Home renovation, Home service, Energy Saving, Efficiency Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Power, Smart Home

Free Energy Saving Service

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I contacted Efficiency Nova Scotia about their free energy efficient product installation service. I was blown away when Roger from Trinity Energy Group replaced 40 old light bulbs with energy efficient LEDs, swapped our 3 night lights, installed a smart power bar, gave us LED Holiday lights, water saving shower heads and a smart thermostat (for qualifying homes only). If you live in Nova Scotia this service is FREE!!



Guys THERE IS NO CATCH!



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I just got like $500 worth of energy saving products installed FOR FREE and you can too!!

Call 1-877-999-6035 to book your appointment!

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Here are some details from their website.
https://www.efficiencyns.ca/s…/product-installation-service/

A service to install energy efficient products in your home - whether you own or rent - at no cost to you.

Products, installation, and savings: we’ll make it easy to use less energy without sacrificing comfort.

At absolutely no cost to you, one of our qualified partners will install energy efficient products in your home. Depending on your home, this might include:

  • LED lighting

  • Water-saving shower heads and aerators

  • Insulating wrap for your electric hot water tank and hot water pipes

  • Smart power strips for your entertainment areas

  • Water saving shower valves


Starting October 1, 2018 customers that book an appointment will have the opportunity to swap two strings of their incandescent holiday lights in exchange for one string of LED holiday lights!


Bathroom decor, kid friendly space

KID FRIENDLY BATHROOM

Use Bold Colors, but Not Too Many
For a stylish and cheery bathroom, stick mainly to one or two bright shades. Pops of color in striped towels or flowers will keep the space energetic. Colored vanities could add some flair, too. Just don’t go overboard: Too many colors in a small space can make it feel messy or overwhelming, while an uber-minimal environment isn’t fun for kids.

Mom hacks, Summer Hacks, Summer, Kids activities

MY FAVOURITE SUMMER HACKS

The heat is on.

In the Maritimes we are in a peak summer season. So I did some research and some testing to find my favourite summer hacks to demonstrate on CTV Morning Live.

FROZEN WATER BALLOONS

Fill balloons with water and Freeze them! Put frozen balloons in your beach cooler to keep your drinks cold all day long without getting water logged! You can reuse your water balloon ice packs by re freezing them between outdoor outings or you can always let the kids have a water balloon fight when they melt!

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BABY POWDER REMOVES SAND

Love going to the beach but hate all the sand that gets dragged back home with you? I keep baby powder in my vehicle because it works amazingly to get all that sand off your feet and your kids feet before getting into the car. 

You can even sprinkle baby powder over your beach toys and shake them in a mesh bag. All the sand will fall away from the toys and your vehicle will stay sand free!

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NO MESS FINGER PAINTING

Looking for the perfect rainy day activity?

This no mess finger painting is so easy, fun and mess free. I even tried it and found it very therapeutic!

Squeeze about a tablespoon of various paints into a large Ziploc bag. Seal it. Tape it down to a table and let the kids go to town. Lennon said she was painting an island with the sky and some clouds. She was highly entertained so all the other kids wanted in on it too. The paint doesn't dry so they can continue to swirl and design for as long as they want!

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FROZEN ALOE VERA 

SOOTH A SUN BURN FAST!

Fill and ice cube tray with aloe vera gel and freeze it. When you have a sun burn, or if the kids get too much sun, pop out an individual cube and rub it on the burn. It will cool and sooth the area.

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FREEZE LEFTOVER COFFEE

Don't let that organic coffee go to waste. If you have leftover coffee from your morning pot. Pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze! When the afternoon rolls around, and your on the hunt for a caffeine kick you can quickly make the perfect Ice Coffee! Place the cubes into a cup and pour your choice of milk/ almond milk over top. Delicious & refreshing!

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SUGAR FREE HOME MADE ICE CREAM

NO ICE CREAM MAKER NEEDED!

Is Ice Cream your favourite summer treat? It sure is mine. I love ice cream but don't like home much sugar is in it. This is a super easy way to make your own homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker and you will know exactly what ingredient is in it.

I also loved that it occupied the kids for 15 to 20 minutes as they all took part in shaking!

Fill a small Ziploc bag with your ice cream mix.

