Sunday, February 19, 2017

Before and After with Aspect Peel & Stick Stone Tile

The "in" thing for kitchens nowadays seems to include having a back splash.
Although there seems to be an influx of the same usual styles and patterns that one is seeing- almost a cookie cutter effect.

Gerry and I had been to one of the bigger home improvement centres not long ago and spotted a stone tile. This quality, lightweight and flexible product is made from genuine thin cut stone for the look and texture of designer stone tile for a fraction of the price you'd expect to pay. It has an easy peel and stick installation. It requires no grout and Gerry only used tin snips to cut the pieces to fit. It's great for any DIY home owner looking to update their kitchen. And in our case, our RV kitchen. Here is our kitchen before:







Watch the do it yourself video to see how easy it really is!

And photos of work done during the DIY and after -







The style shown here in our kitchen is the Aspect Backsplash-Stone Tile in Mossy Quartz.We chose this style as it seemed best suited for the black appliances and color scheme within the kitchen area. 




It has made such a difference. Going from a simple painted wall to a classy looking back splash that you may only see in the higher end RV's. We really do love the new look!










Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beacon Resources: Finance/Accounting Positions & The Retail Industry



Like any industry, finance and accounting is critical to the successful operations of a business. The retail industry is no exception. With so many moving parts and constant competition, retailers are recognizing that enlisting the help of finance and accounting professionals is something that needs to be given thoughtful consideration. Utilizing finance recruitment agencies in Los Angeles, like Beacon Resources, can help simplify the process.

Why Retail?

With the ever-changing economy, retailers are constantly concerned with customers’ ability to maintain their purchasing habits. There is also the concern of access to funding for resources unique to brick and mortars. As the frequency of online shopping continues, retailers are experiencing many challenges with retaining customers. Competing on price and convenience combined with the expensive overhead that comes with running a retail outlet, makes having support from a finance/accounting position critical.



How A Finance/Accounting Position Can Help

Having a finance/accounting position on your retail team can make a huge difference in your ability to be successful. Aside from crunching numbers, there are a variety of ways this position can provide value to the business:

      Securing funding for resources critical to operations
      Managing cash flow
      Overseeing costs
      Monitoring profitability levels
      Organization of financial documents
      Communicating financial information with other departments

With many finance recruitment agencies in Los Angeles to choose from, finding one that will support your retail outlet and the needs specific to the retail industry is key. Beacon Resources specializes in finding placement for accounting jobs in Los Angeles and CPA jobs in Los Angeles. The team at Beacon Resources takes the time to fully understand the challenges and opportunities unique to your business to provide actionable and strategic solutions. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!


Wishing you all a Happy Valentines Day- Hugs go out to all my readers!
Monique

Tips for Re-Thinking Eating for Better Heart Health


February is a Heart Health Month, making it the perfect time to find ways to re-think what we eat in order to help lead us to better heart health. It’s an issue that most of us need to pay attention to, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. In fact, each year there are around 610,000 people who die from heart disease, accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths. Further, each year there are around 735,000 Americans who have a heart attack. The good news is that there are things we can do to help reduce our heart disease risk, with what we eat playing an important role.

“Considering how many times per day and week that we eat, it’s important to consider our food choices,” says Dr. Nimali Fernando, a Fredericksburg, Virginia-based pediatrician who founded The Doctor Yum Project. “This is especially true when it comes to our children, because their bodies are developing and they are learning habits that may last a lifetime.”

According to the CDC, some of the risk factors for heart disease include diabetes, being overweight or obese, having a poor diet, being physically inactive, and using alcohol excessively. Improving the diet is likely to also help with the weight and diabetes issues. 


Here are some tips for helping to re-think your eating for better heart health:

·      Breakfast. Reach for whole grain toast, whole grain cereals and don’t forget a serving of vegetables and/or fruit. To get in even more servings, try a quick and healthy fruit and veggie smoothie, like the “Green Dragon Smoothie” featured on doctoryum.org.

·      Lunch. Pack a quick and healthy lunch that includes items like salads, hummus and veggies, tuna salad with wholegrain crackers or bread, or homemade low-sodium soups that you can make ahead of time and take a couple of days in a row. The “Meal Maker Machine” on doctoryum.org has a “Souper Soup recipe” that allows you to customize a soup recipe using ingredients on hand.

·      Dinner. Opt for seafood, which has heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Other good options include beans, salads with dressing, quinoa, whole grains, veggie burgers, chickpeas, lentils, and filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Try to reduce processed foods, and fast food (which is often loaded with sugar and salt), high sodium foods, and unhealthy oils by cooking more at home.

·      Snacks. Skip the chips and cakes and opt for food like unsalted nuts, fruits and veggies, seeds, rice cakes, bell pepper slices, vegetables and hummus, or whole grain toast with all natural peanut butter.

·      Drinks. Leave the sugary drinks behind, and opt for water, sparkling water, plain soymilk, unsweetened coffee and tea, or water steeped with fruit.

