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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 coronavirus cases change 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 coronavirus 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... [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]

Holiday Eating Tips

Monday Nov 16th, 2020

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· Drink as much eggnog as you can, quickly. It's rare. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? · If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. · 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... [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 5 ideas for unique gifts, some with staying power long after the holidays are over. 1. Magazine subscriptions. Yes, made of paper—not electrons. 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 foods store and put together a selection of interesting chocolates or unusual savories and cheeses. Buy... [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]

The Best Way to Clean Your Face Mask, According to Science

Tuesday Jul 28th, 2020

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In an age of misinformation, something as simple as cleaning a cloth face mask can become incredibly confusing. What should you use to clean it? How should you clean it, and how often? We’ve likely read many of the same articles you have, and we’re still confused. Which is why we chose to turn to the science experts for some definitive advice on how to properly clean face masks. Apparently, it’s not all that complicated! Here are a few things to keep in mind before you... [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]

What the Record-Low Mortgage Rates Mean for Home Buyers and Owners

Monday Mar 9th, 2020

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By Judy Dutton | Mar 5, 2020 The average interest on a 30‑year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to the lowest level in almost 50 years this week—and it's giving the housing market a jolt. Mortgage rates have just dropped to the lowest level in almost 50 years, compelling both homeowners and home buyers to get off the couch to take advantage of record-level savings on their mortgage. “The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit a record 3.29% this week,... [read more]

Testimonial

Tuesday Mar 3rd, 2020

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Subject: THANK YOU! Hi Gwyneth: I want to follow up to thank you from the bottom of my heart for referring Bev to    me. She has been beyond amazing. I immediately felt comfortable with her when we met and I trusted her with  everything. Bev was wonderful and she treated me with respect and almost like a daughter (which was comforting). She found me a perfect home and advocated and worked her butt off to make sure I got it! I could not be happier with everything... [read more]

What you need to know about the new stress test

Monday Mar 2nd, 2020

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The sky-high prices of major housing markets in Canada have moved the needle for the government and regulators to change the stress test. The federal government announced recently that the new benchmark rate for insured mortgages will be the weekly median five-year fixed insurance mortgage rate from mortgage insurance application plus 2%. Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the change will allow the stress test to rise and fall depending on the median interest rates of lenders. At the same... [read more]

Are You Holding Your Career Back?

Tuesday Feb 25th, 2020

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According to an online survey of 972 people conducted by corporate trainer VitalSmarts (Provo, Utah), many people recognize what’s holding them back in their careers. 97% in the survey identified at least one career-limiting habit that prevents them from reaching their full potential at work. The top five bad habits: 1. Unreliability 2. The “It’s not my job” syndrome 3. Procrastination 4. Resistance to change 5. Negative... [read more]

Where Did Water Come From?

Tuesday Feb 25th, 2020

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Water. You turn on the faucet, and out it comes. But where did water on Earth originally come from? Some scientists believe that oceans may have been formed (about 8 million years after the formation of planet Earth itself) by water dumped from passing comets, and the recent discovery of a comet containing water with a similar chemical composition to the water all around us on Earth has given support to that theory. Hartley 2, a comet about 1.25 miles long, contains ice with the same D/H... [read more]

5x5 Exercise

Tuesday Feb 25th, 2020

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Too tired to work out? Too busy? Too...whatever? Here's a way to slip exercise into your day without heading to the gym or breaking for a long period. 5x5 exercise means to exercise vigorously five times per day for five minutes each time. When you get up in the morning, do morning calesthenics. Take five to do jumping jacks, run in place, do burpees, or put on the music and dance. Five minutes goes by quickly. On morning and afternoon breaks at work, instead of lounging in the... [read more]

When You Have Too Much Money

Tuesday Feb 25th, 2020

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If you’re tired of scrimping and saving, here are some ideas for spending your kids’ inheritance on yourself before you go: · Food. The priciest hamburger in the world is probably the FleurBurger. It’s made with foie gras and a special truffle sauce, served with black truffles on the side (and a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1990) at the Fleur de Lys in Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas, for $5,000. · Drink. A bottle of Bowmore whiskey, a 54-year-old Scottish... [read more]

Murphy's Law

Tuesday Feb 25th, 2020

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Everyone has heard of Murphy's first law: "If anything can go wrong, invariably it will." But hardly anybody knows who Murphy was. The search for Murphy's notebooks over the years has led to a garage in Toledo, Ohio; an inventor's junk loft in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania; and the home of a retired female blackmailer in Sarasota, Florida. It was learned that Murphy had no first name, that he never could hold a job, and that his writings were returned by the post office for... [read more]

March Mentions

Tuesday Feb 25th, 2020

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· Officially, Spring begins Thursday, March 19 and ends on Saturday, June 20. · The saying “In like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” refers to a prediction about the weather. If it’s stormy and raining in early March, it will be mild and pleasant in late March and April. This was probably more true of Wales, where the phrase is thought to have come from. · Until well into the 1700’s in some places (including the American colonies),... [read more]

Servant Leadership

Tuesday Feb 25th, 2020

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A legend tells of a French monastery known throughout Europe for extraordinary harmony due to the leadership of a man called Brother Leo. Several monks from another monastery began a 5-day pilgrimage to visit Brother Leo to learn his leadership secrets so they could bring peace and harmony to their own monastery, which was a place of some bickering. As they began their journey, almost immediately, they began to bicker about who should do various chores each time they made camp or packed... [read more]

February Factoids

Friday Jan 31st, 2020

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· In the northern half of the earth, February is the coldest month of the year, opposite of the southern half,  which experiences the hottest month. · The second day of February is a whimsical day called Ground Hog's Day. The story goes that the ground hog comes out of his burrow on February 2 to look for his shadow. If there is sunshine and he sees his shadow, then he goes back into his burrow to sleep for six more weeks of winter. If he... [read more]

Bucket List Destinations You Won’t Want to Miss in 2020

Friday Jan 24th, 2020

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Are you looking to travel in 2020? Each one of these awe-inspiring bucket list destinations is sure to make this year memorable. Grand Canyon, USA Despite being documented, and raved about with breathless awe by everyone from Teddy Roosevelt to aspiring Instagram influencers, the glory of the Grand Canyon is impossible to express; you just have to go. A wonder of the natural world, this crown jewel of the American National Parks System is the result of billions of years of... [read more]

5 AWESOME FAMILY DAY ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES

Monday Jan 20th, 2020

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One of the best ways to make family memories is to spend some good old fashioned time together. Kids will often remember that awesome game night or classic book you read together as a family. We’ve been making more of an effort to disconnect from technology and enjoy an occasional family day with our kids. These 5 awesome family day activities are great ways to connect with your kids and encourage some new family hobbies! PLAY A BOARD GAME A family board game night is a fun and... [read more]

Call in a Pro to DeClutter

Wednesday Jan 15th, 2020

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Call in a Pro to Declutter The longer you live in a house, the less you see the mess over time. Sometimes you need a fresh pair of eyes. You can hire an organizer for a few hours to tackle bookshelves and closets, which stagers say are often packed with twice the amount of stuff they should hold. Whittling down what's on your shelves by 50 percent. Then mix horizontal stacks of books among the vertical rows and intersperse decorative objects, such as bowls or vases, among them. [read more]

DIY for Newbies: 5 Living Room Projects You Can Master Like a Pro

Monday Jan 13th, 2020

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Maybe it’s been a while since your living room got any love. We get it—it’s easy to get sidetracked by all the different ways you can upgrade your kitchen or bathroom. But the living room has played second fiddle long enough. If you’re ready to let this room take center stage, there are lots of ways you can add some oomph to the social hub of your home—without shelling out big bucks for a contractor and interior designer. Here are a... [read more]

Why the next few months are the best time to put homes for sale

Monday Jan 13th, 2020

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Timing is a crucial consideration when selling a home. A study by RE/MAX said it is ideal put properties for sale during the months of February, March, and April. RE/MAX said while the weather is not ideal during February, the month allows home sellers to gain exposure before the spring rush. "The normally low inventory in February means less competition. The timing of February is also good in terms of people beginning to either start (or) resume their house hunt after the busy... [read more]

Hindsight Is 2020! 10 Design Trends to Ditch in the Coming Year—and How to Decorate Instead

Thursday Jan 9th, 2020

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It’s a brand-new decade and there’s a good chance you're reflecting on your choices over the past 10 years. Maybe you're patting yourself on the back for taking that job across the country. Perhaps you wish you could undo that three-year relationship that sucked the life out of you. Or maybe—just maybe—you're surveying your home, and you have the sudden urge to get rid of everything in it. After all, as we head into 2020, now is the perfect time... [read more]

Better Than Fences

Thursday Jan 2nd, 2020

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For 40 years, two friends lived on adjoining farms, separated by a wide creek. One day the friends began to fight over a petty thing and their long friendship fell apart. The misunderstanding grew into bitter words and finally, silence. Weeks later there was a knock on John's door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter's toolbox. "I'm looking for a bit of work," said the carpenter. "I have a job for you," said John. "Look across the creek at that... [read more]

5 Bits of Financial Advice Most People Don’t Take

Thursday Jan 2nd, 2020

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1. Run your finances like a business. You should treat your budget like a business, because in the  business of life, the bottom line matters. Many of the same principles business owners use can be applied to your personal life: prioritize your spending, assess your profits and losses, and don't lose sight of the big picture, like saving for retirement or getting out of debt.  2. Make saving part of your lifestyle. Saving money doesn't always come naturally.... [read more]

Valentine's Day Funnies

Wednesday Jan 1st, 2020

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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]

7 Tips for Downsizing to a Smaller Home Without the Stress

Monday Dec 30th, 2019

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Living in a large home is great for some families, but for others the cost and energy required to maintain them is burdensome. That’s why 60 percent of people living in homes over 2,000 square feet in size say they’d rather move to a smaller home next time according to a sruvey last year from Trulia. Moving into a smaller house can be a great move (pun intended) financially and mentally. After all, less square footage means lower utility bills and less space for clutter to... [read more]

Design and Decor - Throw Pillows

Monday Dec 30th, 2019

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A simple home decor idea for your living room is to replace your throw pillows. Throw pillows are an easy way to accessorize and brighten a room, whether you buy them or make your own. Homeowners should throw out their older throw pillows and replace them with bright, fuller pillows-or just buy crisp new pillow covers. "Mix and match colors and textures and blend different groupings. But more is not better. "There can be too many pillows, so make sure you don't go... [read more]

10 Top New Year's Resolutions for Success and Happiness

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019

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Another year has come to an end, and another has just begun. So, now that the new year is here, what resolutions are you going to make? Making New Year's resolutions is a time-honored tradition all around the world. We all hope for a better future--especially when the year we're leaving behind has been a tough one. According to research on the topic, about 60 percent of us admit that we make New Year's resolutions but only about 8 percent of us are... [read more]

The Psychology Of New Year’s Resolutions

Monday Dec 2nd, 2019

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Research has shown that about half of all adults make New Year’s resolutions. However, fewer than 10% manage to keep them for more than a few months. As a professor of behavioral addiction, I know how easy people can fall into bad habits and why on trying to give up those habits it is easy to relapse. Resolutions usually come in the form of lifestyle changes and changing behavior that has become routine and habitual (even if they are not problematic) can be hard to do. The most... [read more]

Gifts That Keep On Giving

Wednesday Nov 27th, 2019

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

12 Money Tips for Christmas

Wednesday Nov 27th, 2019

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Save yourself this Christmas If the festive season usually leaves you out of pocket and feeling like you spent more time and money battling the crowds than relaxing with friends and loved ones, why not simplify things this year?  Here are some quick and easy tips to help you enjoy the holiday season without breaking the bank. 1. Have a pre-Christmas clean up There's still time to bag some extra cash to boost your festive finances. Spend a few hours clearing out anything you... [read more]

Good Medicine

Thursday Nov 21st, 2019

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I don’t know what it is, doc,” the young man said. “I just don’t feel good.” The doctor examined him and ran some tests. Then she talked to her nurse and came into the examination room with three bottles of different-colored pills. “OK,” the doctor said. “I want you to take one blue pill with a large glass of water every two hours. I want you to take a green pill with a large glass of water every three hours. And then take one of the yellow... [read more]

Effects Of Peaceful Video Games

Thursday Nov 21st, 2019

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Playing action-packed video games may make people more violent, but do calm, peaceful games bring on a mood of relaxed serenity?  Maybe so, according to experiments conducted by researchers at Ohio State University. First, they had to find a relaxing video game. They settled on Endless Ocean, which simulates scuba diving and gentle underwater exploration. Then they took a group of 150 college students and randomly assigned them to play either a violent game like Resident Evil 4, a... [read more]

Sometimes A Hug Trumps A Fight

Thursday Nov 21st, 2019

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The next time your small child throws a temper tantrum, try giving a hug instead of a lecture. You might be surprised at how effective a hug can be in quieting a child in the midst of a meltdown. Hugs can defuse a child’s hurt or anger, making it easier for him or her to listen to what you have to say. Once calm, your child can take part in a larger discussion about the problem and his or her behavior. Children do better when they feel secure and loved, no matter what. [read more]

