Lifestyles

Off-the-grid Couple Creates a life Without bills, Builds Home for $30,000

What if you could build an inexpensive, energy efficient, self-sufficient home for as little as $30,000 and kiss monthly bills and mortgage payments goodbye? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, one couple from Bisbee, Arizona, made this little fantasy come true. Karen and Bill, both in their fifties, started building their 600-square-foot house in 2010 and moved in 18 months later. ....

Let bold reds feed your passion

(NC) Design heats up this season with bold reds to spice up your décor. Rich elegant red is commonly seen in fashion and beauty, and now its various shades have recently become popular with designers. This is why we see more reds, often considered traditional, incorporated into contemporary designs. When it comes to your home, the key is to know where and how to make the biggest impact. ....

Narrowing down the world of paint colours

(NC) When it comes to selecting the right paint colour the options are enough to make your head spin. If you go online there are millions of inspirational shots to get your creativity flowing. So what are you to do if you can't decide on a palette? Narrowing down the options is a good place to start. Begin with a colour you love. It doesn't matter if it is, cool, warm, bright or neutral, if you ....

How to get a designer-inspired home without the designer cost

(NC) When you walk through a professionally decorated home there is a certain sense of harmony that flows throughout the space. This is because designers consider each room in terms of its relation to another and choose colours, furniture and accessories that feel cohesive. This is especially important given the popularity of open concept homes. Now, not everyone hires a decorator or has a knack f ....

Expert tips for picking the perfect paint for any project

(NC) Life is hectic and your home is there to play host to all of it. Your walls must be prepared for anything; from big family get-togethers or kids' play dates, to days of furniture rearranging and room makeovers. A good coat of paint is necessary to help your home stand up to wear. Beyond just colour consider these key factors when selecting the right paint that meets the needs of your home. ....

A special day for Mom

(NC) From little touches, to homemade sweets at family brunches, we all have many ideas on how to honour our mothers for Mother's Day. To celebrate these special women, nothing says I love you like a truly unique handmade gift. For Sara Douglass, CEO of the scrapbooking company Stampin' Up!, the possibilities for offering a real gift from the heart are endless and affordable. "Whether y ....

Creative craft ideas for Easter

(NC) With the warm and sunny days ahead, Easter is a holiday celebration awaited by foodies and crafts lovers. Spring is the best season to refresh and add some colour to your everyday life. Discover smart tips and easy DIY ideas to create as a family for a fun and colourful Easter. For Sara Douglass, CEO at Stampin' Up! a scrapbooking and stamping company, Easter is the perfect time to enjoy cr ....

A DIY wedding

(NC) Homemade weddings have become a growing trend in the last few years, offering various advantages to creative brides and grooms. Not only does this option allow you to reap considerable savings, it more importantly offers the opportunity to add a personal touch to some wedding essentials. "Conceiving your own wedding is as exciting as it is gratifying,” says Sara Douglass, CEO of Stampin' U ....

Hybrid or Electric?: Which is right for you?

(NC) Even though the price of gas is extremely low these days, many drivers continue to search for lower cost and greener transportation options. Hybrid-Electric Vehicles represent a greener choice and are becoming a more attractive option because they're more fuel/energy-efficient and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than many other vehicles. But before you choose, find out more ....

Idle Stop-Start Technology is no longer just for Hybrids

No wonder stop-start technology is gaining momentum among mainstream manufacturers in Canada. This fuel-saving system, which has previously been used in hybrid vehicles, is now cropping up in conventional vehicles. Why is stop-start technology going main-stream? Idle stop-start technology turns off the engine when the vehicle is stopped thus eliminating idling and the related fuel use and emissio ....

10 fast facts about Conventional and Battery-Electric Vehicles

1. Battery-Electric Vehicles, or BEVs, use only electricity to provide motive power to the vehicle.  2. There are three main components to a BEV – an electric motor (or motors), a battery pack and a transmission that transfers power from the electric motor(s) to the wheels. 3. Electric drives are significantly more efficient than combustion engines and drivetrains because electricit ....

Top 5 Dating Mistakes for Moms

Single moms often find it difficult to date. They have a lot of responsibility and often, they forget that they too have a life. Hence, they miss out on the fun associated with adult dating. However, they should be able to enjoy having sex or just being with someone. Thanks to dating sites like Xmeeting.com and Xcheaters.com, they can easily find a causal date these days. Single moms often end up ....

Xmeeting.com Reviews: Top 5 Dating Sites for Older Adults

Like young people, even older adults need to date. They often get lonely and feel the need to socialize and interact with other people. They need to get intimate, have sex and feel alive. There are various dating sites on the Internet that can help them in this regard. These dating sites can offer them with the opportunity to meet interesting people and have fun in the process. Here are the top 5 ....

Xmeeting.com Reviews: Top 5 Dating Mistakes

People, looking for a romantic rendezvous online, now have access to new and innovative dating sites thanks to Xmeeting.com and Xcheaters.com. These sites provide people with an opportunity to get involved with other adults on the internet. These sites make casual dating easier for people. However, people can still make many mistakes that can ruin their chances of success in casual dating. Here a ....

Xmeeting.com: Top 5 Dating Tips

Dating can be a lot of fun, thanks to dating websites like Xmeeting.com and Xcheaters.com. However, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when you go on a date with people. The success of your dating life might be dependent on a variety of factors which are out of your control. However, there are few things you can do (or not do) that can increase your chances of success. Here are t ....

Xmeeting.com: Top Seven Casual Dating Tips for Ladies

If you’re not ready for a serious relationship, you might be considering the option of casual dating. Here are seven tips that will prepare you for the experience and that will help you to avoid any pitfalls along the way.
1) Finding the right guy
Finding the right guy for a no-strings-attached liaison is a ticklish business. It could turn into quite an unpleasant situatio ....

Xmeeting.com and Xcheaters.com facilitates casual dating

Xmeeting.com and Xcheaters.com have become a part of the most popular casual dating sites within a short period of time. These sites provide people with an opportunity to get involved with other adults on the internet. These days, most people lead very busy lives and more than often they do not have any time to socialize or interact with other like minded individuals. This is wh ....

Xmeeting.com: Top Five Casual Dating Tips

People, looking for a romantic rendezvous online, now have access to a new and innovative dating site thanks to Xmeeting.com. The site provides people with an opportunity to get involved with other adults on the internet. These days, most people lead very busy lives and more than often they do not have any time to socialize or interact with other like minded individuals. This is why, they ....