Friday, September 21, 2018

PEACE, LOVE, GOATS OF ANARCHY: How My Little Goats Taught Me Huge Lessons About Life By Leanne Lauricella with Alli Brydon

In April of 2014 Leanne Lauricella’s life changed forever. That’s when she left a lucrative corporate gig in New York, NY and brought home two baby twin goats, Jax and Opie, to her New Jersey home. Driven by a passion to help animals in need, and a growing fascination with goats, GOATS OF ANARCHY was born. By December 2014 Lauricella traded her high-heels for boots, her Mercedes for a pick-up truck, and her life’s work began in earnest. On her first day after quitting her job Instagram featured a photo of her goats on their home page, and almost immediately 30,000 followers was the result – the Goats of Anarchy phenomenon had officially begun.

Liberated goats, many with special needs, and freed from abandonment or mistreatment, find a home at Lauricella’s New Jersey sanctuary and barely four years later, Goats of Anarchy is an inspiring sensation with over 565,000 followers at Instagram. Many of the goats have become stars themselves and the passionate and fast-growing online following check in for a daily dose of goat antics, talents, and personalities mixed with tribulation, rehab, and rescue. This has led to appearances on Rachel Ray, Buzzfeed, People, Huffington Post and many other outlets, as well as several Webby Awards, along with Leanne penning several books.  

Lauricella's story, and what her goats have taught her, is the genesis for her inspiring new book, PEACE, LOVE, GOATS OF ANARCHY: How My Little Goats Taught Me Huge Lessons about Life (Rock Point USA, publishing September 18, $19.99 US/$24.99 CAN). It’s part humor, part memoir of living with goats, and part testament to the power of giving back. The book covers the inside story of how Lauricella found herself drawn to these wonderful animals, how suddenly saving her first goats gave her a clear sense of what her purpose was and how she founded Goats of Anarchy. Lauricella details how she got through the difficult and often sad times in caring for her goats and building a farm sanctuary. She provides insight into the lessons she learned, sharing heartwarming stories of how her goats have taught her about compassion, finding purpose, perseverance, confidence, justice, patience, inspiration, mercy, strength, and courage.

In addition to PEACE, LOVE, GOATS OF ANARCHY, in October Lauricella’s next children’s book comes out,Angel and Her Wonderful Wheels: A true story of a little goat who walked with wheels (Walter Foster, Jr., October 2, 2018, $17.95 US/$22.95 CAN). It’s the heart-warming true story of Angel, a baby goat at Goats of Anarchy, who learns to walk, run, and play thanks to her pink cart.

Be inspired by how much a few barnyard goats can teach you about life in PEACE, LOVE, GOATS OF ANARCHY.

About the Author

Leanne Laurciella knew nothing about animal sanctuaries when she left New York City for the wilds of New Jersey in 2011. She started her Instagram account, @goatsofanarchy, shortly after getting her first two goats, Jax and Opie. Today, Goats of Anarchy is a growing farm animal sanctuary and an official registered 501(c)3 charity that provides special-needs goats happy and loving forever homes. Goats of Anarchy has over 565,000 followers at Instagram, winning the 2016 People’s Voice Webby Award for Animal-Based Social Media Account. Lauricella’s books include Goats of Anarchy: One Woman’s Quest to Save The World One Goat At A Time, and the kids books Polly and Her Duck Costume, Piney the Goat Nanny and Goats of AnarchyAngel and Her Wonderful Wheels, publishing October 2018

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Saving Money in Little Ways Can Really Pay Off

Money is one of life's greatest necessities. People need to pay for lots of things including their rent, food, and car payments. There are many ways to make sure you have enough money on hand. One way is to save as much money as you can from your paychecks. Saving money has lots of advantages. When you save money, you build up money for an emergency. You also start to accumulate money that can be put in a savings account. Putting even a few dollars away in a savings account can earn interest and help fund goals like buying a home and retirement. Cutting down on small expenses will pay off and will help you earn money long-term.

Make Your Own Beverages

That cup of coffee can really add up over time. The same is true of drinks when you're out and about. Instead of buying coffee all the time, it's better to make your own at home. It's fresher and it's faster. Buy a coffee maker and load it every morning. Invest in a small cooler for family trips. You can keep it in the back with kid's beverages on ice. You can also bring in small packets of ice tea or lemonade mix so your kids can mix their own personalized drinks. Give kids the sweet tea they like best or the raspberry lemonade you've made yourself, bought in bulk, rather than stopping for much pricier chain restaurant beverages.

