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oliday issues are always enjoyable! REFINED has assembled engaging seasonal reading for you in this issue, including winter fashion tips and trends by Laurie Brown, holiday decorating with pizzaz by Amanda Forest, and fitness advice for a new you by Tommy Europe. We’ve also put together some inspiration for brides-to-be in our Breathtaking Brides feature.

To keep you cozy throughout the cold winter months we show you how to create your own winter sleep retreat. And while you’re nestled in your warm bed, perhaps you’ll be settled down with a new book. We profile local writer Amanda Deitz who has created an innovative novella series set here in Saskatoon, world traveller John Early whose entertaining memoir will be available in time for Christmas, and artist Denyse Klette who recently published an adult colouring book. As we approach the end of 2016 and start looking forward to the new year, I hope you all look back over the past 12 months with fond memories.



Volume 1 Issue 5 Editor Erin Legg Design Amber Moon, DeAnne Bell Cover Photography Kim Regier / CHELphoto Photography Becky Bayda Calvin Fehr CHEL photo / Kim Regier Erin Crooks Photography Gold Medal Plates Saskatoon Heather Fritz Joi Photography Lisa Landrie

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Contributing Writers Amanda Deitz Amanda Forrest Candace Fox Carter Haydu Courtney Tait Damon Bennett Dean Renwick Dr. Vicki Holmes Erin Legg

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MESSAGE FROM THE ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER And the winner is… remember our Facebook man-makeover contest? We are proud to introduce Russell Storring, an officer with the Canadian Armed Forces for the last 24 years. Three tours in Afghanistan and having served in Rwanda in 1994, who could be more deserving? We hope you take time this November to truly be thankful to all our veterans. No excuses this holiday season! We have everything you need for your holiday party look and your gift list. From local fashion designers, to local boutiques, to the mall that has it all! There’s much to love in our special Lawson Heights LifeGuide! And now we finish 2016 with the beginning of Lana Wickstrom’s bold new venture. Trading in her LL.B designation and 15 years of general practice, Lana’s excited to offer clients an empowering and dignified means of separation and on to a new chapter. Lana is the definition of passion and compassion.

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ayering is definitely a winter essential but this year we will see a distinct look – a creative mix of turtlenecks under dresses. This trend first hit the runways in Fall 2015 and is finally catching on and seen more frequently on the streets and showcased on store mannequins. There are a million ways to pull off this look and its perfect for those who aren’t quite ready to pack away their summer wardrobe! Of course this look is not just reserved for dresses – individuals should play around with this concept and try layering turtlenecks under their sleeveless top, summer vests and even rompers! The return of velvet has (finally) arrived – and in full force! Trend setters and major fashion houses’ love of everything velvet comes and goes and for some people they can only handle it in small doses. As a designer I love to play with textures and fabrics. A velvet dress mixed with other elements, accessories and a great shoe can really help break up the heaviness of the material and add some dimension to a “one note” piece. For those entering their first foray into the velvet realm, test the waters with a velvet skirt or a holiday top — I know you won’t be disappointed! Everything is off the shoulder… and it isn’t a trend reserved for warmer months. The great thing about this look is it works with bulky sweaters and jeans, lighter flowy tops with



and colours. Chokers look amazing with off the shoulder tops or sleeveless dresses where they give great definition to the neck and collar bone. They also pair well with a variety of necklaces to give a layered effect. Matching a unique choker with a cocktail dress or off the shoulder blouse for holiday parties will certainly give your outfit that extra element of style.

leggings or a structured cocktail dress. It’s so versatile and can be worn so many ways. Whether you are going for a bohemian vibe or a feminine look there is an off the shoulder outfit for everyone; in every body type too! It’s the area of the body you never need to do a million pushups or sit ups just to make work, thankfully! My next favourite holiday trend is not for the fashion faint of heart. Socks and strappy heels or open toe booties. There are a few ways to pull off this look, including knee or thigh high socks (yes, circa 90s fashion). If you are feeling bold wear a contrasting sock colour to the shoe shade — which could



be very playful in peep toe booties — or a bold sock against a neutral shoe shade. Wearing printed socks will definitely make a statement against a muted sandal. The options are endless, and this trend can be a lot of fun if you match it with confidence and a bit of sass. Oftentimes it’s the accessories that can make the outfit pop or take it that extra mile, even completely change the tone of the whole look. We are seeing a lot of old trends once again re-emerging. Chokers have made their way back into the accessory roster in a major way. They can be found in layers of chains, pearls, lace and leather in a variety of sizes


Some “must have” winter items that can also turn your holiday outfit into a major talking point, but are also practical items to keep you cozy, include a classic pair of statement or dinner gloves. This nod to the vintage era will immediately catch people’s attention in the best way possible. Another classic accessory is a fur stole or scarf which will certainly keep you warm but will also add an element of luxury to your outfit. For people who are up to date with their seasonal colours – purchasing accessories in the latest pantone shades might be more economic than switching out items in their wardrobe. Keeping with classic cuts and colours also gives the opportunity to spice up your outfits with the latest and greatest accessory in the newest sought after colour pallet! Regardless of personal style and the latest trends, it’s important to always have fun and to feel like you express a piece of your personality through your clothing. Confidence is key to pulling off any daring look and creativity can turn a drab outfit into something amazing. PHOTOGRAPHY Erin Crooks WARDROBE Laurie Brown MAKE UP Anh Pham HAIR Taysia Hoey MODELS Brianne Sikorski - SHE Modelling, Kristen Antunes


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ometimes understated elegance is all that is required. Other times you pull out the crinoline, get the confetti gun, dress to the nines and prepare for a fabulous celebration. That my friends, is exactly what the Saskatoon Fashion & Design Festival did November 5th and 6th in honour of its five-year anniversary of everything fashionable and fabulous in our beautiful city. Once again adding new and unique elements into the mix, festival goers experienced a new location, expanded program, live photoshoot and the inclusion of educational workshop. Founders and directors Mandy Pravda and Jacqueline Conway were elated with how the fall festival events unfolded – both taking time at the end of each show to thank their team and guests for joining them on such an amazing journey these past five years.

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t was the first year SFDF hosted its Marketing Business Development and Fashion Industry Development workshops in the beautiful backdrop of the Delta Bessborough Hotel. The two day conference and workshop was jam packed with pertinent information and tools individuals could directly apply to their job, firm or label. Guest speakers during day one included Wayne Grund (owner/ creator of Surface Hair Card and Visions Salon Spa), who discussed how to build an international network. Mike Payne (accounts director and co-creator of Fancy) chatted with guests about building a brand, logo and website design and the all important marketing plans. Michael Tastad (business development representative for Vendasta Technologies) engaged the crowd in an important discussion about how to manage your online reputation and the importance of doing so, while Susan Busse (owner, Susan Busse PR) and Alisha Edgelow (senior communications office, CBC Saskatchewan) offered useful insight and information into the wonderful world of marketing and communications. Those attending the day two portion of the conference — geared towards the fashion industry — were treated to Alexandra Simon (lead stylist, White Dhalia) and Samantha Carnduff (stylist, The Sandbox in the City) who discussed retail merchandising. Nikki van Duyvendyk (owner, Dutch Growers) gave the crowd — including fashion designers — great insight into what buyers are looking for when it comes to retail. Local fashion designers Melissa Squire and Laurie A. Brown gave an inside look into what it’s really like being a designer in Saskatoon and their personal experiences on the road to where they are today. A special workshop for up-and-coming photographers or those just dabbling in the art was hosted by photographer Erin Crooks, while models had the opportunity to advance their skills work with STRAY model management.

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Saturday and Sunday evenings were magical in the Adam Ballroom of the Bessborough Hotel as designers, sponsors, retailers, organizers, photographers and Saskatoon’s well-dressed, fashion elite joined for some sophistication and fun. Guests were greeted with a full SFDF Marketplace that included designers’ creations, retailers’ collections, accessories, skin and hair care products amongst other amazing merchandise.



This event could not have been without the hard work and talent of the many organizers, team members and contributors. A special thanks to the full SFDF team, organizers, vendors, designers, photographers, guest speakers and sponsors who made this year’s fall fashion event such a unique and amazing experience. For more information on how you can get involved with the Saskatoon Fashion & Design Festival or to follow their latest events visit their website at

Before taking their seats, guests were encouraged to strike a pose with friends and family at the SFDF photo booth with Nicole Romanoff Photography behind the lens capturing all the great moments. Live art and music kept guests stimulated between designers thanks to collaborative partners DJ Conrad Divine, VJ Carrie Gates, DJ The Gaff, Mane Productions and Pro Plus Production. Hosts for the evening — Global Saskatoon’s Joelle Tomlinson (Saturday) and Tara Stobbe (Sunday) from Tourism Saskatoon — kept guests engaged and ensured the night pushed forward. Taking “behind the scenes” to the next level, Saturday’s and Sunday’s fashion show wrapped with a live photoshoot in the foyer, giving guests an interactive look at what a collaborative fashion shoot really does look like. Saturday designer/retail lineup: Eleven03 Apparel, Rude Vogue, Soulfari Jewelry, White Dhalia by Dutch Growers, Bano Eemee & Melissa Squire Interlude dance performance Saturday & Sunday: Kenley Knock Sunday designer/retail lineup: Ashryla Boutique, North Shore Outfitters, Frakas, Authentic Brave Apparel, Siwinikan Designs, Anthony’s Fashion, Whiskey Teacup & Cedar and Vine VIP guests were treated to amazing swag bags thanks to sponsors: Michael Kors, FASHION Magazine, Hillberg and Berk, White Dhalia by Dutch Growers, SST Cosmetics Inc, Visions Salon and Spa, Moxies, Honey Bun Café, City Perks, White Hot Smile, The Movement Pilates, Ryde YXE, Stasia Boutique, Life Cycles, Nativa, TAN FX, Fresh Living, Love and Lace, Guess, and Quinn’s World






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u ssell was nominated by his wife Krista because of what she says is his tendency to be a 20-80 guy — wearing 20 per cent of his clothing 80 per cent of the time. Russell admits he isn’t usually into change, but he was welcoming of the opportunity to try something different.

His overall experience on makeover day was memorable. “The moment I showed up at CHEL salonspa, everyone was so friendly. And Sean was awesome — we talked the entire time about the military and kids,” he grins. Once he was finished at the salon, Russell headed over to Atch & Co. where he met with style consultants Stacy Gallant and Terry Beaulieu. “They were very knowledgable,” says Russell. “They had me sized in no time at all, giving me the ins and outs on suit wearing.” The last step in Russell’s makeover experience was the photoshoot. “Kim makes you feel natural, comfortable,” Russell says. “We had a great conversation, and he was genuinely interested in both my story and about my family.”

This fall REFINED put out a call on social media for local men in need of some freshening up to enter a makeover. This makeover consisted of three parts: a style consultation with senior stylist Sean Kok at CHEL salonspa, a suit fitting by Atch & Co. and a professional photoshoot at CHEL photo studio with Kim Regier. Each man who was nominated was deserving of this exciting opportunity, but there was one who stood out. Meet Russell Storring.

Russell, whose father was a World War II veteran, joined the military at age 17. He’s been posted to the Kingston, Ontario, Shilo, Manitoba and Petawawa, Ontario bases, with a career spanning from radio operator to his current position as Regular Force Operations Warrant at 38 Signal Regiment, 4 Squadron in Saskatoon (Reserve Unit). In 1994 Russell was deployed to Rwanda with the United Nations. He’s served in Afghanistan three times: 2003 with HQ and Signal Squadron, 2005 with the Royal Canadian Dragoons Recce Squadron, and 2008 with Task Force Kandahar National Command Element. But he says it was during his posting as Corporal at Shilo where he saw the biggest career shakeup. “That was when I wrote to the Edmonton Sun outlining what I believed were failings with the military medical system,” he explains. “That did not go over very well at all and I got in quite a bit of trouble. But it ended up getting my writing

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career on track: I was writing for CBC News about military life from 2003 until 2013, as well as contributing to an anthology on Afghanistan titled Outside the Wire, all with the approval and support of the military, as it contributed to the positive image of the military deployed in Afghanistan, as well as military life in general.” Krista, also from a military family, became a Naval Reservist in 2000 to help subsidize the cost of her university tuition. “I ended up working full time with the Reserves shortly after finishing my schooling because I realized how much I wanted structure and organization and that the military could offer me an amazing career, not just a job,” Krista says. In 2012 she joined the Regular Force, and her first posting was in Petawawa. So, she and Madilynn set off on an adventure. That was where Russell and Krista met while working in the same unit, Krista as Unit Chief Clerk and Russell as Unit Sergeant Major. Russell laughs, “Her initial thought when she first met me was that I was an arrogant a-hole. We ended up spending a lot of time together on the road, and became close friends when she saw I wasn’t really an a-hole, just arrogant.” Russell is passionate about mental health issues and is quite vocal about banishing any associated stigma. “When I first met



Krista, I was at a very rough point in my life and she helped get me headed in the right direction, which involved me seeking professional help. I was diagnosed with PTSD, but rather than focus on the negative I decided to focus on the positive and tackle it head on,” he explains. “I am on the road to recovery, have been fully supported by the military, and have a fantastic psychologist here in Saskatoon who knows that I will be back to my ‘normal’ in the not too distant future.” He pauses, before stressing, “Regardless of your career or walk of life, if you need help there are resources available.” While the Storring family is enjoying Saskatoon as their home, Russell guesses they’ll move another three or four times before reaching retirement. Of being part of a military family, 17-year-old Jeremy says, “It can be difficult at times, with forced moves every few years, parents gone on course or deployed overseas, having to start at new schools and make new friends. But it also offers new opportunities. We become proficient in adapting to new situations and stepping outside our comfort zone. Other than that, we still function like a normal family. Well…I think my parents are a little crazy but Madilynn and I are normal.”


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n our world of over-consuming and over-indulgence, taking the time to get clear about your “reason for the season” gives you the clarity to prioritize what matters most. It is this clarity that will ensure your holiday season is filled with all that makes you happy and brings you joy. What is your reason for the season? Is it about the spiritual celebration? Is it about family traditions? Or is it about indulging in special foods, gathering with friends and family, or simply about rest and relaxation? Some of you may answer “all of the above,” however prioritizing what matters most is the key to a stress-free and enjoyable holiday season. So, the first step is to make a plan and prioritize: • Sit down with your family and discuss what each person wishes for the season — what does everyone want to do (activities and traditions), the foods, who to see, and more. • Make a “wish list” based on the above, then prioritize the items (A=top priority, B=would really like to, C=would like to). “A” should only contain the items the family is not willing to forfeit.



