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Great Poutines in Kitchener Waterloo

Let’s talk about the best Canadian combination that has ever existed, potatoes, cheese and gravy!  If you want to feel like you’re eating a healthy salad when you order a poutine, we call is a potato salad with gravy vinaigrette and cheese.  There are many factors that go into a great poutine and I’m sure not everyone is going to agree with me on where to get a great one, but if you haven’t tried the ones on this list, give them a try and let me know what you think!

Let’s start with what I like in a poutine, it needs to have a beefy gravy, I don’t like one made with chicken gravy, the fries need to be fresh cut and cheese needs to be real cheese curds!  I also like some additional toppings on a poutine, not always, a traditional one is good too, but most of the ones I dream about on this list have some kind of fun topping or modification


Crazy Canuck

141 Ontario St N, Kitchener  or 845 Weber St, Waterloo 

The poutine at Crazy Canuck is at the top of my list for a reason!  The portion size is great, their gravy is perfect, and they have nice crispy fresh cut fries!  I order the Montreal smoked meat one, real Quebec style, now they do include some sauerkraut and some kind of mustard, I opt not to have those and just enjoy their traditional poutine with the smoked meat.  They also seem to fry up the meat a little, so it’s nice and warm and has crispy edges, it’s the poutine of my dreams!


Big Fat Pita

85 King St W - Kitchener

I know that it sound strange to enjoy a poutine from a pita place, but they offer much more than pitas stuffed with more chicken and shawarma than you can handle!  They also make a very nice and rich beef gravy atop of fresh cut fries and fresh cheese curds.  Their traditional poutine is good, but if you order it with bacon on top, he puts on so much bacon crumble that you can’t even see the fries!  That’s a huge win on splurge day!


Smoke’s Poutinerie

255 King St N – Waterloo

Smokes is exactly what you would expect them to be, they specialize in poutines and they do a great job at it.  They do offer different types of gravy, so if you want to get a meat free gravy, smokes is your place!  Their main gravy is a chicken base, which is why it’s no on the top of my list, but their homemade gravy recipe is delicious.  Smoke’s offers the most topping options of any poutine place on this list, and my favourite is the philly steak.  I find adding the philly beef to the poutine makes up for the missing beef gravy. 


Hemlock St Burger Bar

251 Hemlock St – Waterloo

For me what makes the Hemlock St Burger bar poutine so special is their fries!  They make a bomb fry to go with their burger on their own but turn those fries into a poutine and you’re making magic!  If you want to up your game even more, put some poutine right on that burger, it’s a match made in heaven!   They also offer the crispiest of the bacon, and as some of you know, I like my bacon SUPER crispy and Hemlock St Burger bar provides just that!


Classic Chip Truck locations

I’ll do a post later in the summer about the different chip trucks around town, but for now, I’ll list the chip trucks or little permanent huts where you can get fresh cut fries with beef gravy and squeaky cheese curds, let me know which of these is your favourite

David’s Fries – 36 Lancaster St W

Manitou Takeout -  808 Courtland Ave E

Wesley’s – 2067 Victoria St N

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Top 5 Sunday Brunch Spots in Waterloo Region

Brunch is one of the best ways to kickstart a Sunday Funday!   We have lots of incredible spots for brunch in the region, here are some spots where you are able to enjoy an great meal and of course a Mimosa or Caesar!


Cambridge Mill

100 Water S N, Cambridge

Brunch at the Cambridge Mill is a whole morning/afternoon event.  They have an incredible spread in their buffet from all the usual breakfast foods to a huge table of cold items, seafood and a carvery with a rotating selection of meats.  They even have made to order items like Belgian Waffles, fresh crepes and omelettes!  Most spots in the restaurant come with a fantastic view of the river and if you are brunching after 11am, you can enjoy bottomless Mimosa’s, Caeser’s and Bloody Mary’s. 


