Friday, February 23, 2018

Today's Quick Tip


Reduce your clutter and earn some money at the same time by sorting all those CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, videos and electronics.Weekend project or start today!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Life Slows Down In The Desert!


We've been back in Quartzsite, Arizona since the 17th. Paid $40 for 2 weeks but not sure we'll be here 2 weeks- well, we won't be for sure. It'd a very small town and we're staying out here in the desert. I do miss the lack of a "good" grocery store for one thing.



We noticed this one guy out here camping out of his box- not sure how some people can do it...we saw something similar a few years ago when we were out here. This wooden box does appear to have a door on the back but no windows, no anything  else.. but a solar panel on the ground. He does also have a small truck to tow this...but he does actually stay in it. And another one below:



Also went to some in town flea markets today- bought another small gift for the neighbors who are looking after our place while we are away.





Stopped at the town's #1 attraction according to the reviews on Trip Advisor... the Hi Jolly Tomb and Monument.

Gerry went into town earlier and got some LED globe bulbs. They are expensive!
He did ask for a deal though and got 6 for the price of 5-  $55 US- tax included. 
Wanted them for the main bathroom.



He's been complaining about the lightening in the main bathroom in the RV for a while. Especially for shaving, but we've put off buying the bulbs because of the expense. The lights before gave off a yellowed look to the room. Now it's alot brighter.


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3 Affordable Presents To Gift To Your Loved Ones


Getting the right present, whether for an adult or a child, can be outright baffling nowadays. On the one hand, the market is flowing with alternatives, some of which are better than others. On the other, you do have to make a bit of effort and take into consideration the preferences of the gift recipient.

On top of everything, some gifts can cost a pretty penny, which can put you in a situation where you can’t afford to get something that person might really want. Stop fretting about it and check out the list we’ve put together. You might get some new ideas if you’re all out any.

Smartphone lens kit-

This present works best for teenagers and virtually any individual who has an Instagram account or who is passionate about photography. Most of the sets we have come across are priced at around fifteen to twenty dollars, and there are several dozens on various retail websites that have received thousands of favorable reviews.

Such a kit usually comes with several lenses that one can attach to one’s smartphone. The fact of the matter is that this type of present scores big with someone young, who loves social media. Maybe that person lacks the funds to get a DSLR camera -- so such a lens kit might be salutary.

Borescope-


For someone who likes to repair stuff around the house, a borescope can be an essential tool as it can help them visualize hidden places where their naked eye might never be able to investigate any damage. The device is usually equipped with either a flexible or a rigid cable at the end of which there’s a camera with a variable resolution, depending on the model you will choose.

Some borescopes are in the 20 to 30-dollar price range, but others will cost a hefty one hundred or more. Read this article to learn how to select the right device.

Drone-



Another gift that’s budget-friendly is a drone. When shopping for such items, there are roughly two ways of going about things. You can get a drone that’s more of a toy, and as such, it isn’t outfitted with a camera. The other alternative is to purchase a drone that does include a camera. The higher the resolution, the higher the price, but you probably knew that already.

The basic point to keep in mind is that should the gift recipient love photo or videography, a drone might score high with them. If the person you are trying to impress is a child, don’t spend a lot of money on the device as it might get damaged. Kids can sometimes be clumsy, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but everything costs money, in the end.


We hope that you have enjoyed this selection of inexpensive gift ideas for your loved ones. Sometimes, spending quality time with your family members can be more important than spending a fortune on an expensive present. Try to organize your schedule and make room for a picnic, a hiking trip, or even a whole day of fishing with your friends. 

The Secret Of Thick, Healthy Hair



If you spend your days looking at Pinterest photos wondering just how they manage to have hair that long and thick, then you are in luck. It is true that some people are born with a predisposition to having thick and long hair, but that doesn’t mean it’s time for you to give up hope. The secret to growing long and healthy hair isn’t really a secrecy at all, it's all about looking after it and making sure you don’t destroy it. Simple, right?

Avoid Washing Too Often

Water is the lifeblood of everything, but it can also weaken your hair if you get it wet too often. Water causes your hair to swell as this in turn makes your cuticle open up. This makes your hair more susceptible to damage and splitting. Because of this, you want to try and avoid getting your hair wet as much as you can, this will allow your hair to stay strong and to grow.

Turn Down The Heat

Of course, styling your hair with heat is something we all do on a regular basis, and there’s nothing wrong with using hot rollers for thick hair and blow drying a couple of times a week. Just watch how often go do use heat, and when you do use heat, make sure to first spray the hair with heat protection spray to seal the cuticles.

