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Volume 32 Number 11


Do you feel your home is missing that certain “something”? Do you wish that when you walked in the door a sense of calm and positivity washed over you? If so, you may want to try one – or all – of the following tips to help invite good vibes in and send bad ones out. Add plants and fresh cut flowers to your interior. Scientific studies have actually proven that humans are happier when surrounded by nature. Lighting plays a huge role in creating the right mood and

ambience in a home. Of course, sunlight is always best, but for nighttime, cloudy days and rooms with little or no windows, soft lighting in beautiful fixtures will help create a sense of warmth. Spend a weekend de-cluttering. As British textile designer William Morris famously said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”


Ingredients: 1 c. hot water 1 tbsp. instant espresso powder ¼ c. sugar, divided ½ tsp. salt Directions: 1. Stir together the hot water, espresso powder, 2 tablespoons of sugar, salt and coffee liquor until well combined. Set aside, allowing to cool to room temperature. 2. Add the egg yolks, brandy, cognac or amaretto (if using), and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar to a bowl over gently simmering water. 3. Beat with a hand mixer until light and tripled in size and then beat in the mascarpone. 4. Beat the heavy cream until thickened and peaks form. Fold into the mascarpone mixture. 5. Dip the lady fingers into the coffee mixture, breaking in half if necessary to fit into individual-sized container. 6. Top with a layer of mascarpone custard. Repeat steps 5 and 6, layering soaked lady fingers and custard until the container is full. 7. Sprinkle with cocoa powder. Then cover and refrigerate from 3 hours up to overnight. 2 tbsp. coffee liquor 2 large egg yolks 2 tbsp. brandy, cognac, or amaretto (optional) 8 oz. mascarpone cheese 1 c. heavy cream, chilled 16 crisp Italian ladyfingers 2 tbsp. cocoa powder for garnish

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Q U O T E “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel (Eliezer Wiesel was a Romania-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent.) Courtesy of . FURNISHINGAHOMEFROM SCRATCH While furnishing a new home from scratch can be an overwhelming and expensive endeavour, thorough research and patience can help cut costs – and stress. Here are four tips to consider before purchasing everything from a couch to a side table. 1. Pick a style: Deciding on your home’s design style before doing any shopping will help narrow the selection. 2. Be inspired: From design magazines to TV shows to websites to social media – you can find oodles of inspiration once you start actively looking. 3. Set a budget: Work out how much you want to spend – and on what – ahead of time. While you certainly don’t want to overspend, be careful not to go for cheap and poorly constructed items just to save a few dollars. Quality is key. 4. Living room first: Selecting furniture for your living room before other spaces ensures that ample attention is given to one of the most important areas of the home. Once the living room is in order, let it be the focal point of your design – allowing the rest of the home to take shape around it.

RIDDLEMETHIS You can see me in water, but I never get wet. What am I? – A reflection. What belongs to you but others use it more than you do? – Your name. What 4-letter word can be written forward, backward or upside down, and can still be read from left to right? – NOON What has cities, but no houses; forests, but no trees; and water, but no fish? – A map. What is easy to get into, but hard to get out of? – Trouble Courtesy of

HOWTECHNOLOGYCANHELP YOUMANAGEYOURHEALTH With chronic diseases being one of the biggest threats to our health, prevention has become key. While technology has certainly contributed to making people less active, it can also help influence better living through various healthy living gadgets and applications. Gadgets such as Fitbits and FuelBands, which are worn on your wrist and monitor things such as steps taken and calories burned, can encourage daily activity in a fun and effective way. Pair this with apps that help you track your sleep, how often you take breaks and how much food you eat, and turn your tech into something that improves your health instead of deteriorates it.

HOME IMPROVEMENTFAILS Sure, there are certain home improvement projects – such as painting or changing out hardware – that inexperienced homeowners can tackle themselves. But these three DIY home improvement fails illustrate that sometimes its better to call in the pros. 1. Structural Beam Jenga: Instead of using a single, sturdy piece of lumber to support a structural beam in their home’s crawlspace, homeowners used random pieces of lumber haphazardly stacked on top of each other. Definitely not a safe choice. 2. Overexposed Ductwork: Exposed ducts may be cool in a loft or home with an industrial vibe, but running an exposed range hood vent over the kitchen cabinets in a regular home – like one pair of condo owners did – just looks messy. 3. Stairwell Waste: Homeowners installed the main plumbing line straight through their basement stairs. Not only is this an unsightly mistake, it’s also a major tripping hazard.


