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J + S Picture Frame Warehouse At Saskatoon Home Show

posted by My Saskatoon    |   March 7, 2016 16:53

 This weekend is Saskatoon’s Home Show and your favourite local frame warehouse will be on display.

J + S Picture Frame and Warehouse will be set up in booth #227 at Prairieland Park March 10th, 11th and 12th.  Draws at the booth will be available to enter to win gift certificates to the store. If you have future photo projects in mind then make sure you enter your name with the possible chance to win! You can expect to see shadow boxes, sport memorabilia framing, photo restoration and object framing at the booth and, of course, the friendly staff.

 Being in business since 1978 J + S practice only “in house projects” which means the people who help you at the counter are the people who finish the job. Something that is new to J +S is that they offer art space for local artists in the city. The prices are very reasonable and the intent is so that local artists can use the space to showcase their work. The staff at J +S feel this is a great way to give back to the art community, allowing the space to be rented for low rates. To book your space today, call 306.373-1171

 

Be sure to check them out at the Home Show this weekend! But, for now, you can get more information about J + S Picture Frame and Warehouse on their spotlight profile.

 

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David Reekie: Unusual RRSP Facts That You Should Know

posted by My Saskatoon    |   February 12, 2016 17:09

 

 

                                                                                

 Here's what you probably already know about RRSPs: You regularly contribute to RRSP-eligible investments, the contributions are tax-deductible and the RRSP is tax-sheltered until you make withdrawals in retirement and you enjoy the considerable benefits of compound growth over the longer term of your time in the plan.

 

Here are a couple RRSP facts that you may not know- but knowing them will help you get the most from your RRSP-eligible investments:


The Home Buyer's Plan allows you to borrow from investments held in your RRSP for the purchase of your first home. You and your spouse can each borrow up to $25,000 if you are considered first-time home buyers and you must repay investments held in your RRSP over the next fifteen years or you'll pay tax on any amounts not repaid.

The Lifelong Learning Plan allows you to use funds held within your RRSP to pay for training or education. If you qualify, you can withdraw up to $10,000 in a calendar year with the total withdrawal amount capped at $20,000 over a maximum of four consecutive years. You must repay within ten years to avoid tax penalties. 

 

 

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Twisted Goods Valentine's Day Goods!

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 28, 2016 14:37

 Wondering what to get that special someone for Valentine's Day? Twisted Goods has a table full of lovey-dovey goodies waiting for you. To fit with their theme, "Oh Darling, Let's Be Adventurers", items like selfie sticks, wishing jars, scratch maps, love knots and cedar mountain wall tiles are the perfect gift for your loved one's adventurous soul.

 

 

 Of course, you can't forget about the accessories at Twisted Goods. The Live Loki bracelet is a popular item that not only looks good on your wrist, it is made from natural elements from the Earth. Click here for the details on Loki bracelets. 

 

 

How about keeping it personal? The Lenny & Eva jewellery collection is customizable so you can get the perfect bracelet or necklace. With multiple interchangeable pieces, you can add on for next Valentine's day!
 

 

 

 The My Saskatoon Team

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David Reekie: The Super Seven Ways To Save & Grow

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 25, 2016 14:34

You already know that one of the best retirement savings strategies for most Canadians is a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RSSP)-- and, as this year's RRSP contribution deadline nears, here is a Super Seven list of some of the best ways to get the most of your RRSP.

 

1. Beat the deadline

This year's RRSP contribution deadline is February 29, 2016- don't miss it!

2. Maximize

Always make your maximum contribution each year- that's how to get the most in immediate tax savings and in long-term growth. You will find your contribution room on your most recent notice of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

3. Catch Up

Fill up unused contribution room. You can do that in a single year or over a number of years until you reach age seventy-one.

4. Rise Up

To have more money in retirement, raise your RRSP contributions as your income rises.

