Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide For Women

They say that the best things money can’t buy, however this holiday season we all try to give the women in our lives something special. When shopping for your mom, sister, daughter or friend, remember that the most meaningful gifts are the ones that come from heart.

Here are some ideas that will make the women in your life very happy with their gift this holiday season!

St. Jude Ceramic Wax Warmer-

The **St. Jude Ceramic Wax Warmer is the perfect gift for family and friends. To make it an even better holiday purchase, 100% of the profits stemming from this purchase will directly benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

**St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the worldwide leader in research and treatment, saving the lives of children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases where they treat patients cost-free, allowing families to focus on healing their child rather than worrying about paying medical bills. The Thanks and Giving campaign is the hospital’s fundraising and awareness campaign bringing together celebrities, media, and more than 70 of the nation’s leading brands and top companies to help harness the generous spirit of Americans during the shopping season.

Starfrit's The Rock-Ceramic 11" fry pan with lid-
Something new in The Rock collection!
·         Revolutionary non-stick, so NOTHING STICKS
·         Ultra hard surface, pan NEVER WARPS
·         Unparalleled warranty, cookware LASTS LONGER

The ROCK is the only cookware collection that uses their patented Rock Tec manufacturing process to strengthen and densify the surface of the pan, creating a rock like finish that stands out for its extended durability, enhanced non-stick performance and long lasting corrosion resistance. Great gift for her this holiday season!

HoMedics® Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager -
The HoMedics® Shiatsu Elite Foot massager uses deep kneading massage action to simulate a true foot massage with soothing heat and full-foot coverage. Four innovative counter-rotating massage heads provide ultimate relaxation at the touch of a button. Plus, you don't even have to lean over; this massager has easy-to-use toe-touch control!

  • Deep kneading action simulates a true foot massage
  • Soothing heat
  • 4 heads for full foot coverage
  • Innovative counter- rotating massage heads
  • Easy to use toe-touch control
  • Select massage or massage and heat combined
  • LED illumination

Panini Grill – Stainless Steel

Who doesn’t love a great Panini? This stainless steel Panini grill can grill nearly all sizes of sandwiches, burgers, sausages and chicken breasts thanks to it’s floating hinge. With 1000 watts of power, grilling is super fast and the indicator lights let you know when your sandwich is ready to eat! Enjoy your mouth watering Panini’s in minutes. Great gift for the time pressed student or professional. 

Hamilton Beach 8 Quart Slow Cooker-

  • Perfect for large meals
  • Dishwasher safe stoneware & glass lid
  • Keep warm, low & high settings
  • Full-grip handles
  • Perfect size for 6 lb. roast or 8 lb. chicken
  • Metallic red

Dirt Devil 360 Reach-

She'll love the Dirt Devil’s forward thinking design of their new 360° Reach™ Bagless Stick Vacuum. It extends to reach  high and low places with incredible ease, beyond an upright vacuum’s ability!  From floor to ceiling and everywhere in between, the Dirt Devil’s new 360° Reach™ will give her superior control over her household upkeep – with this new and fun twist on traditional cleaning! 

timi & leslie-

Celebrating 15 years this year and timi & leslie is still on the cutting edge of modern trends that guide the industry.  No other diaper bag brand comes close to giving parents the best of both worlds, luxurious style and practical function and that is quite apparent with the Jet Setter. A great gift for any new mom, the Jet Setter, offered in either London Gray or Soho Black, is sleek, stylish and offers multiple mom friendly features but at a value driven price point so a new mom can look great, stay organized and sane throughout her day and not break the bank!

The Jet Setter is made from smooth, durable nylon with vegan faux leather accents (PVC Free) and custom hardware in a gunmetal finish.  The Jet Setter bag has a roomy interior with multiple compartments to fit all of your and baby’s essentials.

