Clover, crocus, violet, thistle.  Do any of these names ring a bell?  What about dandelion?  Ok, now you get the picture.  Yep, we’re talking wildflowers.  No, they are not showy, over-the-top fragrant, or voluptuous like roses and tulips. But it’s time to let these gentle giants grow!  Learn how they can add charm, colour, love […]

July 13th, 2018|Health, Outdoors, Summer|

Canada Day, Fresh Fruit and Tattoos!

Canada Day marks more than just the birth of our nation. For kids, it’s the kick-off to summer vacation; for adults, it typically brings the warm weather we’ve dreamed about all winter.  But, above all, it’s a three-day weekend.  So, kick off your shoes and celebrate!  Invite the gang over for a BBQ and raise […]

June 29th, 2018|Cleaning Tips, Family, Outdoors, Party, Summer|

No Fence Required with these Creative Alternatives

Your backyard is a retreat from everyday life. For some it’s a place to relax and entertain family and friends. For others, a space for a swimming pool, a trampoline and a soccer net. Whether it’s a large suburban space or a tiny city garden, the desire for privacy is mutual. Fences are ideal, but […]

June 27th, 2018|Outdoors, Summer|

5 Storage Solutions for your Backyard Retreat

Patio season is upon us! Break out the tiki torches and brightly coloured lounge decor, and take your back deck from drab to glorious in minutes. Patio furniture adds so much character to a space, but keeping it fresh and clean can be a challenge. Even a quick rain shower can invite mold to grow […]

June 22nd, 2018|Maintenance, Outdoors, Summer|

How to Design a Pool Cleaning Schedule

Keeping a swimming pool clean is serious business. To ensure safety and cleanliness you have to follow a daily regimen – there’s no skipping a day here or there. This rigidity comes easy to some, less for others. Here’s a run down of the basics required to make the most of pool season.

Skim it

If […]

June 20th, 2018|Cleaning Tips, Maintenance, Outdoors, Summer|

Professional Catering Tips for Easy Party Clean up

Whether hosting your parents’ 30th wedding anniversary; throwing a surprise 50th for your spouse; or celebrating your daughter’s sweet sixteen; the celebration should be fun for all, including the host. Avoid party planning anxiety and clean up stress with these professional tips.

Embrace tablecloths

Tablecloths not only look great, they also catch crumbs and soak up spills. […]

June 11th, 2018|Family, Outdoors, Summer|

Charming Ways to Light Up the Night

Here in Canada, deck and patio season doesn’t last long. So, when it finally arrives, everyone does their best to make the most of it. There are so many ways to make the outdoor lounging experience irresistible. Cozy weather-proof sofas, colourful umbrellas, and lush greenery are nice to have. But you can turn even the […]

June 6th, 2018|Outdoors, Summer|