October 2013

Found 11 blog entries for October 2013.

About 800,000 disposable coffee cups are tossed into the garbage every day in the city according to Green Calgary. That's a lot of coffee cups! When you consider that there are approximately 1,000,000 people living in Calgary, this means that 1 out of every 4 residents is drinking a hot beverage daily from a disposable cup. Either that or a lot of people are having multiple hot drinks on a daily basis!

The executive director of Green Calgary, Patricia Cameron, estimates that 4% to 19% of Calgary waste is coffee cups. The environmental group is making people more aware of this critical issue and is promoting the use of regular cups versus the disposable kinds.

At Caffe Beano in the southwest part of Calgary, you can get a discount on your coffee if

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If you know somebody that has just purchased a new home and you don't want to arrive with a plant in your hands to present, here are some gift selections that are different!

1. A fire extinguisher

Although it isn't especially glamorous, a fire extinguisher is a thoughtful and useful gift that any homeowner could use and would definitely appreciate.

2. Flower and vegetable seeds

If you know a gardener that has just purchased a home, bring him a house warming gift in the form of seeds. These can be presented in small decorative planters that can be used around the house or outside.

3. Edible plants

If you can't get the idea of showing up with a plant out of your mind, take a look at the incredible edible plants that are available in retail

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It seems that every year it becomes a little more difficult for young adults to come up with the down payment they need to enter the real estate market. As a parent, you may want to help out your kids and put them on the path to home ownership early. If this is the case, you also need to make sure that you are prepared financially to take this step and that you are doing it for the right reasons.

Now, more than ever, parents are interested in helping out their children due to the low interest rates that are available. The overriding rule that needs to be followed though is that parents should only help out their children with a home purchase when they are set up for their retirement and are able to handle their own needs. Taking money from the

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There’s nothing more frustrating for any gardener than to spend a day stooping over and planting tulip bulbs only to see the squirrels dig them up the next day. Squirrels absolutely love the smell and taste of these bulbs and it can be quite a fight to keep them away.

Here are a few helpful suggestions that you can use to help deter the squirrels and to keep them from freeloading on your precious tulip bulbs:

1. Secure a chicken wire barrier

Buy a small amount of chicken wire from your local home improvement store and put it right on top of the soil. The idea is not to put up a fence that the squirrels can find their way through but to put the wire right on the earth. The squirrels don't like walking on this wire and it may be just all you need

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The 2013 version of Screamfest is now on and it's bigger and better than ever. Activities take place at Stampede Park in the Grandstand Building. Schedule some time this year to take in Canada’s scariest and largest Halloween event that's brought to you with plenty of western hospitality.

Take in the haunted houses and all of the disturbing and creepy entertainment! Play the carnival games and be ready to scream! The events are geared towards adults and it's not recommended that young children attend, although they will be let in if parents are with them.

New this year at Screamfest

Zombie Paintball - This looks especially fun! The zombie apocalypse has arrived and now you can hop on board the bus and drive around to peg off the zombies walking

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Add some flair instantly to rooms in your Saddle Ridge home with new mouldings. They are inexpensive and can transform a dull room into a piece of art with very little work on your end. Best of all, new mouldings can make a dramatic difference since they will be instantly noticed when you walk into a room.

Thicker mouldings

To liven up your room take down the small, thin mouldings that came with your home and buy thicker and wider mouldings to put up. They add a framing effect to the walls while making them appear oh so elegant!

Trending now in the form of mouldings are the flat types versus the more complicated styles with intricate designs. If you have a room that's been furnished traditionally and want to add a classic look to it, you may want

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If you want to have a lovely and blooming rose garden next year, here is some advice you can use this fall to help make it happen. There are some do's and don'ts that you'll want to follow that will make your garden the best it's ever been in 2014.

Don't prune your rose bushes!

This is the first thing that you need to know in order to achieve the perfect garden next year. Pruning rose bushes in the fall can potentially kill them! Their roots use food that is stored in the branches to keep them healthy over the cold winter months. Without the extra nutrition, the odds are good that your rose bushes simply won't bloom next year.

When you’re pruning roses in the fall it can leave open wounds allowing the winter winds to pull up some of the moisture

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Every year we hear about new cases of children strangling themselves on window blind cords and it's such a shame. Nowadays you don't have to settle for blinds that come with cords since there are new and improved cordless models being offered on the market. Really, if you have children or even pets in your home, cordless blinds should be your only option.

Types of cordless blinds

Here are just a few of the many different types of cordless blinds that are available:

Manual cordless blinds - Instead of using a cord to move the blinds up and down you simply grasp the bottom of the blind and pull it up or down. It will stay in place where you leave it and will remain level along the bottom. With cords the blinds can sometimes get slanted and you need

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Sometimes it can take a while to get approved for a mortgage as a self-employed individual. In fact, you're going to have to fill out a lot more forms than if you were working a regular 9-to-5 job and collecting a salaried paycheck. Although it can be more challenging to get a mortgage when you're self-employed, and there's a lot more paperwork to it, it doesn't mean to say that you won't be approved when all is said and done.

Approximately 15% of Canadians are self-employed and every year it seems to get harder to get approved for a mortgage when you work for yourself.  You'll need to prove your earnings and be able to show the lender why your approval should be granted.

There have been a lot of changes within the last year to mortgages in general

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Are you ready to purchase a new home in Calgary? If so, you are probably wondering how the process works and what all is involved. Although it may seem complicated at first sight, you won't be in it alone. You'll have a team of professionals helping to guide you through the process so that you can end up on the winning side as a new homeowner without having to deal with a lot of stress.

Taking things one step at a time

When you follow the process in a step-by-step order, everything that looks complicated as a whole becomes much more simplified. The first thing that you need to do is get connected with a solid real estate agent and a lender. The real estate agent will work with you to show you the homes that are available while the lender can grant

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