The Bauer Kitchen

187 King St S, Waterloo 

For those looking for a great brunch spot uptown, The Bauer Kitchen has you covered.  Offering a brunch menu with lots of great options like homemade granola and a lovely basket of baked goods to an incredible lobster eggs benedict.  If you are brunching with someone who doesn’t like breakfast foods (but why would you) Bauer Kitchen also offers pizzas, burgers and gluten and vegan friendly options so everyone can join you.  If you’re looking for a great Sunday drink, they have a vast caeser bar where you can make your own caeaser by choosing from a variety of spices and toppings like pickles, bacon and so many other tasty drink toppers. 


Proof Kitchen

110 Erb St W, Waterloo 

Another great uptown location for Brunch, you can enjoy brunch at Proof and then go for a walk in Waterloo park, what a great way to spend a weekend day!  They offer a smaller brunch menu, but the food is incredibly delicious, I would strongly suggest you try the baked and stuffed French toast!  Especially if you have a sweet tooth like me!  If savory is your jam, the smoked Brisket Benedict has been a hit!  They also offer a little boozy brunch with Caesers and Mimoas for just $5 each.  Brunch on!


Golf Steak House

598 Lancaster St W - Kitchener 

No brunch list would be complete without mentioning the one that started it all in town.  Golf Steakhouse is the family spot to have brunch, this is a great place to go for a large family birthday and their Sunday brunch offers something to please everyone in your family.  They offer all the regular breakfast  buffet foods, lots of cold salads and even devilled eggs on their salad bar!  For those looking for more of a hot lunch, you can enjoy ribs, roast beef and ham on their hot tables and carvery!  They don’t offer any boozey breakfast options, but don’t worry, you can eat your feelings on their dessert table!




305 Lancaster St W, Kitchener 

I wouldn’t call Kypreos an only Sunday Brunch spot, Kypreos is our go to breakfast spot. I love their hashbrown potatoes and they always make the eggs perfectly.  They offer a large breakfast menu that is sure to please anyone in your party, but this is the spot you would go to when you want to enjoy a delicious and quick breakfast, Kypreos will not dispappoint, their service is fast and friendly and the food is always hot a delicious!

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Movie Theatres In Kitchener Waterloo

Movie Theatres In Kitchener Waterloo 


We’re still in hibernation mode, but want to get out of the house, but not too excited about going outside.  How about you warm up with a movie and some popcorn.  Kitchener Waterloo has some great spots to check out a movie

and they have different wonderful perks, so here’s my list of where you can go to see a movie in the Region and why you would want to go to each location.



Princess Cinema & Princess Twin

Both great spots in Uptown Waterloo.  You would go here for a few reasons, you want to see support a local business and you want to see a great movie that may not be playing in the big theatres.  Last year for us, it was the Oscar nominated film Parasite, I could not get enough of that movie and Princess was the first and one of the only places to have it! They also host great festival movies and so many other unique events for movie goers.  Another great thing about the princess is the membership pricing and they use real butter on the popcorn which they are melting from a real stick of butter!  Also, you can buy individual licorice there, what more can you ask for!


Apollo Cinema

Another wonderful local theatre, located in Downtown Kitchener.  Best part about Apollo is in the renovation when they opened, they removed every other row of seating from the first few rows and put in tables in front of the seats, it’s an incredible transformation with room for your popcorn, snacks and drinks!  They have a liquor license and serve great local adult beverages.  Apollo also has member pricing, but what I love about them is that they play some really fun retro movies with themed drinks and food!  Think Uncle Buck with Pancakes or Home Alone 2 with Cheese Pizza.  Apollo is such a fun theatre to see a movie in and you should check them out for one of their fun drunken movie nights, you get to shout at the screen and have a blast!  They even serve local Four all ice cream there, so it’s got a little something for everyone!


