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How To Handle Icy Saskatoon Road Conditions

posted by Trusted    |   February 12, 2014 15:04

Maaco Saskatoon is your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Expert in collision repair and auto paint! What can you expect when you deal with the professionals at Maaco Saskatoon? More than you thought! First, expect big cost savings! You can also expect seamless quality repairs. A faster turnaround for your vehicle (on average 25% faster!), and assistance dealing with insurance. You'll find Maaco quality at every price point - from a few hundred dollars to a thousand or more. It's up to you.

Here, Maaco Saskatoon shares a few tips on how to handle icy Saskatoon road conditions.

Get Winter Tires

This time of year, road conditions- in Saskatoon and rural Saskatchewan- can be very icy, and sometimes it can even be tough to walk on the road without slipping and falling. Imagine what it's like being on that road with a car! A car is both fragile and rugged. One wrong move on an icy road without the proper winter tires might leave you in a fender-bender (or the ditch). A car must be winterized to survive in the harsh winter weather conditions we so often deal with in Saskatoon and surrounding areas.

Leave Early

Driving on interchanges requires extra-special attention and focus, because these roads often get salted and sanded less frequently than other roads. While driving on other main roads, such as the downtown core, that are often frequented by pedestrians, take extra care and go slowly, as these are often the iciest of areas. Sometimes leaving a few minutes early for work in the morning will get you ahead of the morning traffic rush. Leave early also, of course, is necessary if you're driving slower to avoid a collision.

Don't Brake

When on an icy road, if you feel yourself start to skid, don’t brake and don’t panic. If it is slippery, make sure you pump your brakes, also called “threshold” braking, until you come to a complete stop. Trying to see where invisible black ice is can be hard to do, so please make an effort to drive slowly and carefully at all times. Remember that if you are in a collision to remain calm. 

If you are in a collision, Maaco Collision Repair will look after all of you and your car’s needs, during repair and beyond, with our Customer For Life program. Give us a call at (306) 653-5655 or visit us online, so that we can help you get back on the road. Remember, we can’t prevent an accident, but we can make you feel like it never happened.

Maaco is also a part of our My Saskatoon community. Check out Maaco's Spotlight Profile

5 Cleaning Myths You Probably Believe Are True

posted by Trusted    |   February 5, 2014 10:02

Glass Slipper Cleaning & Concierge is locally owned and operated, providing reliable cleaning services for homeowners in Saskatoon and the surrounding area. They appreciate your trust and know they have to earn the right to keep it! Glass Slipper owner, Angela Sipko, is a hardworking, kind-hearted professional who believes in providing the best possible experience for her clients. Trusted Saskatoon is confident that after Glass Slipper Cleaning & Concierge has been to your home, it will pass anyone’s “white glove test”!

Angela, owner of Glass Slipper, debunks some myths about cleaning!

Disinfecting and cleaning are the same.

Although bleach and vinegar are seen as ‘super cleaners’, they have led to many misconceptions about disinfecting and cleaning. Cleaning and disinfecting are NOT the same thing. Cleaning is a way to remove dirt and grime at a surface level to prevent the spreading of bacteria and diseases. The more debris that is removed at the cleaning stage, the better your disinfectant will be able to do its job. Disinfecting makes a surface free and clear of all microscopic organisms by killing things like bacteria, viruses and fungi which can lead to infections or disease. Two common household solutions that get mixed up are bleach and vinegar. Bleach is a disinfectant. This means that it helps to kill bacteria and other viruses on a surface but does not clean it. If you are looking to disinfect an area, it is best to clean the surface with a cleanser to clean before disinfecting. On the other hand, vinegar can act as a great cleaning and deodorizing agent on a variety of surfaces. It can damage porous surfaces like stone and unsealed grout and dull the finish of hardwood floors so be mindful of what areas in your home it’s being used on. Unlike bleach, it does not kill microorganisms that can lead to infections.

You should vacuum first.

Unless your floors are so dirty that the thought of walking over them sends chills down your spine, always vacuum last. It’s always best to follow the top down cleaning rule for every room in your home. While you’re dusting and wiping down furniture, dust, hair and other particles will collect and fall to the floor. If floors are not vacuumed after you are finished dusting, it can resettle on areas you have already cleaned. Although it’s appealing to get what can be seen as the most time consuming task done first, vacuuming first will require you to do it a second time after you’re done cleaning the rest of the room. So much for a time saver! Did you know that regular vacuuming helps your carpet last longer? Dirt and grit are abrasive and when they get ground into the carpet, they can ruin carpet fibers.

