Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum of Tucson, Arizona

If your looking for a place to get educated about life in the desert, The Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum is your place to visit. Located outside of city limits in Tucson, Arizona this is a 98-acre zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum, and art gallery that was founded in 1952.The exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region with more than 300 animal species and 1200 kinds of plants along almost 2 miles of paths.

I had wanted to visit the museum as it looked like quite an interesting place and had alot to offer for one visit. I was interested too in seeing the javalina and the coyote and that we did. The javalina were sleeping behind a bush and I had one coyote of the two I saw, following us as we walked down the path beside it's enclosure. The fencing was a very mesh and at times it appeared like there was no fence between us at all! Which was a bit unnerving -haha.

We also watched a Raptor free flight, went into a hummingbird avairy, saw alot of underground animals of the desert, and bighorn sheep.

The museum also offers dining and shopping.

If Tucson is on your list of must see places, be sure to spend time at the Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum- with it's great views, easy walking paths, and beautiful plants- a place for the whole family to see with special activities even for the kids! Voted #1 on Trip Advisor!  We loved our visit.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Love Is In The Air- Valentine's Day Gifts For Him

Choosing the perfect Valentine's Day gift for that special man in your life can be a challenge. So consider your valentine's interests and the amount of money you can spend. We have some ideas below for you this year:

HoMedics Shiatsu Elite -

The HoMedics Shiatsu Elite will deliver for him, a lifelike, full-back massage along with deep neck and shoulder massage. Customize his experience with the programmed controller, which will allow him to select three different massage zones and styles. Optional heat penetrates muscles and makes his massage even more soothing. He's going to love this one!

**Watch this spot for more gift ideas coming soon!

Love is in the Air- Valentine's Day Gifts For Her

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's a good idea to start thinking about gift options now — lest you wind up with some half-hearted, last-minute present. Need some inspiration? We have some great ideas for her:

HomeMedics Sound Spa Ultra-

She'll sleep peacefully with the HoMedics® SoundSpa® Ultra as it fills her room with relaxing, natural sounds. Perfect for meditation, there are 12 total sounds including White Noise, Rain forest, and Campfire. The integrated auto-off timer can be set for 15, 30 or 60 minutes as it lulls her to sleep each night. The rechargeable lithium ion battery lasts up to 12 hours so it is perfect for home or while traveling. She's going to love it!

Midway Hobo Bag from Thirty-One Gifts-

The stylishly slouchy Midway Hobo bag from Thirty-One Gifts is the perfect everyday bag your Valentine can take to the office or out for a night on the town. The faux leather strap and body, poly satin lining and zig-zag stitch detail on the handle make this a must-have shoulder bag. Not only is it fashionable, but it’s functional too, with a zipper closure, 3 interior pockets and a hidden exterior cell phone pocket. Available in five neutral and eye-catching colors. ($78 U.S.). Find it here.

Everything Grows with Love-

Relish life, love, and friendship—and share it with everyone you love. Created by the editors of Flow magazine,Everything Grows with Love features dozens of uplifting quotes and sayings in original graphics and hand-lettering by 20 contributing artists and illustrators. On each page, affirmations, motivational sayings, and quotes are illuminated in gorgeous calligraphy, playful photomontages, and exquisite embroidery. These are sweet expressions of inspiration and wonder: From little things big things grow. You’ve got to have a little rain to make a rainbow. Love is all you need. Collect moments, not things. Life is beautiful. Be happy, so that when others look at you they are happy too.
A perfect Valentine’s Day for your best friend, mother, or anyone seeking a reflective and optimistic outlook on everyday life.

***Watch this spot for more great gift ideas- coming soon!

Plans of Tucson, Az. In Your Next Family Vacation? Be Sure To See Old Tucson

If you've been thinking of a trip to Tucson with the family, we wanted to tell you about a great place called "Old Tucson"- 

Located in the Tucson Mountain Park, 15 minutes from town, at the base of the Golden Gate Peak, this is where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! Fun for the whole family! Rides, games, dining, shopping, gun fights, history and so much more.

