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The Fall Home Show: A Family Playground

When you own a home it seems most of your spare time goes into renovating it, fixing it, improving it, beautifying it. And when you’re not physically doing the work you’re dreaming about it or planning it. We’ve lived in our current home over 5 years now and the doing and dreaming and planning never seems to stop. So this past Saturday we went on a family road trip, to the Fall Home Show.

We usually go to the National Home Show in winter but the lovely Dee Brun (@cocktaildeeva) was going to be doing some great holiday drink demos at the Fall show which I wanted to see. Plus this cooler weather has me thinking about getting a sauna and fixing that jail papered bathroom of ours.

The Fall Home Show is actually smaller than the National Home Show (taking place in the Better Living Center down at Exhibition Place) but that was sort of nice, not to big to seem overwhelming. We went early on the Saturday and it was pretty busy.

I must admit I was surprised at how patient my 3 were at the show; usually they’re bugging to head home once they discover there are no rides or kid activities for them. This time they eagerly walked up and down each aisle, wanting to visit every booth. I quickly figured out why. Seems most booths had little candy dishes and my kids were basically going from candy dish to candy dish.

We did stumble upon Nintendo‘s booth. They were promoting the new Professor Layton DS game (The Tea Master’s House). You could sit and enjoy an herbal tea while playing one of the game levels on the DSi XL. The kids loved it (I enjoyed the tea). The DSi XL looks pretty sweet, larger screen play and I’m already a fan of Professor Layton’s logic puzzle games. After much cajoling we were able to convince the kids to move on.

That’s when my husband found his distraction, some sort of sound proofing insolation from Sonopan. We are looking at renovation our basement into an office/sound room and this material doesn’t take up much room (which is great when you don’t have a lot of ceiling space). He even sat in a sound proof room to test it out. After much cajoling we were able to convince him to move on.

My favourite discover was the iyashi Massage Chair from Panasonic. Every time we go to the home show you see these monstrous massage chairs. They may do a great job giving you a wonderful massage but where would you put these coffin like things. The iyashi Massage Chair actually looked like a piece of furniture and it can give you a mean shiatsu (just don’t hold a cup of tea in your hand when you do it).

I was excited to see you could get free wifi at the show, sadly I couldn’t get it to work on my phone. But it is a nice feature when you’re out and want to check out details on a find or send a photo to someone or just tweet about spilling hot tea on yourself while having a shiatsu massage in a chair.

It was great seeing some of the people I follow on twitter at the show also, like Tassimo Canada (@tassimocanada) and Tomboy Tools (@tomboytools).

As it approached early afternoon we decided it was time to go. Sadly we didn’t get to see Dee’s show but I heard is was smashing (no surprise). Someday I will get her to make me one of her cocktails. The Fall Show has us thinking again on some home plans and it was a fun morning. Now we have a few months until the National Home Show, when we can experience the fun all over again (maybe without the kids and candy).