Use furniture polish every time you dust.

Furniture polish is great for keeping your wood furniture healthy and new looking. For regular cleaning, it is best to use a microfiber cloth to remove dust. Polishes tend to contain oils that can create a sticky film that attracts dust. You should either skip it or use it once in a blue moon to get that ‘polished’ look. Our best advice is to use what is recommended by the furniture manufacturer, and use it sparingly.

If it smells good, it’s clean.

It’s been proven that scented and unscented versions of the same product clean equally well. So why do we assume a surface is clean because it smells good? The sweet smell of pine or lavender comes from the chemicals or natural oils in the product you’re using, not the cleanliness of the surface. The best way to know a surface is clean is to do the touch test. If it feels clean and looks clean, chances are you have sufficiently removed dirt and grime from the surface.

The more product, the better.

FALSE. Use the proper amount of soap or cleaner specified. We know how tempting it can be to add more ‘cleaning power’ for a bigger job. But when you can’t rinse all that excess soap away, it’s going to leave a sticky film that attracts more dirt and grime. Follow the directions and you’ll get better results. Extra isn’t always better. Just remember the only thing you need more of is a little elbow grease. So roll up those sleeves, get your trusty rubber gloves, and get to work!

Visit Glass Slipper's Spotlight Profile for contact details and to connect on social media!

Tips for Renovating on a Budget

posted by Trusted    |   January 15, 2014 09:56

Braid Flooring & Window Fashions takes pride in the floors and window coverings they install. Braid is a locally-owned Saskatoon company, serving both the residential and commercial markets.

Braid recently expanded to include window fashions, paints and wall coverings, as well as an area rug gallery. Everything you need, including the experience to bring fashion to your home, can be found at Braid's Saskatoon showroom. Braid's Window Fashions Specialists can help provide solutions for your everyday, practical needs, while fulfilling your desire for stylish window coverings that will suit your home. 

Braid Flooring & Window Fashions, your Trusted Saskatoon Window Covering Expert, shares some tips for renovations on a budget!

Now that the holiday season is done it's time to start thinking about your flooring, blinds, and walls for 2014. But the New Year always seems to arrive with something familiar....credit card bills!

Those renovations are still important, but all of a sudden the budget is a little tighter. Not to worry! While Braid is known for quality service, we also spend considerable time finding quality products for all budgets.

Here are a few ideas for updating a room on a budget.

Hardwood flooring is the King of flooring these days but it also comes with a cost. Instead of buying real hardwood, consider Luxury Vinyl Planks. The visuals are incredible but will also provide serious cost savings. 

Natural stone tile is a great way to create a spa feeling in a bathroom but the costs of material, labour, and maintenance add up. Instead look at porcelain tile that mimics natural stone. You will be hard pressed to tell the difference... other than the cost, that is. 

Are your walls just looking bland? Try a simple can of Farrow & Ball paint and some curtains from Kravet. It's a quick and inexpensive way to update a room. 

Regardless of whether you're building your dream home or looking to update your existing home, we have the right products for your budget. Visit our Saskatoon showroom to learn more about how we can help you.

Braid is also part of the My Saskatoon community. Check out Braid's Spotlight Profile for contact details and to connect on social media!

How to Enjoy Doing Chores

posted by Trusted    |   January 14, 2014 11:20

Glass Slipper Cleaning Services is locally owned and operated, and they provide reliable cleaning services for homeowners like you in Saskatoon and the surrounding area. They appreciate your trust and know they have to earn the right to keep it! Glass Slipper owner Angela Sipko is a hardworking, kind hearted, professional who believes in providing the best possible experience for her clients. Trusted Saskatoon is confident that after Glass Slipper Cleaning Services have been to your home, it will pass anyone’s 'white glove test’.

Here, Angela, the owner of Glass Slipper Cleaning Services shares her latest Trusted Tip on cleaning!

Let’s face it. Nobody actually likes cleaning. It’s just something that needs to be done to keep our places from becoming dirty and looking like something out of an episode of Hoarders.

So, how do we make everyone’s least favourite chores a little more fun?

Well, I’ll tell you!

Get a friend to help you.

