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J.A.B.A. Construction aTrusted Saskatoon Contractor and Renovations expert shares Mike Holmes comment

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   February 26, 2015 18:54

Planning a renovation in Saskatoon ? J.A.B.A. Construction Ltd. can help! They offer a wide range of General Contracting services for all aspects of both residential and commercial renovations. Their management team will work with you to ensure that you get the services you want, within the timeframe and budget that you determine. J.A.B.A. Construction is professional, reliable and skilled to transform your space into something a little more luxurious, functional or enjoyable.

J.A.B.A are your Trusted SASKATOON CONTRACTORS on the Saskatoon Directory

Here they shares Mike Holmes comment:

“Mike Holmes’ comment about no good contractor needing more than a 10 per cent deposit hurts our industry.”

Dave Anderchek, JABA Construction, Saskatoon, says that, with totally inaccurate comments like this in the national press, it's "time for Mr. Holmes to leave" our industry.

 Last week we made note of a recent article in the National Post by Mike Holmes, who said that no good contractor needs more than a ten per cent deposit when starting a job. We thought that was highly misleading information, even though Holmes DID say, in his piece, that there was an exception when the demolition phase of a job exposes some previously unknown conditions. But he mentioned NO other exceptions to this iron-clad rule. We all know what influence Mike Holmes has among the general public. We asked for your contractor responses. Here’s one from one of the best contractors in Canada, Dave Anderchek, JABA Construction, Saskatoon.

“I usually don’t say too many things in respect to our industry but I feel that an individual like Mr. Holmes should maybe listen to contractors that actually make a living in the renovation industry. He has made money but not from being a contractor.

As we all know good projects and bad projects of any kind start with trust from both sides. After that is when (trouble) happens.

When solidifying a contract, if you are running your company properly, it means that both parties are held accountable with a binding agreement. This is where most contractors fail. The deposit means business and if additional deposits are required for purchase of specialty ordered products it should also be outlined in that section of your contract.

What Mr. Holmes fails to recognize is that comments like “no more than 10 per cent deposit for contractors” hurt the industry as far as the good contractors to perform what they are good at.

 

 

The contract is the starting point if any homeowner or contractor is legit and (willing to) abide by the promises they made. All of the problems originate after the signing if they are not.

I have been a business owner in the renovation /construction industry for 25 years in Saskatoon and I think it is time for Mr. Holmes to keep to himself and move on with they money he has made. Because he is damaging to good contractors with his opinions when he has never been a contractor in the real world.

My company contracts are approx. eight pages long and outline everything as far as protection for homeowners. A good contractor will tailor his contracts, as well as deposits, as he sees fit. A good contractor will have standards as to the amount of deposit required based on the size of the project. We would ask for a 10 per cent deposit, as outlined by Mr. Holmes, if the contract is over $350k.
Time for Mr. Holmes to leave.”

Dave Anderchek

 

As always, the BEST advice is to choose a TRUSTED SASKATOON CONTRACTOR / TRUSTED SASKATOON RENOVATIONS expert like JABA construction...you'll be glad you did!

 

 

Trusted Marketing Services share 6 tips to get on 1st page of Google locally

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   February 26, 2015 17:52

The Trusted Marketing Services team have skill sets & real life experiences that other marketing agencies and social media management companies simply do not share.  The Trusted Marketing Team are not nerds….they are entrepreneurs, net workers and marketers, so If you need affordable website solutions, Social media management or anything to do with advertising and marketing contact them today.

Trusted Marketing Services are your Saskatoon Marketing Agency  

Here they share 6 tips to get on 1st page of Google locally:

 

 

“I want to be on the first page of Google” is now the most common response we get at Trusted when we ask people what they want for their marketing goals, and there seems to be a confusion amongst local Saskatchewan business owners as to how this actually happens, so we thought we’d lay it out in layman’s terms. 

  1. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s “natural” or un-paid (“organic”) search results.