Not every wish can be granted, but now you can begin plotting the wishes into your master family calendar. This can be the month of December, and it can also start in November and go into January (the spirit of the season knows no boundaries). • Plot as many “A’s” into the calendar as you can, keeping in mind your “reason for the season” and what matters most. Always leave room in the calendar for unforeseen things that are sure to pop up. Now that you have your overall plan, plan your menus and gift lists, if giving: • Do you like to create a theme for your menus or do you have traditional foods you make each year? Using ingredients that flow from one recipe to the next streamlines grocery shopping as well as food preparation. • Pot lucks are a great way to get variety, experience a food theme and keep your efforts to a minimum. • A baked-goods exchange with friends is a fun way to spend way to spend an afternoon. • Consider the gift of time. Set up dates with loved ones



to go for lunch, a manicure or special holiday production. This cuts down on pressure to buy gifts and the time spent wrapping them, and is more meaningful. If you want to buy gifts, start early. Create a master shopping list, so you can get items when they’re on sale. Gift cards are an easy way to give someone the flexibility to get what they want, and the money spent will likely go farther as prices go down after the holidays. Keep it simple and you‘ll have more fun, more time, more money and less stress. Now you’re ready to make your Master ToDo List: • Divide your list into subjects such as gift and grocery shopping, cleaning, sending invitations, decorating and food prep. • Now break your To-Do List down into small manageable tasks and assign who



will do what. What are the items that really need your full attention and what can you delegate? What can you let fall from your list (for example: do the carpets really need to get cleaned before “the day”)? The need for perfectionism can be extremely stressful and take away from your “reason for the season.” Keeping in mind and releasing the need for control, now is the time to involve others and ask for help. After all, is it more important that it’s done exactly how you think it should be or simply that it’s done? We can inadvertently shut people out of our lives when they offer to help, but we insist on trying to do it all because we’re attached to how it gets done. Being open to the possibility that ours is not the only way something can be done includes others and shows them they are important and trusted.


You now have what it takes to execute your plan, with your “reason for the season” driving your daily priorities. We all have so much to be grateful for. It is my wish that with these tips, you’ll be more relaxed, at peace and experience the true essence of what the holidays are about for you. Rowena List is a coach, professional organizer and speaker based in British Columbia. Learn more at www.

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SPECIAL SOMEONE Thoughtful Holiday Gift Giving By Erin Legg


he holiday season is approaching and many people are brainstorming what — and how — to give to their loved ones. The act of giving can sometimes become hampered with the stress of choosing the perfect gift. Here are a few tips to keep your generosity on track this holiday season.

It’s personal.

The act of gifting is your opportunity to show someone you care about how well you know them. Think back to recent conversations. Did they mention a book that looked interesting or an artist they admire? Are they travelling somewhere? Did they recently move? Picking up on little details in their life can make selecting a gift that much more personal.

It’s the experience that counts.

Sometimes the best gift is an experience. For your overworked, exhausted loved one, why not treat them to a massage or a spa date? For the foodie on your list, surprise them with a gift card to a local restaurant. An evening at the theatre or even an out-of-town weekend trip makes for thoughtful gifts that create memories.

It’s not about the cost.

Whether you have a lot or a little to spend, don’t allow your budget to determine “how good” a gift it is. A truly thoughtful gift doesn’t have to be expensive. If budget is a factor with your planning, be extra creative with your gift decisions. And if you do have room to spend freely, don’t let a big price tag fool you into thinking your gift is the best. Take the time you need to sit back and consider your gift purchases this season, and above all, enjoy the experience of giving!







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Lana Wickstrom: S e pa r at i o n S p e c i a l i S t By Candace Fox Photos CHEL photo / Kim Regier


it is everyone’s dream: having a job you are so passionate about it almost doesn’t feel like work.


ana Wickstrom, Separation Specialist, made that dream her reality. From what she witnessed and learned during her career as a courtroom lawyer, Lana felt compelled to develop a more effective way to respond to separation and divorce. Leaving behind a lucrative career as a V A R I Afamily T I O law N S lawyer, Lana chose to fully utilize her talents while also providing truly meaningful assistance to clients in a way that would not bleed their bank accounts. Fast forward to today, and Lana is carving her own path as a Separation Specialist, doing unique work with her clients that inspires her and creates more resilient co-parenting families with healthier children. Harmonizing her law, social work and mediation foundations, Lana created distinct services that could meet clients’ needs during the most painful moments of their lives. “I want to offer clients a relationship with a professional who can provide credible education, guidance, support and resources throughout the separation or divorce process. BRAND GUIDE SIMPLEANDSOULFUL.COM Ideally and when possible I want to work with both parties in the same room as early as possible in their relationship breakdown,” explains Lana. Lana’s business model is focused on creating a relationship with clients that they can trust as an option of first choice during their separation. “I want to be the first phone call you make, your first point of contact, because I strongly believe the first person you talk to during this time of deep and personal life transition sets the trajectory for how your separation story will sound,” states the Separation Specialist. Lana created her communication touch points for her services in a way that would resonate with what she knew her clients needed and wanted. Blogging with her audience, investing in a clean and easy to use website



— including an introductory video — providing an option for clients to make initial contact day or night via her website, and offering free 30 minute consults were Lana’s initial ways of giving clients an opportunity to know, like and trust her, which she sees as essential to her work as a Separation Specialist. Building on these connections to her clients, Lana offers services to help her clients navigate separation and divorce outside of a courtroom as much as possible, including: Legal Information Consults: When practicing law, Lana recognized that what her clients actually needed was better education and information to understand the legal language, terminology and options in the world of separation and divorce. Lana found that giving this essential education and information to clients profoundly decreased their need for expensive (and often unnecessary) adversarial legal advice about what they should or should not be doing. DE A Nbeliefs A @ S on IMP L Eline, A N Lana DSOU L Fstepped U L . C Oback M Putting her the has from Law Society regulation and is no longer giving out legal advice. Choosing to remove this red tape means Lana is no longer restricted to working with only one client - she can now level the playing ground and work with both separating parties. If meeting with both separating parties isn’t possible, Lana still provides this service to any willing client as she believes that even doing so for one of the separating parties will still positively impact the sound and direction of any client’s separation story. Mediation: For those clients who choose to avoid court and work with Lana as their mediator, she provides extensive individual coaching preparation to each client prior to joint mediation sessions.


Lana Wickstrom: Separation Specialist is inspiring, educating and supporting people all across Saskatchewan to separate with dignity.

Lana’s coaching efficiently organizes her clients’ financial information and increases her clients’ education, knowledge and tools for success in transitioning quickly and as efficiently as possible to a co-parenting relationship while minimizing the impact on the children. In her joint mediation sessions, Lana helps clients achieve agreements on all issues arising from their relationship breakdown, including: custody, access, child support, spousal support and division of family property. Because of her collective expertise, Lana can support clients

to make agreements that can become legally enforceable and practically implemented. Separation Coaching: Who better to coach individual clients through a separation or divorce than a former family law lawyer who understands the system and has a bevy of resources under her belt that she can channel to navigate clients through this deep and personal life transition? Family and friends aren’t often properly equipped or willing to support their loved ones through this

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process; couple that isolation with the consuming pressures of shame, blame and guilt and it is more than most people can handle on their own. Whether clients have a lawyer or are self-represented, are just contemplating separating or in the early or late stages of divorce, Lana coaches clients to process and progress through their separation. Motivated by her Saskatchewan farm-girl roots, Lana has made many of her services accessible province wide by telephone, Skype or Facetime as she fully appreciates the privacy and logistical complications of finding proper resources in rural or smaller centres in Saskatchewan. Lana has also pioneered Moving On, a five-week, 10-hour workshop series debuting in Saskatoon on January 10th, 2017 to inspire separating or divorcing women at any stage of their separation story to move beyond those common barriers that often challenge women specifically. “This workshop is for women who are ready to move on beyond their separation but just need some tools and support to take the next step,� says Lana. Enrolment in Moving On is now open, but limited to 10 participants, so be sure to sign up before the workshop is full. For more information on how Lana Wickstrom: Separation Specialist is inspiring, educating and supporting people all across Saskatchewan to separate with dignity, please visit her website and blog at


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Create a Five-Star Bathroom By Courtney Tait

hile the high-end mattress, blackout drapes and gourmet room service are all benefits of staying in a luxury hotel, the true highlight, when done well, is the bathroom. Stepping into a spa-like space after a long trip instantly eases the stress of travel, washing away concerns of flight delays and packed agendas. But what about when you’re at home? Daily life can cause as much, if not more, tension in our bodies and minds as the chaos of travel. And if you’re starting and winding down your days in a bathroom that’s cluttered or poorly designed, chances are those moments of alone time aren’t an relaxing or enjoyable as they could be. So, here is your guide to bathroom transformation. You don’t need an entire overhaul to give this space the look and feel of a hotel bath; even small changes can go a long way. The key is to style the decor as you would want it to be on holiday, with an eye toward ease and simplicity.

Luxury Towels Soft, plush and oversized: These are the hallmarks of fancy hotel towels. Opt for Egyptian or pima cotton for the softest possible touch, and choose a neutral, calming colour such as white or grey for that spa-like look. Make sure all your towels match to create an immediate sense of order both in your bathroom and linen closet. Want to feel like a VIP? Have your towels monogrammed with your initials. That personal detail can be an act of self-care that you appreciate daily, reminding yourself that you deserve a little luxury — both in the bathroom and out in the world.

Add a Seat Picture it: You’ve just finished bathing, and it’s time to moisturize from head to toe. You dry off with your luxe towel, grab your favourite scented body lotion, and sit down on... the toilet? The edge of the tub? No. What you need in your five-star bath is a five-star seat. A stool, ottoman or inviting chair elevates a bathroom from standard to stylish. If you have the space, this is one of the easiest changes you can make to create a sense of luxury, both in how the space looks and functions. It’s also a great way to add a shot of colour or pattern if

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you’re keeping your towels neutral. When not in use, extra seating can hold a tray with an aromatherapy candle ready to be lit at bath time.

Clear the Counter Have you ever noticed how the countertops in hotel bathrooms are clean, sparkling and almost bare? Sure, they usually feature hand soap and a basket of toiletries, but they are never overflowing with products. This creates a simple, serene effect. The same should go for your luxury bathroom at home. If you don’t have enough storage space to keep your counters clutterfree, decant products such as cotton swabs and face wash out of their packaging and into attractive containers. Try using a small tray to corral everyday items that you want to see and grab easily. Conceal items like your toothbrush and toothpaste in a drawer or cupboard if you can. While it can be hard to stay on top of clearing the counter, the extra couple minutes it takes to put things away after use and wipe it down can make all the difference.

The Mat Matters While the bath mat functions ostensibly as a soft landing for wet feet, it also serves another purpose: focal point. Chosen well, your bath mat can tie the room together, creating a link between the vanity and the tub while adding colour and texture to the overall design. For a

cohesive look, keep the mat in the same colour scheme as your towels. If you like a spare, minimalist style, opt for a solid. To add more flair, try a patterned mat. A current trend, albeit less hotel-like, is to replace a traditional bath mat with a colourful Turkish or Persian rug. While higher maintenance to wash, these rugs bring instant personality and soul to the space.

Showerhead Shift No luxe bathroom is complete without a rainfall showerhead. Designed with multiple small holes that make the water flow out evenly and steadily, the effect is one of having your own personal raincloud to wake you up — at the temperature you desire. With different settings ranging from rain massage to rain storm, you can customize the experience each time you shower. Not sure what size is right for you? Go big, we say, opting for a showerhead at least eight inches in diameter. Your mornings just got better.



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inter in Saskatchewan doesn’t always have to be associated with unpredictable weather, cold fronts and frosted windshields. At Bridlewood Home Products, Saskatoon Barbecues and More, we prefer to think about the best things winter can offer: cozy family time by the fireplace, sipping hot chocolate after a day out in the snow, and all the comfort food best enjoyed with friends and family… by the fireplace. So basically, we love staying warm while it’s freezing outside! But can you blame us? Truthfully, autumn is the time of year when people start to really think about their heating wants and needs. With that comes questions and concerns regarding efficiency, quality and sustainability. While our services span to include installation of furnaces, radiant garage heaters, hot water tanks, heat recovery ventilators and much more, we are more often than not asked about the benefits of installing Valor radiant gas fireplaces in customers’ homes. Key areas that can be looked at when deciding if radiant heat is best for your home and family are heat generation and

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3 Steps to a Cozy Bedroom this Winter By Courtney Tait




With winter approaching, it’s easy to feel apprehensive about the effect that shorter days and longer nights can have on your sense of wellbeing. Gone are the evenings spent on balmy patios, summery cocktail in hand. But while the darkness of the winter season may not feel as uplifting as other times of the year, it brings with it an opportunity for what many of us need — rest. And what better way to embrace that than with a bedroom designed to help you sleep well?

As humans are sensitive to movement, be conscious of where you place mirrors in the bedroom. If you have a mirror facing your bed, remove or hang it elsewhere. Seeing refl ections in mirrors — even of your own movement — will make your mind feel on alert, impacting your ability to relax.

Create Your Best Bed Are your pillows comfortable? Is your mattress firm or soft enough? How inviting is your bedding? All these aspects of the bed can impact how well you sleep at night. While a high quality mattress and bedding can feel like a big investment, it’s an investment worth making. We spend one-third of our lives sleeping, and a good sleep can greatly improve our mood and productivity during waking hours. Whether you choose a mattress that’s memory foam, innerspring or latex (the most popular three styles on the market) will depend on your specific preference, but it’s important that what you’re sleeping on supports your body and doesn’t leave you feeling achy in the morning. The same goes for pillows, with different fillings (such as down or polyester) and varying lofts (heights) making it possible to find a pillow that’s perfect for you, whether you’re a side, back or stomach sleeper. Lastly, choose bedding that makes you want to crawl into it! Everything from the material to the colour and pattern can alter how your bedding feels. In winter, linen or flannel sheets add a dash of cozy warmth. Whether you opt for a duvet or quilt, be sure to layer a knit or wool throw over top for those extra-crisp nights.

Feng Shui Your Space Our surroundings affect us, and no approach to decorating makes this more clear than feng shui — the Chinese art of arrangement. Having your bedroom (and the rest of your house) set up according to feng shui principles helps to harmonize your environment with yourself. Not surprisingly, bed placement is one of the most important considerations in the feng shui system. Be sure the head of your bed is placed against a wall, rather than under a window. This makes people feel more secure while they sleep, and will help prevent noise and other outside distractions from waking you. Do you have a desk or other work-related items in your bedroom? This can trigger your brain to think about work rather than unwinding. If possible, keep your bedroom free of work distractions or consider dividing your workspace from your bed with a curtain. As humans are sensitive to movement, be conscious of where you place mirrors in the bedroom. If you have a mirror facing your bed, remove or hang it elsewhere. Seeing reflections in mirrors — even of your own movement — will make your mind feel on alert, impacting your ability to relax.

