• How to keep your dog away from your Christmas presents

    Dec 24, 2018

    The Holidays are an exciting time for the whole family, including your pets. Timbercreek Communities wants to help make sure every member of the family has a happy holiday. Here are some tips for how to keep your dog away from your Christmas presents, and your tree.

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    Go Bare and Artificial

    Pine needles may not be toxic to you pet, but they are sharp and can cause discomfort if ingested. An artificial tree may be less interesting to your pet. When you first set up your tree, leave it bare for a few days. This will give you pet time to investigate this curious addition to home and quickly lose interest in it, even when it becomes adorned with lights and bobbles.

    No Low Lights

    Once your dog has lost interest in your bare, artificial tree, it’s time to decorate it. To help your furry friend avoid temptation, and possible electric shock, make sure not to string any lights on the lower branches. Keeping things out of sight will help keep them out of mind for your pet. Hide any electrical cords running to or from the tree under a tree skirt, or use adhesive-backed cord clips to keep them out of reach of curious snouts.

    Christmas Tree Security

    To make sure your tree is secure, invest in a sturdy tree stand. For a second layer of tree security, you may want to rig up a homemade low-tech Xmas tree security system. Simply place aluminum cans filled with some dry beans, or noisy metal bolts, on the bottom limbs of the tree. If your pooch starts nosing around the bottom of the tree, they’ll sound the rattle-y alarm. Remember to keep fragile ornaments up in the higher branches.

    Take a Pass on Edible Ornaments

    Strings of popcorn, candy canes or anything else that can be seen as an enticing and tasty treat should be left off of your tree. Also, don’t store gifts of chocolate, even when it is wrapped, under your tree. If a brightly coloured tree that grew treats on and under its branches suddenly appeared in your living room, you’d probably want to investigate too!

    Pretty Plants can be Poison

    Mistletoe, Holly and Poinsettias are all potentially poison to your pets. If you decorate with these plants, make sure to keep them well out of reach of your four-legged friend. Nobody likes to be sick during the Holidays.

    Happy Holidays from Timbercreek Communities! We hope these tips and tricks protect your pet, presents, and tree this Christmas. 

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

  • DIY Christmas decorations to make with your kids

    Dec 05, 2018

    ‘Tis the season to get crafty and spend some quality creative time with your family. Timbercreek Communities has some fun and easy DIY Christmas decoration projects to share with you. We hope you get the chance to make them with your kids this December.

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    Magical Macaroni

    Grab some pasta and create some Christmas magic with these Magical Macaroni decorations. If you don’t have elbow noodles, don’t worry! Pretty much every pasta shape will work for this project -- from penne to farfalle, and everything in between. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. All you need is glue and paint and you can create stars and snowflakes. Click here to learn more.

    Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments

    These Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments are a great way for kids to put their fingerprints on some keepsake ornaments and really make their mark. Choose plain matte coloured ornament balls as the thumbprints will show up better on them than on the shiny ones. Your kids will love that they can do this project almost entirely by themselves. Dip a thumb in brown paint and make your mark -- this will serve as the reindeer face. Add eyes, nose and antlers with a permanent marker. Make sure to do at least one red-nosed reindeer! Click here to learn more.

    Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees

    If you over estimated how many cupcakes you’d be baking this season, these Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees can put your materials to good use. Start by making a cone shape out of cardstock, then add ruffled cupcake liners to the cardstock cone base to make brances. You may need to use more than one liner to get all the way around. Before you reach to top of the tree, cover the tip with the centre of a liner and continue to add ruffles all the way to the top. Click here to learn more.

    Candy Cane Christmas Trees

    You and your kids will love making these Candy Cane Christmas Trees. All you need is some green felt, glue and various buttons and beads to use as ornaments. Cut a piece of felt to size (you’ll want the candy cane ‘trunk’ to show). Cut slits in the felt to insert the candy cane. Glue on buttons, beads and whatever other ornaments you like. Click here to learn more.

    Terra Cotta Pot Snowmen

    Turn old terracotta pots in cute Terracotta Pot Snowmen. In addition to the pots you’ll need acrylic paint (white, black, and various other colours), scissors, paper and glue. Paint the pots white, then paint on some snowman faces and decorate them however you like. Click here to learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes these simple craft projects help you carve out some quality time with your kids, and leave you with sentimental souvenirs this season.

