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Camping with your backyard BBQ

Smore’s on the BBQ Yummy bbq recipe for backyard entertaining this summer! 8 graham crackers 16 marshmallows 2 oz mini chocolate chips 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3 tbsp firmly packed light brown sugar 2 tbsp evaporated low-fat milk Instructions: In a small bowl, combine the cocoa powder and brown sugar. Add the evaporated milk, stirring until the mixture is moistened and thick but not runny. Dividing evenly, spread the cocoa mixture over one side of each of the graham crackers. Sprinkle the chocolate chips onto 4 of the graham crackers. Place 4 marshmallows on each of the 4 … Read More

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The Secret to Getting Consistent Chlorine Levels

– When applying chlorine sticks through the skimmer, apply fewer sticks, more often. – For example, adding 2 sticks twice a week is more effective than adding 4 sticks all at once.   – This gives you a more consistent release of chlorine into the pool and is less wasteful. – Use a visual reminder – replace chlorine when it is gone (this usually represents 2 additions per week). Click here for more pool water chemistry information.

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Tips for a great BBQ sauce

3 things you may not know about barbecue sauce – There’s a flavour for everyone, but the five basic ingredients are tomato paste, sugar, onions, vinegar and chili peppers. – It burns really easily. Apply your sauce when the meat is nearly done, or serve it on the side. – Most store-bought barbecue sauce is full of artificial sugar. For a healthier version, make your own with either honey or cane sugar. 1 tip you can’t live without – Keep your basting brush dry and fresh between weekend feasts by storing it in a cup of salt to draw … Read More

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Breakfast Television at BonaVista!

BonaVista LeisureScapes on Breakfast Television Live Eye. Join Chef Ted Reader grilling breakfast on a Napoleon bbq, see aqua fitness demos, get outdoor living ideas, enjoy hot tub fun & relax on the most comfortable outdoor patio furniture along with the BT crew! Children welcome. Bring your bathing suit! Tune in that morning if you can’t join us live. Tuesday, July 6th, 6am. 812 Eglinton Ave. East, Toronto Click here for map.

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Outdoor privacy screens

A beautiful backyard installation of Ron McCarthy privacy screens. The AlanaSky collection is designed by acclaimed landscape architect Ronald McCarthy. Unique panel frames and a post system deliver the ability to create an elegant structure or screen to accent any outdoor environment. The stylish, well-designed frames and posts are powder-coated aluminum with distinct optional insets such as outdoor fabrics, perforated metal, and glass.

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Test both chlorine and pH

Test your chlorine and pH levels in your swimming pool and hot tub at least twice a week. Rain and wind bring in pollutants, phosphates and other contaminants in large quantities, consuming chlorine quickly and affecting pH. A chlorine result without pH means very little. The ability for chlorine to do its job well is completely dependent on the pH of your pool water. When pH is low, chlorine works too quickly, using itself up unnecessarily. When pH is high, it works too slowly causing a high potential for algae and cloudiness problems. Maintain your pH between 7.4 to … Read More

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Cannon Ball!

Jump into action with our Swimline Cannon Ball. Great fun for kids 6 years and up. It’s easy to get into and slip out of. Use it as a floating ring too! Check it out this and other fun pool toys at BonaVista LeisureScapes

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Lifejackets around a swimming pool

There are many personal flotation devices on the market. Many of them have fun designs and are appealing to kids but most are not safe to use as a flotation device. Pool arm floats and blow up rings are wonderful tools to be used with immediate parental supervision but they will not keep a toddler afloat in an emergency. Arm floats can easily slide off tiny toddler arms and blow up rings can tip over and hold the child under water. Parents of toddlers should purchase a toddler sized life jacket that is an approved flotation device. Toddlers under … Read More

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Creating Outdoor Living Rooms

Your outdoor living space is an extension of your home and the ultimate ‘staycation’. See the attached article to get ideas for creating your backyard escape and then stop by BonaVista LeisureScapes for more outdoor living, decor and patio furniture ideas.

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New outdoor patio furniture at BonaVista

BonaVista launches new line of outdoor patio furniture as featured in Pool & Spa Marketing Magazine. Click below to read article.

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