Set the Scene About 30 minutes before bedtime, start preparing your room for rest. If your bed went unmade in the morning, make it now — smoothing out the blankets, turning your cover down and fluffing up your pillows. Light a candle on your nightstand that has a soothing scent such as lavender, jasmine or vanilla. Turn out your overhead light and turn your bedside lamp on. A tidy room will always feel more calming, so if you have clothes or other items strewn around, try to put them away or at least corral them in a basket. Adjust the temperature as needed, and if you like to read before you sleep, have your book or magazine ready on your nightstand. Taking these steps will not only make your bedroom more inviting; they will prepare you for unwinding. Lastly, leave your phone in another room so you’re not tempted to check it. Studies have shown the light emitted from phones and other electronic devices prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that signals to your body it’s time to sleep. Use an old-fashioned alarm clock instead, and enjoy the feel of turning a page rather than scrolling a screen. With a calm, serene bedroom as your personal retreat, long winter nights become something to look forward to. Use this guide to create your ideal sleep space, and you’ll find yourself relaxed, refreshed and ready for whatever the winter season has in store.





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The Top Mattress Myths 6. A better quality mattress costs more.

Firstly, the fifth piece of advice above debunks this myth. Secondly, price differences can reflect the price of the foam. Foams with higher grades and densities cost more. Yet, expensive foam does not necessarily mean more comfort. Again, purchase what you find comfortable, not what is more expensive.

7. Salespeople are always objective.

In a perfect world this would be true. However, manufacturers offer financial incentives known as SPIFs (sales person incentive funds) to push various brands and models. Always keep in mind that only you can know what is best for you.


ach person is unique and has different considerations when choosing the right mattress. There are a lot of assumptions people have about mattress selection. As a sleep expert, here are a few myths I’d like to clarify:

1. A firmer mattress is better.

Often people purchase a firmer mattress in hopes of getting better back support. The truth is that the best mattress for your back is the one that feels the best to you. All mattresses provide pressure relief in the top portion of the mattress and back support in the bottom part. The best combination of the two and how they feel to you is what you should look. for in a mattress. Ultimately, the best bed is the one that is most comfortable to you.

2. High coil count is critical for support.

Mattress support is much more than simply the amount of coils. The coils do not make the difference. Mattress support is much more than simply the amount of coils. The coils do not make the difference. Characteristics such as type, gauge and tempering are far more critical and important. High coil count alone in no way means you have a better bed and should not have a huge impact on your purchase decision.



3. Silk, cashmere and wool make a bed more comfortable. When used on a mattress, only small amounts of these materials are in the upper padding. This only makes a bed more expensive. When you cover your mattress with a pad and sheets, you do not directly feel the surface anyway.

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4. Stores sell the same mattress under different names. Retailers often claim that a particular mattress they sell is comparable to a competitor’s mattress. Though you may find beds that are alike, most “comparables” have little in common. They may look exactly the same on the outside, but will likely have different amounts and grades of foam. Unless it is the same manufacturer and the bed has the same name at both locations, there will be a difference.

5. I save a lot of money when mattresses are 50 per cent off. Be wary of retailers with frequent half price sales. It can be a tell-tale sign that they have regularly inflated prices. These sales only give you the illusion that you are saving big.


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By Courtney Tait


f you have ever opened the door of your kitchen pantry and had an item fall out, or not been able to find something you know is in there, or simply felt stressed surveying a chaotic array of canned goods and cracker boxes — you’re not alone. Pantries are one of those places in the home where disarray can too easily become the norm despite our best intentions. Blame the ability to hide the mess behind a door and (temporarily) forget about it. But what if you found a system that increased your pantry’s space, corralled the essentials, and enabled you to find what you need with ease? Here, we offer eight solutions for revolutionizing your pantry. Find what works for you, and create a clutter-free zone that will simplify your daily meal prep.

1. Clear, stackable storage

Part of what makes pantries look chaotic is the commercial packaging of various items. Decant your dry goods into clear, stackable containers with airtight lids and see how a little conformity goes a long way. Since you can easily see what’s inside each container, you can quickly grab what you need without being bombarded by the marketing slogans of cereal boxes and bags of pasta. The bonus? You’ll always know what you’re low on, so grocery-list making is simplified — and faster.

2. Sliding Shelves

You know those ingredients that always seem to be at the very back of the pantry? Sliding shelves eliminate the hassle of finding them. You can stack similar items together on each shelf so you know where they are, and simply pull the shelf toward you to retrieve what you need. You can install these shelves from top to bottom of your pantry, or just add a couple of them as alternate storage to regular shelves.



3. Translucent Bins

Sometimes a little separation is all that’s needed to create order out of discord. Translucent bins with builtin handles provide tidy storage for all your packaged items, allowing you to organize by category, size or height — and still see everything at a glance.

4. A Custom System

If you have a walk-in pantry in need of an overhaul, create a custom organization system with a mix of drawers, shelves and Lazy Susans. You can store food items as well as cookware, and even create a combination wine and liquor cabinet. This system will keep your kitchen cupboards and counters clutter-free.

5. Chalkboard Labels

No matter what kind of baskets, bins or other containers you use, chalkboard labels add a personal touch that can be changed as needed. Apply the chalkboard sticker to the container and use chalk pens to label everything from snacks to baking goods to school lunches.




8. Perfect Placement

Once you have your storage system set up, place items in a way that’s both practical and functional. This means keeping food and cooking supplies used most often at eye level, where it’s easy to spot and reach. Store less used items on lower shelves, saving the least used supplies for those high, hard to reach areas.

Inspired to make your pantry one you’re proud of? Before you start rearranging, clear everything out, get rid of expired items, dust off cans and declutter dry goods. A clean palette will help you determine what changes you want to make and which systems are best for you. After that, the sky — or at least the pantry ceiling — is the limit.

6. Armoire Revamp

Don’t have a dedicated pantry space in your current kitchen? While you can make do with cupboards, a larger-scale setup can revolutionize how you store your goods. If your dining room has space to spare, consider transforming an armoire — new or antique — into a pantry by adding or removing shelves as needed and creating storage with wire bins or wicker baskets. With the doors closed, your organized collection of food items will look like an elegant piece of furniture.

7. Make More of the Door

The back of your pantry door is made for more than opening, closing and concealing — with a little creative maneuvering, it can become a storage system in itself. Add hanging shelves to make space for everything from condiments to canned soups. Try a hanging shoe organizer for stashing boxes of tinfoil, plastic wrap or afterschool snacks. Hang a spice rack to store your spiced out of sight (but still easy to reach.) Hang bulletin boards for tacking up notes to family members, grocery lists or magazine recipes. You’ll be amazed how much space this frees up in the rest of the pantry.



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hether you’ve made it onto Santa’s naughty or nice list this year, it doesn’t quite matter. Half the fun comes from decorating your home and entertaining endless groups of friends and family. Don’t wait to find out on Christmas morning if you truly got what you want. Treat yourself to some stylish new décor that will set the tone for a holiday season full of fun and laughter. In the spirit of giving, I have put together my designer tips for adding a bit of edge to your traditional Christmas décor with four unconventional colour schemes filled with both bold and unexpected design tricks.

Crayola Kids As a mother of five, you can best believe my Christmas tree has seen its fair share of macaroni and tin can ornaments. Despite what my fellow interior designer friends may believe, embracing my children’s creativity is an important part of our everyday lives and it often takes precedence over any resemblance of a colour or design scheme. I say go wild and I mean it; let your imagination run free! Mix and match endless prints and colour combinations for a space that feels playful without pretense. Think about using a white artificial tree as a base for the design and layering in your colourful DIY ornaments. This white backdrop

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All That Glitters is Coal It is a common designer trick that no sophisticated room is complete without some sort of black accent. As in fashion, black is the epitome of chic. Although likely to be the last colour you would think to decorate with for the holidays, adding in touches of black to your décor is a great way to add drama. Presents trimmed with black satin ribbons, outdoor greenery housed in traditional black urns or even black monogrammed stockings are all great ways to incorporate this muted palette. For my braver kindred spirted

friends, think about an all-black Christmas tree as the focal point to your design. A little certainly goes a long way, but in my books, more is always more!

Colourless Christmas One of the challenges that comes with decorating for the holidays is choosing décor the complements your everyday furniture and designs. One of my favourite looks for the holidays is the colourless colour pallet, using a combination of metallics and sparkling crystals to create your very own ice-kissed winter wonderland. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your metal finishes and use various lighting techniques

Unexpected, but fabulous nonetheless! This year, calm your winter chills with soft frost-bitten pink décor. A perfect complement to the holiday’s traditional green tones, pink is an unexpected update to the tired red and green colour combination. Think about incorporating this new hue in rose gold ornaments, lush faux fur throws and delicate wrapping paper and trimmings. The balance of the soft pink against deep green tones creates a harmonious balance between masculine and feminine design.



Building the Earl of Bessborough

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By Damon Bennett

What do you say when the commander of one of the largest air force bases in Canada asks you to build them an all-ranks pub? For me, the answer was simple, “Yes sir, you had me at ‘hello!’ ” I grew up in the Ottawa area — and respect, admiration and gratitude for our Canadian Forces was instilled into me from an early age. I couldn’t think of a better way to say “thank you” to the men and women of 8 Wing/CFB Trenton for everything they do for our country.


t all began a little over a year ago when I received an email from Major Shane McGill, a pilot at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton. It was an invitation to be the keynote speaker at their fall Officers’ Mess Dinner. I felt truly honored by the invite, and accepted without hesitation. Major McGill “Shaner” was tasked with being the PMC for the Mess Dinner; he invited us to arrive early in the day, as he wanted to plan some fun things for us to do. On the day of the mess dinner, we left Toronto bright and early; we had no idea what to expect, but we were ready for anything! We arrived at 8 Wing and went straight to HQ to find Shaner and pick up our security badges for the base. He wasted no time and immediately whisked us off to the PAX terminal and out onto the tarmac to our first stop — a tour of a C130J, a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft (otherwise known as a Hercules). “Wow” doesn’t even begin to describe the impressiveness of this aircraft, and I figured that would be the highlight of the fun things for the day. Boy, was I wrong! From there, Shaner took us to visit the building that contains the flight simulators, and we were able to “fly” the Herc — what a rush! It is so incredibly realistic, you genuinely feel like you are flying, and also crashing (it wasn’t me!). The flight simulators allow pilots to practice every maneuver they would actually execute while flying a plane — from take- off to landing, dodging missiles, flying under the radar, and even air dropping cargo. After successfully completing a “roll” in mid-flight, I felt like I was on “cloud nine” and thought that would be the end of our adventures… but Shaner had one more activity for us. So, we went back to the tarmac where we were introduced to another pilot, and with a glint in his eye and a huge grin on his face, Shaner told us they were going to take us up in a Beechcraft B200. For the next hour, we quite literally got a bird’s eye view of the entire region surrounding CFB Trenton.





DURING It was awesome! By the time we landed, I was convinced there would definitely be flying lessons in my future; I was bitten by the flying bug! Next, we were off to get ready for dinner. The Mess Dinner is one of the most important traditions of the Canadian Forces, involving very specific procedures from beginning to end. It was incredible to be even a small part of the evening. I won’t divulge all the details, but I will share one tip. If you ever find yourself at a Mess Dinner, pocket your place card with your name on it as soon as you sit down! By the end of the evening, I found myself having a pint with the Wing Commander, an avid historian with a deep love of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and all its traditions. A true visionary, he began telling me an idea he had for an all-ranks pub, a “social house” as the military call it. You see, traditionally the different ranks of the military all have their own individual “Messes” and do not mix. Colin proceeded to tell me that his vision would allow for all the ranks to share one space — a much more modern approach that would be beneficial to everyone on multiple levels. It was something he hoped

would be one of his legacy projects as the Wing Commander of CFB Trenton. Then something completely unexpected happened; he looked at me and said, “So Damon, how would you like to build me an all-ranks pub?” That was the beginning of an incredible year spent with the men and women of 8 Wing, transforming the old Astra Lounge into what is now known as the Earl of Bessborough Social House. We had an amazing time and filmed the entire project from beginning to end. The web series will be ready in early 2017, just in time to help celebrate Canada’s 150th. For now, here is a small preview of the transformation — cheers! Damon Bennett has been involved in the construction industry since 15 years of age. He is well known for his roles in the TV series, Holmes on Homes® and as Mike Holmes’ right-hand man and co-host on Holmes Inspection. He was site supervisor on both of these shows and on Mike’s third series, Holmes Makes It Right. Some of Damon’s favourite projects include Make It Right New Orleans with Brad Pitt’s organization, the Pasadena earthquake build featured on The Ellen Show, and the playground rebuild at High Park. Damon is currently developing a new TV series of his own while he continues to operate Bennett Construction, building and renovating homes in Toronto.



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flammabletesting gases — also happened in less new than fistructural ve minutescollapse in all and first Specifically, responders much less time tofire react, creating if UL’s first­of­its­kind identified dangers. in the modern environment, modern rooms, while the fastest legacy room to took over neverbeforeseen hazards to health and property. firefighters arrive at eight minutes, collapse is possible as soon as 90 seconds later! In this scenario, firefighters may not be 29 minutes. in your house yet or may be just entering to search for occupants. If the immense smoke and fire at this point doesn’t already UL’s first-of-its-kind testing also identified new structural impede your escape, is 90 seconds enough time for you and your family to exit before the house collapses? In contrast, the Residential fire suppression has finally caught up with the collapse dangers. Specifically, in the modern fire research showed the legacy fire collapse begins 40 minutes arrival ofto firefighters. In athat legacy home, the extra time times, thanks a new invention was recently featured environment, if firefighters arrive at eight minutes, collapseafter the before collapse allows for a significant number of fire operations to take place. on CBC’s Dragons’ Den program, called the HAVEN. The is possible as soon as 90 seconds later! In this scenario,


HAVEN is an automatic drychemical fire suppression firefighters may not be in your house yet or may be just system designed to be installed easily in the ceiling cavity entering to search for occupants. If the immense smoke and WHY IT MATTERS of most homes by a handyman, with no plumbing and no fire at this point doesn’t already impede your escape, is 90 electrical required. For more andflashover to see videos of the you andmodern your family to exit before The overallseconds findingenough is thattime the for changes construction and furnishings create fires that info reach more than eight HAVEN in action visit the house collapses? In contrast, the research showed the times faster than homes built 50 years ago. This extremely dangerous combination gives residents and first responders much legacy fire collapse begins 40 minutes after the arrival less time to react, creating never­before­seen hazards to health and property. of firefighters. In a legacy home, the extra time before collapse allows for a significant number of fire operations SOLUTIONto take place.

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Winter Stuccoing

something which ALLRO Stucco and Renovations has been doing a lot of in recent years. To circumvent these issues and create a team of experienced employees, ALLRO began to purchase scaffolding, tarps and heaters. This not only enabled us to do stuccoing during the many long months of winter, but also enabled us to control our climate and environment in a way not possible in the summer, resulting in a higher‐quality product. Clients appreciate the savings and the results. Today, we have enough winter work to keep our staff of over 30 experienced employees busy. Indeed, ALLRO does a greater square footage of stuccoing during the winter than in the summer. Experience is the key to providing a long‐lasting, good‐looking quality product. Stuccoing has changed a lot over the years. It was once comprised of housing paper, galvanized wire, a scratch coat and a finishing coat of sand and cement. Then, in the 1940s, Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) was developed in Europe, one which greatly increased energy efficiency. In the 1970s, this system was introduced to North America for use mostly on commercial properties. Finally, true EIFS was brought to Saskatoon by ALLRO 13 years ago.


he exterior cladding of a building is very important. It is what protects your home from the outside elements. It is what others see when they drive past. A well‐built, smartly‐finished building captures people’s attention. A building’s exterior creates value and protects your investment; therefore, it is important that it is done right. Less than a decade ago, it was standard practice in Saskatoon for stucco contractors to apply stucco to building exteriors only during the spring, summer and fall months.