Lead With Positive Attitude

Thursday Nov 21st, 2019

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The success of any team (not to mention your own family!) depends on the positive attitudes of the members and the leader. Demonstrate—and reinforce—these important personal guidelines: · Ego control. Remember, be committed to the goals of the team, not your own ambitions. Can you and the rest of your team put the group’s priorities first? · Admitting mistakes. Be willing to honestly concede errors so the team can move... [read more]

The Invention of January

Thursday Nov 21st, 2019

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Happy January, the traditional first month of the year! But how did January get to be the first month of the year? Consider that until the 1700s, calendars were not always as we see them today. January 1 became the first day of the new year when Julius Caesar reorganized the Roman calendar and made it solar rather than lunar In the year 45 B.C.E. he moved the beginning of the year to January 1. When the Gregorian calendar—which most of the world uses today—was introduced in... [read more]

Perfect Holiday Parties

Wednesday Nov 20th, 2019

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Throwing a party is often a matter of the right combination of providing your guests relaxation and enough structure that they are able to enjoy themselves. A savvy host knows there are many ways to do this. Here are a few tips for throwing a winning party:        ¨ Set the tone. If you really want everyone to relax and have fun make sure that you are completely organized. ¨ Whatever you’re going to serve, have it ready, and know how... [read more]

Nuts To You— A Healthier Diet

Wednesday Nov 20th, 2019

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Hungry for a quick snack? Nuts are tasty, convenient, and healthy. Their fiber and unsaturated fats can help lower LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels, and contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, both good for the heart. Just choose wisely. Although all nuts have health benefits, they’re best eaten raw or dry-roasted, not covered with chocolate, salt, or sugar. Here’s the breakdown on some of the most popular nuts (roasted, serving size 1 ounce): • Pistachios:... [read more]

Winter Fun Facts

Wednesday Nov 20th, 2019

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1. The wind chill factor is a measure of heat loss from exposed skin. 2. If it gets cold enough, ice crystals can form and snow can fall from clear skies. 3. All snowflakes have 6 sides. 4. A whiteout is also called a snow squall. It occurs when a cloud touches the ground. 5. Hot water freezes faster than cold water. 6. The "winter blues" were first diagnosed in 1984. And have recently been named seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D.... [read more]

Express your Gratitude this Holiday Season

Tuesday Nov 19th, 2019

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'Tis the season to be jolly! Yet for many people, the holidays can also be synonymous with stress. One way to make sure you experience the warmth of the season is to slow down and remember to acknowledge all the things and people in your life that make you feel grateful. What is gratitude? Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you receive, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, you acknowledge the goodness in your life. And because, in the process, you recognize that the... [read more]

Help Kids Deal with the Real World

Thursday Oct 24th, 2019

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Finances. Drugs. Relationships. These can be tough issues to discuss with your children, but you can’t afford to neglect them. Here are some principles to guide you in keeping the lines of communication open: · Create an open environment. Let your children know that you are available to listen whenever they have questions or just want to talk. · Give your undivided attention. Drop everything to listen when your child approaches you, no matter what... [read more]

Oldest Bird, Not A Bird?

Tuesday Oct 22nd, 2019

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Scientists are thinking that the world’s oldest bird may not really be a bird after all. Paleontologists have long considered the archaeopteryx the world’s oldest bird. Fossilized remains were discovered in 1861, revealing an ancient animal with the feathers and wings of a bird, but the tail and teeth of a dinosaur. Classified as an avian, their status is now in doubt thanks to new research conducted by scientists at China’s Linyi University. As reported by the Guardian,... [read more]

Furnace Readiness Tips

Tuesday Oct 22nd, 2019

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With winter upon us, many of you probably already have your furnace running. If you haven’t turned it on yet, or haven’t done the maintenance yet, here are some quick tips. 1. Turn off the gas and electricity to the furnace. 2. Vacuum the furnace interior everywhere you can reach. 3. Change the air filter. 4. Check the fan belt for wear--glazing, cracking, or fraying. The belt should be taut. Tighten by loosening the attachment bracket and moving the... [read more]

Don’t Doubt the Power of a Dream

Monday Oct 21st, 2019

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When people share their goals with you, do you help them launch their dreams—or try to bring them back to Earth? In his book The Man Who Listens to Horses (Ballantine), famed horse trainer Monty Roberts tells about the time one of his teachers in high school assigned a paper called “My Goals in Life.” The teacher, Mr. Fowler, was interested only in practical goals—not fantasies about going to Hollywood to become a movie star, and the like. But young Monty had a... [read more]

Halloween Tongue Twisters

Thursday Sep 26th, 2019

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¨ He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts. ¨ Creepy crawler critters crawl through creepy crawly craters ¨ Dracula digs dreary, dark dungeons. ¨ Ghostly ghouls gather gleefully to golf on ghostly golf courses. ¨ Gobbling gargoyles gobbled gobbling goblins ¨ Horribly hoarse hoot owls hoot howls of horror in Halloween haunted houses. ¨ If big black bats could blow bubbles, how big... [read more]

Personal Productivity Trick

Thursday Sep 26th, 2019

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If you tend to procrastinate, or drag your feet getting a task done, here's a simple technique that might help: Start using a timer. If you avoid tasks like cleaning the house, set the timer on your stove or phone for 15 minutes, then make an agreement with yourself to clean like mad for just those 15 minutes. The timer has a way of making the task more bearable because it has an end time. You can "bear" it for 15 minutes. It's likely that you'll keep going after that... [read more]

25 Scary and Sweet Halloween Facts to Trick Your Friends

Thursday Sep 26th, 2019

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You've got your costume picked out, candy buckets filled, and party all planned — all that's left to do for the best Halloween ever is put your knowledge to the test. How much do you really know about Halloween? Turns out it's not only about who gets the most chocolate or creates the scariest costume. Over the centuries, the holiday has evolved from a way of begging for food to one of the most commercialized days of the... [read more]

The Cold Facts

Wednesday Sep 25th, 2019

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Cold season is coming. Most colds begin in late August or early September, increasing slowly for a few weeks, then remaining high until March or April. The increase may be due to the opening of schools and to cold weather, which prompts people to spend more time indoors and increase the chances that viruses will spread from person to person. Also the most common cold-causing viruses survive better when humidity is low—during the colder months of the year. Cold weather also may make the... [read more]

5 Home Upgrades Millennials Couldn't Care Less About

Monday Sep 9th, 2019

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Despite being called out for their ineptitude at saving money and their overwhelming fondness for spending it on experiences instead of things, millennials actually do desire financial stability—especially if it means they can buy a house. So what kind of homes do they want? According to real estate professionals, a large majority of millennials seeks out properties that are move-in ready—with plenty of room for customization. "They care more about the home... [read more]

10 Secrets No One Tells You That'll Help Your House Fetch Top Dollar

Thursday Sep 5th, 2019

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Maybe you’ve bought and sold a home before, or maybe this is the first time. Regardless, now you need to get top dollar for it. Yes, you can tidy up, bake some cookies so the house smells nice, and place fresh flowers (research says roses, lavender, and fuchsia most sway buyers) around the house. But these are the typical techniques most sellers deploy. Really want to get the best price possible—or even spark a bidding war? Here are 10 tips that are seldom mentioned in listing... [read more]

Essential Auto Insurance Tips for Canadian Snowbirds

Wednesday Aug 28th, 2019

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Follow these auto insurance tips to help you avoid issues and save money over the snowbird season! Whether you’re taking your car to the U.S. or leaving it in Canada for the winter, snowbirds have unique auto insurance issues to consider. Before you leave for the season, it’s a good idea to review your coverage to ensure that you have appropriate and sufficient coverage for your vehicles. Start by reading your auto insurance policy carefully with regards to travel to... [read more]

Why Do We Celebrate Grandparents Day?

Friday Aug 23rd, 2019

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The History of Grandparents Day Marian McQuade hoped to establish a national day that would honour grandparents, and in 1970 she began a campaign to do so. McQuade raised awareness about senior citizens throughout the 1970s. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day.  Each year, the president issues a proclamation to keep the tradition going. Grandparents Day has both an... [read more]

Fall Checklist for Your Home

Friday Aug 23rd, 2019

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Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home. Most of the tasks listed below are well with- in the average person’s ability. But even if you choose to have a professional handle them, it’s worth the expense. You’ll save money – and maybe even your life. Get your mind in the gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with... [read more]

You Probably Suspected…

Friday Aug 23rd, 2019

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Pringles were originally called “Pringles Newfangled Potato Chips.” However, due to the fact that they only contain about 42% potato based content, with most of the rest being from wheat starch and various types of flour, including corn and rice flour, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made them change the name because their product didn’t technically meet the definition of a potato chip. Their use of the word “chip” was also restricted, forcing them to... [read more]

Snowbird Guide to Renting Out Your Canadian Residence for the Winter

Thursday Aug 15th, 2019

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If you spend most of the winter outside Canada, you may want to explore the opportunity to rent out your Canadian home while you’re away.  Renting out your Canadian residence can have a number of benefits, including helping to cover the costs of your winters away. The extra income can be used to supplement or even offset the cost of your winter home or rental. Another benefit is that your home will be lived in and therefore you won’t have to find someone to inspect it daily... [read more]

Power of Attorney and Will Tips for Canadian Snowbirds

Thursday Aug 15th, 2019

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Wills and powers of attorneys aren’t just for the wealthy - they are essential legal documents everyone should have, as they dictate how you or your assets are to be cared for or dealt with in the event you pass away or become incapacitated. A properly drafted and executed will (or wills) ensures that your assets are distributed, and your minor children are taken care of, according to your wishes in the event of your death.  Powers of attorney are equally important documents that... [read more]

Early Signs Of Diabetes

Wednesday Aug 14th, 2019

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People with type 2 diabetes often do not have any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they are often ignored because they may not seem serious. Take a look at yourself and your loved ones for these common symptoms of diabetes, keeping in mind that type 2 diabetes develops slowly over many years, and may present only one or two symptoms initially: · Fatigue. · Nausea, perhaps vomiting. · Blurred vision. · In women, frequent vaginal... [read more]

Thrifty Car Management

Wednesday Aug 14th, 2019

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You depend on your car, and you take good care of it. But you don’t have to throw lavish amounts of money at it. Take heed of this money-saving advice: · Stick with normal tires. Don’t let dealers talk you into super-grip performance tires unless you drive a sports car and really need them. Most high-performance tires are more expensive and don’t last as long as regular tires. · Don’t change the oil more than you need to. Check your... [read more]

3 Interesting Food Facts

Wednesday Aug 14th, 2019

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Refried beans are only fried once. The reason for the misconception around the name is a translation error. The originals are frijoles refritos which actually means “well fried beans” – not re-fried. Worcestershire sauce, the popular English sauce, is made from dissolved anchovies. The anchovies are soaked in vinegar until they have completely melted. The sauce contains the bones and all. Coconut water can be used (in emergencies) as a substitute for blood plasma. The... [read more]

Better Write It Down

Wednesday Aug 14th, 2019

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An elderly husband and wife noticed that they were beginning to forget many little things around the house. So, they decided to go see their physician to get some help. Their physician told them that many people their age find it useful to write themselves little notes as reminders. The elderly couple thought this sounded wonderful, and left the doctor's office very pleased with the advice. When they got home, the wife said, "Dear, will you please go to the kitchen and get me a dish... [read more]

The Origin Of @

Friday Jul 26th, 2019

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We know it well as the standard symbol for e-mail, but where did it come? History says that the @ symbol was created by medieval monks. During the Middle Ages, each copy of a book was painstakingly transcribed by hand. The task went to monks, who developed ways to reduce the number of pen strokes for common words. The result was to loop the “t” in the word at around the “a.”   [read more]

Golf: A Good Walk Spoiled?

