HOWTO BRING OUTDOOR DECOR INDOORS The time of year when we begin shifting our living space back indoors is fast approaching. But that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to all the stylish outdoor items. Whether you shine up your pre-existing outdoor decor or head to the stores and shop the sales on outgoing items, incorporating patio furniture, rugs and accessories helps your home feel light and bright year-round. Plus, because outdoor products are meant to withstand the elements, they are highly durable and easy to clean. Outdoor sofas and chairs with removable cushions are a breeze to wipe off and repel spills. They’re also lighter than regular indoor furniture and easy to move around. Outdoor rugs are usually colourfast and waterproof, meaning they can withstand high-traffic hallways or homes with kids and pets. Lastly, accessories such as outdoor dishes and tablecloths have come a long way from their plastic predecessors. Many of these items appear high-end, but are break-proof, fade-resistant and – most important – affordable.
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ROBOT REPORTER One of Sweden’s most efficient news reporters is actually a robot. Since 2016, Swedish local news publisher MittMedia has used an artificial intelligence program called Homeowners Bot. The bot writes short stories about every home sale in small Northern Sweden communities where MittMedia owns several newspapers. Before the Homeowners Bot began writing articles, MittMedia simply published tables of recently bought and sold properties. However, now the bot analyzes the tables and writes about the sales using an interesting angle. By employing an AI program, the publisher can save their flesh and blood reporters for larger stories and their readers are offered a compelling read instead of a spreadsheet. MittMedia isn’t the only news source experimenting with AI. The Washington Post has a bot called Heliograf that publishes briefs about a variety of topics, while the BBC has a chatbot that suggests further content to readers. IS HEALTHY EATING THE LATEST SOCIAL MEDIA STAR? Healthy eating is on the rise and some experts claim it’s thanks to social media. Sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest are loaded with healthy recipes and photos of beautifully displayed foods. It’s so easy to become inspired by all the healthy and fresh eats plus the “you can do it too” attitude encourages others to give healthy eating a try. One area of healthy eating that has seen a lot of interest thanks to social media is veganism. Once dismissed as an over-the-top lifestyle, social media has shown that eating less animal products is actually quite easy to do – and also quite delicious. Of course, healthy meat-based dishes also have their place amongst the kale and quinoa. Because when it comes to healthy eating and social media, there’s something for everyone! LIVING NEAR NATURE LEADS TO LONGER LIFE EXPECTANCY A new report from the University of East Anglia confirms what many have known all along – exposure to the natural world extends a person’s life expectancy. The report was compiled from the results of 140 different studies involving 290 million people and concluded that living in or close to green space reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and increases sleep duration – amongst other benefits.
FUN AND EASY LUNCHBOX IDEAS
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Container with multiple compartments Sandwich mold Vegetable cutters Wooden skewers and toothpicks Stock your fridge and pantry with these items and you'll be able to mix and match lots of delicious lunch combinations every week. LUNCH COMBINATIONS: 1. Sandwiches don’t have to be boring! • Use shaped sandwich molds • Cut them up and put them on a skewer
• You can even roll them up! Just flatten out regular bread with a rolling pin, apply toppings, roll up, cut and serve like sushi. • Skip the bread altogether and use whole-wheat rolls instead. Serve with a salami and cheese stick or a cucumber and tomato stick. 2. One of the easiest ways to entice any kid to eat a good lunch is by using colour. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a great choice but even pickles and dried fruit work too. 3. Don't forget cheese and crackers. Use veggie cutters to cut out fun shapes and throw the salami on a stick. 4. Keep dried fruit and nuts on hand. They keep for months and they're easy to grab. Try: edamame, trail mix, banana chips, prunes, raisins, plain peanuts and more.
