• Movember Contest - Grow Your Mo!

    Oct 29, 2018

    The Movember Foundation

    The Movember Foundation has one simple, yet profound mission. To stop men from dying before their time.

    Men are facing a health crisis that it isn’t being talked about nearly enough. The mustache serves as the foundation’s ribbon. It’s meant to start conversations, raise money, and ultimately, save lives. The Movember Foundation is the leading charity dedicated to tackling the biggest health issues that men face:

    Prostate Cancer

    Prostate cancer kills an average of 45 men every hour.  It’s one of the most common forms of cancer in men and rates are on the rise. It’s estimated that by 2030 there will be 1.7 million men living with prostate cancer. Presently this disease takes the lives of hundreds of thousands of men each year, and survivors often live with serious side effects from treatment.

    Testicular Cancer

    Testicular cancer can feel particularly tragic as it often strikes young. Most cases are men between 15 and 40 years old. There is a 95% survival rate, but that still leaves 1 in 20 that won’t live through it.

    Mental Health

    All over the world, suicide rates are alarmingly high, yet there is still a stigma attached to talking about Mental Health. Three quarters of all suicides are men. That’s an average of one man a minute lost. That's every minute of every day. Far too many men are struggling in silence and isolation.

    The Movember Foundation aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by at least 25% by 2030.

    The Foundation does not take government funding, freeing it to challenge the status quo and invest time and money where it will work most effectively for men. In 15 years they have funded over 1,200 men’s health projects across the globe.

    You can join the Movember movement. Register to grow your mo, or donate directly, today.

  • Trick or treating safety tips

    Oct 25, 2018

    Halloween should feel scary, without actually being dangerous. To help you make sure your kids are safe, Timbercreek Communities wants to share some trick or treating safety tips.

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    Unmask the Danger

    A mask may add to the look of the costume, but it can really take away from your child’s ability to see what’s around them -- including traffic. Choose hypoallergenic, non-toxic makeup instead. Do a test a few days before to make sure they don’t have any skin reactions. Also be sure to wash it all off before they head to bed.

    Reflect on the Costume You Choose

    Light colours are easier for motorists to see. If your child’s costume is dark, add reflective tape to the front and back. Use a white bag or pillow case for trick or treating, and add reflectors to that, too. Also, be sure the costume fits well to avoid tripping. Try to ensure they have a full range of motion. Choose non-flammable fabrics for their costume as many Jack-o’-lanterns or home Halloween displays may use real flame candles. Use LED candles or battery powered tea lights in your own decorations.

    Safety in Numbers

    Younger children should, of course, be accompanied by an adult at all times. By the time they reach 10, some kids may be ready to go out with a group of friends. Make sure the group includes at least 4 or 5 age-appropriate children. Equip them with a flashlight and cell phone. Make it clear not to go near houses that are not well lit, and never go inside any house, apartment or vehicle. Make sure they know not to eat any treats until they get home.

    Route Planning

    If you’re child is heading out with a group of friends, make sure their route is pre-planned. Set boundaries and a curfew, and explain why it’s important to stick to it. It is safest and most efficient to work your way along one side of the street and down the other, rather than crisscrossing the road more than necessary.

    If you and your kids follow these simple safety tips, everyone should have a scary but safe Halloween!

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

  • DIY Halloween treats for your pet

    Oct 16, 2018

    Your pet may not know what Halloween is all about, but they’re sure to notice that you’re snacking on some tasty treats. Don’t leave your pal out of the fun! Timbercreek Communities wants to share some easy DIY Halloween treats for your pet.

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    Peanut Butter Doggy Bones

    Whip up a batch of Peanut Butter Doggy Bones by beating peanut butter, egg, honey, oats, whole wheat flour, vegetable oil and water into a dough. Cut the dough into the perfect shape with Dog Bone Cookie Cutters. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Make the icing by melting almond butter with oil and dipping the cooled biscuits in. They can be stored for up to two weeks in an airtight container.

    Kitty Treats

    These kitty treats are simply adorable. Make the dough with applesauce, grated carrots, canned pumpkin, oats and rice flour. Roll the dough into small balls, place on a lined baking sheet and flatten with a fork. Bake at 350°F for 7 minutes, flip and bake for another 5 minutes. This video will show you how!

    Pup Cakes

    Pup Cakes are peanut butter, applesauce and Greek yogurt based cupcakes for your dog. Complete them with a cream cheese, pumpkin, honey and yogurt frosting -- if your pooch has a sweet tooth.

    Cookies for Cats

    These Cookies for Cats are made with whole wheat flour, canned tuna in oil, and egg. Cut the dough into fish shapes, and score with a pizza cutter to make diamond shapes that look like scales. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

    Strawberry Shortcake Dog Biscuits

    These Strawberry Shortcake Dog Biscuits will delight your dog with a canine take on the classic berries and cream dessert. They look so good, you might want to share them -- if they let you!