To be on page 1 of Google for your category of business locally is a great goal, especially as recent stats tell us that over 80% of all click throughs to websites on Google searches take place on the first page of Google. Not being there means you will miss out on leads, and that means those on the 1st page have a significant competitive advantage. Except how you get on that first page can be tricky, especially if you are in a very competitive category ( Real Estate, Auto Dealers, Mortgage Brokers for example). Here we outline the main points to consider.

 

 

1. You need a website – and it needs to be a good one!

Your website is a TOOL, and it should be out there working for your business 24/ 7 . It’s not just about the ‘look’ of the site, it’s about how well it works overall for good SEO – you need to consider the navigation ( how easy is for your visitors to get around and find the important information) , the key words ( if you are a Plumber make sure it is on your website often) , include the location ( if you are a Plumber in Regina say so ) , choose appropriate images and have good links ( social links, links to other sites that make sense and links to your site from other sites that make sense)

( contact us at Trusted Marketing Services if you want to discuss your website – or lack of.)

2. You need to have a blog

Content marketing is a phrase you may of heard bandied about; in reality it means writing new, quality, relevant content about your company and your category – ideally in a blog on your website on a regular basis – This just keeps your website up to date in the eyes of Google ( as Google determines who gets ranked where, it’s important to impress her and do what she values)

(check out our Saskatchewan marketing blog here )

3. You need to be social

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin, Google + – pick whats best for your business and build an audience for your content- quality web traffic from your social media to your website is valued by Google and if you are spending all your efforts sending people to your Social media as the final destination you are WRONG – the social should be the tool to help your www. not the other way around! If you don’t take social media seriously and do it well you are really missing out on the chance to connect with your local audience and share your company personality & values.

 

 

 

 

4. Your overall marketing strategy

Assuming you DO have a strategy? Too many local business separate online and offline marketing and this is a big mistake, in todays world in many categories online is MORE important than offline, as consumers shop and make more buying decisions online than in person. Your website should be your best sales person, it should reflect who you are & what you are doing at all times.

( if you are not sure about your marketing strategy contact us for a consultation )

5. Online local directories

Online local directories are important to Google ( as they lay out information in a logical manner) and I predict they will be come more so as more and more websites come online locally- Being listed on a good local online directory ( like www.trustedsaskatoon.com and www.trustedregina.com ) will help your Google rankings as it shows you are recognized locally in your category, also if the online directory is well ranked in your category you benefit from that – you can get on the first page of Google by being on their directory; along with the others in your category of course. ( Trusted Directories have many, many other advantages & benefits over your regular local online directories – contact us to find out more). 

 

                                                                     Best online Directories

6. Google products

Google Adwords, Google Plus, You Tube etc..etc.. Buy them , use them – Google likes when you buy INTO their products.

A word of warning ..DO NOT put all your eggs in to the Google Adwords basket to get on the 1st page of Google – this is not a smart long term marketing decision. Google Adwords cost is going to keep rising as more people enter the auction and you can’t all be on the first page…make ORGANIC your priority ( we know customers prefer organic search results too)

At the end of the day the most important thing is to allocate time and effort in to doing the best job you can online. There is no QUICK fix, this is a race…and it’s not a sprint, it’s a never ending marathon, and you need to keep running and adapting to the ever changing conditions or you will fall behind and drop off your prospects and existing customers radars. Don’t be tempted into trying to cheat Google by paying companies to create splash pages, buy back links or by falsely boosting your social followers numbers….. you didn’t become successful in business by cutting corners, it’s the same way online.

EXCELLENCE TAKES EFFORT

 

Contact us at Trustedmarketingservices.com today, we are your local and international award winning Trusted Marketing Agency!

  

Kari Calder a Trusted Saskatoon Real Estate expert shares Saskatoon real estate market update

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   February 26, 2015 16:38

The decision to purchase your home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and will also be one of your largest investments. Done right, it can also be one of the most exciting and fulfilling times in your life! Kari Calder a saskatoon Realtor with Century 21 Fusion is there to help you through the process, and provide you and your family with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have a realtor working with your best interests in mind.

