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aybe you’re one of those people who make resolutions during the New Year. I’m not. My best time for inspiration is now: springtime! This is my favourite time of the year to feel inspired. And, for me at least, areas where inspiration is most welcome include: what to wear now that layers are not a necessity, what to eat if you don’t need hearty stew to keep you warm, and what to do with the house to freshen it up for the glorious new season.

Who better than the one and only Kate Matthews to discuss “Who, What, Wear” for spring? Say goodbye to your winter gear for another year! Resident sommelier Mike Tory (a.k.a. The Wine Guy) helps us get into the springtime mood by listing a few of his top go-to wines, and the queen of design and décor, Jane Lockhart, shares how to make your guests’ jaws drop when they enter your foyer. I hope you enjoy this issue of REFINED Saskatoon and find your springtime inspiration

Erin MESSAGE FROM THE ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER I’ve talked before about the increasing life expectancy in our province. Getting older means change, but it doesn’t have to mean lowering your standards. I was blown away with a visit to the new LutherCare facility. You might think you’ve entered a luxury hotel by mistake. If you’re planning your own next stage of life or advocating for your folks, visit our feature on page 46. If you’re not there yet, but luxury living is what you seek, look to our incredible cover feature. This dynamic group of professionals has been creating fashionable and functional spaces in and around Saskatoon for years. Each business brings a richness of experience and talent that has become their trademark. What struck me most is the mutual respect and adoration they had for one another. It’s rare these days to see a business talk about how great another business is before they talk about themselves.

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Volume 2 Issue 2 Editor Erin Legg Design Amber Moon Cover Photography Kim Regier / CHELphoto Photography Heather Fritz Karyn Kimberley Kelsi Kendel Kim Regier / CHEL photo Lisa Landrie Prairie Pulse / Stephanie Anderson Contributing Writers Brook Thalgott Candace Fox Carson Arthur Carter Haydu Courtney Tait Dr. Vicki Holmes Erin Legg Jane Lockhart Karyn Kimberley Kate Matthews

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Atmosphere Interior Design Curtis Elmy and Trevor Ciona believe great design is a necessity for creating a comfortable, beautiful living space. Since 2004 the firm of Atmosphere Interior Design has brought inspired, luxury design to a variety of projects across the city. Pristine Countertops Their motto is, “You deserve the best,� and Conrad Herman, Pat Martin, and their team deliver on this with each client and project they tackle. This award-winning company has earned its reputation as industry leader with its exceptional customer service. SuRe InnoVations The world of home and business automation has been dramatically influenced by Sean Sullivan and Tom Redhead, founders of SuRe InnoVations. Their team is committed to creating a unique experience for each client. Redl Kitchens Redl Kitchens has maintained its position as a leader in cabinetry design and manufacturing for 30 years. This locally owned and operated business is led by Lynn Ekdahl, whose father founded the business. Valerie Hertz, RE/MAX Saskatoon East This real estate professional has years of experience with buying and selling homes and property, and is actively involved in a variety of community initiatives. l-r Pat Martin, Conrad Herman, Val Hertz, Curtis Elmy, Trevor Ciona, Lynn Ekdahl, Tom Redhead, Sean Sullivan. Photo by CHEL photo / Kim Regier.






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hat makes for a successful interior design team? Like many other professional advisers, choosing the right one is paramount. First and foremost, there needs to be a very strong foundation of trust – you are, after all, entrusting the way you live to them. But beyond that, does your designer's experience and sense of style match yours? Or does their portfolio represent something you admire and or find interesting? Do you see enough versatility in their body of work to know they can adapt and thrive in several design styles and aesthetics? And finally, the big question: are they ultimately going to make this undoubtedly stressful experience lots of fun and incredibly rewarding?

“One of the most crucial parts of your life is your home environment,” says principle designer/owner Curtis Elmy. “It’s where you spend a significant amount of time – so the idea of bringing in a professional to create something beautiful and unique shouldn’t be out of the question.” While there are costs associated with bringing in a designer, Elmy says that budgets don’t have to be limitless in order for clients to see a benefit. “The way we work – it doesn’t matter if we are designing a whole house, or on a small renovation project – we still put in the same amount of consideration. It’s about crafting something unique, functional, and right for the client” Elmy says. “Some of the most Curtis and Trevor




rewarding projects can be those of smaller scale and budget – your creativity needs to be at the highest level to be able to deliver the wow factor. However, that being said projects of generous size and budget come with just as much pressure as you have not been given any strict parameters to work within - so editing options can be a huge obstacle.” In 2004, Elmy and fellow co-owner Trevor Ciona saw an untapped niche in the Saskatoon market for a design firm that would push boundaries. And since then, the firm has done just that – growing not just in reputation but also in size. Atmosphere has been featured in several national publications, being named twice under Western Magazine’s “Designers of the Year” in different categories. As well the firm has grown from Elmy and Ciona to include three staff members that manage their showroom, office, and assist in all areas of the design process. “When you walk into our showroom, it shows you a sampling of the quality of work we do,” Elmy says. The showroom portion of the

business, located on the main floor of their new office in “The Blok” in Riversdale, allows clients and walk in customers to sample the furniture lines and accessories which speak to the design firm’s aesthetic. There you can sit on, and test the quality of the custom furniture, and run your hands over a curated collection of decorative objects brought in from around the world, with an emphasis on Canadian bench made upholstery. Collaboration is key, and over the years Atmosphere Interior Design has forged strong relationships with other local, reputable companies who work together to turn property owners’ visions into realities. “We know our work doesn’t get to the finish line alone” The firm works with numerous builders, cabinet makers, and trades people, but what elevates their work is always their connection and chemistry with clients. “Design is a personal business and one fact we never take lightly is that our clients are inviting us into their homes and businesses and trusting us to use our skills to transform it.” Lovers of design should be on the watch for more transformations courtesy of this team. 2017 and 2018 will see some exciting new retail offers, project completions and a star-studded invitation to work alongside some of the top names in the world of interior design. Atmosphere Interior Design Inc. 109-123 Avenue B South Saskatoon 306.373.3004






Award-Winning Attention to Customer Satisfaction Is Key to Pristine Countertops

By Carter Haydu Photos Courtesy of Pristine Countertops


xcellent customer service, experienced staff and an unbeatable selection of quality products are the foundations upon which Pristine Countertops has built its trusted reputation and award-winning Saskatoon business. “The biggest thing is making it difficult for people to leave us, providing a level of service our customers can’t find anywhere else,” says Conrad Herman, co-founder and chief executive officer. He notes that while competitors might offer many of the same materials, Pristine Countertops differentiates itself with its sheer volume of stone inventory — a collection of high-end products he has enthusiastically expanded upon since establishing the business in 1995. “I’ve been at this for well over 20 years, and I still get excited about and have passion for the new colours, the new

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Design by Atmosphere Interior Design


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designs and what is new in the industry. It’s just so exciting.” Dekton, which incorporates raw materials found in glass, porcelain tile and natural quartz, is the latest offering in the company’s large showroom. He adds: “That is a new, very innovative product.” When Pristine Countertops first opened, it had two employees. From those humble beginnings, the business grew to its current staff of 35 talented, long-term workers. “We retain our workers once we find good ones,” Herman says. “There isn’t much turnover on our end, if any. We are successful in finding, sourcing and procuring good employees, and then keeping them here.” He adds: “All our customers receive a lot of consistency. They can come in and see the same person, deal with that same person, and it is not constantly somebody new dealing with them.” One of those long-term staff members is Pat Martin, who started out part-time while attending university in 2000 before joining the team full-time in 2004. He is now office and sales manager, as well as a shareholder. “I think one of the best things about us is we keep in close contact with our clientele,” Martin says, adding the company works with retail, wholesale, renovations, new builds, commercial, and any other possible scenario. “We’ll

do everything from a straightforward laminate job to a high-end, exotic granite. We don’t discriminate. Anyone who walks into Pristine Countertops will be treated to the same respect. That’s what they deserve.” Pristine Countertops is a six-time recipient of the prestigious Consumer Choice Award, which Martin attributes largely to the business’s emphasis on after-sale service and attention to customer satisfaction even once all sales and installations are complete. “A lot of companies won’t do that.” Dedication to service, along with “quality fit and finish of the product,” has allowed the company to survive and thrive through tough market conditions, notes Herman. He adds that Pristine Countertops routinely works with other leading Saskatoon businesses such as Atmosphere Interior Design Inc., often recommending each other’s services to one another’s clients. “We like to think of ourselves as the best in the countertops field, and we like to work with others who are the best in their own fields. When we team up for projects the outcomes show that.” Pristine Countertop Distributors 371 – 34 Street East Saskatoon 306.653-9177




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ocally owned and operated since 1987, Redl Kitchens has established itself in the industry, both locally and globally, as a leader in cabinetry design and manufacturing. Lynn Ekdahl and the talented Redl team continue to create custom, trendsetting designs using high quality materials, hardware and cabinetry finishes. Since the beginning, Redl has held itself to the highest standards in terms of design, product and customer service. Redl’s extensive warranty testing procedures for all materials results in a product that will stand the test of time. “We do not offer anything to our clients that we can’t stand behind,” says designer Julie. “We are on the cutting edge of design and will do things outside the box, but we maintain and uphold intense quality standards.” Every project by Redl, whether a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, is an original. No two will ever be the same because each space is customized to suit the client’s vision, needs, lifestyle and budget. “We design kitchens that are timeless,” Julie explains. “We create cabinetry to last a lifetime.” Because of Redl’s commitment to topof-the-line projects, they’ve developed efficient working relationships with likeminded companies, such as Atmosphere Interior Design, SuRe Innovations and many other successful local businesses. Lynn notes that these partnerships arise because clients have the same




expectations from each company: great quality and innovative design solutions. No matter the scale of the project, large or small, the Redl design team enjoys the one-on-one relationships that are developed with their clients. “It’s the personal connection we have with clients,” Lynn smiles. “Those are so rewarding.” Many Redl clients become repeat customers; either they have moved to a new home, are building a vacation property or want to customize another area of their home. “They love their Redl cabinetry and it looks great for years and years,” explains Kelsey, a five-year designer with Redl. “As much as we focus on and promote the quality of our product, we know that this is all made possible because of our amazing staff,” says Lynn. “Our 30 years of success is attributable to them all, from our design team to the manufacturing plant and installation team.” Redl’s team atmosphere and attention to detail create unique world-class cabinetry for every area of the home. “We’re about investing in a lifetime of quality,” she adds. “We have a product for everyone and every budget. There are a million options available, and across all of those options we uphold the same level of quality and customer service.” There is always an open invitation to the Redl Kitchens showroom for anyone dreaming of a new kitchen or wanting to start the design process!

for over 30 years!

The Redl Kitchens design team. Photo by Heather Fritz.

Redl Kitchens 156 Jessop Ave Saskatoon 306.665.0806



InnoVatIons: Where Creativity, Technology and Expertise Collide By Candace Fox




uRe InnoVations founders and owners Sean Sullivan and Tom Redhead have changed the home and business automation industry in Saskatoon, making waves internationally with their innovative custom projects for clients. With over 20 years of experience each, the pair started their company when the electronic/home automation industry was in its infancy and immediately knew they could service customers more effectively than any retailer. "We aren't interested in simply selling technology products. Our real magic is in how we listen to the client, fine tune the system to work for them and ultimately enhance their lifestyle," explain Sullivan and Redhead. Considering their work a skilled trade, Sullivan and Redhead have grown SuRe InnoVations with the help of their expert staff of technicians, electricians, a full-time CAD technician, and their sales and design team. With a constant drive to create something new for their clients in an industry that sees change literally overnight, they are constantly learning about the newest technology and integration systems thanks to great relationships with vendors like Control4, Savant and many more. So what sets SuRe apart from competitors? That is an easy answer for Sullivan and Redhead. "We love what we do and we think that translates in how we work for our customers and how we approach projects. Nothing is impossible for us, we love challenges – that's what motivates and drives us," explains Redhead.