This meant a short window of opportunity to complete many jobs and a multitude of environmental factors with which to contend, including wind, rain and excessive sunlight. (Indeed, spring is the worst possible season for applying stucco because the frequent wetness delays projects and increases the possibility of mould.) Jobs that had not been completed by snowfall were left waiting until the following spring, often resulting in exposure to moisture and the build‐up of mould. The result of these hasty applications and projects left sitting unfinished over the winter is costly repairs and renovations,


EIFS consists of several component layers. It is engineered, manufactured and installed as a system. It is not stucco. First, a liquid moisture and air barrier is applied, rather than the stapled house‐ wrap paper previously used. This can also be applied as a vapour barrier, if needed. Next comes a layer of Styrofoam insulation. Mechanical fasteners are no longer used; a special adhesive is employed to ensure that the building is securely enveloped and protected. A geometrically defined cavity is left to allow for any drainage needs resulting from inclement weather or the dew point related moisture. Two polymer modified base coats follow with a layer of fibreglass

mesh in between them. These polymer modified base coats are both crack resistant and durable. Depending on the type of base coat used, some are also ratedas non‐combustible. Finally, there are two layers of acrylic top coats: a brush coat and an architectural coating. Both acrylic layers can be tinted to the owner’s exact specifications. When comes down to Exterior Envelope Renovation, it is always difficult to have to tell someone that their home needs many, much more costly repairs than they realized, especially when it is next‐ to‐impossible for someone with an untrained eye to recognize the underlying damage and problems by simply looking at the surface of the building, especially having to do with the conventional stucco not installed properly, as per National Building Codes requirements.

Each quote includes information on what quote includes information what isEach and is not included in the price, on as well is and is not included in the price, as well as an explanation of the stucco system as andiagrams explanation of expected the stuccoprocess, system used, of the diagrams of the expected process, aused, timeline to completion, manufacturers’ a timeline to completion, manufacturers’ information, warranties, and a selection of information, warranties, and a selection of textures and colours. textures and colours. Our staff of trustworthy tradespeople Our staff of trustworthy tradespeople includes a plumber, electrician, finisher, includes a plumber, electrician, framer, soffit and fascia expert, as finisher, well as soffit and fascia as well as aframer, concrete specialist. Ourexpert, team prepares a concrete specialist. quotes diligently withOur as team muchprepares detail quotes diligently with as much know detail as possible, ensuring customers as possible, ensuring customers know precisely how their money will benefit precisely how their money will benefit their homes. Our crew carries out projects their homes. Our crew meaning carries outthere projects swiftly and efficiently, is swiftly and efficiently, meaning there no lag time between each tradesperson’sis no in lagthe time between process. each tradesperson’s step restoration With wellstep in the restoration process.innovation With welltrained employees, we promote trained employees, we promote innovation in products and services. Our main office and services. office isininproducts Saskatoon, but we Our workmain all over is in Saskatoon, but we work all Saskatchewan and even into Alberta. over Saskatchewan and even into Alberta. ALLRO guarantees its work is certified, ALLROquality, guarantees its work superior and built to last.isWecertified, offer a superior quality, and built to last.Insulation We offer a Level-4 certification for Exterior Level-4 certification Exterior Insulation and Finish System for (EIFS) installation, and Finish System (EIFS) installation, which is the world’s top standard of exterior which isavailable, the world’s top standard of exterior cladding providing exterior walls cladding available, providing exterior walls with an insulated, water-resistant, superior with an insulated, water-resistant, superior drainage, fire resistant and finished surface fire resistant andmaterial finishedsystem. surface indrainage, an integrated composite in an integrated composite material system. Included in an EIFS is a liquid applied Included resistive in an EIFSbarrier, is a liquid applied weather expanded weather resistive barrier, expanded polystyrene insulation, waterproof polystyrene insulation, transition membranes, dripwaterproof flashing, transition membranes, drip polymer flashing, drainage cavity, two crack resistant drainage cavity, two crack resistant polymer modified base coats with standard duty or modified base coats with standard duty or high impact fibreglass mesh in between, high impact between, custom tintedfibreglass acrylic mesh brushin coat, as custom tinted acrylic brush coat, as

Most of our previous clients correctly checked around to learn what type of reputation we at ALLRO had and spoke with several of our former customers before trusting our claims and allowing us to proceed with the removal of their existing stucco and installing one of our top of the line Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems. To avoid additional costs and headaches when building your new home, Sometimes is history hard toand convince people well as the customer-requested take the time final to thoroughly examineitthe reputation of Sometimes it is hard to convince people well—asmaking the customer-requested final coat for anthe energy-efficient, go for application thetheir first contractors you hire. to Check outgood theirquality references. Examine coat — making for resistant an energy-efficient, to go for good quality application the first Saskatchewan-weather time, rather the cheapest work. It system. is your home, your money andthan yourgoing peace for of mind that are Saskatchewan-weather resistant system. time, rather than going for the cheapest on the line. option. However, how much money can There are regional considerations when option. However, how much money can save ifwork the stucco must be redone when LikeSaskatchewan EIFS, doing stucco one or plaster a craft. Stuccoing and itThere comesaretoregional stucco, considerations and one save if theisstucco must be redone it comes to stucco, and Saskatchewan in three years? As Saskatchewan’s QAPplastering are skills that have been proudly passed on from father has its own way of dealing with cladding. in three years? As Saskatchewan’s QAPhas its wayfor of asking dealing with cladding. certified stucco leader, ALLRO can to son in Europe for many generations. A good stucco craftsman There is own a reason for a Canadian certified stucco to leader, ALLRO can There is a reason for asking for a Canadian creates durable works of art that are pleasing the eye, easy on the complete work year-round, and that work Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) complete work year-round, and that work Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) pocketbook and of sound,will durable construction. To ensure that your be long lasting. evaluation report, as Canada has systems will betolong lasting. evaluationand report, as Canada has systems home business is guaranteed get these results, you need to hire designed tested for or application designed inand testedan for application experienced certified company with aright, long, strong When done stuccohistory is a of quality specifically Canada. When done right, stucco is a quality specifically in Canada. investment in one’s property,the andfirm no one innovative thinking. ALLRO Stucco and Renovations, investment in one’s property, and nothat one We do not rely on third-party supplies ever regretted paying for quality. introduced winter stuccoing and the Exterior Insulation and Finish We dothus not avoiding rely on third-party supplies ever regretted paying for quality. either, possible mistakes Systems to mistakes Saskatchewan, is just such a company. either, thus avoiding possible and uncertainties. While we use bestand uncertainties. While we use in-market Durabond products, webestdo in-market Durabond products, we do computerized tinting of the acrylic stucco computerized tinting of the acrylic stucco locally in our local warehouse — avoiding locally in our local warehouse — avoiding human error and providing vacuumhuman error and vacuumprecision tinting. Weproviding also manufacture precision tinting. We also manufacture some of the trims and buildouts. some of the trims and buildouts. A stucco system is designed with future A stucco system is designed future maintenance in mind, such aswith changing maintenance in mind, such as changing colours. There are special products designed arepaint special products tocolours. roll on There just like over existingdesigned acrylic to roll on just like these paint over existing stucco. However, products areacrylic not stucco. these think products not paint andHowever, one must never to justare paint paint and one must never think to just paint stucco. Most exterior paints will peel off stucco.theMost paints will peeland off under sun’sexterior ultraviolet radiation, under the are sun’s and most paints notultraviolet designed toradiation, breathe, and Peter Dunca, Dunca, Robert Robert Mellau Mellau Peter most paints are notinside designed breathe, and Peter Dunca, Mellau will trap moisture the to cavity, which and MarioRobert Stanculescu and Mario Stanculescu will trap moisture inside the cavity, which and Mario Stanculescu causes all sorts of damage to one’s stucco. causes all sorts of damage to one’s stucco. How long stucco lasts once applied depends How long stucco once depends on who applies it. lasts It can lastapplied six months to on who applies it. It can last six months three years if applied poorly, as we have seento years if applied as we have seen sothree many times when poorly, hired for renovation ALLRO Stucco Stucco and and Renovations Renovations ALLRO so many times when hired for renovation projects, but it can last for the building’s ALLRO Stucco and 502C 47th Street E. Renovations Saskatoon projects,—but last for the building’s 502C 47th Street E. 502C Street306.382.0818 E.Saskatoon Saskatoon lifetime as itit can is supposed to — when Saskatoon lifetimewith — the as itsort is supposed to care — when Saskatoon 306.382.0818 Saskatoon 306.382.0818 applied of precision, and applied with sort ofoffers. precision, care and experience thatthe ALLRO experience that ALLRO offers.



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Tulikivi Fireplaces: A Fine "Finnish" for Any Home can take months for these custom-ordered fireplaces to arrive from overseas. Since we book so far in advance, you should contact Master Stone Masonry in autumn for installation in the spring or some time next year. When dealing with stonework, things takes time. However, for the homeowner conscious of his or her carbon footprint, and who really does not mind spending the extra money on something truly beautiful and special, Tulikivi is well worth the wait. These fireplaces exceed even the toughest of emissions standards and the heat generated can be connected to a thermal store and hot-water system. Tulikivi fireplaces can also take air directly from outside, with no impact on air conditioning inside a home. The oven component offers a long baking time, holding in the heat to ensure well-cooked and delicious results.


here is a demand for highefficiency wood-burning fireplaces in Saskatchewan, which Tulikivi masonry heaters offer in beautiful soapstone functionality that provides the added benefit of a traditional wood-fired bake oven. For those who can afford it, these heaters are vastly superior to any other option. By comparison, old fireplaces are simply inefficient, wasting valuable energy from each log. Tulikivi, in contrast, recirculates smoke inside the fireplace as the steatite structure warms, cleanly burning at higher, longer-lasting temperatures that produce very little ash. This Scandinavian soapstone design offers the highest heat retention, providing more than 24 hours of heat from a mere couple of hours of burning wood. All other fireplaces are cold within two hours of the flame going out. Any other fireplace simply cannot compare. While an old unit might pass inspection, it will ineffectively heat the home, losing money up the chimney. Tulikivi heaters are as environmental and efficient as they are aesthetically pleasing.



Produced in Finland, these heaters can range in price from $10,000 to $30,000, plus more for any possible customizations, such as carvings. They can cost as much as $100,000.

More information is available at or via the Master Stone Masonry website. I would suggest potential buyers take a look online to get a better idea about these radiant heaters. I expect you will like what you see.

An average-sized unit is about four feet wide by six feet tall, and two feet deep, which is not too big. However, they come in a variety of different styles, including larger units with wings to accommodate a wood-burning oven on one side for cooking, and a fireplace for home heating on the other — they can get pretty elaborate. Master Stone Masonry is the only licensed distributor in Saskatchewan for this topquality, high-end product, which has already garnered plenty of interest across the province. A large, $70,000 fireplace just sold to a local doctor, whose physician colleagues also want to go with something environmentally sound and unique. If you are considering whether to install one of these masonry heaters, contact Master Stone Masonry. Every home is different, and one of our professional contractors should be able to determine what Tulikivi heater is ideally suited for the space available. Also, make sure you start planning early, as it


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utumn weather and the lower light of early winter often signal a twinge of sadness for me. Attention turns from the final harvest, winterizing containers, raking leaves and piling mulch to the warmer indoor conditions. Looking over my collection of houseplants it occurred to me that my assortment was less than dramatic. Oh yes, the requisite Phalaenopsis orchids, a rag-tag range of aroids and African violets left a lot to be desired. Time to spruce things up as winter can be long and dreary. As fate would have it, I was recently selected to present at a national conference in the Niagara region. You may or may not be aware that horticulture in this neck of the woods is amazing, with everything from hydroponic vegetable growing greenhouses to educational facilities specializing in the world of plants. It’s rather a mecca for anyone in the green industry or simply visiting as a tourist. Just imagine a global gang of plant people invading this rich horticultural oasis, all with varying opinions, levels of education and experience — quite the “picky” lot with discerning tastes. To say the least, I was blown away with the massive leaps in technology, tremendously passionate staff and one plant in particular: Medinilla magnifica. In March of this year, I purchased this specimen at a large horticultural show for a family member. Impressive to say the least, these plants support enormous, pendulous pink blossoms — quite the show stopper. A native to the Philippines, this epiphytic delight clings to other plants for support as it scrambles into lower light conditions. Some might consider it an understory plant, but I have seen them in situ as large as lilac shrubs. They truly are breathtakingly beautiful. One of the stops on our conference tour was to the greenhouse range that is the sole producer of this plant in Ontario. What a treat! The owners of the range took great honour showing our auspicious group of gardeners their pride and joy. The steamy greenhouses brought back fond recollection of Southeast Asia, rich with the heady aromas of moist peat and green foliage. Hundreds of thousands of Medinilla filled the range for as far as the eye could see. The younger plants were rooting into their containers under rather low light. Once successfully rooted and developing several sets of their enormous leaves, they are moved to a cooler house with a bit more light. Boston ferns hung in huge drapes around the young plants, so this will give you an idea of the climate required. According to these masterful growers, Medinilla requires a drop in temperature to set its magnificent flower buds. Actually, there are many

plants we consider indoor or tropical specimens that require a cool period — Phalaenopsis orchids for example. Medinilla flowers are very long lasting — several months is not the least uncommon. One satisfied customer regales the fact that her plant flowered for an entire year! Nevertheless these buxom beauties perform flawlessly if you are not overly kind to them. Yes, that’s correct, neglect as far as watering goes is the rule. Epiphytic plants attach themselves to other plants for support so their roots are not like their terrestrial cousins, but rather they cling. The plants in their native homeland, of course, get tons of water, but it flows over the roots and drains away. Medinilla grown in containers of peat moss must be allowed to dry between waterings otherwise the roots disintegrate. Regarding where to position it in the home, indirect light is preferred. During these low-light periods, an eastern-facing window will suffice. In the warmer months, your plants can be put outside with considerable protection from the sun (on your balcony or patio, as example). My mom-in-law’s plant did nicely under the shade of her gazebo on the south side of her patio, so very well protected from the sun. The indicator for too much sun will be a dark brown burn on the topside of the leaves. The growers introduced us to a secluded section of their pride and joy. These “new” Medinilla varieties have been trialled here in Canada, and with luck will hit the market in a year or so. The crop is a long-term commitment as it easily takes a year to produce a finished plant for market. The retail price reflects the considerable effort that goes into producing a specimen as well its exclusivity. A beautiful addition to any home, these rather carefree, exotic beauties will certainly be sought after for a long time. Try one for yourself and I bet that you will be hooked in no time.



