Canada Lifestyle

How To Take Your Cottage From Spartan to Spectacular

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Forget expensive silk and satin and search instead for polyester mix weaves with the look and feel of their posher cousins. We lined basic man-made pale gold fabric with bargain basement heavy gauge cotton to give a bulky interlined effect. Made up by our seamstress, with pinch pleating and black bobble edging to add punch, they belie their inexpensive roots.

Creating Positive Change in 4 Easy Steps

Carlen Costa | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada
Carlen Costa

When it comes down to it, if we want to change how we experience the world, we must make the choice to change it. Newly enlightened self awareness can...

How to Restyle Your Cabin Bedroom On a Budget

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

If you've been watching Colin and Justin's Cabin Pressure you'll be familiar with our plan -- that being, to transform the worst cottage on a tiny lake into holiday home perfection. Here's how we achieved our decorative miracle...

Today Isn't Just the First Day of Spring

Laila Eman | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Living
Laila Eman

Mother Nature may be playing a bad joke on us, but today marks the first day of spring, which is the Persian New Year (Nowrūz)! I consider myself a P...

The Right Way to Deal With Workplace Bullies

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Business
Dr. Meghan Walker

If you are a victim of workplace bullying, you need to read the wisdom of Seth Godin, outlined: The way to work with a bully is to take the ball and go home. First time, every time. When there's no ball, there's no game. Bullies hate that. So they'll either behave so they can play with you or they'll go bully someone else.

Painting Wood Is Not a Sin -- Here's How

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Top quality genus like oak or mahogany often speak for themselves, providing textural and visual return wherever placed. But we aren't slaves to wood. Particularly not pine. We never have been. In actual fact we love painted furniture and see no valid reason why a nice bit of lumber can't be further embellished with solid colour.

The Mysterious Print: A Great First Step Into Art Collection

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Style
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

We always hear designers and art consultants referencing the word "prints." It makes us wonder what they are suggesting to their clients to go and buy for their newly decorated homes. There is such a wide degree of possible options to which they may be referring. Here's a little definition guide for you so that when you want a print, you know what to ask for at your gallery of choice.

Three Guilt-Free Ways to Say "No"

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Living
Kelsey Ramsden

I have said yes to things that I had no business saying yes to. Things I had no time for, no interest in, could not afford...all manner of yesses have slid past my lips so I feel confident in saying that I have been around the yes-block and have come back with a better roadmap than when I started. Here are the three ways you can say no, guilt free.

Do You Know How Much Your Stock in Life is Worth?

Anita Saulite | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living
Anita Saulite

Most of us don't take the time to take stock of our lives -- to sit back and reflect because we have a 1,001 things going on and we are distracted. Who really has the time to hit the pause button and reflect on their lives when career, kids, and household demands trump our waking moments, thoughts and activities?

Why You Shouldn't Worry About Being Judged

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada Living
Kelsey Ramsden

Do you ever feel like people are judging you? If your answer was not yes, than clearly you are not paying attention. People are judging you. All o...

The Year of Fun: The Science to Being Single

Megan Fielding | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Living
Megan Fielding

Expressing my recent distaste for being single, my friend shared her secret to healing the wounds of a long-term relationship that ended. After months of feeling down, she decided to pick herself up and embark on what she branded, "The year of fun." The formula breaks down into a simple equation: open-minded attitude + thirst for adventure = year of fun.

Make Resolutions on Your Own Terms

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

For writers, there's something about a blank page. Clean and unblemished, it can inspire or it can invoke paralysis. It's the same thing with a new year. Full of still unformed possibilities, a new year can be both exciting and intimidating when you're standing on its doorstep.

Chivalry Might Be Dead, But That's Not a Bad Thing

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kolby Solinsky

A piece titled "Why Chivalry Is Dead, From a Man's Perspective," tweaked me. The thing about the norm is, it changes. All the time. It evolves. Personally, ladies of my life, I will continue to hold the door for you, I will continue to bring you soup when you have a cold, and I will always strive to do something nice for you just because it's a Wednesday. And yes, I'd like to treat you to dinner. But I won't do it for the sake of some outdated ideological battle and I won't do it just because you're a woman.

