14 October 2014

Homeowners 101: How to Clear a Clogged Drain

A clogged drain isn’t something that any homeowner wants to deal with, but they’re a fact of life that you really can’t avoid. While they can be pretty annoying, they don’t have to ruin your week, and you don’t always have to call for an expert repair. Use these tips to help you. 

If you can’t, there are a variety of people that can help with a clogged drain Toronto residents trust. 

1. Pour boiling water down the drain from the tea kettle. If you have a particularly tough clog you may need to repeat the process a few times. Let the sink rest for a while after pouring water down the drain, as it may take some time for the boiling water to eat through the clog.

2. Combine a small amount of baking soda with distilled vinegar if the boiling water doesn’t clear the blog. The mixture of baking soda and boiling water can help to dissolve a clog that’s related to fat or hair, both of which are common problems in the kitchen and bathroom respectively.

3 Consider calling a professional if you don’t have any results with the boiling water from the kettle or the mixture of baking soda and distilled vinegar. You may have a more serious problem than a clogged drain, especially if you have a garbage disposal that isn’t working. Call a company that can deal with issues like sump pump Toronto residents really trust in their homes.

5 Ways to Stay Safe at Home

Everyone deserves the right to feel safe at home. However, the necessary precautions need to be taken in order to remain free from danger. Here are five important home safety tips. 

Electronic guard dog
In an effort to enhance the security of their property, some families choose to get a guard dog. However, an actual guard dog is not the only viable option. Homeowners can install an alarm that features the sounds of a ferocious guard dog. This will help to deter criminals while the residents are away from home. Placing a dog bowl on the porch will also make burglars think twice before attempting to break into the home.

Reinforced doors
A well-built door is a major benefit to home security. If possible, install steel frames around all of the exterior doors. One of the most important components of a front door is the deadbolt system. Always invest in a quality deadbolt system that offers the highest level of security. Try to avoid installing doors that are designed with a large glass window.

Fire safety
At least one smoke detector needs to be installed on every floor of the home. A security system monitoring service can actually be connected to the home’s smoke detectors. If one of the alarms is triggered, the monitoring service will promptly alert emergency services. However, homeowners must remember to develop a solid fire escape plan.

Stay alert while cooking
A large percentage of house fires are caused by cooking accidents. Never make the mistake of taking a nap while cooking. Keeping a fire extinguisher near the kitchen is always a good idea. Although some people choose to use slow cookers while at work, they still need to be very careful. Instead of allowing young children to use the stove upon returning home from school, prepare snacks that can be heated in the microwave. 

Key-less entry panic button
A car’s key-less entry panic button can be used to enhance the security of a home. If the homeowner notices the presence of a home intruder, they can push the panic button on their car keys. This will certainly help to scare away the criminal. However, the car has to be parked in close proximity to the home.

15 September 2014

Bamboo Flooring Provides a New Alternative for Today's Homeowners

 Hardwood floors have long been a sign of class and status among American homeowners. For some, the American Dream includes those hardwood floors, which tend to look better, stay cooler, and remain cleaner, as well. When people choose hardwood floors, though, they have many different kinds of wood to choose from. Some enjoy those old, oak floors of years past. Others go with something extremely valuable like mahogany. There is a new type of wood floor that is sweeping the world of real estate, however. High quality bamboo flooring looks good and provides precisely what many homeowners are looking for.


One of the most important bamboo flooring facts has to do with its rich color. Bamboo flooring tends to be lighter than most other types of wood floors. This is preferable for some homeowners who are looking to bring a light, airy feel to their home. This is not to say that people who choose bamboo floors only have one option, of course. Much to the contrary, there are many different color patterns that people can choose, including one strain of bamboo that goes by the coffee-inspired name of "java." 

01 September 2014

Contemporary and Vintage Combine in Modern Table Lamps

Whether you’re reading, writing, sewing or relaxing with friends, sometimes a good table lamp is just what you need. 

Modern table lamps can provide both comfort and style as many of them combine a small base with excellent lighting options. Depending on the ambiance you’re attempting to create, you may want to go for a slender, sleek look that shouts contemporary sensibility, like some of the chrome or glass lamps designed by companies like Kundalini. Although many of their lamps have a modern art feel, they also create table lamps, like the ones in their Candela line, that mimic old-fashioned candles.


