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Pregnancy Self Care

12.09.19

Pregnancy is such a different experience than anything I’ve ever gone through and I don’t think it is very easy. Some people do have easy pregnancies and love being pregnant, but for the vast majority of us, it can be a tough time. I really wanted to write a blog post about pregnancy self care since it can be hard to take time out for yourself in the 9 months you are pregnant.

Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake

I found the first trimester to be the most challenging for me. Not only was I dealing with daily nausea, but I was also so so tired. It was too early to tell anyone I was pregnant, yet, I had to go to work and try to be like my normal self. I am usually a very energetic person that can’t sit still and always needs to be working on a project, however, during the first trimester, I couldn’t do very much at all. The second and now the third trimester had their own challenges, mostly fatigue and difficulty sleeping. But honestly, every day of the 9 months of pregnancy is so different.

That’s where the importance of pregnancy self care comes in. I’m going to share a few things that really helped me take out time for myself to get the care I needed for my body, mentally and physically.

Pregnancy Self Care

Water Therapy

If I had the time and luxury, I would take an Epsom salt bath everyday, however, baths take a lot of time to set up and enjoy. Therefore, in this pregnancy, I found just taking another shower after I get home from work to be very relaxing. I have been getting the urge to itch my stomach almost daily during my last trimester, so I have been loving using this sugar scrub from K’pure to rub the sugar crystals into my belly, both giving me a good scratch and hydrating my skin. I look forward to my daily after work showers now and they are great at getting me relaxed and ready to wind down.

Massage therapy

Whether it be a prenatal massage by an RMT or a nightly massage given to you by your husband or loved one, massages are amazing at relaxing your body instantly. I used to get weekly massages in my second trimester by my RMT, but in this third trimester, I get Gursheel to give me a good massage every night. I really enjoy the around the belly massage and I think it has really helped in decreasing my muscle spasms at night as well.

Sleep

If there is one thing you can do for pregnancy self care, it is getting enough sleep. I have been finding sleep much more difficult now in the third trimester as I have been needing to get up multiple times a night to go pee. I really am looking forward to giving birth so I can go back to sleeping on my stomach.

Prenatal Yoga

I think I mentioned the Prenatal yoga routine on YouTube by Lara Dutta on my Instagram stories, but I need to bring it up again. This yoga routine is so so relaxing and helps give your baby more space in your body.

Chiropractic Treatment

Upon recommendation by my mother-in-law and a lot of my mom friends here in Brampton, I started seeing Kaur Chiro who specializes in pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic. Now in the third trimester, my tailbone injury from the accident has become a lot more prominent and she really helps in keeping the pain at bay.

Talking to Family and Friends

I think emotional self care is a huge part of pregnancy self care. I mentioned this in my what they don’t tell you about pregnancy blog post, but I have been quite anxious during this pregnancy. And I’ve noticed that just talking to my family and friends about it has really helped me keep calm.

Don’t Compare yourself to others

Finally, I really wanted to include this point here to wrap up the pregnancy self care post. I think we all do this in some way or another but it can be really unhealthy, but try not to compare yourself to others. Everyone has their own journey/experience and everyone is struggling with their own challenges in life, so don’t compare your challenges (or lack thereof) to other pregnant woman. This is your story, own it and be grateful for this amazing blessing!

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What I Eat In a Day – Pregnancy Edition

11.23.19

Over the course of this pregnancy, I’ve learned and adjusted my daily meal plan to fit the needs of the pregnancy, while also eating foods that don’t make me nauseous. So, today, I’m sharing a what I eat in a day – pregnancy edition blog post.

What I Eat In a Day - Pregnancy Edition

As mentioned in my what they don’t tell you about pregnancy post, I wake up every morning and eat cracker. This sets me up for an hour or so where I can do my Nitnem and prepare my breakfast.

For breakfast, I now keep it the same. I have had some days where I didn’t eat my usual breakfast, and I couldn’t keep it down. So, now, without fail, I eat toast. Either it’s a Dempsters everything bagel with butter or the Stonemill bread with some butter or peanut butter and jelly. I now don’t try to risk it with something that’s not toast.

Along with my breakfast, I also like to make a green smoothie. Some days I am lazy and just have some almond milk. But I try to make a green smoothie and add some healthy ingredients. My go to green smoothie recipe is a cup of almond milk, frozen banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter, a scoop of Orgain chocolate flavored protein powder, a tablespoon of either ground flax or chia seeds, with a handful of spinach. So delicious and definitely nutritious. Or you can try this recipe I have posted in the past.