Gerry and I were here yesterday. Brought the RV-  and loved their very roomy parking lot for our rig.They are even pet friendly.
We loved the history of the place- especially since we learned of over 400 movies, films and commercials were filmed out here- with big names too working out here like John Wayne, the cast from the old Bonanza, Clint Eastwood, and more. Even Little House on the Prairie was filmed here!

Must see place - have fun! We would have loved to have spent the day here but with Jakey, we make the best of traveling and sightseeing with the little guy!
Thank you Old Tucson for making this such a great family friendly spot to visit!

Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day

Today is National Cheese Lover's Day! Did you know that the average American consumes about 31 pounds of cheese each year? If you are a self-proclaimed cheese lover, indulge in your favorite type of cheese today! 

LEAN CUISINE’s Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese is a great little side dish or entree to try today for National Cheese Lover’s Day. This best-selling dish is made with organic cavatappi pasta, complemented by rich Vermont white cheddar cheese sauce. The dish is made with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and no-GMO ingredients. Boasting 14g of protein, it’s sure to leave you feeling satisfied.

So pick up this little dish today at your local grocery store for National Cheese Lover's Day.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Big and the Small of Tucson, Arizona

We had a wonderful day today visiting two great attractions in Tucson.

One was the Mini Time Machine- an interesting museum in it's own class , full of miniatures and wonderful collections. The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, is a state-of-the-art museum displaying an entertaining and interactive array of antique and contemporary miniatures as well as enchanting artifacts and collections.

The museum is like a time machine, where one can do a  self-guided tour through different lands and times both real and imagined. 
My favorite part of the museum was the very old doll houses in the History Gallery section. My mom would have loved to have seen these! Gerry said he was in awe of the whole place. The smallest details in some of the houses, and to learn that some took many years to complete is something else!

Over 400 miniature houses, room boxes and enchanting collectibles are part of the extraordinary collection in this educational and magical environment. 
We were even told of this possible haunted miniature house (below)- where items in the house have been known to move around or fall over! I always personally love a good ghost story!

The other stop for us was the Pima Air and Space Museum. A very interesting place as well! We did alot of walking there but there is the opportunity to take a tram around the yard to see all the planes as well. The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the world's largest non-government funded aerospace museums. The museum features a display of nearly 300 aircraft spread out over 80 acres on a campus occupying 127 acres.

My favorite planes of Pima Air and Space Museum, were the old Air Force One planes and as well the ANA Boeing 727 Dreamliner which was incredibly HUGE!

Gerry loved the SR-71 Blackbird which was capable of flying 2, 193 miles per hour, and with a maximum altitude of 85,069 feet!

Also near the Pima Air Museum is the famous Boneyard at the Davis Monthan AFB. Please note it requires a  10 day advance registration, which went into effect this past November '17.

Be sure if in Tucson to make time to see both of these attractions- both are well worth a visit!

Get Ready! Tomorrow is National Popcorn Day (January 19)

National Popcorn Day (January 19) can be everyday with Vic’s Corn Popper and Stretching the One Income Dollar.

Popcorn is a great and inexpensive snack that can offer healthful options compared to other snack foods. For the best value, nothing compares to our Gourmet White Bin Buster where you can purchase 4 lbs. of fresh, tender and sweet popcorn for less than 60 cents per one-ounce serving. “Lite” and half-salt versions also are low fat, low calorie options, while providing whole grains, fiber and antioxidants.

All of Vic’s popcorn is prepared fresh and shipped within 24 hours of receiving the order. All online Vic’s orders receive free, standard shipping anywhere in the U.S. Vic’s also can accommodate specific delivery dates for customer birthdays, weddings and other special occasions.

Vic’s offers you wide range of flavors to fit any taste, including Ranch, Yellow Cheddar Cheese, Caramel Peanut, Caramel Chocolate Swirl, and White Cheddar Cheese.  In addition to the Gourmet White and Caramel Chocolate Swirl, our customer favorites include Vic’s Mix (Caramel, cheese and gourmet white flavors mixed together).

