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Q&A: The Real Housewives of Toronto Villain Kara Alloway Breaks Her Silence

Posted on 15 May 2017

You had a tough season, but there must have been some bright spots. What was the highlight of filming the show for you?
I would say the scene I did with my mom. I have a friend who did reality television, and she reminded me that I will have the video footage in perpetuity. I will always have a reminder of that fun time with my mom. The season en ...

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How to Choose the Right Material for Your Deck

Posted on 03 May 2017

(NC) Looking to take on an outdoor patio or deck project as the weather warms up? There are several deck materials to consider, that each have their own unique features and benefits. It is important to weigh these considerations carefully prior to starting your project. Here are a few insights from Steve Trescher, director of merchandising building materials at The Home Depot Canada, t ...

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Cool kids' Rooms that get Better with age

Posted on 03 May 2017

(NC) With your kids home for the summer months, try including them in a fun design project that you'll both benefit from, such as redecorating their bedrooms. Work together to create a lasting memory and a room they're proud enough to keep clean and tidy. Since young children seem to grow faster than the speed of light, it's important to provide a space that is easily adaptable through ...

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Healthy Eating can be as Simple as re-stocking your Fridge

Posted on 03 May 2017

(NC) Warmer weather is here and many of us are looking to kick-start healthy eating plans. Here are some tips to get you on the right track. 1. Nutritional specialists say the first step to kicking those bad eating habits is to purge your fridge of unhealthy options and guilty pleasure temptations like ice cream, sugary drinks and processed, packaged foods. 2. Once you've removed the ...

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Time to Upgrade the TV? Make it an Amazing Father's Day Gift

Posted on 03 May 2017

(NC) If you really want to blow dad's mind this year, give him the gift of an awesome gaming, movie or sports experience. After all, fathers need downtime too and it's a good time to upgrade your overall home entertainment experience. Adding a new TV to the man-cave is a gift he won't soon forget. But it can be easy to get confused by all the options and latest tech specs. The top thing ...

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Hot Tips for Working from the Cottage

Posted on 03 May 2017

(NC) Warm weather, blue skies and sunshine means cottage season for many Canadians. While spending maximum time at the cottage is the summer dream, occasionally that buzz from your phone can take you back to reality. It's a reminder that checking into the office is sometimes a must. On days when you can't turn off, work through your emails and projects in true cottage style, by grabbing ...

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Meals to Make any Night a Special Occasion

Posted on 02 May 2017

(NC) Lamb can be an easy and satisfying weeknight meal, and these lamb loin chops with a fragrant and flavourful Marsala sauce will prove it. Serve over mashed potatoes for a complete meal. Lamb Loin Chops with Mushroom Marsala Sauce Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Servings: 5 Ingredients: • 5-6 lamb loin chops • 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour • 2 tbsp (30 m ...

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3 Easy was to Reduce Your Sodium Intake

Posted on 02 May 2017

(NC) Canadian adults consume an average of 3,092 milligrams of sodium daily. That is more than double the 1,500 milligrams recommendation by Health Canada. In fact, it exceeds the tolerable upper intake level of 2,300 mg. Try these three ways experts recommend for reducing sodium in your diet without cutting back on taste. 1. Use available tools. Cutting so ...

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Your Favourite Flavours, guilt-free

Posted on 02 May 2017

(NC) Who doesn't love spring rolls? Feed your loved ones these guilt-free baked spring rolls that pack in your favourite Asian flavours. Thai-style Baked Spring Rolls with Mushrooms and Chicken Ingredients: • Store-bought phyllo pastry slices roughly 8x16 inches • 200 grams ground chicken • 200 grams mushrooms, thinly sliced • 1 small carrot, grated • 3 tbsp minced ging ...

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Cooking with Foods that are Good for You and the Environment

Posted on 02 May 2017

(NC) Thanks to Canadian farmers, it is easier than ever to eat healthy foods while also protecting the planet. That's because they are growing modern plant varieties that provide higher yields and support sustainable farming practices, as well as creating nutritious food choices. Canola is an excellent heart-healthy cooking oil that is low in saturated fat. A truly Canadian crop, it's ...