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Earth Day!

April 18th, 2018 by royallepagepremier

Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day! So let’s talk about some super easy ways you can celebrate AND help our big beautiful planet!

  1. Don’t drive your car. It is Sunday after all, so we’re you really planning on going somewhere? Me neither.
  2. Get outside! I know we’re in a record setting winter right now, but it’s supposed to warm up. You’ll use less electricity and enjoy some fresh air!
  3. When you go back inside, keep the electronics off. In fact, unplug them! unplug your TV, toaster, laptop. Grab some cards, maybe a board game and kick it old school!
  4. Buy less new stuff! For every new item you buy consider the packaging, materials and process that went into getting that item to you. Buying second hand is so easy with all the new apps and websites available. You’ll save money and the planet!
  5. Switch out your current cleaning products for some Earth friendly ones! Big name household cleaners are full of untested chemicals, but luckily greener options are becoming increasingly popular, which means it’s so easy for you to make the switch! Look for labels that say “biodegradable” or “plant based” on household cleaners, and switch out your paper towels for reusable cloths, like the amazing Norwex Envriocloth!
  6. Update your appliances for eco-friendly verisons. While energy efficient, water saving washing machines in every home would be amazing, even just updating your light bulbs can make a huge difference! There’s tons of government rebates available for updating your home to be more eco-friendly.
  7. Get involved! Volunteer at organizations that put effort into helping the planet, adopt a highway, or sponsor an animal at a wild life preserve.
  8. Recycle! (you’re wondering why this is so far down the list, I know, but I have my reasons) Recycling is a big one, but you have to do it properly. Bring your bottles and cans to the bottle depot, make sure your yogurt containers are clean before throwing them in the recycle bin, and remove the staples from your papers. It’s important to get yourself educated on your local recycling programs so you can make sure your efforts aren’t wasted.
  9. Invest in reusable items! I know, earlier I told you to buy less stuff, but this is different. Things like reusable coffee cups (or reusable cups for your coffee maker), cloth grocery/produce bags and silicone snack/sandwich bags will save you money and help save the planet! Pick a disposable item you find yourself going through a lot of, and see if you cant find a reusable version.
  10. And last, but not least, the most classic of classics, plant something. Trees and plants clean our air and provide oxygen, and flowers are food for so many creatures that keep the planet turning, like bees. Whether you plant a tree or flowers outside, or get a new houseplant, you’re doing something good!

There is a fantastic quote that serves as a reminder of why it’s important to take care of our planet:

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”

Proud to be Canadian

April 10th, 2018 by royallepagepremier

Canadians are the most generous, resilient and caring people I have ever seen. In the wake of tragedy, time and again, Canadians stretch out their hands to carry the hurt and fallen. To count myself in as a Canadian and an Albertan is nothing short of an honor and a privilege.

I talk about this today as a reminder that there is still light in dark times. As you have likely heard; Friday evening the bus of the Humboldt Broncos Junior Hockey team was struck by a semi-truck, resulting in the death of 15 people, and several more injured to various degrees. Several of these young men were from Alberta, with quite a few from Edmonton and St. Albert, hitting our local community hard. This painful tragedy has brought all of Canada to its knees, but together, we will rise back up.

For the families and loved ones of the victims, the loss is immeasurable, but Canadians are relentless in their generosity. A Go Fund Me page was set up to help the suffering families with a goal of $10,000, which was promptly smashed, and as of writing this, has over 7 million dollars in donated funds. A campaign has started, to show those left behind that they are not alone. Community members are leaving their porch lights on overnight, and putting a hockey stick, or two, out on their front porch, for the boys. This campaign has now become international, with social media posts coming in from all over of hockey sticks on front porches.

What and incredible thing it is to be Canadian.. Through tornadoes, fires, floods and tragic accidents we are strong…

Right now, We Are Humboldt Strong

Hoppy Easter!

March 29th, 2018 by royallepagepremier

Who’s ready for a looong weekend!

