Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review: Vitalife Dog Treats

Jakey- our 3 year old Yorkie- recently had the opportunity to promote for Vitalife, their dog treats that we knew have always been his #1. We wanted to tell readers how much he loves their Chicken Tenders, and now the Duck Tenders, which my mom had gotten him hooked on. He tried the Chicken Nuggets, which are more of a cookie type treat but didn't care for them as much, knowing he had the chicken and duck jerky.

Walmart was out of the Chicken Tenders one time and she just happened to have gotten the duck. Who would have known? He LOVES them. He will stand at the pantry door anytime he wants his strips, and most times we won't touch his other food without these as a "starter". These dog treats are extremely popular so be warned that once your dog tries them, they may get hooked and snub their noses up to anything else you give them afterwards!

Vitalife treats can be found online and at selected retailersVitaLife dog treats are made with all natural, farm fresh,wholesome, pure and simple ingredients, and come in a large variety of flavors for your dog to try.  100% natural ingredients with no added Glycerin, Salt, Artificial Colors or Artificial Flavors!

Manufacturers Continue To Downsize Their Groceries

Well, it seems that every time we head to the grocery store we're seeing the downsizing of groceries.We are seeing that products have slimmed down while grocers are charging the same price.

Today was a perfect example when I bought Christie's Goodie Ring cookies. I immediately noticed the bag I once got that I thought was 350-400 g was now a box and  had gotten about half the size smaller than what it used to be, yet the cost remained the same.

Getting back home, I looked at a few other items, joking to Gerry that the Kraft Cheez Whiz used to be 500 g and I bet it was 400 g now. Upon actually looking at it, I saw it was 450 g. So it had actually downsized.


So what can we do? Unfortunately little. But we can become smarter shoppers. Buying clearance/ reduced products, shopping sale flyers, combining coupons with sales, buying in bulk, and more. 

What are YOU doing to fight the war on high food costs?

DVD Review: "The Guest" and A Prize Pack Giveaway (USA/CANADA)

DVD: The Guest- 
Released January 6, 2015
Suspense/ Action
Rating : R


When David knocks on the door of the Peterson family home, he presents a living connection to the son they lost in war. David says that he was with their son when he died in action and, in his final moments, he asked him to check on his family. The family invites him into their home, but then a string of killings in the area warns them that his presence might not be a coincidence. 

Our opinion:

Gerry and I liked this movie. There was suspense right from the beginning, and the movie kept you wondering what really this guy, David, was really up to- and what were his intentions. It was also easy to follow. All characters were well played out, and we'd recommend this movie to anyone who likes suspense and action in their movies. 

Watch :The Guest Official Teaser Trailer  HERE

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  • 1 Blu-ray combo pack copy of The Guest
  • 1 Guest-themed shot glass 
  • 1 copy of the killer soundtrack for The Guest
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Using to Make Extra Money

If you’ve ever purchased a product or service, chances are you’ve received a class action settlement notice in the mail.

These sometimes obscure-looking notices are often mistaken as junk mail or purposefully tossed in the trash for being “not worth my time.” After all, why would you take the time to fill out and mail back a Claim Form for a measly $5 to $10 when you spent hundreds – or thousands – of dollars on the product in question?

Here’s why: Sometimes these class action settlements pay out BIG bucks.

More than 3.3 million consumers know this. That’s the number of people who visited last year to find class action settlements they qualify to file claims for. The site is the #1 source of class action news online, and the staff is dedicated to report on every consumer class action lawsuit and settlement filed.

The average payout reported on varies, ranging from $10 to $100 or more. Here are the biggest class action settlement payments awarded to consumers in 2014.

One example:

Honda Engine Misfire Class Action Settlement ($235-$300/Claimant)

For years Honda Accord, Odyssey, Pilot and Crosstour owners were complaining that their vehicles were excessively burning oil. The alleged defect forced vehicle owners to constantly monitor oil levels and pay expensive repair bills to fix resulting damage, a class action lawsuit alleged. Honda Motor Co. denied there was a problem, but agreed in November 2013 to a class action settlement to resolve the litigation.

