Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Today's Sightseeing in Central North Dakota

Man it was hot today- got to 86 today! Too hot for me. My legs always bother me when it gets too hot- feel so heavy and get achy. This morning was rainy and cloudy and we thought sightseeing would really be bad for photos today but by noon it was already clearing up.

We drove about 45 minutes south towards Garrison Dam. Had hoped to have seen the Dam in operation but they were actually fixing the spillway gates, so no water was running through. Was odd to see the one side of the Dam with no water and the concrete base.

From there we went to see the Knife River Indian Villages near Stanton.

After we headed 15 minutes further down the road to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan. 

Had something to eat after they closed at 5 pm and headed back to the campground to relax for the evening and stay indoors with the AC on! 

Tomorrow we leave Fort Stevenson Park near Garrison, and head back towards Minot.

Medicine Cabinet Essentials This Summer

Summer is a time to enjoy the warm weather, flaunt your bod and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. However, the hot season means natural elements that can hinder anyone’s well-being, making it imperative your medicine cabinet is stocked with the most essential, over-the-counter, at-home first aid products and medications.

1.    Moisturizing Sunscreen – This goes without saying. A moisturizing sunscreen is an absolute must! Sunscreen acts as a basic sun protector, assists with premature aging, helps with evening skin tones, all while making sure you stay moisturized.

2.    Aloe Vera Gel - With the sun rays in full force, it can be difficult to protect your skin from the heat. Aloe Vera Gel has great preventative properties also working as a skin rejuvenation, healing and soothing product. Aloe Vera Gel is a summer essential tool in skin-health and can used to relieve burned skin, remove sunspots, and moisturize dry skin

3.    Calamine Lotion - The summer brings mosquitos along with other pestering insects, leaving you vulnerable to bug bites and itchy rashes. Calamine Lotion is an oldie but goodie. This soothing cream is great to calm any itching that you may endure.

4.    Neosporin – Most people are more active during the summer season, partaking in outdoor activities like hiking, camping and beaching. Neosporin helps in treating and preventing infection due to minor cuts, scrapes, and burns you may get from your summer lifestyle.

5.    Band-Aids – Besides the most common use of Band-Aids, such as treating minor cuts and scrapes, Band-Aids can also be a great summer hack and important to prevent blisters, friction and wounds from sandals and other exposed footwear.

6.    Benadryl – Summer allergies are no joke! Pollen and insects can do a lot harm. Benadryl treats sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, itching, and other allergy symptoms that summer brings.

7.    Multivitamins – Some people may not know it, but summer is a great time to boost your body’s defense system.Multivitamins are important to provide the nutriment your body will crave in the summer.

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine has shared with The One Income Dollar the above seven medicine cabinet must-haves for the summer!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

We're Here! Fort Stevenson State Park!

A perfect place to come to relax and get away from city life, just relax with the family, come to fish, hike,and more- Fort Stevenson State Park, North Dakota.

We arrived here from Minot, about 45 minutes south, earlier this afternoon and had the chance to drive around the park and check out some spots in the park such as the Guardhouse, cabins, marina, a cute prairie dog town, and Lake Sakakawea ( a giant reservoir created in the 50's).

Just relaxing this evening in a nice quiet spot in the middle loop in a pull out spot. We do love it. Full hook ups and Jakey even saw a red squirrel and bunny already so he was quite excited!

We'll still be here tomorrow but during the day will be heading about an hour further south and seeing some historic sites in the area, then back to our site, where we'll spend another relaxing evening I'm sure.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

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3 Things #Homeowners Should Do with Their HAVC

When you move into a new home, there are going to be a lot of nuances and things to learn about the property. The functionality of your HVAC is one thing that you will want to figure out. If your new home has an old system with aging, inefficient appliances, it could be very expensive to run your heat and AC. Here are three things that you should do to make sure your HVAC is running efficiently.

Have an HVAC Tech Look at Your System

It is always smart to have an HVAC pro come to your home to help figure out your system. Often, the tech will look at your system, check the key components and give it a clean bill of health. If you are lucky enough to have an HVAC system that is perfectly efficient and functional as is, you can thank your lucky stars. But it is more likely that at least a couple of components will need some sort of maintenance or repair.

The furnace and condenser unit are the most important and expensive parts of a central HVAC system. You will want a certified tech to look at them closely to see if they need to be repaired or replaced.

