• How To Match Clothing Well: 5 Easy Tips For Matching Colours In Your Outfit

    Jun 26, 2018

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    Monochromes

    Monochrome technically means shades of the same colour: white-grey, light-grey, grey, dark-grey, charcoal, etc. But it can also mean dressing all in the same hue. While the latter tends to be trickier to pull off, it definitely works in an all-grey suit for example. Monochromes are both easy and chic, in style in 2018, and can be matched in practically any way. Check it out.

    Earthtones

    A solid, tried and true colour approach, especially for men, is matching a variety of earth tones, or “neutrals”. While this can include a big range of colours, it generally encompasses tans and browns, dark greens and olives, greys, blacks, and water tones. They all go well together making for a quick, easy, and fashionable outfit.  Find out more.

    Analogous vs. Complementary

    Most people think complementary colours “complement” one another. In art, where the term originates, it means opposite. Complementary colours are directly opposite one another on the colour wheel. Red → Green. Blue → Orange, etc. Analogous colours are beside each other; red → orange → yellow. In clothing, analogous tends to mix better because you get shades of similar colours. Complementaries are highly contrasting and can quickly get circus-like in a single outfit.

    One colour accent

    A great style approach is to wear an outfit of similar, monochromatic shades, and add a single pop of colour. A tie, a blazer, or a killer pair of bright Vans against a muted backdrop makes an outfit really sing without needing to put in a lot of effort.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you match your outfit colours and define your own personal style. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Plan Your JFL Experience Now

    Jun 25, 2018

    From July 11th to 29th, Montreal comes alive for the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. While Montreal is known worldwide for its summer Jazz Festival, JFL is doing its part to put the city on the comedy map, too.  An entertainment landmark, JFL is recognized for the quality of its content and the professionalism of its staff. Timbercreek wants to help you plan you JFL experience now/ Read on for a rundown of the festival at large, and highlights for this year.

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    Mission

    “At Just for Laughs, our mission is very simple, it’s three little words: make people happy.” As a core operating principle, the Just For Laughs team shoots for nothing less than happiness for the public, their customers, partners, media, and sponsors. That’s a pretty good business model, and a pretty great product.

    The Festival

    Every summer, Montreal plays host to the world’s top comedians for close to two weeks of gut busting laughter. With artists like Kathy Griffin, Jim Carrey, Kevin Hart and a pantheon of others, it’s no laughing matter how much laughing will be happening. 

    JFL Comedy Pro

    Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a four-day event running during the peak of the Just For Laughs Festival. It explores all facets of comedy. Participants at the 2017 Just For Laughs ComedyPRO event included Kevin Hart, Jim Carrey, Trevor Noah, Danny MacBride, Kaitlin Olson, Jay Baruchel, Ari Graynor, the casts and creators of Vice Principals (HBO), I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime), The Mick (FOX), The History of Comedy (CNN) and much more. JFL Pro runs July 25th to 28th, 2018. Learn more.

    Kevin Hart: Irresponsible Tour

    The first concert announcement for JFL 2018 is none other than comedic rockstar, Kevin Hart. After spending consecutive weeks in the number one box office spot for his film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Kevin is bringing his highly successful U.S. concert tour to Montreal on July 27th. Get tickets.

    Tickets and info

    For tickets, schedule, and more information on the Just For Laughs Festival, check our their website.

    Timbercreek hopes you will add some laughter to your life this summer at the Montreal JFL festival. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Dollar Shave Club

    Jun 12, 2018
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    Buying your Dad a razor is a decent and classic Father’s Day gift, but buying him a steady supply is genius! Dollar Shave Club offers great razors, delivered to your door every month, for next to nothing. Timbercreek is here to help you get better acquainted with their subscription service, and make your dad's year.