Cineplex VIP

This theatre offers exactly what the name says it does, it offers a VIP service, it does have regular movies too, but the VIP can be worth it for the right movie!  In VIP, the seats recline, have small tray tables for your drinks and snacks and they even have a person who will take your dinner order at your seat if you arrive to the movie early enough.  This theatre is the full package and a way to really wow your date!  There is a full menu, so you can order appetizers, full meals which are great and dessert as well as get your regular popcorn.  They also offer a fully licensed bar and can mix you up a cocktail or pour a pint of beer.  My favourite part about VIP is that the entire VIP section of the theatre is 19+ so there are never any children, it’s a great night out!


Landmark 10 & Landmark 12

These theatres are our go to places for when you’re looking to see a new blockbuster movie.  Landmark has some of the best theatre popcorn and all their seating is reserved.  The reserved seating is one of my favourite things about the theatre now and makes movie going much more enjoyable if you are on a tight schedule.  I always keep a Costco pass or 2 in my purse and can book those deals online and have the perfect seats reserved.  Landmark 12 down by Sportsworld also offers an IMAX theatre if you’re looking for big screen experience.  I love that we offer this here now, IMAX used to be something we could only see in Toronto and had to travel for that special night.  Both of these theatres offer a great experience, comfortable seats and make for a great regular movie night out.


Cineplex Conestoga Mall

Cineplex by Conestoga Mall is also your typical new release movie theatre, they do have some fun weekend morning retro movies for kids at a reduced rate for a fun family morning out as well.  My favourite part about this Cineplex is that they offer food in their theatre, burgers, fries, sandwiches.  This theatre also has reserved seats and if you’re in a time crunch to make an early movie and haven’t had dinner yet, this theatre has you covered!  Another fun option for action movies is Cineplex offers D-Box which is a 4D experience where the seat moves with the movie, think of taking a ride with the movie! 

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Where to Skate for Free in Kitchener/Waterloo

Where to Skate for Free in Kitchener/Waterloo 




Did you know that there is free skating every week all over the Region?  Here's a list of where and when you can  enjoy a free public skate.  There are also lots of single days of free skating available in the Region, get out there and enjoy this fun winter activity.  If you like to skate outside, enjoy the rink in front of Kitchener City Hall, it's now open and ready for those perfect winter days. 


Weekly Free Skates














Activa Sportsplex




3:30pm - 4:50pm


Last skate: June 29

Cancellations: December 9 & 30, March 9





3:30pm- 4:50pm



March 9 only


Kinsmen Arena (The Aud)





Last skate: March 3

Cancellations: November 26, December 24 & 31



Activa Sportsplex




3:30pm - 4:50pm


Last skate: June 30

Cancellations: December 24 & 31


Don McLaren Arena




4:00pm - 4:50pm 


Last skate: March 24

Cancellations: December 24 & 31

Grand River Arena 




4:00pm - 4:50 pm


Last skate: March 24

Cancellations: December 24 & 31






11am - 12:50pm


Last skate: March 25

Cancellations: December 25 & January 1


Kinsmen (The Aud) 




4:00pm - 4:50pm


Last skate: March 11

Cancellations: December 25 & January 1

Kiwanis (The Aud) 




10:30am - 11:20am



Last skate: March 12

Cancellations: December 26


Activa Sportsplex




11:15am - 12:05 pm


Last skate: June 25

Cancellations: December 26 & May 7


Activa Sportsplex




3:30pm - 4:50pm 


Last skate: June 25

Cancellations: December 26 & May 7


Lions Arena




4:00pm - 4:50 pm


Last skate: March 26

Cancellations: December 26


Activa Sportsplex




10:15am - 12:05pm


Last skate: June 26

Cancellations: November 22, December 27, 

January 31, April 24, May 1 & May 8





Free Skate Days







Albert McCormick Community Centre


November 10th


12:00pm - 12:50pm

RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex


December 8th 


3:30pm - 5:20pm 


Activa Sportsplex


Decemeber 23rd


9:00am - 10:50am


Sportsworld (Gaylea Rink)


December 23rd 


1:00pm - 2:50pm


Lions Arena 


December 30th 


2:00pm - 3:50pm


Sportsworld (Gaylea Rink)