    Timbercreek hopes you love whipping up these Halloween treats for your pet as much as your pet will love wolfing them down!

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

  • Spooky Halloween Desserts Your Kids Will Love

    Oct 08, 2018

    The spooky season of Halloween is almost upon us! Timbercreek Communities wants to help you create sweet and spooky desserts for a scary soiree or fun Halloween hangout. Here are some devilish Halloween desserts your kids will love!

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    Frankenshake and Bride of Frankenshake

    Shake up your Halloween with these spooky Frankenshake and Bride of Frankenshake milkshakes. Decorate the inside of the glass by dipping a toothpick in coloured candy melts. Draw on mouths, eyes and a few stitches and let it dry before adding the milkshake to the glasses. Top it off with crushed chocolate wafer cookie hair, and whipped cream for the bride.

    Vampire Lips

    These spooky Vampire Lips are simple enough for kids to make themselves, with a little supervision. It’s not exactly health food, but with apple slices, peanut butter, blanched almond ‘fangs’ and marshmallow teeth, it’s as close as Halloween treats get to healthy. 

    Strawberry Ghosts

    These Strawberry Ghosts are a freaky fresh fruit treat. Dip strawberries in a generous amount of melted white chocolate and let the kids easily decorate them with spooky ghost faces with just 3 chocolate chips -- 2 for the eyes and 1 for the mouth.

    Bloody Cups

    These gory, gluten-free, vegan Bloody Cups are super sweet and simple to make. You only need 3 ingredients to whip up a batch from scratch -- raspberries, maple syrup and vegan baking chocolate. Pour melted chocolate in paper-lined muffin tins. Heat the raspberries and syrup to make the bloody sauce. Sandwich the sauce between thick layers of chocolate and let it set in the fridge.

    Spooky Fingers

    Your kids will love the taste of these Spooky Fingers. You’ll love how simple they are to make -- they can practically do it themselves! All you need is melted white chocolate, thick pretzel rods, and pumpkin seeds. Coat the pretzels in melted chocolate, leaving some of one end uncovered. Press a pumpkin seed onto the tip of the coated end as a creepy finger nail. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes and you’re done!

    Timbercreek hopes these cute Halloween desserts will help make your holiday a spooktacular success!

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

  • Thanksgiving: Easy Ways to Become More Grateful

    Oct 02, 2018

    Thanksgiving is the official holiday of gratitude, by why should feeling grateful need a holiday? Science has proven gratitude is good for you. Timbercreek Communities wants to share a few ways to cultivate gratitude on an ongoing basis. Here are some easy ways to become more grateful, every day.

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    Keep a Gratitude Journal

    It helps to get our thoughts down on paper. Get into the habit of reminding yourself of all the good things in your life, big and small. Sometimes it’s the little things that we feel most grateful for. Write these things down every day. It could be something beautiful you saw, a personal attribute you have, a feeling, or the simple fact that you are alive and can feel anything at all.

    Visual Reminders

    The biggest obstacle to gratefulness is forgetfulness. It’s easy to forget what is good in our lives, especially when we are overwhelmed and stressed. Use visual reminders to trigger your gratitude. Seeing the people in your life that you are grateful for and love is a great place to start.

    Behave Gratefully

    Behaving as though you are already grateful can trigger feelings of genuine gratitude. These behaviors can include the simplest things, like saying thank you, smiling, or writing letters expressing your gratitude.

    Stick With It

    Consistency is the key. Keep reminding yourself of the good things in life. Posting sticky notes around your home about what you’re grateful for can help. You can modernize this tip by posting gratitude reminders on your phone for random times in the near future.

    Show the love

    Feeling gratitude is great, but the other side of it is expressing gratitude towards others. The thought may make you feel vulnerable, but chances are the other person would be grateful to hear it -- this can create a gratitude feedback loop that feels great!

    Timbercreek is grateful that you’ve found your home with us.

    For information on finding a new home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Elegant Fall decor to add to your home

    Sep 24, 2018

    Fall is the most naturally beautiful season of them all. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you bring a little of that autumn beauty into your apartment with some elegant fall decor to add to your home.

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    Foraged Fall Tableau

    Add some fall to your foyer with a foraged fall tableau. Look for autumn textures and colours. Colourful leaves, pumpkins and gourds in various colours and sizes, and pinecones are a good place to start. You can bleach the pinecones and arrange them in a basket for an elegant look. Whether you forage for them out in nature or online, it’s amazing how a well-chosen bell jar or glass vase can elevate anything from ‘simple’ to ‘elegant’. You can also hollow out a pumpkin and use it as a vase.

    Warm It Up

    A simple, effective, and inexpensive way to change the look and feel of a room is by tossing in a throw blanket and pillows. Elegant autumn decor should feel warm, cozy and inviting. A plaid blanket in colourful fall hues of red, orange and gold will do the trick. Drape it across the foot of you bed for chilly fall nights, or brighten up your living room sofa.

