10 Tips for Cleaning Your Closet

Wednesday May 1st, 2024

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 Bev’s Closet                                                 Schedule time for your clean out. Empty your closet and give it a good cleaning. Sort clothes into Keep, Donate and Toss piles. Refine the “Keep” pile and put back in your closet. Make the most of hanging space by folding clothes that don’t really need to be on... [read more]

Garden Decor Ideas for Taking Your Yard from Drab to Fab

Wednesday May 1st, 2024

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Enhance your outdoor oasis with these garden decor ideas for various styles, budgets, and landscape sizes.  ROBERT CARDILLO The possibilities are practically endless for adding decorative elements to your landscape, but these unique garden decor ideas are sure to liven up your outdoor spaces. Whether it be a cozy fire pit, a whimsical fairy house, or comfortable seating, there's an option on this list to suit almost any budget and style. So why settle for plain and boring... [read more]

The Most Accurate Home Price Tool: What Buyers and Sellers Need to Know About the MLS® Home Price Index

Wednesday May 1st, 2024

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  Image via CREA   If you’ve been keeping an eye on real estate markets lately, you’ve likely seen references to the MLS® Home Price Index (HPI). And while you might know it’s an indicator of what property prices are doing at any given moment, you may not be familiar with exactly what the numbers mean, how they’re calculated, and how the info can benefit you if you’re buying, selling, or simply tracking the value of your home. First,... [read more]

2024 Spring Market Expectations

Wednesday May 1st, 2024

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  This year's spring housing market, whether you’re looking to sell, buy, or want to ensure your mortgage is in order, knowing what to expect can help. Here is the low down on what we are anticipating for various factors affecting the housing market this season:   Interest Rates: While the Bank of Canada held the overnight rate steady at 5% for the past five meetings, it is expected that they will make the first interest rate cut in June or July this year,... [read more]

Mother’s Day 2024: What Moms Really Want…

Monday Apr 29th, 2024

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                        Celebrating Mother's Day doesn't have to be expensive. It's the thought, effort, and love put into the gesture that counts the most. Whether it's through a heartfelt gift like a personalized photo book capturing cherished moments and memories, or spending quality time together, there are countless ways to make Mother's Day special for the beloved... [read more]

Real Estate Definition: Assignment Sale

Friday Mar 29th, 2024

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When a buyer enters into a purchase agreement for a pre-constructed or newly built property, they may find themselves in a situation where they no longer wish to proceed with the purchase. In such cases, the buyer can assign their rights and obligations under the agreement to a new buyer – and this is where an assignment sale comes in. What is an Assignment Sale? An assignment sale refers to a sales transaction in which the original buyer of a property (“assignor”)... [read more]

Gratitude & Success: A Thank You from Team Bev MacLean

Friday Mar 29th, 2024

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Team Bev MacLean has been honoured with the Chairman's Club Award and recognized as the top team for gross and net sales for Credit Valley for the 2023 Awards. We extend our deepest gratitude to each one of you for your unwavering support throughout the year. Your trust and confidence in our team mean the world to us, and we are truly humbled by your continued patronage. As we move forward, please know that we remain committed to providing you with the highest level of service and... [read more]

Transforming Basements: Elevating Entertainment with Under-Stair Wine or Coffee Bar

Friday Mar 29th, 2024

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Transforming the space under the stairs into a built-in wine or coffee bar area is a brilliant idea for maximizing both functionality and style in a basement renovation. By incorporating this feature, homeowners can create a cozy yet elegant space perfect for entertaining guests. Whether it's enjoying a glass of wine or savoring a cup of coffee, the under-stair bar area adds a touch of sophistication and convenience to any gathering.  This innovative design choice turns an often... [read more]

National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week

Thursday Mar 28th, 2024

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National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week April 21-27, 2024 Leave well so others can live well! No one likes to think about dying. But, spoiler alert, it is going to happen. Choosing to leave well when the time comes means choosing to register to be an organ and tissue donor, and ultimately becoming the kind of human who may help others keep on living when your turn with living is up. It’s a pretty nice way to wrap up this whole adventure, don’t you... [read more]

8 Costs to Consider When Buying and Renovating to Sell

Thursday Mar 28th, 2024

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Renovating a home to sell—buying a fixer-upper, putting in your own sweat equity to fix it up and then selling it (hopefully for a profit)—can seem like a good idea. It always looks so easy on TV! However, in addition to the construction and material costs needed to make over the property, there’s a long list of other fees to consider before keys are handed to new owners — starting with Canada’s Residential Property Flipping Rule, which adds tax... [read more]

Why Does Easter Change Every Year?

Thursday Mar 28th, 2024

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Even if you know what Easter is all about, including the origin of the Easter bunny, you might not know when it is. After all, while Christmas reliably falls on Dec. 25 every year, Easter hops around, so to speak. Yes, it’s always on a Sunday, but sometimes that Sunday is in March and it’s freezing. Sometimes it’s in late April, and everyone can get decked out in their holiday best without bundling up under a bulky winter coat.   In 2024, Easter falls on... [read more]

5 Tips on How to Clean Up and Prepare Your Home's Exterior for Property Selling

Monday Mar 18th, 2024

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The exterior appearance of your home can make or break a sale. This is where curb appeal comes into play, as it's usually the first thing potential buyers notice. A well-maintained and inviting exterior can entice buyers to explore the inside of your home. In this article, we'll dive into five practical tips to enhance your home's exterior, ensuring it stands out in the competitive real estate market.OW TO PR  INTRODUCTION The exterior appearance of your home can make... [read more]

Types of Paint Finishes and Your Guide to Picking the Perfect One

Monday Mar 18th, 2024

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  What is Paint Sheen? Most paints are available in a number of different types of paint finishes. Finish, or paint sheen, refers to the amount of light that reflects off a painted surface once it is dry. So, the more sheen a paint finish has, the lighter it will reflect when it’s dry. A general rule of thumb in the paint world is, “the higher the sheen, the higher the shine!”   Not only does the finish affect how shiny the paint is when it dries,... [read more]

Feng Shui Home Office Layouts to Maximize Success for WFH

Friday Mar 1st, 2024

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    The unavailability of a proper home office with the right layout is a limitation many home employees suffer from. While some employees were already into the remote work routine, some were surprised when offices were shifted to work from the home regime. Considering the rise in employees' productivity while working remotely, some challenges also need to be encountered. And one of the biggest ones is the selection of proper office layout. Read on to know more about feng... [read more]

How to Assess an Offer on Your House

Friday Mar 1st, 2024

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  When you’re in the process of selling in Canada, it can be confusing to navigate an offer on your house and figure out whether any are worth accepting. Assessing offers on a house involves carefully considering various components to ensure the best outcome for the seller. Whether you are in the vibrant cities of Toronto and Vancouver or the tranquil landscapes of rural Canada, our guide can help you secure an offer that meets your financial and real estate... [read more]

20 Easter Traditions for Families

Friday Mar 1st, 2024

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Cherished traditions are what keep a family together. Easter is a wonderful time to celebrate family, create lifelong memories, and build on those traditions. Here are 20 fun ways for your family to start and carry on some special family times for years to come. 1. Plant an Easter Garden  It's no secret that Easter ushers in the arrival of spring. Brighten your yard with an array of blooming plants. Consider pansies, tulips, marigolds, and petunias.  2. Egg... [read more]

Canadian Mortgage Trends and Factors in 2024

Thursday Feb 22nd, 2024

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New Year’s Resolutions—we’ve all made them. We see a new year as a chance to start off on a clean slate and it feels like we’re programmed to think of January as this opportunity for growth and development. For some Canadians, their goals may involve changing their housing situation. Some are seeking to buy their first home in 2024, while current homeowners may want to upgrade, or realize it’s time to downsize. However, even if you have ideas for your housing... [read more]

10 Surprising Valentine's Day Facts

Wednesday Jan 17th, 2024

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When February 14 comes along, we can expect to exchange messages of love through thoughtful cards, flower bouquets and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. While these actions are small, they're sure to make your loved one's heart skip a beat. But as sentimental as the holiday may be, have you ever thought about why we celebrate Valentine's Day in the first place? Believe it or not, it wasn't always a celebration of love. Yep, it's true. But that's not all. We've found... [read more]

The New Interior Design Trends: 24 Looks for 2024

Friday Jan 12th, 2024

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The new interior design trends: 24 looks for 2024

Decorating in 2024 is going to be a lot of fun. Decorating in 2024 is going to be a lot of fun, with new relaxed silhouettes, playful trimmings, and a nostalgic dip into our design past. The top interior design trends for 2024 go from functional to the frivolous. The pragmatic amongst us are saving space with L-shaped and chaise sofas, turning awkward alcoves into seating with storage, and saving money (and the landfill) by shopping vintage. On the softer side of the design spectrum,... [read more]

Now is a Great Time to Buy a Cottage

Wednesday Jan 10th, 2024

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Do you remember the 2020-2021 cottage boom? Well, if not, then it is likely because the entire Canadian real estate market was booming during the coronavirus pandemic amid a historically low interest rate environment. However, during this period, the cottage industry was enjoying tremendous growth as many households were exploring many residential possibilities. Since families were working from home or studying remotely, there was a major urban centre exodus, allowing people to flee... [read more]

Canada is rolling out its dental care program: Here's what you need to know

Wednesday Jan 10th, 2024

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Ottawa has announced its plans for a permanent dental insurance program for an expanded list of eligible Canadians, after introducing a temporary plan for low-income youth last year.  The federal government has unveiled the details of a dental insurance plan both the Liberals and New Democrats say is one of the largest social programs to be implemented in Canadian history. The program, called the Canadian Dental Care Plan, will first open up for seniors over the next six months, at... [read more]

Things to do on Family Day 2024 in Ontario

Wednesday Jan 10th, 2024

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Things to do on Family Day 2024 in Ontario Get ideas and inspiration on how to celebrate Family Day in Ontario.    On this page •	Family getaways •	Things to do with toddlers and kids •	Fun activities for tweens •	Winter adventures for teenagers  Families, in all their shapes, forms and size

Get ideas and inspiration on how to celebrate Family Day in Ontario.   On this page Family getaways Things to do with toddlers and kids Fun activities for tweens Winter adventures for teenagers Families, in all their shapes, forms and sizes, are at the heart of our communities. In Ontario, a day is set aside to reflect on the importance of families and to celebrate with loved ones. Family Day is a provincial holiday on the third Monday of February, extending the... [read more]

20 Achievable New Year's Resolutions for Building a Healthy, Happy Life

Friday Dec 22nd, 2023

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Make 2024 your year with these goals that will help you look and feel your best. For many people, the start of a new year marks an opportunity to reflect on their life, and think about where they would like to be in the future. And while New Year resolutions may get a bad rap for encouraging unrealistic goals or placing pressure on us, they can also be a great starting point to prioritize your health and wellness on your own terms. That may look like embracing totally attainable goals that... [read more]

Mortgage Options for Pre-construction Property

Wednesday Dec 20th, 2023

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Experts say you have options to get around not qualifying for a mortgage after putting a down payment on a pre-construction — including finding a co-signer. High interest rates and a softening real estate market have left many purchasers of pre-construction homes financially under water at closing time. Top of FormThose who bought pre-construction homes when interest rates were at rock bottom might struggle to get a mortgage now, thanks to higher interest rates, a softening real... [read more]

Carbon Monoxide - Preventing a Silent Danger

Wednesday Dec 20th, 2023

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  Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas produced by the combustion of fuels such as natural gas, oil, propane in devices including furnaces, water heaters and stoves. These appliances are designed to vent the CO to the outside, but improper installation, incomplete combustion of fuel, or blockages, leaks or cracks in venting systems can cause CO to reach harmful levels inside the home. Dangerously high levels of CO can lead to... [read more]

Winter Home Staging

Wednesday Dec 20th, 2023

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  Selling your home in the winter means paying careful attention to staging techniques. Why not take advantage of the drop in temperature (and perhaps a sheet of fresh snow) to help make your home feel warm and inviting? Be sure to notch up your furnace a few degrees and get the fireplace roaring to woo potential buyers. 1. Put your best foot forward Fill urns and planters with natural materials like punchy red dogwood branches, lengths of birch and cedar boughs. Hang an... [read more]

Some Facts About New Year’s Day

Wednesday Dec 20th, 2023

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Many places around the world begin New Year’s celebrations on December 31st. The celebrations continue into the early hours of January 1st. The first New Year was in March New Year’s wasn’t always celebrated on January 1st. The earliest New Year festivities date back about 4,000 years. At that time, the people of ancient Babylon began their new year in what we now call March. They would have an 11-day festival to celebrate the beginning of spring. They would... [read more]

5 Tips to Stress Less This Holiday Season

Wednesday Nov 29th, 2023

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  While holiday celebrations can be fun, planning and hosting – and in some cases even attending – can be stressful. Here are five tips to reduce your stress levels this holiday, so you can focus on what’s important! Establish expectations ahead of time with your family on the intention of your celebration. This helps keep everyone on the same page to avoid uncomfortable dinner conversations. Assign each attendee to a different dish to cut down on kitchen... [read more]

What Fees Are Involved in Selling a House in Canada?

Wednesday Nov 29th, 2023

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  Are you listing your home for sale? Then you’re likely wondering what fees are involved in selling a house in Canada. Listing your home in the Canadian real estate market involves much more than the transaction itself. Many fees, rules and participants are involved, some of which you may not be aware of. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know when selling a house in Canada. What You Need to Know About Selling a House in Canada First, it is crucial to know... [read more]

Festive Bliss in Every Bite: ​​​​​​​English Christmas Trifle Recipe

Wednesday Nov 29th, 2023

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English Christmas Trifle     Christmas Trifle is a classic English dessert with layers of pound cake, crème anglaise, fresh fruit, and whipped cream. This holiday trifle, adapted from Emeril Lagasse, uses raspberries and poached pears, making it as delicious as it is beautiful. Prep Time - 2 hours      Cook Time -1 hour Servings - 18 servings     Ingredients 3 cups creme anglaise (or prepared Bird's... [read more]

How to Stage Your Home During the Holidays

Wednesday Nov 29th, 2023

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The holiday season gives most people the feels – “most” being the operative word. It’s important to keep this in mind when selling your home during the festive season. It’s easy to go overboard. (If you’re not sure what we mean, watch the notorious house-lighting scene from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation for a reminder). An open house is a great opportunity to welcome eager homebuyers and show off your home in all its... [read more]

The Role of a Real Estate Lawyer When Buying or Selling a Home

Tuesday Oct 31st, 2023

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There are many professionals you’ll encounter during the purchase and sale of your home, the top of the list typically includes your REALTOR® and a real estate lawyer. Real estate lawyers are responsible for ensuring the transaction is in your best interest and clear of any legal issues. They help stickhandle everything from leading the title search and registration process, providing title insurance, and drawing up mortgage documents, to prepping the deed and statement of... [read more]

Ways to Support Local Business This Holiday season

Tuesday Oct 31st, 2023

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  Organize a Small Business Crawl Gather your best friends together and plan an event where you visit several small business in your local area.    Partner with a Small Business If you own a business or offer a service, consider collaborating with another local business to offer a special promotion.   Remember to Show Patience and Compassion The holidays are a busy time for everyone, including local merchants and restaurants, many of... [read more]

17 Ideas to Save Money During the Holidays

Tuesday Oct 31st, 2023

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It's easy to overspend during the holiday season. From presents to travel to decorations and all that food, here are 17 ideas for how to save money during the holidays. 1 / 17   Set a Budget Figure out all the things you’ll need to purchase—gifts, food, decorations—and set a budget and stick to it. Be sure to think about little things that are easy to forget about such as charitable contributions, gas for travel and wine for... [read more]

18 Winter Décor Ideas for a Cozy Home

Tuesday Oct 31st, 2023

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Christmas is surely the most wonderful time of the year but what should be done with your home décor after the holidays? Winter takes on a different meaning depending on where you call home. However, some strategic winter décor ideas can help create a cozy interior regardless of the weather outside. And especially for those in colder climates, the landscape outside might be frigid, but your home can surely be warm and inviting. Read more to find some of the best winter... [read more]

Is Your Home Ready to Sell? A Comprehensive Checklist

Monday Oct 30th, 2023

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OK, so you have made the decision to sell your home—congrats! You are about to embark on an exciting journey, one that will surely lead to lasting memories. But before you can get going, you will need to get your home in top shape for prospective buyers.  Getting your home ready to sell can take some work, but it is worth it to help maximize your opportunity for the best offers possible.  Here are suggestions on what to do around your home to prepare it for walkthroughs... [read more]

Thanksgiving Poem

Sunday Oct 8th, 2023

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Happy Thanksgiving! Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't sleep I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep. The leftovers beckoned - the dark meat and white but I fought the temptation with all my might. Tossing and turning with anticipation the thought of a snack became infatuation. So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door and gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore. I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes, pickles and carrots, beans... [read more]

Things to do During Thanksgiving Long Weekend in GTA

Wednesday Sep 27th, 2023

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Enjoy Thanksgiving 2023 in Toronto with this list of things to do! Great family fun in autumn leaves and the wonders of the season await, especially with these fun fall kids’ activities. Thanksgiving will be celebrated in Canada on Monday, October 9th.  Thanksgiving long weekend Saturday, Oct 7 to Monday, Oct 9th. The list of Things To Do During Thanksgiving Weekend in Toronto will put you in the holiday spirit. From local festivals to festive activities for kids,... [read more]

Assessing an Offer: What Sellers Need to Know

Wednesday Sep 27th, 2023

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Assessing an Offer: What Sellers Need to Know Congratulations! You’ve received an offer on your property. But how do you know if it’s the best possible offer for you? Your REALTOR® will be your guide: they’ll take you through it step by step, review all the pros and cons, and make recommendations based on your personal situation. If there are multiple offers, they’ll walk you through each one, highlighting your best options, and negotiating on your behalf to get... [read more]

Top Six Home Staging DON’Ts to Avoid

Wednesday Sep 27th, 2023

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When you’re selling a home, you only have a few seconds to make an impression and convince buyers to look further. That’s why home staging is so important, especially in a market with tough competition. Home staging presents your home in its best possible light, and if done right, gives it an advantage over similar homes in the area. But if done wrong, you could actually be turning potential buyers away. So here are six home staging don’ts every seller... [read more]

