Friday, August 17, 2018


From conga-dancing dogs and bicycling ballerinas, to “hair”-raising feats of strength and death-defying motorcycle stunts, the newest book from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is sure to delight readers of all ages. Paying homage to the 100th year anniversary of Robert Ripley’s first cartoon, A Century of Strange contains over 1,200 weird-but-true stories from around the world. 

The 15th edition in the popular Believe It or Not! series, A Century of Strange features 256 colourful pages of wild, wonderful and not-to-be-missed stories such as:

 • The adorable Pompeyo family and their 18 show dogs that can skip rope, jump from great heights and even dance in a conga line 
• Master of impalement arts, The Great Throwdini—the only person in the world known to successfully perform the Veiled Double Wheel of Death stunt
 • Strongman Chris “Hairculese” Rider who can pull a car up to .25 miles using just his hair 
• Mega motocross star and Nitro Circus founder, Travis Pastrana’s successful completion of the world’s first barge-to-barge motorcycle back flip
 • A Ripley-inspired creation by YouTube’s over-the-top food junkies, Hellthy Junk Food
 • The artistic cycling talents of Lea Schaepe who can ride a bike while standing on the handlebars 

A Century of Strange will be available at all major book sellers and on Amazon starting August 28th.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Keeping Busy!

We're noticing the weather has already been turning. Mornings are cooler and when Gerry goes to cut grass early in morning- dew on grass. ( Still working part time with the lawn cutting business he works for). Doing some of our own yard work too- trimming trees, still picking raspberries, and lawn cutting. Found an easy recipe for raspberry jam too so no raspberries going to waste. Not sure sunflowers will see heads though, some tomatoes growing but slow as well, and carrots staying smaller too. I still think we have a good month left though for all of them.

Going to get another section of fence up too soon. 

Waiting on the window repair guy to come replace our RV window. 

Gerry been sanding doors and refinishing in the RV as well. Also want to add some spindels in the living room to kinda separate the living room from the dinette booth. So will see how that goes.

Also took some pictures of up on the RV- he's going to have to do some repairs as it is rotten over by the bathroom skylight and all previous owners did was pile more caulking on top of more caulking on it! He said about 50% of the roof is rotten. I told him I'll win the lottery soon and get a new RV!

Had to get new brake pads for the SUV- very worn and squeaky- $93- but good Gerry can do his own mechanical work- for the most part. Some savings there.

I had gotten a jacket from Old Navy that I wasn't 100% sure on its color but after spending $2 on some dye, it didnt quite turn the black I thought it would but more an olive green which I like and doesn't even look dyed! Getting used to my new camera still and uploading pictures- so looks like I deleted the "before" but do have the "after" LOL..

How to Get a Bachelor’s #Degree without Breaking the Bank

One of the best ways to boost your career and increase your income is by getting a higher degree. For those working as a registered nurse, for example, this means studying for a family nurse practitioner degree from a reputable university. The same can be said for other professionals who want to push their career forward.

One of the main issues about pursuing a degree is the fact that it can be quite costly. That is why in this article we are going to review some of the best ways to save on your bachelor’s degree and how to get one without breaking your bank. Let’s get started, shall we?

Find Scholarships

The best way to enroll in one of the best online FNP programs – or other undergraduate program that suits you best – affordably is by applying for a scholarship. There are a lot of scholarship programs to apply for. On top of that, you don’t have to have high academic achievements to qualify for a scholarship.
Some programs are designed for those with special skills, such as art scholarships and similar programs. There are also scholarship programs that can help you get into top names such as Bradley University using sports or other talents as a way in.

These scholarship programs also cover different portions of your course. Some will only pay for tuition while others offer aids with other expenses associated with becoming a full-time student, too. Be sure to learn more about different scholarship programs before deciding to apply for one that matches your needs and personal preferences best.

Get a Degree Online

It is not a secret that online degrees are a lot more affordable than offline degrees. You can get the same degree – accredited and run by the same university – for as little as 50% of the cost when you choose to enroll in an online program. To make it even better, most – if not all – programs you can find offline are also available as online courses.

Distance learning programs are becoming more popular because these courses are designed to be very flexible. You can complete the course at your own pace, allocate the amount of time you can afford to set aside for studying, and still get a valuable degree from a reputable university. You can also complete the course while working a full-time job, and without having to relocate closer to the university.