Working with customers to solve both home and business automation needs, SuRe can create practical but innovative solutions for any space. Interested in interactive environments for your business presentation or looking to make your home theatre more exciting than visiting the actual cinema? SuRe can create custom sound solutions for any space, helping you maximize your multimedia needs. Services at SuRe include everything from music and video systems, climate and energy control, custom lighting and shading solutions, highly engaged WiFi networking systems, a team of white glove electricians, and security through an exclusive partnership with local company Reed Security to offer the latest in alarm and surveillance systems. For home or business owners interested in a simple unified system, a single interface to manage their home or office, SuRe's expert team can create your solution then fine tune it to work for you moving forward. "The goal is to have one point of control for everything. We are seeing further changes to technology in how your space works for you. Products will soon change how the smart home or office thinks based on your history of activities. Systems will automate on their own: it will just do it, it will already know your patterns and preferences,� explains Sullivan. Another innovative change Sullivan and Redhead are excited about is the move to voice recognition controlled systems – making it easier and faster to control anything in your home or office simply by telling it what you want it to do. Curious how SuRe can change the way your home or office works for you? Visit the SuRe InnoVation team, tour their World Class Experience Centre and let them work with you on your new build, current space or on a specialty project that requires only the top industry expertise. SuRe InnoVations 2525 Wentz Avenue Saskatoon 306.974.0888

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Way HOME By Brook Thalgott

Buying or selling a home is often the biggest financial transaction you’ll make in life, and probably the most stressful. Knowing where to look, what to buy, what you can afford, what to ask, what to accept – there are a million things to think about during the real estate process. Local REALTOR® Valerie Hertz knows it well. Valerie has been buying and selling residential properties for well over a decade, and she understands how taxing the process can be. “For me, buying a home is more than just ‘buying’,” says Valerie. “It’s about finding the perfect home for the buyer.”




“We admire people who are passionate about their work and who are driven by success. Valerie Hertz is always excited and up for the challenge, whether the sale of an existing home or the hunt for a new home. She makes the experience so much fun that the stress of the situation somehow is diminished. We highly recommend Val Hertz for any real estate planning. She knows her business and never leaves your side.” — Curtis Elmy and Trevor Ciona, Atmosphere Interior Design

“For me, buying a home is more than just ‘buying’,” says Valerie. “It’s about finding the perfect home for the buyer.”


alerie got her start in real estate in 2004 at the suggestion of long-time friend and Saskatoon REALTOR®® Leila Goluboff. Valerie had been home raising her children, Spenser and Morgan, for 15 years, and was looking for a career path that involved working with people. “I had been a volunteer for many organizations in the community for years, and I was looking for something that involved working closely with people,” says Valerie. Real estate was a great choice for Valerie, as she loved people and had a passion for home and interior design. Fast forward 13 years and Valerie is a proud REALTOR®® working for RE/MAX’s Saskatoon East location. Valerie prides herself in being more than just a REALTOR®. Her experience has taught her how to read people and their nuances, and find out what they really want in a home. Often, people can be unsure how to articulate their needs and wants, and Valerie is there to find out. “I say that when I work with people, they start out as clients but we end up as friends,” says Valerie. “Home buying and selling is a rigorous process, and you really do develop a relationship with people very quickly, helping them manage a major milestone in their lives.” She is also the REALTOR® for Meridian Development, an accomplishment she is very proud of. “I have been fortunate to work with Meridian selling their beautiful projects, including the Hideaway, the King George and Luxe on Broadway,” says Valerie. “Currently, I am selling units in Evergreen, their latest project at Sequoia Square.” It’s a moderately priced condo project but you would never know it by looking at the gorgeous finishes. Valerie has high praise for the Meridian projects. “They are great builders and great people,” says Valerie. “And their work is second-to-none.” When Valerie isn’t buying and selling homes, she’s an active member and volunteer in the community. She’s been heavily involved with the local hospital foundations for years,

something she is very passionate about. “All of the committees I work on are full of dedicated, fun people who give so much of their time. I never get tired of it,” says Valerie. “Helping worthy causes to raise needed money is a great way to spend my time.” Want to learn what Valerie can do for you? Give her a call at 306.221.3626 and she’d be happy to meet with you and discuss your home purchase or sale. You can also learn more and view her listings at Valerie Hertz 306.221.3626 RE/MAX Saskatoon East 250 - 1820 8th Street East Saskatoon 306.242.6000



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WHO, WHat,

WEAR By Kate Matthews

From ankle-wrap stilettos at Altuzarra to Zac Posen’s elegantly embroidered dresses, here’s your guide to the season’s most wearable must-haves.



HO For fashion fans in need of a dose of la vie en rose. WHAT Whether designers went playful (Bottega Veneta), punky (Vivienne Westwood) or pretty (Zac Posen), runways across the globe were filled with lovable shades of pink. WEAR Play the fairways at Riverside in a rosy Ralph Lauren polo or channel your inner ballerina in Kenzo’s Little Pink Dress (LPD is the new LBD) at the Bolshoi Ballet’s latest screening at Galaxy Theatre. EDITOR’S PICKS Bold: Elevate J.Crew’s youthful flamingo-hued pencil skirt with a crisp white button down à la Carolina Herrera. Bolder: Try it in a trench. Lace lovers will swoon over Burberry’s classic-with-atwist coat in antique rose macramé—while others may fall for Michael Kors’ boyfriend-fit statement piece. Boldest: Paint the town pink in Balenciaga’s fuchsia party pants.

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ALL DRESSED UP WHO Anyone sick of wearing winter-weather pants (a.k.a. leg prisons). WHAT From ultra-feminine frills at Gucci, to woven wonders at Cedar & Vine, to Saint Laurent’s 80s-inspired one-shoulder number, a dress is this season’s staple item. WEAR With the right accessories, these wardrobe multi-taskers can take you from morning meetings to martinis at Melody Bar. For daytime, rock a solid-coloured frock with a chic chignon, structured bag and kitten heels. For nighttime, add a bright lip, cute clutch and a few inches on those heels. EDITOR’S PICKS Peruse for all the designer goodness your credit card can handle— or spend an afternoon on the town and score a classic Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress from Two Fifty Two Boutique or a fanciful dream dress from Melissa Squire’s collection at Alchemy Clothing.




TIE ONE ON WHO Shoe lovers, ankle strap enthusiasts, anyone invited to a wedding this summer. WHAT Adorning the ankles of models at Dries Van Noten, Erdem and Jason Wu to name a few, the message was clear—the wrap is the new strap. WEAR Whether you’re off to Nosh with Mr. Right or pitching for that big promotion, there’s a perfect pair for almost every occasion (the trampoline park could pose a challenge). EDITOR’S PICKS Derek Lam’s white leather mules top the list with their perfect balance of walkability and style while Altuzarra’s red tieups take second with head-turning sexiness and luxe looking leather. Honourable mention goes to Alexander Wang for his rock n’ roll take on the flip-flop.

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IN A CINCH WHO Raise your hand if you identify with the following statement: my purse is a tickle trunk—an abyss in which one may find 17 shades of lipstick, a first aid kit, mystery key ring, emergency chocolate stash, a portable charger, back-up shoes... WHAT Enter the over-packer’s saviour and 2017’s IT bag—the cinch. Working with a simple shape, designers played with colour, size and texture. The cobalt carryall at Marni, the candy-coated temptations at Givenchy and the metallic marvels at Marc Jacobs are sure to be street style hits. WEAR These fun yet functional bags go with just about anything. EDITOR’S PICKS The jewel-toned beauties from Saskatchewan-based Ashryla are as sleek as they are roomy, while She Native’s signature drawstring bucket bag will take you from edgy to elegant with the switch of an outfit.

Before joining REFINED as fashion editor, Kate Matthews earned her commerce degree, landed an internship at ELLE Canada and spent the last decade working as a wardrobe stylist and creative director in the entertainment business. When she’s not styling musicians or plotting fashion campaigns, you’ll find her answering style questions at @_kate_matthews.



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t happens without warning. You have a regular sleep, wake up and do regular things. You drink coffee, go to work and then, at some point, you become overwhelmed by an inexplicable urge that consumes you for days.


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At first, you ignore it, and convince yourself it will go away. Another week goes by. You swipe to the screen with the Pinterest app and allow the pad of your finger to make contact and search: “cute, short haircuts.” We can’t really say what causes the “I need to make a drastic change phenomenon,” but you’re looking at one girl who recently cut off eight inches of hair and another that has approximately one third of her hair remaining, so suffice it to say: “we get it.” In honour of spring, the season of rebirth and in homage to all things “bucket-list,” we want to walk you through what can often be the psychologically challenging experience of a big change haircut, and let you know you’re not alone.

Post-Pinterest Experience

After saving 17 versions of the exact same hair cut at different angles, you send these images to your closest friends, followed by 17 question marks. You don’t know if you’re seeking their approval or wanting them to talk you off the edge of a cliff. The danger of sending this content to more than one person is that you might get conflicting responses: “OMG yesss!” versus: “Do you remember how much Kleenex you went through the last time you cut your hair?!?”

Desperate Use of Technology

You don’t want to admit it, but you’ve downloaded a free app that places your face inside of a terrible rendition of the haircut you’re considering. This won’t help. Don’t do this.

salon. On a regular day, a regular person would say “Thank you!” but today is not a regular day, and you are not currently a regular person. It takes every ounce of energy not to shout: “Shut up! Just shut up! You don’t know anything!”

Using Logic for the Pro Column

You’re in the Chair

You start convincing yourself this haircut is right for you relative to all sorts of things such as time, temperature and budget. The internal dialogue often includes: “Honestly, I wear my hair in a ponytail all the time; what’s the point of having all of this hair?” or “I spend so much money on shampoo and product; honestly, it’s a waste.” Or it might be: “If I have to blow dry all of this hair again when it’s 30 degrees in my non-air-conditioned house, I might just lose it.” How about: “If my hair was shorter, I could sleep for 30 more minutes, every morning.”

“No. I can’t do this. No. Nope. Nuh-uh. My pony tail is too great and these curls are too perfect. Can’t do it. This is stupid. What was I thinking? Look how pretty my hair is. It’s been with me through so much, and I’m just going to cut it, like it means nothing to me?! Who am I? Some sort of monster?!?”

Making the Call

One minute post-hair cut: OMG, I love it! Five minutes post-hair cut: You start pulling on it a bit to see if that makes it longer. Ten minutes post-hair cut: Gah! This is the best decision I’ve made in forever. Fifteen minutes post-hair cut: I think I like it?

It’s worse than the first time you called your high school crush. You dial and hang up about eight times. You commit to seeing it through on the ninth dial. You’ve practised saying the words out loud, but it’s as if the person on the other end can see the sweat pooling on your brow as they ask: “Just a trim?” It seems a bit excessive to respond: “Don’t play with me!” to the innocent receptionist, so you opt for: “No, I’m going to cut off some inches.”

The Day of…

You wake up and consider putting your hair in gross ponytail for the trip to the salon, but something about the way you slept on it and the amount of grit in your hair is giving your locks that “beach goddess-y” look. No word of a lie, you get seven compliments on your slept-on-hair from total strangers in the two short blocks between your car and the

And then your stylist walks up with a twinkling eye and asks, “So, we’re making a change?” You don’t know why, but the word “yes” just rolls off your tongue. And then you get that “deer in the headlights” look.

Chances are you’ll flip-flop like this for a few days, but don’t be afraid of a big change. Make sure you’ve thought about it for a little while and had at least one heart-to-heart with your stylist. One final piece of advice: there’s nothing wrong with making a big change in small increments; it’s a bit less psychologically taxing to take three inches off twice than an entire half a foot all at once! Enjoy the compliments on the way back to your car! Follow she and her on libertee.she lecina.her



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ave you been struggling with resolutions you started a few short months ago? Has life taken over and sidetracked your progress? Or are you ready to turn up the dial to take your health and fitness to another level? Regardless of which question resonates with you, now is the perfect time to re-evaluate what has worked over the last few months, and where you may have fallen short. The decisions you make now will carry you through 2017, so come along with me for a ride down “resolution alley,” and hopefully one of the following tips will help you reboot your resolutions and inspire you to be your best.

Just Get Going

This is all about becoming self-motivated. Anyone can come up with excuses to procrastinate. I want you to stop thinking and start doing! Instead of asking “why?” ask yourself “why not?” Taking small steps in a workout can lead to big strides towards reaching your goal. Take action today and you just might surprise yourself!

1. Increase the repetitions you perform, and/or add heavier weight to your regular sets to increase resistance.

Challenge Yourself

3. Add bouts of cardio bursts in between each exercise to up your heart rate and get sweating. Start with a 30-second burst, and work your way up to one minute. You can skip, run, bike, row and more.

