Monthly Archives: October 2012

So it’s October 31st everybody! That awesome day where everyone can dress up and not care who is looking! Where the candy flows like wine and kids are happy and jumping.

Here are 10 fun facts that you may not know about Halloween.

  1. Halloween is believed to have began over 2000 years ago in Ireland.
  2. The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.
  3. Trick-or-treating harks back to the Middle Ages and All Souls’ Day, when poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread treat, and pray for dead relatives in return.
  4. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
  5. Samhain was a festival ofthe ancient Celts, held around November 1 to celebrate the beginning of winter.
  6. The custom of wearing costumes or masks comes from the Celtic tradition of young men impersonating evil spirits by dressing up in white costumes with masks in attempt to placate these spirits.
  7. The carved pumpkin with a light inside was supposed to ward off evil spirits. The celts however, not having pumpkins, had to use their smaller, less tasty cousin, the turnip.
  8. To meet a witch, put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night.
  9. Black cats were originally believed to protect witches’ powers from negative forces.
  10. It is thought that the colours orange and black became Halloween colours because orange is associated with harvests (Halloween marks the end of harvest) and black is associated with death.

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It’s almost the long awaited day for kids everywhere. Halloween! Where the candy is free and the kids don’t care what is it as long as its sugar!

Halloween is a very exciting time for kids. They are eager to get their sweets and with the distractions of other costumes, they are not very cautious when it comes to road traffic.

Here are some tips to keep your children safe on Halloween.

  • Know the route they will be taking and with who they will be.
  • Children under 9 should always be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tell your kids to stay on the sidewalk at all times, and to look both ways before crossing.
  • Make your children bring flashlights. Giving them flashlights or lights, will make them visible to drivers.
  • Pick brighter costumes to increase your children’s visibility.
  • Follow your children, either by walking or driving.
  • Inspect all their goodies before letting them devour them.

Staying safe during Halloween is not only up to the children, but the drivers as well.

Tips for drivers.

  • Always drive slow in residential areas.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings and watch out for children crossing.
  • Stay cautious at all times, and look for children running or with reduced visibility due to masks
  • Remember to turn your lights on, so kids know you are there.

Halloween should be a fun night for everyone, especially children! As teenagers or adults, it is our job to look after these children. Avoid injuries by being extremely cautious. Stay safe and enjoy it.


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If you are looking to make your room stand out over others with colors, or if you just want to refresh the look of a certain area of your home, then you may be considering repainting.

Painting or repainting a room is a big job. It takes a lot of time to do and if not done properly could look disastrous. Of course you do not need to be a pro to paint, but there are some things that should be noted when trying to do a good job.

  • Make sure your walls are clean of dust, dirt or any other thing that could possibly be sticking. Paint grips better on a clean wall
  • Remember to use a coat of primer before painting. It will make your colors shine.
  • Unless you want your floor to be as vibrant as your wall, avoid painting it by covering it with plastic sheeting or old unused linen.
  • Absolutely do not leave paint drips. It’s just not nice.
  • If you want to camouflage your wall plates, then feel free to paint over them, but it is not recommended for a nice paint job.
  • Do not go over the lines. If you want your job to look decent, use masking tape or painters tape to avoid painting areas which you do not want painted.
  • Try to use a paint roller instead of a paint brush when needed. Paint brushes tend to make unequal coatings of paint compared to a paint roller. Use a paint brush only on finishing touches, such as corners and edges.
  • Always remember to cover or remove your furniture when painting. Unless you want to get yelled at by your other half.

If you choose to hire a painter, make sure to look at your options, check reviews about their company, testimonials etc.. Be sure they are professional and fair.

Give these folks a try: Paintologists

Find your color
Save your walls
Learn to paint like a pro!

In Quebec, the deadline to get your winter tires installed is December 15th.
You may complain about the prices of winter tires or such, but they can easily save your life on slippery roads.

According to this Article by the Canada Free Press, a study done in 2011 proved that in the past 2 winters, there was an average reduction of 525 road-accident injuries per year prevented in Quebec because of winter tires. That’s a huge number of lives saved per year!

If you are looking for new winter tires, check out:

They offer great deals on new and used winter tires! Drive smart this winter! Drive safe!

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Save lives

The Hello Neighbour network has been making huge changes in their way of operating. With the addition of new features, more exposure, and the syndicating of their coupons on major third party network!

Today October 17, 2012, Hello Neighbour sent out a press release detailing their news!

Check it out!   PRESS RELEASE

If you or your friends have ever wanted to start making beer or wine, look no further. These cool places give you the opportunity to create your own wine or beer, they have the equipment and ingredients needed to make great batches. They offer do-it yourself beer and wine making kits! All you have to do is follow the instructions and bottle them!

It’s simple! It’s fun! And it’s something different! Check them out, and get discounted coupons while your at it! They’re free!