Author: Leonardo Dawson

Midsize, compact, or full-size: which SUV is best for you? Here’s how to evaluate each, and make the best decision for your family. The Classifications There are generally three types of SUVs: compact, midsize, and fullsize. Each one has its own benefits and disadvantages. You’ll often hear the term “crossover” used, but this is largely a marketing gimmick used to describe an SUV that’s built on a smaller chassis. The Chassis The chassis of the vehicle is the base or frame that the vehicle is constructed on. it determines its maximum potential in size and power, as well as towing…

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Alberta, Canada has experienced increasing job growth over the past few years. The energy sector has provided thousands of new jobs to the area, but other areas, such as manufacturing, healthcare and transportation have also grown significantly. If you are planning a move to Alberta to take advantage of new employment opportunities, you can make the move easier by involving your family in the preparation for this new time in your lives. Get Them Involved Early  Once you know you will be moving, alert other family members to the upcoming event. If you have children, it’s important to give them…

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There’s no end to the fun that kids of all ages can enjoy at Mont-Tremblant, which is essentially one giant Laurentian playground. Here you’ve got the wilderness adventure of Quebec’s oldest national park, the snowy mountainsides of one of its best-known ski complexes, and a whole slew of activities perfect for the pint-sized members of the family! Whatever the age range and interests of your happy brood, Mont-Tremblant makes for an ideal family destination. Let’s sample some of the kid-oriented activities that the region serves up across the calendar–and, remember, we’ll only be scratching the surface! Picture of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec…

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Gift wrap can be very expensive to buy and it is also rather generic, so it makes sense to create your own so that you not only save money but also manage to create something more unique and attractive at the same time. The personal touch There are plenty of creative ways to use your home printer beyond simply printing documents and gift wrap is definitely something you can create quite easily. Before you set to work creating some amazing designs and colours for your wrapping paper, it would make sense to make sure you have plenty of ink cartridges…

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In many parts of the US, teens as young as 14 get to learn to drive. It’s different in Canada, though — 16 is the legal age to even begin the process. This is a good idea — a 16-year-old has a higher level of maturity, and is likely to be better equipped to grasp the importance of safety rules. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to begin teaching a few basics as early as 13 or 14; early learning can help as long as young learners do not drive on public streets. A deserted parking lot at night, for instance,…

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There are a lot of little ways you can keep your car clean and looking pristine. Here are just a few tips to save your sanity, and your weekends. Keep a Trash Bag In The Car By keeping a trash bag in the vehicle, you’re making a commitment to keeping your car clean. It also helps keep you organized because you won’t have the incentive to just throw stuff everywhere. Most garbage ends up on the floor and makes it difficult to sort the trash from the important stuff (and it demotivates you from cleaning). Empty the trash bag at…

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Most patients want the best from their doctor, but not everyone works with him or her to move the diagnostic process along. Here’s what you can do to be a better patient and why it matters. Tell Your Doctor The Entire Story, Leave Nothing Out Symptoms that seem insignificant can actually be very serious. For example, say you’ve had a nagging cough for the last few weeks. But, it hasn’t been that bad and you’ve grown accustomed to it. What you’re really worried about is the fact that you’re tired all the time and are finding it harder to get…

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If you are considering buying or upgrading your existing air conditioning system, it helps to understand how they work and what features you may be interested in so that you can go shopping with greater confidence. Here is a look at some of the important basics that you need to know and what questions to ask or points to consider when making a decision on what to have installed in your home. Range of systems to choose from There are different types of air conditioning systems and these vary from stand-alone window units to whole-house zonal systems to give you…

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Timing is everything when it comes to scheduling HVAC repair and maintenance. If you’re on the fence about having someone stop by to check out your system, here are the best times to have each system checked and how to make the process simple and painless. What To Do In The Spring To get ready for the summer, you’ve got to start in the spring. Start by turning on your A/C and getting everything up and running. Think of it as a test run. This will let you see any issues or malfunctions with the unit quickly. Change all filters,…

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A successful slumber party requires more than a group of kids in their pajamas.  When the sun goes down and kids are inside for the night, it’s up to some good planning to keep them occupied…and a bit quieter.  So before you plan on hosting a pajama jam filled with rambunctious members with little to do, read the following information packed with information related to popular games. MASH You may have played something similar in grade school, predicting where you will live, who you will marry, and future occupation.  MASH, representing mansion, apartment, shack, or house, is a fortune-telling game…