Friday Jul 26th, 2019

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The summer months are the prime golfing season. The origins of this popular (and frequently frustrating) game are unclear, though some historians trace it back to an ancient Roman game called paganica, in which players used a bent stick to hit a leather ball. A stained glass window dating back to 1340 in Gloucester Cathedral in England shows someone swinging something that looks like a golf club. And a Ming dynasty scroll, also from the 14th century, depicts a member of the Chinese imperial... [read more]

Be Careful With Sugar Intake

Friday Jul 26th, 2019

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A spoonful of sugar may, as Mary Poppins sang, help the medicine go down. But too many spoonfuls will probably increase your need to take medicine in the first place. Too much sugar—or rather, the unproductive calories it delivers to the body—can lead to weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease, among other health problems. How much is too much? An American Heart Association study found that Americans consume an average of 22 teaspoons a day (during 2001-2004). AHA guidelines... [read more]

Faint praise

Friday Jul 26th, 2019

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A minister was retiring, and after his final sermon, he stood at the door of his church to say farewell to his parishioners. One old woman told him, “I’m sure our next pastor won’t be as good as you’ve been.” The minister was flattered but tried to be modest. “Oh, I’m sure he’ll be fine. What makes you say that?” “I’ve been here for the last five pastors,” said the lady, “and each one has been worse than the one... [read more]

The Art Of Scrambling Eggs

Thursday Jun 27th, 2019

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One of the most important ingredients in scrambled eggs is air. It would be nice if we could just dollop a Tablespoon of air into the mixing bowl, but for the time being, incorporating air into beaten eggs requires good old-fashioned elbow grease. The more you whisk, the more air bubbles become trapped in the shaken and unraveling protein of the eggs. As the eggs cook, protein molecules firm-up around the air bubbles resulting in a spongy texture and hopefully full and fluffy scrambled eggs.... [read more]

Tips On Homeowner’s Insurance

Thursday Jun 27th, 2019

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You're a statistic. To an insurer, you're not a person; you're a set of risks. An insurer bases its premium on your "risk factors," including occupation, who you are, what you own, and how you live. Know your home's value. Before you choose a policy, it is essential to establish your home's replacement cost. A local builder can provide the best estimate. Insurers differ. What seems to be the same product can be priced differently by different companies. Save... [read more]

Vitality Makes Life Easier

Thursday Jun 27th, 2019

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Of all the ways you can improve your life to be the best it can be, the one thing that underlies all is vitality. You probably have noticed you’re more vital when you feel good.  After a good night’s sleep, you have more energy than after a poor night’s sleep. After eating light, you have more energy than when you eat heavy. After having a success at something, you feel more alive than you do after you fail at something. When you feel vital, it’s easier to get... [read more]

Invention Of The Popsicle

Thursday Jun 27th, 2019

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The Popsicle was invented by an 11-year-old who kept it secret for 18 years. The inventor was Frank Epperson who, in 1905, left a mixture of powdered soda and water out on the porch, which contained a stir stick. That night, temperatures in San Francisco reached a record low. When he woke the next morning, he discovered that it had frozen to the stir stick, creating a fruit flavored ice treat that he humbly named the epsicle. Eighteen years later he patented it and called it the... [read more]

The Green Economy—Explained

Tuesday May 28th, 2019

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Here’s a quick story to observe World Environment Day and illustrate the difficult balance in managing natural resources. In 1968 Garrett Hardin wrote this article to describe a common grassland in which several farmers allow their cattle to graze. In order to increase individual wealth, it is in the interest of each farmer to enlarge their herd and continue to graze on the same piece of land. But after the threshold of a certain number of cattle is exceeded, the quality of the land... [read more]

Clever Household Cleaning Hacks

Friday May 24th, 2019

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· Steam-clean your microwave. Cut a lemon in half and put it in a microwave-safe dish filled with water. Zap it until the water boils. Let it steam for another minute before opening. The gunk can now be wiped away with less effort. · Speed up dryer time. Throw one clean dry towel in with your wet clothes before starting the dryer. 10-15 minutes later, take it out. The dry towel will absorb some of the excess moisture. · Clean scorched pans. Fill the... [read more]

June Brings Joy to the World

Friday May 24th, 2019

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June 16th is Father’s Day! It’s a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In some societies, Father’s Day is a celebration for men to get together and hike or have a physical adventure to celebrate their manhood. June 5th is World Environment Day, an annual event sponsored by the U.N. aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment... [read more]

Dad’s Most Important Work

Friday May 24th, 2019

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The effort put into fatherhood is a man's most important work. Our need to do something important and enduring is built into us by nature. Taking a long view of the eons of human existence, it becomes apparent that raising our children is as essential to human survival as is eating or breathing. The quality of our work will directly affect the quality of that existence, just as our forefathers' love and work gave us the qualities we needed to get us this far.   [read more]

What is a Status Certificate and why is it important?

Wednesday May 22nd, 2019

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A Status Certificate is a short report on the current status of a condominium corporation. If you are buying a resale condominium, it is important that your agreement of purchase and sale is conditional, upon review of the Status Certificate by your lawyer. The Status Certificate provides valuable information directly from the condominium corporation, examples of such information include arrears or increases in common expenses; Whether any major work needs to be done to the building(s); The... [read more]

A Good Example Goes A Long Way

Monday May 6th, 2019

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Two sons work for their father on the family farm. The younger son has for years been given more responsibility and reward, and one day the older son asks his father to explain why. The father says, "First, go to the Kelly's and see if they have any geese for sale." The son soon returns with the answer, "Yes they have five geese they can sell us." The father then says, "Good, please ask them the price." The son returns with the answer, "The geese... [read more]

What Mother's Know

Monday May 6th, 2019

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What we say when we’re… · 4 Years Old - My mommy can do anything. · 8 Years - Mom knows a lot. · 12 Years - Mom doesn't know quite everything. · 14 Years - Naturally, my mother doesn't know what’s going on. · 16 Years – Mom is so old-fashioned. · 18 Years - That old woman? She's way out of date. · 25 Years - Mom knows something about... [read more]

Charisma Can Be Developed

Monday May 6th, 2019

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Charisma means “divine gift,” and it’s used to describe people with powerful charm and personal magnetism. But it’s not always a gift—many people develop charisma by learning how to connect with people. You can too, using these techniques: Physical presence—Whether or not you’re handsome or beautiful, you can boost your physical charisma: · Take care of your overall health. Healthy people are more attractive. · Make... [read more]

Thermogenic Foods Burn Fat

Monday May 6th, 2019

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What is Thermogenic Food? It’s food that raises your metabolism slightly, helping to burn off calories. The best known of these foods are spicy peppers and green tea. But the actual thermogenic effects of those foods are fairly low—about 80 calories at most when consumed in high quantity. The best way to get a thermogenic effect is to combine different foods. Since fat has the lowest thermogenic effect, and protein the highest, a diet low in fat and high in lean protein will give... [read more]

14 of the Most Interesting Easter Traditions from Around the World

Wednesday Apr 3rd, 2019

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Kids in the U.S. and Canada grow up expecting a delivery of decorated eggs and candy from the Easter bunny each year, but that tradition may seem odd to some. Brought to this country by German immigrants in the 1700s, the practice is rooted in the belief that rabbits and eggs symbolize fertility and rebirth. While this may be the norm in Canada and America, other cultures have their own unique Easter celebrations. Whether it's drenching one another with water in... [read more]

Easter

Tuesday Apr 2nd, 2019

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Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D. [read more]

April Fools’ Fast-Food Hoax Hall Of Fame

Tuesday Apr 2nd, 2019

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1998: Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a "Left-Handed Whopper" specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the ad, the new whopper included the same ingredients, but rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King revealed that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into... [read more]

Couponing Secrets Anyone Can Use

Tuesday Apr 2nd, 2019

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When you first start using coupons, expect a 25-30% reduction in your grocery bill. Over time, with attention to details, you can save 30-50%. And with extreme couponing, you can reach the more than 50% level. · Don't use coupons the week they come out. Stores jack up prices in anticipation. · Use coupon-matching websites such as SavingsAngel, CouponMom and The Grocery Game, and combine manufacturers' and in-store coupons to maximize... [read more]

April Fools’ Day History

Tuesday Apr 2nd, 2019

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The history of April Fools’ Day, or All Fools’ Day, is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved from March 25 - April 1 (new year's week) to January 1. Many people were rebellious and refused to acknowledge the change. They continued to celebrate New Year’s on the last day of the former celebration, April... [read more]

The Gardener’s Secret

Tuesday Apr 2nd, 2019

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A woman ran a garden store that had been in the family for three generations. For as long as anyone could remember, the garden store’s business was always great and the owner and staff were happy and cheerful. People often said, “Who wouldn’t be happy with the kind of business they’re doing?” When anyone new came into the garden store, they’d notice that all the staff wore a big badge that read, Business Is Great! Everyone who saw the badge for the... [read more]

To-Dos: Your March Home Checklist

Tuesday Mar 5th, 2019

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Get ready for sunnier days, whether you have an hour or a weekend to spare. The first official day of spring is March 20. So whether there’s still snow on the ground or flowers in bloom, you can rest assured that nicer weather is on its way. Usher in the new season with a bit of spring cleaning, some fresh flowers and — if you can get outdoors — a little dirt under your fingernails. Things to Check Off Your List in an Hour or Less 1. Make mirrors and table lamps... [read more]

Flowers Know When To Bloom

Wednesday Feb 27th, 2019

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Scientists have known since the 1930s that plants sense the length of the days and, somehow, use that information to decide when to flower. Russian scientists back then speculated that a mysterious substance must be transported from leaves to shoot tips, stimulating the formation of flower buds. They called the mystery chemical “florigen.” In 2005, a trio of new studies revealed how it works, including why flowers spring forth in certain spots on a plant. The findings were... [read more]

Why St. Patrick’s Day?

Wednesday Feb 27th, 2019

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Sunday, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. Why do we bother to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around the world? Obviously, you might say, the day is to honour 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]

Murphy’s Laws

Thursday Feb 21st, 2019

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Everyone has heard of Murphy's first law: "If anything can go wrong, invariably it will." But hardly anybody knows who Murphy was. The search for Murphy's notebooks over the years has led to a garage in Toledo, Ohio; an inventor's junk loft in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania; and the home of a retired female blackmailer in Sarasota, Florida. It was learned that Murphy had no first name, that he never could hold a job, and that his writings were returned by the post office for... [read more]

Think Before You Compliment

Thursday Feb 21st, 2019

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As a professional photographer, Julie took a lot of pride in her work. One evening she was at a dinner party with a master chef. The chef asked to view some of Julie's images, and afterwards complimented her. “These are really good," he told her. “You must have a great camera to get shots this nice.”    After dinner, Julie complimented the host on his wonderful food. “That dinner was excellent,” she said. “You must have some high... [read more]

Passion for Learning

Thursday Feb 21st, 2019

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Socrates was once approached by a man who asked the great teacher to help him to become a better student. The master took the would-be student into the water and suddenly pushed him under and held him there. Surging to the surface, out of breath, the young man gasped, “Why did you do that?” Socrates answered, “When you want to learn as badly as you wanted to breathe, you will.”   [read more]

5x5 Exercise

Thursday Feb 21st, 2019

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Too tired to work out? Too busy? Too...whatever? Here's a way to slip exercise into your day without heading to the gym or breaking for a long period. 5x5 exercise means to exercise vigorously five times per day for five minutes each time. When you get up in the morning, do morning calesthenics. Take five to do jumping jacks, run in place, do burpees, or put on the music and dance. Five minutes goes by quickly. On morning and afternoon breaks at work, instead of lounging in the... [read more]

Where We Live

Friday Feb 1st, 2019

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Making any kind of prediction about the real estate market is a risky proposition. The website of Housing Finance magazine, though, cautions readers to be wary of these age-based assumptions: Generation Y doesn’t want to buy a house. In fact, one survey of over 1,200 members of Generation Y found that about 36 percent already own a house, and 70 percent of those who don’t own a home expect to buy one by their early 30s. Baby Boomers want “Independent Senior... [read more]

Unexpectedly Healthy

Friday Feb 1st, 2019

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You may want to give gum-chewing a second thought. Researchers say chewing stimulates signals in the learning center of your brain and may help you save your memory as you age. Chewing gum also burns 11 calories an hour. Here are some other foods that have healthy surprises: Tea is good for your bones. Researchers first thought that because tea contained caffeine it would deplete the calcium supply, which could lead to weaker and brittle bones in old age. But more recent research proved... [read more]

Heroic Customer Service

Friday Feb 1st, 2019

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Excellent customer service comes from people who care, not company policy. Take this example of a front-desk clerk at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Village resort. As a guest was checking out, she told the desk clerk that she had a wonderful visit but had been heartbroken when she lost several rolls of film she hadn’t yet        developed. The clerk not only sympathized with the guest, she also told the woman to leave a couple of unused rolls.... [read more]

Test Your Relationship

Friday Feb 1st, 2019

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  A strong relationship is founded on communication and sharing.  So how much do you know about your partner or spouse?  Try these simple questions — the more you can honestly answer “yes” to, the firmer ground you’re on:  I know who my partner’s best friends are. I can describe my partner’s greatest ambition. I can name my partner’s favorite singer or musical group. My partner appreciates the things I do for... [read more]

Mothers: They Are Human Too!

Tuesday Jan 8th, 2019

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Being a mother can be stressful. But admitting that you sometimes need a break can be hard, given the expectations that society has for the “perfect” mother. A survey of some 25,000 moms (reported on the Parenting.com website) uncovered some secrets about what mothers want, and don’t want, from their lives. Some of the longings and preferences the mothers admitted to were: • 23 percent say what they want most is some time alone. • 49 percent have sent their... [read more]

Top 5 Benefits of Staging Your Home

Tuesday Jan 8th, 2019

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Real Estate Staging is the process of preparing a home for sale. Staging is really about un-decorating and removing years of living, collecting & decorating so a buyer can visualize themselves living in the home. When a seller "lets go" of some of their own things, it then gives permission for the buyer to buy! There are many benefits of staging your home for sale. Here are the top 5 reasons. 1. Staging is always less than your first price reduction. In most cases a price... [read more]

A Good Thing!