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re you ready to be your best self? (And there should really only be one answer for that one!) Now is the time to set your plan in place; think of it as your roadmap to success. I’ve already shared my Top 5 SHRED® Fitness Tips with you, so we’ll continue to move forward, making your goals a priority. When it comes to getting in shape, many people make the mistake of waiting until January to magically transform, and follow a healthier path. I’m going to take you on a different path, because what we will focus on is setting SMART goals to lead us to success. When done right, SMART goal setting usually ends up with you surpassing your original goal. So if that is what you’re after, continue reading. Let’s break down the five-step process, and I’ll also provide a few examples so you understand how to apply it to your unique situation. I’ve been using this technique for a very long time, and it has proven to be an extremely effective way to reach goals.



S= SPECIFIC. Your goal must be specific! For example, to say you want to get in shape is a vague S= SPECIFIC. Your goal must be specific! For statement. two examples a specific goal. example,Here to sayare you want to get inofshape is a vague (We’ll use the same examples for the entire SMART statement. Here are two examples of a specific goal. goal process.) (We’ll use the same examples for the entire SMART process.) 1. goal I want to lose 15 pounds; I’ll go to the gym three times per week after work. 1. I want to lose 15 pounds; I’ll go to the gym three times per week after work. 2. I want to improve my 10k run time; I’ll join a running group three times pertime; week,I’lland 2. I want to improve my 10k run join improve my speed by 20 seconds a running group three times per each week,session. and improve my speed by 20 seconds eachgoing M= MEASURABLE. How are you

M= MEASURABLE. How are you going to measure your progress? measure your progress? 1. I’ll log my daily activity, and weigh myself every 1.Saturday. I’ll log my daily activity, and weigh myself every Saturday. 2. I’ll time each run, and log my results. 2. I’ll time each run, and log my results. A= ATTAINABLE. Is your goal attainable? Are A= ATTAINABLE. Is your goal attainable? Are you willing and able to attain your goal? you willing and able to attain your goal? 1. Yes, I have my program ready and structured so 1.I can Yes,reach I havemy mygoal. program ready and structured so I can reach my goal. 2. Yes, by building up my resilience, and being 2. Yes, by building up my resilience, and being consistent with the running group, I’ll be able to consistent with the running group, I’ll be able to have more in the tank throughout my run. have more in the tank throughout my run. R=R=REALISTIC. Is this a realistic goal? Many REALISTIC. Is this a realistic goal? Many goals are viewed as being goals are viewed as beingvery veryrealistic realisticwhen whenyou you create your plan of action, listing the steps create your plan of action, listing the stepsthat thatwill will bebe taken. The higher taken. The higherthe thegoal, goal,the themore moremotivated motivated you will become. you will become.

1. 1.Yes, this goal is isquite Yes, this goal quiterealistic realisticand andhas hasbeen been proven (I’ve literally proven (I’ve literallywitnessed witnessedand andhelped helpedthis this happen hundreds happen hundredsofoftimes.) times.) 2. 2.Yes, effort plus consistency Yes, effort plus consistencyplus plusdiscipline discipline makes this goal realistic, makes this goal realistic,and andI Ican cando TIMEFRAME. FRAME.This Thisisisvery very important, important, T=T=TIME setting a periodofoftime timetotoreach reachthe thegoal goal will will as as setting a period increase sense urgency. increase thethe sense ofofurgency. I will make this happenininthe thenext next60 60days. days. 1. 1.I will make this happen I will make this happenininthe thenext next30 30days. days. 2. 2.I will make this happen that’s breakdownofofSMART SMARTgoal goalsetting, setting, SoSo that’s thethebreakdown and you canapply applythis thisprocess processtotojust justabout about any any and you can goal. The most important piece of this process goal. The most important piece of this process writingit itdown downand andreviewing reviewingititdaily. daily. This This is is writing




way it keeps your subconscious mind working towards your goal. Your confidence will improve, your motivation will be elevated, and you will continually chip away at your goal. I promise that if you incorporate SMART goal setting, you will enjoy many successes along the way and continue to raise the bar. If you need any help on the fitness or nutrition side, just visit We have something for everyone, including online training programs you can do anywhere. All that’s left now is for you to be your best — now! SHRED® for Success, Tommy

Best known as the tough love television host of the The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp and Bulging Brides, Tommy Europe is Canada’s most recognized and sought-after fitness coach. Founder of Tommy Europe Fitness, Tommy is an entrepreneur, award-winning fitness coach, best-selling author, keynote speaker and creator of the SHRED Training Philosophy. Tommy earned his fitness credentials in the school of very hard knocks — as a professional football player. An 11 year veteran, Tommy was a two-time all-star defensive back in the Canadian Football League (CFL), playing with the Montreal Alouettes, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and B.C. Lions. His football career included winning the Grey Cup in 1994, and earning a shot in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. Tommy is also an honoured member of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, B.C. Lions Wall of Fame, and B.C. Football Hall of Fame.



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ot all regrets need be permanent. Eliminare offers an affordable, effective and wholly natural tattoo removal option that can work in as few as two to four treatments.

“There is a lot less pain involved than with a traditional laser method,” says business owner and removal technician Ryan Bayda. Starting with lidocaine gel application, Bayda traces the existing tattoo with a conventional tattoo machine, opening the skin’s top layer. Next, he applies the all-natural, acid-free ink eraser, letting it sit for 10 minutes. As after-care lotion helps the body heal, all the ingredients simply lift the ink out of the body to fall off in a scab. “By comparison, with laser treatment the ink would get broken down and flushed out through your body, through your bloodstream, and through your lymph nodes, liver and kidneys.” The 35-year-old retired professional hockey player’s newly opened tattoo removal business uses Tattoo Vanish productions from the U.S. The former Carolina Hurricanes left winger says he is the first in Saskatoon to offer this all-natural alternative to laser removal treatment, doing so from the AGORA creative workspace on 21st Street East above Taverna Italian Restaurant. “It is generally cheaper than laser, because with laser you are typically looking at 10 to 15 treatments at around $150 per treatment. With my treatment, you may only need three sessions, making it quite a bit cheaper.” Bayda knows firsthand the effectiveness of this method. While training to be a technician, he received a small tattoo that was swiftly removed. “This works very well. It can remove all your ink. And if you take all the proper ‘after-care’ measures, then it should leave no scar either.” Eliminare 219A 21st Street E. Saskatoon 306.241.2221



Will you survive

PerimenoPause? By Dr. Vicki Holmes

Many women seem to have a difficult time going through perimenopause, while others breeze though with very few problems. It’s no wonder this happens; there are 52 different Snps (single nucleotide polymorphisms) that determine your experience of menopause. These are tiny genetic messengers that are expressed in your genetic makeup. Those who wonder if they will survive have good reason to question why their nice, orderly world has become so confusing. • Almost 50 per cent of women experience insomnia related to night sweats, frequent disturbances related to a change in sleep architecture, and an increasing incidence of obstructive sleep apnea. Many of us can relate to the symptoms of lack of sleep such as daytime tiredness, loss of short term memory and feeling irritable, but imagine if that happened every night for years. • Hot flashes themselves come in different ways. Some experience mild flushing for a few minutes, while others are associated with profuse sweating, loss of concentration, rapid heart rate that may precipitate a panic attack, and last for 20 minutes. Conversely, many feel too cold and get chills. The thermoregulatory area of the brain depends on a steady supply of estrogen to function properly, something not available at this time. • “Brain fog” can result in you becoming indecisive, insecure and forgetful. This can have a profound influence on your self-esteem.



• Mood changes can be disruptive at home and at work. We can sometimes predict who will experience mood swings the worst. They are those who had PMS when they were young, those who had post-partum depression and those who earlier in their life had to deal with depression, OCD, panic disorder and even bipolar disorder. • Relationships become strained when we lose our “editors.” Where formerly you may have had a negative thought, you would likely have assessed the most appropriate way to express yourself and then calmly speak. At this time of life, you think and say all in one sudden regrettable blurt of passion. There is no editing. You regret it as soon as the words leave your lips. The dispute escalates. When you add this to loss of libido, relationships become strained. By recognizing these signs, treatment can be started early to minimize the disruption menopause can cause in your personal and professional life.


Here’s how you survive: 1. When you are feeling out of control, you need to be very open with others. My staff and I used humour to deal with my occasional “short fuse.” They made me a “B” button, which made the message clear so we could all survive the day! Here’s another clever idea. When you feel like you will say something you will regret or would provoke an argument, the code word is “disappear.” If everyone honours this, there will be no problem! 2. Getting into a very active exercise program can help deal with anxiety, depression, irritability and insomnia, as well as increase your libido. 3. If the symptoms are not the type that humour would handle, it is time to get outside help. It is interesting that it has now been shown those women with the most severe symptoms benefit the most from hormone therapy, not only for sleep, hot flashes and mood, but also for heart health. Of course, you must be evaluated by a doctor to ensure it is appropriate for you to be on hormones. For instance, if you have breast cancer, heart disease, stroke or a tendency to form clots, alternative forms of therapy should be initiated, such as antidepressants or gabapentin. When we were trying to decide on a name for the Menopause Centre, we were kibitzing with my older brother. He thought we should call it “no.alliscom” (no period, all is calm). This is the message we should focus on. The incidence of depression doubles during perimenopause, but eventually drops to levels similar to those before perimenopause. The premenstrual mood swings, migraine headaches, sleeplessness and irritability mostly subside. Relationships improve and, with appropriate treatment, sexual relationships also improve. Without the ups and downs of hormone fluctuations, you feel more centred, calm and even wise! Urgency and drama is replaced by reason and equanimity.

So, the advice for today is: • Educate yourself about the many symptoms of perimenopause. • Don’t assume this will pass soon. A recent report from the SWAN study showed these symptoms can last for 11 years. Get help early by recognizing the signs of mood disorders and reviewing your past history that may put you at increased risk to suffer severe symptoms.

Dr. Vicki Holmes is a family physician who has been active in obstetrics, palliative care and administration before becoming part of the group that created the Women’s Midlife Health Program, now situated at Saskatoon City Hospital. She is a teacher and a public speaker and is passionate about helping people find a way to better health.

• Do all you can to keep yourself healthy with appropriate diet — and exercise, exercise, exercise! • Consider hormone therapy. It can go a long way to restoring your physical and emotional health. Talk to your doctor to see if it is appropriate for you. Remember, it does not last forever. Life will be much better.



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The Time & Place for Compression Socks The Time & Place for Compression Socks If you have symptomatic vein disease, you should wear compression when you are up and about, except for bathing. Stockings should be donned as soon as possible after waking and becoming mobile. If you wait until later in the morning, the blood will already begin pooling in the lower legs and feet, making your symptoms worse.


ink Tree The Fitting Shop was established in 1991 and provides personalized, professional and discreet fittings for many products, one of them being compression stockings. There are several reasons why people wear or are prescribed compression socks or stockings: 1) Varicose Veins: This condition is caused when the valves within veins, most commonly those in the legs, are not functioning properly. Blood flows backwards into the veins causing swelling, pain and aching in the legs. The affected veins typically expand and enlarge, becoming unattractive and sometimes bulging out against the skin. Compression stockings, in this case, compress the expanded veins and encourage blood flow in the proper direction. Depending on the location of your varicose veins, you could use high or knee-high compression stockings effectively. 2) Swollen Legs, Ankles and Feet: Edema refers to tissue swelling that occurs when fluids are retained around body cells. This can be caused by a number of factors, including poor circulation or excessive sodium intake. When swelling occurs, compression stockings



encourage blood flow and dissipate the retained fluid. 3) Expecting Women: During pregnancy, women often experience edema in the feet and lower legs, for which knee-high compression stockings can provide welcome relief. The weight gain and/or increased fluid retention can create circulation problems, stressing the veins in the legs and feet. Wearing compression stockings while pregnant promotes healthy blood flow and proper circulation to help reduce swelling and achy legs.

Medical grade compression comes in different prescriptive levels based on the degree of compression ranging 15-20, 20-30, and 30-40 mmHg. After an evaluation by your doctor or vascular specialist, he or she will prescribe the best level of compression. Our certified and experienced fitters will assist you in the proper care of your compression socks and the best way to put them on and take them off. If you have any questions about your health with regards to compression therapy, please consult your physician. We will do what we can to help.

4) Runners and Athletes: More and more, runners are discovering the benefits of compression sports socks, for increased performance during a run and reduced muscle fatigue post-run. This is due to the inherent increased circulation and support that compression stockings provide. 5) Frequent Travellers: Some afflictions, such as deep vein thrombosis, are brought on by immobility and decreased blood flow — factors that are tough to avoid on long flights or road trips. Compression stockings for travel are extremely helpful at increasing blood flow in your legs and feet, making the formation of blood clots less likely.


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Homeis where the

HearT is By Erin Legg

For many seniors, it can be overwhelming to consider moving from the home they’ve lived in for decades. “Aging in place” has become the preferred option for the older generation and can be made possible with a few adjustments.



There’s No Place Like Home


ging in place is the preferred option for many seniors and their families. Remaining in the home they’ve had for years provides a sense of comfort and familiarity. Aging in place allows seniors to maintain their independence for longer, and for some families, can be a financial savings as opposed to paying for a seniors’ care home facility. Falling is the most prevalent cause of injury amongst seniors and one of the biggest barriers to safely aging in place. With a few precautions around the home, the risk of an accident can be greatly reduced. Adult children should assess their parents’ homes every year and upgrade safety measures as necessary. • Install handrails along every staircase and set of steps — preferrably on both sides — on the inside and outside of the house.

• Add to each step a reflective, anti-skid tread in a contrasting colour to increase the steps’ visibility. • Ensure there is proper lighting in every area of the house. Light switches should be easily accessible, and consider installing night lights in hallways and bathrooms for easier movement. • Examine the flooring throughout the house and repair any broken or loose wood, tiles or carpeting. Remove area rugs, as well, and mark uneven thresholds with reflective tape. • Ensure a fire extinguisher is within reach. Check the batteries in the fire alarms. Review fire safety plans on a regular basis. • In the bathroom, install grab bars beside the toilet and in the bathtub. A rubber mat along the bottom of the tub will offer extra grip. • Check the settings of the hot water heater to prevent unnecessary burns.



• Remove any clutter that is blocking doorways or impairing movement throughout the house. • Rearrange furniture layouts if necessary to open up walking space and to provide easy access to seating and exits. • Exterior steps and walkways should be kept free from rocks, mud, snow and ice. Arrange for regular maintenance


through the year. • Install a ramp if mobility aids are used or to improve access into the house. Because some medications may affect reaction times or impair mobility, adult children should regularly review their aging parents’ medication record and keep track of any adverse effects. All concerns should be brought to the attention of the senior’s doctor.

Moving On How does one know when it’s time to move? Here are just a few considerations to keep in mind. A change in health may mean a change in home. For many seniors, this is the No. 1 reason for moving. Examples of changes in health include memory loss, inability to walk or climb stairs, or insufficient ability for self-care. If health has impaired daily living and housing adaptations will not provide assistance, consider new housing options. Would regular drop-in care help? Can the senior move in with a family member? What about a care facility?