Make Your Home Happy and Healthy With Essential Oils

Everyone wants to keep a happy and healthy home, but it’s not always easy. We come and go all day and bring with us all kinds of bacteria and germs. Add kids to the mix and there is no telling what they pick up throughout the day. We live in a fast paced world, so along with a variety of outside agents coming in and out of your home comes stress from work, fatigue, and other daily ailments and anxieties. Luckily there is a natural and healthy way to combat these daily afflictions: essential oils.

Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts taken from various plant parts, like roots, leaves, or petals, and have been used medicinally for centuries for physical and mental ailments. There’s an essential oil for just about everything, and that includes anti-stress, anti-anxiety, energy, focus, and cleanliness. All things that help keep a household healthy and happy.

One of the most widely used and multi-purpose essential oils is lavender. Lavender is best known for helping to ease feelings of stress and anxiety. It also works to help remove bacteria and other microbes from surfaces. Along with lavender’s pleasant and soothing aroma, it has also been shown to calm the mind and nerves, helping with insomnia as well as stress. Studies have also shown that it may have the same effects as some antidepressants and anxiety medications. Lavender may also help to support the respiratory system.

Lemon is a fresh and invigorating scent often associated with cleanliness. It helps to support a healthy mood, energy levels, and metabolism. It can even help to  detoxify your body. Lemon is also a popular choice as a household cleaner. It contains properties that help to remove bacteria and fungi. Lemon has also been said to help with weight loss and has a number of other perks that are worth checking out.
Peppermint is another great multi-purpose oil. It is commonly used to relieve headaches. It has a sharp and invigorating smell also great for physical activity, like chasing the kids or hitting the gym. It is a natural coolant and fever reducer as well. Peppermint oil is great for focus too. Dab a drop on the temples or wrists during homework time to increase productivity.

Frankincense, while pricy, is a worthwhile oil. It can be used for anxiety, inflammation, headaches, and burns. It may also help to support new skin growth around cuts and scrapes. Like lemon and lavender, its useful for cleaning surfaces in the home.  While these primary properties are most useful, it also carries a wide variety of other beneficial uses.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is very potent and fresh. It is general purpose in several ways so it’s also good to have around the house, even alongside personal care and beauty product. Considering diluting it in with a carrier oil, honey, or other natural skin care base to help deal with skin blemishes and breakouts. Apply it topically to the skin after a wound has begun healing to help keep the area clean. Just be wary of putting on open wounds or broken skin as it will sting and is not safe to use directly. Similar to the above essential oils, it makes a great cleaner, especially in the kitchen and bathroom.

There are many other essential oils out there that carry household benefits, but these are some of the most tried and true. Essential oils have a way of being fluid in their benefits for each user, and these multi-purpose oils are no exception. Consider keeping these oils on hand as a healthy and natural alternative to create and maintain a happy, healthy, and energized environment in your home.

Natural Healthy Concepts is a leader in educating people to change their lives through wellness and natural health. They have been offering education on essential oils, collagen, turmeric, and more since 2004.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Have You Been In An Accident That’s Turned Your Life Inside Out?

The impact

When it comes to road accidents, there’s much more to it than the initial impact of the vehicles. Not only are the individuals involved suffering from injuries, but it can be completely life-changing, and in some cases life-threatening. It can be hard to get your routine back on track if you’ve dealt with severe injuries, as there are so many factors that you have to deal with before you’re back on your feet. Depending on the severity, you’ll likely be dealing with financial, mobility, mental and work problems, which can really throw you for a loop. The impact it can have on the rest of your life is significant.

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Your finances

Often if you’ve received serious injuries from a crash, you might find yourself out of work for quite some time, which means you have to find other ways to bring in the money to pay your bills. It’s not as difficult as it sounds, however. There are many methods that people use to get an income from the comfort of their own home, and many are suitable for those rendered incapable of travel or more physical based work.

