The Many Health Benefits of Owning a Hot Tub

Swim Spa

Ever think about buying a hot tub?  Not only can a hot tub be a great place to relax or to spend time with the family, it can also give you and your family many health benefits.

Hydrotherapy has been used in healing for thousands of years.  People have been using natural hot springs for relaxation and therapy for thousands of years.  The ancient Romans had public hot pools where people could gather and enjoy the many benefits of hydrotherapy.

Hot water on your skin can help clear harmful toxins from your body.  Your body sweats out these toxins and also warms and helps to heal tired, strained and sore muscles.

Physical therapists also use hydrotherapy as part of their healing regime.  Same goes for massage, many use hydrotherapy as part of their massage practice.

So wouldn’t it be a good idea to have your very own hot tub so you can enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy every day of the year?  Yes, hot tubs can be costly, but over the years, you’ll see that it can be well worth the investment, both in terms of your health as well as for relaxation and enjoyment.

We purchased a swim spa for our home in Ontario last year.  A swim spa is a sort of hybrid hot tub and swimming pool.  It allows you to enjoy the benefits of a hot tub but also is long enough to use as a lap pool for exercise.  So you if you don’t have both right now, consider getting a swim spa to get the best of both worlds.  It is also ideal for small spaces and yards where a full-size pool won’t cut it.

Below is an inforgraphic that expands on the reasons to get a hot tub for your health.  So what are you waiting for, go get your hot tub today and start enjoying your won backyard hydrotherapy.

 

Wellness Spa Benefits Health

Saving the family home from foreclosure

During time of financial difficulties you have to prioritize what to pay first. Naturally food tops the list as you can’t give it up, then come perhaps the utility bills as no one wants to end up without water or electricity and we kind of postpone the mortgage instalment. Just for a couple of days, then 1-2 weeks, which unnoticeably become a month. You are still fine but all of a sudden you get a letter from your bank – you are served with a foreclosure due to failure to pay and you realize it has been a couple of months already and the home you took for granted might be lost to the bank. Don’t panic but search professional help and find a reliable foreclosure attorney who can help you out of the situation. The attorney will analyze your personal situation and will give you proper advice what you should do. There are basically two options in such a case – to save your home or to surrender it. Below you will find a few facts why it is better to choose one over the other.

 

Save your home

The decision to keep your home is usually an emotional one, however it should be more financially-based. Review it as a deal and put down pros and cons of keeping the home. If it meets all your family needs, the interest rate you need to pay is reasonable and the property is worth more than the mortgage then you should fight for it. How does the procedure go? When you are served with a foreclosure letter you have 20 days to take the relevant action. In the event that you want to save your home, you should file for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. This will allow you to catch up with the payments. An important note to observe is that the sooner you file the Chapter 13, the more affordable the payments will be and you will also save from piling up of attorney fees and charges. A good foreclosure attorney will prepare all the necessary paperwork and will also counsel you on how to proceed after the bankruptcy is filed. The process is not that complicated though it might sound a bit of unpleasant, however it is the best way to save your family home in such cases.

 

Surrender your home

As already mentioned the decision to keep or surrender the property must be financially based and void of feelings, if possible. Keeping the home is either a good deal or not. If the mortgage you have to pay is much hire than the property itself then it is best not to fight for it. In such case the step to take is file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy just before selling the house. This will not only ensure that there is no deficiency balance to pay back after the sale but will also give you additional six months in the property, so that you can get ready to move out.

 

There are times in life when we are faced with the tough decision whether we shall keep fighting for something or just make a step forward. If you are faced with a foreclosure, then you are in one such situation. But don’t waste time feeling sorry for what happened, find a good foreclosure attorney and follow their advice to save or surrender your home and resume your life.

Design your dream kitchen using natural stone tiles

If you like spending time in the kitchen as much as I do, then you deserve to have it designed and equipped as per your desire. The electric or gas appliances are of great importance but so is the overall atmosphere. Using natural stone tiles can help you design your dream kitchen with minimum efforts and investments. Sometimes, all it takes is just to get a new kitchen top, backsplash tiles or flooring to change the entire outlook of a room. Natural stone tiles are a perfect solution both for renovation and for building a completely new kitchen.

Marble, travertine, granite, slate and limestone can be used and combined to create sophisticated, modern or rustic look for your kitchen. Stone is material that can be used for different purposes. The good thing is that you can have the natural stone tiles with different finishes for different surfaces. You can have polished granite or marble for your kitchen top since it will shine and bring more light but as this finishing makes the tiles more slippery when wet, it is better to use honed stone for the floor. Choose your tiles carefully as they will serve you for life and double check with the manufacturer/seller which ones are more appropriate for countertops and which for walls and floors. Then pick up your favourite design and hire the best professional you know to turn it into reality. Below you can find an example of how a new slate floor and some bricks on the wall can turn your old kitchen into a completely new room.

Create a farmhouse kitchen in 3 simple steps

If you have a look at these before and after pictures your first impression will be that it is a completely different kitchen.

Before

After

But if you take a closer look you will notice that the cupboards and the kitchen appliances are the same. The significant difference comes from the slate floor and the brick wall. The kitchen tops are also replaced with lighter ones to match the entire setting of the room. So, here are the 3 steps to follow if you want to have a farmhouse kitchen of yourself:

Change the floor

Choose the most appropriate natural stone for the kitchen floor. Opt for material that can withstand the wear and tear and an occasional food or liquor spill. The floor above is covered with farmhouse riven slate tiles but another option are the gold, yellow or grey granite tiles, as they also carry the same rustic feeling. Besides slate and granite are quite easily cleaned and maintained.

