December 2014

Found 6 blog entries for December 2014.

The finalists have been announced for the national SAM awards and they are all looking very impressive. It appears as though the national builder of the year will be coming from Alberta. Sterling Homes (Edmonton) Ltd. and Albi Homes of Calgary are the 2 finalists in the Grand SAM Award category.

The awards are scheduled to be presented at the Canadian Home Builders Association's annual conference in Halifax on March 6, 2015. Builders will be recognized in various categories, which include the following:

  • Home Renovation Awards
  • New Home Awards
  • Green Renovation
  • Marketing Awards
  • Community Development
  • Green Homes
  • Marketing Excellence
  • Grand SAM

The Grand SAM Award will go to the builder of new homes that shows the highest

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If you're looking for something to do during the holiday season with your kids, why not take them for a sleigh ride?

Horsin’ Around provides seasonal sleigh rides each weekend. The cost is low and it's a great way to relax and wind down during this hectic time of the year. Both kids and adults can enjoy some special time together in the great outdoors during The Ten Days of Christmas at Horsin' Around until July 1, 2015.

The rides start at 10 AM and the prices are very reasonable. Adults pay $10, and children pay $8 for a 15 minute ride on a sleigh that comes equipped with straw bales and can seat 20 people. While you're there you can also enjoy the petting zoo and pony rides.

If you'd like to do something with your friends and family, you can

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One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is to visit a Christmas market. According to, here are the best Christmas markets in the world. If you don't have time to visit any this year, maybe you can put one of them on your schedule for Christmas 2015.

Christmas Market in Nuremberg, Germany

This market attracts at least 2 million visitors per year and has been operating since 1628. It's the most popular Christmas market in Germany with candy cane stalls serving bratwurst and a variety of booths offering unique souvenirs.


The Christkindlmarket

This Christmas market has been inspired by the Nuremberg market and operates in Chicago, Illinois. It is set up on Washington Street at Daley Plaza and offers German delights

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When it comes to staging a home, one of the rooms that doesn't get a lot of attention is the bathroom. When selling your Calgary home, one of the rooms that's going to attract buyers is a clean and inviting bathroom. It is a room that you should definitely spend some time sprucing up when your house is on the market.

Staging a bathroom isn't only about setting up some clean towels and mopping the floors. There are some finishing touches you can add that will help get your room noticed.

Bathroom rugs

Adding a bathroom rug to the floor will soften up the room while adding some much-needed color to an otherwise cold room. One big rug will work better than 2 smaller ones and will make the room appear larger. When selling your home, add a nice rug

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Although winter hasn't officially arrived yet, the weather outside is cold and sometimes brutal. When the temperature has dropped you can be certain that your energy bill will go up. Luckily there are some energy-saving tips that you can use to keep your bills from skyrocketing through the roof.

1. Stop window drafts

Take control over the drafts that are coming through your windows by better insulating them. You can purchase a clear film that will provide a tight seal to the frame of the window to help keep the warm air in and the cool air outside. When you apply this plastic film to your windows it creates an extra layer of protective air. If the thought of applying plastic film doesn't sound appealing you can use heavy insulating curtains during

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Sometimes having to commute from a bedroom community into the larger city has its own set of benefits. While many people want to keep their commute into work as short as possible and decide to stay in the city for this reason, it often works out that the commute from a small town into the city is faster.

When you drive from Airdrie into Calgary and back home again, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the drive. You won't have the rush-hour backlogs to deal with and you won't be breathing in the carbon monoxide fumes from a car that is stopped in front of you. The commute is pretty straightforward and easy. As you’re driving along you’ll be able to take in the beautiful countryside along the way.

Sometimes it's refreshing to drive along the route from

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