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

  • The best winter 2018 decor trends

    Dec 03, 2018

    Don’t settle for ordinary, go for extraordinary! If your apartment is in need of a seasonal refresh, Timbercreek Communities wants to help. Here are some of the best winter 2018 decor trends to try.

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    1. Big Florals

    Floral prints are back in a big way this winter, and we mean that literally. Oversized floral prints on blankets and pillows, as well as oversized floral artwork adorning the walls, are in. The bigger and bolder the better.

    If you give the look a try in your home, consider complementing it with a dried flower arrangement on your table. This trend is rising on Pinterest, with searches up 345 percent over last year. It’s a great way to bring a touch of nature home with you, without worrying about having to water anything.

    2. Navy

    Dark colours can definitely feel a bit gloomy, but Navy Blue seems to be the exception to this rule. A rich, dark Navy can make a room feel stable, and at the same time, mysterious. The classic-feeling deep colour is reminiscent of the ocean, so it can create a calm atmosphere in almost any room. And the feeling of staring off into the infinite blue yonder can be great for creativity. Navy Blue is a timeless trend.

    3. Modern Neutrals

    The last few years have seen lots of darker wood tones. This year, the trend is pointing toward modern neutral tones. That means more blonde wood and simple, natural patinas. This look pairs perfectly with Navy Blue as well as soft greys.

    4. Mixed metals

    Luxe is making a comeback this year. Rich and sumptuous materials like velvet, accented with shiny gold and silver metallics are big. This trend includes brass accents, especially in the kitchen. The mixed metallics trend is easy to incorporate with a simple and stunning brass bowl or pitcher.

    5. Statement Rugs

    A bold and bright area rug is an on-trend way to bring some colour, creativity and artistry into your home. Why should walls have all the fun? Depending on what other choices you’ve made, a patterned or solid colour rug can really tie your look together. A rug with gold or metallic elements can check a couple of boxes on the hot winter trends list.

    We hope you incorporate these fabulous winter decor trends into your apartment. Don’t wait too long or they might go out of style!

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

  • 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.

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    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.

     

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Public Skating Rinks - Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec

    Dec 21, 2017

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    Whether you’ve got weak ankles, wobbly knees, or used to be a pro, winter skating can be a lot of fun. While ice hockey requires a ton of protective gear (and other players), you only need a pair of skates to enjoy a leisurely afternoon glide on the ice. Across Canada, most cities have at least one easy-access public skating rink where families, loved ones, and friends can enjoy a winter afternoon or evening. To get you back on the ice this winter, Timbercreek brings you this list of public skating rinks in Toronto, Ottawa, and Quebec City.

    Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink

    While Nathan Phillips is without question the most popular skating rink option in Toronto, the rink at Harbourfront is an unsung hero. It’s nothing less than magical. With views of Lake Ontario, the Harbourfront bandshell, and the open starry sky, Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink is a stunner. It’s also got Boxcar Social just a hop away for a post (or pre, or both) skate libation. Learn more here.

    Rideau Canal Skateway

    Each winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the Rideau Canal Skateway -- the world’s largest skating rink. At 7.8 kilometres long, it stretches from downtown Ottawa to Dows Lake. Skating season typically runs from January until late February, with many activities taking place in February during Winterlude. Skating is available in the open sections of the Skateway until 10 pm or 11pm daily, and skates can be rented at select locations. Learn more here.

    Quebec: Place D'Youville skating rink

     

    Open from mid-October to mid-March, Place D’Youville let’s you skate in style in the heart of the city. Glide across a refrigerated rink amid the ambiance of Old Québec, just across from Porte Saint-Jean and Capitole de Québec. With free admission and skate rentals available onsite, this gem of a rink ticks all the boxes. You can also warm up after your skate at Café-boulangerie Paillard. Learn more.


