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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Shopping for a Mattress

When selecting your new mattress set, here are some bedding basics to help educate you on some of the different options available and guide you in making the right mattress selection.

Two basic types:


Most sales in North America are still mattress sets that use tempered steel coils as the support component.
  • There are a variety of types and configurations of coils but by and large, the design is the same. Manufacturers use various layers of foams and upholstery which cushion and insulate your body from the spring support unit.  
  • These layers of foam and the thickness of the coils can be altered to create a range of comfort choices, from firm to plush.  
  • Spring mattress sales are dominated by brands like Sealy Posturepedic, Serta and Simmons Beautyrest

Monday, October 27, 2014

How to limit frost build up in your freezer

You bought a Manuel Defrost freezer did you?

So despite the pros of a frost free freezer you have chosen the more energy efficient and easier on your wallet manual defrost version.
Good news right?  
Well, the bad news is that you are in for a little more work when it is time to defrost.

Here are a few things you should know about  to minimize how often you have to dig out your defrosting tools. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2 Great Options in Stack-able Laundry

Stackable Laundry

Reasons to consider a main floor stack-able laundry set:

There has been a great deal of demand over the past few years for stack-able laundry.  

  • Space is most valuable on the main floor
  • larger capacity in stack-able than in the past
  • technology permits quieter and more efficient than before

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Replacing Your Mattress

7 Tips to a new mattress photo
How to know when to replace your mattress?

Does your existing mattress set still feel comfortable to you even though it is not providing you with proper comfort and support. Like an old pair of shoes or your favorite chair, you’re used to it, and it’s familiar. This familiarity, unfortunately, doesn't mean it is doing the job you need it to. 

Here are a few things to consider :

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Winter Herbs

As Hearty Canadians, we know what it means when we hear  "winter is coming".
We know that Thanksgiving has arrived, hockey season has begun;  snow blowers and shovels replace the lawn furniture and garden gnomes.  We winterize our gardens, say goodbye to the butterflies and brace ourselves for the impending arrival of S-N-O-W.

This winter why not keep a little bit of summer alive, by bringing your garden indoors with an Urban Cultivator herb garden.

Herbs are easily grown and are more than a wonderful addition to your kitchen decor; they bring culinary flavor to every meal, and provide endless necessary medicinal uses.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chest Freezer vs Upright Freezer

Why I bought a Frost-Free Freezer


In 2006, I made the leap from Chest Freezer to Upright......for my  household it was an easy decision....WonderBread use to have an extra shift on just because of the number of hotdog bun packages that I lost in the bottom of my Chest Freezer. So even though a chest freezer is more energy efficient than an upright it was all about organization and
floor space in my “pantry room” in the basement.   The only thing I miss about my chest
freezer is the surface to wrap Christmas presents on.  And for those people that still
prefer a chest freezer Frigidaire does have a couple of models that have an
organization system in them.

Friday, October 3, 2014

European vs. American Dishwashers

Dishwashers in general have come a long way since the first mechanical dishwasher that was reported being made in 1850. Early dishwashers featured a hand crank and sprayed water onto the dishes to get them clean. Hand cranking proved to be a very unreliable and a slow process. Over the year’s dishwasher have made leaps and bounds in reliability and feature content.

One common question that I find customers inquiring about is the differences between European style dishwashers and American. In this post, I will describe the difference between both styles and hopefully, better help you determine what works best for you.