Top 3 Compact Appliances for an In-law Suite

Every stage of life comes with its own particular challenges. Your parents gave you life, gave you values, gave you their time, effort and never-ending love. Now it is time for them to downsize and find a smaller place – one that is easier to maintain.

They are in reasonably good health, and stay fairly active. They can’t imagine a retirement home just yet. They want their independence, but don’t want to have to look after a full house. Now is the time for them to enjoy some me time. Loving child that you are, you decide to convert the basement to an in-law suite. You’re spouse is even on board with the in-laws living so close. There is enough room for the necessities, a separate bedroom, living room, and kitchen.

However, space is at a premium. What to do for appliances? Here are the top 3 compact appliances for your parents when they move into that in-law suite.

Compact Range

Without the need to cook for 5 people at once, the large five cubic foot oven, is no longer a necessity. A three cubic foot range will do just nicely when cooking for two.

But what about big cooking events like Thanksgiving and Christmas? That’s the beauty of the in-law suite…it is attached to the rest of a house that has another range. So don’t think of the compact range as too small for holiday cooking. It is a second range to compliment your larger range when you run out of room to fit the extra casserole dish or vegetable pot on top.

Apartment Fridge

The same idea as the range holds true here. A week’s groceries for 2 people doesn’t require a full sized fridge.

Consider an apartment fridge for the in-law suite. They are large enough to include a separate freezer, but small enough to fit just about any space; and come in a variety of colors to suit any taste.

Countertop Dishwasher

Finally, we come to dish cleaning. No room for a full-sized, built-in dishwasher? Consider a countertop dishwasher. After all, just because they downsized, doesn’t mean your parents want to go back to the stone ages of washing dishes by hand. Their time is still valuable, and they want to just be able to load the dishwasher and go.

A couple of things to consider when looking for the best quality countertop dishwasher for the in-law suite are size, plumbing, and controls. Measure the area where it will be kept to ensure you get one that fits the physical space. Look at the internal size (capacity) as well, to determine the amount of dishes it can take in one load.

Ensure that the hoses that come with the machine fit the sink in the suite. If not you may need to get an adaptor for the connection.

As for the controls…something that is simple and straight forward. Remember your parents want to save time, not spend hours trying to remember the correct combination of buttons to push just to get the dishwasher started.

Now that you’ve renovated the basement and have the suite outfitted with appliances, your parents are ready to move in.

Oh, and from time-to-time don’t forget to show your spouse exactly how much you appreciate them getting on board with the in-law suite. Trust us on this one.

Top 7 Winter Clothes To Add To Your Outfits

Winter appears to include an additional component of intricacy to look charming. From one perspective, you can play with layers. Then again, you need to dress warm to be able to walk around outside yet not too warm that you end up totally disrobing each time you stroll into a warmed room.

Below are the top five winter clothes to add on your outfit that you should have for this cool season.

  1. Cashmere Sweater

This layering piece can be as simple to take on as it is to dress down. This sweater will look incredible with a longer shirt underneath and fits well with everything including midi skirts, pants, printed pants, and leather pants.

  1. Statement Coat

In winter your outerwear is the most essential part of your closet so why not create an impression? A statement coat will add a fly of shading to any all neutral or all-dark outfit.

  1. Oversized Scarf

The scarf is a chic and easy add-on to any winter look. The bigger, the better the scarf. There are endless approaches to style this chilly climate accessory, either tossed behind you or folded over different occasions.

  1. Turtleneck Top

Putting resources into a turtleneck best will guarantee that your neck is pleasant and cozy throughout the entire winter! This style looks great with anything whether it be matched with a sweater and sleeveless dress, or just worn with any pants.

  1. Leather Jacket

A leather jacket is pivotal for each winter closet and adds a bit of edge and coolness to any outfit. Throw it over your pants and tee on the end of the week or pullover and jeans for the night. This coat has the ability to change any winter furnish from dreary to fab!

  1. Skinny Jeans

Thin pants are ideal for winter as their streamlined outline enables you to layer numerous things on top for warmth. Wear them with ankle booties and a calfskin coat during the day or pointy toe heels and a silk wrap top for a night out on the town. These go-to jeans can make you look fabulous.

