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Volume 37 Number 7

POPULAR PAINT COLOURS TO TRY THIS SUMMER Summer is a great time to repaint your interior whether you’re planning on selling or just want an update. During the warmer months, you can throw open the windows, spend a few hours rolling, then head outside for some fresh air. But what colours should you choose? Here are a few of the most popular options from well-known paint brand Benjamin Moore. If needed, you can also take their samples to any other paint store and have them matched!

• Chantilly Lace. Benjamin Moore’s whitest white, it’s clean, crisp and pure. • Swiss Coffee. A soft white with a yellow undertone and a hint of green. • Boothbay Gray. A dark, cool gray with a blue undertone.

• Manchester Tan. Has a passive yellow undertone with just a wink of green. • Hawthorne Yellow. A bold, yet balanced yellow from Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection. • Hale Navy. A saturated, rich navy blue that looks just as beautiful on cabinetry as it does on the wall.


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INGREDIENTS: 3 ears of corn 1 (4-ounce) can black beans, drained 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped 1/2 small red onion, chopped 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cup fresh basil, chopped

3 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tbsp white vinegar 1 tbsp stone ground mustard 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp sugar 2 tsp poppy seeds 1/4 tsp sea salt, to taste

1. Take inventory of all your belongings. You don’t have to make a physical list of everything you own, but it’s important to take note mentally. Moving is the best time to purge – consider donating items you don't use, love or need. 2. Make sure you have everything you need before you start packing. This includes blankets to protect furniture, stackable waterproof bins for smaller items and blank labels to keep track of what’s in each box. 3. Pack each room according to its specific needs. Your kitchen and garage are the bigger jobs and it’s best to tackle them early on. Make sure not to pack anything that won’t have a place in your new home. 4. Be methodical when it’s time to unpack. Resist the urge to just open the first box you see and go at it. First, put each box into the room it belongs. Next, unpack anything perishable followed by the things you need for daily life. Once all of the important tasks are done, allow yourself to rest and give yourself a pat on the back – you did it! Are you planning a move? Or feeling overwhelmed? That’s pretty much to be expected! But moving doesn’t have to be super stressful. Just follow these four tips to make the process go smoothly. FOUR PACKING TIPS FOR PLANNING A MOVE FUN FACTS ABOUT BABIES BORN IN JULY Whether you were born in July or you’re expecting, here are three fun facts about July babies. 1. The July birthstone is a ruby, which is known to be extremely strong. Some even say people born in July take on the stone’s characteristics and develop strong-willed personalities! 2. July’s birth flower is a delphinium, also known as a larkspur. They can be blue, pink or white and are beautiful additions to any garden. 3. A Japanese study, conducted in 2016, found that babies born in July have excellent self-regulation skills and may be less prone to tantrums. DIRECTIONS: 1. Remove the husks of corn. Fill large pot 3/4 with water and bring to boil. Turn off heat, add corn. Cover and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer corn to cutting board and let cool. Then cut kernels off of cob. 2. Add beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and basil to large serving bowl. 3. In blender, add mayonnaise, white vinegar, mustard, olive oil, sugar and poppy seeds. Blend until smooth and well combined. 4. Add fully cooled corn to the bowl, followed by the dressing and toss. Salt to taste. Serve and enjoy!


Much like the interior of a small house, what matters most when it comes to a small yard is how you use it. Smart choices can maximize even the tiniest of outdoor spaces. If you’ve got a small yard – check out these big ideas! – Create a container garden. It can be hard to garden in a tiny yard. Luckily whether you buy or build containers for your plants, you can reap the rewards of fresh fruit, veggies and flowers all summer long.

– Grow up, not out; create a vertical garden. They take up almost no ground space and look beautiful as they climb up the exterior of your home or fence. – Build a water feature. You can create a small in ground pond. Add a pump to create a small fountain and bring that relaxing, trickling sound to your space. – Make room for an outdoor grill. Outdoor grills come in all shapes and sizes and can be freestanding or built-in. Consider creating a grilling area and surrounding it with plants and seating!

– Learn how to espalier. Espalier is a pruning technique encouraging trees to grow up against a wall or fence, expanding two-dimensionally instead of all directions. It’s perfect for growing fruit trees in a small yard. – Turn your front yard into the backyard. Don’t have a backyard big enough to try one of these ideas? Make your front yard your hangout space! Build a front patio and use screens and greenery to make it private.

How do you make a peanut laugh? – You crack him up. Why did the nut work at the bank? – To cashew your check. What do you call a pair of nuts on the wall? – Walnuts! What did nut say chasing another nut? – I'm going to cashew. What is a squirrel’s favorite ballet? – The Nutcracker. THESE JOKES ARE NUTS! Courtesy of

Who eats nuts and bolts? – A squirrel that is late for work. Why did squirrel want a raise in pay? – He was paid peanuts. Which nut won the World Cup the most? – The Brazil nut. Which nut loves the game of chess? – A Chess-nut. Where can you learn more about nuts? – The internut.


Use the grid references to shade in the boxes and reveal six of the fifteen shapes below. Each shape has three letters assigned to it. When you have found the six correct shapes, discard one letter from each shape to reveal the hidden name, place, word or phrase.

Grid References: 1. A B C G I J K 2. B F I K 3. A B C E I K 4. C G I J K 5. B C G K 6. C E F G K

Discard the middle letter of each group to find the answer: PACIFIC OCEAN

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A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE: HOW TO ACHIEVE A CLEAN AND CALM BEDROOM AESTHETIC The first thing any real estate agent will say you should do before listing your home is to declutter. But decluttering can be so much more than just “getting rid of junk.” A home with a clean aesthetic is relaxing, inviting and showcases all the things that make it great. So here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get the look – starting with your bedroom! • Step 1: Go white. Sure, painting your walls white and going with white bedding can seem impractical. But here’s the trick – white doesn’t mean pure white. In fact, off-white still looks bright and airy, but it is much easier to keep clean and hides little imperfections. • Step 2: Find furniture that has clean lines. Overly ornate furniture makes a space feel old-fashioned instead of fresh and modern. Furniture in a clean and calm bedroom should be light – both in colour and in weight. • Step 3: Don’t skimp on the bedding. If you want your bedroom to seem fresh as well as luxurious, splurge on some gorgeous bedding. The great news is that it will make your home feel irresistible to buyers, but you get to take your comfy bedding with you when you move. • Step 4: Breathe life into your room with plants and fresh flowers. One thing that sets a so-so room apart from a beautiful one is greenery. Add a mixture of some potted plants and some fresh-cut flowers in just a simple vase for a next-level type feeling. • Step 5: Strategically place baskets and decorative storage around your room. The true secret to having a clean, fresh space is no secret at all – you have to keep it clean. This step is made much easier if you give yourself plenty of places to store all the things you use on a daily basis. It’s an out of sight, out of mind kind of thing!


If you know anything about Japanese art, you’ve surely heard of Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa. Created in 1830, this gorgeous piece of art is still making waves today – most recently as a wallpaper print. From nurseries to kitchen backsplashes, wallpaper with swirling blue lines is showing up everywhere. While some of the prints are only a slight nod to Hokusai’s piece, others are near-perfect matches. If you love the Great Wave so much that nothing but the real thing will do, you can even purchase a wallpaper mural to create a stunning feature wall in your home. Whichever wave inspired wallpaper you choose, pair it with simple furniture and decor in order to give it space to shine. This style of wallpaper would work best in coastal styled homes or in spaces that need a bit of whimsy, such as children’s rooms or even bathrooms.

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