Spring has arrived and with it comes the warm air and sunny days.  This is the time when we open the windows to let the fresh air in, replacing the stale air from winter and we start to think about doing a deep clean of our house.

 

TIPS:

  1. Clean in an organized manner. It is usually best to think of cleaning top to bottom, left to right. This way if you are cleaning a ceiling fan or the top of a cabinet, the dust is not falling on your nicely cleaned floors.
  2. Clean things you’d never think of cleaning normally. When was the last time you cleaned your mattress, shower curtain, indoor garbage bins, microwave, washing machine or dishwasher? If you have a mattress cover, throw it in the wash, otherwise wipe down the top of your mattress with hot water. Wash any indoor garbage bins with hot water, baking soda and soap.
  3. Dust with old wool clothing. Did you know that wool creates static when you rub it on a surface? This means you can wipe your furniture dust-free without using any polish or spray.
  4. Polish your Silver. There are a few ways to clean your silverware. You can use commercial cleaners or toothpaste. Whichever you are using, dab a bit onto a cloth and rub the silverware with it.  Make sure you wash with soap and rinse thoroughly.
  5. Clean your drains. For seasonal treatments, you can purchase the chemical drain cleaners. For weekly maintenance, toss a handful of baking soda followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain. This will help prevent blockages.
  6. Clean your windows, inside and outside. A great homemade solution is 1/3 cup of white vinegar, a spoonful of dish soap mixed with 1 L of water.  Great to use on the outside of the windows, so you are not damaging any gardens.  A sponge works better to soak a window than a spray bottle to get the windows thoroughly wet.  Do avoid cleaning in the bright sunlight as the cleaning solution will dry too quickly.  Paper towels or newspaper (newspaper leaves no lint) work better to dry the inside of the windows (less mess) and a black rubber squeegee works best to dry the outside of a window.
  7. Clean your floors. Not just the courtesy clean we may sometimes do, but a good deep clean. If you have marble, tile or granite floors, use just hot water or a cleaner made especially for these types of floors.  General cleaners can damage these types.  For linoleum floors, hot water and soap works well to get all the dirt if you didn’t want to use commercial cleaners.  For hardwood and laminate floors add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to 1 L hot water and use 100% cotton terry towels to clean the floors.  These will not scratch the sealant off the hardwood and laminate.
  8. Disinfect your cutting boards. For plastic cutting boards, put them in the dishwasher or microwave them on high for 30 seconds. For wood cutting boards, if you put them in the dishwasher, be sure to pull them out to air dry as the drying cycle on the dishwasher can damage them.  Vinegar and lemon juice are also good for disinfecting and taking odors out of your favourite cutting board.
  9. Clean out your cupboards. Now is a great time to go through your pantry and purge. Get rid of any spices that you haven’t touched in a year or so, they do lose their flavour.  Check the expiry date on all canned and boxed goods.  Toss the ones that are expired.  Donate to a local food bank any that are still good but you know you won’t be using before they expire. Open up your oils and take a sniff??  Oils can go rancid if left open and unused for too long. Properly dispose of the oil (not down your sink) with your local municipal waste management facility.  Most now have the ability to accept fats, oils and grease from cooking for proper disposal.
  10. Clean out your Refrigerator and/or Freezer. In a similar fashion as your cupboards, now is a good time to go through and purge. Check the expiry dates on all bottled goods and toss any that are “past their prime”.  Have leftovers in the fridge?  If it has been longer than 3-4 days since the meal was made, it is safe to get rid of the leftovers.  If you are uncertain about any food in your fridge…trust your nose. Your nose knows best and will let you know when something is off and not safe to eat anymore. Check out everything in the freezer, most meat can last for 1 year before freezer burn can damage it, vegetables and fruits are a couple of months.  Health Canada does have great general food safety tips to reference on how long food can safely be stored in the refrigerator or freezer

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/general-food-safety-tips/safe-food-storage.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/general-food-safety-tips/safe-food-handling-home.html

Whether you already have a home project idea, are looking for tips or looking for ideas for a project, there are many great resources available on television, in videos, in magazines and online. You may have your favourite “Go To” reference, but if you do not, here are a few great general home websites with ideas and tips for projects that you can do around your home.

