Thursday, January 14, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
In addition to a lack of sunshine, Canada's long winters can effect our mental health. We must continue to restrict social contacts with Canadians faced with the COVID-19 pandemic this year.
Since everything we have in our homes can influence our emotion, selecting the right light, colour and atmosphere can help improve mental health," says Nora Bouz, founder of Lucida Well-being Interior Design.
Bring in as much natural light as possible
The more natural light streams through our mood and emotion, the stronger, says Bouz. Light has a big influence.
"The quality of light needs to be ensured so that our circadian rhythm remains in harmony," she says.
In the early morning hours and at dawn the sun gives a warm soft light. As we need to develop serotonin for at least 30 minutes per day of peak sunlight, make sure there's no blocking daylight like furniture, blinds, curtains or dirty windows, adds Bouz.
Use dayli ...
Thursday, January 7, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
As pandemic infection numbers continue to break records, travelling across an international border to bask on warm sandy beaches — as tempting as it might be — is an impossible decision to take. What you risk you — and not just from a monetary perspective — and whether or not you may put others at risk probably has you wondering whether or not it’s safe to travel at all in 2021.
According to a recent Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada (THIA) survey, 80% of respondents are planning to travel in 2021. Those plans, however, don’t include leaving our country’s borders. Apparently, 53% of potential travellers don’t plan to cross a border before a vaccine becomes available. A minority don’t plan to travel even after a vaccine is a available.
To decide what is best for you and your loved ones you’ll need to consider a few critical factors. Here’s a few considerations to help you decide. ...
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 / by Earl Gaddi
We’re here to vouch for this kind of unconventional holiday with fun office Christmas party games and ideas that you can use to celebrate remotely:
Online Kris Kringle
Everything can be done online—and exchanging gifts is no exception. Considering the circumstances, we’re saying it again: taking celebrations online is simply the responsible thing to do.
You can comply with social distancing protocols and draw names for your Kris Kringle by using apps like Draw Names and Secret Santa Organizer.
With Draw Names, in particular, you can draw lots live on Zoom, which means everyone can join in on the fun right from the get-go. Secret Santa Organizer is pretty much like Draw Names since it likewise generates an anonymous Santa for you. Your wish list—which can feature apparel, devices for tech lovers or new normal essentials—will then be sent to the email address of your Secret Santa. Neat, right? It even gives you the option of adding personal ...
Thursday, December 17, 2020 / by Earl Gaddi
As Canadians, we know the harsh winter conditions Mother Nature can throw our way. If it’s not snowdrifts six-feet deep, it’s chilly winds that bring tears to your eyes. Naturally, during these cold winter months, we seek refuge inside our homes, which is why it’s important to create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere that you love to spend time in.
Often when you hear “winter décor” you automatically think of Christmas. And while Christmas décor does have its time and place, what are your plans for the remaining three months? We can’t keep that Christmas tree up forever!
The following five must-have home décor items are neutral, yet seasonal enough to give your home that cozy winter vibe.
Nothing warms up a space like a throw. As soon as that snow starts to blow, you’re going to want to cozy up and stay warm. Merino wool chunky knit throws like this one from Handmade by Chris n Kris and faux-fur ...
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 / by Earl Gaddi
You know the song, the one that says it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Well, there is something to it. The current year coming to a close, the celebration of Christmas and other Faith Driven Holiday Celebrations, mean different things to different people; especially this holiday season. Yet it always represents joy, peace, gratitude and hopefulness.
If you look around, you will notice a giving spirit still exists unlike other times of the year. Why can’t it be that way everyday of every year? I think it can. It just takes effort. Here is what we are doing and how you can help.
Many homeowners wanting to really enjoy this Holiday season are less than enthusiastic because they feel uncertain. They want to exit their current home and give themselves a peaceful Christmas Gift - a NEW place to call home.
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