Monday, April 18, 2011
BMO is introducing the Eco Smart Mortgage for Canadians who meet their energy efficiency criteria. The Eco Smart Mortgage has a five-year fixed rate of 3.89% (subject to change) which is lower than other comparable green mortgage products. What the homeowner does is download the checklist for house or condo from the BMO. After reviewing the checklist if the homeowner thinks that they qualify then they contact BMO and talk to a mortgage specialist.
I went through the checklist for our house and it's really easy to do. To qualify your house has to have 6 out of 7 energy efficient features that are listed. The list includes things such as appliances, window, doors, hot water tanks and furnaces. Our house has 2 out of 7 and part of the appliance category which is a fail. Our house isn't very energy efficient at all. Coincidentally though our current mortgage rate is the same or lower than the 3.89% offered anyway without giving away the actual number. We would love to have all the energy efficient features listed but the biggest thing holding us back is money! Windows can get very expensive when there's a house full of them to replace. We're just going to start small such as with doors and if the furnace kicks the bucket then we'll look at replacing that too. For more information visit the website here.
I get the opportunity to give one of my readers a $50 Rona gift card! For a mandatory entry you must comment about your efforts or future plans to make your home more energy efficient. Contest is open to Canadians only and ends on May 15th.
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Disclosure – I am participating in the BMO Eco Smart Mortgage program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of BMO - Bank of Montreal. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Today I'm getting no nap. The routine is always the same, lunch, quiet activity, story then nap........or not. He has in the past very very rarely missed his nap and I'd leave him in the crib for an hour for a little quiet time and mental break for me. Well today that wasn't an option. He's been sick for 11 days and still quite congested so when put down for his nap he began jumping in the crib (normal for him) which made him breathe faster and with the congestion it was hard for him to catch his breathe which led to coughing, then crying and hysterics so I couldn't leave him there! I tried laying down with him (worked yesterday) but no luck so he's been running crazy all afternoon though not really bothering me too much so I guess that's almost like a break though I can't rest my eyes.
I'm hoping this is just because he's sick because when he's better I'll be trying my best to keep pushing a nap even if it means playing in the crib for an hour. I can only imagine what'll happen when he goes into a big-boy bed in a few short months when the baby comes! We'll see what tomorrow brings...........
Sunday, April 10, 2011
- 100% polyester shell and fill
- Cuddle up with your favorite Yo Gabba Gabba character - Muno
- Spot clean only
- Coordinates with the Yo Gabba Gabba toddler bedding set
My son loves this!!
Yo Gabba Gabba is my 18 month old's favorite shows. The products can't be found in Canada so I was happy to order him the Muno cuddle pillow. He loves it. Muno sleeps with him in the crib for every nap and nighttime sleep.
Monday, April 4, 2011
I'm debating on getting another stroller. He'll still be kind of young to be walking too far and right now he's in the habit of taking off so it's easier to contain him while shopping. I haven't looked too much into double strollers but I know that I wouldn't want something huge! I was thinking about the sit n' stand strollers. These don't look overly big and would allow my son to stand or sit as he likes. Now I understand how parents end up with 3-5 strollers. We have 3 so this would be number 4.
Any advice for preparing a toddler for #2 or stroller recommendations??