Archives for Lifestyle

The Benefits of Learning New Skills as COVID-19 Continues.

Learning new skills is an excellent way of being more relevant in a dynamic environment. It can advance your career, diversify job opportunities, and help you to develop new, marketable skills in an ever-changing world. While these benefits are great for professional growth, there are many other benefits to learning new skills no matter your age, your profession, or the type of skill you learn. Finding my way back to art and breathing life back into this dormant skillset and passion has been an inspiring time in my life, and I am certain that this is not just a singular
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Finding Your Inspiration: Staying Creative in 2021

Living through a pandemic has afforded many people the opportunity to get in touch with their creative side. Whether or not you took on home projects, learned new skills, improved existing ones, or lit a match to reignite an artistic fire that may have spent the last few years dormant, finding that energy to be inspired and original has been a refreshing way and for some the only way to cope with the current climate. But as much as we crave the creative hustle, it can sometimes be difficult to keep the ideas flowing and produce the work that makes
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Embracing Creativity: Rekindling Your Artistic Side in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly faced us with a multitude of challenges. With businesses closing their doors, social gatherings put to a halt, and quite frankly no where to go, many of us have had to get creative to stay busy and stimulated during these unusual times. While some kept busy with household repairs and upgrades, others have taken up new hobbies or rediscovered old ones that may have gone dormant when the balancing act of life became too hectic.  Personally, I was able to use the downtime that the pandemic afforded me to get back in touch with my
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Beat The COVID-19 Blues with Lots of Winter Fun

We had no idea back in March that we would still be living with the COVID-19 at this time of the year. In the last few months, many of us have lost our jobs or have reduced hours or are still working from home. However, more businesses are now open, and schools and the children have adapted quite well. However, we are not anywhere near the old ‘normal.’  We can still not visit with family and friends and see our grandparents. Sadly, there is no light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. As the days are getting shorter and
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Coping With COVID-19: The Value of Horse Therapy

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have felt an ongoing sense of anxiousness or have been overwhelmed trying to keep up with the directives and guidelines that seem to be changing at a rapid pace. Now with the second wave officially declared in Ottawa and confirmed positive cases on the rise, our nerves may be getting the best of us once again. We have to take a step back from our families and loved ones in order to and work as a society to flatten the curve, but with the holiday season on the horizon, this may feel more
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Markets and Orchards and Farms, Oh My!

Most busy families create schedules and routines to coordinate all the demands of kids, work and school. Since our world changed last March, many have found schedules to be much less stressful because COVID-19 cancelled school, work and events. There were no hockey or dance practices, no birthday parties, no extracurricular anything, and no commutes.  Despite the fact that children may be experiencing a little social loneliness that cyber connections just can’t cure, they are relatively happy, enjoying the extra time they have to focus on some of their own hobbies and interests. Sometimes, however, they get a little bored
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Creating a Home Workspace for Everyone

It is a whole new COVID world out there and throughout this long crisis, many of us have come to recognize that our homes have become our safest haven.  We have all, collectively and individually, learned to adapt in new ways to a global pandemic, including working and going to school from our living room. While this has worked for many, for others, finding space for privacy and quiet has become a challenge. Coordinating access to electronics for school and fun, while encouraging interesting past-times, and creating nutritious meals has become as difficult as finding Lysol. Even though getting outside
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Making The Most Of Your Staycation In Ontario

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been left with cancelled plans and open calendar dates to fill with family fun activities. As there are still many restrictions on domestic and international travel, this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of a “Staycation” and put aside any unused funds for future savings. Ontario is a beautiful province that boasts a variety of wildlife, landscapes and ecosystems that make exploring our surroundings an exciting and educational experience for people of all ages. Additionally, there are many places hidden away that offer a great experience for a vacation close
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Time to Buy a Cottage

The last several months have been a real challenge for all of us. The combination of the COVID -19 virus and uncertain economic times have been incredibly stressful. Fortunately, we are winning the fight against the virus, the economy is opening up, and people are getting back to work. During the last few months, many of us have been dreaming of escaping to a safe and relaxing haven. The idea of having a cottage has been discussed by many of our friends and family. If you are thinking of buying a cottage, always contact your Real Estate Agent REALTOR®. Factors
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Avoiding Lyme: Ticks are Coming

  The mild weather is beginning, and as we all rejoice at the ending of winter, it is time to consider what this mild weather brings with it. The springtime thaw encourages the little menaces known as ticks, to make their way back out into the world. Ticks are a major carrier of Lyme disease and are a risk for humans and animals alike. There are a few important things to remember when it comes to ticks, and what you need to do about them.   Horses: Ticks are carriers of several diseases that can affect our equine partners, however,
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