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'Tis The Season For Festive Decor

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 30, 2015 11:57

 Our guest blogger today is an Interior Designer from Rosetown, Saskatchewan and is currently located in Alberta. Tegan Derksen has the perfect decor trends for your home this Christmas Season.


December has nearly arrived which means I am officially allowed to decorate for the holidays. For me, the holiday season makes the snow and cold all worthwhile.  I could not imagine Christmas without the smell of cinnamon and pine and certainly couldn’t imagine it without the white stuff outside. It truly is a beautiful time of year, if you can get over having cold toes! Besides setting up the tree and hanging the stockings, there are several ways to make your home feel festive.

Garland: Bows of garland strung throughout the house is a great way to decorate. You can drape it along the top of your cabinetry in the kitchen; wrap it around the stair railing or in door openings between rooms. Garland has more options than just the typical (yet classic) faux greenery as there are now tons of ideas online for DIY garland made of Christmas balls, burlap and/or scraps of festive fabric.

Spell it out: Create your own festive message with a banner. Cut triangles (or another shape, if you prefer) out of fabric or paper and draw a letter on each piece then simply hang on a string and drape your message wherever you’d like. Or go big with oversized letter cut outs and lean against the wall on your shelf or mantle. Use your favorite colors, textures and sparkles to add an extra special personal touch.

Trinkets: There are so many festive trinkets to make your home feel special at this time of year. Snowmen, reindeer, owls, nativity scenes, elves, Santas, nutcrackers… the list could go on and on. Tuck them into corners and layer them on shelves and buffet tops.

Lights: String lights inside and out. Combine small string lights with garland or use them as a standalone feature in place of garland. Outside you can use lights to trace the outline of your home or decorate trees in the yard. I am not a big outdoor light-show kinda girl but I enjoy seeing creative use of lights to make your house shine.

Wreath: Nothing says “welcome to our home” during the holidays like a wreath hanging on the front door. Whether you purchase one or create your own there is no way you can go wrong with a wreath!

Outdoor décor: Topiaries and greenery on the steps or along the path to the front door offer a sense of warmth and welcome to your outdoor décor. You could even wrap your archway (if you have one) with garland and lights and hang decorative ornaments like balls or giant snowflakes.

When decorating for the holidays almost anything goes. I would suggest deciding on a theme or set of colors and then going for it whole-heartedly! If you love owls, then by all means, decorate with owls. If red and gold is your thing then let it be your thing and red-it-up! Stock up on the egg nog and hot chocolate, play some Christmas classics and enjoy spending quality time with your family this season as you decorate like pros!




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Black Friday Sales In Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 26, 2015 11:47

It's Black Friday tomorrow and time to get the best deals for all of your Christmas shopping! These stores are carrying these deals all the way until Sunday. Avoid all the lines at the big box stores and keep it local this weekend. 


Black Friday starts today with some great deals on floor models, clearance items and in stock items at Palliser Rooms EQ3! Here are some items that they have on sale. Head down to the store for more deals.


Southampton Sofa & Chair - $1297.00

Midtown Bedroom Set - $2397.00

Dynasty Sectional - $1097.00

Divo Sectional - $2497.00

Pennsylvania Home Theatre Sectional - $1597.00

Midi Dining Set includes 6 chairs - $2597.00


Twisted Goods is also having a 20% off the ENTIRE store all Friday long! They are calling it their "Keep it Canadian" sale as most of Twisted Good's products are locally made and sourced. You can find these deals at the Lawson Heights Mall from 9am-9pm and at the Centre Mall from 8am-9pm. 


Twisted Goods is also participating in Small Business Saturday where anyone who makes a purchase this week in stores will receive a coupon for 15% off Twisted Goods and Tonic purchases. This is happening Saturday, November 28th-29th!  





Are you in need of a new dress for the Christmas season? Did you have your eye on one but wanted to wait until a sale? Era Style Loft has discounts that you don't want to miss! From Friday until Sunday, guests can get up to 30% off on clothing and accessories when they shop at Era Style Loft. 




