How Buying a House Can Reduce Your Stress and Improve Your Health

Many studies show that stress is the leading contributor to many illnesses and diseases. Stress related diseases include high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, depression and anxiety, chronic headaches, and asthma. It is easy to overlook the daily contributors of stress in our lives. They can come from any aspect of our lives, such as financial, emotional, environmental, or even simply poor time management. We ignore them because we become accustomed to many of these stress factors. They are as simple as line ups when we are pressed for time, heavy traffic, and not having easy access to certain amenities which adds more travel time in our already busy schedules.

Studies have shown that reducing our stress load and leading active lifestyles can reverse harmful effects of stress. Although eliminating stress completely out of lives is not necessarily feasible (or desired for those who need that bit of a push), we can reduce it by making a few simple changes in our lifestyles.

So how can buying a house reduce your stress and improve your health?

For some people, not having the time to be active is a big barrier. This is why it’s important to ask yourself a few questions before you decide to buy a home. When looking to accommodate an active lifestyle, here are some things you may want to consider and prioritize as you browse for your new home:
– Do you like to run, cycle, or go for walks around the neighbourhood? Then you may want to consider and prioritize your future home to be in an area that has easy access to bike paths or parks.
– Do you prefer indoor exercises or participating in group fitness classes? Look to see whether your future home is located near a gym, fitness center, or yoga studio as a positive outlet for emotional release.
Other things to consider that could help reduce your stress may include finding a home that has easy access to the highway for those relaxing mountain getaways, or a neighbourhood close to your workplace and multiple methods of transportation to help reduce commuting time. Making sure your home is close to amenities may also help reduce unwanted stress in our “time crunched” society, such as grocery stores, gas stations, veterinarian’s office (for those with animals as part of the family), and perhaps even a spa for those rare moments of relaxation.

It’s important to share your lifestyle needs with your realtor so that they can not only help you find the perfect house, but the perfect neighbourhood to create your perfect home. Click here (“here” will link to your contact me form) to contact Anna and begin your search for your new healthier life.

With the growing awareness of unwanted stress factors in our lives, we are empowered to make healthy choices that will lead us to prevent illness and disease in our lives.

– Clara Cuzzani
Health & Wellness Consultant

Let the celebrating begin and forget about your floors!

If that sounds confusing to you consider this scenario: it’s your night to be the host/hostess. You’ve prepped, cleaned, and put out fresh flowers so that your guests will feel welcomed in your abode. You’ve taken care everything from the catering to the decor, and made sure the night was perfect for your guests to have a fabulous time in your home. People start arriving and they all look amazing (they are your friends after all) – their outfits are on point from head to toe…including their shoes!

Ahhh…that awkward moment when they hesitate to take off those pretty pumps that elevate their ensemble to the next level. They look around and see all the shoes gathered in your impeccably decorated entryway that only has one shoe rack, hoping they will find their new pair of Prada’s unharmed at the end of the affair. Well, you would be the hostess with the most-ess if you enthusiastically told them to leave them on! Yup, your home would be that much cooler if the floors could take a stiletto.

So here’s the scoop: take special care when you’re deciding on new flooring. Many people consider the size of the kitchen and the addition of an island bar when they think about entertaining in their home, but few think about ensuring their flooring is made of a durable and forgiving material, even to sustain the spills and dents from everyday use. This doesn’t mean your options will be limited; there is everything from wide planked, rustic, engineered hardwood, to simply acid staining your existing lower level concrete floors. You can also use large format tiles, strong, satin finished concrete, laying down a good wool carpet, or installing a gorgeous vinyl.

Your home is what you make of it, and if you are an entertaining home owner, make sure you tell your realtor when you’re looking for your next home. This way they’ll not only help you select a home that has the built-in bar and open space you need for your guests, but also a durable floor that can support all of the parties.

4604 ELGIN AV SE, McKenzie Towne, Calgary, Alberta

Buyers Wanted! Fully Finished 2 Storey Family Home: 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Move this summer into a great community with playgrounds, green zones, convenient shopping plaza with restaurants, GYM, cafes and banks. This home has an open floor plan with a central kitchen where your family will gather around, a large living room with a corner fireplace and from dinning you can step through sliding doors into the 2-tiered deck and a big backyard (swing set can stay). Upstairs has been converted into 4 bedrooms (however, the 4th bedroom easily can be turned back into Bonus Room). Spacious master bedroom with a walk-in closet and 5 piece ensuite. Fully Finished Basement: Media Room, office, bedroom and a full 3 piece bathroom. Back Lane gives you an access to a large gravel pad for your future custom garage or RV Parking opportunity. Call Today to View this Home! More information available here

68 RAINBOW FALLS BV, Rainbow Falls, Chestermere, Alberta

OPEN HOUSE SAT July 9th 1-4pm***Former Showhome Rockyview model by ReidBuilt Homes. Modern & elegant 2515 sqft home loaded with upgrades that the Builder will be proud to showcase; plus it is landscaped, irrigation system, central AC, sound system, custom drapery & bistro patio of bonus room. Engineered hardwood floors on the main living area, open floor concept, tiled fireplace decorates a large living room; gourmet kitchen -upgraded stainless steel appliances, island w/ quarts countertop & a seating bar; dining area with doors to outside balcony w/ gas BBQ hookup. Upstairs shines with skylights, spacious bonus room, 3 extra bedrooms & fully tiled 4pc bathroom. You cannot miss your luxurious master retreat. Through the French doors, you walk into vaulted ceiling vast master bedroom & continue to gorgeous ensuite: quarts countertop with sparkle, vessel sinks, free-standing tub & skylight above it! Walk-in closet is connected to upstairs laundry. Sunshine basement is easy to develop. Triple attached garage More information available here