Here Kari shares a great tip on Saskatoon Real Estate Market Update for January 2015: 

 

 

The January 2015 Saskatoon real estate market sales has decreased from 2014 where 179 houses for sale in Saskatoon sold. This year we saw a market decrease with 227 houses in Saskatoon selling for the month of January.

The average home price in Saskatoon did see significant changes from last year with the average house price at $358,648 for 2015. This is up 1.2% from last year’s $354,461 in January.

 

Currently, the average time to sell a house in Saskatoon has increased slightly from December’s 43 days to 55 days.

By the end of January, homebuyers in Saskatoon had 1,484 homes to choose from with 544 of those being condos for sale in Saskatoon.

Listing inventory in Saskatoon has increased with 724 new house listings in Saskatoon in 2015 while in 2014 we saw 637 new units placed on the market, signifying an increase of 13.7%.

 

Kari Calder is one Saskatoon's top Century 21 Fusion real estate agents. Kari can assist with all of your Saskatoon buying and selling real estate needs and she is a TRUSTED SASKATOON REALTOR 

Kari Calder

Saskatoon Real Estate Agent

Century 21 Fusion

kari@saskatoonrealestate.net

 

 

Edgewater Spa your Trusted Spa share things your esthetician wishes they could tell you

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   February 25, 2015 23:12

Who doesn't love a little relaxation and rejuvenation? Let Melissa and the staff at Edgewater Spa Saskatoon provide you with an amazing spa experience that will delight your senses. From manicures and pedicures to beautiful full-day packages, there are treatments and services for everyone at Edgewater. 

They are Trusted SASKATOON SPAS....why choose any SASKATOON SPA that isn't Trusted ..your ambiance & relaxation time may be put at risk!  

Melissa shares things your esthetician/stylist wishes they could tell you:

 

I’ve worked in a few different salons. I have fond memories of working with strong women, harsh chemicals, and tedious tasks. Don’t get me wrong here- the people working on your hands, feet, faces, hair and body parts LOVE THEIR WORK- but there are a few things that you should know, that will make their lives a little bit easier. Now that I’m not working in the industry, I have nothing to lose by writing, and sharing this with you. I hope that my former coworkers, some of the most amazing people I’ve ever known, will benefit from it.

1.) Prebook your appointments

If you have a positive experience and like the person who does your service- book your next appointment with her before you leave the salon/spa. I cannot stress this enough. Many of the shifts in the salon industry are given based on appointments booked- so if this awesome stylist/esthetician that you just had doesn’t have pre-booked appointments- she also might not have work. I know you’re busy- and you don’t know what your schedule is going to look like in the next few weeks/months… but by prebooking (you can always change your appointment later) you could be ensuring that your esthetician has a job. Even the greatest, most experienced salon professionals depend on their repeat clients. Plus- you’ll only be able to blame yourself if you don’t pre-book and suddenly you can’t get your christmas-tree nail art done on Christmas eve because the ONLY girl who does nail art is totally booked. BE THE REPEAT GUEST!

2.) Show up

If you make an appointment- show up for it. If you can’t make it- call to cancel. Often times, if you don’t show for a 2 hour hair appointment, it means that your stylist loses 2 hours of pay. If you call to cancel, your stylist will likely be able to find someone else to take your spot, and not lose money. I would hate to think that my actions directly impacted someone’s ability to pay their rent, but when you don’t come to your appointment, and you don’t give heads up, that’s exactly what can happen. Not to mention, if you make a habit of it, you could get blacklisted and not be able to get your favorite person to work on you next time.

