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Top Five Winter Markets in Edmonton!

 

Fall and winter in Edmonton is not only beautiful, it’s also a great time to shop local and handmade goods. Edmonton is home to so many amazing artists, artisans, creators, and crafters, and each year there are some great markets that showcase this talent. I have my favorite markets below, but also some tips on how to make your market shopping experience the best it can be.

 

Buy Your Tickets In Advance

Whenever possible, buy your tickets online in advance. Sometimes you will get a discount for early-bird pricing, but the best part is you will skip the long lineup to get inside the market. Many places only take cash for tickets, so this is also a good way to avoid the ATM fees.

 

Dress Lightly

Even though it is starting to get cold out, when you get inside the market it will likely be quite warm. You won’t want to be bundled up in sweaters and long-johns underneath your fall or winter jacket while you’re in there, so dress lightly to avoid getting uncomfortably hot. Even better, wear a light jacket and forget about your puffy winter coat. Some markets don’t always have a coat check, and it’s quite a hassle to pack a big jacket around.

 

Bring a Tote

Bring a reusable bag to store your purchases in – it’s always better than having to handle several smaller bags all at once, and you will save waste from all the extra bags and packaging.

 

Research the Vendors

Follow these markets on Facebook and Instagram so you know what amazing things you will be seeing at the market. And when you get to the market, don’t be afraid to ask the vendor about their process, and what went into the product. They love to create, and obviously love to share that creativity with those around them.

 

 

Now that you’re prepared to go out and shop, here are my five favorite markets coming up this season!

 

 

Indie Handmade

November 16-19

 

 

 

 

Curated.

November 18-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Bison

Two weekends! November 24-26 and December 1-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make It! The Handmade Revolution

November 24-26

 

 

 

Butterdome Craft Sale

November 30 – December 3

 

Do you know of any other fall or winter markets happening this season? Let me know in the comments!

10 Ways to Banish the Winter Blues

 

It’s that time of the year  – we are finished all our holiday celebrations, we long for sunshine, warmth, and new spring growth – but still have to face the last months of seemingly never-ending winter. It can be hard to stay positive in this kind of weather, but there are some great ways to banish those seasonal blues and create some happiness in your life!

 

Brighten & Lighten

When the days get dark so early, it is important to find ways to get some sunshine into your life! Get some light in your space by opening up the blinds in your house, sitting near a window, and even adding in an artificial light source can help improve your mood.

 

Watch What You Eat

Sugar might cause you some immediate happiness, but in the long run wreaks havoc on your body and can even promote feelings like anxiety and depression. Focus on eating whole foods to keep you balanced at this time of the year.

 

Get a Dawn Simulator

People who have troubles waking up in the morning this time of the year, or who have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can benefit greatly from a dawn simulator. This is a light that slowly brightens up your room over a specified time period, which helps you get out of bed and can even be an anti-depressant for those dealing with SAD.

 

Work Out!

January has passed, which might mean some people have fallen behind on their resolutions to work out more, but don’t stop exercising! Breaking a sweat can help improve your mood and alleviate symptoms of depression. All it takes is three hours a week of exercising and you will see great improvements! Working out, especially under a bright, light helps with mental health, lessens symptoms of depression, more energy and improved social functions.

 

Play That Funky Music

Put on your favorite cheerful music and watch it improve your mood! This study done in 2013 shows that just by listening to happy music and actively trying to be happier, creates a mood boost in both the long and short term.

 

Go on a Winter Vacation

Head out to somewhere sunny for a week and soak up the rays! A winter vacation gives you something to look forward to and be excited about, and creates a break in between all the dreary snow and slush.

 

Spend Time Helping Others

Give your mental health and life satisfaction a boost by heading out to a local charity and helping out. Volunteering is a great way to be involved in community, meet new people, and of course, help others in need.

 

Head Outside

Spending time outside has some great effects on your life: it lowers stress, reduces depressive symptoms, and even brings clarity and focus into your life. Although it might not be high on your list of things to do when it gets so cold, but heading outside for a short walk can help immensely.

 

Bring Positivity with Plants

Getting some green into your life with houseplants can improve your outlook on life, brighten up your space, and even reduce stress. Recommendations for hardy plants include Devil’s Ivy, Spider Plant, and Snake Plant. Head over to one of our amazing Edmonton greenhouses for more suggestions on plants that are right for your space.

 

Upgrade Your Home

Spend some time doing quick and small renovations in your home. Fix a few of those little issues, put up some new art, create a feature wall, and changing up some of your decor will help create focus and get your creative juices flowing!

