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Stop everything you’re doing and look at this shoe closet

Cityline | posted Monday, Jun 9th, 2014

Every once in a while we come across something that makes us stop dead in our tracks. Sometimes it’s over diamonds and sometimes it’s over a killer outfit, but most of the time it’s over shoes. We’re sure everyone has imagined their dream house, and if we guess correctly, it probably comes with its very own shoe closet. Now picture a closet filled with all your favourite shoes and the most organized storage system known to mankind. Sound too good to be true? Jennifer Valentyne takes us into her self-made shoe closet to share her jaw-dropping collection of 140 pairs — all boxed and numbered. Her storage technique includes a shoe book (yes, a picture book of all her shoes!) that she is able to look through every morning to select the perfect pair to finish off her outfit.

If you don’t believe us, take a look into Jennifer’s closet and see the beauty for yourself. Just be sure to keep breathing because this is ah-mazing!

City unveils 2014/15 fall TV lineup

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Jun 3rd, 2014

A comedy starring Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne is among four new primetime series headed to City this fall, while weekend nights will be packed with hockey.

Black-ish features Anderson as a father who starts to worry his family has forgotten their black heritage while living in the suburbs.

City’s weekends will be filled with Hockey Night in Canada and Hometown Hockey after Rogers secured the exclusive rights to NHL broadcasts last November. There will be two NHL games each week – Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays and Hometown Hockey on Sundays.

“I’m excited for City to join in a time-honoured Canadian tradition this year with the addition of Hockey Night in Canada and Hometown Hockey,” Hayden Mindell, Vice President of Television Programming & Content, Rogers Media, said.

“Hockey is the most coveted content in Canada, and we have PVR-proofed Saturday and Sunday nights on City to become must-see TV for all Canadians.”

The two new dramas include a Homeland-esque show Scorpion and Backstorm.

City will also air a new reality show called Utopia, where 15 contestants will get one year to build an entirely new society on a secluded piece of land.

Returning shows include the hits New Girl and Modern Family.

Other shows returning are The Bachelor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Hell’s Kitchen, The Middle, Mike & Molly, Parks and Recreation, Revenge, and Scandal.

The Grammys will also return to the network and it’s also picked up NBC’s live musical Peter Pan!

Fall premiere dates will be announced in the coming months.

The fall schedule is:

All times ET/PT; s = simulcast

Monday
8 p.m.              2 Broke Girls (s)
8:30 p.m.         Mom (s)
9 p.m.              Scorpion (s) *NEW*

Tuesday
8 p.m.              Utopia (s) *NEW*
9 p.m.              New Girl (s)
9:30 p.m.         The Mindy Project (s)

Wednesday
8 p.m.              Hell’s Kitchen (s)
9 p.m.              Modern Family (s)
9:30 p.m.         Black-ish (s) *NEW*

Thursday
8 p.m.              The Bachelor Canada
9 p.m.              Scandal (s)

Friday
8 p.m.              Package Deal
8:30 p.m.         The Middle
9 p.m.              Utopia (s) *NEW*

Saturday
7-10 p.m.         NHL: Hockey Night in Canada *NEW to City*

Sunday
7-10 p.m.         NHL: Hometown Hockey *NEW to City*
10 p.m.            Revenge (s)

The air dates and times for the Grammys, Country Music Awards, and Peter Pan Live! will be announced at a later time.

Rogers is the parent owner of this website.

With files from The Canadian Press

Planting 101 with Frankie Flowers

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Jun 3rd, 2014

After one of Canada’s most brutal winters, summer has finally arrived and we bet that your garden is in dire need of a little (or a lot of) TLC. Whether you are a newbie or an expert, it’s time to brush up on those basics. Frankie Flowers is here to give us his expert tips and tricks to plant your favourite flowers from the ground up — without all the hassle.

Soil:
If you are planting in a container, make sure to use potting soil that contains perlite for easy drainage. If you’re planting in the ground, use garden soil and mix it with the native soil for best results.