HGTV not only has great shows for us to watch and get inspired, but their website offers many articles of inspiration for different projects around your house.

https://www.hgtv.ca/

Canadian Living and Chatelaine are staples in the Canadian magazine market, providing us with tips for home, health, beauty, family and food.  Their websites offer many articles that have been written over the years to help provide easy and clever ways to organize our home and lives.  You could spend days reading all these great articles and getting ideas of things to make and do around the house.

https://www.canadianliving.com/

https://www.chatelaine.com/

 

Good Housekeeping is a staple in the US magazine market, providing us with tips for home, health, beauty, family, food and entertainment news.  Their website offers many articles that have been written over the years to help provide easy and clever ways to organize our home and lives.  You could spend hours going through all their articles, getting great ideas of things to make and do around the house.

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/

 

DIYNetwork is a sister site to HGTV (in addition to the Food Network, Great American Country and the Travel Network), that focuses all of their videos and articles on the “Do It Yourself”.  With ideas ranging from simply craft ideas to upcycled, one-of-a-kind home projects, you can spend hours just reviewing their website and watching their videos.

https://www.diynetwork.com/

Restaurants and bars in Ontario are temporarily allowed to sell alcohol with food takeout and delivery orders as part of new measures meant to help businesses and residents weather the COVID-19 pandemic. This new rule applies to bars and restaurants that already have a liquor licence, and it will remain in place through the end of the year.

Beer, wine and liquor can also be sold for takeout or delivery through a third party, such as a food delivery service or app, as long as it is acting on behalf of a licensed establishment, but the holder of the liquor licence is responsible for making sure no alcohol is sold to anyone under 19 OR who is already intoxicated.

The licence holder or staff carrying out the delivery, including third-party agents, must have completed Smart Serve training, however, those who do not yet have that certification can start delivering now as long as they complete the training by April 25th.

There is no limit on the quantity of alcohol that can be purchased for takeout or delivery, but the drinks must be sold in sealed and unopened containers, and sales must take place between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Grocery stores and liquor manufacturer retail stores are also temporarily allowed to sell alcohol as early as 7 a.m. to accommodate early shopping programs for vulnerable people.

LCBO

  • New Store Hours

Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, they are now CLOSED on Mondays

  • Online Orders

Canada Post is no longer delivering packages directly to homes. Home delivery orders will be sent to your nearest Canada Post office and you will be notified where and when you can pick it up.

Due to high order volume your order may take 2 weeks or more to ship.

Do you have a young budding chef in your family?  Are they always asking to help you with the preparation of meals?  Or is baking more their passion.  Help fuel their passion for cooking and baking with age appropriate tasks or recipes.  Kraft Canada offers a wide array of recipes divided by age appropriate skill level for convince.  So browse through them today and see what delicious meal or snack your child can make for you today!

Recipe Ideas for kids 6 yrs and under

Recipe Ideas for kids 7-9yrs

Recipe Ideas for kids 10-12yrs

Recipe Ideas for kids 12 yrs and older

People are changing their grocery shopping habits amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as day-to-day changes are being made in the stores.  With everyone practicing social distancing and staying at home, they are now turning to the option of ordering their groceries online and picking them up or having them delivered.   It’s a good thing that many of the major supermarkets as well as a number of third-party companies offer this service!

 

PC Express – Pick Up

Shop your favourite grocery store online with PC Express. Personal shoppers will fill your order and you choose when and where you want to pick it up.  Pick up fees are between $3 and $5.

Choose a pickup location near you – grocery store, transit pick up (available at select TTC and GO stations), self serve pickup (available at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Maxi & No Frills locations) or neighbourhood pickup (a range of pickup locations from trucks to lockers in your local area) and start shopping.

PC Express Pick Up – No Frills

PC Express Pick Up – Zehrs

PC Express Pick Up – Loblaws

PC Express Pick Up – Real Canadian Superstore

PC Express – Delivery

Order fresh groceries online, schedule the delivery and get it delivered to your doorstep.

PC Express – Delivery

PC Express Pickup APP

You can also download the PC Express Pickup App.

PC Express Pickup App

 

Metro

Metro is a family-friendly grocery store that offers all the basics through their online ordering and delivery/pickup system.

Shop online for the same assortment of products as in the store. Order your products in a few clicks.  It’s easy and secure.  Receive your order delivered to your door or pick up for free at your convenience.

Metro

Amazon

This global retailing giant is your go-to for anything and everything including a fantastic range of grocery supplies for everyday usage. Amazon offers one of the most convenient shopping experiences the world has to offer and stocks products to suit every budget too.

Amazon

Walmart

Arguably Canada’s most popular online grocery store, Walmart offers everything you need to keep your household running smoothly including all your everyday grocery essentials.

