• Off-Leash Petiquette: The Unwritten Rules Of Off-Leash Dog Parks

    Apr 24, 2018

    A haven for dogs big and small, off-leash parks give our canines much needed freedom and socialization. They also give owners a way to release the hound in a semi-controlled environment. They aren’t, however, a free-for-all. Off-leash parks come with unwritten rules; ones that make the experience better, safer, and more fun for humans and canines alike.  For a rundown of how not to act when off the leash, Timbercreek brings you this list of ways to keep your pet in check at the park.

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    Don’t Bully

    Dogs are pretty good at policing themselves. But little ones can have a tougher time stopping bigger ones from romping all over them. And sometimes, it’s the little ones that get in the face of bigger dogs. Be aware that while the alpha order works itself out a lot of times, owners need to take responsibility for their dogs not bullying others. Learn more.

    Watch the Jumping

    Dogs get excited. It’s what they do. And when they do, they either bite, hump, or jump. And while they all can be kind of cute, when it comes to other dogs - and worse - other people (even at an off-leash park) jumping isn’t cool. It can mean little dogs get hurt, your dog might lose an eye, or some random owner might get a German Shepherd in her face. Learn more.

    Watch the Humping

    While sometimes comical or cute to watch, its best to keep your dog off the backs of others at the park. Learn more.

    It’s Not All About You

    Remember: off-leash parks or areas are just a part of a shared social zone. You and your dog don’t own it. Others use it. Just because it’s designated off-leash doesn’t mean non-pet people won’t use it or walk through it. Keep an eye on passersby, share the space, and watch that your hound doesn’t make a snack of them.

    Bags are a must

    Bring a bag people. While everywhere is a potential toilet for a dog, just because it’s outside, and an off-leash area, doesn’t mean it’s a free poo zone. Remember to stoop and scoop!

    Be Cool

    At an off-leash park, you’ve gotta relax and let go. Dogs get rowdy. They run. They jostle. They steal each others’ toys. Don’t get too uptight about it all. Trust that you’ll get your frisbee or throw-thingy back and sip your latte. Read more.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you navigate off-leash dog parks. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • How To Practice Yoga, On A Budget

    Apr 23, 2018

    Yoga is a close second behind cats as the most searched topic on the internet. And while yoga may be a simple, modest practice at heart, it can come with a steep price; one that many average practitioners can’t afford. To help you get your OM on without burning through your cash or karma, Timbercreek has a few tips that will help you keep up your practice on a budget.

    Yoga at Home

    Doing yoga at home is kind of the best solution when you're on a budget. It’s free and you can progress at your own pace without judgement or pressure from handstand-happy instructors. However, like going to the gym, doing it yourself can be tricky. Not everyone has space for yoga. And while you don’t need tons of gear, you can’t really do it on a bare floor. Plus there’s the whole motivation thing. Half of the entire reason people go to gyms is they won’t workout when left to their own devices. It takes getting out sometimes, and also other people for support. So, while yoga at home is a great option, be aware of the pitfalls. You can also turn to YouTube yogis for free classes, programs and motivation -- check out Tara Stiles or Yoga with Adrienne. Read more.

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    Yoga in the Park

    In the late spring and summer months (even into the fall), park yoga can be a hit. Next to yoga at home, park yoga is perfect. Its cheap, easy, has low gear needs (grass is soft), and there's tons of space for your flying crow pose. Keep in mind that there’ll be people gawking. Learn more.

    Community Centre

    Your local community centre might offer yoga classes and drop in sessions for little to no cost. They generally offer classes and memberships at a fraction of the cost of your local gym or studio.

    Friends and Favours

    Yoga teachers are everywhere in 2018. With this comes the potential for low-cost private classes. Or invites to group classes taught by newly minted instructors looking for experience. You can even comb Craigslist for teachers. Try bartering. Or offer an instructor something in return for a class or two. See more.

    Group Practice

    One of the best motivators and ways to practice on a budget is to set up a group. Find like-minded folks, or see if you can convince your friends to start a yoga day at someone’s house. Meetups and other online communities are also great resources. Learn more.

    Volunteer

    Volunteering has long been a way to get a foot in the door where you want to work. Poll the myriad studios close to you and see if you can offer to help them out in exchange for free classes. All the better if you have a specialty skill they can make use of.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you get your asanas in without breaking the bank. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Bachelor Space Planning, Separating Your Room From Living Area

    Apr 17, 2018

    When it comes to apartment decor, working with a small space can be a challenge. When there's only so much space to fill, its best to combine design and functionality, and to carve out distinct areas of the space for different uses. If you want to plan out a beautiful bachelor apartment space, Timbercreek has some ideas that will help you divide and conquer small apartment.

