• Empress Gardens (461 Larry Uteck Blvd)

    May 21, 2020

    Looking for a new place to call home in Halifax? Look no further than Empress Gardens (461 Larry Uteck Blvd) in Millview. This rental community is calling your name, will you answer?

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    Life in Halifax

    Life in Halifax is wonderful. The locals are known for their vivacity and friendliness, making you feel right at home in this new-to-you locale. It's a small city with a big heart that wholeheartedly embraces the arts, nature and community. There’s no shortage of rugged natural beauty here, either.

    About the property

    You’ll love living at Empress Gardens in this new, modern and clean building. It’s close to downtown Halifax, Bedford and the airport. Our suites feature stainless steel appliances (including dishwasher and microwave), granite flooring, in-suite laundry, balconies and the community boasts a convenient onsite gym. 

    Your new neighbourhood

    Our property is conveniently located at 461 Uteck Blvd. It’s just 15 minutes from downtown Halifax and Dartmouth. The property is conveniently close to public transit, Nine Mile Circle, Hemlock Square Shopping Centre and Southgate Village. If you enjoy the great outdoors, you’ll love being close to multiple Halifax parks and that the building itself is situated in a beautiful park-like setting in the heart of one of the city's hottest and most natural-feeling areas -- Millview.

    Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to call Empress Gardens home! Contact Timbercreek Communities today to arrange a viewing. Call 902.800.0858 or click here to email us.

  • Spring pet safety tips ​

    May 18, 2020

    Spring looks so innocent to the untrained eye. It appears to be safe and inviting as it's bursting with colourful flowers and patches of fresh green grass -- seemingly perfect for your pet to explore. But spring can be a surprisingly dangerous time of year for your pets -- especially dogs. Here are our best spring pet safety tips.

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    Watch out for pesticides

    Do you ever notice little signs on pristine lawns in spring? They're often there as a warning because a harmful pesticide was sprayed on the grass. If you notice them, steer clear if you're with your dog. Sniffing and eating the treated grass can be poisonous for your dog.

    Avoid unknown plants

    Your dog is likely easily distracted by all the delightful greenery that comes with spring. If he or she has a penchant to munch on plants on walks, be sure to keep him or her away. Some plants can be quite harmful for your dog, causing vomiting, diarrhea or even death.

    Avoid tall grasses

    Ticks love to burrow in your dog's fur, so try to keep your dog out of tall grasses where they tend to reside. 

    Hide the Easter chocolate

    Your dog loves chocolate as much as you do, but shouldn't eat it under any circumstance. Chocolate can be lethal for dogs so be sure to stash Easter chocolate out of sight and reach for your pet.

    Avoid sticks

    Your dog might love to chew on sticks but this is actually incredibly dangerous and can cause choking. Bring a tossable toy on walks to keep your dog distracted from nature's toys.

    Get a microchip

    Your pet will naturally explore the great outdoors more frequently in spring. An abundance of new smells and encounters with other animals can provoke your pet to separate from you and wander far from home. To avoid losing your pet, ensure you microchip them so if separation does occur you can track them quickly. 

    We hope you'll take our advice and put these spring pet safety tips into practice. You can never be too careful when it comes to your furry friends after all!

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

  • Delicious recipes for Victoria Day

    May 14, 2020

    Although Victoria Day weekend may look a little different this year, doesn't mean you can't get creative in the kitchen. Grab your partner and get messy with these delicious recipes!

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    Victoria Sponge

    Stay on theme with this classic sweet treat! If you've never tried one, a Victoria Sponge is a delightful double decker sponge cake layered with a sweet strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream. It's naturally red and white so it feels a bit patriotic, too! Get the sweet recipe here.

    Creamy Potato Salad

    We love a good potato salad on Victoria Day weekend! It reminds us that more picnics and summer BBQs are on the way. So why not get creative and set up a picnic on your balcony or in the backyard! This particular potato salad recipe is simply delightful and has wonderful contrasting textures thanks to the addition of radishes and cucumbers. Get the creamy yet crunchy recipe here.