This is all about intensity. It doesn’t matter how much time you spend exercising or training. What really matters is what you do


within that time. For example, I’ve heard people say they spend hours doing cardio, but when you see them on a piece of cardio equipment, they have a magazine or book in their hand. If you can read anything during your cardio sessions, you are not working hard enough. Here are a few different ways to challenge yourself and increase the intensity of your workouts:


2. Adjust your tempo (speed of movement). Generally speaking, the slower you push the weight, the harder you force your muscles to work.


Ace Your Shoe Game

Make sure you are using the right footwear for the activity of your choice; it really makes a difference! Running shoes are for running, and generally have more cushioning to protect your joints during those long runs. When it comes to functional training workouts, opt for a lower profile shoe to allow for lateral movement, and stability for lifts. A perfect example of a great functional training shoe is the Reebok Nano 7.

80/20 Mindset

Take the guesswork out of it and just focus on doing the right thing 80 per cent of the time. By following this approach you allow yourself a 20 per cent grace when it comes to treats and drinks. If you are living in a healthy way 80 per cent of the time, you will reach your fitness goals without the pressure of having to be perfect. However, if you want to reach your goals faster, then you may want to adjust the ratio to suit your needs.

Know Yourself

If you’re a person who doesn’t like to be in a gym setting, then don’t choose a gym to train in. If you hate running, then don’t choose running as your form of cardio. Are you starting to get the picture? You know yourself better then anybody else, so put yourself in the best situation to succeed… ‘nuff said!

Add Strength Training

your way up. I know pro athletes who find training five days per week difficult, so start with two sessions per week. Once that gets easy, then push it to three sessions per week (FYI - that is what I aim for as well!)

What’s your WHY

I cannot stress this point enough — you must know why you are doing this. Is it for you or somebody else? If it is not for you, it will be difficult to see any results, because you will not be committed to the process no matter how hard you try. With that said, it should absolutely be for you, and there are countless good reasons why. So take a moment and ask: “What’s my why?”

mission should be to build a championship team, so whatever you’re not good at, hire a pro who is. This may be a fitness coach or trainer, nutritionist or dietician. Your job is not to reinvent the wheel, so don’t waste time doing a mediocre job. Every dollar you spend on your overall wellness is an investment in yourself. And it doesn’t have to be pricey; you can do a lot online for a fraction of the price of a live coach. A large part of my business is online training, so if you want me as your coach, just visit and we’ll make that happen!

Eat Right

The saying “you are what you eat” does hold some weight. You don’t need me preaching to you about what foods you should eat, because we get bombarded daily with diet advice. Just keep it simple and, provided you don’t have any dietary issues, make sure each meal has proteins, carbs and healthy fats. Low carb diets are generally your best bet; just remember that all carbs are not created equal. To know with absolute certainty what you should eat, see my next tip.

Work with a Pro

This is a tip that it too often overlooked. Think of yourself as a GM (General Manager) of your health and wellness. Your

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Strength training happens when you use resistance to challenge your muscles to gain strength and endurance. Strength training is necessary for everybody. At the end of each day, you’re either getting stronger or weaker, so which do you want? This doesn’t mean you have to lift huge weights; there are many methods of strength training including using body-weight, stability balls, dumbbells, bands, medicine balls, cable machines, sandbags, kettle bells, and more. The benefits include increased cardiovascular capacity, strength and muscle tone, speed, agility and flexibility. Do yourself a favour and add strength training to your daily routine.

Be Consistent

This should be self-explanatory, but still needs to be addressed. You can’t exercise hard this week and then take the next two weeks off and expect to see results. Results come from consistency, and this comes from building habits, so start small and work REFINEDSASKATOON& AREA


Advice Expert Advice Question: I am in an insurance funded rehabilitation program for a three-month-old injury. I have been in the program for four weeks and they have me doing a lot of exercises. My pain and symptoms 1 2 3 are getting worse. Is this reasonable?


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The Benefits of Sun Protective Clothing as skin sensitivities, we need to take advantage of every possible means of protection.

But how do I look?


ink Tree The Fitting Shop was established in 1991 and provides personalized, professional and discreet fittings for many products, including sun protective clothing. Carrying an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating, these clothes and hats have become more popular in recent years because of their benefits. Whether you spend your summers at home or are a fan of hot sunny holidays, sun protective clothing can be beneficial.

Better than sunscreen? Clothing is our first line of defense against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and protects us by absorbing or blocking much of this radiation. The more skin you cover, the better. A long-sleeved shirt covers more skin than a t-shirt, especially if it has a high neckline or collar that shields the back of the neck. Likewise, long pants protect more skin than shorts.

What is UPF? UPF stands for ultraviolet protection factor. It indicates what fraction of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can penetrate the fabric. A shirt with a UPF of 50, for example, allows just 1/50th of the sun’s UV radiation to reach the skin. Any clothing can be considered sunprotective if it covers the skin, and pieces in darker colours, tighter weaves and synthetic fabrics are all better at blocking harmful rays than lighter, loosely woven clothes of natural fibres.

But garments with a UPF rating are designed to provide more protection. The numbers range from 15 to 50-plus, and higher numbers indicate more UV protection. The number is comparable to the SPF (sun protection factor) of sunscreens, which also provide more protection at higher numbers. Sun protective clothing is clothing specifically designed for sun protection and is produced from a fabric rated for its level of ultraviolet (UV) protection. A novel weave structure and denier (related to thread count per inch) may produce sun protective properties. In addition, some textiles and fabrics employed in the use of sun protective clothing may be pre-treated with UVinhibiting ingredients during manufacture to enhance their effectiveness. Clothing is the single most effective form of sun protection. Clothing is a physical blocker of the rays and sunscreen is applied to bare skin. Another reason sun protection garments beat sunscreen is because most people don't apply enough lotion and still consider themselves protected even after swimming or perspiring heavily. Many clients require or should wear sun protective clothing due to reactions with the sun’s rays and medications, various treatments for cancer, and even to restrict sun exposure for aging purposes. With an ever-growing skin cancer rate, as well

The fashions have caught on even more when consumers realize that wearing long sleeves and pants poolside is not dowdy or uncomfortable. Some sun-protective outfits are vented under the arms and at other strategic points, and the light fabrics make them exceedingly comfortable despite summer temperatures. Some may also contain moisture wicking and antibacterial properties to assist in cooling and breathability. Gardening and farming, hot vacations and various leisure activities outside may warrant protection. Pink Tree carries several manufacturers of these garments, including a wide selection of sizes for men and women, and also some children’s items. Long and short sleeves, pants and capris, hats and caps… come see what we have!

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How to Embrace Transitions through Life By Dr. Vicki Holmes


he only thing that is certain in life is that we will experience many changes. Some are desired and welcomed; others are unexpected and can leave us off balanced or even devastated.

Have you noticed that we all have a different level of tolerance to change? This leads me to examine resilience and how we can develop that to make transitions easier. Resilience: Resilience is the ability to cope with changes such as tragedy, threats, loss and health issues (just to name a few) and to come through those experiences even stronger than before. Some think that this is a natural gift and you either have it or you don’t. That is true to a certain extent, however, if you examine the necessary skill set, you will find that there are indeed things that you can do to improve your capacity to withstand adversity. Rational Thinking: Many people have repetitive, intrusive thoughts about the event — mulling the same thoughts over and over, with the same interpretation of the why, who, how etc. We may be thrown off our




game and “awfulize or catastrophize” to the point that we see no other options or logical explanations. It is important to develop a rational interpretation of the event. One needs to maintain an open mind about interpreting the information and calmly strategize other solutions in order to get to a state of equanimity. Seeking Support: It is tremendously helpful to know your allies and to reach out to them when you need help. A good point here is that we need to develop these supportive relationships long before we need them. Cultivate Diversity: We all need to have several sources of support and validation: family, friends and hobbies that we feel passionate about, church and community organizations, and the work place. If we encounter difficulty in one area, we have other compassionate people around us, diminishing the impact of the change/challenge. Fitness: Exercising regularly and intensely is a great way to reduce anxiety and depression. It also helps us think more clearly. Not only will you have many health benefits to reduce disease but you will also have a better functioning mind. Develop Gratitude: You can make a conscious choice to see the world in a positive way. This also contributes to emotional intelligence. Dr. Alex Korb from UCLA has examined brains with functional MRIs. He has shown that having an attitude of gratitude with high emotional intelligence actually increases the density of neurons in the ventromedial and lateral prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that is involved in reasoning and decision making. Activation of this area inhibits the amygdala in the limbic system that is responsible for anger, aggression and lack of impulse control. Name your feelings: Consciously recognizing and naming the emotion that you are feeling can reduce the impact of the emotion. Being aware of the triggers of your emotion is also an important step in gaining control. When women are suffering mood changes in perimenopause, simply recording feelings in a special diary allows us to see the cyclical impact of our menstrual cycle and helps identify that hormones are having a profound effect on our thought processes. Practicing Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a state of being intentionally aware of internal and external experiences that are present in the moment. You observe your thoughts and emotions from a distance without judgment. It takes practice and fortunately there are many resources you can access to develop this further. Many believe that there is a mind-body connection to which we should pay attention. When we struggle with making a decision, dealing with our emotions or accepting change it may have an actual physical effect on our body. An example of this is the pain in my hip that has been present for two years had become much worse since last August. Dr Ling diagnosed gluteus medius tendonopathy but my yogi niece told me that it represents leaving something. I was agonizing over retiring from the Women’s Midlife Health Program and, funny thing, a month after my retirement it is almost gone.

Other examples of this are developing hypertension, migraine headaches and insomnia as a result of not dealing well with stress. We may catch every virus going around because our immune system is being suppressed by stress. There are countless more examples — if you take stock of how you are feeling I’m sure you can recognize your stressors and how they are affecting your body. Sometimes we plod along doing the same thing, thinking the same way and it is not helping. Don’t accept this. Pay attention from a different perspective. You may surprise yourself and find a happier way of being. 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.




Supporting Your Children Through the Change of Separation and Divorce friend with a particularly difficult experience with separation or divorce and is using that past context to fuel his or her worry about your separation or divorce.


s a Separation Specialist the most pressing fear that my clients express to me is that their children will be forever negatively impacted by their separation or divorce. While it is inevitable that children of separation or divorce will experience some discomfort and sadness, research demonstrates it is not the act of separation and divorce per se that can create life long implications for children, but instead it is how parents choose to conduct themselves and navigate through their separation or divorce that can be the source of the trauma. A core belief of my business model is that civilized separations and dignified divorces can result in co-parented children that are healthy, happy and well adjusted. The best way you can support children through this transition is to ensure that you are communicating with them and that their interests are a priority in the choices and agreements you are making. More advice about supporting children through separation and divorce includes: • reinforce that this is not their fault, not something they could have prevented, nor it is something they can fix; • choose to have conversations about the separation or divorce together,


providing such can be done safely and without conflict, using developmentally appropriate language about what will change and what will not; • avoid making large declarations or promises that you cannot keep; • ensure they are only subjected to respectful and positive dialogue about the other parent;

I encourage my clients to proactively feed their children bite-sized, developmentally appropriate information about how they will experience your separation or divorce as doing so may help calm their fears. For example, I encourage my clients to share with their children that they are not fighting in court but instead are working with someone who is helping them make respectful, fair decisions about their separation and divorce while being as kind and patient with one another as possible. This serves two purposes: holding parents accountable to the process option and commitments they have made, and it provides some reassurance to children that their lives are not about to become the next HBO dramatic three-part miniseries. Learn more about my services as a Separation Specialist and how you or a loved one can start to write a dignified divorce or civilized separation story at

• give them permission and encouragement to keep openly and freely loving each of their parents; and • be clear that this is not a situation where they will be forced to “take sides.” I encourage clients to consider what their children’s specific experiences or exposures to separation or divorces have been in the past. Children will usually draw on this knowledge and experience in order to help them fill in the blanks about what their specific experience will be like. What we can assume from social media, pop culture songs, television and movies is that children are scared of middle-of-the-night changes to their lives, forever losing contact with another parent or being subject to courtaddicted parents engaged in devastating wars for the vast extent of their youth. Perhaps your child also has had a family member or a

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DEPLOYMENTS By Russell D. Storring


n the military, you grow closer with those you suffer and struggle with, creating that “Brother in Arms” mystique.