Restock your kitchen cupboards from the comfort of your own home here.

Walmart

Costco

This extremely popular grocery specialist is now offering a home delivery service in Canada.

Skip the line and shop from this members-only club in your PJs, then get two-day delivery, though there’s no guarantee it’ll improve your chances at snagging any toilet paper.

Costco

Toronto GTA – Delivery by Neighbourhood

Toronto grocery stores with online delivery and pickup options are a great way to avoid the madness of shopping at bigger supermarkets, and odds are there’s one in your neighbourhood. Not only does ordering from a small business support them, you might just happen upon some great products you wouldn’t have normally.

Here are some local grocery stores offering delivery and pickup options in Toronto.

Delivery by Neighbourhood – Toronto GTA

Consumers flipping through printed pamphlets full of deals from stores are a retail tradition, but experts say the practice may not survive the new hygiene requirements brought about from the coronavirus pandemic.  Here is in an interesting article about how printed store flyers may not come back as COVID-19 changes retail habits.

Grocery Store Flyers and COVID-19

 

Flipp

Find it on Flipp. This is your one-stop marketplace for value and savings and is the easiest way to browse through flyers and save money. Quickly browse the brands you love, clip items straight to your shopping list, and highlight top deals.

https://flipp.com/

 

Flipp App

Say goodbye to your paper flyers. Flip delivers digital flyers from more than 1000 retailers so you can find the best deals in your area every week.

This shopping app delivers your weekly circulars, digitally, directly to your phone…whether it’s a supermarket, big box electronics store, clothing chain or home decor outlet.

https://app.flipp.com/?_branch_match_id=372725019949363147

 

Canada Flyers and Deals

If you want the best specials and sales, then the Canada grocery & retail store flyers are great for saving money on food, appliances, electronics, household products, groceries, home decor, toys, clothing, footwear, furniture, tools, beauty products, and more.

New offers are available every week for your favorite stores, from Toronto, Ottawa, Brampton, Hamilton, Windsor, Montreal, Quebec City, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Halifax, to St. John’s.

http://www.flyerca.com/

 

Save.ca

Check out daily, weekly, and monthly deals, flyers, and coupons in your area. Find bargains and save money on groceries, electronics, clothing, and more!

https://www.save.ca/flyers

Also available as a downloadable app so you can have Save.ca right there with you, on your phone.

https://www.save.ca/mobile

Although many of us have more time on our hands for cooking right now, that doesn’t mean everyone is making a five-course meal every day.  Of course, we’d like what we’re making to be nourishing, as staying healthy is more important than ever.  We have gathered together a few great sites to make it easier to find easy and delicious recipes to choose from for your daily meals.

Tasty

The official home of all things Tasty, the world’s largest food network. Search, watch, and cook every single Tasty recipe and video ever – all in one place!

https://tasty.co/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFp8uSYCjXOMnkUyb3CQ3Q

 

All Recipes

Find and share everyday cooking inspiration on All Recipes. Discover recipes, cooks, videos, and how-tos based on the food you love and the friends you follow!

https://www.allrecipes.com/

 

Kraft Canada

Stop by Kraft Canada and get great recipes that the entire family can enjoy that are easy to make and even easier to love.

http://www.kraftcanada.com/recipes

 

Make Good

From desserts to dinners to on-the-go meals, Make Good has recipes that your family will love and will make them say Yummm.

https://www.makegood.ca/recipes#scrolltop

 

The Food Network

Need a recipe? Get dinner on the table with Food Network’s best recipes, videos, cooking tips and meal ideas from top chefs, shows and experts.

https://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipes/

 

Taste of Home

Browse Taste of Home recipes by course, cooking style, cuisine, ingredient, holiday and more categories to find a new family-favorite recipe.

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/

 

Delish

For home cooks who are hungry for something good. Find thousands of tested recipes, menus, cooking shortcuts, dinner ideas, family meals, and more.

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/

 

Hungry? Get the food you want; from the restaurants you love!

The best local restaurants now deliver. Get breakfast, lunch, dinner and more delivered from your favorite restaurants right to your doorstep with one easy click.  And check out our HomeWurx Entertainment category to invite friends and family to a dinner out, without leaving home.

 

Uber Eats

Download the app to scroll through the feed for inspiration or search for a particular restaurant or cuisine. When you find something you like, tap to add it to your basket.

When you’re ready to check out, you’ll see your address, an estimated delivery time and the price of the order including tax and delivery fee. When everything looks right, just tap Place order – and that’s it.  Your order will be delivered at “uber” speed!

https://about.ubereats.com/en/

 

Skip the Dishes

Order food delivery & take out from the best restaurants near you. Download the app today!

