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February 2013

Found 9 blog entries for February 2013.

I have the smartest husband in the world, and he’s usually right about everything. So you can imagine my surprise when I came home from Costco the other day, and showed him this sugar that I bought. (Pictured below)


Now the cost of the sugar was around 10$, if I remember correctly, and when he saw it, he had no idea what it was. So I explained to him that I wanted to experiment with it to see if it would be a good replacement for white sugar in our baking. At a cost of $10, he thought that was madness.

“Why would anyone spend 10 times more money on sugar when white sugar is a fraction of the cost,” he explained.

At this point, my eyebrows are raising and my ears are perking, and I’m looking at him like he’s an alien. And I tell him, “Because,

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I have recently been inspired to write a blog on what happens when you find the home in Calgary that you love. I have wrote this mainly as a resource for new clients to understand what they can expect as they enter into a real estate transaction in Calgary. Hopefully, however, everyone out there will be helped by it!

You will have spent some time with your agent touring different homes and neighbourhoods until you find just the right one. When that happens, we will proceed to the offer-writing phase. There are few things to think about as you enter this phase:


1)      Timing: How long should I wait before writing an offer?

2)      Deposit: How much money should I put in my good faith deposit?

3)      Possession: When do I want to move into

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Calgary home for rentAs property values in Calgary increase, so too does the need for having mortgage helpers. The main mortgage helper that springs to mind in Calgary is a secondary suite, usually a basement suite. As you may have read in our blog, we've renovated our basement to provide extra room for the kids, and also as a selling feature in the future. However, many homes have suites already built in, or at least the necessary plumbing and electrical has already been roughed in, to make it easier to renovate. When all that work is done, you'll probably want to recoup your funds by renting it out, which opens up a whole kettle of fish. If you're thinking about getting a renter, here are some pros and cons:

Pro: It's relatively easy once you get going. The legalities are

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Today I’m going to share a recipe with you that will pretty much make you drop to your knees, either from pleasure or a coronary or both! I love Costco. There’s just no two ways about it. I could write pages about why I love Costco, but chances are, if you are reading this and you have a pulse, you love Costco too, so I won’t spend my blog in redundancy. 

Being that I love Costco so much, I like to find some amazing treasures there, and make something superb. Costco offers high-end products for a cheaper price. Ever wanted to try truffle oil? Costco has it. Etc etc. So my amazing find at Costco today was double-smoked Cheddar. In the Deerfoot Meadows Costco, it’s all the way at the back, on the left-hand side, across from the coffee and juice aisle. I

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My sincerest apologies to all of you who hate Valentines so much. I LOVE Valentines, maybe because I have a hubby who is thoughtful, romantic, and just generally wonderful. This video is what he made me to mark the day, and it had me in tears. So I love you too, Clint. You make me feel more like who I am every day. Thank you for loving me so well. ♥

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Continuing on in the McKenzie Towne vein (see my previous post in this series here), I'd like to talk a bit about the Village of Prestwick. Now, don't get Prestwick confused with Eastwick- there are no witches here! Au contraire, this McKenzie Towne community (just like the other two) boasts a decidedly inviting atmosphere. People who live here are neighbourly and expect their fellow Prestwickians to follow suit. How could they be unhappy, living in the lovely homes they own? That question brings me to what I want to touch on in this post about Prestwick: architectural style. If you take a look at the McKenzie Towne brochure, you'll see that the house exteriors in Prestwick were styled according to four architectural traditions: Georgian, Craftsman, Queen

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Today, I’m going to share the most amazing recipes with you. It will become your friend and your back-up as it has become mine. It has only FOUR ingredients, and even the frazzled, half-crazy moms of this city can pull it off and look like a genius in less than 2 minutes of prep time. It is real authentic Italian cooking and I think you’ll be impressed with the dimension of flavour with so few ingredients, as I have been. I like to use this recipe in the following situations:


1)      I’ve lost track of reality while cruising Facebook vigorously cleaning my house and taking my children on multiple trips to the library and the dinner hour has crept up out of nowhere.

2)      Fresh groceries are nowhere to be found and company is coming for

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This is the third part in the newly-named "Here's Why SE Calgary Rocks!" series. My first and second installments talked about McKenzie Towne. Now I want to get down to the nitty gritty: the smaller parts of McKenzie Towne, specifically Elgin and Inverness.

First, some McKenzie Towne 101: there are four main "villages" in this lovely development: Elgin, Inverness, and Prestwick. There is also a High Street area, which was designed to cater to residents' commercial needs. The residential communities each centre around their own park, a layout which makes for plenty of community interaction and recreational opportunities. McKenzie Towne is popular because of the variety of architectural styles here. The developers have really tried hard to avoid the

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Here in Auburn Bay we have a Facebook Page called the Auburn Bay Blockwatch. I liked the page a while ago, and I’ve gotten a lot of valuable information from it. Last week, a resident in Auburn Bay posted a warning to the community that started with the titular line of this blog: “My daughter was almost taken yesterday.” She noted in her post that after her daughter got off the bus, a woman grabbed her child’s hand and just started walking away, essentially dragging this young girl with her. Eventually the little girl was able to break free and run home, but the situation was still terrifying to say the least.

The response from the community was overwhelming on the Facebook page. It started out with concerned moms in Auburn Bay, offering words of

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