In the summer of 1997 we were posted to Shilo, Manitoba. Although none of us wanted to, when the Army says “move” and you simply go. I still regard my time with 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1 RCHA) as one of the best parts of my career (job wise), but it was also one of the most stressful on the family. We would just try to make the best of it. Late one Friday evening one of my supervisors called me telling me to get to work as the entire unit was getting “bugged out” (deployed somewhere at short notice). Roll call was quickly conducted and those still sober were the unlucky ones tasked to drive. The rest of the soldiers caught some sleep as we drove more than three hours to a First Nations reserve north west of Winnipeg. A young boy (five or six years old) had been missing for a couple of days, and local authorities had asked for military assistance, thinking a few hundred soldiers would improve chances of finding the boy. Sadly, after a couple days local dogs found the boy, drawn to the smell of a body starting to decay in 30C summer heat, slightly buried in dirt. A small group of us stayed behind to secure the area until the coroner arrived, quickly setting up a large military tent to protect the young boy’s body from the elements. The nauseating smell in that confined area made us gag, and I recalled instantly the same stench from Rwanda in 1994. It is something a person never forgets. You just bury it and carry on. Tragedies outside the military impact us, but losing a fellow soldier in war or peace always hits close to home. It is hard to



describe how someone who grew up on the other side of the country can end up being as close as your own brother or sister once you have struggled together. Such was the feeling when a unit member, MCpl Scott Cassidy, died tragically in a fire while trying to save his two-year-old son. It was a sombre time for the tight-knit Shilo military community. A couple of weeks after the Cassidy funerals, I received a phone call telling me my father had passed away. He had been my military role model, serving in World War II, and the one person I felt I needed to make proud of me. He had already been cremated by my sister when I received the phone call, removing anyone’s ability for final good-byes. I hated her for that. We were posted to Petawawa, Ontario in the summer of 2002, and the entire family was looking forward to a new start. I was hoping to leave behind memories that I simply didn’t want to bring along or deal with. Life, however, is unpredictable. I was on a training exercise in the Petawawa area with 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment (1 RCR), when a distraught and shaken soldier burst into our command post yelling about an accident and needed our help. The few of us on hand quickly ran to the scene a few hundred metres away, noting two LAV 3s (light armoured vehicles), one off to the side with several soldiers huddled at the rear ramp, the other on its side. A young female soldier lay on the ground, blood trickling from her nose and mouth, her teary brown eyes staring up at us. She had been in the turret when a front tire of the LAV broke off, causing the 16-ton vehicle to roll. Unable to get below the hatch, her upper body was crushed as the massive vehicle rolled.


Memorial rock commemorating those who have given their lives in the service of their country. A plaque for Sapper Maribeth Short is at the top.

and the entire family was looking forward to a new start. I was hoping to leave behind memories that I simply didn’t want to bring along or deal with. Life, however, is unpredictable. I was on a training exercise in the Petawawa area with 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment (1 RCR), when a distraught and shaken soldier burst into our command post yelling about an accident and needed our help. The few of us on hand quickly ran to the scene a few hundred metres away, noting two LAV 3s (light armoured vehicles), one off to the side with several soldiers huddled at the rear ramp, the other on its side. A young female soldier lay on the ground, blood trickling from her nose and mouth, her teary brown eyes staring up at us. She had been in the turret when a front tire of the LAV broke off, causing the 16-ton vehicle to roll. Unable to get below the hatch, her upper body was crushed as the massive vehicle rolled. Two of my friends started CPR, while I simply held her hand telling her it would be okay. I was lying, but I still like to think she believed me and that I brought her some sort of peace. Before that moment, she had not known us, nor did any of us that came to help know her. Yet on that grassy field as we worked in vain on Sapper Maribeth Short, I hoped she realized she was with family. She would always be part of me from that moment in time.

A light armoured vehicle (LAV3).

Russell Storring is a Regular Force Operations Warrant at 38 Signal Regiment, 4 Squadron in Saskatoon (Reserve Unit). In 2014 Russell was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and has since been a vocal advocate of “reducing the stigma” of mental health. This is the second part of Russell’s mental health journey.

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SECTIONS By Lisa Landrie, Kelsi Kendel and Karyn Kimberley


aving a baby is exciting. The unknown of what’s to come can be a liberating experience for any couple. With the whole territory of having a baby comes the thought of a birth plan, and let’s be honest... sometimes a birth plan doesn’t always go as anticipated! It has to be repeated, over and over: babies have their own agenda! It’s always wise to keep your options open, however it’s totally normal to want a natural birth for your first or second or seventh child. After all, women have been having babies naturally forever! A cesarean birth isn’t always part of the plan, but with modern medicine and technology we should be thankful it is an option. There should be zero guilt for having a c-section birth — emergency or planned. The best part is knowing your bundle of love will be in your arms at the end. We’re here to shed some light and advice on the c-section topic. There is nothing more precious in this world than bringing life into it. A cesarean birth is major surgery — let’s not forget that. Understand that you will need extra time to recover, and yes… you will need to take it slow. Downtime, lighter lifting, being gentle with you body and asking for help are all necessary. That laundry can wait, and so can the vacuuming.




With Lisa being a photographer, photos were an important part about having a baby, so when it’s time for the birth don’t forget a camera! Don’t be afraid to ask the nurses to take some photos for you in the surgery room — especially those special moments when you see and hold your baby for the first time. OCM blogger Kelsi Kendel ended up having an unplanned c-section. To say she was devastated is an extreme understatement. Her natural, drug-free, mid-wife assisted birth plan was completely crushed. However, as soon as she held her precious baby girl, it no longer mattered. Her advice? “Be patient. Healing takes time. Don’t try to rush things or you could cause an even longer recovery. If you are in extreme pain following surgery, don’t be afraid to ask your nurse or doctor for stronger painkillers.” Another great tip she suggests is to see a pelvic floor physiotherapist as a measure to prevent any damage. “All new moms can benefit from these amazing and knowledgeable professionals after giving birth to get things back on track,” Kelsi notes. Our Collective Muse (OCM) blogger Lisa Landrie had one emergency c-section and one elective c-section, each of which were different to recover from but having help from family got her through the beginning weeks. Typically, the first week after surgery is the hardest. Lisa’s best piece of advice? “Don’t be afraid to ask for help — day or night.” She also says it’s wise to discuss the possibility of a c-section with your doctor so you can ask questions and prepare yourself. Luck favours the prepared! The best part for her about having a c-section was having extra time in hospital with the amazing nurses on board. “They truly help you get back on your feet.”

Karyn Kimberley, another OCM blogger, also had an unplanned c-section for her first baby, Noah. After over 24-hours of labour, the doctors on call determined a c-section was necessary. Her son’s heart rate was dropping and they needed to bring him into the world as soon as possible. It wasn’t the way her birth plan was outlined and how she envisioned bringing her babe into this world, but it had to happen. Knowing that her bundle of love was soon be in her arms, safe and healthy, that’s all that mattered. Karyn’s advice? “Accept



“Accept the change in plans. Accept this new path, and enjoy what’s waiting for you at the end of it.”

Lisa Landrie

the change in plans. Accept this new path, and enjoy what’s waiting for you at the end of it.”

Kelsi Kendel

There you have it. Know that everyone’s birth experience is unique. It is important to go with the flow if your plan doesn’t unfold as you wanted. Let that c-section scar be a mark on your body that makes you proud, makes you bold, makes you strong. No matter how your healthy baby comes into this world, it truly is a special delivery. Snuggle your baby day and night, pretty mamas. Lisa, Kelsi and Karyn Our Collective Muse Our Collective Muse is a collaborative blog written by 12 local women who love to explore their city and beyond. With a professional makeup artist, hairstylist, event planner and interior designer on the team there are always good reads about beauty and lifestyle, and with a few photographers on board the blog always looks gorgeous. Driven by a mission to celebrate all aspects of beauty in life, OCM delves beyond the aesthetic into motherhood, sisterhood, friendship and community. Keep up to date with the ladies by visiting




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MATH Can be fun for

EVERYone By Roxanne Fee

In this futuristic era of netflix, iPads, video games and YouTube, your kids could be falling behind in learning. and the subject that they are falling behind in the most? Math.


herever a student is falling behind in curricular expectations or requiring instructional enrichment, Mathnasium strives to teach in a way that makes sense to kids. As Larry Martinek, Mathnasium’s Chief Instructional Officer notes, “It’s pretty easy to forget things you memorize and near impossible to forget things you understand.” The MathnasiumTM Method took more than 30 years to be developed and the first centre opened in California more than a decade ago. There are now 750 locations in North America with 30 of them right here in Canada.

The Saskatoon location, conveniently located on Central Ave in Sutherland, has only been open since June and is abuzz with children who are learning to love math, one session at a time. Nathan Windels, Academic Director, says the aim of Mathnasium is to help kids approach math differently. He believes, “We can all do math as long as we are learning in a way that makes sense to us.” But how do we know our kids need help? And how will Mathnasium help them? First, a parent or guardian reaches out and makes an appointment for their child or children. Students are then individually assessed by certified Mathnasium instructors. The instructors evaluate where the student is at in math and locates the areas that could use some help.




what our clients are saying “We reached out to Mathnasium last summer after we realized that the difficulties our son was having in math were beyond the help we could provide him at home. I researched the program, and liked what it offered: one-on-one teaching by qualified instructors, with no homework and on a drop-in basis, as many times a week as we wanted. Previously, our son had no confidence in math, and now he’s getting excellent test marks. Mathnasium helped fill the gap between home and school, and we are very grateful!” —Heidi & Clayton

Parents are then presented with a Learning Plan that has been specifically developed for their child, with Canadian school curriculum in mind. From here, students can come and drop in as many times as they’d like during Mathnasium’s convenient hours, tailored specifically to busy families. Parents might be surprised at how many times their kids will ask to come. “There are children,” Windels says, “who beg their moms and dads to bring them because they have so much fun here. They may now be excelling at math in school but they still want to come and learn and hang out.” Children come for one hour at a time and in their ‘Mathnasium Hour’ they will work on a few essential components. The first instructional part is called the ‘prescriptives’ that are based on the child’s individual learning assessment. The second component helps the student develop problem solving and math thinking skills. There is also time allocated to help make sure the student’s math homework is understood and they are prepared for upcoming tests at school. Windels believes that confidence in math overflows into all areas of a student’s life. “Kids don’t hate math. They hate feeling defeated and incompetent. Anyone who anticipates failure will spend their days dreading their upcoming math class. When students have a grasp on all their core subjects and are learning along with their peers, they feel happy with themselves and confident about their future.” At Mathnasium, the future looks bright.

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Are you a Boomer or a


By Erin Legg

hrough his research gerontologist Dr. David Demko concludes that approximately 80 per cent of factors contributing to longevity and overall quality of life can be attributed to lifestyle choices and not simply biological processes. He compares two classifications often used in aging research. First, the Boomers. The single credential one must have to be referred to as a Boomer is a birthdate between the years 1946 and 1964. The second classification are the Zoomers. To be a Zoomer, one must first be a Boomer. But there are a variety of other factors that determine one’s status as a Zoomer. Let’s take a look. What are you: a Boomer or a Zoomer?

Understand the Difference Between Inevitable and Reversible Aging Primary, or inevitable, aging refers to the gradual and natural breakdown of the body. For example, the older we get the slower our movements become, our vision become poorer and hearing more impaired, and our immune



system becomes more fragile. These are all biological processes that happen to everybody as we age. Secondary, or reversible, aging is caused by poor lifestyle choices, such as little or no exercise, smoking and drinking excessively, and carrying extra body fat. The consequences of these habits affect our longevity, and a Zoomer understands this.

Participate in Regular Exercise Dr. Demko identifies three types of exercise a Zoomer incorporates into daily living. 1) Aerobics: To build endurance, Zoomers are dedicated to improving their cardio-respiratory fitness through such activities as brisk walks, running or cycling. Aerobic exercise improves the heart and other muscles, and can also contribute to the health of other tissues. Some studies have demonstrated that regular exercise in people aged 65 and older can reverse muscle aging by 20 years.


routines of continuous self-improvement. Passion for life has been found to be a key anti-aging factor. The happier one is and the better outlook on life means better coping mechanisms when faced with stress, improved sleep habits, stronger immune systems, and greater likelihood of healthy nutrition and exercise habits.