3.) Don't expect Miracles

These people WILL do their best. You are literally a walking advertisement for these professionals. So, when you ask for something, they will do everything in their power to make it happen. HOWEVER- if you box-dye your hair black, and are expecting to leave the salon as a platinum blonde, you are likely to be disappointed. If you want a beautiful french manicure but you pick at your cuticles and bite your nails, you are likely to be disappointed. If you tweeze your eyebrows between visits, but want to look like Kim Kardashian, you are likely to be educated in the wonders of makeup (and possibly disappointed).
Realistic expectations aren’t always easy- but they’ll make everybody’s life better. TRUST these stylists when they advise against something, and know that if an esthetician says that a french manicure might not turn out like you hope- she’s going to try her darndest to make it happen anyway.

4.) Waxing etiquette

Body hair needs to be long enough to lay flat, or it won’t get picked up by the wax. HAVING SAID THAT- if you your hair is long enough to curl around your finger… it’s too darn long. Hair that is too long WILL wax but it will hurt about 13,250,000x more than if the hair was the appropriate length. What’s that length? About as long as your pinky fingernail, or the eraser on a pencil. That’s the sweet spot. Too much longer, and it’s gonna hurt significantly more- too much shorter, and the hair won’t lift. If your esthetican provides you with a wipe or cleansing option- use it. I don’t think I need to explain that one- just be considerate. If you have questions about waxing- ask them. DO NOT TAN! For goodness sake! This might sound like anti-cancer propaganda (but seriously- it’s 2015), but your skin can legitimately lift right off… leaving you AND your esthetican scarred for life. Don’t tweeze between appointments unless advised otherwise. There’s probably lots more- but those are the main ones, I think.

5.) Tell them what you want

Some people like things to be done ‘Just Right’. Nothing wrong with that, folks. You like your french lines thick? Like your bangs SUPER-blunted? Want light pressure during your massage? GREAT- give your service provider a heads up. They might be great at chit-chat, and remembering how you like your coffee… but they’re not mind readers. They would MUCH rather (I promise) have you give explicit detail as to what you want, then have you ask them to redo their work after completion. I can verify that there is honestly nothing more frustrating than finishing a job to a point where you are satisfied and having your client say- “Oh… those french lines are really thin- could you make them thicker?”
If you notice that something isn’t quite what you like- tell them right away!

6.) If you are very sick/contagious - consider rescheduling

Massage therapists and estheticians especially work in very close, closed-off quarters. If they’re rubbing your face/head/etc and you’re breathing your very thankful, but infected breath all over them… they’re going to get sick. They know it too, as they’re sitting there. You’re breathing through your mouth, or dripping from your nose all over the place- and they’re thinking *I can feel myself getting sick already*.
They 100% can’t afford to be sick, I promise. So if you’re a walking illness factory- rebook for when you’re feeling better.

7.) Cash tips

Tip with cash. Tip with cash. ALWAYS try to tip with cash! This doesn’t just apply to the salon environment- but every environment. Cash tips are easily accessible, and often can be spared the vigorous taxation process that debit/credit tips go through. Also- try to remember to bring a tip, even if you’re using a gift card. **If you’re not tipping, start tipping**

8.) It's not always their fault

If you are late, for example, and are booked for a manicure.. and you request a french manicure, with extra glitter and a painting of the statue of liberty on your index finger, and your middle name spelled out in Hebrew on your thumb… your nail tech/esthetician will do their best to make it happen. IF, however, they can’t- it’s probably not their fault. There’s a good chance that she’s already running late for her next client, has had to skip/shorten her lunch, or was done her shift 20 minutes ago. Try hard to be patient and understanding. They will always try to make you happy- but some things just can’t be done.

9.) Tell your friends how great your experience was

There’s nothing more flattering than a client referral. Word of mouth is a salon professional’s best advertising. Spread the word. Post pics on instagram/facebook/tumblr… tell the world that YOUR STYLIST/NAIL TECH/MASSAGE THERAPIST/ESTHETICIAN is the best!