Use A Rinse Once A Week

You may think that washing and conditioning your hair is fine, but you may be forgetting about treating your scalp too. After a while your scalp can become blocked with excess shampoo, dead skin and debris. If you want to unblock the scalp, you can use a rinse once a week and keep your scalp healthy. A simple option would be to take some apple cider vinegar and mix it with water, then simply dump it over your head once you have shampooed and conditioned the hair. This will keep your scalp healthy and allow it to grow longer, thicker hair.

Put Your Hair Up

If you want to protect your hair from becoming damaged during the night, you need to start putting your hair in a protective hairstyle overnight. If you sleep with your hair down, the hair strands become tangled in the fibres of your pillows and this can cause split ends and snapping of your locks. By either putting your hair in a loose braid or in a bun, you will stop this from happening and allow your hair to stay strong and thick.

Use Oil

Oil is the best thing you can do to thicken the hair and promote hair growth. You can either buy an oil treatment from the store or make one yourself at home. All you will need is a mixture of some of the following oils: coconut oil, castor oil, avocado oil, almond oil, olive oil, argan oil, macadamia oil. Mix any of these oils together in a small bottle and use this as a treatment once a week. To promote hair growth, apply the oil to your hair and then tip your head upside down. Massage for five minutes to stimulate blood flow and then leave the oil in for a few hours. This will grow your hair quicker and keep it thick and strong.

Ditch The Towels

One of the tips which will help your hair the most is to ditch the rough towels and instead use an old t shirt to dry your hair. The reason for this is that towels have large fibres which can entangle your hair and damage the ends, whereas t shirts do not. By drying your hair with a t shirt you will reduce frizz and keep your hair strong and shiny.
Let Your Hair Dry In The Air

Instead of getting out of the shower and immediately reaching for the hair dryer, you are much better off letting your hair dry in the air. When your hair is wet it is much more vulnerable to damage, so applying heat can dry out and damage your hair much more than when it is dry. Wait for a few hours and if you want to style your hair, do it when the hair is almost completely dry. This will keep your hair from splitting and becoming brittle.

Use A Wooden Brush

Wooden hair brushes are your new best friend. They absorb oil from your roots and every time you brush it, they redistribute the oil all over your hair. This keeps your hair moisturised and healthy for much longer than a plastic brush.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Preparing For The Personal Disasters That Break The Bank


There are times in life when you have to deal with something unexpected. This can be a traumatic, emotionally painful experience but it can also leave you in financial trouble. If you do experience a personal disaster that leaves your finances questionable, you might turn to a number of dangerous options to handle the situation. For instance, you could look towards a short-term loan. If you do this, then you might ultimately be left with even more debt than when you started. As such, you should always avoid a situation like this.

The only way to do that is to make sure that you are completely prepared for some of the worst personal disasters that can and will weaken your finances.

Let’s start by thinking about the danger of a home hardware issue.

Paying The Price Of A Home Fix


There are various issues that can cost a fortune in your home. You need to watch out for damage to things like your boiler, your roof, the foundations of your property and your basement. Anything like this can be a fortune to repair. Appliances such as the washer and dryer may also need expensive repairs, or they could even need replacing. How do you handle issues like this?

Well, first, you need to make sure that you are keeping a check on your home. There are companies that will inspect your home on an annual or six-month basis. The benefit of this is that you will always be aware of a problem long before it starts to grow out of control and becomes a more serious issue. If you get alerted early, it can be the difference between a boiler replacement and a boiler repair.

As well as getting your home regularly inspected, you should also make sure that you are saving money each month for these type of disasters. You won’t be able to pay it with savings completely, but it will make it a little easier to handle.

Dealing With An Injury


There are some major expenses that come with an injury including the cost of medical care and the cost of loss of work. If the injury was severe, you might be unable to work for months even years. It could even permanently impact your financial earnings. That’s why you do need to start by asking yourself whether the injury was caused by something that wasn’t your fault. If you slipped on the floor of a private property, the owner is responsible under premises liability. If you were injured at work, your employer could be accountable. You might think this is money grabbing, but it isn’t if someone really is to blame and can be held liable.

To find out whether you do have a case, you need to contact a lawyer. Remember, our lawyers will do everything in their power to get us the compensation we deserve in the event of a disaster like this. It’s not about getting something for nothing. It’s about making sure that you have the money you need to keep your finances healthy after an accident where you weren’t to blame. If you can’t afford legal help, you should look for a lawyer who will complete the work pro bono and only gets paid if you win.

