Some of you may have heard about the recent push for BBQ lovers to stop using bristle brushes for cleanup. CBC had a segment about this during their afternoon show Here and Now. They even published an article about it. It seems that while bristle brushes are a fantastic way to thoroughly clean left over food debris from the grill, they pose a real health hazard. There have been numerous instances of tiny bristles coming loose and sticking to foods placed on the grill. Unfortunately, some of these bristles have become lodged in throats and other critical parts of the body. Continue reading
I recently wrote a post for an online magazine about fascinating facts relating to the Tiny House Movement. You’ve heard about the movement, right? Folks either hunt for or build from scratch homes that are usually no larger than 400 – 500 square feet. I have to admit, I’m a little obsessed with HGTV shows such as Tiny House Hunters and Tiny House, Big Living. The initial draw was the fact that the houses always seem so well put together. They’re basically mini luxury homes that cost a fraction of the price of an average 2,000 square foot home. Continue reading
A few weeks ago I came across a post on Fab Haute Mama (fabulous blog I follow, check it out) about a great activity to try with kids. I took that idea and ran with it! This weekend Miss O and I picked up an inexpensive bird feeder and some seed to set up a nice little spot for birds to come and have some chow. Originally, Miss O picked out a beautiful cedar bird house (what can I say, the kid has got good taste) but sticker shock made me put it back. We settled on a simple but nice plastic and metal feeder that allows birds to feed on three sides and has a tray on the bottom with small holes that allow water to drain out and keep the seed relatively dry.
It’s that time of year again! The sun is shining, the weather’s starting to warm up and I’ve got more pep in my step. It’s springtime! After a long winter, albeit a mild one, I can finally see the change of seasons. This time of year holds lots of promise, summer is right around the corner, farmers markets will soon begin to open, festivals will begin to ramp up and the number of outdoor events will begin to increase. Can you tell I’m excited about the months to come! With all of these exciting changes on the horizon, now’s a good time to take a look around the house and prepare. I find that a few minor touches around the house help to sustain this positive outlook and shake off remnants of the drab winter months. Check out the list below for ideas on how to get ready for the new season.