10.) Give the front desk a break

If your esthetician nips your cuticle accidentally or doesn’t quite capture the brow shape you want… or your hair stylist just can’t quite match the Jennifer Anniston picture you brought in (she’s probably crying about it in the staff room), it’s totally okay to let front desk know. It’s SO NOT OKAY to give front desk a third-degree about customer service, standards, business, or anything else. The front desk people who work in spas and salons have to deal with SO MUCH MORE than you will likely ever know- so just be patient and kind to them, and it’ll pay off.

11.) Listen to their advice

If they’re giving you product recommendations, lifestyle tips, food recommendations, service recommendations… listen to them! They want what’s best for you, I SWEAR. If your nail tech says ‘hand lotion would really help with your hangnails’- she means it. If your stylist says ‘you really should try to come in for a cut more often, it would help your hair to grow longer’- she means it. If your esthetician says ‘drink more water and your skin won’t be as flaky’- she means it. If your massage therapist says ‘practice some deep breathing and stress relief techniques to help your tense shoulders’- she means it. You see what I’m getting at here? They don’t have a hidden motive. They really just want to see you be the best you can be! Listen to their advice, and ASK for recommendations if you need them.

12.) Be kind

Okay, last one. This applies to everybody all the time, of course- but I’m speaking specifically about salon/spa professionals here. Think for a moment about the work they’re doing for you. Clipping your toenails because you just haven’t had time? Washing your hair for you and doing that amazing scalp-rub thing? Rubbing the stress-knots out of your butt-cheeks? Try not to drop lines like: “Ugh.. if I had to touch feet, I’d gag.” or “I don’t know you can put your hands on people’s bare skin like that.” or “I could never wash someone’s stinky head.” - That’s actually really insulting. These people have CHOSEN this career path, so respect it. These people do some incredible things for us. Let’s all be nice to them.

Find Edgewater at www.trustedsaskatoon.com they are your Trusted Saskatoon Spas!

 

 

Cheetham's Pharmacy your Trusted Saskatoon Pharmacy tip on How to Improve Memory

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   February 25, 2015 18:29

Since 1994, Cheetham's Pharmacy has served their customers in Saskatoon and area, offering professionaladvice and exceptional service. Theyhave the education, knowledge, experience and skills to offer a wide variety ofhealth care services with a focus on offering exceptional service that goes above and beyond when it comes to their customer’s health and needs.

They are located directly across from City Hospital, centrally located for fast delivery to all parts of the city.

Cheetham’s Pharmacy is your Trusted Saskatoon Pharmacy

Here they share Improve Memory in a Few Easy Steps:

 

 

Everyone's memory needs an occasional boost. But for people living with dementia, knowing how to improve memory recall can make profound differences in their lives and the lives of their families. Spending time together with memory exercises and games is a great way to enjoy a loved one's company. Below are some ideas for games and activities.

Use Flash Cards

Assemble a set of cards with pictures of common household objects on them. Choose pictures that are fairly simple. When you want to play, shuffle the deck, and deal two or three cards; you can deal more if your card partner is feeling sharp today. Ask the person to describe what's on the card and how it might be used. You could also use the cards to create a story together. The idea is that a picture of a hat, a location, or a coffee shop might lead to talking about a memory spent vacationing with family while enjoying a cup of coffee.

This free-form game lends itself to modification and embellishment. You can make it as simple or complex as you like. Depending on the pictures you choose, the stories could spark memories of other associations. Keeping associative memory sharp could improve overall clarity and acuity, some studies suggest.

 

Get Plenty of Exercise

Thousands of years ago Greek philosophers linked a sharp mind with a sound body. Today modern science suggests they were on the right track. Physical exercise can help dispel depression and anxiety. These conditions sometimes affect people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Better physical health could also contribute to clearer thinking, according to the Alzheimer's Society. People with memory problems can see especially positive results from regular physical exercise.

A home care aide can be a tremendous asset for people with dementia and the family members who love them. Trained caregivers can encourage their patients to be more physically active and provide the support they need to accomplish that goal. For people with mild dementia who live independently, having a companion spurs them to be more active. In multi-generational households caregivers help family members feel less overwhelmed while giving loved ones with dementia the physical care they need.