Make sure you check out the 2nd Annual Black Market Market this Sunday, November 29th, from 4-10pm. Located in 209 Avenue D Warehouse, you will find local artisans, artists, shops, food and drinks. You can find more information on this event here.

 The My Saskatoon Team

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5 Reasons To Replace Windows With Glass Doctor Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 24, 2015 11:22




Upgrading the windows on your home is a major project. However, the benefits of having new, modern windows on your Saskatoon home will pay you back in more ways than one. If you're thinking about replacing your home's windows, here are five signs it's time to do it now.

1. Broken Glass

Damaged windows are the most obvious sign that it's time to upgrade. Not only are your possessions at risk from thieves, but your home is open to harsh weather conditions and unwanted pests. Of course, a single window glass repair is always an option, but it might be an excellent excuse to freshen up your entire home.

2. Boost Curb Appeal

If your home sticks out like a sore thumb because the windows are tired and dated, it is definitely time for an improvement. Your home will look great, and your neighbours will thank you!

3. Noisy Neighbourhood

If your once-quiet neighbourhood has become a bustling hub of activity, you don't have to move just to get a little peace and quiet. Upgrade to insulated glass units to block that unwanted noise and return your home to the cozy sanctuary you remember.

4. Button Up a Drafty Home

If your heating and cooling system is working overtime to compensate for your old drafty windows, an upgrade is definitely in order. Plus, your home will be much more comfortable when you do not have one room that is far too warm and another that is far too chilly from all the air leakage.

5. Cutting Energy Costs

It is easy to go green and save a little cash on your monthly energy expenses when you upgrade to energy efficient double pane windows. These work by sandwiching air between two panes of glass. The air acts as an insulator so your expensive heated or cooled air stays inside where it belongs.

Upgrade Today!

Whether you need a simple window glass repair, or you are ready to upgrade all the windows in your home, Glass Doctor® of Saskatoon will help. We offer an in-home consultation with no obligation to purchase. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Glass Doctor

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Revamp Your Kitchen With Kitchen Magic In Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 20, 2015 11:35

Kitchen Refacing with Kitchen Magic Inc., a locally owned and operated company, is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly option to replacing your kitchen cabinetry. It is an option that has been used in the USA and Eastern Canada for decades. The experts at Kitchen Magic Inc., are using the same technology and high quality products to provide homeowners and contractors with an opportunity to rescue an old, tired kitchen.



Whether you are planning to sell your home, or stay and enjoy it for a few more years, refacing your kitchen will ensure a renewed feeling of warmth and home; there's no place like home! 

As Kitchen Magic Inc grows, so does our awareness of what our potential customers need. Therefore, we are proud to announce that we now provide a partnership with a tile and flooring supplier. We can provide you with high quality products and installation for backsplashes and kitchen flooring, producing the full package. With a kitchen renovation project, you may need all or some of these items. Kitchen Magic Inc is the company that can take care of all your needs

  • Flooring – Tile, linoleum, hardwood, or laminate
  • Backsplash – Tile or Facade


Design Work

We are one of the leading kitchen renovation design teams in Saskatchewan. We can redesign your kitchen and, with the proper information, provide you with a quote to have the job completed. This can be accomplished by email or during a free in-home consultation. 

What sets us apart from our competitors? 

With such a large list of happy customers, We'd have to say it is a number of things.

  • prompt service
  • great quality products
  • the ability to quote by email

Busy schedules don't always allow time to have someone come into your home to quote your kitchen renovation project. We provide this service by email, so you can view and ponder on your own time (even at midnight). Call Donna at 306-280-8232 to find out how this is done or email us at . 

Our Mission Statement: We at Kitchen Magic Inc. believe in providing the best in customer service - period. Our mobile ability allows us to bring the showroom to you. Everything is done right in your kitchen. From the choices of style, colour, accents and countertops, this makes the process simple and ensures that each choice you make will compliment your existing decor. We are also able to keep costs down as we do not have a large, expensive showroom to man, stock, and upkeep. Therefore, we can pass the savings on to you! 