Tuesday Jan 8th, 2019

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This January start the year with an empty jar. Each week add a note with a good thing that happened. On New Year's Eve empty the jar and read about the amazing year you had. [read more]

How to Keep your Family Photos Safe

Tuesday Jan 8th, 2019

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Your family photos are irreplaceable.  Have you ever worried about losing your treasured family history in a disaster?  Have you ever asked yourself how your photos would fare in the case of fire or floodwaters?  Are your storage methods failsafe? Now there is another alternative to help ensure that your photo treasures are not lost – online photo storage.  There are many sites with service available and lots of them are safe, fun and free.  Just type... [read more]

Recipe for a Happy New Year

Friday Dec 14th, 2018

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To leave the old with a burst of song, to recall the right and forgive the wrong. To forget the thing that binds you fast to the vain regrets of the year that’s past. To have the strength to let go your hold of the not worthwhile of the days grown old. To dare to go forth with a purpose true, to the unknown task of the year that’s new. To help your brother along the road to do his work and lift his load.. To add your gift to the world’s good cheer is to have and... [read more]

The Tradition of New Year's Resolution

Friday Dec 14th, 2018

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A New Year’s resolution is a promise a person makes for the new year. Regardless of what resolution you commit to, the goal is to improve life in the coming year. Resolutions can come in many forms. Some people make a promise to change a bad habit, such as quitting smoking or eating less junk food. Other people make a promise to develop a positive habit, such as starting exercise program, ... [read more]

Ontario Creating 40 New Seniors Active Living Centres

Friday Dec 14th, 2018

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Province Helping Seniors Stay Active and Socially Connected Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility Ontario is helping seniors stay active and connected to their communities by investing in up to 40 new Seniors Active Living Centres across the province. Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs, joined by Vic Dhillon, MPP, Brampton-West, was at the Villa Polonia in Brampton today to announce the recipients of new Seniors Active Living Centre funding. CANES Community Care is receiving... [read more]

The Joys of Christmas

Thursday Dec 6th, 2018

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                                                                                                                                             ... [read more]

How to Get the Kids to Visit

Wednesday Dec 5th, 2018

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An elderly man living in Phoenix calls his son in New York and says, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your Mother and I are divorcing.  Forty-five years of misery is enough.” The son gets all excited and responds, “Pop, what are you talking about?  You can’t divorce Mom after all these years.  That’s crazy.” “It may be crazy,” says the old man, “but I am going to tell her on Christmas Day.  It... [read more]

THE JOY OF GIVING: The more you give of yourself, the more you find of yourself

Wednesday Dec 5th, 2018

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We all know how great it feels to receive gifts. However, the joy of getting is short-lived. Our lives are richer when we share, and that great inner joy comes from helping others to better their lives. Truly giving from the heart fills your life with joy and nourishes your soul. Giving provides an intrinsic reward that’s far more valuable than the gift. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “To find yourself, lose yourself in the service of others.” Giving takes you out of... [read more]

Beware Of Poinsettias!

Monday Dec 3rd, 2018

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If poinsettia plants are a “must” for your holidays, here’s a note of caution:   A recent study indicated that individuals who are allergic to the latex in rubber may be allergic to poinsettia plants because both are of the same plant family.  Researchers warn that about 40 percent of the approximately 26 million people in the United States and Canada who are allergic to latex could experience a reaction to poinsettias ranging from a skin rash to wheezing, chest... [read more]

Shop Savvy at the Grocery Store

Monday Nov 26th, 2018

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Everyone wants to stretch their food dollars, and the grocery store is a great place to do it.  Here are some tips for savvier shopping: Don’t assume those items stacked at the end of the aisles – like sodas and chips – are on sale.  This is a trick to make them seem like they’re marked down.  More often than not, they’re marked at the regular price. Know that you pay for convenience.  Skinless chicken breasts cost more than those packaged... [read more]

What Not to Say this Holiday…

Monday Nov 26th, 2018

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1. Hey!  There’s a gift! 2. Well, well, well ... 3. Boy, if I had not recently shot up four sizes that would’ve fit. 4. This is perfect for wearing around the basement. 5. Gosh, I hope this never catches fire!  It is fire season, though.  There are lots of unexplained fires. 6. If the dog buries this, I’ll be furious! 7. I love it – but I fear the jealousy it will inspire. 8. Sadly, tomorrow I... [read more]

Origins Of Common Terms

Monday Nov 26th, 2018

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The origins of some figures of speech are obvious – “putting the cart before the horse,” for instance.  Others are a little more obscure.  Here are the explanations behind three common expressions: Pulling the wool over their eyes.  In the 17th and 18th centuries, thieves and robbers would yank their victims’ wool wigs down over their eyes so they couldn’t see who was attacking them. Blackmail.  In 16th-century England, mail meant... [read more]

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Monday Nov 26th, 2018

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Anyone can be the target of identity theft.  To safeguard your money and your credit rating, take these common-sense precautions: · Access, print and carefully examine your credit report at least once per year. · Never give out personal information via phone or email to people you don’t know. · Do your homework on how online sites like PayPal and eBay work before you use them. · Be skeptical of “business” emails... [read more]

Stay Safe on Escalators

Monday Nov 26th, 2018

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Escalators are everywhere, and it’s easy to take them for granted and possibly get careless when using them.  Every year, thousands of people end up in the emergency room because of escalator accidents, with children and the elderly at the greatest risk for serious injury.  Follow these basic safety tips for ascending and descending without mishaps: · Make sure your shoes are tied.  A dangling shoelace can snag or get trapped in the escalator’s grooves... [read more]

Remodel With A Financial Blueprint

Friday Oct 19th, 2018

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Home renovations need to be planned with care. Here are some strategies for planning a remodeling project that makes financial sense: Decide your primary objective. If resale is your biggest concern, a minor kitchen update may enhance resale opportunities more than adding a home office. Decide how to finance the renovation. Other than cash, there are three basic options: refinancing, home-equity loans and home-improvement loans. If you have little or no equity in your home, lenders are... [read more]

Lost Jobs Lead To New Opportunities

Friday Oct 19th, 2018

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According to a CareerBuilder survey, 54 percent of people who landed new jobs last year found themselves working in new fields. If you’re searching for a job, this may be an opportunity to explore something you’ve always wanted to do, like these people: ¨ A financial advisor became a school teacher. ¨ A school teacher became a restaurant manager. ¨ A restaurant manager turned computer tech. ¨ A computer tech became a veterinary... [read more]

Knowledge Is A Matter of Perspective

Friday Oct 19th, 2018

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Have you ever been frustrated trying to explain a seemingly obvious idea to someone who just doesn’t get it? That’s been described as the “curse of knowledge”. An experiment asked subjects to tap out the tune of a popular song (like “Happy Birthday”) on a tabletop; others were assigned to listen and identify the song. The “tappers” predicted that those listening would be able to identify their songs 50 percent of the time, but in fact... [read more]

Furnace Readiness Tips

Friday Oct 19th, 2018

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With winter upon us, many of you probably already have your furnace running. If you haven’t turned it on yet, or haven’t done the maintenance yet, here are some quick tips. 1. Turn off the gas and electricity to the furnace. 2. Vacuum the furnace interior everywhere you can reach. 3. Change the air filter. 4. Check the fan belt for wear--glazing, cracking, or fraying. The belt should be taut. Tighten by loosening the attachment bracket and moving the... [read more]

Notable in November

Friday Oct 19th, 2018

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November 1st, 1959 - After being hit in the face with a hockey puck, Jacques Plante, goalie for the Canadiens at the time, created the hockey mask out of fiberglass and resin. November 3rd, 1718 - The birth of John Montague, Fourth Earl of Sandwich, who hit upon pairing bread and meat slices to sustain him through lengthy gambling sessions. November 7th, 1885 – the first transcontinental railroad across Canada, concluded with the driving of the "last spike" in... [read more]

Fall Check List For Your Home

Monday Oct 1st, 2018

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Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home. Most of the tasks listed below are well with- in the average person’s ability. But even if you choose to have a professional handle them, it’s worth the expense. You’ll save money – and maybe even your life. Get your mind in the gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors... [read more]

Cough To Relieve Pain

Friday Sep 28th, 2018

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The next time you get a shot or have to pull off a sticky bandage, try the “cough trick” to reduce the pain. In a recent study, doctors at Ernst Moritz Arndt University in Greifswald, Germany, drew blood from volunteers. When subjects used the cough trick, a single cough at the time of the needle puncture, they felt less pain than when they did not cough. Researchers are confident the cough trick is an effective way to reduce pain during peripheral venipuncture (drawing blood from... [read more]

Still Eager To Help

Friday Sep 28th, 2018

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A young man was helping his elderly mother move into a new apartment building. He was sensitive to the fact that his mother had always been quite active, both in her job and in her volunteer work after retirement. But he was concerned that she’d have trouble taking care of herself. So, as he was unpacking boxes, he casually asked her, “Mom, have you ever considered Meals on Wheels?” The mother sighed sadly. “I have, but you know, I just don’t think I have the... [read more]

Did You See That?

Friday Sep 28th, 2018

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Haunted houses are a $300 million a year business, with more than 3,000 throughout North America. Some of the most-visited places are: 1) Whaley House in San Diego, California; 2) Madison’s Haunted Inn in Kincardine, Ottawa; 3) Oppertsauer House in Stony Plain, Edmonton. Alberta; 4) The ghost town of Jerome, Arizona; 5) The town of Fergus, Ontario; 6) The battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; 7) The site of the witch hunts, Salem, Massachusetts; These... [read more]

Why Do We Like Being Scared

Friday Sep 28th, 2018

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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]

Is It ‘Cloudy’ Today?

Friday Sep 28th, 2018

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More and more companies are relying on “the cloud” for their IT operations, according to a survey by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which is aiming to become a supplier of processors and chipsets to cloud-computing providers. Cloud computing enables users to access software, store data, and use computer applications through a network instead of a single local computer. The AMD study found that 42 percent of survey participants are now using cloud computing in at least part of... [read more]

CAA unveils Ontario 'Towing Bill of Rights' to prevent drivers from being overcharged

Monday Aug 27th, 2018

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The Canadian Automobile Association hopes to help drivers avoid being gouged by towing companies with a new “Towing Bill of Rights,” which should come in handy anytime Ontario drivers need roadside assistance. In association with the Provincial Towing Association of Ontario, the CAA unveiled Wednesday a glove box reference guide for motorists. Nearly half of Ontario drivers still aren’t aware of all new towing industry rules put in place by the provincial government last... [read more]

Start The School Year Right

Monday Aug 27th, 2018

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The first day of school looms large and scary for new pupils – and their parents as well.  Here are some suggestions on how to ease the transition:   Establish a routine in the morning before the school year starts, so your child can get accustomed to dressing and having breakfast without hurrying.   Before classes begin, visit the school with your child so it won’t seem so strange.  Many schools have special orientation programs to familiarize... [read more]

Grandparent Goodies

Saturday Aug 25th, 2018

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Grandparents Day is September 9, here are some delightful stories from – and about – grandparents:  My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday.  He asked how old I was, and I told him “62.”  He was quiet for a moment and then he asked, “Did you start at one?” When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects.  Still, a few... [read more]

Botox May Hinder The Ability to Read Emotions

Thursday Aug 23rd, 2018

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Botox doesn’t just remove wrinkles and lines from a person’s face; it may also impair one’s ability to read the emotions of other people. A study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found that people who had received Botox injections were less accurate in identifying the emotions on the faces of people in photographs than others whose faces had been injected with a cosmetic filler. Researchers at USC and Duke University theorize that... [read more]

Fall Begins September 22

Thursday Aug 23rd, 2018

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The Autumnal Equinox occurs on September 22nd, ushering in a new season. The equinoxes (both Autumnal in fall, and Vernal in spring) mark the points in the year when the sun crosses the equator, so that every place on earth experiences an equal amount of daylight and darkness. Equinoxes are also the days when the sun rises in the Northern Hemisphere exactly due east and it sets exactly due west. The equinoxes have been observed and celebrated for thousands of years and have significance for... [read more]

We’ve Always Done It That Way

Thursday Aug 23rd, 2018

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A management consultant was hired by a manufacturer in Britain to help improve its general operating efficiency. At one plant on the outskirts of London, she spent weeks reviewing reports that tracked productivity, absenteeism, machine failure, et cetera, that were kept by the day, week, month and year. The reports were filled out by hand (the plant was small) on photocopied forms. At the top of one of the daily forms, the consultant noticed a small box that was always filled out with the... [read more]