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    Bookcases

    The #1 choice for dividing a room into sections creatively is bookcases. There are myriad styles and options to choose from -- from see-through to solid, half height to full ceiling. They can be modular and mobile, or custom built for your apartment.  Learn more.

    IKEA Wardrobe

    A see-through IKEA wardrobe works nicely as a room divider. Look for one that has a few bells and whistles like drawers and shelves and levels so it looks a little less like a rolling hanger and more like a dream organizer. Overall it’s a great divider, and functional too.

    Paper Screen

    While at first glance, a paper screen is a student-like answer to adding size and separation to a room, its actually a great option for anyone in a small space. They come in a huge variety of styles, colors, and price points. Generally at the lower end (especially in comparison to shelving and custom installations), they’re a quick and easy fix for separating rooms in a bachelor layout.

    Steel Mesh Wall Garden

    A bit more permanent, this option entails wall mesh which is essentially a metal grid of squares, mounted 90 degrees from a wall, about 1-2 feet out from it. Be careful to attach it either to the ceiling or floor. The mesh provides a visual separation in a small space and when combined with hanging plants it offers some eye (and air) pleasing greenery.

    Hanging Garden

    A more DIY green wall approach is a garment rack garden. Grab one from Walmart, and instead of using it for clothes, outfit it with hanging plants. It adds division, lets light through, and offers a “living wall” vibe, bringing a splash of green to your space. Learn more.

    Couch

    An efficient and budget conscious option is using your couch and/or TV as a room divider. While not all apartment layouts allow for it, placing your couch between your bedroom and TV gives a bit of separation, especially when combined with a bookshelf, screen, or other aforementioned divider. Read more.

    Timbercreek hopes these ideas help you carve out your space without breaking the bank. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Plant Your Apartment Herb Garden

    Apr 16, 2018

    An herb garden is a perfect edible DIY project. It's amazing that it needs just a sliver of space to exist but will offer you months of fresh herbs to enhance your recipes. With both constant temperatures and consistent light (hopefully), indoor gardens have less to contend with than their outdoor counterparts, and can produce year-round results. To help you plant your own DIY herb garden, Timbercreek has a few tips.

    Start out Safe

    Where you locate your garden isn’t just a sun-question. Make sure it’s in a place people (including yourself) won’t bump into it, knock it over, or just take up valuable counter space. Outfit your garden in a spot that’ll be protected, so as not to get annihilated by a grocery bag, backpack, cat paw, or dish.

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    Structure

    The simplest option is loading up a number of individual pots with herbs. A better approach is the rectangular plastic or tin trough-type containers that hold a number of different plants together. With this, the soil benefits from the combined species and they can all be watered at once. Another possibility is a bookshelf-style garden with multiple levels holding different pots. They all work. The key here is being creative with your particular space.  

    Good Sun

    You’ll need to know how much sun your plants will need, and what they’ll get based on your windows and orientation. Most vegetables do best in 6+ hours of full sun. Some greens and herbs are happy with less. Surrounding buildings or trees can block the sun, and your orientation usually means there are very specific sun-soaked hours. Check to make sure you hit the minimum for the type of plants you want before you buy seedlings.

    Gearing Up

    You'll need the basic garden essentials:

    1. Pots: The size can vary depending on what you're growing, but make sure there's enough depth for roots to fully develop. Shoot for 8" in diameter.

    2. Soil: Generally easy to find at garden centers or hardware stores. Pick up a mix that's formulated for containers, not the garden soil variety.

    3. Plants: Farmers markets are a great local source for herb and vegetable seedlings. Again, hardware and garden stores normally have a decent selection as well.

    4. Extras: A trowel, watering can, mister (old windex bottle), and fertilizer. Learn more.

    Start with Seedlings

    No matter what you're growing, buy your herbs as seedlings, not seeds. Growing plants from scratch is actually way harder, especially with a small space and the average person’s time constraints. Go for established toddler herbs and veg from a farmers market or nursery. You'll get edible results much sooner and with less work. Learn more.

    Best for Beginners

    Basil is a great starter herb. It grows well, smells great, and tastes even better. It also lets you know right away if you’re watering enough - a good tell-tale for the rest of the garden. Other excellent starter herbs are chives, scallions, cilantro, mint (which grows like crazy, so be aware), as well as leafy greens (spinach, lettuce, arugula). Small tomatoes and hot peppers are good options too. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you plant a killer indoor herb garden. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Spring 2018 Runway Trends We Love

    Apr 09, 2018

    Spring (and summer) 2018 fashion trends are bright, bold and beautiful. While Pantone’s ultraviolet is already a force in fashion, this season is all about rubber, ruching, lavender, rainbows, asymmetrical necklines, and shockingly the return of the fanny pack. To guide you through the hot new trends of the season, Timbercreek brings you a list of top fashion trends to check out for Spring 2018.

