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    The best two vehicles to hedge your savings against inflation

    The past two years, 2020 to 2022, have seen the highest inflation rate in 40 years, since 1981. Inflation progression hurts our savings and make them lose their purchase value over the years. The $100 000 you saved 20 years ago cannot no longer buy you the same home you visited in the year 2000. How can we preserve the purchase value of our savings? When you are not a financial expert and need to find tangible and safe ways to preserve the value of your savings, you can consider these two vehicles: 1) Real Estate and 2) Gold 1. Real estate Real estate has always been one of the…

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    How to throw a dinner party, the easy way!

    One of the pillars of living a happy and healthy life is human connection and a dinner party on a weekend is a sure thing to catch up and keep your friendships alive. You might think that having people over means hours of prepping in the kitchen and an expensive grocery bill, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few tips to plan an easy, affordable, no fuss dinner party. Tip #1: Planning ahead Distributing your tasks over a few days is the smart way to go. This will only require an hour or so of your time on a given day. The two main tasks…

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    How to pack for college: the minimalist version

    Moving out of home to start the first year of college can certainly be stressful on freshmen. Thinking about what to pack, and weather it’ll be enough or not, might add to this stress. The good news: You do not need a lot! Many of the Zoomers (Gen Z) are adopting the minimalist approach to living, for ethical and environmental reasons. A clutter-free dorm room will increase your focus and productivity, and help you get those high scores. So let’s break it down to a few essentials: 1) Bedding Get away with using one set of bedding (hence avoiding to dedicate storage space for an extra set) by planning your…

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    How to deodorize your home

    A lot of people look for the cosy decor and earthy tones to come home to, a haven from the outside hustle and bustle. And while cosy decor is important, nothing is more inviting than a fresh smelling home. There is something about a clean smelling home that reassures us we can relax in a healthy environment. So where do we start? Step 1: Declutter This might sound like an overwhelming and daunting task, but our advice is to consider it as a long term goal, a bit like losing weight :). You have accumulated those things (weight) over a long period of time and it is logical that it…

  • Makeup

    Do we need a skin care routine?

    The internet has been buzzing lately with hundreds of video of celebrities (and non celebrities) skin care routines. It can consume anywhere between 5 and 25 minutes of your time, and incurs the use of soaps, lotions, serum, exfoliants, moisturizers…etc. So you need to invest both time and money to protect your skin from aging? Is there there another way to have a fresh complexion? Eat well Maintaining a healthy looking skin comes mostly from the inside. You have to ensure the intake of daily essential nutrients to stay healthy and have a healthy skin. Vitamin A,D, E, iron, iodine, magnesium, potassium …etc. are a few of the micronutrients that…

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    When should my teen start a summer job?

    There comes an age when kids don’t feel like spending their summer attending summer camps. Also, playing outside becomes a thing of the past. This leaves room for more screen time, mostly spent on social media platforms. But we, as parents, are always looking for a good balance of screen time and outside activities. Every person is different, and teens do not all mature and are not all ready at the exact same age to start tackling their first job. Forteen might be a good age for some to start mowing lawns, watering neighbours’ gardens, walking dogs, baby sitting…etc. These are an excellent start for your teen to experiencing more…

  • Health

    Weight loss, back to basics

    Science has long proven that being lighter (BMI between 18.5 and 24.9) is how human bodies were meant to function in an optimal way. Weight loss seems to be on the top of wish lists for many people around the globe which make it a multibillion dollar business. But do we have to be rich to be thin? We’ve been confused and dispersed lately between all the latest theories about weight loss: from caloric density (voluminous food that packs less calories), to low carb and low fat diets (putting certain foods off limit), to intermittent fasting, to calorie trackers…etc. Coming across each method brings us to think that we found…

  • Recipes

    Easy Caramel Walnut Cheesecake

    I like the simplistic approach to cooking and baking, where you skip a few steps and strip the process to the bare minimum without affecting the integrity and deliciousness of the end result. This is exactly what we’re doing with this variation of a caramel walnut cheesecake recipe. We will skip covering the bottom of the pan in foil and baking in bain marie (which is a tray half-filled with water) for over an hour and opt for a lower temperature and less baking time. The point of this (skipped) step is mostly to avoid cracking at the surface of the cheesecake, which we will be covering with oozy walnut…

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    How to create a gallery wall

    It was found that people living in a beautiful scenic space are indeed happier and that our space affects how we feel. Thankfully we can always turn to the internet for endless inspiration without having to afford a professional interior designer. One way to improve our interiors and adding warmth to our homes is by giving special attention to our walls: Enter the Gallery wall. Having a gallery wall in a room is a simple way to decorate like a pro. In this article we share a few tips to help you build your own gallery wall. Choosing the right wall Choosing a windowless wall, with the least furniture is…

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    Ghirardelli Red Kidney Beans Brownies

    The fudgy dark brownie is definitely one of the most popular desserts among chocolate lovers. The texture and the intense taste of chocolate are always satisfying, especially if enjoyed with a nice cup of cappuccino. I stumbled upon the Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate brownie mix and was compelled to try it, since I’m a fervent fan of their chocolate squares. I also took the liberty of replacing the egg and 1/3 cup of oil called for on the box, with a can of red kidney beans. Kidney beans are quite high up on the list of fiber rich foods which brings the fudginess to the final product. It is becoming more…