This fuels me up for a couple of hours as I head to work. After a couple of hours of working, I usually take a coffee break and get myself an iced coffee from Tim Hortons. The coffee content in this is usually quite low and I consider this a daily treat. Maybe not the healthiest, but it keeps me happy.

For a pre-lunch snack, I always eat cheese strings. I don’t know why but dairy is something I have really enjoyed eating during the pregnancy. Maybe my body can tell I need more fat and calcium so I crave it.

For lunch, we almost always take leftovers from dinner. This can range from a Buddha bowl, pasta, soup to more Indian foods including lentils (daal) and Sabzee. If I don’t feel like taking leftovers to work for lunch, I usually whip up a quick wrap with avocados, vegetables and hummus or cream cheese. So yummy and easy to make in the morning. I also have a serving of some type of fruit during lunch as well. My favourite is usually either berries or Asian pears.

In the afternoon, I always eat unflavoured Greek yogurt with red grapes mixed into it, something I’ve learned from my sister-in-law. It took me a while but I really love the taste of Greek yogurt now. It has lots of protein, fat and calcium! I also eat a granola bar in the afternoon as well.

A couple of hours later, I always eat a Gala apple. I’ve been loving gala apples the entire pregnancy! I also eat a few nuts and seeds at this time too. I like to mix together almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, 2 Brazil nuts (because apparently you’re not supposed to eat too many of these), and some dried cranberries.

Once I get home, I indulge in some chips and milk. Again, not healthy at all, but I love the taste and it makes me happy.

For dinner, again, I think we eat fairly healthy overall. I havn’t cooked very much this pregnancy. My mother in law (MIL) has been so great and makes Indian food almost daily. At most I’ll cook something twice a week which usually includes pasta, enchiladas, lasagna, soup, Buddha bowls, noodles, the list goes on. Most days, my MIL makes some Indian food. Dinner always makes me so full and I usually don’t eat that much. I definitely used to eat more when I was not pregnant during dinner.

I don’t usually do dessert since I’m so full from dinner. But from time to time, I like to indulge in some cookies or Indian sweets or ice cream.

What I Eat In a Day - Pregnancy Edition

And there it is. I follow this meal plan pretty much to the T everyday. Weekends, I am lazier and eat out a little more those days, but I am giving myself the luxury to just eat what I feel like and enjoy the pregnancy, however much I can. I hope you found this what I eat in a day – pregnancy edition post useful 🙂

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Fall Themed Baby Shower

11.17.19

I feel so lucky and blessed to not just have one beautiful baby shower, but two! I felt so much love during the course of the whole pregnancy and the baby showers that my family and friends threw for me, made it that much more special. This beautiful fall themed baby shower was thrown for us by my sister in law and I am so grateful to have such a loving family here in Toronto as well.

The theme fit the season really well and all the decor was so beautiful. My sister in law and friend decorated the community centre room with beautiful DIYs and fall themed decor, my favourite being the palette board painted white with the Hello Pumpkin sign. My mother in law made Chaat Papri (my favourite Indian food) and took care of the food setup. There were so many desserts to choose from and I was happy there were some leftovers. Not only did I indulge on the day of the shower, but the week after as well (good thing I passed that gestational diabetes test)!

A lot of my friends and family came out to the shower, with one of my friends actually renting out a car and coming out all the way from Toronto! Once everyone settled in and indulged in the food, we played some fun baby shower games. Gursheel and I had to guess the flavour of baby food (which tastes terrible in my opinion) but Gursheel somehow seemed to enjoy. The highlight game of the shower was definitely the musical chairs (which was also a favourite at my sister in laws bridal shower a couple years ago).

Fall Themed Baby Shower
Fall Themed Baby Shower
Fall Themed Baby Shower
Fall Themed Baby Shower
Fall Themed Baby Shower
Fall Themed Baby Shower
Fall Themed Baby Shower
Fall Themed Baby Shower
Fall Themed Baby Shower
Fall Themed Baby Shower
Fall Themed Baby Shower
Fall Themed Baby Shower
fall themed baby shower
fall themed baby shower
Fall Themed Baby Shower

It was definitely I’ll cherish forever and I’m happy Gursheel was there to take pictures and capture the memories from the fall themed baby shower. This baby is so lucky to have so many amazing and loving people in its life and it has yet to be born!

