Winter

Winter

Sound the alarm! Valentine's Day is TOMORROW, so mark your calendar! While some people do not like Valentine's Day, brushing it off as a Hallmark Card holiday, we always appreciate an opportunity to show people we love them. Here are some ways to spread  love to everyone in your life this Valentine's Day, regardless of your relationship status: 

  • For your Coworkers: Nothing says 'I Love You' at the office quite like a box of Tim Horton's Donuts and fresh coffee. It is a classic Canadian gesture and will be sure to have the break room raving.
  • For your Family: Most families appreciate nothing more than quality time. Carve out an evening to get together for dinner and board games, or to watch the big game. Being in each others presence is…

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All of us here at Team Ken Richter wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

In Miracle on 34th Street, the classic film and Children's book, author Valentine Davies says, "Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s a frame of mind." May all that is beautiful, meaningful, and brings you joy be yours this holiday season, and throughout the coming year.

They call it the most wonderful time of the year, and you are the most wonderful part of our business. Thank you for making this year, and every year, so memorable. We look forward to working with you, your family, and friends for many years to come! 

Happy Holidays! 

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The holiday season, often associated with joy and festivities, can also bring about stress and overwhelming feelings. Amidst the hustle and bustle, prioritizing self-care becomes essential to maintain mental, emotional, and physical well-being. After all, you cannot pour from an empty cup. Here are some valuable tips to ensure self-care remains a priority during the holiday season:

  1. Set Boundaries and Prioritize: Establish boundaries to protect your time and energy. Learn to say no to commitments that may overwhelm you and prioritize activities that bring you joy and peace.
  2. Practice Mindfulness and Presence: Engage in mindfulness practices to stay present and grounded. Take moments to breathe deeply, meditate, or simply be mindful of the…

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In Calgary we are blessed (and somewhat stressed) to get all four seasons. It means that in the spring we get rain and fresh blooms, that the summer brings hot sunny days, the in the fall we can walk through crunchy golden leaves, and that in the winter we get a blanket of snow over beautiful Calgary. In many other places in the world, they are lucky to experience two seasons, let alone all four. 

Because we get all four seasons, Calgary has worked hard to make sure that there are activity opportunities for residents no matter what the weather looks like outside. One way they have done this is by efficiently transforming sites from season to season, adapting to each new need. The best example of this is the Bowness Lagoon. 

The Bowness Lagoon…

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Christmas is right around the corner! Did you know that December 21st is the busiest day of the holiday shopping season? It's estimated that 600-700 credit and debit card transactions are made in relation to holiday shopping and preparation every single second. That is absolutely astronomical!

We hope you don't wait until the absolute bitter end to do your holiday shopping, but let's be honest: shopping anytime in December can feel like a mad-dash. If you are one of the brave souls heading out into the wild Calgary streets to finish your holiday shopping, we've got some tips for you:

1). Make a list, check it twice. Head to the stores with what you need in mind, and make sure the shops you'll be visiting have your items in stock. This will save…

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Have you begun watching Christmas movies? Classics such as Griswold Family Christmas, The Santa Clause, and Elf are staples in many homes and the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. Another classic? Home Alone.

If you're not familiar with the plot of Home Alone, it goes as follows: a young boy is accidentally left at home when his family flies to Paris for Christmas vacation. He swiftly learns that one part of being a home owner is protecting your property. It brings up the age old question: how can you keep your home safe during the holidays?

First and foremost, recognize that the holidays always bring with them a rise in home crime. Homes are filled with more valuables than ever thanks to wrapped gifts, and people are typically more…

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The holiday season, typically associated with joy and celebration, can also bring about heightened stress, anxiety, and emotional challenges for many individuals. Balancing various commitments, family dynamics, and societal expectations can take a toll on mental health during this time. Prioritizing mental well-being amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays is essential for a healthier, more fulfilling season. You don't want to spend the upcoming holiday season sick or stressed.

Here are some ways to keep your mental health in good shape during the holidays:

  1. Be Gracious on Yourself: Be kind to yourself. Acknowledge that it's okay to feel overwhelmed or stressed during the holidays. Set realistic expectations and don't pressure yourself to…

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Black Friday, a massive shopping event originating in the United States the Friday following American Thanksgiving, has become increasingly popular in Canada. This annual extravaganza offers Canadians fantastic deals and discounts across a wide array of products. To make the most of this shopping frenzy, here are top tips to navigate Black Friday as a Canadian shopper:

  1. Sign Up for Alerts and Newsletters: Subscribe to newsletters and sign up for alerts from your favorite retailers. Many stores offer exclusive discounts and early access to deals for subscribers.
  2. Set a Budget: Create a budget and stick to it. Black Friday deals can be enticing, but it's important not to overspend. Prioritize your purchases and focus on the items you truly need.

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Remembrance Day is tomorrow. Each year we look forward to the opportunity to stand in remembrance of the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe and free. We strongly encourage everyone to take a moment this weekend to honor those who have fallen and those who remain. 

Laurence Binyan wrote, "they shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.” And so we shall. 

Click here for a list of all of the ceremonies happening across the city tomorrow, and make sure to wear your poppies in solidarity with our heroes,; past, present, and future. 


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Valentine's Day is nearly upon us, and you know what that means: it's time to treat yourself. 

Whether you're shopping for a partner, friend, family member, coworker, or yourself, you're shopping for someone you love. And yes, yes, we know: it's important to show love every day of the year and take time to appreciate those around us, not just on a commercialized holiday. That can be true, while also having fun with this Hallmark Holiday and recognizing a day specifically devoted to love. 

If you're looking for ideas on what to get you Valentine, we humbly suggest shopping local. After all, what better combination is there than treating the ones you love while also supporting a small business you love? Here are some ideas of small businesses to check…

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