Midsummer Garden Care

Tuesday Jul 31st, 2018

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By this time of year, your plants could be looking tired and awful. Although the heat may make working in the garden a daunting prospect, whether you have a few acres or a few potted plants, a little love this month will keep your plants looking nice until the Fall, when the days start getting shorter and the garden slows down. Deadhead: Cutting off the spent blooms on your plants will tell them to make new ones. If you have roses and it’s late in the month, you can give them a... [read more]

Dogs Need a Break from the Sun, Too

Tuesday Jul 31st, 2018

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When the temperature gets up there and you’re wearing shorts and a tank top, remember: your best friend has a fur coat on. Besides panting, do you know what dogs do to tell you when they’ve had too much fun in the sun? Heavy panting His tongue and mucous membranes are bright red. His saliva is thick and sticky It’s important to act immediately if a dog has any of the above symptoms. First, move your dog out of the sun (or heat) to an area where there is cool... [read more]

Quick Pick-Me-Ups

Tuesday Jul 31st, 2018

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Heat got you down?  Is your elevator not going all the way to the top? If you have a few moments, these simple things might help snap you  out of it: · Spritz your favorite scent in your living space. If you save your best fragrance for special occasions, smelling it can take you back to a fun time and put a smile on your face. Why let it sit in the bottle? · Pop a multi-vitamin.  If you have been dragging lately, you might not have been eating... [read more]

Don’t Cut Back on These Necessities

Tuesday Jul 31st, 2018

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You can’t be too careful with your money these days, but no matter how tough things get, there are a few areas where the term “pennywise and pound foolish may come into play.” You’ll save money in the long run by continuing to  allocate your funds to these items: Medical fees. It’s cheaper to see your doctor and dentist regularly so you can take care of problems before they become serious health    issues. These days, more health care... [read more]

Four Steps for Beating Post-Vacation Blues

Tuesday Jul 31st, 2018

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If your vacation should have relaxed and recharged you why can going back to work be so hard?  It takes two days to come back up to speed after a two-week vacation, according to researchers. Here are a few ideas to minimize that deer-in-the-headlights feeling when you go back to work: Let others know your plans. Let clients and co-workers know when you’ll be away and give them alternative contacts. You’ll reduce the number of messages waiting for you at the office when... [read more]

SALES TACTICS

Thursday Jun 28th, 2018

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A shopkeeper was dismayed when a brand-new business much like his own opened up next door and erected a huge sign that read, “BEST DEALS.” He was horrified when another competitor opened up on his right, and announced its arrival with an even larger sign that read, “LOWEST PRICES.” The shopkeeper panicked, until he got an idea. He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop. It read: “MAIN ENTRANCE.”   [read more]

Ever Sit On the Beach and Wonder?

Thursday Jun 28th, 2018

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· When you're sitting on the sand looking at the horizon, it’s about 3 miles (4.8 km) away. · The world’s oceans contain nearly 20 million tons (18.1 mt) of gold. · The High Seas -- areas of the ocean beyond national jurisdiction -- cover almost 50 per cent of the earth's surface. · An average beach pail, roughly a quart, holds about 3.5 million grains of sand. · High waves pull sand out into the ocean;... [read more]

July 23rd is Gorgeous Grandma Day!

Thursday Jun 28th, 2018

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The constant emphasis on youth and being young can sometimes tempt women of a certain age to feel under-appreciated. Well, there's a day to mark on your calendar that celebrates grandmothers who are “thriving, not just surviving.”     [read more]

Sun Safety Guidelines For Children

Thursday Jun 28th, 2018

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In the summer everyone wants to have fun in the sun, but you really want to protect your children’s tender skin from sunburns. Follow these sun safety recommen- dations from the American Academy of Pediatrics: For babies under six months: It’s best to avoid sun exposure by making sure your baby is in full shade, like from a dense tree or an umbrella. Even when baby is in the shade, the sun's rays reflect off sand and water, so dress him in lightweight clothes that... [read more]

Quality Service Is Not Expensive, It's Priceless.

Thursday Jun 28th, 2018

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On average, families move about every five years and we are always looking for repair and service people we can trust. Most of us rely on wise neighbors for referrals to reliable plumbers, painters and auto mechanics. Still, it takes time to develop your own personal relationships with them. Here are some ways that may help give you more confidence in your choices until you and your service people have bonded. Ask around for shops and services before you need them. Don’t put off... [read more]

10 Mind-Boggling Facts About Canada BY Daniel Reid

Wednesday Jun 13th, 2018

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Thought you knew all there was to know about the true north strong and free? These surprising facts about Canada will have you seeing our beautiful country in a whole new way. Canada’s lowest recorded temperature is as cold as Mars One of the most common facts about Canada is that it can get pretty cold in the winter (anyone who’s ever had to chisel their car out of a block of ice in the morning knows this to be true). The average low for the month of January in Ottawa is... [read more]

How To Measure Success

Friday Jun 1st, 2018

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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]

Different Ways To Honour Dad

Wednesday May 30th, 2018

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Fathers play a special, irreplaceable role in our lives, and Father’s Day is a great time to let them know that. On June 17, skip the tie and tell all the  special, irreplaceable dads in your life what they mean to you from the bottom of your heart. Some suggestions: Write a letter thanking your father/uncle/grandfather/ brother/son for all he’s done and all he means to you.  Read it in front of him and the whole family. You can frame it and even add photos or other... [read more]

He Found Great Value In Disaster

Wednesday May 30th, 2018

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Thomas Edison (1847-1931) was possibly the greatest   inventor who ever lived.  He received more than 1,000 patents in his lifetime, many for items we take for granted today: the alkaline battery, the motion picture camera, the phonograph and, of course, the light bulb.  There’s a story that it took  Edison more than 2,000   experiments before he got his light bulb to work.  When a reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times, Edison said,... [read more]

Should We Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide?

Wednesday May 30th, 2018

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A high school freshman won first prize at a science fair for his experiment demonstrating people’s gullibility.  He was attempting to show how conditioned we’ve become to alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment.  In his project, the student urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical dihydrogen monoxide for the following good reasons: 1. It is a major component in acid... [read more]

Don't Lose Your Memories

Tuesday May 1st, 2018

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According to numerous interviews with police and fire departments, photo albums are the number one possession that people regret losing in a flood or fire.  The professionals recommend putting photo negatives or CDs in a watertight envelope and placing it in a fireproof box, or storing the material offsite – in a safe deposit box, for example.  If you’re using an online storage system it’s still a good idea to backup all your files on CDs or a flash drive and then... [read more]

Teen's and Alcohol

Tuesday May 1st, 2018

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Here’s another reason to warn adolescents about the dangers of drinking:  According to a report by the American Medical Association, the brain appears to be  especially susceptible to alcohol damage during a person’s high school and college years.  While the brain physically stops growing when a person reaches the age of five, its cells continue to refine and realign themselves until a person is 20 years old. The late-teen/early adulthood period is recognized as... [read more]

To Honuor Our Police Officers

Monday Apr 30th, 2018

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National Police Week—May 13-19 A Cop on the Take First he takes…the oath.  Here’s what else he takes: He takes…it in stride when people call him “pig.” He takes…his low paycheck, realizing he’ll never be rich. He takes…a second job sometimes to make ends meet and support his family. He takes…time to stop and talk to children. He takes…your verbal abuse while giving you a ticket you really... [read more]

Hello Dorothy

Monday Apr 30th, 2018

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A university professor gave his students a pop quiz.  Most of the students were conscientious about their studies and had little difficulty answering the questions – that is, until they reached the last one. The question was, “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”  The students looked at each other quizzically, not knowing if it was some kind of joke.  Some knew what she looked like; she was tall and dark-haired, about 50 years... [read more]

The Big Squeeze

Tuesday Apr 3rd, 2018

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Every year a contest was held at the county fair to determine the strongest person in the region.  The contest was simple.  Each contestant was given a lemon to squeeze, and the person who squeezed out the most juice would win. One year the favourite contestant was a local farmer, who milked a herd of cows each day and had enormous, well-muscled hands.  He produced nearly a full glass of juice from his lemon, much more than everyone else. The judges were just about to award... [read more]

Ontario’s 2018 Budget: What Seniors Need to Know

Thursday Mar 29th, 2018

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Like speeches from the throne, budgets are aspirational documents delivered by the governing party to outline their spending priorities, with hopes of continuing to be the governing party. Given how close today’s Ontario budget is to the June 7 provincial election, a healthy dose of skepticism is warranted.   This budget leaves the impression that the Ontario Liberals are gambling that Ontarians will forgive significant deficits if it means large investments in social spending.... [read more]

Online Safety

Wednesday Mar 28th, 2018

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As social networking stretches into every corner of our lives, parents are right to be concerned about the information their children may be sharing online – and about what kind of information they should share about their own families.  Here are some guidelines: Pick a strong password.  Don’t use common words or significant dates in your life.  Create a password that’s a mix of capital and lowercase letters, plus numbers, so it can’t be guessed... [read more]

Hunger Pangs Or Snack Cravings?

Wednesday Mar 28th, 2018

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Many of us eat more than we need to.  Often it’s because we think we’re hungry when instead we’re anxious, depressed, bored, or just tempted by the plate of brownies a coworker brought in this morning. Although you shouldn’t wait until you’re faint with hunger to eat, it’s good to pay attention to the signals your body is sending you.  These are the typical symptoms of real hunger: · Growling, gurgling, or rumbling in the... [read more]

How To Plant A Great Herb Garden

Wednesday Mar 28th, 2018

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If you love having fresh herbs at your fingertips here are a few suggestions on setting up an herb garden you will use and love: · Plant your herb garden as close to the kitchen as you can manage.  Your herb garden can be grown in a series of containers if that helps you locate it where it will be most convenient.  If you have to go to too much trouble to get to and pick the herbs, you won’t use them as much. · If you want to get the most pleasure... [read more]

Cell Phone Civility

Wednesday Mar 28th, 2018

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Cell phones sometimes seem to create as many problems as they solve.  To smooth over the rough spots, CellPhones.org put together this list of cell phone etiquette tips: Lower your voice.  Don’t force everyone around you to listen to your half of the conversation. Avoid personal subjects.  Resist the temptation to overshare where complete strangers can listen to your intimate secrets. Don’t take calls (or text) when talking to someone else.  If you... [read more]

What’s So Special About April 22?

Wednesday Mar 28th, 2018

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Did you know that April 22 is Earth Day, and has been every year since it was first celebrated in 1970? Earth Day was the creation of Gaylord Nelson who, as a Wisconsin Senator in the late 1960s, said, “Our soil, our water, and our air are becoming more polluted every day.  Our most priceless natural resources – trees, lakes, rivers, wildlife habitats, scenic landscapes – are being destroyed.  How are we going to get the nation to wake up and pay attention to the... [read more]

7 Home Staging Mistakes To Avoid

Tuesday Mar 6th, 2018

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By now, you probably know all about home staging and how powerful it can be in selling your home faster and for more money. We offer lots of home staging tips on the right things to do, but what about the most common mistakes people make when trying to stage a home for sale? It’s easy to assume there are certain home staging tips you can skip when it comes to your own home. They may seem unnecessary or frivolous, so you decide to overlook some of them. In reality, this can only... [read more]

Help For The Terminally Tardy

Thursday Mar 1st, 2018

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Are you always running late?  Maybe you’re legitimately busy, but sometimes chronic lateness springs from other factors.  The danger is that being late all the time will give you a reputation for being undependable and/or careless. Take better control of your time by considering these psychological causes for being constantly behind schedule: Adrenalin.  For some people, rushing to every meeting and event provides excitement.  If you’re enjoying the chase... [read more]

High Stress = Slow Healing

Thursday Mar 1st, 2018

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A recent study at Ohio State University found that high stress levels slow healing.  Students with small surface wounds needed 40 percent more time to heal during final exams compared to those with similar wounds who weren’t under pressure.  “This is news to keep in mind if you’re heading in for elective surgery,” says Dr. Phillip Marucha.  “Trying to get too much done beforehand could heighten stress and thereby slow recovery.”   [read more]

Bullying: What Parents Can Do

Thursday Mar 1st, 2018

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Bullying can be a serious problem for children.  But often it’s not obvious to their parents, and even when it becomes clear, stopping it isn’t easy.  Here’s what to look for, and what to do about it: What To Look For: · Decline in school performance. · Reluctance to go to school. · Unexplained bruises or torn clothing. · Difficulty sleeping. · Complaints of headaches, stomach aches, or... [read more]

Don't Become A Smoke Detector Statistic

Thursday Mar 1st, 2018

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Are you checking your smoke detector at least once every six months, if not more frequently?  Although the average life of a smoke detector can span as long as 10 to 15 years, the devices can go on the blink, and you wouldn’t know it.  About 30 percent of smoke detectors fail after 10 years, according to a recent report, and about 50 percent of them shut down after 15 years.  Though your smoke detectors might emit a sound when you test them, that doesn’t necessarily... [read more]

