Summer

The Zen Guide to Weeding

The grass may or may not be greener on the other side, but one thing’s for sure, it’s got a weed or two tangled up in its blades. Now, how to manage those weeds can vary from a ‘just ignore them, and grow a meadow-esque lawn’ or, ‘weed obsessively, and strive to have the best-manicured […]

July 19th, 2019|Cleaning Tips, Outdoors, Summer|

How to Revive Your Weathered Wicker

After a few years, wicker furniture that gets left outdoors can start to look like it should get thrown out…but don’t put it on the curb just yet! Although your wicker furniture may look embarrassingly weathered, it can still be revived. Keep reading to learn more about the different methods.

The Old-Fashioned Way

One of the reasons […]

July 17th, 2019|Cleaning Tips, Decorating, Maintenance, Outdoors, Summer|

Secrets of a Thriving Window Ledge Herb Garden

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden,” writes Frances Hodgson Burnett in her cherished book The Secret Garden. Whether it’s “a little bit of earth” in a community plot, a collection of planters on the deck, hanging pots from the porch or a simple window box, […]

July 12th, 2019|Outdoors, Summer|

Simple Ways to Bring the Joy of Summer into your Kitchen

The smell of freshly cut grass can instantly summon thoughts of summer, as can suntan lotion and the whiff of flowers blooming in the yard. Create your own favourite summer scent indoors by using aromatic cleaning products infused with summer scents such as honeysuckle, lemongrass and lilac.

Change up your kitchen linen to bring in that […]

July 5th, 2019|Decorating, Outdoors, Summer|

Debunking Common Sunburn Myths

No matter how hard we try, sunburns are a common occurrence when the summer rolls around. Endless hours of warmth and daylight means we can finally enjoy patio time, tend to our gardens or enjoy life from the comfort of a picnic blanket. Unfortunately, most of us end up with sunburnt foreheads, shoulders or backs […]

July 3rd, 2019|Family, Health, Summer, Vacation|

Declare War on Dirty Floors This Summer!

Dirt, sand and popsicle goo are a few of the enemies that attack your floors each summer. Whether you’ve got wall-to-wall carpet or hardwood floors, kids or no kids, keeping floors clean can be a challenge. Preparation is the key. As with any battle, planning strategies to face whatever is thrown your way will result […]

June 28th, 2019|Cleaning Tips, Summer|

Clean up your Hydro Bill this Summer!

Cleaning isn’t just a VIP treatment reserved for kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.  Once in a while, we have to remember to clean our bills too! A survey of Canadian electricity bills published in 2017 concluded that Canadians keep paying more and more for hydro. But don’t despair, by consistently using our easy bill cleaning tips, […]

June 21st, 2019|Laundry, Maintenance, Organization Tips, Outdoors, Summer|

How You Can Transform Your Shed with a Pegboard

Everyone knows there are many tools to keep your yard well-manicured and looking its best. The basics include a lawn mower, weed wacker, sheers, spade and a rake. However, a true gardening enthusiast knows these are just the bare minimum. A real horticulturalist has a stockpile of handy gadgets to keep their grass lush and […]

June 19th, 2019|Organization Tips, Outdoors, Summer|

Tips to Keep the Kids’ Sandbox Clean

Congratulations! You’ve bought the sandbox you wish you’d had when you were a kid, and now it’s ready for your children to play in. The next step is to figure out how to keep it clean, because rain, snow, cats and other animals will foul your child’s favourite play structure in no time. There are […]

June 14th, 2019|Cleaning Tips, Family, Health, Maintenance, Outdoors, Summer|

Sign up for a Mosquito-Free Summer!

We’ve been beta testing the concept of pest repellent gardens, and we’ve stumbled onto some tips and tricks, and dos and don’ts that we just have to share!

Marigolds Repel Pests and Mosquitoes

Marigolds are super-super powered garden heroes. Not only do they repel mosquitoes, but they also repel insects that prey on edibles such as tomato […]

June 12th, 2019|Green Housekeeping, Outdoors, Summer|