January 2nd 


9:00am - 10:50am  and 

2:00 pm - 3:50pm


Lions Arena 


January 2nd 


9:00 am - 9:50am  and 

1:00 pm - 2:50 pm


Don McLaren Arena 


January 2nd


9:00 am - 10:50am and 

1:00 pm - 2:50 pm


Grand River Arena 


January 2nd 


9:00 am - 10:50 am and

1:00 pm - 2:50 pm


Lions Arena


January 3rd 


9:00 am - 9:50am and

1:00 pm - 2:50pm


Don McLaren Arena 


January 3rd


9:00 am - 10:50 am and

1:00 - 2:50 pm


Grand River Arena 


January 3rd 


9:00 am - 10:50 am and 

1:00 pm - 2:50 pm


Sportsworld (Practice Arena)


January 3rd


1:15pm - 2:50pm


Albert McCormick Community Centre


January 12th 


12:00pm - 12:50 pm


RIM Paril Manulife Sportsplex


February 9th 


3:30pm - 5:20pm


Albert McCormick Community Centre


March 8th 


12:00pm - 12:50pm







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50 things to do to sell your home faster

50 Tips to Prepare your Home to Sell Faster 


Here’s 50 tips of what you should be doing to get your home ready for sale, some of these things are great projects you can work on over the winter if you are looking to sell in Spring of 2020.   


If you need me to come by for a quick evaluation to let you know what you should be working on to make your home look it’s best, let me know.  I’m always happy to come over early in the process to get you started, some of my clients take over a year to get their home ready, but by having me in early, you aren’t wasting time or money on items that won’t increase the value or your home or get it sold quickly.



1. Have a Realtor, Interior Designer or Professional Organizer Walk through your home with fresh eyes to determine what needs to be removed, updated or repaired in your home.



2. Patch Damaged Walls
3. Replace Cracked Floor Tiles
4. Oil Squeaky Doors
5. Fix Sticky Windows or broken panes of glass
6. Fix leaky faucets and toilets
7. Re-Caulk Sinks and tubs
8. Replace and repair ripped and broken screens




9. Replace outdated cabinet knobs and pulls
10. Update old lighting fixtures
11. Update blinds if needed
12. Replace shower heads or faucets if needed




13. Paint interior walls neutral colours
14.Paint exterior doors and window trim
15. Paint baseboards to freshen
16. Paint ceiling to freshen up if needed
17. Paint exterior railings if possible




18.Take down heavy window coverings that block light
19.Wash all windows
20.Increase the wattage of light bulbs
21.Replace Dark Lamp Shades



22. Remove family Photos
23. Store Knicknacks
24. Remove any large collections or collectable items of value




25. Thin out books on the shelves
26. Empty Kitchen Counters
27. Remove out of season clothing from closets
28. Store items in the appropriate space (garage or storage unit)




29. Organize Pantry
30. Organize Closets
31. Organize basemen storage
32. Organize Garage, Shed and outdoor storage




33. Clean all interior surfaces
34. Clean door & window frames, tracks and jams
35. Air out and clean cabinets under sinks
36. Power wash decks and walkways
37. Clean outdoor furniture
38. Clean porch lights and all cobwebs


 Hide Signs of Pets:


39.. Remove all pet smells
40. Hide pet food and water bowls
41. Take pets away for all showings, or let a friend care for them while your home is for sale


Stage Inside:


42. Reduce amount of furniture in each room
43. Organize furniture to give each room a purpose
44. Place flowers around home for showing

45. Prune & Landscape:

46. Remove all dead plants
47. rune overgrown shrubs and bushes
48. Fill open garden space with seasonal flowers
49. Add fresh mulch to beds


Stage Outside:


50.Make front porch clean and inviting with nice chairs if there is room
BONUS:  Use outdoor furniture to create inviting outdoor spaces


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Kitchener Oktoberfest Fest Halls

Where to Oktoberfest in Kitchener/Waterloo


If you’ve never had the chance to attend our Oktoberfest, it is a sight to behold!  As a non beer drinker I have still found joy in the festivities! Including the incredible traditional outfits, the dancing that I am so happy to see people  keeping the tradition, the German Polka music and of course the chicken dance!  Who doesn’t enjoy getting down to a little chicken dance.  Let’s not forget the food, the region is full of pretzels, schneitzel, sausages, Oktoberfest mustard and warm beer nuts! 