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Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Bee Baby Shower Cake

10.23.19

On Thanksgiving long weekend, my sisters flew me down to BC and hosted the most beautiful, fun and memorable bee themed baby shower for me. I don’t get to see my family and friends often, but almost all of my close friends came out to the shower and I was showered with so much love. This new baby already has some pretty awesome Masi’s and I can’t wait for the baby to meet them all. I know party’s can take a lot of time and effort to plan and execute and I am so grateful to my amazing sisters and friends for making this day so special for me.

My older sister made some delicious food (she is a ninja in the kitchen) while my younger sister planned the entire event and hosted some really fun baby shower games (who knew Bingo could be so fun – even my nephew enjoyed it). My friend Manpreet from Simply Sophie Decor styled the bee themed baby shower with some beautiful DIYs and decor. So many other people were part of the execution and I am grateful to them all. I loved the setup of the event, one long table with everyone sitting around it. It made for a more intimate setting and everyone got to enjoy food while chatting and playing games together. It was really fun!

Gursheel gave me his camera and we tried to take some pictures of the day. He edited them for us and I hope you all enjoy these beautiful pictures of the bee themed baby shower.

Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake
Bee Themed Baby Shower and a Beautiful Bee Baby Shower Cake

It was such a memorable day filled with lots of love and laughs and I am grateful to have such amazing people in my life. I love you all!

If you want more party inspiration, check out this post from my backyard bridal shower also thrown by my amazing family and friends. Or check out this donut themed bridal shower we threw for my younger sister. And finally, check out this balloon themed bridal shower we threw for my sister in law.

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Pregnancy Essentials List

10.08.19

Pregnancy is no walk in the park and your body changes so much over the course of the 9 months. To make things easier and more comfortable for me throughout the pregnancy, I’ve come with a pregnancy essentials list. Some of these things you’ll need in the first, second or third trimester only whereas others can be used throughout the pregnancy. I also tried to be minimal and not buy too many of the one time use items or items that take up too much space. I hope you find this pregnancy essentials list helpful if you’re also pregnant.

Pregnancy Essentials List

Crackers

The majority of pregnant woman will experience morning sickness for some time. Some may be lucky and not experience any at all, and there may be others that get morning sickness throughout the pregnancy. For me, I had morning sickness between weeks 7-14 while also experiencing some nausea randomly in other weeks. After a lot of trial and error, I realized crackers really helped subside the nausea (my favourite are the Toppables brand). Especially in the mornings. I realized if I stayed on an empty stomach for too long in the morning, I would vomit. So, since the beginning of the pregnancy, I started keeping a box of crackers in my bedside table. As soon as I’ve brushed my teeth and taken a shower, I eat a cracker. Every day.

pregnancy essentials list

Diclectin

Another pregnancy essential for me is Diclectin. Diclectin is a a prescription medication that is used for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and it is combination of an antihistamine and vitamin B6. You need to take 4 pills a day to see a difference because it is a medication that needs to be in your system throughout the day for you to feel the effects. This really helped me during the worst of the morning sickness and I took it into the second trimester as well because I really did not enjoy feeling nauseous.

Stretch Mark Oil

My sisters gifted me this oil from Burts Bees and I started using it in the first trimester, well before there was even any sign of a bump. It smells so good (a lemony scent) and was very nice to apply to my stomach and back so I made it a part of my night time routine. I’m 30 weeks pregnant now, with a pretty big bump, and have yet to see any stretch marks. They say stretch marks are genetic and there is still another 10 weeks of this pregnancy left, so I could still get stretch marks. But this oil is definitely keeping my skin hydrated and healthy.

pregnancy essentials list

Pregnancy Wedge

When my bump did start showing, it became quite uncomfortable for me to sleep at night. I am a stomach sleeper, so I had to stop sleeping on my stomach and transition to my side or back. I started looking into pregnancy pillows and asked friends and family their opinion about those giant pillows. Some loved them, some barely used them. I didn’t want to commit to such a large item in our room, so decided to get the pregnancy wedge. And boy oh boy, this is such a holy grail item for me and is my favourite in this pregnancy essentials list. It’s small, helps lift my stomach when I sleep on the side and easy to move around at night when I change positions. I even use it when I sit cross legged and need a little more support.

pregnancy essentials list

Compression Stockings

In the second trimester, I started getting round ligament pain, which is a sharp stretching sensation in my stomach going down to my legs. So, I started wearing my compression stockings and they made such a big difference. I wear them at work and take them off at night and I have not felt this pain in my legs since I started wearing them. As for the sharp stretching in my stomach, I think chiropractic treatment and gentle massage from Gursheel has helped quite a bit.