Actively Plan for Retirement

2) Anaerobics: As long as there are no medical concerns Zoomers can participate in higher-intensity exercises, such as resistance training, to improve overall strength and flexibility. Exercise also lowers blood pressure and helps increase bone density and mass. 3) Neurobics: Zoomers fight off mental aging with daily brain exercises. Neurobics prepares the brain to meet a variety of challenges by requiring one to do things not normally done on a regular basis — or something new altogether — that involves all five senses. One simple neurobic exercise you can try is brushing your teeth with the opposite hand (for more ideas visit

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Diet is a major factor in the anti-aging process. Eating smart (healthy) not only improves the appearance of one’s skin, but nourishes the body for physical and mental exertion. A Zoomer’s healthy diet can actually slow the aging process, and perhaps even ward off some age-related diseases (such as osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease). Make a habit of drinking more water, and make a conscious effort to add more of the following to your

diet: antioxidant-rich food, dietary fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, foods high in lycopene and vitamins, and heart-healthy protein sources.

Zoomers face retirement and aging head on. No one enjoys thinking about dying, but tackling will and estate planning earlier rather than later is a smarter decision. Have a realistic perspective on life expectancy and possible future needs when mapping your financial future. Get help from a professional when planning your retirement funding, future travel plans, or even the start of the business you’ve always wanted to have.

Establish a Strong Social Support System

One’s overall quality of life is greatly improved when there is a well established network of family, friends and life partners to lean on during times of joy, times of stress, and every other moment in between. One study conducted by the National Institute of Aging in the United States found that women who increased their social networks could also increase their lifespan by up to 3.6 years, and men who did could add an average of 5.4 years to their life. When social networks are non-existent or fade away, one’s blood pressure increases, stress levels rise and sleep becomes less restorative. Zoomers actively pursue social opportunities to connect themselves with people and the world around them.

Make Self-Improvement and Passion a Part of Everyday Life

Zoomers get it: live life to the fullest, every single day. They make gratitude and positivity a regular part of their life. They commit to their life’s goals and forge strong




NEXT CHAPTER LutherCare Village at Stonebridge Offers Elegant, Active Senior’s Housing By Carter Haydu Photos Courtesy of LutherCare Communities

LutherCare Communities is now accepting applications for its elegant LutherCare Village at Stonebridge, which not only provides service and care from an accredited, faithbased organization, but is also a community-integrated seniors residence offering positive interaction between residents and the surrounding Saskatoon neighbourhood.


his is a unique facility, because incorporated in the plans are commercial aspects — something LutherCare has never done before,” says Vivienne Hauck, Chief Executive Officer of LutherCare Communities. “A Saskatoon Public Library branch is leasing space, as is a local gym. There is also a fabulous bistro onsite that is open to residents and the public. This is a first for senior’s housing.” LutherCare Village at Stonebridge is a co-ownership project with Meridian Developments. Initial plan and feasibility studies were completed five years ago with Meridian’s Karl Miller, which led to the unique LutherCare Communities opportunity. Opened in November 2016, the rental development offers 159 suites in one-bedroom,




because it means LutherCare has met or exceeds these standards for the provision and care for its 19 facilities across Saskatchewan, serving more than 1,200 residents province wide with more than 500 employees. The Health Services division, which includes a 129-bed long term care facility and community day programs, are Accreditation Canada accredited in conjunction with the Saskatoon Health Region, the funding body. Services include group homes for people with intellectual and physical disabilities, seniors’ housing in Saskatoon, Outlook and Estevan, long-term care, and the Home Help program providing support for people to remain in their caring community as their needs change. Advocate Services assist residents move through the continuum of living.

one-bedroom-with-den, and twobedroom configurations, ranging in size from 700 to 1,216 sq.ft. Each unit features a full kitchen and its own laundry facility, which Hauck believes are important features for today’s independenceconscious senior citizens.

Intermediate care rooms are large, so that we can easily accommodate couples in the rooms.”

“Today’s seniors are looking for greater access to services that will enhance their quality of life. We have just what seniors are looking for with a unique array of services and suite configurations at LutherCare Village.”

According to Hauck, the Village is part of LutherCare Communities’ “Continuum of Living” model. Services include wellness clinics, meal programs, foot care, recreational activities, as well as transportation and ecumenical worship service. “We are well established and recognized within the community, with more than 60 years of experience providing senior care in this province.”

She adds: “We also have a 27-bed Intermediate Care Home within the facility. As a person’s care needs change, he or she can always move into the Intermediate Care Home, which provides 24-hour care.

LutherCare housing and community services are accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities international standards. Accreditation is important, says Hauck,



The Village is the first LutherCare senior’s housing facility built in over a decade. According to Hauck, the need for quality senior’s housing in Saskatoon is greater than ever. “We have 60-plus years of experience providing shelter, care and support. We have wait lists at all of our other senior housing facilities here in Saskatoon, and we felt there is enough demand to expand the organization as part of our strategic plan.” Residents first started moving into the Village in November. Hauck says LutherCare Village will launch a media campaign this spring, and the new facility will host its grand opening in May. However, she urges anyone over age 60 who is considering senior’s residence to apply sooner than later. “We encourage or recommend people start looking for senior housing by their mid-70s,” Hauck says, adding a misconception seniors have is that they are not ready for seniors’ housing. “We tell people not to wait too late, because [moving in sooner] provides an opportunity to participate in the life of the facility and to enjoy a good quality of life.” Many amenities are near the Village, including physician offices, physiotherapy and x-ray clinics, as well as churches and a large grocery store across the street. There is a nearby school under construction and lots of young families in the area, which Hauck says provides important opportunities for intergenerational activities. “The Village and neighbourhood benefit each other. It brings generations together. This is a win-win combination.” She adds: “Seniors feel they are a part of life, they are living in a community that is full of life, and therefore they have a greater quality of life themselves.” LutherCare Village at Stonebridge is now open at 250 Hunter Road in Saskatoon. Don’t wait. Call 306.664.0501 to book a personal tour. The Village is a rental development.

LutherCare Village at Stonebridge 250 Hunter Road 306.664.0501¬¬




MARCH 30 TO APRIL 9 Southern Dandy 75 The Refinery APRIL 6 The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer with Ryan McNally Broadway Theatre APRIL 8 Pavlo Broadway Theatre


APRIL 10 Alice Kuipers’ Book Launch McNally Robinson


APRIL 19 Martha Wainwright Broadway Theatre APRIL 20 Oh What a Night! Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons TCU Place APRIL 22 SSO Presents The Music of Star Wars TCU Place APRIL 26 Menopause The Musical TCU Place APRIL 26 TO MAY 10 Shear Madness Persephone Theatre APRIL 30 Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra: The Way the West was Swung Broadway Theatre MAY 8 Ron Sexsmith The Broadway Theatre MAY 13 SSO Presents O’Canada TCU Place

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Saskatchewan 2017 August 19, 2017 Hill Tower II, Regina


he adrenaline-filled event that helps send kids to Camp Easter Seal is coming back to Regina — but this time with a twist! For the first time Saskatoon will be pitted against Regina in a race to see which city can show off their love for their community the loudest by raising the most funds for Easter Seals™ Saskatchewan. Saskatoon versus Regina: The Challenge is on! On August 19 thrill-seekers will stand 220 feet above downtown Regina, conquer their fears and unleash their inner superhero. This event is not only about supporting individuals and families with disabilities in our province, but also about personal growth, determination and achieving individual milestones. “This experience changed my life the second I went over the ledge,” says brave 2016 rappeller Caitlyn Engebretson. There is a common purpose among all rappellers: the desire to accomplish something amazing but more importantly to help others. Engebretson goes on to say, “I had one reason to overcome my fear and that reason alone triumphed over all: knowing I was capable of making a difference.”




Busses will leave Saskatoon in intervals Saturday morning to help transport Saskatoon’s daredevils to Regina, where the party will just be getting started. Music, DJs, swag bags, Farmer’s Market goodies, superhero-themed cupcakes, face painting — it will all be waiting in the heart of Regina’s downtown core. And on the way back, the Drop Zone busses will keep the party going with more drinks, food, games and camaraderie. For some, the experience is about pushing past fears, doing something they never thought possible and having a ton of fun in the process. For others, it’s about putting their abilities to good use. “I have two healthy legs, two healthy lungs, a strong heart and a strong mind, and I am incredibly grateful for all of those things,” said Sharla Humble, another rappeller who conquered great heights at Drop Zone 2016. “So, if I can put them all to good use and provide life changing experiences for kids and adults with disabilities, you bet I’m going to do it! This entire experience... the fundraising, the educating of others, the day of the drop, and the smiles that will come from what we raised... it all comes together into this beautiful, thrilling, fulfilling moment.” Back by popular demand, Drop Zone is also returning to Prince Albert for the second year in a row. If you can’t make the heart-pumping action in Regina, make your way to Prince Albert on August 16 to witness more superheroes in action. Registration for each Drop Zone Saskatchewan 2017 location is now open. Register in your community today! Just go to www.thedropzone. ca. All proceeds raised will go towards Easter Seals™ Saskatchewan programming and supporting families across Saskatchewan. At the end of the day, we’re in it together. For more information, please contact

Saskatchewan Abilities Council / Easter Seals Saskatchewan 2310 Louise Ave Saskatoon



CHEF PROFILE By Brook Thalgott

Your Table is Waiting

Grilled Salmon & Quinoa Salad salmon filet olive oil mist salt seasoning 2 cups quinoa 4 cups vegetable broth ½ cup bell pepper, diced ½ cup carrots, diced ¼ cup green onions, sliced mixed greens 4 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp lemon zest ½ cup olive oil salt and pepper, to taste 1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer with fresh, running water. 2. Combine the quinoa and broth in a large saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium-

high heat. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for about 15 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, combine the bell pepper, carrots, green onion and mint in a large mixing bowl. 4. Combine the lemon juice, zest, thyme and olive oil to make the vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 5. Pour about two tablespoons of dressing over the vegetable mixture in the large mixing bowl and toss to coat. 6. Remove the cooked quinoa from heat and fluff with a fork to cool slightly. 7. Add the quinoa to the vegetable mixture in the mixing bowl and toss with the remaining dressing. Season to taste and refrigerate for at least an hour. 8. Portion, rinse and pat dry the salmon. 9. Mist the salmon pieces with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt seasoning. 10. Over low-medium heat, grill the salmon portions, meat-side down for three to four minutes. Flip to skin-side down and finish cooking until medium-rare, about five more minutes. 11. Arrange mixed greens and quinoa on the serving plate and top with grilled salmon. Serve immediately.

Chef Robert Martin The Village Bistro


elmed by Chef Robert Martin, Saskatoon’s newest eatery is in a place you might not guess. The Village Bistro is tucked into LutherCare Village at Stonebridge. That’s right: there’s a fabulous new restaurant waiting for you in a retirement community. Whether you’re in the mood for lunch or dinner, Chef Robert and his Village Bistro have to be on your must-try list. Chef Robert has been honing his craft for 25 years at restaurants and resorts across the country. “I have led kitchens in Calgary, Banff and Winnipeg, and competed in chef competitions throughout my career,” says Robert. “After my time at the Willows, a unique opportunity came to me here at the Village Bistro, and I took it.” Robert and the bistro team work at the LutherCare Village, providing culinary delights for both village residents and the public. “It’s a wonderful environment for us to work in, and to show off our dynamic menu,” says Robert. “We’re definitely serving up homemade, from scratch meals that you wouldn’t expect in a retirement community.” Chef Robert’s menu features twists on classic favourites sure to delight everyone. You’ll find Lobster Corn Dogs, a British-



style Clubhouse sandwich served with a fried egg and bacon marmalade, and a poutine made with Kennebec fries and topped with cheese curds and braised beef short ribs. Robert’s menu features as much locally grown and raised foods, including greens from Floating Garden and beef from a nearby farm. “I love serving up foods grown in around Saskatoon,” says Robert. “We’re so lucky to live in a place that has so many great options in local food.” Another


highlight on the menu is the Seared Salmon and Quinoa Salad — a recipe Robert is happy to share. “Our salmon is flown in to ensure freshness, and this salad is a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of spring,” says Robert. The menu also features a myriad of homemade desserts, including a To Die For chocolate cake with a homemade ganache, plus handmade seasonal pies and cheesecake.

