• DIY Living Room Upgrades On A Budget ​

    Oct 24, 2019

    Giving your living room a makeover doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Timbercreek Communities has some great tips for how you can upgrade your living room on a budget.

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    Update your couch cushions

    New cushions will give your living room an instant makeover. This is a simple and inexpensive way to switch things up. Depending on the look you're going for, choose from different colours, patterns and textures. For a fresh and sophisticated look, try pairing navy blues with different shades of grey or geometric patterns and textured cushions for a more eclectic and chic vibe. Check out Ikea or Structube for some great options!

    Create a gallery wall

    Creating a gallery wall is another fantastic way to upgrade your living room. There are so many ways to do it. You can make a mini gallery wall and just put up a handful of pictures, or dedicate an entire wall to your favourite art. Before you put anything up, make sure to figure out the layout. Place your artwork on the floor and arrange everything in the order you want. Are you going to have a centerpiece? How much space do you want between each piece? Once you have this figured out, it’s time to hang everything up!

    Add lots of greenery with house plants

    When in doubt, add plants! Not only can they lift your mood, but they make beautiful decor and they don’t have to be expensive. A majesty palm or a yucca tree look great in a corner because they are often very big. You can also add smaller plants on shelves and stands including succulents, cacti and ivy.

    Paint your furniture

    If you’re tempted to replace your furniture, think again. Instead of getting rid of your old desks and dressers why not paint them to make them look brand new? You can do the same for mirror frames, shelves and pretty much anything else. Just make sure to clean and sand your furniture beforehand to create an even surface. This will help the paint stay on longer and look better. Latex or oil-based paint works best in most cases, but if you’re going for the distressed look, the best option is water-based paint.

    Invest in a new rug

    Since rugs take up a lot of space, they are often seen as a centerpiece in your living room. Changing your rug might just be the mini makeover you’ve been looking for. Whether you’re looking to add a splash of colour or change the pattern, you can do so very easily. Pick a vibrant colour with interesting patterns to make your rug really stand out. This is great if you want it to be the focal point of the room. Alternatively you can pick a colour that blends in with your couch or other elements to make the space feel more cohesive.  Another option is to choose a rug in a different shape or one with a lot of texture. This will make your space feel more cozy and warm!

    Timbercreek hopes you use these tips to transform your living your living room on a budget. 

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

  • The Best Holiday Markets Across Canada

    Oct 24, 2019

    ’Tis the season for markets, twinkle lights and mulled wine by the fire. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you discover the top 5 fall and winter markets happening this November and Decemeber across Canada.

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    Holiday Street Market

    Get into the holiday spirit by checking out the Holiday Street Market in Mississauga and Milton. Check out its mulled wine garden, light tunnel and shop the wares of 250 vendors. Bring your friends, family and make a day out of it. The market is on in Mississauga on November 24th and on December 1st and 8th in Milton. The best part is that it’s free for everyone!

    Toronto Christmas Market

    The Toronto Christmas Market is back again starting November 14th! Enjoy artisan arts and crafts, mulled wine, hot chocolate, Santa and his elves, all kinds of entertainment and a stunningly romantic atmosphere. The market is located in the Distillery District and will be open every day except Monday until December 22nd. There is an entrance fee on weekends and Fridays after 5pm.

    Ottawa Christmas Market

    There’s a brand new market coming to Ottawa this year, and we couldn’t be more excited! The Ottawa Christmas Market will take place at Aberdeen Square from November 29th to December 22nd. It will feature a massive Christmas tree, magical twinkle lights and decorations and market cabins selling all kinds of goodies. It’s the perfect place to go with friends, on a date or even to pick up some Christmas gifts.

    Halifax Christmas At The Forum

    If you haven’t had the chance to check it out already, Christmas At The Forum is a must-see market in Halifax. It's the longest running market in Atlantic Canada. From November 1st to 3rd, you can check out local craft exhibitors, baked good and entertainment. It’s no wonder this market is a family and shopping tradition! There is a small entrance fee for adults, but kids under 12 are free!

    The Nutcracker Market

    Get ready to shop until you drop at The Nutcracker Market in Montreal. Enjoy locally-made home decor, accessories, toys, food and holiday vibes. You’ll also help to support the Les Grand Ballets Canediens de Montreal. The market is on from November 28th to December 8th.

    Timbercreek hopes learning about these fall and winter markets get you excited for the winter season! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • How to Make Pet Food

    Oct 22, 2019

    Your pet can thrive eating homemade food like you do. If you're up for whipping up something special for him or her, Timbercreek Communities has a few ideas for how to make pet food that’s delicious, nutritious and cheaper than store-bought.

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    Use Meat and Other Animal Products

    When it comes to making a balanced meal for your pet, you should always make sure that at least half of their diet is meat. Try to use lean meat as much as possible, or dark, fatty meat if your dog or cat is very active.  You can use eggs and fish as well, just make sure to remove the bones.

    Use Veggies and Fruit

    Just like humans, your pets will benefit from certain fruits and veggies. Mix together things such as potatoes, beans and squash -- a great mix for energy! Just make sure everything is cooked, otherwise your pet might not be able to digest everything. You can also use a variety of fruits, including apples and blueberries, which are packed with antioxidants. And if you’re not sure about something, just ask your vet!

    Recipe: Dog’s Breath Biscuits

    Need to get rid of your dog’s bad breath? Then give these homemade Dog’s Breath Biscuits a try. To make this delicious treat, start by mixing the following items in a bowl: whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, rolled oats, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Set that aside and mix eggs, butter and peanut butter in a different bowl. Now mix everything together and add in fresh parsley and mint. These two ingredients are key for fighting bad breath! Divide the mixture in half and refrigerate for an hour. While the oven heats up to 325F, place the dough on parchment paper and roll it out. Make cute shapes using a bone-shaped cookie cutter and bake for 40 minutes. 

