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Tis the season for picturesque parks!

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Take advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures this Fall and get outside to experience Yonge and Eglinton’s beautiful, picturesque parks!

Charlotte Maher Park

550 Roehampton Avenue

Mere minutes away from Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton Avenue, this small park features a children’s playground surrounded by a tree canopy. Cute and quaint, this park is perfect for toddlers and visitors looking for a small quiet retreat from the bustling Yonge and Eglinton neighborhood.

Sherwood Park

190 Sherwood Avenue

Quoted in BlogTO as “one of Toronto’s underrated valley’s”, Sherwood Park boasts numerous walking trails for pedestrians looking to give their legs and feet a workout. The park offers a large playground for kids of all ages to enjoy and an off-leash fenced in dog area where your four-legged pet can run and roam to their furry paws content! Photographer and Toronto native Barnabas Bozoki captured a beautiful photo of Sherwood Park in the Autumn of 2016 that showcased the gorgeous golden fall foliage enveloping the Sherwood walking trail.

http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/North_America/Canada/Central/Ontario/Toronto/photo1527453.htm

Eglinton Park

200 Eglinton Avenue West

Situated just west of Yonge Street, this massive 9 hectare park features five sports fields, a large playground, several baseball and softball diamonds and four tennis courts. With lots of open space to walk around and only a few blocks away from the Eglinton subway station, Eglinton Park is a great area to explore.

June Rowlands Park

220 Davisville Avenue

Home to the Davisville Village farmers markets during the Summer months, this 2.6 hectare park is tucked right on the corner of Davisville Avenue and Mount Pleasant Road. Offering tennis and volleyball courts for those looking to swing their racket or hit a ball, the park also pays tribute to Canadian acting and singing trio Sharon, Lois and Bram with their own playground.

Love a park in your community that is not listed? Share your favorite park in the comments below!

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Friday Night Live at the ROM

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Immerse yourself in art and culture while listening to live DJ’s as Friday Night Live at the ROM returns for the months of October and November!

This popular Toronto event allows visitors the rare opportunity to party up close and personal with Trex while divulging in tasty foods and beverages. Each week The ROM will host a new party theme, allowing partygoers the opportunity to dress and dance for the occasion while exploring stunning galleries and featured exhibits.

Friday Night Live runs every Friday from now until November 24.

For ticket information and to view past FNLROM photos, please go to https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/rom-friday-night-live#/gallery/recent

 

 

 

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The Return of Tasty Fall Treats!

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Fall is upon us and nothing beats the autumn aesthetic quite like apple and pumpkin flavored treats! Much like busting out your coat and hat and taking a stroll through the fall leaves, the enticing aromas of apples and pumpkin spice will leave a lasting impression on your tastebuds!

Here are just a few of the places in the Yonge and Eglinton area that offer some delicious eats and drinks that will get you in the Fall mood!

Phipps Bakery Cafe

420 Eglinton Avenue West

This Eglinton Avenue bakery serves a variety of cakes, pies, cookies and sweets! With 31 years of baking experience, Phipps has been a staple for regulars with their award winning butter tarts and Chocolate Layer Cake. But don’t let those options fool you, Phipps offers some delectable apple infused treats including an apple divine cake tossed in cinnamon and brown sugar, and a choice of apple infused coffee cake or cheesecake!

Follow phippsbakery on instagram to browse their tasty selection of baked goods and desserts!

http://www.phippsbakerycafe.ca/

Short & Sweet Bakeshop 

2025 Yonge Street

This Yonge Street bakeshop offers cupcakes, shakes, ice cream and cookie sandwiches. For pumpkin enthusiasts, the bakeshop now features a pumpkin spiced flavored shake which is layered with a dollop of whip cream and a donut!

Interested in seeing a photo? Follow the bakeshop’s instagram page at shortandsweetcupcakes to view a plethora of mouthwatering treat photos, including their featured pumpkin spice flavored shake!

http://shortandsweetcupcakes.ca/

David’s Tea

2839 Yonge Street

Looking for a hot beverage to pair with a tasty pastry? David’s Tea offers a robust selection of loose leaf tea including autumn inspired flavors honeycrisp apple, pumpkin chai and spiced apple tea leaves! Conveniently located at the corner of Yonge and Montgomery, David’s Tea is the perfect destination for tea lovers.

https://www.davidstea.com/

Starbucks

The introduction of Fall would not be complete without mentioning Starbucks signature Pumpkin Spiced Latte. With multiple Starbucks locations to choose from, the PSL has been a signature staple for the return of the Autumn season!

https://www.starbucks.ca/

Bar Bativia 

2031 Yonge Street

Interested in an apple infused cocktail? Bar Bativia features an apple pie inspired drink, combining Calvados Apple Brandy, Bénédictine, Fernet Branca Honey, Lemon Juice, Egg Whites and Lemon zest.

