Life Style

How to squeeze in family time during the back-to-school hustle

(NC) For most parents, back-to-school means the end of lazy summer days and the return of busy family routines. Parents are often juggling just to balance it all, so here are some tips that will help you and your family get back some more time in your daily routines. Make a list. Although this might sound like another time-consuming task, it saves time in the long-run. ....

Money hacks to make your life simpler

(NC) Summer vacation is over, and you're probably getting back to your usual busy routine. Did your holidays take a toll on your budget? Here are some tips for a smart, budget-friendly fall. Loyalty pays off. You don't need a credit card to get rewards. Many stores have some version of a loyalty card, so you can shop with your debit card and still earn points. And thos ....

How to Make Dinnertime a Breeze

(NC) Is dinner hour stressful in your home? Kathy Buckworth, mom of four and award-winning author of six parenting books, says that getting your kids involved in cooking simple recipes not only reduces dinnertime stress, but also creates a fun environment. When it comes to cooking with kids, keep these simple tips in mind: Start small: Based on their age and what you'r ....

How to Get Your kids Out of the House and into the Garden

(NC) Look up the positive effects of gardening and you'll find a wealth of studies from educational and government institutions that support its impact on your physical and mental well-being. But it's not just adults who benefit from time in the garden. It's a great way to spend time with your kids while teaching them about biology, food and geology. Here, garden guru Frank Ferragine, a ....

Safety tips for Internet banking

Internet banking is a convenience that we can no longer live without. This is despite the fact that the online revolution is still in its infancy. The Internet of Things has brought a lot of innovations that make life much easier. Some like Internet banking are very helpfully, allowing the public to send money, check bank balances, receive money and buy without leaving their blankets. Other ....

Organize your home with this holistic approach

(NC) Don't wait until spring — one of the world's leading organizational consultants believes that now is the time to take control of your living space. Marie Kondo, author, entrepreneur, and founder of the acclaimed KonMari method, firmly believes that a streamlined environment is a key ingredient for a balanced, happy life. As part of her involvement in a new book project associate ....

Advice from Marie Kondo

(NC) Marie Kondo is nothing short of an inspiration. The author, entrepreneur, and founder of the KonMari method has become a worldwide icon for her approach to organization, which focuses on streamlining a living space and surrounding oneself with items that — as the title of her recent book puts it ) 'Spark Joy.' Kondo's latest endeavour involves serving as a global ambassador for t ....

Marie Kondo's three-step approach for living in sync

(NC) Organization has been a lifelong passion for Marie Kondo. Since the age of five, the author, entrepreneur, and founder of the KonMari method has made it a priority to streamline her living space and surround herself with things that bring her joy. Now, many years and a global reputation later, Kondo is bringing this passion to her latest project as an ambassador for Activia's newly ....

TFSA: Watch your limit – stay within it

(NC) So what's all this talk about over-contributing to a tax-free savings account (TFSA)? It's important to find out everything you need to know about TFSA overcontributions to avoid problems later on. What is the annual TFSA dollar limit? The limit for 2016 is $5,500. How do you figure out your TFSA contribution room? Your annual TFSA contribution room is made up of three things: 1. the ann ....

Cruise into savings with a TFSA

(NC) Did you know that if you're 18 years of age or older and have a valid social insurance number (SIN), you can set money aside tax-free with a tax-free savings account (TFSA)? TFSAs aren't only for people planning for retirement, they're for everyone. Whether you're saving for your spring break getaway, your first car, or for your future, TFSAs are a great tool to help you save more. What are ....

Spring cleaning for your kitchen

(NC) Spring is a great time for a fresh start, but spring cleaning is something that most people dread. That dusty refrigerator top, cluttered cabinets and an oven that smokes when you use it have been ignored long enough. It may seem like an ominous task but here are some tips to make spring cleaning a breeze: One task at a time Tackling the bigger, dirtier jobs first will make ....

Redecorate your living room for spring

(NC) Now is the time for transformation. The green buds and colourful blooms outdoors provide great inspiration for reviving your indoor space. It's time to shake off the winter chill, put away the heavy fabrics and dark colours and revitalize your décor with a lighter fresher look. Here are some tips for your spring refresh: Small changes can go a long way. Swapping out cushi ....

Making the most out of your smartphone

(NC) Smartphones haven't been 'just a phone' for a long time. There are many features available today but there are a few things to consider when picking the right device to ensure the best experience. Here's a quick look at the ways in which people are using their smartphone: As a DSLR Unless you are an avid or professional photographer, gone are the days of needing to carry around a full size ....

How to soothe a teething baby?

(NC) A baby's first year is full of joy and giggles, but there will also be days when your wee one is cranky and crying. The irritability and achiness that accompanies the teething stage of development can sometimes be more painful for parents than for your infant. Symptoms can include trouble sleeping, sore gums, and loss of appetite, as well as the urge to chew on anything and ever ....

Parenting 101: How to know if my baby is teething?

(NC) The teething process is not the same for every baby. For one, cutting a tooth can happen overnight without pain or discomfort, while another child might have to endure a long, drawn out and painful experience. Unfortunately, teething troubles can lead to sleep deprivation and irritability for both babies and parents. All parents can agree that it is tough to watch your little one suffer th ....

Tips and tricks for coping with a colicky baby

(NC) Any new parent will tell you that there is almost nothing more unnerving than a baby that won't stop crying. Those glass-shattering howls that keep parents up at night can make it seem like your baby is inconsolable and can be a difficult challenge for exhausted new parents to face. Colic is one of the great mysteries of baby life, and no one knows why some babies have it and others don't. ....

Colour, your best tool to organize and declutter

(NC) In the world of décor there is an emerging trend towards using bold colours against a white or soft grey backdrop. From your closet, to the home office and the kid's room, colour can go a long way to visually sort and organize a space. Colour creates a universal language allowing you to communicate without saying a word. Try out a few of these colour-blocking tricks: • Paint antique ....

Bring the spa experience home with cool blues

(NC) Cleaning doesn't have to be a chore. If you are already in the process of sprucing up your space, why not go one step further and create a spa-like retreat. A zen space in your own home is feasible if you have the right plan. With Para Paint's 2016 trend palette you won't have to deal with any guess work. Their discovery palette was designed to reflect the calming nature of the ocean and sea ....