Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Win Your Way In to the Backyard Living Expo - April 21-23 in Mississauga {giveaway}

Spring arrived this week (yay!), and I am so looking forward to warmer days and tons of time spent outdoors. My backyard is my happy place, and I can't wait to get it all cleaned up after a long winter, do some planting, and settle in to my outdoor office until October. Yes, I work a lot on our deck in spring and summer; we have a wifi extender specifically so I can. It's pretty sweet.  And my new patio furniture was delivered yesterday to make it even more cozy out there. Check it out!

Do you have a great backyard space? Or one that needs a bit of work? Maybe you live in a condo and are looking for ideas to spruce up your urban balcony. Well then, you'll want to head out to the Backyard Living Expo, coming to the International Centre in Mississauga from April 21-23. There you will find a ton of great ideas, products and projects to turn your outdoor space into your personal oasis.

Visit the Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine Backyard Oasis to be inspired, and get a free 15 minute consultation with a landscape designer (be sure to bring some measurements and pictures). Hit the Main Stage for presentations by HGTV's Carson Arthur and Kate Campbell, plus grilling demonstrations by Chef Ted Reader. Or get your kids involved with some play time in the Springfree Outdoor Play Zone, where they can bounce away on the world's first smart trampoline!

Of course there'll be lots of shopping, with a large variety of vendors. I need a new BBQ, so I'll be looking at those. There will be pools, decks, gazebos, trampolines, and so much more. Come on out and start planning your outdoor upgrades!

Show Details

Friday, April 21; 12pm-8pm
Saturday, April 22; 10am-7pm
Sunday, April 23; 10am-5pm

The International Centre, Hall 5
6900 Airport Road
Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8

Tickets are $16 for adults 18-64, $10 for age 65+. Kids under 18 are free. Plus, you can purchase your adult tickets in advance online for just $14 each.

A Giveaway

Two RMB readers will each receive a pair of tickets to attend the show on any one day, April 21-23. Entries are via the widget below, and will be accepted until 11:59pm ET, April 11. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Winners must be able to attend the event as advertised. Best of luck!


Disclosure: I have received free admission to the show for myself, as media. No financial compensations has been received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

WW - Anemones & Coral w/linky

These images were all captured on my Samsung Galaxy S7 on a recent trip to Toronto's Ripley's Aquarium.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Imbue Your Home with Scent - EcoBrandsNow Aroma Diffusers {review & giveaway}

I have a long history of decorating with scent, though I haven't always thought of it that way. I've done my time with pot pourri, incense, room sprays, and candles. More recently I caught on to scented wax warmers, and now a friend has started me on essential oils. I have a whole lot to learn there, particularly around the therapeutic benefits of different oils, but for now I have a couple of favourites driven mostly by my enjoyment of the aromas. I'm enjoying a mix of different scent approaches these days, leaving out only the pot pourri and incense :)

The latest addition to my collection is an aroma diffuser. It mixes essential oils with water and sends out bursts of scent in little puffs of mist to fill a room. My diffuser was sent to me by EcoBrandsNow, whose timing really couldn't have been better, given that I'd just started my essential oil discoveries. I chose their "Julia" diffuser, in my favourite colour, lime green. It sits on the corner of my desk, in my newly re-furbished office, helping this space to really feel like my special oasis. Julia is an ultrasonic aroma diffuser, designed by Fabian Zimmerli for Stadler Form.

EcoBrandsNow offers four different aroma diffusers, ranging in price from $69.99 - $174.99. The Julia retails for $139.99. All are available in a variety of colours to fit your decor and preference, and all are compact, taking up little space in your home, while offering a great scent experience.

Julia, in bronze, from their website.
I was attracted to the Julia because I loved the sleek lines and overall tapered shape, plus the incredibly long run time. It can scent your room for up to 53 hours when operating on the low setting in interval mode (10 minutes running, 20 minutes off). Even in continuous mode on high it still gets 12 hours of operating time. I also like that the unit turns off automatically when it runs out of water.

Julia is powered by an electrical cord, not batteries, so you do need an outlet, but don't need to worry about running out of power. The unit has LED lights, which light up the mist when on. If the lights bother you, you can dim them or turn them off completely. Additionally, you operate the diffuser in "swing" mode, which disperses the mist while oscillating back and forth about 160 degrees. This helps to spread the aroma throughout your room.

I'm very happy with Julia. She's quiet, she looks great, and she does a great job of bringing pleasant scents to my office space. Scent can really set a mood, for good or bad, and can affect your energy throughout the day. I like to diffuse a bright, clean scent to envigorate me while I'm working, and then something like lavender to help me (and Boo) to settle at night. Rosemary is my current favourite to diffuse while I'm at the computer. It is said to aid focus, mental clarity, and stress. I can attest that I love the scent and do feel more alert while using it.

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A Giveaway

One lucky RMB reader will receive their own "Julia" aroma diffuser from EcoBrandsNow. Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm ET, April 2. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, including Quebec. Best of luck!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. No financial compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.


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