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3 common Homeowners Association tricks in Toronto

If you hear the words Homeowners Association (HOA), you get goosebumps, then this article is for you. Once you’ve bought a home, after seeing it on SaveMax listings in Toronto or other real estate sites, you imagine it’s your home now and that you have full rights to it and the entire property. But what do you know, there are some exceptions to your rights put in place by none other than the Home Owners Association.  It’s hard to conceive that an association has the power to dictate how you manage and maintain your own home, and it’s even harder to accept that. The fact that you have to fill out a lot of paperwork and comply with some of the strangest regulations just to paint your garage door or make a patio in your yard can become a real reason for frustration.  Surely you’ve often wondered if there’s an…

Easy Ways to Revamp Your Kitchen

With social media apps such as Pinterest and Instagram being flooded with interior design inspiration, more and more people are turning to DIY to give their homes a much-needed injection of personality. One of the harder and more expensive areas to renovate though is the kitchen – however, these five handy tips and tricks will help you easily and economically transform your kitchen. Refresh your sealant One of the most important things to remember when decorating a kitchen is to ensure that you use a good and reliable sealant. After all, you wouldn’t want the new decor to be ruined by an unsealed sink or unsightly mold! A transparent silicone sealant is always a safe bet to ensure it blends seamlessly into the room without appearing garish and unsightly. Often sealant with age can become discolored so even just a small change such as this can breathe new life into your kitchen. Vinyl is…

5 Health Benefits of Owning Horses

Although horse ownership involves a significant level of personal commitment, in terms of both time and money, you might be surprised by how many health benefits this pastime can bring. And whilst this might not necessarily have been confirmed by scientific studies, the anecdotal evidence is clear that individuals who horse ride recreationally, consistently report improved health outcomes in a number of key areas. Whilst many of these benefits might be relatively obvious—such as the health benefits of spending time outdoors—others, you might find more surprising. With that said, here are some of the main health benefits of owning a horse! Improved Cardiovascular Health Perhaps most importantly, a study commissioned by the British Horse Society found positive correlations between regular horseback riding and improved cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular health refers to the health of the heart and blood vessels. People with improved cardiovascular health are less likely to die of conditions…

Winter Travel Destinations in Europe for 2022

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll already have noticed the colder air creeping in. Winter is nearly here. It can be a relaxed and comfy time of year, but a vacation midway through can definitely help to break it up. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to get away this winter, then check out the following tips for destinations in Europe. City Break – Prague Prague is a classic winter destination for good reason; the beauty of the city is only made more apparent by a light dusting of snow. And it often does snow. The main attraction in Prague during the winter is the famous Christmas markets in the Old Town Square. It’s a quaint, pretty, atmospheric experience, especially if you visit at sunset to see the moment the lights are switched on. Over at the King’s Casino at the Hilton Hotel you can find a different…

Top Places to Visit in Vietnam for a Memorable Holiday

Vietnam, located in Southeast Asia, is world-famous for its natural beauty. The nation is home to mountains, beaches, and an abundance of rice fields. It contains a diverse range of cultures, including traditional music, dance, cuisine, architecture, and art. This amazing country also features many tourist attractions worth visiting. If you’re looking to travel to Vietnam, this guide is a great tip. It covers six of the best destinations.  Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh is another tourist hotspot, as it is Vietnam’s economic center. You can see many skyscrapers and modern buildings here that show off the country’s modern side. Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City include visiting Tu Du Park, the People’s Committee House, the War Remnants Museum, and the Notre Dame Cathedral.  Other notable places you can find here are shopping malls, boutiques, and 5-star hotels such as Rex Hotel, the Grand Hotel, and…

The best city for digital nomads

Besides the freedom to work anytime, anywhere today’s globetrotting, remote-working professionals enjoy, they also have great earning potential. The first bold step toward becoming a digital nomad can be intimidating because you don’t know where to go or how to use your time. Nowadays many people choose the digital nomad lifestyle. Many professionals with years of experience working remotely opt to live in one location for months or years at a time, immersing themselves in the local culture while living as a local would. Despite this, some cities aren’t as accommodating to this lifestyle as others. The following list of the world’s best cities for digital nomads will help you make an informed choice on where to live and work. But before we get into the list we will discuss some interesting career choices for digital nomads. Exciting Side Jobs  While there are some obvious career choices for digital nomads,…

12 binge-worthy Christmas movies that were filmed in Canada

‘Tis the season to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa, some freshly baked cookies, and binge-watch your favourite holiday shows. Luckily for you, the W Network is hosting a Countdown to Christmas playing your favourite holiday movies one after another from now until Christmas and Netlfix has added some great films to their Christmas round-up. But, did you know that some of your favourite Hallmark Christmas movies were actually filmed all over Canada? Here are 12 holiday themed Hallmark Christmas movies  filmed right in the great white north. The Holiday Calendar – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario “A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season?” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) on Nov 27, 2018 at…

Canada’s Best New Cookbook launches at Indigo stores across Canada

Destination Canada and Air Canada have come together to release Canada’s Best New Cookbook, which features mouthwatering recipes from more than 30 restaurants—all previous Top 10 winners of Air Canada enRoute’s Canada’s Best New Restaurants program from the past 20 years—and stories that explore the unique culinary regions and personalities across Canada. Each recipe reflects the bounty of ingredients that exists across these fruitful lands, and every tale underscores how much food is a reflection of place. “This cookbook is a distillation of the country’s thriving food scene” said Amy Rosen, author of Canada’s Best New Cookbook. “We intentionally designed this cookbook to showcase each of Canada’s different regions and the diversity of talent who have and continue to shape Canada’s culinary landscape.” Canada’s Best New Restaurant list itself was created by Air Canada 20 years ago and industry experts from across the country who, like the assortment of best-in-class…

Top ways to explore Toronto in a day

The next time you visit Ontario, if you’re staying in Toronto, here are five things you can see and do, and the good news is that they can all be crammed into a single day. If you’re more interested in city life, here we will be taking a look at five ways you can pack out a single day when visiting Toronto.  If you’re more of a great outdoors person that would rather see what Ontario has to offer, then you need to keep on reading further down for more great things to do once day when you next visit Ontario, from visiting Niagara Falls to wine tasting, and from visiting the many gardens to visiting the zoo.  Morning You may want to start your day by visiting the largest shopping centre in Toronto, the Eaton Centre, which is just a couple of minutes down the road from City Hall.…

5 things to do during your next trip to Scottsdale, Arizona

This Southwest city is rich with culture, design and some of the best restaurants as vacation-goers and sun-seekers flock to Scottsdale for an escape. For those looking for a cultural escape, the Scottsdale Arts District has several galleries, studios, and museums. While architectural attractions like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West brings visitors to the city from near and afar. Surrounded by natural beauty, set on the northern stretches of the Sonoran Desert and the McDowell Mountain Range allowing a range of outdoor activities offered in Scottsdale to suit every traveller. Here are five things to do during your next visit to Scottsdale, Arizona. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West You can’t visit Scottsdale without going on a walking tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.  Built in 1937, this desert architectural wonder was Wright’s winter home surrounded by striking arid landscapes. Explore each intricately designed room by listening to the audio…