• DIY Cat Toys

    May 16, 2019

    Sometimes all we want to do is spoil our pets. Whether it’s with treats or expensive toys, the costs can add up quickly! Timbercreek Communities has some creative and affordable ideas for making your own cat toys.

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    Cork Cat Toys

    Next time you open that bottle of wine, remember to save the wine corks. Who would have thought you could make a toy with them? For this fun cork cat toy you’re going to need some corks, glue and trimmings like jute and feathers. First, you’ll need to steam the corks to soften them up and then you can poke a hole through the middle with your scissors. Bunch together the trimmings and use some glue to secure them together. Next, pour the glue inside the cork and insert the trimming. Once it’s completely dry, give it to your cat and let them run wild!

    Scratching Post

    Cats love scratching things, especially new and expensive furniture. A scratching post is a great way to prevent your furniture from being ruined, but it’s also good for your cat’s health. It’s a great way for them to get exercise and keep their claws in good shape. Instead of spending a fortune on one, try to make your own. This DIY Scratching Post requires some extra effort and quite a few items, but it’s worth it -- especially if your cat is going to love its new toy.

    Felt Mouse Toys

    Surprise your kitty with a new handmade felt mouse! This is your chance to get crafty and really spoil your furry friend. All you need is wool felt, cat nip, embroidery thread, stuffing and twine for the tail. The instructions are simple, but you’ll need to download the PDF for step-by-step instructions.

    Pom Pom Wand

    To make a Pom Pom Wand, all you really need is a wooden rod, yarn, glue, scissors, string and pom-poms. The idea is simple: attach hanging yarn and pom-poms to a rod and have your cat go nuts chasing it. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you want. For detailed instructions, check out this tutorial for a DIY Pom Pom Cat Wand.

    With these new DIY cat toys, Timbercreek hopes your furry friends will love you even more. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Top 5 Dog-Friendly Ideas for Apartment Balconies

    May 14, 2019

    Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time to start enjoying your balcony with you pooch again. Timbercreek Communities has a few ideas for how you can make your apartment balcony a dog-friendly space.

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    Puppy Playpen

    Set up a puppy playpen on your balcony. You’ll be happy to see your dog enjoy the space and they will love it too. You can start by laying down some grass, which can be artificial or real. Fresh Patch is hydroponically-grown, dirt-free grass that’s a great option -- especially for training your dogs. Adding fencing is a good idea if you want a confined space where your puppy can relax, sleep and play with its toys.

    Grow Dog-Friendly Plants

    Some plants can be poisonous to pets, so be careful what you buy. To prevent serious accidents, stay away from plants such as daffodils, dieffenbachia, tulips, amaryllis and aloe. But don’t worry -- you can still make your balcony look lush and inviting with safer plants. A few safe plants and flowers for your dogs include Christmas cactus, boston fern, baby rubber plant, baby’s tears, prayer plant and spider plant.

    Dog-Friendly Furniture

    There’s nothing worse than having your favourite furniture ruined by your dog. That’s why investing in pet-friendly pieces is worth it. Joybird has fantastic outdoor furniture that uses fabrics that are safe for your dogs without sacrificing style. Just look for the ‘pet-friendly’ symbol. If you’re looking for dog-specific furniture, Ikea has a variety of dog beds and blankets to keep your furry friend comfy and cozy.

    Dog-proof Railings

    We don’t always feel safe having our dogs out on the balcony -- especially when you’re on a high floor. Installing dog-proof railings is sometimes necessary to protect them. To keep your dog from squeezing through any tight spaces, consider your dog’s size and personality. If they like to chew on everything, pick a fence that’s made of plexiglass or heavy duty netting. Otherwise, you can pick something with mesh which is a little more fragile but still sturdy enough.

    Portable Dog Pool

    On a hot summer’s day, your dog will love to cool off in a pool. Who wouldn’t? A portable pool is a great idea because it’s lightweight and travel-friendly. You can keep it on your balcony when it needs to be used and fold it up and put it away and out of sight when it’s not. Bring it with you to the park -- especially on those scorching hot days -- your dog will love you for it.  You can also use it as a tub to bathe your pet.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes these five tips help you create a pet-friendly balcony which you can enjoy together. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Property Highlight - 235 Willis Crescent - Cielo

    May 09, 2019

    Cielo (235 Willis Crescent) is the perfect rental property for anyone in Saskatoon searching for an open concept living space. Its location is ideal for anyone who appreciates being close to the city, but also removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown.

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    Your Home

    Cielo is located in the south-central part of Saskatoon and has everything you need to live comfortably. The suites are spacious and bright and you can choose between 1 and 2 bedroom units. There is plenty of storage as well as parking, a fitness facility and it’s pet friendly. The building also has elevators for easy access for individuals with disabilities and on-site professional management. If this sounds like the place for you, check out the hot specials -- you can get $100 off monthly!