Mini veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers) Fresh fruit (raspberries, pineapple, blueberries) Crackers and pretzels Whole-wheat rolls or pita bread Dried fruit (apricots, cranberries, raisins) Nuts (Check to see if nuts are allowed due to allergies) Pickles Two kinds of deli meat (turkey, salami or ham) Two kinds of cheese (cheddar, mozza, gouda)
HOW OUR ANCESTORS BEAT THE HEAT On a scorching hot day, it may seem like air-conditioning is the only answer. Yet, our ancestors survived for thousands of years with nothing but open windows. How did they do it? Today’s standard eight or nine foot ceilings may save on construction costs, but they don’t allow heat to rise. Homes of the past often had higher or vaulted ceilings to allow the heat to move above the living space. Placement of windows and doors also played an important role in keeping homes cool. Openings located directly across from each other allowed for maximum air flow and created a cross-breeze. Furthermore, homes of the past were built according to the climate they were located in. Today, houses are often built with cost in mind or according to trends – forgoing what is best for the home’s specific location. GREEN YOUR OFFICE Looking for ways to make your office space a little more eco- friendly? Whether you work for a company or for yourself, there are many ways to green your office. Here are three ideas! 1. Print on both sides of the paper. This will cut your paper consumption by fifty percent – which will also cut costs in half. 2. Change all the lightbulbs in your office space to LED. Or, if you work in a very large office, start by changing just a few at a time. LEDs not only cut energy consumption, but they also save money as they last up to five times longer than comparable bulbs. 3. Replace disposable items in your office’s kitchen and washroom. Replace disposable plates, cups and cutlery with reusable ones. And don’t forget to replace any paper towels with hand towels. TREND ALERT: BUTTERFLY MOTIFS Butterfly motifs are an excellent way to add whimsy to your interior decor. From throw pillows with graphic prints of butterfly silhouettes to colourful wallpaper landscapes of butterflies in a field – there are so many opportunities to incorporate these beautiful and slightly mysterious creatures into your home. Printed shower curtains, figurines, dishes and the list goes on and on. Plus, if you’re feeling creative, you can paint your own one-of-a-kind butterfly artwork to hang on your wall with pride. INCLUSIVE FASHION The fashion industry isn’t particularly known for its inclusivity. But that’s all changing thanks to designers such as Roxy Earle. While the former reality-TV star doesn’t have a formal fashion education, she was inspired by fans who constantly expressed their frustrations to her over the lack of stylish, plus-sized clothing available. In a partnership with Canadian clothing store Le Château , Earle is on a mission to revive plus-size clothing by ensuring it is actually designed with plus-sized women in mind. In the past, many clothing brands have simply enlarged items without considering how they would actually fit, but Earle plans to change the broken system – all while empowering women to love themselves just as they are.
SCHOOL DAZE Luke comes home from his first day of school, and his mother asks, “What did you learn today?” “Not enough,” Luke replies. “They said I have to go back tomorrow.”
FALL FACTS Fall is just around the corner! And whether you’re a sun-lovin’ summer fiend or a fan of all things ice and snow, it’s hard to argue fall leaves and pumpkins have a certain charm. Here are three facts about the time of year also referred to as autumn and – long ago – harvest. Fall is known as “harvest” because of the harvest moon. Before man-made light, the moon was integral in reaping a prosperous harvest. Pumpkins are the most craved food during the fall. The colours yellow and orange always exist in leaves, but they’re overpowered by the abundance of chlorophyll that makes leaves green during spring and summer. Courtesy of www.taskeasy.com
Why was school easier for cave people? Because there was no history to study! What kind of school do you go to if you’re… …an ice cream man? Sundae school. …a giant? High school. Why did the broom get a poor grade in school? Because it was always sweeping during class! Why did the M&M go to school? Because he really wanted to be a Smartie! Courtesy of www.boyslife.org …a surfer? Boarding school. …King Arthur? Knight school.
BRAIN TEASERS - SYLLACROSTIC PUZZLE
Fill in the answers to the clues by selecting the correct syllables from the list below. Each syllable can only be used once and the number of syllables to be used is shown in brackets. When the correct words are filled in, the first and last letters reading down will reveal a proverb. CO, CONDS, DEN, EN, IN, NA, NO, NUR, O, RI, RING, SAL, SE, TER, TICED, TO, TU, VAGE, VIEW, WI. 1. Fostering __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ (3) 2. South American river __ __ __ __ __ __ __ (4) 3. International organization __ __ __ __ (2) 4. Lured __ __ __ __ __ __ __ (2) 5. Broaden __ __ __ __ __ (2)
6. Save from destruction __ __ __ __ __ __ __ (2) 7. Consultation __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ (3) 8. Units of time __ __ __ __ __ __ __ (2) Proverb: