First things First

We are here in our new home in Fort St. John BC and man oh man, moving into a new house is exciting stuff! I love figuring out where things will go and how things will be organized but let me tell you, it can be a bit overwhelming too. There are just SO MANY decisions to be made about everything. Every little thing! When I got overwhelmed and couldn’t even think about the next thing pulled out of a box, I took a time out and tackled something that needed to be done immediately. It could not wait and getting it done made me feel that much more at home. The toilet seat. This was the toilet seat in our master ensuite and I can’t even tell you how this thing made my skin crawl! It was one of those vinyl jobbies that whooshed out air when you sit on it. Good Lawd no. It had to go and right away. toilet before

Not all home improvement projects are beautiful and glamourous – no, some of them just need to be done because they need to be done and this was one of those. I couldn’t live with this seat for one second! Luckily they are pretty easy to change out and inexpensive too. Here is a step by step in case you have a seat you’d like to update too.

Step 1 – Buy a new seat. I needed a standard round seat (not elongated) and I chose one that had a slow close and quick release so it could be easily removed for cleaning.

Step 2 – Remove the old seat. Flipping up the bolt covers revealed a plastic bolt and under the toilet there was a plastic nut holding it in place. Grab that nut to hold it and prevent the whole works from spinning as you unscrew the bolt with a screwdriver. Remove both bolts and the rest of the seat should lift off easily from there.

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toilet seat off

Step 3 – Install new hardware. The new hardware consisted of a plastic plug with the nut in the bottom. This plug held the nut in place making installation easier. Plug one into each bolt hole.

toilet replacement nut

It fits flush (haha pun intended) into the toilet

toilet replacement nut installed

Once the plugs were in, I put the quick release mechanism over the plugs and inserted the new bolts in place, screwing them into the nuts. After this, snap the covers in place hiding the bolts.

toilet during

Step 4 – click the seat into place. This is easy with this style of seat – just slide it towards the mechanism and it will click into place. The red button in the center will allow you to remove it again should you need to.

Step 5 – Be happy that you no longer need to sit on that vinyl monstrosity!

toilet new seat installed

Big Important Tip

If you’re going to tackle this job, and you should if you have an old gross seat, the hardest part is not dropping your tools and bits into the toilet. Ask me how I know *cough cough*. If you aren’t confident in your abilities to keep hold of your items, you can wrap your toilet bowl in plastic wrap so that things cannot fall into the water. You know, unless you personally enjoy washing your screw driver in Lysol like me.

Celebrate Canada with Wayfair!

*this post is sponsored by Wayfair.ca*

moms rug

I was talking with my mom a while ago and she was gushing over this rug she got for her living room. She is newly retired and really watching her pennies as she and my dad are going on a huge trip to Europe this summer. “Where did you get this gorgeous yet still affordable rug?” I asked her and she told me that she’d found it at Wayfair.ca

Ah! I thought to myself, this is the answer to all my concerns about moving to the middle of nowhere of Canada’s north and having very few retail choices for decorating our new home. Ever since our conversation, I’ve been stalking all the lovely items and pinning up a storm of dream decor. When I heard they were wanting to work with bloggers AND offering a $100 gift card giveaway for our readers I jumped at the chance to share the Wayfair love with you!

Wayfair is celebrating Canada Day and giving one lucky Home to Heather reader a $100 gift card! I thought I’d show you some of my picks of the day with you – I love, love this bear beer opener. So charming.

 

Grizzly Bear of the Woods Cast Iron Bottle Opener

Grizzly Bear of the Woods Cast Iron Bottle Opener

Regular Price:CAD $33.99

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I also really love the fun selection of Canadiana themed throw pillows. This one is my absolute favourite but I enjoy the others too.

Canada Map Throw Pillow

Canada Map Throw Pillow

Regular Price:From CAD $46.99

Wayfair also has a fantastic selection of stag heads! This guy all dressed in white (much like the one I own) is only $99.99! I think that’s quite the steal!

Highlands Ranch The Templeton Wall Décor

Highlands Ranch The Templeton Wall Décor

Regular Price:CAD $99.99

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Wayfair Canada Day promo

Backyard Patio Reveal!

This is the third post in my series on Backyard Entertaining with Lowe’s. If you missed it, you can find post #1 HERE and post #2 HERE. Thanks for reading along!