Easter is one of my favourite holiday’s for a few reasons:

  1. Extra long weekend! If you’re a lucky duck like me you get Friday and Monday off!
  2. Easter egg hunts!
  3. Huge Easter feast!
  4. Time with my family!

Easter is a big deal in my family (probably cause they’re Catholic) which means it’s an all day event with a massive feast. Every year we all gather at my Aunt’s house to search for hidden eggs, eat way too much food and just be together as a family. And yes, I do still search for eggs. In fact, my youngest cousin is now 15, but we still search for eggs. My aunt has had to get really creative with where she hides them now, but tradition is tradition! My son is now 13 months old, and he is the first, and only great-grandchild in our family, but I imagine in the coming years our egg hunts will transfer from me and my cousins, to him and his. It warms my heart, but also makes it sad; oh where has the time gone?

As far as food goes, my family goes all out. There’s a lot of us, and quite a few boys in their late teens to mid 20’s so you know those boys can pack a lot away, so we all cook and bake and bring together. We have all the staples, ham, potatoes, veggies, pie, and of course lots of chocolate. Every once in a while a few of us get a bit creative with a dish and with more of my cousins getting married and being in committed relationships, we get to see more and more new dishes put on our table every year. I’ve always believed that the type of food a person eats is a huge part of them, and others food traditions being shared with our family is another things that warms my sappy heart.

Almost all my cousins are adults now, one is married, one is common-law, two of the teenagers are too cool to spend time with family most of the time; so I’m truly grateful for any excuse to bring us all together. I know, I know, my sappy, mom heart is showing. I love my crazy family, and any excuse to drink wine and eat chocolate.

There is a bonus 5th reason that I love Easter, and it’s my husbands family. His family is a lot smaller than mine, not big on holiday traditions, and I see them on a pretty regular basis; but they are wonderful people, so any time with them is good time. I get to have two Easters, and I get to see my handsome nephews, so it’s fair to say I’m pretty spoiled.

A big Happy Easter from Royal Lepage Premier, and I hope you enjoy your long weekend, whatever your doing!

First Day of Spring!

March 20th, 2018 by royallepagepremier

Today, March 20 2018, is officially the Spring Equinox, more commonly known as “The First Day of Spring”! Now I know that here in the 780 that doesn’t seem all that important; we’ve probably got at least one more major snow fall right? However! I like to think positively and I am here to make your half empty glass look half full instead! The really special thing about the fact that March is still winter for us, is that we get a reminder about all the things we wanted to do for spring and summer, before they actually start! I know you have big plans for those sunny days and I’m here to help you get ready for them!

So we’re going to start this pep talk on a subject no one likes, our New Year’s Resolutions. Its been 3 months and even the most dedicated resolution-ers are can get bored or start slacking. So I want to give you a little shout out if you’ve stuck to or made your goals! Maybe you’re quitting smoking, you’re losing weight, trying to spend more time with your family or working towards a new job or higher education. You’re doing an awesome job in whatever venture your pursing, and if you’re starting to wavier, remember why you wanted to start that journey in the first place! If you find yourself struggling, I want to encourage you to reset your goals, and challenge yourself a little at a time. For example, if you’ve picked your cigarettes back up, challenge yourself to cut back, or aim to go a certain length of time before you reach for one. If your working on losing weight, consider this your reminder to get back on track! Remember it typically takes only 4 weeks before you see results, so you still have lots of time to hit your summer goals!

Next, if you haven’t started already, give your place a good spring cleaning. I like to remind people that spring cleaning should be more than just wiping down the baseboards and steaming the carpets. Don’t be afraid to get some bags together and fill them with the stuff you no longer want or need. Donate clothes or toys your kids have outgrown. Sell that old lamp sitting in your basement. Declutter that junk drawer! There’s tons of resources online that can give you tips on how to clean up your home to fit your spring cleaning goals.

I know it seems early, but start your spring/summer projects now! You’ve been talking about having everyone over for a BBQ for ages now, you just have to refurbish those old patio chairs; go buy the fabric! You want to spend more time working on that old car this summer, well get your work station tidy and organized! Maybe you have been thinking about participating in a local team sport, well start looking it up now because registration is probably already started! I’m here to tell you to get on it! If you want to make the most of something for summer, you need to have it ready before summer is here!