Your Table is Waiting

Neighbourhood dining at its best! Welcome to The Village Bistro, Saskatoon’s casual dining gem. Your favourite classic meals are always prepared from scratch by Chef Robert and his culinary crew. Come taste for yourself! The Village Bistro serves lunch, dinner and dessert both in the restaurant and available for take out. Contact Chef Robert for catering opportunities.

(located beside LutherCare Village)

110-250 Hunter Road Saskatoon 306.664.0501 ext. 273 |

Hours 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday

By Mike Tory, The Wine Guy

One of the best parts of springtime on the prairies is that I can start thinking about summer. It’s also a great time to make the most of the last of winter’s bounty. In northern Saskatchewan Mother Nature has gifted us with clean, cold lakes full of delicious fish. When you can find fresh Saskatchewan fish from somewhere like Fonos Fish at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market and throw in a great potato — the staple of any meal — it doesn’t get better…





sual advice would dictate pairing fish with a white wine, but at this time of year — and with the richness of the recipe featured here — a glass of heartwarming red is perfect company. Here are three wines, all available in Saskatchewan, each that add their own unique complement to the flavours and textures of this classic fish entrée.

Errazuriz Estate Max Reserva Pinot Noir (Chile)

Pinot Noir usually has a nice acidity which helps cut through oils, really freshening your palate with each sip. This wine is classic Chilean in style: red fruit aromas and tastes of sour cherries and raspberries add spice to balance the paprika, and you might even notice a subtle hint of dill.

Penfolds Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz (Australia)

The Aussies are the kings of deep spicy Shiraz, and the Penfolds’ wineries are an integral part of that history. Their signature wine, Grange, can sell for anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per bottle, but for a lot less you can still get a good glimpse into why they are so highly regarded with their Kalimna Bin 28. This wine still maintains Penfolds’ usual complex flavours, with firm, ripe tannins. Like any

good Aussie Shiraz, you will taste dark berry and cherry fruits, with liquorice and cocoa powder on the finish. This is really one of those wines that I would pair with anything simply because I enjoy it so much!

Nk’Mip Cellars Winemaker’s Series Merlot (Canada)

So now for something a little closer to home. From the hottest and driest part of Canada, the first Aboriginalowned winery in North America benefits from the perfect grape growing climate and soils. Merlot is often overlooked as a drinking option and is still making a slow comeback after the heady days of the ’90s, but if given the chance the Osoyoos wines in particular work really well with fish dishes. You will find plenty of plum and black cherry, but the fun comes from the layers of cedar, spice and vanilla in a comforting toasty finish. Mike Tory, The Wine Guy, is a recent immigrant to Saskatoon (he fell in love with a Saskatchewan gal) and is delighted at the range of wines available here. his observations have been featured in Wine Spectator, Food & Wine Magazine, a variety of Sunday supplements and various blogs. The Wine Guy is fully committed to the grape cause.



2 pike fillets (not too thick — as long as they are small enough to sit comfortably alongside each other in your pan) 300 ml groundnut oil For the batter: 2/3 cup flour 1 tsp baking powder generous pinch of salt freshly milled black pepper pinch of paprika 1/2 cup chilled beer (preferably English in style, such as a pale ale or best bitter — I like to use Old Speckled Hen when I can find it) Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and paprika into a mixing bowl. Gradually add the beer, whisking continuously until the batter is smooth and free from lumps.



For the Fish:

For the chips:

Heat the oil on a high heat.

2 lbs russet potatoes, skin on and cut into half-inch chunks Olive oil salt pepper

Pat the fish dry using kitchen paper and remove any stray bones. Put the fillets into the batter, turning a few times to ensure they are evenly coated. To check if the oil is hot enough, drop half a teaspoon of batter into the oil. If the batter immediately rises to the surface, the oil bubbles and it turns golden within 60 seconds the oil is hot enough to fry. Carefully lay the first fillet flat in the hot oil, skin side up, then quickly do the same with the second. Reduce the temperature a little and set the timer for three minutes. When time is up and the fillets are golden, carefully turn over (avoid splashing the oil). Fry for another three to four minutes. Remove the fillets and drain on kitchen paper. Serve on warm plates with some Maldon salt and malt vinegar.


Place a baking tray in the oven and preheat to 450 F. Parboil the potato chips for about 10 minutes in boiling, salted water. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan, then add the potato chips. Toss in the oil and season with pepper. Pour onto the preheated tray, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until crispy and golden. Serve with the fish and any of your favourite condiments: a slice of lemon, ketchup, mayo, or a nice chunky tartar sauce.








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nce the capital of British-held territories in the subcontinent, Kolkata (formerly ‘Calcutta’) remains an Indian city of artistic and literary importance — not to mention an economic and political centre for West Bengal. While the city is perhaps more famous for historic civil strife, continued poor air quality and extensive poverty, Kolkata is also a dynamic, exciting and meaningful destination for any adventurer seeking an authentic Indian and Bengali experience — including its delicious cuisine, beautiful architecture and devout population. Cattle wandering carefree through honking hordes of traffic, elaborate Jain temples amidst Victorian-era apartment blocks stained by decades of coal smog, the Holy Ganga River

lined with both religious observers and trash — all these things and more promise to titillate the senses and imagination of any adventurer visiting Kolkata.

Kolkata Shopping: A Bazaar Experience

One could literally walk for hours through the streets of Kolkata, never seeing an end to the daily commerce of small shops, streetside kiosks and travelling vendors selling their goods via bicycle rickshaws. From fresh produce to freshly-butchered chickens to motor oil, anything and everything is for sale in the constant bazaar that is India. For an authentic, concentrated experience, New Market is the core of consumer shopping in the city. Quality Indian garments, tailors, collectables and edibles await the patron with a penchant for haggling.

With one of the top gold reserves in the world, India is also amongst the largest consumers of the precious metal. As indicated by the bangles, rings and other shimmering accessories adorning the higher castes and wealthier middle class, Indians love “bling.” A traveller in search of a custom gold necklace, tie pin, tiara and more need not walk too far along the Bowbazar jewelry shops to find an obliging merchant.

Spirituality & the Kalighat Temple

One thing that quickly becomes clear about Kolkata — a city of such notable religious figures as Swami Vivekananda and Mother Theresa — is a deep spirituality emanating through every aspect of Bengali life. Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Shiksm and Buddhism are all ever-present entities in the

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daily endeavours of the people. However, above all other traditions is Hinduism, evidenced by the many small street shrines peppered throughout Kolkata. The city itself is thought to derive its name from the Hindu goddess Kali, whose designation means “force of time.” Black to depict the darkness from which all life is born, this cosmic personality represents the driving natural forces included in all creation and destruction. Revered by millions of Hindus, Kali Ma is indeed a terrifying, albeit beautiful figure within the Hindu Pantheon. Kalighat is a frightful, glorious tribute to Mother Goddess, complete with animal sacrifices and frenzied, shoving devotee mobs scrambling through narrow passageways for even a brief glimpse of the holy idol. For a nominal fee, guides will help tourists navigate the crowded temple and gain a deeper appreciation of Hinduism and its deities. However, the experience can seem overwhelming even with a guide. At times, all one can do is embrace the chaos.

A Hint of Britannia

Victoria Memorial is a testament to India’s ability to both critically reflect upon and celebrate its long and complex history with Great Britain. Built between 1906 and 1921 in memory of Queen Victoria, the first and only Empress of India, the large marble building dominates the surrounding



skyline and serves as a tribute to the British Raj and its best imperial aspirations on the subcontinent. Spacious grounds surround this gleaming marriage of European and Indian architecture. External decorative features serve as West Bengal’s answer to the Taj Mahal. For a small entrance fee, tourists can escape the crowds and noise of fast-paced Kolkata and enjoy the well-kept gardens, complete with statues commemorating various colonial figures, including one of Victoria herself seated at the throne. Within the structure, the Royal Gallery showcases portraits and items associated with the late matriarch, including her childhood pianoforte. The Calcutta Gallery provides a thorough telling of the city’s history, including perspectives on the region’s relationship with the British East Indian Company, and later Imperial Britain.

The Right Attitude

Evidenced by its upscale malls and posher neighbourhoods, pockets of wealth and luxury exist throughout the city. Even in its grittier aspects, though, Kolkata is exciting and interesting. While a safari in nearby Sundarbans National Park will showcase fantastic flora and fauna, simply watching Kolkatian people and cows go about their daily lives provides hours of intrigue. Kolkata is congested, polluted and noisy. Buildings are dilapidated, poverty is


rampant, and the most prevalent urban “wildlife” are stray dogs and feral cats. Still, beauty and culture exist everywhere, and the exotic Bengali cuisine — emphasizing lentils, vegetables and fish — is perhaps the best India has to offer. Objectivity is nearly impossible when considering a major and historic city in what is perhaps the planet’s most overanalyzed travel destination — a country with a reputation of deep religious and ancestral meaning, contrasted by abject economic disparity and notorious environmental conditions. However, the old adage holds true for any traveller hoping to fully appreciate Kolkata and India in all its charm, along with its challenges — keep an open mind.


Destination Europe Book Your Adventure

Collette Vacations has several European departures throughout 2017 and a variety of types of tours — including Classic (must-see itineraries), Explorations (small group tours off the beaten path), Faith (inspirational travel to spiritual places), River Cruises, and Spotlights (in depth exploration of one city) — that illuminate the world’s most remarkable destinations. There is a tour for everyone, from the first-timer to the experienced European traveller.


love Europe. I love the culture, the architecture, the food, the people, everything. There is such a variety of adventures you can experience. Whether you have a week or a year to spend overseas, here are my top European destinations.


Ah, Paris! A beautiful city that should be on everyone’s must-visit list! I recommend you visit the less tourist-y areas to discover what the city can offer apart from the typical must-sees. For example, Montmartre, the art district of the city, is an interesting neighbourhood to explore. The Latin Quarter is also fun and trendy as it is home to many restaurants and shops. And don’t worry about getting around — the Paris metro is fast, easy to use and tourist friendly.


The culture and beauty of this country will captivate any traveller. The climate is gorgeous year round, and you can sightsee throughout Greece by motor coach, ferry and cruise ship. Each Greek island has its own “personality” and unique offering for visitors. For example, Santorini is an extinct volcano and dotted with the picturesque villages of Fira and Oia, with narrow streets and beautiful bougainvillea. It’s a popular cruise ship port, which is one form of travel for you to consider. I also recommend

visiting Mykonos, one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean, with its iconic windmills and soft sand beaches.


Croatia is another one of my favourite European destinations. It’s a beautiful country, so be sure to pack your camera. The Adriatic Sea provides perfect beach opportunities, and for those more land-inclined there is plenty to explore in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. The country’s incredible history, including the recent Homeland War, makes sightseeing and interacting with locals a really unique experience.

I invite you to experience Rome and the Amalfi Coast in 10 glorious days – departing October 19, 2017! A few highlights of this tour include the Colosseum, Sorrento, Pompeii, a trip through wine country, and a visit to Naples. Another favourite Collette Vacations tour is Discover Croatia, Slovenia and the Adriatic Coast. This trip is 12 days and features Dubrovnik, the Franciscan Monastery, Plitvice Lakes National Park and the coastal city of Split. “Lucille, I just wanted to thank you for your help and for getting the tickets into [our] hands so quickly. You really took pressure off us with your booking and advice.”—Barb. Don’t just travel Europe — I will help you create the European adventure that is tailored to your interest, and produce memories that will last a lifetime!


Of course you must see Rome. Until you get there, you have no idea how impressive the city really is. The iconic ruins and landmarks are even more fascinating in real life than in pictures. I also suggest you pay a visit to romantic Venice. It’s a unique destination city: there are no roads, just boats, bridges and walkways winding through neighbourhood after neighbourhood. And if you really want to experience some of the most breathtaking scenery, head to the Amalfi Coast. This Mediterranean wonderland is complete with picturesque villages, jaw-dropping views, rich Italian culture and mild weather year-round.

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The Future is




he Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has rocked Las Vegas once again — the 50th anniversary of the annual convention, in fact — where roughly 180,000 attendees converge to get their hands on tomorrow’s tech today.

For geeks like yours truly, it’s the proverbial kid in a candy store — one that’s nearly 2.5 million square feet. That’s the equivalent of about 43 football fields. From self-driving cars and delivery drones to wireless wearables and voice-controlled smart home gadgets, CES dishes out a glimpse into the near future. After roaming much of the massive showrooms, the following are just a few showstoppers from the 2017 CES.

