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Vegan November

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How’s #vegannovember going you ask?? Well, it’s not so bad actually! I’ve been sent tons of great recipes from supporters, and am fairly impressed with my peanut stew that I’ve been eating for a week 😂 According to the #vegancalculator I’ve saved 225 sq feet of forest, 8250 gallons of water, 300 lbs of grain, 150 lbs of CO2, and 8 animals lives ... just in 7 days. @rachelleltaylor even made back to back #vegan dinners this week 👋🏼😘🙌🏼💃


Is Winnipeg a City To Invest In?

Believe it or not, it seems that Winnipeg is actually a hot spot for buying investment properties! I have had several people from BC contact me looking for places to buy and rent out. 

Winnipeg is a growing city with lots of potential and opportunity. Whether you're looking for prime houses to flip, or to rent out, there are many great neighbourhoods and options.  

Management not for you? Winnipeg has management companies that will actually manage your property from afar, or theres always AirBnB to make life simpler as well! 


5 TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR HOME IN THE SUMMER

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 Summer is a very competitive season for selling your home! The longer, sunnier days make people want to go house shopping, so it is important that your home really stands out against all the competition. Here are 5 tips to make your house catch the eye of potential buyers!

1.     The exterior of your home will be the potential buyer’s first impression. So many people focus on the inside of the home and neglect the outside. Make sure that your grass is healthy and green, and that all shrubs, flowers, and any other kind of greenery are maintained! You don’t want anything to look dead.

 

2.     Speaking of greenery, there is nothing wrong with having it inside and out! Nothing is more welcoming than a home decorated with an array of plants and flowers. Take advantage of the full bloom flowers, and fill your home with colour!

 

3.     Clutter is a deterrent. When cleaning up your home, make sure that all personal items are put into storage bins or cabinets. Some notable items that are easily forgotten are kitchen appliances (blenders, coffee makers, etc), refrigerator magnets, and toothbrushes! A clean look is desirable.

 

4.     The sun is one of the highlights of summer! When selling your home, use the sun to highlight your house. Clean the windows, and make sure all blinds/curtains are open to allow for as much natural light as possible!

 

5.     The last tip I have for you today is control your home’s temperature! The summer is HOT!! You do not want people walking through your home and sweating. Make sure windows are open or A/C is on for the hot days. 

GREEN TIPS FOR ECO FRIENDLY BARBEQUING THIS SUMMER 

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Looking forward to the summer BBQing? I know I am! As fun (and delicious!) as a good BBQ with friends and family is, it is crucial that we pay attention to the impact we have on our planet by grilling our favorite foods. I have put together some tips on how to stay as eco-friendly as possible this summer, while still being able to enjoy a good BBQ.

1.     To start, consider what kind of grill you are using. A charcoal grill produces volatile organic compounds (VOC), carbon monoxide, and soot. These are all very harmful to the environment and will cause heart and lung problems for people! Gas grills are much better in terms of carbon emissions and the health of everyone. Electric grills are also a good choice, however make sure the energy comes from green sources (wind, solar, hydro), otherwise they have the potential to be just as bad or even worse than charcoal grills!!! That being said, if you love your charcoal grill, that’s ok. Try and use green lump coal instead of normal briquettes as this will decrease the carbon footprint.

2.     Another suggestion is to know your guest list, and make sure people RSVP! Nothing is worse than not knowing how many people are coming, and buying too much food just in case. This leads to waste, which is terrible for the environment. If there are leftovers, distribute them among your guests so that a minimal amount can be wasted.

3.     Everyone loves to barbeque MEAT. Juicy burgers, hot dogs, steaks, you name it! Well, meat creates a very large carbon and water footprint because of the methane produced by cattle, and the amount of water that it takes to make every patty. Be mindful of this when BBQing, and try to look for organic grass-fed meat instead. Prepare for the fact that organic grass-fed meat doesn’t maintain its moisture as well when grilling, by marinating it beforehand, and basting it as it cooks. Even better, try BBQing some vegetarian dishes!

4.     I know that using reusable dishes when hosting a large group is a real pain! No one wants to do that many dishes, and throwing them away seems SO much easier. However, your environment will thank you if you use reusable dishes. At the very least, use biodegradable dishes/cutlery instead of the plastic kind to reduce the carbon footprint.