And finally, you’ve got to do the dirty work. I’m talking about pruning those dead bushes in your front yard before they come back to life and take over everything, raking up the leaves and pine needles that got buried beneath the snow, and general clean up of your garden area. Taking care of it early means you get to enjoy the sunny days doing more fun things, like sipping lemonade while watching your neighbors struggle with pruning their overgrown gardens in the hot sun.

I hope you enjoy your warm days in whatever fashion you prefer. As for me, you’ll find me on my deck (once I find it under the snow), with the BBQ running, pink lemonade in hand, surrounded by friends and family.

Happy Pi Day

March 14th, 2018 by royallepagepremier

Pi or Pie?? How about both!?

Pi day is a quiet, humble holiday that really should be celebrated more, because any excuse to eat pie is something that should be celebrated, in my opinion. So what is Pi day?

Pi or π, is the constant ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. You probably remember learning it at some point. So why is March 14th Pi Day? Because the number Pi starts with 3.14, which matches today’s date! 3-14! Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. It will actually continue infinitely without repetition or pattern, but only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations.

So now, pie. Because Pi and pie are pronounced the same, those aware of the minor holiday like to celebrate it by indulging in some delicious pie!

However, this is no ordinary Pi Day. I am sad to say that this morning, the revolutionary scientist, Stephen Hawking passed away. He contributed an immeasurable amount to the scientific community, and it feels almost poetic that he passed away on a day that celebrates math. Today is also Albert Einstein’s 139th birthday.

So in honour of math, and in honour of Mr. Hawking, have some pie today. My favourite is apple, what’s yours?

Royal LePage Premier’s 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic

March 8th, 2018 by royallepagepremier

Join us for a fun-filled day of golf and giving back to the community! There will be on course sponsors, with activities and games. Local restaurants will be on site serving their daily food & beverage specials as well.

By participating in this annual community event you will be assisting Royal LePage Premier in their fundraising mission of $25,000 this year for the St. Albert Stop Abuse In Families Society (S.A.I.F.S). This tournament is a wonderful networking and social event all while supporting your local Women’s Shelter. To date Royal LePage has raised over $100,000 for this incredible, local organization. S.A.I.F.S offers counselling, support and education to those suffering from abuse, all for free.

We’ll be posting more about this event as it gets closer, but you can register right away!

Golf Registration is $160.00 per player. There are also sponsorship opportunity’s available! Follow this link for registration information!

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/royal-lepage-premiers-6th-annual-charity-golf-classic-tickets-43988197884?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=eventcard

Can’t wait to see you there!

Getting Out in March

March 1st, 2018 by royallepagepremier

My fellow Yeg-lettes,

I’m sure we can all agree that by March we are soooo over winter, and you’re itching to get out and do something! Well the good people planning the going-on’s in Edmonton decided that you don’t need to wait for winter to be over to start getting out again.

March 1 – 18th you can catch Mama Mia! at the Citadel Theatre. The shows are suitable for anyone ages 5 and up, so you can get your nostalgia on and even bring the kiddos along for a musical experience! There’s a few special showings, so make sure to read through everything they’ve got planned for the showings.

 

March 22 – 24 The Alberta Ballet Presents: Cinderella. Another perfect show for you to bring your kids to.

 

I know what some of you are thinking, my kid would never sit through a play or ballet! No worries, the  Mom, Pop, and Tots Fair is your foolproof event to take your kids to. Bounce houses, chalkboard floors and a petting zoo for the kids; and local business vendors all related to things to need and want for kids for you! Bonus, children under 2 can attend for free.

If your one of those that likes winter, there’s something for you too!  Hasken Canoe is putting on full moon/new moon snowshoe tours March 2, 3 and 17th. Experience the amazing natural nighttime beauty of Elk Island Nation Park. You’ll be able to rent snowshoes, and your admission price includes hot chocolate and marshmallows for roasting. Yum!