40 RAINBOW FALLS BV, Rainbow Falls, Chestermere, Alberta

OPEN HOUSE SAT July 9th 1-4pm! Comfort and Style! Over 2200sqft 2 storey Walkout Basement home with open floor concept, modern colours, engineered hardwood floor, quarts countertops, large balcony/deck of the dinning area with BBQ. Upstairs showcases 3 extra bedrooms, full 4 pc guest bathroom, vaulted ceiling bonus room, and of course, master retreat. Bright huge master bedroom flows into 5 pc beautifully tiled ensuite. Large walk-in closet that is connected to upstairs laundry. Walkout Basement has easy layout to plan and develop for your lifestyle. Triple attached garage. More information available here

ALBERTA BEEF PRESENTS ALBERTA BURGER FEST 2016!

Last year, Restaurants across Calgary & Southern Alberta fought to see whose burger reigned supreme. This year, ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR restaurants in Calgary will do battle for the hearts, minds and stomachs of Calgarians in May, and even more in Southern Alberta in September!

Calgary International Beerfest

FRIDAY MAY 6TH & SATURDAY MAY 7TH, 2016

Increase your beer knowledge and find a new favourite by sampling some of the more than 500 different types of beer on site.

Take part in beer seminars, vote for the People’s Choice awards, meet new people, sample delicious foods, enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment, and most importantly have a great time!

Upon entry, each guest will receive an official Calgary International Beer Festival sample mug to use throughout the event and take home with them afterwards!

The Mavericks

When all of the cities in the world that host events are rated, did you know Calgary, with the Calgary Stampede, comes in at #8 globally? We do, and that amazing event, along with the vibrance, uniqueness, and Western culture the Calgary Stampede brings, has helped to create other interesting groups.

One of these is the Mavericks Chuckwagon Racing Team, which is comprised of 25 local businessmen who have a passion for worldclass chuckwagon racing and local children’s charities. Eighteen years ago, it all started with five friends who were invited to the private hosting area called the “Barns”. This is where over a 1,000 thoroughbred chuckwagon horses, the drivers, and the barn crews hang out for the 10 days of Stampede. TO those five friends, this experience was literally life changing. It was something they wanted more of, so they organized themselves into a group, and the next Stampede they sponsored a wagon and ran it under the name “The Mavericks”.

Having been at it for the last 17 years, They are now the longest consecutive running Calgary Stampede chuckwagon sponsor, and march 17th, 2016 was a huge day on their calendar. This is what is known as the Canvas Auction. It is held at Boyce Theatre on the Stampede Grounds, and this year, over 180 registerd sponsors bid on the 36 wagon drivers that will compete at Stampede from July 8th to 17th of this year. It is an opportunity to showcase your business or group in front on the Grandstands with over 30,000 people but also on a World Stage as the event is televised nationally and internationally.

The Canvas Auciton is also viewed as a barometer of the economic health of the city. This year, the combined agregate of the canvas sale was $2.29 million down only slightly from 2015 and much stronger than some praciced a good sign for our city. The Maverichs have once again sponsored two wagons for 2016, and we are thrilled to have the legendary Rick Raser and the strong running up and corner, Layne Bremner, flyoing our logo this year.

From the first Stampede the Mavericks became involved in they know they were on to something that was unique, and they wanted to build on it. Embracing the community and spirit of Calgary, the Mavericks not only wanted to work with the chuckwagons and Stampede, but they wanted to give back to the community they loved. After the first Mavericks Stampede year, they had $4,000.00 left int he budget so they gave it to the Children’s hospital. So began what is now a 16 year history of giving to local children’s charities.

The Mavericks are excited to embrace the 2016 season of chuckwagon racing and charity events. They have raised over $4,000,000.00 for local children’s charities and are looking to significantly add to the total this year.

To learn more about a group so unique to our city, be sure to read every issue of Oilfield PULSE as we will be showcasing regular articles in future issues. To Participate in our charity events go to

www.maverickschuckwagon.ca

2823 29 ST SW, Killarney/Glengarry

INVESTORS AND BUILDERS ALERT! Well-Maintained Holding Property, Up and Down-rented! 50’X150′ R-2 Zone with New-Build homes are on both sides of the street. Trendy Killarney close to shopping, golf, schools, Marda Loop area and less than 10 min to Downtown. WEST-Facing Backyard! FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT TODAY!

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#16 900 ALLEN ST SE, Airdrie

OPEN HOUSE SAT. MAY 7TH 1PM-4PM! Here is Your Chance to live in a QUITE location, 2 storey townhouse with the land that you actually own- one of the 4 units with the biggest lot. Corner Unit. WALKOUT. As you enter the house, you step into a tiled entrance with a double closet, proceeding into a large living room with a free standing now-trending gas fireplace. L-shaped kitchen wraps around a dinning area and exits to a south-facing balcony. Light Hardwood floors run throughout the main floor. Upstairs has a spacious master bedroom with walk-in closet, door to the 4 pc main bathroom, as well as 2 bedrooms for kids or your guest. Walkout Bright Basement is unfinished but can be easily developed into entertainment rec room or large bedroom with a full bathroom. From the basement, you step out to a concrete pad and the yard that you can call yours. To all this, you will have 2 Parking Stalls, walking distance to local amenities, close to schools, quick access to downtown and Deerfoot to go Calgary.

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