• Property Highlight: 100 Tyndall Avenue

    Mar 19, 2020

    Are you on the hunt for a fabulous new apartment in Toronto? 100 Tyndall Avenue is calling your name! This pet-friendly community --located near High Park and Parkdale-- is perfect for young professionals, working couples, and families. This is your opportunity to live in one of Toronto's hottest neighbourhoods. Don't miss your chance!

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    About your new neighbourhood 

    Wait till you see your new hood! 100 Tyndall Avenue is located in one of Toronto's most sought-after neighbourhoods -- Parkdale, near Liberty Village. The area is bursting at the seams with fine shops, bars, boutiques, and restaurants. We are just a short walk from amazing King Street West and Queen Street West -- where you can enjoy even more fabulous bars, restaurants, art galleries, shops and boutiques. If you're into vintage stores, hip bars, and independent shops, you'll love living only 10 minutes from Roncesvalles Village. If you have children, you'll be pleased to see that the area boasts fine schools and many high-quality recreational facilities. Sports fans will celebrate being located close to BMO Field and Allan Lamport Stadium. There's also a vibrant nightlife scene in the area and you'll be within easy walking distance of entertainment landmarks like The Great Hall, The Drake Hotel and The Gladstone Hotel. We are close to some of Toronto's best parks, including High Park, Trinity Bellwoods, and the waterfront spaces at Marilyn Bell Park and Budapest Park.

    Getting around 

    The streetcars on King and Queen Street will make zipping across town an absolute breeze. If you're a night owl, you'll be pleased to learn that the Queen 501 streetcar runs 24/7. If you're a commuter, rest assured that we are located mere minutes from the Gardiner Expressway and a 10-minute streetcar ride from the center of downtown Toronto. 

    About the apartment community 

    This fabulous apartment community is located in a quiet pocket of a lively area -- on a residential street with an abundance of mature trees, surrounded by lovely Victorian homes. It is designed for convenience. It features a welcoming lobby, on-site laundry facilities, underground parking, and onsite property management for speedy and reliable assistance. Our freshly-renovated, open-concept suites will impress you. All units have balconies (some with stunning views of Lake Ontario), energy-efficient lighting, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and vinyl plank flooring. 

    Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to call 100 Tyndall Avenue! Contact Timbercreek Communities today to arrange a viewing. Call 647-490-9170, or click here to email us.

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  • How to get pet odours out of your furniture and apartment

    Mar 12, 2020

    Are you a proud pet owner? We adore pets! They make life so much more fun and their unconditional love is truly remarkable. But let's be real -- not everything about pet ownership is a bed of roses. Pet odour, for example, is rather unpleasant. If you dislike the smell of your pet-filled apartment, there's hope! Here are some pro tips for getting pesky pet odours out of your home.

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    Wash your pet's bed

    Does your pet curl up somewhere cozy in your home? Whether that's a pet bed or a select area of your couch, you're going to want to clean that area as thoroughly as possible. It's likely the most concentrated source of the bad pet odours you're enduring. If the area or bed has a removable fabric cover, take it off and wash it. Try to do this once a week or so for optimal freshness.

    Sweep and mop your hardwood or laminate floors

    Your pet leaves a lot of unwanted hair, dirt and dander behind. A lot of that winds up on your flooring. If you have hardwood or laminate, it's key to mop and sweep your floors on the regular. This will be key in your efforts to keep your home smelling clean. We recommend sweeping or swiffering first, mopping second. Be sure to use a non-toxic cleaning solution when you mop to protect your furry friend. Even diluted dish soap works!

    Vacuum

    If you have rugs or carpeting in your home, vacuuming often is key. Dander and pet hair get trapped in the fibers of your carpets and rugs. They also live on your furniture, so be sure to vacuum your couch etc. as well. If your pet can't handle vacuuming, put them in a bedroom and shut the door while you get to work.

    Try an air filter

    It never hurts to have a good air filter when you have pets. It can suck up some of the hair and dander your pet leaves behind. Be careful to regularly change the filters and run it at all times for maximum efficiency. 