Thousands of Honda owners filed successful claims and received free warranty extensions and refunds for repair bills. Average payouts of between $235 and $294 were mailed to claimants in July 2014.

If you missed out, check out Top Class Actions comprehensive list of open class action settlements now accepting claims.

For example, now through March 12, 2015, anyone who’s purchased a Red Bull product in the United States from Jan. 1, 2002 and Oct. 3, 2014 can receive either a cash reimbursement of $10 or free Red Bull products with a retail value of approximately $15.

If you are looking to make easy money, consider filing a claim for a class action settlement. You could be entitled to free cash.

2015 Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Legend has it that Valentine's Day began when a saint named Valentinus wrote a letter he signed as "Your Valentine" as a farewell. It was said that it became the first Valentine card and was later on given with sweets for a more romantic gesture. Now, when Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14, flowers, candies, stuffed toys, and other gifts are given out to lovers and friends as a sign of love. The occasion is just a few weeks away. Are prepared for it? Do you have a gift for your special someone yet? Check out these businesses ready to help you celebrate Valentine's Day with a bang!

The Body Shop's Smoky Poppy Selection- (SRP: $25)

Is your skin ready for The Body's Shop's Smoky Poppy Selection? Available online and in stores February 2015. New, limited and perfect for Valentine’s Day. Enriched with real, hand-picked poppy flowers from the Ankara region of Turkey. This sensual and indulgent range is infused with a seductive, euphoric scent that will leave you longing for more. Floral, yet spicy.


For anyone with a foodie friend who’s a bacon addict (who isn’t?), Gemmy has a fun gift — “Bacon and Egg” Foodie Friends.  One is a strip of bacon, the other a sunnyside up egg — hugging each other around a heart that says — “Be My Bacon.”  And as if that isn’t cute enough, they sing and dance to the tune of “Happy Together.”  It’s $14.99 at all ALBERTSON’S stores in the U. S. and Canada!

Madelaine Chocolate-

Madelaine’s Valentine chocolates are the perfect way to tell the special people in your life that you love them.
The beautiful detail and bright and colorful foils will delight people of all ages. 
Whether it’s milk chocolate, dark chocolate or caramel of peanutbutter filled, they have something for everyone.
Madelaine’s signature rich and creamy chocolate will make the best Valentine gift you can give.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

RV's, 5th Wheels- Must Have's

Gerry and I love to travel. Whenever we can, you will find us in our RV traveling from one place to another. It's actual hard for us to stay put here during the winter months, but we don't like to leave our dog Jake in the winter at the kennels, so we usually stay home from October- March. Itching to get out again.

This upcoming Fall, we are hoping to start on Snowbirding. Gerry is retiring soon and this is what we've been planning on doing for quite some time. Of course, before we can go on Snowbirding, we need to make sure that we have planned everything accordingly. Our home should be secure. Our stuff needs to be stored. And we have a budget that we will stick to while on the road.
Your RV or 5th Wheel is like your second home though and you want to have it all equipped. Some things we're taking:

ObusForme  1.5” Memory Foam Mattress Topper-

·      This memory foam mattress topper conforms to your body shape to enhance your sleep.
·      No need to worry about mattress creaks or squeaks as memory foam changes shape when you move providing support throughout the night.
·      It reduces pressure points at your shoulders, hips and legs, and also improves your blood circulation causing relaxation.
·      This mattress topper will provide added comfort to an existing mattress without having to spend the price of a new mattress. 
·     It is a quick and affordable solution for a better night’s rest.
      The plush velour cover is also machine washable for ease of use and can also be spot cleaned for your convenience.  

The Bedlocker Electric tonneau from Pace Edwards-

RVers with fifth wheels know just how valuable every inch of storage space is. That’s why the motorized Bedlocker Electric pickup bed cover from Pace Edwards is a must have. It’s built to accommodate your fifth when traveling, and is incredibly easy to use – open and close it with a keychain fob. Park your trailer, then close the Bedlocker Electric to add extra, secure storage capacity. The cover can be opened to any position on the pickup, and when not in use, this hard tonneau conveniently retracts into a canister at the front of the truck bed.