    Vegan Caesar Salad

    Caesar salad is one of those dishes pretty much everyone loves but shouldn't be served at gatherings where it will sit out for too long. This is because the classic recipe includes raw egg and can spoil and make people ill if unattended for too long. We LOVE that vegan caesar salad is a thing because it totally solves this problem! Caesar salad for us and all our friends! Get the vegan recipe here.

    Peri Peri Kebabs

    Have you ever tried Peri Peri chicken? It's delightful! It's zesty and rich tasting, marinated in a tangy and spicy pepper sauce and grilled till smoky over charcoal. You can achieve the taste of peri peri chicken, and please a crowd, by following this easy and delicious Peri Peri Kebabs recipe. Everyone will love these!

    We hope you give one or all of these Victoria Day recipes a try! Happy Victoria Day!

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

  • How to work efficiently at home ​

    May 12, 2020

    If you suddenly find yourself working from home, it can be a big adjustment. It can be hard to practice discipline in an environment normally designated for rest and relaxation. But not to worry, we have some great tips for you that will help you work more efficiently at home.

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    Carve out space

    This one matters more than you might excpect. Part of the issue many remote workers face when it comes to efficiently working from home is separating work space and personal space. When you’re surrounded by all the things you enjoy in your off hours (the kitchen, TV, bathroom, couch etc), it’s easy to get distracted. A good way to combat this is to designate an official workspace in your home that is exclusively reserved for work. This way when you’re in your workspace you know it’s time to get down to it. This can be a room (if there’s one available), a nook within a room, or even just a desk or table.

    Take scheduled breaks

    Breaks make most workers more productive, not less. It’s important to stop and step away from what you’re doing now and then so you can better focus your mind and give it a chance to rest. We recommend taking short, scheduled breaks throughout the day to recharge and refresh.

    Make an agenda for the day

    If you fail to plan you plan to fail. Make a work agenda for each day and stick to it. This will help you stay on task, meet your deadlines and focus. 

    Dress for the day

    Another psychological one. Be sure to get up every day and dress as if you’re going to work. You don’t have to wear a suit, but it’s important to dress in a manner you’d expect a professional in your occupation to dress. By dressing for work you send a signal to yourself that it’s time to work.

    Set hours

    You wouldn’t go to work indefinetly, so set working hours for yourself. When you work from home, it’s easy to let the time roll by without giving it a second thought because you’re already at home. Just like in an office, when 5pm rolls around you know it’s time to put things down and head out for the day.

    We hope you give these working from home tips a try. Let us know how you do!

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

  • 5 Home workouts that will kick your butt

    May 07, 2020

    Not sure how to work out efficiently at home during the pandemic? These 5 home workouts will kick your butt and ensure you don’t lose your gains in this unusual off season. No matter what you’re into, there’s an excellent workout for you.

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    Tabata

    If you want to really challenge yourself at home with no equipment, tabata is your new best friend. This 30-minute tabata workout is tough and will torch calories. It’s cleverly designed with modifications for every exercise to ensure that basically everyone can join in. Watch the video.

    Bodyweight HIIT

    Even if you only have 20 minutes to spare, you can still get in a great workout. This 20-minute bodyweight HIIT workout will work your body from head to toe. Guaranteed to get your heart pumping and your muscles flexing.

    Power Yoga

    You don’t need to venture out to a yoga studio to sneak an excellent flow into your day. In just 20 minutes, this power yoga flow will invigorate your mind, body and soul. The class is challenging even though it only takes a fraction of the time of most studio classes to complete.

    Free weight circuit

    You can be on your way to toned arms in just 10 minutes per session with this great free weights workout. Use any free weights you have that you’re able to lift for 10 minutes straight! Don’t be afraid to go a bit light -- this will be exhausting with heavy weights.

    Tae-bo

    If you want a heart pumping workout that uses your whole body, look to the past! Remember Tai Bo? You can watch the original videos on YouTube! Try this one which will get you moving and sweating in no time. 

