• 10 Worthy Staycations

    Feb 20, 2018

    Winter is undoubtedly cold and dark, but it can also be beautiful and fun. If you’re taking some time off this season, but can’t afford to travel, it’s time to embrace the staycation. To help you spice up the winter this year, Timbercreek brings you this list of ways to enjoy the season without leaving your postal code.

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    Unplug

    To have a really enjoyable and uninterrupted staycation, you need to unplug. Start with your phone, then move on to your laptop and tablet. If you want to do a full digital detox, disconnect from the internet too -- even Netflix. Turn off your phone ringer, set an auto email response, avoid the news, put away your devices, and let go -- you’ll be so glad you did. It’ll all be there when you get back to the grind.

    Movie Marathon

    Star Wars, James Bond, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter! Plan your own movie marathon at home. Get cozy on the couch with a pile of chips, dips, and drinks.

    Eat Out Or In

    A staycation is a great opportunity to eat out and try new restaurants near you. You can make a reservation, get dressed up and paint the town red. Or if you’re feeling cozy, call in for some take out, get delivery from your favourite places, or hit up services like UberEats to discover the best your area has to deliver. Treat yourself this staycation!

    Be a Bookworm

    Pick up a new novel and skip the heavy stuff. No economics or science please. Then kick back, clear your schedule, and dive headlong into storyland. The Huffington Post rounded up their favourite fiction titles of 2017 -- check it out here.

    Get the House Cleaned

    By this we mean for you; not by you. Getting your house cleaned is one of our top 5 best things to do for yourself. Pay a cleaning service to tackle every neglected nook and cranny of your kitchen, closet, and bathroom. It’ll feel like a new home.

    Rearrange

    There may be no better and cheaper way to transform your home, and break from your routine, than rearranging your furniture. It will breath new life into your space and maybe even help you relax.

    Hometown Tourist

    Pick a spot on the map -- a new neighbourhood, a restaurant, bar, or coffee shop you’ve never been to. It doesn’t have to be far, just new. Turn your city into a tourist destination without leaving its borders. You might fall in love with it again!

    Brew

    Brewing your own beer or wine can be really fun. It’s a great activity when you have some spare time at home. There are a few gear essentials to acquire, but with a bit of research, brewing is a great staycation activity.

    Play

    When’s the last time you picked up that guitar or struck a chord on the piano? Pick one new-to-you song, look it up online, and make a one-week goal to play it.

    Cook

    When you don’t have a million things to do, you can challenge yourself to try new things. Skip your standard meals and pick a few semi-difficult recipes to master. Hearty dishes like Boeuf Bourguignon, braised short ribs, or homemade pasta are all comforting winter meals with flare. Find a recipe or a recipe video, pick up or have your ingredients delivered, and get started.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you plan the best staycation ever. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Fun Family Day Ideas

    Feb 13, 2018

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    Family Day, a day for the little things, like hanging out with parents and grandparents, playing with your kids, seeing cousins, and otherwise making time for those most important people in your life. It’s also a small miracle during February, the “cruelest” month of the year, when Easter break is still months away. With this in mind, Timbercreek brings you a list of ideas for things to do on Family Day weekend this year.

    Snowsports

    Whether it’s skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing or tobogganing, skating or snowmobiling, there’s a winter activity out there to suit every locale and taste.  And yes, snowman making and snowball fights count too.

    A Walk in the Park

    Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t get outside. Every city in Canada has a quality park (or collection of them) worth strolling through on family day. Lace up your boots, throw on a parka, and get outside.

    See a Movie

    Perhaps #1 in the collective mind for a family day event, going to the movies is the perfect holiday hang. Get a jump on this popular activity by buying tickets online. Click here to find out what’s premiering in February.

    Art for Art’s Sake

    Whether you hate art or love it, galleries are guaranteed at the very least to be cool buildings to explore. They generally boast interesting architecture, history, art, fun and often free activities for kids, and a restaurant or cafe where you can grab breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    Concert

    While tricky to find genres and bands that satisfy the entire family’s musical tastes, a concert is a great way to enjoy some culture with the family. The symphony, an opera, or a ballet performance are also good options.

    See a Play

    From indie theatre to Fringe festivals, musicals to mainstage productions, a theatrical performance can be a fun way to spend an afternoon on family day.