5. Borrow To Save

An RRSP loan can be a good option for maximizing this year's contribution or catching up on past contributions- but only if the interest rate is low and you can pay it back as quickly as possible. A good way to do that: Use your RRSP tax savings to help pay off the loan.

6. Diversify For Growth

Your maximum RRSP contributions are capped by the government-so to get the additional income you'll likely need to enjoy the retirement of your dreams, be sure to invest in a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) and a wel- balanced non-registered portfolio based on an asset allocation plan that matches your rise profile and time horizon.

7. Designate

Choose a beneficiary for your RRSP. Generally, RRSP assets with a beneficiary designation do not form part of your estate and do not attract probate fees. If your beneficiary is your spouse/partner or a disabled child/grandchild, your RRSP can be transferred tax-deferred to your beneficiary's registered plan.

 

Saving for retirement is an absolute necessity- and an RRSP is a great way to do just that when it's part of an overall financial plan tailored to achieve your retirement dreams. 

 

 

 

                                 

 

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Helpful Tips With Georgia Mills

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 20, 2016 15:32

  Shopping and caring for linens is both an art and a science. Here are some helpful tips to make the process easier:

 

1. Always measure the depth (thickness) of your mattress before shopping for bedding. This helps to ensure your sheets will fit well, and that your quilt or duvet will have the proper drop on the sides of your bed.

 

2. When washing dark coloured linens for the first time, use cool water and skip the soap. Instead, add 1/2 cup of salt or white vinegar to the water. This helps to set the colour and prevent or minimize fading.

 

3. Replace your pillows about every two years, or use a moisture and dust mite proof pillow protector to extend the life of your favourite pillow.

 

4. Always ensure that your duvet and duvet cover are a compatible size. Purchasing a duvet and a duvet cover that are well matched (within a couple inches) in dimensions will help to prevent shifting and frustration! Or try duvet clips to help tame an unruly (undersized) duvet.

 

 Have questions? We have the answers! Shop local and let us help you find the best products for your needs and create a beautiful space in your home!

 

 

           

source: Pinterest 

 

                                                                                    

                            

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Era Style Loft: Wardrobe Staples For 2016

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 15, 2016 14:44

Decluttering our closets is a dreaded task that we find ourselves facing every new year. While it is a major task to undertake, it's always worth it in the end to make getting dressed every morning a breeze and redefine our personal style.This year we are focusing on sleek basics.Luxe staples with rich textures and classics that make a statement are what we find ourselves gravitating towards. Scroll below to see our top pieces coming with us into 2016:

1) Leather Moto Jackets:

 
2) Striped Tees:

 
3) Fitted Turtlenecks:


4) Black Skinnies:
 
5) Luxe Button Up Shirts: 
 
6) Floppy Brim Fedoras:
 
7) Deep V-Neck Tees:
 
8) Unique LBDs
 
9) Statement Coats:
 
10) Ankle Booties: 
 
Shop our wardrobe staples in store now: 
 



 
From top left: T by Alexander Wang sheer wooly turtleneck, Anine Bing deep V tee, Equipment Adalyn blouse, Rag & Bone Floppy Brim Fedora, Zoe Karssen striped tee, Rag & Bone Newbury booties, Joie Cyrene coat, Rebecca Taylor Cocoon coat, Rebecca Taylor faux leopard coat, Frame Denim shredded skinnies, Elizabeth and James Jena dress. 

 

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Reed Security In Saskatoon: How To Prevent Home Theft

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 8, 2016 12:07

 