Maybe you’re more into cheap winter thrills. March 9th and 10th you can race 3 others down an ice hill full of bumps and jumps in the Red Bull Crashed Ice event. With hockey season coming to an end it’s nice to have something else ice related to get our Canadian hearts pumping.

The SkirtsAfire festival is a jam packed weekend, March 9 – 11 for those who prefer something less wild. The festival is all about elevating the work of women including yoga, dance, film and art, and all events are by donation. There’s tons to see, so make sure to look over the schedule to the things you don’t want to miss.

 

 

source:

http://blog.sterlingedmonton.com/blog/fun-things-edmonton-march-2018-nsbp?utm_content=67714099&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Bring On The Spring Cleaning!

February 21st, 2018 by royallepagepremier

As February flies by, Spring is quickly approaching. And spring means spring cleaning.  After months of winter have forced us to keep all the doors and windows closed, spring is the time for fresh air and a fresh start!

 

Now not everyone loves spring cleaning, but most people enjoy having their place clean, so….  time to get to work.  It’s SO worth it.  It can be a daunting task though, especially after months of being cooped up indoors.  Projects, items from the holidays, and plain old stuff can pile up.  Here are a few simple ways to tackle the whole house, and make it less of a chore.

 

Make A Prioritized List: Write out a list of the things that need to be done around the house.  Then prioritize them from most to least important, and if possible, break the projects down into even smaller tasks.  This way you will feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment by being able to cross things off your list, and the smaller tasks mean you can at least get one or two things done in a shorter period of time.

 

Delegate The Workload: If you share a home, you share the mess too, and another set of hands can come in handy!  After you make your list, ask your spouse if they’d like to add anything, and which items they’d prefer to do on the list.  Most of us have a couple chores we don’t mind so much, and at least one we really hate.  If you are lucky, you and your significant other’s lists of loved/hated chores will be different from one another’s, and you can make a plan.  If not, rock paper scissors is a great deciding tool as well.   Kids can pitch in too!  There are tons of lists online of age appropriate chores for the kiddos.  Even toddlers can put a toy in a bin, and the older they get, the more they can help.  There may be some whining involved, and a small bribe isn’t the worst play in the parenting playbook, and the kids will benefit from a tidy house and the feeling of satisfaction earned from a job well done.

 

Make It Fun: Who says you can’t crank up the music and dance around while you clean?  Playing your favourite tunes can make the time/work pass quickly, and mopping floors to a rhythm (or so I’ve heard) can help leave a streak-free shine to hardwood floors.  Just be conscious of where your windows are located, and if you care or not if the neighbours see you.  Maybe you’ll be discovered for your wicked dance moves … or scare away any unwanted solicitors.  Either way, sounds like a win-win.

 

Brighten Up Your Home: One way to make organizing easier to deal with is to have a place for everything, and everything in it’s place.  Even better if your storage place is decorative and fun.  Be creative.  You can always stash things away in hidden places like closets or under the bed, but sometimes it’s nice to use decorative boxes and baskets.  You could do an up-cycle project, then it can be cheaper or even free!  Go vertical.  Shelving can be a wonderful space saver, and allows for display of your favourite things too.  Have a boring laundry room or storage spot under the stairs?  Not very welcoming, is it?  Dress it up with a splash of paint.  Bright feature walls aren’t just for bedrooms or living areas.  It would be a lot more fun to do laundry in a space that offered a bit of colour and personality.  Most of us even have paint left over from other projects, brighten up the back of a closet.  It’ll tie the room together, and is just an easy way to add a bit of pop.

