Whether you’re a green thumb veteran or a novice with limited lawn space, we’ve assembled the following gardening tips to give you a head start for growing your ideal garden this Spring.
If you’re just starting out this year and have a blank slate to work with, or you’re returning to your yard with new ideas, it’s your time to get creative. Before you begin, make sure you carefully plan and design for your space.
In Canada, the growing season varies across regions. It’s important to know your frost dates before you begin planting — especially for crops that need longer seasons. However, if you want to get a head start and the weather outside is still chilly, don’t worry. There are many guides for cold climate gardening in Canada, with lists of which fruits, vegetables and flowers you can start planting in your region, even before Spring arrives.
To achieve the garden of your dreams, first make sure your lawn is in top shape. After a rough season, it may seem disheartening when you’re left with the aftermath of a storm. But taking the time for some upkeep is essential in maintaining a beautiful (and fruitful) yard.
Not everyone has access to a community garden or backyard — but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow plants indoors or on your balcony.
Snowstorms and endlessly rainy winter days call for wool socks and warm, hearty meals. We say embrace it all — and indulge in these satisfying and comforting soup recipes.
This tangy, meaty dish is filled with rich flavours and only takes 30 minutes to prepare. Get the recipe from Eat Live Travel Write.
This fun-to-say soup may have been a comfort food growing up, and is creamy and decadent enough to satisfy you all day. Get the recipe from Crumb.
Make a big batch of this cozy soup to last you through a snowed-in weekend. Easily freeze any leftovers for a quick meal. Get the recipe from Canadian Living.
Whether it’s used as an all-natural vegan base to any soup recipe or on its own, put your veggie scraps to use and make your own stock. Get the recipe from The Kitchn.
If you’re a lover of mushroom soup, look no further. This luxurious and creamy chowder will make it difficult to share. Get the recipe from Dinner with Julie.
A long-standing favourite for many, now vegans can also enjoy a bowl of creamy broccoli soup. Get the recipe from Oh She Glows.
Are you an aspiring yogi? Or perhaps you’re just interested in learning a little more about this ancient practice that’s become widely popular. Either way, with World Yoga Day on February 22nd, there’s no better time to learn the basics — and we can start you off right with this quick overview of styles, benefits and supplies.
An active and athletic form of yoga. Its literal translation from Sanskrit means “eight-limbed yoga,” but you don’t have to be a giant spider monster to enjoy it. This style is often associated with vinyasa or power flow classes.
Great when: you feel energized, want to move your body, and challenge your mind.
Almost every kind of yoga taught in North America is some form of hatha yoga. It’s an all-encompassing word for any physical yoga practice, but in the form of a class is usually something that is a gentle, basic approach to yoga and the yogic breathing exercises, often with no ‘flow’ (or linked movements) between poses.
Great when: you’re a beginner, or you’re looking to strengthen your foundational knowledge of yoga and the poses.
A quiet, meditative, and gentle form of yoga. This practice is generally close to the ground, might involves blankets and pillows (yes, really), and can be held in a heated room. Each pose can be held for up to two minutes, so it’s a great patience practice as well.
Great when: you’ve got some seriously sore muscles that need some love and attention, and/or you’re looking for a thoughtful and restorative practice.
A term often used interchangeably with Bikram yoga, although there are many forms of hot yoga today including Moksha and Baptiste). This is quite literally, yoga done in a hot (and we mean hot—up to 105°F or 40°C) room, so prepare to sweat buckets and bring a towel.
Great when: you’re ready to get hot and sweaty with your yoga practice.
Improved Strength & Flexibility: You might not be able to touch your toes or hold a plank position on day one, but with patience and consistency you will be able to gradually tone and loosen up tight muscles.
Stress Release & Mental Clarity: Because yoga is so focused on connecting movement with breath, yoga has been linked to relieving chronic stress patterns and relaxing the mind.
Better Sleep: Regular yoga practice has been linked to a more restful sleep in people with insomnia.