 

Quick Tips

  • To avoid frustrating people with moderate to advanced memory impairment, choose no-fail games and activities for dementia patients.
  • Keep physical limitations in mind too. Easy-to-hold game pieces, high-contrast images and activities that don't rely on sound cues are good choices for people with osteoarthritis, cataracts, or other conditions that might affect their participation.
  • Find local dementia support groups. These groups help family members manage their stress and can provide suggestions for other memory-building activities.
  • Work with a certified in-home caregiver who has training with memory care. Your home care aide can give you great ideas for memory games and activities you can share with your loved one.  

Have fun with these exercises and activities for dementia patients, and you could find your own recall sharper too. You know your loved one best. Choose memory exercises that fit your family member's capabilities to make the games enjoyable. Dementia support groups can offer additional guidance for memory care activities. This list is a good place to start.

 

 

 

Cheetham's Pharmacy are your Trusted Saskatoon pharmacy 

Find them on Facebook HERE!

 

 

 

 

FamilyCleaners Trusted Saskatoon WET Cleaners share a Professional Wet Cleaning Demo

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   February 13, 2015 12:28

Think of it! You wear a new shirt everyday, to the office. That’s quite a bit of washing, drying, ironing, (and if you’re like me… re-ironing!), hanging, folding…. Why not use the fantastic pick up and delivery service from Family Cleaners? They come to the office (which was the original destination of the shirt anyways….), grab your laundry – suits and dresses too – and return them to your office. Pick up and delivery are FREE with orders over $20.00…. Now that’s a pretty darn sweet deal, if you ask us! They are your Trusted Saskatoon WET cleaners!

Family Dry Cleaners are your Trusted Saskatoon WET cleaners and they happy to announce their new no-chemical cleaning equipment!

Come take a spin!  

Here they share a Professional Wet Cleaning Demonstration:

This video highlights the main aspects and benefits of wet cleaning. It was filmed at a Professional Wet Cleaning Demonstration workshop in 2013 at Plaza Cleanears in Thousand Oaks, California.

 

Family Dry Cleaners are located downtown on Ave B - They are your Trusted Saskatoon Dry Cleaners! 

Metric Design Trusted Saskatoon renovation experts share a Metric renovation from 3 points of view - Part TWO

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   February 13, 2015 09:11

At Metric Design Centre their focus is to provide you with a simplified and less stressful solution when building, renovating or decorating. They offer you the ability to make all product selections and purchases in a single location with ease and confidence. Additionally, for people who wish to take advantage of the fantastic benefits of interior design, Metric Design is a Saskatoon ernovation &  design firm with a group of interior design savvy professionals that can design your entire renovation for you or just get you started on the right foot with floor plans. Their design conscious clients are constantly impressed by the effortless selection process while working on projects in an inspirational showroom. So whatever go, visit, relax, shop, and create your ultimate space

Metric Design are your Trusted Saskatoon Interior Design consultants!

 

Here they share A Metric renovation from 3 points of view - Part TWO:
 
 
"Our 3 part Global Morning News series looks at a renovation for a family looking for functional and stylish storage solutions. You'll see highlights from our renovation and design team bringing this home some new life! See the renovation from 3 points of view; the client, designer and contractor. Be inspired to let us help you take on your own home renovation as you see the project progress. 

 

 

Get in touch with us today to book your consultation! 306.974.0190, service@metricdesign.ca

 

Check out their listing to hear what their clients had to say about them- in the Saskatoon Painter, Decorating and Design Category on the Saskatoon Directory of excellence!  

 

Oxford Learning your Trusted Saskatoon educators share a Guide to Understanding Report Cards

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   February 12, 2015 13:23

Oxford Learning Center works with all ages from 3 up to College age, and they are there for you and your child if they are struggling with a particular subject,  having difficulty concentrating or you want to prepare them for secondary school.  What you may not know is there is help and the answer is Oxford Learning Center. 