Dealing With A Lawsuit Against You


Of course, the shoe might be on the opposite foot. You could be sued with someone accusing you of causing them an injury. You’d be amazed who might put a case like this up against you. It could even be a family member and defending yourself could cost a fortune! How do you handle it? Well, first, you need to make sure that they don’t have a case. If they do, it’s best to settle as quickly as possible because this will avoid stretching legal fees to the bring. You could get a free lawyer in this case, but you’d risk the possibility that the person suing you claims a massive amount in damages.

If you can’t settle put forward the best legal defense you can and spare no expense. Then, put forward a counter suit. This will provide you the option of suing the person who dragged you into court. It’s a brilliant way of getting the money back and teaching someone who tried to squeeze money out of you a valuable lesson.

As you can see then, there are a number of personal disasters that could cost you a fortune. But, if you take our advice, you can protect your finances in all of these situations.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tips For Protecting Your Eyes From Disease



If you want to improve the way that you live and the way that you see the world, you will want to make sure that one of the number one things you can for your health is to take care of your eyesight. Eye problems are very likely to happen as we begin to age: in fact, a large percentage of Americans begin to struggle with their vision later in life even if they didn't struggle with it as children.

Eye disease and risk can be increased as we age: in fact, age itself is one of the leading causes of vision beginning to worsen because many of the diseases that occur are brought up with age. These can include macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and others. Protecting the eyes from disease deserves its own set of tips and can be a strong contributor to the overall quality of your life through all its many stages.




Here are a few tips we have compiled in order to protect eyesight from disease.

1. Eat healthfully
There are certain types of nutrients that your body needs in order to protect the eyes from disease and also to improve vision as opposed to let it degenerate over time. Vitamins A, C, and E as well as zinc minerals, beta carotene antioxidants, and DHA from omega 3 fatty acids can help to reduce the disk of diseases. Many of these nutrients can be derived from a multivitamin, but they can also be obtained from a healthy diet that is full of vegetables (greens are great) and fruits. It is vital to get the right types of nutrients in order to prevent a multitude of difficult eye diseases.

2. Get your eyes checked out
Not sure how you are doing with your eye health? Or, thinking you are up to date with your prescription and you just got checked out a couple years ago? Go get an eye exam regardless because if you do not wear glasses, you need to be checked for eye illnesses that do not necessarily rear their presence on their own. If you do wear glasses or prescription contacts, you at least need to make sure your prescription is up to date as eye sight can change with time as we age. Protect against vision problems by letting your ophthalmologist check out your eyesight every two years.

3. Stop smoking
There are a number of dietary and drug-induced types of influences that can have a negative influence on the eyesight. However, smoking is extremely bad for eyesight as damage to blood vessels and poor circulation only increase the risk for eye sight diseases that can develop over time. Never been susceptible to eye illness? Smoking can increase the risk through constriction and allow for the development of cataracts (for example). Stop smoking today and let your eyes experience a full and happy life of health!

4. Use eye protection
Protecting your eyes is comprised of more than just avoiding flying objects. Although wearing safety glasses while working in manufacturing environments is important and a necessity to avoid any eye injuries, wearing glare-reducing computer glasses while working in front of a computer monitor for long hours would be the key to preventing eyesight from further disease. Fatigue and soreness can develop from digital eye strain symptoms if adequate breaks are not taken from sitting in front of a computer monitor, and computer glare-reducing lenses can help to ease the strain. Avoid the strain of the blue light and make sure your eyes maintain good health for the long haul.


Conclusion
Having great eye health and avoiding disease is not a guaranteed thing over time. In fact, you could practice all of the four tips above and still develop eye illness after some time later in your years. However, getting checked out for eye health, wearing eye protection, avoid cigarettes and smoking, and eating the right foods can give you the best chances for protecting your eyesight from disease in the long-term of things.

If you have other ideas that you would like to add to this list or you are not satisfied with the content of the article, simply leave a comment below and we will begin the discussion of your ideas for protecting your eyesight and keeping the health in your vision so you can be free from disease and eye illness as you age.

Monday, February 19, 2018

DIY- Replacing RV Upper Cabinet Glass Inserts

I got tired of the outdated frosted white glass with it's gold etchings in our RV and was looking for a change.



Gerry priced out black Plexiglas after someone told him that glass would cost more. But upon going to Home Depot and looking at the Plexiglas, he found a yet cheaper option, and that was a piece of black PVC for $8 as opposed $32 for the Plexiglas.