Mindful Eating: Research has also linked the meditative qualities of yoga to help strengthen the mind-body connection and increase the physical and emotional sensations of eating.
Lessened Chronic Pain: A regular yoga practice has been shown to have some pain-relieving effects on the brain.
Before you saunter on into a yoga studio, brush up on a few of the basic Sanskrit words you’ll hear in most yoga classes:
Asana: Used interchangeably with the word ‘pose.’ Each yoga pose is a different asana. For example, Uttanasana is a standing forward fold.
Namaste: It means something similar to ‘the divine light in me honours the divine light in you.’ It’s a way of feeling and sharing that divine yoga love.
Om: A meditative sound, pronounced ‘ohm’ and while the true meaning has been lost to the mists of time, it’s connected to universal energy.
Shanti: Its literal translation means ‘peace.’ Often used as a mantra (for example: ‘om shanti, shanti, shanti’) as an invocation of peace.
Yoga: Union. Because yoga is all about that mind-body connection.
Ready to sign up for your first class? You can also try an at-home practice before stepping into the studio. Here are some tools to help you get started:
With these tools, you’ll be able to confidently start building your own practice, and have a mindful 2017. Namaste!
Your wearable tech is only as good as how you use it… or so the saying goes. With so many different FitBit models (Alta, Flex, Charge, Blaze, Surge, Zip and One) and options for activity trackers, it can be difficult to know if you’re getting the most out of the electronic gadget around your wrist. The best part? There is so much more to your wearable tech than keeping track of 10,000 steps (although it’s a great goal to start with).
At London Drugs, we are here to help you maximize the benefits with a few tips to get you off and running (or stepping) into a healthy 2017.
It’s a proven fact that fitness is more fun, and effective, when you have a workout buddy. One of the best things about wearable tech is the ability to compare your stats and activity with other users. Start a challenge with friends or family by tapping the Challenges tab at the bottom of your app screen. See who can walk the most steps in a day, or who can commit to 5 days straight of getting sweaty. The loser buys the next fun workout class for you both (belly dancing, anyone?), and everyone wins at sticking to their 2017 goals. Check out Fitbit’s user-friendly guide here on how to share your exercises.
Know Your Options
While the Fitbit app has a plethora of useful features like tracking your daily goals for steps, distance, calories burned and monitoring your sleep patterns to name a few – it is not your only app option. There are many other health and fitness apps to give you a more detailed look into your daily habits, and even apps to help you with the ones you’re looking to break. Their products are currently compatible with more than 30 other apps including Strava and MyFitnessPal. Read over their general setup guide on how to connect to these apps here.
You Are What You Eat
If one of your 2017 goals is to slim down, or even just to improve the quality of the food you eat, studies have shown that one of the best ways to do this is by keeping a consistent food diary. Tap on the “+” at the bottom of the screen on the Fitbit app and select the metric you want to manually log (food, exercise, weight, sleep or water). The Fitbit app takes this data and combines it with your activity to give you accurate information on how many calories you have actually burned in a day. The power of science is right at your fingertips, or rather right on your wrist.
People come in all shapes and sizes and so do their strides. When so much of the data you’re collecting is dependent on the number of steps you take, it’s important to make sure that your Fitbit has the correct lengths for walking and running. The easiest way to do this is to measure a distance and count your steps as you walk it. One “step” is each time you plant your front foot. Then divide the length walked by number of steps, and then you have your stride length. Do it again while running to see the difference. To add these to your profile, log into Fitbit’s website and scroll down to Settings > Personal Info and you will find the two lengths under Body Options.
Don’t have a FitBit yet? If these tips intrigued you, London Drugs has various models to fit your lifestyle needs. Visit us online or in-store for more information.
Our LD Experts are always informed about the latest technology and electronics that can make your life easier. Whether you’re tech-savvy or not, they are — and we’ve got you covered.
On CTV Morning Live Saskatoon, LD Expert Kyle Toms talked about tax season (coming up quickly!) and all the items you’ll need to prepare your taxes this year. Doing one’s taxes may have once seemed like a low-tech task, but Kyle tells us how these tools and helpers can make the entire process more convenient.
