An unfinished basement offers a world of opportunities in a home, ranging in cost and in value add. With so many homes featuring both a formal sitting area and a larger great room with a casual living room off of the kitchen, a lower-level family room, in the traditional sense, becomes a bit redundant. As is often the case in many homes, the basement in my best friend’s house sat unfinished for a number of years, but certainly not unused – similar to our own home, those cement floors make a pretty perfect mini sticks arena!Continue Reading
Just over a month ago, my sister was plunged into chaos when her devilish toddler proclaimed himself ready to move from his crib to a bed (by throwing himself out of the crib during a nap, naturally). My sister and her family live in a gorgeous home in a trendy part of the city but while it exudes charm and character, it’s quite short on space. The tiny tumbler was currently living in a teensy room off the living room that made for a cute nursery but in no way would hold a bed and other toddler-sized furniture. As any mom knows though, once the crib plunge has occurred, you’ve got to move fast before this becomes a regular escape routine!
One of the things that stood out for us when we first toured our home was the large entrance. Living in suburbia, we had grown accustomed to seeing slight variations of the same layout over and over, all with very small, almost non-existent entrances. We were so thrilled with this space and immediately had grand plans! Our first major project after moving in was removing the popcorn finish from the main floor ceilings, which extended into the entry, however, several months later, we haven’t done anything else in the space (plenty in other areas, but the entry is a blank slate with a now unfinished ceiling).Continue Reading
Last month, I had the opportunity to attend a forum to discuss sleep and its effects on health and it left me wanting to learn more. This past year, Canada released 24 hour movement guidelines for children and youth, which focuses on the whole day, integrating physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep as important elements for health. According to these guidelines, children and youth aged 5-13 years should have 9 to 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night, and 8 to 10 hours per night for those aged 14–17 years, with consistent bed and wake-up times. While Canada does not yet have similar guidelines for adults, the Mayo Clinic recommends 7-9 hours for adults.