Get hooked on knitting

Knitting is making a comeback in a generation that is enthusiastic for DIY hobbies. Chantal Miyagishima is a self-taught knitting instructor, who developed an interest in the hobby three years ago. The young woman wanted a circle scarf for Christmas, and when her wishes didn’t provide, she was peeved. So, …

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Life skills that should be taught in school

It is not a main focus in Alberta’s curriculum to teach students about financial skills, or even ways to complete taxes during grade school through high school. Unfortunately, even well off adults become bewildered with these subjects. If it is not practiced at a young age, it will become a …

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Take a book, leave a book

Little libraries are popping up in neighbourhoods everywhere Recently, “little libraries” are connecting neighbours through building a sense of community and promoting literacy with a free book exchange. These little bookshelves have emerged in various neighbourhoods throughout the city and are becoming increasingly popular. Elbow Park residents, Bonnie Rouse and …

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Tees and thank yous

There are a lot of skills sports teach youth that extend far beyond hitting a puck or catching a ball. While it can be challenging for parents to see their kids tackled under a pile of football players, or hearing coaches yelling at them in competitive sports, there are less …

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Death of the bookworm

Since the first Kindle came out in 2007, there has been debate over whether eBooks have the same psychological effect as a traditional paperback. Andrea Rudiger, a second-year architecture technician student at SAIT, said she prefers reading paper to eBooks. “I like holding something tangible and the feel of flipping …

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Up-cycled Clothing

Old clothes can make a person feel brand new when they have been refashioned into unique fashion forward pieces. Local up-cycled clothing businesses design pieces for individuals looking clothing at a reasonable cost. Kelly Trueman, manager at Urban Thrift, a consignment store, said refashioning clothing is now trendier than ever …

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Smart budgeting for students

Saving money, budgeting, and student loan management for college students can be as big of a learning curve outside the classroom as it is in.  Whether a first-time student or returning, learning smart strategies can h elp establish a solid foundation for the future. Megan Desplanque, Customer Service Manager for …

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Calgary Urban Pathways

Individuals looking to promote good health and save gas money on commuting will be able to use the Calgary urban pathways for a solution. The city has one of the leading systems in North America with one of the most extensive networks of pathways and bikeways, said city planner Duane …

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The wondrous women of the comic expo

Every year the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo grows in attendance, and with it grows the number of female participants disproving the old theory that comic books are just for boys. With 16 of the 43 media guests being women, it’s no surprise that comic book stores are beginning to …

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From campus to camping

Trade in your Toms for Timberlands this summer and go for a hike. “The key to successful backcountry camping starts with planning,” said Michael Heuchert, an experienced backpacker and Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) employee. Backcountry camping is popular in large undeveloped protected areas. Mountain weather can be volatile at anytime …

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Single mingles, gal pals, and fabulous friends

Meetup.com connects Calgarians with similar interests through all kinds of groups In today’s world people are less social than ever. With technology leaving us more inclined to spend time with our computers than loved ones, it is harder to get out and meet people. Meetup.com offers a way for like-minded …

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Time for little talks

When out in a public place, one often hears short bits of conversations and can be caught in the middle of them. Most people have overheard awkward conversations between two or more people—or even more awkwardly, brought into their conversation. A common place for this to occur on  campus is …

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A green thumbs up

With the right system, anyone can enjoy the planting success and calming effects of plants and flowers without the space of a yard. Amanda Zee, owner of Wee Sprout in Calgary, recommends cyclamens and African violets, which are easy to care for and will regularly produce colourful flowers. “Terrariums are …

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The benefits of yoga on the body and mind

What is Yoga? The practice of yoga has thoroughly evolved over the years. The first mention of the word comes from ancient Indian manuscripts called the Yoga Sutras. Before that, it has been said there were forest dwellers, small yogis that would practice meditation, and were given secret information of …

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The lost art of entertaining

Having a night out doesn’t have to mean actually leaving home, and planning a party doesn’t have to be stressful. There are ways to entertain from home that are creative and easy. In the age of social media, it is easy to feel disconnected from friends, and if guests aren’t …

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DIY home remedies never felt better

In comparison to generic products, home skincare and beauty remedies can be cheaper and better. There is a new trend in the world of skincare and beauty. Natural ingredients being used in makeup and skincare is a trend that is gaining momentum, mostly due to a growing awareness of the …

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Turning leftover liquor into an after party cleaner

Aside from being used for consumption, Vodka has the potential to become a popular household-cleaning alternative, as well as a way to freshen up your wardrobe. While it’s a bit more pricey than rubbing alcohol, this cocktail staple has the same antiseptic properties, making it a useful replacement to standard …

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Convenient Genetics

Obtaining a genetic profile is now as easy as purchasing contact lenses off of eBay, opening up people to a world of interesting and potentially life changing information about themselves. 23andMe is a company that offers genetic profiling to anyone willing to shell over $200 and a saliva sample. “Anyone …

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Natural alternatives for conventional cleaning

Clean your home the natural way Students looking to clean their homes this spring should consider turning to the kitchen pantry for affordable natural alternatives to generic brands. A common reason to use alternatives is to avoid caustic chemicals such as bleach and oils that can cause varying degrees of …

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Have another glass of wine

The possible health benefits associated with red wine are of great interest to nutritionists and wine connoisseurs. Jessica Begg, a registered dietitian and owner of Shift Nutrition in Calgary, said an antioxidant called resveratrol found in red wine is getting lots of attention. “Red wine has been associated with being …

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