    Recipe: Fresh Veggies and Ground Turkey

    Your pets will love this recipe -- especially your pup! To make this yummy Veggie and Ground Turkey dish, you’re going to need some ground turkey, veggies, rice and fat. First, cook some rice and set it aside. Place some olive oil in a pan and fry the ground turkey until golden brown. Now add in a bunch of veggies. We recommend using carrots, zucchini and spinach. Add the cooked rice. Mix everything together and cook for 5 minutes. Make sure the dish has completely cooled before you serve it to your dog.

    Your pet will love their new homemade meals! Timbercreek hopes you find these suggestions helpful and start to make your own pet food. 

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

  • Toronto Weekend Activities For Families

    Oct 15, 2019

    Looking for something new and fun to do as a family this October? There are plenty of options to choose from, no matter the season! Timbercreek Communities has a list of our favourite weekend activities. Give them a try this fall! 

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    Stay In A Family Resort

    Planning a weekend stay at a family resort is always a great idea. You don’t have to travel far, yet you come back home feeling like you had a proper vacation. Deerhurst Resort is the perfect little escape. It offers cozy accommodation and great food. They even have a special fall package, so be sure to take advantage of that. The resort is located near Algonquin Park, an amazing place to be to see the changing colours. You might also want to visit Severn Lodge, a lakeside resort in Muskoka. There are a ton of activities for the family to enjoy, including horseback riding, tennis and a games room!

    Bike ride to see the fall foliage 

    Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons and it’s no wonder why. The fall colours are a spectacular sight! Plan a visit to High Park or the Don River Trail for a wonderful day trip. High Park is big and it’s safe for kids to bike around. The Don River Trail is also very scenic with secluded areas. It has a few bridges to cross, so keep that in mind when you’re with your kids. You also can’t go wrong with the Toronto Islands. It’s a beautiful place to see the fall foliage and your kids can ride safely anywhere since there are no cars on the entire island!

    Apple picking

    If you’re looking to spend the day outdoors, apple picking is a great activity for the whole family. Check out Albion Orchards or Brooks Farms which are both about an hour away from Toronto. You can pick your own apples and see the pumpkin harvest. Brooks Farms also has a Fall Fun Festival which ends on October 27th. You can expect to see all kinds of animals, a pumpkin cannon show, a corn maze, a pirate ship and so much more!

    Visit a Farm

    What better way to spend your weekend than at a farm? You can enjoy the outdoors, shop for fresh, local produce and enjoy a delicious country lunch. Chudleigh’s Farm has many activities for you and the kids, including pony rides, wagon rides and hiking trails. The farm is open until October 31st, so hurry up and plan your visit!

     

    Have Fun With Science At the Ontario Science Center

    There’s always so much going on at the Ontario Science Center! Both you and your kids can enjoy hands-on experiences, and learn something new about science and technology. Check out one of the eight exhibit halls, live demonstrations or a movie in the IMAX theatre. You can also check out the calendar to see what’s on this month! The Ontario Science Center is open on Saturdays from 10 am to 7 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.

     

    We hope you can plan the perfect family weekend with these great suggestions from Timbercreek

  • Weekend Getaway in Halifax | Things To Do

    Oct 10, 2019

    Whether you live in Halifax or you're just visiting, there are some amazing weekend trips you can take to escape the city. Timbercreek Communities has four amazing getaway suggestions for you!

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    Hike and Explore the Cabot Trail

    Nature enthusiasts will love hiking the Cabot Trail. It's only 4 hours away from Halifax, making a trip to Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail the perfect weekend getaway. You can check out the hiking trails in Cape Breton Highlands National Park or simply drive along the scenic coastline and enjoy its breathtaking views. For the most spectacular sunset, hike the Franey Trail to the Skyline Trail. It’s definitely challenging, but totally worth it.

    History and Culture at Annapolis Royal

    Visit the quaint town of Annapolis Royal if you’re looking for a vacation with history and culture. This unique spot used to be inhabited by Mi’kmaq, an indigenous group who lived there thousands of years before the Europeans arrived. Start the day off by checking out Canada’s oldest National historic site, Fort Anne, and then head down to the waterfront for some shopping and lunch! You can also stop by the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens or the year-round Annapolis Royal Farmers’ and Traders’ Market -- which just happens to be Nova Scotia’s largest outdoor market.

    Relax at White Point Beach Resort

    Escape to White Point Beach Resort for the ultimate relaxing weekend! This iconic hotel is right on a sandy beach overlooking the ocean and it’s open year-round so you can plan your stay whenever! This is the perfect place to unwind, have bonfires on the beach, eat gourmet food and visit the spa. You’ll leave the resort feeling totally relaxed and rejuvenated.

    Stay at a Cozy Bed and Breakfast

    For a super relaxing weekend, try escaping to a nearby bed and breakfast. This is a great way to slow down, recharge and enjoy the simple life. The Green Dragon Organic Farm and B&B is the perfect place to relax, eat organic produce and enjoy nature. It’s a Biodynamic and eco-friendly farm and it’s located in the village of Tatamagouche. You can also head to the east shore of Nova Scotia and stay at DesBarres Manor Inn. This is a wonderful place to have a romantic getaway, relax by the ocean and eat gourmet food.

    For an incredible weekend getaway, you don’t have to take a plane. Within a few hours of Halifax, you can visit some amazing places and have the best vacation.  

    Timbercreek hopes you enjoyed these suggestions! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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