Reduce Your Utility Bills

Utilities can add quite a chunk of change to your overall monthly costs. One way to cut down on your utility bills is with help from a solar energy contractor who can help you figure out how to harness the power of the sun to your own needs. Solar power is not only cost effective. It's also green energy that you can feel good about using. In fact, you may have extra power you can share and get paid for doing so.

Money Saving Apps

Use your cell phone bill to save money. Money saving apps are everywhere you look. Many grocery chains have an app you can get scanned as you check out. No need to go looking for coupons. The app does all the work for you. All you have to download it. Other apps can help you save money by spotting the best price on a given item you want to buy. For example, suppose you're looking for a new dining room set. The app can help you compare prices, examine features and locate stores that have the colors and materials you like best. Many money saving apps can also help you see what sales may be coming up in your area even before they hit the regular news media.

Buying Online

Online shopping is another way to save money. Many retailers now offer reduced cost or even free shipping. Major retailers also let you see if something you want is in stock in a given location. This way you don't have to waste gas looking from store to store to find the item you like best. Many large retailers also offer a pay one price in advance for all shipping costs. If you do a lot of shopping at that retailer, this is cheaper than spending lots of money running to the store all the time. You can also save money by saving time. Instead of running through the aisles in search of the exact product you want, you can find it waiting for you when you get there.

Save Money on Commuting

Commuting costs can really eat into your weekly paycheck. The cost of maintaining a car and gas can take up a significant chunk of change and decrease your take-home pay. Besides, sitting in traffic isn't fun. One way to reduce your commuting costs is by taking a bike to work. Bikes are easy to use and lightweight. They're also an excellent way to get in really good shape. Even if you take the train, you might still be able to bike there and bring the cycle with you to work. You'll feel better about the commute, enjoy the wind in your hair, and save money on the total cost of getting to work.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tips on Medicare Advantage Plans

Somethings can be very confusing, and no amount of deliberation can ever lead to good decisions without the input of knowledgeable, skilled and experienced experts. That is the sad truth, especially for healthcare insurance. Healthcare policies keep on changing in the subtleties of wording and spirit. However, no matter how they change, the concept of health insurance only grows bolder, broader and more competitive. Government policy heavily affects the market through stringent funding, yet, the market is still free because of the forces of demand and supply. Fortunately, insurance companies are now offering a product that is similar to Medicare. The Medicare Advantage plans are, arguably, a form of private Medicare that offers more options and benefits than the government scheme. Still, there are many other forms of and offers on insurance. Therefore, before you consider where to place your trust and preference, you should know a few things about medical insurance. More specifically, you should analyze the differences between government-backed Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans that are backed by regular insurance firms.

Comparing Medicare Advantage Plans to the Original Medicare

First of all, it is crucial to note that all private and public insurance policies, especially those on health care and medical issues, are heavily regulated by the government. From the onset, governments mandated insurance firms to protect citizens from potentially harmful risk and obvious medical issues that come with time and age. Insurance companies are, at the end of the day, profit-oriented entities; that is why the government is keen on heavily regulating both private and public players. Without regulation, some companies would run amok of the insurance system and use intricate bureaucracies to fleece on vulnerable populations in need of quality healthcare. However, private insurance for health care is always a viable option for many, and Medicare Advantage plans offer many benefits compared to the publicly funded Medicare, despite all the regulation.

Earlier in 2018, the United States amended some of its federal laws to yield more flexibility for private insurance firms offering medical insurance. Unlike the publicly funded insurance, patients in the plans can benefit from daily maintenance items that can include items like durable medical equipment, transportation services to hospital wheelchairs, home modification: ramps, home health care services, emergency call setups and GPS ringers.

Due to the robust regulation policies that were created by State governments in specific states, Medicare Advantage plan benefits can vary from state to state. You need to know what your state bans and allows for different insurance issues. If you do not know where you can find the best Medicare Advantage plans,  do a bit of searching online or ask some questions to a professional. The following are some plans that you should seriously consider:

Health Maintenance Organization Plan

This plan entitles you to the regular care of one physician. We all know of retirees who absolutely detest the way their personal physicians keep changing all the time. With this plan, however, you are only supposed to see another physician if the one assigned to you recommends a specialist under the same plan.

Health Maintenance Organization-Point-of-Service Plan

In this plan, you will still have access to one primary physician although you are allowed to see other specialists within the network. Unfortunately, you will be charged diminished fees for consulting the specialists. This plan helps you to get all of your healthcare needs serviced from the same premises.

Preferred Provider Organization Plan

This plan makes it much cheaper to see any doctors that are within your assigned insurance networks. It gives you the freedom to get different expert opinions at reduced costs.