    The Concept

    Razors haven't changed much over the years. Sure, today they come in multiple blades, with slicks of aloe vera to guarantee a clean close shave. But the basic principle of a sharp blade that dulls over time, and regularly needs replacing, remains. Up until now, you pretty much had to hit the drug store on a regular basis to replenish your supply. Dollar Shave Club has changed the game by delivering razors to men at a lower cost. Finally. By eliminating the need for stores and the middleman, DSC can source a good product in bulk and deliver it to you for less than it costs you to drive to a drug store and pick up yourself.

    Their pricing

    It’s actually not a dollar per month as their name suggests. The base DSC package is just $3.50/month. It includes a free handle, and 5 2-blade cartridges. Where it works out to a dollar is in the 5 2-razor blades a month. Divided by $3.50 it works out to a small number with a decimal in it, so it’s actually less than a dollar.

    The Competition

    Customers claim to spend up to $40 a month on razors. While that’s excessive, one razor from a brand like Gillete can easily go for $5 to $15. Dollar Shave Club sells their products for almost half the price.


    Great Simplicity

    Dollar Shave Club offers 3 kinds of blades. That’s it. Three. This translates into an easy-to-buy product. Cheap and easy to buy is a great combination.

    Get it for Dad

    Father’s Day is coming and Dollar Shave Club makes a great gift. Sign up, order, wait for shipping -- that's all it takes! Find out more.

    Timbercreek hopes this article gives you a valuable gift idea for Father’s Day. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 11 Practical Tips For Anyone Who Dreads Their Morning Commute

    May 30, 2018

    Having to get up, hop on a train, bus, or subway, or drive for an hour just to get work isn’t on most people’s fun-things-to-do list. Commuting is never ideal, but there are ways to make it more enjoyable. To help you take back your morning, Timbercreek has list of ways to make your commute a little better.

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    Podcasts

    Make a habit of downloading a few podcasts every week. By listening to them while you are in transit, you can transform your commute into something to look forward to. Best part is, you can listen to them offline or underground in the subway. Learn more.

    Flipboard

    A dull commute is the perfect time to get up to speed on what’s happening around the globe. While known for business, Flipboard is a fantastic all-round news and information resource. With everything from politics to market reports, technology, food and art, it’s got something for everyone. Check it out.

    Meditate

    Regularly practicing meditation is a great way to combat stress set a positive tone for your day. All you need to do is focus your mind for as little or as long as you like. To do so, pay close attention to your breathing, make it steady and deep, close your eyes, and try to let your many thoughts slip into the background. If that sounds difficult, there are many tools out there to help. Find out more.

    Duolingo language learning

    Duolingo is a popular language learning app. It’s perfect for maximizing your productivity on your commute. Tackle French or Italian, or brush up on your Spanish. Learn more.

    Free audiobooks from the Public LIbrary

    Libraries are an incredible free resource worth every penny of public tax dollars. City libraries offer a variety of free services, including free audiobook downloads, as well as free online courses.

    Walk, ride, or otherwise be active

    Incorporating exercise into your commute can make for a substantially happier work life. In Montreal, for example, the most satisfied commuters are walkers. If you are close enough to your workplace to walk, ride or run, give it a go. If you’re not, try to take the stairs along the way.

    Bring a paperback book

    As a society we are reading more than ever, but that reading is almost entirely confined to the internet. An analog paperback book slows down the mind, increases attention span, stimulates visual areas of the brain, and helps pass the time wonderfully.

    Brain games

    Luminosity and other “brain gym” apps offer ways to exercise and strengthen your mind. While they require some concentration, they offer a great way to spend your commute.

    Work

    It’s often hard to work on a full size laptop while you commute, but phone apps like Notes, Evernote, Google Drive, and Google Docs can let you get work done while you commute.

    Timbercreek hopes these ideas help take the edge off your commute. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Life at The Lofts On First

    Apr 30, 2018

    An exciting residential building in the heart of downtown Calgary, Timbercreek’s Lofts on First brings fresh energy, stunning architecture, and the best of luxury living to Cowtown. With an array of amazing amenities and building features, plus unparalleled neighbourhood access and exquisite loft-style suite construction, Lofts on First is a renters dream.

