Let Us Introduce You To…Holly Hill Farm!

It’s Tuesday Folks and that can only mean one thing…It’s Local Feature Tuesdays!

We are so pleased to feature Holly Hill Farm as our local business this week. It is a beautiful and ever expanding family run farm and absolutely worth a visit. Here is a little bit more about the farm from owner/operator Katie Denne.

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Holly Hill Farm is an up and coming farm owned by Katie and Kyle Denne. They bought the farm from Katie’s grandparents who were long residence of Campbell River: Mary & Danny McKenzie. The farm currently runs a weekly egg program that delivers fresh, free-range, eggs to 10 families. They also sell eggs at their farm gate when there is a surplus. The farm is a 16 acre parcel that has hopes of supplying Campbell River with fresh, local meats, fruits & veggies raised & grown in a healthy, happy way.

The farm is also a wonderful place to hold a child’s birthday party where the kids are able to visit with the alpacas, chickens, mini donkeys, and Snickers, who is pictured in the photo.

holly & combie

The farm has hosted many families as a photoshoot location, and recently hosted a bride & groom on their special day.


To watch the farm’s progress and get in touch with the owners, ‘like’ their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hollyhillfarmcampbellriver. You can also access more information about the farm programs by clicking this link, Holly Hill Farm Program Info.

*If you would like to see your local business or event featured on our blog, please email us at either deannacollins@royallepage.ca or samanthamackenzie@royallepage.ca.*

How To Pretty Up Your Clutter…


Is it just us, or does it seem like no matter how hard you try you can’t seem to contain all your stuff. Towels are spilling out closets, papers are sticking up out of overstuffed filing cabinets. And your junk drawer has gone from one to four. 

Thankfully, there are lots of beautiful ways to store your belongings! Check out the links below for some creative ideas to tidy up.


Pretty Bathroom Storage


Pantry Storage Ideas


Laundry Room Storage


Organizing Files

Now you can take some of these ideas and hopefully implement them in your home to make your storage both functional and pretty!

How To Get Your Home Show Ready

 Show Ready
First impressions count, especially when you are selling your home. Getting your house “show ready” doesn’t have to break the bank.
 One of the best (and free!) things you can do is DE-CLUTTER! And when I say de- clutter I mean get serious and get ruthless.  Take down the fridge pictures, hide knick-nacks, and clear the kitchen counters of everything! Get rid of carpet runners, area rugs, bulky curtains, even furniture.
Take a few chairs, an ottoman, or side table out of your entrance or living room and put them in storage or even in your garage. Freeing up some space will show off your homes true square footage and open up the space. Remember when a realtor brings a family in to see your house there may be 5 people crammed in your entrance. Make sure to move that plant and give them some space!
Washing walls and adding a fresh coat of paint where needed is also a great way to freshen up a house.  New light fixtures and simple things like kitchen and bathroom cabinet knobs can really update a room.
When the day arrives that you have buyers coming to view your home, make your home feel like a home. Be sure to leave all the lights on and curtains open. Light a fire in the winter and open the windows and curtains if its summer.
Lastly, LEAVE THE HOUSE! Buyers will spend more time in your home if its empty and they don’t feel as though they are intruding.
If you have any other questions about staging or are looking for suggestions, please contact us! We’d love to help you get your home “show ready”!

Meet Tiffany!

I would love to introduce Tiffany McFadden who I originally met as a new client, but now am fortunate to call one of my good friends. She is a Registered Dietitian with a great blog chock full of recipes I refer to time and time again. If you are not already, you should probably start following her Facebook and Blog.
I always look forward to her posts, the recipes are always great and her stories and writing can be pretty hilarious too! Here is one of our favourite recipes:
Zucchini Fritters:

Yield: About 10 2 1/2 inch fritters

1 pound (about 2 medium) zucchini
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt or Kosher salt, plus extra to taste
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Oil of your choice, for frying (I used canola)

To serve 
1 cup plain, Greek yogurt or sour cream
1 to 2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Pinches of salt
1 small minced or crushed clove of garlic

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Have a baking sheet ready.

Trim ends off zucchini and grate them either on the large holes of a grater or, if you have one, using the shredding blade of a food processor.

In a large bowl, toss zucchini with 1 teaspoon coarse salt and set aside for 10 minutes. Wring out the zucchini by squeezing out small handfuls at a time. Get out as much liquid as possible to prevent soggy fritters.

Return deflated mass of zucchini shreds to bowl. Taste and if you think it could benefit from more salt (most gets lost when squeezing), add a little bit more; we found 1/4 teaspoon more just right. Stir in green onions, egg and some freshly ground black pepper. In a tiny dish, stir together flour and baking powder, then stir the mixture into the zucchini batter.