6 Tips for Easing Into The New School Year

Monday Aug 28th, 2023

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A few years ago, we published a story on back-to-school tips. Families and students found it helpful, so we refreshed our story and are pleased to share it once again … As summer slips by and back-to-school ads bombard in full force, anxiety tends to sneak up on students and families as they wonder – and worry – about what lies ahead in the new school year. What’s more, the novelty of a school year may never fully wear off. Going to school is like going to a new... [read more]

4 Ways to Make Your Staged Home Feel Warm and Welcoming

Monday Aug 28th, 2023

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When potential buyers step into your home, warm and welcoming are two words you want them to associate with your home. The feeling of warmth is especially important in the cold winter months. At the same time, you want your home to feel fresh and on-trend while appealing to a wide audience. Keeping your home neutral and on-trend is a science. We will be sharing five ways to make your staged home feel warm and welcoming while staying on-trend. When implementing trends, it is best to stick... [read more]

9 Things You Should Do to Your Home Before Fall Starts

Thursday Aug 24th, 2023

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Sweater weather is coming—and you need more than a PSL to get ready for it. It would be amazing if all you needed to prep your home for fall was hang a wreath and light a bunch of pumpkin spice candles. While yes, those are a crucial part of getting ready for the change of seasons, there are more important (and not exactly fun) preparations that come with being a homeowner. Consider this everything you need to know before your house transitions from hot... [read more]

31 Unique Grandparents Day Activities and Celebration Ideas

Thursday Aug 24th, 2023

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Grandparents Day falls on the first Sunday after Labour Day, and there is no shortage of ways to celebrate this special day. Whether your grandparents are still living or have passed on, take some time out of your busy life to honour your grandparents. Celebrate all that they mean to you with these Grandparents Day activities. Ideas for Celebrating Grandparents Day Cynics may want to believe that Grandparents Day is just another trumped-up way to sell more greeting cards, candy, and... [read more]

Civic Holiday Weekend Events, Things to Do in Toronto 2023

Monday Jul 31st, 2023

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The Civic Holiday is late this year falling on Monday, August 7, 2023. If you’re staying in the city, it’s a great weekend to strike some of the items off your summer bucket list! Most businesses and attractions are open on the Civic Holiday, which is not a statutory holiday. If you’ll be in Toronto for the August long weekend, continue reading to find out about Toronto events on the August Long Weekend 2023. VELD Music Festival 2023 The VELD Music Festival returns... [read more]

Things to Avoid When Refinancing Your Mortgage

Thursday Jul 27th, 2023

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Refinancing a mortgage in Canada can allow homeowners to improve their financial situation, lower monthly payments, access equity, or consolidate debt. However, navigating the refinancing process requires careful consideration to avoid potential pitfalls. Let us dive into the pitfalls to watch out for when refinancing a mortgage in Canada. Ignoring the Associated Costs Refinancing often involves various fees and expenses that need to be considered to determine the financial... [read more]

7 Common Reasons Your Home May Not Be Selling

Thursday Jul 27th, 2023

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It’s a hard truth in real estate: sometimes the selling process can take longer than anticipated, even when a REALTOR® has seemingly determined the perfect price for your place. This might naturally leave you wondering…what’s going on here? The reality is, there are many factors that could be impacting your home’s sale, and some of them are fairly common across the board.  We reached out to some REALTORS® for the most common reasons they’ve seen... [read more]

8 Garden Etiquette Rules to Keep Your Neighbours Happy

Thursday Jul 27th, 2023

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Want to keep the neighbours on your side? Follow these guidelines. From wafting barbecue smoke to fence painting, there are a number of garden etiquette rules you should follow if you want to be a good neighbour and avoid any disputes. With the temperature rising around the Canada and more time being spent outside dining alfresco, now is the perfect time to brush up on the most common garden rules to keep your street – and neighbours – happy. Disputes between... [read more]

Backyard Fire Pit Ideas for Romantic Summer Nights

Friday Jun 30th, 2023

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Nothing adds ambiance and brings the heat to your backyard quite like an outdoor fire pit. It's fun and nostalgic to gather around the flames whether you're roasting marshmallows for s'mores on a summer night or hanging out with hot apple cider in the fall. Design-wise, fire pits are also a great way to add a focal point to your backyard landscaping, making it feel more considered and comprehensive. You can use one to anchor a patio, complement an outdoor fireplace, or set a cozy... [read more]

How to Deal with a Competitive Disadvantage

Tuesday Jun 20th, 2023

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If you’re selling your home and there are other listings in your area, buyers will naturally compare your property to those other listings. Is there something about your home that you’re concerned will be seen as a competitive disadvantage? For example, do you have a small kitchen or fewer bedrooms than most other homes in the neighbourhood? There are a few things you can do to compensate for such disadvantages. First, highlight the advantageous features of your home.... [read more]

10 Incredible Benefits of Owning a Pet

Wednesday Jun 14th, 2023

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With almost no effort at all, pets manage to bring so much joy into our lives. They make us laugh, comfort us when we’re sick or upset, and are always there for us no matter what. It’s no wonder that an estimated 12 million British households choose to keep a pet. Not everyone understands the bond between human and beast, though, or even realises how much pets do for their owners. We take a look at ten of the benefits of having a furry friend. 1. They keep you fit All... [read more]

9 Ways to Increase Natural Lighting in a Home

Wednesday May 31st, 2023

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Natural light in a home is always better than artificial light. It bathes your room in a rich full spectrum hue that light bulbs can only hope to duplicate, and it increases your body's feel-good serotonin levels. Best of all, natural light will not come due at the end of the month with the power bill. It's free. Many homes were not built with natural light in mind. Short of picking up your house and turning it in the direction of the sun—or altogether relocating it... [read more]

Does your home have an outdated exterior?

Wednesday May 31st, 2023

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As summer quickly approaches, the home project list tends to build. If you sell this summer, you'll want your home to look its best. Ensuring your home’s exterior is updated should move to the top of your list. If your home looks outdated on the outside, it could lead to a bad impression of the inside. Here are three ideas to give your home a modern look. Update Your Concrete If you have uneven concrete that has cracks, it can be a sign to buyers that your home is dated.... [read more]

Creating the “Wow” Effect in Buyers

Friday May 26th, 2023

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It’s incredible how quickly people form first impressions. According to some studies, people can develop lasting opinions within seconds of seeing someone, something, or someplace new.  That’s why, when preparing your property for sale, it’s important to do everything you can to make sure it looks attractive to buyers. Nowhere does this first impression phenomenon play out more than when a buyer first enters your home. The moment they walk through your front... [read more]

Father's Day Origin

Friday May 26th, 2023

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Canada, like more than 80 countries in the world, also celebrate Father’s Day. Father’s Day is a day meant to honour all fathers and father figures and the important role they play in one’s family. How did Father’s Day begin? Most people believe that Father’s Day celebration originated in the United States. There are two different stories of how this occasion began. Many believed it was Sonora Smart Dodd who’s the real founder of Father’s Day.... [read more]

9 Tips for Creating a Calm, Slow Living Home

Tuesday May 2nd, 2023

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  Slow living is a growing trend that shrugs off fast-paced lifestyles in favor of a more relaxed pace of existence. Not only does it promote the idea of ridding ourselves of stress in our day-to-day lives and finding joy in simple pleasures, but it also extends to creating a relaxing interior that encourages personal joy, aka the slow living home. What is slow living? At its core, slow living encourages us to take a calmer approach to life, instead of striving to be... [read more]

Mortgage Payment Plan - Choosing Your Ideal Payment Frequency

Tuesday May 2nd, 2023

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   Your payment schedule is the frequency that you make mortgage payments and ranges from monthly to bi-monthly, bi-weekly, accelerated bi-weekly or even weekly payments. Below is a quick overview of what each of these payment frequencies mean: Monthly Payments: A monthly payment is simply a single large payment, paid once per month; this is the default that sets your amortization. A 25-year mortgage, paid monthly, will take 25 years to pay off but includes the added burden... [read more]

Why is Canada the only country to celebrate Victoria Day ?

Friday Apr 28th, 2023

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When is Victoria Day in Canada? Victoria Day is a federal Canadian statutory holiday observed on the Monday before May 25th each year. Victoria Day is Canada's oldest non-religious holiday. It marks the birthday of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Following the death of Queen Victoria, May 24th was decreed as Empire Day across the British Empire. Today, Canada is the only country who still has a holiday on the day. History of Victoria Day in Canada Queen Victoria (May 24th, 1819... [read more]

Recently Remodel Cottage Kitchen

Friday Mar 31st, 2023

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Kitchens sell houses, so any updates you make have the potential to go a long way. No other type of remodel provides a return on your investment as high as a kitchen remodel. Some top considerations for your new   kitchen should be an Island, stylish faucets, corner storage, slide-out pantry drawers, enclosed trash-bins, build-in refrigerator, ample lighting, hidden outlet & USB charger and lots of storage space!   [read more]

Worried about Finding a Home if You Sell First?

Friday Mar 31st, 2023

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There are many reasons why selling your current home before buying another one may be a good idea. But, once you’ve made that decision, you may still worry that you won’t find another home to buy after you sell. Fortunately, there is plenty you can do to minimize that possibility. For example, if you sell first, you’ll know exactly how much you’ll be able to put towards a new home. Having that specific number in your back pocket will enable you to target... [read more]

Wardrobe Tweaks and Organizing Techniques

Thursday Mar 30th, 2023

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Looking to Sell or Donate Your Stuff? Get Your Closet up to Speed with These Wardrobe Tweaks and Organizing Techniques In an era of online shopping and fast fashion it’s astonishing how much clothing we can mindlessly accumulate over the years. Much of which we hardly wear or used to wear — or have subjected to enough wear and tear. Unless you’re blessedwith vast, walk-in closets, sometimes more is just more and many garments languish in closets and dressers eating up... [read more]

Festive Easter Facts That You Probably Haven't Heard Before

Thursday Mar 30th, 2023

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Easter — along with all of its decorative eggs, delicious ham dinner and cheerful baskets — is hopping down the bunny trail quicker than the legendary speedy hare. This year, the Easter holiday will fall on April 9 so mark that calendar if you haven't already. While the central story of Jesus' death and resurrection is likely familiar to those who celebrate, there's a lot of us who might not know about the unique... [read more]

5 Signs That it’s Time to Replace a Smoke Detector

Wednesday Mar 1st, 2023

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    Have you had the same smoke detectors installed in your home for more than a decade now? If so, it’s time for you to replace them as soon as possible. Generally speaking, smoke detectors are only designed to last for around ten years before they need to be replaced with new ones. Once they pass the ten-year mark, they often start to lose their sensitivity and aren’t always able to detect smoke like they used to. There are also other signs... [read more]

6 Phrases to Avoid Saying to Your Toddler

Thursday Feb 23rd, 2023

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  Fine-tune your toddler talking points with encouraging phrases that foster connection and make parenting easier! Parents, like doctors, set out to do no harm. But unlike doctors, who have years and years of training, parents learn on the fly. We say things that are intended to guide our kids, build them up, and chip away at behaviors that won’t serve them well in life. But how do we know if we’re having an impact? At the very least, how do we know... [read more]

Plans to Make Before Closing Day

Thursday Feb 23rd, 2023

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When you sell your property and buy your next dream home, closing day can come faster than you might imagine. Before you know it, it’s just weeks away! So, it’s important to make the proper plans to ensure everything goes smoothly. Here are the most common plans you’ll need to make: Contact the post office to get your mail forwarded. No matter how thorough you are in updating your address with companies you deal with regularly, you’re bound to miss a few.... [read more]

Install New Lighting

Thursday Feb 23rd, 2023

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If there's anything that can single-handedly polish off a room, it's a light fixture. Case in point? That brass pendant light. It feels much more refined and sophisticated than a table lamp would and contrasts with the more traditional elements throughout the bedroom. [read more]

What to Know About Second Mortgages

Thursday Feb 23rd, 2023

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  A second mortgage is a mortgage that is taken out against a property that already has a home loan (mortgage) on it. Generally, people take out second mortgages to satisfy short-term cash or liquidity requirements, have an investment opportunity or to pay off higher-interest debts (such as credit cards and student loans) that a second mortgage might offer. If you are considering a second mortgage for any reason, here are a few key points to keep in mind:   Second... [read more]

5 Delightful Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

Thursday Feb 23rd, 2023

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1.We Should Really Wear Blue Saint Patrick himself would have to deal with pinching on his feast day. His color was “Saint Patrick’s blue,” a light shade. The color green only became associated with the big day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.   2.Saint Patrick Was British Although he made his mark by introducing Christianity to Ireland in the year 432, Patrick wasn’t Irish himself. He was born to Roman... [read more]

Never Do This if You’re Planning on Selling Your Home

Friday Feb 17th, 2023

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Removing a bedroom The kids have finally flown the coop, and you have an extra bedroom you don't need. That spa-like master ensuite is about to become a reality as soon as you remove the walls. But is it something a real estate agent would do? Not a chance. "You may not need the extra bedroom, but future buyers may," says Madison. Not only does removing a bedroom lower your home value in comparison to other homes with similar square footage, but it also takes you off... [read more]

5 Top Best Romantic Comedies of All Time

Thursday Feb 9th, 2023

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Nothing tops falling in love, but as any fan of romantic comedies knows, there are always a few detours and roadblocks on the way to happily ever after. That’s the fun of the genre, and it’s the reason why so many of these films, from “When Harry Met Sally” to “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” remain so endlessly rewatch-able. Here are 5 of the top best romantic comedies of all time. 1. When Harry Met Sally (1989) 2. You’ve Got Mail (1998) 3.... [read more]

Will a Home Inspection Help Sell Your Home Faster?

Thursday Feb 9th, 2023

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Usually, a home inspection is done after an offer is made to buy a home. The offer will typically include a condition that the property must pass such an inspection. The buyer then hires the inspector, who goes through the home, top to bottom, inside and out, looking for issues. However, you can also get an inspection done as the seller. In this case, you are paying for an inspector to produce a report on your home — before you sell. In fact, this is often called a pre-sale home... [read more]

Your February Bucket List

Thursday Feb 9th, 2023

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While February may be the shortest month of the year, it more than makes up for its lack of days with exciting holidays, annual events, and, of course, plenty of winter fun! Use this February Bucket List to schedule your weekends and take advantage of the many things this exciting month has to offer. •        Go ice skating. •        Invite friends over to watch a sporting... [read more]

5 Things to Pack Away Before Listing Your Home for Sale

Thursday Feb 2nd, 2023

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Home staging is all about making your home appeal to a wider audience. That means leaving personal preferences behind and aiming for a hotel-like atmosphere. It can be challenging for homeowners to staging their home to let go of personal attachments and view the property from a buyer’s perspective.   Five things to pack away are family photos, religious artifacts, laundry, large collections, and pet items. [read more]

The Difference Between Being Pre-Qualified and Pre-Approved

Wednesday Jan 25th, 2023

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Purchasing a home can be confusing with all the different terms and requirements. Two steps involved in the mortgage process are pre-qualification and pre-approval. But what’s the difference between being pre-qualified and pre-approved? Prospective homebuyers should consider getting pre-qualification at the onset of their home-buying process. It allows them to consider their budget and gain insight into their mortgage options. Prospective homebuyers should consider getting... [read more]

The Difference Between Being Pre-Qualified and Pre-Approved

Sunday Jan 8th, 2023

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Purchasing a home can be confusing with all the different terms and requirements. Two steps involved in the mortgage process are pre-qualification and pre-approval. But what’s the difference between being pre-qualified and pre-approved? Prospective homebuyers should consider getting pre-qualification at the onset of their home-buying process. It allows them to consider their budget and gain insight into their mortgage options. Prospective homebuyers should consider getting... [read more]

Design and Décor - Put a Focal Point in Every Room

Sunday Jan 8th, 2023

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Statement-making pieces can take a home from simple to striking, but snag too many, and you may overwhelm your space. One rule of thumb to follow? Put a single showstopper in every room. Create one design focal point, like a fireplace surrounded by large format tiles, a gorgeous stair carpet runner, or a kitchen tile backsplash. [read more]

5 Easy Steps for Effective Goal Setting

Sunday Jan 8th, 2023

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1. Pinpoint what is most important in your life. Goals must have a benefit for you in order to stay committed to them.  2. Set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and timely) and write them down.  3. Identify obstacles and make an action plan. A plan will help you focus on the steps it will take to reach your goal.  4. Set a timeline. 5. Commit and block time.   [read more]

How to Prepare Your Home to Sell in 2023

Sunday Jan 8th, 2023

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If you are considering selling your home this year, now is a great time to start preparing! The quiet of January gives you the opportunity to start tackling your selling to-do list, plan for any remodeling projects, and make an impression on buyers once you finally list. Not sure where to start? Here are 10 helpful tips to help you prepare your home to list in 2023:  1. Organize your paperwork and finances 2. Take inventory of any necessary home repairs 3. Schedule home... [read more]

2023 Financial Resolutions

Wednesday Dec 21st, 2022

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After the whirlwind economic year, we have had, making your finances work for you is already top of mind for most Canadians as we head into 2023. Here are some ideas to make your finances work for YOU in the New Year: Purge Expenses: One of the best goals you can have for the New Year is cutting out all those things that did not work the previous year. While we are not referring to your water or electricity bills, there are still many ways you can cut down on costs.... [read more]

15 Magical Christmas Traditions to Make Your Own this Year

Monday Dec 12th, 2022

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Here are 15 magical Christmas traditions to make your own this year.   1. Start a collection   BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER Calling all antiquing buffs! Vintage Christmas décor is such a fun thing to hunt for all year long. Pick a theme, such as vintage tinsel boxes, keep your eyes peeled for finds, then display your favourites come December. 2. Check the halls COURTESY NORA MURPHY Incorporate bold patterns of plaid and tartan into your home decor... [read more]

What is a SRES®?