    Timbercreek hopes that this list of the best public skating rinks in Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City gets you out for a skate this winter season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Holiday Checklist: Entertaining

    Dec 20, 2017
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    It’s Holiday time! Tis’ the season to deck the halls, buy or make heartfelt gifts, and strategically place the mistletoe. With Holiday celebrations comes great expectations.  If you’re planning on throwing a party this Holiday, Timbercreek  has created this Holiday Checklist for entertaining so you won’t miss a beat.

    Caroling party

    You don’t have to be Adele, Holiday songs are made for for everyone to sing -- tone deaf and vocally blessed alike.  So belt out some carols this year! With a little prep, you can host a caroling party that’ll be fun for all. Choose a setlist, print out some lyrics, find karaoke versions (or if someone plays guitar or piano go for it), and get busy. Healthy doses of wine or eggnog tend to make voices much, much better.

    Holiday Craft Hang

    For most of us, ‘busy’ is an understatement during the holidays. With so much to do before the big day, time with friends can fall by the wayside. Why not invite some friends over to tackle your Holiday crafts? Everyone has to take time to handle card writing, gift tagging,  gift wrapping, and (for the ambitious) gift making. So get together to plow through your collective to-do lists while swapping stories, blasting holiday tunes, and enjoying cookies and rum toddies.

     

    Holiday Cookie or Dessert Potluck

    When in doubt, delegate and diversify. Get more for less by hosting a Holiday cookie (or Holiday dessert) pot-luck. It’s super easy to do -- just invite a group of friends and ask everyone to bring their favourite Holiday treat. Have each person make one type of cookie or dessert to share (and a display plate). Then bring everyone together to sample the goods, and trade and package up leftovers in takeout containers or cookie tins. Easy peasy.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you entertain with style this holiday season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.
  • Winterize Your Pet

    Dec 19, 2017

    They might have a furry coat, but your pet can still get very cold in the winter. It never hurts to keep them safe and warm any way you can. Timbercreek Communities is here to help you with tips for how to winterize your pet.

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    Pet Jackets

    When it’s really cold outside, you wouldn’t dream of venturing out without a coat on. Why should your dog have to? Smaller dogs, with a higher ratio of body weight to body surface, lose heat easily. Doggie jackets and vests are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles to suit your shepherd or schnauzer.

    Pet Shoes

    Along with all the winter snow, comes all that winter ice, sand and salt. Salt does a great job of melting the ice, but it can do a number on a dog’s tender paws. If your pet ingests any of the salt by licking it’s sore paws, it can also get a tummy ache. Protect your pooch’s paws with a pair of boots or waterproof rubber socks. If your dog refuses to wear boots, make sure to rinse their feet thoroughly after contact with sand or salt.

    Invisible Boots

    Getting a dog to wear booties when they don’t want to wear is as easy as a magic trick. Fortunately, there is nothing magic about invisible boots. It’s actually a nontoxic wax that's rubbed on and in-between a dog's paws. Musher’s Secret was originally developed to soothe and protect the paws of hardworking Canadian sled dogs. The wax-based cream is easy to apply, moisturizes and helps to heal wounds. It’s useful year round as it also protects paws from hot pavement in the summertime.

    Identification Collars

    An ID collar is a must-have for any dog or cat, but never more so than in the winter. When temperatures drop, your pet is at an increased risk of harm. It’s important to locate them as soon as possible if they run away. No one ever plans on their pet getting lost, but with a little precaution and planning, you can make the unthinkable much easier to deal with. Reflective collars are easier to see in the snow and easier for drivers to see.

    Timbercreek wishes you and your pet a happy and healthy winter! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Best Snow Boots for Canadian Winters

    Dec 13, 2017

    It’s no secret that Canada gets cold in the winter. But Canadians are resilient, and some even like the frosty season! Winter can be great if you're ready for it. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you prepare with the best snow boots for Canadian winters.

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    Sorel

    Sorel is one of the most trusted and recognizable boot brands in Canada. When the cold weather hits, you’ll see many-a-pair of their classic Caribou ($200) boots out on the streets. The brand goes well beyond the Caribou, with both heavy-duty and low-profile styles for the whole family starting at around $100. Their boots are designed to keep your toes toasty in temperatures as low as -32 Celsius.