    Movie Marathon

    Whether you’re a Trekkie, prefer The Wars, love the Matrix, or Finding Nemo, a movie trilogy is a killer way to entertain the entire family in one room.

    Family Cook-a-thon

    From smoking to grilling, braising to brining, there’s nothing more satisfying, time consuming, or fun for the whole family than cooking. Don’t just pick something easy -- explore slow cooking, making something from scratch, baking, or a new-to-you cuisine.

    Do Absolutely Nothing

    Family Day is a great opportunity to rest, enjoy the little things, and spend some time together. You don’t have to do anything special to make the most of the long weekend. Sometimes a quiet chill-out day is all it takes.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article gives you some ideas for how to spend your Family Day this year. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • February Home Checklist

    Feb 12, 2018

    February is a good time to get your home in order and tackle tasks and chores that will help you keep your life and space running smoothly. To help you keep your home fresh and tidy, Timbercreek brings you this February home checklist.

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    Clean Up Your Entryway

    This time of year, the front door is a magnet for mess. Salt, snow, mud, dirt, wet, and grime all converge like the plague. Get a wet weather mat for your dirty boots, and make space in your closet for snowsuits, heavy jackets, and accessories. Then give the floor and walls in the area a decent scrub. These are the first (and last) things you see in the house, so a tidy area makes a huge difference to the feel of your space.

    Recycle E-waste

    Collect all your old devices and accessories -- phones, ipads/tablets, TVs, DVD players, cables, batteries, headphones, and adapters -- and take them to your locale e-recycling depot. While not yet a mainstream part of regular city recycling pick up, it will be soon.

    Declutter your e-self

    While not specifically a home cleaning event, everyone has a pile of digital waste. Files, emails, notes, reminders, calendars, images, documents, old receipts -- it’s endless. With no real pressure to backup aside from losing all your data, it’s a clutter-creating epidemic. Take a couple hours to delete and back stuff up.

    Clean Out Your Freezer

    Cleaning out your freezer can seem like a thankless task. While annoying to do, cleaning out and even defrosting your freezer has multiple benefits. Unused frozen food takes up tons of space. Freezer burn is real and tastes bad. Freezer frost builds up over time and can cause odors and fridge leaking, not to mention reducing freezer space. The best way to clean out this often neglected part of the fridge is to take everything out, discarding anything you won’t use, unplug, toss in a pot of boiled water, steam, defrost, wipe or scrub, and voila.

    Paint an Accent Wall

    Winter blues got you down? Inject some colour into your space and your life with an accent wall. It’s an easy way to make a big impact. It might not seem like it, but winter is the perfect time to paint. Best part is, painting such a small area allows for experimenting with wild colors. And if you don’t like what you did, it’s just as easy to repaint.

    Book Summer Activities

    From campsites to resorts, flights to hotels -- stuff books up fast. Get ahead of the curve by diving into your summer vacation plans early. You’ll save on cash too. Check out more here.

    Timbercreek hopes that this list helps you reinvigorate your indoor space this winter. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Valentine's Day Desserts We Love

    Feb 07, 2018

    Valentine’s Day is a beacon of love, light and romance in the dark of February. From roses to wine, movies to dinner out, there’s one sure fire way to celebrate -- dessert! If you’re on the hunt for some sweet ideas for Valentine’s Day treats, Timbercreek brings you this list of our favourite desserts to make for someone special.

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    Belgian Brownie Cakelets

    If your sweetheart is sweet on brownies, these Belgian Brownie Cakelets will knock their socks off. The recipe makes about 12, meaning there’ll be lots of delicious leftovers to enjoy. They’re not difficult to make either -- if you can whisk, you can make these.

    Chocolate Covered Strawberries

    These little beauties are a stand-alone, practically-make-themselves dessert (melted chocolate + strawberries), and are guaranteed to win over that special someone. Find out more here.

    Coconut No-Bake Cookies (Vegan)

    Nothing says love like, well, coconut? This nine-ingredient dessert (coconut sugar, almond milk, cocoa powder, coconut oil, peanut butter, oats, and coconut) requires no oven to make. These bad boys are a cinch.

