How to: Snowboard Set

It’s Christmas Eve and we’re finally starting to get a little bit of the white stuff here in Toronto. There are high hopes for a white Christmas but it’s looking more like a green one in the forecasts. However, the ski resorts around the area have begun to open their runs and many are already operational.  We’re planning on making a trip to Blue Mountain on the 26th so hopefully we get some more snow before then!!  If you’re heading out to the slopes, remember to keep warm and stay safe.

Here is Franky’s choice for his 2012/2013 season Snowboard Set.

franky's set

Board : Ride Kink

Bindings: Drake MTX Axis

Boots: Solomon Dialogue

Choosing a Snowboard

The ‘Kink’ model made by the company Ride Snowboards is an amazing all around freestyle board. It’s good for hitting the park/rails and for just free riding.  This one is a 156cm board, perfect for my height. When choosing a snowboard, it is important to note the size/length of the board. A longer board will pick up speed easier and a shorter board is better for more control.

The Chin Test

An easy way to determine what height is perfect for beginners is to :

  1. Stand the snowboard up vertically
  2. Match to the weight of the bottom of your chin

Basic RGB

Choosing the Boots

There are many different snowboarding boots out there and they are measured by a flex rating. The key to choosing the perfect boot is to first determine where you are going to ride. A softer boot with more flex is preferred by beginner/ park riders. A stiffer boot will provide a quicker response for mountain and freeriders.

Traditional lace – Regular shoe laces.


Quick Pull – Independent tightening that easy for re-tightening with gloves on.pull

Boa – Easiest method of tightening by turning a knob.boa

Choosing the Bindings

There are two main types of bindings for snowboards. Traditional straps and Step in bindings.  Step in bindings are like the ones available on skis. They are easy to get in and out of. Strap in bindings usually have 2 straps per binding and work on a buckle system. Choosing the type of binding the is right for your is similar to picking the right boot. It all depends if you want something for the Park, the mountain or for just free riding.


Friday Favorites

T-4 Days until Christmas, are you ready for it? 🙂
This week in the “blogsphere”….

01// Sun room renovations via Young House Love
02// 10 Holiday good obsessed gift ideas from BlogTO
03// Delicious ginger cookies recipe by This Dusty House
04// Colorful paper flower wedding via Green Wedding Shoes
05// Small & Cheerful Toronto condo from House and Home
06// Adorable Christmas shoot via Wedding Chicks
07// DIY Pillow bed tutorial by Souther Disposition
08// DIY Sequin cocktail glass collars by Green Wedding Shoes
09// Bold Bachelor pad via Style at Home
10// Modern Classic home via Style at home

The Wedding Co. Show 2013

It’s not even Christmas yet but I’m already excited for the New Year! This January,  I will be taking part in The Wedding Co. show with Ephra Event Design. This is a really great opportunity for us to meet future B & G, M.O.B, M.O.G, M.O.H (brides & grooms, mother of bride, mother of groom, maid of honor etc) AND to meet all the talented designers, planners, stationary artists, florists, DJs, pastry chefs from all over Toronto. I’m so excited!! Eeeeeeek! To find out more about the show, you can find the complete list of exhibitors here. Information on purchasing tickets can be found here, and remember to come by and say “Hi” to us at the Ephra booth! 🙂

See you at the show!

Friday Favorites

TGIF! This week zoomed by so quickly, holy! Christmas is in 11 days are you guys ready for the holidays!? Franky will be finishing his last 2 exams today (Good luck babe!) and then our holiday officially starts! WOOO HOOOO! We’ll be having dinner at Spice Route tonight to celebrate our good friend (DJ Eric’s) birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRO!). We heard and saw tons of great reviews about this restaurant, so we’re pretty stoked to try it out!
This week in the “Blogsphere”…..
01//Stunning Marie Antoinette wedding creative photo shoot via Cynthia Martyn Fine Events & Wedluxe
02//Gorgeous creative Thanksgiving photo shoot by Elizabeth Messina
03//2013 Wedding stationary trends by Huffington Post 
04//Adorable DIY color block wooden spoons via A Cozy Kitchen 
05//DIY Glitter wrapping paper via A Cozy Kitchen 
06//Fabulous gift kit ideas for your girlfriends from Ruffled Blog 
07//DIY Kraft paper wreath by Aubrey and Lindsay Blog 
08//3D Gingerbread tree by Not Martha (just discovered her blog and loving it!)
09//A simple Christmas Soiree via Style Me Pretty
10//In love with this Hollywood loft via apartment therapy 
11//Learn more about Franky and I over at Hodge:Podge

Just saw this awesome “Mistletoe Kissing Prank” on my friend Elliot’s facebook, have to share this!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone 🙂 Don’t forget to check out our instagram (@sarah_tsao) and twitter (@how2home) for updates!

How to: Carrot cake with cream cheese glaze

I (Sarah) have been thinking and literally dreaming of carrot cake for the past couple of days. And since yesterday was my only day off, I just had to whip this one up. It’s such a delicious and moist cake. A pretty easy recipe to follow as well. It does take a bit of time of bake but trust me, baking it any faster or with a higher temperature, and it just won’t turn out the same. If you’re a fan of carrot cake and cream cheese glaze, you’re going to want to try this. I guarantee it!
3 1/2 cups self rising flour (If you can’t find SR Flour, just use all purpose flour and add baking powder and salt or follow easy instructions here)
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups grated carrot
3/4 cup walnuts (chopped-optional! OR you can toss in some raisins as well 🙂 )
1 cup vegetable oil
5 eggs
1 tub of sour cream (500 ml)
2 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Glaze
1 pack of Philadelphia cream cheese (softened)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups icing sugar

1. Preheat your oven to 355F
1.1. Prepare all your ingredients and remember to grate the carrots!
2. Sift together SR flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well until combined
3. Once the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg are combined, toss the chopped walnut and granted carrots into the flour and mix well
4. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, vegetable oil, sour cream and vanilla extract together. (note- it might look like its curdling but don’t worry, once the mixture is whisked together it will turn out nice and smooth!)
5. Combine both wet and dry ingredients together and mix well.
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6. Bake the carrot cake batter for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the cake and it if comes out clean, your cake is good to go. If not, continuing baking it for another 5-10 minutes but DO keep and eye on the cake and make sure it doesn’t burn. Once the cake is done baking, let it cool for at least 20-30 minutes before frosting
7. Cream together cream cheese, vanilla extract and icing sugar until smooth or well blended
8. Frost the cake and munch away!

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Feature on ” So Canadian eh? “


We are SO Honored to be featured in today’s edition of Hodge Podges’ So Canadian, eh? series!! Thank you to @hodgepodgeblog for the awesome article. Hodge Podge was one of the original blogs that inspired us to start blogging ourselves. We’re absolutely thrilled and this has definitely made our DAY!



Sometimes I need to remind myself “I work because I love this shit”.


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