Dry Brush

Related to round ligament pain, I found using my dry brush really helped. Dry brushing really helps with circulation and detoxifying your skin. I first featured my dry brush on my Amazon Favourites post and I have been using it ever since. It is a must have for pregnancy as well.

Nose spray

Also during the second trimester, I started getting a stuffy nose every morning (I shared this in my what they don’t tell you about pregnancy post from last week). I immediately purchased a saline spray from amazon that just contains sea water and that really helped to clear our my stuffy nose. I also noticed that if I used the saline spray too often, my nose started to dry out. I suggest only using this a couple of times a week to get the best benefit.

pregnancy essentials list

Exercise Ball

Now that I’m in my third trimester, I pulled out an exercise ball we had lying around and have really enjoyed sitting on it and stretching out my hips. It is more comfortable for me to sit on the exercise ball than on my bed/chair.

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Surprise! I’m Pregnant and What They Don’t Tell You About Pregnancy

09.30.19

For the past 6.5 months, I’ve been keeping a pretty big secret: I’m pregnant! And today I am finally back with a blog post: what they don’t tell you about pregnancy!

What They Don't Tell You About Pregnancy

Gursheel and I are both so excited and so so happy and I can’t even believe I am writing this post! As many of you can tell I have not been very active on my Instagram and the last blog post I wrote was in April. That’s because the first trimester really took a toll on me. And then once I finally started feeling better, near the end of the first trimester, we were in a really bad accident and it took me a while to recover from that as well.

All in all, I’m feeling a lot better and finally ready to get back into blogging. I’ve always wanted to be a mom someday and now that it’s finally happening, I can’t wait to share more of my journey with you all. Starting with, what they don’t tell you about pregnancy. I know everyone has such a different experience during their pregnancies, so all these are specific to me. But, I’m sure some of the mamas out there can relate.

What They Don't Tell You About Pregnancy

What They Don’t Tell You About Pregnancy

It’s not easy to get pregnant

I was always under this misconception that I would get pregnant once I tried. Not the case! You really need to get to know your cycle and know when you’re ovulating and be quite strategic about when you try. I also talked to many people and learned how common infertility is! So, don’t be stressed like I was when it took us a little while to actually get pregnant. And there is a lot of help and support available!

You need to pee, a lot!

I already had a small bladder, but while being pregnant, I literally pee every 20 minutes or so. Sometimes, I’ll pee, and have to pee again after 2 minutes. Peeing during night-time is a pain as well. I have consistently been getting up at night to pee every night now.

You go up like 3 bra sizes!

In my first trimester I purchased a new bralette that was still slightly loose, however, now near the end of my second trimester, I’ve already outgrown that and purchased another couple bras!

Morning sickness isn’t just in the mornings

Morning sickness is the worst. I experienced morning sickness from around week 7 to week 13 and I still have random days where I puke. I had it the worst during dinner time where almost every night I couldn’t keep my dinner down. You can get medication that does help, but you have to take it 4 times a day and even swallowing can cause you to gag and therefore vomit.

It feels like you’re always sick

One morning, I woke up with a super stuffy nose and immediately thought I was sick. Not the case. I learned that stuffy nose is very common in pregnancy and now I always wake up with a stuffy nose. And sometimes you even get the added surprise of a bloody nose, which is also normal in pregnancy.

You get anxious about everything

I didn’t think I was an anxious person, until I got pregnant and first learned I am B-. When I looked into what that meant on Google, I completely scared myself. Following that, I started to Google every pain/discomfort I felt and started reading people’s horror stories which scared me even more. Every little thing that is not normal makes me so anxious.

Your husband will annoy you so much

I didn’t want to end with this one but I’ve realized I get annoyed at Gursheel so much these days over the littlest things. He is trying his absolute best to be helpful and loving, but I am constantly finding things to get annoyed about. I know he will never read this but he really has been the best throughout this pregnancy and I couldn’t be more grateful for him.

What They Don't Tell You About Pregnancy
What They Don't Tell You About Pregnancy
What They Don't Tell You About Pregnancy

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I really have missed writing and blogging and I’m hoping I get back to my weekly blog routine. Again, I am so grateful to be pregnant and experience this humbling journey and I have so many great blog posts lined up.

Also, Gursheel took some maternity pictures of me while we were in Montreal and I love them. So look out for some travel guides as well coming to the Kam Travels section of the blog.

