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  • Mistakes to Avoid When Driving in Snow - DGI Direct
    more it s also wise to keep an extra pair of shoes in the car to swap out with heavy winter boots Removing these items frees up your body for fluid movement and eliminates the need to remove any garments once you re on the road 3 Not brushing off your car There is nothing more irritating and potentially dangerous than driving behind a car still covered in fresh snow Whether leaving a trail of obstructing white powder in its wake or releasing huge chunks of snow and ice on unsuspecting drivers behind failing to brush your car off before hitting the road is a big no no Removing snow and ice from your car also helps you with visibility so be sure to brush off your vehicle before getting behind the wheel 4 Using cruise control Cruise control is great for those long haul journeys up the cottage every summer but this feature is not designed for driving in snow Cruise control which automatically accelerates and decelerates to maintain a preset speed can actually malfunction when faced with a variety of snow caused conditions For example if you suddenly hit a patch of ice and lose traction cruise control adapts by accelerating to keep up which could put you in further danger There is also a certain degree of reaction time required to cancel the feature including abrupt braking 5 Not assessing road conditions If poor weather is expected exercise an extra degree of caution once on the road Never leave anything to chance If you see a sudden sheen on the road or if you suddenly lose visibility to a whiteout slow down or stop until conditions improve Do not be afraid to put on your four way lights to warn other drivers of your change in pace

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  • Pest Control Tips: Winter Edition - DGI Direct
    to clean out any moisture fallen autumn leaves and general debris from your gutters and downspouts Declutter To keep critters big and small from cozying up in your personal possessions be sure to keep all of your closets and other storage areas free of excessive clutter Start outside and work your way in organizing your shed and garage before making your way inside and clearing the clutter that s accumulated throughout the summer and fall Organize closets and other areas of storage that are prone to disorder From stink bugs to spiders and even rambunctious rodents pests can make a home in your clutter if you re not careful Need help de cluttering Use our Winter Storage Solutions guide to begin your winter clean up Seal Cracks and Holes The easiest way for a cold critter to break into your heated home is through any gaps or holes in your property That s why it s important to seal any cracks and holes on your home s exterior to keep winter houseguests outside Begin by thoroughly inspecting the perimeter of your property sealing any gaps and holes you may find Pay special attention around utilities and pipes as these provide easy entryways for mice and other rodents Next go inside and inspect each room look in corners behind furniture and in cabinets for any holes or gaps that may turn into a pest s entryway If you find any be sure to fill them using a good quality caulking or protective sealant Keep Firewood Leaf Piles Well Away While there s nothing quite as comforting as an old fashioned wood burning fire on a cold winter s day the wood and dried leaves used as fuel for your comforting fire may actually be the perfect harborage for those unwelcome houseguests If you have a wood burning fireplace always store leaves and wood at least twenty feet away from your property These provide the perfect harborger for a shelter seeking critter and if they re stored closer to your home it s that much easier for a critter to find its way inside your home Address Moisture Issues Do you have a clogged drain that s been giving you grief for months Or a leaky pipe that has produced puddle after puddle on your kitchen floor It may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think or pest control but moisture means water and water is essential for a pests survival Besides leaving you open to pest problems excessive moisture can cause damage to your property so it s best to address moisture issues as soon as they arise Store Food Garbage Properly Although this will not necessarily keep critters from making their way inside your home storing food and disposing of garbage properly will certainly discourage pests from making a permanent home in your home The best thing you can do is use airtight containers to keep mice and other rodents away from food supplies Just

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  • Snowmobiling Safety Tips for Beginners - DGI Direct
    you set out In addition to knowing how to sit on a snowmobile be sure to learn how to get off From rolling the vehicle to falling through thin ice ask a seasoned rider how to save yourself from possible life threatening injuries or situations 3 Avoid riding alone Whether a sudden weather change mechanical problems an accident or all of the above there are a whole variety of treacherous situations to keep in mind when setting out into the woods While going with a partner does not remove the risk at least you can have peace of mind knowing someone is watching your back If you do need to set out on a snowmobile by yourself alert others of your route and carry a fully charged cellphone with you Tip if reception is unpredictable in your area carry a satellite GPS messenger beacon to alert others to your position or to send out an SOS in the event of an emergency 4 Exercise extra caution at night While a good snowmobile is equipped with proper lights and signals riding at night carries more risk From not being able to gage frozen ice to not being prepared for obstructions in the dark there are many things to keep an eye out for Like driving any vehicle the best advice for nighttime snowmobiling is to slow down and exercise extra caution Since accidents do happen it is always a good idea to make sure you are properly insured before setting out on your snowmobile Check out these preferred rates and exceptional service offered by Desjardins Insurance for your vehicle Do not leave anything to chance 5 Never drink and ride This one goes without saying Not only does drinking impair your judgement and reaction time but it is also illegal and

