• 7 Elegant Halloween Decor Ideas

    Oct 01, 2018

    All Hallows Eve doesn’t have to be all about orange and black decor and blood and gore. Timbercreek Communities wants to share some elegant Halloween decor ideas for your home.

    Living room decor - Halloween theme

    The Magic of Monochrome

    Embrace the magic of monochrome. Pick up white pumpkins and gourds and cluster them together. Add a little elegance by adding some white chrysanthemums in white baskets into the mix.

    Elegant Mini-Ghosts

    Greet your guests with elegant mini-ghost lollipops arranged in a white pumpkin. Simply cover round lollipops with tissue paper and add ghost eyes and mouths with a black marker.

    Painted Pumpkins

    Let your creativity run wild and paint your pumpkins any way you want. Go beyond spooky faces, think Gingham, white with copper stripes, leaf prints and more!

    Twinkle Lights

    A string or two of twinkle lights, or Harvest String Lights, can transform the atmosphere of any space.

    Flower Petals

    A scant scattering of colourful foliage or flower petals can bring a touch of evening elegance to your table.

    Linen Pumpkin Centrepiece

    This Linen Pumpkin set instantly creates a rustic and elegant centrepiece.

    Understated Spider Web

    A black spider web tablecloth provides the perfect place to display the treats at your elegantly spooky soiree.

    Timbercreek hopes these decor ideas help you have an elegantly adult Halloween.

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  • The best apps for dog parents

    Sep 25, 2018

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

    Pet Owner on phone beside dog

    Pet Monitor

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

    Petnet

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

    Pet First Aid

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

    Pet Coach

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

    BarkCam

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

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

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  • Elegant Fall decor to add to your home

    Sep 24, 2018

    Fall is the most naturally beautiful season of them all. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you bring a little of that autumn beauty into your apartment with some elegant fall decor to add to your home.

    Bedroom design in fall colours

    Foraged Fall Tableau

    Add some fall to your foyer with a foraged fall tableau. Look for autumn textures and colours. Colourful leaves, pumpkins and gourds in various colours and sizes, and pinecones are a good place to start. You can bleach the pinecones and arrange them in a basket for an elegant look. Whether you forage for them out in nature or online, it’s amazing how a well-chosen bell jar or glass vase can elevate anything from ‘simple’ to ‘elegant’. You can also hollow out a pumpkin and use it as a vase.

    Warm It Up

    A simple, effective, and inexpensive way to change the look and feel of a room is by tossing in a throw blanket and pillows. Elegant autumn decor should feel warm, cozy and inviting. A plaid blanket in colourful fall hues of red, orange and gold will do the trick. Drape it across the foot of you bed for chilly fall nights, or brighten up your living room sofa.

    Wreath It Up

    Adding a simple Grapevine Wreath to a window, door or empty nook can be an easy and elegant way to celebrate the season. You can customize and enhance the look by adding real or faux gourds. Don’t overdo it -- understated and elegant is the way to go.

    Chalk It Up

    Give any space an air of country charm with Chalkboard Art. Inspire yourself with a quote, draw a picture, or do anything you like. All you need is a chalkboard, chalk, and a wooden frame to give it that down-home elegance. Or, you can print this chalkboard art from Lolly Jane and create your own woodland frame.

    Leaf Art

    Hold onto a little piece of autumn by creating some wall-worthy Leaf Art. No artistic ability is required! Simply glue brightly coloured leaves to card stock with a spray mount and arrange accordingly.

    Timbercreek hopes these decor ideas help you bring the beauty of autumn into your apartment.

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

  • Celebrate the fall harvest in Canada

    Sep 18, 2018

    Timbercreek Communities wants to help you celebrate the fall harvest in Canada. Check out these fabulous farms this autumn where you can get a true taste of Canada.

    woman throwing leaves

    Terra Beata

    Nestled next to the Atlantic ocean, about an hour west of Halifax, you’ll find Terra Beata. This 15-acre cranberry farm features the one and only U-pick cranberry service in Nova Scotia! They’re open year round, but high season begins with Open Farm Day on September 15th. The season runs until early November. Visit the Bog Store for farm-made preserves.

    La Ferme Quinn

    Visit La Ferme Quinn, about an hour east of Montréal, for U-pick berries and sweet corn in the summer, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. Their Fall Festival runs every weekend from September 15th to October 8th. Your $8 admission gets you access to the orchard, tractor rides, pony rides, farm animals and live music. Their Farm Shop serves up homemade products and delicious fresh baked goods.

    Chudleigh’s Farm

    Visiting Chudleigh’s Farm has been a tradition for GTA families since they first opened in 1967. Along with apple picking from August until mid October, enjoy tractor rides, pony rides, a hay maze, nature trails and more! Visit the farm store for fresh-baked pies and other sweet treats.

