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Top 10 Moustaches of All Time.

Whether you call it a mooostash, must ash, mo, stache, or moustachio, no one can deny that moustaches are in this month. Here’s a list of our all time favourites!

Known for his Hawaiian shirts and well groomed facial hair, this beaut has not slipped our radar. Tom Selleck, your stache is dashing.

No one screams manly like Parks & Rec‘s Ron Swanson. I’ll bet he ate all the eggs and bacon without getting a crumb in his “chevron” styled stache: “You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of bacon and eggs, but what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.”

Our favourite prince, got a little fresher when he started to grow this bad boy.

Some may think Rhett wooed Scarlett with charm and romance, but we all know she simply couldn’t resist his stache.

Eddie Murphy is one funny guy, but no one can laugh about that upper lip decoration.

A perfect depiction of what a handle bar moustache should look like. Good job Hulk!

Master of the Addams’ household and master of the perfect stache. If you’re going to grow a moustache, might we suggest grooming it like Gomez Addams?

There’s not much to say about silent filmmaker, Charlie Chaplin’s moustache. It is what it is and we like it!

Our friend Ryan from Martell Realty grew a particularly fabulous moustache in 2001 during Mount Allison University’s infamous moustache month.

Grown last Movember, Pierre Martell knows how to rock this chevron like a boss! We can’t wait to see what this season will bring!

Whose moustache tops your list?

Roundup: 10 Awesome Blog Posts Worth Reading (Again)

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What does a list of must-have tools and Mother’s Day gift ideas have in common? No, they aren’t things you should consider buying your mom next month; they are both part of this roundup of Martell Home Builders blog post you’ve got to check out!

In no particular order:

1. 7 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Mom

It’s up to you if you want to get sucked into the commercialism of Mother’s Day. You can get Mom the traditional card and flowers, take her out for lunch, buy her something she really wants, or if funds are tight, give her a homemade gift. Honestly, your Mom should love anything you give her. I think she’d rather a thoughtful homemade gift knowing you’ll still have money to pay the rent or mortgage! Whatever you decide on, here are seven last minute gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Some of these gifts are more costly than others but all are very affordable, and some are homemade (making them free depending on the supplies you already have at home).

2. 14 Must-Have Tools for New Homeowners

Congratulations on your new home! With homeownership comes responsibility; no longer can you depend on the landlord to fix that leaky faucet or repair a broken door. It’s all up to you now. Here is a list of must-have tools you need for your home.

3. Poll: What Are You Most Thankful For?

Sure, it’s not Thanksgiving for like another six months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take this poll to let us know which household gadget you’re most thankful for!

4. Top 10 Tips on Spring Cleaning the Home

It might be hard to imagine blossoming flowers, baby animals, and sunshine when we’re buried under a crap-load of snow, but fret not, spring is just around the corner. It really is. I swear.  And like the critters who awaken from their winter slumber feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, you may want to slither, crawl, or walk your way to the cupboard full of cleaning supplies to give your cave … erm … home the tidy it desperately needs to help you feel revitalised. To help get you started, here are some of the best tips on spring cleaning the home.

5. Ideas for Chore Charts & Awesome Free Chore Chart Downloads

If you’re a parent, I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you how difficult it can be to get your kids to help out around the house. Creating family chore charts can be effective for kids of all ages. For the little ones, a kids chore chart will – in their eyes – give them a fun daily activity and teach them responsibility. Creating a chore chart for teenagers can help remind them what needs to be done, so you aren’t forever nagging them. Like the old saying goes, “raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.”

6. Top 33 Ways to Improve the Look of Your Home for Under $100

Whether it’s for your own personal happiness, because you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, or because you just want to get your nagging mother-in-law off your back, here are the top 33 cheap home improvement projects that will enhance the look of your home for under $100.

7. Top 26 Home Organization Tips to Get Rid of Clutter

You’ve got junk drawers coming out the wazoo, your closets need rebar to keep ‘em closed, your family room looks like a bomb has exploded, and you need to let your loved ones know where you’ll be whenever you need to go into your kids’ bedroom so they can call in a search party if you aren’t out in 30 minutes.