Below are two different project examples of BEFORE and AFTER 



For more information on Kitchen Magic's hours of operations, visit their Spotlight Profile.



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5 Things: Local Specials, Deals And Events In Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 19, 2015 14:08

Do you need the perfect Christmas gift for the new homeowner in your family? Or do you simply need to update the cookware in your kitchen? Georgia Mills in Market Mall is having a Paderno cookware sale right now where you can find discounts of up to 74% off! Hurry in to find the best selection before it goes. 

source: Paderno 


Need hassle free maintenance for your electrical system? Don't wait until it's an emergency. Saskatoon Electrical Services LTD.offers service contracts for preventative and regular maintenance. Give them a call at (306)-227-7243 to find out more or check out their spotlight profile here. 


Saskatoon's organic restaurant, Leydas, has unveiled their new seasonal menu. This winter, you can expect to find these weekly specials: Tuesday- Organic Bison Burger =$10.00, Wednesday-1LB red curry mussels= $10.00, Thursday-1/2 priced wine. Leydas is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00am-10:00pm.  

Source: Leyda's Restaraunt


It's that time of the year again! The beautiful drive-through Christmas light display is back again at the Forestry Farm Enchanted Forest. Featuring 75 custom displays, this Saskatchewan tradition is going on seventeen years now. $5.00 at the gate for admission or $25.00 a car. The Enchanted Forest runs from November 21st- January 9th.


From November 20th-28th, the Western Development Museum will be hosting their annual Festival of Trees. This year the theme is "Your Favourite Holiday Movies" so be sure to check this out as it will surely take you down memory lane.  The festival runs from 9:00am-9:00pm and, aside from the tree displays, there will be many more attractions for all ages! You can click here for more information and admission.




We hope everyone enjoys the weekend ahead and takes advantage of the sales, festivals and food that Saskatoon has to offer!



 The My Saskatoon Team

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Jennifer Zeuner Launch Party At Saskatoon's Era Style Loft

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 18, 2015 12:33

We are so excited to welcome Jennifer Zeuner to our jewelry line up at the loft! Jennifer Zeuner has always been one of our favourite delicate jewelry lines. Jennifer's jewelry reflects her own personal style; simple with a spiritual twist. Her hamsa hands and evil eye pieces are some of her biggest brand staples. She creates her jewelry to be layered so that each person can create their own personal style with the brand. The Zeuner pieces are made in the USA from gold vermeil, diamonds, and sapphires. Some of her biggest fans include Song of Style, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce, Miranda Kerr, and Rihanna, just to name a few. Whether you wear it on it's own, or layer it on, it's guaranteed to look stunning.

Faith necklace with diamond, $220
Addison Love necklace, $195
Lily Wishbone necklace, $185
Erin Elephant necklace with diamond, $220 
Bella multi-chain lariat, $298
Sari lariat with sapphire and diamond, $298
Sasha Triangle lariat, $275
Paloma lariat, $298
Cynthia bar necklace with diamonds, $235
Phoebe bar necklace with diamond, $352
Tila Double V necklace, $275
Asturia chain necklace, $235
 Era Style Loft is having a Jennifer Zeuner Launch Party tomorrow night wherein guests will receive 20% off the entire Jennifer Zeuner  collection! On Thursday, November 19th, tis' the season and join the ladies of Era to get your Christmas shopping done early! 


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My Saskatoon, A Platform For Local Businesses

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 17, 2015 15:53

My Saskatoon is a modern online community, enhancing the connections between local people and the home grown and locally owned retailers that make our city unique. 

My Saskatoon was started by a group of individuals who are local business owners, passionate about showcasing Saskatoon businesses online, and ultimately encouraging the people of Saskatoon to shop, eat, and support local! 

Simply by being a part of our online community, local businesses provide support to the charities and non-profit organizations who contribute to the livelihood of the greater Saskatoon community. 

We love Saskatoon, its vibrancy, and the passion of its people! 

Stay connected by signing up for our monthly publication, The My Saskatoon Insider, and join us in enjoying all that our incredible city has to offer! 


Check out our EatLocal, ShopLocal and SupportLocal pages and find the local businesses that you are looking for!


