As many dog owners are forced to stay at home, we are often out walking our dogs, for both their physical and our mental needs. We see it in many of the parks around us and considering recent social distancing measures, we have chosen to change our route to less frequented paths. We must remain vigilant at all times, and this does not stop when we are out with our furry friends. We have been hearing many different sanitation methods such as how to handle our food when we bring it back from the grocery store. We need to consider these same basic hygiene methods with our pets. Although we are far from being experts on the matter, it is said that dogs cannot catch the virus, however could potentially carry it if they come into contact with it. Whether this is true or not, any additional sanitary measures are welcome during these trying times.
The first question we have asked dog owners is “Have you washed your leash?” Most people tell us no. We can handle that leach several times a day. We touch different surfaces such as doorknobs for example, then proceed to handling the leash. How often does the leash touch the ground when you’re out for a walk? Most of us do not even pay attention. How often has your dog been excited to see their other puppy friends, getting all close up and personal, dragging their owners with them? The easiest way to wash these items are to place them in the sink with dish soap and warm water, moving them around in the sink for several minutes. If your leash is not leather, let it soak for at least an hour, rinse and let dry. You will be surprise how clean they look!
There are other basic things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones during this pandemic. Have a damp towel ready for your dog’s feet so you can clean them once you get home, and then wash your own hands. You can also set up a plastic winter mat with grooves and add some dish soap and water and have your dog walk on it to rinse their paws. Another thing we may not think about is our dog’s toys. When was the last time you washed them? We are spending 24 hours a day in our home, so we are playing with our dogs and their toys. This may sound crazy but you could put on your bathing suit on and take your dog in the shower with you if you cannot get them to a groomer. We find that if you are getting wet then it’s okay that they are getting wet to. You will have an easier time with a stressed-out dog who really does not like bathes. Your dog may need to be reassured. If you do this, do not forget to pay attention to the drain, you want to remove any fur that accumulates around it. Use flea and tick shampoo if possible if your pet is not already on flea and tick medication. Environment Canada is predicting a warmer April which could potentially bring out ticks and fleas.
We are spending more time with our beloved dogs. The additional measures we take today could help flatten the curve and save lives… We need to be vigilant against the invisible enemy. We applaud all the front line warriors in the essential services industries, who are putting their lives on the line. It is up to us to help in any we can. Can you think of anything that people may not think to clean? Let us know!
Take care, stay home and be safe out.
Article by: Nancy
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Plants are the perfect addition to any room. With the proper amount of care, sunlight, and water, your plants will flourish and turn your living space into a beautiful oasis.
Whether you live in a small apartment or a large house, plants enhance each room of your home into a welcoming environment—especially a newly designed Montreal kitchen. Plants are known for improving people’s moods, so by having them in your sleek and modern or traditional and rustic kitchen, herbs will spice up your lifestyle one way or another. Both beautiful and functional, the greenery will brighten and freshen up your kitchen space while also providing you with a homegrown supply of the best herbs for your recipes.
Caring for Your Herbs
When selecting herbs to grow in your home, make sure you plant ones that thrive in an indoor environment. Cilantro, smaller varieties of basil, chives, and mint are some of the herbs that are both pleasing to the eye and will survive indoors, while dill and fennel are best kept outside because they spread as they grow.
You will also want to take into consideration the care that each plant needs when planning your kitchen’s design. Plants that need a lot of sunlight, such as basil, will need to be put on display by a door or window. Similarly, plants that need to be watered more frequently should be placed within reach to facilitate care.
Herb Care Instructions:
Cilantro thrives in full sun. Let the earth become bone dry before you water it. Harvest it on a weekly basis by cutting it at the stem’s bottom; if this is done correctly, the stem with regrow.
Basil also loves full sun, but keep its earth moist. When you want to use its leaves in your recipes, delicately pull the leaf off where it meets the stem.
Chives prefer sun and partial shade with moist earth; it’s a more temperamental plant, so if you soak it, it won’t be happy. Chives require clean cuts, so use sharp scissors when harvesting, but leave a minimum of two inches for regrowth.
Mint is best kept in partial sun with moist earth. This plant grows at a fast pace, so you should harvest it on a regular basis by gently removing its full-grown leaves; this will promote regrowth.
Oregano is part of the mint family and needs a variety of moderate and strong sunlight. Water it when it’s dry, but don’t let it get parched. Once you’ve trimmed the stems with scissors, you are free to remove the leaves and add them to your next dish.
Parsley offers curly or flat leaves that flourish in strong light. Delicately remove the stems by pinching them at the base. For the best results, plant parsley in a deep pot with organic potting soil.
Rosemary should bask in the heat during the summer months, but put it in cooler surroundings between 4 to 18°C when winter comes. If the top 2 inches of the earth is dry, water it thoroughly and let the pot drain; it doesn’t like sitting in water.