Install new wall tiles

In this particular case the owner chose a brick mosaic wall to add value to the rustic look. It is indeed a good combination with the modern kitchen appliances and the slate floor. Another good suggestion is to use natural stone tiles for the wall or only for the backsplash area around your sink. You can pick some honed or tumbled travertine tiles since they will match the entire atmosphere of the kitchen.

Replace the kitchen top

Install a new countertop to finish the new look of your kitchen. You can opt for natural stone as well – granite or marble tops are quite popular and durable but you can choose a wooden worktop as well. The wood will bring warmth to the entire design of the room and also serve as a highlight in your farmhouse kitchen.

Follow these three simple steps when renovating your kitchen and it will surely become the room you have always dreamt of.

Fireplace Safety Tips You Should Know

Fireplace safety

Who doesn’t love a nice warm fireplace on a winter’s evening?  Fireplaces in the home represent warmth, family, and a feeling of coziness.

Whether it’s a gas fireplace, wood, coal or electric, there are some safety tips you should be aware of when installing and maintaining one in your home.

Gas, wood, and coal are all fossil fuel burning fireplaces, which means they can give off carbon monoxide in the home if not vented properly.  Electric on the other hand does not give off any carbon monoxide, though you still need to be careful of the electrical wiring involved and proper voltage is in place to power it.

We purchased a beautiful linear fireplace in Toronto last year for our condo and absolutely love it!  It’s an electric fireplace that matches our modern decor and provides lots of heat and ambiance for our home.

But whatever kind of fireplace you decide to purchase, just be away of some common safety tips first.

If you will be installing it in your existing chimney, be sure your flu vent is working properly and the chimney shoot is cleaned properly before use.

When using fossil fuel burning fireplaces, always be sure that the room is properly vented, even leaving a window slightly open or at least doors to other rooms open.  Not only can carbon monoxide build up in the home if not vented, but the fire could consume the oxygen in the room if it is an enclosed area.  Proper ventilation is important!

For safety, always be sure that combustibles are clear of your fireplace and that you have a proper screen or glass door in place when using it.  Kids can get burned and fire could light nearby paper, etc if you are not careful.

And never leave a fireplace lit unattended, always put it out before going to bed or leaving your home.

Hope these tips helped and did not scare you, having a fireplace in the home is a wonderful thing and can bring the family together on a cold winter’s evening.

Firpelace Safety Tips Infographic

How To Avoid Common Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries and How To Treat Them

Have you ever been injured while playing sports?

Unless you only play ping pong, or don’t try very hard, the answer is yes.

Everyone gets injured at some point playing sports.  It doesn’t matter is it’s basketball, football, swimming, or tennis, every sport has common injuries attached to them.

Any kind of repetition is going to bring some sort of strain over time, same goes with sitting in front of a computer all day.

The key is knowing what the common injuries are and preparing your body and mind so that you can lessen your likelihood of getting injured.

When I hurt my shoulder last year playing hockey, I went to Spectrum Physio, a sports injury clinic in Newmarket Ontario for help.  They explained how common certain injuries are for each sport and they usually know exactly the problem as soon as they say what sport it was.  Jason, a physio at the clinic says that not warming up, stretching and preparing before playing can often lead to injuries as your muscles work too hard too fast and it usually causes strain to the body.

One of the sports with the most injuries is football.  I used to play football and still remember feeling bruised and batters after each game, and I was only 18 at the time.  It’s very important to make sure your body is up for the sport you are playing and that you train, stretch and prepare for the sport you will be playing.

Injuries are inevitable, but you can minimize them if you plan and prep instead of just trying to jump into the action without proper prep.

Below is an infographic that shows some common injuries related to football.

Common Sports Injury Infographic

HVAC Troubleshooting Tips

HVAC Tips For Winter Home

Nothing is worse than you HVAC system crapping out on your in the middle of winter.  Actually, crappy out in the middle of summer may be worse.

Your HVAC system is something you take for granted when it is working fine, but like your car, you regret taking better care of it when it stops working for you.

One of the best ways to save money and headaches is to do routine maintenance on your system to ensure it is working properly as you head into spring and fall each year.

While some things are better left to the pros, especially when it comes to gas and electrical, there are many things the novice homeowner can do on their own to ensure a properly working system.

One of the most common and easiest fixes is being sure to replace your filter each month.  Poor air circulation leads to your system having to work overtime to compensate for poor air flow which leads to an overworked system that can eventually fail.  It is also leads to higher energy costs as your system needs to work even harder to produce the same amount of heat or cooling in the home.

Another thing is to check your HVAC ductwork.  If you have metal ductwork, having it cleaned is simple and affordable.  If you have fiberglass or fiberboard ductwork installed, they can be more difficult to clean and may need replacing if they are very old or in bad overall shape.  We had our HVAC ductwork replaced in Toronto last year by Lloyd HVAC and will be saving a few hundred dollars a year on our energy bill as well as cleaner and healthier air in our home.

And if you system is more than 10 years old, you should call an HVAC company to come out and do a full inspection as there are probably numerous things that need to be checked, repaired and possibly replaced.  A few hundred dollars can save you a few thousand later on down the line.

If you’re not that handy around the house, you’ll save a lot of money down the road if you learn some basic home maintenance.  You can learn alot from sites like HGTV or the DIY Network.

Check out the infographic below for additional things to consider when troubleshooting your HVAC system.

 

HVAC Infographic