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    1. Bold floral prints

    Spring/Summer 2018 fashion is flush with bold prints that are both cool and inspiring. Florals are all the rage in oversized designs. Get the jump on Spring and pick up some standout prints. Read more here.

    2. Dark denim

    Denim is always present and always in style. And if the runways of Versace, Max Mara, Tibi, Tom Ford, Fendi, Adam Selman, Chloé, and Derek Lam are an indication, it's going to be everywhere this spring. Look for inky indigo washes and raw denim, in everything from skirts to jackets, even boots. Read more here.

    3. Lavender

    “Millennial pink” had its moment. The runways of Spring 2018 are pointing to the next big color thing: fifty shades of soft lavender. You'll see it on everything from sequined dresses to oversized knits and sharp suit sets. It looks great on everything.  Find out more.

    4. Plaid

    Plaid never goes out of style -- it just gets appropriated by one social group after another: hippies, punks, lumbersexuals, Dads, hipsters, and on and on. This season, to keep the look fresh, mix and match plaid with purple (pantone color of the year is ultraviolet), oversized earrings, and white boots. You can always contrast plaid with a bold bag as well. Learn more.

    5. Workout wear

    This season, performance athletic gear is colliding with fierce fashion on Paris runways. In a mix of style-meets-function, we’re seeing all manner of haute-inspired crop-top cut-offs, soccer jerseys, nylon zip-ups, old school sweatshirts, and flip-flops. Check it out.

    Timbercreek hopes our tips help you stay on trend this spring. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Easter Sides We Love

    Mar 28, 2018

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    There are many ways to celebrate Easter, but pretty much all of them involve food. And while the glorious and traditional Easter meal tends to oscillate between lamb and ham, what makes it different and delicious is a bountiful variety of sides. From scalloped potatoes to string beans and squash, your options are seemingly endless. To help you fill your plate this Easter, Timbercreek brings you these great side dishes.

    Scalloped Potatoes

    Perhaps the #1 most traditional Easter side dish, scalloped potatoes are irresistible. Whether gratin, creamed, slow-cooked, or oven-roasted, they provide the starchy backbone to any Easter dinner. Check out some options here.

    Asparagus

    In season from February to March, Asparagus is a popular Easter side dish. Toss some in olive oil, salt, pepper (and cayenne for a kick), then bake until browned. Or cut into 1” sections, slice in quarters lengthwise, and dress with vinaigrette for an asparagus slaw. Read more here.

    Roasted Heritage Carrots

    Heritage carrots are beautiful, have you tried them? They come in amazing colours like purple and red. Pick some up from an organic store or produce market, wash and peel (not even necessary) them, trim their stalks to be even length, and toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake until tender but still firm, then drizzle with balsamic glaze, and garnish with parsley or basil. See more.

    Peas with Bacon and Shallots

    Pass the peas, please! We love peas -- they are an iconic symbol of spring. Take them to a whole new level with this Peas with Bacon and Shallots recipe. Cook ½-1 pack of bacon until crisp, remove, and keep 2 tbsp of bacon fat in the pan. Toss in chopped garlic and thinly sliced shallots, cook until soft, add ¼-½ cup cream, lemon zest/juice, salt and pepper, and bring all to a simmer. Throw in frozen peas, cook through, crumble bacon on top, mix, and serve immediately.  See more.

    Snap Pea and Radish Salad

    Radishes and snap peas scream spring. They're totally in season, crisp and fresh tasting. Combine them with a killer creamy avocado dressing in this winning side dish recipe. In a bowl, combine 1lb sugar snap peas and about 12 quartered radishes and set aside. In a blender, combine avocado, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, salt, pepper, and fresh cilantro. Blend and gradually add olive oil (and water as necessary), blending until the mixture is a smooth purée. Toss salad with dressing to coat and serve immediately. Check it out.

    Timbercreek hopes you try some of these amazing Easter side dishes this year. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

     

     

  • Why Montreal is a Great City for Millennials

    Mar 21, 2018

    Montreal is a great city for millennials. If you were born between 1978 and 1994, Timbercreek wants you to know why now is the perfect time to call Montreal home.