    Kamik

    When you want stylish boots designed for life in Canada, you can’t go wrong with Kamik. The Cook family has owned and operated the company since its founding in 1898! The Montreal-based (and proudly Canadian-made) brand offers many styles and options, all perfect for Canadian winters. They also boast a sustainable manufacturing process and recycling program that will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. They are also very affordable. Their long-lasting, adult winter boots range from $90 to $190 and are suitable for temperatures as low as -32 degrees Celsius.

    Pajar

    Another proud Montreal-based and family-owned company is Pajar. They are well known for their warm winter boots that never compromise on style. Choose from their

    Canada Heritage Premium Collection -- 100% waterproof boots that are leather-lined with rich genuine sheepskin. These boots are guaranteed to keep you warm in temperatures as low as -40 Celsius. The Pajar Sport collection features waterproof membranes and ice gripping soles with click out spikes to keep you stable. They can withstand temperatures as low as -30 Celsius. Their luxurious Oslo Apres Ski Collection are warm, funky and fashionable. Their most popular boots are in the $200 range.

    La Canadienne

    Montreal is the centre for style in Canada. La Canadienne offers stylish and streamlined women’s fashion winter boots. Available primarily in black and lined with shearling, these boots are designed to keep you warm while fitting in flawlessly with your business casual wardrobe.

    Cougar

    Cougar makes waterproof boots designed in Canada for Canadian winters. There are many styles to choose from. You can't go wrong with the classic Original Pillow Boots ($230) -- if you grew up in Canada you've definitely seen them before. Cougar offers styles that range from rugged to refined, all featuring the warm insulation and weather resistance you need to protect you in plummeting temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius.

    Timbercreek hopes you keep yourself comfy and warm in these great snow boots for Canadian winters. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Creative Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

    Dec 12, 2017

    The holiday season is a busy time for all of us. With all the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to forget to slow down and breathe. Carve out an hour for yourself to create some fun DIY craft decor at home. Timbercreek Communities has some creative Christmas tree decorating ideas for you!

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    Pinecone Christmas Tree

    Don't waste your money on ornaments this year, decorate you Christmas tree with pinecones instead! It sounds strange but it totally works! To create a Pinecone Christmas Tree you’ll need craft glue, a paintbrush, glitter, a bowl, hot glue gun, mini glass balls or beads, twine, a needle and thread and scissors. Brush the craft glue over the tips of the pinecone scales. Spoon the glitter onto the scales, over a bowl. Use hot glue to create drop ornaments of pinecones of descending size. Glue the ball between each pinecone. For the garland, string small pinecones together with heavy duty thread and a strong needle. Alternate with red and green beads between each pinecone until the desired length is reached. The best part about making your own ornaments is that you'll cherish them for years to come.

    Treeless Ladder Tree

    If you think buying a real Christmas tree is wasteful, you are not alone! But there's something undeniably magical about them. This year, skip the tree and decorate a ladder instead for the same warm and cozy effect! This Treeless Ladder Tree is created by stringing lights, twiggy garlands, Hydrangeas and selected greens around an old wooden step ladder! There are no rules,  just pure creativity. Have a look around your apartment and grab anything festive that you think would look nice on your ladder. Think tone and texture rather than rhyme or reason. Have fun!

    DIY Clay Star Tree

    Create your own Christmas magic with these DIY Clay Stars for your Christmas tree. Start by rolling out the clay with a rolling pin. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut the clay. Remember to remove the excess clay around the edges before removing the cutter. This helps to keep the edges clean and reduces warping. Use a toothpick to make a hole at the top of the star where you can put string or ribbon through once the clay is out of the oven and cooled.

    Children's Tree

    This is a great DIY project if you have kids or nieces and nephews. They will love helping you create felt animal ornaments to put on the tree this year. Start by downloading and printing the free template. You can adjust the size of the templates to fit your tree and your taste. Cut out two of each template -- one that shows the black outline and one that omits it. Pin the black outline template to some light coloured felt. Trace it with a disappearing-ink pen, then cut out. Pin and trace the other template twice on some coloured felt. Remove the template and cut out. Once you're done, hang the felt ornaments from gold or silver thread. Adorable!

    Happy Holidays from Timbercreek! We hope you give these creative DIY christmas tree decorating ideas a try this holiday season. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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