Easter Egg Vase
Mar13

Easter Egg Vase

YOU WILL NEED: 2 vases (one slimmer vase) a couple of bags of candy – this depends on how big your vase is Marshmallow bunnies (or chicks) Skewers Flowers DIRECTIONS: Set the small vase inside the large one. Fill with candy between the two vases up to about halfway. Layer marshmallow bunnies around the edge of the vase and use candies to keep them in place. (I used a skewer to push the marshmallows into place if they tipped over,...

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Rustic Tiered Centrepiece
Mar13

Rustic Tiered Centrepiece

YOU WILL NEED: 1 tiered stand Twine Moss Styrofoam eggs Hard-boiled eggs Lace Ribbon Buttons Glue gun DIRECTIONS: I wrapped twine around the center of my stand to hide the metal. Place moss on the tiers. Dye your hard-boiled eggs (I used boiling water, vinegar and food colouring). Decorate your styrofoam eggs using the twine, lace, ribbon and buttons (anything you like). Place your decorated eggs on the stand and finish off with a bow...

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Sports Jars for Game Day
Mar13

Sports Jars for Game Day

YOU WILL NEED: Mason jars Green, white, black and brown acrylic paint Thick and thin paint brushes Make sure your mason jars are clean and dry. Pick your sport related design; I chose a football, a football play, a referee shirt and a playing field. I used the thick brush to paint the base colour of the jars and then let them dry completely before using the thin brush to add any of the details. My theme was football but you can use...

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Getting You Vacation Ready!
Mar13

Getting You Vacation Ready!

“Vacation Ready”? Or maybe “spring ready”? Or simply just ready to say “Buh-bye winter”? Well, whatever the reason, the talented team from Beauty Bar on Main, located in downtown Grand Valley, have what it takes to get you feeling beautiful from head to toe. When you walk through the door of this upscale salon, you’re instantly greeted with a lovely, soft scent, provided to instantly put you in a relaxed mood. “We’ve designed not only...

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Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness: A Different Journey
Mar13

Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness: A Different Journey

Here we are again, back in The Reading Room with the very lovely and talented Hazel McGuiness, discussing a topic that’s not only difficult to talk about, but also to explain. Hazel and I begin our conversation by admitting that the concept of “life after death” is not only a challenging one, but is a topic that not everyone will understand, accept, or agree with. Hazel tells me, “The idea of life after death is one way that some may...

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ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: Stress – the Adrenals and Cortisol
Mar13

ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: Stress – the Adrenals and Cortisol

Stress can come in many forms. We all have problems; busy schedules, deadlines, family responsibilities, but we are able to cope, however becoming “stressed out” is a different matter. Stress is related to many things, like relationships, work problems, family upsets, chemical imbalances, hidden infections, hormone imbalances, blood sugar problems, toxins, processed food and our modern lifestyle. The adrenal glands are...

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Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella
Mar13

Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella

If a cross-section of individuals was approached to compile a list of favourite activities, it is almost a certainty the list would not include going to the dentist. Over the years, however, we have learned that proper dental care means more than a strict regime of brushing and flossing. The rule of thumb is that it is important to visit a dentist every six months for a regular checkup and professional cleaning. A dental hygienist or...

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Pelee Island: Enjoying Island Life in Ontario
Mar13

Pelee Island: Enjoying Island Life in Ontario

I feel so guilty letting this secret out! You really don’t have to go far, board a plane or spend a fortune to get away from it all to have an island experience. Ontario’s Pelee Island offers it all: peace and serenity, no traffic, friendly people, ecotourism and birding, culture, bicycling, history and … a winery! The beaches are great too, stretching way, way, out with shallow, warm waters…even I went in to enjoy the waves. Pelee...

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The History of Motorcycles: PART I  Motorcycles and the War: a two-wheeled legacy of service
Mar13

The History of Motorcycles: PART I Motorcycles and the War: a two-wheeled legacy of service

As you spend time this summer driving throughout the beautiful backroads and winding highways in and around Dufferin and Wellington counties, it’s not long before you’ll see a motorcycle rider enjoying the day as well; the sun and wind in their face as they lean through the curves. My husband and I spend many a summer weekend just this way, twisting the throttle on our Harley-Davidson (affectionately known as “Mickey”), enjoying the...

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ARTIST PROFILE: Paul Morin, the Artist and the Gallery
Mar13

ARTIST PROFILE: Paul Morin, the Artist and the Gallery

Paul Morin, the artist, and the Paul Morin Gallery are one, inseparable in fact. Let me explain further. What you see in the gallery, is only one part of Paul Morin the artist, who because of his ability has been able to put the village of Alton on the map! THE PAUL MORIN GALLERY We begin with the gallery. As you pass through Alton, your first impression when you see Paul’s place of work may be that it is just another old church which...

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Breathe New Life Into That Old Family Friend
Mar13

Breathe New Life Into That Old Family Friend

Sometimes, a piece of furniture takes on a life of its own. That living room sofa has endured your rambunctious kids bouncing on its cushions, provided a comfortable settee for important visitors and served as an impromptu bed when you came home from an exhausting outing and needed a nap. Its springs, legs, arms and backrest have absorbed a lifetime of household history to the point where it’s a family member in its own right. Yet,...

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Success in Our Community: Student Profiles
Mar13

Success in Our Community: Student Profiles

Having an institution of higher education located right here in our backyard, is a true asset of our community. Not only because of its positive effect on the people, economy, and strength of the community, but that it provides people from all walks of life an opportunity to further themselves, in a way that can be customized to who they are, and what they need. For our spring edition, we are thrilled to profile two students who took...

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Customer Service & Community Pride
Mar13

Customer Service & Community Pride

Headwaters Home Improvement Centre is really a one-stop shop for everything “home improvement”, serving people from Orangeville to Guelph. It is the brainchild of Chris Naraysingh, who opened it four years ago after spending 30 years in materials handling and manufacturing. His objective is to provide a local home improvement centre emphasizing quality products, service and exceptional prices. No Matter What Your Need, They Have It...

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As the Saying Goes; “Your Home is Your Castle”
Mar13

As the Saying Goes; “Your Home is Your Castle”

It comes as no surprise that people might wish to beautify the grounds of their special abode. Maybe you’ll see vine-covered pergolas functioning as portals to a backyard oasis filled with colourful and meticulously-kept gardens; a place where shutters and awnings compliment the landscape to create that perfect touch. In this, the 21st century, the ancient practice of residential beautification can blend with cyber age technology in...

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Beauty and Warmth for a Newly Built Home
Mar13

Beauty and Warmth for a Newly Built Home

We’ve been very fortunate here at LivingSpaces & Lifestyles to have had “inside access” to some of the most beautiful homes in our region. And one thing that all these beautiful homes have in common is having used and enjoyed the services of many of the talented retailers and contractors in our area. Cover-Ups Carpet and Flooring, with locations in both Arthur and Fergus, is one such talented business, as this team has all your...

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