    Affordable Rent

    Unlike some of Canada’s other major cities (like Toronto and Vancouver), Montreal boasts quite affordable rental rates. The average rental in Montreal in 2018 costs approximately $950, a stark contrast to a city like Toronto where most one bedrooms go for $1800. Finding a home that works with your budget is easy, and not spending your entire paycheck on your apartment is totally doable. That extra cash comes in handy because the city lacks nothing in terms of great food and entertainment. Boasting a ton of outstanding restaurants, cafes, bars, and events, Montreal is a vibrant city that never sleeps. It’s perfect for millennials who don’t either.

    Great Neighbourhoods

    There are so many great neighbourhoods to call home in Montreal, we could write a whole article on just that! Timbercreek has several residential communities across the city that are ideal for millennials. Our communities are located in some of Montreal’s most sought after neighbourhoods. Our favourites include Mosaique which is located in downtown Montreal in the heart of the entertainment district, near Place d’Armes metro station. It’s an amazing neighbourhood to call home because it is always buzzing with great public events and concerts. It’s also close to beautiful landmarks and architecture like Place d’Armes Square, beautiful Notre Dame Basilica, and colourful Palais de Congres. It’s even a stonesthrow to great shopping and entertainment at Complexe Desjardins. Our community at Le 1436 Mackay, in Ville Marie, is a great home base for young people pursuing their postsecondary and graduate education. It’s located in downtown Montreal, close to McGill and Concordia. It’s also close to great restaurants and cafes, and incredible shopping on Saint-Catherine Street and Sherbrooke Street. Another excellent community for millennials is The Horizon Tower on Avenue des Pins. Located a short walk from beautiful Mount Royal, this property is conveniently located in Montreal’s Golden Square Mile neighbourhood near McGill. The area that boasts great restaurants, art galleries, exciting nightlife and serene nature.

    LGBTQ-Friendly

    Did you know that 20% of millennials identify as LGBTQ? Montreal is incredibly LGBTQ-friendly, making it a great place to call home. The Village, Montreal's gay district, is one of the largest in the world. It’s jam packed with clubs, restaurants and bars. Centrally located between St-Hubert, Ontario, Papineau and René-Lévesque Boulevard, it is right in the heart of the action. Its main street is Saint-Catherine. In the summer the street is transformed into an amazing pedestrian-only area (from June to September). You can’t miss it as it is draped with colourful boughs of balls (pink and rainbow) hung high above the street.

    World Class Education

    Montreal boasts some of Canada’s finest universities and colleges which attract students from around the globe for postsecondary and graduate level education.You can study almost any subject in this amazing city. The most notable institutions includeMcGill UniversityConcordia UniversityUniversité de MontréalUniversité de QuébecÉcole PolytechniqueLaSalle CollegeVanier College, and HEC Montreal

    Music, Nightlife & Festivals

    Montreal is famous for outstanding music, nightlife and festivals. Unlike other Canadian cities that basically hibernate in winter, Montreal loves to party all year long with huge outdoor events like IgloofestMontreal En Lumiere, and Nuit Blanche in the winter, just to name a few.  In warmer months, there’s even more to check out and every weekend packs something fun like Osheaga, the Montreal Jazz FestJFLPiknic ElectronikPride MontrealTaste MTL, and the Montreal Beer Festival.

    Montreal is an amazing city for millennials. Timbercreek hopes this list showed you just how great it is to live in Montreal. For more information aboutTimbercreek Communitiesin Montreal, please visit ourwebsite.

  • How Often You Should Wash Everything In Your Home, According To Science

    Mar 20, 2018

    Cleaning your home is no joke -- you should do it right or what's the point? But what's right is not always clear. Timbercreek wants to help you make your home sparkle, so here's the truth about how often you should wash everything in your home, according to science.

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    Starting with Sleep

    Where do we spend 20 some-odd years over a lifetime? In bed. Science says wash your sheets and pillowcases once a week. Most bacteria on sheets comes from interior dust, but add in dirt, oils, and sweat from a human during sleep and you can promote skin irritation, dandruff, acne etc. Wash your sheets in hot water every 1-2 weeks to be safe.

    Doorknobs

    Doorknobs accumulate a lot of bacteria. Think of how often you touch them. Now think of what you do before you touch them. Now think of how often you clean them? Science says? Doorknobs actually don’t need super frequent washing. However, doorknobs in the bathroom and the kitchen gather more bacteria. Disinfect them once a week. Shoot for once a month for the rest of the house.

    Sinks

    Even if they look clean sinks are gross. Disgustingly (though not surprisingly), bathroom sinks accumulate fecal matter. Also, E.Coli, Salmonella, and other food bacteria can contaminate the kitchen sink. Especially if you’ve been handling raw meat or eggs. Science says? To be safe, aim for a daily sink wipe down.