 

Declutter:  Most of us have so many things in our home we don’t need.  Maybe it’s because our Aunt Linda makes us an afghan every year for Christmas for the last 20 years and we don’t have the heart to tell her we have enough.  Maybe it’s a deep-seated aversion to throwing “perfectly good” items away?  It’s hard to choose which masterpiece your kid made in Gr 2 should stay, and which should go.  This may be easier said than done as all the artwork that gets sent home from school will make you consider buying stocks in art supplies, but consider saving 1 item per month, and shipping the rest of that stuff off to the grandparents.  Some of us keep ill-fitting clothing around that we can only pray to fit back into one day.  Others hoard supplies for projects that we will never get around to doing.  Take a look around your whole house (and garage, shed, crawlspace, attic, or anywhere else that collects things) and be honest with yourself.  “Do I need this?”, “Will I use this?”, and “Will my world crumble if I don’t have this thing in my possession?”.  These are all good questions to ask.  Consider thinning it out.  Recycle, up-cycle, hand down, or donate.  There are lots of options without putting stuff in the garbage.  You will feel better after.  Lighter.  Less cluttered, and things will look more put together and simplified with purpose.  Bring on the Spring cleaning!

 

Reasons To Use A Real Estate Agent To Buy Or Sell Your Home

January 29th, 2018 by royallepagepremier

 

For most of us, a home purchase will be the single most expensive and important purchase we make in our lifetimes.  Therefore, it is so important to make sure we are well informed, and make the best choice possible for our family, location, and budget.  There is so much to do, and to know about the home buying and selling process and using a licensed Real Estate Agent can take out the guesswork and help us to navigate this very important decision.  Here are some ways how:

 

Realtors keep up with the current market trends.  An Agent will have the experience and information needed to help their clients know when to buy/sell.  Timing can make all the difference, and an Agent can advise on the best time to list, or buy, to help clients get the deal done in a timely manner.  Buying a home is very exciting and clients may want to make a deal ASAP but having an Agent can help temper some of the excitement with some down-to-earth advice.  There are so many steps when signing a real estate deal, and making sure things are done correctly, and in the right order will save time and money in the long run.  It may be tempting to list and begin showing the home right away, but an Agent will help you to know what needs to be done first to ensure success.  They know about market trends and timing, and what to fix before listing vs what things to be done are better left as part of the deal.

 

Realtors have tons of local knowledge and have a wealth of information at their fingertips that you may not.  We all know how to use Google, but Agents have access to industry specific searches, and can access information that may not be available to the public.  They can conduct research, look for properties with specific features, or in certain neighbourhoods, as well as having plenty of knowledge about things like builders, taxes in the area, proposed construction, crime rates, and tons of other statistics that most of us wouldn’t even think of including in our searches.

 

Agents get to know their clients.  Let’s say Mr. and Mrs. Smith are in their early 60s and looking for a nice home to retire in.  They may be wanting to downsize or be closer to family.  Not only will a Realtor know what kind of properties can appeal to the Smith’s budget and demographics but may have some suggestions that the couple hadn’t thought about.  Since the couple plan to spend many years in their next home, can it be renovated to accommodate seniors who may be facing mobility issues in the future?  Does the home have a large yard, or lots of landscaping that will need to be tended to year-round?  Maybe the property has appliances or an HVAC system that is nearing the end of its life, are the clients able/willing to replace these fixtures?  When buying a home in the summer, it’s easy to forget about out harsh winters.  Does the home have a garage, or an outdoor spot with power to plug in a vehicle, or is it close to a public transit route so the Smith’s don’t have to walk 5 blocks to get to their bus stop?  These are just a few possible points an Agent can help their clients keep in mind when looking at a new home, and the types of things that many of us wouldn’t necessarily think about until it was too late.

Realtors can provide referrals to trusted industry professionals such as mortgage brokers. lawyers, and home inspectors.  Again, because of how complicated buying/selling a home can be, it is most definitely advised to use the experts in these fields.  Navigating all this without professional help can lead to some very serious and expensive oversights.  Your Agent will have names of professionals that you can trust, saving you time and money, as well as providing you peace of mind.

These are just a few of the many reasons to have an Agent help you with buying/selling a home.  Let a licensed professional help you navigate this exciting phase in your life.

Congratulations to our Top 5 Producers of 2017!!!

January 23rd, 2018 by royallepagepremier

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