Backyard entertaining is where it’s at if you ask me. I’m not one for big parties or crazy locations. I just like to hang out close to home and enjoy the warm weather. I like to watch the kids play and have the dog hanging out at my feet. Casual and simple doesn’t mean that things have to be boring though – our backyard entertaining can be beautiful too! If you’ve been reading along with my series then thank you for your patience and now I’m finally ready to reveal the finished entertaining space!

Here’s a reminder of what we had before – nothing but bare grass!

backyard before

As you may have heard earlier I chose this absolutely stunning copper fire pit from Lowe’s. This one is a wood burning piece and so we need to be mindful of fire bans but I couldn’t leave it behind after setting my sights on it.

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It is an absolutely gorgeous focal point for our temporary backyard patio and the price was great too. I’m going to enjoy this for years to come and may even buy a propane retro fit kit. We will see how our usage needs are, but for me, this was hands down the right choice.

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For seating I chose this budget friendly but still gorgeous (and practical!) conversation set. I love the blue upholstery. I love the smaller size scale which will allow us to use it up on the deck in our new house, or out in a pop-up patio on the lawn as shown here. The foot stools can tuck under the chairs when not in use, or be used for extra seating – perfect for kids.

patio furniture

The little table that was included with the set is perfect for a tray of drinks and I chose this round red accent tray to coordinate with the inspiration mason jars and stunning red hexagon throw pillows. I’m filling up these mason jars with Spiked Ginger Iced Tea. So good!

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Lowe’s also had a really great selection of LED battery operated candles and solar patio lights. They are fantastic (and safe!) lighting accents and will operate on a 5 hour timer. I love them on the tray or showcased in the fun wire candle holder piece. The rug is also one of my favourite pieces. It was a great price, is super durable, and large enough to use for a pop-up patio. The blues and reds are fun and playful and just speak of summer. Aren’t you ready for summer and easy days and casual conversations? I am SO READY!

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We are currently not under any sort of fire ban so I think tonight is the night to fill up this copper beauty and give her a test run. I’m so excited for all that this summer will bring.

This project was pretty successful considering that we hit every note on our ‘want’ list. We now have great seating, an amazing focal point, a defined space – the rug let us accomplish that, and some easy lighting options. The biggest success is that all of these items will flex into our new living space at the new house. I can’t wait to set that all up for you! Watch my Instagram feed for an update on our set up at the new house. The count down to the move is on!

 

I’m on the #lovelowes team this spring and am receiving product to facilitate this series of posts. As always, my opinions are my own.

 

 

Spiked Ginger Iced Tea

Today I lathered the kids up in sunscreen and turned on the sprinkler. They shrieked and giggled. They ran back and forth and cartwheeled through the cool water as it rained down on their smile adorned faces. Summer is nearly here and we are trudging through the rest of the school year, anticipating all that this upcoming season will bring for us.

spiked ice tea with gingerale

We have a lot to celebrate these days, two kids finishing school, a new home to move to, a new life ahead as a unified family unit. I felt like I needed a special drink to commemorate and when I say special….I mean, easy and delish, and spiked with a bit of vodka 😉

I chose to flavour this iced tea with ginger ale and lemon but lime or orange would be nice too.

spiked lemon ginger iced tea

I used 1 cup of vodka for the pitcher and felt it was a nice amount but you could add more or leave it out altogether if you so wished. When you’re making this, be sure to use a heat proof vessel for brewing your tea – I wasn’t so bright and broke my glass serving jug because I just wasn’t thinking. I knew better and I’m sure you do too but thought I’d put a little reminder here so I don’t make the same mistake again!

Spiked Ginger Iced Tea
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Recipe type: cocktail
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Orange Pekoe tea bags (you could also use English Breakfast)
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups ice plus more for serving
  • 2 lemons, juiced, plus wedges for serving
  • 4 cups ginger ale (I love the dark variety!)
  • 1 cup vodka
  • Honey to taste (optional, I didn't add any to mine but you might wish it to be sweeter)
Instructions
  1. Steep teabags in the boiling water for 3 min (use a heat proof vessel, don't brew in your serving jug)
  2. After your tea is brewed add 2 cups of ice to cool it down
  3. Poor into your serving jug
  4. Add lemon juice, vodka and ginger ale
  5. Serve over ice with lemon to garnish

I found this sweet enough from the ginger ale, but should you desire, sweeten it with a little honey stirred in. Enjoy these cool cocktails kicked back in a lawn chair, or sitting on your deck as the sun warms your face. Please drink responsibly.