Take Advantage of Student Discounts

One last tip to keep in mind if you want to save on your next degree is to utilize student discounts and other special offers. As soon as the first semester starts, you are eligible for somegreat offers from retailers and top brands. As well you can learn more here on tuition assignments.

Unfortunately, for many former students, the options are limited. If you're already indebted, you might be eligible for special loan forgiveness programs so make sure you explore all the possibilities.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Enjoying Tasty Desserts With Food Intolerances- Thanks To Enjoy Life Foods

When it comes to having food intolerances, everyone who has them knows it isn't a walk in the park. There's the reading food labels, and still wanting to eat like everyone else- and eat tasty food too!  You still want to have your cake and eat it too. With Enjoy Life Foods their web site has recipes from cookies, cakes and puddings that feature Enjoy Life vegan chocolate chips, gluten free cookies and more!

I love desserts and we eat alot of them in our home, but I always have to be careful with what I eat with fructose and lactose intolerance.

The dessert recipes provided by Enjoy Life Foods are always free-from gluten, wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, casein, sesame, sulfites, and potato.

I picked up their Mega Chunks for a brownie recipe and what a hit they were! 

Get ready to deliver tasty, free-from this and free-from that desserts that all your friends and family can enjoy safely! You can find Enjoy Life Foods online or in stores near you.

Let's Eat! Healthy Meals With Lean Cuisine- When Time Isn't On Your Side

As the summer winds down and school gets back in session, Lean Cuisine is an easy meal option for women and their families juggling many priorities – allowing them to stay on top of their nutrition. Whether shopping for their family or themselves, many Lean Cuisine dishes contain the building blocks for essential nutrition, and thre are a variety of options no matter their preference, including: full cup of vegetables, high-protein, high-fiber, and more.

Origins, the most recent addition to the Lean Cuisine line-up, features 14 meatless comfort recipes made with organic ingredients. The subline includes dishes with plant-based proteins, gluten-free ingredients and now for the first time from Lean Cuisine, vegan options, too. With the newest recipes featured under the Lean Cuisine portfolio, families can embrace Meatless Monday, too, along with the start of the school year.

Beauty Essentials for Your Summer

Do you feel like Summer has passed us by? I have been having days like that, especially since I have seen one of our trees in the yard starting to yellow. But tomorrow is calling for a warmer day again, and in a few months, we'll be leaving the Fall behind and heading south to Arizona where it stays "summery" year round. 

If you haven't had the chance to try some new Summer beauty essentials, there's still time-

We've rounded a few up and wanted to share with you to keep your eye out when shopping next time your out.

To help counteract the effects of pollution, Dove has transferred the impressive credentials of micellar water technology to NEW Dove Anti-Stress Micellar Water Body Wash and Beauty Bar – becoming the first to bring micellar water technology to the mass U.S. Body Wash market.

The NEW Dove Anti-Stress Micellar Water Body Wash and Beauty Bar with mild micellar technology refreshes skin while gently cleansing away pollutants and environmental stressors like dirt and impurities to reveal soft, smooth skin – making it the perfect cleanser as you travel this summer!

We also know that summer can leave your skin feeling sweaty and at times dried out if you frequently use the air conditioner, but Dove DermaSeries has got you covered. Dove DermaSeries is Dove’s newest line of fragrance-free and hypoallergenic products for people with dry skin including dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. 

The DermaSeries line consists of 8 products, from an expert repairing balm to a non-greasy hand cream and gentle cleansing body wash that will soothe and hydrate the skin, leaving it soft and moisturized. Perfect to use all year-round, Dove DermaSeries products will make caring for your skin easy and help you create a summer beauty routine you love.

And no matter if you’re traveling across the country or commuting to work, Beauty Finish Dry Spray Antiperspirant is perfect for beating the summer heat! It provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection and all the care of Dove, while going on instantly dry.

I personally LOVE DOVE products. They never let me down with my beauty routines! Even Gerry loves their men's line too. 

Also BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages offers plenty of first-aid essentials for the great outdoors. BAND-AID Brand HYDRO SEAL Adhesive Bandages for wound care and foot care are 100% waterproof and keep dirt, germs and bacteria out, so your body’s natural healing power can go to work.