    Try an enzyme cleaner 

    If you have a cat, you probably already know how potent the smell of cat urine can be. If you can't get rid of urine smell, it might be time to try an enzyme cleaner. Clean the area with vinegar and then apply the enzyme cleaner to the area and let it sit for hours to dry. Put an upside down bowl or a laundry basket over the area while it sits to keep your cat away.

    Keep your litter box clean

    It's critical to clean your litter box regularly to stay on top of odours. A good trick is to add baking soda to help absorb the smell. 

    Wash pillow and cushion covers

    If you have removable fabric furniture covers, wash them often. A lot of dander and pet hair winds up on your furniture so it's important to keep it as clean as you can.

    Open up

    When it's not 10 below zero outside (ie. spring, summer and fall), opening up your windows and doors can make a big difference. Let in some fresh air to air out your less-than-fresh apartment. 

    We hope you try these great methods for keeping your home pet-odour free! Timbercreek hopes that these tips help you enjoy a breath of fresh air.

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

  • Hearty meal ideas for vegans and vegetarians

    Mar 04, 2020

    A lot of people won't try eating vegetarian or vegan because they fear they'll be starving all the time, will become protein deficient, and will have to live off salads. This couldn't be further from the truth! There are countless vegan and vegetarian recipes for hearty meals that are just as filling and enjoyable as omnivore meals. Try these hearty vegan and vegetarian recipes.

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    Burrito or Burrito Bowl

    When you're vegan or vegetarian and looking for something filling, healthy and hearty, you can't go wrong with a burrito or burrito bowl. It's a great way to pack in a ton of veggies, protein and carbohydrates. Try this hearty vegan burrito recipe that's loaded with black beans, corn, shredded lettuce, sundried tomato rice, guacamole, pico de gallo salsa, and vegan sour cream. Not everyone wants to load up on carbs, so a burrito bowl can be a great, lower-carb alternative. Check out this delicious, vegan and gluten free Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl recipe. It's loaded with flavourful riced cauliflower, seasoned black beans, grilled peppers and onions, and guacamole. 

    Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta 

    Is there anything more hearty and comforting than a big bowl of creamy pasta? We think not! Traditionally it's not the healthiest dinner option though. Luckily for you, food bloggers the world over have taken the case and developed tons of healthier takes on creamy pasta sauces. If you love Fettuccine Alfredo, you owe it to yourself to try its healthy cousin, Cauliflower Alfredo! It's the creamy white sauce you love, but loaded with pureed cauliflower for extra fiber, vitamins and minerals.  Here's a vegetarian recipe to try, and here's a vegan one.

    Vegan Fish and Chips

    You might be surprised to learn that you can veganize fish and chips! When you're craving something deep fried, crispy and savoury, this delicious vegan fish and chips recipe won't let you down. You'll be blown away by the convincing beer-battered deep fried tofu "fish" fillets served with crispy baked fries.

    Chickpea Tuna Salad Sandwich 

    One of the easiest and most delicious things to veganize is a tuna salad sandwich because mashed chickpeas are a convincing stand in for canned tuna fish. If you're up to trying it, you don't need a recipe. Just mash some chickpeas in a bowl with a fork. Mix in your favourite tuna salad add ins like mayo, pickles, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and you've got a fabulous sandwich filling. If you want to make the flavour extra convincing, toss in some dulse flakes or kelp flakes for a fishier flavour without the fish. If you don't want to risk making a disappointing sandwich, try this recipe.

    We hope you give one of these delicious vegan and vegetarian recipes a try! Timbercreek hopes that they fill you up and crush your cravings. 

     

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

  • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these green recipes

    Mar 03, 2020

    It's finally March, which means spring is just around the corner and St. Patrick's Day is here! Celebrate with these festive green recipes that are perfect for the holiday.

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    Shamrock Shake 

    Have you ever had a shamrock shake? You might have tried one at McDonald's. They're kind of hard to forget -- bright green and taste like mint! They're a delicious drink that's a perfect dessert or snack for a festive St. Patrick's Day. You can even make one healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast by following this Keto, Paleo and Vegan recipe.

    Green Goddess Salad Dressing

    If you've never tried a Green Goddess Salad dressing, you're missing out! It's wonderfully herbal, creamy and savoury. You can put it on just about anything! For a festive St. Patrick's Day lunch, try it on a bed of mixed greens and sliced cucumbers. 

    Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge 

    It doesn't get much more green or delicious than this decadent Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge! It's easy to make, tasty and delightfully reminiscent of mint chocolate chip ice cream. It's the perfect thing to bring to a St. Patrick's Day party or get together. 

    Matcha Macarons

    For a sophisticated and stunning St. Patrick's Day dessert, try this recipe for these gorgeous Matcha Macarons with Mango Buttercream. They're dainty, elegant and taste divine. The perfect bite to pair with a green cocktail or a pretty matcha latte.

    We hope you give one of these fabulous green recipes a go this St. Patrick's Day! Timbercreek hopes that you enjoy the holiday to the fullest.

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

  • Property Highlight: 15 Bently Drive

    Feb 26, 2020

    If you're on the hunt for a wonderful new apartment to call home in the heart of Halifax, look no further! 15 Bently Drive is calling your name. This is your opportunity to live in a fantastic apartment community in sought-after Clayton Park West. 

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    About your new neighbourhood 

    Welcome to Halifax's Clayton Park West community. If you're new to it, it couldn't be more convenient. Everything is at your fingertips here. You can easily enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment at the Bayers Lake shopping district, and commuters will love having easy access to Highway 102. Fitness enthusiasts  and outdoorsy types will be happy to learn that the Halifax Mainland Common, a large recreational area consisting of parkland and walking trails, is located just a short walk away. The Canada Games Sports Complex is also close by. 

    Adventure waits outside your door here. You'll have easy access to public transit, beautiful 

    parks, delicious restaurants, fun pubs and memorable entertainment venues. 

    About the apartment community 

    The buildings that make up the community of 15 Bently Drive are new and waiting for you to call them home. They boast spacious, open-concept suites with premium amenities. You'll love it here!  Our condo-style apartments feature in-suite laundry, granite countertops, custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and much more. 

    Other community highlights include a gym, party room, and professional building management located on-site. Parking is also available. 

    Don't miss this fabulous opportunity! Contact Timbercreek Communities today to arrange a viewing. Call 902-703-7367 or click here to email us.

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  • How to wear skirts and dresses in winter without freezing

    Feb 17, 2020

    Winter is in full freeze but that doesn’t mean you have to dress like it’s 20 below outside. You can look chic and stay warm -- you can even wear skirts and dresses in the winter! To help you wear your favourite skirts or dresses in the colder months, here are some fashionable tips to make your outfits more winter-friendly.

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    Wear high boots

    This tip is key. If you love wearing skirts and dresses, but you live in a cold climate, high boots can be your best friend. Look for thigh-high boots or at least boots that reach your knees to ensure the bulk of your legs have coverage and wind protection

    Wear opaque tights or leggings

    Instead of going bare-legged or wearing stockings, wear leggings under a skirt or dress. This will help shield your legs from winter’s cold temperatures and bitter wind. You might not get the exact look you’re after but you won’t get frostbite either.

    Wear longer skirts

    Mini skirts can be great but they’re not well suited to winter. Opt for longer skirts like knee-length or floor-length skirts. They’ll keep you warmer and will look just as good.

    Wear a long coat

    If your heart is set on wearing a short skirt in winter, you can keep yourself warm by wearing a long coat over it. It looks great and is a totally practical solution to the problem. Look for a long and warm peacoat or a long puffer coat to stay extra toasty.

    Wear leg warmers

    If you want to wear a skirt to an indoor event, but you need to get from point A to point B and it’s cold outside, give leg warmers a try. You can wear them with virtually any shoes and they’ll keep your legs toasty warm. Once safely inside, simply take them off and stash them in your purse.

    Timbercreek hopes that these tips for how to wear skirts and dresses in winter help you stay chic and warm this season. 

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

  • 4 DIY Winter Blankets

    Feb 13, 2020

    With winter in full swing in Canada, now is the perfect time to get cozy and crafty at home! To help you enjoy the season to the fullest, here are some epic DIY winter blanket projects to try. They’re fun to do and will make your apartment even cozier!