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The Matrix PowerWatch is the world’s first smartwatch you don’t have to charge up. PowerWatch operates on thermoelectric power, fueled by your own body heat, so you’ll never have to recharge or replace its battery, say its CalTech inventors. Take that, Apple Watch! Available in July for US$169 (no Canadian price announced), this rugged aircraftgrade aluminum timepiece functions as a smartwatch that wirelessly syncs with your smartphone.

Beam me up, Scotty

Changhong’s H2 is the first smartphone that can analyze molecules. That is, with its built-in infrared spectrometer, this slender 6-inch Android device lets you scan an object and immediately receive feedback on its chemical composition, whether it’s food items (such as fruits and vegetables, dairy products and meat), medication and more. For example, scan a strawberry at a supermarket to see how sweet it is or scan a pill to tell you the name of the meds. The H2 is out this summer in China, followed by the rest of the world at the end of the year.

Mobility matters

Along with other automakers, Hyundai showed off its self-driving “autonomous” vehicles, taking journalists for a spin around the Las Vegas strip. The South Korean company also has another — potentially life-changing — mobility solution in the form of a wearable Iron Man-inspired robotic suit. Hyundai’s Exoskeleton concept could give paraplegics the ability to walk, along with another model to assist the elderly and one that could give workers superhuman strength to lift heavy objects.

Thin is in

Imagine a television so thin you can hang it like wallpaper. Such a TV exists and LG Electronics wowed the crowds at CES with it. Unveiling its top-of-the-line W Series LG Signature OLED TV, this 77-inch television measures an unbelievable 2.59 mm thin and is was affixed to a wall using magnets (it’s even too thin for a stand!). More importantly, the picture quality proved extraordinary, with unprecedented contrast levels (darker blacks and whiter whites), more vivid colours and better energy efficiency. No word yet on price, but as the expression goes: “If you have to ask…”

You drive

Imagine carrying nearly 700,000 photos or 530,000 songs on your keychain? At CES, Kingston took the wraps off its two-terabyte (2TB) DataTraveler Ultimate GT, the world’s highest capacity USB Flash




apiece) through the camera lens, and cartoon characters seemingly come alive on top of the rug or duvet and pillowcase — as you read classic tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk or the Three Little Pigs. Not sure who will enjoy this modern twist to story time more — the kids or the parents!

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drive (2TB is the equivalent of more than 2,000 gigabytes). With up to USB 3.1 performance, you could also speedily transfer large files to and from a laptop. Available in February and with no price announced just yet, this DataTraveler Ultimate GT is made of a zinc-alloy metal casing for shock resistance, and includes free technical support and a five year warranty. A one-terabyte (1TB) version will also be available.

AR gets real

Whether it’s a child playing alone in their room or mom or dad tucking them in, SpinTales by TILT adds a magical augmented reality (AR) experience to story time. Launch the app, hold up the tablet or smartphone and look at the Jungle Rug or Enchanted Duvet ($99.99

Called FlexWash and FlexDry, Samsung’s upcoming washer and dryer pair are designed to save you time, energy and money. FlexWash is a front-loading washing machine with more than five cubic feet of capacity, while a top-loading second compartment adds another cubic foot of capacity that operates independently (or at the same time if you want). This top section is ideal for smaller loads, delicates, or to separate clothes by colour. Similarly, FlexDry has two separate compartments. The pair should be available in March for $4699 or sold separately.

opposite SpinTales this page clockwise from top left Hyundai Exoskeleton, Matrix-Power Watch, Kingston Flash Drive, Samsung FlexWash & FlexDry, H2 Smartphone scanning strawberries

Have a tech question or comment for Marc? Follow him on Twitter: @marc_saltzman. Marc Saltzman is one of the most recognized and trusted technology evangelists in North America. A freelance columnist for more than 40 publications, Marc is a prolific (16-time) author, radio and television personality, public speaker, and host of Gear Guide, which runs on Cineplex movie theatre screens across Canada. Marc specializes in consumer electronics, online technology, business tech, interactive entertainment, and future trends.



Business Innovation Through Technology TCU PLACE | SASKATOON | MAY 10 & 11, 2017


Betty Anne LatraceHenderson, Dan Folk, Jaret Waddell, Airline Hotels “Prairie Beginnings to a National Presence: Innovative Strategies for Growth and Success”


Mark MacLeod, President, ISM Canada “Entrepreneurship is Hard. Technology Can Make the Journey Easier … or Harder”


a panel discussion featuring women business owners who are embracing technology and opening the door for advancement and growth in our province. Stephanie Yong, The Wilson Centre Moderator Heather Abbey, Panelist Jackie Martin, B.Sc., M.A., Viking Innovations Ltd. Panelist

Katrina German, CEO of

Annelise Larson, Digital Strategist

“Email Marketing Techniques to Nurture Relationships and Attract New Clients”

“A SEO Driven Approach to Digital Strategy”


The 2017 Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Annual Business Conference will host a trade show for local entrepreneurs, businesses, government agencies and technology-based organizations

Ticia Starkes-Heward, Apex Cells International Panelist Wes Jickling, Innovation Saskatchewan Panelist


Launching a Brand for the Future

On the evening of May 10th, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WE) will celebrate the launch of their new brand that includes a refreshed visual identity that speaks to the entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow. “It’s a brand that will take us into the future,” says Prabha Mitchell, CEO of WE. The non-profit organization — which supports women throughout the province in achieving their entrepreneurial goals — has built a strong reputation in its 22-year history, providing a range of services from business advising to financing, mentoring, training and networking. Prabha says that their new branding reflects the spirit and reputation of the people who shaped the organization. WE’s updated brand was created in part through the guidance of Rachel Mielke — CEO and Founder of jewellery company Hillberg & Berk — who became a member of Women Entrepreneurs at the start of her career. Rachel worked with Look Agency on the design, resulting in the brand’s contemporary aesthetic. “Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan has been extremely excited and grateful to have Rachel’s expertise on such an important and critical initiative,” says Prabha.

WE’s new brand will be unveiled at the Champagne Reception of their 2017 Conference: Business Innovation Through Technology.

Prabha Mitchell, CEO Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan, Inc.

Rachel Mielke, CEO and Founder of Hillberg and Berk

IN COMMAND COrrAl YOur Clutter & SiMplifY YOur life By Courtney Tait

the notion of home organization may not be as exciting to ponder as new paint colours or tile patterns, but a dedicated space for sorting and scheduling is important to a smoothly-running household. Known as the “command centre,” this high-functioning area can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, with several options for tailoring it to your family’s needs. follow these steps to get started.

Find Your Purpose


ost command centres serve primarily as a place to store and sift through paper. What are the paper-related tasks you find yourself doing over and over again? Perhaps it’s sorting bills or writing grocery lists. If you have kids, are you forever emptying backpacks and searching for notebooks? Survey the paper clutter in your home and break it down into categories, then write a list of everything you want to keep track of. (Common items are receipts, mail, school forms and medical records.) Keep this on hand as you choose storage systems for your command centre. Another common use for this space is tracking family members’ schedules. Especially for households with kids, the constant checking in on dates and times for school or extracurricular activities can be tedious. Having one large visible calendar mounted that everyone can see (and update) is a great way to stay on top of it all.



Love (or hate) meal planning? Whether you enjoy the task or not, knowing what you’re eating always makes dinnertime easier. The command centre is an excellent spot to post the week’s meals along with a running grocery list. And don’t forget the charging station — a spot to corral and recharge devices. You might consider encouraging family members to place their phones here before dinner and again before bed, keeping them away from the table and out of the bedroom. Having a designated charging locale makes this an easier habit to get into (and monitor).


Choose Location

A place that everyone in the family passes through daily works best, such as a hallway nook or kitchen corner. Ample wall space is essential, so you can hang shelves and other office accessories. If you can, choose a spot with room for a small desk or countertop. This can serve as a mini workspace for everything from bill sorting to homework checking.

Divide by Family Member

Whether your household has two members or 10, giving everyone their own section of the command centre is an easy way to organize. Hang individual wire baskets, clipboards or a wall magazine rack, then label for individual family members. If you use a large calendar or whiteboard for tracking schedules, consider a colourcoding system, with each person’s activity is written in a specific colour. This makes at-a-glance checking easy and brightens the space. It also works well for chore charts, as kids can take ownership of tasks and tick them off with their designated coloured marker.

Chalkboard Checklists

A fun addition to your command centre is a chalkboard, either hung or created right on the wall with chalkboard paint. Grocery lists, to-do items, meal menus and notes to and from household members can all find a home here, and the look of chalkboard adds a whimsical aesthetic.

Add Shelving

Survey your space and consider adding shelves for extra storage. Items that are important but not in use often such as passports, medical records and birth certificates can be placed in a box and stashed on a high shelf out of the way. Office supplies such as pens and pencils, paper clips, folders and envelopes can be stored on a low shelf, with simple baskets for the paper products and mason jars for the writing utensils.

Device Docks and Stands

A multi-device charging station may not change your life, but we guarantee it will improve it. A plethora of docks and stands on the market hold multiple devices, or you can D.I.Y. your own using a basic wood letter organizer or compartmentalized basket. (To take the project up a notch, make holes in the bottom for cords to fit through and stay out of sight.) Get into the routine of charging at the station nightly and never again will you have to search for your (or another family member’s) charger or realize you’re out of power as you’re running out the door.

Accent with Art

If you don’t like looking at your command centre, you’re a lot less likely to use it. No matter how small the space is, there is always room for a framed family photo, hanging plant or favourite print. Choose something inspiring that draws you into the area, balancing out all the organizational items. And when you feel like a change, just switch out the art! You’ll keep the overall space looking fresh while keeping your systems in place.



Your Home Will Never Be The Same again By Brook Thalgott Photos Prairie Pulse / Stephanie Anderson


f you have a home of a certain age, one that dates back a few decades, you’ve probably contemplated a renovation. Whether it’s a small job, like new countertops, flooring and a fresh coat of paint, or a gut down to the studs, you need a contractor you can trust. Look no further than Saskatoon’s Poth Home Solutions. Manager Joe Poth, a third-generation carpenter (the trade has been passed along from his grandfather, to his father, to him), is passionate about making every renovation project perfect. “Home building is in our blood,” says Joe. “For us, it’s more than just a job. It’s our livelihood and our passion.”



For the past decade, Poth Home Solutions has been making Saskatoon area homes look amazing, and homeowners are loving their new spaces. No matter the size of the job, Joe doesn’t leave until the customer is thrilled with the results. “We’re naturally peoplepleasers, and we can’t leave a job until we know it’s been done right,” says Joe. Ninetyfive per cent of their work is in residential homes, and there isn't a kitchen, bathroom, basement or complete renovation of any kind the team can't handle. “There’s nothing we like more than a challenge,” says Joe. If you’re thinking about a home renovation, Joe has some advice before you get started.


“We’re naturally peoplepleasers, and we can’t leave a job until we know it’s been done right.”

First, know your budget. Think about how much you have to spend and what you want to accomplish, and then make the money fit the project. “Of course, you’re going to want maximize your budget and aim for a highend look,” says Joe. “It’s important to know what you can and can’t afford, and figure out how to get the most bang for your buck.” Plus, you should always budget for the unexpected. “Add 10 per cent to your budget for the surprises. Every renovation project will have something come up that you don’t expect,” says Joe. Once you have your budget and design confirmed, remember that you have to live with the project. “Projects in real life aren’t like projects on television,” advises Joe. “What they do on TV takes three days with a massive team of trades working at once toward a TV deadline. Real life doesn’t work that way.” For example, a kitchen renovation from start to finish can take eight weeks. You can be without a kitchen sink or stove for many days so plan accordingly. You’re going to need some good organizational skills, some patience and a sense of humour while your project is completed. “Just keep focussed on the end goal: a beautiful new space,” says Joe. Whether you’re looking to complete or renovate a basement, drag your kitchen into this century, or gut your entire home, Poth Home Solutions can make your home renovation experience second-to-none. Let their expertise be your guide. Call 306.270.0769 for a free estimate, and visit for more. Poth home Solutions Saskatoon 306.270.0769

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Faucet Fantasy

3 tips & trends for your Bathroom redo By Courtney Tait

While it’s easy to get caught up daydreaming about soaking tubs and vanities while planning a bathroom renovation, your faucet choice — an essential detail used daily — is just as important. Choosing a faucet you will love for years to come depends on understanding your options and tapping into your taste. here, we share insights to help guide the decision, with a look at some exciting trends we think will stick around.