 The My Saskatoon Team

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Get Your 2 Week Trial Gym Pass For Fitness Focus Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 12, 2015 10:36

You might be looking at Saskatoon gyms for the very first time; or maybe looking for a change from where you're at now.  We encourage you to come check out everything we have to offer at Fitness Focus.  

If you are a resident of Saskatoon or the surrounding area such as Martensville, Warman and Delisle, we welcome you to print your free 2-week trial pass.  For 2-weeks we'll offer you access to the Weight Room, the entire Group Fitness Class Schedule, Cardio Theatre, Tanning, Free Lockers and Free Towel Service.  You can see and experience everything else we have to offer including affordable Childcare, Personal Training, Sports Training and Conditioning, Diet and Nutrition Consulting, Massage Therapy, and if you ever need help just ask one of our Friendly Staff.  All this in a clean and mature atmosphere.  

At Fitness Focus you won't be just another number, we know you'll love your time with us, so ask about our memberships with No Contracts and flexible packages that you can customize anytime. 




Find out how to get your first month free... Before you start your 2-week pass, don't forget to ask the front staff about getting one month free on a membership! 

You can find more information on Fitness Focus on their Spotlight Profile!

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JBD Financial Planning in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 10, 2015 11:03

Our new government and how it affects your financial plan...

Tonight I sat and watched our new Prime Minister and his new cabinet get sworn into office and I thought of you and your financial plan. I thought of the POSITIVE and NEGATIVE effects this is going to have in the years to come. So I have made for you my top 10 list on the aspects that you should be most concerned with:

  1. OAS (Old Age Security) is going to stay at age 65. Currently OAS is $570/month.
  2. Expanded Home Buyers Plan - Now you will be able to access your RRSPs for not only your first home, but you would additionally be able to use your RRSPs multiple times when moving for work, after the death of a spouse, after a marital split or to take in an elderly relative.
  3. Replacing family benefits with the Canada Child Benefit. Cancelling all family benefits if your family income is over $200,000/year.
  4. Cancelling family income splitting (but not pension income splitting).
  5. More contributions to Canada Pension Plan for the employer and employee.
  6. If you personally earn less than $89,000/year, you will pay less taxes.
  7. If you personally earn more than $200,000/year you will pay more taxes.
  8. The Tax Free Savings Account limit will be dropped back to $5,500/year.
  9. Small business owners will pay less tax in their corporations, but may face more restrictions. Small business corporate tax lowered from 11% to 9%.
  10. The decrease to RRIF minimum withdrawals will remain the same.

In summary, all these changes will affect how you invest and save for retirement whether its through RRSPs or TFSAs. It will affect how you save for your down payment on your home. It will affect how you save for your children's education. It will affect how much more or less you will have in your pocket at the end of the day.

For all these reasons and more, it is important to review your financial plan regularly and get the proper financial advice on your taxes, savings and plans for your future.

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Markets Outlook

I hope you enjoyed your summer and are looking forward to a pleasant fall season. I am writing to give you a brief update on how financial markets have fared over the past few months.

Financial markets continued to exhibit a higher degree of volatility than normal throughout the third quarter of 2015, with most equity indexes finishing the period with losses and the results for bond markets being mixed. Equity values declined in late August and remained choppy into the end of September due to a number of factors, including China’s decision to devalue its currency and a subsequent sell-off of Chinese stocks, slower global growth and uncertainty surrounding the U.S. Federal Reserve’s plans to raise interest rates.

By quarter-end, the S&P 500 Index in the U.S. had rebounded slightly to post a 6.4% loss for the three-month period and a 5.3% decline for the year-to-date, while the MSCI World Index was down 8.3% for the quarter and 5.6% for the first nine months of the year, both in U.S. dollar terms. For Canadian investors, however, the weak global market results were mitigated as the Canadian dollar continued to lose value relative to the U.S. dollar and other major currencies. In Canadian dollar terms, the S&P 500 was up slightly for the quarter and up 9.4% for the year-to-date, while the decline in the MSCI World Index was trimmed to 1.6% for the quarter and it posted a positive 9.0% return for the first nine months of the year.

