Jul
31

Increase the curb appeal of your home!

The Reno Girls are here to help you increase the curb appeal of your home, how to create an outdoor kitchen, and a colourful stencil for your fence.
Products and Services

BBQ Refresh Segment:


BBQ's via Kijiji:
 www.kijiji.ca


High Heat BBQ Paint, Must For Rust - Rust-Oleum: 
www.rustoleum.ca


BBQ Brushes, Wood Scraper, Pumice Scraper - Amazon:
 www.amazon.ca


Favourite Outdoor Items:


Solar Moon Lights, Outdoor LED Speaker, Party Bar Light-Up Cooler - HomeSense: 
www.homesense.ca


Kitchen and Family Room Makeover:


Trinsic Touch Faucet - Delta: 
www.deltafaucet.ca

Sofa and Loveseat - Article: www.article.com

Chair - Wayfair: www.wayfair.ca

Artwork - HomeSense: www.homesense.ca

Products and Services

For fence and Danielle’s Planter (stain & paint): Benjamin Moore


Home Depot (wood): 
Home Depot


Cutting Edge Stencils (Mandala stencil): 
Cutting Edge Stencils

Arborcoat Solid Stain - Colour: Flint AF- 560

Large Stencil Ben Exterior Low-Lustre - Colour: Storm Cloud Gray 2140-40

Smaller Stencil Ben Exterior Soft-Gloss - Colour: Chartreuse 2024-10


Tape of Front Door:

Door - Benjamin Moore Grand Entrance Satin finish - Colour: Port of Call

Door Trim - Aura Exterior low-lustre - Colour: Pashmina AF-100

Window trim/shutters - Aura Exterior low-lustre - Colour: Iron Mountain 2134-30

Favourite Things:

Tabletop Outdoor Heat Lamp: www.homedepot.ca

Throws/Blankets: www.homesense.ca

Products and Services

Planter Instructions:

Decide on the size you want for your planter.  We decided to build ours 3’ high, 4’ wide and 1.5’ deep.

It is probably best that you figure out what type of plant you want to put in it, so you can make the height of the shelf accordingly.  The large Kimberley ferns we used have pots that are 10” high and 10” in diameter, so we placed our shelf 12” from the top of the planter.

 

You will need:

Outdoor-rated screws

Wood (we used cedar, but you can also use pressure-treated wood)

2X4’s for the frame

1X4’s for the cladding

Exterior paint or stain to seal the wood


1)
 Create 2 rectangles using the 2X4’s.  Be sure to add an extra piece across for the shelf to rest on and if necessary, a piece down the middle for added stability.  You can hold the pieces in place using large clamps or a handy assistant.  Screw the pieces together.


2)
 Join the two rectangles by screwing them into the side pieces.


3)
 Clad the frame using the 1X4’s or whatever dimension you have decided on.  Be sure to pre-drill the holes so the wood won’t spilt.  You can leave a slight overhang to cover the pieces of side cladding, or you can mitre the edges if you want to get fancy!


4)
 Place planks of wood across shelf support to create the shelf.


5)
 Finish the planter with either an exterior stain or paint.


Textiles:
 h&mhome.com


Charcoal Grill:
 www.william-sonoma.ca

Jul
30

The top 10 resilient plants for plant killers

The top 10 resilient plants for plant killers, keeping your home dry and mold free, and the most delicious alternatives for butter!
Products and Services

Tracy’s clothing provided by Freda's

Tracy’s shoes provided by Town Shoes

Products and Services

Instagram: @chefdevan

 

Safety In the Kitchen 

Canadian Tire

 

Products and Services

Instagram: @frankferragine

 

Top 10 Plants for Plant Killers

Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery

 

Growing your own Herbs

Bonnie Plants

Products and Services

Instagram: @chrismcgimsie

 

Tree house

Muskoka Lumber

 

Recycle & Re-purpose Building materials

Habitat for Humanity

Global Pathways School-India  Instagram: @vcsindia

India Photos by @thepasystem

 

Water Issues

Lowes

Jul
27

Jessica Mulroney has the perfect dresses for EVERY wedding guest

Jessica Mulroney has the perfect dresses for EVERY wedding guest, and throw out the rule book— you can rock stripes no matter your size or body shape.
Products and Services

Tracy’s clothing provided by Freda's.
Tracy’s shoes provided by Town Shoes.