Replace the System If Needed

If your HVAC tech suggests investing in a new furnace, air pump, or condenser, make the upgrade as soon as possible so you can start to see the benefits. It is not always a bad thing if your furnace or condenser units need to be replaced because it might give you a chance to update with an energy-efficient, money-saving unit. For instance, a new furnace with an Energy Star label can save you nearly $100 each year. This means that your investment will eventually pay for itself.

Keep up the Maintenance

Once you move into your new home, you will need to continue the proper maintenance of your system. First of all, changing your furnace filter is a simple job that doesn't require any tools or HVAC know-how. Basically, you pull out the old filter and put the new filter in its place.

You also should keep the condenser covered during the winter and clean it before you use it in the summer. If the new condenser doesn't have a cover, you can buy one. Covers cost less than $50 and will protect the thousands of dollars you have invested in the condenser unit.  

Cleaning the condenser is a simple job that you can do as long as you have a hose with decent water pressure. Simply spray down the outside walls of the condenser to rinse to dirt out of the coils. The coils work better when they aren't clogged with dirt and leaves. If the previous homeowners didn't properly maintain the condenser, you might need some cleaner to help break down years of dirt buildup on the coils.

With a fully functional and efficient HVAC system, your new home will be more comfortable and eco-friendly.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Perfect Gift For Any Dog Owner- "If My Dog Could Talk" by I See Me! Books

Although the I See Me personalized book called "If My Dog Could Talk" is more geared towards children, my own daughters are already adults and I was quite excited to have the opportunity to review one of their pet books for one of them. My youngest daughter has a dog named Be- and this will be the perfect keepsake gift for her, when her and her boyfriend come to visit next month.
What pet owner doesn't love their pet? And this book is great to give for any age dog owner as far as I'm concerned. 

This is hilariously narrated from the dog’s perspective-a rhyming storybook celebrating the special, loving bond between dogs and their families. A dedicated, personalized book with our daughter's name, her boyfriend Jon's and her dog's name Be in many pages throughout, this is a wonderful, wonderful book- very impressed with it.

This book is truly a one of a kind keepsake.
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Friday, July 14, 2017

We're Still Chasing Away More Bugs ! Review and Giveaway (Canada only)

So the weather warms up and everyone of course loves that they can spend more time outdoors. What most of us don't like though is sharing the Summer with those nasty bugs. 

During the day we seem to have wasps come around when we're sitting on the deck, and the horseflies too are out during the day and have been most annoying! You also don't want to leave your house door open or the dreaded house flies come in in the day or the mosquitoes in the evenings! Bugs ruin summer! But now with Premier Tech Home and Garden products such as bug sprays and even an Animal Barrier spray for the garbage bin we're all set to enjoy summer without their added company!

Premier Tech Home & Garden is Canada’s leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer lawn & garden products with the broadest portfolio of brands and products in the industry- including bug sprays!

Premier Tech Home & Garden would like to help one lucky Canadian winner out with their own flying bug problem by giving away a set of these sprays:
Approx. value- $48

OneShot House & Garden
OneShot Wasp & Hornet 
OneShot Wasp Foam 
OneShot Bug Barrier 
OneShot Mosquito 
Wilson Animal Barrier 

A random draw will be held on July 29, 2017 by from all Canadian entries received.

To Enter: 
Tell us what flying bug is your worst enemy where you live? 
Please also leave your contact info in case we need to contact you if your our winner!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fort Stevenson State Park, North Dakota

Camping, hiking, biking, water activities, Summer fun and so much more can be found in the ND state parks and recreation areas! Parks like Fort Stevenson State Park.

On the north shore of giant Lake Sakakawea, Ft. Stevenson State Park is known as the walleye capital of North Dakota. A favorite spot for sportsmen to experience the great fishing on the lake, it is home to the Governor's Cup Walleye Fishing Derby, as well as a variety of other fishing tournaments.

We'll be heading to Minot once again this weekend, and want to see a bit more beyond Minot this trip out. We have always enjoyed the state parks. They offer great times in the great outdoors, and we love exploring new areas.

Nearby Attractions Include:  the North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame • Golf Course • Tennis • Power Plant Tours • Broste Rock Museum • White Shield Powwow • and Indian Hills State Recreation Area

Stay tuned.. and we'll be sure to tell you more about our stay next week!