Each Bag features:
·       An adjustable cross body, detachable strap so you can wear the bag hands free;
·       A neoprene-lined, cushioned shoulder strap for stress free carrying;
·       Coordinated non-slip stroller straps to conveniently hang your bag from your stroller;
·       Our specially designed changing pad with a front pocket to store your diapers, wipes or cream when you need to make a quick diaper change trip;
·       5 outside pockets, including 2 insulated side pockets to keep baby’s bottles warm or cool;
·       7 inside organizational pockets; 
·       Inside key fob – never lose your keys again!

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide For Kids

When it comes to holiday gift giving, it's the children’s gifts that are the most fun. Seeing the joy on the kids face as they unwrap their holiday gifts, is often times even better than receiving a gift of your very own.

Check out this year's gift ideas for children, in our Gift Guide below:

Festive parties, cold weather and gift-giving can lead to a hectic schedule and abundance of stress. This year, Hallmark Canada wants to help simplify the season and bring some festive cheer to the home. Hallmark’s home d├ęcor products, cute stocking stuffer ideas and thoughtful hostess gifts make last minute party-going simple. Sometimes bundled gifts can seem like an afterthought; however, Hallmarks holiday products features a mix of functional and decorative gifts that ensure busy moms and last-minute shoppers provide presents that are as unique as they are meaningful. A selection of fun gifts and toys for children are also available at Hallmark stores, that allow for parents and children to enjoy new activities together this holiday season.

Jakks Pacific STREET DOGS-

You love dogs?  You love trucks?  Then you’re gonna love Street Dogs™! These canines combine truck wheels with a wagging tail for a doggone good time. Complete with 50 fun and humorous phrases and sound effects and 11 cool tricks, Street Dogs™ vehicles are sure to impress! Get ready to laugh with their jokes and watch kids have fun in a game of tug-of-war by pulling their tongue. All Street Dogs vehicles come with a wireless controller to activate the tricks or simply take it for a walk. All the love of a dog with all the fun of a truck!
There is also a free Street Dogs app that brings added fun to playtime and allows kids to take Street Dogs vehicles on the go. Take the digital dogs on a virtual walk or engage in fun treasure hunts. Kids can feed them and even take them out to potty. 
Ages 3+
SRP: $49.99

Things Remembered- Melissa & Doug Personalized, My Own Mailbox-

The Melissa & Doug My Own Mailbox will make little ones feel like big kids this holiday season! The mailbox can be personalized with their name and comes with number/letter stickers to decorate the outside. The hinged door reveals 2 postcards, a lined letter and envelope that are all reusable with the wipe-clean crayons. The child's name can be engraved on the front and back.

Things Remembered- Melissa & Doug Personalized Fire Truck-
The Melissa & Doug Fire Truck will be a hit with kids this holiday season, especially when you personalize it just for them! A classic toy that will allow their imagination to run free, it features a roll-up hose, a lifting bucket ladder and three wooden figurines. Gift givers can engrave the child's name on both sides of the truck!

Lalaloopsy Dance with Me Doll-

Girls will be able to have a real dance off with Peanut Big Top! Just wear the included bow headband, then show off your silliest moves. Peanut will mimic your dance speed and moves! Ages 4 and up. MSRP $59.99

Lalaloopsy Babies Surprise Potty Doll-

The Lalaloopsy Babies Surprise Potty Dol will leave a lasting impression & is perfect for potty training. With a push of the magic belly button, this doll poops out a colorful shape into its diaper, revealing a different silly surprise each time! Ages 4 and up. MSRP $29.99.

Lalaloopsy Tinies Jewelry Maker Playset-

This crafting set takes jewelry making into a whole new level! Girls can weave, string, and create jewelry that incorporates Lalaloopsy Tinies, using the cutest little Ferris wheel ever! Ages 4 and up. MSRP $29.99.

