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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

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

Do You Feel Guilty About Debt? Don't!

Posted by Jennifer G. on Thu, Nov 24, 2016

feel-guilty-about-debt-couple-featured-image.pngOne of the most difficult things we face in everyday life is debt. Unless one has been very fortunate, we all have at least some form of debt, be it a credit card, a student loan, or even repayment of a personal loan we borrowed from a friend. As frustrating and daunting as it is to carry debt, it is certainly not uncommon, and you are not alone.

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Topics: mortgage and financial, 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

Home Hacks: Halloween Home Decor

Posted by Courtney C. on Tue, Oct 11, 2016

halloween-decor-ideas-pumpkin-lanterns.jpgWith Halloween just around the corner, now is the time to start dressing up your home to get in on the fun and delight your neighbourhood trick or treaters! We brought you some fun Halloween decor ideas last year and thought we needed to give you some new ones.

You don’t need to break the budget with larger-than-life inflatables, smoke and lights to make your decor a spooky success. Check out these simple and effective Halloween home hacks and you’ll be ready for the big day in no time!

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Topics: seasonal, tips & tricks

The Best of the Low Maintenance Pets

Posted by Courtney C. on Thu, Oct 6, 2016

low-maintenance-pets-kittens.pngWanting a pet but not quite ready to dive in and make that commitment? What about considering an easy, low maintenance pet to start out with!? Take a look at what we've come up with as the best "starter" pets out there. 

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Topics: tips & tricks

How to Baby Proof Your Home

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

baby-proof-home-baby-with-hat.pngWith regard to safety, bringing your new bundle of joy home is definitely an event to prepare for. A minor oversight could lead to the destruction of everything in your home (everything that sits below knee-height, anyway) or worse, an injury. 

Although you might be inclined to wait until your baby starts crawling, it's actually much smarter to start baby-lockdown well before that point. An accident can happen at any time (even if your baby hasn't reached the crawling stage), and being proactive now will greatly reduce the chances of one occurring.

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Topics: tips & tricks

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