Products and Services

Available at the Hudson’s Bay.

 

CHURCH WEDDING:

Karl Lagerfeld Paris Navy Long Sleeve Dress

Calvin Klein White Heel

Cezanne Pearl Earring

Nina Navy Clutch


COTTAGE WEDDING:

Halston Coral Long Wrap Dress

Gold Adrianna Papell Clutch

Top Shop Nude Wedge

Freedom @ Top Shop Earrings


DESTINATION WEDDING:

Top Shop Yellow Slip Dress

Donna Karen Navy Blazer

Top Shop Platform Shoes

Top Shop Clutch

Freedom by Top Shop Earring


COCKTAIL WEDDING:

Galvan London Black & White Jumpsuit @ The Room

Betsey Johnson Diamond Stud

Nicholas Kirkwood Heel

Nina Clutch


BLACK TIE WEDDING:

Marchesa Notte Dress

Adrianna Papell Black Beaded Clutch

Steve Madden Black Sandal

Nine West Gold Hoop

Products and Services

Stripes:

stylebykimxo.com


Look 1:

Blazer: Veronica Beard (Nordstrom)

White V-neck: Madewell (Nordstrom)

Jeans- Madewell (Nordstrom)

Shoes- halogen (Nordstrom)


Look 2:

Jean jacket: Mavi Jeans Co. (Nordstrom)

Purse: Ferragamo (Nordstrom)

Shoes: Anine Bing ( Anine Bing)

Dress: Veronica Beard (Nordstrom)


Look 3:

Quarter sleeved striped shirt: Vince (Nordstrom)

Denim skirt: Halogen (Nordstrom)

Shoes: Ted Baker

Purse: Rebecca Minkoff


Look 4:

T-shirt dress: The Group- Babaton (Aritzia)

Navy blazer: Babaton (Aritzia)

Purse: Rebecca Minkoff

Shoes: Ferragamo

Jul
26

Create a luxe at-home spa in your bathroom!

The coolest patio decor for a hot summer, and how to make your home bathroom into a spa atmosphere!
Products and Services

Karen Sealy's bathroom segment:


Steam shower:

Total Sense Touch Control TSC-550

steamist.com


Bath tub:

Victoria and Albert

vandabaths.com


Accessories:

wayfair.ca


Pulseflex
portable bluetooth speaker:

bluesound.com


Karen's exterior rug segment:


Korhani

korhani.com


Ikea

ikea.com


Canadian Tire

canadiantire.com

Products and Services

Colin and Justin's patio umbrella segment:


canadiantire.com


lowes.ca


ikea.com


amazon.ca

 

Colin and Justin's "keeping your cool" segment:


Patio umbrella stand cover/ottoman

canadiantire.com


Daybed:

ardoutdoor.com


"sail" shade:

ikea.com


Outdoor shower and outdoor fan:

amazon.ca


Colin and Justin's patio umbrella segment:

ikea.com

lowes.ca

canadiantire.com

amazon.ca

Products and Services

Winston's tech segment:


MotionSense
Wave Faucet

moen.ca 


U by Moen shower

moen.ca/U


Velop
Whole Home WiFi

Linksys.com


Amazon Echo Spot

www.amazon.ca


50” Sanyo Roku TV and SoundBar

roku.com


Limitless Traveller (offline Translator) 

booking.com


Eve Energy

apple.com


Google Home Max

store.google.com

Products and Services

Nikki Chu's show:

"Unboxed with Nikki Chu"

nikkichu.com

Jul
25

Credit card mistakes you don't want to learn the hard way

Credit card mistakes you don't want to learn the hard way, discovering the REAL cost of convenience in the grocery store, and the most believed UTI myths.  
Products and Services

Tracy’s clothing provided by Freda's.
Tracy’s shoes provided by Town Shoes.

Products and Services

Cost of Convience
Note: 100 g = approx.. 3.5 oz. depending on what we are measuring….