And with  summer well under way, the new BIC Soleil Balance razors offer a flawless shave at an affordable price. This budget-friendly 2-in-1 razor will allow you to skip the hassle of shaving cream, with five flexible blades and moisture bars with shea butter for silky smooth closeness. These razors are awesome!

Watch this spot though as we are adding to our product round up very soon!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

My Review of Edye’s Face & Body Butter

In the last year my skin really has been drying out- not sure if it's an age thing or our trips south to Arizona that are contributing, but either way, I need help. I try a number of products for dry skin but they arent all created equally for sure.
I have come across one that's at the top of my list right now, and it's Edye's Face & Body Butter.

I don't use it on my face as I tend to get plugged pores easily, but it can be used on your face. I am really loving it for after my bath and shower, for my whole body.

It's been great for sealing in moisture as well as even long after the bath or shower, my skin feels so soft.  The body butter is made with essential oils and is not only good for dry skin but other skin ailments like stretch marks, scars, rashes,etc.

What I was needing to try it for was crepey skin. My legs really needed help the most and I have seen a difference in a week's use. Well, actually I saw a difference the first day I used it but overtime it did really improve my skin that much more. Even your pets can benefit and babies.

But don't only take my word for it- you can see more reviews of how great it is on their Facebook page!

FYI- ingredient list:
Shea Butter,* Extra Virgin Olive Oil,* Avocado Oil,* Mango Butter,* Coconut Oil,* New Jersey Beeswax, Camellia Oil,* Carrot Seed Oil,* Rosemary Oil,* Sweet Orange Oil,* Himalayan Salt

Sunday, August 5, 2018

What's New With Us

We're having a 2 week break from "daughter" company. Ria had been staying with us for the last 3 weeks, and now off to see a friend in Alberta, before heading to meet her sister in Calgary, and flying to Nfld to see their dad for a week. Then it will be back here, the 2 of them, Erika's boyfriend and the fur-babies, for another week. Since Ria and I both share August birthdays, we'll have cake and all, before she leaves to go back south late August. 

Haven't picked up much for change over the last 2 months- been very "dry". Maybe have .35 so just still letting it add up.

Been doing some sprucing up in the RV and any other things that need doing before we leave this Fall once again. I added some curtains behind our couch in there, to give more of a living room look.

I wanted to change some fixtures in one of the washrooms as they are dated, but have not found anything in our small town, nor online, nor for a price I am willing to pay. We are still keeping a lookout for a shower surround but finding something that fits in the spot we need it tough, so we'll just keep an  eye open still. 

Gerry is down to partial days and hours with the lawn cutting he had started on with this summer. He lost quite a bit of weight with sweating it out, but it got to be too hard on him, and he went to a using a riding mower and only doing the bigger areas, and not mower pushing. It's half the money he was bringing in when he started but easier on him, and nicer for us that he's home by noon rather than gone ALL day.

We decided on no summer getaway this year. The cost of gas is just too much for the RV and we'll only be going in another 2 months or so. It's hard to justify the cost of gas Gerry said, for a week long trip. 

There's been alot of vandalism around our town, and not long ago, it got some media attention, when some racist slurs were made online. Our town is 3 miles to this other town that gets alot of vandalism but we have been lucky that we have been spared so to speak. People are frustated. It's a daily thing and only has gotten worst over the past 2 years.

I am looking for anyone getting rid of cents off coupons for Canada or the USA- If you email me @ I can let you know where you can send any extras too. Can always use them and welcome any you can spare!

Gerry has added another section of the fence to what we were building. Slow and steady so it's not a one time big expense. Our neighbour split the cost of the first section but we are waiting to see if he will help out with anymore, since we share the fence. 

I'm not sure my sunflowers will see head this year before the Fall... they are slow coming- but I may have also planted them too late. Tried my hand at a non - pectin blueberry jam that turned out wonderful! 

The raspberry bushes are doing well- some of them anyhow. Had a few tomatoes on the tomato plant, carrots are also being slow, and rhubarb transplants are also on their way to a good grow. We're not sure about the strawberry plant. It may have had something go wrong with it as the fruit was a nasty bitter taste.. so Gerry planted it instead in the yard in new soil. We'll see what happens.

