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Petiquette in today's world

When it comes to “petiquette”, things are a little different now than they were a year ago. Check out this post with tips and how-to’s to help make sure your petiquette is on point in this ever-changing world [...]

Tips for a successful semester at home

Let's face it, with the world we live in it's necessary to spend more time at home and that means even students. Learning from home isn't always the easiest thing, but take a look at these four tips that will ensure a successful semester at home [...]

How to enjoy Friday night at home

These days, it’s all about staying home. But it can still be easy to get caught up in the daily grind and run out of ways to just chill. Here’s a list of ways to spend a Friday night at home when you need to slow down and relax [...]

6 questions to ask before starting a home renovation

A home improvement or renovation project can be incredibly exciting! But, before you start knocking down walls and choosing flooring, there are lots of important questions to ask yourself about what you’re hoping to achieve. After all, it’s a big investment and mistakes can be costly [...]

What it's like to move during a pandemic

Looking to pack up and move but not sure what that might look like right now? You’re not alone. In this post, an Ottawa local leases a new apartment in Midtown Toronto and shares her experience moving during the coronavirus pandemic […]

Easy ways to remove stains from walls

We’re spending a lot more time inside these days – and seeing our homes in a different light (literally). If you’ve noticed random stains on your walls when the sun hits them a certain way, you’re probably wanting to clean them ASAP. Here are some easy ways to remove stains from walls […]

How to seriously deep clean your home room by room

Most of us have been hanging around the house more than usual the last couple of months, and the dirt and clutter are likely starting to add up. Cleaning, and disinfecting your home is more important than ever right now – and we’ve got some tips on how to give your home a full deep clean [...]

20 new hobbies to try while isolating

Have you ever been asked what your hobbies are, only to realize that “Netflix” is the first thing that comes to mind? If that doesn't satisfy you, we’re here to help. With quarantining comes an opportunity to learn new things and try new hobbies. Here are some fun hobby ideas that you can do in small spaces […]

4 tips to keep your dog happy while you’re home

If you have a dog at home with you right now, you know that your lovable companion wants to spend time with you all day, every day. We want them to feel loved, but we also have a lot to do (like establish new routines of our own). Here are 4 tips to help keep our dog happy and entertained while we’re staying home […]

5 tips to stay motivated while WFH

As many of us have recently changed our Monday to Friday status to “WFH” (“working from home”), we thought it would be a good time to share advice on the best ways to do so while staying positive and motivated. Here are some tips to keep projects moving while working from home […]

6 ways to stay busy during home isolation

Given what’s currently happening in the world, things are certainly anything but normal so we’ve put together a list of six ways to stay busy during self-isolation in your home – and even be ahead of the game when we get through it [...]

5 ways to make your cat feel more at home

Cats make amazing pets because they’re loyal, playful and low-maintenance (not to mention, super adorable). Ever wonder how to make your cat feel more at home in your apartment? Here are 5 helpful tips […]

5 simple home winterization tips to save energy

Winter weather may have already arrived for some of us, but you still have time to prepare your home for colder temperatures. Here are 5 simple changes you can make around the house to keep you warm all season long, while also reducing your energy consumption and saving you some money on your utility bill [...]

Getting “smart” at home

Nowadays everything from light bulbs to your security system to the thermostat can be connected and controlled through your devices. All you need is a little know-how and a Wi-Fi network. Here's a guide to making your home a smart one. Alexa, let’s do this [...]

Petiquette: What's the scoop?

What is “petiquette”? It’s defined as the proper way to control and handle a pet. We love our furry friends, but it’s important to remember that a certain amount of consideration and etiquette is required. Read on for a list of 13 petiquette tips to help keep the peace between you and your neighbours [...]

DIY hostess and holiday gifts

With holiday parties and gatherings galore on the horizon, the number of hostess gifts and presents you’ll need can add up quickly. Whether it’s an office Yankee Swap or a full-blown family get-together, we’ve got lots of great DIY gift ideas that are as thoughtful as they are inexpensive [...]

Your fall maintenance checklist

Like it or not, summer has officially come to an end. In preparation for the cooler days ahead, there are a few things you can do to get your home prepped for sweater weather. From sealing windows to packing away your summer clothes, we’ve got you covered. Read on [...]

Tips for moving into your first apartment

So, you’ve signed the lease on your very first apartment. Now what? If this is your first foray into the real world outside of your family home, there are a few things outside of what furniture you’ll need and how you’ll decorate that may not be top of mind. This is a big, exciting step that comes with new responsibilities – and we’re here to help navigate some of what’s ahead. Read on […]

Smart apps for everyday life

Ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? With our lives getting busier and busier, it’s no wonder we rely so heavily on technology to get by – and our smartphones are no exception! Read on for a roundup of some great apps to assist you in everyday life. Whether it’s to help with budgeting or squeezing in that daily workout – there’s a little something in here for everyone […]

The upside to downsizing

Thinking it’s time to move on from a larger home to more compact living? We’re here to help! Downsizing doesn’t have to be stressful – it can be downright joyful. Read on to find out how […]

Oh hey, staycay!

While our instincts may tell us to start trip planning as soon as the summer months hit, there’s something to be said for staying put and enjoying what’s around us. We’ve gathered a few ideas to help you have a fantastic staycation – and keep a little dough in your pocket, too. Read on. [...]

Prepping for tax season

How is it possibly tax season again? While it comes at the same time every year, it still has a way of sneaking up on you. Don’t let it stress you out! These tips will help you get organized – and get the most from your tax return. […]

Smart home furniture ideas for your pet

Have you ever felt like your dog or cat isn’t just a pet, but part of the family? Us too! That’s why we’ve rounded up some fun (and smart) pet furniture ideas you can seamlessly incorporate into your home […]

Tips for sticking to your resolutions

Is your “new year, new me” momentum fading fast? We can help! Stay on top of your New Year’s resolutions by reading these helpful tips [...]

How to create the perfect budget

Whether you’re looking to save for a vacation this winter or for a down payment on a home, creating a budget is a good place to start. We’ve got some great tips on how to get started [...]