September 22, 2016

Two New Ways to Relax in Style from BainUltra

As the pioneer and inventor of the air-jet bath, BainUltra knows a thing or two about how to relax in style. Recently, they introduced two new products to their innovation collection: Nokori Oval and Essencia Design.

Nokori Oval from BainUltra

Nokori Oval

Understated and refined, the Nokori Oval's clean lines offer contemporary elegance that blend seamlessly with a variety of decor. Its spacious interior seats two comfortably and offers all the therapeutic benefits of Hydro-thermo massage®, relaxing the body and mind, stimulating blood flow and eliminating toxins.

Essencia Design from BainUltra

Essencia Design

Introducing the latest creation in the Essencia collection: the Essencia Design. Its clean, smooth lines and unique oval form are sure to sweep you off your feet!

Both the Nokori Oval and Essencia Design offer BainUltra's trusted therapies.


"Geysair technology is also available for this collection. Geysair further enhances the benefits of Hydro-thermo massage while providing a feeling of uniform heat, improving lymphatic drainage, and maintaining water temperature for a longer period. You can also benefit from chromatherapy, and Thermotherapy® with the Essencia Design and Nokori Oval. Reconnect with your vital energy and savor pure relaxation thanks to the beneficial effect of color vibrations on the senses."

To learn more about incorporating one of BainUltra's luxurious baths into your new bath design, contact Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre at 905-686-2001.

September 16, 2016

How to Avoid the Back-to-School Lunch Bag Blues

For kids, back to school means reuniting with school friends, a new year of classes and getting used to making time for homework again. 

For parents, it means 10 months of packing lunches they hope their children will actually eat. 

"The excitement of a new lunch bag and fancy new containers wanes after the first few weeks," says Cate, mom to three school-age children. "Over time, the foods they loved in September start coming back uneaten and you're forced to use your imagination and stay up-to-speed with what their classmates are bringing for lunch."

To think packing lunches is only about the food would be misleading. As with any social gathering, a school lunch period is full of dos and don'ts. What foods should you avoid packing in your child's lunch box? 

"Sandwiches with ingredients that make the bread soggy like chicken or tuna salad...but most importantly, you should completely avoid foods with a strong odour," says Cate. "Kids don't want to draw attention to themselves in a negative way, so last night's leftovers, even boiled or devilled eggs, may not always be a great choice."

Get creative in terms of flavour, visual variety and texture.

For the elementary school set, sectioned containers that mix fruits and vegetables with fun foods.


Turn last night's dinner into a lunch they'll love.

Photos courtesy of Today's Parent and Ziploc.

September 7, 2016

7 New Products We Love for Your Kitchen & Bath

PAREO - the telescoping island hood from

Wide-plank flooring from, available in sizes up to 12 inches wide.

This connected wall oven from will soon be able to communicate with Nest and allow the thermostat to lower room temperature when the oven is in use.

This handle-free wine storage cabinet from opens with a tap and features beechwood telescoping shelves, a LCD control screen and storage for up to 18 bottles.

The Signature Series from are a contemporary style of bathroom cabinets, sinks and vanities.

The SuperSteam+ Combination Steam and Convection Oven from allows steam cooking up to 485℉, maximizing moisture.

The Next gas range from caters to serious cooks and includes a tri-fuel range offering gas, induction and electric griddle cooking.

Photos courtesy of

August 31, 2016

7 Bold and Innovative Products That Will Make You Rethink How You Use Tile in Your Home

Slide from - floor and wall coverings inspired by glass

Basole geometric mosaic tiles from - available in three colours

Up! from - 6- x 6-inch dimensional ceramic wall tiles available four shapes and four colours

Magical3 from - 3-D relief decorative wall tiles in hexagon and square patterns

Luminescence from - highly reflective poured glass tiles available in eight colours

Paper from -available in white, gray and black - special surface glaze gives tiles the characteristics of a chalkboard

The Fashion Lab project from - tiles give off an encaustic-cement-effect look

Photos courtesy of