Is a Display Home Right for Your Family?

It’s been about 4 years since we’ve been through the process of purchasing a home, and, I reckon in probably about 4 more years we might have to do it again, due to the rapid expansion of our family! We have a little space to grow in right now…but I fear that might soon be taken over. No matter, though. Buying a new home is one of the most exciting things to do in life, in my opinion. And there are many ways to go about doing so! Thought I’d share a few tips you may not have heard about the process today!

For a fresh start, get in touch with building firms that have a good reputation for creating properties that are different and in great locations. Building companies will listen to what clients are looking for in a home no matter how big or small. With many styles of houses available to buy, why not add features such as:

  • An extra bedroom
  • An attic room
  • A sun room
  • An extra bathroom
  • A study

It’s also important to choose the right location that’s near work, schools or colleges. It’s not much fun having to travel miles each day. Check out the many display homes on new build websites to get an idea of where new homes are being built and what they look like.

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A display home that has everything and more!

Stunning showcase, display homes or or model homes have everything and more than new owners could possibly wish for. They also make very good investments. Sometimes homes that are used as display property are pristine in condition when sold even have:

1. A guaranteed leaseback of 7%
2. Maintenance costs covered
3. Cleaning covered
4. Gardening costs covered

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Top 7 Coolest Things to Do in Ontario

I’ve been itchin’ to do some traveling these days. (Maybe because I’m coming down to the time when traveling won’t be an option for a while, ha!) We had trips to Boston and New York slated for this year, but then I got pregnant, and we decided to be responsible and save that money instead. Definitely the right choice, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still dream about a little wanderin’ around the globe. And lately, I’ve been thinking about Canada – specifically Ontario! So I thought I’d share with all of you. (Plus, I know I have some Canadian readers – I’d love for y’all to chime in!

Being larger than the countries of France and Spain combined, the province of Ontario has a lot to offer in the way of scenery and things to do. In fact, there’s so much to do that choosing a list of activities can be a difficult task if you’re not familiar with the must-see destinations. If you’re planning a trip to the city and are wondering which places you should visit before leaving, check out the following list of the top seven things to do in Ontario:

1. See Niagara Falls

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By far the most amazing scenic feature to be found in this province is the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls, displaying the sheer power of nature with a massive waterfall that is constantly dropping about 800,000 gallons of water from the Niagara River into a pool more than 130 feet below. If you visit be sure to take a ride on the Maid of the Mist – a boat that takes you along the base of the falls – and take a walk through one of the tunnels that brings you behind the falls. There are a number of hotels near Niagara Falls that provide a great view of the falls in all their glory.

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Summertime Souping – with Kate from Boulder Organic!

By now you’ve heard me moan about how hot it is in Florida right now, right?! (I’m probably moaning more than usual because pregnant with twins in July in Florida is a lot hotter than I thought it would be, HA!) However, no matter the temperature, when we’re out grabbing a bite to eat and the server asks my hubby if he wants soup or salad, he ALWAYS goes for the soup. And I just don’t get it. It’s far too hot for SOUPING!

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Or so I thought until I took the time to chat with Boulder Organic Foods founder Kate Brown, who shared about the company’s Summertime Souping! Though many (like me) don’t consider soup a summer-time staple, the Boulder-based brand is committed to offering consumers robust flavor profiles that taste great without overindulging in sugar or calories even during the warm summer months.

Kate founded Boulder Organic Foods in 2006, with a vision to craft “oh my gosh!” good food using garden-fresh ingredients. All of the soups are made in small batches and are certified organic, certified gluten-free and non-GMO verified. They are sold in the deli refrigerated section at grocers nationwide. I caught up with her to ask her some questions about organic foods, how the company “makes soup better”, and life in general! 

  1. Tell me a little bit about yourself, your family and your life!

I am a Colorado native and grew up in a wonderful family business environment.  My parents were tremendous mentors, modeling hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit.  I was very lucky to be exposed to the startup and growth stages of their business.  My home truly is the mountains of Colorado. I love to travel but I belong, heart and soul, in the Rocky Mountains.  Boulder has been an especially kind place to raise my family and start an organic food business. There aren’t enough hours in the day to grow Boulder Organic and squeeze in golfing, hiking, fishing, family, gardening…the list is endless!

  1. When did you first become interested in creating organic foods?  

It was a very unexpected time in my life – I was busy raising my daughter and the lack of “unadulterated” fresh soup caught my attention.  The more I mentioned it to my family and friends, the more I saw a huge discrepancy between how we think about the foods we love and what is actually offered in the marketplace.  Although I am appreciative of the food technologies that help bring safe food to more people, I think that much of our food system turns out over-processed foods that contain too many additives, stabilizers, preservatives and flavor enhancers. Turning that trend around, one bowl of soup at a time, seemed like the right thing to do!

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5 Handheld Vacuum Cleaners Pet Owners Will Love!

It’s been a little hairy around our house these days. There’s lots to get done in a short amount of time, and, I will admit, I haven’t been the best housekeeper recently. (Especially when it comes to all things vacuum cleaners related.) Add to that the fact that, while my hubby normally helps me, he’s been working lots of overtime so he can have some time off when the twins arrive, so the poor thing has been exhausted when he finally gets home. 

And then there’s these two:

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They’re super cute and super amusing and super…HAIRY. And while I originally loved the idea of one being black and one being white…SIGH. The hair. OH, the hair.

So when Will Tottle reached out to me and asked about sharing a post on handheld vacuum cleaners for pet owners…um, YES. I have a little vacuum, but nothing hand-held, and I was interested to see what he recommended! So, without further ado…here’s Will! 

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Minerva Dairy’s Amish Roll Butter – WAY Better than Margarine! (GIVEAWAY INCLUDED!)

Ever just think of how simple it would be if we could all go back to “the good ol’ days”? I guess we all have our own definition of those days, but for me, at least when it comes to food, the good ol’ days included big ol’ gardens full of fresh veggies, hen houses full of fresh eggs, and barns full of cows for fresh dairy products. Okay, okay…now I’m hungry. Aren’t you?

Because in my mind, there was so much more GOODNESS in food in those good ol’ days…and much less…NOT good. Preservatives? Hormones? Dyes and colors? Nah, none of that. But it’s not like you can just find healthy products like BUTTER anymore, can you? Impossible, right?

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Well, thanks to Minerva Dairy, WRONG! Their butter is so legit that it’s WAY better than margarine! With 84% butterfat, making it the best good-for-you butter around, the 5th generation family-owned Minerva Dairy’s Amish Roll butter comes from local Ohio farms that boast pasture-raised cows that are hormone and antibiotic free. And guess what? You can order it online and have it shipped right to your door! No more excuses at all!

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