Thursday Dec 8th, 2022

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Buying or selling a home is usually a difficult decision for anyone. The thought of packing up and moving can be terrifying. For seniors, the process can feel complicated to the point of being overwhelming, and that’s not even considering the emotional impact of leaving behind their beloved home. When choosing a real estate agent, finding someone who will treat seniors with the extra care and sensitivity they deserve is critical. Luckily, Canada offers a certification process for... [read more]

8 Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

Saturday Dec 3rd, 2022

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1. Make Fiscal Donation — One of the simplest ways to support causes you care about is by making a fiscal donation. Charities and non-profits throughout the community are always looking for more financial support! Research charities in your community that align with your passions and seamlessly make multiple donations. 2. Perform Random Acts of Kindness — Giving back is not necessarily about donating money and time. Sometimes it is simply about spreading joy and love!... [read more]

Take Advantage of Year-End Savings Opportunities

Saturday Dec 3rd, 2022

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Want to save money in 2023? There are many money saving opportunities including tax savings that you can realize if you act before the year ends. Here are just a few examples of what to consider: Do you own a business? Even if it is just a side-hustle to make extra money, you can save on taxes if you make planned purchases this month. For example, if you need a new printer, buy it in December. That way, you may be able to take a deduction this year. Check... [read more]

The Psychology of Clutter

Saturday Dec 3rd, 2022

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There’s an interesting psychological characteristic of clutter. We tend to notice it more in other people’s home than in our own. In fact, we may not even realize a room in our house feels clutter and uncomfortable to visitors. That’s why making each room look neat and spacious is so important when you’re selling your property. Although the task may seem daunting at first, decluttering is relatively easy to do. The simplest technique is to box things.... [read more]

5 Design Trends on Their Way Out for 2023

Thursday Nov 24th, 2022

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With 2023 just around the corner, many of us are beginning to think of what to bring into the new year and what to leave behind. This applies to our homes as well. When all of the holiday décor comes down, it’s a good time to consider what sort of design elements in your home are in need of a shakeup. By nature, home décor trends come and go, but there are a few making their way out as we usher in the new year. From all-white minimalism to modern farmhouse, read more to find... [read more]

Shutting Down the Cottage for Winter: 11 Tasks to Do

Wednesday Nov 23rd, 2022

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No one wants to say good bye to their cottage for the winter, but as the days get shorter, the air gets crisper and the leaves continue to blanket the ground, it’s the ideal time to do just that. While some cottages can be used year-round, many are three-season only. These are the ones that need to be prepped for the winter months so you can head back without issue once the warm weather returns! Just like your home, your cottage requires proper care and maintenance to ensure it can be... [read more]

Who Are You Inviting into Your Home - Love, Wealth, or Success?

Wednesday Nov 23rd, 2022

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A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards    sitting in her front yard. They looked harmless and poor. They greeted her and introduced themselves by the names Wealth, Success, and Love. “Well, those are interesting names," she said. "Why don't you come in and have something to eat.” “You may only invite one of us,” they replied. “But if you will discuss with your family which of us it should be, we... [read more]

Reverse Mortgages - Advantages and Disadvantages

Wednesday Nov 23rd, 2022

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A reverse mortgage is a loan secured by your home that allows you to receive up to 55% of the home’s value (excluding the cost of accrued interest). The older you are and the greater the value of your home, the larger the amount you could receive. You (and your spouse, if you have one) must be 55 or over. Unlike a traditional mortgage or a line of credit, you don’t have to repay a portion of the loan or interest at regular intervals (e.g., monthly). Usually, you repay a reverse... [read more]

Halloween Jokes Anyone Can Remember!

Friday Oct 28th, 2022

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Halloween Jokes Anyone Can Remember! Q: Why do skeletons have low self-esteem? A: They have no body to love.   Q: Know why skeletons are so calm? A: Because nothing gets under their skin.   Q: How do vampires get around on Halloween? A: On blood vessels. Q: Why did the ghost go into the bar? A: For the Boos. Q: Why did the Vampire read The New York Times? A: He heard it had great... [read more]

Christmas Decorating - Add a Festive Touch

Monday Oct 24th, 2022

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Choose a theme and stick to it. There are many festive options: woodsy cottage, winter wonderland, silver and gold. Carry your chosen theme into other areas of the home too, such as fresh or faux greenery wrapped around your banister and incorporated into unconventional areas, like in the kitchen and bathrooms.  Set the mood with lighting. It contributes to the vibe in your home, which impacts the people who live in your home and visitors. Layer lighting by combining... [read more]

Cleaning Your Grill After Summer Use

Saturday Oct 22nd, 2022

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During the warm summer months, it’s likely you spent a lot of time outdoors barbecuing and flipping burgers for friends and family. It’s also likely your grill is in need of a good scrub to get rid of any build up from all the summer use. If you have a gas grill, set the burners on high for 35-45 minutes with the lid down. Then, scour the food grates quickly with a brass-bristled grill brush. You’ll also want to clean the drip pans. If you have a charcoal grill,... [read more]

What You Need to Know about the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians (Foreign Buyers Ban)

Saturday Oct 22nd, 2022

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In the last federal election campaign, three of the main political parties made commitments related to limiting or heavily taxing foreign buyers wishing to purchase property in Canada. While commitments varied slightly, the policy intent was similar – to temporarily limit or disincentivize foreign buyers in order to prioritize domestic ones, and to hopefully tamp down increasing home prices. The experience with British Columbia’s Foreign Buyer Tax (implemented in August 2016) and... [read more]

How to Prepare Outdoor Power Equipment for Winter Storage

Saturday Oct 22nd, 2022

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Proper winterization will help ensure that your lawn mower, chainsaw, trimmers, and other equipment remain in good condition over months of storage and are ready for use again in the spring. Here is what you need to know about preparing outdoor power equipment for storage. 1. Indoor Storage Keeping your outdoor power equipment indoors and away from the harsh winter elements is ideal, especially if you have any electrical tools. The garage is generally the best choice for power... [read more]

What should a mortgage holder do if they lose their job?

Thursday Aug 25th, 2022

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Canada’s unemployment rate remains at a historic low – but two consecutive months of job losses have a growing number of Canadians worrying about their own job stability as fears of a recession continue to gather pace. Fully 25% of Canadian workers are concerned about getting laid off or terminated if the country’s economy ticks downwards, according to a new report by consulting firm Robert Half, despite overall unemployment sitting at just 4.9%. While the notion of mass... [read more]

10 Times to Hire a Color Consultant

Friday Jul 29th, 2022

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Wondering if it’s time to hire a color consultant? These pros are experts at zeroing in on the right colors for a client’s space and style. Some color consultants run businesses devoted to helping people choose hues; others are interior designers, decorators or architects who offer color consulting as part of a range of services. If you need to choose exterior paint colors, come up with a whole-house palette or just feel overwhelmed, a color consultant might be the pro you need to... [read more]

Top 10 Summer Bucket List Activities

Friday Jul 29th, 2022

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As summer starts approaching its mid-point, I start to panic. I can almost feel the season slipping away through my fingers. To make myself feel better, I come up with a checklist of activities that make my summer complete and commit to doing them. Then I can relax and start in on the fun! 1. Swim. Poolside, lakeside, beach side—I’ll take any of them, and I’ll take them as often as I can. I love the contrast of the sweltering heat and the cool, refreshing water. It... [read more]

10 Family Fun Ideas for the Civic Holiday Long Weekend

Friday Jul 15th, 2022

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The long weekend is a great opportunity to spend time together and bond as a family. With all the amazing festivals, theater, local destinations, family attractions, and special events in Toronto and the GTA, you’ll have no problem keeping busy and having tons of fun. Luckily, most of the weekend fun is free, so you won’t even have to blow your budget. To make it easy, we put together a list of 10 great ways to spend the long weekend with your family. 1. SEE SOME LIVE... [read more]

Will there be a Canada Housing Market Crash?

Wednesday Jul 13th, 2022

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TD economist outlines what the future holds By Fergal McAlinden 13 Jul 2022 TD’s latest Provincial Housing Market Outlook, released at the end of June, projected that home prices in Canada are set for a further fall in the current rising-rates environment, with a 19% peak-to-trough decline anticipated between the first quarter of this year and Q1 2023. That report indicated little prospect of an overall housing market meltdown, noting that home prices are likely to grow... [read more]

Need a Reliable Map App this Summer?

Saturday Jul 9th, 2022

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Whether you’re headed to an appointment, to visit a friend, or on an exciting road trip, having a reliable, user-friendly map app can make all the difference. While it seems like all of these apps are made equal, various options come with different features that can make navigation a whole lot easier. Here’s a quick rundown of our favorite GPS apps for a stress-free journey: Google Maps: Familiar to most, this app works for multiple forms of transportation and alerts... [read more]

Choosing an Executor: Four characteristics to watch for

Wednesday Jul 6th, 2022

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While wanting to do the right thing by your family is natural, that instinct can backfire when it comes to choosing an executor. “The problem with wanting to treat every family member equitably by giving all three of your children equal control is that one or more may not have the financial acumen to handle the executor's duties," says Carmela Guerriero, regional vice president for RBC Wealth Management, Royal Trust in Montreal. Worse, those three children may... [read more]

Cabin and Cottage Trends Across Canada Indicate Recreational Markets a Magnet of Affordability and Lifestyle to Both Leisure and Permanent Homeowners and Seekers

Tuesday Jul 5th, 2022

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RE/MAX Canada anticipates average residential prices in recreational markets to rise to 20 per cent for the remainder of 2022 39 per cent of Canadians living in recreational markets are drawn to their affordability, while lifestyle is also a key factor, such as access to water (37 per cent), access to outdoor recreation (33 per cent), and low-density neighbourhoods (31 per cent). 75 per cent of Canadians living in recreational markets are happy with their quality of life. Growing... [read more]

Extending the Life of Cut Flowers

Sunday Jul 3rd, 2022

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There are few things more beautiful than cut flowers in a vase. They instantly brighten any room, that is, of course, until they wilt and die. So how do you make cut flowers last as long as possible? Here are some ideas: Cut the bottom of the stems before you put the flowers in the vase. An angled cut is best as this will enable the flower to draw in more water. Add a fertilizer to the water. Most flower shops include a pouch with the order. Follow the directions carefully.... [read more]

What Just Happened to the Canadian Real Estate Market?

Friday Jul 1st, 2022

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June 21st, 2022 Are the effects of the Bank of Canada’s (BoC) tightening cycle being felt in the Canadian real estate market? For at least two years and probably longer than that, the nation’s housing market has been sizzling, with nearly every pocket of the country experiencing soaring prices and impressive sales activity. The laws of supply and demand have been in full force since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic – inventory is low and... [read more]

Painting or Staining? Your Guide to Deck Revitalization

Thursday Jun 30th, 2022

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Nothing embodies summertime in Canada more than hanging out on your deck, grilling, sipping cold drinks, and making memories with family and friends. Like other areas of your home, your deck does need to be cared for regularly to ensure it lasts long enough to keep the good times rolling season after season. Keeping your deck in tip-top condition is another way to maintain curb appeal - just ask a Realtor!  In addition to keeping your deck free from dirt and debris, you... [read more]

Some Fun Facts About Our Lovely Nation

Wednesday Jun 29th, 2022

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In honour of Canada Day, here are some fun facts about our lovely nation: 1. Our official tree is the sugar maple. 2. Canada has 10 per cent of the world’s forests. 3. Basketball was invented by a Canadian - Dr. James Naismith. 4. There are more lakes here than anywhere else in the world. 5. Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world.  6. Canada’s national parks are bigger than most countries.   [read more]

35 Tips to Stay Safe & Healthy on Vacation

Sunday Jun 19th, 2022

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We’ve all heard horror stories of people being robbed, pick-pocketed and targeted while traveling. With so many friends who travel, we also hear regularly about medical issues that occur while traveling. While it can be worrisome when these things happen, you shouldn’t let that happenstance make you afraid to travel. If you take the appropriate precautions while traveling to protect yourself from avoidable trouble and health-related issues, you’ll be just as safe on the... [read more]

Setting Up a Backyard Movie Night

Thursday Jun 16th, 2022

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During those beautiful summer nights, it doesn’t matter where you are in Canada, you want to be outside. It’s natural, and let’s face it, the past few years have driven many to upgrade their own backyard retreats, so you’ve got a good reason to be out and about in your own space.  Upcycling and repurpose trends show no sign of abating, and we’ve already seen signs of the backyard undergoing radical redesigns, adding features like pizza... [read more]

6 Hidden Expenses Buyers Often Forget About

Thursday Jun 16th, 2022

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Buying a house is one of the biggest purchases you will make in your lifetime and a lot goes into the planning and finances of purchasing a home, especially if it is your first home. From a down-payment to repairs & maintenance, to purchasing furniture and appliances, there are hidden expenses that one might not think of when in the home-buying process. We reached out to our RE/MAX Influencers – a panel of RE/MAX sales associates throughout Canada- to narrow down a list of the top... [read more]

Inheriting a Home? What You Should Know

Monday Jun 13th, 2022

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When a loved one passes, you may find yourself the inheritor of their property. Whether you intend to keep the home or sell it, the process of handling someone else’s real estate can feel like a huge responsibility, especially on top of the other emotions you’re processing.  Jason Heath, managing director and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) at Objective Financial Partners Inc. says more people are opting to keep their inherited home due to climbing real estate prices.... [read more]

Virtual Reality and It's Impact on Senior Care

Monday Jun 13th, 2022

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Virtual reality (VR) is no longer a futuristic technology and is being used in a range of settings. Virtual reality is a cutting-edge technology providing new opportunities in a variety of sectors including retail, healthcare, tourism, and real estate. And as the world becomes increasingly digitized, senior care facilities are beginning to explore the potential of virtual reality.  By immersing seniors in realistic, interactive environments, virtual reality can help reduce boredom,... [read more]

How Father’s Day Started

Monday Jun 13th, 2022

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The story goes that Sonora Smart Dodd, was attending one of the first official Mother’s Day services in 1909, when she had an epiphany—if mothers deserved a day in honour of their loving service, why not fathers?  When Sonora was 16, her mother Ellen died, leaving William Jackson Smart as a single  father to Sonora and her five younger brothers. And by Sonora’s account, he performed    brilliantly, “He was both father and mother to me and my... [read more]

Deciding Whether to Stay Or Sell?

Thursday May 5th, 2022

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Deciding whether to stay in your current home or look for a new one is tough. So tough in fact, that there is a reality TV show about it. If you’re struggling to make that decision, here are some tips that can help: Find out the current market value of your home. This will give you a clear idea of how much your property is likely to sell for in today’s market. Find out how much you can afford to invest in a new home. This is calculated, in part, by how much of a mortgage... [read more]

What They Said!

Tuesday May 3rd, 2022

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"It was great working with this team! Shelley was great! She’s very responsive and was always available to show us homes and answer our questions. Being first time home buyers during these wild times was an experience but Shelley helped us out as much as she could and never lost hope with us even after the countess trips. We appreciated how honest Shelley was regarding negotiations, offers, and the quality of homes. If she saw something that wasn’t right she made sure to point... [read more]

5 Outdoor Living Trends Taking Over in 2022

Monday Apr 25th, 2022

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Make your outdoor space just as stylish and comfortable as the rest of your home with this year's top trends. Whether you have a sprawling backyard, a cozy front porch, or a silver of a balcony, today's outdoor spaces are increasingly being designed for everyday use, rather than sporadic weekend parties or warm-weather grill-outs. Many homeowners now depend on these outdoor areas to provide additional living space, a peaceful escape, and a connection to nature that their... [read more]

Ontario to allow new home sales tactic that would change the bidding process

Monday Apr 25th, 2022

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The Ontario government is introducing new real estate regulations that would allow home sellers to share bids on their property and disclose the details of competing offers. As the system stands now, individuals looking to put an offer on a home do so blindly, without knowing how much their competitors are offering above the asking price. The new regulation will give sellers the option to "opt for an open offer process." "Sellers will no longer be limited to selling their... [read more]

10 Ideas for Helping Kids Celebrate Mom on Mother's Day

Friday Apr 22nd, 2022

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Mother’s Day is one of the best opportunities of the year to teach your children to respect their mom and to thank her in some small way for all she does. And, despite our wishes, kids generally will not do it on their own until you've worked with them over the years to consistently use Mother’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate their mom. It can be tough knowing just what to do to celebrate mom, and it takes a little time to think about and prepare just the right... [read more]

How to Use Mirrors to Bring Light Into a Room.

Friday Apr 22nd, 2022

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Whether your rooms are big or small, light plays an important role in design. Making the most of the light within your interior spaces reduces the need for more fixtures, which reduces energy bills. Light also enhances the color and beauty of the elements within the room. Mirrors reflect light instead of absorbing it, so they trick the eye into thinking the room is brighter and larger, depending on where they are placed. Also hang mirrors across the windows they bounce the light around make... [read more]

Spring Property Maintenance Checklist

Thursday Apr 21st, 2022

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Spring is the perfect opportunity for homeowners to prepare their property for the months to come. Here are our top tips to get started: Check siding for cracks, peeling or chipped paint, and general wear and tear. Have damaged areas repaired and repainted as needed for lasting protection. Clean gutters and downspouts of debris that collected over the winter. Check patios and walkways for cracks and any loose bricks or pavers. These are a tripping hazard that needs to be corrected... [read more]

Cottage Opening 101

Saturday Mar 19th, 2022

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  Spring is just around the corner and with it, a new cottage season is ushered in. And if your family is anything like ours, you don’t want to waste any precious time in starting your cottage family fun. Seasoned cottage owners already know the work involved in opening a cottage, but new cottage owners may be surprised at the laundry list of things you need to consider. Still others, even with years of experience, struggle with finding the time to get organized without all... [read more]

Amazing Eco-Friendly Decorating Ideas For A More Sustainable Home

Friday Mar 18th, 2022

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Are you looking for creative ways to give your home an eco-friendly touch? With a little imagination, some playfulness and these eco-friendly decorating ideas, you can make a paradise out of green materials at home. Read on and get inspired. Check out these 7 exciting ideas for an environment-friendly decor: A Dash of Vintage The most affordable and simple way to positively impact the environment is to buy pre-used furniture. If you are a fan of rugged and distressed decor, this is the... [read more]

Easter Cookie Decorating Fun

Friday Mar 18th, 2022

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Easter Cookie decorating parties are everyone’s favorite. You can decorate cookies with your family or friends or why not get the kids together and keep them busy for hours? Nothing beats a warm kitchen, the smell of cookies, and the glow of excitement on everyone’s cheeks. Things to do ahead of time Pick three to four cookie cutters that match your theme Three or four cookie shapes is plenty and makes prep easy. Select cookie cutters that require basic decorating, like... [read more]

The Best Closet Organizing Ideas to Make the Most of Even the Smallest Closet Spaces!