Plant selection:
It is important that you know which plants require the most sun, deadheading, and water maintenance. If some plants are neglected long enough, they will rot and create long-term diseases during the summer season. Tip: Talk to your gardening centre before you purchase anything. They will be able to tell you exactly which plants suit your garden best.

Pre- and post-planting:
Water your plants immediately before and after planting. Watering before will allow your plants to easily slide out of the pot and will prevent shocking its root system.

Planting:
To begin, remove the pot from your plant and rip its root system down in order to spread them apart. Healthy and happy roots should appear white while rotting roots will appear brown. Next, firmly press down on the outer sides to fasten the roots inside the soil.

Deadheading:
This is a crucial maintenance technique that simply means removing existing bloomed flowers. Plants are always putting energy to the bloom, so by removing the flower, the energy that was put into the flower is now transferred into the foliage to create more buds. If your plant requires deadheading, make sure to pluck the flower and fill the vacant space with fertilizer for quick regrowth.

Recommended plants:

Full sun gardens
Choose a plant that is able to sustain itself under the hot sun with lowest maintenance. Frankie suggests a Geranium for its foolproof growth tolerance. Another great option is Lobelia Hot. Usually known for drying out from the sun, the Hot version of this plant is not only self-cleaning, but is also able to withstand the summer heat.

Shaded gardens
Frankie suggests a Torenia plant as it is known for creating a trail over the edge of the pot. Though it is not as well known as other shade plants, the beautiful blue flower with a bell shape will complement any garden and needs little maintenance.

For more tips from Frankie, watch him demonstrate this process below:

Courtesy Frank Ferragine

www.frankieflowers.com

@frankferragine

Dr. Oz’s secrets to aging beautifully for every decade

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Growing old is a natural part of life, but you have the power to do it well. Here’s how to keep looking and feeling your best, decade by decade.

Bone up in your 20s.

You body builds new bone density until about age 30, so now’s the time to bolster bone health and lower your risk of osteoporosis. Eat plenty of foods rich in bone-building calcium, such as spinach, fortified orange juice, dairy products and fish. Aim for 1,000 mg of calcium from food each day (a half cup of spinach gives you 154 mg, while a half ounce of salmon will give you about 200 mg).

Save your skin in your 30s.

Protect your skin with sunscreen — applied generously and frequently, no matter the time of year. Look for products that contain retinol/retinoids and alpha-hydroxy acids. (Topical retinoids help improve skin texture while alpha-hydroxy acids even out skin tone.) Be sure your product of choice has an SPF of at least 45 for best protection.

Strength train in your 40s.

Your metabolism can really take a hit in this decade, which is when you may start seeing a loss in muscle mass. Stay strong with simple weight-bearing exercises — you don’t need a gym or a stack of weights to do it! Plank pose is great for toning arms and abs, while three sets of 10 squats a day can build your leg muscles and also strengthen your core.

Make friends in your 50s.

Social networking is critical to your health, and studies show people with strong friendships have a better sense of well-being. So schedule a daily phone call with a friend or get a workout buddy. And don’t forget sexual intimacy either: Sex has many health perks, including some bonus calorie burning.

Prioritize your beauty rest in your 60s.

Retirement can be a freeing experience, but work sometimes helps structure our lives, and if you’re not careful, a reduction in daytime activity and an inconsistent morning wake-up ritual can make it harder to get a good night’s sleep. Always aim for seven to eight hours of shut-eye and try to set a consistent schedule so that your body takes full advantage of the restorative power of rest.

Stay flexible in your 70s — and beyond.

Exercise is as important in your 70s and 80s as it was in your 20s, so try adding regular bouts of tai chi to your fitness routine. It’s a great form of slow-moving exercise that’s easy on joints and improves balance, which can help prevent dangerous falls. It also builds flexibility and knee strength. Aim for 20 minutes each day.

Read more from Dr. Oz:
Dr. Oz’s four-step summer skin Rx
How Dr. Oz stays healthy: His seven daily health rituals
Dr. Oz on sound sleep, less stress and better sex

How to make the world’s best two-ingredient burger

Cityline | posted Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Does this sunny weather have you craving burgers on the BBQ? Claire Tansey shows us how to make the most simple and delicious burger of all time.

