• Do You Commute? Maximize It by Doing Something Productive!

    Mar 21, 2017

    Do you commute? Maximize it by doing something productive! Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions to help get you started.

    iStock-617357346Learn Something New

    You can use your commute to expand your general knowledge base, learn a new language or upgrade your skills. There are variety of informative podcasts, audiobooks and courses you can download to your phone and listen to in your car, on the train, or anywhere else. The Great Courses is an excellent resource available in both audio and video formats. Obviously, do not choose video courses for driving.

    Reach out

    Commuting in your car with a hands free device, can be the perfect time to connect with a friend, make a private phone call, or get that service call out of the way. You may not mind spending all that time on hold, if you can’t go anywhere anyway. When was the last time you called your parents?

    Plot and Plan

    Use this time to plan out what you want to accomplish. This can mean creating a to-do list for the day, or maybe a strategy for how to advance in your current job. Maybe you’ve been thinking of starting your own business -- use this time to come up with a business plan. If you are driving, use a voice memo app instead of taking notes.

    Exercise

    One of the best ways to make your commute more productive is to move instead of sit. As a society we sit way too much. It’s actually shortening our lifespan! If you are located close enough to the office or school to walk or bike, you should. Whether that means biking to the subway or all the way to your destination, it will do your body good. If you don’t own a bike and are on a budget, check out Canadian Tire -- they have a great selection of durable and stylish budget bikes.

    Meditate

    Meditation is something everyone can benefit from, but few make time for. If you’re going to sit for an extended amount of time in your daily commute, close your eyes, breathe deep and put your travel time to good use with meditation. We know what you’re thinking but you can meditate almost anywhere, even a busy subway car. This article will introduce you to the basics of meditation, so you can get started today.

    Timbercreek Communities wishes you a more productive and more satisfying commute.

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  • How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

    Mar 20, 2017

    An effective way to simplify your life is to start with your closet by building a capsule wardrobe. It’s not a physical structure -- you won’t need any tools, other than some organizational skills and the ability to let go. Building a capsule wardrobe is a way of living and dressing with less. Getting rid of everything that you don’t need can help you see what you actually do need. Timbercreek Communities is here to guide you as you build a capsule wardrobe.

    iStock-531071598Take Inventory

    Before you can simplify and reorganize your wardrobe into a streamlined capsule, you’ll have to take stock of what you have. This means everything -- clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories.  It may get a little messy, or a lot messy, but don’t worry, this is only step one. Place all of it on your bed, pile it up, if it’s all on your bed you will be motivated to get through it and when it’s all over, it's over. Really look at all of it, all that you have spent and acquired.

    Sorting

    The next step is to sort everything you have into categories. It may feel overwhelming but you’ll feel better once it’s done. Go through everything, piece by piece, and place it into one of four categories: love; maybe; donate and trash. The love pile is for items that fit you well and you wear frequently, because you love them! Maybe is for items you want to hold onto, even if you don’t know why. Donate is for items that you don’t wear -- they don’t fit you or your life. Trash is for items that are in poor condition and have simply run their course.

    Second glance

    After you have bagged up the ‘donate’ and ‘trash’ piles, it’s time to take a second pass. Go through the ‘love’ and ‘maybe’ piles again, and try on some of the remaining items. Have you worn any of these items in the last six months? Can you see yourself wearing any of them in the next 6 months? Would you buy this item today? If the answer is “no”, add these items to your ‘donate’ bag.

    Choose your capsule

    It’s time to choose the 30 items or so that will make it into your capsule (33 if you want to follow the Project 333 protocol). You can make a capsule for each season, and some of your favourite items may overlap across several of your seasonal capsules. Use this collection of your favourite go-to items to mix and match all season long and seriously declutter your closet. Box up the remaining items that you have decided to keep until it’s time to create the capsule for next season.

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  • Things Most People Don't Do When They Travel

    Mar 14, 2017

    Going somewhere that have never been means that you are forced to break your routine and live a little more in the present. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you make the most of these precious and special times. Here are a few things most people don’t do when they travel (but you should)!

    Plan Not to Overplan

    Many travellers have a list of the things they need to see and do during their stay and wind up with a rigid, jam-packed schedule that keeps them as busy on vacation as they are back at home. A trip should be relaxing, so keep your plans light and leave room for discovery. You may even want to plan a whole day with no plans. Let yourself slow down, look around and really explore where you are.

    Talk to the Locals

    If you only see the major tourist spots when you travel, you aren’t going to get a feel for what the destination is really like. The way to truly discover what your destination has to offer is to talk to people who live there and see if they have any recommendations. If you aren’t comfortable talking to strangers, do some online research before you leave and while you’re there. You’re bound to find some local secrets.

    iStock-517349086Use Public Transportation or Walk

    If your destination has a solid public transportation system, use it. Resist the urge to hop in a cab everywhere you go. If you do use a taxi remember that the driver is also a local resident, so ask them some questions about the area. Using public transportation is a great way to experience your destination like the locals do. If the place you’re in is walkable, that’s even better.