Assess Your Traffic Flow


s this a bathroom that’s used frequently by multiple family members? Or a powder room or guest bath that sees less traffic? High-use bathrooms result in the faucet being turned on and off several times per day, which equals more wear. In this case, you might consider a PVD finish — a plating method that tightly bonds the finish to the faucet. This makes it much harder for the finish to scratch or wear off, extending its lifespan.

Consider the Kids

Do you have children who will be using the bathroom? Your best bet is a single-handle faucet. Double handles take a little more maneuvering to get the right temperature, and for kids (and even adults!), this increases the risk of scalding. Bonus of the single-handle option: It saves space.

Think Beyond Chrome

While chrome is durable and easy to clean, it’s also the most basic of faucet finishes. If you want an instant style upgrade in your bathroom, opt for a finish that stands out, such as gold, brass or oilrubbed bronze. On-trend gold is always a show stopper, brightening the bathroom and making time spent there feel like a special indulgence. Polished brass brings a lovely vintage look to the space, though if you want something more subtle (that also shows less fingerprints), you might try satin brass. Oil-rubbed bronze is an excellent choice for a more traditional aesthetic, and it doesn’t show water spots or fingerprints. One trend that adds a touch of surprise? Copper. This look is fresh and glamorous, and develops a beautiful patina when aged naturally.




Free Your Counter

Having grown in popularity over the last few years, wall-mounted faucets are a space-saving option that pair beautifully with vessel-style sinks. While this twohandled style may not be the best option for households with kids, the benefit of it is that it frees up counter space and makes the sink and counter easier to clean.

Create Contrast

While a safe bet aesthetically, matching your faucet to every other fixture in your bathroom can come across as bland. As long as the style of the faucet is aligned with the style of the room — whether that’s modern, minimalist, vintage or something else — you can get away with a different finish that helps it pop. Ready to find a faucet that makes your sink sing? Use these tips as a guide and enjoy the process. Soaker tub aside, this seemingly small design detail might just be the one that delivers bathroom bliss.

Go Green

Even if you’re conscientious about how much water you use, it’s easy to waste water while brushing your teeth or washing your face. And for households with multiple family members, water usage is even harder to monitor. Thankfully, a multitude of products are available to make your faucet more eco-friendly, enabling you to be gentler to the earth — and your water bill. Low flow aerator faucets use air flow regulators to mix water and air, resulting in a straight no-splash stream that saves water. (These can also be added to existing faucets.) Metered valve faucets turn off after a set amount of water flows from the tap. Self-closing faucets turn off after a designated time, and the hands-free infrared faucet works by detecting hands or objects, starting and stopping accordingly.

Size Matters

Simply put, a taller faucet looks classier than a shorter one. The height and arc of a tall faucet enhances your entire vanity, giving it a sense of luxury. This isn’t to say it’s the right choice for all bathrooms, as factors such as sink and vanity size may work better with a shorter faucet. If that’s the case, and you still want that luxe look, go with a higher-end finish like gold. Your faucet will still stand out while keeping in proportion with everything else.



Expert Advice

Mattress Shopping Tips for Couples My partner and I have completely different ideas of comfort. What should we do? Like all things in relationships, it might take a little compromise, but most of the time it’s possible to find a mattress that works for both of you. If one, or both of you, has particular back or body problems, knowledgeable staff can usually help steer you towards something that might work well. But your comfort is always the most important factor. If there is no way the two of you can agree, it is possible to purchase two different twin extra-long mattresses, and put them on a king-sized frame. This is not usually necessary, but sometimes couples do have completely different ideas of what makes a good night’s sleep. There are a lot of purchases any couple will make together, and buying a good quality, comfortable mattress that works for both of you should be one of them. And remember, just like a relationship, if you take care of it, it will last for many years to come.


’ve said it before and I will say it again: a mattress is the single most important piece of furniture you will buy. You spend the most time on it, doing something that is so important to your overall health and well-being: sleeping. So it’s crucial that you get the right kind of mattress for you. But what about when you are shopping for two? When that purchase is a shared one, it takes even more consideration — and sometimes compromise — to make sure you’re getting the best for you and your mate. Here are some common questions couples ask about finding the right mattress.

What kind of research should we do before we buy? First, stay off the Internet. I know, it’s the go-to place for information, but when it comes to mattresses, what you’ll really find is a lot of misinformation. Manufacturer claims are made to sell you their product. Just because they say it’s the best, doesn’t make it so. And customer reviews are



based on other people’s comfort needs and experiences. Be cautious about big sales too, because often a huge discount is just a sign that the mattress price was inflated in the first place. You have to try before you buy, and go for the most comfortable mattress you can afford.

Is it ok for us to lie down on the mattress in the store? Of course! Like I said, you have to try it out. Otherwise, how will you know if it’s comfortable? Lie down and put your feet up. Switch into the positions you usually sleep in. If you and your partner toss and turn, move around a little to see how the mattress responds. You’d never buy a TV without checking the picture quality, or purchase a car without taking it for a test drive, so don’t be shy to lie down and see how the mattress feels. Always make sure you have a 30- to 60-day sleep satisfaction on your purchase so you can exchange it if it’s not working out for both of you.


Mark Stevens owner

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n the world of design, trends come and go. But great design ideas are timeless. One such design idea in particular that has been gaining prominence because of its visual appeal and the overall positive vibe it emits is simplicity. I’m not referring to something “plain” or “modern,” but rather to the idea that innovations in renovations and design can help simplify life and make spaces more desirable and comforting. A space that uses a simplified design approach offers a visually appealing appearance with a general sense of tidiness. Textural elements can be used on various surfaces or with different feature points in the space, and are used to create softness and a feeling of “home.” Let’s take a look at the kitchen photo above. We tend to have a lot of expectations and requirements of our spaces. We want the fully loaded package but without the visual distractions that come with that. Design can incorporate all of our desired “bells and whistles” but keep things tucked away until we are prepared to use it. This spring I travelled to Europe to attend our supplier’s expo showcasing plumbing, tile and cabinetry and everything screamed straight lines, larger scale and cleaner finishes, and textural elements. For example, the cabinetry was tucked inside an enclosed wood wall, but once opened up the entire kitchen was accessible; all of the components were hidden in there.

Another component to a more serene design approach is bringing the outdoors in, or adding natural elements to a space to infuse additional calming, soothing feelings when you’re in that space. This could include something as grand as a floor to ceiling terrarium, or a unique focal point such as a vibrant living wall. When thinking about incorporating simplicity into an upcoming renovation or redesign, you want to consider how technology can lend itself to your new space. There are so many innovative products and applications that can help with tasks that may not necessarily be difficult, but as time becomes more precious, they are just one more thing to do. For example, a doorbell system that is connected to an app on your tablet. Through video, you can see who is at your doorstep, and unlock the door with the touch of a button. Or, what about a system that allows music or ambient lighting to be available throughout your home for when the mood strikes? Remember, simple design is about making things easier and more relaxed. With spring bringing a sense of renewal and change, I encourage anyone who has been thinking about a renovation project or a redesign of a space to consider how a new design will truly change the entire feel of your space whether it is at work or at home.

The Appeal of Simplicity

By embracing the trend of simplification with the right design and products you will experience a dramatic shift in your comfort and productivity.

Tamara Bowman

Creative Director and Owner Metric Design Centre A, 285 Venture Crescent Saskatoon 306.974.0190



Making the

Foyer Great

— Again!

By Jane Lockhart



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Call it what you will — foyer, vestibule, lobby, entryway or dumping ground — in modern times it all means the same thing. It’s the area we land in when we enter a building. It can be tiny and efficient, or over-the-top grand, but the foyer is generally that place we pass through to get to the rest of the home.


he word “foyer” has been used to describe a waiting room, corridor, lobby or a large space such as a concert hall, hotel, theatre and corporate head office. It’s basically a chamber, or area between the indoors and the outdoors of a structure, accessed by an exterior door. We’ve adopted the French pronunciation here in Canada where the word loosely translates to: “place for fire” or “fireplace,” which comes from the large fireplaces in the grand old 18th to 20th century theatres. These drafty, voluminous buildings, where people gathered inside the entrance, usually had a large fireplace to warm audiences when they arrived, or between acts. Whether considered practical or dramatic, the foyer as a name has outlasted its use. If we look at the ancient origins, the elite classes in ancient Rome would generally live in two homes — a grand villa in the countryside, or seashore and a domus (where the word “domestic” came from) in the walled city. The hallway-like vestibule led to an open atrium which was sparsely furnished, yet filled with marble decorations, artwork on the walls and painted ceilings. This space served as the meeting room for the home. Few windows existed, but when it rained, an open portico in the ceiling

necessity for commuters who did not want to be dictated by a train schedule when heading to downtown jobs. To accommodate the now ubiquitous vehicle driveways, carports and garages were often built at the side or back of these new homes. It wasn’t considered unusual at the time considering this was where horse stables were usually kept before the car’s popularity. The path of least resistance into the house was a side or back door, hence, the side or back door became the entry for residents, and the front door became the formal entrance for visitors. Even then, the foyer was considered a utility space, with just enough room to hang a coat, remove footwear and (almost) turn around. As suburbs began to give way to the ex-urbs, bigger and grander homes began to dot the horizon, and the foyer was expected to set the tone for the whole home. It became the homeowner’s prosperity barometer. Elegant two story, open concept entries with sweeping, semi-circular staircases were no longer a Disney castle fantasy; the style was being replicated in multiple new homes, in many communities. In real estate language, it’s called an asset and a desirable one at that — and now it was achievable. But, we still see the foyer as a “guest space,” not something the residents should actually use. So it’s time for an attitude adjustment. The foyer shouldn’t be seen as a “just passing through,” under-used space. It should be considered a tone-setting, design-able space that represents who we are (or at least it could be)! As Canadians, I suspect most of us grew up being told to use the side door or back door of our own homes. So even if it’s against your nature to use anyone’s front door — do it! It may be one of the few times it gets used. No matter how grand or how small, decorate your foyer to reflect your taste and treat yourself to the front door treatment as often as you can. allowed rain water to fall into a small indoor pool; on sunny days, sunshine lit up the interior like a skylight today. The vestibule/lobby/entryway simply acted as an air lock to keep in heat in the winter and cooler air in the summer. But like the dramatic thresholds to the theatre, this gave way to today’s symbols of wealth, such as the power lobbies we see in hotels, government buildings and large corporate buildings today.



How does that translate to foyers in the 21st century? If we look at the ever-diminishing examples of 1950s post-war era homes, where entrance ways are small, efficient spaces to get you in from the outdoors, we know it’s the side door that handled the everyday comings and goings. So, here’s what happened. In the 1950s, motorized vehicles were becoming more common and progressively more affordable. Not only that, cars became a

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Where to Spend Your outdoor renovation By Carson Arthur

the question of the day is how much does landscaping really impact the value of your home? When it comes to the outdoors, spending money on renovations has never been so important or so confusing. So where should you spend your outdoor renovation budget? The Front Yard — the Seven Per Cent Factor


o make it simple, think about your property like a three course meal. The front yard is the appetizer. It sets the stage for the dinner and hopefully leaves your guests anticipating more. The house is definitely the meat and potatoes of your property. It is the substance of the meal. Finally the backyard, like the dessert course, finishes the space. When you are trying to impress potential buyers, focus on the front yard because people naturally start forming an opinion of your home from the moment they see it. You only get one chance to make a first impression. For years, we were told that first impressions were made at the front door or at the front hallway. This is definitely not the case. Your front yard is the very first thing people see when they come to your home. When it comes to dollar and cents, several online sources state a first impression can increase your home’s perceived value by up to seven per cent; that translates to $21,000 on the average Canadian home. This is a really important number. Basically, you now have a guideline of how much to




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The Back Yard — Your “Outdoor Room”

When it comes to the backyard, useable space is always top priority for today’s homeowner. The term “Outdoor Room’ has been used by realtors and homeowners to refer to any type of outside seating, but truthfully, you can’t assume you have an outdoor room if you have a deck or a patio.

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