By: Serge Guenette

Fall maintenance

Tags: fall,homes,maintenance,checklist

It’s hard to believe that summer is one the way out, but Monday marks the first day of fall and the changing of the seasons is the perfect time to take care of your home’s maintenance needs. Our homes are usually our largest investment, which means it’s important to take care of them. And the best way to do that is with regular and preventative maintenance — which has the ...Read More

By: Serge Guenette

10 ways to mark Grandparents Day

Tags: grandparents day, ottawa

It’s Grandparents Day on Sunday, which means it’s the perfect time to shower attention on the special grandparents in our lives. More than gifts, what most grandparents crave is time with their grandkids. You don’t need to plan a special activity, but if you’re looking for some ideas, here are 10, many of which come right from Ottawa grandmothers:   Plan a picnic wh...Read More

Before Summer Ends

By: Serge Guenette

Before Summer Ends

Tags: Before Summer Ends, Beach Time, Alegria, Ottawa, Rafting

Summer is almost over and our regular fall routines will soon take over — for some, like those in the French school board, that starts next week! So, before the fall routines kick in and you’re out of time, why not fit in a few more of those fun summer things while you still can? Here are 5. #1. Beach time Ottawa is blessed with many great spots to swim and soak up the sun. While t...Read More

5 great ice cream shops

By: Serge Guenette

5 great ice cream shops

Tags: Great ice cream shops, Summer, Retail

5 great ice cream shops After a sizzling hot July and with more heat forecast for the rest of the summer, finding an easy (and delicious!) way to cool off is a must. And what says summer more than a yummy scoop — or three — of ice cream? Ottawa is blessed with a ton of spots to get your fix. Here are 5 of our favourites: #1: Chocolats Favoris Simple and delectable, this Quebec-based...Read More

Here’s to fair season!

By: Serge Guenette

Here’s to fair season!

Tags: Fair, summer, fun, family

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Canada Day

By: Serge Guenette

Canada Day

Tags: Canada Day

Parliament Hill may be the expected Canada Day outing, but there are plenty of other options if braving the sea of revellers is not your thing on July 1 and Canada Day weekend. Here are several to choose from. An early start: Mayor Jim Watson holds his annual Canada Day Breakfast for Seniors at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park. While the event is free, tickets are first-come, first served,...Read More

5 fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day

By: Serge Guenette

5 fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day

Tags: 5 fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming soon — it’s on Sunday, June 16 this year. What better way to show Dad how much he means to you than by finding a fabulous way to spend time with him, doing something he loves? Here are 5 fun ways to celebrate his special day with him: Go fishing: What says “a day with Dad” more than going fishing? Recognizing that, the province has set aside Fa...Read More

Late Spring Chores

By: Serge Guenette

Late Spring Chores

Tags: Late Spring Chores

Now that we’ve had our first long weekend of the season, you’ve got some work to do to set you and your home up for summer. If you tackled your spring maintenance list early, good on you! But if you’re like most of us, some of those checklist items have slipped through. So, here’s your reminder and, of course, there’s no need to do them all at once — a few at ...Read More

The Tulip Festival

By: Serge Guenette

The Tulip Festival

Tags: Tulip Festival 2019

Following a winter that felt like it would never end, it might seem hard to imagine the Tulip Festival is already here but, believe it or not, the tulips are blooming! The Tulip Festival is one of the biggest draws in the capital. Did you know it’s the largest of its kind in the world, attracting more than half a million visitors every year? And it starts this weekend! The 67th editio...Read More

Magnificent for Mom

By: Serge Guenette

Magnificent for Mom

Tags: Mother’s Day

Looking for ideas to spoil Mom for Mother’s Day this year? Why not pamper her with a spa day where she can escape, relax and unwind, without a care in the world? Best of all, if you book one of these on off-peak days and times (or get her a gift certificate so she can pick her own day), she won’t feel rushed and you’ll still get to enjoy her company on Mother’s Day itself....Read More