Loneliness. Social isolation amongst the senior population is high. As one ages, it becomes more and more difficult to get around, often resulting in long periods of alone time at home. Moving closer to be near family and friends can help improve a senior’s social life. Relocating to a retirement community is a great way to meet new people and form new social circles.

to smaller condo or apartment. This is

The home becomes too large to manage or requires extensive repairs and updates. A house takes a lot of regular maintenance, and when someone reaches the point when they either no longer feel like taking care of their property or no longer are physically able to, it’s time to consider downsizing

place behind feels like abandoning special

a perfect time to sort through personal belongings and donate or throw away anything unnecessary or broken. For some, moving can be an emotional process. Memories are often associated with physical places and to leave that moments. For others, the difficult part of moving is the belief they are sacrificing control over their own lives. The key is to provide support for family and friends who are making this major life transition.




Home & Travel Safety During the Holidays them on their visit to Sage. Our team is knowledgeable and can ask customers the right questions in order to figure out what their mobility needs are. For those who aren’t quite sure if something is right for them, we strongly encourage them to utilize this program so we can ensure they are getting the perfect piece of equipment for their needs.

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ith the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is important to keep safety in mind – especially for those with limited mobility. Traveling to and from home, venturing into the cold and navigating snow and ice covered surfaces can be daunting for the best of us, let alone those who may need some additional assistance maneuvering around. For individuals playing host over the holiday season, safety and mobility can certainly be an issue with a house full of people to accommodate. Sage Seniors Resources can help with mobility issue whether you are traveling far, staying close to home or preparing for a full house.

Mobility in the Snow It is important to be proactive when it comes to safety and mobility during the winter months. Avoiding the risk of a fall whether you are shovelling snow outside your home, going for a walk or doing some holiday shopping is essential, and Sage can help. With a wide variety of ice cane picks, walking poles, ice grip footwear, and walkers the team at Sage can outfit you with exactly what you need this winter. We are committed to removing barriers for individuals with limited mobility because really we want people to be able to live their



lives, get outside, be as active as they can and, of course, enjoy all the social time that comes with the holiday season.

Not quite sure what to get your loved one this holiday season? Sage can help. Our holiday shopping list can make life easy when it comes to purchasing presents for under the tree, or even those hard-to-find stocking stuffers. For more information on how you can take advantage of Sage’s holiday shopping list stop by our Market Mall location or call their store directly.

For ease of access to and from home, portable ramps are available in a variety of sizes and heights to accommodate different outdoor entrances. These ramps are easily adjustable, moveable and are a less expensive option than building a permanent structure onto an existing space. The team at Sage will be happy to answer any questions or help assist you in figuring out what ramp system will work best for you or your loved one.

Try Before You Buy & Specialty Items Sage Seniors Resources has a wide variety of equipment, mobility tools, grooming essentials and hard-to-find specialty items. If you can’t find what you are looking for at Sage, we will be happy to research the item and special order it if available. For individuals not quite sure what will work best for them and their mobility needs, Sage is happy to offer a “Try Before You Buy” program that allows customers to “test drive” mobility items and equipment prior to purchase. This program is also great for those purchasing items for loved ones who, for whatever reason, are not accompanying


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Scandal, Intrigue, Romance: The Kate and Thomas Series By Amanda Deitz


I’ve got a secret. Since I became a mother in 2012, I have found it impossible to read. I’m not talking about the mommy blogs or parenting books, I am talking about leisure reading.

I haven’t given up without a fight. I still buy books all the time. At any given moment, I have around 15 titles waiting for my attention. How a person can actually forget they are in the middle of reading a book is beyond me. The only conclusion I could come to was: motherhood. I no longer have time to read an entire book. After mulling over this problem for some time, I came to the conclusion that what women need are shorter bursts of entertainment to appease themselves during the moments when they have — that 15-minute wait at the doctor’s office or during that hour-long hockey practise with the kids. It’s a chance to attach yourself to something simpler. I had long been planning to continue my series of dramatic novels, Longer than Life, turning them into several shorter stories. It wasn’t until my own life made it impossible to read like I once did when I realized how valuable shorter stories for women could be.

Original artwork created for The Kate and Thomas Series by Shannon McLean, Alchemy Clothing & Salon. left Author Amanda Deitz. Photo by Erin Crooks Photography.

Welcome to my novellas, The Kate and Thomas Series. It’s a place full of scandal, intrigue and romance. It’s a place where Kate and Thomas find love and then find others. Set in Saskatoon, readers have the opportunity to travel back in time to the 1950s to learn about the love affair of these two beloved characters. I invite you to join me on this adventure. There will be all the fun soap opera stuff that people love: adultery, child abuse, death, even a kidnapping. The Kate and Thomas Series is made up of six short stories that tell one large story. With your subscription, the stories are sent bi-weekly and can be downloaded to your phone or tablet. Visit for more information.






SK By Candace Fox Photos courtesy Saskatchewan Abilities Council





aster Seals Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Abilities Council once again hosted a bevy of fundraising superheroes for their annual cross-province event — the Easter Seals Drop Zone SK. The high octane event attracts adrenaline junkies, superhero fans, Easter Seals supporters and, of course, those willing to step out of their comfort zone for a good cause. Rappelling down high rise buildings in each city, participants raise money in support of Easter Seals programming and Camp Easter Seal located in Manitou Beach, Sask. — the only barrier-free facility of its kind in the province. This year, a new location was added to the Drop Zone event roster; individuals from Prince Albert and surrounding area braved the rappel lines for the first time as they scaled down the L.F. McIntosh building.

Drop Zone YQR The 10th anniversary for Drop Zone (DZ) Regina brought out a record turnout of spectators watching from the ground, cheering on DZ participants. Regina Police Service (RPS) and Drop Zone’s national safety team, TACTEN Industrial, situated themselves on top of Hill Tower II in the city’s downtown core, getting everyone strapped in and ready to “drop.” “The Easter Seals Drop Zone has been an excellent opportunity for the RPS-SWAT rappel team to utilize our training and

expertise to better the lives of children with disabilities in Saskatchewan. It truly has been a privilege to see people overcome their fear and apprehensions over the years knowing their donations will make a difference,” says Colin Hegi, Corporal and team lead of RPS. Participants were ready August 20 to take the Drop Zone challenge and conquer their fears. Amy Weekes, community relations and event coordinator in Regina, fully support her fundraising superheroes. “It was wonderful to see how many people came out to support the rappelers and Easter Seals this year. Our participants work so hard to raise the $1,500 to rappel, and many go above and beyond that to help send Saskatchewan children to camp,” explains Weekes.

Drop Zone YXE This was the 11th year for Drop Zone Saskatoon, and the final time the event will be hosted at Carlton Tower downtown; participants will rappel down a new building location starting in 2017. While many exciting things were happening on August 23 at Saskatoon’s DZ event — including celebrity rappeller Ricky Forbes, formerly of CMT’s Tornado Hunters, along with a rappelling Gingy from Brainsports’ Gingerbread Run — the looming skies had everyone’s attention. “We were in constant communication with TACTEN, our safety experts the whole day and we were ready at any given point to shut the event down.

Obviously we can’t control the weather, but luckily the skies didn’t open up and despite some light rain and wind, we were really lucky,” explains Karly Shanks, Saskatoon community relations and event coordinator. With all fundraised dollars staying in Saskatchewan and going towards kids and youth with disabilities, the event holds a special place in many hearts and is a highlight for those who utilize services offered by Easter Seals Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Abilities Council.

Drop Zone P.A. Spectators and sponsors gathered around the L.F. McIntosh building September 7 to get acquainted with the first annual Drop Zone Prince Albert. Hosting a mini block party, the organizing crew was well received as many were geared up for the pilot year — hoping the event will attract more participants and sponsors for years to come! For more information about the Easter Seals Drop Zone, the Saskatchewan Abilities Council or to learn how you can become or support a SUPERHERO, visit the national website or contact the Saskatchewan Abilities Council.

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Colouring Local Artist Denyse Klette Releases Fairies in Dreamland




Whether you're an avid colourer seeking new engaging illustrations, or a first timer just catching on to the trend of adult colouring, Fairies in Dreamland: An Artist’s Coloring Book is for you. Created by Saskatoon artist Denyse Klette, Fairies in Dreamland was released this autumn to great fanfare.


tunning, intricate illustrations — 62 in total — invite the colourer to create his or her own magical fairy world, with each page itself becoming an individual piece of art once completed. Klette invested four months into the creation of the illustrations, spending between eight to 12 hours per drawing. It was an intense schedule, but the result is a stunning, beautiful and enchanting colouring book designed for hours of relaxing, soothing “me time.” When they first started showing up on retail shelves, adult colouring books were viewed as a fad, a publishing blip that would surely blow over quickly. Not so. The demand has steadily increased, with the past year seeing the most growth. In fact, according to Book Net Canada, three of the top five best selling non-fiction books of 2015 were colouring books. Colouring is often likened to a form of meditation: the soothing repetition and patterns that emerge help reduce anxiety and calm stressful feelings. Many people also point out that the level of concentration involved requires oneself to simply be in the moment, helping to calm an over-worked mind. Klette’s idea for her own colouring book came from her daughters, who themselves are adult colourers. She examined a few of their books and admired the illustrations’ lines and shapes. As a painter, Klette viewed drawing outlines of images without filling in with colour as a new form of expression, and decided to create her own book for people to enjoy. With an extensive creative background, Klette is no stranger to success. This past year she was nominated for a 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Arts, Culture & Heritage. Her artwork — described as whimsical — is owned by people all over the world and on display in several international galleries. She has a licensing agreement with Disney, has illustrated many children’s books, and co-created a book series that was developed into a children’s television program. Along with fellow artist Cheryl Tuck Tallon, Klette’s gallery and working studio is located at the local creative space, The Artists’ Loft. The celebratory launch of Klette’s book took place at The Artists’ Loft at the end of September, with a two day public “colouring party” where people were invited to mingle, colour and view the studio’s artwork. Kelt also hosted two VIP book-release receptions — one featuring an intimate performance by local band, Crestwood, and the other capped off with a fairy-inspired fashion show featuring clothing from The Sandbox in the City. To purchase your own copy of Fairies in Dreamland or to gift this book a special someone this holiday season, stop in to The Artists’ Loft (617 Main Street). It can also be purchased through local booksellers or major online retail sites.






The Perfect Antipasto Platter


he perfect dinner party is not complete without the perfect menu — and that just may include an antipasto platter. An antipasto plate provides small nibbles of tasty morsels (assorted fruits and vegetables, deli meats, cheeses and salty, pickled items) to stimulate your guests’ appetites prior to the main course. Accompanied with wine, this “before the meal course” invokes a relaxed atmosphere, encourages casual conversation, and leaves guests excited for what’s to come. The best rule of thumb to follow is keep it simple. Your antipasto course should always complement the main course. Always keep in mind the food’s flavours, aromas and colours when finalizing your plate.






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• Roasted red peppers, garlic hummus and pita bread make a simple, but delicious, antipasto. Pair this combination with a Savignon Blanc.

• Prosecco is a great accompaniment with an antipasto plate of anchovies, fresh tuna, smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers and artisan crackers.

• Another basic crowd pleaser consists of olives, capers, pickles with spicy pepperoni or smoked turkey breast, served with Pinot Grigio.

• Roasted vegetables (such as eggplant, bell peppers, beets, zucchini, carrots or tomatoes) paired with tangy cheese, such as feta, Gruyère or aged Manchego complete a delightful tray. Pair this with Chenin Blanc.

• Offer guests a variety of meats, roasted vegetable and crackers, devilled eggs and creamy brie served with a robust red wine, such as Merlot.

• Try a Pinot Noir with roasted almonds, walnuts, and pine nuts, figs, and assorted fruit.

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nce again Saskatoon was host to the culinary faceoff, Gold Medal Plates with 200+ guests, Olympians, talented musicians and the city’s top notch chefs and restaurateurs gathering for an evening of delicious competition. The eight competing chefs put their best “toque blanche” forward offering gourmet, hand-crafted visual masterpieces of their own choice creations. Each chef constructed a creative dish paired with a feature wine or cocktail – both of which were presented for judging. Not for the faint of culinary heart, the competition is held for a good cause: Gold Medal Plates raises funds and awareness for our Canadian athletes. Each event offers guests the amazing opportunity to bid on once-in-a-lifetime adventures alongside some recognizable past and present Olympians. Navigating the crowd at TCU Place, the room was filled with personalities from Saskatoon’s business community, local politicians, alum Gold Medal Plates winners, athletes/Olympians and celebrity musicians. Elevated from the hustle and bustle of the crowd sat eight culinary judges and two wine judges whose difficult job was to decide who would be competing on behalf of Saskatoon on the national level. Winners were announced after the tasting during the reception. Here are the culinary masterminds behind the dishes and Saskatoon’s winning chefs: Gold Medal Plates Winner: Scott Torgerson, Executive Chef at Radisson Hotel Saskatoon and Aroma Resto Bar is familiar with the competition having won silver at last year’s Gold Medal Plates in Saskatoon. Chef Scott’s menu included a Black Trumpet Crusted Roast Elk and Cactus Lake Beef Tenderloin with Porcini and Sunchoke Foam, Broccoli Puree, Parsnip, Beef Tendon Puff, Pearl Onion and Micro Cress. The wine pairing was a 2014 Inniskillin Discovery Series Zinfandel from British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.

Gold Medal Plates Silver: Christopher Hill, Chef at the Delta Bessborough and the winner of Saskatoon’s 2014 Gold Medal Plates competition dubbed his dish “Preserved.” The plate included Cold Smoked Black Cod, Uni Bottarga, Fermented Black Garlic Hollandaise, Shishito, NWT Moral, Bacon Dashi, Espuma and Northern Divine Caviar. Chef Christopher’s dish was paired with 2013 Riesling Redfoot Cuvee from the Pearl Morissette Estate Winery in Jordan, Ontario. Gold Medal Plates Bronze: Anthony McCarthy, Chef at the Saskatoon Club and 2011 Gold Medal Plates Saskatoon winner served guests a dish he labelled, “From Lake to Forest Plate and Through the Farmer’s Field” which included Northern Lake Pickerel, Fava Bean Risotto and Molten Corn. This dish was paired with a 2015 Trius Barrel Fermented Chardonnay from Niagara, Ontario. Competing Chef: Kelly Oliver, Kitchen Manager and Chef at USSU/ Louis’ is no stranger to culinary competitions, including Gold Medal opposite Chef Scott Torgerson's dish left Chef Scott Torgerson top Chef James McFarland's dish below Chef Scott Torgerson's team

Plates. Her creation of flavours included a Trio of Duck, Kimchi and Crackling Rice, Carpaccio and a Confit Spring Roll. Chef Kelly paired her meal with a Last Mountain Distillery’s Private Reserve Whisky Smokey Old Fashioned. Competing Chef: James Kyle, Chef at Good Company Catering and past Gold Medal Plates competing chef featured a tender and delicious cut of Tea Braised Saskatchewan Bison, Hazelnut Tart with Pumpkin Puree and a Chocolate Demiglace, Smoked Beet Pav’lava, Chokecherry Gastrique, Tarragon and Wild Rice Crisp. The meal was paired with a 2013 Syrah from Moon Curser Vineyards found in Osoyoos, British Columbia. Competing Chef: Jenni Schrenk, Owner/Chef of Chef Jenni Cuisine dubbed her dish “Season.” Largely inspired by nature, her plate featured Northern Pike and Tomato Confit, Wild Rice Polenta with Labrador Tea and Lake Mint, Rainbow Carrot Mostarda, Sour Cherry and Rose Petal Verjus Rouge Beurre Blanc, Spruce Tip and Hemp Heart Pesto, Crab Apple and Red Lentil Leather, Rutabaga Chip, Birch Smoked Pike Roe on Bannock Crostini. Chef Jenni paired her dish with Wolf Willow Cherry from Wolf Willow Winery in Outlook, Saskatchewan.

