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Tuesday, 30-Aug-2016 13:11:16 EDT
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SPRING INTO CLEAN!
by SHEILA QUINN & FRIENDS

If you live in Eastern Canada, you may feel like Summer will get here before Spring! As you wait, this would be a perfect time to shed the old and give your home a fresh start. Along with the season comes the opportunity to set things aside for your garage sale, an ideal way to dispose items you don't use enough to store and make a little money while you're at it.

Includes easy-to-follow Home Maintenance Checklists

House cleaning is not fun for most but once it is done, we are usually glad for the effort and feel great. Spring is the perfect time to accomplish more infrequent chores, such as:

  • Air out your home to release any indoor air polution that has accumulated over the cold months;
  • Wash windows and baseboards from winter grime;
  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors;
  • Flip mattresses so the wear gets spread out;
  • Clean and reorganize cupboards, drawers, and closets;
  • Dispose of expired medication;
  • Tighten screws and lubricate squeeky hinges with WD40; and,
  • Prepare to sell items for your annual garage sale.

To make this annual task as easy as possible for you and for your busy family, we suggest this easy-to-follow Spring Cleaning Checklist that also includes helpful tips for seasonal home maintenace throughout the year. Display it prominently (fridge), prioritize, and involve the whole family. Set reasonable goals daily and weekly to accommodate everyone's... READ MORE | SEND YOUR COMMENTS


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HEALING INSPIRATION FROM A CANCER SURVIVOR
by CAROLYN HOAR

There are many women who have survived breast cancer multiple times and although each of their stories are significant and moving, one incredible woman's eloquent words stand out. Her expressions of growth, strength, and gentle peace – with an equal amount of zest for exercise and healthy living – she has become an inspiration to the many who know her... From the vault, here's one from Carolyn Hoar.

The power of nature's peace heals mental and emotional stresses while keeping fit.

I had planned to write an article on interval training. I really love interval training as part of my workouts but another idea became more prevalent. As I was running this morning I decided that I would write from the heart... READ MORE


CULINARY TRAVELS: GREEK-STYLE MEAL PLAN
by SHEILA QUINN

A few weeks ago, an epiphany struck – and, thus, a new series of 'Food & Drink' for SayItCanada has begun. This is the first of hopefully several future entries. We're going 'Greek-style' with this one!

Grilled pork, chicken, prawns, and veggies

As some of my readers may be quite aware by now, I absolutely hate to cook. Simply deciding what to make my family for dinner increases my chances of developing a migraine and an ulcer in an instant. I can't stand it, to make a decision that inevitably results in trapping me in the kitchen for an extended period of time? Oh, no... just no-no-no-no! So one night, I asked my children where they 'would like to go' the following day... They were thrilled at the prospect of going somewhere – anywhere! Sure, I laughed at them, and then explained what I had meant, "What cultural food would you like for tomorrow night's dinner?"

An in-depth plan to make Tracy's Tzatziki, Lemon Fried Rice, Roasted Mini Potatoes and Cauliflower with Curry, Greek Salad, and a sampling of kebabs this upcoming weekend... READ MORE


TRAINING YOUR DOG
by ROB GODDARD

The best time to start training your dog is the moment you bring them home. It's very common for your dog to change as they grow and as they experience new things, so training is something that you really should do every day. Now, you are probably thinking, "Where will I find the time?" And it's true – you will need time to learn proper training techniques. However, once you learn them, it becomes second nature with little time spent.

LEARNING FROM A PROFESSIONAL TRAINER
Learning from a professional trainer that utilizes a positive structure is the best route to take. When I brought my puppy home, I thought I could train him and I did really try. I got a few things right, but I also missed out on a great opportunity to properly train him. I had no idea that dog training had advanced so much in the last thirty years... READ MORE


SCAM ALERT
by SEAN MICHAEL

Ask Sean will resume next week after this important alert from Sean Michael...

Something a little different this week... Have you experienced a money scam?
Ask Sean.

Greetings,

So you'll have to forgive me as I'm cancelling this week's exciting adventure of Ask Sean. Instead, I'm going to share with you a little story that happened to your hero and how you can avoid it from happening to you.

Story begins with an employment ad on Craigslist. Now I'm not entirely sure which ad it was that I submitted my resume to, but regardless, I received a call about it the other evening. A woman by the name of Tiffany Wilson called to say that she had read over my resume and she believed I'd be a great candidate for a Mystery Guest service they had... READ MORE


HOME MAINTENANCE: Little Things for May

There are always little things that you can do to keep your home healthy over the years. Whether it's a new home or an older one, every little thing helps! Here are a few tips for the month of May:

  • Inspect fences
  • Check caulking for air and water leaks
  • Lubricate weatherstripping
  • Check exterior finishes
  • Check windows and screens are operating properly
  • Check septic system (if installed)
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
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