    Keep a Journal

    A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it’s still worth jotting down a few of those words in a travel journal. At the end of the day, each day, write down a few highlights and how they made you feel. A travel log can be so much more meaningful and personal than pictures alone.

    Do Something That Scares You

    Travelling is your chance to step outside of your comfort zone and try something you may not try at home. This does not mean taking unnecessary or dangerous risks. Even a small risk can be exhilarating, not to mention teach you something about yourself and what you are capable of.

    Happy (and safe) travels from Timbercreek Communities. We hope you have a great adventure.

    To find your home in one of the many Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please see our website.
  • 5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Toronto

    Mar 13, 2017

    iStock-509231054Grab your green clothes and get ready to celebrate, because everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day! The big day is Friday, March 17th and Timbercreek Communities is here to help with 5 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto!

    St Patrick's Day Céili

    Experience a modern take on an old Irish tradition at the Hart House St. Patrick’s Day Céili (kay-lee). There will be live music by Ena O’Brien and headliners The O’Deadly’s, plus guided folk dancing and plenty of food and drink inspired by all things Irish. All ages are welcome. Get your tickets now for only $10.

    St Patrick’s Day Party at Steam Whistle Brewery

    Steam Whistle Brewery gets even greener with their annual St Patrick’s Day Party. Enjoy a drink and some traditional food courtesy of the Irish Embassy Pub. Enjoy entertainment from Irish Dancers, live music by Brogue, Scantily Plaid & Fresh Eire. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) with proceeds supporting the Achilles St-Patrick’s Day 5k Run/Walk.

    Grand Marshal Ball

    If you’re looking for a more formal, fancy and elegant experience this St. Patrick’s Day, check out the Grand Marshal Ball at Casa Loma. There will be traditional Irish dancers, live players and a DJ at this special and exclusive event. Tickets will sell out well in advance and are not available at the door. Ticket requests must be made by email to info@StPatricksToronto.com, request your ticket today!

    St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    Enjoy a late night St. Patrick’s Day event on March 17th, rest and recover on Saturday, and watch the Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday! It begins at 12 noon at the corner of Bloor and St. George, travels east on Bloor, then south down Yonge Street to Queen, and finishes off at Nathan Phillips Square.

    Stay Home and Celebrate

    If St. Patrick’s Day crowds aren’t your idea of fun, you can have a quiet celebration at your Timbercreek home. Bake some Steak and Irish Stout Pies and enjoy some St Patrick’s Chocolate Mint Cheesecake Bars for dessert for a delicious, non-traditional night in.

    Happy St. Paddy’s Day from Timbercreek Communities! We hope you enjoy a fun and festive weekend. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities in Toronto, please visit your website.

  • March Break in Montreal

    Mar 07, 2017

    March Break in Montreal is the perfect time for a bit of wintertime fun and excitement. Timbercreek Communities has some ideas to help you have an amazing March Break in Montreal.

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    Hit the Slopes

    Let’s face it, the winters can be harsh here, but don’t hide away and hibernate! Embrace your environment and enjoy ski and snowboard season. The Laurentians region is the closest ski destination to Montreal and home to Mont Tremblant, voted the best overall resort in Eastern North America by Ski Magazine for the last 19 years. It’s a great place to visit, whether you plan to be on or off the slopes, and is less than a 2 hour drive from Montreal.

    Nuit Blanche and Montréal en Lumière

    Montréal en Lumière is on now until March 11th. It’s a celebration of food, fun, wine, winter and lights. The highlight of the festival is Nuit Blanche on Saturday, March 4th. The party goes until 6am on Sunday March 5th! It draws 350,000 people for a mostly free night of over 200 cultural, culinary, arts and just plain fun activities. Not to be missed!

    Underground Art in the Underground City

    If you need some relief from the cold, you're in luck! Montreal is home to the underground city and from March 4th to March 11th you can revel in the creative and thermal energy underground, during Art Souterrain. It’s a 7 km underground circuit featuring 107 contemporary art projects.

    Jazz it Up

    Jazz is not a fairweather friend in Montreal. You don’t have to wait until the summer Jazz Fest to enjoy some live. Get your fix from March 18th to 25th at Jazz en Rafale, a mini festival during the last weekend of winter and the first weekend of spring.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities in Quebec, please visit our website. Timbercreek offers several residence options in the Montreal area including: Cote St-Luc, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Montreal Downtown and Southshore, Pointe Claire, St. Laurent and Verdun.

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