Friday Mar 18th, 2022

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Whether your closet is small or a sprawling walk-in, chances are you probably feel like you don’t have enough space to keep everything you own orderly. But having an organized closet isn’t the insurmountable challenge it may appear to be—and, no, you don’t need to spend a fortune on a built-in system. Invest in Matching Hangers A set of matching hangers not only looks aesthetically pleasing but also ensures clothes sit nicely against one another, conserving... [read more]

15 House Cleaning Tips That Make Life Easier

Thursday Mar 17th, 2022

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1. Microwave your cloths and sponges An important factor in how to clean your house is to ensure the tools you are using are also clean. Trying to clean a house using dirty cloths and sponges is counter-productive, so making sure they are sterile is a great place to start. Simply pop the wet sponge or cloth in the microwave for 30 seconds to remove any bacteria. Wait a minute or two before pulling it out as it will be hot. If you don’t have a microwave, you can also put your... [read more]

Challenging Canadian Real Estate Market, Covid-19 Put Focus on Home Renovations

Monday Mar 14th, 2022

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January 9th, 2022 A recent RE/MAX Canada report has highlighted shifting consumer trends in Canadian real estate, driven primarily by challenging market conditions and Covid-19. The 2021 Renovation Investment Report found more than half of Canadians renovated their home for personal enjoyment, not the perceived return on investment (ROI) that was the driver behind many renovation decisions in the past. Tightening market conditions from coast to coast and the... [read more]

6 Cheap & Simple Tips to Improve Curb Appeal

Tuesday Mar 8th, 2022

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Every real estate agent knows how important first impressions are when selling a home, which is why optimizing a property’s curb appeal is essential. Sadly, not every client has the budget to carry out a complete exterior facelift, but you don’t always need to spend thousands of dollars to make the right impression. Today, we’re going to be sharing 6 cheap and easy tips on how to spruce up the outside of a property without having to spend a small... [read more]

SHOULD YOU UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN BEFORE SELLING?

Thursday Mar 3rd, 2022

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Should you update your kitchen before selling your home is a very common question. And the answer is “It depends.” Look at other listings in your area and look at the recently sold homes.    Factors to consider: •  What is your budget (if any) for updates? •  Look at other recently sold, under contract and homes for sale in your area.  What is happening in your market? •  Do you have the time (or desire) to deal with... [read more]

7 Phrases to Avoid Saying to Your Toddler

Monday Feb 28th, 2022

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Parents, like doctors, set out to do no harm. But unlike doctors, who have years and years of training, we parents must learn on the fly. We say things that are intended to guide our kids, build them up and chip away at behaviors that won’t serve them well in life, but how do we know if we’re having an impact? At the very least, how do we know we’re not having a negative impact? Below, we break down some of the more common phrases said by parents—what works, what... [read more]

Top Paint Colours for 2022: Bring Nature Indoors

Saturday Feb 26th, 2022

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The greatest canvas in your home are the walls. And the paint colours you choose are one of the boldest ways you can put your personality on display. But with millions of colour permutations out there, how do you possibly narrow down your favourite shades? Why not start by perusing this list of top paint colours for 2022. This year’s paint trends are all about serene, tranquil colours that bring nature indoors. They are subtle, warm, and allow you to be versatile in your... [read more]

Canada's housing supply crisis – how bad is it?

Friday Feb 11th, 2022

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You may have heard it already, but Canada’s housing market is currently being gripped by an inventory problem. As demand for housing surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of supply on the market was thrown into sharp light – and by the beginning of this year, inventory across the country had hit a new record low. Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) senior economist Shaun Cathcart said in the middle of January that there were fewer properties listed for sale... [read more]

Nearly half of Canadians count on inheritance for retirement — will they actually get any money?

Tuesday Feb 8th, 2022

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Almost half of Canadian investors expect to receive an inheritance, and many are counting on that money to help them in retirement. That’s according to a recent survey by global financial advisory firm Natixis Global Asset Management. The firm quizzed 300 Canadians with around $135,000 in investable assets in February, as part of a global poll. Forty-five per cent of Canadian respondents said they expect to receive an inheritance, and 77 per cent said family financial resources... [read more]

Moving with Pets: 10 Tips for Success

Tuesday Feb 8th, 2022

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  Moving can be stressful for people, so just imagine how anxious it can make your pets. They can easily get stressed out when there's unexpected activity in their home or when they're introduced to a new environment. I've moved with four cats and a fish, and it's not an easy task. These challenges don't come with a formula solution, but here are some tips that should make the experience a bit calmer for your beloved companion(s). PREPARE AN OVERNIGHT... [read more]

5 Steps to Take After Losing Your Wallet

Tuesday Feb 8th, 2022

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First step? Don’t panic. Then follow these tips to minimize any potential damage. It’s the worst feeling. It’s time to settle the bill, you reach for your wallet and suddenly realize your pants pocket or purse feels a lot lighter than it did this morning — your wallet is gone! Instantly, you start literally retracing your steps — scanning the floor more closely than you ever intended to. It’s not on the table, it’s not at home and it’s not... [read more]

5 Great Valentine’s Day Ideas!

Tuesday Feb 8th, 2022

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1. Enjoy Breakfast in Bed Start the day off right by serving up a romantic Valentine's Day breakfast, then enjoying it together while lounging in bed while still in your pjs. Don't forget the champagne!   2. Have a Wine and Cheese Night Pop open your favourite bottle of wine and pair it with a delectable homemade carcuterie board. Don’t forget the crusty break, artisanal cheeses, cured meats and puckery olives to round it all out. 3. Take a Relaxing... [read more]

How Much Do I Need for a Down Payment on a House?

Tuesday Feb 8th, 2022

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Buying a house is a huge step in life and involves a lot of work and money. A down payment is an integral part of the process and will affect what type of house you can afford, your mortgage, and more. So how much do you need for a down payment on a house in Canada? Read on to learn more. What is a down payment? A down payment on a house is a lump sum that you use to purchase a home. It’s only a portion of the total purchase price of the house and is often made in cash; the... [read more]

9 Weight Loss Tips to Lose Weight Faster

Tuesday Dec 28th, 2021

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Eat a high protein breakfast. Eating a high protein breakfast could help reduce cravings and calorie intake throughout the day. Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juice. Empty calories from sugar aren’t useful to your body and can hinder weight loss. Drink water before meals. One study showed that drinking water before meals reduced calorie intake and may be effective in weight management. Choose weight-loss-friendly foods. Some foods are better for weight... [read more]

Spiced Plum and Quinoa Muffins

Tuesday Dec 28th, 2021

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Spiced Plum and Quinoa Muffins 50 minutes · Vegetarian · Serves 1 Quinoa gives these breakfast muffins a protein boost.   13 ingredients Produce 1/2 tsp Ginger, ground 2 Plums Refrigerated 2 Eggs, large Condiments 1/2 cup Honey Pasta & grains 1/3 cup Quinoa, white raw Baking & spices 1 1/4 cup All-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder 1/2... [read more]

Top 10 Most Common New Year's Resolutions (and How to Follow Through on Them)

Tuesday Dec 28th, 2021

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Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, hoping to spark positive change. The recurring themes each year include a more active approach to health and fitness, improved finances, and learning new things for personal and professional development. Chances are, more than a couple of the top 10 most common resolutions will look familiar to you: Exercise more Lose weight Get organized Learn a new skill or hobby  Live life to the fullest Save more money /... [read more]

10 Financial New Year’s Resolutions for 2022

Tuesday Dec 28th, 2021

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If you’re looking for ways to improve your finances in 2022, but aren’t sure where to start, WallHub published a list of 10 finance-based resolutions earlier this month. 1. Make a realistic budget and stick to it According to WalletHub, people who want to make a budget should start with a list of all their recurring expenses and rank them in order of importance, with housing, food and health care in the top spots. Then, you should cut the expenses that have the lowest priority... [read more]

House Prices in Canada will Rise Higher in 2022

Sunday Dec 26th, 2021

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Housing prices in Canada are expected to increase steadily in 2022, with inter-provincial migration continuing in many regions and a short supply of homes in those areas pushing up costs, according to Re/Max's housing market outlook report published last week. Sale prices are projected to go up by 9.2 per cent on average across the country, the real-estate company estimates. It would follow an already “sensational” year in terms of sales and price appreciation, Re/Max's... [read more]

Top 4 Essential Home Staging Activities

Sunday Dec 26th, 2021

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Home staging is an important part of the selling process and is a marketing strategy which raises the perceived value of a home. It gives prospective buyers a chance to see the full potential of the space and picture themselves living there. Most people assume they can stage a home on their own, but it will take the eagle eye of a professional to really make your space sing. A professional stager will always look at a home from a buyer’s perspective and showcase the home the best way... [read more]

Outside Toronto’s core, a market gone ‘haywire’.

Tuesday Nov 16th, 2021

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  Talk of rising interest rates may create a spurt of buying in the real estate market as buyers rush to get in ahead of rate hikes. But rich prices across most of the country – combined with higher rates – may lead to a cooler market in 2022. Jordan Pal, real estate agent with Kroll Real Estate Ltd., still sees buyers leaving Toronto but he has seen a shift in their motives. The lack of affordability in the city is pushing people out to the suburbs, he says, rather than... [read more]

How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Professional

Friday Nov 12th, 2021

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We all want to decorate the perfect Christmas Tree. However, it's easier said than done. Decorating a Christmas tree is no mean feat, especially for the perfectionists among us, but if your home is your pride and joy and the tree is the centerpiece of your home come the festive season, we've got you covered. 1. Invest in a high-quality artificial tree             Christmas trees crafted from premium materials provide sturdy and reliable support for... [read more]

Iconic Cocktails from Around the World

Friday Nov 12th, 2021

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We’ve all heard of them, yet some of the most famous of all cocktails are also the simplest: We’ve gathered some of the world’s most classic cocktails, ready to be sipped and savored. Country: Singapore; Cocktail: Singapore Sling  The original recipe was lost decades ago thus the drink that they currently serve at the Raffle Hotel’s Long Bar is based on memories of former bartenders, and some written notes that were discovered. Here’s one version... [read more]

What’s on Your Shopping List ?

Friday Nov 12th, 2021

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If you’re looking for great gift ideas…. The Gift of Listening:  But, you must really listen.  No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response.  Just listen. The Gift of Affection: Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds.  Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends. The Gift of Laughter: Clip cartoons.  Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love... [read more]

The Spirit of Christmas

Friday Nov 12th, 2021

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I have a list of people  All written in a book- And every year at Christmas time I go and take a look.   And that is when I realize That those names are all a part- Not of the book they're written in But of my very heart.   For each name stands for someone Who has crossed my path some time- And in that meeting they've become A treasured friend of mine.   And once you've met some people The years can not... [read more]

5 Fridge and Pantry Organizing Hacks You Can Do Today

Monday Nov 1st, 2021

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There’s something about looking at images of a perfectly put together fridge or pantry that inspires you to do your own. Smart fridge and pantry organization can help reduce food waste and inspire more home-cooked meals or snacks. If you have an appetite for organization, we’re sharing fridge and pantry hacks you can use in your own kitchen today. Consolidate, decant, and label  The first thing to do is check what you have, toss out expired items, donate other unwanted... [read more]

The ABC’s of Fire Safety

Monday Oct 25th, 2021

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The holiday season comes with a lot of glittering decorations and lights. And there are few sights as lovely as a Christmas tree lit up in a darkened room. But as with most things, there are safety issues regarding Christmas trees—especially with the possibility of fires, which can be caused by faulty electrical wiring, a nearby open flame, or the wrong type of decoration that heats up on a dried out tree.  When it comes to home... [read more]

One Pot French Onion Soup -That Will Warm You Up

Monday Oct 25th, 2021

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If there's one thing we all love about cold weather, it's soup! Read on to find an easy One Pot French Onion Soup Recipe, you'll be making all fall and winter long. Ingredients 3 pounds sweet onions 3 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp butter 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste 1/2 teaspoon black pepper plus more to taste 2 cloves fresh minced garlic 1/4 cup red... [read more]

Inspiring Nightstand Ideas to a New Look in Your Bedroom

Friday Oct 15th, 2021

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Are you one of those people who likes to rearrange or stage furniture every so often? Or are you looking to freshen an old, worn out look in your bedroom? Check out some of these unique nightstand ideas featuring many styles and moods. These new nightstand ideas can be a cost-effective way to change the ho-hum look of any bedroom without a serious remodeling job. Windowpane-styled Nightstand in a Clean White Finish​           Rounded Victorian-styled... [read more]

When Early Holiday Shopping Makes Sense.

Friday Oct 15th, 2021

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We're still in November, it feels like it's a little early to do our holiday shopping. After all, many of us are just taking a breather after our Halloween Decorations. But if there was ever a time to think ahead, this is it. Because if you wait too long to buy that hot gift everyone's been talking about, you could be out of luck. Below, we're breaking down everything you need to know about the predicted issues this holiday season. Supply Chain Issues-Experts are saying that... [read more]

Lest We Forget – Five Ways to Remember the Fallen This Year

Friday Oct 15th, 2021

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Most Canadians are connected in some way to a soldier who fought for our country. For some, that soldier was a son or a daughter. For others it was a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, or even a friend or neighbor. Every November 11th, we pause as a nation to remember their service. Across Canada we mark this day differently. In some provinces, it’s a holiday and children get the day off school to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies in their communities. In other provinces, kids go to class... [read more]

How Much is a Down Payment on a House?

Thursday Oct 7th, 2021

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How Much You Need for a Down Payment on a Home? Rising housing prices are putting some homebuyers into a tough spot. A 2021 RE/MAX report  reveals some key barriers impacting personal housing affordability in Canada, according to consumers: a shortfall in salary (26%) the fear of rising interest rates (18%) the fear of being “house poor” (18%) lack of steady full-time employment (16%) current levels of household debt (11%) the mortgage stress... [read more]

Best Halloween Door Decorations You Can DIY in No Time

Thursday Sep 30th, 2021

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You don't need witchcraft to conjure up creative DIY Halloween decorations—nor do you have to shell out a ton of money for them! Here, we've rounded up the very best homemade Halloween door decorations that'll keep your front porch looking festive and fun, and maybe just a little bit frightening. We've spent more time than ever at home this year, and we are ready to pull out all the stops with Halloween door decor this year. Maybe your finally ready to have a big Halloween... [read more]

Teacher's Day Special - Balloons of Happiness

Monday Sep 20th, 2021

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  October 5th is marked to show honour and gratitude to all teachers for their unspoken contributions. Here’s a simple yet profound story which shows that a teacher’s practices & attitudes are important for improving educational processes. This lesson was by an anonymous teacher to the students asking them to contemplate if life is being lived the right way.  A wise teacher once brought balloons to school, told her pupils to blow them up and write their name... [read more]

Kick Off A Gratitude Campaign

Thursday Sep 16th, 2021

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Being a part of the humdrum of daily life, we often get lost in it and forget to give thanks. It's always important to reflect on all the blessings that surround us. [read more]

Make Your Home Smell Great - Natural Room Scents

Friday Sep 10th, 2021

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Add fragrance to your home using simmering waters infused with spices, herbs, & fruit If you are one of those who hates artificial scents of any kind. Or want to avoid air fresheners and their harmful ingredients that are hard on people with allergies and asthma.  Air in the house can get stale at times Or, if you have cooked something with strong aroma you want to walk in the house have it smell pleasant. Nothing overpowering, Just pleasant.  There is a simple, all... [read more]

A Guide to a Heart Healthy Diet.

Friday Sep 10th, 2021

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How to Stay on Track One of the hardest parts of sticking to a healthy lifestyle is planning. Many people start a new routine strong but then after the first few weeks, they begin to fall back into their old ways. There are many ways that you can stay on track when making the switch to a healthy heart. Following these guidelines and avoiding the negative foods can help you keep your heart healthy diet on track. Keep reading to learn more about these simple changes that you can... [read more]

What to Do in Your Edible Garden After the Summer Harvest

Wednesday Sep 1st, 2021

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  Your end-of-season care plays a big role in whether your edible garden will continue to perform well in the future. This guide to post-harvest garden care — including how to restock soil nutrients, when to mulch, which plants not to compost and more — will help set up your edible garden for success for years to come. 1. Finish the Harvest When you’re ready to finish up your summer garden, pick all remaining fruit, veggies and edible leaves. Many fruits,... [read more]

Scrubbing Out Stubborn Stains with DIY Tricks

Monday Aug 30th, 2021

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Dealing with stains is a pain most people don’t want to deal with. No matter how stains make their way into your home, one thing is for certain getting rid of them is not fun.  Food stains out of clothes Ketchup, chocolate, gravy—really anything can stain your clothes and leave an unpleasant blotch on what was once your favorite shirt. Soda water, salt, and baking powder work magic. Vinegar and lemon as well! Always let the stain sit before washing, then dab the... [read more]

The Vocabulary of Selling a Home

Wednesday Aug 25th, 2021

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As in any industry, there are terms and buzzwords that are unique to residential real estate. When you put your home on the market, you should know what those terms mean. Here are definitions for the most common ones: Fair market value: This is an estimate of how much a specific home will sell for in today’s market, considering what similar properties in the area have sold for recently. Seller’s Agent: That would be me, the REALTOR® who is helping you sell your... [read more]

Back-to-School, Best Educational Apps For Kids!