How to Prevent Theft

  • Use Common Sense
    • If you lose a key, get the locks changed.
    • Ask all strangers for identification.
    • Never hide an extra key outdoor - especially underneath a mat or on top of a light fixture. This is the first place the bad guys look. Leave an extra house key with a friend or a neighbor.
    • DO NOT advertise on Facebook or other social media that you are on vacation.
    • For insurance purposes take photos of the contents of your home.
    • Keep all receipts in a safe and easy to find location.
    • Write down the model and serial number of all electronics.
  • Make it Difficult
    • Door chains are easy to bypass. Install deadbolts.
    • Install a stopper or stick on all sliding doors and windows.
    • Install window bars on all basement windows.
    • Make sure all doors and windows are properly locked.
    • Keep your premises well lit at night.
    • Install timers that turn lights on at different times. This gives the appearance that someone is home.
  • Install a monitored Home Security system
    • 400% less likely to have a break-in.
    • up to 25% insurance discount.
    • optional ALARM.COM with automatic lights.
  • In case you do have a break-in:
    • If it looks like a door or window was forced open, DO NOT go inside. The Burglar may still be on site.
    • Call the Police from your cellular phone or from a neighbor's house and wait.
 

 
Check out Reed Security's Spotlight Profile for information on location, hours and more!

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Winter Driving Tips, Discounts & Trends In Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 6, 2016 13:26

Glass Doctor of Saskatoon Has  Winter Driving Tips

With winter officially upon us, it’s smart to start planning a winter emergency kit. No one wants to think about the unexpected but it is always good to be prepared. Here are a few tips to help you avoid stress. They may also prove to be very important in case of an emergency.

  1. When going on long car trips don’t wait until the last minute to fill your car with gas. It is smart to make sure you have at least three quarters of a tank before traveling to reduce your risk of getting stranded in the middle of nowhere with no gas stations in sight!
  2. If you get stranded you cannot always rely on your cell phone. Keep in mind that your mobile service may not provide reliable coverage in many rural areas, so you might not have service to call for roadside assistance. Check with your service provider before traveling to identify service holes, and keep spare change in case you need to use a pay phone.
  3. The best way to prevent travel trouble is by being proactive. Be sure your car’s routine maintenance is up-to-date. This includes oil changes, tire rotation and pressure checks, along with inspection and registrations stickers.

Even the best plans can be defeated by unforeseen weather or an accident. Always have these items in the car in case you need to wait for help to come.

Tips:

  • Flashlight
  • Enough water for everyone in the car
  • Blankets
  • Snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Extra cash
  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra tire and jack

Don’t let the winter weather keep you indoors! Be prepared and reduce your risk of travel woes!

 

                                                      

source: Glass Doctor

 

Twisted Goods Continues Boxing Day Sales

Twisted Goods is having a winter sale in both Centre Mall and Lawson Heights Mall locations. Get 30% off all the winter collection of Matt & Nat bags! 

 

source: twisted goods

 

 Duvet Discounts at Georgia Mills

Georgia Mills is having a 20% off all in-stock duvet covers. Hurry in to either the University Heights location or Market Mall to save!

 

         

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Leather Pant Trend At Era Style Loft

Era Style Loft's latest blog is all about the leather pant trend. Read it to find great inspiration on styling these beauties! Below are the available leather pants that Era Style Loft has in store.

 From left: Anine Bing leather leggings, Anine Bing loose fit leather pants, 10 Crosby Derek Lam leather leggings.

 

source: Era Style loft

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Maaco Saskatoon: How To Purchase Winter Tires

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 4, 2016 12:50

A message from locally owned, Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting.

 

Buying your winter tires is an important choice which should be made with careful consideration.  Upon buying them, you must also maintain them, which is another important consideration.  During this segment, we want to offer you some collected wisdom that we’ve gathered from all over the place that we personally swear by, if you’re ever in need of purchasing or maintenance advice.  Also in our tips are some common sense strategies that will hopefully have an effect on winter driving in general, and getting used to your winter tires.

                                                    


1.  All-season tires are a bad compromise. On snow, ice or cold pavement, the stopping distance of a car that has winter tires can be up to 30 to 40 per cent shorter than one with all-seasons.  The force of a crash increases as a result of the square impact of speed, and this could mean the difference between life and death.