5.     Cans are the worst! So many people provide cans of soft drinks instead of having jugs and cups. Having cans leads to people only drinking half, and then wasting the rest. Or, people will have several and then be forced to dispose of multiple cans. Buy the 2L jugs of pop, encourage your guests to write their names on a cup, and then use that same cup for the day. That way each person only has one thing to dispose of, and will only take what they actually want to drink.

6.     RECYCLE. Put a recycling bin right beside the garbage so that people put their disposable items in the right place that will save the environment. 

7.     Use natural products to clean up. Half an onion, or baking soda and water are great natural cleaners! 

Happy barbequing everyone!!

 

  

TIPS FOR WINNING IN BIDDING WARS (OTHER THAN OVER PAYING!)

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The summer market is competitive! So chances are that if you fall in love with a home, someone else probably has too. Here are some tips for how to win bidding wars without having to pay an outrageous price!

1.     Write a Personal Letter- Include a letter written by you to the sellers. Tell them your story, about your family, why you love the house, and anything else you can think of that will pull on their heartstrings! Connecting with the owners on a personal level will make it tough for them to say no!

2.     Pre-Offer Home Inspection- Houses are HUGE investments, and it’s important to make sure that the house you’re buying has been inspected. However, an offer that has home inspection as a condition will never win a bidding war. Because of this, do the inspection before you put in your offer. This way the offer will be much more appealing.

3.     Possession- Figure out the seller’s perfect possession date. Even if this means an extra month of rent in your apartment, pleasing the seller will be worth it if it means getting your dream home!

4.     Pre-Approval Mortgage Letter- Another thing to keep the sellers mind at ease! If your mortgage hasn’t been approved, or they don’t know if it has been, they may be weary to choose you as the winner.

5.     High Deposit- A deposit is part of the down payment that you make on a home, and will ensure the owners that you aren’t going to back out down the road. Because it’s coming from the down payment, giving them a high deposit doesn’t actually mean that you pay any more money than you would with a low deposit, it just shows your commitment!

 


THANK YOU TO THE MREA

A heartfelt thank you to the Manitoba Real Estate Association for honouring me with this BEAUTIFUL gift for my work the the MREA Shelter Foundation. Starting on the Gimme Shelter committee early on in my career was such wonderful way to be connected to our community. Being chair of the event a few years ago is a highlight of my life for me, and I had such an amazing time bring my two favourite things together ... Party Planning and Philanthropy!! I look forward to continuing to support this wonderful organization with their Close A Sale, Open a Door campaign, volunteering at this years golf tournament, and currently sitting on the board as a Governor of the Shelter Foundation. Thank you for having me as part of the MREA Shelter Foundation family!! 

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RECYCLE, RECYCLE, RECYCLE

I’d like to share a super cool recycling system I’ve been using lately, that is SO great for the environment! Instead of throwing everyday items in the garbage, you can put them in this bag, they’ll get picked up for you, and then they get made into things like planters, benches, etc! The items Include plastic gift cards, chip bags, wrappers, fruit and veggie bags, toilet paper plastic bags, Styrofoam, foam, one use plastic stuff, plastic cutlery, the list goes on! These bags are $9 each and you can get them at Pollocks HardwareRecycle Winnipeg will come and pick up your full bag once it’s packed with up to 10 pounds of plastic waste!!
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ANNOUNCEMENT!

Real Estate unfortunately leaves a heavy duty paper trail and I am very excited to announce an new initiative with the Manitoba Forestry Association.  Semi-annually I will be planting trees to offset the paper usage and it will vary depending on the home sold. Clients will also have an chance to participate with the planting, a fantastic opportunity to do our part in helping with the environment. Keep your eyes peeled for when this program will be launching!





GOLDEN THANKS! 

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They say it takes a village to raise a child (which it does!) .. and I can tell you, it also takes a village to raise a REALTOR® to a Gold Medallion Award from the Winnipeg Real Estate Board! Thank you to everyone who made this possible this year!! When I embarked on my own 4 years ago, I took a leap of faith with my mentor cheering me on. I worked hard and earned a Bronze in '14, then a Silver in '15/'16, and I'm SO excited about this years success!!

