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Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever?

Hello friends!

Last year I did a post on the best Mother’s Day ideas in Durham Region, but this year’s idea takes the cake – if you’re a food lover, like me!

drooling_homer-712749.gif2This Saturday and Sunday is the first annual Whitby Food Frenzy!! That’s right, a Durham Region Food Truck Festival!!!

Food Frenzy Whitby will be held this Saturday and Sunday (May 10 & 11) from 11am – 9pm at the Abilities Centre in Whitby (55 Gordon Street)

The Festival features 15 gourmet food trucks with delicious eats from classic poutine to a schnitzel truck. Better yet, wash the delicious food away with vintage wines and craft beer from throughout Ontario.

Food Frenzy Whitby is being put on by the Rotary Club of Whitby, and proceeds will go to help support at-risk youth in Durham – the full list of recipients can be found online.

For more information about this (delicious) event, check out the website. I hope to see you there with a full tummy and the beginnings of a food coma  🙂





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9 Things FSBO Companies Don’t Want Consumers to Know

I came across this article recently and had to share. Many sellers feel that selling their home privately is a road to extra savings. However, there are a number of issues that can arise when dealing with a private sale. This article comes from Real Estate Magazine, and I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments section. If you have any questions, please get in touch with me!


1. They charge upfront (in most cases thousands). Agents don’t.

When it comes down to it, listing with an agent shouldn’t cost you a cent. I know you probably read that a few times. Agents don’t charge upfront, we only charge when results are provided. This gives you an advantage in more than one way. On the other hand I have heard of individuals paying upwards of $2,000 upfront just for a sign and a spot on a website, only to end up having their house listed and sold by an agent.

2. They aren’t held to any code of ethics.

Real estate agents across Canada are held to a strict code of ethics by CREA. They take the liability if something goes wrong. They are also held to higher standards in advertising and they have duties to you as a client.for-sale-300x175

3. Just because you’re a real estate professional does not mean you’re rich or overpaid.

This has been the fuel for many slanderous ad campaigns released by popular for sale by owner websites over the years. The truth of the matter is, if it was that easy and they got paid a “small fortune” to sell a house, everyone would get into the business. Selling homes is hard work. Agents often find themselves working for free and hoping to receive a commission.

Consider this situation: A buyer has his agent show him 30 houses over the course a month. The agent spends hours of his time to assist the buyer. The buyer decides not to buy. The agent has worked for free and lost money on expenses. This is a common situation.

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Big Changes!

Hello readers!

So we’re going through some big changes over here – not exactly work wise – but I’m pretty excited! My husband and I recently sold our home and are moving on to a new project: an 1870s heritage home that we’re planning on restoring! I can’t wait to show you our progess as we move along!

If you have any questions you’d like to know, or any rooms you’d like me to focus on throughout this blog I’d love to hear about it!


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From Houzz: Swaying From Sleepovers to Dinner Parties in a Colorado Tree House

Architect Missy Brown had been designing and building homes for a long time before she picked up a coffee table book about tree houses around the world. The book’s author was Pete Nelson, one of the foremost tree house designers on the planet.

Flipping through the book, she felt as giddy as a kid in, well, a tree house. So she booked a three-day workshop with Nelson in Seattle to learn the ins and outs — and ups — of tree house design and construction, then began building custom structures in and around Denver. “I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like tree houses,” Brown says. “Even when we’re building them, people get excited and come to watch them being built.”

Her latest design is for a couple who own several hundred acres of land in Vail, Colorado. Walking trails traverse the picturesque property in the foothills, connecting the main house to various picnic spots, small cabins and this new tree house, which hosts everything from grown-up dinner parties to grandkids’ sleepovers.

Read the rest of the article on Houzz and flip through the gallery above!

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For Sale: 98 Kearney Drive, Ajax (Slideshow Included!)

My newest listing it up  – 98 Kearney Drive in Ajax! listed at $549,900

This lovely home is filled with upgrades, including wire-brushed hardwood floors, new gourmet kitchen with quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances, renovated washrooms, huge master with ensuite, finished basement and MUCH more! Located in Pickering Village, walk to restaurants, shops, cafes, parks, schools, theatres and more. Short distance to the lake, Ajax and Pickering GO stations and amazing shopping.