Pin-ItSpiked Iced Tea with Gingerale and Lemon - perfect for a hot day!

Faux Cable Crochet Blanket

When I was a little girl of about 9 years old, the same age my daughter is now, I went away to Brownie camp. Or was it Girl Guides at that age? I can’t remember. I do remember, however, the project that I completed to get my seamstress badge. My mother had given me an old flannel military issue blanket and around the edge I’d done a blanket stitch with blue embroidery thread. It became my camp blanket and I used it whenever I was away at camp. I don’t know what happened to it but when I think of the sort of blanket I want to snuggle up with around the fire or drape over my shoulders after the sun sets I think of that blanket. It was thick and heavy and warm. It wasn’t very beautiful or soft but it was comforting none the less.

There’s something about the iconic Hudson’s Bay blanket that reminds me of that old blanket of mine. The weight and flannel fabric were sort of the same. This is all a rather round about way of explaining how I connected the colours of Lion Brand Hudson Bay yarn to the blanket design I wished to create with it. I wanted to see pronounced stitching, I wanted texture and I wanted it to be heavy and warm. Where I landed makes me very, very happy.

free crochet blanket pattern

This is the second crochet pattern of my own design. The first is a basket that also utilizes the same Hudson Bay coloured yarn and you can find that HERE. Can we take a moment to love on my new (to me) antique rocking chair? I’m pretty in love with it and it has a non-rocking partner. Both of these will be perfect in our new northern home. I imagine that I’ll use my blanket, cuddled up by the fire in this rocking chair on many occasions.

free blanet pattern crochet

I just love the look of cables on knitted and crocheted items, don’t you? It’s such a classic look and also creates incredible texture. I have not yet mastered a real cabled technique but this pattern uses easy to complete front post stitches which do a pretty good job of faking out the appearance of cables. If you need to learn this stitch, there’s a video tutorial HERE. You’ll notice that the FPTR is worked around the post and not through the loops of the stitch.

faux cabled crochet blanket pattern

I designed this blanket in 4 sections for a rather strange reason. I like to be able to take my crochet on the go and when I do that, I don’t like to have a big, unruly mess to haul about. Working like this means it’s easy to take a section on the go, leaving the rest behind. When you have all four sections complete then you simply stitch them together and finish with a hem and border.

easy cabled crochet blanket

This blanket is the ideal size for one to snuggle with on the couch. If you wished to make it larger it would be easy to do so by simply making an additional section and adding rows to make each section longer. If you follow the pattern you will end up with a blanket sized approximately 54″x 44″

This is a fun pattern that is relatively quick to work up and I think the end result is pretty stunning. It’s much more elegant than my old camp blanket but it still gives me that nostalgic, summer camping, making smores, swatting mosquitoes, sitting around the fire cozy, Canadian feel. I hope you like it too.

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Free Crochet Pattern Download

Create an Instant Patio

This is the second post in my series on Backyard Entertaining with Lowe’s. If you missed it, you can find post #1 HERE. Thanks for reading along!

Okay, enough teasing, here is where I talk about which fireplace I chose and my thought process as to why I picked that one. I’ll also show you how to set up an instant, temporary patio so you can entertain anywhere in your yard! Flexibility is important for me because I really like to maximize budgets and minimize clutter. I love to be able to move things around when different circumstances call for it and if I feel like my decisions are set in stone then I get anxious about making commitments. I don’t like that, it means that things stay un-decorated and we can’t have that!

Okay, the fireplace. I chose the gorgeous copper wood burning one. Did you have any doubts about where my love landed? I couldn’t leave the copper behind! Of course, half of Alberta has been on fire since I bought it and there’s been a non-stop fire ban and so I haven’t been able to burn it yet. It’s a small price to pay for safety and it hasn’t stopped me from admiring it every time it comes into my view. My brilliant friend Merry told me that you can get kits for retrofitting them to propane so I might just do that in the future and then BAM, best of both worlds!

fire pit

I don’t know if you saw my last post but we have big news that we’ll be moving soon. We will have half of the summer here in our current home and then half of the summer at our new home in Fort St. John BC. I don’t want to miss out on enjoying our outside spaces just because we won’t be here all summer so I’ve made an instant and temporary patio that can be put up and taken down in just a few minutes. It’s easy to set up when you need it and put it away when you’re finished! Flexibility is what it’s all about for us right now. We’ll have a new set up in the next house so things will be reworked for that space later on.