    We hope you try and enjoy these fabulous home workouts! By staying home, you are doing your part for the planet and we salute you. 

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

  • Urban jungle: Low-maintenance plants everyone needs in their life

    May 04, 2020

    If you're hoping to cultivate an urban jungle style apartment, we're here to help you bring that dream to fruition. Here are our favourite low-maintenance plants that we feel everyone needs in their life. We hope you love them as much as we do!

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    Aloe Vera

    Aloe vera is a wonderfully low maintenance houseplant. It requires infrequent watering. It loves to get some sunlight though so put it in a bright room. It's perfect for those without green thumbs. It is great to have around for its healing properties. Crack open a blade of it to extract some of its inner gel to heal cuts and scrapes fast. You can even eat the gel!

    Money Plant

    We love this easy breezy house plant. It looks fancy but is secretly pretty basic. Its trunk roots intertwine in a beautiful way and it can grow quite big if grown outside and put out lots of droopy but pretty leaves. It's also good luck! Place it in bright, indirect light. 

    Mint

    We love this herb as a houseplant. It grows fast, is pretty hard to kill and smells wonderful. If you enjoy Mediterranean recipes, it's a real staple ingredient as well. You can even steep the leaves to make a digestion-enhancing tea! Keep it somewhere bright and water it regularly. 

    Snake Plant

    These tall and spiky plants look like they've from California or Mexico but can actually thrive indoors in cold climates like we have here in Canada. They're incredibly low maintenance, requiring minimal light and water. They can even withstand bugs! They can be planted in large and smallish pots, too. Best of all, they'll help purify the air in your home.

    We hope these low-maintenance plants make their way into your urban jungle apartment!

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

  • Property highlight: Vanier Court

    Apr 23, 2020

    Life in Guelph 

    Life in Guelph is fabulous. It's a big city with a small-town feel and a community that wholeheartedly embraces the arts, nature and technology. You're in the heart of the tech triangle here, so there are ample work opportunities in the area. You're also within easy commuting distance of the GTA if you need to work in the big city. 

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    About the property 

    You'll love Vanier Court's bright suites! They feature upgraded finishes, new appliances, ceramic flooring, and private balconies. The building itself has a lot of great amenities including a new state-of-the-art fitness facility and a media/social room where you can get together with friends and family to relax and recharge. There's also an onsite dog park that makes early morning walks a little easier, convenient laundry facilities, parking, professional management to help you when you need support, an elevator to zip you to and from your suite, and monitored security cameras for your safety.

    Your new neighbourhood 

    Our property is conveniently located at 27 and 40 Vanier Drive. You don't need a car when you live here. You're in the center of the action -- walking distance to the University of Guelph; Stone Road Mall; grocery stores like Goodness Me; popular restaurants like Earth to Table Bread Bar and Angel's Diner; parks like Royal City Park, Centennial Park and Preservation Park; community centres and recreation facilities like Royal City Tennis Club; and public transit! Our location can't be beat. 

    Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to call Vanier Court home! Contact Timbercreek Communities today to arrange a viewing. Call 226.780.0217 or click here to email us.

  • The cutest Easter pet outfits in the world

    Apr 21, 2020

    Most dog lovers know that holidays offer a great excuse to dress up...your pet. If you and your dog love to put on the ritz together, why not do it this Easter? To inspire your wardrobe choices, here are the cutest Easter pet outfits in the world. 

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    Show Me the Bunny Dog Hoodie 

    If you're a fan of Jerry McGuire and Easter, this one's for you. Your pooch will look too cute in this Show Me The Bunny hoodie that comes in a variety of colours and sizes.

    Belle of the ball

    If your puppy, or small dog, loves to be the belle of the ball, make their dreams come true with this colourful Easter dog dress! Its delicate rainbow tutu will really bring out his or her eyes.

    Easter Bunny costume 

    If you want to go all out this Easter, you'll love this Easter Bunny costume for your dog! This adorable outfit will definitely take your Easter Egg hunt to new heights.