Adds moisture to any room! It fights mold and mildew and features anti-microbial technology, on/off dial (min/max settings) and a Mist nozzle. Suggested Retail Price: $119.99

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels - Ultimate RC Speedway-

Zip around the VTech® Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Ultimate RC Speedway™, and speed through four action zones and over nine SmartPoint® locations. Use the steering wheel-shaped remote control for an exciting interactive experience with the RC SmartPoint® Racer! The speedway is 4.5 feet wide and includes 13.5 feet of interchangeable tracks, a stunt ramp, elevator, movable gears, starting flags and track switches that are all triggered by the RC race car. Ralph and his race car entertain your little one with a light-up driver button that activates playful music and fun sounds. He also teaches the letter "R" and the vehicle's name. Get another RC SmartPoint® Racer (sold separately) and race a friend! Inspire the imagination and build an entire world by connecting to other Go! Go! Smart Wheels®, Go! Go! Smart Animals® and Go! Go! Smart Friends® playsets (sold separately).

HEXBUG Battle Ground-

Get lost in the heat of the battle with the HEXBUG® Battle Ground! This set includes two Battle Spiders plus all the walls you need to build a futuristic combat zone.

These sci-fi battling robots have a remote control and come fueled with futuristic voice & sound effects and high tech infrared battling capabilities. Battle Spiders will amaze with their realistic recoil and physical response when hit and when shooting. 

With the Battle Ground, you’re in control of the six-legged spider as it inches its way around the action, steering its head 360 degrees in   search of its opponent. 

These unique design elements were carefully chosen by our engineers to get children to think about the science behind our robots!

Available at Toys”R”Us

MSRP $83.99 | Age 8+ years

RP Toys- Nummy Nummies-

Yummy Nummies are candy, snack and meal making sets that come with everything kids need to create no-bake, realistic-tasting mini foods! Magically fun and delicious, Yummy Nummies intrigue little taste buds with a creative activity that requires no oven or stove. The results are adorable little foods that look and taste just like the real thing – a hamburger tastes like a real tiny hamburger, and the cupcakes smell freshly baked! Made with only food ingredients from the USA, Yummy Nummies are a tasty and fun way for little chefs to explore and learn in the kitchen!

Available at Toys”R”Us, Showcase and Home Hardware
6+ years

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RP Toys- Tekno Newborn-

It’s a new generation of micro pet robots! New for 2015, the Tekno Newborn™ Robotic Puppy and Kitty are sweeter, smaller, more animated and more interactive than ever before! Each Tekno Newborn™ Robotic Pet is motorized and voice responsive. Your new little friends seem alive because they are touch, sound and light sensitive! Play with your Tekno Newborn™ Robotic Pets and they will sit, lie down, beg or even wiggle their ears and tails like real pets.

Available at Walmart

MSRP $24.99 | 8+ years

Go! Go! Smart Wheels - Ultimate RC Speedway-

For parents seeking toys that offer more than just playtime to their children, Go! Go!Smart Wheels® are imaginative playsets that incorporate technology and mechanical play for learning fun. The VTech® Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Remote Control Speedway™ consists of 4.5 feet of interchangeable tracks and it features a stunt ramp, an elevator, movable gears, starting flags and track switches that are all triggered by the RC race car.

Kids can get the RC SmartPoint® Racer to zip around the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Remote Control Speedway through its four action zones and over nine SmartPoint locations, using the steering wheel-shaped remote control for an exciting interactive experience!

Available at Walmart, Toys”R”Us, Sears, Loblaws, Mastermind Toys and

MSRP $69.99 | 1-5 years


It’s the biggest little block in the nanoverse! Introduced to the Japanese market in 2008, nanoblock® offers a new twist on construction. Challenging and fun for all the construction enthusiasts in the family, nanoblock® lets you build in greater detail than ever before!

·   Each set includes anywhere from 100 pieces to more than 5,800 pieces to build and create your miniaturized models!
·   Its micro sized pieces are cool to display, with its smallest piece measuring 4mm x 4mm x 5mm. 
·   Its patented double fin system allows users to build in more detail while pulling pieces apart with ease.

