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Lawn Care Tips For Spring

Neglecting your lawn now can mean paying for it later. Whether you want your lawn to look good because you’re selling your home or you just want to keep your home beautiful, taking the time to protect your lawn in the spring is key. Spring is the beginning of new grass life which means that nurturing your yard starts now. Here are some tips about how you can start to cultivate the type of lawn that you can be proud of and that your neighbors will be jealous of.

 Attack Thatch (Aka Rake) – Thatch are those nasty clumps of dead grass that essentially suffocate any new baby grass trying to survive in this world. So, once the snow is gone (which it likely is now… fingers crossed for no more snow!).. dig out your rake and get that dead grass out of there! Make sure to rake deeply especially if you didn’t take the time and do so in the fall.


Lime is Prime – Grass is no fan of acid (which could be indicated if you have compaction or moss) so make sure to create a neutral pH for your little ones by liming your lawn. Make sure to send in a sample of your soil to ensure that it does indeed need liming because liming is only corrective, not preventative.


Whack those Weeds-  Getting rid of weeds before the flower and seed is key. It may not be fun, but getting outside in the spring and scouring your lawn for those pesky dandelions will help your lawn to be even more beautiful (and less yellow) when the summer months roll around. While spraying weeds with herbicides may be more effective in the fall, in the spring doing outsides and pulling them will garner you better results.


If your interested in learning about more spring lawn care tips a great place to start is the About.com site (here) or to go into a local home renovations or gardening store and talk to one of their experts. 

Why We Wear Poppies

“The ranks of the veterans get smaller every year but there is always a good turnout at the Coliseum to pay tribute to them,” Johnstone said yesterday.
He said the money raised through the local poppy campaign has actually risen in recent years. Last year, the Moncton branch raised $76,000. Money from the poppy fund goes directly to the veterans and other charities.
Johnstone said the Legion puts $15,000 into 15 bursaries of $1,000 each for post-secondary students who are descendants of veterans

poppyEach November, around this time, red poppies begin to blossom on the lapels and collars of Canadians from coast to coast. The poppy has stood as a symbol of remembrance since 1921. Wearing one is a visual commitment to never forget the Canadians who have fallen in war and military operations. Canadians are not alone in wearing poppies. Indeed, the red flower is “an international symbol of collective reminiscence,” with several other countries adopting the poppy in honour of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The poppy gained prominence following World War I, and in particular the the poem, In Flanders Field, penned by Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae in 1915. However, the connection between the poppy and remembering those killed in war goes back nearly 200 years to the Napoleanic Wars, when it was first noted how densely the flowers grew over the graves of fallen soliders

Today poppies and most closely associated with the Royal Canadian Legion. The Legion is responsible for holding an annual poppy campaign. From now until November 11th, poppies will be available at various locations around Metro Moncton. As in the past, the poppies are not being “sold” but presented to those who want to show their respect and admiration for Canadian veterans and making a donation. Money raised supports local veterans, students and youth organizations.

While the ranks of living veterans decreases each year, there has been a resurgence of  interest in Remembrance Day and support for the poppy campaign in recent years. According to Al Johnstone, president of Moncton Branch 6, Royal Canadian Legion, money raised through Moncton’s poppy campaign has actually risen in recent years. Last year, $76,000 was raised.

Of these funds, $15,000 goes to 15 bursaries of $1,000 each for post-secondary students who are descendants of veterans. Youth also benefit through contributions toward other programs, such as cadets, a leadership camp and a track and field camp. For veterans, the funds are used to purchase items like TV sets for the veteran’s health centre, comfortable reclining chairs, and adjustable tables used by veterans in wheelchairs. In other words, items that make the life of veterans more enjoyable, but are not covered by government funding. Money is also used to help veterans on a slim pension who have trouble paying their monthly bills.

The annual Moncton Remembrance Day ceremony will be held Nov. 11 at the Moncton Coliseum, complete with marching bands and representation by police officers, firefighters, cadets, scouts and guides and various other community organizations.

Get Inspired: 5 Canadian Home Decorating Magazines

City Java magazine rack by khawkins04 on Flickr

So you’ve bought your dream house and have settled in, but can’t decide what colours to paint your walls, or find a coffee table to match your sectional? Have you turned to magazines for home decorating tips only to discover that the US publications do not cater to Canadians? Fear not, there is a great selection of home decorating magazines published in Canada. We’ve included a selection of five of the best below.

If you are looking to cut down on clutter, or would rather spend money on bed sheets than subscriptions, we’ve listed the details for the online content for each publication too.

Get Started

Have no idea where to get started decorating your new house? Style at Home is the magazine for you. The magazine bills themselves as “Canada’s top resource for fabulous decorating, design and entertaining ideas.” They provide a friendly voice and helpful takeaways to help even the most stylistically-challenged homeowner. Each month they feature articles about interior design, home decorating projects, outdoor living and entertaining.