  • Milk/ Almond Milk/ Coconut milk
  • Vanilla extract to taste
  • Powdered Swerve or liquid stevia 
  • Pinch of salt

Put that Ziploc bag inside another Ziploc bag of the same size.

Take a large Freezer ZipLoc and add ice and coarse salt

Put your Small Ziplock inside the big Ziploc. Double bag the large Ziploc and start shaking!

Within 15-20 minutes of shaking your ice cream is made!

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I got fancy and put my home made ice cream on top off my coffee ice cubes!

Yummy Yummy!

 

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WATCH THE SEGMENT HERE

Home renovation, Boho Home

BOHO BEDROOM

Boho Bedroom

TEEN BOHO BEDROOM

FROM BARNEY PURPLE TO WHITE AND BRIGHT

Renovating a 12 year olds bedroom to last and stay in fashion for a decade requires a bit of planning and imagination.

This basement bedroom was all purple. Not wild Nova Scotia flower purple, but a dark and dingy and dated purple. It was not doing this room any favours.

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I wanted to make this room feel special for Taylor who comes to visit her father on weekends and for a 6 weeks every summer. A bedroom that fits her taste and age but can also be put to use as a guest room.

I asked Taylor to let me know what she liked and created a Pinterest board of Inspiration. She said she liked white and black and natural wood, a few arrows and some words of inspiration.

I knew I wanted to get rid of the Barney Purple and make this room bright and white. I had been told that there is an excellent paint at Home Hardware that would cover the walls in ONE COAT.  That seemed too good to be true, so I had to check it out. I went to my local Home Hardware and picked up their  Beauti-Tone Paint.

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This was perfect, because I was able to get all the supplies I needed in one HOME HARDWARE location and their Beauti-Tone products were on a massive sale, %40 off. BONUS!

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I learnt as I went that it would not be 1 coat to cover up this dark purple, but 3 or 4... It's very hard to go from dark to white, and requires a good drying in between each coat to get that nice bright white. But I was able to get it done quickly.

But at least the room feels fresh, even just as a white space... it feels great!

NEXT: I wanted to do a wallpaper or some form of accent wall for this bedroom, but the home owner was not a fan of wallpaper. (OH NO I LOVE WALLPAPER). Thus my search for alternatives began. I found a removable wall decal in the form of an arrow (check) that I thought was really fun and  great way to create my own original stamp on this space. If styles or tastes change we can always remove the decals and go back to the white walls without much headache! 

I got three packs of these wall decals from Paper Riot Co. 

And started my wallpaper masterpiece...  next time I think I would get some extra decals as I did run out and had to get a little creative with stretching them out along the wall.

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A progress pic!

I peeled and placed the wall decals one at a time, and I did it by eye (standing back every once and a while to make sure they were mostly straight). This is how I generally do things, cutting corners, trying to go fast... And honestly I did have to remove decals and adjust them every once in a while.  SO probably not my best work, but they peel off easily (a huge blessing) so I could adjust them as I went. I would recommend putting a little more care into applying them then I did because the less you move them, the better they stay on.

 

Now that the wall was done, I did a quick little staging so I could place the double bed, and figure out where to put the pendent lights I ordered from My Mitzi, and how much space was left in the room for side tables!

Colter Electric fit me in quickly and came over to rewire this room and install my beautiful light fixtures. They were very fast professional and helpful. And they cleaned up after themselves which I always love in a good electrician!

I discovered the AVERY pendent light from My Mitzi. A bright, colourful and simple pendent  and I just loved them! I wanted to find a fixture that would add the right pop of colour to this bedroom and these pendents were perfect. The two lights really complete the look of the space, and make it feel so special and unique!

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Custom Pillows were made by Girliture.

I sent in my request for pillows that would go with the black and white arrow theme, and received these within days in the mail! Nothing Beats local Craftmanship and service! The turn around time blew my mind!

For side tables I got two inexpensive crates out of the clearance section at Home Sense and they fit perfectly!

 

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NEXT THE NOOK

To make the most out of this little nook in the basement, I wanted to make a perfect fitting custom desk, that would double as a vanity & beauty station.   Keep all those girl things out of the bathroom and in the bedroom...

I was working with a 46 inch gap. 

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After first coat

I painted the nook white, and I bought two Ikea Cabinets for $59 and put them together without the castor wheels. I wasn't able to find the exact item I got online, but this one is similar.