I Really Miss Walter White and His 2004 Pontiac Aztek

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada TV
Kolby Solinsky

Last Sunday, I spent Jesus's apparent day -- for the first time in nine weeks -- without Breaking Bad. Without Walter White or any of his tics, tendencies, or tacky style. Unlike most who watched Bad, I liked Walter White all the way. I liked him at the beginning, I liked him at the end, and I liked him at his worst.

Put Yourself On a Time Diet With These 3 Steps

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Living
Kelsey Ramsden

Doing it all is a fallacy. Doing it all is a terrible idea and a cancerous notion. No one does it all. Doing it all meant I felt depleted and over-stuffed. Like a life lived continually in the after turkey-dinner haze of uncomfortable and tired. Here is my three step Time Diet Program.

A Grizzled All Cowboy, A Flirt And An Environmentalist

Cami Ryan | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Alberta
Cami Ryan

In a world where urbanization is growing and where only a fortunate few live in rural North America, we operate in a society that is both generationally and geographically removed from farms, food production and the pioneering fortitude that built this continent. Some would even argue that the western lifestyle - the one that so many of us are working to preserve - is dying. And with it... the authentic, legendary cowboy.

When Friendships Flourish -- and Fail

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 10.25.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

Friendship has been on my mind a lot lately. My daughter is at an age when she's transitioning through friends. A long-time friendship has fallen by ...

How to Make the Most of Your Year Off

Emily Dickinson | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada Travel
Emily Dickinson

The excitement of finishing my Bachelor of Journalism was short-lived. I saw a few options: go back to university, work like crazy for the rest of my life, or go travelling. Much to nobody's surprise, I chose the latter. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your gap year without worrying too much about the future.

I Don't Feel Guilty For Staying at Home

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

Well-meaning cashiers at the grocery store ask, "so, you have the day off of work today?" as they check out my purchases. I feel temporarily guilty that my husband makes enough money to give me this "leisure time." Just because some women work in stores or offices all day, and then cram in housework between the hours of 7-10 p.m., should I be doing that, too?

The Best Way to Prevent Dementia

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Three independent studies from Europe confirmed what experts suspected all along but had not been able to say with certainty, namely that both physica...

Off-Grid Living: Voluntary Simplicity or Involuntary Complexity?

Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart

To go to the woods to live deliberately. To face but the essential challenges of life. To learn from raw experience and self-taught skill. To live simply, in a Spartan-like manner, in order to suck all the marrow out of life. These are the reasons why Henry David Thoreau moved to a cabin near Walden Pond in rural Massachusetts in the mid-1800s. Many other seekers of a better way of life set out to do just the same today, all over Canada

The Germs That Will Make Your Hair Shiny and Lustrous

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Having a bad hair day can be a pain for anyone. While there continues to be an attitude of resignation amongst many, there may be some ways to prevent hair loss and perhaps even return hair to a more normal, if not lustrous state.

My SuperFresh Life: Juicing a Green Smoothie

Ruth Tal | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Living
Ruth Tal

I discovered my "fountain of youth" in juicing. With juice bars popping up all over the place it might be tempting to think that juicing is a new trend. But it's really just the latest manifestation of a centuries-old practice. Here's how to make a fruity green smoothie.

Creating New Horizons: Paradigms at Work

Heron Free | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Alberta
Heron Free

Some paradigms support us better than others. 'The world is flat' was believed to be true until Christopher Columbus proved it otherwise. And though we need paradigms to help us make sense of the world, the minute we turn them into concrete truths we become enslaved by them.

What Makes Food Truly Convenient?

Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada
Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart

Convenience stores are ubiquitous, somehow always accessible near us. The products they sell are generally always available, often worldwide, 24/7, and year-round. In contrast, off-grid organic food growth and consumption seem so inconvenient to be downright unbearable: foods are only available at specific times of the year, their growth demands patience and involvement.