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    No-sew fleece blanket

    If you’re looking for a fun and easy DIY project that requires no special skills, give this no-sew blanket project a try. Basically you use fleece that won’t fray and cut it around the edges to make knotted ends. The end result is pretty attractive and the process couldn’t be easier. This is a great starter project for people who don’t DIY. Make it

    Faux-fur throw

    When winter is at its worst, it’s nice to have a cozy blanket to wrap around you. If you want the ultimate cozy blanket, you need to make this DIY Faux-fur Throw Blanket project. It’s really easy and the end product is plush and warm. It’s also pretty chic and will look awesome draped over your couch or bed. Make it.

    Patchwork sweater blanket

    If you’re a bit of a clothes hoarder, you can hold onto the clothing you love --without the guilt-- with this Patchwork Sweater Blanket project. Basically it’s a blanket compsed of old sweaters pieced together like a patchwork quilt. It’s a great way to upcycle clothing you no longer wear and divert that clothing from winding up in a landfill. Make it.

    DIY Chunky knit blanket

    Instead of buying an expensive chunky knit blanket, make your own for way less with little-to-no hassle! All you need is oversized yarn and your hands. Watch this easy-to-follow video to learn the process (and how to fix any mistakes). This blanket looks amazing, is warm and cozy, and would make a great handmade gift!

    We hope you give one of these DIY blanket projects a try! Timbercreek hopes that these homemade blankets keep you cozy and warm.

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

  • How to protect your pet this winter

    Feb 11, 2020

    Your pet is part of your family so it’s very important to go out of your way for them. They provide you with so much love and affection and expect so little in return. This winter, protect your pet with these tips.

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    Dress them up

    It won’t hurt to give your dog or cat a little extra clothing if they’ll be spending ample time outdoors with you. Try a pet coat, vest, hat and/or shrug to protect their body and head from the cold. 

    Try booties

    Road salt can be harful to your pet’s paws and quite painful. Protect their feet with waterproof booties. Look for booties with good grip so your pets don’t slip on icy streets and sidewalks.

    Take shorter walks more often

    You don’t enjoy walking for long periods of time when you’re chilled and neither does your pet, but they still need to walk. Instead of going for an epic walk, take several shorter walks instead. Try to make them long enough that your pet can do their business, but short enough that they don’t shiver too much. Most pets will let you know when they want to head back in the winter, but don’t stray too far from home to ensure they don’t freeze on the return journey.

    Make a cozy nook for them at home

    If your home is drafty, your pet will feel it. Ensure they have a cozy space where they are free to snuggle. This could be a fluffy dog bed, a couch or comfy chair or a big pillow on the floor. 

    Dry them off after spending time outdoors

    Your pet might love frolicking in the snow and slush in winter, but by the time they get home they will be cold, wet and miserable. Leave a towel by your front door and take time to dry them off and remove salt from their paws and fur if it is caught. Your pet will be healthier and happier for it and your furniture will thank you! 

    We hope you and your pet have a wonderful winter! Timbercreek hopes that these winter pet protection tips make it your best season together yet.

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

  • Affordable Valentine’s Day date night ideas we love

    Feb 11, 2020

    Planning a date night for Valentine’s Day? If you’re on a tight budget, going out can be tricky. We want to help you enjoy a magical date with your date. Here are some fabulous Valentine’s Day date night ideas that won’t cost an arm and a leg.

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    Cook dinner

    If you really want to impress your date, on a budget, pull out all the stops and cook for them. Few things are sweeter than a delicious homemade meal. You’ll earn extra points if cooking isn’t your thing and you give it your all. If you’re new to the kitchen, there are countless recipes online tailored to beginners. Pro tip: ask if your date has any food allergies or restrictions before choosing what to make. 

    Go out for dessert

    Dinner on the town can be a bit pricey if you don’t have a big budget for your date night. A dessert on the town can be just as sweet, if not sweeter, and much more affordable. Pick a nice late night cafe, bar or restaurant and invite your date out for dessert. If you want to be super cute about it, you could both order a dessert or two to share. Ask if your date has food restrictions to ensure the place you suggest can accomodate them.

    Go skating

    If you can skate, you can go skating with your sweetheart. It’s a really fun winter activity that can easily be romantic. Hold hands, sip cheap hot chocolate and unwind as you take in the night (or day) together on the ice. Skating outdoors under the moonlight tends to be a bit nicer than indoors under a flourescent light.