Based on decades of research into how children learn, they designed a radically new approach to teaching and this is how Oxford Learning came to be the powerhouse of better learning that it is today. The Oxford Learning Saskatoon tutoring team will give your child the tools for a life time of learning; You really couldn’t give your child a better gift.

Oxford Learning Center are your Trusted Saskatoon tutors and educators

Here they share A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Understanding Report Cards:

Early years—Kindergarten Through Grade Two 

From the ages of five onwards, children are learning to adjust to an academic setting. Report cards tend to report on student’s behavioral and social progress, such as how they are getting along with their peers, and whether they can stay focused on a task.

Academically, young children are being introduced to the basic skills that they will use to build all future learning upon. Reading progression is critical during the early years. Students should be continually meeting, if not exceeding, the reading progression standards.

While young students may have their entire academic future ahead of them, poor report cards could mean potential problems in the long run. If issues are cropping up time and again, parents should consider getting extra help for their child so that the issue doesn’t become a major learning roadblock.

Children are changing greatly during the early years, and what was a problem today, may not be a problem tomorrow. Even if a particular area might be of concern, parents should watch for incremental improvement from one report card to the next. Always discuss report cards with the teacher, who can give a better picture of a child’s progress.

Each report card marks a milestone of achievement. Just because a child is underperforming on one report card, does not mean that there won’t be significant improvement by the next report card.

Middle years—Grades Three to Eight

The middle years of school are all about progress markers. While the early years focus on behavior and development, the middle years are very important academically. Children are introduced to increasingly difficult academic skills and their ability to learn these foundational skills is very much the focus of report cards.

Low grades on report card, while problematic, are not as much of a cause for concern as grades that are dropping. Consistency is key on report cards during the middle years; children should not be going down in grade points.

At this stage, the emotional impact of report cards becomes an issue. Worry about grades can cause stress among children and parents alike. Parents can offer incentives to students to help increase their study time, or learn to ask for help in order to maintain grades.

When poor grades are present on multiple report cards, parents should consider it a red flag and seek help before the problem becomes a major issue.

Teen Years—High School

In high school, report cards are the biggest indicator of academic performance and progression. The first report of the school year is a warning flag—if there are issues, students should get help as soon as possible. There is plenty of time for students to improve grades before the second and final report cards.

In high school, students’ grades should reflect their short and long-term goals in life. Students need to consider the long-term outcomes of what their grades will mean to them based on what their future goals are.

The pressure is on; students are moving quickly on the fast track towards higher education, and every grade counts. Students should seek extra help as soon as they realize that they need extra support, whether in a particular subject, or in study or homework skills. The sooner that students get the support that they need, the less stressful that report cards become.

 

 

They are your Trusted Saskatoon tutors and educators!

 

 

J.O.B. Heating and Air Conditioning your Trusted Saskatoon plumbing expert tip on Hot Water Heater Tune-Ups

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   February 12, 2015 12:30

Saskatoon if you are looking for a Trusted company to help you with your home or business Heating or Cooling system problems or to find the best and most high efficient air conditioner or furnace for your home J.O.B. Heating & Air Conditioning is who you need to call! If your family suffers from allergies a new furnace that filters and helps to eliminate those unwanted allergens will make a real difference.

The amazing staff at J.O.B. Heating & Air Conditioning will consult with you to get something that fits your exact and specific needs and budget. With a new high efficient furnace you should cut your heating bills about 35% on average. We all love saving money!

J.O.B. Heating & Air Conditioning are SASKATOON PLUMBING, AIR CONDITIONING & SASKATOON FURNACE Experts

Here they share Why a Hot Water Heater Tune-Up Makes Sense:

Most days you go through life and never give your water heater a second thought. That is until you get up in the morning to have that nice warm wake up shower and you find the water isn't hot. In fact, if you live in a city such as Saskatoon SK, it's down right cold. But what can be done to stop this, or at least cut down the likelihood of this happening to you?