Skip the Dishes is Canada’s leading and largest food delivery network, with tens of thousands of restaurants coast-to-coast in hundreds of communities across Canada.  They know you deserve great delivery. Their world-class, unparalleled technology powers millions of orders every month to bring hungry Canadians the food they want, delivered, fast.

https://www.skipthedishes.com/

 

DoorDash

Order from the best local restaurants with easy, on-demand delivery.  DoorDash regularly offers free delivery for new customers via Apple Pay.  Download the app and experience peace of mind while tracking your order in real time.

https://www.doordash.com/

 

Meal Kit Delivery

Hello Fresh

Whether cooking for yourself or your household, Hello Fresh has a flexible plan to match your lifestyle.

Each week, you’ll receive simple step-by-step recipes complete with nutritional information and fresh, pre-measured ingredients to get you whipping up delicious dinners in no time.

The “what do you want to eat?” conversation is about to be banished from your life. Welcome to a world where dinner is always planned, simple, and delicious.

https://www.hellofresh.ca/

 

Chef’s Plate

Skip the trip to the grocery store and cook easy, affordable meals in 15 to 30 minutes. Save time and enjoy the best part — eating!

Get meal prep kits delivered to your door. You decide when you want to receive your deliveries. Skip or cancel any time.  Free Canada-wide delivery!

They provide simple step-by-step instructions to help you cook dinner, no matter what your skill level. Choose from the classic, family, vegetarian or 15-minute meal plans. Pre-measured ingredients are sent in an insulated box to ensure your food stays fresh.

https://www.chefsplate.com/

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has forced restaurants across the nation to shut their doors to everything except delivery and takeout service, a new initiative is starting, with an aim to bring the nation together once a week to support your favourite local eatery.

It’s called Canada Take Out Day and it encourages Canadians to use Wednesday nights as a chance to take a break from cooking and order takeout or delivery – and also to “share” their meal with family and friends on their social media platforms.

Restaurants are doing their part by staying open for takeout. Now it’s our turn to take an active part in the support of an industry that employs millions of people in this country.

To celebrate the first three Canada Takeout Days – the first one being April 15th, there will be a livestream called Canada’s Great Kitchen Party at 8pm EST that will feature live music from Tom Cochrane, Jim Cuddy, Alan Doyle and others!!

https://www.facebook.com/GreatKitchenParty/

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, eating healthy food remains an important part of maintaining your health. While there are no specific foods that can help protect you from the virus, a nutritious diet can boost your immune system or help you fight off symptoms. You may not be able to share meals with friends and loved ones, but there are lots of other ways to eat well and support your health at this difficult time.

Though self-isolating is the best way to protect against COVID-19, being stuck at home can lead to some unhealthy behaviours, including overeating due to stress and boredom.

While taking comfort in food during times of stress is a normal reaction, overeating regularly can negatively affect your health and increase your stress and anxiety levels.

Tips to prevent stress eating when you’re stuck at home.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ways-to-prevent-stress-eating-when-youre-stuck-at-home#2.-Remove-temptation

You don’t need to make huge changes to eat healthier. And you don’t have to change your habits all at the same time. It’s best to set small goals and change your habits a little bit at a time. Over time, small changes can make a big difference in your health.

Tips on ways you can make healthy changes in your eating habits:

  • Keep more fruits, low-fat dairy products (low-fat milk and low-fat yogurt), vegetables, and whole-grain foods at home and at work. Focus on adding healthy food to your diet, rather than just taking unhealthy foods away.
  • Try to eat a family meal every day at the kitchen or dining table. This will help you focus on eating healthy meals.
  • Buy a healthy-recipe book, and cook for yourself. Chew gum when you cook so you won’t be tempted to snack on the ingredients.
  • Pack a healthy lunch and snacks for work. This lets you have more control over what you eat.
  • Put your snacks on a plate instead of eating from the package. This helps you control how much you eat.
  • Don’t skip or delay meals, and be sure to schedule your snacks. If you ignore your feelings of hunger, you may end up eating too much or choosing an unhealthy snack. If you often feel too hungry, it can cause you to focus a lot on food.
  • Eat your meals with others when you can. Relax and enjoy your meals, and don’t eat too fast. Try to make healthy eating a pleasure, not a chore.
  • Drink water instead of high-sugar drinks (including high-sugar juice drinks).