Unused Fireplace? 3 Tips to Make It Appealing Featured Image

As the lucky owner of a cozy fireplace, you know firsthand that it's the heart of your home. Whether it's crackling with flames or not, all eyes are on the mantel. But why let it go unnoticed when it's not in use? With just a little bit of effort, you can transform your unused fireplace into a stunning focal point that will leave your guests in awe.

Create a Sylvan Scene

Creating a sylvan scene in and around an unused fireplace will introduce a certain enchanted quality of the surrounding environment. This type of setup not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the room, but it offers certain therapeutic elements to help you with relaxation and rejuvenation.

It's important to ensure the area will be able to get a little sunlight at some point…

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The Top 5 Elementary Schools in Edmonton Featured Image

When it comes to your child's schooling, you want to make sure that they're receiving an education that best suits them. After all, you want their time to be used efficiently, so that they're truly learning and taking in all that's being taught. That's why it's best if they attend a top-of-the-line school. Here are a few of the best elementary schools in Edmonton:

1. Mount Pleasant School

Out of all the schools in the Edmonton area, Mount Pleasant has constantly been ranked as the number 1 school for academic performance. A lot of that is thanks to the fact that this school offers their students an alternative program that goes by the name of Cogito. This Cogito program works at taking those students who are excelling in academics to be put into…

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Tips & Tricks: Decorating Your Family Room on a Budget Featured Image

Looking to transform your family room without straining your budget? Don't reach for your credit cards or deplete your savings just yet. Discover some exciting and wallet-friendly ideas to revamp your space without breaking the bank.

Become an Upholstery Expert

Do you have an old couch that is still in good condition but has some stains and flaws in the upholstery? Replacing that couch can cost hundreds or thousands, and hiring an upholster to change the fabric can cost quite a bit too. There are a number of websites and video tutorials that teach you the basics of upholstery and lets you restore those pieces on your own, which can help you save a lot of money.

Create a Focal Point

An easy way to renovate your family room is with a new…

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Ideas for How to Have a Good Garage Sale Featured Image

 As the old saying goes, "one person's trash is another person's treasure", and this isn't more true than at a garage sale. When it comes time to move to your new home, it's also time to get rid of your unwanted junk. Take advantage of cleaning out your basement or attic and eliminating a lot of clutter in your life, while at the same time making a little money for a night out. But before taking the first step to organizing your "junk" to sell be aware of how Edmonton regulates garage sales. 

  • The garage sale is not being hosted by a corporation or other business organization
  • The garage sale will not exceed three (3) consecutive days
  • No more than three (3) garage sales are hosted at the same municipal address within the same calendar…

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Making the Most of Wall Storage Options Featured Image

If you are looking for a new home in Edmonton, don't count out wall storage as a way to save space. The housing market can be brutal at the best of times, and taking full advantage of wall storage is a good way to save money and closet space while adding a new design element to your home. Read on to learn all about some ways to capitalize on wall space.

Think Tall

For whatever reason, humans are just not geared for looking up. It's always funny to see someone standing in the middle of a cluttered room and looking around for more space in frustration, when the walls are completely bare. Try to think of creative places to add shelving to a room - anywhere along a wall that doesn't have a door swinging into it can become storage space.

Repurpose…

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20 Tips to Keep Kids Happy This Summer Featured Image

Summer can seem like a really long time to the youngest members of your family. If you’ve recently moved into an new area, your children might need a little more guidance on what to do during their two months out of school. Here are 20 fun and exciting activities to do with your children this summer.

Outdoor Fun

  1. Allow your children to invent their own game. You will want to gather up different kinds of balls, bats and nets. Once in the yard, start playing and encourage your children to makeup their own rules.
  2. A neighbourhood scavenger hunt is a great way for kids to explore their local area. Come up with a short list of items to find and clues to locate them. 
  3. A bike ride is a great way to explore new neighbourhoods and learn more about…

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The Etiquette of Moving Featured Image

So you've done all of your prep and are ready for moving day. There are some things that you should keep in mind in order to make a great first impression on your new neighbours. If you don’t understand the etiquette of moving, read the following article so that you will know how to behave before and during your move.

Before the Move

Before you ever move the first box into your new house, you will want to call ahead in order to make sure that you are moving on the best day. Be sure that there is no competing construction going on in the neighbourhood.

When you book the movers, try to book during the workday, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. This is the period in which most people are away from home and will not be disturbed by all of the noise…

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The Hottest New Home Design Trends on the Market Featured Image

As a homeowner, nothing quite compares to the feeling of having a brand new home waiting for your personal touch. It's a blank canvas, a pristine foundation for you to unleash your creativity and showcase your unique style. But what's even more exciting is that the latest trends in home design are hotter than ever before! 

From jaw-dropping outdoor spaces to luxurious in-home spas and kid-friendly areas, the possibilities are endless. The latest and greatest in housing design are fuelling an explosion of options for homeowners to customize their abodes. Get ready to be inspired and create the home of your dreams!

Outdoor Design

Forget lawn chairs on the patio or a few hedges in the front yard. Today's homeowners are taking advantage of…

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We are once again dealing with old man winter. Despite the fact that it can transform barren landscapes into winter wonderlands, you still need to be able to get to work, school, or the grocery store. You'll probably have to shovel a bit regardless of whether you hire someone or have a snow blower, so be prepared with these snow shovelling tips.

Don't be in a Hurry

It may be tempting to just grab a shovel and head outside as soon as the snow stops. Snow is light and fluffy anyway, right? Actually, depending on the temperature and density of the snow, you could get quite a workout from simply clearing off a patio or sidewalk. Taking a few minutes to stretch your arms, legs, and back could spare you a strained muscle or more serious injury.

Also,…

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 Tips to Save Money This Christmas Featured Image

The most important memories at Christmas are about the time spent with family and friends. Keep happiness, good tidings and cheer at the centre of all your shopping and activities with these seven tips on how to save money this Christmas!

Make Your Gifts

People remember homemade gifts due to the personal touch. Purchasing raw materials for crafts, clothing or food is much cheaper than buying the finished product. Homemade is a way to show you care.

Gift Exchange for Relatives

It is always awkward when you don't buy a present for a relative who bought you a present. A Gift Exchange, Draw-One Name or Secret Santa system places all your relatives names in a box and allows each member to pick someone. This is efficient, cost-effective and…

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