Home renovation, Home service, Energy Saving, Efficiency Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Power, Smart Home
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!!
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!
Here are some details from their website.
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:
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
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
I got fancy and put my home made ice cream on top off my coffee ice cubes!
Home renovation, Boho Home
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
All in all this bedroom is complete and we have one happy teen on our hands!!
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!!
Home renovation, Kitchen Renovation, Kitchen Design
The old wood panelling had to go, to bring new life and light into this home!