Friday Aug 20th, 2021

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                              With our “back-to-school” schedules we are all looking for a little added support when it comes to school for kids of all ages. KHAN ACADEMY is the gold standard for educational apps, particularly considering the wide range of courses it offers for students of all ages, and the fact that it’s free. Khan Academy’s YouTube videos cover most subjects at... [read more]

How to Decorate with Houseplants

Thursday Aug 19th, 2021

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By growing Houseplants, you’ll get to know your home better. That dark corner that gets no sunlight could be perfect environment for a fern. The sunny bathroom windowsill can house an orchid. Your home has potential to be a thriving indoor garden, you just don’t know it yet. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you bring more plants home: Arrange in Odd Numbers When you can, group plants in an odd number. Using an even number can look symmetrical, making the arrangement look... [read more]

Have You Mastered the Tricky Art of Parental Pressure?

Thursday Aug 19th, 2021

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Journalist Keith Gessen, a rabid ice hockey enthusiast and dad, desperately wanted his young son, Raffi, to follow his athletic lead. He began coaxing Raffi to kick a ball and skate from age two. Throughout Gessen’s entire life, from boyhood to grad school and long after, hockey, he says, was his “refuge and a solace.” Gessen judged Raffi’s early exuberance and “desire to crash into things” as “the behavior of a person who wanted to learn how to play... [read more]

Fall Home Checklist

Wednesday Aug 18th, 2021

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Clean and Stow Your Mower If you’re not familiar with fuel stabilizer, get to know it. If your mower sits for months with gas in its tank it can damage internal engine parts. Add stabilizer to your gasoline can, to keep spare gas in good condition over the winter. Drain Your Sprinkler System Even buried irrigation lines can freeze, leading to busted pipes and broken sprinkler heads. Turn off the water to the system at the main valve. Shut off the automatic controller. Open... [read more]

Beyond Boxes: Packing Materials You May Need for your Move

Sunday Aug 1st, 2021

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  As you probably know, when you’re preparing to move, you’ll need boxes and tape — and, perhaps some bubble-wrap or old newspapers to use as protective wrapping for delicate items. But that may not be all you need. Take a look at this list and see if you want to have any of these on hand while you’re packing or on... [read more]

The Struggles of Our Life

Saturday Jul 31st, 2021

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Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans in the... [read more]

The Teen Slang Dictionary for Parents

Saturday Jul 31st, 2021

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Each generation develop a unique language of their own. Think "outta sight," "phat," "rents," "radical," and "peace out." But even though you're a part of youth culture (and the slang that defines it) when you're young, it gets harder to "keep up with the joneses" when you become a parent.  Trying to figure out what teens are saying is increasingly challenging, as the explosion of social media, memes, digital... [read more]

Update to Canada’s Mortgage Qualifying Rules Explained

Saturday Jul 31st, 2021

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Earlier this summer, new changes were announced for the federal mortgage stress test, shifting the ground again in terms of how much house new and seasoned home buyers  are qualified to purchase.  In April, Canada’s financial regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), proposed an increase for the stress test's minimum qualifying rate on uninsured mortgages. This raised the previous rate from 4.79% to its current value of... [read more]

Not so Obvious Staging Tips

Wednesday Jul 28th, 2021

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When it comes to staging your home for sale - which basically means ensuring everything is decluttered, cleaned, and all personal photographs are removed - you probably already know the basics. But there are also some less obvious home staging tips that can help to sell your property faster and for a higher price. Here are a few examples. The Kitchen Obvious All appliances, countertops, floors, and other surfaces should be spotless. Not-so-obvious The contents of your... [read more]

Tips - Moving with Children

Monday Jul 5th, 2021

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1. Spread out the move out over a couple days. Moving an entire house in one day makes for very exhausted and grumpy parents. It is more work than anyone should do. If you are moving locally, see if you can get into your new house just a few days early, it is worth every penny. Moving room by room is one thousand times better than trying to sort out a sea of boxes. It makes for an easier transition for the littlest members of your family, too.   2. Hire multiple babysitters or enlist... [read more]

One Hour Ideas for Boosting Curb Appeal

Monday Jul 5th, 2021

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You have heard of the term “curb appeal”. It refers to the initial impression buyers get when they first see your property from the street. If the impression is a good one, it sets the right tone for the rest of the home viewing.How do you boost curb appeal? Here... [read more]

The Tradition of a Canadian Holiday

Friday Jul 2nd, 2021

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Civic Day is a holiday that is not based on any particular historical or religious event. The intent of the Civic Holiday seems simply to be to "not work". The tradition of a Canadian holiday in the middle of summer dates back to Toronto in 1869. It was formally created in 1875 when the first Monday in August became the August Civic Holiday in Toronto. Today, while Civic Day has been adopted as a statutory holiday in other provinces, Civic Holiday is a non-statutory holiday in... [read more]

Using a Power of Attorney to Close Your Real Estate Transaction

Friday Jul 2nd, 2021

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If you are buying or selling a property and you will not be able to sign the closing documents, you may need to use a Power of Attorney to close the transaction.   Before deciding to use the Power of Attorney, legal advice should be obtained so that your lawyer can advise you of the consequences of giving a Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney is a powerful document which gives the person you name as your attorney (the donee), powers to do things and act on your behalf. The... [read more]

9 Ways to Throw a Successful Garage Sale

Thursday Jul 1st, 2021

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“If you haven't used it or worn it in the last six months, you're not going to," advises Peter Walsh, Oprah's anti-clutter guru and host of TLC's Clean Sweep. "Get rid of it." And it's not just so we don't end up on Hoarders -- there's cash buried in that treasure! The yard or garage sale is a North American tradition. Not only does it let you turn trash into cash, it's also a great way to meet the neighbours. The key is to... [read more]

Understanding the Role of a Co-Signer in Buying a Home

Sunday Jun 27th, 2021

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For some frist time home buyers, help from family or close friends can be the key to breaking down the barriers to homeownership.  One of the ways loved ones can help hopeful home buyers is by agreeing to be a co-signer on the mortgage. Co-signing can be applied to most types of loans, not just mortgages. Essentially, a co-signer takes on the responsibility of making the loan payments in the event the original borrower can’t. By providing this extra assurance... [read more]

Home Staging Trends to Look Out for in 2021

Thursday Jun 24th, 2021

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In 2020, we stayed at home.  And all this time spent at home has taught us to reappropriate the space we live in. Our relationship with our apartments and houses has changed: our residences have an increasingly versatile role, in turn as places of work, relaxation or leisure. In 2021, we may cease to be confined, but the COVID experience will have had a lasting impact on us and will no doubt influence our real estate choices for years to come.  Unsurprisingly, home staging... [read more]

10 Ways to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Sunday Jun 20th, 2021

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Have summer vacation plans? Whether it is a weekend, week, or just a quick overnight stay, you want to ensure that your home and your belongings are safe whenever you leave. Check out this checklist of things to do before you leave your home for vacation. Follow these tips to get a little peace of mind while on your summer vacation. Get a Home Security System Get a security system and make sure you advertise that you have one. If possible, get a video security system that will allow... [read more]

5 Ideas For Family Summer Fun

Saturday Jun 19th, 2021

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1. Go on a local photo safari. We take our surroundings for granted, which means we miss a lot of the interest in our own backyards, so to speak. Give the kids disposable cameras and challenge them to come up with the best photo. Offer prizes for everyone. 2. Have a series marathon where you watch all the episodes in a given TV or Movie series, getting the whole family involved. 3. Do a book reading challenge, where kids earn points for every book read. The points can be... [read more]

Money Mistakes To Avoid

Saturday Jun 19th, 2021

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Unless you’re incredibly rich, you probably worry about money. That’s natural, but you’ll feel better about your financial situation if you avoid these basic money mistakes: · Not tracking your spending. Pay attention to where your money goes. Your credit card statement will help you do this, but don’t forget all the incidentals you pay cash for. With this data, you’ll find it easier to stick to your budget. · Not setting up a budget... [read more]

You’re In Good Company

Saturday Jun 19th, 2021

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You may know how and why the company you work for was founded, but do you know where the word “company” comes from? According to Charles Earl Funk’s book Thereby Hangs a Tale (HarperCollins), the word comes from a combination of the Latin word con, meaning “together,” and panis, which means bread. Thus, “company” originally described a group of people who shared their bread with each other. Think of that the next time you’re eating lunch with your... [read more]

Eating Disorders Are In Your Head

Saturday Jun 19th, 2021

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Most of us know that eating disorders are somewhat in the head, but what we may not know is that there is a specific location in the head, according to scientists studying the relationship between eating and the brain. In a study presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, researchers measured the brain activity of a wide range of subjects, from the anorexic to the morbidly obese. Participants were given fMRI brain scans while viewing images of high-calorie... [read more]

When The Ants Go Marching In…

Saturday Jun 19th, 2021

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Most of us don’t want to share a home with ants, but we don’t want to douse the place with insecticide to keep them out, either. Here are a few natural treatments to keep ants at bay: Cinnamon. Place a few cinnamon sticks where you spot ants crawling into your house. The odour will send ants away. (Garlic cloves work, too.) Vinegar. Spray some apple or white vinegar on areas where ants have set up shop. Black pepper. Sprinkle a little pepper when you see ants. Watch where... [read more]

Driving Gas Savings

Saturday Jun 19th, 2021

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Like death and taxes, rising gas prices are unavoidable, especially in the summer. Here are some tips for saving money at the gas pump: · Drive more slowly on the open road. The most fuel-efficient speed may be the point at which your car shifts to high gear, somewhere around 50mph/80kph. Going faster in high gear will further reduce efficiency. · Avoid drag. Get rid of roof racks. Avoid carrying equipment outside of the car on long trips. If buying a new car,... [read more]

9 Fantastic Father’s Day Activity Ideas During Covid

Monday May 31st, 2021

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Adapt Father’s Day traditions to celebrate safely We’ve all been adapting and finding creative ways to spend quality time together while staying safe during the pandemic. That’s why we’re sharing 9 unique activity ideas for celebrating the important man (or men) in your life this Father’s Day. These activity suggestions allow you to enjoy time together whether you’re in the same household or at a distance for safety. 1. Share a favourite... [read more]

Renovations that Add Value to Your Home

Sunday May 30th, 2021

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  KITCHENS We have all heard that the kitchen is the heart of the home but it’s also a renovation well worth the investment. Buyers who love to cook will pay a premium dollar for a well-planned and quality kitchen. I would suggest choosing finishes that are good quality. Spending more for quality countertops, custom cabinetry and appliances pays off when selling your home.   BATHROOMS Like kitchens, buyers appreciate a clean and fresh bathroom.... [read more]

What is a Staging Consultation?

Sunday May 30th, 2021

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How the Staging Process Works Buyers often make up their minds about a home within minutes of entering the front door, that is if you can even get them there, which is why buyers must be impressed from the moment they are introduced to the property. This is your opportunity to create that first, lasting impression that will sell your home. Our goal is to assist you and pay attention to even the smallest detail which could possibly detract from the goal of securing you the most equity.... [read more]

Cucumber Fun Facts

Monday May 24th, 2021

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Who knew cucumbers were good for more things than just our health?  Yup, anything from curing a hangover, bad breath, and cellulite?  Most people know that cucumbers are good for you, but this just takes its goodness to a whole new level. 1.   Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium... [read more]

SPRING MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Tuesday May 4th, 2021

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Spring is the perfect opportunity for homeowners to prepare their property for the months to come. Here are our top tips to get started:   Check siding for cracks, peeling or chipped paint, and general wear and tear. Have damaged areas repaired and repainted as needed for lasting protection. Clean gutters and downspouts of debris that collected over the winter. Check patios and walkways for cracks and any loose bricks or pavers. These are a... [read more]

Tips for Negotiating in a Seller's Market

Sunday May 2nd, 2021

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Be Prepared and Act Quickly No homebuyer wants to be caught off guard buying in a seller's market. A hot seller's market can make it very difficult, if not almost impossible, to buy the first home you want to buy. Because homebuyers generally have very little interest in the real estate market when they are not buying a home, they don't always know how the market changes from one season to another, much less from month to month. It's one of the reasons that the most... [read more]

5 Hot Home Design Trends for 2021

Sunday Apr 25th, 2021

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What popular home trends can we expect in the new year? Life in quarantine has really allowed us to take a step back and reevaluate our homes from a new perspective. Homeowners are looking to make their spaces more functional as well as reflect more personality. They’re seeking comfortable and casual-style living. “Cozy” will continue to be the new “luxury.” In my market in Atlanta, some of the top design trends relate to, which are popping up in basements,... [read more]

Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Reversed?

Sunday Apr 18th, 2021

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Type 2 diabetes, also known as adult onset diabetes, is typically manageable, and drugs aren’t always necessary. A diet low in sugar, saturated fats, and trans fatty acids, along with moderate aerobic exercise can reduce symptoms. But can type 2 diabetes be reversed? If "reversing" means that we don't need medication anymore, that's possible for some people, provided they have not had diabetes for long and have fewer genetic factors involved. The best prescription... [read more]

The Origin of Vaccinations

Sunday Apr 18th, 2021

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Vaccinations can be controversial, but the practice developed as a successful response to a deadly disease—smallpox. An epidemic hastened the decline of the Roman Empire, killing 7 million people in A.D. 108, and the disease decimated native and immigrant populations in the New World. During the 18th century, 400,000 Europeans died of smallpox, and survivors were often left blind or disfigured. Physicians and family noticed that survivors of smallpox were immune to the disease... [read more]

Question Assumptions

Sunday Apr 18th, 2021

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Here’s why you should always question your assumptions: Late at night, a doctor’s phone rang. He answered it groggily. “Hello?” “Dr. Jones? This is Dave Mitchell. I’m sorry to call so late, but my wife has this sharp pain in her side. It’s tender when I touch it, and I wonder if I should take her to the hospital.” The doctor recognized his patient’s voice. “That’s all right, Dave. Just give her a few aspirin; I’m... [read more]

Eating Smart

Sunday Apr 18th, 2021

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Want to get smarter? Watch what you eat. No guarantees, but try some of these mental boosters: · Walnuts. A Spanish study found that people who eat a small handful of walnuts each day saw their memory improve by 19 percent. · Coffee. It helps you wake up, and a British study suggests that just 20-30 milligrams of caffeine (less than one cup) can enhance mental agility. · Spinach. The magnesium in Popeye’s favorite food may not make you... [read more]

Red Spot Mystery Solved

Sunday Apr 18th, 2021

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The Great Red Spot of Jupiter has long puzzled astronomers. A storm in Jupiter’s atmosphere has kept it going for almost two hundred years—why has it persisted? Scientists now think they know the answer. Instead of just a turbulent mass of gases swirling horizontally over the planet (which would sustain the spot for only a few decades), gases spouting vertically seem to be responsible for the spot’s longevity.  Earlier analyses of the Jovian winds discounted the... [read more]

Mother Sets The Tone

Sunday Apr 18th, 2021

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“Yes, I know—you walked five miles to school, barefoot in the snow, and it was uphill…both ways!” That’s how I sometimes tease a friend whose memories of the Depression are dark and difficult. My own recollections of those days are much more upbeat. Why the difference? Thinking about it now, I realize that my mother set the tone of our lives back then. The Depression and all its deprivation might have entered our St. Paul, Nebraska home…but Mother... [read more]

Don’t Change Your Nature

Sunday Apr 18th, 2021

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A very old man used to meditate early every morning under a large tree on the bank of the Ganges River in India. One morning he saw a scorpion flailing helplessly in the strong current of the river, tangled in a complex network of tree roots. The old man immediately reached out to rescue the drowning scorpion. The panicked animal tried to sting him, but the man persisted. For several minutes his hand darted back and forth, evading the scorpion’s deadly stinger as he tried to rescue... [read more]

Welcome Shelley Fisher to the Team!

Tuesday Mar 30th, 2021

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We wish to welcome Shelley Fisher to Team Bev MacLean. Shelley brings 5 years of real estate and staging experience to the team. She has her CSP® designation (Canadian Certified Staging Professional) and has staged numerous homes.  Shelley has a keen eye for decorating and can make key suggestions to make a home market-ready to ensure a quick sale and maximum price. Shelley is a great asset to the team with her friendly personality, integrity, and compassion. She will guide... [read more]

Simple Pleasures: Savour the First Spring Day in the Garden

Tuesday Mar 30th, 2021

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Is there anything better than that first spring day when, depending on your region, the weather finally feels warm enough to really spend time outdoors? When winter releases its chilly grasp where you live, celebrate with a full day spent puttering in the garden, tending to chores, sprucing things up and pampering yourself a bit as well. (Fresh herb-infused cocktails in the garden, anyone?) Treat Yourself to New Garden Gear It’s nice to kick off a new season of gardening with a bit... [read more]

Top 10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Thursday Mar 25th, 2021

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Spring is finally in the air across most of Canada and with the sun and warmer weather comes the realization that Old Man Winter has been torturing the outside of your house for the last six months. Before you break out the patio furniture and start planting your gardens, you might want to follow these six tips to get your home ready for a headache-free season. 1. Check your gutters and downspouts Whether you did this in the fall after all the leaves fell or not, there’s a good... [read more]

5 Interior Design Tips for Staging Your Home This Spring

Wednesday Mar 24th, 2021

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If you are selling your house this Spring, these 5 interior design tips for staging will help create warm, lived-in rooms. Your goal is to help visitors imagine a new lifestyle, simply by walking from room to room. Set up your home as if you were about to entertain, or as if reading in the other room, preparing lunch, or having a siesta. It gives potential buyers ideas on how they could use your home, and what they can look forward to. Since Spring is about new beginnings; use floral prints,... [read more]

Can’t Get It Right? Let Go

Monday Mar 22nd, 2021

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The story is told of a Zen monk who was asked to dedicate a temple by writing the words “The First Principle” using his best calligraphy for display above the main door. The monk sat at his table and carefully made the symbols on a sheet of paper. But a Zen master looked at it and said, “That’s no good. Can you try again?” The monk performed his calligraphic art a second time with the master standing over him. Once he’d finished, the master again said,... [read more]

Bring out the Gnomes

Monday Mar 22nd, 2021

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“April showers bring May flowers,” which means it’s time to bring out the garden gnomes to tend the garden. But where did garden gnomes come from in the first place? The first garden gnomes were made in Gräfenroda, a town known for ceramics in Thuringia, Germany in the mid-1800s. Philip Griebel made terracotta animals as decorations, and produced gnomes based on local myths as a way for people to enjoy the stories of the gnomes’ willingness to help in the garden at... [read more]

Staging Tips for Spring

Monday Mar 22nd, 2021

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Springtime brings sunshine, showers -- and plenty of opportunities for home staging. Make the most of the season with these fresh updates that are sure to attract buyers. Whip your yard into shape. When you're selling in the spring, you need to get your yard in shape as quickly as possible. Clear winter yard debris and get frost-resistant plants that won't be affected if a late cold spell hits. Or invest in silk flowers for a touch of color that you don't have to worry... [read more]

Design and Décor - April 2021

Monday Mar 22nd, 2021

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Space planning, which impacts scale, is essential. People often use furniture that is too large or too small for a space. I like to blame a certain retail company for the large-scale furnishings that saturate interiors today. Build around the furniture that you actually have space for. Think about the balance of a space. For larger rooms, consider establishing zones for different activities: a seating area that is conducive to conversation; another area for television viewing; a work area... [read more]

Earth Day

Monday Mar 22nd, 2021

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April 22 is coming up. So what, you ask? April 22 is the 51st Earth Day, which is observed in many countries. The day was created from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day, here are the latest sobering facts: The year 2013 was one of the hottest years ever recorded on Earth. 2013's global land/ocean average surface temperature was 1.08°F above the 20th century average. Down under, Australians sweated through their... [read more]

First Day of Spring

Friday Mar 19th, 2021

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In Canada and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the spring season is the day of the year when the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving northward (on March 20th or 21st). This day is known as the Vernal Equinox. A common misconception is that the earth is further from the sun in winter than in summer. Actually, the Earth is closest to the sun in December which is winter in the Northern hemisphere. As the Earth travels around the... [read more]

Why St. Patrick's Day?