Housework Humor

Thursday Mar 1st, 2018

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Spring begins on March 20, and around this time the thoughts of some turn to spring cleaning.  But not everyone, as you’ll see from these quotes: Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don’t do it.  – Evan Esar Nature abhors a vacuum.  And so do I.  – Anne Gibbons Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.  – Phyllis Diller Cleanliness is not... [read more]

The House of 1,000 Mirrors

Thursday Mar 1st, 2018

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Long ago in a faraway village, there was place known as the House of 1,000 Mirrors. A happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit.  When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house.  He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could.  To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1,000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his.  He smiled a great... [read more]

Get Your Home Ready To Welcome Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s

Thursday Feb 22nd, 2018

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Chances are, someone you know, or love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The disease is a progressive brain disease that causes a loss of memory and cognition, and there is no cure. Every person’s symptoms differ, so if you know someone who may have it, get them to a neurologist to be sure. Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5.4 million Americans, about 5.2 million of which are 65 and older. It can be your grandparent, your cousin, your sibling or even... [read more]

How to Slow Down and Listen

Friday Jan 26th, 2018

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Do you ever find your mind wandering when someone is talking to you?  No, you’re not abnormal and you don’t have attention deficit disorder. Most people speak at an average rate of about 120 words per minute, but most people can listen about four times faster. So, your mind fills in the gap by thinking about other things. Be aware of this and try to slow down your listening. Work on staying focused so you can really comprehend what the speaker is saying.   [read more]

What Kids Think of Love

Friday Jan 26th, 2018

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♥ Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life. John, Age 9 ♥ I think your supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn’t supposed to be so painful.  Manuel, Age 8 ♥ On the first date they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them Interested enough for a second date. Mike, Age 10 ♥ I’m in favor of love as long as it doesn’t happen when dinasaurs is on television. Jill, Age... [read more]

The Butterfly

Friday Jan 26th, 2018

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A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared, He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole, then it seemed to stop making any progress at all. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no farther. The man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily, BUT, it had a   swollen... [read more]

If Dogs Were Our Teachers…

Friday Jan 26th, 2018

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If dogs were our teachers we might learn… When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.  Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride – allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.  When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.  Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.  Take naps, and stretch before rising.  Run, romp, and play daily.  Avoid biting when a simple growl will... [read more]

Would I Buy Your Home?

Friday Jan 26th, 2018

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I’m a typical potential homebuyer, but would I buy your home? I am like most homebuyers and have to connect emotionally.…I want to ‘feel’ the “ahhh, I could live here!”. So what will help me connect emotionally? 1. I have to have a great ‘first impression’ when I drive up. I have to like the outside so much that I am dying to see it inside. Peeling paint, tarnished door hardware, garbage buckets, poor landscaping will all tend to make me... [read more]

Love Can Conquer All

Friday Jan 26th, 2018

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In 1844, Robert Browning was an unknown poet and playwright when he first read Elizabeth Barrett’s volume of poetry titled Poems. He was 32 years old. Elizabeth was a well-known poet– and invalid. She was 39 years old. Robert was so moved by her poetry that he wrote to her, “ I love your verses with all my heart, dear miss Barrett..” The two of them commenced writing more than 600 letters to each other during the next 20 months. Elizabeth had suffered since the... [read more]

211 Ontario Helps Seniors Find Support ... Call Our Helpline Today

Friday Jan 26th, 2018

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The 211 helpline in Ontario answered more than 325,000 calls last year. One third of those calls were for basic needs like housing, food, financial assistance and help with utility bills. As well, many calls were from seniors and caregivers wanting to discover what practical help from community and social services was available, how to access it, and if financial help exists for life’s challenges. Calling 2-1-1 is one of the best ways to learn about community... [read more]

15 Seconds of Fame

Friday Dec 22nd, 2017

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Miami Dolphins football coach Don Shula tells of being on vacation with his wife and two children in a small town in Maine.  They went together to the local movie theater, and when they walked down the aisle, the 12 people in the theater stood and applauded. As the Shulas took their seats, Don said to his wife, “It’s just amazing.  Sometimes I forget the power of network television and the level of interest in the game today.  These people must get every Dolphin... [read more]

The Price of True Love?

Friday Dec 22nd, 2017

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If you, a family member or friend has started planning a wedding, then you know you can spend a lot of time planning that perfect day.  And you can spend a lot on that perfect day:  According to online sites such as www.costofwedding.com and www.weddingbells.ca, the average wedding costs $20,000 (not including rings and a honeymoon), and that amount increases significantly if you’re tying the knot in a major city like Manhattan or Toronto. If you want to keep wedding expenses... [read more]

Include Family In Your New Year's Resolutions

Friday Dec 22nd, 2017

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Setting goals is a great way to nurture your growth.  That’s why it’s important to make New Year’s resolutions for family if you want your family life to change and improve.  Consider including these goals this year: Pare down activities.  Families are busier than ever, so it’s important to make room for consistent togetherness time.  For example, think about cutting back on activities so everyone can eat dinner together most nights. Build... [read more]

Caregivers Need Care, Too

Friday Dec 22nd, 2017

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People who take care of the chronically ill often are expected to do all and be all for their charges.  But caregivers often feel overwhelmed and disconnected from friends and life outside of taking care of a sick family member or friend.  Here’s how you can lend them some help: Educate yourself.  Find out about the disease or condition the sick person is suffering.  Ask the caregiver for suggestions on articles or books to read.  Your interest helps show your... [read more]

A Quick Stress Reliever

Friday Dec 22nd, 2017

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Try this tip for overcoming stress when it threatens to overwhelm you:  Make a list of things you like to do, that you look forward to, and that help you relax.  When you’re feeling stressed, take a look at your list and pick something that you can do right away, even if only for a few minutes.  You’ll feel better, and just knowing you’ve got options should help you maintain your cool.   [read more]

Can Smart Beat Swift?

Friday Dec 22nd, 2017

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Two men were competing in a tree-cutting championship.  One of the men was very ambitious and hardworking.  The other was not so ambitious or hardworking, but still very good at what he did. While the go-getter was chopping down every tree he could at the fastest pace possible, the other was cutting down trees methodically.  The hard worker toiled through the day.  He never took lunch.  As for his rival, he took an hour-long lunch, then resumed the race. In the... [read more]

The Joy of Christmas

Wednesday Nov 29th, 2017

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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 erase The... [read more]

What Not To Say This Holiday?

Wednesday Nov 15th, 2017

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1. Hey!  There’s a gift! 2. Well, well, well ... 3. Boy, if I had not recently shot up four sizes that would’ve fit. 4. This is perfect for wearing around the basement. 5. Gosh, I hope this never catches fire!  It is fire season, though.  There are lots of unexplained fires. 6. If the dog buries this, I’ll be furious! 7. I love it – but I fear the jealousy it will inspire. 8. Sadly, tomorrow I... [read more]

Don't Try Forcing Yourself To Sleep

Wednesday Nov 15th, 2017

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The harder you try to fall asleep, the more elusive dreamland becomes. In an experiment, scientists split 100 college students into two groups.  One group was told to fall asleep as quickly as possible; the other was instructed to go to sleep whenever they could. The “fall asleep quickly” group took longer to drift off than their counterparts.  The scientists theorize that trying to fall asleep creates a sense of frustration that drives sleep away, similar to... [read more]

Shop Savvy At the Grocery Store

Wednesday Nov 15th, 2017

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Everyone wants to stretch their food dollars, and the grocery store is a great place to do it. Here are some tips for savvier shopping: Don’t assume those items stacked at the end of the aisles – like sodas and chips – are on sale. This is a trick to make them seem like they’re marked down.  More often than not, they’re marked at the regular price. Know that you pay for convenience.  Skinless chicken breasts cost more than those packaged with... [read more]

Beware of Poinsettias!

Wednesday Nov 15th, 2017

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If poinsettia plants are a “must” for your holidays, here’s a note of caution: A recent study indicated that individuals who are allergic to the latex in rubber may be allergic to poinsettia plants because both are of the same plant family.  Researchers warn that about 40 percent of the approximately 26 million people in the United States and Canada who are allergic to latex could experience a reaction to poinsettias ranging from a skin rash to wheezing, chest pain,... [read more]

How To Get the Kids to Visit

Wednesday Nov 15th, 2017

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An elderly man living in Phoenix calls his son in New York and says, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your Mother and I are divorcing.  Forty-five years of misery is enough.” The son gets all excited and responds, “Pop, what are you talking about?  You can’t divorce Mom after all these years.  That’s crazy.” “It may be crazy,” says the old man, “but I am going to tell her on Christmas Day.  It... [read more]

The Real Meaning Of Peace

Wednesday Nov 15th, 2017

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There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of Peace.  Many artists tried.  The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them. One picture was of a calm lake.  The lake was a perfect mirror, with peaceful, towering mountains all around it.  Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds.  All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of... [read more]

How To Complain Effectively

Thursday Oct 26th, 2017

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If you’re complaining to your friend or significant other about an unsatisfactory product or service, stop complaining to them – and put your complaint in writing.  It’s well worth your time:  At best you’ll get an appropriate response from the supplier or service provider and possibly help them correct a problem; at worst, you’ll have downloaded your negative thoughts to paper or email instead of carrying them around.  Here’s how to complain... [read more]

Is It Furnace Checkup Time?

Thursday Oct 26th, 2017

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It’s that time of year, and the Red Cross offers these safety tips on furnace maintenance: · Don’t attempt repairs yourself unless you’re a qualified professional. · Have your furnace checked and cleaned regularly by a qualified repairperson. · Make sure all furnace automatic controls and emergency shut-off valves are in working condition. · Have the repairperson check the wall and ceiling near the furnace and... [read more]

Toddler Property Laws

Thursday Oct 26th, 2017

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1. If I like it, it’s mine. 2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine. 3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine. 4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine. 5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way. 6. If I am doing or building something, all the pieces are mine. 7. If it looks like mine, it is mine. 8. If I saw it first, it’s mine. 9. If you are playing with something and... [read more]

Don’t Get Scammed!

Thursday Oct 26th, 2017

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Just because a debt negotiation company calls itself a “nonprofit” is no guarantee that it’s a legitimate organization.  If you’re in debt and seeking the help of a debt negotiation company, the Federal Trade Commission says that you should watch out for the following scams – debt negotiation companies that: · Guarantee they can remove your unsecured debt. · Promise that unsecured debt can be paid off with pennies on the... [read more]

The Standoff Story

Thursday Oct 26th, 2017

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This is a story of a radio conversation that took place a number of years ago between a U.S. naval ship and Canadian maritime contact off the coast of Newfoundland.  While the tale may or may not be true, it truly makes a great point about making assumptions: Americans:  Please divert your course 15 degrees north to avoid a collision. Canadians:  Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees south to avoid collision. Americans:  This is the captain of a U.S. navy... [read more]

5 Things That Instantly Turn Off Home Buyers

Monday Oct 23rd, 2017

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When you decide to put your home on the market, it’s important to step into the shoes of potential home buyers and keep them at the forefront of your mind as you prepare your home for sale. In today’s competitive market, it’s not enough to simply list your property as-is. To stand out, sell your home faster, and get top dollar, you need to make your home as appealing as possible. That starts with understanding a buyer’s psychology. Every buyer has their own... [read more]

Tips for Getting the Most for Your Home When Selling

Thursday Oct 5th, 2017

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In any real estate market, prepping your home so that potential buyers see it in its best light can mean that your home sells more quickly and possibly at a better price.  Here are a few simple steps that can yield big dividends: Check the curb appeal – make sure that the front yard and front porch / entranceway is clean and free of any messy looking items such as recycle boxes.     Get it fixed – repairs are important: make sure that bathroom tiles... [read more]

For You – or Someone You Love

Friday Sep 29th, 2017

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Have you stopped feeling like yourself lately?  Maybe you feel sad, empty and hopeless but don’t know why you can’t shake off the feelings.  Or you’ve been feeling anxious, panicked or distressed by troubling thoughts and behaviors, and it’s affecting your daily life and others around you.  Or you’re experiencing changes in sleep or appetite, decreased energy, difficulty concentrating, and no longer enjoying activities you used to take pleasure... [read more]

Tricks to Stay on Track

Friday Sep 29th, 2017

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If you’re thinking about starting a fitness program, here are some tricks to keep yourself on track: Get an audio book that you think you’ll love.  Only allow yourself to listen to it while you exercise.  That way, if you want to find out what happens next, you’ll get moving. Watch your favorite TV show only while you’re exercising – otherwise it’s off limits. Keep track of your exercise days by putting a gold star on the calendar for... [read more]

Commonly Confused Contractions

Friday Sep 29th, 2017

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Don’t let the misuse of contractions detract from your writing.  Here are some commonly confused possessive pronouns and contractions: Whose:  a possessive pronoun.  Do you know whose book is missing? Who’s:  the contraction of “who is.”  Who’s coming to visit? Your:  a possessive pronoun.  This is your life. You’re:  the contraction of “you are.”  You’re just in time for... [read more]