Available at Indigo Chapters, Calendar Club and

| 8+ years

Our original WOW Set, perfect for beginner builders to create a wide variety of vehicles with the help of 39 activity cards! Lay your MAGFORMERS® on the cards and then pull them from 2D into 3D! Great for young minds to learn about constructing cube nets, patterns, shapes and colors!

Lil Pro sets by Remarkabowl-

Lil Pro sets by Remarkabowl encourage kids to get off the sidelines and participate in the fun of sports. Our textured bowls and bright colored die cut plates will bring your child the feel of being in the game, while teaching them the basics of their favorite sport. Whether it's scoring the game winning goal, hoop or touchdown, your Lil Pro will never look at meal time the same way again!

All Remarkabowl products are tested and approved to meet the highest quality standards. They are BPA and toxin free, Microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide For Teens

When it comes to holiday gift giving, teens may be the toughest to shop for, especially, if you are not sure what is in and current in their lives. However, there are several gift ideas that are sure to please any teen in your life. Check these out below for some suggestions:

This holiday season, give the gift of Love and Kisses!
Introducing your new best friend, the super soft and snuggly step-in jumpsuit 
from New York’s premier children’s fashion label Made With Love and Kisses. 

On the prowl for the perfect gift this holiday season? Look no further. Available in a wide range of adorable, playful prints and flexible sizes, Love and Kisses’ cuddly jumpsuits capture the spirit of trendy fashionistas, sporty types, emoji-enthusiasts, and animal lovers alike. 

Completed with casual Converse sneakers or a favorite pair of Uggs, your kids, tweens, and teens will be the hit of the school hallways as they show their besties how comfy chic is done! 

Be sure to get your Made with Love and Kisses jumpsuits now before they sell out! *** coupon code: ONEINCOME10  for 10 percent off for our viewers

** Watch this spot for more great gift ideas!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Krusteaz- Baking Made Easy- Even in our Home Away From Home!

With traveling as we are, and  being on the road, you want to try to stay away from a life of take out food and frozen meals, and packaged cookies all the time. It's nice to have a little less of that if you can. Sometimes it's not always easy- especially if life it busy, or if your on the road, and away from home. But now that we're at our location here in Quartzsite camping for a few months, we can be a bit more settled.Time to get back to home cooking and some baking.

I hadn't tried out using a propane stove as of yet, so the other day had made some muffins that turned out great, so thought I'd try to make some home baked cookies next, with my mixes from Krusteaz.

Krusteaz makes it easy since all I had to add was an egg and some butter to my mix, and mix away and bake. 

Things turned out quite well, although I found with the propane stove that it took a bit longer to bake than the 8-10 minutes. Although I think I need to also get a thermometer for inside the oven so I actually know when my temperature is reached, as I just added the cookies into the oven once we turned on the pilot light.

The cookies taste great and I look forward to trying the other mixes out! 
These are also great mixes by the way for young bakers just starting out. Kids will love them and mom's will love the ease of helping them learn to bake.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Review: Carefree of Colorado Add A Room and Awning Mats

While looking for an Add a Room for our RV, we came across a company called Carefree of Colorado . We found that it also has a lot of  other great products for the RV. They have a complete line of awnings and RV products for all your needs and have been in business for over 40 years. 

Some of the products that they offer are awning mats, LED lighting, storage lockers for your RV. They also have developed a variety of Shade Products for your RV. The power shades are designed to block the sun from the windshield or side windows, while you are driving or sitting in your RV. 

Another product that they have that is great is the Add a Room. We have one of these for our own RV. The Buena Vista, is an add on to your awning, it increases your living space. And lets you enjoy the outdoors! Below Gerry shows how he set his up here in Arizona-

Setting it up is very quick and easy too, it takes less than 15 minutes to set it up. It can be used on either the left or right side, and can easily be packed back up in the storage bag, when you are ready to move again. It also has stakes and skirting. The Add a Room, has clear weather view siding, and zippered panels to keep the rain out, ( although out here in Arizona, we haven't seen that yet, but good to keep the dust out as well). You can also have privacy by zipping it up too. We absolutely love the extra space it gives either to use as storage and/or work pace or just another spot to relax outside of the RV, but yet out of the elements.

