• Apps that make meditation easier

    Nov 06, 2018

    Meditation has been shown to have real scientific benefits. It can help you sleep better and even become a kinder person. Sounds great, right? But then you sit down, close your eyes and you’re lost. How do you even know if you’re doing it ‘right’? Timbercreek Communities wants to help you calm your mind and focus on the present with these apps that make meditation easier.

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    The Mindfulness App

    To help keep you on track, The Mindfulness App includes a five-day guided meditation practice, as well as reminders to relax, and other features based on your individual meditation habits. This free trial app offers more features with a premium subscription. It's available for iPhone and Android.

    Headspace

    If you are brand new to meditation, Headspace can help you work it into your routine and guide you along the path. The free trial offers 10 exercises to help newbies learn the ropes and how to incorporate it into your life. There’s even a reward system for continued practice. The interface is light-hearted and accessible. Additional features are available with a premium subscription for iPhone or Android.

    Calm

    Calm offers guided meditations ranging from 3 to 25 minutes sessions, including one called Daily Calm. This 10-minute practice can be worked into the beginning or end of your day to get you into the habit. The free app includes breathing exercises, sleep stories, and soothing sounds to help you relax and sleep. A premium subscription is available for iPhone and Android.

    Insight Timer

    You can check out thousands of free guided meditations, and hundreds of meditation music tracks, with Insight Timer. The app is free, but to listen offline you’ll need a subscription. It's available for iPhone or Android devices.

    Smiling Mind

    Smiling mind can be custom tailored to different age groups, including kids as young as 7. Every member of the family can create their own account. It's available for iPhone or Android.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes this post helps you experience all the benefits of meditation, easily.

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

  • The best apps for dog parents

    Sep 25, 2018

    Becoming a proud parent to a pooch is a rewarding but relentless task. You can't stay on top of everything and you can’t be there every second, but there are tools available today that are the next best thing. Timbercreek Communities wants to share the best apps for dog parents.

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    Pet Monitor

    Pet Monitor is an app that transforms your Apple iOS devices into a two-way audio/video pet monitor. It will help soothe separation anxiety - on both sides. One device runs the app and your second device serves as the monitor. Check in on your pal anytime, get noise and motion alerts and record all the cute stuff they do when you’re not there. A single purchase of the app can be installed on up to 5 devices.

    Petnet

    Feeding your pet the perfect proportions of food,at the right time, is only a click away with the Petnet app and their SmartFeeder. You'll receive alerts about successful feedings, low food warnings, and even SmartDelivery food shipments. The app is available for Apple and Android devices.

    Pet First Aid

    The American Cross Pet First Aid app can turn any iPhone or Android user into a pet care pro. Get instant access to essential information from experts on emergency treatment and how to maintain your pet’s health. Users can obtain step-by-step instructions from videos and images. Learn how to treat wounds, control bleeding, handle cardiac emergencies, address breathing issues, burns, falls and much more. Learn about early warning signs for serious health issues, and get contact information for veterinarians and local animal hospitals and pet-friendly hotels.

    Pet Coach

    PetCoach is your go-to source for free veterinary advice. You can ask a vet anything, anywhere, anytime, and get a free answer. They'll help you tackle everything from calming your doubts and fears, to learning how to potty train your pup, prevent fleas or anything else you can think of. The app is available for Android or iPhone.

    BarkCam

    Are you positive your pooch could become the next internet sensation, if only you could snap the right photo? BarkCam, by Bark & Co, provides the tools to take your pup’s pics to the next level with doggy photo filters, stickers and much more. It will make photos of your canine shine!

    Timbercreek hopes these apps help you become the best pooch-parent you can be!

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

  • Back to School Tech for Your New School Year

    Aug 27, 2018

    From cringing to excitement, it’s always a bit hard to not get excited about back to school stuff. Pens, pencil cases, laptops, binders, kindles, chargers -- it’s the best part of school starting up again. To help you find the best deals on supplies this season, Timbercreek brings you this list of cool gear for the back to school season.

    Back to School Technology

    Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

    The Kindle Paperwhite is the latest Kindle version which has increased resolution, is glare-free, lighter in weight, and longer lasting on one charge. It’s built for reading, and unlike tablets and phones, Kindle doesn't distract you with social media, emails, and text messages. Check out more.

    Belkin SurgePlus USB Swivel Charger

    A handy little unit, the Belkin Swivel Charger is a USB travel charger that plugs into any wall outlet, allowing up to three AC devices to charge at once without extra cords. Featuring a 360-degree swivel function, the SurgePlus is light and compact. Find out more.

    HP Sprocket Photo Printer

    This compact printer was designed to go anywhere. The Sprocket, as the name suggests, fits easily into any bag, and creates 2 x 3-inch (5 x 7.6 cm) standard photo size, stickable snapshots. Great for making memories in the moment. Learn more.

    Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim

    The Seagate Ultra Slim is one of the thinnest portable drives on the market, measuring just 9.6mm thick, yet still storing 1TB and 2TB of data. Available in gold and platinum colours, the Backup Plus slips into your backpack or courier bag and makes it easy to store your stuff. Learn more.

    Endy Mattress

    Now nearly legendary for their 100-night trial and 10 year warranty, the Endy mattress is a finely crafted 10", 3-layer foam mattress available in 6 sizes. Proudly Canadian made, it offers cool and amazingly comfortable support. Learn more.

    Fitbit

    With nearly 10 models, Fitbit has caught on like wildfire. The well known device is not only a fitness and step tracker, but offers heart monitoring, can measure weight and BMI, sleep tracking and more. They’re also waterproof. A great addition to the back to school kit. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you stock up with the right stuff for back to school season! For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Unplug this March Break

    Mar 08, 2018

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    Living life without access to digital devices can seem impossible sometimes. Impossible and kind of great. Without a bright screen and an interface between you and your actions, life suddenly gets awkward. Like, “what do I do now? Unplugging from the Matrix, leaving your devices behind, and disconnecting from the digital routine of life can equal an unforgettable vacation. To help you find peace and maybe even enlightenment, Timbercreek brings you tips for how to unplug and relax this March Break.

    Devices, Be Gone

    Most of us only have one phone, a cell, so it means a lot to turn it off or not check it. But there’s tons of data on the physical and psychological benefits of reducing screen time. Put away your ipad and laptop and restrict your phone to family and/or emergencies only. Otherwise, see if you can check out what’s happening in the real world. Read more.

    Email Vacation Notice

    Be unavailable. If you use Gmail, click “Settings”. Scroll to “Vacation responder”. Click “Vacation responder on”. Type “I’m away” in the message line. Click “save changes”. Log out. Close tab. Quit browser. Shut down laptop. Stand up. Go outside. Look at sky. Smile.

    Read

    Reading calms and slows the mind. It offers a seamless, singular experience. It’s not multitasking (like reading an email while answering a phone call while writing a note while playing Angry Birds), it’s single-tasking. Check it out.

    Go for a Walk

    Walking often gets a bad rap. It’s slow, it takes time, it points out the limits of shoe comfort. But it’s also amazing. Our physical activity tends to oscillate between sitting, being at the gym, or running. Walking is only a means of moving between these three. So doing it as a thing in and of itself is a great way to unplug. The slowness makes you look around and see stuff, think, and breathe. And it’s still exercise, which is good for body and mind. Learn more.

    Do Something for Yourself

    Do something nice for yourself. Something you wouldn’t normally do. Get a mani-pedi or a massage, or splurge on a spa day. Treating yourself and doing it in a way that’s original (or at least rare for you) will help rejuvenate your weary mind and body.  Read more here.

    Try Something New

    Explore, experiment, investigate. Just do something new. Go to a part of town you’ve never checked out. Choose a restaurant in a nearby town. Look up an eventbrite happening and go to one last minute. New experiences help refresh the mind and give us new perspective. Read more.

    Timbercreek hopes that these tips help you unplug this March Break. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Small Space Home Offices

    Jul 24, 2017

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    The home office is becoming more of a must have than ever. Whether you work from home full-time, telecommute a few days a week, or you just want to have a space to sit and work on creative projects -- a home office is just what you need. Even if you don’t have the luxury of a full spare room to dedicate as a home office, you still have a lot of options. Timbercreek is here to help you explore some cool ideas for small space home offices.

    Floating shelves

    Floating shelves are simply amazing. They provide a simple and clean way to create a workspace without taking up too much space or making your space feel heavy. A folding chair, kitchen chair or even a yoga ball can be the perfect seat when you need one, and more importantly a seat that you can put away when you don’t.

    Don't Overlook Corners

    You don’t need a spare room to create a home office. All you need to do is get a bit creative with how you use your current space. Take advantage of every square inch and leave no stone unturned in your search for free space. Check every corner. A spare corner can be the perfect spot to set up shop.

    Don’t Be Overwhelmed

    The idea of a big, old-fashioned dark wood desk that you can put your feet up on may be appealing in your mind, but can be quite imposing in your home - even if you have the space for it. Opt for light-coloured, modern furniture that won't overwhelm.

    Office With A View

    Whether you are writing a novel or doing data-entry, it’s nice to be able to look up from your computer screen and stare off into the distance. It’s good for your eyes to take a break, too. Follow the 20-20-20 rule. To prevent eye strain, every 20 minutes look up from the screen and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Setting up a small desk or folding table in front of a bedroom window is a great way to give yourself an office with a view.

