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Back to School: Healthy Lunch Ideas

We hear you parents. Preparing a nice, healthy, and different meal for your kids every day can be a little difficult. We came up with the solution for this so that the back-to-school excitement does not go down for any reason. These healthy and easy to make lunch recipes will help you and your kids go through the school day while maintaining the nutrition value you had going during summer break. 

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Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill

Heat is not the only thing that rises during the summer, our electric bill goes through the roof with it. Especially with most of us working from home now, we have been using more appliances than usual and for longer periods. Hence, apart from beating the heat, we also need to find ways to beat the ever-increasing electric bills. Lucky for you, we have some easy tips to help save money and the planet at the same time.

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Cleaning Your Barbecue Grill

Yep, the fun time’s over! Now that summer’s coming to an end, it’s almost time to bid adieu to your backyard buddy until the next barbecue season. But it wouldn’t be fair to your grill-friend if you didn’t it a proper farewell before sending it away for a whole year. Those flavourful chars on your burgers and steaks, that you look so cool flipping, produce carbon deposits on different parts of your grill (grates, hood, interior of the firebox, burner tube). Grease/sauces can stick to these deposits, creating home for bacteria, and causing the grill to heat unevenly.

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DIY Projects You Should Try This Summer

Well, who doesn’t like to get a little crafty every now and then? After watching tons of those DIY videos, I get motivated to create something cool and fun using the “easy” steps they suggest, only to come to the conclusion hours later that maybe I’m not as artistic as I thought. If you’re relating to me so far instead of going “what is this person talking about?”, check out this list of some really cool and easy to make DIY projects that you can take on this summer, by yourself or with your kids.

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Barbecue Types Decoded

Barbecue season is just around the corner so why not upgrade your backyard grilling game this year and make your staycation even better? Where to start you ask? Well, we've got the answer. Below, we've explored the various types of barbecues available and the reasons why it could be the best match for you. There are a number of options these days so narrowing down the different types before heading into a store or online to shop is always a time saver. 

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Recipes to Carry You Into Spring

I don't know about you but I am REALLY excited for Spring to arrive. So much so that I’ve started my Spring cleaning early and slowly started to get into my favourite Spring recipes. I’ve put together some of my favourites for you to try. They’re really great anytime of year but hopefully they can carry you through the last few weeks of wintery March and get you just as excited for Spring as I am! 

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Family Friendly Valentine's Day Recipes

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and whether you’re celebrating as a singleton or with your kids, we have some fun and delicious recipes for you to try. Get creative – cook all the recipes and make it a daylong celebration! Don’t forget to get the kids involved in the kitchen too, they can mix ingredients…. or better yet lick the bowl 😜.

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Celebrating New Year's Eve @ Home

New Year’s Eve looks a little different this year. While most bars and restaurants have been closed in Ontario temporarily, it’s the year to get creative at home. We have some fun suggestions on how to host an intimate celebration to help you welcome in 2021. If you don’t feel like cooking, don’t forget to check out your local favourite restaurants as well, many are offering delivery and takeout menus for New Year’s Eve and definitely need your support right now!

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Delicious & Affordable Holiday Meal Ideas

Holiday gatherings look a bit different this year for many of us. Smaller gatherings and smaller budgets mean it’s time to get creative in the kitchen. The good thing is, there are so many delicious meals you can cook up without breaking the bank and most meals will leave you with leftovers for the next day – saving you money and time to enjoy your family that much more. Check our some of our favourite affordable and delicious holiday meal ideas below!

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Fall Décor Trends

Fall is such a lovely season – the weather is still a bit warm, but the wind is nice and crisp. We always get excited with the change from Summer to Fall because for us, it means it’s time to get the house ready for another season. Decorating your home for a new season doesn’t have to cost a lot either. You can turn many beautiful décor items into fun DIY projects, and even get the kids to join in. Check out some of our favourite Fall Décor trends below and get ready to get creative!

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