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DECORATELIKEAPRO Overwhelmed by the idea of completely redecorating a room? According to the pros, following a step-by- step process can turn a big job into an enjoyable one while also helping to create a cohesive space. The best place to start is with a project budget. Decide how much you want to spend and what you want to spend it on such as paint, flooring, furniture and so on. Then choose a style or mix a couple together. Do you like farmhouse? Industrial?

How about farmhouse industrial? Other styles to consider are traditional, bohemian, modern and minimalistic to name a few. Once you’ve determined the look you’d like to achieve, select paint colours and large items such as couches, tables or beds. If you already own furniture in good condition, see if you can

reposition or reupholster before buying new. The last step – and the most fun – is accessorizing. Accessories are what add true personality to a space. Artwork, vases, rugs, throw pillows –

surround yourself with items you love and you’ll create a winning space every time.


Quickie Guacamole Ingredients: 1 ripe Hass avocado, halved and seeded 1 lime, halved 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 cup diced tomatoes, mango, or quartered seedless grapes, optional Quickie Guacamole Directions: Scoop the flesh from the shell with a spoon into a medium bowl. Squeeze the lime juice over the avocado and stir to coat evenly. Add the salt. Use a fork to stir and mash into a chunky guacamole. Stir in tomatoes or fruit, if desired.

Speedy Salsa Ingredients: 2 ripe tomatoes, halved 1/4 small red or white onion, halved 1-2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or mint Speedy Salsa Directions: Grate tomatoes on the largest holes of a box grater into a bowl all the way down to the skins. Discard the skins. Grate the onion into the tomato. Stir in olive oil. Season with salt, to taste. Serve with cilantro leaves on the side, or stirred in, if desired.

Taco Directions: Sprinkle cheese inside each of the tortillas. Pack in the biggest compartment of the lunch box. Pack other compartments with guacamole, salsa, sour cream and other favorite toppings. Seal and send off to school. Taco Ingredients: 4 (6-inch) soft flour tortillas 1/3 cup shredded Cheddar, Monterey jack or “Mexican blend” cheese 1/4 cup Quickie Guacamole or store- bought 1/4 cup Speedy Salsa or store-bought 2 TBSP sour cream or plain yogurt, optional Mini bottle hot sauce Multi-compartment lunch box

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THREEAPPSTOHELPYOUBEGREENER While advances in technology aren’t always eco-friendly, installing green apps on your smartphone is one way to show our planet some love. Here are three free apps to help you make more sustainable choices. 1. Dropcountr: Links up to your utilities and tells you how much water you’re consuming. Also compares the amount to households near you. Water conservation – with a competitive edge. 2. GoodGuide: Offers thousands of scientific ratings on food, personal care and household cleaning items, helping you to avoid hazardous chemicals. Good for you; good for the environment. 3. OroEco: Connects how you live your life to climate change by evaluating your transportation and home energy choices, then offers personalized suggestions on how you can improve. Also comes with a carbon footprint calculator.

WHAT’SONYOURPLATE? According to nutritionists, a healthy plate of food should include: ONE: Half the plate must be filled with vegetables. Size-wise, the vegetables should fill both hands of the person who is going to eat them. TWO: Your plate should have a fist-sized portion of starch. This would break down to a cup of cooked starch such as brown rice or potatoes or two slices of multi-grain bread. THREE: You should include a portion of healthy fats about the size of the tip of your thumb. Healthy fats can come from avocado, nuts, olives, seeds or coconut oil for example. FOUR: Your plate must have a palm-sized portion of protein such as lean poultry, red meat, beans, eggs or tofu. Processed meats such as baloney or salami are not recommended as they are not considered healthy sources of protein.

THEBESTHOMEDESIGNTRICKS When it comes to home design – everyone loves a good trick. Here are five things to do today that will update your space. 1. Cover popcorn ceilings or textured walls with fabric. 2. Mix paint finishes within the same room, i.e.: matte walls with a high gloss ceiling. 3. Use a chair as a nightstand. 4. Store toys in sophisticated bins and baskets instead of a toy box. 5. Float furniture – such as a desk – off the wall to free up space.

TIPSFORSTARTINGOUT INREALESTATE INVESTMENT If real estate investment is something you’re considering getting into, here are four tips to help get you started. Set goals and expectations. A fewquestions you could ask yourself – What do you want to get out of your investment? How far in the future are you planning for? How much time do you want to dedicate to maintaining your investment? Choose a neighbourhood. While investors often think they should live near their properties so they can easily tend to their tenants’ needs, don’t let this limit your search parameters. The best property for you might be a bit further away than just around the corner. And if it’s too far to drive to for maintenance issues, consider including the cost of a property manager in your initial investment budget. Shop around. There are many factors to consider. It’s best to lay down your criteria ahead of time, view a variety of properties and then narrow them down to the one that is closest to meeting your conditions. Use an experienced agent. Property taxes, insurance, appraisals, inspections – there’s a lot to deal with when purchasing your property. This experience will guide you through every step, helping you feel confident in your investment and ready to handle what’s to come.

Three friends from different villages in Austria are members of the same Oompah band. Can you work out the age of each man (39, 40, 42), his occupation (one is a farmer), the instrument he plays and the name of his village (one is Obersdorf)? 1. Boris (who isn't the hotel keeper) is older than the tuba player (who isn't from the village of Alpensee). 2. The man who plays the flugelhorn isn't the oldest band member. 3. The man aged 40 is from a village with the same initial letter as the village the accordion player comes from. 4. The policeman is younger than Wilhelm. 5. The man from Ottenbach is either the youngest or the oldest and may or may not be Walter. NAME AGE OCCUPATION INSTRUMENT VILLAGE


Ottenback Alpensee Obersdorf


39 Policeman 40 Hotel Keeper


Walter Wilhel

Accordion Flugelhorn




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