    Your Neighbourhood

    Cielo is located right in the Stonebridge neighbourhood, which is home to Stonegate Shopping Center. Here you can find many restaurants, stores and a Wal-mart. It’s only a short walk from a popular Dim Sum restaurant, Rock Creek Tap and Grill and the Canadian Brewhouse. In addition, it’s close to public transit and HWY 11,  so you won’t have any trouble getting around. The neighbourhood is also close to a number of parks including The Louis Riel Trail and Peter Zakreski Regional Park. And if you’re in need of a relaxing day, you can always spend a day at the Damara Day Spa. From easy transportation access to parks and a variety of restaurants, you’ll fall in love with Cielo.

    So what are you waiting for? Cielo could be your new home! For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • Activities to Take Your Mom To This Mother’s Day

    May 07, 2019

    Mother’s day is just around the corner, so don’t wait to make last-minute plans. Timbercreek Communities has you covered with 5 great activity ideas for an unforgettable Mother’s Day.

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    Yoga

    Try something a little different this year for Mother’s day and take your mom to a yoga class. It’s a great way to bond and nurture your mind, body and soul. You can also try puppy yoga, which is a 1-hour yoga class with puppies running around. The Hive is a company that organizes classes in a few Canadian cities, so be sure to check out their site to find a puppy yoga class near you!

    Wine Tasting

    If your mom enjoys a glass of red after a long day, treat her to brunch and a wine tasting for Mother’s Day. This is a really fun way to spend time with your mom and celebrate this special holiday. There are many wineries to choose from in Niagara On the Lake, Prince Edward County or in Quebec. Most places will serve a full menu, or at least appetizers. If you don’t want to venture out too far, you can also try The Wine Shop and Tasting Room. You’ll get pretty close to a winery experience without having to drive out to one.

    Family Bike Ride

    Head out for a bike ride with the whole family this year. This is a great activity that everyone can participate in and it’s a fantastic way to get some exercise and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. There are many great hiking trails to choose from, so you have plenty of options. Check out the Martin Goodman Trail or the Toronto Islands for a beautiful ride along the water, Taylor Creek for a wooded trail and the Humber Valley Heritage Trail for a scenic ride through forests and meadows.

    Sip and Paint/Plant Night

    Another unique Mother’s Day experience is a Sip and Paint Night. It’s a super fun and creative evening where you can enjoy a glass of wine while creating your very own masterpiece. You’ll learn a little about painting and mixing colours, but mostly it’s about having fun and exploring your creative side. Check out Paintlounge or Art Tonite for some upcoming events. And if painting is not your thing, you can try something similar where you get to create a tabletop planter while sipping on your favourite glass of wine. To find paint and plant events near your, check out Yaymaker.

    Botanical garden

    If you’re looking for a relaxing and peaceful activity for you and your mother to enjoy, think about visiting a botanical garden. You can spend a couple of hours exploring the local and exotic plants and flowers, strolling through the garden and even learn something new! Allan Gardens and Edward Gardens are great options to check out in Toronto. Visiting a botanical garden is a great opportunity to get a closer look at a variety of plants that you might have only ever seen on TV, and the best part is that admission is usually free!

    Forget about buying gifts this year and focus on making memories with these unique Mother's Day experiences. Timbercreek Communities hopes that these suggestions help you plan the best Mother’s Day!

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

  • Spring Events Across Canada

    May 02, 2019

    Spring means festival season is starting and there’s so many great events to get excited about. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for fun events happening across Canada to discover. Add them to your calendar,  you won't want to miss them!

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    Canadian Tulip Festival

    Nothing says spring like fresh tulips! If you have the chance, check out the annual Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa. You can see millions of tulips, enjoy live music and see artists working away on their crafts. The festival is a celebration of international friendship between Canada and the Netherlands after WWII and it will take place from May 10th to 20th. It’s also free of charge! Don’t miss the fireworks show to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday on May 19th at 8 pm.

    Spring Beerfest TO

    Looking for a beer festival? Look no further! Spring Beerfest is coming up in Toronto on May 18th and 19th. If you like cold beer, yummy food, great music and games, there’s really no better place to enjoy the Victoria Day weekend. The event will be held at Fort York: Garrison Common and costs just $24. Your ticket includes general admission and a commemorative mug.

    Sip and Sizzle

    There’s no better way to welcome Spring than with refreshing wine and delicious food. At the Sip and Sizzle event in Niagara-on-the-Lake, you can do just that. Visit over 20 wineries and try amazing grilled food and wine pairings. It’s the perfect way to discover new wines, go for a winery-hop and just hang out and relax. Tickets are available for $55 and valid for one of four weekends in May.

    Canadian Music Week

    Get ready for a week full of incredible music! Canadian Music Week is one of the most well-known entertainment events in North America. It features a music festival, film festival, award shows and an industry conference. At this year’s event, you’ll have the chance to see music legends from around the world, as well as new and emerging artists. If this sounds like something you don’t want to miss, you can purchase individual show tickets or buy the Explorer Wristband, which grants you access to all of the shows for only $50. Canadian Music Week kicks off on May 6th in Toronto!

    Timbercreek hopes these Canadian events get you excited for spring! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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