Whether you fit into FAMILY A or FAMILY B (or somewhere in between) its not always a matter of making more money to get where you want to be. Whether its a vacation or a down payment for a house, sometimes its looking at where you are spending. I have found it doesn’t matter if you are FAMILY A or FAMILY B. There will be those in either category (or the inbetweeners) that are able to afford the down payment or that trip and there are those that cannot. It usually comes down to the money going out not the money coming in that can make all the difference.
In Campbell River you have a lot of options for potential rental properties.You could buy an older home in the downtown core for under $200,000 but be prepared for yearly costs for maintenance and repairs, updating appliances etc.You can invest in a brand new home in the high $200’s and open yourself up to many different neighbourhoods. You’ve got a higher possibility of getting top rental income but now you have a shiny new house that may get a lot of wear and tear in a quick amount of time.Let’s use an example of what I gravitate to, a basic 3 bedroom rancher. We’ll price it at $240,000 for this example. If you put a 10% down payment at 2.9% interest you would have monthly payments of approximately $1000 with the addition of property taxes at around $200 a monthYour rental income potential would be $1100-$1300 per monthRemember that this is a long term investment! Unless you get lucky and the market goes up 25% in 2 years, don’t expect to flip the house in a year and make money. If you look at it as a 10 year investment than that $240,000 house rented at $1250 a month (which covers that monthly mortgage payment) has helped pay down your mortgage to about $150,000. Statistically speaking the house is now potentially worth between $400,000-$450,000. You are now sitting on around $300,000 equity available to you!!! I’ll cover more about this in a future post about one of my favourite words, Leverage!
Kids room design has really evolved in the last few years. Kids rooms have become a place for parents to showcase their children’s interests as well as matching the vibe of the whole home. You can take the simplest of kids rooms and turn them into functional and fun sanctuaries for your little ones. From bright and bold wall decals to cozy little reading nooks, we’ve gathered some great ideas to inspire your creativity. We’ve also found some awesome shared bedroom ideas that will make your kiddos more than happy to have a roommate!
This first link showcases some AMAZING Toddler Room Ideas:
These links will show you some really neat DIY ideas to transform your kiddo’s room into a unique little hang out.
Next up are some ideas for a reading area for some quiet book time for your littles.
These are some excellent options we found if your wee people will be sharing a room.
And lastly, here is one really awesome space to inspire you to pass your love for Star Wars onto your kids. They’ll thank you one day.
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.
Now you can take some of these ideas and hopefully implement them in your home to make your storage both functional and pretty!
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.
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”!
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)
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.
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.
We hope these gave you some inspiration to turn your beloved photos into works of art!
They’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.”
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.
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.
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