Zucchini
-  63% saving over packaged


Bought spiralized
  = $3.99 for the package


Homemade
= 1.49 to make the same amount


Beets
 - 75% saving over packaged


Spiralized bought
= $3.99 for the package


Homemade
= $.98 to make the same amount


Kale
– 77% saving over packaged


Bagged chopped kale
= $4.99


Homemade chopped kale
= $1.16


Cauliflower
– 81% over packaged


Cauliflower rice sold in a bag
- $3.99


Homemade crumbled cauliflower
- $.75 f0r the same weight


Green Beans 60 % saving frozen over loose, 50% saving loose over packaged
  - need to check!!


Frozen green beans
= $.69 per 100 g


Fresh loose green beans
= $.88 per 100 g


Fresh green beans in a package
= $1.74 per 100 g


French fries
– 78 % over packaged


Store bought
  = $3.79 per package


Homemade same size
= $.82 for the same amount


Hummus
– 59% saving over packaged


Store bought Hummus
$1.41 per 100 g


Homemade
= $.57 per 100 g


Premade Salad
 - 27.5% saving over packaged


Salad ~ premade
~ $6.00


Homemade
~ $4.35


Cheese
 - 30% saving brick over grated packaged


Bought whole
  = $1.41 per 100 g


Grated
= $2.02 per 100 g


Parmesan 18% grated over whole
– 47% saving container to whole - container is cheaper!!


Whole Parmesan
= $4.49 per 100 g which is about 1 cup of grated


Grated Parmesan
= $5.49 per 100 g which is about 1 cup


grated in a container which I would never buy
….$2.89 per 100 g


Eggs 58% saving using whites !!


One whole egg
= $.38


One egg white
= $.16


Suggest making an omelette or scrambled eggs with 1 whole egg + 2 egg whites
= $.70


Chicken:
30% saving over deli rotisserie


Whole chicken plain cost per kg
= $9.90 per kilo


Bought cooked chicken
= $14.10 per kilo


Premade lean burgers
-  4% over packaged


Lean ground Beef
= $1.10 per 100 g


Frozen burgers lean
= 12.99 for 8 burgers 1.13 kg approx  $1.15 per 100 g


Salmon
– 28% saving over store bought


Store bought Planked salmon
= $18.99


Homemade
= $15.84


Turkey breast 21% saving over deli slices


Uncooked Turkey breast
= $29.96 per 1000 g = $2.99 per 100 g


Cooked sliced in the deli
= $3.79 per 100 g


Premade chicken
-  17% saving over premade


Bacon wrapped chicken with asparagus and feta premade
= $8.00


Total for homemade
= $6.64


Shepherd’s Pie  54% saving over frozen


frozen premade
~  $11.99


Homemade
~ $5.50


Pizza 28% saving over premade


plain with feta, spinach and tomato sauce with mozzarella


One serving
= $1.65


Pizza homemade One serving
= $1.18


Cookies
– 24% saving over packaged and 38% saving over frozen


Store bought Cost per 1 Chips Ahoy cookie
= $.17


Cost per 1 homemade cookie
= $.13


Frozen cookie dough
= $.21


Lemonade
– saving of 37% store bought over home made


Store bought
= $4.48 = 1.75 mL = 2.56 litre


Homemade  5 cups
= 1.25 mL = $5.10 = 4:08 litre

Products and Services

Six Credit Card Mistakes to Avoid:


1.
What is the #1 mistake people make when it comes to their credit cards?

· Using them when you’re carrying a balance month to month.  If you can’t afford to pay off your credit card in full, every month, you can afford to be using a credit card.

· There is wiggle room.   Kids summer programs will take a few months to pay off.  But if this is a chronic issue – your cards never get to zero – stop using the credit card.

· I was in a store recently and a Cityline viewer recognized me as the money guy.   She said, “I usually turn the sound off when you come on”.  Don’t turn the sound off.


2.
What happens if you pay late?

· This is very common.  Sometimes it is a mistake.  And sometimes there just isn’t any money to pay the bill.

· It depends on the terms of the card, but there are a few things that happen.

· First, you’ll pay interest on the outstanding debt.  It starts right away.