Two-ingredient burger

Ingredients:

  • 750 g medium ground beef
  • 1  1/2 tsp coarse salt

Method:

Preheat barbecue to medium.

Shape beef into 6 patties, each about 1/2 inch thick. Press a shallow depression in centre of each patty to help keep its shape while cooking. Sprinkle both sides with salt. Season with fresh pepper.

Oil grill and barbecue burgers with lid closed for 5 to 7 min. Flip burgers, then continue grilling, with lid closed, until burgers are cooked, 6 more min. Let burgers rest 5 min before serving on toasted buns with your favourite toppings.

Prep 5 min | Total 15 min
Serves 6 | Per serving 415 calories, 18g protein, 38g fat, 665 mg sodium.

Tips to make the BEST burger:

  • Start with medium ground beef (instead of lean or extra-lean). It has a lot more flavour, and most of the fat drips away while it’s cooking.
  • Mix the meat with your hands (instead of using utensils). This will ensure you don’t over-mix the meat, and it creates a nice texture.
  • To make patties, take a handful of ground beef  and shape it into a ball, then flatten it out. Don’t make the patties too thick — half  an inch to an inch thick is  the perfect size.
  • Prevent burgers from puffing up into balls by taking your thumb and making a little indent in the middle of each patty.
  • The grill should be hot before you add the patties — this will ensure they don’t stick, and they’ll achieve that caramelized exterior.
  • Don’t flip them too many times. And never, ever press down on the patties with your spatula (that will make all the flavour escape!).
  • Use grated cheese (instead of sliced)  for extra oomph.
  • Hollow out the lid  of your bun to make more room for toppings.
  • Our favourite condiment is sriracha mayo — just stir some of the hot sauce into mayo and slather it on!

Courtesy Claire Tansey

www.chatelaine.com

@chatelaine

@tanseyclaire

Six tips to help you stay on top of your email

Chatelaine | posted Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Sabrina Geremia is manager, integrated solutions, for Google and heads up its initiative to bring talented girls from around the globe into the tech industry.

1. Separate business and pleasure

I have three different email accounts: Work, personal Gmail for friends and a third I share with my husband (it’s where we keep our family calendar to manage appointments and travel plans). Without having different inboxes I’d find it hard to keep track of who I’ve responded to and who I haven’t.

2. Try face time

If an email thread becomes too long, includes too many people or is delivering bad news, it’s probably not the right medium. This is the moment to get up from your desk or pick up the phone and actually have a conversation.

3. Weed out the clutter

I get over 100 emails a day so I have to have a system. When my inbox is full of unread messages, the first thing I do is delete or archive the ones I don’t need to read — I can usually tell from the subject line. The second step is to prioritize (star or label) the most important ones, then deal with them.

4. Email etiquette

Emails should be short and punchy, not essays. I often use bullets, or I bold key messages to make it clear what the purpose of the email is. Also, I don’t care how short it is — that’s no excuse for sloppy grammar, spelling, salutations or language.

5. Stop the deluge!

I regularly take a few moments to unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Simple, I know, but it really makes a difference. I’ve also found that the less email I send the less I receive.

6. Schedule screen time

Every Friday I sit down with my assistant to look at the week ahead and prioritize my time. Then we slot in blocks of work time. I use it to catch up on my emails. When I’m with my family I make sure I spend real time with my children instead of being distracted by my phone. The same goes for my team. We’ve developed a culture of not sending work-related emails on weekends unless it’s incredibly urgent.

The latest and greatest gear for your workout

Cityline | posted Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

For most, spring is the time to ditch the winter sweaters and squeeze in some time to work out — because bikini season is among us, after all. Now if that sends shivers down your spine, you are not alone!

We’re sure we can all agree that the first “outside run” of the New Year is a rough one indeed. But fear not, as we have just the motivation you need. From a trendy bracelet that doubles as a safe sun exposure app, the latest sports bra technology, and all the way to brightly coloured runners, Karine Ewart has everything you’ll need to look great and feel great while working out.

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