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A Room-by-Room Lighting GuideHow an owner lights the many rooms of their home is usually pre-determined by the original lighting at the time of purchase. However, this passive approach can end up having a major impact on how each resident feels about their time within the home. It can even be a safety hazard if the lighting interferes with the visibility of the rooms. Good lighting within a home also helps sell the home - especially in winter. For a better idea of how to approach lighting, keep these tips in mind to banish the dangerous shadows.

Main Rooms

Whether it's a family room, living room, or den, these rooms are often the most used in any home. And because they're places where people tend to congregate, the rooms can be used in multiple ways from morning to…

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The Best Places to Experience Outdoor Yoga in CalgaryGetting outdoors and taking in some fresh air can be so relaxing. That is why outdoor yoga classes have become increasingly popular. Yoga in itself provides an at peace feeling, and combining it with the outdoors brings even more energy to the movements that are being done. Check out some of these outdoor Yoga classes offered in the Calgary area.

Outdoor Yoga Calgary

This class is offered every Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Join this class located at Stanley Park, which is offered until October 5th. That is if the weather permits. Classes are led by Crystal Scott, and she provides various levels of yoga. This class is given on a donation basis, which is great for those that are on a budget.

Yoga in Bowness

This yoga class is held in a…

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depositphotos_dog_in_backyard_421When you are looking for a house here in the city, you'll have to consider what type of home your beloved dog would like as well. Giving your dog the home of his dreams is important too! Here are a few things to look for when you are shopping around for the perfect home for you and your furry friend.

Moving is stressful, and when you move with pets it can be even more stressful for both you and the animals. Calgary is known as one of the most pet-friendly cities in all of North America because of the 150 off-leash dog areas and a number of other reasons. The city has more parts per capita than anywhere else in North America. Here are a few tips to help you move to Calgary with your pets.

Find the Right Neighbourhood

Did you know you can…

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The Best Pubs in Calgary ABThere’s no place like a local pub to wind down at after a long day. You can grab a large pint and some tasty pub food, all while catching up on all the local news. Friendly and inviting, pubs are a natural hangout for all treks of life and enjoy one another’s company. Here are some pubs in Calgary worth a visit.

Local on 8th

Whether you stop in for a meal or just come for one of the beers, you will enjoy the unique design of the interior of the Local on 8th. This is a part of a gastro pub chain that started in Vancouver in 2009. Some of the things you will find on the menu are perfect for a light snack, such as the tuna poke. They have a patio and will certainly become one of the hot spots in the summer months.

The Bank and Baron P.U.B.

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The Best Hiking Paths in CalgaryThe scenery around Calgary is known by its denizens to be beautiful, with picturesque mountains and sprawling fields creating a landscape nobody could quickly forget. And with such grand displays of nature surrounding the city, what better way to appreciate it than to visit and explore them on foot through a hiking excursion? If you're interested in immersing yourself in nature, consider taking a hike along one of these stunning Calgary hiking paths.

Larch Valley

You’ll find the terrain will take you far into the alpine Larch Forest. The round trip runs about 8 kilometres.

The yellow leaves glow this time of year in the Larch Valley. The trail starts at Moraine Lake. If you want a longer route, you will have the option to continue to…

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Millennials: Are They Buying Homes?Millennials have been getting older and now make up the majority of home buyers. According to a survey by the National Association of Realtors in the United States, 78% of the first-time home buyers are millennials.

What Makes a Millennial?

This is the largest generation that has been seen since the baby boomers came on board. This new influx of young adults has created a huge demand for housing. The millennials have come of age and are seriously taking a look at their long-range financial and real estate options.

The millennial generation includes individuals that are less than 33 years of age while Generation X. individuals are anywhere from 34 to 48 years old. Baby boomers are in the 49 to 58 age bracket while the silent generation…

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Morin Music Business in Calgary

Morin Music is a private studio that specializes in high-quality musical education. What started as a collective of classical musicians offering lessons in Calgary has cumulated in Morin Music becoming one of Calgary's leading musical education centres.

"Since opening our doors, we have had a very strong and clear vision for what we believe is best for our students and their learning, and I believe our company has been successful because of our commitment to our principles and philosophy," says Carmen Morin, owner and executive director.

The Role Morin Music Serves

Carmen explains that their programs are dedicated solely to classical music training, with emphasis on character development through musical training. "We could have adjusted our…

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The Best Kid-Friendly Attractions in CalgaryFor families with young children, Calgary is akin to a playground. There's something for children of all ages, stages and interests. Whether a family is visiting with a young child who is passionate about history, or they are bringing a brood of children to have a fun day at the amusement park, there's a place to go that is perfect for them.

These places give families the opportunity to make lifelong memories together, and to enjoy quality time with one another in the city. These are the best things to do in Calgary with kids:

Calaway Park

Families who are searching for a traditional theme park will be delighted by Calaway Park. This Calgary theme park has everything anyone could want out of an amusement park. There's rides for kids of all…

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Buying a Safe Home For Senior CitizensIf you're a senior and finding your current home too big, or posing too much hassle to maintain, you might be considering a variety of alternative living situations. There are many options for seniors, but many of these choices involve renting. Renting is okay, but it's money out of your pocket and not an investment. You worked hard for your money, so why not keep it working for you.

You could invest in a smaller home, but you run into those pesky upkeep and maintenance problems which you were hoping to avoid in the first place. If you're not really interested in a retirement community and would like more independence, what other choices are out there?

How about considering investing your money into a condominium instead? The condo market is…

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Find Quality Craftmanship at Black Forest Wood Company

Black Forest Wood Company is a woodworking supply store that also sells custom tables and doors. They stock the largest variety of lumber species in Canada and are dealers for woodworking tools and supplies from top brand names such as Laguna, EcoPoxy, Tuff Tooth, King, PROXXON, Powermatic and more. Black Forest also teaches courses in woodworking, wood turning, and carving.

What is the Secret to Success for Black Forest Wood Company?

"The two main driving factors behind the success of our business include our unmatched knowledge and skills in the woodworking field combined with organic social media marketing," says Dylan Thomas, manager of marketing and design.

However, woodworking is a traditional medium, while social media is part of an…

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