· Second, you might have to pay a late fee of $25-$50.

· Third, if it is a long delay, say 30 days, it will likely affect your credit score.  (The later you are, the worse it is for your credit score).

· Solution:  Make the payment.  Call the card company, apologize and ask for refund of late fee.  They have some discretion.

· Solution:  Set up an automatic payment. I have mine set up to pay off in full every single month.  I also have overdraft protection on my chequing account.  So if there are insufficient funds in my bank account it doesn’t hurt me. You could also have automatic on minimum payment.

· Or at least put a note in your calendar to pay your bill.


3.
What mistakes do people make when it comes to actual the statement?

· Not reviewing the statement in detail.  “Did you buy that? Is the amount correct?”

· There is a scam called the “$1 dollar scam”.  I almost got sucked into this one.  I saw a charge for $1.61.  If I hadn’t seen it, the people who stole my credit card number would have known I was someone who didn’t look at my statement carefully and would have charged a bigger amount next time.

· But I called it in and the bank cancelled my card.

· The other way this scam works is for the fraudster to set up a fake Netflix or Spotify account that you then pay for.

· Solution:  Look at your statement in detail every month.


4.
What credit card mistakes can affect your credit score?

· There are a number of mistakes that can mess up your credit score.

· Missing payments:  No surprise there.

· Exceeding 50% of your limit:  If you have a total limit on all cards of $5,000, you don’t want to exceed $2,500.  Lenders get worried because you don’t have much room, in the event of an emergency. I’ve read that sometimes exceeding 30% is an issue.

· Cancelling a card you’ve had for a long time:  Credit history affects your score.  So if you’ve had a card since 1994, don’t cancel it.


5.
What is the right number of credit cards?

· Having too many cards can be a big mistake.  The right number really depends on your life.  If you have a business, you should have a separate card for that.  And one or two for personal use.  The average among people who have a credit card is 3.7, which means a lot of people have more than 4 cards.  Why?

· Store cards can be really tempting.  And not a great idea.

· Some people pay the “deals” game, trying to get the lowest interest rate, or the highest number of loyalty points.  That makes me want to take a nap.


6. 
What’s the mistake people make on cash advances?

· Forgetting that you starting paying interest immediately.

· When you buy a new TV, you don’t pay interest until the due date on the credit card bill.  But if you take a cash advance you start paying immediately.  There might be a cash advance fee, and the interest rate might be higher.

Products and Services

UTI's:

I) Definition:

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra.

Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than are men. Infection limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur if a UTI spreads to your kidneys.

Doctors typically treat urinary tract infections with antibiotics. But you can take steps to reduce your chances of getting a UTI in the first place.

II) Symptoms:

•   A strong, persistent urge to urinate

•   A burning sensation when urinating

•   Passing frequent, small amounts of urine

•   Urine that appears cloudy

•   Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-colored — a sign of blood in the urine

•   Strong-smelling urine

•   Pelvic pain, in women — especially in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone


Location of Infection vs. Signs and Symptoms:

Kidneys (acute pyelonephritis)

•   Upper back and side (flank) pain

•   High fever

•   Shaking and chills

•   Nausea

•   Vomiting

Upper back and side (flank) pain

•   High fever

•   Shaking and chills

•   Nausea

•   Vomiting-Bladder (cystitis)

•   Pelvic pressure

•   Lower abdomen discomfort

•   Frequent, painful urination

•   Blood in urine

•   Pelvic pressure

•   Lower abdomen discomfort

•   Frequent, painful urination

•   Blood in urine
Urethra (urethritis)

•   Burning with urination

•   Discharge

•   Burning with urination

•   Discharge


III) Risk Factors:

•   Female anatomy. A woman has a shorter urethra than a man does, which shortens the distance that bacteria must travel to reach the bladder.

•   A woman’s lifetime risk of a UTI is greater than 50%

•   Sexual activity. Sexually active women tend to have more UTIs than do women who aren't sexually active. Having a new sexual partner also increases your risk.

•   Certain types of birth control. Women who use diaphragms for birth control may be at higher risk, as well as women who use spermicidal agents.

