• Weatherizing For Your Rental: Keeping Warm In The Winter Months

    Oct 26, 2016

    Timbercreek Communities wants you to enjoy a warm and comforting winter in your apartment. These simple hacks for weatherizing your rental will keep you comfortable when the weather is unbearable. Get ready to get cozy.

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    Draft blockers

    Even top-quality windows and doors can’t always prevent the worst winter winds from sneaking into your apartment. Stop unwanted drafts with draft blockers. Blockers are readily available online for all types of doors and windows.

    Insulate your windows 

    While a draft blocker will cover the bottom of your windows, completely stopping cold air from entering your apartment might involve another level of insulation that covers the entire window. Bubble wrap to the rescue! Start by cutting some bubble wrap to the size of your windowpane. Next, use a spray bottle to spray a layer of water on the glass. Press the bubble wrap onto the glass, bubble side first, and you’re done. The best part of this insulation hack is that it can be easily removed and rehung, without damaging your windows. 

    Flannel sheets

    Flannel sheets are a lifesaver when it comes to keeping warm during the fall and winter months. The fibers that comprise flannel are littered with small air pockets that trap the warmth from your body. Flannel is also a very soft fabric, so you can count on being comfortable and warm through the night. Swap out your synthetic sheets for a layer or two of flannel this winter and thank us later.

    Fuzzy rugs

    If you tend to get cold feet in the winter, a fuzzy rug might be just what the doctor ordered. Save money and stay busy with a fun DIY fuzzy rug project. This pom pom rug project requires a little bit of patience to make, but the result is well worth the effort. If you don’t want to spend much time on a rug project, this braided t-shirt rug is pretty much a no-brainer.

    Electric blankets

    Electric blankets may be the best option for people who get cold easily. Grab a cup of tea, a good book and your electric blanket, and hibernate until warmer days’ return!

    Stay cozy and warm this fall and winter with these great apartment hacks from Timbercreek Communities. For more information about Timbercreek Communities and our rental properties, please visit our website.

  • 5 Fall Cleaning Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

    Oct 25, 2016

    Spring isn’t the only season for cleaning. Fall is a time of transition and is a great time to start fresh with a clean and organized space. If you plan to tackle a little fall cleaning in your apartment, you need these 5 fall cleaning hacks from Timbercreek Communities. These cleaning hacks won’t just help you clean your apartment, they’ll make your life easier too.

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    DIY deodorizing spray

    Whether you have pets or you like to cook fragrant food, a good deodorizing spray is a great addition to your cleaning arsenal. Avoid commercial deodorizing sprays (and their long list of impossible-to-say chemicals) and go natural with this incredible Woodsy, Spicy Fall Room Spray. Bring a bit of the season indoors and instantly freshen any room with this DIY five-ingredient deodorizer.

    Boot storage 101

    Fall means boots are back. Keep your boots in good condition from day one with this great hack. An everyday pool noodle helps you store boots like a pro. Measure your boot, cut the noodle to match the height, and simply insert into the boot to keep your boots upright. 

    Make the most of boxes and baskets

    After you declutter, put what you want to save into baskets and boxes. Create a cute and revisable labelling system for your storage with this DIY project. These Easy Chalk Board Basket Labels are stylish and will help you stay organized all season long.

    Say goodbye to pet hair

    Sometimes the simplest hacks make the biggest difference. Keep pet hair off of your carpet and away from your clothes by brushing your pet’s fur outside your apartment.

    Switch closets

    If you need more room for your fall wardrobe, swap your summer clothing with your fall attire. Start by diligently cleaning your summer apparel. Then pack your tank tops, shorts and flip-flops into transparent storage containers so that you can easily find what you need come spring. Be sure to leave a little room in the container -- clothes need oxygen. Now that you’ve freed up some space in your closet, it’s time to stock it with those sweaters and scarves.

    These fall cleaning hacks will help you organize your space and make life a little easier every day. Timbercreek Communities hopes today’s tips make your fall cleaning routine a little easier.

    For more information about Timbercreek Communities apartments, with locations in five provinces, please visit our website

  • 3 Recipes To Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

    Oct 24, 2016

    There are so many comforting and invigorating scents to enjoy in the fall. Add a whiff of autumn to your apartment with one of today’s sweet-smelling homemade recipes from Timbercreek Communities.

    Spicy, Woodsy Home

    Make your home smell like the woods with a few simple ingredients. This spicy, woodsy scent recipe is easy to make, requiring everyday ingredients you probably already have. Gather, clip and trim a few pine branches so that they can easily fit into a pot on the stove. Combine the branches with a bit of a water, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a half teaspoon each of nutmeg and ground cloves. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. 

    Orange Pumpkin Spice

    This Orange Pumpkin Spice room spray is delicate and comforting. It adds a fresh hint of fall to any room. The recipe avoids harsh chemicals in favour of a perfect combination of essential oils: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, cardamom, orange and ginger. Combine these oils with eight ounces of water and pour into a spray bottle to use.  