Follow barbativiato on instagram to see their tasty selection of food and cocktails!

http://www.barbataviato.com/

 

 

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Binge Watch Free Netflix with KG Group

Get your friends together for a fun night watching your favourite show on our free Netflix available for our residents in the Theatre at 305 Roehampton Avenue. Whether it’s #The Crown or #The Walking Dead you can enjoy catching up on any Netflix series!

Residents can reserve the Theatre very quickly and easily from your smart phone or mobile device using our online resident portal, Building Link.  Please follow these steps below:

  1. Visit http://www.roehamptonresidents.com or use the app on your phone or tablet and login.  If you do not have your login information please see the Front Desk for assistance.
  2. Click on “Amenity Reservations” and select the time that you would like to reserve the Theatre.
  3. Availability will be shown.  Please select the date and time you would like to reserve. Once the reservation request is made then it is confirmed and no one else can double book that time.
  4. You will receive an email confirmation.
  5. Please visit the Front Desk to submit your refundable security deposit and complete the Theatre Room Agreement.  This form is also available to download from the Library section of Building Link.

We hope you enjoy your #NetflixNight soon and experience the benefits of KG Better Living.  Book your reservation now!

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“Petiquette”

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Furry friends are welcome in our community! As you walk your dog, please keep them on a leash and always clean up after them with a scooper. We hope your pet enjoys living here as much as you do!

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Making Your New Years Resolution and Actually Keeping It

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It’s that time of year where most of us will make a New Year’s resolution. Maybe you want to lose weight, learn a new language, quit smoking or move into a new apartment – but only 1 out of 10 will actually achieve a New Year’s resolution. Psychologists have found that we are more likely to achieve a goal if we break our resolution into smaller goals that are specific, measurable and time-based. With that being said, we are giving you tips on how to actually achieve and succeed at your New Year’s resolution.

Bad examples:

  • Read more.
  • Exercise more.
  • Eat healthier.
  • Learn to swim.
  • Speak Chinese better.

These are bad examples because you won’t know if you have actually achieved these goals. If you worked out once a week in 2015 and work out 1-2 times a week in January, are you really exercising more? You won’t have the answers until you set a goal that you can measure.

Tip 1: Create resolutions that are specific and measurable

Turn your resolution into a goal – which is something that can be reached, measured and achieved. If you set a goal at, “Read 60 books by the end of the year,” then it is clear what you have to do in order to achieve it. “Read more,” is useless.

Tip 1: Don’t let setbacks derail your resolution

If you have cheat days, here and there, don’t throw your resolution out of the window. If something comes up that temporarily stops you from achieving your goal, get through it and jump back into the habits that will help you get you where you need to be. One small failure is just another push to bring you to success.

Tip 3: Motivate yourself

As each week that goes by brings you closer and closer to your goal, give yourself a pat on the back. Even the smallest of achievements should be looked at as small successes to a bigger one. By doing this, you’ll be able to be self-motivated and feel good about the direction you’re going in.


Are you setting New Year’s Resolutions? Ours is to use our gym facility in 305 Roehampton 4 times a week at 1 hour each by 2017. What’s your goal? Drop a comment below!

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The Perfect Sugar Cookie Recipe

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It’s the best time of the year to bring out the baker in you and make delicious sugar cookies. Sugar cookies are a buttery classic that make a delicious treat and they are super easy to make. Try this sugar cookie recipe and enjoy your treats plain Jane or decorate them with icing to make them festive.

 

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Assorted candies, sprinkles or coloured sugars for decorating (optional)

 

The Fun Part

Step 1 – In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt together.

Step 2 – With an electric mixer, mix butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With the mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture from step 1 and beat until combined.

Step 3 – Divide the dough into half and flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic and freeze until firm – up to 20 minutes.

Step 4 – Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 5 – Roll out 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of floured parchment and cut shapes with your cookie cutters.

Step 6 – Use a spatula to transfer your cookies onto your baking sheets. Reroll scraps and repeat with remaining dough.

Step 7 – Bake until edges are golden – 10 to 18 minutes depending on the size.

Step 8 – Cool cookies for 5 minutes and decorate as desired.

Step 9 – ENJOY!