Call me for more information, or to schedule a private viewing, and view the slideshow below!

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20th Annual Choir Festival is Tomorrow!

Pickering Town Centre is proud to host the 20th Annual Choirs Festival running Tuesday, February 25, 2014 to Thursday, February 27, 2014 with the Grand Finale taking place on Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Centre Court.

Choirs competing in this festival will be representing their respective schools from across Durham Region, each with a 20 minute performance on stage. Preliminary rounds of competition will take place Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00am to 2:30pm with the Grand Finale taking place on Saturday from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Celebrating its 20th year at Pickering Town Centre, the 2014 Choirs Festival promises to be a fun-filled, community event featuring the best children’s choirs from across Durham Region. As one of the largest festivals in Canada, the Pickering Town Centre Choirs Festival continues to be a great success for both choirs and viewers alike.


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What to do for Valentine’s Day/Family Day in Durham Region

Happy Valentine’s Day/Family Day Weekend!


If you’re looking for something romantic to do tonight, or something fun to do the rest of the weekend here’s a list of some fun options.

22 Church Steakhouse – Romantic steakhouse in Pickering Village. Check out their Valentine’s Day Menu! 

Casa Verde – Italian restaurant in Pickering Village with a great wine list. Valentine’s Menu also available

Chatterpaul’s – One of Durham’s most popular restaurants. Chatterpaul’s also has a Whitbylicious menu for $35/person

Fazio’s Restaurant & Wine Experience – Lovely Italian restaurant in Oshawa with a wine cellar accommodating over 15,000 bottles!


Last minute gifts? No problem!

For Him: Alleyne’s Grooming for Gentlemen is relatively new in Ajax, but has become an excellent desination for men looking to pamper themselves a little. You can purchase a gift certificate for anything from a hot shave (very popular) to a massage to pedicure, even image consultations.

A good book can be a great gift as well – why not take a look through Chapter’s and find something on a subject he loves?

Most men also love chocolates. You can either buy pre-boxed or visit Laura Secord, Purdy’s or Godiva and make your own combination up. Really, who doesn’t love chocolate?

For Her: If you don’t want to go the chocolates and roses route (Which you can easily find at Laura Secord or Purdy’s!), then know that every girl loves to be pampered too. A massage or a pedicure is always a great gift. If you’re looking for a fabulous masseuse, look no further than Melissa Nunes at The Purple Monarch. For a mani-pedi, there are lots of options available, but here are just a few in Whitby, Ajax, Pickering and Oshawa.

Looking for some fun activities? 


If you love skating, head down to Millenium Square in Frenchman’s Bay and check out the outdoor skating rink. Open from 9am to 9pm

Take your little one to a ceramics cafe! Check out Crock a Doodle out in Bowmanville, and they can make their own unique piece of art.

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family, check out the ParentSource events page for lots of fun ideas!

And if there’s anything else you’re considering doing, first take a look at what’s open and what’s closed this Family Day in Durham Region.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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Download the City of Pickering Winter Fun Coupon Book!



Looking for some fun activities this winter?

Look no further than the City of Pickering’s Winter Fun Coupon Book!

Some of the events have already passed, but there’s still a lot of fun ideas inside. Download the book Here.

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These Houses are Anything but Conventional

3C18DE157FE71DC33AC4E490DD_h498_w598_m2I came across this article a couple days ago and thought I would share. What’s your favourite home? Mine would have to be either the Clock Tower, or the House on a Rock.

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Happening Tonight: City of Pickering Tree Lighting

Hello Everyone!

Tonight marks the City of Pickering’s annual Tree Lighting!


Happening tonight at City Hall (1 The Esplanade), head into city council chambers beginning at 6PM to stroll around the booths and be serenaded with the lovely music of the Pickering Community Concert Band (featuring yours truly!)

The indoor fun runs from 6-8 tonight, after which the tree lighting will commence outside, along with a beautiful fireworks display. This is always a great event with lots of traffic, and I hope to see some of you there!

Sidenote: If you are coming to City Hall, I also HIGHLY recommend you drive South on Liverpool to Ilona Park Crescent for some of the most AMAZING lighting displays you will ever see!

For more information on tonight’s event, click here

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