Carefree of Colorado also have a variety of awning mats. These are a must have for your RV rooms. The awning mats are really great quality, and will last for years. They are very durable mats, and filter out the dirt and water. Your Add a Room shouldn't be without one and we highly recommend both.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Win a Tropical Getaway to Hawaii with Dole Plus a Giveaway From Dole For Our Readers! (USA only)

Dole Packaged Foods is excited to kick-off celebrations around its 2016 Rose Parade entry, “Soaring over Paradise,” with a new sweepstakes. Now through December 31, 2015 you can enter to win an exciting grand prize trip to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii!

Apart from the grand prize trip to Hawaii, there will be 700 other winners who will win a Dole 2016 Limited Edition Commemorative Soaring over Paradise Pin.  To enter, visit

While you enter to win a trip to Hawaii, Dole Packaged Foods is hoping to continue its own winning streak, as the first contestant in the history of the Tournament of Roses to win the Sweepstakes Trophy five years in a row. 

This year’s entry, titled “Soaring over Paradise” explores the world’s precious rain forests where more than 30 million species of plants and animals can be found. The float includes four fresh waterfalls, a zip-line that will allow a rider to travel through the lush rain forest canopy, and a flock of brilliantly colored sculptured Macaws that appear to take flight over the dense floral floor of the float.

Dole is also offering one lucky One Income Dollar a chance to win a Dole prize pack which includes: coupons for DOLE Smoothie Shakers, DOLE Fruit Bowls and DOLE Canned Fruit as well as a recipe book and commemorative Rose Parade t-shirt and pin.

Giveaway open to over 18 and from one of the 50 states or D.C.
A random draw will be made on December 5, 2015 from all US entries received.

To Enter:

Leave Dole a comment on what your favorite Dole product is. Please also leave us a way to contact you if you are a winner.

Bonus Entry: Add our button to your web site!

One entry per household. Best of luck to all!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Keeping Busy

Enjoying warmer weather here in Quartz site- today being 25-26 degrees and sunny.

Heard our Canadian dollar dropped more today. Not good.

We debated over getting satellite while here. Mainly our last RV had a satellite dish but this one didn't. They said at the dealer we couldn't remove it cause it would damage the roof. So we had to leave it.( Although satellite dealer here said it sits on a plate so that wouldn't happen - so feeling a bit cheated from the dealer !)  But being used to tv back home, and following our favorite shows, we wanted tv. So we bought a portable dish and stand for about $400 but they suck! You have to get the satellite just right and move it around outside and set up every time you were to move. It took Gerry one time hours to get a signal. So we said no more! We took it back to the dealer and getting a dish installed Monday. And yes, it IS expensive- it was $2,033 USD. But we had to think of how more convenient it will be to have- all set up on the top and never having to go outside and worry about finding signals, etc.. It's a long term investment for us. A big expense for sure and one we struggled with deciding if it was right or wrong. In the end, we decided it would be worth having.

Gerry just got his vacation pay payout from work. Also last cheque too before his first  retirement cheque December 1st.

Found ourselves beauty salon too in town- so off for hair cuts and such tomorrow.

Been doing some cleaning in here, and tried baking today with the propane oven- made some banana chocolate chip muffins that turned out great. 

So looks like I'll be selling the toaster oven I have now and using this oven all the time. Last RV had a convection oven/ microwave combo. Did not like it at all and way too complicated.

But off for another night/ day. Enjoy the photos!


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Our Back Yard View at our Campsite

Pictures behind the camper....

                                                    Signs of previous campers- rock pit

                                                     Looks like a road- but a "wash"

                            Alot of these holes all over- heard lizards, rodents, etc go in here.. but haven't seen any out-people say it's too cold for them.