    Closet Office

    Even if you have a spare room to dedicate to a home office, you may want to consider creating a closet office instead. When your work day is done, simply close the closet door and separate your work and home life. Plus, you still have a spare room for guests or a second bedroom.

    Your friends at Timbercreek hope that these productive ideas for small space home offices help to increase your productivity without overly decreasing your living space.

    To find your home in one of Timbercreek’s Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Making Any Rental More Energy Efficient

    Feb 20, 2017

    When it comes to energy-saving initiatives, we all win. Cutting down costs while reducing your carbon footprint can be done in many simple ways in your life. In an effort to inspire positive change for you, your wallet and the planet, the team at Timbercreek Communities has some easy tips for going green. Check out our ultimate guide to making any rental more energy efficient:

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    If you’ve never heard of phantom power (or standby power), it is a mega-waste of megawatts. Your phone charger and your laptop charger are sucking up energy at an alarming rate (if left plugged in but not charging anything), not to mention other everyday devices and appliances around your home. According to HyrdoOne, you could save $150 a year just by cutting down on phantom power alone.

    Cut the lights

    Who doesn’t want a nice ambiance in their home? Brightly lit rooms can make a space feel inviting, but having several lamps on in each room of an apartment can also be really expensive and wasteful. If a tree falls in the forest and nobody's there to hear it, maybe it makes a sound, maybe it doesn’t – we’ll never really know. But we know for sure that if the lights are on in a room and no one is there to see it, that energy is getting used up for nothing. Make it a habit to flick off the lights as you leave a room, and try to keep the excess ambiance lights (lamps, twinkle lights, etc.) to a minimum.

    Waste not, want not

    If you’re one of those people who loves long, hot showers, consider the benefits of taking a shorter one. Cutting back just two or three minutes on your showers may help reduce your monthly bills by quite a bit. You’ll also be doing the world a favour since water conservation is a major issue at the moment.

    For more tips and tricks on how to make your apartment more energy efficient, check out the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance’s page. The team at Timbercreek Communities hopes that this information will help reduce your power bills while reducing our carbon footprint!

    To learn more about our rentals across Canada, please visit our website.

  • 8 Perfect Gifts for your Roommate

    Dec 16, 2016

    Roommates have been there day in and day out, whether they wanted to be or not, and you couldn’t have gotten through it all without them. Make the holidays your time to say thank you, starting with one of these clever gifts!

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    Key holder

    A key holder can be a useful gift for a roommate who’s always losing their keys. If you’re the one who seems to be losing things the most, give this communal gift as a promise that you’ll take more care.

    Shave Subscription

    An electric shaver is a lame Christmas gift. A Shave Subscription is an awesome Christmas gift. Give your roommate the gift that keeps on giving with high-quality blades sent each month, perfectly on cue.

    Great Power Great Electricity Bill Crewneck Sweater

    Does your roommate often forget to turn off the lights? Tell him or her how you really feel with this hilarious sweater.

    Beard Bib

    No more little hairs all over the bathroom sink, a Beard Bib guarantees cleanliness, plus hilarious photos.

    TubShroom The Revolutionary Tub Drain Protector

    Hair in the shower drain belongs high up on the list of Worst Roommate Pet Peeves. Who knew the solution to this endless struggle would be just $12.99 on Amazon?

    Hair Tie Bracelet Cuff

    A Hair Tie Bracelet Cuff may sound crazy, but it totally makes sense. Anyone with long hair can attest -- it’s annoying getting wrist dents because of tight hair ties. This bracelet keeps your hair tie stylishly handy without any uncomfortable indentations.  

    Wireless Earbud Headphones

    Tired of your roomie complaining about your loud music? Wireless Earbud Headphones have a tangle-resistant design and cords that hang comfortably behind the neck.   

    Candle Lovers

    If you’re looking for a gift that you and your roommate will enjoy, gift a candle this holiday season. Choose a seasonal scent like Frosted Cranberry or Marshmallow Fireside. This gift gives back, making your apartment smell like a cozy winter wonderland.

    Say thanks to the gal or guy with one of these creative roomie gifts. For more information about Timbercreek Communities Apartments, simply visit our website

  • How to Find a Job On Or Near Campus

    Sep 13, 2016

    To have spending money, or staying out of debt, and start saving for tomorrow is a smart plan when your attending college or university. Many businesses are looking for part-time workers all year round. Check out today’s post for four tips on how to find work on or near campus and start making money today.