THANK YOU to my village of help that consists of amazing support staff who keep the wheel greased ..Savannah Joy who keeps things organized at the office, and tries to decipher my sometimes cryptic to-do lists, Adam Wayne Brown who makes all the social media/logos/accounts/graphic design look truly professional, Sean Philips who takes a mean video/photos, my colleagues who help give me time off with my family; Mary, Candice, Serge, Garrett and Graeme, and my partner John who takes on extra Dad duties when Mom is working well past bed/dinner time, and then off again in the morning. THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU XOXOX To all the babysitters who helped when we needed it, thank you! To the office support staff and brokers, Michelle Boehm, Alan, Akash, and team .. thanks for keeping the t's crossed and i's dotted!

This year so many families, couples, singles or businesses trusted me to represent them with life changing decisions, and for that I am forever grateful. THANK YOU TO ALL MY CLIENTS WHO SUPPORTED MY BUSINESS ! True fact ... 18 of these sales were $165K and under .. goes to show, it all adds up!!! Being among this group of phenomenal Gold realtors is not something that is lost on me. I look up to all of them, and all the medallion winners for all their professional and hard work. Congrats to all the award winners out there. Here's hoping 2018 will be just as successful, with equal time to focus on giving my clients 110% attention and service, and to spend time thriving with my family & planning a wedding. Love you all!!!!

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HELLO NEW YEAR

What a year 2017 was! Personally, it was an outstanding year for my business, and I really do have the best clients who continue to give out my name for referrals (thank you all!), but it was so much more...we moved into our family home on Kingston Row (so in love), Anika became the wild toddler she was meant to be and we started our plans for our 2018 wedding (eek, gotta get on it!). Wishing you the very best year, and that we can continue to grow and support each other as a community. 

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THAT DARN TREE

All the fun and all the glitter can lead to a big clean up and the age old question is, what to do with that tree that has been the highlight of your living room "Let's Chip In" is the Christmas tree recycling program in Winnipeg and provides free wood chips for mulch it's depot locations.  AND for a small fee SSCOPE, a non profit organization will transport it for you. 

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SELLER HOLIDAY PRO TIPS

MAKE IT COZY- Emotion plays a huge roll in which home a buyer purchases. Make your home cozy with and cheery without overdoing it. Staging with decorations that complement your palate and accentuate the positives will allow the family to envision their own holiday in the home next year. And a plate of cookies never hurts ;)

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SELLER HOLIDAY PRO TIPS

LESS COMPETITION- The Holiday season means that some homeowners have taken their home off of the market, which is great news for you as you don't have to complete with as many homes to get the buyers attention.  Make sure to make it cozy and holiday themed by putting up your tree, hanging your stockings, and making your house feel like a home!

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Shop Local this Christmas!

So many amazing artisans in this city to pass up the opportunity to shop for some unique and handmade gifts this holiday season! Anika and I hit up Third and Bird, there's also The MARKET MALL happening Dec.10, and tonight you might want to hit up downtown's FIRST FRIDAYS or THE FORKS also has craft sales this weekend.

Happy (hunting) SHOPPING!


xo
AMBER

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Sellers Pro Tips

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Less Competition-The holiday season means that some homeowners have taken their home off of the market, which is great news for you as you don't have to compete with as many homes to get the buyers attention. Make sure to make it cozy and holiday themed by putting up your tree, hanging your stockings, and making your house feel like a home!






Holiday Green Tips


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About 35% of North Americans have an unused present collecting dust in their closet. Donating allows you to support a community or charitable organization, AND feel good about the fact that your gift will benefit someone else.  Some of these organization sill even pick up the items from your home. Here are some local options!

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Salvation Army
Canadian Diabetes
The Main Street Project
Siloam Mission

HALL OF FAME

Very excited to reach this milestone in my career, RE/MAX Hall of Fame-r over here.  Thank you to my family and support staff who make this all possible! And a huge thank you to all my clients for your trust & referrals!



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ICY COOL SIDEWALKS!