Firstly, there are many types of job you can get an income from where you don’t need to leave home, and you can do just fine without too much moving about or heavy lifting. What you do depends heavily on your personal abilities, as the different jobs available will rely heavily on computer work. Often you have to work with specific software to complete reports or articles about various topics, which isn’t ideal if you struggle with using new tools and adaptive typing. Luckily, if you’re willing to look beyond the regular forms of employment, there’s a huge variety of skills that you can sell too!

When it comes to selling your own creations online, there’s quite a big market for people looking to buy personalised art and niches. If you can find your angle and own style in creativity, you might just be looking at doing commissioned work from a fun hobby! There are many sites where individual artists post their work to advertise or share with the community; this helps to gain exposure to a bigger audience thus making you more successful. The only downside to this is, you have to be very self-motivated and disciplined. You’re free to work with yourself, so the hours you pick are completely up to you.


If you’ve been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you’re most likely entitled to a certain amount of compensation. The amount of compensation you get would depend on the damage done, which likely depends on who was involved. As with common motorcycle accident injuries, the damage the driver is usually pretty severe and can do permanent damage. If you’ve gone through such an event, undoubtedly compensation should be due. Not only is it a just action, but it’s also in your best interest when it comes to your financial standing. If you’re hospitalized and put out of work; you’re already likely losing money as time goes on, and you also have to cover the damage bills too.

There are many services out there for you to reach out to, and it can make the whole legal process a lot easier to get through. Of course, it will cost money for you to higher someone; however, it can pay off should you win the case. Some victims may find themselves unable to build the case for themselves, which means opting in for the professional services is something they need.

The injuries

The injuries you receive from any accident can differ based on the state of the crash, some being more obvious than others. Most of the time, victims of road accidents are left in shock after it’s happened, which can make the whole situation confusing. In times like this, it can mask any internal injuries you might be suffering from too! Even if you can’t see the damage done, you should still seek medical attention immediately to make sure there’s nothing serious afflicting you. Some cases have known to leave severe concussion on the drivers, which is something that can affect you over a longer period of time. You might face symptoms of losing consciousness, nausea, ringing in your ears, slurred speech and many more. If this is something that you go without treating, you’re left vulnerable to any more injuries that could be caused by the symptoms. It’s much better to make sure you’re safe even if you feel completely fine. Not only that but if you have any internal fractures of bleeding, your accident can be much more severe than it looked.

Peace in mind

It can be hard to keep a steady mind after something so frightening, and it can carry many mental issues with it. Crash victims often feel forms of anxiety and PTSD after their accidents, and it can be tough to get over. There are services out there for you if you feel you need assistance with getting on in daily life, and possibly medication to help treat it. Without the treatment, something so much as getting back behind the wheel of a car can be quite a horrible experience for you, and you may find yourself unable to drive. You shouldn’t panic if you are experiencing these for long periods of time though, they are a natural reaction to such a traumatic event, and it’s something that can be treated.

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It can be hard to get your life back into gear following a serious accident, but there’s always a way for you to do so. Many are left feeling vulnerable and depressed with their injuries, and the recovery time for both physical and mental damages can take a long time, however, if you know where to look for the right help, recovering won’t be such a difficult process. Even if you’re suffering from depression, there’s medication can bring you back onto your feet over time; and many people use this kind of treatment every day. Nothing to be ashamed of!

The Beautiful San Xavier Mission in Tucson, Az

We left Phoenix this morning, and headed an hour and half south to Tucson.  Man the traffic was terrible going through Phoenix- and into Tucson not much better. Hard for us country folk to get used to the city! Everything too is so far to get to- driving wise. You really have to drive for up to an hour at least just to get to an attraction from where your parked... but there are interesting things to see.

Today we went to the San Xavier Del Bac Mission- a national historic landmark, founded as a Catholic Mission in 1692.It is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona. The interior is filled with an amazing original statuary and mural paintings.

We both lit candles at the church ( $3 each) and said prayers of healing for ourselves and others.

The church though is amazing and truly touches your soul being there.

             On Grotto Hill near church-( Was said this is a site where the Virgin Mary appeared- above.)