·      Dining out. When dining out, opt for dishes that are lower in sodium and fat content, such as those that are baked, grilled, or broiled, rather than ones that are fried. Minimize the sugar intake by opting for unsweetened beverages and sticking to mostly fruits for sugar cravings. Choose seafood, fish, lean meats, vegetarian options, vegetable dishes, and beans. Portion sizes for restaurant meals tend to be oversized, so box a portion of your meal for lunch the next day.

“Heart healthy foods are all around us, it’s just a matter of opting for them over the other ones that are also available. Common barriers to eating healthy are cost, convenience and taste. By following the 3 P’s (prep, plan and prioritize) these barriers can be overcome” adds Dr. Fernando. “With some initial effort, we can all focus on eating healthier and feeding our children better. The more people make changes and stick to them, the more it will become a more natural habit.”


About The Doctor Yum Project: Founded by Dr. Nimali Fernando, The Doctor Yum Project is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to transforming the lives of families and communities by providing an understanding of the connection between food and overall health, as well as empowering them with the tools to live a healthy life. They offer a variety of community programs to help with those efforts. They are located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and feature an instructional kitchen and teaching garden for holding classes. To learn more, visit the site at: www.doctoryum.org.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

BariatricPal Products Are Perfect For All #Diets



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  • Pre & Post Bariatric Surgery
  • Medically Supervised Diets
  • Low-Calorie Weight Loss
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • High Protein Diets
  • Diabetic Diets
  • Liquid Diets

Check the site out - they ship within USA and Canada and can help with meals plans, diets, tips and meal plans!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

2017 Valentines Day Gift Guide for Her


Valentine's Day is around the corner and it's time to find that special gift for your other half. Looking for something that will sweep her off her feet? Look no further! Our Valentine's Day gifts for her  is full of wonderful gift ideas we know she'll love.


Heat Holders Hat for Her-


Every girl struggles with trying to find a hat that actually keeps their head warm, while still looking cute. This Valentine’s Day- save the stress of your partner by getting her this Heat Holders hat. The experts at Heat Holders have developed a warmer than ever hat, now in a certified 3.4 Tog rating. This ladies chunky cable hat is knitted in an attractive, soft marl two-colored twist yarn with a ribbed hem and incorporates the latest HeatWeaver thermal lining, a luxurious, plush fur-like insulating fabric, that maximizes the amount of warm air held close to the skin. It also feels so soft and silky, it's bliss to pull on when the weather turns colder.





This Moscato is the perfect sweet wine to pair with your Valentine’s Day chocolate, as it is made from grapes left on the vines longer than usual.  Crafted by Argentina’s renowned winery, Bodega Norton, this Moscato is fresh and crisp with tropical flavors and a delicate touch of citrus.  SRP $10.99.


Ecocentric Mom-



This Limited Edition Valentine’s gift box includes $120+ in luxurious products to perfectly pamper your eco-conscious Valentine – or yourself!  


Ecocentric Mom introduces women to healthy, nontoxic products tailored to their stage of motherhood, from pregnancy to new baby and beyond. Each month subscribers receive 5-9 full size & sample products that range from practical to pampering items including beauty, bath, home, wellness, snack & baby/pregnancy care. Ecocentric Mom supports a clean, natural lifestyle that still feels luxurious and fun.  A subscription to Ecocentric Mom is the perfect way to say "I love you" to a hard-working woman in your life.




New Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion-





Introducing the new Softsoap Hand Wash + Lotion line. Mom puts love into everything she does, why not give her back that love she deserves just in time for Valentine’s Day. Keep her hands as soft and gentle as her heart with the Softsoap Hand Wash + Lotion, made with a touch of lotion it locks in moisture for clean soft hands long after all the Valentine’s Day decorations are taken down.


Luxe by Mr. Bubble-

Mr. Bubble is living the Luxe life these days. For more than 55 years, the nation’s best-selling bubble bath has made bath time fun for generations of kids and their parents. Now, Mr. Bubble is all grown up with the introduction ofLuxe by Mr. Bubble at Target —  two spa-like products for women everywhere just in time for Valentine’s Day. And don’t worry, not only do these new introductions have the same great original Mr. Bubble scent, but also a new fragrance Sweet & Clean.


Wrapped in  retro cool signature Mr. Bubble pink and seafoam green reusable packaging to match each fragrance, fans can indulge in Bubble the Day Away Powdered Bubble Bath (back by popular demand and in a reusable tin), and Bubbletini Bath Bombs, served in a martini shaker should soakers need to whip up a cocktail while relaxing in luxurious suds.


Every woman needs a ‘timeout’ once in a while. Luxe by Mr. Bubble allows her to pamper herself and enjoy a relaxing escape. She’ll love you for gifting her this affodable, nostalgic retreat.



**Watch this spot for more gift ideas..


2017 Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Him



Spoil him with these thoughtful Valentine's Day gifts for every kind of guy!

