• Black Friday: How to Navigate the Crowds

    Nov 06, 2017

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    Black Friday is considered the beginning of Christmas shopping season, with major retail stores offering huge promotional sales. Since 2005 it’s been the busiest shopping day of the year! The name originally referred to the blackout of car and pedestrian traffic in city centers caused by post-Thanksgiving shopping. If you’re ready to brave the shopping storm, Timbercreek has a list of ways to navigate the Black Friday crowds like a pro this year.

    Make a List Prior to Going Shopping

    Narrowing down a set list of what you want or need can cut your shopping time in half, and reduce the amount of time you wait in lines and dodging wide-eyed shoppers. This is tough to do; one of the things with flash sales like Black Friday is not knowing exactly what will be on sale. While almost every retailer advertises incessantly before Black Friday, they still like to draw shoppers into their brick and mortar locations by offering surprise sales on items only available in-store. Stay strong, stick to your list and save yourself a headache this year.

    Don’t Take the Kids

    Let’s face it; your kids slow you down. In retail stores where space is tight and hordes of people race through the aisles and checkout lines, keeping track of your kids can be a nightmare. It might be best to shop solo on Black Friday. Even if you’re picking up items specifically for your kids, it’s easier to do it with them safely and happily at home.

    Arrive Early

    Showing up in the mid-afternoon or early evening on Black Friday is near-insanity. At the very least, you’ll be looking at empty shelves, and crowded aisles. Show up early and beat the rush. Stores tend to open even earlier on Black Friday. You might have to wait in entrance lines, but you’ll generally run into fewer people and have a better chance at snagging the items you want.

    Shop Online

    Avoid the Black Friday crowds by skipping the madness! While Cyber Monday seems like it has the online side of retail sales more or less wrapped up, Black Friday is pretty much the same. Most of the promotions and products you’ll find in the store will also be available online, and as always with e-commerce, there’s no need to negotiate crowds, deal with cash, or worry about getting your purchase home.

    Want to avoid the masses on Black Friday? We hope these tips from Timbercreek help you make the most of your shopping experience. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 2017 Be Home Free Winner is...

    Nov 01, 2017

    We want to send a big thank you to everyone who signed a lease during our contest and helped make it a success!

    Congratulations to Erich & Alyssa, the winners of the free rent for a year Grand Prize in our ‘Be Home Free’ contest!

    Thank you to all who participated in our Be Home Free contest! Stay tuned for our next contest.


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  • Movember: How to Participate

    Nov 01, 2017

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    Movember has grown from 30 Mo Bros in 2003 to over 5 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to date. It’s the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, addressing not only prostate cancer, but testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Independent of government funding, the Movember organization challenges the status quo and invests quicker in what works. In 13 years Movember has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world. Timbercreek wants you to support this worthy cause so here are a few ways you can get involved with Movember this fall.

    Grow a Moustache

    Growing a moustache and collecting donations is the easiest way to show your support. To get started, simply sign up at the Movember website and create your own custom page. Then, start growing. You’ve got 30 days to grow your best Tom Selleck or Lanny McDonald, during which time you can fundraise for donations to support the cause. Learn more here.

    Create Your Own Event

    Can’t grow a stache? No problem. You can still get involved by creating your own fundraiser. How you fundraise is up to you and almost anything is possible. Plan your event, sign up and create a free page on the Movember site, and put the word out. Check out more here.

    Host an Event

    Whether it’s a golf tournament, band night, or a dinner party – this Movember, get friends and colleagues together to raise funds, make some noise, and stop men from dying too young. It doesn’t have to be big -- just make it bold. Find out more here.

    Donate

    If you don’t want to host, think up an event, or grow out your stache, you can always donate. You can also organize an employee matching donation program in your business or office, encouraging your organization to widen its reach. Find out more.

    Join an “Industry Challenge”

    During Movember, join one of many Industry Challenges to compete with other fundraisers in your work sector and around the country. There are prizes and rewards on offer, plus the chance to claim bragging rights for a year. Check out the Industry Challenges that were on offer in 2016 here.