The benchmark Canadian S&P/TSX Composite Index, meanwhile, continued to underperform other developed markets, with its resource-oriented sectors impacted by softer global demand for commodities. The index dropped 7.9% in the third quarter and was down 7.0% in the first nine months of the year.

Given the equity market uncertainty and in light of weaker economic conditions, central bankers exercised caution throughout the quarter. The U.S. Federal Reserve opted to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged, in spite of evidence that the American economy continues on a path of modest growth and its stated goal to raise rates in the near future. In Canada, soft commodity prices continued to weigh on the economy, and two consecutive quarters of declining GDP prompted the Bank of Canada to cut its lending rate to 0.5% in July. Yields for developed market government bonds declined slightly through the quarter as investors sought out their perceived safety.


Heightened market volatility can be unsettling, but we know that financial markets cycle through periods of stronger and weaker returns. Market pullbacks often provide opportunities for investors to buy high-quality securities at attractive prices, and can help to build value over time.

Although the underlying global economy still faces challenges, it continues to grow slowly. In the U.S., the economy expanded at an impressive annual rate of 3.9% in the second quarter of this year, corporate earnings are strong and the housing and job markets are stable. Early third quarter data indicate that the Canadian economy has also returned to positive growth. Overseas, the rising U.S. dollar is putting pressure on emerging economies, but China’s economy is still expanding – albeit at a slower rate – as are many developed economies including Germany and France.   

From a longer-term perspective, it is worthwhile to note that most equity markets have been strongly positive over the last five years. For example, the five-year compound annual return (to September 30, 2015) for the MSCI World Index was nearly 9% in U.S. dollars and 15% in Canadian dollar terms. While we cannot predict how markets will behave in the future, the danger in reacting to the weakness of this most recent period is that you may miss a subsequent rebound. It’s important to remember that market volatility was taken into account when we developed your investment portfolio. A sound financial plan that includes a well-diversified investment program tailored to your individual objectives remains the best approach for securing your financial goals.

Should you have any questions about your investment portfolio, my team and I are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us.


Janea Dieno

The information in this letter is derived from various sources, including CI Investments, Signature Global Asset Management, Cambridge Global Asset Management, Globe and Mail, National Post, Bloomberg, Yahoo Canada Finance, and Trading Economics. Index information was provided by TD Newcrest and PC Bond, and all quoted equity index returns are on a total return basis (including dividends). This material is provided for general information and is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to compile this material from reliable sources; however, no warranty can be made as to its accuracy or completeness. Before acting on any of the above, please contact me for individual financial advice based on your personal circumstances.

 Janea Dieno


Check out JBD Financial Planning's Spotlight Profle for more information on Janea!





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Random Act of Kindness Day, Discounts and Karaoke in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 6, 2015 11:22

It is Random Act of Kindness day here in Saskatoon. Why not send a special person in your life a beautiful flower arrangement to let them know that they are on your mind today. 

Sheila's State of the Art Flowers, located in the Scotia Center, creates beautiful arrangements from either fresh or silk flowers. Conversation pieces and all original designs is their speciality and they even deliver and set up! Open until 9:00pm tonight, there is plenty of time to give today.


souce: Sheilasstateoftheartflowers 


Twisted Goods is having a Family and Friends night next Thursday, November 12th, from 6-9pm. Everything in the store is 20% off and there is an additional 5% off all winter accessories. This will be the last big discount opportunity for customers before Christmas so hurry in to grab some great deals!





Pink Cadillacs Diner in Willowgrove Square is having a "Weekend with the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies". On November 12th and 13th, you can expect to find drink specials and Karaoke at Pink Cadillacs Diner where all your favorite Grease songs will be waiting to be sung! They are celebrating Christmas with friends early and want to see you and your family there. Don't forget that breakfast is served from 10am-12pm on Saturday. Singing starts at 9pm Saturday night!


  Head down to your local non-profit organization or charity and donate your time today for Random Act of Kindness day!

 The My Saskatoon Team

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