    Deer Meadow Farms

    Visit Deer Meadow Farms, near Winnipeg, to pick pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch, visit a Petting Farm, get lost in a corn maze, bump along on a wagon ride, and get spooked on a Haunted Hayride for Halloween. Shop the Farm Store for fresh free-range eggs, goat’s milk soap, decadent fudge and much more. It's open May 15th through November 3, 2018.

    Black Fox Farm & Distillery

    Black Fox Farm & Distillery in Saskatoon is a working flower farm and distillery. Samples of their spirits can be enjoyed (3 for $5). Don’t miss the annual Pumpkin Festival over the last 3 weeks of September. Expect Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Golf, an Obstacle Course and more!

    The Jungle Farm

    The Jungle Farm in Red Deer offers U-pick strawberries in the summer and pumpkin picking from the first week of September through October. The Fall Festival offers wagon rides, an 8-acre corn maze, and much more. The General Store in the barn boasts a bounty of baked goods, preserves, caramel apples and more!

    Timbercreek hopes a visit to these fantastic farms helps you experience the abundance of the fall harvest in a memorable way.

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

  • Small Movements that can Improve your Mood

    Sep 17, 2018

    Controlling your emotions is no easy task. When you need to feel better fast, acting like you feel better can actually trick your mind into feeling better. Timbercreek Communities wants to share several small movements that can improve your mood.

    Mother & daughter hugging

    Smile

    Even forcing a fake smile can make you feel happier. When the muscles used for smiling are engaged, you’re more likely to find something funny. Learn more about the facial feedback hypothesis.

    Got a Pen?

    When you can’t muster even a fake smile, try putting a pen between your front teeth. Even forcing your face into a semblance of a smile can provide some stress relief.

    Go to Your Happy Place

    Move your mind to find relief. By calling up cherished memories in your mind, you can improve our inner sense of joy and well being. When we’re stressed, it’s harder to recall these memories. Try to recall an object, or details about the location where the memory took place. This technique is called the "method-of-loci" strategy. 

    Breathe

    Pay attention to your breathing. A proper inhale and exhale should cause your abdomen to expand and contract. Your chest and shoulders should remain relatively still.

    Posture

    Proper posture can enhance your mood, boost confidence, and make relaxed breathing feel more natural. Sit or stand straight and relax your shoulders.

    Embrace Yourself and Move Toward Your Goal

    The simple act of hugging yourself can reduce physical and emotional pain. Now, literally take a step forward. Put on your shoes to go to the gym. Step toward the door to tidy up your room. End the procrastination to improve your mood. Our brains can follow the lead of our bodies.

    Timbercreek hopes these small but powerful movements help you pick yourself up when the chips are down. We all need some help from time to time. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Celebrate National Honey Month and Plan a Honey Party!

    Sep 11, 2018

    September is not only the transitional month between summer and fall, it’s also National Honey Month. If you haven’t made plans, Timbercreek Communities wants to help you celebrate National Honey Month and plan a honey party!

    Honey on a tray

    Plan a Potluck

    A Honey Party is a great way to say goodbye to summer, welcome in the fall, and connect with your friends and neighbours. A Honey Party is a honey-themed potluck. Every dish should contain honey, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be sweet. Here are some great ideas for savoury honey-based dishes to share:

    Honey-Brined Grilled Shrimp

    (4 servings, 6 shrimp per person)

    Honey is used three ways in this Honey-Brined Grilled Shrimp recipe. It’s added to the brine so the shrimp absorb some sweetness. Those same shrimp are tossed in honey before grilling, and drizzled with honey after grilling. Sweet!

    Lemon-Honey Chicken Thighs

    (4 servings)

    These sticky sweet and sour Lemon-Honey Chicken Thighs are easy to prepare and delicious. The recipe can be made with thighs or chicken breasts if you prefer. If you make chicken breast, cook them about 6 minutes per side.

    Honey-Roasted Carrots

    (4 to 6 servings)

    When you make these Honey-Roasted Carrots, choose carrots that are approximately the same size to ensure even cooking. If you want to make the recipe more kid-friendly, you can swap out the bourbon for apple juice.

    Baklava

    (16 servings)

    Baklava is a rich and sweet dessert from the Middle-East. It’s made with layers of flaky and delicate phyllo dough, chopped nuts (optional) and lots of honey (essential). It’s the perfect shareable dessert to pack up and travel with.

    Timbercreek hopes you have a ball throwing a sweet Honey Party potluck this month.

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

  • Wonderful Ways to Use Those Magical String Lights

    Sep 10, 2018

    Adding a splash of illumination with a simple string of lights can make a space feel inviting and even a little magical. Timbercreek Communities has a few wonderful ways to use those magical string lights.