Online: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

Get Ideas

Canadian House and Home is all about design and decorating. Each month the magazine takes you inside the most beautiful and unique homes across Canada, providing inspiration and advice to help you create the home of your dreams. Each issue features dramatic makeovers, the latest furniture and accessories, renovation tips, and ideas for organizing and entertaining.

Online: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Video

Get Going

Want to take a more DIY approach to your decorating? Canadian Home Workshop is the magazine for you. It has been Canada’s go to publication on home improvement and woodworking for over three decades. The magazine features articles on project ideas, design techniques, practical renovation information and home maintenance advice.

Online: Blog | Twitter | YouTube

Get the Details

Once you have ideas on your overall style and design, you may want some inspiration for you day to day life. This is where Canadian Living comes in. The magazine proves a variety of daily living tips and ideas, including recipes and articles on fashion, crafts, health and family advice.

Online: Blogs | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

Get Outside

Home decorating doesn’t stop at the walls of your house. If you are looking for inspiration for the outside, look no further than Canadian Gardening. Find information on gardening techniques, recipes, projects and design ideas. The magazine also features essential regional information to make the most of your home’s curb appeal.

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Moncton: Canada’s Most Canadian City

Canadian Flag(Source)

Last week, Canadians from coast to coast celebrated Canada Day.  It turns out the residents of Moncton had a little extra reason to celebrate. The city has been named the Canucky-est City by the Martin Prosperity Institute. The Institute, a University of Toronto think-tank, developed the Canuck Index to determine which cities contain the most Canadian touchstones for their population size. This is yet another reason why Moncton rocks!

The Canuck Index

The Canuck Index is a blend of eight quintessentially ‘Canadian measures including:

  • The number of local breweries
  • The number of Tim Horton’s restaurants
  • The number of maple syrup producers
  • The number of fur stores
  • The labour force share of the fishing, farming and forestry class
  • The number of Hudson Bay Company Stores (the Bay, Zeller’s, and Home
  • CHL and NHL hockey teams in those areas
  • How close the distribution of language within the region is to the distribution of Canada’s two official languages.

Each of these measures were applied to 144 Canadian cities and indexed per 100,000 residents. NHL teams were given twice the weighting of a CHL team; although smaller places lucky enough to host a CHL team still preformed the best.

The study also included a measure based on how close the distribution of language within the region is to the distribution of Canada’s two official languages. The researchers felt that this collection of Canadian touchstones made for a “Canucky” place. Notably absent from the list were measures of snowfall, politeness and Roots stores.

Top 10 ‘Canucky’ Cities


Moncton Mayor George Leblanc told CTV that he wasn’t completely surprised by this honour:

“I’ve always thought that Moncton was representative of the country…. It’s a secret we’ve kind of kept to ourselves so it’s nice to see Moncton being recognized.”

While Moncton wasn’t a top performer on any individual metric, it ranked high enough in each to claim top place overall, with an index scored of 0.74 out of 1. The city’s top categories were bilingualism (4th) and Tim Hortons (8th). Halifax was the only other maritime city to make the top 10, while Bathurst ranked a respectable 12th.

Remembrance Day in Canada

Remembrance Day in Canada


How is Remembrance Day in Canada observed? According to Veterans Affairs Canada, “Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. We honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then. More than 1,500,000 Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 100,000 have died. They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace.”

As an adult reading this, you are probably already well aware of the significance of Remembrance Day in Canada, how important it is to honour the men and women who have served our country and fought for our freedom. But do your children really know the meaning behind Remembrance Day in Canada? For many kids these days, their view on what war is comes from what they’ve “learned” from playing games like Call of Duty or other Xbox and PlayStation war games – certainly not an honest look of what war is really about. The veterans who fought for Canada didn’t have the option to just hit the “power off” button when they had enough and it’s essential that the kids of today understand this.

If you want to educate yourself or your kids more on what Remembrance Day in Canada means, check out A Day of Remembrance: Veterans Affairs Canada provide you with information on why we should remember, who and what we should remember, and how we should remember.

Although Remembrance Day in Canada concentrates on honouring those who fought in the First World War, the Second World War, and the Korean War, we should also take the time to pay our respects to the Canadians who are currently in Afghanistan and those who have lost their lives over there.

Remembrance Day in Canada - Lest We Forget


Lest we forget.

New Brunswick’s Ghosts, Ghouls & Haunted Houses

Happy Halloween

It’s nearly Halloween. If you’re looking for some great local ghost stories to creep out your friends, or some scary Halloween haunted houses to visit, check these out.