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    First Impressions

    Converted from a commercial tower into a residential community, Lofts on First offers luxury loft-style rental living in the heart of Calgary. The complex features a sophisticated lobby where residents and guests are greeted with an elegant sitting area and designer decor.

    Perks You'll Love

    Residents of Lofts on First can enjoy privileged access to a host of club-style amenities including: a multimedia party room, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a multipurpose space that is half basketball and half volleyball court, a billiards room, and an internet lounge that features free wifi.

    Sweet Suites

    Every suite at Lofts On First is the ultimate expression of luxury living.  With modern quality finishes and the most detailed craftsmanship, every corner is a haven of privacy and comfort. Each suite includes a gourmet kitchen (complete with a quartz countertop and Energy Star stainless steel appliances), a stacked full-size washer and dryer, plus luxe plank flooring, an exposed concrete ceiling, designer lighting, low-flow shower heads and toilets.

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    Killer Neighbourhood

    Being a resident of Lofts on First puts you in the centre of the vibrant Beltline district. Arguably Calgary’s hippest area, it offers the best of everything -- from fashionable shopping and dining to culture, entertainment, recreation and transit options. As a new and exciting building in the area, Lofts on First will add to the revitalization of the entire neighbourhood.

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    Location Envy

    Your friends will be jealous of your address. Smack dab in the middle of downtown, Lofts on First is close to pretty much everything. Steps from the Calgary Stampede grounds, the Calgary Tower, public transit, restaurants and bars, the Core shopping center, Studio Bell/The National Music Centre, a host of public parks and outdoor greenspace, and only a short distance away from Eau Claire and Kensington, Lofts on First is perfectly situated.

    Timbercreek wants you to make Lofts on First your new home. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Why We Love London, Ontario

    Feb 27, 2018

    It has a Thames River, Covent Garden Market, and Piccadilly Street, but don’t confuse it with London, England. Ontario’s favourite British namesake, London, has a large population of 494,069 people. It is surrounded by woods -- so much so that ‘The Forest City’ is its historic nickname. As one of Ontario’s largest municipalities, London has a ton of landmarks and attractions, and boasts some great activities. Whether you’re thinking of relocating to London, or passing through, here are just a few reasons why we love this great city:

    It’s a Great School Town

    London, Ontario is home to Western University and Fanshawe College -- two great Canadian institutions with beautiful campuses. Because it’s home to a prestigious university and a great college, London is the epitome of a college town. There are tons of students here, not to mention student-friendly housing, a student-friendly bar scene, affordable restaurants and businesses. It’s a great place for young people pursuing post secondary education to live.

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    Prince Albert’s Diner

    You don’t truly know London until you visit Prince Albert’s Diner. Located in the heart of downtown, it’s a famous haunt for all age groups and taste buds. Specializing in (larger than life sized) milkshakes and your typical nostalgic, retro style features, Prince Al’s is a must-visit in the Forest City. Read More.

    Brewery Tour

    Canada’s oldest brewery, Labatt’s, is headquartered in London and they offer tours and tastings year round. If craft beer is more your style, you should visit Forked River Brewery, Anderson Craft Ales, and Toboggan Brewing Company. Learn more.

    Check out East Park

    There’s something for everyone at East Park. Outdoor activities include mini-golf, go-karts, batting cages, year-round rock climbing, and Wally World's 7 waterslides.

    Banting House

    The former house of Dr. Frederick Banting, this museum is dedicated to the life of Canada’s famed inventor of insulin. It features Banting Square, which has a glorious garden and numerous sculptures. See more.

    Covent Garden Market

    Covent Garden Market is home to 52 vendors and a combination of indoor and outdoor markets. Twice a week, the outdoor Farmers' Market offers fresh and local food and produce. See more.

    Budweiser Gardens

    Whether you want to catch a game, play, watch shows on ice, or see your favorite performer, London’s premier arena, formerly known as John Labatt Centre, is the place to do This mammoth centre accommodates up to 10,000 attendees. Learn more about it.

