Friday, 21 October 2016

Maintenance tips that will make sure you don’t waste money

There are numerous reasons why people should be proactive when fixing and maintaining their house. Besides the obvious fact that your home will look nicer, by being proactive you can reduce future costs of repairs.

We have compiled a short list of things that you should pay extra attention to. By properly maintaining certain areas (and appliances) you are able to increase their life expectancy and reduce all the costs that may be caused by negligence.  

1. Pool
There are a lot of homeowners that do not care about their pool. They mainly see it as a source of fun and they pay little to no attention to it after the construction. But, the matter of fact is that your pool will only last as much as you allow it too. There are numerous things that can damage your pool. It can especially be troublesome if you have mosaic on the bottom of it. As a precaution, make sure to clean it regularly, especially the edges and sides. When the winter comes, cover it and remove the pump. Also, by purchasing efficient pumps such as Onga and Davey, you can further reduce the consumption.
2. Roof
Roof shingles are something that constantly needs your attention. When the summer comes around, you need to check your shingles making sure that everything is in place. If there is any damage, make sure to do necessary replacement. During the winter, there is a lot of damage to the roof and this can be easily spotted when you climb on it during spring or summer. This damage is mostly caused by ice and snow and it can cause leaks. Similarly, you will have to check your pipes if they are leaking or broken.
3. Garage door
Garage doors (especially springs) need to be looked after from time to time. Given how often we use them, it is only to be expected that some malfunction will appear. Sometimes, the door will become unbalanced. However, the main issue is with springs. They need to be changed once in a while as their constant use damages them. Best way to do it is by lubricating them from time to time.
4. Window frames
If you have wooden window frames, you know that they need to be changed after a while. In the end, windows should isolate the house preventing cold from coming inside. Wooden window frames start rotting after some time and they need to be replaced. Holes may appear. As a way to isolate your home and reduce heating bills, you should use silicone to fill them or get new frames altogether.
5. Bathroom leaks
Almost every item in bathroom can cause a leak of sorts. Whether it is a sink, toilet or shower, they can all cause commotion. This is really harmful for your tiles and needs to be fixed immediately. In case of a sink, change of rubber will help. Toilet may start overflowing which is also easy to fix. Shower stall is another story. Usually, the water start dripping somewhere and you will have to change the whole rubber that goes along the edges. Occasionally, leak comes near the wall and that’s when you will have to patch the holes.

There are numerous things that need to be done in order for your home to stay as nice as it right now. In most cases, you won’t have to call handymen; these repairs can be handled with a toolbox and some good will. In the end, it can save you a lot of money. 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

How To Build A Pumpkin Out Of Lego

Do you have LEGO® fans at your house?! 

Get in the spirit of Halloween with LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto’s Master Model Builder, Noel Straatsma.

Join your little ones as they build a Halloween model from the comfort of your own home. Noel has put together a step-by-step tutorial slideshow for kids looking to build some pumpkins for Halloween.

Every Saturday and Sunday for the month of October, including Halloween day, little ghosts and mummies can also experience themed d├ęcor, spooky entertainment, costume contests, building contests, scavenger hunts and much more at and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto.

Halloween Brick-or-Treat attractions include:
-         Haunted Display Challenge
-         Spooky Creative Build  
-         Monster Mash Scavenger Hunt in Toronto MINILAND
-         BOO Crew Costume Contest

All included in the price of admission.

Find Noel Straatsma and the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto crew, at 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive in Vaughan.
Visit for more information and ticket purchase.

Last chance Halloween costume ideas, from Goodwill Poll

This is the last weekend to get a costume before Halloween weekend (Friday, Oct 28 and Saturday, Oct 29). Last-minute Halloween shoppers can head to Goodwill to find great costumes at the last minute and on a budget.

Goodwill’s Halloween Poll includes information about trends (types of costumes that are popular such as funny, minimalist, iconic/classic etc.) and an in-store survey of the most popular DIY costumes, such as witches and zombies.

October is Goodwill’s highest sales month (higher than December), as millions of people make the more than 3,200 Goodwill stores their Halloween headquarters. Here are links to more information about the poll and other info that may help you to find a fabulous Halloween costume at the last minute.
When people shop at Goodwill, they can take pride knowing that their purchases help fund Goodwill’s job placement and training programs that help people find employment. Last year, more than 312,000 people found jobs with help from Goodwill.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Swago Shopping Edition

It's time for another round of SWAGO! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site. This particular round of SWAGO is all about online shopping.
Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):
  • Shop Swago will begin on Wednesday, October 19th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Monday, October 24th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

Christmas Gifts: Ideas For All Different Members of the Family

With Christmas being a matter of weeks away, a lot of us will be thinking about gift ideas for family and friends. I found that it used to get annoying seeing so many Christmas things in stores, during the months of September and October. Over time, though, I have come to understand why they are sold so early on. It helps us to get organised and make sure that we aren’t just leaving it all until the first few weeks in December. So if you are looking around for some gift ideas, I have a few different ideas for you. Hopefully, you’ll find something to motivate and inspire you with Christmas shopping this year.


For the Beauty Lover

If you have a friend that is a big fan of beauty and skin care products, then it can be tricky to know what to buy. Only tricky because there is so much out there on the market; how do you know what is best to get? I think some natural skin care products are always a good route to go down. The chances are they won’t contain anything that would irritate skin. They are full of natural scents too. Other than that, I think things like eyeshadow palettes or bath bombs are always good ideas for those friends that love beauty products.

For Bookworms

If you have a family member or friend that loves to read, there are plenty of options out there. You could choose a book for them that you think they would love. But if you’re concerned that they might have already read it, then you could go down the gift voucher route instead. Other great ideas are book lamps, e-readers or stylish bookends.


For Adrenaline Junkies

I think we all know a few people that love to live life on the edge. They like to try out new things and experiences. So a run of the mill gift can be a little dull for them. Arranging an experience or event for them is a great idea if you are buying for them. It could be something like a track day, to race in a sports car. It could be bungee jumping, skydiving or hopping in a hot air balloon. Having something like this booked is also something for them to look forward to.

For Keen Bakers

You might have someone in your life that loves to bake. If they are quite experienced, it can feel daunting to give them something like home baked goods. There are plenty of options for them, though. Getting them a new, well-recommended cookbook, can always be a winner. You could also get them some new baking gadgets or accessories. Think of things like rolling pins, silicone bakeware or a new apron. There are plenty of baking accessories out there that you are bound to find something that works. Even a cook's blowtorch or a candy thermometer would be a thoughtful gift for someone that loves to bake.

Hope you found this small guide helpful. Have fun planning your Christmas shopping and getting everything sorted!