A variety of government organizations and NGOs, including the Government of Canada, have published articles and guidelines for sustaining air quality indoors.
There are many effective steps you can take to significantly improve your indoor environment.
- Consider installing a recovery ventilator: Many contaminants found in indoor air are generated inside the home. These can be lowered by replacing your indoor air with air from outside. Therefore, the best way to improve your indoor air quality is to improve your ventilation and provide more clean outside air to your living space. Consider adding a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) or energy recovery ventilator (ERV) to not only supply clean, fresh air, but recover the energy and humidity from the...
The novel coronavirus has upended all of our lives, and lockdown measures have made healthy habits harder than ever to maintain thanks to reduced access to many of the pillars of wellbeing: fresh food, the gym, and spending time with family and friends.
Social distancing can be especially tough on older adults, but there are steps you can take to stay healthy and reduce your risk of getting COVID-19. Older adults are particularly prone to the detrimental health effects of being housebound. Because your body loses function as you age, a poor diet, lack of exercise, and loneliness can hit you harder than younger, more resilient folks.
The good news? By making some creative shifts to everyday routines, you can thrive while holed up at...
A bit of a different topic, but quite relevant these days if you're like me and trying to live a life that is a little more sustainable. How to check the freshness of your eggs! Especially, if you've gone ahead and stocked up on a bunch at once to limit the number of times you visit the grocery store (smart!).
The Best Method for Uncracked Eggs: The Float Test
Just fill a bowl with cold water and place your eggs in the bowl. If they sink to the bottom and lay flat on their sides, they're very fresh. If they're a few weeks old but still good to eat, they'll stand on one end at the bottom of the bowl. If they float to the surface, they're no longer fresh enough to eat.
While you could fry or scramble an egg that's on its side or standing...
Spring is such an exciting time; it's an excuse to start fresh. Why not make good use of this time and start to expertly prepare your garden for spring?
Here are a few tips for getting the best jump start on spring gardening.
1. Clear your garden of dead leaves and weeds
Flowers and other plants prefer a tidy place to grow in, so make sure you have a tidy plot of soil for them. If you have perennial plants, cut back the dead growth. Dig up around 2.5 to 3 inches of organic matter (i.e. compost, etc.) and dispose.
2. Plan ahead for summer-flowering plants
To make sure you get beautiful, blooming plants and a colorful display in the summertime, start planting them in early spring.
3. Scrub down your greenhouse or Urban Cultivator
If you grow your...
It seems that there is a bit of confusion regarding the CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) amongst Canadians so I have done a bit of research and put together the main points here for anyone to reference. A lot of it is copied directly from our Canadian Government's site so you can trust that this is this information is correct.
**Important**if you haven't aready done so, you should apply for the direct deposit option as this will speed up your first payment by around 7 full days! The direct deposit guarantees the first payment within 3 business days vs 10 business days.
The CERB supports Canadians by providing urgently needed financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who have been directly affected by...
You can also download or print this handy guide in a PDF format by clicking here:
Note: Recommendations for Covid-19 may change as officials learn more, so monitor your local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for updates.
Make a game plan
- Designate one person to be your errand-runner to limit your outside exposures
- Set up a disinfecting station — an area outside your home or in a room with low foot traffic where you can disinfect packaged food
When you’re out
- Avoid coming within less than...
Learn about the temporary changes to residential rental rules and processes, and where landlords and tenants can get more help.
In response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, no new eviction orders will be issued until further notice and sheriff’s offices will postpone any scheduled enforcement of current eviction orders. Tenants must pay rent while an eviction order is not being enforced.
How the eviction process works
The typical evictions process is explained below. Changes due to COVID-19 have been highlighted.
If the landlord gives a tenant notice to end the tenancy, the tenant does not have to move out. The landlord must apply for an eviction order from the Landlord and Tenant Board (also known as
the Board). The tenant...
I received this article via my National Geographic subscription online and thought it was a great article to share with other parents. These can be a scary time for children. It’s OK—and healthy—to acknowledge that.
These Kitchen Trends Reign Supreme in 2020! While following trends may feel like fleeting pursuit, when it comes to kitchen design they often outlast their time in the spotlight. From millwork to backsplashes, color palettes and design styles, we asked top designers to weigh in on what trends are most popular on the home front this year. Read on for the designer-approved kitchen trends for 2020.
“We love a classic white kitchen, but lately we've seen requests for navy millwork, like what we did in the Goop offices in NY. It blends beautifully with marble and brass.” — Ariel Okin of Ariel Okin Interiors
“A slab backsplash...
Use this March Home Maintenance and Safety Checklist and take preemptive measures to maintain the integrity of your home and to help protect your family. March is a time of rejuvenation and to prepare for the spring season.
There’s a free printable checklist available for a reminder. You can get it below.
You love your family and your home – protect both and you’ll enjoy a beautiful space for years to come with your loved ones. We know life gets busy so we’ve kept this concise and simple for you. The printable checklist will be a handy reminder for you too.
Included are home safety tips. Be proactive and take small steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Fall asleep rest...
With COVID-19 forcing many businesses to quickly implement remote work, you may suddenly find yourself working from home and wonder how to get started. Here are six tips to help you effectively manage yourself.
So it's no surprise that more and more companies are beginning to recommend or require employees to work remotely or work from home. The growth of remote work is nothing new, but the urgency brought on by the COVID-19 coronavirus means many of us may suddenly need to work from home, sometimes for the first time, with a lack of formal policies or training.
I've been working at home for years now. I've found it gives me higher productivity, creativity and workplace satisfaction and research shows that many remote workers feel the same. A...
Article Written By: Scott Young
Of all the different things you can try to improve your productivity, a morning routine is one of the most effective.
There are a few reasons why morning routines are so useful. The first is obvious to anyone who has ever procrastinated, just getting started is often the hardest part. If you can start out with the right momentum towards your goals, you’ll avoid wrestling with yourself in the morning to get started.
The second is that the morning, particularly before the workday officially begins, is a quiet time with fewer social obligations. For many of us, the rest of the day can present a chaotic, ever-changing blast of responsibilities, urgent errands and unexpected interruptions. The morning, in...
Martha Stewart offers her best advice for achieving a spotless home—and how to keep the process manageable—this spring in beyond. This article also features a ton of sub-articles that will link you to other pages by Martha to either elaborate on a topic or provide you with useful checklists that keep on hand for those who find cleaning your home to be a daunting task.
There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual deep clean. For many people, however, the pleasure comes only after the work is finished. Cleaning your home from top to bottom may never become effortless, but you can make the project more manageable-and even enjoyable. This printable checklist offers an overview of everything you need to know including...