Medical Savings Account Plan

This is an excellent way for you to save up for the future without incurring too much tax to afford quality health care in your retirement age. Medicare deposits tax-free money into that account so that you can pay all of your medical bills.
Getting the right coverage for you can be confusing. Ask questions and be diligent until you get the type of plan that will benefit you.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month- Think Pink

This October, Take Action Against Breast Cancer. Go for screening. Get support. Give generously. Think Pink.

Hard Rock is giving fans the opportunity to think pink with the 2018 PINKTOBER® collector’s edition pin, a guitar-themed pink breast cancer awareness ribbon ($14.00). Pins will be sold exclusively at Hard Rock properties worldwide and online at
A portion of the retail price of each PINKTOBER® pin sold will be donated to the Hard Rock Heals Foundation to support breast cancer awareness-driving efforts worldwide.

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Vault of Frankenstein, 200 Years of the World’s Most Famous Monster

Discover the incredible story of the Creature’s evolution, and become directly part of the history with interactive elements that allow readers to explore replica memorabilia, such pages from Mary Shelley’s original manuscript of Frankenstein.

 Once a book thought questionable by many, Frankenstein managed to make its way to the top as one of few respected books in pop culture. The original novel, a beautiful take on societal flaw and wonder, is now re imagined as a more interactive, colorful, and descriptive tool for all to appreciate. As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s publication of Frankenstein, readers can dive right into the rich history of the story’s origins and greatest pop culture moments.   

The experience is illustrated in the new book Vault of Frankenstien, 200 Years of the World’s Most Famous Monster (becker & mayer! September 25, 2018). Readers can trace the incredible history of how a disturbed creature, disgraced by his own creator, became an iconic symbol in pop culture. The book takes readers on a journey from the very beginning; starting with Mary Shelley’s creation of the novel, and then fluently guiding them through the Creature’s evolution to international stardom. As the Creature appeared in films, TV shows, comic books, and commercial merchandise, this new book introduces readers to the many aspects of such a beloved and tragically misunderstood character.

Vault of Frankenstein is not only a loving tribute; it’s a great resource for anyone who appreciates a timeless classic. In fact, with fantastic replica memorabilia enclosed in an elegantly designed envelope inside the back cover, readers can enjoy physical works that bring the story even more to life. Readers will be able to hold in their handsThe Bride of Frankenstein movie poster, pages from Mary Shelley’s original manuscript of Frankenstein (or The Modern Prometheus), a photo of Boris Karloff on the set of Universal’s Frankenstein (a playbill for Presumption, orThe Fate of Frankenstein which is the first stage adaptation of Frankenstein) and finally, a Frankenstein movie poster. Together these pieces take readers through Mary Shelley’s first thoughts on an original masterpiece all while illustrating how an idea so small has become so influential through years of exposure.

Finely stated, Vault of Frankenstein is not only a must-have for fans, but also a wonderful tool for anyone interested in the story’s rise to stardom and how it manages to influence culture today. The book brings history to life for readers who reflect on how such an enduring and influential character made its way through years of pop culture exposure. With key features such as a look on how Mary Shelley first conceived the work and 5-10 pieces of replica memorabilia, readers become a part of this important journey from historical masterpiece to pop culture icon.

Paul Ruditis is a New York Times best-selling author and pop culture addict who has written companion books for TV shows, including The Walking Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Star Trek, and The West Wing. His diverse resume also includes original young adult novels, comic books, and novelty books for all ages. 

Published by becker & mayer! | Available September 25, 2018
Hardcover, 176 pages | $29.99 USD, $38.99 CAN | ISBN: 780760363171

Monday, September 17, 2018

Stock Market Tips for Novice Investors

While the potential returns and lucrative opportunities can be found when trading stocks, novice investors would be wise to learn a little more about the market before making any decisions. From choosing the right brokerage, and finding the best stocks, to details regarding stock market holidays, interest rate hikes, and other events that may have a major impact on the market as a whole, you need to be able to make informed choices. These decisions should never be left to chance. The following tips can go a long way towards ensuring that first-time investors are able to make decisions that will be both more effective and ultimately more successful.

Identifying the Best Investment Opportunities

When it comes to playing the stock market, you need to be able to recognize the right opportunity. A common mistake for many novice investors is to select an option based on a stock's current or previous performance rather than information regarding the company behind it. Selecting a company rather than a stock is often the best way to narrow down the available options and help to mitigate some of the risk involved when making a trade. Investors who are able to base their decisions on the most accurate and complete information available may be able to enjoy a wide range of potential advantages.