Oktoberfest is a great 9 days for those in the region to get together to enjoy some good cheer before winter begins and many events are family friendly.  For a full list of events visit here


Below is a list of the region’s fest halls, what makes them unique and where to find them


Alpine Club

464 Maple Ave, Kitchener


Known for their apple Strudel, go to Alpine club for the eats and stay for the fun entertainment.  Alpine club offers traditional dancers, has their own house band and if you’re lucky, you may catch the lumberjack demonstration! 



90 King St W – Elements Night Club


Bayerisches Haus is a community partnership with the Lions clue and will be hosting those more night club like events including Beatoberfest and Rocktoberfest, this would be the fest hall where more university students will be attending.  If you’ve never been to one of these events, make sure to wear short pants, with the amount of beer spilled on the floor from the beer drinking and polka dancing, it will wick up your pants to your knees!


Chicopee Haus

396 Morrison Rd, Kitchener


Our only fest hall located in a rustic ski chalet, this fest hall offers some really fun outdoor festing opportunities.  You can enjoy the evening relaxing outdoors on one of the Muskoka chairs by the fire pit or try your luck in the shooting range; fire a pumpkin from the trebuchet, shoot the potato guns, blast a pumpkin from the canon, or throw and axe in the range.  Gather your friends and try their 4 person shot ski too!


Concordia Club

429 Ottawa St S, Kitchener


If you’ve never been to Oktoberfest before and you’re only going to do it once, make Concordia Club your stop.  The Concordia Club is the largest ethnic German Club in Canada. The entertainment and food during the festival, as well as the rest of the year, is as unique and diverse as is the heritage of the Concordia Club.  Concordia club can hold almost 4,000 guests on any fest evening with their large fest tent.  While it is also the loudest of the venues, you are sure to have fun playing their many games, dancing with friends and strangers, they have live music all night long and also have traditional dancing entertainment.  They also put on an incredible German platter dinner, you might even catch a glimpse of Unkle Hans if you look!



1605 Bleams Rd, Mannheim


Another staple in the fest hall lineup, Hubertushaus offers some unique food specialities including Rollbratten (pork tenderloin roasted on a spit) served with Spaetzle Noodles & Coleslaw or Breaded Pork Schnitzel served with Potato Salad & Coleslaw as well as a selection of scrumptious cakes and tortes.  This year they are also hosting their 50th anniversary family event Bogenschuetzenfest.  What is Bogenschuetzenfest? This family friendly event is the longest continuous running Family & Cultural Event and will be celebrating it's 50th anniversary in 2019. Anyone with a barebow and 2 special blunt-tipped arrows may participate in Bogenschuetzenfest on Saturday, October 12th. The aim is to knock off parts of a Styrofoam eagle mounted on top of a 35' pole. On Sunday, October 13, participants can compete in the Running Boar Tournament, where the target is a 3D replica of a wild boar travelling at approximately 20 km/h. Any bow is allowed and field tip arrows.




