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If you're looking for a plant that requires minimal care then invest in a beautiful Bromeliad, advises Brian Minter of Minter Country Garden Ltd. "Bromeliads are the superstars in terms of low care, high performance," he says. "All you have to do is keep the soil reasonably moist and have a bit of warm water in the centre of the plant."
Do you accidentally kill plants? Then the Dracaena marginata is for you. Minter calls this plant "indestructible" and explains that it does well despite the cold weather. Just make sure your potted plant has access to indirect light—it needs a north or east exposure.
Add a little colour to your home with a Curious anthurium. This pretty flower comes in lush reds, burgundies, oranges and pinks. The newer varieties of anthuriums flower all year, says Minter, making this the perfect houseplant for every season. Anthuriums are very resilient. Minter says you can tell if a plant will do well indoors based on its leaves. A thick, dark green leaf means the plant is more resilient indoors, he explains.
No house is complete without a palm! Minter says there are a few palm varieties that are very durable. The best is the Kentia, which Minter says is "spider-might resilient." But he also loves the raphis and bamboo palm. "These palms are a little bit more money and they don't grow quickly, but the point is it's a lifetime plant," he says.
Oh orchids, so beautiful but so temperamental. Despite their reputation, Minter says orchids are a great winter houseplant. You just have to be willing to nurture them. "Misting the foliage with warm water and just keeping some level of moisture in amongst the roots is all you really have to do," he explains.
There are quite a few varieties of Philodendron that will add some much needed green to your home. But the monstera is the best, Minter says. "It really is so bulletproof." The monstera is easy to grow and can actually help remove common toxins from your home.
The Medinilla is a show-stopping flower. "If somebody is looking for that something extra that is really phenomenal, that's really it," Minter says. The Medinilla has pink flowers, perfect to brighten up a kitchen. This houseplant is a bit difficult to find, but it's worth it because it's so easy to take care of. All these beautiful flowers were provided by Humber Nurseries Limited. Check out these tips on how to keep your houseplant alive this winter.
Make sure your wardrobe is full of great fall fashion finds—these ones also happen to be plus size.
Don't have the time or money to overhaul your wardrobe this fall? No matter—add one of these fall trends for an instant update. Our trendy plus size picks for fall have you covered.
Add some whimsy to your look with ruffles and flounces. Flounce top, $31, forever21.com.
Fall's best dress trend? Something flowy and printed—channel your inner boho babe. Boho dress, $148, additionelle.com.
Take summer's cold shoulder trend to fall with long sleeves and a pop of colour. Rachel Roy off the shoulder shirt, $129, additionelle.com.
You seriously cannot go wrong with a classic pair of medium denim skinny jeans. Skinny jeans, $30, hm.com/ca.
Bomber jackets are still going strong. Embroidered jacket, $57, forever21.com.
Embroidery is in! Pick up some denim with this season's hottest detailing. L&L embroidered denim, $98, additionelle.com.
If you are going to pick up one trend this season, make it velvet. The best part? This luxe fabric doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Velvet wrap top, $96, asos.com.
Letterman jackets and other carsity detailing is a great way to get trendy this season. Varsity jacket, $53, forever21.com.
If you're going to pick up something knit this fall, make it a ribbed knit piece.Two piece knit, $198, laura.ca.
We're always a fan of embellishment, but it's really shining bright right now. L&L embellished blouse, $78, additionelle.com.
A striped shirt is timeless—but also the easiest way to look pulled together. Tunic, $40, suzyshier.com.
Winter florals tend to be darker and sexier than their summer counterparts. This dress is the best of both worlds—a pretty-in-pink touch to a sexy silhouette. Dress, $170, asos.com.
Plaid is made for cooler weather, and this season we're partial to a big, buffalo check. Cotton shirt, $30, hm.com/ca.
Lace is the easiest way to make any outfit feminine and fancy. Lace blouse, $50, hm.com/ca.
Take a page out of Kim K's book and pick up a nude coat for fall. Camel peacoat, $75, oldnavy.ca.
Cordouroy is the perfect textile for fall. Pick up a pair of cords in a rich colour this season. Rockstar cords, $50, oldnavy.ca.
A shirtdress is season-less, but when paired with cute booties and a great cardigan it's fall outfit perfection. Printed dress, $53, oldnavy.ca.
This friendlier take on fur is the perfect way to incorporate a luxurious touch—and to warm up. Wool jacket with faux fur collar, $150, asos.com.
Yes, this is as comfy as it sounds. Pick up an oversized blanket coat to stay cozy this season. Blanket coat, $48, suzyshier.com.
A puffer jacket is *the* outerwear piece of the season. So invest. B by Bernardo jacket, $298, laura.ca.
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The ET Canada entertainment reporter and HGTV Canada host is a fitness buff who loves chocolate. Here's a sneak peek at her workout routine, meal ideas and exercise playlist.
Spend time viewing Sangita Patel's Instagram account and you'll notice a pattern: Sprinkled liberally among fashion blogger–worthy glamour shots, photos of celebs (thanks to day job No. 1, ET Canada entertainment reporter) and a pic or two of Canadian design stars (from day job No. 2, host of HGTV Canada's Home to Win) are videos and photos of the TV personality killing it at the gym. Her regular #FitnessTuesday posts o er a sneak peek at her exercise routine, whether it's an at-home arm workout or a group CrossFit class. She started the hashtag as a way to motivate herself and others to meet their health goals, and it's de nitely made an impact on her 17,000-plus followers. "Someone sent me a direct message about how she lost 20 pounds by following #FitnessTuesday!" she says. at's why Sangita is the perfect person to kick o a new column about women living their healthiest lives. Read on for meal ideas, workout songs and the best way to eat a banana, ever.
