• Tips for a Spa Night at Home

    Nov 28, 2013
    With the stress of the holidays drawing closer, why not take a few hours to relax at home with a do-it-yourself spa night? Below you will find some simple and fun tips for ways to bring the spa home to your Calgary apartment.


     
    Blend it
    Use your blender to whip up an all-natural nutrient rich facial mask. Add any combination of moisturizing and hydrating ingredients you like such as yogurt, honey, aloe vera, avocado, tomato, and more (get started with these DIY face masks). Blend the ingredients together until your desired consistency is reached. Remove from the blender and apply liberally to face, allowing the mask to dry for 15 to 20 minutes. Simply rinse off when done and enjoy the refreshed and moisturized feeling of your skin. For the freshest ingredients in town check out Sunterra Keynote Market, located close to our 123 10th Avenue South West apartments.

    Crazy for Coconut Oil
    Coconut oil is a luxurious and deeply hydrating oil that has many great uses. Try using it to deep condition unruly hair, to protect new hair growth, and add some shine and dimension to hair. For intense hydration, leave coconut oil on the hair overnight and rinse out in the morning. Coconut oil can also be used as a moisturizer on the hands, feet, face, and body. Community Natural Foods has a great selection of natural and organic products such as coconut oil, and is located only five minutes (by car) away from our 1010 First Street South West apartments.

    Set the Mood
    While make-at-home treatments are fantastic DIY spa ideas for home, the right atmosphere can make all the difference. Set the mood in your home by dimming the lights, lighting some scented candles, spraying soothing scents such as lavender, jasmine, and vanilla, as well as playing some relaxing music.
  • Where to Play Winter Sports in Lower Sackville

    Nov 26, 2013

    Whether you are playing a weekly game of shinny with your friends, learning the rules of water polo, or sliding stones across the ice while curling, Timbercreek Communities has got you covered with the following recreational hotspots for winter. Timbercreek has numerous  communitiesin Lower Sackville, including our 30 Touchstone Court and 38 Quinella Court apartments.

    1)   Sackville Sports Stadium
    The Sackville Sports Stadium is a multi-purpose interactive facility that offers a variety of programs and services in fitness, wellness, and sport. The Sackville Stadium is a community facility that offers people of all ages and skill levels opportunities to engage in activities such as youth hockey, ringette, indoor soccer, and skating. Recreational hockey leagues are divided into a men’s shinny league (for ages 35+), and a coed league with no age restrictions. The Sackville Sports Stadium is located less than five minutes from our 70 Cobequid Road Community.

    2)   The Sackville Arena
    The Sackville Arena is part of the Lake District Recreation Association (LDRA) which is a volunteer group dedicated to providing sport and leisure facilities, programs, and services to the community. The Sackville Arena offers public skate times, an adult men’s shinny league, and daytime hockey program for men and women under 50. Timbercreek’s 30 Touchstone Court apartments are located less than 10 minutes away from the Sackville Arena.

    3)    Lakeshore Curling Club
    As the name would suggest, the Lakeshore Curling Club is a state-of-the-art community facility that specializes in curling leagues and activities. The Lakeshore Curling Club is Nova Scotia’s newest curling club, and offers a variety of adult leagues to meet its members’ needs and interests. Lakeshore Curling is close to our 9-54 Paige Plaza apartments, so grab your curling gear and hit the road.

  • Get Down with Down Comforters

    Nov 21, 2013

    ‘Down’ is a term used to describe the warm and fluffy coating that protects birds from exposure to the elements, also commonly found in blankets, pillows, and comforters. Down is able to retain the right degree of warmth- not too cold or too hot, and is thus considered one of the most popular and perfect products for comfortable winter and year round bedding. Down bedding options vary dramatically with different qualities, products, and prices. The ultimate in down luxury are those products made from 100% pure white good down. Homesense offers a great selection of down-filled products including cozy comforters, and is located only five minutes away from our 321 Marland Avenue apartments.

    Cozy Wool Blankets
    Wool blankets are a great staple for winter comfort. Wool is a unique fabric that is able to retain warmth even when wet due to the natural lanolin in the wool (it is also fire resistant). Wool is fiber derived from the hair of sheep that is spun into threads and then woven into a variety of different grades, weights, and qualities. Investing in a great wool blanket is a great idea for winter as it has amazing insulating properties. Pure wool blankets must be dry-cleaned, so a wool-blend that you can throw in the wash may be more convenient. For a durable yet contemporary wool blanket, check out Urban Barn, located less than a five-minute drive away from our 349 Marland Avenue apartments.

    Silk Dreams
    Silk is one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics. A silk-filled, silk-covered comforter is a truly one-of-a-kind feeling with a sense of indulgence and softness like no other. Silk is a breathable and lightweight fabric that conforms to the body while still being hypoallergenic. Silk sheets, pillowcases, and comforters must be dry-cleaned.

    Fabulous Flannel
    Flannel is iconic in winter bedding due to its incredible warmth and softness for such a lightweight fabric. Flannel sheets are easily cared for, and can be put in the washer and dryer. Flannel sheets are not the most practical for hot summer months, so bear that in mind when shopping. Home Outfitters, located less than 10 minutes away from our Oshawa communities, is a great place to find flannel bedding at a great price.  We hope you get a great night’s sleep even in the cold Canadian winter with these bedding options that will keep you cozy all season long.

  • Timbercreek Communities does Halloween

    Nov 19, 2013

    Halloween only comes around once a year, so why not go all out? Timbercreek Communities got in to the Halloween spirit by dressing up in costume and setting up Halloween decorations across the communities.  

    For a great recap, check out the photos below of some of the Timbercreek Communities celebrating Halloween:





  • Hamilton's Best Spots for Winter Comfort Food

    Nov 14, 2013

    When winter hits, so might your desire for some delicious comfort food. The following three restaurants offer great hearty meal options in downtown and western Hamilton that will leave you full and satisfied.

    1) La Cantina (60 Walnut Street South)

    La Cantina opened its doors in Hamilton in 1986 on the west side of the steel city. La Cantina has grown into one of Hamilton’s most demanded Italian restaurants due to its classic old-world Italian food and flavors. The restaurant features a massive menu loaded with classic and comforting Italian favorites. La Cantina offers over 20 different types of unique pizza prepared entirely with fresh homemade pizza dough, gluten free dinner options, an enormous wine list, and portion controlled sizes (if wanted). La Cantina is only a 2-minute walk away from our 175 Hunter Street apartments, so you can easily enjoy delicious Italian classics all year round.

    2) Black Forest Inn (225 King Street East)

     The Black Forest Inn has been a Hamilton landmark since 1967, serving the best Austrian, German, and Continental cuisine. The menu includes hearty meals such as schnitzel, homemade sausages, meatloaf, and much more. Chef Wolfgang serves up daily lunch and dinner specials, and even shares some of his ‘secret’ recipes on the restaurant’s website. Black Forest Inn offers a cozy European ambience, great food at amazing value, and a wide selection of Austrian and German wines and beers. Black Forest Inn is within close walking distance of our 23 Spring Street South residences, so you can enjoy their homemade apple strudel daily! 

    3) Thirsty Cactus (2 King Street East in Dundas)

    The Thirsty Cactus is a popular southwestern grill located in central Hamilton. This tex-mex bar and grill offers a gigantic hearty menu complete with favorites such as fajitas, steaks, ribs, and much more. The Thirsty Cactus has a warm, friendly, and casual atmosphere perfect for lunch, dinner, or a late night snack. Bring your appetite! The Thirsty Cactus is located five minutes away by car away from our 2000 Main Street West apartments.

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