What you Need: 

Outdoor Area Rug – I chose this smart and neutral Navy number – it was only $89 for a 5×7!

Cork Tiles – I bought two packs of these guys.

Plastic Runners – I used two of these for protecting the lawn

What you Do:

Lay out your plastic runners where you want to place your furniture. Then, lay the cork on top of those. The runners will keep the legs of your furniture from puncturing the lawn and the cork will help distribute weight evenly. You can fiddle with the cork to help flatten out your patio. If you have a divot in the surface of the lawn that your chair is wobbling in then place the cork tile there to allow your chair a flat surface to sit upon.

When you are comfortable with your patio surface, cover it over with your outdoor area rug and there you go! Instant patio!

Temporary-patio

NOTE: To avoid damaging the grass, leave your patio in place for no more than 48 hours. Your lawn needs access to sunshine and fresh air to stay healthy and green. But that’s the beauty of this quick and easy pop up patio. Set it up, take it down. It can happen quickly over and over all summer as you need it for entertaining in your backyard!

You will need a relatively flat surface for this to work well but the cork will help a lot for keeping your chairs stable.

I’m dying to show you my finished backyard patio but that comes in the next post! I’ll just share a peek at one of my unexpected favourite pieces. This Super with a capital S, cute candle lantern! It was only $19.99 and I popped an LED candle into it. I regret only buying one. I think I need to go back and get a couple more. I love the pop of colour they give but they aren’t heavy or busy to look at. They’re light and fun and provide some ambiance when the sun starts to set. I chose red because they go well with the wire organizer on the inspiration mason jars from my first post.

candle lantern

There we go! Stay tuned for the big reveal as that’s coming up soon!

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How to make an instant patio right on your lawn!

 

I’m on the #lovelowes team this spring and am receiving product to facilitate this series of posts. As always, my opinions are my own.

Big (but not really bad) News

You know how it is when your brain is on one page but your heart is on another? That’s where I am right now, trying to put the words together for this post. We’ve had this in the works for months now but didn’t want to pull the trigger here on the interwebs until things were signed and delivered. Nothing I try to write feels right. On one hand, I’m ready for adventure and a new chapter, and there really was only one choice to be made, but on the other hand…

Life right now is good. Our home is lovely. Our friends are perfect. The kids are healthy and happy and thriving. Day to day is pretty good except for one thing. That one thing is that for the last year and a half my husband has only been here on weekends. He has been working up north and we have been here. He has been in BC and we are in AB. We miss him. He misses us. It’s difficult to raise two young kids by myself. There isn’t much of myself left over for anything else. The kids need their Dad. I need him too. He has been living in a hotel room, eating microwaveable peas because he is so sick of restaurant food, carting his belongings around in a suitcase, working 12 hour days because he can’t just stare at the hotel room wall…he might as well work. We’re all done with this scenario. It’s time to end it.

fort st john bc

Myself and the kids will be moving to Fort. St. John, BC so that we can all be together. I want to be excited and I want to puke at the same time. There has never been a moment where I’ve been so conflicted in my life. We would not have chosen this if it weren’t for the current oil and gas climate in Alberta. We LOVE living in Cochrane, we love Calgary. But so many have lost their jobs and my husband is lucky to still be working. He is lucky that this move comes with a promotion. We are all lucky to even have a choice like this and when I see what is happening in Fort Mac with the fires I feel so terrible for even feeling conflicted in the first place.

This choice was so difficult to make. We have made up our minds and then changed our minds hundreds of times. I campaigned to opt out and run away to a winery in Argentina. I would much rather go there than to the depths of the Canadian North. Wine and sand sounds better than snow and well, snow. Oh God there is going to be so much snow! We aren’t exactly sure when we’ll be wheels up and on the road – mid summer I suppose. We want the kids to finish out the school year. We will have a bit of summer here and a bit of summer there. We want time to settle in before the next school year begins.