    Cycling

    A truly unique adventure can be had by seeking out the city’s bike paths. With 330km of paths winding through some of the most interesting neighbourhoods and historic parts of the city, it’s an easy way to discover downtown London.

    Museum of London

    Southwestern Ontario's leading establishment for the collection and presentation of visual art and material culture, Museum London's collection has more than 5,000 regional and Canadian artworks and 25,000 artifacts.


    Festivals

    London hosts numerous festivals throughout the year including Sunfest -- the second largest world music event in the country. With big draw events like London Ribfest and the London Fringe Theatre Festival, you’ll never be bored. Learn more.

    Storybook Gardens

    Storybook Gardens is a family-friendly amusement park that’s open year-round. It features rides, games, recreational activities, ice-skating, wagon rides, and theatre. Read more.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article inspires you to explore London, Ontario.

    For information about Timbercreek Communities in London, with several options conveniently located in trendy Woodfield and others near Western University, please visit our website.

  • Petiquette 101: How to Crate Train a Puppy

    Feb 26, 2018

    Crate training is an excellent way to welcome a new puppy and start its education and adjustment right away. A crate is a puppy’s dedicated place. A safe, secure nest that’s all his/her own. It has a number of uses beyond this from potty training, to time outs and resting, as well as discipline. To help you navigate the big job of training a new puppy, Timbercreek brings you this list of ways to crate train your furry friend.

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    Bars Aren’t Bad

    On first look, the bars on a dog crate seem awfully cage-like. But your pup doesn’t see it that way. He/She sees a warm, cozy cave where he/she feels comfortable to sleep in safety. It’s also a puppy’s own private spot. While dogs do well carving out their own nooks and territory, they generally have to share a house or apartment with their owners. A crate comes in handy in this regard to give them a place that no one else can use.

    Prep for Your New Pup

    Before bringing a new puppy home, make some preparations. Start with the right sized crate. Ideally the puppy should have room for a bed and water bowl, and be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down. If possible, also get a blanket that smells of the mother dog, and place it inside the crate. The familiar smell will be a huge source of comfort.

    Where to Put the Crate

    Crate location is important. Your dog wants to feel connected and included, but also have a  place where it’s quiet enough to rest. A great spot is the corner of a living room or den, where he/she can see the family but have space of his/her own. A laundry room or basement isn’t ideal for this reason as he/she may feel isolated and act out.

    Not Too Long

    Keep your pup’s crate time short and sweet. Start with a few minutes, gradually building up the time. Once he’s/she’s happy and settled down, be careful not to leave him/her in it too long. Avoid leaving even older dogs unattended in a crate for more than four hours at a time. It isn’t fair to your best buddy, who may start to resent the crate rather than love it.

    Don’t let it be for discipline only

    Most would-be pet owners assume a crate is used for sleep, and discipline. And while it can be used to good effect to this end, it foremost should be a place your dog enjoys. Using it to positively reinforce behaviour is a better tactic to take.

    Dos and Don’ts

    DO: Encourage the pup to explore the crate. This means hiding tasty treats and special toys inside for him/her to discover.
    DON’T: Force the puppy inside.
    DO: Praise him/her when he/she sits inside without crying.
    DON’T: Let him/her out when he’s/she’s crying, as this rewards the noise and makes him/her more likely to cry in future.
    DO: Very slowly extend the amount of time pup is left inside the crate.
    DON’T: Use the crate as a place of punishment or leave him/her in for hours on end. Check out more here.

    Timbercreek hopes that this list helps you welcome home your new puppy and start off his/her training the right way. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • February Home Checklist

    Feb 12, 2018

    February is a good time to get your home in order and tackle tasks and chores that will help you keep your life and space running smoothly. To help you keep your home fresh and tidy, Timbercreek brings you this February home checklist.