•   Menopause. After menopause, a decline in circulating estrogen causes changes in the urinary tract that make you more vulnerable to infection.

Other RFs:

•   Urinary tract abnormalities. Babies born with urinary tract abnormalities that don't allow urine to leave the body normally or cause urine to back up in the urethra have an increased risk of UTIs.

•   Blockages in the urinary tract. Kidney stones or an enlarged prostate can trap urine in the bladder and increase the risk of UTIs.

•   A suppressed immune system. Diabetes, PREGNANCY and other diseases that impair the immune system — the body's defense against germs — can increase the risk of UTIs.

•   Catheter use. People who can't urinate on their own and use a tube (catheter) to urinate have an increased risk of UTIs. This may include people who are hospitalized, people with neurological problems that make it difficult to control their ability to urinate and people who are paralyzed.

A recent urinary procedure. Urinary surgery or an exam of your urinary tract that involves medical instruments can both increase your risk of developing a urinary tract infection.


IV) Etiologies/ What’s responsible for a UTI?

Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder.

The most common UTIs occur mainly in women and affect the bladder and urethra.

•   Infection of the bladder (cystitis). This type of UTI is usually caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), a type of bacteria commonly found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. However, sometimes other bacteria are responsible.

•   Sexual intercourse may lead to cystitis, but you don't have to be sexually active to develop it.

•   All women are at risk of cystitis because of their anatomy — specifically, the short distance from the urethra to the anus and the urethral opening to the bladder.

Infection of the urethra (urethritis). This type of UTI can occur when GI bacteria spread from the anus to the urethra. Also, because the female urethra is close to the vagina, sexually transmitted infections, such as herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia and mycoplasma, can cause urethritis.


V) Diagnosis:

Clean catch of urine (pee first, then collect sample)

Culture and sensitivity

Urine Dipstick

Cystoscopy (if lots of blood and persistence of symptoms)


VI) Prevention

Truth or LIES….

•   Drink plenty of liquids, especially water. TRUTH

•   Drinking water helps dilute your urine and ensures that you'll urinate more frequently — allowing bacteria to be flushed from your urinary tract before an infection can begin.

•   Drink cranberry juice.  LIES!

•   Although studies are not conclusive that cranberry juice prevents UTIs, it is likely not harmful.

•   Wipe from front to back.  TRUTH

The bacteria from your stool likes to colonize the urinary tract..

•   Doing so after urinating and after a bowel movement helps prevent bacteria in the anal region from spreading to the vagina and urethra.

•   Empty your bladder soon after intercourse.  TRUTH. Penises and vaginas are honestly, dirty places!

•   Also, drink a full glass of water to help flush bacteria.

•   Getting more than one UTI is dangerous.  LIES!!

It is very common for women to get UTIs.  Some women get them more frequently.  Sometimes, different bacteria colonize and need different types of antibiotics.

It is important to treat it quickly and seek medical help- to prevent the more severe type infection- pyelonephritis

•   Change your birth control method. TRUTH

•   Diaphragms, or unlubricated or spermicide-treated condoms, can all contribute to bacterial growth.

Products and Services

Buy Buy Baby:

Buybuybaby.com


Dada book by Jimmy Fallon:

Buybuybaby.com/Dada Book


Skip hop portable baby soother:

Buybuybaby.com/skip hop baby soother


Infantino pat and play water mat:

Buybuybaby.com/infantino pat


Fridababy medicine dispenser:

Buybuybaby.com/fridababy medicine dispenser


Nuby nasal aspirator:

Buybuybaby.com


Angel care bath tub support:

Buybuybaby.com/angel care bath tub


Robot & Dino buck wheat nursing pillow:

Buybuybaby.com


Hatch baby night light and sound machine:

Buybuybaby.com/hatch baby night light


Fisher price wind mill on the go baby dome:

Buybuybaby.com/fisher price wind mill


Ingenuity baby chair:

Buybuybaby.com/ingenuity baby chair


Zen sac ( baby sleep sac):

Buybuybaby.com/zen sac


Hatch baby changing mat:

Buybuybaby.com/hatch baby changing mat

Products and Services

‘Beyond Soap’ - published by Penguin/Random House

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