Shabby chic, an uber popular home decor style that embraces a worn, lived-in look, is making way for simple chic decor. So, what’s the difference between the two styles? Shabby chic began in the 1980s as an alternative to opulent penthouses and over-the-top mansions. Shabby chic showcases well-loved items, often with chipped paint, and an abundance of soft throws, pillows and cozy area rugs. While simple chic retains the lived-in look, it strips
back the layers and crosses over into minimalist territory. However, while minimalism is often thought of as stark and bare, simple chic is both cozy and pared down. Think high-quality pieces, attention to detail and an earth-toned palette. And don’t forget about lighting! Use curtains to help filter and frame natural light and pick one eye- catching – albeit simple – light fixture to anchor the space.
NEW YEAR’S DETOX TEA
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This Detox Tea Recipe is the perfect recipe to help to kick-start your journey to a better health. It is the kind of detox tea that cleanses and removes toxins from the body and helps the body to increase energy. Note: Before starting any detox program or diet, consult your physician. INGREDIENTS: 8 cups water 3 inches fresh ginger, peel and shredded 3 tea bags dandelion 4 sprigs parsley 2 teaspoons turmeric 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon lemon 1 tablespoon cranberry juice (optional) 2 teaspoons maple syrup (optional) DIRECTIONS: 1. Bring water to boil in a stainless steel pot. Add ginger and reduce heat to simmer in the covered pot for 5 minutes 2. Turn off heat, add dandelion, parsley, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Allow tea to steep for 10 minutes. 3. Strain tea and store and allow to cool. Store in airtight glass jar and place in refrigerator. 4. Serve warm or cold, add lemon juice, cranberry juice, and maple syrup per cup. Drink 2-3 times a day on an empty stomach.
QUOTE “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” – Mother Teresa (Known in the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Mother Teresa was born in Macedonia in 1910 and lived there until the age of eighteen, when she moved to India and remained there for the majority of her life. In 1950, mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, which manages homes for the ill and those living in poverty. She received many honours throughout her life, including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She died September 5, 1997 at the age of 87.)
CANADIANWEATHERQ&A Warm up your mind with this Canadian winter Q and A! 1. What area of Canada gets the most snow each year? Mount Fidelity, BC. 2. What are four places in the world that are colder than Canada? Greenland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Antarctica. 3. Which Canadian city has the largest single-day snowfall ever recorded? Tahtsa Lake, BC, which saw 145 cm of snow on February 11, 1999. 4. Where did Canada’s largest one-hour temperature change occur? Pincher Creek, AB, where residents switched from parkas to shorts as the temperature zipped from -19˚C to +22˚C in a single hour back in 1962.
HEALTHYLIVINGONTHEROAD Truck drivers, salespeople, long distance commuters and any other person that spends more time in your vehicle than out of it – you know the importance of staying healthy on the road. You also know that it isn’t always easy. And it’s not always about avoiding greasy fast food. Sleep and exercise play just as important a roll as nutrition. No matter where you’re laying down your head for the night, establish a pre-bedtime routine that stays the same. This could be as simple as brushing your teeth and reading a book, but it signals your body that it’s time to turn out the lights. It’s also important to establish a physical activity routine, whether that is daily walks, runs or stretching. Lastly, never skip breakfast and opt for oatmeal instead of bacon and eggs. And carrying healthy snacks like nuts and fruit is a must if you want to avoid giving into cravings and hitting up the drive-through.
DIYWINECORKSUCCULENTMAGNETS Add a little greenery to your fridge with these adorable wine cork succulent magnets. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Wine corks Drill with size 5/16 bit Wrench Craft paint (optional) HOW TO CREATE: 1. Hold the wine cork with the wrench and drill a hole in the center of the cork. 2. Next, block off the top of the cork with painter’s tape to give a dipped-paint look.
If you’d like a more natural look, skip this step and don’t paint the corks at all. 3. Use the hot glue gun to glue two to three magnets on the side of the cork. 4. Add your soil and succulent and display on a magnetic surface.
Paint brushes (optional) Painter’s tape (optional) Hot glue gun Magnets (1/4 inch) Soil Small succulent pieces
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THREE INSPIRING INTERNATIONALDESIGNERS These three acclaimed designers provide us with inspiration – on an international stage. Philippe Stark: A legend of modern design, France’s Philippe Stark is known for his work on luxury hotels and his imaginative reworking of everyday objects. Kelly Hoppen: South African designer Kelly Hoppen appeared on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den from 2013 to 2015, but is also well known for her neutral palettes and her work with celebrities such as David and Victoria Beckham. Marcel Wanders: Dutch designer Marcel Wanders became internationally known in 1996 with his Knotted Chair, which combines high tech materials with low-tech production methods. Along with a multi-disciplinary team, he has worked on nearly two thousand products and interior design projects.
- ALPHA-GRIDDLE BRAIN TEASERS
Fill in the locations of the missing letters of the alphabet using the directions. When you have completed the grid, see if you can discover the hidden city, country, river or mountain. Note: North or south means any location along the same column. East or west means any location along the same row.
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KITCHENRENOTRENDSWITH GREATRETURNS Kitchen renovations are so popular because – as the saying goes – the kitchen is the heart of the home. But a kitchen remodel also offers one of the highest return on investment in comparison to other home improvements. Whether you’re renovating to modernize the space, make it more functional for your family, or impress potential buyers, any one of these three popular kitchen trends will help you recoup your costs whether you sell now or in the future. Open concept. Aside from the entire kitchen itself being open and spacious – or at least feeling spacious – elements of the kitchen should also contain that open-area feel. Popular trends include replacing some or all of the upper cabinets with open shelves to store bulk foods in glass jars and an eclectic mix of dishware in plain sight. Use the base cabinets for all the practical items a kitchen holds, organized in divided drawers or containers for easy access. Smart technology. Ever thought you’d be able to communicate with your refrigerator via your phone? Well, with today’s smart kitchen technology – you can! Apps on a smart phone synced to a fridge can keep an up-to-date grocery list. Meanwhile, smart ovens now have the ability to preheat while you commute home. Beautiful lighting. A kitchen is nothing if it’s not well lit, but that doesn’t mean functional lighting needs to be boring. There are so many beautiful and unique fixtures on the market, from glamorous pendant lights to industrial track lights, to LEDs that light up when you open your cabinet doors. A well thought out lighting plan is one of the best ways to make your kitchen pop!
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HIGH-CONCEPTECO-FRIENDLY FURNITURE Innovative designers are the perfect advocates for the earth because their eco-friendly furniture is both green and highly artistic. London designer Charlotte Kidger repurposes polyurethane dust by turning it into multi-colored sculptures and tables that appear to be made from fine pieces of coloured sand. European-based ecoBirdy takes the plastic from used toys, 80% of which would have ended up in landfills, incinerators and the ocean, and turns them into children’s furniture. Brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana designed an entire furniture collection from one of the world’s most sustainable materials – cork. Meanwhile, the Brazilian designers of the Easychair created what appears to be a chair made of living flowers, but it’s actually made out of knotted recycled fabric. Lastly, Paris’ The Pipeline Project – which takes used PVC pipe and turns it into furniture – pairs PVC with solid oak to create modern, colourful chairs. THREESNACKFACTS Snacks are not only tasty – they’re also fascinating! Here are three interesting facts about food. 1. Strawberries have more vitamin C than oranges. 2. A peanut is not a nut. It’s a legume. 3. The biggest gingerbread house was decorated with 4,750 pounds of icing. That’s heavier than a giraffe! Courtesy of www.kids.nationalgeographic.com