Planning Ahead and Minimizing Risk

There is always an element of risk involved with any investment strategy. While the market can be volatile and there is simply no way to account for every potential development, there are plenty of strategies that may allow investors to better protect themselves. From striving to create a more diverse portfolio to exercising a bit of caution and being able to make informed choices and non-emotional decisions, smarter ways to trade can make a real difference. Investors who have enjoyed a taste of success from their initial trades and early decisions often lose sight of potential risks or fail to adhere to their long-term financial plan.

Establishing Financial Goals

Setting financial goals and benchmarks is one of the cornerstones of a successful investment strategy. From taking advantage of a short-term market trend to the retirement planning needed to ensure a more comfortable and financially secure future, establishing goals in advance can help keep investors from getting lost on the road to success. Detailed financial and investment planning, as well as goals that have been firmly established, can allow new investors to avoid some of the most common and serious mistakes made by those who have little experience with the stock market.

Avoid Making Emotional Decisions

Making snap decisions that have more to do with an emotional reaction rather than a calculated strategy is a misstep that even seasoned investors sometimes make. Getting caught up in the moment could find investors buying into a stock that may have little real-world value or dumping a worthwhile investment due to fears which may soon blow over. Learning how to avoid making emotional decisions can be of critical importance, especially for investors who are seeking to ensure that their initial experiences with the market are more likely to result in success.

Creating a More Diverse Portfolio

It is not uncommon for certain markets to outperform others, often to a degree that investors may be unable to ignore. While there is certainly money to be made by capitalizing on short-term market trends, concentrating too heavily on one financial sector or aspect of the market at the expense of all others can often be a recipe for disaster. Portfolios that are made up of multiple assets derived from a number of different markets are far less likely to be negatively impacted by shifting market trends or unfavorable economic conditions.

Seeking Professional Assistance

The guidance and understanding that may be needed in order to enjoy greater success from stock-based investments can often be a critical asset, especially for investors who are just starting out. Mutual funds, brokerages and other services that provide the benefit of professional insight or greater experience can allow first-time investors to get their feet wet without having to worry too much about risk or potential losses. Doing business with a broker or other financial professional who understands the ins and outs of the market can be of considerable benefit to those who are just beginning to explore the world of stock-based investments.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

5 Practical Hacks for Better Homes

Hacks are becoming popular among people, especially those looking for a more affordable yet still reliable alternative to traditional methods. For homeowners, finding practical solutions that make things easier and more convenient is heaven sent. Do you have house issues that you want to be resolved without breaking the bank? Here are some cool hacks to make your home more appealing and functional.

Install an Overlay to Make Concrete Floors Look New Again

Is your concrete floor a bit damaged on the surface? Has the concrete discolored? It may seem like the end of a concrete slab but there really is no need to replace it with a new concrete mix. Just simply apply a coating or overlay on it to cover up blemishes and acquire a new look.

Turn an Old Wooden Ladder into a Rack

Need shelves for shoes, books, or other items? You can make one with an old wooden folding ladder and some wooden planks. Just prop the ladder to make an inverted V and put planks on each step.

Use Old Necklaces as Curtain Tiebacks

If you have fancy necklaces or beaded jewelry you don’t use anymore, why not repurpose them into curtain tiebacks? Not only would they look elegant, it would be great conversation pieces as well.

Install Old Door Knobs for Hanging Coats or Towels

Don’t just throw away that old doorknob you replaced. Install them on the wall of the bathroom or on the wall near the doorway for coats and umbrellas. You can install a doorknob as it is for a vintage look or you can spray paint them with your preferred color.

Use Pool Noodles to Protect Garage Walls from Car Doors

Don’t you just hate how your car door scratches against the garage wall? This is common in small garages. One great idea is to cut a pool noodle in half, coming up with a flat side and the original curved side. Install each one horizontally on the wall where the car door often lands. This keeps both the wall and the car door from getting unsightly scratches.

There are hundreds of hacks out there but these are the simplest and most attainable for homeowners who are just beginning to embrace practical solutions. You may also come up with one. If you do find one great hack, share it in the comment box below.

Dining/ Living Room Before and After- Our RV

I wanted to add a bit of separation to our dining area and living room in the RV so I told Gerry it would be nice to buy some spindles and add those.

Found some used ones at the Re Uz It Store- $5 each. Gerry stained them  and here you have it.

I did have a lady on one of my Facebook groups suggest fake ivy wrapped around the spindles.. which sounds like a great idea quite possibly. Will look at the hobby store when we're in the USA.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

This Wasn't My Vision For My Carrots!

Well, I must say this wasn't the vision I had with my carrots.

Gerry said I planted too late. Same thing kinda happened with the tomatoes. I'm learning. 
Will boil them up into the potatoes for supper today.
I didn't have the heart to throw them out- despite how small they were.