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5 Easy Steps to Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle Today

04.14.19

I was inspired by my friend, who made a New Year’s Resolution to cut down on her waste, to do the same. For the past couple of months I’ve been trying to put a conscious effort to minimize waste that I create on a daily basis. It’s been challenging and I feel no matter how hard I try, I will still create waste. But, I decided I’m okay with that as long as I am trying whenever possible. So, today I thought I’d share with you 5 easy steps you can take today to get started on the zero waste lifestyle.

5 Easy Steps to Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle Today

I also want to preface this post by saying that for getting started on the zero waste lifestyle, you don’t need to go out and buy stuff that is zero waste. That defeats the purpose. Use what you already have around the house and once a particular item finishes, then think about how your future purchases can be smarter and fit the zero waste lifestyle. I just want to train my mind to be more conscious of the waste I am creating.

5 Easy Steps to Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle Today

5 Easy Steps To Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle

1.Reusable Bags/Cloth Tote Bags:

Always keep a tote bag on hand. I started keeping a couple of cloth bags in the car. I’ve had these two cloth bags for a long while now and they were just sitting in my closet. So, I pulled them out and now I leave them in the Jeep. Any time we go to the mall, a store, or just out and about, I take one of the totes along with me. So, whenever I get to the checkout, I just say I don’t need a bag and use my own.

The same goes for our weekly Friday night grocery shopping. I have a lot more reusable bags that I collected from stores like Lululemon and Saje and they make the perfect grocery shopping bag. I just bring them along with us and say no to the plastic bags at the store. I’ve noticed that with just having some tote bags easily accessible, I’ve really cut down on how many plastic bags I bring home!

2. Coffee Cup:

Say no to disposable coffee cups and take along your reusable coffee cup with you. Gursheel and I go to Starbucks at least once a week and during the week I usually go out to get some coffee at least once or twice. And never do I bring my own coffee cup. But, this has also come to a stop now. Any time we go out on the weekends, we bring along our coffee cups with us. Starbucks is really great because not only do they give you 10 cents off your drink when you bring your own coffee cup, but they also tend to give you more coffee! We always ask for a tall, but since our coffee cup is pretty big (20 oz), they fill it up all the way (that’s basically a venti sized drink)!

I also bring my KeepCup with me everywhere. In the mornings I make myself a lemon honey tea and in the afternoons at work, I either make myself a latte or I use my KeepCup to get a coffee. Just having a coffee cup with you really helps you cut down on all those disposable coffee cups that really add up to your waste. And they’re fun. I am obsessed with my KeepCup!

3. Reusable Water Bottle:

Start taking your reusable water bottle with you everywhere. I think this one is pretty obvious and I think almost everyone has a reusable water bottle. It is shocking to me the amount of plastic water bottles that are out there and used on a daily basis. My in laws actually use them quite a bit and this is something I really would like to encourage them to stop using. It is so easy to bring a water bottle along with you everywhere. There are water filters everywhere: at work, at airports, at malls and you can even ask any restaurant or coffee shop to fill up your water bottle.

4. Reusable Straws:

Get yourself some reusable straws. I really enjoy drinking cold beverages out of straws. I use it for my morning green smoothie as well as iced coffees or frappacinos when I am out and about. We all know how terrible plastic straws are for the environment, so now I have started to keep a stainless steel straw in my bag at all times. If I’m ever in the mood for an iced coffee when I’m out, I just pull out my own reusable straw. And if I don’t have my reusable straw with me, I’ll opt for a drink that doesn’t require a straw.

5 Easy Steps to Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle Today
5 Easy Steps to Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle Today

5. Reusable Ziploc Bags/Stasher Bag:

Finally, my last step is to stop buying ziploc bags. If you already have them, re-use them as much as you can. But once you’ve run out, I’d highly recommend to invest in some Stasher Bags. I am obsessed with my Stasher bags. I have a total of three now, but I’d like to get a few more so I can have easy access to them whenever I need. My favorite way to use mine is taking some to go snacks, making smoothie pouches for the week and making some popcorn. The Stasher bag is great because it is made of silicone and is BPA free, microwavable, freezable and heatable. It is multi-functional and a great way to opt out of ziploc bags.

I hope you find this post helpful. I saw this quote recently that really inspired me: “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

5 Easy Steps to Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle Today

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Backyard Transformations: Does Your Garden Boast Everything You Could Ever Need?

12.01.19
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There’s no doubting a winning garden space has the potential to add a whole new dimension to your home. As such, a backyard transformation should be top of the agenda for any homeowner currently failing to maximize the potential of this area. 

