Mar 06

Articles for Edmonton Real Estate Blog

I have written several home improvement articles for Liv Real Estate, a popular Edmonton real estate blog, as a guest blogger. Article titles include:

You can read more at http://edmontonrealestateblog.com/author/amyhancock 

About Liv Real Estate

Liv Real Estate has been busy putting pen to paper…virtual paper that is, sharing our thoughts, opinions, knowledge and multi-faceted experience on anything and everything pertaining to Real Estate with our faithful Blog Readers since 2005.

Jan 30

Fishing in the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

I have enjoyed writing about fishing destinations for fishlodges.com

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Fishing in the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Discover world-class freshwater and saltwater fishing in Alaska amongst majestic mountains, glaciers and an abundance of wildlife on the Kenai Peninsula. This region’s dramatic scenery and landscape offers a wealth of activities for all lovers of the outdoors, especially for those who love to fish.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE…

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Dec 06

10 Reasons Skiing is Good for Your Health

Blog written for the Edmonton Ski Club

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Thinking of finally taking up downhill skiing this winter? Great! Downhill skiing is a great recreational activity for all ages and abilities. You’ll discover the fun and exhilaration of this winter sport while reaping the many health benefits it offers.

1. Downhill skiing will strengthen your joints and bones. 

The movements you make while skiing give your knees a healthy work out! While you carve down the slopes, your knees will have to hold the weight of your body as you turn repetitively. While you do this your bones will become stronger as they bear the weight. This can help prevent osteoporosis, knee damage and improve your proprioceptive strength.

2. Downhill skiing will make you happier.

People are generally happier when they’re having fun. There is no shortage of fun and excitement as you glide down the hill! Plus, a good dose of physical activity and spending time outdoors will also contribute to better mental health.

3. Downhill skiing will build core strength and improve your balance.

With every turn down the hill, your body is working hard to stay balanced and you will be using your core muscles at all times. Not only will building core strength and balance help you become a better skier, it will also help your body fend off falls later in life.

4. Downhill skiing will make you more flexible.

All that balancing, engaging your core and other muscles will make your body more flexible. Again, this will make you a better skier but it will also reduce muscle strains and sprains throughout life. Improve your flexibility further by stretching before and after skiing.

5. Downhill skiing will improve your proprioception.

What is proprioception? It’s the ability to feel the position of your body parts and the effort required to move them. With all the balance, coordination, shifting of weight and movement of muscles involved in downhill skiing your body will learn how to feel and use your different body parts. Since proprioception weakens as we get older, the more you ski the better you’ll feel as you age!

6. Downhill skiing will strengthen your endurance.

You’ll feel the thrill of carving down the slopes and when you get to the bottom, you’ll feel your heart pumping! Skiing is an aerobic activity which means your cardiovascular endurance will improve while you burn calories and even lose weight.

7. Downhill skiing strengthens muscles.

Just like any kind of aerobic activity, you will be engaging lots of muscles while you ski! The movements you make while downhill skiing will make your body feel like you’ve done about a thousand squat exercises. You’ll get a good workout in your thighs, hamstrings, quads and glutes. Plus, you’ll be having so much fun you won’t even realize how hard you ware working out!

8. Downhill skiing increases your vitamin D intake.

During the winter we tend to spend less time outdoors and with daylight hours being so short, it’s hard to get enough of that natural vitamin D produced by the sun. Spending the day out on the slopes under Alberta’s sunny skies will help you get more vitamin D and fight off seasonal affective disorder.

9. Downhill skiing promotes healthy eating.

You’ll be burning a lot of calories during a day of downhill skiing, so you’ll have to give your body the proper fuel it will need. Make sure your meals include protein, fruits, veggies, healthy fats and less sugary foods.

10. Downhill skiing will improve your sleep.

Let’s face it, after a long day of skiing you are going to feel tired, but it will be a good tired! As your body learns this new sport it will need to rest. Getting this much exercise will help you get a deeper night’s sleep.

Ready to reap the many health benefits of downhill skiing? Join us this winter season at the Edmonton Ski Club. We offer a range of skiing and snowboarding programs for all ages, skill and ability levels as well as a high-quality fleet of rental equipment. Whether you are strapping on skis for the first time or wanting to get back into the sport, the ESC is a great place to start!

Dec 06

Miss Rodeo Canada Article for the Edmonton Journal

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I wrote an article about becoming Miss Rodeo Canada for the Edmonton Journal during the Canadian Finals Rodeo in November 2016.

Read the full article here.

Sep 22

Canterbury Tales Newsletters

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I am looking forward to working on the newest edition of Canterbury Tales, the bi-annual newsletter that is issued by Canterbury Foundation in the spring and fall. These publications are created in both print and digital versions, sharing the news and stories of Canterbury’s three seniors residence: Canterbury Manor (Independent Living), Canterbury Court (Supportive Living) and Canterbury Lane (Dementia Care).  Click the links to take a look:

Canterbury Tales Spring 2016

Canterbury Tales Fall 2015

Jul 04

WordPress & Content Development

Check out the website I developed for Newman Consulting in Edmonton. Services included complete WordPress development, writing all content and search engine optimization (SEO) services. Find it here –  http://newmanconsulting.ca/

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Apr 20

Online Editorial for YP NextHome

Browse through real estate and community-related articles I wrote for YP NextHome (formally Renters Guide). You can view several by clicking here.