1. In this puzzle, each letter represents a different number. Can you work out what number (0-9) each letter stands for? The leftmost letter can not be zero in any word. S A T U R N + U R A N U S = P L A N E T S 2. Martin is Tina's brother, Jennifer is Steven's sister and Desmond is Dorothy's brother. Who is Alistair's sister, Alicia or Stella and why? 3. DECIDE, HUMANS, LIKELY, NODDED, REFUGE Which one of the following words belongs in the list above and why? ARTIST, BAMBOO, CANDLE, SECURE, VOLUME. 4. Peter is 20 years old, Raymond is 25, Veronica is 18 and Julian is 12. How old is Yvonne and why? 5. Seven friends collect pop posters and each person has a different number of posters. Angela has four more posters than Mike, who has a dozen fewer posters than Alex, who has half as many posters as Emma, who has seven more posters than Vernon, who has three times as many posters as Sue, who has three more posters than Jenny. How many posters has each person got if the total number of posters is 82?

Mike 2.

6, Jenny 4,


5. Emma 28, Vernon 21, Alex 14, Sue 7,

A=4 E=8 L=3 N=0 P=1 R=9 S=5 T=6 U=7 2. The fifth letter of each brother's name is the same as the second letter of each sister's name, ff so Stella is Alistair's sister. 3. The third an fifth letters of each of the first set of words are consecutive, so VOLUME. 4. The letters in each person's name have numerical values A-Z=1-26. of each name is equal to each person's age so Yvonne is 15.

The third letter

+ 7 9 4 0 7 5 = 1 3 4 0 8 6 5

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HOWTODESIGNA“KID’SCAVE” First there was the “Man Cave,” then the “She Shed,” now it’s all about the “Kid’s Cave.” However, parents need not worry they’ll have to dedicate the entire basement or garden shed to the whims of their children. A Kid’s Cave is simply a fun phrase for describing a child’s bedroom – decked out with all the things they love. If you want your kid to have a place to unwind after school or on weekends, don’t assume that means soft blue and ocean-inspired photography. What children find relaxing will depend on their age and their interests, so get your kids involved in designing a space that is perfectly theirs. What is the room going to be used for? Just sleeping? Sleeping and playing? What about doing homework or hanging out with friends? Try and section out a small area for each of the room’s functions, much like you would in a small apartment. What’s their favourite colour? If it’s hot pink or electric blue consider using it more as an accent colour than on walls or other large items. Natural tones are easier on the eyes and the mind – and no one wants an over-stimulated child bouncing off the walls before bed. What are their interests? If you want it to be their own mini- sanctuary it needs to reflect who they truly are. Do they like sports? Music? Do they collect toys or books? Bedding, artwork and accessories highlight your child’s passions and can be switched out as they get older. Where is everything going to go? In a kid’s room it’s all about storage. Bins, drawers and shelves should be aplenty. Clutter causes anxiety in both adults and children. Piles of toys and books left out in a kid’s room are like piles of paper and files on your desk.

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DIYHANGINGJEWELRYHOLDER FROMCARDBOARDTUBES The best craft is the kind that reuses old objects bound for the trash. This recycled cardboard tube DIY is perfect for both kids and adults who love jewelry and fun. All you’ll need is three paper-towel tubes, felt or fabric, ribbon, double-sided tape, a small hole punch and scissors. Step 1: Cut the paper towel rolls to the length you want each row of the hanging jewelry holder to be. Step 2: Cut the felt or fabric so it can wrap fully around the tubes, with the last tube having a few inches leftover to allow fabric to hang from the bottom of the holder. This portion will be used for earrings. Step 3: Mark dots for earring holes across the hanging fabric approximately one inch apart and punch out. Also, punch two holes near the ends of each tube – top and bottom – then string the ribbon through, tying it off both before and after it enters each tube. Step 4: Hang on the wall and display your jewelry. For additional stability tape or Velcro the back of the holder to the wall. ABRIEFHISTORYOFSTORYBOOK ARCHITECTURE They may look like they jumped out of the pages of your favourite fairytale, but Storybook style homes actually originated in 1920s Los Angeles. While other American cities were experimenting with different forms of revival architecture, Los Angeles took it to the extreme with whimsical homes known for an exaggerated interpretation of medieval forms and use of artificial means to suggest age. Unlike more academic architectural styles like Victorian or Arts and Crafts, Storybook doesn’t take itself too seriously and homes built in the style have frequently appeared in Hollywood movies and television shows. Perhaps the most famous example is The Witch’s House, located at 56 Walden Drive, Los Angeles, which has appeared as a backdrop in films such as 1995’s Clueless .

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