Does this sound familiar? If so, check out these tips to organize your home so you can spend more time doing what you want to do, and not hours trying to find those bloody rechargeable batteries that you just know were in the kitchen drawer.

8. Home Staging Tips & Techniques

First impressions are everything, especially when you’re trying to sell your home. There are several home staging tips and techniques you can learn in order to make your home appeal to potential buyers. The ultimate goal to home staging is to create an environment that interests as many home buyers as possible, resulting in a quick sale. Here are some of the top home staging tips and techniques you should follow.

9. DIY Videos on How to Fix a Toilet

If you are having toilet troubles – and I mean in the literal sense – there are some easy and affordable steps you can take to try to fix it yourself, before calling in a plumber.

10. Easter Deserts: Recipes & Fun Ideas

Here is a collection of websites which offer fun Easter desserts you can make at home with or without the help of the kids. Even if you don’t follow these recipes, they can assist you in getting the creative juices flowing by providing you with Easter dessert ideas.

What’s you all-time favourite MHB blog post? Leave a comment to let us know!

Top 10 Tips on Spring Cleaning the Home

Tips on Spring Cleaning the Home

It might be hard to imagine blossoming flowers, baby animals, and sunshine when we’re buried under a crap-load of snow, but fret not, spring is just around the corner. It really is. I swear.  And like the critters who awaken from their winter slumber feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, you may want to slither, crawl, or walk your way to the cupboard full of cleaning supplies to give your cave … erm … home the tidy it desperately needs to help you feel revitalised. To help get you started, here are some of the best tips on spring cleaning the home.

1. Make a list. Before you start your spring cleaning, you should first sit down and make a list. Divide your list into groups, each group covering a room in your house. You can take it even further and prioritize each task within each group so you tackle the most important first.  When something on the list has been accomplished, cross it off. Having a list will help you remember what needs to be done so nothing is overlooked (and it will feel good to see the list get shorter!).

2. Do one room at a time. You’ll get more accomplished if you take on one room at a time rather than doing bits and pieces here and there.

3. Don’t take it all on yourself. Make sure you get everyone in the family pitching in. Once you make your list, have everyone choose a certain number of chores from that list to do. Put the list on the refrigerator so everyone has access to it to cross off their jobs when they’re done.  If you have small children, check out Ideas for Chore Charts & Awesome Free Chore Chart Downloads for additional ideas.

4. Don’t procrastinate. It’s easy to put off spring cleaning; after all, there are hundreds of other – more fun – things to do! But if you don’t designate some time for spring cleaning, the chores will never get done. Figure out what works best for you and your family, whether it’s 30 minutes each evening or 2 hours each Saturday morning. Set aside time and stick to it until everything is crossed off your list.

5. Make sure you have everything you need before you start. And keep it all together. It’ll be too easy to procrastinate if you don’t have all the supplies you need beforehand. Make sure you have all the essential cleaning supplies and keep them in a pail so the supplies can be easily carried from room to room.

6. Dust everything. Think ceiling fans, light bulbs, blinds and shutters …

7. Wash the windows inside and out. Now is the perfect time to wash the outside of your windows.

8. Organize. Follow these home organization tips to get rid of clutter.

9. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. When was the last time you changed the batteries in your smoke detectors? If it was more than 6 months to a year ago, it’s time to put fresh ones in. It’s also a good time to vacuum the dust from them and test to make sure they’re working correctly.

10. Pull out the appliances. Do you know what’s living under your fridge? How about your stove? Spring cleaning should include pulling out all your appliances – including the washing machine and dryer – and washing under them and the walls behind them.

More tips on spring cleaning the home

What do spring cleaning and home staging have in common? Both try to get your home looking its best. Check out these home staging tips and techniques for additional tips on spring cleaning the home.

On a tight budget? These home improvement tips will provide you with great ideas, all which can be done for under $100.

Do you have tips on spring cleaning the home? Leave a comment to let us know!

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