Favourite exercise: "I normally hate cardio, but I love skipping; I love doing double unders."
Least favourite exercise: "Burpees are the worst, but I know I have to do them because they're so good for you."
What's on her workout playlist: "I love loud music. Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' is one of my favourite songs to work out to."
Hydration tips: "I sip water with lemon all day long."
Breakfast: "I have a protein shake with a shot of espresso in the morning. I take that on the road, and that's my morning start."
Lunch: "I'll usually have an omelette or hard-cooked eggs for lunch, or sometimes I'll have soup because I need more sodium in my diet."
Dinner: "I tend to have some carbs in the evening, which isn't necessarily the right way to do it. But I love basmati rice, and I love quinoa with chicken. I just try to eat before 7 p.m."
Healthy dessert: "One really easy, healthy dessert is taking a banana, slicing it open, spread- ing on some good peanut butter and a little bit of dark chocolate, wrap- ping it in foil and baking it for a few minutes."
Put your slow cooker to work and save time with these 20 easy and satisfying recipes.
Serve this saucy pulled pork as sandwiches: piled high on buns, with bowls of garnishes, such as pickled jalapeños, sour cream, shredded cheese and thinly shredded red cabbage (or better yet, red cabbage slaw), and let guests build their own sandwiches.
This recipe can easily be left to simmer away in a slow cooker for eight hours before adding the chicken. It yields a large quantity of sauce that freezes well if you're feeding a smaller group. Serve over hot steamed basmati rice.
This roast, inspired by a classic Belgian stew, is juicy and tender over mashed potatoes, and the leftovers make the ultimate hot sandwich. Cook the bacon and onion mixture the night before so it's ready to add to the slow cooker in the morning without a lot of fuss.
This beanless regional specialty is a point of pride in Cincinnati, where fierce loyalty divides the city over which restaurant serves the best version. Cooked low and slow, with the distinguishing flavours of cinnamon and cocoa, the meaty, saucy chili is served over spaghetti.
This mild, sweet curry has all the comforting flavours of a curry without too much spice, making it a great choice for the entire family. Serve over steamed rice or with warmed naan bread.
You won't believe how tasty and easy it is to make this classic dish in your slow cooker. A piping bag - or plastic bag - makes easy work of stuffing the manicotti. Serve with a tossed salad and garlic bread for an easy family-style dinner.
A brisket needs to be cooked slowly, so using a slow cooker makes perfect sense. Ensure tender slices by cutting the brisket thinly across the grain.
Inspired by Portuguese caldo verde, this hearty, richly flavoured soup is a yummy way to use up an entire bunch of kale in one go. It freezes well, so leftovers make quick and easy lunches all week. The soup thickens as it stands; thin with water and adjust the seasonings as desired when you reheat it.
My mother, Shu-Lai Fong, makes famous pressure-cooked black bean spareribs. They're the inspiration for this recipe, which is just as delicious but uses a slow cooker. You'll find bite-size bone-in pork spareribs at most Asian grocery stores, or you can order them at your butcher's counter.
This hearty sauce is best served over a short pasta with lots of nooks and crannies it can tuck into and cling to. This ragu also makes a delicious lasagna filling when layered with sheets of fresh pasta and ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. Cost: $2.15/cup
There are few things more comforting than a bowl of rich, creamy seafood chowder. Sweet, licorice-like fennel naturally complements the seafood. Serve with oyster crackers or crusty bread and a simple green salad for a complete meal.
Chorizo sausage and flavourful spices make this chili a real treat to come home to. Stirring in chopped herbs at the end adds a welcome touch of freshness.
Slow-cooked then quickly finished on the grill, sweet and sticky glazed ribs are guaranteed to impress your guests. Pork side ribs are also called St. Louis–style ribs, but back ribs are equally delicious.
Finally a flavourful risotto that doesn't need any stirring! Dried mushrooms work perfectly to create an earthy aroma, we've used dried porcinis here as they're readily available, but any dried mushroom will do. Hearty pot barley makes adds a healthful twist and doesn't become overly mushy - even after 8 hours.
Sweet honey and tender shallots mellow the typically strong flavour of lamb shoulder. Serve with roasted potatoes and steamed greens for a complete meal.
We've swapped beef broth for chicken broth and onions for tender leeks but kept all the flavour in this lighter version of classic French onion soup. When you get home, just toast the baguette, broil the cheese and enjoy!
This veggie-loaded chili is so hearty that even meat lovers will ask for seconds. To freeze it, cook as directed, but don't add the mushrooms. Cook them separately and add to the chili after reheating it. Serve with crusty bread to soak up every bit of sauce.
Inspired by the traditional Mexican tacos served with spicy thin pork slices and pineapple, this slow cooker version features pork shoulder broken into tender bite size chunks. If you don't want to serve these as tacos, try serving the pork on top of steamed white rice instead.
This all-in-one meal is a roast version of classic beef and barley soup. The barley thickens the cooking liquid to make a delicious gravy.
Using stewing beef instead of ground meat adds delicious bulk to this otherwise classic chili. Serve as is or use it as a topping for baked potatoes.