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Eat, drink, exercise – in that order

Diet and exercise are each vital components of a healthy lifestyle. While these components tend to be looked at separately, diet and exercise are actually interconnected. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, adequate food and fluid should be consumed before, during and after exercise. Following that advice can help men and women maintain ... Read More »

How to snack “mindfully”

Many people give little thought to the snacks that take up space on their pantry shelves. But are the foods people eat between meals worthy of more careful attention? Those who subscribe to mindful snacking would suggest they are. According to the International Food Information Council Foundation, mindful eating focuses on slowing down and tuning ... Read More »

How BC’s Speculation and Vacancy Tax affects the Sunshine Coast

BC’s Speculation and Vacancy Tax was raised to two per cent in 2019, and 2020 is the first year in which affected owners will be hit with the full bill.  If you own a home in the City of Vancouver, you may also be subject to an additional one-per-cent vacancy tax. Foreign buyers could also ... Read More »

Enjoy Dakota Ridge this winter

One of the best Boxing Day traditions on BC’s Sunshine Coast is to take the family and meet friends up on Dakota Ridge. Have a snowball fight, do some tobogganing and enjoy a hot chocolate in the warming hut, or maybe try some snow shoeing or cross country skiing.  There are lots of options and ... Read More »

New Year’s Eve traditions

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are a time to both reflect on the past year and to look forward to the excitement the months ahead will bring. There may be confetti, there are probably noisemakers and some bubbly is likely overflowing from champagne flutes. New Year’s celebrations can be traced back thousands of ... Read More »

Coast businesses reach semi-finals

Three Gibsons-based companies have reached the semi-finals in the 2020 Small Business BC awards on the basis of online voting. Ginger Jars is one of 10 semi-finalists in the “Best Community Impact” category. Ginger jars says: “We reclaim edible, ripe, otherwise wasted food from the retail grocery cycle. We help slow the wasteful cycle with ... Read More »

Avoid your property becoming “stale-dated”

A listing can get “stale dated” if it sits on the market for longer than it takes (on average) for a house to sell in an area. This year the median time on market for the Lower Sunshine Coast (Langdale to Egmont) has been 50 days. By area median times are as follows: • Gibsons ... Read More »

Embracing the “Three R’s”

I was 11 years old the first time I heard of the “Three R’s”; my sister came home from school and enthusiastically explained about reusing, reducing and recycling. We set up several blue bins and began filling them with plastics and other disposable items. It seems recycling has been the easiest R to embrace, given ... Read More »

The history of carolling

The festive nature of the holiday season makes it an ideal time to sing, especially in groups. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that carolling, a tradition that dates back many centuries, ultimately collided with Christmas. Carolling and Christmas carolling are two different things. According to, the origins of modern Christmas caroling can be traced ... Read More »

Mind your Christmas manners

The holidays are a time for giving and gathering with loved ones. Because the holiday season is such a social time of year, it can be wise for celebrants to revisit social manners in the days ahead before the holiday party season hits full swing.   Host/hostess gifts A gift is a great way for ... Read More »

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