protect your home, in every way!

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Protecting your home is not just in the sense of security, there is a huge umbrella with many topics covered. For example, if you have a leaking roof, then it could be dangerous in the long run, or perhaps you are suffering with damp or even cracked walls. Maybe you have some type of leak in the home too, such as a slab leak – in this case you need to ensure a licensed professional look at the job. In addition to this, of course security will enhance the work inside your home too; for example it will keep your children safe and your belongings. Once you have taken care of the internal and structural issues, you can turn your attention to protection.

Security Cameras

Well-installed home security cameras allow you, the landlord, to see those coming in and out of your area at all times. Simple but effective, only the presence of security cameras will prevent a lot of criminals from trying to break into you. In fact, you should advertise the fact that you are using cameras with a “CCTV” sign. To upgrade the security you get from the cameras, the video can go directly to your smartphone so you can check your home from anywhere. If you are still worried about the time your property is vacant, consider hiring remote monitoring services. These security experts will monitor your property 24/7 and notify the landlord and police of any incidents, and will also warn the burglar verbally.

Lights and alarms

Naturally, entrances like windows and doors, are good places for lighting with a motion sensor. It will be harder and less appealing for a criminal to break in when the area is well lit and there are no dark places to hide. Alarms are also an important technique to get alerted about burglary to protect your home

Deterrence

One of the easiest ways to protect your home from burglary is to prevent criminals from trying in the first place. Dogs have been used for this for centuries and are still effective despite technological advances. Even if you do not have a dog, still put a sign up – this way the thieves will not know either way if it is true or not. Deterrence is the best form of protection, therefore practicality plays a large role.

The garden

The visibility of the garden and plants in your home can affect the way people, including burglars, navigate the exterior of your property. Consider pruning shrubs and trees near your home, as this can reduce the area where a burglar can stay without being seen. Also consider planting thorny plants near places with windows to prevent entrances from these areas. 

Doors and windows

The best way to assess your security is to look from a burglar’s point of view, and pay attention to potential vulnerabilities and entry points. Proper doors and windows are an important part of home security, just like proper locks. If there is a problem, fix it immediately; such as broken locks, rotting doors and windows and more. It’s important to stay safe!

** This was a contributed post.

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kidney march 2020

Today would have been Bridget’s 32nd birthday.

This year, my amazing mother-in-law is taking part in the Kidney March in honour of her daughter. She will be walking 100 km to raise awareness about kidney disease and organ donation. Kidney disease claims thousands of Canadian lives every year, and there is no cure. Fundraising for such a cause is extremely important to so many people and their families.

If you happen to have an extra $5 to spare (or more!) and would like to donate to the Kidney March, you can follow the link to my mother-in-law’s page. Thanks friends.

Happy birthday, B. We love you.

Emory

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recipe: white apple cinnamon loaf

White Apple Cinnamon Loaf

Ingredients:

⅓ cup brown sugar
⅔ cup white sugar
½ cup butter, room temperature
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ cup milk
1 large apple, peeled and chopped
butter to grease

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a greased loaf pan.

2. Add brown sugar, white sugar, butter, cinnamon, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Fold ingredients into wet mixture. Add milk.

4. Pour half the batter into the loaf pan. Add half the apples. Pour the remaining mixture over top then add the remaining apples, pressing down gently so they are not completely exposed. Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Cool completely before removing from loaf pan and cutting into slices.

For added sweetness, you can spread a layer of icing on this loaf. Make from scratch using icing sugar in order to control its consistency!

Emory

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kinfolk magazine : my beside table (the fashion designer)

Kinfolk_Vol16_BedsideTableFashionDesigner-1My favourite magazine, Kinfolk, semi-regularly publishes a series entitled “My Beside Table.” It is within these articles where the reader is allowed to glance into a bedroom and a world that is different from theirs. It is a seemingly uncomplicated concept, but one that I personally love exploring. The accompanying photograph rarely shows the actual bedroom itself, which only enhances the fun in fantasizing what the real space looks like. While I admit to never considering it before, I feel as if a beside table would say a lot about our personalities and lifestyle. Here is the most recent issue’s beside table.

Tell me, what would we find on yours?

Emory

STARR HOUT, WHO COFOUNDED THE NEW YORK–BASED FASHION BRAND APIECE APART WITH HER FRIEND LAURA CRAMER, TALKS ABOUT HER EVENING RITUALS AND HOW SHE’S MADE HER BEDROOM KID-FRIENDLY. 

There’s nothing in my bedroom except a bed, a crib and two side tables. I consider it a sanctuary and sacred space. I like to keep work away from my bed, which means no notebooks, sketchpads or pens. I’ve learned to keep my phone away from my sleeping area too—preferably in the other room, which helps us all sleep through the night. This really helps with putting my mind at ease and ensures that I’m not checking my notifications or responding to messages just before I go to bed. I like to shower before bed in order to wash the day away, then I try to feel grounded through stillness and meditation, which usually calms my nerves for a solid slumber.

It’s pretty important for me to have a bedside table with sufficient space to put various objects, so smaller tables just won’t do. I chose a nightstand that’s roughly the same height as my bed, which maintains the plane and makes it easy to retrieve things: It’s a tray table, complete with an Anglepoise lamp and a Braun clock.

A couple of the objects that live on my bedside table are some Aesop hand cream and a meditation singing bowl that doubles as a toy for my little 11-month-old, Finn, who’s drawn to its shiny brass and its ability to make music. While we’ve had to make some changes in our nighttime routines to adapt to a baby’s unpredictable sleep cycle, it’s been a joy changing the bedroom to suit his needs and sharing our space with him. Unfortunately, flowers are too much of a distraction for Finn though, as he loves to touch and often destroy bouquets.

In the morning I’m a firm devotee of Grady’s Coffee in a Robert Blue mug, and in the evening I’m never without a jumbo-size canning jar of water with a spike of coconut water. I don’t snack in bed all that much as it gets too messy, and I like a really clean bed.

When it comes to sleepwear, I favor Apiece Apart’s Peruvian tees or slip dresses, and I adore my white Fog Linen pillowcases and French linen bed sheets from Le Monde Sauvage in Paris. I’m a big fan of white beds and pieces of furniture that are simple, functional and timeless in their beauty. I love the blonde wood, burlap curtains, white linen sheets and sheepskin elements of my bedroom.

I enjoy reading soft, feel-good books before hitting the sack. Some of the ones currently on the table are The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer, The Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler and the poetry of Mary Oliver. Before drifting off to sleep, or sometimes in dreams, my mind often returns to my favorite places in nature or sees light sparkling through the leaves and dancing on the sea.

While I’m usually an early riser, I end up spending a lot of time in bed throughout the day thanks to Finn’s nursing schedule. There’s a large tree right in front of our apartment that I love to look at while I’m nursing. I find its wide, generous arms inspiring, refreshing and recharging.

Kinfolk’s take on Starr’s bedside table: Bella Coffee Table by HAY in oak. Piani Table Lamp by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Flos in white. Shirt by Zara. Bedspread and glassware by HAY. Books by Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir and Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset.

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mother’s day

Mother's Day“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”

– Rudyard Kipling

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