Right now, we are house hunting and this is a process and a HALF, let me tell you. We are so tired and we should get back to it so I’ll wrap up. This Alberta girl will be in BC before the end of the summer. I still have some fun content scheduled for the near future so I hope you’ll tune in for that and then it might be a bit quiet for a while. Then I’ll be back with a brand new (to me) home to show you. I hope you’ll join me for our Northern adventure!

For my friends in Calgary and area I will still do my best to post ticket giveaways, event info and the like as I have some folks who can help me. For my clients, I will be contacting you soon to discuss any impact this may have. Thanks for your patience 🙂

Easy Cheater Falafel Pitas

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The May long weekend is on the horizon and we are looking forward to warm weather and lighter fare! Bring on salads and easy entertaining and foods that are perfect for casual sharing. I’m so excited for the change of seasons this year.

One of my favourite things to eat when we’re out somewhere that serves it is falafel. If I see it on a menu then chances are I’m going to order it. I knew it was made with chickpeas and garlic but beyond that it was a flavour mystery. I sort of enjoyed hunting down this savoury treat and ignorantly enjoying it for what it is and not really knowing much about how it was made. My husband likes them too and the day finally came around when I decided I was ready to tackle this wonder and figure out how to make it at home because it’s a perfect warm weather food.

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Traditionally, you would start with dried chickpeas and soak them overnight before blending and forming the falafel. There is no way that I’m going to do that, let’s be honest here. In the past when I’ve had a serving of falafel that wasn’t quite right, that I didn’t enjoy as much as the others, it was because the chickpeas were too dry or felt gritty on the tongue. I decided to simplify this process by using silky Sabra Hummus in place of soaked or tinned chickpeas.

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This also allowed me to skip peeling garlic and adding tahini because all that is mixed into the hummus already. I’m pleased to say that it worked rather well and this could be made even easier by substituting fresh herbs for a ready-made paste (the sort that comes in a tube, in the refrigerator section of the produce department.) I used fresh herbs though because that’s what I had on hand.

panfried falafel with hummus

Falafel
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Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
Easily make these gluten free by substituting gluten free bread crumbs and gluten free all purpose flour.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup fresh parsley (or equivalent paste)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro (or equivalent paste)
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup fine bread crumbs, divided
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 283g (10oz) container Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus
  • pinch cumin
  • 2 tbsp oil for pan frying (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. If baking line a sheet pan with parchment and pre-heat oven to 350
  2. by hand or In a food processor chop fresh herbs until fine.
  3. In a large bowl mix herbs, flour, ¼ cup bread crumbs (reserving the rest for breading), hummus, lemon juice and cumin. Mix well until incorporated.
  4. If frying heat oil over medium heat in large non-stick pan
  5. Roll falafel mix into balls and flatten slightly into patties
  6. Press into second portion of bread crumbs until coated
  7. If pan frying, place into pan of heated oil and allow to cook approx 3 min per side until golden brown. If baking, place in oven for approx 30 min, flipping at the halfway point. Cook until golden brown.

I served my falafel patties in a pita pocket with cherry tomatoes and cucumber. We drizzled tzatziki over the works and dug in. These would be perfect on top of a lovely salad or set out on a platter as finger food. They’re ideal for dipping into cool tzatziki on a warm afternoon. This recipe makes 8 patties which is fantastic because I have leftovers calling my name for lunch today! I’ll be making these again and again over the summer so I’m off to stock up on hummus. If you wanted to make entertaining even easier, these could be made the day before and re-heated in a tinfoil pack in the oven, on the bbq or even over a campfire!

Sabra

 

Calgary Expo 2016

 

calgary expo

The 11th annual Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo saw 103,500 people this year, only 500 short of their record attendance of last year. It is a world class event and the organizers do a better job each and every year. The hubby and I were there for a bit of fun on Saturday and it is just something to see. If you’ve never been then put it in your calendar now for next year so you don’t miss it!