Depending on how much natural light enters your kitchen, consider using grow lights to promote herb growth. Be mindful that your plants will need their own space, especially to prevent pests. However, if you’re not happy with your dark kitchen, we can change that!
Fresh Design Options
Herbs are versatile design elements and can be beautiful additions to any design scheme. Hanging planters are great for sprucing up window areas while providing adequate sunlight to herbs that need more sun. For a more unique look, you can try upside-down hanging planters. Counter space is an often coveted part of the kitchen—particularly with large families—which makes hanging planters the best choice for your Montreal kitchen design.
However, for people who have ample counter space, you can add a mason jar herb rack that sits by your side while you prepare your meals. What’s great about this herb holder is that you can easily move it into or out of the sun, depending on the herbs in the rack.
If you’re looking to expand your herb supply and use a large variety for cooking, a vertical herb garden is a great option because it can have its own place in the kitchen, similarly to a wine rack. Don’t like round or terracotta-coloured pots? Dark flower boxes give a sleeker, more polished look while also saving space; they will blend in with an industrial-styled décor with stainless steel appliances.
While using herbs as soon as they’re harvested ensures the most flavour, you can collect and wrap the herbs with string or twine and hang them in your kitchen; this serves a dual purpose. Hanging the herbs in this fashion will dry and preserve them while adding a rustic atmosphere to your kitchen. This hanging method has been used for centuries.
As you’ve probably already guessed, herbs can double as décor and ingredients to brighten up your kitchen and liven up your favourite dishes. Basil and oregano are classic additions to traditional Italian cuisine, such as lasagna and pesto sauce. Cilantro is a great summer herb for Latin dishes, including strawberry tomato salsa and fajita-styled shrimp and grits. Sprinkle chives on your cheesy appetizers, such as nachos, for a subtle onion and garlic taste. Parsley is a versatile herb that can be used year-round for soups, vegetables, salads, sauces, seafood, and poultry. Rosemary adds light flavouring to soups, potatoes, and meats, such as roast beef.
The kitchen brings people together, and it has the strongest impact on individuals when the layout provides ample room, natural light, and personalized details that make you feel at home.
Adding herbs to your kitchen décor will not only warm up your space and give it a fresh feel, but it will help you save money by providing sustainable ingredients for your cooking needs. Cuisine Nuenza is your guide to creating an ergonomic and stylish kitchen that makes you feel at home. Contact us today to find out how you can incorporate herbs and plants into your unique kitchen space!
One of the most exciting parts of remodelling your home is getting to choose your brand new appliances. Whether your old appliances are old, falling apart, or fail to match the décor of your new remodel, there are many good reasons to say sayonara to your old and clunky machines. If you’re having a hard time pinning down the type of fridge, oven range, and microwave you want, here are a few ways to choose what’s right for you.
The only problem with choosing a state-of-the-art and top-of-the-line kitchen appliance is the unfortunate price tag that goes along with it. Otherwise, why wouldn’t we choose the best of the best appliances on the market? If you’re on the lookout for a new fridge or stove, the easiest way to narrow down your search is to calculate how much you can spend. If you’re not in any hurry to buy, wait until your favourite appliance goes on sale.
We all want to do our part to help save the planet. One way to reduce our carbon footprint is to invest in an eco-certified appliance, which is guaranteed to have a lower efficiency output. Most companies are updating and evolving their technology to become more environmentally friendly, but you can find appliances with special settings that allow your fridge, stove, or dishwasher to run on eco modes. These appliances may present higher upfront costs, but you actually end up saving on your energy bill.
Not everyone can fit a 48” built-in refrigerator into their kitchen. If your kitchen has limited space, it’s important to downsize your shopping list and to look for more realistic sizes. There are many “condo-sized” appliances available that are sensibly designed but don’t make you feel like you’re in a dorm room. Even though full-size ranges and impressive hood vents may not be in your kitchen’s future, we guarantee you’ll find something that’ll suit you and your kitchen to a tee.
In case you weren’t aware, retro appliances are all the range. Bright colours, curvy edges, and funky designs, we just can’t seem to get enough. Many small and large kitchen appliance companies are bringing back classic favourites by popular demand. If you have an eye for bold statement pieces, why not turn your appliances into a trendy statement piece that will set your kitchen apart from the rest?
Is it Possible to Find the Perfect Appliance?
Can you truly find an appliance that’s environmentally friendly and is the right colour, size, and cost? We think so! However, it’s important to align your expectations with what’s available on the market and with what your new kitchen remodel requires. If you’re looking for advice for buying your kitchen appliances, feel free to contact us or to visit our showroom for inspiration.