DIYSCRABBLETILEDECOR Love word art? Love words in general? Then this DIY decor project is for you. All you’ll need is a set of scrabble tiles, a hot glue gun with glue sticks and a shadow-box style frame. First, decide what words you want to display and in what formation. Names are a popular choice – first or last. You could also
select words that mean something to you. If you’re putting your scrabble tile decor in a certain room – the laundry room for example, you could use words like wash, soap, fold. Just remember – if you want the words to overlap they need to share at
least one letter with another word. Once you’ve made your decision, lay them out in the shadow box to make sure your arrangement fits. Then simply glue down in place and display with pride.
1/2 yellow onion, diced 10 cups vegetable broth salt to taste 2 packages ramen noodles (2 standard servings) 4 soft boiled eggs, cut in half (boil for 7 minutes, then add to ice water, peel) 2 cups beef, chicken, pork or tofu 1/2 cup shredded carrots 1/4 cup chopped green onions 1/2 cup sliced nori sheets Soy sauce, chilies, sriracha, hot sauce for serving (optional) DIRECTIONS: 1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onions and mushrooms, cooking until softened and the mushrooms have darkened. 2. Add the broth, and bring to a gentle simmer. Sample the broth, adding salt to taste. 3. Add the noodles to the broth. Cook until just before al dente (2-3 minutes). 4. Once the noodles have cooked, remove and add to a bowl or storage container. This will prevent the noodles from overcooking and becoming mushy. 5. Add the protein, carrots, and green onions to the broth. 6. Dole out noodles and eggs to each bowl. Top with the hot broth, protein and veggies. Add nori, soy sauce, chilies, sriracha or hot sauce if desired.
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BRIDGEGENERATIONSWITHGARDENING Gardening is something that can be done by everyone from the very young to the very old. And it’s more fun when you do it together! A grandmother and granddaughter planting flowers. A father showing his son how to prepare soil for growing vegetables. If you’d love to get your children – or grandchildren – more involved in gardening, here are a few pointers on how kids like to garden. • Give them their own space. Even a small pot will do, but they need to feel ownership over their “garden.” • Start with easy to grow plants. Kids like to see quick results. Although, learning to wait for a seed to sprout is a great lesson in patience. • Let children eat carrots covered in dirt and apples straight from the tree. They’ll feel close to nature and get their fruits and veggies in to boot!
ARCHITECTURE ISHOPE Chinese architect Li Hu – founder of experimental design and research studio OPEN Architecture – believes architecture is a means of connecting with others and the world around us. And – more importantly – he believes architecture is hope. “No matter how angry we get about our world, when we work we express our hope. We inject it into everything we do.” He prefers to think of architecture as art rather than a business and feels that architects need to slow down and think before they design. He also admits he is idealistic, but that sometimes – idealism is what the world needs most.
Modular building system (HEX-SYS) by OPEN Architecture. Courtesy of www.dezeen.com
HAVEFUNWITHPLAYFULDECOR Why not have fun with your home decor? It’s what designers are currently doing! Certainly, stark white kitchens and buttoned-up living rooms are still an option, but these days – a little playfulness goes a long way. Designers are using words like “charm” and “whimsy” to describe their own decor styles, with some noting it only takes one or two fun items in a room to set it apart from the ordinary. Examples of this approach could be a couch in a surprising shade – hot pink or bright yellow, an unusually shaped lamp, or a bold wallpaper. Artwork is always a great way to add personality. Plus, it can easily be swapped out if you tire of it or crave something new. It’s all about using your decor to tell a story. All you need to do is decide what story you want to tell and then go for it!
BRAIN TEASERS - DIABOLIC SUDOKU GREENCLEANINGPRODUCTSFORAHEALTHYHOME Our homes are our sanctuaries. Unfortunately some products designed to keep our living spaces clean and fresh may actually be harming us. According to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization focused on the environment and health, many popular cleaning products contain carcinogens, asthma instigators and chemicals that can seriously harm your eyes, nose, throat and skin. Thankfully, there are a myriad of gentler cleaners – some you may even have in your cupboards right now! Vinegar. Vinegar is a multi-purpose cleaner you can use on its own or combined with other natural ingredients like baking soda, lemon and cooking oil. Add in a few drops of essential oils and your home will be squeaky clean and smelling great in no time. Method. If you prefer to buy your cleaning products instead of make them, Method is a well-known non-toxic brand with a wide variety of cleaners. Their Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner is plant-based and biodegradable, while their all- purpose spray is derived from corn and coconut. Green Works. Easy to find and affordable, Green Works offers powerful cleaning filled with mineral and plant-based ingredients. Their glass and window cleaner is ammonia-free and safe to use on a variety of surfaces aside from glass including appliances, stainless steel and granite. Seventh Generation. Named after the concept that we should be taking care of the planet and ourselves to benefit the next seven generations, the Vermont- based company offers products that are EPA Safer Choice Certified – meaning they’ve been carefully reviewed and cleared of the most harmful chemicals. Babyganics. For the smallest – and most precious – people in your life, the Babyganics line includes baby bottle wash, toy and highchair cleaner and laundry detergent. Tested by pediatricians and dermatologists, their products contain no artificial fragrances or dyes.
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Upward Movement for April Real Estate Numbers Edmonton, May 2, 2019 – In
AVERAGE SALE PRICES
DOWN 7.9% year-over-year
DOWN 0.8% year-over-year
April 2019, unit sales across most categories increased compared to March 2019, with single family home unit sales increasing 43.68%, condo sales increasing 38.31% and duplex/ rowhouse sales increasing 34.06%. Year over year sales are up in all major categories, with single family homes sales increasing 1.91%, condo sales increasing 2.77% and duplex/rowhouse sales increasing 3.93%. Year to date sales for all residential categories were down 8.44% compared to April 2018. The average price of a single-family home was $427,657; down 0.82% compared to April 2018. The average price of a condo was $228,933, a decrease of 7.93% year over year. Prices for duplex/townhouses saw a decrease from March 2019, with the average price down 1.09% to $330,795, but a 1.87% increase relative to April 2018. “Spring tends to see more activity in the market with this year being no exception,” says REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair Michael Brodrick. Single family homes spent an average 55 days on market, condos averaged 71 days, and duplex/ rowhouses averaged 67 days. Source: REALTORS ® Association of Edmonton
ACTIVE LISTINGS (residential inventory)
SOLD LISTINGS 1,684
DAYS ON MARKET
SALES TO LISTING RATIO
Stats are Reflective of April 2019 Source: REALTORS ® Association of Edmonton Market values stated are of the average of Edmonton and surrounding region. Individual home market values will vary and are affected by factors such as location, size, interior and exterior condition. Please call to get an up-to-date evaluation of your home.