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Competing Chef: James McFarland, Assistant Director and Executive Chef for the Culinary Services at the University of Saskatchewan created a dish including Wild Boar Belly with Foie Gras Torchon, Kabocha Pumpkin, Baked Apple Puree, Lingonberry and Cracklings. Chef James paired his dish with a Flatlander Dry Cider from Saskatoon’s Crossmount Cider Company.

above Guest Yohannes Petros (Hanes Hummus) and Olympian Mark Tewksbury below Chef Jenni Schrenk's dish.

With the evening reception as lively as the culinary competition, Gold Medal Plates emcee of the night was none other than Saskatoon-born Olympian, Catriona Le May Doan. Inviting fellow Olympians on stage, many of whom were mingling with guests throughout the evening, Le May Doan recognized the contribution the province has made in producing some notable athletes including three-time Olympic medalist for swimming, Mark Tewksbury. While the evening was jam packed with a secret and live auction and the announcement of the winning chefs, the crowd was thoroughly entertained via the amazing and interactive group performances by artists Ed Roberston of Barenaked Ladies, Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, Barney Bentall of Barney Bentall and the Legendary Heart, Anne Lindsay of Blue Rodeo, Devin Cuddy of the Devin Cuddy Band, and last, but not least, Sam Polley. REFINED would like to extend congratulations to the competing chefs of Gold Medal Plates Saskatoon and wish Chef Scott Torgerson good luck as he prepares for the Canadian Culinary Competition in Kelowna, British Columbia. For more information on Gold Medal Plates events across Canada, auctioned prizes, how to support Canadian Olympians or Saskatoon’s competing chefs visit

CHEF PROFILE By Erin Legg Photos Heather Fritz

Chocolate Pate 900 g dark chocolate 185 g butter 75 ml boiling water 45 g glucose 75 g sugar 285 g egg yolks 225 g heavy cream • • • • •

Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Make a syrup with the boiling water, sugar and glucose. Whisk yolks, slowly tempering the syrup into the eggs, then add to the chocolate. Let cool slightly, then fold in heavy cream. Pour into molds and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Cocoa Nib Crumble


askatoon’s Riverside Country Club specializes in “local food that’s globally inspired.” Led by Chef Darren Craddock, the private club provides a rich menu prepared from as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible. Craddock takes great pride in his position and the community of Saskatoon. For the past six years he’s called it home, and has discovered a new side to his culinary career: competitive cooking. “Saskatoon is an exciting place,” he says. His first foray into competition came at the 2012 PotashCorp’s Wintershine “soup-off ” contest, in which he won (followed by another win in 2013). He’s also a regular participant in Saskatoon’s Gold Medal Plates culinary celebration — having earned gold in 2012 and 2015, with a silver in 2014. Chef Craddock was also bestowed the title of Saskatoon Chef of the Year in both 2012 and 2015.

1 cup cocoa nibs 1 cup sugar 2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp corn syrup 1 ½ tsp salt ½ tsp baking soda • • • • • •

Line a baking sheet with parchment. Toast cocoa nibs over medium heat until fragrant. Keep warm. Bring sugar, butter, corn syrup and ¼ cup water to a boil. Cook until colour is light caramel. Add salt and baking soda and mix well. Add toasted cocoa nibs. Cook for 1 minute. Pour onto parchment and cool completely to room temperature. Grind in a food processor until coarse. Do not over-grind as mixture will become oily. Store in an airtight container.

Raspberry Chambord Sauce 3 cups fresh raspberries ½ cup sugar 2 oz Chambord (raspberry liquor) 3 tbsp water 1 tsp vanilla paste • • •

Simmer raspberries, Chambord, sugar and water over medium heat until saucy. Add vanilla paste, then puree. Chill until needed.

Cream Cheese Ice Cream 1 ½ cups whole milk 2 cups sugar 1 cup cream cheese 1 tsp vanilla bean paste 2 eggs 1 lemon, juiced 3 cups heavy cream • • • • • • •

Slowly heat milk in medium pot. Combine sugar, cream cheese, vanilla and eggs in mixing bowl. Slowly add the hot milk into the cream cheese mixture, whisking continuously. Pour back into the pot and cook on low heat until a custard is formed (requires constant stirring). Lightly whip heavy cream to soft peaks. Remove cream cheese mixture from heat. Fold in the lemon juice and heavy cream. Let cool slightly and pour into ice cream maker.

His precise skill was formed while apprenticing at England’s The Bell Inn at Astin Clinton, a Michelin-rated Relais & Chateaux property. “I was 17,” he grins. “It was eyeopening — it taught me about discipline and how to keep learning with everything I do.” In between England and Saskatoon, Craddock has worked in many renowned kitchens, including Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Toronto’s King Edward Hotel and Royal York Hotel. He’s also the current Vice President of the Saskatoon branch of the CCFCC, a position that allows him to promote culinary excellence amongst local member chefs.



The Expert’s Guide to the Best Pet Toys By Erin Legg


lay is an essential component to life. Through play, our pets learn, exercise and bond with the family. Toys help pets combat boredom, and we all know a bored pet is a mischievous one!

Lisa Koch, executive director of the Regina Humane Society, says, “Interactive play is important for your pet because they need active ‘people time’ — and such play enhances the bond between you and your pet.” So, how do you know what toys to get? While it all depends on your pet’s size, energy level and personal preferences, here are a few tips to help you get started.

Toys for Dogs “A sniffing, playing, chewing dog is usually a very happy dog!” laughs Patricia Cameron, executive director of the Saskatoon SPCA. “Each dog is different, though. Try a variety of things and see what catches your pup’s interest.” Hard rubber toys of an appropriate size can keep your dog entertained for hours. Playing fetch with one of these toys can quickly turn into a favourite activity! Patricia also notes: “Kongs for feeding and play are great.” Kongs are available in a variety of sizes for every type of dog, and can be stuffed with his favourite treat (providing great incentive!). Rope toys, balls and rawhide bones are another interactive way to encourage healthy chewing and play with your dog. Because they are available in many different lengths, pet owners can get involved in a good old game of tug of war with their pup.




manufacturing of pet toys,” she explains.

Toys for Cats Our feline friends are strange creatures; something as simple as an empty box can become your cat’s favourite item. Cats love to chase and swat at things, so even a crumpled piece of paper or ping pong ball can keep them entertained for hours. “Your cat’s imagination can turn almost anything into a wonderful toy that she’ll bat around or chase to her heart’s content,” says Lisa. Using a laser light for your cat to chase is not only great exercise for him, but provides pet owners with hours of entertainment as they watch the hunt for the little red light. Be sure to never shine the laser directly into your cat’s eye as it can cause permanent damage. “Fishing” rods are another popular cat toy that can get your pet off the couch and moving around. Encourage your cat to jump and catch the toy at the end of the elasticized string.

How to Entertain a Senior Pet Don’t let your senior pet’s age discourage you from playtime! Perhaps they are unable to run and jump as they once did, but our older pets still need stimulation. Interactive toys or games such as food puzzles are a great way to entertain your old pet without putting him or her under physically strenuous conditions. There are a variety of puzzles available for your pet that require him or her to move blocks or complete different layers before reaching the yummy treat you’ve hidden inside. Even a simple game of hide and seek with your pet’s favourite treat is an effective way to stimulate a senior pet.

What to Watch Out For

Lisa suggests pet owners learn about chemical hazards that are present in some toys. “Information is available online that details major chemicals of concern in the

Other items pet owners should avoid include: • Any item that has small parts (think buttons, plastic eyes, bells, ribbons). These small items present a choking hazard for your pet. • Toys not suited to your pet’s size. A large dog should not have a toy designed for a small dog because of the risk of swallowing it or having it become lodged in the throat. • Stuffed toys with squeakers may pique your pet’s interest, but if they were to rip or tear, the squeaker could pose a choking hazard. Both Lisa and Patricia suggest rotating your pet’s toys on a regular basis to prevent them from becoming bored with certain items. “New toys” brought out every few weeks can be a very exciting thing for your pet! Avoid giving your pet access to too many toys at once, and remember — you as the parent are the best toy your pet could ask for!



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Christmas Goodies for Your Furry Friends crates that can be used for training at home. These are handy to have because they allow your pet to feel safe and secure while the family is on the road. If you or someone you know is adopting a new family member this holiday season, we’ve got all the supplies needed, from litter boxes to sleep pillows, bird and gerbil food to teeth and claw care.

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ere at Saskatoon’s Pet Valu speciality pet retail store, we’ve had the pleasure of becoming well-acquainted with many of our customers through our specialization: personal service. Given that Christmas is just around the corner, we invite all you pet lovers to stop in and select the right holiday goody for your furry friend. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


Perhaps one of our most shopped (and stocked!) items are treats! Everyone loves a good treat now and then, and our pets are no exception! It can be quite overwhelming for a pet owner to walk into our store and see the vast array we have to offer. We take the time to ask questions about your pet before making a recommendation. For example, how big is your pet? What’s her age? Does she have any personal preferences? The preferred treat for each animal varies, but we’ve noticed dogs seem to enjoy the dental treats (available in various flavours) and cats go crazy over the catnip treats.



We also provide Christmas-themed treats for the holiday season, including chews, raw hides and cookies. It’s so easy to forget, but pet owners should keep in mind that feeding their dog or cat treats is just the same as us pet owners indulging in some chips or cookies. The calories can quickly add up! And if your pet is full from treats, he or she will not be hungry for their food! So, keep in mind that moderation is best.

With the holidays quickly approaching everyone is rushing to stay organized: from holiday meals to travel plans and playing host to friends and family. There is no time like the present to give your pooch a wash in our self-serve dog wash facility, followed by a hair cut at Groomingdale’s. From ear cleaning, teeth brushing, feet and face trim, and of course, the standard shampoo and coat trim, you’ll be ensured a clean and pretty dog for guests this holiday season. We also provide gift cards for those looking for a unique gift for loved ones this year.


Christmas is one of our favourite times of year. We provide pet owners with endless options for new toys for dogs or cats. A few questions help guide you in the right direction. How old is your pet? How big is he? What are a few of his habits (for example, is he a chewer? a lover?)? Does he have teeth? Some pets may prefer a new plush toy to love and cuddle, while others have a blast with something that squeaks or rattles. If you’re feeling overwhelmed we can help you decide!

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Meet John early,

traveler & Author By Candace Fox

Author and world traveler John Early.




askatoon born-and-raised travelling adventurer and newly-minted author, John Early, will soon be releasing Tales of the Modern Nomad: Monks, Mushrooms and Other Misadventures chronicling his world travels over the past 10 years. Despite venturing off on journeys all across the world for the past decade, Early always finds his way back home to visit friends and family and to continue his long-standing emcee duties for the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. Taking the opportunity to work with local artists and enjoy the Saskatoon music scene, Early is quick to note that the city’s unique and eclectic vibe of talented musicians always inspire him along his adventures‌ or misadventures.

Never anticipating having 15 of his personal, handwritten journals (including 300 photos, philosophical mind mumble and quotes) become the content for a 300-plus page book, Early’s decision to share his adventures with the world evolved organically. “I never set out to write a book, but I also never intended to backpack the world for nearly a decade,” insists Early. Writing for online blogs and travel magazines was the initial motivation to turn his journals into a book format. “Aside from already writing travel pieces, there was that voice in the back of my head propelling me to put my stories and my adventures into a more shareable format. But it took years for that to formulate into finally motivating me to do it. It’s been a huge process.”

"Modern Nomad is a book that encompasses all of these experiences in a highly visual and engaging way that adults of any culture or background can relate to."

With the book to be released November 30th and a launch party to celebrate with friends, family and fans scheduled at Capital Music Club, Early reflects on the book process. “It’s almost surreal at this point. The whole project has been one of the biggest challenges and life changing processes I’ve ever gone through,” he explains. “It altered my perception of how to analyze life’s daily experiences in a way I could formulate and share for the benefit and enjoyment of others.”

About Tales of the Modern Nomad

Tales of the Modern Nomad is a perfect insight into the current generation’s new approach to travel and backpacking. Appealing to those innate desires – especially propelled by today’s social media — to see the world, experience new culture, reflect on who you are and even to get some of that partying out of your system before moving onto life’s next chapter, Modern Nomad is a book that encompasses all of these experiences in a highly visual and engaging way that adults of any culture or background can relate to. A passion project 10 years in the making, Tales of the Modern Nomad is as visually stimulating as the actual content of the book. With perfectly placed anecdotes, musical musing and sketches, Early encompasses and blends every aspect of his adventure in each thoughtful tale. Writing, designing and self-publishing the book, Early is able to communicate each story with such vivid descriptions and visual pairings, engulfing the reader as they delve through Modern Nomad’s pages. Giving a full-bodied view of his travels, Early offers readers unique insight into some potential taboo story lines that include strippers, being hit on by a monk, and his cultural experiment with psychedelics. To learn more about Tales of the Modern Nomad and John's preorder campaign to cover some of the book's production costs, please visit modernnomad. ca. Follow John Early's adventures on Instagram: @johntearly.



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Experience Ireland with a Coach Tour rather than take medication. Medication will make you drowsy and you don’t want to risk missing out on any part of the trip! 3) Daypack essentials. While the coach has storage space, don’t try cramming unnecessary items into your daypack so that it can fit comfortably with you at your seat. If you’ve never enlisted the help of a travel professional, what are you waiting for? I can match a coach tour to fit your travel style, whether a scenic, relaxed ride or a pub tour for the more social traveller. Feel free to call me to discuss your options.

The Cliffs of Moher. Photo by Lucille Brown.


here is a difference between just seeing a country and really experiencing it, and this depends largely on your interaction with the local people. As a certified travel consultant with Travel Professionals International, I am experienced with many types of travel. I recently returned from a trip to Ireland where I visited the country with an elite coach tour company. For anyone wanting to see Ireland from a new perspective, be assured of upscale lodging and dining, and visit some of the most historic sites the country has to offer, I recommend this experience for your next vacation. Getting to Ireland is easy — a quick fourhour flight from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Compared to other major European cities, this is manageable for people who enjoy shorter flights and for those who are itching to arrive at their destination. Ireland is an English-speaking country. This is something many first-time world travellers of any age or solo tourists find reassuring. The Irish people are friendly, the currency exchange is fair and Guinness is a steal of a deal! In fact, the best place to interact with people is in the historic Irish pubs. Doing this as part of a coach tour group makes it that much more enjoyable.



