• How to Cram for an Exam Like a Pro

    Nov 27, 2017

    There’s no doubt about it, exams can be stressful. Make it easier on yourself by adopting some time management and stress management techniques. While some people thrive under pressure, it’s best practice not to leave studying until the last minute. Make a plan and find a balance. Timbercreek Communities can’t take away the pressure of exams, but we can help you learn how to cram for an exam like a pro!

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    Go Somewhere Quiet

    Everyone is different and their study habits differ. Some students require absolute silence to study, while others prefer white noise or even background music. What’s most important is that you find or create a space where you can comfortably focus. You need enough room to arrange your notes and books, the right amount of light, and to be reasonably comfortable.

    Work Hard But Take Breaks

    It may seem counterintuitive, but studying as much a possible may be counterproductive. For long-term knowledge-retention, taking regular breaks is essential. Again, everyone is different, so you’ll need to find the right balance for you.

    Study With A Friend

    Studying with a friend or a group can be an effective tactic. You may have questions they can help answer, and answering other people’s questions can help you solidify your grasp on the subject matter. As long as the study session doesn’t become a social hangout session, it can be very effective. Make sure you stay focused for an agreed period of time -- you can socialize during scheduled breaks.

    Don’t Forget To Eat And Sleep

    It can be easy to convince yourself that you don’t have time to eat well or get the proper amount of sleep, after all you’re too busy studying! To function optimally you need to consume nutritious food, stay hydrated and well rested. Choose foods that improve focus and memory, drink plenty of water, and get the right amount of sleep.

    Caffeinate

    The effects of caffeine fall into the ‘everyone is different’ category. For some people, it sharpens focus and awareness and elevates their mood. For others, it can interfere with normal sleep habits and cause jitters. Observe how caffeine affects you personally, before you use it as a study aid, or rely on it for a cram session.  Even if it is effective for you, there is such a thing as too much.

    Timbercreek hopes these cramming tips help you hit the books effectively! To find your home in one of Timbercreek’s Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • School Supplies You Need For University And Where To Get Them

    Sep 07, 2017

    Back to school time is a mixed bag. It’s time to get back to the grind, but also time to see school friends and learn new things. If you want to be truly prepared for university you need the right school supplies. To help you make the right choices, Timbercreek brings you this list of what you need, and where to get it.

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    Laptop

    A laptop is pretty much essential for university. And depending on what kind of person you are (mac or pc) a new laptop is obtainable in a variety of ways. In-store: from the Apple store to Best Buy, Costco, university bookstores and mom and pop computer shops, you can find pretty much everything. Plus there’s the advantage of seeing what you’re buying, and talking to an actual human about the product. Online: from Amazon to the Apple store, Best Buy and more, pretty much everything in a store is available online - and with the advantage of having it delivered to your home. Used: from Craigslist to Kijiji and authorized Apple resellers, great deals can be found on used laptops. Be sure to do your due-diligence, but used machines can often save you half the price of a new one.

    Backpack

    From designer bags to walmart no-name brands, backpacks and rucksacks are everywhere. The trick is finding that unicorn mix of affordability and quality. But don’t think too hard - one of the best and easiest options is scrolling through the stock of Mountain Equipment Co-op. Durable, affordable, and available in a variety of models and price points, it’s a Canadian-made option that doesn’t disappoint.

    Notebooks

    There are a few things the dollar store really nails: one of them is school supplies. While you won’t necessarily get the best pens on the planet, their notebooks are great.They’ve got different colors, sizes, line widths, dividers, no dividers, holes for integration with binders - they’re hard to beat. And they’re cheap.

    Pens, pencils, highlighters

    There’s a whole lot you can get for cheap at the dollar store. But other excellent options include Canadian Tire, art supply stores like Currys, Deserres, as well as long time office supply giant, Staples.

    Printer

    Common office supply stores and online shopping hubs generally stock the largest supply of printers and printer gear (Staples, The Source, Best Buy, Amazon, etc.), but they can also be found at university bookstores and small computer shops. The main point to consider with printers is the cost-use ratio. While cheap up front, standard ink/bubble jet printers have a lifespan of a year if you’re lucky, and laser versions are pricey, while ink and maintenance for all is a costly pain. A lot of times using a local print shop, Kinkos, or the university bookstore is cheaper and more convenient in the long run.