    Rugs and Floors

    Rugs are natural accumulators of grime. Dirt, dust, food, pet hair, allergens, pollen like to get cozy in rug fibers. Between that and the nooks and crannies of the average floor, you get a massive potential for build up.  Science says? Vacuum weekly, and give hard flooring a good wash once every couple of weeks.

    Bathrooms

    Bathrooms: the ultimate bacteria host. E Coli can be found within six feet of the toilet and in the sink. It’s key to thoroughly clean your toilet and sink at least once a week.  Bathtubs aren’t far off, but can be done every two. Shower curtains should be disinfected weekly to avoid mildew and odors.

    Towels

    Bath and kitchen hand towels get loaded with bacteria. And if your towels don’t fully dry (like, pretty much always), that bacteria can grow. While a lot for the average person, science recommends swapping out bath towels every other day. Kitchen towels can be washed weekly, unless you used it after handling raw meat.

    Kitchen and cleaning sponges

    Kitchen sponges accumulate billions of bacteria on every square inch. And though most of it isn’t harmful, science recommends dropping them into boiling water or the microwave for 2 minutes every couple of days. Check out more here.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you manage your cleaning routine and stay healthy in the process. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • The Best Pets For Apartments

    Mar 13, 2018

    While apartment living can often mean no pets or small pets only, there are actually a number of great options for apartment-friendly pets. To help you find your next apartment-friendly little buddy, Timbercreek brings you this list of perfect pets for apartment living.

    Lap Dogs

    Small dogs are well suited to apartments. Much more so than large dogs like Shepherds and Labs. Look for breeds like Pugs, Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas, Bichon Frises, or Boston/Yorkshire/West Highland Terriers. These breeds also tend to be hypoallergenic and/or non-shedding, which is great for small spaces. Read more.

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    Cats

    Cats are really are great apartment pets. All they need is a litter box and food to thrive. They can take care of themselves, be left alone, don’t need much attention, and will find mice if you forget to feed them. Read more.

    Hamsters + Guinea Pigs

    While technically a rodent, hamsters are the pet store poster child. A close relative, guinea pigs are non-rodential, but still similar in terms of size and needs. Both are great small-space pets. They require regular feeding, water, cleaning, and exercise, but they’re otherwise a perfect, gentle, easy going pet. Check it out.

    Budgies + Parakeets

    If it’s songs and squaking you enjoy, a Parakeet might be for you. A friendly, tiny, and noisy little pet that’s perfect for apartments, Budgies (Budgerigars, actually) are from the Parrot family. They’ll fairly easy to care for, can eat fruit and vegetables in addition to birdseed, and will sit on your finger once they get used to you. See more here.

    Fish

    There may be no pet with more gear and paraphernalia than fish. Tanks, stones, plants, structures, hides, cleaners, oxygenators, food, lights -- fish come with a lot of baggage. That being said, they’re perfect for apartments. Once set up, they only require feeding once to twice daily, and a tank clean maybe once a month. Check our more.

    Rabbits

    Rabbits are often not top of mind for aspiring pet owners, but they're super cuddly and great for apartments. They’re cute, require little more than a guinea pig, and can be trained to use a litter box. Kinda cool, in addition to the fact that they’ll also train to walk on a leash. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you pick the perfect pet for your apartment. For more information about our pet friendly Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 5 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf

    Mar 12, 2018

    The blanket scarf isn’t just a scarf. It’s a blanket and a scarf. A fashionable and surprisingly versatile item, the blanket scarf opens up a world of outfit possibilities. From draping to caping, there’s a ton of potential options. If you're clueless about how to style one, Timbercreek has broken down the best ways to rock the coolest and coziest accessory of the season.

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    #1: Cape It and Drape It

    Spread out your blanket scarf full width like a cape, then drape it over one shoulder for a look that's functional and chic. Read more.

    #2: Westernize It

    For a bit of warmth and a country-chic look, go for the “bandana”: fold the scarf into a triangle and tie the ends behind your neck. Read more here.

    #3: Belt It

    The belted or “poncho” style starts with caping the scarf around your neck and shoulders, then tying it together with the addition of a standard belt. It transforms the blanket scarf into a cozy-chic poncho, perfect for chilly nights.

    #4: Loop It

    It's easy to create the look of an infinity scarf with a blanket scarf. Put the scarf around your neck and throw the ends over your opposite shoulders. Read more here.

    #5: Knot It

    Knotting is probably the easiest and most creative of blanket scarf styling options. You can braid it, roll it, double loop it, do a pull through, or go for the bandito. Fast and easy, knotting your scarf is where it’s at. Check it out.

    Timbercreek hopes this list gives you some creative ideas for styling your blanket scarf this season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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