Watch the full segment here or read the highlights below.
Whether you work in e-files, hire an accountant or do it all yourself, London Drugs has a software option for you. TurboTax is one such option, offering several editions specific to your situation: independent, small business, multiple returns, and more. There’s even an online version if you’re a Mac user.
You can always ask an LD Expert to help you choose the right version for you.
Receipts, invoices and so much paper can cause any office space to become cluttered. Organize everything with a scanner like NeatDesk or a Canon to make tax season much more bearable. After digitizing your files, keep them safe on an external hard drive like Seagate.
Remember: save your records for at least seven years!
You can find more tax gadgets to make this season a breeze in-store or online. Make sure to stop by your neighbourhood London Drugs and talk to an LD Expert for the tech advice you need.
Every spring, we strive to clean our homes, smell the blossoms, and plant a few seeds, both the literal and figurative kind. After a long cold winter, we all just want to feel renewed and reenergized, don’t we? At London Drugs, we aim to help with a selection of books filled with original perspectives and fresh starts.
So pack up your parka, swap your heavy boots for light ones (there’s still snow during a Canadian spring, after all), and check out these fresh reads for spring 2017.
The author, Peter Wohlleben, is a former German forest ranger and naturalist, and a great writer. He combines engaging storytelling with detailed research to introduce and explain an ecological world we mostly ignore – the vast and intricate community of trees. Did you know they raise, assist, and protect their young? Or that they, themselves, depend on a “wood wide web” of fungi for survival?
You’ll learn more than you imagined possible about our leafy, green friends with this book. What better time than spring to learn exactly how trees survived the winter?
Prepare to never look at trees quite the same way again.
This book unleashes the incredible talents of self-proclaimed “geek” comedian Jessi Klein on the awkwardness of finding your place and voice during your tweens, teens, and twenties. The result is raw, unflinchingly self-deprecating, and completely relatable. This book definitely contains adult content, though. So maybe save it for the high schoolers and above in your life.
You’ll follow Jessi’s sometimes difficult, but always hilarious transformation from tomboy to “tom man.” Springtime is, after all, the season of growth.
Jessi also writes on Inside Amy Schumer. Love the show? This book’s for you!
Even casual Top-40 fans probably remember hearing in March 2015 that Zayn Malik had left teen idol mega band One Direction. Fans know he speaks three languages and was raised, along with two sisters, in blue collar, rural England, the son of a Pakistani immigrant father and part-Irish mother who converted to Islam. So saying Zayn’s life wasn’t always full of the trappings of celebrity is an understatement.
Dubbed “the quiet one” for his reluctance in 1D interviews, Zayn finally opens up here and entirely in his own words. Next, he plans to pursue a degree in English Literature.
Zayn’s capacity for reinvention is truly inspirational.
Melton first became famous in 2009 with her hilarious, tell-all blog Momastery. This was followed by a best-selling book in 2013. Then, when things seemed almost too perfect, her marriage disintegrated after her husband confessed infidelity. But Love Warrior is about finding true understanding and, ultimately, getting back on your feet. In Melton’s signature style, it’s also a very enjoyable read.
Known as a Christian blogger, Melton shocked many in November by revealing she was in a relationship with US female soccer star Abby Wombach. Talk about new beginnings.
This book fearlessly probes the human psyche. Be ready to go deep.
If you enjoy Nicholas Sparks’ very romantic books, you’ll probably love this one, too. Even if you don’t, consider giving it a chance. Instead of a will-they-or-won’t-they between a man and woman, this book revolves around a father and his six-year-old daughter, London. The dad is Russ Green, a former ad executive who finds himself on a journey more challenging and rewarding than he ever predicted.
Marriage trouble, financial struggle, and the value of family ties mark fairly refreshing subject matter for Sparks, showing new flowers can bud in any field.
It may be a tough read for some, but a few tissues should help get you through.