Cleaning can be quite time consuming and overwhelming if you’re doing it alone. As the old adage goes, ‘the more the merrier’…right? So maybe a friend won’t actually help, but a spouse, partner, roommate, or kids are great resources. Divide tasks evenly so everyone knows what to do and will avoid getting in each other’s way. When all hands are on deck, the job will get done quicker. Sure, there may be an IOU for their efforts, but do you really want to spend your Saturday cleaning house alone? I didn’t think so.

Rock out with your broom out.

I’m a huge advocate for playing music to get just about anything done. Something about a catchy tune helps me to get work done more efficiently. But when it comes to cleaning, I find it especially effective. There’s nothing like dancing around a room, blasting Madonna, and making your vacuum your newest dance partner. Not to mention that singing along and working to a beat makes it a little more entertaining than working in complete silence.

Make it fun. 

Come on downnnn…to The Clean is Right! If you have someone willing to help you clean, make it fun. Challenge roommates or siblings to see who can clean their room faster. Use a garbage bin as a hoop to toss garbage into. Or, you can play ‘what’s missing’- clean an area and see if someone can guess what’s missing that was there before. Games can be effective in teaching young kids how to clean, while making it a fun experience as opposed to a chore. Set a timer and challenge them to pick up as much as they can in a designated time. Be creative- the possibilities are endless!

Shape up while you clean up.

Why not take advantage of the opportunity to get 2 birds with 1 stone? For those of you who love to exercise, or for the ones that can’t get enough time in the day to do it, cleaning can help. Put on your favourite tunes, preferably something with a fast beat, to help you pick up your pace. Tighten your abs and stretch to reach extra-high areas. Making big movements, like doing big circles when cleaning a shower door, will help those arm muscles. Start lunging while vacuuming and it won’t just be your house that’s in tip top shape!

Break Time.

To avoid feeling overwhelmed (especially if your house looks anything like mine), take breaks as you clean. Set a timer for 10-15 minutes and rest for a minute or two, drink something or have a snack. Many people tend to get less and less motivated while cleaning, so try eating a favourite food, dress up funky, or pretend to be someone else to keep yourself from getting bored or tired and stopping.

Get someone else to do it.

The most fun way to clean is by not cleaning at all! If you’ve got way too much on the go or just don’t want to waste precious down time on cleaning, hire in the professionals. It will free up your social calendar so you can enjoy your free time but just be mindful that it will cost you. If money is an issue, look to do professional cleans on an occasional basis and mindfully manage your space in between.

You’ll notice it’s easier to clean in small doses on a daily basis than a big overhaul at the end of the week.

Find Glass Slipper Cleaning Services' Spotlight Profile for more information!

Curious about Pilates?

posted by Trusted    |   January 13, 2014 15:19

Saskatoon Pilates Centre is Saskatchewan’s premiere Pilates studio– the largest and most fully-equipped Pilates studio in the province. Saskatoon Pilates Centre provides top quality classes with the most experienced and dedicated teachers, helping you to integrate body and mind for everyday living. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

The founder of the Pilates movement, Joseph Pilates, said “physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body, with a sound mind, fully capable of performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”

Your Trusted Saskatoon Health & Wellness Expert, Saskatoon Pilates Centre, shares a few facts about the Pilates method.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a method of exercise developed by German-born Joseph Pilates. In 1926, Joseph and Clara Pilates brought their exercise system, originally called “Contrology”, to New York City. The Pilates method is a physical movement program designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body.

Pilates exercise focuses on postural symmetry, breath control, abdominal strength, spine, pelvis, and shoulder stabilization, muscular flexibility, joint mobility and strengthening through the complete range of motion of all joints. Instead of isolating muscle groups, the whole body is trained, integrating the upper and lower extremities with the trunk. 

The Pilates system of exercises reawakens the mind-body connection for optimal physical conditioning. By emphasizing a mental awareness and a deep understanding of how the body moves, Pilates imprints efficient movement patterns that cross over into our everyday lives.

This revolutionary approach to fitness is suitable for all ages and body types. Whether the goal is to enhance a sporting or performance activity, rehabilitation from chronic pain or injury, or simply to gain a more active, healthy lifestyle, Pilates has something to offer everyone.

Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit. The guiding principles of the Pilates method are whole body health, whole body commitment, and breath.

With systematic practice of specific exercises, coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavour itself, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds.