Heat Holders-


Every man needs a nice pair of gloves in his wardrobe and Heat Holders is here to save the day. This Valentine's Day, get the man in your life the gloves he needs to not only keep his hands warm as the temperatures drop, but to stay on trend as well.These are the ultimate in style, and the ultimate thermal leather winter gloves. Heat Holders have carefully chosen a high quality polished leather with the slightest grain, that is strong yet soft. Softer still however is the plush fur of the trademark HeatWeaver lining, retaining your hands’ warmth for longer and sealing it in, with protective ribbed cuffs to keep the elements out and the heat in.


Wines for Him:




The Nobilissima Prosecco DOC is 100% Glera from Italy’s renowned DOC region.  It has a light straw yellow color, persistent bubbles and a flavor that has an intense, elegant fruitiness.  SRP $12.99.



The Nobilissima Pinot Grigio is from Delle Venezie, Italy’s most well-known region.  The Pinot Grigio blends a touch of fruit-forward Moscato to enhance the freshness and aromas with a touch of Garganega for increased depth.  SRP $13.99.



The BroBasket-




Have you spent countless hours surfing the internet looking for the perfect gift Valentine's Day gift for a man?... the gift that tells him you know him and understand what he really wants? 
BroBasket offers an assortment of "Unique, Drinkable Arrangements" for any of the men in your life. Give something he truly will love this Valentine's Day- a gift from The BroBasket!




**Watch this spot for more gifts for him- coming soon!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Being Healthy On A #Budget


It’s the beginning of the year, and there’s always a buzz around healthy living. If you read tips in magazines, browse recipes, and look for workout hints, you may soon get anxious about the cost of being healthy. Once you’ve factored in gym membership and a shopping list filled with exotic fruits and seeds, you may be worried about how much this health kick could cost. The good news is that you don’t have to follow fancy diets or sign up to monthly payments to use the gym for the next 12 months. There are plenty of ways to be healthy on a budget.

Grocery shopping tips
Healthy eating is essential if you’re eager to get in shape, trim down or simply boost your health. Your diet provides you with the nutrients, vitamins, mineral, and fuel your body needs. Grocery shopping can be pricey at the best of times, let alone when you’re trying a new diet. However, there are ways of keeping costs down. Look out for coupons and vouchers, and try and shop online if you tend to get drawn in by offers and promotions. Use frozen fruit and vegetables instead of fresh, and buy poultry, meat, and fish, which is approaching its use by date. The prices will be lower, and you can put the items straight in the freezer.



Budget-friendly workouts
Many of us tend to think about joining a gym when the subject of exercise crops up. But you don’t have to sign up for membership to get fit. You can pay as you go at some centers or book classes as and when you want to go. There are also loads of activities you can do free of charge. Go jogging in the park, take your bike out, go rollerskating, take the dog for a long walk each day or do a DVD at home. If you’re interested in the gym, look out for special offers and deals. Sometimes, you can get a month’s free membership trial, for example. Use this, and see how you get on. If you love it, and you go frequently, it may be worth investing. If you go once in the entire month, it’s probably not worth your while signing up.



Shop around for insurance
If you already have health and dental insurance policies, it’s a good idea to shop around and see if you’re getting the best deals. Many companies save the best incentives for new customers, and as an existing subscriber, you may be missing out. The Internet makes comparing prices and policies very easy. In a matter of minutes, you can see exactly what you can get for your money. You can tailor your search to suit your budget, the level of cover you want, the number of people in your family and your location. You may prefer to search for dental plans near by, for example.



There’s an assumption that healthy living is costly, but this doesn’t have to be the case. It is possible to eat well, exercise regularly, and ensure you have access to the best health and dental cover without spending a fortune.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Review: Food for Life Ezekial 4:9 Bread/ English Muffins

Review by Gerry


Gerry recently tried some "healthy" for him Ezekial 4:9 Sesame bread and English muffins from Food for Life. Food for Life makes organic baked goods that support optimal health, and Food for Life's product names were inspired by Holy Scripture verses, such as this passage, Ez 4:9:



"Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it." Food for Life brings you health and vitality dating back to a simple time without food additives, colouring or chemicals. 



Gerry liked the English muffins he tried because it stays together well when making a breakfast sandwich, had a good flavor and is a product that is a healthy food. The bread he found was not like a regular bread. It was more dense, but works better for toast eating than for sandwiches, for him,since he is used to a more softer, lighter bread for sandwiches. 

Good for you food!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sedona, #Arizona

Day trip into Sedona with Jakey in tow- so just a few hours of sightseeing. Very busy area that Sedona! OMG- crazy with tourists! Lots of roundabouts too! Parked in an overnight BLM ( camp spot), outside of town- about 9 miles out, and drove in with SUV. Would not have been a big enough place for our 37' RV- not RV friendly. Beautiful scenery though.



                                          Scenic Overlook

                                    Chapel of the Holy Cross





                                         Mansion below church