    Depositphotos_63014031_s-2015Coffee Vanilla Scent

    We love to sip on vanilla flavoured coffees -- they smell amazing! Fill your home with the aroma of fresh brewed coffee and sweet of vanilla with this hack. It’s remarkably easy to make in your apartment. All you need are everyday votive vanilla candles and a bowl of coffee beans. Place the candle in the middle, light it and enjoy.     

    Bring a little fall into your Timbercreek Communities apartment with these amazing scents. For more information about Timbercreek Communities apartments, located in five provinces and more than 27 cities nationwide, visit our website today.


  • 7 Pies to Bake this Fall

    Oct 20, 2016
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    The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colour and there is a cool bite to the morning air. Weather like this that makes you want to dig into a warm piece of homemade pie. You don’t need an excuse like Thanksgiving to bake a pie, all you need are some fresh ingredients and a little quality time in your kitchen in your Timbercreek Community.

    Let’s dig in, shall we?!


    Deep Dish Apple Pie

    Apples are in season right now. Grab a few at your local market and try your hand at baking a classic Deep Dish Apple Pie. Use a combination of tart apples like Granny Smith and sweet apples like Braeburn, or Golden Delicious for best results. Using pre-cooked apples allows you to get twice as many apples stuffed into the deep dish crust.

    Pumpkin pie may just be the perfect fall pie. When prepared well, a pumpkin pie is rich and lightly spiced with a creamy, custard texture. This video will show you how to bake a perfect pumpkin pie, every time. You’ll even learn how to prevent your pie from cracking while cooking.Pumpkin Pie

    Quebec Sugar Pie

    If you haven’t tasted a piece of Quebec Sugar Pie, you need to get on it. In Quebec, it’s called Tarte au Sucre, which means sugar pie. This super sweet treat will satisfy your sweet craving, but enjoy responsibly -- it has a lot of sugar in it!

    Caramel Pecan Pie

    Pecan pie is pretty close to perfection on a plate, but it gets better! Improve on the classic with the addition of gooey salted caramel. This Caramel Pecan Pie is rich, sweet, indulgent and bold. Enjoy a warm slice of this nutty pie with some whipped cream or ice cream and a cup of bold black coffee.

    Butternut Squash Pie

    Many people think pumpkin pie is the best fall pie around. We disagree! We love Butternut Squash Pie because it’s even smoother and creamier than pumpkin pie. It’s simple to make and tastes great on a cool fall day. It only takes about 10 minutes of prep time and about an hour in the oven and a then a few more hours in the fridge to cool.

    Southern Sweet Potato Pie

    Sweet Potato Pie is another close relative to pumpkin pie. Whipped sweet potatoes and sweetened condensed milk combine to create a decadent tasting filling. This pie is a smooth and creamy treat without any of the sharpness or bitterness of pumpkin pie. Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top.

    Apple Crisp

    The cool, crisp days of fall are perfect for Apple Crisp. If you love pie but are a little indifferent to crust, or you don’t have the time to bake a full pie, then crisp may be for you. All you have to do is mix sweetened apples and cinnamon in a bowl and then prepare a simple streusel topping of oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter and bake it all for about an hour.

    There’s almost nothing more satisfying than a warm piece of pie in the fall. Pre-heat the oven and put the kettle on. Timbercreek hopes these recipes inspire you to bake some spectacular fall pies.

    For more information on Timbercreek Rental Communities across Canada, please visit our website, today.

  • Petiquette 101: Top 5 Favourite Pet Costumes

    Oct 19, 2016

    The only thing more adorable than kids in costume is pets in costume! If you need some Halloween inspiration, check out our 5 favourite pet costumes and learn how to make them yourself.

    1. Spider legs

    This spider legs costume is absolutely loveable and perfect for your favourite four legged friend. A no-sew tutorial makes it possible for even sub-par crafters to DIY this Halloween.

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     2. Ghost

    This ghost outfit is perfect for dogs and cats that hate to be dressed up in complex, multilayered Halloween costumes. The costume is as simple to make as it looks. Your little friend will look spooktacular!

    3. Chia Pet

    This Chia Pet costume is a show stopper. If you’re looking to dress your dog up in something that will steal the attention at any friends’ gathering, or even just make your Halloween walk through the park more festive, this costume is it. You’ll need to do a little shopping ahead of time to gather the supplies you’ll need. You will need a dog sweater, plastic aquarium plants, orange fabric and felt for this DIY project.

    4. Lion

    Why be a cat or a dog when you can be a lion? Knitters can make their own mane for their kittens using this detailed tutorial.

    5. Taco Costume

    Is it weird that this costume makes us hungry? This DIY Taco Costume is pretty awesome, cute and creative. If you’re short on time we recommend going to the pet store for this one. Crafters should try this DIY costume using felt, embroidery thread, cardboard and Velcro. 

    Include your pets in your Halloween festivities this year with Timbercreek Communities’ roundup of the top five pet costumes.

    For more information about pet-friendly Timbercreek Communities apartments, located in five provinces and nearly 27 cities, please visit our website today. 

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