    Easter Bunny ears

    Your dog's ears are pretty darn cute on their own, but these Easter Bunny Ears for pets take things to a whole new level. If your dog hates dressing up, these ears are a more comfortable alternative as they're attached by a lightweight headband. 

    Dog bandana

    Another pet-friendly alternative to a full-blown outfit are dog bandanas. They're about as annoying as a leash, so your dog won't mind wearing them too much or at all. This Easter one is absolutely hilarious, and this one is just too cute.

    Straw hat

    If your dog is a hat lover, or you just love your dog in hats (who can tell?), this spring-inspired straw hat is almost too cute. Its wide brim and ribbon details really make one think of the warmer days ahead.

    Timbercreek hopes that these outfit suggestions help you and your fur baby enjoy Easter in style this year!

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

  • Spring 2020 home decor trends we love

    Apr 13, 2020

    We are so excited for spring to finally grace us with its presence in Canada. Winters here are not for the faint of heart, so when we see buds and blossoms peeking out of the soil it's cause for celebration. If you're ready to welcome spring into your home, you'll love these spring 2020 home decor trends. 

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    Vintage flare

    Spring is usually all about new things bursting forth, but a major spring 2020 home decor trend takes a look back. Add a pop of the past by incorporating vintage accent pieces into your home this spring. Don't go overboard,  just add accents -- think statement antique lighting, art, furnishings and flatware. Visit a great antique shop in your neighbourhood, an antique mall, or even a Value Village to hunt down the perfect pieces for your space. 

    Classic blue

    Pantone's colour of the year is "classic blue". It's a beautiful member of the navy family. Subtle but bold, it's a fabulous and grounding colour to incorporate into your home this spring. We love the classic pairing of navy blue and white and it's easy to pull off on a budget by picking up classic blue pillow cases, throws and curtains. 

    Florals

    One trend we always welcome in the spring is florals. We're not talking fresh arrangements here -- floral textile patterns are back in a big way. The trend favours big and bold floral prints in vibrant colours and metallic tones. Add a touch of life to your space with oversized floral print bedding, pillows, throws, curtains and even furniture. 

    Wicker

    This one took us a minute to hop onboard with but now we're hooked. Wicker is back and it's moved indoors! Think wicker chairs, tables and even lighting fixtures.

    We hope you give these fabulous spring 2020 decor trends a try! Timbercreek hopes that you enjoy the season to the fullest.

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

  • DIY Easter decorations

    Apr 07, 2020

    Easter is just around the corner, are you ready for it? To help you bring the spirit and joy of the holiday home, here are a few DIY Easter decor projects to try.

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    Tie-dye Easter eggs 

    These Tie-dye Easter Eggs are far out, man. They're totally cute and easy to make, too! You can make them whatever colours you fancy using easy-to-find items like food colouring and paper towels.

    Easter egg wreath

    We adore this cute and colourful Easter Egg Wreath project. It's a delightful, woven combination of moss, spring flowers and pretty pastel Easter eggs. It's the perfect front door decoration for your Easter home and it's pretty easy to put together with artificial components you find at craft stores like Michaels.

    Felt Easter egg basket 

    We are totally smitten with this cute yet oddly elegant Felt Easter Egg Basket! Put it on your Easter table as a centerpiece or hand it to your child for their Easter egg hunt. You can make it by hand following this tutorial.

    Edible Easter terrarium

    We're all about decor that doubles as an indulgent treat! This Edible Easter Terrarium craft project is as delicious as it is adorable. You'll be surprised and delighted to learn that everything inside the terrarium display is edible and delicious -- from the Oreo dirt to the chocolate Easter bunny hiding in it!

    Speckled Robin's Egg Mason Jar Vase

    If you have a mason jar, you're halfway to having a beautiful Easter-themed vase! Basically you just paint, accent, let dry and fill with your favourite flowers! If you're not sure what a Robin's egg looks like, think pale blue speckled with tiny brown dots. Follow the full project tutorial here.

    Best of luck with your DIY projects this year! Timbercreek hopes that you enjoy Easter to the fullest.

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

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