2. Although it’s the treads that a customer buying tires usually notices, the most important part of a winter tire is actually the rubber compound that it is made up of.  This rubber compound is designed to stay soft in freezing temperatures. Similar to a gecko climbing a sheet of glass, a winter tire sticks to the road by conforming to tiny imperfections.  The weather transforms a summer tire’s consistency into that of a hockey puck.  The soft rubber treads of a winter tire are able to splay and wrap themselves around miniscule protrusions on cold pavement, or even on what appears to be ice that is perfectly smooth. Summer tires, which have been designed to operate in warm temperatures, harden as the temperature falls. Although all-season tires must be designed for year-round use, they cannot match winter tires in low temperatures.  They still hold a bit of rigidity in frigid weather, though not as much as summer tires, and cannot beat the snow tires’ elasticity, as well as the studs that snow tires can come with.

3. Premium winter tires perform better than basic models. What you’re paying for is the latest in rubber technology and tread design. What you get is traction that may be up to 15 per cent better than economy-model winter tires. (If you want to see the difference between different grades of winter tires, go to an ice race. Ian Law, an Ontario racer and winter driving instructor says, “The drivers with the premium tires are all out in front.  There’s no comparison.”)

4. It’s about temperature, not snow. Winter tires must be installed when the customer expects temperatures to fall to 7 C (that’s plus 7!) or below. As the temperature falls, the rubber in summer and all-season tires becomes inflexible, killing traction. Watch the thermometer and use common sense, because no one will tell you exactly when to put on snow tires (except in Quebec, where the law dictates that your car should be equipped with winter tires between Dec. 15 and March 15).

5. Winter tires should be narrower than summer models. Customers have expressed the thought that proper winter tires can look a little like spare tires.  Experts recommend going down one or two sizes when installing winter tires – if you car came with 215-millimetre wide summer or all-season tires, for example, your winter tires should be 205 mm or 195 mm. Reducing the width of a tire increases the pressure it exerts on the surface beneath it – this will help the tire slice through snow, and reduces hydroplaning.

6. Winter tires are designed to move water. When a tire presses down on snow or ice, it melts the top layer, which creates a thin film of water.  This is the same phenomenon that occurs as a skate glides across a rink, because of the friction created by movement. If the water isn’t moved away from the area in front of the tire, the car will hydroplane. This is why winter tires are covered with grooves (including tiny channels known as “sipes”) that move water away to the sides, allowing the tire to stay in contact with the surface.

 

                                                       

 

7.  In the old days, winter tires came with deep, aggressive treads designed to paddle through deep snow. This made for a noisy ride and compromised stability, since the treads deflected under acceleration, braking and cornering loads. Current winter tire technology now focuses on shallower treads with closely spaced grooves that carry away the water film created when the tire presses down on ice or snow.

8. All-wheel drive helps you accelerate, not stop. On slippery surfaces, vehicles with four driving wheels can accelerate better than those with two-wheel drive. But their cornering and braking capabilities are little different than a two-wheel-drive model. When you’re trying to stop or turn, the limits are determined by the traction capabilities of your tires, not the number of driven wheels.

9. Black ice is not a death sentence. In the case of black ice, good winter tires will stick, but only if they are within their traction limits. If your car begins to slide, look straight down the road to where you need to go, and maintain a light grip on the wheel. As the car decelerates, you will gradually regain control as the tire’s rubber begins gripping surface imperfections on the ice. Slow speed and gentle control inputs will maintain traction.

10. The performance of winter tires has been significantly improved over the past decade by advanced rubber compounds that allow designers to make tires softer without sacrificing other critical properties, including wear and heat buildup as temperatures climb. Major manufacturers spend a lot of money on R&D. Jaap Leendertse, winter tire platform manager for Pirelli in Milan, Italy, has said that his company has developed more than 300 compounds in the ongoing quest for the ideal winter tire.

11. Although testing makes it easy to see the performance advantages of a winter tire, the technology behind it is deceptively complex. Tire designers must consider a long list of factors, including tread stability and hysteresis.  This is a process which generates heat as a tire repeatedly deforms and recovers as it rotates under the weight of a car.