Other designers, like Trend Lighting, combine contemporary materials and features with a more retro sensibility, including table lamps with linen, silk or parchment shades that might have looked just right in your grandmother’s house. For instance, their Pallaeh Crystal Table Lamp combines a delicate shade with an old-fashioned looking pull chain, yet the base has a unique design made up of small crystal balls. Similarly, their Sherbet Table Lamp combines a standard looking shade with a bottle shaped base made from multi-toned sherbet glass. That combination of modern and vintage sensibilities might be just what you’re looking for in a lamp.

25 July 2014

My Bucket List - 2014

Everyone has a bucket list, even if they don't call it by that name. I always have ever changing goals, whether they are to get a load of laundry done or to fly halfway across the world. This is the first time I've written mine down on a piece of paper. This is my Bucket List as of July, 2014.

Short Term:


  • Make my own Root Beer and Ginger Ale- It can be done and I know I can do it! We don't buy pop so this will be a great experience for the whole family.
  • Grow Veggies in the Winter- This is a new goal for me. This is my first year with a big garden and I'm looking for ways to extend my growing.
  • Make my Children's Mattresses- You read that right. I plan to do it this winter with buckwheat hulls and cotton!


Long Term:


  • Take my Children to Disney World- I went when I was a kid and I have made a promise to take my boys when they are a bit older. Money is the biggest obstacle so we are saving now even though our boys are only 2 and 5.
  • Be Self Sustainable- Someday I want to depend on no one but ourselves and our community for most of our basic needs. I want to grow our own food or buy it locally. I want to have solar or wind power to generate our own electricity.
  • Go to Italy- This is something my husband and I want to do together. Both of our family's are from there and some of his still live there.
  • Go Skydiving- Another one I want to do with my husband. I've wanted to do this since I watched the Power Rangers Movie in the 90's!


I'm sure some of these will change by next year but it's still fun!

24 July 2014

Gorgeous Hawaiian Flowers

Hawaiian flower arrangements are exquisite and are the perfect choice for special occasion gifts or thank yous or to decorate your own home or office with a splash of color. You can even order a six-month or twelve-month Year of Flowers program so that you pre-order your upcoming gifts or make purchases for yourself.

The flowers in these arrangements are grown on local Hawaiian farms, are shipped the same day as hand picked, making them the freshest possible so that they will arrive by FedEx bursting with brilliant life and amazing colors. They are carefully packed in an insulated Hawaiian-motif gift box and include a personalized gift card.

There are Mixed Tropicals and so many other unique flowers, such as Elegant Exotic Orchids with the brightest and most radiant long lasting blooms in shades of lavender and purple, Heart-Shaped Anthuriums in a variety of brightly colored flowers and beautiful leaves and a long vase life, Live Orchid Plants that are hearty and will bloom and re-bloom indoors for a long time and provide a beautiful scent, or perhaps a Traditional Lei that is hand woven fresh every day and is strung with hundreds of flowers, nuts, or vines and can be worn as a welcome gift or to commemorate a special occasion.

Keep the Spirit of Aloha alive and share the magic of Hawaiian flowers.

24 June 2014

Kid's Deluxe Junior Police Costume

My 5 year old loves to dress up. Recently he chose this Junior Police Costume. I think it's because he loves to lay down the law, especially with his little brother! The costume comes with some fun accessories including hand cuffs, which he really enjoyed. This costume came for Wholesale Halloween Costumes and they have a great selection of girls and boys police costumes and fire fighter costumes


I have to say this is one of the best quality costumes we have gotten. It's made with a cotton/poly blend and seems to be sewn well. There are nice detail to the jumpsuits, like the patches sewn to the arms. The costume includes:

23 May 2014

3 Ways to Choose A Volunteer Organization

Feeling charitable? The good news is that there are thousands of nonprofits throughout the world who'd love your help. The bad news is that all these choices can be paralyzing! If you need help narrowing things down, here are just a few criteria for choosing a good volunteer organization.

1: Pick A Focus Area


If you're thinking of volunteering, you probably already have a cause in mind. But things like "hunger" and "homelessness" are broad categories that are very easy to get lost in, especially if you're a first-timer, so try to focus your search on one problem in particular. For example, if you want to work with the poor, you can look for opportunities with disadvantaged youth or low-income housing projects.

2: Know Your Nonprofits


Familiarize yourself with the big charities that lead the industry in which you want to volunteer. If you're hoping to save the gorillas, you should know about In Defense of Animals; if you're interested in third-world disaster relief, educate yourself on the Red Cross.