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Kitchen hacks: 5 creative ways to use your tools

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015


Take a whisk from your mixer at home (or buy one from the dollar store), take the handle off, fit it into your drill and go! Mixing has never been easier! Your eggs or cake batter will mix up in no time.

Cleaning up:

Why not make your chores fun? Buy a baby bottle cleaning brush, add it into the clutch of the drill, dip it into soapy water and clean! You can also use this in the bathroom to clean your grout, and it can even help clean your tires.


Working on detailed projects can be very difficult, so why not use an electric toothbrush? Cut the bristles off of the toothbrush, take male velcro (the rough side), cut it and attach it to the bristles with construction adhesive, then cut sandpaper and put it right on top. This is great for sanding the small, hard-to-reach places.

Peeling apples:

If your kids don’t like eating apples with the peel on, Leigh-Ann has a shortcut for you! Insert a spade bit into your drill, stick it into the centre of the apple and turn it on. As the apple is spinning, put a peeler against the apple and watch as the skin peels off in seconds!

Peeling potatoes:

Snap off the end of a toilet brush and stick it into your drill. Boiling your potatoes for four to five minutes before hand will help soften them up. Take the drill, stick it into a pot of water and potatoes and mix it up for 1 to 2 minutes. Watch as the potato skin miraculously peels off!

To see all of Leigh-Ann’s kitchen hacks in action, watch the video below:


TTC track work closes College and Spadina for 3 weeks

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Apr 6th, 2015

Heads up for both drivers and TTC riders: The intersection of College and Spadina will be closing on Monday for three weeks.

The entire intersection will close from April 6 to April 27 for streetcar track repairs.

City officials say eastbound traffic on College will be detoured to Bathurst, westbound traffic will be detoured to University, McCaul, St. George, or Beverley street.

Northbound traffic on Spadina will be detoured to Dundas or Nassau streets while southbound traffic will be detoured to Bloor, Sussex or Harbord streets.

Week of Apr. 6, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Apr 5th, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Dr. Joelene Huber visits Tuesday to talk about food traps that parents fall into with their kids.

On Wednesday, we learn how to dress up for spring with your existing winter wardrobe.

And to end off the week on Friday, Sportsnet anchor Nick Kypreos stops by.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

Best of BT Weekend: April 2, 2015

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Apr 2nd, 2015

WANT Boutique

We take a look at the hottest spring fashion trends from WANT Boutique.

Dr. Karyn Gordon

Dr. Karyn Gordon gave advice to those looking to find their dream career.

Delicious dishes for Easter

Gastroentertainer Christian Pritchard shows us a few Italian recipes perfect for this Easter!

Easter weekend: what’s open and closed

CityNews | posted Thursday, Apr 2nd, 2015

Easter weekend is right around the corner and before you hop out of the house take a look at our list to see what doors will be opened or closed.

What’s open:

  • Eaton Centre is open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, regular hours on Saturday and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday
  • Pacific Mall will be open both Monday and Easter Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Ontario Science Centre, the Toronto Zoo, CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum and Ripley’s Aquarium are all open for the entire weekend with regular hours of operation
  • TTC will have holiday service on Friday and regular service all weekend
  • GO Transit will be operating on a their weekend schedule on Friday and will run on regular schedules on both Sunday and Monday
  • The Bay (at Queen and Bay) will be open on Friday and Sunday from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Cineplex Movie Theaters are open regular hours
  • Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens is open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Sunday

What’s closed:

  • Square One, Vaughan Mills, Sherway Gardens, Fairview and Yorkdale shopping centres will be closed on Easter Sunday and on Good Friday
  • Toronto Public Library branches are all closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
  • LCBO is closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday. More than 295 LCBO stores will open on Monday but with modified hours, click here to check your local store hours
  • Beer Stores is closed Friday and Sunday and will have regular hours on Saturday and Monday
  • No mail delivery on Good Friday and Easter Monday
  • Government offices, including municipal buildings like Toronto City Hall, are closed Friday-Monday
  • Banks will be closed Friday-Sunday, and will resume service on Monday
  • Most grocery stores will be closed on Sunday
  • Art Gallery of Ontario will be closed on Monday. The Art Rentals and Sales will be closed on Friday and Saturday but regular hours of operation of the gallery

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.

toronto zoo

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.

How to take care of your aging skin

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015

Why do we age and how can we fight it?
The environment: You need to protect your skin with sunscreen. It’ll reduce the chances of you getting dark spots, wrinkles and your skin will be in much better condition.
What is happening to your body internally: If you’re healthy it will seep through to your skin. Medications, genes, sickness, etc. can all impact your skin. Behavioural issues: Are you a smoker? Do you drink a lot? Do you do drugs? If yes, all these decisions will play a part in how your skin looks.

What should you do?
You want to exfoliate your skin. The skin is always producing new skin, so the dead skin needs to come off. Sometimes it doesn’t come off naturally, so you need to use something such as a chemical exfoliant or a manual exfoliant to get rid of that skin. If you have dry skin, you can exfoliate your skin less frequently (about every three days), whereas if you have oily skin, you can exfoliate your skin more frequently (about every two days).
Advance your skin care routine. Add a serum and use products that mimic ingredients that are in your skin such as coenzyme q10 and hyaluronic acid. The coenzyme q10 enegizes the skin to produce new skin and turn it over, and the hyaluronic acid locks the moisture in. Adding a serum into your skincare routine is really easy — it goes right after your toner and before your moisturizer in the morning, and before your night cream before bed.
Eat well. What goes into the body, shows on the skin. Drink water and get your servings of vegetables and fruits!

For more tips from Dino, watch the video below:

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