Article titles include:

Freelance writer Edmonton

 

http://nexthome.yp.ca/authors/amy-hancock/9386/

Mar 16

7 things you should do when moving into a new home to improve energy efficiency

A blog article I wrote as a guest blogger representing RenovationFind, published on the Liv Real Estate Blog.

7 things you should do when moving into a new home to improve energy efficiency

Energy, Light Bulb, Efficiency.

Congratulations on your new home! Now that you’re all moved in, there are some things you can do to improve your home’s efficiency, save energy and save money on your monthly bills.

1. Inspect your windows and doors for leaks.

Your windows are the main culprit for energy loss in your home. Check all the seals on your windows and doors and install new weather stripping and caulking if needed. If your window frames are noticeably damaged or warped or if they are older windows, you should consider installing new energy efficient windows. Edmonton’s best window companies provide high quality products that will improve your home’s efficiency.

2. Check for dripping faucets and running toilets.

Do a walk-through and check out all of your plumbing looking for leaks. Even though something like a leaky faucet might only seem like a few drops of water, it can accumulate to a lot of water waste and a big utility bill over a short period of time. In fact, if there is a drip every two seconds; it is calculated that there are 30 drips per minute and 43,200 drips per day. That’s about 2 gallons of water wasted each day! Learn how to fix a leaky faucet or contact a Master Plumber in Edmonton to assist with needed repairs.

3. Swap out incandescent bulbs for LED light bulbs.

Though the initial cost of LED lightbulbs is more than regular bulbs, they will save you money in the long run. They run much longer, burn on way less energy and provide the same amount of light as incandescent light bulbs. Find LED lights and other energy saving products in Edmonton.

4. Inspect the attic insulation.

If you’ve purchased an older home, chances are you’ve inherited a few inches of newspaper-like or woodchip insulation in your attic. These materials have an R value of 4 to 8 and your R value should be at least R50. If you find Vermiculite or Zonolite insulation in your attic you will have to have it removed as it contains asbestos, which is hazardous to your health. If you’re not sure, have a professional insulation contractor inspect it for you.

If you have the harmless and virtually useless woodchip or newspaper-type insulation, Edmonton’s best insulation contractors can blow new, environmentally friendly, highly-efficient insulation right over top of it. Improving your R-value from 4 to 50 is well worth the investment.

5. Turn down your hot water heater.

Most homeowners leave their hot water heater blasting on high without even realizing it. That means it’s constantly running to keep stored water at temperatures higher than you need them to be. Turn it down to 55 degrees Celsius. You’ll barely notice that it’s been lowered and you’ll notice savings on your energy bill.

6. Purchase energy efficient appliances.

In most cases, homes are sold with appliances. If appliances were not included in the purchase of the home or the ones you got desperately need to be replaced, consider investing in high efficiency appliances. Appliance retail stores in Edmonton will carry the latest in energy efficient products and you’ll find that the cost has come down over the years. Plus, it will last for decades and your energy savings will really add up!

7. Program your thermostat.

Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to change the temperature in your home automatically. You can set the temperature lower when you leave the house for work or at night when you are sleeping, then have the thermostat turn up the heat for times when you are actively using your home. Set it, forget it and start saving energy.

Getting started on your energy efficiency projects

Some of these suggestions require minimal work or cost and can really extend your energy savings. If you’re not sure where to start, browse the free online directory on RenovationFind.com. The home renovation companies on this website have been put through a stringent screening process and have received accreditation. This ensures the company you hire for your home improvement projects are trustworthy, credible and will provide quality workmanship, products and service. Visit www.renovationfind.com.

Feb 02

Blog Articles for Riverbend Cleaners

I have written two blog articles for Riverbend Cleaners in Edmonton, Alberta.  You can learn more about Riverbend Cleaners at www.riverbendcleaners.com

Restoring, Cleaning & Caring for Vintage Clothing & Bridal Wear

Vintage clothing and bridal wear can be treasures.  Whether it is something you found in the corner of a vintage shop or a family heirloom that has passed on for generations, both are unique and require equally unique care, quality cleaning and sometimes repair to ensure they last for years to come.  Here are some tips for restoring or caring for your vintage garments.  Read more…

Beautiful Vintage Bride. Wedding. Just Married

Caring for your High End Garments

Acquiring a wardrobe of high end clothing is not an inexpensive endeavor.  You’ve invested in quality and you want to make sure your items last for years to come…and they can!  Properly cleaning and caring for your high end garments is essential to keeping them looking like new and extending their life span.  Read more…

Jan 04

Landmark Edmonton Hotel on Social Media

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Located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, the Chateau Lacombe Hotel is an iconic landmark hotel offering spectacular panoramic views of the North Saskatchewan River valley. A preferred choice for business travellers and a favourite destination for visitors from around the world.

I have had the privilege of managing their social media for the Chateau Lacombe Hotel and the iconic La Ronde Revolving Restaurant on all platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and LinkedIn.

Join the fun and the conversation here:

 

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