• Ways to give back this holiday season

    Nov 30, 2018

    ‘Tis the season for giving. As much as the holidays are about giving and sharing your time with family and friends, it’s also a time to give back to your community and to those who are having a more difficult time at this time of year. Timbercreek Communities wants to share some simple ways to give back this holiday season.

    Glove holding Label says Volunteer

    Give your time

    Check out local food banks and shelters in your area. Chances are they are hungry for help in their efforts to feed the hungry. Carve out some time from your busy schedule to give to those less fortunate than yourself. This could mean washing dishes, serving meals, or anything else that is most needed. It’s not easy work, but it’s a simple way to feel good and do some good. 

    Positive change

    It may be sitting in drawer, on top of the fridge, or even taking up space on your table -- the spare change jar. Convert that heavy jar of coins into cash and donate it to a local community charity to help lighten someone’s load this holiday season.

    Text your help

    Maybe you don’t have any time or change to spare. Modern technology makes is easier than ever to make a difference. Many charities have set up text-to-donate programs. You simply send a text to a certain number and send some holiday help to someone who needs it while you’re waiting in line at the coffee shop.

    Stock up to give

    In the weeks leading up to the holidays, whenever you go grocery shopping, purchase a few extra non-perishable food items. There are always food drives looking for canned goods at this time of year. There may even be a donation box set up at the store you’re shopping at.

    Think beyond food

    Beyond the need for food, homeless shelters are in need of simple, everyday items. New socks, shampoo, toiletries and toilet paper are actually highly-sought-after commodities. Grab some extra containers and rolls the next time you’re shopping for supplies.

    Timbercreek wishes you and your family a happy holiday season.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

     

  • 5 beautiful houseplants that will survive winter in Canada

    Nov 27, 2018

    Plants can bring some much-needed life and colour into our living spaces. But finding houseplants hearty enough to handle dark and dreary Canadian winters can be tricky. Timbercreek Communities wants to share 5 beautiful houseplants that will survive winter in Canada.

    Green Houseplant on window sill

    ZZ Plant

    The ZZ Plant  (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) thrives in neglectful circumstances. These plants do better when you leave them alone. They can survive for months without water. Pretty much the only way you can kill your ZZ plant is to over-water it. Let the soil dry out completely before watering. These plants will also thrive in windowless rooms with only a little fluorescent light. If you notice the plant yellowing, it’s getting too much light. Move it to a dimmer location, or diffuse the light with curtains or blinds.

    Chinese Evergreen

    Caring for a Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) is simple. These plants thrive in low light or indirect sunlight. Room temperature, between 21-22 C, is ideal, but these plants are famous for thriving in less than ideal conditions. Just remember not to over-water them and keep them away from drafts which can cause browning of the leaves. They are also very good air cleaning plants.

    Clivia

    The Clivia can survive well in chilly rooms with low light. They do best with bright, but indirect light. The soil should ideally be kept a little moist, allow it to dry slightly between waterings and fertilize them about once a month. They will reward your care with bright, fragrant blooms.

    Jade

    Don’t water your Jade plant too often, but don’t let the soil dry out either. When the top of the soil is dry to the touch, it’s time for some water (once every 2 or three weeks). If it starts to lose leaves, it’s not getting enough water.

    Christmas Cactus

    Bring a little colour to a cold, dark winter with a Christmas Cactus. This festive-looking plant provides pretty pink and red blooms and is extremely low maintenance. Place them in bright, but indirect light. Use a container and soil with good drainage. Don’t give it too much or too little water. Let the top of the soil dry out a little between waterings, then water thoroughly. Mist the leaves between waterings.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you develop a green thumb and add life and beauty to your space.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • How to layer like a pro

    Nov 20, 2018

    Layering. We’ve all heard that it’s the best way to get and stay warm during the colder months. Too cold? Add a layer. Too hot? Lose a layer. Simple. But how do you layer effectively and still look fashionable? Timbercreek Communities has some tips for how to layer like a pro.

    man wearing green winter coat

    Double Coated

    Just like with paint, two layers are often better than one. If you want to paint a fashionable picture this winter, add a thick liner coat beneath a puffy coat to add much-needed warmth without adding bulk. Reverse layering works well, too. This is when you layer the longer, thinner coat underneath a short coat.

    Suits Under an Overcoat

    The classics never go out of style. A men’s or women’s suit coat under an elegant overcoat is a simple way to stay stylish and warm this winter.

    Battle the Bulk with a Belt

    If you’re concerned that your layers are going to look too bulky on you, or ruin the lines of your long coat, wrapping yourself in a simple and stylish belt is a great way to bring it all in at the waist for a nice silhouette.