    Valentine’s Day Bark

    Line a baking sheet with wax paper, melt semi sweet chocolate and spread it on the paper in an even layer. Mix in whatever you love to pair with chocolate - sea salt, pretzels, sprinkles, white chocolate, cinnamon hearts, etc. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Check it out.

    Easy Vegan Truffles

    These 30-minute vegan chocolate truffles are a Valentine’s delight in a decadent dark chocolate shell. The perfect dessert for Valentine's Day, special occasions, or for no reason at all. See more.

    Tahini Stuffed Dates

    Though there’s nothing red in this one, it’s no less sweet and perfect for V-day. Fresh dates are pitted and filled with tahini, then dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with coconut and/or sesame seeds -- easy peasy. Read about it.

    Rose Strawberry Panna cotta

    This Panna Cotta is a stunning dessert made without gelatin and is suitable for vegetarians.The recipe is a teensy bit more involved, but will be a delight for your better half. Have a look here.

    Fancy Fortune Cookies

    For a little Valentine’s Day fun, buy a pack of premade fortune cookies (or make them from scratch if you’re brave), melt your favourite chocolate in the microwave or over a bain marie, dip, spread, or dribble in creative ways, let set in the fridge and voila -- a chocolatey fortune awaits!

    Valentine Mini Baked Doughnuts

    With a handful of ingredients, 30 minutes, and the willingness to get your hands dirty, these little doughnuts bake up quick and are the perfect Valentine’s Day surprise! Check it out here.

    Thumbprint Popsicles

    Popsicles? In winter? Yes! These little frosty treats deliver on taste and Valentine’s charm. Just make sure to eat them inside. Check it out.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article gives you some ideas to sweeten up your Valentine’s day. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.
  • Valentine's Day Game Plan

    Feb 06, 2018

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    Beyond the splendor and status quo, Valentine’s Day is all about showing people that you care. And despite what Hallmark and Laura Secord tell you, it doesn’t take that much. A bit of thought, a bit of planning, a bit of time, and a dash of action. To help you show that special someone you care, Timbercreek brings you a list of ways to wear your heart on your sleeve this Valentine’s Day.

    A Cooking Date (Where You Cook Together)

    Nothing says love like cooking. Making a dish for someone takes skill, time, thought, money, effort, and love. It doesn’t have to taste good, just make it and they will smile. See more.

    A Romantic Movie Night At Home

    Hanging out in the comfort of your home watching Netflix can be really fun. With infinite movies and TV series at your disposal, it’s a great and dirt cheap Valentine’s date option. Add some wine and cheese to make the evening feel special. Ideas here.

    Recreate your first date

    What could be more romantic than recreating your first date with your significant other? We love the idea and so will your sweetheart. If you had a simple first date (like going to a restaurant or a picnic in the park), recreate it with some added flare. For example, if you went to a restaurant, go back to the same one but pull out all the stops -- bring flowers, order wine, share your meal etc. If you had a simple picnic in the park, upgrade your menu with champagne and gourmet takeout from your favourite place, or make a masterful meal with some of these gourmet picnic recipes.

    Take a wine-and-paint class

    Wine-and-paint classes are popping up all over Canada for good reason -- they’re super fun! Treat your date to one this Valentine’s Day. This activity is especially great for first dates because there is a point of focus that helps take the pressure off. You don’t need to make much conversation with your date to have fun but the activity gives you something to talk about, you get to be creative, and a glass of wine never hurts when you’re trying to relax! Check out these other reasons why it’s a great date night plan.

    Museum/Art Gallery

    Whether you’re an art lover or a football junkie, it’s never a bad time to take in some culture. Show you care with some tickets to your favourite museum or art exhibit and make a romantic night of it. Find out.

    Breakfast in Bed

    Who doesn’t love breakfast, especially in bed? It’s the perfect treat for your partner this Valentine’s day. All the better if you make it a surprise! Check out more.

    The Gift of Service

    Do something for your loved one. Do the dishes, clean up, cook, do the laundry, make tea, fix a bike or car.  It can be simple or complex, but make it something they don’t absolutely love doing for extra impact.

    Go Bowling

    Sometimes bowling is not your first choice but it’s a good one! This is one date idea that no one ever thinks about. All the more reason this is a perfect non-Valentine-y Valentine's date that we highly recommend!

    Timbercreek hopes that this list inspires you to show your better half how you feel this Valentine’s Day. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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