    Timbercreek hopes this list of school supplies and where to get them helps you find what you need for university this year. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Make Your Own: DIY Frappuccinos

    Aug 22, 2017

    Who doesn’t love a Starbucks frappuccino? They’re totally addictive! They’re also totally expensive and a frappuccino habit can add up quickly. Save your wallet and make them at home! With some coffee and a bit of DIY ingenuity, Timbercreek will show you how to whip up your own frappucinos with ease.

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    Caramel Frappuccino

    With a blender, ice cubes, coffee, milk, and some caramel sauce, you can whip up a pretty convincing caramel frappucino. Toss a cup of ice cubes, 2 shots of espresso, a half cup of milk, a tablespoon of caramel sauce and 3 tbsp of caramel syrup into a blender and pulse for 30 seconds or to taste. Once done, serve, and garnish with whipped cream and drizzle with more caramel sauce. A great addition that will help thicken the drink is xanthan gum. Never heard of it? It’s a mix of fermented glucose and sucrose that is used widely as a thickening agent. It’s available at most healthfood stores.

    Smores Frappuccino

    To make a frappuccino that will bring back sweet summer camp memories, try this Smores Frappuccino recipe. As with all Frappuccino drinks, brew up a couple shots of espresso, or a strong cup of drip coffee and let cool. Have ice cubes on hand, as well as a 1/2 cup of whipping cream, 1/2 a cup of fluff, and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar graham crackers, and some milk of your choice. Whip the cream until you get soft peaks, add the fluff and continue whipping until you get hard peaks, add sugar, and put in the fridge until ready. Crush graham crackers (1-2 per frappuccino or to taste), then assemble. Use the blender method described above or pour coffee over ice and top with fluff/whipped cream garnish.

    Unicorn Frappuccino

    While difficult to make DIY style, Stabucks’ rarefied and mythical unicorn frappucinos are doable at home. Brew your coffee, let cool, and have ice cubes in the freezer, as well as a cup of milk, ¼ cup heavy cream, and 2 tbsp mango syrup. For the Blue Drizzle Sauce, blend ½ cup white chocolate morsels, 2 tablespoons blue raspberry sour powder topping or crushed up Warhead candies, and 2 tablespoons of milk. Blend all ingredients, drizzle blue sauce down the sides of your frappuccino cup, add blended coffee, and top with whipped cream and sour powder. It’s tough to get this one exact, but there’s lots of room for creativity and it will taste great no matter what.

    Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino

    This one is pretty straightforward. Start with a base of coffee, ice, and milk. To this add ¼ cup of vanilla ice cream, 2 strawberries (per frappuccino), 2 tbsp strawberry syrup, and if desired, ⅛ tsp xanthan gum for thickener. Blend your ingredients, top with whipped cream, and voila, you’ve got a delicious Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino.

    With the basic frappuccino recipe, and your choice of other flavours like mocha, vanilla, green tea, or cinnamon dolce, amazing DIY frappuccinos are possible. Timbercreek hopes this list helps you save big without sacrificing your favourite drinks! For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Canadian Brands We Love

    Aug 21, 2017

    Canadian style is not just flannels and parkas (not that there’s anything wrong with those). We’re pretty chic, despite the stereotypes. Timbercreek wants to help you show your national pride, and look good doing it, with some Canadian brands we love.

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    Peace Collective

    Peace Collective has a flagship store for their clothing brand on Ossington Avenue in Toronto. Known mostly for their minimalist black and white graphic tees, they are an offshoot of the Peace Foundation.

    East Coast Lifestyle

    East Coast Lifestyle is about being proud of where you’re from. They give people the opportunity to wear their East Coast heart on their sleeve.  Created in 2013 as an undergrad venture-creation class at Acadia University, the brand has moved into the real world in a real way.

    Lululemon

    Since its inception in 1998 (by the now infamous Chip Wilson) Lululemon has seen exponential growth. The athletic apparel company best known for their amazing leggings (and perhaps second best known for its strange and sordid history) has legions of loyal customers. Their flagship store is located on Robson Street in Vancouver.

    Hudson’s Bay Company

    The history of the Hudson’s Bay Company dates back to 1670! It is the oldest incorporated merchandising company in the English-speaking world. Today, HBC is a premium brand and retailer with a flagship store at 160 Yonge Street in Toronto and retail locations across the country.