    Friends on patio with string lights

    Don’t Darken Your Door

    A string of lights around a doorway can be a simple solution to shed some light on a dim passageway. Opting for industrial drop lights over twinkling fairy lights will keep your space from feeling like a college dorm room.

    Magical Play Space

    Kids will love to hang out in their very own twinkle light tent. Adding a string of lights to the opening of a play tent, and adding some cozy blankets and pillows inside will a create a magical place for them to dream in.

    Illuminate Your Accent Wall

    If your space has a deep hued accent wall, you can easily add a little shimmer of string lights to really make the colour pop.

    Make Windows Bright at Night

    A tasteful string of lights is the modern day (and much safer) equivalent of candles in the window. The glow creates a warm atmosphere without adding clutter.

    Brighten Your Bedside

    If you don’t have room for a bedside table and lamp, dangling a string of lights down the wall can be a great space-saving substitute.

    Fun and Bright Bunk Beds

    Kids will love having their bunk beds adorned with magical twinkling lights. And they won’t be afraid of the dark anymore!

    Lighten the Load on Your Shelf Space

    Adding a string of lights to your shelves is a great way to add ambiance, make a workspace more inviting, or highlight what you have on display.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips helped shed some light on some great home decor ideas.

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

  • Summer is still here - The Best Party Games for an Outdoor Get-Together

    Sep 04, 2018

    The recipe for a great summer get-together is simple. Combine food, refreshments and a few friends. Shake it up with a few games that can be learned quickly. Here are the best party games for an outdoor get-together, from Timbercreek Communities.

    Friends playing lawn games

    Giant Jenga

    Take a block from the bottom and put it on top. Repeat until it all comes tumbling down. Super size your Jega experience this summer. The stakes get higher as you build up. Get out of the way when it all comes crashing down! DIY your own version, or save some time and buy one.

    Yard Yahtzee

    Playing Yahtzee is a great way to spend a rainy day with your friends and family. It's even more fun when you play outside under the sun. Here are some simple step by step instructions to create your own Yard Yahtzee game.

    Cornhole

    Cornhole is a classic BBQ get-together game. All you need are some bean bags, and a few inclined wooden boards with a hole cut in them. You can DIY it with basic tools and skills, or buy one.

    Ladder Golf

    You probably don't have room to play a round of golf at your next summer get-together, but you probably have space for Ladder Golf. If you’re looking for a fun summer craft project you can build your own using PVC pipe, nylon rope and golf balls. Or just order a ready-to-use set online and enjoy.

    Bocce Ball

    Have you ever seen people playing Bocce Ball in the park? It's a lot of fun! It’s also an easy game to pick up, and a tough one to put down. All you need to get stared is a set of Bocce Balls and a flat patch of grass.

    KOOB: The Viking Game

    KOOB is destined to become the next classic get-together game. Check out this video to see how fun it looks! Order your set and prepare for battle!

     

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  • Kitchen Organization Tips

    Aug 29, 2018

    The kitchen is one of those rooms many of us love to hate. Even the perfect design requires us to sift through drawers of endless stuff to find a single item, be it a spice or utensil. But thankfully, with little effort and planning you can turn your junk heap of a spatula drawer into a light, space filled area that’s uncluttered and a joy to be in. To help give you a few ideas for organizing your kitchen space, check out this list of tips and tricks for helping declutter and spruce up.

    Kitchen Organizing

    Pot Rack

    Always clumsy to store, pots can be well organized using a hanging rack. A handrail and several S-hooks will turn a few square feet of wall into a convenient rack for kitchenware. Handrails are better than towel bars for the job as they support more weight. Find out more.

    Sort Utensils

    With some cheap mason jars, you can clean up that willy nilly tong and spatula drawer once and for all. Paint them, label them, and put them on the counter to sort spatulas, ladles, whisks, and more. Check it out.

    Use Risers

    Give your cabinet twice as much surface space with a coated metal riser and/or separator - stuff fits on top, between, underneath, and it can be used for just about any kitchen item. Learn more.

    Label Frozen Foods

    The average freezer has piles of random, unsorted, asymmetrical bags and containers in it. Take a second to add a label, even with simple sharpie, to your freezer items with name and date. It’ll save time and help you know when to toss old items. Read more.

    Magnetic Fridge Spices

    The fridge is another magnetic wonderland of unused space. Pick up some magnetic spice jars to free up needed cupboard space, and keep spices in view during cook time. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps give you some ideas for how to better organize your kitchen. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Back to School Tech for Your New School Year

    Aug 27, 2018

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

    Back to School Technology

    Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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

    Belkin SurgePlus USB Swivel Charger

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

    HP Sprocket Photo Printer

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

    Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim

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

    Endy Mattress

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

    Fitbit

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

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

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