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  • 10 Kitchen Renovation Ideas to Dig Into This Winter - DGI Direct
    to give them the attention they deserve Updating those old countertops can truly change the look and feel of your entire kitchen for a fraction of the cost of an entire kitchen renovation From quartz granite laminate and more there are a wealth of options to choose from Stumped on where to begin The kitchen countertops section of thisoldhouse com is a great place to start your research 4 Give The Cabinets a Makeover One sure fire way to give your kitchen a new lease on life is by getting rid of old cabinets and swapping them out with sleek new ones But what if a complete cabinet makeover isn t in the budget Since replacing cabinets can account for at least 50 of your renovation budget you may opt for a mini makeover instead Refacing your cabinets rather than replacing them completely will give your kitchen a fresh contemporary look that won t eat away at your reno budget 5 Make a Splash With a New Backsplash From tile to glass marble to mirror there s a wealth of kitchen backsplash options to choose from Whether you want to go cozy rustic contemporary or are looking for that classic cottage feel adding a backsplash to your kitchen is the perfect way to ease into a kitchen renovation without breaking the bank 6 Let There Be New Lighting Lighting can be the difference between a bright lively eating area and a dull gray kitchen Whether you re looking for something sleek and sophisticated something low key or something totally dramatic think full fledged crystal chandelier these kitchen lighting ideas from housebeautiful com will light the way 7 Get a Handle on Things When it comes to home renovations sometimes less is more If you want to make the most impact with your revamp for the least amount of work try outfitting your cabinets with brand new handles Not sure where to start This guide from familyhandyman com will guide you through the process 8 Update Those Old Appliances If your microwave hasn t microwaved properly in years or your fridge resembles a remnant of decades gone by your best kitchen renovation bet is to swap out those old appliances for brand shiny new ones Besides updating the look of your kitchen investing in new appliances will pay you back in dividends improving food storage meal preparation and help you save on your energy bill 9 Swap the Cabinets for Shelves Instead of updating your kitchen cabinets why not swap them out for shelves Replacing a few of your kitchen cabinets some elegant shelving will open up the space making a smaller kitchen look and feel bigger and adding a modern twist to any kitchen 10 A Little Paint Goes a Long Way If you re not looking to delve into a full fledged kitchen revamp remember a little paint goes a long way Rejuvenating your kitchen can really be as simple as a fresh coat of paint Why not break

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  • Frugal Fun-Filled Winter Activities for Families - DGI Direct
    markets shops and local attractions your town or city has to offer Visiting your local library for example is a great way to keep the little ones learning and won t cost you a dime Keep an eye out for winter festivals while some of them do charge for admission many only ask a small fee and offer free concerts and outdoor activities Play in the Snow When was the last time you made a snowman or had a snowball fight Whether your answer is yesterday or years ago now s the perfect time to get the little ones bundled up get out in the yard and have some old fashioned fun in the snow Besides the classic snowman building snowball fighting and snow angel making you can put a new twist on your snowy playtime with these five creative snow activities courtesy of premeditatedleftovers com Inside Throw a Family Movie Night When the wind is howling against the windowpanes and the snow is falling in heaps it s the perfect time to draw the blinds dim the lights and turn on the big screen TV for family movie night Whether you pop an old favourite in the DVD player or find a new title on Netflix there s nothing as comfortable as settling down for a mid winter movie with the fam Throwing a family movie night will only cost you a fraction of the price of movie tickets with a Netflix subscription costing only a few dollars a month and home made popcorn and hot chocolate made for a handful of coins you have your very own frugal family movie marathon this winter Get Crafty After a lengthy movie marathon the little ones might start getting restless Keep their hands and imaginations busy with some seasonal crafts Start out with the classic paper snowflakes then try these clever Fish in a Bag Soap or these sweet Snow Globes courtesy of Martha Stewart Craft supplies are among the most affordable things you can buy to keep the kids busy So go ahead get crafty Break Out the Board Games Family game night is alive and well and perfect for those days when it s just too cold to go outside Dust off the old classics like Monopoly Risk and Scrabble or take classic family game time into the 21 st century with the hilarious Heads Up The best part It s free at the App Store and Google Play Spend Some Family Time in the Kitchen This is the time when every generation of the family from youngest to oldest can get together and help out From mouth watering main courses like savoury butternut squash soup to delectable desserts like sweet pecan pie there s no shortage of perfect for winter recipes out there that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters Besides the cost of ingredients many of which you probably already have in the cupboard family time in the kitchen won t cost you anything

