• 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.

  • Fall Boot Trends We Love

    Oct 23, 2017

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    There are a ton of fall boot trends for 2017 and we love them all. From a resurgence in 90s styles, to bold colours, and new takes on timeless classics, fall’s here and boots are hot. If you’re ready to find your perfect pair, Timbercreek has put together this list of what’s trending in boots this fall.

    Combat

    Badass 80s and 90s boots styles are back. Combat boots or army boots, in particular Doc Martens, are lining shelves this fall for women and men alike. Marc Jacobs, Frye Veronica, Alexander Wang, Dr. Martens, Timberlands, and good old legit army surplus boots are all the rage. Best part is: they’re comfortable and they kickass. Learn more about the trend here.

    Sparkle

    Sparkly, glittering boot styles appeared six separate times on Fall 2017 runways throughout New York, Milan and Paris. They came in all manner of colors, heel heights, lengths and silhouettes. Some were '80s-infused, while others came with patent leather toe-caps or dainty bows and detailing. Sparkle is definitely in this fall. Learn more about the trend here.

    Heel Art

    Big heels are hot this fall and they’re available in a range of styles. You can find something unique you love -- like wood or block heels, colored, and even snakeskin-covered (faux, of course) heels. Everything from glitter to velour and custom artwork is making its way onto boot heels in 2017.  Learn more about this trend here.

    Red

    Red is one of the biggest color trends for the year. It has dominated fashion shows this fall, especially when it comes to boots. From high to low, leather to velvet, boots are blazing red this season. Learn more.

    Urban Cowboy

    This iconic fashion (and lifestyle) theme never seems to get old. And for 2017, cowboy boots take on a fresh look with a combination of different variations. From ankle boots to mid-thigh high strutters, vivid colors, and exotic needlework -- urban cowboy is where it’s at this fall. Explore the trend here.

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    Great boots can make a statement. Stay on trend with these fall boot trends Timbercreek loves. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.
  • Halloween Events Near You

    Oct 17, 2017

    That scariest time of year is back. No, we don't mean tax season -- Halloween! Time to dust off your wizard cloak and prep the light sabers -- it’s trick or treat time. With a lot going on in cities all across Canada, Timbercreek has put together a shortlist of Halloween events happening in your area this fall.

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    Edmonton/St. Albert: Boo at the Zoo

    Halloween comes alive this year at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Wear your coolest costume, bring your own trick-or-treat bags, and check out the spooky wonders of the animal kingdom. Hands-on experiments, crafts, an extinct animal graveyard, and a witch's den are just some of the fun activities that will make this Halloween one to remember! Get more info here.

    Edmonton: Deadmonton Haunted House

    Don’t miss this year’s Deadmonton Haunted House. Located at the Old Paramount Theatre, this haunted house is rated 12+ and beware. If you’re taking your child, make sure they’re up for it as the website for the event notes that there will be no refunds for kids who get too scared!

    Toronto: Legends of Horror at Casa Loma

    As if Casa Loma wasn’t creepy enough. This Halloween, the iconic Toronto castle transforms into a theatrical, immersive Halloween experience!  Tickets include access to areas of the castle never before seen by the public. Don’t miss out and learn more here.

    Calgary: Halloweekends at Calaway Park

    Calaway Park is getting all spooked up for Halloween. Dress up in your favourite costume and enjoy tricks, treats and spooktacular rides. Activities include family photo opportunities, face painting and much more. It’s all about getting your family together for a fantastic fall day. Learn more here.

    Niagara: Dracula

    Halloween isn’t only about trick or treating, boo barns and costume parties. If you’re ready for a more refined Halloween experience, check out Bram Stoker’s Gothic thriller at the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake this October. “Sexy, funny and scary, this is red-blooded theatre that will leave all your senses on fire.” Learn more here.

    Oakville: Camper Halloween

    On October 14th and 15th, and October 21st and 22nd, trick or treat around the Bronte Creek Campground. Ghosts and goblins will go from site to site instead of door to door. This event also features a guided walk with creepy creatures and howling coyotes. Learn more.

    Montreal: Les Fantomes du Vieux-Montreal

    Les Fantomes du Vieux-Montreal is a tour through all the dark ghostly corners of Old Montreal. Running from May to October, it's the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit. Check out more here.

    Montreal: Harry Potter

    This Harry Potter themed party combines Hogwarts good times and the spookiness of Halloween. It’s hosted by Cégep du Vieux Montréal and will involve beer, karaoke, costume contests, quizzes, and much more.

    Drummondville: Village Haunte

    Just outside Montreal, the town of Drummondville completely transforms this Halloween into a massive haunted village. You'll be chased by actors playing zombies, clowns, ghosts, and monsters over 3km of trails and streets. Runs September 29th until November 4th.

    Timbercreek hopes these events inspire you to throw on a costume and celebrate Halloween in your area. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Best Fall Activities for the Kids

    Oct 16, 2017

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    Fall has finally arrived. It’s a special time of year, full of beautiful colours and crisp, cool air. Don’t let this short season pass you by -- Timbercreek has a list of some of the best fall activities for kids.

    Make Handprint Fall Trees

    Your kids will love making these Autumn Handprint Trees. They’re easy for kids of almost any age to make and require very little preparation. All you need is a sheet of white cardstock paper, a pencil, paint (primary colours), paper plate paint palettes, and some Q-tips. Start by tracing a faint line around your child’s hand and arm - this will form the trunk and branches of the tree. Mixing the paint is a great way to teach your kids about colours. Any kid can make brown, just mix them all together! For the leaves, experiment with mixing primary colours to get the fall shades you want. Use Q-tips, the pencil tip or even fingertips to add dots around the tree and watch it transform into something special.

    Go On A Fall Scavenger Hunt

    Getting outside and enjoying the brilliant colours and the cool air is a great way to make the most of fall. Rather than taking the kids out for a regular walk in the park, why not plan a fun Fall Scavenger Hunt! You can turn it into a chance for them to learn, too! This free printable animal camouflage scavenger hunt features frog cutouts. Your kids can colour them in fall shades and you can hide them in the fallen leaves. Set a timer and see how fast your kids can find them, while they learn about how animals avoid predators.

    Paint Some Pumpkins

    Pumpkins are a big and bright symbol of fall. Carving them into Jack O’Lanterns is fun, but not a great activity for younger kids. Put the knives away and break out the paint! The options of what to paint and how to paint your pumpkins are endless! Add some white to the top, some yellow to the bottom, and leave the middle orange for a candy corn inspired look that kids of all ages can create.

    Make Leaf Crowns

    You and your children will have a royally good time creating these Fall Leaf Crowns! All you need are some fallen leaves, a thin strip of cardboard (a cereal box will do nicely), and glue. All you have to do is glue the leaves to the cardboard and glue the cardboard into a circle! It’s fun and easy and it makes your kids feel like kings and queens!

    Timbercreek hopes that that these fall activities for kids help make your family’s fall even brighter! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

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