 12.  Although they offer an advantage on glare ice, studded tires are far less effective than non-studded models on cold, bare pavement (where most drivers spend the majority of their time during the winter months).

13.  Some manufacturers offer winter tires that use rubber mixed with hard materials (like crushed walnut shells and chopped nylon strands) to give increased bite. Although these can offer improved traction in some conditions, the most important factors in a winter tire’s all-round grip are the quality of its rubber compound and its tread design.

14.  Although it’s not recommended for everyday driving, reducing the air pressure in your tires can help you gain in an emergency. Reducing tire pressure increases the tire’s contact patch, and may help you make it up an otherwise impassable icy grade, for example. Bear in mind that this is an emergency technique only, and will reduce overall control of your car by making the tire carcass less stable. Unless you’re stuck at the bottom of an icy hill with no other option, the inflation pressures recommended by your car manufacturer should be used. If lowering the tire pressure in a winter tire is needed to make it out of an emergency situation, be sure to drive slowly and re-inflate the tires back to the recommended pressure as soon as possible.  Driving with lowered tire pressure than is normal can be hazardous if maintained for too long of a period.

 

                                                                   

 

 

We hope you are never involved in a collision, but if you are, we are here to help, during and after your car has been fixed, with our Customer for Life program.  Please call us at 306-653-5655, or come down to the shop at 659 51st St E, so that we can help you out and get you back on the road.  Remember, we can’t prevent an accident, but we can make it like it never happened.     

 




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Visit Maaco Collision & Repair's Spotlight Profile for more information on location, hours and social media platforms. 

 

 

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New Year's Eve In Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 30, 2015 12:53

What a year 2015 has been! We at My Saskatoon are looking forward to all that 2016 will bring, and are excited to ring in the New Year! With so much happening in Saskatoon tomorrow night, there will not be a shortage of events to consider. With venues like Prairieland Park, Amigos and Capitol Music Club hosting NYE parties, there is defiantly something for everyone on the last night of 2015. Whether you are making it a night out around town, planning a party, or having a quiet night in, make sure you celebrate the coming of the New Year in some way. If you haven't made plans yet, here are a few ideas that leave your NYE unforgettable. 

 

 

 

House Party at Prairieland Park

If you are 19 and over and have $25.00 to spare, you can check out the party happening at Prairieland. You can expect to find happy hour pricing all night, music by Wonderland and DJ Anchor, a photo booth, party games and free "party swag". Don't forget free coat check! 

You can even get a ride home with the SAFE RIDE HOME program where $22.00 will get you home without having to wait in line for cabs! Sign up for it here.

                                      

                                          source: saskatoonnewyears.com

Host A Dinner Party

Bring those friends together in your home and have a cook out. Either set the menu around a certain theme or even try wine pairings, there are so many different ways to be creative. If your cooking Spanish, make sure you have Spanish wines to go with the theme. Try a fondue meal so that the dining experience will carry throughout the evening as it usually takes a couple hours. Here are some cool party game ideas.

                   

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Dine Out

Book your New Year's Eve dinner reservations at Leyda's Restaurant. With organic quality ingredients, live local music and a delicious five course meal for just $65.00, you can have a wonderful experience while ringing in the New Year. Check their Facebook page or website for the full menu or give them a call to reserve a spot at 306-244-0707. You can also book online here. 

 Kid-Friendly

The Saskatoon libraries also have Noon Year's Eve parties for children. Join the Cliff Wright Branch and the J.S Wood Branch for fun children activities and a countdown to 12pm.

Tobogganing 

With weather like this, you have to take advantage of Diefenbaker Park. Grab your closest friends/family, some hot chocolate in a mug and your fastest sled and make it an afternoon at the hill. 

         

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Plan A Safe Ride Home

Saskatoon Transit and SGI have partnered again this year to provide free bus service on New Year's Eve. Between the hours of 8pm-2:45am, customers can flag down a bus from the curb at any point along the route. 

 

 

 The My Saskatoon Team

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