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5 things to do this upcoming Easter Weekend

Lucy Robert | posted Thursday, Apr 2nd, 2015

Hop into spring with The Toronto Zoo And Parks Canada
With the warm weather upon us what perfect way to celebrate but by heading to the Toronto Zoo!

This Easter weekend kids 12 and under will receive a passport that will lead to learning while having fun. Visitors will also have the opportunity to be ‘transported’ to iconic Canadian nature spots such as Banff, Point Peele, and many more national parks with the help of the Zoos interactive green screen. There will also be some fun characters roaming the park for young kids to meet.

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Easter Sweets & Chocolate Tour
Spend Easter sampling delicious Easter chocolate!

What should you expect on this tour? Well, only a taste of all the yummy sweets from cafes and bakery’s all located in Kensington Market! There are two tours: the first starting at 11:30 a.m., and the next at 2 p.m. on April 5 with five minute walks between each different stop. If you have a sweet tooth, this is definitely the tour for you.easter treats

Toronto Beaches Easter Parade
With over 50,000 attendees last year, the Toronto Beaches Easter Parade is surely something not to miss this coming Easter.

A tradition since 1966, this parade has over 100 floats and multiple marching bands! The parade is located at Queen Street at Munro Park and starts at 2 p.m. on April 5.beaches easter day parade

Downey’s Farm Market: Easterfest
Located 40 minutes outside of Toronto near Brampton is Downey’s Farm Market.

Downey’s will be having there 14th annual Easterfest with tons of fun activities for families including the Easter egg scramble, hay rides, face painting, and so much more! Admission is only $12 a person, and gives you access to all of the activities. Downey’s will be hosting Easterfest April 3, 4, 5, and starts at 10 a.m each day.bunny-easterfest

Easter Brunch at Casa Loma
Indulge this Easter with a brunch feast at Casa Loma!

Casa Loma will be featuring a gourmet brunch for those looking to eat out this Sunday. After, make sure to take a tour of the gorgeous castle located conveniently close to the Dupont subway station. Check out the entire menu seen here, and make sure to get your reservations before they are all booked up!casaloma

Six quick cleaning tips to get your home spotless, fast

Chatelaine | posted Thursday, Apr 2nd, 2015

1. Halt dirt at the source
Rule number one: don’t wear shoes in the house and you’ll exponentially reduce the filth. Set up an area near the front door and line up your kicks with plenty of room for guests’ shoes so they get the idea.

2. Mix your own cleaner
Use an all-purpose cleaner — you can whip up an all-natural version yourself using baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar — and assemble a “cleaning kit” for fast fixes. Include lots of spare rags and a toothbrush for tight spots. Tackle shiny surfaces with your cleaner to make them sparkle (scummy faucets are a turnoff) then wipe down mirrors with wet newspaper for streak-free gleam.

3. Bust dust
Re-usable electrostatic cloths attract dust like a magnet — buy them in bulk and attach them to dry mops in lieu of those pricey disposable cleaning sheets. For an even cheaper solution old dryer sheets also do the trick. Don’t forget to run a cloth over lightbulbs; they will burn brighter and last longer. Dust before hitting the floors with a vacuum cleaner or mop to catch the debris you just unsettled.

4. Rest easy
Always make your bed (it makes getting into it so much nicer). A fluffed duvet can hide a multitude of sins like crumpled sheets. Efficiency expert Donna Smallin, author of the One-Minute Cleaner, advises to keep an extra set of sheets on the box spring for quick changes.

5. Water works
Clean the shower while you’re still in it. Let your conditioning hair mask soak in while you wipe tiles down. Hint: Shampoo and liquid soaps prevent water marks from building up. Use your dishwasher for more than dirty pots and pans. The high heat will disinfect cleaning items like dish brushes and old toothbrushes.

6. Soak it
Don’t scrub what you can soak. Soak a paper towel with a mixture of 2 tbsp baking soda and 4 cups of boiling water. Place over spills in the fridge, close the door and in 20 minutes food residue will be easy to clean up. Donna Smallin’s handy hint for cleaning the microwave: Add some lemon slices to a cup of water and nuke for five minutes. Food and grime will effortlessly wipe away.

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