Ireland is a beautiful country complete with coastal regions, rolling hills and mountain ranges, lush farmland, lakes and forests, and not to mention castles, natural wonders and historic buildings at every turn. Booking a coach tour is the perfect way to experience the natural beauty of Ireland without having to worry about driving. Remember: Drivers in Ireland drive on the left side and the roads can be quite narrow and winding. Travelling in a coach also gives the advantage of riding higher than in a car. Many of the highways throughout the countryside are lined with hedges or stone walls, so your view from a coach is not obstructed.

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My Travel Tips Consulting with a travel professional when booking a trip has many advantages, one of which is receiving tips and pointers on how to travel to and within a new country. Here are a few I learned from first-hand experience. 1) Pack light (and pack right). You do not want to over pack but keep in mind the weather. If you’re travelling near the coast, definitely pack wetweather clothing, and remember to carry a light sweater with you in the coach. 2) Motion bands. I highly recommend anyone with a tendency for motion sickness to wear motion sickness bands


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Which Comes First —

SucceSS or Significance?


o you know the difference between success and significance? Some would argue they are same thing. I suggest those who hold this view truly don’t understand the difference, and are simply attempting to blur the lines so they can feel better about themselves. For others, the response is “it depends on how you define success.” It’s true; success is in the eye of the beholder, whereas significance is a view of you held by others. I know a lot of people who strive to acquire the symbols of success: a big house, a nice car, that promotion, a bigger pay cheque, a lakeside cabin, exotic vacations… the list goes on. Or perhaps their image of success is a performance rating, a degree, an award or recognition. They climb the proverbial ladder, only to get to the top and discover it’s not what they were looking for. So they climb another ladder, and once again get to the top disappointed. What they are looking for is not at the top of the ladder. What they are looking for is on the roof! It’s the view that there’s more to this world, to this life. When we get perspective, when we see the other people around us, and help them up, we begin the transition from success to significance. Significance comes when our focus shifts from “me” to “them” — when you add value to others. In an attempt to satisfy their personal desires, most people use their knowledge, resources and experience to acquire things.

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In their minds, this constitutes success. Contrast this with the people who use their knowledge, resources and experience to serve and benefit others — leading to a life of significance. For some leaders, success begins and ends with the achievement of certain goals with little regard to the impact on others. These folks often confuse success and significance, and they typically won’t realize their potential that only comes through making significant contributions to something greater than themselves. Let’s get to the initial question — which comes first, success or significance? Consider for a moment how many stories you`ve heard about people, who by society’s standards lacked success, yet their impact on others was significant. You don’t need to be successful to be significant. When people live intentionally with significance, success surely follows. Everyone wants to feel like their life matters. No one wants to feel like their time on this “revolving rock” is wasted. For instance, high morale comes from a keen sense of knowing that what we do matters — when we are making a contribution and when we feel valued. Low morale is when we feel of no importance, or the work we do is unimportant. It’s about whether or not we feel like we are making a difference. In the book, The Road to Character, David Brooks challenges us to consider our resume virtues against our eulogy virtues. Resume virtues are what we write about ourselves to measure






up to the world’s expectations. Eulogy virtues are what others say about us at our funeral — what kind of person we were and how we cared for others. Too many of us focus on resume virtues because they’re easy to measure and give us confidence. But more difficult tasks — such as making a positive difference in the lives of others or becoming the type of person you want to be — have few measurable benchmarks. Success is something that happens to us. Significance is what happens through us. There are many circumstances and conditions that happen to us which are out of our control. It`s what we do with them that lines us up for significance. When we grow, we change, and our capacity for significance increases. When we invest in ourselves, we have more to give to those around us. We

add more value to others when we become more valuable. Significance is experienced through good actions, and that’s why good intentions aren’t enough. Everyone has good intentions, but few get good results. Good people are everywhere, and it’s the inaction that keeps good people from producing great results.

Jill Poulton is a Certified Executive Coach and Founding Partner with The John Maxwell Team. She specializes in leadership and small business. Questions and comments can be directed to

If you want to live a life that matters, one of significance, it’s about taking action. What are you willing to do to make a positive impact on the lives of others? When you start to define your personal success by the value you add to the lives around you, you have levelled up your game as a human being — one who possesses true influence and is becoming a person of significance.



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How Giving Back Can Impact Your Company’s Future are ways that businesses can give back to their most important assets.


s the holiday season quickly approaches, we are once again reminded of the adage, “Peace on Earth and goodwill to all.” While we may have little impact on the former part of this sentiment, we can certainly influence the latter through our business. It will not only help our communities, but may also prove to meet our corporate goals too! People go into business for many reasons – to provide a needed product or service, to fulfill the dream of entrepreneurship, to make a difference – but one of the top reasons is to make money. It’s a noble task to financially provide for yourself and your family, and in the process you can also create the opportunity for others to earn a living. However, with more attention being placed on corporate giving and social activism, there has been a push for businesses of all sizes to give back. And while giving back requires time, effort and sometimes money, it also provides benefits. The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, a collation of CEOs focused on social improvement, found that “companies that have increased giving by more than 10 per cent since 2010 also increased median revenues by 11 per cent… and profits increased for 59 per cent of those companies.” Giving back can also increase employee morale and provide good PR for your business. Here are a few ways your business can give back.



The Community The most frequent idea associated with corporate generosity is giving to the community. The majority of people have heard about the various philanthropic programs set up by major corporations like Apple, Kellogg and Johnson & Johnson. But, smaller companies can have just as much impact in their local communities without the negative side effects that some business leaders might worry about. An article from Inc. stated that “The coordination of just a few annual community or volunteer events will connect your business with hundreds of positive, productive members of your community. In many cases, this can be even more cost-effective than traditional promotional activities.”

And it has its own forms of ROI, including heightened morale, increased engagement, higher productivity and decreased turnover rates. At the end of 2014, Forbes published an article that highlighted a survey of over 200,000 employees across hundreds of companies. TINYpulse, the employee engagement firm that conducted the research, asked, “What motivates you to excel and go the extra mile at your organization?” Respondents indicated that camaraderie, peer motivation, feeling encouraged and being recognized — which can all be achieved by employers giving back to their workers — motivated them to work harder. Poet and award-winning author Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” There are always ways that companies, even small businesses, can “throw something back.” Ultimately everyone wins when companies give back, including the businesses themselves. Happy holidays!

The article went on to point out that giving back can also result in great “ROI for small business,” “employee engagement,” “buy-in to marketing programs,” and “opportunities to connect directly with community leaders and other key influencers.”

Employees Another opportunity to give back is through a business’s own employees. And, while most business leaders may not lump such things as employee bonuses, gifts, workplace benefits, tuition reimbursement and appreciation events with other types of generosity, these


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The Insurance Claims Process: How it Works to provide additional services, such as additional living expenses while your home is being repaired. 6. Once repairs have been completed and lost items have been replaced, your insurance company will pay any invoices on your behalf (except the deductible, which you will have already paid). Keep in mind you have two years from the date of loss to finalize your claim.

Whether your property has had a fire or a break and enter or hail, dealing with the claim can be stressful and confusing. I’ve put together a guide to help you through the claims process.


Gather as many details as possible. To determine whether or not your policy will provide coverage, the origin and cause must be positively identified. Take photos and/or videos of the damage and take all reasonable steps to prevent any further loss or damage. Make a list of any lost or damaged items in your home and try to find receipts and owners’ manuals for any big-ticket items. Create an inventory list, or using your smart phone, video record your contents to have available in the event of a loss. 2. Report the claim as soon as possible. We’ll confirm your coverage, review the details of the incident, and advise you of any paperwork to be completed. We can either report the claim to the insurance company on your behalf, or assist you in reporting it yourself. 3. Once the insurance company has received your claim report, a claims adjuster will be assigned to your file. They’ll get in touch to confirm details of the loss and review your coverage, conduct an in-person visit and provide paperwork to be completed. When the adjuster conducts the interview, don’t be alarmed if they make you feel like the bad guy. They’re just doing their job to make sure this isn’t a fraudulent claim; unfortunately, a few "bad apples" ruin it for everyone. At this

stage, your adjuster will be your main contact person for your claim; however, if there’s a problem, we can advocate on your behalf throughout the process to ensure a smooth and efficient resolution to your claim.

If your loss includes any injuries, you will be assigned a specialist claims adjuster. This adjuster will have special knowledge of any medical benefits available and any additional forms to be completed. If other parties were injured, it’s important to cooperate with the insurance company’s investigation to ensure a fair and timely resolution. If you have any questions about what insurance coverage you have in place, give us a call today. We can help make sure your property and belongings are properly covered to their full value. Then, you can rest easy knowing the things you love are protected.

4. In most cases, your claims adjuster will require two to three third party quotes and some companies will provide their own generated report on the repairs. Typically, it’s the insured’s responsibility to arrange for the work to be completed once approved by the adjuster. With a property loss, the insurance company requires you to complete a Proof of Loss form and deliver it to the insurance company as soon as practicable, along with an inventory of the lost or damaged property you’re claiming. 5. Your claims adjuster will review the estimated cost of repair report and decide to what extent the insurance company will pay out. You will be advised of the options for repairs, including preferred suppliers by the insurer or whether you can use a contractor of your choice. Repairs done by preferred venders will be guaranteed by the insurance company to meet their standards, but you may need to wait for service. At this point, you will also be responsible for paying any deductible applicable to your claim. Your claims adjuster will also determine whether

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The Breathtaking



By Dean Renwick


here are two things everyone talks about at a wedding — the food and the dress! The showstopping wedding fashions this year will create a stunning, chic look that will get everyone talking!

50 Shades of Pink While pastel blues and vivid lilacs did pop up throughout the collections, pink reigned supreme as the non-white bridal color of choice this season — from floral and barely blush to ombre layers.

Deep Plunge While the sexy, open back trend isn’t going anywhere, a massively plunging neckline is jumping into the mix this season. From a relatively discreet illusion-covered slash to a down-to-the-pelvis V-neck plunge, cleavage is a “thing” for bridal in 2017 — so start stocking up on double-sided tape and breast petals right now, ladies; the last thing you want is a wardrobe malfunction caught on video to last a lifetime!

Not an Illusion Designers played with sheer elements ranging from embellished, modestly cut-out panels to full-on seethrough embroidered tops and dresses — to the point of looking like bedazzled floral pasties floating above a ball gown skirt or dress. If you’re feeling a little too naked, find a great tailor who can add a nude lining so you won’t risk the chance of making the minister blush.

Trains & Veils These two classic elements stayed strong on the bridal runways, but with the sort of drama and glamour that would make for the perfect “flowing in the wind” Instagram and Snapchat moments. Veils were accented with embroidery, lace, beading and, in certain cases, Swarovski crystals. Romantic trains ranged from a shorter church length to a Royal Wedding cathedral style. Reem Acra went extra creative by offering a metallic embroidered back train that converts into a veil. Got to love a two-for-one!




Capes & More Capes While capes appeared here and there over the past couple of seasons, street style and superhero-favored toppers are officially having their moment in the bridal world. From Lela Rose’s adorable collared, buttondown top to Naeem Khan lace-trimmed, high-low poncho to many long billowing cloak-trains, capes are everywhere for spring 2017.

Underwear as Bridal Wear Apparently side boob is “in” for weddings. Bridal designers played up corsetry this season by accenting the bustier top with

lace, embroidery, elaborate beading and creative illusion panelling. The ‘90s slip dress trend also made its way down the wedding aisle with silhouettes beyond the spaghetti-strap column. As well, ‘30s-style peignoirs — the “bathrobe-esque” floral silk shirt dress tied over a satin slip — seems to make a boudoir-inspired ensemble for the romantic risqué bride.

Off-the-Shoulder The strapless wedding gown now has some major competition from off-the-shoulder silhouette, which also happens to be one of the most prominent spring runway trends. Designers also played with the shoulder-baring style, from the traditional

open neckline to cutouts to straps slipping off during the wedding night festivities. It’s always sexy to see a woman seductively replace her strap up on her shoulder from where it fell as she glances up at her husband with a look you know has just melted his heart and made him weak in the knees. What else can he say and feel, except “I do?”

Wedding Fashions for 2017 Soft, sexy and sensational — wedding fashions this season are the talk of the industry! This exciting range of style and elegance offers brides dramatic choices that will drop jaws and turn heads.







CANADIAN LOVE STORIES For More Than 40 Years By Melanie Furlong

From the moment you say, “Yes” your engagement ring becomes a beautiful symbol of the one you promise to love forever. It’s a token of the memories From the moment say,together. “Yes” your becomes a beautiful you have and the memories you’llyou make For engagement more than 40ring years, Charm Diamond Centres has helped Canadians this process to help symbol of the one you promise tothrough love forever. It’s a token of the memories you celebrate and commemorate all of life’s biggest moments.

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r. M. Ronan Conlon has been practicing ophthalmology in Saskatoon for more than 22 years as the medical director and founder of the Conlon Eye Institute. Originally, he planned to pursue another field of medicine — until he made a trip to Ireland to visit his wife’s uncle, who happened to be a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Dublin. “He was so positive, knowledgeable and passionate,” says Dr. Conlon, “that I couldn’t help being impassioned, as well.” One of Dr. Conlon’s favourite success stories involves a 17-year-old male he treated with premature cataracts. After laser-assisted refractive cataract surgery and the use of premium implants at the Conlon Eye Institute, the young man was able to walk out with enhanced eyesight. “No 17-year-old should be reliant on glasses,” says Dr. Conlon. He also believes spectacle independence is not just for the young. “It used to be in the early 90s that we would only do LASIK on patients under 35, but now there are more advanced procedures. This has increased the number of people who are candidates for treatment,” says Dr. Conlon. “We can do refractive lens exchange on patients in their 40s, 50s and 60s to correct their distance and near vision. This reduces or eliminates the need for glasses at all ranges of vision —and obviates the need for cataract surgery later in life.” At Conlon Eye Institute they offer a full scope of refractive procedures including refractive cataract surgery, refractive lens exchange, Lasik and PRK. Dr. Conlon and his staff work with their patients guiding them through the process of choosing the right procedure for their best outcome. By combining exceptional surgical skills and the most advanced technology, Dr. Conlon and his team are able to provide each patient with their best possible vision correction.

Conlon Eye Institute 341 - 750 Spadina Cres. Saskatoon 306.244.4111



REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE ... no more wishing for longer arms.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is a surgical procedure that can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. Unlike other refractive procedures that change the shape of the cornea, RLE corrects vision by replacing the eyes' natural crystalline lens with an intraocular lens (IOL) that is designed to give patients back their youthful vision.

Refractive Lens Exchange is for those who: • Are typically over 40 • Want to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contact lenses • Are nearsighted, farsighted or astigmatic

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