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How to Oil Butcher Block Counter Tops

How to oil a butcher block counter: before & after

There’s no denying it – butcher block counters make a kitchen look rich and warm. They were one of the reasons why we fell in love with the first house that we bought – I mean, what a charming kitchen, am I right?  However, we soon learned that butcher block counter tops require quite a bit of love and attention ... Read More »

Temperature Blanket 2016 Month One

Temperature Blanket Month One

I had posted a few updates about my newest project, a Temperature Blanket. If you haven’t heard of it, basically it is a blanket where you crochet one row a day for an entire year, based on the temperature. Mine was a few days (okay, weeks) behind which is why I’m a little late showing off the first month. Here ... Read More »

Temperature Blanket 2016 – Week 2

Temperature Blanket Week 2

Last week I introduced to you my year-long crochet project: a Temperature Blanket. It’s been so much fun choosing colours and watching them change from day to day, especially with our crazy “El Nino” weather this year! Here’s a picture of the progress so far. Lots of grey (0 to +6 Celsius) and even a row of green (7 degrees!), ... Read More »

Temperature Blanket 2016

Temperature Blanket 2016

So last year I came across a post on Pinterest where a woman made a “Temperature Blanket.” She crocheted one row a day for a year, choosing the yarn according to the weather. It turned out really neat, but I didn’t think much of it. I came across it again on Facebook right around New Years, and thought it would ... Read More »

4 Must-Dos to Keep Yourself Healthy this Christmas: A Giveaway to Get You Through the Holidays!

Take a deep breath, everyone: life’s about to get crazy.  Places, everyone!  Cue the present shopping, Christmas baking, work parties, family gatherings, Santa pictures, turkey cooking, wine drinking, chocolate eating, late nights, early mornings, strung-out children, messy houses, Christmas concerts, and so on… It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep, let alone take care of yourself when so many ... Read More »

How to Fix Bamboo Flooring Scratches in Minutes

How to fix bamboo flooring scratches in minutes with one simple item!

I’ve never been a big fan of dark flooring. In our previous house we put down some light, neutral-toned vinyl flooring, and it was wonderful – it hid everything! Four kids plus a cat was no match for that floor! And then we moved to our lovely new home, where the owners thought that dark bamboo flooring would look nice. ... Read More »

Free McDonald’s Coffee AGAIN!

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Just in case you may have missed it, McDonalds Canada will be giving away a free small coffee! Every day from November 20-26, 2015! I really like their coffee (and of course, I LOVE free stuff!).  And even with the free coffee, you still get to collect the stickers which count towards another free McCafe beverage!  I like to save ... Read More »