Wednesday Mar 17th, 2021

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March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. So what? Why do we bother to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around the world? Obviously, you might say, the day is to honor Ireland's patron saint, who introduced Catholicism to the Irish and rid their land of snakes. But that's not really what we're celebrating, is it? We're really using it as an excuse to wear green and throw a big party. Everyone knows the Irish love a good party. Our methods of celebrating might differ around the... [read more]

International Women's Day

Monday Mar 1st, 2021

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IWD 2021 campaign theme: #ChooseToChallenge A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge. So, hand up high to show... [read more]

Ontario Delays March Break in an Effort to Reduce Community Transmission of COVID-19

Monday Mar 1st, 2021

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TORONTO - Today, Stephen Lecce, Ontario's Minister of Education, issued the following statement regarding March break: "In support of our collective efforts to keep schools safe, we are postponing March break until April 12-16, 2021. This decision was made with the best advice of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials, including consultations with many local Medical Officers of Health. Many students have been learning remotely since the... [read more]

Brass Is Back, Baby: Here’s the Latest on Today’s Brass Fixtures Style

Thursday Feb 25th, 2021

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Just as overalls, shoulder pads, and velvet dresses cropped up at the mall in recent years, brass fixtures reentered the home design scene. That’s right, the 1980s are back, baby, and the golden alloy has come along for the ride. “Brass is super hot right now. We started seeing it a few years ago, creeping back into the design sphere,” comments Kate Touhill of Seattle Staged to Sell, a seven-time Houzz award-winning design firm. But... [read more]

Every Canadian household to get free, pre-paid postcard

Wednesday Feb 24th, 2021

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Canada Post will be sending out one of six, free, pre-paid postcards for people to send anywhere in the country. Canada Post is getting ready to deliver approximately 13.5 million pre-paid postcards, one to every residential address nationwide, for people to send to whomever they want in the country. There are six versions of the postcard, each one offering a simple message of love, appreciation, or thanks. According to Canada Post, every household will receive one randomly selected... [read more]

Seller's Market vs. Buyer's Market

Tuesday Feb 23rd, 2021

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The housing market, like most markets, is cyclical. These cycles can be greatly influenced by a number of factors, including interest rates, economic conditions, and consumer confidence, which can create a shortage or surplus in housing. A seller’s market happens when there is a shortage in housing or more potential buyers than homes. A buyer’s market, on the other hand, occurs when there is a surplus in housing or more homes for sale than buyers. A balanced market... [read more]

Realism Vs. Art

Tuesday Feb 23rd, 2021

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According to a story, the artist Pablo Picasso was traveling by train one day when a fellow passenger struck up a conversation with him. As they chatted, the passenger told Picasso that his paintings would be better if he concentrated on realistic images instead of abstract art. When Picasso asked for an example, the traveler took out his wallet and showed him a snapshot of his wife. “See? That’s exactly what she looks like.” Picasso held the photo in one hand.... [read more]

Why Do We Say “White Elephant” Gift?

Tuesday Feb 23rd, 2021

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A "white elephant" is a possession that you want to get rid of but can't, usually in the context of Christmas and a sweater from your aunt. But why do we call that an elephant? It's one of those terms that makes so little sense that you'd have to assume it comes from a story or a fable, like maybe somebody got a huge white porcelain elephant as a gift that was useless but impossible to give away, and maybe it turned out it granted wishes or something. The point is, when... [read more]

Make Rainy Day Fund Top Priority

Tuesday Feb 23rd, 2021

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Experts advise people to set aside enough cash to cover three to six months of living expenses in case something bad happens. Here’s how to get your “rainy-day fund” going: · Save a little every week, even if up to your eyeballs in bills. · Pay your rainy-day fund before paying into your retirement. · Pay the minimums on your credit card for a few months and put the remainder into your fund until you've built it... [read more]

Why St. Patrick’s Day?

Tuesday Feb 23rd, 2021

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March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. So what? Why do we bother to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around the world? Obviously, you might say, the day is to honor Ireland's patron saint, who introduced Catholicism to the Irish and rid their land of snakes. But that's not really what we're celebrating, is it? We're really using it as an excuse to wear green and throw a big party. Everyone knows the Irish love a good party. Our methods of celebrating might differ around the... [read more]

A Wise Motto

Tuesday Feb 23rd, 2021

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A queen called her advisors together and asked them to come up with a motto for the nation that would help her people in times of distress. “It must be short enough to be engraved on a ring. It must be as useful in prosperity as in adversity. It must be wise and true and endlessly enduring, words by which men and women could be guided all their lives.” The motto they chose: “This, too, shall pass.”   [read more]

Top 10 Mistakes Landlords Make

Tuesday Feb 16th, 2021

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Avoid these landlord and property manager pitfalls, and feel more confident in your rental investment.  People enter the landlord business for many different reasons. Maybe you’re an “accidental landlord” who decided to rent out your former residence, or you gained a property through an inheritance. Or, maybe you diligently researched properties for sale and chose to purchase one (or more) as an extra source of income. Regardless of how or why you entered the business,... [read more]

Valentine’s Day Funnies

Wednesday Feb 3rd, 2021

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My college English professor was a hard grader. One February day I received a B-minus on a      research paper. In hopes of  bettering my grade, I sent her a Valentine’s Day card with the inscription: “BE MINE.” The following day, I  received a valentine from the teacher. It read: “Thank you, but it’s still BE MINE-US.”  ... [read more]

How to Plan a Remodel in 5 Steps

Wednesday Jan 20th, 2021

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1. Build a Detailed Home Improvement Project Plan The first step in a remodeling project is to develop a plan that clearly states the goal for your renovation and includes designing inspiration and an outline of the work that needs to be completed. Your project plan should also include: Blueprints or sketches of your finished project. A list of needs and wants for your project. Project steps divided into DIY steps and steps that will require a professional. At this point in... [read more]

Bounce This Along – Great Tips for Bounce Sheets

Monday Jan 18th, 2021

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All this time you've just been putting Bounce in the dryer! 1. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice. 2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle. 3. It takes the odour out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often. 4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season. 5. Eliminate... [read more]

Valentine’s Day in Lockdown: Ideas to make Valentine’s in Lockdown Special

Monday Jan 11th, 2021

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Being pretty much stuck at home for Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Here are some ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day (and the Night!) in Lockdown at Home…. and still making it special! Plan a truly Romantic Lockdown Meal What’s a good Valentine’s without a romantic meal? Start the Day right with a Valentine’s Breakfast. Your partner will LOVE their favourite breakfast in bed (don’t forget the flowers!) Have a... [read more]

Why People Say "FebYOUary"

Monday Jan 11th, 2021

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It just seems a little strange to some people that there's a silent "r" in the word February. The origin of the spelling is from Roman times: February because the Roman festival of purification called Februa is on the 15th of this modern day February. The correct pronunciation IS "feb-ROO-er-ee,” which many people do say. But others find it awkward to say, so they drop the “r.” But "feb-OO-er-ee" is also uncomfortable phonetically, so those people... [read more]

7 Stylish and Welcoming Family Rooms

Monday Jan 11th, 2021

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A family room, generally speaking, is meant to be a more casual space than a more formal living room. It’s the kind of room where you want to feel you can relax with your spouse or kids and kick back to watch a movie or play a game without being afraid to put your feet up. The following inviting family rooms show a range of styles — from subtle to dramatic — with family-friendly features to consider. 1. Light Blue and Breezy Designers: Corinne C. Acampora... [read more]

Winter is Coming: 8 Ways to Winterize Your Home

Saturday Jan 2nd, 2021

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The arrival of cold winter weather calls for hunkering down in the warmth and comfort of your home. But when said home is ill-prepared for cold snaps, an outdoor winter wonderland can very quickly turn into indoor winter woes. All it takes is a little work winterizing your home with the help of weatherproofing materials and outdoor lifestyle covers to get you prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way. Chimney Sweep After months of sitting dormant your indoor fireplace... [read more]

Top 10 Most Common New Year's Resolutions (and How to Follow Through on Them)

Tuesday Dec 22nd, 2020

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Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, hoping to spark positive change. The recurring themes each year include a more active approach to health and fitness, improved finances, and learning new things for personal and professional development. Chances are, more than a couple of the top 10 most common resolutions will look familiar to you: Exercise more Lose weight Get organized Learn a new skill or hobby  Live life to the fullest Save more money /... [read more]

How to Declutter Your Home: 10 Creative Decluttering Tips

Tuesday Dec 22nd, 2020

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“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” —Dale Carnegie The idea of living a simple life with less stuff sounds attractive to many. But often, they begin to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated around the idea of owning less. That’s too bad. Learning how to declutter your home and (and as a result, decluttering your life) doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. And the benefits... [read more]

Experiential Learning

Monday Dec 21st, 2020

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A young man came to a jeweler’s shop and said he wanted to study to become a gemologist. The jeweler, a well-known expert on precious gems, was hesitant, but the young man insisted that he had the patience to learn everything the jeweler was willing to teach him. The jeweler told him to return the next day for his first lesson. When the man arrived the next day, the jeweler placed a jade stone in his hand. For four hours the young man held the stone while the jeweler worked. The... [read more]

15 Festive Quarantine New Year's Eve Ideas to Ring in 2021

Monday Dec 21st, 2020

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 New Year's Eve 2021 will look a lot different than last year's celebration. Instead of heading out for a night on the town, many of us will be settling in for an evening on the couch. And in lieu of ringing in 2021 with dozens of friends, our guest lists will be limited to the people who live in our households. But just because your 2021 holiday is different does not mean it cannot be just as festive, celebratory, and meaningful as years past. With the right amount of planning,... [read more]

8 CRUCIAL DOS AND DON’TS OF HOME DECORATING

Thursday Dec 17th, 2020

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Decorating your home can be extremely exciting and fun, but also really scary and daunting. There are so many mistakes that can be made that can make your home look weird, awkward, and small. Of course, no one wants their home to look like that, so it’s important to know a few simple rules to avoid it. It’s actually a lot more simple than you think and when you know the dos and don’ts of home decorating you’ll easily be able to make your home look beautiful,... [read more]

Healthy Eats: 5 Superfoods to Super Start the New Year

Monday Dec 7th, 2020

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Here, try these superfoods for a healthy, healing start to the New Year. Plus, a tasty recipe to get you started! After all the revelry’s over it’s time to pay the piper, as they say. For most of us, the holidays are synonymous with indulgence. Lots of eating. Too much drinking. (And lots of fun, hopefully.) But after they’re over how do we begin to get back on track? “I think in the New Year we need to focus on cleaning up after all that fun,” says... [read more]

Team Bev MacLean's Mission Statement

Saturday Dec 5th, 2020

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Our Mission it to provide service excellence to our clients with compassion and integrity, making their move less stressful and more successful. We strive to exceed industry standards and to become the number one trusted real estate team for Seniors, by providing a professional and memorable experience.   [read more]

Best Christmas Movies of All Time

Monday Nov 30th, 2020

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1. It's a Wonderful Life Few films define Christmas like Frank Capra's 1946 fantasy starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, who, on the verge of committing suicide, is visited by an angel who shows him the true importance of his life.   2. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Rarely has a series' third installment been the equal of its two predecessors, but such is the case with this threequel involving Clark (Chevy Chase), Ellen (Beverly... [read more]

Youth Boosters: 6 Steps to Age Proof Your Body

Sunday Nov 29th, 2020

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A prescription for healthy living: Live longer and feel better by following these basic steps.  1. Eat right to reduce cholesterol Almost 40 per cent of Canadians have high blood cholesterol levels. “If [our bodies] make too much cholesterol or we get too much in our diet, levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) can rise, which can contribute to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke,” says naturopathic doctor Kathryn Nobrega-Porter of the Wellpath Clinic. Take the first... [read more]

Is it the Right Time to Buy an Investment Property?

Friday Nov 27th, 2020

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Historically low interest rates coupled with highly active markets might have you wondering whether now is the right time to purchase an investment property.  Canada’s housing markets have shattered records since the early summer, posting a 45.6% year-over-year increase in sales activity during September, according to the latest data from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). During the first nine months of this year, 402,578 homes changed hands over Canadian... [read more]

Design & Décor Christmas Table

Wednesday Nov 25th, 2020

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If you're going to use garland as a centerpiece for your Christmas table, break up all the greenery with some vibrant red florals. Mix modern metallic accents and drinkware with classic winter motif plates, and  then offset the lush, moody tone with a more regal, saturated hue for the runner and napkins.   [read more]

5 Best Christmas Movies of All Time

Tuesday Nov 24th, 2020

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There’s no better way to decompress over the holidays than by losing yourself in a great festive flick. Check out the countdown of the 5 best Christmas movies of all time.  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 2. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) 3. A Christmas Story (1983) 4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) 5. A Christmas Carol (1951)   [read more]

The Art Of Solving Conflict

Tuesday Nov 17th, 2020

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After World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower served for a time as president of Columbia University. According to one story, a committee of faculty members asked him to issue a rule prohibiting students from walking on the grass in the main quadrangle. Before issuing a statement, he asked, “Why do they walk on the grass?” “Because it’s the shortest way to the central hall from the entrance,” the committee    answered. “If that’s... [read more]

7 Safe Ways to Celebrate Christmas that Have Nothing to Do With Zoom

Monday Nov 16th, 2020

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Here is how to find joy this holiday season—even if COVID-19 changes your traditions. This Christmas, it may be hard not to feel a little Grinchy. But before you say, “Bah, humbug,” and try to fast forward into the new year, look for ways to find some fun this holiday season. The COVID-19 pandemic may mean your Christmas won’t look exactly the same as it usually does, but you can get creative and find some new ways to celebrate—and some of your ideas may be... [read more]

Design & Décor Tip for Christmas

Monday Nov 16th, 2020

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If you're going to use a garland as a centerpiece for your Christmas table, break up all the greenery with some vibrant red florals. Then mix modern metallic accents and drinkware with classic winter motif plates. Then, offset the lush, moody tone with a more regal, saturated hue for the runner and napkins.   [read more]

Humorous Holiday Eating Tips

Monday Nov 16th, 2020

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· Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s Day. You can do that in January. This is the time for circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and a vat of eggnog. · If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. · Drink as much eggnog as you can, quickly. It's rare. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. Who... [read more]

5 Unique Holiday Gifts

Monday Nov 16th, 2020

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If you haven’t done all of your holiday gift shopping yet, then here are five ideas for unique gifts, some with staying power long after the holidays are over. 1. Magazine subscriptions. Yes, paper—not electronics. People still enjoy flipping pages, and magazines make great gifts that keep on giving all year long. 2. Food items. Drop by a World Market or other exotic food store and put together a selection of interesting chocolates or unusual savories and cheeses. Buy a... [read more]

Support Kids In First Job

Friday Nov 13th, 2020

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Your child’s first job, whether it’s baby-sitting, mowing lawns, or making burgers and fries, can be an exciting experience for everyone. As parents, here’s how you can support your teens while they learn about the real world of work: · Offer suggestions without nagging. Encourage kids to find jobs that play to their strengths and interests. · Start looking early. With unemployment high, competition will be tough. Urge kids to start looking early.... [read more]

Pickled onions, bedroom doors and wedding proposals: the most heartwarming gifts people have received at Christmas

Friday Nov 13th, 2020

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This year my list is a little different to my usual requests. I would like a fence to go around our front garden, so that the kids can play on their bikes and scooters without me worrying about them.    I’ve realised that my favourite Christmas present as an adult was given to me the Christmas after my mum died. The day was pretty quiet, but we were trying to be jolly for my nephews and nieces who were with us and young at the time.   My boyfriend Dan, now... [read more]

Teaching the Meaning of Christmas to Young Children

Friday Nov 13th, 2020

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Four ideas for telling very young children the truth in a way they will understand. “So, Kellus. Tell Mommy. What is Christmas about?” I waited eagerly for my son’s answer, wondering if he would remember what I taught him last year. “Christmas is about Christmas tree and lights and decorations and presents!” he answered. His voice was roaring with excitement and he jumped up and down all around the living room floor. “Oh, I see,” I answered.... [read more]

Christmas Groaners

Wednesday Nov 11th, 2020

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What do you call someone who is afraid of Santa Claus?  Claus-trophobic   How did the reindeer learn to play the piano?  He was elf-taught   What do you call Frosty the Snowman in May?  A puddle   What did the salt say to the pepper?  Season's Greetings!   If you like Christmas so much...  Why don't you Merry it?   Where does Santa Claus go swimming?  The North Pool   What... [read more]

Design & Décor

Monday Oct 26th, 2020

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Lighting Lighting can make or break even the best interior design. If you want to impress guests with thrilling home interior design, be sure to get lighting right. Pendant lamps are the best choice of lighting for a modern home interior. But when it comes to pendant lights, make sure you choose something that has an extraordinary, unusual design – one that calls attention and can trigger visual focus upward. [read more]

Snuggle Up To A Fragrant Fire

Friday Oct 23rd, 2020

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Fall is the perfect time to fire up the fireplace with a cozy blaze. If you want to add a little fragrance to your hearth, try these types of wood to sweeten your fire: · Apple. It not only sweetens the smell, it produces colorful flames. · Cherry. Although not as sweet as apple, cherry wood still adds a little sugar to the mix. · Hickory. Known to many great barbecue grill-meisters, hickory brings in a nice nutty aroma and is a great heat... [read more]

How to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets, One at a Time

Wednesday Oct 21st, 2020

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Follow these steps to straighten up your kitchen cabinets and shelves so they’re a pleasure to use: Kitchen cabinet doors and drawers can hide a multitude of sins. On the other hand, it’s a real treat to open them up to see nice, organized shelves where everything is easy to grab when and where you need it. Is it time to organize your kitchen cabinets? It can be a big job, so don’t try to do it all at once. Take your organizing one kitchen cabinet at a time, committing... [read more]

What’s On Your Shopping List?

