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HOME ALONE 101: Protecting Your Home While You Are Away

As the holiday season and winter weather approaches, we all have one thing on our mind: vacation! The reasons to get away this year are in abundance, but the most common may just be to feel that former sense of normalcy that we have all grown to miss. Whether you are snowbirds in search of warmer pastures, travellers looking to revisit a favourite resort, or staycationers who enjoy visiting family and checking out local attractions, getting away for a little while is essential.  Before you hit the road, there are a few things you should consider to ensure your home
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The Harvest Season is Here: Fall Activities in the West Ottawa Region

There are many reasons as to why fall is such a beloved season. Some people adore the mesmerizing colours of the leaves. Others may be fond of the cooler temperatures. As the season progresses into a colder climate, it’s important to spend as much time as you can outdoors. Not only does it keep you active but it allows you to spend time with family and friends. Being cooped up inside for too long can have a negative impact on a person, and getting outside, even for a brief moment, can instantly bring relief and peace. Ottawa has countless different
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Routine Shmoutine – Just how Important are Routines?

The data is in and the bottom line is unanimous – a daily routine is essential, not only for our physical well-being but mental and emotional states as well. As much as many believe they prefer to live life, “flying by the seat of their pants,” according to experts, that is not a healthy nor sustainable state of living.   “When people don’t have a routine or structure to their day it can cause increased stress and anxiety, as well as overwhelming feelings, lack of concentration, and focus,” states Rachel Goldman, Ph.D.    Who are we to argue, when the
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Supporting Local Farmers Markets in West Ottawa

Ottawa and its surrounding areas are known for their breathtaking views, trails, parks, and diverse ecosystems. As a response to a growing desire to support sustainability and healthy living, Farmers Markets have become a staple throughout various parts of the city, especially in our rural townships. In providing farm-fresh produce, organic alternatives and featuring community vendors selling their hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items, these friendly shops are highly anticipated by people living in every corner of the city.  While the COVID-19 pandemic has everything looking differently, Farmers Markets have opened for the season with reasonable restrictions, and we could not be more
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Spring Cleaning For Mental Health: Getting Your House, Mind, and Body in Shape

While the new year may trigger many people to write out a list of goals, or start working out and eating healthy, it’s the spring that really symbolizes new beginnings, life, and a growth mindset. As the snow uncovers the green grass and perennials start sprouting their heads above garden soil, many of us feel a natural motivation to clean our homes, enjoy the fresh air, and organize our lives. Fortunately, these activities also allow us to spend time on and improve our mental health and wellbeing, which is undoubtedly important in the current climate. Here are some ways that
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Fun Winter Activities: Making The Most Of Your Time At Home

Winter this year has been, for lack of a better word, unusual. Temperatures have been quite a bit milder than what we are used to in Ottawa, which has been a welcomed change, but with stay-at-home orders, we may not have been able to enjoy the colder months the same ways we have become accustomed to. What is good, is that this has offered many of us the chance to get creative with entertainment in times of lockdown, and while staying away from both indoor and outdoor gatherings. Many people are eager to engage in physical activities, embrace family time,
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Shopping Local in 2021: Small Businesses Still Need Us

The past year has been a difficult one for many people. Small businesses in particular have suffered, with many of them having been forced to modify their operations or close down altogether in order to comply with the restrictions set out by the government of Ontario. While it is convenient to shop at big box stores or use services like Amazon to buy what we want, supporting these large companies does not really help our neighbours, family, friends, or to support the local economy.  People everywhere rallied together in 2020 to lift up our small business owners by shopping local
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Coping with Pandemic Stress – Make a Plan, any Plan

COVID-19 Strikes Canada Just a few short months ago, none of us knew the incredible impact that the arrival of the COVID-19 virus would have on all of our lives. It has affected all community members, from children, teenagers, parents and grandparents.  Many of us have lost our jobs, lost hours of work, had to look after our children at home, worry about older parents and have missed our friends and family.  When many were able to return to work, there was still a concern about catching the virus from a co-worker or fellow student. COVID-19 is the most significant
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The Back to School Covid Self Care Code

It is a whole new COVID world out there and throughout this long crisis, many of us have come to recognize that our homes have become our safest haven. September has arrived, however, and while some kids are accessing home and remote schooling, the majority are back in school full time. What remains true for all families, no matter where the learning takes place, is that self-care will be of the utmost importance during these times. Students attending school in-person will inevitably need some downtime once they are home to decompress and then, finish up any pending homework assignments due.
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How to Move Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Moving is a task that few find pleasure in, as it requires countless hours of organizing, packing, and lots of heavy lifting. Unfortunately, when doing this through a pandemic with travel restrictions in place and physical distancing measures still active, it may feel like there could not be a more inconvenient time to relocate. However, with closing dates getting closer, putting off your move may not be an option to your avail, but you should consider a few things before you go: Is your new town a hot-spot for COVID-19? Will you be coming into close contact with others during
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