If you're a home owner selling their home in the winter, there are great alternatives for you to use instead of salt for keeping your walk ways risk free. Please check out this website for some greener options!
https://www.greenmoxie.com/natural-green-salt-alternatives-for-melting-ice-and-snow/​


BUSY NIGHT....LEARNING & GIVING BACK

On Nov.1 Amber attended the ATHENA CHANGE MAKERS event at the Fairmont Winnipeg which was a learning and networking experience. Inspiring speeches and fireside talks set the tone for change for our city. Congratulations for all those involved for putting on an educational and uplifting event for our community.

AND then AMBER headed to the Habitat for Humanity House Party held at the RBC Convention Centre....also huge success!

Over 400 guests enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by outstanding chefs, a vibrant live auction thanks to Curtis Newton and his team from Adesa Auction and of course, last but not least....live music by the JD Edwards Band! They brought the 'House' down again and had the room moving to great music! Amber was proud to Sponser a table (and had a great seat for the fabulous band)

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KINGSTON GARAGE SALE


From our house to yours, thank you for making Saturday's sale a true success!

We're so grateful for the donations, the friends who popped by, the people who bought at full price or higher, the supporters who just sent money, the family who spent the day helping at the sale ... thank you!!!! This total may grow a bit still, everyone should be very proud. THANK YOU! And because she's so cute, here's another one of #anikawildchild Thanks to Charlotte Dance for her courage and inspiration xoxo 😘 #ovariancancer #fuckcancer #awareness #remission

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SELLER PRO TIPS
Stand out from the crowd and give your home some curb appeal! Invest in a new front door, OR paint your current door a bright, cheery colour to attract buyers and ensure they remember your home!

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DAILY DOSE: GREEN TIP

Once a month, check the pressure of each of the tires against the guidelines listed in your can's manual and add air if needed. Can improve your mielage by 3%!

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SELLER PRO TIPS:

Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what's left in there.  Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

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SELLER PRO TIPS FOR FALL:

On a chilly day like today, you'll want to highlight rooms and features that serve as a great place to hang out while you're stuck inside for the colder months.  A lit fireplace during a open house on a colder day helps to create a cozy atmosphere, and a finished basement showcases room for kids to play.


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PRAIRIE LOVE 2017, SEPT 8-10
Amber Realty, Sponsor

It was an absolutely beautiful weekend to have the largest prairie yoga festival hit Bird's Hill Park.  Amber is lucky to have a thriving business with fantastic clients that she is able to give back to the community and sponsor events that create positive change & connection.  Congratulations to Rachelle Taylor, my friend and client, for bringing your amazing vision to life!

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ANIKA UPDATE:
"For my next birthday mom?"
T-minus 14 years until she can drive...that doesn't' even seem that far away!
Stay little forever please, xo

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DAILY DOSE: SUMMER TIPS


Check your grocery bag for Crops! Fresh Basil, celery and onions can all be started from cuttings you'd normally throw away.  Set them in some water and they'll start to grow all over again! (or remember to compost)

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DAILY DOSE: SUMMER TIPS

One of the worst parts of a summer is getting a sunburn.  When that happens (actually before that happens) throw some aloe vera gel into ice cube trays and freeze it.  The cold will be really soothing on that nasty burn and the aloe vera gel is perfect for helping sunburns to heal and to prevent peeling. You can freeze them ahead of time and stick them in a Ziploc bag so they'll keep well in the cooler or just use them whenever you get back home.  Use store bought aloe vera or you can squeeze the leaves of an aloe plant to get enough gel to freeze.


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Supporting our strong community

If you are a friend, opponent or member of the league winning Fort Garry Fury you may recognize a familiar
logo on the jerseys.

Amber Realty
is proud to give back from the success of her business
(#1 Realtor for the month of May at RE/Max executives, thank you, AGAIN!)

GO FURY GO!

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Daily Dose: Green Tip

Here's a quick and simple green tip to get the most out of  your garden this summer-use coffee grounds or eggshells as fertilizer. Boom!