    Go for a walk

    Another fun and active activity for your Valentine’s Day date night is going for a scenic walk. If you live near a beautiful park, ravine or trail, taking a scenic winter walk can be very romantic and fun. It will give you two plenty of time to talk or get to know eachother. Dress warmly, wear sensible shoes and bring snacks and drinks so you don’t have to cut it short.

    Go bowling

    If you want to plan an affordable date in a lighthearted environment, bowling can be a lot of fun. Going for a game is usually affordable but it can get pricey if you stay for hours. If your budget is tight, plan a post-bowl activity to ensure you don’t blow it all in one place.  

    Go see some comedy

    A comedy show is a great date night activity. The jokes will break the ice and put you and your date at ease. It’s usually an affordable activity too as many comedy clubs cost about $10 to $20 to visit. 

    Have a picnic

    If you live in a cold part of Canada we don’t recommend this, but if you’re in a mild climate a picnic can be a really fun date night plan. Pick a scenic spot and bring prepared foods or prep your own meal. If your budget is tight, sandwiches are affordable and easy to make. They also travel well.

    Go see a band

    Going to see a band can be affordable and fun. When we say “a band” we mean a local band as seeing a famous band can get really expensive fast. To earn extra points with your date, try to pick a local band that your date loves that is playing a show. If that doesn’t pan out, take the opportunity to introduce your date to a band you love instead.

    Grab a drink

    Though a bit generic, grabbing a drink is a classic date for a reason. It’s budget-friendly and will give you and your date an opportunity to get to know eachother and chat. Try to pick a bar based on ambiance. Look for something not too noisy or way too crowded. 

    We hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day date night! Timbercreek hopes that these affordable date night ideas impress you and your date.

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

  • The best winter events in Ottawa

    Feb 05, 2020

    With winter in full swing in Ottawa, now is the perfect time to get out of the house and have fun at a winter event! To help you enjoy the season to the fullest, here are some local winter events in the capital that you have to visit.

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    Winterlude 

    If winter in Ottawa’s got you down, you’re doing it wrong! Thankfully Winterlude festival exists to encourage you to do it right. Celebrate the season from now until February 17th, 2020! This event is free! It’s your chance to gawk at beautiful ice sculptures, skate on the Rideau Canal, and play in a majestic Snowflake Kingdom. There’s a lot more than just those activities to enjoy though, so bundle up and prepare to be amazed by winter! 

     

    Northern Lights 2020 

    Winter is a great time to do cool things indoors in Ottawa. If you are into culture and art, be sure to check out The Northern Lights Business & Cultural Showcase. This showcase is designed to shine a light on Eastern Arctic and North business, industry, history, and culture. It attracts thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors each year! If you’re interested in experiencing the culture and history of Eastern Arctic and North regions, the Arts & Cultural Pavilion is a great place to visit within the conference as it will feature demonstrations and displays from up and coming and established artists, craftspeople, and performers. Visit the pavilion from February 6th to 8th, 2020.

     

    Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest 

    When it’s cold outside, it’s always a good idea to heat things up inside. Bundle up, head out and hit a club or two for Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest! Since 1980, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival has been blowing music lovers’ minds. It plays host to talented artists from across Canada and beyond. Rather than one big blowout, the concerts take place in a series of smaller venues across the city, from January 30th through February 1st. You can buy tickets for individual shows on the event’s website.  

    Kidsfest 

    On February 29th and March 1st, parents and kiddos gather to celebrate childhood and parenting at Kidsfest Ottawa -- Ottawa’s biggest kids show! Brace yourself because there’s a lot to take in here! The event features 50,000 square feet of fun and learning. Be sure to bring friends with you because there is almost too much fun to be had here. Expect bouncy castles, interactive activities, magic, animals and Star Wars characters! Get your tickets now while you still can!

    We hope you give one of these fabulous Ottawa events a go this winter! Timbercreek hopes that you enjoy this magical season to the fullest.

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

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    Are you on the hunt for a fabulous new apartment in Toronto? 100 Tyndall Avenue is calling your name! This pet-friendly community --located near High Park and Parkdale-- is perfect for young professionals, working couples, and families. This is your opportunity to live in one of Toronto's hottest neighbourhoods. Don't miss your chance!
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