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  • 9 Essential Puppy Training Tips for New Dog-Owners - DGI Direct
    with these people places and things this ensures that they will not have a negative association or fearful response to these situations and objects later in life 4 Be Consistent Like many things in life when it comes to puppy training consistency is key The best way to be sure that your puppy is properly learning and developing is to be consistent with your behaviour and reactions Make sure you re reacting to a specific behaviour in the same way every time Also be sure that all family members are clear on which behaviours they should be reacting to and how 5 Puppy Proof Your Home Before you even begin on your puppy training journey it s vital that you puppy proof your home so that you can create a safe inviting environment in which your new furry family member can learn and develop This includes Making sure that house plants and medications are out of reach Clearing all low surfaces such as coffee tables Putting small items such as coins paper clicks and yarn in containers Making sure trash cans are secured with a lid and kept in a cupboard Staying away from automatic toilet bowl cleaners Keeping electrical cords cleaning supplies and cat litter boxes out of puppy s site 6 Keep His Health Top of Mind When it comes to your new puppy s well being health should undoubtedly be your number one priority Just as you would spend time and effort researching and choosing a family doctor take the time to find a veterinarian that s right for you and your puppy It s wise to ask family friends neighbours and other dog owners for recommendations then make an appointment with your chosen vet so that you can see if they fit the bill What s more be sure to stay on top of your puppy s vaccination requirements The most common vaccines include Rabies Hepatitis Parainfluenza Parvovirus After vaccinations are complete be sure to bring your puppy to the vet at least once a year for a check up Despite the efforts of even the most careful and doting of pet parents puppies do develop illnesses and fall sick once in a while That s why it s important to be protected in case of emergency veterinary expenses Desjardins Insurance offers a variety of pet insurance coverage options so that you can take care of your new puppy no matter what 7 Potty Train at the Appropriate Age It s important to begin potting training your pup at the right time if you start too early he will not be able to keep up with lessons Most experts agree that the best time to start potty training your puppy is between 12 and 16 weeks of age at this age he will have enough bladder control to properly learn potty training If your puppy is more than 12 weeks old or if he has gotten used to eliminating in a cage be mindful that it

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  • 5 Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas - DGI Direct
    for all the latest Kindle options 3 For the music lover a subscription to Spotify Premium If the recipient of your last minute gift would rather listen to music for hours than watch that popular new drama a subscription to a music streaming service is your best bet Gifting Spotify Premium gives your lucky recipient access to more than 30 million songs that they can stream anywhere anytime ad free No internet connection required 4 For the workaholic a spa gift card Everyone knows someone who never takes a day s vacation perhaps it might even be yourself No matter the recipient of this gift your overworked friend or relative will appreciate this kind gesture If your workaholic relative or friend has a go to spa location your safest option might be to opt for a gift card for their favourite spot If you re not sure what type location your recipient would most prefer why not try a service like WaySpa This Canadian online spa marketplace has partnerships with spas around the world so that your recipient can choose their preferred spas and locations What s more it s perfect as a last minute gift simply print your gift card when you complete the checkout process or download it from the email attachment and you re ready to gift 5 For the budding philanthropist a charitable donation What do you give to someone who d rather give than receive A charitable donation in their name of course This thoughtful gift is the ideal way to say Happy Holidays to the philanthropist in your life Many charities such as UNICEF offer the option of giving donations in someone s honour What s more some charitable organizations like World Vision also offer giving cards that allow you to set the amount

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  • 7 Ways to Improve Time Management - DGI Direct
    list note how much time you ll be spending on that particular task give yourself two hours for complete the first draft of that presentation Or get even more specific by aiming to complete first draft by 2 PM Settling time limits for your tasks also helps with the next time management tip prioritizing 3 Prioritize If you don t prioritize the tasks before you you won t be spending your time as efficiently as possible Take a look at your list of tasks and separate them by importance those that need your immediate attention those that need to be addressed in the near future those that you have more time to complete and those that are ongoing Once you ve broken up your task list you can focus on completing the most urgent tasks first What s more the best time to take care of your most important tasks is right in the morning before afternoon inertia sets in 4 Unplug It might seem counter intuitive but taking time to unplug is essential in successful time management According to multiple studies the key to productivity is taking regular mental breaks every 50 90 minutes Why 90 minutes As it turns out our ultradian rhythms those recurrent periods or cycles repeated throughout one circadian day operate in 90 minute cycles meaning that every ninety minutes your brain and body simply need a break If 90 minutes is too long try 50 instead Then take a 15 to 20 minute break 5 Steer Clear of Distractions The biggest killer of productivity Distraction It goes without saying that if you find yourself doing more instant messaging internet surfing and Facebook browsing than actual work it may be time to steer clear of those distractions rather than trying to live with them Starting a complicated report Turn off your instant messaging until you ve completed a rough outline Working through the last few paragraphs of an important proposal Turn off your cellphone until it s complete Whether you re working from a home office or a corporate one knowing your distractions then steering clear of them is key 6 Set Internal Deadlines Besides the formal deadlines you may have for any given task or project it s wise to set your own internal deadlines so that you aren t left scrambling to finish a project at the last minute That could mean completing the first draft of a final paper a few days earlier or making sure that every member of your team at work completes their portion of a project a week in advance so that you have time to piece everything together 7 Don t Strive for Perfection Paying excessive attention to every aspect of a task down to the minutest of details can actually hinder your productivity rather than help it If you tend to forget about the broader goal of a project and spend too much time and energy focusing on minutia it may be worth it to take

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