We're keeping busy though, as always and feeling blessed that we haven't been hit with any of the bad weather/ fires that alot of other areas are seeing. We hope your having a nice summer and that things are doing well with everyone.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

PayPal: Did You Know?

These days there are probably not too many people around who haven't at least heard of PayPal. Although, I guess I'm mainly talking about younger generation, a number of people over 60 might not have found a use for it yet. But PayPal is the leading online payment system founded back in 1998.

Who created it?

Well, you might either love PayPal because of its ease and speed of transactions, or you might hate PayPal because of its enormous fees, but chances are that you kind of love at least one of the guys behind PayPal - Elon Musk. Other founders are Yu Pan, MaxLevchin, Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek, Ken Howery. Musk was ousted from the company though when he wanted to move everything from Unix to Microsoft.


Right now in 2018 PayPal has 244 million active user accounts. In second quarter of 2018 there were 2.3 billion transactions totaling 140 billion in payments. PayPal's revenue? $3.86 billion. Net income around $1.795 billion. And the company has around 18,700 employees.

Not right?

PayPal has also managed to get something really wrong during its good run. In 2013 they accidentally credited $92 quadrillion to one account. If PayPal hadn't removed the "money" from the account, the man from Pensylvania said that he would have probably paid down the national debt.

The worst?

In 1999 PayPal was voted one of the 10 worst business ideas. Well, considering they initially gave $20 to everyone who opened an account with them as well as $20 for every referral, I can see why one could see them as the worst company. But then again, this also meant that this 60-70 million dollars they had to spend on it gave them 100 000 customers from day one.

Paying in stores?

While PayPal is mainly an online payment system, nowadays there are also a number of stores with in-store PayPal payments and more are coming soon. Additionally, one can now also participate in PayPal betting, in some countries users can have PayPal debit card, and so on. I remember a friend of mine mentioning me a while back that a homeless person once came to him asking for some change. He didn't have anything on him and the ATM was far away. And then the man asked - do you have a PayPal account? My friend said yes, he did, after which the man took out a PayPal payment system (or however it's called) from his pocket. Welcome to the new world.

Could These Passive Income Solutions Work for You?

The time was when people took a second job in the evenings or at the weekends when money got a bit tight or there was something big to save up for.
Nowadays, however, most people’s first job takes up evenings and weekends all too frequently, so savvy savers and earners have to get even smarter. Many full-time workers have some sort of passive income. A passive income means that they set something up, like an investment or a website, that generates money each month with very little input. For most people, this income stream is there for the extras – an end-of-month treat or a fancy holiday once a year – but for some it can be a real earner.

Here’s some ideas for your own passive income stream-

Investing in precious metals

This is actually the odd one out here, as it’s not really an income stream – you only get your payback when you sell your stash. However, once you’ve decided to invest in silver dollar coins and they’ve arrived and are securely in your safe, all you have to do is sit back and wait for a good time to sell (tip – this is when they’re worth a bit more than you paid for them!).

Join a peer-to-peer lending club

For the community-minded people out there, this is a brilliant solution. Not only are you helping a young (or, indeed, any age) entrepreneur get their invention off the ground by lending them money, but once they start paying the loan back each month, you get the interest on top too!

Start a drop-shipping store

OK, this might be a little time-consuming at the very beginning, but once you’ve got all your products described and listed, had a few good reviews and got into the groove, you just need a couple of hours a week to maintain your online empire. All the picking, packing and posting is handled by a third-party; all you have to do is handle a few customer queries and scout for lucrative new product lines when the spirit moves you.

Sell or license your photos

If you know your way round a camera, or even if you have a few shots in your collection that are worthy of publishing, don’t leave them languishing in oblivion in your cloud storage! They deserve to be seen and you deserve some kind of recognition or recompense, so send your best snaps to a stock photo site. It only takes a few minutes to upload them and then you don’t need to do anything else other than wait for someone to download them and pay for them.

Rent out your equipment

If you have a few expensive-but-handy appliances, like a jet-washer, a high-end lawnmower or a floor sander, then you could make a few hundred dollars a year (or maybe more) by hiring them out to people. You’d have to undercut your local hire shops, which might mean you can’t take a big deposit, or you could just hire out to people in your locale at very low rates.