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10 mistakes to avoid when decorating a small bedroom

Alexandra Gater | posted Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015

Mistake 1: Ignoring the corners.

Use the corners of your bedroom to create more storage. A corner hanging bar such as the one below can be used for sweaters or blankets.

Bedroomcorner

Mistake 2: Buying furniture that doesn’t have a dual purpose.

Invest in a bed that has storage underneath or a desk that folds against the wall to maximize space effectively. This simple and practical storage bed frame is from West Elm.

SmallBed

See more common mistakes here

Tips on packing for long weekend travel

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015

The trick with long weekend travel is to get out of the office as quickly as possible, and pack as much as you can into a carry-on.

That means that every item that you bring needs to do more than one thing. Theresa Quick has her top tips for long weekend travel:

Wear several versatile pieces to work—you will be able to get the most of weekend travel by being dressed and ready to jump in the car or cab. Layer your heaviest pieces if you are travelling by plane—your flats, jeans and put your purse inside your beach bag. Take a look at each item’s fabric and consider the following factors: quality, thickness, weight, wrinkles, transparency, and texture. Jersey and cotton blends will be the best for breathability—you can crumble in a ball into your bag and it will be ready to wear when you hit your destination.

TIP: Patterns won’t show stains or sweat- so work them in! Wear layers to work that can do double duty over the weekend.

Items that can do double duty:reversible bikinis, two sided scarves and a reversible bag. You shouldn’t be bringing more than two pairs of shoes—think of getting metallic beach sandals they work really well at night with a maxi dress- just make sure they have a rubber bottom for hte pool (show examples)

Your cosmetic bag should be doing double duty—instead of bringing the classic toiletry bag, look for one that can double as a clutch for the evenings (or pack your cosmetics in one of your existing evening bags. ANOTHER TIP- if you get a clear window, you can usually get through security without having to fumble with those little plastic bags

Instead of searching for a beach cover-ups (which don’t have a huge selection typically), look in the scarves. They can be worn on the plane, out at night if it gets chilly or as a cover-up by the beach or pool. TIP- scarves with large widths can look bulky around the neck, so hold it on a diagonal when you are wearing it as a scarf (I will demonstrate).

Passport wallets are a great way to keep all your travel documents in one place and if you get it in a bright colour, you are less likely to forget it or lose it in the bottom of your bag.

Think about a snack you can bring with you that won’t melt or spoil. I always bring a little sachet of nuts- they can be a lifesaver while you are travelling and tide you over until you can find something decent to eat at your destination.

Dry shampoo is a lifesaver—and get you through the weekend with one good blow-dry- even a great way to refresh after a flight or long car ride. Blotting papers are also light and refresh your make-up easily (particularly when its hot).

Put everything on the bed before you pack it – don’t just start putting things right into your bag—you have a huge risk of forgetting something. Then organize things in different packages (or cubes) when you have a small carry-on. It will make it easier to find things and won’t wrinkle everything else when you are rummaging for something.

TTC promises 10-minute-or-better service on 52 routes starting this fall

Michael Talbot | posted Monday, Jun 15th, 2015

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is vowing that the days of staring at your watch and cursing a tardy subway, streetcar or bus will soon be a thing of the past.

TTC chair Coun. Josh Colle announced on Monday a new 10-minute-or-better service network starting this fall.

The promise of service in 10 minutes or less will apply to 52 routes across the city and is part of $100 million in service improvements for 2015.

“We are committing to this standard, it’s a standard we can be held to, and one that we are investing the dollars,” Colle said.

The network applies to subway service, as well as 12 streetcar and 37 bus routes.

“TTC riders will have shorter wait times at transit stops,” Colle promised. “It will help reduce crowding on vehicles and provide a more comfortable, convenient, but most importantly, reliable service for our users.

“Great cities provide mobility options for citizens across a city-wide network and there will be frequent and reliable TTC service.

“Our very patient and loyal TTC riders have demanded this […],” he said.

5 things to do this weekend: Honda Indy, craft beer week and Annex family fest

CityNews | posted Friday, Jun 12th, 2015

June 12-14, 2015

Honda Indy: The need for speed will once again be satiated when the Indy revs into town, transforming one of Toronto’s main roadways into a roaring race track. The 2.84-kilometre, 11-turn street circuit stretches across a large portion of Lake Shore Boulevard before twisting through Exhibition Place. The fun starts Friday with practice runs and fan-friendly events before culminating with the big race on Sunday. Exhibition Place, 200 Princes’ Blvd. hondaindytoronto.com

Toronto Craft beer week: There’s a lot more to beer than Budweiser, and this 10-day event will provide an eclectic array of suds to satisfy any palate. The province-wide celebration of Ontario craft beer will feature more than 50 craft brewers at hundreds of events, with several in Toronto. June 12-21. Various venues. www.ocbweek.ca

Beaches arts and crafts show: The works of over 150 artists, artisans and designers will be on display at this long-standing event. Whether you’re seeking a work of art, gourmet food, or something practical for the house, you’ll be sure to find something to your liking. Here’s something more to like — admission is free. Kew Gardens park, 2075 Queen St. E. Saturday, 10 a.m – 6 p.m. beachesshow.ca

Annex Family Festival: For the 19th year this festival will celebrate the heritage and diversity of one of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods. The one-day festival attracts over 20,000 visitors with its variety of live musical acts and a children’s village with interactive activities and amusement rides. Bloor Street West between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue. Sunday. annexfamilyfestival.org

Bike Tour at Tommy Thompson Park: This casual pedal through the park will provide some healthy exercise, and knowledge about the habitat restoration projects that have made the park of one of Toronto’s most coveted examples of urban wilderness. Sunday. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Register atBikeTourTTP.Eventbrite.ca. Pay what you can, $5 suggested.

