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Happy July & Happy Canada Day!!
We've all waited for this and now it's here - SUMMER!

Being cooped up through the winter is bad, but being cooped up because of the virus has caused some anxiety for many. Now that summer is here, we can find ways to de-stress by enjoying the weather, our surroundings, and the beauty of nature.

Believe it or not, they've dedicated this month to National Parks & Recreation Month, National Picnic Month, and National Vacation Rental Month. This makes sense since kids have been homeschooled for the last few months while families have been juggling work and home life. I imagine some people are making plans to pack up their gear so they can 'get out of dodge' and head out to the cottage or summer rental property.  I'm hearing quite a few people say they are planning 'staycations' which I think is great because there's nothing better than discovering our beautiful enjoy!!

 July celebrations include:
  • July 1st - Canada Day
  • July 2 - International Plastic Bag Free Day
  • July 7 - Global Forgiveness Day
  • July 11 - Cheer Up the Lonely Day
  • July 15 - National Give Something Away Day
  • July 22 - Global Hug Your Kid Day

Until next month...
Here are some summer home improvement projects you can accomplish over the next few months. While some repair needs and electrical projects may require the help of a professional, many home improvements can be managed by you and your family alone. So grab your toolkit, cleaning products, and gardening gear. 

Upgrade your ceiling fans
The summer is a great time to ditch those old ceiling fans and invest in well-constructed fixtures. Not only can a high-quality fan make your home more energy-efficient, but it can also improve the overall air circulation within the house. 

Clean out your gutters
Sadly, those summer showers often mean backed-up gutters for your home. This can lead to a wide array of water damage – not to mention broken gutters. The best way to avoid these issues is by cleaning out your gutters and downspouts at the beginning of the summer. Before scooping out debris from your gutters, make sure you have a sturdy ladder, a bucket, and a proper pair of gloves. After the debris has been removed and placed in the bucket, spray the gutters down with a water hose to eliminate any leaves, bugs or dirt left behind.

Install better window treatments
Believe it or not, the right window treatments can help keep your house cool during those hot summer months. From blackout curtains to motorized roller shades, there are numerous options to choose from when selecting window treatments. Not only can outfitting your home in window shades cut down on dangerous UV light and blinding glare, but it can also improve the overall look and feel of your home. 

Perform maintenance on your air conditioning unit
There’s nothing more important in the summertime than a properly running AC unit. So before temps reach their peak, be sure to hire a reputable HVAC pro to inspect and perform routine maintenance on your unit. Also, given that your AC unit will be running more frequently during the summer months, it’s a good idea to replace your home’s air filters at least once every one to two months. Fortunately, you should be able to find AC filters in most sizes at your local hardware store or at The Home Depot.

Power wash your home’s exterior
After mother nature’s wrath this winter, your home’s exterior could probably use a little TLC. To get your home ready for the summer months. You can do it yourself or hire a professional to power wash the home’s siding, driveway, and deck. Not only will this make your house appear brand spanking new and improve your curb appeal, but it will also make your abode a more enjoyable place to kick back and relax this summer. 

Invest in a smart thermostat
Thanks to a slew of smart home devices, it’s easier than ever to improve your home’s energy efficiency this summer. Start by outfitting your place in the ENERGY STAR certified Nest Learning Thermostat. This thermostat saves its users up to 15 percent on cooling bills and is designed to adapt to your individual temperature preferences.

Create a gallery wall
If it’s too hot to venture outdoors this summer, focus on interior improvements instead. One easy and creative way to improve your home is by adding a gallery wall. Whether it’s family photos, colorful artwork, or a mix of both, you can easily create a gallery wall from objects you already own. 

Clean the windows
Summertime means longer days and more sunlight. To take full advantage of this sunny season, we highly recommend cleaning your windows on the inside and outside. To clean your windows, use either a multipurpose cleaning spray or the window cleaning product Windex, clean cloth for wiping, and paper towels for drying. Clean windows using a circular motion with your hands.

Plant shade trees
Braving the hot summer heat to plant a few shade trees will be well worth your time if you’re looking to cut costs on those cooling bills. Shade trees are an easy way to keep the sun off of your house, while also beautifying your property. Popular shade trees include maple trees, oak trees, linden trees, ginkgo trees, and elm trees. Before purchasing these plants, we recommend visiting your local nursery to speak with an expert about the best type of tree for your yard. 

Organize your closets and pantry
There’s no better time to organize pantry shelves and bedroom closets than the summertime. Start by placing all winter clothes and boots in storage. Summertime clothing may need to be dusted off and dry-cleaned before being hung back in the closet. When cleaning out your pantry, go ahead and eliminate any canned items that are no longer needed or expired. Canned goods that haven’t expired can be donated to your local food bank.

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A great healthy meal choice for summertime picnics!


  • For the salad:
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 firm but still ripe avocado, sliced or diced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup sweet corn (preferably fresh off the cob)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup feta
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/2 cup diced cilantro

Cilantro Lime Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup packed cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ½ jalapeno, seeded
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For garnishing
  • Extra cilantro, pistachios, feta and red onion

  • First, make your quinoa. Add water and quinoa to a medium pot and place over high heat; bring mixture to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low and cook for exactly 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the pot from heat and fluff quinoa with a fork. Then cover and allow quinoa to sit in the pot for 10 minutes.
  • While the quinoa is cooking, make your cilantro lime dressing by adding the ingredients to a blender: cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, jalapeño half and salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • Once your quinoa is done, add it to a large bowl. Add in the avocado, blueberries, corn, red onion, feta, pistachios, and cilantro.
  • Pour dressing all over the quinoa salad and toss to combine. Garnish with extra cilantro, pistachios, feta and red onion if you’d like. Serve at room temp or cold. Salad with stay good for 3-5 days in the fridge. Serves 4-6. Nutrition info based on 6.

Feel free to add chicken or chickpeas for an extra boost of protein!

Store this blueberry quinoa salad in an airtight container in the fridge, without or without the dressing, for up to 4-5 days. The acidity from the lime juice will help the avocado stay fresh! The dressing will also stay good in a container in the fridge for up to one week as well.

Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen's website

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