Starfrit's Lock &  Lock Classic containers-

Since 1997, Lock& Lock has revolutionized food storage containers which always seem to have one recurring problem: leaking. With its 4-locking mechanism and a resilient silicone seal, food is kept fresh longer without having to worry about leakage. Containers are offered in two types of plastic: the original version in polypropylene and a transparent version, the Krystal line (no BPA). To its plastic collection, Lock & Lock has added the Glass Lock & Lock and the Ceramic Lock & Lock product lines. All great practical solutions for bringing your lunch, storing your leftovers, storing dry food, organizing your kitchen pantry, cooking meals (Glass) and so much more. 

Lock &  Lock Classic (Plastic)
Lock & Lock Classic containers, the original 100% air and liquid tight containers, are essential when it comes to storing and re-heating your food. Each freezer and dishwasher safe piece (container and lid) is also microwave reheatable. They are the perfect practical solution for bringing your lunch, storing your leftovers, storing dry food and so much more. 

This LED lighting solution from provides both decorative multi-color and white outdoor lighting for your RV awning area.  The waterproof RGB LED light strip kit comes with everything needed to install the LED lighting system using either 12VDC or 110VAC power.  

The 16' LED strip is backed by strong 3M tape to enable it to stick to any clean surface and can be cut to length. Two options for wireless remote control are provided, RF and infrared. The RF wireless remote is capable of controlling the strip through walls and without direct line of sight to the controller. The remote controls can select from up to 16 different colors including white and you can control the brightness by dimming the light output. supplies a range of innovative electronics products for your RV including Tire Pressure Monitoring, Holding Tank Level  Monitoring and Centralized Tire Inflation/Deflation Systems. 

Mr. Heater-The Portable Buddy-

North America's Most Popular Portable Propane Heater! This patented radiant 4,000-9,000 BTU Liquid Propane heater connects directly to a 1 lb. cylinder and is the perfect solution for heating enclosed spaces like RVs or Campers up to 200 sq. ft. The expertly engineered size to BTU ratio is augmented with a fold down handle to give this heater maximum output while retaining a minimalistic footprint. To light the unit, simply rotate the knob to pilot and push. Then the integrated Piezo sparking mechanism will take care of the rest. With the Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS) and accidental tip-over safety shut-off you can be sure that you will enjoy years of comfortable indoor safe heat.”

We'll need this locking device for our tow dolly- as we wouldnt be without taking our SUV as a second vehicle. We've traveled before with just the RV and you really need the second vehicle to get to those smaller spots where an RV just wont go.

The Master Lock No. 379DAT features a universal trailer coupler lock, designed to fit 1-7/8in (48mm), 2in (51mm) and most 2-5/16in (59mm) couplers. The advanced locking mechanism provides resistance to picking and prying. Resists rust and corrosion! And the Limited Lifetime Warranty provides peace of mind from a brand you can trust.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Why Does Car Insurance Cost What It Costs?

Getting car insurance is usually pretty simple.
Key in a bunch of information about you and your car. Make some decisions about coverage options. Within a few minutes, voila, you have a dollar figure staring you in the face.

So, just where did that dollar figure come from?
Pricing insurance—whether it’s to cover property, health or life—is actually a very refined science.

With science, we use a body of knowledge (theories), based on observation, to predict how things will happen now and in the future. Insurance is the same. Broadly, an insurance company uses information gathered from its history of adjusting claims to predict the likelihood that an individual will have a claim in the future. Each person pays a premium based on that likelihood.

As product development manager, Progressive’s Mike Doerfler spends his days understanding that information, and helping the company make those predictions. I asked Mike to explain to me—in a way this non-scientist could understand—how we calculate insurance rates for cars, and why some cost more than others to insure.

