• 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.

  • Classic Canadian foods you have to try, and where to find them

    Nov 02, 2018

    Anyone who says there’s no such thing as Canadian Cuisine hasn’t eaten at these places! Timbercreek Communities wants to share some classic Canadian foods you have to try, and where to find them across this great land!

    Interior of Bagel-Shop in Montreal

    Edmonton: Bannock at Native Delights

    Native Delights Aboriginal Cuisine likes to put its own spin on the traditional Native Canadian bread known as Bannock. Their bannock is baked fresh daily and is featured in pretty much everything they serve – from tasty bannock burgers, to hot dogs and tacos, and their signature Native Delights Salad ($7.79). Find out where this fantastic food truck is serving up its specialities, here.

    Calgary: Ginger Beef at the Silver Inn

    The Silver Inn (2702 Centre Street North, Calgary) has a reputation for serving some of the best Peking-style Chinese food since 1975. Back in the day, when Chinese food was a new thing in Calgary, the Crispy Ginger Beef from the Silver Inn was legendary. Sadly, it no longer appears on their menu, but we found the recipe so you can make it at home! You can still enjoy Ginger Beef at Calgary restaurants that specialize in the dish including Ginger Beef Bistro, Ginger Beef Peking House, and Ginger Beef Express.

    Saskatoon: Saskatoon Berry Baked Goods at The Berry Barn

    To feel like a full-fledged Saskatooner, you’ve got to try the Saskatoon Berry treats at The Berry Barn. This farm store (at 830 Valley Road, Saskatoon) features an on-site bakery that serves up an array of fresh-baked treats like Saskatoon Berry Jelly Rolls, Muffins and even Saskatoon Berry Cannolis!

    Winnipeg: Bannock Pizza at Feast

    Feast Cafe Bistro is the place to go in Winnipeg for a traditional twist on a classic Canadian dish. You have to try their Bannock crust pizza! It’s available with red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, smoked bacon and Manitoba grass-fed bison sausage ($10.95), OR white sauce with roasted butternut squash, mozzarella, cheddar, pine nuts, green onion and chipotle sour cream drizzle ($9.25).

    Toronto: Peameal Bacon sandwich at Carousel Bakery

    Historic St Lawrence Market (93 Front St East) in Toronto is a food lover’s paradise. There’s a lot to taste here. Check out the incredible Peameal Bacon Sandwich from the Carousel Bakery stand. This world-famous sandwich has inspired Celebrity Chefs Emeril Lagasse and Bobby Flay to come back for more!

    Ottawa: Beaver Tails at BeaverTails Byward Market

    Pam and Grant Hooker began serving the classic deep fried Canadian pastries known as Beaver Tails back in 1978 at the Killaloe Fair, west of Ottawa. Today, the famous tradition continues at the equally famous ByWard Market (69 George St, Ottawa).

    Montreal: Montreal-style bagels at St Viateur Bagel

    There is nothing like a fresh, Montréal bagel from St Viateur Bagel (263 rue St Viateur). They’ve made bagels the same way since 1957. Their bagels are hand rolled and boiled in honey water, then cooked in a wood-fired oven. They are slightly sweet and chewy when compared to the NYC variety. These bagels are delicious enough to be eaten plain, right out of the oven.

    Halifax: Lobster Roll at Fredie’s Fantastic Fishhouse

    Lobster lovers know a good lobster roll when they taste it. Fredie’s Fantastic Fishhouse (8 Oland Cres, Halifax) makes the lobster rolls of your dreams! Their rolls are homemade and  loaded with luscious chunks of fresh lobster, just the right amount of dressing, and are not full of celery or fillers. Order your roll with chips for just $18.99.

    Timbercreek hopes this post helps you dig into the best Canadian eats, no matter where you are in this great country!

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

  • Movember Contest - Grow Your Mo!

    Oct 29, 2018

    The Movember Foundation

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

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

    Prostate Cancer

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

    Testicular Cancer

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

    Mental Health

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

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

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

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

  • Trick or treating safety tips

    Oct 25, 2018

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

    Mother and Daughter on halloween

    Unmask the Danger

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

    Reflect on the Costume You Choose

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

    Safety in Numbers

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

    Route Planning

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

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

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

  • Easy Vegan Recipes To Make

    Oct 19, 2018

    Eating more plant based meals is good for the health of the planet, and is linked to a variety of human health benefits as well. Timbercreek Communities wants to show you how simple and tasty plant based meals can be. Here are some easy vegan recipes to make at home.

    Vegan recipe


    3-Ingredient Vegan Pancakes

    These Healthy 3-Ingredient Vegan Pancakes are gluten-free and and oil-free. All you need is gluten-free rolled oats (or oat flour) almond milk (or another milk substitute) and two spotty (super sweet) bananas. The bananas act as a binder, so no egg is necessary! Top your pancakes with fresh fruit and maple syrup.

    Mushroom-Quinoa Burger

    These vegan Mushroom-Quinoa Burgers have a nice meaty texture thanks to the addition of portobello mushrooms. They even pack a complete protein punch thanks to the quinoa. And they're totally delicious thanks to the Rosemary Mayo! This recipe is the perfect plant based lunch.

    Herbed Hummus

    This healthy and hearty Herbed Hummus recipe is perfect for snacking. Serve it with pita bread, corn chips, or crudite!

    Better-Than-Takeout Vegan Pad Thai

    You don’t have to say bye-bye to Pad Thai just because your going more plant based. This Better-Than-Takeout Vegan Pad Thai recipe will hit the spot. The secret ingredient? Dates! When combined with strong savoury flavours including miso, sesame and lime, dates help create a taste very close to tamarind paste -- the traditional base of Pad Thai sauce.

    Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

    All your favourite foods can be made vegan! These Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies prove you don’t have to give up on flavour when you give up meat and dairy and go plant based.

    Timbercreek hopes these recipes show you just how easy and delicious eating plant based food can be.

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

     

     

  • DIY Halloween treats for your pet

    Oct 16, 2018

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

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    Peanut Butter Doggy Bones

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

    Kitty Treats

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

    Pup Cakes

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

    Cookies for Cats

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

    Strawberry Shortcake Dog Biscuits

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

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

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

  • Property Highlight - 8520 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton

    Oct 15, 2018

    Welcome to Edgewater at 8520 Jasper Avenue in Edmonton. Located just east of the downtown core, you’re close to everything you want in this fabulous city  Even though you're in the heart of it all, you'll find your home here is an oasis, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. With exceptional amenities, unparalleled views and easy access to the beautiful River Valley Park system, Edgewater is perhaps the perfect place to come home to.

    View of Edmonton River Valley

    Life at Edgewater

    The professionally landscaped central courtyards welcome you home to Edgewater. They create a social space to meet with your fellow neighbours and invite you to feel engaged, connected and welcomed into your community.

    Your furry four-legged family members are welcome at 8520 Jasper as well! This pet-friendly community is comprised of two high rise buildings in the vibrant Edgewater neighbourhood.

    Your home offers an on-site restaurant that's perfect for those days when you get home and just aren’t in the mood to make a meal.

    Timbercreek Communities takes your health as seriously as you do. Enjoy the convenience of the fully equipped gym and an on-site doctor’s office!

    The Neighbourhood

    The Edgewater neighbourhood overlooks the beauty of the North Saskatchewan River as well as the River Valley Park system. This is an urban nature lover’s dream come true. Explore its walking and cycling trails, and ample parkland and picnic areas only steps from your door. Golfers will love the convenience of the adjacent golf courses.

    With all the surrounding green space, it may be easy to forget that you’re only a 5 minute drive from all the urban treasures of downtown Edmonton. Public transit is close by, so you may not even need a car! It's easy to shop for everything you could need or want nearby.

    You can pick up fresh produce from the farmers markets, grab a bite in a cafe, enjoy a cold beverage or a night on the town. Catch a show at Commonwealth Stadium or see the Oilers take to the ice at Rogers Place Arena. It’s all here!

    If you're a student or professor, Edgewater is a quick and easy public transit commute to the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan University.

    Timbercreek invites you to make Edgewater at 8520 Jasper Avenue your new home. Call 587.404.6844 to book your appointment to tour a suite today.

    To find your dream home in another Timbercreek Community in Canada, please visit our website.

  • 5 Budget Weekender Bags

    Oct 09, 2018

    If you're looking forward to a weekend getaway, but not looking forward to dragging a large suitcase around, you need a weekender bag. You don't need to break the bank to get one. Timbercreek Communities wants you to check out these 5 budget weekender bags before you check in.

    man next to luggage

    Plambag Unisex's Canvas Duffle Bag

    Plambag Unisex's Canvas Duffle Bag is a stylish and functional bag made with durable, high density cotton canvas and classic brass hardware. There are 2 side zipper pockets, a front magnetic snap pocket, a back wall zipper compartment, and a main compartment. It will carry everything you need for a weekend of fun and adventure, and look great on you.

    S-ZONE Oversized Canvas Leather Trim Duffle

    The S-ZONE Oversized Canvas Leather Trim Duffle is a classic weekend duffle bag for men or women. It’s made of durable and lightweight soft canvas, with genuine leather trim. It's available in blue, gray, dark gray, Army green, khaki and coffee.

    Gusti Leder Nature

    The Gusti Leder Nature, from Gusti Leather, is simply a beautiful bag. It has a simple and classic design with one main internal compartment and one external pocket. It’s made of Fair Trade goatskin that's naturally tanned with vegetable oil. You’ll want to use this elegant yet practical bag every day. It’s too beautiful to save for weekends.

    Kenox Oversized Canvas Travel Duffle

    The Kenox Oversized Canvas Travel Duffle is perfect for when you want to get away for the weekend, but have trouble travelling lightly. This lightweight and durable duffle features expandable side pockets and plenty of smaller pockets tucked away inside. There’s room for your iPad, clothes, travel documents and whatever you want to bring back home from your weekend adventure. It’s available in a variety of beautiful colours to suit any weekend adventurer.

    The Twill Weekender

    The Twill Weekender, from Everlane, oozes understated elegance. It’s made of water-resistant cotton twill with leather trim. There’s one exterior slip pocket and one interior zip pocket. It’s available in several understated colour combinations including black, gray and golden brown. It fits into any overhead compartment, perfect for weekend travels.

    With these hot weekender bags in tow, it’s going to be a beautiful and stylish trip!

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

  • Spooky Halloween Desserts Your Kids Will Love

    Oct 08, 2018

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

    Halloween treats

    Frankenshake and Bride of Frankenshake

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

    Vampire Lips

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

    Strawberry Ghosts

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

    Bloody Cups

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

    Spooky Fingers

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

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

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

  • Thanksgiving: Easy Ways to Become More Grateful

    Oct 02, 2018

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

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    Keep a Gratitude Journal

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

    Visual Reminders

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

    Behave Gratefully

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

    Stick With It

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

    Show the love

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

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

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

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