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    Take advantage of on-campus services

    If you have yet to visit your university’s career services centre, this might be the best place to start. Most institutions have entire departments devoted to helping you identify your skill set, clean up your resume and prepare for interviews. Residents at London apartments (1267 Richmond Street), have it especially easy. In one click you can sign up today for an appointment with a Career Counsellor at the on-campus Student Success Centre at Western University (1151 Richmond Street), located just a 15-minute walk away from your apartment.

    Attend a job fair

    Job fairs offer an awesome opportunity to meet with multiple employers at once. Each year in September, for example, the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Guelph and Conestoga College all work together to sponsor the nation’s largest Career Fair. This year’s fair is set for Wednesday, September 28th, in Waterloo’s RIM Park.

    Search your university’s job bank

    Tired of hearing that you’re too young or don’t have enough experience? No online employment database will cater to your demographic more than your university’s job bank. Employers who post there are specifically open to hiring students. By using this database you have better odds of finding a job that is flexible and appropriate for your experience level and skill set. Students at Wilfred Laurier University (75 University Avenue West), located near Waterloo Apartments, have access to over 5,000 jobs posted each year online via the Career Development Centre’s Navigator.

    Network, network, network

    Finding a great job is often the result of being connected to the right person at the right time. Staying engaged in on-campus activities is fun and might help you connect with a person who has the contacts you need to get hired today. Your university may also host networking events. The University of Waterloo hosts Employer Information Sessions which make mingling with potential employers easy.

    Timbercreek Communities wishes you good luck in your search for a job. For more information about apartments located near your university, visit our website today.

  • Coming up at the TIFF Kids Film Festival

    Mar 31, 2016

    The TIFF Kids Film Festival is an extraordinary opportunity for children to learn and engage through film, and it’s being held not far from our Toronto apartments. For more information about the upcoming event, refer to today’s post by the Timbercreek Communities blog team.

    The fun begins this spring

    One of the largest film festivals in the world, the incredible TIFF Kids Film Festival, TC Toronto TiffKidskicks off this spring, April 8th through 24th. The festival is held at the downtown Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), a 15-minute walk from 165 Bathurst Apartments, or less than a 10-minute drive from Garden View Apartments (321 Sherbourne Street) or Sherwood Apartments (392 Sherbourne Street).

    What’s on for 2016

    Dozens of films from around the world will come together in Toronto to create a kid-friendly festival experience. Parents can browse the lineup of movies for 2016 on the event website, with options to filter by age or by the country the film is from. Find your movie picks on the complete schedule to add the time and date of the showing to your family calendar.

    digiPlaySpace 2016

    Another component of the festival that is already underway is digiPlaySpace 2016. 25 installations from nine different countries put technology to use to offer kids hands-on experimentation, exploration and creativity. Stop by the Bell Lightbox today to experience this innovative learning centre before it’s gone for the year.

    Join the fun

    Ready to take part in the 2016 installment of the TIFF Kids Film Festival? For questions and inquiries, call 416-599-8433. To participate in the opening night party, scheduled for April 8th, reserve your free tickets online today.

    The blog team at Timbercreek Communities is excited that the TIFF Kids Film Festival is returning to Toronto this spring. We hope today’s post inspires you to add this fantastic event to your family calendar. For more information about our Toronto apartments, visit our website today.

  • Honouring Earth Hour in London

    Mar 18, 2016

    Join the global movement to reduce energy consumption by participating in Earth Hour 2016. Coming up on March 19 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., there are lots of great ways to turn this sustainable act into a fun Saturday night in your London Apartment or around town.

    Western Fair District

    Spend the day at this local entertainment venue checking out classic cars during the TC London EarthHourSpeed and Custom Car Show, then head over to OLG Slots where the Western Fair District will dim the lights for you. During Earth Hour, they will be shutting off all non-essential lights and monitoring the change in energy consumption to share with guests. This is a fun way to get out of the house and learn about the collective impact we can make by conserving energy in unexpected places. Western Fair District (316 Rectory Street) is a five-minute drive or 20-minute walk from Sunset Manor (498 Queens Avenue).

    Cozy night in

    Settle in for a candlelit night at home in your apartment at Regency Place (520-560 Mornington Avenue). Break out a deck of cards, pick up some ready-to-eat snacks, and enjoy the company of your family and friends without high-tech distractions. If you’d prefer to unwind alone, you can prepare your own Earth Hour station with candles, a journal, book or puzzle, and your comfiest blanket.

    Take a walk

    Get out and see Woodfield and downtown London in a new light by walking around the neighbourhood near Four Seasons Apartments (396 Queens Avenue). Keep your cell phone or a flashlight handy in case the city really does go dark, and keep your eyes open for special Earth Hour activities at the many restaurants along Dundas Street.

    Power down this March 19 and join the global movement for a more sustainable future. Whether you decide to stay home or hit the town, we hope you see London in a new light this Earth Hour!

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