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    Clean Up Your Entryway

    This time of year, the front door is a magnet for mess. Salt, snow, mud, dirt, wet, and grime all converge like the plague. Get a wet weather mat for your dirty boots, and make space in your closet for snowsuits, heavy jackets, and accessories. Then give the floor and walls in the area a decent scrub. These are the first (and last) things you see in the house, so a tidy area makes a huge difference to the feel of your space.

    Recycle E-waste

    Collect all your old devices and accessories -- phones, ipads/tablets, TVs, DVD players, cables, batteries, headphones, and adapters -- and take them to your locale e-recycling depot. While not yet a mainstream part of regular city recycling pick up, it will be soon.

    Declutter your e-self

    While not specifically a home cleaning event, everyone has a pile of digital waste. Files, emails, notes, reminders, calendars, images, documents, old receipts -- it’s endless. With no real pressure to backup aside from losing all your data, it’s a clutter-creating epidemic. Take a couple hours to delete and back stuff up.

    Clean Out Your Freezer

    Cleaning out your freezer can seem like a thankless task. While annoying to do, cleaning out and even defrosting your freezer has multiple benefits. Unused frozen food takes up tons of space. Freezer burn is real and tastes bad. Freezer frost builds up over time and can cause odors and fridge leaking, not to mention reducing freezer space. The best way to clean out this often neglected part of the fridge is to take everything out, discarding anything you won’t use, unplug, toss in a pot of boiled water, steam, defrost, wipe or scrub, and voila.

    Paint an Accent Wall

    Winter blues got you down? Inject some colour into your space and your life with an accent wall. It’s an easy way to make a big impact. It might not seem like it, but winter is the perfect time to paint. Best part is, painting such a small area allows for experimenting with wild colors. And if you don’t like what you did, it’s just as easy to repaint.

    Book Summer Activities

    From campsites to resorts, flights to hotels -- stuff books up fast. Get ahead of the curve by diving into your summer vacation plans early. You’ll save on cash too. Check out more here.

    Timbercreek hopes that this list helps you reinvigorate your indoor space this winter. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Valentine's Day Game Plan

    Feb 06, 2018

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    Beyond the splendor and status quo, Valentine’s Day is all about showing people that you care. And despite what Hallmark and Laura Secord tell you, it doesn’t take that much. A bit of thought, a bit of planning, a bit of time, and a dash of action. To help you show that special someone you care, Timbercreek brings you a list of ways to wear your heart on your sleeve this Valentine’s Day.

    A Cooking Date (Where You Cook Together)

    Nothing says love like cooking. Making a dish for someone takes skill, time, thought, money, effort, and love. It doesn’t have to taste good, just make it and they will smile. See more.

    A Romantic Movie Night At Home

    Hanging out in the comfort of your home watching Netflix can be really fun. With infinite movies and TV series at your disposal, it’s a great and dirt cheap Valentine’s date option. Add some wine and cheese to make the evening feel special. Ideas here.

    Recreate your first date

    What could be more romantic than recreating your first date with your significant other? We love the idea and so will your sweetheart. If you had a simple first date (like going to a restaurant or a picnic in the park), recreate it with some added flare. For example, if you went to a restaurant, go back to the same one but pull out all the stops -- bring flowers, order wine, share your meal etc. If you had a simple picnic in the park, upgrade your menu with champagne and gourmet takeout from your favourite place, or make a masterful meal with some of these gourmet picnic recipes.

    Take a wine-and-paint class

    Wine-and-paint classes are popping up all over Canada for good reason -- they’re super fun! Treat your date to one this Valentine’s Day. This activity is especially great for first dates because there is a point of focus that helps take the pressure off. You don’t need to make much conversation with your date to have fun but the activity gives you something to talk about, you get to be creative, and a glass of wine never hurts when you’re trying to relax! Check out these other reasons why it’s a great date night plan.

    Museum/Art Gallery

    Whether you’re an art lover or a football junkie, it’s never a bad time to take in some culture. Show you care with some tickets to your favourite museum or art exhibit and make a romantic night of it. Find out.