Tuesday Oct 20th, 2020

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If you’re looking for great gift ideas… THE GIFT OF LISTENING:  But, you must really listen.  No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response.  Just listen. THE GIFT OF AFFECTION:  Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds.  Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends. THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER:  Clip cartoons.  Share articles and funny stories.  Your... [read more]

5 Home Features attracting Buyers

Wednesday Oct 14th, 2020

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Spending so much more time at home, this year has had everyone taking a close look at their homes and the improvements that they wish they had. Many homeowners are making drastic improvements to make more space and others are deciding that they need a new home altogether. I thought I’d share a few features moving up on lists of wants and needs in the age of COVID-19. Home Office Many homeowners have now worked from home in some capacity, which makes a quiet place to work... [read more]

The Gift of Time: Great Ideas for Giving Quality Time

Wednesday Oct 14th, 2020

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Spending time with your partner, family or friends is worth much more than a silly trinket that will end up on the shelf collecting dust. Here are some ideas on how to give gifts of quality time and how to package them. How do you gift time? In today’s action-packed world, time is the most precious thing we have. It is not possible to simply go out and buy more of it. Many of us are lucky enough to have everything we need. In fact, we often have more possessions than we know... [read more]

7 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CHANCES OF A HOME FIRE

Wednesday Oct 7th, 2020

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Fire is one of the biggest dangers in a home, and a few simple but crucial preventative measures can help you and your family greatly reduce the chances of a fire. Keep an eye on the kitchen. The number one cause of home fires is unattended cooking. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated average of 172,100 fires that start in the kitchen. That’s an average of 471 kitchen fires a day: the peak times are during... [read more]

Your Essential Fall Maintenance Checklist: 8 Things You Really Should Do Before the First Frost

Monday Oct 5th, 2020

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Ah, fall: The nip of the first chill in the air. The colorful foliage. The pumpkin spice lattes. The pumpkin spice everything. Oh yeah, and the long list of home maintenance tasks awaiting you at the start of the season. We hate to intrude on your fall bliss, but the postsummer months are a critical time for knocking out routine home maintenance to keep your household running smoothly into winter. Luckily, many of these tasks are easy DIY projects, with options to call in the pros if... [read more]

Testimonial

Thursday Oct 1st, 2020

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I am delighted to recommend Bev MacLean to     anyone who is thinking of buying/selling their  home. She is the consummate professional, friendly, completely knowledgeable in her market, skilled at negotiations, works very hard for her clients and has a great flair for staging a property. Bev looks for ways to make things happen, provides reliable and sensible advice and has an excellent network of associates to support the client in achieving a very positive real... [read more]

Trick or Treat - Happy Halloween

Thursday Oct 1st, 2020

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Halloween may be the spookiest time of the year, but it's also a holiday for candy-filled fun and laughter — especially with the best Halloween jokes to get the monsters and ghouls giggling all night! After carving some pumpkins and filling up on the best Halloween desserts, give the kids another treat (this time in the form of laughter!) with these hilarious jokes for Halloween, ranging from clever knock-knock jokes to punny jokes about spooky monsters. Not sure... [read more]

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday Oct 1st, 2020

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Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't sleep I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep. The leftovers beckoned - the dark meat and white but I fought the temptation with all of my might.   Tossing and turning with anticipation the thought of a snack became infatuation.   So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door and gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.   I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes, pickles... [read more]

10 Things to Consider Before Renewing Your Mortgage

Wednesday Sep 30th, 2020

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Many Canadian mortgage holders renew without asking any questions—often receiving a higher rate with a mortgage product that doesn’t suit their needs. Do yourself a favour, and don’t sign a renewal letter without doing your due diligence. Take an assessment of your current situation, put a plan in place, and let the lenders compete for your business to ensure you receive the best mortgage possible. Here’s what you need to consider before renewing your mortgage. Put a... [read more]

How to Measure Success

Tuesday Sep 29th, 2020

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To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded. - Ralph Waldo Emerson   [read more]

6 Home Upgrades Buyers Want in the COVID-19 Era

Monday Sep 28th, 2020

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If you imagined 2020 was the year you would finally list your house for sale, you may have hit the brakes on those plans when the coronavirus pandemic arrived. But now, we’re more than six months into the COVID-19 era with no clear end in sight. As many people continue working and logging in to school from home, the real estate market is again heating up with buyers eager to upgrade to a new home. So stop putting it off: Now is the time to step on the gas in preparing your home to... [read more]

Scary Halloween Story

Tuesday Sep 22nd, 2020

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A man is walking home alone late one foggy night, when behind him he hears…rattle-BUMP-scrape... rattle-BUMP-scrape...rattle-BUMP-scrape… He looks back through the fog and he makes out the image of an upright casket banging down the middle of the street toward him…rattle-BUMP-scrape...rattle-BUMP-scrape... rattle-BUMP-scrape… Terrified, the man begins to run toward his home. The casket is bouncing quickly behind him... FASTER...FASTER...... [read more]

Dental Health Important As We Age

Tuesday Sep 22nd, 2020

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For all the stories about people being afraid to visit the dentist, a lot of people take their dental health quite seriously. Still, there is room for improvement. A survey conducted jointly by Crest, Oral-B, and AARP found that dental health ranks as one of the top three medical concerns of the over-50 generation, with 75 percent agreeing that “my dental and oral health care are very important.” In keeping with that, 74 percent say they visit a dentist at least twice a year, and... [read more]

Why Do We Like Being Scared?

Tuesday Sep 22nd, 2020

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Halloween may be one of the scariest holidays of the year, but people seem to take delight in being scared in every season. What’s the appeal of ghost stories, horror movies, frightening novels, and things that go bump in the night? Experts have a few theories: · We like the adrenaline. Fear has the same adrenaline-producing effect as excitement. It feels good. Scary movies, stories, and books are methods of releasing adrenaline in a controlled... [read more]

BRING FALL LEAVES INSIDE

Tuesday Sep 22nd, 2020

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Love the idea of creating an interior environment that encapsulates the very essence of autumn? Use a gorgeous Thibaut wallcovering of printed silvery olive-brown fall leaves against an enchanting golden backdrop in your living room.   [read more]

Thanksgiving

Tuesday Sep 22nd, 2020

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Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, sometimes called Canadian Thanksgiving to distinguish it from the American holiday of the same name, is an annual Canadian holiday, occurring on the second Monday in October, which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year.   Thanksgiving has been officially celebrated as an annual holiday in Canada since November 6, 1879. While the date varied by year and was not fixed, it was commonly the... [read more]

Our Favourite Fall Decorating Ideas

Wednesday Sep 2nd, 2020

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Welcome Guests Abundantly Fall = guests, family and get-togethers. Get your front porch ready for fall festivities with a pair of planters surrounded by an abundance of mums and real or faux pumpkins and gourds. Mix in a few lanterns to add a welcoming glow to evening gatherings. Cue the Copper Copper has continued to grow in popularity, making the glowing material the metal of the moment. A pretty copper pail can turn fresh-cut flowers or a bunch of branches into an eye-catching... [read more]

Want to Sell Your House Faster? Make it Anonymous

Wednesday Sep 2nd, 2020

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What do you notice when you visit a model home in a new development? Often, you will find wonderfully furnished and decorated rooms that anyone could live in. The operative word here is “anyone”. Sure, there might be a computer screen on a desk in the den, or a child’s doll sitting in a corner, but for the most part, all the rooms are anonymous. There is a sense... [read more]

Labour Day 2020

Wednesday Aug 26th, 2020

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In 2020 Labour Day is Monday September 7. Labour Day in Canada is celebrated on the first Monday of September and it is a federal statutory holiday. It is also observed in the United States on the same day. This holiday officially celebrates workers and the labour union movement, however, most of us only think of it as the last long weekend of the summer, a perfect occasion for one last BBQ or canoe trip. Many seasonal attractions and vendors close after the labour day long weekend and... [read more]

Cozy Balcony

Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020

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Small space? No problem. You can still customize what square footage you do have by thinking outside the box. If you’re after plants, simply stack them and create a vertical garden rather than spreading planters out across the floor. Nesting tables and hanging planters are also great space savers.   [read more]

Prices Out of Control in Toronto's Hottest Real Estate Markets

Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020

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The Greater Toronto Area neighbourhoods that saw the greatest price growth so far this year had a detached housing average value of $2.9 million, according to RE/MAX. In its recent analysis, RE/MAX said that the localities of Annex, Yonge-St. Clair, Casa Loma, and Wychwood had a 25.7% annual increase in detached housing prices during the first half of the year. “The areas of Yonge-St. Clair and Wychwood were recognized as being two of the top neighbourhoods to buy real estate in... [read more]

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020

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How safe is your smartphone? According to identity theft prevention experts, the amount of personal data contained on most smartphones is staggering. The following tips will help protect you from an identity theft and hacking nightmare: · Use a password. Think of your smartphone as an electronic wallet. If you could lock that wallet, why wouldn't you? · Use apps to shop. Many companies now have dedicated apps designed to ward off phishing and scams, so avoid... [read more]

The Lure of Cinnamon

Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020

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There's some research to suggest that cinnamon may lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes and reduce cholesterol levels. It's also a very good source of fiber, with 4 grams per tablespoon, and, because of that warm, sweet flavor, it might also satisfy your cravings for treats without adding calories or fat. So stock up on that special tree bark—ground, of course.   [read more]

What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious

Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020

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The beginning of any school year can bring on a few nerves for your kids. With some schools in-person, some online, and some mandating masks, your kids might have a little more anxiety about going back to school this year. I did a little research and wanted to share a few tips that I found to help manage your child’s anxiety.  When children are chronically anxious, even the most well-meaning parents can fall into a negative cycle and, not wanting a child... [read more]

5 Debit Card Myths You Need to Stop Believing Now

Wednesday Aug 19th, 2020

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Your debit card is a pretty simple piece of plastic. Swipe it, chip it, complete your transaction, and build your credit without any fees whatsoever. Wait a second – not so fast. Like many money myths, it turns out there are some misconceptions about your trusty debit card. And, we are all guilty of falling for these misnomers from time to time. So, without further ado, here are some common debit card myths you need to start dispelling right now. Myth #1: Debit cards are... [read more]

GOLF ETIQUETTE FOR BEGINNERS

Tuesday Aug 4th, 2020

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A game that’s been around for centuries, golf has evolved its own etiquette that might not be obvious if you haven’t played previously. There are a handful of things to keep in mind if you’re a new golfer that will make the experience easier for you, and your playing partners. Golf has a lot of rules—but the number one objective of the game should be for the players to always enjoy themselves. With an influx of new golfers coming to the game with golf as one of the... [read more]

5 Coronavirus Real Estate Myths Everyone Thinks Are True—Debunked

Friday Jul 31st, 2020

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Every day, our conversations online and off are filled with "did you hear this yet?" news about the coronavirus pandemic. And, alas, not all of what you hear is true—particularly when it comes to real estate. For instance: Do you assume, as many do, that it's a terrible time to sell a home since real estate prices are plummeting? On the contrary, the latest data shows that home prices and buyer demand are through the roof. Or have you heard that the coronavirus... [read more]

Apple owes you for slowing down your old iPhone. Here’s how to collect.

Tuesday Jul 28th, 2020

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How'd you like to get some cash from Apple? If you owned or still have one of a half dozen older iPhone models, you actually can. And you should. In fact, you deserve it. As part of a proposed settlement over the company’s Batterygate controversy, in which Appledeliberately prevented chips in older iPhones from reaching their full processing power under certain conditions, the company has agreed to make payments totaling up to $500 million overall. Based on how many... [read more]

Civic Holiday

Tuesday Jul 28th, 2020

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The CiviThe Civic Holiday is celebrated on the first Monday of August and it's a public holiday in some provinces and territories. The civic holiday is not a statutory holiday although it's a day off for many employees across the country. Do you get the day off? The Civic Holiday is commonly referred to as the August long weekend. It is probably the busiest day on highways as tens of thousands of families go camping, to cottages etc this weekend. It is known by many... [read more]

Someone’s in for a Surprise

Monday Jul 27th, 2020

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Several men are in a golf club locker room. A mobile phone next to one of them rings. He reaches down and picks up the phone. "Yes, I can talk," he says. "You're out shopping, are you? That's nice." The listening men smile at each other. "You want to order those new carpets? Okay. And they'll include the  curtains for an extra five thousand? Sure, why not?" More smiles among the listeners. "You want to book that week to Aruba?... [read more]

Dog Days of Summer

Tuesday Jul 14th, 2020

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The phrase “dog days” refers to the sultry days of summer, usually July and August. But where did the term dog days come from? The Romans associated hot weather with the star Sirius because it is the brightest star in the summer night sky. They referred to those days as dies caniculares, or dog days, because Sirius is in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). The dog days originally were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal... [read more]

How a Body Overheats

Tuesday Jul 14th, 2020

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During exertion the body produces heat. To lose excess heat, the body uses a combination of radiation (loss of heat), convection (cooler air movement), conduction (contact with cooler surfaces), and evaporation (sweating). If surroundings are hotter than the body, it is limited to shedding excess heat by evaporation of sweat alone. Unfortunately, copious sweating places a heavy load on circulation, which is needed to bring blood to the skin for cooling. As the body progressively dehydrates... [read more]

Budget Friendly Makeover Ideas

Tuesday Jul 14th, 2020

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Would you like to give a fresh look to your house without breaking the bank? Try these extremely low-cost makeovers to give your house a face lift. · Wash instead of paint: If you can't afford to paint the home, how about giving it a good wash? Do not forget to scrub the screens, windows, and gutters, as well as the sidewalk and driveway while you're at it. · Paint the trim and front door: Your home's exterior will look crisper with fresh trim and front... [read more]

The Math Problem

Tuesday Jul 14th, 2020

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A math teacher asked seven-year-old Mica, “If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have in your bag?” Mica smiled and said confidently, “Four!” Dismayed, the teacher repeated the question more slowly. "Mica, listen. If I give you one apple...and one apple...and one apple, how many apples will you have?” Mica saw the disappointment on his teacher’s face. He wanted to make her happy, so he calculated carefully... [read more]

Design & Decor - Revive Upholstered Furnishings

Tuesday Jul 14th, 2020

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Updating upholstered furnishings is an easy way to refresh your home interior design. Old, tired patterns and fabrics can date your space; cushion covers and curtains are often the culprits. Replacing them is a simple home interior design idea, making a big difference when looking to freshen up your home. Opt for light and bright fabrics in unusual tones and patterns for longevity.     [read more]

6 Reasons Why This Is Actually the Best Time in Years To Sell a House

Friday Jul 10th, 2020

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Talk about a strange summer. Between the continued threat of the novel coronavirus, a wobbly economy, and layoffs happening left and right, it's no surprise that many who may have hoped to sell their home this season are wondering whether to put those plans on hold—or they've already thrown in the towel. Such hesitancy is understandable. Yet the irony is that, after closely examining the current housing market conditions, many real estate experts believe this summer could... [read more]

Canada Student Service Grant

Monday Jun 29th, 2020

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An amazing opportunity has been initiated by the Canadian government for students who are enrolled in post secondary schools this coming September to offer a student grant by volunteering remotely for a non-profit over the summer. The purpose of the Canada Student Service Grant is to address the lack of work opportunities for students this summer due to the pandemic. Students who apply will be required to volunteer (remotely from home) to help a non-profit organization. Depending on... [read more]

Canada Day in Toronto & GTA 2020

Monday Jun 29th, 2020

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Canada Day Fireworks & Light Show CN Tower Light Show Canada Day The CN Tower will be celebrating Canada Day with an extraordinary 15-minute light show beginning at 10 p.m. July 1 that will be streamed at www.cntower.ca. With powerful light cannons beaming across the city sky and a playlist featuring music by a diverse group of Canadian artists simulcast on CHUM FM, 104.5, all of Toronto can tune in and look up, and all Canadians can watch the live stream from home and sing along to a... [read more]

Make Room for Friends

Monday Jun 29th, 2020

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When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 glasses of wine... A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured... [read more]

9 Age-Old Real Estate Tips to Ignore Completely

Monday Jun 29th, 2020

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Spring is the best time to sell. Traditionally, real estate sales have peaked in spring, making it the optimal time to sell. The popularity of spring home sales once had a lot to do with buyers wanting to time a move around the kids' school schedules. Today's buyers are different, though. Many of them do not have children in school and so they are less likely to wait for spring to make a move. In this new market, a savvy seller knows that a house is more likely to sell fast... [read more]