Purist vs. Modified Pilates

The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) believes that Pilates should evolve along with the advances of modern science, maintaining the integrity of the method with the safety and health of its participants always in mind. This means that if an exercise is determined to be contra-indicated or unsafe, we will respect it as historical repertoire, and modify it or delete it from any client’s program.

It is not designed to be aerobic.

Pilates exercise was never designed to be aerobic, nor did Joseph claim that his exercises were aerobic. Recent research has supported this statement in showing that Beginner Mat Pilates is low-moderate intensity and Intermediate and Advanced Mat work meets the criteria for moderate intensity activities (Olsen, et al 2003).

It is not only for the elite or wealthy.

Joseph Pilates suggested that everyone should do his exercises everyday. Booking a private session with a Pilates teacher should be considered to be in the same arena as booking time with a massage therapist or personal trainer, at a cost of $50-$100 per hour. Pilates teachers also recommend that their clients practice Pilates exercises everyday, or at least 3-4 times per week at home, to supplement their training in the studio.

It is not only for the healthy or well. 

Joseph Pilates also modified his method of exercise based on whether his client had injuries. Pilates can be modified for unfit people, post-trauma, post-disease, elderly, and has been shown to increase enjoyment and participation in exercise even for children.

Pilates is not a fusion exercise. 

Pilates is performed on a mat or one of many apparatus that Joseph Pilates designed- Reformer, Trapeze Table, Wunda Chair, High Back Chair, Ladder Barrel, Half Barrel, Spine Corrector, Ped-O-Pul, Head Harness, Foot Corrector, Toe Corrector, Magic Circle, Bean Bag and Pinwheel. Pilates is not performed in a pool, on a small or large ball, or in combination with other forms of exercise, and still called Pilates. However, today, it is certainly acceptable to apply the Pilates principles to all forms of movement, exercise, sports and daily life activities as Joseph intended. 

Let Saskatoon Pilates Centre help you find that “zest and pleasure” you've been looking for! Contact Saskatoon Pilates Centre at (306) 955-2965, or online.


5 Pet Nutrition Questions Answered

posted by Trusted    |   January 13, 2014 11:25

We all want the very best for our pets, and that is part of what makes Critters Pet Health Store the best choice for Saskatoon pet owners. They have set a very high standard for the products that they carry, offering top quality foods, treats, toys and other necessities for your pets. Additionally, Critters is the only locally owned and operated pet store in Saskatoon that focuses solely on dogs and cats. This means that when you ask them a question or have a concern, they give more in-depth and specialized advice regarding proper nutrition and care. After just one visit, you will discover how passionate the staff at Critters are about animals and providing the very best for them.

Critters Pet Health Store, your Trusted Saskatoon Pet Expert, shares advice on pet nutrition.  

 

Q: Is it unhealthy to change your dog’s food often? Is it better to keep their food the same all the time?

A: This is a personal preference, customers usually want to change their pet’s food because they want to give variety and feel their pet would be getting bored with eating the same thing everyday. The truth is that pets are driven to food on smell, not taste. So, if their current diet is working, then it’s not necessary to change. Remember when switching formulas that you should always slowly mix in to get your pet’s stomach and digestive tract adjusted, even if it’s the same brand but a different flavour.

Q: What is the best all-natural dog food on the market to feed our Samoyed dog who is getting up there in years?

A: At our stores, we recommend pet foods based on the ingredient list, not the brand name. We believe it’s what’s inside the pet food that makes it good! We have a variety of healthy Canadian pet foods that have some of the best ingredient lists on the market. If you visit any of our stores we can show you what to look for and what to avoid. We will never recommend a pet food with any by-products, corn, vegetable protein concentrates, wheat or fractionated grains. It’s not necessary to change your pet’s diet if they are becoming more senior (you wouldn’t cook a different meal for your grandparents than you would for yourself right?). You can continue to feed the same food, but it’s always best to adjust feeding levels if they’re starting to gain weight and to separately add a supplement for their joints.

Many pet foods market themselves for seniors, but do not have sufficient levels of joint supplements in them to be very effective. For example, many pet foods have 500mg of glucosamine per kg of food. So you must feed 2.2lbs of dog food to get that 500mg, which isn’t realistic. We have many powdered supplements in the store that allow you do give effective doses at a very reasonable price ($4-5/month).

Q: My dog recently developed allergies. He is now on a hypoallergenic type of food. Are there any treats on the market that are safe?

