Fashion a Stunning Fall Planter

Submitted by: Hickey’s Greenhouse and Nursery, 782 Conception Bay Highway

If all goes as planned, the community should see our four-bay, gutter-connected greenhouses being erected at 687-691 Conception Bay Highway, Kelligrews (between Dough By’s and the Ultramar Station) in late August or early September. It’s been a long time in the planning and we’re so excited to know it’s finally coming to fruition. Check our website to view pictures of each stage of construction. We hope to be open for the Christmas season, 2013. Thank you to the Town of CBS, especially Mr. Art Butler & Jennifer Lake for guidance along the way.

How to Create the Perfect Fall Planter

  1. Choose a large planter/container with holes in the bottom for drainage.
  2. Put 2 inches of gravel in the bottom for further drainage and added weight to keep it from tipping over.
  3. Fill with a professional quality soil consisting of 1/3 topsoil, 1/3 peat & 1/3 compost.  *Very Important*
  4. Choose 3 types of flowers to get best effect.
  • Thrillers: your favourite  Fall flowers- garden mums, asters, flowering kale or cabbage
  • Fillers: Dracena spikes, marguerita daisy, purple fountain grass for height in the center, and heuchera for coloured foliage.
  • Spillers: to trail down the side of your container use nasturtiums, creeping jenny, English or Swedish ivy, etc.
  1. Sprinkle 14-14-14 (slow release fertilizer) over the top of the soil so plants are fertilized every time it rains or you water them yourself.

Music Matters

Submitted by: The Music Corner, Unit 6, 54 Conception Bay Highway

Children are musical. A baby’s first babble, a toddler telling an expressive story, and preschoolers dancing happily to their own tune are all musical practices that are an integral part of a child’s learning. With this understanding, the Kindermusikâ program was created as an enriching, structured music and movement program that is fun for children and their families. The Kindermusikâ program is being taught all over the world and has been proven to improve child brain development. Each Kindermusikâ class helps children grow in their cognitive, social, emotional, literal, musical and physical skills with developmentally appropriate activities. The joy of Kindermusikâ is that all of these skills are developed as families sing, dance, play and giggle together. Classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and the entire family guide children in their discovery of the musical world around them at all stages of life, and encourage a life-long love of music!

Healthy Eating – Animal Products

Submitted by: The Place of Natural Healing, 21  Murphys Lane

Know the questions to ask when purchasing food for your family. Questions for animal products like eggs, meat and dairy are:

  • Was the animal raised and finished on grass?
  • If not, were they fed grain, and was this grain certified organic?

If fed any portion of grain, as in winter months, or for poultry, it should be a very low percentage of the overall feed and it must be certified organic or, at least, certified non-GMO. If not, you will also be consuming those toxins when you eat the animal products.

Certified organic crops are produced according to certain production standards, omitting pesticides, artificial fertilizers, human waste or sewage sludge, ionizing radiation, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and food additives that may be used in conventional and industrial farming.

Organically raised animal products means the animals were raised without the routine use of antibiotics or growth hormones. Feed must not contain GMOs and animals must have time in the outdoor sunlight consuming a natural diet of grass and weeds. This leads to healthier animals and healthier food products for the consumer.  Organic certification is intended to protect consumers, however, the term could be lacking, so knowing the right questions to ask is a must.

Pasture Raised is the term to look for when purchasing animal products and eggs at a grocery store. Free-Run or Cage-Free can simply mean the animal is living in an overpopulated barn with no direct sunlight but they are not in cages.

Eggs are a perfect food and by purchasing certified organic eggs you are assured that the feed contains no GMOs and the birds must have a certain amount of outdoor sunlight and fresh air. Don’t be afraid to eat eggs, dietary cholesterol does NOT affect serum cholesterol negatively.

Wild fish should be wild, not farmed, as farmed fish are fed a chemical laden and processed diet that is unhealthy for the human diet.

There are currently no regulations for the word ‘natural’ so think twice on this one. Ask the right questions, eat safe, and be healthy!

What is Sensitive Skin?

Submitted by: Indigena Skincare, 2390 Topsail Road

Why do a lot of people in Newfoundland suffer from skin problems and sensitivities? How can you care for your sensitive skin?  First of all we need to understand what normal skin is and how it reacts to the environment.

Normal skin has a natural protective moisture barrier made up of lipids (natural oils we produce called sebum) and water. Lipids play a crucial role in protecting the skin, our body’s largest organ and our first line of defense against infection and disease. These natural oils create a barrier to trap water which prevents water loss and successfully keeps the skin optimally hydrated which keeps irritants out and vital moisture in.

Sensitive skin lacks the same amount of lipids that normal combination skin has… which causes a hydration problem. With impaired moisture barrier the skin cannot keep itself adequately moisturized which causes problems like redness, irritation and stinging. As we age our skin becomes more dehydrated naturally due to the aging process which in turn causes the skin to become more sensitive. The most important thing you can do to prevent sensitivity flare ups is keep skin hydrated with products that do not contain fragrance or aggravating chemical preservatives.

People with dry skin are more prone to sensitive skin problems as they age. Women are also more prone to skin sensitivities than men who generally have more oily skin.

Why do we (Newfoundlanders and Labradorians) have genetically sensitive skin?

  1.  Our founding population is primarily Celtic and is known genetically to be the most sensitive of all skin types.
  2. Our environment is challenging for sensitive skin. The wind, climatic changes,      the sea and general geographic location all pose problems for sensitive      skin

How do we care for our sensitive skin?

  1. Cleanse with an oil based moisturizer
  2. Rehydrate with a hydrating spray throughout the day as often as necessary
  3. Moisturize

Refrain from aggravating chemicals like sulphates, pegs and parabens and always refrain from using fragrances whether they be things like room aroma sprays or plug ins to shampoos and conditioners and all household cleaners.

Indigena - Aloe

Protect Yourself – Get it in Writing!

Submitted by: Canadian Home Builders Association Newfoundland and Labrador
Local Board Members – Warrick Butler, Butler’s Quality Contracting Ltd. and Steve Porter, S&L Porter Homes Ltd.

Paying ‘under the table’ is not a deal. If you pay under the table for repairs, construction, or home renovation, you are participating in the underground economy – and you could be paying more than you think. Paying under the table can put you in some very risky situations. If you pay cash (without a receipt) for work done on your home, you have no warranty, no recourse for poor workmanship and no liability insurance if an injury takes place on your property.

Before you build or renovate…10 Tips for Homeowners

  1. Write, in detail, job you want or need done.
  2. Get informed. Do you need a permit?
  3. Research contractors in your area.  Ask your friends and neighbors for names.
  4. Get a list of qualified professionals from your local Home Builders’ Association or Better Business Bureau.
  5. Get estimates from at least three different contractors and ask them for customer references.
  6. Call the references from the contractors you like. Be sure to make a list of questions you want to ask them.
  7. Hire a professional contractor.  Ask for written contracts and proof of Workers’ Compensation or private liability insurance for injury or damage to your home.
  8. Agree on the work you want done, the budget and the timeline.
  9. Don’t accept offers for cash deals without a receipt. Paying under the table is no deal – it can leave you with no warranty, no recourse for poor workmanship and no liability insurance if an injury takes place on your property.
  10. Get it in Writing! If you pay under the table for repairs, construction or home renovation, you are participating in the underground economy – and you’re paying more than you think.

Find out more at www.hiringacontractor.com

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