Author Archives: Ted

Planting a Garden for Success: Try Native Plants

With our hot summers and unpredictable rain fall, gardening can be a challenge. Make growing a garden easy for yourself by selecting plants that you know are going to do well.  Plants that are considered native or indigenous to Southern Ontario have evolved here and adapted over time to the regional climate, soils and wildlife. They will grow best in … <entire article…>

Once a Season Clean

Spring is often associated with “spring cleaning”, but here’s the good news, whether you’re a daily scrubber or you prefer to go for a hike instead of getting out the vacuum, there are some chores that only have to be done once or twice a year. There’s even more good news – these are the chores that often make a … <entire article…>

Cauliflower: Today’s Most Fashionable Vegetable

Cauliflower, once a lowly, plain vegetable sometimes boiled or used as a crudité with dip is now the “darling” of food lovers. It is especially suited to vegan cooking because of the versatile way in which it can be transformed into a wide variety of delicious non-meat choices.  Originally grown in the Isle of Cyprus, cauliflower has been cultivated in … <entire article…>

Clearing Out the Clutter in Your Heart & Mind

We often hear about the value of decluttering and organizing homes, closets and offices to create a harmonious and peaceful life. After the task is done, most report feeling “lighter”, “refreshed” and more energized. But many forget to invest that same amount of time and energy into decluttering our minds, and our hearts. We all hold onto emotions, feelings, and … <entire article…>

Talking about “Un-Mentionables”

Think about it: underwear (men and women) is the most fundamental piece of clothing you own: It’s the first thing you put on in the morning and the last thing you take off. It’s worn close to the skin, so you need comfort. It serves a protective and supportive role, so it needs to be made well and functional. But … <entire article…>

Taking Care of Our Inter-Connected Body

We usually think of our bodies in terms of individual parts, for example, we exercise to tone our abs, or we eat green vegetables because they are good for our heart. It’s the same way if we get sick or hurt. If we have a rash, we see a skin doctor, but if we break a leg, we see a … <entire article…>

Off the Beaten Track

When tourists flock to Paris, France, everyone checks out the main sites: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Versailles, Notre Dame. Of course, you want to make sure you visit these “must see” places. But what about the lesser-known attractions, for example, the beautiful Bois de Boulogne park in the middle of Paris city? Many tourists have never heard of it, … <entire article…>

Easter Culinary Traditions: Try Something New

For many in Canada, Easter means a ham dinner, scalloped potatoes, and a day eating cream-filled candy eggs. But from braided breads to roast lamb, take a look at some of the most popular Easter food traditions we enjoy from around the world. Maybe this year, try out something new from a local bakery or food shop. Two kinds of … <entire article…>

Staying Ahead with Tech Part 2: The Smarter Home

In the last edition of Beaches|life, we featured Augmented Reality as part of our three part series: Staying Ahead with Tech. In part two, we are looking at the Smart Home. Smart home gadgets let you turn your lights on using your smartphone, stream music to a speaker, remotely lock your doors, clean your house, and much more. More than … <entire article…>