A: We deal with pets with allergies all the time in our stores, and we have many options for hypo-allergenic diets and treats in our store. Generally, you want to avoid corn, wheat, soy and dairy if you believe your pet has an allergy. However, if you have a list of ingredients to avoid, we can help narrow down a product for you in the store! Normally we recommend going to a food or treat that is a single animal protein (meaning it only contains one type of meat protein, such as lamb) and the product should also be completely grain free. There are also vegetarian treat options that normally work for pets that have severe allergies.

Q: My senior cat, who is 19, has arthritis. Is there anything on the natural side of things that I can get for her that will help with the stiffness and pain? Especially when it is about to rain?

A: We carry a variety of natural supplements to help with your pet’s joints. We have a supplier who we get our pure glucosamine from, so your pet is getting a non-diluted natural product. The different powder products are sprinkled on top of your pet’s food and the dose is based on the pet’s weight. These supplements should be given once a day so the pet receives the maximum benefit from it.

Q: What is the appropriate age to switch a dog from puppy food to adult food?

A: Many people are under the impression that you must feed a puppy a specific diet, and switch to adult later. The truth is that a good All Life Stage recipe is all your pet needs, and you can feed this food throughout its life! All Life Stage recipes meet both puppy and adult nutrient profiles, as required by AAFCO. Many healthy pet food companies do not even make puppy formulas anymore. Instead, they have a more dynamic feeding chart, outlining what to feed your puppy or adult dog. If we think of this logically with our own lives as an example, we do not make special chicken for children at the supper table that adults can’t eat. Using a wild animal example, there is not a rabbit made specifically for puppies that adult dogs cannot eat. Always remember that feeding guidelines on pet foods are just a “guide”, and that you should adjust the feeding levels based on your pet’s activity level and metabolism. If your pet is becoming overweight, there is no need to switch foods. Instead, simply adjust calorie intake by feeding less. If they are losing weight, then bump up the feeding amounts. 

Critters Pet Health Store has 5 Locations in Saskatoon. Find the one nearest you by checking this great local business out online.

Planning to propose? Tips to help you pick the perfect ring

posted by Trusted    |   December 6, 2013 20:24

Did you know that Bateman Jewellers is the oldest independent jewellery store in Saskatoon? Bateman Jewellers maintains that client relationships are very important to them, and Trusted is sure you have heard owner Cam Kripki say in his well known radio ads "Your jewellery is a lifetime investment; buy it from a lifetime friend." Trusted can attest to the fact that they really do mean it, and we are proud to have them on board as our Trusted Saskatoon Jeweller!

Here, Cam shares a few tips on buying an engagement ring.

Find Out Her Tastes

So, you found the right girl. And decided to ask her to marry you. CONGRATULATIONS!!! There are a few things to think about as you start down the road to engagement bliss.

If you're purchasing the ring without her, intending to surprise her, choosing one will be more difficult because obviously you won't be able to ask her what she wants. Do keep in mind that nowadays, many women prefer to be part of a joint decision to purchase a ring, so if you find it really difficult to know her style and taste, provide a temporary ring and tell her that you'll choose the real one together.

 

 

Some of the ways to try and work out her taste include:

Asking her about rings in general. If you're going past a jewellery store, pretend to be interested in a watch. Then casually drop a comment about the styles of rings, saying you like a certain type and asking her what she likes. If you're very good, she won't notice the ruse. If you're not so good, she'll probably tweak but she still won't know when you're going to propose! Other ways of getting her to talk about engagement rings is to make a comment about a friend's engagement ring and to ask her preferences at the same time.

Ask her family for ideas. This will depend on whether or not you want them to know before she does, of course. Another ruse is to have her friends take her into a store to ask her "just for fun". You'll need to have absolute trust in them to keep quiet and to pull this off. It's not a good option if you'd prefer to keep it quiet until the moment of the proposal.

Sum up her tastes from the clothes she wears and her existing jewellery. You're in the best position to know whether she likes plain, fancy, patterns, large or small fashion statements. Is she traditional, classic, contemporary, or way out there? Use what you do know about her fashion preferences to your own advantage.

Is she an impassioned supporter of fair trade and human rights? If so, be sure to look for recycled gold and conflict-free diamonds as part of your choosing process.

Find Bateman Jewellers, your Trusted Saskatoon Jewellers, on 2nd Ave South in downtown Saskatoon, or online.

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