125 King St W , kitchener – Bobby O’Briens


With all the changes that have happened in the last few years in downtown, it has been harder and harder to find a home for the beer garden tent. Best thing about the tent is that they service beer and German fare and you don’t need a ticket to get in.  This year, that space will be hosted on downtown Kitchener’s largest patio at Bobby O’Briens, a good match.  Head downtown and watch the tapping of the keg and stop in here for a pint or two.  This tent will only be open the 1st weekend of Oktoberfest



41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener


The newest Festhall, which just launched in 2019.  Promising to be one of the biggest fest halls in the festival offering authentic music and food.  The food will be provided by the Transylvania club, who with the closing of the stampede last year has lost their venue for Oktoberfest.  Oktoberfesthaus is unique in that they will be cashless, you’ll be able to buy everything you need with just a wristband, so make sure you go online to get set up to avoid the lineups


Schwaben Club

1668 King St E, Kitchener


Schwaben club is another German club that offers year round German fare, so you know that the food is incredible, they also offer German beer on tap and are one of the only fest halls to offer this during Oktoberfest.  Home of the shotski and with 2 different fest halls within Schwaben club, you are free to choose which fest hall suits you, as you progress through the halls throughout the night, they get a little more rowdy! 


Oktoberfest Koolhaus

425 Bingeman’s Centre Dr, Kitchener


Koolhaus is another large tent fest hall.  What makes Kool Haus unique is that they offer VIP lounges, you up to 5 friends can enjoy a more relaxing Oktoberfest experience with bottle service and private bar access all night.  Also offering German fare and even local craft beers, Bingeman’s knows how to cater to a crowd and this is going to be one fun crowd at Kool Haus!


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Pumpkin Patches In Waterloo Region

Pumpkin Patches In Waterloo Region 


Snyder’s Family Farm  

936685 Blenheim Rd, Bright


If you’re looking for some where to choose a great pumpkin and spend an afternoon with the kids, Snyder’s family   farm is a great place to stop and do that, with 5 acres of pumpkins to choose from and some incredible play areas, this is a great place to go with the young ones to give them a day they’ll remember.  If you want to go for an evening scare, they run a large haunted house too, including a haunted hayride and you can grab your pumpkin too for your porch too!



Good Family Farm Pumpkins  

909 Bridge Str E, Waterloo


When you stop at Good Family Farm to get your pumpkins, you aren’t just getting your average pumpkins, they have a variety of sizes and shapes of course, but they also offer those strange colours in pumpkins and even those fun warty ones!  With prices for pumpkins ranging from $1 to $10 you’re bound to find the perfect pumpkin for everyone in the family


Shantz Family Farm   

1544 Bleams Rd, Petersburg


Shantz family farm doesn’t have a entry fee to join in the fun!  Visiting this farm is a great place to enjoy a fall weekend, they offer u pick pumpkins, a corn maze and a straw maze for the little ones, you can take a weekend hay ride and even visit with their farm animals!  Don’t forget to stop at the hay bale scene for a great photo opportunity! 




Nauman’s Farm 

3250 Hessen Strasse, St Clements


Another fantastic family farm that offers u pick pumpkins and fun for the littles!  Corn maze, playground and a giant spider web!  What makes Nauman’s different if you have older kids, is that they offer Pumpkin Slingshots and corn cannons, go and get your pumpkins and see how far you can smash that pumpkin! 



Herrle’s Country Farm Market  

1243 Erb’s Rd, St. Agatha


Herrle’s is located very close to town and always offers the best quality produce, stop in for a pumpkin and some baked goods, I strongly suggest the cookies!  Also if you like to make your own popcorn at home, their kernels are the best we have ever used!  Open until October 31st and then closed until the Spring, make sure you stop in and stock up on your preserves and homemade sweet treats before they close!  When you’re inside make sure you look for the train that circles the store, always a childhood favourite! 

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Mid Week Date Night Ideas in Kitchener/Waterloo

Mid Week Date Night Ideas in Kitchener Waterloo 



Looking for something different that you can do midweek and still make it home in a timely fashion on a "school night"  Date night on a week night can be just a fun and maybe a little more affordable, and maybe even easier to find a sitter.  



I've been told that my whole life is a date night, so here's some ideas of quick things that we would do for fun on a weeknight when we're looking for something to do! There's so much to do in the region and I'm sure you can find something to suit everyone.