    Herschel Supply Co.

    Named after the founder’s grandparents hometown of Herschel, Saskatchewan, The Herschel Supply Co. was established in 2009 and is based in Vancouver B.C. Today they are one of the most popular accessory brands in the country.

    Livestock

    Livestock first opened its doors in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood in 2004. It began as a popular footwear store. With four brick and mortar locations from Toronto to Vancouver, it has become one of Canada’s top apparel and footwear destinations.

    Roots

    The Roots beaver logo is as Canadian as it gets. The company has designed and produced high quality clothing and accessories in Toronto since first opening their doors in 1973. Their stores can now be found in most major cities across the country, including Roots Central in The Eaton Centre.

    Sorel

    Now headquartered in London, Ontario, Sorel was originally headquartered in Quebec and made in Canada. Founded by the Kaufman Rubber Company in 1962 they have become a staple brand of quality footwear for Canadians.

    MEC

    Canada’s largest supplier of outdoor equipment, MEC, has 16 stores across the country. They originally catered only to mountaineers but have since broadened their appeal to include outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Their original store is on Broadway Street in Vancouver, B.C.

    Timbercreek hopes that these brands help you show off your Canadian style. To find your home in one of Timbercreek’s Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Small Space Home Offices

    Jul 24, 2017

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    The home office is becoming more of a must have than ever. Whether you work from home full-time, telecommute a few days a week, or you just want to have a space to sit and work on creative projects -- a home office is just what you need. Even if you don’t have the luxury of a full spare room to dedicate as a home office, you still have a lot of options. Timbercreek is here to help you explore some cool ideas for small space home offices.

    Floating shelves

    Floating shelves are simply amazing. They provide a simple and clean way to create a workspace without taking up too much space or making your space feel heavy. A folding chair, kitchen chair or even a yoga ball can be the perfect seat when you need one, and more importantly a seat that you can put away when you don’t.

    Don't Overlook Corners

    You don’t need a spare room to create a home office. All you need to do is get a bit creative with how you use your current space. Take advantage of every square inch and leave no stone unturned in your search for free space. Check every corner. A spare corner can be the perfect spot to set up shop.

    Don’t Be Overwhelmed

    The idea of a big, old-fashioned dark wood desk that you can put your feet up on may be appealing in your mind, but can be quite imposing in your home - even if you have the space for it. Opt for light-coloured, modern furniture that won't overwhelm.

    Office With A View

    Whether you are writing a novel or doing data-entry, it’s nice to be able to look up from your computer screen and stare off into the distance. It’s good for your eyes to take a break, too. Follow the 20-20-20 rule. To prevent eye strain, every 20 minutes look up from the screen and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Setting up a small desk or folding table in front of a bedroom window is a great way to give yourself an office with a view.

    Closet Office

    Even if you have a spare room to dedicate to a home office, you may want to consider creating a closet office instead. When your work day is done, simply close the closet door and separate your work and home life. Plus, you still have a spare room for guests or a second bedroom.

    Your friends at Timbercreek hope that these productive ideas for small space home offices help to increase your productivity without overly decreasing your living space.

    To find your home in one of Timbercreek’s Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • The Importance Of Tenant Contents Insurance

    Jul 05, 2017
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    Tenant contents insurance is an often overlooked necessity. The Toronto Star claims “contents insurance is something most renters don’t put too high on their list of priorities.” The Insurance Bureau of Canada says that as of 2011 only half of all renters had it. Many renters don’t bother to get it because it amounts to an extra bill. Timbercreek understands the importance of tenant contents insurance, and hopes you’ll take these factors into consideration when it comes to protecting yourself and your belongings.

    It Protects Your Stuff

    One of the main reasons to get tenant contents insurance is it helps you to replace your things if they are damaged or destroyed in your home. While mementos and collectible items may be irreplaceable, most other things we have are. Most people think that their belongings aren’t worth insuring but that’s usually not the case. Imagine coming home after work or a party to find all your clothes gone, bed and sheets no longer there, even dishes, cutlery, spare towels, shoes, gym stuff, laptop, the works?  That’s a big bill to cover. While the likelihood that it would all disappear or be destroyed at once is small, that’s exactly what fires and floods do, robberies too.