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The two cabinets were small enough to leave a 20 inch space for sitting and strong enough to hold up a slab of Marbel from Nova Tile and Marble.

I went to Nova Tile and Marble and asked them to see the back warehouse and off cuts of marble. They had so many pieces to choose from, and the solid pieces were affordable and perfect for making the most of this space nook.  A great trick when you want solid top counter tops is to ask the supplier what they have for discount off cuts… This means you can get a beautiful piece for a fraction of the price. The Piece of Marble retails for $500 but with the two ikea cabinets, we got a custom built in for under $650

Once I had my Cabinets built, Nova Tile came out to the house to measure the space so the stone would be cut to fit perfectly! 

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Colter Electric installed these two beautiful IMMO Sconces from My Mitzi. 

I thought these Sconces were perfect. They have the brass feature that goes with my Avery Pendents and the white detail that makes them look contemporary. I was pleasantly surprised when I received my fixtures in the mail. To be honest I thought they might be leather wrapped, but they were a solid metal finish with two vintage light bulbs. Super cool looking & sturdy.

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The final decorative pieces were found locally at Make New they have adorable potted plants and classy home accent pieces. And the mirror and stool came from Home Sense. A hexagon mirror for $39 and stool with storage for $49 (I knew it was perfect, because I loved the little black and white detail.)

The very last detail I added... Adorne Switches and Outlets from Catalyst Electric.

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All in all this bedroom is complete and we have one happy teen on our hands!!

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Thanks to all those who teamed up with me to make this possible! We are so excited about this bedroom makeover and I hope you love it!!

 

 

Staircase renovation

Stairs: Before & After

Hello friends, and welcome to the before and after blog post about my homes stair case.

I hope you will be inspired by the transformation I have made to this 1938 colonial style home that came into my life over a year and a half ago. This home was on the market for a significant amount of time, because the style and layout was very dated and it required a lot of work to modernize. However this created an amazing opportunity for me, because I could see the beautiful bones of this old home, and the challenge of bringing it into a new era was exciting to me!

The Original Stairs

Originally when you walked into my home, there was a hallway, door to the kitchen and stair case covered in carpet. During demolition we tore down the wall to the living room, and I decided to leave it open. I saved the french doors to use for my bedroom renovation down the road.

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After we took down the wall the hard wood floors needed to be patched and refinished. A local wood source found me the exact type of oak flooring I would need, and a local crew patched, sanded, and stained the floors for me. Instead of ripping out all the old floor where it wasn't possible to weave in the new flooring. I chose to put a wood seam down the middle where the transition was. This saved time and money, and no one really notices it anyway.

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Because the staircase was going to be a lot of work to refinish. I decided to paint it a high gloss black, using Benjamin Moores Enamel Paint. This tied my main floor together well, since I have black features in my living room, kitchen and dinning room. An easy way to maintain my black staircase is that any time I notice a small piece of the paint chipping off, I fill it in with a black sharpie. No one is the wiser! 

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The Staircase Runner

I decided to go for this beautiful bright staircase runner... A bold choice I know. But when everything else in your home is black or white, i think you can get bold with a few details. Well this staircase runner is a big detail, but the response has been terrific. This is a flat woven wool runner that I installed myself. It is very easy to install and you can follow my steps on my youtube tutorial.

The Stair case Runner was purchased locally in Halifax at Bellissimo! It is by  Dash & Albert

The Gallery Wall

The next part of my amazing staircase transformation was creating this Gallery wall. It was so much fun to go through my belongings and pick out the most precious memorabilia to include on my wall.

I've collected a lot of magazine articles and show posters from my time as a musician that I wanted to include in my wall. I also have a lot of old family photo's art work from my amazing artist friends, and charcoal drawings that I carried around with me unframed from home to home. It was time they got the framing the deserved. Watch my step by step tutorial for some easy tips and tricks to getting your gallery wall right the first time!

I bought my frames from Ikea

I ordered 3 of each size, to get variety and textured, and mixed in some vintage frames, value village finds, or frames I already had.

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Thank you

for reading. In my next post I will talk about moving my kitchen from the corner of the house to the middle of the house!

I hope you have had a chance to watch my TV series DIY on Youtube.com/diymom