  1. Fedora

A fedora is an incredible accessory to keep warm without relinquishing on style as this embellishment can make any outfit look good together.

Your Furnace Has Been Red Tagged. Time to Panic?

‘Red tags’ are usually a good thing. They bring to mind Boxing Day sales and huge clearance events at outlet stores.

A red-tagged television? Awesome! Red-tagged airline tickets? Gimme!

But a red-tagged furnace? Please, no.

I don’t know if they’re used the same way in the U.S., but every Canadian homeowner dreads the possibility that someone will slap a red tag on their furnace.

It all has to do with natural gas. Most homes in Canada use natural gas to heat their homes, either in the form of a forced-air furnace or (less commonly) a gas-fired boiler/radiant heat system. Natural gas is fairly safe, all things considered, thanks to stringent safety regulations and standards imposed on appliances that use it. However, when something goes wrong with a gas-fired appliance, it can become seriously dangerous in a flash.

That’s why the government came up with red tags – or warning tags, as they’re officially called.

Any time a service company sends someone to work on a gas appliance, they must be a certified gasfitter (even your local Oakville HVAC technicians). Certified gas technicians are required by law to affix a red tag to any gas-fired appliance they find to be in unsafe condition.

So, if your gas furnace is on the fritz and you call for someone to fix it, it’s a gasfitter they’ll send. And if that gas tech finds that your furnace isn’t safe, they’ll be required to red-tag it.

There are two kinds: immediate red tags and 30-day red tags. An immediate tag means the gas technician shuts off the supply of gas to your furnace at once, and it cannot be turned back on unless the furnace is fixed. In the case of a 30-day tag, the homeowner has (you guessed it) 30 days to have the furnace fixed and approved by a gas technician before the gas company shuts off their gas.

Red tags can be a huge headache for homeowners. At best, it means paying to have your old furnace repaired; at worse, it means having it replaced altogether. In either case, it’s going to be expensive. This, coupled with the 30-day deadline (or the immediacy of having no heat at all right now), puts a lot of pressure on people.

But before you rush out and drop $5,000 on a brand-new furnace, consider this: although gas technicians are required to affix a red tag when they view an appliance as unsafe, not all technicians will necessarily agree about whether an appliance is safe or not. That’s why many Oakville HVAC technicians offer red tag ‘second opinion’ services.

As mentioned above, the only way to have a red tag removed (legally, at least) is to have the appliance in question fixed. But it doesn’t need to be fixed by the same person who put the tag there in the first place. So if Technician A gives your furnace a red tag, and Technician B says the tag never should have been there in the first place, Technician B can certify that everything’s good to go.

This is not to say that you should ever disregard a red tag. They exist for a reason, and it could well mean that turning your furnace back on is seriously unsafe. You’re dealing with gas here, along with combustion by-products like carbon monoxide, that could make your home into a death trap if something goes wrong.

But unless you were planning to replace your furnace anyhow, it is worth getting a second opinion. That’s my opinion, anyhow.

Turning Into A Health Guru


Welcome to my blog, My name is Marco and I have drastically changed my lifestyle for the better. I’ve started this blog to help you turn your life into what it could be.

I used be quite a chubby guy. I didn’t eat well and I never exercised. A couple years ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes. Clearly I had to change my entire lifestyle. It was extremely difficult at first, not being able to eat what I craved and getting into an exercise routine. Shortly after, when I had built up a routine, things started getting easier and I started to feel better. I used to be moody and had quite a pessimistic outlook on life. Now, I see everything can have a positive purpose, and I know what I want in life. I know what I want my life to look like, and I’m on the right path to getting there.

I started doing hot yoga shortly after getting into an exercise routine. Not only did I lose all my weight, I toned up and saw muscles that I had never before seen. I was eating healthy and had more energy than ever before. I felt like I could conquer the world!

Even my work life changed. People viewed me differently, complimenting me on my new figure. I changed up the way I ate at work, now always packing a healthy lunch rather than grabbing whatever was at the cafeteria. I started a club at work and every day at lunchtime, we would go for a half hour walk. I got an ergonomic chair and keyboard placed at my desk and even got a standing desk for when I felt like standing up and working.

I changed my life drastically and would love to better yours as well.