    The Power of the Hoodie

    The hooded sweatshirt is a classic cozy style staple, and a must-have garment for fall and winter. It looks great when a hood pops out above both casual coats, bomber jackets and more formal overcoats. Plus, when it’s really cold, you can pull the hood up and stay stylishly toasty.

    Stock up on Socks

    If your feet are cold, you will be cold. Don’t be afraid to layer up those thin, indoor socks with a pair of thick, warm wool socks. Strip off the excess layer once you get indoors.

    Timbercreek hopes you stay toasty and stylish all the way through to next spring!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Property HIghlight -- 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest

    Nov 15, 2018

    Montréal is not only one of the most vibrant, beautiful and exciting cities in Canada -- but anywhere. We dare you to find a more dynamic area than the downtown core. Timbercreek Communities wants to give you a taste of life at 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest.

    Living room Montreal

    Your Building

    Beyond the controlled-access lobby doors of 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest, you’ll find the concierge, as well as some of the most sought-after amenities anywhere. Take advantage of the fully-equipped fitness centre. Indoor parking is available and professional building management is on site to handle any questions or concerns you may have. There are stores and restaurants conveniently located on the street level of the building -- perfect for cold winter nights when you don’t want to stray far from home.

    Inside Your Suite

    The condo-style rental suites at 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest are loaded with high end features and fixtures. You’ll know that you’ve arrived somewhere special as soon as you set foot on the gleaming hardwood floors or the sparkling ceramic tile of the well-appointed kitchen. The contemporary granite countertops and stainless steel appliances provide a luxurious, stylish yet practical space to create your favourite meal. The luxury continues as you step into updated bathrooms. Ensuite laundry is also included. Relax in comfort and style in your climate-controlled suite as you enjoy the panoramic views of your city.

    Outside Your Home

    Located near the intersection of Viger Avenue West and Bleury Street, 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest is the definition of “in the heart of it all”. Step outside the peaceful sanctuary of your front door and you’re right in the middle of the action. The complex is located near Victoria Square, Old Port, Chinatown, Concordia University, McGill University and much more. All of the shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife Montréal has to offer is easily available to you. When you don’t want to walk, Place-d'Armes metro station is minutes away, connecting you to all parts of the city.

    Why settle for an ordinary apartment when you can live the upscale life at 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest?

     

    For more information on Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • How to make your apartment more fun for your cat

    Nov 13, 2018

    Cats are often thought of as low-maintenance pets. This can be true if all their needs are being met. Cats are also often thought of as, well, jerks. This reputation may or may not be deserved. The truth is, a cat that is under-stimulated may act out, become aggressive, or obsessed with food. To help keep your cat (and you) happy, Timbercreek Communities wants to share some ideas for how to make your apartment more fun for your cat.

    Cat playing in apartment

    Rise Up

    To help prevent your feline friend from rising up in revolt against the tyranny of boredom, you need to get on their level. A cat’s need to be up high is instinctual. This is where they can best survey their territory and improve their chances of survival in the wild. At home, in your apartment, their urge to climb remains. Cat trees and towers are available, but if you think they will clash with your aesthetic, try a simpler solution -- shelves. Strategically-placed shelves will allow your kitty to keep watch on their kingdom and cut down on their anxiety. If you don’t have room for shelving, try keeping the top of the fridge free and clear. They will love their designated cat cliff, especially when you’re in there cooking.

    State of the Art Entertainment Centre

    You don’t need any electronics to create a state-of-the-art cat entertainment centre. The window is their favourite high definition screen. What you can do is make the seating (window sill) comfy and stimulating. In the cooler months, your kitty may like the window sill decked out with a cozy blanket. If you don’t have a suitable window sill, you can try a DIY hanging cat basket. Hanging a toy or two from the curtain rod won’t hurt, either. Make sure the rod is firmly anchored to the wall, though.

    King of the Jungle

    Let your kitty feel like the king or queen of the jungle by adding a cat-friendly plant or two for them to hide behind, or even munch on. Choose your plants carefully. Some plants can be toxic to cats, causing indigestion or serious illness. Check out this petsafe plant list from the ASPCA. Growing a small container of catnip is always a welcome addition to your cat’s world.

    Break out the Toys

    Cats love their toys. You don’t have to spoil them, but keeping a few of their favourite toys around will keep your kitty-cat entertained, even when you can’t be there to play with him/her.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help improve the day-to-day lives of your cat, and you.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

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