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14 DIY Valentine's Day Gifts

Posted by Courtney C. on Thu, Feb 9, 2017

diy-valentines-day-gifts-wrapping-featured-image.pngValentine’s Day is just around the corner, and suddenly every store seems to be decked out in red and pink. Year after year, chocolates, flowers, and candy hearts continue to hold the top spots for go-to Valentine’s gifts.

If you’ve found yourself bored with the “same old thing”, tap into your creative side and try something new this year. Below, you’ll find 14 thoughtful and meaningful do-it-yourself gift ideas that can’t just be bought.

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Topics: seasonal, gift ideas

Combatting Cabin Fever

Posted by Courtney C. on Tue, Jan 24, 2017

combatting-cabin-fever-winter-window-featured-image.pngAside from getting your home ready for winter, you'll want to get yourself ready too. It's true that Alberta winters are not for the faint of heart, but thankfully there are some principles you can put into practice to help combat cabin fever.

You may even come to enjoy some of the tasks and activities the long winter months allow you to partake in! Here are a few ideas to keep you from singing the seasonal blues this winter and to take advantage of this season.

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Topics: seasonal, tips & tricks

How To Combat Blue Monday

Posted by Courtney C. on Tue, Jan 10, 2017

how-to-combat-blue-monday-featured-image.pngMany people see Mondays and old age the same way: you can’t avoid it, but that doesn’t mean you have to like it. In particular, the Monday of the last full week of January – called “Blue Monday” for short - is regarded by some health officials as the most depressing day of the year. This is based on a number of factors such as weather, failed resolutions, and post-holiday blues.

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Topics: seasonal, tips & tricks

Best DIY Christmas Decor

Posted by Courtney C. on Tue, Dec 20, 2016

best-diy-christmas-decor-wine-cork-tree-featured-image.pngIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! There's so much to love about Christmas: the excitement, the lights, and all of the time spent with family celebrating the deeper meaning of the holidays. You can get into the Christmas spirit and express your creativity in many (affordable!) ways when it comes to holiday decor.

You may see more and more extravagant light systems and giant inflatables when you’re checking out all the yards in your neighbourhood, but consider some of these equally impressive options you can make yourself.

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Topics: decor, seasonal

5 Delicious Holiday Cookie Recipes

Posted by Courtney C. on Tue, Dec 13, 2016

delicious-holiday-cookie-recipes-featured-image.pngFor true cookie lovers it seems there’s a cookie for every occasion: birthday, wedding, sunrise. During the holidays, if the recipe is good enough for a jolly gentleman in a funny suit who just wedged himself down his umpteenth chimney, it should figure prominently on your dessert tray. The question is, what kind should you make?

You could ask yourself which ones the cookie fan in the red suit would like; unfortunately, the answer is “any”.  Here are five simple yet scrumptious cookie recipes that might make his “top ten" list though.

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Topics: recipe, seasonal

Understanding Humidity in Your New Home

Posted by Jennifer G. on Fri, Dec 9, 2016

understanding-humidity-in-new-home-featured-image.pngThe Alberta winter is here. From a builder perspective, one of the biggest challenges we face is helping our customers understand humidity in the winter inside a brand new home.  New homes have freshly poured concrete that needs time to cure. The wood products used to build your home also expel moisture into the air in your home. This increases the humidity inside the home and is difficult to control over the first year or two. The condensation on windows will decrease as years pass.

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Topics: home maintenance, seasonal

How To Ho-Ho-Hold Your Holiday Spending

Posted by Courtney C. on Tue, Dec 6, 2016

how-to-ho-ho-hold-your-holiday-spending-locked-wallet-featured-image.pngWhile everyone celebrates the holidays in their own manner, one constant remains: you have to live within your means or pay the price. Heck, even Santa had to forego the GPS and rely on Rudolph’s nose to lead the way. That doesn’t mean you have to do without, though. With a little thought and creativity, you can spread the joy of the season without spreading your funds too thinly.

At this time of year, the saying “less is more” has never been truer...

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Topics: seasonal, gift ideas, tips & tricks

Halloween DIY Costumes

Posted by Jennifer G. on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

halloween-diy-costume-kids-dressed-up.pngHalloween is the perfect time to showcase your creativity. No need to head to the store and pick up a ready-made costume when you can save a few bucks and put together something unique and eye catching!

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Topics: seasonal, tips & tricks

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