We had a lot of fun just wandering around and sight seeing as we always do. Nothing surprises me anymore and sometimes I have no idea what some costumes are. I saw a guy pushing a cart of cabbages around. Anyone know what that is from? I’m clueless. I do know that this guy below was the Silver Surfer however.

silver surfer

My favourite part was attending the Orange is the new Black panel with Lea Delaria (Big Boo) and Jackie Cruz (Flaca.) Holy man are these gals entertaining. We laughed so much and Lea was throwing out the jokes fast and furiously as she is, and always has been, a stand up comedian.

orange is the new black

 

She had a lot to say about what OITNB has done for the “queer community” (her words) and said she realized that it was going to be a big deal after being chased down out front of a hardware store and asked to sign a screwdriver. Aside from the laughs, it became very clear that she has a heart of gold. She spoke of her parents who had both passed and nearly had me in tears.

I saw way, WAY more than anticipated in the way of fibre arts this year. There was even a booth full of yarn! Calgary Expo really has something for everyone to enjoy whether you’re the biggest Star Trek nerd or just want to dress up as Elmo (saw it) or whether you just want to wander around and gawk at the masses like me.

stash at calgary expo

 

If you’re curious about past years you can find those posts HERE

You likely don’t know this about me

Something you might not know about me is that I have a thing for efficiency.  If I can save 10 seconds I will do it. If I can save 10 seconds and 10 cents then I really get excited. I tell people it’s because I’m productive and driven but really, it comes down to the fact that I’m kinda lazy. And cheap. I’m cheap and lazy. Aren’t we all? If I can save time in a task that I do not like then I can allocate that time to a task that I do like. If I can save money on things I do not enjoy then I can spend money on yarn. I mean, many other things that I do enjoy. I think it’s human nature to behave this way don’t you?

This desire to be efficient and spend less basically means I tend to jump at the chance to acquire gadgets. Can I save time and money processing my own peanut butter at home? Yes. I can! So the food processor becomes an essential gadget. Can I save time and money on gas and electric if we change a few things around the house? Yes! We can. If we make our homes smarter.

nest thermostat updating

The Nest thermostat is one such gadget. It learns when we’re home and away, it knows the weather conditions, it monitors how often it’s on and off and it can be controlled by my phone. This ability to control it via my phone comes back to the lazy bit. When I’m in bed and realizing it’s sort of stuffy in the house then I can reach my phone on the bedside table and turn the heat down.

Have you ever tried to program your thermostat? It’s a pain in the rear and you end up with something that kinda works if you stick to the schedule you set but we never did. I’m in and out of the house a million times a day. This Nest knows when I’m home or away because it has a motion detector in it that watches us. I promise it’s not creepy! Over time, it will make adjustments according to what happens in real life – not what I programmed into it 2 years ago. It shows the temperature we’ve set it to and the times it runs in the Energy History tab. You can see that it is running over night because it’s still cold at night but during the day it’s hardly on at all.

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It was super easy to install, I did it myself in about 10 min. Then activating an account and all of that was easy too. Now it’s just something that works and I don’t even think about it.

Did you know that over 60% of people realize that smart devices are beneficial yet only 34% of people have them? What’s up with that? I know there’s a bit of an investment that needs to happen but it’s totally worth it in the long run. Just like putting in a new window or beefing up your insulation.

“Today, we’re seeing basic functionality like controlling lighting or thermostats from our smartphones, but soon, innovations like biometric security systems, intelligent kitchens and home health solutions will make our lives so much safer, healthier and easier that smart home technology will become integral to our digital lifestyles,” said Rob Currie, vice-president of Mobile Devices at TELUS.

I’ve also been playing around with the Philips Hue lighting system. The bulbs themselves operate at only 9 watts and have a lifespan of 25000 hours but that’s only half of the story. These bulbs can also know when you’re home and away so they can turn themselves off or on and if you sync them with other devices via IFTTT they can add to safety as well, say, turning red when the Nest detector smells CO2. I love that I can change the shade of the bulbs- you can make them whatever colour you want! They are pretty fun and you can even sync them up to movies or find an app that makes them look like fireworks. I can have fireworks in my kitchen now.

Here’s a video review I found that gives a good rundown of this product.

 

I think we’re going to see more homes with smart devices installed in years to come and I am excited to see what other functionalities they bring us over time. Are you planning to install a smart device? Have you thought about it or is it not something that interests you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

**As a member of #teamTELUS I sometimes receive products and services to facilitate content.  All opinions remain my own. My good friends at TELUS commissioned a study all about smart home technology and you can read that here.