#greentip #lovewhereyoulivemb #amberrealty

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Daily Dose: Summer Tip

If you love popsicle's but you hate the mess on your hands when they melt (this is particularly good for little ones), you can use a cupcake wrapper to keep the mess away.  Just cut a slit in the bottom of the cupcake holder and stick your popsicle stick through the slit.  It makes a wonderful holder and will keep that drippy, sticky mess off your fingers, or your little ones fingers.  Now if you could just figure out how to put an ice cream cone through those handy little cupcake wrappers, you'd be all set, right?

#summerlifehacks #amberrealty #lovewhereyoulive



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HELLO SUMMER 2017!

After a super busy spring season (thank you for making AMBER REALTY the TOP PRODUCER for May at RE/MAX executives!), and our family making the move to to the wonderful neighborhood of KINGSTON ROW (so excited to meet the community!), we took the afternoon off to celebrate the welcoming of SUMMER!

AMBER REALTY was proud to sponsor the first of year of SOLFEST , a beautiful family friendly festival at the banks of ST.MALO.

"Love the life you live,
live the life you love."
Bob Marley





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ITS A MUG LOVE AFFAIR!

Doesn't our mug go perfectly in this magazine styled photo shoot?

Need one in you life? Contact Amber....
She may have a few extra around...



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DAILY DOSE: GREEN TIPS


Now that the weather is warmer instead of tossing your damp clothes into the dryer, hang them outside.  Line-drying uses zero energy (except your own) and we think sun dried clothes actually smell better.  If the weather doesn't permit (or for more delicate items), invest in an inexpensive drying rack that you can set up inside.

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We at the office are in LOVE with the new green camp mugs from AMBER REALTY.   

Just another reason to love where you live...
 


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DAILY DOSE: GREEN TIP, GREEN SUNSCREEN 

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Choose a powerful, GREEN sunscreen. Many sunscreens contain chemicals that pose risks to our health and the environment.  Avoid nano particles and choose mineral based products instead.  Apply it liberally and frequently, paying particular attention to your ears, face, back and neck.  Our favorite is made locally by Sweet Spirit Apothecary




LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE 

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These words....Love Kal Barteski's work and messages!  Home Grown talent!

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GREEN TIP #30

Cleaning your furnace filter every two months can increase its efficiency by 50 percent. 

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GREEN TIP #29

Fill Up!  Ensure the dishwasher is full before you turn it on. Dishwashers are more energy and water efficient when full. Researchers have also found the machines consistently do a better job-with less water-then hand washing.

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GREEN TIP #28

Be sure to lower the temperature in your home when you leave in the winter and bundle up for bed.  It'll save you money, and conserve energy!

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GREEN TIP #27

Take your fridge's temperature. Stick an appliance thermometer ina glass of water in the center of your refrigerator, or between frozen goods in the freezer overnight.  Your fridge temp should be between 37 and 40 degrees F 9 no more, to keep bacteria at bay); your freezer between 0 and 5 degrees.If either compartment is too cold, adjust the setting, since keeping them just 10 degrees colder than necessary can boost your energy consumption by up to 25 percent. 


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GREEN TIP #26
Use a Toaster Oven for Small Jobs.  It will use a third to half as much energy as a full-size oven.

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GREEN TIP #25
Use your microwave.  Cooking and reheating with a microwave is faster and more efficent than using a stovetop or over, thus reducing up to 70 percent of energy use!

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Love Where you live...
Thank you Manitoba for the most amazing Summer of Festivals, BBQ's and Beautiful Weddings...
The list goes on and on... our hearts are truly full.
From our Family to Yours, xoxo Amber vdB

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GREEN TIP #24
Clean refrigerator gaskets and vacuum the condenser coils twice a year. Your refrigerator will operate more efficiently and use less electricity. 

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GREEN TIP #23
I'm sure you're done painting by now! Before discarding empty latex paint cans, leave the top off and allow the remaining paint to dry completely.  Latex paint is not hazardous once it is solidified.  

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GREEN TIP #22
We live in a COLD climate.  Heating our homes requires a lot of energy.  You can save money and reduce your environmental impact by painting your home a dark colour!  Dark colours reflect as little as 3 percent of sunlight, thus absorbing more heat! 

