Our tricky tree

Wednesday Nov 14th, 2018

Tricky tree

Our new house in the St. Clair and Dufferin area is quite perfect for my growing family. Certainly part of its curb appeal is the beautiful tree that adorns our front lawn, one of the biggest trees on the street. I have been able to get to know this massive arbour for the last few months, and now I can see it has a mind of its own. It’s our friend — but it has also become our foe. We have a love-hate relationship.  I wouldn't trade it for a shrub, nor an... [read more]

What's your favourite part of fall?

Thursday Nov 08th, 2018

fall leaves

One cool thing about living in a multiseasonal country (out of so many cool things) is watching the leaves change colour and do their thing. Before the snow hits and the bare branches get covered by snow and crystallize with ice, the leaves run through a spectrum of changing colours that is so beautiful — if you can remember to stop and look up and appreciate. Then of course, they all fall down, leaving an exciting play area for the kiddies that is allllll Mother Nature. Kicking... [read more]

Thank you to our Halloween contest winners!

Tuesday Nov 06th, 2018

Halloween winner

A big hearty thanks to all of our Halloween contest winners! We loved your Halloween spirit, we loved your spooky decorations, we love what you did for the neighbourhood. The month of October is just so much fun when you can see ghouls hanging from trees, bloodied body parts littering the lawn, and assorted creepy characters giving you the stare-down as you walk by. Our St. Clair West neighbours really showed their spirit.  Winners — we hope you enjoy your $25 gift cards!... [read more]

Our Halloween house

Tuesday Nov 06th, 2018

Halloween-night house

  So this is what Halloween looked like at our house.  I wouldn't be giving the honest truth if I said I did it ALL for the kiddies, as you can guess I probably have a tough time holding back (all the while a huge smile on my face). But it certainly was a ton of fun and quite incredible to hear the response to our devilish display throughout the neighbourhood. We incorporated spooky music, fog machines, weird lights, and of course, my nightmarish... [read more]

Are you a contest winner?

Tuesday Oct 30th, 2018

Halloween house

We have really been spooking ourselves as we drive around our fabulous St. Clair West neighbourhood scouting for frightening houses to select as contest winners. We have seen ghastly ghosts, blood-curdling boogeymen and creepy cobwebs galore. We have seen caskets and cemeteries and ghouls and gravestones and let's not forget the strange scarecrows standing in the shadows. I can't wait to see what happens come nightfall on the big night. I talk a big game, but I might end up... [read more]

The Halloween madness continues ...

Monday Oct 29th, 2018

Halloween clown

We are just mere days away from the big day and I think I may be struggling with a bit of an obsession. I just can't stop decorating. Readers, Dads, Halloween fanatics — am I striking a chord with anyone out there? I know I am not alone, as I have seen some of your houses, decorated voraciously, several of which have been crowned winners in our fabulous Halloween contest (do see the link from the home page!). Beetlejuice now has a friend — a terrifying clown that is even... [read more]

Madness of a Realtor

Friday Oct 26th, 2018


Driving around our incredible St. Clair West neighbourhood is getting quite fun these days. I can see people are really getting into the Halloween spirit. I'm glad to see I am not ... er ... alone. Our house has begun to take on a life of its own. Life amongst the undead, that is.  It might be surprising to some that I admittedly have this crazy kid inside me, who, once he smells the pumpkins and sees the Halloween movies hit the TV lineup, cannot wait to tear into the stores... [read more]

Our Halloween contest is live!

Monday Oct 22nd, 2018

Halloween contest

We are excited to announce our Halloween contest, live today! Halloween is extremely important in my books, as it enables me to let my inner child out and get a little crazy. We're talking costumes, scary movie marathons and decorations. Oh, the decorations. As a real estate agent, I do offer my two cents toward my clients' interior design when they need a hand, but it's on Halloween that I let my design chops out, full force, scaring the neighbours and... [read more]

Dinosaur hunters

Sunday Oct 21st, 2018

Dinosaurs at Canada's Wonderland

We brrrr-aved the c-c-c-old today to venture to Canada's Wonderland one last time this year. Yes it was absolutely freeeeeezing (I swear I can spell, I just can't stop accentuating my cold words!) but the fun that can be found at Wonderland this late in the season, with Halloween around the corner, can almost make you forget about the cold. Kids and Wonderland staff were dressed in costumes, there were spook-tified rides, trick or treating, and of course, there is the anticipated... [read more]

Fall — cool temps, colourful trees, and pumpkin pie

Saturday Oct 20th, 2018

Fall leaves

Fall is my favourite season. I love the crisp, cool air, I love dressing warmly in denim and a toque, I love the leaves falling, I love going for walks and seeing our trees change from green to oranges and reds, and I love the comfort food! Grilled root vegetables, mushroom and barley soup, baked apples … and of course, pumpkin pie. I’m considering a post-Thanksgiving dinner pumpkin pie, a second one, to just have. It just looks so nice on our counter. Might. Just. Have. To. Eat.... [read more]

Real Estate/Real Life

Wednesday Oct 17th, 2018

Ben Leonard in Bagan, Myanmar

  Welcome to our blog! As you will see from the name, Real Estate/Real Life, our blog aims to step outside the usual real estate market news, buying and selling tips and décor ideas and create content that better represents who we are. I am a real estate agent dedicated to my craft, but I wanted to give you better insight into who I am and why you may choose to work with me — I want to show you I am not a robot, as I feel that many real... [read more]