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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When Friendship Gets Down to Business
Mar13

When Friendship Gets Down to Business

What do you get when you pair home owners who are in the construction business with a talented designer who just happen to be friends? An incredible home renovation, that is beautiful, functional, and filled with love. Paula Coffey, owner of The Plumber’s Wife in Arthur Ontario, is well known throughout the area for her design expertise, and appealing decorative style. Not to mention her beautiful retail storefront and showroom, with...

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Ask the Landscape Architect Expert:  Integrated Gardening…Beautiful and Edible
Mar13

Ask the Landscape Architect Expert: Integrated Gardening…Beautiful and Edible

I love this idea! Creating beautiful gardens with some of your favourite perennials, and then adding in vegetables, fruits, and herbs to provide edibles as part of your overall landscape. And who better to speak with regarding this growing “return to roots” in landscape design then Paul Brydges, award-winning Landscape Architect, and owner of Brydges Landscape Architecture and Design. “There are so many ‘edible options’ to plant in...

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Iceland: A nation of extreme contrasts, moulded by fire and ice.
Mar13

Iceland: A nation of extreme contrasts, moulded by fire and ice.

It’s no wonder Iceland’s unique otherworldly environment is used for filming fantasy movies. This isolated island, straddling the Arctic Circle has an allure of dramatic landscapes, abrupt headlands, massive glaciers and gigantic waterfalls that are humbling in size. The Icelandic peoples, originally Viking (since mid 9th c.) and northern Scandinavian descent, have been influenced by Denmark since the early 1400s....

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