There are so many sugar cookie recipes out there but this one seems to be the best. Do you make sugar cookies? What recipe’s do you follow and how do you decorate them?

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3 Tips For Hosting A Holiday Dinner Party In An Apartment

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Throwing a dinner party for the festive time of year in a small space is NOT impossible – and can be quite easy to manage. Our apartments here at 305 Roehampton go from 531 square feet to 1118 square feet, so we know how real the struggles can get but just because you don’t have a huge area to work with, doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Follow these 3 simple steps and you’ll have yourself a memorable dinner party.

Prepare Your Apartment

There are a couple things you need to do in order to get your apartment prepared for a festive dinner party. First, get rid of the clutter – ALL of it. Clutter can make a small space seem even tinier. Plus, de-cluttering will allow some extra space for not only your party, but for festive décor. Second, turn down the temperature approximately 5 degrees. It can get pretty toasty with many people in one small space.

Rearrange Furniture

Swap your couches with your dining table. Normally, in apartments, living rooms are larger than dining rooms. You may need a hand with this one, but move the dining table into the living room and the couch into the dining room. More room = more space for your guests!

Keep The Food Simple

The more food you have, the bigger the mess and the more space you take up. If your kitchen is on the smaller side, keep the festive menu simple. This well help you keep the mess to a minimum.


Follow these 3 simple steps and you will be able to have a successful holiday dinner party in your apartment. What other tips and tricks do you use when having company over? Let us know in the comments below!

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3 Places to Find Wine Around 305 Roehampton

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This one’s for all you WINE lovers out there – because wine not? There’s nothing like walking through your entrance after a long day at work, throwing the keys on the counter, pouring yourself a nice cup of wine and relaxing on the couch. Except you’re missing the most important part – the wine. With two wine spots and one LCBO around the corner, your perfect night awaits you.

Wine Rack

A store? Just for wine? Yes it exists. For people who want to enjoy wine as part of everyday life, not worship it, Wine Rack is the easy place to find an excellent selection of quality Ontario and International Canadian Blended wines for any occasion. The store carries over 150 different wines. WOW! They carry many different brands including Jackson-Triggs, Inniskillin, Naked Grape, etc. The closest Wine Rack to 305 Roehampton is just on the East side of Yonge Street and South of Erskine Ave. 

SIP Wine Bar

For those who like to have some pizza with their wine, this is a place you have to check out. Located just at Broadway and Yonge, SIP Wine Bar is an all Italian restaurant. They have many Italian dishes that goes hand in hand with their wines. The wine bar offers rotating selections from fine Italian and selected international vineyards.

LCBO

If you’re not happy with Wine Rack or SIP Wine Bar, there’s always the good old Liquor Control Board of Ontario. The closest one to 305 Roehampton is just one block away at Yonge Street and Manor Road E.


 

If you’re a fellow wine lover, you should keep these locations in mind. What’s your favorite wine? Drop a comment below.

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4 Tips to Get More Money In Your Pocket

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In today’s world it’s tough to remain financially stable, especially living in Toronto. Minimum wage is set at $11.25 and if you’re working 40 hours a week, you’ll end up with $450, before taxes are taken off. Let’s just say rent in Toronto is an average of $1000/month (one bedroom apartment) – if you’re making minimum wage, you’ll end up with $1800 a month, and $800 left over for extras. See how tough it could be?

 

Get A Side Gig

We know – how could you work two jobs, have a life and spend time with friends and family? But instead of looking it as another job, look at it as another source of income. Take advantage of your skills or turn a hobby into profit. Etsy is a great online marketplace where you can open up your own shop and generate some extra cash on the side. These side gigs will give you an extra income and closer to financial stability.

 

Cook at Home

Stop eating out all the time! If you spend your money on long-lasting food products, you will save and cut back a good amount of money. Cook dinners and make sure you make enough food to bring some for lunch the following day.

 

Say Bye-Bye to Gym Memberships

Is it just me, or do gyms charge an arm and a leg? There are so many trails that you can walk or ride a bike through. Jog around 305 Roehampton and you can always take advantage of our fitness centre. If you’re part of the community at 305 Roehampton, you won’t need a gym membership.

 

Pay Your Credit Card – All Of It

Don’t get caught up with credit cards and think it’s okay to pay the minimum payments each month. The average Canadian owes $1269 to credit card companies. At 18%, that’s about $230 a year that you could have in your pocket if you paid it all off at once.


 

All these little expenses you have, add up. Make sure your budgeting and always thinking about the most important things that you need – not want. What other tips do you have to have more mula in your pocket?

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