    Timbercreek hopes this article inspires you to support Movember this year. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Eco-friendly Cleaning Product Brands We Love

    Oct 30, 2017

    We all want to live in a clean home, yet many household cleaners can contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to the environment and our health. Luckily there are many cleaning products on the market today that do the job without the unwanted harmful ingredients. To help you clean and stay green, Timbercreek Communities created this shortlist of eco-friendly cleaning product brands we love.          

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    Nature Clean

    The Canadian based company Nature Clean offers a full line of products for all your cleaning needs. They are all non-toxic, biodegradable and effective. All of their products are also suitable for households with allergies as they are made without wheat, gluten, dairy or nuts.

    Ecover

    Ecover has been making eco-friendly cleaning products for over 30 years. They are a time-tested and trusted brand for all your household cleaning needs and beyond as they also offer eco-friendly car and boat cleaners. They use the natural process of fermentation to achieve their environmentally safe and effective results. Their products are not tested on animals. Even their packaging is eco-friendly -- it’s derived from plant based plastic and recycled plastic.

    Seventh Generation

    The mission statement for Seventh Generation is “to inspire a revolution that nurtures the health of the next seven generations.” We think that’s a pretty good goal! Their line of cleaners includes personal hygiene, baby products, laundry detergent and household cleaners -- all made with the same mission in mind.

    DIY Cleaners Made from Common Household Items

    If you’re looking for a completely natural option, and you like to know exactly what goes into your cleaning products, look no further than your own kitchen. You can make your own cleaning products using simple and effective recipes using common household items. White vinegar and water makes a great spray cleaner, baking soda can make your bathtub sparkle, and lemon juice cleans while leaving a fresh scent behind. Give them a try, you may be surprised by the results!

    Timbercreek hopes that you love these eco-friendly cleaning product brands. They provide the effective results that you want, without all the harsh chemicals that you don’t. To find your home in one of Timbercreek’s Communities across Canada, please visit our website.
  • Petiquette 101: Seasonal Pet Health Hazards Associated with Fall

    Oct 24, 2017

    We all want to keep our pets safe. There are many seasonal pet health hazards associated with fall. These dangers can lead to serious injury or worse. Luckily for pet owners, most of these hazards can be easily avoided. To help keep your pet safe this fall, Timbercreek has advice for how to avoid the most common fall pet hazards.

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    Leaf Piles

    Leaf piles offer hours of fun for kids and adults, but the piles can pose hidden dangers to pets and humans. While seemingly soft and delightful, they’re still airy piles of mostly, well, air. And with most of them residing on the street, they often house stones, pieces of metal or broken glass, dirt, and potentially large stones and concrete debris -- not to mention other animals (alive and/or dead!). Though seemingly harmless, keep an eye on your pet as they sniff around leaf piles.

    Cars

    As kids go back to school, university students return to town, and 9-to-5 workers get back to the grind after summer holidays, traffic increases. In addition, the decreasing daylight that comes with fall means lower visibility in the evenings. Cyclists, pedestrians, and cars all have a harder time spotting animals on the road. For your pet, that means increased danger - especially if they’re outdoor cats, dogs that are used to being off-leash, or pets that have a tendency to run away. A quick walk before bed or a cracked door to get the mail can be the ideal opportunity for your pet to dart out into the street. Keep a watchful eye on your pet this season.

    Off-leash Parks

    Off-leash parks are usually safe public zones for dogs, but they still require caution from pet owners. Even the most urban of parks have wildlife like squirrels and raccoons, and parks close to water may have turtles, fish, and potentially even skunks. It’s key to keep a close eye on your pet to avoid canine calamity and/or troublemaking.

    Seasonal Plant Dangers

    The Chrysanthemum is a classic fall flower. It can be toxic if ingested (the flower, stems, or leaves), and may cause Ataxia (stumbling), skin inflammation, Ptyalism (increased salivation), nausea/vomiting, and diarrhea. Other plants producing blooms with a toxic potential for dogs and cats include meadow saffron/autumn crocus and clematis. Mushrooms also appear in fall and some varieties are toxic. If you walk close to forested areas with your pet, have a look around the area for fall mushrooms and the other harmful plants we mentioned above. Learn more here.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article helps keep your pets safe and sound this fall. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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