Halloween Dos and Don’ts

Friday Sep 29th, 2017

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Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have also have a safe time, here are some Halloween dos and don’ts.   Do plan costumes that are bright and reflective.  Make sure that shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. Do consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility. Do remove from the porch and front yard anything a... [read more]

How to “Go Green” When You Clean

Friday Sep 29th, 2017

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Are you spending money on household cleaners when you may be able to do the job with items you already have at home and/or are less expensive than what you’re currently using? Using just a few of these ideas can help you save money on cleaning products – and be kinder to the environment, as well.  A note of caution:  Before using a homemade cleaning formula, test it in a small, hidden area if possible.  Also, always keep your homemade formulas well-labeled and out... [read more]

Dreams Do Come True

Friday Sep 29th, 2017

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Do you have a dream but think you lack the skills to achieve it? Born in 1888 as the youngest of eight children, Berlin’s family emigrated from Russia to New York in 1893.  His father died when Berlin was eight, and as a young boy Berlin sold newspapers on the street to help support his struggling family.  He left home at 14 and began singing in New York saloons for spare change, then went on to work as a singing waiter in Chinatown.  With just two years of school and no... [read more]

Mistakes are Opportunities for Self-Esteem in Kids

Thursday Aug 31st, 2017

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Raising confident children means building up their self-esteem, especially when they make mistakes. Here are 5 ideas for minimizing mistakes and maximizing encouragement at those critical moments: Don’t get overly emotional or reactive. By modeling the right reactions to mistakes, you teach your child how to deal with mistakes in an emotionally mature way. Show your child what to do differently next time. Learning what NOT to do is only part of the experience. But many kids... [read more]

The Body Parts Your Body Doesn't Need

Thursday Aug 24th, 2017

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The human body is a marvelous machine, but like many machines that have evolved over time, it contains some leftover parts. According to the Mother Nature Network website, these leftover body parts appear to have lost their original uses: Appendix. This tiny pouch in the abdomen near the intestines may have been necessary when early humans survived on a plant-based diet. Today it seems largely superfluous, aside from being an unwanted storage place for bacteria. Wisdom teeth. A leftover... [read more]

Smart Apps for Around the House

Thursday Aug 24th, 2017

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Billminder: Keeping up with bill schedules can be hectic. This app helps you stay organized and up to date on when to pay what bills and where to send payments. AroundMe: If you’re relocating to (or visiting) a new area, this app points out the nearest restaurants, grocery stores, banks, and hospitals in an instant, without you having to search for them individually. My Home Scr.APP.book: This app lets you take pictures, write a description, and add bar codes to items in your... [read more]

Quick Back to School Lunch Ideas

Wednesday Aug 23rd, 2017

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With little ones off to school again, parents are back to the struggle of finding something quick to put into the lunch box every day. Here are four quick ideas for variety that go beyond the sandwich. (Great for parents’ lunch boxes, too!) l Cold pasta with just about anything: tomatoes, black olives, marinated artichoke hearts, chicken, etc. Add a dash of olive oil to moisten. l Pita pockets with tuna, egg, or chicken salad. Toss in sliced or diced cucumbers and... [read more]

Why Squinting Helps Us See Better

Wednesday Aug 23rd, 2017

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The eyeball is an amazing piece of human architecture. But because of its complexity, it can easily fail. The most common way for the eyeball to fail is for it to lose its elasticity. When that happens, light entering the eyeball is minutely diffracted (spread) throwing off the focus, resulting in near- or farsightedness. The result is a need for glasses to compensate and refocus the light before it hits our eyes. Another way to focus incoming light is to squint, which both reshapes the... [read more]

Kid-Friendly Exercises

Wednesday Jul 19th, 2017

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Physical fitness should start early, so here are a few exercises disguised as play that you can do with children as young as two years. · Ball walk. Find a small bouncy ball, and have your child hold it between his or her knees. Then challenge the child to walk farther and farther without dropping it. · Giant walking. Have your child take the longest step he or she can, then stop for a moment all stretched out. Then have the child stand up straight and take a giant... [read more]

Just Say No To Spending

Friday Jul 7th, 2017

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When financial planners are asked about how to save more money, one suggestion that is often repeated is to declare a moratorium on spending. Think of it like fasting. When we fast, we reset our internal food sensor. After a fast, we are more aware of the food we choose, and we tend not to automatically reach for junk food or to overeat. Similarly, when we cut ourselves off from spending, we reset our internal money sensor. It’s simple...but probably not easy. Here’s how to... [read more]

6 Tricks for Detailing Your Car’s Interior

Friday Jul 7th, 2017

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1. Use a foam paint brush to clean dust from inside vents. Use a vacuum at the same time to pick up the dust. 2. Use a toothbrush to lightly scrub rough textured surfaces and get into tight seams. 3. Use a window squeegee and a squirt of water to scrape pet hair from cloth seats. 4. Pick dirt from between buttons and around the shifter by pressing kid's homemade slime into those spaces and pulling out the dirt that sticks to it. To make slime: Mix 1/2 cup... [read more]

Silence Is Golden

Friday Jul 7th, 2017

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It takes a disciplined spirit to endure the monastery on M in Spain. One of the fundamental requirements of this religious order is that the young men must maintain silence. Opportunities to speak are scheduled only once every two years, at which time they are allowed to speak only two words. One young initiate who had completed his first two years of training, was invited by his superior to make his first two-word presentation. "Food terrible," the young man said. Two years... [read more]

The Mini-Lessons in Motivational Quotes

Friday Jul 7th, 2017

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People love to read motivational quotes. We love them on t-shirts, on posters, and in tattoos. But why do we love them? Perhaps it’s because, like poetry, a well-formed quote can pack a lot of thought into a handy package, distilling large ideas into simple recipes. Or like a church sermon, quotes remind us of important life lessons that we get too busy to remember. Here are a few popular motivational quotes: · “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to... [read more]

Preparing for a Rainy Day

Friday Jul 7th, 2017

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Financial planning experts recommend having an emergency fund in case something unexpected like a layoff or injury interrupts your paycheck. Your safety net should cover at least six months’ worth of living expenses. Here’s how to calculate what you need to save: · Gather your financial records for the past 12 months. Include bank and credit card statements, ATM receipts, and canceled checks. · Create a 12-month grid. Down the left-hand side note all... [read more]

8 Rookie Mistakes That Keep People From Selling Their Home

Tuesday Jul 4th, 2017

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If your home is struggling to catch the eye of a buyer, it could be for an entirely valid reason. Maybe you're stuck in a sluggish market or have the poshest place on the block (always a tough sell). But there's another possibility, too—your home could be sitting on the market because of a rookie selling mistake. All of us can make 'em, even those of us who actually have a few home sales under our belts. The good news? These... [read more]

Save on your A/C Costs

Thursday Jun 29th, 2017

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Summer is coming, and you’ll probably rely on your air conditioning to stay cool. If you don’t want to pay too much during the hottest months of the year, check out this advice: Check your insulation. Unless your home is new, chances are you’re losing cool air through cracks and poorly sealed doors and windows. Contact your utility provider or a contractor for an energy audit to determine where the air is escaping. Place your thermostat in the correct location.... [read more]

Refreshing Kitchen Updates

Monday Jun 26th, 2017

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You don’t need to break down the walls or strip the cabinets to renew your kitchen. Here are 8 little approaches to sprucing up the kitchen without major remodeling. 1. Choose 3 complimentary colors and update everything you can to match, like paint, towels, rugs, small appliances, canisters, curtains. 2. Change your cabinet and drawer pulls. Buy a size that fits existing holes so you don't need to drill new holes. 3. Add rope lighting under or over your upper... [read more]

10 Bedtime Habits You Should Always Avoid

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Numerous of people around the world suffer from insomnia. It seriously affects the quality of their life and it is hard for treating. They usually use sleep pills which are full with chemicals and sometimes they even have a side effect. That is why here we will show you how to improve your sleep with avoiding several bedtime habits. Try to keep your electronic things away before you go to bed. They will fortify your brain and disturb your sleep. You must avoid... [read more]

Office & Home Wi-Fi Killers

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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You might be surprised what everyday items and situations are bringing your network to a crawl. Here are the top 12 common issues impacting office and home Wi-Fi. 1. Tinted glass. You’d think Wi-Fi signals would sail right through, but they don’t. Tinted glass often has metal additives that can heavily absorb Wi-Fi signals. So if your office is full of wall-to-wall windows or glass conference rooms, it’s going to impact your signal. 2. Mirrors. These are huge Wi-Fi... [read more]

Retire At 65? Think Again!

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Thirty years ago, people typically started work at a fairly young age (age 20), worked to 65 and then retired. Statistically they lived to age 72, so they had many years to earn and save, and just a few years to spend. Typical retirement age has been 65 for a long time. In developed countries like Canada, the US, and Australia, social retirement benefits only start to kick in at 65. But today, our statistical lifespan in these developed countries has increased to 78 years. Unfortunately,... [read more]

That's Enough!

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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A rich investor was bragging to a famous author at a cocktail party: “You know, I made more money on one investment last month than you’ve made with all your best-sellers. I’ll probably make more money this year than you’ll make in your entire life.” The author replied, “That may be true, but I have one thing you’ll never have.” “What’s that?” asked the investor. “Enough.” [read more]

Can You Hear Me Now?

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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An old lady had a hearing-aid fitted, hidden underneath her hair. A week later she returned to the doctor for her check-up. "It's wonderful - I can hear everything now," she reported very happily to the doctor. "And is your family pleased, too?" asked the doctor. "Oh I haven't told them yet," said the old lady, "And I've changed my will twice already." [read more]

Try Strategic Fasting to Live Longer

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Numerous studies have shown a positive impact on your health by following a fasting diet. Impacts of fasting include the reduction of chronic disease risk, longevity, and weight loss. Contrary to first impressions that fasting will leave you hungry, most people report that fasting actually takes their food cravings away. Fasting is not a "one-size-fits-all" approach, and success often means trying different models. Here are three approaches to try:   Sleep Fasting. To... [read more]

Top 7 Things You’ll Never Hear a Dad Say

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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#7. “Well, how ‘bout that? I’m lost! Looks like we’ll have to stop and ask for directions.” #6. “I noticed that all your friends have a certain hostile attitude. I like that.” #5. “Here’s a credit card and the keys to my new car. Go crazy!!!” #4. “Your Mother and I are going away for the weekend. You might want to consider throwing a party.” #3. “Well, I don’t know what’s wrong with your car.... [read more]

What Will Housing Be Like In 2050?

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Today, the population of the world is about 7.4 billion. By 2050, the UN predicts it will be 9 billion. What does that mean for the future of housing... and how might that affect you? One thing is for certain: New homes will not be built at nearly the same rate as population growth. We will have to make smarter use of what we have, and rethink the space and resources we need. For instance, consider household size. In the early 1900's, 5-person households were normal. Today, 1-person... [read more]

The Richest Man in Babylon - Great Gift For College Bound Kids

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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The Richest Man in Babylon is a book by George Samuel Clason which dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. Through their experiences in business and managing household finance, the characters in the parables learn simple lessons in financial wisdom. Originally a series of separate informational pamphlets distributed by banks and insurance companies, the pamphlets were bound together and published in book form in 1926. At only 44,640 words... [read more]

Outside The Box Thinking

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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These days, most people have heard some form of the idea that “what we see can affect how we think.” But over a century ago, this was a new discovery. According to an article on the Observer website, in the early 1900’s gestalt psychologist Karl Duncker created an experiment known as the “Candle Problem.” Duncker led some test subjects to a table pressed up against a wall. The table held three items: a candle, a book of matches, and a box of tacks. He asked the... [read more]

Who's Smart Now?

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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A boy named Johnny hung out in front of the local grocery store in a small town. The manager noticed that the other boys who hung out in front of the store always teased him, calling him stupid and playing tricks on him. Johnny didn’t seem to mind, and always looked a little surprised. One of their tricks was to offer Johnny his choice between a shiny nickel, worth 5 cents, and a dusty old dime, worth 10 cents. Johnny always took the nickel because it was bigger and shinier. One day... [read more]

More People Closing Off The Kitchen

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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For years the concept of a grand room with an open kitchen has been all the rage. As a result, countless walls have been knocked down and it’s rare to find newer houses without open kitchens. But is the tide turning? Are we returning to days when the kitchen was an isolated room where smells were trapped and messes hidden? Increasingly, home builders are hearing requests from customers for a closed-off kitchen, and remodeling companies are being asked to put the walls... [read more]

A Mother’s Day Story

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Many years ago, my mother who lived in Nigeria, became a widow. The life she had imagined for herself as a young girl quickly evaporated. She tried moving on, finding a life with her extended family, but she was always worried, always despondent. When offered the opportunity, soon after I was born, she gave me up for adoption. An international adoption agency placed me with a family in Canada. Some might think my mother was weak; others might call her selfish. Many call her an... [read more]

Why Can’t I Have A Boss Like That?