    Landlords Have A Right To Ask For It

    Barrie-based paralegal April Stewart says contents insurance isn’t required under Ontario’s Residential Tenancies Act. However, landlords do have the right to insist on seeing proof of insurance prior to accepting a tenant or a sublet. This law is almost motivation enough to get it.  Having insurance works in your favour when you are looking for a new place in a competitive market like Toronto or Vancouver. Learn more here.

    You Could Be Liable

    If a fire starts in your apartment through a fault of your own, you could be liable for damage to your apartment, and any others that might be affected.  While it’s the law for landlords to provide smoke alarms for tenants, and have varying levels of general house insurance, that doesn’t mean it’ll cover you if something happens. Consider too that if a fire starts in your apartment that isn’t your fault, but you don’t have your smoke alarm on, active, powered up, etc., then you might be held responsible even though the fire was caused by a purely mechanical or age related problem in your home.

    You probably didn’t know that if someone hurts themselves inside your home, there’s a chance you could be held responsible. While friends wouldn’t (likely) sue for tripping on the carpet, some random person at a party, the internet guy, a neighbour who needs something, a student, or a friend of a friend might. While chances are slim, depending on your lifestyle and frequency of entertaining, being covered for this eventuality is a plus.

    Living Expenses Coverage

    Many contents insurance plans have a provision for extra living expenses (like hotels, rent, food, etc.) in the event of a fire or accident that forces you out of your home. Typically you will get up to 20 percent of the contents amount if there is a fire and if you have to leave the building. Having to find a place to stay in the aftermath is not fun -- another reason to consider contents insurance.  Read more here.

    Timbercreek hopes this article gives you some valuable insight into tenant contents insurance for renters. For a generally small fee you can protect yourself and your belongings, and have some piece of mind. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • The Style Guide for Men

    Jun 20, 2017

    iStock-543360184Some people say that clothes make the man. We wouldn't go that far, but taking a little interest in your personal style can certainly have an impact on how others see you and boost your self confidence. It can be difficult to know where to start, so Timbercreek Communities has put together a style guide for men. Try it on for size!

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    Most people have a tendency to hang on to old clothing items “just in case” they'll need them later. You won’t. If you haven’t worn it during the past year, chances are you won’t wear it this year either. Do some late season spring closet cleaning and throw out or give away anything you haven’t worn in over a year. It will de-clutter your closet and free up space for the new or old items that you actually wear.

    Step Into Some Colour

    Fact: there are more shoe colours than brown and black. So go ahead guys, have a little fun with colour! If you are uncertain about what colour shoes to wear with what colour pants, this handy reference chart takes the guess work and memorization out of the equation.

    Gym Shoes Are For The Gym

    Speaking of shoes, remember this: gym shoes are for the gym. Sure they’re more comfortable but nothing dresses you down more quickly than trudging around town in gym shoes. Invest in a comfortable walking shoe. Your feet and your fashion sense will thank you.

    Scope Out A Fashion Show

    If you’re looking for some guidance to step up your style, you don’t need to fly to New York, Paris or Milan to attend a fashion show. Flip through a slideshow of images from a men’s fashion show online, or browse some street style photos. You might just be inspired by the latest trends.

    Clean Your Wallet Out Regularly

    A big, bulky wallet is bad for your back, uncomfortable to sit on, and cumbersome to carry around. It can can also throw off the lines of your clothing. Just as you do with your closet, make sure you clean out your wallet regularly and lose anything you don’t use. You’ll feel a little a lighter and more streamlined.

    Timbercreek hopes this style guide for men helps you look and feel your best. To help find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Top 4 Apps for New Year’s Resolutions

    Jan 23, 2017

    Making New Year’s resolutions is pretty easy, but not keeping them can be even easier! Before you give in, you should know that there’s an app for that. Check out our top picks in today’s blog post.
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    Clear up some brain space

    Whether you’re committing to a healthy new grocery list or a project with your coworkers, sticking to your resolution is going to require a place to save and share ideas, reminders or lists. We love apps that clear brain space. They help you get things done in an organized way without having to remember much. If this sounds like a dream come true, check out Evernote and OneNote.

    Watching your wallet?

