Last chance! Let’s each earn an extra $50 today.

[NOTE: This post is not promoted or endorsed by ING Direct Canada. I just like free money.] ING Direct Canada (soon to be Tangerine)’s holiday season promo is coming to a close. What does that mean? It means there is still a little time left for you to sign up, deposit $100 to your new account and earn $50 free cash. That would certainly help pay the bills, wouldn’t it? What I love about ING: No fees! None! Great customer service if you need to … Continue reading

DIY: Christmas wreath in less than 10 minutes

Things are — very gradually — getting festive in the Comma House. Christmas, as you might have heard, is expensive. I’d rather do something myself than spend $60 on a decoration we’ll have up for a month or two, tops. Therefore, this weekend’s super quick and happy project was… Materials: 1 plain, cheap wreath with no adornments from Michaels  — $9.99 + 50% off = $4.99 for 11″ diameter All purpose burlap — we used a 12 foot length but you can use more/less Pine cones, … Continue reading

Toronto neighbourhood toques, anyone?

This collection of community-themed toques and tops from the City of Neighbourhoods line at Tuck Shop Trading Co. is unique and fun. If you’ve lived in Toronto or currently live there, you might like to represent. That’s what the kids say these days, right? Repre… sent? The toques are $35, which is a good price for a hat in Toronto and terribly unreasonable anywhere else, but since they’re such a neat theme, it might be easier to ignore the tag. What do you think? Do … Continue reading

Christmas Pinterest DIY Inspiration

I’ve been pinning my little heart out lately. By the way, if you don’t follow me yet, my boards can be found here. Here are a couple of ideas I’ve got a hankering to try this Christmas season. I could see the above being a bit of a fail. Have you ever filled a balloon with water to have it come out exactly round? Maybe using some cheap dollar store bowls and cracking the coloured ice out to make half-globes to line the walkway with … Continue reading

ING Direct Canada is giving you $50 to sign up with an Orange Key! Time to do it!

I talk non-stop about ING Direct, probably because they’ve saved me over $400 in bank fees since I signed up, and because I can access my money for free from banks in the Exchange Network (think credit unions, etc.) everywhere. Not only that, but banking online is fast and very easy to set up. And then there’s the famous Orange Key I’m always going on about. Normally, ING gives you a sweet $25 bonus to sign up with the Orange Key. From now until December … Continue reading

More like Hell-oween! AM I RIGHT?!

It’s one of those days where you wake up to the cat clawing your face off because the dog barked at the wind, but at least your phone survived its second dip in the toilet. You know what I’m talking about. I didn’t get the night-time Halloween pictures I wanted, because I spent all night fed up. Why? Well, to be honest, being pregnant is no cake walk, and I’m not even halfway through it yet. If you’ve never been, just imagine all your necessary … Continue reading

Found my Halloween costume! David Suzuki! Canadian as ****!

I hope you will watch my next episode of The Nature of Things. If you want to join the league of David Suzukis, hit up the links below for your free mask! Small David Suzuki mask Large David Suzuki mask Not being David Suzuki? What’s your costume this year? Leave a link to your costume in the comments, or a picture of you in one of these great masks! Share the post “Found my Halloween costume! David Suzuki! Canadian as ****!” FacebookTwitterPinterestE-mail Continue reading

Halloween Prep

We’re getting into the spirit of Halloween around here. I’ll take some spooky pictures on Halloween night too, so we get the full effect. I forgot to grab a picture of my scary ghoul guy from the back door, but he’ll be moving to the porch for the occasion so you’ll see him. Have you gotten into decorating for Halloween this year? Leave me a comment with your favourite decorations! Share the post “Halloween Prep” FacebookTwitterPinterestE-mail Continue reading

Ermagerd! My Gardens!

I’ve been hanging out a lot in the garden since we got home from our honeymoon. At first it wasn’t by choice. Apparently when it rains for a week straight, you come home to a lot of weeding. (Amazingly, though we stayed within the province, none of that rain actually hit us til the last day of our trip.) As I pulled all the junk out of that garden, I realized digging around in dirt is one of my favourite things now. I’m old. The … Continue reading

Western Catalpa Tree — June: My Foe Blooms Anew

You may have read about my enemy, our neighbour’s useless Western Catalpa tree. For a description of this tree, read this. Despite a late and frosty spring, the aforementioned flowering season in July seems to have come early this year. Y. A. Y. Sure, they look pretty now, but soon those lovely blossoms will be a squishy mess all over our garden and lawn. “Oh, it can’t be all that bad,” you might say. “Surely, you’re making a mountain of a molehill again, Nikki Comma,” … Continue reading