Category: The Blog

The Healthier Way to Banish Fat Before the Holidays

With the holidays right around the corner, you might find yourself with weight loss on the mind. Whether you’re (nervously) anticipating Christmas parties or incoming family and guests, looking your best could be the difference between a happy holiday or not.     The experts at Medilean Wellness & Weight Loss Clinic urge consumers to forgo the fad diets and shed […]

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Five Tips for Creating an Appealing Dressing Room at Home

A large master bedroom usually has a dressing room. A dressing room serves as the place where a woman dresses, puts on her makeup, brushes her hair and finishes getting ready. The best thing about decorating a dressing room is you can let your creativity run wild. Look at five tips for creating an appealing […]

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Expert Advice: Is a Tub Necessary?

Q: I’m in the middle of remodeling and my husband and I can’t agree. Neither of us ever uses the tub, we both prefer showers. I feel like a tub would just waste space in the room that we could have used for storage or a larger shower but he is worried that we’ll regret […]

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Expert Advice: How Much Paint do I Need?

Q. How much paint do I need to paint my room? A: In generally, a medium size room (12’ by 12’ with 8’ high ceilings) will usually take about ¾ of a gallon per coat for the walls. It is important to choose a good quality paint to ensure proper coverage with two coats. My […]

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Expert Advice: Bathroom Renovations for Resell Value

Q: I have completely gutted the main bathroom in my home and I am working on design plans but there are so many options. I plan to sell the house in a few years so I’m wondering what some of the most popular choices are when it comes to improving the resale value of the […]

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Expert Advice: Carpet Repair – Clean First or Stretch First?

QUESTION: My carpet has bumps and I want to get it stretched and cleaned. Should I have it cleaned first or stretched first? We asked Pablo of Curly’s Carpet Repair and this is what he recommends: There are people and/or cleaning companies who will tell you to get it cleaned first and than stretched. They […]

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Expert Advice: Grid-tied Solar Energy Systems

QUESTION: Can you explain a grid-tied solar energy system to me. What can I expect when installing a system like this? ANSWER: “Grid-tied” means that your home is still connected, or “tied” to the BC Hydro power grid. When the sun is shining, your house will use the solar energy first and if you require […]

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Expert Advice: Finding Space for a Freestanding Tub

Q: I would love to replace my traditional tub with a freestanding soaker tub but I’m not sure if I have the space. How much room do I need to be able to install a freestanding tub? – Elizabeth P. Hello Elizabeth, The good news is that freestanding tubs come in a variety of sizes […]

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Expert Advice: Using Wood in a Bathroom

Q: Can I use wood in a bathroom? I’ve seen some gorgeous pictures of bathrooms with beautiful wood feature walls but is that even practical with the amount of moisture in the bathroom? – Taylor B. Hello Taylor, You are correct, wood and water can be a precarious combination and the use of wood elements […]

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Carnival & Fair Foods You Can Make at Home

Caramel Apples ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 9 A staple of carnival foods, caramel apples are quite easy to make yourself! Source jQuery(function($) { new NggPaginatedGallery('adaa53affd0bf538b6eda16102b22fb6', '.ngg-imagebrowser'); }); Read More

DIY Father’s Day Cards Your Kids Can Make

Crisscross Card ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 10 This complicated looking card really isn't all that hard to make. Really! Source jQuery(function($) { new NggPaginatedGallery('66d6a304d1a2b2600f94a4bb57614bc9', '.ngg-imagebrowser'); }); Read More

A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga

  It’s a widely known fact that the benefits of practicing yoga transcend just the physical. In addition to being a practice used to strengthen and tone the body, yoga is also a spiritual practice; one which can have positive effects on the mind. So you want to get into yoga? We’ve got five, beginner-friendly […]

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Baby Shower Ideas for a Bouncing Baby Boy

Baby Blue Party Punch ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 10 What a lovely shade of blue and it tastes great too! Source jQuery(function($) { new NggPaginatedGallery('36cff864cf1236a9dca4ad29010c630d', '.ngg-imagebrowser'); }); Read More

Sugar & Spice Baby Shower Ideas

Adorable DIY Baby Shower Invites ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 10 Oh what sweet invitations - and surprisingly easy to make! Source jQuery(function($) { new NggPaginatedGallery('49063bb4531918227fae6ca1c79bf122', '.ngg-imagebrowser'); }); Read More

Creative Ideas for Twin Baby Showers

Ombre Cupcakes ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 8 What a sweet swirl of a cupcake! Combine two colors in varying tones to celebrate doubles! Source jQuery(function($) { new NggPaginatedGallery('ad9322d1fe384bd6219cf78ece7c2aa5', '.ngg-imagebrowser'); }); Read More

Fantastic Unisex Baby Shower Ideas

Baby Block Cake ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 9 Baby blocks are a great theme for a gender neutral shower and this DIY version is fantastic! Source jQuery(function($) { new NggPaginatedGallery('0efd8e71fef2c801c47b5805b1557b12', '.ngg-imagebrowser'); }); Read More

5 Ways to Spend Your Time in Canada

Heading up to Canada for a vacation? There’s a lot of space to cover and your time may be somewhat limited, so prioritizing can be the difference between a memorable time and a forgettable one. Check out some of the activities below to make the most out of your vacation hours and see the best […]

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Clever Outdoor Cleaning Hacks

  So you’ve spring cleaned the inside of your home, but that’s only half the battle. We’ve rounded up some hacks to help you tackle the outside.   To Clean Your Grill, (without getting your hands dirty)  What you’ll need: Ammonia Trash bags Rubberbands Rubber Gloves The last thing you want, come grilling season, is […]

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How to Make the Perfect Shakshuka

  Coined one of the most delicious egg dishes in Middle Eastern cuisine, shakshuka is rich in flavor, hearty, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Learn how to make this traditional Israeli favorite, perfect for sharing, below.   What you’ll need: 4 eggs 1 red onion 2 cloves worth of crushed garlic […]

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Packing Tips for Your Summer Vacation

Though it may not feel like it most days, summer is nearly upon us, and we’re aptly psyched about it! If you’re planning on taking a trip to commemorate the season, we’ve rounded up some packing tips and tricks for you.   Make a List Even if you’re not necessarily a list-making-type-of-person, it doesn’t hurt […]

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Potato Hacks We Love

  In addition to being an integral food staple for many regions around the world, potatoes pack quite the nutritional punch. They are naturally gluten-free, loaded with potassium, vitamin B6, and contain nearly half of your daily value of vitamin C. With all this in mind, you probably want to get the most out of […]

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10 Easy DIY Ideas for a Trolls Themed Birthday Party

Planning a birthday party for a Trolls-loving little one? Here are some easy, affordable ideas for decor, menu items, favors and more!

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Things to Consider Before Installing a Central Vacuum

  Generally speaking, a central vacuum system, also known as a built-in duct system, is more convenient, more powerful, and much more quiet than you run-of-the-mill upright models. So if you have pets, or simply a lot of messy humans, installing a central vacuum system is something you should at least consider. If you find […]

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How to Talk to Your Teen About Substance Abuse

  Much like talking to your kids about sex and relationships, the topic of substance abuse can be one that’s rather touchy, which is why you should approach a conversation like this one prepared and well-versed.   Plan ahead  As aforementioned, this is not a conversation that should be had impromptu or without proper foresight, […]

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Creative Ideas for Displaying Your Family Tree

Baking Sheet Family Tree ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 8 This is a fun family tree project you can do together with your child. Source jQuery(function($) { new NggPaginatedGallery('d123b626bc5bf63a7e849d24e1c164dc', '.ngg-imagebrowser'); }); Read More