Budget friendly activities for kids 

Hello everyone

Need some ideas for budget friendly activities with kids? Take a look below:

Plant a garden. My kids love planting seeds in the spring and watching them grow through the summer.

Have a water balloon fight. Let the kids toss water balloons at each other or you. My youngest daughter loves the chance to soak her dad.

Go bowling. The Kids Bowl Free program allows kids to play two free games a day at participating bowling centers.

Watch birds. My friend and her two sons take their binoculars and a book of their province’s native birds to the backyard and try to identify as many birds as possible.

Create a water park in the backyard. Turn on the sprinkler, fill the baby pool, get out the Slip ‘N Slide and let the kids have fun cooling off on a hot day.

Take a bubble bath outside. If the kids are tiring of the inflatable pool, make it fun again by filling it with bubbles — and tossing small toys in for them to find under all the foam.

Visit the public library. Public libraries often offer free summer reading programs that include workshops, movies, children’s theater, puppet shows and more. Or just check out how-to books so you and your kids can learn something new together

Listen to a concert in a park. Many cities have free summer concert series during the day or evening.

Go to a museum.

Participate in a workshop. Home Depot has free workshops for kids ages 5 to 12 on the first Saturday of every month between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

See free or cheap movies. Many theaters have free or cheap ($1 to $2) showings of family-friendly movies on weekday mornings. Check the Web sites of theaters in your city. Many advertise their summer movie programs on their homepage. Otherwise, check the site’s specials or values page.

Make a movie with your video recorder, smart phone or iPad. If your computer came with free movie-editing software (most do), upload the video and add special effects to it.

Pitch a tent in the backyard and roast hot dogs and marshmallows if you have a fire pit (or on the grill).

Budget friendly tips when selling your home

Hello everyone

If your in a bind with your savings but still planning on selling your home, here are some great tips!

1. Paint!

Dollar for dollar, a fresh coat of paint gives you more bang for your decorating buck than anything else. Even if your current palette is relatively new, any scuffs or wear marks will channel an unkempt vibe. And an unusual colour choice – even if the height of fashion – may limit your home’s appeal. So break out that roller and slap on a couple coats of crowd-pleasing warm white or neutral paint.

2. Improve the lighting

Replace any dated light fixtures ASAP. How can you tell if it has to go? If it’s over 15 years old and looks it – yet isn’t a vintage (50-75 years old) or antique piece (older) – it should probably go. “Retro” is not something most homebuyers are looking for. You don’t need to break the bank, just head to IKEA or Canadian Tire.

3. De-clutter

Take the collectibles off the mantle, put the mismatched armchair into storage (or better yet, donate it) and pare your closets down to what you’re actually wearing this season, packing away the rest. Ideally, all this extra stuff would head to charity (if in good, saleable condition), the garbage dump, or into storage. The more you store onsite, the more cluttered and small your home appears.

4. Give dated bathrooms a facelift

A nice bath helps sell a house but, don’t invest in a total renovation. Renos are costly, and you won’t recoup your costs unless you find your exact décor doppelganger. Bring an out-of-date bathroom up to speed with gleaming white walls, whether via a fresh coat of white bath and kitchen paint or ceramic tile and new lighting (Home Depot excels at affordable, stylish bathroom vanity lighting). Buy neutral new shower curtains, a simple new bath mat and vanity set, and have fresh flowers in the room during open houses.

5. Take down curtains

Dated window treatments need to come down, pronto (if it’s over 10 years old, get rid of it). If privacy isn’t an issue, just leave the windows bare to maximize natural light and make the room’s dimensions seem more generous. Otherwise, buy basic-issue cotton or linen drapes from Linens ‘N Things or another well-priced retailer. Always tie drapes back during viewings and open houses.

6. Put up mirrors

Make small rooms appear bigger and dark rooms seem brighter by adding an attractive wall mirror. A boxlike dining room will benefit from a leaning floor mirror (Lowes sells well priced ones, and HomeSense often has great deals) and an entranceway looks more welcoming with a console mirror.

7. Update porch hardware

Increase your home’s curb appeal by updating the hardware on your front porch. Buy a doorknocker or bell, mailbox, kick plate, doorknob and lockset in a set or in complementary styles. Brushed nickel is a neutral finish that will never date, while oil-rubbed bronze is another favourite.

8. And the porch light

Update your porch light to coordinate with the new hardware, if needed. They don’t have to be an exact match or even come from the same period, but the finishes and styles should look pleasing together.

Feature company- Fit Body Bootcamp 

Hello everyone, today we are featuring Mike D’Entremont with Fit Body Bootcamp. There workouts are fantastic and short which helps with anyone who has a busy schedule.  

1. How long have you worked in this industry? 

I have been in the industry for 6 years now

2. What can clients expect during the workouts? 

Clients can expect to work hard, sweat and see results! We don’t focus on short term but rather the long term lifestyle change and our clients are walking billboards to prove this! We have many clients down between 20-50lbs with some surpassing this!

3 what is the cost to attend?

We have 1 month trials for $59 for a client’s first time and following that our memberships range from $147-$197/month which includes unlimited boot camps, holistic nutrition coaching, yoga and multi-club access!

4, what do you love most about your career?

I love that I get to make an impact on other’s lives every single day and help them create an absolute lifestyle change. I love to see how improving one’s health and physique can empower them to go for that interview they didn’t have the confidence for before, go on that date, and so much more.

5. How can you be reached?

I can be reached at 780-717-4782 or by email at info@edmontonfitbody.com we also have a Facebook page at Fit Body Boot Camp – North East Edmonton & St. Albert