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Febuary.20/2016
A fun, elegant evening celebrating with fellow Realtors and Medallion winners. Thanks again to all my clients, who are the reason I am lucky enough to bring home this beautiful, silver award

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Green tip #21 

Consider buying a laptop.  Laptops use 50% of the energy used by a typical desktop PC when plugged in and and just 1 percent of the energy when running on batteries.  

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GREEN TIP #20 :

Moving can be a huge undertaking and often not so environmentally friendly. Why add more to the landfill?  Frogbox brings GREEN boxes to you and picks them up after you move!  No more cardboard boxes!  

Use the Code WPGAMBER20 for 20% off                       ww.frogbox.com/winnipeg
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Global News featuring Amber van den Broek on how to modernize your home for potential buyers:


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GREEN TIP #19

Unplug unused chargers and appliances.  They are drawing power when the device is not!

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GREEN TIP #18

Why create more waste? Use cloth napkins daily instead of paper.

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Jan.19/2016

A HUGE thank you to all who came out to the 4th Annual Snowball:Alpine Chill. Together we raised over $10 000 for the Green Action Centre and we helped to purchase an electric bike that will be apart of a new compost pick up service available in Winnipeg this summer. 

Bonus Green Tip! 

Host a waste free event!  Ask guests to reuse compostable cups and provide compost bins.  Easy clean up and helps out the environment too!

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GREEN TIP #17

Why pay?  Collect rainwater, and use it to water your houseplants and garden.

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GREEN TIP #16

Make your own household cleaners.  I've gotten quite a few recipes from this book, Organized Simplicity.

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GREEN TIP #15

Fix leaky faucets!  Green for the planet and for your wallet!

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GREEN TIP #14

Support local restuarants that use food derived less than 100 miles away, and learn more about the benefit of eating locally http://slowfood.com

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GREEN TIP #13

Reuse scrap paper.  Print on two sides, or let your kids color on the back side of used paper.  

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GREEN TIP #12

Pay your bills online.  Not only is it greener, it's a sanity saver!

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GREEN TIP #11

Every little bit counts!  Turn your computer completely off at night. You don't leave your tv on when your not watching it, why should your computer be any different?

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GREEN TIP #10

Support your local economy and shop at your farmers market!  The shorter this distance your food has to travel before it lands in your fridge, the better!  Every kilometer your fresh veggies travel before they reach your supermaket contributes to its carbon footprint!  Shop local!

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GREEN TIP #9

Be sure to drive the speed limit, and combine all your errands for the week in one trip.

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GREEN TIP #8

Turn off lights when you leave the room & leave your lights off for as longs as you can-open your curtains and enjoy natural light!  Unless its hot like today...then keep your lights off & blinds closed so you can keep your AC off !

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GREEN TIP #7
Nice and Simple- Wash your laundry in cold water rather than hot water 

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GREEN TIP #6

Buy an inexpensive reuable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles (my favorite is @kleenkanteen with the sport cap)  Then watch the story of Bottled Water, a short movie about the bottled water phenomena.

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Green Tip #5

Stop using disposable bags.  Order some reusable bags-my favorites are Flip & Tumble. Or, make your own, they're insanely easy.

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GREEN TIP #4

Switch one appliance to the energy efficient model (look for the "energy star" label)

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GREEN TIP #3
Create a homemade compost Bin for $15.  Check out my facebook page for details.  

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December.6/2015

GREEN TIP #2
Switch all your lightbulbs to LED's (or at least switch a few)!

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GREEN TIP #1

Plant an herb garden.  It's good to have a reminder around of where our food originates, one this one is super easy.

Check my Facebook Page for more details!
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Feb 10, 2015 
The easiest way to "stage" a home?? PAINT! I just used Benjamin Moore low VOC paint in my office and the colours are wonderful! Here is a great blog that highlights some other Benjamin Moore colours to consider when getting your home market ready. http://www.kylieminteriors.ca/the-best-benjamin-moore-paint-colours-for-home-staging-selling/

Feb 8 2015
Thinking of maybe, starting to consider selling? Trying to put off that to-do list?? Don't make that mistake. Months of prep time will get you top dollar! Here's a few things to think about before taking the first photo for MLS http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/the-great-big-list-of-things-to-do-when-getting-ready-to-sell-your-house/

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