In a large heavy skillet heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Drop small bunches of the zucchini mixture onto the skillet a few at a time so they don’t become crowded and lightly nudge them flatter with the back of your spatula. Cook the fritters over moderately high heat until the edges underneath are golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. If you find this happening too quickly, reduce the heat to medium. Flip the fritters and fry them on the other side until browned again. Drain briefly on paper towels then transfer to baking sheet and then into the warm oven until needed. Repeat process, keeping the pan well-oiled, with remaining batter. I like to make sure that the fritters have at least 10 minutes in the oven to finish setting and getting extra crisp.

For the topping, if using, stir together the yogurt, lemon juice, zest, salt and garlic and adjust the flavors to your taste. Dollop on each fritter before serving.

Adapted slightly from here.

Check out Tiffany’s website and blog for more AMAZING and DELICIOUS recipe ideas!

What to Do With All Those Photos…

We are so very lucky to have some great photographer friends in our lives who have been able to capture beautiful family photos for us. And as you know (because we mention it a lot so you should), our town is beautiful and we love to take lots of pictures while we’re out enjoying it!

But, what do you do with all of these amazing photos? You want to showcase them all, but you don’t want to clutter your space right? We hear you! So we’ve done some Pinterest Research and found some really cool ways to show off your beautiful images. Check out the links below to get some great ideas.









Photo Gallery Ideas



 Graphic Wall Displays









  A Beachy Themed Photo Wall










 Turning Photos Into Canvas Art


We hope these gave you some inspiration to turn your beloved photos into works of art!

Are You The Local Business or Event We’ve Been Looking For?

Local Business

Happy Tuesday!

As a new feature to the blog, we would love to continue highlighting local Campbell River and Area Businesses or Events. We have decided to take every Tuesday and devote our posts to a business or event in our area. Supporting the great people of this town is VERY important to us and we know that so many awesome things are happening in Campbell River that EVERYONE needs to know about.

So, do you want to be featured on our Local Feature Tuesdays? Excellent news! All you need to do to be considered for a spot is to send us a JPEG of your business logo or event poster, a brief description of your business or event and some contact information. We will do our best to spread out the posts so that similar businesses or events will not be featured back to back. These posts will also be advertised on Deanna’s Facebook Page which has a large number of followers meaning more exposure for YOU!

To submit your business or event, please contact us by email. 

deannacollins@royallepage.ca or samanthamackenzie@royallepage.ca.

Let’s support each other and keep our local economy growing!

Hey Deer, Please Don’t Eat my Garden….

deerThey’re so cute. Until they’re eating your prized rhododendron or the rose bush that you brought back to life this spring. It’s not an easy feat to keep these beautiful little plant eaters out of your garden, but we’ve found some tips that will hopefully help.

1) Keep The Amount of Tasty Buffet Style Plants at a Minimum–  Does are nursing their fawns, and anxious to gain back weight lost during the winter’s freeze, every deer is looking to gorge on high-protein, moisture-rich plants. Think twice about growing large amounts of English ivy, lettuces, beans, peas, hostas, impatients, and pansies. Fruit trees are prime targets too. As Rhonda Massingham Hart points out in her book Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden (Storey), “The sweetness and flavor of strawberries and peaches make them as attractive to deer as they are to people.”apple tees that grow well in calgary

2) Keep the Prime Deer Plants Close to the House- This will ensure you can keep a closer eye on the plant. As a general rule, deer love to dine on anything that’s smooth, tender, and flavorful, including chrysanthemum, clematis, roses, azalea bushes, and various berries.

3) Plant pungent perennials as a natural barrier–  Deer rely heavily on their sense of smell for feeding, so adding patches of strongly scented herbs—from garlic and chives, to mint and lavender (left)—can mask the appealing aroma of nearby annuals.

 4) Plant thorny, hairy, or prickly foliage- incorporating fuzzy lamb’s ear, barberries, and cleome near the plants you want to protect—and where deer might find entrance into your garden in the first place. See Plants Deer Dislike for a more comprehensive list.

5) Make deer-resistant substitutions– Substitute tulips for daffodils, which is on the no fly list for deer foods. Pick roses that are particularly thorny, including Scotch or rugosa roses. And if you’re looking for flowers that’ll add a certain color or provide a certain function in your outdoor space, consult this list of deer resistant plants from Rutgers University to see what swaps you can make in your garden.daffodil-01

6) Create levels– Deer aren’t avid climbers so adding terraces or sunken beds can discourage them from coming into the yard. If your property is particularly woodsy and sprawling, consider stacking pallets around your property, which deer are afraid to walk or jump on.