CTRL V - Virtual realtity Arcade


Open till 10:30 weeknigts and offering BOGO pricing on Thursdays, this is a good place to go and try something new, offering unique virtual reality experiences in a variety of options from first person shooter games to team sports like badminton and even virtual surgery games, it's sure to please everyone.  With online booking you can check out their avaialbility and make this a unique experience together.   With locations in Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph, you can pair this evening out with your favourite place to eat too! 


Crock a Doodle  - Pottery Painting 


If you're looking to make something cute for each other, maybe a favourite mug or plate, this is a great place to show a little love on a piece of art you make yourselves!  Open till 8pm on weeknights, you can drop in anytime and make your own masterpiece (just choose your pottery) or go online to view their fun uipcoming themed events.  Having a mid week date night here is something that will last and is easy to do with no reservations or studio fees required!  



Trivia Nights 

Trivia nights is a great way to enjoy a little friendly competition or to pool your strange knowledge together to conquer!  To learn about some great spots about where to Trivia in Kitchener Waterloo, check out the previous blog post here.




Rhapsody Barrel Bar

Rhapsody is a great place to go for dinner and entertainment.  Tuesday’s is Black Ball Comedy night, catch a comedian and grab dinner, starting at 8:30 this is generally still an early night home!  Other fun evenings at Rhapsody include open mic night and live music.  Within something happening every evening at Rhapsody, make sure you check their calendar of events to see which evening best suits you. 


Nailed it Nite


Nailed it night offers lots of options for DIY home décor items and has fun events happening all over town, including locations like Kitchener Farmers Market, Bridgeport Community Centre and Descnedants Beer and Beverage Company, who doesn’t enjoy a little local beer with some painting and designing.  They have an extensive calendar of their events on their facebook page where you can make fall porch leaners, Halloween crafts, Christmas crafts, winter wreaths, family signs and so much more!  This is another great date night where you get to leave with great memories.


Timeless Materials & Timeless Café   


If you’re like us and like to look at vintage materials and get inspiration on home projects, then a date night to timeless material and café is made for you!  Timeless materials closes at 6pm, so you have to make sure to get there quick, shop there until 6pm and then hash over your ideas for projects next door at timeless café. Their Thursday date night dinner menu is a great way to enjoy some time together, check out their site for what they offer on date night menus every week.  Their date night menu is $69 per couple and offers a 4 course dinner, there will be lots of time to talk about your next home overhaul over this incredible dinner!


Cineplex VIP Date Night  


If you haven’t had the chance to enjoy a movie in the VIP cinema on Fairway yet, you are missing out, the seats are incredibly comfortable, they serve you right at your seat, including alcohol and on Wednesday’s they offer date night, which includes dinner and a movie for 2, which considering what a night at the movies can cost, this is a great night out!  The  date night dinner includes 3 course, a shareable appetizer, 2 main entrees and a shareable dessert and the best part about this theatre is that there are no kids allowed, so choose your movie and enjoy a relaxing night out!   









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Where to pick apples in Waterloo Region

Apple Picking In Kitchener/Waterloo and surrounding Area


Is there anything tastier than a Crisp Fall Apple?  My favourite apple is the Honey Crisp, they are basically like the Cadillac of apples and are described as Super Crisp, Very Juicy and Bursting with flavour, how can you not want  that!? When you go out to a place to pick your own, certain apples are much more affordable, like Honey Crisp and get you to spend a few hours in the Orchard!


Here are some spots where you can go to get some fresh from farm apples or go and pick your own.  Make a day of it and go enjoy our beautiful local orchards.



Martin’s Family Fruit Farm

Located at: 1420 Lobsinger Line, close to the St. Jacobs market

While you can’t pick your own apples here, they offer all you would expect from an apple farm, crisp apples in many varieties, fresh pressed cider and many preserves.  They also have store hours that you can still get it after work.  This is a great stop if you are pressed for time and don’t want to pick your own but still want farm fresh.