Well thankfully there is an answer to this. A water heater tune up is the answer. I will discuss tank model water heaters in this article and discuss the other styles of water heaters in future articles.

Many manufacturers recommend that a water heater be inspected by a qualified technician at least once per year. Some of the things that will be addressed in a comprehensive water heater tune up are:

  • ensuring the T&P (Temperature and Pressure) valve is operating properly.
  • checking the drain valve to ensure it is not plugged with sediment.
  • checking the anode rod has not used up its useful life.
  • checking that the dip tube is intact and in good condition.
  • and in the case of a natural gas water heater test the gas pressure and any gas safety systems on the water heater.

 

Even checking these items once is better than the “never” timeframe that happens with most water heaters.

What is an Anode Rod?

The one item that will prolong the life of any hot water tank is the anode rod. You might not know this, but water will want to “attack” the tank of your water heater. It is very similar to the rusting process that occurs on the wheel wells of your car. This is why all tanks will eventually leak. The anode is the "sacrificial lamb" in the hot water heater. Generally speaking residential anode rods are made of magnesium or aluminum. The water will attack these metals first and slow down the process of attacking the tank and subsequently prolonging the life of your water heater. How long will your anode last depends on how bad is the water, and how much do you use your water heater? Here in Saskatchewan they can last from less than a year to as much as ten years. The only way you will know is by pulling it out of your water heater and inspecting it.

 How Often Should You Tune-Up?

The water in Saskatoon is fairly mild, but it makes sense to have a tune-up of your hot water heater once per year. A good idea is to schedule a tune-up of all of your heating systems at once to save some money. The end of summer is a good time to get your hot water heater and furnace checked out. If you have garage heaters and other gas lines (to check for leaks), those could be inspected at the same time.

We have come so far from the days that our parents and Grandparents grew up in. Most of them didn't have running water in a house let alone running hot water. Did you ever ask how did they wash? That one question may bring on some funny stories but it's important to listen to their stories and not take some of the items we rely on every day for granted.

  

 

You can find J.O.B. Heating and Air conditioning online www.jobheating.com/. Check out their listing here in the AIR CONDITIONING & FURNACE Category on THE Saskatoon Directory of excellence..they are your Trusted FURNACE EXPERTS Right here in Saskatoon!

 

Trusted Saskatoon team brags about Poppy & Prairie Spa a Trusted Saskatoon spa partner

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   February 11, 2015 20:55

The Trusted Saskatoon directory team are excited to brag about our newest Trusted Saskatoon Spa, Poppy & Prairie Spa!  Book your next treatment with them now so you are NOT disappointed!! 


Melanie Ciona, owner and operator of Poppy & Prairie Spa Saskatoon has created a lovely vintage space in the heart of Saskatoon’s Buena Vista area, and she clearly loves the industry she has chosen as her profession! The Poppy & Prairie team are made up of professionals offering numerous specialties which include threading & sugaring (hair removal) , facials , lash treatments, relaxation massages and hot stone massages.

Although a spa’s services are typically focused on woman, Poppy & Prairie Spa has become very popular with the gentlemen clientele and they offer specific spa treatments for men

men facial spa Saskatoon

 

They have created a space that is situated in a quiet, secluded area of Saskatoon, where all guests can genuinely unwind. Their vision is to comfort body and soul, by staying as close to nature as possible for themselves and their guests. Offering premier Saskatoon spa services that nurture, heal and rejuvenate.

Out of the numerous customer surveys, the average rating their clients gave this Trusted Saskatoon spa was 10/10!

Here is what one happy client had to say: 

“It’s an adorable, very vintage like spa with all of the modern amenities. Their staff is super friendly and I’ve experienced absolutely no problems or had any issues. I feel confident in recommending them to my friends and family” - Adrienne French – Saskatoon.