7) Don’t underestimate the power of scare tactics– As neophobes, deer fear new, unfamiliar objects. Though they aren’t always attractive, scarecrows, sundials, and other garden ornaments—especially those with movable parts—make deer skittish. Use them in combination with wind chimes or bright lights for added effect.

8) Wrap new plantings– Placing netting over fruit, bulbs, and bushes. Use garden nets from Vexar, tree protectors from Tubex, or plastic tree wrap to physically bar deer from feasting on your firs.

9) Use a lot of homespun repellents to keep deer guessing– Some gardeners swear by hanging fabric softener strips and/or wrapped bars of soap from trees, both of which can confuse a deer’s sense of smell. Others point to using hot pepper sprays, garlic and rotten egg mixtures, ammonia-soaked rags, and bags of hair and/or blood meal around the garden for the same reason. As with commercial repellents, the trick is to switch things up, learning by trial and error, for maximum efficiency. Check out this tutorial on deer-proofing shrubs with Roger Cook. And experiment with deer juice, a tried-and-true recipe shared by TOH design director Amy Rosenfeld.garlic_310_0

10) String fishing line around prized plants– Relatively cheap and easy when compared to putting up a fence, string a line of monofilament around your beds within the deer feeding zone—ideally two to three feet above ground. Just as deer can’t comprehend the concept of glass, this clear, taut barrier also confuses deer, ultimately causing them to flee.

This list was adapted from a much larger one posted here: How To Keep Your Deer Out Of The Garden

Blackberry Season is Almost Here!

You can just see them starting to ripen on the tops of bushes all over town. Delicious, tart Blackberries. There are soooo many great ways to celebrate the flavour of these dark , rich berries. You will no doubt start to see many people out with ice cream buckets filled to the brim with these little guys. They’ll be made into jams, baked into yummy pies or frozen and used in winter to add some sweetness to our cozy dinners.

We love searching the web for cool, creative way to use blackberries in our everyday cooking. Here are a few recipes that we’ve found to tempt your taste buds!

Comment below and tell us what you’re going to do with your buckets of berries.

Blackberry Glazed Salmon










Sage and Blackberry Spritzer


Blackberry Chocolate Chip Crumble


What To Do For The Rest Of The Summer

300188_10150347252300011_2424979_n[1] We are almost half way through August…how did that happen? We have been soaking up every minute with our families. The weather this summer has allowed us to get out there and really explore all of the fabulous events and programs that Campbell River has to offer. We’ve camped at some of our wonderful local campsites and enjoyed afternoons spent at our stunning local beaches. We’ve fished, swam, SUP’d ( Stand Up Paddle board), hiked, explored…whew! The great news is that there is so much more to see and do before ( and just after) your lives get back to the daily schedules of school and work.  Below is just a small sampling of some cool things coming up here in Campbell River. If you have an event you think we should highlight, comment below and let us know about it!

Now Get OUT there and enjoy the rest of this amazing summer!

http://rockintheisland.ca– Campbell River’s 1st annual All Canadian Music Festival. August 16th in Campbellton.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1460699387494799/– 1st Annual Cameryn’s Cause for Kids Society Golf Tournament. August 23rd at Sequoia Springs Golf Course

http://www.duckdip.ca– Rotary Duck Dip. So Many Great Family Activities! Centennial Pool starting at 11 am on August 24th

http://strathconard.ca#sthash.E5AvJA3y.dpuf – Starts August 25th and runs until August 29th. Full day Skate and Swim Camp to keep the kiddies busy!

http://nicruisers.ca Show and Shine 8 am – 2 pm at Tyee Chevrolet

http://crriverrunners.com Women 4 Women Trail Run 5km/10 km walk or run. September 13

http://www.greenwaystrust.ca/index.php?p=1_40_Frogger-15– Frogger 15km race. September 20 at 9am.

To Check out More Events and Local Happenings, visit the What’s On Campbell River Page at: http://campbellriver.whatsondigest.com

Welcome to The Blog!



This is the first of many entries of our blog. We are so excited to use this format to go a bit more in-depth with the things we love to share with Deanna’s Facebook followers! It’s our hope that we can get the word out about this beautiful community of Campbell River and to celebrate the many local businesses and events that make this place so amazing!

We will also be sharing tips and tricks for buying or selling a home as well as some cool and innovative ways to enjoy the home you’ve got. We love scouring the internet for gardening tips or new and unique home decor ideas and look forward to sharing them with you!

So thank you so much for visiting the blog and feel free to leave a comment and let us know if there is anything you would like to see or maybe a business or event you would like us to feature!

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