Boo at the Zoo & Boo Light

Boo at the Zoo & Boo Light is located at Moncton’s Magnetic Hill Zoo. There are several spooky Halloween activities going on throughout the month suitable for all ages (they have family nights and adult nights) and according to the official website: “ … all funds gained through Boo at the Zoo will be put towards the construction of a new Amur tiger and Amur leopard exhibits.” For more information on the events, to purchase tickets, get directions, and everything else you need, visit their website.

Halloween Haunted Houses

New Brunswick Ghost Stories & Haunted Houses

Ghost stories are always creepier when they’re about places you’ve been to or know of. This website offers up some New Brunswick ghost stories told by the locals.

EverythingCreepy.com has a few true New Brunswick ghost stories about the Fairmont Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrews, the Genii in St. Andrews, and the Charlotte County Court House located in Charlotte.  You can also search by province for other Canadian ghost stories and find information on various Canadian ghost walks.

Taking you back to Moncton, Rebecca’s Grave is a popular ghost story about Rebecca Lutes, a 16 year old girl accused of being a witch. There are several websites that are about Rebecca’s Grave, including Facebook pages, Flickr pages that show images of the real grave as it can be seen today, YouTube videos and there’s even a short film about this local legend. Here are a few websites to check out:

Rebecca’s Grave on Flickr –  This Flickr page tells the story and has some images.

Rebecca’s Grave short film – This website is dedicated to the short film created about the story. Here you can read the legend of Rebecca’s Grave, learn about the known facts and truths behind the legend (supposedly), and find out about the actual film made about the legend.

Rebecca’s Grave on Facebook – Created by the producers of the short film mentioned above, the Facebook group has a ton of information.

New Brunswick Ghost Stories

Creepy Halloween Haunted Houses & Local Ghost Stories

Have you heard any local ghost stories that are sure to spook? Do you know of any great Halloween activities and events happening in and around Moncton (or New Brunswick)? Leave a comment and let us know!

Top 10 Videos That Highlight Why New Brunswick is a Great Place to Live (or Visit!)

Hopewell Rocks from above


We’ve already shown you why the city of Moncton, New Brunswick totally rocks, but what about the rest of the province?  Whether you’re trying to decide where to plan your next holiday or are thinking about moving to New Brunswick, whatever your reasons for searching out New Brunswick are, here are some of the best YouTube videos that show why New Brunswick is one of the best places to live (or visit).

Did you know that some of the lighthouses in New Brunswick have been converted to Bed & Breakfasts’? Or that the Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world? Were you aware that the waters of New Brunswick attract over a dozen species of whales? This is just some of the information and facts about New Brunswick that’s highlighted in the YouTube video below.

Check out this video of the amazing Magnetic Hill in Moncton. This phenomenon has been one of New Brunswick’s major attractions for the past century, according to the Magnetic Hill website. This video shows three people experiencing the optical illusion.

Another famous New Brunswick phenomenon is the Hopewell Rocks, located at the Hopewell Cape on the Bay of Fundy.

According to this next YouTube video, “New Brunswick is the east coast energy hub, with over 30 billion dollars’ worth of new projects now in the pipeline.” The province is home to several industry leaders, many of which made it on our list of the top 10 New Brunswick companies that create jobs; just another reason why New Brunswick is such a great place to live!

New Brunswick is also an awesome place to live – or visit – in the winter; especially if you’re into snowmobiling, as this next video illustrates. Oh, and if you plan to snowmobile in this province, make sure you read 5 Ways to Kill Yourself on a Snowmobile first, just so you’re prepared. You can also go tubing, snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, and dog sledding, just to name a few other awesome winter activities New Brunswick has to offer.

We’ve posted some must-see photographs of Moncton before, but this next YouTube video is a slideshow of some beautiful photos shot all around New Brunswick (and something tells me the photographer likes flowers).

If you’re a hunter and want a little taste of nostalgia, have a look at this next video of some guys back in 1905 moose hunting (they bag their first moose about 8 minutes into the video).

This next video introduces you to fly fishing on the Miramichi River with Upper Oxbow Outdoor Adventures. This place offers some great opportunities for anyone wanting to learn how to fly fish and to catch some wild Atlantic salmon. Fly fishing isn’t only for the guys either. Upper Oxbow Outdoor Adventures offer a ladies fly fishing school and, as one woman says in this video, fly fishing “will teach you a lot of patience.” Something every woman could use more of, right?

The following video shows some fantastic photos of some of New Brunswick’s beaches (St. Martin’s Beach and the Fundy Trail). Speaking of beaches, did you know that New Brunswick has some of the warmest waters north of Virginia? Yep, you can learn more by reading Top 7 Beaches to Visit in New Brunswick.

New Brunswick is full of super cool, natural phenomena’s. The following video shows you the Reversing Falls and explains what makes these waters flow backwards.

Why do you love living in New Brunswick? What makes this province special to you? Got a video you want to share that illustrates why New Brunswick is a great place to live or visit? Let us know by leaving a comment below!