This is what he told me:

It starts with four basic rating factors
Broadly, we look at four factors for each vehicle model.
  1. The likelihood that the vehicle will be stolen or vandalized.
  2. The cost to repair the vehicle after a collision.
  3. The amount of injury or damage the vehicle can cause to another person or their property in an accident.
  4. The likelihood that people inside the vehicle will be injured in an accident.
We get hard data for these factors from actual claims. So, if we pay more in repair claims for a particular model, factor 2 would contribute to a higher rate. If we pay less in injury claims for a particular model, factors 3 and 4 would contribute to a lower rate.

It gets more complex as we look at all of the factors together

Then, it gets more complex. A lighter car might not do as well as a heavier car when it comes to protecting the driver in an accident. We’d pay more in injury claims for the lighter car—and that would contribute to a higher rate.

But, a lighter car with significant safety features would protect the driver better. And that would contribute to a lower rate for the lighter car. Then again, a car with more safety features generally costs more to repair. And, that would contribute to a higher rate.

For instance, a car built with a lane departure warning system might keep you safer by helping prevent accidents. But, those technologies are expensive to repair and replace if damaged. So, the insurance rate has to balance the added safety that comes with the system with the cost to repair it if it’s damaged in an accident.

“Yes, it’s really a balancing act,” said Mike. “When comparing vehicles, we can’t just focus on a single factor. We look at the four factors combined, and consider all the things that affect these factors.”

The only way to really be confident

When car shopping, there’s really only one good way to understand the cost of insurance. Get quotes for each of the vehicles you’re considering.

An independent insurance agent can do this for you quickly, and for free. Or, check out our Ways to Save page at and run quotes for each vehicle. Try to have the vehicle identification number handy, and be sure you at least know the year, make and model.

Auto insurance may seem complicated—even mysterious. But a basic understanding of the key concepts is within anyone’s reach, and can make you a smarter and more confident consumer.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Review: Beddit - A Sleep Tracker & Wellness Coach

Review by: Erika

I've never tried a sleep tracker system before so I was excited when I had the opportunity to try out Beddit - a sleep tracker & wellness coach.
The initial setup was easy, the Beddit strip connected to my iPhone via Bluetooth and stuck to the bed with adhesive tape, which keeps it out of the way and comfortable while sleeping. Beddit proved spot on accuracy with two consecutive nights of tracking. The results within the app were very straight forward and simple to understand. They included total sleep "score", sleep time, heart rate, respiration rate, night overview timeline & even tips/tricks to improve on sleep! 

Overall, I was very impressed with Beddit. It was quite neat to see my sleep pattern & the way my body acts while I'm asleep. One downside is that Beddit only tracks one person at a time so my boyfriend and I had to take turns using the tracker & switching it from one side of the bed to the other. That being said, it would be nice to see a system suitable for couples in the future!

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Homemade Shake n`Bake for Chicken- Hubby Says Yum!!

Was looking for a recipe for an easy homemade chicken coating- much like Shake n Bake and with ingredients you already more than likely have in your home. Found the perfect one on All Give it a try the next time your coating your chicken.


Review and Giveaway: A Walk Among the Tombstones DVD (Canada/USA)

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Genre:  Thriller Running Time:  113 min. 
Studio: Entertainment One
Based on a novel by Lawrence Block.

What's this movie about you ask?

Well, when drug dealer Kenan Khoury's wife is kidnapped and he tries to negotiate the price of the ransom, she's murdered. He hires his friend, ex-NYPD cop and current private investigator Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson), along with two computer geniuses, a streetwise punk and drug lords to find out who killed his wife.

Our opinion of it?

Gerry and I have always found Liam's movies to be top notch acting. We know if he's acting in the movie, it's going to be a good one. This movie was action packed and a thriller right from the get go. Always felt we were on the edge of our seats. It was a gritty movie although not too graphic. Those parts would leave some things to the imagination without showing too much of what you may wish not to actually see. All in all we would recommend anyone who loves a good thriller to watch this movie. 

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Blu-ray combo pack copy of A Walk Among The Tombstones

We're giving away a copy to one lucky winner from Canada or USA. A random draw will be made by on January 31, 2015 from all entries received.

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