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Lawrence Town Beach, March 25, 2020

 

Being stuck at home doesn’t mean that everyone needs to go bonkers! The thought of having to spend every waking hour with my beloved children has me a little overwhelmed. I know I am not alone here! Something we will all take away from this global crisis is that teachers of children for every age do not make enough money, nor do they get enough appreciation. I am working from home during this, so my children need to have some sort of structure for the hours that I am working. We have a schedule set up that is in no way set in stone, but it gives my kids some direction where they need it. I set up alarms on my middle son’s cell phone with each of the alarms named with what type of activity to do next. We all sat together and came up with things to

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We know how strange and stressful things are right now with so many "what if" and "how do I" questions floating around. We wanted to lighten the load a bit and create a directory of links and resources for any kind of support or service you might require during these uncertain times.

We're including everything from where to apply for EI benefits to ways you can continue supporting local businesses while maintaining social distancing. 

Health Resources:

A Practical Guide to Self-Isolation from Doctors NS

Government of Canada Symptoms & Treatment

Government Resources:

Government of Canada COVID-19 Info

Government of Canada COVID-19 Economic Relief 

Government of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Info

Homeowner Resources:

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So let’s get real… how are you? Are you doing ok with social distancing? Are you going out of your mind with boredom yet? Well, I have some good news for you! Spring has arrived today and we now have something positive to brighten our days, literally! Days are staying brighter for longer and the temps are slowly rising. Do you know what that means? It’s SPRING CLEANING time! There’s nothing that makes me feel happiness at home like a clean and organized house. That fresh feeling I get from clearing out all the unwanted energy and stale air from the winter is just so satisfying. I mean don’t get me wrong, I like winter (no I do not) but there is just something about the earth being re-born after freezing for so long that really gets me in the feels.

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March Break. It is what it is …. a break! A week for our kids (and their ahh-maa-zing teachers) to have a well-deserved break from all the learning (teaching) they have been doing. A time to refuel, a time to leave the go-go-go mentality behind. This year, as the same as most years, we will be staying home in good ol’ Nova Scotia! Mainly because I would prefer my kids get some sort of gastro bug in the comfort of our home rather than in a tropical environment where it might take 10 minutes to get back to our room to use the bathroom! 

This year, I’ve put a lot of thought into what a great March break would look like for my family and I’ve come up with a fun-filled week that I hope you might be able to take advantage of as well! We aren’t going too

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Who doesn't love breakfast for dinner?

Pancakes have always been one of my favourite foods, so naturally any day dedicated to having them for dinner is also my favourite!

Growing up Catholic I knew it as Shrove Tuesday, but you may know it by one of its other names: Fat Tuesday, Mardis Gras, or simply, Pancake Day. It falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent, a period of fasting and abstinence that lasts for 40 days and ends with Easter. In cultures where it is called Mardis Gras or Fat Tuesday it marks the final day of Carnival and your last day of "fat eating" before Lent. Traditionally, you would give up certain foods to absolve you of your sins, or to be "shriven". Pancakes are associated with this day

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Nova Scotia's Heritage Day – 2020 – Africville

 

The third Monday of February each year brings us our Provincial Heritage Day. This day is our annual reminder to bring people together to honour the remarkable people, events and places in Nova Scotia’s History. This year’s Heritage Day recognizes Africville. This day also happens to fall on the 10th Anniversary of the apology to Africville. Africville holds great significance to our African Nova Scotian Community.

This day will bring light to the tragic story of displacement of and discrimination against the people of Africville. It will also bring light to the incredible sense of community, pride and heritage that the former residents of Africville still share to this day.  This pride and

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Colour of the Year – Classic Blue

 

Pantone Colour Institute’s Colour of the Year is out and it oozes sophistication and power. “Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” This colour emerges as a colour of stability. In a world with so much uncertainty, this colour will provide us with a sense of calmness we all need.

Classic Blue is the colour of the year and I want to put it everywhere, including my wardrobe. This blue is so versatile you could use it in any space in your home; from your bathroom to the kitchen, it all depends on you!

 

Let’s bring it back to the basics of colour with the

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If buying a home is in your future, saving for the down payment could be your first hurdle.

Here, we've listed a few realistic tips, tricks, and hacks to get you started on your saving journey.

Now that you've taken the first steps and looked at your financial health critically, you probably have an idea of how much house you can afford. With that in mind, it's time to determine your down payment.

First, let's break down the down payment requirements:

  • If the home you are buying is less than $500k, the minimum down payment is 5%
  • If the home you are buying is more than $500k, the minimum down payment is 5% of the first $500,000 and 10% of the remaining cost up to $999,999
  • If the home you are buying is over $1million, the minimum down
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Congratulations! You've made the decision to take the plunge into homeownership! This is a very exciting time in your life -- but are you really ready?

Before you start making wish-lists, planning paint colours, or even book viewings, you need to be pre-approved!

Maybe you've tried the mortgage calculator and based on what you currently pay in rent, it seems like you'll be able to afford a pretty awesome house. While the calculator is a great tool to determine the approximate monthly payments for a specific home price, there's so much more involved in financing a home, as well as a lot of out-of-pocket costs that you might not be expecting. 

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is probably the most important step in your home-buying journey.

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Many people consider Spring to be the ideal season to list your home, and it certainly is the most popular time, but if you're considering selling your home there are many benefits to listing during the Holiday season!

1. People who look for a home during the winter months are more serious buyers. There may be fewer of them during the holidays but those who are looking are ready to pull the trigger.

2. People shop for homes all year. With listings available online, potential buyers are always browsing properties.

3. Some buyers may be looking to take advantage of tax breaks by purchasing a home before the end of the year.

4. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays. Decorating your home makes it feel warmer and more inviting

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