Every senior is different, and difference is something to celebrate

Friday Jun 26th, 2020

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Every senior is different, and difference is something to celebrate At Canadian Association of Retired People (CARP), we know that no two older adults are the same (despite governments’ attempts to place them in one neat and tidy little box). Our Members come in all shapes, sizes and colours, with unique backgrounds and lived experiences—a fact that we celebrate alongside them as we bring their voices forward on the... [read more]

4 Outdoor Lighting Tips

Thursday Jun 18th, 2020

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Who does not love spending a warm summer night on the patio or front porch? Especially after the last few months. The right lighting can set the mood for a perfect summer night. Here are a few things to consider when deciding on the best lighting for your home. Consider three types: Ambient, Task & Accent: When mapping out your lighting, think about various types of lights. Incorporate one style or the whole package to set the perfect scene. Ambient lights are lights such as hanging... [read more]

Entryway Design Idea

Thursday Jun 18th, 2020

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Using a specific decor arrangement as a focal point is a great first step in creating a stunning entryway design. Many eye-catching arrangements use a console table as a stylish foundation. Place your small entryway table against a wall that is easily visible upon walking through your front door. You should decorate it like you would a mantle – use a bold centerpiece to anchor your decor, items of varying heights to add weight to either side, and smaller accents to fill in... [read more]

Funny

Thursday Jun 18th, 2020

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When I was a proofreader, I shared with my coworkers this example to illustrate how writing can skew based on gender: A professor wrote on the blackboard, “Woman without her man is nothing.” The students were then instructed to insert the proper punctuation. The men wrote, “Woman, without her man, is nothing.” The women wrote, “Woman! Without her, man is nothing.” —Susan Allen  [read more]

Heed These Warnings

Thursday Jun 18th, 2020

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Check out some of these warning labels collected by the Michigan Law Suit Abuse Watch Web site: · “Remove child before folding.” (On a baby stroller) · “Harmful if swallowed.” (On a brass fishing lure with a three-pronged hook on the end) · “This product moves when used.” (On a popular scooter for kids) · “Do not use this product as a toy, pillow, or flotation device.” (On a bag of air... [read more]

Make Your Kid's Car Last

Thursday Jun 18th, 2020

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As kids head off to college soon, many will be driving an old family car they've been given. For them, and for future generations of kids who are waiting for their chance at your car, here are some tips for making your car last longer: Battery: Keeping your car battery at full charge will extend its lifetime. Avoid using the radio, headlights, interior lights or other accessories when the engine is off. A new battery can cost your teen $50 to $100, and you don't want to leave them... [read more]

Five Pantry Items to keep on Hand

Thursday Jun 18th, 2020

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Here are a few items that store well that you might want to keep stocked for those occasions when you forget to buy something special for dinner. · Dried Penne Pasta - This is a fantastic replacement for elbow macaroni in mac and cheese. It can also serve as a starch component in any casserole. If you've got cooked penne in the fridge, you can add it to leftover veggies, toss the mixture with a little Italian dressing, and serve it as pasta salad. · Canned... [read more]

Office Yoga

Thursday Jun 18th, 2020

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It's three o'clock in the afternoon, and you find yourself nodding off at your desk. You make your way to the break room for a cup of coffee and "something sweet." But wait! Practice these techniques, and replace caffeine and acetaminophen with good old oxygen. · For low energy and fatigue: Sit near the edge of your chair, holding onto the sides of your seat. Gently stretch your chest forward and up. Tilt your head back, and breathe deeply in and out through... [read more]

The Businessman and the Sea

Thursday Jun 18th, 2020

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A businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with a fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The visiting tourist complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish. "How long did it take you to catch them?" the businessman asked. "Only a little while" the fisherman replied. "Why don't you stay out longer and catch more fish?" the businessman then asked. "I have enough... [read more]

Jazzy July

Thursday Jun 18th, 2020

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Canada Day, July 1Celebrating the date in 1867 the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec. Independence Day, July 4. The date on which the British colonies of North America declared their independence from Great Britain. World Zoonosis Day, July 6. Zoonosis refers to any disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans, including mad... [read more]

7 Ways to Get a Mental Escape

Monday May 25th, 2020

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We are all looking for a break now; here are a few ideas to help you take a daily mental escape. Meditate: Take time each day to clear your mind through meditation. Breathing exercises will help you clear the mental clutter. Exercise: Whether it’s a quick run or a relaxing walk, getting outside for exercise is a healthy way to escape any stress. You don’t need equipment; you just have to get up and go. Get Lost... [read more]

Summer Entertaining

Friday May 22nd, 2020

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We love summer entertaining, especially when the party moves outside. Choose a comfortable outdoor seating set that encourages conversation and lingering. Bright outdoor pillows and throws for chilly summer nights are a must. If you’re creating a space that ties your indoor decor to the outdoors, choose accessories that fit into the color palette you already have in your home.   [read more]

The Founding Of Father’s Day

Wednesday May 13th, 2020

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The founder of Father’s Day was Sonora Smart Dodd, according to many historians. She was the daughter of a widowed Civil War veteran who had raised her on his own. Dodd came up with the idea when listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. She held her own special tribute for her father on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington, and began a campaign for an official celebration thereafter. Initially the idea of Father’s Day was met with skepticism in the US. But in 1926 a... [read more]

A Close Shave

Wednesday May 13th, 2020

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A good shave has been coveted for thousands of years. It started in the Stone Age, when sharpened flint-blade razors edged out Neanderthal seashells for hair removal. Egyptians obsessed over hair removal in 3,000 B.C. They regarded a clean-shaven face as a sign of good breeding. And during the reign of Alexander the Great in 330 B.C., Greeks and Romans emulated the Egyptians by shaving their heads and beards. Across the ocean, Aztecs shaved with razors made from volcanic glass... [read more]

The Science Of Memory

Wednesday May 13th, 2020

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Memory can be elusive. But some scientists have identified an enzyme that may boost recall of forgotten memories—or help people purge those they don't want to retain. Scientists studying the enzyme PKM-zeta have found that by blocking it in the brains of rats, they could force rats to forget certain learned behaviors, such as avoiding a liquid that made them ill. A team of researchers from Israel and the US did the reverse, injecting rodents with viruses that carried genes to... [read more]

Determine Your Own Fate

Wednesday May 13th, 2020

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In ancient times there was a philosopher who had many disciples. One day a cynical man decided to humiliate him by asking him a question he couldn’t possibly answer correctly. The cynic put a recently hatched chick in the palm of his hand and asked the philosopher, in front of an audience, whether what he had in his hand was dead or alive. His intention, if the philosopher said “alive,” was to crush the chick and show the master to be wrong. If the philosopher said... [read more]

Cheap Ways to Eat Out

Wednesday May 13th, 2020

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If you want to get out of the house and go out to eat but you’re short on cash, here are a few things you can do to lower your tab. · Eat a little before you go and then order a smaller meal or an appetizer at the  restaurant. · Don’t order desserts or beverages. These quickly and significantly increase your bill. · Whip up a cheap romantic dinner at home. Then head out later for dessert. · Split your dinner.... [read more]

Why Dogs Have A Short Lifespan

Wednesday May 13th, 2020

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A veterinarian was called to examine a twelve-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Bobber. The dog’s owners and their little boy, Caden, were all very attached to Bobber and they were hoping for a miracle. The vet examined Bobber and found he was dying. He told the family he couldn’t do anything for Bobber and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As they discussed arrangements, the parents told the vet they thought it would be good for... [read more]

12 Cute Mother's Day Crafts for Kids That Truly Make Mom Feel Appreciated

Wednesday Apr 29th, 2020

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1.  Pom Pom Flower Box If Mom loves flowers, fill up a window box for her with bright, beautiful blooms. This project requires a hot glue gun, and some supervision from an adult, but when it's done Mom will be delighted.   2.  Crayon Candle This project is a two-in-one: It makes a cute candle for Mom, and it also uses up those crayon nubs that are too small to color with. Be sure to include Mom's favorite colors!   3.  Painted... [read more]

Room Colour Psychology: Choosing the Perfect Shade

Monday Apr 27th, 2020

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Colours influence our emotions and mood in a number of surprising ways. According to colour psychology, the right paint shade may enhance productivity, promote calm, boost creativity levels and even increase your appetite.  We dug a little deeper to unlock the meaning behind your favourite paint colours and the rooms they work best in. Keep in mind, it’s not just colour that makes an impact; the intensity of the shade is also important.  Bedroom Your... [read more]

4 Ways to Make Homemade Face Masks (sew and no-sew tutorials)

Monday Apr 27th, 2020

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The CDC is now recommending the use of homemade face cloth coverings when people are out and about in areas such as grocery stores and pharmacies, where it may be difficult to avoid others. These new recommendations stem from the knowledge that the novel coronavirus is capable of infecting people who take a while to develop symptoms, or never develop symptoms at all – but may still be able to spread the virus during that time. By wearing a simple face covering when out in... [read more]

7 Easy Home Office DIY Projects to Boost Your WFH Productivity in Quarantine

Monday Apr 20th, 2020

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There's a good chance you only recently remembered that area in your house you designated as the office. Formerly a burial ground for unopened mail and boxes of junk, this space has probably become vital to your productivity of late—especially with the whole family home 24/7. But maybe it's not doing quite the job it could, as stylishly as it could. Which is why we came up with this list of easy home office DIY projects you can tackle while social distancing. Forget about... [read more]

Does Vitamin C Prevent Colds?

Friday Apr 17th, 2020

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In recent studies, there is "questionable" evidence that vitamin C prevents colds, except in one small class of people: athletes. In studies where vitamin C or a placebo was given to marathon runners, skiers and soldiers exposed to significant cold or physical stress, there was a 50% reduction in common cold incidence. For the rest of us, however, there is apparently no measurable effect. Could vitamin C, then, be a possible treatment for an established cold? Studies show that... [read more]

Take Care of Yourself and Your Community

Friday Apr 17th, 2020

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Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with the pandemic stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. Here are a few ways to cope with stress.   Take care of your body Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate Try to eat healthy, well-balanced... [read more]

Virtual Staging

Friday Apr 17th, 2020

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Homes that are staged by a Certified Home Stager sell 75% faster and for more money than those that are not. Over the years, Team Bev MacLean has staged numerous homes in Rosedale Village. However, with Covid19 the new trend is Virtual Staging and the results are amazing! It showcases the true potential of your property and provides a polished look to the rooms without accessing the home or bringing furniture and staging accessories to the house. If you are thinking of selling, or would like... [read more]

Is It Safe To House Hunt During the Coronavirus Crisis? This Is What You Must Know

Wednesday Apr 8th, 2020

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In the best of times, shopping for a house is a complicated and involved process—a big-ticket proposition involving lots of shopping around and meeting a ton of people so you're 100% sure you've picked the right place, at the right price. But, of course, these are not the best of times. Now that the coronavirus pandemic has people across the country hunkering down at home to lower their exposure levels, even the most determined home buyer might be wondering: Is it... [read more]

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Monday Mar 23rd, 2020

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Get the most out of your spring cleaning by using our spring cleaning checklist. Tackle every room in your house – from bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen to the living room. Every Room Wash Baseboards, door ceilings, window sills, doors, and walls. Vacuum and wash vents. Wash window treatments (drapes, etc.). Dust blinds. Wash Windows - inside and out Dust and shine overhead lights - replace burnt light bulbs. Dust and/or vacuum light fixtures and lamp... [read more]

Here’s How You Can Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus, According to Experts

Monday Mar 23rd, 2020

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These tips can help keep you, your family, and your community healthy. As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), continues to climb around the globe, one of the top questions people are asking is: What can we do to prevent it from spreading? It's a stressful time, to be sure — but there are simple, specific steps you can take to protect yourself and others from becoming infected. The first defense is washing your hands —... [read more]

5 Cheery Living Room Decor Ideas We Stole From Instagram While Self-Quarantining

Monday Mar 23rd, 2020

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With spring's recent arrival, it’s a hard time to be stuck at home. If you’ve joined the millions of Americans in a self-quarantine recently, then we’d bet you’re going a little stir-crazy by now—and ready for a change of scenery from the four walls of your living room. But there's good news! You can practice social distancing and shake up your view all at the same time. For inspiration, we took to Instagram (as we do every week) to seek out... [read more]

5 Ways To Prevent And Prepare For The Coronavirus

Tuesday Mar 17th, 2020

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As the coronavirus spreads around the globe, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. "I told my children that while I didn't think that they were at risk right now, we, as a family, need to be preparing for significant disruption of our lives," says Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, if you live in the U.S. the risk of getting the virus remains very low, but public health officials say there will... [read more]

Easy Floral Arrangement With DIY Easter Egg Filler.

Tuesday Mar 17th, 2020

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It has been a while since we had sun and a bit of warmth here in the north! Adding fresh flowers to any table in your home is like adding warmth and a bit of spring to your home. But until they are in bloom,  you can enjoy these beautiful DIY floral centerpiece to celebrate Spring and Easter! This is such a pretty 10 minute centerpiece idea for your Spring dining table! It would also look stunning on a coffee table! You can use faux floral branches for your arrangement and... [read more]

Coronavirus-Proof Your Home—and Your Life

Monday Mar 16th, 2020

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The spread of the deadly COVID-19 is scary, but health experts say the best way to protect yourself and your community is by taking some easy steps at home. In just a few weeks, the new coronavirus has made serious inroads into American communities, even as its global death toll grows. Many health experts are saying that the opportunity to contain the spread of the virus is over; now, it's time to do what we can to mitigate what the World Health Organization is now deeming a... [read more]

Now, That’s Self-Appraisal

Thursday Mar 12th, 2020

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A boy was leaning against the wall outside a barber shop. He dialed his phone and began speaking to a lady on the other end. The barber was listening in. Boy: Ma’am, I’m wondering if you would hire me to cut your lawn? (pause while listening) But I’ll cut your lawn for half the price of the person who cuts your lawn now. (pause) But Ma’am, I'll even sweep your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sunday you will have the prettiest lawn in all of Palm Beach. (A moment... [read more]

Curious Food Facts

Thursday Mar 12th, 2020

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Here are some fun food facts to wow your friends at the next cocktail party: · Worcestershire Sauce: Is made from dissolved fish (Anchovy). · Coca-Cola: The original formula called for a brown color to hide impurities in early manufacturing processes. · Strawberries: Have more vitamin C than oranges (when comparing similar serving sizes). · Vinegar: Melts pearls due to the calcium content. · Avocados: Have more protein... [read more]

A Lawyer Speaks To Lottery Winners

Thursday Mar 12th, 2020

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I have represented many lottery winners during my career. A few have declared bankruptcy, several have gotten divorced, and one committed suicide, all after winning the lottery. It seems inconceivable, but, as one ex-wife explained, “Before we won the lottery, my husband used to go out drinking all night with his buddies and I would lock him out of the house and he’d have to sleep in his truck in the driveway. After we won the lottery, he just got a big suite at the Four Seasons... [read more]

Breathe New Life Into Old Thinking

Thursday Mar 12th, 2020

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When trying to decide a new direction in life, or when simply trying to put new energy into a project, try these techniques: · Select two or three thinkers who specialize in your area of interest. Study them to inform your perceptions. · See how others do it. Sometimes reaching out to a worker in another company but similar job can create a dynamic relationship that propels you both forward without office politics getting in the way. · Widen your... [read more]

Advice From The Rich

Thursday Mar 12th, 2020

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“If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?” is a smart-aleck question to ask, but sometimes the wealthy have useful advice to impart. Here are a few words of wisdom from some of the world’s richest people: Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple): “When I was 17, I read a quote: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, some day you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and for the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror... [read more]

A Spending “Fast”

Thursday Mar 12th, 2020

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The Street.com recently asked some financial planning pros for their best tips on living within a budget. One suggestion that sounds particularly intriguing is declaring a moratorium on spending. Commit to spending absolutely no money for one day a month. Try stretching it to two or three days if possible. You’ll find out how much money you spend without thinking about it, and you’ll break yourself of the habit of reaching for your wallet on impulse. And you may find more... [read more]

A Little Salt Goes A Long Way

Thursday Mar 12th, 2020

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Salt has been used as a food preservative and flavor enhancer for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians, for example, left salted fish and birds as funeral offerings as far back as 3,000 B.C. The word “salary” comes from the Latin word “salarium”, which referred to wages paid to Roman soldiers to purchase salt.  Today, salt is everywhere, which has doctors worried. The average North American consumes about 3,400 mg of salt each day, far more than the American... [read more]

Approved For April

Thursday Mar 12th, 2020

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April seems to have more than a fair share of memorable days,        including: · April Fool’s Day. Sometimes referred to as All Fools' Day, April 1 is internationally recognized as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. · Talk Like Shakespeare Day, April 23, is for celebrating the birth of one of the greatest playwrights in history. Hint: Instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters... [read more]

Catch Spring Fever

Thursday Mar 12th, 2020

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If you find your mind wandering as the weather warms, blame it on your physiology. Scientists say spring fever isn’t just a state of mind but a biological imperative. Spring fever’s symptoms start during the vernal equinox. In the northern hemisphere, people begin to feel more energetic, enthusiastic, and amorous. Losing weight is easier and folks walk around smiling. The cause of such behavior is the chemical changes that take place in the body in part because of longer days... [read more]

Peace Of Mind

Thursday Mar 12th, 2020

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Once, a wise man was walking from one town to another town with a few of his followers. While they were travelling, they came upon a lake. They stopped there and the wise man beckoned to one of his followers, a particularly eager-to-please young man. He said, “I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake there.” The follower eagerly ran to the lake. When he reached it, he saw people washing clothes and a bullock cart crossing through the lake. As a result, the water was... [read more]

Team Bev MacLean, Chairman’s Award and Top Producing Team

Wednesday Mar 11th, 2020

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A heartfelt thanks to our clients and friends who continue to support us year after year and refer family and friends. We sincerely appreciate you choosing us to be your trusted real estate professional. We look forward to your continued support and referrals, and promise to take very good care of them! Thanks to Amna Saleem, our Client Care Coordinator who is always there for us and a special thanks to Re/Max Realty Specialists for their amazing agent support team! [read more]