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October thirty-first is a day and night for dressing in costumes, parading for candy, and masquerading as something other than yourself.  But for babies who cannot walk or understand much of what’s going on, it’s more like any other day with a cute costume thrown in. However, moms and dads can make Halloween fun for babies too.  Consider engaging in one or more of the following seven activities. Baby Monster Mash Chances are other moms and dads with little ones are looking for some way to take part in the fun.  Invite parents to your house for a baby monster…

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Indoor air quality isn’t something you should take lightly. There are many toxins in the air that can damage your health, and many of them are in consumer products you buy and use every day. These toxins can disrupt your body’s endocrine system, cause both acute and long-term health problems, and some of them are known carcinogens (they cause cancer). Some pollutants can even damage your home. They Can Make You Sick Pollutants like formaldehyde are released into the air because they become a gas at room temperature. This chemical is especially noxious, creating a strong pickle smell. It’s primarily…

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A cruise makes for the ideal family holiday. Fun, action packed and constantly exciting, there is no better way to spend a week or two together. The kids will love all the fun things to do, and it’s great for you too because you will be able to enjoy some children-free time on your holiday. But if you like the idea of a cruise and you want to book one, there are a number of things to think about before you book your holiday. Size and Configuration of Cabin One common mistake that families make is that they book a…

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Your old photos and videos are stored on Beta or VHS. Yet, today, everyone is using DVD and virtual digital copies of everything. Everything is on the web. How do you preserve a legacy and, at the same time, restore and refresh memories? Answer: you digitize and immortalize everything you have. It’s not as difficult as you might think. Digitizing Your Old 8mm Film There’s There’s something magical about 8mm film. The whir and click of a projector. The smell of dusty film that fills the air. The flickering of the lights before you get a steady picture. Today, there’s…

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Whistler, BC is a popular destination due to amount of entertainment offered there, whether going during ski season or spending quality time with friends and family in summer months.  Moreover, it’s a top spot for people who live in the United States, especially the upper-western hemisphere; it’s easy to get to. Below you’ll find information related to getting to Whistler by car, bus, train, helicopter, and other modes of transportation. Bus Pacific Coach buses promise “worry free” accommodations and is the official transport service from Vancouver International Airport.  Snowbus.com offers fast and economical routes from Whistler and Vancouver, replete with…

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You want to go skiing this weekend, but you have children on board. What do you look for in a ski resort? Well… Look For Child-Specialist Instructors Child-specialist instructors can help teach your kids to ski. This is important for two reasons: first, it gets them off your back so you can enjoy skiing instead of having to be an unqualified instructor. Second, the instructor is specifically trained to help kids learn how to ski. Some of resorts out there, like Park City Mountain’s are very accommodating. Kids can go tubing on a lighted hill, there’s an Alpine Coaster, a…

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Many of us actually need some help with our vision but some choose not to wear glasses or contacts because of some of the things that they have hear about wearing them, such as the idea that wearing glasses might further weaken your eyesight. It is time to try and separate fact from fiction and see whether any of the common myths have any truth about them. If you want an alternative to glasses or contacts, you could always take a look at laser eye surgery. Glasses weaken your eyesight There is a belief that the more frequently you wear…

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The aesthetic appeal of Murano glass, combined with its rich history, make it a sought-after material by collectors, interior decorators, and museum curators alike. Over time, many a manufacturer has tried to mimic the appearance of Murano glass, but all have fallen short of capturing its true beauty. The Lost Craft of Glass-Making Artifacts from the ancient Roman Empire weave a tale of skilled glass artisans performing painstaking, complicated techniques. From crude tools and raw materials the Romans created beautiful pieces of art, bursting with fine detail. Sadly, when the Roman Empire fell to barbarians in 476, so did the art…

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Mont-Tremblant is a popular destination throughout the year, and it is especially popular with families. There are so many activities to enjoy in the winter and the summer, and many of them are suitable for all ages so that there is something for everyone. Here are some of the best that you can enjoy when you visit Mont Tremblant. Picture of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec taken April 17th, 2005 by Pierre Vanacker. Activities for All Ages: Family Fun In and Around Mont Tremblant Winter Activities Tremblant is known as a great winter-sports destination, and skiing and snowboarding are particularly popular here. Another…

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Jackson Hole is a playground for those who love to ski, hike, bike, run, and engage in a number of activities. However, Jackson Hole has an urbane side to its charm that includes art appreciation. Those who take breaks from intense activity, enjoy shopping, visiting museums, and enjoying a variety of artistic expressions all within the Jackson Hole limits. Wildlife Domesticated Celebrating people, art, and wildlife is the goal of the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  The museum, respected for its permanent and expanding collection, specializes in capturing animals in the wild.  Over 5,000 works reside within the ornate museum…

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