The dimensions of the space and direction it faces will have a big impact on your opportunities. Regardless of the personal situation, though, focusing on the following four features will create a garden you can be proud of. Here’s how to give your garden the homely vibe you deserve. 

Aesthetic Beauty 

The backyard is your private piece of land that is fully under your control. It allows you an unrivaled opportunity to embrace the beauty of nature. Do not let it pass you by. 

A little landscaping goes a long way. And this guide to seasonal flowers will help you maintain a beautiful looking garden throughout the year. Whether looking at the backyard from inside the property or stepping out onto the deck, surveying your stunning plot of land will fill you with joy. 

Hanging baskets, water features, and bird feeders can all have a positive impact too. 

A Place To Embrace A Hobby  

When utilized to its full potential, the garden enables you to complete activities that aren’t possible in any other part of the property. However, this is only possible if you designate a space for it. 

Some homeowners may build an annex to become a home gym, or install a swimming pool. Others are happier with a thriving vegetable garden. Several variables will influence your decision while there is no one right or wrong answer. 

Either way, the key is to tailor the yard to your needs. This sense of personality can truly take your love of the home to a new level. 

A Place For Hosting 

Relaxing in the garden is one of the most peaceful ways to spend a lazy Sunday morning. However, your outside spaces are equally ideal for spending time with friends and family. 

Turning the patio into a place of group leisure is one of the best home upgrades you’ll ever make. You can hire an outdoor kitchen designer to bring your visions to life. Meanwhile, adding the right furniture, lighting, and heaters will provide the perfect setting for the entire year. 

In addition to those direct benefits, you’ll be the envy of your neighbors for years to come. 

Safety 

If you truly wish to enjoy the garden and the property as a whole, safety is essential. Until this has been established, the results will remain limited. It’s better to be safe than sorry.  

When children are involved, it’s important to design the garden in a way that allows you to survey the entire space at all times. You may wish to invest in CCTV and motion-detecting lights to provide added security. This protects the entire home as well as the garden itself. 

This step will take the rewards of the other tasks to new heights, turning your dream into a reality. 

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Who is Sharing Your Home?

11.27.19

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A welcoming home is warm, free of damp and just perfect for its inhabitants. But do you know exactly who you are sharing with and how they might change your environment? Many homes aren’t just welcoming to family and pets…

Even when you live alone, your home is far from a solitary set of rooms. In fact, your home is probably better regarded as a house-share, bringing together around 100 species of animals. Yep, you read that right! So, who is sharing your welcoming home and do they deserve to stay? 

Who Lives Here?

The average house in Toronto comes with over 100 species of animals including insects, crustaceans and spiders. But, for the most part, there’s nothing to worry about. Contrary to their disconcerting movements, spiders are actually welcome guests and will happily see off a variety of small bitey things like fleas and ticks. 

Of course, the vast majority of the creatures living rent-free aren’t going to cause any bother at all. We won’t even see most of them. A good rule is that if you can’t see something and you don’t have any mystery bites, you probably don’t need to think any further. 

Don’t be Too Accommodating

There are a few you should be wary of and you should never hesitate to call a bed bug exterminator! Bed bugs will bite you at night causing itchy lumps to rise on your skin, which, needless to say, is pretty unpleasant. The good news is that you don’t need to get rid of your furniture as long as the exterminator is thorough. You can put your bedding into the freezer for 4 days as a way to combat any further bugs or eggs and wash on a high temperature. 

Dust mites can also cause problems and often favor your bedroom too. Though these mites are normally harmless and don’t bite, they can cause an allergic reaction. If this is the case for you, dust-proofing in the bedroom and cleaning regularly is essential. 

Carpet beetles are also responsible for itchy skin so if you have checked for bed bugs and still have what looks like bites, you should definitely hoover and wash all your interior fabrics, including cushions, duvets and curtains. 

Stink bugs are another common pest and while they won’t do any actual damage to you or your home, they do let off a significant stench when they feel threatened and they will happily go through your garden. 

To avoid accidentally accommodating unwanted guests, it’s a good idea to go through your pantry and make sure that all your foods are in sealed containers. You should also make sure that you clear up any spills as soon as possible and avoid leaving things like bags of flour for too long. 

For the most part, you can ignore the other residents of your home and leave peacefully together. However, to maintain an environment that suits you, it’s essential that you clean regularly and avoid any build up of dust or clutter.