• 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.

  • 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.

  • Montreal In September: Things To Do

    Sep 12, 2019

    Autumn is a great time in Montreal because there's always so much to do! From scenic hikes to exploring unique bars and restaurants, you won’t run out of activities. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for you to try this September.

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    Hike up Mont Royal

    If you want to enjoy an incredible view and get some exercise, hike up Mont Royal! The locals love it just as much as the tourists. The walk is about 45 minutes (depending on how fast you walk), and you can start at McGill University’s Campus. There are a few decent lookouts along the way to the top, but when you reach the summit you’ll enjoy the best view of downtown Montreal there is! Before heading back down, take a break, have a snack and enjoy the views!

    Spa Getaway at Bota Bota

    Everyone loves a good spa day, but if you want a truly unique experience you must check out Bota Bota Spa. Escape the city and pamper yourself at this special spa facility located right on the water. You can enjoy a variety of spa treatments, massages, water circuits and the sauna -- all on a boat! Spoil yourself at the spa's top-notch restaurant, Les Traversée, while you're there. This is one experience you won’t want to miss!

    Walk St. Paul Street

    Step back in time when you walk along Rue St. Paul! This historic street attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year and it’s no surprise why. You can check out unique art galleries and boutiques, picturesque cafes like Tommy Cafe, or have a fabulous meal at one of the restaurants along the cobblestone street. Rue St-Paul does get busy, so if you don’t like the crowds try to avoid it on weekends.

    Visit Unique Bars and Lounges

    Montreal is definitely the place for unique bars! It’s also home to Canada’s smallest bar, El Pequeño Bar, located in the heart of Old Montreal on Rue St-Vincent. The bar is hopping even though it's only 150 square feet and fits up to 11 people. It's known for its delicious Cuban sandwiches and classic cocktails, especially their mojitos. But if you’re feeling a bit too claustrophobic, head over to Canal Lounge. This floating bar is definitely more spacious! Float on the Lachine Canal as you enjoy a glass of wine, or enjoy a bite or two from their menu. Canal Lounge is only open until October, so be sure to check it out soon!

    Go Shopping

    Montreal has something for everyone when it comes to shopping. It really depends on what you’re looking for, but chances are you’ll be able to find it in this city. If you’re looking for big department stores and big-name brands, head over to St. Catherine’s Street. You’ll find anything from Zara and Simons to Apple. For high-end luxury stores, check out Sherbrooke Street. Visit Old Montreal and St.Laurent Street in Mile End for boutique shops carrying anything from trendy apparel to vintage items.

    Even though summer is slowly coming to an end, there’s so much to be excited about this September!

    Timbercreek Communities hopes you enjoyed these fun Montreal suggestions. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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