    For money-related New Year’s resolutions, Mint is a must. We love this app because it connects all of your accounts, credit cards, loans, bills, etc., in one place, providing you with a more honest view of the money that you do (or do not) have. Create savings goals, budgets and overspending alerts to keep yourself financially focused for the next 12 months.

    My Fitness Pal

    What more could you wish for than a healthier, happier 2017? There are a ton of different apps to choose from when it comes to monitoring your health and fitness goals. My Fitness Pal is our top pick because of its extensive food log, making calorie counting super easy. You can also use My Fitness Pal to track your exercise, helping you stick to your workout schedule.

    Don’t go it alone! Download an app that can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions all year long, Timbercreek’s amazing apartment communities are located in several provinces across the country. For more information, please visit our website today. 

  • Easy & Reversible Ways to Add Style to Your Bathroom...This Weekend!

    Jan 11, 2017

    Your bathroom is one of the most regularly used rooms in your apartment so why not make it your own? Adding a touch of style to your bathroom can be easy to do and completely reversible (in case you want to switch things up in the future). Get started this weekend with one of these creative bathroom decorating hacks.

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    Put Up a Stylish Shower Curtain

    A new shower curtain can add a little personality to any bathroom, no hard hat or tools required. Pick up an affordable curtain from your local department store, or go big with a unique curtain created by an independent artist on Etsy.

    Add a Statement Rug/Bath Mat

    You’ll thank yourself for finally adding some style to your bathroom each and every time you walk into the room or step out of your shower. Save yourself a trip to the store, and a few extra dollars, with a fun and affordable DIY bath mat project.

    Arrange Some Art

    Sometimes it’s more about the arrangement than the art. Just about anything can look stylish when arranged and hung creatively. Consider a cool gallery-style display using ceramics you already have on hand, or mimic this creative arrangement made with postcards

    Get a Plant

    We recommend plants that are happy in humidity and fine without direct sunlight. Favourites include the Boston Fern, a Spider Plant or bamboo, each of which offer their own unique aesthetic and air-freshening capabilities.

    Store Things in Style

    What’s better than functional decor, especially in the bathroom? Create a stylish storage box that’s both full of character and completely practical, or try one of these witty ways of storing toilet paper.

    Give your bathroom the love it deserves with a mini makeover. Start this weekend with one of today’s home styling tips that are easy and reversible. For more information about spacious Timbercreek Communities apartments, please visit our website

  • 8 Perfect Gifts for your Roommate

    Dec 16, 2016

    Roommates have been there day in and day out, whether they wanted to be or not, and you couldn’t have gotten through it all without them. Make the holidays your time to say thank you, starting with one of these clever gifts!

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    Key holder

    A key holder can be a useful gift for a roommate who’s always losing their keys. If you’re the one who seems to be losing things the most, give this communal gift as a promise that you’ll take more care.

    Shave Subscription

    An electric shaver is a lame Christmas gift. A Shave Subscription is an awesome Christmas gift. Give your roommate the gift that keeps on giving with high-quality blades sent each month, perfectly on cue.

    Great Power Great Electricity Bill Crewneck Sweater

    Does your roommate often forget to turn off the lights? Tell him or her how you really feel with this hilarious sweater.

    Beard Bib

    No more little hairs all over the bathroom sink, a Beard Bib guarantees cleanliness, plus hilarious photos.

    TubShroom The Revolutionary Tub Drain Protector

    Hair in the shower drain belongs high up on the list of Worst Roommate Pet Peeves. Who knew the solution to this endless struggle would be just $12.99 on Amazon?

    Hair Tie Bracelet Cuff

    A Hair Tie Bracelet Cuff may sound crazy, but it totally makes sense. Anyone with long hair can attest -- it’s annoying getting wrist dents because of tight hair ties. This bracelet keeps your hair tie stylishly handy without any uncomfortable indentations.  

    Wireless Earbud Headphones

    Tired of your roomie complaining about your loud music? Wireless Earbud Headphones have a tangle-resistant design and cords that hang comfortably behind the neck.   

    Candle Lovers

    If you’re looking for a gift that you and your roommate will enjoy, gift a candle this holiday season. Choose a seasonal scent like Frosted Cranberry or Marshmallow Fireside. This gift gives back, making your apartment smell like a cozy winter wonderland.

    Say thanks to the gal or guy with one of these creative roomie gifts. For more information about Timbercreek Communities Apartments, simply visit our website

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