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Once there was a lab technician, named Sam. Sam had forgotten to open a critical valve on a piece of equipment he was using. The pressure built up in the system and caused it to malfunction. The resulting damage cost $250,000 to repair. The next week, Sam’s boss called him in to talk about it. Sam had already cleared his workspace, figuring that he was about to get fired. Sure enough, his boss started grilling him, asking why he didn't do a proper check of the equipment first,... [read more]

Mistakes To Avoid While Climbing The Ladder To Success

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Successful people know what they have to do to reach the top. Just as important, they know what not to do if they want to succeed. From the Success magazine website comes this list of activities to avoid on your way up: Going back to failed strategies. You’ll fail from time to time. Just be sure to recognize what you do wrong so you don’t keep repeating it. Pretending to be someone else. If you’re not being true to your personality, people will see it. Strive to make... [read more]

Salad Salmonella Warning

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Salads are good for you, and pre-made, bagged salads are convenient, but be careful—even slight damage to greens in those bags can release juices that aid in the spread of salmonella. Most salad greens are exposed to salmonella bacteria as they grow in fields, from sources such as insects, bird droppings, and manure. Although the leaves are presumably cleaned before being packaged, the juices produced by breakage also increase the bacteria’s ability to form biofilms, which helps... [read more]

Making the Move Easy on the Kids

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Most often, a move represents an important step forward for the adults in the family because of a new job, promotion, transfer to a different office, or financial success has allowed them to buy a more comfortable house in a different neighborhood. Moving from one house to another is seldom easy and enjoyable for adults (who chose to move), and can be especially troubling for children (who prefer to stay where they are).  But if parents are mindful of their children’s concerns... [read more]

Marriages That Make Sense

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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An elderly woman became a local celebrity in her small town by getting married at the age of 92. The newspaper sent a reporter to interview her. His first question was how she enjoyed being a newlywed in her 90s. “Oh, this isn’t my first husband,” the woman replied. “I’m used to this by now.” “Really? How many times have you been married?” “This is my fourth husband. When I was 22 I married a banker. He died, and then when I was 43... [read more]

Dogs Speak Volumes With Their Tails

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Scientists have discovered that dogs communicate far more information about their emotions to each other with their tails than was previously believed. A recent study has shown that dogs tend to move their tails more to the right or the left depending on how happy or sad they feel. This emotional signal can also be recognized by other dogs, affecting how the animals respond to each other. Research, conducted by neuroscientists at the University of Trento, Italy, showed that dogs’... [read more]

Avoid Mistakes With Retirement Savings

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Make one or two mistakes in handling your retirement money, and you could be paying a stiff penalty later in your life. The stock market goes up and down, but you’ll survive if you stay clear of these common mistakes: Obsessing about market losses. Focus instead on long-term needs. Catastrophic events and long-term health care needs cause as much damage when you’re caught unaware as does a shaky stock market. Will your nest egg be able to handle long-term care? Forgetting... [read more]

Hone Your Life Vision

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Just as businesses are guided by a vision, your life can also benefit from having a vision. A vision is a description of your idealized lifestyle and outcomes. Vision is often based on living according to your highest values and principles. When honing your life vision, here are things to keep in mind: Your vision shouldn't be about "shoulds." A compelling vision is based on what you want to achieve, not what you (or others) think you should have or should do. A vision... [read more]

What Is Two And Two?

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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A business man was interviewing applicants for a manager position. He devised a test to select the best person for the job. He asked each applicant, "What is two and two?" The first interviewee was a journalist. His answer was "Twenty-two." The second applicant was an engineer. He pulled out a slide rule and showed the answer to be between 3.999 and 4.001. The next person was a lawyer. He stated that in the case of Jenkins v Brown, two and two was proven to be... [read more]

April Showers Bring May Flowers"

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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We’ve all heard the rhyme, but you might not know where the rhyme originated. It can be officially traced back to the mid-1500s, although earlier use of the phrase probably existed. The first instance in writing comes from a poem published in 1557, written by a farmer named Thomas Tusser. His poem, compiled in rhyming couplets, was called A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry and contained instructions and observations about farming and country customs in the Tudor period of England. In... [read more]

Why Does Reheated Coffee Taste Bad?

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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It has nothing to do with the microwave and everything to do with the volatility of aromas and chemicals in coffee.  Coffee is all about science. The drink has over 1,000 aroma compounds, plus a complex profile of proteins and acids. Several studies point out that the intensity of the 'roasty-sulfury' odor of coffee plays a key role in how it tastes. The odor decreases rapidly after initial brewing as it loses those aromatics to evaporation, resulting in a loss of... [read more]

Eating Right As we Age by Eve Lees

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Age-associated changes in metabolism can affect how our bodies process the food we eat. After age 30, metabolic rate begins to slow. Lean body mass (muscle) decreases and body fat increases. You can slow the rate of decline with proper diet and regular physical activity. However, even with these pre-emptive measures, some metabolic slowing still occurs. The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter suggests the following dietary precautions, for those 50 years or older: Calories. Be sure you're... [read more]

Brampton's Real Estate Market is Blowing Up

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Toronto homes selling for way over asking has become the norm these days as home owners and realtors try to get a handle on just how much they can ask for in a real estate market that's scorching hot.  But you know something really wild is happening when the trend extends to Brampton and Vaughan.  Late last year, the latter city was the focus of much attention when a rather pedestrian home sold for $400K over asking after receiving roughly 50 offers over... [read more]

Look How Amazing Your Brain is!

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Here’s an interesting experiment in brain function, sometimes used to test if a person has mental deterioration. Warning: if English is not your native tongue, you may naturally have problems with the exercise. I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last... [read more]

One More Reason To Dislike Spiders

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Their hearing! Spiders can’t “hear” exactly, but they can sense and respond to vibrations in the air over relatively long distances. Until recently, scientists believed they were only sensitive to sounds from a few inches away. However, the Sci-News website reports that researchers at Cornell University have found that jumping spiders (Phidippus audax) can pick up low-frequency sounds from up to 10 feet away. The spiders apparently sense vibrations through the hairs on... [read more]

An Ancient Mystery: How Old Are Saturn's Rings?

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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The rings of Saturn have dazzled humans ever since they were spotted by Galileo, but they still contain many unexplained mysteries, such as how old they are. One theory states that they date back approximately 4.6 billion years; another suggests that they’re just 100 million years old. Scientists backing the younger theory contend that the rings should show more evidence of space debris from the Kuiper Belt, which would make them darker than they appear today. Proponents of the older... [read more]

Brain Drain: Control Appetite After Work

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Ever notice that you can feel starving after a long day at work even though you’ve spent it mainly at your desk? Scientists, as reported by The New York Times, say it happens because your brain wants more fuel to keep going—even though you probably haven’t been digging ditches or running marathons all day. The problem is that you’re consuming calories your body doesn’t actually need, because your brain is telling you to. Oddly, the solution to controlling... [read more]

Positive Job Habits

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Talent alone won’t help you succeed at work. To get ahead, work on establishing the following work habits: Keep clutter to a minimum. Schedule a few minutes each day to get rid of junk mail and old papers that build up. Set aside 15 minutes once a week to do a thorough sweep of clutter in your workspace. Minimize distractions. If you procrastinate by talking on the phone, set a time limit for each call. Also, learn to tactfully get rid of people who interrupt your work. Schedule... [read more]

Where Do You Keep Your Phone?

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Quick—where’s your smartphone right now? A survey from YouGov Omnibus asked that question of millennials and people in other age groups to determine how connected we are to our devices. The survey found that pants pockets are the most common location across all age ranges—58 percent of millennials, 39 percent of those age 35-54, and 44 percent of people 55 and older. But some people literally can’t let go. The survey found that more than 50 percent of millennials say... [read more]

Spring Cleaning: Do Fabrics First

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Fabrics that have absorbed a winter’s worth of dirt, body oil, and germs will need a deep cleaning to get them ready for another year of wear. That usually means using a carpet cleaner to shampoo carpets and clean upholstery. When renting a carpet cleaner, practice first in an unobtrusive area to make sure you have the knack of the machine and that the treatment won’t discolor fabrics or cause dyes to run. Move furniture just slightly—not out of the room or against the... [read more]

Silver Alerts

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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We’ve heard the term Amber Alerts often in the past few years, referring to children who are missing or taken from their families. But some in the Zoomer Community are advocating for a Silver Alert – an avenue to let the public know when a senior has gone missing, especially in the winter when they may be at higher risk of exposure. Do you think this is a good idea? We want to hear from you let us know at 416-360-0740 Toll free:1-866-740-4740 [read more]

Real estate trends 2017: Will Toronto prices catch up to Vancouver’s?

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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A new real estate forecast for Canada predicts ups and downs ahead in 2017: Vancouver will slump, the GTA will soar.   Real estate in Canada’s largest markets became increasingly unaffordable for many in 2016, and the spectre of a crash loomed. “The price of a home in Canada increased 13.0 per cent year-over-year to $558,153 in the fourth quarter of 2016 – the highest year-over-year national home price increase recorded in over a... [read more]

Are You Being Green or Greenwashed?

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Confused by green marketing and labels? You're not alone. What, exactly, does green mean? Green in general refers to the adoption of environmental management practices and products intended to minimize the damaging impact on the environment from resource depletion and pollution. Green does not refer to healthy living, like doing yoga. Green refers to how you get to the yoga studio (ie. in your gas guzzler or your electric car... assuming your electric car was manufactured and... [read more]

Now That’s A Tough CEO

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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A corporation brought in a tough new CEO to shake things up. Touring the facilities on his first day, the new CEO spotted a young man leaning against a wall while other employees were working hard around him. He marched up to the man. “You! How much do you make in a week?” Confused and alarmed, the young man stammered, “About $300.” “Here.” The new CEO pulled out his wallet and thrust $300 in cash at the man. “Go home, and don’t come... [read more]

Kick-Start Your Brain In The Morning

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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We've all heard that eating a good breakfast is important in the morning. Here are a few other aspects of a morning routine that can enhance your day, too: Have a happy thought. When you first wake up, even before you get up, think a happy thought. Think about what you're grateful for, or what you're looking forward to about the day. Ignore creeping doubts for now. Take deep breaths. The oxygen will fire up your neurons and enhance your mood. Stretching, yoga, or brief... [read more]

Try A Spending Fast

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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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. You may also find that you can... [read more]

The Link Between Stress And Stroke

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Stroke is a devastating experience in which blood is cut off from a part of the brain. It can have many contributing factors. One of them, physicians now say, is stress. According to the journal Stroke, researchers looked at medical records of more than 6,000 men and women who participated in a 16-year study. As part of the study, participants’ anxiety levels were measured. Over the course of time, 416 people suffered at least one stroke. The researchers determined that the risk of... [read more]

Old Age Is Great For Creativity

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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We sometimes think creativity is for young people. Children are endlessly imaginative, but the elderly are set in their ways. After all, we think, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” right? Consider this list of creative accomplishments by people who may have seemed to be past their prime: Goethe. The famous German poet finished part two of his masterpiece Faust shortly before his death in 1832, when he was 83. Arthur Rubenstein. This concert pianist performed at... [read more]

Second Career Ideas For Retirees

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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Millions of retirees are launching a second career in their 60s, 70s and even 80s. A whopping 74 percent of workers plan to get a new job after they retire, according to the annual retirement expectations survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Regardless of age or need, it's a tricky time to change careers. Even so, there are plenty of intriguing job sectors for retirees who want to put their hard-won expertise to work or try something completely different. Migrate your... [read more]

Benefits Of Rising Early

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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One of the easiest ways to improve your life might be simply resetting your alarm clock. Here are some of the benefits that early risers seem to have over night owls. A 2008 Texas University study showed that college students who identified themselves as "morning people" earned a full GPA point higher than those who called themselves "night owls." A Harvard biologist discovered that early risers are more proactive, and more likely to agree with the phrase "I... [read more]

Analyze Your Fear Of Finances

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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We’re all plagued with fears about many things, but money can be a source of persistent and all-consuming anxiety. Financial expert Suze Orman offers this advice for analyzing your fears about money: First, grab a pen and a piece of paper and write your thoughts down. Then read them out loud to yourself. Does your fear make sense to you? Is it connected to some past experience that you had, possibly in your childhood? Once you’ve made connections to your past and how it affects... [read more]

Analyze Your Fear Of Finances

Monday Jun 5th, 2017

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We’re all plagued with fears about many things, but money can be a source of persistent and all-consuming anxiety. Financial expert Suze Orman offers this advice for analyzing your fears about money: First, grab a pen and a piece of paper and write your thoughts down. Then read them out loud to yourself. Does your fear make sense to you? Is it connected to some past experience that you had, possibly in your childhood? Once you’ve made connections to your past and how it affects... [read more]

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