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RECOMMENDED: Blinkist - excellent summaries of what you wish you could read

I love audio - no big surprise there (I listen to a bunch of podcasts and despite sometimes questionable audio quality, I do have my own). And I love to read. But it's not easy to read a book when driving and when you're driving short distances, it's hard to get into a good book.

Enter Blinkist. I learned about this from the James Altucher show and thought I would give it a try using the free trial. The annual subscription after that wasn't so bad, especially if I found I would use it a lot.


130 books in and I'm really enjoying it. I've covered a huge number of topics (everything from food culture to math and physics) and have gone back to read summaries of books I've already purchased as well as purchased books after having my curiosity piqued.





To be fair, I have questioned whether authors do get any benefit from summaries but much like other Executive Summaries, if a summary intrigues even 1% of its listeners to buy the book, it's much like having a…

RECOMMENDED: Floor Coverings International (Ottawa East)

We've used Floor Coverings International for two projects over the past few months and are completely impressed with the service, response and quality of the work performed. We've gone through a number of renovations with other companies and each time they were frustrating and honestly,  the old adage was true "contractors are like prostitutes, you don't pay them to work, you pay them to leave". This was never the case with Floor Coverings International.  The kitchen flooring project went smoothly without any major issues (rare for these types of projects) and the result I(see below) s fantastic. Catrina and Haley were awesome and had great design ideas! They ensured the final result was perfect, finding imperfections in the product that we didn't see and correcting them promptly!

Josh Nolan, the owner, was super responsive on every request from the first time we saw the van through to providing design insights, saving us time and money. Having the samples av…

RECOMMENDED: Garage Perfect Flooring

After years of dealing with the standard "out of the box" garage flooring, we knew we needed to do something with it. We looked into painting or doing the work ourselves but then after looking at epoxy solutions, we found Garage Perfect.

Yvon came out to our home and walked through the process. He identified some areas that were going to be more troublesome but the quote that came back was very reasonable.

We did have some initial scheduling hiccups in getting an install date and the "one day" did turn into a few days but that was mostly due to drying time. We left everything out of the area for a full 72 hours. But the actual "job" was done in just over a day.

In the end, Yvon, Zack and the Garage Perfect team have rejuvenated our garage and it looks spectacular - our only problem is it looks so beautiful that we don't want to park our cars in it!



A few weeks after the install and we're still loving the floor. It feels great on bare feet and clea…

RECOMMENDED: California Closets (Ottawa)

Our Bridlewood home is perfect in every way, except for closet space. The master bedroom has always suffered with barely enough space for two people. After twenty years, something had to be done. Unfortunately, the only possibility I ever saw was pushing the bedroom over the garage, something that would have been extremely expensive. Then my wife suggested we do something in the basement area.

I know you're thinking --- the basement? Well, we had already finished the basement. It had been used as an office for many years as well as a rec room but otherwise it was wasted space. Your basement is likely the same as well. You may have some recreational space but unless you've turned it into a proper bedroom and ensuite, it's likely an overgrown storage area. We also use the basement for other items such as our library and photo albums. So why not turn it into a proper closet or storage area? But what could we do? Do it ourselves? We wanted something that would look great and p…

NOT RECOMMENDED: Eagleson Flooring In-Home Pre-Sales Consultation (Kanata)

This is based on a single interaction so it may not be the case for getting actual work done but this one instance immediately took Eagleson Flooring off the list.

We were looking for an in-home consultation for an existing kitchen floor tile replacement. I filled out the contact form on their site and waited. I was really surprised that I received an email THAT DAY (Saturday) and the discussion went really well. We were scheduling a time for the following week and I was really looking forward to it.

Then the phone call came. I explained what we were trying to do and rather than offer options, the project manager said "come into our store" (despite asking for an in-home consult) and actively discouraged us from doing the job because the tile was already there, citing higher expenses. If they were the only company we were looking at, we would have come away extremely disappointed. Luckily, we found another company that we decided to use - I will come back with a review once t…

RECOMMENDED: Gotcha Covered (Ottawa)

After years of dealing with Blinds To Go, we had finally had enough. While the experience of going to a store and choosing from a variety, I wanted to try and use an in-house consultation and installation to avoid any further mishaps.

We contacted GotchaCovered in Ottawa to see what could be done in our bedroom. The consultation was fantastic. Cathleen looked at what we needed to do and offered a number of options. She provided her own opinion and design ideas but respected our overall designs.

I can't stress how valuable this is in the consultation. Many will say "well, that's what a consultation should be like" but if you've ever had contractors or bad experiences, you know that in many cases, the consultation is more of a "Ok, sign here" type approach. This was a really NICE experience, especially knowing there was no commitment required.

The blinds arrived as scheduled. There were some miscommunications with the installers that delayed the process b…