How To Get Your House Ready For Winter

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Whether you like it or not, winter is here, and it’s time to get your home ready for winter. There’s more than just stocking up on ice melt and digging out your snow shovel. Take a look through our tips and tricks, and download our printable checklist to get your home winter ready in no time.

 

  1. Tidy out your Eavestrough and Downspouts

In the fall, leaves and debris can clog up your eavestrough, creating a space for water to sit and leak into your house. Although cleaning out your rain gutters can take some time, it’s an important step to take to avoid water damage.

A congested eavestrough also creates a great habitat for bugs and critters to nest in, and gives them a good vantage point into your home. Make sure you clean your rain gutters regularly to avoid potential damage caused by these unwanted visitors.

 

  1. Get Your Caulking Gun Ready

Taking the time to caulk around windows and doors can stop cold air from getting in, and warm air form getting out. Even if you did this in the spring, you might want to double check your seal and make sure you covered everything well. Caulking can save you some cash on your energy bills, and get rid of any cold drafts you might experience in the cold weather. It’s also important to caulk around any other areas that lead to outside your home, such as pipes, vents, and cables.

 

  1. Look Over Your Weather Stripping

If you can see cracks in your weather stripping around your exterior doors, windows, and attic, it’s time to replace it. Weather stripping does need to be redone every few years, and loses effectiveness over time. As well, if you can feel a draft when the doors and windows are closed, it might be time to review the type of weather stripping you’re using, or double check to make sure it was installed accurately.

 

  1. Check Your Roof and Chimney

It is important to check your roof before heavy snowfall begins, just in case there is a problem, you won’t have to be on your roof in the dead of winter, trying to fix the issue. Problems can come from bugs or animal infestation, severe weather and other natural impacts, and just general degradation. An asphalt roof usually lasts between 15 to 20 years, and should be checked regularly for shingles that might be loose or missing, or shingles that are moldy and have signs of decay.

You should also check the caulking around vents to ensure there is a good seal, as well as look over your chimney for critters or broken parts. You can also check inside your attic for damage from water or critters, and make sure there are no nests from furry visitors.

If you don’t want to risk going onto your roof or in your attic, you can always hire a professional to check it over.

 

  1. Store Away Your A/C Unit

If you have an air-conditioning unit, stash it away for the winter. Putting it away before the cold can prevent your room from becoming drafty, and can also prevent damage to the unit from the cold. If you have central air-conditioning should be shut off, both through a switch on the A/C unit, but also turn it off through the breaker on your electrical panel.

 

  1. Turn off Any Outside Faucets or Drains

Faucets and drains that connect outside the home have a risk of freezing. Freezing can cause pipes and faucets to burst, which will cause greater damage and lead to expensive repairs.

Turn off the shut-off valve to outside faucets from inside the home. You can find this shut off valve in the basement around the same area where the faucet exists outside. After you completely close the valve, empty your faucet outside to get rid of any residual water. If you can, pad all your pipes that run outside to completely protect them.

 

  1. Check Over Your Furnace

Even though you might not have used your furnace all summer, you should first check and replace your furnace filter. Furnace filters should be replaced every 1-3 months (depending on the quality of your filter), and changing the filter can keep your furnace running smoothly and efficiently, as well as keep your inside air at a higher quality. If your furnace is running efficiently, you’re spending less money on your heating bills. Double check your filter size to make sure you’re getting the right fit for your furnace.

Some furnaces will have a permanent filter. In this case, follow the instructions on cleaning and caring for it, and don’t use just any cleaner. Make sure you use a recommended cleaner, since this will have an effect on the air you breathe inside your home.

Have your furnace inspected if it’s over 15 years old, to make sure everything is in working condition. As well, if you have pets it’s a good idea to get your ducts cleaned.

 

And lastly, don’t forget to:

  • Change out your light bulbs to halogen bulbs – this will save you money on your energy bills
  • Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors – replace the batteries and ensure they are in working order
  • Ensure your fire extinguishers are up to date and in good condition
  • Empty out your rain barrels and store them in the garage
  • Tuck away all your summer tools and equipment, and bring out your shovels and snow blowers
  • Look over your fireplace and ensure it is clean
  • Check over your dryer vent and ensure it is clean

 

Download the Printable Checklist Here

 

Have any more tips or tricks on getting your home ready for winter? Share them in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

Sourced from: http://globalnews.ca/news/1600490/7-tips-to-get-your-home-ready-for-fall/