For more info about their apples and hours, visit their site here 



Orchard Home Farm

Located at:  235 Howell Rd, St George – Between Cambridge & Brantford


This is the orchard I make a stop at once a year to pick my own apples.  There’s something about an apple right off the tree that is just so tasty!  This orchard offers many varaties of apples both in pick your own or in their outdoor farm store.  They also have pumpkins and homemade tasty treats if you are looking for a reason to stop in.



For more info about their apples and hours, visit their site here 




Brantview Apples & Cider

Located at:  225 Howell Rd , St George


Just down the road from Orchard Home Farm is another family owned orchard that offers more fun for the whole family including a tractor ride to pick your own apples and a corn maze!  They also offer many apple products including cider, butters, jellies and even apple cider donuts! 



For more info about their apples and hours, visit their site here 






Located at:  9528 regional Road 25, Milton


Chudleigh’s is full of many happy family memories for a lot of people in the region and this is why I’ve included it on the list, even though it’s a bit of a drive and outside the region.  Chudleigh’s is more of a tradition that just a place to pick your apples.  They offer admission to get in and you can take wagon rides, visit the farm animals, swing on the ropes swings on the nature trail and watch the kids play on their slides and hay maze.  They offer BBQ for lunch options and of course their apple blossom dessert!  Make a day of it, take your family and enjoy all the Chudleigh’s has to offer, they have been offering up fall fun to families for generations.


For more information about what you can do at Chudleigh’s visit their site here 

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Send Me Your Wish List

Your Dream Home Wish List 


If you’re thinking about buying your next home or your first home, a wish list can be very helpful to me as your realtor.  When I search for properties for buyers, I am able to drill down a little further and get more specific with a home than a consumer is able to view on, so by sending me your wish list, I can make sure that properties that have what you are looking for are sent to you immediately. 

In Kitchener Waterloo, on any given day there are over 1200 homes listed for sale, by sending me your wish list, I’m able to narrow that amount of listings down to a manageable amount and show you the homes most fitting to your needs and block out any of the white noise from properties that just don’t fit.

When making your wish list I do suggest that your items are categorized into items that you NEED to have and items that you WANT to have and items that would be NICE to have.  This will allow me to meet all your needs immediately, such as number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, price, and location. 

Once I’ve met your needs on a home, I then look for wants, such as finished basements, size of garage, white cabinets in the kitchen, I know that when you are looking for your 2nd, 3rd or even final home, the wants are very specific, since you’ve lived with items you have hated in the past.  Please don’t be shy when providing me with those wants, this is your home and I’ve been tasked to find it and don’t worry, I will! 

Once we’ve found a home that has all your needs and your wants (if it fits the budget) then we can look at the nice to haves, I often look at the nice to haves as items that add value to the home that you are purchasing, but they are also items that if you needed to add them later, you could.  This could be something like a hot tub, a certain type of flooring, maybe even a finished basement (depending on your handy skills).  The nice to have items I often don’t search for in the search criteria, but would be sure to point them out when choosing between more than one home. 
I do caution first time buyers not to go too overboard on your needs and wants, remember to keep your budget in mind so that we can find a realistic home.  If you happen to have a lot of needs and wants, by all means include them so I can look for the dream house, but all choose your top 3 in each category, these are items that you could not live without!  I also like to remind first time buyers that in some cases, the place they are renting or even their parents’ home may be nicer than their budget allows, but not to worry about size all the time, believe me, when you own your own home, no matter how small it is, you will make it yours and feel so happy to have your first home. 

When I look back now to when we were looking for our first home, I cringe to think of the things we would have settled on, but I know we would have still been blissfully happy…for a few years.  If your plan for your first home is more than a few years, please let me know that, I can assist with getting a home with better resale value down the road and one that will allow you to enjoy it now and your returns later when you sell.

No matter which stage in the home buying process you are, send me your wish list and share all your dreams with me, my job is to make those dreams a reality.  I look forward to seeing your wish list and helping you in the future.

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