    Breakfast in Bed

    Who doesn’t love breakfast, especially in bed? It’s the perfect treat for your partner this Valentine’s day. All the better if you make it a surprise! Check out more.

    The Gift of Service

    Do something for your loved one. Do the dishes, clean up, cook, do the laundry, make tea, fix a bike or car.  It can be simple or complex, but make it something they don’t absolutely love doing for extra impact.

    Go Bowling

    Sometimes bowling is not your first choice but it’s a good one! This is one date idea that no one ever thinks about. All the more reason this is a perfect non-Valentine-y Valentine's date that we highly recommend!

    Timbercreek hopes that this list inspires you to show your better half how you feel this Valentine’s Day. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Living in Downtown Toronto

    Jan 23, 2018

    Recently voted one of the best cities in Canada to live in, Hogtown residents have long known that Toronto is a great city. A hub for business, tech, immigration, and culture, Toronto has high levels of safety, diversity, and quality of life. And there’s no cooler or more cultured part of town than downtown, particularly Yonge and Dundas. One of Toronto’s premiere neighbourhoods, Timbercreek brings you this list of the best spots to check out in the area.

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    Yonge Dundas Square

    A rare open space in the downtown core, Yonge Dundas Square has grown into a cultural hub. With free shows and innovative musical programming, YDS is a gem in the heart of the city. It’s also just a short walk from The Maitlands at Yonge and Wellesley.

    Eaton Center

    The Eaton Center is a Toronto landmark. With eye-catching architecture, multiple floors, a blinding array of stores and restaurants, and a herd of patrons, the Eaton Center is a social and shopping experience.

    Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas Theatre

    At the top of 3 floors of escalators, Cineplex’s Yonge Dundas Cinema location is massive, with 23 screens including IMAX, 3D, and 5 VIP rooms. Great for a night out, it’s got something for everyone.

    Massey Hall

    Massey Hall is a legendary venue for Canadian and international musicians. With a stunning and historic interior, cozy bar, and fantastic acoustics, it’s worth seeing just about anything at Massey Hall. Sherwood Apartments are within walking distance, and are even closer to The Phoenix Concert Theatre, another of Toronto’s premiere live music venues.

    Ed Mirvish Theatre

    Formerly Toronto's historic Royal Alexandra Theatre, the Ed Mirvish Theatre has a long history in the arts, producing original plays and musicals featuring Canadian and International acting and musical talent. A neighbourhood icon within easy reach of The Maitlands.

    3 Brewers

    An early and pioneering entry into the Canadian craft beer scene, 3 Brewers offers a delicious assortment of locally made beer. Known for their copper brewing gear visible to patrons, the 3 Brewers is a neighbourhood staple. See more.

    Salad King

    A groundbreaker in the Toronto Thai food community, Salad King is one of the city’s oldest and most outstanding Thai restaurants. From early days as a mock university cafeteria to its stunningly reno-ed 2nd floor current space, Salad King should be on your must-eat list.

    Old City Hall & Nathan Phillips

    Nathan Phillips Square is one of Toronto’s defining public spaces. With a Henry Moore sculpture, the famous pond (doubling as a skating rink in winter), massive outdoor space, old city hall architecture, and the famed PanAM games “Toronto” sign, it’s an iconic Toronto landmark.

    Sunset Grill

    At Queen and Yonge you'll find an amazing breakfast spot. Sunset Grill has it all: variety, bottomless coffee, and huge portions of breakfast fare -- the most important meal of the day. Close to Garden View Apartments, Sunset Grill and numerous other brunch hotspots are just a short walk or transit ride away.

    Transit Access

    Yonge and Dundas is a Toronto transit hub. From the College, Dundas, and Queen streetcars, to the Yonge subway line, it’s easy to get everywhere and anywhere in Toronto. Whether it’s from The Maitlands, Sherwood Apartments, or Garden View, all of Toronto is at your fingertips with the TTC.

    Timbercreek hopes this article shows just how great it is to live in downtown Toronto, especially near Yonge and Dundas. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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