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My parents also live in a small town, in a 100+ year old farm house with no air conditioning. So, growing up we were used to all windows and doors open all night long. In fact growing up I could count on one hand the number of nights I recall sleeping with my bedroom door closed. It did help that we were so removed from "busy" streets that with our porch lights off you could barley tell the house was there.


Would You Sleep With The Doors Open?
6/27/14 09:17 AM

I live in a residence hall as part of my job (even though I am not a student). I know in Ontario if your job requires that you live in a certain space (that is you are receiving an actual space to live in, not a housing allowance) you pay taxes because it is seen as a taxable benefit.

I was given a contract that outlines termination notice, damages, etc. when I moved in.

In terms of privacy because of the way the hall I live in is set up I am the only person living on my floor, however there is a main stairwell right beside my apartment so I hear quite a bit of foot traffic. And if there are major emergencies in the middle of the night I'm expected to assist.

I know in Ontario your taxable benefit can be adjusted to a lower amount depending on the conditions in which you live (ie: if you are on-call for emergencies, if you are given more space than you need, if you have to compromise privacy, etc.) so check out the rules around taxable benefits in your state or province (if you will be receiving housing as a taxable benefit).


Employee Housing: Tell Your Tales
6/18/14 09:18 AM

My Mom always had lots of cozy blankets around the house and has a skilled eye for picking out great antiques that she can diy into improved or new pieces. I no have an antique truck in my living room in my small apartment that is stuffed full of cozy throws for when I refuse to embrace my central heating. My mom has also always had a knack for making any place feel like home, something I strive to do in the many places I have lived.


How Has Your Mother Influenced Your Style?
5/11/14 09:48 PM

Gordon Ramsay's perfect scrambled eggs are similar to the methods above and are the best I have ever had. Creamy, eggy, and buttery all at once! I honest thought that they cannot be that different, but man does taking the time to make scrambled eggs make all the difference!


The Best Scrambled Eggs I've Ever Eaten Kitchen Diaries: Kate in New York City
5/6/14 02:54 PM

I wish I could banish my phone from my bedside! I am on-call as part of my job, so too often I wake up to answer texts and phone calls about everything from leaking toilets to emergencies. Plus I have friends who live in different time zones/like to text late at night. I have started to use my iPhone's do not disturb option to limit who can contact me overnight (ie: family, emergency contacts) especially when I am not on-call!


Tech Disconnect: I'm Banishing My Phone from My Bedside
2/21/14 11:03 AM

My mom has a recipe for dressing (stuffing cooked outside the bird) that I cannot stomach. But my siblings love it. So I started taking about 1/3 of my mom's stuffing (which is white bread, plain mashed potato, savoury, margarine, and chopped onion) and adding various ingredients to make a kind of next level mom's stuffing. Now, three years later my super traditionalist siblings like it just as much.

I never thought I was the traditionalist until this year when pumpkin pie was axed from our menu. I don't think I have ever made such an impassioned speech in favour of a food item.


The Thanksgiving Nudge: How to Convince Traditionalists to Try Something New?
11/14/13 11:24 AM

While I think it is beautiful I don't think I would be comfortable with that I my house. I am not religious. but was raised in a very religious house hold and I can hear my Mom saying, "That's like turning a blessed crucifix into a lamp or a tabernacle into a kitchen bread box!"


Would You Use an Altar as Kitchen Furniture? Kitchen Inspiration
10/8/13 10:54 AM

I work a part time intern job in a university residence so I already live where I work, which can make a staycation even harder. Luckily I am in Toronto, so there is plenty to do for a staycation! Having worked in hotels/hospitality in the past I find tourist traps really frustrating, so I have been making a list of places I meant to go all year and I am heading to those! Restaurants I have always wanted to eat in, antique stores I have walked past without perusing, and just having picnics or reading in the park! I am actually pretty excited for my budget staycation!


Summer Escape: Anyone Staycationing This Year?
7/12/13 11:41 AM

Going up may family ate at one big square table where each of the eight of us had our spot. For years (pretty much until we got rid of that table) we all still sat there - even to do homework. When we got a new table "spots" went out the window oddly enough.


Do You Have Set Seats at Home?
6/12/13 11:53 AM

Check out this blog, http://www.houseofearnest.com/2011/02/21/try-this-at-home-overhead-light-update/ It has a cool DIY to fix the hideous nipple light


Creative Ideas for "Boob Lights"?
Good Questions

3/24/12 12:23 PM