Here's the Before and After pics below.. thanks Gerry!





It took about an hour to take all the glass out- was glued in and had to be all cleaned out ...



Love the new look so much better- what do you think? Still need to do some re-staining of the wood in here- all a work in progress.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Vacation Revelations: Yes, You CAN Afford to go Away This Year!

Family vacations are what memories are made of, and a week or two away is a great time to bond, enjoy each other’s company and have fun. In years to come, it’s these kinds of occasions that you will all look back on fondly, so it’s nice to get away as a family every once in a while. The thing with travel is it can be expensive, and so if you’re living on a budget you might have ruled out a vacation without even really thinking about it on the grounds that you can’t afford it. However there are plenty of money saving tricks and ways that you can get out of your hometown for a while and explore another part of the world. Here are some ideas!


If the money you have coming in right now is just enough to cover what goes out, then you’re not in the best position to save. In this instance, finding ways to earn extra money is the way to go. If everyone in the household pitches in, you could raise a good chunk of cash to use towards a trip. You and your partner could take on some extra hours at work, it could be weekends or overtime during the week. You could look into earning money from home, there are tonnes of freelancing sites these days where you can take on projects from the comfort of your own home. If you have teenage kids, they could get a part time job or do things like babysitting or car washing at the weekends to earn some money. Selling items you no longer use is a good way to raise some cash, most of us have old technology, broken jewellery, old clothes, accessories and more. These can raise a surprising amount of cash online, at boot sales and places like Facebook groups, plus it helps to declutter the house too. Contribute everything you all manage to raise into a pot, by the end of the summer you could have a nice chunk of cash for your trip.

Travelling doesn’t have to be all five star hotels, expensive tourist attractions and gourmet restaurants. It’s quite possible to get away and have a fantastic time without spending a fortune. You could book an all inclusive vacation, that way all of your food and drinks are covered and you know you won’t run out of money and end up stuck by later in the week. Lots of places offer cheap or free child places so it’s worth looking out for deals like this. You could go camping, this would save you on pricey hotel stays, or even consider a road trip in an RV or campervan. That way you have travel and accomodation in one, you can stock up the fridge with food from the grocery store and have a wonderful time without spending much. If you have money leftover, you could use this to book an attraction, shopping trip or fancy meal one night. Whether it’s a South African safari, a London shopping day or a trip up the Eiffel Tower in Paris, you could make this the highlight of your vacation. The other days there are plenty of cheap or free things to do. Parks, museums, art galleries, you could browse markets and sample street food. None of these things would cost much but would give you experiences and memories to last a lifetime.

By raising some extra money and getting smart with the trip that you book, for most people it’s possible to go away this year. So don’t disregard the idea just because you don’t have thousands in the bank.

Could You? Or Question Is- Would You Do Without It?

We're a society who loves our internet, tv and radio shows!
Has anyone gone without TV , internet or radio for a full 24 hours? Gerry and I were talking about that today after reading about a lady who was going to challenge herself to. I know I love being on the internet, and him he likes his TV- so could we, would we do it? Hmmmm - I'd have to say unless there was a power outage, or I'd be stuck on some island, am not sure we'd want to !

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Our Trip To Laughlin and Bullhead City- Nevada/ Arizona Border




Since we had stayed our two weeks @ Craggy Wash BLM, we had to move on to another spot. Decided to go see Laughlin, Nevada/ Bullhead City, Az., which share a border like we do with our Manitoba/ Sask. border back home. The gas costs more on the Laughlin side and they dont have any grocery stores. Shops and about 10 casinos in a smaller Vegas type town, but groceries have to be picked up in Bullhead City.. which was about 10 minute drive. 


  Loved the look of the outside of this hotel- made to look like a riverboat, but online reviews didnt have too much good to say about the inside.

                                         Bullhead City, Az- across the river.

Gerry was quite sick with a cold that's still nagging at him so we didnt do too much while in Laughlin. We did go to a couple casinos though, had some lunch and took some pictures, as well as walked down on the Riverwalk with view of the Colorado River.


               Water taxis, and leisure boat rides available on the Riverwalk


                                     Far end of town-  drove down the road which is a strip of hotels/casinos and the river.


              Even this little old granny in her walker/chair was playing to win!

Really not much else to do in Laughlin for sightseeing - its more about the casinos and the shows I guess. But now we can say we've gone.


            You can park with your RV behind the Tropicana Hotel for $7 a night- providing security, garbage and water/dumps for your RV.



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