    Wreath It Up

    Adding a simple Grapevine Wreath to a window, door or empty nook can be an easy and elegant way to celebrate the season. You can customize and enhance the look by adding real or faux gourds. Don’t overdo it -- understated and elegant is the way to go.

    Chalk It Up

    Give any space an air of country charm with Chalkboard Art. Inspire yourself with a quote, draw a picture, or do anything you like. All you need is a chalkboard, chalk, and a wooden frame to give it that down-home elegance. Or, you can print this chalkboard art from Lolly Jane and create your own woodland frame.

    Leaf Art

    Hold onto a little piece of autumn by creating some wall-worthy Leaf Art. No artistic ability is required! Simply glue brightly coloured leaves to card stock with a spray mount and arrange accordingly.

    Timbercreek hopes these decor ideas help you bring the beauty of autumn into your apartment.

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

  • Celebrate the fall harvest in Canada

    Sep 18, 2018

    Timbercreek Communities wants to help you celebrate the fall harvest in Canada. Check out these fabulous farms this autumn where you can get a true taste of Canada.

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    Terra Beata

    Nestled next to the Atlantic ocean, about an hour west of Halifax, you’ll find Terra Beata. This 15-acre cranberry farm features the one and only U-pick cranberry service in Nova Scotia! They’re open year round, but high season begins with Open Farm Day on September 15th. The season runs until early November. Visit the Bog Store for farm-made preserves.

    La Ferme Quinn

    Visit La Ferme Quinn, about an hour east of Montréal, for U-pick berries and sweet corn in the summer, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. Their Fall Festival runs every weekend from September 15th to October 8th. Your $8 admission gets you access to the orchard, tractor rides, pony rides, farm animals and live music. Their Farm Shop serves up homemade products and delicious fresh baked goods.

    Chudleigh’s Farm

    Visiting Chudleigh’s Farm has been a tradition for GTA families since they first opened in 1967. Along with apple picking from August until mid October, enjoy tractor rides, pony rides, a hay maze, nature trails and more! Visit the farm store for fresh-baked pies and other sweet treats.

    Deer Meadow Farms

    Visit Deer Meadow Farms, near Winnipeg, to pick pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch, visit a Petting Farm, get lost in a corn maze, bump along on a wagon ride, and get spooked on a Haunted Hayride for Halloween. Shop the Farm Store for fresh free-range eggs, goat’s milk soap, decadent fudge and much more. It's open May 15th through November 3, 2018.

    Black Fox Farm & Distillery

    Black Fox Farm & Distillery in Saskatoon is a working flower farm and distillery. Samples of their spirits can be enjoyed (3 for $5). Don’t miss the annual Pumpkin Festival over the last 3 weeks of September. Expect Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Golf, an Obstacle Course and more!

    The Jungle Farm

    The Jungle Farm in Red Deer offers U-pick strawberries in the summer and pumpkin picking from the first week of September through October. The Fall Festival offers wagon rides, an 8-acre corn maze, and much more. The General Store in the barn boasts a bounty of baked goods, preserves, caramel apples and more!

    Timbercreek hopes a visit to these fantastic farms helps you experience the abundance of the fall harvest in a memorable way.

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

  • Celebrate National Honey Month and Plan a Honey Party!

    Sep 11, 2018

    September is not only the transitional month between summer and fall, it’s also National Honey Month. If you haven’t made plans, Timbercreek Communities wants to help you celebrate National Honey Month and plan a honey party!

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    Plan a Potluck

    A Honey Party is a great way to say goodbye to summer, welcome in the fall, and connect with your friends and neighbours. A Honey Party is a honey-themed potluck. Every dish should contain honey, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be sweet. Here are some great ideas for savoury honey-based dishes to share:

    Honey-Brined Grilled Shrimp

    (4 servings, 6 shrimp per person)

    Honey is used three ways in this Honey-Brined Grilled Shrimp recipe. It’s added to the brine so the shrimp absorb some sweetness. Those same shrimp are tossed in honey before grilling, and drizzled with honey after grilling. Sweet!

    Lemon-Honey Chicken Thighs

    (4 servings)

    These sticky sweet and sour Lemon-Honey Chicken Thighs are easy to prepare and delicious. The recipe can be made with thighs or chicken breasts if you prefer. If you make chicken breast, cook them about 6 minutes per side.

    Honey-Roasted Carrots

    (4 to 6 servings)

    When you make these Honey-Roasted Carrots, choose carrots that are approximately the same size to ensure even cooking. If you want to make the recipe more kid-friendly, you can swap out the bourbon for apple juice.

    Baklava

    (16 servings)

    Baklava is a rich and sweet dessert from the Middle-East. It’s made with layers of flaky and delicate phyllo dough, chopped nuts (optional) and lots of honey (essential). It’s the perfect shareable dessert to pack up and travel with.

    Timbercreek hopes you have a ball throwing a sweet Honey Party potluck this month.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, 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.

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