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Weekend road closures include Honda Indy & other events

CityNews | posted Friday, Jun 12th, 2015

Several roads will be closed in Toronto this weekend for events including the Honda Indy.

Below is a complete list:

Honda Indy
Closures started on Wednesday, resulting in Southbound Strachan Avenue being shut down from Fleet Street to Lake Shore Boulevard West, and Lake Shore Boulevard West closed between Strachan and British Columbia Drive.

The closures will remain in effect until 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Ride to Conquer Cancer
On Saturday, several lane closures will occur in the area bounded by Evans Avenue, The West Mall, Kipling Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Highland Creek Heritage Festival and Parade
Old Kingston Road, from Watson Road to Kingston Road, and Morrish Road, from Kingston Road to the south side of 226 Morrish Rd., will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Lawson Road will be closed from the west side of Meadowvale Road to Old Kingston Road/Kingston Road from 10 a.m. to noon.

Watson Road between Old Kingston Road and Thomas Avenue will be closed until noon.

Festival on Bloor
Bloor Street will be closed from Spadina Avenue to Bathurst Street on Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Portugal Day
Lansdowne Avenue, from Bloor Street to College Street, will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Lansdowne, from College to Dundas Street West, and Dundas, from Sorauren Avenue to Bathurst Street, will be closed from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

Toronto Challenge Run
Wellington Street will be closed from Simcoe Street to John Street on Sunday, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Road closures will also take place in the area bounded by Wellington Street, Spadina Avenue, Wellesley Street and Bay Street.

Below is the route map for the run, or click here for a mobile-friendly version.

Week of June 15, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jun 12th, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Tune into BT Monday as Sherry Torkos shares her tips on ageing au natural.

On Wednesday, Jenn will be live at Casa Loma.

And to end off the week Friday, Janette Ewen will be chatting all about summer trends.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

TDSB to send placement letters instead of report cards

Alanna Kelly | posted Thursday, Jun 11th, 2015

Elementary students in the Toronto District School Board won’t be sent home with report cards in June, TDSB confirmed on Thursday.

Instead, the more than 170,000 students will get letters confirming their placement for the upcoming school year.

TDSB said in a press release that the reason the report cards will not be sent is “due to the ongoing strike action this month.”

The decision comes one day after York and Peel public boards announced on Wednesday that elementary students will also be receiving placement letters instead of report cards.

“I know that students, parents and guardians highly value report card marks and comments and we regret that the current labour situation does not allow us to provide final report cards this year,” said Donna Quan, director of TDSB.

TDSB said that elementary teachers are currently taking part in a province-wide strike action which includes not recording student marks electronically for the purpose of creating report cards.

Letters will be provided to students by principals during the week of June 22.

The ultimate guide for Toronto’s summer festivals

Kristen Gomes | posted Wednesday, Jun 10th, 2015

The warm weather has made its arrival and now it is time to make the best of it. Every year, Toronto holds hundreds of free festivals for the public. The festivals can be anything from food, celebration of culture, music and more. Some popular festivals in Toronto that you might not want to miss include the Canadian National Exhibition, Taste of Toronto, Free Flicks at Harbourfront, Pride Parade and Bestival to name just a few.

Here are 5 tips to prepare you for upcoming festivals:

Plan your travel – Planning your travel ahead makes it easy to makes it on time. A simple look at the location can save time whether it is looking for a public parking lot, TTC stop, or restaurant.

Check the weather – Do not let the weather ruin your day, and ensure that you will be prepared for it. You probably know a friend or two who have ventured outdoors and either over-dressed or under-dressed for the weather. It is important to check the weather for the event. It makes it easier to enjoy the event when you are prepared.

Dress comfortably – No matter how long you’re going to be out, comfort is key.  Sometimes it is okay to be comfortable than fashionable.

Pack smart – Avoid over-packing, no one enjoys hauling around a heavy bag around from one street to the other.  Bring the essentials: phone, wallet, sunscreen, and drink to stay hydrated. Try sticking to cash since most vendors most likely will not take credit or debit cards.

Have fun and enjoy –Now you are fully prepared to head to Toronto’s street festivals. Whether you are going heading out with your friends and family or alone  have fun! Toronto has hundreds of festivals throughout the summer. Check out for the list of summer festivals here.

What are your tips? Share them in the comments below!

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